Sunday, April 14, 2013
Perfect weather for opening day as 14 teams march play on opening day
The Watchung Little League celebrated its annual opening day Saturday with a parade of all the teams. After a rainy week, the parade was delayed so that the volunteer grounds crew could get the fields ready for the opening games. At the opening day ceremony following the parade the league recognized former Mayor Jerry Mobus, who passed away last month. Mayor Mobus, a lifelong Watchung resident and standout player on the Watchung Hills High School baseball team, was an active supporter of the Little League and a former coach and umpire. The ceremonial first pitches were thrown out by Watchung Schools Superintendent Barbara Resko and Mayor Stephen Pote.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Team takes fourth at county relays and hosts first home meet in two years.
Submitted by Eric Binder The Watchung Hills Regional High School Track & Field Team began its season this past week, and under coaches Doug Kolody and Rustin Finelle, they have high expectations for the 2013 season. On Saturday, the Warriors participated in the Somerset County Relays. Then, on Tuesday, they held their first home meet in two years, hosting Hillsborough and Montgomery. On Saturday, the Warriors placed fouth at the Somerset County Relays. Seniors Brian Green and Aaron Jaslove set a school record in the Triple Jump, combining for 38’3/4.” Brian Green also shone in the high jump, where he and senior Reid Chemidlin took 1st place by totaling 11’6.” Junior Andrew Hunter jumped 13’ in the pole vault, and with senior Trevor Devine…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Danny Bongiorno hits 2 run walk off homer in ninth inning for the win
The Watchung Hills Warriors won their third game of the early 2013 season over Rutgers Prep with an extra innings walk-off home run to win 5-3. Rutgers Prep (2-2) The game played early Saturday morning was a pitcher's dual with Rutgers starter P.J. Strahm going eight innings giving up only 8 hits and 3 runs. Warrior hurler Joe Rocchietti held tough going seven innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning to take it to the ninth. In the top of the ninth, Warrior relief pitcher Christian Meyers gave up a walk to start the inning. Rutgers used a sacrifice bunt to get the base-runner to second. But Meyers followed it up with a strike out and he then got the next batter fly out to end the inning. In the …
Three new players are joining the team.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Hours after his resignation as Rutgers athletic director, Oakland resident Tim Pernetti called Friday a "sad day for a lot of people."
Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director Friday. “It’s a really sad day for a lot of people, including me and my family,” Pernetti said outside his Oakland home Friday. “I always have and I always will — no matter what — want what’s best for Rutgers.” In a letter to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, Pernetti blamed the university for overriding his decision to immediately fire Mike Rice. The news of Pernetti’s resignation comes just days after video surfaced showing former mens basketball coach Mike Rice aggressively harassing basketball players at the Division I program. Pernetti, 42, was born in Teaneck, raised in Wyckoff and currently is an Oakland resident. He is a graduate of Ramapo High School. More from Patch:
Tim Pernetti, 42, was first appointed to lead the athletics program at Rutgers in 2009.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m., Friday: Tim Pernetti has officially resigned. In a letter to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, Pernetti blamed the university for overriding his decision to immediately fire Mike Rice. Embattled Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is out at Rutgers. The news comes just days after video surfaced showing former mens basketball coach Mike Rice aggressively harassing basketball players at the Division I program. Sources told ESPN Friday that Pernetti had been forced out as A.D. Pernetti, 42, was born in Teaneck, raised in Wyckoff and currently is an Oakland resident. He is a graduate of Ramapo High School. Ramapo Athletic Director Ron Anello said that the scandal hit home because of Pernetti's local connections. "I …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
It will begin with a parade around Watchung Lake.
The Watchung Little League is celebrating its annual opening day April 13 with a parade of all the children participating in the different teams. The parade will be around Watchung Lake, beginning at 9 a.m., joining first at Mobus Field at 8:30 a.m. and ending at Ost Field around 10 a.m. In addition to the children parading around, they will be joined by the Watchung Police Department, Fire Department and Rescue Squad. After the parade, the league will hold its ceremony to honor special guests and celebrate the first pitches to open the season. Once those first pitches are thrown to mark the official start of the season, members of the community are invited to stay in the area throughout the day for activities and games, plus plenty of …
Saturday event planned to get young players excited about baseball.
Before the Watchung Hills Regional varsity baseball team takes to the field to face Rutgers Prep Saturday morning, the team is inviting all area young players to come visit. Youth baseball players from Green Brook, Long Hill Township, Watchung and Warren are invited to attend the game to meet the players and coaches, and see "Hustlin’ Warriors" Baseball up close. All girls and boys who attend the game and wear their youth team uniform will receive a free hot dog and drink, as well as receive a Hustlin’ Warriors 2013 team poster/schedule. The Future Warriors Day will be held at the Watchung Hills Varsity Field in Warren, with the game starting at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A video of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has surfaced in which Rice yells abusive and profane language, and shoves and kicks players.
Gov. Chris Christie was "deeply disturbed" after viewing a video of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice using abusive language, shoving and kicking Rutgers University basketball players during practices. According to a report on NJ.com, the 40-minute video was the basis for Rice's three-game suspension and $50,000 fine in December. The tape has drawn widespread condemnation for Rice's use of gay slurs directed at his players. Rutgers showed the tape to reporters on Tuesday after learning that ESPN plans to air footage of the tapes this week. The video covers practices that occurred between 2010 and 2012, according to a report on ESPN.com. "Governor Christie saw the video today for the first time and he is obviously deeply disturbed by the …
Former Circle Systems Group principals overcharged districts, exchanged gifts for work, U.S. Attorney says.
Two former executives of an athletic equipment supply firm each face 20 years in prison after admitting their roles in a scheme to defraud schools. Mitchell Kurlander, 54, of Allentown, Pa., and his father-in-law, Alan Abeshaus, 81, of Highland Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy. Kurlander and Abeshaus served, respectively, as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of Circle Systems Group Inc., which had contracts with a number of New Jersey school districts, including Watchung Hills Regional High School. The athletic apparel and equipment firm systematically defrauded school districts from at least 1997 to 2007, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman…