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Dr-Spencer-MOA On Friday, September 1, 2017, all North Hunterdon High School fall athletes will have the opportunity to attend a presentation through the Lions Leadership Academy. Please click on the links below for the Principal’s letter and Mind of the Athlete website.

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The North Hunterdon Athletic Department is extremely proud to be awarded the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) “Exemplary Quality Athletic Program” Award for 2016-2017. North Hunterdon won the State “Athletic Program of Excellence” Award for 2015-2016 and we are even more proud for being recognized at the National Level for 2016-2017. There are currently 25 schools who have won the NIAAA National Quality Program Award since its inception, and North Hunterdon is the first NJ High School to receive this honor. This award is the most prestigious award an Athletic Department can be awarded in the United States. The North Hunterdon Athletic Department will receive the award at the The 48th National Athletic Directors Conference and the NIAAA Annual Meetings will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ on December 8–12, 2017.

Click HERE to review the Congratulatory letter from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).
Click HERE to review the Congratulatory letter from the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey (DAANJ.)
Click HERE to review the Congratulatory letter from the President of the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey (DAANJ.)
Click HERE to review the Press Release by the North Hunterdon Administration.
Click HERE to review the article in the Hunterdon County Democrat.com.

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The Warren Hills graduate was one of Tim Flynn’s assistants.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon to name Hrunka wrestling coach North Hunterdon to name Hrunka wrestling coach

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See who made the 1st, 2nd team and honorable mention.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 Skyland Conference, Raritan Division local softball all-stars Skyland Conference, Raritan Division local softball all-stars

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Sean Walsh likes to talk about his team.

“It is all about the girls,” said North Hunterdon’s 13-year girls track and field coach. “Our success isn’t a tribute to our coaching staff, it’s a tribute to the girls. I don’t think any of the success we have had happens if the girls don’t care about creating success, and when they care about each other, that is what makes it fun, no matter what the results are.”

Walsh is considerably less excited to talk about himself, so here are two of his runners to help explain why he is the 2017 lehighvalleylive Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon’s Walsh is the 2017 lehighvalleylive Track and Field Coach of the Year North Hunterdon’s Walsh is the 2017 lehighvalleylive Track and Field Coach of the Year

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First, second and third teams plus honorable mentions are selected.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 The 2017 lehighvalleylive All-Area Girls Track and Field team The 2017 lehighvalleylive All-Area Girls Track and Field team

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North Hunterdon softball seniors Meghan GrahamMelissa MeinersKarli HouseClaudia Maira and Allison Lenert meant a lot to Lions coach Anthony Rotondo.

“One of the things that made this year so special was our five seniors. This was my fourth year at North Hunterdon. These were the five kids who were freshmen when I started. They’re the first kids that were with me all four years,” Rotondo said. “I kind of drove that point home way back in March to all of our kids. We really want to send these kids out in a special way. They’re very special to me because they started with me and they’re the first group that will ever say they played all four years for me. That meant a lot to me and they took it and they ran with it.”

Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon’s Rotondo is 2017 lehighvalleylive Softball Coach of the Year North Hunterdon’s Rotondo is 2017 lehighvalleylive Softball Coach of the Year

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See 1st, 2nd and 3rd-team selections as well as honorable-mention picks.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 2017 lehighvalleylive All-Area Softball Team 2017 lehighvalleylive All-Area Softball Team

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See who the made the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams and honorable mention.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 2017 lehighvalleylive All-Area Boys Tennis Team 2017 lehighvalleylive All-Area Boys Tennis Team

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The West won its third straight with a 24-7 win over the East in the 21st Sunshine Classic at The College of New Jersey
Source: Lion Athletic News Football: Finnegan, Doggett lead West to victory in 21st Sunshine Classic Football: Finnegan, Doggett lead West to victory in 21st Sunshine Classic

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North Hunterdon’s Gavin Richards was a surprise winner at the North 2, Group 4 sectional meet then solidified his breakout season by winning the freshman mile last weekend at New Balance Nationals. 
Richards was 10th with one lap to go but made a huge move to pass nearly the entire field and finish in 4:25.19.
Mike Griffin …
Source: Lion Athletic News North Hunterdon miler Gavin Richards adds freshman national title to 2017 success North Hunterdon miler Gavin Richards adds freshman national title to 2017 success

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The eight-year head coach will become a vice principal at the school.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 Flynn leaves legacy of wrestling accomplishment at North Hunterdon Flynn leaves legacy of wrestling accomplishment at North Hunterdon

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TEAM OF THE YEAR: A loss to Pope John in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament just as North Hunterdon seamed to be hitting its stride could have derailed the Lions’s season. Instead, the Hunterdon County squad rebounded and made sure the season was one of the best in school history. With X leading the way, North Hunterdon went 24-5 on the year, which included a North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 title win over Bridgewater-Raritan and then knocking off Morris Knolls in the Group 4 semifinals. Egg Harbor held off North Hunterdon, 2-1, in the Group 4 final, but the Lions nonetheless proved they were the best team in the highly competitive Skyland Conference.

Source: Lion Athletic News Softball: Skyland Conference Player of the Year and other postseason honors, 2017 Softball: Skyland Conference Player of the Year and other postseason honors, 2017

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GROUP 41-Egg Harbor (23-1)2-North Hunterdon (24-5)3-Montgomery (24-3)
4-Rancocas Valley (21-4)5-South Brunswick (18-2)6-Morris Knolls (24-5)7-Fair Lawn (24-4)8-Bridgewater-Raritan (21-7)9-Kingsway (24-5)10-Sayreville (18-5)
Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.
Source: Lion Athletic News Final Group 4 softball rankings, 2017 Final Group 4 softball rankings, 2017

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DELAWARE VALLEYComing off a 2016 campaign in which the Terriers won the Skyland Conference-Raritan Division title, the upperclassmen used that valuable experience to play solid ball this spring aga…
Source: Lion Athletic News Hunterdon County Softball Season in Review, 2017 Hunterdon County Softball Season in Review, 2017

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A look back at the 2017 girls track and field season in Hunterdon County: DELAWARE VALLEY Senior Alli Beljan and sophomores Hannah Chiswick and Katherine Schiereck were the top scorers for the Terr…
Source: Lion Athletic News Hunterdon County girls track and field season in review, 2017 Hunterdon County girls track and field season in review, 2017

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It is fair to say Ellie DiMarcello spent her first school year of high school competition getting acclimated to the demands of varsity sports,and learning how to succeed from her elder sister, Anna, a brilliant runner in her own right.
That is all it took, one year. Ellie proved to be a quick learner and this year she was …
Source: Lion Athletic News Ellie DiMarcello of North Hunterdon is Hunterdon County girls track and field athlete of year, 2017 Ellie DiMarcello of North Hunterdon is Hunterdon County girls track and field athlete of year, 2017

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ALL-HUNTERDON COUNTY BOYS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM, 2017 100: John Wirkus, Delaware Valley, SeniorWirkus was the top Hunterdon County boy at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Championships when his 11.68 was…
Source: Lion Athletic News All-Hunterdon County boys track and field team, 2017 All-Hunterdon County boys track and field team, 2017

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ALL-HUNTERDON COUNTY GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM, 2017 100: Dana DeLuca, Hunterdon Central, SeniorDeLuca led the county with her 100 dash time of 12.68 which earned fourth place at the Hunterdon/War…
Source: Lion Athletic News All-Hunterdon County girls track and field team, 2017 All-Hunterdon County girls track and field team, 2017

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DELAWARE VALLEY Senior John Wirkus, junior Robert Giuliano and sophomore Nicholas DiBetta were the chief point scorers for the Terriers in championship competition. Giuliano was the only DelVal boy…
Source: Lion Athletic News Hunterdon County boys track and field season in review, 2017 Hunterdon County boys track and field season in review, 2017

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Athletes in five different groups have been selected for All-Group honors.
Source: Lion Athletic News Baseball: All-Group teams for the 2017 season Baseball: All-Group teams for the 2017 season

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Which teams made up the Skyland’s top 10 this season?
Source: Lion Athletic News Final Skyland Conference baseball rankings for 2017 Final Skyland Conference baseball rankings for 2017

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Girls 4xMile. All American status. 4th Place New Balance Outdoor National Championships. Anna DiMarcello, Chloe Gonzalez, Kelley McCarten, and Ellie DiMarcello.

Girls came back in the afternoon in the Distance Medley Relay to place 3rd and earn All American status for that as well. Anna DiMarcello, Gabby Beneducci, Kelley McCarten, and Ellie Dimarcello.

Click HERE to review the article on NJ.com.

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All-HUNTERDON DEMOCRAT BASEBALL TEAM, 2017Matt Busher, North Hunterdon, JuniorThe Old Dominion outfielder/pitcher batted .352 with an on base percentage of .450. He had three triples and three home…
Source: Lion Athletic News All-Hunterdon County Baseball Team, 2017 All-Hunterdon County Baseball Team, 2017

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After a banner campaign on the baseball front in Hunterdon County in 2016, which featured three sectional championship banners, and one group crown and one tri-county title, there was a lot to live…
Source: Lion Athletic News Hunterdon County Baseball Season in Review, 2017 Hunterdon County Baseball Season in Review, 2017

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NJ Advance Media makes it picks for Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4, and Non-Public.
Source: Lion Athletic News NJ.com’s All-Group boys lacrosse teams, 2017 NJ.com’s All-Group boys lacrosse teams, 2017

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR:Ally Mastroianni, BR COACH OF THE YEAR:Jess McGinn, Bernards TEAM OF THE YEAR:BR CONFERENCE RECAP: SKYLANDCONFERENCE FINAL RANKINGS 1-Bridgewater-Raritan (22-1)2-Bernards (20-4)3…
Source: Lion Athletic News Girls Lacrosse: Skyland Conference Player of the Year and postseason honors, 2017 Girls Lacrosse: Skyland Conference Player of the Year and postseason honors, 2017

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See who the top players were in Hunterdon County this year.
Source: Lion Athletic News Hunterdon County boys lacrosse All-Area team, 2017 Hunterdon County boys lacrosse All-Area team, 2017

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HUNTERDON COUNTY DEMOCRAT ALL-AREA GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM, 2017
Brittany Bill, Hunterdon Central, Jr.: The midfielder/defender was able to collect 19 goals and 16 assists while helping a Red Devils defense that had held eight opponents to single-digit scoring totals this season.
Ava Boethig, Delaware Valley, Sr. Boethig helped on offense and defense as a midfielder for the Terriors, netting 27 …
Source: Lion Athletic News Hunterdon County Democrat girls lacrosse All-Area team for 2017 Hunterdon County Democrat girls lacrosse All-Area team for 2017

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Congratulations to Gavin Richards for taking Gold at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor – Mens 1 Mile Freshman race with a time of 4:25.19 on Jun 16, 2017. Click HERE to review the New Balance website.

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Anthony Rotondo isn’t going to feign surprise that the North Hunterdon High School softball team went from sub-.500 also-ran to Group IV state finalist in one offseason.

The Lions fourth-year head coach is the first to admit his team’s rebound from a 14-16 campaign – the program’s first losing season since 2001 – was something he expected. After all, North had competed in one of the state’s toughest conferences and played a loaded up non-league schedule against some of the state’s top programs last year, winning a few, but losing most, despite playing competitively, sometimes until the final inning.

But even the 2017 Courier News Softball Coach of the Year couldn’t have expected how this season would play out, as North Hunterdon finished 24-5, just a game behind Montgomery in the Skyland Conference Raritan Division race, advanced to the final of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament, and won the NJSIAA North 2 Group IV championship, falling by a run in the state Group IV final,

Click HERE to review the article on the Courier News.com.

Click HERE to review the Courier News All Area Softball Team.

 

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Not many families walked away from the NJSIAA Meet of Champions with as much hardware as the DiMarcello clan of North Hunterdon did.

Senior Annaand sophomore Ellie each took home two medals from Saturday’s meet at Northern Burlington.

“I was really happy with how I did,” said the Dartmouth-bound Anna, who was fourth in the 1,600-meter run and a part of the Lions’ 3,200-meter relay that came in fifth. “Medalling at the Meet of Champions is really special.”

And in this case, really exciting.

Ellie finished second in the 1,600 via judges’ decision as she and Kingsway senior Rachel Vick finished in a dead heat in 4 minutes, 52.69 seconds. Anna wasn’t far behind in 5:00.49. The North Hunterdon relay posted the best time in the lehighvalleylive.com region this spring – and No. 10 all-time – at 9:18.13.

Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon’s DiMarcello sisters make last track meet together memorable North Hunterdon’s DiMarcello sisters make last track meet together memorable

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Katie Lee, Hunterdon Central, Senior Joey Lostumbo, Hunterdon Central, Sophomore Rob Motzel, Hunterdon Central, xxxxx Hartley Zook, Hunterdon Central, Sophomore Erik Stevens, North Hunterdon, xxxx …
Source: Lion Athletic News The All Hunterdon Democrat Golf Team, 2017 The All Hunterdon Democrat Golf Team, 2017

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The Hunterdon Central boys tennis team is always up against it in the difficult Delaware Division of the Skyland Conference, facing some of the best teams in the state on a daily basis, including Montgomery, Pingry, Hillsborough and Ridge.
It was that much harder to get through without their first singles player and defending Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex champion from last …
Source: Lion Athletic News Hunterdon County boys tennis season in review, 2017 Hunterdon County boys tennis season in review, 2017

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Kingsway‘s Rachel Vick won the girls 1,600 race at the NJSIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions in a virtual dead heat with North Hunterdon‘s Elena DiMarcello.

With DiMarcello leading in the final meters, Vick made a late kick and leaned at the line as both runners finished with a 4:52.69. The decision went to the video with the Kingsway senior being given the nod.

Officials broke down Vick’s winning time as 4:52.6810 to DiMarcello’s 4:52.6847. Randolph’s Abby Loveys was third in 4:58.90.

Source: Lion Athletic News Kingsway’s Rachel Vick wins Meet of Champions girls 1,600-meter in photo finish, 2017 Kingsway’s Rachel Vick wins Meet of Champions girls 1,600-meter in photo finish, 2017

See all the North Hunterdon NJSIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions results below on NJMilesplit.com:

4X800 Meter Relay Team:

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DiMarcellos in the mix. North Hunterdon’s DiMarcello sisters – senior Anna and sophomore Ellie – could factor in four races. Anna is the No. 18 seed in the 3,200 at 11:07 and would need a huge time drop to medal (top 8), but don’t count her out. Ellie repeating her PR of 2:12 in the 800 would probably medal (she is #9 seed at 2:13). But the intrigue lies more in the 1,600 and the 3,200 relay. Ellie is the #2 seed (4:51) in the 1,600 and Anna 10th (4:59 but she has run 4:56). A sister medal double would be remarkable. If Ellie can turn the tables on top-seed Vick (4:49) who edged her in a terrific race at the Group 4 meet it would be doubly so. But the relay, where the Lions are seeded #7 at 9:24 but have gone 9:21, offers the most fascination. The DiMarcellos won’t be fresh, depending on what open races they run, but if the decision is to have them run one open race each and then load up the relay North could really run a corker of a race. Lion archrival Ridge owns the No. 1 seed at 9:14 but has run 8:55; that’s beyond North Hunterdon, but 9:10 and a nice medal may not be.

Source: Lion Athletic News2 9 local hot spots at NJSIAA Meet of Champions track and field 9 local hot spots at NJSIAA Meet of Champions track and field

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Egg Harbor came into the state final undefeated for the second consecutive year and walked away with its first title Saturday, rallying past No. 8 North Hunterdon, 2-1, in the Group 4 final..

North Stars of the Game:

Meghan Graham: She had a single, a double and a triple, finishing just a home run shy of the cycle for North Hunterdon. She also scored the Lions’ lone run of the game in the bottom of the first. 

Maggie Swan: North Hunterdon‘s pitcher was strong throughout the game, the two runs she allowed in the sixth inning the only blemish on her line. Swan struck out four Egg Harbor batters in the championship game to end her season with 240 strikeouts, the most ever for a North Hunterdon pitcher. The old record was 237 set by Mason Spichiger in 2014.

Source: Lion Athletic News Undefeated Egg Harbor rallies for first state Group 4 softball title, edges North Hunterdon 2-1

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Jill Paciga, a freshman, in her first season running outdoor track at any level, suddenly stood at almost the highest level of New Jersey scholastic track – at the starting line of the NJSIAA Group 4 track and field championship 100-meter high hurdle final. 

And so Paciga and Mikitiuk moved together to the absolute highest level of Garden State track and field by grabbing automatic qualifying spots for the Meet of Champions.

Mikitiuk took fifth (15.41 seconds) and Paciga sixth (15.56) to automatically secure Meet of Champs spots Saturday afternoon at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon’s Paciga, Mikitiuk hurdle to Meet of Champions North Hunterdon’s Paciga, Mikitiuk hurdle to Meet of Champions

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Last season, the Egg Harbor Township High School softball team reached the state Group 4 final without a loss only to come up short against Watchung Hills, 4-0.

No. 2 Egg Harbor has reached the championship game again without a blemish on its record and this time will take on No. 8 North Hunterdon for the title.

Source: Lion Athletic News Softball: LIVE UPDATES from No. 2 Egg Harbor vs. No. 8 North Hunterdon, Group 4 final, 5 p.m. Softball: LIVE UPDATES from No. 2 Egg Harbor vs. No. 8 North Hunterdon, Group 4 final, 5 p.m.

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