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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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Congratulations top Jimmy Magnier who is heading to the Meet of Champions.

His personal-best throw of 162 feet, 9 inches earned him sixth place and with it the last automatic qualifying spot for the Meet of Champs on the first day of the NJSIAA Group 4 championships at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Source: Lion Athletic News2 Unexpected javelin season extension for North Hunterdon’s Magnier Unexpected javelin season extension for North Hunterdon’s Magnier

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Congratulations to Ellie DiMarcello who ran a spectacular time of 4 minutes, 51.44 seconds in the Group 4 1,600-meter run at Egg Harbor Township High School. Ellie’s silver medal capped a solid day for the Lion girls overall. Anna DiMarcello took fifth in the 1,600 in 4:59.13, and Anna led off the North 3,200 relay followed by Chloe Gonzalez, Carleigh Haris, and Kelley McCarten that finished fourth in 9:24.42. Both Anna DiMarcello and the relay automatically qualified for the Meet of Champions.

Just missing out on automatic qualifying were Lion junior Emma Mikitiuk (seventh in the triple jump at 36-0¾) and sophomore Gabrielle Beneducci (10th in a 2017 regional-best 1:04.83 in the 400 hurdles) but both may get wild-card bids to the Meet of Champions.

Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon’s Ellie DiMarcello’s best good enough for 1,600 silver at Group 4 track North Hunterdon’s Ellie DiMarcello’s best good enough for 1,600 silver at Group 4 track 

Click HERE to review all the Day 1 results on NJMilesplit.com.

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The NJSIAA announced the times for all six-softball finals this weekend at Kean University. Following is the schedule for the weekend. At the conclusion, the six group champions will be seeded and compete in the first-ever Tournament of Champions at Ivy Hill Park in Newark. There will be doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday night and the Tournament of Champions final on Friday.

SATURDAY

Group 4: No. 2 Egg Harbor (22-0) vs. No. 8 North Hunterdon (24-4), 5pm

Source: Lion Athletic News Softball: State finals times Softball: State finals times

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Congratulations to the ​Lady Lions Softball team for beating Morris Knolls in the Group IV ​NJSIAA Semifinals​ 2-1. Meghan Graham and Melissa Meiners drove in third-inning runs, and junior lefty Maggie Swan delivered another in a long line of fantastic efforts from the circle Thursday and North Hunterdon advanced to the Group IV final with a 2-1 victory over Morris Knolls at Caldwell University.

North Hunterdon improves to 24-4 with the victory, surpassing the 23 wins collected by the 2014 squad. The Lions will face undefeated Egg Harbor Township in the Group IV final, either Saturday or Sunday at Kean University, hoping to match the accomplishment of the team three years ago and punch their ticket to the inaugural softball Tournament of Champions, set for next week at Seton Hall University.​

Source: Lion Athletic News Morris Knolls (1) at North Hunterdon (2), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Semifinal Round, Group 4 – Softball Morris Knolls (1) at North Hunterdon (2), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Semifinal Round, Group 4 – Softball

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

 

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With sectional championships already in hand, both North Hunterdon, No. 11 in the NJ.com Top 20, and Morris Knolls shift their attention to a group title as the two square off in the Group 4 tourna…
Source: Lion Athletic News Softball: LIVE updates from No. 11 North Hunterdon vs. Morris Knolls, Group 4 semifinal, 4 Softball: LIVE updates from No. 11 North Hunterdon vs. Morris Knolls, Group 4 semifinal, 4

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Area athletes will be trying to qualify for the Meet of Champions from the Group 2, 3, and 4 meets.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 7 local hot spots at NJSIAA boys group track meets 7 local hot spots at NJSIAA boys group track meets

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Area athletes will be trying to qualify for the Meet of Champions from the Group 2, 3, and 4 meets.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 7 local hot spots at NJSIAA girls group track meets 7 local hot spots at NJSIAA girls group track meets

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Maggie Swan had another big game for the Lions.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon softball blanks Bridgewater in sectional final | Full coverage North Hunterdon softball blanks Bridgewater in sectional final | Full coverage

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Maggie Swan, Megan Hanily helped the Lions win the sectional championship.
Source: Lion Athletic News2 WATCH: Swan, Hanily talk about close-knit North Hunterdon softball team WATCH: Swan, Hanily talk about close-knit North Hunterdon softball team

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Congratulations to the Lady Lion softball team for winning the ​ NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 Softball Sectional Championship​against Bridgewater-Raritan HS 8-0. It is the first sectional title for the Lions since 2014.

North Hunterdon sent 11 batters to the plate in the six-run bottom of the third inning.

Second baseman Maria Newsome led off the big frame with a double. Senior center fielder Meghan Graham knocked her in with a single to make it 1-0. Following a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Meiners, shortstop Eliza Filus had an infield single. Following an error off a ball hit by Swan, sophomore Megan Hanily had a two-run single to extend the lead to three runs.

The Lions weren’t done yet in the frame as junior first baseman Jess Nolan walked. Left fielder Jensen Macaulay then walked with the bases loaded to put the Lions ahead 4-0. A run would come in on an error off a ball hit by Kira Thomas and another would cross home plate on a balk to finish off the big frame.

Swan struck out eight, walked none and allowed only two hits, with both coming in the first three innings. She retired the final 13 batters she faced in the game. ​Swan​ ​also reached base three times, including an RBI double in the fourth inning.

The Lions will play the North 1, Group 4 champion Morris Knolls in the group semifinal at 4 p.m. Thursday at Caldwell University.

Source: Lion Athletic News2 North Hunterdon softball wins sectional championship North Hunterdon softball wins sectional championship

Source: Lion Athletic News2 WATCH: North Hunterdon softball clinches sectional title WATCH: North Hunterdon softball clinches sectional title

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