BOE acknowledges sports achievements of students, coaches

Several sports accomplishments of students and coaches at Hills were recognized by the BOE on Monday night.


Some of the members of the boys track team.

At their regular meeting on Monday night, the Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education acknowledged the accomplishments of the district’s hockey team, Pascack Hills wrestling team, and boys track and field team. 

First, the boys track and field team at Hills was recognized for being selected as the Boys Small School Team of the Year, Group 1 & 2 Team of the Year, and Bergen County Indoor Relay Champions. 

“They’re a great group of kids…I’m very proud of them,” said head coach Ross Koehler. 

The following are members of the team that were recognized: 

  • Eli Behar
  • Angelo Celli
  • Jack Harrington
  • Shane Jensen
  • Zachary Ligasin
  • Matthew Lokshin
  • Benjamin Mandler
  • Bradley Merson
  • Peter Priestner
  • Jagit Ramakrishnan
  • Matthew Schwartz
  • Akul Sethi
  • Timothy Sneath
  • Max Zhu
  • Max Zuckerman 

Koehler was also recognized for being selected as the Big North Boys Indoor Track Coach of the Year. 

Some of the members of the boys track team.

After, the BOE acknowledged the wrestling team at Hills for winning the Group D County Wrestling Championship. 

“I’m super proud of these individuals. This is the third year winning championships…I love coaching them,” said head coach David Bucco. 

The following are members of the team that were recognized:

  • Kylir Alexander
  • Ryan Baudisch
  • Patrick Cahill
  • Alejandro Camarena
  • Gary Cooper
  • Matthew Daniels
  • Omar Daraghmeh
  • Joseph DelGrande
  • Matthew DiBella
  • Tyler Duffy
  • Michael Frangos
  • Christian Funke
  • Alexander Leon
  • Hunter Morton
  • Sharbel Nicolas
  • Athan Stamis
  • Max Unger
  • Aidan Varkey
Bucco (left) with members of the wrestling team and assistant coaches Kevin Moran (upmost right) and Jim Freeman (right).

Within the team, Bucco was also acknowledged for being chosen as the Big North Wrestling Coach of the Year, and Camarena, a Hills junior, was acknowledged for becoming a District I wrestling champion. 

From left to right: Bucco and Camarena.

Additionally, Hills sophomore Joseph Giordano was chosen as The Record’s athlete of the week for baseball after pitching a no-hitter and striking out 16 in a game against Ramapo High School. The BOE acknowledged this at the meeting, too.

Giordano poses for a photo after being recognized for his achievement.

One final acknowledgement went to the district hockey team for becoming the Big North Star Silver Cup Champions. 

“This was our first lead cup in 18 years…congratulations to the kids…[it was a] great all-around year,” commented head coach Sean Cosgrove. 

The following are members of the team that were recognized: 

  • Zachary Groves 
  • Christian Grubic
  • Patrick Haworth 
  • Ryan Hayes
  • Yulianna Krol
  • Camilo Ramirez 
  • Tyler Rothstein 
  • Erik Wrynn
    Some of the members of the district hockey team.

Later in the meeting, the BOE unanimously voted to adopt the budget for the 2022-23 school year. With a total of $54,643,367, secretary Yas Usami stated that the budget would cover “curricular proposals, staffing, and capital improvements.”