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Week in Bronco Sports: 1/2-1/6

Missed any of last week’s games? Check out this week in Broncos sports review.
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Nick Lukmann scores three of 12 points in the Broncos’ win over Indian Hills.

Tuesday, Jan. 2

Girls Bowling vs. Mahwah – 5-2 Loss

Girls bowling had a tough loss to start 2024 against undefeated Mahwah. The Broncos won game two by five pins but lost games one and three. Hadyn Hopper once again led the team and the match with a 168.67 average score.

Boys Bowling at Mahwah – 4-3 Loss

Another close loss for the boys bowling team, who lost their second match of the season by a score of 4-3. The Broncos got more total pins than Mahwah, but losses in individual games were their downfall. Jason Sorrentino bowled a 210 average to lead the match.

Girls Basketball vs. Indian Hills – 42-34 Loss

Pascack Hills girls basketball was close to an upset after a great first quarter, but it was not meant to be as Indian Hills got it back and ultimately won to continue their incredible start. This is the Braves’ fifth straight win and sixth overall of the season, which is amazing considering Indian Hills only won seven games last season. Hills girls basketball is now at 1-6.

Boys Basketball at Indian Hills – 57-37 Win

Boys basketball looks to bounce back in their first divisional game against Indian Hills. After two great performances from Ben Stahl and Austin Ellman, who each scored 22 points, the Broncos got their second win of the season over the now 4-3 Braves.

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Wrestling at River Dell – 52-25 Loss

Pascack Hills wrestling lost their first dual match of 2024 because of many forfeits in favor of River Dell. Quinn Mercier scored a quick pin in the 285 pound class kept it close, and a major decision from Hassan Shakat in the 106 class gave Hills the match lead, but five straight River Dell wins, either by forfeit or major decision, gave the Golden Hawks their sixth win of the season.

Thursday, Jan. 4

Boys Bowling at Paterson Kennedy – 7-0 Win

Boys bowling got back to a .500 record with their third win at Paterson’s John F. Kennedy High School. It was a shutout win in which Jason Sorrentino bowled at a 193.67 average and sophomore Alex McKay bowled a high game of 203.

Girls Bowling at Paterson Kennedy – 7-0 Win

Girls bowling did the same as the boys team on Thursday, improving to 3-2 with a shutout win over the Knights. Hadyn Hopper led the Broncos with a 171.33 average.

Girls Basketball at Ramsey – 48-19 Loss

The Broncos lost to Ramsey on Thursday. The Rams had two 13-point scorers, Hannah McGurr and Charlotte Auty. Ramsey gets their fifth win of the season, while the Broncos drop to 1-7.

Boys Basketball vs. #5 Ramsey – 52-39 Loss

Boys basketball welcomed Ramsey to the Michael J. O’Brien Court on Thursday. The Rams are ranked at number five in both Group II and the Big North Conference. Ramsey came into the game 7-0 and left with their eighth win of the season. The Broncos dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in divisional play.

Girls Swimming at Passaic Tech – 86-84 Win

After their win over Northern Highlands early in the season, the first win over the Highlanders in program history, Pascack girls swimming had a close win over now 3-2 Passaic Tech on Thursday. Pascack scored eight total wins. Amanda Bramley, Jessica Malocha, and Rianna Kirkorian all had two wins.

Boys Swimming at Passaic Tech – 110-59 Loss

Harry Fominykh scored the only two wins for the boys swim team in their meet against Passaic Tech. The Bulldogs improve to 4-1, while Hills drops to 2-2.

Pascack Hockey at No. 10 Northern Highlands – 7-3 Loss

Pascack Hockey was not the home team, but they were at their home arena to take on the tenth-ranked Highlanders. Jake Baratta had a hat trick for Northern Highlands, while Austin Groves scored two goals for Pascack. Northern Highlands scored their tenth win of the season, while Hills fell to 3-4.

Friday, Jan. 5

Wrestling at Demarest – 39-33 Win

A close match on Friday between two winning teams saw the Broncos score their fourth win of the season and first of the year over the 4-2 Norsemen. Six pins for the Broncos, including three straight from Tyler Duffy, Quinn Mercier, and Hassan Shawkat, let the Broncos pull away to win the match 39-33. Hills wrestling will finally have a home match on Wednesday against 0-5 Ramsey.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Girls Basketball vs. Lakeland – 51-40 Loss

On Saturday, Lakeland got their second win of the season after a three-game losing streak over the Broncos. Hills Gianna Juliano scored ten points, but Lakeland Amelia Guardascione’s 23 points proved too much for the Broncos to handle in this benefit tournament loss.

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Matt Merlino
Matt Merlino, Sports Editor
Matt Merlino is a Hills sophomore. He joined the Trailblazer his freshman year and live broadcasted sporting events at Hills for the PH Athletics YouTube channel. This year, Merlino is excited to be a part of the editorial staff and report on breaking sports news. Fun fact: Merlino enjoys go-karting as a hobby.

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