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Week in Bronco Sports: 1/29-2/3

Missed any of last week’s games? Check out this week in Broncos sports review.
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Nick Lukmann puts up a three for the Broncos against Ramsey.

Monday, Jan. 29

Ice Hockey at Tenafly – 3-2 Loss

At a rare outdoor rink, the Pascack Hockey Team put up a good fight against 15-2 Tenafly but ultimately lost. Two early Tenafly goals put them up 2-0 with five minutes remaining in the second period. But two goals from Daniel Epstein and Zach Groves tied things up. Tenafly’s Aidan Marom scored with just two minutes remaining to clinch the game.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Boys Bowling vs. River Dell – 7-0 Win

Michael Chelney bowled a 219 average over three games to give Pascack Hills boys bowling a shutout win over River Dell. The Broncos improved to 9-5 on the year with the win and solidified a position in the state tournament.

Girls Bowling at River Dell – 7-0 Loss

Girls bowling suffered a shutout loss to River Dell on Tuesday. The Broncos fell to 6-5.

Girls Basketball vs. Ramsey – 41-30 Loss

Ramsey defeated Pascack Hills girls basketball on Tuesday. Ramsey snapped a four-game losing streak, and the Broncos fell to 4-14.

Boys Basketball at Ramsey – 64-41 Loss

Boys basketball could not get past 15-5 Ramsey despite a four-game winning streak. Nick Lukmann and Ben Stahl put up 12 in the loss.

Boys Swimming at Clifton – 126-30 Win

Boys swimming ended their regular season with a big win over Clifton. They finished second in the Big North Liberty Division and will be seeded sixth in the state playoffs starting this Monday. 

Girls Swimming at Clifton – 119-40 Win

Girls swimming finished their regular season undefeated. With eight wins and no losses, the team picked up the Big North Liberty Division Championship for the third time in program history. Now their focus turns toward the state playoffs, where they will compete against Morristown in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Wrestling vs. Westwood – 45-30 Loss

With a divisional championship on the line, the 8-7 Broncos welcomed one-loss Westwood to the Chester A. Pilatowski Gymnasium on Wednesday night. Hassan Shawkat got things started with a second round pin in the 106 lb class, but two straight Westwood pins put them up 12-6. Matt Velez kept things close with a late pin at 126, but another two Westwood wins put them back in front. Three straight wins for the Broncos from Dillon Cahill, Jake Wacha, and Sean Herman put them up 24-21. But three straight pins for the Cardinals put them out in front for good and secured the Big North Patriot Division for Westwood. This matchup could happen again if both teams win their state tournament quarterfinal matchups on Monday.

Thursday, Feb. 1

Girls Bowling at Mahwah – 7-0 Loss

Another shutout loss for girls bowling dropped them to 6-6 and stifled chances for a home playoff match. With two days until the cutoff, the Broncos sit as the 5th seed and would play at Lakeland.

Boys Bowling vs. Mahwah – 5-2 Loss

Boys bowling suffered a loss to a strong Mahwah team that barely edged past the Broncos to claim second in the Big North Patriot Division. The Broncos won the first game, but Mahwah came back to win the other two.

Girls Basketball vs. Mahwah – 49-29 Loss

The Thunderbirds had double-digit points in Mahwah’s win over Pascack Hills. Mahwah continues on course for a Patriot Division championship while the Broncos fell to 4-15.

Boys Basketball at Mahwah – 53-44 Win

Boys basketball got back on track with a win over a good Mahwah team. Nick Lukmann led the Broncos with 18 points while David Weidmuller added 14. The Broncos improved to 9-7 heading into Saturday’s Bergen County Invitational Quarterfinal game against Cresskill.

Friday, Feb. 2

Ice Hockey vs. Old Tappan – 13-3 Win

Friday was a fun day for Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley sports. Early in the day, Bronco and Panther fans were cooperative in their rooting for the Pascack Hockey Team on their senior night, and they did not disappoint. Almost every player was involved in a goal, and senior Zach Groves led with four goals. The game only took two periods as the mercy rule was activated with the Pascack Hockey Team ahead by ten goals.

Wrestling at Pascack Valley – 43-31 Loss

Pascack Hills Wrestling had not beat Pascack Valley for eight years coming into this Friday’s matchup. This year seemed like a good chance for the Broncos to get a leg up on Valley. It started with three straight Bronco pins from Tyler Duffy, Quinn Mercier, and Hassan Shawkat. A Hills forfeit followed, but many in the crowd were not happy when an apparent Matt Velez pin was not called. Velez still won his match by technical fall and put the Broncos up 23-6. The excitement of the Bronco crowd was tapered by four straight Valley wins, three of them pins, and the Panthers led 27-23. All eyes were on Columbia University-commit Jake Wacha, the last undefeated wrestler in the 150 pound weight class in the entire state of New Jersey, to turn the match back in favor of the Broncos. The Bronco camp was stunned when Wacha went down with an injury, but he fought back through the match and also won by technical fall to give the Broncos a 28-27 lead. At 157 pounds, a Valley pin put them back in front, but Sean Herman won a crucial decision at 165 pounds to keep the match within two points. It would come down to the 175 and 190 pound matchups. At 175, Valley’s Julian Morris won by a major decision over Demir Bingol, but that would keep a tie still possible. At 190, Dylan Funke of Pascack Hills fought hard but could not escape a pin from Valley’s Delvin Oxmann which sealed a ninth straight Panther win over the Broncos.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Boys Basketball vs. Cresskill (Bergen County Invitational, Quarterfinal Round) – 57-55 Win

Ryan Lee and Nick Lukmann put up 16 points in a close win for Pascack Hills boys basketball over Cresskill. The Broncos had defeated the Cougars once early in the year, but Cresskill moved to a six-point lead by the end of the first quarter. The Broncos came back, and the score was tied going into the fourth quarter. The Broncos pulled away and secured a semifinal appearance, where they will take on Westwood on Super Bowl Sunday at St. Joseph’s High School in Montvale.

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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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