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Week in Bronco Sports: 2/4-2/10

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David Weidmuller passes to Nick Lukmann in the Broncos win over River Dell on Tuesday.

Sunday, Feb. 4

Ice Hockey at Paramus Catholic – 10-0 Win

Pascack Hockey started their best week of the season with a crushing win over Paramus Catholic. This was the second time Pascack defeated Paramus Catholic, with both ending at a 10-0 score. Zach Groves and Owen Dargan had two goals each to lead the team.

Monday, Feb. 5

Wrestling at High Point (NJSIAA Team Tournament, Quarterfinals) – 54-15 Loss

Coming off a tough loss at Pascack Valley, the sixth-ranked Bronco wrestling team went up against third-ranked High Point in the state quarterfinals. Jake Wacha, Sean Herman, and Hassan Shawkat were the only winners for Pascack Hills. Wacha had a quick pin, Herman a 4-2 decision, and Shawkat won by forfeit.

Boys Swimming vs. River Dell (NJSIAA Tournament, First Round) – 89-81 Win

Sixth-ranked Pascack won all but two categories in their state tournament meet against seventh-ranked River Dell. Harry Fominykh, Brian Yang, and Nathan Jeong all had two individual wins to send Pascack to the quarterfinals.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Boys Basketball vs. River Dell – 53-50 Win

The Broncos had two close wins against River Dell this year, but instead of a comeback as in their earlier matchup, this time the Broncos were in control throughout. David Weidmuller had 18 points while Nick Lukmann had 16 points, and Pascack Hills locked up second place in the Big North Patriot Division.

Girls Basketball at River Dell – 53-26 Loss

Girls basketball was outscored 20-0 in the second quarter as they lost by 27.

Ice Hockey vs. Ridgewood – 3-2 Win

Pascack Hockey had a huge win over a 12-5-1 Ridgewood team on Tuesday. The win secured second place in the Big North Freedom Division. Owen Dargan scored two goals to keep it level, but Zach Groves scored a go-ahead goal with three minutes left in the second period. It was all on Yulianna Krol, and one of her 22 saves came in the final minute, securing a 3-2 Pascack win.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Girls Swimming vs. Morristown (NJSIAA Tournament, Quarterfinals) – 102-68 Win

Pascack girls swimming continued their undefeated season with a win over fifth-ranked Morristown. Pascack won all but two categories with Rianna Kirkorian, Jessica Malocha, and Amanda Bramley scoring two individual wins each. Coach Shawn Buchanan scored his 100th win as the Pascack Swim Coach.

Thursday, Feb. 8

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Senior Nick Lukmann celebrates with his father and his brother on Thursday.

Boys Basketball vs. Westwood – 50-40 Win

On senior night, Pascack Hills boys basketball took on Westwood in their final divisional game of the season and a preview of Sunday’s BIT Tournament semifinal clash. The Broncos jumped to a 27-17 lead at halftime, but Westwood came back in the third quarter to have a two-point deficit with eight minutes remaining. The Broncos outscored Westwood 15-7 in the fourth quarter to give them a 50-40 win. Two seniors, Nick Lukmann and David Weidmuller, combined for 33 points, two-thirds of the Broncos scoring.

Girls Basketball at Westwood – 54-32 Loss

Girls basketball lost their fourth straight game against Westwood to finish divisional play at 1-9. Gianna Juliano and McKenna Ferrall both had 12 points in the loss.

Boys Swimming at Livingston (NJSIAA Tournament, Quarterfinals) – 102-68 Loss

A great boys swimming season came to an end at the hands of third-ranked Livinston. Pascack finished the season at 6-4 with a second place finish in the Big North Liberty Division.

Ice Hockey vs. Mendham – 3-1 Win

Another win for Pascack Hockey came against Mendham on Thursday. Pascack finished the regular season with a three-game winning streak. All goals for Pascack were scored before the end of the second period. Owen Dargan had two with Hunter Goodman scoring one. Yulianna Krol had another 22-save performance.

Friday, Feb. 9

Wrestling vs. Pingry – 67-12 Win

In the first leg of the final home match, Pascack Hills wrestling defeated the Pingry team. The Broncos won all but two matches, highlighted by seven pins.

Wrestling vs. Bloomfield – 45-31 Loss

Bloomfield jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The Broncos brought the match within two points after Jake Wacha and Sean Herman won, but Bloomfield pulled away.

Ice Hockey at Northern Highlands (Big North Gold Cup, Quarterfinals) – 3-0 Win

Many on the Pascack Hockey team thought that their win against Ridgewood on Tuesday would be their best win of the week. Those thoughts had some merit; the Northern Highlands had defeated Pascack twice this season by a combined score of 16-5. Some had hopes for a win, but I do not think anybody expected a shutout against the 16-5 Highlanders. Yulianna Krol had her fifth shutout of the season with 28 saves. Jack Sheehan opened the scoring in the second period while Justin Yoo and Zach Groves added insurance goals in the third. Pascack moves on to play Ramapo on Tuesday in the Big North semifinals.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Wrestling at Cliffside Park – 47-24 Win

Wrestling got a win over a 16-4 Cliffside Park in the first leg of their final match of the season. Hills played their hearts out, only allowing four Cliffside Park wins. 

Wrestling vs. Teaneck – 48-27 Win

It was a closer match, but still a crushing Bronco win against Teaneck to finish the regular season at 11-11. Tyler Duffy and Gary Cooper had two quick pins in the Pascack Hills win.

State Tournament Previews

With the regular season coming to an end, it is time to preview what Bronco teams will take part in state tournaments. Brackets for most of these sports will not be finalized until February 13th, so what you are about to read is our best estimation. 

Boys Basketball

Pascack Hills moved from the bottom quadrant to fifth place in the power point rankings over the past two weeks. This means the Broncos would have two guaranteed home playoff games if they were to make it to the quarterfinals. In the first round, as of now 12-7 Hills would play a 15-7 Pompton Lakes team, and the winner of that game would play either Dumont or Lenape Valley. 

Boys Bowling

The boys bowling brackets have been finalized for two days now. Seventh-ranked Pascack Hills will take on tenth-ranked St. Joseph’s in the first round on Tuesday, with the winner moving on to play at second-ranked Demarest.

Girls Basketball

Girls basketball will miss out on the state tournament for the fourth straight year. They sit 21st of 22 schools in the group.

Girls Bowling

The fifth-ranked Broncos will take on fourth-ranked Lakeland in the first round of the girls bowling tournament on Wednesday. The winner will play #1 Indian Hills on February 23rd. 

Wrestling

While the Broncos lost in the quarterfinals of the team tournament, their focus turns toward personal glory. The individual district tournament takes place this coming Saturday, with Hills competing in district three. The top wrestlers in that tournament move to the regional tournament, and the best in each weight class move to the state tournament in Atlantic City in early March.

Ice Hockey

With their undefeated week and two impressive wins over Ridgewood and Northern Highlands, Pascack Hockey moved from 16th to 6th in the state tournament rankings. As of right now, Pascack would rematch River Dell, an opponent they lost to earlier in the season but defeated in the state tournament last year.

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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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