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March 31, 2022

CHATHAM, NJ -- Saurav Patel created a buzz in the fall when the Chatham boys tennis team learned he was returning for his senior year. Patel had followed what the Cougars were doing in 2021 while he was playing the USTA circuit and he wanted back in. "I liked the environment of the Chatham ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the Chatham boys lacrosse team was starting to get its offense in gear. The problem was that Delbarton dominated in those little things that add up to wins like faceoffs, defensive rides, clears and ground balls. All those little ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- There won't be any announcement before the Chatham boys lacrosse game like "Drivers, start your engines" but new head coach Tim Roy is training his team to press the pedal whenever possible. That's why the Cougars start every practice with a drill they call NASCAR in which the ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham girls lacrosse coach Helen Oliver has a little bit of a problem. It's the kind of problem that could make opposing coaches envious this spring. "We don't really have a starting lineup," Oliver said. "We're really heavy on offense right now, we have a lot of attackers. We ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham baseball team hit the weight room in the offseason and has returned to the field bigger and stronger for 2022. "I'm excited, this group has a different feel to it," Todd Leathers, entering 6th year as the Chatham baseball coach, said. "We're going to hit. It's a fun ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The application went in two years ago and the Chatham High School Athletic Department was finally recognized with the "Neil Rosa Program of Excellence" award it received recently at the Director of Athletics Association of New Jersey convention held in Atlantic City. Former ...

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SUMMIT, NJ -- Three Chatham Youth Basketball girls teams won Jersey Basketball League championships in games played over the weekend at Oratory Prep. Chatham's 8th Grade Blue team topped Denville in its title game. Members and coaches of the 8G Blue: Lilly Arps, Avery Bruzzo, Grace Cloud, Peyton ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham High swim coach Laura Hartnett has been named the state boys "Coach of the Year" by NJ.com. In her second year as the Cougar coach, Hartnett guided the Chatham boys to their first Morris County Championship since 2013 and the school's first-ever boys NJSIAA Group B state ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham soccer player Riley Cross, a freshman midfielder at Oak Knoll, has been invited to training camp with the under-15 U.S. Women's National Team in Chula Vista, Calif., from March 21 through March 28. Cross is one of 36 players from around the country invited to the camp by ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- A sign that it was going to be a challenging day for the Chatham offense came in the third period when successive point-blank shots by Cougars Cullen Decker and J.P. Lagunowich were turned away by West Essex goalie Connor Coughlin. Coughlin held Chatham scoreless in the third ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- It wasn't the official start in a real game, but it was a start nonetheless with Chatham's new boys lacrosse coach Tim Roy guiding his team for the first time against an opponent, a 12-6 scrimmage win vs. Sparta at Cougar Field on Tuesday. An example of what Roy will be bringing ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Considering the sparse preparation the Chatham girls lacrosse team had coming into its first scrimmage on Monday, the 11-8 win vs. Bridgewater-Raritan at Haas Field was a pretty good start. "Last week was tough," Chatham coach Helen McCutcheon Oliver said. "We got two practices in ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Joe Gaba saw what could be in the future for Riley Allen when she played with the Chatham girls basketball summer team in the No Boyz Allowed league just before her freshman year of high school. "That was the year that we had Maddie Hartnett and Tess Ford and we were really ...

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FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ -- Everyone in the gym knew that Ally Sweeney was going to get the ball with 1.1 seconds showing and the game tied. The Sparta guard was simply unstoppable on this day, hitting a fade-away baseline jumper, releasing the ball in the air from behind the backboard. Sweeney's ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- When Ella Kreuzer drained a huge 3-pointer from the top of the key for Chatham in the first minute of the fourth quarter, the boisterous Cougar Nation supporters chanted "She's a Freshman! ... She's a Freshman!" It was an apt way of letting it be known what Chatham girls ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- With only one senior in the starting lineup, the X factor for the Chatham girls basketball team this season was how quickly the young team could mature throughout the season. How well the Cougars have developed as a team will unfold, starting 7 p.m. Monday when top-seeded Chatham ...

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SEWELL, NJ -- Members of the Chatham boys swim team returned to the scene of their glory over the weekend by competing in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at the  Gloucester County Institute of Technology Aquatic Center, where the Cougars had completed a 16-0 season by winning their first state ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- The words were getting caught in his throat and his eyes were watering up. In his 25 years and 400-plus wins as the Chatham girls basketball coach, Joe Gaba had never seen a comeback like this one. "The one thing this team doesn't do, it doesn't quit," Gaba said. "You saw it ...

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TOMS RIVER, NJ -- Chatham senior Jackson Koury broke the school record in the 55-meter hurdles for the third time this season, clocking 7.67 in the preliminaries and 7.70 in the finals to place fourth at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday in the Bennett Center. On the girls side, senior ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- It took just five seconds for Chatham to receive a sign that it was going to get off to a fast start when Riley Allen won the opening tip and Mia Semioli turned it into a layup for the Cougars. The top-seeded Chatham girls basketball team would score the first 13 points of the ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham High sophomore Jack Bigham is a history buff of sorts. It's a subject that interests him in school and in general. "I love learning about all kinds of history," he said. "That's sort of a hobby of mine." Turns out, he's also into making history. This past Saturday, he ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- If only Chatham could have squeezed two more points out of Ryan Leskauskas in the closing seconds, the Cougars could have celebrated a Houdini-like escape in the first round of the state boys basketball tournament. Unfortunately for the No. 8 seed Cougars, their season ended in a ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Given the challenging regular-season schedule Chatham has played, it wasn't surprising that the Cougars won their opening-round girls basketball state tournament game in dominating fashion.  Top-seeded Chatham eased past No. 16 Newark Collegiate, 62-26, with 11 different players ...

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TOMS RIVER, NJ -- Chatham senior Jackson Koury has qualified for the winter track NJSIAA Meet of Champions in the hurdles next Saturday in the Bennett Center after placing fourth at the Group 3 state meet this past Saturday. Koury qualified for the MOC in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of ...

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TOMS RIVER, NJ -- Chatham senior Sarah Petitjean set a school record in placing fifth in the 1600 and junior Elsa Spoor finished second for the Cougars in the high jump at the girls NJSIAA Group 3 winter track & field meet held Saturday in the Bennett Center. Petitjean's record time in the ...

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SEWELL, NJ -- Senior captain Kyle Beebe didn't get comfortable in his seat on the bus ride to the state championship boys swim meet until he made his speech to the Cougar team. "Once we pulled out of the high school, I made sure to get that done so everyone could rest," Beebe said. "We've had so ...

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SEWELL, NJ -- The day began with a 100-mile bus ride from Chatham to the Gloucester County Institute of Technology Aquatic Center and ended about seven hours later with a police, fire and EMS escort from the edge of town to CHS. The 2022 Chatham boys swim team completed a perfect 16-0 season and ...

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WARREN, NJ —Addison Barrett led the way with 17 points and Ella Kreuzer added 16 points as Chatham topped Watchung Hills, 61-48, in girls basketball on Saturday. Carly Frohnapfel pitched in 14 points for the Cougars (15-10). Junior Morgan Groff paced the Warriors (11-12) with 19 points and 6 ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- At this point, the only direction left for the Chatham boys basketball team appears to be up. It's not an exaggeration to say that Chatham hit rock bottom in its regular-season finale, a 50-29 loss to Caldwell on Thursday night. "When you score two points in the third ...

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CHATHAM, NJ -- Run fast, jump hard. Those were the basics Joe DeCandia stuck to during his first three years of pole vaulting for Chatham High. That changed this year when the senior took some preseason private lessons at Apex Vaulting, which forced him to concentrate on the fundamentals of the ...

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