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August 29, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A Rutgers defensive back is leaving the football team, citing the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Peyton Powell, a native of Midland, Texas, who did not see any playing time since joining the team in December 2019, announced on Twitter that he will enter the mechanism ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Showing perseverance amid pandemic challenges, the Columbia High School fall sports program will start on time and feature the school’s tennis, field hockey, soccer, volleyball and football programs. Asked what the community can look forward to, Columbia High School Interim ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A debt referendum petition related to artificial turf at DeHart Park, which was submitted last week, has been certified and will be on the November election ballot. Maplewood Township Clerk Liz Fritzen said she certified the petition as compliant Tuesday and referred it to the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A petition to put the bonding ordinance that would fund artificial turf at DeHart Park on the ballot as a debt referendum was submitted to the Maplewood Clerk’s Office yesterday, Aug. 9. Some 45 community members made “a total group effort” to collect the 1,080 signatures ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sydney McLaughlin, a 2017 graduate of Union Catholic High School, has gone from “Syd The Kid’’ to "The Golden Girl.'' McLaughlin was known as “Syd The Kid’’ when she became the youngest person since 1972 to compete for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team when she made the ...

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NEWARK, NJ – When Ezinne Kalu stepped onto the basketball court in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer to represent the Nigerian women’s team, her Newark upbringing was not lost on her. Born and raised in Newark, Kalu said life in the Brick City wasn’t always glitz and glam. For Kalu, ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Few events have occurred with greater anticipation than Tuesday night's women's 400 meter hurdles finals, which featured a showdown between the reigning Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad, and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin. The race did not disappoint as McLaughlin and ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Players and coaches from the New York Giants paid a visit to the newly refurbished Eddie Moraes Stadium in Newark this weekend to interact and engage with youth football programs around the city.  Big Blue’s visit to the Brick City came as part of an NFL-led initiative this summer, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — New Columbia High School graduates Lily Kubany and Lindsay Gross have started a petition to have the Underhill Sports Complex renamed for Moussa Fofana, who was shot and killed there on June 6.  Kubany was friends with Moussa from the soccer program. He was a star on the boys’ ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A large gathering of Union Catholic students, parents, teachers, alumni, volunteers, and members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community came out to watch local legend Sydney McLaughlin hurdle her way into the semifinals in the 400 hurdles at the Olympics in Tokyo on ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Alen Hadzic, a 29-year-old West Orange native who graduated from Montclair High School, was temporarily suspended in June by the US Center for SafeSport when three women reported him for sexual misconduct between 2013 and 2015. Hadzic denies the allegations. He’s an ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Wayne Valley High School’s outstanding fencer, Francesca Russo, is in Tokyo right now, settled into the Olympic village and prepping for competition. Her road to Tokyo, though took a turn during the pandemic and COVID came very close to derailing her dream. Russo’s story is one of ...

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TOKYO, JAPAN — NJ native Sam Mattis will be throwing Discus at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Mattis will be competing on Thursday, July 29 at 8:45 p.m. on NBC. Mattis is ranked #17 in the world by worldathetics.org, and he is ranked #1 in the United States.  His personal bests and ...

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Former Patriot Hoy Park Called Up To Yankees BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Infielder Hoy Park, who began his 2021 season with the Somerset Patriots, has signed a Major League contract with the New York Yankees and has been selected to their 26-man roster, the team announced Friday afternoon. Park becomes ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood School District will be upgrading security at the Underhill Sports Complex.  Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor send this information out to the school community this afternoon in an email which states: Hello South Orange and Maplewood ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Residents of the Hilton neighborhood and beyond, unhappy with Maplewood Township having authorized engaging an engineering firm for pricing estimates for turf fields at DeHart Park and other locations, gathered online for a streaming meeting July 1 to discuss the potential ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Union Catholic alum and track & field legend Sydney McLaughlin set a world-record time of 51.90 in the 400-meter hurdles late Sunday, thereby earning a second opportunity to compete for the United States at the Olympic Games. McLaughlin, who competed for America in Rio in ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Two members of the Columbia girls lacrosse team have been selected to the Super Essex Conference's All-Liberty Division first team. Lila Price and Lily Ramos of Columbia both were named by the conference's coaches to the 2021 Liberty Division first team. Price, a senior, ...

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Maplewood, NJ — Columbia High School Girls Ultimate Frisbee Team, known as “Sparkle Motion,” achieved the best record (5 wins, 2 losses) of any team within New Jersey this year. Sparkle Motion placed second in the State Championship after losing to Watchung by one point. CHS Senior Skylar Yarter ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Derek Chibbaro and Aiden Lefferts combined for nine strong innings on the mound before Columbia pulled out an extra-inning 3-2 baseball victory over Belleville on Saturday. Lefferts pitched four shutout innings of two-hit ball with two walks and one strikeout for the Cougars ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ — Jacob Messeri, who played varsity baseball for Columbia High School, has earned the 2021 Investors Bank Best Teammate Award for the school. The award was part of an evening where the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center honored student athletes from member schools of ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The annual men’s basketball matchup between Rutgers and Seton Hall returns for the 2021-22 season as the two teams face off in the Garden State Hardwood Classic. The game is slated for Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark.  Rutgers defeated then-No. 22 ranked ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The #2-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers dominated in the state playoff opener against #15-seeded Columbia High School Cougars June 2. After a sacrifice fly RBI by Matthew Motiwalla scored Aidan Pierre for Columbia (6-13) and got the visiting Cougars to within 3-1 in the top ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Alissa Gallion drove in four runs to lead West Essex to a 10-7 softball victory over Columbia on Friday. Gallion went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double for West Essex, which scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning after trailing, 7-6, when the frame began. Julia ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence girls lacrosse team built a seven-goal halftime lead on its way to an 11-7 victory over Columbia on Wednesday. Reagan Wawzycki scored five goals for the Pioneers (8-8), who led, 8-1, at the half. Callista Slabaugh connected for three goals, and Grace Kelly ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — With Gov. Murphy’s Executive Order lifting the requirement for maintaining six-foot social distancing for outdoor settings, the Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate, will operate at 100% capacity at TD Bank Ballpark beginning on Friday, May 28. “We are ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Anthony Ashnault, a former national champion and Rutgers wrestling’s all-time wins leader, has been hired as an assistant coach. Ashnault became the only four-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Champion in Rutgers history. He capped his career at Rutgers with an ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Sydney Waldon and Kathleen Wack combined on a no-hitter to send Columbia to a 13-0 softball victory over Belleville on Tuesday. Waldon struck out nine out of the 11 batters she faced, hitting the other two, and Wack struck out five batters as the Cougars (9-12) scored three runs ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Rutgers football team will begin the 2021 season in primetime. The Scarlet Knights’ season opener against the Temple Owls at SHI Stadium has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 2, the team announced Monday. Game times and network designations will be announced at a later ...

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WARREN, NJ — The Watchung Hills boys tennis team swept Columbia on Monday in the NJSIAA Tournament, First Round, North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4, 5-0. Results are: 1st Singles: Eric Heinzelman over Troy Lee 6-0, 6-0 2nd Singles: Nicholas Yang over Silas Silverman-Stoloff 6-2, 6-0 3rd ...

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