Roundup: The Week in Sports and a Look Ahead

How was your week? This is how the week went for the Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen.


Fort Lee fell to 2-6 on the season Friday night when they lost 28-7 at Dumont High School. Frankie Goris scored the only touchdown for the Bridgemen on a short run.

“We made too many mistakes early,” said head coach Bill Straub.

The team will take the field again on Friday, Nov. 4, when they visit Mahwah High School for a 6 p.m. start.

Boys Soccer:

The Bridgemen lost a close one on Tuesday, when they visited Cliffside Park and fell 2-1. Fort Lee’s record dropped to 9-4-1 on the season. Fumio Himeno scored Fort lee’s only goal with an assist from Ron Locker. Assistant coach Demba Mayne knew the importance of the game, but also knows that the team's goal is still in reach.

“The defeat was a tough one for the Bridgemen, because we only needed a tie on Tuesday to win the league title,” Mayne said.

The team ended up capturing the league title anyway as they defeated Westwood High School on Friday afternoon to become league champions.

Fumio Himeno scored both goals for the Bridgemen with assists from Locker and Yu Yu Fahmy. Fort Lee goalkeeper Matt Hernandez made seven saves in the game and made a huge play 10 minutes into the second half, when he stopped a Westwood penalty shot.

Fort Lee will return to the field Monday, when they host Lyndhurst High School for the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday.

Girls Soccer:

The Lady Bridgemen were shut out, 3-0, by Tenafly on Monday afternoon. Fort Lee had difficulty getting their offense going the whole game against a tough defensive-minded Tenafly team. The team returned to the field Tuesday and lost a tough, double-overtime game on the road by a score of 2-1. Head coach Phillip Zappel took a positive approach after the game.

“This was a sign of improvement for us because Leonia had their way with us earlier in the season during a scrimmage,” said Zappel.

The girls bounced back on Saturday when they defeated Cliffside Park 1-0. Ashley Jeng scored for Fort Lee off an assist from Caitlin McKenna. The team will be traveling to Bernards High School Monday at 4 p.m. for the first round of the state tournament.


The Lady Bridgemen improved to 16-6 after a 2-0 victory against rival Cliffside Park on Tuesday. The set scores were 25-16 and 25-13. Stephanie Nihamin pitched in with 12 kills and five aces, Nicolette Pappas had 11 assists and Nicole Farber had 10 digs. Assistant coach Kelly Horton also had big news regarding the team.

“The team was seeded 14th in the NJSIAA 2011 volleyball tournament," Horton said. "They will be playing against the number 3 seed, Mahwah, on Tuesday, November 1.”

Fort Lee fell to a tough River Dell team on Thursday by a score of 2-0. The set scores were 16-25 and 11-25. Megan Gimson had seven kills, Nicolette Pappas had 12 assists and one ace, while Nicole farber had 13 digs. Fort Lee fell to 16-8 on Friday after a 2-0 loss to Hackensack with set scores of 18-25 and 15-25.

The team returns to action Tuesday, when they make a trip to Mahwah High School for the first round of the state tournament. The game is set to start at 4 p.m.

Girls Tennis:

The Lady Bridgemen had a busy week starting with a 4-1 win against Cliffside Park on Monday. On Wednesday, the girls hosted River Dell and lost that match by a score of 2-3. Thursday saw Fort Lee lose to Ridgefield Park, and Friday saw the Lady Bridgemen finish in a 2-2 tie with New Milford. The match was called sue to darkness.

Head coach Sheri Steckler hopes that the weather does not affect the team’s next scheduled match against Englewood Monday or a match against Westwood High School on Tuesday.

“I hope we get these last two matches in this week due to the weather,” Steckler said.

Cross Country:

The snow did not stop Melanie Plattner on Saturday afternoon as she ran a personal best time of 21:10. That time placed her 47th out of 103 runners at the Bergen County Meet of Champions at Darlington Park in Mahwah. The New Jersey State Sectional Meet will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10:25 a.m.

Athlete of the Week: Ron Locker, Boys Soccer

Ron Locker had a big week for the Bridgemen, contributing some key assists for Fort Lee.

On Tuesday, locker assisted Fumio Himeno, who scored a goal against Cliffside Park. The team captured the league title on Friday when they defeated Westwood, and Locker played a huge role in that game as well with another assist for the Bridgemen.

Locker came up big during a very important week for the Bridgemen, who enter the first round of the state championship on Tuesday, in what has been an extremely successful season thus far.

Assistant coach Demba Mayne was very impressed with Locker's play this week.

"A center midfielder has to do everything well," said Mayne. "There is no place to hide in the middle of the field. The position demands speed, touch, accuracy, endurance, and above all, control. Ron Locker has it all. His perfromances against established teams like Cliffside and Westwood mid-week were just brilliant."


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