Monday, April 9, 2012
The Fort Lee High School varsity sports teams are off to promising starts to the season.
The Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen spring sports season is underway, and all five teams were very busy last week. The Fort Lee High School Bridgemen varsity baseball team went 1-2, losing to Cliffside Park, 7-4; losing to Ridgefield Park, 17-2; but earning an impressive 14-4 win over Manchester Regional. The Bridgemen will look to bounce back this week when they host McNair Academy on Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. The Lady Bridgemen softball team went 2-2 their first week, including some "character wins." The team lost the season opener to Bergenfield by a score of 7-2 but bounced back against Cliffside Park. The team was down 8-2 in that contest but came back for a 10-9 win. That game was followed by another comeback win against Ridgefield…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Fort Lee High School's spring sports season has arrived.
The weather is getting nice, professional baseball is just around the corner, and the Fort Lee High School sports season is just about underway. Fort Lee offers five spring sports, and the teams are ready to make a big run this season. The Bridgemen baseball team will be looking to be on the defensive this season now that their spring training in Florida is over and the regular season is here. “Pitching and defense will be the key to our success, as well as our senior leadership,” said head coach Mike Raftery. “Practices and scrimmages are going well; the team is improving every time we hit the field.” Key returners for coach Raftery are Kristopher Doidge, Ross Fasman, Nikola Gogic, Justin Parra, Miles Reme and Nick Gentile. The baseball …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Members of the boys and girls bowling teams had a great season, while the Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen basketball teams turn their attention to the state tournament, which starts Tuesday.
The Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen bowling teams each had impressive seasons, with members of both teams being recognized by the league. Head coach Dennis Sayer had a lot to be proud of as both teams finished in fourth place and had hard-working student-athletes show up every practice and every match to represent Fort Lee. For the Lady Bridgemen, seniors Justine Valdez and Healin Park earned second team all-league honors, and senior Alexa Sudol made honorable mention for the team as well. The Bridgemen had success of their own, with senior Kei Kase and sophomores James Han and Ammad Quraishi making second team all-league and freshman Philip Plucinski earning honorable mention in what was a superb first year. “It was a great season and the …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Five Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen teams will be competing this season for Fort Lee High School
The winter sports season has arrived, and the Bridgemen and Lady Bridgmen are ready for what awaits them. The Bridgemen basketball team started their season on Dec. 16 with a loss against a tough Bergenfield team but will not let that deter them moving forward. The team is very young but hungry to get things going as they do return a lot of talent. Junior captain Nick Gentile is a great passer, while sophomore Josh Ford will be attacking the rim for Fort Lee. Senior Tyler Sanders is the team’s best rebounder, and the coaching staff also expects productivity from sophomore Deshaun Washington and junior Tonderai Mushandu. Assistant coach James Puliatte knows that the team must keep their goals in order. “Our goal is to have a winning season…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Demba Mane coaches for the love of the game(s).
Demba Mane loves coaching, and he plans on continuing his career in it for years to come. Mane, a former Fort Lee High School student, has been coaching since 2002; he currently coaches girls track and girls freshman basketball and is an assistant coach for the boys soccer team. But that's just part of the story. "My journey has been quite different from most of my coaching peers," Mane said. "I arrived in the U.S. a month before I started my freshman year with my diplomat parents, which was in 1991, from Guinea-Bissau." Guinea-Bissau is a small country on the western coast of Africa, Mane explained, and he said he arrived in Fort Lee speaking no English. "At Fort Lee High School I immediately reported for soccer and then went out for …
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Here's a look at this week's top sports stories on Fort Lee Patch.
Nancie Sophias has had some great moments running for Fort Lee High School, but one of the most memorable might have come last Saturday. Sophias, a senior, qualified to run in the NJSIAA State Track Meet of Champions in the 800 meter race on Thursday in Old Bridge at Carl Sandburg Middle School. With Sophias’ qualification she became the first female runner in the history of Fort Lee High School to run in this major and prestigious event. On Saturday, Sophias qualified for the event by running the 800 meters in 2:17.02, which broke Killy Neilane's 1978 school record for the event. (full story) **** The Fort Lee tennis team had a magnificent season this year, but four of their major players will not be there next season because they're …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The boys and girls track teams had successful outdoor seasons.
The Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen track teams enjoyed much success this season and exceeded expectations. On the boys side, head Coach Ed Garrison was pleased with how the spring track season went. “This was one of the best team finishes for a Fort Lee Boys Track Team in quite a few years," Garrison said. "The best news is that there were no seniors on this year’s team, and the boy’s track team is certainly looking to win the first Outdoor Conference Championship in over 10 years next outdoor season.” The team finished in second place in the Big North Division 7 American Conference and finished with a dual meet record of 3-2. The team had many standout performers. Junior Jenya Dyagilev received second team honors for the 400 meter hurdles, …
Monday, June 6, 2011
Nancie Sophias Keeps on breaking her own records and will be doing something that no other female from Fort Lee High School has ever done.
Nancie Sophias has had some great moments running for Fort Lee High School, but one of the most memorable might have come on Saturday. Sophias, a senior, qualified to run in the NJSIAA State Track Meet of Champions in the 800 meter race on Thursday in Old Bridge at Carl Sandburg Middle School. With Sophias’ qualification she became the first female runner in the history of Fort Lee High School to run in this major and prestigious event. On Saturday, Sophias qualified for the event by running the 800 meters in 2:17.02, which broke Killy Neilane's 1978 school record for the event. Sophias has represented Fort Lee High School well and is proud to have made such a difference. Sophias has had many other standout moments during her time at Fort …
Sunday, May 22, 2011
How was your week? This is how the week went for the Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen sports teams.
Baseball: The Bridgemen saw games scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all get cancelled due to the weather, but they took on Queen of Peace Friday and got the win by a score of 8-7 in an 8-inning showdown, improving to 10-15 on the season. Nick Gogic hit a solo home run and Justin Parra got the win on the mound, improving his own record to 2-1. Pedro Lopez went 5-5 at the plate. The Fort Lee Baseball team will be entering the North 2 Group 2 State Tournament as the number 15 seed and will travel to West Essex High School Monday for the first round, which will starts at 4:00 p.m. Golf: On Monday morning, the Big North Conference Tournament started at the River Vale Country Club. Sarah Wi finished in eighth place, shooting a 101. The…
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Fort Lee Softball falls in the county tournament; The Bridgemen tennis team remains undefeated.
From baseball to golf, softball, spring track and tennis, here is the latest news in Fort Lee sports: