Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Fort Lee High School Athletic Booster Club hosted Senior Appreciation Night for winter sports Wednesday.
All of the head coaches of Fort Lee High School’s winter sports teams had the opportunity to honor their senior players Wednesday at the high school auditorium, where the FLHS Athletic Booster Club hosted a Senior Appreciation Night for winter student-athletes. Bowling coach Dennis Sayer, cheerleading coach Nina Anderson, wrestling coach Alex Almeyda, boys basketball coach John Ziemba, girls basketball coach Stacie Zafiris and indoor track coach Ed Garrison took turns not only talking about their respective teams and seasons, but also about each individual senior athlete who helped lead them, with some of the coaches choking back tears as they did so. Fort Lee Athletic Director Patrick Ambrosio, who served as master of ceremonies and …
Monday, February 13, 2012
The tournament took place over the weekend in Fort Lee; add your photos to the gallery.
Youth wrestlers competed in the Steve Cirone Novice Wrestling Tournament Sunday at the Fort Lee Community Center. Photographer Christopher Costa captured these images at the morning session, which featured the bantam (8U) division. Later in the day, wrestlers in the midget (10U), junior (12U) and intermediate (14U) also competed, including Anthony Asatrian, Mino Fahmy, Kevin Ferreira, Isaac Herrera, Adrian Lasval, Christian Lasval, Anthony Medina and Brian Sierra. For more photos of Sunday’s matches at the community center, visit www.enjoyphotos.com, and enter the event name: “Cirone” and the password: 40466. If you were at the tournament Sunday and took some shots of your own, add your photos to the gallery by clicking the “Upload Photos …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sports Roundup: Fort Lee's hard work has paid off so far this year; sophomore basketball player Josh Ford earns Player of the Week honors.
The Fort Lee Bridgemen varsity basketball team is a tight-knit unit on the court and off the court, and it's showing in their recent results. The Fort Lee High School boys team is currently in first place atop the Big North American Divison with a record of 4-0. Ridgefield Park is one game behind the Bridgemen at 3-1. There have been many keys to the team’s success so far this season, but defense and chemistry seem to be the major focal points for the club. “Team chemistry is a huge thing for this team,” said assistant coach James Puliatte. “They have played the most unselfish basketball I have seen a Fort Lee team play in some time. The kids are all friends and look out for each other. We had a pasta dinner the other night where the team …
Monday, January 9, 2012
"Coach Z" Earns his 300th win in an important game for his team.
On Thursday evening, the Fort Lee Bridgemen basketball team took sole possession of first place after a 58-51 overtime thriller of a victory against Dumont. Not only was it an important win, but also a monumental one, as head coach John Ziemba earned his 300th career win as a basketball coach. Ziemba, a former player at Garfield High School and Montclair State University, started coaching the Bridgemen in 1991, where he has earned 268 of his 301 wins. He has a special place in his heart for Fort Lee and is a man who teaches loyalty along with the game of basketball. Under Ziemba’s watch, the team has made it to the final four of the Bergen County Jamboree twice, along with winning two league championships and making it to sectional finals …
Monday, January 2, 2012
The Week in Sports and a Look Ahead; Senior basketball standout Ally Long earns Athlete of the Week honors.
The Lady Bridgemen had a great week, winning the Leonia Holiday Tournament and reaching the .500 mark after a slow start to the season. In the first round of the holiday tournament on Tuesday, Fort Lee defeated Parsippany Hills, 39-33. Senior guard Ally Long had a strong performance with 15 points and 6 assists in the comeback win. Senior forward Anthe Nikolaidis finished the game with a solid stat line, including eight points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots. Fort Lee advanced to the championship game on Wednesday and defeated Leonia, the host team, 47-36, to capture the tournament title. Ally Long had 15 points while Renee Mattesich had 13 points. Senior Anthe Nikolaidis finished with eight points and 15 rebounds. …
Monday, December 26, 2011
How was your week? This is how the week went for the Bridgemen and Lady Bridgemen sports team.
Boys Basketball: The Bridgemen started the week off with a tough game against Cliffside Park. Fort Lee won, 59-44, getting 17 points out of junior Nick Gentile, who hit four three-pointers in the game. Rany Mishal added eight blocks for the Bridgemen. Fort Lee then hit the road for a tough test against Ridgefield Park. The Bridgmen came out on top, 52-51, in a double overtime thriller. Gentile had 11 points including a game-tying three-pointer to send the game into the first overtime. Junior Tonderai Mushandu had nine points, along with the game-winning block for Fort Lee. Sophomore Deshaun Washington had 11 points, Rany Mishal chipped in eight, and Josh Ford led all scorers with 13 points. Senior Tyler Sanders went to the free throw line …
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, April 13, 2011
The young, three-sport star has lofty goals but also smaller ones like guiding his younger brother.
When Fort Lee’s Nicholas Tantillo was growing up, he followed his older brother around, mimicking a lot of things that Tommy did and someday hoping to be just like him. Now, that same process is playing out in another way, as 11-year-old Nicholas has blossomed into one of the town’s rising sports stars while also becoming an idol to his younger brother Robbie, who is now six. The story begins a while ago when Nicholas was just four years old himself. Seeing that his older brother Tommy was very active in wrestling, the youngster started to follow the same path. “As a kid, I would always look up to him and wanted to be like him,” Nick said. “He started hanging out at the gym with his older brother and just watching,” Nick’s father Lou said…
Monday, March 21, 2011
Devin Sokolich and Alex Almeyda received medals for their performances at the 2011 Scholastic State Championship Series on Sunday.
Up early, even before the sun, two Fort Lee junior wrestlers along with scores of others from around New Jersey made the pilgrimage to Union High School on Sunday morning in pursuit of a state championship. With months leading up to the 2011 Scholastic State Championship Series, the student athletes hoped to turn their hard work into heroic memories but only a select few received the distinction of “State Champion.” Fort Lee’s freshman wrestler Devin Sokolich and second-grader Alex Almeyda both qualified for the event and represented their fellow community. Sokolich was first to reach the mats shortly before 9 a.m. and was presented with a unique opportunity – win and the state championship would be his. In a two-person, one-match, winner-…
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Senior day the main story from last week as both teams now look to playoffs this week
From basketball to wrestling, and indoor track to bowling, here is the latest news in Fort Lee sports: