Winter Sports Recap: 2019-20



This Year: 19-9 Overall, 3-1 NJIC Division 4, 2nd in League, and Sectional Quarterfinalists

Seniors: Arsenio Garcia, Gabriel Veytsman, Abraham Ovalle, Ben Dubetsky, Luke Munier, Ariel Hiterer, Tim Coffey, Michael Lee, Arthur Yoon, and Leo Urena.

Coaches: Head Coach Nick Calandrino and Assistant Coach John Mullins

Top Contributors: Seniors Luke Munier (28-10), Ariel Hiterer (16-15), Ben Dubetsky (17-9), Tim Coffey (34-4), Junior Luis Abreu (26-10), and Sophomore Sidney Hamburger (29-9).

After the departure of an experienced senior class, some viewed the 2020 wrestling season as a year for rebuilding. Coach Calandrino’s squad had other plans. Although the lineup featured ten seniors, most had little to no prior varsity experience. Seniors Leo Urena and Arthur Yoon wrestled for their first seasons, while other upperclassmen such as Arsenio Garcia, Abraham Ovalle, and Gabriel Veytsman were featured in the varsity lineup for the first time in their careers. Senior Michael Lee returned from an injury that kept him off the mat last year after strong freshman and sophomore campaigns. Lee was a key contributor to the team and was recognized for his efforts with a first-team all-league nomination. Experienced seniors Tim Coffey and Luke Munier capped their careers with impressive second-team all-league selections. Munier finished with 28 wins, while Coffey won 35 matches this year and ended with 107 total wins over his career, claiming fifth in school history on the all-time wins list. Underclassmen Luis Abreu and Sidney Hamburger were both selected for first-team all-league NJIC Division 4 teams and finished with 26 and 29 wins, respectively. The Cougars also had three wrestlers — Coffey, Abreu, and Hamburger — qualify for the regional tournament. Of the three, Coffey advanced alone to the state tournament in Atlantic City. The squad just fell short of a league title with only one loss to league competition coming to a talented Butler Bulldogs team. Cresskill finished the season with an impressive record of 19 wins and 9 losses.


Girls’ Basketball

This Year: 23-6 overall, 13-1 NJIC Patriot League, League Champs, NJIC Tournament Semifinalists, Sectional Champions, and Group 1 State Co-champs

Captains: Elley Wells, Lauren Coffey, Annie Mioli, Colleen McQuillen

Seniors: Elley Wells, Lauren Coffey, Annie Mioli

Coaches: Head coach Mike McCourt, assistant Coach Kristen Preciado 

The Cougars began their trek toward the league title by switching things up on the court: the starting five underwent some drastic changes, with Lauren Coffey, Annie Mioli, and Niamh Tobin stepping up this year. Coming off the bench as well was Angelina Doto, whose powerful three-point shots totaled to 15 by the end of the season. The team cemented their legacy by winning both the league and sectional titles, making it their third consecutive year as reigning champs. The team additionally swept an array of awards, as Doto as well as all five starters were awarded with All-League status: McQuillen and Mioli were recognized with First Team All-League, Wells, Coffey, and Tobin with Second Team All-League, and Doto with an Honorable Mention. And the season hardly stopped at the sectional finals: after emerging victorious at the Group 1 semifinal game, they advanced to the Group 1 state finals — the first time the Cougars have done so in 23 years. Although the state finals were unfortunately cancelled out of an abundance of concern over the COVID-19 outbreak, the girls ultimately finished their season with a stellar record of 23-6.

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Boys’ Basketball 

This Year: 21-9 Overall, 12-4 NJIC Patriot, 3rd in League, Sectional Finalists

Captains: Chris Tracy, Kristan Radovich, Aiden Feulner, Davis Rogovich

Seniors: Chris Tracy, Kristan Radovich, Aiden Feulner, Davis Rogovich, Mark McDermott

Coaches: Coach Daniel Egorow, Assistant Coach Matt Flood, Assistant Michael Jable, and Assistant Travis Blou 

With four returning starters from last year’s 15-13 season, the Cougars were highly anticipated to sustain their track record of success. Although the Cougars started off the season 1-3, they quickly bounced back with a seven-game winning streak. Senior Kristian Radovich led the team in scoring, with approximately 18 points per game, leading the team to a 21-9 record. Other frontcourt members, particularly Chris Tracy and Kiel McGee, used creative post moves to combine for 526 points. The boys clinched many more big wins throughout the season — namely, Bogota, Riverdell, Mahwah, and Boonton. The Cougar’s floor general, Aiden Feulner, contributed to the team’s success with numerous assists, steals, hustle plays, and a game-winning layup against Leonia.