8 Individuals and 2 Relay Teams Set to Compete at Meet of Champions

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Track & Field competed in the NJSIAA Non Public A Championships over the past two weeks and eight individuals and 2 relay teams have qualified for the Meet of Champions.

In the North II Championships, Justice Sims took first in both the Long and Triple Jump, Justin Jimmerson took the top spot in the Javellin, and the 4x800 Meter Relay Team also won.  Earning second place finishes were James Caprio in the Discus, and the 4x400 Meter Realy team. Third place finishers included Nick Parisi (400 Meter Dash), Brandon Hicks (800 Meter Run), Anthony Algieri (110 Meter Hurdles), and Kenneth Washington (Triple Jump). Further notable finishes were Caseem Akinruli-Dewitt (4th, Shot Put), Dan Gizzo (5th, 3,200 Meter Run), 4x100 Meter Relay Team (4th), Timothy Wise II (5th, Javellin), Malik Kosanovich (5th, 1,600 Meter Run), Nick Parisi (6th, 100 Meter Dash), Brandon Hicks (6th, 400 Meter Dash), Anthony Algieri (6th, 400 Meter Hurdles), Kenneth Washington (6th, Long Jump), Jim Caprio (6th, Shot Cup, Dan Gizzo (7th, 1,600 Meter Run), and Luis Reis (7th, Shot Put).

In the NJSIAA Non Public A Championships, Brandon Hicks was SHP's highest place winner, taking second in the 800 Meter Run. Justice Sims and Justin Jimmerson also led The Prep with 3rd place finishes in the Triple Jump and Javellin, respectively. Further place winners include Nick Parisi (4th, 100 Meter Dash & 400 Meter Dash), Dan Gizzo (4th, 3,200 Meter Run), 4x400 Meter Relay (4th), Anthony Algieri (5th, 110 Meter Hurdles), 4x100 Meter Relay (5th), Kennith Washington (5th, Triple Jump), and James Caprio (5th, Discus).

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Burke Wins YBMLC/SEC Investors Bank Best Teammate Award

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SHP senior Brendan Burke was awarded the Investors Bank Best Teammate Award at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center banquet last week. Brendan was a starter on the SHP Football team this past fall and was selected for this award based on the credentials of strength of character, sportsmanship, and supportive spirit that, though often unheralded, are vital to a teams success. Real the full release from the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

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Pirates Take 2nd at SEC Meet

Thursday, May 25, 2017

In the 100 M race, Jesse Reid took 2nd with a 11.3, followed by teammate Ross Johnson who took 5th. In the High Hurdles, Athony Algieri and Time Wise placed 6th and 7th, respectively. In the 1600, Malik Kosanovich finished in first place crossing in 4:27. In the 200 Jesse Reid claimed his second medal of the day, taking 3rd place. The Pirates claimed their second first place finish as Dan Gizzo won the 3200 in 9:44, followed by teammate Nolan Orr who took 3rd finishing in 10:00 flat. The 4x400 crew placed 5th. On the field, Jim Caprio won the Discus throwing 145'1, and Justin Jimmerson won the Javelin tossing a 163'3. Coming in 3rd in the Javelin was Tim Wise, followed by Adam Buzyn in 6th. In the Long Jump Ken Wahsington earned 3rd with a leap of 20.2. In the Pole Vault Mike Mesce finished 5th clearing 9 ft. In the Shot Put Jim Caprio and Caseem Dewitt took 2nd and 3rd. Rounding out notable Pirate finishers were Ken Washington and Justice Sims who claimed the top two spots in the Triple Jump, leaping 43'9 and 43'5, respectively.

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SHP Defeats Pope John in Non Public A Quarterfinals

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

West Orange- No. 1 seed Seton Hall Prep defeated No. 8 Pope John 13-5 in the NJSIAA Non Public A North Quarterfinal round. Jack Sarson and Griffin Westlin scored four goals each for the Pirates. Dan Zarillo scored twice, and Brian Tevlin, Terence Mahone and Michael Mughetto each added a goal to proper SHP into the semifinal round.

The Prep now awaits the winner of Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco Prep, and will play this Saturday on Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field at the KAC.

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Pirates Defeat Morris Hills

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Baseball (22-2) defeated Morris Hills 7-1 on Tuesday on Porcello Field. The Pirates, No. 8 in NJ, were led by Mike Ukrainskyj who went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Christian Bascunan pitched five innings and Steven Sgaramella threw two in relief for The Prep who allowed just one run on the afternoon. The Pirates take on Millburn HS today in a preview of the GNT Final this Saturday.

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Pirates Down Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Tennis defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS 4-1 on Monday. Sam Yildirimlar and Brandon Troeller earned singles victories for SHP. Doubles partners McCormick and Thomas, and Martynowicz and Nolan also won for The Prep. This afternoon there is a dedication ceremony for the Finney Family Courts at the KAC prior to the NJSIAA second round match against St. Joseph Regional HS. 

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SHP Defeats Millburn

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Lacrosse earned a convincing 18-3 victory over Millburn on Monday. The Pirates, No. 4 in NJ, were led by Brian Tevlin who recorded a hat-trick and three assists. Full NJ.com coverage.

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SHP Advances to GNT Final

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Baseball (21-2) advanced to the GNT Final by defeating Montclair 1-0 on Monday afternoon. The Pirates were led by Kevin Young's shutout effort on the hill. SHP returns to Belleville to take on Millburn HS on Saturday at 4 pm in the 85th GNT Final. Full NJ.com coverage.

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SHP Defeats Caldwell in Consecutive Games for 5th Straight ECT Crown and Senior Day Win

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seton Hall Prep defeated Caldwell HS en route to their 5th straight Essex County Tournament Title on Saturday and earned a repeat victory against the Chiefs on Monday on The Prep's Senior Day. Yale commit and senior, Brian Tevlin, led SHP by scoring four goals and assisting on two others yesterday at the KAC. For photos from Senior Day, click on the image above or visit Photos.

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Pirates Blank Montclair

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Baseball defeated Montclair 11-0 on Porcello Field on Tuesday. The Prep was led by Kevin Gately who had a four RBI day, highlighted by a sixth inning bases clearing double. Kevin Young (4-0) pitched a complete game and earned the win for The Prep, which is currently ranked No. 13 in NJ. For full coverage of the victory, see NJ.com's coverage.

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SHP Advances in Essex County Tournament

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Lacrosse defeated Columbia HS 19-3 on Tuesday afternoon on Brendan P. Tevlin Field. Brian Tevlin recorded four goals and two assists for the Pirates, and Luke Blanc chipped in a hat-trick of his own. 

SHP, currently ranked No. 4 in NJ, takes on West Essex on Thursday, May 4 in the semifinal round of the Essex County Tournament. For a full recap of the victory over Columbia, see NJ.com's coverage.

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Pirates Compete in Penn and Millburn Relays

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Track & Field competed in the historic Penn Relays as well as the Millburn Relays last week. In Philadelphia, SHP competed in two races. The 4x100 squad ran 44.80, and the 4x400 team ran 3:26. 

At Millburn, The Prep placed first in the Triple Jump Relay with a team comprised of Sims and Washington. Also placing first was the Distance Medley Team in which Kosanovich, Gizzo, Sprague, and Theoclitus ran. Rounding out top place finishes for SHP was Coleman and DeWitt in the Sophomore Shot Put. In the Varsity Shot Put, Discus, Javellin Relay, and Hurdle Relay, The Prep took second. James Caprio set a Discus PR and recorded the longest throw of the meet reaching 143 feet.

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Baseball Shuts out Columbia

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

West Orange - Seton Hall Prep baseball, No. 13 in NJ, defeated Columbia 6-0 on Monday. The 14-2 Pirates were led by Jamil Vanheyningen who pitched six innings while only allowing one hit. Full Story on NJ.com

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Track & Field Puts forth Quality Performances over Break

Monday, April 24, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Track and Field improved to 2-0 last week with a win over Millburn HS and put forth quality performances in the Raider Relays and at East Stroudsburg University. 

At the Raider Relays, James Caprio won the discus event with a 139' throw. At East Stroudsburg the team finished third overall as a team. Brandon Hicks claimed first in the 800M, Nick Parisi won the 400M, James Caprio placed fourth in the shot put and discus, and Justin Jimmerson finished fourth in the javelin. SHP's 4x100 relay team claimed fourth, 4x400 finished second, and 4x800 earned fourth place. 

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Mason Toye Earns National Team Call-Ups

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Seton Hall Prep’s First Team All-American, Mason Toye, has earned call ups to represent US Soccer internationally. Toye, a senior, was invited to attend the United States U-19 Men’s National Team training camp run by coach Brad Friedel in Sunrise, Florida, from February 3rd – 10th. Mason was one of eight players making their National Team debut and one of 22 players overall in the camp that featured games against El Salvador and Miami FC. Against El Salvador Mason started and played 60 minutes at striker, getting off two dangerous shots, including one 20-yard blast that handcuffed the keeper but was parried just wide.

That performance earned Mason a call up to the U-20 Men’s National Team training camp currently taking place in London, England (April 3 – 10). From this camp roster of 25 players, coach Tab Ramos will pick the team that plays in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea next month. In its group The United States plays against Ecuador on May 22nd, Senegal on May 25th, and Saudi Arabia on May 28th. Mason, who is one of the youngest players in camp, is competing for a spot in a group that includes players who won the CONCACAF U-20 championship earlier this year, as well as professional players based in Europe.

Mason, who is committed to the University of Indiana, is one of the few players who is not under a professional contract yet. The team has already had one scrimmage in London against Fulham. In that game, a 1-0 victory, Mason played the final 30 minutes and managed to get off four shots, two of which were saved by the keeper. Mason felt confident in his performance, holding the ball up as a target player, pressing defensively and staying active off the ball.

There is an intrasquad scrimmage Friday followed by a scrimmage Sunday against Chelsea. All this comes after a magnificent fall season in which Mason led The Pirates to the North Jersey, Non-Public A state title and subsequently received many accolades, including being named First Team All-State and The Star-Ledger’s Player of the Year and also an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

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Pirates Blank Nutley

Thursday, April 6, 2017

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep defeated Nutley HS 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon on the Finney Family Tennis Courts at the Kelly Athletic Complex.

Sam Yildirimlar, Jake Tarnoff and Andrew Marashlian all won singles matches for The Prep. SHP Doubles teams McCormick and Thomas, and Nolan and Martynowicz also picked up convincing victories.

The Pirates are now 2-2 on the young season and face Columbia at home tomorrow, April 7 at 4 pm.

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Early Lead Guides SHP Past Newark Academy

Thursday, April 6, 2017

West Orange-Seton Hall Prep defeated Newark Academy 5-1 yesterday on Porcello Field, scoring all five runs in the first two innings. Francis Prior led the No. 3 ranked team in NJ by going 2-for-2 with three RBI. Ryan Sheppard went 1-for-2 with two runs for The Prep and Jack Zyska contributed a run and an RBI. Senior Jamil Vanheyningen earned the win on the hill for SHP, striking out three and allowing only one hit and one walk while holding Newark Academy scoreless.

Newark Academy @ Seton Hall Prep
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Newark Academy 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0
SHP 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 1

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Pirates beat West Morris in OverTime

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep (2-1) defeated West Morris in overtime on Tuesday, 12-11 on Verducci Field.

Richie Radici scored two goals, including the game winner one minute into overtime for the No. 5 ranked Pirates. Teammates Griffin Westlin and Dan Zarillo each netted hat-tricks. Cole Kirst added one goal and four assists, and Alexander Giaquinto scored two goals of his own. Luke Blanc and Brian Tevlin each recorded one assist on the afternoon.

Prep goalkeeper Cameron Fiore recorded seven saves in the tight win.

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SHP Defeats St. Peter's Prep

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Seton Hall Prep emerged victorious over St. Peter's Prep at Forest Hill CC yesterday afternoon, beating the Jersey City school by 10 strokes, 172-182. The Pirates were led by Creighton Hendrix who shot a 39. Despite St. Peter's Edmund Broderick claiming the top spot, The Pirates were consistent taking spots two through five on the leaderboard. See below for full results:

Seton Hall Prep 172 - 182 St. Peter's Prep
Player School Score
Edmund Broderick SPP 37
Creighton Hendrix SHP 39
Chris Bauman SHP 43
Charlie Smollen SHP 44
Daniel Samtani SHP 46
Daniel Manganello SPP 46
Jack Haley SHP 46
Matt Smollen SHP 49
Tyler Kinney SPP 49
Ty Pezzolla SPP 50
Patrick Garrigan SPP 52
Miles Brancatella SPP 56

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SHP Defeats Livingston, 3-1

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Livingston HS at Seton Hall Prep
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Livingston 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
Seton Hall Prep 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep opened the 2017 season by defeating Livingston 3-1 on Rick Porcello Field at the Kelly Athletic Complex. Nick Maldonado tossed five strong innings on the mound and hit an RBI triple to lead the defending State Champions past the Lancers. 

SHP took the lead in the second inning off of a Mike Ukrainskyj sacrifice fly that scored Nico Mottesi, followed by Jack Zyska walking with the bases loaded to score Ryan Sheppard. Christian Bascunan threw two innings in relief of Maldonado to earn the save for The Prep.

The Pirates (1-0), No. 3 in NJ, are set to take on Newark Academy on Wednesday, April 5 at 4 pm in Livingston.

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shp DefeatS Montclair, 19-2

Monday, April 3, 2017

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep (1-1) defeated Montclair HS 19-2 on Saturday afternoon on Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. The Pirates were led by Dan Zarillo who scored a game-high four goals along with two assists. The Prep, No. 5 in NJ, were also sparked by senior Brian Tevlin who finished with three goals and two assists. Luke Blanc and Cole Kirst also recorded hat-tricks. Griffin Westlin added two goals and assisted on five others. SHP Lacrosse next time out is against West Morris on Tuesday, April 4 at 4 pm on BPT Memorial field at the KAC. 

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Pirates Open Spring Season at the Millburn Challenge

Monday, April 3, 2017

Millburn- Seton Hall Prep Tennis opened the 2017 season by going 1-1 at the Millburn Challenge. The Pirates defeated Sparta 4-1 to start the day before falling to Mountain Lakes 5-0. Sam Yildirimlar and Brandon Troeller won singles matches against Sparta. For full results, see NJ.com's score reports: SHP vs. Sparta | SHP @ Mountain Lakes

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Spring Season Opens with Blessing of the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field & Billy Zimmermann Scoreboard

Friday, March 31, 2017


West Orange- Two decades of persistent hard work and dedication came to fruition on Wednesday afternoon at The Prep's Kelly Athletic Complex. Prior to the opening of the spring sports season with Pirates Lacrosse hosting Summit HS, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, accompanied by members of the Tevlin and McNulty families and surrounded by the two teams, blessed the just completed Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. Assisted in the short ceremony by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Chaplains James White and Zach Swantek, Msgr. Kelly led the readings and prayers, and also blessed the Billy Zimmermann memorial scoreboard, which was raised just days before as the finishing touch on the long awaited project. The blessing of the field, to be used for lacrosse, soccer and football, crowns the 40-acre project, which has recently also seen the opening of the Finney Family Tennis Courts and last spring witnessed the first pitch on the Porcello Baseball Field and the JV baseball field.

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SHP Lands 4 Players on All SEC Teams

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep had four players named to the post-season All SEC American Division Basketball teams. Senior guard Austin Williams led the Pirates all year and was named First Team for his efforts. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks on the year.

Fellow senior Treyvon Bennett was named to the All SEC American Division Second Team. Bennett posted an average of 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds  this season.

Earning Honorable Mention were junior Alex Imegwu and freshman Jabri Abdur-Rahim. Imeqwu contributed 10.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg. Rahim averaged 11.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg in his first year at The Prep.

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9 Prep Swimmers Named to All-SEC Honors

The Super Essex Conference Swim Coaches have selected their post-season honorees for All-Conference recognition. Swimmers may be selected in one individual event and in multiple relays, with first and second teams selected. Congratulations to the following nine SHP swimmers who were selected in one or more events!

First Team

200 Individual Medley - Alex Wang, Grade 11
50 Freestyle - Roo Fenton, Grade 10
100 Butterfly - Matt Michaels, Grade 11
100 Backstroke - Colby Dixon, Grade 12
200 Medley Relay - Colby Dixon, Dominic Palumbo (11), Matt Michaels, and Luke Shea (10)
200 Freestyle Relay - Liam Fuchs (9), Matt Michaels, Luke Shea, Roo Fenton
400 Freestyle Relay - Matthew Prior (9), Alex Wang, Colby Dixon, Roo Fenton

Second Team

200 Freestyle - Matthew Prior, Grade 9
50 Freestyle - Luke Shea, Grade 10
500 Freestyle - Ben Amoreno, Grade 12

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Monteverdi Is Fourth To Lead Essex In Wrestling Tournament

By Steve Tober for SidelineChatter

The terrain in Boardwalk Hall is as rough and full of potential deep holes to try and climb out of as any route for a New Jersey high school wrestler and to finish among the top eight is never an easy chore as so many of the state’s grapplers can attest to following this past weekend’s NJSIAA tournament in Atlantic City where Essex County’s highest finisher was Seton Hall Prep’s Aidan Montverdi, who placed fourth at 170 pounds.

While highly-regarded national caliber scholastic stars such as Delbarton’s Patrick Glory (120) and Hanover Park’s Nicholas Raimo (126) went about their business of winning state championships as expected, and veteran standouts such as Bound Brook’s tandem of Stephen Glasgow (152) and Mekhi Lewis (160) also won as predicted, just getting to the podium on championship Sunday is an achievement for most of the wrestlers who have to battle through a series of wrestlebacks just to remain in the picture through a rigorous 3-day event.

It was certainly fitting that SHP, the top team in Essex all season, had one of its best wrestlers make it the farthest, which was he third place bout where Monteverdi (40-3) was decisioned by Woodbridge’s outstanding Bryan McLaughlin, 3-1.

The Pirate star finished the weekend having set a new school single-season record for victories and along with fellow senior TJ Calas (152) ended a splendid SHP mat career.

“Our seniors did a great job with Aidan fourth and TJ winning a couple of matches,” said SHP head coach Jack Decker. “I’m also excited for our three underclassmen (freshman Larry Melchionda at 106) and juniors Maguire Pecci at 120 and Charlie Cunningham at 126) because this is a great experience for them and they got to see what it takes to win down in AC, which Charlie and Maguire did accomplish and I know Larry will next year.”

Monteverdi had been decisioned by Don Bosco Prep’s Dominick Mandarino, 7-1, in the semifinals. The Ironmen’s standout went on to be edged I the 170-pound state final as Delsea’s Bill Janzler earned a 3-2 (UTB) victory.

Monteverdi had recorded an exciting 6-5 decision in defeating Vince Concino of Cranford in the quarterfinals.

Calas, a Region 4 champ the weekend prior, won his first bout on Friday then lost Friday night before going 1-1 on Saturday as he lost tin the third round of wrestlebacks.

The fact that five SHP wrestlers went to Atlantic City was quite a feat which capped a banner 2016-2017 season for theh Pirates in which they won a second straight Essex County Tournament title and also set a new single-season record for team victories while finishing a glittering 25-2.

Among other Essex County wrestlers who stood out during this past weekend’s NJSIAA tournament, Cedar Grove’s Anthony Clarizio (126), Caldwell’s Jerry Jones (152) and Montclair’s Sam Mellow (220) all finished ‘top 12’ by going 3-2 on the weekend, while showing comeback ability to advance with two wins in wrestlebacks, including winning in the third round.

West Orange’s Victor Lopez (113) and West Essex’s Chris Zaccaria (145) each went 2-2 while reaching the third round of wrestlebacks.

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Fenton Leads Pirate Swimmers at Meet of Champions

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The swim season came to a conclusion this past weekend of March 4-5 with the NJSIAA individual Event Championships (also know as the "Meet of Champions"). It was a fast meet with 4 new state records established, and the SHP Swim Team earned awards in 5 events.

The top finisher for the Pirates was sophomore Roo Fenton, who swam an SHP best time of 47.77 in the 100 Freestyle to place 13th. The 400 Freestyle Relay Team consisting of Fenton, junior Alex Wang, freshman Matt Prior and senior Colby Dixon finished in 15th place at 3:17.94, with Wang posting a best time on his leg in 49.61. Matt Prior placed 16th in the 500 Freestyle in 453.03, after going 449.38 in the preliminary round, best ever for an SHP freshman.

The other two SHP relays made bonus finals. The 200 Free Relay won their bonus final to place 17th, as junior Matt Michaels, Wang, sophomore Luke Shea (in a best time of 22.44) and Fenton (in a best time of a sizzling 21.37) went 130.01. The 200 Medley Relay of Dixon, junior Dom Palumbo, Michaels and Shea went 141.11 for 23rd place.

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Pirates Take Down Paladins in State Tournament

March 1, 2017

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep dominated Paramus Catholic in the first round of the NJSIAA Non-Public, North A tournament, 80-41 on Tuesday night in Tracey Gym. Austin Williams scored a game high 24 points to propel the seventh seeded Pirates to victory. Jabri Abdur-Rahi added 18 points and Jonah Benitez scored eight for The Prep. 

The Pirates face second-seeded Bergen Catholic in the quarterfinal round tomorrow, Thursday, March 2, at 7 pm in Oradell. 

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Historic Season Continues for 5 Prep Wrestlers

February 27, 2017

Union- SHP Wrestling's impressive season continued this weekend, as the Pirates sent three wrestlers to the Region 4 finals this weekend, and qualified five student-athletes to compete in Atlantic City at the State Finals next weekend. TJ Calas won his second straight Region 4 title at 152. Fellow senior Aidan Monteverdi was a finalist along with freshman Larry Melchionda. Charles Cunningham and Maguire Pecci round out The Prep's qualifiers. Read full coverage via NJ.com.

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Pirates End Regular Season with win over Newark Tech

Seton Hall Prep (14-9) defeated Newark Tech at home in their regular season finale Tuesday afternoon, 67-55. Austin Williams led the way with 18 pts, 6 rebounds, and five assists. Fellow senior Treyvon Bennett added 8 points and 8 rebounds, and Jabri Abdur-Rahim chipped in 8 points as well for the Pirates. The Prep now focuses on its NJSIAA Non Public A North first round matchup against Paramus Catholic, which is set for next Tuesday, Feb .28, at 7 pm in Tracey Gym. 

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Pirates Fall to St. Augustine in State Semis

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Contributed by Associate Head Coach, Joe Alexander

The Swim Team swam their fastest meet of the year, but fell to an even faster St. Augustine's Prep Team 96-74 in the NJSIAA Non-Public A Semifinal on President's Day at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA. The Pirates got off to an exciting start, as the foursome of senior Colby Dixon, juniors Dom Palumbo and Matt Michaels and sophomore Roo Fenton touched out the St. Augustine's relay 1:38.18-1:38.28, with that time making them the second fastest Medley Relay in school history. However, St. Augustine would take the lead by the fourth event and never look back. Matt Michaels would provide a highlight for SHP with a win in the 100 Butterfly in an excellent time of 52.48, making him the third fastest butterflier in school history. The best individual event for SHP would be the 100 Backstroke, with Colby Dixon, junior Alex Wang and junior Ryan Martynowicz securing a 1-3-4 finish.

A few Pirates swam personal best times: Ryan Martynowicz had a personal best 51.19 in the 100 Freestyle, as did Dom Palumbo with a 1:01.86 in the 100 Breaststroke, and sophomore Luke Shea posted an SHP best of 55.36 in the 100 Butterfly. The overall team power point total of 4365 makes this team the second fastest in SHP history behind only the 2014-15 squad. The Pirates conclude the season as County and Conference Champion with an 11-1 Dual Meet Record. The last event of the season is the NJSIAA Individual Event Championships on March 4-5, where the Prep will be represented by Colby Dixon, Matt Michaels, Dom Palumbo, Alex Wang, Roo Fenton, Luke Shea, and freshmen Liam Fuchs and Matt Prior in a total of 7 individual races as well as 3 relays.

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Pirates Place 5th at NJSIAA State Meet

Seton Hall Prep Track and Field placed 5th at the NJSIAA State Meet this weekend. James Caprio placed 2nd in the Shot Put, tossing a 47'5 1'2. Malik Kosanovich ran to a 3rd place finish in the 3200, finishing in 9:35. Nick Parisi also got on the podium, placing 3rd in the 400m with a 50.92. The 4x400 team earned 3rd as well, with Nick Parisi, Quentin Pharnord, Matt Williams, and Eric Bodnar combining for a 3:29. Parisi, who had a busy weekend, placed 5th in the 55m dash as well, running a 6.73. In the High Hurdles Anthony Algieri crossed at 8.12. 

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SHP Downs Newark Central

Wednesday, Feb. 15

West Orange- SHP Basketball (13-7) defeated Newark Central 63-42 on Tuesday night in Tracey Gym. Tied at half, the Pirates used a 19-5 third quarter to pull away from Blue Devils.

Austin Williams led all scorers with 18 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three blocks. Alex Imegwu added 14 points and eight rebounds, followed by Ashton Miller's 15 points, five rebounds, and three steals. 

SHP takes on West Side tomorrow at 7 pm at home. 

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Pirates Defeat University in ECT Rd. 1

Monday, Feb. 13

West Orange- SHP Basketball, No. 18 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated University HS in the first round of the Essex County Tournament, 83-73. Austin Williams paced SHP with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Following Williams on the stat sheet were Jabri Abdur-Rahim (19 pts), Ashton Miller (13 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast), Alex Imegwu (13 pts, 6 reb) and Treyvon Bennett (9 pts, 11 reb).

Prior Paces Prep Swimmers in Key Conference Battle

Tuesday, Feb. 7

South Orange - The swim team concluded its regular season with a resounding 118-52 victory over Millburn on February 6 at Seton Hall University. Both teams had been undefeated in conference meets coming in this meet, but the strong SHP performance was too much for the Millers. The Pirates were paced by freshman Matthew Prior, who won the two most excting races of the day, the 200 and 500 Freestyles, both over Millburn star Evan Ng. Prior would win the 200 in 1:49.10 in a close race, and then touch out Ng at the finish in the 500 in 4:51.69 to win by .11 seconds! Other event winners for SHP included soph Roo Fenton, who captured both the 50 and 100 Freestyles; junior Alex Wang in the 200 IM; junior Matt Michaels in the 100 butterfly, and senior Colby Dixon, who won the 100 backstroke in his last home meet. The Pirates also won two relays: the 200 Medley Relay featuring Dixon, Dom Palumbo, Michaels and Luke Shea; and the 200 Freestyle Realy, consisting of Michaels, Liam Fuchs, Shea and Fenton. Next up for the team is the NJSIAA Non-Public A State Tournament, where the #2 seeded Pirates have received a double bye directly into the semifinals. This meet will take place on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 20 at 2:30 against an as yet undetermined opponent at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA in Perth Amboy.

Click for NJ.com results

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SHP Defeats DBP in No. Quarters

Tuesday, Feb. 7

West Orange - No. 16 Seton Hall Prep defeated Don Bosco Prep last night 44-19 in the NJSIAA Non-Public A North Quarterfinals. The Pirates won nine bouts in Tracey Gym to earn the programs first post season victory in six years. SHP Wrestling (25-1) will face the No. 2 team in NJ, Delbarton, in the semifinal round on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Morristown based school. For a full recap, photos, and interviews from last nights victory, see NJ.com's coverage.

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Pirates Draw with Glen Rock

Thursday, Feb. 2


West Orange- No.6 Seton Hall Prep drew with No. 9 Glen Rock 3-3 on Wednesday night at Codey Arena. Sophomore Thomas Colucci led the way with two goals in the Pirates effort against the top ranked public school in the state. For full coverage including pictures, game recap, and quotes from players and coaches, click here

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Pirates Defeat Montclair Immaculate

Thursday, Feb. 2

Caldwell- Seton Hall Prep Basketball defeated Montclair Immaculate 70-65 on the campus of Caldwell University behind Austin Williams' 21 points and five assists. The Pirates, No. 18 in NJ, were also paced by Alex Imegwu's 19 points. For full coverage of the game and photos via NJ.com, click here.

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Pirates Improve to 10-0 After Defeating Caldwell

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Contributed by Associate Head Coach, Joe Alexander.

The Swim Team continued an undefeated regular season with a 116-54 victory over James Caldwell on January 31 at the Caldwell Community Center pool. Senior Ben Amoreno led the way with two individual victories in the 200 Freestyle (1:52.90) and the 100 Backstroke (59.11). Also winning races for the Pirates were sophomore Roo Fenton in the 200 IM (2:11.50), junior Saverio Kaufman in the 100 Butterfly (58.69), sophomore Jack McGovern in the 500 Freestyle (6:04.60) and junior Joe Gigantino in the 100 Breaststroke (1:06.70). All three Prep relays were also victorious: Colby Dixon, Alex Wang, Roo Fenton and Luke Shea took the 200 Medley Relay in 1:45.86; Roo Fenton, Matt Prior, Lenny Brown and Brendan Flood captured the 200 Free Relay in 1:36.51, and Matt Michaels, Will Clarkin, Ryan Martynowicz and Saverio Kaufman finished the meet by winning the 400 Free Relay in 3:34.98. Also of note is that two freshman swimmers, Michael McGoldrick and Colin Schweitzer, earned varsity level cut times for the first time while swimming on the Prep B Team in the 400 Free Relay. The team will be back in action to conclude the regular season on Monday February 6 in a rescheduled meet against undefeated Millburn at 4:30 at Seton Hall University.

For full results from last night's meet, see the NJ.com stats here.

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Pirates Earn Win No. 20 over Caldwell

Thursday, Jan. 26

Contributed by Assistant Coach, Ron DiLeo

Caldwell- The Seton Hall Prep Pirates moved one match closer to adding a conference title to go along with the ECT title as well as earning win their 20th win of the season by defeating Caldwell HS 46-24. The Prep jumped out to 31-6 lead and never looked back. Jon Alvarado returned from an early season injury with bang, scoring a 1st period fall over ECT 3rd John Murphy. The Prep is back in action Friday night at West Essex in the final conference match. Saturday the Pirates travel to Watchung Hills for a quad with Bridgewater-Raritan and Ridgewood.

SHP 46 Caldwell 24

120: Maguire Pecci (SHP) over Matthew Goldbach (CALD) (Fall 4:13)
126: Charles Cunningham (SHP) over Joseph Carola (CALD) (Fall 3:47)
132: Alex Jones (CALD) over Michael Massa (SHP) (Dec 8-1)
138: Jake Smith (SHP) over Joseph Jenkins (CALD) (Fall 5:29)
145: Alex Garcia (SHP) over Dan Fano (CALD) (Dec 6-1)
152: TJ Calas (SHP) over Genero Gencarelli (CALD) (MD 9-1)
160: Gerald Jones (CALD) over Danny Young (SHP) (Dec 2-0)
170: Aidan Monteverdi (SHP) over Joseph Tamimi (CALD) (Fall 1:10)
182: Zachary Merlino (SHP) over Kyle Schaffer (CALD) (Dec 3-2)
195: Christian Dalla Riva (CALD) over Ben Halligan (SHP) (Fall 3:28)
220: Jonathan Alvarado (SHP) over Stephen Murphy (CALD) (Fall 1:47)
285: John Murphy (CALD) over Nikolaos Diakides (SHP) (Fall 2:38)
106: Darren Jones (CALD) over (SHP) (For.)
113: Larry Melchionda (SHP) over Ricardo Caamano (CALD) (Fall 1:08)

SHP Home Win Streak At 27 Straight As Bennett Propels Win Vs. East Side

By Jason Bernstein
For sidelinechatter.com

WEST ORANGE - Treyvon Bennett has never played a varsity game at the Frank J. Tracey Gymnasium and left the campus of Seton Hall Prep with a loss.

Thanks to a big second half, Bennett not only left school on Tuesday night with the streak in tact, but with the satisfaction of knowing that he and the rest of his teammates delivered an emphatic message to the rest of the state that these Pirates are indeed still a team to watch for in the postseason.

Bennett, a senior and three-year varsity player, scored 15 of his team-high 17 points after the intermission, allowing Seton Hall Prep to hold off previously unbeaten Newark East Side, 57-54, in front an boisterous crowd.

The win marks the 27th consecutive home victory for Seton Hall Prep (7-6), dating back to 2014. Three of those wins have come at the expense of an East Side (10-1) team, which thumped the Pirates, 77-52, in the season opener on Dec. 16.

Most importantly for Seton Hall Prep, it is the team's second consecutive win against a state-ranked division rival in a span of six days leading up to the upcoming Essex County Tournament, which seeds its field on Monday, Jan. 30.

"It means a lot to keep the streak alive," said Bennett, who also had 10 rebounds. "We don't want to lose that streak (so we're) coming out and playing hard everyday, knowing that we have that streak. We don't want it to be broken."

Bennett scored six points during an 11-2 third quarter run to give Seton Hall Prep its largest lead at 41-32 with 1:43 remaining in the period. But with standout guard Austin Williams on the bench in foul trouble and the Red Raiders' typically intense defense ratcheted up to another level, the lead was immediately put into peril.

East Side recorded five steals in a span of less than three minutes as it reeled off an 11-3 run to cut the deficit to just one after Shamir Johnson's steal and layup with 6:03 left in the fourth quarter. Johnson's play was the first of six separate occasions in the fourth quarter where the Red Raiders trailed by one or two points. Bennett, however, refused to let East Side make it all the way back.

Bennett scored off a feed from Williams, then added a transition layup off an Ashton Miller steal. Johnson's corner 3-pointer cut the Pirate lead back to two, but Bennett's two free throws pushed the lead back to four at 50-46.

Red Raiders freshman Mikah Johnson hit a layup, but on the ensuing possession Bennett found Alex Imegwu (15 points) for an easy basket. Jahid Jenkins once again made it a one possession game with a drive to the hoop, but the ensuing possession saw Bennett grab a critical offensive rebound and score on the put-back to make it 54-50 with 1:14 remaining.

"I'm so happy (for him). That's my brother," said Williams, who had seven points and six assists. "I knew he had it in him and he just did what he's supposed to do."

"As I was telling Austin during the game, the younger guys feed off of our energy," Bennett said. "So I knew that when Austin came out, I had to pick it up for me and him. They were playing off of us and as I brought my energy up, so did the younger guys."

Johnson drained his third 3-pointer of the fourth with 1:02 left and after a Pirates turnover had a chance to tie the game with another long-range dagger. The shot was off the mark, eventually resulting in an Imegwu rebound and two Miller free throws.

Johnson and Bennett each traded free throws, allowing East Side one last chance to even the score. Johnson's 3-point attempt from the left wing struck the side of the rim before falling into the hands of Imegwu, giving Seton Hall Prep its biggest win of the season.

"They were playing their third game in four nights so we probably caught a break, getting them with some tired legs," said Seton Hall Prep coach Kevin Williams. "I'm not sure we're at their level, but tonight we were able to play with them."

"It was just an outstanding effort by my kids. They did a great job fighting tooth and nail with a great team that's extremely tough to play at home," East Side co-head coach Anthony Tavares said. "We almost pulled it out in the fourth quarter. To almost pull it off shows about the character of this team. We'll just take this as a plus and get ready for the counties and the states."

The Red Raiders, coming off of hard-fought wins over Mater Dei on Saturday and Montclair Immaculate on Monday, were paced by Elijah Olaniyi's 18 points and eight rebounds. Johnson added 16 points, 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter. As a team, East Side shot 7-of-14 from the foul line and committed 14 turnovers.

Imegwu hit four 3-pointers as part of a 15-point, six rebound effort. Abdur-Rahim, who missed the last two games due to illness had seven points, including two second quarter free throws, which put Seton Hall Prep in front for good at 27-25. Seton Hall Prep as a team, made 14-of-18 free throw attempts as it overcame 20 turnovers.

"I was anxious to win this game. I've been looking forward to this for a while," said Austin Williams. "I don't think they should have beaten us that badly in the first game. Our team is getting better and progressing."

NEWARK EAST SIDE (10-1)  12  15   9   18  -  54
SETON HALL PREP (7-6)      13  18  10  16  -  57

Newark East Side: Elijah Olaniyi 4-2-4-18, Amadu Benbow 0-0-0-0, Shamir Johnson 1-4-2-16, Hassan Ceesay 1-0-0-2, Jahid Jenkins 3-0-0-6, Anas Amos 1-1-0-5, Deandre Speight 0-0-1-1, Mikah Johnson 3-0-0-6, Keron Williams 0-0-0-0. Total: 13-7-7-54.

Seton Hall Prep: Geordan Walker 0-1-0-3, Alex Imegwu 1-4-1-15, Ashton Miller 1-0-4-6, Treyvon Bennett 6-0-5-17, Austin Williams 3-0-1-7, Jabri Abdur-Rahim 2-0-3-7, Jason Larranaga 1-0-0-2. Total: 14-5-14-57.

Newark East Side: Olaniyi 8 rebounds, Amos 6 assists, Ceesay 4 rebounds, Johnson 3 assists.

Seton Hall Prep: Bennett 10 rebounds, Imegwu 6 rebounds, Williams 6 assists, Miller 4 rebounds, Walker 4 rebounds.

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SHP Captures 20th Straight cOUNTY Title, Fenton Wins Cullen Jones Award

Contributed by Joe Alexander, Associate Head Coach

The SHP Swim Team featured great performances up and down the lineup as it captured the Super Essex Conference and Essex County Championships on Martin Luther King Day at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA in Perth Amboy. The Pirates captured 7 first place finishes out of 11 events; individual winners included sophomore Roo Fenton in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle, junior Alex Wang in the 200 IM and senior Colby Dixon in the 100 backstroke. All 3 Prep Relays also took first: the 200 Medley Relay (Dixon, junior Dom Palumbo, junior Matt Michaels and sophomore Luke Shea); the 200 Freestyle Relay (Freshman Liam Fuchs, Michaels, Shea and Fenton); and the 400 Freestyle Relay (Freshman Matthew Prior, Wang, Dixon and Fenton). Roo Fenton was also given the Cullen Jones Award as Most Valuable Swimmer at the Meet.

The Top 6 places in each individual event and top 3 in each relay event received medals. Below are the SHP medalists. Full coverage of the tournament, see NJ.com's article.

First Place

200 Medley Relay - Colby Dixon, Dominic Palumbo, Matt Michaels, Luke Shea, 1:40.57
200 IM - Alex Wang, 1:58.05
50 Freestyle - Roo Fenton, 22.01
100 Freestyle - Roo Fenton, 48.43
200 Freestyle Relay - Liam Fuchs, Matt Michaels, Luke Shea, Roo Fenton, 1:31.45
100 Backstroke - Colby Dixon, 54.08
400 Freestyle Relay - Matthew Prior, Alex Wang, Colby Dixon, Roo Fenton, 3:18.84

Second Place

100 Butterfly - Matt Michaels, 53.41
500 Freestyle - Matt Prior, 4:51.57
100 Backstroke - Alex Wang, 55.95

Third Place

200 Freestyle - Matthew Prior, 1:49.15
50 Freestyle - Luke Shea, 23.09
100 Freestyle - Colby Dixon, 49.42
100 Breaststroke - Dominic Palumbo, 1:02.98

Fourth Place

200 Freestyle - Ben Amoreno, 1:49.82
200 IM (tie) - Dominic Palumbo and Saverio Kaufman, 2:04.76
100 Breaststroke - Saverio Kaufman, 1:03.28

Fifth Place

200 Freestyle - Lenny Brown, 1:50.03
100 Butterfly - Luke Shea, 56.50
500 Freestyle - Ben Amoreno, 4:52.28
100 Backstroke - Ryan Martynowicz, 59.30

Sixth Place

200 IM - Matt Michaels, 2:07.45
100 Breaststroke - Joseph Gigantino, 1:05.45

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8th Annual Lacrosse Beefsteak Draws Over 75 Fathers and Alumni

On January 4th the Seton Hall Prep lacrosse program held its 8th Annual Men's Beefsteak at McCloone's Restaurant. Over 75 current SHP fathers and alumni gathered to hear Key Note Speaker, Brett D'Alesandro founder of Backpacks For Life. The program also celebrated recent SHP Athletic Department Hall of Fame inductees- Chris Rogers '89 and Chris O'Dougherty '04.

Chris Rogers spoke about the great changes and progress the program has made since the day of its inception, when he raised money selling lollipops at lunchtime. Chris O'Dougherty was unable to attend due to his participation in the professional National Lacrosse League, playing for the Vancouver Stealth.

The lacrosse program continued its tradition of supporting and honoring local charities- this year with the support of Seton Hall Prep's Wounded Warrior Project Club, the lacrosse program donated over four thousand dollars to the Backpacks For Life program. Backpacks For Life is a nonprofit that aims to provide homeless veterans with daily essentials and resources that they cannot provide for themselves, giving the veterans a second chance on life. Brett emphasized how important the concept of teamwork has been in is life and what characteristics of leadership he has learned through sports and the Marine Corp. SHP lacrosse sophomore Brian Hipp, Verona, NJ was the impetus behind the lacrosse programs decision to support Backpacks For Life.

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SHP Bowling Wins Two

Seton Hall Prep Bowling won two matches this week, blanking opponents Weequahic and West Orange both by scores of 7-0. The team is now 6-5 on the season, and takes on Irvington this Tuesday. For full match reports and individual scoring, click below:

SHP 7-0 Weequahic

SHP 7-0 West Orange

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Pirates Grind Out Road Win Over West Side

Fri. January 13, 2017

Newark- Seton Hall Prep Basketball (6-6) defeated No. 16 in NJ, West Side HS, last night in Newark, 65-54. The Pirates used a 20-9 second quarter to create a 33-18 halftime lead that they would not relinquish.

Alex Imegwu led The Prep in scoring with 14 points and five rebounds, followed by Treyvon Bennett (13 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast), Austin Williams (12 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast) and Jason Larranaga (11 pts). Sophomores Ashton Miller and Geordan Walker contributed eight and seven points, respectively. Walker also pulled down seven rebounds.

The Pirates return to the court next Tuesday, hosting East Side HS in Tracey Gym for a 7 pm SEC contest.

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Pirates Earn Decisive Win Over Cedar Grove

Thurs. January 12, 2017

Contributed by Assistant Coach, Ron DiLeo

West Orange- The Pirates turned around a 2016 defeat to Cedar Grove with a 46-17 victory over fellow Essex County school on Wednesday night. Senior captain, Jake Smith, got the Prep rolling with 8-4 victory at 138. The Pirates ran off 4 straight wins to open a 16-0 lead. Cedar Grove closed the gap to 22-10 going into 285. Nikko Diakides then help the Prep pull away with a 1st period fall, followed by another 1st period fall from Larry Mechionda. Maguire Pecci had another strong performance for the Pirates with a 2nd period pin. Maguire was recently featured as an "unsung hero" in an NJ.com feature.

The Pirates improved to 15-1 and are at home Friday under the lights for Senior Night. 

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SHP Blanks RBC, 6-0

Thurs. January 12, 2017

Red Bank- Seton Hall Prep, No. 7 in the NJ.com Top 20, rolled to a 6-0 victory over Red Bank Catholic on Wednesday night. Stephen Buck scored twice and Thomas Colucci added a goal and an assist to pace The Prep.

Matthew Robinson recorded a goal and an assist for SHP, Thomas Freda and Devon Dobres each recorded a goal of their own, and John O'Hern assisted on three goals for the Pirates. Although seldom tested, Jack McConeghy made eight saves in the shut-out effort.  

SHP Hockey (7-6-2) hit the ice next Monday (Jan. 16) at Gloucester Catholic for a 3:45 pm contest.

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Pirates Defeat Livingston 113-57

Wed. January 11, 2017

Contributed by Joe Alexander, Associate Head Coach

The SHP Swim Team captured the first nine events as they defeated a solid 6-2 Livingston team on January 10. The 200 Medley relay team got the Pirates going, with Colby Dixon, Dom Palumbo, Matt Michaels and Ryan Ross taking first place in 143.66. The 200 Freestyle Relay team made up of Dixon, Luke Shea, Matt Prior and Lenny Brown also took first in 1:34.81. Individual event winners for SHP included Matthew Prior in the 200 Freestyle (151.16), Saverio Kaufman in the 200 IM (206.56), Roo Fenton in the 50 Freestyle (22.32), Matt Michaels in the 100 Butterfly (54.30), Colby Dixon in the 100 Freestyle (50.82), Jeff Cueva in the 500 Freestyle (524.24) and Ryan Martynowicz in the 100 Backstroke (100.46). Sophomore Ryan Gurney earned his first varsity cut time in the 100 Freestyle (59.98).

Next up for the Pirates is last year's conference runner-up Millburn on Friday January 13 at 3:45 pm at Rutgers-Newark.

For a listing of last night's results, visit NJ.com.

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Pirates Down Montclair Immaculate

Fri. January 6, 2017

West Orange- Austin Williams scored 26 points in Seton Hall Prep's (5-4) win over Montclair Immaculate, No. 18 in NJ, 61-56 in Tracey Gym on Thursday night.

Williams also chipped in five assists and four steals in the Pirates effort. The Prep used a big 21-13 third quarter to hold off Montclair Immaculate. 

SHP also had strong contributions from Ashton Miller (12 pts, 6 ast, 5 reb), Jabri Abdur-Rahim (10 pts, 6 reb), and Alex Imegwu (8 pts, 10 reb).

The Pirates take on Union Catholic this weekend in the SFIC Festival at Kean University. Tip-off is set for 3:30 pm.

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The Prep defeats MKA, 114-54

Fri. January 6, 2017

Contributed by Joe Alexander, Associate Head Coach

Montclair- The SHP Swim Team improved to 6-0 with a 114-54 win at MKA on Thursday, January 5.

Individual event winners for The Prep included junior Ryan Martynowicz in the 200 Freestyle, junior Lenny Brown in the 50 Freestyle, junior Brendan Flood in the 100 Freestyle, sophomore Jack McGovern in the 100 Backstroke, and freshman Gage Derr in the 100 Breaststroke.

The Prep also captured all three relays. The 200 Medley Relay was won by the foursome consisting of freshman Liam Fuchs, sophomore Michael Ippolito, senior Jeff Cueva, and freshman William Clarkin; the 200 Freestyle Relay was won by senior Ben Amoreno, freshman Matt Prior, Fuchs and sophomore Roo Fenton; and the 400 Freestyle Relay was won by sophomore Ryan Gurney, senior Mike Dellanno, Ippolito and freshman Joseph Labrador.

The team's next meet is vs. Livingston High School on Tuesday evening January 10 at the Clifton Boys and Girls Club at 8:15 pm.

For a box score from last night's meet, go to NJ.com's report.

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SHP Downs Notre Dame

Thurs. January 5, 2017

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep Hockey, No. 7 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated Notre Dame HS on Wednesday on home ice at Codey Arena, 5-2. The Pirates climb to 6-5-1 on the season, and are currently on a three-game win streak- the first since the 2011-12 season. Click here for the full story.

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SHP Defeats West Orange

Thurs. January 5, 2017

Contributed by Assistant Coach, Ron DiLeo

West Orange- The Pirate Wrestling team opened the new year with a 49-15 victory over cross town rival West Orange. SHP opened with two strong decisions from Ben Halligan and Nikko Diakides, and a pin from Larry Melchionda. West Orange rebounded with victories at 113 & 120. The Prep then rattled off eight straight victories for a dominant win under the lights. In the premier bout of the top two wrestlers in Essex County at 170, senior Aidan Monteverdi dominated Sebastian Rawls from start to finish with a 16-4 major decision. The Pirates are back in action Friday night at 6 pm in the Pit at Bloomfield. After the match the team is set to get on a bus for Levittown PA for the Harry S Truman Duels on Saturday at 9 am.

SHP 49 WOHS 15

220: Ben Halligan (SHP) over Sebastian Rojas (WOHS) (Dec 5-3)
285: Nikolaos Diakides (SHP) over Victor Kuga (WOHS) (Dec 8-4)
106: Larry Melchionda (SHP) over Daniel Neil (WOHS) (Fall 1:11)
113: Morriel Kasher (WOHS) over Dean Musialowicz (SHP) (Fall 1:06)
120: Victor Lopez (WOHS) over Maguire Pecci (SHP) (Dec 4-1)
126: Michael Massa (SHP) over (WOHS) (For.)
132: Charles Cunningham (SHP) over Michael Charles (WOHS) (Fall 3:15)
138: Jake Smith (SHP) over Brandon Salazar (WOHS) (Fall 4:10)
145: Alex Garcia (SHP) over Nunzio Castaldo (WOHS) (MD 17-7)
152: TJ Calas (SHP) over Abraham Dada (WOHS) (MD 10-0)
160: Danny Young (SHP) over Kevin Valle (WOHS) (Dec 7-3)
170: Aidan Monteverdi (SHP) over Sebastian Rawls (WOHS) (MD 16-4)
182: Zachary Merlino (SHP) over Jordan Delvalle (WOHS) (MD 10-1)
195: Noah Tandy (WOHS) over (SHP) (For.)

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Track Enjoys Success Over the Holidays

Wed. January 4, 2017

Seton Hall Prep Track & Field completed a successful slate of events over the holiday break. The Pirates finished second as a team in the SEC Meet with 61.50 points, trailing only East Orange Campus HS.  

Placing at the SEC Meet were:

55m Nick Parisi 4th
400m Nick Parisi 5th
800m Malik Kosanavich 1st
1600m Malik Kosanavich 2nd
3200m Jack McCarthy 3rd
Hurdles Anthony Algeri 5th
4x400 Parisi,N, Kosanavich,M, Hicks,B, Bodnar,E 3rd
High Jump Justice Sims 2nd, Anthony Algieri 6th
Shot Put Josh Kaminski 2nd, James Caprio 3rd

In the NJCTC, those who placed were:

Var Shot 3rd Kaminski,Caprio,Ennis
Frosh Shot 2nd Tim O'Connor, Ryan Corcoran, Joe Locascio

At the Wayne Gardner Relays, James Caprio and Josh Kaminski led SHP to a first place finish.

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Pirates Defeat Morristown in a BAttle of Unbeatens; Prior sets program record

Wed. January 4, 2017

Morristown- The SHP swim team swam to a big win, besting previously undefeated, defending Morris County champions and NJ.com #11 ranked Morristown in a nail biter, 86-84, on January 3 at Morristown. The Prep won in spite of Morristown’s taking 9 first place finishes out of 11 events, but as was often the case last season, superior depth proved to be the difference, with SHP grabbing 9 seconds, 8 thirds, and only one last place finish to squeak out the win.

The meet began with Morristown winning the 200 Medley Relay, with The Prep grabbing 2nd and 3rd to trail 8-6. Morristown’s Justin Viotto won the 200 Freestyle, but freshman Matthew Prior, junior Lenny Brown and senior Ben Amoreno went 2-3-4 to even the score at 15-15. Morristown went 1-3 in the 200 IM, but junior Alex Wang led The Prep’s 2-4-5 finish; the 50 Freestyle would see the same order of finish, with sophomore Roo Fenton giving SHP the second place finish; at the break, Morristown led 33-29.

The next event, the 100 Meter Butterfly, turned the meet in The Prep’s favor, as junior Matt Michaels grabbed the first place finish in 58.96, with soph Luke Shea and senior Jeff Cueva grabbing 3-4, giving The Prep its first lead at 40-38. Senior Colby Dixon would win the next event, the 100 Meter Freestyle, in exciting come from behind fashion in 54.34, and with Fenton and freshman Liam Fuchs grabbing 4th and 5th, The Prep extended to lead to four at 49-45.

The Morristown pool is 25 meters, and while The Prep team swims more often in yards, records are also kept in the metric distances, and the next event, the 400 Meter Freestyle, would see a new school record set. Viotto would win the race for Morristown, but freshman Matt Prior would break the SHP record in the event at 4:16.43 as he finished second, and combined with a 3-4 finish from Amoreno and Brown, The Prep would hold its largest lead at 58-52. Morristown would creep closer by 2 points each in the next two events, the 200 Freestyle Relay and the 100 Backstroke, and SHP lead by only 2 at 71-69 with only two events remaining. Morristown’s Owen Breslin would win the 100 Breaststroke, but once again The Prep would secure a 2-3-4 finish, this time provided by juniors Dominic Palumbo, Saverio Kaufman, and Joseph Gigantino. That made the score SHP 80 Morristown 76 with the 400 Freestyle Relay remaining. This meant The Prep needed to either win the event or take second and third to win the meet. Fittingly enough, we took second and third to make the final score SHP 86, Morristown 84.

The Prep (5-0) is back in action on Thursday January 5 at MKA at 4 pm.

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Pirates Take 1st Place in Shot Put Relay

The Seton Hall Prep Shot Put relay team went to the Wayne Gardiner Holiday Relays at Ocean Breeze Arena in Staten Island, NY and took 1st Place in the Shot Put relay event. They totaled 90 feet as seniors James Caprio threw 44 feet and Josh Kaminski threw 46 feet.

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Pirates Win Two Straight

Seton Hall Prep Wrestling (2-0) defeated Nutley and Parsippany in the opening dual meets of the 2016-17 season. 

The Pirates first travelled to Nutley on Wed. Dec. 21, and defeated the Raiders narrowly, 37-33. Maguire Pecci (120 lbs), Michael Massa (126 lbs), Charles Cunningham (132 lbs), Jake Smith (138 lbs), TJ Calas (152 lbs), Danny Young (160 lbs), Aidan Monteverdi (170 lbs), and Zachary Merlino (182 lbs) all earned victories for The Prep.

SHP Wrestling took the mat for the first time under the spotlight in Tracey Gym on Fri. Dec. 23, and routed Parsippany, 51-19. Larry Melchionda (106 lbs), Maguire Pecci (120 lbs), Michael Massa (126 lbs), Jake Smith (138 lbs), Drew Mitzak (145 lbs), TJ Calas (152 lbs), Danny Young (160 lbs), Aidan Monteverdi (170 lbs), and AJ Hinton (182 lbs) all recorded wins, many of which came by way of forfeit. 

The Pirates (2-0) head to South Brunswick HS to take on South Brunswick, Sayreville, and West Windsor Plainsboro South in a quad meet.

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SHP Downs Glen Ridge

The SHP Swim Team headed into the Christmas Break at 4-0 with a 122-46 victory over Glen Ridge at Seton Hall University on December 22.

Senior Colby Dixon was in fine form in winning the 50 Freestyle in 22.95, leading 7 different prep swimmers who captured first place finishes. The other winners were junior Lenny Brown in the 200 free; senior Ben Amoreno in the 200 IM; senior Jeff Cueva in the 100 butterfly; sophomore Roo Fenton in the 500 free; junior Dom Palumbo in the 100 backstroke; and junior Joe Gigantino is the 100 breaststroke. The three SHP Relays were also victorious - the 200 Medley Relay, featuring freshman Joseph Labrador, juniors Saverio Kaufman and Alex Wang, and senior Ryan Ross; the 200 Freestyle Relay team of junior Ryan Martynowicz, Amoreno, Brown and Cueva; and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of junior Matt Michaels, freshman Liam Fuchs, Ross and Dixon.

Congratulations to sophomore Jack McGovern, who made his first varsity cut in the 100 Freestyle!

The team will begin the new year with perhaps its most difficult regular season dual meet against nj.com #12 ranked Morristown on January 3 at Morristown at 4:00 pm.

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SHP Dominates East Orange, 77-39

 Seton Hall Prep (2-1) dominated East Orange Campus on Tuesday night in front of a packed Pirate Nation crowd, 77-39. 

The Pirates were led by freshman guard Jabri Abdur-Rahim's 19 points and senior guard Austin Williams' 16 points and seven assists. Alex Imegwu contributed14 points and pulled down six rebounds for No. 13 SHP.

The Prep pulled away with a huge third quarter, outscoring the Cougars of East Orange 25-6.

SHP Basketball hits the road tomorrow night for a SEC matchup with University HS. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm. Following the matchup with University, the Pirates are set to compete in the Neptune Holiday Jubilee starting December 27.

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Pirates Place 2nd at Morris Knolls Tournament

Mon. December 19, 2016

The SHP wrestling team participated in the Morris Knolls Tournament for the 14th consecutive year and finished in second place in the team standings to champions, South Plainfield. This marks only the second time the Pirates finished as runners-up in the tournament since 2003. A mix of veterans and newcommers led The Prep to nine wrestlers placing in the top 4 in their respective weights. 

  • 1st Place: 132 lb. Charles Cunningham - Jr.
  • 1st Place: 170 lb. Aidan Monteverdi - Sr.
  • 2nd Place: 120 lb. Maguire Pecci - Jr.
  • 2nd Place: 152 lb. TJ Calas - Sr.
  • 3rd Place: 103 lb. Lawrence Melchionda - Fr.
  • 3rd Place: 160 lb. Danny Young - Jr.
  • 4th Place: 138 lb. Jake Smith - Sr.
  • 4th Place: 145 lb. Alex Garcia - Fr.
  • 4th Place: 195 lb. Ben Halligan - Jr.

SHP Wrestling enters a strong week of competition as they travel to Nutley on Wednesday, and host Parsippany in Tracey Gym on Friday night at 7 pm.

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Hockey & Basketball Pick Up Weekend Wins

Sun. December 18, 2016

West Orange - Seton Hall Prep winter programs earned positive results this weekend, as SHP Hockey defeated St. Peter's Prep for the second time this season, 5-2. SHP Basketball won their first game of the young season by beating Columbia HS 63-52 at Caldwell University in the Hoop Group Tip-off Showcase.

On the ice sophomore Thomas Colucci led the Pirates with a hat trick and an assist. Freshman, Jabri Abdur-Rahim led the Pirates on the court with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and five blocks.

Theobald Named First Team All-State; Program Reaps All-NJSFC UNITED Selections

Sun. December 18, 2016

NJ.com's post-season football awards were released and the program earned numerous selections across the state and conference landscape. Boston College- bound senior Paul Theobald earned a spot on First Team All-State Defense. Theobald averaged over 16 tackles per game and finished the year with 165 tackles, two forced fumbles, and a blocked punt. He also earned a spot on the All-Non Public First Team and NJSFC United White Division First Team Defense.

Joining Theobald on the NJSFC United White Division First Team Defense was fellow senior Michael Mughetto. The Pirates packed the Second Team Defense as Matt Durborow, Jonathan Alvarado, Jonathon Weir, and Michael Ferguson all earned selections. Matthew Jones was selected to the Honorable Mention list.

On the offensive side of the ball, The Prep's Dwayne Warren and James Petrovcik were selected to NJSFC United White Division First Team. Warren was also selected to the All-Non Public Third Team. Josh Kaminski and Andrew Perez earned Second Team nods, and Brendan Burke earned Honorable Mention. Punter, Zach Hoban, was selected Third Team All-Non Public.

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After a First period Deadlock, SHP Falls to Delbarton

December 13, 2016

West Orange- No. 17 Seton Hall Prep (2-4) was defeated by No. 1 Delbarton on Monday night at Codey Arena, 5-1.

Matthew Robinson leveled the game at 1-1 for SHP off of a Jake Sandomeno assist in the first period.

Despite the first period deadlock, Delbarton scored four unanswered goals, three of which came in the second period.

Pirate netminder, Jack McConeghy recorded 21 saves on the night.

The Prep returns to Codey Arena this Friday to take on St. Peter's Prep. The last time the two schools met, SHP shut out St. Peter's, 2-0.

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SHP Defeats Columbia, 126-44

December 9, 2016

Contributed by Mr. Joe Alexander, Associate Head Coach

Newark- The junior class would lead the way as the SHP swim team defeated Columbia on December 8 at Seton Hall University, 126-44. Juniors would win 5 individual races, led by double winner Alex Wang in the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke. Fellow juniors Lenny Brown (50 Freestyle), Matt Michaels (100 Butterfly) and Brendan Flood (100 Freestyle) also won races. Also winning events were senior Colby Dixon in the 100 backstroke and freshman Gage Derr in the 200 Freestyle. 2 SHP relays also took first place: the 200 Medley Relay featuring juniors Dominic Palumbo and Saverio Kaufman and seniors Jeff Cueva and Colby Dixon; and the 400 Freestyle Relay, consisting of four freshmen - Liam Fuchs, Joseph Labrador, Will Clarkin and Matt Prior.

For full meet results, click here.

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SHP Shuts out St. Peter's, 2-0

Newark- Seton Hall Prep (2-2) shut out #7 St. Peter's Prep, 2-0, at the Barnabas Health Hockey House on Tuesday night behind Jack McConeghy's 26 saves, and goals from Thomas Colucci and Stephen Buck.

The Pirates jumped on the scoresheet with 3:35 remaining in the first period as Thomas Colucci scored off of a JP Foley assist. Neither side scored again until late in the third period, when Stephen Buck netted a Thomas Colucci assist on the power play.

Now at .500 on the young season, SHP Hockey prepares for two consecutive home games with Pope John visiting Codey Arena on Saturday, and Delbarton next Monday night.

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Cross Country Post Season Awards and Accolades

Seton Hall Prep Cross Country enjoyed a tremendous 2016 season, including success on the conference, county, state, and regional stages. See how the harriers of The Prep were honored for their performances below.

Malik Kosanovich- senior- Co-Captain

  • 1st Team All-Conference
  • 1st Team All- Conference
  • 3rd Team Non Public All State

Dan Gizzo- junior

  • 1st Team All-Conference
  • 1st Team All-County
  • 2nd Team Non Public All State

Mike DiDonato- junior

  • 1st Team All-Conference
  • 2nd Team All-County

Saverio Kaufman- junior

  • 2nd Team All-County

Sean Theoclitus- senior

  • Conference Honorable Mention

Jack McCarthy- senior

  • Conference Honorable Mention


  • Regular Season Conference Co-Champions with Millburn
  • 2nd Place Conference Championship- American Division
  • 2nd Place Essex County Championship
  • 2nd Place Brown Northeast Invitational
  • 3rd Place NJCTC Championship
  • 6th Place Non-Public A Group Championship

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Mason Toye: NJ.com Player of the Year & All-American; Program Reaps post season awards

December 7, 2016

Seton Hall Prep senior, Mason Toye, has been named the NJ.com Player of the Year for 2016, as well as an NSCAA All-American. The Indiana-bound striker netted 21 goals- nine of which were game winners- and tallied 12 assists for the Non-Public A Sectional Champions and SEC winners this season. Leading the Pirates, No. 7 in the final NJ.com Top 50, in both aforementioned categories highlights his on the field contributions; however, Toye is equally heralded for his character, work ethic, and leadership. 

Mason is SHP Soccer's third All-American, joining the likes of Charlie Rowan '02 (Villanova University), and Brandon Adler '11 (Providence College). All three players were also named NJ.com (Star-Ledger) Player of the Year after their respective senior campaigns.

Read the full Player of the Year article on NJ.com, and view the full 2016 NSCAA High School All-America Team announcement.

Further posts-season accolades for The Prep are as follows:

NJ.com - First Team All-State

  • Mason Toye

NJ.com - Third Team All-State

  • Michael Pavick

NJ.com - First Team All Non-Public 

  • Mason Toye
  • Michael Georgiou

NJ.com - Second Team All Non-Public

  • Ryan Vazquez
  • Michael Pavick

NJ.com - Third Team All Non-Public

  • Max Engelbrechtsen

SCANJ Selections

All SEC - First Team

  • Mason Toye
  • Ryan Vazquez
  • Nick Kriak

All SEC - Second Team

  • Max Engelbrechtsen
  • Michael Georgiou

All SEC - Honorable Mention

  • Brian Tevlin
  • Michael Pavick

All-Essex County - First Team

  • Mason Toye
  • Ryan Vazquez
  • Nick Kriak

All-Essex County - Second Team

  • Max Engelbrechtsen
  • Brian Tevlin

All-Essex County - Third Team

  • Michael Pavick
  • Michael Georgiou

All-Essex County - Honorable Mention

  • James Reardon
  • Adam Ned
  • Jonathan Santos

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SHP Defeats West Orange, 120-50

Newark- Seton Hall Prep Swimming (2-0) defeated West Orange, 120-50, in the Rutgers-Newark Pool Monday night.

The Pirates, No. 6 in NJ, earned first place finishes in all but one event. Five freshman also met the standards to earn a varsity letter, including Matthew Prior, Liam Fuchs, Joseph Labrador, Will Clarkin, and Gage Derr.

Meet results are as follows:

SHP 120 - 50 West Orange (Dec. 6, 2016)
Event School Winner(s) Time
200 Medley Relay SHP D. Palumbo / L. Shea / A. Wang  M. Michaels 1:45.38
200 Freestyle SHP Ryan Martynowicz 2:01.47
200 IM SHP Colby Dixon 2:07.47
50 Freestyle SHP Ryan Ross 24.37
100 Butterfly SHP Alex Wang 55.29
100 Freestyle SHP Roo Fenton 49.79
500 Freestyle SHP Saverio Kaufman 5:20.38
200 Freestyle Relay WO A. Choy / J. Charles / C. Gilio-Matabre / J. Butcher 1:46.83
100 Backstroke SHP Joseph Labrador 1:02.06
100 Breaststroke SHP Luke Shea 1:07.73
400 Freestyle Relay SHP S. Kaufman / R. Martynowicz / B. Flood / C. Dixon 3:39.81

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Mieth '15 and Rojas '16 Win National Championship with Tufts

Seton Hall Prep alumni Conner Mieth '15 and Brett Rojas '16 won the NCAA Division III National Championship with Tufts University Men's Soccer team last weekend. The title was the Jumbo's second in three years.

Mieth is a sophomore goalkeeper and has been to the NCAA tournament twice in two years since graduating from The Prep. Before Tufts, [Mieth] was on the soccer team at Seton Hall Prep…was a First Team All-Essex County selection…selected to the All-State Third Team…was a captain of his Seton Hall Prep team…was the winner of the 2015 Coaches Award….2015 team was a finalist in the Essex County Tournament…team he played on was a semi-finalist in the Non-Public A tournament in 2015…was an AP Scholar in 2015…was a member of the National Honors Society and the Math Honors Society…won the Msgr. Thomas J Toohy Award for four years of a GPA of 4.0 or higher. - Tufts Athletics | FULL BIO

Rojas, a freshman midfielder, appeared in 20 games for the Jumbos, registering one goal and one asssist while taking 32 shots. Before Tufts [Rojas] was on the soccer and basketball teams at Seton Hall Prepatory School...was named the MVP of his team his senior year with 17 goals and 19 assists...was a captain of the team...was a First Team All-State selection...named a First Team All-Tri State honoree...earned National Soccer Coaches Association of American Regional All-American honors...was on the team that won the Essex County championship....was named the Tri-State Player of the Year Runner-Up...was an Essex County Scholar Athlete...finished high school with a 4.64 GPA...was on the high honor roll...was a peer leader...earned PSAT Hispanic National Merit Recognition. - Tufts Athletics | FULL BIO

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SHP Defeats Bergen Catholic, 6-2

December 5, 2016

Wayne - Seton Hall Prep Hockey (1-2) earned their first win of the season by defeating Bergen Catholic, 6-2, behind a hat-trick from junior, Stephen Buck.

The Pirates scored first with just 2:05 remaining in the opening period. John o'Hern recorded the goal off of assists from Stephen Buck and Jake Sandomeno.

Bergen Catholic equalized with 13:33 left in the second, however, Stephen Buck recorded his first goal of the evening to pull SHP ahead just under minute later. PJ Murphey added a third goal for SHP, and the second period would end, 3-2.

SHP exploded for three third period goals to put the game out of reach for Bergen Catholic. Buck completed his hat-trick with two goals, and Thomas Colucci added an unassisted power play goal to go up, 6-2 with just over a minute remaining.

Chris Baumann, JP Foley, John Nienstedt, Jack Bachman, John O'Hern, and Thomas Colucci all recorded assists for the Pirates.

SHP Hockey takes on St. Peter's Prep tomorrow at the AmeriHealth Pavilion. Puck drops at 4 pm.

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Pirates Beat West Essex in Season Opener, 133-30

Clifton- Seton Hall Prep, No. 6 in NJ, opened up the 2016-17 season with an emphatic 133-30 victory over West Essex HS at the Clifton Boys/Girls Club on Monday night.

SHP 133 - 30 West Essex (Nov. 28, 2016)
Event School Winner(s) Time
200 Medley Relay SHP C. Dixon, D. Palumbo, M. Michaels, R. Fenton 1:46.66
200 Freestyle SHP L. Brown 1:54.58
200 IM SHP S. Kaufman 2:09.34
50 Freestyle SHP R. Ross 24.32
100 Butterfly SHP C. Dixon 56.29
100 Freestyle SHP M. Prior 51.06
500 Freestyle WE T. Simson 5:44.52
200 Freestyle Relay SHP J. Ahn, J. McGovern, S. Bonardi, M. Dellanno 1:49.24
100 Backstroke SHP L. Shea 1:00.57
100 Breaststroke SHP B. Amoreno 106.71
400 Freestyle Relay SHP J. Cueva, B. Flood, R. Ross, L. Brown 3:41.15

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Pirates Drop Season Opener to Don Bosco

November 28, 2016

Wayne- Seton Hall Prep, No. 17 in NJ, held No. 2 in NJ, Don Bosco Prep, scoreless for the first 26 minutes of the 2016-17 season opener before Don Bosco found the net eight times to defeat the Pirates.

SHP Hockey stifled DBP in the first period behind netminder Jack McConeghy, who stopped all nine shots he faced in the first. The Prep tested the Bosco defense, forcing Alexei Masanko to stop 18 shots in net for the Ironmen.

The Pirates are back in action this Wednesday, taking on Princeton Day School on home ice at Codey Arena in West Orange. The puck drops at 4:15 pm.

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Six Pirates Sign National Letters of Intent

In the first week of November six Prep student athletes each signed National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period. The Prep student athletes gathered with their parents and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and their coaches David Giarrusso (lacrosse), Randy Schweitzer (swimming) and Michael Sheppard (baseball) for photos to commemorate the signings: Brian Tevlin signed with Yale University, for lacrosse, as did Sean Quinn, with Drexel University. Colby Dixon signed with Bryant University for swimming. Jack Mahala signed with Harvard University, for baseball, as did brothers Jamil and Jermaine Vanheyningen, with Campbell University. This November signing period is the first of several periods during the year when high school athletes can sign an NLI.

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State Final Goes Down to the Wire, shp falls, 1-0

November 14, 2016

Union- Seton Hall Prep (19-3-2) and Christian Brothers Academy played over 70 scoreless minutes on the turf at Kean University on Sunday night, however the Colts found the net with just over eight minutes remaining to win the State Tile, 1-0.

In a match that saw bouts of possession for both teams, The Prep found their rhythm early in the second half and went toe-to-toe with the senior-laden CBA squad before a Colts quick counter-attack and combination play led to the games lone goal.

The Pirates finish the 2016 campaign as Non-Public A North Champions, SEC Champions, and ECT Finalists.

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SHP Narrowly Edged by Bosco, 14-13

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

November 14, 2016

Ramsey- The Seton Hall Pirates were stripped of a chance at a game-winning field goal in a 14-13 loss at Don Bosco Prep in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.

The Prep drove down the field with under a minute left, and on third and 10, completed a nine-yard pass to the sideline but the runner was ruled down by “forward progress,” keeping the clock running with no timeouts left.

The Prep took the lead off freshman running back Kyle Monangai’s first touchdown of the season, and they held the lead until Don Bosco tied it in the third quarter.

The Prep then took the lead again in the beginning of the fourth quarter thanks to Michael Mughetto’s touchdown run, but a missed extra point gave SHP a 13-7 lead. Don Bosco then took their first lead of the game with 1:14 left, and Seton Hall’s last-minute drive came up short after a chaotic last 25 seconds.

The Prep’s season ends with a 2-8 record, but the effort and pride the players showed will never be forgotten by those who followed the season.

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Pirates Take 6th, Gizzo Earns Meet of champs Birth

November 14, 2016

Holmdel- On Saturday, November 12th at Holmdel Park the Seton Hall Prep harriers took on a challenging field in the NJSIAA Group Championships. Their 6th Place finish in a field of 19 teams was their best since 2010 and their 17:25 team average was their best in the Group race since 2004. After enduring its long uphill start and the mid race climb out of "the bowl," the Pirates finished strongly in what was a first Holmdel race for five of the SHP runners. The Pirates were led in scoring by junior Dan Gizzo (11th Place, 16:36), senior Malik Kosanovich (13th Place, 16:51), junior Mike DiDonato (17:30), junior Matt Martins (18:01), and senior Sean Theoclitus (18:09). The varsity seven was rounded out by senior Ben Groppe (18:21) and senior Jack McCarthy (19:08). For his fast and gutsy effort, Gizzo advanced as a wildcard to the Meet of Champions next Saturday, the first time Seton Hall Prep cross country has been represented in this race since 2004. His mark of 16:36 is also the fastest time for a Seton Hall Prep runner since Brian Trembley's time of 16:31 in 2004. Despite a mid-race set-back, Malik Kosanovich showed tremendous fight in a time that was the third fastest for SHP since 2004. This race concluded team competiton for a squad that helped put Seton Hall Prep Cross Country back on the competitive map.

Gizzo will toe the starting line at Holmdel Park against the strongest runners in New Jersey at the Meet of Champions on Saturday, November 19th at 11:00.

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Pirates Win North Title in PK Shootout over Delbarton

November 11, 2016

Wayne- Seton Hall Prep (19-2-2) claimed their first Non-Public A North title on Thursday night in a thrilling PK shootout over Delbarton in which the Pirates converted all five of their attempts from the spot after a 2-2 deadlock after 100 minutes of soccer at Passaic County Tech.

SHP tallied first with just over six minutes remaining in the first half when senior Adam Ned ripped a shot from over 35 yards out off the underside of the crossbar and junior Mike Pavick to headed home the rebound.

The Prep doubled their lead with 12:32 remaining in the second half as Mason Toye turned his defender after receiving an entry pass from Nick Kriak.

Delbarton pressed on despite the deficit, and goals just under a minute apart allowed the Green Wave to equalize the contest at, 2-2, with just under seven minutes remaining.

The 2-2 score line held through two, ten-minute overtime periods, sending the North Final into penalty kicks.

Mason Toye, James Reardon, Nick Kriak, Ryan Vazquez, and Adam Ned went a perfect 5-for-5 from the mark, as SHP hoisted its first Non-Public A North title since 2009.

The Pirates take on champions of the south, Christian Brothers Academy, on Sunday night in the Non-Public A Final at 7 p.m. on the campus of Kean University.

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The Hockey Crew

Written by Sian Wilkerson for USA Hockey Magazine.

New Jersey Prep Team Uses Crew Experience to Pull In The Same Direction On The Ice

Seton Hall Prep multisport athletes involved with Hockey and Crew were spotlighted in a recent article by USA Hockey Magazine. Click the link above to learn how their dedication to pursue Crew in the offseason brought The Prep its 16th Varsity program.

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SHP Shuts out St. Peters in No. Semifinal, 3-0

November 7, 2016

South Orange- Seton Hall Prep Soccer (19-2-1) posted a shutout against St. Peter's Prep in the NJSIAA Non-Public A North semifinal round on Monday behind a two goal performance by Indiana-bound senior, Mason Toye.

Toye recorded both of his goals in first half, off of assists from Nick Kriak and Joe Kearns, respectively. Ryan Vazquez sealed the Pirates victory with 30:43 left in the second half, poking home a loose ball in the box. Michael Pavick and Toye recorded assists on the play.

Liam Bertand and Gabe Ferreira recorded a combined nine-save shutout in net for the Pirates. 

SHP now faces Delbarton in the Non Public A North Final this Thursday at Passcaic County Tech at 7:30 p.m.

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Tied at Half, SHP Falls to Bergen Catholic, 21-7

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

Oradell- Seton Hall Prep lost a tough road game 21-7 at Bergen Catholic, but the game was closer than the score may suggest.

Bergen Catholic jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter after recovering a Seton Hall fumble and returning it 50 yards for a touchdown.

The Prep answered right back on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Cam Carti to Andrew Perez, making the score 7-7 until Bergen Catholic took the lead late in the third quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Langan to Dylan Classi.

The Prep drove down the field in the fourth quarter to attempt to tie it back up, but came up short on fourth down. Bergen Catholic later scored on a 1-yard pass play, giving them a late 21-7 lead that would stand.

The Prep’s Jonathon Alvarado had 10 tackles and a sack, while Paul Theobald recorded 21 tackles. Cam Carti threw for 170 yards and a touchdown, and Andrew Perez caught six passes for 70 yards and a score.

Seton Hall Prep falls to 2-7 on the season, but earned a playoff game against Don Bosco Prep Friday night, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.

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Last Second Goal Lifts SHP to North Semifinal

November 4, 2016

South Orange- Mason Toye slotted home a Mike Georgiou through ball with one second remaining in the first overtime period of the Non Public A North quarterfinal to lift second seeded Seton Hall Prep (18-2-1) over seventh seeded Don Bosco Prep, 1-0, at Seton Hall University yesterday afternoon.

The Pirates, No. 6 in NJ, advance to the Non Public A North semifinal round and are set to host St. Peter’s Prep next Monday.

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Pirates Place 2nd at County championship Meet

October 31, 2016

Newark- On Friday, October 28th in blustery conditions, the entire Seton Hall Prep Cross Country team had a strong performance securing 2nd Place finishes in the Varsity, JV and Freshman races. The Varsity squad (67 points) was second to Columbia High School (53 points), but kept the race close with 35 points a piece through four runners. The Pirates were led by senior captain Malik Kosanovich (4th Place, 16:00- Brookdale PR), junior Dan Gizzo (5th Place- 16:01- PR), junior Mike DiDonato (12th Place-16:24- PR), junior Saverio Kaufman (14th Place- 16:26- PR) and senior Sean Theoclitus (32nd Place- 17:20- Brookdale PR). The team of seven was rounded out by junior Matt Martins (17:23- Brookdale PR) and senior Ben Groppe (17:53- Brookdale PR). The Prep's team average of 16:26 was its best since 2004.

In an exciting JV race at the close of the day, Seton Hall (38 points) raced to an impressive 2nd place finish behind Montclair High School (26 points). Seton Hall Prep was led by sophomore Louis Constable (3rd Place- 18:05- Brookdale PR), senior Andrew Deditch (5th Place- 18:06- Brookdale PR), sophomore Gus Kern (7th Place- 18:16- PR), senior Phil Sprague (10th Place- 18:23- Brookdale PR), and senior Felipe Cambeiro (13th Place- 18:26- PR).

The SHP Freshman squad (39 points) finished a close second to Newark Academy (31 Points). They were led by a blazing effort by Nolan Orr (1st Place- 17:10), and scoring rounded out by TJ Martynowicz (7th Place- 19:25), Cristiano Ribeiro (8th Place- 19:32), Dylan Coffin (14th Place, 19:55) and Will Spies (16th Place- 20:07). Orr's time of 17:10 is the fastest time clocked in the County Championship in either the JV or Freshman race since at least 1999.

PR's were also earned by sophomores Alex Burrowes (19:50- first time under 20:00), Evin Connolly (18:58), Anthony DelVecchio (20:15), Pat Nolan (19:26), Kyle Regan (23:47), juniors Matt DiCaro (19:22), Jack Flood (21:33), Diego Gonzalez (18:31), Hunter Hagan (22:30), Roberto Hormazabel (21:48), Rob Lynch (21:01), Ethan Restrepo (24:00), Dwight Thomas (20:47) and senior Steve Greenberg (19:37- first time under 20:00).

The Prep will take on the tougher terrain of Greystone Park in Morris Plains in the NJCTC Championship on Saturday, November 5th.

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SHP Defeats Montclair on Senior Day, 31-24

October 31, 2016

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

West Orange- The Seton Hall Prep Pirates earned their second win of the season 31-24 against Montclair on Senior Day Oct. 29, 2016.

The Prep scored 17 unanswered after falling down 7-0 early in the first half, but found themselves in a tie game with only a couple of minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Prep’s dual-threat backfield featuring quarterbacks Aidan Gilman and Matt Colantuono got the job done late, and a QB sneak gave The Prep a 31-24 advantage that would stand.

Coach Vito Campanile attributed the big win to his team’s character and resilience.

“The difference with our kids is their character,” Campanile said. “I think they give ‘Hazard Zet Forward’ the meaning. They never ever back down no matter what the challenge is.”

Gilman finished the day with 136 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while Colantuono added 69 yards and a touchdown pass of his own.

The Prep will wrap up their regular season with a tough road game against Bergen Catholic Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.

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Pirates end County Campaign as Finalists

October 31, 2016

Montclair- Seton Hall Prep Soccer fell to East Side in the Essex County Tournament Final, 4-0, on Sunday at Montclair State University.

The ECT Finalists now focus on the NJSIAA State Tournament and await the winner of Don Bosco Prep vs. St. Joseph Montvale. SHP will take on the victor this Thursday, Nov.3 at 3 pm on the campus of Seton Hall University.

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SHP Stifles Montclair in ECT Semis, 2-0

October 27, 2016

Millburn- No. 1 in NJ Seton Hall Prep defeated Montclair HS in the Essex County Tournament semifinals last night, 2-0, off of goals from Mason Toye and Ryan Vazquez.

The Pirates jumped on the board with 21:58 remaining in the first half when Mason Toye headed home a James Reardon cross to take a 1-0 lead. In the first meeting between these two high powered offenses, The Prep squandered the lead just 55 seconds after scoring first, however the same story line would not be written twice.

SHP stifled Montclair's attack, out shooting the Mounties 14-2 on the night. SHP winger Ryan Vazquez later doubled the lead when he tucked home a Brian Tevlin cross with 28:21 left in the contest.

The Pirates saw out the 2-0 advantage and earned their third straight trip to the Essex County Tournament final. They look to defend their 2015 title against Newark East Side this Sunday at Pittser Field on the campus of Montclair State University. Kick off for the ECT Final is set for 2 pm.

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SHP Falls to DePaul, 37-17

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

WEST ORANGE — The Prep falls to 1-6 on the season after losing to DePaul Catholic Saturday, Oct. 22, 37-17 on a rainy and windy afternoon.

DePaul took a commanding 14-0 lead in just the first four minutes of the game, but The Prep battled back to make to make it 17-7 at halftime.

The Prep then cut their early deficit to three points after an early third quarter touchdown, making the score 17-14 with a ton of ball game to play.

DePaul ran away with it after scoring back-to-back touchdowns in a matter of minutes, taking a secure 31-17 lead into the fourth quarter after a Prep field goal.

The Prep was unable to score in the fourth, and DePaul’s late touchdown gave them a 37-17 lead that would stand. Sophomore quarterback Aidan Gilman returned and threw for 181 yards and one touchdown in The Prep’s loss. Senior Dwayne Warren caught seven of those passes for 112 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough to overcome DePaul’s offense.

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ECT: SHP Advances to County Semis

October 23, 2016

Millburn- Seton Hall Prep advanced to the Essex County Tournament Semifinal round by defeating West Essex by a score of 3-0 on a raw chilly Saturday afternoon at Millburn HS.

The Prep took the action to West Essex, as they were content to sit back and absorb the Pirates possession. Junior Nick Kriak recorded his first goal of 2016 in the first half off of a low hard shot that snuck past the screened goalkeeper. 

SHP tacked on two more goals in the second half thanks to the efforts of Brian Tevlin and Mason Toye. Ryan Vazquez assisted on two goals, while Adam Ned recorded an assist of his own on the afternoon as well.

The team returns to action tomorrow to take on Central HS (Newark) at Nat Turner park.

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ECT: Pirates Beat Bloomfield, 4-1

October 20, 2016

Livingston- Seton Hall Prep (15-1-1) advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament with their, 4-1, win over Bloomfield last night.

Junior Michael Pavick scoredt two goals to lead the Pirates, followed by Ryan Vazquez who contributed a goal and an assist. Joe Cubero also scored for The Prep, and Mason Toye recorded two assists. Brian Tevlin, Nick Biunno, Max Englebrechtsen, and Rafael de la Torre each got on the score sheet with one assist on the night as well.

The Pirates, No. 2 in NJ and the top seed in the ECT, take on West Essex in the quarterfinal round this Saturday. These two teams met earlier in the regular season, resulting in a 2-1 overtime victory for SHP. 

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SHP Defeats Dicksinson, 3-0

October 19, 2016

Jersey City- Seton Hall Prep (14-1-1) defeated Dickinson HS at Lincoln Field on Tuesday night, 3-0. Ryan Vazquez netted two goals and Matt Gilmore added one late- his first varsity goal- to propel the Pirates.

Vazquez opened up the scoring seven minutes into the contest, heading home a rebound opportunity following Michael Pavick's shot attempt that struck the crossbar. He doubled his tally in the second half by extending for a ball redirected into the six-yard-box by defender, Max Englebrechtsen.

Senior, Matt Gilmore, completed the evenings scoring as time expired by collecting a Jake Tarnoff cross at the far post and pinning the ball in the far side netting. 

The Pirates are back in action tonight as they take on Bloomfield HS in the Essex County Tournament under the lights at Livingston HS. Kick off is set for 7 pm.

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Pirates Win Big over Columbia, 42-6

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

Maplewood-The Seton Hall Prep Pirates earned their first win of the season Saturday, Oct. 15, at Columbia in Maplewood, New Jersey.

The Prep couldn’t be stopped on offense, putting up 42 points in the game, 28 of which came in a dominant first half.

Freshman quarterback Matt Colantuono threw two touchdowns and ran one in, and Andrew Perez and Dwayne Warren caught a touchdown each. Michael Mughetto ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Head Coach Vito Campanile said the team has rallied behind senior leadership, and he’s excited about the team’s first win.

“I’m happy for these guys, happy for the seniors, and happy for the entire school right now,” Campanile said after the game. “We came out here and established ourselves, and we felt we were as good as any 0-5 team in the state, and I think we proved that today.”

The Prep’s defense also showed up in a big way, forcing two early turnovers and bringing an interception back for a touchdown.

Senior captain Paul Theobald said The Prep has worked hard all season, and it feels good to get a win under their belt.

“To finally get one in our favor feels really good, but we have to move past it just like we’ve moved past the losses,” Theobald said. “We have to keep working, watch film and get back to practice to prepare for next week.”

The Prep hosts DePaul Catholic Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. for a big home matchup in West Orange.

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Pirates Place Second at Brown Northeast Invitational

The SHP Varsity Cross Country team ran to an impressive 2nd Place finish at the Brown Northeast Cross Country Invitational held on October 15th at Goddard Park in Rhode Island- their best finish at this Invitational. Senior Malik Kosanovich ran a bold first mile and held onto 7th place in a big personal best of 15:53 (and his first time under 16:00), a top twenty time in New Jersey. Junior Dan Gizzo ran to a big personal best of 16:02 and an 11th place finish. Junior Mike DiDonato (16:29), senior Sean Theoclitus (17:00) and senior Ben Groppe (17:12) all ran impressive personal bests and rounded out the top five scoring for the Pirates. Junior Matt Martins (17:16- PR) and senior Jack McCarthy (17:52- Goddard PR) rounded out the team of seven. The team average of 16:31 is its fastest since 2004. Their next race will be on Friday, October 28th, when they take on Brookdale Park and tough county competition at the Essex County Championship.

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Pirate Runners Honored by the SEC

October 14, 2016

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep Cross Country had five runners honored by the Super Essex Conference, with Malik Kosanovich, Dan Gizzo, and Michael DiDonato making the first team, and Jack McCarthy and Sean Theoclitus earning honorable mention status.

The SEC First Team is comprised of the top seven runners in the conference championship meet varsity race and four open positions totalling 11 athletes. Malik Kosanovich earned 4th place, running a personal best of 16:08. Dan Gizzo's PR of 16:24 placed him sixth in the conference, and Michael DiDonato placed 11th, running a 16:52 PR.

Jack McCarthy and Sean Theoclitus earned spots on the Honorable Mention list, placing 23rd and 26th overall, respectively.

Seton Hall Prep Cross Country heads to the Brown Northeast Championship in Rhode Island this weekend for a high powered regional competition.

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Toye Scores both goals as SHP Defeats Verona, 2-1

October 14, 2016

Verona- Mason Toye's two first half goals proved enough for the Pirates (13-1-1) as they defeated Verona by a score of 2-1 on Thursday at Freedom Field. 

The Indiana-bound forward's first goal came with 16:30 left in the first half off of a perfectly placed through ball from junior midfielder, Nick Kriak. Toye's second contribution of the game was assisted by senior, Ryan Vazquez, with just 4:40 left on the clock before the halftime break. 

In a scrappy game played on Freedom Field between the Pirates and Hillbillies, Liam Bertrand made one save in net for The Prep, while Billyl Czupak stopped four shots for Verona.

SHP Soccer, now No. 2 in NJ, takes on Dickinson HS in Jersey City at 7 pm next Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

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Pirates Down Montclair in 20T to Claim SEC Title

October 12, 2016

Montclair- Brian Tevlin netted two goals, including the game winner with 54 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, in Seton Hall Prep's, 3-2, victory over Montclair on Tuesday. With the win, The Prep (12-1-1) clinched an outright Super Essex Conference American Division title.

The Pirates jumped out to an early lead eight minutes into the game, as Tevlin tucked away a James Reardon corner kick. Montclair wasted no time leveling the score, as Ikem Mbalewe blasted a shot into the lower left corner for the Mounties just 40 seconds later.

The game remained even until Indiana-bound senior, Mason Toye, blasted a shot over the Montclair keeper's head from 30 yards out off of assists from Michael Pavick and Brian Tevlin to put SHP up, 2-1.

The Prep carried play for much of the second half, however Montclair midfielder, Matthew Howlett equalized with just two minutes remaining in regular time off of a spectacular volley just inside the 18-yard-box.

Even at 2-2, The Pirates and Mounties battled for 19 scoreless overtime minutes until Brian Tevlin scored his second goal of the game off of a rebound oppotunity with 54 seconds left on the clock. Ryan Vazquez's strike on goal was parried away by the Montcliar keeper, however Tevlin followed the shot and rocketed home the rebound just under the crossbar from a seemingly impossible angle.

SHP outshot Montlciar 17 to five. Goalkeeper, Liam Bertrand made three saves in net for the Pirates, and Rowan O'Brien stopped 14 shots for the Mounties.

The newly crowned SEC champions travel to Verona this Thursday in search of their 13th victory of the season.

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Pirate Nation Shows in Full Force, SHP Falls to Delbarton

October 3, 2016

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

West Orange- Seton Hall Prep Football falls to 0-5 after a devastating, 23-19, loss to Delbarton in West Orange on Friday night.

In a back-and-forth game throughout the night, The Prep jumped out to an early 7-3 lead before taking a 13-9 lead into the halftime break.

Delbarton scored their lone touchdown in the third quarter, giving them a 16-13 lead going into a wild fourth quarter.

The Prep’s freshman quarterback Matt Colantuono found Andrew Perez for a 52-yard touchdown with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, giving The Prep a 19-16 lead that would remain until the final minutes of the game.

Delbarton fumbled in Seton Hall territory with only a few minutes remaining, and Mike Mughetto’s recovery seemingly sealed the game for The Prep to get their first win.

Unfortunately for The Prep, they had trouble snapping the ball on a fourth-down punt with just two minutes remaining, and Delbarton recovered at Seton Hall’s 34-yard line and took full advantage of their opportunity.

Davis Bell threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Cole Kreshpane with under two minutes to play, giving Delbarton a 23-19 lead that would stay put for the rest of the ball game.

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Pirates Score 3 Second Half Goals to Down Kearny

October 10, 2016

Kearny- Seton Hall Prep (11-1-1) defeated traditional powerhouse Kearny, 3-0, on the road this past Saturday, scoring three second half goals off the feet of Ryan Vazquez, Mason Toye, and Michael Pavick.

Vazquez opened up the scoring in the 61st minute, finishing a Nick Kriak cross with an emphatic near post volley. Mason Toye doubled the Pirates lead six minutes later, bending in a 30-yard free kick from the left side. Pavick sealed the game for SHP with a clinical far post finish off of stellar combination play by Mason Toye and Brian Tevlin. 

The Pirates now turn their attention to Montclair tomorrow, as a win or a tie secures SHP an outright SEC title.

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SHP Places 2nd at Conference Championships

October 6, 2016

Newark- Seton Hall Prep Cross Country put forth a record setting performance at the 2016 SEC/ Essex County Championship Meet, with 43 out of 53 Pirate runners setting PR's en route to the team's second place finish at Branch Brook Park on Wednesday. The field of 53 is likely the largest to evere compete in program history.

The SHP Varsity fought hard to a second place finish behind Columbia. Scoring were Malik Kosanovich (4th place- 16:08- PR), Dan Gizzo (6th Place- 16:24- PR), Mike DiDonato (11th Place- 16:52- PR), Jack McCarthy (23rd Place- 17:36- PR), Sean Theoclitus (26th Place- 17:43- PR). The top seven were rounded out by Matt Martins (17:59- a Branch Brook PR) and Ben Groppe (18:26- Branch Brook PR). SHP's team average of 16:56 is the fast SHP team average at Branch Brook since the SEC Conference was formed . Additionally, Kosanovich's mark puts him in the top 10 of Branch Brook's fastest times and the fastest from SHP since the creation of the SEC conference. Both Dan Gizzo and Mike DiDonato broke into the top 35 fastest.

The SHP freshmen squad finished first with 11 SHP runners finishing in the top 20. The top five scorers were Nolan Orr (1st place), Cristiano Ribeiro (5th place), TJ Martynowicz (6th place), Will Spies (9th place) and Matt Guarnuccio (10th place). Orr broke the course record of 11:09 that he set last week with an outstanding mark of 10:53! In the Novice 5K, SHP finished in a strong third place led by sophomore Louis Constable, sophomore Gus Kern, senior Phil Sprague, sophomore Evin Connolly, and senior Felipe Cambeiro.

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Pirates Defeat Newark Tech, 2-0

October 5, 2016

Newark- Seton Hall Prep (9-1-1) defeated Newark Tech, 2-0, on Tuesday thanks to goals by Ryan Vazauez and Michael Pavick. 

Vazquez headed home a James Reardon corner kick in the first half to give the Pirates a one goal lead. Pavick added an insurance tally with three minutes remaining to seal an SHP victory, off of assists from Vazquez and fellow senior, Jonathan Santos. 

The Prep is back in action this Thursday night when they visit Newark Academy. The last time the two programs met in 2015 Head Coach, Marty Berman, earned his 400th career victory.

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Pirates Edged by Pope John, 19-7

October 3, 2016

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

Sparta- Seton Hall Prep Football lost 19-7 at Pope John XXIII (Sparta) to fall to 0-4 on the season.

The Prep came out strong in the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead off of Andrew Perez’ four-yard touchdown scramble.

Besides that score, The Prep struggled to find the endzone for the rest of the game.

Backup quarterback Aidan Gilman suffered an injury in last week’s practice, paving the way for freshman Matt Colantuono, who made his first career start on the road.

Colantuono completed 19-of-27 passes for 187 yards and one interception, and he did a nice job moving the football and putting The Prep in scoring position.

The Prep gave up a 13-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to even the score at seven going into the half.

Ultimately, though, The Prep wasn’t able to keep up with Pope John’s offense. A pair of rushing touchdowns in the third quarter would prove to be enough against Seton Hall, as the score remained 19-7 through the final whistle.

Senior Dwayne Warren had nine receptions for 72 yards and Boston College-bound linebacker Paul Theobald made 15 tackles in the Pirate’s loss.

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No. 3 Pirates Defeat No. 7 East Side, 1-0

September 30, 2016

Newark- Seton Hall Prep defeated Newark East Side, 1-0, on Thursday thanks to senior Mason Toye's strike 8:31 into the second half. Junior, Nick Kriak, slid and poked the ball to senior, Ryan Vazquez, who found Toye on the run before the Indiana-bound striker rocketed the ball into the lower left corner from 18 yards out.

A battle of the two top teams in the Super Essex Conference, and No. 3 and No. 7 teams in New Jersey, saw both keepers tested in a hard fought contest. Liam Bertand stopped four shots in net for the Pirates and Eric Silva made six saves for East Side.

SHP (8-0-1) travels to the Peddie School this Saturday for a 3:30 game. 

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SHP Cross country crowned co-champs of the sec

September 28, 2016

Newark- SHP Cross Country had a wonderful day of racing on Tuesday with runners of all levels putting in impressive performances.

The Varsity ran away from Livingston (SHP-17, Liv-43), West Orange (SHP-21, WO- 38) and West Essex (SHP- 17, WE-45). The team was lead by Malik Kosanovich (1st Place- 17:17), Dan Gizzo (2nd Place- 17:19), Mike DiDonato (3rd Place- 17:24), Sean Theoclitus (8th Place- 18:16) and Matt Martins (11th Place- 18:38). Sweeping each of these match-ups left the Pirates with and 8 & 1 regular season record which ties them with Millburn as regular season Conference Champions. They will compete in the Conference Championship on Wednesday, October 5th at Branch Brook Park.

The Novice 5K race was led by an impressive run by sophomore Gus Kern (3rd Place- 19:09- a 52 sec. PR), freshman TJ Martynowicz (5th Place in 19:26) and freshman Cristiano Ribeiro (10th Place in 19:58).

The Freshman/Novice 2 miler was dominated by freshman Nolan Orr who came in first place and set a new course record of 11:09.

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Pirates Strike Early to Down Nutley, 8-2

September 28, 2016

Nutley- The #3 Pirates scored early and often against Nutley, as Ryan Vazquez, Frank DeLuca, and Sklyer Storms each netted two goals apiece en route to SHP's, 8-2, road victory. 

DeLuca, a junior, also recorded two assists on the day. Senior, Mason Toye, chipped in a goal and an assist. Junior, Duren Horsey, completed the eight goal effort by heading home a corner late in the match.

The Prep now turns its attention towards East Side (Newark) in a match up of the two top teams in the SEC. Kick off is set for 4 pm in Ironbound.

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SHP Falls to Peter's, 42-14

September 26, 2016

Jersey City- Seton Hall Prep Football falls to 0-3 after losing to St. Peter’s Prep, 42-14, at Caven Point in Jersey City on Saturday.

Seton Hall fell behind 21-0 early in the first half, but scored a touchdown to trim the lead to 21-7 going into halftime after senior safety Michael Mughetto intercepted a pass and brought it back to St. Peter’s 25 yard line. Senior Paul Theobald then pounded it in from the one yard line to cut it to 21-7 going into half.

The Pirates opened the second half with a 78-yard drive to cut the lead to one score after Theobald scored on a 59-yard run to make it 21-14 in the third quarter.

St. Peter’s then scored three unanswered touchdowns, one in the third and two in the fourth, to make the score 42-14.

Following the game, SHP head coach Vito Campanile commented, “Our team’s attitude and leadership has been tremendous and they are as tough as any kids I have ever coached. We never quit.”

Theobald said, "We were outsized up front but we just keep fighting every play. We are not going to back down from anybody. We are going to keep coming to play every week and next week we will be ready for Pope John.”

Seton Hall looks to get their first win of the season @ Pope John in Sparta Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.

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SHP Harriers Take 11th at Bowdoin Invitational

September 26, 2016

Wappingers Falls- Seton Hall Prep Cross Country took 11th place out of 20 teams on the challenging Bowdoin Park course in Wappingers Falls, NY. The Pirates competed against top talent from across New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. 

The top five scorers for Seton Hall Prep were as follows:Malik Kosanovich (17:15), Dan Gizzo (17:33), Mike DiDonato (17:54), Matt Martins (18:40) and Sean Theoclitus (18:59).

SHP visits Branch Brook Park tomorrow when they face Livingston, West Essex, and West Orange in conference meet at 4 pm.

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Pirates Shut out Livingston, 2-0

September 23, 2016

Livingston- Seton Hall Prep rolled past Livingston on Thursday night, defeating the Lancers, 2-0, on goals from seniors Mason Toye and Jonathan Santos.

Toye, who opened the scoring late in the second half off of a Joe Kearns assist, recorded an assist himself by setting up Santos for the Pirates late insurance goal. 

Liam Bertrand and Gabe Ferreira combined for the shutout, making three saves between them.

The Prep can now regroup and recover as they do not compete again until next Tuesday when they take on Nutley HS.

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Pirate Runners Defeat Montclair, Nutley

September 21, 2016

Newark- Varsity Cross Country raced to wins over Montclair (SHP- 22, Mont.- 33) and Nutley (SHP- 18, Nutley- 43). Top five scorers were Malik Kosanovich (1st Place- 16:51), Dan Gizzo (2nd Place Place- 17:16), Saverio Kaufman (3rd Place- 17:19), Mike DiDonato (6th Place- 17:28) and Sean Theoclitus (10th place- 18:31). Varsity Cross Country is now 5-1.

In the Freshman Two Miler, SHP was led by Cristiano Ribeiro (3rd Place), TJ Martynowicz (5 Place), Matt Guarnuccio (6 Place), Dylan Coffin (7th Place), David Donza (8th Place), Colin Schweitzer (9th Place). 8 freshmen placed in the top 15. In the Novice 5K, SHP was led by Gus Kern (5th Place), and Evin Connolly (13th Place).

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Tevlin Scores Twice, SHP Beats Bloomfield, 3-0

September 21, 2016

Livingston- Brian Tevlin put the Pirates up, 1-0, over Bloomfield by beating his defender and slotting a shot in the far side netting in the 54th minute of play to break the deadlock on the turf at Livingston HS. The senior then doubled his tally and The Prep's lead in the 74th minute as he headed home a loose ball in the box. Sophomore, Skyler Storms, scored his first varsity goal just minutes later to pad the lead and secure a, 3-0, win.

The Pirates carried the pace and possession for much of the match, however Bloomfield keeper Matthew Vitella stood tall in net, stopping five shots for the Bengals. Pirate keeper, Liam Bertrand, was seldom tested and recorded just one save in the shutout victory. Mason Toye, Joe Cubero, and Rafael de la Torre recorded an assist apiece for SHP.

Seton Hall Prep Soccer travels back to Livingston HS tomorrow night, this time to face the Lancers on their home turf in a rematch of the 2015 Essex County Tournament Final. Kick off is set for 7:00 pm.

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Warren Scores Two TD's, SHP Falls to Paramus Catholic

September 17, 2016

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

West Orange- The Seton Hall Prep Pirates lost their home opener Saturday, Sept. 17 to Paramus Catholic 41-20 after struggling to defend the Paladins’ dangerous receiving corps. The Prep held the Paladins scoreless in the first quarter, but gave up three touchdowns in the second quarter, including two scores in the last two minutes of the first half.

Seton Hall Coach Vito Campanile said The Pirates need to clean up mistakes and execute better in the first half of ball games. “It’s not like we got severely outplayed, but we made some critical errors and (Paramus Catholic) capitalized with a couple big plays,” Campanile said. “We have to remedy a couple of those things and it’s a nail biter game.”

The Paladins scored on a deep touchdown pass with 1:24 remaining in the first half, and then picked up a Seton Hall fumble for a touchdown less than 30 seconds later to take a 20-0 lead into halftime. “I think it’s a focus and an extra effort play,” Campanile said, speaking of the first half fumble. “Things like that are going to happen. We have to be able to overcome them and not allow the mistakes become insurmountable.”

The Paladins extended their lead to 34-0 in the third quarter with a 68-yard touchdown pass and a 34-yard touchdown run by their senior quarterback, who finished with four total touchdowns.

The Pirates got on the board in the fourth quarter with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Aidan Gilman to Mike Mughetto. Later in the fourth, Gilman threw two touchdown passes to senior wideout Dwayne Warren. “I’m really proud of these kids effort, especially our senior leaders,” Campanile said. “I think they played right down to the last second and they’re a great group of kids.” The Prep falls to 0-2 on the season and travels to Jersey City Saturday, Sept. 24 to face St. Peter’s Prep at noon.

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Four Goal Comeback Powers SHP Past Kiski

September 19, 2016

Pottstown (PA) - Seton Hall Prep completed a come-from-behind victory over the Kiski School (Pa.) in the Mid-Atlantic Soccer Jamboree on Sunday, overcoming a 2-0 halftime deficit with four second half goals to win the match, 4-2. 

Senior Mason Toye, led the Pirates with two goals and one assist, followed by Adam Ned chipped in a goal and two assists. Junior, Michael Pavick, finished with a goal and an assist, and Ryan Vazquez tallied one assist on the day.

SHP Soccer, now 4-0-1, takes on Bloomfield in a home game which will be played at nearby Livingston HS under the lights at 7:00 pm tomorrow.

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Toye's Double Lifts SHP over Millburn

September 16, 2016

Millburn- Mason Toye netted his fourth goal in as many games as the Pirates overcame a determined Millburn side to earn their third win of 2016, and went to overtime for the third time in six days.

Toye, an Indiana commit, opened the scoring midway through the first half by slotting home his own rebound off of a penalty kick. Millburn battled back, and leveled the score at, 1-1, before both teams could regroup at the half.

Neither team could break the deadlock in the second half, and the Pirates would enter their third overtime contest this week. Toye claimed his second tally of the day by driving past two Millburn defenders and rifling a shot by the Millburn goalkeeper just over three minutes into the first period of sudden victory overtime.

SHP has two days to recover before taking on the Kiski School (PA) in marquee matchup in a series of showcase games at the Hill School (PA). 

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SHP Tops Columbia, East Orange

September 14, 2016

Newark- Seton Hall Prep Cross Country improved to 3-1 yesterday by defeating Columbia, 15-50, and East Orange, 15-50, at Branch Brook Park.

Scorers for the Pirates are as follows:

  • Malik Kosanovich (1st Place- 17:12)
  • Dan Gizzo (2nd Place- 17:36)
  • Mike DiDonato (3rd Place- 17:47)
  • Jack McCarthy (4th Place- 18:39)
  • Sean Theoclitus (5th Place- 18:55)

SHP Cross Country is back in action this Saturday as they travel to Greystotne Park to compete in the Bernie Magee Memorial NJCTC Meet starting at 9:00 am.

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Vazquez Lifts SHP to OverTime road win

September 14, 2016 

North Caldwell- Seton Hall Prep improved to 2-0-1 on the 2016 season by defeating West Essex on the road, 2-1, in overtime on Tuesday, as senior, Ryan Vazquez, headed home a Nick Kriak cross with 3:24 remaining in the first period of sudden victory overtime.

The Pirates, No. 4 in NJ, jumped on the board first when Brian Tevlin put home a rebound in the 19th minute. West Essex then equalized in the 41st minute, and the game remained a stalemate until Vazquez's overtime header.

Nick Cerrigone made 11 saves for West Essex, while Liam Bertrand was credited with two saves on the day.

SHP is back in action this Thursday night, as they travel to Millburn for a 7:00 pm contest against the Millers.

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No.4 SHP Ties No.3 WO, 0-0

September 10, 2016

MillburnNo. 4 Seton Hall Prep and No. 3 West Orange HS battled a full 100 minutes on an oppressively hot afternoon to a 0-0 deadlock on the stadium turf at Millburn HS.

The Pirates outshot their cross-town rivals and carried the majority of possession, however could not beat all-state goalkeeper, Diego Pedrido. 

For full coverage of Saturday's match, see NJ.com.

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SHP falls to peddie, 21-14

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

September 10, 2016

Hightstown- Seton Hall Prep lost their 2016 opener to Peddie, 21-14, in a sloppy game that lasted three hours and 20 minutes.

Peddie overcame 160 yards of penalties thanks to five second-half turnovers from The Prep, who lost quarterback Cameron Carti, running back and safety Michael Mughetto, and tight end Nilan Quinn to injuries early in the game.

In a game that featured 135 total plays run, Seton Hall struggled to stop Peddie receivers Jahan Dotson and Zac Barnard, who caught 10 passes for a combined 308 yards and two touchdowns.

After losing their starting quarterback and running back, Seton Hall Prep’s Aidan Gilman completed 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards and four interceptions, and running back Sean Ryan ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts.

SHP Coach Vito Campanile said his thoughts are with the players who were injured, and his focus is on getting them healthy while assessing where the team stands without them.

“I thought we were the tougher team. Peddie had a lot of talent, but I’m really proud of my team,” Campanile said after the game. “We’ll find out where we are … that’s going to be a key element to getting back on track – assessing where we are and getting the right people in the right spots.”

The game was slowed down due to 25 penalties for a combined 220 yards (160 against Peddie) and one player ejection, but The Prep put up a resilient effort to keep the game close until the final whistle.

Peddie scored on the first drive of the game on a touchdown pass, but The Prep tied it in the second quarter after senior captain Paul Theobald blocked a punt to set The Pirates up for a 17-yard touchdown run by Mike Mughetto on the very next play.

A seven-play, 62-yard drive to open the second half gave The Pirates their first lead of the game 14-7, but Peddie’s Jahan Dotson tied it up with a 63-yard receiving touchdown later in the same quarter.

Peddie would then take the lead 21-14 on a 15-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, and The Pirates couldn’t find the end zone to tie it up in the remaining 10 minutes of the game.

Seton Hall has a chance to bounce back this Saturday, Sept. 17, against Paramus Catholic at home in West Orange at 1:00 p.m.

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Toye Nets Two in Pirates 3-0 Opening Day win

September 8, 2016

Newark- Seton Hall Prep Soccer opened up their 2016 campaign with a 3-0 victory over Westfield HS on the campus of Rutgers Newark. Senior, Mason Toye, led the Pirates with two goals on the afternoon. Fellow senior, Ryan Vazquez, opened up the scoring in the first half, as a he calmly put home a rebound opportunity off of a Toye attempt on goal. For the picture gallery courtesy of Mr. Rich Morris, Director of Communications, click on the cover photo above. For full coverage and quotes from News 12 Varsity, click here.

SHP returns to the pitch tomorrow, September 10 to take on West Orange HS on the campus of Millburn HS. Kick-off is set for 5:00 pm.

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Cross Country Splits Meet with MKA & Millburn

September 9, 2016

Newark- Seton Hall Prep Cross Country opened up their 2016 season by defeating Montclair Kimberley Academy, 27-30, and falling to Millburn, 29-26. 

The Pirates top five scorers in the Varsity 5K included Malik Kosanovich (17:33), Dan Gizzo (17:46), Mike DiDonato (18:19), Sean Theoclitus (19:18), and Jack McCarthy (19:41). 

In the Novice 2 Mile, SHP's Nolan Orr earned 1st place overall in the freshman race with a time of, 12:07. Sophomore Louis Constable ran a 12:15 to earn 1st Place Novice as well.

Seton Hall Prep Cross Country hits the trail again this Saturday at Horseshoe Lake Park as they compete in the Roxbury XC Invitational. The race is set to start at 9:00 am.

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SHP Teams Set for Openers

September 2, 2016

West OrangeSeton Hall Prep Football, Soccer, and Cross Country are set to open their 2016 campaigns next week.

As the summer winds down following Labor Day Weekend, all three programs look to build positive momentum with strong opening day performances during the week of September 5-10. 

SHP Cross Country and Soccer both open up on Thursday, September 8. The runners hit the trail at Branch Brook Park at 4 pm where they face SEC opponents MKA and Millburn.

Soccer takes on #15 Westfield (NJ.com) Thursday afternoon in their home whites as both schools travel to Rutgers Newark for a marquee match-up of perennial state powers. Kick-off is slated for 4 pm as well. 

Saturday, September 10- a full day of Prep sports action- sees SHP Football open up on the road against Peddie at 2:30 pm under second-year head coach Vito Campanile. Soccer takes on their second ranked opponent, as #3 West Orange HS and our #4 ranked Pirates square off at Millburn HS (NJ.com) at 5:00 pm. Cross Country travels to Roxbury as well for an invitational meet.

For the most current scheduling information, please see ScheduleStar.

Full rosters for all Fall SHP programs are available on their respective Team Pages.

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SHP Scrimmage Recap: St. John-Vianney

By PJ Candido '11 for Candido Sports and SHP Athletics

September 1, 2016

Holmdel- Seton Hall Prep Football is back as they dominated in their scrimmage against St. John-Vianney High School in Holmdel Thursday, Sept. 1 in preparation for their season opener at Peddie High School Saturday, Sept. 10.

Head Coach Vito Campanile said he was happy with his team’s performance, but there’s still a lot to work on before the season opener this weekend.

“The reason it’s a game scrimmage is because we want to get those first mistakes out of the way, and I think we did a pretty good job of that,” Campanile said. “We certainly had enough of them.”

Campanile said The Prep played well despite committing too many penalties and suffering from a few breakdowns in coverage.

“That’s why we do this,” he said. “To get better at it. And we’re getting better every week.”

The Prep saw encouraging performances from starting quarterback Cam Carti and senior wide receiver Dwayne Warren, who connected on two touchdowns for a total of more than 115 yards in the first half.

Senior captain and Boston College commit Paul Theobald had a big second quarter, as he returned an interception for a touchdown and then later recovered a fumble to stop John-Vianney from scoring.

“He’s all state for a reason,” Campanile said. “He’s as good of a player as I’ve been around. If we can keep him healthy and keep him doing what he’s doing, he’s a force.”

The Prep will look to build off the momentum gained in Thursday’s scrimmage heading into the season. Campanile said they have to eliminate penalties and work on transitioning from special teams to offense and defense.

“I think we know what to do,” he said. “We know who to block, we know our coverages; it’s just coming out and being prepared to execute.”

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