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Welcome back !

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 09/04/15

The school year 2015 - 16 is off to a great start.  Both Eastside and Kennedy began their season with a "W."  Check out football scores here.

Our Daily Scores page will now list the scores of only Passaic County Tournament games.

Also updated is the September PCCA Coaches HOTLINE page with lots of important information and dates.

Thank you

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 06/12/15

All business for the Passaic County Coaches Association for SY 2014 - 2015 is now concluded. 

We enjoyed an exciting year of competition for county titles in 32 sports, each of which had its own All-County First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention.  We also sponsored an All-County First Team in sports where we do not have enough teams to run a tournament.

Each school nominated a boy and girl to be their student-athlete - of - the - Year.  From those nominees, three finalists were chosen for each and a winner announced at the end of the boys and girls awards dinners at The Tides @ North Haledon.

The work of the officers and executive committee is not finished, as we convene again on Monday and Tuesday of next week to set the calendar and tournament changes and guidelines for SY 2015 - 2016.  Those changes and updates will appear on our webpages during the later part of the summer.

To all those who sponsored or hosted a PCCA event, we say "Thank You."  To all the athletes who represented their schools in games, tournaments, and fundraisers, we salute you.  The athletes and coaches we met during the past school year give us every reason to be optimistic about the future leadership of this county, state,and country.

For the more than ONE MILLION visits to our website since our first publication, we are grateful.

A Baseball Bonus

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 05/19/15

Our Baseball Webpage  http://www.passaiccountycoaches.org/Baseball.html contains every bracket and every score of every game played in our tournament history back to 1970, the year the PCCA started sponsoring the tournament.  Today we have a bonus report....the results of the 1969 tournament, thanks for Wayne Valley alumni Ed Carney.

The 1969 tournament was sponsored by the Wayne Chapter of UNICO, a service organization.  The tournament was played at Paterson's Hinchliffe Stadium.  Here is the information contained in the newspaper clippings that Mr. Carney sent:

The final game was a 1-0 Wayne Valley win over Passaic Valley as two NNJIL teams battled for the title. Fred Paul was coach of the Wayne Valley squad and his pitcher, John Rafferty, fanned eleven Hornets, coached by Elmer Griswold. Each team was 12-4 going into the game.

Both teams got to the Monday finals by winning their Saturday semifinal games, also at Hinchliffe Stadium: Passaic Valley beat Pompton Lakes 7-5 and Wayne Valley beat cross-town rival Wayne Hills 16-0.  The only reported game from a previous round was Wayne Valley's 2-hit victory over Pope Pius XII in the opening round.  The three other teams rounding out the 8-team tournament are not known.

Thank you, Ed, for making your news articles available as we add another piece of Passaic County Baseball History to our body of knowledge.

An explanation concerning our website updates

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 05/14/15

On April 6th, following an unsuccessful attempt to quell a case of cellulitis that became nasty over the course of almost a month, I was hospitalized for a week, followed by three weeks at The Atrium @ Wayne for Physical and Occupational Therapy.  I am continuing Physical Therapy three days per week in an outpatient facility for at least six more weeks.

I have gradually begun to update tournament pages, but I can no longer sit at a computer for long periods of time doing daily scores...... those daily updates will no longer be possible.  

All Passaic County tournament scores, PCCA business, and all-county teams will be posted as usual., including photos that YOU make available (use Twitter).

I will also Retweet, when possible, and those may include non-tournament announcements as well as PCCA business.

Best wishes,
Joe Dziezawiec
webmaster PCCA

All-County Dinner(s)

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 05/14/15

The 42nd Annual  Passaic County Coaches Association All Sports Dinners will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015{Boys} and Tuesday, June 9, 2015{Girls} at the Tides in North Haledon starting at 7:00 PM.  Every first team all county athlete and county coach of the year will be honored.  The cost will be $35.00 for honorees and coaches of the year, and $40.00 for all guests.


            All tickets must be ordered through YOUR athletic Director. Deadline for the AD to call in reservations is May 20th.


            As in the past, there will be no alcoholic beverages served and there will be no tickets sold at the door.  No one will be permitted into the banquet hall without a ticket. Dress for the evening is semi formal. 

ADs: Please collect all ticket money from your school prior to the dinner.  Please have your honorees and guests make checks payable to your school and then submit one school check payable to the PCCA to cover the costs for all your honorees and guests. All monies are due by the night of the second dinner.  Please contact your athletes and coaches from the fall and winter seasons early and have your spring coaches inform you of their all county first team honorees and coaches of the year as soon as they become availableDue to our increasing numbers at the All County Dinners, everyone must have a ticket to enter the banquet hall.  This will be strictly enforced.  Please avoid embarrassing situations for you and your school by making sure everyone has a ticket in advance.  People will not be permitted into the banquet to see anyone for their ticket.



            Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Spring Sports

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 03/22/15

Spring Sports begin in full TODAY !!! As is our custom, we have a separate page just for Spring Sports.  That page also has links to the county tournaments for each sport in season.  Click on any link at the top and you will see the results of the 2014 tournament in that sport.  As 2015 information becomes available, a new page will appear and 2014 will join the seven past years in our archives.  You can check them too.... review the tournament scores and history, as well as all-county team for each year.  Enjoy.....we've waited long enough to get outside !

State Sectional Champs

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 03/09/15

 Congratulations to the Eastside and Manchester Boys Basketball Teams.  They both won their State Sectional Championships tonight.....both in OT.....and both on the road !

The Ghosts North 1, Group 4 result came in first, as the game started at 7pm.  Eastside now takes on the winner of North 2, Group 4, LINDEN HS on Wednesday night at The Dunn Center in Elizabeth.

The Manchester victory over Ramsey saw Ramsey lead for all of the first half and right up to the last basket of the 3rd Quarter, when the Falcons grabbed their first lead.  The 4th quarter and all of OT was a flip-flop with MANY lead changes.  For their efforts, Manchester gets to play North 2, Group 2 champs, The Terriers of NEWARK TECH on Thursday at Bloomfield HS.

Eastside's girls will host East Orange tomorrow night to try to make it 3-for-3 for Passaic County.

Best wishes to all three teams !

It Comes Down to This

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 03/07/15

Passaic County has one team in the state sectional finals, #3 seed Manchester won a thrilling OT game over Pascack Hills last night to advance to Tuesday's North 1, Group 2 Finals at #1-seed Ramsey.  We don't have a game time yet.

As many as three additional teams from our county may join the Falcons at that elite level. In fact one of our girls teams is assured of a slot as #4 Kennedy travels across town to face #1 Eastside in a rematch of our exciting county final game of last Saturday.  The winner will face #2 East Orange for the North 1, Group 4 title.

Good luck to all our basketball teams still alive for those state sectional titles.

Down in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, the morning begins with the first wrestle-backs at 10am.  Passaic County will have 7 wrestlers beginning the wrestle-back trail that leads to the podium on Sunday.

Then at noon, we have seven wrestlers still alive for the gold medal, 4 from De Paul, and one each from Clifton, Wayne Hills, and Passaic Valley.  Good luck to all the wrestlers.

So here is what today's big schedule looks like:
Wrestle-back#1 (10am)
Quarterfinals (Noon)
  • 220 - Scott Lavelle (De Paul)  
  • 182 - Nick De Palma (De Paul) 
  • 170 - Daniel Kilroy (Wayne Hills)  
  • 170 - Jala'a Darwish (Passaic Valley)  
  • 160 - David Mc Fadden (De Paul)  
  • 152 - Brandon Kui (De Paul)  
  • 138 - Mo Farhan (Clifton)  

Girls Semifinals
  • North 1, Group 4 (4) Kennedy (18 - 10) @ (1) Eastside (23 - 3), 1pm
Boys Semifinals
  • North 1, Group 3 (8) Teaneck (20 - 8) @ (5) West Milford (21 - 7), 5pm
  • North 1, Group 4 (3) Kennedy (18 - 9) @ (2) Eastside, 3pm

It's March ! Spring is coming !

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 03/01/15

1. It's March.......
2. Spring is right around the corner....

3. Don't look out the window today !!!

It's no secret that we're longing to see the blades of grass push through the last melting snow piles, but there is still much winter work to be done.

The state basketball tournaments begin this week.  Each day of play, half of the remaining teams get eliminated !  That's what the whole season prepares us for..... lose and it's over.

Passaic County had SIXTEEN wrestlers qualify for Atlantic City !

It's been an exciting winter season with most snow storms falling on days of light schedules.  Now those who advances to this level deserve our continued support and admiration.  We wish you well !!!

Kennedy Boys Forfeit

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 02/24/15

Here is a statement from Passaic County Coache Association president, Colleen Moyle:

"The Passaic County Coaches Association Executive Board was notified by Kennedy High School and verified by the NJSIAA on Monday February 23rd that last Saturdays county semi-final boys basketball game vs Wayne Valley High School will be recorded as a forfeit. Therefore, Eastside High School will be crowned the 2015 Passaic County Boys Basketball Champions. 

The PCCA girls county final basketball game of Eastside vs Kennedy will be moved up to a 1:00pm start on Saturday February 28th at Wayne Valley High School. 

Colleen M. Moyle

President of the Passaic County Coaches Association"

The Final Fours - Part 2....The Change

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 02/19/15

It has become necessary to move the location of the Semifinal quad games from Kennedy High School to the other end of Preakness Ave......Wayne Valley High School.  This change was caused by a heating problem at Kennedy HS.  All game times remain unchanged.

In a touch of irony, the entire lower bracket game schedule consists of four teams located on the same Preakness Ave: Kennedy's Boys and Girls, PCT's girls, and Wayne Valley's boys.

The Final Four - Passaic County Style

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 02/15/15

In previous years, the semifinals of the boys tournament was held at Kennedy HS, the girls at Passaic County Tech.  More often than not, a school would have a girls team and a boys team in the semis.  Supporters had to choose one team and miss the other.  That was changed this year,  BOTH semis are at Kennedy HS.  The lower bracket (the bracket containing the number 2 seed) will play the first two games, at the upper bracket (the bracket containing the number 1 seed) will play the last two games.  As it turned out, THREE schools have both the boys and girls teams in the semis.

The day begins at noon with #3 girls team Passaic County Tech, facing the #2 team, Kennedy.  At 1:45, #3 boys team, Wayne Valley, faces # 2 Kennedy.  Kennedy fans will see their girls and boys teams play back-to-back.

Even more convenient is the upper bracket where West Milford (seeded #4 in boys and #5 in girls) will take on #1 Eastside in a doubleheader with the boys game first at 3:30 and the girls at 5:15.

For a single admission, you can watch four exciting games between the county's top 4 boys and girls teams.  We hope you DO.

State Tournaments

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 02/06/15

We have reached the time of year when county tournaments are wrapping up (our basketball have 4 Saturdays left) and state tournament are beginning.

Here is the latest.

Bowling. The boys North 1B (Passaic County & Sussex County) was scheduled for yesterday at T-Bowl in Wayne. There are 8 Group 4 schools and 7 each Groups 1, 2, 3.  Things didn't go as expected.......AT ALL.  An overnight power outage left the T-Bowl with lights, but no power to the pin setters and scoreboards.  They will try again on Tuesday.

Girls Swimming: PCT in Group A and Wayne Hills in Group B are looking for a quarterfinals slot later today.

Boys swimming: PCT boys are in the semifinals on February 9

Fencing: District 4 and 5 are over and team brackets are in round 2 for girls and boys,

Wrestling: Teams have been seeded and brackets in 5 Groups begin dwindling on Feb 9th.

We will have updates on our daily scores page.  We promise to keep the lights on for you !

1000 +

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 02/03/15

Kadejhia Sellers, Manchester senior, became the 106th known 1,000 point score on the Passaic County Girls Basketball chart.  Her performance in an opening round loss to Eastern Christian brought her to exactly 1,000 career points.

So far this season, Passaic County has three new 1,000-point scorers, all of them girls:

101. Kelly Douglass, Clifton 2015 (Active)
101. Kayla Diaz, Eastside 2015 (Active)
101. Kadejhia Sellers, Manchester 2015 (Active)

You can view the entire list of girls here.

The boys list, which numbers 144, can be viewed here.

The Most SUPER Day of the Year

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 02/01/15

It is an event that happens every year.  It draws countless millions of Americans to their TV sets to watch in suspense, eager to learn the outcome, only to forget about it for another year.  To most, it's just an excuse for a party.  I'm talking, of course about.............. GROUND HOG DAY !!! Tomorrow will be Groundhog Day CXXIX ! For 129 years, a rodent from Pennsylvania, named Punxsutawney Phil, has been predicting an early ending or an extended winter strictly by the presence of the sun casting his shadow on the ground at 8am.  According to the Official Groundhog Club website:

1. There has been only ONE Phil, and
2. He has been right 100% of the time.

This can't be true.  1. A groundhog has an average lifespan of six years (which they whitewash by claiming that he takes a magic potion each summer that extends his life for seven years at a time), and; 2. statistics show that he is right 39% of the time..... an average that would get him in the baseball Hall of Fame if he were a batter, but not much else.

The PCCA wanted to find out the truth behind this Groundhog Day business, as it is important to our spring coaches. (West Milford softball coach: "I hope we get on the field at least once before opening day.")  So I wanted the truth, but not enough to travel to Pennsylvania.  There is really not much that would make me travel to Pennsylvania.  So I called on Phil's local relative, Paterson Pete, who makes his home behind Hinchliffe Stadium overlooking the Federal landmark Great Falls.  After all, the weather at Hinchliffe's Knob is pretty much the same as at Gobbler's Knob.

PCCA: Hello, Pete, how are you this fine Sunday-Before-You-Know-What?
Pete: How do think I am? My name is Pete, and I'm a female.

PCCA: Let's try to get past that.  How do you explain your dismal success rate of 39%?
Pete: That's a misconception..... The rule is, if I see my shadow, it means the sun is arriving early, thus the shadow.  It means an early spring.  I'm right 61% of the time.  Some guys in top hats in Pennsylvania got it all wrong.

PCCA: Given the weather forecasting by the meteorologists this winter, it looks like you're the king.....er.....queen of weather prognostication.  How can you improve that percentage?
Pete: Well I can make it 100%, but you won't like it.

PCCA: How ?
Pete: Just move the ceremony up four hours to 4am and start buying new snow shovels for the second half of winter.

PCCA: There you have it. Pete can be 100% accurate in the dark.  Thank you, Pete.
Pete: You're quite welcome.....and stop calling me Pete.

PCCA: One last question..... how are you going to spend this day-before-you-know-what-day?
Pete, I'm probably going to spend this Super Sunday watching the "Big Game."  I can't call it the "You-Know-What-Bowl," because of my agreement with the NFL that keeps the "Big Game" away from the cities where the participating teams normally play.  Besides, I love the commercials.

PCCA: You mean the one's with the cute animals?
Pete: Don't be ridiculous.  My favorite is Icky......"Gonna get me some COLD CUTS !"

The "Blow-Out"

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 01/30/15

The NJSIAA is asking schools and wrestling coaches to vote on continuing a new Power Point system vs. reverting to the "Old" system for this year's state tournament.  It is highly unusual for a vote to change mid-season.  However, it appears that the new system rewards more power points for a "blow-out" win over a weak opponent than it does for a close win against a tough opponent.  Support for the late change is strengthened by the argument that no one likes to see blow-out lopsided scores. (ed, 5pm: By a 2-1 margin, the vote was to return to the old formula)

The news recently discussed several girls basketball games in which scores were so lopsided that coaches were disciplined and one even fired.  A recent score was 100-0.  We have to be careful in discussing lopsided victories.  In some sports, they are inevitable as the total points to be scored is a constant range.

In swimming, track & field, tennis, volleyball, cross country, and fencing, points are awarded that cannot be kept down.  A cross country meet will total between 55 and 65 points.  The winning volleyball team must have 2 wins of at least 25 points.  Track & Field and swimming  award points for finishes of races.  Even wrestling has a limit of 84 points if all 14 wrestlers from one team pin all 14 from the other. In these sports, it is difficult to keep a score down.  What wrestler would go on the mat to lose?  In fact, if a good wrestler doesn't work towards a pin, he could be penalized and even disqualified for stalling.  In bowling, no one seems to care about blow-outs as the opponents usually applaud and encourage each other.  The system that counties use to select all-county teams is statistics-oriented.  Put this way, would you tell a potential Heisman candidate to ease off?

It is in the team sports of football, soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey, basketball, ice hockey, and such that coaches must employ ethical behavior and respect their opponents, themselves, and the game.  It can be done.  No team needs to lose 100-0.  That means that no team needs to WIN 100-0.  The argument that "I have enough to worry about my own team," is true.....but ONLY to a certain point.  Coaches and officials working together can protect the dignity that comes with being called "Coach."  

Please think about it.......... coach.

Basketball starts Saturday

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 01/29/15

The 45th Boys and 40th Girls Passaic County Basketball Tournaments begin this Saturday with four games each.  Last night, #16 seed Eastern Christian defeated #17 Hawthorne to fill out the 16th slot in the boys tournament.

The first round of both tournaments seed the bottom eight seeds playing for four spots against the #s 5-6-7-8 seeds in round 2 next Saturday.  The winners of those games advance to the quarterfinals against seeds 1-2-3-4.

The new bracket we use requires an extra week, but has some advantages for our county.  Unlike large counties, which have tournaments where all teams, or most teams have winning records, we have 17 boys teams and 18 girls teams, all from the same two conferences.  As a result, the W-L records of our top to bottom run the whole spectrum.  In the past, games such as 16 @ 1 in the opening round were very mismatched.

This new bracket results in all nine bottom seeds playing each other in a more-competitive opening round.  Of the 17 teams in the boys tournament, 13 start the tournament with a home game.  From year to year, the number of upsets will vary, but the number of lopsided scores will be lower.  We like having all of our schools participate in all of our tournaments.  The new bracket system encourages that, but we still have teams that choose not to enter.  That is the school's choice...... our tournaments are open to all schools and "serve the youth of Passaic County."

Postponements - Part 2

by Joseph Dziezawiec on 01/27/15

The "Blizzard" of 2015 came and went, leaving less of a mess for us as for our neighbors to the east.  For that, we should be happy.  Unfortunately, it also left a mess of the schedule.  This mess can and will be straightened out as is a minor inconvenience compared to what could have been.

Two games were postponed from the Boys Basketball Tournament, both scheduled for today.  The play-in game of #17 Hawthorne at # 16 Eastern Christian will be held tomorrow at EC at 5 pm.  The #14 Clifton at #11 Lakeland game was moved to Saturday at 4pm.

For today, our daily schedule page will not be listing any games.  If games are played and scores come in, they will be posted. For the next few days, we will probably see some inaccuracies in the schedule as games are moved around a bit.

It will all work out......it always does.

Aren't you glad you spent the weekend, Monday & Tuesday studying for Wednesday's midterms ?


by Joseph Dziezawiec on 01/26/15

 It looks like every school in Passaic County has announced an early dismissal for today. Early dismissals usually signal postponement of all scheduled after-school activities, including the athletic schedule.  This is why no games appear on our Daily Schedule page.

Among the games cancelled are the #17 Hawthorne @ #16 Eastern Christian Boys Basketball Tournament play-in game.  There is plenty of time to make-up the games, as the winner has to face #9 Pompton Lakes on Saturday at 11:30.  The way this storm is shaping up, that may not be as easy a task as it initially seems.

For the remainder of this week, it would be wise to check with your school before heading out to ANY athletic contest.  Even if your school is open, the opposing school may be on an altered schedule or cancellation that would cause the game to be cancelled.

Two things appear certain, as we approach the heart of the winter schedule, the already yeoman job of Director of Athletics just became even more difficult as make-ups start to squeeze the league competitions into the tournament schedule.  Complicating the matter is the availability of game officials, the second factor of difficulty.

For certain, the health and well-being of our students and our school personnel come first.  Stay indoors......stay safe.....and we'll worry about everything else after we dig out. Track & Field members, grab your shovel and make some cash as you "make some hay." Work those arms and legs....

Stay safe everyone... don't go NEAR downed wires..... assume every wire on the ground is alive.  I assure you schools will reopen sometime before the prom !


by Joseph Dziezawiec on 01/24/15

Let's use this day off in the midst of our championship weekend to celebrate some achievements:

Yesterday, Wayne Valley Girls teams brought home the school's first two county championships with wins in bowling and fencing.  The bowling team  win was a repeat, while the fencers swapped 1-2 with Lakeland.

The Valley girls team was not the only repeat, as the Indians Kristine Verbeke was also the repeat high-series individual with a 149-196-216 for a 571 series.

Passaic County Tech also repeated as the boys bowling county champions.  De Paul's Joe Malyack had high game with a 280 (ending with 10 straight strikes and carrying into the third game with 4 more on his way to a 698 high series.

Today's wrestling championship was postponed to tomorrow, giving us three more title up for grabs on this weekend, along with boys and girls track.

On the individual scene, two De Paul wrestlers, William Kui and Nick DePalma both picked up their 100th dual meet wins.

The boys and girls basketball tournaments were seeded on Wednesday night and to no one's surprise, Eastside was the top seed for both the boys and girls tournaments.  Kennedy was second seed in both as well.

Tomorrow, we will look at our new 16-team tournament bracket format and why we feel it is good for Passaic County.