(Early) Spring Sports Update

Friday, April 10th, 2015
Spring Sports
The start of the spring sports season at CHS was quite hectic due to the inclimate weather and lingering snow piles. Cougar and Haas fields were closed which displaced our boys and girls lacrosse teams, forcing many of our spring sports teams to share early practice time on the only clear turf field, Lum. After a few weeks, all the snow was gone and spring sports were back on track in Chatham. Here's an overview of how the teams have been doing so far:

The softball team started off their season with a 4-0 victory over Bergen Tech. Coach Joella Della Volpe was let go as coach of the team before she even coached one regular season matchup. Despite the controversy over the firing, the team looks to senior leadership from co-captains Isabel Chin and Elizabeth Silveira and starting pitcher Susie Wolsch.

The baseball team is now in their second year with Coach Ascolese and looks to improve with an abundance of returning talent, including junior pitcher Jack Hale and senior outfielder and co-captain Cam Blazoski. The team is without 3-year catcher Merrick Seltz who decided not to play this year, but sophomore Chris Delsandro is now called upon to fill his place behind the plate. The infield this year will be full of juniors such as Ryan Barnett, Robbie Moskowitz, Chris Bredahl, and Jake Bevich. The team started off their season with a disappointing 10-3 loss to Governor Livingston, and a tough 11-9 loss to Sparta in which the Cougars belted six homeruns.

Boys Golf:
The boys golf team struggled to find practice time but managed to win their first match against Park Regional. The boys team captured a surprising sectional championship last year but lost a majority of their key players. The team will try to manage their young talent without much senior leadership, but they still have high expectations and hope to compete the rest of the season as different players are looked at to step up.

Girls Golf:
The girls golf team at CHS is a relatively new program, but in its first few years, it has attracted a lot of interest and success! This year, Mr. Kmiec (our Economics teacher with a love for the game) took over the program in his first year as Head Coach. The girls squad lost two strong players in Katie Howard-Johnson and Meghan Gyves, but their spots at the top of the lineup will be fulfilled by Jess Barry (junior) Sarah Ethridge (senior) and Emily Tuffariello (senior). All three are returning players with varsity experience. The team looks to have fun and will try to match the success of the previous two seasons.

Boys Lacrosse:
The boys lacrosse team jumped out to a 2-0 start to the season before dropping four straight games to Summit, West Morris Central, Mountain Lakes and Westfield, respectively. The team has the 10th hardest strength of schedule in the state this year and will have plenty more opportunities to redeem themselves. The team's offense has been led by senior Will Barnett as well as sophomore Thomas Berger; senior Patrick Caufield is the team's anchor on the defensive end.

Girls Lacrosse:
The girls lacrosse team has started off the season better than any of the players could have imagined. They avenged last year's county final loss when they took down rival Mountain Lakes for the first time in three seasons, and they also defeated Glen Ridge, Morris Knolls, and Madison by large margins. They hope to carry out their early success into a recently-elusive county championship.

Spring Track:
The boys and girls spring track teams have the common goals of not only winning individual meets and finishing well in the county/state meets, but also trying to break as many event records as possible. This year, the hurdle teams are eager to compete under the guidance of a new hurdling coach in her first year with CHS. The teams' cores rest with a blend of veteran runners and young talent that returns from last year.