Winter Sports Preview

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The Cougar hockey team, one rich in tradition, seemingly has higher expectations for this season than last season. Headed by senior forward Jeff Haley, Chatham has loads of talent on all facets of the team. The Cougars had a rather impressive season last year, making the playoffs but getting eliminated in the third round of state tournament. The team projects to have an even better season this year. Second year varsity defensemen, Colin Pierce, said, “I think everyone is going to contribute and give us a lot of wins this year.” He added, “We have good chemistry on the ice, off the ice and everyone gets along.” Team manager Mike McCaffrey stated, “this year's team is compromised more of underclassmen than last year.” Their season opener is November 26 against Kinnelon. The Cougars will first hit the ice at Mennen on December 1 against Randolph.

The basketball team had a historic season last year, finishing 28-2. The team was virtually unstoppable and went undefeated in divisional games. With four of five starters from last years group graduated, the team is looking for replacements and players to step up. Team manager AJ Nappa referred to it as a “new process” with the new faces the team will have this year. The Cougars got the opportunity to play in a tournament at Navy this offseason, which sophomore Ryan Doherty called “a team bonding experience.” He added, “The team played well… every game [we played in] was close. We rebounded well and shot the ball well, we could just work on our defense.” Chatham may need assistance from inexperienced underclassmen, including Doherty, for roster depth this year. Chatham opens up their season on December 16, as they host rival Delbarton at CHS.