2018-19 Mt. Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown preview

LAST SEASON: The tri-op between the three schools finished with an 11-11-2 overall record in 2017-18. It fell to Mountain Lakes-Boonton in the first round of the Haas Cup, before eventually losing to Montclair in the first round of the Public A state tournament. HEAD COACH: Mike Behre, 10th season. 99-97-15 overall record. CONFERENCE ANDContinue reading “2018-19 Mt. Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown preview”

2018-19 Randolph team preview

LAST SEASON: Randolph put together another impressive year, as it finished 22-2-3- with its only regular season loss coming to Morristown on Feb. 1. It won the Mennen Cup title for the first time in 10 years, and reached the NJSIAA Public B final, where it lost, 1-0 to Northern Highlands. HEAD COACH: Rich McLaughlin,Continue reading “2018-19 Randolph team preview”

2018-19 Kinnelon team preview

LAST SEASON: It was a tough year for Kinnelon, as it finished with a 2-15-2 overall record and did not qualify for the Public C state tournament. It lost, 5-4 to Sparta-Jefferson in the first round of the Halvorsen Cup. HEAD COACH: Jeff Myrhen, 13th year. 153-119-29 career record. CONFERENCE AND CLASSIFICATION: MCSSIHL-Halvorsen Division; NJSIAAContinue reading “2018-19 Kinnelon team preview”

2018-19 Morris Knolls team preview

LAST SEASON: Morris Knolls finished with a 12-10-2 overall record, in which it reached the semifinals of the Mennen Cup, and saw its season end in the quarterfinals of the Public B state tournament at the hands of eventual champion Northern Highlands. HEAD COACH: Tim Kepler, third season. (30-16-4 career record). CONFERENCE AND CLASSIFICATION: MCSSIHL-MennenContinue reading “2018-19 Morris Knolls team preview”

2018-19 High Point-Wallkill Valley team preview

LAST SEASON: High Point-Wallkill Valley finished 12-8-1 overall, with a perfect 8-0-0 mark in the Charette Division. It lost in the first round of the Haas Cup, before falling to Point Pleasant Boro in the first round of the Public B state tournament. HEAD COACH: Mike Beltran, 15th season (117-179-19 career record) CONFERENCE AND CLASSIFICATION:Continue reading “2018-19 High Point-Wallkill Valley team preview”

2018-19 Delbarton team preview

LAST SEASON: Delbarton won its third-straight Non-Public state title, and also won the Gordon Cup, as it topped Don Bosco Prep in both finals. It finished with a 23-6-1 overall record and was ranked No. 1 by NJ.com. HEAD COACH: Bruce Shatel, 18th season (406-51-36 overall record, 11 state championships) CONFERENCE AND CLASSIFICATION: Gordon Conference-AmericanContinue reading “2018-19 Delbarton team preview”

I’m back!

High school hockey practice in New Jersey began this week, which kicks off my favorite time of the year. When I left NJ.com and The Star-Ledger back in September to begin a different full-time job, I knew one thing: that even though I was going to have a regular, 9-to-5 life, I still wanted toContinue reading “I’m back!”