By Natalie Lorenzo, Editorial Staff (‘23)

Baseball – 

      Led by Coach Hill, the Indian Hills Baseball team is looking towards the season with increasing optimism with junior Gavin Enright, one of NJ’s star pitchers, on the team. They have started the season off strong with a 3-2 win against Waldwick on April 2. Upcoming games include away games at St. Joseph, Passaic Tech, DePaul, and Lodi during spring break. 

Girls Golf – 

This year’s Girls Golf team is led by Coach Braun and senior captains Megan Folina and Julia Tirino. Promising freshman Gaby Becker will be one to watch on the team. They had their first match against Passaic Tech on April 7th, and their next match will be against Wayne Valley on April 18th.  

Boys Golf –  

Head Coach, Dave Stahl, is very hopeful for the upcoming boy’s golf season. When asked which players to look out for, he spoke highly of captain Rhys Burgess,  this year’s captain who earned second-team All-North Jersey last year. He mentioned other promising players and said “Junior Steven Roche, [his] first year on the golf team, but has a lot of talent. Look forward to seeing him on the course this year. Evan Copchonak has improved every year, and he is expected to take another big leap this year. […] Anthony Maimone is expected to be [another] main contributor to the team. Nick Cosimano, Brian Seibel, and Dimitri Rainey are also expected to see a lot of varsity matches.” The team is off to a great start to the season with a recent win against Dwight-Morrow. 

Boys Lacrosse 

The Boys Lacrosse team led by Coach Myones started their season strong with recent wins over Pascack Hills and Passaic Tech. with a final score of 8-3. The team is hopeful that this win will be the first of many throughout this season. Coach Myones stated, “This year- we are hoping for a strong season and we are looking to compete for a league title.  We have a few new additions to our program who are already making an impact on both the junior varsity and the varsity team.  I am really proud of our progress so far this season and I’m looking forward to a great remainder of our year. We have 6 seniors this year: Carlos Causillas, Josh Hans, Jack Shah, Kevin O’Neill(Captain), Shane Gay(Captain), Anthony Pietropaolo (Captain).” The season is looking very promising with senior Jack Shah, one of the state’s attackmen to watch this year. Their next games include home against Bergen Tech and DePaul and away at Pompton Lakes and Passaic Valley. 

Girls Lacrosse 

The Girls Lacrosse team led by Coach Carti has high expectations for this season even with losing four strong seniors from last year. Senior Chloe Tirino said that “We have established a great foundation and our goals for the season revolve around gaining back the power that came when other teams said our name. We know that we are strong and have the ability to win, and now it is our time to prove that to everyone else.” This year’s captains are seniors Mia Rubinetti, Hallie Lovell, Jessica Pendy, Karleigh Kazmierczak, and Lauren Donellan. The team started off the season with tough losses against West Morris and Wayne Hills. Against West Morris, sophomore Alexa Demarco and Rubinetti led the team with two goals and an assist each in addition to junior Ava Marmo with a goal and an assist. At Wayne Hills, Rubinetti led the team again with 3 goals and 1 assist. Lovell also had a strong performance with 2 goals and 5 assists. Outside of stats and wins, the girls want to improve their team community. Tirino also noted how “Because of COVID, it was significantly harder to create that sense of family you need on a team – having several injuries, and quarantines to name a few – but this year I think we have already begun and would like to improve further our ability to come together. By hanging outside of practice and games, doing our home game hype-buddy ritual, or something as simple as learning how we all play, we will be able to become better players individually as well as better teammates.” Their next game is 4/9 against Holy Angels where the girls hope to earn their first win. 

Softball 

One of the strongest Hills sports teams in history, this year’s softball team has a challenge in front of them: rebuilding a team led by 11 strong seniors last year. However, they are off to a strong start to the season with an 11-1 win during their home opener against Paramus. Starting pitcher Allison Babino had a strong game and her first varsity at-bat where she hit a home run in the first inning. Senior Taylor Palmeri also had a homerun contributing to the win. The team has nine strong seniors returning this year and is very optimistic about the future. 

Head coach, Joseph Leicht stated, “Indian Hills Varsity Softball Team is very optimistic on contending for league, county, and state honors once again this season. The Braves recently trained in Florida, and along with some pre-season practice games at home, have been preparing themselves for the very arduous regular-season schedule that they look to conquer.  The team hopes the student body lends their support in attending the games this season.” Their next game is today 4/8 against Northern Highlands. 

Boys Tennis – 

Hills Boys Tennis is looking to improve their 1-11 overall and 0-9 division record from last year. Led by Coach Markman, the team is hoping to have some wins even with its smaller roster. Their first game of the season was against Ramapo, and upcoming games include Paramus, Hackensack, and Ramsey. 

Spring Track 

Led by Coach Osieja, who also coaches Winter Track, the Hills Spring Track team is ready for success this spring. Distance Captains Abbey Churchill, Russell Braver, Allison Lounsbury, and Mid-Distance and Sprint Captains Owen Zearfus, Gabe Speiser, and Christina Longo are the highlights of the season as well as some speedy freshman distance runners. 

When asked about the season, Allison Lounsbury said  “Our team is looking promising this year with many incoming freshmen and very talented new and returning runners from all grades.  […]  We are excited about what senior thrower and sprinter, Andrew Simmers, and new senior sprinter, Christian Wong, will accomplish this season. Our top sprinter girls this year will be juniors Brooke Chesney, Kinjal Patel, and sophomore Avarie Bergen. Our goal is to work hard and have a strong showing at the State Sectionals and Group Meet in early June!” 

Boys Volleyball 

Looking to improve their 10-10 overall record and 7-5 division record from last year, the Boys Volleyball team is hoping for the best this season with five seniors on the roster. They are led by Coach Anzano and senior captains Apollo Pascual and Fabian Zeledon. Unfortunately, they lost their recent games against Hackensack and Ramapo, but they are optimistic about future matchups. Their next game will be home against Passaic Tech at 10 am.