By Eve Nevelos, Editorial Staff (‘24) 

Baseball

As of April 29, the IH baseball team is 7 and 8. Coach Hill told Drumbeats, “Junior Gavin Enright has been our top pitcher so far, with a few big wins, especially Ramapo and Northern Highlands. Our top hitters have been seniors Frank Cruciata and Devin Centineo, juniors Gavin Enright and Chase Trolaro, and sophomore James Zwolinski.” Frank Cruciata, senior on the team, added on, “After two recent big home wins against Ramapo and Northern Highlands, we are looking to continue on that success as the seeding for the state tournament is approaching quickly.” Mike Levine, senior, has a .325 batting average, Frank Cruciata, senior, has 9 RBI’s, Gavin Enright, junior, has a 1.30 ERA, and Chase Trolaro, junior, has a .541 on base percentage. “We are excited and confident in the talent and hard work that our team possesses for a deep run in states,” says Cruciata, “Come out May 16th at 4:00 pm to support our 14 seniors on our senior night game against West Milford.”

Flag Football

Led by Coach Weiss, the team’s second ever season is looking strong. The New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League debuted last spring with eight teams, including Ramapo and Indian Hills, but this year, it has since grown to 16 teams. The IH girls are not intimidated by the competition. Their first win of the season was a strong one over Ramapo with a final score of 21 to 12. 

Boys’ Golf

The boys’ golf team has qualified both for the county and state sectional tournaments, with an 8-4 record. Coach Stahl says that “The team is highlighted by Rhys Burgess who is one of the best players in Northern New Jersey. Other key contributors are Steven Roche, Evan Copchonak, Anthony Maimone, Nick Cosimano, and Brian Seibel.” Rhys Burgess, captain, remarks, “Our team has been committed to improving over the years and due to the wins we have gotten this season we have qualified for states as a team, which is the first time in a very long time for Indian Hills.”

Girls’ Golf

The girls’ golf team is 8 and 5 and qualified for the first time in years for the New Jersey State Championship. Gaby Becker, freshman, “All the girls on the team have bonded very well, and the team spirit is amazing with everyone on the team constantly cheering each other on. Overall this season has been very good and the underclassmen look forward to another successful season next year.” The team has qualified for the Big North Championship Division, Gabrielle Becker and Kate Giletta qualified for Counties, and the team qualified for State Sectionals.

Softball

As of May 5, the IH softball team has a 15 and 5 overall record to date, was on a 10 game winning streak, is second in the Freedom Division, and is seeded 4th out of the 32 teams in Bergen county. “We have a great blend of 8 seniors, 3 juniors, and 4 sophomores who work so hard each day, practice or game, to be the best they can be in order to continue the outstanding legacy that Indian Hills Softball has built for so many years,” says Coach Leicht, “The team appreciates all the support the Indian Hills student body provides every game. LET’S GO BRAVES!!” In the Group 2 State Tournament, quarterfinals are Saturday, May 14, semifinals are Saturday, May 21, and finals are Saturday, May 28. Natalie Lorenzo, junior on varsity, commented, “Team morale is very high as we go into the second round of counties and start states in a few weeks. We won our first county game against Midland Park 12-2. Both of our pitchers Mikayla Amoruso and Allison Babino have been doing really well and on offense and the team has definitely been hitting great.”

Boys’ Lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse team’s record is 8 wins and 3 losses as of May 4. The team has made a total 85 goals and 114 saves and is looking forward to the state tournament where they are seeded highly. Senior captain Jack Shah also recently received the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete award. 

Girls’ Lacrosse

As of May 4, the girls’ lacrosse team is 4 and 9 with 109 goals and 92 saves. Chloe Tirino, senior, told the Drumbeats team that, “Our motto for this year has been to ‘do your job’ – on the field, you do everything you can to give 100% – the logic of this phrase circulating on if everyone is on the same page about effort, than the result yielded will be positive, maybe even a win. And so, each game, after reviewing film, and coming to practice in the right mindset, we work on our individual strengths and weaknesses because we owe it to everyone else who is doing the same.” The team’s hard working mindset is driving them towards signs of success.

Boys’ Tennis

The boys’ tennis team has won one match so far this season. Daniel Zeltser, sophomore, says that, “It’s not the number of wins or the number of losses that makes someone a winner, it’s how they react to them.” The team is practicing continuously and is in their rebuilding year according to one player. 

Spring Track and Field

Spring track and field allows dozens of students to compete individually, against themselves and others, and as a team. Ian Wuensch, sophomore thrower, says that “The season has been going well. We’ve made lots of improvements since the start and I think we’re going to end out really well too.” One sophomore runner, anonymous, echoed Ian’s sentiment: “I would definitely recommend joining the team, the sport is super fun and when you go to the meets, your opponents are usually so sweet. The team is competitive and usually pretty lighthearted. We look forward to hopefully qualifying for nationals or the Meet of Champs.” Spring track is a great opportunity for all athletes. Winter and fall athletes can keep in shape by choosing events to target the muscle groups most important for their main sport. Track is also a chance for athletes to focus on their running, throwing, and/or jumping forms. While many do track as a maintenance sport, it does have a large number of athletes dedicated to it as their main sport. Some of this year’s track and field athletes have been able to make it to national competitions. Russell Braver, senior runner, proudly reported that “Our Indian Hills Track team has really been stepping up our game! We have gotten into the groove of workouts, recovery runs, stretching, and doing hip mobility. Our team is looking good on the track and are predicted to qualify for nationals in a few events. Our race day cheering is getting louder, and the times are getting faster. Some athletes have been flying with Abbey Churchill breaking 5:20 with a time of 5:19.83 in the 1600m, Russell Braver running 9:45.51 in the 3200m, Raffi Buchakjian running 2:00.22 in the 800m, Alexa Koller qualifying for nationals in the long jump, our girls 4x100m team getting 54.44, and so many others. Our team this season is striving with these awesome results and we are sure there are more to come!”

Boys’ Volleyball

The boys’ volleyball team has had mixed results this season. “We are very passionate about volleyball and we are trying our best on the court.” Junior  Zach Lubliner told Drumbeats. Fellow junior Gabe Hexter also said, “The team has had its ups and downs with morale this year, but we’re fighting for our second win and keeping our heads up.”