Morristown High School avenged an opening night loss to Mendham by defeating its arch-rival 4-2 on Wednesday, improving its record to 12-3.
“Any time we beat them, it’s a good feeling,” said Colonials coach Bobby Jones, whose team is ranked third among public schools statewide and seventh over all.
Mendham edged Morristown 2-1 in the season opener last month, and took a 1-0 lead into the Mennen Arena locker room after two periods on Wednesday.
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Coach Jones was not happy with the Colonials’ performance or their attitude, and he let them know during the brief intermission.
The players were down on each other, he said, and that had to change.
They responded with four goals in the third period, starting with Cam Szary. Morristown co-captain Zach Mourad put the Colonials ahead.
A penalty to Luke Freeland for unsportsmanlike conduct gave Mendham a chance to even the score. Instead, Brian Begley popped in a shorthanded goal to extend Morristown’s lead to 3-1.
Brian Reed kept things interesting, whipping home a one-timer for Mendham to close the gap with about five minutes to go. Zach Mourad answered for the Colonials with his second score of the afternoon.
Mendham yanked goaltender Conor Lam for an extra attacker, and the team crashed the Morristown net but could not beat goalie Shane Brown, who stopped 24 shots during the game. His counterpart made 23 saves. Mendham’s record now stands at 7-6-1.
Two strong opponents–Morristown Beard and Ridge–await the Colonials in the coming week. Coach Jones likes his boys’ chances. He said they probably are the best bunch he’s had during his four years behind the bench.
“We’re feeling really good about this year,” he said.
An exciting exhibition is coming to Morristown’s Zebu Forno café on Jan. 22: Eight artists from a very special mentoring program will be showing their work.
Here are details from the Lauren Elizabeth Failla Foundation:
The eight student artists of the Morristown High School Art Mentoring Program, funded by the Lauren Elizabeth Failla Foundation and run by the Arts Council of the Morris Area, will share their work with the public in the Gallery at Zebu Forno in Morristown. The Opening Reception will be Sunday, January 22nd, from 4PM-6PM, and will provide an opportunity to meet the artists and those that work behind the scenes as well as become a new supporter of the program through purchasing artwork of the students or making an earmarked donation to the Lauren Elizabeth Failla Foundation.
The Arts Council of the Morris Area’s Art Mentoring Program was the brainchild of Mira Morrison from the Morristown High School Art program. Morrison approached the Arts Council several years ago with the idea and has worked closely with Kadie Dempsey, Director of Arts in Community, to define and shape the program. The Lauren Elizabeth Failla Foundation chose to fund this program as a way to honor the foundation’s namesake, Lauren Failla, who had been an artist at Morristown High.
The Morristown High School Art Mentoring Program assists selected, highly talented art students who need additional support in refining their artistic skills, developing their own personal style and assembling a strong art portfolio, that, in turn, will enhance their ability to compete for admission into quality art schools, college, a career in visual arts and/or scholarship aid. Two professional artists meet with the students for 12 weeks in the Winter/Spring 2012 and 12 weeks in the Fall 2012. These mentors are Dan Fenelon, Madison and Susan Faiola, Morristown. Additionally, the students receive instruction in Art History, Life Drawing, Still Life Drawing and Computer Arts.
ZEBU Forno, Morristown’s Art Café, located at 9 South St., Morristown is pleased to host these artists in the Gallery.
The Lauren Elizabeth Failla Foundation is a local non-profit dedicated to creating a nurturing atmosphere for the expression of health, wellness, art, understanding, and compassion, particularly in the Morristown area.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the Morristown High School junior is back with an exciting new project: Elliot Baxter.
It’s a series of webisodes; viewers guide story outcomes by voting on Facebook. Zaji explains:
Elliot Baxter is played by Rob Carroll, a junior in MHS, and his character is this really quirky, smart, but socially awkward student. The mini-series was meant to be in a fixed storyline but since it’ll be exclusively on YouTube, the audience, being a part of the experience, has the right to decide on what they’re seeing (thus the Facebook page). Each episode will be a fixed storyline until the end, where the audience can decide on what happens next, which will tie in perfectly with the next, regardless of what they choose.
Morristown High School outshot Mendham, outplayed Mendham in the corners, and outcheered Mendham from the stands.
But when the final buzzer sounded on Saturday, Mendham’s Minutemen skated off with a 2-1 victory over the Colonials in their season opener at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.
Police could have suited up their own team. Their strong presence at the arena was meant to discourage any sequels to parking lot fisticuffs that followed a Mendham/Morristown game last December.
(“You got beat up!” Morristown High students chanted during Saturday’s match.”We can’t hear you!” Mendham students chanted back.)
Morristown Police Chief Pete Demnitz was part of a Morristown contingent that joined forces with Morris County Park Police. There were no major incidents this time, according to the park police.
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On the ice, players were well behaved, with only one penalty (against Morristown) all night.
Brian Reed put Mendham on the board late in the first period on a pass from Matt Farina. Gerard Smith answered for Morristown in the second period on a bang-bang play, as Tommy Donofrio found the puck behind the Mendham net and slid it out front.
But moments later, Mendham’s Matt Farina got the puck deep in Morristown’s end and found John Gionco streaking in on Colonials goalie Shane Brown. John took the pass on his backhand and in one smooth move pivoted backwards and deposited the puck under the goaltender.
The Colonials had their chances, outshooting the Minutemen 26-15. Brian Keller rang a shot off the crossbar in the second period; Mendham goalie Connor Lam reacted as if it went in.
Near the end of the period, Morristown Captain Jordan Klotz appeared to have beaten Connor on a breakaway with a deke to the glove side. But Jordan could not sink his backhand and the puck tapped harmlessly off the side of the cage.
In the third period, Morristown’s Brian Begley caught a pass at his own blue line and charged down ice, wheeling to the left hash mark and whistling a wrist shot over Connor Lam’s shoulder. The shot may have been deflected by sprawling Mendham defenseman James Morsch.
Colonials Coach Bobby Jones pulled his goalie for an extra attacker in the last minute, and it almost worked. Morristown’s Luke Freeland blasted a one-timer through traffic, and Tommy Donofrio and Jordan Klotz each whacked at the puck in a goalmouth scramble in the waning seconds. Goalie Connor Lam was the difference for Mendham.
What is the price of Fame?
At Morristown High School, it’s $10 for adults and $5 for students. The curtain rises on Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and on Nov. 20 at 3 pm.
MHS drama fans will know Caitlin Barnett, Danny Dones and Carolina Alvarez from previous starring roles. But they won’t recognize co-star Desmond Towns.
Unless, of course, they also are wrestling fans.
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Desmond made the state tournament last year. Fame is the senior’s first MHS production…although he has studied Shakespeare for years at the Shakespeare Theatre at Drew University, according to acquaintances.
Better late than never, right?
Think you had it bad after last month’s freak snowstorm? Put yourself in Joe Wohlgemuth’s shoes.
The director lost four precious rehearsal days for the Morristown High School production of Fame, which runs on Nov. 18 & 19 (at 7:30 pm) and Nov. 20 (at 3 pm).
“Remember that guy hanging from the steeple?” Joe said, referring to a recent mishap that stranded workers atop the Morristown United Methodist Church. “That was me!”
But the director expects his 35 performers and 20 crew members will come through.
“The kids rose to the challenge and put in the extra effort,” Joe said.
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The production is based on the 1980 movie that traces the ups and downs of students at a New York performing arts high school. The movie inspired a TV series, a stage musical, a film remake, and creation of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts by Paul McCartney.
“We added music,” said Morristown High sophomore Estefania Giraldo, who plays Coco. “It’s the kind of show that loses its essence without music.”
Dane recently had roles as an extra in the films Men In Black 3 and The English Teacher, both scheduled for 2012 releases.
In The English Teacher, actress Julianne Moore walks down a hall and Dane, playing a high school prep student, grabs his bike and leaves the school. For Men In Black 3, he portrays a college student at an Apollo launch in the ’60s.
Dane said he prefers singing. Still…
“I could see myself doing films and TV,” said the MHS junior. “In theater, you’ve got one shot. For this (movies), we did the same scene 50 times.”
It’s not the kind of post-season game that the Colonials were aiming for when they set out to repeat as state champs.
But the Morristown High School varsity (3-6) will take the field one more time, in a consolation match against Belleville (3-5) at home this Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 pm.
The consolation round is for teams that don’t qualify for the state tournament; it’s the first such game for Morristown since 2005.
The Colonials are coming off a 34-28 loss at High Point. This year Morristown beat Seton Hall Prep, West Morris Mendham and Morris Knolls.
The Buccaneers are looking to rebound from a 52-6 pasting by Seton Hall Prep. They have beaten East Side, West Side and Millburn high schools this season.
We’ll never look at old newspapers, plastic wrap and soda tabs in quite the same way after Friday’s Morris County recycling awards dinner.
Kelly Whalen’s fashion design class from the County College of Morris put on a show at the Hanover Manor that turned refuse into haute couture. Some of these creations were pretty hot… which was scary, considering the flammability factor of paper dresses.
Check out the photos below and see for yourself.
The 24th annual awards dinner of the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority was emceed by Penny Jones, a.k.a. Glinda Garbahj, fresh off her triumphal performance in The Last Ride of Sustainable Man at the MorristownGreen.com Film Festival.
Penny was stunning in a gold dress made from credit cards.
Among the evening’s award winners were a pair of Morristown High School students.
Valerie Bai, a sophomore from Morris Plains, impressed the MUA with her Slam Dunk the Junk recycling poster.
When she’s not churning out environmental art, Valerie plays tennis, violin and cello.
Nicole Gomez, an MHS senior, received the Maraziti, Falcon & Healey environmental excellence scholarship. She volunteers for Grow It Green Morristown at the Urban Garden at Lafayette, and is a cross-country runner.
Her advanced placement environmental science teacher, Paris Pallis, described Nicole as one of the top students she has taught in her 35-year career.
“Out of 50 kids I had last year, she was number one,” the teacher said. “She’s very conscientious and goes above and beyond the call.”
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Many hours ago, just before the electricity went off, we were attempting to dry off and post results of the Snow Bowl.
Final score: West Morris Central 42, Morristown High School 13.
The Wolfpack (7-1) avenged its defeat by last year’s championship-bound Colonials (3-5) by eliminating the home team from this year’s playoff hunt during a cold, wet, weird pre-Halloween snowstorm.
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Kamau Dumas reached the end zone twice for Morristown, including a touchdown pass from Brian Billak on the last play of the game. The game’s start time was moved to 10:30 a.m. in hopes of beating the storm.
Our thanks to photographer Scott Schlosser for braving the elements with us, and to WJSV Engineer Steve Woodruff and Morristown Athletic Director Kathy Perri for their hospitality in the press box.
And thanks to Derek Vintschger for his photos of the band. It was Senior Day, honoring the seniors in the marching band. Thank you to them for four years of great halftime shows.
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Photos by Kevin Coughlin.