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The following article originally appeared on the Jersey High School Sports Blog (www.jerseyhighschoolsports.com) which is run by Plainfield resident and high school sports enthusiast Noel Pyne.PLAINFIELD, NJ — In a game where inches count, injuries and the bounce of the ball can decide a game, Plainfield fans wondered what could have, should have, and would have. West Orange took advantage, with the help of the bounce of the ball and t...
The following article originally appeared on the Jersey High School Sports Blog (www.jerseyhighschoolsports.com) which is run by Plainfield resident and high school sports enthusiast Noel Pyne.
PLAINFIELD, NJ — In a game where inches count, injuries and the bounce of the ball can decide a game, Plainfield fans wondered what could have, should have, and would have. West Orange took advantage, with the help of the bounce of the ball and the legs of Adonis White. White would rush for 162-yards and score the winning touchdown with 59 seconds remaining in the game to seal the Cardinal’s fate.
Plainfield's players entered the field in the first ever post-season game played at the legendary Hub Stine Field to the light show of the newly installed lights being used for the first time. The crowd went crazy, and this energized the Cardinals. On the first play from scrimmage, West Orange sent 7-men in on an all-out blitz as Plainfield’s signal caller Al-Amin Watkins dropped back to pass. Watkins scrambled and dipped the blitzing linebacker. The 6’2” 210 Lb junior signal caller then outran the Mountaineers for a 56-yard run into the darkness of the night to erupt the 2,500 fans in attendance.
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The Mountaineers were a battled tested team led by one of the best coaches in New Jersey, Darnell Grant. The Mountaineer’s were the defending North II Group V State Champions and they shook off the Cardinal left hook with a 65-yard 9-play scoring drive. The arm of Charlie LaMorte guided the Mountaineers down the field. Noah “The Bruiser" Terry finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge. The Mountaineers 2-point conversion attempt failed.
Both teams played to a stalemate in the 2nd quarter leaving the score 7-6 going into intermission.
Plainfield had a chance to add points on the board. Key passes of 14-yards to Al-Khabir Bethune and 22-yards to Joel Cordoba had the Cardinals with a first and goal. Watkins took the wildcat play and his knee hit the ground before his reach for the goal-line hit the pylon. Facing a 2nd and less than 1 for a touchdown, Plainfield fumbled the ball and West Orange's Myles Snead recovered the pigskin to shut down a golden opportunity for the Cardinals.
Before the half was over there was an injury that occurred when Plainfield’s Ala-Meen Watkins was tackled and suffered a lower leg injury that prevented the record setting signal caller from participating for the remainder of the game. Watkins totaled nearly 150-yards from the line of scrimmage in less that 2-quarters of play.
The Mountaineers returned the favor as how Plainfield started the game. On the first play from scrimmage in the 2nd half, Adonis White took the handoff and outran the entire Plainfield defense for a 45-yard jaunt to pay dirt. This gave West Orange their first lead of the game.
The Mountaineers defense grabbed the shifting momentum and stalled the Plainfield offense. The Plainfield Cardinals answered the Mountaineers defense as Joel Cordoba picked off a pass and darted 37-yards into the end zone to recapture the lead for the Cardinals.
Plainfield’s defense seized the momentum as on the next West Orange’s possession, Eatoniel “EJ” Brown picked off a deflected pass. Plainfield went on a ground attack. Eatoniel used his legs as the elusive running back on 6-carries helped Plainfield get into the red zone at the end of the 3rd quarter.
On the first offensive play of the final stanza, Joel Cordoba took the reverse and darted 18-yards into the endzone. Kamai Lowery connected with Al-Khabir Bethune on the 2-point conversion to extend the Plainfield's advantage to 21-12 with 11:50 left in the game.
There was an eerie sense after Plainfield’s Darren Hester suffered a serious injury. The game was delayed and the excitement in the stands turned to silence even though Plainfield held a 2-possession lead with 11-minutes remaining in the contest.
West Orange’s Adonis White seemed to have gotten stronger as on the West Oranges possession Adonis churned up 43-yards on 4 carries to put the Mountaineers in scoring position. On a 3rd and 6 from the Plainfield’s 12-yard line, West Orange’s Charlie LaMorte threw a dart across the middle that was deflected by a diving Plainfield defender. West Orange wide out, 6’5” 200lb Mikervens Auguste, dove and grappled the tip ball in the end zone to make the score 21-19.
West Orange’s defense played with a sense of urgency holding the Cardinals to a 3 and out. Plainfield returned the favor by forcing West Orange to a 3 and out with less than 5:00 minutes remaining in the contest. The play of the game may have come off the foot of the senior offensive lineman, 6’3” 290lb Ricardo Camacho. Camacho came into punt and booted a 50-yard punt to pin the Cardinals on their 11-yard line.
West Orange's defense continued their aggressive play and forced Plainfield on their 2nd consecutive 3 and out. After a Plainfield’s 33-yard punt, the Mountaineers held excellent field position with less than 3:00 minutes remaining in the game. Adonis White continued to churn up yards as a 33-yard game put the Mountaineers in scoring position with less than 2-minutes remaining. A pass breakup by Plainfield’s senior linebacker, Alijah Burnett, helped force a 4th and 9 from the Plainfield’s 15-yard line with 70-secs remaining in the game. Coach Grant sent out their strong-legged kicker, 6’4” Jaden Gachette to attempt the 32-yard field goal to give the Mountaineers the lead.
An offside penalty against Plainfield shortened the field goal attempt to 27-yards.
West Orange got off a good snap, but Plainfield penetrated the line of scrimmage and blocked the field goal attempt to an ecstatic standing only room Plainfield crowd. But the cheers suddenly turned to delusion, as there was yellow laundry on the field. Plainfield suffered their 2nd consecutive offsides to give the Mountaineers, 1st and goal from the 5-yard line. White would take the hand off and score with 59 seconds remaining in the contest to give the Mountaineers a 25-21 lead.
Plainfield was able to get down to the Mountaineers 37-yard line in hopes of one last play to the end zone but the West Orange’s defense nullified the Hail Mary try.
West Orange advances to the semi-finals to play the #2 seeded Union City Soaring Eagles.
Scoring: 1st Quarter 11:38 – P- Watkins 56-yard run (Avril kick) 06:05 – W- Terry 1-yard run (2-point conversion failed)
2nd Quarter No score
3rd Quarter 11:39 – W- White 45-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 08:53 – P- Joel Cordoba 37-yard interception return (kick failed)
4th Quarter 11:50 – P-Joel Cordoba 18-yard run (Bethune pass from Lowery 2-point conversion) 08:27 – W-Auguste 12-yard pass from LaMorte (Gachette kick) 00:59 – W-White 5-yard run (2-point conversion failed)
Offensive Stat Leaders:
Touch Downs P-Joel Cordoba – 2 W-White – 2
Passing W-LaMorte – 9/23 – 77-yards
Rushing W-White – 162-yards on 19 rushing attempts
Yards Receiving W-Moore – 36-yards on 4-receptions
Defensive Stat Leaders:
Tackles W-McAdams – 7
Tackles for Loss Yardage P-Williams, Cordoba – 2
Sacks W-McAdams, Aziz, Stanley, Ndukwe, Camacho– 2
Interceptions P-Kirkland, Cordoba, Brown – 1
Fumble Recovery/block fg/xtra points W-Snead– 1
Pass Breakups P-Joel Cordoba – 3
Longest Punt W-Camacho – 50-yards
Longest Punt Return None
Longest Kick-Off Return W-Gainer – 30-yards
Longest Field Goal None
Penalties P-19-penalties; 143-yards W-10-penalties; 89-yards
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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- In a dazzling moment of recognition for their exceptional work in school communications, the West Orange High School Sports Media Association (WOHSSMA) proudly accepted the second place award in the Photography category at the New Jersey School Public Relations Association's (NJSPRA) School Communication Awards held during the New Jersey School Boards Association's Annual Workshop on October 23, 2023.The NJSPRA School Communication Awards were designed to commend the exceptional efforts of school communicators acros...
WEST ORANGE, NJ -- In a dazzling moment of recognition for their exceptional work in school communications, the West Orange High School Sports Media Association (WOHSSMA) proudly accepted the second place award in the Photography category at the New Jersey School Public Relations Association's (NJSPRA) School Communication Awards held during the New Jersey School Boards Association's Annual Workshop on October 23, 2023.
The NJSPRA School Communication Awards were designed to commend the exceptional efforts of school communicators across New Jersey, acknowledging their tireless work in disseminating vital information to their various stakeholders. In a record-breaking year for the competition, with 102 submissions from 41 different school districts, the West Orange High School Sports Media Association stood out among its peers, exemplifying the spirit of excellence in educational communication.
The panel of 18 judges, comprising industry experts from across the country, reviewed the submissions in eight diverse categories: Newsletter, Marketing, Branding, Image, Media Relations-Human Interest, Photography, Social Media, Special Interest Publication, Video, and Website. WOHSSMA's stellar performance in the Photography category showcased their dedication and passion for capturing the essence of the West Orange High School sports program.
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The winning entry that earned WOHSSMA its well-deserved recognition was their record-breaking photo gallery. Their captivating photos have amassed over 5.5 million views, encapsulating the spirit of West Orange High School's media day, game day, and special events. This incredible achievement underscores the Association's commitment to celebrating the athletic journeys of its students and athletes.
Principal Oscar Guerrero of West Orange High School expressed his pride in the achievement, stating, "This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the West Orange High School Sports Media Association. They have not only set the bar high for themselves but have also raised it for all others in New Jersey. We are immensely proud of their achievements and look forward to their continued success."
The accolade was also met with enthusiasm by Athletic Director Stephan Zichella, who emphasized the significance of the photo gallery. He remarked, "This photo gallery allows our former, current and future students to celebrate their athletic journeys at West Orange High School. It captures the essence of our sports program and the dedication of our athletes and fans. We're thrilled that their work is being recognized and appreciated."
The West Orange High School Sports Media Association (WOHSSMA) is a dynamic organization comprising 9th-12th grade students, established in 2022. Their mission is to connect the West Orange community with the acclaimed West Orange High School sports athletics program through an engaging social media presence, showcased on @wohssports. WOHSSMA's comprehensive network includes 25+ sports teams, engaging hundreds of current and former students and reaching 75,000+ unique users monthly. Their website ranks #1 in New Jersey and within the Top 50 in the U.S. among RSchool powered sites, offering full sports schedules, articles, interviews, and more.
The New Jersey School Public Relations Association (NJSPRA) is a state chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). NJSPRA is nationally recognized for its efforts on behalf of school public relations professionals, including public relations and communications professionals, superintendents, administrators, board members, principals, teachers, and consultants, all of whom benefit from the wealth of information and networking that is available through the organization.
The NJSPRA School Communication Award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the West Orange High School Sports Media Association, showcasing their remarkable ability to capture the spirit and essence of their school's athletics program. This achievement not only brings honor to their school but also serves as an inspiration to school communicators and students across New Jersey. It is a reminder of the power of photography and storytelling in conveying the achievements and experiences of student-athletes.
"Advocacy" and "art" go hand-in-hand for this ambitious West Orange teen.WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following news release comes courtesy of the West Orange Public School District. Find out how to post announcements or events to your local Patch site.At 18, West Orange High School senior Makayla Rivera is already an award-winning poet, nonprofit business owner, and a Youth StoryTell...
WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following news release comes courtesy of the West Orange Public School District. Find out how to post announcements or events to your local Patch site.
At 18, West Orange High School senior Makayla Rivera is already an award-winning poet, nonprofit business owner, and a Youth StoryTeller for Georgetown Law Center. Not one to rest on her laurels, Makayla has now released a book of poetry entitled “Prayers to Catch a Butterfly.”
Rivera’s journey began at Roosevelt Middle School when she joined the Poetry Club and participated in a poetry slam.
“I realized I could use poetry as a tool for Black activism – to cultivate change through people’s emotions and reactions,” Makayla began.
Rivera became involved in what was to be a life-changing mentorship with New Jersey NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) Achievement Program.
The website states:
"Each year, high school students across the country start a journey to sharpen their skills through the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). From visual arts and business to performing and culinary arts, participants work with community-based volunteers for a year to develop projects and performances."
ACT-SO is a year-long youth enrichment program that culminates in a local and national competition where students compete for scholarship awards, and prizes totaling over $300,000.
Often referred to as the “Olympics of the Mind”, ACT-SO centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among students of African American descent.”
“I can’t say enough about the program and how it helped me accomplish so much,” Rivera said.
The program is free.
In May, 2022 Makayla received a NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Education for her poem “Beneath the Mattresses.” Since then, she has won two additional poetry competitions and shared her work at churches, galas, the Board of Education, and churches, where she is requested to perform. On Oct. 19, she was featured at the NAACP of the Oranges/Maplewood Gala.
Georgetown University contacted her to become a Youth Story Teller at the Georgetown Law Gender, Justice, and Opportunity Initiative. Rivera utilizes their statistics about issues like sexual abuse, prison, and inequality and creates poetry that gives an emotional voice to them.
When asked about the genesis of her recently published book of poetry, “Prayers to Catch a Butterfly,” Rivera explained:
“As a freshman, I had big dreams. I had so many poems and thoughts and ideas collected, and I decided to put them into a book of poetry.”
Her work reflects a wide range of emotions, from growing up as a teenager, black pride, eating disorders, and sexuality, commemorating high school and going through her own metamorphosis.
Her decision to title her work “Prayers to Catch a Butterfly” stems from her connection to butterflies and what they represent.
“Butterflies are not meant to be caught, but we learn from them," she explained.
The first part of the book is called ‘Chrysalis,’ and her poems represent the ‘first cracks in the shell.’ The second section is called ‘Emergence,’ celebrating love and loss, and the final section ‘Metamorphosis’ shows Rivera’s journey of growth and self-discovery.
“The book has been so much fun,” she noted.
“I’ve never been prouder. It was nerve-wracking because it’s so intimate and real – like reading my diary. I have family and friends reading about the intimate details of my life.”
In January, Makayla started a nonprofit called Black Butterfly Rising, Inc. to “uplift black girls and their voices.” In addition to this, Rivera is the President of the Black Student Union at WOHS, Vice-President of the Escriptus Honor Society, a member of Rho Kappa and the National Honor Society, and a member of the Unity Club. She recently completed an independent study project researching art programs in low-income schools with Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker. She plans to become a lawyer and focus on advocacy. She knows she could be accepted at Georgetown University but would really like to attend Spellman College, an all-female HBC.
“If I had to describe my mission, it would be ‘advocacy’ and ‘art’ in a nutshell,” Rivera concluded, “and I really love that.”
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To purchase “Prayers to Catch a Butterfly” on Amazon, go HERE.
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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — “A district that celebrates diversity.” This is the message that scrolls across the top of the website for the South Orange and Maplewood Public School District. And according to its superintendent, this important mission is the reason that there will be a conspicuous lack of Halloween festivities during school hours for 2023.Earlier this month, Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced that the district is laying down some rules this Halloween season in a letter to the community. They include:...
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — “A district that celebrates diversity.” This is the message that scrolls across the top of the website for the South Orange and Maplewood Public School District. And according to its superintendent, this important mission is the reason that there will be a conspicuous lack of Halloween festivities during school hours for 2023.
Earlier this month, Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced that the district is laying down some rules this Halloween season in a letter to the community. They include:
The Halloween debate is something that resurfaces every year in the district. And that’s why it’s important to lay out a consistent approach that is “respectful and inclusive of all families,” Taylor said.
According to Taylor, there are three big questions that district administrators asked themselves before rolling out this year’s new policy on Halloween:
Under the district’s new policy, schools can partner with PTAs, HSAs or other outside groups if they want to put together Halloween-themed events after school hours, Taylor wrote.
Taylor added that administrators generally try to give the leaders of each school creative freedom to run their buildings as they want – “within our expectations.” And there may be a fall harvest festival that can take the place of Halloween, he said.
“After discussing this important topic with them, we anticipate that all SOMSD elementary schools will eventually have a Fall/Harvest Festival event or themed activities that can occur during school time and can be held on Oct. 31,” the superintendent wrote. “We ask for grace as some schools have already begun working toward this, while others are in the planning phase for a 2024 Fall/Harvest Festival.”
“I know this may make some uncomfortable and elicit some challenges across our community,” Taylor concluded. “However, in the end, I feel these recommendations align with SOMSD’s commitment to building equity, fostering inclusion, and building a sense of belonging throughout our schools.”
WEST ORANGE, NJ — Do you own, lease or operate a business in West Orange? The clock is ticking on the deadline to pay for a new “mercantile license” fee – and there’s a hefty fine waiting for those who refuse.West Orange recently issued an advisory about a new ordinance that gives the town the authority to charge a mer...
WEST ORANGE, NJ — Do you own, lease or operate a business in West Orange? The clock is ticking on the deadline to pay for a new “mercantile license” fee – and there’s a hefty fine waiting for those who refuse.
West Orange recently issued an advisory about a new ordinance that gives the town the authority to charge a mercantile license fee to local businesses. Annual registration fees are $100 for an initial unit and $20 per each additional unit.
See the township’s replies to some frequently asked questions about the new fee here.
West Orange businesses and rental owners must obtain an annual mercantile license no later than Oct. 31. The town has created an online portal to register, which can be accessed here. Registration can also be done in person at room 214 at Town Hall, 66 Main Street.
According to the township’s FAQ page, officials plan to enforce the ordinance via the planning and zoning departments. The fine for owners who fail to comply is $2,000.
The ordinance – voted into local law by the town council in June – is being rolled out in connection with a state law regulating insurance coverage. According to West Orange officials, N.J.S.A. 40A:10A-1 requires business owners and rental unit owners to obtain certain levels of liability insurance, a stipulation also included in the town’s ordinance.
BUDGET, FEES IN WEST ORANGE
The mercantile license is among a wave of new fees being rolled out in West Orange after a tumultuous budget season – including a controversial sewer fee hike. Read More: Sewer Fees Increase In West Orange; Council Gives Green Light
To help chop down a municipal tax increase that at one point stood at 16 percent – but was eventually reduced to 5.8 percent – town administrators looked at three possible ways to balance the budget: cut spending, dip into reserve funds, or increase revenues.
The latter option – adding more revenue to the town’s coffers – hasn’t been “significantly addressed” in more than 15 years, according to a budget presentation given by chief financial officer John Gross in May (watch the video below, cued to the discussion on mercantile licenses).
Gross estimated that West Orange could raise an extra $426,630 if it creates new mercantile license fees for commercial entities.
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