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Fall Sports Retrospective

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Abigail Kosch '24

15 November 2022

The Fall Sports Season has come to a close and student athletes are preparing for the winter schedule. The Hornets have a lot to take pride in, as individual athletes and whole teams displayed tremendous growth throughout the fall season.




Mr. Benvenuti (left), Joseph Mancini (center), and Coach Wassel (right); photo credit: Rae Allex

Hornet Football had quite a season, playing their home games on the recently renovated Walton Field. The boys finished with a record of 6-4. The Hornets played two games to finish out their season as part of the NJSIAA Big North Group 3 Regional Tournament playoff bracket, with a big 17-7 win over Tenafly, and a heartbreaking 22-21 loss to Pascack Valley.


Kicker Joe Mancini ‘23 exemplified what it means to be a Hornet athlete, receiving the Steve DiGregorio “Young Man of the Year” award. The Freshman Hornet football team also had notable accomplishments, as they played their first ever undefeated season.


Girls Volleyball


In his first year back, Head Coach Mr. William Robertazzi and the Lady Hornet Volleyball Team had a very successful season. "Perseverance" and "growth" were two main focuses in the mindset of the team, an attitude that led them in a big County win over Hawthorne. As has become tradition, the team also hosted its “Digging for a Cure” game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. 




The Hornet Gymnastics Team achieved many accomplishments, as they placed 3rd in Passaic County and 5th in the League. Coach Jenai Agosta and her team received several personal accolades as well. Sophomore Kourtney Matheis made 1st Team All-County and 1st Team All-League. In addition, sophomore Talia Torres and junior Yastika Singh made the 2nd Team All-County. Alexa DeLuccia ‘25, Ashley Idelfonso ‘23, Lilliana Owens ‘26, and Gianna Ricci ‘26 also received honorable mentions.


Senior Mike Post during a gameBoys Soccer


With final standings of 8-10-1 the Passaic Valley Boys Soccer team had an outstanding season, making it to the second round of the Passaic County Tournament playoff bracket.


Girls Soccer


Girls Soccer wrapped up their season after honoring their seniors Natalie Woodall and Maria Flores, and playing their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Playing on the new turf at Walton Field was a highlight of the season, allowing the Breast Cancer Awareness game to be played at night under the new lighting system. The girls battled all season, maintaining a positive attitude and strong work ethic to persevere and have a successful season.


Girls Tennis


With a new lineup of 19 players, the highest participation PV has seen, the Tennis Team had a very successful season. Junior Stefani Koneska, who transferred to Passaic Valley at the start of this school year, was 1st in singles, and sophomore Emma Jurkic was 2nd in singles. The team established valuable foundations and the future is looking bright for the PV Girls Tennis team.


Field Hockey

PV Field Hockey player against Wayne Hills; photo credit: Rae Allex


The Hornet Field Hockey Team had a successful season. Senior players Amanda Rausch, Mariana Marques, Sophia Guarente and Lauren Tucci, along with their families, were celebrated during the Senior Night game. Guarente also received the Heisman High School Scholarship Award, the only female recipient in the state of New Jersey.


Cross Country


The PV Cross Country team once again made lots of noise, as personal and team achievements were brought home. The girls team placed 3rd in the league, 7th in Passaic County, and were 8th overall. The boys’ team was 5th in the league and 10th in Passaic County. The boys’ team is still a very young team with a bright future, and many of the members of this year’s Cross-Country Team competed for the first time ever.


Senior Katharine Cottone placed 3rd in the Girls Section and 7th in the League Meet. Katharine went on to compete in the NJSIAA Group 2 Final. Amani Simpson ‘23 also had quite the season, making 2nd in the league. Angelina Perez ‘23 made 2nd Team All-Conference to finish out her final year on the Passaic Valley Cross Country Team.