Girls track team 7th in H/W/S Tournament

NEWTON. High school junior Sierra Strasser wins pole vault and places in three other events.

Newton /
| 21 May 2023 | 10:02

Newton High School junior Sierra Strasser won the pole vault with an effort of 10-07.00 and placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.52, ninth in the triple jump and 18th in the long jump to lead the girls track and field team to a seventh-place finish at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Championships on Monday, May 15 in Vernon.

Freshman Madalyn Nolan finished fourth in the triple jump, fourth in the pole vault and fifth in the long jump.

Junior Demarius Posey finished fourth at the 110 meter hurdles and ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-09.00 to pace the boys team to a 14th place finish.

Here is how other Newton sports teams fared last week:


Newton struck for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a dramatic 11-10 victory over Sussex Tech on May 17 in Vernon.

Sussex Tech held a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth. Newton then scored three times in the fifth, four times in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

Merrick Buckley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs; Brayden Nolan was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run; Garrett Wikander singled and scored twice; and Rob Rhine singled in a run and scored.

Newton (8-13) was seeded 14th and was scheduled to play at third-seeded Pascack Hills in the first round of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournament on Monday May 22.


The Braves (10-12) were tabbed the 16th seed in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournament and were scheduled to play at top-seeded Ramsey (24-1) in a first-round game on Tuesday, May 23.

Catherine Vena leads Newton in hits (27), RBI (23) and home runs (two) and is tied with Bella Deleon for the team lead in doubles (five). Allison Mountford leads in runs (24), stolen bases (15) and walks (12) and is tied with Deleon for the team lead in triples (two).

Boys lacrosse

Newton earned a 12-6 victory at Hanover Park on Wednesday, May 17 in Hanover to improve to 9-7 this season.

Robert McCullough (three goals, two assists, three ground balls) and Ty Guzzo (two goals, two assists, three ground balls) paced the offense with Brenden Lynch, Max Faye, Aiden Lacorte, Evan Robinson, Siden Akturk and Matthew Teets each adding one goal. Rylan Ivaldi made 15 saves.

McCullough now has 43 goals and 18 assists this spring followed by Guzzo, who has 40 goals and 22 assists.

Boys tennis

The Braves improved to 10-4 with a 5-0 victory over Warren Hills at home May 16.

Nick DiFini (first singles), Dylan Olsen (second singles), Ed Denne (third singles), Arjun Amin and Frankie Lubrano (first doubles) and Billy Widgren and Felipe Campana (second doubles) won their respective matches by straight sets.