N/LV wins Charette Cup

SPORTS. The top-seeded Newton/Lenape Valley co-op ice hockey team defeats third-seeded High Point/Wallkill Valley/Kittatinny, 7-3.

Newton /
| 20 Feb 2024 | 08:31

Brayden Dabrowski totaled three goals and three assists, Maksym Pastukh added two goals and three assists, and Justin Zappe collected two goals and an assist to power the top-seeded Newton/Lenape Valley co-op ice hockey team to a 7-3 victory over third-seeded High Point/Wallkill Valley/Kittatinny squad in the championship game of the Charette Cup.

The title is the first for N/LV in the four-year history of the Charette Cup and the team’s first cup crown since it won the Haas Cup in 2017.

Dabrowski scored once in each period Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Mennen Arena in Morris Township. His third goal early in the third period provided N/LV with a 6-2 lead. Martin Murphy added three assists for the Braves and Joey Gallucci made one assist.

Ryan Salerno anchored the defense with a 36-save effort.

The Braves (13-10) are seeded 16th for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Public Co-Op North tournament. They edged 17th-seeded Clifton, 6-5, in the play-in round on Friday evening, Feb. 16 at Skylands Ice World in Stockholm.

Pastukh finished with four goals. His last tally in the third period provided N/LV with a 6-4 lead. Tanner Gaboda and Dabrowski also scored for the Braves, who are scheduled to play top-seeded Tenafly in a first-round game Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Here’s how other Newton High School teams fared last week:


Mason Bucci (138 pounds), Joey Catalano (144), Tyler Morodan (150) and Aaron Stone (165) each finished third in their respective weight classes, and Davon Hook placed fourth at 190 as Newton finished seventh of nine competing teams at the NJSIAA District 4 tournament Saturday afternoon, Feb. 17 at High Point in Sussex.

All third-place finishers advance to this week’s Region 1 tournament in West Milford.

Indoor track

Newton’s only competitor, senior Zach Salib, finished sixth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.66 at the NJSIAA Group 1 championships Feb. 17 at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Boys basketball

Junior guard Maxwell Maslowski scored a career-high 41 points along with eight rebounds, seven steals and two assists in powering Newton to a 51-41 victory over Morris Tech on Feb. 14 in Denville.

Maslowski finished the season with 466 points, good for a 19.4 average for Newton (4-20).

Girls basketball

Caitlyn Pokrywa scored 19 points and Samatha Sutton added 10 points as the Braves snapped their three-game losing streak with a 62-18 victory at Dover on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Newton (12-12) is seeded 15th for the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournament. The team is scheduled to play at second-seeded Mahwah in a first-round game Wednesday, Feb. 21.


The Braves, seeded 12th, suffered a 2-0 loss to fifth-seeded Old Tappan in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournament Monday, Feb. 12 at Montvale Lanes.

Newton (13-5) was paced by Devlin Schmid (416 high series, 209 high game), Brad Williams (393 series, 202 game), Mackenzie Genung (375 series, 193 game), Rachel Porzilli (351 series, 193 game) and Cera Steinwand (313 series, 177 game).