By Kimberly Peña
This weekend launches all spring high school sports in New Jersey. HHS season openers are scheduled in six sports; softball, baseball, golf, boys tennis, boys volleyball and track and field.
Whether set for Friday April 1st, or Saturday April 2nd, athletes at HHS have been preparing for weeks.
“The goal is to open strong and continue with momentum throughout the rest of the season,” HHS Athletic Director Mr. Petrella said. He spoke about the upcoming seasons by answering the classic sports inquiry, “What are you looking forward to from our teams this season?”
Softball- “Women’s softball nurtured a team that made it to the State Semi-Finals last year and return with a nucleus of juniors and senior athletes.”
Baseball- “The men’s baseball team comes off a season that now will guarantee triple the number of wins from the 2014-15 season, and even a battle in the Group 4 State Playoffs. The team is made up of predominantly juniors and seniors and have been playing under the pressure of high expectations.”
Golf- “Golf is competing for the first time in 40 years without Coach Ralph Calise. At the the helm now is new coach Greg Keller. [We] expect this year’s squad to be competitive in our league and in independent matches due to the experienced group of seniors who return from last year.”
Men’s Tennis- “Men’s Tennis is ready to compete in all of our matches including the Comet Invitational on April 9th. Our team is made up of quite a few young players but our senior leadership will be a key component in their success.”
Men’s Volleyball- “They’re expected to complete their rebirth with a State Sectional Title this year. Last year their season ended with a loss to Fair Lawn in the semi finals so they plan on returning to the playoffs and making it all the way come playoff time in May.”
Track and Field- “With over 200 athletes, our Men’s and Women’s teams are prepared to continue their dominance of the Big North Freedom Division and eagerly wait the Group 4 State Sectionals in May.”
Throughout the season it’s important to support your HHS athletes by going to one or two home events. It’s one of the best feelings as an athlete to have a home crowd as an audience and it adds on to the purpose of fighting to win.