It isn’t just Olympic athletes who are going for the gold right now. All four winter sports teams at VHS–Basketball, Wrestling, Hockey and Winter Track–are entering the final phase of season play and, we are proud to say, all have qualified to compete in the early rounds of state championship play.
After placing second and third respectively in last weekend’s state sectional meet in Tom’s River, the Girls’ and Boys’ winter track teams head to the District meet tomorrow in Garfield. Top finishers from both teams will compete for a berth in the Meet of Champions, which will be held at the Bennett Center in Tom’s River next weekend.
The first round of the Hockey state playoffs are tomorrow, Saturday night, at the Hillbillies’ home ice, Codey Arena (formerly South Mountain Arena) at 6:00 p.m. against Livingston.
Wrestlers also are in action this weekend at West Essex High School. Verona wrestlers who qualify for the Districts 13 playoffs will square off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, and again tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., also at West Essex.
The opening round in the state playoffs for both Boys and Girls basketball is on Monday, March 1. The girls face Sussex at 4 p.m. at home, while the boys travel to Butler for a 7 p.m. start. The girls should be in fighting shape by then: They have 4 games between now and then, including next Friday’s home rematch against Montclair Kimberly Academy, which could determine the league championship.