Girls Hoops Wins Holiday Tournament


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The Verona High School girls basketball team won the West Essex Holiday Tournament on Thursday, edging out Caldwell 37-32 for the title. Verona had defeated Cedar Grove 35-23 in the first round of the tournament, which is played between Verona, Caldwell, Cedar Grove and West Essex in the week between Christmas and New Year’s each year.

Emily Baumgard, a senior, was named tournament MVP. She put up 10 points in the Cedar Grove game, and followed that with five three-pointers against Caldwell. There was also strong scoring by Sabine Matta, another senior, and Cali Giacomazza, a sophomore.

Emily Baumgard was the tournament MVP with 25 total points mostly from three-pointers.

Alex Rodriguez had 16 points in the opening win against Cedar Grove.

The boys team also won their tournament opener against Cedar Grove, 43-28. Alex Rodriguez put up 16 points, with Charles Giacomazza close behind with 11. But they fell 63-46 to a powerhouse Caldwell team in the finals. Sophomore Jack Harmon was the high scorer for Verona in that game, with 13 points.

All of the boys’ games are away next week, while the girls have three home games at home. The boys travel to Newark Tech on Tuesday, Glen Ridge on Thursday and Shabazz on Friday. The girls host the Newark Tech girls on Tuesday, Payne Tech on Thursday and Bloomfield on Saturday.

(Photos copyright Mike Perry. Used by permission)

The Verona boys put up 46 points in the final against Caldwell, but the Chiefs had almost 20 points more.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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