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Todd Frazier on Little League glory, Yankees love and Frank Sinatra

Yankees Todd Frazier

By Steve Serby

July 30, 2017 | 12:48am

New Jersey native Todd Frazier, recently acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the White Sox, takes a swing at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby.

Q: What are your favorite Toms River memories growing up?
A: Oooh man. … We won the national junior peewee Pop Warner championship when I was 8. I won the Punt, Pass and Kick when I was 9. When baseball comes around, it’s crazy. I remember having 2,000 people at our Little League games at 12 years old when we played against the rival Toms River … going to the high school football games which were unbelievable, to scoring 1,000 points. I remember when I scored 1,000 points, both my brothers did the same things, in basketball. Just the friendships I made, and just the love I have for that city.

Q: Why is Toms River so special?
A: I don’t know, man, it’s crazy. It’s a who-knows-who there, to be honest with you. You go to a regular grocery store, everybody’s asking about you, “You’re doing a great job,” this and that. Everybody takes pride in what they do, and especially when it comes to baseball. We run camps all the time in the offseason. We try and give back, me and my brothers, as much as we can, so we can have, hopefully a couple of more Todd Fraziers coming up (smile). It’s just a fun town. It’s a town filled with excitement every day, and sports plays a big role there,

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Ridgewood Player Joins Bergen Golf heavyweights for New Jersey Golf Junior Championship

July 23,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, while Paramus’s Jimmy Criscione leads the North Jersey contingent into the 96th New Jersey Junior Championship.

Davis Weil  of Ridgewood who as a junior, led Ridgewood to its first trip to the state Group 4 final in several years joins the list of Bergen County golf heavyweights.

Monday will feature an 18-hole stroke-play qualifier, with the low score 16 advancing to Tuesday morning’s first round match play. With the final of this New Jersey State Golf Association event on Wednesday afternoon.

The 47th Boys Championship will run simultaneously .The Boys Championship is for ages 15 and under and will feature Liam White of Ridgewood among the 18 players competing for the title.

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Sordid high school basketball scandal now in ICE’s crosshairs


By Brian Lewis

June 7, 2017 | 3:22pm

High school coach crams house with foreign ringers in squalid scandal

What started as a few probing questions about a suspicious New Jersey high school basketball program has become an investigation by federal immigration authorities.

New Jersey’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement office — a division of the Department of Homeland Security — has opened a new investigation of Paterson Eastside’s hoops programs, according to NJ Advance Media. ICE officials are concentrating on how the program has been fed international players over the past six years and how the teenagers came — or were trafficked — to New Jersey.

Four months ago, NJ Advance Media reported players from Africa, South America and Puerto Rico had been brought stateside to play for Eastside’s teams since at least 2011, and that boys coach Juan Griles was housing — but apparently barely feeding — at least six of them. With the school district unable to issue proper immigration documents, they’re all at risk of deportation.

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Ridgewood Taekwondo Athletes Excel at Big East

Taekwondo All In
June 7,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Eighteen Ridgewood Taekwondo athletes faced a major challenge at the Big East Tournament, which drew over 400 competitors from the tri-state area on April 30.  The results were stellar: 23 Gold, 9 Silver, and 4 Bronze.  The Big East Tournament was the final stop in the circuit before the nationals, which will take place on June 28 in Detroit.

Taekwondo All In, an instructional school for the Korean martial art, continues to establish itself as a premier school for the sport.  The school received the “Best School” designation at the New Jersey Tournament several years running.

Youngmin Kim, a Taekwondo master and head instructor noted, “We have an amazing group of kids at Taekwondo All In.  Their dedication and hard work is truly inspirational.  Our goal at the school is to teach our students not only the martial art, but life lessons on grit, focus and hard work, which will benefit them in all aspects of their lives.”

The students and their medals earned are as follows:

Ricardo Edmilao 3 Gold Medals

Jenna Slota, Elliott Yi, Isaac Yi, Audrey Kim, Blake Edmilao, and Emily Kam 2 Gold medals

Lucas Woods, Liam Woods, Tyler Minn, Mason Allum, Kaylin lee, Tony An 1 Gold medal and 1 Silver medal

Dongjun Kim, 1 Gold and 1 Bronze medal

Kate Minn 1 Gold medal

Grace Chi, Elias Chi, Cooper Allum, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal

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Cheer on the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse team today at 4pm at RHS stadium !

Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse

May 26,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, instead of rushing out today to get stuck in traffic on the Parkway and Turnpike start your weekend off by cheering on the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse team today at 4pm at RHS stadium.

Fans the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse need your support! Please come cheer on the girls today at our state game @ 4:00 vs Morristown at RHS stadium! State bracket info, check out our website @

This is for the  Lacrosse – 2017 NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 Tournament!

If you are not up to speed the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse is 13 time Bergen County Champions . 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 Group 4 Champions 2010 and 2011 New Jersey State Tournament of Champions.

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How Derek Jeter’s N.J. roots made him Yankees diehard


By Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for
on May 14, 2017 at 6:00 AM, updated May 14, 2017 at 6:01 AM

You know the story: Derek Jeter always wanted to be a Yankee.

Jeter, whose No. 2 the team will retire Sunday, dreamed of playing shortstop at Yankee Stadium when he was a kid. He dreamed of wearing pinstripes. And he accomplished that goal.

But why? Why the Yankees?

Thank his family.

In an interview with the “MLB Tonight,” Jeter’s mother, Dorothy, said he became a fan because of summer trips to see family in New Jersey as a kid.

“I’m from Jersey, and my mom was a diehard Yankee fan,” Dorothy Jeter said. “The kids used to go visit my mom with my other nieces and nephews and stay the summer. They used to watch Yankee baseball. They used to go to Yankees games. So, Derek was a diehard Yankee fan, mainly because of my mom and he just fell in love.”

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Sullivan: Former Ridgewood kicker Younghoe Koo pursuing NFL dream


Tara Sullivan , NorthJerseyPublished 10:57 a.m. ET May 11, 2017 | Updated 1 hour ago

At first, it was the confusion. Then it was the loneliness.

Lost in this new American world, Younghoe Koo did his best to navigate the halls of Ridgewood’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School. But the sixth-grader didn’t speak the language, didn’t know the customs and didn’t, perhaps worst of all, know a soul. The lack of connection to kids his own age had built an imposing barrier from his old life in South Korea to his new one in New Jersey, cacophonous confusion by day, quiet solitude by night.

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These 50 high schools are the best for sports in New Jersey


Updated May 09, 2017
Posted May 09, 2017

#18. Ridgewood High School Location: Ridgewood, Bergen County Overall Niche Grade: A+

By Matthew Stanmyre | NJ Advance Media for

Sports programs from school districts in Passaic, Ocean, Bergen and Essex counties have been ranked the best in New Jersey and among the most highly rated in the nation, according to the latest Niche best schools rankings.

The study rated school district athletics as a whole, considering parent and student opinions, number of interscholastic sports offered, percentages of girls and boys participating in sports and the average athletic expense per student, among other factors.

Scroll down to see the full rankings for New Jersey.

* Note: The rankings do not include private schools. Click here to see the full Niche rankings.

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Ridgewood Crew Carries 11 crews into finals in 10 events and comes away with 8 medals

Ridgewood Crew
Photo by Terry Wittmaack Gold Medalists Girls Varsity 2x Claire Callaghan, Jordan Wittmaack Coaches: Bob O’Conner ,Boris Roque Alvarez

May 9,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew had another great weekend of racing as the boys and girls traveled down to Philadelpihia for the City Championship, a regional championship that includes high school teams from the mid-Atlantic region. Against a competitive field, Ridgewood was able to come away with many excellent results in this two day event.

The first day served as a qualifying round for crews to advance to semi-finals and finals on Sunday. 11 of the 15 entries advanced to Sunday’s racing.

Sunday featured racing that matched the intensity of the rapidly changing weather. Ridgewood rowers battled both the other crews and gusting winds down the race course.

Sunday morning, the boys junior varsity doubles rowed by Drew Johnson and Alex Melarti; and Sebastian Rivero and Walter Friedrich qualified for their finals by finishing in the top three in their respective semi-final heats.

Sunday afternoon the finals started and Ridgewood did not disappoint regardless of the conditions. Ridgewood carried 11 crews into finals in 10 events. Of the crews in finals, 8 came away with medals; 4 crews came away with bronze medals, 3 crews received silver medals, and the varsity girls double of Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack came away with gold.

Photo by Claus Melarti Bronze Medalists Boys JV 2x Drew Johnson, Alex Melarti, Coach Boris Roque Alvarez

Girls Freshman 4x (Nicole Kye, Holly Sisco, Khushi Patel, and Anna Soderlund)

Boys Junior Varsity 2x (Drew Johnson and Alex Melarti)

Girls Varsity Lightweight 2x (Maddy Phillips and Emily Gilman)

Boys Varsity Lightweight 2x (Sam Daspin and Spencer Campbell)


Girls Junior Varsity 2x (Alexandra Walton Roth and Maddie Gibson)

Boys Junior Varsity 4x (Edward Hida, Alex Saladucha, Joe O’Keefe, and Henry Koontz)

Girls Varsity 4x (Isabella DeGregorio, Chloe Young, Amanda Perez, and Melissa Dexter)


Girls Varsity 2x (Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack)

In the girls varsity double, the crew had to fight back from behind to secure the victory. According to Senior gold medalist Claire Callaghan, “the other crews went out quickly in the first 500 meters” of the 1500 meter competition, but the double “stuck to and executed our race plan and were able to move through the competition.”

“I have great memories from racing at City’s and have won 3 golds and a silver in my four years of competing here,” says Callaghan.

Select crews will travel to Lake Mercer next weekend for the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championship. There, crews will attempt to qualify for the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta held in Sarasota, Florida this June.

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Can New Jersey’s horse in the Kentucky Derby actually win? Bet on it

Kentucky Derby

By Jerry Izenberg | For The Star-Ledger
on May 03, 2017 at 6:19 AM, updated May 03, 2017 at 2:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Regret and Cavalcade, the names are faint echoes, hallmarks of a time in American thoroughbred racing when New Jersey was a lot more than a casual pit stop in the breeding business. They were the only Jersey-breds ever to win the Kentucky Derby — Regret in 1915, Cavalcade in 1934.

They were to New Jersey breeders what the voice of Francis Albert Sinatra was to summer romantics from Asbury Park to Atlantic City.

And now on Saturday, 102 years after Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby, a colt named Irish War Cry will try to breathe new life into the phrase “New Jersey Tough.”