Another Successful Athletic Season: Spring Season Review
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The Pioneer Baseball team finished the season with a record of 14-6. The team won a competitive conference, playing hard nosed baseball and qualified for the state tournament. The squad will be graduating 5 seniors this year and has a promising squad returning for next year.
The spring of 2012 was a very competitive season for the Golf team as they battled through an upper division schedule that included perennial golf powerhouse programs like G.L., Westfield and Scotch Plains. The NPHS team finished a respectable fourth in the conference tournament and fifth in the Union County tournament. One sophomore finished second in the conference championship and tied for second in the Union County Championship, and along with a NP senior qualified for the state tournament, where they tied for 8th place.
The 2012 boys' lacrosse team had a year of firsts. The team finished 16-3 (15-1 in the regular season, undefeated on the road) shattering the prior school wins record of 10, and finishing second in their division to the undefeated Bernards. The squad finished the season an impressive 36th in the state, the best in school history and we defeated two top 50 teams, #49 Livingston, #35 Millburn. As a result of these successes, the team qualified for the Group 1 playoffs with an 8-seed, where they won the first playoff game in school history with a home victory against Waldwick. The team also had a record number of individuals receiving post season State, County and Conference recognition. In addition, Coach Carangelo received Co-Coach of the Year in the Conference.
The Girls Lacrosse team finished a tough, injury plagued, season with a 7-12 record but continued to fight to the end, winning an impressive 4 of their last 5 games. The team defeated a talented G.L. team in the County Tournament and also qualified for the state competition. Two players were named to the 1st Team All League.
The Softball team ended a successful season with 15-6 record. They reached the Union County Final for the first time in school history and the State Sectional Final for the second year in a row. In addition they fought hard against some very strong teams to finish second in the conference.
The Group 1 State Championship Boy's Tennis team finished the 2012 season with a record of 14-7. An upgraded schedule which included Union County Champion Westfield and State Group 4 champion West Windsor Plainsboro South prepared the team for recapturing the Group 1 State team championship for the second time in the last three seasons. The team was anchored by the consistently strong play of seniors at 1st Doubles and 3rd singles. These players were Union County Tournament finalists and were instrumental in helping the team place behind Westfield and Summit.
Congratulations to Coach John Delloiacono who was awarded the Star Ledger State Tennis Coach of the Year.
The spring track and field season was filled with excitement, championships, and some firsts. The team won the Union County Conference Valley Division Championship for the second time in the past three seasons. The team also qualified for thePenn Relays 4x800 meter championship race for the first time in our fifty-two year history. At this same meet, the 4x400 meter relay team won its heat earning a plaque for only the second time in school history, the other victory coming in 1987. Additionally, the boy's team broke school records in the 4x800 meter relay and the distance medley relay. At one point in time, the sprint medley relay was ranked as high as third in the state and ninth nationally. Finally, the boy's team had four athletes qualify for the all group State Meet of Champions, the most athletes from one team to qualify in at least the last 17 years.
The girls track team had a large turnout this year with almost sixty athletes. The girls went 5-0 in conference meets this season, our four seniors will be graduating without ever having lost a dual meet. At the conference meet the girls finished second and at the state sectional meet our team finished fifth with six girls qualifying for the group meet in eight events.