Pioneers Sports Recap 10/11-10/17

Franklin Markel, Sports Editor

Lots of wins, competitive games, county tournaments, and even some silverware! Here’s a recap of last week’s Pioneers action.


Another week brought another win for Pioneers football. This one came in dominating fashion over Roselle Park. New Providence used three first half Charlie Barth touchdowns, and two Dean Licari passing touchdowns, to take a 42-0 lead into halftime. Coach Parlavecchio used the second half to help some younger players gain varsity experience. The game ended with a 42-7 victory. Next week the Pioneers host Voorhees on Senior Night. That game is home on Oct. 22 at 7pm. 

Girls Soccer

It was county tournament time for the girls. They hosted Elizabeth on Thursday, and won in a dramatic penalty shootout to advance to the county quarterfinals. On Saturday morning the girls traveled to Scotch Plains to play one of the best teams in the state. In an emotional and entertaining game, New Providence went head to head with one of the county’s premier programs. Goals from junior Grace Kelly and sophomore Gillian Poiesz took the game to overtime before SPF found a winner. It’s an encouraging sign as the team’s state tournament run gets closer and closer. The girls have a big 3 game week ahead, with a huge conference game against Union on Oct. 19, and a senior night game against J.P. Stevens on Oct. 21.

Boys Soccer 

The boys team only had one contest last week, a home Counties game against Johnson. The game was back and forth, one which saw NP rally back from a 3-1 halftime deficit, behind two Ian Landsittel goals, to send the game to double OT. It was then when Johnson found a winner. The loss resulted in some rare rest for the team, who now has a massive week ahead. Two road conference games against Rahway and Governor Livingston await, with a conference championship still attainable.


The volleyball squad put together some competitive games against quality competition. Back to back games saw NP fall to Governor Livingston and Union, both by 2 sets. The girls have to look forward, however, as a rematch with GL awaits on Oct. 18, and a big road game against Rahway on the following day. The girls will look to get on a little streak as the state tournament is approaching. 

Girls Tennis

The past week was one these athletes will never forget. New Providence defeated Shore in the Central Jersey group 1 championship game, resulting in yet another sectional title being brought home to NP. The squad then fell to Kinnelon in a heartbreaking group semifinal game, but this season was one of success for the girls, who brought some silverware back to Turkey town. 

Cross Country

The cross country team competed in the conference championship meet last week. Junior Hayden Singer put up a top 10 finish in the conference, as the team as a whole finished 5th. On the girls side, freshman Miranda Bournique finished an impressive sixth in the conference.  Additionally, the girls team as a whole put up a 2nd place finish in the conference, narrowly falling to Oak Knoll. The team now has a week to prepare for the County championship meet, on Oct. 26.