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ORADELL – Don Bosco made the fiercest rivalry in the state look like a stroll in the park. Mason Carfello scored a hat trick and the top-ranked Ironmen tamed No. 3 Bergen Catholic, 12-3, on Tuesday at Jack McGovern Field. It's the first time in the history of the rivalry that the Ironmen won by at least nine goals. It's the start of what Don Bosco hopes is the greatest season in school history. "We're only four games in right now, but we're definitely feeling good," Johns Hopkins-bound Koleton Marquis said. "I think this is the year that we take it home and prove to everyone what Don Bosco Prep is all about." What Don Bosco showed on Tuesday was a well-oiled machine on offense and precise rotations on defense. Goalie Kai Dimaculangan stopped 11 of 14 shots and defender Connor Kehm held Bergen Catholic star Brenden Kelly without a goal. The Ironman offense broke open the game by scoring eight of the first nine goals, starting with a nifty wraparound by Marquis. Coach Brendan Gorman chalked up his team's instant chemistry to having 12 or 13 players on the same box lacrosse team. "I just love the fact that these boys have an opportunity to play," Gorman said. "To see these guys smile and love every moment, it's a blessing." Don Bosco's Mason Carfello, left, winds up before scoring on Bergen Catholic's goal in the first half of a match on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Oradell. What it means Thus far, Don Bosco (4-0) has lived up to the billing as the preseason No. 1 team. The Ironmen have dismantled three of their six Gibbs opponents, including Northern Highlands on Opening Day and Ramapo last weekend. The big test will come on Saturday when Don Bosco hosts rival Ridgewood in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown. "I told them in the pregame, this could go down as the best Bosco team in history," Gorman said. "We've been living by that. We thrive on not having an opportunity last year. It's a creator's game and it's a gift." Don Bosco now holds a 21-18 series lead in the battle with Bergen Catholic. Until last season, the two schools had met every year since the Crusaders' inception in 1995. Four of the last five meetings have gone to the Ironmen, including an epic state tournament match two years ago. Don Bosco's Max Thomas, left, and Koleton Marquis, right, celebrate Marquis' goal early in the game against Bergen Catholic on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Oradell. Instant connection A Don Bosco team with 11 Division I commits got even deeper with the addition of Carfello. The Pequannock transfer is one of the top returning scorers in the state after supplying 39 goals as a freshman. Carfello closed out the first quarter with a pair of goals, including one off a turnover, to cap a 6-1 Don Bosco run. The junior attacker struck again about a minute into the second by ripping a shot on the man-up. "He's such a great righty to play with," Marquis said. "I never really had a righty. It's great to have someone on the same track and on the same page. We're going to do something special this year." "My first time playing with (Marquis) was in box," Carfello said. "Right away we knew this is going to be it. We say every gameday, duo of the state." Get the Inside the NFC East newsletter in your inbox. All the news and analysis about the Giants, Eagles, Cowboys, & Washington. Delivery: Thurs mszorc@donboscoprep.org Your Email Connor Gorman added a game-high five points on two goals and three assists. Nicholas Muller, Luke Macejka and Kyle Loughlin all chipped in a goal for Bergen Catholic (1-3). Up next ?Don Bosco returns home to face Ridgewood on Saturday afternoon. ?Bergen Catholic looks to regroup on Saturday when it hosts Christian Brothers Academy. Sean Farrell is a high school sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app. Email: farrells@northjersey.com Twitter: @seanfarrell92 ...

4/28/2021

Junior Mason Carfello notched a hat trick along with an assist to help lead Don Bosco Prep, No. 6 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 12-3 win over Bergen Catholic, No. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20, in Oradell. 4/27 - 4:15 PM Boys Lacrosse Final Don Bosco Prep 12 Bergen Catholic 3 Complete Box Score » Junior Connor Gorman collected two goals and three assists while junior Koleton Marquis produced two goals and an assist for Don Bosco Prep (4-0). Senior Max Thomas added two goals and Brandon Stuart, Carter Wilmot and Grant Pallokat each chipped in with a goal....

4/28/2021

There’s simply something magical when it comes to the Sedlak family and Don Bosco Prep ice hockey. The elder Sedlak, Tyler, led Don Bosco to its first ever state title as a senior in the 2018-19 season, scoring the final goal and earning NJ.com Player of the Year honors for that season. The younger Sedlak, Connor, simply did what his older brother did his senior year—lead Don Bosco Prep to a championship, scoring the final goal of the season in the process, and earning NJ.com Player of the Year honors for the 2021 season. Want the best in Jersey high school sports? Sign up now for the NJ High School Sports newsletter. Connor was also named the Gordon Conference regular season MVP, scoring 18 goals and assisting on 10 more while leading Don Bosco to the Gordon Cup and a No. 1 team ranking en route to Team of the Year honors. Six years a Sedlak has donned the Maroon and White of Don Bosco. Between the two brothers, the family has left more than just a mark on the historic program. “Clearly the consummate professionalism of both Connor and Tyler helps us get to where we are,” Don Bosco coach Greg Toskos said. Another similarity between the brothers on the ice? Motivation from past failures. In their respective junior seasons, Don Bosco fell short of a state title by one game. That was more than enough fuel for the siblings to end their scholastic career as champions—Tyler a Gordon and state champion, Connor a Gordon champion with the pandemic stripping away the state tournament this year. Even in a shortened season, Connor and the rest of the Ironmen knew exactly what needed to be done. “I remember getting that text from Toskos,” Sedlak said about the 2021 season being played, “and the first question by another captain was ‘is there a chance to win a ring?’ All the returning guys had the feeling of losing in the state championship...knowing what both sides of the road are like.” The other motivating factor? The relationship that the brothers have forged both on and off the ice. Tyler, currently in Massachusetts playing for the Islanders Hockey Club of the National Collegiate Development Conference, drove back to New Jersey to see his Connor both on senior night and for the Gordon Cup final against Gloucester Catholic. “You always hear about the older brothers and what they do,” Connor said. “My brother and I have a great relationship. It’s been a privilege to play with my brother and it shows the kind of relationship we have that he drove from Massachusetts to watch the game.” Added Toskos, “I think Tyler was in Connor’s ear in a positive way. It takes someone like Tyler Sedlak to come in and talk to the boys about how it’s only two years out but how he would give anything to play in a Bosco uniform again. These guys get it, they understand it. You’re always looking for the next thing but, once you’re out, you don’t realize that playing high school hockey is the most fun you’ll ever have.” Even with the motivation to make the family proud, Connor said that it was difficult to prepare for a season unlike any other. Don Bosco Prep, as well as the entire state, had its fair share of turbulence in the pandemic-shortened season. It’s season-opening game against Bergen Catholic was canceled an hour before the scheduled puck drop with the Ironmen suffering their own shutdown two weeks later. If anything, that only motivated Connor and the rest of the program. It taught them to fight as if every game was their last because, in this year, it very well may have. Yet just as Don Bosco has done throughout the year, it persevered. And leaned on a Sedlak to win a ring. “Don’t take anything for granted,” Connor said about playing this season. “There were times during the season you don’t know when the last game is. So you have to go out like it will be your last. “That was the motivation every game. To be the best we could be and be prepared for whatever came after that.” Andrew Koob can be reached at akoob@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewKoobHS. Like NJ.com High School Sports on Facebook. ...

4/26/2021

Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Clayton Poliey (52) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the first inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Players line up along the foul lines for the national anthem during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 2 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Players line up along the foul lines for the national anthem during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Passaic Tech's Nazier Mule (2) talks to Devin Genoa (15) during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 3 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Passaic Tech's Nazier Mule (2) talks to Devin Genoa (15) during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Kevin Jaxel (10) of Don Bosco Prep hits a two RBI triple during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 4 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Kevin Jaxel (10) of Don Bosco Prep hits a two RBI triple during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Don Bosco Prep starting pitcher Clayton Poliey throws the first pitch of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 5 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Don Bosco Prep starting pitcher Clayton Poliey throws the first pitch of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Passaic Tech starting pitcher Ramon Cedeno throws in the first inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 6 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Passaic Tech starting pitcher Ramon Cedeno throws in the first inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Eric Becker (22) of Don Bosco Prep rounds third and scores the first run of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 7 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Eric Becker (22) of Don Bosco Prep rounds third and scores the first run of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fifth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 8 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fifth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep throws the final pitch of the game in the Ironmen's win during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 9 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep throws the final pitch of the game in the Ironmen's win during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Zach Stichweh (34) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fourth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 10 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Zach Stichweh (34) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fourth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE...

4/26/2021

In a battle of NJ.com Top-20 teams, No. 7 Don Bosco Prep got six goals from Mason Carfello and five more from Koleton Marquis in an 18-9 win over No. 14 Ramapo on Saturday in Ramsey. 4/24 - 7:00 PM Boys Lacrosse Final Ramapo 9 Don Bosco Prep 18Complete Box Score » Don Bosco Prep led 17-9 at the half on the way to the win. Connor Gorman added three goals for the Ironmen and Kai Dimaculangan and Coleton Carfello combined for four saves in goal. Now 3-0, Don Bosco Prep will head to No. 10 Bergen Catholic on Tuesday. Ramapo (0-2) will host Pascack Valley on Thursday....

4/26/2021

Season 74 of Don Bosco Prep football will begin with the Ironmen on the road, but in a familiar spot. The school released its official 2021 season schedule last week and it shows the Ironmen opening up against St. John’s College High School of Washington, D.C. on Friday, Aug. 27. While the two schools have not played in football before, St. John’s College is no stranger to North Jersey non-public powerhouses, having played (and defeated) St. Joseph Regional in 2016 and 2017. In a strange 2021 twist, St. John’s College is actually playing a spring schedule right now, allowing coach Dan Sabella to see them up close. “We played Gonzaga and they are in the same league, and watching them this spring, what jumps out at me is they have a big offensive line,” Sabella said. “They are big and physical and have good team speed. It will be a challenging start.” Don Bosco dead coach Dan Sabella during pre game warm ups as Don Bosco goes against Bergen Catholic in high school football played in Oradell, NJ on November 14, 2020. Don Bosco has played multiple games in Washington, D.C., including in 2019 (a loss to Gonzaga College High School) and in 2013 (a victory over Friendship Academy). The Ironmen will face New York City power Christ the King on Labor Day weekend, with the game currently scheduled to be played at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at Granatell Stadium. The two schools have also never met. The Royals finished 7-3 in 2019. “They are certainly one of the best teams in the area,” Sabella said. “They’re a tough, quality opponent and it’s a reasonable traveling move for both of us, so it just made sense.” While the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has yet to approve out-of-state competition for fall sports, most schools are assuming it will do so. Sabella did note that the schedule could still change. Don Bosco head coach Dan Sabela celebrates Don Bosco's win topping Bergen Catholic 21-20 in a dramatic comeback on the final play of the game at Bergen Catholic in Oradell, NJ on November 14, 2020. Sabella also noted that former Don Bosco standout Leonte Carroo was expected to join the Ironmen coaching staff this fall. Sabella believes Carroo will work with the wide receivers, but stressed that former NFL star Nate Burleson is remaining an assistant in that capacity as well. The Ironmen played a shortened season in 2020, finishing 2-3, but ended their season with a 21-20 win over Bergen Catholic. The rematch of that game, which will also be the 75th meeting between the two schools, is slated for Sept. 24 in Ramsey. 2021 Don Bosco football schedule Aug. 27: at St. John’s College, DC, 7 p.m. Sept. 3: Christ The King, 6 p.m. Sept. 11: at Seton Hall, 1 p.m. Sept. 24: vs. Bergen Catholic, 7 p.m. Oct 1: vs. St. Peter's Prep, 7 p.m. Oct 9: at Delbarton, 1 p.m. Oct. 15: vs. DePaul, 7 p.m. Oct. 23: at St. Joseph, 1 p.m. Oct. 29: at Paramus Catholic, 7 p.m. Darren Cooper is a high school sports columnist for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app. Email: cooperd@northjersey.com Twitter: @varsityaces ...

4/6/2021

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