The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Mount Hermon, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Mount Hermon, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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Team scoring1 Blair Academy 269.5; 2 Delbarton 226.5; 3. Malvern Prep 213.5; 4. Nazareth 162.0; 5. Lake Highland Prep 160.5; 6. Bethlehem Catholic 154.5; 7. Notre Dame 109.0; 8. Wyoming Seminary 102.0; 9. Perry (Massillon) 81.5; 10. Saucon Valley 80.5; 11. Caravel Academy 79.5; 12. Greeneville 75.5; 13. Mount St Joes 73.5; 14. Waynesburg 72.0; 15. St. Peter Prepatory 67.0; 16. Great Bridge 62.5; 17 St. Augustine 62.0; 18. Christian Brothers Academy 59.5; 19. Brooke Point 59.0; 20. Faith Christian Academy 58.5; 21. Smyrna 55.0; 22. L...
1 Blair Academy 269.5; 2 Delbarton 226.5; 3. Malvern Prep 213.5; 4. Nazareth 162.0; 5. Lake Highland Prep 160.5; 6. Bethlehem Catholic 154.5; 7. Notre Dame 109.0; 8. Wyoming Seminary 102.0; 9. Perry (Massillon) 81.5; 10. Saucon Valley 80.5; 11. Caravel Academy 79.5; 12. Greeneville 75.5; 13. Mount St Joes 73.5; 14. Waynesburg 72.0; 15. St. Peter Prepatory 67.0; 16. Great Bridge 62.5; 17 St. Augustine 62.0; 18. Christian Brothers Academy 59.5; 19. Brooke Point 59.0; 20. Faith Christian Academy 58.5; 21. Smyrna 55.0; 22. Loyola Blakefield 52.0; 22. Staunton River 52.0; 22. Sussex Central 52.0; 25. Archbishop Spalding 50.0; 25. New Kent 50.0; 27. Uintah 49.0; 28. Cleveland 47.0; 28. JW Robinson 47.0; 28. Salesianum 47.0; 31. Cape Henlopen 46.0; 31. Christiansburg 46.0; 31. Lower Cape May Regional 46.0; 34. St Francis DeSales 45.0; 35. Eastside 44.5;; 36. Hunterdon Central Regional 43.0; 36. Jensen Beach 43.0; 38. Kingsway Regional 41.5; 38. Pope John XXIII 41.5; 38. St John Vianney 41.5; 38. The HIll School 41.5; 42. Middletown South 40.0; 43. Fauquier 35.0; 44. Timberlane 34.0; 45. Downingtown West 33.0; 46. Brick Memorial 31.5; 46. McDonogh 31.5; 48. Delaware Military Academy 29.5; 49. Hanover Park 27.0; 49. Sanford 27.0; 49. St Joseph Metuchen 27.0; 52. Kinnelon 26.5; 53. Lakeway Christian Academy 26.0; 54. Clearview Regional 25.5; 54. Danbury 25.5; 56. Don Bosco Prep 25.0; 56. SLAM 25.0; 56. Woodbridge 25.0; 59. Central Dauphin HS 24.0; 59. Northfield Mount Hermon 24.0; 61. Collingswood 23.0; 62. Caesar Rodney 22.5; 62. Nashoba Regional 22.5; 64. St Christophers 22.0; 65. Benedictine College Prep 21.0; 65. Pingry School 21.0; 67. Nansemond River 20.5; 68. Camden Catholic 20.0; 68. Holy Spirit 20.0; 68. Rumson-Fair Haven Regional 20.0; 71. Scituate 19.5; 72. Frank W Cox 19.0; 72. Wantagh 19.0; 74. Seton Hall Prep 18.0; 75. Sherando 17.5; 76. St. Georges 17.0; 77. Milford 16.0; 77. Ponaganset Chieftains 16.0; 79. Bullis 14.0; 79. Maggie Walker Gov School 14.0; 79. Norfolk Academy 14.0; 79. Shawnee 14.0; 83. Landon School 13.5; 84. Massapequa 13.0; 84. Xavier 13.0; 86. DePaul Catholic 12.0; 86. Roselle Park 12.0; 88. Audubon 11.0; 88. Liberty Christian Academy 11.0; 88. The Kiski School 11.0; 91. Belmont Hill 10.5; 92. Collegiate School 9.0; 92. St. John`s College 9.0; 94. Washington Township 8.5; 95. Charlotte Christian School 8.0; 95. Forrest Park 8.0; 95. Gloucester 8.0; 95. South County 8.0; 99. Bound Brook 7.5; 100. Grassfield 7.0; 100. Haverford School 7.0; 100, Sussex Tech 7.0; 100. West Springfield 7.0; 100.William Penn 7.0; 105. Brentsville 6.0; 105. Hopatcong 6.0; 105. James A Garfield 6.0; 105. Liberty Bealton 6.0; 105. Loudon County 6.0; 110. Penncrest 5.5; 111. Delcastle 5.0; 111. Potomac 5.0; 113. Westfield 4.5; 114. Appoquinimink 4.0; 114. Lafayette 4.0; 114. St Paul`s School 4.0; 117. Cinnaminson 3.0; 117. Germantown Academy 3.0; 119. Hanover 2.0; 119-Valwood School 2.0; 121. Heritage HS 1.0; 121. Mercersburg Academy 1.0; 123. Atlee 0.0; 123. Cape Henry Colligiate 0.0; 123. Heritage 0.0; 123. Peninsula Catholic 0.0; 123. Pope John Paull II 0.0; 123. St Stephens School 0.0; 123. Tuscarora 0.0
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The 73rd Annual Lawrenceville Invitational Tournament will be held December 17-19 and hosted by Lawrenceville Schoool. All but two games will be held at the school’s Loucks Ice Center. The other two games will be at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton.Belmont Hill, Choate, Northfield Mt. Hermon and Stanstead College will make up the Bernard Division.The Schonheiter Division has host Lawrenceville, Nichols, Taft and Upper Canada College.Here is the schedule: F...
The 73rd Annual Lawrenceville Invitational Tournament will be held December 17-19 and hosted by Lawrenceville Schoool. All but two games will be held at the school’s Loucks Ice Center. The other two games will be at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton.
Belmont Hill, Choate, Northfield Mt. Hermon and Stanstead College will make up the Bernard Division.
The Schonheiter Division has host Lawrenceville, Nichols, Taft and Upper Canada College.
Here is the schedule:
|Friday, December 17|
|1||1:00pm||Choate vs Belmont Hill||Loucks Ice Center|
|2||3:00pm||Lawrenceville vs. Upper Canada College||Loucks Ice Center|
|3||5:00pm||Northfielld Mt. Hermon vs Stanstead College||Loucks Ice Center|
|4||7:00pm||Nichols vs Taft||Loucks Ice Center|
|Saturday, December 18|
|5||9:30am||Choate vs Northfield Mt. Hermon||Loucks Ice Center|
|6||9:30am||Stanstead College vs Belmont Hill||Cure Insurance Center|
|7||11:30am||Lawrenceville vs Taft||Loucks Ice Center|
|8||11:30am||Upper Canada College vs. Nichols||Cure Insurance Center|
|9||2:30pm||Belmont Hill vs Northfield Mt. Hermon||Loucks Ice Center|
|10||4:30pm||Stanstead College vs Choate||Loucks Ice Center|
|11||6:30pm||Nichols vs Lawrenceville||Loucks Ice Center|
|12||8:30pm||Taft vs Upper Canada College||Loucks Ice Center|
|Sunday, December 19|
|13||8:00am||4th Bernard vs. 4th Schonheiter||Loucks Ice Center|
|14||10:00am||3rd Bernard vs 3rd Schonheiter||Loucks Ice Center|
|15||12:00pm||2nd Bernard vs 2nd Schonheiter||Loucks Ice Center|
|16||2:15pm||1st Bernard vs 1st Schonheiter (Championship Game)||Loucks Ice Center|
Mt. Hermon trail mapMy ski buddy Bob Dever, a semi-retired businessman fromwho has been filling us in on the business side of snowsports, has returned from a trip to theHere is his update:One does not necessarily associate the Middle East and thewith winter sports but the attraction of sliding down snow covered hills on either skis or boards is truly international.On a vacation toandwe were advised by our tour guide that a one day trip towas not only possible, but doable and inex...
Mt. Hermon trail map
My ski buddy Bob Dever, a semi-retired businessman from
who has been filling us in on the business side of snowsports, has returned from a trip to the
Here is his update:
One does not necessarily associate the Middle East and the
with winter sports but the attraction of sliding down snow covered hills on either skis or boards is truly international.
On a vacation to
we were advised by our tour guide that a one day trip to
was not only possible, but doable and inexpensive. For a guy who counts countries visited (64 so far) the opportunity to go to Syria, make that country number sixty-five, experience its history, and see where so much of the foundation of Christianity happened, the opportunity was irresistible.
For thirty dinar (the Jordanian currency currently trading at about $.70 to the dollar) a cab took us from downtown
to the Jordanian-Syrian border.
The plan was to
cross the border, find a Syrian cab, see
, and return to the border later in the day where our Jordanian cab for the return trip to
would be waiting.
As usually happens the best laid plans went a bit astray.
One of our party failed to mention that she had gotten an Israeli stamp on her passport when she visited
passport containing an Israeli border stamp guarantees one will not get entry into
We had a cab hired for the day.
We could not get into
so we did the logical thing - we decided to check out
’s primary ski area -
sub-tropical climate does not lend itself to winter sports although cooler temperatures and sporadic snow are not uncommon during the winter.
LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE, an Israeli publication out of Tel Aviv, estimates that
has approximately 40,000 active skiers.
In their winter getaway issue they also estimate seventy-five percent of these skiers and boarders vacation in
The preferred destinations are the expected
Also economic advantages offered by some eastern European countries, specifically
, are showing increased popularity. One should probably note that
is 870 miles closer to Tel Aviv than
Locals I spoke with - read that as two guys in a sporting goods store - claim that skiing is growing “exponentially” in
Local areas when they are open - which is really not very often - provide opportunities for families to introduce coming generations to skiing and boarding.
A relatively affluent population along with a significant number of immigrants, who bring their interest in winter sports with them, account for most of this growth.
- it was closed, which should not be a surprise since it was 65 degrees and raining.
has 440 meters or approximately 1,400 feet of vertical, five chair lifts and a number of surface lifts.
Ten different trails provide a variety of beginner to intermediate skiing.
It is located in the Golan Heights and, not counting time at various border crossings, would be less than an hour from both
Sorry to say in this part of the world border crossings are a major problem and time deterrent.
That fact means that
draws its skiers almost exclusively from the Israeli population and sees few, if any, Syrian, Jordanian, or Lebanese winter sports enthusiast. The closest major airport is Tel Aviv.
Did I get to ski it - no.Maybe the next time.
Photo by Bob Dever
With freshman guard Annie Ryan (2) looking on, junior guard Kait Alliegro (32) fights for a loose ball against Montgomery earlier this season. WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls basketball head coach Liz McKeon knows what her team is capable of.Even with a 6-5 record against some strong competition, she knows her team is headed in the right direction. The Lady Blue Devils are on a two-game winning streak following wins over Cranford and Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) over the past week.&l...
With freshman guard Annie Ryan (2) looking on, junior guard Kait Alliegro (32) fights for a loose ball against Montgomery earlier this season.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls basketball head coach Liz McKeon knows what her team is capable of.
Even with a 6-5 record against some strong competition, she knows her team is headed in the right direction. The Lady Blue Devils are on a two-game winning streak following wins over Cranford and Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) over the past week.
“I am very proud of this team thus far,” McKeon said. “Our record doesn’t indicate how hard these ladies work and how tough they are. We might not win every game, but we are never going to give up or be out-hustled.”
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Westfield has taken a team-first mentality through its opening set of games. The Union County group has seen a balanced attack on the offensive end.
“We pride ourselves on the team-first mentality,” McKeon added. “There is not one girl on this team who puts herself first. In order to be successful we know we need to play as a team and with that, it offers the chance for any player to step up on any given day, whether that is through defense, rebounding, assists, scoring or motivation. Every single girl is capable of stepping up.”
One of those players who have stepped up is sophomore Chloe Kreusser. Kreusser has been in double figures in six games and has also been strong as an all-around threat. Listed as a guard/forward, the sophomore has recorded 10 or more rebounds in three games. She has shown the ability to facilitate, get blocks and make steals.
Kresusser has 27 steals in 11 games, including a six-steal performance against rival Summit in a 64-57 victory on Jan. 7.
“Chloe has been a great leader for our team,” McKeon stated. “She really stepped up as a freshman last year so even though she’s only a sophomore, she’s someone the girls on the team look up to and someone the coaching staff relies on to be a leader. Her knowledge and game sense are things that don’t show up in the box score. Chloe brings it every day and is a huge asset to not only our team, but our program as a whole.”
There has been no shortage of challenges early on for Westfield. Against a daunting schedule against the likes of Elizabeth, Montgomery, Bayonne, West Morris, Summit, Chatham and Oak Knoll, the Blue Devils have been tested early and often.
Westfield battled against Hudson County’s Bayonne and only lost by five back in December. Bayonne is 13-2 and sits in the top-20 in the girls' basketball state rankings.
“The point of scheduling games against strong competition is so that we are ready to compete at any level come county and state tournament time,” McKeon said. “We have a young team, so these experiences early on are set to prepare us for the intensity of the end of the season.”
Other players who have made contributions for Westfield include senior guard Ali Lisanti, freshman guard Paige Gorczyca, freshman guard Annie Ryan, senior guard Caroline Dwyer, senior guard/forward Faith Dobosiewicz, junior guard Emma Pietrewicz and junior guard Charlotte Dursee.
With a young team, often the most important thing is just building that cohesiveness on the floor. McKeon believes consistency will come with time.
“The more this team plays together and continues to learn how to play with each other, the stronger they will become,” the coach said.
Westfield will look to keep its winning streak going with a home game against Roselle Catholic on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils will then have upcoming games against Bloomfield and Newark Collegiate before opening February against Union Catholic.
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The Universal Church wrapped up the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel spiritual movement focused on spiritual change with a prayer service on Mount Hermon, the Holy Mountain located on the border between Syria and Lebanon.The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God completed the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel on August 26, 2018 with a prayer service on Mount Hermon, the Holy Mountain on the southern tip of the anti-Lebanon mountain range. The Universal Church&rs...
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God completed the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel on August 26, 2018 with a prayer service on Mount Hermon, the Holy Mountain on the southern tip of the anti-Lebanon mountain range. The Universal Church’s founder, Bishop Edir Macedo, came together with other Universal Church bishops to conduct the prayer service and minister the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to participants who have been forever changed from this spiritual experience. The service took place at 10 am on the last day of the fast and was broadcasted live worldwide.
The 21 Day – Fast of Daniel is normally done once or twice a year where people are taken to detoxify and change from what is within. The outer part of our life is a reflection of what is within. We cannot deal with the problems we face in the exterior if we first don’t solve those that are interior that can only be done by the Holy Spirit. In order to guide this change, the Universal Church worldwide holds the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Bira Fonseca writes a daily post on his blog during the movement, there are daily videos posted on the Universal Church’s website, and bishops and pastors are available to explain who the Holy Spirit is and how the Holy Spirit can help individuals make big changes from within.
Unlike other fasts that involve resisting food and drink for a set period of time, the Universal Church asks people to take a break from social media, secular information, and entertainment and use that time, instead, to invest in their relationship with God. It is a time of detoxification, spiritual reawakening and change, and it is a movement that has helped so many start anew with the help and power of the Holy Spirit. Individuals who did not get a chance to participate in the 21 Days are encouraged to attend a Sunday Service in their area to discover what the Universal Church is all about.
About The Universal Church: The Universal Church believes in the Word of God and the power of faith. Locations are open 365 days a year and the passionate about reaching those in need of spiritual guidance and restoration. We believe anyone can change for the better.
The Beast is back.The Beast of the East, one of the country’s premier in-season high school wrestling tournaments, returns to the University of Delaware Saturday and Sunday after a one-year absence because of COVID-19.As always, New Jersey will be well-represented at the tournament and could have one of its strongest fields of Garden State talent ever. So check out below to find out what you will need to know before you go as we give you the top storylines, schedule, seeds and more to get you ready for this weekend....
The Beast is back.
The Beast of the East, one of the country’s premier in-season high school wrestling tournaments, returns to the University of Delaware Saturday and Sunday after a one-year absence because of COVID-19.
As always, New Jersey will be well-represented at the tournament and could have one of its strongest fields of Garden State talent ever. So check out below to find out what you will need to know before you go as we give you the top storylines, schedule, seeds and more to get you ready for this weekend.
SPECTATORS: All spectators 12 and older must be vaccinated or show a PCR negative COVID test which was taken within 72 hours of the tournament. All spectators must complete the University of Delaware’s COVID Check List. You can fill out the form here. Masks must be worn inside the Bob Carpenter Center. Tickets must be purchased on-line. Complete information can be found on the tournament web site, beastwrestling.com.
ATHLETES: Delaware is one of the only states which require wrestlers to wear masks during competition, but the rule will not apply to the Beast of the East.
ELITE WRESTLERS COMPETING WITHOUT FULL TEAMS: The NJSIAA added a rule this year that teams could split their squads if wrestlers were competing in Elite Events. There are three such events on the calendar - the Beast of the East, Sam Cali and Escape the Rock.
So several New Jersey programs who previously didn’t send wrestlers because only a handful would be able to handle the rugged competition can now have their best wrestlers compete. For example, Clearview state champion Ty Whalen will compete at the Beast of the East - where he is the No. 1 seed at 152 pounds - but the rest of the Pioneers will be at the John and Betty Vogeding Tournament at Paulsboro.
CHAMP VS. CHAMP: Whalen could find himself in one of the marquee finals of the weekend. The 132-pound state champion a year ago, he is up at 152 pounds for the Beast of the East where the No. 3 seed is Delbarton’s Andrew Troczynski, the reigning state champion at the weight.
SIX STATE CHAMPS AT 132: According to the Beast of the East press conference released on the tournament site, the 132-pound weight class has six state champions. One of those is top seed and New Jersey 120-pound state champion Anthony Santaniello.
NO NEW WEIGHT CLASSES: New Jersey changed its weight classes this year. While there are still 14, they are spread out differently particularly in the upper weights. But the Beast of the East weight classes still reflect the weights New Jersey wrestlers and fans have been accustomed to.
BLAIR DYNASTY: Blair Academy won its 20th consecutive team title in 2019 despite only crowning one champion. Blair won the Ironman team title last week and has four No. 1 seeds and nine seeded wrestlers overall this weekend, making it the favorite. No. 1 Delbarton is the New Jersey team likely to give Blair its stiffest competition.
WHO’S NOT HERE?: St. John Vianney freshman Anthony Knox, a Fargo and Super 32 champion and No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country at 106 pounds, was expected to make his high school debut at this tournament, possibly at 113 pounds in a field that also includes Fargo champ and Blair freshman Leo Deluca and Super 32 third-place finisher and another freshman standout Adrian DeJesus of St. Peter’s Prep. Knox, however, is not entered in the tournament, leaving Deluca and DeJesus to possibly meet up in a still enticing final.
Camden Catholic’s Martin Cosgrove, a 2019 state champion at 195 pounds, is also not competing this weekend.
No. 3 St. Joseph Mont and No. 4 Bergen Catholic, which have been annual contenders at the Beast, are not participating this year. Bergen Catholic is instead competing at the Xcalibur Tournament in Pennsylvania and St. Joseph (Mont.) is at the Colt Classic.
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Gatorade has announced the Boys High School Players of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Check out the winners below. Name School City State Commitment Jack Heaps Mountain Brook HS Mountain Brook AL Joseph Butzke Dimond HS Anchorage AK Fort Lewis ...
Gatorade has announced the Boys High School Players of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Check out the winners below.
|Jack Heaps||Mountain Brook HS||Mountain Brook||AL|
|Joseph Butzke||Dimond HS||Anchorage||AK||Fort Lewis|
|Luke Schaefer||Hamilton HS||Chandler||AZ||Cal Poly|
|Fernando Castro||Russellville HS||Russellville||AR||Central Baptist College|
|Eddie Villeda||Servite HS||Anaheim||CA||UC Santa Barbara|
|Ben Beckman||Grandview HS||Aurora||CO||St. Olaf College|
|Kelvin 'KK' Baffour||Taft School||Watertown||CT||Notre Dame|
|Jake Ross||Salesianum School||Wilmington||DE|
|Nicholas Laffey||St. John's College HS||Washington||DC|
|Santiago Castaneda||Tampa Preparatory School||Tampa||FL|
|Quin DeLaMater||Hillgrove HS||Powder Springs||GA||Boston University|
|Ian Ngonethong||Kaiser HS||Honolulu||HI||Oregon State|
|Carlos Camacho||Borah HS||Boise||ID||Columbia Basin Community College|
|Alex Barger||Naperville North HS||Naperville||IL||Indiana|
|Palmer Ault||Noblesville HS||Noblesville||IN||Butler|
|Lucas Newhard||Ankeny HS||Ankeny||IA||Grand View|
|Elyes Ellouz||Olathe West HS||Olathe||KS||MidAmerica Nazarene University|
|Nate Traughber||Kentucky Country Day School||Louisville||KY||Transylvania|
|Charlie Garrison||University Laboratory School||Baton Rouge||LA||Alabama-Huntsville|
|Steve Fulton||Yarmouth HS||Yarmouth||ME|
|Jacob Murrell||McDonogh School||Owings Mills||MD||Georgetown|
|Augustine Boadi||Northfield Mount Hermon School||Mount Hermon||MA||Boston College|
|Nick Cassiday||Grand Rapids Christian HS||Grand Rapids||MI||Michigan|
|Carter Hermanson||Academy of Holy Angels||Richfield||MN||St. John's (MN)|
|Luke Hopkins||Clinton HS||Clinton||MS||Pearl River Community College|
|Ryder Barrett||Rockhurst HS||Kansas City||MO||Drake|
|Marcus Anderson||Hellgate HS||Missoula||MT||Fort Lewis College|
|Brett Perkins||Gretna HS||Gretna||NE|
|Yuval Cohen||Palo Verde HS||Las Vegas||NV|
|Eric Ringer||Hanover HS||Hanover||NH|
|Ransford Gyan||St. Benedict's Prep||Newark||NJ|
|Alex Waggoner||Santa Fe HS||Santa Fe||NM|
|Daniel D'Ippolito||Somers HS||Lincolndale||NY||Fordham|
|Aidan Payne||New Hanover HS||Wilmington||NC||NC State|
|Gannon Brooks||Red River HS||Grand Forks||ND||Concordia College (Minn.)|
|Nolan Spicer||Saint Ignatius HS||Cleveland||OH||Notre Dame|
|Will Applegate||Bishop Kelley HS||Tulsa||OK|
|Nani Deperro||Summit HS||Bend||OR||Washington|
|Sebastian Tis||Conestoga HS||Berwyn||PA||Lafayette|
|Michael Hofstetter||La Salle Academy||Providence||RI||Rhode Island|
|Fabian Menendez||Riverside HS||Greer||SC|
|Tyson Reitsma||Sioux Falls Christian HS||Sioux Falls||SD||Dordt University|
|Malachi Jones||Grace Christian Academy||Franklin||TN||Lipscomb|
|Brennan Bezdek||Wakeland HS||Frisco||TX|
|Trevor Walk||Herriman HS||Herriman||UT|
|Sumner Nenninger||South Burlington HS||South Burlington||VT||Elon|
|Parker Sloan||Powhatan HS||Powhatan||VA||Virginia|
|Alex Harris||Columbia River HS||Vancouver||WA|
|Nick Ihnat||George Washington HS||Charleston||WV||Alderson Broaddus|
|Denis Krioutchenkov||Shorewood HS||Shorewood||WI||Davidson|
|Charlie Hoelscher||Jackson Hole HS||Jackson||WY||St. Thomas|
GILL — Five Northfield Mount Hermon School students will find themselves performing in the country’s largest high school jazz competition on Saturday.Electric violinist Cate Byrne, trumpeter Miles Kaming-Thanassi, saxophonist Danny Chen, pianist Edward Pan and drummer Jacob Smith will compete in the “small combo” division of Berklee College of Music’s 50th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival, according to Ronald Smith, director of NMH’s band and jazz programs.“It’s a great pl...
GILL — Five Northfield Mount Hermon School students will find themselves performing in the country’s largest high school jazz competition on Saturday.
Electric violinist Cate Byrne, trumpeter Miles Kaming-Thanassi, saxophonist Danny Chen, pianist Edward Pan and drummer Jacob Smith will compete in the “small combo” division of Berklee College of Music’s 50th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival, according to Ronald Smith, director of NMH’s band and jazz programs.
“It’s a great platform for me to bring my students to and give them that experience of this level of music for high school students around the country,” Smith said.
The festival, to be held at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., will include performances by more than 3,000 high school students who comprise more than 215 bands and vocal ensembles from 13 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, according to the college.
All ensembles — either big bands of 16 to 18 students, or small combos of four to eight students — will be judged by a panel of Berklee’s top faculty, and receive a written critique of their performances, Smith said.
The stakes are high for students looking to pursue music in the long term. Top-ranked groups will be awarded partial scholarships to Berklee’s five-week summer program, and individual students will be invited to audition for tuition scholarships toward the full-time program or the five-week summer program.
Smith, himself a Berklee graduate, said his students are in the S2 category (with “S” standing for small group ensembles), along with six or eight other groups they’ll compete against. First, second and third places are awarded in each category, Smith said, as well as an honorable mention.
Smith said his students will play three selections: “Scrapple From the Apple” and “’Round Midnight,” both by Charlie Parker, and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers’ version of “A Night in Tunisia.”
A life-changing experience
This year will be the third year NMH students have participated, Smith said. NMH has received second place and honorable mention before, having competed with a small combo last year and a big band in 2016, and two NMH students have also been deemed the overall best soloist.
“It has been phenomenal, amazing, almost life-changing,” he said. “It gives (the students) a really good, in-depth look at themselves (and) if they really want to pursue music like jazz.”
To compete, Smith said, band directors register their groups, with the college choosing which ones to accept “based on the size of your school and the instruments you have.” His group, he said, is considered a Grade 5½ advanced jazz combo, with Grade 6 being collegiate level.
NMH also has a jazz ensemble and jazz combo, with students auditioning to be in the advanced group at the start of the school year. The five students specifically train to go to competitions, and Smith thinks they have a good chance at the Berklee festival.
“The unique thing about my group that’s going to make it different from, I feel like any other group, is my jazz violinist. … She probably will be the only jazz violinist in the whole thing.”
Setting herself apart
Violinists, like 17-year-old NMH senior Cate Byrne, aren’t common in jazz, Smith said, with banjos being a more popular string instrument in the genre. Byrne, of Readsboro, Vt., has been playing violin for 13 years, and electric violin since eighth grade.
“When I was young, my parents wanted me to pick up an instrument but I could choose which one,” Byrne said. “Apparently I picked a violin because I thought it was a cute instrument!”
But Byrne quickly found she enjoyed playing, especially jazz music, which she said offers “a really cool way to express one’s own creativity with improvisation.”
When Smith approached Byrne and her classmates about competing in the Berklee festival, she was over the moon.
“I got really excited,” she said. “It could be seen as a little intimidating going up against so many schools and so many talented students, but I’m not viewing it not so much as a competition as going to have fun.”
Because Berklee College of Music is one of her top choices of colleges — and she’s already been accepted — the festival offers a great opportunity for her to earn a scholarship.
Regardless of ranking and awards, Smith said attending the festival is a meaningful, inspiring experience for students.
“Overall, what they take away from it is the quality and exposure,” he said. “It’s guaranteed that they’ll all come back saying, ‘I need to get better. I need to practice my instrument.’”
Reach Shelby Ashline at: [email protected]
413-772-0261, ext. 257
Below is the full schedule for the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic from Springfield College in Massachusetts.All Times EasternTHURSDAY, JANUARY 11 (BOYS)4:00 PM Wahconah (Mass.) vs. Hopkins Academy (Mass.)5:30 PM Sabis International Charter School (Mass.) vs. Longmeadow (Mass.)7:00 PM South Hadley (Mass.) vs. Holyoke (Mass.)9:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Putnam (Mass.)FRIDAY, JANUARY 1...
Below is the full schedule for the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
All Times Eastern
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 (BOYS)
4:00 PM Wahconah (Mass.) vs. Hopkins Academy (Mass.)
5:30 PM Sabis International Charter School (Mass.) vs. Longmeadow (Mass.)
7:00 PM South Hadley (Mass.) vs. Holyoke (Mass.)
9:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Putnam (Mass.)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 (GIRLS)
3:00 PM West Springfield (Mass.) vs. Chicopee (Mass.)
4:30 PM Hampshire Regional (Mass.) vs. Greenfield (Mass.)
6:00 PM Longmeadow (Mass.) vs. Hoosac Valley (Mass.)
7:30 PM Enfield (Conn.) vs. Christ the King (N.Y.)
9:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 (BOYS)
9:00 AM Rice (Vt.) vs. McQuaid Jesuit (N.Y.)
10:30 AM Central Catholic (Mass.) vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.)
12:00 PM Albany Academy (N.Y.) vs. Bishop O’Connell (Va.)
1:30 PM Hillhouse (Conn.) vs. Imhotep Charter School (Pa.)
3:00 PM Sacred Heart (Conn.) vs. Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
4:30 PM Roselle Catholic (N.J.) vs. Oak Ridge (Fla.)
6:00 PM Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. Simeon Career Academy (Ill.)
8:00 PM Spartanburg Day School (S.C.) vs. Chino Hills (Calif.)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 (BOYS)
9:00 AM Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mass.) vs. Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)
10:45 AM Brewster Academy (N.H.) vs. Cushing Academy (Mass.)
12:30 PM Vermont Academy (Vt.) vs. IMG Post Grad National (Fla.)
2:15 PM Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) vs. DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
4:00 PM The Ranney School, (N.J) vs. Mount Saint Joseph (Md.)
5:45 PM Immaculate Conception (N.J.) vs. Findlay College Prep (Nev.)
7:30 PM MacDuffie School (Mass.) vs. CBD – Montverde Academy (Fla.)
9:15 PM Woodstock Academy (Conn.) vs. St. Andrew’s School (R.I.)
MONDAY, JANUARY 15 (BOYS)
9:00 AM Mount Vernon , N.Y. vs. Webster Groves (Mo.)
11:00 AM Hudson Catholic (N.J) vs. John Carroll School (Md.)
1:00 PM Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.)
3:00 PM Oak Hill Academy (Va.) vs. University School (Fla.)
5:00 PM Westtown School (Pa.) vs. IMG Varsity National (Fla.)
7:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Newton North (Mass.)