Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Kinnelon, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Kinnelon, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
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 is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
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The NJSIAA officially announced the 2022 public high school football playoff brackets on Sunday morning.The brackets are based on the final United Power Rankings, which were released Saturday night. Below are the seeds and first-round matchups for each section.The public school playoffs begin this Friday, Oct. 28 with the public section quarterfinals. The non-public playoffs begin on Friday, Nov. 4. The non-public brackets will be seeded on Oct. 30 after all regular-season games are completed.For the first...
The NJSIAA officially announced the 2022 public high school football playoff brackets on Sunday morning.
The brackets are based on the final United Power Rankings, which were released Saturday night. Below are the seeds and first-round matchups for each section.
The public school playoffs begin this Friday, Oct. 28 with the public section quarterfinals. The non-public playoffs begin on Friday, Nov. 4. The non-public brackets will be seeded on Oct. 30 after all regular-season games are completed.
For the first time, the NJSIAA will crown true state champions in each of the five public school groups this season. Those championship games are scheduled for Dec. 3-4 at Rutgers' SHI Stadium.
(8) Kinnelon at (1) Park Ridge
(5) North Arlington at (4) Brearley
(6) Cresskill at (3) Waldwick/Midland Park
(7) Boonton at (2) Mountain Lakes
(8) Shabazz at (1) Wood-Ridge
(5) Wallkill Valley at (4) Cedar Grove
(6) North Warren at (3) Butler
(7) Hasbrouck Heights at (2) Weequahic
(8) Schalick at (1) Woodstown
(5) Audubon at (4) Paulsboro
(6) Keyport at (3) Glassboro
(7) Florence at (2) Salem
(8) Penns Grove at (1) Woodbury
(5) Shore at (4) Manville
(6) South Hunterdon at (3) Maple Shade
(7) Pitman at (2) Asbury Park
(8) Mahwah at (1) Rutherford
(5) Newark West Side at (4) Dumont
(6) Jefferson at (3) Madison
(7) Hanover Park at (2) Westwood
(8) High Point at (1) Caldwell
(5) Bernards at (4) Ramsey
(6) Ridgefield Park at (3) Glen Rock
(7) Becton at (2) Newton
(8) Overbrook at (1) Point Pleasant Boro
(5) New Providence at (4) Willingboro
(6) West Deptford at (3) Gloucester City
(7) Cinnaminson at (2) Haddonfield
(8) Middle Township at (1) Raritan
(5) Johnson at (4) Pleasantville
(6) Delaware Valley at (3) Oakcrest
(7) Monmouth at (2) Rumson-Fair Haven
(8) Lincoln at (1) Old Tappan
(5) Mendham at (4) Sparta
(6) Vernon at (3) River Dell
(7) Parsippany Hills at (2) Hillside
(8) Hackettstown at (1) West Morris
(5) Warren Hills at (4) Montville
(6) Paramus at (3) West Essex
(7) Wayne Hills at (2) Cranford
(8) Somerville at (1) Seneca
(5) Highland Regional at (4) Manasquan
(6) Cedar Creek at (3) Timber Creek
(7) Nottingham at (2) Camden
(8) Deptford at (1) Delsea
(5) Eastside (Camden) at (4) South Plainfield
(6) Matawan at (3) Hopewell Valley
(7) Burlington Township at (2) Ocean Township
(8) Sayreville at (1) Irvington
(5) Montgomery at (4) Northern Highlands
(6) Roxbury at (3) Ridge
(7) Woodbridge at (2) Ramapo
(8) Middletown North at (1) North Hunterdon
(5) Morris Knolls at (4) Colonia
(6) Chatham at (3) Wayne Valley
(7) Rahway at (2) Randolph
(8) Cherry Hill West at (1) Middletown South
(5) Winslow Township at (4) Colts Neck
(6) Moorestown at (3) Mainland
(7) Long Branch at (2) Pennsauken
(8) Hightstown at (1) Hammonton
(5) Ocean City at (4) Shawnee
(6) Manalapan at (3) Jackson
(7) Lacey at (2) Millville
(8) Morristown at (1) Passaic Tech
(5) East Orange Campus at (4) Clifton
(6) Bridgewater-Raritan at (3) Westfield
(7) Union at (2) Union City
(8) Elizabeth at (1) Phillipsburg
(5) Piscataway at (4) Eastside (Paterson)
(6) West Orange at (3) Watchung Hills
(7) Montclair at (2) Ridgewood
(8) Freehold Township at (1) Lenape
(5) Atlantic City at (4) Rancocas Valley
(6) Edison at (3) Hillsborough
(7) Hunterdon Central at (2) North Brunswick
(8) Old Bridge at (1) Toms River North
(5) Washington Township at (4) Marlboro
(6) Williamstown at (3) Cherokee
(7) Southern at (2) Kingsway
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Two students from Parsippany are among the MPAC November students of the month.Kensley Lovius is a Grade 7 Brooklawn Middle School student and was nominated by Parsippany Nominated by Joseph StellaKensley is a euphonium player who switched from the trumpet last year and has really excelled since the switch. Having Kensley on the euphonium has not only helped the sound of our 7th grade band, but it has also motivated him to practice more and improve his overall musicianship. He is also considering anot...
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Two students from Parsippany are among the MPAC November students of the month.
Kensley Lovius is a Grade 7 Brooklawn Middle School student and was nominated by Parsippany Nominated by Joseph Stella
Kensley is a euphonium player who switched from the trumpet last year and has really excelled since the switch. Having Kensley on the euphonium has not only helped the sound of our 7th grade band, but it has also motivated him to practice more and improve his overall musicianship. He is also considering another switch to tuba this year to continue to help refine the instrumentation in our band. His combined musical talent, drive to improve and overall polite and mature demeanor makes him a fitting recipient of the Outstanding Brass Player recognition.
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Maeve Celli is a Grade 12 Parsippany High School student and was nominated by Gregory Dalakian.
Maeve Celli has been a dedicated member of the PHS Bands for their entire career since entering high school 4 years ago. Maeve has been a standout trumpet player since their freshman year and has had numerous solos with our Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble. They have been a dedicated member of all aspects of the PHS Band program: Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble and Pit Orchestra. Maeve has continued to improve on the trumpet every year, amidst the challenges of the pandemic, and has become a role model to their peers. In addition to being a talented musician, Maeve's creativity and appreciation for music has contributed a great deal to our music classroom.
Students from Roxbury, Kinnelon, Parsippany, Boonton, Mountain Lakes, Hanover Township, Budd Lake, Mendham and Morristown schools were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center’s November 2022 Music Students of the Month – Outstanding Brass Instrumentalists -- prior to the Thursday, November 10 performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Theatre’s Education Department based on their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts. The Theatre will honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor. The students were honored prior to the performance on stage and had an opportunity to meet with members from the band prior to the performance.
The 2022-2023 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.
About the other November Music Students of the Month (bio supplied by their instructors):
Grade 12, Roxbury High School; Roxbury; Nominated by Jeffrey Conrad
Nicholas is a senior member of the Roxbury band program. He has been the principal trombone of our top instrumental ensemble, the RHS Honors Wind Symphony, since his sophomore year and also a student leader in our marching band. He has been active in the Region I and NJ All State Band and Orchestra programs. He is also principal trombone of the NJ Youth Symphony. Nicholas is not only a great young musician, but he is more importantly a wonderful young man: kind, caring and supportive. He is valued and respected by teachers and peers alike. He leads by example and is always open to constructive criticism. Simply put, Nicholas is a valued member of our program and his presence elevates all those around him.
Grade 7, Kinnelon High School; Kinnelon; Nominated by Ryan Stroud
Chris is a senior here KHS and has been an absolutely critical piece to our puzzle. He's a trumpet player in our Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band and Pit Orchestra. He is the first to volunteer for anything that can help our program out, and he's constantly looking for more opportunities to play his horn. Additionally, Chris has already earned his pilot's license and regularly makes solo flights around the region. He intends to go to school for aviation, but I know he's going to keep playing his trumpet. He's a great kid. We're incredibly lucky to have him.
Grade 7, Mendham Middle School; Mendham; Nominated by Russell Branch & Michael MaHadeen
Griffin is a true low brass musician playing tuba/euphonium and bass trombone interchangeably andall at an advanced level for his age. Griffin plays tuba in concert band, bass trombone in Jazz Band and euphonium as a secondary instrument in Regions workshop. Griffin attended Blue Lake Fine Arts these past two summers on merit scholarship as well as the NJPA summer band camp. 2021 on euphonium, 2022 on tuba. Griffin was accepted into Elementary Honors Band last year as a 6th grader and will be auditioning on both tuba and euphonium for Area Band and JH Regions this year as a 7th grader. Griffin comes from a musical family where he recently performed at Jaimie branch's (his aunt) memorial at the Pioneer Works venue in Red Hook Brooklyn alongside professional jazz musicians Lester St. Louis, Jason Ajemian and Jason Nazarry this past 9/24. Griffin has performed the solo “Maid of the Mist” by Herbert Clark on tuba in recital Spring of his 6th grade year as well at a low brass masterclass for the tuba professor Stephanie Ycaza of the University of Northern Iowa this past summer at Blue Lake. In addition to low brass, Griffin has been studying piano since age 4. Griffin has taken advantage of every musical opportunity available to him here in MTMS. He does 5 mornings per week before school in the band department, attends Regions workshop as his elective and is one the very few students whom has actually moved forward with his musical development during the pandemic. Griffin is a highly motivated and well-educated young musician who without hesitation I would recommend for this honor.
Grade 8, Pearl R. Miller Middle School; Kinnelon; Nominated by Brian Scanlon
Bridget is a member of every ensemble our school has to offer. As a 7th grade student Bridget took on some new challenges and successfully auditioned for our two honor groups. As a 7th grader Bridget was a featured soloist with our Jazz-Rock Ensemble. She also held down the first chair trombone in our grade 6-8 Advanced Musicians Band. Bridget has grown significantly in her time in middle school. She takes advantage of extra help opportunities to ensure she is always bringing her best to the ensembles she is participating in. Her love for music paired with her desire to perform well have She has been recommended for North Jersey Area Band and is looking forward to auditioning for the Region I Junior High Band later this year. In closing, Bridget is not only a great member of our band program, she also demonstrates some of the highest character imaginable.
Grade 7, John Hill School; Boonton; Nominated by Yvonne Manca
Jordan has been an instrumental part of the music program at John Hill School. She has been playing the trumpet since 4th grade. She is currently in 7th grade but has been playing the 1st trumpet part for the past 2 years because she has a tremendous range and agility. In the middle school, she sits first chair and is our lead trumpet player. She never misses a practice and always enters the room with a smile on her face and eager to learn the music. It is for these reasons that I nominate Jordan for Outstanding Brass Player.
Grade 12, Mountain Lakes High School; Mountain Lakes; Nominated by Meredith Boyan
Rebecca is a senior tuba player at Mountain Lakes High School. She has dedicated so much of her time to improving her individual musicianship through private study and practice. She performs with the Juilliard Pre-College program, and brings her expertise back to school to share with our ensemble. She provides our Wind Ensemble with an excellent bass foundation, and she makes the hard passages look easy! She is a dependable and important member of the band, both personally and musically, and we at MLHS are lucky to have her participating in our ensembles.
Grade 8, Mount Olive Middle School; Budd Lake; Nominated by Melany McQueeny
Anthony currently plays trombone in the 8th grade band and both of our after school groups - Junior Winds and Jazz Band. Anthony has also participated in the North Jersey Area Band. He is an incredibly dedicated music student and is always prepared. Anthony is also always helping members of his section as well. He is a leader within his section, the band, and the entire school community. Anthony is a stellar student. He is always looking at ways to improve himself as a musician and asks some really great questions! You can honestly see the wheels turning in his brain any time a recommendation is given to him. Anthony has truly embodied what it means to be an outstanding brass player, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor.
Grade 8, Mountain View Middle School; Mendham Nominated by Bradley McMurray
Jacob is an outstanding musician and student. He has been taking private lessons on the trumpet for four years through the pandemic. Last year Jacob made the North Jersey Region Symphonic Band as a 7th grader. Jacob is constantly showing me the repertoire he is working on in his lessons and is always interested in performing a solo for the class or at a concert. Jacob also plays the National Anthem at all the pep rallies and is very excited to start Marching Band in high school.
Grade 8; Frelinghuysen Middle School; Morristown; Nominated by Timotny Beadle
Kate is an outstanding trumpet player at Frelinghuysen Middle School who will also play the baritone when needed! In addition to playing in band classes, Kate is an important member of the Falcon Big Band and Wind Symphony, both of which meet after school on different days. In every group, Kate is the first to know her music and also the first to help the other students. She's not just a trumpet player, she's a leader!
Andrew is a Grade 12, Whippany Park High School student and was Nominated by Peter Sciaino.
Andrew is an exceptional trombone player and a wonderfully dedicated member of our band program. He serves as the Brass Captain for our marching band, has successfully auditioned for honors groups and has been a featured soloist in our school ensembles (marching, jazz, concert). Andrew has demonstrated a work ethic that I use as an example to motivate his peers and younger members of our band program. While he displayed a rather high musical aptitude as a young student, he was also regularly working on fundamental skills needed to play at a high level. Now he is an inspiring performer who continues to improve with every rehearsal. In addition to his participation in our instrumental program, Andrew was a standout in my AP Music Theory class. While Andrew is gifted with perfect pitch, his natural abilities did not define his aptitude in the course as much as his work ethic did.
MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ — This is high praise from a longtime mentor and just shows you how much a player will be missed.“Matt Sims was one of the top two quarterbacks I’ve had here,” David Brearley High School head football coach Scott Miller said of his standout senior signal-caller. “He was a special player for us in so many ways.”Sims, who played on the varsity all four years, led the Bears into battle in the North 1, Group 1 sectional state championship game at Wilkins Field against the host ...
MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ — This is high praise from a longtime mentor and just shows you how much a player will be missed.
“Matt Sims was one of the top two quarterbacks I’ve had here,” David Brearley High School head football coach Scott Miller said of his standout senior signal-caller. “He was a special player for us in so many ways.”
Sims, who played on the varsity all four years, led the Bears into battle in the North 1, Group 1 sectional state championship game at Wilkins Field against the host Mountain Lakes High School’s Herd on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Both teams competed in North 2, Group 1 last year, David Brearley falling as the sixth seed at third-seeded Boonton High School, 41-24, in the first round, while top-seeded Mountain Lakes got all the way to the final and lost at home to second-seeded Cedar Grove High School, 15-7, for the championship.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, David Brearley was seeking its first state championship since 2006; it would have been its sixth in the playoff era. Mountain Lakes was out for its first since 2014 and eighth overall.
Both teams scored touchdowns early on, Mountain Lakes first and David Brearley second on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Sims to senior wide receiver Brendan Fitzsimmons.
The combination of No. 10 Sims at quarterback completing a key pass to No. 2 Fitzsimmons at wide receiver will go down as one of the best pass-catch combos ever produced at the Group 1 school that hails from Kenilworth.
It would be justice to see Sims and Fitzsimmons competing in some kind of all-star game next summer.
“Matt always had the ability to throw the ball, and he kept on getting better,” Miller said. “The two of them, Matt and Brendan, forged a special relationship on the field.”
Mountain Lakes answered David Brearley’s touchdown with a second one as quarterback Ben Miniter was able to get the ball to wide receiver Gavin Ananian, who caught the ball and broke free for a 45-yard score.
Because Mountain Lakes made both of its 2-point conversions and David Brearley missed the one it had, the host Herd found itself ahead 16-6 at the break. David Brearley tried to cut the deficit to 7, but a 30-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Obiedzinski on the final play of the first half was kicked directly into the Mountain Lakes defensive line.
David Brearley drove deep into Mountain Lakes territory the first two times it had the ball in the second half, the first time reaching the Herd’s 4-yard line, before both drives were snuffed. Mountain Lakes went on to win, 16-6, and advance to the first-ever Group 1 semifinals this weekend at Franklin against North 2, Group 1 champ Weequahic High School. The first Group 1 final will be played at Rutgers University the first weekend in December.
Despite not winning a state championship, David Brearley finished its year at 10-1 and got to 10-0 for the first time since the Bears last played in a state championship game in 2015.
The Bears went 6-2 with Sims behind center two years ago in the shortened pandemic season and 7-3 last year for a three-year total of 23-6. Sims led David Brearley to the state playoffs both opportunities he had as a junior and senior.
Against Mountain Lakes, Sims carried the ball 36 times for 144 yards to go along with his touchdown pass to Fitzsimmons.
“I thought we moved the ball well,” Miller said. “We just weren’t able to get it in the end zone when we needed to. Mountain Lakes is a good team with a strong defense.”
The one time it did dent the Mountain Lakes defense, David Brearley put together a drive that took 17 plays, went 71 yards and used up almost eight minutes. On third-and-7 from the Mountain Lakes 17, Sims briefly looked right and then moved left and fired the ball to Fitzsimmons.
The pass led Fitzsimmons, who was single covered, perfectly, as Fitzsimmons caught the ball and then ran with it into the left corner of the end zone for what turned out to be the only points David Brearley would score on the day. In an attempt to tie the game at 8-8, Sims had his 2-point pass intercepted on the right side by Mountain Lakes defender Kevin Gillespie.
That turned out to be the final touchdown pass Sims would throw, and it was fitting that it went to fellow senior Fitzsimmons.
“Sims is a heck of a player and we knew that going in,” Mountain Lakes head coach Darrell Fusco said. “If he was going to beat us, it was going to have to be through the air. I think our defense did an outstanding job and really came through when it had to.”
Another David Brearley senior who excelled, with his name being called by the announcer all game long after key tackles he was in on, including some fine solo ones, was No. 57, Bruce Harms.
“To say getting this far based on what we started with was an overachievement would be an understatement,” Miller said. “I thought we could win a conference championship, but the kids really came a long way.”
David Brearley outscored 10 opponents, including one the Bears beat by forfeit, by an impressive margin of 333-98, with shutout victories against Spotswood High School, 36-0, at home; Jonathan Dayton High School, 26-0, on the road; South Hunterdon Regional High School, 14-0, at home; and Highland Park High School, 32-0, on the road.
David Brearley outscored its first two playoff opponents by a combined score of 95-30, including home wins against fifth-seeded North Arlington High School, 50-16, and eighth-seeded Kinnelon High School, 45-14.
The Bears captured the Big Central Conference’s Freedom Gold Division championship outright at 4-0, beating Spotswood, Roselle Park High School, Jonathan Dayton and Highland Park. Three of those wins were by shutout, and the victory against Roselle Park was by the score of 46-26. Roselle Park, which finished 5-5, scored the most points against David Brearley this year.
North 1, Group 1 final at Mountain Lakes No. 4 David Brearley High School (10-1) 00 06 00 00 – 06 No. 2 Mountain Lakes High School (10-1) 08 08 00 00 – 16
First quarter Mountain Lakes: Jordan Hernando 6 run, Jimmy Elliott run (ML 8-0). 12 plays, 80 yards, 1:45 used.
Second quarter David Brearley: Brendan Fitzsimmons 17 pass from Matt Sims, pass failed (ML 8-6). 17 plays, 71 yards, 7:47 used. Mountain Lakes: Gavin Ananian 45 pass from Ben Miniter, Jimmy Elliott run (ML 16-6). 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:09 used.
David Brearley (10-1) A-David Brearley 34, Manville 20 H-David Brearley 36, Spotswood 0 H-David Brearley 46, Roselle Park 26 A-David Brearley 26, Jonathan Dayton 0 H-David Brearley 14, South Hunterdon 0 A-David Brearley 32, Highland Park 0 A-David Brearley 44, Middlesex 6 H-David Brearley over Dunellen by forfeit H-David Brearley 50, North Arlington 16 H-David Brearley 45, Kinnelon 14 A-Mountain Lakes 16, David Brearley 6 Head coach: Scott Miller 21st season. Section: North, Group 1 Conference: Big Central Division: Freedom Gold (4-0, champs) North 1, Group 1: (2-1, second) Record: 10-1 Home: 6-0 Away: 4-1 Neutral: 0-0 Points for: 333 Points against: 98 Shutouts: 4 Overtime: 0-0
Photos Courtesy of JR Parachini
The Kinnelon softball team was riding high after turning the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 playoffs upside down, beating four higher seeds to win the program’s first sectional title in 25 years, as a nine seed that was clearly was much better than its seed indicated.Its opponent has become a walking history book for Weehawken High School, breaking school records and setting new standards in its run to the North Jersey, Section 2 title.Welcome to the NJSIAA group playoffs, where dream seasons collide.One day afte...
The Kinnelon softball team was riding high after turning the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 playoffs upside down, beating four higher seeds to win the program’s first sectional title in 25 years, as a nine seed that was clearly was much better than its seed indicated.
Its opponent has become a walking history book for Weehawken High School, breaking school records and setting new standards in its run to the North Jersey, Section 2 title.
Welcome to the NJSIAA group playoffs, where dream seasons collide.
One day after being featured in their city’s Memorial Day parade, Weehawken continued its postseason victory parade at the Kinnelon Recreation Center, where standout sophomore Savanna McHale pitched a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts and Zoe Colin contributed a two-run double that surprised even her to key a 4-0 victory in the Group 1 semifinals.
Weehawken (27-2) totaled 11 hits but, until Colin’s double and and Eva Shevlin’s run-scoring single sparked a three-run sixth, the team was clinging to a 1-0 lead built in the first inning on Morgan Tomlinson’s game-opening triple and Brooke’s McHale’s RBI groundout.
But Savanna McHale continued the dominant pitching that has yet to allow an earned run in the postseason, the defense played solidly and the timely hits finally came.
“At the beginning of the season, there were days where the pitching and defense might be pretty good, but the hitting wasn’t,” Weehawken coach Raquel Roder said. “Or the hitting and pitching were there, but the defense wasn’t great. We just kept hoping that one day it would all come together.”
All three of those facets were just fine against Kinnelon (11-15), which stayed within a run for five innings thanks to solid defense in support of left-handed starting pitcher Kristyn Carroll, who stranded four runners in that stretch and also delivered her team’s first two hits at the plate.
But Weehawken finally broke through in the sixth, when Savanna McHale and Envey Duran (3-for-3 with two doubles) led off with singles and Katherine Thompson reached on a throwing error on her sacrifice bunt.
Shevlin and Colin then dropped a single and double into right to provide some welcome breathing room.
“In the beginning of the game, it was really nervous because I’m used to us not really hitting a lot,” said Colin, who entered the game with just six hits in 43 at-bats. “But today, one through nine we all made solid contact on the ball. I’m very proud of my team and how far we’ve come. But I was really surprised on my double. Shocked really.”
They will continue the deepest postseason run in school history Saturday at Ivy Hill Park in Newark, where they will play for the state Group 1 title between the winner of today’s game between Clayton, the South Jersey champion and No. 8 team in the NJ.com Top 20, and host New Egypt, the Central Jersey champion. The winner advances to next week’s Tournament of Champions.
The offense has been good enough for Weehawken, though scoring just five runs over the three sectional playoff games was leaving little margin for error. But McHale demonstrated once again why pitching has mostly carried the team, extending her playoff pitching line to 10 hits allowed over four games, with one run (unearned) against, plus eight walks and 57 strikeouts.
A Kinnelon team that had scored 26 runs over four playoff games looked like a potential problem, but they had a tough time with the repertoire of riseball, drop curve, changeup and screwball offered by McHale, who pitched despite dealing with a migraine the morning of the game.
“It came down to discipline,” Kinnelon coach Jacquelyn Tartaglia said. “We chased a lot of pitches high and out. But they also had some solid hits. A couple doubles were hit to the fence. Those were well-earned hits. ”
Kinnelon appeared ready to bounce right back from the three-run sixth when it received singles from Cat Bodner and McKayla Coppla leading off the bottom half of the inning, but McHale recorded a key out by getting a force at third off the bat of Carroll, who had singled in her first two at-bats.
A walk loaded the bases for Kinnelon, but McHale struck out Jenna Dermksian and Allyson Balonze, the No. 3 and 4 hitters, for a huge escape.
“Everything just snowballed after that (rally),” McHale said. “We were really up and cheering. And it provided a lot of security for me as a pitcher. They loaded the bases right after that, but I wasn’t as nervous knowing that it wasn’t still 1-0.”
Weehawken was on its way to adding another chapter to its historic season, in which it has become the school’s first sectional champion in any girls sport, set a record for most victories by any girls team and was already the first to reach a group semifinal.
Now it is the first again, to reach a group final. It also becomes the first Hudson County softball team to make a group championship game since High Tech in 2008.
Kinnelon’s postseason ended with the program’s first sectional title since 1997.
“We played one of the toughest schedules in Morris County by design,” Tartaglia said. “Despite today’s outcome, I couldn’t have asked for any more from this team. They faced so much adversity. They came together and battled teams that were also sectional champions.
“It was a well-deserved sectional title and I’m really happy we were able to get that done, especially for the seniors. They got so close last year (losing in the sectional finals) and got a taste of it. They got to see the other side of that and I think it was a really special season.”
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Senior Abby Sullivan tallied five goals and two assists and junior Melissa Elefonte had four goals and two assists as sixth-seeded Kinnelon outlasted 11th-seeded Kittatinny 14-10 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Kinnelon.Kinnelon will next face third-seeded Verona in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.Sophomore Sabrina Avato produced a hat trick for Kinnelon (12-5) while freshman goalie Fairooz Kabir finished with nine saves.Sophomore Molly Riva and junior Alexa Shotwell each had two goals for Kittat...
Senior Abby Sullivan tallied five goals and two assists and junior Melissa Elefonte had four goals and two assists as sixth-seeded Kinnelon outlasted 11th-seeded Kittatinny 14-10 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Kinnelon.
Kinnelon will next face third-seeded Verona in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Sophomore Sabrina Avato produced a hat trick for Kinnelon (12-5) while freshman goalie Fairooz Kabir finished with nine saves.
Sophomore Molly Riva and junior Alexa Shotwell each had two goals for Kittatinny (10-8). Senior goalie Lara Kruck made seven saves.
Mountain Lakes 16, Waldwick 1
Freshman Kaylin Oey and sophomores Kayla Plotts and Julia Petersen had two goals apiece to help pace top-seeded Mountain Lakes, No. 9 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 16-1 win over 16th-seeded Waldwick in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Mountain Lakes.
Mountain Lakes will next face eighth-seeded Jefferson in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Senior Gianna Spagnola finished with four assists and senior Paige Glavin had a goal and two assists for Mountain Lakes (10-5).
Sophomore Kaitlyn Verdesca scored for Waldwick (11-7).
Glen Rock 17, Pascack Hills 4
Senior Julia Corry exploded for seven goals and four assists to lift fifth-seeded Glen Rock to a 17-4 win over 12th-seeded Pascack Hills in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Glen Rock.
Glen Rock will next visit fourth-seeded Mahwah in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Senior Paige Manning produced a hat trick and had two assists while freshman Emily Sanders scored twice and had four assists for Glen Rock (11-7). Senior Kaylee Doyle scored twice as well.
Junior Izzy Benedict had two goals for Pascack Hills (13-3) while junior Emily Sailer had a goal and two assists. Senior Ally Green chipped in with a goal.
Mahwah 14, Cedar Grove 4
Junior Shannon Doran had four goals and two assists while sophomore Anna Ludwig tallied two goals and four assists to lead fourth-seeded Mahwah to a 14-4 win over 13th-seeded Cedar Grove in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Mahwah.
Mahwah will next host fifth-seeded Glen Rock in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Sophomore Julia Graceffo and seniors Lauren Cherven and Gianna Lotito marked two goals apiece for Mahwah (10-6) while sophomore Izzy Lotito chipped in with a goal and two assists.
Junior Taylor Bennett produced a hat trick to lead Cedar Grove (6-11) and sophomore Kierstin Walter finished with nine saves.
Caldwell 14, Pompton Lakes 2
Junior Lily Caravela marked four goals while seniors Julia Duren-Lubanski and Kate Quinn each recorded a hat trick along with two assists as second-seeded Caldwell topped 15th-seeded Pompton Lakes 14-2 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in West Caldwell.
Caldwell will next face seventh-seeded Westwood in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Sophomore Teagan Quinn tallied two goals and three assists and junior Gracie Suda scored twice for Caldwell (15-3), which won its fifth straight game.
Senior Grace Thornhill had a goal and an assist for Pompton Lakes (10-8) and junior Kaeley Sek added a goal.
Verona 15, Lenape Valley 2
Freshman Riley Kenrick had four goals and senior Ella Moore produced a hat trick along with four assists as third-seeded Verona defeated 14th-seeded Lenape Valley 15-2 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Verona.
Verona will next host sixth-seeded Kinnelon in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Freshman Jane Sorger and junior Clara Nippes each had two goals and an assist for Verona (13-5).
Senior Kayla Petrucelli and sophomore Alison Church each scored for Lenape Valley (8-8).
Westwood 10, Indian Hills 4
Senior Kayleigh Dunn finished with four goals to help pace seventh-seeded Westwood past 10th-seeded Indian Hills in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Washington Township.
Westwood will next visit second-seeded Caldwell in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Senior Emily Gorham had two goals while senior goalie Kelly Dillingham finished with eight saves for Westwood (11-7).
Senior Chloe Tirino marked twice for Indian Hills (6-12).
Jefferson 14, Ramsey 11
Eighth-seeded Jefferson held off ninth-seeded Ramsey to move on from the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Oak Ridge with a 14-11 victory.
Jefferson (14-4), which won its fourth straight game, will next visit top-seeded Mountain Lakes in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Ramsey fell to 4-11.
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