There’s never a dull moment upon visiting Immaculate Heart Academy for a softball game. The leader of the team is the coach, Anthony LaRezza, who, upon inspecting the outfit I’m wearing that day, will quickly associate any team logo to a player from a different era. I once called him the second ‘Wizard of Westwood’, since IHA is technically located in Westwood, NJ.
As quick a wit as LaRezza displays, he’s also a really good guy.
And as most friends and fans probably know by now, Anthony has been dealing with a few health issues. With respect to that, I’ll just say his tweets after a surgical procedure seem pretty upbeat.
Anthony is not the type to want people to be concerned about him, but I’m sure he also knows that he’s got a lot of people that really like him. And while he’s recovering, he’s probably coming up with some new one-liners for the 2016 high school softball season.
He may have done his best coaching job (and that’s saying something) in 2015, leading a group of underclassmen to a state championship. It was the same team that he, during an early scrimmage at Nutley in March, said would probably struggle for an identity that season. Instead, the kids continued to get better with each game, the result of some really good coaching, and in the end, the Eagles were state champions once again.
So, to Anthony, all the best for continued good health, from some of your friends, including Affirmed, Nestor and Jerry Reuss…See below for a full listing.
And we’ll see you on the softball field, soon, as well as Rutt’s Hut. All the best !!!