Following a very good regular season, the Passaic Valley High girls’ volleyball team will begin its second season, on Nov. 4, with a state tournament game at Mount Olive, in Flanders, NJ. Game time is 4:15 p.m.
The Hornets had won 12 of its last 13 games, going into the regular season finale against the Passaic County Tournament champions, Wayne Valley, on Oct. 30. The team’s only setback during that run was to Valley, in the county title game, on Oct. 19, in Clifton. PV was 17-4 overall heading into the Oct. 30 match.
After losing in the county final, PV came back strong, defeating Lakeland, Fair Lawn and Wayne Hills in league matches.
POST-SEASON HONORS: Congratulations to three members of the Passaic Valley High girls’ tennis team, who earned All-County accolades. Ella Coronado-Luz, who excelled at first singles, was named to the second team while Honorable Mention accolades were afforded to Liz Trewhella and Emme Nguyen.
PV also had a good season in gymnastics. Patricia Giuriceo was named to the All-Passaic County second team and Kayla Binetti and Kaitlyn Cronin earned Honorable Mention from the county coaches.
FOOTBALL: On the gridiron, the Hornets lost a crucial game at Paterson Eastside, on Oct. 25, 20-14.
PV fell to 4-4 with the loss and hurt its chances of qualifying for a playoff berth in North, Group 4. The team will close out the regular season on Nov. 1, at West Milford, as it seeks a winning season for the third time in coach Chet Parlavecchio’s fifth season, in his second tenure at the helm.
Parlavecchio was 37-12 from 1994-1998 at PV and has a 20-24 mark from 2015-2019, including a 19-16 record from 2016-2019. He’s guided PV to the playoffs four times in his first nine seasons, led the ’96 squad to the sectional final, at Giants Stadium, and if the Hornets win on Nov. 1, would have guided PV to eight winning seasons and nine years of .500, or better, regular season records, since last year’s playoff team finished 4-4 in the regular season.
Versus Eastside, Passaic Valley had opened a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a pair of scoring runs by Vincent Colletti, followed by successful point-after kicks from Gio Giovatto.
But Eastside responded, thanks to a long kickoff return late in the first half, which set up a 20-yard scoring pass to make the score 14-6 by halftime.
The Ghosts recorded a safety in the third quarter, then tied the game at 14 on a short scoring run. In the fourth quarter, Eastside scored the game-winning touchdown.
Passaic Valley had entered the game as the final playoff team in North 4, but the loss moved the Hornets out of that slot. It was the first win, ever, for Eastside against PV in varsity football.
Colletti rushed for 66 yards and scored two touchdowns while quarterback Nick Vasta rushed for 88 yards and passed for another 72.
Brandon Timothy returned to the lineup after an injury and caught two passes for 50 yards.
On defense, Matt Ciarlo had 11 tackles to lead the Hornets while Antonio Bargiel had six tackles and Danny Hasbani finished with five.
BOYS SOCCER AND CROSS COUNTRY: The PV boys’ soccer team concluded its season with a 2-0 loss to Roxbury in the NJSIAA Tournament, and finished with a record of 8-9-1.
The Passaic Valley cross country team will compete at the state sectional championships, at Garret Mountain, on Nov. 9.