In the basketball battle of Jacobs vs. Jacobs, Kamille Jacobs (RC '16) and The College of St. Elizabeth scored a 60-52 victory against her sister Victoria Jacobs (RC '18) on Nov. 17 in Hackettstown.
Write on Sports remains an inspiration to all.
The spotlight was on Roselle Catholic on October 24th, 2018 with the annual Scholastic Olympics! This past competition, schools from around the Archdiocese of Newark sent their most promising 8th graders to take various exams for a chance to place in the top 3 rank.
Tyara McQueen, who helped propel Roselle Catholic High School’s girls’ basketball team to a Union County Tournament championship in 2018, will continue her academic and basketball career at St. Peter’s University.
A three-year starter for the Lions, McQueen averaged 13.1 points and 4.5 assists per game, including six a piece in wins over Rumson-Fair Haven and West Orange. A co-captain (with fellow seniors Victoria Jacobs and Princess Moise), McQueen helped the Lions go 22-5 and finish in the top 25 of NJ.com’s season-ending, statewide rankings.
Defense was also a calling card for McQueen and she finished the year with 2.5 steals per game, including one to in the final seconds to help secure Roselle Catholic’s 55-52 victory against The Patrick School in the UCT final at Kean University on Feb. 24.
McQueen was the Union County Player of the Year, according to NJ.com.
A National Honor Society member, McQueen will play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for Marc Mitchell, who was hired at St. Peter’s in March after spending the last last nine seasons as head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in Madison, New Jersey where he won six straight conference titles and claimed a Division III undefeated national championship.
“I chose St. Peter’s because it’s close to home and has pretty much all I was look for in a school,” McQueen said. “And I like the coaching staff.”
Last fall, McQueen led all Union County soccer players with 25 goals. She completed her soccer career as the No. 2 all-time goal scorer in program history.
McQueen earned Union County Conference All-Sky recognition in soccer and All-Watchung honors in basketball.
McQueen’s sister, Tyffani McQueen, who helped Roselle Catholic win the 2014 UCT title, will be a senior at Marymount University, a Top 20 Division 3 women’s basketball program in Arlington, Va.
On Feb. 24, at just about the same time Tyara McQueen and RC secured the UCT title, Tyffani McQueen and Marymount pulled out a last-second, 61-60, victory against Christopher Newport in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game. Marymount and McQueen, who assisted on the game-winning shot, made its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Victoria Jacobs, Tyara McQueen’s RC teammate and fellow co-captain, Victoria Jacobs, will attend and play basketball at Centenary University in Hackettstown. Jacobs, who played the entire season with an injured shoulder, received All-Watchung recognition from the division coaches.
The Roselle Catholic High School girls’ basketball team concluded the 2017-18 campaign with its traditional season-ending spaghetti dinner in the RC cafeteria.
The affair included a delicious meal, scrumptious cake (provided by Pinho’s Bakery) and the presentation of awards and championship jackets and T-shirts recognizing the Lions’ Union County Tournament title.
The season-ending gathering also included a surprise appearance from up-and-coming country music duo October Rose.
RC won its sixth county championship, all since 2003. It was the program’s fourth UCT title this decade (2010, 2011, 2014).
In what’s turned into a tradition, and a highlight, at the spaghetti dinner, RC girls basketball alumnus Jacqueline Biddulph (RC ’05) re-wrote the lyrics of a popular sing to commemorate the Lions’ championship season.
Biddulph picked the popular song “Meant to Be” record by Bebe Rexha featuring country music duo Florida Georgia Line. “Meant to Be” peaked at number two on the “Billboard Hot 100” and reached number one on the “Hot Country Songs” chart.
On May 7th, October Rose – Leanne Weiss and Derek Allan – traveled to Pine Street and Raritan Road and performed a six-song set, including two versions of “Meant to Be,” one with the original lyrics and one personalized for the RC girls basketball team’s season. By the end of Biddulph’s RC version of “Meant to Be,” all in attendance were clapping or singing along with October Rose.
October Rose (www.octoberrosemusic.com) also delivered a strong performance of their debut single, “Heartbreak Song.” The duo recently released its debut EP, “All In,” which features six songs, including the motivational title track.
With their unmistakable chemistry and a contagious, rock-infused sound, October Rose is looking at a bright future. The duo will perform at Clark on June 15(Paragon Tap and Table).
Following its very well-received performance, October Rose posed for a photo with the girls’ basketball team and congratulated the Lions on their successful season.
Jacqueline Biddulph was a member of the 2005 RC girls’ basketball team that won the NJSIAA’s North Jersey Parochial A championship, the only sectional title in program history.
Biddulph was also a manager for the RC baseball team, which won the ’05 Union County Tournament. She’s the younger sister of fellow RC alums Catherine Biddulph (RC ’99), who played basketball at RC and was a varsity assistant coach for many seasons, and Andrew Biddulph (RC ’02), who played baseball for the Lions and was a scorekeeper for the girls’ basketball program.
The Biddulph’s father, Rich, is a public address announcer in The Lions’ Den during basketball season. He was Valedictorian of Roselle Catholic’s Class of 1977.
Your support is worth over $3.8 million in nonpublic school funding.
The Governor's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget cuts funding for nonpublic school programs.
These losses directly affect our children's health and safety and mean that we will have to do more with less or go without next year. Meanwhile, public school aid has been increased by $283MM.
Your voice can and will make a difference in the budget! Click below to contact your legislator.
Billboard remembers RC alum Tom Coyne '72 on the anniversary of his death.
The Roselle Catholic Boys Basketball team has completed the clean sweep of championships this season. The team’s storybook year concluded this past Sunday with a 61-54 win over Don Bosco Prep in the Tournament of Champions Championship Game in Trenton. The Lions compiled a 29-4 record for the season, going undefeated in the state of New Jersey, and winning 15 games against teams currently ranked in the NJ.com Top 20, 9 of which came against top 10 teams.
In the TOC Final, the team continued to excel in their team-style play with multiple members contributing in big ways throughout the game. McDonald’s All-American Senior Nazreon Reid led the way with 22 points and 5 rebounds and 2 blocks, but when foul trouble forced him to the bench for critical minutes in the middle of the second half, the team stepped up to ensure the victory. Senior Alanzo Frink who has had a tremendous year, and remarkable state playoff run, came alive with 7 points in the final minutes of the game on his way to a total 16 to go with 4 boards on the day, while Juniors Josh Pierre-Louis and Kahlil Whitney chipped in with 8 and 6 respectively, and Whitney grabbed 6 key rebounds as well. Senior Ithiel Horton also provided 6 points while Senior Jason Battle scored 3, but it was his 3 big steals late in the game which sparked the Lions offense in the final quarter to help propel the Lions to a 12 point lead in the final minute of play.
The team’s chemistry was evident from the opening tip of their game vs Newark Westside on a snowy December night for opening day, and continued throughout the season until they were hoisting the two portions of the TOC Championship trophy (a trophy which had broken before being handed out). Highlights of the season included back-to-back out of state victories against strong programs like Gray Collegiate Academy (SC) and Smyrna (DE), snapping Smyrna’s 25-game win streak dating back from last season. Capturing the Union County Conference Watchung Division Championship after going undefeated in league play, including a last minute comeback victory at the final seconds against Patrick School (#12) in the Tom Richel Memorial Hoopfest. The thrilling game in the Metro Classic vs Montverde (FL) when the team came the closest of anyone this season to knock off the #1 team in the nation, losing by 1 point at the buzzer. The Lions captured the program’s first ever Union County Tournament Championship, defeating Patrick School (#12) for the 3rd time of the season, just 2 hours after the Lady Lions captured their own Union County Tournament title on the same court defeating the Lady Celtics. The Lions then ran the gamut for the NJSIAA Non-Public North B Section (arguably the most difficult section in the State Tournament containing 7 top 20 NJ teams) defeating Koinonia, Christ the King, Montclair Immaculate (#7), and Gill St. Bernard’s (#4) for the State Sectional Championship. The team then came from the brink of heartbreak to thrilling elation when Ithiel Horton assisted on the alley-oop to Naz Reid with 6.3 seconds left to give the Lions the 2 point victory over Ranney Prep (#2) for their 4th State Championship in 6 years. The Tournament of Champions saw the Lions tested by a strong Nottingham (#16) team on their way to the final game vs Don Bosco Prep (#3).
Congratulations to the players and coaching staff on a remarkable season, and a big thank you to all the students, faculty, administration, board members, alumni, and RC community for their support. A special thank you to all those who donated to help send the 2 buses filled with RC students to the TOC Finals on Sunday. The Lions’ Pride is strong.
The Roselle community came together on Jan. 15 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Roselle Catholic senior Edwin Engleton was one of three students recognized with a “Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Award,” which was presented by Keyanna Jones-Lovett, president elect of the Roselle/Roselle Park Rotary Club, during a service in the Abraham Clark High School auditorium.
The plaque Edwin received states: “You emulate the timeless values of MLK: courage, truth, unconditional love, compassion, dignity, humility and service to others. It is through this spirit and empowering leadership that unites us and gives hope for a future of social justice and equality.”
Edwin was joined by his parents, Godmother and Roselle Catholic Campus Minister and senior religion teacher Tim Hagan at the event, which began in the cafeteria with breakfast prepared by Abraham Clark’s Culinary Arts Department.
“Edwin is one of the most selfless people I know,” said Hagan, who graduated from RC in 2003. “He is very involved with many services activities through Roselle Catholic’s campus ministry program. He is a regular at our Bridges program, a homeless outreach organization, and with Bernice’s Place, an afterschool program run by the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.
“On top of that, he is ready, at the drop of a hat, to jump in to anything that will help out: unloading a truck of donated bicycles; transporting Christmas gifts and cleaning up after a gift boutique for the Coalition; or peer counseling. If that isn’t enough, he packs up dozens of bags of toiletries and face cloths to distribute to people without homes. He made over 70 for our New Year’s Eve Bridges run, and will make the bags frequently for distributions outside of the regular school trips.”
Keynote speaker Diane Mathis, a local community activist and long-time Roselle resident, spoke about the legacy of Dr. King and his life’s journey. Students from Abraham Clark and Roselle Park High School joined Engleton in being recognized at the event on MLK Day.
Roselle Catholic had plenty to celebrate Saturday evening after both the Varsity Girls
and Varsity Boys Basketball teams took home some hardware for defeating Patrick
School in the UCT Finals to win the Union County Championship trophy. This marks
a 6 th UCT Championship for the Girls program, and the 1 st ever in Roselle Catholic
Boys Basketball history. The scene at Kean was electric, and a big thank you to all
students, parents, faculty, alumni, and friends who came out to show that Lions’
In the first match-up of the day, the Lady Lions jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, and
controlled the game throughout. Despite surges from the Patrick School team, RC
held their composure and were able to hold on for the big victory. Sophomore
Taniya Hanner led all scorers with 15 points on her way to a double-double after
racking up 13 rebounds. Victoria Jacobs hit 2 critical 3 pointers in the contest on
her way to 11 points, with Tyara McQueen and Kayla Haywood each adding 10 and
Jenissa Encarnacion providing 9 points of her own. The balanced scoring helped
propel the Lady Lions past the NJ #18 Celtics in the contest. “We want to play where
we share the ball and everyone is a threat,” Coach Joe Skrec stated. Coach Skrec,
recently named as an inductee this year into NJSCA Hall of Fame, knows what it
takes to be a champion, having guided the Lions to all 6 of their Union County
Tournament Championships. The team now sets their sights on the NJSIAA State
Tournament, set to begin this Tuesday evening at 6PM in the Lions Den as the Lady
Lions face Doane Academy.
After the post-game honoring of the team with their championship trophy and
individual medals, it was the boys’ turn. The Lions fell behind in the first quarter,
but amped up their game in the 2 nd quarter and never looked back, outscoring
Patrick School 18-8 in that second quarter. Junior Kahlil Whitney led the way for
the Lions with his 19 points and Senior Ithiel Horton provided 18, with both of them
providing sparks to the team’s offense throughout the contest through multiple
thunderous dunks for Whitney and four 3-pointers from Horton. Alanzo Frink
netted 13 points and Jason Battle hit for 9, Josh Pierre-Louis added 5 and Naz Reid
scored 4 to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Ithiel Horton exclaimed, “There
are alumni from the ‘70s and ‘80s here who have never won this. We didn’t just do
this for us; we did it for them.” The long drought without a UCT Title is over. Now
the team is gearing up for a run in the NJSIAA State Tournament. Their first round
game vs Koinonia is Tuesday evening at 8PM in the Lions Den, following the girls.
The Boys game will air on Verizon Fios Tuesday at 7:30PM and the Girls will air Wednesday at 7:30PM
The Roselle Catholic Girls Basketball team ended 2017 on a very high note, and continued through the new year with that success. After beginning the Winter season with big Union County Conference victories over Westfield and Cranford, the team entered the annual RC Holiday Tournament. The Lady Lions took an early lead in the opening game vs Matawan and never looked back. After defeating the Huskies, the RC team faced another tough opponent in a strong West Orange HS team. Despite trailing for the first three quarters of play, the Lady Lions kept their poise and were able to hold West Orange to only 5 points in the 4th quarter, on their way to the win over West Orange and the Holiday Tournament Championship. Victoria Jacobs led the team with 15 points and Tyara McQueen provided 10 on their way to being named to the All Tournament Team. All Tournament MVP Taniya Hanner added 9 points and 12 boards, while Nina Worthey netted 7 and Jenissa Encarnacion added 3. The Junior Lady Lions also defeated Matawan in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament to earn their spot in the Championship game, but fell to a strong West Orange JV Girls squad, earning the tournament runner-up position.
The Lady Lions were quickly put to the test in the new year, facing last season’s top team Patrick School. After multiple lead changes throughout the first quarter, the Lady Lions took the lead once and for all at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, and held on for the win, claiming their spot as the current top team in Union County. The team then took the court at Hardwood Arena on the campus of Kean University to face Oak Knoll in the SFIC Classic. The team once again fought hard to come back after trailing for most of the game. After holding Oak Knoll to only 3 points in the 3rd quarter and cutting their lead down to 2, the team outscored Oak Knoll in the 4th quarter to add another win to their total. The Lady Lions then continued to tear through Union County winning division games vs Union and New Providence.
The well-balanced attack of the Lady Lions makes them very difficult to defend, and makes them a fun and exciting team to watch. Led by Seniors Tyara McQueen and Victoria Jacobs, the RC girls continue to impress on the court. McQueen is averaging 14.1 points per game and leads the team with 20 3-pointers for the 9 game season, making her deadly from beyond the arc. Jacobs has hit many crucial shots, including a big 3 in the comeback win over Oak Knoll. Junior Taniya Hanner leads the team with 17 points per game to go with her 9.7 rebounds per game. Hanner’s play in the middle both offensively and defensively has caught the eye of many and helped her emerge as one of the top players in the state. The guard playmaking of Junior Jenissa Encarnacion has helped create many transition points for the Lady Lions, providing a number of key assists, while also knocking down big long-range shots. Encarnacion hit a major 3-pointer which helped the team pull away in the 3rd quarter against Patrick School.. Sophomore Nina Worthey has also come up big for RC after returning from a pre-season injury which sidelined her for the team’s opening games. Worthey has come up with critical blocks and rebounds to help a number of defensive stops during the team’s big games. The team is rounded out by great play coming off the bench from Sophomores Janelle McNeill and Kayla Haywood along with Senior Princess Moise.
The Lady Lions remain unbeaten in the state of New Jersey, suffering only the most recent loss in their game against Loomis Chaffee Charter (CT) in the Say Yes to Success Event, despite cutting the lead down to just 3 with under a minute left of play. The team’s upcoming schedule can be found below. For the most up-to-date and complete schedule, check out https://www.rosellecatholic.org/athletics-calendar-varsity-girls-basketball.
Tuesday, January 16 vs Westfield. 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 18 @ Cranford. 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 20 @ Governor Livingston. 1:00 PM
Tuesday, January 23 vs Rahway. 7:00 PM
Roselle Catholic Lions Boys Basketball, NJ’s #1 Team
The Roselle Catholic Boys Basketball team is off to a great start one month into the 2017-18 season. From the opening tip-off in the Lions Den vs Newark Westside HS on Dec 15th, the team has hit the ground running.
The team has already racked up big in state victories over Gill St. Bernards (Ranked #3 in NJ) in the Metro Holiday Classic and St. Marys (ranked #11 in NJ) in the SFIC Classic at Kean. The Lions picked up very big national victories over Smyrna (DE) and Gray Collegiate Academy (SC) in the Slam Dunk To The Beach in Delaware over the holiday break as well. In the first month of action, the team remains unbeaten against Jersey opponents, and have only obtained losses this season to Imhotep Charter (PA) (ranked #23 in the nation by MaxPreps) and Oak Ridge (FL) (ranked #17 in the nation by MaxPreps) in the Spalding HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts this past weekend.
Led by Senior Nax Reid, the Lions are looking primed to make big runs in both the Union County Tournament and NJSIAA State Tournament this year. Reid was recently featured during a segment on the show Sports Stars of Tomorrow which aired on ABC. You can catch that feature at http://www.sportsstarsoftomorrow.com/articles/detail/National/Profile/Naz-Reid---Roselle-Catholic-Forward---HighlightsInterview---Sports-Stars-of-Tomorrow. Naz currently averages 16.8 points per game along with 9 rebounds per game for RC. He has certainly proved why he is a top rated national player, and will be playing for the LSU Tigers next year.
Along with Reid, seniors Alanzo Frink and Ithiel Horton were recently 3 of only 9 NJ boys basketball players nominated for the coveted spots to be named a McDonald’s All-American. Horton, already committed to the University of Delaware, has added a spark to Roselle Catholic since transferring over to the Lions after the closing of St. Anthony’s this past summer. Frink continues to impress as well on the defensive end, and has helped offensively in many key situations. Senior Jason Battle’s guard play has helped pace the offense, and poses a strong outside threat from beyond the arc. Junior Kahlil Whitney, a top ranked national player for the Class of 2019, is a versatile player who helps run the floor offensively as well as create a disturbance defensively. Josh-Pierre Louis, a junior, runs the point for the team, helping to create the action. Colby Rogers and Cliff Omoruyi help round out the team, both having a strong presence inside, and Rogers being a strong shooting threat for the team.
The Junior Varsity team has also had a successful start, amassing victories throughout Union County and beyond. Most notably, the JV team picked up the Championship trophy at the Keith Benovengo Memorial Holiday Tournament at Scotch Plains, with big victories over Roselle and Union Catholic. The Freshman team defeated Oratory Prep in their Christmas Tournament before being edged by St. Marys in the Championship Game, earning runner-up status. All levels of Lions Boys Basketball have a lot more excitement ahead this season.
While the team continues to travel around the country, you can enjoy many of the team’s games from the comfort of your own home. Many of the RC Lions Boys Basketball games are streamed on their very own site, at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/roselle-catholic-high-school-roselle-nj. You can purchase a monthly, seasonal, or yearly subscription to catch all the action.
Full schedule can be found at https://www.rosellecatholic.org/athletics-calendar-varsity-boys-basketball.
Roselle Catholic High School was well represented at the annual Write on Sports Gala.
Joe Skrec, Roselle Catholic’s Assistant Principal for Student Affairs and the Director of the Write on Sports Camp at RC, attended the affair with RC alumnus Rich Biddulph and Matthew Figueroa and Andrew Figueroa – current Roselle Catholic students who are graduates of the WoS Camp at RC.
The organization’s 11th Annual Gala took place at Avenue A Club in Newark, an eye-catching, two-floor venue filled with antique cars that won’t soon be forgotten by event attendees.
“The WoS banquet provided a bird’s-eye view of how one idea can make such a difference on our future leaders,” said Rich Biddulph, Roselle Catholic Class of 1977’s Valedictorian. “Interacting with the program’s executive team motivated me to jump in and support the Roselle Catholic program, under the direction of Mr. Joseph Skrec.
“This program is already paying dividends as exhibited by the Figueroa brothers, who clearly possess the poise and communication skills honed during the RC WoS camp. Both truly personify the ideals of our RC community.”
The Figueroa Brothers mingled with fell Write on Sports graduates and sponsors at the gala.
Matthew and Andrew, and Rich Biddulph, also had a chance to meet well-known sports scribe Peter King, the Master of Ceremonies for the gala.
One of the best known NFL reporters in America, King writes for Sports Illustrated and leads The MMQB, a webs site he launched with Sports Illustrated in 2013. King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column is considered must reading for NFL fans.
In addition to King, Write on Sports founder Byron Yake addressed the audience at the WoS Gala.
Write on Sports is a journalism program for middle school students that helps teach youth how to write about sports as a way to inspire and help them to write.
During a two-week, tuition-free summer camp, guest sports journalists model and conduct interviews with specially-selected athletes. Students then become the journalists – they stand up, announce their name and affiliation and ask a question.
Students and teachers prepare for interviews by reviewing bios and player statistics, then developing a series of questions. Campers build on their research capabilities, their critical thinking and their self-confidence through the work. WoS teachers work closely with each student on blogs, feature stories and videos they produce on computers.
For information about Roselle Catholic’s Write on Sports camp, which will take place in July for the fifth consecutive year, contact Joe Skrec at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Roselle Catholic has a very aggressive, talented and hustling team and they are perfectly behaved young ladies from all that we’ve seen over the year,” White said. “You can't get better than that.
The Roselle Catholic alumni came together in an amazing effort to raise the necessary funds to bring baseball back to the RC campus last year with the upgrade to the baseball field. RC Baseball coach Dan Olear (RC '85) gave the baseball alumni a chance to play on the newly constructed field named in their honor at Alumni Park by hosting the 1st Roselle Catholic Alumni Baseball Game on Saturday, September 16th.
The Roselle Catholic community was saddened to learn that Edward "Eddie" Sisk, Class of 1975, Patriarch of Elizabeth's fire department as second-generation fire chief, RC Board Member and leading figure in Roselle Catholic and Irish-American circles and youth sports coach, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at age 60.
When I first heard the very shocking and sad news that Ed Sisk of the Class of 1975 had suddenly left us, my immediate thought of Ed was, “his devotion to Roselle Catholic was matchless.” It took only a minute before I realized that RC was not the only fortunate recipient of Ed’s dedication and devotion. Ed had an extraordinarily wide orbit that he brought his boundless energy, commitment and enthusiasm to bear.
First and foremost Ed was devoted to his family, wife Helen, and their three children, Edward, Nicholas and Erin, all RC alumni. Ed was devoted to the Elizabeth Fire Department, which he joined in 1980, rising through the ranks, following his father’s legacy to become its Chief in 2003, before retiring in 2010.
It’s an understatement to say Ed was a man of many passions. He was a dedicated board member at Roselle Catholic, an active volunteer in the RC community, running fundraisers, and coaching girls' softball from 2003 to 2015.
In September of 2011, as RC Board Chair at the time, I asked Ed to join the board. It was here that I saw first hand the devotion and work ethic that was part of Ed’s DNA. Ed was not satisfied just coming to Board meetings. He had to be involved. He volunteered. He did the heavy lifting! In addition to his coaching RC Girls softball for 12-years, he brought his ceaseless energy to the Board’s Physical Plant & Campus Safety committee and its many projects, as well as organizing the RC Saint Patrick's Day Dance.
Ed was also a dedicated parishioner to St. Genevieve's in Elizabeth and active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Upon retirement, Ed continued his dedication to civil service as a contractor and subject matter expert for the N.J. Civil Service Commission. In addition to his memorable career with the EFD, Ed led a life dedicated to volunteerism in the community. He was an active volunteer with youth sport programs with Saint Adalbert's, Saint John the Apostle, North Elizabeth Little League, and Elmora Youth League.
Ed found great joy in combining his Irish heritage with his desire to give back. He was a past president of The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Union County and was named the Union County Saint Patrick's Day Parade's Distinguished Serviceman of the Year.
In 2007, Chief Sisk took immense pride in swearing in his two sons, Eddie and Nick, as fourth generation firefighters in the City of Elizabeth, continuing a family honor and tradition. Daughter Erin Sisk ’06 shared, “Many say one of the proudest days of of my Dad's life was swearing in his two sons into EFD, but our father was proud, everyday, of Eddie and Nick, the men they have become, and the men they continue to be.”
Ed was instrumental in coordinating the Elizabeth Fire Department's mutual aid response to New York City following the 9/11 attack. He was a past president of Elizabeth IAFF Fire Officers Local 2040.
Daughter Erin further shared, “They say age is just a number, despite only having 60 short years, Dad accomplished more than most do in 90 years. He joined the Elizabeth Fire Department and quickly climbed the ranks, but never with sacrificing any aspect of his family life. He stood by us all in any way he could. We are better people for having Eddie Sisk in our lives, but we are even better for having been loved by him.”
One alum, having attended Ed's wake and funeral mass, told me that it resembled the memorial for a Head of State. Knowing Ed, I think he’d be embarrassed by that. Yet, for us he left behind and the wide orbit he touched, it’s a tribute we know he deserves.
In his memory, Ed’s family and family’s have established The Edward Joseph Sisk Scholarship Fund at Roselle Catholic. Donations may be made online via the link below or sent to Roselle Catholic High School, 350 Raritan Rd., Roselle, N.J. 07203
by Tom Libonate '64
Again this year, Roselle Catholic maintained its strong association with Write on Sports, a non-profit organization that works to improve students’ writing skills through sports reporting.
Aspiring sportswriters were once more were given the chance to develop their skills through instruction from professional sportswriters and experience interviewing high profile basketball players.
Before he answered a middle school student’s inquiry, 6-foot-8 professional basketball player Jameel Warney, seated inside the loccker room at his alma mater, looked the preteen in the eye, smiled and said: “That’s a good question.”
A guest appearance from Warney on July 18 was one of the highlights of the two-week, tuition-free Write on Sports camp at Roselle Catholic, which was attended by eight students who’ll be entering grades six through nine next month.
Warney, Roselle Catholic High School’s all-time leading scorer, a Stony Brook University hoops legend, whose retired jersey #20 hangs from the rafters of the school’s on-campus arena, and a key player for the Texas Legends of the NBA-D League last winter – swimmingly fielded questions from campers-turned-reporters during an informative Q&A session that the middle schoolers used to gather information to pen a news story for the camp’s blog.
“They asked some very good questions,” said Warney, RC Class of 2012. “I was actually a little surprised at how well the campers were prepared.”
“I enjoyed seeing the campers learn so much in a short period of time,” said Ashley Skrec, co-director the Write on Sports session at Roselle Catholic. “By the end of two weeks, they knew all about the 5 W’s of journalism, bylines, headlines, and how to ask our guests good questions.
“I especially loved seeing them put their skills to use in our press conferences. They were proud to raise their hands and say, “Hi, I am (name stated) from Write on Sports and my question is. This is a skill not many of them had before walking through the RC doors on July 17th. It was a pleasure to see them grow as learners and writers.”
Warney, who visited WoS at RC in between NBA summer league stints in Orlando (with the Dallas Marvericks) and Las Vegas (Los Angeles Clippers), concluded his visit with a post-game locker-room session with the campers, who faced deadline-like time restrictions to ask questions. Was one of two high-profile basketball guests to visit the Write on Sports session on Roselle Catholic.
Syracuse University sophomore Tyus Battle, a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, and Gannett NJ sports writer Jerry Carino, whose Hoops Haven blog is a must read for college basketball fans in the Garden State, spoke to and answered questions from campers on July 26. Battle, an All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team selection, averaged 11.3 points per game for the Orange this past season. He started 25 games, including the final 22.
Over the course of the season, Battle emerged as a reliable offensive threat for Syracuse. In the Orange's last seven games, Battle's scoring average soared to 17.4 points per game.
"Write on Sports is just a fantastic concept, using sports as a way to inspire kids to write,” said Carino, who teaches a sports journalism class at Kean University. “Interacting with the inquisitive, well-prepared Roselle Catholic campers is a treat – as is watching fellow guests do the same.
“Tyus Battle has played in front of 30,000 fans and been interviewed by hundreds of reporters, you could tell he got a real kick out of the give-and-take with these kids. And you know what? They got insights from a guy who might be a year away from playing in the NBA. You can't beat that for hands-on learning."
In between the visits of big-time basketball guests, the Write on Sports campers at Roselle Catholic attended a New jersey Jackals baseball game at Montclair State University, wrote feature stories for a student-produced magazine and teamed up to create sports-related videos that were shown to friends and family following the final camp session.
“Write on Sports is a very positive experience for campers because it is an opportunity for them to make friends, have some fun, and strengthen their writing skills,” said Skrec, a junior at Marist College, who was a four-year varsity basketball player and valedictorian of Roselle Catholic’s Class of 2015.
“As a first year camp counselor, I was not too sure what to expect, so I really came in with an open mind. I was pleasantly surprised to see how engaged and excited the campers often were about the Write on Sports content. I know that writing in the summer may not be the most glamorous or fun activity to be doing, but the campers really worked hard to learn good journalism skills and write creative stories.
“It was great to see the campers take ownership of their work and really get involved in the different activities. Overall, the entire experience was very motivating for me as a future educator. It is a great feeling when you see students interested in learning.”
Jameel Warney, Roselle Catholic High School’s all-time leading scorer, made an appearance at Roselle Catholic Basketball Camp on June 22, just a day after returning to New Jersey from the Dallas Mavericks’ training camp in The Lone Star State.
Warney – who had his jersey (#20) retired at Stony Brook University last winter – showed no signs of jet lag as he answered questions from enthusiastic campers, ranging from first graders to incoming high school freshmen, threw down some dunks and even played a little one-on-one with a few excited grade schoolers.
Playing 44 games for the Texas Legends, the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, averaged 17.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1 block on 58% from the field in only 29 minutes per game. Warney and the Legends played in front of some of the D-League’s most enthusiastic and supportive crowds as Texas averaged 6,000 per home game in Frisco.
Jameel Warney suited up for the Dallas Mavericks in the Orlando Pro Summer League where he was named the #5 top player in league play.
A 2012 graduate of Roselle Catholic, Warney, who was one of 40 players invited to the D-League Elite Mini Camp in Chicago in May, will next suit up for Dallas on July 1st at the Orlando Pro Summer League. Warney will also join the Los Angeles Clippers for the NBA Summer League 2017 between July 7-17 for games at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
A three-time America East Conference Player of the Year selection (2014-16), Warney and the Seawolves won the 2016 America East Conference Tournament to secure the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament (where Stony Brook fell to Kentucky and fellow RC graduate Isaiah Briscoe). He scored 43 points against Vermont in the ESPN-televised conference final.
Warney concluded his Seawolves’ career as the school’s all-time leader in points (2,132), rebounds (1,275), blocks (275) and games played. At Stony Brook, Warney played for current Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell (and assistant coach Jay Young).
A Stony Brook University graduate, Warney hopes to continue pursuit of his NBA dream with a training camp invite in the fall. If Warney fails to land-on an NBA roster, he’ll have options to play professionally overseas.
In 2012, Warney, a Plainfield resident, helped Roselle Catholic and coach Dave Boff reach the Union County Tournament final for just the second time (and first since 1963) at that point in program history. Plainfield defeated the Lions, 72-66, in the ’12 UCT final at Kean University.
The Roselle Catholic Basketball Camp concluded July 14 in The Lions’ Den with an awards ceremony.
This Spring saw the first official varsity baseball game on the Roselle Catholic campus in almost 30 years.
When varsity baseball was last played on the RC campus, Dan Olear from the class of 1985 hit a home run over the left center fence in one of his final at bats as a Lion.
Coach Olear, who returned to guide the Lions baseball team this past season, fondly remembers his playing days on the very same diamond. New memories on the field have already begun to take form, and there are many more to come.
Alumni Park has brought baseball back to RC campus -- and with it came the fans and a heightened energy. The new scoreboard, generously donated by the class of 1966, the refurbished dugouts, major league grade infield, new bleachers, outdoor hitting cage and bullpens have proven to be great upgrades in bringing baseball back on campus. Most notably the two "green monsters" standing 30 feet high in both right and left field, are the signature of Alumni Park.
While the planned festivities the first two weekends of the season were cancelled due to the weather, Xavier Krok threw the first official pitch at the newly renovated ballpark on April 8th in a game versus Brearley.
This year's RC Golf Classic was a big hit, especially considering the weather forecast looked questionable at best hours before alumni and friends were to tee off.
Luckily for the 80+ golfers the skies remained clear for the entire round and the course at NJ National Golf Club was in great condition.
The winning team of Nick Sisk '03, Kenneth Nocera '94, Joe Ferrara '93 and John Verdon '93 shot a 12-Under Par 60 to take the championship by two strokes over Dave Boff, Brian Koch '04, Steve Richel and Vin Gulbin. Finishing in 3rd Place were John Korn '85, Jack Ryan '85, Jeff Spotts '85 and John Trumball '85.
After the round the group enjoyed food and drinks while participating in both a silent and live auction. Everyone had a wonderful day of golf and friendship.
Special thanks to Golf Chair, Joe Higgins, and also Michelle Campbell who helped with everything leading up to the event and the activities at the course.
View more photos on RC SmugMug >> CLICK HERE