Eastside Girls Lead Throughout, Beat Tough Montclair 53-37

PATERSON, NJ – The Eastside girls basketball team once again made relatively easy work out of their opponents Saturday when they bested the visiting Mounties from Montlclair 53-37.

With 12 points each from Ronshanae Austin and Symiaha Brown-Cobb, not to mention the former’s 10 rebounds and latter’s six assists, the Ghosts jumped out to a 10-8 lead in the first quarter, building their lead each frame for the final victory.

Jianni Fontan scored 11 points on three-three pointers and two at the foul line while Precious Kitchens garnered eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal of her own.The Ghosts climbed to 9-2 while the Mounties, led by Morgan Marshalls’ 17 points and Ayanna Brantley’s 12 points and 10 rebounds, fell to 9-2.


Knights Hand Paramus Spartan Girls 37-29 Loss

PATERSON, NJ – The JFK Knights girls hardwood sent the visiting Paramus Spartans packing Friday, defeating them 37-29.

Despite falling behind 18-13 at the half, the Knights rallied back with a 16-4 run in the third quarter holding on to up their record to 5-4.

Nandy Cameron led the Knights with 13 points, five rebounds and give steals while Sha’Kirya Wood put in nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds of her own. Kiana Hardison, Jasmine Adams, and Kimaada Melvin all did their part with a combined 15 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals

Covid-19 State News

N.J. reports 2,171 new COVID cases, 15 additional deaths

New Jersey health officials announced 2,171confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday and 15 additional deaths as hospitalizations continued to fall and the state prepares to welcome sports fans back into arenas.

Continuing on a steady decrease, the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus as of Friday night dropped to 1,849 — the lowest it has been since Nov. 12, according to state data.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

New Jersey’s sports and entertainment venues will be allowed to welcome fans for the first time in nearly a year on Monday, with 10% capacity limits on large indoor venues. Outdoor venues can have 15% capacity in fixed seats. In addition to professional sports, a limited number of people will be allowed to attend collegiate games.

There have been 1,960,629 coronavirus vaccine doses administered in New Jersey as of Saturday afternoon, including 1,295,891 first doses and 663,855 second doses.
That’s out of more than 2.47 million doses the state has received, according to a running tally by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of its adult population — about 4.7 million people — within the next few months.
Previously, Murphy said New Jersey could get an initial shipment of 70,000 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week. The vaccine was approved for emergency use on Saturday.

The positivity rate for tests conducted on Tuesday, the most recent day available, was 6.38% based on 53,495 tests. The statewide rate of transmission increased to 0.91, up from .89. Any rate below 1 means the outbreak is slowing.

New Jersey has now reported 701,725 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 10.56 million PCR tests in the nearly 12 months since the state reported its first case March 4, 2020. There have also been 87,631 positive antigen tests. Those cases are considered probable, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.
The state, which has 9 million people, reported 23,253 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 including 2,331 fatalities considered probable. That includes 1,589 confirmed coronavirus deaths reported in February.
New Jersey has identified 63 cases of the COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K. with eight new cases reported Friday.
  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 59,983 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 223,170 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 100,094 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 111,622 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 28,118 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 26,231 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 156,101 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 67,869 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 91,200 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 24,180 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 56,013 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 150,213 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 143,805 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 144,748 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 119,072 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 88,570 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 12,438 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 74,233 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 29,418 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 94,493 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 17,917 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 84,776 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 56,365 doses administered


There were 1,849 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Saturday night — 70 fewer than the previous night and the lowest since Nov. 12, according to the state’s dashboard.
That included 393 in critical or intensive care (11 fewer than the previous night), with 229 on ventilators (19 fewer).
There were also 245 COVID-19 patients discharged Saturday.
Hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,000 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.
New Jersey on Tuesday reported eight new in-school coronavirus outbreaks, bringing the total to 152 cases, which have resulted in 737 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to the state’s dashboard.
New Jersey defines school outbreaks as cases where contact tracers determined two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities at school.
School outbreaks have been reported in all 21 counties, according to the state.
Those numbers do not include students or staff believed to have been infected outside school or cases that can’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks. Though the numbers keep rising every week, Murphy has said the school outbreak statistics remain below what state officials were expecting when schools reopened for in-person classes last summer.

There are about 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, though teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in-person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining all-remote.

Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (31%), followed by those 50-64 (23.3%), 18-29 (19.5%), 65-79 (10.9%), 5-17 (8.4%), 80 and older (5%), and 0-4 (1.7%).
On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with preexisting conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (47.25%), followed by those 65-79 (32.76%), 50-64 (15.58%), 30-49 (4.02%), 18-29 (0.37%), 5-17 (0%), and 0-4 (0.02%).
At least 7,906 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
There are currently active outbreaks at 342 facilities, resulting in 6,413 active cases among residents and 6,538 among staffers.
As of early Saturday, there have been more than 113.89 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.52 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.

The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 28.5 million, and the most deaths, at more than 512,100.


Men’s Basketball at Rutgers-Newark Start Time Changed to 2:00 p.m.

WAYNE, N.J. –The William Paterson men’s basketball game start time at Rutgers-Newark on Saturday, Feb. 13, has been changed to 2:00 p.m.

Crime & Safety U. S. News

Police: Officer murdered after man denied entry for not wearing mask

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Police Department said an officer providing security at a basketball game at George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans, Louisiana was fatally shot by a man who was denied entry to the game because he was not wearing a mask.

According to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records and NOPD, 35-year-old John Shallerhorn was arrested for first-degree murder of a police officer.

Records also show Shallerhorn was booked on an armed robbery charge.

Friday night, near the end of the first quarter of the Carver vs. Warren Easton game, multiple gunshots were fired. The officer was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says the officer was on the Tulane University police force and a reserve constable with the Second City Court in Algiers, New Orleans.

As Shallerhorn was escorted out, he shot the officer twice, NOPD said. Shallerhorn placed the gun on the ground and was arrested on the scene.

Shallerhorn is being held without bond.


Second Half Surge Gives Men’s Basketball 60-55 Victory over Rutgers-Camden

WAYNE, N.J. – season-high 18 points led all scorers as William Paterson men’s basketball (2-2, 2-2 NJAC) rallied from a halftime deficit to secure a 60-55 victory over Rutgers-Camden (0-8, 0-8 NJAC) Feb. 27.


  • With WP in front 12-11 at the 11:20 mark of the opening half, RUC knocked down consecutive three-pointers to gain a five-point edge (17-12, 8:34). Mignone tallied six points during an 8-2 burst that put the Pioneers on top, 20-19, but the Scarlet Raptors used their own 10-3 run to close the half and took a 29-23 lead into the break.
  • Down by nine, 34-25, early in the second half, William Paterson outscored Rutgers-Camden 25-4 over a span of 10:29, to open a 12-point cushion (50-38, 6:33). RUC fought back to make it a four-point contest, 52-48, with just over three minutes to play, but WP hit four clutch shots from the charity stripe in the final minute to seal the win.


  • Mignone finished 8-for-13 (.615) from the field and added three steals.
  • Adryan Lopez (Garfield, N.J./Lyndhurst) posted 13 points, his third double digits scoring effort, and handed out a team-high four assists.
  • Yvens Monfleury (Newark, N.J./American History), the conference’s leader in rebounding, grabbed 10 boards and added seven points.
  • Cody Ripato (Tollesboro, Ky./Augusta) filled the stat sheet with six points, eight rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes of action.


  • WP now awaits the announcement of the NJAC Tournament field. Quarterfinals are slated to begin on Friday, March 5.
Local News

Dozens Displaced by Overnight Blaze

PATERSON, NJ – A three alarm fire tore through an apartment building in the early hours of Saturday, leaving about 50 residents homeless.

Members of the Paterson Fire Department were dispatched to 30 N. 7th St. for multiple reports of a fire at about 2:10 AM. First arriving units from Northside Firehouse found flames coming out of several second floor windows of the two-story brick multi unit building. The flames were threatening a similar building and a second alarm was transmitted.

The fire quickly spread throughout the building and before 2:30 a.m. all firefighters were withdrawn and a third alarm was sounded. One elevated master stream from Ladder 2, and multiple hand lines were put into operation into the original fire building while firefighters also worked inside the building to halt the fire spread.

Heavy fire soon vented out the roof as the entire building became involved. A collapse zone was established as portions of the interior began to collapse and the cornice fell onto the sidewalk. The defensive operation continued for several hours as the flames slowly darkened down.

One firefighter was transported to Saint Barnabas Burn Center with non-life threatening injuries. No injuries were reported to residents.


Devils Fall 5-2 as Team Fails to Overcome Slow Start

Despite the score appearing to show a blowout loss to the Devils, the Devils were rather competitive the whole night, but were unable to overcome a horrendous opening period.

To say the Devils started off slow would be an understatement. The Devils were horrible in the first period – they were unable to corral pucks, found themselves unable to exit the defensive zone, and were oftentimes caught puck-watching as they frantically flailed their sticks around, unable to disrupt passing lanes or take the puck off the Capital players.

The Devils found themselves down incredibly early. The Capitals, the significantly more active and fresh team, found themselves constantly stripping the puck away from the Devils, leading to consistent offensive pressure. Under four minutes into the game, the Capitals and Justin Schultz were able to drive down the right side and catch multiple Devils players puck-watching, as he easily slid a pass to Garnet Hathaway, who deposited the puck into an empty net for the Capitals opening goal.

Nearly two minutes later, the Devils were still reeling in their own end, with the Capitals passing pucks around the perimeter in an attempt to find an open shot. Brendan Dillon eventually decided to fling a puck on net from the left point, which unfortunately double-deflected off both PK Subban and Daniel Sprong before beating Blackwood for a 2-0 lead.

More Capitals pressure followed for the remaining six minutes, as this Devils team offered absolutely nothing for the Capitals. With 6:20 left in the first, the Capitals were able to take advantage of poor defensive coverage by the Devils, as they embarked on a 3-1 with Lars Eller carrying the puck. Eller and Conor Sheary engaged in back-and-forth passing, with the result being a Lars Eller goal which got through Blackwood for a 3-0 Capitals lead.

At this point, the majority of Devils fans, myself included, assumed this would be an absolute drubbing by the Capitals for the remainder of the game. The Devils, to their credit, refused to sit back and allow for this to happen. With just under two minutes in the game, the Devils were able to draw a penalty call on Conor Sheary. From there, Nico Hischier was able to win the proceeding faceoff, where he showed the importance of instantaneous power play possession as he was able to find the rebound from a PK Subban shot and deposit it by Vanacek for his 2nd of the season. Hischier has looked significantly better in the previous two games and was the benefactor in helping the Devils get a goal back to make it 3-1.

The second period saw the Devils significantly more awake, as they got their bearings around their play and executed properly. There were a plethora of different chances for the Devils, as they were able to find chances which they could not connect on in the first. A bit over six minutes in, one of those shots would connect, as the team point leader Pavel Zacha was able to corral a shot in the slot and snipe it past Vanacek for a 3-2 game. Zacha has taken a significant step in his first season post-Hynes, and Devils fans are finally able to see the hype around his shot. He has genuinely been the sniper the Devils have needed in a season where Palmieri has started off cold.

The remainder of the period saw more scoring opportunities, but Vanacek was able to stay strong. Palmieri was hit behind the back by Dmitry Orlov, but the referee seemingly ignored that misconduct.

The third period was likely the Devils best period in terms of play – for the first part of it. There was a plethora of Devils chances, as all of Andreas Johnsson, Damon Severson, Nikita Gusev and Jack Hughes saw incredible chances, which were either stopped by Vanacek or missed the net. Unfortunately for the Devils, as has been the case this season, these myriad of chances accounted for nothing in the long run, as the Capitals took advantage of their only offensive opportunity as Jakub Vrana found himself on a breakaway, which he slotted five-hole past Blackwood for a 4-2 Capitals lead. This goal was not a goal I minded as much, as it made sense for the Devils defenders to be more offensive in their play, in hopes of finding the tying goal in the 3rd.

The rest of the period saw the Devils try in vain to get back even to the Capitals. Unfortunately, the Capital defenders are very solid defensively, so a lot of opportunities were met with protected pucks or covered passing lanes. With that, the Devils pulled the goalie, and Nic Dowd was able to score on the empty net for a 5-2 Capitals win.

And with that, the Devils left off with this tweet

A bit of witty dry humor to close a sad result, but promising game.

Quick Thoughts: Despite the result, I didn’t come out of this as upset as I have with some previous Devils results.

Pavel Zacha has emerged as a legitimate option for the Devils offensively, as he now holds a nine game point streak while seemingly being more willing to fire the puck when he can. He may legitimately be the best shooter on our team and may help to quell any concerns about Kyle Palmieri and what his future may be.

Nico Hischier has taken another step forward as he comes back from injury, showing that his initial performances to start the season were more a sign of rust, rather than legitimate concern. Adding Jesper Bratt to the team gives another creative option for the duo, and have shown why the team isn’t necessarily Jack’s team just yet.

Speaking of Jack Hughes, his line was a bit more quiet tonight, but they still had a solid game. Hughes and Johnsson have developed some chemistry together, usually helping to pin teams in their own defensive zone.

The normally strong fourth line was again quiet today, but as I mentioned in a previous recap, this Capitals team is built differently than other teams in the the division. They are a much larger, stronger side as opposed to teams like the Rangers and Sabres, who do a good job in neutralizing the effectiveness of Bastian and Wood down low.

In terms of who does concern me, I would say that Travis Zajac and Nikita Gusev may need some more time to adjust to the new offensive style of the Devils. When on the ice together, they seem too flat-footed to help much offensively, particularly together. Travis Zajac in particular has not been effective, as he ended as the worst Devils forward on the ice today in terms of Corsi stats (Gusev somehow ended up as the best despite limited ice time).

Other than that, the Devils defense struggled to figure out the speed of Carl Hagelin throughout the game, which may be something to look into going forward. The Devils did a good job of defending Ovechkin, but need to be conscious at all times of other players.

Blackwood may need a break, just to regroup himself and rest up. He didn’t have a bad game, but this many games in succession can’t be good for a goalie.

Overall, this wasn’t the normal disaster that comes with Devils losses. It was far from a good game – but there were promising signs.


Girl Power: Eastside Ghosts Climb to 9-2 in Win Over Clifton

PATERSON, NJ – Jianni Fontan and Symiaha Brown-Cobb, with a combined 19 points, led the Eastside Ghosts girls in their 30-20 victory over Clifton on Thursday. Brown-Cobb also had 11 rebounds, a feat matched by teammate Jhy’Deisha Stewart, who also had five steals.

The Ghosts climbed to 9-2 while the Mustangs fell to 2-9.


Lopez, Monfleury Lead Men’s Basketball to 56-45 Win at Rutgers-Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. – Junior guard Adryan Lopez (Garfield, N.J./Lyndhurst) scored a team-high 17 points and sophomore forward Yvens Monfleury (Newark, N.J./American History) posted his second double-double of the season as William Paterson men’s basketball (1-2, 1-2 NJAC) never trailed during a 56-45 conference road win at Rutgers-Camden (0-7, 0-7 NJAC) Feb. 26.


  • In the first half, William Paterson’s defense limited Rutgers-Camden to just 3-of-20 (.150) shooting, including 1-for-12 from beyond-the-arc, and forced 11 turnovers as the Pioneers opened a 25-point lead, 35-10, and took a commanding 35-11 advantage into the locker room.
  • After intermission, a trifecta from Monfleury gave WP its largest lead of the night, 45-17, with 12:51 remaining. The Scarlet Raptors kept things interesting with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes, but consecutive layups by Caleb Reed (Linden, N.J./Union Catholic) and Monfleury restored the 20-point edge as William Paterson eased to the 11-point triumph.


  • Lopez paced the Pioneers with 17 points on 6-of-11 (.545) from the floor, his second double digit scoring output in as many games.
  • Monfleury, the leading rebounder in the conference with 11.0 per contest,  finished his night with 16 tallies and 10 boards, while Cody Ripato (Tollesboro, Ky./Augusta) chipped-in nine.


  • WP closes out the regular season when its hosts Rutgers-Camden Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m.