Seton Hall University's Walsh Gym has been the venue of many terrific college and high school basketball games through the years including the top players from around the country and helps highlight the latest trivia questions from the Reilly brothers. While many sports fans may recall that NJ Heist president Sergio Rodriguez went to Newark East Side, it is perhaps not as well known where the Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia (second photo, right) went to high school. In third photo is superb nj.com sportswriter Mike Kinney seen interviewing the former East Side star Nas Amos, while in fourth photo retired Science hoops coach Milton Gaylord is seen enjoying moment with trivia quiz co-author Mike Reilly, who is a former coach at McNair Academic. Kinney and Science are also part of the trivia quiz, as are the memorable Cougars of Columbia High School seen in bottom photo of 23-0 1983 squad that maintained the long winning streak and lost just one set all season. (photos courtesy of SHU Athletics, Mustafa Hooten, SC and Columbia High School Hall of Fame)
Essex Pols And Walsh Gym
Among Topics In Trivia Quiz
By Steve Tober
The endless array of personalities throughout Essex County and beyond in North Jersey always lend very well to sports trivia questions to test one’s knowledge of athletics and other areas, including local politics as the latest quiz, provided by the Reilly brothers, Mike and Sean, will very likely be a challenge to most, including those with an extensive number of years put in following the local and statewide sports scene.
Here we go and good luck!
1-Before Science Park High School moved to its fine location on Norfolk Street, where did the Milton Gaylord-led Chargers play their home games?
2-A Morris County basketball alum was chosen 32nd overall in the 1987 NBA draft and played for the Mavericks, Pistons, Timberwolves, Bullets and Raptors during the course of a five-year career. Name the player and the high school he attended.
3-Before becoming a much-respected sports writer at The Star-Ledger, Mike Kinney was a multi-sport athlete at which Essex County high school?
4-Bloomfield’s football team defeated Passaic, 7-0, on Oct. 1, 1988 to snap a 40-game losing streak. What current Essex County athletic director quarterbacked the Bengals to victory that day?
5-Which current Essex County AD played four years of D1 basketball at Maryland-Baltimore County, where he played in 110 games over four years (starting 109) and averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 assists throughout his solid career?
6- Match the Essex County political figure with the high school they attended and sports that they played:
A-County Executive Joe DiVincenzo
B-Chief of Staff Phil Alagia
C-County Clerk Chris Durkin
D-Sheriff Armando Fontoura
1-Columbia (football and lacrosse)
2-Barringer (football, basketball, baseball)
3-Immaculate Conception (football, wrestling, track)
4-East Side (soccer)
7-A Morris County football alum played 16 years in the NFL from 2000 through 2015 with the Titans, Bears, Broncos and Cardinals. Name the player and high school he attended.
8-Name a Union County high school named after a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
9-The Greater Newark Tournament had a statewide field from 1933 through 1972 until becoming the Essex County baseball championship tournament from 1973 onward. Which Essex school won the most championships during the original period, with five titles in total?
10-The Columbia girls volleyball team won 247 straight regular-season and post-season matches from the program’s inception in 1977 before the streak ended in 1988. The Cougars, however, were beaten in the 1981 Essex County Tournament final after a day of pool-play competition. Who won the ECT that year?
11-Which school defeated Columbia to snap its 247-match streak during the 1988 girls volleyball season?
12-Name the only individual to coach teams to an Essex County Tournament championship in boys basketball, a state championship in boys basketball and multiple berths in the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament.
13-The 1975 NBA champion Golden State Warriors were coached by an Essex County basketball great and featured a playoff MVP from Union County. Who were the two legends?
14-Walsh Gymnasium on the campus of Seton Hall University has loads of history dating back to its opening in 1941. Which of the following individuals did NOT play in a game at the venerable hoops venue, which is currently undergoing a renovation that includes replacement of the original balcony seats?
15-Name the four high schools located within one mile of Essex County College in Newark.
16-One of the greatest achievements in state track & field history occurred at the 1967 AAU National Championships when this Essex County standout ran a 3:59.8 mile, making him the only high schooler in New Jersey to ever run a sub-4:00 mile, an achievement that stands to this day. Who was the athlete and which school did he attend?
17-Only one girls basketball player in Essex County history has scored more than 3,000 points. Name the player, who finished with 3,105, and the school that she attended.
Bonus question: Legend has it that a professional athlete set a Jimmy Buff’s eating record by consuming six double Italian hot dogs and six single Italian dogs in a single-session. Who was he?
1-Science formerly played games at the Newark YMCA.
2-Bob McCann, who graduated from Morristown High in 1982, was a second-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1987 after graduating from Morehead State. He died in 2011 at age 47.
3-Mike Kinney is a proud graduate of Immaculate Conception, where he played football and baseball under coach Joe Lennon.
4-Bloomfield was quarterbacked by Lorenzo Sozio, now the long-time athletic director at Mount St. Dominic.
5-Rob Gogerty, the Cedar Grove athletic director, was a multi-sport star for the Panthers before becoming a hoops standout at UMBC.
6-A-2; B-3; C-1
7-Jefferson Township grad Mike Leach had a long career in the NFL, primarily as an in-demand long snapper.
8-Abraham Clark (Roselle) is named after a New Jersey signer of the Declaration of Independence.
9-A- Irvington was the Essex school with most championships during the open era of the GNT.
11-C- A.L. Johnson.
12-Ted Fiore, among a load of accomplishments in his legendary career as a head mentor, guided Our Lady of the Valley in Orange to Essex County and NJSIAA championships in basketball before coaching St. Peter’s to two MAAC Tournament championships and accompanying NCAA Tournament berths in men’s basketball.
13-Newark legend and Weequahic grad Al Attles was the coach and Roselle Park alum Rick Barry was the playoff MVP for the 1975 NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
14-All of those mentioned played games at Walsh except for C-Bill Bradley. While he starred at Princeton in the 1960s, there were no meetings between Seton Hall and Princeton from 1947 until 1978. Baseball great Gibson visited as a hoops star at Creighton and Academy Award-winning actor Washington played at Fordham.
15-Arts, St Benedict’s, Newark Tech and St. Vincent’s Academy.
16-Marty Liquori of Essex Catholic. He later became an NCAA champion at Villanova, Olympian and Gold Medalist at the Pan Am games.
17-Jennifer Apicella, who graduated from Belleville in 1984, is the all-time leading girls basketball scorer in Essex County and one of a handful in state history to surpass 3,000 points.
Bonus question: Heavyweight boxer and Orange native Tony “Two Ton” Galento (1910-1979) was known for his ferocious punching and eating. He set the Jimmy Buff’s record during his time as a championship contender in the 1930s.
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Gene Chyzowych was a legendary soccer coach at Columbia but he also headed the highly-successful Cougar girls volleyball program. In second photo is Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo who had multi-sports career at an Essex high school, while in bottom photo are the Tripucka brothers, TK and Kelly, who were both hoops standouts at Bloomfield High School and in college, while Kelly went from Notre Dame to a long NBA pro career. (photos by Sideline Chatter & courtesy of Tapinto.net)
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