Montclair Mounties Want North Bergen Bruins Stripped of Football State Champ Title

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:25am  |  COMMENTS (11)

According to The Jersey Journal, The Montclair Mounties, the high school’s football team, have filed an appeal to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) after it ruled in early May that North Bergen High School would keep the title of state championship, but that the athletic program would be placed on two years probation. The punishment came after the NJSIAA found that Vincent Ascolese, the football coach at North Bergen High School for 39 years, (and his family) recruited two key players. These two illegally recruited players were on the team (The Bruins) when they defeated The Montclair Mounties in the State Championship in December

Barista Kids ran a poll after the ruling and almost 87% of you said that NBHS should be stripped of the trophy and the Mounties should get it. But The Mounties don’t want the title, they just don’t want North Bergen to have it. They are appealing the ruling and want North Bergen Bruins’ State Championship title voided.

Montclair is being represented by the Newark-based law firm Adams Stern Gutierrez & Lattiboudere. A hearing on the appeal is scheduled for June 6.

You know how I feel about it as a NBHS alumna. How do you feel?


  1. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  May 31, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    I’ve followed this from the start and this coach is the lowest of the low. Days after the season he tosses this kid and his family out on the street and claims it was normal tenant landlord dispute. How about NBHS offer to vacate the crown? That would show true sportsmanship.

  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  May 31, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    I wish they would herb. When I went to NBHS it was ALL about football and not in a good way.

  3. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  May 31, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    It amazes me nowadays with the attitude of some coaches. Wayne Hills is probably one the more controversial programs in the state because of their coach/AD. A handful of his players decided to give a good beat down to a kid from Wayne Valley and send him to the hospital a few weeks before the states. The biggest concern they had was if these kids would be eligible to play in state playoffs. The players were initially stone walling with information. I know there are opinions all over the place about this stuff but imo the school administration or the coach at least would have said you know what we don’t deserve to go to the playoffs and pull team out for this crapola. It would never happened but that would send the right message.

  4. POSTED BY stu  |  May 31, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    “Montclair is being represented by the Newark-based law firm Adams Stern Gutierrez & Lattiboudere.”

    So Montclair’s tax dollars are being used to strip a different towns name from a trophy? Social justice again? When the town goes bankrupt in 2016 and the state is running the local government, at least Montclair will be able to proudly say, “If it wasn’t for Montclair, North Bergen High School would still be listed as Football champs back in 2011.”

  5. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 31, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    As long as the populace keeps bowing down to the sports gods, nothing will change. This has been going on for years and will continue after we are all long gone. This is not an aberration it is a daily fact of the sporting life, low down and out. Get used to it.

  6. POSTED BY jhartnett  |  May 31, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    NBHS was found guilty of violating the rules of interscholastic athletics because they used ineligible players in the game with Montclair. According to the news reports, the MANDATORY penalty stated in the rules in writing is that they MUST forfeit the game. However, the only penalty they were given was two years “probation” with no game forfeiture, in direct contradiction to the written required penalty. This is obviously a blatant wrong done against Montclair youth and against the system of fair play via untold undue influences.

    Sometimes you need to stand up for what is right. This is especially so when it is in an atmosphere where life-lessons are being imparted to our youth – should that lesson be, “don’t worry, do what’s wrong and you’ll get away with it;” or should it be, “follow the rules and stand for what’s right, honorable, and just.”

    I support the second option. The legal fees for an appeal like this are not extraordinary and can lead to a greater good down the road that will save further conflicts and costs. I commend MHS Athletic Director John Porcelli for taking the honorable path and for standing up for the youth under his charge.

  7. POSTED BY njgator  |  May 31, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Joe – With all due respect, what’s the ballpark for “not extraordinary”? This town is broker than broke. There are also a lot of life lessons being learned by 4 year olds that need financial assistance to attend the PreK…but we’ve cut their funding down to only $62.5k this year. If even one more kid could attend the PreK this year and have less of an achievement gap that needs to be bridged next year by the MPS, I personally think that’s a much better use of those funds.

  8. POSTED BY njgator  |  May 31, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    And couldn’t we get someone to file this pro bono for us?

  9. POSTED BY stu  |  May 31, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    The coaches of all of the schools in the division should have pressured the NJSIAA to overturn the decision on their own or threaten to boycott play the following year or in other sports for the remainder of this year. Spending tax dollars to fight this decision is poor use of taxpayer’s dollars which is really the lesson which needs to be learned. Or in the case of Montclair, the real lesson being taught here is to spend what you don’t have on noble causes, until saving your town becomes one of them.

  10. POSTED BY jhartnett  |  May 31, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    Ballpark to me is 2-4 thousand dollars, certainly under 5. If any more, then something else could be cut to fund it – there are many cost items less important than this. Having said that, the suggestion for a boycott is also excellent and, if doable, is a viable alternative. But maybe the same politics of the organization that led to this ridiculous decision also make such a boycott not doable; I just don’t have enough knowledge of the politics to intelligently address that. The main point is that something should be done; this should not be allowed to stand.

  11. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  June 01, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Amen to what Paz says. Unless Montclair residents are willing to mount a
    letter writing campaign that’s widely participated in, this will stay the way it is without legal challenge. It is an abomination.

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