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?