Mendham’s struggles and other notes

By Mark Kitchin


The Mendham boys basketball team lost two of their starters last week but the Minutemen (10-7) aren’t counting themselves out. In fact their Morris County Tourament win over Pequannock and an overtime victory against Morris Knolls proves their resilience.

Both Alex Jacobs and T.K. Hayes were dealt injuries during the January 30 game against Randolph that are expected to sideline them for the rest of the season. Jacobs, the team’s leading scorer, finished the game only to find out later that he had broken a bone in his wrist. Hayes tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL during the first half.

Despite the losses ,the seventh-seeded team prevailed over 10th-seeded Pequannock in an opening round Morris County Tournament contest. Joe Lamberto scored 11 points in his second varsity start. Nick D’Elia scored seven points, most in the first half of his first varsity start. D’Elia is the grandson of Morris County coaching legend Muzz Lindsley (Bayley-Ellard and Morristown).

The team, guided by Kevin Schmid in his first year as the Mendham head coach, will need that effort to continue if they have any thoughts of advancing past Mount Olive, the tournament second seed. The Marauders just suffered a loss to Randolph and will be anxious to bounce back.

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Mendham’s Alex Jacobs is expected to miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Maccabi tryouts

Tryouts for Jewish teens from ages 13 to 16 for the JCC Maccabi games will be held at Metrowest JCC in West Orange.

The under-14 tryouts will be held on Sunday, March 3 from 5:45 – 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 from 5:45 to 7 p.m.

The Under-16 tryouts will be held on Sunday, February 10 from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 8-9:30 p.m., Sunday, February 24 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Wednesday, February 27 from 8-9:30 p.m.  Any question can by answered by Sherri Feldscher at or contact

College notes

Former Jefferson standout Derek Hall is wrapping up a solid college career at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Florham. Hall, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound forward, averages 9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists a contest for the 10-11 team. His best outing occurred against rival Drew University. He matched his season high of 16 points and also grabbed 18 rebounds for the Devils in a December contest. This year’s team also includes former Morris Knolls standout Kevin Miller and Mendham’s Jesse Oringer. … Sophomore forward Zach Nolan is making an impact at Drew University. The Long Valley athlete that played at West Morris has started in 18 of 21 games. He averages 4.8 points and takes down his share of rebounds. He is also among the team leaders in blocks with six. His best outing was an 18-point effort against PSU-Abington on December 3.


About mcvbb

Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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