The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Brielle, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
The Healthy Way Difference
At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Best warranties in the industry
- Free initial inspection
- Full-service basement waterproofing
- Mold remediation
- Foundation repair
- Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation
Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation's interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Brielle
Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.
Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.
Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.
Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:
- Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
- Basement flooding
- Loss of valuables
- Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
- Decrease in home value
Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.
What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?
It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Brielle:
The "Clay Bowl" Effect
It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.
This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.
How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:
- Sump pumps
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- High-strength washer hoses
- Floor and wall crack repair
- Replacement windows
- Flood protection for your water heater
When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.
The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process
Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:
Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.
Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
Latest News in Brielle, NJ
Highlights from the first month of the North Jersey girls volleyball season
Immaculate Heart Academy is back with a vengeance.The 2021 girls volleyball season marked the first time in 15 years that the Blue Eagles did not take home either a county- or state-championship trophy. But during the first month of this season, the Blue Eagles won two tournaments and went unbeaten against New Jersey competition.The biggest eye-opener came in the Sept. 17 Parkland (Pa.) Tournament – coach Maria Nolan noted the host team was ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania.IHA took two sets from Parkland...
Immaculate Heart Academy is back with a vengeance.
The 2021 girls volleyball season marked the first time in 15 years that the Blue Eagles did not take home either a county- or state-championship trophy. But during the first month of this season, the Blue Eagles won two tournaments and went unbeaten against New Jersey competition.
The biggest eye-opener came in the Sept. 17 Parkland (Pa.) Tournament – coach Maria Nolan noted the host team was ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania.
IHA took two sets from Parkland in pool play thanks in large part to senior middle Brookleyn Talmadge. “Their coach commented that his team could not stop Brookelyn,” Nolan said.
Pope John Paul, Pennsylvania’s top non-public according to MaxPreps, held off the Blue Eagles in the semifinals. The victors escaped, 21-25, 25-20, 15-11, despite 16 kills from Talmadge, 34 assists by Kalena Stavish and 19 digs from Abby Romero.
IHA prevailed in the Sept. 10 Jersey Classic at Paramus (defeating Bogota in the final, 25-16) and the Sept. 24 Livingston Tournament, which featured 16 teams. During its 14-1 start in dual matches, reigning Group 4 champ Williamstown was the only team to take a set from the Washington Township school.
Tenafly’s hot start
Jeff Koehler has been the coach at Tenafly for 24 years, and this marks the first time his team has beaten Northern Valley powerhouses Demarest and Old Tappan in the same season.
The Tigers’ 22-25, 25-15, 25-19 victory on Sept. 19 was a landmark in that it was their first against Old Tappan since the late 1970s. They had been 0-16 against the Golden Knights since the Big North Conference was formed in 2010, winning only three sets in those matches.
Prior to the Big North, the teams had not been paired in the same division. Tenafly took their meeting in the 1978 Bergen County semifinals, 2-0.
The Sept. 14 win over Demarest was only the Tigers’ fourth in 24 meetings since 2010, with one of the triumphs coming in the county tournament three years ago.
All this was part of a 9-0 September for Tenafly, which also captured the championship of the Hackensack Tournament on Sept. 10. Senior Meghan Koehler (167 assists) has set up a variety of hitters, including seniors Sofia Bell, Sofia Tapia and Rylie Theuerkauf and junior Anna Taufield.
A first for Wayne Hills
In the Sept. 10 Clifton Tournament, Wayne Hills captured the title with a 25-19 victory over rival Wayne Valley (the defending Passaic County champion) in the final.
The Patriots went 9-1 in pool play en route to winning the event for the first time, according to coach Pedro Crespo.
For September, Wayne Hills went 7-4 in dual matches behind the hitting of Arianna Wood (88 kills) and Jenny Choi (74) and the setting of Brielle Wood (78 assists), Ava Buffa (61) and Laura Ergen (47).
Preferred Behavioral Health Group Announces New CEO
Preferred Behavioral Health Group Announces New CEODr. Tara Chalakani brings 30 years of experience in diverse healthcare fields of Nursing, Psychology, and Mental HealthLAKEWOOD — Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) announced the appointment of Dr. Tara A. Chalakani, Psy. D., LPC, RN, ACS, as Chief Executive Officer. Currently working as the organization’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Chalakani brings 30 years of experience in diverse healthcare fields of nursing, psychol...
Preferred Behavioral Health Group Announces New CEO
Dr. Tara Chalakani brings 30 years of experience in diverse healthcare fields of Nursing, Psychology, and Mental Health
LAKEWOOD — Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) announced the appointment of Dr. Tara A. Chalakani, Psy. D., LPC, RN, ACS, as Chief Executive Officer. Currently working as the organization’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Chalakani brings 30 years of experience in diverse healthcare fields of nursing, psychology, and mental health.
PBHG is central New Jersey’s leading behavioral healthcare organization serving over 30,000 individuals annually across 70 programs that focus on mental health and addiction prevention, intervention, and treatment. Dr. Chalakani will begin her position on January 1, 2023, upon the retirement of outgoing CEO, Mary Pat Angelini.
“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have someone of Tara’s comprehensive healthcare background and tremendous leadership capabilities step into the role of CEO,” said Mary Pat Angelini, current Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Behavioral Healthcare Group. “Not only is Tara an accomplished professional in the field of behavioral health, as a practicing psychotherapist, she brings a unique perspective into the most pressing issues facing children, adults, and families today.”
“Tara has devoted her entire career to helping improve the lives of others and brings a proven track record of leadership in nonprofit and for-profit sectors,” said Grace Hanlon, Chair of PBHG’s Board of Trustees. “As CEO, she will undoubtedly help PBHG fulfill our mission of providing industry-leading, compassionate, behavioral healthcare.”
Dr. Chalakani’’s background includes over 30 years in health care with various roles including: Maternal/Child Health, Crisis Response, Inpatient Adult Psychiatric, Community Mental Health, Partial Care, Intensive Outpatient, Behavioral Health Leadership, Higher Education, and Organizational Consulting.
“I am ecstatic to join the passionate and innovative team at PBHG as Chief Executive Officer,” Dr. Chalakani said. “I look forward to helping PBHG continue to provide the highest quality behavioral healthcare services to New Jersey’s communities and families through a Trauma Informed Care philosophy.”
Dr. Chalakani has undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Psychology, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling, and a Doctoral degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Behavioral Healthcare Leadership. She was recently appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Medicine at Hackensack Meridian Medical School. She maintains a private practice, Peaceful Minds, in Brielle, working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.
Founded in 1978, PBHG’s mission is to deliver quality and compassionate behavioral health services to individuals and families through a Trauma Informed Care philosophy and approach. With a focus on the values of compassion, honesty, accountability, integrity, respect, diversity and inclusion. PBHG strives to be a center of excellence that focuses on innovative wellness through compassionate care. PBHG changes lives and saves lives through a strengths-based approach, helping individuals achieve their full potential and enhancing their quality of life. In 2017, PBHG became an affiliate of Oaks Integrated Care and in 2021, became a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center.
For more information about PBHG and for those in need of assistance, please visit http://www.PreferredBehavioralHealth.org or call 732-367-4700.??
How Jersey Shore's Bask Hot Yoga promises to cool your nerves
Five-minute readSpecial to the Asbury Park PressBRIELLE - John and Natalia DiFolco, owners of Bask Hot Yoga, both learned about the hard work of being entrepreneurs from their respective parents.“We’re both very similar in an odd way,” John said. “We grew up in a very entrepreneurial family. My father owned a civil engineering firm out of Freehold and I grew up working with...
Special to the Asbury Park Press
BRIELLE - John and Natalia DiFolco, owners of Bask Hot Yoga, both learned about the hard work of being entrepreneurs from their respective parents.
“We’re both very similar in an odd way,” John said. “We grew up in a very entrepreneurial family. My father owned a civil engineering firm out of Freehold and I grew up working with him. I remember my father teaching me how to do engineering work on the computer inside the shop. That did not work for me as a career path, but I grew up seeing him work long hours and still be around our family, which really made an imprint on me with wanting to open my own business later in my life.”
“Both of my parents are physicians and had their own practice for 30 years around the area,” Natalia said. “I grew up working in their office and I remember doing paperwork there for the patients that would come and go. I graduated to working at the front desk and did that all through my teen years. Seeing the foundation of what my efforts could do and realizing what I was capable of, it was very inspiring and opened up the door of what else I was able to do, in terms of being an entrepreneur.”
Both John and Natalia worked for their families for about five years until they were about 18 years old. After going to Brookdale Community College in Middletown at the same time, both John and Natalia earned their associate’s degrees.
“I studied civil engineering and architecture, but neither of those worked out, so I switched over to marketing and business administration, which I really enjoyed,” John said. “I wound up doing that and I’m glad I got into something that I took well to and I became passionate about. It was a nice transition. Natalia and I both attended Brookdale and she studied photography at the same time that I tackled marketing. We loved what we were doing and pursued our education to the fullest.
“I started working at an investment bank,” John said. “I mainly did marketing for that company. In a nutshell, if a company was coming to us for capital or they needed to get reorganized, I would help them with creating a new presentation and branding. I would work on PowerPoints for them. I would take ideas that people had, package it for an investor and then raise money for it. After seeing companies get created and seeing how capital flows into companies for people that want to raise money and build businesses, it really helped solidify, for me, how corporations work in America. It was a great mini-education for me on how to start businesses.”
“I knew I could never take over my parents’ business because I never went to medical school,” Natalia said. “My parents never pressured me to do anything I did not want to do. In fact, they encouraged me to follow my dreams and what I was passionate about. I got into photography at a young age and started my own photography business. I started shooting events and people. I graduated to working with businesses and generating my own clients. I did that for a while."
Learning how to run a business
“College came to an end and we just kept working,” John said. “It really set us up for the path that we are on today, because it taught us how to run a company and how to properly structure a company. All of that information that we learned at the investment bank was an invaluable experience and that was the real school for us. We learned what really makes companies work and thrive.
“At the same time that we were working for that bank, we started getting clients outside the investment firm that wanted our services, so we started our own marketing and design firm called Axial Creative in 2015 that we still run to this day," John said. "It got to a critical point where we were getting more side work, so we broke our ties with the investment bank and left that company on good terms."
Natalia said she has dealt with anxiety and stress her whole life and had always been into fitness.
“I was looking for different outlets to continue my fitness progression and give me a way to continuously relieve everyday stress,” Natalia said. “I tried hot yoga and I ended up liking it a lot. I wanted to find calm in my nerves after having to deal with a lot of life’s obstacles and I did that with hot yoga. It was the first time that my brain was able to find a moment of quiet. After the first couple of classes, I couldn’t believe the way I felt and it was something I wanted to keep doing.
“It turned into something that I was passionate about,” Natalia said. “After doing that for a couple of years and loving it, I got John into it as well. He tried it begrudgingly, but he started to like it more and more. Afterwards, he was very impressed and wanted to do it as much as I did. We wanted to wrap our arms around it and be close to it as much as possible. It was infectious for us.”
'Forever grateful' to their customers
In the fall 2016, the couple opened Bask Hot Yoga and to share their passion with the world.
“We brainstormed and built the ideas for the business,” Natalia said. “Our first studio was in Jackson and we instantly had a lot of clients, so much so that we had to open two more additional locations, one in Brick in the summer in 2017, and the next was slated to open in 2020, but the world had other plans.”
“Needless to say, COVID-19 hit and it was disastrous for our business,” John said. “We were shut down in a day and it was a big challenge to sustain the business. Our customers helped us stay in business by keeping their memberships through that time and we are forever grateful to them for that act of kindness.”
John and Natalia made it through. They opened the doors to their Brielle studio at the end of the summer of 2020 and have been there ever since.
“We got back into the swing of things and people started coming back through the door little by little,” Natalia said. “We got back to normalcy and we saw people smiling again and not being so on edge. We wouldn’t have made it through without the incredible support from our instructors and customers. Luckily, we are still here.”
At Bask Hot Yoga, they focus mainly a style of yoga that is about fluid movement.
“It is linked with breaths and the studios are heated,” Natalia said. “It starts at 98 degrees and goes up to 102 degrees. It is mindful movement and over the course of an hour, you move through some seated and standing postures. There are a lot of strength aspects to it, but you’re constantly moving your spine in different directions. It is very therapeutic.”
“We are always looking for more locations to help grow the business,” John said. “One thing about our business is that anyone who is a member of Bask can go to any of our three locations. We are always open to the public and we will continue to serve our loyal customers.”
Bask Hot Yoga
Owners: John and Natalia DiFolco
Locations: 712 Riverview Drive, Brielle; 1957 Route 88, Brick; and 702 Brewers Bridge Road, Jackson.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekends in Brielle; 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 8:30 to 11 a.m. weekends in Brick; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 8 to 11 a.m. weekends in Jackson
Times of Trenton girls tennis postseason honors, 2022
Times of Trenton Player of the YearMore than one person might say Aarushi Attray had herself a successful fall season in 2022. Attray, the Lawrenceville senior, took home the first singles title at the Mercer County Tournament.That alone earned her the honor of being the Times of Trenton girls tennis Player of the Year.Attray, the No. 3 seed, was playing in the tournament for the first time. She won the championships against Hun’s fourth-seeded Amanda Francis after Francis had to retire from the match...
Times of Trenton Player of the Year
More than one person might say Aarushi Attray had herself a successful fall season in 2022. Attray, the Lawrenceville senior, took home the first singles title at the Mercer County Tournament.
That alone earned her the honor of being the Times of Trenton girls tennis Player of the Year.
Attray, the No. 3 seed, was playing in the tournament for the first time. She won the championships against Hun’s fourth-seeded Amanda Francis after Francis had to retire from the match. Attray, however, did win the first set, 6-2, and was leading in the second set before Francis had to back out.
Along the way, Attray defeated top-seeded Leticia Kitio of Lawrence. Kitio won the flight at the MCT last fall. Attray, who is a 3-star recruit per the Tennis Recruiting Network, won 6-3, 7-5. Attray also won against Robbinsville’s Arushi Singhal in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-0, and West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s Megan Chung in the second round, 6-0, 6-1.
Attray this season went 8-2 overall including 6-1 at first singles. She also won two out of her three matches at first doubles. She defeated Francis in a regular season match at the end of October, 6-2, 6-1, and she also won against Pennington’s Praslin Hayes, 6-3, 6-4, and Peddie’s Brielle Quaye, 6-0, 6-0, two other strong prep players.
Attray also made the final round at first singles at the MAPL Tournament. She again recorded a 6-2, 6-1 win over Francis.
Team of the Year
Not even coach Sarah Hibbert thought her team was going to win a sectional title and reach the Group 3 final. But that’s exactly what Princeton did.
Princeton won the Central Jersey, Group 3 tournament for the second-straight year, and this year might have been more impressive. Just five of the seven starters returned from last season. Only Ashley Chen, who moved up from second doubles to first doubles, and Lada Labas, who played second singles this year after being at third singles in 2021, were back.
That meant five new starters entered the fold. The chemistry built throughout the year and good tennis was played. Johanna Roggenkamp took the reigns at first singles, Katie Qin was at third singles, Maya-Alexandra Todorov joined Chen at first doubles, and Sophie Miller and Ashna Bushan teamed up at second doubles. Chen and Todorov won the first doubles title at the Mercer County Tournament.
Princeton went 15-3. One of the losses to West Windsor-Plainsboro North was erased after the Little Tigers got revenge against the Northern Knights in the sectional semis. The other two losses were to Montgomery in the Group 3 final and to West Windsor-Plainsboro South a week after Groups when Princeton didn’t use its full lineup.
“It was a great showing for them,” Hibbert said. “We have five new players in the lineup and only brought back two from last year. We weren’t sure what to expect, but the girls really filled into their positions really well. They clicked at doubles and the singles have worked really hard. The match this morning was super exciting.
“We hadn’t made a group final for the girls in a while. To make it was great. The final didn’t go the way we wanted, but it’s really hard to play a tough match and turn around an hour later and play an even stronger team. It was a good match overall and I’m proud of the team for making it here.”
Coach of the Year
The Group 3 final featured an all-Times area matchup between Montgomery and Princeton. Montgomery won that match, 5-0. Looking back at the end of September, nobody would have have thought that Montgomery was going to not only win a sectional title against Millburn, but also the overall Group 3 championship.
After a loss to Hillsborough on Sept. 27, the Cougars sat at 5-4 after losing two in a row and four of five matches. The key factor here is that Montgomery only had its complete starting lineup for one of those matches.
The Cougars fought through injuries and more and bounced back in a big way. They won seven of their last eight matches with the one loss coming to No. 1-ranked Pingry. Behind the guidance of coach Raheel Saleem, the Times of Trenton Coach of the Year, Montgomery navigated the treacherous waters.
“I think we were maybe looked at as an underdog,” Saleem said.
Many of the players had to play up this year due to first singles Devon DeSanctis being out. That gave the likes of Anya Mohan and Maya Konyukhov more experience against tougher foes. Montgomery was set at doubles with Lana Eichenbaum/Angela Qian and Viktoria Leopold/Nicolette Shackelford.
“I think everyone played with a lot more confidence,” Saleem said. “Anya and Maya are good players and they played up all season. I think they got good experience and played close matches. Maya had so many three-set matches. With Devon in the fold, they were able to kind of take a breath and believe they can play well and it showed the last few weeks.”
The Cougars’ mental toughness showed throughout the postseason. They had to battle to get through Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North 2, Group 3 semis, Millburn in the final, Tenafly in the Group 3 semis, and then Princeton in the state championship.
“There’s a lot of years where we were close,” Saleem said. “We talked a lot this year about last year and how close we were and some of the emotions they went through. We talk about being brave. Being brave is about being able to play through tough points. I’m so proud of them.”
S-Aarushi Attray, Lawrenceville, Sr.
S-Devon DeSanctis, Montgomery, Sr.
S-Praslin Hayes, Pennington, Jr.
D-Lana Eichenbaum, Sr., and Angela Qian, Sr., Montgomery
D-Ashley Chen, Sr., and Maya-Alexandra Todorov, So. Princeton
Times Top 5
4-West Windsor-Plainsboro South (14-2)
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Yellowfin tuna pushing 100 pounds are biting in the Hudson Canyon
The yellowfin tuna bite in the Hudson Canyon is about as good as it's going to get.Fishermen that went to the West Wall of the canyon on Saturday night experienced a mad bite as the tuna ar...
The yellowfin tuna bite in the Hudson Canyon is about as good as it's going to get.
Fishermen that went to the West Wall of the canyon on Saturday night experienced a mad bite as the tuna are fattening up and being drawn into the sardine and cut butterfish slicks. The tuna, some of them in excess of 100 pounds, are giving anglers a run for their money and providing enough steaks to feed a neighborhood.
Gene Murphy, his son Justin, both of Toms River, and a family friend left their dock 3 a.m. on Sunday on the Virginia Lee II, Murphy's 25-foot Grady White. They got out to the West Wall about 7 a.m. and not soon after were right into the thick of it with tuna peeling line from their stand-up tuna rods. Murphy said they boated 5 tuna up to 90 pounds and probably could have landed more had they not filled the ice box.
Murphy's son Justin, an experienced party boat mate who ran the boat out to the canyon, landed his first tuna in the melee. The fish weighed 80 pounds. Murphy said they were back at the dock by 4:30 on Sunday.
Capt. Howard Bogan of the 125-foot Jamaica said the boat was out overnight Saturday into Sunday and filled up the boat with a limit catch of yellowfin. One of his fares also landed a super fast, 55-pound wahoo. Bogan said all the tuna were taken on either bait or jigs.
Inshore, the striped bass cooled a little bit, as the bass were not in as much of a mood to hit despite the readings and presence of bunker. It sounded like Friday and Saturday were slow, but on Sunday morning at least a few boat captains were back into the fish.
Capt. Jerry Postorino on the Fish Monger II didn't have much luck on Saturday. In fact, after little cooperation he took his party porgy fish and kept them busy for the rest of the day reeling in scup. On Sunday, they were back on the striped bass and brought several "lunkers" to the boat for a catch and release.
Speaking of porgies the fishing was red hot on Saturday. Capt. William Egerter Jr. on the Dauntless filled up a lot of buckets with the frying-pan size fish.
The surf fishing was slow going for the most part. There were no bass weighed in over the weekend by surf casters participating in the Long Beach Island Fall Surf Fishing classic. In fact, there's still just on bass on the board caught by Matthew Shapiro of Stafford. The bass was just under 8 pounds. The tournament did have a bunch of blackfish entered by anglers togging in Barnegat Inlet.
There are some bass hitting at night. Giglio's Bait & Tackle in Sea Bright reported a catch of bass at night on the local beaches. The angler was casting a metal lip swimmer.
Fall trout season is underway. New Jersey Fish & Wildlife started the fall stocking last week and will finish on Wednesday with some 20,000 trout measuring 14 to 16 inches. In addition, 1,000 broodstock rainbow trout were also released. These breeder-size fish are about 18 to 22 inches in length.
Greg Bogan at Brielle Bait & Tackle said a few anglers are going up on the Manasquan River, armed with live bait or lures. Tom Magistro of Brick weighed in a 4-pound rainbow trout at the shop on Sunday. Bogan said he landed it using a night crawler.
When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected]