Albuja is enjoying a freshman year to remember, one that has placed her with some of the most prolific scorers in the history of the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Albuja, a two-time NJAC Player of the Week as a freshman, has scored 21 goals this season, which leads the league and is among the top scorers in the country. She shattered the school's single-season goal scoring record (prior mark was 15) and she's already in the top four on the school's all-time scoring list - and she's played 14 college matches.
Albuja leads the NJAC in six different scoring categories. It's quite amazing...
Speaking of NJCU soccer, the Gothic Knights' men's soccer team, currently in first place in the NJAC standings, is currently ranked No. 16 in the nation in the latest NCAA Division III rankings, done by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
It marks the first time all season and the second time in the last three years that the Gothic Knights (13-3-1) have been nationally ranked. They can win their first outright regular season league title since 1968 with a victory over The College of New Jersey this weekend...
County Prep's tennis team won the first-ever NJSIAA state sectional championship in the school's history last week, when the Hurricanes defeated Glen Ridge to capture the North Jersey Section 1, Group I crown.
A week later, the Hurricanes' top two players, sisters Angelica and Alexa Dabu, faced each other for the HCIAA singles championship. Alexa is a senior and Angelica is a sophomore. In the county title match, Angelica defeated her sister in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to dethrone her sister as county champ and win the title for herself. Alexa Dabu had captured the last two HCIAA singles titles. Now, it's little sister's turn to wear the crown.
It's almost like Hudson County's version of the Williams sisters, with the elder Alexa playing the part of Venus Williams and the upstart Angelica taking the role of Serena.
Either way, both are brilliant performers and have graced the local tennis scene. Now, they've helped to bring a state sectional title to County Prep...
The Secaucus girls' volleyball team continued its dominance in the Hudson County Coaches Association Tournament, winning their fourth straight title and the 19th county crown in the 22-year history of the tourney.
The Patriots were a perfect 8-0 in pool play, then defeated Memorial, 25-8, to capture the team title.
It's a pretty amazing run and it's the first for new head coach Tiffany Aciz...
There are new kings and queens in cross country among the Jersey City schools - and both teams come from the same school.
Dickinson's boys' cross country team won the Jersey City team title, wrestling the title away from St. Peter's Prep, which held the crown every year since 1993.
And the Dickinson girls' team did one even better, supplanting St. Dominic Academy from its perch as the premier cross country squad in Jersey City, a title it had dominated and controlled every year since 1980.
Imagine that. Dickinson took away two titles in the same day, one that had been held for 14 years and the other for 27 years. Some monarchs were overthrown in easier fashion in the Middle Ages.
Miguel Tlatelpa's third place finish paced the Dickinson boys in their impressive victory.
Ashley Silberman's silver-medal winning performance, finishing behind McNair Academic's Tallisja Williams, was enough to pace the Dickinson girls to the historic win...
In the NJSIAA football power point standings, you can now add Hoboken to the list of local schools in danger of not qualifying for the postseason party.
Hoboken's loss to Union Hill gave the Red Wings a 3-2 mark and gives them 17 power points, good for a four-way tie for sixth place in the North Jersey Section 2, Group I standings. Secaucus is among those tied with Hoboken with 17 points, along with Verona and Glen Ridge. Belvidere is running away with the sectional top seed. The Warren County school has 37 power points.
The Red Wings have tough games against Lincoln, Emerson and Marist in the next three weeks. If they win all three, they should be state playoff bound. But as it stands right now, they're in trouble. And no one could have ever predicted that.
Of the local schools, only St. Peter's Prep, Hudson Catholic and Union Hill are in the drivers' seat in their respective sections. The rest of Hudson's grid teams will need some outside help to make it to the playoffs, including perennial playoff participant North Bergen in North Jersey Section 1, Group IV...
If the season ended today, North Bergen would be out of the playoffs for the first time since 1987. The Bruins are currently ninth in that section with 25 points... -- Jim Hague