Bergen Catholic High School
|Bergen Catholic High School|
|1040 Oradell Avenue
Oradell, NJ, (Bergen County) 07649
("God Wills It")
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,
Congregation of Christian Brothers
|President||Brother Brian M. Walsh, C.F.C.|
|Chaplain||Father Colin Kay|
|Faculty||43.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||745 (2013-14 school year)|
|Average class size||25|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.2:1|
|Slogan||Developing leaders in Mind, Body & Spirit.|
|Song||Lead on Bergen Catholic High|
|Athletics||17 varsity sports|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
|Sports||Football, Basketball, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Bowling, Baseball, Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field, Crew and Skiing|
|Rival||Don Bosco Prep, St. Joseph Regional|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Average SAT scores||580 Math
|Average ACT scores||25 (Class of 2015)|
|Publication||The Talisman (literary magazine)|
|Associate Principal||Marianna Cornelison|
|Assistant Principal for Discpline||Peter Coleman|
|Assistant Principal for Student Life||Jack McGovern '76|
Bergen Catholic High School is an all-male Roman Catholic high school in Oradell, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1989.
Bergen Catholic operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Bergen Catholic draws students from a wide geographic area that includes over 100 North Jersey communities, Rockland, Orange, Westchester counties and New York City.
All students are required to graduate with at least 140 credits. Senior year electives include college credit courses from Seton Hall University, allowing students to earn credits that are transferable to many colleges and universities and allow the student advance standing in courses that have included English, Spanish, Italian, Biology, Chemistry, and History. The curriculum requirements for graduation are three years of learning in world languages (Chinese, Italian, Latin and Spanish), social studies/history and science. Four years requirement of mathematics, English, religion, computer science and physical education. General electives include visual art, jazz ensemble, orchestra, vocal ensemble and music editing and recording. Bergen Catholic offers more than 35 honors and Advanced Placement courses.
Students who are qualified may apply and be accepted into the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, Chinese Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, Mathematics National Honor Society, History Honor Society, Visual Arts Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society.
As part of Bergen Catholic High School's laptop program which began with the class of 2007, students buy a ThinkPad through the school as their own laptop for completing work that requires internet access and for taking notes. Uses of the computer include PowerSchool and Edline help everyone in the school community stay up to date on news, announcements and grades. The school custom-installs software on each student's computer, such as the screen monitoring program DyKnow and various test programs. In the fall of 2013, the campus increased its bandwidth from 50 megabits per second to one Gig or 1000 megabits per second to accommodate the use of more devices. In addition to the network upgrades, 5 new classrooms have been fit with 75 HDTVs that have AppleTV capabilities. The school has recently announced the shift to Apple products for the 2014-2015 school year.
Activities within the school include CCA (Crusaders for Catholic Action, a Catholic activist group), the Student Government, The Herald school newspaper, The Crusader yearbook, Tomorrow's Children/Crusaders Against Cancer, ski club, chess club, green club, USO, stock market club, and an award-winning mock trial team.
Bergen Catholic also offers a program of intramural sports for students not on the school's interscholastic teams: golf, basketball, tennis, bowling, volleyball, and ping pong. A program of weight training is available.
BCTV is the school's own television crew. BCTV presents a TV show every day at 8 am before first period which shows the cafeteria menu for the day, news of the day, and recaps the previous day in Crusader sport contests.
Mock trial team
Bergen Catholic has one of the most successful mock trial teams in New Jersey, with 12 county championships (in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017) and five state titles (in 1985, 1989, 1991, 2000, and 2016), as well as a National Championship. Bergen Catholic's team is nearly entirely student-run, with student captains in charge of preparation, practices, and tactics. In 1991, Bergen Catholic High School won the National High School Mock Trial Championships held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bergen Catholic returned to the national championship hosted in Columbia, South Carolina in 2000 after going undefeated in the County, Regional and State tournaments. The 1999-2000 team ultimately finished 4th in the country, with three "Outstanding Attorney" awards. The 2016 team won the New Jersey state championship, sending it to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Boise, Idaho.
In the 2008-09 season the team made it to the county finals, losing to Indian Hills High School. In 2010, the team defeated Mahwah High School to win the Bergen County Championship, but the team lost in the regional semi-finals, ending its season as one of the top ten teams in the state. The Bergen Catholic team fell in the semi-final round of the county tournament at the end of January 2011 to the Mahwah High School team that went on to win the 2011 Bergen County Championship.
In 2012, the team fell to Immaculate Heart Academy in the county quarterfinals. In an identical situation in 2013, Bergen Catholic defeated Immaculate Heart to advance to the county semi finals. After winning against two time defending champion Mahwah High School, the team lost to Torah Academy of Bergen County in the county finals. Bergen Catholic's Mock Trial team finished undefeated in the regular season in 2014 and finished third overall in the County. In the 2015 season Bergen Catholic again finished undefeated in the regular season. In the "playoff" tournament Bergen Catholic defeated Northern Valley Demarest in the first round. Then on January 29, 2015 in a double header, defeated Mahwah (2014's county champion) in the semifinals and Indian Hills in the finals. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-27.</ref>
In the 2015-2016 season, BC Mock Trial finished undefeated in the regular season, achieved a Bergen County Championship for the second year in a row, went on to win the Northern NJ Regional Championship, and continued their pursuit of perfection by winning the State-Wide New Jersey Championship. Following their state championship, Bergen Catholic Mock Trial represented the state of NJ at the National Competition in Boise, Idaho. After winning crucial matches against Alabama, Wisconsin, and California, BC Mock Trial placed an impressive 13th nationwide.
In the 2017 season, BC Mock Trial completed yet another undefeated season and went on to win their third straight Bergen County Mock Trial Championship. The "3-peat" was the second one in the history of the Bergen County competition; the other achieved by Bergen Catholic in the early 2000s. The team, however, was unable to win another state championship, falling short in the regional competition.
The Bergen Catholic Crusaders compete as a member of the Big North Conference (United Division), a super conference that includes some 40 public and private high schools in Northern New Jersey that operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division C of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Essex County and Passaic County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification.
Bergen Catholic offers 17 sports at the varsity level:
- Fall Sports: football, soccer, and cross country
- Winter Sports: wrestling, basketball, swimming, indoor track, bowling, ice hockey, and skiing
- Spring Sports: baseball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, outdoor track, volleyball, and crew
Bergen Catholic has one of the most successful programs in New Jersey. The Crusaders are 16-time state champions (1963, 1965, 1966, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004), while holding an all-time record of 365-130-12. A record of 99-10 between 1990 and 1999 made Bergen Catholic the winningest football program in the state of New Jersey for the decade of the 1990s. The undefeated 1992 team's championship game with Paramus Catholic High School, which Bergen won 44-34, was voted "Game of the Century" by the Bergen Record. Quite possibly the most anticipated high school game in New Jersey history was their championship game in 1998, when BC won the Parochial Group IV championship by defeating rival St. Joseph Regional 35-9 in the final at Giants Stadium. The 1998 team was 12-0, #1 in New Jersey, #9 in USA Today national poll, and was voted "Team of the Century" by the Bergen Record.
Since 1998, the program has been to the state championship game 12 times. In 2004, the team went to Giants Stadium to play archrival Don Bosco Prep and won the state championship with a 13-10 victory, thanks to the play of Brian Cushing. Cushing would later go on to become one of two players to have started in four Rose Bowl football games (Archie Griffin of Ohio State University was the other) as well as an All-American at USC and a 1st round draft pick of the Houston Texans who was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009.
The Crusader wrestling program has been the most successful in Bergen County over the past two decades. Bergen Catholic has won the Bergen County Championship 19 times (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), most in county history and hold the record for most consecutive titles by winning nine straight from 1999-2007. The Crusaders have won the North Parochial "A" state sectional title 17 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and in 9 of those seasons they have gone on to win the overall Parochial "A" state championship (1991, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015). One of the most memorable of those state championship wins came in Trenton in 2003 where the Crusaders upset heavily favored Camden Catholic High School 40-30. In addition to state and county titles, BC has won the District crown in 25 consecutive seasons (1990–2014). BC has also seen six of its wrestlers win a total of 12 individual state championships. The 2013-14 team won their first Star-Ledger Trophy as the #1 ranked team in the state of New Jersey and was ranked within the top ten in various national polls.
In 2016, Nick Suriano won his fourth consecutive state championship, finishing his career with a record of 159-0 and becoming the second wrestler in state history to complete his career undefeated while winning four state titles.
Bergen Catholic won their first Bergen County Jamboree in 1977, and has a total of nine county championships with the most recent in 2015. Through the history of the Bergen County Jamboree, Bergen Catholic holds the most total games played, total wins, and championship appearances. They also rank second in appearances and championships. Bergen has won nine North Parochial "A" state sectional championships and three Parochial "A" state championships. Their most recent success came in the 2001-02 and 2002-03. The 2001 team captured the school's first state championship in more than 10 years with a 71-69 win over St. Augustine Prep. The team would make it to the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions where they eventually fell to St. Anthony. The 2002-03 team consisted of five Division I players. They finished with a 25-4 record and a #3 ranking in New Jersey. They captured the school's most recent Bergen County Jamboree along with another sectional championship." The Crusaders won the 2015 Bergen County Jamboree by a 66-44 score in the tournament final, defeating a Teaneck High School team that had previously won four consecutive Jamboree championships.
The Bergen Catholic golf program has earned 101 championship titles, nine Tournament of Champions titles and 52 league titles. With a record of 984-33-1 through the 2015 season, Coach Jim Jacobsen is the winningest golf coach in state athletics history and has been at the helm since 1983. The most recent being May 2015, where the program captured the State Meet of Champions trophy and the number 1 ranking in the state.
The boys bowling team won the overall state championships in 1998 and 1999.
The school started a varsity lacrosse program in 1995. The varsity program has posted a 218-173 over all record (.558 winning pct). The team enjoyed its first winning season and NJSIAA playoff berth in 1997. In 1999, the Crusaders won the Catholic Schools Lacrosse Tournament. While a part of the NNJIL, BC won four consecutive league titles from 2002 - 2005. The program had a three-year winning streak in its current conference, the NNJIL "Gibbs" Division, winning in 2013, 2014, 2015. Bergen Catholic has won four varsity county championships, in 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2015. In 2013, the JV Crusaders won its first county championship. In 2015, Bergen Catholic won its first NJSIAA Non Public "A" state championship with a dramatic 15-14 victory over Delbarton School. The Crusaders continued on to defeat Summit High School 8-5 in the semifinal round of the Tournament of Champions before losing to Bridgewater-Raritan High School in the finals, by a score of 16-13. The 2015 Crusaders set a school record and led New Jersey in scoring with 365 goals on the season.
Many of the alumni listed have been recognized by induction into the school's Hall of Fame:
- Joe Azelby (born 1962, class of 1980), professional football player who played for the Buffalo Bills, businessman and author.
- Mike Bajakian (class of 1992), Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach, former offensive coordinator for the University of Tennessee.
- Sean Banks (born 1985), professional basketball player.
- Carl Barisich (born 1951, class of 1969), former defensive tackle for nine seasons between 1973 and 1981 for four different NFL teams.
- Charley Casserly (born 1948, class of 1967), former general manager of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans in the National Football League, and current NFL analyst for CBS Sports, especially The NFL Today.
- John Crowley (born 1967), biotech executive who helped develop a treatment for Pompe disease after his children were diagnosed with the condition.
- Brian Cushing (born 1987), Houston Texans linebacker.
- Alvaro de Molina (born 1957, class of 1975), CFO for Bank of America and CEO of GMAC.
- Nicholas Delpopolo (born 1989), judoka who has represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.
- Mark DeRosa (born 1975, class of 1993), San Francisco Giants left fielder.
- Jim Dray (born 1986), San Francisco 49ers tight end.
- Alecko Eskandarian (born 1982, class of 2000), former MLS player. He was the first pick of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.
- Jim Finn (born 1976, class of 1995), former New York Giants Fullback.
- Wil Horneff (born 1979), actor, The Sandlot, Born to Be Wild and The Shining.
- Matt LoVecchio (born 1982, class of 2000), starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team in 2000-01, and for Indiana University in 2003-04.
- Bill Madden (born 1946, class of 1964), sports columnist in the Daily News and recipient of the 2010 J. G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
- Jim McGovern (born 1965, class of 1983), professional golfer.
- Pierre McGuire (born 1961, class of 1979), NBC Sports Analyst.
- Tanner McEvoy (class of 2011), wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Dennis McNerney (class of 1984), former County Executive of Bergen County.
- Miles Orman (born 1984), actor who played Miles Robinson on Sesame Street, son of Roscoe Orman, who played Gordon.
- Bob Papa (born 1964, class of 1982), New York Giants Play-by-play sportscaster.
- Randi Patterson (born 1985), professional soccer player, played internationally for the Soca Warriors.
- Darren Rizzi (born 1970, class of 1988), assistant special teams coach for the Miami Dolphins.
- Rich Scanlon (born 1980, class of 1999), former New York Giants linebacker.
- Msgr. Robert Sheeran (class of 1963), former President of Seton Hall University.
- Roger Steffens (born 1942), actor, author, lecturer, editor, reggae archivist, photographer and producer.
- Andy Unanue, former executive with Goya Foods.
- Isaiah Williams (born 1987), former NFL wide receiver.
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- Bergen Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2016.
- About Archived July 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Bergen Catholic High School. Accessed June 5, 2007. "The students selected Crusaders to be the school symbol and that scarlet and gold should be the school colors."
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- Staff. "Bergen Catholic Mock Trial Team wins", Clifton Journal, March 26, 2010. Accessed April 26, 2012. "The Bergen Catholic High School Mock Trial Team recently won the Bergen County Mock Trial championship and advanced to the North Regional of the 28th annual Vincent Apruzzese Mock Trial competition before suffering its first loss of the season.... In the playoff section, B.C. defeated The Frisch School, Torah Academy, and Mahwah High School to win the Bergen County championship... Bergen Catholic, which finished as the Bergen County runner-up in the 2009 competition, won the Bergen County Mock Trial championship for the ninth time overall (having also won in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001, and 2002). B.C. also won the New Jersey state championship in 1985, 1989, 1991, and 2000, and was crowned national champions in 1991."
- Participant History & Past National Winners, National High School Mock Trial Championship. Accessed July 1, 2007.
- "Bergen Catholic High School Wins 2016 NJ State Bar Foundation's High School Mock Trial Competition", New Jersey State Bar Foundation, March 23, 2016. Accessed March 31, 2016. "Bergen Catholic High School, Bergen County, captured the coveted state title in the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's 2016 Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition finals on March 21 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The school goes on to represent New Jersey in the national competition in Boise, Idaho, May 12–15.... This was the Bergen Catholic's third state championship, following victories in 1991 and 2000. In 1991, Bergen Catholic also won the national competition."
- Mazzola, Jessica. "No Objections: Mahwah Mock Trial Champions Of Bergen County; The team will compete at a regional competition today against teams from other Northern NJ counties", MahwahPatch, February 8, 2011. Accessed September 10, 2012. "Mahwah High School's Mock Trial Team won the county championship title last week.... Both advisors were extremely proud of their team's performance, which had them beat competitors from Lodi, the Torah Academy, Paramus Catholic, New Milford, Bergen Catholic, and IHA."
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2016.
- Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 16, 2014.
- Lawlor, Christopher. "Don Bosco beats Bergen Catholic, 38-18, in battle of bitter New Jersey high school football rivals", Daily News (New York), October 2, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011. "The New Jersey rivalry between the all-male Roman Catholic schools from upper Bergen County had added juice this time. They entered as the state and tri-state region's top two teams (Don Bosco is No. 1 in both cases) and both were fixtures in the national ranking services."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Frezza, Harry Jr. "Hillsboro hopes to seize big opportunity", Courier News, September 8, 2000. Accessed August 27, 2011. "The Crusaders had a 99-10 record for the 1990s the most wins and fewest losses by any team in New Jersey during that period."
- Staff. "Mattura: Former Record columnist Mike Celizic was a true gentleman"[permanent dead link], The Record (Bergen County), September 24, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011. "In a 1992 title game The Record voted its Bergen County Football Game of the Century, Bergen Catholic outgunned Paramus Catholic, 44-34. As we walked onto the field for our postgame interviews, coaches Fred Stengel of BC and Mike Campanile of PC exchanged words, and that triggered some pushing and shoving."
- Glickson, Grant. "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Second Straight Title for Morristown", The New York Times, December 6, 1998. Accessed June 25, 2008.
- 2004 Football Tournament - Non-Public 4, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 13, 2007.
- Knoll, Corina. "Fourth Rose Bowl start is a perfect end for USC's Brian CushingThe linebacker soaks it all in during final Pasadena appearance.", Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2009. Accessed December 16, 2014. "Rose Bowl and USC officials couldn't confirm the number of players in history to start in four Rose Bowls, but there was at least one other -- two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, a former running back for Ohio State."
- Staff. "No.1 Absegami rolls; Paulsboro reaches 21", Asbury Park Press, February 23, 2003. Accessed July 19, 2011. "PAROCHIAL A: James Layman hit a five-point move in the final 30 seconds for a 7-4 win at 189 pounds that carried Bergen Catholic to a 40-30 win over Camden Catholic in the final."
- New Jersey Wrestling State Champions, New Jersey Wrestling News. Accessed August 27, 2011.
- Kania, Joe; and Kratch, James. "Wrestling Top 20, Week 8: Bergen Catholic is your No. 1 team for 2013-14", The Star-Ledger, February 18, 2014. Accessed October 4. 2015. "Bergen Catholic didn't want to leave any question as to who was No. 1 for 2013-14.... The result: A third straight Non-Public A state title, victories over nine Top 20 teams and an unbeaten regular season against NJSIAA competition."
- Stanmyre, Matthew. "Nick Suriano makes history, wins fourth state title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 6, 2016. Accessed March 15, 2016. "With his 3-1 victory over Delbarton's Ty Agaisse in their final match at the NJSIAA/Rothman Institute State Championships, Suriano joined the most exclusive club in New Jersey high school wrestling, becoming the state's second undefeated, four-time state champion.... But some say Suriano — who finished his career with a spotless 159-0 record and 41-0 on the season — stands alone in New Jersey wrestling lore due to his unmatched level of sheer dominance."
- McGarrry, Michael. "ST. AUGUSTINE PREP RALLY FALLS SHORT IN PAROCHIAL A", The Press of Atlantic City, March 10, 2002. Accessed June 23, 2011. "Bergen Catholic beat the Hermits 71-69 to win the state Parochial A title at Dunn Center. The Crusaders (24-6) advanced to the Tournament of Champions."
- Staff. "Camden Catholic tops Bergen for Parochial A title", Asbury Park Press, March 16, 2003. Accessed June 23, 2011. "Eric Cangelosi hit the back end of a two-shot foul with six seconds left to give Camden Catholic a four-point edge before Bergen Catholic hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to shape the final score as the Irish posted a 45-44 victory to win the NJSIAA Parochial A Boys Basketball Championship yesterday at the Dunn Center."
- Mattura, Greg. "H.S. boys basketball: Bergen Catholic wins Jamboree, ends Teaneck's streak", The Record (Bergen County), February 26, 2015. Accessed April 27, 2015. "Bergen Catholic put one big hand after another in Teaneck's path – like a stop sign — and ended its record-setting reign as king of the Jamboree. The Crusaders won their first Bergen County boys basketball championship in a dozen years and halted the Highwaymen's title streak at four with a smothering 66-44 victory on Thursday night at Ramapo College's Bradley Center."
- BC Golf Archived October 4, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Bergen Catholic High School. Accessed October 4, 2015.
- Moroney, Murphy. "Boys Golf: Full results for the Tournament of Champions, 2015", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 18, 2015. Accessed October 4, 2015. "Bergen Catholic relied on its confidence and the depth of its roster to capture the NJSIAA/Tournament of Champions title for the second straight year, while Delbarton's Will Voetsch earned the individual title Monday at Hopewell Valley Golf Course."
- "BERGEN CATHOLIC WINS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS AGAIN", New Jersey State Golf Association. Accessed December 1, 2015. "In 33 seasons, Jacobsen has a record of 984-33-1 and has won seven state championships."
- Lanni, Patrick. "Boys golf Tournament of Champions, 2014: Mike Graboyes makes it two for the family, Bergen Catholic prevails", The Star-Ledger, May 19, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2015. "Coach Jim Jacobsen was equally as proud of his Bergen Catholic squad. The veteran coach, who has been at the helm for 32 seasons, guided the perennial power to its eighth T of C title, surpassing Christian Brothers Academy for the most titles won."
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
- Olivero, Antonio. "Boys Lacrosse: Bergen Catholic storms back to defeat Ridgewood in OT, capture Bergen title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 9. 2015. Accessed March 21, 2016. "Following his team's second consecutive Bergen County Tournament championship win, Bergen Catholic head coach Joe Haemmerle summed up the previous 50-plus minutes of thrilling lacrosse with one simple sentence as he hugged a Crusader supporter."
- History of the NJSIAA Boys' Lacrosse Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 21, 2016.
- Alumni History, Bergen Catholic High School. Accessed March 22, 2016.
- Caldera, Pete. "Where are they now: Joe Azelby of Bergen Catholic", The Record (Bergen County), December 13, 2011. Accessed June 2, 2014. "In the late summer of 1984, former Bergen Catholic star Joe Azelby still had football in his blood and a No. 50 Buffalo Bills uniform on his back."
- Conrad, JJ. "Recruiting: Updates on Bergen Catholic Football, including QB Jarrett Guarantano", Varsity Aces, January 23, 2015. Accessed June 16, 2015. "And with Tennessee, the current offensive coordinator, Mike Bajakian, is a Bergen Catholic graduate ('92) — scratch that, Bajakian was hired Thursday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB coach — and the Vols' head coach, Butch Jones, was a grad assistant at Rutgers when Guarantano's father was at Rutgers."
- Glier, Ray. "COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Carney Answers Call for Memphis", The New York Times, March 20, 2004. Accessed April 25, 2012. "While the rest of the Memphis Tigers were finishing practice here Thursday, the day before their N.C.A.A. tournament opener against South Carolina, their coach, John Calipari, was handing his cellphone to Sean Banks, the freshman forward from Bergen Catholic High School."
- Staff. "Watch This Tiger", The New York Times, December 25, 1972. Accessed September 1, 2011. "Barisich is far less experienced than his college counterparts across the country. The Bergen Catholic High School graduate won a starting position at Princeton as a sophomore and led all Tiger linemen in tackles with 49."
- Carl Barisich, database Football. Accessed August 28, 2007.
- Justice, Richard. "Casserly's Career Is A Real Piece of Work; Since Humble Start, Always a Job to Do", The Washington Post, August 28, 1996. Accessed January 28, 2012. "'My father told me I was going to high school at Bergen Catholic and I was going to have to come up with the money to pay the $300 tuition,' Casserly recalled."
- Rispoli, Michael. "Republican may make Senate bid, after all", Asbury Park Press, April 4, 2008. Accessed February 17, 2011. "Unanue and Crowley went to high school together at Bergen Catholic in Oradell."
- Mehta, Manish. "Family of former Bergen Catholic star Brian Cushing seething at unfounded steroid rumors as NFL draft approaches", The Star-Ledger, April 23, 2009. Accessed February 16, 2011.
- Staff. "Eight Former Crusaders Inducted Into Hall Of FameAlumni and former faculty join 147 other members of the Bergen Catholic Hall of Fame", River Dell Patch, March 29, 2012. Accessed March 22, 2016. "Alvaro de Molina, Class of 1975 (Contributor) – Alvaro is a leader in the business world and his community."
- Metcalfe, Jeff. "Former Bergen Catholic wrestler Nick Delpopolo seeks Olympic redemption", The Record (Bergen County), August 5, 2016. Accessed August 9, 2016. "Instead, if his draw in the 73-kilogram division pans out as well as he imagines, the former Bergen Catholic wrestler would leave Rio with an Olympic medal and lifetime redemption."
- McCarron, Anthony. "Mark DeRosa signs with San Francisco Giants, spurns New York Yankees", Daily News (New York), December 29, 2009. Accessed August 27, 2011. "The Yankees viewed free agent Mark DeRosa as potential help in left field and an unbeatable super-utility option. But DeRosa, a Bergen Catholic product, agreed to a preliminary two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants Monday night, The Associated Press reported."
- Ditrani, Vinny. "Paramus' Jim Dray looks to sway NFL teams at combine", The Record (Bergen County), February 26, 2010. Accessed February 16, 2011. "Former Bergen Catholic and Stanford star Jim Dray is among the better blocking tight ends at this year's NFL combine."
- Yannis, Alex. "SOCCER; MetroStars Win 3rd Straight By Shutting Down United", The New York Times, May 11, 2003. Accessed September 1, 2011. "Tonight he tried Alecko Eskandarian, the first overall selection in the draft this season, as a starter but replaced him in the 60th minute with Hristo Stoitchkov. Eskandarian played for Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey and is the son of the former Cosmos defender Andranik Eskandarian."
- Alecko Eskandarian profile, US National Soccer Team Players Association. Accessed April 17, 2007. "Selected as the 2000 Gatorade National Player of the Year at Bergen Catholic.
- Branch, John. "Giants' Finn Is the Anonymous Blocking Back", The New York Times, November 11, 2005. Accessed September 1, 2011. "Just last week Finn brought to work a tape from his days at Bergen Catholic High School, which Finn carried to a New Jersey state championship, and showed it to teammates between meetings."
- Jim Finn at NFLPlayers.com, accessed November 29, 2006.
- Staff. "FOR YOUNG ACTOR, IT'S WIL POWER OVER APING", Los Angeles Daily News, March 7, 1995. Accessed February 16, 2011. "Wil rescues her and the adventure begins, said the 15-year-old sophomore at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey."
- Popper, Steve. "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Even Struggling, Bergen Catholic Wins Easily", The New York Times, September 19, 1999. Accessed September 1, 2011. "While Matt LoVecchio, the Bergen Catholic quarterback, was going through one of his more trying afternoons on the football field, his father, Larry, was recounting a story about his son."
- via Associated Press. "Looking at careers of this year's Hall inductees", Houston Chronicle, July 24, 2010. Accessed February 16, 2011. "Bill Madden: ... born in 1946 and grew up in New Jersey ... graduated from Bergen Catholic High School"
- Brown, Clifton. "GOLF; A Former Rising Star Hopes to Rise Again", The New York Times, December 18, 1999. Accessed April 25, 2012. "When Jim McGovern was an all-state tight end at Bergen Catholic High School, few people would have predicted that he would become a professional golfer. He didn't start playing golf seriously until 11th grade."
- Gulitti, Tom. "MCGUIRE OPEN TO RANGERS", The Record (Bergen County), April 5, 2000, accessed April 17, 2007. "Alpine native Pierre McGuire among those who will be keeping a close eye on the reconstruction of the Rangers' management. The former Hartford Whalers head coach and Bergen Catholic graduate would like to get back into coaching after spending the last three seasons as a color commentator for an English-language radio station ..."
- via Associated Press. "Big Ten football roundup: Hillsdale's Tanner McEvoy dazzles", The Record (Bergen County), September 20, 2015. Accessed June 13, 2016. "Two-way player and Bergen Catholic alum Tanner McEvoy had one of No. 24 Wisconsin's three touchdown runs, and the Badgers wore down Troy for a 28-3 win Saturday in Madison, Wis."
- County Executive Dennis McNerney, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed June 23, 2011. "Dennis McNerney is a lifelong resident of Bergen County. He graduated from Bergen Catholic High School, attended Bergen Community College, the University of Delaware, and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University."
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- Bob Papa profile, HBO Boxing. Accessed April 17, 2007. "Bob Papa was born in the Bronx before moving to New Jersey as a child. After graduating from Bergen Catholic High School in 1982, Papa received a business degree from Fordham University in 1986."
- Staff. "All-Decade boys soccer", The Record (Bergen County), June 9, 2010. Accessed July 18, 2011. "F: Randi Patterson, Bergen Catholic (2003) One of only two three-time All-Bergen selections on the list, Patterson scored 80 goals with 20 assists from 2000 through 2002."
- Biggane, Brian. "Darren Rizzi, Dolphins' new special teams coach, teamed with Tony Sparano in New Haven", The Palm Beach Post, October 5, 2010. Accessed February 5, 2011. "A native of Hillsdale, N.J., and a graduate of prep power Bergen Catholic, Rizzi starred as a tight end at Rhode Island after arriving as a walk-on in 1988."
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- Biography of Monsignor Robert Sheeran Archived October 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., Seton Hall University. Accessed April 17, 2007. "Born in Troy, New York, Robert Sheeran graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell before enrolling in 1963 as an undergraduate at Seton Hall."
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