Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wayne Hills Rallying for 'Goldy'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wayne Hills Rallying for 'Goldy'

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Jon Goldstein gave a passionate speech to the Wayne Hills boys basketball team on its bus ride back from a difficult five-point loss at Passaic Tech on Jan. 16.

"He told us we're back on the map for sure," senior forward Martin Kilroy recalled. "He said this is the best we've been [in basketball] in a while here and he knows we're going to do something special."

Less than 48 hours after Goldstein's death a week ago, the Patriots proved that they're just as special as their late assistant coach believed. Amid extremely emotional circumstances, the focused, resilient Patriots played perhaps their most complete game of the season Thursday night and soundly defeated Lakeland, 83-62, at home.

On Saturday, not even 24 hours after Goldstein's funeral, Wayne Hills (10-6) produced another impressive victory.

The Patriots beat West Milford, 65-62, to remain in sole possession of first place in the Big North Independence Division. A win by West Milford, then ranked No. 10 in The Record Top 25, would've created a tie in the division race.

Senior guard Scott Wills' three-pointer provided the go-ahead points for Wayne Hills late in the fourth quarter against West Milford. Sophomore forward Joe Kenny scored a game-high 20 points and Wills added 16.

Superb performances by Wills (17 points, seven assists and five rebounds) and sophomore guard Dorian Hodge (23 points) sparked 15th- ranked Wayne Hills against Lakeland.

Much of Wayne Hills' student body honored Goldstein's memory during the Lakeland game by wearing T-shirts with his nickname, "Goldy," on the back and by chanting, "We love Goldy!" late in the fourth quarter.

Goldstein, 41, died Jan. 28 after coaching in Wayne Hills' varsity and JV games at Fair Lawn. A longtime basketball, baseball and football assistant coach, the beloved Goldstein also served as an administrative assistant within Wayne Hills' athletic department and was the school's golf coach.

"Goldy and I have been telling them all year it's not about where we started, it's about where we finish," Wayne Hills basketball coach Kevin Grimes said. "We hit a rough patch from a basketball standpoint [a three-game losing streak from Jan. …

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