Baseball (9-2)

The Millburn Millers have been dominant in their last few games, winning four straight. After struggling at the plate early in the season, the Millers have scored over eight runs in their last three outings, and won by a margin of at least 5 in each of those. On Monday, Columbia came into town. Miller starting pitcher Zach Lane gave up a run in the top of the first, and the Millers fell down 1-0. In the bottom half of the inning, the scorching hot Miller offense had their pitchers back. The boys drove in 5 runs and regained the lead. They remained in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game, coming out on top 8-3. Zach Lane got the victory after throwing 3 and two thirds, giving up just one run on three hits. Copeland Culp and Robert Schneider led the Miller bats with a hit and 2 RBI’s. Matt Hollander continued his stellar season with a two hit game, and the Millers improved to 7-2.

The Millers dominated Bloomfied in a 10-0 win on Thursday. Once again, Daniel Cifu was lights out on the mound. Cifu tossed four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. The Miller bats came alive in the second, as they scored four of their 10. After another run in the fourth, the boys forced a mercy rule after they poured in five more in the fifth. Robert Schneider was on fire at the plate, driving in four runs on two hits. Alex Wilson also had a two hit three RBI day in the win.

Steven Echavarria was on the hill for the first County Tournament game of the season. As expected, he was flawless. After giving up a run in the first, he went on to throw five more scoreless innings. The Oregon commit ended the game with 9 strikeouts and gave up only four hits. The Miller offense immediately supported their pitcher, scoring two runs in the first. The Miller bats were not nearly done there. The boys erupted for six runs in the fourth, added two more in the fifth, and were up 10-1 when Echavarria was pulled. Copeland Culp went an impressive 3-3 with two RBIs and a triple. Senior Jake Zirlin also had two hits, an RBI and two runs scored. After some walks by the Miller relief pitchers the final score ended up at 10-7 in Millburn favor. The boys punch their ticket to the County Quarterfinals.

Softball (4-6)

On Monday, the girls took on Belleville. The Millers jumped on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first, but it was all downhill from there. Pitcher Spencer Brenton got knocked out early, giving up four runs in four innings. Relief pitcher Brooke Snider could not do much more, letting in five runs in three innings. From the second inning to the sixth, the Millers were outscored 9-0, and suffered their fifth loss of the season, 9-6. Brooke Snider and Charlotte Troll had 2 RBI in the loss, and Katherine Soughan drove in one more.

The Millers battled Montclair in an Essex County match up on Thursday. The girls got on the board first in a big way with a four run third inning. They added a fifth two innings later. However, Montclair would not back down easily. The Mounties brough the game to within one, but pitcher Spencer Brenton was able to get out of trouble and get the 5-4 win. Brenton threw a complete game and had five strikeouts in the win.

Boys Lacrosse (4-4)

Just two days after bringing home the Jake Cup against Livingston, the Millers faced off against Morristown Beard on Monday. The Boys got off to a slow start, dropping four goals in the first period and scoring only one. The Millers had a stronger second quarter, scoring two to bring the game to 4-3. The Millers won the second half 3-2, but when the buzzer sounded, both teams were locked in at 6. Morristown-Beard scored the golden goal game winner with two minutes left in overtime, and the Millers lost 7-6. Zach Lipton had two goals in the loss. Connor Davisson, Brandon Merves and Quentin Kuehn each added one.

The Millers went up against a tough opponent in Verona on Wednesday. The Millers were not getting anything done on Offense, and could not stop much on defense on the way to an 18-4 defeat. Connor Davisson had two goals and an assist in the loss. Brandon Merves and Andrew Kanter each added on another.

After back to back losses, the Millers took on New Providence in what felt like a must win game on Saturday. The Boys looked like they were playing some vengeance after their recent poor play. Both Connor Davisson and Brandon Merves had three goals each. Davisson also assisted three and Merves grabbed one. Andrew Kanter was the main distributor with three assists, also adding another goal. Ethan Shapiro had one goal and an assist in a huge 8-3 win.

Boys Volleyball (3-4)

The Millers traveled to face winless West Caldwell Tech on Monday. The boys dominated the first set 25-17. The second set was a bit closer, but the Millers came out on top 25-21. Elson Yap had 16 assists, eight service points and three aces as the Millers jumped to 2-3 on the year.

On Tuesday, the Millers played Lyndhurst. After a 20-25 win in the first set, the boys dominated the second to win 25-9. The Millers now have not lost a set in the last four that they have played. Ethan Itkis dominated with eighth kills, Anthony Cxehn and Joe Wang each had six of their own. Elson Yap continued his excellent play with 16 assists and four aces, and the Millers got their third victory of the season and extended their win streak to two straight games.

The Millers followed up their back to back wins with a tough opponent in Livingston on Thursday. The boys suffered a 2-0 defeat, and dropped to 3-4. Ethan Itkis had 6 kills, and Elson Yap tallied 12 assists in the loss.

Boys Golf (9-3)

Blake Oppenheim shot a 35 for -1 in a 158-149 loss at the hands of Newark Academy. While Oppenheim was locked in, so were his opponents. Newark Academy occupied four out of the five best scores on Tuesday. The worst score for the Minute Men was three over par for a 39, which is very tough to beat. Noah Beck ended the day four over and Richard Erhardt shot a 41 (+6). The Millers suffered their third loss of the season.

The Boys took on undefeated Glen Ridge on Wednesday. After the loss on Monday, the Boys played with a vengeance captained by Nate Beck. The Freshman led all scores with a 39, resulting in +4. Richard Erhardt occupied the second best score, shooting +6.  Blake Oppenheim rounded out the top three with a 43, (+8). The Miller big three led their squad to a 168-192 victory over Glen Ridge, and they grabbed their eighth win of the year.

Millburn defeated cross town rivals Livingston on Thursday, 155-170. Leading the charge for the Millers was Senior Blake Oppenheim who, for the second time just this week, shot one under par (35). Richard Erhardt (38) and Jayson Levy (41) occupied the second and third best scores of the day en route to the team’s 9th win of the season.

Girls Lacrosse (8-2)

In their second game without star Jordyn Lipkin, Senior Carly Bernstein had a performance for the ages. Missing a key piece of their offense in Lipkin against Kent Place, Bernstein knew she had to carry her team to victory. The Duke commit was a scoring machine, putting in eight goals and assisting one. Ally Lipkin was just as impressive, scoring five goals and dishing out an assist. Bernstein and Lipkin outscored Kent Place by themselves and got a tough victory 13-11.The girls improved to 6-2, and handed Kent Place their first loss of the year.

On Wednesday, the girls routed Roxbury 18-2. The game was all but over after the first half, when the girls had a 15-1 lead. In the win, Carly Bernstein did not only have one career milestone, but two. With her five goal and four assist performance, Bernstein now has surpassed 200 career goals and 100 assists in her career. Just simply incredible. Once again Ally Lipkin dominated on offense, scoring four and assisting one more. Lana Besner, Maggie Tratnyek and Shanon Finan each scored two, and Besner also added two assists. Maggie Ellsworth, Ceci Muller and Meadow Matroni also each scored one of their own. The girls capture their seventh win in a day highlighted by the career accomplishments of Carly Bernstein. 

In a high scoring affair on Saturday, the Millers edged out New providence 16-13. Carly Bernstein led the charge with 6 goals and three assists. Lana Besner was very impressive in the win with five goals and one assists. Ally Lipkin was her consistent self as she put in four goals and assisted one. Ceci Muller also grabbed a goal in the win. Up 10-4 after the first half whistle blew, the girls used their hot first half to propel them to their eighth win of the year.

Boys Tennis (7-1)

On Thursday, the Millers breezed through Livingston 5-0. Matias Feoli and Will Boo both did their jobs in singles, not losing a set. Aarush Gupta had to come back from a set down to grab a victory. Eric Jones and Seth Abrams also dropped the first set, but clawed their way back to a tiebreaker win. Aryn Juneja and Liam Pilarski finished it off in straight sets.

The Millers got their easiest win of the season at Columbia on Friday. The boys did not lose a set throughout the five matches played. Matias Feoli won on a forfeit and Will Boo won his second singles match 6-0, 6-0. Andy Xu finished off the singles wins 6-2, 6-2. Eric Jones and Seth Abrams had no problem in first doubles winning 6-0, 6-1. Aryn Juneja and Liam Pilarski capped off the victory 6-2, 6-3.

By Jason Mazer

Jason Mazer is a sophomore at Millburn High School and a sports commentator for Studio 462. He co-hosts the sports podcast "Down the Line" with Emory Kaplan.