Fair Lawn High School - Athletics

Athletics

The Fair Lawn High School Cutters now compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to realignment, the school participated in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIL/NBIAL).

Teams marked with an asterisk (*), although they officially compete and score as separate teams, usually have their events and practices with each other. Depending on the sport, there is at most a Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman team. Some sports do not have all three levels.

  • Fall sports teams: Cheerleading, Cross country (boys/girls)*, Football, Soccer (boys/girls), Tennis (girls), and Volleyball (girls)
  • Winter sports teams: Cheerleading, Basketball (boys/girls), Bowling (boys/girls)*, Ice hockey, Swimming (boys/girls)*, Track (boys/girls)*, Wrestling and Fencing (boys/girls)*, Dance
  • Spring sports teams: Baseball (boys), Softball (girls), Track (boys/girls)*, Tennis (boys), Lacrosse (boys/girls), Volleyball (boys)

The boys tennis team won the 2007 North I, Group III state sectional championship with a 3-2 win over Ramapo High School.

The boys ice hockey team was formed in 2001 and has had great success over the past ten years. Since the ice hockey team's inception, they have compiled an overall record of 152-72-27. They have qualified for the state playoffs in every single season and in 2008 they were the #1 ranked public school in the state of New Jersey. The program was started by Cory Robinson who won multiple league titles in the Northern White division. Mike Goodrich took over for Robinson and coached the Cutters until 2010 when he resigned after a 10-12-2 campaign to become the head coach at Saint Peter's Prep. Robinson, who is now the athletic director, hired former Montclair Kimberley Academy head coach Brack Healy in 2010. Healy led the Cutters to an 11-10-5 record as they qualified for the state playoffs for the tenth consecutive season.

The boys wrestling team was started in 1947 by Frank Bennet (who also founded Washington Township's (now Warren Hills High School) wrestling program and has been inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame). The most successful coach in the program's history was Frank Guadagnino who retired in the beginning of the 2006 season. Guadagnino had over 300 career victories for the Cutters and 14 League Championships. The 1987 Fair Lawn High School wrestling team has been recognized as the best team in Bergen County for the 1980s decade, also led under the guidance of Guadagnino. The wrestling program is now under the guidance of Head Coach Jon Piela who earned his first League title in his first year of coaching.

The boys volleyball team won its first-ever NJSIAA state championship in 1995, finishing with a 25-1 record. The No. 2 seeded Cutters defeated No. 1 and undefeated Bridgewater-Raritan High School, in Bridgewater, 2-1 (15-13, 13-15, 15-13), making it the first North Jersey team to ever win the state title. The 2011 team was top-ranked in the state by The Star-Ledger and won the state title, defeating Southern Regional High School in straight sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-23.

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