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Bernard King and the New York Knicks used to practice at gym in Essex County and Montclair's legendary Clary Anderson (left, alongside Butch Fortunato) coached four different sports for Mounties. St. Benedict's in Newark has modern gym for a highly-regarded basketball team in honor of deserving individual and Fairleigh Dickinson University is named for a man who was quite important in work he performed during a noteworthy life. (SC photos and courtesy of Getty images, St. Benedict's and FDU)

Summertime Sports Trivia Quiz
Could Be Quite The Challenge

By Steve Tober

(Editor’s Note: McNair Academic's Mike Reilly provides a challenging series of trivia questions with emphasis on high school sports. A 100-plus game winner as a coach in hoops, soccer, baseball and tennis, Reilly grew up in Livingston and South Orange and graduated from Columbia High School and St. Anselm College. He began coaching career at Oratory Prep and then became a fixture in Jersey City at both Dickinson and McNair in coaching career that dates back to late 1970s)

Trivia questions:

1- The beautiful gym at St. Benedict’s in Newark is named after:
 (A) Joe Kasberger (B) Father Leahy (C) Jack Dalton (D) Claudio Reyna

2- What Essex County baseball program is 5-0 in state final games?

3- Name two Essex County high schools nicknamed Eagles

4-We have all heard of Fairleigh Dickinson University, but who was Fairleigh Dickinson?
(A) Federal Reserve director (B) first Secret Service director (C) Owner of a medical technology company (D) War of 1812 hero

5- Name a Union County high school named after a signer of the Declaration of Independence?

6- Montclair High’s Clary Anderson coached what four sports?

7- What one-time MLB first-round draft choice (No. 3 overall) coaches baseball and at what school?

8- In the final years of the old Big Ten Conference who were the Thanksgiving opponents of:
(A) Montclair, (B) Columbia, (C) Nutley, (D) Orange, (E) East Orange and (F) Irvington?

9- When Westfield won its only boys hoops state championship in 1972 led by Tim Goski, who did they beat?
(A) Camden (B) Moorestown (C) Triton (D) Atlantic City (E) Neptune.

10- Where do kids from Essex Fells go to public high school?

11- St. Benedict’s has only lost two prep A soccer championships. What school defeated the Gray Bees twice?

12- The New York Knicks once used what Essex County gym as its training site?

13- Name the three main running backs on the great 1977 Westfield football team and who was the all-state lineman who would go on to run for governor of N.J.?

14- Clifford Scott was the first Group 1 school to win an Essex County Tournament boys championship. Who was the coach?
(A) Tony Jones (B) Matt Lombardi (C) Tom Dean (D) Ed Lyons


1- (C)
2- Glen Ridge
3- West Caldwell Tech and American History
4- Abraham Clark (Roselle)
5-  (C)
6- Football, baseball, hockey, swimming
7- Willie Banks, St. Benedict’s
8- (A) Montclair-Bloomfield, (B) Columbia-West Orange, (C) Nutley-Kearny, (D) Orange-Belleville, (E) East Orange-Barringer, (F) Irvington-West Side
9- (C)
10- West Essex
11- Pennington
12- Upsala
13- RBs Owen Brand, Frank Kelly and Butch Woolfolk; all-state lineman who ran for governor: Brett Schundler
14- (D)

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St. Benedict's soccer has dominated in prep A tournament but has lost twice to one New Jersey private school. Westfield's Kehler Stadium is home for history-laden Union County football team and longtime North Jersey coach Mike Reilly (seated left alongside younger brother Sean) continues to come up with a challenging sports quiz. (Sideline Chatter photo and also courtesy of TapInto/Westfield and St. Benedict's Prep)

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