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Meet the Sports Staff

Wilnir Louis

Wilnir Louis - Sports Director 
Hometown:
Linden, New Jersey
Major/Year: Sports Management, Sports Media Minor/Senior
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Teams: Baltimore Ravens
Why I Love Sports: It's one of the only things on the planet that can easily bond people from completely seperate backgrounds, upbringings, etc.

Michael Daly Michael Daly - Station Manager
Hometown:
Bayonne, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Junior
Favorite Sport: Boxing
Favorite Teams: Milwaukee Bucks
Why I Love Sports: Sports are a microcosm of life. People learn how to lose and win with grace and humility.
Heaven Hill Heavan Hill - Assistant Sports Director 
Hometown:
Jersey City, New Jersey
Major/Year: Journalism/Junior
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Football
Favorite Teams: Lakers, Steelers
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because I've enjoyed watching them and playing them basically my whole life. It's in my blood at this point and it's amazing that I can turn this passion into multiple different opporunities in the industry.
Jorie Mickens Jorie Mickens - Assistant Sports Director
Hometown:
Hopewell, New Jersey
Major/Year: Journalism/Junior
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Teams: Denver Nuggets
Why I Love Sports: Sports bring people together, they are fun to watch, and while most seasons end in heartbreak, there is nothing like watching your favorite team or athletes competing to bring home a championship to your beloved franchise or team.
Justin Morris Justin Morris - Assistant Sports Director 
Major/Year: Journalism/Fall 2020
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Teams: Dallas Cowboys
Why I Love Sports: Sports is life, and life is sports. They're completely intertwined without differentiation. They teach so many valuble lessons: redemption, perserverence and of the immovable strength of the human spirit. What makes sports so great are those real, raw uncut moments that create memories to last a lifetime.
Daniel Lemoine

Daniel Lemoine - Assistant Sports Director
Hometown:
Stony Point, New York
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Senior
Favorite Sport: Hockey
Favorite Teams: New York Rangers
Why I Love Sports: Sports have the ability to unite people all accross the world, engaging in truly special moments. By watching or participating in sports, we have the ability to escape from all other aspects of the world and be happily distracted. Nothing beats watching a sports game with family and freinds with no other care in the world.

Liam Plate

Liam Plate - Assistant Sports Director
Hometown:
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Junior
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Football
Favorite Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because they can bring any group of people together no matter where they come from or what they believe and they are just fun to watch and play.

Ronny Castaneda Ronny Castaneda - News Director
Hometown:
Harrison, New Jersey
Major/Year: Journalism and Visual and Sound Media/Senior
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Teams: Jets, Nets, Mets
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because it embodies the idea of hard work and striving for greatness.
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Christian Gardner
Hometown:
Woodbridge, Virginia
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Junior
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Teams: Dallas Cowboys
Why I Love Sports: The crazy thing about sports is that without even knowing someone you can have a connection because you both fight for the same team. It is a family thing. I grew up outside of Washington D.C. and as a Cowboys fan you have to be ready to defend your team at all times. I think that’s where my love for sports comes from. Screaming for the Cowboys on Sunday and then yelling at my friends on the playground on Monday.

Dalton Allison Dalton Allison - Staff Representative
Hometown:
Byram, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media, Sports Media Minor/Senior
Favorite Sport: Baseball, Hockey, Football, Basketball
Favorite Teams: New York Mets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Rangers, New York Knicks
Why I Love Sports: It is said that sports are just a microcosm of everyday life, but I think that they are more than that. I love sports because they have the power to bring people together who have nothing in common and unite them for at least one reason. Only sports and food are capable of that.
Rony Jerez Rony Jerez
Hometown:
Santiago, Domincan Republic/West New York, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Junior
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Baseball, Football
Favorite Teams: New York Yankees
Why I Love Sports: Once everyone is in the bounds of a field or a court, everyone is equal. It is an escape from hardships and brings out the best in us.
Jose Balderrama Jose Balderrama
Hometown:
Mexico
Major/Year: Senior
Favorite Sport: Basketball and Tennis
Favorite Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers and Pheonix Suns
Why I Love Sports: They were always there for me growing up, they were my one constant and still are.
Your Favorite Quote: "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." -Vince Lombardi
Angelique McKenzie Angelique McKenzie
Hometown:
Bronx, New York
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media and Journalism/Junior
Favorite Sport: Soccer
Favorite Teams: Manchester United, New York Giants, Yankees, Lakers
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because nothing else brings people together in the same way even when they're arguing about it.
WSOU Sports Connor Hester
Hometown:
Pittsford, New York
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Senior
Favorite Sport: Football, Baseball, Hockey
Favorite Teams: Eagles, Phillies, Flyers
Why I Love Sports: The atmosphere that surrounds it and the ability to see something extraordinary every single time two teams take the field.
Dylan Hunt Dylan Hunt
Hometown:
West Babylon, New York
Major/Year: Journalism/Junior
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Teams: Mets and Dolphins
Why I Love Sports: Theres nothing better than going to see your favorite team with the people you love.
Jenna Powell Jenna Powell
Hometown: 
Hillsborough, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Senior
Favorite Sport: Baseball and Basketball
Favorite Teams: Yankees
Why I Love Sports: Sports brings out the best in everybody no matter the outcome. There's nothing like rooting for your favorite team and seeing them play their heart out.
Madi Travisano Madi Travisano
Hometown:
California
Major/Year: Journalism/Junior
Favorite Sport: Football, Baseball
Favorite Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers
Why I Love Sports: Sports have always been something that I can enjoy with my family and freinds.
George Makris George Makris
Hometown:
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Major/Year: Business/Class of 2023
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Football
Favorite Teams: Miami Heat, Baltimore Ravens
Why I Love Sports: Ultimately, sports has given me the opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with others no matter how far away they are. Playing basketball at my town's rec center with my closest freinds made me the person I am today as I learned how beautiful it is to work in a team and how powerful the excitement of sports can be. Having the chance to work for the WSOU sports department is a dream come true.
Justin Nicosia Justin Nicosia
Hometown:
Nanuet, New York
Major/Year: Journalism and Minor in Sports Media/Sophomore
Favorite Sport: MLB, NFL, NCAAF, NCAAM, NBA
Favorite Teams: Mets, Jets, Auburn Tigers Football, Seton Hall Basketball, Knicks, Devils
Why I Love Sports: Throughout the years, sports were always there for me, and provided an escape to an otherwise stressful life. I was never a huge TV person, so there never seemed to be anything else on for me. Sports kept me busy, and as someone who has always been competetive, they also filled that competetive drive. The only video games I had until I was 16 were sports video games.
Joe Walls Joe Walls
Hometown:
Haddonfield, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Class of 2023
Favorite Sport: Baseball, Football, Hockey
Favorite Teams: Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, Eagles
Why I Love Sports: I have always grown up watching them and it is so interesting to see such talented athletes and listen to people talk about their passions when commentating. Since I can remeber I always had some sort of Eagles T-shirt or jersey on or a Notre Dame Football jersey. I also got to witness some of the best moments in sports history in my lifetime and that has made it all worth it.
Madison Fruchter Madison Fruchter
Homestate:
New Jersey
Major/Year: Psychology, Criminal Justice Minor/Junior
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Football
Favorite Teams: Steelers
Why I Love Sports: Playing and watching sports has given me so many opportunities to meet new people who enjoy the same things I do!
Brendan Balsamo Brendan Balsamo
Hometown:
Oakland, New Jersey
Major/Year: Journalism/Class of 2023
Favorite Sport: Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, Football
Favorite Teams: Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Pirates, Giants
Why I Love Sports: Sports is the perfect escape. When you need to get away from life, sports is always the shoulder to lean on.
Ben Harris Ben Harris
Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major/Year: Journalism, Sports Media and Sound Production Minor
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Teams: New York Giants, New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Detroit Red Wings, FC Cincinnati
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because they allow for the expression of every emotion.
Joey Nardone Joey Nardone
Hometown:
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Sophomore
Favorite Sport: Soccer, Hockey, and Baseball
Favorite Teams: Atlanta United, New York Rangers, Fiorentina, Plymouth Argyle, New York Mets
Why I Love Sports: I loved sports ever since I was young. I played soccer my entire life and love watching all different kinds of sports, mostly hockey and soccer.
William Swankie William Swankie
Major/Year: Communications and Journalism/Sophomore
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Teams: Knicks, Yankees, Vikings
Why I Love Sports: Their ability to form a community between many different people.
Joe Cammarota Joe Cammarota
Hometown:
Wayne, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Junior
Favorite Sport: Football, Baseball, Soccer, Hockey
Favorite Teams: Steelers, Pirates, Tottenham, Devils
Why I Love Sports: You never know what might happen
John Makuch John Makuch
Homestate:
New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Sophomore
Favorite Sport: Football, Hockey, and Basketball
Favorite Teams: Colts, Devils, Celtics, Mets, NYCFC
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because they are the greatest metaphor for life in so many different ways. They also create great stories for players and teams alike.
Christopher Kiely Christopher Kiely
Hometown:
Washington D.C.
Major/Year: Undecided/Class of 2023
Favorite Sport: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Favorite Teams: New York Yankees, Chicago Bears
Why I Love Sports: Competition/Bringing people together
Cameron Kharazmi Cameron Kharazmi
Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Major/Year: Finance/Junior
Favorite Sport: Baseball, Basketball, Football
Favorite Teams: Dodgers, Lakers, Rams
Why I Love Sports: The joy and excitement it can bring life, even for a split-second play or an hour-long game
Tyler Soso Tyler Soso 
Hometown:
Moorestown, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Senior
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because it brings people together and allows for you to have great conversations with all different types of people.
Quote: "Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it" -George Halas
Joshua Loango Joshua Loango
Hometown:
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Major/Year: Sports Management and Marketing/Junior
Favorite Sport: Soccer, Basketball, Football
Favorite Teams: Barcelona, Nets, Giants, Yankees
Why I Love Sports: I grew up watching sports and its a great way for me to bond/connect with others
Joel Moran Joel Moran
Hometown:
Hackensack, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Sophomore
Favorite Sport: Basketball and Football
Favorite Teams: New York Knicks, Huston Rockets, New York Jets
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because of the intrigue and the story lines around every game.
Jimmy Bliss Jimmy Bliss
Hometown:
Sparta, New Jersey
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media (Broadcasting)/Junior
Favorite Sport: College Football, Soccer, NFL, MLB, NBA
Favorite Teams: New York Jets, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, Florida Gators, New York Rangers
Why I Love Sports: It can bring people across the world, from all different ethnicities and nationalities, together for a few hours.
Haley Zemek Haley Zemek
Hometown:
Scranton, Pennsylvania 
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media and Theatre/Junior
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Tennis
Favorite Teams: Penn State Football, Seton Hall Basketball, New York Mets
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because it is just like theatre: it is a place for emotional expression. You rejoice in the wins and feel devastated at the losses. I admire athletes for the way they put their heart and soul into games and have a passion that is stronger than any other.
Jonathan Heite Jonathan Heite
Hometown:
Aberdeen, New Jersey 
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Freshman
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Football, Hockey, Baseball
Favorite Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, New York Knicks
Why I Love Sports: The pure excitement and anticipation from all aspects of the game, the comradery between teammates and fans, and the common bond that brings people together. You could be at your job helping a customer or waiting on line for a movie, and nine out of ten times, you can strike up a conversation with someone about any sport. There's not many things that have this impact on society.
Ryan Henry Ryan Henry
Hometown:
Bensalem, Pennsylvania 
Major/Year: Journalism/Freshman
Favorite Sport: Basketball and Football
Favorite Teams: Philadelphia Sixers and Philadelphia Eagles
Why I Love Sports: Sports connect each and every one of us. We may come from different backgrounds, but sports is the one unifying thing in this world. Everyone knows how to shoot a basketball or swing a baseball bat. It's the universal language.
Nicholas Masturzo Nicholas Masturzo
Hometown:
Pheonixville, Pennsylvania 
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Freshman
Favorite Sport: Baseball, Basketball and Football
Favorite Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers & Philadelphia Eagles
Why I Love Sports: There is nothing like sports. The energy created by - not only the fans - but by the athletes and coaches themselves is electric. That electric energy then makes watching sports so much fun, regardless if it is in-person or on TV.
Ryan Johnston Ryan Johnston
Hometown:
Newark, Delaware 
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Freshman
Favorite Sport: Basketball, Soccer, Football
Favorite Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Arsenal
Why I Love Sports: Regardless if someone is watching or playing, sports are a platform for people from all across the world to connect and compete with each other.
Domenic Perri Domenic Perri
Hometown:
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 
Major/Year: Broadcasting/Freshman
Favorite Sport: Baseball, Football
Favorite Teams: Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Steelers
Why I Love Sports: It gives me an outlet to be creative, have fun, and exercise.
Joe Matthews Joe Matthews
Hometown:
Lincroft, New Jersey 
Major/Year: Visual and Sound Media/Freshman
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Teams: New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Football Team
Why I Love Sports: It's a universal language that brings people together. 
Louis Pasculli Louis Pasculli
Hometown:
Hamilton, New Jersey 
Major: Broadcast Communications
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Teams: New York Jets
Why I Love Sports: I love spors because quite literally anyone can play. People of all colors, races, ethnicities and backgrounds can unite and compete for the same team goal. Sports can bring people together in magical ways, and the bonds made with teammates can last a lifetime.
Anthony K Vaughn Anthony K Vaughn
Hometown:
Newark, New Jersey 
Major/Year: Journalism/Freshman
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
Why I Love Sports: I love sports because they allow me to express myself in multiple areas and ways in which I can learn more about myself and about the game.

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