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The Student News Site and Newsletter of John F. Kennedy Memorial High School

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Back-to-Back: The Mustangs Win it Again

On Saturday, Jan. 20 the JFK Mustangs clinched their second consecutive division championship, marking their first back-to-back titles since 2009. The Mustangs 7-0 division record dominated the Greater Middlesex Conference’s Blue Division.
Matthew Rodrigues
Junior 215 starter for The Mustangs Emmanuel Perez Quijano after match winning pin on senior night

Despite losing five key seniors who totaled up to a combined 134 wins in the 2022-23 season, the Mustangs still persevered and overcame any challenges heading into the season. Seniors Peter Chun, Jonathan Barreto, Jonathan Martinez and Matthew Rodrigues rose up to lead the Mustangs to a new standard. 

“It’s a pretty exciting feeling,” Head Coach Matthew Creighton stated. “We haven’t won a division championship prior to last year in 13 years, but to win back-to-back, especially after losing five key seniors who had a combined 134 wins last year. To replace those wins and still take care of business, feels good.”

Barreto, a 2024 Region 4 qualifier, expected nothing less from himself or his teammates after winning the second title. 

It means a lot… we got the work done. We own the Blue Division.

— Jonathan Barreto

“It means a lot… we got the work done. We own the Blue Division,” Barreto said. “It was different because Gio, Yousef and other seniors who carried the energy weren’t there. Now it was up to me and other seniors to carry the energy. I think we did a good job.”

The Mustangs completed their season with a 14-5 record. Creighton said they stuck to the plan, stood by their core values, and kept it rolling. The Mustangs ranked 4th in the GMC and plan to continue their success next season despite being moved up into the White Division.

“I think it is going to be a tougher schedule,” Captain Alejandro Montalvo stated. “I think we can still get double-digit wins and still be a team to be scared of.”

Key freshmen, Armani Maglione and Shehraj Salman, totaled a combined 48 wins this season and are expected to raise the standard to a new level and help the Mustangs make their presence known in the White Division next year. 


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Dylan Driz is a junior at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. He is in his second year of journalism and is excited to continue contributing to The Torch. Dylan is a varsity football player and wrestler for the JFK Mustangs. Since he can’t be outside all of the time, Dylan also enjoys cooking and playing chess. Just like any other athlete, Dylan has big dreams but ultimately would like to major in some sort of psychology field.
Jeremy Fishman, Editor-In-Chief
Jeremy Fishman is a 17-year-old senior at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. The Editor-In-Chief also serves as a sports journalist for NR Media. Conducting in-depth interviews with professional athletes for their podcast and crafting engaging articles for their website, Fishman finds joy in traveling to cover professional and collegiate sports games. Dedicated to pursuing journalism, Fishman is committed to the University of Tampa for next fall. Through his writing, Fishman aims to tell stories and leave a lasting impact on the sports media world. When not carrying around a pen and paper, Fishman can be found on the  baseball field, playing his favorite sport. 
Gabriel Rodriguez is a high school student in the middle of his junior year. This is his second year in journalism where he likes to cover and read political and government articles and books. Born in Manhattan, New York, he lived in Newark, New Jersey for some time but now he currently lives in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and attends John F Kennedy Memorial High School. Gabriel plays football for his high school and likes to snowboard and ski. He hopes to pursue a career in law and follow in his mom's footsteps. Gabe likes to travel a lot and has visited many countries in Western Europe and the Caribbean. Gabriel is in a family of seven, primarily from the Dominican Republic. He hopes to attend Penn State and have a good career in law.

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