Smalley/Lafayette Elementary School

Smalley Grades 4-6, Lafayette Grades 2-3

Coach Romancheck
Coach Dave David Romancheck
Bound Brook Girls Basketball NJ

Basketball Coach

  • Middle School Girls
Recreation Helper
  • 4th-8th Travel Girls
  • 3rd-8th Girls
9+ Years Experience
Bound Brook Girls Basketball
 Bound Brook Basketball Champions 2016
2015-2016 Middle School Championship Team
Top Row:  Coach Romancheck, Julia Nilsen, Cameron Ward, Nadeen Elharmoushy, Liliana Gomez, Jenna Thiessen, Katriona Nagy, Messiah Hannah
Bottom Row: Sophia Poltronieri, Takara Pugh, Emily Toy, Cristina Rosa, Amari Tukes, Laurant Morris, Arianna McCleod
Bound Brook Basketball Champ Mix
 Bound Brook Basketball Champions 2015
2014-2015 Middle School Championship Team
Top Row:  Coach Romancheck, Cameron Ward, Julia Nilsen, Cortlyn Morris, Hailey Aguilar, Messiah Hannah, Nikiyah Riddick
Bottom Row: Laurant Morris, Emily Toy, Evelyn Nunez, Arianna McCleod, Heather Tomaselli, Christina Rosa
Janeea Summers Coach Romancheck

 Bound Brook Basketball Champions 2013
2012-2013 Middle School Championship Team
Top Row:  Coach Romancheck, Assitant Coach Jeremie Summers, Jordan Todaro, Jordan McDuffie, Diamond Tucker, Olivia Nilsen, Janeea Summers, Nicole Roth, Iyonna Hall, Principal Mr. Gordon, Vice Principal Mr. Demarco
Bottom Row: Natasha Rojas, Vicki Triana, Daniela Bogantes, Lacey Anne Meyers, Megan Tomaselli, Cortlyn Morris, Evelyn Nunez, Heather Tomaselli

Dear Middle School Basketball Parents and Players,
Welcome to the middle school team. It is an intense and quick season. Please read through this and check the schedule before fully committing to this team. First, please keep it positive in the stands and on the bench.  We represent Bound Brook and South Bound Brook schools and need to be cognizant of this at all times. Second, I ask all the girls to display hard work and dedication at practice and in school.  Third, playing time is very subject to the competitive nature of the game.  Some games might have a very limited rotation due to intense full court pressure, half court demands, and other variables.  I coach like a varsity high school team and have no requirement that everyone plays in every game. All the coaches in our league follow the same procedure. I also coach recreation where everyone does play equal amounts of time. I encourage recreation participation because of this. Also, our team has a large number of guards, very few point guards, and very few centers and forwards. I reviewed with the girls at tryouts the nature of guard rotation and it will make substitutions this season very challenging. There will always be some time allocated to skill development in practice, but guards should be able to shoot 3 pointers, handle the ball under pressure, be quick, and pass the ball well. Again, there is only so much practice time to develop skills once the season begins. If there are major concerns I'd like you to follow a 24 hour cool down policy after a game before addressing them.  Fourth, our season is quick and there are more games than practices.  During the regular season there are 18 practices coinciding with school days (note we will try to add practices over breaks and days off) and 22 GAMES.  Fifth, if any player is definitely going to miss a game or practice please let me know ASAP.  Sixth, unexplained tardiness or absence from practice can lead to removal from the team. All parents should have access to my cell phone number. Lastly, please be aware SBB students will be picked up at Robert Morris School for away games only.  Also, SBB students will be dropped off at the Community School following away games.  It is a good idea to correlate pickup times while the bus is arriving from our different away locations so no one ends up waiting at the Community School for long. I coach other teams through recreation and my attendance will be required often immediately after a game.
Thank You,
Coach Romancheck


The 2016-2017 team is Laurant Morris, Amari Tukes, Arianna McCleod, Sophia Poltronieri, Nicole Romero, Ariel Smith, Takara Pugh, Nadeen Elharmoushy, Jkhia Gaskins, Angie Escalante, Giohana Contreas, Melany Rivera, Melanie Porras, Ashley Abrego, and Onya Boone


Current Practice and Game Schedule in PDF CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD


If you made the team continue with Online Registration it is required and look at the picture below if you don't know where to click CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
ALSO if your wish to take your child home directly after a game PLEASE fill out the travel consent form on the link located in the same link for online registration





Middle School Team
The Middle School team competes in the Central Jersey Junior Basketball League consisting of 11 other teams which the girls will play twice during the season from December-February and be seeded for playoffs.  Teams include:  Deerfield (Mountainside), Middlesex, Green Brook, Bedminster, Long Hill, Valley View, Somerville, North Plainfield, Manville, Warren, and Branchburg.  This league prepares the girls for a high level of competition that they will continue to face at the High School level.  Transportation to and from away games is provided by the school.  To all parents, please note that coaches at this level make decisions much like a high school coach and playing time might vary from game to game.  The emphasis is on developing a group of girls that love to play competitive basketball and will transition into the high school program.

Notable seasons:

2015-2016 15-5 record, CJJBL Eastern Champions
Cameron Ward, MVP award at Championship game, Cameron Ward and Julia Nilsen leading scorers for their 8th grade season
2014-2015 20-0 record, CJJBL Eastern Champions, First undefeated season
Cortlyn Morris, MVP award at Championship game, 416 points scored in 8th grade season
2013-2014 14-5 record, Second Round in Playoffs
2012-2013 17-2 record, CJJBL Eastern Champions, Jeremie Summers, assistant coach
Janeea Summers, MVP award at Championship game, Over 800+ points scored in three years
2011-2012 11-9 record, Second Round in Playoffs


Current game schedules can be viewed at - click on Bound Brook then continue to view “Basketball - Girls MS”



5th through 8th Grade Travel Basketball

The 5th through 8th Grade travel teams are part of the Jersey Basketball Association (we have left the Garden State League currently) schedules and directions to games are located there.  It is a competitive league with a playoff as well.  Games run from December and end in early March.  This league is also a good preparation for High School and Middle School play.  Transportation to games will be managed by each player.  To all parents, please understand that as a recreation sponsored team, all team members will play.  Nevertheless, playing time may vary due to game situations. There is no league rule requiring 4 minute substitutions for 7thand 8th grade teams.

The 2014-2015 season and now the third year for travel basketball in Bound Brook.  The girls 7th/8th grade team was able to go undefeated 14-0 in the regular season.  Wins included a huge win over New Providence and a post season win over North Brunswick.  The girls 6th/7th team finished 6-7 for the regular season.  Both teams were coached by Denzel Sanders and Dave Morris.
The 2013-2014 season was our second year of travel for 7th/8th and we finished with a 8-3 record for the regular season then lost to Delaware Valley in the playoffs in a competitive game.  Doreen Todaro and I coached the games.  Also, the 5th/6th grade team had a successful travel season finishing 9-6 and were coached by Denzel Sanders and Dave Morris.
The 2012-2013 season was our first year in the travel for 7th/8th and we finished 11-3 in the regular season and lost to Berkeley Heights in the championship game.  Jeremie Summers was head coach and I was assistant.  This was also the first year of the 5th/6th travel team coached by Denzel Sanders and Dave Morris.
In 2015, our first Spring travel team was created.  The girls played a eight game season from April to June with an elimination playoff at Hoop Heaven Bridgewater and Whippany.  The girls, a mix of 4th/5th/6th, were able to go undefeated 10-0.  Their championship game was one of the greatest comebacks I was ever part of.  All girls will get playing time each game and their will be a tremendous emphasis on learning to play competitive basketball.
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In 2016, I created a second Spring travel team.  The girls played a eight game season from April to June with an elimination playoff at Hoop Heaven Bridgewater and Whippany.  One team was 4th and 5th while the other was 6th and 7th.  The 4/5 grade team managed to reach the playoffs where they lost a close game to be eliminated.  The 6/7 grade team was able to win the Hoop Heaven championship for the second year as a group.  Both teams showed a tremendous ability to overcome adversity in the face of some great competition.
   Back to Back Hoop Heaven Champions 2016
   4/5 Grade Hoop Heaven Team 2016

Recreation Basketball

Recreation basketball is the root of all basketball players.  If your daughter/son has an interest in basketball, Bound Brook offers 3rd-4th, 5th-6th,and 7th-8th teams. These teams play several games and all are welcome.  All girls will get equal playing time and the rules ensure a more half court style of play.  There is also a co-ed K-2 basketball clinic for children interested in learning the basics of the game.  To learn more about our recreation basketball programs please go to  The recreation director is Doreen Todaro.






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Thanks to all the girls that attend the basketball clinic days throughout the year.  It is through this extra hard work that everyone stays in the basketball frame of mind.  Also, thanks to everyone that helps make these clinics possible.
clinic 2014


Thanks to all Bound Brook and South Bound Brook players, parents, administrators, and volunteer coaches.  Our small towns require a special dedication to be successful.
Over the years, a thank you to all the coaches that allowed me to work with their players at the recreation level:  Marc Padilla, Dave Morris, Denzel Sanders, and Jeremie Summers.  Thanks to the current recreation director, Doreen Todaro, for all the support with girls basketball (especially launching the travel teams, coaching when necessary, providing clinics, and overseeing the building of a new full size gym for our town).  Thanks to the previous director, Dom Longo, for his support of recreation basketball.  From Bound Brook schools the list is many, but thank you in order of guidance Mr. Nytz, Mrs. Nytz, Mr. Gordon, Mr. Sepkowski, Mr. Mott, Mr. Nixon, Mr. Egan, Mr. Franey, Dr. Gallagher, Coach Melesurgo, Mr. Demarco, Coach Kline, Coach Derevjanik, Coach Kiely, Dr. Santicerma, and Coach Cubas.  
Many thanks to Coach Kline for asking me to participate on his bench during his 2015 playoff games against New Egypt (score 43-30) and then South River (score 41-51).  Watching the girls make it to the third game in the state playoffs was amazing.  Coach Kline after this season moved back to coaching boys.  Best wishes!
Many thanks to Coach Derevjanik for asking me to participate on her bench during her 2016 playoff games against Piscataway Tech (score 83-16), Shore (score 73-39), Dunellen (score 71-43), Middlesex in the sectional final game (score 67-52), Haddon Heights (score 47-36), and University in the state championship game (score 55-81).  This was the first sectional title since 1989.  I'm so proud of the girls and the coaches.
 Also, I'm so proud of Janeea Summers for applying hard work and dedication to school and basketball.  On November 9, 2016 she signed her papers to join the UMBC University of Maryland Baltimore County.  This Division 1 scholarship is awesome and I'm so happy for Bound Brook, Janeea, and her loving family. I'm grateful I could be there for the whole ride from 5th grade rec to middle school to high school.
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Our new head coach for the girls is Ms. Jennifer Derevjanik.  Her passion for basketball has led her to go from the gyms of Staten Island with St. Peter's to George Mason University to the WNBA and overseas with European teams.  I hope to learn a lot from her vast amount of court experience as a point guard and wish her the best in transitioning to coaching high school.  A great article about Coach Derevjanik from can be found by clicking here. Also, click on the image below to see her full write up as an A10 Legend for NCAA Women's College Basketball.
Coach Derevjanik A10 Legend
The 2014-2015 season was dedicated to the passing of an amazing person and fellow 8th grader to many on the team, Leslie Ramirez.  Leslie passed away from brain cancer November 11, 2014.  To honor her memory after the season I took three 4th graders to the Baskets for Bama 3-on-3 basketball tournament raising money to fight brain cancer.
In Memory of Leslie Ramirez
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Last Modified on November 19, 2016