Newark East Side Hangs on to Top Pleasantville
The Red Raiders survived a late rally from the Greyhounds to pick up a 55-52 win on the road. Gabriel Olaniyi knocked down five three-pointers before an ankle injury forced him to leave the game in the third quarter with a game-high 19 points. Mikah Johnson poured in 18 points to help steer the Red Raiders to victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Pleasantville:
Vote Now for JSZ’s Week 3 South Jersey Basketball Game Balls
We’re now a month into the high school hoops season, and South Jersey stars continue to put up some eye-popping statistics! Be sure to vote below for our third round of SJ Game Balls. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. JSZ will pay a visit to a mid-week practice or game and present Game Balls to the winners of our polls. Thanks to coaches who have sent us nominations for their players. Please email MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com with South Jersey Game Ball nominations by Saturday of each week. Thanks to our great sponsor, NJM Insurance, we’ll be awarding South Jersey Game Balls all season long! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Vote for JSZ ACI Medical & Dental School Central Jersey Game Balls NOW!
Every Sunday during the basketball season, JSZ combs through the boxscores and comes up with 20 nominees for boys and girls basketball from Central Jersey who are up for six JSZ Game Balls. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. JSZ will pay a visit to a mid-week practice or game and present Game Balls to the winners of our polls. Thanks to coaches who have sent us nominations for their players. A reminder that you can email firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday night for any players who you think is worthy of a Game Ball nomination. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to have ACI Medical & Dental School join our team and present our Central Jersey Game Balls all year long in addition to allowing us to bring great highlights and features to Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North. One of the top technical schools in NJ, Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Central New Jersey offers a variety of programs in the in-demand medical and dental industries. Visit ACI.org to learn more! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Last Week’s JSZ Central Jersey Game Balls Thanks to everyone for voting! It was great to visit Rumson-Fair Haven and Jackson Memorial to give Jack Carroll and Kristina Donza their JSZ Game Balls
Vote Now for JSZ’s Week 3 North Jersey Game Balls!
Another week of the high school basketball season means two more North Jersey basketball players will be honored for outstanding performances. Vote in the polls below for Week 3’s JSZ North Jersey Game Ball winner! North Jersey Boys’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Girls’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll Last Week’s Winners Congratulations to Ronnie Burwan (Timothy Christian) and Bella Vito (Montville) for winning last week’s fan vote. They were each presented with a JSZ-themed game ball for their performances.
Watch Saturday 1.18 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Temperatures were dipping outside, but the action continues to heat up inside gymnasiums all over the Garden State. We’ve got all the highlights posted from a busy Saturday including a special finale to the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. Hudson Catholic 45 Linden 43 | Dan Finn Classic The Hawks rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit on an inspiring night in Jersey City. Linden took a 30-15 halftime lead. Before the start of the second half, the Dan Finn Classic recognized Antonio Sellers, a Hudson Catholic sophomore who is battling a malignant brain tumor. Sellers’ mother, Felicia, thanked the showcase for funding a ramp for their home and delivered an inspiring message to both teams. The Hawks were a completely different team in the second half putting together a 17-0 run to draw even. Phil Brown, Jr. had a steal and dunk in the final minute to give the Hawks an amazing comeback win. Watch the highlights and a powerful halftime ceremony and post-game award ceremony: Felicia Sellers’ halftime speech was moving and we wanted to share it with everyone to show you the strength and courage by Antonio and his family as they continue to fight this battle: Click HERE to visit the GoFundMe page for the Sellers’ family to help with their medical expenses Wildwood Catholic 63 Marist 39 | Dan Finn Classic Temple commit Jahlil White had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead a dominating performance for the Crusaders in Jersey City. Martin Anguelov was the hot hand in the first half scoring 16 points all in the first two quarters and Jacob Hopping added 15 to get Wildwood Catholic to 11-2. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Jersey City Armory: Manasquan 59 St. Peter’s Prep 38 | Dan Finn Classic Manasquan improved to (13-1) with a 59-38 victory over St. Peter’s Prep (10-2) at the 16th Annual Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. The Warriors were able to shut down Prep in the first quarter, going ahead 11-3. Mark Armstrong would answer for the Marauders in the second quarter with 10 points, cutting the lead to four at halftime. In the second half, Casey Mulligan would take over to push the deficit to as many as 20. Mulligan won MVP honors finishing with 18 points. Tim McEneny had 19 and Mark Armstrong ended the night with 20 for St. Peter’s. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Rumson-Fair Haven 62 Middletown North 52 Winless Middletown North led Rumson-Fair Haven 44-41 after three full quarters but it was a different story for the Bulldogs in the fourth. RFH would take the lead after a 21-point outburst in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Hunter Reid led the Bulldogs with 19 points in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Middletown: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ is exited to welcome ACI Medical & Dental School to our group of loyal sponsors. They’ll be the reason JSZ will cover both Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North the rest of this scholastic season. Haddonfield 60 Millville 39 | Thunderbolts Classic The Haddons made themselves right at home at the Bolts’ showcase event, and cruised to a non-league victory. Andrew Gostovich poured in a game-high 26 points in the win. Ben Cerratto chipped in with 11 points, as Haddonfield won its ninth game in a row and improved to (10-1) overall. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Millville: Coverage of Haddonfield is made possible by NJM Insurance.
Blair Back on Top With No. 1 Overall National Ranking
The annual Wyoming Seminary (PA) vs. Blair Academy match is always high stakes and the 2020 rendition was an instant classic. This battle of the nation’s Top Two teams went down to the wire as Blair secured a 31-24 win to become the new No. 1 overall-ranked high school team in the United States. The Bucs won four of their five last matches from 170 pounds to heavyweight to lock up the win before a raucous capacity crowd at Blair. Wyoming Seminary came into this match with the No. 1 overall team ranking after placing first at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament. Blair Academy, who was ranked at No. 2 overall, finished second in that same tournament. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights and post-game interviews: Match Results 106: Marc-Anthony McGowan (BLAC) over Brandon Cannon (WYSE) (Dec 8-5) 113: Brennen Cernus (WYSE) over Mason Stefanelli (BLAC) (Fall 5:18) 120: Ryan Miller (BLAC) over Gregor McNeil (WYSE) (MD 11-3) 126: Trevor Mastrogiovanni (BLAC) over Mark Botello (WYSE) (Fall 2:53) 132: Shane VanNess (BLAC) over Drew Munch (WYSE) (MD 19-5) 138: Beau Bartlett (WYSE) over Louis Colaiocco (BLAC) (Fall 2:33) 145: Lachlan McNeil (WYSE) over Lucas Chittum (BLAC) (Dec 6-3) 152: Connor Kievman (WYSE) over Lorenzo Norman (BLAC) (Dec 8-4) 160: Gabe Arnold (WYSE) over Travis Mastrogiovanni (BLAC) (TB-1 6-2) 170: Thomas Stewart (BLAC) over Andrew Donahue (WYSE) (Dec 5-4) 182: Rylan Rogers (BLAC) over Cole Rees (WYSE) (Dec 3-0) 195: Peyton Craft (BLAC) over Wolfgang Frable (WYSE) (TF 16-1 5:23) 220: Kolby Franklin (WYSE) over Noah Pettigrew (BLAC) (Dec 6-4) 285: Eijah Anthony (BLAC) over Nate Miler (WYSE) (Dec 5-0)
Donza closes on school record with game ball performance
Kristina Donza of Jackson Memorial was awarded JSZ’s Central Jersey Game Ball for her performance against Donovan Catholic in which she had 31 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Tonight the Lady Jags roared past the Southern Rams 57-30. Donza led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds. She recently surpassed her coach Rachel Goodale and currently sits second all-time on the Jackson Memorial career scoring list. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s Central Jersey Game Ball presentation is made possible by ACI Medical & Dental School in Eatontown. Thanks to Louro Chiropractic Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Jackson Memorial
Watch Friday 1.17 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got a pair of Friday night hockey games on Jersey Sports Zone. Robbinsville picked up its 12th win of the season with a win over Hopewell Valley plus Freehold Boro picked up its fifth straight victory thank to a 4-2 win over Red Bank Regional at Middletown Ice World. Watch the highlights now! Robbinsville 5 Hopewell Valley 2 Robbinsville improves to (12-2) following a 5-2 victory over Hopewell Valley (8-5-1). The Ravens got ahead 4-2 entering the third following an early hat trick from senior Mitchell Ducalo. It was Ducalo’s second hat trick in two games. Robert Grimes added the other two scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Robbinsville and Hopewell Valley coverage. Freehold Boro 4 Red Bank Regional 2 Andrew Kutzman broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and Joe Barone scored his 11th of the year for a huge insurance goal to give the Colonials a fifth straight win. Anthony Guglieri had 21 saves including a number of big stops. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown Ice World: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is made possible by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall. Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for allowing us to capture great moments from Red Bank Regional all year long.
Point Boro Beats Barnegat in Key Shore B South Battle
Point Pleasant Boro 56 Barnegat 42 The Panthers stormed out to a 17-0 lead, and then held off the Bengals all night long. Sam Young and Stephen Mellett each scored 16 points in the win, while Matt Lee added 13 points. Isaiah Gerena and Brendan Revello scored 15 points and 13 points respectively for Barnegat in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this pivotal Shore Conference clash:
RFH brings out all the stops in special Game Ball presentation
It’s always fun to visit Rumson-Fair Haven high school especially when it’s time to honor a Bulldog with a JSZ Game Ball. Senior Jack Carroll won this week’s ACI Medical&Dental School Game Ball after 31 points and 12 rebounds in an RFH win over rival Red Bank Catholic. Rumson head coach Chris Champeau pulled out all the stops for this game ball presentation with sophomore manager Matt Carroll taking the honors of presenting Jack with his Game Ball. Watch the ceremony now and see why Rumson-Fair Haven’s basketball program is one of the best in New Jersey: Take Our Poll Thanks to everyone who votes each and every week. Coming up this Sunday, we’ll have 60 more nominees up for six JSZ Game Balls around the state. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to have ACI Medical & Dental School join our team and present our Central Jersey Game Balls all year long in addition to allow us to bring great highlights and features to Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North. One of the top technical schools in NJ, Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Central New Jersey offers a variety of programs in the in-demand medical and dental industries. Visit ACI.org to learn more!
Delsea’s Jerry Surrency III Wins JSZ South Jersey Game Ball!
Delsea senior Jerry Surrency III’s incredible performance helped the Crusaders take home a 76-52 win over Salem on January 7th. Surrency scored 22 points and added six steals in the Tri-County Conference tilt. The senior earned over 44 percent of the vote to win the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Game Ball. Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evening.
Timothy Christian’s Ronnie Burwan Wins JSZ North Game Ball!
It’s one thing to be nominated for a Jersey Sports Zone game ball, but then its another thing when your school community votes for you over 14,000 times to win. That was the case for Timothy Christian point guard Ronnie Burwan, who’s 26-point outing against Dunellen last week earned him Week Two honors for the JSZ North Jersey basketball game ball. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by practice to present Burwan with his award: JSZ Game Ball Results Take Our Poll
Watch Thursday 1.16 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Thursday was a monster day on the high school hardwood, with tremendous games all over the state. Check back throughout the night as JSZ brings you highlights from two major North Jersey games along with another pair of huge South Jersey matchups! Roselle Catholic 68 Elizabeth 63 Roselle Catholic continues to show why they’re one of the best in the Garden State. The Lions trailed Elizabeth by 11 points with seven minutes left in regulation and took control from there on out to secure their fourth consecutive win. Xavier-bound CJ Wilcher led all scorers with 25 points while Cliff Omoruyi hammered home the game-winning dunk — he finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. DJ Watkins led Elizabeth with 20 points in their first loss of the season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Bergen Catholic 78 St. Joe-Montvale 70 Julian Brown had a career-high 32 points and fellow sophomore Will Richardson added 25 as the Crusaders (11-2) handed the Green Knights their first loss of the season. BC led 14-13 after one and opened up a 13 point halftime lead thanks to an explosive second quarter led by Brown and Richardson. St. Joe’s got within four late but Bergen Catholic put the game away at the free throw line. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montvale: Camden 69 Paul VI 52 The High keeps on rolling, dispatching a talented Eagles squad in front of another packed house at Rutgers-Camden. Kentucky commit Lance Ware went for 20 points and 17 rebounds in the victory for the Panthers. Jerome Brewer added 17 points, as Camden improved to (10-1) on the season. The Panthers now head to Massachusetts for a showdown against Rancho Christian (CA). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Timber Creek 75 Cherry Hill East 63 The Chargers pulled away in the second half to top the Cougars and pick up another big Olympic Conference victory. Eric Benjamin put together another stellar performance, scoring a game-high 25 points, as Timber Creek improves to (11-1). Jake Green scored a team-high 24 points for Cherry Hill East in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
St. Peter’s Shocks St. Joe’s With Walk-Off Pin
St. Peter’s Prep 36 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 35 With the match on the line and needing six team points to win, St. Peter’s Prep 120-pounder Patrick Adams delivered a walk-off pin late in the third period to spark the Marauders’ come-from-behind victory over St. Joe’s (Mont.). The match started at 132 pounds. The Green Knights led 35-15 at the turn of the lineup before St. Peter’s Prep collected 21 consecutive points to score the win. St. Joe’s did not weigh any wrestlers in at 113 pounds and 126 pounds, effectively making the 120-pound bout the deciding factor. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Jersey City: Match Results (Highlighted Bouts in Bold) 106: Angelo Pellicci (St. Peter’s Prep) d. Josh Iannone, 8-2. 113: Donovan Chavis (St. Peter’s Prep) won by forfeit. 120: Patrick Adams (St. Peter’s Prep) p. Joe Manno, 5:22 126: Sean Reindero (St. Peter’s Prep) won by forfeit. 132: Felix Lettini (St. Peter’s Prep) d. Mateo Sgambellone, 7-1. 138: Justin Bierdumpfel (St. Joseph (Mont.)) d. Michael Pestana, 17-0 (TF 3:20). 145: Michael Dellagatta (St. Joseph (Mont.)) d. Connor Cortese, 2-0. 152: Stefano Sgambellone (St. Joseph (Mont.)) d. Alejandro Leon, 4-2. 160: Roger Diaz (St. Peter’s Prep) p. Devin Stapleton, 3:39 170: AJ Fricchione (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. Daniel Martinez, 2:22 182: Jack Farinaro (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. Anthony Asante-Danso, 0:24 195: Eduardo Hernandez (St. Peter’s Prep) p. Benjamin Pichardo, 2:45 220: Michael Toranzo (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. London Robinson, 0:26 285: Jimmy Mullen (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. Evan Scribner, 1:13 Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be at this heart-pounding match. They will be sponsoring all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics for the rest of the 2019-2020 scholastic season.
Wildwood Catholic Hits the Century Mark in Win over St. Joe
Wildwood Catholic 101 St. Joseph (Hamm.) 82 The Crusaders dynamic duo of Jahlil White and Taj Thweatt lit it up in North Wildwood in a win over the Wildcats. White (Temple commit) scored 37 points, while Thweatt (West Virginia commit) dropped 36 points. Marcus Pierce scored a team-high 28 points in the loss for St. Joe, with Daniel Skillings adding 23 points. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the Cape Atlantic League rivalry game:
Watch Wednesday 1.15 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got Wednesday high school hockey on Jersey Sports Zone. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has Robbinsville hosting Shore Conference foe Wall and Rich Chrampanis has highlights from the Red Bank Armoy and an impressive effort from the Red Bank Regional Bucs Robbinsville 6 Wall 4 Robbinsville picked up their third straight win with a 6-4 victory over Wall. The Ravens were able to take a 4-0 lead after the first period and led 5-1 entering the third. However, Wall would counter with three unanswered goals to cut the lead to one before Robbinsville scored on an empty net. Mitchell Ducalo finished with a hat trick for Robbinsville. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Robbinsville coverage. Red Bank Regional 10 Lacey 0 Gordon Ogden, Sam Almasy and Ethan Cornish all scored two goals and the Bucs matched their win total from last year with their 5th win of the year. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional
Former Devils great Driver builds powerhouse girls hockey program at Morristown-Beard
Bruce Driver had a stellar 15-year NHL career highlighted by a 1995 Stanley Cup win with the New Jersey Devils. That was just the first chapter of the defenseman’s hockey journey. Driver has spent the last 20 years coaching the Morristown-Beard girls hockey program approaching the 300 career win mark. The Crimson has won three straight NJ Prep championships and seven titles in the Women’s Interscholastic League of the Mid-Atlantic in Driver’s tenure. The NJSIAA is having its first girls hockey state championship this March as the sports continues to grow. Driver has been there since the very beginning and is excited to see where New Jersey girls ice hockey is headed. JSZ spoke with Driver and the Morristown-Beard girls after their 5-0 win over Trinity Hall to reach 8-1-1 on the season:
Cea’anai Jackson of ACIT Wins South Jersey Game Ball
Cea’anai Jackson is a force in the middle for the Atlantic County Institute of Technology. Jackson put up a double-double for the Red Hawks against Millville, as she went for 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead ACIT to victory. Jackson earned nearly 54% of the vote to win the NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball this week. Check out Cea’anai’s Game Ball presentation here: Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evening.
Watch Tuesday 1.14 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Hightstown 64 Allentown 59 | Boys Hightstown improved to (8-3) with a thrilling comeback win over Allentown (6-4). The Red Birds raced out to a commanding 19-point lead by the second quarter before Hightstown cut the deficit to eight at halftime. Then it was the Rams’ turn to go on a scoring frenzy as they would come up with seven points in less than a minute to take a 30-29 lead, and stay in command for the entire second half. Ben Simon finished with 12 points for Hightstown while RJ Weise had 10 points. Dante Weise 16 points and Tim Mastromarino ended the night with 20 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hightstown and Allentown coverage. Montville 73 West Morris 41 | Girls Montville girls basketball remains undefeated. The Mustangs dominated form start to finish as they topped NJAC opponent West Morris. The Vito twins, Bella and Dani, combined for 32 points. Bella lead the way with 18 points and eight rebounds while Dani compiled a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bella Vito was awarded the JSZ Game Ball for her game-winning buzzer-beater on January 6th against Watching Hills. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights and the Game Ball presentation:
Watch Tuesday 1.14 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ hits the ice yet again on Tuesday bringing you a pair of conference showdowns as the regular season continues along. We’ll have highlights from the always-interesting Delbarton/Don Bosco Prep battle and a Shore Conference tilt between Manasquan and Middletown North. Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 3 Arguably the biggest hockey rivalry in the state of New Jersey renewed once more Tuesday, yet with a result that left both sides clamoring for more. Don Bosco Prep — the reigning Gordon Cup and Non-Public state champs — skated to a 3-3 tie against Delbarton — the team it beat in both of those title games last season. Connor Sedlak, Hunter McGee and William Fortescue all scored for the Ironmen while Chase Pirtle and Ben Conrod lit the lamp for the Green Wave. These two teams will not face each other in the remainder of the regular season but, of course, the Gordon Cup and Non-Public state playoffs still remain. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Manasquan 4 Middletown North 3 Aidan Wiseman scored a pair of goals and Matt Franzoni had a goal and two assists to help the Warriors avenge last year’s loss to Middletown North in the state playoffs. The Lions stayed in the game despite getting just nine shots on goal. Luke McNamara’s snipe in the third period proved to be the game-winner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown:
Woodstown Pins for the Win Against Delsea
Woodstown 36 Delsea 31 In a Tri-County Conference dual that came all the way down to the wire, the Wolverines won a thriller over the Crusaders. Woodstown trailed by one heading into the 132-pound match before Lucas Predergast secured a walk-off pin for the Woodies. Bonus points were the difference as Connor Batten, Jamason Taylor, Chris Gerrity, and Cameron Morgan all won by fall for Woodstown as well. Tim Spatola, Asa Walton and Justin Dougherty all pinned for Delsea in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Franklinville: Coverage of Delsea is made possible by NJM Insurance.
Watch Monday 1.13 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got another week of hockey! JSZ brings you plenty of puck coverage from rinks in Essex, Mercer and Monmouth counties. Stay tuned with us throughout the night for the highlights! Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Jackson Liberty 0 Ryan Croddick scored a pair of goals as RFH knocks off a 9-win Lions squad on Monday night. RFH scored three goals in the span of 3:45 in the second period to notch the win. The Bulldogs outshot the Lions 30-9. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Hopewell Valley 5 St. Rose 5 St. Rose (6-0-4) had their undefeated season put to the test in Monday’s matchup with 7-4 Hopewell Valley. Following two early goals from Sean Grant, Hopewell battled back to cut the lead to 3-2 in the second period. However, as both teams traded four goals in the final two minutes St. Rose led 5-4 going into the third. With 1:31 left in regulation Roman Vitolo picking up his second score tied the game late and unfortunately there was not enough time for a thrilling conclusion. Michael Boyer also finished with two goals for Hopewell Valley. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hopewell Valley coverage. Westfield 2 Livingston 2 A McInnis Division showdown in the NJIIHL ended in a tie. Both Westfield and Livingston traded in the final 17 minutes of this game as the contest ends in a draw. Dylan Foley and Michael Mumm scored for the Lancers as the Blue Devils got goals from Spencer Brown and Matteo Mancheno. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena in West Orange: JSZ’s coverage of Westfield athletics all year long is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.
Watch Monday 1.13 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Our cameras were on hand for three great match-ups across the state. Stay tuned to this page all night as the highlights roll in. Middletown South 71 Marlboro 65 James Anderson led four Eagles in double figures with 19 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the 4th quarter to give Middletown South a seventh straight win and a second victory over the Mustangs. Marlboro led 55-51 after three quarters but the Eagles improved to 10-1 thanks to their balanced attack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Mainland 37 Holy Spirit 32 The Mustangs trailed by eight early in the fourth quarter but engineered a 13-0 run to storm back and topple the Spartans. Luke Mazur scored a team-high ten points in the win. Tony Tamanini knocked down two huge three-pointers to help fuel the game-winning run by Mainland. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from this key Cape Atlantic League clash Linwood: Pleasantville 64 Middle Township 60 The Greyhounds were in cruise control for most of the night, but had to hold off a late charge from the Panthers to earn the victory. Elijah Jones led the way for The Ville with 21 points in the win. Matt Marino pumped in 21 points for Middle in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League battle:
Watch Sunday 1.12 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Roselle Catholic 67 Linden 49 The #2 ranked boys basketball team in the state, Roselle Catholic, won big over Linden in the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational held at Kean University. CJ Wilcher was the top scorer as he poured in 22 points. Cliff Omoruyi continued his impressive season with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks! JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Hardwood Arena:
New Jersey Devils Honor JSZ’s Top December Goals
For the third straight year, the New Jersey Devils are honoring the top goals captured by JSZ cameras. On a night when the Devils upset Tampa Bay to end the Lightning’s 10-game win streak, goals from Hopewell Valley, Randolph and Middletown North were showcased at the Prudential Center. Prior to faceoff, Devils center John Hayden met with JSZ’s top goal scorers outside the locker room and watched the top goals and gave his commentary. Watch a special night for this NJ high school hockey trio at the Rock: Each month, we post the top goals captured by JSZ cameras. The winner of our poll gets one of our 5 spots for the honor from the New Jersey Devils. JSZ and the Devils staff choose the other four top goals. In case you missed it, check out our 10 awesome nominees from December Take Our Poll We’ll honor the top goals from January during the Devils game against the San Jose Sharks on February 20. Thanks against to the New Jersey Devils for connecting with the New Jersey high school hockey community!
Vote now for JSZ’s second round of Game Balls
Every Sunday during the basketball season, JSZ combs through the boxscores and comes up with 60 nominees for boys and girls basketball around the state who are up for six JSZ Game Balls. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. JSZ will pay a visit to a mid-week practice or game and present Game Balls to the winners of our polls. Thanks to coaches who have sent us nominations for their players. A reminder that you can email email@example.com by Saturday night for any players who you think is worthy of a Game Ball nomination. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls all year long! NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Blair Dominates Delbarton in All-NJ Showdown
With tons of talent on hand at Blair Academy Saturday afternoon, it was the home team Bucs who continued to show why they’re one of the best teams in the country. Blair – ranked No. 2 nationally by Intermat – squared off with fellow NJ squad and No. 11 ranked Delbarton during the annual 2020 Blair Duals. The Bucs lineup was highlighted by seven wrestlers ranked within the Top 10 of their weights in the nation and those rankings held up as Blair hustled through Delbarton to a 56-6 win. Blair went 3-0 at the duals, outscoring their opposition 190-10 while also defeating Baylor School (TN) and Belmont Hill School (MA). They’ll host No. 1 Wyoming Seminary (PA) next weekend with the nation’s top team ranking on the line. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from this All-New Jersey matchup from Blairstown: Match Results (BOLDED Featured in Video) 106: Marc-Anthony McGowan (BLAIR) over Tyler Vazquez (Dec 5-3) 113: Mason Stefanelli (BLAIR) over Cross Wasilewski (Dec 4-2) 120: Ryan Miller (BLAIR) over Joseph Davi (MD 16-5) 126: Trevor Mastrogiovanni (BLAIR) over Thomas Fischer (Fall 0:23) 132: Shayne Van Ness (BLAIR) over Simon Ruiz (TF 23-8 5:56) 138: Lucas Chittum (BLAIR) over Jack Napeloni (MD 20-6) 145: Lorenzo Norman (BLAIR) over Stephen O’Neil, Jr. (MD 13-4) 152: Travis Mastrogiovanni (BLAIR) over Colin Calvetti (Fall 0:36) 160: Thomas Stewart (BLAIR) over Jack Sharma (MD 13-4) 170: Dante Stefanelli (DELB) over Oliver Tipton (Fall 2:19) 182: Rylan Rogers (BLAIR) over Nicholas Olivieri (TF 20-5 4:33) 195: Peyton Craft (BLAIR) over Luke Chakonis (Dec 6-2) 220: Noah Pettigrew (BLAIR) over P.J. Casale (SV-1 6-4) 285: Eijah Anthony (BLAIR) over (DELB) (For.)
Watch Saturday 1.11 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has action from all over the state on a jam-packed Saturday. Check back throughout the evening for all of the highlights! Roselle Catholic 45 Manasquan 43 | Boys | Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase CJ Wilcher’s basket with 1.1 seconds left gave Roselle Catholic its first lead since 2-0 in the first quarter as the Lions avoided a spirited upset bid against the Warriors. Manasquan took a 30-25 lead at the end of three quarters after a Tim McEneney three-pointer. The Warriors had two chances to take the lead in the final minute. Ben Roy’s floater in the lane fell short and Corey Floyd Jr. was able to throw a long pass to Wilcher who came through. Freshman Simeon Wilcher had 11 points to lead the way for Roselle with Cliff Omoruyi providing 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocked shots. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from one of the best games of the year: Wildwood Catholic 60 CBA 39 | Boys | Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase Taj Thweatt had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Crusaders to their 8th win of the season. Wildwood Catholic raced out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead and never looked back. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase: Camden 65 Camden Catholic 25 | Boys The High went on a 20-0 run in the first half to blow past the Irish in this Olympic Conference rivalry game. Freshman sensation D.J. Wagner led a balanced Panthers attack with 13 points. Kentucky commit Lance Ware added 10 points in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cherry Hill: Camden coverage is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Highlights of Camden Catholic are made possible by NJM Insurance. Shawnee 57 Cherry Hill East 48 | Boys The Renegades gain some much needed momentum in 2020 with an upset victory over the Lions. Shawnee jumped out to a 10-1 lead and led wire-to-wire despite multiple comeback attempts by Cherry Hill West. Justin Lubin and Andrew Ball combined for 38 points in the win. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Monroe 52 Old Bridge 33 | Girls Monroe starts the year (8-0) following a 52-33 victory over Greater Middlesex Conference rival Old Bridge. The Falcons trailed 14-13 after the first quarter, but thanks to great three point scoring performance from Nina Branchizio and Madison Carey, they pushed the lead to 20 in the second half. Branchizio had 14 points while Carey finished with 16 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage.
Watch Friday 1.10 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone takes a trip down to the Jersey Shore for a pair of matches in the Shore Conference. In the highlights: Middletown North has a new career wins record holder and Howell continues to dominate local competition. Enjoy the matches! Middletown North 36 Ocean 27 Put his name at the top of the list! Middletown North star senior 113-pounder Tyler Klinsky broke the school’s record for career wins Friday night after a 15-second pin. He now has 134 career victories and counting. Outside of Klinsky, the Lions won seven bouts – six with bonus points – to secure a B North divisional win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Middletown: Match Results 285: Joseph Teresi (OCTO) over Andrew Kanski (Fall 1:08) 106: Blake Tarnowski (OCTO) over Colin Oden (Dec 4-3) 113: Tyler Klinsky (MINO) over Christopher Loyola (Fall 0:15) 120: Fred Luchs (MINO) over Gio Poniros (TF 17-2 5:49) 126: Thomas O’Keefe (MINO) over Alex Taylor (Fall 5:08) 132: Jack Butler (MINO) over AJ Benner (Fall 2:50) 138: Jack Nies (OCTO) over Enrico Astornio (TF 21-5 3:01) 145: Alex Poniros (OCTO) over Rich Wall (MD 11-2) 152: Nicholas Benner (OCTO) over Grant Heller (Dec 10-6) 160: Jared Tracey (OCTO) over Shaun Sullivan (Dec 9-5) 170: Tah-Jay Phillips (OCTO) over Eddie Farrell (Dec 7-6) 182: Gabriel Lubrano Lavandera (MINO) over Christian Petit (MD 12-3) 195: Jack Lopez (MINO) over Mateo Chavarriaga (Dec 5-0) 220: Nico Cerbo (MINO) over Alejandro Villarraga (Fall 2:23) Howell 43 Jackson 19 The Howell Rebels continued their dominance of the Shore Conference wrestling with a 43-19 win over Jackson Memorial. The Rebels picked up pins by Justin Wright, Colin Bradshaw, James McGee, Nick Acgue and Shane Reistma in the victory. Kyle Epperly won by pin for the Jags. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Howell: 182: Nick Cerulli (H) d. Mike Fiore (JM), 12-5 195: Kyle Epperly (JM) p. Hunter Lino (H), 3:17 220: Brad Galassi (JM) d. George Ibram (H), 7-2 285: Justin Wright (H) p. Antonio Farias (JM), 3:17 106: Brett Blaess (JM) d. Ethan Liptzin (H), 4-3 113: Colin Bradshaw (H) p. Lucas Lipari (JM), 2:23 120: Kyle Nase (H) d. Luke Temple (JM), 4-3 126: Nieko Malone (H) md. Lance Hobbs (JM), 14-0 132: James McGee (H) p. George Ebid (JM), 2:46 138: Nick White (JM) md. Rob Wiessel (H), 11-0 145: Nick Acque (H) p. Luke Hamman (JM), 5:20 152: Mike Rauch (JM) d. J.T. Goodman (H), 8-4 160: Paul Jakub (H) d. Rob Lagravenis (JM), 12-8 170: Shane Rietsma (H) p. Hunter Smith (JM), 1:44
Princeton hockey stays perfect!
Princeton 12 Hopewell Valley 4 Princeton remains undefeated in the 2019-2020 season following a dominating 12-4 victory over Hopewell Valley. The Tigers would lead 5-0 after the first period following two early scores from Captain Aiden Trainor. Rocco Salvato would add a pair goals also to help Princeton improve to 9-0-1. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hopewell Valley coverage.
Watch Friday 1.10 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Friday night hoops has JSZ bringing you a pair of games. Mike Frankel has the highlights of the Rancocas Valley rally over Delsea on the boys side while Rich Chrampanis has highlights of the number one ranked team in NJ girls basketball – the Saint John Vianney Lancers Rancocas Valley 70 Delsea 66 | Boys The Red Devils came from behind in the fourth quarter to knock off the Crusaders in an entertaining non-league battle. Javontae Jones and Nhyzir Brown led the charge for RV, scoring 26 and 23 points respectively. Jerry Surrency III scored a team-high 20 points for Delsea in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Franklinville: Coverage of Delsea is made possible by NJM Insurance. Saint John Vianney 77 Red Bank Regional 31 | Girls Madison Saint Rose had 17 points and 8 steals and the Lancers showed why they are the #1 ranked team in the latest state polls. 12 SJV players scored in a dominating effort against a talented RBR squad that is ranked 18th in the state. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Little Silver: Thanks to RYPT for supporting JSZ’s coverage of SJV girls basketball and Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver is the reason we can bring you great Red Bank Regional coverage all year long
Catalano’s Hat Trick Gives RFH Big Shore Conference Road Win
It’s Thursday night hockey in Middletown! Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of Rumson-Fair Haven’s 4-1 over Middletown South Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Middletown South 1 Sam Catalano scored three straight goals to break a 1-1 tie as Rumson-Fair Haven bounces back from its first loss of the season with a big road win in Middletown. The Bulldogs are now 5-1 on the season. Ryan Croddick scored the other goal for RFH while Demitri Forand gets the lone goal for Middletown South. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference:
Megan Duffy of J.P. Stevens Wins JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball
J.P. Stevens is off to a 3-3 start in the 2019-2020 season. In the Hawks’ 45-36 win over East Brunswick Megan Duffy had 17 points and 14 rebounds. For her efforts the fans have voted her our first JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball winner of the year. Watch his ceremony below: Take Our Poll
Woodbridge’s Daniel Boateng brings home JSZ Central Game Ball
Daniel Boateng helped lead Woodbridge to a 58-55 victory over Sayreville at the Buc Holiday Classic. Boateng finished the night with 24 points and 18 rebounds. The fans have spoken and for his standout performance he is our first JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball winner for the 2019-2020 season. Watch his ceremony below: Take Our Poll
Camden Beats Bishop Eustace in Olympic Conference Battle
Camden 67 Bishop Eustace 36 The Panthers took a tough loss against Roman Catholic (PA) in late December, but The High is on a roll again to begin 2020. Camden methodically pulled away from the Crusders, en route to an Olympic Conference victory. Jerome Brewer, D.J. Wagner and Cornelius Robinson led the way as the Panthers now get set for a showdown against Camden Catholic this weekend. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Rutgers Camden: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
JSZ Celebrates North Jersey Game Ball Winners!
Two North Jersey hoops stars who have both been double-double machines to open the 2019-2020 campaign were awarded their respective JSZ North Jersey Game Balls for two stellar early season performances. Rutgers Prep’s Trey Patterson Trey Patterson is quickly blooming into one of the top recruits not only in the northeast, but in the entire country. Patterson accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds against Ramsey last week. He also eclipsed the 1,000 career point plateau in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the presentation from Somerset: Bayonne’s Makoye Diawara Another North Jersey who has been a beast in the paint is Bayonne senior Makoye Diawara. The Bees are off to a 10-0 start to this season and Diawara already has 10 double-doubles, including her game ball nominating 14 points and 16 rebound performance against Gill St. Bernard’s. Diawara proceeded to drop 22 points and 16 rebounds in Bayonne’s 71-25 win over Dickinson Thursday afternoon. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game presentation:
Lindenwold’s Tazir Cantey Wins South Jersey Game Ball
Lindenwold’s Tazir Cantey had a spectacular performance in the Lions 67-58 win over Woodbury on January 3rd. The junior guard scored a game-high 31 points and added nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. Cantey received over 47 percent of the votes to take home the first NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball of the season. Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evening.
Watch Wednesday 1.8 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you two big showdowns from Wednesday night ice in New Jersey high school hockey. Morristown-Beard continues to be one of NJ’s hottest teams with a nine-game win streak plus we’ve got the much anticipated public school showdown between Summit and Randolph. Morristown-Beard 5 Chatham 2 Nick Vantassell had two goals and an assist and the Crimson had a pair of shorthanded goals on the way to their ninth straight victory. Morristown-Beard scored two goals in the first and built a 4-0 lead in the second period. Vantassell scored the first goal of the game with a snipe from the right circle and closed out the scoring with another deadly shot for a shorthanded goal. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Mennen Arena: Summit 0 Randolph 0 Who doesn’t love a goalie battle?! An empty scoreboard certainly doesn’t tell the entire tale of this matchup between the top two public school teams in New Jersey. Summit net minder Nikita Pryymak looked outstanding and finished with 39 saves — Randolph’ Gavin Einfeldt stopped 17 more as both goalie’s notched shutouts. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Aspen Ice in Randolph:
Watch Wednesday 1.8 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
There was terrific action on the mat all over the Garden State on Wednesday. Be sure to check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! Cherry Hill West 56 Winslow Twp. 9 The Lions roared past the Eagles in an Olympic Conference clash. Brandon Drea, Nick Berckman, Jaden Reyes, Tyler Edwards, Sean Higgins and Michael Cilurso all pinned for West in the victory. Shaun Kirkley won by fall for Winslow in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Atco: Phillipsburg 35 Hunterdon Central 19 The Stateliners dominated Skyland Conference foe Hunterdon Central. Phillipsburg won 9 of the 14 bouts. Momentum built up with two pins and a major decision at the top three weight classes for Phillipsburg and powered the Stateliners to victory. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Hunterdon: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible thanks to the Garnet Booster Club.
Watch Wednesday 1.8 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Blair 84 Hun 37 – Girls Blair improved to 10-2 following a dominating 84-37 win over Mid Atlantic Prep League rival Hun. 2021’s number one ranked point guard and second overall ranked player Olivia Miles had only five points but showcased her well rounded talents that have garnered attention from every major NCAA Division 1 program. 2023 prospect Jaylin Hartman finished with 18 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage. Haddonfield 41 West Deptford 39 (OT) – Boys Connor Fell blocked a shot by Kieran McKeown at the buzzer and the Bulldogs survive in an overtime thriller against rival West Deptford. After a back and forth first half, the Haddons opened up an eight point lead behind a combined 17 points from Ben Cerrato (game-high 19 points) and Andrew Gostovich (16 points) in the third quarter. Brandon Ratcliffe (11 points) led an Eagles comeback in the fourth quarter to help send the game to overtime. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Haddonfield: Coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Hughes hat trick keeps St. Joe-Montvale unbeaten on ice
JSZ brings you a ranked showdown from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall. St. Joe-Montvale remains unbeaten thanks to a flurry of second period goals to spark a 6-2 win over St. John Vianney St. Joe-Montvale 6 St. John Vianney 2 Justin Hughes scored three times and the Green Knights scored three goals in the span of 1:02 in the second period to take control of the game and keep its unbeaten streak alive. St. John Vianney led 1-0 after one period and took a 2-1 lead early in the second before the Green Knights scored its flurry of goals to take a 4-2 lead after two periods. Hughes scored his third of the game in the opening minute of the 3rd period and Joseph Ianuzzi closed out the scoring. St. Joe’s is now 11-0-1 on the season outscoring their opponents 72-9. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for making our St. Joe-Montvale coverage possible and thanks to St. John Vianney hockey boosters for allowing us to capture the Lancers this winter!
Watch Tuesday 1.7 JSZ Basketball Highlights
You want overtime action? You got overtime action! Jersey Sports Zone brings you four boys basketball games from around the state — two of which both went into thrilling double overtime finishes. Stay tuned throughout the night as the highlights come in! Hudson Catholic 57 St. Peter’s Prep 51 (2OT) The battle for Jersey City never disappoints! Hudson Catholic sophomore sensation Zion Cruz delivered arguably the statement performance of his young high school career with 24 points — 21 of which came after halftime — to power his Hawks to a heart-pounding double-overtime win. St. Peter’s Prep sophomore Mark Armstrong led the Marauders with 14 points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and more from The Barn at St. Peter’s Prep: Middletown South 61 CBA 58 (2OT) Mike Dabas had 15 points including the Eagles’ only field goal in double overtime as Middletown South made enough free throws down the stretch to get their first win over CBA in 11 years. CBA’s Mike White banked in a three-pointer with eight seconds left in the first overtime to force double OT. Ryan Cremen led the Colts with 18 in a losing effort. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling Shore Conference showdown: Peddie 88 Pennington 79 Peddie picked up its first win of the season with an 88-79 victory over Pennington. The Falcons trailed all but a few minutes of the first quarter before going up as many as 20 in the second half. Bernie Blunt finished with 47 points while Columbia commit Supreme Cook had 20. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Pennington and Peddie coverage. Timber Creek 72 Bishop Eustace 65 The Chargers held off a furious fourth quarter rally from the Crusaders to improve to 8-0, which is now the best start to a season in school history. Eric Benjamin (game-high 23 points) and Justin Bladen (20 points) led the way for Timber Creek. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Pennsauken: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Cherokee Tops Washington Twp. in Key Olympic Conference Clash
Cherokee 37 Washington Twp. 31 The Chiefs fell behind 15-0 after four bouts, but stormed back to win the next six bouts in a row to take down the Minutemen. Evan Brown, Tommy Rubino, Andrew Aromando and Nathan Lapinski all pinned for Cherokee. Cooper Pontelandolfo and Ian Manahan also delivered bonus points, with both winning by technical fall. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Marlton: Coverage of Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Wildwood Catholic’s Marianna Papazoglou Wins South Jersey Game Ball
Marianna Papazoglou already reached the 1,000 career point plateau as a sophomore last season. Now a junior, the Crusaders standout has picked up right where she left off, including a 25-point performance in Wildwood Catholic’s win over Deptford. Papazoglou received almost 13,000 (!) votes, to edge out Clearview’s Bella Steidle as our first NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball winner of the season. Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evening.
St. Joe’s Head Coach Augie Hoffmann Joining Rutgers Football Staff
The North Jersey to Rutgers University pipeline just got that much stronger, but not in the way you’d initially think. St. Joe’s (Mont.) head coach Augie Hoffmann — who was at the helm for six seasons and two state championships — has accepted a role on the Rutgers University coaching staff under Greg Schiano. According to a source familiar with the situation, Hoffmann made the announcement during an emotional team meeting Tuesday morning. Those familiar with the St. Joe’s program knew Hoffmann, who was a Class of 1999 St. Joe’s alum himself, as a beloved member in the Green Knights’ community. That same source also confirmed to Jersey Sports Zone that Hoffmann will be the tight ends coach at Rutgers University. “Augie is one of the most respected coaches in New Jersey,” Schiano said in a statement. “As a leader of one of the top programs in the state, he has a proven track record of developing elite talent both on and off the field. Augie is a tireless worker and his reputation among the players and coaches in our state speaks for itself. We look forward to welcoming Augie and his family to Rutgers.” Hoffmann received significant interest from to join other coaching staffs. He turned down a job on the Miami Dolphins under head coach Brian Flores last year. He also received significant interest from Boston College to work under new head coach Jeff Hafley, the source said. Hoffmann is a 2003 grad from Boston College. WATCH: JSZ’s coverage of Augie Hoffmann Hoffmann was handpicked by former St. Joe’s head coaching legend Tony Karcich to replace him after retirement going into the 2014 season. In the six seasons as head coach, Hoffmann accumulated a 49-19 record while winning a Non-Public Group 3 state championship in 2016 and a Non-Public Group 4 state championship in 2018. Players and coaches in North Jersey knew Hoffmann to have a fiery yet passionate personality. That translated to numerous players transferring into the program to play for a coach who got the best out of them. What This Means for Rutgers Schiano has quickly put together a coaching staff with tons of New Jersey flavor. He retained last year’s interim head coach Nunzio Campanile (former Bergen Catholic head coach) and brought in former Temple defensive back coach Fran Brown (Camden native). Fired up to be on the same sideline w/ my guy Coach Hoffmann. #Chop https://t.co/afgV7Ka0xa— Nunzio Campanile (@CoachNunz) January 7, 2020 Sean Gleeson, a New Jersey native and former Princeton University assistant, is both the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Hoffmann coached current Scarlet Knights tight end Matt Alaimo during his high school career at St. Joe’s. That much New Jersey influence is sure to have an impact on recruiting some of the Garden State’s best to stay home. WATCH: What do NJ high school coaches think of Greg Schiano?
Middle Girls Beat Wildwood Catholic in Cape May County Showdown
Middle Township 35 Wildwood Catholic 32 Freshman Jada Elston made her only field goal of the night count. Elston hit a go-ahead three for Middle with just over two minutes left, as the Panthers won a thriller over the Crusaders. Kate Helihy scored a game-high 13 points in the win. Marianna Papazoglou scored a team-high 12 points for Wildwood Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League clash:
Watch Monday 1.6 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ opens 2020 with some action on the ice! We’ll have you covered with action from Morris County, the CVC plus the Shore Conference as we head into the New Year. Stay tuned for the action! Freehold Boro 2 Rumson-FH 1 Joseph Calecchia turned away 42 shots and the Colonials scored two goals in the span of 10 seconds to score an upset win in Shore Conference play. Sam Catalano gave RFH a 1-0 lead early in the third period. The Colonials responded with goals by Anthony Caruso and Joe Barone. Despite being outshot 43-19, the Colonials were able to hand RFH its first loss of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Red Bank Armory: Jersey Sports Zone brings you this great moment from the Colonials thanks to the support of Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Princeton 3 Robbinsville 2 Princeton remains undefeated on the year at 7-0-1 following a close 3-2 comeback win over Robbinsville. The Tigers scored three unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0 after the first period. Stephen Avis, John Zammit and Rocco Salvato each found net for the Tigers, Salvato also added an assist. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Robbinsville coverage. Mountain Lakes 2 Mount Olive 0 Mountain Lakes goaltender Ben Polizzi stopped at 19 shots he faced against the Mount Olive tri-op Monday night as the Lakers (9-0-1) continue their undefeated start to the season. Defenseman Griffin O’Shaughnessy scored in the first period and Cameron Egan converted against an empty net inside the final minute to secure the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Mennen Arena:
Watch Sunday 1.5 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The first weekend of the New Year brings us some great games at marquee events all over the state. Check back throughout the night to catch all of the action from venues in South, Central and North Jersey! Rutgers Prep 83 Toms River North 66 | Shore Classic Showcase Rutgers Prep junior forward Trey Patterson notched 24 points and 11 rebounds while pacing the Argonauts to their seventh-straight win to open the season. Patterson has reached double-double figures in six-straight contests. Noah Harris chipped in with 19 total points while Toms River North’s Najae Hallenbeck netted a game-high 25. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Brookdale Community College: Patrick School 53 St. Augustine 44 | Seagull Classic Playing without Jonathan Kuminga, the Celtics found themselves in a battle down South against the Hermits. The Patrick School held a four-point lead, and held the ball for five minutes to start the fourth quarter before putting St. Augustine away late. Zarique Nutter scored a game-high 18 points, while Muhammed Sow came off the bench to score 12 points. Elmarko Jackson led the Hermits with 11 points in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Holy Spirit High School: Haddonfield 46 Ocean City 29 | Seagull Classic Ben Cerrato scored a game-high 23 points as the Bulldogs rolled on the final day of the Seagull Classic. Haddonfield trailed early in the game, but a barrage of threes vaulted the Bulldogs ahead and they would never look back. Mike Rhodes scores a team-high ten points for the Red Raiders in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Holy Spirit High School: Coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Irvington 70 Wall 66 | Shore Classic Showcase Moses Pierre scored 22 points and led a 12-0 third-quarter lead that gave Irvington the lead for good and a 6-0 start to the season. Trailing 29-20 at the half, Irvington used a 27-9 third quarter to take the lead. Nazamier Brooks and Karriem Thomas each scored 17 for the Blue Knights. Wall had a chance to force overtime after a late technical foul on the Irvington bench, but the Crimson Knights fell short in a game-tying three-point attempt. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College:
Vote for First JSZ Game Balls of 2020!
Jersey Sports Zone Game Balls are back! We’ve got 60 outstanding nominees from boys and girls high school basketball in three sections of the state. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We’ll present JSZ Game Balls to the winners at a mid-week practice or during a game as our camera crews bring you high school basketball action throughout the week. If anyone has a Game Ball nominee, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday night. NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 1.4 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The first weekend of the New Year brings us some great games at marquee events all over the state. Check back throughout the night to catch all of the action from venues in South, Central and North Jersey! Elizabeth 49 Wildwood Catholic 45 | Seagull Classic The Minutemen fought hard to stay unbeaten in a clash of NJ heavyweights that wasn’t decided until the final minute. DeWarren Watkins dropped a team-high 17 points to lead the way for Elizabeth. Jahlil White poured in a game-high 20 points in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Holy Spirit High School: Bergen Catholic 49 Hudson Catholic 42 | Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic Bergen Catholic has found many ways to win over their current four-game win streak. On Saturday night, the victory came through a heavy dose of Notre Dame commit Matt Zona. Zona was named the game’s MVP after 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks — he scored 10 points alone in the third quarter. Sophomore guard Julian Brown scored a game-high 19 points for the Crusaders. Former St. Mary’s (Eliz.) forward Phil Brown pumped in a team-high 16 points for Hudson Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramapo College in Mahwah: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Camden Catholic 58 Linden 51 | Seagull Classic Zach Hicks pumped in a game-high 25 points, and the Irish held off the Tigers down the stretch to bounce back with a win at the Seagull Classic Tournament. Colin Merriman added 11 points, including a pair of buzzer-beaters. Isaac Thompkins and Nashawn Holmes both scored 13 points for Linden in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Holy Spirit High School: Coverage of Camden Catholic is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Red Bank Catholic 82 Red Bank Regional 70 | Shore Classic Showcase Kevin Bauman had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Caseys to a win over their neighbor. Sophomore Cyril Avanitis had a career 19 for RBC and Charlie Gordinier added 13 points for the Caseys (4-2). Patrick Murray led all scorers with 22 in a loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply (RBR) and JSI (RBC) for supporting Jersey Sports Zone! Don Bosco Prep 51 Montclair Immaculate 40 | Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic Six-foot-seven freshman forward Akil Watson went into overdrive in the second half as he powered Don Bosco Prep with a game-high 15 points in their fourth consecutive win of the season. Senior point guard Myles Ruth scored 14 points and was awarded the game’s MVP. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramapo College in Mahwah: Manasquan 78 Newark West Side 28 | Shore Classic Showcase Ben Roy had 17 points and Alex Galvan added 14 points as the Warriors used a 27-5 second quarter to dominate the RoughRiders. Manasquan is now 7-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College:
All-American Jalen Berger Commits to Wisconsin
The wait is over. Jalen Berger — a 2019 JSZ Zoneman Finalist and the consensus No. 1 ranked player in New Jersey’s Class of 2020 — has officially announced his commitment to Wisconsin. Berger made his decision official during the NBC broadcast of the 2020 All-American Bowl from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday afternoon. Committed!! AGTG #OnWisconsin 🦡 pic.twitter.com/cZLXzNhdwq— Jalen Berger (@JalenBerger) January 4, 2020 His announcement caps off a remarkable high school career for a player who was a national recruit courted by most, if not all, of college football’s elite programs. Watch Jalen Berger’s 2019 Highlight Reel HERE The Wisconsin to New Jersey connection is clear. Former Salem High School and South Jersey star running back Jonathan Taylor spent the last three seasons in Madison, putting together one of the best collegiate careers in NCAA history. Taylor was recently named an All-American and Doak Walker Award winner for the second consecutive season. He picked the Badgers over LSU, Penn State, Rutgers, UCLA, Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and many others. The six-foot, 190-pound Newark native was a dynamic and dominant offensive player in his four-year varsity tenure at perennial North Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep. Although he’s officially listed as a running back, the Ironmen offensive staff used Berger in a multitude of formations. On any given down, he could be found in the backfield, lined up in the slot, cast out wide or even in the shotgun taking a snap. His prowess on the gridiron translated to eye-popping numbers in his senior season. He accounted for 1,081 rushing yards, 338 receiving and 18 total touchdowns while leading his team to the Non-Public Group 4 state championship at MetLife Stadium. Berger headlined New Jersey’s representation at the 2020 All-American Bowl. Joining him were St. Joe’s (Mont.) OL Luke Wypler (Ohio State); St. Peter’s Prep LB Cody Simon (Ohio State); Bergen Catholic DB Jordan Morant (Michigan) and Delran DB RJ Moten (Michigan). Berger was one of six finalists for JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy given to the top high school football player in New Jersey:
Watch Friday 1.3 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Friday night was jam-packed with terrific games all over the state. Check back throughout the evening for all of the highlights! Paul VI 46 Camden Catholic 34 | Boys The Eagles took down the previously undefeated Irish in an Olympic Conference rivalry game. Jaden Arline came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points for PVI in the win. Jalen Boyd-Savage added 11 points. It was a revenge game for Paul VI, which lost to Camden Catholic in the South Jersey Non-Public A final last season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Red Bank Catholic 66 Saint Rose 43 | Girls The Caseys used a 20-0 first-quarter run to knock off the #1 ranked team in New Jersey in convincing fashion on Friday night in Red Bank. Three RBC players finished in double digits led by sophomore Ally Carman with 15 points. Justine Pissott added 13 and freshman Casey Prior added 11. Saint Rose’s Brynn Farrell had 16 but battled foul trouble throughout. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights and post-game reaction from this big-time Shore Conference showdown: Thanks to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health and Wellness for supporting our RBC coverage all year long. JSI is the reason we were able to capture the Caseys huge win over the #1 team in NJ!
Morristown-Beard Wins Eighth Straight in Thriller over SJV
Morristown-Beard has had plenty of tests over it’s seven game win streak after beating top teams like Bergen Catholic and Randolph. The Crimson extended that streak to eight games Friday night after pulling through with a 5-4 win over St. John Vianney in a physical, penalty-filled contest. Cam Fernandez scored the game-winning goal early in the third period after a feed from senior captain Tommy Matthews, who finished with four points (two goals, two assists) in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. John Vianney is brought to you by the SJV Hockey Booster Club.
Carteret Boys hoops gives Rahway first loss of 2020
Carteret 56 Rahway 53 Carteret kicked off 2020 by handing Rahway their first loss of the season to improve to 4-2. The Ramblers kept a slim single digit lead throughout the night until the fourth quarter when Rahway went ahead 50-49. However, Carteret would climb back into the lead off a late three pointer from Donte Prioleau. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
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Jersey Sports Zone has a pair of dual meets featuring some powerhouse teams to help kick off the new year! Check back throughout the night for all of the action! Southern Regional 41 Jackson Memorial 24 The Rams racked up eight straight wins between 113 and 160 pounds to get a win over one of their Shore Conference rivals. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial is made possible thanks to Louro Chiropractic Paulsboro 50 Audubon 11 The Red Raiders have won four Group 1 state championships in a row, and they certainly flexed their muscle against the Green Wave. Devin Horton, Shawn Williams, Brandon Green, Dante Onorato, Doug King and Georgio Mazzeo all pinned in the victory. Jacob Perez-Eli added a win by technical fall, while Anthony Giordano won by decision in an overtime thriller. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Colonial Conference clash:
Watch Thursday 1.2 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ opens 2020 with some action on the ice! We’ll have you covered with action from both the Skyland and Shore conferences as we head into the New Year. Stay tuned for the action! Ridge 2 Pingry 2 A big-time battle of tough Skyland Conference teams ended in a tough-nosed 2-2 tie Thursday night. Ridge held a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, but Pingry battled back to tie it up at the end of the second period. Stellar goaltending from Marcus Fabiunke and Kevin Parnham highlighted a busy third. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Bridgewater: Middletown North 3 Wall 1 Larry Gearl broke a 1-1 tie with a goal right in front of the net in the second period to give Middletown North a Shore Conference win to start 2020. John Miranda had the game-tying goal and Bob Fitzgerald added an empty netter for the Lions (5-5-1). Sean Kiewe had the lone goal for the Crimson Knights. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown Ice World:
Vote now for JSZ’s NJ Devils Goals of the Month for December!
Ten great nominees captured by JSZ cameras. We’re asking for your vote to give New Jersey high school hockey players an incredible experience with the New Jersey Devils. Watch our Top 10 goals from December and cast your vote now! For the third straight year, the New Jersey Devils have partnered with Jersey Sports Zone to honor the best goals from New Jersey high school hockey. We’re asking your vote for the top hockey goal of December captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Sunday at 12:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get one of our 5 spots for our plays of the month segment. The other four slots are selected by the Devils and JSZ staff. Our Top 5 goals for December will be honored during the Devils game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Prudential Center on January 12th. Watch some great goals and cast your vote! Take Our Poll The Devils give our Plays of the Month winners an incredible experience. Our top 5 goal scorers from December will meet a Devils player prior to the game against the Lightning on January 12th, followed by dinner and the Top 5 goals played on the world’s largest indoor arena scoreboard during the second intermission. Watch last year’s JSZ video that featured Devils defenseman Damon Severson breaking down the Top 5 goals from December, 2018:
Watch Wednesday 1.1. JSZ Hoops Highlights
Happy New Year from Jersey Sports Zone! We get 2020 started in style with a pair of games from the New Year’s Jump Off Showcase at Bergen Catholic High School. The Patrick School tunes up for its nationally televised showdown with Bronny James and Zaire Wade plus Hudson Catholic gets a statement win over Montclair Immaculate. Watch all the action! Patrick School 78 Life Center Academy 31 | New Year’s Jump Off The Patrick School had five players in double digits in a dominant performance in Oradell. Pats responded with a quality effort after losing to #1 nationally ranked Monteverde Academy of Florida in the John Wall Classic final in Raleigh, NC on Monday. The whirlwind tour continues as Patrick will now face Sierra Canyon (CA) on Friday night in Minnesota in a nationally televised showdown on ESPN2. JSZ has the highlights from Bergen Catholic: Hudson Catholic 54 Montclair Immaculate 51 | New Year’s Jump Off Zion Cruz broke a 49-49 tie to put Hudson Catholic ahead for good and give the Hawks a big win to open 2020 at the New Year’s Jump Off. Cruz scored 15 in the first half and scored his only bucket of the second half with the game on the line. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Bergen Catholic:
Pleasantville loses a heartbreaker at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic
Pleasantville met Father Judge (PA) in bracket final at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic to close out 2019. JSZ has the highlights from the Wildwoods Convention Center. Father Judge (PA) 53 Pleasantville 52 | Boardwalk Basketball Classic The Greyhounds fought valiantly to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter. Pleasantville was unable to close out the Crusaders, who re-took the lead with under five seconds in regulation. Justin Blythe scored a game-high 25 points including the game-winner. Elijah Jones scored a team-high 16 points in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from the Wildwoods Convention Center:
Watch Monday 12.30 JSZ Basketball Highlights
We keep it rolling with more holiday hoops action to finish 2019 with a bang! Check back throughout the night for all of the exciting highlights. JSZ wishes you a Happy New Year! St. Thomas Aquinas 74 Burlington Township 43 | Buc Classic Championship Quadry Adams and Jaquan Harris combined for 40 points to give the Trojans a convincing championship win at the Albert E. Martin Buc Classic at Red Bank Regional. Sophomore Harris had 19 points and senior Adams, a Wake Forest commit, earned MVP honors after a 21 point effort. St. Thomas Aquinas is now 5-1 with its lone loss coming to Bergen Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Little Silver: Manasquan 78 Toms River North 63 | WOBM Christmas Classic Boys Championship Sophomore Ben Roy and senior Alex Galvan combined to score 52 points (26 points each) as Manasquan pulled away in the fourth quarter to bring home some hardware to close out 2019. Roy was named the tournament MVP while Galvan was selected to the tournament’s first team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Toms River: Manchester 70 Red Bank Regional 59 | WOBM Christmas Classic Girls Championship Destiny Adams had 31 points and 16 rebounds in a dominating performance to win MVP honors for a third straight year and the Hawks have a three-peat in Toms River at the WOBM Christmas Classic. RBR reached the girls’ final for the first time in program history. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Delsea 53 Millville 37 | Williamstown Red-Blue Holiday Mixer The Crusaders cruised to their third win of the season, beating the Thunderbolts to help close out the Red-Blue Holiday Mixer. Jerry Surrency scored a game-high 18 points in the victory. Trey Simmons added 13 points, while Jimmy Reilly chipped in with ten. Randy Butler scored ten points for Millville in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Williamstown: Coverage of Delsea is made possible by NJM Insurance. Holmdel 66 Edison 38 | Huskies Holiday Classic After suffering a crushing one point loss in the Huskies Holiday Classic, Holmdel has picked up back to back wins to start the season 3-1. The Hornets defeated Edison 66-38 behind an unstoppable scoring attack led by Jack Giamanco. Giamanco finishing with 18 points helped push the deficit to 30 by the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Matawan Regional High School: Thank you to the Law Offices of Lawrence William Luttrell for sponsoring our Holmdel coverage.
Pope John Lions Pounce to Win Protec Ponds Tourney Game
Pope John knows all too well wins are hard to come by in the Gordon Conference. The Lions, stuck at only a single win so far this season, broke through for a handful of goals Sunday afternoon, topping Bridgewater-Raritan 5-1 in the Protec Ponds Holiday Tournament. Alex Blaszak led the way with two goals in a four-goal, second period outburst. JSZ has the highlights from Somerset: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bridgewater-Raritan athletics is brought to you by the team at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Watch Sunday 12.29 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Holiday hoops week continues with action all around the state. Check back throughout the day for all of the highlights! Rahway 43 Westfield 42 | Kowal Tournament Final Amari Thompson knocked down a three-pointer late in the game to help the host school Indians rally from seven points down in the final three minutes to win the Butch Kowal Tournament. Thompson’s triple gave Rahway a 41-40 lead. After Westfield took the lead in the final minute, Ernest Carter sank two free throws and Rahway came up with a stop to earn the tournament title. Jordan Bell led the Indians with 12 points. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Delran 50 Collingswood 40 | Collingswood Holiday Tournament Final Tommy Murphy scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Bears to the Collingswood Holiday Tournament title. Glen Morrison added 12 points, while Ahmed Johnson scored 10 in the victory. Mekhi Bassett led the Panthers with 16 points in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Collingswood: Trenton Catholic 64 Franklin 42 – Girls Basketball In one of the year’s must-see girls basketball games, Trenton Catholic defeated reigning back-to-back Tournament of Champions winner Franklin 64-42. The Lady Mikes, led by University of Central Florida commit Maniya Custis and West Virginia University bound Giana Hernandez-Boulden, ended the first quarter with a 15-13 lead before going up by as many as 20. Custis had 10 points while Hernandez-Boulden finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage.
Gloucester Catholic scores four unanswered goals to top St. Augustine
Gloucester Catholic met St. Augustine in Gordon Conference action. JSZ has the highlights from Gloucester Catholic’s 4-1 win at Hollydell Ice Arena. Gloucester Catholic 4 St. Augustine 1 | Gordon Conference Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Rams reeled off four unanswered goals to storm back and defeat the Hermits. Matthew Frett scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 7:10 left in the second period. Dylan Koski and Jason Player each tallied a goal and two assists in the win. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Sewell: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance
Watch Saturday 12.28 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The holiday hoops highlights continue as we get ready to turn the page to 2020. Check back throughout the day for all of the exciting action! Moorestown 49 Eastern 38 | Eastern Holiday Tournament Final The Quakers raced out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and held off the Vikings to capture the Eastern Holiday Tournament title. Kevin Muhic led a balanced Moorestown attack with 15 points. Evan Francisco and Logan Jagodzinski each added 11 points in the win. Noah Klinewski scored a team-high 14 points for the Vikings in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Voorhees: Coverage of Moorestown is made possible by NJM Insurance. Eastern coverage is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Lincoln 52 Long Branch 38 | Neptune Holiday Jubilee Semifinal Lincoln picked up its third straight win with a 52-38 victory over Long Branch to start the season (3-0). The Lions, locked in a tight battle all night long, were a defensive threat, creating 29 turnovers. Lincoln would go up by ten to begin the fourth quarter and then held onto that lead until the end. Dremar Hopkinson finished with 14 points while Toriano Munford had 13. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Rosario Realty for sponsoring our Long Branch coverage Saint John Vianney 52 Gill St. Bernard’s 40 | Girls Basketball | SJV Winter Joust Emma Bruen had 13 points and Katie Hill added 12 points and 6 boards to lead a balanced Lancers attack and a perfect 2-0 mark in the SJV Winter Joust. Coach Dawn Karpell’s team has no seniors but will once again be one of the state’s most dangerous squads. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Holmdel:
Pins Galore as Seton Hall Prep tops South Plainfield on the Mat
It might still be early in the season, but both Seton Hall Prep and South Plainfield (the reigning Group 2 champions) were looking for statement wins to start off the year. The Pirates pulled out a 40-31 victory over the Tigers after a match highlighted by eight total pins between the two squads. Seton Hall Prep lead 31-10 at the turn of the lineup and South Plainfield got within four points before a Connor Decker tech ended the match. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from South Plainfield: Match Results 145: Cole Carroll (SHP) over Issa Jadallah (Fall 0:35) 152: Xavier Santos (SOPL) over Aidan Cunningham (MD 8-0) 160: Jack Wilt (SHP) over Daniel Borsos (Fall 5:53) 170: Zachary Merlino (SHP) over Aidan MacKenzie (MD 14-3) 182: AJ Hinton (SHP) over Kenneth Clevengar (Fall 5:58) 195: Michael Massa (SHP) over Thomas Renna (Dec. 6-5) 220: Andrew Mitzak (SHP) over Austin Scott (Fall 1:03) 285: Julian Medina (SOPL) over Brandon Blanco (Fall 0:28) 106: J.J. Giordano (SOPL) over Joseph Sciarrone (Dec. 2-0) 113: Julian Irizarry (SOPL) over Robert Crofford (Fall 2:38) 120: Jacob DelVecchio (SOPL) over Gabriel Jiminez (Fall 4:40) 126: Lawrence Melchionda (SHP) over Andrew Loniewski (MD 13-2) 132: Anthony White (SOPL) over Dean Musialowicz (Fall 3:51) 138: Connor Decker (SHP) over Tyler Balent (TF 15-0 4:41)
Watch Friday 12.27 JSZ High School Basketball Highlights
The holiday hoops bonanza continues. Jersey Sports Zone takes you around the state with hoops highlights from tournaments and showcases. We’ll continue to post games throughout the night! Wildwood Catholic 45 Boys’ Latin (MD) 29 | Boardwalk Basketball Classic The Crusaders stormed back from an early deficit to beat the Lakers going away at the Wildwoods Convention Center. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt turned in another monster performance, scoring a game-high 23 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Temple commit Jahlil White also had a big game, finishing with 18 points. It was the 300th career win for Wildwood Catholic head coach Dave DeWeese, as the undefeated Crusaders advance to a bracket championship game tomorrow night. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Wildwood: Red Bank Regional 65 Monmouth Regional 32 | Albert E. Martin Buc Classic Nick Ferrogine had 19 points highlighted by a dominant third quarter to help the Bucs win their first game of the year. Drew Valentino added 16 for RBR who will face top-seed St. Thomas Aquinas in the semifinals on Saturday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver St. Joe’s (Mont.) 74 Passaic Tech 42 | St. Joseph Classic It’s nice being home for the holidays! St. Joe’s got the most out of their home court advantage Friday night after racing out to a 24 point halftime lead before getting into cruise control for the win. Dyree Rogers led all scorers with 16 points while Ansley Almonor and Nazir Williams chipped in with big buckets, too. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: JSZ’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Ridgewood 73 Dwight-Englewood 48 | St. Joseph Classic Sixteen different players saw time on the court in Ridgewood’s handily won bout against Dwight-Englewood in holiday tournament action in North Jersey. Baseball standout Matt Favieri had a game-high 18 points while Devin Johnson, Tristan Wennersten and Wes Penne all hit double digits. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Timber Creek 66 Highland 62 | Red-Blue Holiday Mixer The Chargers stay undefeated to start the 2019-20 season with a back and forth victory over the Tartans. Demetrius Paynter dominated in the second-half, scoring 19 of his team-high 22 points, to help power Timber Creek past Highland. Deywilk Tavarez-Rodriguez scored a game-high 25 points in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Williamstown: Coverage of Highland and Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. John Vianney 50 Notre Dame 47 | Patt McCann Christmas Classic St. John Vianney bested Notre Dame 50-47 to start the season (3-0). Both teams traded blows to keep it a tight game throughout the night. The Lancers, getting hot from beyond the arc, were able to build a five point lead late in the fourth quarter and force the Irish to the free throw line. Vianney would take advantage of missed opportunities to secure the victory. Nate Williams finished with 14 points while Brian Stuart had 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage.
Nutley scores three in the third period to reach seven-game unbeaten streak on the ice
The Essex Holiday Tournament resumed after a break over the Christmas holiday. JSZ has highlights of Nutley’s 6-3 win over Pascack Valley at Codey Arena Nutley 6 Pascack Valley 3 Justin Devlin poked in a power-play goal from close range early in the third period which proved to be the game-winner as the Raiders scored three goals in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and reach 5-1-2 on the season. Nutley has not lost since opening night. Devlin had two goals in the third period while Mike Adler led the way for Pascack Valley with a pair of goals. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from West Orange:
Watch Thursday 12.26 JSZ Basketball Highlights
It’s the holiday season in New Jersey and that means we’ve got holiday showcases all across the state. Stay tuned with JSZ throughout the night as we bring you boys and girls tournament action from Manahawkin, Paterson and Morristown. St. Peter’s Prep 56 Teaneck 27 | Boys | Jingle Bells Jubilee Sophomore sensation Mark Armstrong continued an exciting start to his season with a game-high 15 point performance against Teaneck in the annual holiday tournament. Ray Ford chipped in 13 points and William White added seven more. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Don Bosco Tech in Paterson: West Morris 76 St. Joe’s (Metuchen) 60 | J.P. Flynn Memorial Tournament West Morris improved to (3-0) with a 76-60 win over reigning Greater Middlesex Conference champion St. Joe’s (Metuchen). The Wolfpack trailed all but the opening moments of the first quarter before unleashing a suffocating offensive attack that pushed the lead to 20 by the third quarter. Christian Cevis finished with 17 points and 15 assists while Ryan Hillier had 32 points and five rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Lenape 53 Mainland 41 | Girls | Score at the Shore Semifinal The Indians used a balanced attack and plenty of timely outside shooting to beat the Mustangs and advance to the Score at the Shore championship game at Southern. Regan King paced Lenape with 11 points. Olivia Johnstone added ten points, while Dyonna Wess and Claire Zhang each chipped in with eight points. Oregon commit Kylee Watson poured in a game-high 26 points for Mainland in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: St. Thomas Aquinas 47 Middle Twp. 33 | Girls | Score at the Shore Semifinal The Trojans took care of the Panthers to punch a ticket to the Score at the Shore tournament final. Madison Ruddy paced Aquinas with 14 points. St. Joseph’s commit Emma Boslet and Georgetown commit Kelsey Ransom each scored 12 points in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Manahawkin:
Ironmen clamp down on rival, blank Bergen Catholic 4-0 to close out 2019 in style
Whenever Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic tangle, there’s plenty of excitement. JSZ has the highlights of two of the top teams in New Jersey in front of a packed house at Wayne Ice Vault Don Bosco Prep 4 Bergen Catholic 0 Freshman Sal Guzzo got the scoring started with a steal in the Bergen Zone and a nifty move to light the lamp and the Ironmen outshot the Crusaders 40-15 in a dominating effort on both ends of the ice. Michael Rubin added a power-play goal in the first to give Don Bosco a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Arthur Tsimerman and Hunter McGee closed out the scoring in the third period. Both teams are now 6-2 on the season. Don Bosco picks up its fourth shutout. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Wayne Ice Vault: Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for helping provide coverage of Bergen Catholic sports on JSZ
Watch Monday 12.23 JSZ Boys Basketball Highlights
Before the holiday festivities kick off, Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with exciting basketball action from across the Garden State and even in New York City, too! The Patrick School 72 Roselle Catholic 64 | 2019 Kyrie Invitational The stars were aligned for one of the most high-profile debuts in recent memory surrounding New Jersey high school basketball. Jonathon Kuminga, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Class of 2021, made his much-anticipated first appearance with the Celtics after a judge ordered a “stay” on the case surrounding his eligibility this season. Kuminga put up 20 points in his debut while former St. Patrick’s star and current Brooklyn Net Kyrie Irving watched from center court. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Camden 71 Cherokee 35 The High is absolutely loaded with talent this year, as the Panthers hope to end a 20-year state title drought. They power past the Chiefs thanks to 15 points from freshman phenom D.J. Wagner, 13 points from Kentucky commit Lance Ware, and 11 points from TaQuan Woodley. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: We’ll have plenty of Camden coverage all season long thanks to Cooper University Health Care. Hightstown 67 South Brunswick 50 With both Hightstown and South Brunswick dominating in their season openers, the Colonial Valley/Greater Middlesex Conference crossover matchup was highly anticipated by Central Jersey basketball fans. South Brunswick held onto a slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Rams offense got hot, going up by as many as 17 points by the fourth. Ben Simon would finish with 29 points for Hightstown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hightstown and South Brunswick coverage.
Bergen Catholic gets neutral court win over St. Thomas Aquinas to reach 2-0
The Hoop Group Tip Off Showcase wrapped up on Sunday at the Dunn Center in Elizabeth. JSZ brings you highlights of Bergen Catholic’s 81-70 win over the school formerly known as Bishop Ahr Bergen Catholic 81 St. Thomas Aquinas 70 Will Richardson scored 29 points to lead the Crusaders to its second win of the young season. Julian Brown added 23 points and Notre Dame commit Matt Zona added 16 points and 15 rebounds in the win. The Crusaders trailed by one at the half but used a 22-point third quarter to get the victory. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Elizabeth: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics
Four NJ wrestlers win titles at Beast of the East, Blair dominates to 20th straight team crown
The University of Delaware hosted wrestling teams from Ohio and Connecticut all the way down to Florida in what is considered one of the best scholastic in-season tournaments in high school wrestling. New Jersey wrestlers showed that the state continues to be regarded as one of the best in the nation. Blair Academy won the team competition for a 20th straight year with Bergen Catholic finishing in fourth. In the individual finals, there were eight bouts involving NJ wrestlers with four coming home with the prestigious Beast of the East title. JSZ will post highlights and post-match reactions from the championship bouts throughout the evening 106 pounds Brandon Cannon, Wyoming Seminary (PA) defeats Tyler Vazquez, Delbarton 5-1 (OT) Tyler Vazquez upset the #1 106-pound wrestler in the nation in the semifinals to reach the championship bout and took Brandon Cannon into overtime before falling short: 120 pounds Dean Peterson, Saint John Vianney defeats Ryan Miller, Blair Academy 8-2 St. John Vianney’s first-ever state champion at 113 pounds last year is off to a great start at 120 and unveils a creative move in his arsenal. See “The Peterson” and a dominating effort to win the Beast of the East title: 126 pounds Ryan Crookham, Notre Dame (PA) defeats Eddie Ventresca, Pope John 5-4 132 pounds Jimmy Carmany, Brecksville (OH) defeats Joey Olivieri, Hanover Park 2-1 Hanover Park’s Joey Olivieri held a 1-0 lead until the final seconds before Brecksville, Ohio’s Jimmy Carmany scored a two-point takedown with under five seconds remaining in the match. 138 pounds Cody Chittum, Blair Academy defeats Kenny Herrmann, Bethlehem Catholic (PA) 10-8 Trailing 5-2 at the end of two periods and 8-5 late, Blair Academy’s Cody Chittum used a cradle lock for two points and earned three more back points on the turn to score a 10-8 win over the Harvard wrestling commit to win the 138-pound championship. Chittum’s late heroics earned him Most Outstanding Wrestler and helped Blair Academy claim the overall team title. Watch the big move and post-match interview now: 170 pounds Connor O’Neill, DePaul Catholic defeats Domonic Mata, Blair Academy 4-2 DePaul Catholic’s Connor O’Neill lost to Blair’s Domonic Mata last year in the 160 pound Beast of the East championship match. One year later at 170, O’Neill scored four early points which proved to be the difference in a 4-2 decision. The Rutgers commit starts his senior season off with one of his major goals accomplished: 182 pounds John Poznanski, Colonia defeats Rylan Rogers, Blair Academy 5-2 The Rutgers commit showed his top seed was justified in a matchup of two top-10 nationally ranked wrestlers. Posnanski raced out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back to win the Beast of the East title: 190 pounds Nicholas Feldman, Malvern Prep (PA) defeats Peyton Craft, Blair Academy 7-3 Team Results 1st – Blair Academy – 239.5 2nd – Brecksville (OH) – 175 3rd – Malvern Prep (PA) – 164.5 4th – Bergen Catholic – 162.5 5th – Notre Dame (PA) – 141 6th – Lake Highland Prep (FL) – 128 7th – Elyria (OH) – 127.5 8th – Nazareth (PA) – 119 9th – Delbarton – 118 10th – McDonogh (MD) – 108
Watch Saturday 12.21 JSZ Boys Basketball Highlights
It’s showcase season in New Jersey and we tip it off with teams from all over the state. Stay tuned throughout the night as all the highlights come in! Rutgers Prep 78 Seton Hall Prep 65 | HoopGroup Tip Off Showcase With tons of young talent on their roster, Rutgers Prep is fixing to be a key player in the Non-Public B bracket this season. The Argonauts secured their second win in as many games Saturday after a 20-point game from Noah Harris and an 18-point, eight rebound effort from senior Nico Galette. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Elizabeth: Patrick School 70 Hun School 49 | HoopGroup Tip Off Showcase Eligibility issues with the NJSIAA leaves The Patrick School’s three star players Johnathon Kuminga, Adama Sanogo and Bretner Mutombo on the bench. But the Celtics have shown through two games already they might have one of the deepest rosters in the state. Samson Johnson (22 points), Noah Farrakhan and Zarique Nutter (18 points each) led the way for TPS in another early season win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Elizabeth: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Hun School is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. St. Augustine 77 Trenton 45 | Ocean City PBA Tip-off Weekend The Hermits opened the season with an emphatic win over the Tornadoes at the Ocean City PBA Tip-off Weekend. Sophomore Elmarko Jackson led the way with 18 points. Nick Leo and Matt Delaney each chipped in with 13 points for St. Augustine. Preston Carter scored a game-high 19 points for Trenton in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Ocean City: Coverage of Trenton is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Wildwood Catholic 58 Notre Dame 45 | Ocean City PBA Tip-off Weekend West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt threw down dunk after dunk, en route to a game-high 27 points for the Crusaders. David Zarfatti chipped in with 12 points as Catholic improves to (2-0). Quentin Autry scored a team-high 15 points for the Irish in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Ocean City: Coverage of Notre Dame is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Blair 69 Patrick School (National) 57 Despite University of Virgina commit Jabri Abdur-Rahim being out, Blair Academy defeated newly formed Patrick School National 69-57. The Bucs trailed 30-24 at halftime but battled back thanks to a 21 point performance from Akoldah Gak. Fellow 2021 four star prospect Jaylen Blakes finished with 24. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Toms River North 81 Point Pleasant Boro 46 | WOBM Christmas Classic Najae Hallenbeck had 22 points and 18 rebounds and Jakari Spence added 21 as the 2nd seeded Mariners cruised into the quarterfinals of the WOBM Christmas Classic and a matchup with Donovan Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights from Toms River: Camden Catholic 49 Burlington Twp. 38 | Jimmy V Showcase The two-time defending Non-Public A South chamption Fighting Irish needed a team effort to get past Burlington Township. Aric Hall scored a game-high 17 points to lead Camden Catholic in the victory. Zach Collins had a big third quarter, with 7 points and two blocks, to help the Fighting Irish pull away in the second half. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from the Jimmy V Showcase: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Nicol’s late heroics gives Brick Township wild 8-7 ice win at Freehold Boro
It was a Friday night shootout at Middletown Ice World. Freehold Boro stormed back from four goals down to draw even late in the third period, but Ty Nicol played spoiler in Brick Township’s 8-7 win over the Colonials. JSZ has highlights from one of the wildest games of December! Brick Township 8 Freehold Boro 7 Zach Rozell scored four goals and assisted Ty Nicol on the game-winner with :19 seconds left as the Dragons held off a furious rally from Freehold Boro at Middletown Ice World. Brick Township appeared to be on its way to a rout scoring four straight goals to lead 4-1 at the end of one period and took a 6-2 lead late in the second period. Freehold Boro would score in the final minute of the second period and four more times in the third period to draw even. Nick Ochland scored twice in the third for the Colonials and Joseph Barone’s second goal of the game tied the game at 7-7 with just 1:12 to go. Brick Township answered right back to escape Middletown with a wild win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has all the action: Thanks to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall for allowing us to show highlights and features of Freehold Boro all year long
Watch Friday 12.20 JSZ Boys Basketball Highlights
The first Friday night of the season brings plenty of action from all across the Garden State. Four great games from around New Jersey are posted now. Watch the action and we’ll keep bringing you hoops action from around the state all weekend. Roselle Catholic 84 Trenton Catholic 58 Expectations at Roselle Catholic are sky-high in 2019 and the Lions didn’t disappoint in their home opener. RC holdovers Cliff Omoruyi (19 points) and Corey Floyd Jr. (17 points) went to work, while senior transfers CJ Wilcher (20 points) and Niels Lane (13 points) helped power the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton Catholic is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. South Brunswick 69 Old Bridge 52 After finishing 12-13, South Brunswick was eager to jump into the 2019-2020 season and they did so with a dominating 69-52 win over Greater Middlesex Conference rival Old Bridge, who beat them twice last year. The Vikings were able to take a tight 12-11 lead after the first quarter before going up 28-19 at halftime. Devin Strickland and Ty Murchison both finished with 22 points while Justin Carbone had 20. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. Bishop Eustace 45 Shawnee 30 The Crusaders shut down the Renegades to open the season with an Olympic Conference win. Jack McDonnell came off the bench to score a game-high 11 points in the victory. Matt McCaffrey added 10 points for Eustace, while David Cross scored nine. Cole Fleming scored a team-high nine points for Shawnee in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Red Bank Catholic 75 Shore Regional 48 Charlie Gordinier scored four three-pointers in the first quarter to reach 1,000 points in the first game of his senior year as the Caseys cruised to a home win against the Blue Devils. Gordinier, who signed on Wednesday to play college football at Boston College, finished the game with 22 points. Notre Dame football signee Kevin Bauman added 13. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights and an interview with the 1000 point man following the win: Two great partners are the reason we were able to cover another great moment from the Shore Conference. Thanks to JSI (Red Bank Catholic) and RYPT (Shore Regional) for supporting Jersey Sports Zone!
Mo-Beard Delivers Biggest Upset of Early 2019 Hockey Season
Morristown-Beard and Bergen Catholic were two of the state’s hottest teams coming into their Thursday night tilt in Morristown, and it was the Crimson dealing the Crusaders their first loss of the 2019 season. Seth Kaplan scored two goals, while Cam Fernandez, Hollis Humphries and Tommy Matthews all lit the lamp to lead Mo-Beard in arguably the biggest upset so far in the 2019-2020 N.J. high school hockey season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Mennen Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Thursday 12.19 JSZ Opening Night Boys Basketball Highlights
We’re officially off and running with the 2019-2020 high school hoops season! JSZ has a handful of games for you to tip things off. Highlights from four boys matchups around the state are posted NOW! Patrick School 89 Olympus Prep 50 The #4 ranked team in the USA Today Super 25 opened the 2019-20 season with a dominating win against the South Jersey Prep school. Jonathan Kuminga, the nation’s top-ranked 2021 recruit was not in the lineup but the Celtics were still able to showcase its deep and dangerous roster to a convincing opening night win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rahway High School: Trenton Catholic 64 Burlington Twp. 59 Trenton Catholic opened the season with a close 64-59 victory over Burlington Township. The Iron Mikes trailed 15-10 after the first quarter but rallied back to lead 26-22 at the half. With the game tied late in the fourth quarter, Virginia Commonwealth University commit Jamir Watkins, who scored 27 points and had nine rebounds, was able to convert a clutch three point play in the closing seconds to help TCA begin the year 1-0. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage. Atlantic City 61 St. Joe (Hamm.) 44 The Vikings finished under .500 last season for the first time in 50 years. Gene Allen’s team is on a mission to bounce back in a big way this winter, and the journey begins with a win over the Wildcats. Stephen Byard dominated the paint, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Marcus Pierce scored a team-high 21 points for St. Joseph in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League clash: Wildwood Catholic 56 Holy Spirit 38 Poised to be one of the top teams in South Jersey this season, the Crusaders did not disappoint in a dominating season-opening win over the Spartans. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt led all scorers with 22 points on the night, while Temple commit Jahlil White chipped in 20 points of his own. Joe Glenn scored a team-high 13 points for Holy Spirit in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Absecon:
Watch Wednesday 12.18 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got Wednesday night ice on JSZ! Saint Joe’s Montvale looks to stay unbeaten on the road at Notre Dame and CBA goes for a third straight win over a ranked opponent when they square off with Shore Conference foe St. John Vianney. Jersey Sports Zone has the highlights of both games posted now! CBA 5 Saint John Vianney 2 Zach Wagnon scored two goals to lead the Colts to a third straight win over a ranked opponent. One day earlier against Delbarton, CBA erupted in the second period and it happened against the Lancers as well. The Colts scored three goals in the span of 1:46 in the second period to improve to 4-1-1. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Thanks to the SJV Lancers Hockey Booster Club for supporting our coverage of Saint John Vianney hockey! St. Joe’s (Montvale) 7 Notre Dame 1 St. Joe’s improved to 4-0-1 following a dominating 7-1 victory over Notre Dame, handing the Irish their first loss of the year. Justin Rauch and Logan May each scored twice for the Green Knights. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joe’s coverage. Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage.
Football Early Signing Day has dozens of JSZ All-Zoners sign to play college football
It used to be that the first Wednesday in February was the biggest day in the high school football recruiting cycle, but the December early signing day has become even more important to college football programs. Jersey Sports Zone has full coverage of athletes around New Jersey making their college decisions official. We’ll continue to update this page throughout the day. Don Bosco Prep Kyle Monangai held over 25 D-1 offers but was longing for more attention from Power 5 programs. Monangai, a 2019 JSZ Zoneman Finalist, caught the eye of Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano and has announced his commitment to play with the Scarlet Knights in the Big 10. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: Red Bank Catholic The Caseys have a tradition of turning out college football talent and it continues with Kevin Bauman signing at Notre Dame and Charlie Gordinier heading to the ACC and the Boston College Eagles: Paramus Catholic Devin Willock followed his gut. After decommitting from Penn State last week, Willock quickly made the decision to head to the SEC and sign his NLI with the University of Georgia with family as the deciding factor. Willock is one of three N.J. players to commit to SEC programs so far this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Paramus Catholic: Ocean Township Trebor Pena was voted Shore Conference Player of the Year by multiple media outlets and the Ocean Township running back had the numbers to back it up with over 1500 yards on the ground and 19 TD’s. Pena was an original commit to Temple but made the switch in November to Syracuse University. He’s ready to make the transition from running back to slot receiver. Watch a great signing day ceremony from Ocean Township High: Cedar Creek Malachi “Max” Melton made a verbal commitment to Purdue over the summer. But after a coaching change at Rutgers, Melton flipped to the Scarlet Knights. Melton’s older brother Bo will be a senior wide receiver for Rutgers next fall. In fact both of their parents were athletes for the Scarlet Knights as well. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Egg Harbor City: Williamstown Aaron Lewis led Williamstown to back-to-back South Jersey Group 5 titles. Now Lewis is heading to Michigan, to try and help the Wolverines capture a Big Ten title. Meanwhile, fellow Braves seniors Jon Wood and Quinn Hart will remain teammates at the next level, as both sign with Sacred Heart. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story: More Signings from around New Jersey Bryon Shipman🏈 Wide Receiver🏈 Career over 50 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, 10 TDs, 20.3 per rec🏈 Jersey Sports Zone All-ZoneSPP ➡️ Holy Cross📲 @byronship_11 pic.twitter.com/4FFkL9oZ4x— St. Peter's Football (@SPPFootball) December 18, 2019 Isaiah Wright🏈 O/D Lineman🏈 All-State Honorable Mention🏈 Mini Max Award Recipient🏈 Jersey Sports Zone All-ZoneSPP ➡️ Rutgers University📲 @Mr_Renaissance_ pic.twitter.com/wgb9SnrDXd— St. Peter's Football (@SPPFootball) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @ShawnCollins10_ #CHOP pic.twitter.com/lgzFtknFBo— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @ReeeemX_ #CHOP pic.twitter.com/u0GnzcfCID— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @iamv15k #CHOP pic.twitter.com/ty21gpEyLI— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @bfelter1008 #CHOP pic.twitter.com/NYFmbihCNb— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @mack_elijuwan #CHOP pic.twitter.com/MczWpoz9Qm— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @AhmirrRobinson #CHOP pic.twitter.com/XpWQTJpQR9— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @Hunchoboychris #CHOP pic.twitter.com/yqY80Ol2fI— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 🅳🅴🅵🅸🅽🅸🅽🅶 the future of #Boilermaker football. Welcome to the family, @michael_alaimo.📍: Montvale, N.J.📏: 6-4 QB📈: Played at @SJRHighSchoolℹ️: https://t.co/QL7InhxuCk#BoilerUp x #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/Yu09Czh239— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) December 18, 2019 🅳🅴🅵🅸🅽🅸🅽🅶 the future of #Boilermaker football. Welcome to the family, @Clydewash42.📍: Mount Laurel, N.J.📏: 6-3 LB📈: Played at Lenape HSℹ️: https://t.co/QL7InhxuCk#BoilerUp x #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/G7LcRUbWAl— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) December 18, 2019 Congrats on your first 🅳🅴🅵🅸🅽🅸🅽🅶 🅼🅾🅼🅴🅽🆃 as a #Boilermaker, @SanoussiKane1. Welcome to the family.📍: Blairstown, N.J.📏: 6-0 S📈: Played for the @blairbucsℹ️: https://t.co/QL7InhxuCk#BoilerUp x #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/Va29Zw66KX— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) December 18, 2019 We’ve added a silent guardian, a watchful protector who earned First Team All-Jersey. Welcome, @leonlowery5!#JuicedUp | #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/3wyLYSzUm9— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) December 18, 2019
Watch Tuesday 12.17 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The hockey highlights keep coming and JSZ has in-depth coverage from three Tuesday night games: CBA vs. Delbarton, St. Rose vs. Middletown South and Princeton vs. Hopewell Valley. Check out all the highlights right now! CBA 5 Delbarton 2 Delbarton’s 11-month unbeaten streak over Gordon Conference foe Christian Brothers Academy has come to an end. CBA was unstoppable Tuesday night as four different goal scorers — Evan Brown (2), Zach Wagnon, Kyle Contessa and Simon Fitzgerald — all lit the lamp in a rousing win for the Colts. Sophomore transfer goaltender John Donohoe stopped 30 of 32 shots in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Middletown South 4 Saint Rose 4 Michael Volpi capped off a wild five goal third period with a goal on the doorstep to give Middletown South a tie against the new triumverate of Saint Rose, Donovan Catholic and Red Bank Catholic. Sean Grant and Mike Frattaroli had two goals apiece for Saint Rose (4-0-1). Aiden Cavendish had a goal and three assists for Middletown South (3-1-2). Rich Chrampanis has highlights from a great Shore Conference matchup: Princeton 6 Hopewell Valley 3 Princeton picked up its fourth straight win of the 2019-2020 season by defeating Hopewell Valley 6-3. The Tigers were able to take a three goal lead at the end of the first period on back to back goals from Aidan Trainor and Rocco Salvato, both would end the night with a pair of scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hopewell Valley coverage.
Watch Monday 12.16 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The action continues to heat up on the ice all across the Garden State. Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights showcasing three Gordon Conference teams and a Mercer County showdown. Notre Dame 5 Robbinsville 3 In a matchup of two undefeated Mercer County teams, Notre Dame handed Robbinsville their first loss of the year to remain unbeaten (5-0). Despite trailing by two in the first period, the Irish with three unanswered goals rallied in the second to take a brief lead. As the game sat tied in the third, Carson Skove found net to put ND ahead once again. Skove and Sam Kraus each finished with two scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Robbinsville coverage. Gloucester Catholic 3 Pope John 0 The Rams bounced back from a Sunday night loss against Don Bosco with a shutout win over the Lions. Chris Liscio stopped all 18 shots he faced in net. Nick Fascia and Matthew Frett both scored for GC, with Tyler Carter adding an empty netter to seal the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Gordon Conference clash: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Seton Hall Prep 3 Manasquan 1 After suffering two straight losses to Don Bosco and Portledge (N.Y.) to open the season, Seton Hall Prep got right and won their first game of 2019 against Manasquan of the Shore Conference. Kyle Bishop, Alex Kuhtik and Sal Betro all scored in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena in West Orange:
Don Bosco lights lamp three times in second period to top Gloucester Catholic on the Sunday night ice
Jersey Sports Zone has a Sunday night hockey matchup featuring two top-five teams in the early state polls. Don Bosco Prep was upset by CBA earlier in the week and fell behind early to Gloucester Catholic on Sunday but the Ironmen rally with a big second period to pick up the win. Watch the highlights now! Don Bosco Prep 3 Gloucester Catholic 1 Will Fortescue sparked a big second period for the Ironmen with an assist on the game-tying goal followed by a blast from the point that proved to be the game-winner as Don Bosco rebounds from a loss to CBA with a key Gordon Conference win. Connor Sedlak and Zach Hammond scored for Don Bosco who is now 4-1 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Wayne Ice Vault: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance
Watch Peddie Invitational Highlights
It’s our first dose of hoops at Jersey Sports Zone for the 2019-20 season. We’ve got highlights of Hun and Peddie in semifinal action at the Peddie Invitational Tournament. Both games go down to the wire! Phelps 78 Peddie 74 Daniel Dade led all scorers with 26 points and Phelps was able to come back from a 14 point first-first half deficit to reach the championship game of the Peddie Invitational. Peddie sank 17 three-pointers including eight in the first quarter, but Phelps was able to dominate on the inside with the game on the line. The defending champs will face Kiski in the title game. JSZ has the highlights from Saturday night in Hightstown: Kiski 56 Hun 54 Cameron Villarouel led all scorers with 19 points and blocked Hun’s game-winning shot attempt in the final seconds to give Kiski a spot in the Peddie Invitational championship. Villarouel dropped a three-pointer to give Kiski a 54-51 lead and then broke a 54-54 tie with a free throw. Hun had a chance to win it but Villarouel blocked Dyland Knight’s shot to preserve the victory. Watch the highlights from a wild fourth quarter: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Peddie and Hun is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Watch Friday 12.13 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’re nearing the end of the first week of the hockey season for most high schools teams and different squads around the state are stepping up early. Enjoy our highlights from Hunterdon, Mercer and Monmouth counties! Pingry 5 Hillsborough 2 Since their opening day loss to Middletown South, Pingry has been red hot. The Big Blue have reeled off three straight wins with at least four goals scored in each contest. Peter Korn, Lachlan Gibson, Joe Faccone, Eric Bush and Jared Kordonsky all lit the lamp in a rematch of last year’s Skyland Conference final. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Flemington Ice Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Hopewell Valley 8 West Windsor-Plainsboro 3 Hopewell Valley bounced back from a loss with a dominating 8-3 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro. The Bulldogs turned a 3-1 lead in the first into 7-3 by the third period. Lucas Gaissert ended the night with a hat trick as Hopewell improves to 3-2. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hopewell Valley and West Windsor-Plainsboro coverage. Marlboro 1 Wall 1 John Spallin’s redirect in the second period kept the Mustangs unbeaten at 2-0-1 on the young season. Sean Kiewe had Wall’s goal in the first period and Marlboro goalie Dmitri Kapranov stepped up with a number of quality saves in the third period. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference:
The Schiano Effect: JSZ All-Zoners flip commitments to Rutgers
Watch JSZ highlight reels of the newest commitments to Rutgers and follow along as the recruiting trail heats up leading to Wednesday’s early Signing Day period. On Tuesday, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano spoke at the third annual Jersey Sports Zone football banquet in front of the state’s top players talking about the importance of recruiting in-state talent. In the span of three days, Schiano and his staff have managed to get three members of JSZ’s All-Zone team to switch from Power 5 commitments to stay in-state and be part of the Scarlet Knights football program. That number could continue to grow leading up to the first early signing day period this Wednesday: Chris Long, Willingboro An original commit to Temple, Long was recruited by Fran Brown to Philadelphia. Long gave a glimpse of his future when he had a 7 catch, 212 yard, 3 TD performance at SHI Stadium in the Chimeras 50-14 win over Penns Grove in the South Group 1 championship. Long finished with South Jersey’s single-season receiving yards record topping 1600 yards with 20 TD catches. Brown was on the sidelines for the Willingboro victory and two days later Long announced his switch from the Owls to Rutgers: I just want to thank God because without him none of this would even be possible. For the next 3-4 years I will be taking my Talents to Rutgers University. Represent My state🙏🏾 #Chopnation @GregSchiano @RUCoachFran pic.twitter.com/C3dwAYoEHu— Chris Long™️ (@Hunchoboychris) December 10, 2019 Max Melton, Cedar Creek Wide Receiver Melton was a Big Ten commit to Purdue, but he is now on his way to Piscataway. Melton will join his older brother Bo on the Scarlet Knights roster and is projected to play in the secondary in college: COMMITTED⚔️‼️… Thanking God for every blessing he has given me. I will be representing my home state! #ChopNation @RUCoachFran @GregSchiano pic.twitter.com/7BYUu50In7— Malachi "Max" Melton (@melton_max) December 11, 2019 Tyreem Powell, Vineland Linebacker Another big name from South Jersey makes the switch. The original Virginia Tech commit made the switch to Rutgers. Projected as a linebacker in college, Powell played quarterback showing off his athleticism in his senior season at Vineland: IM STAYING HOME ! 🛡 ⚔️ #ChopNation @GregSchiano @RUCoachFran pic.twitter.com/UQNjjQrns4— Tyreem Powell (@ReeeemX_) December 12, 2019 Greg Schiano at JSZ Football Banquet Watch coverage of Greg Schiano’s visit to the JSZ Football Banquet including reaction from high school coaches in the Garden State along with Schiano’s message to the top players in the state:
Watch Thursday 12.12 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with a pair of early-season games on the ice! Bergen Catholic 3 St. Augustine 1 The Crusaders moved to (5-0) with a victory on the road over the Hermits. Freshman sensation Aram Minnetian scored a pair of goals to lead the way for BC. Nick Stoebling also scored a goal in the win. Brendan McCaskey made 36 saves in net. Harry Dumas scored the lone goal for St. Augustine in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Gordon Conference clash in Mount Laurel: Coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. Middletown North 8 Jackson Memorial 1 Frank Wendling and freshman Jimmy Mullarney scored two goals apiece as the Loins scored six straight goals in the second and third periods to pull off a dominant victory on home ice. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of Shore Conference hockey:
Watch Wednesday 12.11 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The New Jersey high school hockey season is in full swing and we’ve got a pair of mid-week games for you. Enjoy the coverage! Randolph 6 St. John Vianney 2 After falling short in the Public B state final last season, Randolph has been red hot in 2019. The Rams continued their electric play Monday by securing a blowout win over two-time Egan Cup champions, St. John Vianney. Ben Yurchuk and Matt Rogers each netted a pair of goals while captain Michael Sofia closed the game with a highlight goal. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Lancers is brought to you by the St. John Vianney Hockey Boosters Club. Notre Dame 8 Lawrence 5 Notre Dame remains undefeated at 3-0 with their latest 8-5 win over crosstown rival Lawrence. The Irish opened the game with two quick scores before Lawrence countered to eventually tie it at 3 entering halftime. In the second act Notre Dame would begin to pull away as Will Celli finished with three goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Lawrence coverage.
N.J. HS Football Coaches Excited about Greg Schiano Hire
There’s no doubt about it — New Jersey high schools produce some of the most talented and competitive players in college football. In the two weeks new Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano has been on the job, he and his assistant coaches have been hitting the pavement to recruit the Garden State’s best to stay home. So we had to ask some of New Jersey’s top high school coaches — what do you think about the Schiano hire? Let’s just say they’re excited. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: JSZ’s 1-on-1 with Greg Schiano Greg Schiano was a surprise special-guest speaker at Jersey Sports Zone’s third annual All-Zone football banquet on Dec. 10 in Woodbridge. JSZ’s Chief Operating Officer, Rich Chrampanis, spoke with Schiano about his excitement to be back at the helm with the Scarlet Knights.
Diggs wins Zoneman, Schiano speaks at JSZ Football Banquet
The third annual JSZ Football Banquet featured the top players in New Jersey, an inspiring JSZ Courage Award and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano opening our ceremony. It all capped off with Woodrow Wilson’s Fadil Diggs winning the Zoneman Trophy. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s team coverage now! Rutgers Greg Schiano speaks at third annual Jersey Sports Zone Football Banquet The top high school football players from every part of New Jersey were assembled at the Delta Hotel in Woodbridge for the JSZ Football Banquet. Before the highlights of the 2019 JSZ All-Zone team, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano got things started with a great message to the honorees. The Scarlet Knights have made it known that recruiting the best players in -state is a top priority. Schiano was joined by assistant coaches Nunzio Campanile and Fran Brown to celebrate New Jersey’s best on the gridiron: Fadil Diggs wins JSZ Zoneman Trophy Woodrow Wilson defensive end and wide receiver Fadil Diggs took home the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. The Texas A&M commit helped lead the Tigers to a South Group 3 Regional Championship and won the balloting among NJ head football coaches and statewide media members. St. Joe-Hammonton running back Jada Byers was the runnerup. Byers and Diggs had equal first-place votes but Fadil was on nine more ballots in the Heisman style voting which gave him the top honor: The Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM’s Joe Dotro for being on hand to honor the best players in New Jersey! Zoneman Voting Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Fadil DiggsWoodrow Wilson252411134 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton251610117 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep13182499 Cody SimonSaint Peter's Prep12142080 Luke WyplerSt. Joe-Montvale251026 Kyle MonangaiDon Bosco Prep42521 Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process Zoneman Ballots JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Mike Frankel, Jay Cook Statewide Media: Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Todderick Hunt, NJ.Com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Kevin Minnick, NJ.Com, Andrew Koob, NJ.Com, Pat Lanni, NJ.Com, JJ Conrad, NJ.Com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Ryan Patti, Rivals.Com, Tom Williams, PrimeEvents.Net, Tom McGurk, Courier-Post, Brian Carr, NorthJerseySports.Com, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, GMC Gridiron, Joe Zedalis, NJ.Com, Mike Kinney, NJ.Com, Mike Fenske, MJF Recruiting, Brian Dohn, 247 Sports, JP Parachini, Worrell Media Coaches: John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, Dan Russo, Vineland, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine Prep, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Hinson, Timber Creek, Dennis Thomas, Millville, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chuck Smith, Mainland, Joe Hoyle, Dwight Morrow Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep Montrey Wright, Salem Kevin Smith, Ocean City Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. Joe Wojceichowski, Lenape Jay Graber, Matawan Kevin Kostibos, Summit Dan Higgins, Piscataway Ken Loomis, Wildwood Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial Jeff Rainess, Holmdel John Fiore, Montclair Brian Bowers, Delbarton John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic Barris Grant, Hillside Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township John Adams, Woodstown Benji Wemberly, Hackensack Rob Davis, Barnegat Marion Bell, West Side Jamil Jackson, Elizabeth Drew Gibbs, Ramapo Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep Wilber Valdez, Union City Kevin Carty, Hillsborough Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg Augie Hoffmann, St. Joe’s (Mont.) Ed Guerreri, Manalapan Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty Brian Russo, Rahway William Nahan, Randolph Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown David Schuman Red Bank Regional Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. Brian Leary, Highland LJ Clark, Lakewood Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Sean Clancy, Notre Dame Chris Thomas, Pitman Dan George, Long Branch Clifton Tabb, Pennsauken Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp Tim Hagerty, Glassboro Ralph Cinque, Clifton Sights and Sounds from JSZ Banquet Before the players came inside to eat dinner and watch JSZ’s All-Zone presentation, Nery Rodriguez gave us some red carpet coverage having fun with some of the best players in the state! JSZ Courage Award Winners Coach Dwayne Savage, Kenneth Smith – Camden Coach Chris Sacco, Ernest Howard, Pleasantville Jersey Sports Zone’s Mike Frankel was shooting highlights of Camden and Pleasantville in the state playoffs when gunshots rang out during the third quarter wounding two and killing 10-year old Micah Tennant. Through adversity, both towns turned to their football teams to help unite communities and begin the healing process. JSZ was proud to honor four great leaders with this award. In case you missed it, Jersey Sports Zone chronicled the resumption of the Camden/Pleasantville game at the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Team QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Michael Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJaiden Abrams, HammontonTedy Afful, DePaul CatholicKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChandler Bird, Saint AugustineJalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Louie Barrios, Cedar CreekMyles Bailey, North BrunswickAhmad Brown, Holy SpiritDominic Busby, Seton Hall PrepBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton JD Breslauer, Parsippany HillsMatt Colantuono, Seton Hall PrepEJ Comerford, Parsippany HillsShawn Collins, MontclairBardhyl Gashi, West EssexFadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson Tahjamell Bullock, Saint Peter's PrepCorey Dempster, BoontonCarnell Davis, St. Augustine PrepCharles Finley, DePaul CatholicJalen Genao, Union CityKyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicAudric Estime, St. Joe-MontvaleMalik Harvey, Woodrow WilsonLucas Giordano, Seton Hall PrepCody Simon, St. Peter's Prep Ryan Clark, Donovan CatholicEthan Harris, Northern HighlandsKyree Hinton, SomervilleNajae Hallenbeck, Toms River NorthLuke Wypler, St. Joe-Montvale Charles DePrima, RamapoMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepConnor Kennedy, LenapeDeclan McCauley, Westfield Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonAli Lee, Jr. WoodbridgeChris Long, WillingboroJosh Toner, Cherokee Connor Katz, CranfordMuheem McCargo, Woodrow WilsonJelani Mason, Saint Peter's PrepColin Tunc, Bergen Catholic Vincent Pinto, Park RidgePiotr Partyla, LyndhurstMalachi Melton, Cedar CreekGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale Andrew Sanborn, UnionTrebor Pena, OceanAhmirr Robinson, UnionDevon Willock, Paramus Catholic Hank Shapiro, WestfieldFrank Riggio, VeronaGriffin Rooney, WestfieldIsaiah Wright, Saint Peter's Prep Zakee Swann, IrvingtonByron Shipman, Saint Peter's Prep Jake Tirone, RamapoTarheeb Still, Timber Creek Cortaz Williams, Notre Dame Zahir Swann, Irvington Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterJSZ All-Prep Team Jeremiah Grant, Bergen CatholicTirek Austin-Cave, CamdenNahree Biggins, HillsideVincenzo Rea, ManalapanAaron Armitage, Blair Academy Jahmir Greene, Don Bosco PrepBobby/Tommy Coury, PhillipsburgDarian "Duce" Chestnut, CamdenSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-MontvaleNick DeGennaro, Hun Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepJake DeLuccia, Wayne ValleyNasir Clerk, IrvingtonChristian Forbes, Lawrenceville Cameron Horsley, CinnaminsonSolomon DeShields, MillvilleJermaine Corbett, Long Branch Ian Franzoni, Hun Aaron Lewis, WillamstownGordon Forsyth, Rumson-Fair HavenCasey Larkin, WallSanoussi Kane, Blair Academy Leon Lowery, North BrunswickMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonClarence Lewis, Mater Dei PrepChristopher Mayo, Peddie Tywon Malone, Bergen CatholicCharlie Gordinier, Red Bank CatholicJoe Lusardi, SummitMatt Sluka, Peddie Andrew Messineo, RidgewoodTyreem Powell, VinelandElijuwan Mack, St. Joe-MontvaleKorey Smith, Peddie Collin McCarthy, Jackson MemorialColin Ramos, Don Bosco PrepJordan Morant, Bergen Catholic Isaiah Raikes, Saint Augustine PrepMakhi Scott, Penns GroveRJ Moten, Delran George Rooks, Saint Peter's PrepDalton Short, ShawneeAlex Odom, Kingsway Khurram Simpson, Mater Dei PrepClyde Washington, LenapeRomaine Robinson, Don Bosco Prep Amin Vanover, Saint Joe-MontvaleJack Wittmaack, RidgewoodEric Rogers, Burlington Twp. Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven Keon Sabb, Glassboro DJ Woodbury, Burlington City JSZ Top Plays from 2019 We had the Top Play Belt winners of 2019 and the end of year Plays of the Year winners attend the banquet. Thanks to everyone who voted all year long! Jersey Sports Zone Weekly Top Play Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, PingryWeek 1: Thomas Amankwaa, HillsboroughWeek 2: David Hicks, Red Bank RegionalWeek 3: Nate Summerville, ShawneeWeek 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan CatholicWeek 5: Nasir Abney, Holy CrossWeek 6: Mike Casanata, Wayne HillsWeek 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-HammontonWeek 8: Jake Cook, MainlandWeek 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial Jersey Sports Zone Plays of the Year Winners Touchdown Run of the Year: Billy Guidetti, Red Bank Catholic Touchdown Pass Play of the Year: Hank Shapiro/Griffin Rooney, Westfield Defensive TD of the Year: Wally Doman, Jackson Memorial Special Teams TD of the Year: Damon Murray, Hoboken Sack/Big Hit of the Year: Amin Vanover, St. Joe-Montvale Clutch Play of the Year: Jahmir Brown, Woodbridge Viewers Choice Play of the Year: Brandon Martins, Nutley 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Watch Monday 12.10 JSZ Hockey Highlights
It’s Monday night ice on Jersey Sports Zone as we bring you a pair of games. Don Bosco Prep continues to look sharp early in the season plus we pay a visit to the Red Bank Armory where Rumson-Fair Haven scored its second straight win in dominant fashion. Don Bosco 3 Delbarton 1 Hockey fans were treated to a possible playoff matchup in Wanye on Monday night. Don Bosco handed Delbarton their second loss of the season to improve to 3-0. Junior Connor Sedlak’s pass to Brendan Flaterhy late in the first period gave the Ironmen a 1-0 lead, Sedlak added scores in the second and third period. Delbarton goalie Brett Cleaves finished with 20 saves while Bosco’s Ethan Marich had 23. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Rumson-Fair Haven 7 Westfield 1 Sam Catalano scored two goals and the Bulldogs used a balanced attack to roll to a 2-0 start. RFH raced out to a 3-0 lead and pulled away early in the third period with three more goals. Rumson has outscored its first two opponents 16-1. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is made possible by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick
Meet the 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to formally announce the six finalists for the 2019 Zoneman Award — our version of the N.J. high school football player of the year. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10 during our All-State Football Banquet held at the Delta by Marriot Woodbridge Hotel. Watch all six features from our team of multimedia journalists to learn more about New Jersey’s top football honor! The Story of the Zoneman Trophy and Our Football Banquet By Rich Chrampanis | Jersey Sports Zone Chief Operating Officer In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy and instead of the Heisman, the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game winning TD pass in the 2016 National Championship game. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Third Annual Zoneman Trophy. Somerville quarterback Jalahn Dabney won the 2018 Zoneman Trophy for his outstanding senior season with the Pioneers. The Zoneman Balloting Our 2019 Zoneman was voted on by head coaches from every part of the state (WJFL, Shore Conference, Greater Middlesex Conference, Mid-State 38 and the SFC) as well as the JSZ staff and media representatives from around the state. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd and one point for 3rd. We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Zoneman Trophy in alphabetical order: Meet the 2019 Zoneman Finalists Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Watch JSZ’s Top 10 Plays from MetLife and Rutgers
The 2019 high school football season is over and Jersey Sports Zone closed it out in style with highlights and post-game reaction from 13 games over two weekends at MetLife Stadium and Rutgers University. The JSZ team put together our Top 10 Plays captured by our cameras. Thanks to everyone who watch our videos and take one more look at an incredible display of New Jersey’s best on the biggest stages: JSZ’s Top 10 Plays from MetLife and Rutgers – NJSIAA Regional and State Championships #10: Ahmad Brown, Holy Spirit #9: Cody Simon, Saint Peter’s Prep #8: Vincent Pinto, Park Ridge #7: Colin Ramos, Don Bosco Prep #6: Matt Wesley/Mike Giunta, Shawnee #5: Tommy Moran/Elijah Lugo, Wayne Valley #4: Fatir Bell, Hillside #3: Malik Harvey, Woodrow Wilson #2: Demie Sumo, Willingboro #1: Quentin Lemon/Avery Powell, Saint Peter’s Prep
Watch Sunday 12.8 JSZ Championship Football Highlights
It’s the final day of the New Jersey high school football season and we’ve got four fantastic games to close out the 2019 season. The highlights are posted from a full day of action at Rutgers! Holy Spirit 38 St. Joe (Hamm.) 0 | Non-Public Group 2 Championship In a rematch of the 2018 Non-Public Group 2 final, the Spartans got their revenge and then some. Patrick Smith rushed for a pair of touchdowns, E’lijah Gray scored a TD, and Trevor Cohen connected with Elijah Steward for a touchdown on offense. Spirit blocked a punt for a touchdown on special teams. And perhaps most impressively, the Spartans defense shut down the Wildcats all night long. Spirit dedicated the win to former player, head coach, and assistant coach Bill Walsh, who died less than a month ago after a courageous battle with ALS. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Rutgers: Hillside 25 Cedar Creek 3 | South-Central Group 2 Regional Championship Hillside has reached perfection! The Comets close out a stellar 2019 campaign with a signature performance to end the year with a 12-0 record. James Louis found the end zone twice in the win while Nahree Biggins and Co. led a suffocating defensive outing. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction: Woodrow Wilson 12 Wall 7 | South-Central Group 3 Regional Championship After falling to Rumson-Fair Haven a year ago, Woodrow Wilson returned to the South/Central Group 3 Regional Championship and defeated Wall. The Tigers scored in the first quarter on a Malik Harvey touchdown, but Wall would take a 7-6 lead at halftime. Defense ruled the second half with both teams coming up with big stops on fourth down. Quarterback Devin Kargman’s one-yard keeper put Wilson ahead 12-7 in the fourth quarter. Despite the Knights moving the ball well with under two minutes remaining, Malik Harvey would end the game with a strip to hand Wall its only loss of the season. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Willingboro 50 Penns Grove 14 | South Group 1 Championship Au-Shaun Davis threw five first-half touchdown passes and the combination of Demie Sumo and Chris Long had three TD’s apiece as the Chimeras ended the 25-game win streak of Penns Grove and avenged last year’s Group Championship loss at MetLife Stadium. Long finished with 7 catches for 212 yards and 3 TD grabs making him the South Jersey single -season receiving yards leader. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of the final high school football game of 2019 in the Garden State:
Watch Saturday 12.7 JSZ Championship Football Highlights
The final weekend of the season is underway at Rutgers. JSZ has complete coverage from a pair of regional championship games, plus a Non-Public title game. The highlights are posted from all three Saturday games! DePaul Catholic 27 Mater Dei Prep 25 | Non-Public Group 3 Championship Andrew Butler threw for 363 yards and 3 TD passes along with a TD run and the DePaul defense made a critical stop on a game-tying two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter to win their fifth state championship this decade. Mater Dei stormed back from a 20-6 halftime deficit with long TD’s from Clarence Lewis and Naran Buntin to rally in the second half, but the Seraphs could not punch in the game-tying two-point conversion attempt. DePaul WR Tedy Afful had 10 catches for 203 yards and a TD in the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rutgers: Williamstown 30 Cherokee 14 | South-Central Group 5 Regional Championship The Braves took it to the Chiefs from the start, building a 23-0 lead at Rutgers. Sophomore Turner Inge turned in a monster performance, rushing for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dougie Brown and Brody Colbert also found the end zone for Williamstown in the win. Billy Osborn threw a pair of touchdown passes for Cherokee in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Shawnee 34 Hammonton 0 | South-Central Group 4 Regional Championship What a third quarter it was for Shawnee. The Renegades took a 14-0 lead into halftime but exploded after the break with two turnovers and three touchdowns to power a 34-0 rout of Hammonton. Matt Welsey chipped in four touchdowns in the win while Matt Papa (19 tackles, 1 INT) and Matt Suriano (35-yard fumble return TD) led a suffocating defensive effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction: JSZ’s coverage of all Shawnee athletics for the 2019-2020 athletic year is proudly brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Bridgewater-Raritan hockey tops Bernards!
Bridgewater-Raritan 1 Bernards 0 After beginning the year with a loss Bridgewater-Raritan improved to 1-1 with a close 1-0 victory over Skyland Conference rival Bernards. The Panthers being shut out by goalie Maggie Smith, finally broke through late in the third with a goal by Senior Ben Matton-Conover. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage.
Why are shoes on the ice in Middletown? It’s a “shoe trick” for Demitri Forand!
The hockey tradition of hats littering the ice when a player scores three goals in the game has a unique twist at Middletown South. JSZ has the highlights of Eagles defenseman Demitri Forand lighting the lamp three times and triggering a sea of shoes on the ice in a big home win over Pingry. Middletown South 4 Pingry 1 Demitri Forand scored three times including the game-winner late in the second period to give the Eagles a big win over a North Jersey ranked squad. Sean Caswell had 37 saves in the victory. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown Ice World:
Bergen Catholic Hockey Red Hot Early in 2019 Season
After taking down perennial in-state powerhouse Delbarton last week, Bergen Catholic followed up that performance with a 6-0 shutout over St. Peter’s Prep Wednesday night in the second game of their 2019 season. Freshman first-line center Aram Minnetian came out swimming early and often, pumping in four goals in the second game of his high school career. Bergen Catholic has outscored its two Gordon Conference opponents 10-1 through in two games this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Ice House in Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
St. John Vianney hockey comes out swinging in season opener
St. John Vianney 6 Middletown South 0 St. John Vianney started the 2019 hockey season with a dominating 6-0 victory over Middletown South in a Shore Conference showdown. The Lancers took a commanding 3-0 at the end of the first period when Dom Troisi would find net in the second and third to finish with a pair of scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the St. John Vianney Hockey Booster Club for sponsoring our SJV coverage.
Watch Saturday 11.30 JSZ Championship Football Highlights
There was plenty of hardware to hand out on Saturday with two regional championship games and a non-public sectional final at MetLife Stadium, plus another sectional final taking place in South Jersey. Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights and reaction! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Don Bosco Prep 14 | Non-Public Group 4 Championship St. Peter’s Prep’s magical season has ended in glory. The Marauders completed a heart-pounding fourth quarter comeback (for the fourth time this season) to capture the Non-Public Group 4 crown. Tahj Bullock was masterful late in the game, scoring on a touchdown run with five minutes to play. Jelani Mason took in the game-winning two-point conversion right away to give St. Peter’s a lead it would never squander. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: JSZ’s coverage of the Non-Public Group 4 state championship at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Wayne Valley 21 Northern Highlands 17 | North Group 4 Championship In a meeting of two teams who each snapped title draughts of over 20 years, Wayne Valley defeated Northern Highlands 21-17 for the North Group 4 Regional Championship. The Indians trailing 17-0 in the second quarter scored 21 unanswered points to eventually take their first lead late in the fourth when quarterback Tommy Moran found Elijah Lugo on a 38 yard touchdown with 5:51 left. Moran finished with 180 yards passing, two throwing scores and completed 12 of 16 passes. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: JSZ’s coverage of the Regional Championships at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Park Ridge 28 Boonton 21 | North Group 1 Championship Vincent Pinto accounted for 379 yards of total offense and all four Owls touchdowns including the game-winning 36-yard TD pass to Justin Wagner with 1:38 remaining to give Park Ridge the North Group 1 trophy. Pinto had 201 yards on the ground and 179 yards in the air. Boonton rallied from 14-0 down and took a 21-14 lead on a Danny Portas 77-yard touchdown pass to Michael Kreitz early in the fourth quarter. But Pinto responded with a 63-yard TD run on a fake reverse to tie the game and the Owls QB engineered the game-winning drive that culminated in the pass to Wagner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the full recap from East Rutherford: JSZ’s coverage of the Regional Championships at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Cedar Creek 31 Camden 23 | Central Group 2 Sectional Final The Pirates held off the Panthers down the stretch to capture the second sectional championship in program history. Louie Barrios rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the win. Purdue commit Malachi Melton scored on an 81-yard touchdown run, while Jamal Chapman returned a fumble for a TD to seal the victory. Jalin Brownlee threw three touchdown passes for The High in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.