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Watch Saturday 5.29 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Wet weather blanketed most of the Garden State on Saturday, but some conferences still got in some tournament action. JSZ brings you highlights from both the H/W/S and Morris County tournament finals as well as both semifinal games from the Bergen County Tournament. Enjoy all the action now with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Delbarton 1 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 5.20 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
County tournament season is well underway and our cameras have coverage of three conference playoff games – two from Union County and one more from Bergen County. Enjoy all the highlights with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Bergen Catholic 15 Ramapo 7 | Bergen County Tournament Quarterfinal Bergen Catholic (7-5) scored eight unanswered goals from the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Lights-Out Pitching, Big Bats Headline Week 4 Baseball + Softball Game Balls
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the fourth week of the spring season. Our Week 4 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball polls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. North Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitching Gem Pushes Bergen Catholic Past Don Bosco
The Bergen Catholic – Don Bosco rivalry always brings out the best between these two Bergen County rivals. However, on Monday, the pendulum swung in favor of the Crusaders. Left-hander Christian Charalambous threw 99 pitches across 6.1 innings and struck out six batters in a dominant pitching effort against the Ironmen. Charalambous did not allow […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ Baseball and Softball Game Balls are Back!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the first week of the spring season. Our Week 1 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm. The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll All nominations must be submitted by Saturday evening.
Watch Sunday 4.18 Super Regional Wrestling Coverage
JSZ continues its wall-to-wall weekend wrestling coverage with video highlights from all four Super Regional sites. Sunday saw weight classes 152 through 285 battle at four different sites to earn spots in next weekend’s individual state championships. JSZ brings you team coverage from all four sites with features and highlights. Check back throughout the evening for all of our videos. The top four finishers in each region secured spots in Phillipsburg next weekend. South Region – Cherry Hill East JSZ’s Mike Frankel has highlights and reaction from the afternoon session: 152 pounds 1st -Cooper Pontelandolfo, Kingsway | 2nd – Matt Hoelke, Highland | 3rd – Greg Croce, Paulsboro | 4th – Jake Slotnick, St. Augustine 160 pounds 1st – Dakota Morris, Kingsway | 2nd – Jurius Clark, Camden Catholic | 3rd – Brock Zurawski, St. Augustine | 4th – Shawn Williams, Paulsboro 170 pounds 1st – Jared Schoppe, Delsea | 2nd – DJ DiPietro, Kingsway | 3rd – Alex Marshall, St. Augustine | 4th – Ray Weed, Absegami 182 pounds 1st – Isaac Dean, Shawnee | 2nd – George Rhodes, Absegami | 3rd – Alex Giordano, Camden Catholic | 4th – Michael Gregg, Collingswood JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from the evening session: 195 pounds 1st – Cody Thurston, West Deptford | 2nd – Kevin Pandorf, Kingsway | 3rd – Marcus Hebron, Lower Cape May | 4th – Vincent Ceglie, Lacey Twp. 220 pounds 1st – Mike Misita, Williamstown | 2nd – Shane Whitney, Lower Cape May | Dominic Petracci, Washington Twp. | 4th – Liam Spahn, Deptford 285 pounds 1st – Jeffery Jordan, Audubon | 2nd – Terrance Salami, Holy Cross | 3rd – Jacob Clark, Cinnaminson | 4th – Tino Savaiinaea, Paulsboro Coverage of Delsea is made possible by NJM Insurance. Shawnee and Williamstown coverage is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Central Region – Hunterdon Central RFH Gets Two More Region Titles For the second straight year, Rumson-Fair Haven has a pair of region champions. Max Brignola (152 pounds) and Jack Kelly (182 pounds) captured Super Region titles in their senior year. Brignola had a 5-0 decision over Shore’s Mike McGhee and Kelly had four first-period pins on Sunday at Hunterdon Central. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talks with the RFH contingent that will send four total wrestlers to Phillipsburg: 152 pounds 1st – Max Brignola, Rumson-Fair Haven | 2nd – Michael McGhee, Shore | 3rd – Tanner Peake, Hunterdon Central | Paul Jakub, Howell Mays Knocks Off Top Seed 2nd seed Hunter Mays scored 11 points in the first period on the way to a 14-3 win over #1 seed Colton Washleski in the 160 pound final. The Pennsylvania transfer gives Howell a region title and now sets his sights on Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on one of the best performances of the weekend: 160 pounds 1st – Hunter Mays, Howell | 2nd – Colton Washleski, Hunterdon Central | 3rd – Adam Coleman, Matawan | 4th – Zander Silva, CBA Portella Makes History RBC’s Sabino Portella scored a two point takedown with 10 seconds remaining to earn a 3-1 win over #1 seed Shay Addison. The 3rd seed becomes the Caseys first back to back region champ since 1974. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talks with the super sophomore in Flemington: 170 pounds 1st – Sabino Portella, Red Bank Catholic | 2nd – Shay Addison, Rumson-Fair Haven | 3rd – DJ Henry, Howell 182 pounds 1st – Jack Kelly, Rumson-Fair Haven | 2nd – Brendan Newberry, Wall | 3rd – Josh Beigman, Hopewell Valley | 4th – Jared Tracey, Ocean Twp. 195 pounds 1st – Blake Clayton, St. John Vianney | 2nd – Hunter Skove, Rumson-Fair Haven | 3rd – Gavin Claro, Manalapan | 4th – Brian LaCross, Hopewell Valley 220 pounds 1st – Bryan Bonilla, Hightstown | 2nd – Chimdindu Molokwu, Jackson Liberty | 3rd – Raymond Santiago, Colts Neck | 4th – Nico Cerbo, Middletown North 285 pounds 1st – John O’Donnell, Toms River North | 2nd – David Szuba, Brick Memorial | 3rd – Joseph Teresi, Ocean Township | 4th – Matthew Jannucci, Colts Neck North 1 Region – Mount Olive JSZ’s Jay Cook has coverage, highlights and interviews from the morning session: 152 Pounds 1st – Nate Camiscioli, Bergen Catholic | 2nd – Tyler Pizzi, Pascack Valley | 3rd – Steven Dalling, Kittatinny | 4th – Nicolino Berlingieri, Northern Highlands 160 Pounds 1st – Eric Freeman, Paramus | 2nd – Nicholas Franco, Paramus Catholic | 3rd – Roberto Padilla, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Luke Ciampa, Jefferson 170 Pounds 1st – Michael Dellagatta, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 2nd – Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus | 3rd – Justin Onello, Bergen Catholic | 4th – Hunter Perez, Mount Olive 182 Pounds 1st – Brian Soldano, High Point | 2nd – Justin Chrostowski, Butler | 3rd – Jack Farinaro, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Casey Allen, Emerson Boro 195 Pounds 1st – Nick Lodato, Pope John XXIII | 2nd – Alex Kostantas, Pascack Hills | 3rd – AJ Fricchione, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Darin Donellan, Paramus Catholic 220 Pounds 1st – Michael Toranzo, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 2nd – Remy Brancato, Bergen Catholic | 3rd – Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny | 4th – Jack Stoll, Pope John XXIII 285 Pounds 1st – Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic | 2nd – Dominick Brogna, Bergen Catholic | 3rd – Robby Chetirkin, Wayne Valley | 4th – Joseph Abill, Clifton Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both Bergen Catholic and St. Joe’s (Mont.) is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. North 2 Region – Union JSZ’s Ken Bradley has highlights and reaction from the morning session: 152 Pounds 1st – Andrew Troczynski, Delbarton | 2nd – Colę Carroll, Seton Hall Prep | 3rd – Ówen Disbrow, St. Thomas Aquinas | 4th – Michael Murphy, Westfield 160 Pounds 1st – Blake Bahna, Watchung Hills | 2nd – Louis Cerchio, Delbarton | 3rd – Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst | 4th – Joshua Palacio, North Bergen 170 Pounds 1st – Colin Calvetti, Delbarton | 2nd – James Holder, North Hunterdon | 3rd – Brett Miller, Bound Brook | 4th – Stratos Kantanas, Livingston 182 Pounds 1st – Zachary Andruchowitz, Bloomfield | 2nd – Conner Decker, Seton Hall Prep | 3rd – Alex Uryniak, North Hunterdon | 4th – Nicholas Olivieri, Delbarton 195 Pounds 1st – Jack Wilt, Seton Hall Prep | 2nd – Thomas Renna, South Plainfield | 3rd – Shane Kanterman, Cranford | 4th – Robert Lerner, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 220 Pounds 1st – David Pierson, Phillipsburg | 2nd – Andrew Franklin, North Hunterdon | 3rd – Jarett Pantuso, Warren Hills | 4th – Jacob Leiva, Cliffside Park 285 Pounds 1st – Liam Akers, North Hunterdon | 2nd – Hunter Seubert, Watchung Hills | 3rd – Tyler McCartharn, Warren Hills | 4th – Ricky Perez, North Bergen
Watch Saturday 4.17 JSZ Super Regional Wrestling Coverage
The Jersey Sports Zone team is in four different locations for the wrestling Super Regionals. Seven weight classes have their spots secured for Phillipsburg in next week’s individual state championships. JSZ brings you features, highlights and clips from all four Super Regionals throughout the weekend. Saturday saw weight classes 106 through 152 battle at four different sites to earn spots in next week’s individual state championships. JSZ brings you team coverage from all four sites with features and highlights. Check back throughout the evening for all of our videos plus we’ll be back at it on Sunday for 160 through 285. The top four finishers in each region secured spots in Phillipsburg next weekend. North 1 Region – Mount Olive High School JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from the morning session: 106 pounds 1st -Jack Bastarrika, Mount Olive 2nd – Taisei Kurachi, River Dell 3rd – Ethan Smith, Boonton 4th – Dlyan Ross, Paramus Catholic 113 pounds 1st – Luke Stanich, Roxbury 2nd – Ryan Ford, Bergen Catholic 3rd – Clayton Utter, High Point 4th – Ryan Hartung, New Milford 120 pounds 1st – Evan Mougalian, Kinnelon 2nd – Joe Manno, St. Joseph (Mont.) 3rd – Aiden Wallace, Bergen Catholic 4th – Aaron Kurzer, Montville 126 pounds 1st – Joseph Cangro, Bergen Catholic 2nd – Ethan Fernandez, Westwood 3rd – Nathan Fitt, Newton 4th – Mike Tandurella, Don Bosco Prep 132 pounds 1st – Joe Fongaro, Boonton 2nd – Kelly Dunnigan, Don Bosco Prep 3rd – Daniel Rella, Paramus Catholic 4th – Karl Monaco, Montville 138 pounds 1st – Alex Almeyda, St. Joseph (Mont) 2nd – Christopher Bacchioni, Bergen Catholic 3rd – Laith Hamdeh, Passaic Tech 4th – Myles Leonard, Waldwick 145 pounds 1st – Michael Cetta, St. Joseph (Mont) 2nd – Jason Smith, Boonton 3rd – Austin Jack, Jefferson 4th – Eric Broadie, Bergen Catholic North 2 Region – Union High School JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the afternoon session: 106 pounds 1st – Daniel Jones, Delbarton 2nd – Jeffrey Jacome, South Plainfield 3rd – Logan Wadle, North Hunterdon 4th – Aidan Carmody, Livingston 113 pounds 1st – Joseph Sciarrone, Seton Hall Prep 2nd – Michael Campanaro, West Morris 3rd – Thomas Fischer, Delbarton 4th – Jason Quirk, Livingston 120 pounds 1st – Tyler Vazquez, Delbarton 2nd – Mayson Harms, Roselle Park 3rd – James Day, Phillipsburg 4th – Kaelan Francios, Rahway 126 pounds 1st – Cross Wasilewski, Delbarton 2nd – Frank DiEsso, North Hunterdon 3rd – Patrick Adams, St. Peter’s Prep 4th – Chris Tringali, Mendham 132 pounds 1st – Nico Nardone, Delbarton 2nd – Patrick Phillips, Brearley 3rd – Sean Reindero, St. Peter’s Prep 4th – Jack Bertha, Mendham 138 pounds 1st – Joey Olivieri, Hanover Park 2nd – Jasiah Queen, Elizabeth 3rd – Luke DiGiovanni, Cranford 4th – Joseph Davi, Delbarton 145 pounds 1st – Simon Ruiz, Delbarton 2nd – Anthony White, South Plainfield 3rd- Nicholas Stampoulos, Brearley 4th – Connor Doherty, St. Thomas Aquinas Central Region – Hunterdon Central High School Brick Memorial Wins 3 Straight Regions in First Session Brick Memorial had three number one seeds at 113, 120 and 126 and the trio of Evan Tallmadge, Anthony Santaniello and Vincent Santaniello did not disappoint. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talks with the trio of Mustangs who hope to rewrite Saturday’s script next weekend in Phillipsburg: Calello Makes it Back to Back Region Titles St. Joe-Metuchen’s Nico Calello made it back to back region titles at 106 pounds after scoring a pin at 1:59 over Hunterdon Central’s Anthony Rossi. Watch Calello beat the clock in the first period to get the win: RBR’s Stolfa Needs OT to Get P’Burg Slot Red Bank Regional’s Phil Stolfa was deadlocked 6-6 with Jackson Memorial’s Luke Temple in the 126 pound “blood round”. Stolfa’s two point takedown in overtime earned him a spot in Phillipsburg. Stolfa went on to finish 4th in the Super Region. Watch the move that gave Stolfa a spot in next week’s state tournament: Central Super Region Results 106 pounds 1st – Nico Calello, St. Joe-Metuchen 2nd – Anthony Rossi, Hunterdon Central 3rd – James Farina, Ocean 4th – Ricky Gomez, Matawan 113 pounds 1st – Evan Tallmadge, Brick Memorial 2nd – Sebastian Ortega, Howell 3rd – Alex Nini, CBA 4th – Harrison Gordon, St. John Vianney 120 pounds 1st – Anthony Santaniello, Brick Memorial 2nd – Jack Zaleski, Middletown South 3rd – Garrett Totten, CBA 4th – Brett Blaess, Jackson Memorial 126 pound 1st – Vincent Santaniello, Brick Memorial 2nd – Nico Diaz, St. John Vianney 3rd – Nieko Malone, Howell 4th – Phil Stolfa, Red Bank Regional 132 pounds 1st – Julian George, CBA 2nd – Jack Maida, Shore Regional 3rd – Drake Torrington, Robbinsville 4th – Nick Torre, Brick Memorial 138 pounds 1st – Tyler Sagi, Old Bridge 2nd – Giovanni Scafaldi, Freehold Township 3rd – David Hussey, Middletown South 4th – Nick Canocina, Hunterdon Central 145 pounds 1st – Logan Waller, Colts Neck 2nd – Kamrin O’Neill, Matawan 3rd – Riley Simon, Point Pleasant Beach 4th – Donovan DiStefano, Wall South Region – Cherry Hill East High School JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from the morning session: Coverage of Eastern and Washington Twp. is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Coverage of Camden Catholic and Cinnaminson is brought to you by NJM Insurance. South Super Region Results 106 pounds 1st – Kaden Naame, St. Augustine Prep 2nd – Brendan Callahan, Kingsway 3rd – Max Elton, Holy Spirit 4th – Kurt Wehner, Toms River East 113 pounds 1st – Conor Collins, Southern Regional 2nd – Jared Brunner, Eastern 3rd – Cameron Morgan, Pennsville 4th – Nick Cotton, Shawnee 120 pounds 1st – Nathan Taylor, Kingsway 2nd – Jackson Young, Camden Catholic 3rd – John Hildebrandt, Williamstown 4th – Sean Dever, Egg Harbor Twp. 126 pounds 1st – Brady Conlin, Washington Twp. 2nd – Samuel Kotch, Cinnaminson 3rd – D’Amani Almodovar, St. Augustine 4th – Matt Henrich, Southern Regional JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the evening session: 132 pounds 1st – Ty Whalen, Clearview 2nd – Matt Brielmeier, Southern Regional 3rd – Josh Palmucci, Kingsway 4th – Hunter Horsey, Oakcrest 138 pounds 1st – Eddie Hummel, Southern Regional 2nd – Chase Casey, Camden Catholic 3rd – Ken Sherman, Holy Spirit 4th – Collin Rolak, Lacey Township 145 pounds 1st – Hunter Gandy, Woodstown 2nd – Michael Conklin, Toms River East 3rd – Finn McFadden, Kingsway 4th – Richie Grungo, St. Augustine
Regional Championship Wrestling Previews
The seeds for the NJSIAA Regional Wrestling Championships are now set. JSZ has a comprehensive video breakdown of the top wrestlers in each weight class in all four brackets! So get ready for this weekend’s action by getting to know the Garden State’s top scrappers! North 1 Regional (Region 1 & Region 2) North 2 Regional (Region 3 & Region 4) Central Regional (Region 5 & Region 6) South Regional (Region 7 & Region 8)
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Basketball Teams
All this week, JSZ will honor the top players in New Jersey from both girls and boys varsity basketball. Our week long celebration of the 2021 season concludes with the presentation of JSZ’s Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone. Watch highlight videos of every one of our honorees. The New Jersey high school basketball community made the most of a shortened 2021 high school basketball season. Even though there was a maximum of 15 games and no state playoffs, it didn’t stop great players from around the state to shine and make the most of their limited opportunities. All this week, we will honor our All-Zone teams starting with the girls on Monday and Tuesday followed by the boys All-Zoners on Wednesday and Thursday. Coming up on Friday, JSZ will announce our 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone winners. Click on each player’s name to watch their JSZ highlight reel and congratulations to all of the players who made this year’s JSZ All-Zone team: PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMr. HZ Finalists Antoine ArnettSterlingDenver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sCorey Floyd, Jr., Roselle Catholic Gannon BradyOcean CityMark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepSamson Johnson, Patrick School Jerome BrewerCamdenJayden BrownMontclair ImmaculateWill Richardson, Bergen Catholic Tazir CanteyEasternJulian BrownBergen CatholicBen Roy, Manasquan Christian CevisWest MorrisZion CruzPatrick SchoolDJ Wagner, Camden Jack CollinsManasquanMatt DelaneySt. Augustine Prep Al-Fatir ConnorElizabethRay FordSt. Peter's Prep Jordan DerkackColoniaNoah HarrisRutgers Prep Austin GreenTimber CreekIsaac HesterRanney Aidan KehoePascack HillsZach HicksCamden Catholic Elijah LewisWatchung HillsTristan JeffriesSt. Thomas Aquinas Carlos LopezEgg Harbor Twp.Amare MarshallRoselle Catholic Chad MartiniWatchung HillsKeith Mency Hudson Catholic Diante MilesWildwoodMarcus PierceSt. Joseph Academy Dave OlaniyiNewark East SideElijah PerkinsRanney Chris RubayoMontgomeryJosh RiveraSt. Thomas Aquinas Derek SimpsonLenapeWisler SanonPaul VI Jack SeidlerMarlboroAkil Watson Don Bosco Prep Jon SpatolaMarlboroSimeon WilcherRoselle Catholic TaQuan WoodleyCamdenZakai ZeiglerMontclair Immaculate PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMiss HZ Finalists Lauren AchterRamapoAbby AntognoliSaint RoseDestiny Adams, Manchester Township Nina BranchizioMonroeA'Nyah BarkerIHAZoe Brooks, Trenton Catholic Amaya BurchTimber CreekEmma BruenSt. John VianneyKatie Hill, St. John Vianney Kiley CapstrawWest OrangeMeg CahalanSt. John VianneyMadison St. Rose, St. John Vianney Rachel CapuaJackson MemorialSaniah CaldwellSaddle River DayAlexa Therien, Cherokee Julia CorsentinoRumson-Fair HavenAlly CarmanRed Bank Catholic Alexis DavisGlassboroChristina DalceRutgers Prep Mary Elizabeth DonnellyManasquanAaylah Del RosarioTrenton Catholic Keegan DouglasHaddonfieldElla FajardoGill St. Bernard's Kate HerlihyMiddle Twp.Hannah HidalgoPaul VI Brooke HollawellManasquanZanai JonesHudson Catholic Tara JohnsonUniversityMarianna PapazoglouWildwood Catholic Lexi Linton Jackson MemorialPaulina ParisSaddle River Day Brynn McCurrySpartaBelle PellecchiaRutgers Prep Colleen McQuillenCresskillJustine PissottRed Bank Catholic Grace MuntRumson-Fair HavenAlana RobinsonPope John Madison SchillerRamapoSophia SabinoRed Bank Catholic Ally SweeneySpartaAngelica VelezTrenton Catholic Chloe TeterRed Bank RegionalCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Bella VitoMontvilleMia YanogacioRutgers Prep JSZ All-Zone Basketball Coverage Monday, March 15: JSZ All-Zone Girls Public Team (20 players) Tuesday, March 16: JSZ All-Zone Girls Non-Public Team (20 players) Wednesday, March 17: JSZ All-Zone Boys Public Team (20 players) Thursday, March 18: JSZ All-Zone Boys Non-Public Team (20 players) Friday, March 19: JSZ 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone announced
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top high school hockey players in New Jersey. We have selected the top players in the Garden State – check out all the highlight videos from a great 2021 season. JSZ’s All-Zone Hockey Team It might have been a shortened season, but New Jersey high school hockey delivered plenty of exciting moments and stellar play across the state. Jersey Sports Zone is proud to announce its 2021 All-Zone hockey team honoring the best players in the state. Click on each players name below to watch their highlight reel. GoaliesDefensemanForwardsForwardsPlayer of the Year Mack Alvino, Glen Rock Kareem Al-Azem, Morristown-BeardAntonio Arcaroli, Bergen CatholicMatteo Mancheno, WestfieldConnor Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep - 2021 JSZ POY Ben Kopacki, LakelandDrew Fortescue, Don Bosco PrepMichael Balzarotti, RidgeAram Minnetian, Bergen Catholic Zach McErlain, Gloucester CatholicColin Grable, CBANate Block, Middletown SouthAidan Niceberg, Madison Luke McManus, Morristown-BeardZach Johnson, Gloucester CatholicRyan Bunting, Gloucester CatholicTrip Pendy, Delbarton Lukas Klemm, Don Bosco PrepMitchell Ducalo, RobbinsvilleBrett Pritchard, Rumson-Fair Haven Griffen O'Shaughnessy, Mountain LakesAidan D'Urso, Seton Hall Prep Ryan Rodrigues, Seton Hall Prep Patrick Reilly, CBARyan Fine, Don Bosco PrepBilly Sheridan, Gloucester Catholic Connor Kaczmarek, St. Joe-MetuchenBrady Silverman, Governor Livingston Seth Kaplan, Morristown-BeardMick Thompson, Bergen Catholic Brian Kramer, Governor LivingstonZach Wagnon, CBA Ryan Kulaszewski, St. John VianneyBrendan Waivada, Seton Hall Prep Jason Kwestel, Morris Knolls Connor Sedlak Wins JSZ’s 2021 Hockey Player of the Year During a season shrouded in uncertainty, Don Bosco Prep senior Connor Sedlak put together a career year on the ice. Sedlak helped the Ironmen collect double-digit wins and the Gordon Cup championship after a Gordon Conference-best 28 points (18 G, 10 A) for the Ironmen. Sedlak, who also eclipsed 100 career points this season, was selected as the Gordon Conference MVP by the conference’s coaches. Sedlak is the third Don Bosco Prep player to win JSZ’s highest hockey award, following his older brother, Tyler Sedlak, in 2019, and Mickey Burns, in 2018. The Sedlak’s also now become the first siblings to both win a major Jersey Sports Zone end-of-year award. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles Connor Sedlak after an unforgettable season:
Meet JSZ’s 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists!
A short 2021 high school basketball season didn’t stop the top players in New Jersey to make a MAJOR impact. Jersey Sports Zone proudly announces our five finalists for our player of the year award. Watch our highlight reels from the best of the best from the Garden State and learn more about JSZ’s post-season coverage which begins next week. Mr. Hoop Zone balloting Voting for the 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone is underway. Numerous coaches from conferences spanning the entire state – along with JSZ’s staff of MMJ’s and other reputable, credentialed media – are casting ballots for the top player. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd, and one point for 3rd. The winner will be announced on March 19 and will join a talented collection of players to bring home JSZ’s annual boys basketball honor. In addition, we will present our JSZ All-Zone boys and girls basketball teams featuring 40 players from public and non-public basketball for each team. That coverage begins this Monday. Here are the JSZ Mister Hoop Zone finalists in alphabetical order and their highlight reels. Meet the 2021 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists Corey Floyd, Jr. – Roselle Catholic, Junior The first two Mr. Hoop Zone winners (Naz Reid and Kahlil Whitney) are Roselle Catholic Lions and Floyd looks to add to the legacy. Floyd averaged 14.3 points per game to lead RC to a 12-3 record in a shortened season. He erupted for a career-high 30 points in a road win at St. Joe-Metuchen and reached double digits in 11 games. As a sophomore, Floyd Jr. was a major piece to the Lions’ 22-7 team that won the Non-Public B North sectional final a day before the NJSIAA shut down winter sports due to coronavirus concerns. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27 games in the 2019-2020 season. Floyd has given a verbal commitment to play for coach Dan Hurley and UConn choosing the Huskies over offers from Rutgers, Providence, Florida, Auburn, Wake Forest and Miami. Check out the dynamic reel from Corey’s junior season: Samson Johnson – The Patrick School, Senior As the Patrick School makes the shift from the NJSIAA to the Prep ranks, Samson Johnson is part of the JSZ Mister Hoop Zone podium due to the Celtics playing their traditional schedule against great teams across the state. The lone senior among our five finalists, Johnson averaged 15 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for coach Chris Chavannes. The Celtics went 13-1 in 2021 and Johnson shined in big time matchups highlighted by a 19 point, 14 rebound, 6 assist effort against Montclair Immaculate and a 15 point, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Johnson continues the New Jersey pipeline to Storrs where he’ll play for Dan Hurley and the UConn Huskies. Watch Johnson’s throw downs and all around complete game in his senior year highlight reel: Will Richardson, Bergen Catholic, Junior The four-star junior prospect saw his team shut down by COVID but still shined with 18.8 points per game in nine games. Richardson had 18 points in the Crusaders biggest win of 2021, a 60-53 victory against the Patrick School. He currently holds 12 offers including Vanderbilt, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Penn State, TCU and Saint Louis. The top-100 national prospect is more than comfortable on the big stage and his JSZ junior year highlight reel proves it. Ben Roy, Manasquan, Junior The two-time Shore Conference player of the year has seen his recruiting stock rise dramatically. Manasquan won back to back Shore Conference championships and the Warriors have emerged as a top-5 team in 2020 and 2021 despite COVID shutting down and shortening those seasons. Roy is an elite playmaker who has guided Manasquan to a 43-1 record over the last two seasons. What’s even more impressive is the out of conference wins: Don Bosco Prep, Montclair Immaculate, Trenton Catholic and Life Center. Averaging 24 points a game with great three-point shooting range and dynamic drives to the bucket, Roy’s biggest play of his junior season was a pass to Andrew Solomon in overtime to give the Warriors a 58-56 win. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Ben Roy’s sensational junior campaign: DJ Wagner, Camden, Sophomore The #1 ranked player in America for the class of 2023 continues his amazing high school career. Wagner averaged 22 points on the way to a perfect 13-0 record. In the midst of all the hype, Wagner continues to develop his game and improve. With two more years of high school basketball for The High, Wagner is going to be one of the most watched players in the nation. JSZ has the exciting highlight reel from the highly recruited phenom:
Princeton Lands Bruising RB Ryan Butler
He’s tough, physical and cerebral. And now he’s headed to the Ivy League. Ryan Butler, Bergen Catholic’s talented thunder-and-lightning tailback, announced Sunday night he’s keeping his talents in-state and is committed to Princeton University. 100% Committed to the Admissions Process at the #1 University in the Country. #GOTIGERS @PrincetonFTBL @CoachBobSurace @CoachMWillis @CoachCuevas78 @BrianDohn247 @RivalsFriedman @Rivals_Singer @BergenCathFBall pic.twitter.com/yRn4AfrQSE— Ryan Butler ➈ (@ryan24butler) March 8, 2021 Butler, a JSZ All-Zone selection in 2020, was one of New Jersey’s top dual-threat players this past fall. He led Bergen Catholic in rushing with 854 yards and 10 touchdowns and also was the team’s top receiving target with 295 yards and three more touchdown receptions. Watch Butler’s JSZ Junior Year Highlight Reel! With the graduation of JSZ Player of the Year Audric Estime, Butler figures to be one of the top returning running backs in the state when the 2021 season comes around. His blend of IQ, size and speed fit well into a Crusaders offense that’s also led by recent Notre Dame commit and QB Steve Angeli. He led Bergen Catholic in all-purpose yards in 2020 while powering the Crusaders to a 5-1 record in the SFC’s United Red Division. Princeton has done a great job of recruiting talented in-state players in recent years. Fellow JSZ All-Zone RB John Volker, a Rumson-Fair Haven product, is a senior and is also committed to the Tigers. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Saturday 3.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The final day of the 2021 season is here, and JSZ has highlights from great games all around the Garden State. Thanks for watching all season long! Roselle Catholic 64 Bergen Catholic 58 (OT) | Boys The only thing missing from this duel between top five teams in New Jersey was a Tournament of Champions […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Star QB Steve Angeli Announces Future College Home
The world of college football recruiting couldn’t be any more hectic than it is right now in 2021, but that doesn’t preclude the country’s top prospects from finding their future homes. That’s exactly what happened Thursday night when Bergen Catholic quarterback Steve Angeli took to social media and made waves on the national recruitment front by announcing his verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame. God, Country, Notre Dame…☘️ 100% C O M M I T T E D ☘️ #GoIrish ☘️#IrishRising22 ☘️ @NDFootball @CoachBrianKelly @T_Rees11 @bccoachvito @BergenCathFBall @EQBcoach @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/R7N5Urf4Xg— Steve Angeli (@SteveAngeli_125) March 5, 2021 Angeli, a four-star rated quarterback prospect, is the first major recruit in New Jersey’s talented crop of 2022 passers to make a verbal commitment. In his first full season as a varsity starter, Angeli completed 59 percent of his passes for 945 yards and threw six touchdowns to only two interceptions. He was selected to JSZ’s All-Zone team after his breakout season. Angeli’s work came in the Super Football Conference’s United Red Division – widely hailed as one of the toughest high school football divisions in the entire country. There were no championships awarded in 2020, but Bergen Catholic finished the year at 5-1 and was recognized among the top teams statewide when the season closed. Watch Angeli’s JSZ Junior Year Highlight Reel! Standing at 6-3 and 215 pounds, Angeli has been described as a prototypical quarterback – in both stature and ability – by Bergen Catholic head coach Vito Campanile, a former quarterback. Angeli’s decision to head to South Bend is the latest reminder that Notre Dame still has an incredible foothold when recruiting elite New Jersey talent. In December, the Fighting Irish swooped in at the last minute and signed St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB and JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime. Former JSZ All-Zoners currently on Notre Dame’s roster include DB Clarence Lewis, TE Kevin Bauman, LB Shayne Simon and defensive lineman twins Jayson and Justin Ademilola. Angeli’s best football is ahead of him as New Jersey is set to welcome back a full season and state championships for 2021-2022 season. The Westfield, NJ native will be among the state’s best players suiting up next fall. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Visit JerseySportsZone.com for all the latest news and highlights on New Jersey athletes.
Wild Statlines Highlight Week 4 Game Ball Nominees
The fourth week of the 2021 basketball season has come and gone, and with it came some memorable performances on the hardwood. Start voting now for JSZ’s Boys and Girls Game Balls for each region of the state! Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are back for the 2021 basketball season. We’ve got great performances from all around the state. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South Jersey nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North Jersey nominations) Nery Rodriguez: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central Jersey nominations) South Jersey Game Ball Nominees JSZ’s South Jersey poll includes players in the BCSL, CAL, Colonial, Olympic, and Tri-County conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s Central Jersey poll includes players in the CVC, GMC, and Shore conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s North Jersey poll includes players in the Big North, HCIAL, NJAC, NJIC, SEC, Skyland and UCC conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
We’re Halfway Done! Vote Now for JSZ Week 3 Game Balls!
The 2021 season is somehow halfway done already. The third week of basketball brings us another stellar crop of standout showings. Vote now for JSZ Boys and Girls Game Balls all across the state! Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are back for the 2021 basketball season. We’ve got great performances from all around the state. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: email@example.com (South Jersey nominations) Jay Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org (North Jersey nominations) Nery Rodriguez: email@example.com (Central Jersey nominations) South Jersey Game Ball Nominees JSZ’s South Jersey poll includes players in the BCSL, CAL, Colonial, Olympic, and Tri-County conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s Central Jersey poll includes players in the CVC, GMC, and Shore conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s North Jersey poll includes players in the Big North, HCIAL, NJAC, NJIC, SEC, Skyland and UCC conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 2.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The second Saturday of the regular season brings a ton of action from all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Bergen Catholic 78 Gill St. Bernard’s 63 | Boys Bergen Catholic’s talented junior duo of Will Richardson (21 points) and Julian Brown (19 points) gave the Crusaders the boost they needed to keep their […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 2.5 JSZ Ice Hockey Highlights
What better way to kick off the weekend than with a pair of rivalry games on the ice? JSZ has highlights from Gordon Conference and Mennen Division action. Stay tuned for our coverage and enjoy! Bergen Catholic 4 Don Bosco 2 Bergen Catholic secured their biggest win of the 2021 season Friday night on the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Malone, Smith Make College Decisions
Two of the top seniors in the Garden State, Tywone Malone and Patrick “Cheeks” Smith, signed letters of intent on Wednesday. JSZ was on hand for the signings. Malone Signs with Ole Miss Tywone Malone has found his next home. After starring at Bergen Catholic for four years, Malone put pen to paper Wednesday is officially committed to the University of Mississippi. Malone, who will play both football and baseball at Ole Miss, is a rare two-sport athlete for a man of his stature. Arguably New Jersey’s No. 1 recruit, Malone keeps Bergen Catholic’s tradition alive of sending talented players to top Power 5 programs. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Smith Signs with Vanderbilt Patrick “Cheeks” Smith is heading to the SEC. The Holy Spirit senior RB signed with Vanderbilt on Wednesday night, in front of family, friends, coaches and teammates. Smith rushed for over 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns last fall, leading Spirit to an undefeated season and a number one ranking in South Jersey. He originally committed to Colorado State back in May, before decommitting in November. Smith is now officially a Commodore, as he gets set for the next chapter in Nashville. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has more on an emotional night for “Cheeks”:
Watch Wednesday 1.27 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Opening week continues with great games across the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Bergen Catholic 72 Montclair Immaculate 58 | Boys Will Richardson paced Bergen Catholic with a team-high 25 points – 16 of which came in the fourth quarter – as the Crusaders pulled away from Montclair Immaculate late to secure an opening-day win. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Monday 1.18 JSZ Ice Hockey Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone starts off the week with some more ice hockey action with a major early Gordon Conference showdown in South Jersey and a pair of games from Mennen Sports Arena. Stay tuned for all the action now! Gloucester Catholic 3 Bergen Catholic 2 The Rams started the season with a signature win over […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ 2021 Hockey Previews
Believe it or not, we’ve made it to the start of the high school hockey season in New Jersey. JSZ’s team of multimedia journalists are stopping by rinks all over as teams in the Garden State prepare for the start of the 2021 season on Jan. 15. Bookmark this page as we upload new previews daily leading up to the first puck drop next week! Christian Brothers Academy The defending Gordon Cup and state champions will not get a chance to defend their state crown at the Rock but paying for the school’s 10th Gordon Conference championship is plenty of incentive. With 2020 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year John Donohoe back in net, the Colts are expected to roll our four lines that are all capable of finding the net and a solid blueline anchored by captains Colin Grable and Lucas Salas. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis wraps up our hockey previews with a look at CBA: Don Bosco Prep Despite winning 20 games and making it to three tournament finals, Don Bosco has a chip on its shoulder coming into the new year. The Ironmen are bigger, faster and stronger in 2021, and don’t plan on falling short with as they’ll deploy a high-powered offense and a physical defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview: Rumson-Fair Haven Eric Zullo’s first season as RFH head coach saw the Bulldogs take a big step forward as a state ranked public school program thanks to a 16-3-3 record that featured a spot in the Public “C” quarterfinals and a Shore Conference Hanchden Cup championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to the Red Bank Armory to learn more about the 2021 Bulldogs: Bergen Catholic 2020 was a year that saw Bergen Catholic take a major step forward into becoming a state power. The Crusaders won their first Bergen County Tournament title, yet fell short in the Gordon Cup and Non-Public tournaments. Their sights are set on the state’s No. 1 ranking in 2021 behind an electric offense led by Aram Minnetian. JSZ’s Jay Cook features the Crusaders from Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Augustine The Hermits are eager to get back on the ice after opening round exits in the Gordon Cup and the state playoffs last season. St. Augustine finished .500 a year ago, and will count on a handful of key seniors to help the team compete in 2021. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits from The Igloo in Mt. Laurel: Morris Knolls After winning two straight Public A state titles and with 10 seniors returning to the mix, Morris Knolls has all the makings of entering 2021 as potentially the state’s top public school team. Jason Kwestel, Andrew Ryan and Tim Kepler will all wear C’s on their sweaters this year. With no state tournament this season, Knolls is wholly focused on winning the 2021 Mennen Cup. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by Aspen Ice in Randolph to preview the Golden Eagles: Westfield Finishing (15-8-2), Westfield fell short in the Union County Tournament final and was a game away from playing in Newark for a Public B championship in 2020. The Blue Devils graduated eight seniors but have a bevy of upperclassmen stepping into starting roles this year, which could be a determining factor in finishing during high-pressure situations. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the preview: Thank you to the office of Assemblymen Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Gloucester Catholic The Rams have reached the state semifinals the last three years in a row, and are looking to take the next step by capturing a Gordon Cup title this winter. Defenseman Jake Grace leads an experienced GC senior class, with the Rams hoping a talented group of sophomores will step into the spotlight this year. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview from Hollydell Ice Arena: Gloucester Catholic coverage is made possible by NJM Insurance. Manasquan/Point Pleasant Beach The Warriors have won three straight Shore Conference Cups and will be challenged to go 4 for 4 with the departure of All-Zoners Matt Franzoni and Anthony Dowd but there’s still a lot of talent on the roster headlined by the Farinacci brothers (twins Michael and Chris along with James). Cousin John Farinacci fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors made an appearance at Warriors practice giving the team a big boost as they work towards the start of the 2021 season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall: Delbarton After securing only 10 wins and finishing the year at .500 last season, Delbarton is gladly turning the page to 2021. At least nine freshman and numerous other underclassmen saw significant ice time for the Green Wave in 2020 – but with a year of experience under their belts, head coach Bruce Shatel is expecting a turnaround season. Anchoring Delbarton this year will be talented senior goalie Brett Cleaves. JSZ’s Jay Cook makes the pit stop at Aspen Ice to preview Delbarton:
Year in Review: JSZ’s Top 20 of 2020
The year 2020 was made up of 12 unforgettable months. That sentiment especially rings true for New Jersey’s high school sports community. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of MMJ’s gathered for a year-in-review roundtable, discussing the Top 20 stories we covered this year. Thank you to our loyal audience who followed along with us through one of the most trying years we’ll remember. Happy New Year, and here’s to a happy and healthy 2021! JSZ Top 20 of 2020 Pt. 1 JSZ Top 20 of 2020 Pt. 2 No. 20: The Final Game Before COVID-19 Shutdown Bergen Catholic and St. Peter’s Prep. These two were among the top basketball teams in New Jersey last season, and delivered a double-overtime showdown in the last game JSZ covered in the 2020 winter season. It signaled the near end of the basketball season and the beginning of a long statewide shutdown. No. 19: Gill St. Bernard’s Rules NJ Soccer Scene 2020 was a year to remember for the Knights of Gill St. Bernard’s. All-state striker Micaah Garnette, who delivered 21 goals and 14 assists, was the main catalyst to a 13-0-1 squad that went on to win a Central West Non-Public sectional final against Skyland rival Pingry. The Knights were undoubtedly the top team at the end of the line. No. 18: Leon Jones’ Inspiring Comeback It was a year in which many would have to overcome tough circumstances. For Notre Dame’s Leon Jones, his journey to redemption began before COVID-19. Following a collision against St. Peter’s Prep in a playoff football game, Jones was left paralyzed for almost 48 hours. After regaining feeling in both of his legs, doctors were still unsure if he would be able to walk normally, let alone play sports again. However, midway through the basketball season, Leon Jones not only started his first game as a senior, but Jersey Sports Zone was there to watch him lead his team to victory. No. 17: South Jersey’s Ware & Watson Earn Top Basketball Honors There was no shortage of talent on the high school basketball court last winter, but Camden’s Lance Ware and Mainland’s Kylee Watson proved to be the best of the best. Ware, a Kentucky commit, was the senior leader for a Panthers team that finished the season on a 25-game winning streak. Watson, an Oregon commit, surpassed 2,000 career points in a decorated career for the Mustangs. Ware and Watson earned the JSZ Mr. and Ms. Hoop Zone awards, as the top players in the Garden State. No. 16: Camden Basketball Reigns Supreme in Garden State Hoops Scene It was the most anticipated season for The High in a generation, and the Panthers did not disappoint. Led by fabulous freshman D.J. Wagner, Kentucky commit Lance Ware, and South Carolina commit TaQuan Woodley, Camden went (29-1). The High was without a home gym for the 2019/2020 season, but Panthers fans followed the team all over the state and beyond to watch this special journey. Camden was in great position to win its first state title since 2000, before the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to the postseason. No. 15: Delbarton Wrestling Delivers Historic Year on the Mat When wrestling fans in Morristown – and across the state – look back on the 2019-2020 season, they’ll remember the incredible effort Delbarton put forth to cement themselves as the No. 1 program in New Jersey. It all started with a 42-15 victory over Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public A North semifinals where the Green Wave ended the Crusaders’ 96-match win streak against NJSIAA competition. That began a run of postseason excellence ending in Delbarton’s first state title since 2011. No. 14: CBA, Donohoe are Kings of NJ Ice The Gordon Conference is home to the elite New Jersey hockey programs, yet it was the private school from Monmouth County that slayed numerous Bergen County teams en route to attaining gold at the end of the road. The Colts, who won 20 games, the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public State Final, were led all year long by sophomore goalie John Donohoe. Donohoe went on to win JSZ’s 2020 Player of the Year after making 501 saves in electric fashion. No. 13: Jewel Gonzalez Sets the Standard A pioneer to Stateliner and New Jersey wrestling, Jewel Gonzalez was the face of girls wrestling in New Jersey during her high school career. Coming from one of the most storied and successful wrestling programs in the Garden State in Phillipsburg, Gonzalez won back-to-back girls state wrestling championships in Boardwalk Hall. During her two seasons, Gonzalez amassed an undefeated 30-0 record as she pinned her way through the state tournament as a senior. Gonzalez capped off her state championship the same way many other Stateliners had done before her, by jumping into the ocean. No. 12: JSZ’s “One Shining Moment” As the world shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, JSZ set out to commemorate the best of the 2019-20 high school basketball season. With the blessing of the song’s composer, David Barrett, JSZ was able to produce a unique version of the March Madness staple, “One Shining Moment.” No. 11: Scottie Lewis Leads off the Court Rounding out Part 1 of our look back at 2020 is a story that transcended sports. Ranney-alumni Scottie Lewis returned home to Asbury Park to lead a peaceful protest over the summer. It was a day that few would forget as organizers, protesters, and police officers joined together to rally against racial injustice and inequality. No. 10: Abrupt Cancellations of Two High-Profile Games Postponements and cancellations were common during the 2020 football season. The timing of a pair of cancellations stood out late in the season though, as Bergen Catholic-Delbarton was called off just before kickoff, and Williamstown-Ocean City was abandoned at halftime. No. 9: Morristown-Beard Girls Hockey Makes History Girls sports in the Garden State took another important step forward in 2020 with the inaugural state ice hockey championship. Morristown-Beard skated to victory at the Prudential Center in Newark. No. 8: Bosco and Seton Hall Prep Earn Signature Wins It felt like Bergen Catholic would face St. Peter’s with the state’s #1 ranking on the line to close out the year. Don Bosco and Seton Hall Prep had other ideas. The Ironmen stunned the Crusaders, while the Pirates topped the Marauders down the stretch of the season. No. 7: A SportsCenter Top 10 Moment for Manasquan Chris Farinacci beat the buzzer with a sensational goal to lift Manasquan over St. John Vianney. The highlight went national, making the rounds on ESPN. No. 6: Shore Conference and WJFL Pod Playoffs The 2020 football season didn’t feature the traditional playoff format. The Shore Conference and the West Jersey Football League still made it a memorable “postseason” for a handful of top teams, with the creation of playoff pods. Wall and Holy Spirit battled their way to 2020 bragging rights. No. 5: Howard and Peterson Electrify in Atlantic City Robert Howard and Dean Peterson both travelled down to Atlantic City on a mission. The standouts from Bergen Catholic and St. John Vianney captured state titles in impressive fashion at Boardwalk Hall. No. 4: Estime Wins Zoneman & Commits to Irish Audric Estime ran roughshod over opponents in 2020. The St. Joe’s (Montvale) senior earned JSZ’s top football honor, the Zoneman award, and flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Notre Dame. It was an eventful day for Estime, and JSZ was on hand to capture it. No. 3: A JSZ All-Access Unlike Any Other Football teams had extra time to gear up for a unique season, and JSZ tagged along with a handful of squads leading up to opening night. We were able to tell unique stories from the practice fields at Bergen Catholic, Notre Dame, Ocean City and Rumson-Fair Haven, as the teams laid the groundwork on how to play during the COVID-19 pandemic. No. 2: Spring Athletes Were Truly Jersey Strong The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the entire spring sports schedule in 2020. It was devastating to thousands of athletes, but especially to the seniors. A handful of those seniors delivered a powerful message as they reflected on their high school careers. No 1: The Last Dance Brought Closure and Hope Although it wasn’t an official NJSIAA event, The Last Dance baseball tournament gave over 200 teams a chance to finally take the field after the cancellation of the spring season. It was a memorable month of July, as Cranford won the title, and all of the teams provided a blueprint on how high school sports could move forward during the darkest of times.
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Football Team
JSZ honors a season unlike any other with our fourth annual JSZ All-Zone team. We’ve got the top players from New Jersey at every position and the announcement of our 4th Zoneman Trophy Winner The 2020 football season provided incredible memories in the midst of adversity. Despite teams losing games due to the pandemic, JSZ cameras were able to find the best of the best from New Jersey high school football. All this week, we will present the 2020 JSZ All-Zone football team. Audric Estime wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman The St. Joe-Montvale running back will always remember the day he won the Zoneman Trophy. That’s because he happened to make national headlines when he flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Notre Dame signing with the Irish shortly after accepting the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. Estime was a force topping 1800 yards and 22 ground scores in just eight games of action Watch JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy presentation and an extended interview with Audric during his signing day ceremony: Estime received 33 votes from JSZ’s 72 person voting panel of head coaches and statewide media: Thank you to the head coaches and statewide media who cast their vote for the 2020 Zoneman Coaches: Joe Wojechowski, Lenape, Sean Clancy, Notre Dame, Rich Hilliard, St. Joe-Metuchen, Joe LaSala, Woodbridge, Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial, Montrey Wright, Salem, Kenny Scott, Winslow, Kevin Smith, Ocean City, Pat Gallagher, Williamstown, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chris Sacco, Absegami, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine, John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Prep, Darnell Grant, West Orange, Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep, David Schuman, Red Bank Regional, Dan Curcione, Donovan Catholic, Jeff Rainess, Holmdel, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep, Tony Grandinetti, Wall, Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty, Dom Marangi, St. Joe-Montvale, Mike Lange, Red Bank Catholic, Don Klein, Ocean Township, Bryant Garvin, Newark East Side, Jason Acerra, Bayonne, Andrew Patterson, Robbinsville, Brian Bowers, Delbarton, Todd Smith, Hun, Chris Beagen, Sayreville, Dave Ellis, Freehold Boro, Al Chiola, Linden, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, John Viotto, South Brunswick, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Davis, Barnegat, Brian Russo, Rahway, Lou Grasso, Union, Roger Kotlarz, Wayne Valley, Scott Bray, Bridgewater-Raritan, Kevin Kostibos, Summit, Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township Media: Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ, Kenneth Bradley, JSZ, James Mooney, JSZ, Andrew Koob, NJ.com, Sean Miller, NJ.com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Kevin Minnick, NJ.com, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Pat Lanni, NJ.com, Ryan Patti, Rivals.com, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Todderick Hunt, NJ.com, Mike Kinney, NJ.com, Joe Zedalis, NJ.com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Chris Gallagher, News 12 NJ, Sunil Sunder Raj, Gannett, Kyle Franco, NJ.com, John Jones, Max Preps, GMC Gridron 2020 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Offense (Click player’s name to watch their JSZ All-Zone profile!) QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver Tight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Steve Angeli, Bergen CatholicRyan Butler, Bergen Catholic Naran Buntin, Mater Dei PrepAlex Bauman, Red Bank Catholic Chase Bisontis, Don Bosco Prep Tahj Bullock, St. Peter's Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicJahdir Loftland, Donovan Catholic Nick Dunneman, Seton Hall Prep Jack Larsen, Seton Hall PrepDominick Brogna, Bergen CatholicCookie Desiderio, Somerville Cole Freeman, DelbartonRickey "Pop" Spruill, Notre Dame Jayon Farrar, Donovan Catholic Nuccio Lisitano, DePaul CatholicCamron McNair, Donovan Catholic Audric Estime, St. Joe-Montvale Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep Nasir Hill, St. Augustine Prep Justin McNulty, Holy SpiritCasey Larkin, Wall Najih Rahman, Red Bank Catholic Aidan Monteiro, St. Peter's Prep Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Jaylan Sanchez, St. Peter's PrepGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale 2020 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Defense/Special Teams Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepPJ Casale, Delbarton Jayden Bellamy, Bergen CatholicPatrick Ryan, Delbarton Keshon Griffin, St. Joseph Academy Timmy Hinspeter, Don Bosco Prep Jordan Campbell, St. Peter's PrepSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-Montvale Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic Frankie Monte, St. Joe-MontvaleJaeden Gould, Bergen Catholic Qy'aeir Price, DePaul CatholicAi'Johnnie Rembert, Holy SpiritJahqir Haley, St. Joseph Academy Ethan Rodriguez, St. Peter's PrepAhmad Ross, St. Joseph AcademyJake Jarmolowich, Delbarton George Rooks, St. Peter's PrepA'Khoury Lyde, DePaul Catholic DJ Samuels, Bergen Catholic 2020 JSZ All-Zone Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Joe Crifasi, BectonJaiden Abrams, HammontonJoJo Bermudez, Cedar CreekSean Clapp, RamapoMatthew Fries, Cranford Charles DePrima, RamapoAl-Jay Henderson, IrvingtonJaimen Bryant, SomervilleJordan Harris, Woodbridge Chad Martini, Watchung HillsAli Lee, Jr., WoodbridgeAlijah Clark, CamdenJustin Evans-Jenkins, Irvington Sha'Kim Shuler, Freehold BoroNasir Robinson, Penns GroveXavier Coleman, LenapeWinston Jordan, Highland Regional Demie Sumo, WillingboroTyler Davis, LenapeJoe Metzger, Delsea Will Towns, Jackson MemorialDesmond Igbinosun, UnionJoe Mancino, Holmdel Bhayshul Tuten, PaulsboroAnthony Johnson, Burlington Twp.Grant Puharic, Wall John Volker, Rumson-Fair HavenJake Schneider, Ocean CityBilly Searle, Nutley Josh Toner, Cherokee 2020 JSZ All-Zone Public Defense/Special Teams Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterReturn Specialist Zaire Angoy, IrvingtonLeQuint Allen, MillvilleJayden Brown, Winslow Twp.Jai Patel, South BrunswickAl Shadee-Salaam, East Orange Jihaad Campbell, Timber CreekKharyi Banton, Newark West SideJalen Cheek, Winslow Twp. Donovan Ezeiruaku, WilliamstownLocksley Burke, East OrangeDarian "Duce" Chestnut, Camden Von Factor, Rumson-Fair HavenLuke Cole, LenapeBrody Colbert, Williamstown Luke Doerr-Fredrickson, West MorrisMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonLee Coleman, Salem Mike Jarvis, ShawneeJake Inserra, Ocean CityShaquan Loyal, Newark West Side AJ Pena, SomervilleEmeril Mitchell, Winslow Twp.Dorian Rawls, West Orange Jordan Thompson, Parsippany HillsCharlie Sasso, WallRyan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven John Testa, Wayne ValleyKeon Sabb, Williamstown Corey Walker, Newark West Side Meet the 2020 Zoneman Finalists Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep QB Before ever taking a snap at St. Peter’s Prep, fans and coaches on the St. Peter’s Prep stands and sidelines buzzed about a kid nicknamed “Ducee” who would take New Jersey by storm. Now Tahj Bullock’s illustrious high school career is over – and he’ll be discussed as one of the most impactful player to ever play for the Marauders. Bullock, a Virginia Tech commit, flashed in the six games St. Peter’s Prep played in this season. He completed 51 percent of his passes for 818 yards and a touchdown to interception ratio of 12:0. Ducee also accounted for 306 yards and six more touchdowns on the ground, bringing his career touchdown total to an impeccable 52 scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story on Bullock Cookie Desiderio, Somerville RB Players like Cookie Desiderio don’t come around very often – and the numbers he produced in 2020 were just as unique. The Somerville bruiser exceeded every and all exception in this wild season with 1,569 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on only 152 carries. That comes out to 10.3 yards every single time Desiderio took a handoff. You know what makes those numbers so impressive? It’s the fact that Desiderio did it in only seven games and that he surpassed every single benchmark he previously set in his junior season. Desiderio becomes the second player in Somerville history to be nominated for the award (Jalahn Dabney, 2018.) The recognition is well-deserved. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the feature: Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB Audric Estime put in an offseason for the ages to deliver one of the most dominant single season efforts anyone has ever seen in North Jersey. While playing in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the entire country, the St. Joe’s (Mont.) product ran roughshod over the competition for 190 carries, 1,857 yards and 22 touchdowns. All of those were career highs in only eight games played. The Michigan State commit was also the only player in the state to account for 2,000 scrimmage yards and finished 2020 with a total 2,042 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Big 10 better be ready for what’s coming. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Casey Larkin, Wall ATH Both the soul and heartbeat of Wall’s undefeated 2020 team is, without question, Casey Larkin. A starter on both sides of the ball for the Crimson Knights, Larkin shined in every game he played. At running back, he rushed for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns on only 97 carries. At defensive back, Larkin anchored the Crimson Knights defense with 32 tackles, five pass defenses and a fumble recovery. Wall won the unofficial Shore Conference championship this season and finished the year 7-0. Larkin delivered two standout performances in the semifinal and finals. Some in New Jersey consider Wall to be the state’s top-ranked team – if they indeed are, then Larkin had a major say in that decision. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story: Patrick “Cheeks” Smith, Holy Spirit RB If you ask any high school football fanatic in South Jersey who the area’s top player was this season, the answer would be short and quick: Cheeks. Patrick Smith, the Holy Spirit standout, was an absolute force to be reckoned with every time the rock was in his hands. Smith concluded an unforgettable 2020 campaign with 1,719 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on a workhorse-like 221 carries this season. Holy Spirit ended the season at 8-0 after becoming the unofficial South Jersey champions with a 21-7 win over Lenape in the WJFL Bracket A Final. Smith’s incredible top-end speed and vision helped drive the Spartans to the upper echelon on New Jersey high school football in a crazy season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the feature: JSZ Plays of the Year The JSZ Football Plays of the Year will wrap up on December 21st with the six winners of each category vying for the top overall play of the year. We’ll interview the winner on December 23rd! Special Teams TD of the Year: Monday, Dec. 7th through Wednesday, Dec. 9th.TD Pass Play of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 10th through Saturday, Dec. 12th.Defensive TD of the Year: Sunday, Dec. 13th through Tuesday, Dec. 15th.TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd
Vote Now for JSZ TD Run of the Year!
JSZ continues to bring you the best of the 2020 football season, as it’s time now to vote on the best touchdown run of the year. The polls will be open through Friday, December 18th at noon. Take Our Poll JSZ Postseason Awards Calendar Who had the top play of the 2020 season? Who will win the Zoneman Player of the Year? Who is on our All-Zone team? All the answers to those questions can be found by following along with JSZ as we navigate through plenty of awards still to come in December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the next week: Remaining JSZ Football Plays of the Year TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 2020 All-Zone Team Presentation Announcement of JSZ Zoneman Finalists (5 Player of the Year Finalists): Monday, Dec. 7th.JSZ Non-Public All-Zone Offense: Monday, Dec. 14th.JSZ Non-Public All Zone Defense: Tuesday, Dec. 15th.JSZ Public All-Zone Offense: Wednesday, Dec. 16th.JSZ Public All-Zone Defense: Thursday, Dec. 17th.Zoneman Finalist Features: Friday, Dec.18th.Zoneman Trophy Announcement (virtual interview) Dec. 18th.
Vote Now for JSZ Special Teams Touchdown of 2020!
Awards season continues here at JerseySportsZone, next up is Special Teams Touchdown of 2020. Our poll is live with ten amazing special teams plays captured by our cameras. The polls will be open until Wednesday, December 9th at noon. Vote early and often for your favorite play! Take Our Poll JSZ Postseason Awards Calendar Who had the top play of the 2020 season? Who will win the Zoneman Player of the Year? Who is on our All-Zone team? All the answers to those questions can be found by following along with JSZ as we navigate through the dozens of awards coming down the pipeline in December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the coming weeks. JSZ Football Plays of the Year Special Teams TD of the Year: Monday, Dec. 7th through Wednesday, Dec. 9th.TD Pass Play of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 10th through Saturday, Dec. 12th.Defensive TD of the Year: Sunday, Dec. 13th through Tuesday, Dec. 15th.TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 2020 All-Zone Team Presentation Announcement of JSZ Zoneman Finalists (5 Player of the Year Finalists): Monday, Dec. 7th.JSZ Non-Public All-Zone Offense: Monday, Dec. 14th.JSZ Non-Public All Zone Defense: Tuesday, Dec. 15th.JSZ Public All-Zone Offense: Wednesday, Dec. 16th.JSZ Public All Zone Defense: Thursday, Dec. 17th.Zoneman Finalist Features: Friday, Dec.18th.Zoneman Trophy Announcement (virtual interview) Dec. 18th.
Congratulations to JSZ’s Soccer Plays of the Year Winners!
JSZ Nation has spoken, and after over 155,000 votes we have our 2020 JSZ Soccer Plays of the Year Winners! Watch all four acceptance speeches below: Holmdel’s Tomas Zolofra wins JSZ Boys Goal of the Year Take Our Poll Red Bank Catholic’s Emma Bruther wins JSZ Girls Goal of the Year: Take Our Poll Rumson-Fair Haven’s Dylan Herman wins JSZ Save of the Year: Take Our Poll Bergen Catholic’s Gavin Sapontzis wins JSZ Viewer’s Choice Goal of the Year: Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 11.28 JSZ Football Highlights
We finish an unforgettable 2020 season with one final day of football around the state! Thanks for watching this season! Bergen Catholic 22 St. Peter’s Prep 15 Ryan Butler’s 1-yard TD run with just under two minutes to go capped off a nearly nine minute drive in the fourth quarter to give Bergen Catholic a […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
“Heartbreaking”: How COVID-19 Forced Last-Second Cancellation of Elite NJ Matchup
2020 is a year of surprises, no one can dispute that. But what happened Saturday afternoon in Morris County was a first for everyone on hand. Just moments before kickoff in an elite Super Football Conference matchup between Delbarton and Bergen Catholic, the Green Wave received word a player on the team had tested positive for COVID-19. In a stunning turn, the game was cancelled minutes later. Delbarton’s season is effectively over, while Bergen Catholic missed a chance at redemption. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand in Morristown and has the story and reaction from both sidelines:
Watch Saturday 11.14 JSZ Football Highlights
Plenty of great action all over the Garden State as Week 7 continues. Be sure to check back throughout the day/night to watch all of the highlights! Don Bosco Prep 21 Bergen Catholic 20 What. A. Game. Don Bosco Prep created bedlam in Bergen County Saturday afternoon with an unforgettable, shocking win over Bergen Catholic. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 11.10 Soccer Highlights
The final week of the regular season continues with more exciting matchups around the state on the pitch. Get your JSZ All-Access pass today and watch some great soccer highlights! Wall 2 Colts Neck 1 | Boys Emmett Aravich’s goal in the 71st minute broke a 1-1 tie and gave Wall its 13th straight win […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 10.27 JSZ Soccer Highlights
Join JSZ for another action packed night of soccer coverage from around the Garden State! Bergen Catholic 3 Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1 | Boys Bergen Catholic improved its win streak to seven straight matches Tuesday evening with a 3-1 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in a non-conference matchup. The Crusaders held a 2-0 lead at the break, […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Juggling TD…Scoop and Score…Great Grabs…Stellar Returns…What’s your choice for JSZ Week 4 Top Play??
It’s another outstanding group of nominees for Top Play from Week 4 of New Jersey high school football. Cast your vote now and get your favorite player a JSZ Top Play Belt! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 4 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 10 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 4: Take Our Poll Congratulations to Montgomery’s Weber Karsay for winning JSZ’s Week 3 Top Play Belt! The JSZ All-Access Pass allows you to see hundreds of JSZ game highlights right away! Click here to get all the action right now!
Stat Lines Continue to Grow as 2020 Season Progresses
Week 4 has come and gone, meaning there are only two games left in the 2020 regular season. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s are highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
Watch Friday 10.23 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s another tremendous slate of games in the Garden State in Week 4. Check back all throughout the night as the highlights and interviews come in! Bergen Catholic 34 DePaul Catholic 10 Ryan Butler helped Bergen Catholic avenge a heartbreaking loss in last year’s regular season finale Friday night behind a career night on the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
NJ HS Football Players Pour on the Numbers in Week 3!
It’s hard to believe it, but we’re already halfway through the regular season of the 2020 campaign. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s are highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
Football’s Back! Vote Now for Week 1 JSZ Game Balls!
Finally, football is back! And just like that, Week 1 has come and gone. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey polls includes players from the Super Football Conference and the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as Mercer and Middlesex counties. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 10.3 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
We wrap up Week 1 with some incredible Saturday match-ups from all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Bergen Catholic 24 St. Joe-Montvale 21 Ryan Butler had three touchdowns and over 250 yards of offense and the Bergen Catholic defense held off a fourth-quarter comeback to win their opener on the road. Crusaders QB […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch JSZ All Access: Season on the Brink
Jersey Sports Zone spent four days with four high school football teams leading up to the kickoff to the 2020 high school football season. We take you behind the scenes like never before and take you inside the huddle with Bergen Catholic, Notre Dame, Ocean City and Rumson-Fair Haven The 2020 football season kicks off this Friday night in a season unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a one month delay and a six-game regular season. JSZ takes you behind the scenes and inside the huddle at Bergen Catholic, Notre Dame, Ocean City and Rumson-Fair Haven. Watch our three episodes to gear up for the official return of high school sports! Episode One: “The season’s on the line. If one of us gets sick, this could be the end.” Episode Two: “You have to stick to what you believe in and you have to work every day to get where you want to get.” Episode Three: “This is the moment I’ve waited 18 year for – my senior year.” JSZ’s All-Access pass allows you to see all of our content immediately. Click on the link to join our team today and learn more: /https://jerseysportszone.com/product/premium-zone-membership/
Reflecting on The Last Dance
In a year that’s often felt hopeless for New Jersey high school athletes, the Last Dance Tournament offered optimism. Thousands of players took part in an event that will be remembered for years to come. Whether it was three games, or three weeks, the high school baseball community found a piece of something that was lost. Players, coaches, parents and fans got to say goodbye to the season on their own terms. Jersey Sports Zone presents a special Last Dance video essay: Our thanks to Sterling National Bank and to RWJBarnabas Health for making JSZ’s Last Dance coverage possible.
Watch Wednesday 7.30 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
There was hardware up for grabs on Wednesday night, with the Last Dance North and South Region championship games. JSZ has complete coverage of both games with highlights and reaction. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. South Region Final | FirstEnergy Park Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 4 Saders Baseball (Bishop Eustace) 3 The Jags fell behind 3-0 early, but came back to win it and capture the Jim Brown Memorial Trophy. Carmine Petosa was clutch all night long, driving in three runs in the victory. Tom Cartnick also drove in a run for Jackson Memorial. Zach Crotchfelt came on in relief and pitched the Jags into the Last Dance Tournament final. JSZ’s Mike Frankel and Nery Rodriguez have the highlights and reaction from the home of the Blue Claws: Coverage of Jackson Memorial is made possible by Louro Chiropractic Center. North Region Final | Skylands Stadium Cougars Baseball (Cranford) 10 BC Crusaders (Bergen Catholic) 0 (6 innings) The #13 seed continued its dominating play in the North Region with a 10-run outburst against another Bergen County non-public power. The Cougars scored three runs in the first and never looked back as lefty Rob Salvatore was brilliant in a three hit shutout going the distance and striking out six. Joe Meola paced the Cougars bats with a 5 RBI night. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis and Jay Cook bring you the Cougars title winning performance from Skylands Stadium: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is being brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics Jersey Sports Zone’s championship preview and post-game MVP interviews this week are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas, the title sponsor of the Last Dance World Series.
Watch Tuesday 7.28 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
We now know the final four teams left in the 222-team Last Dance Tournament. JSZ has highlights from a pair of North Jersey games at TD Bank Ball Park and another duo from the South Jersey bracket at FirstEnergy Park in the Elite 8 round. Stay tuned as the highlights roll in all day long! Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. North Region | Elite 8 | TD Bank Ballpark Bergen Catholic (BC Crusaders) 4 Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 2 Luis Delacruz was on his game Tuesday as the Bergen Catholic catcher knocked in all four of his team’s runs as the Crusaders stood tough and knocked out the defending Non-Public A champions. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Cranford (Cougar Baseball) 12 Don Bosco (DiamondBacks) 0 #13 seed Cranford punched its ticket to the North Region final with a dominating 12-0 victory over #1 seed Don Bosco. The Cougars held onto a tight 2-0 lead early before getting a jolt in the sixth inning when Cranford put six runs on the board. Aiden Plick and Ryan Juros combined for seven RBI’s while Will Gallagher pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out eight. Cranford will face Bergen Catholic in the North final. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: South Region | Elite 8 | FirstEnergy Park Sader Baseball (Bishop Eustace) 3 vs. Gloucester Catholic (Brooklawn) 0 Eustace pitcher Anthony Solometo spent his first two seasons at GC, and the North Carolina commit threw a gem against his former team. Solometo allowed just one hit and struck out 12 in six innings of work. David Alleva delivered the key hit of the ballgame; a three-run homer in the 4th inning. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance. Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 6 Falcon Baseball (St. Joseph Met.) 1 Matt Potok went the distance on a 4-hitter, striking out 9 and walking none and the Jaguars touched two future ACC pitchers for four runs in the second inning to earn a spot in the South Championship game vs. Bishop Eustace. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights form Lakewood: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial is brought to you by Louro Chiropractic Center Jersey Sports Zone’s championship preview and post-game MVP interviews this week are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas, the title sponsor of the Last Dance World Series
Last Dance continues this week with Elite 8
From 222 teams, we’re down to the Elite 8 in the Last Dance World Series. JSZ looks ahead to Tuesday’s quarterfinals and sets the schedule for this week’s game’s that ends with one overall champion! The first week of the Last Dance World Series saw 222 teams whittle down to 32 region champions. Last week saw the start of single elimination play and we have arrived at the Elite 8. Check out our video that shows who’s still standing in this amazing tournament: Last Dance World Series Schedule Tuesday South Semifinals at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Sader Baseball Club (Bishop Eustace) vs. Brooklawn (Gloucester Catholic), 3:00 p.m. Falcons Baseball (St. Joe-Metuchen) vs. Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 7:00 p.m. Both South games at Lakewood are SOLD OUT North Semifinals at TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset Tidal Wave (Delbarton) vs. Bergen Crusaders (Bergen Catholic) 10:00 a.m. Cranford vs. Diamond Backs (Don Bosco Prep) 1:00 p.m. Wednesday South Championship at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood 7:00 p.m. North Championship at Skylands Stadium in Augusta 7:00 p.m. Friday Last Dance Championship at Arm&Hammer Park in Trenton 7:00 p.m. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance highlights are made possible by Sterling National Bank and our post-game coverage and Last Dance features during championship week are brought to you by RWJBarnabas Health
Vote now for RWJBarnabas Last Dance Week Two Top Play
The Web Gems were off the charts in single elimination play across the state. Check out the top plays captured by JSZ cameras from Week Two of the Last Dance World Series and cast your vote! Baseball’s back and RWJBarnabas is helping JSZ celebrate its return with the top plays captured by our cameras from the second week of the Last Dance High School World Series. Watch the video below and then cast your vote for your favorite highlight. The winner of our poll will win a JSZ Game Ball and we’ll make a presentation next week during the last week of the Last Dance. The polls stay open through Sunday at 12 noon Take Our Poll Last Week, the Howell duo of Ryan Behnken and Chis Acampora won top play for their 7-2 double play against Monmouth Regional. We brought Game Balls and JSZ masks to the Rebels! Thanks to RWJBarnabas for sponsoring JSZ’s Top Plays and being the presenting sponsor of the Last Dance World Series
Watch Thursday 7.23 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
We’re down to the Elite 8 in the 222-team Last Dance Tournament. JSZ has highlights from a pair of games at Caven Point in Jersey City as Delbarton and St. Peter’s conclude their game from Wednesday’s rainout and Bergen Catholic and Millburn close out Week Two. On Wednesday, JSZ has highlights from seven Sweet 16 games around the state. The final two slots in the Elite 8 were decided at Caven Point in Jersey City. Watch JSZ’s highlights of Delbarton/St. Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic/Millburn! Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. North Region | Round of 16 | Caven Point Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 10 St. Peter’s Prep (Maroon and Silver) 6 Delbarton was three outs away from elimination before mounting a seven run rally in the top of the 7th to reach the Elite 8. St. Peter’s Prep had a 4-2 lead in the 4th inning when rain and lightning forced the game to move from Skylands Stadium on Wednesday night to Caven Point on Thursday at noon. Jack O’Donnell’s 2 run single gave the Marauders a 6-3 lead heading into the 7th but Delbarton was able to bat around and take the lead on a Kyle Vinci hit by pitch with the bases loaded. JSZ has the seventh inning rally and much from Jersey City: Bergen Catholic (BC Crusaders) 5 Millburn 3 After falling behind 3-1 in the middle innings, Bergen Catholic employed a small-ball mentality to turn the tide of this game. The Crusaders also leaned on a strong outing from their bullpen to stave off a hungry Millburn team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the second week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
Watch Tuesday 7.21 JSZ Last Dance Tournament Highlights
A new week means we’re down to the Round of 32 in the Last Dance Tournament. The stakes are high with single elimination action at big-time venues all over the state. Jersey Sports Zone has cameras at most of the games on Tuesday, so be sure to check back throughout the night for all of the exciting action! Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. South Region | Arm & Hammer Park Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking 6 Lawrence Irish Road (Notre Dame) 2 It was a matchup many anticipated being the 2020 Mercer County Tournament Final prior to the cancellation of spring sports. Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking (Hamilton West) defeated Lawrence Road Irish (Notre Dame) 6-2 following a four-run rally in the top of the seventh started by senior David Zamora. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hamilton West and Notre Dame coverage. South Region | First Energy Park Brooklawn (Gloucester Catholic) 1 Middletown North 0 Tyler Parks threw a gem for GC, allowing just three hits in a complete-game shutout. The UNC-Charlotte commit struck out six. Adam Gates played a big role in the win as well, throwing out a Lions runner at the plate, and driving in the only run of the game with a sixth-inning single. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from the home of the Blue Claws in Lakewood: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Middletown North coverage is made possible by ACI Medical and Dental School. South Region | First Energy Park Washington Twp. 11 Sussex Red (High Point/Wallkill Valley) 1 (5 innings) The Minutemen cruised into the Round of 16 thanks to strong outing on the hill from Nick Hammer. The La Salle commit allowed just one earned run in five innings of work. Dylan Sharkey and Colson Gonzalez both drove in runs, and had two hit apiece in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Lakewood: Coverage of Washington Township is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. North Region | Yogi Berra Stadium Don Bosco Prep 7 Governor Livingston 6 The Ironmen score six times in the sixth inning to avoid an upset and advance to the Last Dance Sweet 16. The Highlanders had the #1 seed in the North on the ropes scoring twice in the first and adding three more runs in the 5th to take a 5-0 lead. But Don Bosco had three 2-run base hits from Michael Drenzin, Kevin Stefanski and Charlie Granatelli to take a 7-5 lead. Governor Livingston loaded the bases in the 7th but saw a controversial non-call go against them and fell short as Caden Dana got the strikeout to end it with the go-ahead run on second base. This was one of the most thrilling games of the tournament and JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has all the highlights: North Region | Yogi Berra Stadium Bergen Catholic 10 Mount Olive 0 (6 innings) The Crusaders erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first inning and University of Maine commit Angelo Deer threw five shutout innings to get BC a spot in the Sweet 16 of the Last Dance. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Yogi Berra Stadium Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics North Region|TD Bank Ballpark Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 12 Wood-Ridge 0 The Tidal Wave has proven to be arguably one of the most complete teams competing in the Last Dance. Liam Corcoran, Mark Darakjy, Kyle Vinci, Matt Carey and Nick McLaughlin all contributed into another blowout win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: South Region | Arm & Hammer Park Jags (Jackson) 4 Middlesex 0 North Region|TD Bank Ballpark Cranford 13 Errico Baseball Club (Montclair) 9 The Cranford Cougars are moving forward in the Last Dance! Aiden Plick, Jake Diclerico, Mike Murphy powered an explosive Cougars offense through to the tournament’s next round. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: South Region | Owens Park Bishop Eustace 11 Cherokee 5 The Crusaders erased a three-run deficit in the third inning, and pounced on some late mistakes to punch its ticket to the Round of 16. Charlie Sanzio and Joe Pence led the way for SBC, combining for 5 RBIs in the game. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Owens Park: South Region | Owens Park Williamstown 7 BPC Spartans (Holy Spirit) 3 The Braves’ bats caught fire as they powered past the Spartans and into the Round of 16. Greg Zerbe got the Braves on the board with a solo homer in the second inning. Brody Colbert and Ryan Achey delivered a pair of 2 RBI singles as part of a five-run fourth inning. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Owens Park: South Region | First Energy Park Kingsway 4 Howell 3 The Howell Rebels controlled the majority of the game off the efforts of Vin Impresa on the mound. But a late pitching change for the Rebels kept Kingsways hope alive. The comeback ensued and the Dragons put up three unanswered runs in the seventh inning to secure the win and advance to the Round of 16. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lakewood: South Region | First Energy Park Falcons Baseball (St. Joes Metuchen) 6 Deptford 3 In their first game are the senseless death of former teammate Dan Anderl, St. Joes Metuchen was all business in their win over Deptford. The Falcons scored at least one run in the first 5 innings from a slew of players. Underclassman RHP and UVA Commit Donovan Zsak had 9 strikeouts over 6 IP for St. Joes. The Falcons will take on Williamstown tomorrow morning in the Round of 16. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lakewood: Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the second week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020
Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington
Watch Thursday 7.16 JSZ Last Dance Tournament Highlights
It’s Region Championship Thursday in the Last Dance and the Jersey Sports Zone team has highlights from around the state as teams punch their ticket into next week’s single elimination tournament Jersey Sports Zone has our cameras bouncing around to regionals throughout the state. We will post our highlights throughout the day and night. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank Red Bank-Belmar Region Championship Blue+Grey (Howell) 3 Neptune 1 Nick Guerrino’s RBI single to right in the 6th inning broke a 1-1 tie and the Rebels earn a spot in next week’s single elimination tournament thanks to strong pitching from Chris Ellison and Jake Lenardo. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Count Basie Park in Red Bank: Jersey City Region Championship Maroon & Silver (St. Peter’s Prep) 7 Bees Baseball (Bayonne) 0 Matt Moreira threw five shutout innings and the Marauders exploded with six runs in the fourth inning to give St. Peter’s Prep a spot in next week’s single elimination tournament. Joe Vuolo had three RBI’s and Roddy Hernandez had a two run double and started a critical 6-4-3 double play to get the Marauders out of a bases loaded jam. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Caven Point: Edison Regional Falcons (St. Joe’s Metuchen) 4 Eagles (Edison) 0 Bordentown Regional Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking (Hamilton West) 7 NJ Tigers (TCA) 1 Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hamilton West and Trenton Catholic coverage. Washington Region Championship Minutemen (Washington Twp.) 8 Garnets (Haddon Heights) 5 Rising junior Sam Kaschak threw a gem for the Minutemen, striking out ten and allowing just one run in six innings of work. Jim Hallman hit a two-run blast in the victory that proved to be the difference. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Washington Lake Park: JSZ’s coverage of Washington Twp. is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen County Region Championship BC Crusaders (Bergen Catholic) 9 Bulldogs (Dwight-Englewood) 3 Tywone Malone, the No. 1 ranked football in New Jersey, continues to show why he might be the best pure slugger in the Garden State, as well. Malone crushed a double and a three-run triple to pace the Crusaders to a region championship in the Last Dance World Series. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jersey City: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Bellmawr Region Championship Marlton (Cherokee) 18 No. Burlington 2 (Final/5) The Chiefs scored early and often as they cruised to the Bellmawr Region championship. Cherokee took advantage of walks and miscues by the Warriors as they put together an 11-run, two-out rally in the second inning and never looked back. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Bellmawr Recreation Field: Ramsey Region Championship Diamond Backs (Don Bosco Prep) 13 Warrior Baseball (Waldwick) 0 Rising junior Kevin Jaxel was a true ace on the mound for the Ironmen Thursday night as he struck out 10 Waldwick batters and allowed only one hit through four innings of action. Don Bosco is the top overall seed in the North Jersey half of the bracket and has the tools to make a run in the Last Dance World Series. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Williamstown Region Championship Monroe Twp. (Williamstown) 11 EHC Pirates (Cedar Creek) 4 The Braves fell behind early, but RBI singles from Chris Montone, Caden Dulin and Jon Wood brought Williamstown back within one in the fifth. Then the Braves surged in front in the sixth, thanks to a key two-RBI single from Dulin. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Owens Park: Pitman Regional Championship SBC (Bishop Eustace) 15 Vineland 5 (Final/6) The Crusaders motor through to the round of 32 after a spectacular day at the plate against Vineland. Charlie Sanzio led the way with 4 RBIs, including a three-run homer in the fourth inning to break the game open. Anthony Solometo picked up the win on the mound and racked up nine strikeouts over four innings. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Alcyon Park: Brick-Tri County Regional Championship Jackson Memorial 7 Manalapan 2 Two of the Shore Conferences top teams met in First Energy Park in Lakewood to see who would advance. Senior LHP Nick Beetel of Jackson Memorial had a strong outing on the mound only surrendering one run through four innings. The Jags put on an offensive show in the second inning, putting up six of their seven runs early. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lakewood: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial is brought to you by Louro Chiropractic Center. Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the first week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
It’s Selection Saturday! Watch JSZ’s Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show
Jersey Sports Zone reveals the brackets for the Last Dance Baseball Tournament. We’ve got all the matchups as 222 teams try to be the last team standing in Trenton on July 30. In case you missed our live show, check out all the brackets plus interviews with players and coaches around the state. The spring sports season was taken away from New Jersey high school athletes but thanks to an extraordinary effort by the New Jersey high school baseball community, sports is coming back and Garden State diamond squads get an incredible summer tournament for One Last Dance. JSZ presents the Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show. Just like the NCAA Baseball Tournament, we have all the brackets, matchups and interviews with coaches and players from around the state. Click on the video below to watch the reveal of the 222 teams that will play in 32 different regions. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Last Dance Baseball Tournament is made possible by Sterling National Bank. We will have coverage of all nine days of the Tournament starting on July 14 with pool play around the state About the Last Dance Tournament 222 teams, 32 regions. Every team is guaranteed three games in modified pool play. Regions with four teams will play round robin with the best record advancing to the 32-team single elimination tournament that begins in week two. Eight team regions will have modified pool play in the first two days. Teams with 2-0 records will meet up on the final day to determine the region winner. While all the teams are varsity baseball players, the tournament is not associated with the NJSIAA and school uniforms will not be worn. A lot of teams were not allowed to use their school name or nickname which is why you’ll see a lot of different names in the brackets. Last Dance Tournament NORTH BRACKETS SOUTH BRACKETS
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team
Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of the top boys basketball players in New Jersey as we present our 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball team While the coronavirus has stopped us from our annual banquet honoring the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of New Jersey’s top players. Saturday and Sunday we will share our highlight videos from the 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball teams and coming up on Tuesday we will have highlight reels of our 2020 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists and announce our player of the year. NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross Tahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokunbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HilsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian BrownBergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir Cantey LindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justiin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr.Roselle CatholicDevin Strickland South Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny TohaMarist Alex GalvanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicJahlil WhiteWildwood Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Micah Johnson, Jr.Newark East SideDJ WoodburyBurlington City Samson JohnsonPatrick SchoolTaQuan WoodleyCamden Niels LaneRoselle CatholicMatt ZonaBergen Catholic 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone Finalists JSZ will post highlight videos of our five finalists on Tuesday as well as a feature story and acceptance speech from the winner.
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top high school hockey players in New Jersey. We have selected the top players in the Garden State – take a look at the entire list and watch highlight videos of every single player. JSZ’s All-Zone Hockey Team The COVID-19 virus prevented JSZ from honoring the top players in New Jersey at the Prudential Center but we still have highlights videos to honor the best high school hockey players in New Jersey. GoaliesDefensemanForwardsForwardsAward Winner Gavin Einfeldt, RandolphJake Antonucci, Bergen CatholicEvan Brown, CBAJason Player, Gloucester CatholicJohn Donohoe, CBA - 2020 JSZ Player of the Year Lucas Podvey, MontclairZach D'Andrea, Jackson LibertyMatt Balzarotti, RidgeTom Pryymak, Summit Nikita Pryymak, SummitAnthony Dowd, ManasquanTyler Botta, RamseyJake Puskar, Summit Demitri Forand, Middletown SouthSam Catalano, Rumson-Fair HavenJustin Rauch, St. Joe-Montvale Will Fortescue, Don Bosco PrepBen Conrod, DeblartonRocco Salvato Princeton Colin Grable, CBAKyle Contessa, CBAAlex Scimeca, Saint Augustine Prep Tim O'Connell, Seton Hall PrepTy Ebeling, RidgeConnor Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep Chris Pelosi, Gloucester CatholicMatt Franzoni, ManasquanGreg Spitznagel, Summit Michael Rubin, Don Bosco PrepSean Grant, Saint RoseNick Stoebling, Bergen Catholic Michael Sofia, RandolphJustin Hughes, Saint Joe-MontvaleAidan Trainor, Princeton Seth Kaplan, Morristown-BeardDom Troisi, Saint John Vianney Jason Kwestel, Morris KnollsGleb Veremyev, Monroe Tommy Matthews, Morristown-BeardZach Wagnon, CBA Connor Milliken, Gloucester CatholicJason Wolff, Hillsborough Aram Minnetian, Bergen CatholicJT Zangara, Randolph CBA goalie John Donohoe named JSZ Hockey Player of the Year 2020 was a year to remember for Christian Brothers Academy. The Colts ran the table from the beginning of the postseason to the end, scoring wins in the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public State Championship. The man at the center of it all was goaltender John Donohoe. The sophomore transfer from Pennsylvania had a .928 save percentage and made seven shutouts against the likes of Bergen Catholic, Delbarton and Don Bosco Prep. He is JSZ’s 2020 Player of the Year. Watch JSZ’s feature on Donohoe HERE:
It’s the Sweet 16 in JSZ’s Hockey Goal of the Year – Vote NOW!
Thanks to everyone from the hockey community to turn out and watch 32 awesome goals. The first round is complete and the Sweet 16 is underway! Watch the brackets and check out the matchups and vote now We’ve reached round two in JSZ’s Hockey Goal of the Year tournament. We’ve got eight second-round matchups. In case you missed it, you can see our 32 goal of the year nominees here and then click below to watch the individual matchups and cast your vote. The polls will stay open through Wednesday at 6:00 pm. Click on each individual name to watch the video of their goal and cast your vote in all 8 second-round matchups! JSZ Hockey Goal of the Year Sweet 16 Jake Puskar, Summit vs. Luke McNamara, Manasquan Take Our Poll Kellum Foster-Palmer, Montclair vs. Anthony Galante, Marlboro Take Our Poll Leah Stecker, Morristown-Beard vs. Aram Minnetian, Bergen Catholic Take Our Poll Greg Spitznagel, Summit vs. Jimmy Mullarney, Middletown North Take Our Poll Chris Farinacci, Manasquan vs. Brett Janifer, Montclair Take Our Poll Sal Guzzo, Don Bosco Prep vs. Nick Piscopo, Middletown South Take Our Poll Christian Cuccia, St. Joe-Metuchen vs. Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional Take Our Poll JT Zangara, Randolph vs. Dylan Idland/Jason Kwestel, Morris Knolls Take Our Poll JSZ”s Dunk of the Year Contest is brought to you by NJM Insurance
Vote Now for JSZ Hockey Goal of the Year!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 goals from our archives this season and put them in head-to-head matchups. We’re asking for your vote every day as we narrow the field from the round of 32 down to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Round Two (The Sweet 16) begins on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Vote Now of the First Round’s 16 Matchups! Click Each Player’s Name to Watch Their Goal Jake Puskar (Summit) vs. Ryan Rodrigues (Seton Hall Prep) Take Our Poll Luke McNamara (Manasquan) vs. Grant Loges (Ridge) Take Our Poll Kellum Foster-Palmer (Montclair) vs. Cooper Fojas (Nutley) Take Our Poll Anthony Galante (Marlboro) vs. Michael Boyer (Hopewell Valley) Take Our Poll Zach Johnson (Gloucester Catholic) vs. Leah Stecker (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll Rocco Salvato (Princeton) vs. Aram Minnetian (Bergen Catholic) Take Our Poll Greg Spitznagel (Summit) vs. Evan Brown (CBA) Take Our Poll Jimmy Mullarney (Middletown North) vs. Hunter McGee (Don Bosco Prep) Take Our Poll Chris Farinacci (Manasquan) vs. Nick Vantassell (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll Brett Janifer (Montclair) vs. Rich Kulaszewski (St. John Vianney) Take Our Poll Ben Conrod (Delbarton) vs. Sal Guzzo (Don Bosco Prep) Take Our Poll Nick Piscopo (Middletown South) vs. Dante Amato (Colonia) Take Our Poll Michael Sofia (Randolph) vs. Christian Cuccia (St. Joseph Metuchen) Take Our Poll Gordon Ogden (Red Bank Regional) vs. Seth Kaplan (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll JT Zangara (Randolph) vs. Demitri Forand (Middletown South) Take Our Poll Kyle Contessa (CBA) vs. Dylan Idland/Jason Kwestel (Morris Knolls-Hills) Take Our Poll JSZ’s Hockey Goal of the Year is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance!
Vote now for the JSZ Dunk of the Year!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks from our archives and put them in head-to-head matchups. We’re asking for your vote every day as we narrow the field from the round of 32 down to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Thursday. Round Two (The Sweet 16) begins on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Vote now on 16 first-round matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch the dunk and cast your vote: Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School) vs. Ryan Bradley (Holmdel) Take Our Poll Derrick Grant (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. Elijah Jones (Pleasantville) Take Our Poll Niels Lane (Roselle Catholic) vs. Jack Carroll (Rumson-Fair Haven) Take Our Poll Quadry Adams (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. DJ Woodbury (Burlington City) Take Our Poll Jamir Watkins (Trenton Catholic) vs. Connor Walsh (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Noah Farrakhan (Patrick School) vs. Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep) Take Our Poll Keon Sabb (Williamstown) vs. Justin Harcourt (University) Take Our Poll Elijah Perkins (Ranney) vs. Ben Cerrato (Haddonfield) Take Our Poll Taj Thweatt (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Alex Galvan (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Otega Oweh (Rutgers Prep) vs. Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. CJ Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Stephen Bayard (Atlantic City) vs. Corey Floyd, Jr. (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Lance Ware (Camden) vs. Kevin Bauman (Red Bank Catholic) Take Our Poll Elmarko Jackson (St. Augustine Prep) vs. Zarique Nutter (Patrick School) Take Our Poll Zubair Lee (Eastern) vs. Matt Zona (Bergen Catholic) Take Our Poll Jahlil White (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Phil Brown, Jr. (Hudson Catholic) Take Our Poll JSZ’s Dunk of the Year is presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Watch Wednesday 3.11 JSZ Championship Basketball Highlights
It was Non-Public sectional final night in the Garden State. JSZ has you covered with all of the highlights and reaction! Roselle Catholic 59 Gill St. Bernard’s 58 | Boys | Non-Public B North Final For a third straight year, Roselle Catholic (3) faced Gill St. Bernard’s (1) in the Non-Public B North title game. Despite being the two-time reigning champs, Roselle Catholic was considered an underdog coming in and things seemed grim for the Lions late in the fourth quarter when they fell behind by ten. However, Xavier commit C.J. Wilcher would answer with three consecutive makes from beyond the arc for nine points and then the eventual go-ahead score on a free throw with 1:04 left in regulation. RC denied the Knights any potential buzzer-beater glory with a tough defensive stand in the closing moments to celebrate a third consecutive sectional championship. Wilcher finished with 22 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Wildwood Catholic 80 Rutgers Prep 67 | Boys | Non-Public B South Final It was overtime heartache for the Crusaders against Ranney in last year’s sectional final. Catholic made it a mission to get back to Jackson Liberty, and the Crusaders jumped on the Argonauts from the start to win their first South Jersey title since 2007. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt led the with a game-high 28 points. Martin Anguelov added 17 points in the victory. Otega Oweh scored 27 points for Rutgers Prep in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: South Jersey playoff basketball coverage is made possible by Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Bergen Catholic 73 Saint Peter’s Prep 66 (2OT) | Boys | Non-Public A North Final Will Richardson scored 8 of his 21 points in the second overtime period and Matt Zona was a force with 20 points and 12 boards to give the Crusaders a second straight sectional title. Saint Peter’s Prep got a 28 point effort from sophomore guard Mark Richardson and rallied from 9 down in the 4th quarter to force overtime. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Dunn Center:L Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics St. Augustine 51 Camden Catholic 47 | Boys | Non-Public A South Final The Hermits’ magical ride through the state playoffs will continue on. After knocking off Bishop Eustace and top-seeded Paul VI, St. Augustine hoisted the Non-Public A South sectional trophy after defeating two-time defending champions, Camden Catholic. Keith Palek caught fire for a team-high 18 points in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jackson Liberty: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance. St. John Vianney 67 St. Rose 54 | Girls | Non-Public A South Final A rematch of last years Non-Public A South girls final, the Lady Lancers sought out to avenge last years loss. All season SJV has been dominant in the state of New Jersey and they were on their game once again as they withered the Purple Roses to capture the Sectional Title. Maddie St. Rose paced the Lancers with 21 points, 4 rebound and 4 assists while Katie Hill poured in 15 points and 7 rebounds. However, it was the contribution of Christina Whitehead that lifted the Lancers to victory as she netted 13 points in the second half, 9 of which came from beyond the three point line to stretch the lead and give SJV the victory. Despite the loss, Brynn Farrell of St. Rose surpassed the 2000 point mark for her career as she scored 21 points for the Purple Roses. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Long Branch: Coverage of St. John Vianney is made possible by Reach Your Potential Training (RYPT) in Tinton Falls.
Watch NJSIAA Boys Wrestling State Championship Finals
Welcome back to A.C, New Jersey wrestling fans. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of MMJ’s are on hand for the biggest day of the wrestling season in the Garden State. We’re your one-to shop for video highlights and in-depth breakdowns for every boys state championship match. Stay tuned throughout the night as the highlights come in! Boys State Finals 106 Pound Final: 4- Evan Mougalian (Kinnelon) defeats 2- Anthony Santaniello (Brick Memorial) 3-1 113 Pound Final: 2- Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North) d. 1- Kelly Dunnigan (Don Bosco), 6-3 Tyler Klinsky avenges his only loss of the season and cements his legacy as the winningest wrestler in Middletown North history by bringing home the program’s first state title. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: Coverage of Middletown North is brought to you by ACI Medical & Dental School. 120 Pound Final: 1- Dean Peterson (St. John Vianney) d. 6- Vincent Santaniello (Brick Memorial) 1-0 126 Pound Final: 3- Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic) d. 4- McKenzie Bell (Kingsway), 12-7 Robbert Howard gave New Jersey wrestling everything he had. The Bergen Catholic senior battled through writing physical and emotional pain all season long, re-centered himself and emerged as a champion yet again inside Boardwalk Hall. Howard, a Penn State commit, finishes his high school career as a two-time state champion. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. 132 Pound Final: 1- Joey Olivieri (Hanover Park) d. 2- Dylan Cedeno (Bergen Catholic), 1-0 Joey Olivieri won a state title as a freshman, but had to settle for fourth as a sophomore. The junior gets back to the top of the podium, thanks to a tight win over Dylan Cedeno. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: 138 Pound Final: 3- Anthony Clark (Delbarton) vs. 12- William Grater (Bergen Catholic) Anthony Clark is no stranger to the highest stage in New Jersey Wrestling. Clark has been in the state finals every season and won state titles as a freshman and sophomore before losing last year. With a 4-0 victory over William Grater, Clarke joined an elite list of people to win States three times in the Garden State. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: 145 Pound Final: 1- Andy Clark (Collingswood) d. 6- Andrew Troczynski (Delbarton), 8-5 After finishing 4th in the state a year ago at 132 pounds, Andy Clark won a thriller over Andrew Troczinski at 145 to become Collingswood’s first state champion since 1992. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: 152 Pound Final: 4- Nick Boggiano (Toms River North) d. 6- Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus), 7-3 Nick Boggiano’s five-point move in the second period helped clinch the first state title for a Toms River North wrestler since 2007. The senior finished eighth at 145-pounds a year ago, but this time around he caps off a tremendous 41-1 season with a state championship. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: 160 Pound Final: 3- Brian Soldano (High Point) d. 1- Dante Stefanelli (Delbarton) 9-0 170 Pound Final: 2- Connor O’Neill (DePaul Catholic) d. 1- Shane Reitsma (Howell), 3-1 Connor O’Neill’s clutch takedown early in the third period proved to be the difference in a matchup between the clear-cut top two wrestlers at 170 pounds this season. With the win, O’Neill avenges a loss earlier this season to Reitsma. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 182 Pound Final: 1- John Poznanski (Colonia) p. 2- Luke Rada (Colts Neck), 3:31 ** Named Most Outstanding Wrestler ** Colonia’s John Poznanski put the cap on a perfect season with a second period pin in the state finals. Poznanski, a Rutgers wrestling commit, was the most dominant force throughout the individual postseason tournament. His 40-0 season ended his Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at Boardwalk Hall. However, that’s only half the story, as Poznanski worked through a historic career with only one eye. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 195 Pound Final: 3- Martin Cosgrove (Camden Catholic) d. 4- David Szuba (Brick Memorial), 9-7 After finishing third in the state as a freshman, Martin Cosgrove breaks through with a state title as a sophomore. David Szuba nearly forced overtime with a four-point move late, but a stalling call ultimately proved to be the difference. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. 220 Pound Final: 2- P.J. Casale (Delbarton) d. 1- Kyle Jacob (Paramus), 4-2 After a fifth-place finish in the state tournament a year ago, P.J. Casale would not be denied as he takes home his first state championship. The sophomore nearly finished the bout in the second period with a wild four-point move, and rode the momentum to a victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: 285 Pound Final: 7- JT Cornelius (Southern) vs. 13- Jimmy Mullen (St. Joe’s Mont.) Freshman phenom Jimmy Mullen caps off historic State Tournament run with a Gold Medal. Mullen came into the tournament as the 13 seed and battled his way to the finals where he won 7-3 and controlled the entire match. Be on the watch for Mullen for the next few years. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights:
Watch Friday 2.28 JSZ Tournament Basketball Highlights
It’s county/conference tournament season and JSZ has you covered with action in all corners of the state. Stay tuned throughout the night for highlights from five title games! St. Joe’s (Mont.) 67 Bergen Catholic 61 | Bergen County Jamboree Final After suffering a pair of losses to Bergen Catholic in the regular season, St. Joe’s rebounded in a big way to score it’s first Bergen County Jamboree title since 2016. Senior guard Nazir Williams led all scorers with 26 points in the win while Daniel Lans followed right behind with 16 points. Julian Brown paced Bergen Catholic with a team-best 25 points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both St. Joe’s and Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. Trenton Catholic 59 Nottingham 51 | Boys | Mercer County Tournament Final Trenton Catholic defeated Nottingham 59-51 to take back to back Mercer County Tournament titles. The Iron Mikes locked into a tight game all evening long leaned on VCU commit Jamir Watkins in the fourth quarter as the Colonial Valley Conference’s Player of the Year finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton Catholic and Nottingham coverage. St. Thomas Aquinas 63 South Brunswick 52 | GMC Final Wake Forest commit Quadry Adams earned MVP honors with 17 points highlighted by an explosive third quarter to give the Trojans their first GMC crown since 1992. Tristian Jeffries (16 points, 7 rebounds), Derrick Grant (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Jaquan Harris (12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) round out four Trojans in double digits. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of South Brunswick is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Trenton Catholic 60 Stuart Day 43 | Girls | Mercer County Tournament Final For the third straight year Trenton Catholic raised a Mercer County Tournament trophy after defeating Stuart Day 60-43. The Iron Mikes got a boost from freshman Zoe Brooks in the second half to lead by as many as 20, but MVP honors went to Towson University commit Ciara Bailey for her 15 points and 13 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton Catholic and Stuart Day is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Hunterdon Central 55 Hackettstown 48 | Boys | Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex Tournament Final The Red Devils and Tigers gave us some free basketball as the game went into OT and this is where tournament MVP Brian Johansson took over. Johansson dominated in the last five minutes at both ends of the court to lead the Red Devils to victory. He finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds while Shawn Morgan had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss for Hackettstown. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Centenary University:
CBA avenges loss to Bergen Catholic to reach Gordon Cup Final
The top two ranked teams in the hockey state polls went head to head with a spot in the Gordon Cup finals on the line. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Colts and Crusaders at Jersey Shore Arena in Wall CBA 2 Bergen Catholic 0 | Gordon Cup Semifinal John Donohoe had a 34-save shutout and Zach Wagnon’s first-period goal was all CBA needed to secure a spot in the Gordon Cup championship game. Evan Brown won a faceoff in the first period and fed Wagnon to give the Colts the lead. Kyle Contessa scored in the final seconds to secure the victory. The Colts will take on Don Bosco Prep in the Gordon Cup final on Friday night at Codey Arena. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics
Watch Monday 2.17 JSZ Gordon Cup Hockey Highlights
The cup season is alive and well in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone has coverage from two Gordon Cup quarterfinals from Monday afternoon. Enjoy the highlights! Bergen Catholic 5 Seton Hall Prep 3 Senior forward Nick Stoebling pumped in a career-high four goals as the No. 3 seed Crusaders advanced past the No. 6 seed Seton Hall Prep. Goalie Brendan McCaskey stopped 27 of 30 shots in the win. The Crusaders will face No. 2 seed CBA in the Gordon Cup semifinals on Wednesday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Ice House: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep and Bergen Catholic is proudly brought to you by One on One with Steve Adubato and Rothman Orthopaedics, respectively. Gloucester Catholic 6 Delbarton 3 For the first time in program history Gloucester Catholic defeated Delbarton 6-3 in the Gordon Cup Quarterfinals. The Rams jumped out to an early two goal lead before eventually leading 4-2 entering the third period. Chris Pelosi and Jake Grace each found net twice for Gloucester Catholic. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Gloucester Catholic coverage.
Watch Wednesday 2.12 JSZ Playoff Wrestling Highlights
The state team wrestling playoffs continue to intensify with sectional semifinal action. JSZ has highlights from several marquee matches! Delbarton 45 Bergen Catholic 12 | Non-Public A North Bergen Catholic’s 96-match win streak over NJSIAA competition came to a screeching halt Wednesday night as the Green Wave pounded the Crusaders from start to finish. Luke Chakonis (220 lbs.) and PJ Casale (285 lbs.) each scored key pins before the turn of the lineup, while Joe Davi (120 lbs.) and Nico Nardone (126 lbs.) notched eye-opening upsets over multi-year state finalists. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and more from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics throughout the 2019-2020 season is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Moorestown 30 Highland 27 | South Jersey Group 4 After an upset win over #3 Central in the opening round, the sixth-seeded Quakers kept it rolling with a victory over #2 Highland. Rob Damerjian returned from injury to make his season debut, earning a major decision for Moorestown. John Dalmass and Adam Robinson both picked up pins for the Quakers. Jurius Clark won by fall for the Tartans in the loss. Moorestown advances to face top-seeded Kingsway for the South Jersey Group 4 title on Friday night. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Blackwood: Coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Highland is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Rumson-Fair Haven 32 Point Pleasant Boro 31 | Central Jersey Group 2 Michael Ponenti scored a 6-1 decision at 170 pounds in the final match to give Rumson-Fair Haven a one-point win against the #2 seed and a spot in the Central Jersey Group 2 finals against top seed South Plainfield. RFH scored two pins by Shay Addison and Jack Kelly to race out to a 12-0 lead. Point Boro would rally from 15-0 down to take a 22-21 lead on a pin by Jack Thompson. The Brignola twins would ultimately set the stage for Rumson’s win. Max got a pin at 145 pounds and Tyler scored a critical 2-1 OT win at 152 to make it 29-25 RFH. Ty Bailey’s pin gave Point Boro a 31-29 advantage heading into the final match at 170 where Ponenti scored early and controlled the entire six minutes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an All-Shore Conference battle: Jersey Sports Zone was at this great match because of ACI Medical & Dental School. ACI supports JSZ’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven. 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.edu to learn more! Phillipsburg 43 Middletown North 20 | North Jersey 2 Group 4 Middletown North got off the bus ready to scrap as they won the first four bouts, three coming by bonus point victories and they jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. The Stateliners slowly chipped away as they won nine of the last ten and eight were in a row. Joe Innamorato got the momentum started as he won by major decision at 132 lbs. The Stateliners also got bonus point wins as Matt Donofrio won by major decision, Nate Zastowny won by tech fall, Jacob Wicks won by pin and Cody Cruts won by pin. Fred Luchs won by pin while Tyler Klinksy and Colin Oden won by major decision in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Coverage of tonights match is brought to you by a pair of sponsors ACI Medical and Dental School (Middletown North) and The Garnet Booster Club (Phillipsburg). We thank our sponsors as our work would not be possible without their help and support!
Bergen Catholic holds on for 3-2 win at CBA for 10th straight ice win
The Crusaders came to Jersey Shore Arena and scored yet another impressive win on their resume. JSZ has highlights from two contenders for the Gordon Cup and a non-public state championship Bergen Catholic 3 CBA 2 Aram Minnetian netted his 20th goal of the season and added two more helpers as the Crusaders raced out to a 3-0 win on the way to their 10th consecutive victory. Nick Stoebling and Jake Antonucci scored in the second period to give BC a commanding lead. The Colts would score in the final minute of the second on a Gio Crepaldi power-play goal and an Evan Brown tally midway through the third period but could not get the equalizer. Bergen Catholic is now 16-3 on the year. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics
Watch Monday 2.3 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Welcome to February, New Jersey hockey fans! We’re coming down the final stretch of the regular season as teams with playoff dreams look to secure the wins they need. Stay tuned for highlights from Codey Arena and the Red Bank Armory tonight! Bergen Catholic 4 Seton Hall Prep 3 Bergen Catholic freshman Aram Minnetian accounted for three points (1 goal, 2 assists) as the Crusaders topped Seton Hall Prep for their ninth consecutive win this season. Minnetian is the leading scorer in the Gordon Conference with 19 goals and nine assists. Seton Hall Prep’s Timothy O’Connell scored twice in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena in West Orange: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. They’re the reason JSZ was at this game! Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Middletown North 2 Sam Catalano broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period and Casey Freeman added an insurance goal to give RFH its 11th win and an unbeaten streak that reaches nine. John Miranda and Colin Delanzo gave Middletown North a 2-1 lead before Ryan Croddick scored after winning a faceoff and fired a sharp angle shot to drawn the Bulldogs even. RFH controlled the third period to get the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown North and Rumson-Fair Haven is made possible by ACI Medical & Dental School. 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.edu to learn more!
Watch Friday 1.31 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone pays a visit to Hackensack and Wall for a pair of games as we prepare to turn the calendar over to February. Stay tuned for all the highlights! Bergen Catholic 4 Gloucester Catholic 3 There are always high stakes when Gordon Conference opponents match up, but this one took it to another level. Bergen Catholic defenseman Jake Antonucci netted a pair of first period goals giving the Crusaders a lead they would never squander. Gloucester Catholic did score twice in the third period to close the gap, but it was too late. This game ended in a physical, benches clearing brawl that lasted nearly three minutes before referees and arena security cleared the ice. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Ice House in Hackensack: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of this game was made possible by a pair of loyal sponsors — Rothman Orthopaedics (Bergen Catholic) and Gloucester Catholic (NJM Insurance). They’re the reason our camera was able to be there tonight. St. Rose 7 Notre Dame 3 Junior Jack Klunk scores a hat trick highlighted by a pair of second-period goals to give the Frozen Roses a win on senior night. Klunk, Chris Lordi and Sean Grant found the net in the first period to jump out to a 3-1 lead. Notre Dame’s Jack Govan’s deflection made it a 3-2 game at the end of one period. Grant scored his 150th career point in the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall:
Watch Thursday 1.23 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ was court-side all over the state (and even in Pennsylvania) to capture some of the top players and teams from around New Jersey. Stay tuned throughout the night for all of the highlights! Camden 63 Roselle Catholic 51 The Panthers raced out to an early lead, only to fall behind to the Lions at halftime. The High then came out on a mission in the second half, and took down Roselle Catholic in front of a packed house at Neumann University in Aston, PA. Kentucky commit Lance Ware led a balanced Camden attack with 17 points. Jerome Brewer, TaQuan Woodley and D.J. Wagner all reached double-digits in the scoring column for the Panthers as well. Xavier commit C.J. Wilcher went for a game-high 21 points for the Lions in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the heavyweight South-North showdown: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen Catholic 77 Don Bosco 65 Bergen Catholic’s reign over Bergen County is still intact going into the late stages of January after the Crusaders dealt Don Bosco its fourth loss in five games. Julian Brown scored a game-high 22 points plus Will Richardson had 20 more in the win, while Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth had a team-best 16 points. Bergen Catholic has won four straight games over Don Bosco dating back to last season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic sports is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. South Brunswick 83 Old Bridge 53 After dropping a tough game to Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division leader St. Joe’s Metuchen, South Brunswick picked up back-to-back wins with a 82-52 victory over Old Bridge (2-11). The Vikings were led by Devin Strickland and Justin Carbone who combined for 43 points on the night. Strickland finished with 21 while Carbone had 22. South Brunswick moves into the number two spot in the division. JSZ ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. CBA 79 Marlboro 74 The Colts held off a late comeback by the Mustangs to improve to (6-6). Colin Farrell lead the way for CBA with 23 points. Alex Ratner of Marlboro surpassed the 1000-point milestone with his 36 point performance in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Marlboro:
Watch Wednesday 1.22 Wrestling Highlights
JSZ was mat side for two high profile matchups in North and Central Jersey as Bergen Catholic took on St. Joe’s (Mont.) in an anticipated matchup while Brick Memorial traveled to Toms River North for a divisional showdown. Check back tonight for the coverage! Bergen Catholic 36 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 29 One of the most anticipated showdowns in the Big North did not disappoints. Despite trailing at the turn of the lineup, Bergen Catholic rolled to show why they’re the top team in New Jersey and among the very best in America. The Crusaders dominated from 106 pounds to 126 pounds, where they scored three pins and a huge decision win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Match Results 138: Michael Cetta (SJR) over William Grater (MD 9-1) 145: Joseph Zargo (BC) over Michael Dellagatta (Dec 11-5) 152: Alex Strashinsky (BC) over Stefano Sgambellone (Dec 5-4) 160: Nate Camiscioli (BC) over Roberto Padilla (Dec 6-2) 170: AJ Fricchione (SJR) over Justin Onello (Fall 5:59) 182: Jack Farinaro (SJR) over (BC) (For.) 195: John Fiore (BC) over Ja’Naz Williams (Fall 3:59) 220: Michael Toranzo (SJR) over Remy Brancato (Dec 3-1) 285: Jim Mullen (SJR) over Esquire Boyce (Fall 1:15) 106: Aidan Wallace (BC) over Josh Iannone (Fall 2:56) 113: Joseph Cangro (BC) over Joe Manno (Fall 3:59) 120: Nick Kayal (BC) over Mateo Sgambellone (Fall 2:42) 126: Robert Howard (BC) over Alex Almeyda (Dec 7-2) 132: Justin Bierdumpfel (SJR) over Eric Broadie (MD 10-1) Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all Bergen Catholic and St. Joe’s athletics throughout the 2019-2020 scholastic year is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Toms River North 45 Brick Memorial 26 The Mariners captured their second straight A-South Divisional title with their win over the Mustangs. Toms River North earned bonus points in each of their eight victories. Mike Nakano and Nick Mancuso won by pin for the Mariners. Anthony Santaniello remained undefeated and won by major decision for the Mustangs while his brother Vincent Santaniello along with Joe Colon won by pin. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Toms River: Match Results 195: David Szuba (BM) over James Elias (TRN) (MD 13-4) 220: Mike Nakano (TRN) over Matt Murphy (BM) (F 1:08) 285: John O’Donnell (TRN) FF 106: Anthony Santaniello (BM) over Cole Anderson (TRN) (MD 16-2) 113: Ryan Rosenthal (TRN) FF 120: Vincent Santaniello (BM) over Alex Danelson (TRN) (F 5:32) 126: Michael Richardson (BM) over Jake Rosenthal (TRN) (D 6-0) 132: Michael Cate (BM) over Mark Fedeli (TRN) (D 7-6) 138: Oneil Forbes (TRN) over Victor DiPianta (BM) (MD 17-7) 145: Sergio Borda (TRN) over Nelson DeJesus (BM) (TF 4:20) 152: Nick Boggiano (TRN) FF 160: Matt Spalletta (TRN) FF 170: Joe Colon (BM) over Justin Burkert (TRN) (F :40) 182: Nick Mancuso (TRN) over Rueben Lizardi (BM) (F 1:26)
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 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.
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:
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:
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
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
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 12.12 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:
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.
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.
Vote now for JSZ’s 2019 Football Plays of the Year!
As we get ready for the Regional Championships and the end of the high school football season, JSZ has gone deep in its archives to pick out the best plays captured by our cameras during the 2019 football season. We’ve got seven categories for you to vote on. The polls are open NOW through Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. The winner of each category will get an invite to Jersey Sports Zone’s third annual football banquet on December 11 in Woodbridge. Thank you again to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible plays to choose from. Watch all the videos below and cast your vote now! TD Run of the Year Take Our Poll TD Pass Play of the Year Take Our Poll Defensive TD of the Year Take Our Poll Special Teams TD of the Year Take Our Poll Sack of the Year Take Our Poll Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll Viewers Choice Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ’s Top Play Belt winners from the regular season are not in the Plays of the Year. Those winners will be invited to the banquet and be honored along with our Plays of the Year winners. JSZ 2019 Top Play Belt Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, Pingry Week 1: Thomas Amankwaa, Hillsborough Week 2: David Hicks, Red Bank Regional Week 3: Nate Summerville, Shawnee Week 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan Catholic Week 5: Nasir Abney, Holy Cross Week 6: Mike Cassanata, Wayne Hills Week 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Week 8: Jake Cook, Mainland Week 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial
Vote Now for the JSZ 2019 Soccer Plays of the Year
The 2019 New Jersey soccer season has come to a close. The JSZ cameras have been able to capture some amazing moments from every part of the state. We have our nominees in five different categories – watch all the incredible goals and saves and cast your vote. We’ll keep the polls open until Tuesday at 2:00 pm. The winners will be presented with plaques from Jersey Sports Zone. Thank you again for the support and kind words from the soccer community throughout the 2019 season! Tuesday UPDATE Thank you to everyone who voted for the JSZ Soccer Plays of the Year. Our polls closed after 2pm due to overwhelming votes. Because of this, we will be awarding two plaques to the Boys Soccer Goal of the Year and Boys Soccer Save of the Year due to the voting being so close. We thank you for taking the time vote and the great passion showed by the New Jersey soccer community! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch 11.15 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Our cameras were on hand for sectional semifinal action all across the state as the journey to MetLife and Rutgers continues! Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all of our coverage. Don Bosco Prep 24 Bergen Catholic 7 | Non-Public Group 4 Quarterfinal Don Bosco Prep has their revenge. After suffering through a four-game losing streak to Bergen Catholic — including a blowout loss to the Crusaders in last year’s semifinal round — the Ironmen are back even. Jalen Berger led N.J.’s hottest team past their long-time rivals with a trademark 82-yard touchdown run in the second half, while Jahmir Greene and Colin Ramos helped a dominant defensive effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Peter’s Prep 43 Notre Dame 35 | Non-Public Group 4 Quarterfinal Notre Dame’s undefeated season came to a close when top seeded St. Peter’s Prep defeated the Irish (9) 43-35 to advance to the Non-Public Group 4 Semifinals. The Marauders struggled to find their footing in the fist half but were able to put up 23 unanswered points to take control. Quarterback Tahj Bullock threw three touchdown passes. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. Ocean City 21 Long Branch 20 | Group 4 South Semifinal Ocean City QB Joe Repetti had a TD pass and two TD runs including the game-winner midway through the third quarter as the #7 seed moves to the South Jersey Group 4 championship game. Long Branch took a 20-14 lead late in the second quarter on Jermaine Corbett’s second touchdown of the game, but a late first-half interception knocked Green Wave QB Kyle Davidson out of the game with an arm injury. Long Branch was inside the 30-yard line in the final two minutes, but a fumble secured the win for Ocean City. The Raiders will face Shawnee in the title game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by Rosario Realty Shawnee 27 Millville 18 | Group 4 South Semifinal The Renegades found themselves in a battle against the fifth-seeded Thunderbolts. Shawnee built a 20-6 halftime lead but needed to weather a second half storm from Millville to advance to the Group 4 South Final. Matt Welsey led the way for the Renegades throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Shawnee now faces Ocean City for the Group 4 South title, where the Renegades will look to win its third-straight sectional crown. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Jackson Memorial 27 Toms River East 21 | Central Group 4 Semifinal Lonnie Cebulski’s 13-yard TD run in the final minute gave the Jaguars a comeback victory and a spot in the Central Jersey Group 4 championship game. Toms River East raced out to a 14-0 lead behind QB Mike Goodall who had 178 yards rushing and 2 TD’s, but the Jags rallied in the second half. A muffed punt with :52 seconds left gave the Jags the ball at the 13 and Cebulski scored on the first play after the turnover to seal the victory. Jackson Memorial will travel to top seed Hammonton in the title game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a fantastic ballgame: We were able to get all the highlights from this great game thanks to the support of Louro Chiropractic Center who sponsors our Jackson Memorial coverage Wayne Valley 7 Phillipsburg 0 | North 2 Group 4 Semifinal Tom Moran’s 1-yard TD run was the only score of the game to lead Wayne Valley to an upset of the number one seed. Wayne Valley will travel to Old Tappan for the North 2 Group 4 championship. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Stateliners is made possible by the Garnet Booster Club Hillside 35 Haddonfield 0 | South Group 2 Semifinal Isn’t revenge sweet? Hillside sure thinks so. After losing to Haddonfield in the inaugural South Jersey Group 2 bowl championship last season, the Comets came out blazing to blowout the reigning champs. This win marked Hillside’s sixth shutout of the season. JSZ has the highlights from Haddonfield: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Watch Saturday 11.2 JSZ Football Highlights
That’s a wrap on the regular season! Week 8 finishes up with some terrific games, as teams jockey for playoff positioning. We’ve got nine outstanding games including two major upsets in North Jersey, a last second thriller at Montclair plus two South Jersey thrillers. Watch our Teaser then scroll down to watch all the action! St. Joe’s (Mont.) 24 St. Peter’s Prep 6 An uncharacteristic two-game losing skid for St. Joe’s quickly came to a halt underneath the lights Saturday night in Jersey City. The Green Knights silenced their doubters and got back to their brand of football to beat the state’s No. 1 ranked team in nearly flawless fashion. Star junior tailback Audric Estime found pay dirt twice while the St. Joe’s defense limited St. Peter’s Prep to only 171 yards of offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jersey City: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. DePaul 31 Bergen Catholic 28 There have been upsets all season long in the Super Football Conference, so why not close out the 2019 regular season with one of the most significant. After hovering around a .500 record for most of the season, DePaul delivered their best game of the year to defeat a Top-Three program in Bergen Catholic. DePaul QB Andrew Butler accounted for three total touchdowns in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics: Montclair 24 Irvington 21 Shawn Collins made a 16-yard TD catch over the middle with :04 left to give Montclair a dramatic three-point win. The Rutgers commit had two TD catches and a pair of quarterback sacks. Mike Robinson had three TD passes in the win. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from one of the great finishes from 2019: North Brunswick 38 Westfield 21 North Brunswick capped off the regular season with an impressive 38-21 victory over Westfield. The Raiders were able to outscore Lehigh University commit Hank Shapiro thanks to a great day of rushing from running back Myles Bailey, who would finish with 140 yards and a touchdown. North Brunswick enters the playoffs on a seven-game win streak and should be a number one seed in Group 5. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Penns Grove 27 Salem 21 The Red Devils held off a furious Rams comeback attempt to stay undefeated on the season at (9-0). Makhi Scott made a game-saving tackle near the goal line as time expired. Nasir Robinson led the way offensively for Penns Grove, scoring three touchdowns. Kaciir Street scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as Salem rallied from a 27-6 deficit but came up just short. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Carneys Point: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 22 Holy Spirit 19 The rematch of last year’s Non-Public Group 2 Final exceeded expectations as the Wildcats (8-1) engineered a fourth quarter comeback to beat the Spartans (4-4). Trailing 19-7, Jayden Shertel threw TD passes to Cohl Mercado and Amhad Ross on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter to give St. Joe a late 22-19 lead. Chase Lomax forced a fumble near the goal line with 40 seconds left to seal the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Bill Bendig Memorial Football Field: Peddie 41 Blair Academy 7 Matt Sluka had 22 carries for 260 yards and three TD’s on the ground and added one more via the air. The Falcons completed a perfect (8-0) season for the first time since 1988 and captured the MAPL title. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Peddie all year long Mater Dei Prep 17 Manalapan 0 Clarence Lewis and Naran Buntin had long TD’s in the second half and the Mater Dei Prep defense was dominant to close out the regular season. Leading 3-0 at the half, the Seraphs Alex Brown threw a 67 yard bomb to Lewis to make it a 10-0 game at the end of three. Buntin closed out the scoring with a 60-yard run on a jet sweep. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights: Red Bank Regional 42 Monmouth Regional 13 Makai Mickens returned from a knee injury to score two touchdowns and Jack Chamberlain had two TD runs and two TD passes to give RBR its 5th win of the season. Mickens was feared to miss his entire senior season when he suffered an injury in June but his rehab allowed him to get back on the field for the Bucs regular-season finale. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional
Watch Friday 10.25 JSZ Football Highlights
The penultimate week of the regular season features some great match-ups all over the state. We’ve got nine games of action from every part of New Jersey. Watch our teaser to get a taste of our coverage and then scroll down to watch all of our extended highlights and interviews! Westfield 20 Phillipsburg 14 (OT) Phillipsburg (7-0) had been steamrolling opponents in 2019 but met their match and more Friday night as Westfield (4-2) and its dynamic passing attack handed the Stateliners their first loss of 2019. Griffin Rooney hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass from Hank Shapiro to seal the win in this classic Mid-State 38 battle. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the thrilling highlights and post-game reaction from Phillipsburg: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand for this heart-pounding game thanks to two loyal sponsors. Here’s to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (Westfield) and the Garnet Booster Club (Phillipsburg) for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage tonight! Red Bank Catholic 27 Donovan Catholic 16 Anthony Borriello threw a 39-yard TD pass to Kevin Bauman and added a 30-yard TD run early in the 4th quarter as the Caseys score 20 straight points in the second half to hand the Griffins their first loss of the season. Elijah Jules had a pair of TD runs for Red Bank Catholic who improve to 4-3 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from one of Week 7’s marquee matchups: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of RBC is brought to you by the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness. JSI is the reason we can bring you Caseys highlights in all sports all year long! Union 51 Bridgewater-Raritan 35 Many wondered how two of the best programs in the Mid-State 38 would matchup in a late season meeting, but no one could have predicted the offensive performance that would take place in Bridgewater. A first half that saw no punts had Union leading the Panthers 31-28. In the third quarter the Farmers would get a stop that eventually led to 14 unanswered points and proved to be a deciding factor entering the fourth quarter. Union quarterback Andrew Sanborn finished with 265 passing yards and four touchdowns while Bridgewater-Raritan quarterback Alex Fromberg had 274 yards and four touchdowns as well. Union stays undefeated at 8-0 while the Panthers drop to 4-4. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage. Williamstown 17 Shawnee 0 The Braves recorded their fifth shutout of the season with a win on the road against the Renegades. Dougie Brown ran for a touchdown to give Williamstown a 7-0 halftime lead, before Brendan Amico kicked a field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 in the third quarter. The Braves stopped Shawnee on a late fourth quarter drive, and then Chris Forman scored a touchdown to serve as an exclamation point. Williamstown stays undefeated at (8-0). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is sponsored by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen Catholic 50 Paramus Catholic 12 Bergen Catholic continues to roll. The Crusaders notched their most lopsided victory of 2019 Friday night on the heels of great defense and a suffocating rushing attack. Ryan Butler and Amar Gist each tallied a pair of touchdowns while AJ Longo, Tywone Malone and Javon Cruz anchored a relentless defensive effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Paramus: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthpaedics. Pleasantville 21 Buena 14 The Greyhounds (6-1) clinch a share of its first division/conference title in 42 years with come-from-behind win over the Chiefs (6-2). Down 14-7 at halftime, Pleasantville rallied in the third quarter to take the lead. Freshman quarterback Marlon Leslie connected with senior wideout Keon Henry on a 35-yard strike to spark the comeback. After a turnover on downs, Ernest Howard powered into the endzone his second touchdown of the night to give the Greyhounds the lead. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Buena: Ridgewood 27 Kennedy 0 After suffering a surprise 13-0 shutout to Clifton last week, Ridgewood rebounded in a big way with a shutout of their own over Kennedy. The Jack Wittmaack-led defense kept the Knights out of the redzone in the second half while captain Gabe Santiago finished the night off with a 16-yard TD run. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ridgewood: Holmdel 17 Raritan 14 Evan Jennings had a 10-yard TD run and a 70-yard scoop and score and the Holmdel defense produced three critical turnovers on forced fumbles to get a big home win and snap a two-game skid. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Holmdel is made possible by the Law Offices of Lawrence Luttrell Mater Dei Prep 37 Middletown North 0 Alex Brown threw two TD passes and Naran Buntin had a TD run and TD catch to help Mater Dei Prep break a three-game losing streak. The Seraphs improve to 5-3 on the season while Middletown North is now 4-4. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights during the celebration of the 100th year of football in Middletown:
Wild TD Totals Highlight Week 6 Game Ball Polls
Just like that, Week 5 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Take Our Poll Central Jersey Take Our Poll
Four-Star DB Jordan Morant Named 2020 All-American
Jordan Morant, a four-star defensive back prospect committed to the University of Michigan, was the first player in the United States to receive his jersey as part of being selected to the 2020 All-American Bowl. The Bergen Catholic product has been one of the country’s premiere defensive players through his four-year career at Bergen Catholic. Morant is only the second Crusader player selected to the game in its 20-year history — the other was former NFL first round draft pick and Houston Texans great Brian Cushing. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the feature story from Oradell: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Saturday 10.12 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 5 wraps up with terrific action all across the Garden State. We’ve got the superpower matchups between Bergen and St. Joe’s plus Saint Peter’s Prep and Don Bosco. There’s also a Seton Hall Prep thriller, a Delbarton win streak continues and an offensive explosion from Peddie. Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action! St. Peter’s Prep 25 Don Bosco 22 Saturday’s contest between North Jersey Super Conference rivals St. Peter’s Prep (5-0) and Don Bosco (2-3) was a football fan’s dream. Lead changes, intensity, and big plays were just some of the headlines of Caven Point. NJ’s number one ranked player Jalen Berger and the Ironmen scored first on St. Peter’s but the Marauders were unphased as they put up 19 unanswered points before halftime. Bosco would take a 22-19 lead late in the fourth quarter until a 21-yard rushing touchdown from Ethan Rodriguez and an Interception from Sophomore Avery Powell would decide the game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 28 Bergen Catholic 10 Bergen Catholic was looking for revenge Saturday afternoon after suffering its first shutout in nearly three decades to St. Joe’s in last year’s Non-Public Group 4 state title game. But St. Joe’s (Mont.) head coach Augie Hoffmann and his Green Knights imposed their will on the Crusaders, gashing them for over 200 yards on the ground in a dominating effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) and Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Seton Hall Prep 43 Montclair 42 Seton Hall Prep head coach Bill Fitzgerald isn’t afraid to make a gutsy call. After Pirates’ running back Matt Colantuono scored his fifth touchdown of the night to make it a 42-41 Montclair lead, the Prep went for the two-point conversion on the win. Luckily for them, it all worked out. Zander Zebrowski hit a wide-open Jack Larsen to secure a thrilling win. JSZ has the highlights from Montclair: Delbarton 24 Pope John 19 Cole Freeman threw two TD passes to Gary Lewis III and the Delbarton defense held Pope John to four field goals in the red zone as the Green Wave win streak reaches three. Lewis had TD catches of 44 and 45 yards. His second TD grab put Delbarton ahead 21-12. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton football is made possible by Tip of the Spear Paulsboro 42 Woodbury 7 In a rivalry game that dates back more than 100 years, the Red Raiders rolled against the Thundering Herd. Bhayshul Tuten had a day to remember, rushing for four touchdowns and adding another score on a kickoff return. Tyree Thomas connected with Jacob Perez-Eli for a Paulsboro touchdown as well. Andre Parker scored the only touchdown of the game for the Herd. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Woodbury: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 19 Vineland 11 The Wildcats (5-1) got all they could handle from the Fighting Clan (2-4) in a key West Jersey Football League Continental Division clash. Both defenses dominated in the first half, which left the game tied 3-3 at halftime. Jada Byers erupted for two touchdowns in the second half, including an 83-yard rushing touchdown on St. Joe’s first play of the third quarter. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Gittone Stadium: Peddie 57 Lawrenceville 8 The Falcons score 57 unanswered points after falling behind 8-0 in the first quarter to reach the 5-0 mark. Matt Sluka had three TD passes, a TD run and a 41-yard field goal. Peddie took a 17-8 lead at the half and poured it on with 26 points in the third quarter to bust the game open. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Hightstown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Lawrenceville and Peddie is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Bergen Catholic Big Man Heading to South Bend
Bergen Catholic does it again — the Crusaders have produced yet another D-I basketball talent. Matt Zona, a 6-9 force on all areas of the court, announced Monday his commitment to join the Notre Dame Men’s Basketball program. The Class of 2020 power forward averaged 12.7 points per game, balancing his scoring between the low post and his high percentage three-point shot. Zona chose Notre Dame over other programs like Rutgers, Penn State, St. Joseph’s and George Washington, among a handful of other schools. Zona commanded a Bergen Catholic front court alongside Zach Freemantle, a Class of 2019 Xavier commit, en route to a Non-Public A state championship and a spot in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions final. The Crusaders ultimately lost to Ranney School in that game. Watch his JSZ junior year highlight reel here: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Friday 9.27 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Three started with thrilling action all over the state. From overtime finishes to last-minute winners, Friday was a night to remember. Watch our JSZ Week 3 Friday Teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action! Bergen Catholic 23 Don Bosco Prep 17 In the 72nd meeting between these two North Jersey foes, it was Bergen Catholic getting the upper hand once again to secure their fourth consecutive win over Don Bosco Prep. The Crusaders rushed 49 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns while Amar Gist came through with the play of the night, a 47-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Phillipsburg 34 Ridge 28 (2OT) It was headlined by some as the Mid-State 38 game of the week and the matchup between undefeated teams Phillipsburg and Ridge definitely lived up to the hype. Despite falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter the Stateliners answered back with 21 points off three Matt Quetel touchdowns. After Ridge would force double overtime, Quetel would find the end zone a fourth and final time to help P-Burg get the win. He finished the day with 154 rushing yards on 34 attempts and four touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage! Shawnee 14 St. Augustine 7 (OT) The Renegades (4-0) rallied back down seven against the Hermits (1-3) on a night where points came at a premium. Wide receiver Nate Summerville made an incredible 26-yard touchdown catch to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, but each would miss 32-yard field goals. In overtime, running back Jake Barnett punched it in to give the Renegades the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Williamstown 28 Lenape 21 Down 13-0 at the half, the Braves rallied in the second half to beat the Indians. Dougie Brown threw three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score to Mekhi Gamble with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Jon Wood caught a pair of touchdown passes in the victory. Brady Long connected with Connor Kennedy for two touchdowns for Lenape in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from fantastic game in Williamstown: Mater Dei Prep 35 Saint John Vianney 0 Malik Ingram had one of the most dominating performances of the 2019 season as the Mater Dei running back had 31 carries for 310 yards and 4 TD’s. The Seraphs solidified their spot as the top team in the Shore Conference. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from an incredible effort: Holmdel 17 Red Bank Regional 7 The Hornets put together long drives in the first and fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in handing RBR its first loss of the season. John Tomasulo capped off an 80-yard drive in the first quarter with a 15 yard TD run. After Jack Chamberlain hit AJ Abarno on a 33 yard TD run in the fourth to get the Bucs within 10-7, Holmdel capped off another long drive with a Cameron LaMountain TD run from five yards out. Both Holmdel TD drives took up over eight minutes of clock. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Holmdel is brought to you by the Law Offices of Lawrence Lutrell an RBR coverage is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Red Bank Catholic 21 Long Branch 7 After a scoreless first half, Red Bank Catholic’s offense exploded in the final 15 minutes of regulation to score three touchdowns and come away with a bounce-back win over Long Branch. Elijah Jules came up with yet another game-breaking run, dashing for 76 yards to close out the scoring. JSZ has the highlights from Red Bank: Thanks to two loyal sponsors, JSZ was able to be at this Shore Conference showdown. Here’s a shoutout to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness (RBC) and Rosario Realty (Long Branch) for being loyal sponsors.
Special Teams, Game-Winners and Deep Tosses Highlight JSZ Week 2 Top Play
Who wants the belt? We’ve got ten great nominees captured by JSZ cameras that are up for this week’s Top Play. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winning play will get a visit from JSZ cameras at a mid-week practice and the presentation of the JSZ Top Play Belt. Watch the Top Play nominees below and then cast your vote! Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Hillsborough fans voted early and often as the Raiders secured the Week 1 JSZ Top Play belt for Thomas Amankwaa’s 49-yard touchdown catch against Bridgewater-Raritan.
Watch Saturday 9.21 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Two finishes with fantastic Saturday action across the Garden State. We’ve got eight great games including an incredible Power 6 opener between Saint Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic. Watch our teaser to get a taste of our coverage and then scroll down to watch all the action! St. Peter’s Prep 33 Bergen Catholic 30 You can guarantee there will be fireworks every time St. Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic meet on the gridiron. Trailing 30-27 with 1:55 left in regulation, junior QB Tahj Bullock drove his Marauders 86 yards and fired the game-winning, 26-yard touchdown pass to Jelani Mason to take the lead. This was a truly back-and-forth contest between two teams that will vie for the Non-Public Group 4 state title this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and reaction from Oradell: JSZ’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Joe’s (Montvale) 55 DePaul 14 It’s never a dull moment when Big North Conference rivals St. Joseph (Montvale) and DePaul Catholic get together. Saturday’s meeting between the two was action-packed right out of the gate as the Green Knights would take a commanding 21-7 lead at halftime following two early touchdowns from junior running back Audric Estime. Estime would finish the day with 171 rushing yards and three scores while Purdue commit Michael Alaimo had 157 passing yards and a touchdown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joe’s (Montvale) coverage! Woodrow Wilson 48 Delbarton 38 The Tigers (2-0) outlasted the Green Wave (1-2) in an early candidate for game of the year in New Jersey. Quarterback Devin Kargman had an impressive day through the air, racking up 448 yards and four touchdowns. He would also run for a touchdown in the game. Texas A&M commit Fadil Diggs hauled in 13 receptions for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Camden: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton is brought to you by Tip Of The Spear Football. St. Augustine 28 St. Joe (Hamm.) 12 The Hermits stunned the Wildcats with a relentless ground attack. Franklin Simms rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Nasir Hill rushed for two scores, with Austin Leyman finding the endzone as well. Jada Byers scored a pair of touchdowns for St. Joseph in the loss. It’s St. Augustine’s first win of the season, and its first win on the road against St. Joe since 2008. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Hammonton: Union 10 Westfield 7 The Farmers rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit with an Andrew Sanborn TD pass to Aaron Myrick in the 3rd quarter and a Ricardo Casas 27-yard field goal in the 4th to reach 3-0 on the season. Diante Wilson had back to back runs of 25 and 22 yards to set the stage for Casas and his game-winning boot with three minutes to go. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Westfield: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is made possible by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick Mater Dei Prep 55 Freehold Boro 0 Sophomore quarterback Alex Brown threw three TD passes in the first half and Mater Dei Prep rolled up 41 first-half points on the way to a third straight dominating victory. Isaiah Noguera had a 43 yard TD catch and Kyree Drake delivered a dazzling 52-yard score. Watch the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is brought to you by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Ocean Township 41 Monmouth Regional 7 Trebor Pena ran for 163 yards and 3 TD’s in the first half as the Spartans raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 2-0 mark in 2019. JSZ has the Shore Conference highlights from Tinton Falls: Hopewell Valley 12 Steinert 7 Henry Lewis ran for 142 yards and both Hopewell Valley scores to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-0 start to the season. JSZ has the highlights from Mercer County:
Watch Monday 9.9 JSZ Boys Soccer Highlights
The second week of the season begins with some fantastic match-ups all over the state. Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights! Bergen Catholic 3 Don Bosco Prep 2 (2OT) After overcoming a 2-0 deficit and a red card to put them a man down, Bergen Catholic’s Nick Shannon delivered one of the biggest goals of the early 2019 season with a Golden Goal to beat Don Bosco Prep in double overtime. Shannon assisted on the two previous Crusaders goals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Ramsey: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic athletics all year long is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Kingsway 3 Triton 1 The Dragons handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season in a key early-season showdown in the Tri-County Conference. After a scoreless first half, Kingsway pumped in three goals after the break. Sean Fatiga scored a pair of goals, with Quinn Roche also finding the back of the net for the Dragons. Tyler Guandagno scored a late goal for Triton in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Woolwich Township: Coverage of Triton is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Holmdel 7 Shore Regional 1 The Hornets scored four goals in the first 31 minutes to improve to 3-0 on the young season. Holmdel has won back to back state championships and is off to a great start in a quest for a three-peat. Watch JSZ’s highlights now: Sponsor Shout Outs! Thanks to the Law Office of Lawrence Luttrell (Holmdel) and RYPT (Shore Regional) for their support of Jersey Sports Zone and allow us to cover great Shore Conference action! Hunterdon Central 3 Pennington 2 Hunterdon Central pulled off the first major upset of the 2019 boys soccer season and it’s only September. The Red Devils defeated Prep A State Champion Runner-ups Pennington 3-2 Monday afternoon. The Red Raiders would take a 1-0 lead at halftime before Hunterdon Central tied the game to begin the second act. Elias Simpkins shined bright with two goals to help the Red Devils knock off one of the best teams in New Jersey. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Pennington coverage
Bergen Catholic Eyes MetLife Stadium Trip Again in 2019
Bergen Catholic has been the model of consistency in North Jersey over the past two seasons, going a combined 20-4 over that time with brothers Nunzio and Vito Campanile each serving as head coach in that span. The Crusaders captured a Non-Public Group 4 title in a 2017 blowout against St. Peter’s Prep but suffered their first shutout in over three decades in last season’s 13-0 loss to St. Joe’s (Mont.). Bergen Catholic hit the reset button coming into 2019, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a state title on their minds. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Crusaders coming into the 2019 season: Bergen Catholic 2019 Schedule Saturday, Aug. 31 — at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) Saturday, Sept. 7 — vs. Imhotep Charter (Pa.) at Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 21 — vs. St. Peter’s Prep Friday, Sept. 27 — at Don Bosco Prep Friday, Oct. 4 — at Irvington Saturday, Oct. 12 — vs. St. Joe’s (Mont.) Saturday, Oct. 19 — at Pope John Friday, Oct. 25 — at Paramus Catholic Saturday, Nov. 2 — vs. DePaul Catholic
JSZ Year in Review: Top Baseball Games of 2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. A game so beautiful it’s played on a diamond. When it comes to baseball New Jersey has produced top tier talent at both the Division I and Pro level. 2019 kept that theme going. Big names, big plays and big at-bats filled your social media for weeks, here are our most viewed games from this past baseball season. 10. Bergen Catholic 10 DePaul 0 In this regular season matchup between Big North Conference rivals Bergen Catholic and DePaul Catholic, University of Michigan commit Jacob Denner pitched a 9 K shutout against the Spartans. 9. Delbarton Kinnelon 3 Morris County Tournament favorites Delbarton continued their hot streak with a close one run victory over Kinnelon. 8. Pope John 5 Delbarton 4 Not many can say they stared down the barrel of a gun and lived to tell the tale, but Nate Pallotta can relate. In the bottom of the seventh Pallotta knocked in a game-winning RBI to defeat No. 1 Delbarton 5-4 in walk-off fashion. 7. Delbarton 9 Red Bank Catholic 7 Jack Leiter and the Green Wave swept through the mid-season Autism Awareness Challenge. In Delbarton’s battle with Red Bank Catholic, Leiter had 10 strikeouts while Shawn Rapp added a 3-run home run. 6. Delbarton 2 Don Bosco 0 Delbarton no strangers to high pressure games. In the Non-Public A North Final, the Green Wave captured their third straight title with a 2-0 shutout against Don Bosco. 5. Bergen Catholic 6 Delbarton 2 Bergen Catholic’s Ryan Cancellieri pitched the game of his life against top ranked Delbarton in the regular season. Thanks to his 11 strikeouts and two earned runs the Crusaders were able to top the then No. 7 team in country 6-2! 4. Delbarton 2 West Morris 1 The Morris County Tournament Final came to a thrilling conclusion as Delbarton ace Jack Leiter propelled the Green with 14 strikeouts to another MCT Title. 3. Delbarton 7 Seton Hall Prep 5 Aside from having Major League caliber talent on the squad, Delbarton’s strength is in its depth chart. In the Non-Public A Semifinal Justin Kim knocked in the game-winning RBI against Seton Hall Prep for a 7-5 win. 2. Delbarton 4 St. Augustine Prep 3 These two are no strangers to each other, the last three Non-Public A State Finals have featured both St. Augustine Prep and Delbarton. Well Vanderbilt University commit Jack Leiter and New York Yankees signee Anthony Volpe ended their final high school games with one more piece of hardware. 1. Delbarton 7 Montville 1 Before the conclusion of the Morris County Tournament, Jack Leiter pushed Delbarton to the MCT Final for their eventual third straight title with 11 strikeouts against Montville.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Wrestling Matches of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. Plain and simple, New Jersey high school wrestling never disappoints. The state produces legit Division I talent year in and year out, and the 2018-2019 season was no different. Our list is a mix of the most viewed dual meets and state championship bouts from the season. #10: St. John Vianney’s Dean Peterson wins the 113-Pound State Championship It was a year to remember for Dean Peterson. The super sophomore rolled through his opponents all season long to a 39-0 record and his first state title. #9: Hunterdon Central’s Brett Ungar win the 106-Pound State Championship Brett Ungar and Tyler Klinksy each hadn’t lost a match all season long, but that would change when Ungar earned a major decision on his way to a state title. #8: Wall’s Rob Kanniard wins the 160-Pound State Championship Rob Kanniard might have had the most dominating season ever in New Jersey high school wrestling. He completed an undefeated 46-0 season, did not allow a single offensive point to be scored on him and won his first state. Kanniard now heads to Rutgers University to wrestle. #7: Howell 30 South Plainfeld 28 Howell and South Plainfield boast two of the most storied public school programs ever in New Jersey. The two powers clashed for bragging rights as the top public team in the Garden State. #6: Bergen Catholic’s Jacob Cardenas wins the 195-Pound State Championship Jacob Cardenas became the seventh wrestler in Bergen Catholic history to win multiple state championships after defeating Paramus’ Kyle Jacob, 6-3, in the state final. #5: Pope John’s JoJo Aragona wins the 138-Pound State Championship JoJo Aragona was ranked as the consensus No. 1 138-pound wrestler all season long and proved it once more by winning his first state championship. #4: Bergen Catholic 48 Delbarton 17 | Non-Public A North Sectional Final Bergen Catholic won 10 bouts and cruised through Delbarton to win its eighth-straight sectional crown. #3: Camden Catholic’s Lucas Revano wins the 145-Pound State Championship Anyone that’s seen Lucas Revano wrestle knows he has a thing for theatrics. Revano won his second consecutive state championship with an overtime pin. #2: St. Joseph (Mont.)’s Sammy Alvarez wins the 126-Pound State Championship It was the most heart-pounding, tense bout of the night in Atlantic City and it did not disappoint. In the first overtime period, Alvarez blocked, shrugged and spun for two against Robert Howard to win his first ever state championship. Alvarez, now committed to Rutgers University, also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. #1: Blair Academy 45 Bergen Catholic 20 Bergen Catholic’s defeat of Blair Academy in 2018 was one of the most wild wins in all of America. The Bucs, however, used that loss as motivation to get revenge on Bergen Catholic at Lehigh University and secure their spot as the No. 1 high school team in America.
Robert Howard Hungry for Team USA Gold Medal
New Jersey wrestling aficionados know Robert Howard as a three-time state finalist, winning an NJSIAA championship in 2018. But casual wrestling fans might not know Howard holds a U.S. wrestling record — he’s the only American wrestler to ever make three Cadet freestyle world teams. Howard placed ninth in 2017 and fell short at 13th last summer, but those finishes are long by the wayside. Robert Howard, is totally geared up to win a 55 kg (121 pound) gold medal for Team USA in Sofia, Bulgaria from July 29 to August 4. JSZ sat down with Howard and his club coach, Rich Bitetto, as he prepares for the biggest tournament of his life: Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we bring you behind-the-scenes feature stories and highlight reels of the top athletes in the Garden State.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Basketball Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. We’ll continue the series here with boys basketball. The 2018-2019 season in New Jersey boys basketball was truly one for the record books. We were graced with three McDonald’s All-Americans (Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney) along with plenty of other top-tier talent — it all resulted in a thrilling season. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games captured by JSZ cameras. #10 Roselle Catholic 48 Gill St. Bernard’s 44 | Non-Public B North Final Led by Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney, Roselle Catholic battled and won their second straight sectional championship against Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy and his Gill St. Bernard’s Knights. #9: Ranney 63 Don Bosco Prep 51 Villanova commit Bryan Antoine had an early season feast against the Ironmen back in mid-December. Antoine dropped 33 points — the third-highest point total in his final season. #8: Ranney 84 West Nottingham 72 Ranney secured a 12-point win against out-of-state opponent West Nottingham in the first game of the highly-anticipated senior seasons for the dynamic duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. #7: Ranney 56 Bergen Catholic 55 Ranney’s toughest test of the year to this point came on January 12 when the Panthers staved off a late-game push to defeat Bergen Catholic at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase at Brookdale Community College. #6: Gill St. Bernard’s 62 Ranney 60 Much of the hype this past season was on Ranney and Roselle Catholic, but it was Gill St. Bernard’s who shocked the NJ basketball scene by delivering Ranney it’s first in-state loss of the season. Forward Connor Murphy led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Kean University. #5: Ranney 54 Wildwood Catholic 50 | Non-Public B South Final Talk about going down to the wire — Wildwood Catholic gave everything they had in an overtime thriller, but it was Ranney’s postseason experience that proved to be the difference. Scottie Lewis led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. #4: Roselle Catholic 62 Patrick School 61 Union County’s most intense rivalry did not disappoint as the Lions and Celtics went to the final second in an even battle. Kahlil Whitney recorded a 25 point, 10 rebound double-double — it was his sixth double-double on the season. #3: Ranney 56 Roselle Catholic 50 | Non-Public B State Final Ranney fell to Roselle Catholic in the final seconds of the 2018 Non-Public B state final, but did get exact revenge against the Lions in the state playoffs. Kahlil Whitney scored 26 points in his final high school game and Bryan Antoine led the Panthers with 21 as Ranney secured its first ever state championship in program history. #2: Ranney 67 Bergen Catholic 63 | Tournament of Champions Final After four years and over a hundred wins, Ranney’s legacy on the hardwood reached the ultimate peak when the Panthers defeated Bergen Catholic to win the 2019 Tournament of Champions final. It was the final high school game for the decorated and historic duo of Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. #1: Ranney 61 Roselle Catholic 49 The most hyped game of 2019 came in a regular season bout between Ranney and Roselle Catholic. It was the first time the two schools met after Roselle Catholic’s late-game heroics to win the Non-Public B state title over Ranney in March of 2018. McDonald’s All-Americans Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney were all honored in a pre-game ceremony and even Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Football Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. We get things started with high school football. The 2019 season will be here before you know it. In August, we’ll begin our team previews throughout the state with a steady diet of features seven days a week. Then we’ll bring cameras around the Garden State every Friday night and Saturday afternoon bringing you extensive highlights and interviews. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games on JSZ from the 2018 season: #10: RBC 14 Mater Dei Prep 10 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship The Shore Conference often takes a backseat to the North Jersey superpowers, but an All-Shore state championship was a special moment for the Jersey Shore. Two outstanding defenses took center stage at MetLife Stadium with the Caseys emerging. #9: Saint Joe’s-Montvale 24 Saint Peter’s Prep 14 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinals Audric Estime’s 143 yards and 2 TD’s helped the Green Knights punch their ticket to MetLife Stadium #8: Bergen Catholic 24 Saint Joe-Montvale 20 Anthony Corbin sparked a come from behind win with an early fourth-quarter interception and a touchdown run to knock off the #1 team in the state #7 Saint Peter’s Prep 26 Don Bosco Prep 23 (OT) Massai Maynor was the x-factor in a tremendous matchup. His game-winning TD run gave the Marauders a walk-off win #6: Don Bosco Prep 22 Byrnes (SC) 17 The Ironmen opened the 2018 season with a tilt against a South Carolina power. Don Bosco Prep’s late comeback was a great way to kick off 2018 #5: St. Joe’s-Montvale 13 Bergen Catholic 0 – Non-Public Group 4 Final The Green Knights become New Jersey’s #1 team of 2018 after a masterful defensive performance at MetLife Stadium. No need for an umbrella to watch this rain filled state championship: #4: Saint Peter’s Prep 34 Bergen Catholic 7 This was the revenge game of 2018. After Bergen Catholic won the state championship with a dominating win over the Marauders in 2017, Saint Peter’s Prep returned the favor early in the 2018 campaign: #3: Mater Dei Prep 28 DePaul Catholic 23 – Non-Public Group 3 Semifinal Before he was a Notre Dame commit, Clarence Lewis caught the game-winner from Rob McCoy late in the fourth quarter. This was a game that sent shock waves throughout New Jersey and served notice that Mater Dei Prep is a new power outside of the Shore Conference: #2: Bergen Catholic 14 Don Bosco Prep 13 The Crusaders and the Ironmen have to be considered one of the best football rivalries in the country. These two teams never disappoint when they face each other: #1: Bergen Catholic 35 Don Bosco Prep 17 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Two bitter rivals with a spot in the state championship on the line was the recipe for our most viewed game of 2018: High School Football Previews are Coming! Coming up in August, JSZ gets ready for the 2019 football season with previews from every part of the state. We’re excited to head to training camp and get you ready for the big names and stories of the upcoming season. Here were the ten most viewed high school football previews of 2018 on Jersey Sports Zone: Bergen CatholicSaint John Vianney Mater Dei PrepRed Bank CatholicCamden Saint Peter’s Prep Don Bosco Prep Long Branch Rumson-Fair Haven Piscataway
Michigan gains two NJ commitments over the weekend
Jim Harbaugh and his staff have enjoyed success on the recruiting trail in the Garden State and on Sunday, the University of Michigan secured verbal commitments from two New Jersey standouts from both ends of the state. The 2019 University of Michigan has seven New Jersey natives on its 2019 roster and two more are on their way to the Maize and Blue in 2020. Bergen Catholic safety Jordan Morant made his commitment to coach Harbaugh on Sunday. The nation’s top ranked safety and second overall prospect out of New Jersey made the announcement on his social media account: COMMITTED… #GoBlue〽️ pic.twitter.com/ShDXOwTI0L— Jordan Morant ❄️ (@jordanmorantt) June 23, 2019 Jersey Sports Zone has seen Morant make a huge impact on defense and special teams over the last two years at Bergen Catholic: Earlier in the day, another New Jersey standout committed to the Maize and Blue. Williamstown defensive end Aaron Lewis changed his pledge from West Virginia to Michigan: Please respect my decision. I am Happy to say I am now committed to the University of Michigan. #godbless pic.twitter.com/4lwm9jjZQL— aaron.lewis84 (@aaron_lewis71) June 23, 2019
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The section finals are now set after a Thursday that saw teams beat the wet weather to punch their ticket. JSZ brings you the conclusion of Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public “A” North semis and a Point Boro upset over top seed Governor Livingston in Central Jersey Group 2 (5) Point Pleasant Boro 6 (1) Governor Livingston 1 – Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Nick Guzzi was sensational on the hill throwing a complete game one-hitter with nine strikeouts and just two walks to give Point Pleasant Boro a spot in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship. Guzzi gave up a long homer to Georgia Tech commit Drew Compton in the first, but that was the only hit of the game for the Highlanders. Point Boro took advantage of an error to score three runs in the top of the 2nd and Guzzi helped himself out with an RBI single in the 4th. The Panthers will host Robbinsville in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship on Friday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Berkeley Heights (8) Don Bosco 2 Bergen Catholic 1 – North Non-Public A Semifinal It’s never a dull moment when Big North Conference rivals Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic face off, Thursday’s North Non-Public A Tournament Semifinal was no exception. The game originally played on 5/29 was postponed after the fourth inning due to rain and was continued Thursday evening. The No. 12 Ironmen began with a two run lead before BC got on the board off a Juan De La Cruz RBI in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-1. However, Villanova commit Devin Rivera was able to get the job done on the mound in the seventh to set up a date with No. 1 Delbarton in the title game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Wednesday 5.22 JSZ Boys Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The boys lacrosse playoffs continue to heat up and Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with some of the hottest finishes from around the state! Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights! (5) Don Bosco Prep 11 (4) Bergen Catholic 10 – Non-Public A Quarterfinal Don Bosco Prep had revenge on their minds — the Ironmen lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Bergen Catholic in early April. That left Don Bosco seeking revenge, and it was exacted by freshman Koleton Marquis when he scored the game-winning goal with only :14 seconds remaining in regulation to push Don Bosco Prep into the sectional semifinals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from a wild game in Oradell: (4) Westfield 6 (1) Ridge 5 – Group 4 North Semifinal No. 19 Westfield advanced to the North Jersey Group 4 Final with a 6-5 upset victory over No. 4 Ridge. The Blue Devils took a 4-0 lead at halftime thanks to a hat trick from Brown University commit Devon McLane in the first two quarters. However, despite another score from McLane in the second half, it was Ridge playing aggressor as they answered back with three goals to tie the game at 5-5 late in the fourth quarter. It was then Jake Engelke found net for a go-ahead score with 4:50 remaining to give Westfield the win. The Blue Devils will take on No. 9 Hunterdon Central in the Title Game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! (3) Shawnee 7 (2) Ocean City 6 – Group 3 South Semifinal Yale commit Chris Lyons led a balanced attack for the No. 13 Renegades, finishing with two goals and two assists. David Giordano and Gavyn Wilson also scored two goals apiece in the victory. Andrew Goldstein made 14 saves to key the win as well. Marty Cattie led the No. 12 Red Raiders with two goals in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as Shawnee advances to face top-seeded Moorestown in the sectional title game on Saturday: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. #2 Somerville 14 #6 Hopewell Valley 7 – South Group 2 Semifinal The #2 Somerville Pioneers defeated the #6 Hopewell Valley Bulldogs 14-7 on Wednesday, advancing to the South Group 2 Semifinals. Ryan Pierson scored the game-high with five goals. Steven Dupras hit 100 career points, and scored the second highest number of goals with four. TJ Sanchez scored three goals. The Pioneers will face #1 Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday for the South Jersey Group 2 Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Somerville: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Hopewell Valley! (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 16 (4) Allentown 6 – South Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Luke Devlin scored six goals as RFH scored 11 straight goals in the second and third quarter to give the Bulldogs a spot in the South Jersey Group 2 finals and a matchup with Somerville this Saturday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Allentown) and Gold Coast Cadillac (Rumson-Fair Haven) for allowing us to bring you state lacrosse playoff highlights!