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Benjamin Shue Rewriting Records in Breakout Freshman Season
It only took a matter of weeks for Bergen Catholic’s Benjamin Shue to break records. The budding, young star for the Crusaders is one of New Jersey’s top performers so far this spring track and field season. Shue broke the national discus throw record for a freshman last month and followed it up with a jaw-dropping performance at the illustrious Penn Relays. What makes this three-sport athlete tick? JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story:
Vote Now for JSZ Week 4 Game Balls!
The spring season rolls on and the fantastic performances continue on the baseball and softball fields. Our team has once again received submissions and combed the box scores to find the most eye-popping numbers of the week. Vote as many times as you’d like through Tuesday at 3pm, and we’ll award the winners with a JSZ Game Ball during a practice or game later in the week. North Jersey Submit future nominations to Jay Cook (Jay@jerseysportszone.com). Central Jersey Submit future nominations to Rich Chrampanis (Rich@jerseysportszone.com). South Jersey Submit future nominations to Mike Frankel (MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com).
Watch Thursday 4.21 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
We’ve got a milestone moment in Mountain Lakes, a top 10 girls matchup for top spot in the Shore and the Bergen Catholic boys giving us some great highlights. Watch all the action now! Mountain Lakes 12 Pope John 4 | Boys Mountain Lakes’ historic head coach Tim Flynn became only the fourth high school lacrosse coach in the country – and the first in New Jersey – to reach 700 career wins. Cade Schuckman had a hat trick in an overpowering effort from start to finish for Mountain Lakes (7-0). JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from a memorable day in Morris County: Bergen Catholic 15 Middletown South 7 | Boys Crispin Kaye had six goals and two assists and Jake Taromina added four goals as Bergen Catholic raced out to a 12-3 lead on the way to its third straight win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center Rumson-Fair Haven 10 Trinity Hall 7 | Girls Freshman Rachel James had four goals and four assists to lead the Bulldogs to a win in a matchup of defending state champions in the Shore Conference. RFH had a 5-4 lead at the half and scored four straight to open the second half on the way to earning the top spot in the Shore. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio
Watch Wednesday 4.20 JSZ Baseball Highlights
It was a busy day on the diamond, and JSZ has action from all over the Garden State. Check back throughout the night as the highlights roll in! Don Bosco 12 Bergen Catholic 1 (5 innings) The No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey secured an early season series sweep against their arch rivals on Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of scouts were in to see flame-throwing right-hander Caden Dana and he cruised through five innings of work by striking our four and only allowing three hits for Don Bosco (7-2). Michael Staiano and Allen Hernandez paced the offense with three-RBI days apiece. The Ironmen defeated Bergen Catholic (4-4) on Monday at West Point to help lock up the sweep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health. Ranney 14 St. Mary’s (Rutherford) 0 (5 innings) Charlie Chropuvka hit a mammoth home run to dead center and Diego Tavarez added a blast to support Marcello Mastroianni and Jack Renaud’s combined five-inning no-hitter as Ranney (8-1) handed St. Mary’s (10-1) its first loss of the season. The Panthers rebounded from a 3-2 loss to Rumson-Fair Haven with a dominating performance. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s high school baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health East Brunswick 4 South Brunswick 2 East Brunswick defeated South Brunswick 4-2 to improve to 6-4. The Bears trailing 1-0 for most of the afternoon got a lift in the fifth inning off a solo home run from Jason Agrait to tie the game at 1-1, they tacked on two more runs in the inning. Despite giving up a home run in the second, Michael Marchese finished with 12 strike outs and two earned runs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. Delsea 9 Woodstown 2 The Crusaders took an early lead and never looked back, running their record to (7-1). Konnor Reilly paced Delsea with three RBIs on the day. Jake Watson struck out six in five innings of work to earn the win on the mound. Lucas Prendergast had an RBI for Woodstown (4-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Buena 4 Schalick 1 The Chiefs led 2-1 after some first inning fireworks, and battled for a hard-fought win to stay undefeated. Zach Strouse picked up a complete game win on the mound with five strikeouts. Brady Betts knocked in a pair of RBIs in the win for Buena (6-0). Cole DuBois had the lone RBI in the loss for Schalick (4-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: JSZ baseball highlights are brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Friday 4.1 JSZ Opening Day Baseball Highlights
It might not feel like spring yet, but the turn of the calendar into April means baseball season is here. JSZ takes you around the state for some standout Opening Day performances as we kick off our 2022 baseball coverage. Stay tuned as all the highlights come in! Mainland 9 Clearview 8 | Coaches vs. Cancer Classic The Mustangs trailed by five runs twice in the game, but battled back to beat the Pioneers. Mainland plated four runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, including a walk-off RBI single from Christian Elliott. Nick Wagner hit a two-run home run in the victory for the Stangs. Mike Flax hit a three-run homer for Clearview in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from a thriller under the lights in Northfield: JSZ’s coverage of the Mainland Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Middletown South 6 Freehold Twp. 0 Ben Schild throws a 16 strikeout no-hitter and the Eagles use a five-run 5th inning to secure an impressive opening day win. Schild threw 95 pitches and walked just one batter. The Eagles committed two errors in the infield but Schild was able to shut down the Patriots lineup. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights and post-game reaction from Opening Day in Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s Opening Day baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health Hun School 14 Bergen Catholic 6 It was opening day for NJSIAA teams, but Hun already has games under their belt and looks to be hitting its stride. The Raiders (3-0) brought fireworks from the opening pitch to the final in a big win against a perennial North Jersey power. Ryan DiMaggio led the way on the bump with eight strikeouts and no walks across five innings of work. Michael Chiaravallo knocked in four RBI – including a three-run home run – while Carson Applegate notched a pair of RBI. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Breslin Field in Lyndhurst: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of The Hun School is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Robbinsville 10 Nottingham 6 Robbinsville defeated Nottingham 10-6 to begin the 2022 high school baseball season. It was a tight 3-3 battle until the bottom of the fourth when Robbinsville scored four runs. Wake Forrest commit Luke Billings added a pair of RBI’s in the sixth, Billings also pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs while collecting five strike outs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Nottingham and Robbinsville coverage.
Meet JSZ’s Entire 2022 All-Zone Basketball Team!
Jersey Sports Zone honors the 2021-22 high school basketball season with our annual All-Zone team. We announce the Mister and Miss Hoop Zone 2022 winner with extended features on two more great names to add to New Jersey high school basketball history! You can also find our entire All-Zone team below, which highlights the top public and non-public players on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. Wagner Repeats as JSZ’s Mister Hoop Zone Camden guard DJ Wagner is a two-time winner of Jersey Sports Zone’s Mister Hoop Zone award. The number one ranked recruit in the nation for the class of 2023 helped “The High” to a Group 2 state championship. He was on 35 first-place ballots in JSZ’s voting, done by high school head coaches and media members around the state. Roselle Catholic’s Simeon Wilcher, who led Roselle Catholic to a Tournament of Champions overtime win against Camden finished in second picking up 22 first-place votes. In the midst of all the attention not only in our state but across the nation, Wagner continues to be humble and has a team-first mentality. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles our two-time Mr. Hoop Zone winner: Thanks to the coaches and media members from every part of the state who cast their vote for 2022 Mister Hoop Zone: Tom Sheridan, Williamstown, Kyle Dhyne, Holy Spirit, Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Twp., Dan Williams, Mainland, Eric Cassidy, Cherokee, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Tyler Schmelz, Red Bank Catholic, John Giraldo, Matawan, Alex Mirabel, St. Peter’s Prep, Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco, Mergin Sina, Gill St. Bernard’s, Dennis Caruano, Raritan, Andrew Bilodeau, Manasquan, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, John Rosser, Overbrook, Mike Nausedas, Marlboro, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Ryan McKeever, Immaculata, Rory Caswell, Toms River North, Lou Piccola, Colts Neck, Rich Buckheit, Mater Dei Prep, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, John Bruno, Ocean City, Nick Vier, Ramapo, Mike Clemente, Central, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Kris Grundy, Montgomery, Matt Talbot, Roselle Park, Tahj Holden, Ranney, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, A. Melesurgo, Bound Brook, Jeff Gumbs Jr., Perth Amboy, Rich Roche, Notre Dame, Chris Raba, Nottingham, Phil Colicchio, Elizabeth, Ben Gamble, Bayonne, Mark Bass, Trenton Catholic, Kevin Williams, Seton Hall Prep, Ryan Derry, Burlington Township, Don DeLeo, Hightstown, James McKeon, Westfield, Liam James, Gloucester, Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Brandon Gould, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Jon Jones, NJ Advance/Max Preps, Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio, Dave’s Joint, Adam Zagoria, NY Times, Antonio Morales, NJ Athletics, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, Matt Manley, Shore Sports Network, Jay Gomes, NJ Hoops, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, James Mooney, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ SJV’s St. Rose Wins 2022 Miss Hoop Zone in Dominating Fashion St. John Vianney guard Madison St. Rose was a near-unanimous selection to win Jersey Sports Zone’s 2022 Miss Hoop Zone. The Princeton-bound senior was the leader of one of the best teams in New Jersey high school history going 32-1, winning the final Tournament of Champions. While St. Rose was snubbed from national all-star games, the coaches and media in New Jersey have given her proper due as one of the very best from our state to play the game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis profiles the latest great athlete to join the Miss Hoop Zone list: Thanks to the coaches and media members around the state who cast their vote for JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone; Billy Lovett, Morris Catholic, Joe Montano, Red Bank Catholic, Rachel Goodale, Jackson Memorial, Dave Callahan, Rumson-Fair Haven, Dave Beauchemin, Manchester Twp., William Wishart, Shore Regional, Michael Lazur, Ocean Township, Dawn Karpell, St. John Vianney, Steve DiPatri, Wildwood Catholic, Scott Betson, Mainland, Sandy Chiera, Colonia, Vin Vizzi, Spotswood, Jackie Siscone, ACIT, Ron Powell, Cherokee, Mary Klinger, Rutgers Prep, Steve Silver, IHA, Sandy Gordon, Ramapo, Justin McGhee, Middletown North, Chris Hernandez, Weehawkin, Jenna Marcus, Hightstown, Liz McKeon, Westfield, Travis Retzlaff, East Brunswick, Cap Pazdera, New Providence, Kristen Przybylski, Eastern, Audrey Taylor, Franklin, Derek Lynn, Montville, Felicia Oliver, Matawan, Brad Allen, Teaneck, Scott Meile, Oakcrest, Lisa Kukoda, Manasquan, Danny Brown, Saddle River Day, Brandon Pilgrim, Paterson Eastside, Jon Jones, NJ Advance/Max Preps, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio, Brian Deakyne, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, NYG Hoops, Antonio Morales, NJ Athletics, Prep Girls Hoops, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, G Thing, Luis Torres, NJ Advance Media, James Mooney, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ St. Benedict’s Johnson wins JSZ’s Prep Player of the Year St. Benedict’s Prep junior Ty-Laur Johnson was named Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep player of the year after leading the Gray Bees to a dominating 19-1 season and the New Jersey Prep “A” championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has more on a junior guard who shined against elite competition: Meet the 2022 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team This week, we’ll have video profiles of every player across the state that we honor as part of the 2022 Jersey Sports Zone All-Zone Basketball Team. Public BoysPublic BoysNon-Public BoysNon-Public BoysMr. Hoop Zone FinalistsPOY Winners Darius Adams, ManasquanEJ Matthews-Spratley, Cherry Hill EastAdam Silas, St. Thomas AquinasOtega Oweh, Blair AcademyMark Armstrong, St. Peter's PrepDJ Wagner, Camden, JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone 2022 Andrew Ball, ShawneeCian Medley, CamdenAkil Watson, Roselle CatholicRyan Pettit, Rutgers PrepMackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard'sTy-Laur Johnson, St. Benedict's Prep, JSZ Prep Player of the Year Aaron Bradshaw, CamdenSavon Myers, Manchester Twp.Brandon Benjamin, Bergen CatholicRyan Zan, Rutgers PrepWill Richardson, Bergen Catholic Tayvon Gaither, LenapeSavion Pressley, ColoniaDavid Mager, Dwight-EnglewoodTahaad Pettiford, Hudson CatholicSimeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic Scott Gyimesi, Rumson-Fair HavenSebastian Robinson, ElizabethDeuce Jones, Trenton CatholicNaas Cunningham, Gill St. Bernard's Dasear Haskins, CamdenKeyshun Sanders, PaulsboroDylan Harper, Don BoscoDenver Anglin, Gill St. Bernard's Zoe Holman, Woodrow WilsonJack Seidler, MarlboroElijah Gertrude, Hudson CatholicAlex Bauman, Red Bank Catholic Asim Jones, Paterson CharterDerek Simpson, LenapeJackson Bleeker, Seton Hall PrepCJ Ruoff, Red Bank Catholic Elijah Lewis, Watchung HillsJon Spatola, MarlboroJadin Collins, Rutgers PrepIsaac Hester, Ranney Sean Logan, WestfieldDJ Thomson, KeyportJamarques Lawrence, Roselle CatholicNate Williams, St. John Vianney Carlos Lopez, Egg Harbor Twp.Julian Brown, Bergen Catholic Meet the 2022 JSZ All-Zone Girls Basketball Team Public GirlsPublic GirlsNon-Public GirlsNon-Public GirlsMiss Hoop Zone FinalistsMiss Hoop Zone Winner Amaya Burch, Timber CreekBrooke Hollawell, ManasquanIsabella Ascencio, IHAAshley O'Connor, St. John Vianney Zoe Brooks, St. John VianneyMadison St. Rose, St. John Vianney Destiny Bynum-Johnson, UniversityGrace Klag, WestfieldTyonna Bailey, Montclair ImmaculateFaith Pappas, Pope JohnHannah Hidalgo, Paul VI Kylie Capstraw, West OrangeMeghan Lamanna, New ProvidenceAntonia Bates, Rutgers PrepMia Pauldo, Morris CatholicPaulina Paris, Saddle River Day Julia Corsentino, Rumson-Fair HavenZoie Maffei, Jackson MemorialMikayla Blakes, Rutgers PrepMya Pauldo, Morris CatholicJustine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic Alexis Davis, WoodburyBrynn McCurry, SpartaMeg Cahalan, St. John VianneyKayla Perez, St. Thomas Aquinas Camryn Dirkes, MainlandChristina Midgette, FranklinAlly Carman, Red Ban CatholicAlana Robinson, Pope John Mary Elizabeth Donnelly, ManasquanGia Pissott, Toms River NorthGina Gaccione, IHAGabriella Ross, Donovan Catholic Rylee Drahos, Shore RegionalMadison Schiller, RamapoKatie Ledden, Rutgers PrepTayla Thomas, Montclair Immaculate Katie Fricker, CherokeeRhian Stokes, EwingSara McShea, Paul VIKassidy Thompson, Camden Catholic Kyla Glasser-Hyman, HightstownAlly Sweeney, SpartaKaci Mikulski, Wildwood CatholicFaith Williamson, Saddle River Day Georgia Heine, Manasquan Jersey Sports Zone’s All-Zone coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Watch Wednesday 3.30 JSZ Opening Day Lacrosse Highlights
The 2022 lacrosse season gets underway on Wednesday, and JSZ has highlights from four games to get the action going. Check back throughout the night as the highlights are posted! Ridgewood 7 Don Bosco 6 | Boys Simply put, statement made. Ridgewood is the top story on the opening day of the 2022 season after taking out the reigning TOC champions Don Bosco while also extinguishing their 18-game win streak. John Dunphey scored a pair of goals for the Maroons, but it was Charlie Merrick’s goal in the fourth quarter that gave Ridgewood their first lead of the entire game. Koleton Marquis and Mark Marino each had two goals for the Ironmen in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Ridgewood: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Ridgewood and Don Bosco is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health. Bergen Catholic 11 CBA 10 (2OT) | Boys Nick Muller’s goal in double overtime gave the Crusaders a dramatic double-overtime win on the road in a fantastic game played by both teams. Muller finished the game with a goal and six assists while teammate Crispin Kaye had six goals and an assist. CBA got a goal from Ian McRae with 9.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Lincroft: JSZ’s opening day lacrosse coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health Lower Cape May 12 Middle Township 7 | Boys The Caper Tigers built a 6-0 halftime lead and then held off the rival Panthers to earn the victory. Macky Bonner led Lower with five goals, while Matt Brown scored four goals in the victory. Matthew Frame, Brett Nabb, and Greg Hrynowski all scored two goals apiece for Middle in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Shore 14 Monroe 5 | Boys Shore Regional opens the Boys Lacrosse season 1-0 following a 14-5 victory over three time reigning GMC Champions Monroe. After falling behind 2-0 to begin play, Shore ended the opening quarter with 4 unanswered scores, they would tack on three more in the second to lead 7-2 at halftime. Carson Cooke with three goals in the third push the score to 12-4 to close out the third, Cooke ended the afternoon with 5, Sam Madalone also had 5 goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage.
Vote now for JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness Sweet 16
JSZ’s Dunk Madness is back for 2022! 32 of the best dunks captured by JSZ in a bracket-style tournament where YOU determine who had the Dunk of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Sweet 16 polls are open now until 3PM on Tuesday (3/29). The Elite 8 will begin on Tuesday at 4 PM! Vote now on the Sweet 16 matchups! Click each player’s name to watch their dunk and cast your vote below! Zion Fowler (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Dylan Harper (Don Bosco Prep) Rasheer Fleming (Camden) vs. Simeon Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) Matt Solomon (Manasquan) vs. Naas Cunningham (Gill St. Bernard’s) Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Elijah Perkins (Camden) Rashee Bell (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Brandon Benjamin (Bergen Catholic) George Mitchell (Keyport) vs. Amar Lane (Burlington Twp.) Jameel Morris (Trenton Catholic) vs. Geancarlo Peguero (Gill St. Bernard’s) Ryan Zan (Rutgers Prep) vs. Elijah Brown (St. Augustine) JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness is powered by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Vote now for Round One of JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness!
JSZ’s Dunk Madness is back for 2022! 32 of the best dunks captured by JSZ in a bracket-style tournament where YOU determine who had the Dunk of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Polls are open now until 3PM on Monday (3/28). Round two will begin on Monday at 4 PM! Vote now on our 16 first round matchups! Click each player’s name to watch the dunk and cast your vote below! Zion Fowler (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Andrew Ball (Shawnee) Will Richardson (Bergen Catholic) vs. Dylan Harper (Don Bosco Prep) Elijah Gertrude (Hudson Catholic) vs. Rasheer Fleming (Camden) Simeon Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) vs. Asim Jones (Paterson Charter) Joe White (CBA) vs. Matt Solomon (Manasquan) Otega Oweh (Blair) vs. Naas Cunningham (Gill St. Bernard’s) Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Tahaad Pettiford (Hudson Catholic) Elijah Perkins (Camden) vs. Deuce Jones (Trenton Catholic) Aaron Bradshaw (Camden) vs. Rashee Bell (Wildwood Catholic Academy) Derek Simpson (Lenape) vs. Brandon Benjamin (Bergen Catholic) Jadin Collins (Rutgers Prep) vs. George Mitchell (Keyport) Gio Panzini (RBC) vs. Amar Lane (Burlington Twp.) Jameel Morris (Trenton Catholic) vs. Adam Silas (St. Thomas Aquinas) Geancarlo Peguero (Gill St. Bernard’s) vs. Akil Watson (Roselle Catholic) DJ Wagner (Camden) vs. Ryan Zan (Rutgers Prep) Rich Brisco (Roselle Catholic) vs. Elijah Brown (St. Augustine) JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness is powered by RWJ Barnabas Health.
JSZ’s 2022 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone Award Finalists Announced!
The 2021-2022 high school basketball season has officially come to a close a close after an exciting three months on the hardwood. Now, we shift our focus over to our extensive postseason awards. By Rich Chrampanis, Jersey Sports Zone’s Chief Operating Officer Voting for the 2022 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone has officially closed. Numerous coaches from conferences spanning the entire state – along with JSZ’s staff of MMJ’s and other reputable, credentialed media – have cast ballots for the top boys’ and girls’ player in the Garden State. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd, and one point for 3rd. The winners will be announced on March 27, first on JSZ-TV and then on social media. They’ll join a talented collection of players to bring home JSZ’s top annual 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 on Monday, March 28. Here are the JSZ Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone finalists, listed in alphabetical order. Meet the 2022 Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists Mark Armstrong, St. Peter’s Prep | Senior Armstrong, a Villanova signee, will likely go down as the greatest player in St. Peter’s Prep basketball history. He broke the school’s all-time scoring record near the end of the season and closed out his senior year with a career-high 648 points, good for 22.3 points per game. Armstrong’s 1,776 career points came in a multitude of ways from the talented athlete. Mackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard’s | Junior After virtually missing out on his entire sophomore season due to an injury, Mgbako made up for missed time and dominated throughout his breakout junior year. He averaged 19.5 PPG and 10.6 RPG and helped lead Gill St. Bernard’s to a 20-7 record and a Somerset County Tournament championship. Mgbako is uncommitted but remains a Top-10 nationally ranked player in the Class of 2023. Will Richardson, Bergen Catholic | Senior There’s no doubt that 2022 was an up and down season for Bergen Catholic, but when it mattered most, their top player delivered. Richardson became the Crusaders’ all-time leading scorer and was instrumental in Bergen Catholic winning the Bergen County Jamboree, the Non-Public A North sectional title and the Non-Public A state title. The Fordham commit averaged 19.5 points per game this season. He’s a two-time Mr. Hoop Zone finalist. D.J. Wagner, Camden | Junior The nation’s No. 1 overall ranked player in the Class of 2023 put together another masterful season with Camden. Wagner, the reigning 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone Award winner, racked up 634 points across 32 total games this season, good for 19.8 points per game. He is the face of Camden basketball and helped The High capture the programs’s elusive 12th state championship in Camden’s long, storied history. Wagner, still uncommitted, is the most-highly recruited player in the country. Simeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic | Junior Simeon Wilcher might be the most improved player in the entire state this season. Roselle Catholic’s latest star player was an essential piece to the Lions capturing the last Tournament of Champions title in state history – he dropped a team-high 22 points in an overtime win over Camden. Wilcher, a North Carolina commit, is a do-it-all guard who averaged 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 steals over a 30-game season. Meet the 2022 Miss Hoop Zone Finalists Zoe Brooks, St. John Vianney | Junior After transferring in from Trenton Catholic, Zoe Brooks continued to show why she’s one of the best underclass guards in America. Alongside fellow Miss Hoop Zone finalist Madison St. Rose, Brooks dropped 579 points (18.1 PPG) on one of the nation’s best teams. She’s uncommitted and has one more season left with the Lady Lancers. Brooks is a two-time Miss Hoop Zone finalist. Hannah Hidalgo, Paul VI | Junior Hidalgo is the top player from South Jersey this season and continues to dominate every time she steps onto the floor. Hidalgo notched eight separate 30-point games for the Eagles and finished with a 26.3 PPG average. She guided the 24-4 Eagles into the Non-Public A South sectional title game. Paulina Paris, Saddle River Day | Senior In only two years at Saddle River Day, Paulina Paris carved out a spot as one of the best players to ever suit up as a Rebel. She’s as dynamic a guard as there is in New Jersey and beyond. The North Carolina commit put up 619 points (22.9 points per game) and was integral to Saddle River Day winning its sixth straight Bergen County Tournament championship and its fourth straight sectional title. Justine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic | Senior Justine Pissott is the only New Jersey player to be selected to the 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game. The University of Tennessee commit averaged 17.4 PPG in her senior season and she eclipsed 1,000 career points in January. Madison St. Rose, St. John Vianney | Senior Madison St. Rose’s ended her immaculate high school basketball career at the top of the mountain. Her elite level of play was essential to St. John Vianney’s 32-1 season that included a Shore Conference Tournament title, a Non-Public A South sectional title, the Non-Public A state title and the last Tournament of Champions title in state history. The Princeton commit produced a career-best 693 points and averaged 21.7 and 5.1 rebounds per game. St. Rose is a three-time Miss Hoop Zone finalist. JSZ Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone Past Winners 2018: Naz Reid, Roselle Catholic (LSU/NBA – Minnesota T’Wolves) | Dara Mabrey, Manasquan (Notre Dame) 2019: Bryan Antoine, Ranney (Villanova) | Diamond Miller, Franklin (Maryland) 2020: Lance Ware, Camden (Kentucky) | Kylee Watson, Mainland (Oregon) 2021: D.J. Wagner, Camden | Destiny Adams, Manchester Twp. (North Carolina) Jersey Sports Zone’s full postseason coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
JSZ’s Announces Hockey Postseason Awards!
New Jersey’s 2021-2022 high school hockey season was one for the record books. We saw some teams flirt with perfection, others make school history while many players took their respective games to new heights. Here, our team at Jersey Sports Zone honors the very best from this past season. Follow along as our full postseason award announcements roll out! CBA’s Zach Wagnon Wins JSZ’s 2022 Hockey Player of the Year Zach Wagnon’s senior season was dominant from start to finish. The top forward at Christian Brothers Academy, Wagnon accumulated 24 goals and a staggering 50 assists while leading the Colts to a near perfect year. The Yale University commit – who was named the Gordon Conference MVP – helped lead CBA to a 27-0-3 record along with a Gordon Cup championship along with a Non-Public state title. Wagnon was unanimously selected by JSZ’s staff as this year’s winner. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles the standout forward: JSZ’s Hockey Player of the Year History 2022: Zach Wagnon, CBA 2021: Connor Sedlak, Don Bosco 2020: John Donohoe, CBA 2019: Tyler Sedlak, Don Bosco 2018: Mickey Burns, Don Bosco Morristown-Beard’s Leah Stecker Wins JSZ’s 2022 Girls Hockey Player of the Year Morristown-Beard was once again crowned the number one Girls Ice Hockey team in New Jersey this past season and that was thanks in large part to senior leader Leah Stecker. The Penn State commit finished the year with 19 goals and eclipsed the 100 point mark in her Crimson career. Stecker exits high school with 67 goals total and the only two girls ice hockey state titles to be played in NJ’s history so far. JSZ is proud to announce Stecker as our inaugural winner of the award. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: JSZ’s 2022 All-Zone Team Every year, we put a spotlight on the best players to grace the ice in the Garden State. This year, however, we are splitting our All-Zone teams up into a public team and a non-public team. There’s no first, second or third team all-state here – we just take the very best from throughout the year. 2022 All-Zone Public Team GoaliesDefensemanForwards Shane Cook, Governor LivingstonThomas Conrod, WestfieldEgor Barabanov, Ridge Daniel Moor, Northern HighlandsAndreas Forand, Middletown SouthRowan Brennan, Verona Zach Turbin, LivingstonZach Gold, VeronaColin Delanzo, Middletown North Luke Dickerson, Morris Knolls Will Fuller, Northern Highlands Jace Koenigsmark, Middletown North Brian Kramer, Governor Livingston Denis Kuzmenkov, Ridge Matteo Mancheno, Westfield Brett Pritchard, Rumson-Fair Haven Austin Vecchio, Livingston 2022 All-Zone Non-Public Team GoaliesDefensemanForwardsPlayers of the Year John Donohoe, CBAMatthew Desiderio, Bergen CatholicAntonio Arcaroli, Bergen CatholicZach Wagnon, CBA - 2022 JSZ Boys Player of the Year Jason Cai, DelbartonNoah Jones, Morristown-BeardLeighton Biesidadecki, CBA Lukas Peterson, Don Bosco PrepEvan Brown, CBALeah Stecker, Morristown-Beard - 2022 JSZ Girls Player of the Year Patrick Reilly, CBANick Faccone, Delbarton Aidan Guinnessey, CBA Hollis Humphries, Morristown-Beard Matt Imbriano, Don Bosco Prep John Mustard, Bergen Catholic Ty Oller, Don Bosco Prep Trip Pendy, Delbarton Billy Sheridan, Gloucester Catholic Jersey Sports Zone’s full postseason award coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health, a proven supporter of New Jersey high school sports.
Watch Thursday 3.17 Tournament of Champions Semifinals Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you to Rutgers for the Tournament of Champions boys semifinals. Watch how Roselle Catholic and Camden punch their ticket to the last ever T of C championship game! Camden 60 Elizabeth 50 | Tournament of Champions Boys Semifinal Star players have the ability to change the game with one play, and that’s exactly what D.J. Wagner did for The High. Wagner’s steal and slam with 4:10 to play in the fourth quarter sparked a late run for Camden (31-2) to seal a tough win. Wagner led all scorers with 30 points. Elizabeth (20-7) gave the Panthers everything they had in their arsenal and, in fact, held a 29-28 lead on Camden at the break – it was the first time since Opening Night that Camden trailed a New Jersey team at halftime. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Roselle Catholic 76 Bergen Catholic 64 | Tournament of Champions Boys Semifinal Simeon Wilcher scored 20 of his 22 in the second half as the Lions used a 26-4 third quarter to wipe out a three-point halftime deficit and earn a spot in Sunday’s title game against Camden. JaMarques Lawrence added 18 points and 10 rebounds with Tarik Watson adding a double-double of his own with 14 points and 11 boards. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rutgers: Jersey Sports Zone’s Tournament of Champions coverage is being brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch JSZ Tournament of Champions Highlights
2022 is the final year for NJ’s Tournament of Champions. The boys action begins with a pair of quarterfinal games in Toms River. Elizabeth 50 Paterson Charter 41 | Boys | TOC Quarterfinal The Minutemen trailed 8-0 early and then trailed again by two with three minutes left in the game, but found a way to knock off the Lions and advance in the TOC. Sebastian Robinson led the way with 18 points for Group 4 state champion Elizabeth (20-6). Etienne Richelieu added 15 points in the victory. Asim Jones paced Group 1 state champion Charter (31-2) with 16 points, while Jamir Belfield added 14 points in the loss. The fourth-seeded Minutemen will face top-seeded Camden in the TOC semifinals in Thursday night at Rutgers. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Bergen Catholic 69 Woodrow Wilson 52 | Boys | TOC Quarterfinal Bergen Catholic defeated Woodrow Wilson 69-52 to advance to the Tournament of Champions Semifinals for the first time since 2019. The Crusaders led by only two after the first quarter, but would go ahead 30-17 at halftime behind senior Will Richardson. Richardson finished with 27 points as BC would extend the deficit to as many as 20 in the second half. Julian Brown ended the evening with 19 points. Bergen Catholic will face Roselle Catholic who beat them 85-70 in the regular season on 3/17 at Rutgers University. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: JSZ’s Tournament of Champions coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Saturday 3.12 JSZ State Championship Basketball Highlights
Boys and girls non-public state championships were up for grabs on Saturday. JSZ has complete coverage of all four games from Jersey Mike’s Arena and RWJ Barnabas Health Arena. Roselle Catholic 74 Trenton Catholic 66 | Boys | Non-Public B State Final There’s officially more hardware coming back to Roselle as Lions weathered through an impassioned comeback attempt from Trenton Catholic (22-5) to secure the state championship. Roselle Catholic (27-2) led by as much as 14 points in the third quarter but watched that lead disappear as TCPA jumped in front 53-50 going into the fourth quarter. A 10-0 run put the game away for Roselle Catholic, who wins its first Non-Public B championship since 2018. Nebraska commit Jamarques Lawrence led the way for RC with 21 points and 10 rebounds. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Piscataway: Bergen Catholic 66 Rutgers Prep 54 | Boys | Non-Public A State Final Bergen Catholic defeated Rutgers Prep 66-54 for the Non-Public A Championship. The Crusaders trailed all but the opening minutes of the first quarter before staying in front the entire game. BC led 47-38 going into the fourth quarter thanks to a big effort from 6’7 sophomore Brandon Benjamin. Benjamin finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Julian Brown had 11 points, Terry Copeland had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Fordham commit Will Richardson finished with 14 points. Jadin Collins for Rutgers Prep led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. It’s the Crusaders first Group Title since 2019. After winning a Sectional Championship in 2020, Covid would end that season abruptly. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Rutgers: Rutgers Prep 62 Saddle River Day 51 | Girls | Non-Public B State Final Rutgers Prep saw a 20-point lead disappear, but pulled away once again from Saddle River down down the stretch to win the state title. Mikayla Blakes poured in a game-high 27 points in the win for the Argonauts (27-2). Rhode Island commit Katie Ledden added 16 points for Rutgers Prep. North Carolina commit Paulina Paris scored a team-high 23 points for the Rebels (25-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River: St. John Vianney 74 Immaculate Heart 36 | Girls | Non-Public A State Final The Lady Lancer left no doubt on Championship Saturday, powering past the Blue Eagles to win their first state title since 2016. Princeton-commit Madison St. Rose finished with a game-high 18 points in the win. Zoe Brooks chipped in with 16 points for St. John Vianney (30-1). Bella Asencio scored a team-high 12 points in the loss for IHA (24-6). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from game two in Toms River: JSZ’s state championship hoops coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Wednesday 3.9 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
The playoffs continue with non-public sectional finals, and public state semifinals. Check back often as the highlights come in! Roselle Catholic 68 Gill St. Bernard’s 62 | Boys | Non-Public B North Final One of the most anticipated basketball games of the season did not disappoint as the Lions won their ninth-straight sectional championship. Georgetown commit Denver Anglin hit 11 three-pointers, finished with a game-high 35 points and even helped Gill St. Bernard’s (20-7) reach a 10 point lead on Roselle Catholic (26-2) late in the third quarter. RC stormed back in with a 11-0 run, sparked by senior Braxton Jones, and they never looked back. The Lions will face Trenton Catholic in the Non-Public B final Saturday at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the campus of Rutgers University. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Franklin High School: Bergen Catholic 69 Don Bosco 57 | Boys | Non-Public A North Final Will Richardson scored 19 points to become Bergen Catholic’s all-time leading scorer and Julian Brown scored 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter to give the Crusaders a third straight sectional championship. The Crusaders will face Rutgers Prep for the Non-Public “A” state championship on Saturday at Rutgers. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Franklin High School: Camden 77 Rumson-Fair Haven 43 | Boys | Group 2 State Semifinal Camden closed the first quarter on a 17-0 run and never looked back, punching a ticket to the Group 2 state final. Cian Medley led the way with a game-high 20 points for The High (29-2). Elijah Perkins added 12 points, while D.J. Wagner went for 11 points. Geoff Schroeder and Scott Gyimesi scored 11 points apiece for RFH (21-4) in the loss. The Panthers will face Newark Central for the title on Sunday, as Camden seeks its first state championship since 2000. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Coverage of RFH is brought to you by Mario Venancio, Berkshire Hathaway, Fox & Roach Realtors. Marlboro 49 Lenape 47 | Boys | Group 4 State Semifinal The Mustangs trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but battled back to advance to the first state final in program history. Jack Seidler led the way with a game-high 24 points for Marlboro (28-2). Rutgers commit Derek Simpson scored a team-high 15 points for the Indians (27-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: State semifinal hoops coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health. Trenton Catholic Academy 70 Ranney 55 | Boys | Non-Public B South Final Trenton Catholic defeated Ranney 70-55 to capture the Non-Public B South title. Following a 13-13 tie after the first quarter, Trenton Catholic, led by sophomore Michael “Deuce” Jones, went ahead 34-26 at halftime. The Iron Mikes controlled the tempo of the game kept a 10 point lead throughout the fourth quarter. Jones finished with 22 points, while Erik Oliver-Bush had 16 points. TCPA claims its first sectional title since 2010. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage. Rutgers Prep 63 Red Bank Catholic 60 | Boys | Non-Public A South Final The Argonauts trailed by twelve late in the third quarter, and staged a thrilling comeback to win the first sectional title in program history. Jadin Collins scored early and often on his way to a career-high 33 points in the win for Rutgers Prep (26-3). Ryan Zan chipped in with 17 points to help the Argonauts avenge a loss to the Caseys earlier this season. C.J. Ruoff scored a team-high 18 points in the loss for RBC (24-5). Rutgers Prep will play Bergen Catholic for the Non-Public A state title on Saturday at Rutgers University. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Lenape High School: JSZ’s championship basketball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
NJ Devils honor another round of JSZ’s Top HS Hockey Goals
Before the high school hockey season comes to a close, Jersey Sports Zone returns to the Prudential Center in Newark to honor five more electrifying hockey goals captured by our MMJ’s. Watch the recap of the special evening below! The New Jersey Devils have once again shined a light on high school hockey in the Garden State with JSZ’s Top Goals of the Month. The winner’s received tickets to the Devils/Blues game and saw their plays on display on the Jumbotron during the first intermission. Devils forward Michael McLeod even weighed in on all five goals and gave his insight to these rising stars. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for all the action: A special thanks to the New Jersey Devils for highlighting high school hockey in the Garden State. Don’t miss JSZ’s complete State Championship Hockey coverage from the Prudential Center on 3/7!
Watch Saturday 2.26 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ’s cameras were all over the state as plenty of conference and county championships were on the line on Saturday. Check back throughout the day as the highlights come in! Bergen Catholic 71 Don Bosco 64 | Boys | Bergen County Jamboree Final Will Richardson and Julian Brown have been the heartbeat of Crusaders basketball this season and the duo led the way for a revenge win Saturday afternoon. Bergen Catholic (18-8) avenged a pair of regular season losses to Don Bosco (23-4) to win the 2022 Bergen County Jamboree title. Richardson and Brown each dropped 21 points while Terry Copeland returned from a month-long injury absence and contributed 12 points. Dylan Harper led the Ironmen with 20 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hackensack High School: Mainland 58 St. Augustine 56 (OT) | Boys | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Championship The Mustangs went the distance with the second-seeded Hermits and won an overtime thriller to complete a Cinderella run to their first Cape-Atlantic League tournament championship. Mainland also becomes the first 8-seed to win the CAL title in tournament history. Tournament MVP Cohen Cook scored a game-high 26 points, including the go-ahead free throws in OT for Mainland (15-10). Semaj Bethea and Matt Kouser each had a team-high 17 points for St. Augustine (22-3). Bethea sent the game to overtime with another clutch three in the waning moments of regulation. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Galloway: St. Benedict’s 78 Blair 60 | Boys | Prep A Championship St. Benedict’s (22-1) defeated Blair (21-5) 78-60 for the 2022 Prep A Title. Locked into a tight 39-31 game at halftime, St. Benedict’s extended their lead to as many as 20 in the third quarter and controlled the rest of the second half. Ty-Laur Johnson received MVP for his 25 points, Oklahoma commit Otega Oweh finished with 19 points for Blair. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post-game reaction from Newark: Gill St. Bernard’s 84 Rutgers Prep 63 | Boys | Somerset County Tournament Championship Mackenzie Mgbako had a sensational performance with 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocked shots to lead GSB to an 8th Somerset County title. Denver Anglin and Geancarlo Pejuero added 19 apiece for the 18-6 Knights. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montgomery High School Mainland 54 Wildwood Catholic Academy 38 | Girls | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Championship The Mustangs took an early lead and never looked back, capturing the CAL Tournament title. Kaitlyn Boggs earned MVP honors, as Boggs scored a game-high 19 points to go along with ten rebounds for top-seeded Mainland (23-2). Kimmy Casiello scored a team-high 13 points for third-seeded Wildwood Catholic (21-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Galloway: JSZ’s championship coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
CBA, Don Bosco Prep reach Gordon Cup Finals
Don Bosco Prep is the defending champion, CBA is the number one ranked team in New Jersey. Both teams made their mark in the Gordon Cup semifinals on Tuesday to reach the title game. Watch the highlights of both games now! Don Bosco 2 Delbarton 1 (OT/Shootout) There’s always fireworks when two of the best teams in New Jersey meet on the ice. The Ironmen and Green Wave skated to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime, thus setting the stage for a shootout with a spot in the Gordon Cup final on the line. Don Bosco goaltender Ethan Marich made four saves and freshman Matt Shpungin buried the “game-winner” in four shootout rounds for a 3-0 win over Delbarton. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from SportsCare Arena in Randolph: CBA 10 Bergen Catholic 2 The Colts scored a pair of power-play goals in the span of :11 seconds to open the game and kept on scoring to remain unbeaten on the year at 22-0-3. Evan Brown scored on a 2-man advantage with Zach Wagnon answered immediately after to make it 2-0 just three minutes into the game. Wagnon went on to score just over a minute later and Patrick Reilly scored with :01 second left in the first to make it a 4-0 lead for the Colts through one. CBA added four more goals in the second and two more in the third to reach 22-0-3 on the season. Brown, Wagnon and Reilly all scored two goals apiece with Wagnon and Reilly finishing with five points. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Thanks to the New Jersey Devils for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Championship Week on the ice! We’ll have conference cup finals throughout the week!
Watch Friday 2.11 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
JSZ has coverage from a pair of thrilling non-public sectional finals, plus amazing action from two state semifinals on the public side. Check back throughout the night to watch the highlights! Bergen Catholic 24 Delbarton 23 | Non-Public A North Final Mark this down as the Match of the Year. The Crusaders and Green Wave went the distance and were tied 23-23 at the end of all 14 bouts. After 10 minutes of discussion, Bergen Catholic was dramatically named the Non-Public A North sectional champions. Criteria J – most near-fall points – was the deciding factor in one of the tightest, most thrilling matches you’ll see all year. Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Morristown: A special thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of sectional championship wrestling! Red Bank Catholic 39 Holy Spirit 30 | Non-Public B South Final Trailing 30-12, the Caseys scored back-to-back wins and got two forfeits to set the stage for Davin Brewton to clinch the school’s first-ever wrestling sectional championship with a second-period pinfall at 215 pounds. RBC will face Pope John in the Non-Public “B” state championship on Sunday morning at Franklin High School. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-match reaction from Red Bank: A special thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of sectional championship wrestling! Phillipsburg 27 Southern 25 | Group 5 State Semifinal The Stateliners trailed 22-6, but battled back to stun the Rams and punch a ticket to the state final. Nate Zastowny won via tech fall for Phillipsburg, while David Pierson and John Wargo won key decisions down the stretch. Dawson McWilliams avoided a pin in the final match to clinch the win for the Stateliners. Cole Velardi won by fall, while Matt Henrich had a tech fall for Southern in the loss. P’burg will face Howell for the Group 5 championship on Sunday in Franklin. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible by the Garnet Booster Club. Brick Memorial 38 North Hunterdon 27 | Group 4 State Semifinal The Mustangs of Brick Memorial won in dominant fashion over North Jersey sectional champions North Hunterdon. Brick won nine of 11 contested bouts to get out to a 38-9 lead before forfeiting the last three matches. Returning state champion Evan Tallmadge won by tech fall while Ryan Smith, Harvey Ludington and other returning state champion Anthony Santaniello won by pin for the Mustangs. Logan Wadle earned a pin for the Lions in the loss. Brick Memorial will wrestle for its tenth group title in program history on Sunday. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Annandale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Brick Memorial is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Vote now for JSZ NJ Devils Goal of the Month!
We’ve got 10 great goals from the month of January and the final week of the regular season. Watch the best goals captured by JSZ cameras and vote now to see who will be honored at an upcoming New Jersey Devils game! The New Jersey Devils have partnered with Jersey Sports Zone once again to honor great high school hockey goals all season long! We’ve got the top ten goals captured by JSZ cameras in January and the final week of the regular season and we’re asking you to cast your vote. The winner of our poll will join last month’s winner (Pat Haines, SJV) to secure two of the five slots for the NJ Devils HS Hockey goals of the month. The JSZ staff and Devils will choose three other goals to create our top five goals of the month. The five goals of the month will be honored at the Devils game on March 6th and receive tickets to the game! The polls are open now through Thursday at 3:00 pm. Cast your vote now and thanks to all ten of our nominees for giving us some awesome goals! The December goals of the month were honored during the Devils game against the Dallas Stars.
Watch Sunday 2.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The Coaches Choice USA Showcase featured many of the top girls teams and players from around New Jersey. Our JSZ cameras caught the action from three of the top games, plus two great boys games between Bergen Catholic/Red Bank Catholic and Pleasantville/Atlantic City. St. John Vianney 76 Saddle River Day 51 | Girls If there were ever any doubts about who the No. 1 team in New Jersey was, those concerns were extinguished emphatically Sunday night. St. John Vianney – ranked No. 5 nationally by ESPN – dominated Saddle River Day from start to finish in a game that was further apart than the final score indicated. St. John Vianney (19-0) was paced by Madison St. Rose and her game-high 28 points, while Zoe Brooks also had 14 points and Megan Cahalan finished with 12 points. Paulina Paris led Saddle River Day (16-1) with a team-best 19 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Holmdel: Rutgers Prep 47 Red Bank Catholic 43 | Girls No. 3 Rutgers Prep (15-1) defeated No. 5 Red Bank Catholic (18-3) 47-43 to pick up a fourteenth straight win. Locked into a tight battle early, Red Bank Catholic led 26-25 at halftime. Rutgers Prep would take the lead early in the third quarter as sophomore Mikayla Blakes had the Argonauts ahead 45-37 entering the fourth. In the final quarter Rutgers Prep would hold the ball for the last five remaining minutes of regulation, scoring only on two free throws from Blakes as they would hold on for a close win. She would finish with 25 points while Rutgers commit Antonia Bates had 9 points and 10 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manasquan 55 Paul VI 50 | Girls With numerous college coaches attending, the No. 6 ranked Manasquan Warriors took down the No. 9 ranked Paul VI Eagles. After trailing going into the half, Manasquan outpaced Paul VI in the last 16 minutes. Hope Masonius led the second-half surge and netted 15 total points to put the Warriors ahead and secure the win. Hannah Hidalgo lead all players with 21 points for the Eagles in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Holmdel: Bergen Catholic 68 Red Bank Catholic 48 | Boys Julian Brown scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and Brandon Benjamin had 15 points and 9 rebounds as the Crusaders (13-6) wiped out a five-point halftime deficit with a dominating performance in the final two quarters on Sunday to hands RBC (17-3) just its 3rd loss of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Sunday highlights from Red Bank: Pleasantville 51 Atlantic City 48 | Boys The Greyhounds got it done in overtime to pick up its first win of the season, taking down the Vikings to close out the 2022 Battle by the Bay. Markhi Barnes scored a game-high 20 points in the win, including the go-ahead basket in OT. Shakir Boyd added ten points on the afternoon, knocking down clutch free throws to help preserve the win for Pleasantville (1-9). Dylan Culmone finished with a team-high 13 points in the loss for Atlantic City (4-10). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Atlantic City: Coaches Choice USA Showcase and bonus boys basketball coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Vote Now for JSZ’s Week 4 Game Balls!
The high school hoops season continues with tremendous performances all around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has received a number of nominations and has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey for the week of Jan. 24 through Jan. 29! 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 nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central nominations) IMPORTANT- PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE OF YOUR BROWSER AND/OR ROUTER CACHING, YOU MAY VOTE MULTIPLE TIMES AND THEN NOT SEE THE TOTAL VOTES CHANGE FOR THE PERSON YOU ARE VOTING FOR. THIS IS A CACHING ISSUE WITH YOUR BROWSER AND/OR ROUTER. IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING UNDERHANDED. BE ASSURED THAT YOUR VOTES ARE BEING TABULATED BY OUR POLLING PLATFORM, AND WILL SHOW IN THE FINAL TOTALS. OUR VOTING/POLLING PLATFORM RECOGNIZES BOTS , AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY SHUT OUT ANY IP ADDRESS WHERE A BOT IS DISCOVERED, SO NO ONE CAN ‘GAME THE SYSTEM’. WE STRIVE TO ENSURE THAT THE RESULTS ARE FAIR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey
Bergen Catholic Battles Back to Score Mat Win at St. Joe’s
The OceanFirst Bank Wrestling Match of the Week lived up to the hype. Watch all the highlights and post-match reaction from Bergen Catholic’s come from behind win at St. Joe-Montvale Bergen Catholic 28 St. Joe-Montvale 23 Remy Brancato scored a 5-1 win at 215 pounds to clinch a come from behind win over the Crusaders in front of an electric crowd at St. Joe-Montvale. St. Joe-Montvale raced out to a 13-0 lead starting with heavyweight Jimmy Mullen and Vincent Paino at 106 pounds. The big swing in the match came at 138 pounds when sophomore August Hibler stepped in for an injured Joe Cangro to score a 9-4 upset win over three-time state medalist Alex Almeyda. From there, BC got pins from Chris Bacchioni and Nick Fea on the way to building a 25-16 lead. Following a pair of wins by St. Joe’s, the dual came down to 215 pounds where Brancato delivered. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a great Friday night battle: Thanks to OceanFirst Bank for allowing us to showcase great high school wrestling each and every week!
Watch Thursday 1.27 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has plenty of action from all corners of the Garden State tonight. Enjoy the highlights! Don Bosco 61 Bergen Catholic 51 | Boys The Ironmen are leaving no doubt about who the top team in Bergen County has been so far this season. Don Bosco (13-2) earned the top seed in the Bergen County Jamboree on Wednesday night and defended that position with a key win over archrival Bergen Catholic (9-5) on Thursday. Budding young star Dylan Harper shined with a game-high 23 points for Don Bosco, who led by as much as 15 points at halftime. Brandon Benjamin paced the Crusaders with a team-best 16 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Ramsey: Our coverage of this heated matchup between two rivals was made possible by OceanFirst Bank and their commitment to spotlighting some of the top games around the state each week! Clearview 47 Timber Creek 40 | Boys Sophomore Carter Bobbitt scored a game-high 21 points to help the Pioneers grind out a win over the Chargers. Anthony Charles added 13 points for View (10-4) in the win. Bryan Warren scored a team-high 16 points for Creek (6-8) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Mullica Hill: Coverage of Timber Creek is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. St. John Vianney 82 Montclair Immaculate 53 | Girls Madison St. Rose scored 33 points including a string of 11 straight points in the third quarter to lead the Lancers to a perfect 14-0 mark. Zoe Brooks added 20 points for SJV, who is currently ranked #3 nationally in Max Preps and #5 in ESPN. Tionna Bailey had 26 points for Montclair Immaculate in a losing cause. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights in our OceanFirst Bank Girls Basketball Game of the Week: Thanks to OceanFirst Bank for putting the spotlight on girls basketball each and every week during the winter sports season! .
Watch Saturday 1.15 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Hudson Catholic 83 Don Bosco 82 (3OT) | Boys Go ahead and mark this down as an early contender for the Game of the Year. Yeah, it was that good. The Hawks and Ironmen dualed it out over seven quarters of action in what became an instant classic at the 2022 Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic. Tahaad Pettiford scored a career-high 40 points to pace Hudson Catholic (8-1) and he dueled all game long with Dylan Harper who also poured in a career-best 34 points for Don Bosco (9-2). JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the action of a stellar game from Caldwell University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the 2022 Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank! Rutgers Prep 70 Bergen Catholic 64 | Boys The Argonauts had been waiting for their moment to show New Jersey their potential and didn’t miss when the opportunity arose on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Pettit dropped a career-high 26 points to power Rutgers Prep (8-0) to a true signature win against Bergen Catholic (8-3) at the Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic. Also leading the way for Rutgers Prep was Jadin Collins (16 points) and Ryan Zan (10 points, 9 rebounds). JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights of the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week from Caldwell University: Thanks to our partnership with OceanFirst Bank, Jersey Sports Zone is able to highlight the top games around the entire state each week. Camden Catholic 66 Timber Creek 50 | Girls The Irish started fast but needed to fend off a late rally from the Chargers to pick up their third-straight win. Kassidy Thompson aided Catholic’s hot start with 10 points in the first quarter, finishing with a team-high 21 points. Sarah Johnson chipped in with ten points in the win for Camden Catholic (7-2). Amaya Burch dropped a game-high 25 points on the afternoon, 15 coming in the fourth quarter rally from Timber Creek (5-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Cherry Hill: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Blair Gets the Best of Bergen Catholic in Top 10 Wrestling Showdown
Since they started regularly wrestling each other in 2018, the Blair Academy/Bergen Catholic dual is one of the most anticipated matches on the national high school wrestling scene every season. Blair Academy proved they’re still among the very best in the country with a 38-22 romping of Bergen Catholic on Friday night in Blairstown. The Bucs were led by pin falls from Daniel Wask (170 pounds), Leo DeLuca (113) and Marc-Anthony McGowan (120) while Virginia Tech commit TJ Stewart won via major decision against an opponent nearly 70 pounds heavier than him. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: Blair Academy vs. Bergen Catholic Match Results 165: Lorenzo Norman (Blair Academy) over Justin Onello (Bergen Catholic) (MD 16-7) 175: Daniel Wask (Blair Academy) over Pantaleo Varga (Bergen Catholic) (Fall 1:46) 190: AJ Fricchione (Bergen Catholic) over Roman Martinez (Blair Academy) (MD 13-5) 215: Isaac Schmidt (Blair Academy) over Remy Brancato (Bergen Catholic) (DEC 3-2) 285: TJ Stewart (Blair Academy) over Dominick Brogna (Bergen Catholic) (MD 11-3) 106: Brian Melamud (Bergen Catholic) Forfiet 113: Leo DeLuca (Blair Academy) over Christopher Nucifora (Bergen Catholic) (Fall 0:49) 120: Marc-Anthony McGowan (Blair Academy) over Noah Kochman (Bergen Catholic) (Fall 1:39) 126: Matthew Lopes (Blair Academy) over Aidan Wallace (Bergen Catholic) (SV-1 2-0) 132: Ryan Ford (Bergen Catholic) over Ibrahim Ahmed (Blair Academy) (SV-1 5-3) 138: Paul Ognissanti (Blair Academy) over Joseph Cangro (Bergen Catholic) (DEC 4-1) 144: William Henckel (Blair Academy) over Christopher Bacchioni (Bergen Catholic) (DEC 10-4) 150: Eric Broadie (Bergen Catholic) over Mason Stefanelli (Blair Academy) (DEC 6-4) 157: Nicholas Fea (Bergen Catholic) over Nicholas Kunstek (Blair Academy) (Fall 4:09) Thanks to our partnership with OceanFirst Bank, Jersey Sports Zone is able to spotlight some of the top games week in and week out around New Jersey. Thanks to OceanFirst Bank for their support of New Jersey high school sports!
Watch Wednesday 1.5 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The New Jersey hockey scene delivers a stellar three-pack of games on Wednesday and we’ve got you covered with wall-to-wall highlights from the biggest games. Stay tuned throughout the evening as the highlights roll in! Christian Brothers Academy 3 Don Bosco 1 Zach Wagnon’s power-play blast with 4:28 left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and the senior sealed the victory with an empty netter to give the undefeated Colts (7-0-3) a regular-season Ironmen. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena in our NJ Devils Game of the Week: Thanks to the New Jersey Devils for partnering with Jersey Sports Zone to spotlight outstanding high school hockey all season long! Bergen Catholic 5 Seton Hall Prep 2 The Crusaders have been looking for a marquis win all season long and finally found it after the calendar turned over to 2022. Five different players scored for Bergen Catholic (3-2-1) as the Crusaders won their second game against Gordon Conference competition this season. Seton Hall Prep (7-5-1) scored a pair of goals in the third period, but it wasn’t enough. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Ice House in Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is made possible by “One on One with Steve Adubato.” Westfield 3 St. John Vianney 1 Westfield (7-2) picked up a fourth straight win following a 3-1 comeback victory over St. John Vianney (5-1-1). The ninth ranked Lancers got ahead early on a goal from Mike Reed to lead 1-0 after the first period. In the second, Westfield answered back with a pair of goals from Liam Hiltwein to go ahead 2-1 entering the third. Alex Ebel’s score to begin the final period would be the finishing touches as the number 12 Blue Devils handed SJV their first loss of the year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage.
Roselle Catholic opens 2022 with impressive road win at Bergen Catholic
What a way to start our 2022 hoops highlights! We’ve got two nationally ranked teams going head to head on Sunday night in the NJ Challenge presented by the Front Office. Watch the full highlights of Roselle Catholic and Bergen Catholic in our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week! Roselle Catholic 85 Bergen Catholic 70 | Boys Jamarques Lawrence had 19 points to lead eight players who contributed at least five points in the Lions’ fourth straight win on the road in Oradell. Simeon Wilcher nearly had a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists and Akil Watson added 17 points and 9 boards. After losing its opener to Camden, Roselle Catholic has picked up impressive wins against out-of-state foes and now one of New Jersey’s top-ranked teams. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Front Office NJ Challenge in Oradell: Thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring our boys basketball game of the week. Each week, we pick a high-profile game and provide extended highlights and post-game interviews available to our entire audience thanks to OceanFirst Bank!
Watch JSZ Slam Dunk to the Beach Highlights
One of the nation’s most prestigious holiday week tournaments is the Slam Dunk to the Beach in Delaware, and a handful of NJ’s top squads are taking part this year. Roselle Catholic and Camden were both in action on Day 1. Day 2 highlights from Roselle Catholic and Bergen Catholic are coming Wednesday morning. Tuesday Games Roselle Catholic 75 Gray Collegiate (SC) 59 Simeon Wilcher had 25 points and 7 assists on 10 of 11 shooting and Jamarques Lawerence added 24 points going 10 of 14 from the floor to give the Lions a second straight impressive effort at the Slam Dunk to the Beach. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Lewes, DE: Bergen Catholic 62 National Christian (MD) 60 Will Richardson made two free throws with :30 left to give the Crusaders a one-point lead and Bergen Catholic added one more from the charity stripe to hold on for a fourth straight win against an out-of-state opponent. Julian Brown led the Crusaders with 14 points as BC rallied from a 28-23 halftime deficit. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Slam Dunk to the Beach: Monday Games Roselle Catholic 85 Woodrow Wilson (DC) 65 The Lions pulled away from the Tigers late to earn a signature win. North Carolina commit Simeon Wilcher led the way with a team-high 25 points in the victory. Akil Watson added 21 points, while Nebraska commit Jamarques Lawrence scored 20 points for Roselle Catholic (3-1). Darren Buchanan scored a game-high 29 points for the Tigers in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Lewes, DE: Camden 73 Archbishop Wood (PA) 41 Camden cruised to its 40th straight win, dispatching Archbishop Wood with a dominant second half. DJ Wagner scored a game-high 21 points. Cian Medley went for 20 points in the victory, while Cornelius Robinson chipped in with 13 points. Elijah Perkins had a trio of thunderous dunks for the Panthers (2-0). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cape Henlopen High School: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Coverage of our JSZ Games of the Week at Slam Dunk to the Beach is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Don Bosco Blows Out Bergen Catholic in Lopsided Win
Don Bosco’s varsity hockey team provided an pre-Christmas treat to the Ironmen faithful on Thursday night. Seven different skaters spread across all four lines fueled an impressive 7-1 win for Don Bosco over their rival, Bergen Catholic. The Ironmen opened the game with three consecutive goals and subsequently scored two times in each of the final two periods to close out a rousing win in style. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and interviews from the New Jersey Devils Game of the Week via the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne: Thanks to our partnership with the New Jersey Devils, JSZ is able to put the spotlight on the best hockey game each week throughout the 2021-2022 season. Continue to look out for more hockey coverage as the winter season rolls along!
Bergen Catholic Star Jaeden Gould Picks Nebraska!
The world of college football recruiting can be harsh sometimes, and Jaeden Gould can say he knows that all too well. Gould, a four-star defensive back from Bergen Catholic, was committed to the University of Southern California. After the Trojans changed coaching staffs and brought in Lincoln Reilly to lead the program, Gould rescinded his committment. That led to a two-week gauntlet of being recruited again and that search ended with Gould committing to the University of Nebraska on the eve of Early Signing Day. Gould made switch from cornerback to safety for his senior year and ended the season with a career high four interceptions. He was a leader on a tenacious Crusaders team that went 12-0 season and won the Non-Public A State Championship. The 6’2, 190 pound defensive standout is now Lincoln-bound and joins a Cornhusker team with former NJ stars like Mikai Gbayor (Irvington) and Rahmir Johnson (Bergen Catholic) on the roster. Check out his senior season highlight reel below!
Meet the 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to formally announce the seven finalists for the 2021 Zoneman Trophy — JSZ’s high school football player of the year in New Jersey. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 16. Watch all seven features from our team of multimedia journalists to learn more about New Jersey’s top football honor! The History of the Zoneman Trophy By Rich Chrampanis, Jersey Sports Zone Chief Operating Officer In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy and instead of the Heisman, the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Las Vegas Raiders wide receivers Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game-winning TD pass for Clemson in the 2016 National Championship game along with Bryan Edwards. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Fifth Annual Zoneman Trophy. Previous Zoneman Trophy Winners: 2017: Ashante Worthy, Freehold Boro QB 2018: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville QB 2019: Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson DL/WR | Texas A&M 2020: Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB | Notre Dame The Zoneman Trophy Balloting The 2021 Zoneman Trophy will be voted on by coaches from each conference in the state (SFC, WJFL, NJIC, Big Central and Shore) as well as Jersey Sports Zone’s staff of multimedia journalists and other credentialed media around the state. Each ballot includes a first-place vote (three points), second place vote (two points) and a third place vote (one point). We are honored to announce the 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists in alphabetical order! Meet The 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists LeQuint Allen, Millville RB The face of Millville football boasted an incredible level of physicality and athleticism throughout the entire 2021 season. LeQuint Allen ran wild against defenses from the start of the year in Ocean City until the end at Rutgers University, where the Thunderbolts capped off a 12-1 season with a South Group 4 Regional Championship. He rushed for 1,901 yards on 229 carries and found the endzone 23 times. Allen is committed to Syracuse University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Tommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough ATH Tommy Amankwaa was one of the most improved players in the entire state of New Jersey from his junior to senior seasons. Amankwaa was a true swiss army knife weapon for the Raiders. On offense, he tallied 99 total touches for 1,726 scrimmage yards and a combined 27 touchdowns as Hillsborough put together a perfect 13-0 season. His red-hot play this season earned him an offer from Rutgers – he verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights soon after. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the profile: Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic QB Steve Angeli’s legacy at Bergen Catholic is undeniable after a historic season in Oradell. Angeli led the Crusaders to a perfect 12-0 season, a Non-Public A championship and a top-five national ranking in 2021. The Crusaders’ signal caller brought his game to a new level this season after throwing for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country. Angeli, a natural leader and an Under Armour All-American, graduates high school in December and will be enrolled at Notre Dame after the New Year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: JoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek WR A true speedster and the definition of a deep threat, JoJo Bermudez was a game-breaking talent for Cedar Creek in 2021. Bermudez hauled in an unsightly 91 catches for 1,662 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pirates. Bermudez dominated defensive backfields all season long and helped Cedar Creek to a perfect 13-0 season. His blazing start to the regular season caught the eyes of coaches from Cincinnati, as he is now verbally committed to the Bearcats. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Alex Brown, Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown’s story throughout the 2021 postseason is well documented and will be talked about for years to come on Broad Street. Following the death of his mother, Brown delivered 12 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Caseys’ three-game playoff run to win the Non-Public B championship. The Bucknell commit ultimately threw for 1,817 yards and 22 touchdown passes with 519 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs in his lone season at Red Bank Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the profile: Davison Igbinosun, Union ATH There’s no arguments here: Davison Igbinosun is one of the most dynamic players in the entire state of New Jersey. Igbinosun was a hawking defensive back and a devastating weapon on offense for the Farmers in his final high school year. He was the top reciever and rusher for the Farmers’ offense and notched 74 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Union’s season had an unceremonious ending, but that doesn’t take away from the impact he had in a 9-2 season in Union County. Q’yaier Price, DePaul Catholic DE One of the state’s most unblockable defensive forces finished off a senior season with some eye-popping numbers. Price compiled 35.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for the 9-3 Spartans in 2021. He led the way for a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown for a five-game stretch in the beginning of the season and who eventually made it to the Non-Public B title game. Price flipped commitments from Syracuse to Rutgers after emerging as one of New Jersey’s top edge defender talents during the 2021 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile:
Vote on JSZ Football Plays of the Year!
Jersey Sports Zone shot hundreds of hours of football this year, and our cameras captured dozens of tremendous plays. Now we want you to vote on the best plays of the year! The Categories: TD Run of the Year | TD Pass of the Year | Defensive TD of the Year | Special Teams TD of the Year | Sack of the Year | Clutch Play of the Year Watch each of the highlight reels below, and then vote on your favorites as much as you’d like. Our polls close on Friday at noon. After that, we’ll put the winners of each of our six polls in one final poll to determine the overall play of the year! TD Run of the Year TD Pass of the Year Defensive TD of the Year Special Teams TD of the Year Sack of the Year Clutch Play of the Year
Bergen Catholic rallies from 2-0 down to earn tie with CBA
A great Gordon Conference showdown at Jersey Shore Arena saw Bergen Catholic and CBA play to a tie. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to see all the highlights! CBA 2 Bergen Catholic 2 | Gordon Conference John Mustard and Matt Maglio scored second-period goals to rally Bergen Catholic from a 2-0 deficit to earn 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.
Is Bergen Catholic’s 2021 Team the Best Ever in NJ History?
It’s a question worth asking but ultimately never have a true answer: Are the 2021 Bergen Catholic Crusaders the greatest team in New Jersey history? Ask any of the leaders on this year’s team, and they’ll say they’re deserving of that honor. Bergen Catholic capped off its 12-0 season Saturday by winning the 2021 Non-Public A championship, but the work for this title began years ago and was brought to fruition by a larger-than-life head coach. JSZ’s Jay Cook covered Bergen Catholic all season long and provides an inside look at what made these Crusaders so special: Jersey Sports Zone’s season-long coverage of Bergen Catholic was made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Saturday 11.27 JSZ Championship Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone’s trip to MetLife Stadium for state championship football continues as we have two more title games on the menu for you. Check out our championship coverage from 11.27 below! Bergen Catholic 28 Don Bosco 7 | Non-Public A Final The Crusaders fell behind 7-0 in the first before scoring 28 unanswered points to cap off a perfect 12-0 season and the undisputed #1 ranking in New Jersey high school football. Saeed St. Fleur and Ryan Butler combined for 265 yards rushing and Steve Angeli threw a TD pass in his final high school football game. The Crusaders tied the game at 7 on Jayden Bellamy’s TD catch and took the lead on Ryan Butler’s second-quarter TD run. DJ Samuels upped the lead to 21-7 in the third quarter and Butler closed out the scoring with a 45-yard run. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Rich Chrampanis have the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedic Caldwell 42 Jefferson 21 | North Group 2 Final Caldwell (12-0) made program history by becoming the first Chiefs team to finish with 12 wins following their 42-21 victory over Jefferson (7-6) for the North Jersey, Group 2 Regional Championship. The game looked all but over in the first half as Caldwell jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Jefferson, missing starting quarterback Boston College commit Peter Delaportas due to injury, rallied back on two passing scores from Eric Garv to Theo Fisher to trail 20-14 in the third. However, two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Pat Capozzoli and Harry Boland put the game out of reach late. Capozzoli ended the day with 106 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, Boland had 134 total yards of offense, two rushing touchdowns, a receiving score, and two interceptions on defense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Jersey Sports Zone’s state championship football coverage is proudly presented by OceanFirst Bank. JSZ has partnered with OceanFirst Bank to bring you the best boys/girls highlights from around New Jersey.
Watch Saturday 11.20 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
We’ve got three great games for the entire JSZ audience thanks to our friends at Rothman Orthopaedics and Cooper University Health Care. Watch Bergen Catholic and St. Peter’s Prep in the Non-Public “A” state semifinal, Rutherford hosting Jefferson Township in the North 2 Group 2 championship, and Winslow taking on Shawnee in the Central Group 4 final! Bergen Catholic 35 St. Peter’s Prep 10 | Non-Public “A” Semifinal The Crusaders are that much closer to cementing their 2021 legacy. A trio of touchdowns from Notre Dame QB commit Steve Angeli (two rushing, one passing) led Bergen Catholic (11-0) to another impressive win over a fellow North Jersey power. Princeton-bound running back Ryan Butler made program history while the Crusaders’ defense grabbed three interceptions to stop St. Peter’s Prep (8-4). The win sets up a massive showdown in the Non-Public “A” final between Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco Prep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is being brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics Jefferson Township 28 Rutherford 7 | North 2 Group 2 Final Erik Garv threw three touchdown passes coming in after an injury to starting quarterback Peter Delaportas to lead the Falcons to its first sectional title in 2008. Rutherford scored on the opening drive and Delaportas suffered a shoulder injury late in the first quarter. Garv, who was the starting QB last year at Jefferson, came on in relief and threw two second-quarter touchdowns to Travis Osterhout to give Jefferson a 14-7 lead at the half. Theo Fisher and Jason Eisele added fourth-quarter TD’s to give the #6 seed an improbable title. Jefferson will face unbeaten Caldwell on Nov. 27 at 11 am at MetLife Stadium. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rutherford is being brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Winslow Twp. 34 Shawnee 22 | Central Group 4 Final Trey Thorpe rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to the first sectional championship in program history. Hamas Duren also threw a TD pass to Trey Simmons in the victory for Winlsow (9-2). Matt Welsey threw a touchdown pass and rushed for a pair of scores for the Renegades (7-4) in the loss. Winslow advances to face Millville in a regional championship game at Rutgers on December 5th. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Sunday 11.14 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Two Non-Public A state playoff games were postponed to Sunday after thunderstorms rolled through New Jersey on Saturday. JSZ brings you highlights from both of those games! Bergen Catholic 35 Donovan Catholic 7 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal The Griffins drove over 300 miles round-trip over two days to play the No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey. Top-seeded Bergen Catholic (10-0) held a 14-7 lead on eighth-seeded Donovan Catholic before thunder and lightning stopped the game with 2:22 left in the second quarter. The action resumed Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Bergen Catholic stepped on the gas and never looked back. Ryan Butler scored four total touchdowns and DJ Samuels broke the program’s all-time career sack record in the win. Bergen Catholic will host St. Peter’s Prep in the Non-Public A semifinal next Saturday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Don Bosco Prep 31 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 7 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal Ronnie Heath had 240 yards rushing on 22 carries with four touchdowns to give the Ironmen a playoff quarterfinal win that took two days. The game resumed late in the first quarter on Sunday with Bosco’s defense making a stop on 4th near midfield. Heath had a pair of second-quarter TD runs and added two more scores in the third quarter to put the game away. 6th seed Don Bosco will travel to 2nd seed St. Augustine Prep this Friday night for a spot in the Non-Public “A” state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Saturday 10.30 JSZ Football Highlights
The regular season wraps up as teams around the Garden State get set to make their playoff push. Enjoy the highlights! Bergen Catholic 21 St. Peter’s Prep 0 Ryan Butler had 27 carries for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead Bergen Catholic to a perfect regular season. Saeed St. Fleur gave BC a 7-0 lead on a 31-yard TD run in the first quarter. St. Peter’s had a chance to tie the game late in the first half before the Crusaders defense stuffed the Marauders on 4th and 1 from the 10-yard line. Butler and the Crusaders defense took over from there to get to 9-0 on the regular season. Bergen Catholic will be the #1 seed in the Non-Public “A” state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Caven Point in Jersey City: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthoapedics Ocean City 31 Williamstown 14 The Red Raiders put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season, pulling away from the Braves in the second half. Sean Mazzitelli and Riley Gunnels each rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the victory for OC (9-0). Villanova commit Turner Inge scored two touchdowns for Williamstown (4-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Williamstown is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Hun 56 Peddie 21 | MAPL Hun (7-0) defeated Mid-Atlantic Prep League rival Peddie (2-5) 56-21 to finish out the year undefeated against New Jersey teams. The Raiders went ahead 28-0 after the first quarter following back to back touchdown passes of 40 plus yards from four star quarterback recruit Marco Lainez. Lainez had three throwing scores while running back Ahmad Dixon rushed for two touchdowns, Jake Lesser had two receiving scores and an interception. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Hightstown: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hun and Peddie coverage. Nottingham 34 Notre Dame 28 Joe Lemly’s TD pass to Dorian Henry with :07 seconds left in the game gave Nottingham (8-0) the Northstar’s first undefeated regular season. Notre Dame built a 13 point halftime lead before the Northstars rallied in the second half. Quiyon McMillan had a sensational game with three interceptions on defense to go along with 13 catches for 127 yards. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights from one of the best games in Week 9: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Nottingham and Notre Dame
Week 8 brings a stellar batch of Top Play nominees
Once again, JSZ cameras captured some incredible moments from New Jersey high school football. Check out our Top Plays from Week 8 and cast your vote now to see who wins the JSZ Top Play Belt! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 7 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to Bergen Catholic’s Christian Carti for winning JSZ’s Week 7 Top Play Belt!
Watch Saturday 10.23 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s already Week 8? You bet! Thanks to our sponsors, we can provide three free games to close out our Week 8 coverage. We head over to West Orange for the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week, while also making visits to Montvale and Hammonton for a pair of great games. Enjoy all the highlights! Bergen Catholic 38 Seton Hall Prep 28 The Crusaders prevailed over the Pirates in a Super Football Conference game with major implications. Ryan Butler handled 29 carries for 236 yards and three touchdown runs help Bergen Catholic (8-0) keep their perfect record intact. Notre Dame QB commit Steve Angeli missed a few series’ with an injury but returned and threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Seton Hall Prep (6-2) went toe-to-toe with BC, thanks to Jaden Craig’s three touchdown runs and one touchdown pass. The Crusaders keep the No. 1 ranking in New Jersey and continue to pad their resume for the No. 1 seed in the Non-Public A state tournament. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to partner with Ocean First Bank to bring you a Game of the Week in both boys and girls sports all year long. Each week, we’ll pick a boys and girls game in different sports involving teams located near Ocean First Bank locations and provide highlights and post-game reaction to showcase great action from around the state. Thanks to Ocean First Bank for shining the spotlight on great high school athletes from their hometowns! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is brought to you by One on One with Steve Adubato. St. Joe-Montvale 21 Don Bosco Prep 14 Brendan Stapleton’s 16-yard TD run in the 4th quarter broke a 14-14 tie and the Green Knights had three turnovers on defense to score a big home win over the Ironmen. Pete Schuh had a 106-yard fumble return for a score that gave St. Joe’s a 14-0 lead. Don Bosco had a pair of TD passes from Nick Minicucci in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlight from a fantastic Saturday in the Super Football Conference Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics St. Joseph Academy 31 Washington Twp. 21 Playing their first “home” game in two seasons, the Wildcats earned the WJFL Continental Division title and their fifth win in a row with a victory over the Minutemen. Ja’son Prevard threw four touchdown passes in the win for St. Joe (7-2), including two to Jahmeer Cartagena. It was also career victory number 350 for Wildcats head coach Paul Sacco. Jo’Nathan Silver had an electrifying TD run for Township (6-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Capella Field at Hammonton Middle School: Coverage of Washington Township is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
North Jersey Racks Up Week 7 Honors
As the 2021 high school football season rolls along, North Jersey athletes continue to rack up JerseySportsZone.com weekly honors. Let’s take a look at who stood out from Week 7. Christian Carti Wins Top Play Belt! Bergen Catholic’s Christian Carti became the second Crusader player this season to win the highly-coveted JSZ Top Play Belt, given to the best play captured by our cameras on a weekly basis. In the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game versus rival St. Joe’s (Mont.), Carti scored on a physical eight-yard touchdown catch where he broke a pair of tackles and dove for the endzone. Bergen Catholic prevailed with a 21-10 win. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Carti with the Top Play Belt before practice on Wednesday: Park Protects the “Fort,” Wins Game Ball Fort Lee running back Dean Park delivered a career performance last week. Park handled 21 carries for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Bridgemen’s 28-14 win over Indian Hills. Fort Lee improved to 4-2 after that victory. JSZ’s Jay Cook delivered Park’s game ball to him during practice on Wednesday:
10 more great plays vie for JSZ’s Top Play Belt
It’s Week 7’s Top Plays captured by Jersey Sports Zone cameras. Check out the best of the best from New Jersey high school football and cast your votes now! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 7 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to South Brunswick’s Damarion Potts for winning JSZ’s Week 6 Top Play Belt!
Watch Saturday 10.16 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s a Super Saturday of New Jersey high school football! Thanks to JSZ’s sponsors, we’ve got four great games around the state. Enjoy all the highlights. Bergen Catholic 21 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 10 The Crusaders erased a 10-0 deficit in the second quarter by scoring 21 unanswered points to hold the Green Knights off and keep their No. 1 ranking and undefeated season alive. Bergen Catholic (7-0) rode the run game behind 104 yards and two touchdowns from Ryan Butler, while Christian Carti put the game away in the fourth quarter with a physical eight-yard touchdown catch. Junior defensive linemen DJ Samuels and Sydir Mitchell caused havoc throughout the game. Luke Tucci scored the lone touchdown for St. Joe’s (4-3) in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both Bergen Catholic and St. Joe’s (Mont.) is supported by Rothman Orthopaedics! Seton Hall Prep 34 Delbarton 21 Seton Hall Prep (6-1) picked up a third straight win following a 34-21 victory over Super Football Conference foe Delbarton (3-4). The Pirates jumped out to a 31-7 lead at halftime on touchdowns from Myles Thomason, Mason Mac and Nick Dunneman. Harvard commit Jaden Craig threw for 274 yards as he ended the afternoon with three passing touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has highlights and postgame reaction from Morristown: Thank you to “One on One” with Steve Adubato for sponsoring our Seton Hall Prep coverage. Point Pleasant Boro 49 Monmouth Regional 6 Connor Cilento had 5 carries for 142 yards and 3 TD’s as the Panthers overcame three early turnovers to score 35 points in the second quarter on the way to a convincing win. Charlie Vitale had a TD run and a pick six for 6-0 Point Pleasant Boro. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Point Pleasant Boro is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank Burlington Township 32 Timber Creek 0 The Falcons left no doubt in this WJFL Liberty Division clash, blanking the Chargers to pick up its fourth-straight win. Senior Ju-Juan Lee rushed for three touchdowns in the win for Burlington Twp. Senior Leland Williams got the Falcons defense on the board with a 30-yard pick-six. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Burlington Twp.: Coverage of Timber Creek is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
Bergen Catholic’s Will Richardson Makes College Choice!
When discussing the top returning seniors in the New Jersey high school basketball world for this upcoming season, Will Richardson’s name is among those at the top of the list. Richardson, a dynamic point guard at Bergen Catholic, has now announced his college choice. Taking to social media Sunday night, Richardson broke the news that he had given a verbal commitment to Fordham University. Richardson’s was impressive for Bergen Catholic during his junior year. In a COVID-19 shortened regular season, the 6-2, 160 pound guard led the Crusaders with 18.8 points per game and 2 steals per game. He also flashed an improved three-point shooting prowess and led his team in that category with 20 three-pointers. Bergen Catholic went 7-2 and secured wins over perennial powers Gill St. Bernard’s, The Patrick School and Montclair Immaculate. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association did not hold a state playoff tournament that season. Watch Will Richardson’s JSZ Junior Year Highlight Reel! Richardson was selected by Jersey Sports Zone as a finalist for the “2021 Mr. Hoop Zone” Player of the Year award. He finished fourth in the voting behind Camden’s D.J. Wagner, Manasquan’s Ben Roy and Roselle Catholic’s Corey Floyd, Jr. Balloting was collected by high school coaches and credentialed media around the state. Fordham, who finished at 2-14 in the Atlantic-10 conference last season, is currently undergoing a facelift under new first year head coach Kyle Neptune. Bergen Catholic returns its entire starting five and a number of other pieces for the 2021-2022 season. They’ll be very much in the mix for titles in the Bergen County Jamboree and Non-Public A state tournament. Jersey Sports Zone’ coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics!
Chris Mimmo’s Special Teams Play Wins JSZ Week 4 Top Play
When Chris Mimmo was charging down the field in the fourth quarter of Bergen Catholic’s winning effort over Don Bosco Prep last weekend, he was just trying to make a special teams tackle on a kickoff. Six days later, Mimmo was being presented with JSZ’s Week 4 Top Play Belt. Mimmo, a sophomore at Bergen Catholic, brought in over 25,000 votes to win the weekly award thanks to that physical tackle. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Mimmo with his award at practice on Thursday:
Watch Friday 9.24 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 4 begins with some spectacular games all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! St. Augustine 31 Millville 17 The Hermits lost to the Thunderbolts in 2020, but the Prep exacted revenge on Friday night. Kanye Udoh rushed for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as St. Augustine earned yet another signature South Jersey win. Trey McLeer threw a pair of TD passes in the victory. Princeton commit Nasir Hill and Sacred Heart commit Kenny Selby each had a TD catch in the victory for the Hermits (4-1). Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen rushed for a TD for Millville (3-1) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: The Game of the Week is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Bergen Catholic 17 Don Bosco 0 Bergen Catholic stewed on last year’s last-second loss to archrival Don Bosco for an entire offseason, but earned their redemption on the first opportunity. The Crusaders leaned on a stingy defense and a violent rushing attack to secure a revenge win Friday night. Bergen Catholic (4-0), who is the No. 1 team in the state, limited Don Bosco (1-3) to 124 total yards of offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is proudly supported by Rothman Orthopaedics. Washington Twp. 21 Cherokee 14 (OT) The Minutemen are off to its best start since 2009, and pick up a signature victory in an overtime thriller against the Chiefs. Senior RB/DB Nah’mere Graves scored three touchdowns, and pitched in on the fourth-down stop in overtime to seal the win for Washington Twp. (4-0). Junior RB Brandon “Bam” Boria rushed for a touchdown in the loss for Cherokee (1-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Marlton: Coverage of Washington Twp. is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Phillipsburg 44 Franklin 0 After starting 0-2, Phillipsburg (2-2) has picked up their second straight win following a dominating 44-0 victory over Franklin (0-4). The Stateliners opened the game with a safety on Franklin’s first drive and went ahead 9-0 thanks to a three yard touchdown run from Rai’quan Dixon. After scores from Xavier Moore and Gifton Friday-Johnson, Phillipsburg would lead 23-0 at halftime. Their defense was key in the matchup, recording two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions to get their second straight shut out. Quarterback Tristen Canzano in his first game back since week one had a passing and rushing touchdown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage. Ewing 28 Hightstown 24 Tariq McKinney’s 32-yard TD pass to Tyreek Rollins with :45 seconds left gave Ewing a thrilling come from behind win on the road. McKinney had thrown a pick-six to give Hightstown a 24-21 lead in the 4th quarter but his resilience showed in the game-winning TD pass. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights of a great back and forth game: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Ewing and Hightstown
Week Three JSZ Game Ball Polls are Live!
Football is well underway in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are back! Our team of MMJ’s are highlighting batches 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! NJM Insurance South Jersey Poll Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey game ball polls are sponsored by NJM Insurance! North Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Jay Cook: Jay@jerseysportszone.com Central Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: Nery@jerseysportszone.com
Watch Saturday 9.18 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 3 wraps up with plenty of great games all over the state! Enjoy the highlights! A great week of high school football closes out with five more games on the JSZ Week 3 Saturday menu. Head over to our homepage to watch our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week, a double-overtime thriller between St. […] 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.
Vote for the JSZ Week 1 Top Play Belt!
It’s time to vote on the best play the JSZ cameras captured from Week 1 of the New Jersey high school football season! We have a plethora of thrilling plays to choose from this week, so get those votes in as often as you like before the poll closes on Thursday at 3pm.
Watch Saturday 9.4 JSZ Football Highlights
Bragging rights are on the line as a number of NJ teams take on squads from New York as part of the Rumble on the Raritan. Be sure to check back throughout the night to watch all of the action! Thanks for supporting Jersey Sports Zone with your JSZ All-Access pass. Saturday brought another great […] 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 Camp Countdown 2021 Homepage
High school football in the Garden State has returned. With the 2021 season now officially opened, teams are turning the page on a turbulent 2020 season in hopes of playing full schedules and competing for real championships. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews everyday leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 3. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! 8/9: Don Bosco Prep A 2-3 season last year will fuel one of New Jersey’s most storied programs into the 2021 season. The Ironmen return a plethora of talent from a team that weathered through bumps in the road last fall. Junior five-star left tackle Chase Bisontis headlines a talented offensive line unit that will hold the fort for an offense that returns numerous skill position starters. Navy commit Timmy Hinspeter and Fordham commit Claudy Robinson are the two big names that will anchor this Don Bosco defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: 8/10: Seton Hall Prep 2020 was an up and down year for Seton Hall Prep and the surging Pirates have their sights set on stability and consistency in 2021. QB Jaden Craig – a Harvard commit – returns to lead the offense with Myles Thomason and Nick Dunneman, a group that will bring plenty of fireworks to the Kelly Athletic Complex. JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from the West Orange private school: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is proudly provided by “One on One with Steve Adubato!” 8/11: Wall The Crimson Knights not only emerged as the top team in the Shore but the top-ranked public team in New Jersey after a 7-0 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from the reigning Shore Conference champions. 8/12: St. Augustine After a 4-3 campaign in 2020, the Hermits look to reestablish themselves as Non-Public Group 4 title contenders. Northwestern commit Denis Jaquez, Army commit Brady Small, Kanye Udoh, Nasir Hill and Trey McLeer lead a loaded and experienced senior class for the Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits in Richland: 8/13: Rumson-Fair Haven Expectations are always sky high in Rumson. The Bulldogs are in the Shore Conference’s top division looking to earn their spot in the Shore’s top 4 and play for a conference title followed by their usual quest to go deep in the state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to Rumson to preview the Bulldogs: 8/14: Notre Dame Sean Clancy is 15-2 (5-1 in 2020) during his first two years as Notre Dame’s head coach. Having to replace prolific two-way scoring threat Rickey “Pop” Spruill, the Irish will look to sophomore AJ Surace, son of Princeton University Head Football Coach Bob Surace, at the starting quarterback role. ND suffered a tremendous loss in the offseason when longtime strength and conditioning coach John McKenna passed away just weeks before training camp. Featured on our All Access coverage in 2020, McKenna’s presence is still felt and his spirit continues to motivate the program. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. 8/15: Bergen Catholic Questions remained at the end of the 2020 season as to which team was No. 1 in New Jersey. Entering 2021, however, Bergen Catholic feels they have what it takes to be the best in New Jersey. Led by a defense with nine returning starters and an offense that looks to put up points in bunches, the Crusaders have aspirations of playing for a state championship in MetLife Stadium in just a few months. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Oradell-based non-public powerhouse: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/16: Timber Creek 2020 was an up-and-down year for the Chargers, who finished with a 3-4 record under first-year coach Brian Wright. With just a handful of starters returning, Wright is tasked with getting a young, but talented group up-to-speed in year two. Illinois commit Donovan Leary leads an intriguing mix of youth and experience as Timber Creek looks to get back into title contention in 2021. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/17: South Brunswick South Brunswick’s first year in the newly formed Big Central Conference didn’t go as planned, as the Vikings won their first four games of the season before dropping three in a row to end 2020. John Viotto, entering his third season as head coach, will look to players like five-star kicking recruit and Rutgers University commit Jai Patel to lead the team in 2021. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 8/18: Millville Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen will lead the way for a Thunderbolts team hoping to contend for a sectional title in 2021. Nate Robbins enters his third year as Millville’s starting QB, while dynamic freshman Lotzier Brooks has all of Cumberland County buzzing. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Bolts: 8/19: Donovan Catholic The Griffins were a mere half-yard from a perfect 2020 season and an unofficial Shore Conference championship, but Dan Curcione’s team is ready to hit the reset button and challenge defending champ Wall for the top spot in the American Division and a chance to do damage both in the new Shore playoffs as well as the road to the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has more on the Griffins from Toms River: 8/20: Winslow Twp. The Eagles won five of their six games in 2020 to earn the program’s first winning season in a decade. Now Winslow is looking to keep the momentum going in 2021. Senior LB Emeril Mitchell will lead the way on defense, while QB Hamas Duren and RB Trey Thorpe should put up big numbers on offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview: 8/20: St. Joe’s (Mont.) It won’t be easy replacing reigning JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime, but St. Joe’s will lean on their new core of top talent to usher in the next generation of Green Knights. Joe’s, yet again, plays an incredibly tough schedule and will have to weather through the gauntlet if they want to compete for a state title in 2021. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles St. Joe’s (Mont.): Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/21: Trenton Trenton was one team greatly affected by Covid-19 protocols. The Tornadoes not only shut down and rescheduled games, but were also forced to trim the roster down to less than 30 athletes, leaving many players confused and discouraged from participating in the offseason. New head coach Chris Franco brings his expertise over from prep powerhouse The Hun School. Franco is eager to restore a bit of normalcy back into one of Mercer County’s most beloved programs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. 8/21: St. Joseph Academy (Hammonton) Having to fight to keep their school open and playing without a home field, the Wildcats know about adversity. This season, St. Joe aims to retake its place as one of the top Non-Public teams in the state. Cohl Mercado, P.J. Williams, Bryan Butkus, Jahqir Haley and Ja’son Prevard will lead the way in Paul Sacco’s 40th season at the helm in Hammonton. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Wildcats: 8/22: Holmdel The Hornets have had an amazing three-year run including last year’s 6-1 record. The price of that success is a daunting schedule in the Shore Conference’s Colonial Division. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis pays a visit to Holmdel and head coach Jeff Rainess: 8/22: Cedar Creek The Pirates will lean on a deep and experienced senior class to right the ship after finishing 3-5 in 2020. JSZ All-Zone WR JoJo Bermudez and company are hungry for a return to the postseason under second-year coach James Melody. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Egg Harbor City: 8/23: DePaul Catholic It’s a new year, and there’s a new head coach leading DePaul Catholic into 2021. Nick Campanile, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, takes the reigns of a surging Spartans program from John McKenna. The cupboard is certainly full this season. A trio of Division 1 recruits – A’Khoury Lyde, Q’yaeir Price and Eddie Conoran – anchor a defense with eight three-year varsity starters. DePaul’s usual pass-happy offense now goes to senior quarterback AJ Rodriguez. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Passaic County power: 8/23: Shawnee The Renegades look to get back on the winning track this season after finishing 1-6 in 2020. Four-year starting QB Matt Welsey leads a senior class with a lot to prove in 2021. Returning starters Dean Bialous, Fred McAneney, Ethan Krauss, and Luke Anderson will all see increased roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/26: Northern Highlands The excitement surrounding Northern Highlands football is as high as its been in years. The Highlanders return four valuable starters and leaders to the team in 2021: QB Enzo Arjona, RB/DB Nick Branca, WR/DE Ian Langan and OL/DL Charlie Johnson. Those four will look to lead Northern Highlands on their drive to win a second sectional title in three seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Allendale: 8/26: Delran The Bears enter 2021 with a chip on their shoulder after a tough end to a Covid-shortened 2020 season. Rutgers-commit Kenny Fletcher, senior RB Zac Palmer-Smith, and junior QB Derek Namnun have the Bears ready to challenge for a sectional title. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Delran: 8/26: Mainland The Mustangs return a young core ready to take a step forward after finishing 2-4 in 2020. Mainland will feature an exciting one-two punch on offense in junior RB Jabriel Mace and junior QB Marlon Leslie. Sophomore LB JJ Sinclair will be a name to watch on the defensive side of the football. JSZ’s James Mooney checks in from the Mustang Corral: 8/26: Union Following a tough loss to Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium for the North Group 5 Championship, 2020 didn’t go as planned for Union as the Farmers went 4-3 in a condensed season affected by Covid-19. Union will have to replace versatile athlete Desmond Igbonisun, now at Rutgers, luckily the Farmers can look to younger brother and defensive threat, Davison Igbonisun to make plays in 2021 before he joins the Scarlett Knights next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/30: Lenape Despite ending the year with back to back losses, Lenape finishing 5-2 will once again be one of the premiere teams to watch in South Jersey. With players like Xavier Coleman now at Boston College and Tyler Davis off to University of Delaware, the Indians will look to players like Kylier Lightfoot and Kobi Ray-Reed to lead the offense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from training camp: 8/31: Kingsway The Dragons look to reload and refocus in 2021 with a strong group of underclassmen stepping into big roles both on and off the field. Juniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will be impact players on both sides of the football for the Dragons. Sophomore QB Joe Lyons, junior LB D.J. DiPietro, and junior DL Demetrious Ransom will be some of the newcomers to watch this season. Kingsway opens the season with a road trip to Rutgers University, where they will take on Shawnee at the Rumble on the Raritan. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview from Swedesboro: 8/31: Piscataway After being shut down for the entire 2020 season due to COVID, Piscataway has a clean slate as they look to build back. The Chiefs were a juggernaut just three years ago after a perfect 13-0 season. The road to rebuilding begins this Friday night when Piscataway hosts Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a look at the 2021 Chiefs 8/31: Delbarton Delbarton’s 2020 team was arguably one of the best in program history. So, how will the 2021 rendition of the Green Wave respond? By setting their own standard. Stanford commit Pat Caughey anchors a defensive line with potentially three other Division 1 recruits: Chuck Nnaeto, Matt Gemma and Nigel McSween. Robbie Russo is in line to win the starting quarterback job and will have a reliable target in Nick Petrillo, one of the top returning pass catchers in the Super Football Conference. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Morristown-based private school: 8/31: Irvington Who is the top team in Essex County? Some will say Seton Hall Prep, but others will push for Irvington to hold that title. The Blue Knights’s 2021 campaign includes tough games against Union City, Wayne Hills, DePaul Catholic, Ridgewood and West Orange. That should prepare them for a deep playoff run. Two-way lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins is one of the top players in Essex County and will be a valuable leader for Irvington this season. The Blue Knights’ trio of national junior recruits – Adon Shuler, Nasir Addison and Famah Toure – bring top-end talent to a hungry team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview on Irvington: 8/31: Red Bank Regional Shane Fallon’s father was a longtime athletic director and assistant football coach at Red Bank Regional in the late 1970’s. Now, the architect of the Rumson-Fair Haven football program comes back home to lead RBR into a new era. The Bucs had multiple shutdowns due to COVID but ended their 2-4 season with an upset win over Group 5 Hackensack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis previews the Bucs from Little Silver: 8/31: East Orange A condensed seven game season put a cap on what could’ve been something special for East Orange. The Jaguars went 5-2 in 2020, outscoring opponents in their first three games 81-6. With most of their starters returning they will have much to look forward to in 2021. At the top of that list is six foot, two hundred pound, Temple University commit and defensive threat, Kyle Louis. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the full story: 8/31: Westfield No team scheduled to play was affected by Covid-19 in 2020 more than Westfield. Shutdowns led to a two game season in which the Blue Devils lost both games, a definite first for longtime Head Coach Jim DeSarno. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. 9/1: Middletown South The Eagles are coming off a 2-4 season but played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference highlighted by a 32-25 upset win over RBC. More than anything, Steve Antonucci’s team is grateful to have a full season in front of them including the return of their annual Thanksgiving clash with Middletown North. Jack Latore leads a hard-nosed defense and Tom Shorck is back under center on the offensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a preview of Middletown South: 9/1: Ramapo The expectations surrounding Ramapo football are always sky high. While the goal for a sectional title isn’t changing in 2021, the actual group they’ll be competing in is. The Raiders are anticipating a bump-up from North Group 3 to North Group 4 this season, meaning new opponents and challenges throughout the year. Senior captains Dylan Snee and Jack Remo will be valuable pieces to the defense, while Bergen Catholic transfer Jack Grusser comes back to play quarterback at his hometown school. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Raiders: 9/1: Eastern 2021 marks a changing of the guard for the Vikings as Lionel Bolen takes over the program in his first season as head coach. The former Eastern assistant was a standout at Rancocas Valley and played collegiately for Notre Dame. Bolen’s goal in year one is to change the culture after a 1-4 finish in 2020. The Vikings feature a ton of talent all over the roster with junior QB Walt Clymer Jr., senior WR/DBs AJ Brooks, Jasiah Davis, and junior OL/DL Aidan Clark playing huge roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has more with the Vikings in Voorhees: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 9/1: Colts Neck After putting together a 7-1 season in 2021, Colts Neck got what they asked for – a major bump in competition. The Cougars are the newest addition to Shore Conference’s American Division, which features the conference’s best competition. Colts Neck will mix it up with Toms River North, Donovan Catholic, Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven in 2021 as they look to stake their claim as one of the top public schools in Central Jersey. Four-year starter Tommy Fallon returns under center and is surrounded by a senior-heavy team with plenty of varsity experience. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Cougars: 9/1: Hun 2020 was anything but typical for the Hun school. The nationally known prep powerhouse located in Princeton went 3-3 in a short season that restricted them to in-state play only. Prior to last year the Raiders had lost only four games in the three seasons, that included a slew of MAPL league championships. Things seem to be back on pace in Princeton and it doesn’t hurt when you have New Jersey’s number one ranked player, Rutgers commit Jacob Allen. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage
NJ trio commits to Boston hockey powers
Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco hockey share the headlines with two of the state’s top players committing to play Division I hockey in Boston. Watch JSZ highlight reels of Aram Minnetian and Don Bosco’s Sal Guzzo and Drew Forstescue. Click on the story to find out where they will be playing in college! August 1 is not usually a hockey headline day but two of New Jersey’s best on the ice made commitments to elite Division I programs. Aram Minnetian, Begen Catholic – Boston College commit Considered a 5-star prospect, Minnetian scored 29 goals in his freshman and sophomore campaigns with Bergen Catholic. Selected for the US National Development Under 17 team, Minnetian was also drafted in the OHL in the 7th round by the London Knights. He joins a Boston College program that is perenially a top-10 ranked team, finishing 6th in the final national poll of the 2021 season after a 17-6-1 campaign. Check out Minnetian’s magic during his two seasons at Bergen Catholic: Drew Fortescue, Don Bosco Prep – Boston College commit The Ironmen blueliner will join Boston College – giving his commitment one day after Guzzo and Minnetian. The 6’3 junior had a 1 goal, 2 assist effort against Gloucester Catholic in the Gordon Cup finals. Fortescue is on the US National Development Under 17 team. Check out Fortescue’s offensive-minded highlights from his sophomore campaign: Sal Guzzo, Don Bosco Prep – Harvard commit Like Minnnetian, Guzzo is a part of the US National Development Under 17 team along with teammates Ryan Fine and Fortescue. Guzzo had 12 goals and 19 assists in just over a season playing for the Ironmen. Guzzo gives his verbal commitment to play in Boston at Harvard. Check out Sal’s memorable moments from his first two seasons at Don Bosco:
Top 10 Games Hockey Games of the 2021 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
The 2020-21 season will be forever remembered in New Jersey. Not because of the missing true state championships, but due to the resiliency of programs and players all season long. We continue our summer recap series with a look at the top 10 hockey games captured by JSZ cameras! There were no state playoffs and no trips to the Rock on the ice in 2021, but the New Jersey high school hockey season provided plenty of championship moments thanks to Conference cups. JSZ looks back on the top 10 games from the 2021 season: #10 Manasquan scores late to earn tie at RFH Michael Farinacci scored with 28 seconds to go in regulation to give Manasquan a 2-2 with Rumson-Fair Haven in a matchup of two Shore Conference powers. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis had the action of a great game at the Red Bank Armory: #9 Gloucester Catholic opens the season with an upset The Rams opened the 2021 season with a statement. GC’s 3-2 over Bergen Catholic sparked a 10-2 season and a trip to the Gordon Cup finals. Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: #8 Alvino Stops 40 in McInnis Cup Final Glen Rock’s Mack Alvino was sensational in a 4-0 shutout over Livingston to earn the McInnis Cup. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Codey Arena: #7 Gloucester Catholic Reaches Gordon Cup Final The Rams made history in a 4-1 win over Seton Hall Prep to reach the Gordon Cup championship for the first time. JSZ’s Mike Frankel was there for the big moment: #6 CBA 3 Don Bosco Prep 3 On a snowy night in North Jersey, the Colts rallied from 3-1 down to earn an early season draw against the eventual Gordon Cup champs. Colin Grable came through with the equalizer. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the action from North Jersey #5 Seton Hall Prep ends long skid against Delbarton For 15 years, Delbarton’s icers had the number of Seton Hall Prep until the Pirates put forth an impressive 5-1 win over the then #5 ranked team in the state. JSZ’s Jay Cook was there for the big moment for SHP #4 Don Bosco Prep Dominates in Gordon Cup Title Game While there was no state championship, the Ironmen left no doubt who the top-ranked hockey team was in 2021 following a 5-0 win against Gloucester Catholic. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand for the Gordon Cup championship #3 Mountain Lakes Wins Haas Cup in OT Aiden Ready delivered the game-winner in overtime to give Mountain Lakes a 3-2 win over Mount Olive in the Haas Cup title game. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand for the championship drama #2 Silverman Wins Kelly Cup in Double OT The Kelly Cup became a marathon in a back and forth epic game between Governor Livingston and Cranford. Brady Silverman scored the game-winner in double overtime. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on hand for an epic battle #1 Ducalo Wins CVC with 0.1 on the Clock Robbinsville’s Mitchell Ducalo had the closest thing to a hockey buzzer-beater when he scored with 0.1 on the clock to give the Ravens a 5-4 win over Notre Dame to claim the CVC championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for the incredible finish
Top 10 Football Games of the 2020 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
The 2020 football season will be forever remembered in New Jersey. Not because of the missing state championships, but due to the resiliency of programs and players all season long. JSZ’s Summer Recap Series of the 2020-2021 scholastic season starts with football. “Unofficial” champions were crowned, crossover games between unfamiliar opponents happened and wild finishes were a thing of the norm. Here are the Top 10 football games of the 2020 season! No. 10 : Mater Dei’s Trick Play Hits Again, This Time Taking out RFH on Late Touchdown Mater Dei Prep always seems to have a thing for theatrics. The Seraphs dug into their successful bag of tricks and pulled out this hook-and-ladder touchdown to blow past Rumson-Fair Haven late and secure a 25-19 win on Halloween. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis had the highlights: No. 9: Somerville hammers Woodbridge in High Scoring Showdown Somerville and Woodbridge both employed talented running backs and explosive offenses in 2020. These two juggernauts collided on Nov. 13 and the Pioneers – led by JSZ Player of the Year finalist Cookie Desiderio – toppled Ali Lee Jr. and his Woodbridge Barrons to the tune of 39-26. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was on the call: No. 8: No Shortage of Drama in St. Augustine/Williamstown Thriller After a Turner Inge touchdown run in overtime, the Braves were staring down a second overtime period or the win on a two-point conversion. St. Augustine, however, wasn’t planning on going home with a tally in the loss column. The Hermits buckled down and made a goal line stop to secure one of their four wins from a tumultuous 2020 season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights from October 30: No. 7: Bergen Catholic Spoils Party, Tops St. Peter’s Prep in Rich Hansen’s Final Game What a fitting way it was to end the 2020 season. St. Peter’s Prep looked to send longtime coach Rich Hansen out with a win in his final game. Bergen Catholic was playing to secure the unofficial No. 1 statewide ranking with a victory. A full dose of Princeton-commit Ryan Butler late in this game pushed the result into Bergen Catholic’s favor, with a close call at the end in a 22-15 final. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis and Jay Cook teamed up to tell this story on Nov. 28: No. 6: Lenape Downs Rival Cherokee in OT Playoff Thriller For anyone who think special teams doesn’t matter at the high school level – watch this game. Lenape kicker Dylan Shank’s 48-yard field goal in overtime was the deciding factor in a South Jersey Pod A semifinal game between two longtime rivals. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights on Nov. 15: No. 5: Becton’s Perfect Season Realized with First NJIC Title Win Only one conference played a true, official championship in 2020. The Becton Wildcats ran the table with a 6-0 record and captured the first NJIC championship in program history with a commanding 41-12 win over Waldwick/Midland Park in the title game on Nov. 20. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on the call: No. 4: Don Bosco Downs Rival Bergen Catholic on Last Play Touchdown Throw out the records when Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic take the field because these two rivals always play their best games when they’re on the field together. The Crusaders held a commanding lead going into halftime, but senior QB Jake Robbins turned it up late and brought the Ironmen back in for the win in the fourth quarter. A last-second touchdown pass to Ethan Acevedo and a game-winning extra point from Thomas Sawicki sealed a victory for the ages. JSZ’s Jay Cook had the highlights from this Nov. 14 showdown: No. 3: Wall’s Defense, Last Stand Cement Unofficial Shore Conference Championship Wall proved to be not only the best team in the Shore Conference in 2020, but was certainly among the state’s elite when the season ultimately came to a close. The Crimson Knights won their “unofficial” Shore Conference championship on Nov. 20 when a goal line stand preserved an 18-15 win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on the call: No. 2: Holy Spirit Does It’s Thing, Claims Unofficial South Jersey Championship Holy Spirit’s win in the unofficial South Jersey championship was hardly a surprise. The Spartans were powered by JSZ Player of the Year finalist Patrick “Cheeks” Smith all year long and a magical ride concluded on their home field on Nov. 20. Smith rushed for 232 yards and two scores, closing out Holy Spirit’s perfect 8-0 season with a 21-7 victory over Lenape. JSZ’s Mike Frankel was on the call: No. 1: Seton Hall Prep Stuns Undefeated St. Peter’s Prep in OT Seton Hall Prep has certainly made it clear over the years that you can never count them out of any game. The last case? This unforgettable, overtime win over previously-undefeated St. Peter’s Prep on Nov. 23. Myles Thomason scored a game-tying touchdown in overtime and special teams ace Nick Conforti buried the game-winning extra point to cap off one of the most wild games of the 2020 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on the highlights:
Top DB Bellamy Commits to Notre Dame
The Bellamy legacy of producing Division 1 defensive backs is officially on. Jayden Bellamy, a rising junior at Bergen Catholic, announced Friday evening that he’d verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame. If it was easy, Everyone would do it. #GoIrish☘️C O M M I T T E D ☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/tWR3BkMrMJ— Jayden Bellamy (@jaydenknows_) July 2, 2021 Bellamy, a 5-11, 170-pound defensive back, burst onto the scene at Bergen Catholic last season and immediately became one of North Jersey’s top two-way threats in his first year with the Crusaders. Bellamy had 194 yards and three touchdown receptions and also collected 14 tackles and a pick-six in six-game, COVID-shortened junior season. Watch Jayden Bellamy’s JSZ Highlight Reel Bellamy’s commitment to the Fighting Irish keeps the pipeline from New Jersey to South Bend alive and well. Former New Jersey stars Kevin Bauman and Clarence Lewis both just completed their freshman seasons at Notre Dame. JSZ’s Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime will enroll there this summer. Bergen Catholic quarterback Steve Angeli, Bellamy’s classmate at, committed to Notre Dame earlier this year. He collected 23 offers and pared his decision down to a final three consisting of Notre Dame, Penn State and Rutgers. Coaches around the state know Bellamy as a player with top-end speed who packs a punch in the run game. That well-rounded game will serve him well this upcoming season as Bergen Catholic is expected to be among the best in New Jersey. Bellamy is the son of 13-year NFL veteran Jay Bellamy, who starred at Matawan High School in the late 1980’s. Before transferring to Bergen Catholic, Jayden played his first two seasons St. John Vianney High School.
Vote Now for JSZ’s Web Gem of the Year!
There’s not much that’s more rewarding than making a stellar play in the field to save a run, end an inning or wowing the crowd. JSZ’s cameras were all around the state this spring and we captured some top-shelf web gems during the 2021 baseball and softball seasons. Take a look at the highlight reel, then cast as many votes as you’d like for the Web Gem of the Year! Voting will stay open until Monday at 3:00 p.m. Voting for the Web Gem of the Year closes out our postseason polls for plays of the year. We also highlighted the top boys lacrosse goal, top girls lacrosse goal and the clutch play of the season. Thanks to everyone who voted and followed along with Jersey Sports Zone for the entire 2021 season.
Four-Star DB Jaeden Gould Commits to USC!
Bergen Catholic’s run on sending top talent to the Power 5 ranks continues. Jaeden Gould – a four-star defensive back and rising senior – announced Sunday that he’d verbally committed to the University of Southern California. The announcement came via his social media channels. Ran into some dead ends, re-routed made a way.#FightOn✌🏽 pic.twitter.com/uKtkKY1QAh— Jaeden Gould (@JaedenGould5) June 20, 2021 Gould, a 6-2, 190 pound cornerback, is one of the most lockdown defenders in New Jersey’s Class of 2022. While his numbers don’t jump off the page (13 tackles, 4 PD’s, 1 fumble recovery in six games), his talent sure jumps off the screen on video. Teams in the Super Football Conference consistently gameplanned away from Gould’s half of the field. Watch Jaeden Gould’s Junior Year Highlights The Somerset, N.J. native has been one of North Jersey’s most heavily recruited players in his tenure at Bergen Catholic. The 6-2, 190 pound cornerback collected 38 FBS and FCS offers and ultimately pared his decision down to a Final Two between the Trojans and Penn State. Gould received offers from Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame, among numerous others. Gould’s story is an inspiring one. A torn ACL ended his sophomore season and COVID-19 shortened his junior year. Through all that, Gould still rose to be one of the top-ranked rising seniors in New Jersey this upcoming season. The recent commitment officially adds another future Division 1 player to Bergen Catholic’s roster. QB Steve Angeli is committed to Notre Dame and running back Ryan Butler is committed to Princeton. Gould will team up with fellow senior Jayden Bellamy in the Crusaders’ defensive backfield this upcoming season, creating one of the top DB units in the state. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics.
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 email@example.com. Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball polls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. North Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
JSZ honored the top players in New Jersey from both girls and boys varsity basketball. Our week-long celebration of the 2021 season concluded with the presentation of JSZ’s Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone won by Camden’s DJ Wagner and Manchester Township’s Destiny Adams. Watch highlight videos of every one of our honorees across the state. Camden’s D.J. Wagner has been named Jersey Sports Zone’s Mr. Hoop Zone for 2021. The award is based on balloting from coaches and media from all over the state. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Wagner’s remarkably fast rise to the top of the New Jersey high school hoops scene. JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. Three points for a first place vote, two points for a second, and one point for third. Coaches: Don DeLeo, Hightstown, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, James Cranwell, Middletown South, Randy Holmes, Jackson Memorial, Ben DiBiase, Freehold Boro, Andrew Bilodeau, Manasquan, Mike Clemente, Central Regional, Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Township, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, Richard Bolds, Timber Creek, Michael Nausedas, Marlboro, Michael Doherty, St. Joe-Montvale, Eric Cassidy, Cherokee, Paul Rodio, St. Augustine, Dennis Caruano, Raritan, Nicholas Famularo, Asbury Park, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Kris Grundy, Montgomery, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, Matt Talbot, Roselle Park, Liam James, Gloucester, Ben Gamble, Bayonne, Todd Powers, Gloucester Catholic, Alex Mirabel, St. Peter’s Prep, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Julius David, Perth Amboy, John Rosser, Overbrook, Paddy McNamara, Haddon Township, Chris Garcia, JP Stevens, Phil Collicchio, Elizabeth, Chris Raba, Nottingham Media: Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media, John Jones, MaxPreps, Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Brandon Gould, NJ Advance Media, Adam Zagoria, ZagsBlog.com, Jay Gomes, NJHoops.com, Dave’s Joint, Mike Kinney, NJ Advance Media, Kyle Franco, Trentonian, Greg Johnson, Trentonian, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, JSZ Staff 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. 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: It’s official, Destiny Adams of Manchester Township is Jersey Sports Zone’s Miss Hoop Zone for 2021. Winning McDonald’s All American honors, 6’3 Adams takes home the award based on balloting from statewide coaches and media after averaging 30 points and 18.7 this season. With just 15 games on the schedule, she scored 450 points to end her career with 2,010 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez sat down with the University of North Carolina-bound Senior. JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. Three points for a first place vote, two points for a second, and one point for third. 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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: 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
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: 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
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.