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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
Loaded With Talent, Delbarton Eyes Redemption 2021
After sitting on the shelf for 22 months, Delbarton has their sights set on returning to glory. The Green Wave are the top ranked Garden State team per Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse Magazine, who have given the Morristown private school preseason national rankings of No. 9 and No. 23, respectively. A talented midfield loaded with Division 1 talent will lead the way as Delbarton looks to repeat as Morris County champions, Non-Public A champions and will aim to capture a Tournament of Champions trophy. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Morristown:
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)
NJ State Champs to Miss P’Burg for Cadet Nationals
The change in schedule to the NJSIAA wrestling season has created a conflict with a prestigious national event. JSZ talks with Delbarton’s PJ Casale and St. Joe-Montvale’s Jimmy Mullen about the difficult decision to miss the 2021 state tournament at Phillipsburg High School Delbarton’s PJ Casale and St. Joe-Montvale’s Jimmy Mullen stood on top of New Jersey wrestling last March in Atlantic City. Casale won the 220-pound state title and Mullen was the heavyweight champ as a freshman. Both wrestlers are currently ranked #1 in the state heading into regionals but the state finals in Phillipsburg are happening at the same time as the United World Wrestling’s Cadet Nationals in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The NJSIAA shifting wrestling from its traditional winter spot to the newly formed “Season 3” due to the pandemic moved the state finals from March in Atlantic City to April 23-24 at Phillipsburg High School. Casale and Mullen made the difficult choice to opt out of the NJSIAA state tournament for the chance to represent the United States in international competition. The UWW Cadet National champions in freestyle and Greco-Roman will compete internationally at the UWW Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in July. JSZ talked with the two wrestlers about their decision: JSZ was in Atlantic City last March for Casale and Mullen’s state championship wins. Watch those below and bets of luck to PJ and Jimmy at Cadet Nationals!
Watch Thursday 4.1 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s the beginning of spring break around New Jersey but grapplers continue to toe the line. We have action from a Delbarton v. Kingsway barn burner, as well as mat-side highlights from the Shore Conference, North and South Jersey! Delbarton 29 Kingsway 24 It was one of the most anticipated duals of the season, and […] 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 3.25 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s an exciting night on the mat as JSZ brings you three big duals from across the state highlighted by a 600th career win for a NJ wrestling legend and the end of a five year win streak in Shore Conference divisional action. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action! Kittatinny 36 […] 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.
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:
Final Week of JSZ Game Balls! Get Those Votes in Now!
The 2021 high school basketball season still has one week remaining but this is JSZ’s final weekly game ball poll of the basketball season. 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 Ball poll is presented to you by NJM Insurance. Central Jersey Game Polls 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 Thursday 2.25 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The Gordon Cup is underway while the public schools gear up for their Cup tournaments next week. JSZ has a pair of outstanding matchups on the ice! (3) Don Bosco Prep 4 (6) Delbarton 1 | Gordon Cup Quarterfinal Don Bosco was missing three of their top players Thursday night but didn’t miss a single […] 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 2.19 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ brings you three Friday night games from the ice, including top-ranked Gloucester Catholic, a top-5 showdown between #3 CBA and 4th-ranked Seton Hall Prep, along with the Madison Dodgers looking to continue their red hot play. Watch it all now with your JSZ All-Access pass! CBA 4 Seton Hall Prep 4 Aidan D’Urso scored […] 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.
Seton Hall Prep Stuns Delbarton, Ends 15-Year Losing Streak
Throw the records out whenever Gordon Conference opponents meet on the ice because you never know what can happen. Seton Hall Prep proved that statement to be true Wednesday night when the Pirates ended a 15-year losing streak to Delbarton after a rousing 5-1 win. Dale Campbell netted a pair of goals, while Brendan Waivada, […] 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 1.21 JSZ Ice Hockey Highlights
We’re closing in on the first week of the 2021 season with a pair of games from Mennen Arena and a late season-opener from one of New Jersey’s elite programs. Stay tuned in tonight for all the highlights! Delbarton 3 Chatham 0 Trip Pendy pumped in a pair of goals and Chase Pirtle scored on […] 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 Soccer Plays of the Year!
The 2020 fall season might have been shortened but it didn’t stop New Jersey’s soccer talent from providing amazing moments. Check out our goals of the year and top saves and vote now to see who takes home top honors! The 2020 high school soccer season provided incredible goals and saves from all around the state. The Jersey Sports Zone team went through every game we shot in 2020 and compiled our nominees for Goal of the Year and Save of the Year. In addition, we asked our great fan base to submit their favorite clips for our Viewer’s Choice Goal of the Year. The voting is open NOW through Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Boys Soccer Goal of the Year Take Our Poll Girls Soccer Goal of the Year Take Our Poll Save of the Year (Boys and Girls) Take Our Poll Viewer’s Choice Goal of the Year Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 11.21 HS Boys Soccer State Playoffs Highlights
It’s the final day of the 2020 boys soccer season. JSZ brings you coverage from all over the state as we close the chapter on a shortened, yet action-packed year with sectional final highlights! Monroe 3 Elizabeth 2 | Central East, Group 4 Final | 2 OT It took 98 minutes but a Central East, […] 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:
QB1 Cole Freeman Makes College Choice!
Cole Freeman is the perfect blend of hard work, raw talent and commitment to the game. The Delbarton signalcaller officially took the next step in his football career Sunday when he announced he had committed to play at Brown University. 🐻 C O M M I T T E D 🐻 pic.twitter.com/OhUkI4jLd7— Cole Freeman (@colefree16) October 26, 2020 Watch Cole’s JSZ Highlight Reel HERE Freeman has blossomed into one of the best New Jersey quarterbacks this season. His Delbarton Green Wave are an impressive 4-0 so far in 2020 and have captured signature wins over fellow non-public programs like Seton Hall Prep, DePaul, Don Bosco and Pope John. This year, he’s completed 48-72 passes for 607 yards, along with nine touchdown passes to only two interceptions. Freeman’s also collected 210 yards rushing with an additional score on the ground. Freeman is the latest in a long line of Delbarton student athletes who have moved onto the Ivy League ranks to play collegiate sports. Stay tuned in with Jersey Sports Zone for the latest news and updates on New Jersey high school athletes.
Watch Friday 10.16 JSZ Football Highlights
Wet weather threw a few wrinkles into the Week 3 schedule, but Friday night still brought us tons of highlights from all around the state. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the exciting action! Delbarton 27 Don Bosco 21 Delbarton made history Friday night. The Green Wave scored only their second 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 Saturday 10.10 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 2 wraps up with plenty of thrilling action all over the state. Check back throughout the evening to watch all of the highlights! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Don Bosco 7 The rematch of last year’s Non-Public Group 4 championship was defined by a dominant defense effort courtesy of the reigning champions. The St. Peter’s […] 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 10.5 JSZ Soccer Highlights
A new week begins with some tremendous games all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Delran 2 Rancocas Valley 1 (2OT) | Boys Andrew Grello scored the golden goal in double overtime to lift the Bears to a dramatic victory over rival RV in their season opener. The five-time defending South Jersey Group 2 […] 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 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.
Nine NJ Lax Players earn All-American Honors
The Under Armour All-American game will not be played this summer due to COVID-19, but the honor of being selected as one of the nation’s best remains. Six boys and three girls from New Jersey earn the prestigious honor. JSZ has highlights from the NJ contingent of All-Americans! The nation’s best high school lacrosse players were supposed to close out their high school careers this summer in Baltimore with the Under Armour All-American game but the coronavirus has canceled the annual showcase in 2020. Being selected for the team is still a great honor and nine New Jersey players will get presented with their Under Armour All-Star jersey. Six Garden State boys and three girls earned All-American honors. New Jersey Boys Under Armour All-American Selections Gabe Craven, Hun Goalie (Navy) CJ Kirst, Delbarton Attack (Cornell) Cole Krauss, Delbarton Defense (Duke) Connell Kumar, Seton Hall Prep Midfielder (Virginia) Chris Lyons, Shawnee Midfielder (Yale) Kyle Stephenson, Seton Hall Prep Midfielder (Michigan) New Jersey Girls Under Armour All-American Selections Gretchen Gilmore, Glen Ridge Midfielder (Penn State) Keelin Schlageter, Oak Knoll Midfielder (Notre Dame) Aine Maseker, Oak Knoll Defense (Notre Dame) JSZ Under Armour All-American Highlight Reels Check out our highlight reel compilation from our 2020 All-Americans!
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 Tuesday 7.28 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
We now know the final four teams left in the 222-team Last Dance Tournament. JSZ has highlights from a pair of North Jersey games at TD Bank Ball Park and another duo from the South Jersey bracket at FirstEnergy Park in the Elite 8 round. Stay tuned as the highlights roll in all day long! Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. North Region | Elite 8 | TD Bank Ballpark Bergen Catholic (BC Crusaders) 4 Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 2 Luis Delacruz was on his game Tuesday as the Bergen Catholic catcher knocked in all four of his team’s runs as the Crusaders stood tough and knocked out the defending Non-Public A champions. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Cranford (Cougar Baseball) 12 Don Bosco (DiamondBacks) 0 #13 seed Cranford punched its ticket to the North Region final with a dominating 12-0 victory over #1 seed Don Bosco. The Cougars held onto a tight 2-0 lead early before getting a jolt in the sixth inning when Cranford put six runs on the board. Aiden Plick and Ryan Juros combined for seven RBI’s while Will Gallagher pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out eight. Cranford will face Bergen Catholic in the North final. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: South Region | Elite 8 | FirstEnergy Park Sader Baseball (Bishop Eustace) 3 vs. Gloucester Catholic (Brooklawn) 0 Eustace pitcher Anthony Solometo spent his first two seasons at GC, and the North Carolina commit threw a gem against his former team. Solometo allowed just one hit and struck out 12 in six innings of work. David Alleva delivered the key hit of the ballgame; a three-run homer in the 4th inning. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance. Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 6 Falcon Baseball (St. Joseph Met.) 1 Matt Potok went the distance on a 4-hitter, striking out 9 and walking none and the Jaguars touched two future ACC pitchers for four runs in the second inning to earn a spot in the South Championship game vs. Bishop Eustace. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights form Lakewood: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial is brought to you by Louro Chiropractic Center Jersey Sports Zone’s championship preview and post-game MVP interviews this week are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas, the title sponsor of the Last Dance World Series
Last Dance continues this week with Elite 8
From 222 teams, we’re down to the Elite 8 in the Last Dance World Series. JSZ looks ahead to Tuesday’s quarterfinals and sets the schedule for this week’s game’s that ends with one overall champion! The first week of the Last Dance World Series saw 222 teams whittle down to 32 region champions. Last week saw the start of single elimination play and we have arrived at the Elite 8. Check out our video that shows who’s still standing in this amazing tournament: Last Dance World Series Schedule Tuesday South Semifinals at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Sader Baseball Club (Bishop Eustace) vs. Brooklawn (Gloucester Catholic), 3:00 p.m. Falcons Baseball (St. Joe-Metuchen) vs. Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 7:00 p.m. Both South games at Lakewood are SOLD OUT North Semifinals at TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset Tidal Wave (Delbarton) vs. Bergen Crusaders (Bergen Catholic) 10:00 a.m. Cranford vs. Diamond Backs (Don Bosco Prep) 1:00 p.m. Wednesday South Championship at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood 7:00 p.m. North Championship at Skylands Stadium in Augusta 7:00 p.m. Friday Last Dance Championship at Arm&Hammer Park in Trenton 7:00 p.m. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance highlights are made possible by Sterling National Bank and our post-game coverage and Last Dance features during championship week are brought to you by RWJBarnabas Health
Watch Thursday 7.23 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
We’re down to the Elite 8 in the 222-team Last Dance Tournament. JSZ has highlights from a pair of games at Caven Point in Jersey City as Delbarton and St. Peter’s conclude their game from Wednesday’s rainout and Bergen Catholic and Millburn close out Week Two. On Wednesday, JSZ has highlights from seven Sweet 16 games around the state. The final two slots in the Elite 8 were decided at Caven Point in Jersey City. Watch JSZ’s highlights of Delbarton/St. Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic/Millburn! Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. North Region | Round of 16 | Caven Point Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 10 St. Peter’s Prep (Maroon and Silver) 6 Delbarton was three outs away from elimination before mounting a seven run rally in the top of the 7th to reach the Elite 8. St. Peter’s Prep had a 4-2 lead in the 4th inning when rain and lightning forced the game to move from Skylands Stadium on Wednesday night to Caven Point on Thursday at noon. Jack O’Donnell’s 2 run single gave the Marauders a 6-3 lead heading into the 7th but Delbarton was able to bat around and take the lead on a Kyle Vinci hit by pitch with the bases loaded. JSZ has the seventh inning rally and much from Jersey City: Bergen Catholic (BC Crusaders) 5 Millburn 3 After falling behind 3-1 in the middle innings, Bergen Catholic employed a small-ball mentality to turn the tide of this game. The Crusaders also leaned on a strong outing from their bullpen to stave off a hungry Millburn team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the second week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
Watch Wednesday 7.22 JSZ Last Dance Tournament Highlights
The Last Dance Tournament rolls on with Round of 16 action at marquee venues around the state. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights + interviews from all eight games, so make sure to check back throughout the night! Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. South Region | FirstEnergy Park Falcons (St. Joe’s Metuchen) 11 Williamstown 1 St. Joseph Metuchen advanced to the Last Dance Elite 8 with an 11-1 victory thanks to a big day on the mound from Duke commit Adam Boucher who ended the evening with one earned run, four hits allowed and seven strikeouts. Brett Subers went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: South Region | FirstEnergy Park Saders Baseball (Bishop Eustace) 8 Kingsway 1 Eustace raced out to an early lead and never looked back, punching a ticket to the South Region semifinals. Nick Senior knocked in a pair of runs for the Saders in the victory. Joe Mascio pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win on the mound. JSZ’s Mike Frankel and James Mooney have the highlights and reaction from Lakewood: South Region | FirstEnergy Park Brooklawn (Gloucester Catholic) 6 Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking (Hamilton West) 5 GC led 6-1 heading into the 6th inning, and held off a furious Hornets rally to advance. Adam Gates and Jason Morgan drove in two runs apiece in the victory. The Rams will now face South Jersey rival Bishop Eustace in the tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: South Region | First Energy Park Jackson Memorial 5 Washington Twp 3 The Jags have been on a tear through the Last Dance, only giving up 3 runs and posting 2 shutouts but the Minutemen proved to be their best challenge yet. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning as Sam Kaschak (Washington) and Nick Beetel (Jackson) dueled on the mound. Jackson opened up the scoring in the sixth and held off the late surge from Township in the seventh to win 5-3. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lakewood: North Region | Yogi Berra Stadium Don Bosco (DiamondBacks) 3 Jefferson 1 After a thrilling, come-from-behind win Tuesday, Don Bosco turned around and battled through to the next round of the Last Dance World Series with a tough, 3-1 win over Jefferson. A huge fourth inning with a pair of monster doubles and a single proved to be the difference. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: North Region | Yogi Berra Stadium Cranford 8 Ridgewood 2 Cranford has proven throughout the first two weeks of the Last Dance World Series that they can score against just about anyone. The Cougars backed that claim up on Wednesday with six runs in the first two innings – including a double and two-run home run from Marcus Johnson. Will Gallagher allowed a pair of runs in the complete game win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: North Region | Skylands Stadium St. Peter’s Prep 4 Delbarton 2 (4th inning, 2 outs) Game Suspended Due to Rain After Delbarton jumped out to a 2-0 lead three batters into the game, St. Peter’s Prep scored all four of its runs on bases loaded walks to take the lead before lightning and rain forced this game to resume on Thursday at noon. The location is switched to Caven Point in Jersey City. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the early highlights of this game from Skylands Stadium in Sussex County: Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the second week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
Watch Tuesday 7.21 JSZ Last Dance Tournament Highlights
A new week means we’re down to the Round of 32 in the Last Dance Tournament. The stakes are high with single elimination action at big-time venues all over the state. Jersey Sports Zone has cameras at most of the games on Tuesday, so be sure to check back throughout the night for all of the exciting action! Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. South Region | Arm & Hammer Park Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking 6 Lawrence Irish Road (Notre Dame) 2 It was a matchup many anticipated being the 2020 Mercer County Tournament Final prior to the cancellation of spring sports. Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking (Hamilton West) defeated Lawrence Road Irish (Notre Dame) 6-2 following a four-run rally in the top of the seventh started by senior David Zamora. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hamilton West and Notre Dame coverage. South Region | First Energy Park Brooklawn (Gloucester Catholic) 1 Middletown North 0 Tyler Parks threw a gem for GC, allowing just three hits in a complete-game shutout. The UNC-Charlotte commit struck out six. Adam Gates played a big role in the win as well, throwing out a Lions runner at the plate, and driving in the only run of the game with a sixth-inning single. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from the home of the Blue Claws in Lakewood: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Middletown North coverage is made possible by ACI Medical and Dental School. South Region | First Energy Park Washington Twp. 11 Sussex Red (High Point/Wallkill Valley) 1 (5 innings) The Minutemen cruised into the Round of 16 thanks to strong outing on the hill from Nick Hammer. The La Salle commit allowed just one earned run in five innings of work. Dylan Sharkey and Colson Gonzalez both drove in runs, and had two hit apiece in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Lakewood: Coverage of Washington Township is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. North Region | Yogi Berra Stadium Don Bosco Prep 7 Governor Livingston 6 The Ironmen score six times in the sixth inning to avoid an upset and advance to the Last Dance Sweet 16. The Highlanders had the #1 seed in the North on the ropes scoring twice in the first and adding three more runs in the 5th to take a 5-0 lead. But Don Bosco had three 2-run base hits from Michael Drenzin, Kevin Stefanski and Charlie Granatelli to take a 7-5 lead. Governor Livingston loaded the bases in the 7th but saw a controversial non-call go against them and fell short as Caden Dana got the strikeout to end it with the go-ahead run on second base. This was one of the most thrilling games of the tournament and JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has all the highlights: North Region | Yogi Berra Stadium Bergen Catholic 10 Mount Olive 0 (6 innings) The Crusaders erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first inning and University of Maine commit Angelo Deer threw five shutout innings to get BC a spot in the Sweet 16 of the Last Dance. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Yogi Berra Stadium Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics North Region|TD Bank Ballpark Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 12 Wood-Ridge 0 The Tidal Wave has proven to be arguably one of the most complete teams competing in the Last Dance. Liam Corcoran, Mark Darakjy, Kyle Vinci, Matt Carey and Nick McLaughlin all contributed into another blowout win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: South Region | Arm & Hammer Park Jags (Jackson) 4 Middlesex 0 North Region|TD Bank Ballpark Cranford 13 Errico Baseball Club (Montclair) 9 The Cranford Cougars are moving forward in the Last Dance! Aiden Plick, Jake Diclerico, Mike Murphy powered an explosive Cougars offense through to the tournament’s next round. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: South Region | Owens Park Bishop Eustace 11 Cherokee 5 The Crusaders erased a three-run deficit in the third inning, and pounced on some late mistakes to punch its ticket to the Round of 16. Charlie Sanzio and Joe Pence led the way for SBC, combining for 5 RBIs in the game. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Owens Park: South Region | Owens Park Williamstown 7 BPC Spartans (Holy Spirit) 3 The Braves’ bats caught fire as they powered past the Spartans and into the Round of 16. Greg Zerbe got the Braves on the board with a solo homer in the second inning. Brody Colbert and Ryan Achey delivered a pair of 2 RBI singles as part of a five-run fourth inning. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Owens Park: South Region | First Energy Park Kingsway 4 Howell 3 The Howell Rebels controlled the majority of the game off the efforts of Vin Impresa on the mound. But a late pitching change for the Rebels kept Kingsways hope alive. The comeback ensued and the Dragons put up three unanswered runs in the seventh inning to secure the win and advance to the Round of 16. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lakewood: South Region | First Energy Park Falcons Baseball (St. Joes Metuchen) 6 Deptford 3 In their first game are the senseless death of former teammate Dan Anderl, St. Joes Metuchen was all business in their win over Deptford. The Falcons scored at least one run in the first 5 innings from a slew of players. Underclassman RHP and UVA Commit Donovan Zsak had 9 strikeouts over 6 IP for St. Joes. The Falcons will take on Williamstown tomorrow morning in the Round of 16. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lakewood: Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the second week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020
Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington
Watch Tuesday 7.14 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
Baseball is BACK! It’s the opening day of the 222-team Last Dance Baseball Tournament presented by RWJ Barnabas. JSZ has highlights all day and night from every part of the state! Jersey Sports Zone has our cameras bouncing around to regionals throughout the state. We will post our highlights throughout the day and night. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank Berkeley Heights Regional Governor Livingston 8 Oratory 5 The Mountainside White Sox (Governor Livingston) asserted their dominance as one of the teams to watch in the Last Dance tournament with an 8-5 victory over Oratory. Pitcher Sam Bass throwing three innings of relief finished the night with eight strike outs. They face Summit on 7/14 next. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Brick Regional Brick Memorial 5 Jackson Liberty 4 (12 innings) With 111 games across New Jersey in the first round of the Last Dance Tournament, Brick Memorial closed out the first day with a 5-4 marathon win over Jackson Liberty just before 11:00 p.m. JSZ captured the final out from Kyle Cline to give the Mustangs a matchup with Jackson Memorial on Wednesday night with the winner advancing to the region championship on Thursday: Pitman Regional Team SISU (Eastern) 7 Glassboro 6 This clash of 2019 state finalists lived up to the hype. Drew Tongue hit a grand slam for Glassboro with two outs in the top of the 7th inning to give the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead. Teddy Moos answered with a walk-off grand slam for Eastern in the bottom of the 7th to set off a celebration for the Vikings. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Glassboro Little League: Coverage of Eastern is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Belmar Regional Howell (Blue+Grey) 2 Monmouth Regional 0 Max Friedeman and Nick Gomes combine on a 1-hit shutout and catcher Chris Acampora delivers the only runs of the game with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 4th to give the Rebels a matchup with top seed St. John Vianney on Wednesday with the winner advancing to the regional final. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of a great pitcher’s duel at Saint Rose: Tri-County Regional Allentown 9 Monroe 2 Jack Nitti was dominant on the hill with five no-hit innings and the Redbirds used a five run first inning to cruise into the pool final against Manalapan on Wednesday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Lakewood BlueClaws First Energy Park: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Allentown and Monroe! Morris Township Regional Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 10 Morris Catholic (Morris County Queensmen) 0 (5 innings) The reigning Non-Public A state champions opened the Last Dance in style with a mercy-rule, 10-0 win over Morris Catholic. Juniors Ryan Reynolds and Kyle Venezia combined for the shutout on the mound while senior first baseman Kyle Vinci paced the offensive with explosions off the bat. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights from Fleury Field: Wall Regional Middletown South 12 JS Monsters (Shore) 0 (5 innings) Mike Keenan gave up a leadoff single and then shut down Shore for 4 1/3 innings striking out seven and freshman Matt Pontari blasted a three-run homer to left to close out the scoring in a dominant performance from the top seed in the Wall Regional. The Eagles can reach the region final with a win tomorrow. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from North Wall Little League: Bellmawr Regional Medford Renegades (Shawnee) 13 Pine Hill (Overbrook) 3 (6 innings) Shawnee plated four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back, taking care of Overbrook in Bellmawr. The Renegades will square off against rival Cherokee on Wednesday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Washington Regional GT Highlanders (Highland Regional) 3 MO Town (Moorestown) 0 Kyle White did not miss a beat on the mound as he went the distance for a complete game shutout and six strikeouts against MO Town. Matt Schaffer’s two-run homer in the third to break a scoreless tie gave Highland the lead for good. Highland now has an opportunity to reach the region finals with a win tomorrow. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Washington Lake Park: JSZ’s coverage of Highland Regional is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. JSZ’s coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Washington Township Regional Washington Twp. 12 Sterling 6 The Minutemen trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but exploded for ten runs in the inning to turn the tide on the Knights. Nick Hammer went 3-4, with two doubles, and 3 RBIs, including two hits in the Minutemen’s big inning. Jimmy Hallman picked up the win in relief and added 3 RBIs of his own. Washington Township can move to the regional finals with a win tomorrow. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Washington Lake Park: JSZ’s coverage of Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Edison Regional J.P. Hawks (J.P. Stevens) 12 Carteret Ramblers 3 J.P. Stevens got out to a hot start in the Last Dance Tournament, defeating Greater Middlesex Conference rival Carteret 12-3 thanks to an explosive four run inning Ito close out the opening round game. They will take on host team Edison on Wednesday at 11 a.m. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Whitehouse Station Regional Hunterdon County Devils (Hunterdon Central) 12 Phillipsburg 2 (5 innings) Nick Zarneki punched in five runs, including a three-run homer to force the mercy rule, to power the Devils to a first round last dance win over HWS rival Phillipsburg. Tristan Spalter struck out seven in three innings of work, as well. The Devils will face the Glenn Gardner Vikings (Voorhees) on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. TD Bank Ballpark Region Hillsborough 5 RP Argonaut Baseball (Rutgers Prep) 2 A home run at the bottom of the first inning by Ryan Hvozdovic gave the Raiders the lead and they never looked back. Hillsborough defeated Rutgers Prep in the first round of the Last Dance Tournament and will take on the GSB Knights Wednesday at 1pm. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from TD Bank Ballpark: GSB Knights 7 RiverDogs (Pingry) 4 An early lead for RiverDogs was the only bright spot of the day as the Knights battled one trailed for one half inning. Chris Boney had 9 strikeouts for the Knights in the win. The Knights move on to play Hillsborough Wednesday at 1pm. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from TD Bank Ballpark: Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the first week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
It’s Selection Saturday! Watch JSZ’s Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show
Jersey Sports Zone reveals the brackets for the Last Dance Baseball Tournament. We’ve got all the matchups as 222 teams try to be the last team standing in Trenton on July 30. In case you missed our live show, check out all the brackets plus interviews with players and coaches around the state. The spring sports season was taken away from New Jersey high school athletes but thanks to an extraordinary effort by the New Jersey high school baseball community, sports is coming back and Garden State diamond squads get an incredible summer tournament for One Last Dance. JSZ presents the Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show. Just like the NCAA Baseball Tournament, we have all the brackets, matchups and interviews with coaches and players from around the state. Click on the video below to watch the reveal of the 222 teams that will play in 32 different regions. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Last Dance Baseball Tournament is made possible by Sterling National Bank. We will have coverage of all nine days of the Tournament starting on July 14 with pool play around the state About the Last Dance Tournament 222 teams, 32 regions. Every team is guaranteed three games in modified pool play. Regions with four teams will play round robin with the best record advancing to the 32-team single elimination tournament that begins in week two. Eight team regions will have modified pool play in the first two days. Teams with 2-0 records will meet up on the final day to determine the region winner. While all the teams are varsity baseball players, the tournament is not associated with the NJSIAA and school uniforms will not be worn. A lot of teams were not allowed to use their school name or nickname which is why you’ll see a lot of different names in the brackets. Last Dance Tournament NORTH BRACKETS SOUTH BRACKETS
Top Wrestlers Cosgrove and Troczynski Commit to Penn
Two of New Jersey’s best wrestlers both made their college decisions on Friday. Martin Cosgrove of Camden Catholic and Andy Troczynski of Delbarton both announced commitments to the University of Pennsylvania. I am very excited to announce my commitment to the admissions process to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Pennsylvania. I am extremely thankful to everyone who has supported and helped me throughout the years. #themovement pic.twitter.com/vgha5rHCil— Martin Cosgrove (@Mcozz36) June 26, 2020 I am extremely excited to announce that I have committed to the admissions process to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Pennsylvania. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. #themovement pic.twitter.com/zrPRCa4tJz— Andrew Troczynski (@AndrewTroczyns1) June 26, 2020 Cosgrove won the 195-pound state title last season as a sophomore for the Irish. You can watch the highlights here: Troczynski placed second in the state at 145 pounds as a sophomore for the Green Wave last season. Coverage of Camden Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance.
JSZ Spring Senior Spotlight: CJ Kirst
Coronavirus has brought the world to a screeching halt at the moment, and that includes high school sports in the Garden State. JSZ is spotlighting prominent senior athletes who are waiting and hoping to take the field again this spring. Our mission is to tell their stories, and share how they’re trying to stay ready, both physically and mentally. Today’s JSZ Spring Senior Spotlight features Delbarton star goal scorer CJ Kirst. JSZ’s Jay Cook spoke with the Cornell commit: Sponsor Shoutout Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top high school hockey players in New Jersey. We have selected the top players in the Garden State – take a look at the entire list and watch highlight videos of every single player. JSZ’s All-Zone Hockey Team The COVID-19 virus prevented JSZ from honoring the top players in New Jersey at the Prudential Center but we still have highlights videos to honor the best high school hockey players in New Jersey. GoaliesDefensemanForwardsForwardsAward Winner Gavin Einfeldt, RandolphJake Antonucci, Bergen CatholicEvan Brown, CBAJason Player, Gloucester CatholicJohn Donohoe, CBA - 2020 JSZ Player of the Year Lucas Podvey, MontclairZach D'Andrea, Jackson LibertyMatt Balzarotti, RidgeTom Pryymak, Summit Nikita Pryymak, SummitAnthony Dowd, ManasquanTyler Botta, RamseyJake Puskar, Summit Demitri Forand, Middletown SouthSam Catalano, Rumson-Fair HavenJustin Rauch, St. Joe-Montvale Will Fortescue, Don Bosco PrepBen Conrod, DeblartonRocco Salvato Princeton Colin Grable, CBAKyle Contessa, CBAAlex Scimeca, Saint Augustine Prep Tim O'Connell, Seton Hall PrepTy Ebeling, RidgeConnor Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep Chris Pelosi, Gloucester CatholicMatt Franzoni, ManasquanGreg Spitznagel, Summit Michael Rubin, Don Bosco PrepSean Grant, Saint RoseNick Stoebling, Bergen Catholic Michael Sofia, RandolphJustin Hughes, Saint Joe-MontvaleAidan Trainor, Princeton Seth Kaplan, Morristown-BeardDom Troisi, Saint John Vianney Jason Kwestel, Morris KnollsGleb Veremyev, Monroe Tommy Matthews, Morristown-BeardZach Wagnon, CBA Connor Milliken, Gloucester CatholicJason Wolff, Hillsborough Aram Minnetian, Bergen CatholicJT Zangara, Randolph CBA goalie John Donohoe named JSZ Hockey Player of the Year 2020 was a year to remember for Christian Brothers Academy. The Colts ran the table from the beginning of the postseason to the end, scoring wins in the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public State Championship. The man at the center of it all was goaltender John Donohoe. The sophomore transfer from Pennsylvania had a .928 save percentage and made seven shutouts against the likes of Bergen Catholic, Delbarton and Don Bosco Prep. He is JSZ’s 2020 Player of the Year. Watch JSZ’s feature on Donohoe HERE:
Vote Now for JSZ Hockey Goal of the Year!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 goals from our archives this season and put them in head-to-head matchups. We’re asking for your vote every day as we narrow the field from the round of 32 down to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Round Two (The Sweet 16) begins on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Vote Now of the First Round’s 16 Matchups! Click Each Player’s Name to Watch Their Goal Jake Puskar (Summit) vs. Ryan Rodrigues (Seton Hall Prep) Take Our Poll Luke McNamara (Manasquan) vs. Grant Loges (Ridge) Take Our Poll Kellum Foster-Palmer (Montclair) vs. Cooper Fojas (Nutley) Take Our Poll Anthony Galante (Marlboro) vs. Michael Boyer (Hopewell Valley) Take Our Poll Zach Johnson (Gloucester Catholic) vs. Leah Stecker (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll Rocco Salvato (Princeton) vs. Aram Minnetian (Bergen Catholic) Take Our Poll Greg Spitznagel (Summit) vs. Evan Brown (CBA) Take Our Poll Jimmy Mullarney (Middletown North) vs. Hunter McGee (Don Bosco Prep) Take Our Poll Chris Farinacci (Manasquan) vs. Nick Vantassell (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll Brett Janifer (Montclair) vs. Rich Kulaszewski (St. John Vianney) Take Our Poll Ben Conrod (Delbarton) vs. Sal Guzzo (Don Bosco Prep) Take Our Poll Nick Piscopo (Middletown South) vs. Dante Amato (Colonia) Take Our Poll Michael Sofia (Randolph) vs. Christian Cuccia (St. Joseph Metuchen) Take Our Poll Gordon Ogden (Red Bank Regional) vs. Seth Kaplan (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll JT Zangara (Randolph) vs. Demitri Forand (Middletown South) Take Our Poll Kyle Contessa (CBA) vs. Dylan Idland/Jason Kwestel (Morris Knolls-Hills) Take Our Poll JSZ’s Hockey Goal of the Year is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance!
Watch NJSIAA Boys Wrestling State Championship Finals
Welcome back to A.C, New Jersey wrestling fans. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of MMJ’s are on hand for the biggest day of the wrestling season in the Garden State. We’re your one-to shop for video highlights and in-depth breakdowns for every boys state championship match. Stay tuned throughout the night as the highlights come in! Boys State Finals 106 Pound Final: 4- Evan Mougalian (Kinnelon) defeats 2- Anthony Santaniello (Brick Memorial) 3-1 113 Pound Final: 2- Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North) d. 1- Kelly Dunnigan (Don Bosco), 6-3 Tyler Klinsky avenges his only loss of the season and cements his legacy as the winningest wrestler in Middletown North history by bringing home the program’s first state title. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: Coverage of Middletown North is brought to you by ACI Medical & Dental School. 120 Pound Final: 1- Dean Peterson (St. John Vianney) d. 6- Vincent Santaniello (Brick Memorial) 1-0 126 Pound Final: 3- Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic) d. 4- McKenzie Bell (Kingsway), 12-7 Robbert Howard gave New Jersey wrestling everything he had. The Bergen Catholic senior battled through writing physical and emotional pain all season long, re-centered himself and emerged as a champion yet again inside Boardwalk Hall. Howard, a Penn State commit, finishes his high school career as a two-time state champion. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. 132 Pound Final: 1- Joey Olivieri (Hanover Park) d. 2- Dylan Cedeno (Bergen Catholic), 1-0 Joey Olivieri won a state title as a freshman, but had to settle for fourth as a sophomore. The junior gets back to the top of the podium, thanks to a tight win over Dylan Cedeno. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: 138 Pound Final: 3- Anthony Clark (Delbarton) vs. 12- William Grater (Bergen Catholic) Anthony Clark is no stranger to the highest stage in New Jersey Wrestling. Clark has been in the state finals every season and won state titles as a freshman and sophomore before losing last year. With a 4-0 victory over William Grater, Clarke joined an elite list of people to win States three times in the Garden State. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: 145 Pound Final: 1- Andy Clark (Collingswood) d. 6- Andrew Troczynski (Delbarton), 8-5 After finishing 4th in the state a year ago at 132 pounds, Andy Clark won a thriller over Andrew Troczinski at 145 to become Collingswood’s first state champion since 1992. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: 152 Pound Final: 4- Nick Boggiano (Toms River North) d. 6- Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus), 7-3 Nick Boggiano’s five-point move in the second period helped clinch the first state title for a Toms River North wrestler since 2007. The senior finished eighth at 145-pounds a year ago, but this time around he caps off a tremendous 41-1 season with a state championship. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: 160 Pound Final: 3- Brian Soldano (High Point) d. 1- Dante Stefanelli (Delbarton) 9-0 170 Pound Final: 2- Connor O’Neill (DePaul Catholic) d. 1- Shane Reitsma (Howell), 3-1 Connor O’Neill’s clutch takedown early in the third period proved to be the difference in a matchup between the clear-cut top two wrestlers at 170 pounds this season. With the win, O’Neill avenges a loss earlier this season to Reitsma. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 182 Pound Final: 1- John Poznanski (Colonia) p. 2- Luke Rada (Colts Neck), 3:31 ** Named Most Outstanding Wrestler ** Colonia’s John Poznanski put the cap on a perfect season with a second period pin in the state finals. Poznanski, a Rutgers wrestling commit, was the most dominant force throughout the individual postseason tournament. His 40-0 season ended his Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at Boardwalk Hall. However, that’s only half the story, as Poznanski worked through a historic career with only one eye. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 195 Pound Final: 3- Martin Cosgrove (Camden Catholic) d. 4- David Szuba (Brick Memorial), 9-7 After finishing third in the state as a freshman, Martin Cosgrove breaks through with a state title as a sophomore. David Szuba nearly forced overtime with a four-point move late, but a stalling call ultimately proved to be the difference. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. 220 Pound Final: 2- P.J. Casale (Delbarton) d. 1- Kyle Jacob (Paramus), 4-2 After a fifth-place finish in the state tournament a year ago, P.J. Casale would not be denied as he takes home his first state championship. The sophomore nearly finished the bout in the second period with a wild four-point move, and rode the momentum to a victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: 285 Pound Final: 7- JT Cornelius (Southern) vs. 13- Jimmy Mullen (St. Joe’s Mont.) Freshman phenom Jimmy Mullen caps off historic State Tournament run with a Gold Medal. Mullen came into the tournament as the 13 seed and battled his way to the finals where he won 7-3 and controlled the entire match. Be on the watch for Mullen for the next few years. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights:
Watch Monday 3.2 JSZ Playoff Hockey Highlights
The state playoffs are well underway and Jersey Sports Zone has a truckload of quarterfinal action from across the Garden State. Stay tuned with JSZ throughout the next week as we inch closer to the state finals at the Prudential Center next Monday! Gloucester Catholic 4 Delbarton 3 | Non-Public Quarterfinal Gloucester Catholic (5) defeated Delbarton (4) 4-3 in an overtime thriller to reach the Non-Public Semifinals. After trailing 1-0 to begin the first period, Delbarton rallied back to lead 2-1 entering the second. With the game tied at 3-3, regulation wouldn’t be enough to crown a winner between these two and in overtime Zack Johnson would score a game winning goal for the Rams. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Gloucester Catholic coverage. Jackson Liberty 2 Hillsborough 1 | Public A Quarterfinal Mike Behm’s third period dish to Joey Virga with 3:39 left in regulation proved to be the game-winner as No. 5 Jackson Liberty-Point Boro co-op defeated No. 4 Hillsborough, last year’s runner-up in this section. Zach D’Andrea, who’s scored over 200 points in his career, scored the other goal for the Lions in the third period, too. Jackson Liberty will face No. 1 seed Morris Knolls in the Public A semifinals Wednesday at Mennen Arena. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Flemington Ice Arena: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Hillsborough athletics throughout the 2020 scholastic year is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Hunterdon Central 1 Howell 0 | Public A Quarterfinal Peyton Miller’s goal early in the second period was the only score in this goalie-dominated matchup. No. 11 Howell senior San McEvoy was incredible in net, turning away numerous legitimate Red Devil scoring chances. No. 3-seed Hunterdon Central netminder Jack Menichillo preserved the shutout for the win. Hunterdon Central will face No. 2 seed Montclair in the Public A semifinal Wednesday at Mennen Arena. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Flemington Ice Arena: Middletown South 3 Governor Livingston 1 | Public B Quarterfinal Demitri Forand’s goal with 1:56 left gave the Eagles a spot in the state semifinals and a rematch with top seed Randolph. Brandon Cuccaro scored just 1:24 into the game to give Governor Livingston an early 1-0 lead. Nate Block tied things up just over three minutes later with his 22nd goal. The rest of the story was outstanding goaltending. Sophomore Shane Cook had 45 saves for the Highlanders in a losing effort. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has an outstanding game from Middletown Ice World: Manasquan 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 1 | Public C Quarterfinal Vin Ferraro and Luke McNamara scored goals 81 seconds apart early in the second period and Matt Franzoni scored his 25th of the season for a huge insurance goal in the third period to give Manasquan its first-ever berth in the state hockey semifinals. The Warriors will face defending state champ Summit for a spot in the state Public C state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to have ACI Medical & Dental School join our team and present our Central Jersey Game Balls all year long in addition to allowing us to bring great highlights and features to Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North. One of the top technical schools in NJ, Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Central New Jersey offers a variety of programs in the in-demand medical and dental industries. Visit ACI.edu to learn more! Summit 7 Trinity Hall 6 (Hilltoppers win shootout 3-1) | NJ Girls State Semifinal Lily Spooner made three saves in the shootout and the Hilltoppers punched their ticket to the Rock and the first-ever New Jersey girls state championship game where they will face Morristown-Beard. JSZ has highlights of the dramatic OT and shootout from the Red Bank Armory:
Watch Monday 2.17 JSZ Gordon Cup Hockey Highlights
The cup season is alive and well in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone has coverage from two Gordon Cup quarterfinals from Monday afternoon. Enjoy the highlights! Bergen Catholic 5 Seton Hall Prep 3 Senior forward Nick Stoebling pumped in a career-high four goals as the No. 3 seed Crusaders advanced past the No. 6 seed Seton Hall Prep. Goalie Brendan McCaskey stopped 27 of 30 shots in the win. The Crusaders will face No. 2 seed CBA in the Gordon Cup semifinals on Wednesday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Ice House: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep and Bergen Catholic is proudly brought to you by One on One with Steve Adubato and Rothman Orthopaedics, respectively. Gloucester Catholic 6 Delbarton 3 For the first time in program history Gloucester Catholic defeated Delbarton 6-3 in the Gordon Cup Quarterfinals. The Rams jumped out to an early two goal lead before eventually leading 4-2 entering the third period. Chris Pelosi and Jake Grace each found net twice for Gloucester Catholic. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Gloucester Catholic coverage.
Watch Sunday 2.16 JSZ State Championship Wrestling Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is in Toms River for the Wrestling Group Championships. We have in-depth coverage and extended highlights of every single match from Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the coverage — we’ll see you in A.C.! Delbarton 54 St. Augustine Prep 7 | Non-Public A Final For almost a decade the team state title has eluded the Green Wave of Delbarton. After a win over Bergen Catholic en route to a Sectional Championship, Delbarton knew this was their season to regain the title. A sound victory for the Green Wave laid their final claim to the #1 team in New Jersey. Delbarton won 12 out of 14 bouts as Nicholas Nardone won by pin while Anthony Clark and Andrew Tryoczynski won by major decision. Alex Marshall won by major for the Hermits. The highlight of the match came at 195 lbs as it was a #1 vs #2 showdown. Luke Chakonis (1) from Delbarton defeated Mike Misita (2) of St. Augustine 6-4 in Sudden Victory to cap off the win for Delbarton. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Toms River: Camden Catholic 51 Pope John XXIII 15 | Non-Public B Final The Fighting Irish are on the top of the mountain in Non-Public B once again after a convincing victory against the Lions. Pope John briefly took the lead after a pin by Eddie Ventresca at 126. However, the Irish got back on track when Danny McKennon picked up a pin at 132 and they would not cede another bout the rest of the way. Bonus points were crucial in this match as Camden Catholic racked up seven pins, including four in the final six bouts. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Toms River: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Paulsboro 50 Delaware Valley 9 | Group 1 Final Less than 48 hours after receiving an ICD surgically placed in his chest, Brandon Green was in Toms River to see Paulsboro win a fifth straight state championship and the 33rd mat title in the program’s rich history. Green, the 2019 state champion at 170 lbs. collapsed on February 3rd and saw his career come to an end due to scar tissue around his heart. Paulsboro and the entire wrestling community rallied and Green received a standing ovation and stayed on the bench to root his teammates on. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-match reaction: High Point 38 West Deptford 28 | Group 2 Final High Point has returned to the peak at Group 2. The Wildcats captured their sixth team state title — and third in the last four years — after rolling their way through West Deptford in the final. High Point studs Nick Douma, Josh Gervey and Billy Talmadge all wrestled back-to-back-to-back in the lineup and each delivered bonus points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from an emotional win: Montville 34 West Essex 33 | Group 3 Final A rematch from earlier in the month that went in favor of the Mustangs would prove to be no different the second time around. Though close, Montville prevailed once again over the Knights. A 7-7 split in the bouts, it was the four pins that set the Mustangs above the Knights. Aaron Kurzer, Brandon Teresa, Noah Fox and Michael Conrad all won by pin for Montville. Carson Barry, Alex Jones, and Samuel Carsillo won by major decision for the Knights in the loss. Montville wins their first ever Group Title. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Toms River: North Hunterdon 34 Kingsway 22 | Group 4 Final Does is get any better than perfection? Just ask North Hunterdon. The Lions completed the 20-0 undefeated season Sunday on the heels of yet another rousing performance. The Lions won seven-straight bouts from 170 pounds to 106 pounds to power a comeback win. Sophomore heavyweight Liam Akers clinched the win with a first-period pin via cradle. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Southern Regional 38 Manalapan 24 | Group 5 Final Freshman Nick Bennet got a 4-2 sudden victory at 126 pounds that sparked the Rams to a second straight Group 5 state championship. Following Bennet’s comeback victory, Southern had back to back pins from Matt Brielmier and Eddie Hummel to build an insurmountable lead. Robert Woodcock clinched the state title with a pin at 170 pounds. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has all the action from Toms River:
Watch Friday 2.14 JSZ Sectional Championship Wrestling Highlights
The hardware isn’t just handed out; it’s earned. JSZ has coverage of team playoff wrestling sectional finals from all over the state. Delbarton 49 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 15 | Non-Public A North Final Delbarton’s dominant run throughout the state playoffs continued Friday night as the Green Wave won their first sectional title since the 2011 season. Delbarton — the consensus No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey — has outscored its competition 164-17 through three playoff matches. They’ll face St. Augustine in the Non-Public A final Sunday in Toms River. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Watchung Hills 37 Westfield 27 | North 2 Group 5 Final Ethan Colello scored a tech fall at 106 pounds and Dylan Kolakowski clinched the championship with a pin at 113 to give the Warriors a third straight sectional title. Westfield jumped out to a 12-0 lead early but the Warriors got pins from Jack Murray and Gerard Aroneo to take the lead back. Leading 26-21 with three bouts to go, Colello and Kolakowski closed out the victory. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Paulsboro 46 Woodstown 19 | South Jersey Group 1 Final The Red Raiders did it for Brandon. Defending 170-pound state champion and Virginia Tech commit Brandon Green has been in the hospital for almost two weeks, and Paulsboro has been rallying to push on through the playoffs. The Red Raiders took down the Wolverines to win their 12th consecutive sectional championship. JSZ’s Mike Frankel the highlights and reaction from an emotional night in Woodstown: West Deptford 39 Haddonfield 21 | South Jersey Group 2 Final The Eagles win back-to-back sectional titles for the first time in program history in a back-and-forth battle against the Bulldogs. West Deptford led early but lost four consecutive bouts and trailed halfway through the match. Cody Thurston (195), Tion Cherry (285), and Justin Monzo-Hull (120) picked up huge pins down the stretch to clinch the title for the Eagles. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from West Deptford: Coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Southern 36 Howell 30 | South Jersey Group 5 Final The clash of two Shore Conference and New Jersey powerhouses was a blow for blow battle! A 7-7 split in the 14 bouts came down to the last match and freshman Cole Velardi delivered for the Rams. With a pin in the final bout, Velardi secured the win for Southern, they won their third sectional championship in a row and fourteenth all time. Conor Collins, Eddie Hummel, Cole Velardi, Robert Woodcock and JT Cornelius won by fall for the Rams. Paul Jakub won by fall while Nick Cerulli and Shane Rietsma won by tech fall in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Farmingdale:
Watch Wednesday 2.12 JSZ Playoff Wrestling Highlights
The state team wrestling playoffs continue to intensify with sectional semifinal action. JSZ has highlights from several marquee matches! Delbarton 45 Bergen Catholic 12 | Non-Public A North Bergen Catholic’s 96-match win streak over NJSIAA competition came to a screeching halt Wednesday night as the Green Wave pounded the Crusaders from start to finish. Luke Chakonis (220 lbs.) and PJ Casale (285 lbs.) each scored key pins before the turn of the lineup, while Joe Davi (120 lbs.) and Nico Nardone (126 lbs.) notched eye-opening upsets over multi-year state finalists. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and more from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics throughout the 2019-2020 season is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Moorestown 30 Highland 27 | South Jersey Group 4 After an upset win over #3 Central in the opening round, the sixth-seeded Quakers kept it rolling with a victory over #2 Highland. Rob Damerjian returned from injury to make his season debut, earning a major decision for Moorestown. John Dalmass and Adam Robinson both picked up pins for the Quakers. Jurius Clark won by fall for the Tartans in the loss. Moorestown advances to face top-seeded Kingsway for the South Jersey Group 4 title on Friday night. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Blackwood: Coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Highland is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Rumson-Fair Haven 32 Point Pleasant Boro 31 | Central Jersey Group 2 Michael Ponenti scored a 6-1 decision at 170 pounds in the final match to give Rumson-Fair Haven a one-point win against the #2 seed and a spot in the Central Jersey Group 2 finals against top seed South Plainfield. RFH scored two pins by Shay Addison and Jack Kelly to race out to a 12-0 lead. Point Boro would rally from 15-0 down to take a 22-21 lead on a pin by Jack Thompson. The Brignola twins would ultimately set the stage for Rumson’s win. Max got a pin at 145 pounds and Tyler scored a critical 2-1 OT win at 152 to make it 29-25 RFH. Ty Bailey’s pin gave Point Boro a 31-29 advantage heading into the final match at 170 where Ponenti scored early and controlled the entire six minutes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an All-Shore Conference battle: Jersey Sports Zone was at this great match because of ACI Medical & Dental School. ACI supports JSZ’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven. One of the top technical schools in NJ, Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Central New Jersey offers a variety of programs in the in-demand medical and dental industries. Visit ACI.edu to learn more! Phillipsburg 43 Middletown North 20 | North Jersey 2 Group 4 Middletown North got off the bus ready to scrap as they won the first four bouts, three coming by bonus point victories and they jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. The Stateliners slowly chipped away as they won nine of the last ten and eight were in a row. Joe Innamorato got the momentum started as he won by major decision at 132 lbs. The Stateliners also got bonus point wins as Matt Donofrio won by major decision, Nate Zastowny won by tech fall, Jacob Wicks won by pin and Cody Cruts won by pin. Fred Luchs won by pin while Tyler Klinksy and Colin Oden won by major decision in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Coverage of tonights match is brought to you by a pair of sponsors ACI Medical and Dental School (Middletown North) and The Garnet Booster Club (Phillipsburg). We thank our sponsors as our work would not be possible without their help and support!
Who’s coming to the Rock? Vote now for JSZ’s January HS Hockey Goals of the Month!
Ten great nominees captured by JSZ cameras. We’re asking for your vote to give New Jersey high school hockey players an incredible experience with the New Jersey Devils. Watch our Top 10 goals from January and cast your vote now! For the third straight year, the New Jersey Devils have partnered with Jersey Sports Zone to honor the best goals from New Jersey high school hockey. We’re asking your vote for the top hockey goal of January captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Wednesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get one of our 5 spots for our plays of the month segment. The other four slots are selected by the Devils and JSZ staff. Our Top 5 goals for December will be honored during the Devils game against the San Jose Sharks at the Prudential Center on February 20th. Watch some great goals and cast your vote! Take Our Poll The Devils give our Plays of the Month winners an incredible experience. Our top 5 goal scorers from January will meet a Devils player prior to the game against the San Jose on February 20th, followed by dinner and the Top 5 goals played on the world’s largest arena scoreboard during the second intermission. Watch last month’s video featuring John Hayden watching the best goals from December:
Watch Tuesday 1.14 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ hits the ice yet again on Tuesday bringing you a pair of conference showdowns as the regular season continues along. We’ll have highlights from the always-interesting Delbarton/Don Bosco Prep battle and a Shore Conference tilt between Manasquan and Middletown North. Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 3 Arguably the biggest hockey rivalry in the state of New Jersey renewed once more Tuesday, yet with a result that left both sides clamoring for more. Don Bosco Prep — the reigning Gordon Cup and Non-Public state champs — skated to a 3-3 tie against Delbarton — the team it beat in both of those title games last season. Connor Sedlak, Hunter McGee and William Fortescue all scored for the Ironmen while Chase Pirtle and Ben Conrod lit the lamp for the Green Wave. These two teams will not face each other in the remainder of the regular season but, of course, the Gordon Cup and Non-Public state playoffs still remain. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Manasquan 4 Middletown North 3 Aidan Wiseman scored a pair of goals and Matt Franzoni had a goal and two assists to help the Warriors avenge last year’s loss to Middletown North in the state playoffs. The Lions stayed in the game despite getting just nine shots on goal. Luke McNamara’s snipe in the third period proved to be the game-winner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown:
Blair Dominates Delbarton in All-NJ Showdown
With tons of talent on hand at Blair Academy Saturday afternoon, it was the home team Bucs who continued to show why they’re one of the best teams in the country. Blair – ranked No. 2 nationally by Intermat – squared off with fellow NJ squad and No. 11 ranked Delbarton during the annual 2020 Blair Duals. The Bucs lineup was highlighted by seven wrestlers ranked within the Top 10 of their weights in the nation and those rankings held up as Blair hustled through Delbarton to a 56-6 win. Blair went 3-0 at the duals, outscoring their opposition 190-10 while also defeating Baylor School (TN) and Belmont Hill School (MA). They’ll host No. 1 Wyoming Seminary (PA) next weekend with the nation’s top team ranking on the line. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from this All-New Jersey matchup from Blairstown: Match Results (BOLDED Featured in Video) 106: Marc-Anthony McGowan (BLAIR) over Tyler Vazquez (Dec 5-3) 113: Mason Stefanelli (BLAIR) over Cross Wasilewski (Dec 4-2) 120: Ryan Miller (BLAIR) over Joseph Davi (MD 16-5) 126: Trevor Mastrogiovanni (BLAIR) over Thomas Fischer (Fall 0:23) 132: Shayne Van Ness (BLAIR) over Simon Ruiz (TF 23-8 5:56) 138: Lucas Chittum (BLAIR) over Jack Napeloni (MD 20-6) 145: Lorenzo Norman (BLAIR) over Stephen O’Neil, Jr. (MD 13-4) 152: Travis Mastrogiovanni (BLAIR) over Colin Calvetti (Fall 0:36) 160: Thomas Stewart (BLAIR) over Jack Sharma (MD 13-4) 170: Dante Stefanelli (DELB) over Oliver Tipton (Fall 2:19) 182: Rylan Rogers (BLAIR) over Nicholas Olivieri (TF 20-5 4:33) 195: Peyton Craft (BLAIR) over Luke Chakonis (Dec 6-2) 220: Noah Pettigrew (BLAIR) over P.J. Casale (SV-1 6-4) 285: Eijah Anthony (BLAIR) over (DELB) (For.)
Four NJ wrestlers win titles at Beast of the East, Blair dominates to 20th straight team crown
The University of Delaware hosted wrestling teams from Ohio and Connecticut all the way down to Florida in what is considered one of the best scholastic in-season tournaments in high school wrestling. New Jersey wrestlers showed that the state continues to be regarded as one of the best in the nation. Blair Academy won the team competition for a 20th straight year with Bergen Catholic finishing in fourth. In the individual finals, there were eight bouts involving NJ wrestlers with four coming home with the prestigious Beast of the East title. JSZ will post highlights and post-match reactions from the championship bouts throughout the evening 106 pounds Brandon Cannon, Wyoming Seminary (PA) defeats Tyler Vazquez, Delbarton 5-1 (OT) Tyler Vazquez upset the #1 106-pound wrestler in the nation in the semifinals to reach the championship bout and took Brandon Cannon into overtime before falling short: 120 pounds Dean Peterson, Saint John Vianney defeats Ryan Miller, Blair Academy 8-2 St. John Vianney’s first-ever state champion at 113 pounds last year is off to a great start at 120 and unveils a creative move in his arsenal. See “The Peterson” and a dominating effort to win the Beast of the East title: 126 pounds Ryan Crookham, Notre Dame (PA) defeats Eddie Ventresca, Pope John 5-4 132 pounds Jimmy Carmany, Brecksville (OH) defeats Joey Olivieri, Hanover Park 2-1 Hanover Park’s Joey Olivieri held a 1-0 lead until the final seconds before Brecksville, Ohio’s Jimmy Carmany scored a two-point takedown with under five seconds remaining in the match. 138 pounds Cody Chittum, Blair Academy defeats Kenny Herrmann, Bethlehem Catholic (PA) 10-8 Trailing 5-2 at the end of two periods and 8-5 late, Blair Academy’s Cody Chittum used a cradle lock for two points and earned three more back points on the turn to score a 10-8 win over the Harvard wrestling commit to win the 138-pound championship. Chittum’s late heroics earned him Most Outstanding Wrestler and helped Blair Academy claim the overall team title. Watch the big move and post-match interview now: 170 pounds Connor O’Neill, DePaul Catholic defeats Domonic Mata, Blair Academy 4-2 DePaul Catholic’s Connor O’Neill lost to Blair’s Domonic Mata last year in the 160 pound Beast of the East championship match. One year later at 170, O’Neill scored four early points which proved to be the difference in a 4-2 decision. The Rutgers commit starts his senior season off with one of his major goals accomplished: 182 pounds John Poznanski, Colonia defeats Rylan Rogers, Blair Academy 5-2 The Rutgers commit showed his top seed was justified in a matchup of two top-10 nationally ranked wrestlers. Posnanski raced out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back to win the Beast of the East title: 190 pounds Nicholas Feldman, Malvern Prep (PA) defeats Peyton Craft, Blair Academy 7-3 Team Results 1st – Blair Academy – 239.5 2nd – Brecksville (OH) – 175 3rd – Malvern Prep (PA) – 164.5 4th – Bergen Catholic – 162.5 5th – Notre Dame (PA) – 141 6th – Lake Highland Prep (FL) – 128 7th – Elyria (OH) – 127.5 8th – Nazareth (PA) – 119 9th – Delbarton – 118 10th – McDonogh (MD) – 108
Watch Tuesday 12.17 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The hockey highlights keep coming and JSZ has in-depth coverage from three Tuesday night games: CBA vs. Delbarton, St. Rose vs. Middletown South and Princeton vs. Hopewell Valley. Check out all the highlights right now! CBA 5 Delbarton 2 Delbarton’s 11-month unbeaten streak over Gordon Conference foe Christian Brothers Academy has come to an end. CBA was unstoppable Tuesday night as four different goal scorers — Evan Brown (2), Zach Wagnon, Kyle Contessa and Simon Fitzgerald — all lit the lamp in a rousing win for the Colts. Sophomore transfer goaltender John Donohoe stopped 30 of 32 shots in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Middletown South 4 Saint Rose 4 Michael Volpi capped off a wild five goal third period with a goal on the doorstep to give Middletown South a tie against the new triumverate of Saint Rose, Donovan Catholic and Red Bank Catholic. Sean Grant and Mike Frattaroli had two goals apiece for Saint Rose (4-0-1). Aiden Cavendish had a goal and three assists for Middletown South (3-1-2). Rich Chrampanis has highlights from a great Shore Conference matchup: Princeton 6 Hopewell Valley 3 Princeton picked up its fourth straight win of the 2019-2020 season by defeating Hopewell Valley 6-3. The Tigers were able to take a three goal lead at the end of the first period on back to back goals from Aidan Trainor and Rocco Salvato, both would end the night with a pair of scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hopewell Valley coverage.
Watch Monday 12.10 JSZ Hockey Highlights
It’s Monday night ice on Jersey Sports Zone as we bring you a pair of games. Don Bosco Prep continues to look sharp early in the season plus we pay a visit to the Red Bank Armory where Rumson-Fair Haven scored its second straight win in dominant fashion. Don Bosco 3 Delbarton 1 Hockey fans were treated to a possible playoff matchup in Wanye on Monday night. Don Bosco handed Delbarton their second loss of the season to improve to 3-0. Junior Connor Sedlak’s pass to Brendan Flaterhy late in the first period gave the Ironmen a 1-0 lead, Sedlak added scores in the second and third period. Delbarton goalie Brett Cleaves finished with 20 saves while Bosco’s Ethan Marich had 23. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Rumson-Fair Haven 7 Westfield 1 Sam Catalano scored two goals and the Bulldogs used a balanced attack to roll to a 2-0 start. RFH raced out to a 3-0 lead and pulled away early in the third period with three more goals. Rumson has outscored its first two opponents 16-1. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is made possible by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick
Vote now for JSZ’s 2019 Football Plays of the Year!
As we get ready for the Regional Championships and the end of the high school football season, JSZ has gone deep in its archives to pick out the best plays captured by our cameras during the 2019 football season. We’ve got seven categories for you to vote on. The polls are open NOW through Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. The winner of each category will get an invite to Jersey Sports Zone’s third annual football banquet on December 11 in Woodbridge. Thank you again to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible plays to choose from. Watch all the videos below and cast your vote now! TD Run of the Year Take Our Poll TD Pass Play of the Year Take Our Poll Defensive TD of the Year Take Our Poll Special Teams TD of the Year Take Our Poll Sack of the Year Take Our Poll Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll Viewers Choice Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ’s Top Play Belt winners from the regular season are not in the Plays of the Year. Those winners will be invited to the banquet and be honored along with our Plays of the Year winners. JSZ 2019 Top Play Belt Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, Pingry Week 1: Thomas Amankwaa, Hillsborough Week 2: David Hicks, Red Bank Regional Week 3: Nate Summerville, Shawnee Week 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan Catholic Week 5: Nasir Abney, Holy Cross Week 6: Mike Cassanata, Wayne Hills Week 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Week 8: Jake Cook, Mainland Week 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial
Watch Saturday 11.9 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
The opening round of the state playoffs concludes with Saturday action all around the state. JSZ has two fourth-quarter rallies, an upset by Notre Dame and a revenge win for Ocean City. Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action Westfield 27 Bridgewater-Raritan 23 | North 1 Group 5 The Blue Devils rallied from a 23-0 deficit late in the third quarter to put together 27 unanswered points and one of the great comebacks in NJ high school football playoff history. Hank Shapiro threw for 317 yards and 3 TD passes including the 29-yard TD pass to Griffin Rooney on the game-winner. Rooney and John Czarnecki both topped 100 yards receiving in the win. Westfield will take on top seed Ridgewood in the sectional semifinal. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from one of the most exciting games of 2019: Jersey Sports Zone brought you this incredible game thanks to the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Bridgewater-Raritan) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (Westfield). Notre Dame 34 Delbarton 31 | Non-Public Group 4 Notre Dame (9) captured its first playoff win since 2004 with a 34-31 victory over Delbarton (8). The Irish got a lift from running back Cortaz Williams who finished with 210 rushing yards, four touchdowns and an interception. ND advances to face St. Peter’s Prep (1) in the quarterfinals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. Special thanks to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage. Irvington 22 Cranford 21 | North 1 Group 4 The Blue Knights rally for 14 fourth-quarter points capped off by a Taiyon Battle touchdown run with 2:16 left in the game to rally into the sectional semifinal. Connor Katz threw three first-half touchdown passes to give the Cougars a 21-8 halftime lead but Irvington got a 50-yard TD from AJ Henderson and Battle’s game-winner to earn a date with top seed Northern Highland in round two. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the comeback from Irvington: Thanks to Quick Chek for supporting JSZ’s high school football playoff coverage Ocean City 21 Mainland 14 | South Group 4 Just eight days after losing to the Mustangs 21-6, the Red Raiders exacted revenge against their rivals. Joe Repetti threw two touchdown passes to Jake Schneider and ran for a score to lead the way for Ocean City. Zack Graziotto threw two touchdown passes for Mainland in the loss. The Mustangs had the ball inside the Red Raiders ten yard line with under a minute left, but Chris Armstrong recovered a fumble to seal the win for OC. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction as Ocean City earned its first playoff win since 2001: Paramus Catholic 42 St. Joseph (Met.) 7 | Non-Public Group 4 Paramus Catholic might be the No. 10 seed in the Non-Public Group 4 bracket, but the Paladins sure didn’t play like it. Michael Hudson was thrust into the starting quarterback role Saturday and led the way with a four-touchdown performance in a blowout win against No. 7 seed St. Joseph. The Paladins will face No. 2 St. Joe’s (Mont.) next Saturday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Metuchen: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the state playoffs is proudly sponsored by QuickChek. Hillside 36 Cinnaminson 2 | South Group 2 Hillside has a habit of jumping up five scores on their opponent before halftime — it was the opposite on Saturday as the Comets exploded for 36 points in the second half to blowout Cinnaminson in the opening round of the state playoffs. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Hillside: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Cinnaminson is provided by NJM Insurance. Delran 29 Manasquan 14 | South Group 2 University of Michigan commit R.J. Moten’s 51-yard touchdown late in the first quarter was the spark fifth-seeded Delran used fly right past No. 4 seed Manasquan in the opening round of the state playoffs. Dustin Desher, Eren Ibas, Jake Bauman and Kenny Fletcher all contributed to a Bears attack that outgained Manasquan 334-157. Delran advances and will face top-seeded West Deptford next Friday. JSZ has the highlights from Manasquan: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the state playoffs is made possible by QuickChek. Paulsboro 20 Glassboro 14 | South Group 1 The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 12-0 lead over the Bulldogs, but needed a stout defensive effort in the second half to preserve the win. Bhayshul Tuten scored twice for the Red Raiders to highlight a productive day on the ground. Paulsboro advances to the Group 1 South semifinals and will host 3-seed Gateway next Saturday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Paulsboro: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the state playoffs is proudly sponsored by QuickChek.
Watch Saturday 10.19 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 6 wraps up with plenty of action all over the Garden State. Our highlights are posted – watch JSZ’s teaser and then scroll down to watch some big-time games along with post-game reaction Don Bosco Prep 35 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 14 Game of the year? Win of the year? You tell us. All-American Jalen Berger and fellow running back Kyle Monangai combined for 423 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a truly dominant performance over New Jersey’s No. 1 team. Don Bosco’s defense only gave up a handful of chunk plays, limiting the St. Joe’s rushing attack. Berger and Monangai have staked their claim as the top backfield in New Jersey with arguably the best performance of 2019. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Seton Hall Prep 16 Delbarton 14 Saturday’s battle between North Jersey Super Conference rivals Delbarton (4-2) and Seton Hall Prep (5-1) was an electric sight from start to finish. Delbarton got ahead early to take a 14-7 at halftime and when Seton Hall Prep finally scored again in the fourth quarter it seemed the Pirates’ luck had run out as Austin Kuterka missed the game-tying extra point. Following a blocked punt on the ensuing drive Kuterka who also missed two field goals earlier crushed a 20 yard attempt in the final seconds to send the Pirates home with a thrilling W. Running back Matt Colantuano finished with 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage. Toms River North 43 Long Branch 39 Dominick Jacob had three TD passes including the game-winner with :13 left in the game as the Mariners clinch the Shore Conference American Division title in an epic shootout. The game featured four lead changes in the final 3:32. Kyle Davidson threw a pair of TD passes to Jayon Farrar to give the Green Wave the lead twice in the late stages, but TRN QB Jake Kazanowsky had a reply with a 50-yard strike to Ray Carlson and the game-winner to Jacob. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a Shore Conference shootout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by Rosario Realty. Woodstown 27 Gloucester Catholic 6 The Wolverines pulled away from the Rams in the second quarter to secure their fourth win in a row. Abu Hall returned a punt for a touchdown and rushed for a score. Malik Parsons added a touchdown run, and Tyreek Husser threw a touchdown pass to Tony Aquilino. Brayden Foster rushed for a TD for Gloucester Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Gloucester City: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Penns Grove 36 Schalick 8 There were plenty of reasons for the Red Devils (7-0) to celebrate on homecoming this year. Penns Grove extended its winning streak to 20 games with a dominant victory over the Cougars (1-5), setting a new school record previously held by the 1968-69 Red Devils. Quarterback Kavon Lewis also broke the school record for career passing touchdowns (63) with a strike to Jymir Gilliam in the third quarter. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Jim Devonshire Field: Eastern 16 Trenton 6 Not a lot of offense to be had Saturday in the nation’s capital, but it was Eastern pulling through with a gutsy defensive performance to secure the Vikings’ third consecutive win. Senior tailback and defensive back Mike Suarez tallied a rushing touchdown along with two interceptions. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Trenton: Thanks to a pair of great sponsors, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and capture these WJFL highlights. Here’s a shoutout to Cooper University Health Care (Eastern) and Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Trenton)! Manasquan 16 Holmdel 6 Cam Teza threw a pair of TD passes and the Manasquan defense produced two picks, two fumble recoveries and a safety on the way to their second win of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Holmdel is made possible by the law offices of Lawrence Luttrell
Watch Tuesday 10.15 JSZ Soccer Highlights
With county tournament play underway this week and the regular season wrapping up, Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with all the best soccer action from across the state! CBA 2 Jackson Memorial 2 (Colts wins on PKs 4-1) A wild game in Jackson saw the Colts earn a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and a matchup with Manasquan. CBA scored two goals in the span of three minutes to take a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes, but Jackson drew even thanks to two penalties including a controversial call that saw the Jags get a second attempt on their first goal after CBA keeper AJ Pinto was called for leaving the line early. The Colts never lost their composure and were a perfect 4 for 4 in penalties to get the victory. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-match reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial is brought to you by Louro Chiropractic Center Delbarton 6 Morristown 3 Although Delbarton knocked Morristown out of the Morris County tournament Sunday, these two cross-town rivals still had plenty on the line in their final of three matchups this season. Morristown led Delbarton 2-1 at the break for the Green Wave’s first deficit at halftime this season. A five-goal tidal wave in the second half powered the Green Wave to their N.J. best 14-0-1 record. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Parsippany-Troy Hills: West Windsor-Plainsboro North 5 Lawrenceville 1 With three spots remaining in the Mercer County Tournament (15) West Windsor-Plainsboro North punched their way in with a dominating 5-1 victory over (17) Lawrenceville. The Knights would strike first with a goal from Jean Anthony-Portuguez just 5 minutes in, then Luke Finkielstein would find net as time expired to take a 2-0 lead at halftime. Anthony-Portuguez along with Ayo Allison and Marc Chiriac all scored in the second half to send North to the MCT where they will take on second seed Steinert in the first round. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Lawrenceville and West Windsor-Plainsboro North coverage.
JSZ showcases 10 more great nominees for Top Play Belt!
Defense gets its due in Week 5 along with clutch plays, great grabs, and amazing runs! Once again, we have the best plays captured by JSZ cameras in every part of the state. Watch them now and cast your vote! The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of our poll will receive the JSZ Top Play Belt and a visit from Jersey Sports Zone at a mid-week practice. Thanks again to all the great athletes who give us these great plays each and every week! Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Congratulations to Donovan Catholic’s Nasir Calhoun for winnings JSZ’s Week 4 Top Play Belt
Watch Saturday 10.12 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 5 wraps up with terrific action all across the Garden State. We’ve got the superpower matchups between Bergen and St. Joe’s plus Saint Peter’s Prep and Don Bosco. There’s also a Seton Hall Prep thriller, a Delbarton win streak continues and an offensive explosion from Peddie. Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action! St. Peter’s Prep 25 Don Bosco 22 Saturday’s contest between North Jersey Super Conference rivals St. Peter’s Prep (5-0) and Don Bosco (2-3) was a football fan’s dream. Lead changes, intensity, and big plays were just some of the headlines of Caven Point. NJ’s number one ranked player Jalen Berger and the Ironmen scored first on St. Peter’s but the Marauders were unphased as they put up 19 unanswered points before halftime. Bosco would take a 22-19 lead late in the fourth quarter until a 21-yard rushing touchdown from Ethan Rodriguez and an Interception from Sophomore Avery Powell would decide the game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 28 Bergen Catholic 10 Bergen Catholic was looking for revenge Saturday afternoon after suffering its first shutout in nearly three decades to St. Joe’s in last year’s Non-Public Group 4 state title game. But St. Joe’s (Mont.) head coach Augie Hoffmann and his Green Knights imposed their will on the Crusaders, gashing them for over 200 yards on the ground in a dominating effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) and Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Seton Hall Prep 43 Montclair 42 Seton Hall Prep head coach Bill Fitzgerald isn’t afraid to make a gutsy call. After Pirates’ running back Matt Colantuono scored his fifth touchdown of the night to make it a 42-41 Montclair lead, the Prep went for the two-point conversion on the win. Luckily for them, it all worked out. Zander Zebrowski hit a wide-open Jack Larsen to secure a thrilling win. JSZ has the highlights from Montclair: Delbarton 24 Pope John 19 Cole Freeman threw two TD passes to Gary Lewis III and the Delbarton defense held Pope John to four field goals in the red zone as the Green Wave win streak reaches three. Lewis had TD catches of 44 and 45 yards. His second TD grab put Delbarton ahead 21-12. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton football is made possible by Tip of the Spear Paulsboro 42 Woodbury 7 In a rivalry game that dates back more than 100 years, the Red Raiders rolled against the Thundering Herd. Bhayshul Tuten had a day to remember, rushing for four touchdowns and adding another score on a kickoff return. Tyree Thomas connected with Jacob Perez-Eli for a Paulsboro touchdown as well. Andre Parker scored the only touchdown of the game for the Herd. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Woodbury: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 19 Vineland 11 The Wildcats (5-1) got all they could handle from the Fighting Clan (2-4) in a key West Jersey Football League Continental Division clash. Both defenses dominated in the first half, which left the game tied 3-3 at halftime. Jada Byers erupted for two touchdowns in the second half, including an 83-yard rushing touchdown on St. Joe’s first play of the third quarter. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Gittone Stadium: Peddie 57 Lawrenceville 8 The Falcons score 57 unanswered points after falling behind 8-0 in the first quarter to reach the 5-0 mark. Matt Sluka had three TD passes, a TD run and a 41-yard field goal. Peddie took a 17-8 lead at the half and poured it on with 26 points in the third quarter to bust the game open. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Hightstown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Lawrenceville and Peddie is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Are These Numbers for Real?! Vote NOW for JSZ’s Week 4 Game Balls
Just like that, Week 4 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Take Our Poll Central Jersey Take Our Poll
Incredible Catches, Amazing Runs Headline JSZ Week 3 Top Plays
Whenever JSZ cameras show up at a high school football game, we always get some incredible video! Once again, we have a great group of plays for you to watch and vote on. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of our poll will receive the JSZ Top Play Belt and a visit from Jersey Sports Zone at a mid-week practice. Thanks again to all the great athletes who give us these great plays each and every week! Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Congratulations to David Hicks of Red Bank Regional on winning JSZ’s Week 2 Top Play Belt!
Eye-Popping TD Numbers, Yardages Highlight JSZ Week 3 Game Ball Polls!
Just like that, Week 3 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and the Mid-State 38. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Shore Conference, the Greater Middlesex Conference and the Colonial Valley Conference. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 9.28 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Three wraps up with plenty of intriguing games across the Garden State. From a triple-overtime thriller to a national out of state power coming to NJ, watch it all now! Delbarton 39 DePaul Catholic 37 (3OT) Cole Freeman had a 25-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion in the third overtime session in a wild shootout in Morristown. DePaul Catholic rallied from a 17-9 fourth-quarter deficit to draw even thanks to an Andrew Butler TD pass to Edward Conoran followed by a two-point conversion. The Spartans had a chance to win it in regulation but Jake Jarmolowich blocked the game-winning attempt to force overtime. Jarmolowich added two TD catches in overtime while Butler hooked up with Teddy Afful for two scores. The Spartans missed the two-point conversion that would have ended the game in a tie. JSZ has all the twists and turns from a thrilling game! Why did we have all the highlights from this thriller?? It’s because of our Delbarton sponsor Tip of the Spear! Thanks for letting us capture a special moment St. Frances (MD) 28 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 0 Two of the nation’s Top 10-ranked programs met in a much anticipated matchup in Montvale. St. Frances Academy, loaded with over a dozen Power 5 players, stormed St. Joe’s in the second half with 21 straight points after the break. It’s the first shutout loss suffered by the Green Knights since Nov. 24, 2011 against Don Bosco Prep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Rahway 41 Summit 23 In a rematch of last year’s North Group 3 Sectional Final, Rahway avenged its loss to Summit in 2019 with a dominating 41-23 win. The Indians were led by Junior Rashon “RaRa” Bradford who finished the day with 237 overall yards and 4 touchdowns. Rahway handed the Hilltoppers their first loss of the season as they remain perfect at 3-0. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Penns Grove 42 River Dell 7 The Red Devils dominated this South-North clash, building a 30-0 lead in the first half. Nasir Robinson rushed for three touchdowns in the win. Kavon Lewis and Tyionn Brewer each threw a TD pass, to Torvon Ransome and Jymir Gilliam respectively. Aaron Frazier-Spencer returned a fumble for a score for Penns Grove as well. Jack Gillies connected with Mike Sirico for the Golden Hawks’ only touchdown of the day. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Carneys Point: Nottingham 24 Trenton 0 After suffering a 30-0 shutout last season to Trenton, Nottingham returned the favor this season with a 24-0 shutout of their own. The Northstars employed a stifling defensive effort to limit the Tornadoes to less than 100 yards of offense while also forcing three interceptions. JSZ has the highlights from Hamilton Township: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton and Nottingham is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Watch Saturday 9.14 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
Week 1 wraps up with plenty of great action all across the state. Thanks to our sponsors for allowing us to capture these great moments and be sure to look out for our Top Play and Game Ball nominees from this weekend. Our Teaser sets the stage for our coverage, then you can scroll down and watch all the action from a great Saturday of football! Camden 42 Cedar Creek 41 The Panthers raced out to a 28-0 lead, before the Pirates battled back and turned this one into an instant classic. Jalin Brownlee threw five touchdown passes for The High. Alijah Clark hauled in three touchdown catches, while DaMeir Burns finished with a pair of TD catches. Louie Barrios threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score for Cedar Creek in the loss. Purdue University commit Malachi Melton caught four TD passes, all in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a thriller in Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. Joe’s (Mont.) 33 Cardinal Hayes (NY) 7 New Jersey’s top team didn’t skip a beat in their first game on New Jersey soil in the 2019 season. Star junior running back Audric Estime broke the game open with an 89-yard touchdown scamper, leading the way to a 120-yard, three-touchdown performance. This was the nightcap game in the first annual Battle for the Bridge showcase. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from MetLife Stadium: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics throughout the 2019-2020 scholastic season is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics! Freehold Boro 27 Freehold Township 21 (2OT) Sha’Kim Shuler’s third TD run of the game in double overtime from 10 yards out gave Freehold Boro a crosstown rivalry win and the Duke Trophy. Shuler scored late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and the Freehold Boro defense was able to create a turnover in the second OT setting the stage for Shuler’s heroics. JSZ has thrilling highlights from a great football game: Why did we have highlights of Freehold Boro’s double-overtime classic? It’s because of our Colonials sponsor – Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall St. Anthony’s (NY) 16 Delbarton 14 The Battle of the Bridge Showcase from MetLife Stadium kicked off with a tough battle between St. Anthony’s (NY) and Delbarton. The Green Wave struck first with a special teams fumble recovery in the end zone to go ahead 7-0 in the second quarter. St. Anthony’s would tie the game at 7 heading into the break following a 4 yard running score from quarterback Rob McGee. Early in the second half Delbarton would take the lead following an 18 yard TD pass from Cole Freeman to Andrew Ross, but a field goal and a 28 yard throwing score from Rob McGee to Justin Houston put the Friars ahead 16-14 late in the fourth. Delbarton would come within field goal distance, however there would not be enough time for a last second score. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from East Rutherford: Thank you to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage! Robbinsville 28 Gloucester Catholic 7 The Ravens improved to (2-0) on the season, propelled by a tremendous defensive performance led by junior Shane Martin, who had two blocked punts and an interception. Robbinsville quarterback Danny Surtz threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from J.A. Lynch Field in Gloucester City: Coverage of Robbinsville is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Gloucester Catholic coverage! Red Bank Catholic 7 Manasquan 0 Elijah Jules 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was the only score of the contest as the Caseys defense holds Manasquan to 103 yards. Joe Diorio had a 56-yard catch to set up the score and delivered an interception in the fourth quarter. JSZ has the highlights from a Saturday afternoon Shore Conference defensive struggle: Thanks to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health and Wellness for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic. JSI is the reason we can bring you highlights of the Caseys all year long! Mater Dei Prep 41 Jackson Memorial 7 Malik Ingram had nine carries for 118 yards and 4 TD’s (all in the first half) and Naran Bunton had two catches for 110 yards and 2 TD’s to lead the Seraphs to a convincing win at home to improve to 2-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Thanks to Louro Chiropractic Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Jackson Memorial
Green Wave Growth Expected in 2019
After a bounce back season in 2018, all signs are pointing upward as Delbarton prepares to get going for the 2019 season. Although there’s only 10 seniors on the team, the Green Wave are hopeful that core group can lead a team with young talent across the board. Quarterback Cole Freeman will the lead offense after a solid sophomore campaign, while Gary Lewis shifts from running back to wide receiver this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the 2019 Green Wave from Morristown: Delbarton 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 — at Landon School (MD) Saturday, Sept. 14 — vs. St. Anthony’s (NY) @ MetLife Stadium Saturday, Sept. 21 — at Woodrow Wilson Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. DePaul Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. Morris Knolls Saturday, Oct. 12 — vs. Pope John Saturday, Oct. 19 — at Seton Hall Prep Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. Morristown Friday, Nov. 1 — at Clifton Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton football is proudly brought to you by Tip of the Spear Football!
Delbarton’s Kirst Headed to Ivy League
After a breakout junior season with a career-best 66 goals, Delbarton’s top returning goal scorer has committed to Cornell University. No. 61 junior CJ Kirst, A/M, Delbarton (N.J.) / @LeadingEDGEHS committed to @CornellLacrosse. Blowing up for 66G/28A this season, the polished lefty playmaker is a strong candidate to reach five-star status.— Ty Xanders (@tyxanders) July 24, 2019 Kirst was one of New Jersey’s most dynamic goal scorers for the entirety of 2019 — only Manasquan star and Penn State commit Canyon Birch had more goals than Kirst last year. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of C.J. Kirst: He scored hat tricks in 12 different games and shined with a seven-goal game against Summit and his six-goal explosion against Don Bosco Prep powered the Green Wave to yet another Non-Public A state title. Kirst is far from the first New Jersey player to join Cornell University’s lax squad. He’ll join Class of 2019 Under Armour All-Americans Michael Long (Delbarton) and Aiden Blake (Haddonfield) as Garden State players on the team. Follow along with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest updates and highlights from the top athletes in New Jersey.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Lacrosse Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with Boys Lacrosse. Golden goals, national powerhouses and top NCAA Division I; When it comes to LAX, the Garden State knows how to put on a show. #10 Manasquan 13 Rumson-Fair Haven 2 Penn State commit Canyon Bitch of Manasquan continued an unforgettable Senior season as he stamped his name in the record books as New Jersey’s all-time points leader. #9 Mountain Lakes 6 Ridgewood 4 On short notice back up goalie Alex Kuehm stepped up big time for Mountain Lakes in a close regular season matchup with Ridgewood. He finished with a career high 13 saves for the Lakers. #8 Delbarton 8 Malvern Prep (PA) 7 Pennsylvania powerhouse Malvern Prep had no problem crossing state lines to take on Delbarton for a hard hitting defensive battle. When it mattered most Lukas Ungar and Jack Cerza helped the Green Waves ride to victory with two scores each. #7 Delbarton 12 Montgomery 8 Montgomery’s memorable Tournament of Champion run was put to the test when they faced reigning title holders Delbarton in the TOC Semifinal. Rather than see a Cinderella story unfold C.J. Kirst decided to write his own ending and found net four times to help Delbarton reach its fourth straight State Championship. #6 Delbarton 14 Mountain Lakes 12 The 2019 Morris County Tournament Final was arguably one of the most important games of the year. Delbarton collected its 18th MCT Crown against crosstown rival Mountain Lakes, but the result helped set up what would be the final word of the Boys Lacrosse season. #5 Mountain Lakes 12 Delbarton 5 | Tournament of Champions Final They say revenge is sweet, but it doesn’t get much better than winning a state championship against your rival who denied you a County Title. Following a close two goal loss to Delbarton a few weeks earlier, Mountain Lakes defeated the Green Wave with a suffocating start in the 2019 Tournament of Champions Final. #4 Don Bosco Prep 11 Bergen Catholic 10 Throughout the year there a select few regular season games that really standout, but when rivals Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic get together eyes are always glued to the action. The Ironmen defeated their fellow Big North Conference foe 11-10 in a thrilling last minute finish. #3 Delbarton 12 Don Bosco Prep 7 | Non-Public A Final Safe to say the gold standard in New Jersey might actually be green. Delbarton captured its fourth straight State Title with a 12-7 victory against Don Bosco Prep. #2 Seton Hall Prep 13 Delbarton 9 When you beat the best people will always flock to see what happened. In one of the most anticipated lacrosse battles, Seton Hall Prep led by Connell Kumar defeated Delbarton 13-9. Kumar finished the afternoon with seven goals total. #1 IMG Academy (FL) 15 Hun 11 When you have the national spotlight on you nothing comes easy, but IMG Academy sure makes it look that way. In this beefed up exhibition match the list of Division I talent made you feel like you were watching an all-star game. Even then Syracuse University commit Sean Donnelly shined brightest as he landed six goals against arguably the best prep school program in the state.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Wrestling Matches of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. Plain and simple, New Jersey high school wrestling never disappoints. The state produces legit Division I talent year in and year out, and the 2018-2019 season was no different. Our list is a mix of the most viewed dual meets and state championship bouts from the season. #10: St. John Vianney’s Dean Peterson wins the 113-Pound State Championship It was a year to remember for Dean Peterson. The super sophomore rolled through his opponents all season long to a 39-0 record and his first state title. #9: Hunterdon Central’s Brett Ungar win the 106-Pound State Championship Brett Ungar and Tyler Klinksy each hadn’t lost a match all season long, but that would change when Ungar earned a major decision on his way to a state title. #8: Wall’s Rob Kanniard wins the 160-Pound State Championship Rob Kanniard might have had the most dominating season ever in New Jersey high school wrestling. He completed an undefeated 46-0 season, did not allow a single offensive point to be scored on him and won his first state. Kanniard now heads to Rutgers University to wrestle. #7: Howell 30 South Plainfeld 28 Howell and South Plainfield boast two of the most storied public school programs ever in New Jersey. The two powers clashed for bragging rights as the top public team in the Garden State. #6: Bergen Catholic’s Jacob Cardenas wins the 195-Pound State Championship Jacob Cardenas became the seventh wrestler in Bergen Catholic history to win multiple state championships after defeating Paramus’ Kyle Jacob, 6-3, in the state final. #5: Pope John’s JoJo Aragona wins the 138-Pound State Championship JoJo Aragona was ranked as the consensus No. 1 138-pound wrestler all season long and proved it once more by winning his first state championship. #4: Bergen Catholic 48 Delbarton 17 | Non-Public A North Sectional Final Bergen Catholic won 10 bouts and cruised through Delbarton to win its eighth-straight sectional crown. #3: Camden Catholic’s Lucas Revano wins the 145-Pound State Championship Anyone that’s seen Lucas Revano wrestle knows he has a thing for theatrics. Revano won his second consecutive state championship with an overtime pin. #2: St. Joseph (Mont.)’s Sammy Alvarez wins the 126-Pound State Championship It was the most heart-pounding, tense bout of the night in Atlantic City and it did not disappoint. In the first overtime period, Alvarez blocked, shrugged and spun for two against Robert Howard to win his first ever state championship. Alvarez, now committed to Rutgers University, also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. #1: Blair Academy 45 Bergen Catholic 20 Bergen Catholic’s defeat of Blair Academy in 2018 was one of the most wild wins in all of America. The Bucs, however, used that loss as motivation to get revenge on Bergen Catholic at Lehigh University and secure their spot as the No. 1 high school team in America.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Hockey Games of 2018-19
It was a great year on the ice in New Jersey. From Don Bosco’s breakthrough at the Rock to great rivalries, our year in review series continues with the ten most viewed games from New Jersey high school hockey! #10: Middletown North 3 Middletown South 3 – Mayor’s Cup For the second straight year, the Mayor’s Cup ends in a tie. The Middletown North/Middletown South ice rivalry makes another appearance in our top ten! #9: Middletown North 2 Marlboro 1 – Dowd Cup Semifinal Anything can happen in the post-season as Middletown North handed Marlboro its first loss of the season with a shocker in the Shore Conference’s Dowd Cup Semifinals: #8: Don Bosco Prep 4 Gloucester Catholic 1 – Non-Public State Semifinal Before the Ironmen won their state championship at the Rock, they needed to get past a hot goalie and a dangerous sniper from Gloucester Catholic #7: Summit 6 Chatham 2 – Public “C” State Championship Summit made it back to back state titles at the Rock with another fantastic performance on the big stage #6: Ridge 4 Randolph 1 – Public “B” State Championship Alex Konovalov showed why he was one of New Jersey’s most dangerous scorers with a three-point game at the home of the NHL Devils to give the Red Devils a state title #5: Don Bosco Prep 5 Delbarton 3 – Gordon Cup Final TJ Schweighardt’s hat trick gave the Ironmen their first big title of the season with one more on the way #4: Middletown North 5 Middletown South 3 An opening night tradition unlike any other. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better atmosphere than the battle of Middletown to start the hockey season. Middletown Ice World is always over capacity and last November it was Chris Repmann stealing the show with a four-goal night #3: Don Bosco Prep 6 Bergen Catholic 3 The Ironmen/Crusaders rivalry extends beyond the football gridiron. Liam McLinskey got his first career hat trick in this December Gordon Cup showdown: #2: Don Bosco 3 Delbarton 1 – Non-Public State Championship The Don Bosco Prep hockey program has produced some incredible players and winning teams but was always missing that elusive state title. That all changed in 2019 when the Ironmen secured its first state championship: #1: Morris Knolls 6 Hillsborough 1 – Public “A” State Championship Sean Murray was electric at the Rock scoring four times to give golden-haired Morris Knolls a state title Devils Shoutout! The New Jersey Devils and Jersey Sports Zone teamed up for the second straight year to honor great high school hockey performances all season long. We had the top five goals of each month honored at the Rock during a Devils home game featuring a meet and greet with a player and our top 5 plays on the scoreboard during the second intermission.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Soccer Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Here are the Top 10 most viewed boys soccer games games on JSZ from the 2018 season: #10 St. Benedict’s 8 Lawrenceville 0 Ronald Mafunzwaini led St. Benedict’s with a hat trick as the Gray Bees rolled past the Big Red: #9 St. Benedict’s 5 St. Peter’s 0 Julian Gomez pumped in three goals to lead the way, as the Gray Bees took care of the Marauders: #8 Ocean 2 Colts Neck 1 – Group 3 Central Final James Schutz and Santieno Harding scored as the Spartans captured the Group 3 sectional title: #7 Long Branch 4 Middletown South 3 (2OT) The Green Wave stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime, before Reynaldo Guzman scored the golden goal for Long Branch in the second overtime period: #6 Ocean 1 Christian Brothers Academy 0 (2OT) – Shore Conference Tournament Final After over 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, Leo Montesinos found the net in double overtime to clinch the Shore Conference Tournament championship for the Spartans: #5 Ocean 2 Holmdel 2 (Ocean advances 4-2 in PKs) – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal The Spartans and the Hornets battled it out for 100 minutes before Ocean advanced in penalty kicks: #4 Delbarton 2 Seton Hall 2 (Delbarton advances 4-3 in PKs) – Non-Public A North Final The Green Wave captured the Non-Public A sectional title, outlasting the Pirates in penalty kicks. Delbarton keeper Kyle Swift came up clutch in net: #3 St. Benedict’s 5 Pennington 2 Celio Pompeu scored a pair of goals to lead the Gray Bees past Pennington in the pouring rain: #2 Christian Brothers Academy 2 Delbarton 1 (2OT) – Non-Public A State Final Luke Pascarella scored in double overtime as the Colts won the Non-Public A State championship in a thriller over the Green Wave: #1 St. Benedict’s 7 Pennington 0 – Prep A Final The Gray Bees dominated the Red Raiders to win the Prep A title. St. Benedict’s put the finishing touches on an undefeated season and a #1 national ranking in our most viewed game of 2018:
NJ Lax Players Shine on National Stage
We saw them perform at the highest level week in and week out over the the past few months, so it wasn’t a surprise to us here at Jersey Sports Zone when eight New Jersey lacrosse players took the field Saturday night and showcased their elite talent. JSZ spent Saturday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland covering the 2019 Under Armour All-America senior lacrosse games. Stay tuned in as JSZ brings you in-depth features and stellar highlights from our Garden State talent and beyond. Long, Birch and Blake Put on Fireworks Display New Jersey’s top three boys players took to the turf at Homewood Field and dominated. Delbarton’s Mikey Long, Manasquan’s Canyon Birch and Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake led a suffocating Jersey-centric attack that helped the North squad capture a 24-22 win. The win also marked a culmination of three stellar careers. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Moorestown Trio Play Together One Last Time as All-Americans There are only 44 slots on the Under Armour All-American roster which makes it hard for a state to get more than one player. Remarkably, Moorestown High School had three players selected on the South squad. Goalie Logan Lillie (Northwestern), midfielder Kayla Frank (Virginia Tech) and defenseman Delaney Lawler (Ohio State field hockey) made their hometown proud by playing together one last time at the pinnacle of the sports. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Baltimore: JSZ thanks NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Moorestown High School. We were able to make the road trip to Baltimore to cover this special moment for Quakers Lacrosse thankst to the support of NJM Ridgewood Duo Reps North Jersey in Front of America After a grueling season that finished with a Group 4 state championship, things didn’t get easier for Ridgewood’s Jackie Wolak and Kara Rahaim. In fact, they suited up together one last time to represent the lacrosse-hungry North Jersey community on the big stage: 2019 Under Armour Boys Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape JSZ brings you onto field level at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University with the best sights, sounds and elite plays from the 2019 all-star game: 2019 Under Armour Girls Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape The top 44 girls in the country put on a show in Baltimore. Check out JSZ’s inside look at the future of NCAA women’s lacrosse!
Vote now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
Big moments, amazing athleticism and pure power highlight Jersey Sports Zone’s spring sports plays of the year. We have over 40 nominees in three categories. Watch the best highlights captured by our cameras and cast your vote now! The 2019 spring sports season has come to a close and JSZ went through all of our games to pick the best plays captured by our camera. We’ve got nominees for the JSZ Lax goal of the year, web gem of the year (baseball and softball) plus the spring sports clutch play of the year featuring walk-off wins on the diamond, overtime lax thrillers and great arms from the outfield on the diamond. Our polls will stay open through Friday at 3:00 pm and we will honor our plays of the year winners this summer. A special thanks to all the athletes who are responsible for these fantastic clips! JSZ Lax Goal of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Spring Sports Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Web Gem of the Year Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 6.8 JSZ Lax Tournament of Champions Highlights
Mountain Lakes 12 Delbarton 5 – Boys Tournament of Champions Final No. 2 Mountain Lakes stunned lacrosse fans across the Garden State when they shocked No. 1 Delbarton 12-5 to win their first Tournament of Champions crown since 2008. The Lakers trailed 2-0 midway through the first quarter until four unanswered goals saw them lead entering the second. From there Mountain Lakes began piling up goals to eventually go ahead by four. Matt Palazzi finished with four scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Oak Knoll 10 Moorestown 8 – Girls Tournament of Champions Final The matchup between defending Tournament of Champion winner’s Moorestown and Oak Knoll was nail biting from start to finish. Both teams traded blows early on as we remained tied for most of the first half. Nearing the break following two scores from Keelin Schlageter, Katie Duttenhofer landed a hat trick to give Oak Knoll a 7-5 lead at halftime. The duo would continue their success in the second act as Schlageter finished with three goals while Duttenhofer had four. This is the Royals second TOC Title overall since winning their first in 2015. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
With high school career over, Volpe chases Bronx dreams
Delbarton shortstop Anthony Volpe closed out his high school career in style with a two run homer and a state championship. Now the New York Yankees first round pick is ready to fulfill a lifelong dream of wearing pinstripes and making it to the big leagues. Anthony Volpe could have went to the MLB Studios in Secaucus and soaked in the moment of being a first round MLB Draft pick, but he was more focused on Thursday’s state championship game and achieving the goal of winning a state title to close out his Delbarton career. It’s that kind of focus and character that should make New York Yankees fans excited for the future. Volpe was the #30 pick in the first round by New York and the Vanderbilt commit will begin negotiations on starting his professional baseball career. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talked with Volpe after his final high school game where he begins to shift his focus from Delbarton Green to New York pinstripes: JSZ has all the highlights from Volpe’s dynamic senior season with Delbarton: The final hit of Volpe’s career was memorable with this two run homer to start off Delbarton’s 4-3 win over Saint Augustine in extra innings:
Watch Thursday 6.6 JSZ Tournament of Champions Semifinal Highlights
Delbarton 12 Montgomery 8 NJ lacrosse fans know by now that when it comes to postseason play, all roads lead to Delbarton. The Green Wave advanced to their fourth straight Tournament of Champions Final with a 12-8 win over Montgomery. Delby went ahead 7-0 early thanks to a hat trick in the first half from C.J. Kirst. Closing in on the break Montgomery countered with four unanswered goals to creep within three of the reigning Champs, but with the help of All-American Mikey Long and LJ Millar they were able to create a deficit too large for the Cougars to overcome. Kirst finished with four goals while Millar, Long and Jack Cerza all had a pair of scores. Watch the highlights now: Mountain Lakes 9 Summit 8 It wouldn’t be the state playoffs if there wasn’t any late game heroics. The rematch of last year’s Tournament of Champions Semifinal between Mountain Lakes and Summit didn’t disappoint as it was the Lakers tasting revenge with a 8-7 triple overtime victory. It looked as though Summit would skate away with an easy W when they got ahead 7-3 in the third quarter. However, Mountain Lakes was able to fend off the Hilltoppers as they replied with four straight goals to tie the game in the final seconds of the fourth. Two overtimes would not be enough for these two evenly matched opponents and following a timeout, Spencer Goodbar already with two goals on the day scored a golden goal to send the Lakers to their first TOC Final since 2008. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch 6.6 JSZ Baseball State Championship Highlights
DeMeo Field in Hamilton hosted the Non-Public state championships on Thursday. JSZ has two great finals starting with Delbarton and Saint Augustine Prep in the Diamond National Game of the week followed by St. Mary (Rutherford) and Gloucester Catholic vying for the Non-Public B title. Delbarton 4 Saint Augustine Prep 3 (8 innings) – Non-Public A State Championship Shawn Rapp hit a flare to shallow right field in the top of the 8th to drive in the go-ahead run and pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball in relief to give the Green Wave an extra innings win in Hamilton. New York Yankees first-round draft pick Anthony Volpe hit a two-run homer as the second batter of the game to give Delbarton a quick 2-0 lead. It was the only hit Delbarton would have in the first seven innings of the game. Saint Augustine took a 3-2 lead in the 4th thanks to a bases loaded walk by Cole Vanderslice. Hermits starter Jayson Hoops threw six innings of one-hit ball while Jack Leiter threw 6 1/3 innings striking out seven. Delbarton broke through in the 8th thanks to a Vinci double off the wall in centerfield and Rapp’s RBI single. This is the third straight year that Delbarton and Saint Augustine squared off for a state title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an outstanding title game: Thanks to Diamond Nation for parterning with Jersey Sports Zone to allow us to show extended highlights of top high school baseball matchups all year long. St. Mary (Rutherford) 4 Gloucester Catholic 3 – Non-Public B State Championship Rider commit Kenny Quijano struck out 12 in a complete game effort to lead the Gaels past the two-time defending champion Rams. St. Mary scored all four of its runs in the second inning, including a RBI single from Mehki Hinds. Rider commit Luke Lesch homered for Gloucester Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from St. Mary’s first state title since 1998: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
2019 MLB Draft Watch: Which NJ High School Players Were Drafted?
The first week of June was a big one for a handful of high school players in the Garden State. Stay tuned with JSZ over the next day as we break down all of New Jersey’s selections in the 2019 MLB Draft. Anthony Volpe, Delbarton, SS — New York Yankees (Round 1 | 30th overall) Volpe’s selection by his hometown team made waves across the tri-state area on Monday night. The Delbarton star shortstop was selected in the first round the Bronx Bombers after hitting .500 with seven home runs and 33 RBI with one more game to go. His signing bonus would be $2.37 million, according to MLB.com Round 1 | Pick 30: The New York Yankees select SS Anthony Volpe out of Delbarton School (NJ). #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/cF2mdD9m0X— NYYPlayerDev (@NYYPlayerDev) June 4, 2019 Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Anthony Volpe: Jack Leiter, Delbarton, RHP — New York Yankees (Round 20 | 615th overall) There’s simply no argument about it — Jack Leiter was one of the most prized arms available in the 2019 MLB Draft. So far, Leiter’s posted an 8-1 record with a 0.54 ERA across 52.1 innings pitched. He collected 88 strikeouts, 19 walks and surrendered only 23 hits and allowed only four earned runs. It just so happens that instead of heading right to the pro’s, Leiter seems dead-set on honoring his full-ride college commitment to Vanderbilt University, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman and various other media reports: RHP Jack Leiter, from The Delbarton School in NJ, hasn’t been picked in draft because his father Al informed teams he was going to honor his Vanderbilt commitment. Said one scout: “Kid’s a stud … would have gone top 10 picks easy.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 4, 2019 Jack Leiter, is, of course, the son of two-time MLB all-star Al Leiter. Al Leiter stepped away from the broadcast booth at the YES Network to experience his son’s final high school season. Al was a constant figure behind home plate all season long charting pitches. JSZ covered Jack Leiter’s high-profile senior season extensively. Here’s a breakdown for each of the outings JSZ was on hand for during the 2019 year. April 13, 2019 — 5 IP, 10 K’s, 2 ER vs. Red Bank Catholic: Leiter’s second game of the 2019 season was a scout-filled bonanza in North Brunswick for the annual Strike Out Autism challenge. He fanned 20 batters and wowed those in attendance as Delbarton captured a 9-7 win. April 30, 2019 — 2 IP, 5 K’s vs. Pope John: Delbarton traveled out to Sparta for an inter-conference showdown against Pope John to close out the first month of the season. Leiter got the start but threw only 35 pitches in a brief outing. Delbarton eventually lost on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. May 4, 2019 — 6 IP, 11 K’s, 1 ER vs. Montville : As tournament and post-season play increased, Leiter became a mainstay on the mound. This outing came on his home field in the Morris County Tournament semifinals. The 11 strikeouts against Montville would be his third-highest single game total during the 2019 season. May 11, 2019 — 7 IP, 14 K’s, 1 ER, 1 Hit vs. West Morris: This was, far and away, Leiter’s best outing all season long. He was perfect through 6.2 innings before surrendering a questionable fourth ball on a 3-1 count. Leiter would then allow an RBI double right after, but righted the ship and led Delbarton to its sixth Morris County Tournament championship in school history. May 24, 2019 — 5 IP, 7 K’s, 3 Hits vs. Oratory Prep: Leiter got the call again early in the state sectional playoff tournament and pitched five innings of stress-free baseball, helping the Green Wave advance into the next round. May 31, 2019 — 6.2 IP, 8 K’s, 3 Hits vs. Don Bosco Prep: With the season on the line, Jack Leiter was nearly flawless as he led the charge to the Green Wave’s 2-0 win over Don Bosco Prep to capture the Non-Public A North sectional title. Leiter hit his in-game pitch limit of 113 with one out to go in the seventh inning but did more than enough work to help seal the win. Breyln Jones, Rutherford SS — Los Angeles Dodgers (Round 29 | 881st overall) Breyln Jones was a dynamic playmaker for the Rutherford Bulldogs over the 2019 season. He was the team’s leadoff hitter and also split time between shortstop and as a starting pitcher. Jones finished the 2019 campaign with a .403 batting average, 27 hits, 29 runs, eight RBI and 19 stolen bases. On the mound, he commanded a 5-1 record with a 0.25 ERA through 28.1 innings with 48 strikeouts, 14 walks but surrendered only eight hits and one earned run. Vincent Bianchi, Red Bank Catholic RHP — Los Angeles Angels (Round 34 | 1,051 overall) Vin Bianchi had just won the Shore Conference Tournament title with his friends in what would be his last high school game. Then it got even better — Bianchi immediately found out he was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. Bianchi was one of the Shore Conference’s top arms all season long as he led the Caseys in innings pitched (38.2), strikeouts (41) and wins (five) in his senior season. Bianchi is committed to Saint John’s University and is leaning towards college baseball. Cade Hunter, Lenape C — Colorado Rockies (Round 35 | 1,059 overall) The Virginia Tech commit was the first South Jersey player to come off the board this year. Hunter led the Indians to a 12-9 record this season and an appearance in the Group 4 South playoffs. He hit eight home runs and finished with a .463 batting average. Ryan Ramsey, Pascack Hills LHP — Cleveland Indians (Round 36 | 1,090 overall) It would be hard to argue the point that Ryan Ramsey has been the best public school pitcher over the last two seasons in New Jersey high school baseball. In a pair of varsity seasons, Ramsey has a 16-3 record, a 0.53 ERA over 119 innings, 221 strikeouts to only 29 walks while allowing only nine runs. Staggering numbers indeed. Ramsey is committed to the University of Maryland so it’s yet to be seen what his decision will be, but he’ll most likely be on the mound one last time Saturday as Pascack Hills plays for a Group 2 state championship Jayson Hoopes, St. Augustine Prep RHP — Chicago Cubs (Round 36 | 1,092 overall) Jayson Hoopes has been as solid as they come for New Jersey pitchers. The University of Virginia commit pitched to a 6-0 record so far in 2019 with a 0.70 ERA through 32 innings. He recorded 58 strikeouts and surrendered only 19 walks on the season while helping St. Augustine Prep reach a 24-4 record. Hoopes is expected to be on the mound on Thursday night when the Hermits face Delbarton in the Non-Public A final.
Delbarton’s Anthony Volpe Selected 30th Overall by New York Yankees
He’s a fiery leader, has an electric bat and is a menace with the glove. And now, Delbarton star shortstop Anthony Volpe has a new home — the New York Yankees. Volpe was selected No. 30 overall by the New York Yankees in Monday’s first round of the 2019 MLB Draft, putting a cherry on top of a stellar high school career. With the 30th pick of the 2019 #MLBDraft, the @Yankees select @DelbyBaseball SS Anthony Volpe: https://t.co/OHooNe2EPu pic.twitter.com/CDuTN8y0Yz— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 4, 2019 Volpe still has one more high school game left — the Non-Public A state championship — but the Yankees saw more than enough throughout his senior season. There’s no doubt about it: Volpe is New Jersey’s top position player. He’s batting an even .500 with 39 hits, seven home runs, 33 RBI, and 36 runs scored. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Anthony Volpe’s senior season: But what stands out most in his game are the intangibles. Volpe has a vibrant, giddy personality who’s proven to be an undeniable leader. “I think he’s the best shortstop in the country,” teammate Jack Leiter told JSZ earlier this season. “Offensively he’s the hardest out; I know that from pitching against him over the summer.” Volpe signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Vanderbilt University, but it remains to be seen what his decision will be. According to MLB.com, his signing bonus with the Yankees would be $2.37 million. His pedigree as a pure baseball player has been evident for years. Volpe is the first player to ever play on the Under-12 Team USA roster to be drafted in the MLB Draft’s first round. He also won a gold medal with Team USA’s Under-18 squad this past summer, alongside Leiter. The following is just a small sample of the excitement from New Jersey’s baseball community following Volpe’s draft selection: So proud of you AV! You have worked so hard your entire life for this moment, and now it has come to fruition! @Volpe_Anthony https://t.co/xomMdgWRG9— Delbarton Baseball (@DelbyBaseball) June 4, 2019 Seeing our former Diamond Jack and @DelbyBaseball shortstop Anthony Volpe drafted No. 30 overall by the hometown Yankees is insane. Congrats, Anthony. You are Exhibit-A of how hard work pays dividends.— Diamond Nation (@DiamondNationNJ) June 4, 2019 Sectional champion Friday, high school graduate Sunday, New York @Yankees on Monday! Congrats to Anthony Volpe @Volpe_Anthony on being selected with the 30th pick in the #MLBDraft by the New York Yankees. All of the .@Delbarton community is so proud of your accomplishment! pic.twitter.com/hT1PUM1hUa— Delbarton Sports (@DelbartonSports) June 4, 2019 🎶 NEW YORK, NEW YORK 🎶 Anthony Volpe is heading to the big 🍎 after being selected No. 30 overall by the @Yankees 👏 Congrats, @Volpe_Anthony #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/qn1oQR1r3b— USA Baseball 18U (@USABaseball18U) June 4, 2019 Stay tuned with JSZ over the coming days as we update you on Volpe’s future, as well as additional New Jersey players selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Watch Friday 5.31 JSZ Baseball Championship Highlights
Sectional champions were crowned on diamonds all over the state on Friday. Jersey Sports Zone has coverage of the Non-Public A North final between Don Bosco and Delbarton, as well as coverage of the Non-Public B South final between Trenton Catholic and Gloucester Catholic. (2) Delbarton 2 (8) Don Bosco Prep 0 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week – Non-Public A North Final Delbarton may have had to wait until the bottom of the sixth inning, but the patience was well worth it after Aidan Kane hammered a bases-clearing, two-run triple to give the Green Wave a late lead. Vanderbilt commit Jack Leiter went 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight along the way as Delbarton won its third-straight sectional title. Delbarton will face St. Augustine Prep in the Non-Public A state final next week. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ was able to be on hand and provide extended highlights and coverage thanks to the great folks at Diamond Nation. (3) Trenton Catholic 0 (1) Gloucester Catholic 11 – Non-Public B South Final The Rams captured their third straight sectional title with a dominating performance over the Iron Mikes in five innings. North Carolina commit Anthony Solometo struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. Tyler Cannon, Luke Lesch, Iverson Hernandez, Lillo Paxia and Justin Costanzo all drove in two runs apiece in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as No. 19 Gloucester Catholic advances to face St. Mary (Rutherford) in the Non-Public B state final: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Trenton Catholic is sponsored by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Boys Lacrosse Playoff Highlights
The rain may have thrown a wrench into the state championship schedules, but JSZ still has you covered with the two state final games from Livingston High School. Stay tuned for all the highlights tonight, including Morristown-Beard’s heart-pounding fourth quarter comeback; and Delbarton’s continued domination. Enjoy all the highlights! (6) Morristown-Beard 8 (5) Rutgers Prep 7 – Non-Public B Final It was one of the most unforgettable, wild and improbable comebacks you’ll see anywhere. Morristown-Beard trailed Rutgers Prep, 7-2, with five minutes left in regulation before the Crimson flipped the script. James Mariniello and Blake Bernstein brought Mo-Beard back into the game and then it was Mason Guida hitting the game-winning goal with :19 seconds left. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from a crazy finish: (2) Delbarton 12 (8) Don Bosco Prep 7 – Non-Public A Final It only took 25 seconds for Delbarton to make a statement to Don Bosco Prep in the Non-Public A final. The Green Wave pumped in two quick goals, only tied the game once and stayed in near complete control to capture their fourth consecutive state championship Thursday. Star junior attackman CJ Kirst dazzled in the win — he led all scorers with six goals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction:
Watch Wednesday 5.29 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The sectional semifinals continue and Jersey Sports Zone has a pair of exciting games for you: Delbarton vs. Seton Hall Prep in Non-Public A North, and Schalick vs. Maple Shade in Group 1 South. (2) Delbarton 7 (3) Seton Hall Prep 5 – Non-Public A North Semifinal Delbarton blasted out to a 5-0 lead early after Seton Hall Prep rallied for five runs to tie the game up in the fourth inning. Senior third baseman Justin Kim provided the game-winning run after his sacrifice fly gave the Green Wave a 6-5 lead before Kyle Vinci’s RBI triple in the sixth inning. Vanderbilt commit Jack Leiter threw perfect frames in the sixth and seventh innings to notch the save. Delbarton will play the winner of Don Bosco Prep vs. Bergen Catholic in the sectional final on Friday night. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: (3) Schalick 8 (2) Maple Shade 3 – Group 1 South Semifinal Trailing 3-2 and down to their final out, the Cougars rallied for six runs to win it. Freshman Jarrett Pokrovsky tied the game with a single, before Seton Hall commit Staus Pokrovsky gave Schalick the lead with an RBI walk. Staus Pokrovsky also hit a two-run homer in the ballgame. Derek Andrada struck out 11 for the Wildcats in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction, as the Cougars advance to face rival Glassboro in the South Jersey Group 1 final on Friday:
Watch Friday 5.24 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
What a day from the baseball diamond! We’ve got everything from walk-offs, to dominating performances, to nail-biting finishes. Stay tuned throughout the night for JSZ’s coverage of the baseball state playoffs. (2) Jackson Liberty 5 (10) Allentown 4 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinals They may have been 24 hours apart, but David Melfi belted two Uber-meaningful playoff home runs for Jackson Liberty. Melfi was first to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Lions and Redbirds knotted at 4-4 and hammered a moonshot walk-off home run to secure the win. This game began Thursday, was suspended after a torrential downpour, and picked back up again in the bottom of the second inning Friday afternoon. Jackson Liberty will play 11-seed Northern Burlington on May 28. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jackson: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Allentown athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. (2) Delbarton 9 (7) Oratory 1 – North Non-Public A Quarterfinals Anthony Volpe blasted a grand slam to right field to highlight a six-run second inning and Kyle Vinco went 3-3 with a single, double, triple and two RBI’s to give the Green Wave a spot in the Non-Public “A” North Semifinals and a matchup with Seton Hall Prep. Jack Leiter pitched five innings giving up one unearned run, scattering three hits and striking out seven with no walks. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Morristown: (6) Old Bridge 2 (3) Middletown South 1 – Central Group 4 Quarterfinals The Knights scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Thursday and advanced to the CJ Group 4 semifinals without scoring a run on Friday. The game resumed in the top of the 3rd inning following the rainout a day earlier. Sophomore Jason Gilman pitched five strong innings giving up just one run and Matt Baker came on in relief to pitch two shutout innings to get the save. There were a lot of tense moments throughout this great state playoff game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Monmouth Building Center was the reason we brought you exciting Middletown South coverage all year long
Watch Saturday 5.11 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The county tournament season in full force which means JSZ has you covered from all over the state for the top action. JSZ’s Saturday night highlights include Jack Leiter’s near perfect game in the Morris County final; Notre Dame shutting out Lawrenceville to advance in Mercer County; and Haddonfield out-slugging Eastern in the Diamond Classic. Enjoy all the highlights! Delbarton 2 West Morris 1 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week – Morris County Tournament Final Simply put, Jack Leiter was that close to a perfect game. The Vanderbilt-commit and 2019 MLB Draft prospect pitched a perfect 6 2/3 innings with a staggering 14 strikeouts to guide Delbarton to its sixth overall Morris County crown. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montville for the Diamond Nation Game of the Week: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Diamond Nation, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand to provide in-depth highlights and post-game reaction from the Morris County Tournament final! More Highlights! Jersey Sports Zone has been following Jack Leiter throughout his much anticipated senior season. Want to see how well Leiter pitched in the Morris County Tournament final? JSZ has you covered. Watch every strikeout from the win here: No. 13 Notre Dame 8 Lawrence 0 – Mercer County semifinal No. 13 in the NJ Top 20 and third seed Notre Dame advanced to the Mercer County Tournament championship game for the first time since 2015 with an 8-0 victory over tenth seeded Lawrence. The Irish kicked things off with a three run second inning that included West Point commit Robbie Buecker knocking in an RBI to get his 100th career hit. In the third inning ND repeated as Dan DiUbaldi drove in two more runs to put him at three total on the afternoon. Pitcher Steve Graver got it done for Notre Dame on the hill allowing just two hits and collected three strikeouts. They advance to the final on May 14th at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Lawrence coverage! No. 19 Haddonfield 8 Eastern 5 – Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic semifinal The eighth-seeded Haddons started the day with an upset win over Cherry Hill West in the quarterfinals, before knocking off the defending champion Vikings in the semifinals. Steve DiTomaso had two triples and two RBIs in the victory. Chris Mariani delivered the go-ahead RBI single for Haddonfield in the top of the seventh inning. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as the Haddons advance to face Shawnee in the Diamond Classic title game: Haddonfield coverage is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Eastern is sponsored by Cooper University Hospital.
Watch Wednesday 5.8 JSZ Lax County Championship Highlights
County tournament season is in full swing and Jersey Sports Zone has you covered from Morris and Union counties for three title games, including Delbarton and Mountain Lakes again battling it out for Morris County supremacy; and Summit securing the sweep in Union County. Stay tuned for all the action later tonight! Delbarton 14 Mountain Lakes 12 – Morris County Tournament Championship It’s one of the most fierce lacrosse rivalries New Jersey has to offer and it rarely disappoints — that’s what you get when Delbarton and Mountain Lakes meet in the Morris County finals. Delbarton’s Under Armour All-American Mikey Long brought his game in the championship battle as he netted a career-best six goals to lead the Green Wave to their seventh-straight and 18th-overall county title. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Mount Olive High School in Flanders: Summit 9 Westfield 4 – Boys Union County Tournament Championship John Fischetti scored a hat trick and the Summit defense allowed just one goal in the second half on the way to a second straight Union County championship. The Hilltoppers raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but Westfield rallied for two goals late in the half to get within 4-3. Fischetti’s second of the game came on a man advantage late in the third quarter and Summit put the game away with three fourth quarter goals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from AL Johnson High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick Summit 11 Oak Knoll 10 – Girls Union County Tournament Championship Katia Carnevale’s dodge behind the net opened the door for her to score with :09 left in regulation to complete a four-goal comeback and give Summit a Union County title. The Hilltoppers trailed 10-7 before mounting a comeback. Anna Griffith scored three goals including the game-tying goal from 8-meters. Oak Knoll scored a 17-10 win over Summit just four days prior, but the Hilltoppers get their revenge. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from AL Johnson High School:
Delbarton, West Morris Central reach Morris County Tournament Final
It’s county baseball time in New Jersey. JSZ takes you to Delbarton for a pair of Morris County Tournament semifinal games. Jack Leiter brought out the MLB scouts for the Green Wave’s battle against Montville. Plus, another great arm showed his wares as Maryland commit Connor Staine dazzled for West Morris Central against Morristown. Watch highlights of both games! Delbarton 7 Montville 1 – Morris County Tournament Semfinal Jack Leiter threw six innings of one-hit ball, striking out 11 and walking just four to lead the Green Wave to a spot in the MCT final for a third straight year. Montville scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first, but Delbarton answered with a pair of runs on a Shawn Rapp bunt that resulted in a two-run error. Delbarton broke the game open in the fourth with a four run frame. JSZ has the highlights featuring Leiter’s electric arm along with some great defensive plays: West Morris Central 10 Morristown 0 (6 innings) – MCT Semifinal Connor Staine threw six shutout innings and the Wolfpack jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and put the game away with five runs in the sixth to advance to the MCT final and a matchup with top seed Delbarton. Aidan Healy had three hits, three runs and two RBI’s and Jackson Yeatts and Kevin Kennedy both drove in three runs apiece. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Morristown:
Watch Tuesday 4.30 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Walk-offs, Top 20 matchups and possible playoff previews?! Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with some of the best baseball action from across the state. Check out our 4/30 baseball highlights featuring No. 9 Bayonne vs. No. 8 Nutley, No. 6 Pope John upsetting No. 1 Delbarton in dramatic fashion and a crazy seventh inning finish in Hamilton between Steinert and Hopewell Valley! Bayonne 4 Nutley 0 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week Jonathan Lee threw six shutout innings striking out eight and giving up just two hits and the Bees busted open a scoreless game with three runs in the fifth inning followed by an insurance run in the sixth to get to 14-1 on the season. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction in the Diamond Nation Game of the Week Diamond Nation has teamed up with Jersey Sports Zone to bring you top matchups from around the Garden State each and every week during the 2019 high school baseball season. Diamond Nation is the world’s premier baseball and softball destination Pope John 5 Delbarton 4 On a team filled with seasoned upper-echelon hitters, it was sophomore Nate Pallotta who came through with Pope John’s biggest hit of the day. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Pallotta snared a liner to right-center that dropped in and gave the Lions a walk-off win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and more from Sparta: Steinert 2 Hopewell Valley 1 As county tournament time is right around the corner, 10-4-1 Steinert and 9-4 Hopewell Valley squared off in a Colonial Valley Conference matchup competing for second place in their division. A scoreless game was busted open in the top of the sixth when Hopewell’s Jack Haynes drove in a run to help the Bulldogs go up 1-0. Steinert entered the bottom of the seventh hot as CJ Pittaro started things with a lead-off double. Pinch hitter Josh James would drive in Pittaro to tie it up, then brother Michael James led the Spartans to victory with a walk-off single. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hopewell Valley and Steinert coverage!
Watch Saturday 4.27 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Windy weather not enough to disrupt another great Saturday of baseball in the Garden State. Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you highlights from 4/27, including Delbarton snagging a bounce-back win, a Monmouth Regional upset victory in the Monmouth County Tournament and Notre Dame showing up big-time against Allentown. Enjoy all the coverage! Delbarton 4 Kinnelon 3 – Morris County Tournament 2nd Round Delbarton was in search of a bounce-back win after falling to Bergen Catholic earlier in the week, and the Green Wave got exactly what they were looking for via a close win against Kinnelon. Delbarton’s three-headed monster of Jack Leiter, Anthony Volpe and Shawn Rapp all showed up in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: No. 20 Notre Dame 6 Allentown 1 A Colonial Valley Conference matchup between No. 20 Notre Dame and Allentown did not disappoint. Allentown took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second before the Irish retaliated in the bottom of the inning to go up 4-1. Following the early score pitcher Nick Feretic buckled down to allow just three hits on the day and finished with five strikeouts. Jake Kmiec went 3-3 with three RBI’s. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Notre Dame coverage! #14 Monmouth Regional 8 #3 Middletown South 1 – Monmouth County Tournament Dante Ciaramella pitched six shutout innings surrendering just two hits, walking two and striking out eight and the Falcons were sparked by a homer from Alex Alonso and a six-run fourth inning to upset the #3 seed. Monmouth will face #6 seed Ocean Township on Sunday in the quarterfinals. JSZ has the highlights from a big win for the Falcons in Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South and Monmouth Regional is brought to you by Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury
Watch Tuesday 4.23 JSZ Baseball Highlights
It’s upset Tuesday in New Jersey high school baseball. Bergen Catholic delivers a stunner to N.J.’s No. 1 Delbarton, plus the No. 2 team in the state falls to seventh ranked Bishop Eustace. We also have a huge game for Jackson Liberty’s David Melfi and Allentown and Holy Cross battle in a professional ballpark! Bergen Catholic 6 Delbarton 2 Delbarton came into this game as winners of nine straight, ranked as the No. 1 team in N.J. and as the seventh-best team in the country — but Bergen Catholic wasn’t intimidated by the gaudy achievements. Notre Dame commit Dominic Cancellieri collected 11 strikeouts in the complete game and the Crusaders’ offense was led by sophomore Luis DeLaCruz. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Breslin Field in Lyndhurst: Allentown 7 Holy Cross 4 On the same field taken by New York Yankee legends like Derek Jeter to current superstars like Aaron Judge, fans gathered for a great afternoon of high school baseball in Trenton. Allentown picked up its fifth straight win with a 7-4 victory over Holy Cross Prep. Despite having a rough day on defense, the Red Birds relied on their bats and pitcher Matt Bethea to bail them out. Bethea lit up the mound finishing the day with 13 strikeouts, three hits and just two earned runs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage! No. 7 Bishop Eustace 8 No. 2 St. Augustine 5 The Crusaders exacted a bit of revenge on the Hermits after falling to St. Augustine in the South Jersey Non-Public A semifinals last season. Eustace raced out to a 5-0 lead thanks to a bases-clearing double from Chuck Sanzio and a two-run homer from Mike Guzzardo in the first inning. Kenny Levari and Jason Hoopes both hit home runs for the Hermits in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Pennsauken: Jackson Liberty 12 Barnegat 2 (5 innings) David Melfi was 4-4 with two doubles, a grand slam and 6 RBI’s to lead the Lions to a 9-1 mark. Melfi launched his home run to left in the second inning and nearly hit a second grand slam in the bottom of the fourth when he hit the fence in right field for a two-run double. JSZ has the highlights of Tuesday morning Shore Conference baseball:
60 more nominees from the diamond are up for JSZ Game Balls
The Jersey Sports Zone team has scoured the state nominating the top players and performances from the diamond. Cast your vote now for our third edition of Game Balls of the 2019 spring sports season! We have ten nominees from baseball and softball in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winners of our polls will receive a JSZ Game Ball at a mid-week practice or game. Coaches, players, and fans can nominate a player for a JSZ Game Ball by emailing us by Saturday night: North Jersey- Jay Cook (Jay@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey – Mike Frankel (MikeFrankel@JerseySportsZone.com) Central Jersey- Rich Chrampanis (Rich@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey Game Balls (Presented by NJM Insurance) Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 4.20 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
A wet Easter weekend was not enough to stop the top lacrosse programs in the Garden State from hitting the field. Stay tuned throughout the night as JSZ brings you highlights from five games across the state! No. 4 Delbarton 15 No. 8 Summit 5 – Boys After falling to Seton Hall Prep in a tough loss earlier this month, it seems Delbarton is now back on track. C.J. Kirst and Under Armour All-American Mikey Long put together career games as Delbarton topped the Hilltoppers in a rematch of last season’s Tournament of Champions finale. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: No. 2 Seton Hall Prep 12 No. 7 Hunterdon Central 4 – Boys Second ranked Seton Hall Prep remains undefeated in 2019 following an impressive 12-4 win over No. 7 Hunterdon Central. The Pirates trailed for all about two and half minutes in the first quarter before unleashing a stifling offense that would eventually make it 8-3 at halftime. In the second act a change at goalie saw Todd Carolonza end the day with one goal allowed and seven saves. UMass commit Luke Blanc and University of Virginia bound Connell Kumar both found net three times. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: No. 11 Lenape 12 No. 12 Shawnee 10 – Boys The Indians raced out to an 8-2 halftime lead, before holding off a furious Renegades rally down the stretch. Mason Bregman and Luke Cole each scored four goals in the win. Bryce Reece added two goals for Lenape. Gavyn Wilson scored four goals for Shawnee in the loss, while Chris Lyons added three. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference rivalry game: Rumson-Fair Haven 5 No. 13 Moorestown 4 (2OT) – Boys Drew Frankel’s low liner shot with 22 seconds to go in double overtime gives Rumson-Fair Haven a big win outside the Shore Conference. The game featured outstanding goaltending by the Quakers Jack Avis and RFH’s Ryan Croddick. Connor McDonough scored in the final minute of regulation for Moorestown to force overtime. Frankel’s game-winner came with RFH a man up. Watch the highlights from a fantastic showdown on the Jersey Shore: Thanks to two great sponsors for allowing us to cover this great game. NJM Insurance (Moorestown) and Gold Coast Cadillac (RFH) are the reason we captured this fantastic matchup! No. 8 Rumson-Fair Haven 10 No. 6 Bridgewater-Raritan 9 – Girls The Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs had a six-goal, second half comeback on Saturday morning, defeating the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers, who won the TOC in 2017, by just one goal. Rumson-Fair Haven’s Chase Boyle scored the team-high for the Dawgs with four goals. Sophia Passalaqua scored the second highest with three goals. Bridgewater-Raritan’s Tai Jankowski scored the game-high with five goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Rumson: Sponsors! Thank you to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan!
Delbarton’s Michael Long Named UA 2019 All-American
New Jersey is known for its immense lacrosse talent and it seems that the national evaluators are catching on as well. Delbarton attackman Michael Long became the second Garden State player to be named as a roster member for Under Armour’s 2019 All-American Game. The announcement, which was the second installment of four, came earlier this week. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Michael Long here: Long, committed to Cornell University, has been a key scorer for the Green Wave over his last three seasons. As a junior last year, he collected a career-high 51 points on 30 goals and 21 assists. Long has been off to a hot start in 2019, too, as he’s already on pace to top those numbers. He has 11 goals and 18 assists this season as Delbarton sits at 5-2. In conjunction with @CSELax and @UALacrosse, we're pleased to announce Wave 2 of the @UnderArmour All-America rosters:Boys: https://t.co/tV1K0mkYOvGirls: https://t.co/IsRAMdLjul@ILPreps @ILWomen— Inside Lacrosse (@Inside_Lacrosse) April 16, 2019 Long now joins Manasquan attackman and Penn State commit Canyon Birch as New Jersey’s two representatives to the team so far. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Canyon Birch here:
Watch Saturday 4.13 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The Autism Awareness Challenge features teams from all over New Jersey coming out for three days of non-stop action at North Brunswick Community Park. JSZ brings you three games from Saturday highlighted by Jack Leiter’s 2019 NJ debut for Delbarton against RBC, plus Steinert comes through with late inning drama to top Colonia and Jackson Memorial serves notice to the state that they are one of the most dangerous lineups in the Garden State. Watch all the action now! Delbarton 9 Red Bank Catholic 7 Shawn Rapp launched a three-run homer and locked down the save in the seventh inning as NJ’s top ranked team raced out to a 7-0 lead and needed to hold off a late innings comeback from the Caseys. Jack Leiter hit 96 on the radar gun with a number of MLB scouts watching and struck out 10 over five innings. But RBC was able to connect for 10 hits in five innings off the ace for three runs. The Caseys rallied for four runs in the 7th, but Rapp ended the game with a strikeout with the winning run at the plate. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from North Brunswick Here’s a look at Leiter’s start and all ten of his strikeouts: Steinert 2 Colonia 1 (8 innings) Josh James launched a game tying solo home run to left with one out in the 7th inning and followed it up with a sacrifice fly in the 8th to plate CJ Pittaro with the game winning run as the Spartans improve to 6-1-1 on the season. Casey Navarro throws eight innings to get a complete game win allowing just one run and striking out seven. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the sophomore who came through twice for the Spartans Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Steinert is made possible thanks to the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Jackson Memorial 16 Somerville 1 The Jaguars erupt for nine innings in the first run and added three more in the second followed by back to back homers by Carmine Petosa and Ryan Lasko in the third on the way to their sixth win of the season. Ahmir Cournier also went deep for the Jags. Watch the highlights from the Autism Awareness Challenge
Watch Thursday 4.11 JSZ Lax Highlights
What a Thursday it was on the New Jersey lacrosse scene. JSZ was on hand for two mega-showdowns between top teams on both the boys and girls side. Tonight’s highlights are from Seton Hall Prep’s Connell Kumar delivering an unforgettable performance against Delbarton and the Rumson-Fair Haven girls extending a remarkable win streak in a tough fight against Red Bank Catholic. Enjoy all the highlights! Seton Hall Prep 13 Delbarton 9 – Boys Lacrosse This is one junior attackman and University of Virginia commit Connell Kumar will never forget. Kumar caught fire in the first 25 minutes of this game as he pumped in a staggering seven goals while tacking on an additional assist as the Pirates sent shockwaves across New Jersey. Seton Hall Prep has staked their claim as the best team in the Garden State after taking down the three-time reigning TOC champions. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and interviews from West Orange: Rumson-Fair Haven 11 Red Bank Catholic 10 The streak is still alive! The Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse program has put together one of the most impressive streaks in recent memory — they’ve now won 111 straight Shore Conference wins. It was also the Battle of the Boyle Sisters — Chase and Mac. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand for this exciting Shore Conference game thanks to two of our loyal sponsors — Gold Coast Cadillac (RFH) and Playa Bowls (RBC).
Watch Saturday 4.6 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
Saturdays in the spring mean plenty of lacrosse action across the Garden State. JSZ has you covered with highlights of three games which include Delbarton getting the best of a Pennsylvania prep school squad; and Bridgewater-Raritan’s Alex Fromberg pushing the Panthers with his first career hat trick. On the girls side, Ridgewood and Oak Knoll meet in a rematch of last year’s Tournament of Champions. Enjoy the highlights! Delbarton 8 Malvern Prep (PA) 7 Delbarton has become familiar with tough out-of-state competition and Saturday was no different. After giving up two early scores to Malvern Prep, Delbarton put together seven unanswered goals which gave them enough fuel in the tank to push past the Friars in a thrilling game. Stanford football commit Lukas Ungar and fellow junior Jack Cerza both notched two goals apiece in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights form Morristown: Bridgewater-Raritan 12 Watchung Hills 9 Everything seemed to be working for the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers, and that especially was the case for junior Alex Fromberg. Fromberg pumped in a trio of goals to secure his first career hat trick in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Bridgewater: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and cover this game thanks to a pair of our loyal sponsors — Princeton Orthopaedic Associates and Total Rehab & Sports Medicine, based out of Bridgewater. Ridgewood 14 Oak Knoll 8 – Girls Lacrosse Notre Dame commit Jackie Wolak was one of three Maroons to tally a hat trick in a matchup of two top-five ranked teams. Annie McCarthy and Keely Bennett also scored three times for 5-0 Ridgewood, who scored three straight goals to close out the first half to take an 8-6 lead and controlled the second half outscoring the Royals 6-2. Katie Duttenhofer had five goals in a losing effort. JSZ has the highlights from one of the big early regular season showdowns in girls lacrosse:
JSZ Honors All-State Hockey Team, Sedlak wins Player of the Year Honors
The New Jersey Devils and Jersey Sports Zone hosted the second annual JSZ Hockey Banquet at the Prudential Center. Thanks to our partnership with the Devils, our All-State players and their families watched our All-Zone presentation followed by watching the Devils 3-1 win over the Sabres at The Rock! Tyler Sedlak wins JSZ Hockey Player of the Year The Don Bosco Prep forward committed to play Division I hockey at Holy Cross just one day prior to winning JSZ’s top hockey honor. Sedlak scored 40 goals in the Gordon Conference and helped lead the Ironmen to their first ever state championship on the ice. He follows his former teammate and best friend Mickey Burns as the first two winners of the award. JSZ’s Mike Frankel caught up with the winner at our Hockey Banquet in Newark: JSZ Player of the Year Balloting Thanks to the 29 coaches and media members for casting their vote for our Player of the Year. Each vote is counted equally, with 3 points for a first place vote, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd Coaches: Greg Toskos – Don Bosco, Bruce Shatel – Delbarton, Tom Bunting – Gloucester Catholic, Ryan Bogan – CBA, Rich McLaughlin – Randolph, Mick Messemer – Saint John Vianney, Chris Tommins – Hillsborough, Scott Garrow – Pingry, Anthony Matarazzo – Rumson-Fair Haven, Tony Nemati – Middletown South, Brandon Herr – Chatham, Don Wood – Middletown North, Mike Celano – Freehold Township, Mike Atkinson – Seton Hall Prep, Tim Fingerhut – Saint Augustine Prep, Tom Keough – Bergen Catholic, Jerry Minter – Monroe, Joe Pelliccio – Central Regional, Ryan Brown – Pope John, Larry Mahurter – St. Joe-Montvale Media: Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Madison Bess – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ, Hockey Clan, Morris-Sussex Hockey Report, Andrew Koob – NJ.com, Brian Bobal – NJ.com, Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Tyler SedlakDon Bosco Prep136152 Liam McLinskeyDon Bosco Prep45527 Mike BalzarottiDelbarton07721 Jude KurtasHillsborough32418 Alex KonovalovRidge22313 TJ SchweigardtDon Bosco Prep31213 Dom GarozzoGloucester Catholic1116 John GuttSaint John Vianney0113 Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team GoaliesDefensemanForwardsAward Winners Brett Cleaves, DelbartonDamien Carfagna, Don Bosco PrepTom Colucci, Seton Hall PrepTyler Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep - 2019 JSZ Player of the Year Marcus Fabiunke, RidgeLogan Heroux, CBAKyle Contessa, CBA Matt Schoer, Pope JohnBrendan Karnish, Saint Augustine PrepJames Falivene, DelbartonLiam McLInskey, Don Bosco Prep - 2019 Finalist Max Schwarz, Don Bosco PrepTJ Schweigardt, Don Bosco PrepSam Fishteyn, MonroeMike Balzarotti, Delbarton, 2019 Finalist Ronan Hickey, RFH - JSZ Save of the YearSean Vlasich, Northern HighlandsMatt Franzoni, ManasquanJude Kurtas, Hillsborough, 2019 Finalist Mike Franzoni, Manasquan Anthony Galante, Marlboro Dom Garozzo, Gloucester Catholic John Gutt, Saint John Vianney Alex Konovalov, Ridge Nick LaBianca, Jackson Liberty Sean Murray, Morris Knolls Tom Pryymak, Summit Dave Renzulli, Madison Jason Siedem, Madison Steven Spetz, Pope John Greg Spitznagel, Summit Aidan Trainor, Princeton Max Williams, Delbarton Jason Wolff, Hillsborough JT Zangara, Randolph Matt Zdanowicz, Saint Peter's Prep
Meet the JSZ 2019 Hockey Player of the Year Finalists
It’s that time of the year again, New Jersey hockey fans! With the 2018-2019 season now closed, Jersey Sports Zone is excited to announce the four finalists for our Player of the Year award, voted on by dozens of New Jersey high school coaches and credible members of the media. The winner of the Player of the Year award will be announced Monday, March 25 at our All-State hockey banquet hosted by the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. So without further adieu, here are the finalists: Michael Balzarotti, Delbarton No player in New Jersey received more attention for a single goal this season than Delbarton’s Michael Balzarotti. The Green Wave senior undressed a pair of defenders in the Gordon Cup semifinals and the goal was featured as the No. 3 play on the Feb. 14 edition of SportsCenter and was shown on MSG and other popular social media accounts. But there’s more to Balzarotti than just this one goal — he led the Green Wave in scoring with 29 goals and 36 assists and leaves Morristown as a two-time state champion: Jude Kurtas, Hillsborough The numbers are eye-popping. 57 goals, 55 assists for 112 points. Jude Kurtas took Hillsborough to new heights. The junior helped the Raiders reach the Prudential Center and the state finals for the first time in school history. We’ll be posting our Jude Kurtas feature later on tonight on JSZ Liam McLinskey, Don Bosco Prep Imagine being committed to a Top-10 nationally-ranked hockey program and by some people, not be considered your team’s top threat? Well, Liam McLinskey proved the doubters wrong. He led Don Bosco Prep to it’s first state title in school history behind a team-high 76 points and truly clutch play in the final month of the season: Tyler Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep To put it plainly, Don Bosco Prep’s Tyler Sedlak is a stone-cold assassin on the ice. His ability to shoot the puck with deadly accuracy and elite speed made him arguably New Jersey’s most feared scorer. His 40 goals were a team-high and it was Sedlak’s dominant play that was a major component to Don Bosco Prep winning a state championship for the first time in 54 years:
Devils Rooney wowed by JSZ Top Hockey Goals from February
Jersey Sports Zone’s Top 5 Goals from February were honored during the New Jersey Devils game against the Boston Bruins. Devils forward Kevin Rooney visited our honorees during pre-game and had quite a reaction to five tremendous goals! JSZ thanks the New Jersey Devils for giving high school kids in New Jersey lifetime memories. After our pre-game visit with Kevin Rooney, the goals of the month winners had pre-game dinner and their goals were on full display during the first intermission of the Devils Bruins game. Watch our recap from another special night: Kevin Rooney was quite impressed with each and every goal. Here’s his take on JSZ’s Top Goals: Congratulations to our JSZ February Goals of the Month winners #5: Matt Keane, Chatham #4: Gehrig Eckoff, Morris Knolls #3: Dan Quiles, Middletown North #2: Nick Ochlan, Freehold Boro #1: Michael Balzarotti, Delbarton Jersey Sports Zone wraps up the season with our second annual 2019 All-State Hockey Banquet. The top players in the state will be honored prior to the Devils/’Sabres game this Monday night and we will announce our 2019 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year!
10 Highlight Goals Nominated for JSZ/New Jersey Devils February Goal of the Month!
Another tremendous month of NJ high school hockey highlights has ten nominees for the JSZ/New Jersey Devils February goal of the month. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to team with the New Jersey Devils for a second straight year to honor outstanding highlights from New Jersey high school hockey. We’re asking your vote for the top hockey goal of February captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Friday at 9:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get one of our 5 spots for our plays of the month segment. The other four slots are selected by the Devils and JSZ staff. Our Top 5 goals for January will be honored during the Devils game against the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center on March 21st. Watch some great goals and cast your vote! Take Our Poll The Devils roll out the red carpet and give JSZ’s goal of the month winners the VIP treatment. Watch our January honorees get to share a special moment with forward Miles Wood:
11 Great Stops Nominated for JSZ/NJ Devils’ Top Save of the Year
JSZ has been highlighting the top goals throughout this past hockey season, and now it’s time to show some love to the guys who’ve made next-level stops between the pipes. Jersey Sports Zone and the New Jersey Devils are teaming up and want your vote for the top save from this year. The winner of the poll will be selected as the fifth goalie on JSZ’s All-Zone hockey team. The poll will be open through Friday at 9 p.m. Make sure to vote early and often! Take Our Poll Watch the top saves here:
Watch NJSIAA Hockey State Finals
Believe it or not, but we’re now at the end of the 2018-2019 New Jersey high school hockey season. We hit the ice once more — this time at the Prudential Center — to crown four teams as state champions. Stay tuned throughout the night as we post highlights of every single state championship! Ridge 4 Randolph 1 – Public “B” State Final Alex Konovalov had the go-ahead goal and added two assists to give the Red Devils their third hockey state championship. Luke Rich scored the final two goals and Blake Loges scored the opener. Marcus Fabiunke made some key saves in the second period with the score knotted at one and finished with 25 stops. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Prudential Center: Summit 6 Chatham 2 – Public “C” State Final Let the celebration begin in Summit! The Hilltoppers won their second-straight state title after a dominant performance over Chatham in a rematch of last year’s title game. Summit goalie Nikita Pryymak had 38 saves and Greg Spitznagel led all scorers with a pair of tallies. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Morris Knolls 6 Hillsborough 1 – Public “A” State Final Sean Murray scored four goals and Jacob Walsh assisted on each one of them and Ty Franchi was stellar in goal with 30 stops to give the second seed the Public “A” state championship. Morris Knolls broke open a scoreless game with four straight goals over a six minute span in the second period. Jude Kurtas scored his 57th goal in a losing effort to make it 4-1, but Murray lit the lamp two more times to seal the championship. JSZ has the highlights and spirited post-game reaction on the ice at the home of the NJ Devils Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Hillsborough athletics all season long! Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 1 – Non-Public State Final History has been made. After a 54-year drought, Don Bosco Prep captured its first state title in school history to complete the most accomplished hockey team to play for the Ramsey-based private school. Liam McLinskey was the spark plug the Ironmen needed, as he came up with a pair of goals to lead all scorers. Goalie Max Schwarz also had 19 saves in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and extensive post-game reaction:
Watch NJSIAA Boys Wrestling State Championship Finals
For the second straight year, Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you full highlights and interviews of every single 2019 state championship final from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Stay tuned throughout the night for extensive coverage of all 14 finals. 106: Brett Ungar (Hunterdon Central) d. Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North), 13-6 113: Dean Peterson (St. John Vianney) d. Nick Babin (Emerson/Park Ridge), 3-2 120: Eddie Ventresca (Pope John) d. Anthony Clark (Delbarton), 7-3 126: Sammy Alvarez (St. Joseph Mont.) d. Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic), 5-3 (SV) Sammy Alvarez was named Most Outstanding Wrestler 132: Nicholas Raimo (Hanover Park) d. Luke Mazzeo (Emerson/Park Ridge), 8-4 138: Joseph Aragona (Pope John) d. Jacob Perez-Eli (Paulsboro), 7-1 145: Lucas Revano (Camden Catholic) p. Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul), 6:37 152: Robert Garcia (Pope John) md. Nicholas O’Connell (Southern), 13-5 160: Robert Kanniard (Wall) d. Connor O’Neil (DePaul), 9-4 170: Brandon Green (Paulsboro) d. Shane Reitsma (Howell), 13-9 182: Christopher Foca (Bergen Catholic) d. John Poznanski (Colonia), 7-4 195: Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic), d. Kyle Jacob (Paramus), 6-3 220: Zach DelVecchio (South Plainfield) d. Michael Filieri (Garfield,) 8-2 HWT: Lewis Fernandes (Voorhees) p. Bardhyl Gashi (West Essex), 0:46
Watch Thursday 2.28 JSZ Hockey Semifinals Highlights
It’s been two wild days of hockey but now we know the matchups for the most anticipated day of puck action in New Jersey. JSZ was at Codey Arena in West Orange for the second day of state semifinal action and we have all the highlights, including: Don Bosco Prep’s relentless efforts to get back to the Prudential Center; James Monahan punching Delbarton’s ticket to another title game with a game-winner and Chatham grabbing a thrilling overtime win to secure their spot in the state finals. Stay tuned for all the action! Don Bosco Prep 4 Gloucester Catholic 1 – Non-Public Semifinals A three-point game from Don Bosco Prep’s Tyler Sedlak on top of timely goals from Zach Hammond and Liam McLinskey provided the Ironmen with their third-straight berth to the Non-Public title game. Don Bosco Prep had to stave off a whole-hearted attack from Dom Garozzo and Co. to secure the win. JSZ has the highlights from Codey Arena: Sponsor Alert! Thanks to our loyal sponsor, NJM Insurance, JSZ was able to bring you these great hockey highlights. Delbarton 2 Bergen Catholic 0 – Non-Public Semifinals With less than nine minutes remaining in regulation, Delbarton’s James Monahan drilled a second-chance shot to put his Green Wave up 1-0 over Bergen Catholic. Monahan then delivered on another goal later in the third period to solidify Delbarton’s spot in the Non-Public finale against Don Bosco Prep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena: Chatham 2 Northern Highlands 1 (OT) – Public C Semifinal Matt Keane took advantage of a failed clear attempt and fired the game winner at 2:26 of overtime to get the Cougars back to the Newark and a rematch with Summit in the Public C state championship. Nate Marshall gave Chatham a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Highlanders drew even in the third thanks to a fantastic goal by Mark Cinotti. Watch the highlights from a fantastic wrap to the NJSIAA hockey semifinals at Codey Arena:
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It’s Cup season in New Jersey high school hockey. We’ve got the Gordon Cup thriller between Don Bosco Prep and Delbarton plus the Kelly Cup comes down to a last minute goal. We also have the Mennen Cup and Mercer County titles on the ice! Don Bosco Prep 5 Delbarton 3 – Gordon Cup Final On a night with plenty of action between the state’s top two teams, it was Don Bosco Prep defenseman TJ Schweighardt coming through and powering the Ironmen to a Gordon Cup final win behind a hat trick. The game was back and forth, even with Delbarton holding onto a 3-1 lead at one point. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena: Hun 9 Princeton 4 – Mercer County Tournament Final The Hun School won its sixth straight Mercer County Tournament Championship with a 9-4 win over Princeton. The Raiders were led by Captain Brian Nelson who finished the night with a hat trick and capped off the season with 50 points. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hun coverage! Millburn 2 Cranford 1 Jack Williams power-play goal with 54.1 seconds give the Millers their second straight Kelly Cup title. The two teams traded goals in the first four minutes and then settled in for a defensive tussle. Cranford goalie Henry Devenny made a number of high quality saves as part of his 31 stop effort, but Millburn dominated the shots on goal (33-15) and persevered in the final minute. JSZ has the highlights of a great game along with post-game reaction from Codey Arena: Madison 3 Randolph 1 – Mennen Cup Final The #2 Madison Dodgers made history on Friday night, defeating the #1 Randolph Rams for their first ever Mennen Cup! The score was 1-1 going into the second period, after Dave Renzulli put up a point for the Dodgers. In the third period, it was Boston College commit, Jason Siedem who scored the tiebreaker. The Dodgers took the lead 2-1, and Renzulli scored the third on an open net. Madison’s goalie, Matt Ubertaccio, also had 28 saves for the night. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Mennen Arena, during this historic moment: