JSZ Camp Countdown: Preseason Football Previews for the 2020 Season
Football teams in New Jersey are currently preparing for the 2020 high school season in a preseason like no other. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists are back pounding the pavement to cover the state and preview dozens of football programs leading up to Opening Day on Oct. 2. From now until then, our “JSZ Camp Countdown” series will highlight a new team daily in preparation for the season. Stop back in each day for a story on your favorite team, your crosstown rival or a team on the other end of New Jersey. Today’s JSZ Camp Countdown Feature: Millville Millville features one of the state’s top rising stars in LeQuint Allen. The junior RB already holds a handful of Power 5 offers, and will look to lead a young and talented Thunderbolts team as it faces a daunting schedule. The Bolts are ramping up the contact at practice to prepare for a unique 2020 campaign. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in from Millville: Previous JSZ Camp Countdown Previews Scroll down to find a team’s preview, then click the name to watch! Week 1 8/17: Don Bosco Prep 8/18: Hammonton 8/19: Donovan Catholic 8/20: Ramapo 8/21: Absegami 8/22: Bridgewater-Raritan 8/23: Woodbridge Week 2 8/24: Paramus Catholic 8/25: Washington Township 8/26: Union 8/27: Holmdel 8/28: Seton Hall Prep 8/29: Lenape 8/30: Toms River North Week 3 8/31: Winslow 9/1: Sayreville 9/2: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 9/3: Wall 9/4: Hillside 9/5: Wayne Valley 9/6: St. Augustine Week 4 9/7: Holy Spirit 9/8: Westfield 9/9: Irvington 9/10: West Orange 9/11: Woodrow Wilson 9/12: Williamstown 9/13: Mater Dei Prep Week 5 9/14: Delbarton 9/15: Burlington Township 9/16: Red Bank Catholic 9/17: Pope John 9/18: Ridgewood 9/19: Red Bank Regional 9/20: Shawnee Week 6 9/21: DePaul Catholic 9/22: South Brunswick 9/23: Cedar Creek 9/24: Millville
COVID-19 Safety is No. 1 Priority for NJ HS Football Programs
Just like in year’s past, New Jersey high school football programs are in the midst of summer workouts on the practice field. But there’s one distinct difference between this preseason and the dozens of preseasons before. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down high school sports in the Garden State back in March, and as the start of the high school football season creeps closer, so does the concern about whether or not there will be a season. But by the looks of it so far, coaches and training staffs in all corners of the state are working overtime to ensure player safety in an unprecedented time. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s visited training camps in North, Central and South Jersey to see how teams are adapting to the necessary changes in an effort to allow for a safe high school football season. Jersey Sports Zone’s annual “Camp Countdown” series will begin on Monday as we will preview dozens of teams from around the state during the lead-up to Week 1 on Oct. 2. Stay tuned every day for new features on different teams daily.
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 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!
Watch Thursday 7.16 JSZ Last Dance Tournament Highlights
It’s Region Championship Thursday in the Last Dance and the Jersey Sports Zone team has highlights from around the state as teams punch their ticket into next week’s single elimination tournament Jersey Sports Zone has our cameras bouncing around to regionals throughout the state. We will post our highlights throughout the day and night. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank Red Bank-Belmar Region Championship Blue+Grey (Howell) 3 Neptune 1 Nick Guerrino’s RBI single to right in the 6th inning broke a 1-1 tie and the Rebels earn a spot in next week’s single elimination tournament thanks to strong pitching from Chris Ellison and Jake Lenardo. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Count Basie Park in Red Bank: Jersey City Region Championship Maroon & Silver (St. Peter’s Prep) 7 Bees Baseball (Bayonne) 0 Matt Moreira threw five shutout innings and the Marauders exploded with six runs in the fourth inning to give St. Peter’s Prep a spot in next week’s single elimination tournament. Joe Vuolo had three RBI’s and Roddy Hernandez had a two run double and started a critical 6-4-3 double play to get the Marauders out of a bases loaded jam. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Caven Point: Edison Regional Falcons (St. Joe’s Metuchen) 4 Eagles (Edison) 0 Bordentown Regional Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking (Hamilton West) 7 NJ Tigers (TCA) 1 Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hamilton West and Trenton Catholic coverage. Washington Region Championship Minutemen (Washington Twp.) 8 Garnets (Haddon Heights) 5 Rising junior Sam Kaschak threw a gem for the Minutemen, striking out ten and allowing just one run in six innings of work. Jim Hallman hit a two-run blast in the victory that proved to be the difference. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Washington Lake Park: JSZ’s coverage of Washington Twp. is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen County Region Championship BC Crusaders (Bergen Catholic) 9 Bulldogs (Dwight-Englewood) 3 Tywone Malone, the No. 1 ranked football in New Jersey, continues to show why he might be the best pure slugger in the Garden State, as well. Malone crushed a double and a three-run triple to pace the Crusaders to a region championship in the Last Dance World Series. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jersey City: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Bellmawr Region Championship Marlton (Cherokee) 18 No. Burlington 2 (Final/5) The Chiefs scored early and often as they cruised to the Bellmawr Region championship. Cherokee took advantage of walks and miscues by the Warriors as they put together an 11-run, two-out rally in the second inning and never looked back. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Bellmawr Recreation Field: Ramsey Region Championship Diamond Backs (Don Bosco Prep) 13 Warrior Baseball (Waldwick) 0 Rising junior Kevin Jaxel was a true ace on the mound for the Ironmen Thursday night as he struck out 10 Waldwick batters and allowed only one hit through four innings of action. Don Bosco is the top overall seed in the North Jersey half of the bracket and has the tools to make a run in the Last Dance World Series. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Williamstown Region Championship Monroe Twp. (Williamstown) 11 EHC Pirates (Cedar Creek) 4 The Braves fell behind early, but RBI singles from Chris Montone, Caden Dulin and Jon Wood brought Williamstown back within one in the fifth. Then the Braves surged in front in the sixth, thanks to a key two-RBI single from Dulin. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Owens Park: Pitman Regional Championship SBC (Bishop Eustace) 15 Vineland 5 (Final/6) The Crusaders motor through to the round of 32 after a spectacular day at the plate against Vineland. Charlie Sanzio led the way with 4 RBIs, including a three-run homer in the fourth inning to break the game open. Anthony Solometo picked up the win on the mound and racked up nine strikeouts over four innings. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Alcyon Park: Brick-Tri County Regional Championship Jackson Memorial 7 Manalapan 2 Two of the Shore Conferences top teams met in First Energy Park in Lakewood to see who would advance. Senior LHP Nick Beetel of Jackson Memorial had a strong outing on the mound only surrendering one run through four innings. The Jags put on an offensive show in the second inning, putting up six of their seven runs early. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lakewood: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial is brought to you by Louro Chiropractic Center. Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the first week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
It’s Selection Saturday! Watch JSZ’s Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show
Jersey Sports Zone reveals the brackets for the Last Dance Baseball Tournament. We’ve got all the matchups as 222 teams try to be the last team standing in Trenton on July 30. In case you missed our live show, check out all the brackets plus interviews with players and coaches around the state. The spring sports season was taken away from New Jersey high school athletes but thanks to an extraordinary effort by the New Jersey high school baseball community, sports is coming back and Garden State diamond squads get an incredible summer tournament for One Last Dance. JSZ presents the Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show. Just like the NCAA Baseball Tournament, we have all the brackets, matchups and interviews with coaches and players from around the state. Click on the video below to watch the reveal of the 222 teams that will play in 32 different regions. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Last Dance Baseball Tournament is made possible by Sterling National Bank. We will have coverage of all nine days of the Tournament starting on July 14 with pool play around the state About the Last Dance Tournament 222 teams, 32 regions. Every team is guaranteed three games in modified pool play. Regions with four teams will play round robin with the best record advancing to the 32-team single elimination tournament that begins in week two. Eight team regions will have modified pool play in the first two days. Teams with 2-0 records will meet up on the final day to determine the region winner. While all the teams are varsity baseball players, the tournament is not associated with the NJSIAA and school uniforms will not be worn. A lot of teams were not allowed to use their school name or nickname which is why you’ll see a lot of different names in the brackets. Last Dance Tournament NORTH BRACKETS SOUTH BRACKETS
Four NJ Freshmen Land in ESPN’s Top 25 List
New Jersey basketball has been a staple on the national scene as dozens of high-profile recruits have hit the college and professional basketball leagues in recent years. It should come as no surprise that the next great crop of players is here to stay. A staggering four freshmen from the Garden State’s Class of 2023 earned a Top 25 national ranking from ESPN – California is the only other state with as many players on the list. JSZ has the breakdown and highlight reel of each New Jersey player here! No. 1 DJ Wagner, Camden, 5 Stars There’s a reason why DJ Wagner is at the top of this list. The Camden frosh came right in and was an immediate starter on the top team in New Jersey this past season. Wagner delivered 18.6 points per game as the top scorer on a 29-1 Panthers squad and scored in every way imaginable. The 6-3 point guard will be must-see TV over the next three seasons. No. 8 Simeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic, 5 Stars It took a little adjusting, but Simeon Wilcher earned himself a spot in Roselle Catholic’s starting five early on in his freshman season. The 6-3 wing player displayed a lethal three-point shot and his speed was problematic for defenders in the paint. Wilcher is sure to be a centerpiece for Dave Boff’s team throughout his high school career. No. 11 Akil Watson, Don Bosco Prep, 5 Stars Akil Watson is quickly making himself a household name in the Garden State hoops scene. Players like Ron Harper, Jr. and Myles Ruth have all come from the Ironman program, and Watson looks to put himself among those players. He’s a 6-7 power forward who is a smooth finisher with flashy handles. No. 19 Mackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard’s, 5 Stars Gill St. Bernard’s head coach Mergin Sina has quickly established his team among the most talented in the state thanks to elite players. Mackenzie Mgbako has the size (6-7, 195 pounds) and agility to become one of the top players in New Jersey. He employs dead-on accuracy with his jumper and is the toughest finisher at the rim of this group. The future hoops stars of tomorrow 🏀Here's the first look at the ESPN Top 25 for the class of 2023. pic.twitter.com/cJVOvCiE4C— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2020 Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone as our team will keep you updated on the latest recruiting news and player updates from the top athletes in the Garden State.
Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth Commits to Monmouth
Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth had his home of New Jersey in mind when making the biggest decision of his life. Ruth, a Class of 2020 point guard, announced Saturday evening he was verbally committing to play at Monmouth University. The wait is over. I would like to announce I am 110% committed to @MonmouthBBall pic.twitter.com/qNC3j2Jbqj— Myles Ruth (@mylesruth21) May 9, 2020 Ruth was one of Bergen County’s best players in New Jersey’s 2019-2020 campaign. He averaged 13 points, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals for the Ironmen during his senior season while leading Don Bosco to a 19-8 record. Ruth spoke with JSZ’s Jay Cook hours after the announcement and broke down his decision with us. Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ wants to thank its loyal sponsors for supporting New Jersey high school athletics so we can continue to tell meaningful stories during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our coverage in North Jersey!
How North Jersey Athletes Are Giving Back During COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States hard and New Jersey is the second-most impacted state in the country. As the end of April nears, the Garden State has 116,264 positive cases and 6,770 deaths. High school sports in New Jersey have been shut down for over a month but that doesn’t mean student-athletes have stopped working to support their communities. Indian Hills senior Vicki Enright and Don Bosco Prep senior Christian Schmidhauser are just two of the hundreds of high school athletes going the extra mile to help aide frontline healthcare workers during this trying time all across the state. JSZ North Jersey MMJ Jay Cook highlighted the pair as their initiatives have helped supports nurses and doctors across North Jersey: Other North Jersey Teams and Athletes Giving Back Great job @CPHS__Soccer Staff!#NJThanksYou #RedRaiders #BL16 https://t.co/usAc2Vk9Tt pic.twitter.com/Lq9pIcYtpu— CPHS Athletics (@CPHS_Athletics) April 29, 2020 The softball team will be conducting a fundraiser to support The Valley Hospital Foundation 💜 if interested in purchasing a shirt or mask please follow the link below!https://t.co/tBPD1brdeJ pic.twitter.com/uuknoSUife— NorthernHighlandsSoftball (@NorthernHighla1) April 29, 2020 Excited, Proud, and Fortunate to be a part of helping the community that ALWAYS helps us…Ramsey Softball donates 1K to Ramsey Strong. Here’s to helping the local restaurants and first responders who are making a difference 🙏💙🥎💛🐏🙏 #RamseyStrong #RamseyPride pic.twitter.com/GWmRtssdfg— Ramsey Softball (@RamseySoftball) April 29, 2020 SW#5 with another big thanks to first responders and healthcare workers for their UNMATCHED dedication and sacrifice #team #together #FirstResponders #HealthcareHeroes pic.twitter.com/QQTGV6huzr— Westwood Card Hoops (@wwrsdboyshoops) April 29, 2020 We are partnering with ‘Feed it Forward.’ This group seeks out people who are unable to access meals in our and nearby communities. We will buy food locally to support our restaurants. If you would like to make a donation, pm us. Thank you and stay safe:) @whillsathletics pic.twitter.com/YhluE36wPq— Wayne Hills Track and Field (@WayneHillsTFXC) April 24, 2020 Our program was able to donate meals to the St. Barnabas ICU today. So happy to help out the brave men and women fighting on the front lines of this pandemic. Thank you to our parents & families for their generous donations and Fresco Market & Catering for providing the food! pic.twitter.com/fE5i7jIEOt— West Essex Boys Lacrosse (@WEBoysLax) April 25, 2020 Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ wants to thank its loyal sponsors for supporting New Jersey high school athletics so we can continue to tell meaningful stories during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our coverage in North Jersey!
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team
Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of the top boys basketball players in New Jersey as we present our 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball team While the coronavirus has stopped us from our annual banquet honoring the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of New Jersey’s top players. Saturday and Sunday we will share our highlight videos from the 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball teams and coming up on Tuesday we will have highlight reels of our 2020 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists and announce our player of the year. NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross Tahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokunbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HilsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian BrownBergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir Cantey LindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justiin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr.Roselle CatholicDevin Strickland South Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny TohaMarist Alex GalvanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicJahlil WhiteWildwood Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Micah Johnson, Jr.Newark East SideDJ WoodburyBurlington City Samson JohnsonPatrick SchoolTaQuan WoodleyCamden Niels LaneRoselle CatholicMatt ZonaBergen Catholic 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone Finalists JSZ will post highlight videos of our five finalists on Tuesday as well as a feature story and acceptance speech from the winner.
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top high school hockey players in New Jersey. We have selected the top players in the Garden State – take a look at the entire list and watch highlight videos of every single player. JSZ’s All-Zone Hockey Team The COVID-19 virus prevented JSZ from honoring the top players in New Jersey at the Prudential Center but we still have highlights videos to honor the best high school hockey players in New Jersey. GoaliesDefensemanForwardsForwardsAward Winner Gavin Einfeldt, RandolphJake Antonucci, Bergen CatholicEvan Brown, CBAJason Player, Gloucester CatholicJohn Donohoe, CBA - 2020 JSZ Player of the Year Lucas Podvey, MontclairZach D'Andrea, Jackson LibertyMatt Balzarotti, RidgeTom Pryymak, Summit Nikita Pryymak, SummitAnthony Dowd, ManasquanTyler Botta, RamseyJake Puskar, Summit Demitri Forand, Middletown SouthSam Catalano, Rumson-Fair HavenJustin Rauch, St. Joe-Montvale Will Fortescue, Don Bosco PrepBen Conrod, DeblartonRocco Salvato Princeton Colin Grable, CBAKyle Contessa, CBAAlex Scimeca, Saint Augustine Prep Tim O'Connell, Seton Hall PrepTy Ebeling, RidgeConnor Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep Chris Pelosi, Gloucester CatholicMatt Franzoni, ManasquanGreg Spitznagel, Summit Michael Rubin, Don Bosco PrepSean Grant, Saint RoseNick Stoebling, Bergen Catholic Michael Sofia, RandolphJustin Hughes, Saint Joe-MontvaleAidan Trainor, Princeton Seth Kaplan, Morristown-BeardDom Troisi, Saint John Vianney Jason Kwestel, Morris KnollsGleb Veremyev, Monroe Tommy Matthews, Morristown-BeardZach Wagnon, CBA Connor Milliken, Gloucester CatholicJason Wolff, Hillsborough Aram Minnetian, Bergen CatholicJT Zangara, Randolph CBA goalie John Donohoe named JSZ Hockey Player of the Year 2020 was a year to remember for Christian Brothers Academy. The Colts ran the table from the beginning of the postseason to the end, scoring wins in the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public State Championship. The man at the center of it all was goaltender John Donohoe. The sophomore transfer from Pennsylvania had a .928 save percentage and made seven shutouts against the likes of Bergen Catholic, Delbarton and Don Bosco Prep. He is JSZ’s 2020 Player of the Year. Watch JSZ’s feature on Donohoe HERE:
It’s the Sweet 16 in JSZ’s Hockey Goal of the Year – Vote NOW!
Thanks to everyone from the hockey community to turn out and watch 32 awesome goals. The first round is complete and the Sweet 16 is underway! Watch the brackets and check out the matchups and vote now We’ve reached round two in JSZ’s Hockey Goal of the Year tournament. We’ve got eight second-round matchups. In case you missed it, you can see our 32 goal of the year nominees here and then click below to watch the individual matchups and cast your vote. The polls will stay open through Wednesday at 6:00 pm. Click on each individual name to watch the video of their goal and cast your vote in all 8 second-round matchups! JSZ Hockey Goal of the Year Sweet 16 Jake Puskar, Summit vs. Luke McNamara, Manasquan Take Our Poll Kellum Foster-Palmer, Montclair vs. Anthony Galante, Marlboro Take Our Poll Leah Stecker, Morristown-Beard vs. Aram Minnetian, Bergen Catholic Take Our Poll Greg Spitznagel, Summit vs. Jimmy Mullarney, Middletown North Take Our Poll Chris Farinacci, Manasquan vs. Brett Janifer, Montclair Take Our Poll Sal Guzzo, Don Bosco Prep vs. Nick Piscopo, Middletown South Take Our Poll Christian Cuccia, St. Joe-Metuchen vs. Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional Take Our Poll JT Zangara, Randolph vs. Dylan Idland/Jason Kwestel, Morris Knolls Take Our Poll JSZ”s Dunk of the Year Contest is brought to you by NJM Insurance
Vote Now for JSZ Hockey Goal of the Year!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 goals from our archives this season and put them in head-to-head matchups. We’re asking for your vote every day as we narrow the field from the round of 32 down to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Round Two (The Sweet 16) begins on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Vote Now of the First Round’s 16 Matchups! Click Each Player’s Name to Watch Their Goal Jake Puskar (Summit) vs. Ryan Rodrigues (Seton Hall Prep) Take Our Poll Luke McNamara (Manasquan) vs. Grant Loges (Ridge) Take Our Poll Kellum Foster-Palmer (Montclair) vs. Cooper Fojas (Nutley) Take Our Poll Anthony Galante (Marlboro) vs. Michael Boyer (Hopewell Valley) Take Our Poll Zach Johnson (Gloucester Catholic) vs. Leah Stecker (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll Rocco Salvato (Princeton) vs. Aram Minnetian (Bergen Catholic) Take Our Poll Greg Spitznagel (Summit) vs. Evan Brown (CBA) Take Our Poll Jimmy Mullarney (Middletown North) vs. Hunter McGee (Don Bosco Prep) Take Our Poll Chris Farinacci (Manasquan) vs. Nick Vantassell (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll Brett Janifer (Montclair) vs. Rich Kulaszewski (St. John Vianney) Take Our Poll Ben Conrod (Delbarton) vs. Sal Guzzo (Don Bosco Prep) Take Our Poll Nick Piscopo (Middletown South) vs. Dante Amato (Colonia) Take Our Poll Michael Sofia (Randolph) vs. Christian Cuccia (St. Joseph Metuchen) Take Our Poll Gordon Ogden (Red Bank Regional) vs. Seth Kaplan (Morristown-Beard) Take Our Poll JT Zangara (Randolph) vs. Demitri Forand (Middletown South) Take Our Poll Kyle Contessa (CBA) vs. Dylan Idland/Jason Kwestel (Morris Knolls-Hills) Take Our Poll JSZ’s Hockey Goal of the Year is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance!
Watch NJSIAA Hockey State Championships
We’ve reached the end of the road of the 2019-2020 hockey season. The year closes out with a four-pack of stellar games from The Prudential Center in Newark. Thanks for following along all season and enjoy the highlights! Summit 5 Ramsey 2 | Public C State Final Summit is officially back at the top of the hill. The Hilltoppers were electric offensively and defensively en route to winning its third straight state championship. Goaltender Nikita Pryymak made 28 saves and twin brother Tom scored two goals in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Morris Knolls 3 Montclair 2 (OT) | Public A State Final Jason Kwestel’s deflection on a Dylan Idland shot in overtime gave Morris Knolls their second straight Public A state championship. The Golden Eagles ended regulation with a five-minute major killing off the first 1:41 in regulation and began overtime down a man for 3:19. Kwestel finished the game with two goals. Montclair goalie Lucas Podvey stopped Kwestel on a penalty shot late in the second period and the team’s traded goals in the third to create a 2-2 deadlock. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Prudential Center: CBA 4 vs. Don Bosco 1 | Non-Public State Final What a run its been for Christian Brothers Academy. The Colts win their first Non-Public state title since the 2015 season after rattling off eight-straight win including a Gordon Cup victory. Sophomore goaltender John Donohoe was masterful in net agains by stopping 20 shots in the win. Christian Cummings, Zach Wagnon, Kyle Contessa and Gio Crepaldi all scored in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights: Randolph 3 Ridge 2 (OT) | Public B State Final JT Zangara’s third goal of the game came in overtime to give Randolph a state championship avenging last year’s 4-1 loss to Ridge at the Prudential Center. Randolph had a 2-0 lead with under three minutes to go in the third period before Ridge scored back to back goals in the span of 32 seconds to force overtime. Zangara was masterful at the Rock. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction:
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:
What Thursday 3.5 Hockey State Semifinal Highlights
Three more hockey state semifinals have the field set for this Monday at the Rock and the NJSIAA state hockey championships. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis and Jay Cook have the highlights from all three games at Mennen Arena! Don Bosco Prep 5 Seton Hall Prep 3 | Non-Public The Ironmen scored three straight goals to build a two-goal cushion and were able to hold off Seton Hall Prep’s two-goal third period to return to the Rock to defend their Non-Public state championship. Connor Sedlak had a pair of goals with Arthur Tsimerman, Salvatore Guzzo and Ryan Fine also lighting the lamp for the Ironmen. Don Bosco Prep will take on CBA in Newark on Monday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Mennen Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is made possible by One on One with Steve Adubato Summit 3 Manasquan 2 (OT) | Public C Greg Spitznagel’s second goal of the game 4:01 into overtime puts the Hilltoppers into the state finals for a third straight year. Summit took a 2-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Jake Puskar early in the second period but Manasquan would respond with a pair of goals by Anthony Dowd to tie the game at two heading into the third period. Summit will face Ramsey in the state finals this Monday at the Prudential Center. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Mennen Arena: Ramsey 3 Lakeland 0 | Public C Ramsey goaltender Dane Beltramini recored a 13-save shutout as his Rams defeated Lakeland to advance to the Public C championship game. Simon Cohen, Ryan Schwarz and Jake Barone all notched goals in the win. The Rams will face top-seeded Summit in the Public C final on Monday at the Prudential Center. Watch all the highlights here:
Watch Friday 2.21 JSZ Hockey Championship Highlights
Who’s ready for some championship hockey? Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and reactions from three major county/conference finals Friday night as champions were made in Mercer County along within the Gordon and Kolodney Cups. CBA 2 Don Bosco 0 | Gordon Cup Final CBA goaltender John Donohoe turned in a magical performance for the Colts as the sophomore turned away 25 shots to shutout Don Bosco Prep, the defending Gordon Cup champions. CBA defenseman Chad Schneider scored early in the first period after a clear from behind his net trickled in past Don Bosco’s Ethan Marich. The Colts nursed a 1-0 lead for nearly 50 minutes before Kyle Contessa scored on an empty-netter to seal the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena in West Orange: Princeton 7 Hun 5 | Mercer County Tournament Final Just about 40 years to the day of Team USA’s Miracle on Ice, Princeton pulls off their own miracle as they comeback from a 5-2 deficit in the the third period to defeat six-time defending Mercer County Champions, Hun. Senior Rocco Salvato finishes with four goals, including three in the final period. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hun coverage. St. Joe-Metuchen 4 Monroe 3 | GMC Kolodney Cup Final Christian Cuccia’s third-period goal gave St. Joe’s a 4-2 lead and proved to be the game-winner to give St. Joe-Metuchen the GMC title for the eighth time in the last nine years. St. Joe’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Ryan Borek and Joe Morello and never surrendered the lead. Monroe got two goals from Penn State commit Gleb Veremyev in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Woodbridge: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for supporting JSZ’s coverage of the Monroe Falcons
Contessa’s pair leads CBA to season sweep of Don Bosco
The top two ranked hockey teams in New Jersey piled up the goals on Sunday night at Wayne Ice Vault. JSZ has highlights of CBA’s big Gordon Conference road win over the Ironmen CBA 6 Don Bosco Prep 4 | Gordon Conference The Colts scored four first period goals and held off an Ironmen comeback bid to complete a regular-season sweep. Kyle Contessa had two goals and an assist and Evan Brown added a goal and three helpers. Don Bosco Prep got a pair of goals from Connor Sedlak and rallied from 5-1 down to get within 5-4. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Wayne Ice Vault:
Watch Thursday 1.23 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ was court-side all over the state (and even in Pennsylvania) to capture some of the top players and teams from around New Jersey. Stay tuned throughout the night for all of the highlights! Camden 63 Roselle Catholic 51 The Panthers raced out to an early lead, only to fall behind to the Lions at halftime. The High then came out on a mission in the second half, and took down Roselle Catholic in front of a packed house at Neumann University in Aston, PA. Kentucky commit Lance Ware led a balanced Camden attack with 17 points. Jerome Brewer, TaQuan Woodley and D.J. Wagner all reached double-digits in the scoring column for the Panthers as well. Xavier commit C.J. Wilcher went for a game-high 21 points for the Lions in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the heavyweight South-North showdown: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen Catholic 77 Don Bosco 65 Bergen Catholic’s reign over Bergen County is still intact going into the late stages of January after the Crusaders dealt Don Bosco its fourth loss in five games. Julian Brown scored a game-high 22 points plus Will Richardson had 20 more in the win, while Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth had a team-best 16 points. Bergen Catholic has won four straight games over Don Bosco dating back to last season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic sports is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. South Brunswick 83 Old Bridge 53 After dropping a tough game to Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division leader St. Joe’s Metuchen, South Brunswick picked up back-to-back wins with a 82-52 victory over Old Bridge (2-11). The Vikings were led by Devin Strickland and Justin Carbone who combined for 43 points on the night. Strickland finished with 21 while Carbone had 22. South Brunswick moves into the number two spot in the division. JSZ ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. CBA 79 Marlboro 74 The Colts held off a late comeback by the Mustangs to improve to (6-6). Colin Farrell lead the way for CBA with 23 points. Alex Ratner of Marlboro surpassed the 1000-point milestone with his 36 point performance in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Marlboro:
Watch 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:
Watch Saturday 1.4 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The first weekend of the New Year brings us some great games at marquee events all over the state. Check back throughout the night to catch all of the action from venues in South, Central and North Jersey! Elizabeth 49 Wildwood Catholic 45 | Seagull Classic The Minutemen fought hard to stay unbeaten in a clash of NJ heavyweights that wasn’t decided until the final minute. DeWarren Watkins dropped a team-high 17 points to lead the way for Elizabeth. Jahlil White poured in a game-high 20 points in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Holy Spirit High School: Bergen Catholic 49 Hudson Catholic 42 | Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic Bergen Catholic has found many ways to win over their current four-game win streak. On Saturday night, the victory came through a heavy dose of Notre Dame commit Matt Zona. Zona was named the game’s MVP after 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks — he scored 10 points alone in the third quarter. Sophomore guard Julian Brown scored a game-high 19 points for the Crusaders. Former St. Mary’s (Eliz.) forward Phil Brown pumped in a team-high 16 points for Hudson Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramapo College in Mahwah: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Camden Catholic 58 Linden 51 | Seagull Classic Zach Hicks pumped in a game-high 25 points, and the Irish held off the Tigers down the stretch to bounce back with a win at the Seagull Classic Tournament. Colin Merriman added 11 points, including a pair of buzzer-beaters. Isaac Thompkins and Nashawn Holmes both scored 13 points for Linden in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Holy Spirit High School: Coverage of Camden Catholic is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Red Bank Catholic 82 Red Bank Regional 70 | Shore Classic Showcase Kevin Bauman had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Caseys to a win over their neighbor. Sophomore Cyril Avanitis had a career 19 for RBC and Charlie Gordinier added 13 points for the Caseys (4-2). Patrick Murray led all scorers with 22 in a loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply (RBR) and JSI (RBC) for supporting Jersey Sports Zone! Don Bosco Prep 51 Montclair Immaculate 40 | Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic Six-foot-seven freshman forward Akil Watson went into overdrive in the second half as he powered Don Bosco Prep with a game-high 15 points in their fourth consecutive win of the season. Senior point guard Myles Ruth scored 14 points and was awarded the game’s MVP. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramapo College in Mahwah: Manasquan 78 Newark West Side 28 | Shore Classic Showcase Ben Roy had 17 points and Alex Galvan added 14 points as the Warriors used a 27-5 second quarter to dominate the RoughRiders. Manasquan is now 7-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College:
All-American Jalen Berger Commits to Wisconsin
The wait is over. Jalen Berger — a 2019 JSZ Zoneman Finalist and the consensus No. 1 ranked player in New Jersey’s Class of 2020 — has officially announced his commitment to Wisconsin. Berger made his decision official during the NBC broadcast of the 2020 All-American Bowl from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday afternoon. Committed!! AGTG #OnWisconsin 🦡 pic.twitter.com/cZLXzNhdwq— Jalen Berger (@JalenBerger) January 4, 2020 His announcement caps off a remarkable high school career for a player who was a national recruit courted by most, if not all, of college football’s elite programs. Watch Jalen Berger’s 2019 Highlight Reel HERE The Wisconsin to New Jersey connection is clear. Former Salem High School and South Jersey star running back Jonathan Taylor spent the last three seasons in Madison, putting together one of the best collegiate careers in NCAA history. Taylor was recently named an All-American and Doak Walker Award winner for the second consecutive season. He picked the Badgers over LSU, Penn State, Rutgers, UCLA, Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and many others. The six-foot, 190-pound Newark native was a dynamic and dominant offensive player in his four-year varsity tenure at perennial North Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep. Although he’s officially listed as a running back, the Ironmen offensive staff used Berger in a multitude of formations. On any given down, he could be found in the backfield, lined up in the slot, cast out wide or even in the shotgun taking a snap. His prowess on the gridiron translated to eye-popping numbers in his senior season. He accounted for 1,081 rushing yards, 338 receiving and 18 total touchdowns while leading his team to the Non-Public Group 4 state championship at MetLife Stadium. Berger headlined New Jersey’s representation at the 2020 All-American Bowl. Joining him were St. Joe’s (Mont.) OL Luke Wypler (Ohio State); St. Peter’s Prep LB Cody Simon (Ohio State); Bergen Catholic DB Jordan Morant (Michigan) and Delran DB RJ Moten (Michigan). Berger was one of six finalists for JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy given to the top high school football player in New Jersey:
Ironmen clamp down on rival, blank Bergen Catholic 4-0 to close out 2019 in style
Whenever Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic tangle, there’s plenty of excitement. JSZ has the highlights of two of the top teams in New Jersey in front of a packed house at Wayne Ice Vault Don Bosco Prep 4 Bergen Catholic 0 Freshman Sal Guzzo got the scoring started with a steal in the Bergen Zone and a nifty move to light the lamp and the Ironmen outshot the Crusaders 40-15 in a dominating effort on both ends of the ice. Michael Rubin added a power-play goal in the first to give Don Bosco a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Arthur Tsimerman and Hunter McGee closed out the scoring in the third period. Both teams are now 6-2 on the season. Don Bosco picks up its fourth shutout. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Wayne Ice Vault: Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for helping provide coverage of Bergen Catholic sports on JSZ
Football Early Signing Day has dozens of JSZ All-Zoners sign to play college football
It used to be that the first Wednesday in February was the biggest day in the high school football recruiting cycle, but the December early signing day has become even more important to college football programs. Jersey Sports Zone has full coverage of athletes around New Jersey making their college decisions official. We’ll continue to update this page throughout the day. Don Bosco Prep Kyle Monangai held over 25 D-1 offers but was longing for more attention from Power 5 programs. Monangai, a 2019 JSZ Zoneman Finalist, caught the eye of Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano and has announced his commitment to play with the Scarlet Knights in the Big 10. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: Red Bank Catholic The Caseys have a tradition of turning out college football talent and it continues with Kevin Bauman signing at Notre Dame and Charlie Gordinier heading to the ACC and the Boston College Eagles: Paramus Catholic Devin Willock followed his gut. After decommitting from Penn State last week, Willock quickly made the decision to head to the SEC and sign his NLI with the University of Georgia with family as the deciding factor. Willock is one of three N.J. players to commit to SEC programs so far this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Paramus Catholic: Ocean Township Trebor Pena was voted Shore Conference Player of the Year by multiple media outlets and the Ocean Township running back had the numbers to back it up with over 1500 yards on the ground and 19 TD’s. Pena was an original commit to Temple but made the switch in November to Syracuse University. He’s ready to make the transition from running back to slot receiver. Watch a great signing day ceremony from Ocean Township High: Cedar Creek Malachi “Max” Melton made a verbal commitment to Purdue over the summer. But after a coaching change at Rutgers, Melton flipped to the Scarlet Knights. Melton’s older brother Bo will be a senior wide receiver for Rutgers next fall. In fact both of their parents were athletes for the Scarlet Knights as well. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Egg Harbor City: Williamstown Aaron Lewis led Williamstown to back-to-back South Jersey Group 5 titles. Now Lewis is heading to Michigan, to try and help the Wolverines capture a Big Ten title. Meanwhile, fellow Braves seniors Jon Wood and Quinn Hart will remain teammates at the next level, as both sign with Sacred Heart. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story: More Signings from around New Jersey Bryon Shipman🏈 Wide Receiver🏈 Career over 50 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, 10 TDs, 20.3 per rec🏈 Jersey Sports Zone All-ZoneSPP ➡️ Holy Cross📲 @byronship_11 pic.twitter.com/4FFkL9oZ4x— St. Peter's Football (@SPPFootball) December 18, 2019 Isaiah Wright🏈 O/D Lineman🏈 All-State Honorable Mention🏈 Mini Max Award Recipient🏈 Jersey Sports Zone All-ZoneSPP ➡️ Rutgers University📲 @Mr_Renaissance_ pic.twitter.com/wgb9SnrDXd— St. Peter's Football (@SPPFootball) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @ShawnCollins10_ #CHOP pic.twitter.com/lgzFtknFBo— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @ReeeemX_ #CHOP pic.twitter.com/u0GnzcfCID— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @iamv15k #CHOP pic.twitter.com/ty21gpEyLI— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @bfelter1008 #CHOP pic.twitter.com/NYFmbihCNb— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @mack_elijuwan #CHOP pic.twitter.com/MczWpoz9Qm— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @AhmirrRobinson #CHOP pic.twitter.com/XpWQTJpQR9— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y. @Hunchoboychris #CHOP pic.twitter.com/yqY80Ol2fI— Greg Schiano (@GregSchiano) December 18, 2019 🅳🅴🅵🅸🅽🅸🅽🅶 the future of #Boilermaker football. Welcome to the family, @michael_alaimo.📍: Montvale, N.J.📏: 6-4 QB📈: Played at @SJRHighSchoolℹ️: https://t.co/QL7InhxuCk#BoilerUp x #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/Yu09Czh239— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) December 18, 2019 🅳🅴🅵🅸🅽🅸🅽🅶 the future of #Boilermaker football. Welcome to the family, @Clydewash42.📍: Mount Laurel, N.J.📏: 6-3 LB📈: Played at Lenape HSℹ️: https://t.co/QL7InhxuCk#BoilerUp x #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/G7LcRUbWAl— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) December 18, 2019 Congrats on your first 🅳🅴🅵🅸🅽🅸🅽🅶 🅼🅾🅼🅴🅽🆃 as a #Boilermaker, @SanoussiKane1. Welcome to the family.📍: Blairstown, N.J.📏: 6-0 S📈: Played for the @blairbucsℹ️: https://t.co/QL7InhxuCk#BoilerUp x #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/Va29Zw66KX— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) December 18, 2019 We’ve added a silent guardian, a watchful protector who earned First Team All-Jersey. Welcome, @leonlowery5!#JuicedUp | #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/3wyLYSzUm9— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) December 18, 2019
Don Bosco lights lamp three times in second period to top Gloucester Catholic on the Sunday night ice
Jersey Sports Zone has a Sunday night hockey matchup featuring two top-five teams in the early state polls. Don Bosco Prep was upset by CBA earlier in the week and fell behind early to Gloucester Catholic on Sunday but the Ironmen rally with a big second period to pick up the win. Watch the highlights now! Don Bosco Prep 3 Gloucester Catholic 1 Will Fortescue sparked a big second period for the Ironmen with an assist on the game-tying goal followed by a blast from the point that proved to be the game-winner as Don Bosco rebounds from a loss to CBA with a key Gordon Conference win. Connor Sedlak and Zach Hammond scored for Don Bosco who is now 4-1 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Wayne Ice Vault: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance
Diggs wins Zoneman, Schiano speaks at JSZ Football Banquet
The third annual JSZ Football Banquet featured the top players in New Jersey, an inspiring JSZ Courage Award and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano opening our ceremony. It all capped off with Woodrow Wilson’s Fadil Diggs winning the Zoneman Trophy. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s team coverage now! Rutgers Greg Schiano speaks at third annual Jersey Sports Zone Football Banquet The top high school football players from every part of New Jersey were assembled at the Delta Hotel in Woodbridge for the JSZ Football Banquet. Before the highlights of the 2019 JSZ All-Zone team, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano got things started with a great message to the honorees. The Scarlet Knights have made it known that recruiting the best players in -state is a top priority. Schiano was joined by assistant coaches Nunzio Campanile and Fran Brown to celebrate New Jersey’s best on the gridiron: Fadil Diggs wins JSZ Zoneman Trophy Woodrow Wilson defensive end and wide receiver Fadil Diggs took home the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. The Texas A&M commit helped lead the Tigers to a South Group 3 Regional Championship and won the balloting among NJ head football coaches and statewide media members. St. Joe-Hammonton running back Jada Byers was the runnerup. Byers and Diggs had equal first-place votes but Fadil was on nine more ballots in the Heisman style voting which gave him the top honor: The Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM’s Joe Dotro for being on hand to honor the best players in New Jersey! Zoneman Voting Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Fadil DiggsWoodrow Wilson252411134 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton251610117 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep13182499 Cody SimonSaint Peter's Prep12142080 Luke WyplerSt. Joe-Montvale251026 Kyle MonangaiDon Bosco Prep42521 Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process Zoneman Ballots JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Mike Frankel, Jay Cook Statewide Media: Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Todderick Hunt, NJ.Com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Kevin Minnick, NJ.Com, Andrew Koob, NJ.Com, Pat Lanni, NJ.Com, JJ Conrad, NJ.Com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Ryan Patti, Rivals.Com, Tom Williams, PrimeEvents.Net, Tom McGurk, Courier-Post, Brian Carr, NorthJerseySports.Com, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, GMC Gridiron, Joe Zedalis, NJ.Com, Mike Kinney, NJ.Com, Mike Fenske, MJF Recruiting, Brian Dohn, 247 Sports, JP Parachini, Worrell Media Coaches: John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, Dan Russo, Vineland, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine Prep, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Hinson, Timber Creek, Dennis Thomas, Millville, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chuck Smith, Mainland, Joe Hoyle, Dwight Morrow Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep Montrey Wright, Salem Kevin Smith, Ocean City Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. Joe Wojceichowski, Lenape Jay Graber, Matawan Kevin Kostibos, Summit Dan Higgins, Piscataway Ken Loomis, Wildwood Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial Jeff Rainess, Holmdel John Fiore, Montclair Brian Bowers, Delbarton John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic Barris Grant, Hillside Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township John Adams, Woodstown Benji Wemberly, Hackensack Rob Davis, Barnegat Marion Bell, West Side Jamil Jackson, Elizabeth Drew Gibbs, Ramapo Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep Wilber Valdez, Union City Kevin Carty, Hillsborough Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg Augie Hoffmann, St. Joe’s (Mont.) Ed Guerreri, Manalapan Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty Brian Russo, Rahway William Nahan, Randolph Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown David Schuman Red Bank Regional Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. Brian Leary, Highland LJ Clark, Lakewood Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Sean Clancy, Notre Dame Chris Thomas, Pitman Dan George, Long Branch Clifton Tabb, Pennsauken Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp Tim Hagerty, Glassboro Ralph Cinque, Clifton Sights and Sounds from JSZ Banquet Before the players came inside to eat dinner and watch JSZ’s All-Zone presentation, Nery Rodriguez gave us some red carpet coverage having fun with some of the best players in the state! JSZ Courage Award Winners Coach Dwayne Savage, Kenneth Smith – Camden Coach Chris Sacco, Ernest Howard, Pleasantville Jersey Sports Zone’s Mike Frankel was shooting highlights of Camden and Pleasantville in the state playoffs when gunshots rang out during the third quarter wounding two and killing 10-year old Micah Tennant. Through adversity, both towns turned to their football teams to help unite communities and begin the healing process. JSZ was proud to honor four great leaders with this award. In case you missed it, Jersey Sports Zone chronicled the resumption of the Camden/Pleasantville game at the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Team QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Michael Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJaiden Abrams, HammontonTedy Afful, DePaul CatholicKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChandler Bird, Saint AugustineJalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Louie Barrios, Cedar CreekMyles Bailey, North BrunswickAhmad Brown, Holy SpiritDominic Busby, Seton Hall PrepBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton JD Breslauer, Parsippany HillsMatt Colantuono, Seton Hall PrepEJ Comerford, Parsippany HillsShawn Collins, MontclairBardhyl Gashi, West EssexFadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson Tahjamell Bullock, Saint Peter's PrepCorey Dempster, BoontonCarnell Davis, St. Augustine PrepCharles Finley, DePaul CatholicJalen Genao, Union CityKyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicAudric Estime, St. Joe-MontvaleMalik Harvey, Woodrow WilsonLucas Giordano, Seton Hall PrepCody Simon, St. Peter's Prep Ryan Clark, Donovan CatholicEthan Harris, Northern HighlandsKyree Hinton, SomervilleNajae Hallenbeck, Toms River NorthLuke Wypler, St. Joe-Montvale Charles DePrima, RamapoMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepConnor Kennedy, LenapeDeclan McCauley, Westfield Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonAli Lee, Jr. WoodbridgeChris Long, WillingboroJosh Toner, Cherokee Connor Katz, CranfordMuheem McCargo, Woodrow WilsonJelani Mason, Saint Peter's PrepColin Tunc, Bergen Catholic Vincent Pinto, Park RidgePiotr Partyla, LyndhurstMalachi Melton, Cedar CreekGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale Andrew Sanborn, UnionTrebor Pena, OceanAhmirr Robinson, UnionDevon Willock, Paramus Catholic Hank Shapiro, WestfieldFrank Riggio, VeronaGriffin Rooney, WestfieldIsaiah Wright, Saint Peter's Prep Zakee Swann, IrvingtonByron Shipman, Saint Peter's Prep Jake Tirone, RamapoTarheeb Still, Timber Creek Cortaz Williams, Notre Dame Zahir Swann, Irvington Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterJSZ All-Prep Team Jeremiah Grant, Bergen CatholicTirek Austin-Cave, CamdenNahree Biggins, HillsideVincenzo Rea, ManalapanAaron Armitage, Blair Academy Jahmir Greene, Don Bosco PrepBobby/Tommy Coury, PhillipsburgDarian "Duce" Chestnut, CamdenSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-MontvaleNick DeGennaro, Hun Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepJake DeLuccia, Wayne ValleyNasir Clerk, IrvingtonChristian Forbes, Lawrenceville Cameron Horsley, CinnaminsonSolomon DeShields, MillvilleJermaine Corbett, Long Branch Ian Franzoni, Hun Aaron Lewis, WillamstownGordon Forsyth, Rumson-Fair HavenCasey Larkin, WallSanoussi Kane, Blair Academy Leon Lowery, North BrunswickMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonClarence Lewis, Mater Dei PrepChristopher Mayo, Peddie Tywon Malone, Bergen CatholicCharlie Gordinier, Red Bank CatholicJoe Lusardi, SummitMatt Sluka, Peddie Andrew Messineo, RidgewoodTyreem Powell, VinelandElijuwan Mack, St. Joe-MontvaleKorey Smith, Peddie Collin McCarthy, Jackson MemorialColin Ramos, Don Bosco PrepJordan Morant, Bergen Catholic Isaiah Raikes, Saint Augustine PrepMakhi Scott, Penns GroveRJ Moten, Delran George Rooks, Saint Peter's PrepDalton Short, ShawneeAlex Odom, Kingsway Khurram Simpson, Mater Dei PrepClyde Washington, LenapeRomaine Robinson, Don Bosco Prep Amin Vanover, Saint Joe-MontvaleJack Wittmaack, RidgewoodEric Rogers, Burlington Twp. Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven Keon Sabb, Glassboro DJ Woodbury, Burlington City JSZ Top Plays from 2019 We had the Top Play Belt winners of 2019 and the end of year Plays of the Year winners attend the banquet. Thanks to everyone who voted all year long! Jersey Sports Zone Weekly Top Play Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, PingryWeek 1: Thomas Amankwaa, HillsboroughWeek 2: David Hicks, Red Bank RegionalWeek 3: Nate Summerville, ShawneeWeek 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan CatholicWeek 5: Nasir Abney, Holy CrossWeek 6: Mike Casanata, Wayne HillsWeek 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-HammontonWeek 8: Jake Cook, MainlandWeek 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial Jersey Sports Zone Plays of the Year Winners Touchdown Run of the Year: Billy Guidetti, Red Bank Catholic Touchdown Pass Play of the Year: Hank Shapiro/Griffin Rooney, Westfield Defensive TD of the Year: Wally Doman, Jackson Memorial Special Teams TD of the Year: Damon Murray, Hoboken Sack/Big Hit of the Year: Amin Vanover, St. Joe-Montvale Clutch Play of the Year: Jahmir Brown, Woodbridge Viewers Choice Play of the Year: Brandon Martins, Nutley 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Watch Monday 12.10 JSZ Hockey Highlights
It’s Monday night ice on Jersey Sports Zone as we bring you a pair of games. Don Bosco Prep continues to look sharp early in the season plus we pay a visit to the Red Bank Armory where Rumson-Fair Haven scored its second straight win in dominant fashion. Don Bosco 3 Delbarton 1 Hockey fans were treated to a possible playoff matchup in Wanye on Monday night. Don Bosco handed Delbarton their second loss of the season to improve to 3-0. Junior Connor Sedlak’s pass to Brendan Flaterhy late in the first period gave the Ironmen a 1-0 lead, Sedlak added scores in the second and third period. Delbarton goalie Brett Cleaves finished with 20 saves while Bosco’s Ethan Marich had 23. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Rumson-Fair Haven 7 Westfield 1 Sam Catalano scored two goals and the Bulldogs used a balanced attack to roll to a 2-0 start. RFH raced out to a 3-0 lead and pulled away early in the third period with three more goals. Rumson has outscored its first two opponents 16-1. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is made possible by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick
Meet the 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to formally announce the six finalists for the 2019 Zoneman Award — our version of the N.J. high school football player of the year. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10 during our All-State Football Banquet held at the Delta by Marriot Woodbridge Hotel. Watch all six features from our team of multimedia journalists to learn more about New Jersey’s top football honor! The Story of the Zoneman Trophy and Our Football Banquet By Rich Chrampanis | Jersey Sports Zone Chief Operating Officer In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy and instead of the Heisman, the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game winning TD pass in the 2016 National Championship game. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Third Annual Zoneman Trophy. Somerville quarterback Jalahn Dabney won the 2018 Zoneman Trophy for his outstanding senior season with the Pioneers. The Zoneman Balloting Our 2019 Zoneman was voted on by head coaches from every part of the state (WJFL, Shore Conference, Greater Middlesex Conference, Mid-State 38 and the SFC) as well as the JSZ staff and media representatives from around the state. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd and one point for 3rd. We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Zoneman Trophy in alphabetical order: Meet the 2019 Zoneman Finalists Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Watch JSZ’s Top 10 Plays from MetLife and Rutgers
The 2019 high school football season is over and Jersey Sports Zone closed it out in style with highlights and post-game reaction from 13 games over two weekends at MetLife Stadium and Rutgers University. The JSZ team put together our Top 10 Plays captured by our cameras. Thanks to everyone who watch our videos and take one more look at an incredible display of New Jersey’s best on the biggest stages: JSZ’s Top 10 Plays from MetLife and Rutgers – NJSIAA Regional and State Championships #10: Ahmad Brown, Holy Spirit #9: Cody Simon, Saint Peter’s Prep #8: Vincent Pinto, Park Ridge #7: Colin Ramos, Don Bosco Prep #6: Matt Wesley/Mike Giunta, Shawnee #5: Tommy Moran/Elijah Lugo, Wayne Valley #4: Fatir Bell, Hillside #3: Malik Harvey, Woodrow Wilson #2: Demie Sumo, Willingboro #1: Quentin Lemon/Avery Powell, Saint Peter’s Prep
Watch Saturday 11.30 JSZ Championship Football Highlights
There was plenty of hardware to hand out on Saturday with two regional championship games and a non-public sectional final at MetLife Stadium, plus another sectional final taking place in South Jersey. Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights and reaction! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Don Bosco Prep 14 | Non-Public Group 4 Championship St. Peter’s Prep’s magical season has ended in glory. The Marauders completed a heart-pounding fourth quarter comeback (for the fourth time this season) to capture the Non-Public Group 4 crown. Tahj Bullock was masterful late in the game, scoring on a touchdown run with five minutes to play. Jelani Mason took in the game-winning two-point conversion right away to give St. Peter’s a lead it would never squander. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: JSZ’s coverage of the Non-Public Group 4 state championship at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Wayne Valley 21 Northern Highlands 17 | North Group 4 Championship In a meeting of two teams who each snapped title draughts of over 20 years, Wayne Valley defeated Northern Highlands 21-17 for the North Group 4 Regional Championship. The Indians trailing 17-0 in the second quarter scored 21 unanswered points to eventually take their first lead late in the fourth when quarterback Tommy Moran found Elijah Lugo on a 38 yard touchdown with 5:51 left. Moran finished with 180 yards passing, two throwing scores and completed 12 of 16 passes. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: JSZ’s coverage of the Regional Championships at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Park Ridge 28 Boonton 21 | North Group 1 Championship Vincent Pinto accounted for 379 yards of total offense and all four Owls touchdowns including the game-winning 36-yard TD pass to Justin Wagner with 1:38 remaining to give Park Ridge the North Group 1 trophy. Pinto had 201 yards on the ground and 179 yards in the air. Boonton rallied from 14-0 down and took a 21-14 lead on a Danny Portas 77-yard touchdown pass to Michael Kreitz early in the fourth quarter. But Pinto responded with a 63-yard TD run on a fake reverse to tie the game and the Owls QB engineered the game-winning drive that culminated in the pass to Wagner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the full recap from East Rutherford: JSZ’s coverage of the Regional Championships at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Cedar Creek 31 Camden 23 | Central Group 2 Sectional Final The Pirates held off the Panthers down the stretch to capture the second sectional championship in program history. Louie Barrios rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the win. Purdue commit Malachi Melton scored on an 81-yard touchdown run, while Jamal Chapman returned a fumble for a TD to seal the victory. Jalin Brownlee threw three touchdown passes for The High in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
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 11.23 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Two more sectional championship trophies were up for grabs on Saturday, plus two more Non-Public semifinal games were held. Check back throughout the night for all of the action! Don Bosco Prep 10 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 8 | Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Don Bosco Prep continues to raise eyebrows in North Jersey with their stellar defensive play. The Ironmen have now won five straight games, holding their opponents to 14 points or less in each of those contests. Arsheen Jiles’ 40-yard fumble return touchdown in the second quarter was Don Bosco’s only trip to the end zone. The Ironmen staved off a late two-point conversion inside two minutes to secure the win. Don Bosco Prep will face St. Peter’s Prep in the Non-Public Group 4 state final at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:05 p.m. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Woodrow Wilson 54 Somerville 30 | Group 3 South Final Woodrow Wilson claimed its second consecutive South Group 3 Championship with a 54-30 win over Somerville. The Tigers broke open an eight point lead in the third quarter to go ahead 42-22 behind an impressive day from Temple University commit Muheem McCargo and Texas A&M commit Fadil Diggs. McCargo finished with 150 total yards and four touchdowns while Diggs had 127 yards receiving and two scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Penns Grove 30 Paulsboro 0 | Group 1 South Final The Red Devils dominated the Red Raiders to win their second straight South Jersey Group 1 championship. Kavon Lewis threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score in the win. Nasir “Hollywood” Robinson rushed for a TD, while Torvon Ransome and Jymir Gilliam each had a touchdown catch. Makhi Scott and the Penns Grove defense were equally impressive, shutting down the Paulsboro offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Carneys Point: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 76 Morris Catholic 22 | Non-Public Group 2 Semifinal It was a historic day in Hammonton as Jada Byers scored ten total touchdowns and 520 yards of offense to break the single-game touchdown record in New Jersey and set a new career touchdowns record in South Jersey. Byers had 21 carries for 326 yards and eight rushing touchdowns to go along with 7 catches for 194 yards and two scores via the air. The Wildcats advance to the Non-Public Group 2 Final and will face Holy Spirit at Rutgers University on Sunday, December 8th at 4 p.m. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Hammonton:
Vote now for final JSZ Top Play Belt of 2019!
As we head towards the sectional championship games and the second edition of NJ’s bowl series, we have one more group of nominees for JSZ’s Top Play Belt. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm and we’ll hand out one more Top Play Belt at a mid-week practice. Thanks to everyone who has voted all year long and all of our Top Play Belt winners will be invited to JSZ’s Football Banquet coming up on December 11 in Woodbridge. Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Winner – Jimmy Pepe of Randolph
Watch 11.15 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Our cameras were on hand for sectional semifinal action all across the state as the journey to MetLife and Rutgers continues! Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all of our coverage. Don Bosco Prep 24 Bergen Catholic 7 | Non-Public Group 4 Quarterfinal Don Bosco Prep has their revenge. After suffering through a four-game losing streak to Bergen Catholic — including a blowout loss to the Crusaders in last year’s semifinal round — the Ironmen are back even. Jalen Berger led N.J.’s hottest team past their long-time rivals with a trademark 82-yard touchdown run in the second half, while Jahmir Greene and Colin Ramos helped a dominant defensive effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Peter’s Prep 43 Notre Dame 35 | Non-Public Group 4 Quarterfinal Notre Dame’s undefeated season came to a close when top seeded St. Peter’s Prep defeated the Irish (9) 43-35 to advance to the Non-Public Group 4 Semifinals. The Marauders struggled to find their footing in the fist half but were able to put up 23 unanswered points to take control. Quarterback Tahj Bullock threw three touchdown passes. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. Ocean City 21 Long Branch 20 | Group 4 South Semifinal Ocean City QB Joe Repetti had a TD pass and two TD runs including the game-winner midway through the third quarter as the #7 seed moves to the South Jersey Group 4 championship game. Long Branch took a 20-14 lead late in the second quarter on Jermaine Corbett’s second touchdown of the game, but a late first-half interception knocked Green Wave QB Kyle Davidson out of the game with an arm injury. Long Branch was inside the 30-yard line in the final two minutes, but a fumble secured the win for Ocean City. The Raiders will face Shawnee in the title game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by Rosario Realty Shawnee 27 Millville 18 | Group 4 South Semifinal The Renegades found themselves in a battle against the fifth-seeded Thunderbolts. Shawnee built a 20-6 halftime lead but needed to weather a second half storm from Millville to advance to the Group 4 South Final. Matt Welsey led the way for the Renegades throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Shawnee now faces Ocean City for the Group 4 South title, where the Renegades will look to win its third-straight sectional crown. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Jackson Memorial 27 Toms River East 21 | Central Group 4 Semifinal Lonnie Cebulski’s 13-yard TD run in the final minute gave the Jaguars a comeback victory and a spot in the Central Jersey Group 4 championship game. Toms River East raced out to a 14-0 lead behind QB Mike Goodall who had 178 yards rushing and 2 TD’s, but the Jags rallied in the second half. A muffed punt with :52 seconds left gave the Jags the ball at the 13 and Cebulski scored on the first play after the turnover to seal the victory. Jackson Memorial will travel to top seed Hammonton in the title game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a fantastic ballgame: We were able to get all the highlights from this great game thanks to the support of Louro Chiropractic Center who sponsors our Jackson Memorial coverage Wayne Valley 7 Phillipsburg 0 | North 2 Group 4 Semifinal Tom Moran’s 1-yard TD run was the only score of the game to lead Wayne Valley to an upset of the number one seed. Wayne Valley will travel to Old Tappan for the North 2 Group 4 championship. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Stateliners is made possible by the Garnet Booster Club Hillside 35 Haddonfield 0 | South Group 2 Semifinal Isn’t revenge sweet? Hillside sure thinks so. After losing to Haddonfield in the inaugural South Jersey Group 2 bowl championship last season, the Comets came out blazing to blowout the reigning champs. This win marked Hillside’s sixth shutout of the season. JSZ has the highlights from Haddonfield: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
The JSZ Top Play Belt is up for grabs again – vote for Week 6’s best!
Offense, Defense and Special Teams – we’ve got it all covered in JSZ’s Week 6 Top Plays. 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! Watch our ten nominees and then cast your vote below: Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Congratulations to Holy Cross’ Nasir Abney for taking the Week 5 Top Play Belt
Wild TD Totals Highlight Week 6 Game Ball Polls
Just like that, Week 5 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Take Our Poll Central Jersey Take Our Poll
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
Jalen Berger Heading to San Antonio as All-American
Chapters are continuously being added to Jalen Berger’s prolific high school story. The four-star recruit hailing from Don Bosco Prep became the 11th Ironmen player in school history to be selected to the All-American Bowl — a high school all-star game featuring the Top 100 players in America. Berger, who is among the top uncommitted recruits in the entire country, will make his college commitment public during the NBC broadcast of the All-American Bowl on January 4, 2020 from San Antonio, Texas. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: Other New Jersey All-Americans Berger is the third of five Garden State players selected to play in the game. Bergen Catholic DB Jordan Morant and St. Joseph (Mont.) OL Luke Wypler received their jerseys in the past week.
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
Watch Friday 9.27 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Three started with thrilling action all over the state. From overtime finishes to last-minute winners, Friday was a night to remember. Watch our JSZ Week 3 Friday Teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action! Bergen Catholic 23 Don Bosco Prep 17 In the 72nd meeting between these two North Jersey foes, it was Bergen Catholic getting the upper hand once again to secure their fourth consecutive win over Don Bosco Prep. The Crusaders rushed 49 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns while Amar Gist came through with the play of the night, a 47-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Phillipsburg 34 Ridge 28 (2OT) It was headlined by some as the Mid-State 38 game of the week and the matchup between undefeated teams Phillipsburg and Ridge definitely lived up to the hype. Despite falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter the Stateliners answered back with 21 points off three Matt Quetel touchdowns. After Ridge would force double overtime, Quetel would find the end zone a fourth and final time to help P-Burg get the win. He finished the day with 154 rushing yards on 34 attempts and four touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage! Shawnee 14 St. Augustine 7 (OT) The Renegades (4-0) rallied back down seven against the Hermits (1-3) on a night where points came at a premium. Wide receiver Nate Summerville made an incredible 26-yard touchdown catch to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, but each would miss 32-yard field goals. In overtime, running back Jake Barnett punched it in to give the Renegades the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Williamstown 28 Lenape 21 Down 13-0 at the half, the Braves rallied in the second half to beat the Indians. Dougie Brown threw three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score to Mekhi Gamble with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Jon Wood caught a pair of touchdown passes in the victory. Brady Long connected with Connor Kennedy for two touchdowns for Lenape in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from fantastic game in Williamstown: Mater Dei Prep 35 Saint John Vianney 0 Malik Ingram had one of the most dominating performances of the 2019 season as the Mater Dei running back had 31 carries for 310 yards and 4 TD’s. The Seraphs solidified their spot as the top team in the Shore Conference. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from an incredible effort: Holmdel 17 Red Bank Regional 7 The Hornets put together long drives in the first and fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in handing RBR its first loss of the season. John Tomasulo capped off an 80-yard drive in the first quarter with a 15 yard TD run. After Jack Chamberlain hit AJ Abarno on a 33 yard TD run in the fourth to get the Bucs within 10-7, Holmdel capped off another long drive with a Cameron LaMountain TD run from five yards out. Both Holmdel TD drives took up over eight minutes of clock. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Holmdel is brought to you by the Law Offices of Lawrence Lutrell an RBR coverage is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Red Bank Catholic 21 Long Branch 7 After a scoreless first half, Red Bank Catholic’s offense exploded in the final 15 minutes of regulation to score three touchdowns and come away with a bounce-back win over Long Branch. Elijah Jules came up with yet another game-breaking run, dashing for 76 yards to close out the scoring. JSZ has the highlights from Red Bank: Thanks to two loyal sponsors, JSZ was able to be at this Shore Conference showdown. Here’s a shoutout to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness (RBC) and Rosario Realty (Long Branch) for being loyal sponsors.
Watch Monday 9.9 JSZ Boys Soccer Highlights
The second week of the season begins with some fantastic match-ups all over the state. Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights! Bergen Catholic 3 Don Bosco Prep 2 (2OT) After overcoming a 2-0 deficit and a red card to put them a man down, Bergen Catholic’s Nick Shannon delivered one of the biggest goals of the early 2019 season with a Golden Goal to beat Don Bosco Prep in double overtime. Shannon assisted on the two previous Crusaders goals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Ramsey: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic athletics all year long is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Kingsway 3 Triton 1 The Dragons handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season in a key early-season showdown in the Tri-County Conference. After a scoreless first half, Kingsway pumped in three goals after the break. Sean Fatiga scored a pair of goals, with Quinn Roche also finding the back of the net for the Dragons. Tyler Guandagno scored a late goal for Triton in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Woolwich Township: Coverage of Triton is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Holmdel 7 Shore Regional 1 The Hornets scored four goals in the first 31 minutes to improve to 3-0 on the young season. Holmdel has won back to back state championships and is off to a great start in a quest for a three-peat. Watch JSZ’s highlights now: Sponsor Shout Outs! Thanks to the Law Office of Lawrence Luttrell (Holmdel) and RYPT (Shore Regional) for their support of Jersey Sports Zone and allow us to cover great Shore Conference action! Hunterdon Central 3 Pennington 2 Hunterdon Central pulled off the first major upset of the 2019 boys soccer season and it’s only September. The Red Devils defeated Prep A State Champion Runner-ups Pennington 3-2 Monday afternoon. The Red Raiders would take a 1-0 lead at halftime before Hunterdon Central tied the game to begin the second act. Elias Simpkins shined bright with two goals to help the Red Devils knock off one of the best teams in New Jersey. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Pennington coverage
Watch Friday 9.6 JSZ Week 0 Football Highlights
Week 0 heats up with tons of action all across the Garden State. Watch our Teaser below to get a taste of all the action coming from the Jersey Sports Zone team and scroll down to watch the action from every part NJ! Rumson-Fair Haven 20 Red Bank Catholic 14 John Volker ran for 163 yards on the ground and 25 more through the air with two touchdowns and Ryan Ruane had a 69-yard interception for a score as RFH built a 20-0 lead and held on to beat RBC for the first time since 2002. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank and the showdown of two of the top teams in the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is made possible by Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness. We’ll have great RBC coverage all year long thanks to JSI! Red Bank Regional 50 Freehold Boro 7 The Red Bank Regional Bucs had a riveting season opener under new head coach, David Schuman. Quarterback, Jack Chamberlain completed 11 out of 13 passes for 143 yards. He also scored two touchdowns for RBR. Wide receiver, running back and linebacker, Owen Laughlin, also finished with two touchdowns. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is made possible by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall. Gonzaga (D.C) 35 Don Bosco Prep 21 After losing their season-opener in California last weekend, Don Bosco Prep returned back home to the Garden State looking for a win. Standing in the way was Gonzaga and their five-star Class of 2021 quarterback Caleb Williams. Williams was masterful throughout the game, accounting for 5 touchdowns and leading a comeback effort against the Ironmen. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Cherokee 51 Washington Twp. 6 After winning just one game in 2018, the Chiefs came out on a mission to begin the 2019 campaign. They raced out to a 28-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Billy Osborn ran for a score and threw two touchdown passes to Caden Burti in the victory. Darren Hazen rushed for a pair of TDs. Cherokee also scored on defense and special teams in this one. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Sewell. Coverage of Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Cinnaminson 21 Delran 10 The Pirates overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit to knock off the Bears in the opening game of the season for both teams. Shawn Ruffin rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown to lead the way for Cinnaminson. Carmen Saginario and A.J. Torres also found the endzone for the Pirates in the win. Michigan commit R.J. Moten scored Delran’s only touchdown of the night. James Mooney has the highlights from this Burlington County clash: Coverage of Cinnaminson is made possible by NJM Insurance. North Brunswick 26 South Brunswick 0 After 42 years of meeting on Thanksgiving, North and South Brunswick did not play in 2018 due to the new football playoff system. However, the friendly rivalry resumed in Week 0 and for the first time in eight meetings it was the Raiders walking away victorious. Dahvey Hicks who recently transferred back to the program from New Brunswick made his return memorable as he returned a 95 yard kickoff and rushed in a 36 yard touchdown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage! Notre Dame 55 Ewing 12 Cortaz Williams had a monster game with 7 carries for 122 yards on the ground with three TD’s to go along with a blocked punt TD and a 79 yard kickoff return for a score. Shawn Clancy gets his first win as Irish head coach. JSZ has the Mercer County action: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Notre Dame and Ewing is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Robbinsville 19 Manchester Twp. 15 Robbinsville quarterback Dan Surtz was the force behind a major surge of offense in the Ravens’ season opener. Surtz led the way with three touchdowns — including a top-play worthy run and a game-winning TD pass — to help capture their first win of 2019. JSZ has the highlights from Ocean County: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Robbinsville is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Don’t Sleep on Them: Don Bosco Eager to Return to Glory
From the countless championships to the number of undefeated seasons, tradition is everything at Don Bosco Prep. However, after a couple of down seasons, tradition is exactly why the Ironmen are feeling so good coming into 2019. Former Rutgers and NFL quarterback Mike Teel is out after two seasons at head coach, meaning Dan Sabella is the man in charge. Don Bosco will wield one of, if not the best backfields in the entire state featuring four-star All-American Jalen Berger and his running mate Kyle Monangai. Senior leadership on defense will also be a major part of the success Don Bosco Prep finds this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the 2019 Ironmen from Ramsey: Don Bosco Prep 2019 Schedule Friday, Aug. 30 — at St. John Bosco (Calif.) Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Gonzaga College HS (D.C.) Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. West Orange Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Bergen Catholic Saturday, Oct. 5 — at Pope John Saturday, Oct. 12 — at St. Peter’s Prep Saturday, Oct. 19 — at St. Joe’s (Mont.) Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. DePaul Catholic Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Paramus Catholic
JSZ Year in Review: Top Baseball Games of 2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. A game so beautiful it’s played on a diamond. When it comes to baseball New Jersey has produced top tier talent at both the Division I and Pro level. 2019 kept that theme going. Big names, big plays and big at-bats filled your social media for weeks, here are our most viewed games from this past baseball season. 10. Bergen Catholic 10 DePaul 0 In this regular season matchup between Big North Conference rivals Bergen Catholic and DePaul Catholic, University of Michigan commit Jacob Denner pitched a 9 K shutout against the Spartans. 9. Delbarton Kinnelon 3 Morris County Tournament favorites Delbarton continued their hot streak with a close one run victory over Kinnelon. 8. Pope John 5 Delbarton 4 Not many can say they stared down the barrel of a gun and lived to tell the tale, but Nate Pallotta can relate. In the bottom of the seventh Pallotta knocked in a game-winning RBI to defeat No. 1 Delbarton 5-4 in walk-off fashion. 7. Delbarton 9 Red Bank Catholic 7 Jack Leiter and the Green Wave swept through the mid-season Autism Awareness Challenge. In Delbarton’s battle with Red Bank Catholic, Leiter had 10 strikeouts while Shawn Rapp added a 3-run home run. 6. Delbarton 2 Don Bosco 0 Delbarton no strangers to high pressure games. In the Non-Public A North Final, the Green Wave captured their third straight title with a 2-0 shutout against Don Bosco. 5. Bergen Catholic 6 Delbarton 2 Bergen Catholic’s Ryan Cancellieri pitched the game of his life against top ranked Delbarton in the regular season. Thanks to his 11 strikeouts and two earned runs the Crusaders were able to top the then No. 7 team in country 6-2! 4. Delbarton 2 West Morris 1 The Morris County Tournament Final came to a thrilling conclusion as Delbarton ace Jack Leiter propelled the Green with 14 strikeouts to another MCT Title. 3. Delbarton 7 Seton Hall Prep 5 Aside from having Major League caliber talent on the squad, Delbarton’s strength is in its depth chart. In the Non-Public A Semifinal Justin Kim knocked in the game-winning RBI against Seton Hall Prep for a 7-5 win. 2. Delbarton 4 St. Augustine Prep 3 These two are no strangers to each other, the last three Non-Public A State Finals have featured both St. Augustine Prep and Delbarton. Well Vanderbilt University commit Jack Leiter and New York Yankees signee Anthony Volpe ended their final high school games with one more piece of hardware. 1. Delbarton 7 Montville 1 Before the conclusion of the Morris County Tournament, Jack Leiter pushed Delbarton to the MCT Final for their eventual third straight title with 11 strikeouts against Montville.
JSZ Year in Review: Top 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 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 Basketball Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. We’ll continue the series here with boys basketball. The 2018-2019 season in New Jersey boys basketball was truly one for the record books. We were graced with three McDonald’s All-Americans (Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney) along with plenty of other top-tier talent — it all resulted in a thrilling season. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games captured by JSZ cameras. #10 Roselle Catholic 48 Gill St. Bernard’s 44 | Non-Public B North Final Led by Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney, Roselle Catholic battled and won their second straight sectional championship against Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy and his Gill St. Bernard’s Knights. #9: Ranney 63 Don Bosco Prep 51 Villanova commit Bryan Antoine had an early season feast against the Ironmen back in mid-December. Antoine dropped 33 points — the third-highest point total in his final season. #8: Ranney 84 West Nottingham 72 Ranney secured a 12-point win against out-of-state opponent West Nottingham in the first game of the highly-anticipated senior seasons for the dynamic duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. #7: Ranney 56 Bergen Catholic 55 Ranney’s toughest test of the year to this point came on January 12 when the Panthers staved off a late-game push to defeat Bergen Catholic at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase at Brookdale Community College. #6: Gill St. Bernard’s 62 Ranney 60 Much of the hype this past season was on Ranney and Roselle Catholic, but it was Gill St. Bernard’s who shocked the NJ basketball scene by delivering Ranney it’s first in-state loss of the season. Forward Connor Murphy led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Kean University. #5: Ranney 54 Wildwood Catholic 50 | Non-Public B South Final Talk about going down to the wire — Wildwood Catholic gave everything they had in an overtime thriller, but it was Ranney’s postseason experience that proved to be the difference. Scottie Lewis led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. #4: Roselle Catholic 62 Patrick School 61 Union County’s most intense rivalry did not disappoint as the Lions and Celtics went to the final second in an even battle. Kahlil Whitney recorded a 25 point, 10 rebound double-double — it was his sixth double-double on the season. #3: Ranney 56 Roselle Catholic 50 | Non-Public B State Final Ranney fell to Roselle Catholic in the final seconds of the 2018 Non-Public B state final, but did get exact revenge against the Lions in the state playoffs. Kahlil Whitney scored 26 points in his final high school game and Bryan Antoine led the Panthers with 21 as Ranney secured its first ever state championship in program history. #2: Ranney 67 Bergen Catholic 63 | Tournament of Champions Final After four years and over a hundred wins, Ranney’s legacy on the hardwood reached the ultimate peak when the Panthers defeated Bergen Catholic to win the 2019 Tournament of Champions final. It was the final high school game for the decorated and historic duo of Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. #1: Ranney 61 Roselle Catholic 49 The most hyped game of 2019 came in a regular season bout between Ranney and Roselle Catholic. It was the first time the two schools met after Roselle Catholic’s late-game heroics to win the Non-Public B state title over Ranney in March of 2018. McDonald’s All-Americans Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney were all honored in a pre-game ceremony and even Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Football Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. We get things started with high school football. The 2019 season will be here before you know it. In August, we’ll begin our team previews throughout the state with a steady diet of features seven days a week. Then we’ll bring cameras around the Garden State every Friday night and Saturday afternoon bringing you extensive highlights and interviews. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games on JSZ from the 2018 season: #10: RBC 14 Mater Dei Prep 10 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship The Shore Conference often takes a backseat to the North Jersey superpowers, but an All-Shore state championship was a special moment for the Jersey Shore. Two outstanding defenses took center stage at MetLife Stadium with the Caseys emerging. #9: Saint Joe’s-Montvale 24 Saint Peter’s Prep 14 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinals Audric Estime’s 143 yards and 2 TD’s helped the Green Knights punch their ticket to MetLife Stadium #8: Bergen Catholic 24 Saint Joe-Montvale 20 Anthony Corbin sparked a come from behind win with an early fourth-quarter interception and a touchdown run to knock off the #1 team in the state #7 Saint Peter’s Prep 26 Don Bosco Prep 23 (OT) Massai Maynor was the x-factor in a tremendous matchup. His game-winning TD run gave the Marauders a walk-off win #6: Don Bosco Prep 22 Byrnes (SC) 17 The Ironmen opened the 2018 season with a tilt against a South Carolina power. Don Bosco Prep’s late comeback was a great way to kick off 2018 #5: St. Joe’s-Montvale 13 Bergen Catholic 0 – Non-Public Group 4 Final The Green Knights become New Jersey’s #1 team of 2018 after a masterful defensive performance at MetLife Stadium. No need for an umbrella to watch this rain filled state championship: #4: Saint Peter’s Prep 34 Bergen Catholic 7 This was the revenge game of 2018. After Bergen Catholic won the state championship with a dominating win over the Marauders in 2017, Saint Peter’s Prep returned the favor early in the 2018 campaign: #3: Mater Dei Prep 28 DePaul Catholic 23 – Non-Public Group 3 Semifinal Before he was a Notre Dame commit, Clarence Lewis caught the game-winner from Rob McCoy late in the fourth quarter. This was a game that sent shock waves throughout New Jersey and served notice that Mater Dei Prep is a new power outside of the Shore Conference: #2: Bergen Catholic 14 Don Bosco Prep 13 The Crusaders and the Ironmen have to be considered one of the best football rivalries in the country. These two teams never disappoint when they face each other: #1: Bergen Catholic 35 Don Bosco Prep 17 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Two bitter rivals with a spot in the state championship on the line was the recipe for our most viewed game of 2018: High School Football Previews are Coming! Coming up in August, JSZ gets ready for the 2019 football season with previews from every part of the state. We’re excited to head to training camp and get you ready for the big names and stories of the upcoming season. Here were the ten most viewed high school football previews of 2018 on Jersey Sports Zone: Bergen CatholicSaint John Vianney Mater Dei PrepRed Bank CatholicCamden Saint Peter’s Prep Don Bosco Prep Long Branch Rumson-Fair Haven Piscataway
Don Bosco’s Monangai Racking up the Offers
Don Bosco Prep is only a few months away from unleashing one of the best backfields in New Jersey. Not only will the Ironmen have four-star recruit Jalen Berger leading the way, but they’ll also have one of the state’s toughest runners back to cause havoc, too. Senior Kyle Monangai has quickly racked up 25 Division-I offers over the last year and it’s quite evident why schools are going gaga over his skills. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Kyle Monangai: When defenses focused in on Berger last season, Monangai was right there to thrash opposing coaches’ gameplans. Simple put, his stat line was insane. Monangai tallied 157 touches for 1,359 scrimmage yards along with a staggering 19 touchdowns. That workload has translated to 25 college offers, including his lone Power 5 offer from California, along with UMass, Central Michigan, Harvard, Princeton and Penn. Grateful to receive an offer from Yale University 🙏🏾 @yalefootball pic.twitter.com/cpRedP45xG— Kyle Monangai (@kylemonangai) May 22, 2019 Expect Monangai to gather more Division-I offers in the coming months as he prepares for his senior season alongside Berger at Don Bosco Prep. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reels of New Jersey’s top athletes.
Is Jalen Berger NJ’s Top Football Recruit?
We’re only a matter of weeks away from the start of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey, and it’s got us at Jersey Sports Zone thinking… Who is the top Class of 2020 recruit the Garden State has to offer? There’s plenty of talented players to choose from, but one certainly stands out from the rest. He’s a four-star recruit, committed to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and calls Don Bosco Prep home. In case you didn’t guess, we’ll help you out — it’s star tailback Jalen Berger. The 6-1, 187-pound prospect heads into his senior season after hand-picking his Top 10 schools after a national recruitment. Watch Jalen Berger’s JSZ highlight reel: Berger revealed his Top 10 schools earlier this month. The list consists of (in alphabetical order) Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia. Top 10!! (No Order)🤝 pic.twitter.com/ql4fVsr54J— Jalen Berger (@JalenBerger) June 18, 2019 Berger will be making his college commitment announcement during the All-American Bowl on January 4, 2020. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reels.
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 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 Thursday 5.30 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The section finals are now set after a Thursday that saw teams beat the wet weather to punch their ticket. JSZ brings you the conclusion of Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public “A” North semis and a Point Boro upset over top seed Governor Livingston in Central Jersey Group 2 (5) Point Pleasant Boro 6 (1) Governor Livingston 1 – Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Nick Guzzi was sensational on the hill throwing a complete game one-hitter with nine strikeouts and just two walks to give Point Pleasant Boro a spot in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship. Guzzi gave up a long homer to Georgia Tech commit Drew Compton in the first, but that was the only hit of the game for the Highlanders. Point Boro took advantage of an error to score three runs in the top of the 2nd and Guzzi helped himself out with an RBI single in the 4th. The Panthers will host Robbinsville in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship on Friday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Berkeley Heights (8) Don Bosco 2 Bergen Catholic 1 – North Non-Public A Semifinal It’s never a dull moment when Big North Conference rivals Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic face off, Thursday’s North Non-Public A Tournament Semifinal was no exception. The game originally played on 5/29 was postponed after the fourth inning due to rain and was continued Thursday evening. The No. 12 Ironmen began with a two run lead before BC got on the board off a Juan De La Cruz RBI in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-1. However, Villanova commit Devin Rivera was able to get the job done on the mound in the seventh to set up a date with No. 1 Delbarton in the title game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Wednesday 5.22 JSZ Boys Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The boys lacrosse playoffs continue to heat up and Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with some of the hottest finishes from around the state! Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights! (5) Don Bosco Prep 11 (4) Bergen Catholic 10 – Non-Public A Quarterfinal Don Bosco Prep had revenge on their minds — the Ironmen lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Bergen Catholic in early April. That left Don Bosco seeking revenge, and it was exacted by freshman Koleton Marquis when he scored the game-winning goal with only :14 seconds remaining in regulation to push Don Bosco Prep into the sectional semifinals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from a wild game in Oradell: (4) Westfield 6 (1) Ridge 5 – Group 4 North Semifinal No. 19 Westfield advanced to the North Jersey Group 4 Final with a 6-5 upset victory over No. 4 Ridge. The Blue Devils took a 4-0 lead at halftime thanks to a hat trick from Brown University commit Devon McLane in the first two quarters. However, despite another score from McLane in the second half, it was Ridge playing aggressor as they answered back with three goals to tie the game at 5-5 late in the fourth quarter. It was then Jake Engelke found net for a go-ahead score with 4:50 remaining to give Westfield the win. The Blue Devils will take on No. 9 Hunterdon Central in the Title Game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! (3) Shawnee 7 (2) Ocean City 6 – Group 3 South Semifinal Yale commit Chris Lyons led a balanced attack for the No. 13 Renegades, finishing with two goals and two assists. David Giordano and Gavyn Wilson also scored two goals apiece in the victory. Andrew Goldstein made 14 saves to key the win as well. Marty Cattie led the No. 12 Red Raiders with two goals in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as Shawnee advances to face top-seeded Moorestown in the sectional title game on Saturday: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. #2 Somerville 14 #6 Hopewell Valley 7 – South Group 2 Semifinal The #2 Somerville Pioneers defeated the #6 Hopewell Valley Bulldogs 14-7 on Wednesday, advancing to the South Group 2 Semifinals. Ryan Pierson scored the game-high with five goals. Steven Dupras hit 100 career points, and scored the second highest number of goals with four. TJ Sanchez scored three goals. The Pioneers will face #1 Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday for the South Jersey Group 2 Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Somerville: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Hopewell Valley! (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 16 (4) Allentown 6 – South Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Luke Devlin scored six goals as RFH scored 11 straight goals in the second and third quarter to give the Bulldogs a spot in the South Jersey Group 2 finals and a matchup with Somerville this Saturday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Allentown) and Gold Coast Cadillac (Rumson-Fair Haven) for allowing us to bring you state lacrosse playoff highlights!
Watch Monday 4.22 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Have no fear, baseball highlights are here! JSZ’s cameras braved the rainy conditions Monday to bring you highlights from around the state. We have everything from extra innings walk-offs, to close games down to the wire, to a pair of blowout wins. Enjoy the highlights! Hopewell Valley 3 Robbinsville 2 (10 innings) Seven innings wasn’t enough for Colonial Valley Conference division rivals Hopewell Valley and Robbinsville. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first a pitching error allowed Robbinsville to tie the game in the top of the third. We’d remain at that score until the tenth when the Ravens scored on a sacrifice fly. Following a double play in the bottom of the inning Hopewell Valley was down to it’s last out with the bases loaded. It was then Tony St. John delivered a clutch 2 RBI single to lead the Bulldogs to a walk off 3-2 victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Robbinsville and Hopewell Valley coverage! Don Bosco Prep 11 DePaul 1 While it was a washout in most of Bergen County, Don Bosco Prep’s turf field helped get in this divisional matchup. Bosco’s Devin Rivera went the distance in six innings for the complete game shutout, powered by six strikeouts. But the offense was equally as explosive, too, as they collected their third mercy-rule win this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Cedar Creek 14 Vineland 7 Luke Vaks was in command for the Pirates, striking out 11 to earn the win. Dan DiGiovannantonio led the charge at the plate going 2-4 with a double and three RBIs. Derion Hurless, Russell Riek and David Hagaman also drove in runs for Cedar Creek in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League clash: Union Catholic 4 Woodbridge 1 Brendan Welsh threw five strong innings scattering seven hits and giving up just one run and Christopher Tomalavage had the big hit of the game with a 2-run single in the 4th to get Union Catholic to 7-2 on the season. UC benefitted from two key double plays and a couple of great grabs in center by Richie Gonzales. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the rainy highlights from Woodbridge High:
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:
Antoine and Miller take home top honors at 2019 JSZ Hoop Zone Banquet
Nearly 90 high school basketball players around the state came to the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge to celebrate a fantastic 2018-19 season. Ranney’s Bryan Antoine is JSZ’s 2019 Mister Hoop Zone and Franklin’s Diamond Miller is Miss Hoop Zone 2019. Jersey Sports Zone thanks everyone for attending from every part of the state! All-Americans Antoine and Miller Steal the Show with Top Awards Villanova-commit Bryan Antoine and future Maryland Terrapin Diamond Miller decisively won the Mister Hoop Zone and Miss Hoop Zone awards, respectively. Both players take their newly-minted honors with them to Atlanta next week when they’ll both compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Mike Frankel have the story: Sights and Sounds from the Banquet Before the players, coaches and family sat down for dinner and watch our videos, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez and Madison Bess were in our social media zone talking with the honorees and getting the festivities started. Bryan Antoine wins 2019 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone With a podium featuring three McDonald’s All-Americans, Ranney’s Bryan Antoine won the vote among coaches and statewide media. The Villanova signee closed out his high school career as the Shore Conference’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,500 points and teamed with fellow finalist Scottie Lewis to lead the Panthers first ever Tournament of Champions title. Antoine won the vote over Lewis, the Roselle Catholic duo of Kahlil Whitney and Josh Pierre-Louis and Gill St. Bernard’s Paul Mulcahy, who’s on his way to Rutgers. 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Kevin Diviero – Don Bosco Prep, Anthony Tavares – Newark East Side, Daniele Crincoli – St. Mary’s Elizabeth, Ben Gamble – Marist, Justin Salton – Watchung Hills, Mike Clemente – Central Regional, Mike Jones – Millville, Cameron Bell – Egg Harbor, Kevin Principe – River Dell, Billy Armstrong – Bergen Catholic, Ryan McKeever – Immaculata, Matt Bloom – Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff – Roselle Catholic, Daryl Young – Trenton, Chris Raba – Nottingham, Rich Roche – Notre Dame, Randy Holmes – Lakewood, Mike Puorro – Barnegat, Mergin Sina – Gill St. Bernard’s Media: Richard Greco – NJ.Com, Adam Zagoria – NY Times, Dave’s Joint, Sherlon Christie – Asbury Park Press, Mike Kinney – NJ.Com, Phil Anastasia – Philadelphia Inquirer, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Bryan AntoineRanney193366 Scottie LewisRanney212737 Kahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic191130 Paul MulcahyGill St. Bernard's63529 Diamond Miller wins 2019 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Franklin guard Diamond Miller had a perfect season and a perfect ending to her high school career when she won JSZ’s 2019 Miss Hoop Zone. The McDonald’s All-American will represent New Jersey in the national showcase in Atlanta. Miller is signed with the University of Maryland. Future teammate Faith Masonius of Manasquan was a fellow finalist along with Saddle River Day’s Michelle Sidor (Michigan), Gloucester Catholic’s Azana Baines (Duke) and Manchester’s Leilani Correa (West Virginia). 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Mark Knapp – Gill St. Bernard’s, Kathy Matthews – Union Catholic, Dawn Karpell – Saint John Vianney, Lisa Gedaka – Gloucester Catholic, Jacquelyn Dyer – Cranford, Bob Fusik – Trenton Catholic, John Truhan – Red Bank Regional, Michael Lazur – Ocean, Scott Beston – Mainland, Tammy Nicolini – Barnegat, Joe Montano – Red Bank Catholic, David Drew – Point Pleasant Boro, Lisa Kukoda – Manasquan, Jason Lantz – Atlantic City – Pete Vincent – Hudson Catholic, Audrey Taylor – Franklin, Steve Silver – Immaculate Heart Academy Media: Gregg Lerner – Shore Sports Network, Danny LoGuidice – Asbury Park Press, Brian Deakyne – NJ.com, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Diamond MillerFranklin183161 Faith MasoniusManasquan27424 Leilani CorreaManchester16518 Michelle SidorSaddle River Day14615 Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Boys Team NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross PrepTahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokumbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HillsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian Brown Bergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir CantleyLindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr. Roselle CatholicDevin StricklandSouth Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny Toha Marist Alex GlavanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicDJ WoodburyBurlington City Micah Johnson Jr. Newark East SideTaQuan WoodleyCamden Samson Johnson Patrick SchoolMatt ZonaBergen Catholic Niels LaneRoselle Catholic Meet the 2019 JSZ All Zone Girls Team NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Dakota AdamsManchester Twp.Jenna JordanSaddle River DayKylee WatsonMainland Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.Sarah KarpellSaint John Vianney Brelynn BellamySaint John VianneyLauren LithgowSaint RoseDiamond MillerFranklin - JSZ 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Mya BembryWest OrangeOlivia MilesBlair AcademyFaith MasoniusManasquan - Miss HZ Finalist Brielle BisognoToms River NorthAnna MorrisImmaculate Heart AcademyLeilani Correa Manchester- Miss HZ Finalist Taylor BluntPenningtonCortlyn MorrisBound BrookMichelle SidorSaddle River Day - Miss HZ Finalist Sajada BonnerSaint John VianneyLola MullaneyManasquanAzana BainesGloucester Catholic - Miss HZ Finalist Emma BosletBishop AhrOlivia MullinsRutgers Prep Isla BrennanMiddletown SouthShannon MulroyLenape Syndei CaldwellSaddle River DayJaida PatrickSaddle River Day Maniya CustisTrenton CatholicJenna PaulToms River North Daniya DarbyLincolnMariah PerezNewark Tech Dominique DariusBlair AcademyKelsey RansomBishop Ahr Emma DuerrMorris CatholicKemari ReynoldsManchester Twp. LaShae DwyerPatrick SchoolKennady SchenckFranklin Brynn FarrellSaint RoseKeona ShenckFranklin Breyanna FrazierMaristKira SidesMiddle Township Brazil Harvey-CarrLeap AcademyKenna SquierPope John Rahmena HendersonSaint John VianneyTaneshia TuckerUniversity Giana Hernandez-BouldenTrenton CatholicAmanda UlrichSecaucus Leah JohnsonPenningtonCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Dezonie, Wright win JSZ Hoops Plays of the Year Thanks to everyone who voted for our JSZ Plays of the Year. Hudson Catholic’s Shane Dezonie won Dunk of the Year and Red Bank Catholic’s MJ Wright won clutch play of the year for his buzzer beater against Marlboro at the WOBM Christmas Classic. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Vote now for JSZ Basketball Plays of the Year!
With the state champions crowned, we look back on the best plays captured by JSZ cameras and ask for your vote. The winner of the Dunk of the Year and the Clutch Play of the Year will be presented a JSZ Game Ball at the 2nd annual JSZ Basketball banquet on March 20th at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge. The polls are open NOW and you can cast your vote through Thursday at 3:00 pm We have 20 nominees for Dunk of the Year. Check out all the great jams from around the state and cast your vote! Take Our Poll Our Clutch Plays category features half-court shots, buzzer beaters and some amazing individual plays on both the boys and girls side. Cast your vote now! Take Our Poll
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:
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:
Bergen Catholic takes down Bosco to reach Non-Public North A Final!
(1) Bergen Catholic 69 (4) Don Bosco 52 – Boys Non-Public North A Semifinal It’s never a dull moment when Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic meet so why would a Semifinal game be any different? The two just recently met in the Bergen County Jamboree Final and the fire between these two was very much still burning. A close first quarter that saw both teams exchange threes ended 18-18, in the second quarter BC briefly started pulling away thanks to Raejon Figures and Doug Edert to go ahead 37-26 at halftime. In the third and fourth quarter Jayson Earle would make his presence known thanks to the defense being drawn to 6’8 Junior Matt Zona and Xavier Commit Zach Freemantle. Matt Zona and Freemantle combined for 19 points and 13 rebounds, Doug Edert had 11 points, Jayson Earle finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds while Raejon Figures had 16. The Crusaders move onto the Non-Public North A Final to face St. Joe’s (Montvale) on March 6th. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
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:
Watch JSZ 2.22 Basketball County Finals Highlights
Numerous county tournaments are coming to a close this weekend and JSZ has cameras around the state as teams vie for regional supremacy. We’ll have highlights tonight from Bergen Catholic’s historic win in the Bergen County Jamboree, Jack Cavanaugh’s second-half efforts to deliver an H/W/S title for Sparta and an official four-peat from St. Joe’s (Metuchen) in the GMC finals. Enjoy! St. Joseph (Metuchen) 49 Piscataway 46 – Greater Middlesex Conference Final St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) claimed its fourth straight Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Title with an exciting 49-46 victory over Piscataway. A back and forth battle continued all the way down to the final six seconds when up by a point Tyree Ford’s put back on a missed free throw secured the victory for the Falcons. Ford’s clutch performance along with his 13 points earned him MVP honors. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Bergen Catholic 54 Don Bosco Prep 41 – Bergen County Jamboree Final Bergen Catholic’s Doug Edert was laser focused and connected for 21 points and Xavier-commit Zach Freemantle notched a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to help drive the Crusaders to its 10th-overall Bergen County Jamboree title. A bit of history came from this one, too — it was Bergen Catholic’s first win over Don Bosco Prep in the championship game, after going 0-5 all-time. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Fairleigh Dickinson’s Rothman Center: Sparta 56 Phillipsburg 53 – H/W/S Boys Championship Jack Cavanaugh overcame a scoreless first half to catch fire in the final two quarters to score 22 points as the Spartans wiped out a 12 point halftime deficit to claim its first H/W/S title. Richie Manigault scored 23 to lead all scorers in a losing effort. Dante Joefield earned tournament MVP honors and sank three critical free throws in the final seconds to preserve the victory. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Centenary University: Jersey Sports Zone brought you the H/W/S championship game thanks to the support of Phillipsburg’s Garnet Booster Club. We look forward to showing the Stateliners go for state championships in wrestling next weekend in Atlantic City!
Watch Friday 2.15 JSZ Hockey Highlights!
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:
Watch Thursday 2.14 JSZ Basketball Highlights
It’s Conference Tournament season in New Jersey and JSZ has action from around the state. We’ve got a sole remaining regular season matchup between two Bergen County foes, plus Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine get their McDonald’s All-American jerseys at Ranney. The Shore Conference Tournament features a shocker from the Red Bank Regional Lady Bucs plus a one point game between the Middletown South Lady Eagles and Toms River North. Watch all the action now! Bergen Catholic 61 Don Bosco Prep 49 The Crusaders have their revenge. After a nail biting two-point loss to Don Bosco Prep a month ago, Bergen Catholic responded with a 61-49 win over the Ironmen. BC was paced by Matt Zona (17 points) and a pair of 13-point games from Zach Freemantle and Doug Edert. Don Bosco’s Victor Konopka led his team with 17 on the night. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Ranney 94 Jackson Liberty 39 – Shore Conference Boys Tournament Second Round On an evening with plenty to celebrate, Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine bulldozed through Jackson Liberty to push Ranney through to the next round in the Shore Conference Tournament. Lewis and Antoine were presented with their McDonald’s All-American jersey pregame, and Lewis was also just named as a member to the U.S. Nike Hoop Summit team. JSZ’s Diana Cannizzaro has the highlights from Tinton Falls: (8) Middletown South 63 (9) Marlboro – Shore Conference Boys Tournament Second Round Luke Albrecht had 17 points to lead three Eagles in double digits as the #8 seed moves on to the SCT quarterfinals and a matchup with top seed Ranney on Sunday in Toms River. Mike Dabas had 13 and Bobby Pirie added 12 in the win. Watch the highlights from Middletown: Thanks to Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Middletown South (12) Red Bank Regional 65 (5) Red Bank Catholic 62 – Shore Conference Girls Tournament Second Round The #12 Red Bank Regional High School Bucs defeated the #5 Red Bank Catholic Caseys in an upset win on Thursday night during the Round 2 Shore Conference Tournament! Sophomore Caitlyn Decker scored her career-high and the game-high with 26 points. Meghan Murray scored the second highest with 20 points. The Bucs will take on #4 Manasquan on Feb. 16. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Red Bank: Sponsor! Thank you to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring our Red Bank Regional coverage! Sponsor! Thank you to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring our Red Bank Catholic coverage! Middletown South 53 Toms River North 52 – Shore Conference Girls Tournament 2nd Round Eve Pirie and Kalya Richardson joined forces to block Jenna Paul’s game winning shot attempt from 8 feet at the buzzer to give the Eagles a date with top seed Saint John Vianney in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Isla Brennan led the Eagles with 18, while Colgate bound Jenna Paul led all scorers with 23 points. This was a fantastic game that featured plenty of late game drama. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction: Thanks to two great sponsors for bringing us an SCT thriller! CJA Construction sponsors JSZ’s coverage of Toms River North and Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury is the reason we have the Middletown South Eagles covered all year long
10 great nominees are up for JSZ New Jersey Devils January Goal of the Month!
Another tremendous month of NJ high school hockey highlights has ten nominees for the JSZ/New Jersey Devils January 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 January captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Thursday 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 January will be honored during the Devils game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center on February 17th. 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 December honorees get to share a special moment with defenseman Damon Severson:
Watch Thursday 1.17 JSZ Hoops Highlights
Thursday night basketball on JSZ features three games from around New Jersey. Nery Rodriguez has the highlights of Roselle Catholic’s one point win over the Patrick School, Rich Chrampanis brings us Don Bosco Prep’s two point win at Bergen Catholic and Mike Frankel has Gloucester Catholic winning a South Jersey battle over Woodstown Roselle Catholic 62 The Patrick School 61 In one of the must see matchups of the basketball season No. 1 Roselle Catholic remained undefeated on the year with a thrilling 62-61 win over No. 7 The Patrick School. Early on it was the Celtics leading RC, but the Lions thanks to University of Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney were able to take the lead late in the third quarter and then hold off TPS in the closing seconds of the fourth. Whitney had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Clemson commit Al-Amir Dawes finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Don Bosco Prep 56 Bergen Catholic 54 Kyle Maurer had 16 points including four first-half three-pointers to lead a Don Bosco barrage of ten long-range shots as the Ironmen make it four straight wins over their archrival. Myles Ruth added 12 points including an acrobatic putback in the 4th quarter. Don Bosco improves to 8-1 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from a sold-out gym in Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs Gloucester Catholic 71 Woodstown 62 Ryan Roney and Conor Regan combined for 43 points to give Gloucester Catholic its 10th win of the season. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance
Top Hoops Performances up for JSZ Game Balls – Vote Now!
It’s time to honor great performances from New Jersey high school basketball with our JSZ Game Balls. We have polls for North, Central and South Jersey in both boys and girls categories. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We look forward to handing out 6 JSZ Game Balls every week and we’ll stop by mid-week practices or games to make a presentation. NJM South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Coaches and fans – if you have a player that is worthy of nominating contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday evening
Don Bosco Hockey Sends Statement With Shutout and Scoring Showcase
It’s arguably the best high school hockey rivalry in New Jersey and the latest game is just the next chapter in a riveting rivalry between Don Bosco Prep and Delbarton. The Ironmen (10-1) used two second-period goals from Tyler Sedlak and a third from Liam McLinksey to power a 3-0 win over the Green Wave (8-2-1). Senior net minder Max Schwarz also tallied a 24-save shutout in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from another exciting game in Randolph:
Watch Wednesday 1.2 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Welcome to 2019, New Jersey hockey fans! Jersey Sports Zone kicks off the New Year with a boatload of highlights from around New Jersey. We’ll have coverage from wins by Don Bosco Prep and Point Boro, along with a tie between two St. Joseph hockey programs and a Middletown North vs. Marlboro nightcap. Stay tuned for it all! Don Bosco Prep 4 Princeton Day 1 The current second ranked team in the state, Don Bosco picked up it’s sixth win in row with a 4-1 victory over Princeton Day School to improve to 9-1. After the Ironmen went ahead by two early on, PDS answered back to make it 2-1 to end the first period. That lead would remain the same until the final two minutes of regulation when Liam McLinskey scored his second goal of the game for the Ironmen on an open net that would eventually to an additional late score. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton Day coverage! St. Joe-Metuchen 3 St. Joe-Montvale 3 Mark Borek’s power play goal with :28 seconds left in the third period earned the Falcons a point and ended a three game losing skid. The Green Knights took a 3-1 lead in the first period capped off by Justin Hughes scoring in the final minute of the first period. JSZ has the highlights from an exciting game in Woodbridge: Point Boro 1 South Brunswick 0 Point Boro goaltender John Meyer stopped 22 shots and was instrumental in killing three South Brunswick powerplays as the Panthers captured their eighth win of the season. Meyer now has a .975 save percentage on the season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Monmouth Junction: Marlboro 4 Middletown North 2 Anthony Galante broke a 2-2 tie in the third period with a sharp angle shot from behind the goal line and Justin Solovey added an insurance goal to keep the Mustangs unbeaten at 4-0-2. JSZ has the highlights of a Shore Conference showdown at Middletown Ice World:
Watch Friday 12.21 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We are on the ice for three games around New Jersey. Watch highlights of the Don Bosco Prep/Bergen Catholic rivalry, plus a shootout in Middletown between Marlboro and Manalapan and a Mercer County battle between Notre Dame and Princeton. Don Bosco Prep 6 Bergen Catholic 3 Don Bosco Prep’s offense was relentless Friday as they ripped off 63 shots and pumped in six goals to take down rival Bergen Catholic at the Ice Vault in Wayne. Don Bosco Prep’s Liam McLinskey nabbed his first career hat trick and Tyler Sedlak had a four-point game (1 G, 3 A). JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone loves partnering with great sponsors to bring you a high level of video highlights. Coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs. Princeton 6 Notre Dame 5 Princeton recovered from back to back losses with a 6-5 win over Colonial Valley Conference rival Notre Dame Friday afternoon. The Little Tigers trailed 2-1 after the first period, but got a surge from Junior Aidan Trainor who would finish the game with a hat trick. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Notre Dame coverage! Marlboro 6 Manalapan 4 Anthony Galante scored two goals as the Mustangs scored a pair of third period goals to remain unbeaten at 3-0-2. A wild first period saw eight goals in the net and a 4-4 game. Following a scoreless second period, Pat LoRusso scored the game winner early in the third period. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Middletown Ice World:
Watch JSZ Sunday 12.16 Hoops Highlights
It’s a showcase Sunday in Elizabeth for New Jersey boys basketball. JSZ brings you highlights from three games at the Hoop Group Showcase at the Dunn Center in Elizabeth Ranney 63 Don Bosco Prep 51 Bryan Antoine scored 33 points and delivered 7 steals and Scottie Lewis had a 17 point, 10 rebound effort as the Panthers pulled away in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-0 on the season. Don Bosco Prep took the lead in the third quarter and had a two point advantage early in the 4th before Ranney got a big three-pointer from Mike Dettro and Lewis scored 11 points in the final stanza. JSZ has the highlights from the Dunn Center in Elizabeth: Bergen Catholic 77 St. Mary’s 75 Zach Freemantle (21 pts, 13 rebounds) and Matt Zona (19 pts) combined for 40 to pace Bergen Catholic to a thrilling win over St. Mary’s. Although Freemantle fouled out in the 4th quarter, the Crusaders locked down and staved off a late comeback attempt by the Hilltoppers. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Equinox Fitness, Jersey Sports Zone is able to bring you so many great highlights from Bergen Catholic all season long. Hudson Catholic 91 Pope John 69 Justin Glover dropped six three-pointers on the way to 20 points and Shane Dezonie added 19 as the Hawks cruised to a 2-0 start. Eddie Davis led all scorers with 29 points in a losing effort. JSZ has the highlights:
Somerville’s Dabney wins 2018 JSZ Zoneman, top players honored in Woodbridge
The 2018 Jersey Sports Zone banquet celebrated a stellar season on the gridiron in the Garden State. The APA Hotel in Woodbridge honored the best of the best from every part of the state and culminated with our version of the Heisman. Watch all the videos from a special night to honor the newest members of the JSZ All-Zone fraternity! Somerville QB Jalahn Dabney is your 2018 Zoneman Winner After a stellar senior year with Somerville, a majority of coaches and credentialed media from around the state selected Jalahn Dabney as the 2018 Zoneman Trophy winner. Dabney amassed 3,444 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns for the Pioneers this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the interview with Dabney along with other players selected to JSZ’s All-Zone team. Zoneman Preshow Before the Zoneman banquet action kicks off check out our pre-show interviews with JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez: NJM’s Colin Dansberry with JSZ All-Zone quarterback Jay Foley of Haddonfield High School Jersey Sports Zone’s Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to their support of South Jersey high school sports all year long! 2018 JSZ Zoneman Balloting With over 50 high school coaches around the state and more than 20 statewide media members, the ballots were cast just like the Heisman. 3 points or 1st place, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for third. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Jalahn DabneySomerville188474 Antonio AlfanoColonia86440 Nick KargmanWoodrow Wilson641036 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton74231 Rahmir JohnsonBergen Catholic62426 Steve LubischerRed Bank Catholic44626 Taquan RobersonDePaul Catholic36122 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep24519 Juwon JacksonPiscataway25218 Ronnie HickmanDePaul Catholic33217 John OlmsteadSt. Joe-Metucehn32316 Jasiah PurdieHasbrouck Heights30110 Brian UgwuHillside1218 Jermaine CorbettLong Branch2006 Zoneman Trophy Balloting Committee Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Courtney DuPont, Jay Cook, Bryan DeNovellis, Mike Frankel Statewide Media: Shawn Brown (Rivals), Kevin Minnick (NJ.com), Joe Zedalis (NJ.com), Pat Lanni (NJ.com), JJ Conrad (NJ.Com), Todderick Hunt (NJ.com), Simeon Pincus (My Central Jersey), Chris Melvin (Asbury Park Press), Mike Kinney (NJ.com), Bob Badders (Shore Sports Network), GMC Gridiron, Mark Trible (Courier-Post), McCarthy Report, Brian Carr (North Jersey.com), Ryan Patti (Rivals.com), Coaches: Paramus Catholic, Randolph, Colonia, Hillside, Bridgewater-Raritan, North Hunterdon, Bergen Catholic, Allentown, West Deptford, DePaul Catholic, Holmdel, Keansburg, Rumson-Fair Haven, Seton Hall Prep, Ramapo, Red Bank Regional, Brick Memorial, Freehold Boro, Irvington, Red Bank Catholic, Toms River North, Manalapan, Westfield, Phillipsburg, Bernards, Hillsborough, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Rutherford, Trenton, Delaware Valley, Buena, Butler, High Point, Matawan, Penns Grove, South River, Salem, AL Johnson, Willingboro, Nottingham, Haddonfield, West Orange, Piscataway, Lincoln, Notre Dame, Lenape, Sayreville, Brick Township, Pitman In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Meet The 2018 Zoneman Trophy Finalists Antonio Alfano, Colonia Defensive Lineman Alfano has been the consensus top-ranked 2019 football recruit all season long and there’s good reason why. He is one of five New Jersey players selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and is committed to play for Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Alfano dominated his competition in the Greater Middlesex Conference with 79 tackles and 10 sacks this season, along with a staggering 28 tackles for losses. JSZ’s Jay Cook gives you the inside-look at what makes Alfano such a highly-touted prospect: Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Running Back Byers was as electric as they come in the Garden State during his junior campaign. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon with the ball in his hands, rushing for 1,741 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season, all while helping power his St. Joe’s Wildcats to yet another Non-Public Group 2 championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez takes you down to Hammonton for a behind-the-scenes look at South Jersey’s most electrifying runner: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville Quarterback Dabney took over the starting quarterback job in Somerville at the end of the 2017 season and showcased his dynamic playmaking ability well throughout 2018. He compiled 3,444 yards from scrimmage this season and reached the end-zone 56 times to lead one of New Jersey’s most dangerous offenses. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont tells us what makes this dual-threat quarterback tick: Nick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Quarterback Kargman will graduate from Woodrow Wilson with plenty of state records compiled during his senior season. The decorated South Jersey passer broke the state record single season passing mark with 3,963 yards and his 41 passing scores rank atop the state lists, as well. But what’s even more impressive is Kargman’s character off the field, as it’s made him an important part of the Woodrow Wilson community. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez tells us what makes Kargman so special: Rahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Running Back Johnson became the first Bergen Catholic rusher to break the 1,000-yard mark since 2008, a true testament to the level of competition that the Crusaders face on a week-to-week basis. After teammate Josh McKenzie went down with a torn ACL, Johnson assumed the full-time starting role and showcased his elite speed and craftiness all season long. He closed 2018 with 1,334 yards and 11 rushing scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story about this humble teammate and Nebraska commit: Steve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Quarterback Intelligence and athleticism is the blend of characteristics that has made Lubischer one of New Jersey’s most talented signal callers. At Red Bank Catholic, Lubischer blossomed into a premier dual-threat passer who had the ability to break the game on any down. JSZ’s chief operating officer Rich Chrampanis followed Lubischer’s trajectory all season long and tells us why this Boston College commit is so special: Other Top Vote-Getters Only the top-six vote-getters are on our Zoneman podium, but there were other plenty of players around the Garden State who had great seasons and garnered votes from coaches and media around the state. Those players were: 7th Place: Taquan Roberson, DePaul Catholic quarterback: Roberson, a Penn State commit, closed out his senior season in masterful fashion for the Spartans. He threw 29 touchdowns for 2,432 yards and will go down as one of the most decorated quarterbacks to play in New Jersey. 8th Place: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep running back: Berger led one of New Jersey’s most talented backfields at Don Bosco Prep by displaying elite patience and explosiveness. Only a junior, he holds offers from top-tier Power 5 college football programs and has plenty more in the tank for his senior year. 9th Place: Juwon Jackson, Piscataway running back: Jackson was a main reason why Piscataway reached a 13-0 record and won both a sectional title and a newly-minted “Bowl Game” at MetLife Stadium. He rushed for 1,898 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season. 10th Place: Ronnie Hickman, DePaul Catholic wide receiver/defensive back: Hickman was arguably the most dangerous two-way player in New Jersey. Committed to Ohio State, Hickman was one of five New Jersey football players selected to the 2019 All-American Bowl. His senior season was unfortunately cut short due to a torn ACL late in the year. Josh Henderson wins JSZ 2018 Prep Player of the Year Hun running back and University of North Carolina commit Josh Henderson was named JSZ’s 2018 Prep Player of the Year. Henderson accepted his award during JSZ’s 2nd annual All-Zone football banquet in Woodbridge. Watch Courtney DuPont’s story on the future Tar Heel: Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep Player of the Year was presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Team We will be posting our highlight videos of every player honored throughout the next day – check back to click on the links below and see our highlights from our 2018 JSZ All-Zoners! QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Micahel Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJean Alvarez, Union CityAyir Asante, St. Peter's PrepKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicKevin Cerruti, Long BranchJalahn Dabney, Somerville JC Collins, WillamstownJalen Berger, Don Bosco PrepMax Baker, RamapoJason Collier, West DeptfordBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicAntonio Alfano, Colonia Jay Foley, HaddonfieldAidan Borguet, DelseaGarrett Cody, Bergen CatholicDylan Deveney, HunJermaine Donaldson, EasternNick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Danny Grozozski, Burlington TownshipJermaine Corbett, Long BranchJohn Guaimano, Cedar GroveTyler Devera, Bergen CatholicCJ Hanson, Saint John VianneyJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Maasai Maynor, St. Peter's PrepGBJ George, LindenJaaron Hayek, Wayne HillsChristian Mahogoney, Paramus CatholicRahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Rob McCoy, Mater Dei PrepJoe Green, PhillipsburgConnor Holmes, SayrevilleSean Morris, St. Joe-HammontonSteve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Taquan Roberson, DePaul CatholicMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepMarlyn Johnson, PeddieJohn Olmstead, St. Joe-Metuchen Tom Sharkey, Wayne HillsJuwon Jackson, PiscatawayStanley King, Woodrow Wilson Bence Polgar, Wayne Hills Jack Stagaard, PhillipsburgMax Jackson, SummitJayvin Little, Timber CreekBlerim Rustemi, DePaul Catholic AJ Wingfield, RamapoJacob Mafaro, Kittatinny
Watch JSZ Saturday 11.17 State Sectional Finals Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you highlights from football state sectional finals across the Garden State and both semifinals from the Non-Public Group 4 bracket. We’ve got highlights from Bergen Catholic-Don Bosco, St. Peter’s Prep-St. Joe’s (Montvale), Woodrow Wilson-Burlington Township and more! Watch our preview then scroll below to watch seven games of high school football playoff action in New Jersey: Bergen Catholic 35 Don Bosco Prep 17 | Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Anthony Corbin’s 78-yard TD run on a fake punt sparked 21 unanswered points and give the Crusaders a second win in 2018 over their archrival and a spot in the state championship game at MetLife Stadium against St. Joe-Montvale. Rahmir Johnson had 17 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The future Nebraska Cornhusker ripped off runs of 44 and 62 yards as part of Bergen Catholic’s explosive third quarter. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from another great chapter in this rivalry: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Equinox Fitness Clubs. St. Joe’s Montvale 24 St. Peter’s Prep 14 | Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Sophomore tailback Audric Estime carried the rock for a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Knights punched their ticket to MetLife Stadium for the Non-Public Group 4 Finals. The St. Joe’s defense was bulletproof in the second half, forcing a pair of turnovers and shutting down the Marauder offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Sayreville 6 North Brunswick 0 | Central Jersey Group 5 Championship It’s never a dull moment when Greater Middlesex Conference rivals Sayreville and North Brunswick square off. In a game that featured a one yard touchdown from quarterback Mark Whitford as they only score the Bombers were able to rely on defense to win the Central Group 5 Title 6-0. It is Sayreville’s fifth Sectional Championship since 2010. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Piscataway 28 Union City 7 | North 2 Group 5 Championship Nasir Best had two second-half TD runs and the Chiefs defense shut out Union City for 47:40 to earn the 10th sectional title in school history. Piscataway’s defense and special teams play was the difference. JSZ has highlights of the Chiefs championship win: Woodrow Wilson 22 Burlington 14 | South Jersey Group 3 Championship Staying on par with his record-breaking season, Woodrow Wilson quarterback Nick Kargman played up to the challenge by tossing three touchdowns to three different receivers as the Tigers won their first state sectional championship in 17 years. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has highlights and post-game reaction with Woodrow Wilson: Hillside 36 Manasquan 10 – Central Jersey Group 2 Championship The Comets broke open a 14-10 game with three fourth quarter touchdowns to make it back-to-back sectional championships. Shadon Willis had a 23 yard TD catch and a 44-yard pick six in the win. Hillside is now 11-0 and will face Haddonfield in the Central-South Group 2 bowl game at MetLife Stadium. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Hillside: Penns Grove 14 Salem 7 | South Jersey Group 1 Championship Tyreke Brown’s touchdown catch just seconds before the first half closed proved to be the last score in the South Jersey Group 1 title game and it helped secure the second-ever state sectional championship for the Penns Grove Red Devils. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and an passionate interview after this hard-fought win:
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Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 10.19
Week Seven of NJ high school football brings us an instant classic between Red Bank Catholic and Rumson-Fair Haven, Don Bosco Prep breaking through with a win at DePaul, plus the Piscataway/Sayreville showdown. We bring you 10 games of action from all over the state under the Friday Night LIghts! Watch our teaser video that recaps our coverage and scroll below to watch our highlights and post-game reaction: Red Bank Catholic 14 Rumson-Fair Haven 13 Jaden Key blocked an extra point with 2:50 to go in the 4th quarter that proved to be the deciding factor in an epic matchup between two of the best in the Shore Conference. RBC had a 14-0 lead in the first half on two Steve Lubischer TD passes, but RFH rallied with two Alex Maldjian TD runs late in the fourth. The final three minutes featured so many twists and turns that ultimately led to Collin Coles missing a 42-yard field goal for the win as time expired. This is a must-see game and JSZ has all the big moments from Rumson: Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring JSZ”s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven and Playa Bowls in Red Bank is the reason we can bring you great RBC coverage all season long! Don Bosco Prep 59 DePaul Catholic 28 Junior running backs Kyle Monangai and Jalen Berger combined for 483 rushing yards and eight touchdowns en route to a dominant win against North Jersey foe DePaul Catholic. Monangai carried for 287 and five scores while Berger finished with 196 yards and three trips to the endzone. It’s the first win for second-year head coach Mike Teel against a “Big 6” North Jersey football program. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights form Don Bosco Prep’s statement victory in Wayne: Piscataway 27 Sayreville 6 The battle of two undefeated Greater Middlesex Conference teams did not disappoint. Piscataway was yet again paced by star tailback Juwon Jackson, who ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs also had a pair of pick-six’s in this game to help secure the win. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has the highlights from this GMC clash: Phillipsburg 21 Ridge 7 | 2x Mid-State-Delaware Division Champs In Phillipsburg’s final regular season game, the Stateliners handed the Ridge Red Devils their first loss of the season. Junior running back, Bobby Coury, made his big debut in the first half scoring twice for the Liners and leading his team to a 21-7 victory. Our MMJ Courtney DuPont has the full highlights for you! Check them out now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thank you Garnet Booster Club for your continued support! Cinnaminson 28 Ewing 13 In this WJFL Patriot Division matchup Cinnaminson closed out their regular season schedule with a dominating defensive performance against Ewing. The Pirates forced 10 turnovers and allowed just 29 rushing yards. On offense they were led by star running back Rashad Raymond who rushed for 120 yards and had three touchdowns in the first half. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Ewing coverage! Coverage of Cinnaminson brought to you by NJM Insurance Group! Red Bank Regional 19 Monmouth Regional 0 Makai Mickens ran for 184 yards and a TD to reach the 1,000 yard plateau as the Bucs improve to 6-1 with a shutout win against the Falcons. JSZ has the highlights from one of the most improved football team’s in New Jersey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monmouth Regional is made possible by Monmouth Building Center and Ryser’s Landscape Supply is the reason we have brought you so many great moments from Red Bank Regional’s breakthrough 2018 season! Saint John Vianney 9 Middletown South 0 Kavon Chambers broke a scoreless tie in the 4th quarter with a 75-yard TD run and Paul Liseno added a safety to give the Lancers a big road win at Middletown South snapping the Eagles five game win streak. JSZ has the highlights from the Swamp and post-game reaction from Madison Bess: Jersey Sports Zone can bring you the Middletown South/SJV battle thanks to great sponsors. Thanks to BCB-Bayshore (SJV) and Monmouth Building Center (Middletown South) for supporting your hometown teams! Toms River North 48 Toms River East 7 Jake Kazanowsky threw five touchdowns to top 1000 yards passing in 2018 as the Mariners rolled to a crosstown win to improve to 5-2 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from Ocean County: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Toms River North is made possible by CJA Construction Delsea 38 Cedar Creek 16 Delsea senior running back and Harvard commit Aidan Borguet again played out of his mind, rushing for 226 yards and four touchdowns in a controlling victory over Cedar Creek in the WJFL. Delsea has now strung together three straight wins and is undefeated so far through October. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has everything you need: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone wants to thank NJM Insurance for being a loyal sponsor and supporting our coverage of so many South Jersey schools. West Deptford 28 Deptford 21 West Deptford continued on their path of solid play in the WJFL with a crosstown win over Deptford. Senior tailback Ken Lim had the highlight of the evening with a wild leap into the endzone that put West Deptford up big at halftime. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Watch JSZ Friday Football Highlights from 10.12
Week Six of high school football gives us another full plate of highlights courtesy of Jersey Sports Zone. We’ll got highlights of 11 games including a Top 20 showdown between Ramapo and Wayne Hills, St. Joe-Montvale has a road test at Don Bosco and a brother-to-brother game winner you don’t want to miss. Watch the teaser of our coverage and then scroll down below to watch all the action! No. 4 St. Joseph (Mont.) 31 No. 9 Don Bosco 10 Last year when St. Joseph (Montvale) and Don Bosco met it was Joe’s pulling off an exciting fourth quarter comeback to take down the infamous Ironmen 16-15. Friday’s matchup was more of a one sided battle early on. The Green Knights were able to get ahead in the first two quarters with their ground and pound offense for a 2 score lead at the half. In the second act after letting up a touchdown to make it a one score game sophomore running back Audric Estime answered back with a 61 yard touchdown to shift the momentum back to St. Joe’s. Quarterback Michael Alaimo finished 8-14, for 99 passing yards and two touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Ramapo 38 Wayne Hills 22 Senior quarterback AJ Wingfield led Ramapo with 257 yards passing and three first half touchdown passes as the Raiders trounced Wayne Hills in a showdown between two of the top public schools across the Garden State. Luke Ragone powered Ramapo’s rushing attack in the second half with 105 of his 128 yards rushing in the third and fourth quarters. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand in Wayne for the 52nd meeting in this North Jersey rivalry: Hammonton 20 Winslow 14 Kyle Vandever connected with his younger brother, Kevin Vandever, for a wide-open, 69-yard game-winning touchdown as time expired in a thrilling last minute win for the Hammonton Blue Devils over Winslow. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the call on one of the most exciting plays this season: Phillipsburg 42 Westfield 14 Two programs with a lot of football history faced off in Phillipsburg this evening, where QB Jack Stagaard and WR Sterling Walker-Sutton put on a show. Stagaard completed 10 of 13 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while Walker-Sutton scored three touchdowns, including a 92 yard kick return. Check out full highlights of this one now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thank you for your continued support of Liner athletics! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Thank you Mr. Bramnick for sponsoring our coverage of Blue Devil athletics! St. Joseph (Met.) 21 South Brunswick 0 The Falcons used their punishing ground game and beefy offensive line to overpower defending state champs South Brunswick at home Friday. The shutout marked the first time since 2009 that South Brunswick hadn’t scored in a game. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has the highlights from a convincing win for St. Joseph’s (Met.): Freehold Township 13 Freehold Boro 10 Nick Reardon’s 1-yard TD pass to Kyle Von Tessen in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Patriots used four 4th quarter turnovers to win the Duke Trophy. JSZ has highlights of a great crosstown battle from the Shore Conference: Thankst to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall for sponsoring JSZ’s Freehold Boro coverage and allowing us to bring you the Duke Trophy showdown! Red Bank Regional 35 Raritan 14 The Bucs scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to score a huge road win and reach 5-1 on the season. Nigel Mitchell and Makai Mickens combined for 242 yards rushing and three scores and Mickens added two interceptions on defense. Senior defensive tackle Kashaun Turner made three huge plays in the fourth quarter resulting in two sacks, a fumble recovery and a caused fumble that allowed Gavin Mahoney to score a 51 yard TD to close out the scoring. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Hazlet: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply (Red Bank Regional) and BCB-Bayshore (Raritan) for supporting their hometown teams. Sponsors are how we can bring you great high school coverage all year long Long Branch 26 Wall 0 Jermaine Corbett ran back the opening kickoff 87 yards for a score and added a two yard TD run and Marc Dennis threw TD passes to give Long Branch a bounce back win from last week’s loss to RBC. The Green Wave defense recorded its third shutout of 2018 with Devyn Blount delivering two interceptions in the first half. JSZ has the highlights of Long Branch getting to 5-1 on the season: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Long Branch Green Wave is made possible by Rosario Realty Burlington Township 41 Allentown 7 Dan Grozozski threw for 303 yards and 5 TD passes as the Falcons broke open a 14-7 half time lead with 27 second half points to improve to 6-0. Isaiah Pae led the receiving corps with 6 catches for 131 yards and 2 TD catches. JSZ has highlights of Burlington Township improving to 6-0 with an impressive road win: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Allentown Redbirds is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Notre Dame 39 Hopewell Valley 16 The Irish got 250 yards of offense and four total touchdown from the twin brothers Cortaz and Cole Williams to pick up their fifth straight win. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess in Lawrenceville: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of both Hopewell Valley and Notre Dame Buena 42 Clayton 6 The Buena Chiefs yet again played their suffocating style of football as they are now 6-0 on the year after another lopsided WJFL win. The Chiefs have outscored their opponents 234-33 so far throughout their dominant 2018 campaign. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 10.5
What a week! Friday night lights action from Week Five did not disappoint. Throughout the night, Jersey Sports Zone will be posting highlights from 10 games across the Garden State. Those include an overtime thriller between St. Peter’s Prep and Don Bosco Prep, Red Bank Catholic’s huge Shore Conference win, a last-second bonanza in Sayreville and a bevy of other games from all parts of the state. Watch our teaser video then scroll down to watch all 10 games of action: St. Peter’s Prep 26 Don Bosco Prep 23 (OT) St. Peter’s Prep quarterback Maasai Maynor led the Marauders with a four-touchdown performance including a five-yard touchdown run in overtime to capture a 26-23 win over Don Bosco Prep. Maynor tallied 325 yards in the offensive outburst for St. Peter’s Prep. The win comes six days after the Marauders mustered 13 points against a stout DePaul Catholic defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Ramsey for this North Jersey instant classic: Sayreville 13 Edison 12 There was only 0.5 seconds left on the clock, but that was enough time for Mark Whitford to find Jacari Carter in the corner of the end zone from 18 yards out to give Sayreville a dramatic win on the road. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis was there to capture all the excitement from one of the best finshes from the 2018 season: Red Bank Catholic 41 Long Branch 14 The Caseys took over a 14-14 game with six minutes to go in the third with 27 unanswered points to get to 6-0 on the season. Steve Lubischer had a 49 yard TD run and two TD passes, both caught by MJ Wright. Billy Guidetti had three scores on the ground. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from the big Shore Conference showdown: This great game was made possible thanks to Playa Bowls of Red Bank (RBC sponsor) and Rosario Realty (Long Branch sponsor) Haddonfield 27 West Deptford 21 Haddonfield quarterback Jay Foley accounted for three touchdowns in a 27-21 win against West Deptford in a rematch of last year’s South Jersey Group II Sectional title game. The Bulldawgs now move onto an impressive 6-0 start on the 2018 and have become one of South Jersey’s top talents. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has all the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone is proud to partner with NJM Insurance to sponsor South Jersey athletics all year long! Middletown South 14 Toms River North 13 Trevor Brey’s 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter with a Chris Kaldrovics extra point gave the Eagles a fifth straight win and a one-point victory at Toms River North. The Eagles executed a number of key third down conversions which was the key to clinching the Shore Conference’s American Division. JSZ has the highlights of a much-anticipated matchup in Ocean County: Thanks to Monmouth Building Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Middletown South Eagles. Toms River North action on JSZ is made possible courtesy of CJA Construction Notre Dame 28 Hightstown 7 After dropping their season opener against Allentown, Notre Dame has bounced back with four straight victories. In their latest matchup with Hightstown the Irish got ahead early thanks to a pair of touchdowns from running back Cortaz Williams to lead 21-7 at halftime. In the second half both teams would lead back to back defensive stands, but Notre Dame quarterback Robbie Buecker would put one last score on the board to get his team the W. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Hightstown coverage. We look forward to bringing you more Irish and Rams athletics all year long! Phillipsburg 56 Hillsborough 6 Phillipsburg football is famous for producing outstanding running backs, thanks to players like Joe Green. However, tonight the Liners showed off a second offensive threat. Senior QB, Jack Stagaard lead Pburg to a win over Hillsborough, after throwing for over 250 yards and 3 touchdowns. If you learn one thing this from this game, it should be that Phillipsburg has a plethora of offensive talent. Our MMJ Courtney DuPont has the highlights for you! Check them out now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you Princeton Ortho for the continued support of Raider Athletics! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this great sponsor JSZ will bring you exciting Liner highlights all season long! Holmdel 21 Donovan Catholic 11 Cameron LaMountain had two TD runs to hand Donovan Catholic its first loss of the season. The Hornets improve to 4-1 and stand alone atop the Shore Conference’s National Division. Watch JSZ’s highlights of Holmdel’s big win in Toms River: BCB-Bayshore, Your Community Bank, is the reason we can bring you great highlights from the Holmdel Hornets all year long Red Bank Regional 35 Toms River East 7 The Bucs got two TD’s from Nigel Mitchell and continue to turn heads in the Shore Conference with a 4-1 record. RBR raced out to a 21-0 lead at the end of one and led 35-0 after a Makai Mickens 40 yard TD run in the third quarter. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess in Little Silver: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for allowing us to be on hand for so many special moments from the 2018 football season! Kingsway 21 Hammonton 14 The Kingsway Dragons used a potent ground game to edge out a one-score victory over the Hammonton Blue Devils on Friday night. Running back AJ Butler notched 77 yards and a pair of scores to push Kingsway to 4-2 on the season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the great highlights:
Watch Saturday 9.22 JSZ Football Highlights
New Jersey high school football action from Week Three is highlighted by one of the best rivalries in America and a South Jersey quarterback who broke the state passing record. Make sure to scroll down and watch highlights from every game Jersey Sports Zone was at around the state this weekend. Be sure to check in Sunday for the Week Three Top Plays! Bergen Catholic 14 Don Bosco Prep 13 Saturday’s game marked the 70th all-time meeting between these two Bergen County foes and one of America’s best high school rivalries surely lived up to the hype. Bergen Catholic stymied a Don Bosco Prep drive late in the fourth quarter thanks to a game-clinching, one-handed interception by Pierson Tobia. Tight end Tyler Devera also caught a trick play touchdown before the half to give the Crusaders a lead that would never be caught. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Oradell for this exciting chapter of the top New Jersey rivalry: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Equinox Fitness’ sponsorship of Bergen Catholic, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be at this nail-biting game. JSZ will be on hand at many more Crusaders games throughout the 2018-2019 season because of Equinox Fitness. Woodrow Wilson 59 Cedar Creek 37 Woodrow Wilson quarterback Nick Kargman passed for a state-record 539 passing yards in a shootout win against Cedar Creek. The two teams combined for 96 points in one of the highest scoring games so far this season. Believe it or not, but Kargman has only one college football offer — Rutgers. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has highlights from the record-breaking day: Westfield 33 Old Bridge 17 Hank Shapiro was a perfect 14 of 14 for 200 yards and 2 TD’s as Westfield rallied from a 17-14 halftime deficit to beat Old Bridge in its home opener. Tim Alliegro ran for 181 yards and two scores and Jacob Saltzer had back to back TD catches in the third quarter to give Westfield the lead for good. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess: Thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Westfield High all year long Summit 22 North Hunterdon 9 Summit remains undefeated after a 22-9 victory over the defending Group 4 Sectional Champions. The Hilltoppers defense played a key roll on the victory. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Summit is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs. Thank you Equinox! Trenton 30 Nottingham 0 Fans in Mercer County had Nottingham vs. Trenton circled on the schedule. However, no one expected to see a lopsided victory. The Trenton offense in a complete team effort was able to move the ball early to take a commanding lead at half time thanks to quarterback Mahsiah McRae. Then it was the Tornado Defense’s turn to take over in the second half to make sure they secured the victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Nottingham and Trenton coverage on JSZ. We look forward to bringing you more North Star and Tornado athletics all year long! Holmdel 35 Keansburg 0 Jeff DeCicco threw two touchdown passes and Dan Tempone delivered a memorable 43 yard punt block and return for a score as the Hornets improve to 2-1 on the season. JSZ has some great highlights of the Hornets Saturday afternoon win: Thanks to BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank for giving us the ability to showcase Holmdel athletics all year long! Toms River North 42 Central Regional 6 The Mariners erupted with 35 second quarter points as Jake Kazanowsky threw four of his five TD passes in the second. Watch highlights of the Mariners reaching the 3-0 mark on Saturday afternoon in Ocean County: Thanks to CJA Construction for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Toms River North Mariners Manasquan 34 Raritan 13 Canyon Birch is one of the nation’s top high school lacrosse players and he’s got skills on the gridiron as well. Birch ran for 112 yards and two TD’s on the ground to go along with a kickoff return for a score as Manasquan reaches the 3-0 mark. JSZ has the highlights of Saturday afternoon Shore Conference action: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Raritan is possible thanks to the support of BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank Paulsboro 49 Lindenwold 9 Red Raiders quarterback Nick Pellegrini threw three touchdown passes in a West Jersey Football League rout over Lindenwold. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a blowout win for Paulsboro: Missed our Friday Highlights? Watch 11 games of action from around the state – CLICK HERE!
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A hurdle TD, two clutch field goals and a mind-boggling botched punt that turns into a 65 yard TD are just a few of the nominees for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Cast your vote now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm and we have a special presentation for the winner. Watch every nominee below in what has to be one of the best batch of highlights we’ve ever had here at Jersey Sports Zone! Take Our Poll Missed our Week 0 coverage? Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 0 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Friday Week 0 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Thursday Week 0 Highlights
Watch Friday 8.31 JSZ Football Highlights
Once again, the JSZ team has cameras around the state bringing you highlights of Week 0 of New Jersey high school football. Click HERE To watch our Thursday Week 0 coverage featuring eight games Here’s a preview of all the games that are posted below to get you ready for a great Friday night of high school football from all around New Jersey: Don Bosco Prep 22 Byrnes (SC) 17 Don Bosco Prep came out hot Friday night and made a statement. The Ironmen capitalized on a 19-point fourth quarter rally to topple the Byrnes (SC) Rebels, who took down Don Bosco Prep last year. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand in Ramsey for this 48-minute battle: Red Bank Catholic 41 Saint John Vianney 14 Steve Lubischer had two TD runs and a TD pass to account for over 200 yards of offense as the Caseys ended the 38 game Shore Conference winning streak of SJV. Lubischer’s TD’s all came in the first half as the Caseys took a 20-0 lead into the halftime locker room. From there, coach Frank Edgerly’s team turned to its ground game as they produced three second-half TD runs by three different players. Kavon Chambers ran for 152 yards in a losing effort. Watch JSZ’s coverage of the big Shore Conference showdown in Holmdel: Our sponsors are the reason we can bring you great coverage of high school sports in New Jersey. Thanks to BCB Bayshore (SJV) and Playa Bowls (RBC) for their support of Jersey Sports Zone and backing their hometown teams! Elizabeth 35 Bridgewater-Raritan 28 | LeShane Taylor 2 Passing TD’s, 179 yds, 2 Rushing TD’s, 137 yds After falling the North 2 Group 5 State Final to Westfield for the third year in a row Bridgewater-Raritan was looking to kick off the season with a W, except Elizabeth had other plans. When these two last met the Panthers won in a 35-0 shut out. This time around it was Elizabeth getting the upper hand coming out on top 35-28 thanks to a fantastic 4 touchdown performance from LeShane Taylor. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage on JSZ. We look forward to bringing you Panther athletics all year long! Thanks to Total Rehab & Sports Medicine for their support of Bridgewater-Raritan and allowing us to capture great moments throughout the 2018-19 season. Somerville 35 Delbarton 7 | Jalan Dabney 4 Passing TDs, 1 Rushing TD, 339 Yds The Somerville Pioneers took a trip to the North Super Conference to face Delbarton in their season opener. Jalan Dabney and the Pioneers outplayed the big north school is every way. Dabney had 339 total yards and took part in 5 touchdowns, while Kyree Hiton score off of what could be the play of the year. Check out the full highlights now: Phillipsburg 35 Warren Hills 7 | Jack Staggard 205 Passing Yds, 2 TDs Warren Hills and Phillipsburg may only be a 15 minute drive from one another, but the two football programs had not played since 2009. As expected though, P-Burg’s Smash Mouth Football style allowed them to plow through Warren Hills’ defensive line. Joe Green had two rushing touchdowns, while Jack Staggard showed off his passing abilities with 205 total passing yards. Check out highlights now: Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club for supporting Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg State College (PA) 19 Saint Augustine Prep 7 Cohen Russell had two first-half touchdowns as State College came to South Jersey to score a win at Saint Augustine Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Williamstown 24 Vineland 7 UMass commit JC Collins had two TD runs and a TD pass as Williamstown overcame an early 7-0 deficit to open the season with an impressive road win. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from South Jersey: Lacey 14 Ocean 12 The Lions score two third-quarter touchdowns and sophomore Chase Granit ran for 130 yards to help Lacey score a Week 0 road win. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction:
Don Bosco 2018 JSZ Football Preview
Following a 2-8 season second year Coach Mike Teel is looking to get Don Bosco Prep back to the playoffs. Despite having one of the best offensive weapons in running back Jalen Berger, one of New Jersey’s most well known and beloved programs struggled in their first year without legendary coach Greg Toal. Now heading into just his Junior season the four-star recruit with the help of two dual-threat quarterbacks will look to return the Ironmen to glory: 2018 Schedule: Friday, August 31 – BYRNES (SC) Saturday, September 8 – GONZAGA (DC) Friday, September 14 – @ West Orange Saturday, September 22 – @ Bergen Catholic Friday, September 28 – POPE JOHN Friday, October 5 – St. PETER’S PREP Friday, October 12 – ST. JOE’S (MONTVALE) Friday, October 19 – @DePaul Saturday, October 26 – @ Paramus Catholic
Countdown to Kickoff: Breaking down Don Bosco RB Jalen Berger
As we gear up for the 2018 football season, JSZ is breaking down our film all during the summer to get ready for our team previews which begin on Monday, August 6th. Don Bosco Prep running back Jalen Berger is one of the top rising juniors in the nation and is very much on the major college football recruiting radar. Here’s a look at some of Jalen’s work during his sophomore season that saw him run for 940 yards for the Ironmen: Link: USA Today names Jalen Berger one of the top running backs in the class of 2020 Jalen Berger has 24 offers from elite college football programs: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Boston College, UConn, Duke, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Lax Games of 2018
Top 10 Boys Lacrosse Games The 2018 high school boys LAX season saw sensational offensive performances, incredible saves, and clutch scores. Jersey Sports Zone captured hundreds of great moments and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school boys LAX: #10. Manasquan 11 CBA 3 – PART 2 | SCT Boys LAX Final Canyon Birch scored his 100th goal of 2018 as part of a five-point game as the Warriors avenged a 6-4 regular season loss to top the #1 seed and earn a second straight Shore Conference championship. Ryan Anderson scored four goals and Mike LaPoint had 12 saves to lead Manasquan who handed CBA their first loss of the season. JSZ has your flashback to Monmouth University: #9. Don Bosco 9 Ridgewood 4 Justin Kim scored four goals and twin brother Andrew added a pair of scores as the Ironmen braved the elements to top Ridgewood. Matt Solleder added two goals for Don Bosco, who improved to 2-0 on the season after this exciting win. Lets look back on this Ironmen victory now: #8. Delbarton 15 Seton Hall Prep 10 | Non-Public A State Final Matt Campbell was a man on a mission, the senior midfielder scored 5 first half goals sparking Delabrton to a 15-10 win over Seton Hall Prep. The win marked The Green Wave’s 3rd straight Non-Public A Title and added to a historic year in sports at Delbarton School, winning State Championships in Soccer, Hockey and now on the Lacrosse field. #7. CBA 6 Manasquan 4 Christian Brothers Academy came into this game with Manasquan ranked No. 2 in the Shore Conference despite bolstering a 9-0 record and a win over Don Bosco Prep. Rankings didn’t matter to the Colts, but shutting down a prolific Manasquan offense did. The CBA defense led by senior goalie Chris Downey (11 Saves, 4 in the 4th Qtr) held the Warriors to just 4 goals on the day, as the Colts came away with the 6-4 win at Monmouth University. Connor Macrae, Robbie Hermansen and Kevin Junquet sparked a 3-Goal run in the 2nd quarter to give CBA a 4-3 lead at the half. James Pendergist recorded a hat trick for Manasquan in the loss. #6. Delbarton 9 Mountain Lakes 5 | Morris County Final The Delbarton School came into the Morris County Final boasting 5 consecutive County Championships to go along with a current No. 1 ranking in The NJ Top 20. Despite that, the Green Wave was still able to find motivation in an underdog mentality. Seeded No. 2 behind Mountain Lakes in the tournament, Delbarton was out to prove they were once again the very best in Morris County. Michael Long scored a hat trick, and Yale bound goalie Miles Leniw had an incredible 14 saves, as The Green Wave made it a six-beat, taking down Mountain Lakes 9-5 to capture the Morris County Crown. Lets sit back and enjoy this one, one more time: #5 Delbarton 11 Westfield 9 Matt Campbell broke a 9-9 tie and the Green Wave added an insurance goal late in the 4th quarter to win in a NJ high school lacrosse opener featuring two of the top 3 ranked teams in New Jersey. Thomas Maccowatt scored four goals and three assists for Delbarton, who are the defending Tournament of Champions winners. Westfield rallied from an 8-4 deficit with a pair of goals to close out the the first half followed by three straight goals to tie the game at nine at the end of three quarters. Devon McClane had 4 goals and 3 assists in a losing effort. #4. Delbarton 10 Summit 6 After suffering a stunning loss to Chatham and seeing their No. 1 ranking disappear, Delbarton School was primed for redemption in this matchup. The Green Wave got their chance facing off with the new No. 1 team in NJ, undefeated Summit High School. Delbarton pounced on the opportunity, coming away with a 10-6 win on the road over the Hilltoppers. Senior midfielder Matt Campbell poured in 4 goals and an assist while Yale bound goalie Miles Leniw stopped 7 shots in net against a Summit offense that averages over 10 goals a game. #3. CBA 8 Don Bosco 7 A matchup that featured two of New Jersey’s top 20 teams, and two undefedeated squads, lived up to the hype and then some. Don Bosco Prep took full control in the 3rd quarter on a Reese Gerlach goal that put the Ironmen up 7-3, but CBA retaliated by scoring 5 unanswered goals, including the game winner by freshman Kyle Aldridge with just 2:26 to play. Colts get a incredible comeback win in what was an early candidate for game of the year. #2. Delbarton 16 Seton Hall 9 Despite being the two-time defending TOC Champions, and the No. 1 ranked program in New Jersey, The Delbarton School continued to find ways to impress Lacrosse fans across the state. Seton Hall Prep entered this match vs the undefeated and ranked No. 2, Delbarton. The Green Wave improved to 5-0 with a dominant 16-9 win, while handing the Pirates their first loss of the season. Senior attackman Tommy MacCowatt scored 4 goals and added 2 assists for Delbarton, while Griffin Westlin scored a hat trick for Seton Hall Prep. A second look now available: #1. Delbarton 13 St. Anthony 10 Senior Matt Campbell tallied a hat trick and goalie Miles Leniw stopped 14 shots as Delbarton came away with a statement 13-10 win over St. Anthony’s of Long Island NY. The Green Wave (USA Today’s No. 8 Ranked Team) improved 2-0 after this game. Lets take a look back now:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Baseball Games of 2018
The 2018 high school baseball season saw sensational performances on the mound, incredible web gems, and clutch hits. Jersey Sports Zone captured hundreds of great moments and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school baseball: #10: Toms River South 6 Brick Township 5 Legendary Coach Ken Frank and The Toms River South Indians found themselves in a rare position on Monday afternoon, winless through the first 3 games of 2018. Tied at 5 with Brick Township in the bottom of the 7th, South got a clutch double down the line in left by Jordan Erbe, followed up by an infield single off the bat of Shane Gibson to give the Indians a 6-5 walk-off win. Monmouth University commit TJ Scuderi continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2 for 3 in the win, while John Coppola hit a double & triple in the loss for the Dragons. Watch the Highlights from Toms River on JSZ! #9: St. Joe’s-Metuchen 4 Don Bosco Prep 1 St. Joseph Metuchen gave a new meaning to playing “lights out” baseball. Falcons had a 1-0 lead after 3 innings when the lights went out at Don Bosco Prep due to an electrical problem, a 20 minute delay followed before play would resume. The lights may have came back on, but the St. Joes defense kept Don Bosco in the dark. The Falcons, led by pitchers Nicolas Estes (Win) and Jake Hellwig (Save), shut down the Ironmen offense and got a 4-1 win on the road. Watch the Highlights from Ramsey on JSZ. #8: CBA 6 Wall 5 – Strike Out Autism at Central Regional High School Thomas Rodgers delivered a bases-loaded single in the 7th inning to give the Colts a walk-off win and a historic 800th career win for long-time CBA coach Marty Kenney. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights and post-game reaction from Bayville: #7: Middletown South 7 Middletown North 0 Sophomore Chris O’Connor had three hits, 2 RBI’s and a critical defensive play at third base in his varsity debut to lead Middletown South to a 7-0 win over their crosstown rival on opening day. Joe Sprake and Robby Zega combined on the shutout. Sprake threw four scoreless frames with 8 K’s and Zega got out of a jam in the 5th inning that allowed the Eagles to bust the game open. Middletown North starter Tyler Ras struck out 12 in five innings in front of multiple MLB scouts who watched his first start of 2018. O’Connor made a diving play at third base to get South out of a bases-loaded jam and doubled off of Ras to set up the game’s first run. JSZ has the highlights of another great battle of Middletown: #6: Seton Hall Prep 5 Caldwell 3 The Pirates of Seton Hall Prep, (5-1 on the season, No. 12 in NJ Top 20) found themselves trailing Caldwell on two separate occasions in the late innings. Down by 1 run in the 6th, Ryan Sheppard came through with an RBI double off the wall in right to tie the game at 3. Sheppard then scored on a base hit by Anthony Peterson to give Seton Hall a 4-3 lead. The Pirates would add one more run in the 6th to make it a 5-3 lead and RHP Ryan Toal took care of the rest in the 7th. Toal picked up the save and Seton Hall Prep came away with the comeback win. Watch Highlights of SHP and Caldwell on JSZ! #5: Saint Augustine 6 Delbarton 1 The rematch from last year’s Non- Public A State Final between No. 1 Delbarton and No. 2 St. Augustine was the must-see game for any baseball fan. Both teams came in undefeated and let’s just say the flames haven’t cooled down just yet from last June. The Green Wave struck first off a wild pitch from Cole Vanderslice to go up 1-0 in the third. That would be the only run given up from Vanderslice in his 7 strikeout game. The Hermits got the bats going in the fifth to put 4 runs on the board and took a commanding lead heading into the seventh. Virginia Tech commit Jack Billings helped add 2 more runs in the final inning to bring his stats to 2-4 with 3 RBI’s. Billings then closed out the game on the mound to earn strikeouts 4 and 5. Watch the highlights now: #4: Perth Amboy 1 St. Joe’s-Metuchen 0 (12 innings) Pitching duel or defensive showdown, call it what you want, hits and runs were tough to come by for Perth Amboy and St. Joseph Metuchen. After 12 innings of scoreless baseball, Bryan Valenzuela came to the plate with a runner on 3rd base and one thing on his mind; Winning. Valenzuela did just that, a walk off basehit to right field from the junior third baseman gave Perth Amboy a 1-0 victory over St. Joes. Jose Peralta picked up the W on the mound coming on in reflief for starter Virgilia Cabrera who went 9 1/3 innings, with 5 K’s and zero runs for the Panthers. His counterpart Jake Hellwig kept pace with 9 IP, and 6 K’s in the loss for St. Joes. Watch highlights of the extra inning thriller on JSZ! #3: Don Bosco Prep 11 Bergen Catholic 3 Don Bosco Prep traveled to Lyndhurst looking to take down their rival school Bergen Catholic for the second time in just three days. The Ironmen placed Iona bound Drew Helmstetter on the mound, and the lefty did his job. Helmstetter struck out 9 in 6 innings while allowing just 2 runs. The Don Bosco offense did its job as well, erupting for 7 runs in the 4th inning, and would go on to score 11 in the game, led by Ryan Carr (3 for 4 2RBI). Watch Highlights of Bosco – Bergen on JSZ! #2: Red Bank Catholic 7 Monmouth Regional 6 (8 innings) One of the top individual performances of 2018 came from the Shore Conference. David Glancy launched three towering solo homers in three consecutive at-bats as the Caseys rallied for an extra-innings win. RBC had a 6-2 lead in the 6th inning after Glancy’s third blast of the game, but Monmouth Regional rallied for four runs in the bottom of the frame starting with an Eli Rife 2-run homer, a Justin Scotto RBI double and a Ricky Voss base hit to left that plated Scotto. In the 8th, Ryan O’Hara hit a fly ball to left that was dropped bringing home Glancy with the game-winning run. Watch the highlights of a wild game in Tinton Falls! #1: Saint Augustine Prep 1 Delbarton 0 – Non-Public “A” State Championship It was one of the best pitchers duels of 2018. Cole Vanderslice and Jack Leiter were sensational under the lights at Hamilton Veterans Park. In the end, Vanderslice threw a complete game shutout to give the Hermits the state crown. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a tremendous game: 2018 JSZ Web Gems of the Year! Thanks to the great efforts from the diamond all year long. Take a look back at the best web gems captured by our cameras!
JSZ Year in Review: Top Hockey Games from 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone was excited to bring a new level of coverage to New Jersey high school hockey. From great rivalries to state championships at the Rock, here’s a look back at the Top 10 most viewed games from JSZ’s high school hockey coverage: #10: Manasquan 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 3 The Warriors scored an opening night win at the Red Bank Armory over RFH to spark a tremendous 15-3-1 season: #9: Marlboro 4 Middletown North 4 Anthony Galante scored two goals as Marlboro scored four straight goals after trailing 2-0. Middletown North answered with third-period goals by Kurt Kroper and Justin Skelly to earn the tie in an entertaining game at Middletown Ice World: #8: Middletown South 4 Middletown North 4 – Mayors Cup Nick Lioudakis scored the game-tying goal with 3:21 to go in the third period to give Middletown South a 4-4 tie with their archrival. The Eagles earned the Mayor’s Cup thanks to their 3-2 win earlier in the regular season over the Lions. Watch the highlights of one of NJ’s best rivalry games on the ice: #7: Middletown South 3 Middletown North 2 Deven Ralph had a pair of third-period goals to give Middletown South a season-opening win over their rival. Watch the highlights of a spirited game at Middletown Ice World: #6: Delbarton 4 Don Bosco Prep 2 – Non-Public State Championship Hunter Macy’s goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Green Wave scored three unanswered goals to win a third straight state championship. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the Rock: #5: Saint John Vianney 5 CBA 2 In an outdoor showcase at Navesink Country Club, Saint John Vianney got a hat trick from John Gelatt to hand CBA its first loss to a Shore Conference team since 2014. Watch the highlights of a signature win for the Lancers hockey program: #4: Don Bosco 8 Hun School 1 – Citi Field Mickey Burns had a six-point night (1 goal, 5 assists) and the duo of Tyler Sedlak and George Weiner had hat tricks as the Ironmen put on a dominating performance at the home of the New York Mets: #3: Don Bosco Prep 2 Pope John 1 (OT) – Non-Public State Quarterfinals It’s rare for a player on the losing team to grab the headlines, but that was the case in this state playoff battle. Don Bosco had to overcome a 79 save performance from Pope John goalie Matt Schoer and battle for a 2-1 OT win in the NJSIAA Non-Public Qtr Finals despite out-shooting the Lions 81-16 on goal. TJ Schweighardt tied the game at 1 with just 0:30 remaining in regulation, and Tristan Frese completed the comeback with a game-winning goal with just 0:45 to play in OT. #2: Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 0 Mickey Burns, Michael Forgione and Tsubasa Konishi found the net as the Ironmen scored the first win in an eventual four-game showdown against the Green Wave: #1: Delbarton 2 Don Bosco Prep 1 (OT) – Gordon Cup Finals As the saying goes.. It’s tough to beat a team three times. Delbarton School proved that to be true as the Green Wave turned the tide on Don Bosco Prep and avenged two earlier season losses to the Ironmen. Andrew Bosland took a pass from Michael Balzarotti and sent home the game-winning goal for Delbarton in the sudden death overtime period at Codey Arena in West Orange. With one stroke, Bosland gave the Green Wave a 2-1 win, ended Don Bosco’s hopes for a perfect season, and brought the Gordon Cup back to Delbarton Schoo Jersey Sports Zone teams up with New Jersey Devils to honor NJ HS Hockey Jersey Sports Zone’s partnership with the New Jersey Devils gave us the chance to honor athletes from New Jersey high school hockey in a special way. Our monthly goals of the month winners were honored during a Devils game that featured an NHL player watching the goals and posing for pictures. We wrapped up the 2017-18 season with our JSZ Hockey Banquet held during the Devils home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Watch all of our Devils coverage below!
JSZ Year in Review: Top 10 Boys Basketball Games from 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone’s high school basketball coverage produced hundreds of thousands of views during the 2017-18 season. It’s no surprise to see the elite teams from New Jersey dominate our top 10 most watched games. Look back on an amazing season and check out our top dunks from this past season and our profiles of the top talent honored at the JSZ basketball banquet #10: Ranney 59 Mater Dei Prep 45 Junior guard Scottie Lewis led the Panthers with 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as The Ranney School captured a 59-45 win over their arch rival Mater Dei Prep. Savior Akuwovo chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks for Ranney, as Kenny Jones and Alexander Rice scored 12 points each for the Seraphs in the loss. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from Ranney vs Mater Dei, including Scottie Lewis’ 1,000th point. #9: Montclair Immaculate 60 Hudson Catholic 49 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North State Playoffs Only in the world of Non-Public B North could a team with multiple division-1 prospects be considered an underdog story, but that’s exactly what Montclair Immaculate has become. After defeated the defending TOC Champions Patrick School in the opening round, The Lions then traveled to Jersey City and took down the star-studded lineup of Hudson Catholic. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 13 of his 18 points in the 2nd Half, and Zion Bethea added a game-high 21, as Montclair Immaculate shocked the state with a 60-49 win. #8: Roselle Catholic 65 Linden 45 Naz Reid celebrated being named a McDonald’s All-American with a 10 point, 19 rebound performance as the Lions snapped a three-game losing streak to Linden. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo was there to capture one of the great rivalries in NJ high school hoops: #7: Ranney 71 Trenton Catholic 56 – Non-Public “B” South Finals Ranney’s electric Class of 2019 duo Bryan Antoine (30 points) and Scottie Lewis(20 points) combined for 50 points and 17 rebounds as The Panthers made history, capturing their 1st ever Sectional Title. The 71-56 win over Trenton Catholic is the 2nd historic victory of the season for Ranney, after bringing home their 1st ever Shore Conference Tournament Championship in February. #6: Hudson Catholic 83 Archbishop Malloy 64 – SNY Invitational Jahvon Quinerly had one of the most electrifying performances of his high school career dropping 37 points at the SNY Invitational in Harlem. Luther Muhammad added 23. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo went across state lines for the highlights of a tremendous showcase game: #5: Roselle Catholic 57 Gill St. Bernards 40 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Finals Roselle Catholic has not so quietly become New Jersey’s premier boys basketball program in recent years. On Thursday night at Rutgers, the Lions added yet another sectional title to an impressive trophy case with a 57-40 win over Gill St. Bernard’s. Junior Kahlil Whitney scored a game-high 19 points in the win, including the 1,000th of his career while Paul Mulcahy scored 15 in the loss for the Knights. #4: Roselle Catholic 75 Ranney 49 – Jersey Shore Challenge At Brookdale Community College, Naz Reid scored his 1000th career point and the Lions dominated a depleted Ranney squad at the Jersey Shore Challenge. Ranney played without Scottie Lewis, who was hampered by an ankle injury. It was the first of two meetings between these two teams (see #1 for our game of the year!) #3: Roselle Catholic 61 Don Bosco Prep 54 – Tournament of Champions Final Naz Reid closed out his high school career with 22 points as the Lions held off Don Bosco Prep to claim their third T of C title. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the final game of the 2017-18 season: #2: Roselle Catholic 92 Montclair Immaculate 63 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Playoffs Montclair Immaculate’s amazing run through the Non-Public B North playoffs came to a halt on Saturday thanks to New Jersey’s No. 1 ranked team. Roselle Catholic used a high flying aerial attack and hellacious defense to shut down Montclair Immaculate, and advance to the sectional championship on Wednesday at Rutgers University. Khalil Whitney poured in 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Joshua Pierre-Louis added 18. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 20 in the loss for Immaculate. #1: Roselle Catholic 63 Ranney 61 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” State Championship Naz Reid blocked a game-winning shot attempt and raced up the floor to slam down an alley-oop pass from Ithiel Horton with under 10 seconds left to give the Lions a state championship. Roselle Catholic overcame a seven-point deficit with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter in an amazing come from behind win. Reid finished the game with 22 points and 9 rebounds and led the comeback in crunch time. Ranney played inspired basketball against New Jersey’s #1 ranked team. The Panthers had four players in double digits led by Ahmadu Sarnor’s 16 points. Scottie Lewis had 12 points, 9 rebounds + 8 assists. This game was an instant classic! JSZ has multiple angles of the play that won the state title and a full breakdown along with post-game reaction in Toms River: Naz Reid Named JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone for 2018 Jersey Sports Zone capped off the season with a celebration of the best players across the state. CLICK HERE for full coverage of the JSZ Basketball Banquet including profiles of our Player of the Year finalists and highlights of every player honored at the event. JSZ Dunks of the Year!!! Thanks to the hoopsters from every part of the state for giving us countless highlights and memories. Our Dunks of the Year reel shows why New Jersey high school basketball has a stellar reputation across the country
JSZ Year in Review: Top games from HS football in 2017
Jersey Sports Zone brought its cameras to every part of the state to capture the tremendous talent on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in the fall. Here’s a look back at the ten most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone during the 2017 high school football season #10: Westfield 20 Bridgewater-Raritan 7 – North 2 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Stadium The Blue Devils got a 47 yard TD run from Tim Alliegro to start the scoring and their defense produced two key turnovers including a 32 yard scoop and score by Adam McDaniel set up by a caused fumble from Jordan Barham to get a 37th straight win and a third straight victory over Bridgewater-Raritan in a sectional final. Jake Vall-Llobera had the other Blue Devils touchdown, while Anthony Goffe’s 13 yard TD run with :40 seconds left in the half made it a 14-7 game. But the Westfield defense did not yield any points after that. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: #9: Paulsboro 34 Penns Grove 24 – South Jersey Group 1 Finals at Rowan Dehron Holloway had three TD’s and three INT’s in a sensational performance in the final high school game of his career. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from Rowan: #8: Hillside 20 Point Pleasant Boro 13 – Central Jersey Group 2 Finals at Rutgers Nahree Biggins had two first-half touchdowns and an interception to help the #7 seed to a third straight upset win and a Central Jersey Group 2 championship. The Comets defense produced three turnovers and was able to stifle Point Boro’s tricky option attack. The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. James Fara’s 7-yard TD with 42 seconds left made it a 20-13 game, but Point Boro could not come up with the onside kick. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Rutgers: #7: South Brunswick 18 Manalapan 14 – Central Jersey Group 5 Finals at Rutgers Felix Quinones led a 92 yard drive capped off by a 17 yard TD pass to Jaylan Lawson with 53 seconds left and the Braves had a game winning TD catch by Naim Mayfield waved off due to pass interference in a wild finish to the Central Jersey Group 5 championship. Manalapan raced out to a 14-0 lead on a Mayfield 34 yard TD run and 60 yard punt return. The Vikings got a pair of Quinones TD passes in the second quarter to close the gap to 14-12. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling finish: #6 Shabazz 35 Weequahic 0 -North 2 Group 1 Finals at Kean University QB Anthony Travis accounted for all five touchdowns as Shabazz wins the North 2 Group 1 state championship at Kean University. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has a full breakdown of an impressive title win for the Bulldogs from Kean University: #5 Bergen Catholic 29 Don Bosco Prep 26 – Week 8 The one and only regular season game on JSZ’s Top 10 list from the 2017 football season. One of the country’s greatest rivalries was shown to America on ESPN. Alex Lorenzo brings you the thrilling highlights from a signature win during Bergen Catholic’s state championship season: #4: Long Branch 43 Freehold Boro 42 (OT) -= Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Pasa Fields grabbed a 6 yard score from Juwan Wilkins in OT and Eli Sherin caught a two point conversion to give the Green Wave a 43-42 overtime win over Freehold Boro in the Central Jersey Group 4 finals. The Green Wave overcame a 271 yard, 6 TD rushing performance from Ashante Worthy to avenge a loss in the regular season. Trailing 35-21 after three quarters, Juwan Wilkins had a 12 yard TD pass to Kahmar Mimes and a 1 yard TD run in the 4th quarter to force overtime. Watch all the highlights of an incredible battle at Rutgers: #3: Montclair 35 Union City 14 – North 1 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Danny Webb ran back the opening kickoff 92 yards to spark a Mounties scoring outburst and Tarrin Earle completed his fantastic high school career with 2 TD passes and an 11-yard TD run to give Montclair its first sectional championship since 2014. Earle finished the game 16 of 24 for 303 yards. Colin Callahan had 6 catches for 120 yards and a score in the first half. Montclair finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record with one of New Jersey’s most explosive offenses and a stout defense led by junior Division I prospect Willie Matthews. JSZ has the highlights of Montclair’s 12th win of the year from MetLife Stadium: #2: DePaul 7 Saint Joe-Montvale 3 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship at Kean One of the top defensive efforts of the entire season comes from the DePaul Catholic defense as they stand their ground in a thrilling 7-3 win over Saint Joe’s-Montvale. Alex Lorenzo was there for one of the biggest games of the season: #1: Bergen Catholic 44 Saint Peter’s Prep 7 – Non-Public Group 4 State Championship at MetLife Johnny Langan threw for 117 yards, ran for 91 and accounted for four touchdowns in a dominating performance. The Crusaders beat the Marauders 41-14 in the regular season and were able to stake a 31-0 halftime lead in the championship game. Javontae Jean-Baptiste set the tone on defense with three sacks. Langan led the offense with an 11 play, 70-yard drive to start capped off by the QB scoring from five yards out. A hook and lateral to Rahmir Johnson made it 14-0, followed by a field goal and Langan’s second TD run. Langan found tight end Tyler Devera in the back of the end zone with just 3 seconds left in the half to make it 31-0. Anthony Corbin had a 54-yard fake punt and Josh McKenzie added a fourth-quarter touchdown run to close out the scoring. The Crusaders finish the season with a 10-2 record, finishing unbeaten in New Jersey. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Ashante Worthy wins JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy Jersey Sports Zone closed out the football season with our first JSZ Football Banquet in Woodbridge. Freehold Boro quarterback Ashante Worthy won our Player of the Year honor, the Zoneman Trophy. Click HERE to see our full banquet coverage, including video highlights of our All-Zone team, Plays of the Year, and profiles of our Zoneman Trophy Finalists!
Vote for JSZ Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
The spring sports season saw breathtaking goals, heart-stopping hits and incredible catches on the diamond. We wrap up the 2017-18 high school sports year by asking you to cast your vote in our 2018 JSZ Spring Sports Plays of the Year. We’ll keep our polls open through Friday at 9:00 p.m. and honor the winners with a placque or a JSZ Game Ball. A special thanks to all the athletes we covered for giving us so many special highlights and thanks to you for your support of Jersey Sports Zone! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Pascack Hills wins first Bergen County baseball title since 1987
Pascack Hills 3 Don Bosco Prep 1 – Bergen County Tournament Finals Brandon Siegenthaler’s two-run homer in the third inning proved to be the difference as the Cowboys won the Bergen County title for the first time since 1987. Pascack Hills jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a Ryan Ramsey RBI single. The Cowboys got a two-out rally in the 3rd as Mike Rodriguez delivered a base hit to left followed by Siegenthaler’s blast that cleared the left field fence. Jack Brodsky threw five innings giving up just one run and striking out nine and exiting the game after 88 pitches. Siegenthaler got a key 6-4-3 double play in the 6th and struck out the final two batters to lock down the save and clinch the title. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Demarest: JSZ Game Ball Winner Earlier this season, Don Bosco pitcher Drew Helmstetter won a North Jersey JSZ Game Ball. Jersey Sports Zone delivered Drew’s Game Ball during the Bergen County Tournament finals. Thanks to all the great Don Bosco fans for voting and congratulations to Drew!
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St. Joes Metuchen – 4 Don Bosco Prep – 1 St. Joseph Metuchen gave a new meaning to playing “lights out” baseball on Saturday night. Falcons had a 1-0 lead after 3 innings when the lights went out at Don Bosco Prep due to an electrical problem, a 20 minute delay followed before play would resume. The lights may have came back on, but the St. Joes defense kept Don Bosco in the dark. The Falcons, led by pitchers Nicolas Estes (Win) and Jake Hellwig (Save), shut down the ironmen offense and got a 4-1 win on the road. Watch the Highlights from Ramsey on JSZ. Wall 4 Jackson Liberty 3 The Crimson Knights raced out to a 4-3 lead and survived a late-inning rally to hand Jackson Liberty its first loss of the season. Ryan Napolitano threw 5.1 innings with seven strikeouts before turning things over to Trey Dombroski and a 4-0 lead. The Lions scored three runs in the 6th, highlighted by a David Melfi two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-3. Dombroski pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to secure the win. Wall got RBI singles from Doug Wetzel and Andy Lenneper, an RBI double from Grant Shulman and a solo homer courtesy of John Iradi. Watch the highlights of a great Saturday morning matchup from the Shore Conference: Shore Regional 12 Ranney 2 (5 innings) James LaBruno went 4-4 with 4 RBI’s to lead a 16-hit attack by the BlueDevils at the Lakewood BlueClaws First Energy Park. Shore Regional busted the game open with a seven-run fourth inning. JSZ has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Shore Regional is made possible by ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch
Vote for Alex’s North Jersey Game Ball: Baseball & Softball April 15th
Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances from baseball and softball in the Big North and GMC conferences. Voting is open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get a JSZ Game Ball presented to them with their teammates. Baseball Poll Take Our Poll Softball Poll Take Our Poll Coaches & Fans: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to email@example.com no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
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Don Bosco Prep – 11 Bergen Catholic – 3 Don Bosco Prep traveled to Lyndhurst on Wednesday looking to take down their rival school Bergen Catholic for a second time in just three days. The Ironmen placed Iona bound Drew Helmstetter on the mound, and the lefty did his job. Helmstetter struck out 9 batters in 6 innings while allowing just 2 runs. The Don Bosco offense took care of business as well, erupting for 7 runs in the 4th inning, and the ironmen would go on to score 11 in the game, led by Ryan Carr (3 or 4 2RBI). Watch Highlights of Bosco – Bergen on JSZ! Special Thanks to Equinox Fitness Clubs for providing coverage of Bergen Catholic High School Saint Rose 4 Mater Dei Prep 2 The Purple Roses scored four runs in the second inning and held on for a road win in Middletown. Mario Bove and Riley Maypother had 2 RBI’s each for the Purple Roses as Nick Marini pitched into the 5th for the win and Evan Peeke pitched two-plus innings for the save. JSZ has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Mater Dei Prep is made possible by Gold Coast Cadillac Steinert 4 Robbinsville 3 – Walk Off Facing a team twice in less than 24 hours is tough, winning both those games is even tougher. Steinert came into Wednesday’s match up with Robbinsville 3-1 on the year, the Spartans only L came in a 6-2 loss to No. 1 Delbarton. However, it was the Ravens who got on the board first. The two would exchange blows and lead changes until the bottom of the seventh when we were all tied up at 3. Jake Muller would step to the plate to deliver the game winning hit to help Steinert improve to 4-1 on the year. Watch the highlights and Muller’s post game interview now: Sponsor! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Steinert and Robbinsville coverage on JSZ!
Vote for Alex’s North Jersey Game Ball: Baseball & Softball April 8th
Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances from baseball and softball in the Big North and GMC conferences. Voting is open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get a JSZ Game Ball presented to them with their teammates. Baseball Poll Take Our Poll Softball Poll Take Our Poll Coaches & Fans: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
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CBA – 8 Don Bosco Prep – 7 A matchup that featured two of New Jersey’s top 20 teams, and two undefedeated squads, lived up to the hype and then some. Don Bosco Prep took full control in the 3rd Qtr on a Reese Gerlach goal that put the Ironmen up 7-3, but CBA retaliated by scoring 5 unanswered goals, including the game winner by freshman Kyle Aldridge with just 2:26 to play. Colts get a incredible comeback win in what was an early candidate for game of the year. Watch Full highlights and post game from the thriller in Lakewood! No. 13 Hillsborough 17 North Hunterdon 11 – Girls Hillsborough, a team with some big exceptions, was in search of their first varsity win and found it today against the North Hunterdon Lions. Senior Capitan, Olivia Johnsen, lead her team with a hat trick, along with teammate Sarah Coults. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Ortho! Thanks to Princeton Ortho, JSZ will bring you the best of Raider athletics all season long. Voorhees 16 Immaculata 6 – Girls Voorhees came out strong with speed in the first half when Kate McLean scored a hat trick. Teammates Emma Evanko and Casey Roskowski also contributed multiple goals leading to Voorhees’ fourth win of the year. Check out highlights now: No. 20 Notre Dame 9 Princeton 8 – Girls Notre Dame coming off two impressive blowout victories to begin the year had a bit more trouble when they ran into Colonial Valley Conference rival Princeton on Thursday morning. The Irish were locked into a head to head battle that saw multiple lead changes. Princeton took a late 2 goal lead and thanks to the heroics of Danielle Losier who ended the day with 5 goals, she tied it up and then helped Notre Dame take the lead in the final minutes to come away with the victory. Watch the highlights and Losier’s postgame interview now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame and Princeton coverage!