Watch Saturday 9.11 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 2 wraps up with another full slate of Saturday games. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! Week Two comes to a close with six more games of JSZ coverage around the state. Jay Cook has the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week between DePaul Catholic and St. Joe-Montvale (available […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 9.4 JSZ Football Highlights
Bragging rights are on the line as a number of NJ teams take on squads from New York as part of the Rumble on the Raritan. Be sure to check back throughout the night to watch all of the action! Thanks for supporting Jersey Sports Zone with your JSZ All-Access pass. Saturday brought another great […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ Camp Countdown 2021 Homepage
High school football in the Garden State has returned. With the 2021 season now officially opened, teams are turning the page on a turbulent 2020 season in hopes of playing full schedules and competing for real championships. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews everyday leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 3. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! 8/9: Don Bosco Prep A 2-3 season last year will fuel one of New Jersey’s most storied programs into the 2021 season. The Ironmen return a plethora of talent from a team that weathered through bumps in the road last fall. Junior five-star left tackle Chase Bisontis headlines a talented offensive line unit that will hold the fort for an offense that returns numerous skill position starters. Navy commit Timmy Hinspeter and Fordham commit Claudy Robinson are the two big names that will anchor this Don Bosco defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: 8/10: Seton Hall Prep 2020 was an up and down year for Seton Hall Prep and the surging Pirates have their sights set on stability and consistency in 2021. QB Jaden Craig – a Harvard commit – returns to lead the offense with Myles Thomason and Nick Dunneman, a group that will bring plenty of fireworks to the Kelly Athletic Complex. JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from the West Orange private school: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is proudly provided by “One on One with Steve Adubato!” 8/11: Wall The Crimson Knights not only emerged as the top team in the Shore but the top-ranked public team in New Jersey after a 7-0 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from the reigning Shore Conference champions. 8/12: St. Augustine After a 4-3 campaign in 2020, the Hermits look to reestablish themselves as Non-Public Group 4 title contenders. Northwestern commit Denis Jaquez, Army commit Brady Small, Kanye Udoh, Nasir Hill and Trey McLeer lead a loaded and experienced senior class for the Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits in Richland: 8/13: Rumson-Fair Haven Expectations are always sky high in Rumson. The Bulldogs are in the Shore Conference’s top division looking to earn their spot in the Shore’s top 4 and play for a conference title followed by their usual quest to go deep in the state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to Rumson to preview the Bulldogs: 8/14: Notre Dame Sean Clancy is 15-2 (5-1 in 2020) during his first two years as Notre Dame’s head coach. Having to replace prolific two-way scoring threat Rickey “Pop” Spruill, the Irish will look to sophomore AJ Surace, son of Princeton University Head Football Coach Bob Surace, at the starting quarterback role. ND suffered a tremendous loss in the offseason when longtime strength and conditioning coach John McKenna passed away just weeks before training camp. Featured on our All Access coverage in 2020, McKenna’s presence is still felt and his spirit continues to motivate the program. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. 8/15: Bergen Catholic Questions remained at the end of the 2020 season as to which team was No. 1 in New Jersey. Entering 2021, however, Bergen Catholic feels they have what it takes to be the best in New Jersey. Led by a defense with nine returning starters and an offense that looks to put up points in bunches, the Crusaders have aspirations of playing for a state championship in MetLife Stadium in just a few months. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Oradell-based non-public powerhouse: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/16: Timber Creek 2020 was an up-and-down year for the Chargers, who finished with a 3-4 record under first-year coach Brian Wright. With just a handful of starters returning, Wright is tasked with getting a young, but talented group up-to-speed in year two. Illinois commit Donovan Leary leads an intriguing mix of youth and experience as Timber Creek looks to get back into title contention in 2021. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/17: South Brunswick South Brunswick’s first year in the newly formed Big Central Conference didn’t go as planned, as the Vikings won their first four games of the season before dropping three in a row to end 2020. John Viotto, entering his third season as head coach, will look to players like five-star kicking recruit and Rutgers University commit Jai Patel to lead the team in 2021. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 8/18: Millville Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen will lead the way for a Thunderbolts team hoping to contend for a sectional title in 2021. Nate Robbins enters his third year as Millville’s starting QB, while dynamic freshman Lotzier Brooks has all of Cumberland County buzzing. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Bolts: 8/19: Donovan Catholic The Griffins were a mere half-yard from a perfect 2020 season and an unofficial Shore Conference championship, but Dan Curcione’s team is ready to hit the reset button and challenge defending champ Wall for the top spot in the American Division and a chance to do damage both in the new Shore playoffs as well as the road to the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has more on the Griffins from Toms River: 8/20: Winslow Twp. The Eagles won five of their six games in 2020 to earn the program’s first winning season in a decade. Now Winslow is looking to keep the momentum going in 2021. Senior LB Emeril Mitchell will lead the way on defense, while QB Hamas Duren and RB Trey Thorpe should put up big numbers on offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview: 8/20: St. Joe’s (Mont.) It won’t be easy replacing reigning JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime, but St. Joe’s will lean on their new core of top talent to usher in the next generation of Green Knights. Joe’s, yet again, plays an incredibly tough schedule and will have to weather through the gauntlet if they want to compete for a state title in 2021. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles St. Joe’s (Mont.): Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/21: Trenton Trenton was one team greatly affected by Covid-19 protocols. The Tornadoes not only shut down and rescheduled games, but were also forced to trim the roster down to less than 30 athletes, leaving many players confused and discouraged from participating in the offseason. New head coach Chris Franco brings his expertise over from prep powerhouse The Hun School. Franco is eager to restore a bit of normalcy back into one of Mercer County’s most beloved programs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. 8/21: St. Joseph Academy (Hammonton) Having to fight to keep their school open and playing without a home field, the Wildcats know about adversity. This season, St. Joe aims to retake its place as one of the top Non-Public teams in the state. Cohl Mercado, P.J. Williams, Bryan Butkus, Jahqir Haley and Ja’son Prevard will lead the way in Paul Sacco’s 40th season at the helm in Hammonton. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Wildcats: 8/22: Holmdel The Hornets have had an amazing three-year run including last year’s 6-1 record. The price of that success is a daunting schedule in the Shore Conference’s Colonial Division. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis pays a visit to Holmdel and head coach Jeff Rainess: 8/22: Cedar Creek The Pirates will lean on a deep and experienced senior class to right the ship after finishing 3-5 in 2020. JSZ All-Zone WR JoJo Bermudez and company are hungry for a return to the postseason under second-year coach James Melody. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Egg Harbor City: 8/23: DePaul Catholic It’s a new year, and there’s a new head coach leading DePaul Catholic into 2021. Nick Campanile, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, takes the reigns of a surging Spartans program from John McKenna. The cupboard is certainly full this season. A trio of Division 1 recruits – A’Khoury Lyde, Q’yaeir Price and Eddie Conoran – anchor a defense with eight three-year varsity starters. DePaul’s usual pass-happy offense now goes to senior quarterback AJ Rodriguez. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Passaic County power: 8/23: Shawnee The Renegades look to get back on the winning track this season after finishing 1-6 in 2020. Four-year starting QB Matt Welsey leads a senior class with a lot to prove in 2021. Returning starters Dean Bialous, Fred McAneney, Ethan Krauss, and Luke Anderson will all see increased roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/26: Northern Highlands The excitement surrounding Northern Highlands football is as high as its been in years. The Highlanders return four valuable starters and leaders to the team in 2021: QB Enzo Arjona, RB/DB Nick Branca, WR/DE Ian Langan and OL/DL Charlie Johnson. Those four will look to lead Northern Highlands on their drive to win a second sectional title in three seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Allendale: 8/26: Delran The Bears enter 2021 with a chip on their shoulder after a tough end to a Covid-shortened 2020 season. Rutgers-commit Kenny Fletcher, senior RB Zac Palmer-Smith, and junior QB Derek Namnun have the Bears ready to challenge for a sectional title. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Delran: 8/26: Mainland The Mustangs return a young core ready to take a step forward after finishing 2-4 in 2020. Mainland will feature an exciting one-two punch on offense in junior RB Jabriel Mace and junior QB Marlon Leslie. Sophomore LB JJ Sinclair will be a name to watch on the defensive side of the football. JSZ’s James Mooney checks in from the Mustang Corral: 8/26: Union Following a tough loss to Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium for the North Group 5 Championship, 2020 didn’t go as planned for Union as the Farmers went 4-3 in a condensed season affected by Covid-19. Union will have to replace versatile athlete Desmond Igbonisun, now at Rutgers, luckily the Farmers can look to younger brother and defensive threat, Davison Igbonisun to make plays in 2021 before he joins the Scarlett Knights next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/30: Lenape Despite ending the year with back to back losses, Lenape finishing 5-2 will once again be one of the premiere teams to watch in South Jersey. With players like Xavier Coleman now at Boston College and Tyler Davis off to University of Delaware, the Indians will look to players like Kylier Lightfoot and Kobi Ray-Reed to lead the offense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from training camp: 8/31: Kingsway The Dragons look to reload and refocus in 2021 with a strong group of underclassmen stepping into big roles both on and off the field. Juniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will be impact players on both sides of the football for the Dragons. Sophomore QB Joe Lyons, junior LB D.J. DiPietro, and junior DL Demetrious Ransom will be some of the newcomers to watch this season. Kingsway opens the season with a road trip to Rutgers University, where they will take on Shawnee at the Rumble on the Raritan. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview from Swedesboro: 8/31: Piscataway After being shut down for the entire 2020 season due to COVID, Piscataway has a clean slate as they look to build back. The Chiefs were a juggernaut just three years ago after a perfect 13-0 season. The road to rebuilding begins this Friday night when Piscataway hosts Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a look at the 2021 Chiefs 8/31: Delbarton Delbarton’s 2020 team was arguably one of the best in program history. So, how will the 2021 rendition of the Green Wave respond? By setting their own standard. Stanford commit Pat Caughey anchors a defensive line with potentially three other Division 1 recruits: Chuck Nnaeto, Matt Gemma and Nigel McSween. Robbie Russo is in line to win the starting quarterback job and will have a reliable target in Nick Petrillo, one of the top returning pass catchers in the Super Football Conference. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Morristown-based private school: 8/31: Irvington Who is the top team in Essex County? Some will say Seton Hall Prep, but others will push for Irvington to hold that title. The Blue Knights’s 2021 campaign includes tough games against Union City, Wayne Hills, DePaul Catholic, Ridgewood and West Orange. That should prepare them for a deep playoff run. Two-way lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins is one of the top players in Essex County and will be a valuable leader for Irvington this season. The Blue Knights’ trio of national junior recruits – Adon Shuler, Nasir Addison and Famah Toure – bring top-end talent to a hungry team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview on Irvington: 8/31: Red Bank Regional Shane Fallon’s father was a longtime athletic director and assistant football coach at Red Bank Regional in the late 1970’s. Now, the architect of the Rumson-Fair Haven football program comes back home to lead RBR into a new era. The Bucs had multiple shutdowns due to COVID but ended their 2-4 season with an upset win over Group 5 Hackensack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis previews the Bucs from Little Silver: 8/31: East Orange A condensed seven game season put a cap on what could’ve been something special for East Orange. The Jaguars went 5-2 in 2020, outscoring opponents in their first three games 81-6. With most of their starters returning they will have much to look forward to in 2021. At the top of that list is six foot, two hundred pound, Temple University commit and defensive threat, Kyle Louis. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the full story: 8/31: Westfield No team scheduled to play was affected by Covid-19 in 2020 more than Westfield. Shutdowns led to a two game season in which the Blue Devils lost both games, a definite first for longtime Head Coach Jim DeSarno. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. 9/1: Middletown South The Eagles are coming off a 2-4 season but played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference highlighted by a 32-25 upset win over RBC. More than anything, Steve Antonucci’s team is grateful to have a full season in front of them including the return of their annual Thanksgiving clash with Middletown North. Jack Latore leads a hard-nosed defense and Tom Shorck is back under center on the offensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a preview of Middletown South: 9/1: Ramapo The expectations surrounding Ramapo football are always sky high. While the goal for a sectional title isn’t changing in 2021, the actual group they’ll be competing in is. The Raiders are anticipating a bump-up from North Group 3 to North Group 4 this season, meaning new opponents and challenges throughout the year. Senior captains Dylan Snee and Jack Remo will be valuable pieces to the defense, while Bergen Catholic transfer Jack Grusser comes back to play quarterback at his hometown school. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Raiders: 9/1: Eastern 2021 marks a changing of the guard for the Vikings as Lionel Bolen takes over the program in his first season as head coach. The former Eastern assistant was a standout at Rancocas Valley and played collegiately for Notre Dame. Bolen’s goal in year one is to change the culture after a 1-4 finish in 2020. The Vikings feature a ton of talent all over the roster with junior QB Walt Clymer Jr., senior WR/DBs AJ Brooks, Jasiah Davis, and junior OL/DL Aidan Clark playing huge roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has more with the Vikings in Voorhees: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 9/1: Colts Neck After putting together a 7-1 season in 2021, Colts Neck got what they asked for – a major bump in competition. The Cougars are the newest addition to Shore Conference’s American Division, which features the conference’s best competition. Colts Neck will mix it up with Toms River North, Donovan Catholic, Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven in 2021 as they look to stake their claim as one of the top public schools in Central Jersey. Four-year starter Tommy Fallon returns under center and is surrounded by a senior-heavy team with plenty of varsity experience. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Cougars: 9/1: Hun 2020 was anything but typical for the Hun school. The nationally known prep powerhouse located in Princeton went 3-3 in a short season that restricted them to in-state play only. Prior to last year the Raiders had lost only four games in the three seasons, that included a slew of MAPL league championships. Things seem to be back on pace in Princeton and it doesn’t hurt when you have New Jersey’s number one ranked player, Rutgers commit Jacob Allen. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage
NJ trio commits to Boston hockey powers
Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco hockey share the headlines with two of the state’s top players committing to play Division I hockey in Boston. Watch JSZ highlight reels of Aram Minnetian and Don Bosco’s Sal Guzzo and Drew Forstescue. Click on the story to find out where they will be playing in college! August 1 is not usually a hockey headline day but two of New Jersey’s best on the ice made commitments to elite Division I programs. Aram Minnetian, Begen Catholic – Boston College commit Considered a 5-star prospect, Minnetian scored 29 goals in his freshman and sophomore campaigns with Bergen Catholic. Selected for the US National Development Under 17 team, Minnetian was also drafted in the OHL in the 7th round by the London Knights. He joins a Boston College program that is perenially a top-10 ranked team, finishing 6th in the final national poll of the 2021 season after a 17-6-1 campaign. Check out Minnetian’s magic during his two seasons at Bergen Catholic: Drew Fortescue, Don Bosco Prep – Boston College commit The Ironmen blueliner will join Boston College – giving his commitment one day after Guzzo and Minnetian. The 6’3 junior had a 1 goal, 2 assist effort against Gloucester Catholic in the Gordon Cup finals. Fortescue is on the US National Development Under 17 team. Check out Fortescue’s offensive-minded highlights from his sophomore campaign: Sal Guzzo, Don Bosco Prep – Harvard commit Like Minnnetian, Guzzo is a part of the US National Development Under 17 team along with teammates Ryan Fine and Fortescue. Guzzo had 12 goals and 19 assists in just over a season playing for the Ironmen. Guzzo gives his verbal commitment to play in Boston at Harvard. Check out Sal’s memorable moments from his first two seasons at Don Bosco:
Top 10 Boys Lacrosse Games of the 2021 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
Lacrosse returned in a big way in 2021, as sectional and state champions were crowned. The NJSIAA also held the annual Tournament of Champions event, capping off an exciting season in boys lacrosse. Our JSZ Summer Recap Series continues with the Top 10 boys lacrosse games of the year! No. 10: Rumson-Fair Haven Edges Wall for Sectional Title Luke Devlin scored four goals to lead RFH to a hard-fought South Jersey Group 2 championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on the call: No. 9: Ocean City Captures 1st Sectional Title in Program History The Red Raiders got four goals from Jake Schneider and knocked off Shawnee to make history in OC. JSZ’s James Mooney had the highlights: No. 8: Seton Hall Earns Signature Early Season Win Over Delbarton Just a few weeks into the season, the Pirates secured some major statewide bragging rights with a huge win over the Green Wave. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand: No. 7: Mountain Lakes Continues Dominance in Group 1 Mountain Lakes grinded out a victory over Manasquan to bring home its third consecutive state championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez had the highlights: No. 6: Hunterdon Central Wins 1st State Title Since 2008 It was a game that was delayed by a day and caused many Red Devils players to miss their prom, but Hunterdon Central dominated Southern to win its first championship in more than a decade. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was on the call: No. 5: Westfield Outlasts Pingry in Double OT to Win Bristol Cup Mack Prybylski ripped a shot into the back of the net in double overtime. to set off a celebration for the Blue Devils. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was on hand: No. 4: Summit Makes it a Three-Peat in Group 2 The Hilltoppers continued a memorable campaign by beating RFH for their third straight state championship. JSZ’s Jay Cook had the highlights: No. 3: Ironmen Come Back to Beat Delbarton for Non-Public A State Crown Max Thomas scored four goals to help Don Bosco knock off the Green Wave for the state title. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on the call. No. 2: Chatham Wins State Title in Dramatic Fashion Chatham and Ocean City were tied up with less than a minute to go in the Group 3 state final, when J.P. Lagunowich scored to lift the Cougars to victory. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis had the highlights: No. 1: Bosco Wins Battle of Unbeatens to Claim 1st T.O.C. Title The Ironmen finished the best season in program history by beating previously unbeaten Summit in the Tournament of Champions final to complete an undefeated year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was on hand:
Top 10 Games Hockey Games of the 2021 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
The 2020-21 season will be forever remembered in New Jersey. Not because of the missing true state championships, but due to the resiliency of programs and players all season long. We continue our summer recap series with a look at the top 10 hockey games captured by JSZ cameras! There were no state playoffs and no trips to the Rock on the ice in 2021, but the New Jersey high school hockey season provided plenty of championship moments thanks to Conference cups. JSZ looks back on the top 10 games from the 2021 season: #10 Manasquan scores late to earn tie at RFH Michael Farinacci scored with 28 seconds to go in regulation to give Manasquan a 2-2 with Rumson-Fair Haven in a matchup of two Shore Conference powers. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis had the action of a great game at the Red Bank Armory: #9 Gloucester Catholic opens the season with an upset The Rams opened the 2021 season with a statement. GC’s 3-2 over Bergen Catholic sparked a 10-2 season and a trip to the Gordon Cup finals. Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: #8 Alvino Stops 40 in McInnis Cup Final Glen Rock’s Mack Alvino was sensational in a 4-0 shutout over Livingston to earn the McInnis Cup. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Codey Arena: #7 Gloucester Catholic Reaches Gordon Cup Final The Rams made history in a 4-1 win over Seton Hall Prep to reach the Gordon Cup championship for the first time. JSZ’s Mike Frankel was there for the big moment: #6 CBA 3 Don Bosco Prep 3 On a snowy night in North Jersey, the Colts rallied from 3-1 down to earn an early season draw against the eventual Gordon Cup champs. Colin Grable came through with the equalizer. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the action from North Jersey #5 Seton Hall Prep ends long skid against Delbarton For 15 years, Delbarton’s icers had the number of Seton Hall Prep until the Pirates put forth an impressive 5-1 win over the then #5 ranked team in the state. JSZ’s Jay Cook was there for the big moment for SHP #4 Don Bosco Prep Dominates in Gordon Cup Title Game While there was no state championship, the Ironmen left no doubt who the top-ranked hockey team was in 2021 following a 5-0 win against Gloucester Catholic. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand for the Gordon Cup championship #3 Mountain Lakes Wins Haas Cup in OT Aiden Ready delivered the game-winner in overtime to give Mountain Lakes a 3-2 win over Mount Olive in the Haas Cup title game. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand for the championship drama #2 Silverman Wins Kelly Cup in Double OT The Kelly Cup became a marathon in a back and forth epic game between Governor Livingston and Cranford. Brady Silverman scored the game-winner in double overtime. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on hand for an epic battle #1 Ducalo Wins CVC with 0.1 on the Clock Robbinsville’s Mitchell Ducalo had the closest thing to a hockey buzzer-beater when he scored with 0.1 on the clock to give the Ravens a 5-4 win over Notre Dame to claim the CVC championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for the incredible finish
Top 10 Football Games of the 2020 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
The 2020 football season will be forever remembered in New Jersey. Not because of the missing state championships, but due to the resiliency of programs and players all season long. JSZ’s Summer Recap Series of the 2020-2021 scholastic season starts with football. “Unofficial” champions were crowned, crossover games between unfamiliar opponents happened and wild finishes were a thing of the norm. Here are the Top 10 football games of the 2020 season! No. 10 : Mater Dei’s Trick Play Hits Again, This Time Taking out RFH on Late Touchdown Mater Dei Prep always seems to have a thing for theatrics. The Seraphs dug into their successful bag of tricks and pulled out this hook-and-ladder touchdown to blow past Rumson-Fair Haven late and secure a 25-19 win on Halloween. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis had the highlights: No. 9: Somerville hammers Woodbridge in High Scoring Showdown Somerville and Woodbridge both employed talented running backs and explosive offenses in 2020. These two juggernauts collided on Nov. 13 and the Pioneers – led by JSZ Player of the Year finalist Cookie Desiderio – toppled Ali Lee Jr. and his Woodbridge Barrons to the tune of 39-26. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was on the call: No. 8: No Shortage of Drama in St. Augustine/Williamstown Thriller After a Turner Inge touchdown run in overtime, the Braves were staring down a second overtime period or the win on a two-point conversion. St. Augustine, however, wasn’t planning on going home with a tally in the loss column. The Hermits buckled down and made a goal line stop to secure one of their four wins from a tumultuous 2020 season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights from October 30: No. 7: Bergen Catholic Spoils Party, Tops St. Peter’s Prep in Rich Hansen’s Final Game What a fitting way it was to end the 2020 season. St. Peter’s Prep looked to send longtime coach Rich Hansen out with a win in his final game. Bergen Catholic was playing to secure the unofficial No. 1 statewide ranking with a victory. A full dose of Princeton-commit Ryan Butler late in this game pushed the result into Bergen Catholic’s favor, with a close call at the end in a 22-15 final. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis and Jay Cook teamed up to tell this story on Nov. 28: No. 6: Lenape Downs Rival Cherokee in OT Playoff Thriller For anyone who think special teams doesn’t matter at the high school level – watch this game. Lenape kicker Dylan Shank’s 48-yard field goal in overtime was the deciding factor in a South Jersey Pod A semifinal game between two longtime rivals. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights on Nov. 15: No. 5: Becton’s Perfect Season Realized with First NJIC Title Win Only one conference played a true, official championship in 2020. The Becton Wildcats ran the table with a 6-0 record and captured the first NJIC championship in program history with a commanding 41-12 win over Waldwick/Midland Park in the title game on Nov. 20. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on the call: No. 4: Don Bosco Downs Rival Bergen Catholic on Last Play Touchdown Throw out the records when Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic take the field because these two rivals always play their best games when they’re on the field together. The Crusaders held a commanding lead going into halftime, but senior QB Jake Robbins turned it up late and brought the Ironmen back in for the win in the fourth quarter. A last-second touchdown pass to Ethan Acevedo and a game-winning extra point from Thomas Sawicki sealed a victory for the ages. JSZ’s Jay Cook had the highlights from this Nov. 14 showdown: No. 3: Wall’s Defense, Last Stand Cement Unofficial Shore Conference Championship Wall proved to be not only the best team in the Shore Conference in 2020, but was certainly among the state’s elite when the season ultimately came to a close. The Crimson Knights won their “unofficial” Shore Conference championship on Nov. 20 when a goal line stand preserved an 18-15 win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on the call: No. 2: Holy Spirit Does It’s Thing, Claims Unofficial South Jersey Championship Holy Spirit’s win in the unofficial South Jersey championship was hardly a surprise. The Spartans were powered by JSZ Player of the Year finalist Patrick “Cheeks” Smith all year long and a magical ride concluded on their home field on Nov. 20. Smith rushed for 232 yards and two scores, closing out Holy Spirit’s perfect 8-0 season with a 21-7 victory over Lenape. JSZ’s Mike Frankel was on the call: No. 1: Seton Hall Prep Stuns Undefeated St. Peter’s Prep in OT Seton Hall Prep has certainly made it clear over the years that you can never count them out of any game. The last case? This unforgettable, overtime win over previously-undefeated St. Peter’s Prep on Nov. 23. Myles Thomason scored a game-tying touchdown in overtime and special teams ace Nick Conforti buried the game-winning extra point to cap off one of the most wild games of the 2020 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on the highlights:
Vote Now For JSZ’s Boys Lacrosse Goal of the Year
Jersey Sports Zone’s spring sports plays of the year is underway! We get things started with some incredible shots from our boys lacrosse coverage. Watch our nominees and cast your vote. Our cameras have captured some memorable lacrosse moments in 2021, and now we need your help on deciding who had the best goal on the boys side. Vote now for our Boys Lacrosse Goal of the Year nominees below: The polls closes at 3 p.m. Friday. Be sure to vote for the rest of our Spring Top Plays in the upcoming days!
Watch Saturday 6.19 Lacrosse Tournament of Champions Final Highlights
Don Bosco 11 Summit 7 | Boys TOC Final Don Bosco (18-0) capped off their best Boys Lacrosse season in school history with the program’s first Tournament of Champions Title. The Ironmen defeated Summit (18-1) 11-7 to hand the Hilltoppers their only loss of the year. Don Bosco quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Wednesday 6.16 JSZ Boys Lacrosse TOC Highlights
We’re going down from the final four teams in New Jersey to the last two left standing. JSZ has wall-to-wall coverage of both Tournament of Champions semifinals games from Wednesday. Find out who will meet in the TOC final set for Saturday! Enjoy all the highlights now with the JSZ All-Access Pass. Summit 11 Mountain […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Wednesday 6.9 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The 2021 boys state finals are here! Well, some of them, at least. Weather wreaked havoc around the state Wednesday night but we have four group championship games from three different host sites. Enjoy the highlights with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Don Bosco 11 Delbarton 8 | Non-Public A It may have taken some extra […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Hard Handles Don Bosco, SJR Heads To Sectional Final
Sean Hard has been one of New Jersey’s most consistent and dominant pitchers all season long. The St. Joe’s (Mont.) right-hander led the Green Knights to an 8-0 win over Don Bosco in the Non-Public A North sectional semifinals after the most efficient outing of his season. This was the fourth time in two weeks […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 5.29 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Wet weather blanketed most of the Garden State on Saturday, but some conferences still got in some tournament action. JSZ brings you highlights from both the H/W/S and Morris County tournament finals as well as both semifinal games from the Bergen County Tournament. Enjoy all the action now with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Delbarton 1 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 5.24 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
A pair of county championships headline the slate of action on Tuesday night. We have full highlights and reaction from both the Bergen County Tournament and the Morris County Tournament finals. Subscribe with the JSZ All-Access Pass to watch it all now! Don Bosco 15 Northern Highlands 3 | Bergen County Tournament Final Koleton Marquis […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Mainland Magic on Sunday Night: Mustangs get 3-2 walk-off in Trenton!
JSZ’s Ocean First Bank Game of the Week is Sunday Night Baseball Jersey style. Chase Petty dazzled in front of 70 pro scouts and his battery mate provided the heroics in the bottom of the 7th. Watch extended highlights and post-game reaction from Mainland’s 3-2 win over Don Bosco Prep Mainland 3 Don Bosco Prep 2 Catcher Cole Campbell launched a towering two run double to left field that gave the Mustangs (17-2) a thrilling walk-off win at the home of the Trenton Thunder. Mainland starter Chase Petty hit 99 miles per hour on the radar gun in front of 70 MLB scouts. Petty gave up an early run on a walk and RBI single by Charlie Granatell but settled in after that. The Florida Gator commit and MLB Draft prospect threw a complete game giving up just 2 hits, 2 walks and 13 strikeouts. He also had two hits and an RBI at the plate scoring the game tying run. A tremendous high school baseball game is a great start to JSZ’s Ocean First Bank Game of the Week series. Rich Chrampanis and Jay Cook provide team coverage from Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to partner with Ocean First Bank to bring you a Game of the Week in both boys and girls sports all year long. Each week, we’ll pick a boys and girls game in different sports involving teams located near Ocean First Bank locations and provide highlights and post-game reaction to showcase great action from around the state. Thanks to Ocean First Bank for shining the spotlight on great high school athletes from their hometowns!
Week 3 Polls Open! Vote for Baseball + Softball Game Balls
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the third week of the spring season. Our Week 3 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball poll is brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Pitching Gem Pushes Bergen Catholic Past Don Bosco
The Bergen Catholic – Don Bosco rivalry always brings out the best between these two Bergen County rivals. However, on Monday, the pendulum swung in favor of the Crusaders. Left-hander Christian Charalambous threw 99 pitches across 6.1 innings and struck out six batters in a dominant pitching effort against the Ironmen. Charalambous did not allow […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Monday 5.3 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
A new week begins with some huge lacrosse battles in both boys and girls lacrosse. Enjoy the highlights with your JSZ All-Access Pass! Don Bosco Prep 8 Mountain Lakes 7 | Boys Top tanked Don Bosco (6-0) remained undefeated by handing Mountain Lakes (4-1) a close 8-7 loss. A tight first half saw the score […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 5.1 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
We’ve got two New Jersey lax games on our Saturday slate. We get our first look at the Don Bosco Ironmen plus we’ve got a dominating performance by the Monroe Falcons out of the GMC. Watch the action with your JSZ All-Access pass Don Bosco 15 Ridgewood 4 | Boys The top-two teams in Bergen […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
NJ Devils honor top JSZ Goals + Save from HS Playoffs
The New Jersey Devils showcased the Top Goals and Save from the high school hockey playoffs during their win against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. Watch five great goals captured by JSZ cameras! The New Jersey Devils continue to support New Jersey high school hockey during the pandemic. For the second time this season, the Devils showcased top goals by JSZ cameras during the season. The second edition featured the top goals of the high school playoffs along with the top save. The goals were shown during the Devils win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center: Check out the Top 5 Goals and the Top Save from this past high school ice hockey season courtesy of @JSZ_Sports! pic.twitter.com/12mCoucwR0— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 27, 2021 Watch all the goals and the great save with slo-mo replays: The JSZ Goal of the Year and Save of the Year based on fan voting earned one of the spots in the Top 5. The other goals were chosen by the Devils and JSZ. We look forward to next season when players will be able to return to the Rock and see their goal on the jumbotron and meet a Devils player before the game who watches the goals and breaks them down. Congratulations to Michael Volpi and AJ Schauder for winning this year’s post-season polls: Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Here’s our first edition of NJ Devils Top Goals from the regular season:
Watch Saturday 4.24 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ has highlights from a pair of high-profile games at weekend showcase events. Red Bank Catholic 6 Delbarton 0 | Autism Awareness Challenge Day two of the Autism Awareness Challenge featured a heavyweight bout between Red Bank Catholic (3-1) and Delbarton (1-2) as MLB scouts gathered to watch Casey’s right-hander, University of Virginia commit Shane […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Regional Championship Wrestling Previews
The seeds for the NJSIAA Regional Wrestling Championships are now set. JSZ has a comprehensive video breakdown of the top wrestlers in each weight class in all four brackets! So get ready for this weekend’s action by getting to know the Garden State’s top scrappers! North 1 Regional (Region 1 & Region 2) North 2 Regional (Region 3 & Region 4) Central Regional (Region 5 & Region 6) South Regional (Region 7 & Region 8)
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Basketball Teams
All this week, JSZ will honor the top players in New Jersey from both girls and boys varsity basketball. Our week long celebration of the 2021 season concludes with the presentation of JSZ’s Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone. Watch highlight videos of every one of our honorees. The New Jersey high school basketball community made the most of a shortened 2021 high school basketball season. Even though there was a maximum of 15 games and no state playoffs, it didn’t stop great players from around the state to shine and make the most of their limited opportunities. All this week, we will honor our All-Zone teams starting with the girls on Monday and Tuesday followed by the boys All-Zoners on Wednesday and Thursday. Coming up on Friday, JSZ will announce our 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone winners. Click on each player’s name to watch their JSZ highlight reel and congratulations to all of the players who made this year’s JSZ All-Zone team: PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMr. HZ Finalists Antoine ArnettSterlingDenver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sCorey Floyd, Jr., Roselle Catholic Gannon BradyOcean CityMark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepSamson Johnson, Patrick School Jerome BrewerCamdenJayden BrownMontclair ImmaculateWill Richardson, Bergen Catholic Tazir CanteyEasternJulian BrownBergen CatholicBen Roy, Manasquan Christian CevisWest MorrisZion CruzPatrick SchoolDJ Wagner, Camden Jack CollinsManasquanMatt DelaneySt. Augustine Prep Al-Fatir ConnorElizabethRay FordSt. Peter's Prep Jordan DerkackColoniaNoah HarrisRutgers Prep Austin GreenTimber CreekIsaac HesterRanney Aidan KehoePascack HillsZach HicksCamden Catholic Elijah LewisWatchung HillsTristan JeffriesSt. Thomas Aquinas Carlos LopezEgg Harbor Twp.Amare MarshallRoselle Catholic Chad MartiniWatchung HillsKeith Mency Hudson Catholic Diante MilesWildwoodMarcus PierceSt. Joseph Academy Dave OlaniyiNewark East SideElijah PerkinsRanney Chris RubayoMontgomeryJosh RiveraSt. Thomas Aquinas Derek SimpsonLenapeWisler SanonPaul VI Jack SeidlerMarlboroAkil Watson Don Bosco Prep Jon SpatolaMarlboroSimeon WilcherRoselle Catholic TaQuan WoodleyCamdenZakai ZeiglerMontclair Immaculate PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMiss HZ Finalists Lauren AchterRamapoAbby AntognoliSaint RoseDestiny Adams, Manchester Township Nina BranchizioMonroeA'Nyah BarkerIHAZoe Brooks, Trenton Catholic Amaya BurchTimber CreekEmma BruenSt. John VianneyKatie Hill, St. John Vianney Kiley CapstrawWest OrangeMeg CahalanSt. John VianneyMadison St. Rose, St. John Vianney Rachel CapuaJackson MemorialSaniah CaldwellSaddle River DayAlexa Therien, Cherokee Julia CorsentinoRumson-Fair HavenAlly CarmanRed Bank Catholic Alexis DavisGlassboroChristina DalceRutgers Prep Mary Elizabeth DonnellyManasquanAaylah Del RosarioTrenton Catholic Keegan DouglasHaddonfieldElla FajardoGill St. Bernard's Kate HerlihyMiddle Twp.Hannah HidalgoPaul VI Brooke HollawellManasquanZanai JonesHudson Catholic Tara JohnsonUniversityMarianna PapazoglouWildwood Catholic Lexi Linton Jackson MemorialPaulina ParisSaddle River Day Brynn McCurrySpartaBelle PellecchiaRutgers Prep Colleen McQuillenCresskillJustine PissottRed Bank Catholic Grace MuntRumson-Fair HavenAlana RobinsonPope John Madison SchillerRamapoSophia SabinoRed Bank Catholic Ally SweeneySpartaAngelica VelezTrenton Catholic Chloe TeterRed Bank RegionalCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Bella VitoMontvilleMia YanogacioRutgers Prep JSZ All-Zone Basketball Coverage Monday, March 15: JSZ All-Zone Girls Public Team (20 players) Tuesday, March 16: JSZ All-Zone Girls Non-Public Team (20 players) Wednesday, March 17: JSZ All-Zone Boys Public Team (20 players) Thursday, March 18: JSZ All-Zone Boys Non-Public Team (20 players) Friday, March 19: JSZ 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone announced
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top high school hockey players in New Jersey. We have selected the top players in the Garden State – check out all the highlight videos from a great 2021 season. JSZ’s All-Zone Hockey Team It might have been a shortened season, but New Jersey high school hockey delivered plenty of exciting moments and stellar play across the state. Jersey Sports Zone is proud to announce its 2021 All-Zone hockey team honoring the best players in the state. Click on each players name below to watch their highlight reel. GoaliesDefensemanForwardsForwardsPlayer of the Year Mack Alvino, Glen Rock Kareem Al-Azem, Morristown-BeardAntonio Arcaroli, Bergen CatholicMatteo Mancheno, WestfieldConnor Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep - 2021 JSZ POY Ben Kopacki, LakelandDrew Fortescue, Don Bosco PrepMichael Balzarotti, RidgeAram Minnetian, Bergen Catholic Zach McErlain, Gloucester CatholicColin Grable, CBANate Block, Middletown SouthAidan Niceberg, Madison Luke McManus, Morristown-BeardZach Johnson, Gloucester CatholicRyan Bunting, Gloucester CatholicTrip Pendy, Delbarton Lukas Klemm, Don Bosco PrepMitchell Ducalo, RobbinsvilleBrett Pritchard, Rumson-Fair Haven Griffen O'Shaughnessy, Mountain LakesAidan D'Urso, Seton Hall Prep Ryan Rodrigues, Seton Hall Prep Patrick Reilly, CBARyan Fine, Don Bosco PrepBilly Sheridan, Gloucester Catholic Connor Kaczmarek, St. Joe-MetuchenBrady Silverman, Governor Livingston Seth Kaplan, Morristown-BeardMick Thompson, Bergen Catholic Brian Kramer, Governor LivingstonZach Wagnon, CBA Ryan Kulaszewski, St. John VianneyBrendan Waivada, Seton Hall Prep Jason Kwestel, Morris Knolls Connor Sedlak Wins JSZ’s 2021 Hockey Player of the Year During a season shrouded in uncertainty, Don Bosco Prep senior Connor Sedlak put together a career year on the ice. Sedlak helped the Ironmen collect double-digit wins and the Gordon Cup championship after a Gordon Conference-best 28 points (18 G, 10 A) for the Ironmen. Sedlak, who also eclipsed 100 career points this season, was selected as the Gordon Conference MVP by the conference’s coaches. Sedlak is the third Don Bosco Prep player to win JSZ’s highest hockey award, following his older brother, Tyler Sedlak, in 2019, and Mickey Burns, in 2018. The Sedlak’s also now become the first siblings to both win a major Jersey Sports Zone end-of-year award. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles Connor Sedlak after an unforgettable season:
Connor Sedlak Wins JSZ’s 2021 Hockey Player of the Year!
For high school athletes all across New Jersey and beyond, the 2021 winter season was unlike any other. But that doesn’t preclude us from bestowing the our top hockey honor – JSZ’s Hockey Player of the Year. Connor Sedlak Wins JSZ’s 2021 Hockey Player of the Year During a season shrouded in uncertainty, Don Bosco Prep senior Connor Sedlak put together a career year on the ice. Sedlak helped the Ironmen collect double-digit wins and the Gordon Cup championship after a Gordon Conference-best 28 points (18 G, 10 A) for the Ironmen. Sedlak, who also eclipsed 100 career points this season, was selected as the Gordon Conference MVP by the conference’s coaches. Sedlak is the third Don Bosco Prep player to win JSZ’s highest hockey award, following his older brother, Tyler Sedlak, in 2019, and Mickey Burns, in 2018. The Sedlak’s also now become the first siblings to both win a major Jersey Sports Zone end-of-year award. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles Connor Sedlak after an unforgettable season:
Vote for the 2021 JSZ Hockey Goal and Save of the Year!
The cups have been handed out, and now it’s time to vote on the top JSZ hockey moments of 2021! We have polls up for Goal of the Year (second half of the season) and Save of the Year (entire season). Vote as often as you’d like, before our polls close at 3pm on Sunday. Take Our Poll In case you missed it, check out our Top Goals from the first half of the season below. The players were honored virtually by the New Jersey Devils! Take Our Poll
Watch Thursday 3.4 JSZ Hockey Cup Championship Highlights
It’s championship Thursday on the ice and JSZ brings you highlights from five Cup championship games at Codey Arena in Essex County and Mennen Arena in Morristown. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action! Don Bosco Prep 5 Gloucester Catholic 0 | Gordon Cup Championship Don Bosco Prep hushed the doubters and […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.2 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The final week of the season features conference tournament action, plus big showdowns around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Paul VI 81 Don Bosco 69 | Boys NJIT commit Wisler Sanon hit his first eight three-point attempts, en route to a game-high 30 points as the Eagles soared past the Ironmen. Jalen Boyd-Savage and Jaden […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 2.25 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The Gordon Cup is underway while the public schools gear up for their Cup tournaments next week. JSZ has a pair of outstanding matchups on the ice! (3) Don Bosco Prep 4 (6) Delbarton 1 | Gordon Cup Quarterfinal Don Bosco was missing three of their top players Thursday night but didn’t miss a single […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 2.20 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ is pleased to bring you another great weekend of basketball coverage from around the Garden State. We’ve got highlights from a number of top boys and girls teams from Saturday’s action! Manasquan 57 Don Bosco Prep 44 | Boys Connor Walsh had 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots and Ben Roy scored […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
TPS Downs Bosco to Kick Off Huge Week
Although they’re technically no longer an NJSIAA-sponsored school, The Patrick School continues to play New Jersey’s top programs and shine against them. The trend continued Monday afternoon when the UConn commit Samson Johnson netted a game-high 21 points to power the Celtics to a 66-57 win over Don Bosco. Johnson has blossomed into a true […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
The Polls Are Open! Vote Now for Week 2 Game Balls!
The 2021 season is officially underway and the second week of basketball brings us another stellar crop of standout showings. Vote now for JSZ Boys and Girls Game Balls all across the state! Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are back for the 2021 basketball season. We’ve got great performances from all around the state. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South Jersey nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North Jersey nominations) Nery Rodriguez: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central Jersey nominations) South Jersey Game Ball Nominees JSZ’s South Jersey poll includes players in the BCSL, CAL, Colonial, Olympic, and Tri-County conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s Central Jersey poll includes players in the CVC, GMC, and Shore conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s North Jersey poll includes players in the Big North, HCIAL, NJAC, NJIC, SEC, Skyland and UCC conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Friday 2.5 JSZ Ice Hockey Highlights
What better way to kick off the weekend than with a pair of rivalry games on the ice? JSZ has highlights from Gordon Conference and Mennen Division action. Stay tuned for our coverage and enjoy! Bergen Catholic 4 Don Bosco 2 Bergen Catholic secured their biggest win of the 2021 season Friday night on the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
CBA, Don Bosco Skate to Tie in Quest for No. 1 Ranking
Not even a blustery winter blizzard could stop this game from happening – literally. With limited opportunities to get games in as COVID-19 protocols and weather delays are becoming more prevalent, New Jersey’s two best hockey teams didn’t miss the chance for their one and only meeting in 2021. Christian Brothers Academy, the reigning Non-Public […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ 2021 Hockey Previews
Believe it or not, we’ve made it to the start of the high school hockey season in New Jersey. JSZ’s team of multimedia journalists are stopping by rinks all over as teams in the Garden State prepare for the start of the 2021 season on Jan. 15. Bookmark this page as we upload new previews daily leading up to the first puck drop next week! Christian Brothers Academy The defending Gordon Cup and state champions will not get a chance to defend their state crown at the Rock but paying for the school’s 10th Gordon Conference championship is plenty of incentive. With 2020 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year John Donohoe back in net, the Colts are expected to roll our four lines that are all capable of finding the net and a solid blueline anchored by captains Colin Grable and Lucas Salas. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis wraps up our hockey previews with a look at CBA: Don Bosco Prep Despite winning 20 games and making it to three tournament finals, Don Bosco has a chip on its shoulder coming into the new year. The Ironmen are bigger, faster and stronger in 2021, and don’t plan on falling short with as they’ll deploy a high-powered offense and a physical defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview: Rumson-Fair Haven Eric Zullo’s first season as RFH head coach saw the Bulldogs take a big step forward as a state ranked public school program thanks to a 16-3-3 record that featured a spot in the Public “C” quarterfinals and a Shore Conference Hanchden Cup championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to the Red Bank Armory to learn more about the 2021 Bulldogs: Bergen Catholic 2020 was a year that saw Bergen Catholic take a major step forward into becoming a state power. The Crusaders won their first Bergen County Tournament title, yet fell short in the Gordon Cup and Non-Public tournaments. Their sights are set on the state’s No. 1 ranking in 2021 behind an electric offense led by Aram Minnetian. JSZ’s Jay Cook features the Crusaders from Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Augustine The Hermits are eager to get back on the ice after opening round exits in the Gordon Cup and the state playoffs last season. St. Augustine finished .500 a year ago, and will count on a handful of key seniors to help the team compete in 2021. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits from The Igloo in Mt. Laurel: Morris Knolls After winning two straight Public A state titles and with 10 seniors returning to the mix, Morris Knolls has all the makings of entering 2021 as potentially the state’s top public school team. Jason Kwestel, Andrew Ryan and Tim Kepler will all wear C’s on their sweaters this year. With no state tournament this season, Knolls is wholly focused on winning the 2021 Mennen Cup. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by Aspen Ice in Randolph to preview the Golden Eagles: Westfield Finishing (15-8-2), Westfield fell short in the Union County Tournament final and was a game away from playing in Newark for a Public B championship in 2020. The Blue Devils graduated eight seniors but have a bevy of upperclassmen stepping into starting roles this year, which could be a determining factor in finishing during high-pressure situations. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the preview: Thank you to the office of Assemblymen Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Gloucester Catholic The Rams have reached the state semifinals the last three years in a row, and are looking to take the next step by capturing a Gordon Cup title this winter. Defenseman Jake Grace leads an experienced GC senior class, with the Rams hoping a talented group of sophomores will step into the spotlight this year. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview from Hollydell Ice Arena: Gloucester Catholic coverage is made possible by NJM Insurance. Manasquan/Point Pleasant Beach The Warriors have won three straight Shore Conference Cups and will be challenged to go 4 for 4 with the departure of All-Zoners Matt Franzoni and Anthony Dowd but there’s still a lot of talent on the roster headlined by the Farinacci brothers (twins Michael and Chris along with James). Cousin John Farinacci fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors made an appearance at Warriors practice giving the team a big boost as they work towards the start of the 2021 season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall: Delbarton After securing only 10 wins and finishing the year at .500 last season, Delbarton is gladly turning the page to 2021. At least nine freshman and numerous other underclassmen saw significant ice time for the Green Wave in 2020 – but with a year of experience under their belts, head coach Bruce Shatel is expecting a turnaround season. Anchoring Delbarton this year will be talented senior goalie Brett Cleaves. JSZ’s Jay Cook makes the pit stop at Aspen Ice to preview Delbarton:
JSZ’s Top Plays Keep Getting Better into November
We’ve got another tremendous group of nominees that dazzled JSZ cameras in Week 7. Check out our Top Plays and cast your vote now! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 7 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 10 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 7: Take Our Poll Congratulations to Vineland’s Levi Manson for winning the JSZ Top Play Belt for Week 6!
Watch Saturday 11.14 JSZ Football Highlights
Plenty of great action all over the Garden State as Week 7 continues. Be sure to check back throughout the day/night to watch all of the highlights! Don Bosco Prep 21 Bergen Catholic 20 What. A. Game. Don Bosco Prep created bedlam in Bergen County Saturday afternoon with an unforgettable, shocking win over Bergen Catholic. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 10.16 JSZ Football Highlights
Wet weather threw a few wrinkles into the Week 3 schedule, but Friday night still brought us tons of highlights from all around the state. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the exciting action! Delbarton 27 Don Bosco 21 Delbarton made history Friday night. The Green Wave scored only their second win […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 10.10 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 2 wraps up with plenty of thrilling action all over the state. Check back throughout the evening to watch all of the highlights! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Don Bosco 7 The rematch of last year’s Non-Public Group 4 championship was defined by a dominant defense effort courtesy of the reigning champions. The St. Peter’s […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
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: Timber Creek Major changes took place at Timber Creek this offseason as longtime head coach Rob Hinson joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. Brian Wright takes over for Hinson after eight seasons at Cherry Hill West. Wright now presides over one of the best rosters in the state highlighted by junior DE/WR Jihaad Campbell, and junior quarterback Donovan Leary. The Chargers also added senior running back, Temple-commit Johnny Martin, who transferred from Highland in the offseason. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story: 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 9/25: St. Peter’s Prep 9/26: Timber Creek
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: