Vote Now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
This past spring sports season was the perfect way to close out a busy and exciting 2021-2022 scholastic year for high school sports in the Garden State. Now, it’s time to find out who had the best plays of the spring. Our cameras captured hundreds of games from baseball, softball and lacrosse fields all around the state. With that, comes a countless number of noteworthy plays. So, we need your help! This week, we’ll be asking our audience to vote on four separate categories for JSZ’s 2022 Spring Sports Plays of the Year: boys’ lacrosse goal, girls’ lacrosse goal, web gem and clutch play. Check back each day throughout the week to watch the corresponding video and vote in that respective poll. Boys’ Lacrosse Goal of the Year (Monday) Girls’ Lacrosse Goal of the Year (Coming Tuesday) Web Gem of the Year (Coming Wednesday) Clutch Play of the Year (Coming Thursday)
Watch Wednesday 6.15 JSZ State Final Baseball Highlights
The Non-Public state titles were on the line at Veterans Park in Mercer County on Wednesday night. JSZ has complete highlights and interviews from both games! Don Bosco 5 St. Augustine 0 | Non-Public A State Final Rider commit Clayton Poiley and Kentucky commit Caden Dana combined to throw a three-hit shutout, as the Ironmen captured their first state title since 2008. Dana also hit a solo home run in the victory. Virginia commit Kevin Jaxel had an RBI double, while Iona commit A.J. Zollo knocked in a pair of runs for Bosco (24-5). Bryant commit Kyle Neri had a double for the Hermits (27-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel and Jay Cook have the highlights and reaction: Ranney 10 Immaculata 1 | Non-Public B State Final Junior Duke commit AJ Gracia did everything except drive the bus for the Panthers on Wednesday night. Gracia opened the game with a towering lead-off home run and then proceeded to strike out nine batters across five and two-thirds innings of work on the mound. Ranney (26-5) broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a single from Jack Tallent. Diego Tavarez and Glen Cantalupo each delivered two-run hits later after that. Immaculata (14-13) fell short of capturing their first Non-Public B title since 1995. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: JSZ’s state championship baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Friday 6.10 JSZ Championship Baseball Highlights
It’s sectional championship Friday on the diamond, and JSZ has highlights from six different games! Check back throughout the night as the videos are posted! Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Wall 3 | Group 2 Central Final Charlie Tallman hit a 2-run walk-off single to center to cap an amazing comeback by the Bulldogs to win their first sectional baseball championship in 18 years. Nick Lovarco hit a two-run homer in the 5th to give Wall a 2-1 lead and the Crimson Knights added an insurance run by Gabe Cavazzoni to take a 3-1 lead. RFH was down to its final strike before Aaron Del Tin worked a walk after fouling off seven pitches. From there, Reece Moroney hit an RBI double to make it 3-2 setting the table for Tallman’s heroics. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the incredible finish and post-game reaction from an epic game: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio from Berkshire Hathaway/Fox & Roach Realtors. Cranford 10 Millburn 8 | Group 3 North 2 Final A nine-run outburst over the final two innings was the driving force to the Cougars’ rousing come-from-behind victory for the sectional title. Will Gallagher and Dennis McCaffery each had two-run singles to help Cranford (24-4) erase a 5-1 deficit and steal the lead for good. Millburn (25-6) was led by Copeland Culp and his four-RBI day. Cranford now advances to the state semifinals and will host Ramapo on Monday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Millburn: Cherokee 2 Kingsway 1 | Group 4 South Final The sixth-seeded Chiefs knocked off the top-seeded Dragons to win their first sectional championship since 2012. Freshman Brett Gable struck out eight to earn the win on the mound, while Grayson Bravo picked up the save. Brandon Petrick knocked in both runs for Cherokee (22-7) with a single in the sixth inning. Colin Gill drove in the lone run of the game for Kingsway (26-5) in the loss. The Chiefs advance to host Howell in the state semifinals next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: St. Augustine 5 CBA 2 | Non-Public A South Final The Hermits captured their sixth straight sectional title with a victory over the Colts. Old Dominion commit Marco Levari struck out nine in six and two thirds innings of work to earn the win on the mound. St. Joseph’s commit Ryan Weingartner and Jordan Serrano each drove in a pair of runs for the Prep (27-1). George Kruse and Gavin Kus each had an RBI double for CBA (18-10) in the loss. St. Augustine will face Don Bosco for the state crown on Wednesday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Richland: Don Bosco 4 Seton Hall Prep 2 | Non-Public A North Final Caden Dana struck out a season-high 11 batters over six innings of work and allowed one earned run to spark the Ironmen to their first sectional title since 2015. The game was tied at 2 going into the fifth inning and Eric Becker broke the game open with an RBI single, scoring Pablo Santos for the go-ahead run for Don Bosco (23-5). Seton Hall Prep (21-7) carried a 2-1 lead into the third inning, but couldn’t hold on. The Ironmen now turn their focus to St. Augustine for the Non-Public A state title game on Wednesday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is brought to you by One-on-One with Steve Adubato! Haddon Heights 4 Cedar Creek 3 | Group 2 South Final The third-seeded Garnets bring home a South Jersey title after throwing out the potential game-tying run at the plate on a passed ball. Timmy Shell, Caden Bodine, John DiCastanzo, and Drew Harris each drove in a run during a four-run fifth inning in the win for Haddon Heights (21-7). John McColl and Nate Winterbottom finished with a RBI in the loss for top-seeded Cedar Creek (19-13). Haddon Heights will now face Central champion Rumson-Fair Haven in a Group 2 state semifinal on Monday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from a wild finish in Egg Harbor City: JSZ’s championship baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
The “Marquis” Element: How Koleton Marquis’ Native Roots Have Shaped NJ’s Top Team
When you watch Koleton Marquis play the game he loves, it’s almost like it’s in his blood or a part of his DNA. The fact is, that’s not too far from the truth. Marquis is from the Kahnawake native reserve in Quebec, Canada. He came to Don Bosco Prep to play high school lacrosse and made memories immediately as a freshman. He’s since blossomed into one of the best players in New Jersey and one of the more dynamic players in the entire country. Don Bosco head coach Brendan Gorman said the Ironmen adopted Marquis’ Iroquois roots and heritage into their No. 1 state ranked program. By the way the last two seasons have progressed, it certainly seems like it’s worked out for the best. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile:
Vote Now For Final JSZ Spring Game Balls of the Season!
For the last time this season, It’s time to recognize the best baseball and softball performances from around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Don Bosco Goes Yard in Win over SJR
The Ironmen’s reign over New Jersey baseball continues. Don Bosco (16-3) hit three home runs and leaned on steady pitching to secure an 8-1 win over St. Joe’s (15-5), while also locking up a regular season sweep of the Green Knights. Allen Hernandez launched a two-run blast in the first inning. Caden Dana led off the fourth inning with a solo shot and Eric Becker cranked a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Michael Staiano drew the start for Don Bosco and allowed one run over five strong innings of work. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Watch Tuesday 5.10 JSZ County Championship Lacrosse Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has more action packed championship games lined up as lacrosse county tournament play continues around the Garden State. Check out our highlights from three stellar finals below. Seton Hall Prep 9 West Essex 6 | Essex County Tournament Final | Boys No. 4 Seton Hall Prep captured its ninth consecutive Essex County Tournament crown with a 9-6 comeback win over No. 16 West Essex. Prep led 5-3 at halftime, but the Knights with three goals in the third quarter led 6-5 entering the fourth. Junior Aidan Donovan coming off the bench for the Pirates added two quick scores and assisted on a goal from Max Racich to put Seton Hall Prep back in front late. Max Racich and Matt Wrede each finished with two goals, Wrede also had 4 assists. Christian Schweiger ended the day with a hat trick. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to “One on One” with Steve Adubato for sponsoring our Seton Hall Prep coverage. Don Bosco 14 Ridgewood 6 | Bergen County Tournament Final | Boys The Ironmen had to wait more than seven weeks to get their revenge, but it was well worth it. Don Bosco lost to Ridgewood on the opening day of the season but avenged their lone loss with a championship victory. Mark Marino tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) while Koleton Marquis chipped in a hat trick. The Ironmen have now won back-to-back Bergen County Tournament titles. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Mahwah High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Don Bosco Prep and Ridgewood is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health. Mountain Lakes 8 Delbarton 7 | Morris County Tournament Final | Boys Reid Tietjen’s goal with 1:37 to go in the fourth quarter was the game-winner in a fantastic back and forth game that saw three lead changes in the final 12 minutes. Caz Kotsen was named the tournament MVP after a 3-goal, 2 assist game. It’s back-to-back Morris County titles for the Lakers who improve to 13-1 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Mount Olive High School:
Vote Now For JSZ Week Five Game Balls
It’s time to recognize the best baseball and softball performances from around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: email@example.com (South nominations) Jay Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: email@example.com (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Vote Now For JSZ Week Three Spring Game Balls
It’s time to recognize the best baseball and softball performances from around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Saturday 4.23 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
JSZ has a handful of high-profile games from all over the state on Saturday! Don Bosco 12 Mountain Lakes 6 | Boys No. 2 Don Bosco defeated No. 1 Mountain Lakes 12-6 to claim supremacy in the Boys Lacrosse state rankings. The Ironmen went ahead 4-0 after the first quarter following two goals from Marquette University commit Connor Gorman, Gorman scored twice more in the second to give Don Bosco an 8-2 lead at halftime. Moutain Lakes scored twice in the third and fourth, but it was not enough to pull off a comeback against the reigning Tournament of Champion Winners. Connor Gorman finished with five goals while Princeton commit Mark Marino and John Hopkins commit Koleton Marquis each had a pair of scores, Marquis also had five assists. Sophomore goalie Colton Carfello had 11 saves. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Ramsey: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our statewide lacrosse coverage. Manasquan 13 Ocean City 6 | Boys The Warriors raced out to 6-1 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. James Farinacci led Squan (8-1) with four goals, while Jacksonville commit Rob Pendergist added three goals in the victory. The Red Raiders dropped to (5-5) with the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Carey Stadium in OC: Cherokee 16 Moorestown 15 (2OT) | Girls Loyola-commit Delaney Jackson converted an eight meter opportunity in double overtime for her fourth goal of the game as the Chiefs won a thriller against the Quakers. Duquesne-commit Chelsea Evans led all scorers with seven goals in the win for Cherokee (8-0). Emma Greer racked up four goals, while UMass-commit Emma Dengler added three goals in the loss for Moorestown (5-4). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from this TOC rematch: JSZ’s lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Wednesday 4.20 JSZ Baseball Highlights
It was a busy day on the diamond, and JSZ has action from all over the Garden State. Check back throughout the night as the highlights roll in! Don Bosco 12 Bergen Catholic 1 (5 innings) The No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey secured an early season series sweep against their arch rivals on Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of scouts were in to see flame-throwing right-hander Caden Dana and he cruised through five innings of work by striking our four and only allowing three hits for Don Bosco (7-2). Michael Staiano and Allen Hernandez paced the offense with three-RBI days apiece. The Ironmen defeated Bergen Catholic (4-4) on Monday at West Point to help lock up the sweep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health. Ranney 14 St. Mary’s (Rutherford) 0 (5 innings) Charlie Chropuvka hit a mammoth home run to dead center and Diego Tavarez added a blast to support Marcello Mastroianni and Jack Renaud’s combined five-inning no-hitter as Ranney (8-1) handed St. Mary’s (10-1) its first loss of the season. The Panthers rebounded from a 3-2 loss to Rumson-Fair Haven with a dominating performance. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s high school baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health East Brunswick 4 South Brunswick 2 East Brunswick defeated South Brunswick 4-2 to improve to 6-4. The Bears trailing 1-0 for most of the afternoon got a lift in the fifth inning off a solo home run from Jason Agrait to tie the game at 1-1, they tacked on two more runs in the inning. Despite giving up a home run in the second, Michael Marchese finished with 12 strike outs and two earned runs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. Delsea 9 Woodstown 2 The Crusaders took an early lead and never looked back, running their record to (7-1). Konnor Reilly paced Delsea with three RBIs on the day. Jake Watson struck out six in five innings of work to earn the win on the mound. Lucas Prendergast had an RBI for Woodstown (4-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Buena 4 Schalick 1 The Chiefs led 2-1 after some first inning fireworks, and battled for a hard-fought win to stay undefeated. Zach Strouse picked up a complete game win on the mound with five strikeouts. Brady Betts knocked in a pair of RBIs in the win for Buena (6-0). Cole DuBois had the lone RBI in the loss for Schalick (4-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: JSZ baseball highlights are brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
NJ Devils and JSZ once again bring great memories to New Jersey high school icers
The third and final installment of JSZ’s Goals of the Month took place last Sunday at the Prudential Center. Check out a great night for our honorees at the Rock! Once again, the New Jersey Devils have partnered with Jersey Sports Zone to spotlight great moments captured by our cameras. On March 27, the final edition of our Goals of the Month was honored along with our Save of the Year winner. In all, 16 players got a chance to see their goal on the scoreboard at the Prudential Center and watch NHL action up close. Check out our feature that aired earlier today on JSZ-TV on WLNY 10/55 and watch our Top 5 goals from the 2022 post-season:
Meet JSZ’s Entire 2022 All-Zone Basketball Team!
Jersey Sports Zone honors the 2021-22 high school basketball season with our annual All-Zone team. We announce the Mister and Miss Hoop Zone 2022 winner with extended features on two more great names to add to New Jersey high school basketball history! You can also find our entire All-Zone team below, which highlights the top public and non-public players on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. Wagner Repeats as JSZ’s Mister Hoop Zone Camden guard DJ Wagner is a two-time winner of Jersey Sports Zone’s Mister Hoop Zone award. The number one ranked recruit in the nation for the class of 2023 helped “The High” to a Group 2 state championship. He was on 35 first-place ballots in JSZ’s voting, done by high school head coaches and media members around the state. Roselle Catholic’s Simeon Wilcher, who led Roselle Catholic to a Tournament of Champions overtime win against Camden finished in second picking up 22 first-place votes. In the midst of all the attention not only in our state but across the nation, Wagner continues to be humble and has a team-first mentality. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles our two-time Mr. Hoop Zone winner: Thanks to the coaches and media members from every part of the state who cast their vote for 2022 Mister Hoop Zone: Tom Sheridan, Williamstown, Kyle Dhyne, Holy Spirit, Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Twp., Dan Williams, Mainland, Eric Cassidy, Cherokee, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Tyler Schmelz, Red Bank Catholic, John Giraldo, Matawan, Alex Mirabel, St. Peter’s Prep, Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco, Mergin Sina, Gill St. Bernard’s, Dennis Caruano, Raritan, Andrew Bilodeau, Manasquan, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, John Rosser, Overbrook, Mike Nausedas, Marlboro, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Ryan McKeever, Immaculata, Rory Caswell, Toms River North, Lou Piccola, Colts Neck, Rich Buckheit, Mater Dei Prep, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, John Bruno, Ocean City, Nick Vier, Ramapo, Mike Clemente, Central, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Kris Grundy, Montgomery, Matt Talbot, Roselle Park, Tahj Holden, Ranney, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, A. Melesurgo, Bound Brook, Jeff Gumbs Jr., Perth Amboy, Rich Roche, Notre Dame, Chris Raba, Nottingham, Phil Colicchio, Elizabeth, Ben Gamble, Bayonne, Mark Bass, Trenton Catholic, Kevin Williams, Seton Hall Prep, Ryan Derry, Burlington Township, Don DeLeo, Hightstown, James McKeon, Westfield, Liam James, Gloucester, Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Brandon Gould, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Jon Jones, NJ Advance/Max Preps, Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio, Dave’s Joint, Adam Zagoria, NY Times, Antonio Morales, NJ Athletics, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, Matt Manley, Shore Sports Network, Jay Gomes, NJ Hoops, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, James Mooney, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ SJV’s St. Rose Wins 2022 Miss Hoop Zone in Dominating Fashion St. John Vianney guard Madison St. Rose was a near-unanimous selection to win Jersey Sports Zone’s 2022 Miss Hoop Zone. The Princeton-bound senior was the leader of one of the best teams in New Jersey high school history going 32-1, winning the final Tournament of Champions. While St. Rose was snubbed from national all-star games, the coaches and media in New Jersey have given her proper due as one of the very best from our state to play the game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis profiles the latest great athlete to join the Miss Hoop Zone list: Thanks to the coaches and media members around the state who cast their vote for JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone; Billy Lovett, Morris Catholic, Joe Montano, Red Bank Catholic, Rachel Goodale, Jackson Memorial, Dave Callahan, Rumson-Fair Haven, Dave Beauchemin, Manchester Twp., William Wishart, Shore Regional, Michael Lazur, Ocean Township, Dawn Karpell, St. John Vianney, Steve DiPatri, Wildwood Catholic, Scott Betson, Mainland, Sandy Chiera, Colonia, Vin Vizzi, Spotswood, Jackie Siscone, ACIT, Ron Powell, Cherokee, Mary Klinger, Rutgers Prep, Steve Silver, IHA, Sandy Gordon, Ramapo, Justin McGhee, Middletown North, Chris Hernandez, Weehawkin, Jenna Marcus, Hightstown, Liz McKeon, Westfield, Travis Retzlaff, East Brunswick, Cap Pazdera, New Providence, Kristen Przybylski, Eastern, Audrey Taylor, Franklin, Derek Lynn, Montville, Felicia Oliver, Matawan, Brad Allen, Teaneck, Scott Meile, Oakcrest, Lisa Kukoda, Manasquan, Danny Brown, Saddle River Day, Brandon Pilgrim, Paterson Eastside, Jon Jones, NJ Advance/Max Preps, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio, Brian Deakyne, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, NYG Hoops, Antonio Morales, NJ Athletics, Prep Girls Hoops, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, G Thing, Luis Torres, NJ Advance Media, James Mooney, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ St. Benedict’s Johnson wins JSZ’s Prep Player of the Year St. Benedict’s Prep junior Ty-Laur Johnson was named Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep player of the year after leading the Gray Bees to a dominating 19-1 season and the New Jersey Prep “A” championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has more on a junior guard who shined against elite competition: Meet the 2022 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team This week, we’ll have video profiles of every player across the state that we honor as part of the 2022 Jersey Sports Zone All-Zone Basketball Team. Public BoysPublic BoysNon-Public BoysNon-Public BoysMr. Hoop Zone FinalistsPOY Winners Darius Adams, ManasquanEJ Matthews-Spratley, Cherry Hill EastAdam Silas, St. Thomas AquinasOtega Oweh, Blair AcademyMark Armstrong, St. Peter's PrepDJ Wagner, Camden, JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone 2022 Andrew Ball, ShawneeCian Medley, CamdenAkil Watson, Roselle CatholicRyan Pettit, Rutgers PrepMackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard'sTy-Laur Johnson, St. Benedict's Prep, JSZ Prep Player of the Year Aaron Bradshaw, CamdenSavon Myers, Manchester Twp.Brandon Benjamin, Bergen CatholicRyan Zan, Rutgers PrepWill Richardson, Bergen Catholic Tayvon Gaither, LenapeSavion Pressley, ColoniaDavid Mager, Dwight-EnglewoodTahaad Pettiford, Hudson CatholicSimeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic Scott Gyimesi, Rumson-Fair HavenSebastian Robinson, ElizabethDeuce Jones, Trenton CatholicNaas Cunningham, Gill St. Bernard's Dasear Haskins, CamdenKeyshun Sanders, PaulsboroDylan Harper, Don BoscoDenver Anglin, Gill St. Bernard's Zoe Holman, Woodrow WilsonJack Seidler, MarlboroElijah Gertrude, Hudson CatholicAlex Bauman, Red Bank Catholic Asim Jones, Paterson CharterDerek Simpson, LenapeJackson Bleeker, Seton Hall PrepCJ Ruoff, Red Bank Catholic Elijah Lewis, Watchung HillsJon Spatola, MarlboroJadin Collins, Rutgers PrepIsaac Hester, Ranney Sean Logan, WestfieldDJ Thomson, KeyportJamarques Lawrence, Roselle CatholicNate Williams, St. John Vianney Carlos Lopez, Egg Harbor Twp.Julian Brown, Bergen Catholic Meet the 2022 JSZ All-Zone Girls Basketball Team Public GirlsPublic GirlsNon-Public GirlsNon-Public GirlsMiss Hoop Zone FinalistsMiss Hoop Zone Winner Amaya Burch, Timber CreekBrooke Hollawell, ManasquanIsabella Ascencio, IHAAshley O'Connor, St. John Vianney Zoe Brooks, St. John VianneyMadison St. Rose, St. John Vianney Destiny Bynum-Johnson, UniversityGrace Klag, WestfieldTyonna Bailey, Montclair ImmaculateFaith Pappas, Pope JohnHannah Hidalgo, Paul VI Kylie Capstraw, West OrangeMeghan Lamanna, New ProvidenceAntonia Bates, Rutgers PrepMia Pauldo, Morris CatholicPaulina Paris, Saddle River Day Julia Corsentino, Rumson-Fair HavenZoie Maffei, Jackson MemorialMikayla Blakes, Rutgers PrepMya Pauldo, Morris CatholicJustine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic Alexis Davis, WoodburyBrynn McCurry, SpartaMeg Cahalan, St. John VianneyKayla Perez, St. Thomas Aquinas Camryn Dirkes, MainlandChristina Midgette, FranklinAlly Carman, Red Ban CatholicAlana Robinson, Pope John Mary Elizabeth Donnelly, ManasquanGia Pissott, Toms River NorthGina Gaccione, IHAGabriella Ross, Donovan Catholic Rylee Drahos, Shore RegionalMadison Schiller, RamapoKatie Ledden, Rutgers PrepTayla Thomas, Montclair Immaculate Katie Fricker, CherokeeRhian Stokes, EwingSara McShea, Paul VIKassidy Thompson, Camden Catholic Kyla Glasser-Hyman, HightstownAlly Sweeney, SpartaKaci Mikulski, Wildwood CatholicFaith Williamson, Saddle River Day Georgia Heine, Manasquan Jersey Sports Zone’s All-Zone coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Watch Wednesday 3.30 JSZ Opening Day Lacrosse Highlights
The 2022 lacrosse season gets underway on Wednesday, and JSZ has highlights from four games to get the action going. Check back throughout the night as the highlights are posted! Ridgewood 7 Don Bosco 6 | Boys Simply put, statement made. Ridgewood is the top story on the opening day of the 2022 season after taking out the reigning TOC champions Don Bosco while also extinguishing their 18-game win streak. John Dunphey scored a pair of goals for the Maroons, but it was Charlie Merrick’s goal in the fourth quarter that gave Ridgewood their first lead of the entire game. Koleton Marquis and Mark Marino each had two goals for the Ironmen in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Ridgewood: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Ridgewood and Don Bosco is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health. Bergen Catholic 11 CBA 10 (2OT) | Boys Nick Muller’s goal in double overtime gave the Crusaders a dramatic double-overtime win on the road in a fantastic game played by both teams. Muller finished the game with a goal and six assists while teammate Crispin Kaye had six goals and an assist. CBA got a goal from Ian McRae with 9.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Lincroft: JSZ’s opening day lacrosse coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health Lower Cape May 12 Middle Township 7 | Boys The Caper Tigers built a 6-0 halftime lead and then held off the rival Panthers to earn the victory. Macky Bonner led Lower with five goals, while Matt Brown scored four goals in the victory. Matthew Frame, Brett Nabb, and Greg Hrynowski all scored two goals apiece for Middle in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Shore 14 Monroe 5 | Boys Shore Regional opens the Boys Lacrosse season 1-0 following a 14-5 victory over three time reigning GMC Champions Monroe. After falling behind 2-0 to begin play, Shore ended the opening quarter with 4 unanswered scores, they would tack on three more in the second to lead 7-2 at halftime. Carson Cooke with three goals in the third push the score to 12-4 to close out the third, Cooke ended the afternoon with 5, Sam Madalone also had 5 goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage.
Vote now for JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness Sweet 16
JSZ’s Dunk Madness is back for 2022! 32 of the best dunks captured by JSZ in a bracket-style tournament where YOU determine who had the Dunk of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Sweet 16 polls are open now until 3PM on Tuesday (3/29). The Elite 8 will begin on Tuesday at 4 PM! Vote now on the Sweet 16 matchups! Click each player’s name to watch their dunk and cast your vote below! Zion Fowler (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Dylan Harper (Don Bosco Prep) Rasheer Fleming (Camden) vs. Simeon Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) Matt Solomon (Manasquan) vs. Naas Cunningham (Gill St. Bernard’s) Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Elijah Perkins (Camden) Rashee Bell (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Brandon Benjamin (Bergen Catholic) George Mitchell (Keyport) vs. Amar Lane (Burlington Twp.) Jameel Morris (Trenton Catholic) vs. Geancarlo Peguero (Gill St. Bernard’s) Ryan Zan (Rutgers Prep) vs. Elijah Brown (St. Augustine) JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness is powered by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Vote now for Round One of JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness!
JSZ’s Dunk Madness is back for 2022! 32 of the best dunks captured by JSZ in a bracket-style tournament where YOU determine who had the Dunk of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Polls are open now until 3PM on Monday (3/28). Round two will begin on Monday at 4 PM! Vote now on our 16 first round matchups! Click each player’s name to watch the dunk and cast your vote below! Zion Fowler (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Andrew Ball (Shawnee) Will Richardson (Bergen Catholic) vs. Dylan Harper (Don Bosco Prep) Elijah Gertrude (Hudson Catholic) vs. Rasheer Fleming (Camden) Simeon Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) vs. Asim Jones (Paterson Charter) Joe White (CBA) vs. Matt Solomon (Manasquan) Otega Oweh (Blair) vs. Naas Cunningham (Gill St. Bernard’s) Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Tahaad Pettiford (Hudson Catholic) Elijah Perkins (Camden) vs. Deuce Jones (Trenton Catholic) Aaron Bradshaw (Camden) vs. Rashee Bell (Wildwood Catholic Academy) Derek Simpson (Lenape) vs. Brandon Benjamin (Bergen Catholic) Jadin Collins (Rutgers Prep) vs. George Mitchell (Keyport) Gio Panzini (RBC) vs. Amar Lane (Burlington Twp.) Jameel Morris (Trenton Catholic) vs. Adam Silas (St. Thomas Aquinas) Geancarlo Peguero (Gill St. Bernard’s) vs. Akil Watson (Roselle Catholic) DJ Wagner (Camden) vs. Ryan Zan (Rutgers Prep) Rich Brisco (Roselle Catholic) vs. Elijah Brown (St. Augustine) JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness is powered by RWJ Barnabas Health.
JSZ’s Announces Hockey Postseason Awards!
New Jersey’s 2021-2022 high school hockey season was one for the record books. We saw some teams flirt with perfection, others make school history while many players took their respective games to new heights. Here, our team at Jersey Sports Zone honors the very best from this past season. Follow along as our full postseason award announcements roll out! CBA’s Zach Wagnon Wins JSZ’s 2022 Hockey Player of the Year Zach Wagnon’s senior season was dominant from start to finish. The top forward at Christian Brothers Academy, Wagnon accumulated 24 goals and a staggering 50 assists while leading the Colts to a near perfect year. The Yale University commit – who was named the Gordon Conference MVP – helped lead CBA to a 27-0-3 record along with a Gordon Cup championship along with a Non-Public state title. Wagnon was unanimously selected by JSZ’s staff as this year’s winner. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles the standout forward: JSZ’s Hockey Player of the Year History 2022: Zach Wagnon, CBA 2021: Connor Sedlak, Don Bosco 2020: John Donohoe, CBA 2019: Tyler Sedlak, Don Bosco 2018: Mickey Burns, Don Bosco Morristown-Beard’s Leah Stecker Wins JSZ’s 2022 Girls Hockey Player of the Year Morristown-Beard was once again crowned the number one Girls Ice Hockey team in New Jersey this past season and that was thanks in large part to senior leader Leah Stecker. The Penn State commit finished the year with 19 goals and eclipsed the 100 point mark in her Crimson career. Stecker exits high school with 67 goals total and the only two girls ice hockey state titles to be played in NJ’s history so far. JSZ is proud to announce Stecker as our inaugural winner of the award. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: JSZ’s 2022 All-Zone Team Every year, we put a spotlight on the best players to grace the ice in the Garden State. This year, however, we are splitting our All-Zone teams up into a public team and a non-public team. There’s no first, second or third team all-state here – we just take the very best from throughout the year. 2022 All-Zone Public Team GoaliesDefensemanForwards Shane Cook, Governor LivingstonThomas Conrod, WestfieldEgor Barabanov, Ridge Daniel Moor, Northern HighlandsAndreas Forand, Middletown SouthRowan Brennan, Verona Zach Turbin, LivingstonZach Gold, VeronaColin Delanzo, Middletown North Luke Dickerson, Morris Knolls Will Fuller, Northern Highlands Jace Koenigsmark, Middletown North Brian Kramer, Governor Livingston Denis Kuzmenkov, Ridge Matteo Mancheno, Westfield Brett Pritchard, Rumson-Fair Haven Austin Vecchio, Livingston 2022 All-Zone Non-Public Team GoaliesDefensemanForwardsPlayers of the Year John Donohoe, CBAMatthew Desiderio, Bergen CatholicAntonio Arcaroli, Bergen CatholicZach Wagnon, CBA - 2022 JSZ Boys Player of the Year Jason Cai, DelbartonNoah Jones, Morristown-BeardLeighton Biesidadecki, CBA Lukas Peterson, Don Bosco PrepEvan Brown, CBALeah Stecker, Morristown-Beard - 2022 JSZ Girls Player of the Year Patrick Reilly, CBANick Faccone, Delbarton Aidan Guinnessey, CBA Hollis Humphries, Morristown-Beard Matt Imbriano, Don Bosco Prep John Mustard, Bergen Catholic Ty Oller, Don Bosco Prep Trip Pendy, Delbarton Billy Sheridan, Gloucester Catholic Jersey Sports Zone’s full postseason award coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health, a proven supporter of New Jersey high school sports.
Vote now for Jersey Sports Zone’s Hockey Plays of the Year!
We’ve got one more batch of great goals from the high school hockey playoffs and our nominees for JSZ Saves of the Year. Cast your vote now through Friday at 12 noon. Winners will be honored by the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center later this month! The high school hockey season provided some great moments and once again the New Jersey Devils have teamed up with Jersey Sports Zone to honor another great batch of goals captured by JSZ cameras. We’ve got ten nominees for the best goals of the post-season. Our poll is open NOW through Friday at 12 noon. The winner of the poll will get one of the five spots for our Goals of the Month. Jersey Sports Zone and the Devils will choose the other four goals from our nominees and compile the Top 5 goals that will be shown during the Devils game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 27th. The Top 5 goal scorers will get tickets to the game and get to see their goals on the scoreboard during the first intermission! Watch our goals below and cast your vote now: Jersey Sports Zone Save of the Year In addition to our Top 5 goals from the post-season, the Devils will honor the top save captured by JSZ cameras. The poll is open now through Friday at 12 noon. The winner of the poll will be honored by the Devils at the March 27th game against Montreal along with our top five goal scorers. Watch the best saves now and cast your vote! Thanks to the New Jersey Devils for supporting high school hockey players in New Jersey all year long! In addition to hosting the state championships, the Devils have been showcasing Jersey Sports Zone goals every month during the hockey season.
Watch Wednesday 3.9 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
The playoffs continue with non-public sectional finals, and public state semifinals. Check back often as the highlights come in! Roselle Catholic 68 Gill St. Bernard’s 62 | Boys | Non-Public B North Final One of the most anticipated basketball games of the season did not disappoint as the Lions won their ninth-straight sectional championship. Georgetown commit Denver Anglin hit 11 three-pointers, finished with a game-high 35 points and even helped Gill St. Bernard’s (20-7) reach a 10 point lead on Roselle Catholic (26-2) late in the third quarter. RC stormed back in with a 11-0 run, sparked by senior Braxton Jones, and they never looked back. The Lions will face Trenton Catholic in the Non-Public B final Saturday at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the campus of Rutgers University. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Franklin High School: Bergen Catholic 69 Don Bosco 57 | Boys | Non-Public A North Final Will Richardson scored 19 points to become Bergen Catholic’s all-time leading scorer and Julian Brown scored 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter to give the Crusaders a third straight sectional championship. The Crusaders will face Rutgers Prep for the Non-Public “A” state championship on Saturday at Rutgers. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Franklin High School: Camden 77 Rumson-Fair Haven 43 | Boys | Group 2 State Semifinal Camden closed the first quarter on a 17-0 run and never looked back, punching a ticket to the Group 2 state final. Cian Medley led the way with a game-high 20 points for The High (29-2). Elijah Perkins added 12 points, while D.J. Wagner went for 11 points. Geoff Schroeder and Scott Gyimesi scored 11 points apiece for RFH (21-4) in the loss. The Panthers will face Newark Central for the title on Sunday, as Camden seeks its first state championship since 2000. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Coverage of RFH is brought to you by Mario Venancio, Berkshire Hathaway, Fox & Roach Realtors. Marlboro 49 Lenape 47 | Boys | Group 4 State Semifinal The Mustangs trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but battled back to advance to the first state final in program history. Jack Seidler led the way with a game-high 24 points for Marlboro (28-2). Rutgers commit Derek Simpson scored a team-high 15 points for the Indians (27-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: State semifinal hoops coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health. Trenton Catholic Academy 70 Ranney 55 | Boys | Non-Public B South Final Trenton Catholic defeated Ranney 70-55 to capture the Non-Public B South title. Following a 13-13 tie after the first quarter, Trenton Catholic, led by sophomore Michael “Deuce” Jones, went ahead 34-26 at halftime. The Iron Mikes controlled the tempo of the game kept a 10 point lead throughout the fourth quarter. Jones finished with 22 points, while Erik Oliver-Bush had 16 points. TCPA claims its first sectional title since 2010. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage. Rutgers Prep 63 Red Bank Catholic 60 | Boys | Non-Public A South Final The Argonauts trailed by twelve late in the third quarter, and staged a thrilling comeback to win the first sectional title in program history. Jadin Collins scored early and often on his way to a career-high 33 points in the win for Rutgers Prep (26-3). Ryan Zan chipped in with 17 points to help the Argonauts avenge a loss to the Caseys earlier this season. C.J. Ruoff scored a team-high 18 points in the loss for RBC (24-5). Rutgers Prep will play Bergen Catholic for the Non-Public A state title on Saturday at Rutgers University. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Lenape High School: JSZ’s championship basketball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Wednesday 3.2 JSZ Hockey State Semifinal Highlights
We’re down to the final four in the New Jersey state hockey playoffs! JSZ brings you three exciting semifinal matchups: the Non-Public state championship is set after two close battles at Codey Arena plus Livingston and Westfield renew their on-ice rivalry. CBA 3 Gloucester Catholic 2 | Non-Public Semifinal Leighton Biesiadecki’s breakaway goal midway through the third period was the game-winner as the Colts survive a scare for their 25th straight win. Aidan Guinnessey scored a pair of goals for 26-0-3 CBA, who will face Delbarton this Monday night at 8pm for the Non-Public state championship. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Rich Chrampanis have the highlights from Codey Arena: Delbarton 2 Don Bosco Prep 1 | Non-Public Semifinal Jason Cai’s performance in the Gordon Cup semifinals was one he was ready to forget. Even better, he got redemption on Wednesday night. Cai stopped 28 shots in an impressive performance to help lift Delbarton (19-5-2) to the win over Don Bosco (20-7-1) and punch the Green Wave’s ticket to the Non-Public State Final. The game opened with all three goals scored in the first five minutes and Jack Olsen’s score ended up being the game winner. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Codey Arena in West Orange: JSZ’s coverage of the Non-Public state semifinals is brought to you by the New Jersey Devils Livingston 2 Westfield 1 | Public “A” Semifinal Livingston (22-3-3) defeated Westfield (19-5) 2-1 to advance to the Public “A” Final. The Lancers went ahead 2-0 in the second period off goals from Brett Conklin and Alex Selvin. With under a minute to go in the second, Matteo Mancheno scored for Westfield to cut the lead to 2-1 entering the third, but the Blue Devils would not be able to force overtime. Livingston avenging their loss in the McInnis Cup Championship, bested Westfield for a third time this season. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is brought to you by State Senator Jon Bramnick
Watch Saturday 2.26 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ’s cameras were all over the state as plenty of conference and county championships were on the line on Saturday. Check back throughout the day as the highlights come in! Bergen Catholic 71 Don Bosco 64 | Boys | Bergen County Jamboree Final Will Richardson and Julian Brown have been the heartbeat of Crusaders basketball this season and the duo led the way for a revenge win Saturday afternoon. Bergen Catholic (18-8) avenged a pair of regular season losses to Don Bosco (23-4) to win the 2022 Bergen County Jamboree title. Richardson and Brown each dropped 21 points while Terry Copeland returned from a month-long injury absence and contributed 12 points. Dylan Harper led the Ironmen with 20 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hackensack High School: Mainland 58 St. Augustine 56 (OT) | Boys | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Championship The Mustangs went the distance with the second-seeded Hermits and won an overtime thriller to complete a Cinderella run to their first Cape-Atlantic League tournament championship. Mainland also becomes the first 8-seed to win the CAL title in tournament history. Tournament MVP Cohen Cook scored a game-high 26 points, including the go-ahead free throws in OT for Mainland (15-10). Semaj Bethea and Matt Kouser each had a team-high 17 points for St. Augustine (22-3). Bethea sent the game to overtime with another clutch three in the waning moments of regulation. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Galloway: St. Benedict’s 78 Blair 60 | Boys | Prep A Championship St. Benedict’s (22-1) defeated Blair (21-5) 78-60 for the 2022 Prep A Title. Locked into a tight 39-31 game at halftime, St. Benedict’s extended their lead to as many as 20 in the third quarter and controlled the rest of the second half. Ty-Laur Johnson received MVP for his 25 points, Oklahoma commit Otega Oweh finished with 19 points for Blair. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post-game reaction from Newark: Gill St. Bernard’s 84 Rutgers Prep 63 | Boys | Somerset County Tournament Championship Mackenzie Mgbako had a sensational performance with 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocked shots to lead GSB to an 8th Somerset County title. Denver Anglin and Geancarlo Pejuero added 19 apiece for the 18-6 Knights. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montgomery High School Mainland 54 Wildwood Catholic Academy 38 | Girls | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Championship The Mustangs took an early lead and never looked back, capturing the CAL Tournament title. Kaitlyn Boggs earned MVP honors, as Boggs scored a game-high 19 points to go along with ten rebounds for top-seeded Mainland (23-2). Kimmy Casiello scored a team-high 13 points for third-seeded Wildwood Catholic (21-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Galloway: JSZ’s championship coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch 2.17 JSZ Championship Hockey Coverage
Two champions are crowned at Codey Arena on Thursday night as the NJIIHL cup championship season comes to a close. We’ve got highlights from the highly-coveted Gordon Cup as well as an upset in the McInnis Cup final. Christian Brothers 2 Don Bosco 0 | Gordon Cup Final John Donohoe’s impressive 33 save shutout was key to the Colts topping the Ironmen to win yet another Gordon Cup trophy. CBA (23-0-3) played without Evan Brown and Christian Chouha but didn’t miss a beat against Don Bosco (18-6-1). Aidan Guinnessey opened the scoring for CBA in the first period and Leighton Biesiadecki closed it out with an insurance goal in the third. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: Westfield 5 Livingston 2 | McInnis Cup Final No. 13 Westfield (17-4) defeated No. 12 Livingston (19-3-3) 5-2 for their first McInnis Cup Title since 2019. After falling behind 1-0 to begin the first period, Westfield tied the game and would take the lead on back to back goals from Thomas Conrod. The Blue Devils added another score before Livingston cut the game to 3-2. Matt Beke and Aidan Wilson tacked on two more goals in the third period to secure the win. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to the office of Senator Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Thank you to the New Jersey Devils for sponsoring JSZ’s Championship Hockey coverage.
CBA, Don Bosco Prep reach Gordon Cup Finals
Don Bosco Prep is the defending champion, CBA is the number one ranked team in New Jersey. Both teams made their mark in the Gordon Cup semifinals on Tuesday to reach the title game. Watch the highlights of both games now! Don Bosco 2 Delbarton 1 (OT/Shootout) There’s always fireworks when two of the best teams in New Jersey meet on the ice. The Ironmen and Green Wave skated to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime, thus setting the stage for a shootout with a spot in the Gordon Cup final on the line. Don Bosco goaltender Ethan Marich made four saves and freshman Matt Shpungin buried the “game-winner” in four shootout rounds for a 3-0 win over Delbarton. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from SportsCare Arena in Randolph: CBA 10 Bergen Catholic 2 The Colts scored a pair of power-play goals in the span of :11 seconds to open the game and kept on scoring to remain unbeaten on the year at 22-0-3. Evan Brown scored on a 2-man advantage with Zach Wagnon answered immediately after to make it 2-0 just three minutes into the game. Wagnon went on to score just over a minute later and Patrick Reilly scored with :01 second left in the first to make it a 4-0 lead for the Colts through one. CBA added four more goals in the second and two more in the third to reach 22-0-3 on the season. Brown, Wagnon and Reilly all scored two goals apiece with Wagnon and Reilly finishing with five points. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Thanks to the New Jersey Devils for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Championship Week on the ice! We’ll have conference cup finals throughout the week!
Vote now for JSZ NJ Devils Goal of the Month!
We’ve got 10 great goals from the month of January and the final week of the regular season. Watch the best goals captured by JSZ cameras and vote now to see who will be honored at an upcoming New Jersey Devils game! The New Jersey Devils have partnered with Jersey Sports Zone once again to honor great high school hockey goals all season long! We’ve got the top ten goals captured by JSZ cameras in January and the final week of the regular season and we’re asking you to cast your vote. The winner of our poll will join last month’s winner (Pat Haines, SJV) to secure two of the five slots for the NJ Devils HS Hockey goals of the month. The JSZ staff and Devils will choose three other goals to create our top five goals of the month. The five goals of the month will be honored at the Devils game on March 6th and receive tickets to the game! The polls are open now through Thursday at 3:00 pm. Cast your vote now and thanks to all ten of our nominees for giving us some awesome goals! The December goals of the month were honored during the Devils game against the Dallas Stars.
Vote Now for JSZ’s Week 4 Game Balls!
The high school hoops season continues with tremendous performances all around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has received a number of nominations and has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey for the week of Jan. 24 through Jan. 29! Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: email@example.com (South nominations) Jay Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: email@example.com (Central nominations) IMPORTANT- PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE OF YOUR BROWSER AND/OR ROUTER CACHING, YOU MAY VOTE MULTIPLE TIMES AND THEN NOT SEE THE TOTAL VOTES CHANGE FOR THE PERSON YOU ARE VOTING FOR. THIS IS A CACHING ISSUE WITH YOUR BROWSER AND/OR ROUTER. IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING UNDERHANDED. BE ASSURED THAT YOUR VOTES ARE BEING TABULATED BY OUR POLLING PLATFORM, AND WILL SHOW IN THE FINAL TOTALS. OUR VOTING/POLLING PLATFORM RECOGNIZES BOTS , AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY SHUT OUT ANY IP ADDRESS WHERE A BOT IS DISCOVERED, SO NO ONE CAN ‘GAME THE SYSTEM’. WE STRIVE TO ENSURE THAT THE RESULTS ARE FAIR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey
Watch Thursday 1.27 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has plenty of action from all corners of the Garden State tonight. Enjoy the highlights! Don Bosco 61 Bergen Catholic 51 | Boys The Ironmen are leaving no doubt about who the top team in Bergen County has been so far this season. Don Bosco (13-2) earned the top seed in the Bergen County Jamboree on Wednesday night and defended that position with a key win over archrival Bergen Catholic (9-5) on Thursday. Budding young star Dylan Harper shined with a game-high 23 points for Don Bosco, who led by as much as 15 points at halftime. Brandon Benjamin paced the Crusaders with a team-best 16 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Ramsey: Our coverage of this heated matchup between two rivals was made possible by OceanFirst Bank and their commitment to spotlighting some of the top games around the state each week! Clearview 47 Timber Creek 40 | Boys Sophomore Carter Bobbitt scored a game-high 21 points to help the Pioneers grind out a win over the Chargers. Anthony Charles added 13 points for View (10-4) in the win. Bryan Warren scored a team-high 16 points for Creek (6-8) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Mullica Hill: Coverage of Timber Creek is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. St. John Vianney 82 Montclair Immaculate 53 | Girls Madison St. Rose scored 33 points including a string of 11 straight points in the third quarter to lead the Lancers to a perfect 14-0 mark. Zoe Brooks added 20 points for SJV, who is currently ranked #3 nationally in Max Preps and #5 in ESPN. Tionna Bailey had 26 points for Montclair Immaculate in a losing cause. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights in our OceanFirst Bank Girls Basketball Game of the Week: Thanks to OceanFirst Bank for putting the spotlight on girls basketball each and every week during the winter sports season! .
Wild Shorthanded Rally Propels Don Bosco to County Title Win
Early in the second period of the 2022 Bergen County Grat 8 Tournament final, signs pointed to Northern Highlands possibly being able to pull away and lock up the upset of the year. But Don Bosco’s grit and determination derailed that thought in a matter of two minutes and 12 seconds. Trailing 2-0 and having to fight off a five-minute major, the Ironmen proceeded to score three-straight shorthanded goals to retake the lead and never look back. Don Bosco (12-3) ultimately scored four shorthanded goals in a raucous second period. It was all the juice the Ironmen needed in a 5-2 win over Northern Highlands (12-3-2). The Ironmen have appeared in all 10 Bergen County Tournament championship games and this win is their ninth overall. JSZ’s Jay Cook takes you to the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne for the NJ Devils Game of the Week: Thanks to our partnership with the New Jersey Devils, Jersey Sports Zone is able to highlight the best game in New Jersey every single week!
Watch Saturday 1.15 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Hudson Catholic 83 Don Bosco 82 (3OT) | Boys Go ahead and mark this down as an early contender for the Game of the Year. Yeah, it was that good. The Hawks and Ironmen dualed it out over seven quarters of action in what became an instant classic at the 2022 Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic. Tahaad Pettiford scored a career-high 40 points to pace Hudson Catholic (8-1) and he dueled all game long with Dylan Harper who also poured in a career-best 34 points for Don Bosco (9-2). JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the action of a stellar game from Caldwell University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the 2022 Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank! Rutgers Prep 70 Bergen Catholic 64 | Boys The Argonauts had been waiting for their moment to show New Jersey their potential and didn’t miss when the opportunity arose on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Pettit dropped a career-high 26 points to power Rutgers Prep (8-0) to a true signature win against Bergen Catholic (8-3) at the Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic. Also leading the way for Rutgers Prep was Jadin Collins (16 points) and Ryan Zan (10 points, 9 rebounds). JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights of the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week from Caldwell University: Thanks to our partnership with OceanFirst Bank, Jersey Sports Zone is able to highlight the top games around the entire state each week. Camden Catholic 66 Timber Creek 50 | Girls The Irish started fast but needed to fend off a late rally from the Chargers to pick up their third-straight win. Kassidy Thompson aided Catholic’s hot start with 10 points in the first quarter, finishing with a team-high 21 points. Sarah Johnson chipped in with ten points in the win for Camden Catholic (7-2). Amaya Burch dropped a game-high 25 points on the afternoon, 15 coming in the fourth quarter rally from Timber Creek (5-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Cherry Hill: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Monday 1.10 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ kicks off the week with another stellar batch of hockey games. Take a tour around the state here for some highlights in Essex County, Mercer County and Monmouth County. Enjoy! Don Bosco 6 Seton Hall Prep 1 Kris Krumins came to play on Monday and led the Ironmen with a hat trick to power past the Pirates in a bounce-back win. Don Bosco (8-3) lost to No. 1 CBA last week but didn’t let the loss keep them down. Matt Bossolina also scored a pair of goals while Ty Oller had the other remaining goal. Seton Hall Prep (7-6-1) got their lone goal from a beautiful breakaway score via Daniel Kelly in the second period. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena in West Orange: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is brought to you by One on One with Steve Adubato! Notre Dame 3 Robbinsville 0 Notre Dame (5-2-1) defeated CVC Colonial Division rival Robbinsville (7-3) 3-0. The game got started with early goals in both the first and second period from Drew Werthman and Gavin Frith, Werthman finished with two goals. Brother, Cole Werthman with a big night between the post recorded 27 saves and secured a shut out. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Robbinsville and Notre Dame. Rumson-Fair Haven 7 Manasquan 1 Charlie Tallman scored a pair of goals and the Bulldogs had three power-play goals and a shorthanded tally in its return to the ice. Tallman tied the game at 1 while RFH was a man down and added one more on the power play. RFH was dormant for 20 days during the holidays and a COVID shutdown and improves to 4-2-2. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: We’re excited to have Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hataway/Fox&Roach Realtors as our new Rumson-Fair Haven sponsor. Thanks to Mario we’ve got free RFH highlights all year long for our entire audience!
Watch Wednesday 1.5 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The New Jersey hockey scene delivers a stellar three-pack of games on Wednesday and we’ve got you covered with wall-to-wall highlights from the biggest games. Stay tuned throughout the evening as the highlights roll in! Christian Brothers Academy 3 Don Bosco 1 Zach Wagnon’s power-play blast with 4:28 left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and the senior sealed the victory with an empty netter to give the undefeated Colts (7-0-3) a regular-season Ironmen. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena in our NJ Devils Game of the Week: Thanks to the New Jersey Devils for partnering with Jersey Sports Zone to spotlight outstanding high school hockey all season long! Bergen Catholic 5 Seton Hall Prep 2 The Crusaders have been looking for a marquis win all season long and finally found it after the calendar turned over to 2022. Five different players scored for Bergen Catholic (3-2-1) as the Crusaders won their second game against Gordon Conference competition this season. Seton Hall Prep (7-5-1) scored a pair of goals in the third period, but it wasn’t enough. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Ice House in Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is made possible by “One on One with Steve Adubato.” Westfield 3 St. John Vianney 1 Westfield (7-2) picked up a fourth straight win following a 3-1 comeback victory over St. John Vianney (5-1-1). The ninth ranked Lancers got ahead early on a goal from Mike Reed to lead 1-0 after the first period. In the second, Westfield answered back with a pair of goals from Liam Hiltwein to go ahead 2-1 entering the third. Alex Ebel’s score to begin the final period would be the finishing touches as the number 12 Blue Devils handed SJV their first loss of the year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage.
Vote now for JSZ’s New Jersey Devils December Goal of the Month!
We’ve got the best 10 goals captured by JSZ cameras in December. Watch them all and cast your vote. The top 5 goals will be honored at an upcoming New Jersey Devils home game! The New Jersey Devils have partnered with Jersey Sports Zone once again to honor great high school hockey goals all season long! We’ve got the top ten goals captured by JSZ cameras in December and we’re asking you to cast your vote. The winner of our poll will secure one of the five slots for the NJ Devils HS Hockey goals of the month. The JSZ staff and Devils will choose the other four to create our top five goals of the month. The five goals of the month will be honored at a future Devils home game and receive tickets to the game! The polls are open now through Thursday at 3:00 pm. Cast your vote now and thanks to all ten of our nominees for giving us some awesome goals!
Watch Wednesday 12.29 JSZ Basketball Highlights
St. Thomas Aquinas 44 Shawnee 29 | Boys | Boardwalk Basketball Classic The Trojans travelled down to Wildwood and grinded out a win over the Renegades to stay undefeated. Adam Silas led Aquinas (6-0) with 15 points, while Terrell Pitts added 14 points. Dwight Matthews scored eight points for Shawnee (3-1) in the loss. The Trojans advance to a bracket championship game to face Archbishop Carroll (PA) tomorrow. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the Wildwoods Convention Center: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Don Bosco Prep 60 First Baptist (SC) 53 | Boys | Lowcountry Roundball Classic The Ironmen got 18 points and six assists from Isaiah Edmond to score a second straight win over a South Carolina school in the Lowcountry Roundball Classic. The 5-0 Ironmen have one more game in Charleston before returning to the Garden State. Thanks to WCIV for providing us with highlights! Pennington 55 Hillsborough 48 | Girls | John Molinelli Tournament Pennington (8-1) picked up their seventh straight win following a 55-48 victory over Hillsborough in the John Molinelli Holiday Tournament Final. Tied at 10-10 after one quarter of play, opponents Morgan Matthews and Francesca Schiro battled neck and neck all game long until Pennington led by as many as 17 in the final quarter. Matthews finished with 20 points and Tournament MVP while despite the loss Francesca “Cesci” Schiro led all scorers with 24 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hillsborough and Pennington coverage.
Watch Monday 12.27 JSZ Basketball Highlights
We’ve got two great games of action from Monday boys high school basketball! Holmdel 67 Hamilton West 56 | Husky Holiday Classic Holmdel (2-1) defeated Hamilton West (1-2) 67-56 in the opening round of the Husky Holiday Classic from Matawan Regional High School. Trailing 33-28 at halftime, Holmdel would take the lead to begin the third quarter thanks to some big play from Sophomores Nick Seeloch and James Vallillo. Seeloch finished with 17 points for Holmdel while Vallillo had 18. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Aberdeen: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hamilton West coverage. Don Bosco Prep 53 Porter-Gaud (SC) 29 | Lowcountry Roundball Classic The Ironmen are off to a 4-0 start as they pick up a big out of state win in South Carolina:
Don Bosco Blows Out Bergen Catholic in Lopsided Win
Don Bosco’s varsity hockey team provided an pre-Christmas treat to the Ironmen faithful on Thursday night. Seven different skaters spread across all four lines fueled an impressive 7-1 win for Don Bosco over their rival, Bergen Catholic. The Ironmen opened the game with three consecutive goals and subsequently scored two times in each of the final two periods to close out a rousing win in style. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and interviews from the New Jersey Devils Game of the Week via the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne: Thanks to our partnership with the New Jersey Devils, JSZ is able to put the spotlight on the best hockey game each week throughout the 2021-2022 season. Continue to look out for more hockey coverage as the winter season rolls along!
Watch Saturday 12.18 JSZ All-Access Basketball Highlights
Opening weekend continues in New Jersey high school basketball. JSZ brings our All-Access members two more great games from Saturday! Don Bosco Prep 83 Mater Dei Prep 41 Dylan Harper had nine of his 14 points in the first quarter as the Ironmen opened the game on a 20-0 run to cruise to a road […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Football Team
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to salute our All-State selections. We have video highlights of every JSZ All-Zone selection and celebrate Millville’s LeQuint Allen as the 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy winner LeQuint Allen wins 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy It was a celebration on a few different levels for Millville’s LeQuint Allen on Dec. 17. He was awarded the 2021 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Allen rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, scored 26 touchdowns, and made over 120 tackles on defense for the Thunderbolts this fall. JSZ was able to present Allen with the hardware during a signing celebration. Allen officially signed with Syracuse University on Wednesday, but family, friends, coaches and teammates were on hand on Friday to celebrate the achievement. Watch JSZ’s coverage of Allen’s big day: Zoneman Voting Breakdown It was the largest ballot (seven players) in the history of the award, as well as the closest final tally in voting history. JSZ polled 92 coaches + 31 media members to collect 123 total ballots. The ballots were collected equally from all parts of the state. Voting Coaches John Hack, Morris Catholic | Ashley “Smoke” Pierre, Irvington | Steve Dunn, Rutherford | Nick Campanile, DePaul | Dan Marangi, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | Dan Sabella, Don Bosco | Todd Smith, Hun | Mike Cipot, North Brunswick | Ryan Fullen, Hightstown | Jason Glezmen, Keyport | Jay Graber, Matawan | Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg | Lou Zampella, Hudson Catholic | Anthony Lanzafama, Old Bridge | Jeff Rainess, Holmdel | Matt Ahearn, Colts Neck | AJ Russo, Holy Spirit | Montrey Wright, Salem | Jim Raso, Hammonton | John Emel, Penns Grove | Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp. | John Adams, Woodstown | Kevin Smith, Ocean City | Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. | James Melody, Cedar Creek | Steve Scanlon, Clearview | Dennis Thomas, Millville | Chuck Smith, Mainland | Dallas Whitaker, Somerville | Brian Russo, Rahway | Jon Viotto, South Brunswick | Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial | Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty | Jim Desarno, Westfield | Kevin Carty Jr., Hillsborough | Ralph Cinque, Clifton | James Magazine, Eastside | Brian Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep | Brian Bowers, Delbarton | Barris Grant, Hillside | Rich Hansen III, St. Peter’s Prep | Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township | Albert Chiola, Linden | Andrew Patterson, Robbinsville | Shane Fallon, Red Bank Regional | Dom Gaston, Pope John | Chris Beagan, Sayreville | Joe LaSala, Woodbridge | Rich Hilliard, St. Joseph Metuchen | Benjie Wimberly, St. Joe-Montvale | Kevin Kostibos, Summit | John Bird, Keansburg | Roger Kotlarz, Wayne Valley | William Clark, Perth Amboy | Brian Wright, Timber Creek | Jason Morrell, West Deptford | Dominic Tomeo, Triton | William Hamilton, South Plainfield | Chet Parlavecchio, New Providence | Matthew Demarest, Passaic Tech | Anthony Petruzzi, Raritan | Rob Gogerty, Cedar Grove | Dominick Lepore, Manalapan | Rich Seubert, Watchung Hills | Joe Wojchekowski, Lenape | Lou Grasso, Union | Tim Gushue, Shawnee | Don Klein, Ocean Township | Nick Pulli, Gateway | Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic | Ray Lucas, Harrison | Brian Staub, Point Pleasant Boro | J. Schulte, Rumson-Fair Haven | Tom Roarty, Colonia | Andy West, Ridge | Zoran Milich, Montgomery | Joe Passaro, Pingry | Dan Curcione, Donovan Catholic | Jon Simoneau, Bernards | Kevin Kley, North Hunterdon | Mike Lange, RBC | Darnell Grant, West Orange | Ken Loomis, Wildwood | Garrett Lucas, Delran | Milo McGuire, Nottingham | Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown | Chris Sacco, Absegami | Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. | Sean Clancy, Notre Dame | Walt Currie, Brick Memorial | Mike Wilson, Schalick Voting Media Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media | Michael McGarry, Press of Atlantic City | Rich Chrampanis, JSZ | Ryan Patti, Rivals | Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report | Jay Cook, JSZ | Tom Williams, Prime Events | Mike Frankel, JSZ | Nery Rodriguez, JSZ | Tom Horak, Max Preps/NJ Advance Media | Big Central Gridiron | Andrew Koob, NJ Advance Media | Shawn Brown, 247 Sports | Scott Faytok, NJ Advance Media | Jon Jones, Max Preps | Simeon Pincus, Gannett | Pat Rice, PJR Sports Report | Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio | Ken Bradley, JSZ | Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media | Korbid Thompson, King James Radio | Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network | Marcus Borden, Gannett | Mark Trible, Glory Days | Todderick Hunt, NJ Advance Media | Pat Lanni, NJ Advance Media | James Mooney, JSZ | Steve Bassin, Gannett | Darron Wallace, JSZ | Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press | Joe Zedalis, NJ Advance Media 2021 JSZ Zoneman Balloting 123 coaches and media members cast their vote for New Jersey's Player of the Year. 3 points for a first-place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, 1 point for a 3rd. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total LeQuint AllenMillville341715151 Tommy AmanwkaaHillsborough242719146 Davison Igbinosun Union232324139 JoJo BermudezCedar Creek112227104 Steve AngeliBergen Catholic15151691 Alex BrownRed Bank Catholic12131173 Q'Yaeir PriceDePaul Catholic46933 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver Tight EndOffensive LineZoneman FinalistsPrep Player of the Year Jalin Butler, Donovan CatholicNunes Bukula IV, Donovan CatholicJahmeer Cartagena, St. Joseph AcademyChristian Carti, Bergen CatholicChase Bisontis, Don Bosco PrepLeQuint Allen, MillvilleJacob Allen, Hun Jaden Craig, Seton Hall PrepRyan Butler, Bergen CatholicSantino Correa, Bergen CatholicDom Brogna, Bergen CatholicTommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough Robert "Champ" Long, St. Peter's PrepRonnie Heath, Don Bosco PrepKyree Drake, Donovan CatholicVince Carpenter, Red Bank CatholicSteve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Ja'son Prevard, St. Joseph AcademySam Slade, St. Peter's PrepNick Dunneman, Seton Hall PrepCaron McNair, Donovan CatholicJoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek AJ Rodriguez, DePaul CatholicMyles Thomason, Seton Hall PrepMarshawn Ferguson, DePaul CatholicChris Moreno, Don Bosco PrepAlex Brown, Red Bank Catholic Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine PrepZion Fowler, St. Peter's PrepAndre Oben, St. Peter's PrepDavison Igbinosun, Union Nasir Hill, St. Augustine PrepTaj White, Hudson CatholicQ'Yaeir Price, DePaul Catholic Elijah Steward, Holy Spirit Jon Wyatt, St. Thomas Aquinas 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackSpecial Teams Alex Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChris Chasia, DePaul CatholicJayden Bellamy, Bergen CatholicGiancarlo Carbonaro, Bergen Catholic Pat Caughey, DelbartonRajahn Cooper, Red Bank CatholicJayden Bonsu, St. Peter's PrepNick Conforti, Seton Hall Prep Denis Jaquez, St. Augustine PrepJackson Dowd, Seton Hall PrepEdward Conoran, DePaul CatholicLogan Rager, Bergen Catholic Jayson Jenkins, Notre DameMike Francisco, Holy SpiritJaeden Gould, Bergen Catholic Sydir Mitchell, Bergen CatholicTimmy Hinspeter, Don Bosco PrepJahqir Haley, St. Joseph Academy Jimmy Mullen, St. Joe-MontvaleMalachi Mercer, Bergen CatholicAvery Powell, St. Peter's Prep DJ Samuels, Bergen CatholicJake Smiechowski, St. Joe-MontvalePete Schuh, St. Joe-Montvale Brady Small, St. Augustine PrepKenny Selby, St. Augustine Prep 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Enzo Arjona, Northern HighlandsCharlie Barth, New ProvidenceLotzeir Brooks, MillvilleWill Dixon, HillsboroughDieurnest Collin, East Orange Hamas Duren, Winslow Twp.Harry Boland, CaldwellJaimen Bryant, SomervilleMatt Fries, Cranford Jack Grusser, RamapoBrandon Boria, CherokeeMichael Estremera, Woodrow WilsonNelson Monegro, Union City Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonSteven Burkhardt, GloucesterAnthony Johnson, Burlington Twp.Cole Skinner, Point Pleasant Boro Raeden Oliver, East OrangeJa'Quan Howard, Cedar CreekMichael Marinelli, Cedar GroveChristian Smith, Rumson-Fair Haven Danny Veenstra, RamseyColin Murray, CranfordTravis Osterhout, Jefferson Twp.Dan Volpe, Colts Neck Matt Welsey, ShawneeNaz'sir Oglesby, Woodrow WilsonBenny Robinson, RamapoTyler Williams, Clifton Damon Phillips, East OrangeTrey Simmons, Winslow Twp. Famah Toure, Irvington 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter Justin Evans-Jenkins, IrvingtonZion Cheeks, Penns GroveAvery Cohen, ShawneeJai Patel, South Brunswick Kenny Fletcher, DelranBobby Hahn, HaddonfieldChris Corbo, West Essex Mike Gray, Ocean CityTurner Inge, WilliamstownWill Gallagher, Cranford Jahsin Jacobs, Paterson EastsideJohn Lista, Rumson-Fair HavenJessiah Gildersleeve, Salem Charlie Johnson, Northern HighlandsKyle Louis, East OrangeQuiyon McMillan, Nottingham Aiden Moriarity, Rumson-Fair HavenDamir McCrary, Woodrow WilsonAdon Shuler, Irvington Ahmad Nalls, East OrangeEmeril Mitchell, Winslow Twp.Donovan Swasey, Clifton Jaydan Wright, MillvilleStefano Montella, West MorrisCurtis Whiting, Hackensack CJ Resto, Cedar Creek Dylan Snee, Ramapo Meet The 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists LeQuint Allen, Millville RB The face of Millville football boasted an incredible level of physicality and athleticism throughout the entire 2021 season. LeQuint Allen ran wild against defenses from the start of the year in Ocean City until the end at Rutgers University, where the Thunderbolts capped off a 12-1 season with a South Group 4 Regional Championship. He rushed for 1,901 yards on 229 carries and found the endzone 23 times. Allen is committed to Syracuse University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Tommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough ATH Tommy Amankwaa was one of the most improved players in the entire state of New Jersey from his junior to senior seasons. Amankwaa was a true swiss army knife weapon for the Raiders. On offense, he tallied 99 total touches for 1,726 scrimmage yards and a combined 27 touchdowns as Hillsborough put together a perfect 13-0 season. His red-hot play this season earned him an offer from Rutgers – he verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights soon after. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the profile: Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic QB Steve Angeli’s legacy at Bergen Catholic is undeniable after a historic season in Oradell. Angeli led the Crusaders to a perfect 12-0 season, a Non-Public A championship, and a top-five national ranking in 2021. The Crusaders’ signal-caller brought his game to a new level this season after throwing for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country. Angeli, a natural leader and an Under Armour All-American, graduates high school in December and will be enrolled at Notre Dame after the New Year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: JoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek WR A true speedster and the definition of a deep threat, JoJo Bermudez was a game-breaking talent for Cedar Creek in 2021. Bermudez hauled in an unsightly 91 catches for 1,662 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pirates. Bermudez dominated defensive backfields all season long and helped Cedar Creek to a perfect 13-0 season. His blazing start to the regular season caught the eyes of coaches from Cincinnati, as he is now verbally committed to the Bearcats. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Alex Brown, Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown’s story throughout the 2021 postseason is well documented and will be talked about for years to come on Broad Street. Following the death of his mother, Brown delivered 12 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Caseys’ three-game playoff run to win the Non-Public B championship. The Bucknell commit ultimately threw for 1,817 yards and 22 touchdown passes with 519 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs in his lone season at Red Bank Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the profile: Davison Igbinosun, Union ATH There are no arguments here: Davison Igbinosun is one of the most dynamic players in the entire state of New Jersey. Igbinosun was a hawking defensive back and a devastating weapon on offense for the Farmers in his final high school year. He was the top receiver and rusher for the Farmers’ offense and notched 74 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Union’s season had an unceremonious ending, but that doesn’t take away from the impact he had in a 9-2 season in Union County. Q’yaier Price, DePaul Catholic DE One of the state’s most unblockable defensive forces finished off a senior season with some eye-popping numbers. Price compiled 35.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for the 9-3 Spartans in 2021. He led the way for a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown for a five-game stretch at the beginning of the season and who eventually made it to the Non-Public B title game. Price flipped commitments from Syracuse to Rutgers after emerging as one of New Jersey’s top edge defender talents during the 2021 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: 2021 JSZ Football Plays of the Year The top plays captured by JSZ cameras were on display each week for the Top Play Belt. Our year-end plays of the year featured six winners that went head to head for the final Top Play Belt of the 2021 season:
Don Bosco Extends Streaks Across the Board in Win vs. Delbarton
Is Don Bosco Prep the hottest team in New Jersey right now? It’s a fair question. Outside of an opening day loss to CBA, the Ironmen have now reeled off five consecutive wins (all against Gordon Conference competition) after a 2-1 takedown of Delbarton at SportsCare Arena on Tuesday. Matt Imbriano led the way for Don Bosco with a pair of goals while goaltender Ethan Marich made 24 stops against a ferocious offensive attack from Delbarton. The win also extended an even more impressive streak for Bosco – the Ironmen now own a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Green Wave, dating all the way back to Nov. 24, 2018. Bosco is 8-0-1 in that stretch, with the lone tie coming in a 3-3 finish on Jan. 14, 2020. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Randolph in our New Jersey Devils Hockey Game of the Week: Thanks to our partnership with the New Jersey Devils, JSZ is able to put the spotlight on the best hockey game each week throughout the 2021-2022 season. Continue to look out for more hockey coverage as the winter season rolls along!
Vote on JSZ Football Plays of the Year!
Jersey Sports Zone shot hundreds of hours of football this year, and our cameras captured dozens of tremendous plays. Now we want you to vote on the best plays of the year! The Categories: TD Run of the Year | TD Pass of the Year | Defensive TD of the Year | Special Teams TD of the Year | Sack of the Year | Clutch Play of the Year Watch each of the highlight reels below, and then vote on your favorites as much as you’d like. Our polls close on Friday at noon. After that, we’ll put the winners of each of our six polls in one final poll to determine the overall play of the year! TD Run of the Year TD Pass of the Year Defensive TD of the Year Special Teams TD of the Year Sack of the Year Clutch Play of the Year
Watch Saturday 11.27 JSZ Championship Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone’s trip to MetLife Stadium for state championship football continues as we have two more title games on the menu for you. Check out our championship coverage from 11.27 below! Bergen Catholic 28 Don Bosco 7 | Non-Public A Final The Crusaders fell behind 7-0 in the first before scoring 28 unanswered points to cap off a perfect 12-0 season and the undisputed #1 ranking in New Jersey high school football. Saeed St. Fleur and Ryan Butler combined for 265 yards rushing and Steve Angeli threw a TD pass in his final high school football game. The Crusaders tied the game at 7 on Jayden Bellamy’s TD catch and took the lead on Ryan Butler’s second-quarter TD run. DJ Samuels upped the lead to 21-7 in the third quarter and Butler closed out the scoring with a 45-yard run. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Rich Chrampanis have the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedic Caldwell 42 Jefferson 21 | North Group 2 Final Caldwell (12-0) made program history by becoming the first Chiefs team to finish with 12 wins following their 42-21 victory over Jefferson (7-6) for the North Jersey, Group 2 Regional Championship. The game looked all but over in the first half as Caldwell jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Jefferson, missing starting quarterback Boston College commit Peter Delaportas due to injury, rallied back on two passing scores from Eric Garv to Theo Fisher to trail 20-14 in the third. However, two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Pat Capozzoli and Harry Boland put the game out of reach late. Capozzoli ended the day with 106 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, Boland had 134 total yards of offense, two rushing touchdowns, a receiving score, and two interceptions on defense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Jersey Sports Zone’s state championship football coverage is proudly presented by OceanFirst Bank. JSZ has partnered with OceanFirst Bank to bring you the best boys/girls highlights from around New Jersey.
Watch Friday 11.19 JSZ All-Access Playoff Football Highlights
We have a mix of public sectional finals and non-public semifinals for our subscribers. Grab your JSZ All-Access Pass to watch all of the action from a busy Friday night on the gridiron! Woodrow Wilson 28 Rumson-Fair Haven 6 | Central Jersey Group 3 Final Naz’sir Oglesby had 152 yards rushing including two fourth-quarter TD […] 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.
Who’s getting a Playoff Top Play Belt from JSZ?
Week 11 closed out on Sunday so we’ve got a Monday edition of JSZ Top Plays. Watch the best highlights captured by JSZ cameras and cast your vote through Wednesday at 3pm. The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 8 great nominees for our Week 11 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Wednesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to Mount Olive’s Jake Clemente for winning the Week 10 Top Play Belt!
Watch Sunday 11.14 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Two Non-Public A state playoff games were postponed to Sunday after thunderstorms rolled through New Jersey on Saturday. JSZ brings you highlights from both of those games! Bergen Catholic 35 Donovan Catholic 7 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal The Griffins drove over 300 miles round-trip over two days to play the No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey. Top-seeded Bergen Catholic (10-0) held a 14-7 lead on eighth-seeded Donovan Catholic before thunder and lightning stopped the game with 2:22 left in the second quarter. The action resumed Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Bergen Catholic stepped on the gas and never looked back. Ryan Butler scored four total touchdowns and DJ Samuels broke the program’s all-time career sack record in the win. Bergen Catholic will host St. Peter’s Prep in the Non-Public A semifinal next Saturday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Don Bosco Prep 31 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 7 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal Ronnie Heath had 240 yards rushing on 22 carries with four touchdowns to give the Ironmen a playoff quarterfinal win that took two days. The game resumed late in the first quarter on Sunday with Bosco’s defense making a stop on 4th near midfield. Heath had a pair of second-quarter TD runs and added two more scores in the third quarter to put the game away. 6th seed Don Bosco will travel to 2nd seed St. Augustine Prep this Friday night for a spot in the Non-Public “A” state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Saturday 11.13 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
East Orange 14 West Orange 0 | Group 5 North 1 Semifinal (1) East Orange (10-0) defeated rival (4) West Orange (7-4) 14-0 to advance to the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 Final. The game halted by lightning didn’t see a score until the fourth quarter when Pittsburgh University commit Kyle Louis returned a 70 yard touchdown. The Jaguars in search of their first Sectional Title since 2007 will take on (3) Passaic Tech (8-3) in the Championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Paul Robeson Stadium: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to partner with OceanFirst 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 OceanFirst Bank for shining the spotlight on great high school athletes from their hometowns!
Watch Saturday 10.23 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s already Week 8? You bet! Thanks to our sponsors, we can provide three free games to close out our Week 8 coverage. We head over to West Orange for the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week, while also making visits to Montvale and Hammonton for a pair of great games. Enjoy all the highlights! Bergen Catholic 38 Seton Hall Prep 28 The Crusaders prevailed over the Pirates in a Super Football Conference game with major implications. Ryan Butler handled 29 carries for 236 yards and three touchdown runs help Bergen Catholic (8-0) keep their perfect record intact. Notre Dame QB commit Steve Angeli missed a few series’ with an injury but returned and threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Seton Hall Prep (6-2) went toe-to-toe with BC, thanks to Jaden Craig’s three touchdown runs and one touchdown pass. The Crusaders keep the No. 1 ranking in New Jersey and continue to pad their resume for the No. 1 seed in the Non-Public A state tournament. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to partner with Ocean First Bank to bring you a Game of the Week in both boys and girls sports all year long. Each week, we’ll pick a boys and girls game in different sports involving teams located near Ocean First Bank locations and provide highlights and post-game reaction to showcase great action from around the state. Thanks to Ocean First Bank for shining the spotlight on great high school athletes from their hometowns! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is brought to you by One on One with Steve Adubato. St. Joe-Montvale 21 Don Bosco Prep 14 Brendan Stapleton’s 16-yard TD run in the 4th quarter broke a 14-14 tie and the Green Knights had three turnovers on defense to score a big home win over the Ironmen. Pete Schuh had a 106-yard fumble return for a score that gave St. Joe’s a 14-0 lead. Don Bosco had a pair of TD passes from Nick Minicucci in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlight from a fantastic Saturday in the Super Football Conference Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics St. Joseph Academy 31 Washington Twp. 21 Playing their first “home” game in two seasons, the Wildcats earned the WJFL Continental Division title and their fifth win in a row with a victory over the Minutemen. Ja’son Prevard threw four touchdown passes in the win for St. Joe (7-2), including two to Jahmeer Cartagena. It was also career victory number 350 for Wildcats head coach Paul Sacco. Jo’Nathan Silver had an electrifying TD run for Township (6-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Capella Field at Hammonton Middle School: Coverage of Washington Township is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
10 more great plays vie for JSZ’s Top Play Belt
It’s Week 7’s Top Plays captured by Jersey Sports Zone cameras. Check out the best of the best from New Jersey high school football and cast your votes now! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 7 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to South Brunswick’s Damarion Potts for winning JSZ’s Week 6 Top Play Belt!
Watch Friday 10.15 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you four great games from around the state. Get your JSZ All-Access pass now to watch all of the highlights! Cedar Creek 35 Winslow Twp. 27 The Pirates trailed 13-7 at halftime, but then scored three straight touchdowns in the second half to stay undefeated. Ja’Quan Howard led the way, rushing […] 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 10.9 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone wraps up our Week 6 coverage with four more games of action for JSZ All-Access members. Get your All-Access pass now to watch Egg Harbor Twp/Atlantic City, Rumson-Fair Haven/Colts Neck, Irvington/DePaul Catholic and the big showdown between Don Bosco Prep and Delbarton! Don Bosco Prep 31 Delbarton 10 It’s been nearly two […] 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.
October and the Week 5 Game Ball Polls Arrive Together!
Football is well underway in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are back! Our team of MMJ’s are highlighting batches of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! NJM Insurance South Jersey Poll Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey game ball polls are sponsored by NJM Insurance! North Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Jay Cook: Jay@jerseysportszone.com Central Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: Nery@jerseysportszone.com
Watch Friday 9.24 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 4 begins with some spectacular games all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! St. Augustine 31 Millville 17 The Hermits lost to the Thunderbolts in 2020, but the Prep exacted revenge on Friday night. Kanye Udoh rushed for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as St. Augustine earned yet another signature South Jersey win. Trey McLeer threw a pair of TD passes in the victory. Princeton commit Nasir Hill and Sacred Heart commit Kenny Selby each had a TD catch in the victory for the Hermits (4-1). Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen rushed for a TD for Millville (3-1) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: The Game of the Week is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Bergen Catholic 17 Don Bosco 0 Bergen Catholic stewed on last year’s last-second loss to archrival Don Bosco for an entire offseason, but earned their redemption on the first opportunity. The Crusaders leaned on a stingy defense and a violent rushing attack to secure a revenge win Friday night. Bergen Catholic (4-0), who is the No. 1 team in the state, limited Don Bosco (1-3) to 124 total yards of offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is proudly supported by Rothman Orthopaedics. Washington Twp. 21 Cherokee 14 (OT) The Minutemen are off to its best start since 2009, and pick up a signature victory in an overtime thriller against the Chiefs. Senior RB/DB Nah’mere Graves scored three touchdowns, and pitched in on the fourth-down stop in overtime to seal the win for Washington Twp. (4-0). Junior RB Brandon “Bam” Boria rushed for a touchdown in the loss for Cherokee (1-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Marlton: Coverage of Washington Twp. is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Phillipsburg 44 Franklin 0 After starting 0-2, Phillipsburg (2-2) has picked up their second straight win following a dominating 44-0 victory over Franklin (0-4). The Stateliners opened the game with a safety on Franklin’s first drive and went ahead 9-0 thanks to a three yard touchdown run from Rai’quan Dixon. After scores from Xavier Moore and Gifton Friday-Johnson, Phillipsburg would lead 23-0 at halftime. Their defense was key in the matchup, recording two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions to get their second straight shut out. Quarterback Tristen Canzano in his first game back since week one had a passing and rushing touchdown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage. Ewing 28 Hightstown 24 Tariq McKinney’s 32-yard TD pass to Tyreek Rollins with :45 seconds left gave Ewing a thrilling come from behind win on the road. McKinney had thrown a pick-six to give Hightstown a 24-21 lead in the 4th quarter but his resilience showed in the game-winning TD pass. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights of a great back and forth game: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Ewing and Hightstown
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
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
JSZ honored the top players in New Jersey from both girls and boys varsity basketball. Our week-long celebration of the 2021 season concluded with the presentation of JSZ’s Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone won by Camden’s DJ Wagner and Manchester Township’s Destiny Adams. Watch highlight videos of every one of our honorees across the state. Camden’s D.J. Wagner has been named Jersey Sports Zone’s Mr. Hoop Zone for 2021. The award is based on balloting from coaches and media from all over the state. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Wagner’s remarkably fast rise to the top of the New Jersey high school hoops scene. JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. Three points for a first place vote, two points for a second, and one point for third. Coaches: Don DeLeo, Hightstown, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, James Cranwell, Middletown South, Randy Holmes, Jackson Memorial, Ben DiBiase, Freehold Boro, Andrew Bilodeau, Manasquan, Mike Clemente, Central Regional, Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Township, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, Richard Bolds, Timber Creek, Michael Nausedas, Marlboro, Michael Doherty, St. Joe-Montvale, Eric Cassidy, Cherokee, Paul Rodio, St. Augustine, Dennis Caruano, Raritan, Nicholas Famularo, Asbury Park, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Kris Grundy, Montgomery, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, Matt Talbot, Roselle Park, Liam James, Gloucester, Ben Gamble, Bayonne, Todd Powers, Gloucester Catholic, Alex Mirabel, St. Peter’s Prep, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Julius David, Perth Amboy, John Rosser, Overbrook, Paddy McNamara, Haddon Township, Chris Garcia, JP Stevens, Phil Collicchio, Elizabeth, Chris Raba, Nottingham Media: Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media, John Jones, MaxPreps, Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Brandon Gould, NJ Advance Media, Adam Zagoria, ZagsBlog.com, Jay Gomes, NJHoops.com, Dave’s Joint, Mike Kinney, NJ Advance Media, Kyle Franco, Trentonian, Greg Johnson, Trentonian, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, JSZ Staff The New Jersey high school basketball community made the most of a shortened 2021 high school basketball season. Even though there was a maximum of 15 games and no state playoffs, it didn’t stop great players from around the state to shine and make the most of their limited opportunities. Click on each player’s name to watch their JSZ highlight reel and congratulations to all of the players who made this year’s JSZ All-Zone team: It’s official, Destiny Adams of Manchester Township is Jersey Sports Zone’s Miss Hoop Zone for 2021. Winning McDonald’s All American honors, 6’3 Adams takes home the award based on balloting from statewide coaches and media after averaging 30 points and 18.7 this season. With just 15 games on the schedule, she scored 450 points to end her career with 2,010 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez sat down with the University of North Carolina-bound Senior. JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. Three points for a first place vote, two points for a second, and one point for third. 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Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top high school hockey players in New Jersey. We have selected the top players in the Garden State – check out all the highlight videos from a great 2021 season. JSZ’s All-Zone Hockey Team It might have been a shortened season, but New Jersey high school hockey delivered plenty of exciting moments and stellar play across the state. Jersey Sports Zone is proud to announce its 2021 All-Zone hockey team honoring the best players in the state. Click on each players name below to watch their highlight reel. GoaliesDefensemanForwardsForwardsPlayer of the Year Mack Alvino, Glen Rock Kareem Al-Azem, Morristown-BeardAntonio Arcaroli, Bergen CatholicMatteo Mancheno, WestfieldConnor Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep - 2021 JSZ POY Ben Kopacki, LakelandDrew Fortescue, Don Bosco PrepMichael Balzarotti, RidgeAram Minnetian, Bergen Catholic Zach McErlain, Gloucester CatholicColin Grable, CBANate Block, Middletown SouthAidan Niceberg, Madison Luke McManus, Morristown-BeardZach Johnson, Gloucester CatholicRyan Bunting, Gloucester CatholicTrip Pendy, Delbarton Lukas Klemm, Don Bosco PrepMitchell Ducalo, RobbinsvilleBrett Pritchard, Rumson-Fair Haven Griffen O'Shaughnessy, Mountain LakesAidan D'Urso, Seton Hall Prep Ryan Rodrigues, Seton Hall Prep Patrick Reilly, CBARyan Fine, Don Bosco PrepBilly Sheridan, Gloucester Catholic Connor Kaczmarek, St. Joe-MetuchenBrady Silverman, Governor Livingston Seth Kaplan, Morristown-BeardMick Thompson, Bergen Catholic Brian Kramer, Governor LivingstonZach Wagnon, CBA Ryan Kulaszewski, St. John VianneyBrendan Waivada, Seton Hall Prep Jason Kwestel, Morris Knolls Connor Sedlak Wins JSZ’s 2021 Hockey Player of the Year During a season shrouded in uncertainty, Don Bosco Prep senior Connor Sedlak put together a career year on the ice. Sedlak helped the Ironmen collect double-digit wins and the Gordon Cup championship after a Gordon Conference-best 28 points (18 G, 10 A) for the Ironmen. Sedlak, who also eclipsed 100 career points this season, was selected as the Gordon Conference MVP by the conference’s coaches. Sedlak is the third Don Bosco Prep player to win JSZ’s highest hockey award, following his older brother, Tyler Sedlak, in 2019, and Mickey Burns, in 2018. The Sedlak’s also now become the first siblings to both win a major Jersey Sports Zone end-of-year award. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles Connor Sedlak after an unforgettable season:
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: email@example.com (South Jersey nominations) Jay Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org (North Jersey nominations) Nery Rodriguez: email@example.com (Central Jersey nominations) South Jersey Game Ball Nominees JSZ’s South Jersey poll includes players in the BCSL, CAL, Colonial, Olympic, and Tri-County conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s Central Jersey poll includes players in the CVC, GMC, and Shore conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s North Jersey poll includes players in the Big North, HCIAL, NJAC, NJIC, SEC, Skyland and UCC conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch 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!