JSZ Week 7 Football Game Ball Polls are Live!
We’re beyond the halfway mark of the 2021 New Jersey high school football season and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are still going! 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 on a weekly basis. Did we miss a player? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our MMJ’s below. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com 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
Who’s got the best play from Week 6? Vote now for the JSZ Top Play Belt!
Jersey Sports Zone has ten more great nominees for the top play captured by our cameras. Watch our Top Plays and cast your vote now! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 5 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 Khyri Summers for winning JSZ’s Top Play Belt for Week 5
Watch Friday 10.8 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights
We’ve got three games for our JSZ All-Access members as part of our Friday Week 6 high school football coverage. Get your All-Access pass now to watch Cranford/Colonia, Wall/Donovan Catholic and Central Regional at Matawan! Cranford 27 Colonia 14 Cranford (5-0) remains undefeated on the season following a 27-14 win over Colonia (4-2). Patriots Quarterback […] 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.
Elite 11: Great Plays from Week 3 Vie for JSZ Top Play Belt
Another great week of high school football in New Jersey has 11 nominees captured by JSZ cameras for this week’s Top Play Belt. Check out the top plays and cast your vote! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and have 11 great nominees for our Week 3 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 our Week 1 and Week 2 Top Play Belt Winners – Jared Tynes of North Brunswick and Tommy Amanwkaa of Hillsborough! Congratulations to our Week 1 and Week 2 Top Play Wi
Watch Friday 9.17 JSZ Football Highlights
JSZ had cameras all over the state on Friday night, with highlights coming in all night long! Another great edition of Friday Night Lights Jersey style! We’ve got six games from around the state. Thanks to our JSZ All-Access members for signing on to catch all the action. Watch our teaser with a look at […] 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 Polls are Back! Get Voting for Week 2 Football Game Balls
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! South Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: MikeFrankel@JerseySportsZone.com 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.
Top 10 Softball Games of the 2021 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
The 2021 softball season was much anticipated after no play last year and teams gave fans much to cheer about as JSZ captured the best walk-offs, strike outs, comebacks and much more from around the diamond in New Jersey. Capping off our summer recap series, here is the Top 10 softball games of the year. No. 10: Verona wins it in 12! A marathon between Mahwah and Verona to reach the NJSIAA Group 2 Softball Final ended after twelve innings when a close play at the plate led the Hillbillies to victory on 6/15. Jay Cook has all the action: No. 9: Sophia Mount K’s 15 to reach Group 4 Final In her first Varsity season, Livingston freshman Sophia Mount pitched a 15 strike out, two hit gem to advance the Lancers to the Group 4 Final on 6/15. Nery Rodriguez was on the call: No. 8: Cranford reigns supreme in Union County Cranford hoisted its first Union County Championship in nearly two decades following a 12 strike out performance from Morrigan Gardiner on 5/27. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez recaps the evening: No. 7: Clayton Lady Clippers are finally State Champions Clayton had a memorable 2021, the Lady Clippers went 28-2 for their best season in school history and Meadow Lake’s one hitter, 10 strike outs led Clayton to the Group 1 State Championship, the program’s first on 6/17. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: No. 6: Morris Catholic parties like it’s 1986 Morris Catholic’s 35 year wait for a State Title ended on 6/18 when the Crusaders defeated Lodi Immaculate 11-1 for the Non-Public B Championship. Jay Cook recaps the evening: No. 5: Robbinsville takes Group 2 Final No strangers to Championship hardware, it was an unexpected season for an underclassmen heavy Robbinsville team as they entered the Tournament of Champions for the first time since 2018, following their Group 2 Final win on 6/17. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: No. 4: Livingston walks off with Group 4 Title in 8 Livingston fought for their right to celebrate the program’s first ever State Championship with an eight inning 3-2 Group 4 Title win over Hillsborough on 6/19. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was there for all the action: No. 3: Donovan Catholic leaves no doubt as NJ’s best team in TOC Final There was not much debate as to who was the best team to end the 2021 season. Donovan Catholic went 29-1 with their best performance coming in the Tournament of Champion Final on 6/20. The Griffins bested Livingston 18-5 with 17 runs coming in the third inning. Rich Chrampanis has the call: No. 2: Metzger pitches Colts Neck to Group 3 Championship Ava Metzger left no doubt as the Garden State’s premiere pitcher. The Colts Neck senior and Gatorade’s Player of the Year struck out 320 batters in 2021 with eight coming in the Cougar’s 2-0 win over Cranford in the Group 3 State Final for their first ever title on 6/18. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was there: No. 1: Adriana Romano’s 6 RBI’s leads epic comeback for Non-Public A Title Hope seemed lost for Donovan Catholic as the Griffins were down to their last out, trailing by three in the bottom of the seventh of the Non-Public A Final. Adrian Romano having already hit one home run, belted a second with two base runners on to tie the game as Donovan Catholic would go on to win 8-7 in 10 innings. Romano went 3-4 for six RBI’s and also racked up eight strike outs while allowing just one earned run in relief. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Seton Hall University:
Vote Now for JSZ’s Web Gem of the Year!
There’s not much that’s more rewarding than making a stellar play in the field to save a run, end an inning or wowing the crowd. JSZ’s cameras were all around the state this spring and we captured some top-shelf web gems during the 2021 baseball and softball seasons. Take a look at the highlight reel, then cast as many votes as you’d like for the Web Gem of the Year! Voting will stay open until Monday at 3:00 p.m. Voting for the Web Gem of the Year closes out our postseason polls for plays of the year. We also highlighted the top boys lacrosse goal, top girls lacrosse goal and the clutch play of the season. Thanks to everyone who voted and followed along with Jersey Sports Zone for the entire 2021 season.
Watch Friday 6.18 JSZ Softball State Final Highlights
The final day of the NJSIAA softball state championships has arrived and JSZ yet again has full coverage of the last three title games from Ivy Hill Park on the campus of Seton Hall University. Subscribe with the JSZ All-Access Pass to watch it all now! Immaculate Heart Academy vs. Donovan Catholic (10 Innings) | […] 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 6.15 JSZ Playoff Softball Highlights
It’s a big day in high school softball as spots in the Public state finals are on the line across the state. JSZ has you covered! Check back throughout the day as the highlights come in! Verona 9 Mahwah 8 (12 Innings) | Group 2 State Semifinal Verona punched its ticket to its first-ever state […] 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 6.11 JSZ State Baseball Playoff Highlights
It’s sectional final Friday in New Jersey high school baseball world. JSZ takes you around the state with some incredible finishes and memorable performances from the sectional finals. Millburn 1 Cranford 0 | North 2 Group 3 Final This was a game neither Millburn or Cranford will forget for some time. Cranford trailed by one […] 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.
Final Week of 2021 Spring Game Balls!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the sixth week of the spring season. Our Week 6 baseball and softball polls, our final of the season, are now open. Get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3 p.m.! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball polls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. North Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com.
Gardiner’s Pitching Leads Cranford Softball to UCT Title
Cranford 5 Governor Livingston 1 | Union County Final (2) Cranford (18-5) defeated (5) Governor Livingston (13-9) 5-1 for the Union County Tournament Championship. The evening was headlined by pitching as Cranford’s Morrigan Gardiner finished with 12 strikeouts while Governor Livingston’s Anna Popola had 10. The score remained tied at 1-1 until an error and […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 5.20 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
County tournament season is well underway and our cameras have coverage of three conference playoff games – two from Union County and one more from Bergen County. Enjoy all the highlights with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Bergen Catholic 15 Ramapo 7 | Bergen County Tournament Quarterfinal Bergen Catholic (7-5) scored eight unanswered goals from the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Monday 5.17 JSZ Softball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of exciting Monday afternoon softball matchups for you, highlighting some top teams in North Jersey. Check out our 5.17 coverage below with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Mount St. Dominic 12 Verona 2 (6 Innings) Mount St. Dominic’s 20th game of the season ended in the ninth mercy-rule victory of the year. […] 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 5.4 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of marquee games from the diamond for you on this Tuesday. Enjoy the highlights! Mainland 7 Buena 1 It was a Petty Day in Linwood, and Mainland ace Chase Petty pitched another gem. In his third start of the season, Petty twirled a complete game one-hitter, striking out 17 in front […] 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 Week 1 North Jersey Game Ball Winners Honored!
The first week of the 2021 season has brought us some big performances and incredible stat lines. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented JSZ’s Week 1 Game Balls to Cranford’s Sophia DeMarco and Watchung Hills’ Lorenzo Meola after standout performances to open the year. Sophia DeMarco Wins JSZ North Jersey Week 1 Softball Take Our Poll DeMarco collected 8,691 votes to win the Week 1 Softball Game Ball for North Jersey. Congrats! Lorenzo Meola Wins JSZ Week 1 North Jersey Baseball Take Our Poll Meola gathered 7,172 votes to win the Week 1 Baseball Game Ball for North Jersey. Congrats!
Watch Friday 4.30 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The month ends with some fantastic games from all corners of the Garden State. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! Allentown 12 Hopewell Valley 2 Allentown (6-1) defeated Hopewell Valley (4-3) 12-2. The Red Birds led 2-1 after the first inning before extending the margin to 10 in the fifth […] 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 4.27 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Cranford 8 Westfield 2 In a battle of two undefeated Union County Conference teams, Cranford (4-0) defeated Westfield (5-1) 8-2. The 2020 Last Dance Tournament Winners and current top ranked team were able to get out to an early 4-0 lead off a two RBI double from Tony Silva in the bottom of the first. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ Baseball and Softball Game Balls are Back!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the first week of the spring season. Our Week 1 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm. The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll All nominations must be submitted by Saturday evening.
Watch Sunday 4.18 Super Regional Wrestling Coverage
JSZ continues its wall-to-wall weekend wrestling coverage with video highlights from all four Super Regional sites. Sunday saw weight classes 152 through 285 battle at four different sites to earn spots in next weekend’s individual state championships. JSZ brings you team coverage from all four sites with features and highlights. Check back throughout the evening for all of our videos. The top four finishers in each region secured spots in Phillipsburg next weekend. South Region – Cherry Hill East JSZ’s Mike Frankel has highlights and reaction from the afternoon session: 152 pounds 1st -Cooper Pontelandolfo, Kingsway | 2nd – Matt Hoelke, Highland | 3rd – Greg Croce, Paulsboro | 4th – Jake Slotnick, St. Augustine 160 pounds 1st – Dakota Morris, Kingsway | 2nd – Jurius Clark, Camden Catholic | 3rd – Brock Zurawski, St. Augustine | 4th – Shawn Williams, Paulsboro 170 pounds 1st – Jared Schoppe, Delsea | 2nd – DJ DiPietro, Kingsway | 3rd – Alex Marshall, St. Augustine | 4th – Ray Weed, Absegami 182 pounds 1st – Isaac Dean, Shawnee | 2nd – George Rhodes, Absegami | 3rd – Alex Giordano, Camden Catholic | 4th – Michael Gregg, Collingswood JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from the evening session: 195 pounds 1st – Cody Thurston, West Deptford | 2nd – Kevin Pandorf, Kingsway | 3rd – Marcus Hebron, Lower Cape May | 4th – Vincent Ceglie, Lacey Twp. 220 pounds 1st – Mike Misita, Williamstown | 2nd – Shane Whitney, Lower Cape May | Dominic Petracci, Washington Twp. | 4th – Liam Spahn, Deptford 285 pounds 1st – Jeffery Jordan, Audubon | 2nd – Terrance Salami, Holy Cross | 3rd – Jacob Clark, Cinnaminson | 4th – Tino Savaiinaea, Paulsboro Coverage of Delsea is made possible by NJM Insurance. Shawnee and Williamstown coverage is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Central Region – Hunterdon Central RFH Gets Two More Region Titles For the second straight year, Rumson-Fair Haven has a pair of region champions. Max Brignola (152 pounds) and Jack Kelly (182 pounds) captured Super Region titles in their senior year. Brignola had a 5-0 decision over Shore’s Mike McGhee and Kelly had four first-period pins on Sunday at Hunterdon Central. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talks with the RFH contingent that will send four total wrestlers to Phillipsburg: 152 pounds 1st – Max Brignola, Rumson-Fair Haven | 2nd – Michael McGhee, Shore | 3rd – Tanner Peake, Hunterdon Central | Paul Jakub, Howell Mays Knocks Off Top Seed 2nd seed Hunter Mays scored 11 points in the first period on the way to a 14-3 win over #1 seed Colton Washleski in the 160 pound final. The Pennsylvania transfer gives Howell a region title and now sets his sights on Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on one of the best performances of the weekend: 160 pounds 1st – Hunter Mays, Howell | 2nd – Colton Washleski, Hunterdon Central | 3rd – Adam Coleman, Matawan | 4th – Zander Silva, CBA Portella Makes History RBC’s Sabino Portella scored a two point takedown with 10 seconds remaining to earn a 3-1 win over #1 seed Shay Addison. The 3rd seed becomes the Caseys first back to back region champ since 1974. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talks with the super sophomore in Flemington: 170 pounds 1st – Sabino Portella, Red Bank Catholic | 2nd – Shay Addison, Rumson-Fair Haven | 3rd – DJ Henry, Howell 182 pounds 1st – Jack Kelly, Rumson-Fair Haven | 2nd – Brendan Newberry, Wall | 3rd – Josh Beigman, Hopewell Valley | 4th – Jared Tracey, Ocean Twp. 195 pounds 1st – Blake Clayton, St. John Vianney | 2nd – Hunter Skove, Rumson-Fair Haven | 3rd – Gavin Claro, Manalapan | 4th – Brian LaCross, Hopewell Valley 220 pounds 1st – Bryan Bonilla, Hightstown | 2nd – Chimdindu Molokwu, Jackson Liberty | 3rd – Raymond Santiago, Colts Neck | 4th – Nico Cerbo, Middletown North 285 pounds 1st – John O’Donnell, Toms River North | 2nd – David Szuba, Brick Memorial | 3rd – Joseph Teresi, Ocean Township | 4th – Matthew Jannucci, Colts Neck North 1 Region – Mount Olive JSZ’s Jay Cook has coverage, highlights and interviews from the morning session: 152 Pounds 1st – Nate Camiscioli, Bergen Catholic | 2nd – Tyler Pizzi, Pascack Valley | 3rd – Steven Dalling, Kittatinny | 4th – Nicolino Berlingieri, Northern Highlands 160 Pounds 1st – Eric Freeman, Paramus | 2nd – Nicholas Franco, Paramus Catholic | 3rd – Roberto Padilla, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Luke Ciampa, Jefferson 170 Pounds 1st – Michael Dellagatta, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 2nd – Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus | 3rd – Justin Onello, Bergen Catholic | 4th – Hunter Perez, Mount Olive 182 Pounds 1st – Brian Soldano, High Point | 2nd – Justin Chrostowski, Butler | 3rd – Jack Farinaro, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Casey Allen, Emerson Boro 195 Pounds 1st – Nick Lodato, Pope John XXIII | 2nd – Alex Kostantas, Pascack Hills | 3rd – AJ Fricchione, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Darin Donellan, Paramus Catholic 220 Pounds 1st – Michael Toranzo, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 2nd – Remy Brancato, Bergen Catholic | 3rd – Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny | 4th – Jack Stoll, Pope John XXIII 285 Pounds 1st – Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic | 2nd – Dominick Brogna, Bergen Catholic | 3rd – Robby Chetirkin, Wayne Valley | 4th – Joseph Abill, Clifton Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both Bergen Catholic and St. Joe’s (Mont.) is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. North 2 Region – Union JSZ’s Ken Bradley has highlights and reaction from the morning session: 152 Pounds 1st – Andrew Troczynski, Delbarton | 2nd – Colę Carroll, Seton Hall Prep | 3rd – Ówen Disbrow, St. Thomas Aquinas | 4th – Michael Murphy, Westfield 160 Pounds 1st – Blake Bahna, Watchung Hills | 2nd – Louis Cerchio, Delbarton | 3rd – Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst | 4th – Joshua Palacio, North Bergen 170 Pounds 1st – Colin Calvetti, Delbarton | 2nd – James Holder, North Hunterdon | 3rd – Brett Miller, Bound Brook | 4th – Stratos Kantanas, Livingston 182 Pounds 1st – Zachary Andruchowitz, Bloomfield | 2nd – Conner Decker, Seton Hall Prep | 3rd – Alex Uryniak, North Hunterdon | 4th – Nicholas Olivieri, Delbarton 195 Pounds 1st – Jack Wilt, Seton Hall Prep | 2nd – Thomas Renna, South Plainfield | 3rd – Shane Kanterman, Cranford | 4th – Robert Lerner, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 220 Pounds 1st – David Pierson, Phillipsburg | 2nd – Andrew Franklin, North Hunterdon | 3rd – Jarett Pantuso, Warren Hills | 4th – Jacob Leiva, Cliffside Park 285 Pounds 1st – Liam Akers, North Hunterdon | 2nd – Hunter Seubert, Watchung Hills | 3rd – Tyler McCartharn, Warren Hills | 4th – Ricky Perez, North Bergen
The Champs Are Back! Cranford Baseball Ready for Return to the Diamond
It was a shorter offseason compared to most other years, but the confidence and excitement coming from Cranford is very much through the roof. Cranford – the winners of last summer’s Last Dance World Series – are preparing for the start of a full high school baseball season. The Cougars should open the year as the No. 1 team in New Jersey. The team returns a plethora of weapons who we saw shine in the LDWS. The lineup will include leadoff man Marcus Johnson, Ryan Jaros, Will Gallagher and Luca Limmeria. Joe Carrea and Rob Salvatore are back as well to lead a talented pitching staff. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story:
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.
Westfield hockey notches Cranford for back to back wins
Westfield 3 Cranford 1 Westfield (6-1-1) picked up their second straight win following a 3-1 victory over Cranford (1-4). Spencer Brown, John McDonald and Greg Oliveri all found net for the Blue Devils. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfiel coverage. 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 2020 JSZ All-Zone Football Team
JSZ honors a season unlike any other with our fourth annual JSZ All-Zone team. We’ve got the top players from New Jersey at every position and the announcement of our 4th Zoneman Trophy Winner The 2020 football season provided incredible memories in the midst of adversity. Despite teams losing games due to the pandemic, JSZ cameras were able to find the best of the best from New Jersey high school football. All this week, we will present the 2020 JSZ All-Zone football team. Audric Estime wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman The St. Joe-Montvale running back will always remember the day he won the Zoneman Trophy. That’s because he happened to make national headlines when he flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Notre Dame signing with the Irish shortly after accepting the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. Estime was a force topping 1800 yards and 22 ground scores in just eight games of action Watch JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy presentation and an extended interview with Audric during his signing day ceremony: Estime received 33 votes from JSZ’s 72 person voting panel of head coaches and statewide media: Thank you to the head coaches and statewide media who cast their vote for the 2020 Zoneman Coaches: Joe Wojechowski, Lenape, Sean Clancy, Notre Dame, Rich Hilliard, St. Joe-Metuchen, Joe LaSala, Woodbridge, Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial, Montrey Wright, Salem, Kenny Scott, Winslow, Kevin Smith, Ocean City, Pat Gallagher, Williamstown, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chris Sacco, Absegami, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine, John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Prep, Darnell Grant, West Orange, Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep, David Schuman, Red Bank Regional, Dan Curcione, Donovan Catholic, Jeff Rainess, Holmdel, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep, Tony Grandinetti, Wall, Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty, Dom Marangi, St. Joe-Montvale, Mike Lange, Red Bank Catholic, Don Klein, Ocean Township, Bryant Garvin, Newark East Side, Jason Acerra, Bayonne, Andrew Patterson, Robbinsville, Brian Bowers, Delbarton, Todd Smith, Hun, Chris Beagen, Sayreville, Dave Ellis, Freehold Boro, Al Chiola, Linden, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, John Viotto, South Brunswick, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Davis, Barnegat, Brian Russo, Rahway, Lou Grasso, Union, Roger Kotlarz, Wayne Valley, Scott Bray, Bridgewater-Raritan, Kevin Kostibos, Summit, Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township Media: Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ, Kenneth Bradley, JSZ, James Mooney, JSZ, Andrew Koob, NJ.com, Sean Miller, NJ.com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Kevin Minnick, NJ.com, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Pat Lanni, NJ.com, Ryan Patti, Rivals.com, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Todderick Hunt, NJ.com, Mike Kinney, NJ.com, Joe Zedalis, NJ.com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Chris Gallagher, News 12 NJ, Sunil Sunder Raj, Gannett, Kyle Franco, NJ.com, John Jones, Max Preps, GMC Gridron 2020 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Offense (Click player’s name to watch their JSZ All-Zone profile!) QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver Tight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Steve Angeli, Bergen CatholicRyan Butler, Bergen Catholic Naran Buntin, Mater Dei PrepAlex Bauman, Red Bank Catholic Chase Bisontis, Don Bosco Prep Tahj Bullock, St. Peter's Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicJahdir Loftland, Donovan Catholic Nick Dunneman, Seton Hall Prep Jack Larsen, Seton Hall PrepDominick Brogna, Bergen CatholicCookie Desiderio, Somerville Cole Freeman, DelbartonRickey "Pop" Spruill, Notre Dame Jayon Farrar, Donovan Catholic Nuccio Lisitano, DePaul CatholicCamron McNair, Donovan Catholic Audric Estime, St. Joe-Montvale Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep Nasir Hill, St. Augustine Prep Justin McNulty, Holy SpiritCasey Larkin, Wall Najih Rahman, Red Bank Catholic Aidan Monteiro, St. Peter's Prep Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Jaylan Sanchez, St. Peter's PrepGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale 2020 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Defense/Special Teams Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepPJ Casale, Delbarton Jayden Bellamy, Bergen CatholicPatrick Ryan, Delbarton Keshon Griffin, St. Joseph Academy Timmy Hinspeter, Don Bosco Prep Jordan Campbell, St. Peter's PrepSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-Montvale Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic Frankie Monte, St. Joe-MontvaleJaeden Gould, Bergen Catholic Qy'aeir Price, DePaul CatholicAi'Johnnie Rembert, Holy SpiritJahqir Haley, St. Joseph Academy Ethan Rodriguez, St. Peter's PrepAhmad Ross, St. Joseph AcademyJake Jarmolowich, Delbarton George Rooks, St. Peter's PrepA'Khoury Lyde, DePaul Catholic DJ Samuels, Bergen Catholic 2020 JSZ All-Zone Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Joe Crifasi, BectonJaiden Abrams, HammontonJoJo Bermudez, Cedar CreekSean Clapp, RamapoMatthew Fries, Cranford Charles DePrima, RamapoAl-Jay Henderson, IrvingtonJaimen Bryant, SomervilleJordan Harris, Woodbridge Chad Martini, Watchung HillsAli Lee, Jr., WoodbridgeAlijah Clark, CamdenJustin Evans-Jenkins, Irvington Sha'Kim Shuler, Freehold BoroNasir Robinson, Penns GroveXavier Coleman, LenapeWinston Jordan, Highland Regional Demie Sumo, WillingboroTyler Davis, LenapeJoe Metzger, Delsea Will Towns, Jackson MemorialDesmond Igbinosun, UnionJoe Mancino, Holmdel Bhayshul Tuten, PaulsboroAnthony Johnson, Burlington Twp.Grant Puharic, Wall John Volker, Rumson-Fair HavenJake Schneider, Ocean CityBilly Searle, Nutley Josh Toner, Cherokee 2020 JSZ All-Zone Public Defense/Special Teams Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterReturn Specialist Zaire Angoy, IrvingtonLeQuint Allen, MillvilleJayden Brown, Winslow Twp.Jai Patel, South BrunswickAl Shadee-Salaam, East Orange Jihaad Campbell, Timber CreekKharyi Banton, Newark West SideJalen Cheek, Winslow Twp. Donovan Ezeiruaku, WilliamstownLocksley Burke, East OrangeDarian "Duce" Chestnut, Camden Von Factor, Rumson-Fair HavenLuke Cole, LenapeBrody Colbert, Williamstown Luke Doerr-Fredrickson, West MorrisMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonLee Coleman, Salem Mike Jarvis, ShawneeJake Inserra, Ocean CityShaquan Loyal, Newark West Side AJ Pena, SomervilleEmeril Mitchell, Winslow Twp.Dorian Rawls, West Orange Jordan Thompson, Parsippany HillsCharlie Sasso, WallRyan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven John Testa, Wayne ValleyKeon Sabb, Williamstown Corey Walker, Newark West Side Meet the 2020 Zoneman Finalists Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep QB Before ever taking a snap at St. Peter’s Prep, fans and coaches on the St. Peter’s Prep stands and sidelines buzzed about a kid nicknamed “Ducee” who would take New Jersey by storm. Now Tahj Bullock’s illustrious high school career is over – and he’ll be discussed as one of the most impactful player to ever play for the Marauders. Bullock, a Virginia Tech commit, flashed in the six games St. Peter’s Prep played in this season. He completed 51 percent of his passes for 818 yards and a touchdown to interception ratio of 12:0. Ducee also accounted for 306 yards and six more touchdowns on the ground, bringing his career touchdown total to an impeccable 52 scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story on Bullock Cookie Desiderio, Somerville RB Players like Cookie Desiderio don’t come around very often – and the numbers he produced in 2020 were just as unique. The Somerville bruiser exceeded every and all exception in this wild season with 1,569 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on only 152 carries. That comes out to 10.3 yards every single time Desiderio took a handoff. You know what makes those numbers so impressive? It’s the fact that Desiderio did it in only seven games and that he surpassed every single benchmark he previously set in his junior season. Desiderio becomes the second player in Somerville history to be nominated for the award (Jalahn Dabney, 2018.) The recognition is well-deserved. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the feature: Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB Audric Estime put in an offseason for the ages to deliver one of the most dominant single season efforts anyone has ever seen in North Jersey. While playing in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the entire country, the St. Joe’s (Mont.) product ran roughshod over the competition for 190 carries, 1,857 yards and 22 touchdowns. All of those were career highs in only eight games played. The Michigan State commit was also the only player in the state to account for 2,000 scrimmage yards and finished 2020 with a total 2,042 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Big 10 better be ready for what’s coming. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Casey Larkin, Wall ATH Both the soul and heartbeat of Wall’s undefeated 2020 team is, without question, Casey Larkin. A starter on both sides of the ball for the Crimson Knights, Larkin shined in every game he played. At running back, he rushed for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns on only 97 carries. At defensive back, Larkin anchored the Crimson Knights defense with 32 tackles, five pass defenses and a fumble recovery. Wall won the unofficial Shore Conference championship this season and finished the year 7-0. Larkin delivered two standout performances in the semifinal and finals. Some in New Jersey consider Wall to be the state’s top-ranked team – if they indeed are, then Larkin had a major say in that decision. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story: Patrick “Cheeks” Smith, Holy Spirit RB If you ask any high school football fanatic in South Jersey who the area’s top player was this season, the answer would be short and quick: Cheeks. Patrick Smith, the Holy Spirit standout, was an absolute force to be reckoned with every time the rock was in his hands. Smith concluded an unforgettable 2020 campaign with 1,719 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on a workhorse-like 221 carries this season. Holy Spirit ended the season at 8-0 after becoming the unofficial South Jersey champions with a 21-7 win over Lenape in the WJFL Bracket A Final. Smith’s incredible top-end speed and vision helped drive the Spartans to the upper echelon on New Jersey high school football in a crazy season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the feature: JSZ Plays of the Year The JSZ Football Plays of the Year will wrap up on December 21st with the six winners of each category vying for the top overall play of the year. We’ll interview the winner on December 23rd! Special Teams TD of the Year: Monday, Dec. 7th through Wednesday, Dec. 9th.TD Pass Play of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 10th through Saturday, Dec. 12th.Defensive TD of the Year: Sunday, Dec. 13th through Tuesday, Dec. 15th.TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd
Vote Now for JSZ TD Run of the Year!
JSZ continues to bring you the best of the 2020 football season, as it’s time now to vote on the best touchdown run of the year. The polls will be open through Friday, December 18th at noon. Take Our Poll JSZ Postseason Awards Calendar Who had the top play of the 2020 season? Who will win the Zoneman Player of the Year? Who is on our All-Zone team? All the answers to those questions can be found by following along with JSZ as we navigate through plenty of awards still to come in December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the next week: Remaining JSZ Football Plays of the Year TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 2020 All-Zone Team Presentation Announcement of JSZ Zoneman Finalists (5 Player of the Year Finalists): Monday, Dec. 7th.JSZ Non-Public All-Zone Offense: Monday, Dec. 14th.JSZ Non-Public All Zone Defense: Tuesday, Dec. 15th.JSZ Public All-Zone Offense: Wednesday, Dec. 16th.JSZ Public All-Zone Defense: Thursday, Dec. 17th.Zoneman Finalist Features: Friday, Dec.18th.Zoneman Trophy Announcement (virtual interview) Dec. 18th.
Marcus Johnson of Cranford Wins Week 7 Top Play Belt
Cranford has made an argument for one New Jersey’s top public school programs in 2020. The Cougars are 6-1 behind an offense that is averaging 32.4 points per game. In their 43-19 win over North Brunswick (6-1) Marcus Johnson had an incredible 45 yard touchdown to go along with a 111 all-purpose yard, two touchdown night. The fans have spoken and he is the Week 7 Top Play Belt Winner! JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by practice for another electric ceremony: Take Our Poll Voting for our weekly Game Balls and Top Plays is open Sunday (9 a.m.)-Tuesday (3 p.m.)
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 Friday 11.13 JSZ Football Highlights
Some were “pod playoff” games, while others were fantastic regular season matchups. Week 7 is in full swing with tremendous Friday night action! Somerville 39 Woodbridge 26 It was the most monumental Big Central Conference game in 2020 thus far, and Somerville (7-0) remained undefeated with a 39-26 victory to hand Woodbridge (5-1) its first […] 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 10.23 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s another tremendous slate of games in the Garden State in Week 4. Check back all throughout the night as the highlights and interviews come in! Bergen Catholic 34 DePaul Catholic 10 Ryan Butler helped Bergen Catholic avenge a heartbreaking loss in last year’s regular season finale Friday night behind a career night on the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 10.8 JSZ Soccer Highlights
Before we turn to the gridiron over the weekend, the JSZ team has highlights from three in-conference matchups. Stay tuned for our coverage as it pours in! Rumson-Fair Haven 8 RBC 0 | Boys Luke Pentikis had three goals and an assist to lead a second straight dominating game by the Bulldogs. RFH had a […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Reflecting on The Last Dance
In a year that’s often felt hopeless for New Jersey high school athletes, the Last Dance Tournament offered optimism. Thousands of players took part in an event that will be remembered for years to come. Whether it was three games, or three weeks, the high school baseball community found a piece of something that was lost. Players, coaches, parents and fans got to say goodbye to the season on their own terms. Jersey Sports Zone presents a special Last Dance video essay: Our thanks to Sterling National Bank and to RWJBarnabas Health for making JSZ’s Last Dance coverage possible.
Cranford freshman commits to Georgia Tech
Ryan Jaros made a huge impact during the Cougars Last Dance World Series Championship. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel from one of NJ’s rising stars on the diamond A Division I commitment as a freshman is rare, but Cranford third baseman Ryan Jaros is a rare talent. Jaros has given a verbal commitment to play in the ACC for Georgia Tech. He made the announcement via social media: I am excited and humbled to announce that I will be continuing my baseball and academic career at Georgia Tech. First, I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity. Next, I want to thank all the coaches, teammates, friends and family that have supported me. #GoJackets pic.twitter.com/31dW1WlZtp— Ryan Jaros (@rjaros9) August 1, 2020 The 2020 high school baseball season never happened due to COVID-19 but Jaros was able to make an incredible debut on the varsity level. The Cranford 3rd baseman was immediately thrust into the Cougars starting lineup and consistently deliver big hits during the Last Dance World Series. Jaros had a bases-clearing three-run double in the championship game against Jackson Memorial, a two-run triple against Bergen Catholic and a 4 RBI game against Don Bosco Prep. His high school career is just nine games but he’s already put together an impressive highlight reel. Check out why Georgia Tech has picked up one of New Jersey’s rising stars:
Cranford is the Last One Dancing!
The Cougars leave no doubt as they claim New Jersey’s Last Dance World Series championship in convincing fashion with a 12-2 win in five innings over Jackson Memorial in Trenton. Watch JSZ’s extended highlights and team coverage of the final game in this remarkable tournament Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance World Series highlights were brought to you by Sterling National Bank Cranford 12 Jackson Memorial 2 (5 Innings) | Last Dance World Series Championship Cranford came into single elimination play as the #13 seed out of the North but ended July as the undisputed top team in New Jersey with its third consecutive rout of a highly ranked state baseball power. The Cougars outscored Don Bosco Prep, Bergen Catholic and the Jaguars by 34-2. Cranford jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and put the game away with a devastating eight-run second inning. Joe Corea pitched outstanding and went the distance to seal the championship. JSZ brings you extended highlights as well as post-game reaction from Arm&Hammer Ballpark in Trenton: Thanks to Louro Chiropractic Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Jackson Memorial through the Last Dance World Series Jersey Sports Zone’s post-game coverage and championship features is brought to you by RWJBarnabas Health, the title sponsor of the Last Dance World Series
Your Ultimate Guide for the LDWS Title Game
What started as a 222-team pool of high school baseball teams earlier this month has been pared down to two final programs. Cougars Baseball (Cranford) and Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) have played through two weeks of baseball and earned their shot to vie for the Last Dance World Series championship, set to be played at Arm & Hammer Park on Friday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. JSZ’s team of multimedia journalists have covered each team extensively leading up to the title game. Who are the top players on each team? What are the biggest storylines around each program? Our Jay Cook and Nery Rodriguez answer those questions and more in our LDWS Championship Preview. Jersey Sports Zone’s championship preview of the Last Dance World Series title game is presented to you by RWJ Barnabas Health, the tournament’s title sponsor. How They Got Here Cougars Baseball (Cranford) Cranford had big expectations coming into 2020 as they were set to be one of the top teams in all of Union County. Their balance of small ball, timely hitting and clutch pitching proved to be a recipe for success throughout the LDWS. The Cougars, who entered the tournament as the No. 13 seed, defeated Montclair (2019 Greater Newark Tournament champions), Ridgewood (2019 Group 4 state champions), Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic en route to capture the Ben Luderer Memorial Trophy as LDWS North Region champions. Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) The No. 1 seed in the South region showed why they had the firepower to be one of the state’s best teams if the New Jersey spring sports season wasn’t cancelled. Jackson head coach Greg Malta has deployed a star-studded lineup loaded with big bats and Power 5 prospects who have suffocated opposing pitching staffs. Don’t forget about the Jags’ own aces on the mound who equally stifled the competition before convincingly raising the Jim Brown Memorial Trophy as South Jersey champs Wednesday night. Jersey Sports Zone’s highlights from the Last Dance World Series has been brought to you by Sterling National Bank
Watch Wednesday 7.30 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
There was hardware up for grabs on Wednesday night, with the Last Dance North and South Region championship games. JSZ has complete coverage of both games with highlights and reaction. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank. South Region Final | FirstEnergy Park Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 4 Saders Baseball (Bishop Eustace) 3 The Jags fell behind 3-0 early, but came back to win it and capture the Jim Brown Memorial Trophy. Carmine Petosa was clutch all night long, driving in three runs in the victory. Tom Cartnick also drove in a run for Jackson Memorial. Zach Crotchfelt came on in relief and pitched the Jags into the Last Dance Tournament final. JSZ’s Mike Frankel and Nery Rodriguez have the highlights and reaction from the home of the Blue Claws: Coverage of Jackson Memorial is made possible by Louro Chiropractic Center. North Region Final | Skylands Stadium Cougars Baseball (Cranford) 10 BC Crusaders (Bergen Catholic) 0 (6 innings) The #13 seed continued its dominating play in the North Region with a 10-run outburst against another Bergen County non-public power. The Cougars scored three runs in the first and never looked back as lefty Rob Salvatore was brilliant in a three hit shutout going the distance and striking out six. Joe Meola paced the Cougars bats with a 5 RBI night. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis and Jay Cook bring you the Cougars title winning performance from Skylands Stadium: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is being brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics Jersey Sports Zone’s championship preview and post-game MVP interviews this week are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas, the title sponsor of the Last Dance World Series.
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!
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
Vote Now for JSZ’s Week 3 North Jersey Game Balls!
Another week of the high school basketball season means two more North Jersey basketball players will be honored for outstanding performances. Vote in the polls below for Week 3’s JSZ North Jersey Game Ball winner! North Jersey Boys’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Girls’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll Last Week’s Winners Congratulations to Ronnie Burwan (Timothy Christian) and Bella Vito (Montville) for winning last week’s fan vote. They were each presented with a JSZ-themed game ball for their performances.
Diggs wins Zoneman, Schiano speaks at JSZ Football Banquet
The third annual JSZ Football Banquet featured the top players in New Jersey, an inspiring JSZ Courage Award and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano opening our ceremony. It all capped off with Woodrow Wilson’s Fadil Diggs winning the Zoneman Trophy. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s team coverage now! Rutgers Greg Schiano speaks at third annual Jersey Sports Zone Football Banquet The top high school football players from every part of New Jersey were assembled at the Delta Hotel in Woodbridge for the JSZ Football Banquet. Before the highlights of the 2019 JSZ All-Zone team, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano got things started with a great message to the honorees. The Scarlet Knights have made it known that recruiting the best players in -state is a top priority. Schiano was joined by assistant coaches Nunzio Campanile and Fran Brown to celebrate New Jersey’s best on the gridiron: Fadil Diggs wins JSZ Zoneman Trophy Woodrow Wilson defensive end and wide receiver Fadil Diggs took home the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. The Texas A&M commit helped lead the Tigers to a South Group 3 Regional Championship and won the balloting among NJ head football coaches and statewide media members. St. Joe-Hammonton running back Jada Byers was the runnerup. Byers and Diggs had equal first-place votes but Fadil was on nine more ballots in the Heisman style voting which gave him the top honor: The Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM’s Joe Dotro for being on hand to honor the best players in New Jersey! Zoneman Voting Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Fadil DiggsWoodrow Wilson252411134 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton251610117 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep13182499 Cody SimonSaint Peter's Prep12142080 Luke WyplerSt. Joe-Montvale251026 Kyle MonangaiDon Bosco Prep42521 Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process Zoneman Ballots JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Mike Frankel, Jay Cook Statewide Media: Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Todderick Hunt, NJ.Com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Kevin Minnick, NJ.Com, Andrew Koob, NJ.Com, Pat Lanni, NJ.Com, JJ Conrad, NJ.Com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Ryan Patti, Rivals.Com, Tom Williams, PrimeEvents.Net, Tom McGurk, Courier-Post, Brian Carr, NorthJerseySports.Com, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, GMC Gridiron, Joe Zedalis, NJ.Com, Mike Kinney, NJ.Com, Mike Fenske, MJF Recruiting, Brian Dohn, 247 Sports, JP Parachini, Worrell Media Coaches: John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, Dan Russo, Vineland, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine Prep, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Hinson, Timber Creek, Dennis Thomas, Millville, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chuck Smith, Mainland, Joe Hoyle, Dwight Morrow Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep Montrey Wright, Salem Kevin Smith, Ocean City Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. Joe Wojceichowski, Lenape Jay Graber, Matawan Kevin Kostibos, Summit Dan Higgins, Piscataway Ken Loomis, Wildwood Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial Jeff Rainess, Holmdel John Fiore, Montclair Brian Bowers, Delbarton John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic Barris Grant, Hillside Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township John Adams, Woodstown Benji Wemberly, Hackensack Rob Davis, Barnegat Marion Bell, West Side Jamil Jackson, Elizabeth Drew Gibbs, Ramapo Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep Wilber Valdez, Union City Kevin Carty, Hillsborough Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg Augie Hoffmann, St. Joe’s (Mont.) Ed Guerreri, Manalapan Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty Brian Russo, Rahway William Nahan, Randolph Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown David Schuman Red Bank Regional Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. Brian Leary, Highland LJ Clark, Lakewood Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Sean Clancy, Notre Dame Chris Thomas, Pitman Dan George, Long Branch Clifton Tabb, Pennsauken Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp Tim Hagerty, Glassboro Ralph Cinque, Clifton Sights and Sounds from JSZ Banquet Before the players came inside to eat dinner and watch JSZ’s All-Zone presentation, Nery Rodriguez gave us some red carpet coverage having fun with some of the best players in the state! JSZ Courage Award Winners Coach Dwayne Savage, Kenneth Smith – Camden Coach Chris Sacco, Ernest Howard, Pleasantville Jersey Sports Zone’s Mike Frankel was shooting highlights of Camden and Pleasantville in the state playoffs when gunshots rang out during the third quarter wounding two and killing 10-year old Micah Tennant. Through adversity, both towns turned to their football teams to help unite communities and begin the healing process. JSZ was proud to honor four great leaders with this award. In case you missed it, Jersey Sports Zone chronicled the resumption of the Camden/Pleasantville game at the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Team QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Michael Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJaiden Abrams, HammontonTedy Afful, DePaul CatholicKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChandler Bird, Saint AugustineJalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Louie Barrios, Cedar CreekMyles Bailey, North BrunswickAhmad Brown, Holy SpiritDominic Busby, Seton Hall PrepBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton JD Breslauer, Parsippany HillsMatt Colantuono, Seton Hall PrepEJ Comerford, Parsippany HillsShawn Collins, MontclairBardhyl Gashi, West EssexFadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson Tahjamell Bullock, Saint Peter's PrepCorey Dempster, BoontonCarnell Davis, St. Augustine PrepCharles Finley, DePaul CatholicJalen Genao, Union CityKyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicAudric Estime, St. Joe-MontvaleMalik Harvey, Woodrow WilsonLucas Giordano, Seton Hall PrepCody Simon, St. Peter's Prep Ryan Clark, Donovan CatholicEthan Harris, Northern HighlandsKyree Hinton, SomervilleNajae Hallenbeck, Toms River NorthLuke Wypler, St. Joe-Montvale Charles DePrima, RamapoMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepConnor Kennedy, LenapeDeclan McCauley, Westfield Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonAli Lee, Jr. WoodbridgeChris Long, WillingboroJosh Toner, Cherokee Connor Katz, CranfordMuheem McCargo, Woodrow WilsonJelani Mason, Saint Peter's PrepColin Tunc, Bergen Catholic Vincent Pinto, Park RidgePiotr Partyla, LyndhurstMalachi Melton, Cedar CreekGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale Andrew Sanborn, UnionTrebor Pena, OceanAhmirr Robinson, UnionDevon Willock, Paramus Catholic Hank Shapiro, WestfieldFrank Riggio, VeronaGriffin Rooney, WestfieldIsaiah Wright, Saint Peter's Prep Zakee Swann, IrvingtonByron Shipman, Saint Peter's Prep Jake Tirone, RamapoTarheeb Still, Timber Creek Cortaz Williams, Notre Dame Zahir Swann, Irvington Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterJSZ All-Prep Team Jeremiah Grant, Bergen CatholicTirek Austin-Cave, CamdenNahree Biggins, HillsideVincenzo Rea, ManalapanAaron Armitage, Blair Academy Jahmir Greene, Don Bosco PrepBobby/Tommy Coury, PhillipsburgDarian "Duce" Chestnut, CamdenSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-MontvaleNick DeGennaro, Hun Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepJake DeLuccia, Wayne ValleyNasir Clerk, IrvingtonChristian Forbes, Lawrenceville Cameron Horsley, CinnaminsonSolomon DeShields, MillvilleJermaine Corbett, Long Branch Ian Franzoni, Hun Aaron Lewis, WillamstownGordon Forsyth, Rumson-Fair HavenCasey Larkin, WallSanoussi Kane, Blair Academy Leon Lowery, North BrunswickMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonClarence Lewis, Mater Dei PrepChristopher Mayo, Peddie Tywon Malone, Bergen CatholicCharlie Gordinier, Red Bank CatholicJoe Lusardi, SummitMatt Sluka, Peddie Andrew Messineo, RidgewoodTyreem Powell, VinelandElijuwan Mack, St. Joe-MontvaleKorey Smith, Peddie Collin McCarthy, Jackson MemorialColin Ramos, Don Bosco PrepJordan Morant, Bergen Catholic Isaiah Raikes, Saint Augustine PrepMakhi Scott, Penns GroveRJ Moten, Delran George Rooks, Saint Peter's PrepDalton Short, ShawneeAlex Odom, Kingsway Khurram Simpson, Mater Dei PrepClyde Washington, LenapeRomaine Robinson, Don Bosco Prep Amin Vanover, Saint Joe-MontvaleJack Wittmaack, RidgewoodEric Rogers, Burlington Twp. Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven Keon Sabb, Glassboro DJ Woodbury, Burlington City JSZ Top Plays from 2019 We had the Top Play Belt winners of 2019 and the end of year Plays of the Year winners attend the banquet. Thanks to everyone who voted all year long! Jersey Sports Zone Weekly Top Play Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, PingryWeek 1: Thomas Amankwaa, HillsboroughWeek 2: David Hicks, Red Bank RegionalWeek 3: Nate Summerville, ShawneeWeek 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan CatholicWeek 5: Nasir Abney, Holy CrossWeek 6: Mike Casanata, Wayne HillsWeek 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-HammontonWeek 8: Jake Cook, MainlandWeek 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial Jersey Sports Zone Plays of the Year Winners Touchdown Run of the Year: Billy Guidetti, Red Bank Catholic Touchdown Pass Play of the Year: Hank Shapiro/Griffin Rooney, Westfield Defensive TD of the Year: Wally Doman, Jackson Memorial Special Teams TD of the Year: Damon Murray, Hoboken Sack/Big Hit of the Year: Amin Vanover, St. Joe-Montvale Clutch Play of the Year: Jahmir Brown, Woodbridge Viewers Choice Play of the Year: Brandon Martins, Nutley 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Vote now for JSZ’s 2019 Football Plays of the Year!
As we get ready for the Regional Championships and the end of the high school football season, JSZ has gone deep in its archives to pick out the best plays captured by our cameras during the 2019 football season. We’ve got seven categories for you to vote on. The polls are open NOW through Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. The winner of each category will get an invite to Jersey Sports Zone’s third annual football banquet on December 11 in Woodbridge. Thank you again to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible plays to choose from. Watch all the videos below and cast your vote now! TD Run of the Year Take Our Poll TD Pass Play of the Year Take Our Poll Defensive TD of the Year Take Our Poll Special Teams TD of the Year Take Our Poll Sack of the Year Take Our Poll Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll Viewers Choice Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ’s Top Play Belt winners from the regular season are not in the Plays of the Year. Those winners will be invited to the banquet and be honored along with our Plays of the Year winners. JSZ 2019 Top Play Belt Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, Pingry Week 1: Thomas Amankwaa, Hillsborough Week 2: David Hicks, Red Bank Regional Week 3: Nate Summerville, Shawnee Week 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan Catholic Week 5: Nasir Abney, Holy Cross Week 6: Mike Cassanata, Wayne Hills Week 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Week 8: Jake Cook, Mainland Week 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial
Vote Now for the JSZ 2019 Soccer Plays of the Year
The 2019 New Jersey soccer season has come to a close. The JSZ cameras have been able to capture some amazing moments from every part of the state. We have our nominees in five different categories – watch all the incredible goals and saves and cast your vote. We’ll keep the polls open until Tuesday at 2:00 pm. The winners will be presented with plaques from Jersey Sports Zone. Thank you again for the support and kind words from the soccer community throughout the 2019 season! Tuesday UPDATE Thank you to everyone who voted for the JSZ Soccer Plays of the Year. Our polls closed after 2pm due to overwhelming votes. Because of this, we will be awarding two plaques to the Boys Soccer Goal of the Year and Boys Soccer Save of the Year due to the voting being so close. We thank you for taking the time vote and the great passion showed by the New Jersey soccer community! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 11.9 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
The opening round of the state playoffs concludes with Saturday action all around the state. JSZ has two fourth-quarter rallies, an upset by Notre Dame and a revenge win for Ocean City. Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action Westfield 27 Bridgewater-Raritan 23 | North 1 Group 5 The Blue Devils rallied from a 23-0 deficit late in the third quarter to put together 27 unanswered points and one of the great comebacks in NJ high school football playoff history. Hank Shapiro threw for 317 yards and 3 TD passes including the 29-yard TD pass to Griffin Rooney on the game-winner. Rooney and John Czarnecki both topped 100 yards receiving in the win. Westfield will take on top seed Ridgewood in the sectional semifinal. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from one of the most exciting games of 2019: Jersey Sports Zone brought you this incredible game thanks to the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Bridgewater-Raritan) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (Westfield). Notre Dame 34 Delbarton 31 | Non-Public Group 4 Notre Dame (9) captured its first playoff win since 2004 with a 34-31 victory over Delbarton (8). The Irish got a lift from running back Cortaz Williams who finished with 210 rushing yards, four touchdowns and an interception. ND advances to face St. Peter’s Prep (1) in the quarterfinals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. Special thanks to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage. Irvington 22 Cranford 21 | North 1 Group 4 The Blue Knights rally for 14 fourth-quarter points capped off by a Taiyon Battle touchdown run with 2:16 left in the game to rally into the sectional semifinal. Connor Katz threw three first-half touchdown passes to give the Cougars a 21-8 halftime lead but Irvington got a 50-yard TD from AJ Henderson and Battle’s game-winner to earn a date with top seed Northern Highland in round two. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the comeback from Irvington: Thanks to Quick Chek for supporting JSZ’s high school football playoff coverage Ocean City 21 Mainland 14 | South Group 4 Just eight days after losing to the Mustangs 21-6, the Red Raiders exacted revenge against their rivals. Joe Repetti threw two touchdown passes to Jake Schneider and ran for a score to lead the way for Ocean City. Zack Graziotto threw two touchdown passes for Mainland in the loss. The Mustangs had the ball inside the Red Raiders ten yard line with under a minute left, but Chris Armstrong recovered a fumble to seal the win for OC. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction as Ocean City earned its first playoff win since 2001: Paramus Catholic 42 St. Joseph (Met.) 7 | Non-Public Group 4 Paramus Catholic might be the No. 10 seed in the Non-Public Group 4 bracket, but the Paladins sure didn’t play like it. Michael Hudson was thrust into the starting quarterback role Saturday and led the way with a four-touchdown performance in a blowout win against No. 7 seed St. Joseph. The Paladins will face No. 2 St. Joe’s (Mont.) next Saturday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Metuchen: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the state playoffs is proudly sponsored by QuickChek. Hillside 36 Cinnaminson 2 | South Group 2 Hillside has a habit of jumping up five scores on their opponent before halftime — it was the opposite on Saturday as the Comets exploded for 36 points in the second half to blowout Cinnaminson in the opening round of the state playoffs. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Hillside: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Cinnaminson is provided by NJM Insurance. Delran 29 Manasquan 14 | South Group 2 University of Michigan commit R.J. Moten’s 51-yard touchdown late in the first quarter was the spark fifth-seeded Delran used fly right past No. 4 seed Manasquan in the opening round of the state playoffs. Dustin Desher, Eren Ibas, Jake Bauman and Kenny Fletcher all contributed to a Bears attack that outgained Manasquan 334-157. Delran advances and will face top-seeded West Deptford next Friday. JSZ has the highlights from Manasquan: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the state playoffs is made possible by QuickChek. Paulsboro 20 Glassboro 14 | South Group 1 The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 12-0 lead over the Bulldogs, but needed a stout defensive effort in the second half to preserve the win. Bhayshul Tuten scored twice for the Red Raiders to highlight a productive day on the ground. Paulsboro advances to the Group 1 South semifinals and will host 3-seed Gateway next Saturday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Paulsboro: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the state playoffs is proudly sponsored by QuickChek.
Watch Monday 10.7 JSZ Soccer Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has plenty of soccer coverage to help kick off the new week. Conference Tournaments are underway and JSZ has a thriller in the Shore Conference Tournament along with big wins for Monroe and Delran and the Cranford girls getting a win against a state ranked foe Rumson-Fair Haven 2 Middletown North 1 (2OT) – Boys Alec Pentikis scored the golden goal off a long left foot feed from Sean Allingham in the 99th minute to give RFH a win in the opening round of the Shore Conference Tournament. Luke Pentikis scored on a free kick to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead before Pete Angelucci tied the game late in the first half for the Lions. Alec Pentikis had a number of scoring opportunities including a header off the crossbar and a shot off the far post in overtime before converting to avoid PK’s. RFH will face Freehold Township in round two. JSZ’S Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-match reaction: Monroe 5 South Brunswick 1 – Boys With first place in the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division up for grabs Monday’s matchup between 12-2 Monroe and 8-5 South Brunswick was much more than a friendly rivalry game. Monroe would draw first blood on an early goal from Adrian Dilascio in the opening ten minutes of play. In the second half Christian Bernal, Jonah Dias and Rob Hunter would find net to help the Falcons win back to back games. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Monroe and South Brunswick coverage! Delran 2 Moorestown 0 – Boys The Bears snapped out of a rare two-game losing streak with a shutout win over the BCSL Liberty Division rival Quakers. Nick Eastburn scored a goal in the first half, with Ryan Burrell sealing the victory for Delran with a goal late in the second half. Ryan Howlett played most of the game in net to earn the clean sheet. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Moorestown is sponsored by NJM Insurance. Cranford 1 Westfield 0 – Girls Maggie Murray’s free kick score in the 74th minute served as the game-winning in a battle between two of Union County’s top programs. Cranford goalkeeper Amanda Vath had 11 saves in the win, while Westfield’s Erin Harris had 15 stops. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Westfield: JSZ’s coverage of all Westfield athletics is proudly brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.
11 Great Stops Nominated for JSZ/NJ Devils’ Top Save of the Year
JSZ has been highlighting the top goals throughout this past hockey season, and now it’s time to show some love to the guys who’ve made next-level stops between the pipes. Jersey Sports Zone and the New Jersey Devils are teaming up and want your vote for the top save from this year. The winner of the poll will be selected as the fifth goalie on JSZ’s All-Zone hockey team. The poll will be open through Friday at 9 p.m. Make sure to vote early and often! Take Our Poll Watch the top saves here:
Watch JSZ 2.26 Playoff Basketball Highlights
We’re in Day Two of the state playoff tournament and JSZ has plenty of action from up and down the state. Highlights are coming from Carteret’s late come-from-behind win; a battle between all-state scorers Rob Higgins and Daniel Sofield; Colonia advancing with a big double-digit win and the RBC girls advancing thanks to a star freshman. Enjoy all the action! (6) Carteret 55 (11) Parsippany Hills 54 – Boys North 2 Group 3 First Round Carteret held off Parsippany Hills to advance to the second round of the North 2 Group 3 tournament. Despite being down as many as 12, the Ramblers battled back to tie the game and with 5.7 seconds remaining. Senior Tim Ellis then put Carteret ahead on a late free throw to seal the victory. Ellis finished the night with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Campazino restaurant for sponsoring our Carteret coverage! (4) Colonia 56 (13) Cranford 36 – Boys North 2 Group 3 First Round Chad Baker had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Luke Valeriano scored his 1000th career point on a free throw late in the third quarter as the Patriots used a 20 point 4th quarter to pull away in a first round state playoff win. Colonia will host #5 seed Snyder in the quarterfinals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Patriots 21st victory of the season: (9) Middletown North 47 (8) Jackson Liberty 42 – Boys Central Jersey Group 3 First Round A testy battle between two of the Shore Conference’s most pure scorers did not disappoint, but it was Middletown North’s Rob Higgins getting the upper hand on Jackson Liberty’s Daniel Sofield. Higgins scored a game-high 22 points, but it was his defensive efforts limiting Sofield that stood out most. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Jackson: (7) Red Bank Catholic 62 (10) Camden Catholic 47 – Girls Non-Public South A First Round The Red Bank Catholic Caseys punched their ticket to the quarterfinal of the Non-Public South A Tournament on Tuesday night, defeating the Camden Catholic Fighting Irish. RBC’s freshman standout, Justine Pissott, scored the game-high 19 points. Sophia Sabino and Julia Setaro also scored in the double digits with 11 and 12 points, respectively. RBC will take on St. John Vianney in the quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 28. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Red Bank: Sponsor! Thank you to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic! Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic!
Watch Friday 2.15 JSZ Hockey Highlights!
It’s Cup season in New Jersey high school hockey. We’ve got the Gordon Cup thriller between Don Bosco Prep and Delbarton plus the Kelly Cup comes down to a last minute goal. We also have the Mennen Cup and Mercer County titles on the ice! Don Bosco Prep 5 Delbarton 3 – Gordon Cup Final On a night with plenty of action between the state’s top two teams, it was Don Bosco Prep defenseman TJ Schweighardt coming through and powering the Ironmen to a Gordon Cup final win behind a hat trick. The game was back and forth, even with Delbarton holding onto a 3-1 lead at one point. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena: Hun 9 Princeton 4 – Mercer County Tournament Final The Hun School won its sixth straight Mercer County Tournament Championship with a 9-4 win over Princeton. The Raiders were led by Captain Brian Nelson who finished the night with a hat trick and capped off the season with 50 points. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hun coverage! Millburn 2 Cranford 1 Jack Williams power-play goal with 54.1 seconds give the Millers their second straight Kelly Cup title. The two teams traded goals in the first four minutes and then settled in for a defensive tussle. Cranford goalie Henry Devenny made a number of high quality saves as part of his 31 stop effort, but Millburn dominated the shots on goal (33-15) and persevered in the final minute. JSZ has the highlights of a great game along with post-game reaction from Codey Arena: Madison 3 Randolph 1 – Mennen Cup Final The #2 Madison Dodgers made history on Friday night, defeating the #1 Randolph Rams for their first ever Mennen Cup! The score was 1-1 going into the second period, after Dave Renzulli put up a point for the Dodgers. In the third period, it was Boston College commit, Jason Siedem who scored the tiebreaker. The Dodgers took the lead 2-1, and Renzulli scored the third on an open net. Madison’s goalie, Matt Ubertaccio, also had 28 saves for the night. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Mennen Arena, during this historic moment:
Top Hoops Performances up for JSZ Game Balls – Vote Now!
It’s time to honor great performances from New Jersey high school basketball with our JSZ Game Balls. We have polls for North, Central and South Jersey in both boys and girls categories. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We look forward to handing out 6 JSZ Game Balls every week and we’ll stop by mid-week practices or games to make a presentation. NJM South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Coaches and fans – if you have a player that is worthy of nominating contact email@example.com by Saturday evening
Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 10.26
It’s the final weekend of regular season football in New Jersey and JSZ has extended coverage. With the impending Nor’Easter moving games to Friday afternoon, we have 15 games of action. Check back in for Bergen Catholic’s emphatic win over DePaul, a Middletown South upset of RFH, plus Ramapo and Hillside closing out perfect regular seasons, a controversial TD in Notre Dame’s win over Trenton plus much more! Watch our Friday Highlights Teaser than scroll down to watch all the action! Bergen Catholic 42 DePaul 7 Nebraska-commit Rahmir Johnson rushed for 261 yards and two scores and Garrett Cody hauled in three touchdown passes as Bergen Catholic rolled to a dominant win against DePaul. It’s the second week in a row the Crusaders have scored 42 points, and they seem to have found a groove as the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs soon begin. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Wayne: Sponsor Shoutout! Without our great sponsors, Jersey Sports Zone wouldn’t be able to bring great highlights like this game between Bergen Catholic and DePaul. Thanks to Equinox Fitness, we can! We appreciate their sponsoring of all Bergen Catholic athletics. Middletown South 14 Rumson-Fair Haven 7 Trevor Brey had a pair of 1-yard TD runs and the Middletown South defense produced two fourth-quarter interceptions to seal an upset win. Both teams close out the regular season with 6-2 records and will be home next week for the playoffs. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Swamp: Sponsor Shout Outs! Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven and Monmouth Building Center was the reason we were there for Middletown South’s big win to close out the regular season! Notre Dame 21 Trenton 7 After losing their opener to Allentown, Notre Dame went on to win the rest of their games to finish the year 7-1. In their latest victory the Irish took down Trenton 21-7 to be Co-Champions of the WJFL Capitol Division along with the Tornadoes. Late in the fourth Trenton down by a single possession thought they came up with an interception but Notre Dame running back Ricky “Pop” Spruill also caught the ball resulting in a touchdown to put the game out of reach. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Trenton coverage! Nottingham 26 Allentown 24 In their regular season finale Nottingham bounces back from a home loss to Notre Dame last week to defeat Allentown 26-24. Dionte Nicholson and Marc Kauffman were able to not only make plays on offense, but on defense as well including a sack from Nicholson late in the fourth that would lead to the game ending bat down by the North Stars. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for our coverage of Nottingham and Allentown. We look forward to bringing you more North Star and Red Birds highlights all year long! Ramapo 42 Randolph 0 AJ Wingfield had 259 yards of total offense and threw two TD passes to Isaiah Savitt as well as running for another score as the Green Raiders made a major statement in a battle of unbeatens. JSZ has the highlights of the North Jersey showdown: Hillside 39 Cranford 10 | Hillside Finishes Regular Season Undefeated Hillside defeated a group 4 school for the first time in school history today. Ugwu, Nicolas-Paul, Willis, and Biggins all contributed to the win with their star QB Gavin Melendez throwing for ever 250 yards. Head Coach of Rutgers Football, Chris Ash, was there to see some of the action. Check out full highlights now brought to you by our MMJ Courtney DuPont: Somerville 58 Cranford 10 | Somerville Undefeated Regular Season Jalahn Dabney did his thing today. He had 237 passing yards, 157 rushing yards, ran in 2 touchdowns and threw 4 more. What more can you ask for from a quarterback? Check out highlights of the man who does it all now: Pope John 30 Seton Hall Prep 20 Quarterback Niko Hroncich went wild with four touchdown as Pope John captured their first win of the 2018 season. Hroncich and the Lions went on a 22-3 run in the second half fueled by three touchdowns from the signal-caller. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: Newark Central 42 Montclair Immaculate 15 Syfee Campbell had three touchdowns and Mohammad Kamara had an amazing three-play sequence that featured a QB pressure, an interception followed by a 52 yard TD catch as the Blue Devils wrapped up the regular season with their fourth win of the season. Watch JSZ’s highlights from Codey Field in Montclair: Toms River North 31 Southern Regional 21 Jarrod Pruitt had three touchdown runs including a pair in the fourth quarter as the Mariners broke a 14-14 tie with 17 points in the final 12 minutes. Ray Carlson had a key interception in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to help TRN reach the 6-2 mark. JSZ has the highlights of the regular season finale in Ocean County: Thanks to CJA Construction for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Toms River North all year long. Holmdel 31 Raritan 0 The Hornets stung quickly and often Friday night, scoring on special teams as well as moving the ball up and down the field, en route to a 31-0 win over crosstown rival Raritan. Holmdel running back Dean Gallo had a rushing touchdown and a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown in the effort. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has the highlights from Hazlet: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Holmdel and Raritan is brought to you by BCB Bayshore with a headquarters on Laurel Avenue in Holmdel. Freehold Boro 42 Howell 7 Sha’Kim Shuler had four touchdown runs and two TD passes as the Colonials close out the regular season with a dominating performance at home. JSZ has the highlights of the Shore Conference finale for playoff bound Freehold Boro: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is sponsored by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Williamstown 14 St. Augustine Prep 7 The Braves continued their dominant ways under rainfall Friday night as Williamstown captured an undefeated regular season and the WJFL’s American Division title. JSZ’s Mike Frankel is on the call: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 28 Holy Spirit 14 The Wildcats overcame a 14-0 first quarter deficit and scored 28 unanswered points to again put South Jersey on notice thanks to their explosive play, Junior tailback Jada Byers rushed for a remarkable 266 yards and a pair of scores in the win, including a potential JSZ Week 8 Top Play nominee. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Pennington 41 Point Pleasant Beach 14 Brandon West threw for 239 yards and 4 TD passes to lead the Red Raiders to their 6th win of the season. JSZ has the highlights of Pennington at Point Pleasant Beach from Friday night on the Jersey Shore: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Pennington) and Peak Coaching for Success (Point Pleasant Beach) for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage for the 2018-19 school year
Voting is underway for JSZ Week 7 Game Balls
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top performers from Week Seven in high school football with our Jersey Sports Zone Game Balls. We have ten nominees in four sections of the state. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We will stop by a midweek practice to present the winners with a JSZ Game Ball. You can always nominate a player by emailing our team. firstname.lastname@example.org (North Jersey), email@example.com (Mid-State 38), firstname.lastname@example.org (WJFL), email@example.com (Shore Conference) Nery’s Game Ball – WJFL Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance Group North Jersey Take Our Poll Courtney’s Game Ball – Mid-State 38 Take Our Poll Shore Conference Take Our Poll Missed our Weekend Highlights? Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Friday Week 7 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 7 Highlights
JSZ Week Six “Game Balls” are up for grabs, vote now!
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top performers from Week Six in high school football with our Jersey Sports Zone Game Balls. We have ten nominees in four sections of the state. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We will stop by a midweek practice to present the winners with a JSZ Game Ball. You can always nominate a player by emailing our team. firstname.lastname@example.org (North Jersey), email@example.com (Mid-State 38), firstname.lastname@example.org (WJFL), email@example.com (Shore Conference) Nery’s Game Ball – WJFL Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance Group North Jersey Take Our Poll Courtney’s Game Ball – Mid-State 38 Take Our Poll Shore Conference Take Our Poll Missed our Weekend Highlights? Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Friday Week 6 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 6 Highlights
Watch JSZ Friday 9.21 Football Highlights
The high school football season heads into Week Three and Jersey Sports Zone had cameras around the state capturing everything from upsets to blowout wins to record-setting coaching nights. Click below to watch a preview of our Friday Week 3 coverage then scroll below to watch 11 games of action from around New Jersey: Union 34 Phillipsburg 24 Playing at Maloney Stadium in Phillipsburg is no easy task. In fact, the Stateliners hadn’t lost a home game since 2016, but tonight that streak ended. The Union Farmers’ explosive offense, led by Junior QB Andrew Sanborn, took down Phillipsburg 34-24. Sanborn had over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. Our MMJ Courtney DuPont has can’t miss fourth quarter highlights for you! Check it out now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this great sponsor JSZ can bring you exciting PBurg Highlights all year round. Rahway 22 Cranford 0 After opening the season with blowout victories fans couldn’t wait to see the matchup between Rahway and Cranford. The game would be much tighter for both teams as the score remained at 0 heading into half time. In the third quarter Rahway quarterback Jakeer Robinson would find Dashon Moore for a 12 yard touchdown that would lead to 22 unanswered points in the Indians’ shutout victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Ramapo 35 Old Tappan 7 Ramapo head coach Drew Gibbs became the winningest football coach in school history thanks to a dominant performance from his team. Quarterback AJ Wingfield had four touchdowns and Max Baker scored three on their way to beating the Old Tappan Golden Knights for the first time in a decade. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Old Tappan: Red Bank Catholic 42 Red Bank Regional 7 Steve Lubischer threw four touchdown passes to Jaden Key in the first half and Billy Guidetti scored a pair of rushing TD’s in the second half as the Caseys improve to 3-0. JSZ has the highlights of Shore Conference football action in Little Silver: Two great sponsors are the reason we can bring you RBC/RBR highlights. Thanks to Playa Bowls in Red Bank and Ryser’s Landscape Supply for their support of Jersey Sports Zone Saint John Vianney 37 Middletown North 20 The Lancers rallied from a three-point halftime deficit with 20 unanswered points in the second half to even its record at 2-2. Kavon Chambers topped 200 yards on the ground with 2 scores and Josh East had a TD run to go along with 2 TD passes. JSZ has the SJV comeback from Friday night in Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Saint John Vianney is made possible by BCB-Bayshore, your community bank! Rumson-Fair Haven 28 Brick Memorial 14 Alex Maldjian had three TD runs giving him 12 total scores on the season and Ian O’Connor caught a 40 yard TD pass from Collin Coles to help RFH reach the 4-0 mark on the season. JSZ has the highlights of Shore Conference football from Brick: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is being brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac Brick Township 34 Freehold Boro 15 The combination of Jim Leblo and Cole Groschel shined on offense and defense as the Green Dragons pulled away with two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter. JSZ has highlights of the Green Dragons putting the game away in the late stages: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is made possible thanks to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Asbury Park 27 Point Pleasant Beach 6 Junior Haughton ran for 81 yards and a score and Kahlik Walker added two TD runs as the Blue Bishops picked up their first win of 2018. JSZ has the highlights from Asbury Park: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Point Pleasant Beach is made possible thanks to Ryne Olsen and Peak Coaching for Success Ewing 27 Hopewell Valley 7 Tywayne Reed had two TD’s in the 4th quarter and Caleb Stokes added a TD run to go along with a TD pass as the Blue Devils score 20 in the 4th quarter to improve to 2-1 on the season. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess from this WJFL showdown: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Ewing and Hopewell Valley Camden 45 Delsea 15 The High outplayed Delsea in the second half of action as Camden rolled to a 45-15 win over the Crusaders. Rameer Nock and Monte Williams led the way with three touchdowns apiece. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Jersey Sports Zone’s newest sponsor, NJM Insurance, we’ll be able to bring you great highlights from schools across southern and western New Jersey. Timber Creek 24 Vineland 10 The Timber Creek Chargers zapped Vineland by two touchdown thanks to a half dozen turnovers on defense. The Timber Creek defense also only allowed a staggering 5 rushing yards all game. On the highlights is JSZ’s Mike Frankel: MORE HIGHLIGHTS TO BE POSTED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT
Watch JSZ 9.11 Soccer Highlights
Last week it was the heat, this week it’s the rain. Soccer teams from around the state weathered through rainy and windy conditions Tuesday as JSZ cameras caught the action. Check out the soccer highlights: Westfield 1 Cranford 0 (2 OT) Deven Caherly’s golden goal with 5:25 remaining in the second overtime period gives Westfield its first win of 2018. Brian Hinkel’s cross from the right wing arrived on the left foot of Evan Meade who one-timed a pass to Caherly who had a wide open net from a couple of feet out. Watch JSZ’s highlights and a post-game interview with the golden goal scorer: Sponsor Shout Out! A special thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Westfield Blue Devils all year long. Gill St. Bernard’s 5 Ridge 0 Gill St. Bernard’s got their first win of the year on the road against the Ridge Red Devils. The return of the Knights’ deadly attack will be a concern for all competitors this season, but will the Knights have as much success as last year now that they play at the Group 4 level? Check out today’s highlights and judge for yourself: Pingry 4 Bridgewater-Raritan 1 The Pingry Big Blue prevailed with a 4-1 win over Bridgewater-Raritan in a rematch of the Somerset County Tournament finals from last year. Pranav Jha led the way with two second half goals to secure the win. Check out the highlights: Double Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ wants to thank Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. and Total Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for their coverage of the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers. They’re the reason we’ll be able to cover BR athletics all year long. Elizabeth 4 Summit 0 The Minutemen busted open a scoreless game at the half with four second-half goals to win its opening game. JSZ has the highlights:
Vote for Alex’s North Jersey Game Ball: Baseball & Softball April 8th
Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances from baseball and softball in the Big North and GMC conferences. Voting is open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get a JSZ Game Ball presented to them with their teammates. Baseball Poll Take Our Poll Softball Poll Take Our Poll Coaches & Fans: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Watch JSZ 2.26 State Basketball Playoff Highlights
Ocean Township 42 Lakewood 37 (OT) – Central Jersey Group 3 Boys Andrew Seager had 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Spartans outscored the Piners 5-0 in overtime to advance to round two of Central Jersey Group 3. Lakewood had two chances to win in regulation and Ocean missed a go-ahead free throw. In OT, the Spartans got a free throw, a Brian Lauststen offensive rebound and layup and a Seager dunk to advance. Watch the highlights of a Shore Conference battle in the state playoffs: Thanks to Inzelbuch Law for giving us the ability to bring you Lakewood Piners highlights and features all year long Winslow Township 62 Hammonton 34 – South Jersey Group 3 Boys The #11 seed raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and had ten different players score in a road win at #6 Hammonton. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: Red Bank Regional 52 Cranford 31 – North 2 Group 3 Girls Meghan Murray scored 17 points to lead three Bucs in double digits as RBR is through to the second round of the state playoffs for a second straight year. Caitlyn Decker added 14 points and senior guard Bridget Tobin contributed 12 points. Red Bank Regional travels to Chatham in round two. JSZ has highlights of the Bucs home win: JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply. Delsea 61 Deptford 55 – South Jersey Group 3 Girls Glory Morton scores 23 points to lead Delsea into the South Jersey Group 3 Quarterfinals and a showdown with top seed Mainland. SNJ Today’ s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Vote for Alex’s North Jersey Game Ball Feb. 12th – 19th
Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances from boys and girls basketball in the Big North and GMC conferences. Voting is open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get a JSZ Game Ball presented to them with their teammates. Boys Poll Take Our Poll Girls Poll Take Our Poll Coaches & Fans: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to email@example.com no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Watch Thursday 12.21 High School Hoops Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone had camera crews around the state capturing great high school hoops action! Middletown North 67 Ocean 59 Rob Higgins had 20 points in the 4th quarter and 36 for the game reaching the 1,000 career point mark in a Lions road win. Higgins needed 32 to reach the milestone and was able to hit six free throws in the final minute to get reach 1,000. Jack Miller had 16 in the final eight minutes and 28 for the game with teammate Andrew Seager adding 20 in a losing effort. Ocean battled back from a 14 point deficit to get as close as three, but the Lions never relinquished the lead. Watch the highlights and a post-game interview with the Lions 1,000 point scorer: Teaneck – 90 Bergenfield – 73 Aaron Sanchez poured in 27 points on 6 three pointers and senior point guard Ja’Quaye James added 17 for the Highwaymen, as Teaneck High School recorded a big road win over Bergenfield. Teaneck, coming off of back to back state title seasons, has almost an entirely new roster, but the Highwaymen have gotten off to a 3-1 start in 2017. Watch full highlights and post game reaction of Teaneck vs Bergenfield below! Matawan 64 Shore Regional 38 Mike Dunne had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Tawiah added a dozen as the Huskies bounced back from a tough home loss to RFH with a road win in “A” Central play. Watch the highlights of Matawan’s second win of the season on Thursday night in West Long Branch: Thanks to ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch for supporting our Shore Regional coverage on Jersey Sports Zone Bridgewater-Raritan 59 Phillipsburg 40 Bridgewater-Raritan’s Teresa Wolak was on fire tonight. With 21 points, her aggressive play dominated the paint and led her team to a 59-40 victory over the Phillipsburg Stateliners improving the Panthers to 2-1. Check out full highlights now: Double Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Total Care Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, as well as, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. It is because of these great sponsor that JSZ brings you the best Panther Highlights all year long! Coverage of Phillipsburg HS is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thank you Garnet Booster Club for help JSZ capture great Stateliner highlights year round! Trenton-76 Steinert 70 Fans crowded the gym in Hamilton for a local rivalry showdown between Trenton and Steinert Thursday night. The Spartans came out hot leading by three at the end of the first quarter, but Ji’Ayir Brown for Trenton answered back with a few big scores and the Tornadoes never looked back as they took down Steinert 76-70 in this Colonial Valley Conference match up. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for our Trenton and Steinert coverage on Jersey Sports Zone! Warren Hills 59 Cranford 47 Warren Hills obtained the lead early in this one, and held it throughout despite Cranford’s efforts to close the gap in the 2nd half. It was Alan Freeman’s 3 pointer at the end of the 3rd period that seemed to seal the deal for the Blue Streaks as they defeated the Cougars 59-47. Highlights available now: Glassboro 63 Washington Township 55 Isom Golden drained a shot just inside half-court and the Bulldogs held off Washington Township for a road victory. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the recap from South Jersey:
Vote now for Courtney’s Mid-State 38 Week 9 Game Ball
Last week, Mike Bruno of Johnson High School, won the Mid-State Game Ball for his outstanding performance in week 8 against the North Plainfield Canucks. This week we have a new set of nominees who have preformed exceptionally this past week. Vote now for your favorite week 9 athlete, and they could receive the Week 9 Game ball, as well as, a Game Ball Ceremony featured right here on Jersey Sports Zone! Take Our Poll If you would like to nominate a player for a game ball please try to do so by Saturday evening, or Sunday morning through email. Please include in your email the player’s name, the team he players for, and his stats for the weekend. You may send your email to JSZ’s Courtney DuPont at firstname.lastname@example.org Week 8 Game Ball Ceremony:
Who will be the Next Mid-State Game Ball Winner?
Last week Dylan Camillo of the Roselle Park Panthers won the Mid-State Week 7 Game Ball. This week, JSZ’s Courtney DuPont has 11 new nominees for her Week 8 Game Ball Winner. Vote now for your favorite athlete, and give them a chance to receive a Jersey Sports Zone Game ball, as well as, a Game Ball Ceremony featured right here on jerseysportszone.com! Take Our Poll Remember you can always nominate an athlete for Game Balls. If you feel someone from the Mid-State deserves some recognition for their performance this weekend please email Courtney DuPont at email@example.com. In your email please include the following: Player Name Team/School Name Statistics for the weekend
Union comes back to win Snapple Bowl XXIV
Union 27 Middlesex 14 A 60 minute lightning delay at the half threatened the final high school football game for all-stars from Union and Middlesex, but the skies cleared and the second half produced a great game. Union had a 7-0 lead at the half thanks to a Roselle High connection as Gerald Hairston found teammate Drew Stephens on a 26 yard TD pass play. Middlesex rallied from 13-0 down to take a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter on a DeShai Smith 22 yard TD catch. But Cranford quarterback Brian Oblachinski guided Union to two fourth quarter scores and earned the MVP honors. Watch all the highlights and post-game reaction from Kean University: Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Six Shore teams advance in state baseball playoffs
The Shore Conference continues to fare well in the state baseball playoffs. Six local teams are through to Friday’s sectional finals and Non-Public semifinals. SSZ has highlights of the end to the Cinderella run by the Red Bank Regional Bucs who fell at Cranford Cranford 7 Red Bank Regional 1 The Bucs got off to a great start on the road in the North 2 Group 3 semifinals, but could only muster one run in the top of the first before falling to the Cougars. RBR’s John Juco belted an RBI double to right field to plate Aidan Kelly in the top of the first, but the Bucs would strand two runners and never score again. Cranford loaded the bases in the first inning and scored a pair of runs on an RBI groundout followed by a Tyler Szczech flare to right field that scored a run to make it a 3-1 game. Brian Oblachinski had an amazing game for the Cougars going 4-4 with a homer, 2 runs, 2 RBI’s and 2 stolen bases. RBR as a #15 seed made an amazing run and finished the year with an 11-12 record. Watch the highlights from Cranford: Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Navesink Electrical for sponsoring our Red Bank Regional coverage all year. We’re grateful to Navesink Electrical for allowing us to capture great RBR highlights and features this past school year! State Baseball Playoff Scoreboard – Tuesday North 2 Group 3 (1) Chatham 8 (4) Middletown South 1 (3) Cranford 7 (15) Red Bank Regional 1 Central Jersey Group 4 (4) Freehold Boro 1 (1) Montgomery 0 (3) Hunterdon Central at (2) Manalapan – PPD to Wednesday at 4pm Central Jersey Group 3 (14) Neptune 8 (7) Jackson Liberty 7 (4) Allentown at (1) Toms River South – PPD to Wednesday at 4pm South Jersey Group 4 (11) Southern Regional 3 (2) Egg Harbor 2 – 8 innings South Jersey Group 3 (4) Deptford 6 (9) Central Regional 5 (3) Lacey at (2) Highland – PPD to Wednesday at 4pm South Jersey Group 2 (4) Manasquan 7 (8) Cedar Creek 1 Non-Public South Jersey “A” (3) Red Bank Catholic 5 (6) Notre Dame 3 (5) St. Joseph-Metuchen at (4) CBA – postponed to Wednesday at 4pm (10) Saint John Vianney at (2) Saint Augustine – postponed to Wednesday at 4pm Non-Public South Jersey “B” (2) Saint Rose 4 (7) Trenton Catholic 0