Vote now for the final Game Balls of the spring sports season
Jersey Sports Zone thanks our loyal audience for voting all year long for JSZ Game Balls. We have the final 60 nominees in high school baseball and softball. We’ll keep our polls open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm and visit high school baseball and softball practices or games to present JSZ Game Balls to six more great recipients. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls South Jersey Game Ball Nominees presented by NJM Insurance Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Final April Baseball/Softball Game Ball Nominees Named
The Jersey Sports Zone team has scoured the state nominating the top players and performances from the diamond. Cast your vote now for our third edition of Game Balls of the 2019 spring sports season! We have ten nominees from baseball and softball in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winners of our polls will receive a JSZ Game Ball at a mid-week practice or game. Coaches, players, and fans can nominate a player for a JSZ Game Ball by emailing us by Saturday night: North Jersey- Jay Cook (Jay@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey – Mike Frankel (MikeFrankel@JerseySportsZone.com) Central Jersey- Rich Chrampanis (Rich@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey Game Balls (Presented by NJM Insurance) Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 4.13 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The Autism Awareness Challenge features teams from all over New Jersey coming out for three days of non-stop action at North Brunswick Community Park. JSZ brings you three games from Saturday highlighted by Jack Leiter’s 2019 NJ debut for Delbarton against RBC, plus Steinert comes through with late inning drama to top Colonia and Jackson Memorial serves notice to the state that they are one of the most dangerous lineups in the Garden State. Watch all the action now! Delbarton 9 Red Bank Catholic 7 Shawn Rapp launched a three-run homer and locked down the save in the seventh inning as NJ’s top ranked team raced out to a 7-0 lead and needed to hold off a late innings comeback from the Caseys. Jack Leiter hit 96 on the radar gun with a number of MLB scouts watching and struck out 10 over five innings. But RBC was able to connect for 10 hits in five innings off the ace for three runs. The Caseys rallied for four runs in the 7th, but Rapp ended the game with a strikeout with the winning run at the plate. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from North Brunswick Here’s a look at Leiter’s start and all ten of his strikeouts: Steinert 2 Colonia 1 (8 innings) Josh James launched a game tying solo home run to left with one out in the 7th inning and followed it up with a sacrifice fly in the 8th to plate CJ Pittaro with the game winning run as the Spartans improve to 6-1-1 on the season. Casey Navarro throws eight innings to get a complete game win allowing just one run and striking out seven. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the sophomore who came through twice for the Spartans Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Steinert is made possible thanks to the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Jackson Memorial 16 Somerville 1 The Jaguars erupt for nine innings in the first run and added three more in the second followed by back to back homers by Carmine Petosa and Ryan Lasko in the third on the way to their sixth win of the season. Ahmir Cournier also went deep for the Jags. Watch the highlights from the Autism Awareness Challenge
Watch Thursday 3.7 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
The last state semifinals were played around New Jersey on Thursday and we’re down to 12 teams on the boys and girls side. JSZ brings you two Group 3 boys semifinals and a pair of girls semifinals from Central Regional High School Moorestown 64 Wall 44 – Boys Group 3 Semifinal The Quakers trailed by two at the half, but put together an explosive 24 point third quarter to reach the state championship for the first time since 1960. Nick Cartwright-Atkins led Moorestown with 23 points and Ahkil Giri added 17 highlighted by five three-pointers. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Brick Memorial High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Moorestown High School is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM for allowing us to capture this huge win for the Quakers! Ramapo 35 Colonia 32 – Boys Group 3 Semifinal For the first time in school history No.19 Ramapo is headed to the Group 3 State Final. The Raiders faced off against Chad Baker and a very tough Colonia team for a grueling semifinal. With multiple lead changes Ramapo was able to rely on safety blanket 6’11 Senior Neal Quinn who scored three clutch points in the final minute to help them walk away with a 35-32 victory. The Raiders move on to face Moorestown in the Championship at Rutgers University on 3.10. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manchester 64 Manasquan 48 – Girls Group 2 Semifinal The Manchester Hawks defeated Manasquan on Thursday night, advancing to their first ever State Final in program history. West Virginia University commit, Leilani Correa, led the Hawks to their Semifinal victory, walking away with a double-double. She scored the game-high 25 points and also had 12 rebounds. Destiny Adams scored the second highest number of points for the Hawks with 19. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Bayville: Lenape 51 Middletown South 47 – Girls Group 4 Semifinal The Lenape Indians punched their ticket to the Group 4 State Final on Thursday night, defeating the Middletown South Eagles, despite a fourth quarter surge. Lenape’s Cornell commit Shannon Mulroy scored the game-high with 23 points. Regan King scored the second highest number of points with 18. Despite Middletown South’s loss, University of Sciences commit, Isla Brennan, scored her 1,000th point during Thursday night’s game. She also scored the team-high with 18 points. Lenape will face Franklin on Mar. 10 for the State Title. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Bayville: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is being brought to you by Monmouth Building Center!
Watch NJSIAA Boys Wrestling State Championship Finals
For the second straight year, Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you full highlights and interviews of every single 2019 state championship final from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Stay tuned throughout the night for extensive coverage of all 14 finals. 106: Brett Ungar (Hunterdon Central) d. Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North), 13-6 113: Dean Peterson (St. John Vianney) d. Nick Babin (Emerson/Park Ridge), 3-2 120: Eddie Ventresca (Pope John) d. Anthony Clark (Delbarton), 7-3 126: Sammy Alvarez (St. Joseph Mont.) d. Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic), 5-3 (SV) Sammy Alvarez was named Most Outstanding Wrestler 132: Nicholas Raimo (Hanover Park) d. Luke Mazzeo (Emerson/Park Ridge), 8-4 138: Joseph Aragona (Pope John) d. Jacob Perez-Eli (Paulsboro), 7-1 145: Lucas Revano (Camden Catholic) p. Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul), 6:37 152: Robert Garcia (Pope John) md. Nicholas O’Connell (Southern), 13-5 160: Robert Kanniard (Wall) d. Connor O’Neil (DePaul), 9-4 170: Brandon Green (Paulsboro) d. Shane Reitsma (Howell), 13-9 182: Christopher Foca (Bergen Catholic) d. John Poznanski (Colonia), 7-4 195: Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic), d. Kyle Jacob (Paramus), 6-3 220: Zach DelVecchio (South Plainfield) d. Michael Filieri (Garfield,) 8-2 HWT: Lewis Fernandes (Voorhees) p. Bardhyl Gashi (West Essex), 0:46
NJ’s speaker and Woodbridge Mayor team up in broadcast booth
For the past 20 years, Craig Coughlin and John McCormac have been broadcasting high school and youth sports in Woodbridge. But the familiar duo wearing headsets on the sidelines at Woodbridge, Colonia and JFK High are known more for their high profile day jobs. Coughlin is the speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and McCormac is the former New Jersey state treasurer and the current mayor of Woodbridge. When the headsets go on, the business of politics and government take a back seat to breaking down the keys to victory and spotlighting the kids battling on the court. “For both of us, this is just an awful lot of fun and something we love to do,” Coughlin said. “We’ve done football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, wrestling, swimming – the only thing we haven’t done is tennis.” “How often do you get to call a game when a 1000 point scorer is in the game,” McCormac said. “The fact that the team did it at home and did it in a state tournament game just puts the icing on the cake of a terrific night.” JSZ spent time with Coughlin and McCormac during their broadcast of Colonia’s 56-36 boys basketball state playoff win over Cranford. Watch our feature “From the State House to the Broadcast Booth”
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!
60 Hoops Players Nominated for Final JSZ Basketball Game Balls of 2019
It’s time to honor great performances from New Jersey high school basketball players 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 Insurance South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone is able to honor South Jersey athletes every week thanks to the support of NJM Insurance! JSZ North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Coaches and fans – if you have a player that is worthy of nominating contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday evening. Thanks to everyone who made a nomination this week!
Watch Friday 2.1 JSZ Hockey Highlights
What a way to kick off in February! Jersey Sports Zone was in Flemington and Middletown for some Friday night hockey. We’ll have highlights from Jude Kurtas’ career game for Hillsborough, Anthony Galante’s game-winning goal against Middletown South and an offensive explosion from Freehold Boro. Stay tuned throughout the night for all our hockey coverage! Marlboro 5 Middletown South 4 Anthony Galante scored with :15 seconds left in the game and Dan Gerts made 48 saves in a thrilling Shore Conference battle. Middletown South rallied from a 4-2 deficit with back to back goals from Michael Hannigan to draw even at four. The Eagles outshot Marlboro 52-25 and nearly got the game winner until Gerts made a stellar glove save on Dimitri Forand with only 23 seconds remaining. Galante took the puck off the draw and streaked down the left wing to score his 21st of the season. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from a great game! Thanks to Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Middletown South Hillsborough 9 Bridgewater-Raritan 3 Hillsborough junior Jude Kurtas had a night to remember as he scored five goals and eight total points, both career bests, in a 9-3 rout against Bridgewater-Raritan. Kurtas has emerged this season as one of New Jersey’s best players and now has 86 points (43 G, 43 A) as Hillsborough prepares for the state playoffs. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Flemington: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone is thankful for its great sponsors. If it wasn’t for Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Hillsborough & Bridgewater-Raritan) and Total Rehab & Sports Medicine (Bridgewater-Raritan), we wouldn’t have been able to capture this career-night. Freehold Boro 9 Colonia 3 Sam Giove and Gabe Roman scored two goals apiece to pace the Colonials to a win at Middletown Ice World on their senior night. Freehold Boro raced out to a 3-0 lead, had a 4-2 advantage through one and added five more goals in the second period. JSZ has the highlights including a must see goal courtesy of Nick Ochlan: Playa Bowls at the Freehold Raceway Mall is the reason that we can bring you great moments from Freehold Boro High all year long!
Midd South Hockey Goes Off Against Colonia
The Middletown South hockey team went full throttle on the road in Woodbridge. The Eagles erupted for 11 goals in two periods during a Monday afternoon showdown with Colonia. Demetri Forand paced Middletown South with his first career hat trick while Nate Block (2 G, 2 A) was all over the ice. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Woodbridge Community Center: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury, Jersey Sports Zone is able to be on hand and capture great moments from all Middletown South athletics.
Somerville’s Dabney wins 2018 JSZ Zoneman, top players honored in Woodbridge
The 2018 Jersey Sports Zone banquet celebrated a stellar season on the gridiron in the Garden State. The APA Hotel in Woodbridge honored the best of the best from every part of the state and culminated with our version of the Heisman. Watch all the videos from a special night to honor the newest members of the JSZ All-Zone fraternity! Somerville QB Jalahn Dabney is your 2018 Zoneman Winner After a stellar senior year with Somerville, a majority of coaches and credentialed media from around the state selected Jalahn Dabney as the 2018 Zoneman Trophy winner. Dabney amassed 3,444 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns for the Pioneers this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the interview with Dabney along with other players selected to JSZ’s All-Zone team. Zoneman Preshow Before the Zoneman banquet action kicks off check out our pre-show interviews with JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez: NJM’s Colin Dansberry with JSZ All-Zone quarterback Jay Foley of Haddonfield High School Jersey Sports Zone’s Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to their support of South Jersey high school sports all year long! 2018 JSZ Zoneman Balloting With over 50 high school coaches around the state and more than 20 statewide media members, the ballots were cast just like the Heisman. 3 points or 1st place, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for third. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Jalahn DabneySomerville188474 Antonio AlfanoColonia86440 Nick KargmanWoodrow Wilson641036 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton74231 Rahmir JohnsonBergen Catholic62426 Steve LubischerRed Bank Catholic44626 Taquan RobersonDePaul Catholic36122 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep24519 Juwon JacksonPiscataway25218 Ronnie HickmanDePaul Catholic33217 John OlmsteadSt. Joe-Metucehn32316 Jasiah PurdieHasbrouck Heights30110 Brian UgwuHillside1218 Jermaine CorbettLong Branch2006 Zoneman Trophy Balloting Committee Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Courtney DuPont, Jay Cook, Bryan DeNovellis, Mike Frankel Statewide Media: Shawn Brown (Rivals), Kevin Minnick (NJ.com), Joe Zedalis (NJ.com), Pat Lanni (NJ.com), JJ Conrad (NJ.Com), Todderick Hunt (NJ.com), Simeon Pincus (My Central Jersey), Chris Melvin (Asbury Park Press), Mike Kinney (NJ.com), Bob Badders (Shore Sports Network), GMC Gridiron, Mark Trible (Courier-Post), McCarthy Report, Brian Carr (North Jersey.com), Ryan Patti (Rivals.com), Coaches: Paramus Catholic, Randolph, Colonia, Hillside, Bridgewater-Raritan, North Hunterdon, Bergen Catholic, Allentown, West Deptford, DePaul Catholic, Holmdel, Keansburg, Rumson-Fair Haven, Seton Hall Prep, Ramapo, Red Bank Regional, Brick Memorial, Freehold Boro, Irvington, Red Bank Catholic, Toms River North, Manalapan, Westfield, Phillipsburg, Bernards, Hillsborough, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Rutherford, Trenton, Delaware Valley, Buena, Butler, High Point, Matawan, Penns Grove, South River, Salem, AL Johnson, Willingboro, Nottingham, Haddonfield, West Orange, Piscataway, Lincoln, Notre Dame, Lenape, Sayreville, Brick Township, Pitman In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Meet The 2018 Zoneman Trophy Finalists Antonio Alfano, Colonia Defensive Lineman Alfano has been the consensus top-ranked 2019 football recruit all season long and there’s good reason why. He is one of five New Jersey players selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and is committed to play for Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Alfano dominated his competition in the Greater Middlesex Conference with 79 tackles and 10 sacks this season, along with a staggering 28 tackles for losses. JSZ’s Jay Cook gives you the inside-look at what makes Alfano such a highly-touted prospect: Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Running Back Byers was as electric as they come in the Garden State during his junior campaign. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon with the ball in his hands, rushing for 1,741 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season, all while helping power his St. Joe’s Wildcats to yet another Non-Public Group 2 championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez takes you down to Hammonton for a behind-the-scenes look at South Jersey’s most electrifying runner: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville Quarterback Dabney took over the starting quarterback job in Somerville at the end of the 2017 season and showcased his dynamic playmaking ability well throughout 2018. He compiled 3,444 yards from scrimmage this season and reached the end-zone 56 times to lead one of New Jersey’s most dangerous offenses. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont tells us what makes this dual-threat quarterback tick: Nick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Quarterback Kargman will graduate from Woodrow Wilson with plenty of state records compiled during his senior season. The decorated South Jersey passer broke the state record single season passing mark with 3,963 yards and his 41 passing scores rank atop the state lists, as well. But what’s even more impressive is Kargman’s character off the field, as it’s made him an important part of the Woodrow Wilson community. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez tells us what makes Kargman so special: Rahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Running Back Johnson became the first Bergen Catholic rusher to break the 1,000-yard mark since 2008, a true testament to the level of competition that the Crusaders face on a week-to-week basis. After teammate Josh McKenzie went down with a torn ACL, Johnson assumed the full-time starting role and showcased his elite speed and craftiness all season long. He closed 2018 with 1,334 yards and 11 rushing scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story about this humble teammate and Nebraska commit: Steve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Quarterback Intelligence and athleticism is the blend of characteristics that has made Lubischer one of New Jersey’s most talented signal callers. At Red Bank Catholic, Lubischer blossomed into a premier dual-threat passer who had the ability to break the game on any down. JSZ’s chief operating officer Rich Chrampanis followed Lubischer’s trajectory all season long and tells us why this Boston College commit is so special: Other Top Vote-Getters Only the top-six vote-getters are on our Zoneman podium, but there were other plenty of players around the Garden State who had great seasons and garnered votes from coaches and media around the state. Those players were: 7th Place: Taquan Roberson, DePaul Catholic quarterback: Roberson, a Penn State commit, closed out his senior season in masterful fashion for the Spartans. He threw 29 touchdowns for 2,432 yards and will go down as one of the most decorated quarterbacks to play in New Jersey. 8th Place: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep running back: Berger led one of New Jersey’s most talented backfields at Don Bosco Prep by displaying elite patience and explosiveness. Only a junior, he holds offers from top-tier Power 5 college football programs and has plenty more in the tank for his senior year. 9th Place: Juwon Jackson, Piscataway running back: Jackson was a main reason why Piscataway reached a 13-0 record and won both a sectional title and a newly-minted “Bowl Game” at MetLife Stadium. He rushed for 1,898 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season. 10th Place: Ronnie Hickman, DePaul Catholic wide receiver/defensive back: Hickman was arguably the most dangerous two-way player in New Jersey. Committed to Ohio State, Hickman was one of five New Jersey football players selected to the 2019 All-American Bowl. His senior season was unfortunately cut short due to a torn ACL late in the year. Josh Henderson wins JSZ 2018 Prep Player of the Year Hun running back and University of North Carolina commit Josh Henderson was named JSZ’s 2018 Prep Player of the Year. Henderson accepted his award during JSZ’s 2nd annual All-Zone football banquet in Woodbridge. Watch Courtney DuPont’s story on the future Tar Heel: Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep Player of the Year was presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Team We will be posting our highlight videos of every player honored throughout the next day – check back to click on the links below and see our highlights from our 2018 JSZ All-Zoners! QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Micahel Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJean Alvarez, Union CityAyir Asante, St. Peter's PrepKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicKevin Cerruti, Long BranchJalahn Dabney, Somerville JC Collins, WillamstownJalen Berger, Don Bosco PrepMax Baker, RamapoJason Collier, West DeptfordBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicAntonio Alfano, Colonia Jay Foley, HaddonfieldAidan Borguet, DelseaGarrett Cody, Bergen CatholicDylan Deveney, HunJermaine Donaldson, EasternNick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Danny Grozozski, Burlington TownshipJermaine Corbett, Long BranchJohn Guaimano, Cedar GroveTyler Devera, Bergen CatholicCJ Hanson, Saint John VianneyJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Maasai Maynor, St. Peter's PrepGBJ George, LindenJaaron Hayek, Wayne HillsChristian Mahogoney, Paramus CatholicRahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Rob McCoy, Mater Dei PrepJoe Green, PhillipsburgConnor Holmes, SayrevilleSean Morris, St. Joe-HammontonSteve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Taquan Roberson, DePaul CatholicMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepMarlyn Johnson, PeddieJohn Olmstead, St. Joe-Metuchen Tom Sharkey, Wayne HillsJuwon Jackson, PiscatawayStanley King, Woodrow Wilson Bence Polgar, Wayne Hills Jack Stagaard, PhillipsburgMax Jackson, SummitJayvin Little, Timber CreekBlerim Rustemi, DePaul Catholic AJ Wingfield, RamapoJacob Mafaro, Kittatinny 2018 JSZ Plays of the Year Thanks to everyone who voted in our weekly polls for the JSZ Top Play Belt and for our year-end Football Plays of the Year. Every one of these players was honored at the JSZ banquet in addition to the All-Zone team. Watch all their great plays NOW! Jersey Sports Zone Weekly Top Play Winners Week 0: Tyler Phillips, Weequahic High School Week 1: M.J. Wright, Red Bank Catholic High School Week 2: Chris Kladrovics, Middletown High School South Week 3: Nick Cataldo, Camden High School Week 4: Shadon Willis, Hillside High School Week 5: Donovan Bacchetta, Lacey Township High School Week 6: Kyle & Kevin Vandever, Hammonton High School Week 7: Dominick Jacob, Toms River North High School Week 8: Rickey Eng, Pennington School / Lucas Loffredo, Edison High School Week 9: Nick Recine, Piscataway High School Jersey Sports Zone Plays of the Year Winners Touchdown Run of the Year: Jean Alvarez, Union City High School | Jada Byers, St. Joseph High School (Hamm.) Touchdown Pass Play of the Year: Jalahn Dabney/Kyree Hinton, Somerville High School | Bryce Mangene/Jahmier Washington, Rancocas Valley Regional High School Defensive TD of the Year: Michael Jarmolowich, Delbarton School | Santino Morina, Paulsboro High School Special Teams TD of the Year: Dan Tempone, Holmdel High School | Jordan Morant, Bergen Catholic High School Sack/Big Hit of the Year Zach Neeley, Freehold Borough High School | John Columbia, Red Bank Catholic High School Clutch Play of the Year Frank Wasserman, Hillsborough High School | Aaron Ahr, North Brunswick High School
Meet the 2018 JSZ Zoneman Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to announce the six finalists for the Zoneman Trophy, our version of New Jersey high school football player of the year. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 5 during JSZ’s second annual All-Zone football banquet at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge. Watch our profiles of six outstanding players and learn more about JSZ’s top football honor! The Story of the Zoneman Trophy and Our Football Banquet By Rich Chrampanis | Jersey Sports Zone Chief Operating Officer In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy and instead of the Heisman, the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Clemson University wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game winning TD pass in the 2016 National Championship game. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Second Annual Zoneman Trophy. Freehold Borough quarterback Ashante Worthy won the inaugural Jersey Sports Zone Zoneman Award for the top football player during the 2017 season. The Zoneman Balloting Our 2018 Zoneman was voted on by head coaches from every part of the state (WJFL, Shore Conference, Greater Middlesex Conference, Mid-State 38 and the NJSFC) as well as the JSZ staff and media representatives from around the state. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd and one point for 3rd. We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2018 Zoneman Trophy in alphabetical order: Meet The 2018 Zoneman Trophy Finalists Antonio Alfano, Colonia Defensive Lineman Alfano has been the consensus top-ranked 2019 football recruit all season long and there’s good reason why. He is one of five New Jersey players selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and is committed to play for Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Alfano dominated his competition in the Greater Middlesex Conference with 79 tackles and 10 sacks this season, along with a staggering 28 tackles for losses. JSZ’s Jay Cook gives you the inside-look at what makes Alfano such a highly-touted prospect: Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Running Back Byers was as electric as they come in the Garden State during his junior campaign. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon with the ball in his hands, rushing for 1,741 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season, all while helping power his St. Joe’s Wildcats to yet another Non-Public Group 2 championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez takes you down to Hammonton for a behind-the-scenes look at South Jersey’s most electrifying runner: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville Quarterback Dabney took over the starting quarterback job in Somerville at the end of the 2017 season and showcased his dynamic playmaking ability well throughout 2018. He compiled 3,444 yards from scrimmage this season and reached the end-zone 56 times to lead one of New Jersey’s most dangerous offenses. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont tells us what makes this dual-threat quarterback tick: Nick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Quarterback Kargman will graduate from Woodrow Wilson with plenty of state records compiled during his senior season. The decorated South Jersey passer broke the state record single season passing mark with 3,963 yards and his 41 passing scores rank atop the state lists, as well. But what’s even more impressive is Kargman’s character off the field, as it’s made him an important part of the Woodrow Wilson community. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez tells us what makes Kargman so special: Rahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Running Back Johnson became the first Bergen Catholic rusher to break the 1,000-yard mark since 2008, a true testament to the level of competition that the Crusaders face on a week-to-week basis. After teammate Josh McKenzie went down with a torn ACL, Johnson assumed the full-time starting role and showcased his elite speed and craftiness all season long. He closed 2018 with 1,334 yards and 11 rushing scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story about this humble teammate and Nebraska commit: Steve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Quarterback Intelligence and athleticism is the blend of characteristics that has made Lubischer one of New Jersey’s most talented signal callers. At Red Bank Catholic, Lubischer blossomed into a premier dual-threat passer who had the ability to break the game on any down. JSZ’s chief operating officer Rich Chrampanis followed Lubischer’s trajectory all season long and tells us why this Boston College commit is so special: Other Top Vote-Getters Only the top-six vote-getters are on our Zoneman podium, but there were other plenty of players around the Garden State who had great seasons and garnered votes from coaches and media around the state. Those players were: 7th Place: Taquan Roberson, DePaul Catholic quarterback: Roberson, a Penn State commit, closed out his senior season in masterful fashion for the Spartans. He threw 29 touchdowns for 2,432 yards and will go down as one of the most decorated quarterbacks to play in New Jersey. 8th Place: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep running back: Berger led one of New Jersey’s most talented backfields at Don Bosco Prep by displaying elite patience and explosiveness. Only a junior, he holds offers from top-tier Power 5 college football programs and has plenty more in the tank for his senior year. 9th Place: Juwon Jackson, Piscataway running back: Jackson was a main reason why Piscataway reached a 13-0 record and won both a sectional title and a newly-minted “Bowl Game” at MetLife Stadium. He rushed for 1,898 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season. 10th Place: Ronnie Hickman, DePaul Catholic wide receiver/defensive back: Hickman was arguably the most dangerous two-way player in New Jersey. Committed to Ohio State, Hickman was one of five New Jersey football players selected to the 2019 All-American Bowl. His senior season was unfortunately cut short due to a torn ACL late in the year. The 2018 JSZ Football Banquet Jersey Sports Zone will honor the top players in the state at our second-annual JSZ Football Banquet set for Dec. 5, 2018 at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge. The All-Zone team will consist of top players at every position from around the state, winners from the Plays of the Week and Plays of the Year polls and the announcement of the coveted 2018 Zoneman Trophy. We are excited to celebrate the 2018 season with video highlights of every single player in attendance. We will post our All-Zone team, all of our features and the announcement of our 2018 Zoneman Trophy winner right here on Jersey Sports Zone in the days leading up to and just after the banquet. Players and head coaches being honored are part of our guest list. Any family, friends or supporters of your hometown team can purchase tickets to our dinner and program at the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jersey-sports-zone-all-state-football-banquet-tickets-51564905019
Vote now for 2018 JSZ Football Plays of the Year!
THANK YOU to everyone who voted in our 2018 JSZ Plays of the Year. With an overwhelming response, we are happy to announce that we will honor the top two finishers in each category at the JSZ Football Banquet on December 5 in Woodbridge As we gear up for the sectional finals and upcoming state championships and bowl games, JSZ has compiled the best plays captured by our cameras during the 2018 football season. We need your vote in six different categories. The polls are open NOW through Thursday at 9:00 pm. The winners of the polls will be honored at the 2nd annual JSZ Football banquet at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge. Our Top Play winners from the season will also be honored as well as the top players in the state with our JSZ All-State team. Watch all sixty of our nominees in the videos below and cast your vote! Thanks to all the athletes for giving us so many great moments from the 2018 season! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll NEW NOMINEE! Thanks for pointing out Tyler Cook’s big hit against Paramus Catholic. It’s now on the poll for voting along with the 10 nominees above Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Vote for JSZ Week 9 Top Play
It’s our final Top Play vote for the 2018 football season! We’ve got 10 more great nominees from around the state. We need your vote for the best of the best captured by JSZ cameras. Our polls will stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner will be presented with the Top Play belt at a mid-week practice. Coming up in a couple of weeks, JSZ will post our Plays of the Year nominees with the winners receiving an invite to the second annual JSZ Football Banquet in December in Woodbridge. Watch all of our nominees and cast your vote now! Take Our Poll Previous Top Play Winners
Watch JSZ 11.3 Playoff Football Highlights
The first round of the playoffs come to a close with Saturday action around the state. JSZ brings you more post-season highlights including Edison’s first playoff win in 18 years, a revenge win for the Brick Memorial Mustangs plus emphatic shutouts from Seton Hall Prep and Montclair along with a dominating performance from Piscataway. Watch our Saturday Week 9 Preview and then scroll down to watch nine games of action from around New Jersey: Randolph 34 Colonia 27 – North 2 Group 4 First Round Anthony Sofia’s 12-yard TD run with 3:18 to go in the 4th quarter broke a 27-27 tie as the 2nd seeded Rams held off an upset bid from the Patriots. Colonia stormed back from a 27-13 halftime deficit to tie the game at 27 in the 4th quarter. Randolph caused a fumble on defense and then avoided a turnover with a fumble recovery on offense to set the stage for Sofia’s game winning run. JSZ has all the exciting moments from this Saturday night thirller: Seton Hall Prep 17 Paramus Catholic 0 – Non-Public Group 4 First Round For the first time in eight seasons Seton Hall Prep won a playoff game. With just a field goal after one quarter of football quarterback Aidan Gilman would link up with Matt Colantuono for a touchdown to lead 10-0 at halftime. Gilman would throw another touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead the Pirates to a 17-0 victory in the first round of the Non Public Group 4 playoffs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Edison 14 South Brunswick 7 – Central Jersey Group 5 First Round Tyler Montford’s 37-yard touchdown with under three minutes to go in the 4th quarter proved to be the difference as Edison’s defense produced three interceptions and two goal-line stands to give the Eagles their first playoff win since 2000. Noah Stansbury had an 8-yard TD catch and his seventh interception of the season in the win. The 6th seed travels to #2 North Brunswick this Friday night in the semifinals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the upset: Montclair 35 West Orange 0 – North 1 Group 5 First Round After falling to West Orange to open the 2018 season, Montclair was able to deal a bit of revenge Saturday as the Mounties dominated from sideline to sideline in a 35-0 shutout against the Mountaineers. Quarterback Charles Murphy accounted for 208 yards and three total touchdowns while the Montclair defense allowed only 75 yards of offense on the afternoon. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from the win: Piscataway 42 Bridgewater-Raritan 0 – North 2 Group 5 First Round Juwon Jackson ran for 100 yards and two TD’s in just one half of action and the Chiefs cranked out 367 yards of offense in one half to cruise into the North 2 Group 5 semifinals and a home game against Ridge in the semifinals. JSZ has the highlights from a dominating performance from the #4 ranked team in the state: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates and Total Rehab and Sports Medicine Brick Memorial 21 Freehold Boro 13 – Central Jersey Group 4 First Round Jeff Lavarin’s 64-yard TD run late in the third quarter proved to be the game winner as Brick Memorial rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit to avenge a regular-season loss to Freehold Boro and advance in Central Jersey Group 4. Mustangs QB Tyler Sindel ran for 157 yards and two TD’s in the win. Brick Memorial will take on top seed Long Branch this Friday in the CJ Group 4 semifinals. JSZ has the highlights from Freehold: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is brought to you by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Woodrow Wilson 41 Triton 6 – South Jersey Group 3 First Round It was another brilliant offensive game for the Woodrow Wilson offense as Nick Kargman passed two touchdowns and Louisville-commit Stanley King had 163 yards and one receiving touchdown to push the Tigers into the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 3 bracket. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Manasquan 40 Delaware Valley 21 – Central Jersey Group 2 First Round Canyon Birch ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors scored 40 straight points after falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter. The Warriors will host Cinnaminson in the Central Jersey Group 2 semifinals next Saturday. JSZ has the highlights from Manasquan’s offensive explosion: Penns Grove 40 Woodstown 6 – South Jersey Group 1 First Round Tyreke Brown, Penns Grove’s Swiss-army knife athlete, accounted for over 100 yards and a trio of scores on the day as Penns Grove won it’s 10th straight game. The Red Devils will meet with fellow undefeated Buena in the semifinals next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel is on the call:
Vote for the final JSZ Game Balls of the 2018 Football Season!
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top performers from Week Eight 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. This is the final week of voting for our Game Balls – we will have Top Play polls through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Thanks to everyone for voting and supporting Jersey Sports Zone! 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 8 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 8 Highlights
Alabama Commit Antonio Alfano’s 2019 All-American Jersey Presentation
Colonia defensive end and University of Alabama commit Antonio Alfano has a long list of achievements and accomplishments throughout his football career and added another to his resume Wednesday afternoon. Alfano was bestowed his 2019 All-American Bowl jersey, marking him as one of the top 100 football players across the country this year. Friends, loved ones and teammates were on hand at Colonia High School to help him celebrate and commemorate this special evening. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: The 2019 All-American Bowl will be played on Jan. 5, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas and will be broadcast live on NBC. Alfano is one of four New Jersey football players suiting up for the game. Hun School offensive lineman Caedan Wallace (Penn State), DePaul Catholic wide receiver/defensive back Ronnie Hickman (Ohio State) and Wall High School long snapped Joe Shimko (N.C. State) round out the list. Check back in later this week for more jersey presentation ceremonies from these athletes. Want to know more about Antonio Alfano? Watch JSZ’s exclusive inside look at the weeks leading up to his college decision this past summer.
Watch Saturday 10.6 JSZ Football Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone puts a wrap on Week 5 with 10 more games from around the Garden State. Don’t forget to come back to JSZ on Sunday to vote for Week 5 Top Play and Game Balls in four regions of the state! Watch our Saturday teaser and then scroll below to watch all 10 games Bergen Catholic 24 St. Joseph’s (Mont.) 20 Bergen Catholic’s two-way star Anthony Corbin led a 2nd half charge for the Crusaders that included a leaping interception and a go-ahead touchdown run to capture a 24-20 win over the St. Joseph Regional Green Knights. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Montvale and has all the highlights from another late-game North Jersey thriller: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to sponsor Equinox Fitness, Jersey Sports Zone is able to cover Bergen Catholic athletics throughout the year. Thanks, Equinox Fitness! Make sure to check out the other Equinox Fitness-sponsored game below. Seton Hall Prep 29 Montclair 28 Aidan Gilman threw a 28 yard TD pass to Nicholas Gullace in the final minute and converted a two-point conversion to give the Pirates a fourth straight win. Montclair’s Walter King caught three TD passes from Walter Murphy. His 3rd score from 65 yards out gave the Mounties their first lead of the game at 28-21 with just under two minutes to go. Gilman put together a 5-play, 80 yard drive to win it. Watch the highlights from a fantastic game in West Orange: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 21 Vineland 7 All-state running back Jada Byers and Co. helped the Wildcats rebound after a tough loss to Haddonfield last week with a big 21-7 win over Vineland on Saturday. Scoreless at the half, Byers broke loose for three touchdowns after intermission. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has all the highlights from a South Jersey bounce-back win: Trenton 33 Allentown 23 As the battle for the number one spot in the Capitol Division of the WJFL was on the line Saturday afternoon Both Allentown and Trenton were trying to rebound from losses in Week 4. The Tornadoes took a 19-17 lead at halftime, but Allentown fought back to go ahead 26-23 to begin the fourth. Trenton led by quarterback Mahsiah McRae scored twice late in the game to walk away with a 33-23 victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Trenton coverage! Hun School 26 Blair Academy 6 It was a MAPL showdown at the Hun School today where the Raiders took on the Blair Buccaneers. Hun’s passing game was outstanding in this one. Junior WR Nick DeGennaro had three touchdown catches and 150 receiving yards in the game. Check out full highlights now: Freehold Boro 17 Saint John Vianney 12 Matt Krauss had 35 carries for 270 yards and 2 TD’s as the Colonials scored 17 third-quarter points to snap a two-game losing streak. Zach Neely had a sack and fumble recovery that sparked Krauss to find the paint twice in the second half. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from an exciting Shore Conference showdown: We were able to get great highlights of St. John Vianney and Freehold Boro thanks to our sponsors. Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall sponsors our Colonials coverage and BCB-Bayshore is our St. John Vianney sponsor. Lacey 21 Lakewood 20 Justin Gorski had two short TD runs and clinched the win with an interception on the game’s final play as the Lions held off a late rally by the winless Piners. Lakewood trailed 21-7 in the 4th quarter before TJ Paturzo threw two TD passes to Sincere Moore. The Piners missed a two-point conversion to take the lead which turned out to be the difference in the game. JSZ has the highlights of a great Shore Conference Saturday matchup: Thanks to Inzelbuch Law for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Lakewood Piners Summit 36 Colonia 6 The Hilltoppers defense produced three turnovers and the special teams unit blocked two punts to set the tone on the way to a 5-0 mark. Jackson Tyler and Max Jackson had two TD runs each. JSZ has the highlights and Madison Bess has the post-game recap from Summit’s Senior Day: Thanks to Equinox for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Summit High all year long. Paulsboro 37 Woodbury 0 The Paulsboro Red Raiders made a defensive statement Saturday afternoon with a performance that stuffed the stat sheets. They forced four interceptions, had three sacks, recovered two fumbles and returned two fumbles for touchdowns, highlighted by a Santino Morina 52-yard defensive touchdown. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the call: Orange 10 Barringer 6 Montez Boswell scored a five-yard TD run in the third quarter that proved to be the game winner and Louce Julien added a 23-yard field goal as the Tornados scored 10 second-half points to improve to 4-2 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from Saturday afternoon in Orange:
Justice Harris wins JSZ Week 4 Game Ball | Colonia High School
The JSZ Week 4 North Jersey Game Ball was presented to Justice Harris from Colonia High School. Harris was presented the Game Ball for his 4 Rushing Touchdowns and Kickoff Return Touchdown during the game against Carteret. Congratulations, Justice!!
Top Performers from Week 4 up for JSZ Game Balls – Vote NOW
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top performers from Week Four 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. email@example.com (North Jersey), firstname.lastname@example.org (Mid-State 38), email@example.com (WJFL), firstname.lastname@example.org (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 Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance Group Shore Conference Take Our Poll Missed our Weekend Highlights? Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Friday Week 4 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 4 Highlights
Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 9.28
It’s Week Four in New Jersey high school football! JSZ brings you action from every part of the state including a big showdown between Hillside and Bernards, Antonio Alfano and Colonia impress, plus come from behind wins for Red Bank Regional and Lenape. Watch our preview of Friday coverage and scroll below to watch all nine games of action: Lenape 27 Allentown 24 After a 1-3 start to the season defending South Group 5 Champs Lenape really needed a win. However, it didn’t help they had undefeated Allentown waiting for them in Week 4. After a back and forth battle the Indians trailed late in the game, but thanks to a 90 yard return from Brandon Carter Lenape was able to squeeze out an exciting last minute win. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage! Hillside 23 Bernards 13 The Hillside Comets kept an impressive eight-game win streak dating back to last season alive thanks in part to a huge game from Shadon “Oodie” Willis. His 70-yard TD catch will be a Week Four Top Play nominee and he also had an INT to secure the win in the final minutes. Watch the full highlights from this Mid-State 38 showdown of two undefeated teams: Red Bank Regional 23 Ocean Township 13 Makai Mickens had 214 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Bucs rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Red Bank Regional defense held Ocean to -5 yards on the ground. JSZ was there for the comeback in Little Silver: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for their sponsorship of Red Bank Regional on JSZ. Rumson-Fair Haven 48 Freehold Boro 7 Alex Maldjian had 10 carries for 142 yards and 2 TD’s and Collin Coles threw three TD passes as the Bulldogs put on another impressive display to reach 4-0 on the season. JSZ has highlights of the Bulldogs under the Friday Night Lights in Rumson: Sponsor Shout Outs! Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac (Rumson-Fair Haven) and Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall (Freehold Boro) for allowing us to bring you highlights from this Shore Conference showdown! Colonia 46 Carteret 8 The Colonia Patriots dominated this GMC matchup. Between Antonio Alfano on defense and Justice Harris on offense, this team was unstoppable. Harris lead the scoring with 5 touchdowns and 134 rushing yards. Check out full highlights of the Patriots’ third victory now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Carteret is brought to you by Campozino Restaurant in South River. A Carteret location of this wonderful establishment is coming soon! Union 27 South Brunswick 14 Union quarterback Andrew Sanborn threw three touchdown passes in a dominant performance over the state-ranked South Brunswick Vikings. The Union Farmers, who now sit at 4-1, have knocked off state-ranked teams in back-to-back weeks. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has all the highlights: Willingboro 14 Cinnaminson 12 Nasir Murray caught an 8-yard TD pass from Au-Shaun Davis with 1:48 left and Demie Sumo’s two-point conversion run proved to be the difference as Willingboro wins its homecoming game at a neutral field at Moorestown High. JSZ has the highlights of a thrilling finish: Thanks to NJM Insurance Group for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Cinnaminson all year long Nottingham 7 Hopewell Valley 0 Alix Oge’s 6-yard TD run in the first quarter was the only score of the game as Derek Williams led the North Stars defense with two interceptions to improve to 3-1. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Nottingham and Hopewell Valley Keansburg 32 Point Pleasant Beach 0 Liam Riecks was 8 of 9 for 181 yards and 3 TD passes as the Titans even their record at 2-2 with an impressive road win at Point Beach. JSZ has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Thanks to Ryne Olsen and Peak Coaching for Success for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Point Pleasant Beach
Watch Thursday 8.30 JSZ Football Highlights
High School football is here! Jersey Sports Zone kicks off our 2018 coverage with great action from all around the state from Thursday’s openers. Here’s a preview of our coverage and just scroll down below to watch all of our games Hillsborough 27 Colonia 25 The Hillsborough Raiders staved off a fourth-quarter comeback from Colonia thanks to a game-winning 38-yard field goal from Franklin Wasserman, a former soccer player playing in his first varsity football game, as time expired in regulation. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Colonia to capture this special moment: West Orange 26 Montclair 19 | Dorian Rawls 3 INTs, 2 TDs | Week 0 Highlights After a disappointing season in 2017, the West Orange Mountaineers felt they had something to prove this season and today was a good start. Though the Montclair shutout West Orange 16-0 in the first half, the Mountaineers came storming back in the second. Dorian Rawls had three interceptions and two touchdowns, while Shakhi Carson rushed for over 100 yards. Talk about a comeback. Check out full highlights of this exciting game now: North Brunswick 9 St. Joe-Metuchen 7 Aaron Ahr’s 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner as the Raiders used outstanding defense to end a 19 game regular season win streak by the Falcons. Following a scoreless half, North Brunswick got on the board with an 11 yard TD catch by Chris Arnold. Saint Joe-Metuchen took the lead early in the fourth on a 2 yard TD run by Brian Reilly. After Ahr’s field goal, the Raiders defense buckled down to secure a signature win. Watch JSZ’s highlights and post-game reaction: Governor Livingston 21 AL Johnson 14 Jake Faulkner’s 91 yard TD catch from Dylan Dwyer with three minutes remaining was the difference in the Highlanders come from behind win in their home opener. Sebastian Iakouchevitch had a 29 carry, 186 yard, 2 TD performance in a losing effort. Trailing 7-0 at the half, Noah Truncale came up with two key turnovers in the third quarter as Governor Livingston took a 13-7 lead in the 4th quarter on a Jayson Schmidt 9-yard run. Iakouchevitch put the Crusaders in front 14-13 after an 18 yard gallop, but Governor Livingston’s huge play from Dwyer and Faulkner sealed a win for the home team. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a great opener in Berkeley Heights: Holy Cross 29 Gloucester Catholic 19 In their first sporting event since reopening independently, Holy Cross Prep Academy took down Gloucester Catholic, 29-19. A game that started in favor of GC switched momentum thanks to some big plays from quarterback Andrew Paolini and fullback Jack Fusco. With a 10 point lead late in the fourth the Lancers made a huge stop to eventually put the game away. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for all the action: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance. We’re so excited to have NJM Insurance sponsor six South Jersey schools this season as well as our South Jersey Game Balls. Thanks to NJM, we’ll have more great highlights and features from South Jersey in all sports! Mater Dei Prep 41 Pinelands 8 Mater Dei Prep is on a mission in 2018. Even without their starting quarterback Rob McCoy, the Seraphs still managed to put up 41 points against new divisional opponent Pinelands Regional. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights from the 41-8 win in Middletown: Cinnaminson 34 Cherry Hill West 13 After falling to Haddonfield in the South Group 2 playoffs Cinnaminson kicked off 2018 with an exciting 34-13 victory over Cherry Hill West. The Pirates were led by Rashad Raymond who finished the day with 238 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Watch the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Cinnaminson is made possible by NJM Insurance. We’re so excited to have NJM Insurance sponsor six South Jersey schools this season as well as our South Jersey Game Balls. Thanks to NJM, we’ll have more great highlights and features from South Jersey in all sports! Voorhees 26 Plainfield 12 George Eberle ran for three TD’s and passed for another as Voorhees overcame an early 6-0 deficit to post an impressive home opening win. Watch the highlights and JSZ’s Madison Bess talking to the Vikings signal caller about his solid opening night effort:
Vote now for Courtney’s Mid-State Game Ball
Each week JSZ will bring you ten nominations, both baseball & softball, for our weekly Mid-State Game Ball Award. These nominations are composed of athletes who had top, player of the week-worthy, performances across the Mid-State. Vote for your favorite athlete now, and this week’s winner will be awarded a JSZ Game Ball & Game Ball Ceremony. (Polls close Tuesday at 3PM) Baseball: Take Our Poll Softball: Take Our Poll Reminder! You can always nominate a deserving player for a Game Ball! Just email Courtney DuPont (email@example.com) with the following information: The player’s Name The player’s School The game/date played this week The player’s stats for that game
Alfano All-Access: Antonio Chooses BAMA
DECISION DAY Antonio Alfano has given a verbal commitment to play Division I football in the SEC for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Antonio made the announcement at Colonia High School and Jersey Sports Zone’s Alex Lorenzo produced the commitment video that was played as the big reveal: ALFANO ALL-ACCESS Leading up to his commitment, Colonia defensive end Antonio Alfano gave Jersey Sports Zone’s Alex Lorenzo an All-Access pass as he prepares for his senior season of high school football. Go in-depth with one of the nation’s top defensive prospects. Watch Alfano All-Access Episodes Now! Episode 4: “Let’s Eat!” Q & A with Antonio Alfano Episode 3: Field Work Episode 2: “The Last Rep” Episode 1: “How it Started” Coming this Friday: The Decision Antonio Alfano will make his college choice at 3:00 pm at Colonia High School
Stellar pitching efforts headline this week’s North Jersey Game Ball Nominees
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.
Vote for Alex’s North Jersey Game Ball: Baseball & Softball April 22nd
Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances from baseball and softball in the Big North and GMC conferences. Voting is open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get a JSZ Game Ball presented to them with their teammates. Baseball Poll Take Our Poll Softball Poll Take Our Poll Coaches & Fans: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to email@example.com no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
NJ Devils honor state’s best – meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone hockey team!
The New Jersey Devils provided a special night for the Garden State’s top hockey players. The first JSZ All-Zone Hockey banquet was hosted at the Prudential Center prior to the Devils 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Following the presentation of our video highlights and Player of the Year profiles, the players, coaches and families watched the Devils game and our All-Zone team was honored during the second intermission on the world’s largest in-arena scoreboard. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Courtney DuPont recap a fantastic night at the Rock: Mickey Burns wins JSZ Hockey Player of the Year The Don Bosco Prep forward was the overwhelming choice among statewide hockey coaches and media. Burns had 28 goals and 49 assists for the Ironmen. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont profiles the future Vermont Catamount Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Mickey BurnsDon Bosco Prep141347 Nick SiffringerDelbarton33520 Matt SchoerPope John13413 Zach TarantinoWall13110 John GelattSaint John Vianney1218 Tom PryymakSummit0306 A special thanks to our voting panel! Coaches: Paramus Catholic, High Point, Pope John, Summit, Ridgewood, Woodbridge Twp, Verona, Don Bosco Prep, Delbarton, Middletown North, Wall, RBC, Saint John Vianney, Central Regional, CBA Media: Matt Stypulkoski NJ.com, Chris Rotolo Shore Hockey Report, Alex Lorenzo JSZ, Courtney DuPont JSZ, Rich Chrampanis JSZ Watch our features on 2nd and 3rd place finishers Nick Siffringer and Matt Schoer: Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team GoaliesDefensemanForwardsAward Winners Nick Burgess, DelbartonJohn Campomenosi, Don Bosco PrepStephen Buck, Seton Hall Prep Scott Kimiecik, DelbartonJohn Hallard, Middletown NorthDean DiFazio, CBA Ciaran McNelis, Red Bank CatholicJalen Kaplan, DelbartonTJ Evan, Woodbridge TownshipMickey Burns, Don Bosco Prep - JSZ Hockey Player of the Year Hunter Macy, DelbartonDrew Galea, Woodbridge TownshipMatt Schoer, Pope John - POY Finalist Thomas Shweigardt, Don Bosco PrepJohn Gelatt, Saint John VianneyNick Siffringer, Delbarton - POY Finalist John Gutt, Saint John Vianney Kyle Knight, St. Augustine Prep Alex Konovalov, Ridge Tsubasa Konishi, Don Bosco Prep Jin Lee, Northern Highlands Kyle Mandleur, Hun School Liam Noonan, CBA Tom Pryymak, Summit Scott Schnell, Hunterdon Central Tyler Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep Zach Tarantino, Wall Aidan Trainor, Princeton Will Vitton, Summit Thomas Winter, Chatham Will Zimmer, Randolph Top 5 Goals from February and JSZ’s Save of the Year JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez talked with some of our Plays of the Month honorees and was with them as they watched their goals play on the scoreboard at the Rock: Watch our winners and thanks to everyone who voted Save of the Year: Thomas Kampf, Central Regional #5: Scott Schnell, Hunterdon Central #4: Collin Andersen, Rumson-Fair Haven #3: John Callander, Point Pleasant Boro #2: Hunter Macy, Delbarton #1: Jin Lee, Northern Highlands A special thanks to Thomas Dreisbach and the staff at the New Jersey Devils for giving New Jersey high school hockey players a special experience at the Rock all season long!
Vote now for NJ Devils Goal and Save of the Year!
With the high school hockey season wrapping up on Monday with the state championships, it’s time for you to vote for the top goal captured by Jersey Sports Zone cameras and the top save of the year. The winners of each poll will be featured during the Devils March 24th game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. We will keep the polls open until 8:00 pm on Friday. Thank you to the players for all the great highlights during the season and thanks to everyone who watched our videos and voted all season long! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll We’re excited to honor the top players in New Jersey at our All-State Hockey Banquet during the Devils/Lightning game on March 24th. We’ll show highlight videos from the top players in the state as well as honor the Top 5 goals from February and the save of the year. A special thanks to the New Jersey Devils for partnering with Jersey Sports Zone to provide special memories for NJ high school hockey players.
Watch JSZ State Championship Hockey Highlights
JSZ will post highlights and post-game reaction from all four state championship hockey games at the Prudential Center in Newark. Check back often for updates! Delbarton 4 Don Bosco Prep 2 Hunter Macy broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period in what proved to be the game-winner as the Green Wave win the NJ Non-Public state championship for a third straight year. Delbarton lost two regular-season meetings to the Ironmen, but answered with a Gordon Cup and state title over their rival. JSZ has the highlights from the Rock featuring the Garden State’s two best teams on the ice: Hunterdon Central 5 Woodbridge Township 1 Scott Schnell scored in the opening minute of the game and added two more goals in the third period for a hat trick as the Red Devils win their first state championship on the ice. Watch Schnell’s snipes and post-game reaction from the Prudential Center: Northern Highlands 1 Randolph 0 – Public “B” Final Cormac Cindrich scored the game’s lone goal in the first period and John Werber turned away 19 shots to give Northern Highlands its first state title on the ice. JSZ has the big moment from the Rock: Summit 3 Chatham 0 – Public C State Championship Nikita Pryymak turned away 32 shots for a third consecutive shutout in the post-season and Greg Spitznagel scored a pair of goals to give the Hilltoppers the Public C title. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from the Prudential Center; JSZ’s coverage of Summit High is made possible by Equinox Fitness Clubs
Watch State Playoff Hockey Highlights from Feb. 28th on JSZ
Woodbridge Township 3 Marlboro 2 – NJSIAA Ice Hockey Public “A” Tournament Semifinal TJ Evan scored two goals in the span of 12 seconds in the final minute of the game to force overtime and Travis Beni delivered the game-winner in overtime as Woodbridge completed an incredible comeback to reach the Public “A” State Championship. JSZ’s Courtney Dupont has the highlights from Mennen Arena: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Marlboro is brought to you by Hit Training. Thanks to our friends at Hit Training, JSZ will bring you the best of Mustang athletics all season long! Northern Highlands – 6 Princeton – 1 | NJSIAA Public-B Semi-Finals Jin Lee scored 3 goals and added 2 assists as 2nd seeded Northern Highlands put on a show at Mennen Arena, getting a 6-1 win over Princeton. The Highlanders advance to the Public-B State Championship game at The Prudential Center on Monday, where they will take the No. 1 seed, Randolph High School. Watch Highlights and post game from Northern Highlands vs Princeton below! A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Princeton High School! Randolph 5 Livingston 0 – NJSIAA Ice Hockey Public “B” Tournament Semifinal Randolph with another dominated performance. Team captain, Will Zimmer scores two early and helps with the 5-0 victory. The Rams are moving on to the the Public B final at The Rock where they will face the winner of Northern Highlands and Princeton. Check out full highlights now: Summit 2 Glen Rock 0 – NJSIAA Public “C” State Semifinals Charlie Collins power-play goal early in the second period was the difference as the Hilltoppers played intense defensive hockey for 45 minutes to earn a spot in the Public C state championship. Nikita Pryymark had 16 saves for the shutout. JSZ has the highlights from Codey Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit is made possible thanks to Equinox Fitness Clubs Chatham 6 Wall 1 – NJSIAA Public “C” Semifinals Alex Laferriere, David Andreychuk and Thomas Winter scored two goals each to lead the Cougars to the state finals for the first time since 2013. Laferriere opened the scoring and then set up Andreychuk on a two on one to give Chatham a 2-0 lead after one. Wilson scored two goals in the span of 1:12 early in the second period and the Cougars never looked back. Watch the highlights of Chatham’s semifinal win at Codey Arena:
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Hunterdon Central 5 Monroe 2 – Public “A” Quarterfinals Alex Ahern had two goals and two assists as the Red Devils scored three times in the second period to mount a 4-0 lead and hold on to advance to the school’s first-ever hockey state semifinal. Monroe scored two girls early in the third period to get within 4-2, but Ahern’s second goal of the game closed out the scoring. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Flemington Ice Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monroe High School is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Colonia 3 Clifton 0 – Public “A” Second Round Following a 3-1 loss ninth seed Colonia came into their game with eight seed Clifton looking to advance to the quarterfinals of the Boys Public A tournament. The Patriots came out firing and took an early one nothing lead at the end of the first. Drew Galea would score a goal at 12:37 in the second and with 345 remaining in the third to help Colonial secure a 3-0 victory over Clifton. The Patriots will face number one seed Montclair on 2/25. Watch the highlights:
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Six games of Conference Tournament action from around New Jersey! Enjoy some great high school basketball action Shore Conference Tournament Semi-Finals Ranney School – 69 Christian Brothers -53 The Ranney Panthers dunked their way to the school’s first ever Shore Conference Final appearance in history. The top seed rocked the rim an astonishing 12 times in the semi-final matchup with CBA, resulting in a dominant 69-53 win over the 16-time SCT Champion Colts. Scottie Lewis led the dunk party with 7 slams of his own and scored 24 points. While Bryan Antoine and Alex Klatsky each added 12. Ranney now advances to Saturday Night’s Championship game at Monmouth University, and third meeting with rival Mater Dei Prep. Watch highlights of Ranney vs CBA below! Mater Dei Prep 70 Rumson-Fair Haven 53 The two time defending champions have faced doubt, illness, and injury this post season but Ben Gamble and Mater Dei Prep would not be denied. Sophomore transfer Jamir Watkins continues to be a crucial addition to the roster, scoring a game high 20 points, as The Seraphs took care of business against RFH and are heading back to The SCT Championship Game for a third straight season. Watch Highlights of Mater Dei’s 70-53 win over Rumson below! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Mater Dei Prep is made possible by Gold Coast Cadillac. Thanks to ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch for giving us the ability to cover Rumson-Fair Haven sports all year long Greater Middlesex Conference St. Joe’s-Metuchen 46 Colonia 43 – GMC Boys Championship K’Shawn Schulter’s turn around three-pointer from nearly 40 feet away swished home at the buzzer to give the Falcons a second consecutive buzzer beater in the GMC Tournament. Colonia stormed back from 19 points down late in the third quarter to take a 43-41 lead on a Chad Baker baseline jumper. Schulter made a steal and layup to draw even at 43. After Colonia turned the ball over with 20 seconds to go, Schulter was fouled with two seconds remaining. Colonia had a foul to give and St. Joe’s only had two seconds to work with. Luke Fresco’s only option was to pass back to Schulters who turned and fired from long range. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling championship game: Piscataway 51 Edison 37 – GMC Girls Championship LaNiya Miller had 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Chiefs to the GMC championship at Rutgers. Miller, who’s signed to play Division I basketball at Stony Brook, had five three-pointers as Piscataway raced out to an early lead and built a double-digit lead at the half. Edison would get within 6 at 31-25 in the third quarter, but Miller and Piscataway would never let the game get any closer. Samira Sargent led Edison with 16 points as the Eagles reached the finals as the #5 seed. Watch highlights and post-game reaction from Piscataway’s GMC title at Rutgers: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Edison High School is made possible by Immediate Care Medical Walk-In of Edison Mercer County Tournament Nottingham 60 Trenton Catholic 59 – Boys Final Thursday night’s Mercer County Final between number one seed Nottingham and second seed Trenton Catholic was the game Colonial Valley Conference fans have been waiting for all season. While the Iron Mike’s got ahead early and took a double digit lead in the first half it was the North Stars ability to create open shots that would lead to their eventual come back victory to capture their first Mercer County Tournament title. Darell Johnson earned MVP honors with 22 points, watch the highlights and his post game reaction now: Trenton Catholic 59 Pennington 55 – Girls Final No. 8 in the NJ Top 20 Trenton Catholic seeking their first Mercer County Tournament Championship since 2015 started their game against third seed Pennington off hot going on a 17-0 run in the first quarter. The Red Raiders were not about to go down easy though they fought back in the second to creep within single digits thanks to an impressive offensive performance. In the end it would be the TCA defense that would seal the game for them to walk away as MCT champs. Watch the highlights now: A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our entire Mercer County coverage. We’ll have more post-season basketball highlights from Mercer County thanks to the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
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CBA 3 Wall 1 Dean DiFazio’s wrist shot from the left wing early in the third period was the game-winner as the Colts hand the Crimson Knights their first loss of the season. Wall took a 1-0 lead on a Zach Tarantino 1st period goal. Tarantino scored his 28th of the season. Sophomore William Seijas tied the game with 4:05 left in the second period. DiFazio gave the Colts the lead early in the third period and freshman Anthony DeFalco added an insurance goal just 1:12 later. CBA is now 11-6-1 with a five-game win streak that features wins against ranked Delbarton (#2), St. Peter’s Prep (#7) and Wall (#10) in that span. Watch JSZ’s highlights of the Colts impressive Friday night win: Point Pleasant Boro 6 Toms River North 2 John Callendar scored a hat trick, his third three-goal game of the season and Eric Dahl added a pair of goals to reach 20 for the season as Point Pleasant Boro won its fourth straight game. The Panthers are ranked 9th in the latest Public “B” state hockey poll and are now 11-6-1 on the season. Watch the highlights from the Ocean Ice Palace in Brick: Peak Coaching for Success is the reason we can bring you great Toms River North coverage on JSZ. Point Pleasant Boro’s highlights and features on JSZ is made possible by Tekart Builders, TwinBoro/Allshore and the Black and Gold Football Parents Club Colonia 4 Bernards 1 Drew Galea scored a pair of goals and Garrett Ludwig got his first varsity tally as Colonia scored three goals in the first period and improved to 13-2-1 on the season. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Woodbridge:
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Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances 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 during a mid-week practice with his teammates. Take Our Poll Last Week’s North Jersey Game Ball Winner Coaches: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
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Red Bank Catholic 49 Colonia 12- week 4 Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
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A double-overtime thriller, a state championship rematch, big hits and another batch of tremendous highlights. Jersey Sports Zone has it all with 13 games of action in our Friday Week 4 Highlights Show: Click above to watch highlights from the following games: Saint Peter’s Prep 23 Paramus Catholic 14: Jayson + Justin Ademilola combine for 5 sacks Brick Memorial 22 Sayreville 21 (2OT) – Blaine Netterman game winning 2 point conversion in double OT Paul VI 27 Notre Dame 21 – Jamir Garland 15 carries, 165 yards Saint John Vianney 42 Brick Township 0 – Josiah Walker 12 carries, 125 yards, 2 TD’s – LB Johnny Buchanan commits to Delaware Red Bank Catholic 49 Colonia 12 – Zack Bair 4 TD’s including 100-yard kickoff return Point Pleasant Boro 13 Monmouth Regional 3 – James Fara and Brandon Cipriano TD runs Long Branch 21 Wall 14 – Jermaine Corbett 128 yards rushing, 2 TD’s Raritan 28 Donovan Catholic 9 – PJ Buccine 2 TD runs, James Vanmeerbeke 2 TD passes Linden 42 Elizabeth 21 – BJ George 306 yards rushing, 4 TD’s Ridge 49 Plainfield 14 – Dave Stieglitz 130 yards of total offense, 2 TD’s Allentown 55 Hopewell Valley 31 – Dan Merkel 373 passing yards, 5 TD passes – Sadik Queen 4 TD catches Vineland 60 Cumberland 6 – Nihym Anderson 5 TD’s, 2 sacks and fumble recovery Pleasantville 29 Schalick 16 – Sahmir Jones – 13 carries, 179 yards, 2 TD’s Missed our Thursday Highlights Show? Check out 8 games to get our Week 4 coverage started including a big performance by the Rumson-Fair Haven defense, an offensive outburst by Manalapan and the Phillipsburg Stateliners reaching 4-0 Jersey Sports Zone’s High School Football Coverage Jersey Sports Zone is excited to cover the entire state of New Jersey with our high definition highlights and features. We will post full highlight shows with Friday and Saturday high school football action. Don’t forget you can download our App for free from the App Store or Google Play and get all of our videos right on your smartphone. On Sunday, we will nominate the top plays captured by our cameras for the JSZ Football Play of the Week and we’ll honor top performers with nominations for our Game Balls. We ask you to cast your vote from Sunday morning through Tuesday afternoon. Our Play of the Week winners will be honored at our statewide football banquet in December. Our Game Ball winners will have JSZ cameras come to practice mid-week to hand out a pigskin in front of the entire team. Coming up on Friday we are scheduled to show 13 games of action including: Paramus Catholic at Saint Peter’s Prep, Brick Township at Saint John Vianney, Elizabeth at Linden, Brick Memorial at Sayreville Coaches: Send your Game Ball nominees by Saturday night to be considered: email@example.com (Shore), firstname.lastname@example.org (WJFL), email@example.com (Mid State 38), firstname.lastname@example.org (GMC and Big North) 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.
Lions walk-off into round two of state playoffs
Jake Dillon’s infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th gave Middletown North a 3-2 extra innings win over Colonia in the first round of the North 2 Group 3 baseball playoffs. SSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction in our US Army Baseball Game of the Week along with all the first round scores involving Shore Conference teams Middletown North 3 Colonia 2 (8 innings) Jake Dillon provided the walk-off game winner scoring Tyler Ras, who pitched eight innings of stellar work to get the Lions through to the second round of the North 2 Group 3 playoffs. Trailing 1-0 in the 6th, Ras tied the game with an RBI single and scored the go-ahead run on a Mike Mercier sacrifice fly. But Colonia answered in the top of the 7th after a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Tom Mitch to force extra innings. In the bottom of the 8th, Ras started at two out rally with a single to center. North would eventually load the bases setting the stage for Dillon’s hard hit ball deep in the hole at second that brought Ras home with the game winner. Middletown North is back home on Thursday hosting #15 seed Red Bank Regional, who stunned 2nd seed Somerville. Watch all the highlights and post-game reaction in our US Army Baseball Game of the Week: US Army Game of the Week Thanks to the US Army, Shore Sports Zone will bring you a Game of the Week in baseball, softball and lacrosse throughout the entire spring. We’ll pick the big games on the schedule and bring you extended highlights and post-game reaction. Thanks to the US Army for supporting our coverage of great Shore Conference sports here on SSZ! State Playoff First Round Scores North 2 Group 3 (4) Middletown South 5 (13) Warren Hills 2 (7) Middletown North 3 (10) Colonia 2 – 8 innings (15) Red Bank Regional 3 (2) Somerville 1 Central Jersey Group 4 (5) Freehold Township 4 (12) Old Bridge 0 (4) Freehold Boro 8 (13) Hightstown 1 (6) East Brunswick 3 (11) Marlboro 2 (10) Colts Neck 2 (7) South Brunswick 1 (2) Manalapan 4 (15) New Brunswick 3 – 10 innings Central Jersey Group 3 (1) Toms River South 7 (16) Long Branch 0 (9) Brick Township 1 (8) Pennsauken 0 (6) Northern Burlington 5 (11) Ocean Township 0 (7) Jackson Liberty 6 (10) Moorestown 4 – 8 innings (14) Neptune 4 (3) Wall 2 Central Jersey Group 2 (1) Governor Livingston 12 (16) Holmdel 2 – 5 innings (9) Raritan 6 (8) AL Johnson 0 (4) Monmouth Regional 2 (13) Robbinsville 1 (10) Matawan 8 (7) East Brunswick Tech 0 Central Jersey Group 1 (12) Keansburg 2 (5) Highland Park 1 (8) Point Pleasant Beach 7 (9) South River 1 (3) Riverside 7 (14) Henry Hudson 0 (11) Keyport 8 (6) South Amboy 2 (10) Shore Regional 4 (7) Perth Amboy Tech 0 South Jersey Group 4 (8) Lenape 8 (9) Toms River North 2 (14) Jackson Memorial 5 (3) Shawnee 2 (11) Southern Regional vs. (6) Vineland – PPD, Wednesday at 4pm South Jersey Group 3 (9) Central 12 (8) Seneca 8 (3) Lacey 3 (14) Triton 0 (6) Mainland 1 (11) Pinelands 0 South Jersey Group 2 (8) Cedar Creek 2 (9) Manchester 1 (4) Manasquan 6 (13) Sterling 0 (11) Barnegat 13 (6) Oakcrest 9 (5) Bordentown 3 (12) Point Pleasant Boro 2 – 8 innings (Monday) State Baseball Playoffs Second Round – Thursday North 2 Group 3 (12) Mendham at (4) Middletown South (15) Red Bank Regional at (7) Middletown North Central Jersey Group 4 (5) Freehold Township at (4) Freehold Boro (10) Colts Neck at (2) Manalapan Central Jersey Group 3 (9) Brick Township at (1) Toms River South (14) Neptune at (6) Northern Burlington (7) Jackson Liberty at (2) Steinert Central Jersey Group 2 (9) Raritan at (1) Governor Livingston (5) Bernards at (4) Monmouth Regional (10) Matawan at (2) South Plainfield Central Jersey Group 1 (8) Point Pleasant Beach at (1) Middlesex (13) Florence at (12) Keansburg (11) Keyport at (3) Riverside (10) Shore Regional at (2) Metuchen South Jersey Group 4 (14) Jackson Memorial at Southern/Vineland winner South Jersey Group 3 (16) Timber Creek at (9) Central Regional (6) Mainland at (3) Lacey South Jersey Group 2 (5) Bordentown at (4) Manasquan (11) Barnegat at (3) West Deptford