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Phillipsburg Honors Stateliner Legends
Phillipsburg has been doing a lot of celebrating in recent weeks. After a lengthy process, the Garnet Booster Club, sponsoring all Stateliner athletics unveiled it’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame to ensure the history of athletics at Phillipsburg that spans well over 100 years is preserved and cherished for generations to come. 71 nominees were narrowed down to 11 inductees, the commemorative plaque hanging in PHS features some of the greatest athletes and coaches to dawn the garnet and gray. Read about them and watch JSZ’s feature with Nery Rodriguez below: John Barna: Three-time state wrestling champion (1980, 81, 82), career record of 100-5-2, first Phillipsburg wrestler with 100 wins. Harold Bellis: 86-29-10 coaching record, inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Charlie Berry: Only person to officiate a World Series and NFL championship in same season, 11 years in MLB with Red Sox, Athletics and White Sox. Ned Bolcar: Captain of University of Notre Dame football team, two-time All-American, 1988 NCAA National Champion, 4 seasons in the NFL with Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. Mickey Frinzi: Stateliners Head Coach from 1968-72, athletic director 1976-91, first-team All-State running back in school history, inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Ruth Gibbs: First female athletic director from 1982-84, coached field hockey, basketball, softball, cheerleading and gymnastics, won three sectional titles in same year (only coach in Phillipsburg history to do so). Mike Maloney: Phillipsburg’s first football coach, record of 106-77-17 from 1905-31, one of the founders of the NJSIAA. Jim Ringo: Pro Football Hall of Fame (1981), 10-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time first-team All-Pro, coached in the NFL with the Bills, Chiefs, Bears and Jets, College Hall of Fame, three-year starter at Syracuse University. Bob Stem: Winningest football coach in Program history with record of 112-43-4, played for the Boston Patriots, captain and All-American center at Syracuse University, 1959 NCAA National Championship team. Thad Turner: Wrestling Head Coach (1961-70) with record of 98-14-4, 171-104-6 record as Lehigh University Head Coach, six NCAA National Championships. Bill Walsh: Football All-State center and captain, won two football National Championships at the University of Notre Dame, seven-time All-Pro center with the Steelers, coached 32 years in the NFL. For more Phillipsburg High School athletics history visit: https://www.gostateliners.com/ If you’ve ever been to Phillipsburg you know the words “Beat Easton” ring true. The legendary Thanksgiving football game that spans well over 100 years between two Lehigh Valley rivalss was put on hold in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Luckily things will be back on track as expected this year and the Phillipsburg Garnet Booster Club wanted to honor those inducted into the Phillipsburg-Easton Hall of Fame already with a plaque paying tribute to those who have payed the toll thus far. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage.
Vote for JSZ’s Top Play from Week Four in New Jersey High School Football
Who will get the JSZ Top Play Belt this week? Watch 10 great plays captured by JSZ cameras and cast your vote NOW! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 4 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 St. Peter’s Prep quarterback Champ Long for winning last week’s JSZ Top Play Belt for his game-winning two point conversion in double overtime against Seton Hall Prep
Watch Friday 9.24 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 4 begins with some spectacular games all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! St. Augustine 31 Millville 17 The Hermits lost to the Thunderbolts in 2020, but the Prep exacted revenge on Friday night. Kanye Udoh rushed for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as St. Augustine earned yet another signature South Jersey win. Trey McLeer threw a pair of TD passes in the victory. Princeton commit Nasir Hill and Sacred Heart commit Kenny Selby each had a TD catch in the victory for the Hermits (4-1). Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen rushed for a TD for Millville (3-1) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: The Game of the Week is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Bergen Catholic 17 Don Bosco 0 Bergen Catholic stewed on last year’s last-second loss to archrival Don Bosco for an entire offseason, but earned their redemption on the first opportunity. The Crusaders leaned on a stingy defense and a violent rushing attack to secure a revenge win Friday night. Bergen Catholic (4-0), who is the No. 1 team in the state, limited Don Bosco (1-3) to 124 total yards of offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is proudly supported by Rothman Orthopaedics. Washington Twp. 21 Cherokee 14 (OT) The Minutemen are off to its best start since 2009, and pick up a signature victory in an overtime thriller against the Chiefs. Senior RB/DB Nah’mere Graves scored three touchdowns, and pitched in on the fourth-down stop in overtime to seal the win for Washington Twp. (4-0). Junior RB Brandon “Bam” Boria rushed for a touchdown in the loss for Cherokee (1-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Marlton: Coverage of Washington Twp. is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Phillipsburg 44 Franklin 0 After starting 0-2, Phillipsburg (2-2) has picked up their second straight win following a dominating 44-0 victory over Franklin (0-4). The Stateliners opened the game with a safety on Franklin’s first drive and went ahead 9-0 thanks to a three yard touchdown run from Rai’quan Dixon. After scores from Xavier Moore and Gifton Friday-Johnson, Phillipsburg would lead 23-0 at halftime. Their defense was key in the matchup, recording two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions to get their second straight shut out. Quarterback Tristen Canzano in his first game back since week one had a passing and rushing touchdown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage. Ewing 28 Hightstown 24 Tariq McKinney’s 32-yard TD pass to Tyreek Rollins with :45 seconds left gave Ewing a thrilling come from behind win on the road. McKinney had thrown a pick-six to give Hightstown a 24-21 lead in the 4th quarter but his resilience showed in the game-winning TD pass. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights of a great back and forth game: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Ewing and Hightstown
Hillsborough Beats Phillipsburg in OT
Hillsborough 21 Phillipsburg 14 OT Phillipsburg (0-2) suffered more than just a loss in the record books during its week one bout with St. Joe’s (Montvale); the Stateliners plagued by injuries following the game were without their starting quarterback Tristen Canzano and fullback Ra’Quan Dixon for their matchup with Hillsborough (2-0). P-Burg raced out to a 14-0 lead on back to back scores from Xavier Moore in the first quarter before the Raiders cut the deficit to 14-6 at halftime. In the fourth quarter Thomas Amankwaa not only tied the game on a 58 yard touchdown run, but also gave Hillsborough the go-ahead score in overtime and sealed the night with a clutch interception. Amankwaa rushed for 161 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: These free highlights brought to you by the Garnett Booster Club. Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage.
St. Joe’s and Phillipsburg Football Meet On Saturday Night
Week one of JSZ’s high school football coverage continues with a match up between two of New Jersey’s most storied programs going head to head under the lights on Saturday night. After starting the 2021 season 0-1, St. Joseph (Montvale) was slated to hit the road for Maryland, but last minute cancellations found them heading to the state’s most winningest football town, Phillipsburg. The Stateliners held Joe’s to a 14-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter before a fumble returned for a touchdown by Smiechowski and a late score from Yasin Willis sealed the game. Jaden Wimberly had two touchdown receptions. Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Phillipsburg: These free highlights are courtesy the Garnett Booster Club. Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joseph (Montvale) coverage.
JSZ All Access: Comeback Season
Preseason football is about to end and Week 0 is just days away. Our team of MMJ’s embedded themselves with four of the top football programs in the state leading up to the start of the 2021 season. It’s the first sense of normalcy for high school football in New Jersey after a COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign. We’ll go behind the scenes and tell in-depth stories from St. Peter’s Prep, Holy Spirit, Red Bank Catholic and Phillipsburg. You want to see passion? Dedication? Camaraderie? We have it, and you don’t want to miss it. Episode 1 of “JSZ All Access: Comeback Season” drops Aug. 24 and Episodes 2 and 3 will be published on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, respectively. Follow along each day for a new 30-minute documentary feature. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Credits Executive Producers: Dale Florio and Mark Kolb Red Bank Catholic produced by Rich Chrampanis St. Peter’s Prep produced by Jay Cook Holy Spirit produced by Mike Frankel Phillipsburg produced by Nery Rodriguez Jersey Sports Zone ownership team: Leslie Florio, Karen Geisel and Mike Zebrick
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
Watch Tuesday 4.6 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
We’re moving closer to the individual tournaments, but this week still features some tremendous team duals around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Washington Township 39 Gateway 21 The Minutemen built a sizeable lead through the middle of their lineup and took care of the Gators in a non-league clash. Blake Basich, Jackson Hoopes and Ethan […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.30 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
We’ve got three more great matches as the dual season rolls on in every part of the state. JSZ brings you highlights from a tough North-South battle between Southern Regional and Phillipsburg, while also checking in on winnings effort from Watchung Hills and St.Peter’s Prep. Watch all the highlights with your JSZ All-Access Pass! Phillipsburg […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.23 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
JSZ’s team of MMJ’s continues to hit the mats all across the state. Tonight we have highlights from a top 10 showdown, two of the CVC’s best, an NJAC divisional battle and a tussle on the Shore. Enjoy the action! North Hunterdon 32 Phillipsburg 23 A top 10 matchup between two Skyland Conference teams, #4 […] 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.
Year in Review: JSZ’s Top 20 of 2020
The year 2020 was made up of 12 unforgettable months. That sentiment especially rings true for New Jersey’s high school sports community. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of MMJ’s gathered for a year-in-review roundtable, discussing the Top 20 stories we covered this year. Thank you to our loyal audience who followed along with us through one of the most trying years we’ll remember. Happy New Year, and here’s to a happy and healthy 2021! JSZ Top 20 of 2020 Pt. 1 JSZ Top 20 of 2020 Pt. 2 No. 20: The Final Game Before COVID-19 Shutdown Bergen Catholic and St. Peter’s Prep. These two were among the top basketball teams in New Jersey last season, and delivered a double-overtime showdown in the last game JSZ covered in the 2020 winter season. It signaled the near end of the basketball season and the beginning of a long statewide shutdown. No. 19: Gill St. Bernard’s Rules NJ Soccer Scene 2020 was a year to remember for the Knights of Gill St. Bernard’s. All-state striker Micaah Garnette, who delivered 21 goals and 14 assists, was the main catalyst to a 13-0-1 squad that went on to win a Central West Non-Public sectional final against Skyland rival Pingry. The Knights were undoubtedly the top team at the end of the line. No. 18: Leon Jones’ Inspiring Comeback It was a year in which many would have to overcome tough circumstances. For Notre Dame’s Leon Jones, his journey to redemption began before COVID-19. Following a collision against St. Peter’s Prep in a playoff football game, Jones was left paralyzed for almost 48 hours. After regaining feeling in both of his legs, doctors were still unsure if he would be able to walk normally, let alone play sports again. However, midway through the basketball season, Leon Jones not only started his first game as a senior, but Jersey Sports Zone was there to watch him lead his team to victory. No. 17: South Jersey’s Ware & Watson Earn Top Basketball Honors There was no shortage of talent on the high school basketball court last winter, but Camden’s Lance Ware and Mainland’s Kylee Watson proved to be the best of the best. Ware, a Kentucky commit, was the senior leader for a Panthers team that finished the season on a 25-game winning streak. Watson, an Oregon commit, surpassed 2,000 career points in a decorated career for the Mustangs. Ware and Watson earned the JSZ Mr. and Ms. Hoop Zone awards, as the top players in the Garden State. No. 16: Camden Basketball Reigns Supreme in Garden State Hoops Scene It was the most anticipated season for The High in a generation, and the Panthers did not disappoint. Led by fabulous freshman D.J. Wagner, Kentucky commit Lance Ware, and South Carolina commit TaQuan Woodley, Camden went (29-1). The High was without a home gym for the 2019/2020 season, but Panthers fans followed the team all over the state and beyond to watch this special journey. Camden was in great position to win its first state title since 2000, before the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to the postseason. No. 15: Delbarton Wrestling Delivers Historic Year on the Mat When wrestling fans in Morristown – and across the state – look back on the 2019-2020 season, they’ll remember the incredible effort Delbarton put forth to cement themselves as the No. 1 program in New Jersey. It all started with a 42-15 victory over Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public A North semifinals where the Green Wave ended the Crusaders’ 96-match win streak against NJSIAA competition. That began a run of postseason excellence ending in Delbarton’s first state title since 2011. No. 14: CBA, Donohoe are Kings of NJ Ice The Gordon Conference is home to the elite New Jersey hockey programs, yet it was the private school from Monmouth County that slayed numerous Bergen County teams en route to attaining gold at the end of the road. The Colts, who won 20 games, the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public State Final, were led all year long by sophomore goalie John Donohoe. Donohoe went on to win JSZ’s 2020 Player of the Year after making 501 saves in electric fashion. No. 13: Jewel Gonzalez Sets the Standard A pioneer to Stateliner and New Jersey wrestling, Jewel Gonzalez was the face of girls wrestling in New Jersey during her high school career. Coming from one of the most storied and successful wrestling programs in the Garden State in Phillipsburg, Gonzalez won back-to-back girls state wrestling championships in Boardwalk Hall. During her two seasons, Gonzalez amassed an undefeated 30-0 record as she pinned her way through the state tournament as a senior. Gonzalez capped off her state championship the same way many other Stateliners had done before her, by jumping into the ocean. No. 12: JSZ’s “One Shining Moment” As the world shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, JSZ set out to commemorate the best of the 2019-20 high school basketball season. With the blessing of the song’s composer, David Barrett, JSZ was able to produce a unique version of the March Madness staple, “One Shining Moment.” No. 11: Scottie Lewis Leads off the Court Rounding out Part 1 of our look back at 2020 is a story that transcended sports. Ranney-alumni Scottie Lewis returned home to Asbury Park to lead a peaceful protest over the summer. It was a day that few would forget as organizers, protesters, and police officers joined together to rally against racial injustice and inequality. No. 10: Abrupt Cancellations of Two High-Profile Games Postponements and cancellations were common during the 2020 football season. The timing of a pair of cancellations stood out late in the season though, as Bergen Catholic-Delbarton was called off just before kickoff, and Williamstown-Ocean City was abandoned at halftime. No. 9: Morristown-Beard Girls Hockey Makes History Girls sports in the Garden State took another important step forward in 2020 with the inaugural state ice hockey championship. Morristown-Beard skated to victory at the Prudential Center in Newark. No. 8: Bosco and Seton Hall Prep Earn Signature Wins It felt like Bergen Catholic would face St. Peter’s with the state’s #1 ranking on the line to close out the year. Don Bosco and Seton Hall Prep had other ideas. The Ironmen stunned the Crusaders, while the Pirates topped the Marauders down the stretch of the season. No. 7: A SportsCenter Top 10 Moment for Manasquan Chris Farinacci beat the buzzer with a sensational goal to lift Manasquan over St. John Vianney. The highlight went national, making the rounds on ESPN. No. 6: Shore Conference and WJFL Pod Playoffs The 2020 football season didn’t feature the traditional playoff format. The Shore Conference and the West Jersey Football League still made it a memorable “postseason” for a handful of top teams, with the creation of playoff pods. Wall and Holy Spirit battled their way to 2020 bragging rights. No. 5: Howard and Peterson Electrify in Atlantic City Robert Howard and Dean Peterson both travelled down to Atlantic City on a mission. The standouts from Bergen Catholic and St. John Vianney captured state titles in impressive fashion at Boardwalk Hall. No. 4: Estime Wins Zoneman & Commits to Irish Audric Estime ran roughshod over opponents in 2020. The St. Joe’s (Montvale) senior earned JSZ’s top football honor, the Zoneman award, and flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Notre Dame. It was an eventful day for Estime, and JSZ was on hand to capture it. No. 3: A JSZ All-Access Unlike Any Other Football teams had extra time to gear up for a unique season, and JSZ tagged along with a handful of squads leading up to opening night. We were able to tell unique stories from the practice fields at Bergen Catholic, Notre Dame, Ocean City and Rumson-Fair Haven, as the teams laid the groundwork on how to play during the COVID-19 pandemic. No. 2: Spring Athletes Were Truly Jersey Strong The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the entire spring sports schedule in 2020. It was devastating to thousands of athletes, but especially to the seniors. A handful of those seniors delivered a powerful message as they reflected on their high school careers. No 1: The Last Dance Brought Closure and Hope Although it wasn’t an official NJSIAA event, The Last Dance baseball tournament gave over 200 teams a chance to finally take the field after the cancellation of the spring season. It was a memorable month of July, as Cranford won the title, and all of the teams provided a blueprint on how high school sports could move forward during the darkest of times.
Week 5 Numbers Are Spooky! Vote For Latest JSZ Game Balls
Week 5 has come and gone, meaning there is only one game left in the 2020 regular season. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s are highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020
Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington
Watch Tuesday 7.14 Last Dance Baseball Tournament Highlights
Baseball is BACK! It’s the opening day of the 222-team Last Dance Baseball Tournament presented by RWJ Barnabas. JSZ has highlights all day and night from every part of the state! Jersey Sports Zone has our cameras bouncing around to regionals throughout the state. We will post our highlights throughout the day and night. Jersey Sports Zone’s Last Dance Tournament highlights are being brought to you by Sterling National Bank Berkeley Heights Regional Governor Livingston 8 Oratory 5 The Mountainside White Sox (Governor Livingston) asserted their dominance as one of the teams to watch in the Last Dance tournament with an 8-5 victory over Oratory. Pitcher Sam Bass throwing three innings of relief finished the night with eight strike outs. They face Summit on 7/14 next. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Brick Regional Brick Memorial 5 Jackson Liberty 4 (12 innings) With 111 games across New Jersey in the first round of the Last Dance Tournament, Brick Memorial closed out the first day with a 5-4 marathon win over Jackson Liberty just before 11:00 p.m. JSZ captured the final out from Kyle Cline to give the Mustangs a matchup with Jackson Memorial on Wednesday night with the winner advancing to the region championship on Thursday: Pitman Regional Team SISU (Eastern) 7 Glassboro 6 This clash of 2019 state finalists lived up to the hype. Drew Tongue hit a grand slam for Glassboro with two outs in the top of the 7th inning to give the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead. Teddy Moos answered with a walk-off grand slam for Eastern in the bottom of the 7th to set off a celebration for the Vikings. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Glassboro Little League: Coverage of Eastern is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Belmar Regional Howell (Blue+Grey) 2 Monmouth Regional 0 Max Friedeman and Nick Gomes combine on a 1-hit shutout and catcher Chris Acampora delivers the only runs of the game with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 4th to give the Rebels a matchup with top seed St. John Vianney on Wednesday with the winner advancing to the regional final. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of a great pitcher’s duel at Saint Rose: Tri-County Regional Allentown 9 Monroe 2 Jack Nitti was dominant on the hill with five no-hit innings and the Redbirds used a five run first inning to cruise into the pool final against Manalapan on Wednesday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Lakewood BlueClaws First Energy Park: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Allentown and Monroe! Morris Township Regional Delbarton (Tidal Wave) 10 Morris Catholic (Morris County Queensmen) 0 (5 innings) The reigning Non-Public A state champions opened the Last Dance in style with a mercy-rule, 10-0 win over Morris Catholic. Juniors Ryan Reynolds and Kyle Venezia combined for the shutout on the mound while senior first baseman Kyle Vinci paced the offensive with explosions off the bat. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights from Fleury Field: Wall Regional Middletown South 12 JS Monsters (Shore) 0 (5 innings) Mike Keenan gave up a leadoff single and then shut down Shore for 4 1/3 innings striking out seven and freshman Matt Pontari blasted a three-run homer to left to close out the scoring in a dominant performance from the top seed in the Wall Regional. The Eagles can reach the region final with a win tomorrow. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from North Wall Little League: Bellmawr Regional Medford Renegades (Shawnee) 13 Pine Hill (Overbrook) 3 (6 innings) Shawnee plated four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back, taking care of Overbrook in Bellmawr. The Renegades will square off against rival Cherokee on Wednesday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Washington Regional GT Highlanders (Highland Regional) 3 MO Town (Moorestown) 0 Kyle White did not miss a beat on the mound as he went the distance for a complete game shutout and six strikeouts against MO Town. Matt Schaffer’s two-run homer in the third to break a scoreless tie gave Highland the lead for good. Highland now has an opportunity to reach the region finals with a win tomorrow. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Washington Lake Park: JSZ’s coverage of Highland Regional is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. JSZ’s coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Washington Township Regional Washington Twp. 12 Sterling 6 The Minutemen trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but exploded for ten runs in the inning to turn the tide on the Knights. Nick Hammer went 3-4, with two doubles, and 3 RBIs, including two hits in the Minutemen’s big inning. Jimmy Hallman picked up the win in relief and added 3 RBIs of his own. Washington Township can move to the regional finals with a win tomorrow. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Washington Lake Park: JSZ’s coverage of Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Edison Regional J.P. Hawks (J.P. Stevens) 12 Carteret Ramblers 3 J.P. Stevens got out to a hot start in the Last Dance Tournament, defeating Greater Middlesex Conference rival Carteret 12-3 thanks to an explosive four run inning Ito close out the opening round game. They will take on host team Edison on Wednesday at 11 a.m. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Whitehouse Station Regional Hunterdon County Devils (Hunterdon Central) 12 Phillipsburg 2 (5 innings) Nick Zarneki punched in five runs, including a three-run homer to force the mercy rule, to power the Devils to a first round last dance win over HWS rival Phillipsburg. Tristan Spalter struck out seven in three innings of work, as well. The Devils will face the Glenn Gardner Vikings (Voorhees) on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. TD Bank Ballpark Region Hillsborough 5 RP Argonaut Baseball (Rutgers Prep) 2 A home run at the bottom of the first inning by Ryan Hvozdovic gave the Raiders the lead and they never looked back. Hillsborough defeated Rutgers Prep in the first round of the Last Dance Tournament and will take on the GSB Knights Wednesday at 1pm. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from TD Bank Ballpark: GSB Knights 7 RiverDogs (Pingry) 4 An early lead for RiverDogs was the only bright spot of the day as the Knights battled one trailed for one half inning. Chris Boney had 9 strikeouts for the Knights in the win. The Knights move on to play Hillsborough Wednesday at 1pm. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from TD Bank Ballpark: Coming this Friday….JSZ Top Plays from the Last Dance Tournament We’ll compile the top plays captured by JSZ cameras in the first week of the Last Dance Tournament and ask you to vote for the top play. The winner of our poll this weekend will get a JSZ Game Ball and a presentation with their teammates. Thanks to RWJ Barnabas for supporting the Last Dance Tournament and our coverage!
It’s Selection Saturday! Watch JSZ’s Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show
Jersey Sports Zone reveals the brackets for the Last Dance Baseball Tournament. We’ve got all the matchups as 222 teams try to be the last team standing in Trenton on July 30. In case you missed our live show, check out all the brackets plus interviews with players and coaches around the state. The spring sports season was taken away from New Jersey high school athletes but thanks to an extraordinary effort by the New Jersey high school baseball community, sports is coming back and Garden State diamond squads get an incredible summer tournament for One Last Dance. JSZ presents the Last Dance Baseball Tournament Selection Show. Just like the NCAA Baseball Tournament, we have all the brackets, matchups and interviews with coaches and players from around the state. Click on the video below to watch the reveal of the 222 teams that will play in 32 different regions. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Last Dance Baseball Tournament is made possible by Sterling National Bank. We will have coverage of all nine days of the Tournament starting on July 14 with pool play around the state About the Last Dance Tournament 222 teams, 32 regions. Every team is guaranteed three games in modified pool play. Regions with four teams will play round robin with the best record advancing to the 32-team single elimination tournament that begins in week two. Eight team regions will have modified pool play in the first two days. Teams with 2-0 records will meet up on the final day to determine the region winner. While all the teams are varsity baseball players, the tournament is not associated with the NJSIAA and school uniforms will not be worn. A lot of teams were not allowed to use their school name or nickname which is why you’ll see a lot of different names in the brackets. Last Dance Tournament NORTH BRACKETS SOUTH BRACKETS
P’Burg QB Ben Ries Commits to Bloomsburg
Patience is a virtue, and no one in Phillipsburg knows that better than Ben Ries. After over 1,000 combined yards of offense and 19 total touchdowns, the Stateliners’ senior signal caller announced this week his commitment to Bloomsburg University. JSZ caught up with Ries about why he chose to commit to the Huskies, what he loves about the program and his high school career with Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone is able to keep highlighting New Jersey athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks in part to our loyal sponsors who love high school sports. Thanks to our long-time sponsor, the Garnet Booster Club, for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Phillipsburg Stateliners.
NJSIAA Boys State Basketball Finals Up in the Air Due to Coronavirus
Wednesday 11:30 pm UPDATE The site of the upcoming NJSIAA boys state basketball finals is unknown after Phillipsburg High School backed out of hosting the six state championship games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The day began with Rutgers University announcing that all third-party events scheduled on campus were canceled. The NJSIAA announced later in the day via a press release that the games would be moved to Phillipsburg. There are eight more state semifinals to be played on Thursday in Group 2 and Group 4. From there, the state finalists will be in place for the 12 state championship games (6 boys, 6 girls). All girls state finals will be played at RWJ Barnabas Arena in Toms River, as previously scheduled. JSZ will continue to provide updates if/when they become available. And of course, JSZ will have highlights from all of the action this weekend.
Watch NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Championship Finals
Welcome back to A.C., New Jersey wrestling fans! Jersey Sports Zone’s team of MMJ’s has wall-to-wall coverage of every single girls state final as New Jersey will crown champions for only the second year. Stay tuned throughout the night as the highlights come in! 100 Pound Final: Sydney Petzinger (Parsippany) p. Ava Rose (Princeton), 5:00. Sydney Petzinger’s reign atop the 100-pound division continues as she pins Ava Rose in the third period to clinch her second-straight state championship and remain undefeated in her career in girls competition. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: Coverage of Princeton is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. 107 Pound Final: Johnae Drumright (Trenton) d. Chloe Ayres (Princeton), 4-3 Princeton’s Chloe Ayres wins her second State Title as she downs Johnae Drumright of Trenton Central 4-3. Ayres secured a takedown in the third period to take the lead. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Coverage of Princeton is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates 114 Pound Final: Kira Pipkins (Bloomfield) d. Katrina Kling (Warren Hills), 6-4 (SV OT) Kira Pipkins might be listed as a freshman, but the Bloomfield 114-pounder certainly looked like she had plenty of experience on the mat. Pipkins beat the regulation buzzer with an escape to force OT and then hit the title-winning shot in the first SV period. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 121 Pound Final: Noran Elmahroukey (New Providence) p. Kalli Roskos (Delran) 1:32 128 Pound Final: Stephanie Andrade (Hunterdon Central) p. Avery Meyers (Jackson Memorial) 1:04 Stephanie Andrade came into the State Tournament with high expectations and she did not disappoint. Andrade captured her second State Title with a first period pin in the finals over Avery Myers of Jackson Memorial. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Coverage of Jackson Memorial is brought to you by Louro Chiropractic Center. 135 Pound Final: Gabby Miller (Monroe) d. Emma Matera (Delran) 5-4 Emma Matera took a one-point lead into the third period, and then rode out the defending state champion Gabby Miller to win her first state crown. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the higlights: 143 Pound Final: Jordan Katz (Jackson Memorial) d. Alexis Rosano (Overbrook) 9-4 Freshman Alexis Rosano made a statement winning the 143-pound State Championship. Rosano beat Senior Jordan Katz. Her first trip to Atlantic City was successful to say the least! JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: 151 Pound Final: Jess Johnson (Manalapan) d. Precious Opara (West Orange), 9-2 After winning the state title at 136-pounds a year ago, Jess Johnson conquers a new weight class as she defeats Precious Opara to win the state championship at 151-pounds. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: 161 Pound Final: Jewel Gonzalez (Phillipsburg) p. Amanda Pace (North Bergen), 4:28 180 Pound Final: Kerly Borbor (New Brunswick) d. Amirah Giorgianni (Mainland) 9-5 (UTB) After falling short of a state title a year ago, Kerly Borbor buckled down to score a thrilling overtime victory. Borbor became the first wrestler in New Brunswick history to win a state championship. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 215 Pound Final: Sandra Guerrero (West Orange) d. Joelle Klein (Lower Cape May), 7-0 Undefeated senior Sandra Guerrero had won all of her matches by fall leading up to the state final. It took the full six minutes against Joelle Klein, but that just makes a state title even sweeter for Guererro. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Watch Wednesday 2.12 JSZ Playoff Wrestling Highlights
The state team wrestling playoffs continue to intensify with sectional semifinal action. JSZ has highlights from several marquee matches! Delbarton 45 Bergen Catholic 12 | Non-Public A North Bergen Catholic’s 96-match win streak over NJSIAA competition came to a screeching halt Wednesday night as the Green Wave pounded the Crusaders from start to finish. Luke Chakonis (220 lbs.) and PJ Casale (285 lbs.) each scored key pins before the turn of the lineup, while Joe Davi (120 lbs.) and Nico Nardone (126 lbs.) notched eye-opening upsets over multi-year state finalists. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and more from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics throughout the 2019-2020 season is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Moorestown 30 Highland 27 | South Jersey Group 4 After an upset win over #3 Central in the opening round, the sixth-seeded Quakers kept it rolling with a victory over #2 Highland. Rob Damerjian returned from injury to make his season debut, earning a major decision for Moorestown. John Dalmass and Adam Robinson both picked up pins for the Quakers. Jurius Clark won by fall for the Tartans in the loss. Moorestown advances to face top-seeded Kingsway for the South Jersey Group 4 title on Friday night. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Blackwood: Coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Highland is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Rumson-Fair Haven 32 Point Pleasant Boro 31 | Central Jersey Group 2 Michael Ponenti scored a 6-1 decision at 170 pounds in the final match to give Rumson-Fair Haven a one-point win against the #2 seed and a spot in the Central Jersey Group 2 finals against top seed South Plainfield. RFH scored two pins by Shay Addison and Jack Kelly to race out to a 12-0 lead. Point Boro would rally from 15-0 down to take a 22-21 lead on a pin by Jack Thompson. The Brignola twins would ultimately set the stage for Rumson’s win. Max got a pin at 145 pounds and Tyler scored a critical 2-1 OT win at 152 to make it 29-25 RFH. Ty Bailey’s pin gave Point Boro a 31-29 advantage heading into the final match at 170 where Ponenti scored early and controlled the entire six minutes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an All-Shore Conference battle: Jersey Sports Zone was at this great match because of ACI Medical & Dental School. ACI supports JSZ’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven. One of the top technical schools in NJ, Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Central New Jersey offers a variety of programs in the in-demand medical and dental industries. Visit ACI.edu to learn more! Phillipsburg 43 Middletown North 20 | North Jersey 2 Group 4 Middletown North got off the bus ready to scrap as they won the first four bouts, three coming by bonus point victories and they jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. The Stateliners slowly chipped away as they won nine of the last ten and eight were in a row. Joe Innamorato got the momentum started as he won by major decision at 132 lbs. The Stateliners also got bonus point wins as Matt Donofrio won by major decision, Nate Zastowny won by tech fall, Jacob Wicks won by pin and Cody Cruts won by pin. Fred Luchs won by pin while Tyler Klinksy and Colin Oden won by major decision in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Coverage of tonights match is brought to you by a pair of sponsors ACI Medical and Dental School (Middletown North) and The Garnet Booster Club (Phillipsburg). We thank our sponsors as our work would not be possible without their help and support!
Vote Now For JSZ North Jersey Week 6 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 6’s JSZ North Jersey Game Ball winner! The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. and we’ll pay a visit to a mid-week practice or game and present Game Balls to the winners of our polls. Thanks to coaches who have sent us nominations for their players. A reminder that you can email Jay@JerseySportsZone.com by Saturday night for any players who you think are worthy of a Game Ball nomination. He’ll also reach out to the respective head coach of the winning player. North Jersey Boys’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Girls’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll Last Week’s Winners Madison’s Andrew Stack and Hillsborough’s Dani Pescatore took home JSZ North Jersey game ball honors for Week 5.
Watch Saturday 1.25 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
JSZ was on hand in Phillipsburg for a high-powered match-up between two of New Jersey’s top 20 wrestling programs. Southern 36 Phillipsburg 24 After falling to Toms River North, the Rams had to refocus for their much-anticipated match-up with Phillipsburg. In a dual that saw a 7-7 bout split, it was the bonus points that separated the Rams from the Stateliners. Southern won five of their matches by pin while Phillipsburg could only muster three major decisions. Robert Woodcock, Connor Collins, Eddie Hummel, Matt Brielmeier and Cole Velardi all won by pin for the Rams. James Day, Joe Innamorato, and Jared Kukor won by major for the Stateliners. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Phillipsburg: 160: Robert Woodcock (S) over Nate Zastowny (P) (F 4:45) 170: James Palitto (P) over Colin Boero (S) (D 6-0) 182: Jacob Wicks (P) over Stephen Jennings (S) (D 4-0) 195: David Pierson (P) over Ben Loparo (S) (D 3-2) 220: JT Cornelius (S) over Gage Horvath (P) (D 2-0) 285: Jayden Smith (S) over Cody Cruts (P) (D 8-2) 106: Connor Collins (S) over Sean Stasiulaitis (P) (F 2:51) 113: James Day (P) over Pat Iacoves (S) (MD 15-5) 120: Logan Mazcko (P) over Nick Bennet (S) (D 4-2) 126: Joe Innamorato (P) over Jayson Scerbo (S) (MD 11-2) 132: Eddie Hummel (S) over Jason Tino (P) (F 5:35) 138: Matt Brielmeier (S) over Hunter Cleaver (P) (F 1:30) 145: Jared Kukor (P) over Geoffrey Solis (S) (MD 14-4) 152: Cole Velardi (S) over Matt Donofrio (P) (F 1:54)
Watch Wednesday 1.8 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
There was terrific action on the mat all over the Garden State on Wednesday. Be sure to check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! Cherry Hill West 56 Winslow Twp. 9 The Lions roared past the Eagles in an Olympic Conference clash. Brandon Drea, Nick Berckman, Jaden Reyes, Tyler Edwards, Sean Higgins and Michael Cilurso all pinned for West in the victory. Shaun Kirkley won by fall for Winslow in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Atco: Phillipsburg 35 Hunterdon Central 19 The Stateliners dominated Skyland Conference foe Hunterdon Central. Phillipsburg won 9 of the 14 bouts. Momentum built up with two pins and a major decision at the top three weight classes for Phillipsburg and powered the Stateliners to victory. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Hunterdon: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible thanks to the Garnet Booster Club.
Diggs wins Zoneman, Schiano speaks at JSZ Football Banquet
The third annual JSZ Football Banquet featured the top players in New Jersey, an inspiring JSZ Courage Award and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano opening our ceremony. It all capped off with Woodrow Wilson’s Fadil Diggs winning the Zoneman Trophy. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s team coverage now! Rutgers Greg Schiano speaks at third annual Jersey Sports Zone Football Banquet The top high school football players from every part of New Jersey were assembled at the Delta Hotel in Woodbridge for the JSZ Football Banquet. Before the highlights of the 2019 JSZ All-Zone team, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano got things started with a great message to the honorees. The Scarlet Knights have made it known that recruiting the best players in -state is a top priority. Schiano was joined by assistant coaches Nunzio Campanile and Fran Brown to celebrate New Jersey’s best on the gridiron: Fadil Diggs wins JSZ Zoneman Trophy Woodrow Wilson defensive end and wide receiver Fadil Diggs took home the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. The Texas A&M commit helped lead the Tigers to a South Group 3 Regional Championship and won the balloting among NJ head football coaches and statewide media members. St. Joe-Hammonton running back Jada Byers was the runnerup. Byers and Diggs had equal first-place votes but Fadil was on nine more ballots in the Heisman style voting which gave him the top honor: The Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM’s Joe Dotro for being on hand to honor the best players in New Jersey! Zoneman Voting Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Fadil DiggsWoodrow Wilson252411134 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton251610117 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep13182499 Cody SimonSaint Peter's Prep12142080 Luke WyplerSt. Joe-Montvale251026 Kyle MonangaiDon Bosco Prep42521 Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process Zoneman Ballots JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Mike Frankel, Jay Cook Statewide Media: Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Todderick Hunt, NJ.Com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Kevin Minnick, NJ.Com, Andrew Koob, NJ.Com, Pat Lanni, NJ.Com, JJ Conrad, NJ.Com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Ryan Patti, Rivals.Com, Tom Williams, PrimeEvents.Net, Tom McGurk, Courier-Post, Brian Carr, NorthJerseySports.Com, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, GMC Gridiron, Joe Zedalis, NJ.Com, Mike Kinney, NJ.Com, Mike Fenske, MJF Recruiting, Brian Dohn, 247 Sports, JP Parachini, Worrell Media Coaches: John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, Dan Russo, Vineland, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine Prep, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Hinson, Timber Creek, Dennis Thomas, Millville, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chuck Smith, Mainland, Joe Hoyle, Dwight Morrow Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep Montrey Wright, Salem Kevin Smith, Ocean City Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. Joe Wojceichowski, Lenape Jay Graber, Matawan Kevin Kostibos, Summit Dan Higgins, Piscataway Ken Loomis, Wildwood Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial Jeff Rainess, Holmdel John Fiore, Montclair Brian Bowers, Delbarton John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic Barris Grant, Hillside Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township John Adams, Woodstown Benji Wemberly, Hackensack Rob Davis, Barnegat Marion Bell, West Side Jamil Jackson, Elizabeth Drew Gibbs, Ramapo Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep Wilber Valdez, Union City Kevin Carty, Hillsborough Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg Augie Hoffmann, St. Joe’s (Mont.) Ed Guerreri, Manalapan Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty Brian Russo, Rahway William Nahan, Randolph Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown David Schuman Red Bank Regional Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. Brian Leary, Highland LJ Clark, Lakewood Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Sean Clancy, Notre Dame Chris Thomas, Pitman Dan George, Long Branch Clifton Tabb, Pennsauken Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp Tim Hagerty, Glassboro Ralph Cinque, Clifton Sights and Sounds from JSZ Banquet Before the players came inside to eat dinner and watch JSZ’s All-Zone presentation, Nery Rodriguez gave us some red carpet coverage having fun with some of the best players in the state! JSZ Courage Award Winners Coach Dwayne Savage, Kenneth Smith – Camden Coach Chris Sacco, Ernest Howard, Pleasantville Jersey Sports Zone’s Mike Frankel was shooting highlights of Camden and Pleasantville in the state playoffs when gunshots rang out during the third quarter wounding two and killing 10-year old Micah Tennant. Through adversity, both towns turned to their football teams to help unite communities and begin the healing process. JSZ was proud to honor four great leaders with this award. In case you missed it, Jersey Sports Zone chronicled the resumption of the Camden/Pleasantville game at the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Team QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Michael Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJaiden Abrams, HammontonTedy Afful, DePaul CatholicKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChandler Bird, Saint AugustineJalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Louie Barrios, Cedar CreekMyles Bailey, North BrunswickAhmad Brown, Holy SpiritDominic Busby, Seton Hall PrepBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton JD Breslauer, Parsippany HillsMatt Colantuono, Seton Hall PrepEJ Comerford, Parsippany HillsShawn Collins, MontclairBardhyl Gashi, West EssexFadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson Tahjamell Bullock, Saint Peter's PrepCorey Dempster, BoontonCarnell Davis, St. Augustine PrepCharles Finley, DePaul CatholicJalen Genao, Union CityKyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicAudric Estime, St. Joe-MontvaleMalik Harvey, Woodrow WilsonLucas Giordano, Seton Hall PrepCody Simon, St. Peter's Prep Ryan Clark, Donovan CatholicEthan Harris, Northern HighlandsKyree Hinton, SomervilleNajae Hallenbeck, Toms River NorthLuke Wypler, St. Joe-Montvale Charles DePrima, RamapoMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepConnor Kennedy, LenapeDeclan McCauley, Westfield Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonAli Lee, Jr. WoodbridgeChris Long, WillingboroJosh Toner, Cherokee Connor Katz, CranfordMuheem McCargo, Woodrow WilsonJelani Mason, Saint Peter's PrepColin Tunc, Bergen Catholic Vincent Pinto, Park RidgePiotr Partyla, LyndhurstMalachi Melton, Cedar CreekGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale Andrew Sanborn, UnionTrebor Pena, OceanAhmirr Robinson, UnionDevon Willock, Paramus Catholic Hank Shapiro, WestfieldFrank Riggio, VeronaGriffin Rooney, WestfieldIsaiah Wright, Saint Peter's Prep Zakee Swann, IrvingtonByron Shipman, Saint Peter's Prep Jake Tirone, RamapoTarheeb Still, Timber Creek Cortaz Williams, Notre Dame Zahir Swann, Irvington Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterJSZ All-Prep Team Jeremiah Grant, Bergen CatholicTirek Austin-Cave, CamdenNahree Biggins, HillsideVincenzo Rea, ManalapanAaron Armitage, Blair Academy Jahmir Greene, Don Bosco PrepBobby/Tommy Coury, PhillipsburgDarian "Duce" Chestnut, CamdenSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-MontvaleNick DeGennaro, Hun Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepJake DeLuccia, Wayne ValleyNasir Clerk, IrvingtonChristian Forbes, Lawrenceville Cameron Horsley, CinnaminsonSolomon DeShields, MillvilleJermaine Corbett, Long Branch Ian Franzoni, Hun Aaron Lewis, WillamstownGordon Forsyth, Rumson-Fair HavenCasey Larkin, WallSanoussi Kane, Blair Academy Leon Lowery, North BrunswickMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonClarence Lewis, Mater Dei PrepChristopher Mayo, Peddie Tywon Malone, Bergen CatholicCharlie Gordinier, Red Bank CatholicJoe Lusardi, SummitMatt Sluka, Peddie Andrew Messineo, RidgewoodTyreem Powell, VinelandElijuwan Mack, St. Joe-MontvaleKorey Smith, Peddie Collin McCarthy, Jackson MemorialColin Ramos, Don Bosco PrepJordan Morant, Bergen Catholic Isaiah Raikes, Saint Augustine PrepMakhi Scott, Penns GroveRJ Moten, Delran George Rooks, Saint Peter's PrepDalton Short, ShawneeAlex Odom, Kingsway Khurram Simpson, Mater Dei PrepClyde Washington, LenapeRomaine Robinson, Don Bosco Prep Amin Vanover, Saint Joe-MontvaleJack Wittmaack, RidgewoodEric Rogers, Burlington Twp. Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven Keon Sabb, Glassboro DJ Woodbury, Burlington City JSZ Top Plays from 2019 We had the Top Play Belt winners of 2019 and the end of year Plays of the Year winners attend the banquet. Thanks to everyone who voted all year long! Jersey Sports Zone Weekly Top Play Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, PingryWeek 1: Thomas Amankwaa, HillsboroughWeek 2: David Hicks, Red Bank RegionalWeek 3: Nate Summerville, ShawneeWeek 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan CatholicWeek 5: Nasir Abney, Holy CrossWeek 6: Mike Casanata, Wayne HillsWeek 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-HammontonWeek 8: Jake Cook, MainlandWeek 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial Jersey Sports Zone Plays of the Year Winners Touchdown Run of the Year: Billy Guidetti, Red Bank Catholic Touchdown Pass Play of the Year: Hank Shapiro/Griffin Rooney, Westfield Defensive TD of the Year: Wally Doman, Jackson Memorial Special Teams TD of the Year: Damon Murray, Hoboken Sack/Big Hit of the Year: Amin Vanover, St. Joe-Montvale Clutch Play of the Year: Jahmir Brown, Woodbridge Viewers Choice Play of the Year: Brandon Martins, Nutley 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Watch 11.28 JSZ Thanksgiving Football Highlights
Happy Thanksgiving from the Jersey Sports Zone team! Our cameras were on hand for six rivalry games around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Easton (PA) 16 Phillipsburg 13 Nahjee Adams ran for two touchdowns including a 48-yard run in the third quarter to give the Red Rovers a fifth consecutive Thanksgiving win over their bitter rivals. It’s 113th time these two teams have met in one of the nation’s oldest and most storied Thanksgiving traditions. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley was there to bring you the highlights from Lafayette: Jersey Sports Zone thanks the Garnet Booster Club for helping us bring you Stateliner highlights all year long! Vineland 27 Millville 26 In one of the country’s oldest rivalry games, the Fighting Clan rallied not once, but twice to stun the Thunderbolts. Nahzir Broome rushed for two touchdowns in the victory. Virginia Tech commit Tyreem Powell threw two touchdown passes, including a TD toss to Levi Manson with just over one minute left in the game. Pitt recruit Solomon DeShields finished with two touchdown catches in the loss. Shamore Collins also had a TD catch and an interception return for a touchdown for Millville. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from a thriller in Cumberland County: Middletown South 21 Middletown North 7 Middletown South’s offense was hungry on Thanksgiving Day as the Eagles’ offense gobbled up yards and first downs in the first half to take a 21-0 lead into the break. Senior Chris Lotito scored two touchdowns and had two interceptions on defense to lead the Eagles to their 31st win over Middletown North on Turkey Day. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Middletown: Red Bank Regional 21 Long Branch 8 Jack Chamberlain threw two touchdown passes in windy conditions and the Bucs scored 21 unanswered points to reach the seven-win mark for a second consecutive season. Makai Mickens had a 14-yard TD run to go along with TD catches by AJ Abarno and Gordon Ogden. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the 97th edition of RBR and Long Branch: JSZ was able to bring you this great game thanks to two great partners. Thanks to Rosario Realty (Long Branch) and Ryser’s Landscape Supply (Red Bank Regional) for their support! Lenape 24 Shawnee 7 Lenape defeated rival Shawnee 24-7 to not only earn bragging rights, but to also win a share of the WJFL American Division title. The Indians took a 21-0 lead thanks to two touchdowns from Xavier Coleman. Shawnee, set to play in the upcoming Central-South Group 4 Regional Championship, did not play its starters in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our Shawnee coverage. Holy Spirit 27 Atlantic City 0 The Spartans used a 21-point second quarter to topple the Vikings and win the Boyd-Marczyk Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row. Senior E’lijah Gray rushed for three touchdowns, including a 63-yard run to open the second quarter. Holy Spirit now prepares for the Non-Public Group 2 title game next week against rival St. Joseph (Hamm.) at Rutgers University. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Atlantic City:
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 11.15 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Our cameras were on hand for sectional semifinal action all across the state as the journey to MetLife and Rutgers continues! Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all of our coverage. Don Bosco Prep 24 Bergen Catholic 7 | Non-Public Group 4 Quarterfinal Don Bosco Prep has their revenge. After suffering through a four-game losing streak to Bergen Catholic — including a blowout loss to the Crusaders in last year’s semifinal round — the Ironmen are back even. Jalen Berger led N.J.’s hottest team past their long-time rivals with a trademark 82-yard touchdown run in the second half, while Jahmir Greene and Colin Ramos helped a dominant defensive effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Peter’s Prep 43 Notre Dame 35 | Non-Public Group 4 Quarterfinal Notre Dame’s undefeated season came to a close when top seeded St. Peter’s Prep defeated the Irish (9) 43-35 to advance to the Non-Public Group 4 Semifinals. The Marauders struggled to find their footing in the fist half but were able to put up 23 unanswered points to take control. Quarterback Tahj Bullock threw three touchdown passes. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. Ocean City 21 Long Branch 20 | Group 4 South Semifinal Ocean City QB Joe Repetti had a TD pass and two TD runs including the game-winner midway through the third quarter as the #7 seed moves to the South Jersey Group 4 championship game. Long Branch took a 20-14 lead late in the second quarter on Jermaine Corbett’s second touchdown of the game, but a late first-half interception knocked Green Wave QB Kyle Davidson out of the game with an arm injury. Long Branch was inside the 30-yard line in the final two minutes, but a fumble secured the win for Ocean City. The Raiders will face Shawnee in the title game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by Rosario Realty Shawnee 27 Millville 18 | Group 4 South Semifinal The Renegades found themselves in a battle against the fifth-seeded Thunderbolts. Shawnee built a 20-6 halftime lead but needed to weather a second half storm from Millville to advance to the Group 4 South Final. Matt Welsey led the way for the Renegades throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Shawnee now faces Ocean City for the Group 4 South title, where the Renegades will look to win its third-straight sectional crown. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Jackson Memorial 27 Toms River East 21 | Central Group 4 Semifinal Lonnie Cebulski’s 13-yard TD run in the final minute gave the Jaguars a comeback victory and a spot in the Central Jersey Group 4 championship game. Toms River East raced out to a 14-0 lead behind QB Mike Goodall who had 178 yards rushing and 2 TD’s, but the Jags rallied in the second half. A muffed punt with :52 seconds left gave the Jags the ball at the 13 and Cebulski scored on the first play after the turnover to seal the victory. Jackson Memorial will travel to top seed Hammonton in the title game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a fantastic ballgame: We were able to get all the highlights from this great game thanks to the support of Louro Chiropractic Center who sponsors our Jackson Memorial coverage Wayne Valley 7 Phillipsburg 0 | North 2 Group 4 Semifinal Tom Moran’s 1-yard TD run was the only score of the game to lead Wayne Valley to an upset of the number one seed. Wayne Valley will travel to Old Tappan for the North 2 Group 4 championship. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Stateliners is made possible by the Garnet Booster Club Hillside 35 Haddonfield 0 | South Group 2 Semifinal Isn’t revenge sweet? Hillside sure thinks so. After losing to Haddonfield in the inaugural South Jersey Group 2 bowl championship last season, the Comets came out blazing to blowout the reigning champs. This win marked Hillside’s sixth shutout of the season. JSZ has the highlights from Haddonfield: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Watch Friday 10.25 JSZ Football Highlights
The penultimate week of the regular season features some great match-ups all over the state. We’ve got nine games of action from every part of New Jersey. Watch our teaser to get a taste of our coverage and then scroll down to watch all of our extended highlights and interviews! Westfield 20 Phillipsburg 14 (OT) Phillipsburg (7-0) had been steamrolling opponents in 2019 but met their match and more Friday night as Westfield (4-2) and its dynamic passing attack handed the Stateliners their first loss of 2019. Griffin Rooney hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass from Hank Shapiro to seal the win in this classic Mid-State 38 battle. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the thrilling highlights and post-game reaction from Phillipsburg: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand for this heart-pounding game thanks to two loyal sponsors. Here’s to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (Westfield) and the Garnet Booster Club (Phillipsburg) for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage tonight! Red Bank Catholic 27 Donovan Catholic 16 Anthony Borriello threw a 39-yard TD pass to Kevin Bauman and added a 30-yard TD run early in the 4th quarter as the Caseys score 20 straight points in the second half to hand the Griffins their first loss of the season. Elijah Jules had a pair of TD runs for Red Bank Catholic who improve to 4-3 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from one of Week 7’s marquee matchups: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of RBC is brought to you by the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness. JSI is the reason we can bring you Caseys highlights in all sports all year long! Union 51 Bridgewater-Raritan 35 Many wondered how two of the best programs in the Mid-State 38 would matchup in a late season meeting, but no one could have predicted the offensive performance that would take place in Bridgewater. A first half that saw no punts had Union leading the Panthers 31-28. In the third quarter the Farmers would get a stop that eventually led to 14 unanswered points and proved to be a deciding factor entering the fourth quarter. Union quarterback Andrew Sanborn finished with 265 passing yards and four touchdowns while Bridgewater-Raritan quarterback Alex Fromberg had 274 yards and four touchdowns as well. Union stays undefeated at 8-0 while the Panthers drop to 4-4. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage. Williamstown 17 Shawnee 0 The Braves recorded their fifth shutout of the season with a win on the road against the Renegades. Dougie Brown ran for a touchdown to give Williamstown a 7-0 halftime lead, before Brendan Amico kicked a field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 in the third quarter. The Braves stopped Shawnee on a late fourth quarter drive, and then Chris Forman scored a touchdown to serve as an exclamation point. Williamstown stays undefeated at (8-0). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is sponsored by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen Catholic 50 Paramus Catholic 12 Bergen Catholic continues to roll. The Crusaders notched their most lopsided victory of 2019 Friday night on the heels of great defense and a suffocating rushing attack. Ryan Butler and Amar Gist each tallied a pair of touchdowns while AJ Longo, Tywone Malone and Javon Cruz anchored a relentless defensive effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Paramus: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthpaedics. Pleasantville 21 Buena 14 The Greyhounds (6-1) clinch a share of its first division/conference title in 42 years with come-from-behind win over the Chiefs (6-2). Down 14-7 at halftime, Pleasantville rallied in the third quarter to take the lead. Freshman quarterback Marlon Leslie connected with senior wideout Keon Henry on a 35-yard strike to spark the comeback. After a turnover on downs, Ernest Howard powered into the endzone his second touchdown of the night to give the Greyhounds the lead. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Buena: Ridgewood 27 Kennedy 0 After suffering a surprise 13-0 shutout to Clifton last week, Ridgewood rebounded in a big way with a shutout of their own over Kennedy. The Jack Wittmaack-led defense kept the Knights out of the redzone in the second half while captain Gabe Santiago finished the night off with a 16-yard TD run. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ridgewood: Holmdel 17 Raritan 14 Evan Jennings had a 10-yard TD run and a 70-yard scoop and score and the Holmdel defense produced three critical turnovers on forced fumbles to get a big home win and snap a two-game skid. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Holmdel is made possible by the Law Offices of Lawrence Luttrell Mater Dei Prep 37 Middletown North 0 Alex Brown threw two TD passes and Naran Buntin had a TD run and TD catch to help Mater Dei Prep break a three-game losing streak. The Seraphs improve to 5-3 on the season while Middletown North is now 4-4. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights during the celebration of the 100th year of football in Middletown:
Watch Friday 10.5 JSZ Football Highlights
The weather finally cooled off, but the action heats up on the gridiron as the calendar turns to October. JSZ has a full slate of Week 4 games for you! Phillipsburg 20 Bridgewater-Raritan 13 Phillipsburg captured its 700th career win with a close 20-13 victory over Mid-State 38 foe Bridgewater-Raritan. The Stateliners fell behind 13-0 in the second quarter and put up 20 unanswered points to remain undefeated on the year at 5-0. Quarterback Ben Ries finished with a passing and rushing touchdown while Running back Matt Quetel rushed for 116 yards and a score. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage. Coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. St. Peter’s Prep 41 DePaul 22 Is there a hotter team in New Jersey than St. Peter’s Prep? The undefeated Marauders kept their perfect record intact so far this season thanks to a career day from wideout Byron Shipman, who exploded with three touchdown receptions on the night. The SPP defense was in the backfield all night, accounting for seven sacks in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Wayne: Highland 21 Timber Creek 17 The Tartans knocked off the Chargers in this district rivalry game for the second year in a row. Johnny Martin led the way on the ground with 169 yards rushing and a touchdown. Kasim Randall-Dale and Javon Holley also scored for Highland. Hamin Anderson sealed the win with an interception just outside the end zone with under one minute left. Donovan Leary threw two touchdown passes to Dior Boyd for Timber Creek in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Blackwood: Coverage of Highland and Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. Joseph (Hamm.) 43 Haddonfield 8 The Wildcats (4-1) made an impressive statement, snapping Haddonfield’s (4-1) state-best 21-game winning streak in dominant fashion. St. Joseph standout running back Jada Byers finished the night with three total touchdowns, including a 91-yard catch and run in the first quarter. Wideout Tyrell Russell hauled in 5 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats defense held the Bulldogs offense in check with six sacks and ten tackles for loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Haddonfield: Coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Long Branch 26 Middletown South 14 Jermaine Corbett had a 30-yard pick-six to go along with a TD run and the Long Branch defense produced eight turnovers to break a three-game losing streak. The Green Wave took a 20-7 halftime lead before Tyler Cuccia’s TD run go the Eagles within six at the end of three quarters, but the Green Wave added a Kyle Davidson two-yard TD run and put the game away with three fourth quarter turnovers. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights: Thanks to Rosario Realty for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Long Branch High School! Red Bank Catholic 21 Toms River North 6 After an uncharacteristic start to the season, it seems as if Red Bank Catholic has righted their ship. The Caseys played stingy defense and were rock solid in the red zone as they cruised past undefeated Toms River North. Quarterback Ryan Edgerly had a hand in all three RBC touchdowns. JSZ has the highlights from Toms River: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is provided by the Jersey Shore Institute of Health and Wellness. Donovan Catholic 35 Red Bank Regional 0 Ryan Clark had two touchdown runs and the Donovan Catholic defense pitched its fourth shutout of the season to get the Griffins to 5-0. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights from Little Silver: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional. Our sponsors are the reason we can bring you great high school sports coverage all year round! Jackson Memorial 22 Saint John Vianney 14 The Jaguars rally for two fourth-quarter scores on long runs by Lonnie Cebulski and Will Towns to score an upset win over the Lancers. Watch the highlights now! Thanks to the Lour Chiropractice Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Jackson Memorial Jaguars!
Incredible Catches, Amazing Runs Headline JSZ Week 3 Top Plays
Whenever JSZ cameras show up at a high school football game, we always get some incredible video! Once again, we have a great group of plays for you to watch and vote on. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of our poll will receive the JSZ Top Play Belt and a visit from Jersey Sports Zone at a mid-week practice. Thanks again to all the great athletes who give us these great plays each and every week! Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Congratulations to David Hicks of Red Bank Regional on winning JSZ’s Week 2 Top Play Belt!
Watch Friday 9.27 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Three started with thrilling action all over the state. From overtime finishes to last-minute winners, Friday was a night to remember. Watch our JSZ Week 3 Friday Teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action! Bergen Catholic 23 Don Bosco Prep 17 In the 72nd meeting between these two North Jersey foes, it was Bergen Catholic getting the upper hand once again to secure their fourth consecutive win over Don Bosco Prep. The Crusaders rushed 49 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns while Amar Gist came through with the play of the night, a 47-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Phillipsburg 34 Ridge 28 (2OT) It was headlined by some as the Mid-State 38 game of the week and the matchup between undefeated teams Phillipsburg and Ridge definitely lived up to the hype. Despite falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter the Stateliners answered back with 21 points off three Matt Quetel touchdowns. After Ridge would force double overtime, Quetel would find the end zone a fourth and final time to help P-Burg get the win. He finished the day with 154 rushing yards on 34 attempts and four touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage! Shawnee 14 St. Augustine 7 (OT) The Renegades (4-0) rallied back down seven against the Hermits (1-3) on a night where points came at a premium. Wide receiver Nate Summerville made an incredible 26-yard touchdown catch to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, but each would miss 32-yard field goals. In overtime, running back Jake Barnett punched it in to give the Renegades the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Williamstown 28 Lenape 21 Down 13-0 at the half, the Braves rallied in the second half to beat the Indians. Dougie Brown threw three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score to Mekhi Gamble with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Jon Wood caught a pair of touchdown passes in the victory. Brady Long connected with Connor Kennedy for two touchdowns for Lenape in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from fantastic game in Williamstown: Mater Dei Prep 35 Saint John Vianney 0 Malik Ingram had one of the most dominating performances of the 2019 season as the Mater Dei running back had 31 carries for 310 yards and 4 TD’s. The Seraphs solidified their spot as the top team in the Shore Conference. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from an incredible effort: Holmdel 17 Red Bank Regional 7 The Hornets put together long drives in the first and fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in handing RBR its first loss of the season. John Tomasulo capped off an 80-yard drive in the first quarter with a 15 yard TD run. After Jack Chamberlain hit AJ Abarno on a 33 yard TD run in the fourth to get the Bucs within 10-7, Holmdel capped off another long drive with a Cameron LaMountain TD run from five yards out. Both Holmdel TD drives took up over eight minutes of clock. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Holmdel is brought to you by the Law Offices of Lawrence Lutrell an RBR coverage is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Red Bank Catholic 21 Long Branch 7 After a scoreless first half, Red Bank Catholic’s offense exploded in the final 15 minutes of regulation to score three touchdowns and come away with a bounce-back win over Long Branch. Elijah Jules came up with yet another game-breaking run, dashing for 76 yards to close out the scoring. JSZ has the highlights from Red Bank: Thanks to two loyal sponsors, JSZ was able to be at this Shore Conference showdown. Here’s a shoutout to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness (RBC) and Rosario Realty (Long Branch) for being loyal sponsors.
Watch Friday 9.20 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Two is well underway! JSZ has eight games from around New Jersey including a Shore Conference shocker, new turf at Phillipsburg, and an impressive win streak continues in South Jersey. Watch our Teaser to get a taste of the menu and scroll down to watch all of our highlights and post-game reaction! Middletown South 29 Red Bank Catholic 7 Tyler Cuccia had three TD runs and the Eagles scored 26 unanswered points to score an upset win and their first win of the season. Chris Lotito had a key interception and threw a TD pass on the halfback option to Matt Krellin. JSZ has the highlights of a stunner out of the Shore Conference: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of RBC is brought to you by the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness Red Bank Regional 21 Manasquan 7 Jack Chamberlain had a TD run and a 50-yard TD pass to AJ Abarno in the first half to pace the Bucs to a 3-0 mark in 2019. Manasquan blocked a field goal and returned it to the 10-yard line setting up their only score of the game, but David Hicks responded with an 83-yard kickoff return to put the game away. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Rumson-Fair Haven 49 Long Branch 20 John Volker scored three touchdowns in the first half including a 65-yard catch on a short pass as the Bulldogs rebounded from a 14-3 loss to Wall with an offensive explosion at home against Long Branch. Jermaine Corbett scored all three Long Branch TD’s in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by Rosario Realty Shawnee 31 Hammonton 8 The defending South Jersey Group 4 champion Renegades improved to (3-0) with a convincing victory over the Blue Devils. Jake Barnett rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the win, with Tom Rebstock and Jaylen Horsley rushing for scores as well. Shawnee also moved the ball well through the air, as Matt Welsey connected with Nate Sommerville and Dom Frigiola for big plays. Kyle Vandever caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Barts for Hammonton in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Ridge 31 Bridgewater-Raritan 14 Ridge started off the 2019 season 2-0 following a 31-14 win over crosstown rival Bridgewater-Raritan. The Red Devils were able to take a commanding 21-0 lead in the first quarter after two touchdowns from wide receiver Cameron Lloyd. In the second half Lloyd would also catch a 56 yard pass from quarterback Brendan Bell for a third TD. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage! Ridgewood 20 Irvington 6 After starting 2-0 on the season, the Irvington Blue Knights hit a Maroon-colored roadblock Friday night. Ridgewood played suffocating defense throughout the game as they built a 20-0 lead behind two rushing touchdowns from Jack Wittmaack. Irvington did find the endzone in the fourth quarter one but it proved too late. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Irvington: Haddonfield 28 Cinnaminson 0 The Bulldogs improve to (3-0) and extend its state-best 20-game win streak with a dominant victory over the Pirates. Haddonfield’s defense put on a stellar performance holding Cinnaminson to just 26 yards of offense. Senior quarterback Jack Narducci threw for 124 yards and three touchdowns, all to senior wideout Kyle Garstkiewicz, in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Cinnaminson: Coverage of Cinnaminson and Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Phillipsburg 37 Hunterdon Central 14 The Phillipsburg Stateliners began the newest era at Maloney Stadium with a bang. In their first home game since new turf was installed during the offseason, P’Burg made a statement. All three phases of the team were tough, highlighted by Matt Quetel’s 212-yard, four-touchdown game. JSZ has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Phillipsburg athletics is proudly brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club.
Watch Friday 9.13 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
The 2019 season kicks into gear with great games all over the Garden State. The highlights are posted! Watch our Week One Teaser to get you ready for some great games around NJ. Then scroll down and watch each of our games. Thanks to our sponsors for allowing us to capture these great moments and we’ll see you on Saturday to wrap up our Week One coverage Holmdel 26 Shore Regional 23 (OT) Cameron LaMountain scored his fourth touchdown of the game on 4th own inside the one-yard line to give the Hornets a thrilling overtime win in their opener. Shore Regional forced OT on the foot of Cade Torres, who nailed a 31-yard field goal to tie the game at 20 with 1:50 to go in the 4th. Torres hit his third field goal of the game from 40 yards out to give Shore a 23-20 lead in OT before the Holmdel offense drove the ball down to the one-yard line setting the stage for the dramatic finale. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the exciting highlights from the Shore Conference: Two great sponsors are responsible for the highlights of this overtime thriller. Special thanks to RYPT (Shore Regional) and the Law Offices of Lawrence Luttrell (Holmdel) Red Bank Regional 23 Raritan 12 Jack Chamberlain had 16 carries for 175 yards and 3 TD’s as the Bucs overcame a 12-3 halftime deficit with 20 straight points to get to 2-0. The Bucs got a huge defensive effort from Will Dal Pra and Kyle Weisman. Weisman had a fumble recovery and Dal Pra had a key sack to put RBR in a a position to take the lead. Chamberlain had TD runs of 14, 6 and 68 yards all in the second half. Raritan got a 1-yard TD run from Mike Fiore and an 18-yard TD catch from Luke O’Hea from Steve Coponi. JSZ brings you the Shore Conference action from Hazlet: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is brought to you by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver Willingboro 28 Delsea 14 The Chimeras spoiled opening night for the Crusaders, thanks to a stout defense and a big-play offense. Khaleb McRae returned a fumble for a touchdown to open the scoring. Demie Sumo rushed for a score and caught a touchdown pass in the first half, as Boro built a 20-7 lead at the break. Zaire Clements added a second half touchdown run, while Ah-Shaun Davis and Temple commit Chris Long helped the Chimeras keep the chains moving all night long. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Franklinville: Coverage of Delsea is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Piscataway 21 Sayreville 7 Coming off a dominating 40-7 season opener against Franklin, Piscataway continued to show their strength by defeating Greater Middlesex Conference rival Sayreville 21-7. The Chiefs got on the board early in the first quarter thanks to a 25 yard opening drive touchdown from Khristan Hernandez. Hernandez would score again in the fourth quarter and also had an interception on defense. The game also extended Piscataway’s win streak to 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Phillipsburg 42 Franklin 7 Phillipsburg has outscored its opponents 96-7 through two games this season, and they’re doing so with a remarkably balanced attack on offense. Senior two-way threat Tommy Coury caught two touchdown passes while junior tailback Matt Quetel found pay dirt three times in a blowout win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Franklin: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Stateliners is made possible by our great Phillipsburg sponsor, the Garnet Booster Club. Hillsborough 13 Bridgewater-Raritan 12 After holding onto a 7-6 advantage at the break, Hillsborough came back from a 12-7 deficit in the third quarter with a 49-yard touchdown pass to retake and never give up the lead to Bridgewater-Raritan in a Mid-State 38 showdown. Thomas Amankwaa caught the eventual game-winning touchdown while T.J. Schultz snagged a key interception late in the game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hillsborough: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Holy Spirit 52 Eastern 15 The Spartans earned their first win of the season, building a 32-7 halftime lead. Sophomore QB Trevor Cohen threw two of his three touchdown passes to senior WR Ahmad Brown, and ran for a score in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Ed Byrnes Stadium in Absecon: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Win No. 700 on the Horizon for Excited P’Burg Squad
New Jersey’s winningest football team has a lot on its plate coming into the 2019 season. Good thing they’re hungry. Phillipsburg is fresh off a 10-3 season and their eighth overall sectional championship. While they’ll fight to get there again, two other tasks loom large. The Stateliners are only five wins away from the program’s 700th total win, and they’re also looking to snap a four game Thanksgiving Day losing streak longtime rival Easton (PA). Senior captains and twins Bobby and Tommy Coury will be full-time two way players and headline the top returning Stateliners. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews Phillipsburg’s 2019 team: Phillipsburg 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — at Warren Hills Friday, Sept. 13 — at Franklin Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Hunterdon Central Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Ridge Friday, Oct. 4 — at Bridgewater-Raritan Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Hillsborough Friday, Oct. 18 — at North Hunterdon Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Westfield Thursday, Nov. 28 — vs. Easton (PA) @ Lafayette College Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s extensive coverage of all Phillipsburg athletics is proudly brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club!
Watch Monday 5.20 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The New Jersey baseball playoffs opened with a bang on Monday and JSZ has you covered with highlights from all corners of the state. Check back throughout the night for playoff action! (10) Clearview 16 (7) Millville 5 – South Group 4 First Round The 10th-seeded Pioneers fell behind 3-0 early before putting several crooked numbers on the board in an upset win over seventh-seeded Millville. Shawn Dougherty, Julian Costa, Ian Petrutz and Eric Weiss all had multiple RBIs in the win. Mike Baginski and Garrett Musey both homered for the Thunderbolts in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights as the ‘Neers advance to host #15 Cherokee in the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals on Thursday: (6) Phillipsburg 1 (11) North Hunterdon 0 – North 2 Group 4 First Round If pitching and defense are the keys to playoff success, then Phillipsburg got the memo. Stateliners pitchers Alec Ricker (Win, 6 IP, 4 K’s) and Jack Stagaard (Save, 1 IP, 2 K’s) combined to shutout North Hunterdon. Ryan Mottley’s RBI single was the lone scoring hit of the day. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and capture this win in the state playoffs! (9) Freehold Township 10 (8) Monroe 7 – Central Group 4 First Round Freehold Township advanced to the second round of the Central Group 4 Tournament with an upset 10-7 victory over Monroe. The Patriots drew first blood going ahead 2-0 in the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning Monroe countered to lead 6-2. However, following a runner scored on error, Brian Lee hit an inside the park grand slam to put Freehold back in front. The Patriots move onto to face top seeded Hunterdon Central next. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage! (3) Middletown South 8 (14) West Windsor-Plainsboro South 1 – Central Group 4 First Round Robby Zega belted a three-run double in the third inning to bust open a 2-1 game and Danny Minze pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing just one run as the Eagles advance to the quarterfinals and a matchup with sixth seed Old Bridge. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone brings you state baseball action thanks to our great sponsors. Princeton Orthopaedic Associates is responsible for our West Windsor-Plainsboro South coverage and thanks to Monmouth Building Center for allowing us to capture great moments from the Middletown South Eagles all year long
Leg Injury Doesn’t Halt Miller From Pitching Stateliners to 4-0 Victory
When Phillipsburg’s Ryan Miller took a come-backer straight off his right shin in the 4th inning, it seemed like his day on the mound might have been over. But the welt and a noticeable limp afterwards didn’t stop Miller – instead it gave him an additional adrenaline boost. He threw six shutout innings and struck out eight Immaculata batters en route to the Stateliners securing a 4-0 win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game interview from Flemington: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to bring you highlights from this Skyland Conference game thanks to a pair of our loyal sponsors — the Garnet Booster Club (Phillipsburg) and Diamond Nation (Immaculata)!
Mind-Boggling Pitching Performances, Batting Feats Headline Week 2 Spring Game Balls
After two weeks of the baseball and softball season, we’re really starting to see some special performances. The Jersey Sports Zone team has scoured the state nominating the top players and performances from the diamond. Cast your vote now for our second 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 Friday 4.12 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Friday night baseball takes the JSZ team around the Garden State. Holy Spirit and Buena battled to the end in South Jersey, Ridge gets a pitching gem for a home win over Phillipsburg, CBA breaks out the bats and a shutout from Evan Mahns, plus Lawrence and Steinert can’t settle a winner. Holy Spirit 7 Buena 6 Steven Petrosh hit a solo home run to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Petrosh went 3-4 in the game. Jimmy Pasquale, Shane Solari, JJ Spots and Brandon Castellini also drove in runs for the Spartans in the win. Juice Del Valle drove in a pair of runs for the Chiefs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League United Division showdown: Steinert 6 Lawrence 6 It’s not everyday you need with an anomaly like a baseball game ending in a tie, for Lawrence it’s the second time this season they’ve known this dissatisfying feeling. Friday’s matchup Colonial Valley Conference division matchup saw eight lead changes and nine innings, yet it still wasn’t enough to decide a winner. Lawrence took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning before Steinert would eventually go ahead 4-3 in the fourth. The slug fest would continue into extra innings and after the Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the ninth officials claimed it would be too dark to finish. Junior Chris Nevius finished with 3 RBI’s for Lawrence. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Lawrence and Steinert coverage! CBA 7 Freehold Boro 0 Evan Mahns throws a complete game shutout for his first varsity win and Pat Reilly’s solo blast highlights a balanced CBA offensive attack in a home win. Mason Wolff had a pair of hits and two RBI’s in the victory. JSZ has the highlights of Shore Conference baseball Thanks to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Freehold Boro Colonials Ridge 3 Phillipsburg 0 Cooper Bobowicz didn’t care about the rainy and wet conditions when he was on the hill. “Coop” threw a gem against the Stateliners, going seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts on only 93 pitches. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and postgame reaction from Basking Ridge: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg athletics all year long is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club.
Watch NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Championship Finals
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you full highlights and interviews of every match during the inaugural 2019 girls wrestling state championships from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Stay tuned throughout the night for extensive coverage of all 10 finals. 100 pounds: Sydney Petzinger, Parsippany, major decision vs. Jasmine Aizley, Allentown, 10-0 105 pounds: Chloë Ayres, Princeton, major decision vs. Randi Miley, High Point, 13-2 111 pounds: Bella Serrano, Manasquan, defeats Daniela Tacuri, West Orange, 6-4 (Sudden Victory) 118 pounds: Cristine Gavasheli, Raritan, pins Angelina Romero, Notre Dame, 2:31 127 pounds: Stephanie Andrade, Hunterdon Central, pins Kayla Gregory, Jackson Memorial, 1:48 136 pounds: Jesse Johnson, Manalapan, pins Jaala Williams, Montclair, 1:39 147 pounds: Gabby Miller, Monroe, defeats Amanda Pace, North Bergen, 6-3 161 pounds: Jewel Gonzalez, Phillipsburg, pins Diane Johnson, Millville, 0:53 Gonzalez named Most Outstanding Wrestler 185 pounds: Erin Emery, Teaneck, pins Mia Lazaurs, Raritan, 2:47 235 pounds: Kaila Mungo, Rancocas Valley, defeats Kiera Hubmaster, Kittatinny, 2-1 (tie-breaker)
Watch JSZ 2.22 Basketball County Finals Highlights
Numerous county tournaments are coming to a close this weekend and JSZ has cameras around the state as teams vie for regional supremacy. We’ll have highlights tonight from Bergen Catholic’s historic win in the Bergen County Jamboree, Jack Cavanaugh’s second-half efforts to deliver an H/W/S title for Sparta and an official four-peat from St. Joe’s (Metuchen) in the GMC finals. Enjoy! St. Joseph (Metuchen) 49 Piscataway 46 – Greater Middlesex Conference Final St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) claimed its fourth straight Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Title with an exciting 49-46 victory over Piscataway. A back and forth battle continued all the way down to the final six seconds when up by a point Tyree Ford’s put back on a missed free throw secured the victory for the Falcons. Ford’s clutch performance along with his 13 points earned him MVP honors. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Bergen Catholic 54 Don Bosco Prep 41 – Bergen County Jamboree Final Bergen Catholic’s Doug Edert was laser focused and connected for 21 points and Xavier-commit Zach Freemantle notched a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to help drive the Crusaders to its 10th-overall Bergen County Jamboree title. A bit of history came from this one, too — it was Bergen Catholic’s first win over Don Bosco Prep in the championship game, after going 0-5 all-time. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Fairleigh Dickinson’s Rothman Center: Sparta 56 Phillipsburg 53 – H/W/S Boys Championship Jack Cavanaugh overcame a scoreless first half to catch fire in the final two quarters to score 22 points as the Spartans wiped out a 12 point halftime deficit to claim its first H/W/S title. Richie Manigault scored 23 to lead all scorers in a losing effort. Dante Joefield earned tournament MVP honors and sank three critical free throws in the final seconds to preserve the victory. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Centenary University: Jersey Sports Zone brought you the H/W/S championship game thanks to the support of Phillipsburg’s Garnet Booster Club. We look forward to showing the Stateliners go for state championships in wrestling next weekend in Atlantic City!
Red Bank Regional Hosts First Ever NJSIAA Girls Wrestling Region Championships
Female wrestlers from all over the state of New Jersey came together at Red Bank Regional on Sunday night, competing in the first ever Girls Wrestling Region Champs. Each one of these wrestlers went down in New Jersey High School Athletics history, as they each represented their high schools at this brand new Championship. The girls who wrestle for their high school teams are used to being surrounded by mostly boys. However, Sunday night was the first time that female wrestlers in the state of New Jersey wrestled only against other females. The wrestlers who won their matches from the North and South Jersey Finals on Sunday night, will also be competing at the NJSIAA State Championships in Atlantic City at the end of February in just under two weeks. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the North Jersey Finals highlights and post-match reaction from Red Bank: Sponsor! Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg High School! Thank you to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg High School! JSZ’s Madison Bess has the South Jersey Finals highlights from Red Bank: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Princeton, Allentown and Notre Dame is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
Watch Sunday 2.10 JSZ State Wrestling Finals Highlights!
It’s state championship Sunday in Toms River. JSZ brings you highlights from five state title matches including a Kingsway upset, West Essex scoring their first state championship, an historic milestone for Paulsboro and their legendary head coach, plus Southern Regional wins on back to back pins and Camden Catholic gets things started with a Sunday morning state championship. Southern Regional 34 Hunterdon Central 27 – Group 5 State Final Ben LoParo and JT Cornelius scored back to back pins at 195 and 220 pounds to secure a third state championship for Southern Regional. Last second scoring was the key to Southern’s victory. John High scored a fall at 3:59 of his match at 170 pounds. That was the same time for LoParo, who had 12 seconds to go in the second period before his move set the stage for his pin 11 seconds later. An exciting finale to the duals portion of the New Jersey wrestling state championships. JSZ has all the action from Toms River: Paulsboro 63 Kittatinny 3 – Group 1 State Final What a run it’s been for Paul Morina. On a day where Paulsboro captures its 32nd team state title, the South Jersey coaching legend collected his 700th win. Paulsboro was paced by seven pins by Georgio Mazzeo, Jacob Perez-Eli, Gabe Onorato, George Worthy, Shawn Williams, Brandon Green and Santino Morina. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-match reaction from a legendary coach’s historic day: Kingsway 26 Phillipsburg 20 – Group 4 State Final It all came down to Cheney Kinner. The junior 138-pounder stepped on the mat with Kingsway leading 23-20 heading into the final bout and “Chainsaw” ripped through his competition to clinch Kingsway’s fourth-ever state final. This match was a back-and-forth affair that lasted over two hours where every bout went the distance. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from yet another big moment from the Kingsway Dragons: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Phillipsburg athletics is proudly brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. West Essex 40 Delsea 33 – Group 3 State Final Freshman Mike Pescatore rallied from a 5-0 deficit to score a dramatic pin in the second period at 106 pounds to spark West Essex to its first ever state wrestling championship. Delsea took a 15-14 lead on a Curtis Thomas pin at 195 pounds. West Essex would win the next five matches highlighted by pins courtesy of Bardhyl Gashi (285), Pescatore (106) and Carson Barry (120). JSZ has the highlights and post-match reaction from a special moment in West Essex history: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delsea is made possible thanks to the support of NJM Insurance Camden Catholic 33 Pope John 29 – Non-Public Group B Final Camden Catholic took home the Group B Non-Public State Title on Sunday morning, defeating Pope John, the defending 2017-2018 champs. This is their 15th State Title win, and their first since 2013. Camden Catholic’s 145-pound University of Pennsylvania commit, Lucas Revano had the first pin for the Irish. The Irish had two more pins from 170-pound Martin Cosgrove and 182-pound Ronnie Crane. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-match reactions from Toms River: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic is being brought to you NJM Insurance Group!
Watch Friday 2.8 JSZ Sectional Final Wrestling Highlights
It’s title time! The wrestling state sectionals are the first big tournament of the winter season and great teams always deliver. JSZ has highlights from three sectional championship matches around the state – Bergen Catholic vs. Delbarton, Phillipsburg vs. North Hunterdon and Point Beach vs. Shore Regional. Stay tuned throughout the night for all of our wrestling coverage! #2 Bergen Catholic 48 vs. #1 Delbarton 17 – North Non-Public A Final While Bergen Catholic still got wins from its nationally-ranked 182 and 195 pounders, it was heavyweight John High and 106-pounder Joe Cangro who were the heroes Friday night. They notched back-to-back pins to spark six-straight wins for the Crusaders as Bergen Catholic went on to win its eight-straight sectional championship. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: Shore Regional 45 Point Pleasant Beach 19 – Central Jersey Group 1 Final The Blue Devils busted open a 17-10 lead with back to back pins from Jamie Mazzacco and Brendon Denovaes at 182 and 190 pounds to seal an historic first ever sectional championship in front of a raucous crowd in West Long Branch. Sophomore Jack Maida’s pin at 106 clinched the title and a trip to Toms River this Sunday where Shore will face Kittatinny in the Group 1 state semifinals. JSZ has the highlights and post-match reaction from Shore’s special win: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Point Pleasant Beach is brought to you by Peak Coaching for Success – they are the reason we were able to bring you highlights of Shore and the Garnet Gulls! Phillipsburg 28 North Hunterdon 19 – North Jersey 2 Group 4 Final The Phillipsburg Stateliners won their 38th Sectional Title, and 6th in a row, against the North Hunterdon Lions on Friday night. The Stateliners won eight bouts, leading from the very beginning of the match. #1 Phillipsburg will take on #4 Wayne Valley at 11:30am on Sunday for the Group 4 Semifinals in Toms River. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible by The Garnet Booster Club of Phillipsburg High School!
Watch Thursday 2.7 JSZ Hoops Highlights
We’ve got plenty of Thursday night basketball action! JSZ has highlights from Camden’s upset win over Paul VI, Seton Hall Prep and St. Peter’s Prep battling it out at the Dan Finn Classic and Phillipsburg eeking out a close win over Franklin. Stay tuned throughout the night for all the highlights! Camden 51 Paul VI 43 Camden picked up its third straight win with a 51-43 upset victory over No. 11 in the current NJ Top 20, Paul VI. The Panthers snapped PVI’s eight game streak thanks to some tough defensive play from bigs Lance Ware and TaQuan Woodley. Ware finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Woodley had 9 points and 12 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Seton Hall Prep 49 St. Peter’s Prep 40 Ashton Miller was the spark plug Seton Hall Prep needed to capture its seventh consecutive win. Miller scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed game MVP honors to push the Pirates to a 14-6 record on the year. St. Peter’s Prep was led by freshman phenom Mark Armstrong, who scored a team-high 17 points for the Marauders. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the opening night of the Dan Finn Classic in Bayonne: Phillipsburg 47 Franklin 46 Richard Manigault scored 21 points and Phillipsburg survived a late surge from the Warriors to hang on for a quality road victory in the Skylands Conference. The Stateliners had a 34-23 lead at the end of three quarters before Franklin stormed back in the 4th thanks to full court pressure. Franklin would come back to tie the game at 42, but Phillipsburg scored five straight points to take the lead. The Warriors would get a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Tracy Brown’s three pointer was just off the mark. Watch the highlights from an exciting final moments: Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Phillipsburg High all year long!
Phillipsburg’s Cody Harrison: Top 10 to Big Ten
Phillipsburg High School’s Cody Harrison is currently the No. 1 152-pound wrestler in the state of New Jersey. Harrison’s statistics are remarkable. He is 14-1 so far this season with eight pins. Since his 2016/2017 season, he has won 63 matches, and only lost eight. Harrison is going into this year’s NJSIAA Wrestling Championships in Atlantic City having placed the past two years he has competed there. He was a Region 3 Champion last year, and finished 4th in the state in the 138-pound weight class. What’s on Harrison’s plate for next year? Big Ten Wrestling. Harrison recently announced his commitment to wrestle next year at Rutgers University. JSZ’s Madison Bess was in Phillipsburg with more details on next month’s NJSIAA Wrestling Championships and what’s in store for next year at RU: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg High School is made possible by The Garnet Booster Club of Phillipsburg High School!
Rivalry Alert: Phillipsburg Wrestling Defeats Easton (PA) 40-22
The Phillipsburg Stateliners defeated Easton High School on Wednesday night in arguably one of the biggest high school wrestling rivalries between New Jersey and Pennsylvania public high schools. P’Burg came into this match with a 12-2 overall record, after losing last weekend’s match. After losing the first three bouts to Southern, P’Burg amped it up after sophomore Logan Maczko pinned Easton’s Alex Cameron in the 113-pound weight class. However, it was 120-pound freshman Joe Innamorato who put the Stateliners in the lead. He pinned Easton’s junior Anthony Daiello 3:16 in. The other two pins came from 138-pound Kyle Tino and 195-pound Austin Roth 2:32 and 5:29 into the bouts, respectively. The Phillipsburg Stateliners won eight out of 14 bouts for the night, registering four pins in total. The Stateliners walked away with a 40-22 victory, improving their overall record to 13-2 for the season. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full highlights as well as a post-game reaction from Austin Roth: Sponsor! JSZ’s coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible by The Garnet Booster Club of Phillipsburg High School!
No. 16 Southern Regional Boys Wrestling Upsets No. 7 Phillipsburg
The Southern Regional Rams skipped the Shore Conference Tournament this weekend, and instead hosted the Phillipsburg Stateliners on Saturday afternoon. Phillipsburg went into the match with an 11-1 record, after Hunterdon Central handed them their first loss on Thursday. The 152-pound weight class was the third bout of the day. Cody Harrison, the No. 1 152-pound class wrestler, took on Southern’s Nick O’Connell. O’Connell won the bout 11-3. The 120-pound weight class resulted in the only pin of the day. Southern’s Matt Brielmeier pinned Phillipsburg’s Joe Innamorato, sealing the deal for the Rams. Southern Regional walked away with a 32-16 upset win, improving their overall record to 11-4 for the season. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Manahawkin as well as a post-game reaction from O’Connell: Sponsor! JSZ’s coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible by The Garnet Booster Club of Phillipsburg High School!
60 more great nominees up for JSZ Hoops Game Balls
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 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
Watch Saturday 1.5 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is thrilled to bring you statewide basketball coverage from Saturday, 1.5. Check back in for more games as we continue to post throughout the evening! Rutgers Prep 68 Notre Dame 50 | Boys Basketball No. 18 in the NJ Top 20 Rutgers Prep picked up its second win a row after a three-point filled battle with Notre Dame. Tied at 24-24 heading into halftime the Argonauts came alive late in the third quarter to grab a 52-40 lead. Trey Patterson and Jonah Charles both finished with 21 points in the victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage! Rumson-Fair Haven 62 Saint Rose 40 | Boys Basketball Ian O’Connor had 21 points and five different Bulldogs combined on 15-three pointers to get to 5-1 on the season. JSZ has the highlights of the long range shooting display in Rumson on Saturday afternoon: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac Jackson Memorial 63 Jackson Liberty 50 | Boys Basketball Brothers Matt and Rob Mahala combined for 31 points to power Jackson Memorial (4-4) to a double-digit win against crosstown team Jackson Liberty. The Jags also had great efforts from Jayson Lee (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Micah Wallace (16 points). Jackson Liberty was powered by their top player, Daniel Sofield, who dropped in a game-high 36 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: St. Joe-Hammonton 55 Rancocas Valley 38 | Boys Basketball | Seagull Classic Ian Brown scored 16 points to lead St. Joe-Hammonton to its seventh straight win in 2018-19. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the Seagull Classic at Holy Spirit High Gloucester Catholic 60 Mainland 58 (OT) | Girls Basketball | Seagull Classic Sophomore Jada Williams made two free throws with 4.4 seconds left in overtime as the Rams rallied from 10 points down in the second half to improve to 8-1 on the season. The game featured two of the top prospects in New Jersey. Mainland’s Kylee Watson led all scorers with 25 points for Mainland while Duke commit Azana Baines had 13 points for the Rams. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the Seagull Classic at Holy Spirit High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance Summit 37 Dayton 26 | Girls Basketball Summit defeated Dayton 37-26 on Saturday afternoon, improving their overall record to 6-2. Olivia Lawlor scored the game-high 14 points, and Annabella Yorio scored 12 points. JSZ’s Madison Bess was in Summit with the highlights: Summit 49 Phillipsburg 44 | Boys Basketball The Summit Hilltoppers improved their overall record to 6-1 after defeating the Phillipsburg Stateliners on Saturday. Malcolm Sidebottom scored the most points for the Hilltoppers with 13. Despite Phillipsburg’s loss, Richard Manigault scored the game-high 21 points. JSZ’s Madison Bess was in Summit with the full story and a post-game reaction from Sidebottom: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs
Phillipsburg Dominates in Season-Opener
Try finding a better way to open the 2018 wrestling season — we dare you. Phillipsburg was dominant in their first dual meet of the season, scoring bonus points in 12 of 14 matches on their way to a 68-0 takedown of the Hillsborough Raiders. The Stateliners benefitted from four pins and three forfeits, but wrestlers grinded out last-minute wins and controlling tech falls. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hillsborough Double Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club (Phillipsburg) and Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be hand for this early season tilt. Stay tuned this winter for more great wrestling highlights from around New Jersey!
Somerville’s Dabney wins 2018 JSZ Zoneman, top players honored in Woodbridge
The 2018 Jersey Sports Zone banquet celebrated a stellar season on the gridiron in the Garden State. The APA Hotel in Woodbridge honored the best of the best from every part of the state and culminated with our version of the Heisman. Watch all the videos from a special night to honor the newest members of the JSZ All-Zone fraternity! Somerville QB Jalahn Dabney is your 2018 Zoneman Winner After a stellar senior year with Somerville, a majority of coaches and credentialed media from around the state selected Jalahn Dabney as the 2018 Zoneman Trophy winner. Dabney amassed 3,444 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns for the Pioneers this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the interview with Dabney along with other players selected to JSZ’s All-Zone team. Zoneman Preshow Before the Zoneman banquet action kicks off check out our pre-show interviews with JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez: NJM’s Colin Dansberry with JSZ All-Zone quarterback Jay Foley of Haddonfield High School Jersey Sports Zone’s Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to their support of South Jersey high school sports all year long! 2018 JSZ Zoneman Balloting With over 50 high school coaches around the state and more than 20 statewide media members, the ballots were cast just like the Heisman. 3 points or 1st place, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for third. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Jalahn DabneySomerville188474 Antonio AlfanoColonia86440 Nick KargmanWoodrow Wilson641036 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton74231 Rahmir JohnsonBergen Catholic62426 Steve LubischerRed Bank Catholic44626 Taquan RobersonDePaul Catholic36122 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep24519 Juwon JacksonPiscataway25218 Ronnie HickmanDePaul Catholic33217 John OlmsteadSt. Joe-Metucehn32316 Jasiah PurdieHasbrouck Heights30110 Brian UgwuHillside1218 Jermaine CorbettLong Branch2006 Zoneman Trophy Balloting Committee Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Courtney DuPont, Jay Cook, Bryan DeNovellis, Mike Frankel Statewide Media: Shawn Brown (Rivals), Kevin Minnick (NJ.com), Joe Zedalis (NJ.com), Pat Lanni (NJ.com), JJ Conrad (NJ.Com), Todderick Hunt (NJ.com), Simeon Pincus (My Central Jersey), Chris Melvin (Asbury Park Press), Mike Kinney (NJ.com), Bob Badders (Shore Sports Network), GMC Gridiron, Mark Trible (Courier-Post), McCarthy Report, Brian Carr (North Jersey.com), Ryan Patti (Rivals.com), Coaches: Paramus Catholic, Randolph, Colonia, Hillside, Bridgewater-Raritan, North Hunterdon, Bergen Catholic, Allentown, West Deptford, DePaul Catholic, Holmdel, Keansburg, Rumson-Fair Haven, Seton Hall Prep, Ramapo, Red Bank Regional, Brick Memorial, Freehold Boro, Irvington, Red Bank Catholic, Toms River North, Manalapan, Westfield, Phillipsburg, Bernards, Hillsborough, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Rutherford, Trenton, Delaware Valley, Buena, Butler, High Point, Matawan, Penns Grove, South River, Salem, AL Johnson, Willingboro, Nottingham, Haddonfield, West Orange, Piscataway, Lincoln, Notre Dame, Lenape, Sayreville, Brick Township, Pitman In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Meet The 2018 Zoneman Trophy Finalists Antonio Alfano, Colonia Defensive Lineman Alfano has been the consensus top-ranked 2019 football recruit all season long and there’s good reason why. He is one of five New Jersey players selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and is committed to play for Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Alfano dominated his competition in the Greater Middlesex Conference with 79 tackles and 10 sacks this season, along with a staggering 28 tackles for losses. JSZ’s Jay Cook gives you the inside-look at what makes Alfano such a highly-touted prospect: Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Running Back Byers was as electric as they come in the Garden State during his junior campaign. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon with the ball in his hands, rushing for 1,741 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season, all while helping power his St. Joe’s Wildcats to yet another Non-Public Group 2 championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez takes you down to Hammonton for a behind-the-scenes look at South Jersey’s most electrifying runner: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville Quarterback Dabney took over the starting quarterback job in Somerville at the end of the 2017 season and showcased his dynamic playmaking ability well throughout 2018. He compiled 3,444 yards from scrimmage this season and reached the end-zone 56 times to lead one of New Jersey’s most dangerous offenses. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont tells us what makes this dual-threat quarterback tick: Nick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Quarterback Kargman will graduate from Woodrow Wilson with plenty of state records compiled during his senior season. The decorated South Jersey passer broke the state record single season passing mark with 3,963 yards and his 41 passing scores rank atop the state lists, as well. But what’s even more impressive is Kargman’s character off the field, as it’s made him an important part of the Woodrow Wilson community. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez tells us what makes Kargman so special: Rahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Running Back Johnson became the first Bergen Catholic rusher to break the 1,000-yard mark since 2008, a true testament to the level of competition that the Crusaders face on a week-to-week basis. After teammate Josh McKenzie went down with a torn ACL, Johnson assumed the full-time starting role and showcased his elite speed and craftiness all season long. He closed 2018 with 1,334 yards and 11 rushing scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story about this humble teammate and Nebraska commit: Steve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Quarterback Intelligence and athleticism is the blend of characteristics that has made Lubischer one of New Jersey’s most talented signal callers. At Red Bank Catholic, Lubischer blossomed into a premier dual-threat passer who had the ability to break the game on any down. JSZ’s chief operating officer Rich Chrampanis followed Lubischer’s trajectory all season long and tells us why this Boston College commit is so special: Other Top Vote-Getters Only the top-six vote-getters are on our Zoneman podium, but there were other plenty of players around the Garden State who had great seasons and garnered votes from coaches and media around the state. Those players were: 7th Place: Taquan Roberson, DePaul Catholic quarterback: Roberson, a Penn State commit, closed out his senior season in masterful fashion for the Spartans. He threw 29 touchdowns for 2,432 yards and will go down as one of the most decorated quarterbacks to play in New Jersey. 8th Place: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep running back: Berger led one of New Jersey’s most talented backfields at Don Bosco Prep by displaying elite patience and explosiveness. Only a junior, he holds offers from top-tier Power 5 college football programs and has plenty more in the tank for his senior year. 9th Place: Juwon Jackson, Piscataway running back: Jackson was a main reason why Piscataway reached a 13-0 record and won both a sectional title and a newly-minted “Bowl Game” at MetLife Stadium. He rushed for 1,898 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season. 10th Place: Ronnie Hickman, DePaul Catholic wide receiver/defensive back: Hickman was arguably the most dangerous two-way player in New Jersey. Committed to Ohio State, Hickman was one of five New Jersey football players selected to the 2019 All-American Bowl. His senior season was unfortunately cut short due to a torn ACL late in the year. Josh Henderson wins JSZ 2018 Prep Player of the Year Hun running back and University of North Carolina commit Josh Henderson was named JSZ’s 2018 Prep Player of the Year. Henderson accepted his award during JSZ’s 2nd annual All-Zone football banquet in Woodbridge. Watch Courtney DuPont’s story on the future Tar Heel: Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep Player of the Year was presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Team We will be posting our highlight videos of every player honored throughout the next day – check back to click on the links below and see our highlights from our 2018 JSZ All-Zoners! QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Micahel Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJean Alvarez, Union CityAyir Asante, St. Peter's PrepKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicKevin Cerruti, Long BranchJalahn Dabney, Somerville JC Collins, WillamstownJalen Berger, Don Bosco PrepMax Baker, RamapoJason Collier, West DeptfordBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicAntonio Alfano, Colonia Jay Foley, HaddonfieldAidan Borguet, DelseaGarrett Cody, Bergen CatholicDylan Deveney, HunJermaine Donaldson, EasternNick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Danny Grozozski, Burlington TownshipJermaine Corbett, Long BranchJohn Guaimano, Cedar GroveTyler Devera, Bergen CatholicCJ Hanson, Saint John VianneyJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Maasai Maynor, St. Peter's PrepGBJ George, LindenJaaron Hayek, Wayne HillsChristian Mahogoney, Paramus CatholicRahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Rob McCoy, Mater Dei PrepJoe Green, PhillipsburgConnor Holmes, SayrevilleSean Morris, St. Joe-HammontonSteve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Taquan Roberson, DePaul CatholicMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepMarlyn Johnson, PeddieJohn Olmstead, St. Joe-Metuchen Tom Sharkey, Wayne HillsJuwon Jackson, PiscatawayStanley King, Woodrow Wilson Bence Polgar, Wayne Hills Jack Stagaard, PhillipsburgMax Jackson, SummitJayvin Little, Timber CreekBlerim Rustemi, DePaul Catholic AJ Wingfield, RamapoJacob Mafaro, Kittatinny
Watch JSZ Friday 11.30 NJSIAA State Football from MetLife!
The final weekend of the high school football season kicks off with the Non-Public Group 2 state championship between St. Joe-Hammonton and Holy Spirit followed by an awesome matchup in the North Group 5 Bowl as Phillipsburg and Wayne Hills had a thriller. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction of both games! Wayne Hills 35 Phillipsburg 21 – North Group 4 Bowl Game The Wayne Hills Patriots fought back & defeated the Phillipsburg Stateliners after being down 21-14 at halftime. Charles Njoku lead the way to victory with six catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Check out full highlights of Wayne Hills’ North Group 4 Bowl Game victory at MetLife Stadium now: St. Joseph-Hammonton 41 Holy Spirit 22 – Non-Public Group 2 State Championship Jada Byers topped 200 total yards and three touchdowns and Ahmad Brown and Ahmad Ross added two more scores apiece as the Wildcats made it back to back state championships and an amazing nine titles in the last 10 years. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium:
Watch JSZ’s 2018 Thanksgiving Football Highlights!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Jersey Sports Zone team. We’ve got six Thursday football rivalries including the 112th edition of Phillipsburg and Easton, the 96th round between Long Branch and Red Bank Regional, the Battle of Middletown, Perth Amboy/Carteret and two South Jersey traditions! Watch our teaser that shows our statewide coverage and then scroll below for full highlights from each of our games: Easton 31 Phillipsburg 26 | 112th Annual Thanksgiving Game The tradition continued with this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day game between the Red Rovers and Stateliners. With dangerously cold temperatures amidst, Easton found a way to pull off another victory. This would be the 4th straight turkey day win for the Red Rovers who now hold a 65-42-5 record within the rivalry. Our MMJ Courtney DuPont has the full highlights for you. Check them out now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club! Long Branch 33 Red Bank Regional 14 | Green Wave win 96th round of Thanksgiving rivalry Marc Dennis threw three third-quarter touchdown passes, two to Matthew Clarke, as the Green Wave rallied from a 14-12 halftime deficit to avenge a loss to rival RBR last Thanksgiving eve. The Green Wave are 11-1 and look to win the South Jersey Group 4 Bowl game next week against Shawnee to set a school record with 12 wins. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the battle for the Ty Lewis Trophy: JSZ brings you this great rivarly game thanks to two great sponsors supporting their hometown team. Thank you Rosario Realty (Long Branch) and Ryser’s Landscape Supply (Red Bank Regional)! Middletown South 10 Middletown North 7 | Eagles Win 30th Turkey Day Game In a hard-fought game with bitterly cold weather, Middletown South emerged from it’s 43rd Thanksgiving Day meeting with Middletown North as champions for the 30th time. Vinny Condito scored the Eagles’ lone touchdown in a game where points were as hard to come by as a second round of desserts. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Middletown North: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Monmouth Building Center, Jersey Sports Zone is able to bring you great highlights from one of the best Thanksgiving Day rivalries in the state. Perth Amboy 14 Carteret 13 | Fourth Quarter Thanksgiving Comeback! After being shut out for three quarters, Perth Amboy rallied back with two touchdowns in the fourth to take a 14-13 lead. Running back Kenneth Carrillo scored both for the Panthers with quarterback Tahjmere Oneal getting the go-ahead an eventual game winning two point conversion. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Campozino for sponsoring our Carteret coverage! Vineland 26 Millville 6 | 147th Meeting Nahzir Broome had 12 carries for 131 yards including a 48 yard run on the game’s second play to lead Vineland to a third straight win on Thanksgiving against Millville in one of the nation’s oldest Turkey Day traditions. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Highland 20 Triton 12 | Backyard Brawl Sophomore Johnny Martin had 29 carries for 268 yards and 2 TD’s and Kasim Randall-Dale’s 30 yard TD run was the game-winner as the Tartans win the Backyard Brawl. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey:
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 now for JSZ’s Week 7 Top Plays
We’ve got 11 nominees captured by JSZ cameras showcasing the amazing talent on display during Week 7 of NJ high school football. Watch our Top Plays and cast your vote NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a JSZ Top Play Belt presented to them at a mid-week practice Take Our Poll Previous Top Play Winners
Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 10.19
Week Seven of NJ high school football brings us an instant classic between Red Bank Catholic and Rumson-Fair Haven, Don Bosco Prep breaking through with a win at DePaul, plus the Piscataway/Sayreville showdown. We bring you 10 games of action from all over the state under the Friday Night LIghts! Watch our teaser video that recaps our coverage and scroll below to watch our highlights and post-game reaction: Red Bank Catholic 14 Rumson-Fair Haven 13 Jaden Key blocked an extra point with 2:50 to go in the 4th quarter that proved to be the deciding factor in an epic matchup between two of the best in the Shore Conference. RBC had a 14-0 lead in the first half on two Steve Lubischer TD passes, but RFH rallied with two Alex Maldjian TD runs late in the fourth. The final three minutes featured so many twists and turns that ultimately led to Collin Coles missing a 42-yard field goal for the win as time expired. This is a must-see game and JSZ has all the big moments from Rumson: Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring JSZ”s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven and Playa Bowls in Red Bank is the reason we can bring you great RBC coverage all season long! Don Bosco Prep 59 DePaul Catholic 28 Junior running backs Kyle Monangai and Jalen Berger combined for 483 rushing yards and eight touchdowns en route to a dominant win against North Jersey foe DePaul Catholic. Monangai carried for 287 and five scores while Berger finished with 196 yards and three trips to the endzone. It’s the first win for second-year head coach Mike Teel against a “Big 6” North Jersey football program. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights form Don Bosco Prep’s statement victory in Wayne: Piscataway 27 Sayreville 6 The battle of two undefeated Greater Middlesex Conference teams did not disappoint. Piscataway was yet again paced by star tailback Juwon Jackson, who ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs also had a pair of pick-six’s in this game to help secure the win. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has the highlights from this GMC clash: Phillipsburg 21 Ridge 7 | 2x Mid-State-Delaware Division Champs In Phillipsburg’s final regular season game, the Stateliners handed the Ridge Red Devils their first loss of the season. Junior running back, Bobby Coury, made his big debut in the first half scoring twice for the Liners and leading his team to a 21-7 victory. Our MMJ Courtney DuPont has the full highlights for you! Check them out now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thank you Garnet Booster Club for your continued support! Cinnaminson 28 Ewing 13 In this WJFL Patriot Division matchup Cinnaminson closed out their regular season schedule with a dominating defensive performance against Ewing. The Pirates forced 10 turnovers and allowed just 29 rushing yards. On offense they were led by star running back Rashad Raymond who rushed for 120 yards and had three touchdowns in the first half. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Ewing coverage! Coverage of Cinnaminson brought to you by NJM Insurance Group! Red Bank Regional 19 Monmouth Regional 0 Makai Mickens ran for 184 yards and a TD to reach the 1,000 yard plateau as the Bucs improve to 6-1 with a shutout win against the Falcons. JSZ has the highlights from one of the most improved football team’s in New Jersey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monmouth Regional is made possible by Monmouth Building Center and Ryser’s Landscape Supply is the reason we have brought you so many great moments from Red Bank Regional’s breakthrough 2018 season! Saint John Vianney 9 Middletown South 0 Kavon Chambers broke a scoreless tie in the 4th quarter with a 75-yard TD run and Paul Liseno added a safety to give the Lancers a big road win at Middletown South snapping the Eagles five game win streak. JSZ has the highlights from the Swamp and post-game reaction from Madison Bess: Jersey Sports Zone can bring you the Middletown South/SJV battle thanks to great sponsors. Thanks to BCB-Bayshore (SJV) and Monmouth Building Center (Middletown South) for supporting your hometown teams! Toms River North 48 Toms River East 7 Jake Kazanowsky threw five touchdowns to top 1000 yards passing in 2018 as the Mariners rolled to a crosstown win to improve to 5-2 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from Ocean County: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Toms River North is made possible by CJA Construction Delsea 38 Cedar Creek 16 Delsea senior running back and Harvard commit Aidan Borguet again played out of his mind, rushing for 226 yards and four touchdowns in a controlling victory over Cedar Creek in the WJFL. Delsea has now strung together three straight wins and is undefeated so far through October. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has everything you need: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone wants to thank NJM Insurance for being a loyal sponsor and supporting our coverage of so many South Jersey schools. West Deptford 28 Deptford 21 West Deptford continued on their path of solid play in the WJFL with a crosstown win over Deptford. Senior tailback Ken Lim had the highlight of the evening with a wild leap into the endzone that put West Deptford up big at halftime. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Big yardage plays highlight JSZ Week 6 “Play of the Week” Nominees
We’ve got 10 more nominees captured by JSZ cameras showcasing the amazing talent on display during Week 6 of NJ high school football. Notre Dame’s Cole Williams is one of ten nominees for the JSZ Top Play Belt. Watch our Top Plays and cast your vote NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Previous Top Play Winners
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. 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 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 Football Highlights from 10.12
Week Six of high school football gives us another full plate of highlights courtesy of Jersey Sports Zone. We’ll got highlights of 11 games including a Top 20 showdown between Ramapo and Wayne Hills, St. Joe-Montvale has a road test at Don Bosco and a brother-to-brother game winner you don’t want to miss. Watch the teaser of our coverage and then scroll down below to watch all the action! No. 4 St. Joseph (Mont.) 31 No. 9 Don Bosco 10 Last year when St. Joseph (Montvale) and Don Bosco met it was Joe’s pulling off an exciting fourth quarter comeback to take down the infamous Ironmen 16-15. Friday’s matchup was more of a one sided battle early on. The Green Knights were able to get ahead in the first two quarters with their ground and pound offense for a 2 score lead at the half. In the second act after letting up a touchdown to make it a one score game sophomore running back Audric Estime answered back with a 61 yard touchdown to shift the momentum back to St. Joe’s. Quarterback Michael Alaimo finished 8-14, for 99 passing yards and two touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Ramapo 38 Wayne Hills 22 Senior quarterback AJ Wingfield led Ramapo with 257 yards passing and three first half touchdown passes as the Raiders trounced Wayne Hills in a showdown between two of the top public schools across the Garden State. Luke Ragone powered Ramapo’s rushing attack in the second half with 105 of his 128 yards rushing in the third and fourth quarters. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand in Wayne for the 52nd meeting in this North Jersey rivalry: Hammonton 20 Winslow 14 Kyle Vandever connected with his younger brother, Kevin Vandever, for a wide-open, 69-yard game-winning touchdown as time expired in a thrilling last minute win for the Hammonton Blue Devils over Winslow. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the call on one of the most exciting plays this season: Phillipsburg 42 Westfield 14 Two programs with a lot of football history faced off in Phillipsburg this evening, where QB Jack Stagaard and WR Sterling Walker-Sutton put on a show. Stagaard completed 10 of 13 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while Walker-Sutton scored three touchdowns, including a 92 yard kick return. Check out full highlights of this one now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thank you for your continued support of Liner athletics! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Thank you Mr. Bramnick for sponsoring our coverage of Blue Devil athletics! St. Joseph (Met.) 21 South Brunswick 0 The Falcons used their punishing ground game and beefy offensive line to overpower defending state champs South Brunswick at home Friday. The shutout marked the first time since 2009 that South Brunswick hadn’t scored in a game. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has the highlights from a convincing win for St. Joseph’s (Met.): Freehold Township 13 Freehold Boro 10 Nick Reardon’s 1-yard TD pass to Kyle Von Tessen in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Patriots used four 4th quarter turnovers to win the Duke Trophy. JSZ has highlights of a great crosstown battle from the Shore Conference: Thankst to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall for sponsoring JSZ’s Freehold Boro coverage and allowing us to bring you the Duke Trophy showdown! Red Bank Regional 35 Raritan 14 The Bucs scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to score a huge road win and reach 5-1 on the season. Nigel Mitchell and Makai Mickens combined for 242 yards rushing and three scores and Mickens added two interceptions on defense. Senior defensive tackle Kashaun Turner made three huge plays in the fourth quarter resulting in two sacks, a fumble recovery and a caused fumble that allowed Gavin Mahoney to score a 51 yard TD to close out the scoring. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Hazlet: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply (Red Bank Regional) and BCB-Bayshore (Raritan) for supporting their hometown teams. Sponsors are how we can bring you great high school coverage all year long Long Branch 26 Wall 0 Jermaine Corbett ran back the opening kickoff 87 yards for a score and added a two yard TD run and Marc Dennis threw TD passes to give Long Branch a bounce back win from last week’s loss to RBC. The Green Wave defense recorded its third shutout of 2018 with Devyn Blount delivering two interceptions in the first half. JSZ has the highlights of Long Branch getting to 5-1 on the season: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Long Branch Green Wave is made possible by Rosario Realty Burlington Township 41 Allentown 7 Dan Grozozski threw for 303 yards and 5 TD passes as the Falcons broke open a 14-7 half time lead with 27 second half points to improve to 6-0. Isaiah Pae led the receiving corps with 6 catches for 131 yards and 2 TD catches. JSZ has highlights of Burlington Township improving to 6-0 with an impressive road win: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Allentown Redbirds is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Notre Dame 39 Hopewell Valley 16 The Irish got 250 yards of offense and four total touchdown from the twin brothers Cortaz and Cole Williams to pick up their fifth straight win. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess in Lawrenceville: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of both Hopewell Valley and Notre Dame Buena 42 Clayton 6 The Buena Chiefs yet again played their suffocating style of football as they are now 6-0 on the year after another lopsided WJFL win. The Chiefs have outscored their opponents 234-33 so far throughout their dominant 2018 campaign. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Watch JSZ Soccer Highlights from 10.9
JSZ has highlights from three boys showdowns including Watchung Hills and Phillipsburg, Jackson Memorial clinching the Shore’s “A” South crown and the state ranked showdown between Pingry and Hillsborough Hillsborough 2 Pingry 1 The Raiders rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit with goals from Justin Dominique and Alfredo Gonzalez to improve to 10-0-1 on the season and secure the top seed in the upcoming Somerset County Tournament. JSZ has the highlights and post-match reaction with Madison Bess: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Jackson Memorial 5 Toms River North 1 – Boys Soccer Joe Schlageter had a natural hat trick with the game’s first three goals and Dan Russo added two more as the Jags improve to 11-1 and clinch the Shore Conference’s “A” South crown for a second straight year. JSZ has the highlights of Shore Conference soccer in Jackson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Toms River North is made possible by CJA Construction Watchung Hills 3 Phillipsburg 3 – Boys Soccer Phillipsburg kept pace with Watchung. The Warriors came into this game with just one loss, but the Stateliners showed no fear. They stayed right with the Skyland Conference power throughout the game and end this one with a tie. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thank you Garnet Booster Club for the continued support!
Game winners, defense headline JSZ Week 5 “Play of the Week” Nominees
We’ve got 10 more nominees captured by JSZ cameras showcasing the amazing talent on display during Week 4 of NJ high school football. Seton Hall Prep’s Aidan Gilman is one of ten nominees for the JSZ Top Play Belt. Watch our Top Plays and cast your vote NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm Take Our Poll Previous Top Play Winners
Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 10.5
What a week! Friday night lights action from Week Five did not disappoint. Throughout the night, Jersey Sports Zone will be posting highlights from 10 games across the Garden State. Those include an overtime thriller between St. Peter’s Prep and Don Bosco Prep, Red Bank Catholic’s huge Shore Conference win, a last-second bonanza in Sayreville and a bevy of other games from all parts of the state. Watch our teaser video then scroll down to watch all 10 games of action: St. Peter’s Prep 26 Don Bosco Prep 23 (OT) St. Peter’s Prep quarterback Maasai Maynor led the Marauders with a four-touchdown performance including a five-yard touchdown run in overtime to capture a 26-23 win over Don Bosco Prep. Maynor tallied 325 yards in the offensive outburst for St. Peter’s Prep. The win comes six days after the Marauders mustered 13 points against a stout DePaul Catholic defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Ramsey for this North Jersey instant classic: Sayreville 13 Edison 12 There was only 0.5 seconds left on the clock, but that was enough time for Mark Whitford to find Jacari Carter in the corner of the end zone from 18 yards out to give Sayreville a dramatic win on the road. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis was there to capture all the excitement from one of the best finshes from the 2018 season: Red Bank Catholic 41 Long Branch 14 The Caseys took over a 14-14 game with six minutes to go in the third with 27 unanswered points to get to 6-0 on the season. Steve Lubischer had a 49 yard TD run and two TD passes, both caught by MJ Wright. Billy Guidetti had three scores on the ground. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from the big Shore Conference showdown: This great game was made possible thanks to Playa Bowls of Red Bank (RBC sponsor) and Rosario Realty (Long Branch sponsor) Haddonfield 27 West Deptford 21 Haddonfield quarterback Jay Foley accounted for three touchdowns in a 27-21 win against West Deptford in a rematch of last year’s South Jersey Group II Sectional title game. The Bulldawgs now move onto an impressive 6-0 start on the 2018 and have become one of South Jersey’s top talents. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has all the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone is proud to partner with NJM Insurance to sponsor South Jersey athletics all year long! Middletown South 14 Toms River North 13 Trevor Brey’s 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter with a Chris Kaldrovics extra point gave the Eagles a fifth straight win and a one-point victory at Toms River North. The Eagles executed a number of key third down conversions which was the key to clinching the Shore Conference’s American Division. JSZ has the highlights of a much-anticipated matchup in Ocean County: Thanks to Monmouth Building Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Middletown South Eagles. Toms River North action on JSZ is made possible courtesy of CJA Construction Notre Dame 28 Hightstown 7 After dropping their season opener against Allentown, Notre Dame has bounced back with four straight victories. In their latest matchup with Hightstown the Irish got ahead early thanks to a pair of touchdowns from running back Cortaz Williams to lead 21-7 at halftime. In the second half both teams would lead back to back defensive stands, but Notre Dame quarterback Robbie Buecker would put one last score on the board to get his team the W. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Hightstown coverage. We look forward to bringing you more Irish and Rams athletics all year long! Phillipsburg 56 Hillsborough 6 Phillipsburg football is famous for producing outstanding running backs, thanks to players like Joe Green. However, tonight the Liners showed off a second offensive threat. Senior QB, Jack Stagaard lead Pburg to a win over Hillsborough, after throwing for over 250 yards and 3 touchdowns. If you learn one thing this from this game, it should be that Phillipsburg has a plethora of offensive talent. Our MMJ Courtney DuPont has the highlights for you! Check them out now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you Princeton Ortho for the continued support of Raider Athletics! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this great sponsor JSZ will bring you exciting Liner highlights all season long! Holmdel 21 Donovan Catholic 11 Cameron LaMountain had two TD runs to hand Donovan Catholic its first loss of the season. The Hornets improve to 4-1 and stand alone atop the Shore Conference’s National Division. Watch JSZ’s highlights of Holmdel’s big win in Toms River: BCB-Bayshore, Your Community Bank, is the reason we can bring you great highlights from the Holmdel Hornets all year long Red Bank Regional 35 Toms River East 7 The Bucs got two TD’s from Nigel Mitchell and continue to turn heads in the Shore Conference with a 4-1 record. RBR raced out to a 21-0 lead at the end of one and led 35-0 after a Makai Mickens 40 yard TD run in the third quarter. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess in Little Silver: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for allowing us to be on hand for so many special moments from the 2018 football season! Kingsway 21 Hammonton 14 The Kingsway Dragons used a potent ground game to edge out a one-score victory over the Hammonton Blue Devils on Friday night. Running back AJ Butler notched 77 yards and a pair of scores to push Kingsway to 4-2 on the season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the great highlights:
Watch JSZ Soccer Highlights from 10.1
Jersey Sports Zone brings you four games of high school boys soccer action from around New Jersey on Monday including the start of the HWS County Tournament Phillipsburg 6 Hopatcong 0 Round one of the HWS County Tournament started today at Phillipsburg High School where the Liners took on the Chiefs of Hopatcong. The Liners had a dominating performance and shutout the Chiefs 6-0. Courtney DuPont has the highlights for you: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club! Thank you Garnet Booster Club for your continued support! Raritan 2 Red Bank Catholic 0 – Boys Soccer Jake Fortune and Patrick Snyder scored goals in the span of 2:51 early in the second half to give the Rockets their fourth consecutive win after starting the season 0-4. JSZ has the highlights of Raritan’s impressive road win on Monday night in Red Bank: Thanks to BCB Bayshore (Raritan) and Playa Bowls of Red Bank (RBC) for sponsoring their hometown teams all year long! Robbinsville 2 Ewing 0 Goals by Mike Manners and Kyle Frostrom in the first and second halves, respectively, were the driving forces as the Robbinsville Ravens collected their fifth win of the season over Ewing. After beating South River last week, the Ravens now have their first win streak of 2018. All the highlights are here: Sponsor Shoutout! Princeton Orthopaedic Associates makes it possible for Jersey Sports Zone to capture so many great sports moments all year long from schools around the state’s capital! South River 2 Carteret 0 Eber Lucas had a goal and an assist as the Rams scored a pair of goals in the second half to pick up their second win of the season. JSZ has the GMC highlights from Monday afternoon: Thanks to Campozino Restaurant for sponsoring our coverage of both Carteret and South River
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 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
40 nominees vie for JSZ Week Two Game Balls
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top performers from Week Two 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 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) North Jersey Take Our Poll Courtney’s Game Ball – Mid-State 38 Take Our Poll Nery’s Game Ball – WJFL 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 2 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 2 Highlights
Vote now for Courtney’s Game Ball
Every Sunday morning Jersey Sports Zone’s MMJ, Courtney DuPont, will publish a poll consisting of the week’s top performers from the mid-state. We ask you, our valued JSZ followers, to vote and tell us who deserves a game ball award. Polls will close promptly at 3:00 PM on Tuesday. Each winner will receive a Game Ball and be featured in a formal JSZ Game Ball Ceremony. Check out the list below and vote for Courtney’s Week 1 winner! Take Our Poll REMINDERS: #1. You can always nominate someone for a Game Ball! Just email Courtney at email@example.com with the following information: Name of player School player plays for Stats for that week #2. Go vote in our other Game Ball polls from around the state!
Watch Soccer Highlights from 9.6
On a day when many games were postponed due to the excessive heat, JSZ brings you two games from Thursday high school soccer Bridgewater-Raritan 1 Phillipsburg 0 | Nathan Bliss 1 Goal, Steve Valastequi 7 Saves Bridgewater-Raritan was ranked the seventh best program in the state last season, and expected 2018 to be a rebuilding year. Fortunately for the Panthers, they have shutout their first two competitors. Phillipsburg’s defense kept them in it, but in the last 12 minutes of this game Nathan Bliss scored the only goal of the day. Check out highlights of this one now: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is made possible by Total Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Sayreville 6 New Brunswick 0 – Girls Soccer Olivia Siviiero scored two goals in the span of 27 seconds and Jacqueline Ventricelli had a pair of goals in Sayreville’s 6-0 home win over New Brunswick. Lauren Attardi added three assists in the win and Stephanie Deocampo and Kristen Signorile also found the net for the Bombers. JSZ has highlights from Thursday night soccer in the Greater Middlesex Conference:
Watch Friday 8.31 JSZ Football Highlights
Once again, the JSZ team has cameras around the state bringing you highlights of Week 0 of New Jersey high school football. Click HERE To watch our Thursday Week 0 coverage featuring eight games Here’s a preview of all the games that are posted below to get you ready for a great Friday night of high school football from all around New Jersey: Don Bosco Prep 22 Byrnes (SC) 17 Don Bosco Prep came out hot Friday night and made a statement. The Ironmen capitalized on a 19-point fourth quarter rally to topple the Byrnes (SC) Rebels, who took down Don Bosco Prep last year. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand in Ramsey for this 48-minute battle: Red Bank Catholic 41 Saint John Vianney 14 Steve Lubischer had two TD runs and a TD pass to account for over 200 yards of offense as the Caseys ended the 38 game Shore Conference winning streak of SJV. Lubischer’s TD’s all came in the first half as the Caseys took a 20-0 lead into the halftime locker room. From there, coach Frank Edgerly’s team turned to its ground game as they produced three second-half TD runs by three different players. Kavon Chambers ran for 152 yards in a losing effort. Watch JSZ’s coverage of the big Shore Conference showdown in Holmdel: Our sponsors are the reason we can bring you great coverage of high school sports in New Jersey. Thanks to BCB Bayshore (SJV) and Playa Bowls (RBC) for their support of Jersey Sports Zone and backing their hometown teams! Elizabeth 35 Bridgewater-Raritan 28 | LeShane Taylor 2 Passing TD’s, 179 yds, 2 Rushing TD’s, 137 yds After falling the North 2 Group 5 State Final to Westfield for the third year in a row Bridgewater-Raritan was looking to kick off the season with a W, except Elizabeth had other plans. When these two last met the Panthers won in a 35-0 shut out. This time around it was Elizabeth getting the upper hand coming out on top 35-28 thanks to a fantastic 4 touchdown performance from LeShane Taylor. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage on JSZ. We look forward to bringing you Panther athletics all year long! Thanks to Total Rehab & Sports Medicine for their support of Bridgewater-Raritan and allowing us to capture great moments throughout the 2018-19 season. Somerville 35 Delbarton 7 | Jalan Dabney 4 Passing TDs, 1 Rushing TD, 339 Yds The Somerville Pioneers took a trip to the North Super Conference to face Delbarton in their season opener. Jalan Dabney and the Pioneers outplayed the big north school is every way. Dabney had 339 total yards and took part in 5 touchdowns, while Kyree Hiton score off of what could be the play of the year. Check out the full highlights now: Phillipsburg 35 Warren Hills 7 | Jack Staggard 205 Passing Yds, 2 TDs Warren Hills and Phillipsburg may only be a 15 minute drive from one another, but the two football programs had not played since 2009. As expected though, P-Burg’s Smash Mouth Football style allowed them to plow through Warren Hills’ defensive line. Joe Green had two rushing touchdowns, while Jack Staggard showed off his passing abilities with 205 total passing yards. Check out highlights now: Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club for supporting Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg State College (PA) 19 Saint Augustine Prep 7 Cohen Russell had two first-half touchdowns as State College came to South Jersey to score a win at Saint Augustine Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Williamstown 24 Vineland 7 UMass commit JC Collins had two TD runs and a TD pass as Williamstown overcame an early 7-0 deficit to open the season with an impressive road win. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from South Jersey: Lacey 14 Ocean 12 The Lions score two third-quarter touchdowns and sophomore Chase Granit ran for 130 yards to help Lacey score a Week 0 road win. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction:
2018 Phillipsburg Football Preview
Phillipsburg Returns with Unfinished Business After an undefeated regular season last year, Phillipsburg suffered two tragic losses leaving them with a 10-2 record and no sectional title. This season, Frank Duffy and his team say they have unfinished business. Both Jack Staggard and Joe Green believe that this year’s squad could have another undefeated run and challenge for the sectional title they missed out on in 2017. Checkout Phillipsburg’s season preview now: Stateliners’ 2018 Schedule: Friday, August 31 – 7:00 WARREN HILLS Friday, September 7 – 7:00 FRANKLIN Friday, September 14 – 7:00 @ Hunterdon Central Friday, September 21 – 7:00 UNION Friday, September 28 – 7:00 BRIDGEWATER-RARITAN Friday, October 5 – 7:00 @ Hillsborough Friday, October 12 – 7:00 WESTFIELD Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Ridge Thursday, November 22 – 10:30 Easton Game @ Lafayette College Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Pburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this dedicated booster club JSZ will bring you exciting Stateliner highlights all year long!
Most Notable Roster Gaps for North/Central Jersey in 2018
Somerville | Defending Group 3 Sectional Champions | 23-15 Playoff Record w/ 7 Titles Biggest Losses: Ryan Kovacs Ryan Hrabinski Marcus Burnside North Hunterdon | Defending Group 4 Sectional Champions | 4-6 Playoff Record w/ 1 Title Biggest Losses: Matt Busher Jared McMahon & Billy Russo Connor McMahon Phillipsburg | Group 4 Sectional Runner-up | 31-14 Playoff Record w/ 7 Titles Biggest Losses: Sean Morrow The Boothman Triplets Nick Josselyn & Zach Leong Westfield | Defending Group 5 Sectional Champions | 16-14 Playoff Record w/ 4 Titles Biggest Losses: Drew Ortiz Juandre House Joe SanGiacomo Jake Vall-Llobera Bridgewater-Raritan | Group 5 Sectional Runner-up | 7-9 Playoff Record w/ 0 Titles Biggest Losses: Dave Usewick Justin Bryant Lawrence Nice Brandon Myers Chike Nwankwo
NJ’s Female Wrestlers may Get Legitimate Opportunity at Individual State Title in 2018-2019 Season
Over the last decade, female wrestling has exploded across the country. In the last year the number of states sanctioning girl v girl wrestling has jumped from seven to 12. Will Jersey be the next? JSZ caught up with a couple of female wrestlers and coaches from two of the state’s strongest wrestling programs to see what they thought. Check it out now:
Architects Golf Club Hosts Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Golf Outing!
Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Fundraiser at Architects Golf Club: Head Coach of Phillipsburg football, Frank Duffy, hosts the Liner’s annual golf outing at Architects Golf Club. The Liners, who saw some State Championship action last year, are preparing for another exciting football season. This event raises money for the team, and gives them an opportunity to attend a pre-season camp at Bloomsburg University, update the program’s uniforms, and continue the program’s tradition of numerous team activities throughout the school year. Check out the video below to learn more about this exciting day: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to these Boosters, JSZ will bring you great features and exciting highlights all year long!
Phillipsburg’s Nick Helman is a Mid-State Game Ball Winner!
Nick Helman | Phillipsburg | Mid-State Game Ball Ceremony Nick went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs in this year’s annual P-Burg vs Easton Game. This special rivalry has held up for decades, and Helman’s performance was nothing short of impressive. Check out Nick’s Game Ball Ceremony now: Take Our Poll Total Votes: 3,068 Sponsor Alert! Coverage of P-Burg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you great Liner highlights all season long!
Watch Can’t Miss Lacrosse Highlights from 5.8!
Delbarton – 9 Mountain Lakes – 5 | Morris County Championship The Delbarton School came into Tuesday night’s Morris County Final boasting 5 consecutive County Championships to go along with a current No. 1 ranking in The NJ Top 20. Despite that, the Green Wave was still able to find motivation in an underdog mentality. Seeded No. 2 behind Mountain Lakes in the tournament, Delbarton was out to prove that it was once again the very best in Morris County. Michael Long scored a hat trick, and Yale bound goalie Miles Leniw had an incredible 14 saves, as The Green Wave made it a six-beat, taking down Mountain Lakes 9-5 to capture the Morris County Crown. Watch highlights and post game of Delbarton and Mountain Lakes on JSZ! North Hunterdon 12 Phillipsburg 11 (OT) – Boys LAX H/W/S County Quarterfinals Looking for an exciting county tournament lacrosse game? Check out this overtime thriller! North Hunterdon and Phillipsburg ride a roller coaster of emotions in this one, but it was the Lions who came away with the win. The McMahon twins combined for a total of 8 goals, including the game winner in OT. Check out highlights of this exciting game now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this generous sponsor JSZ will bring you exciting Liner highlights all season long! Rumson-Fair Haven 10 Wall 9 – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals Peter Lucas scored a pair of goals including what proved to be the game-winner as the RFH Bulldogs were able to make a last-second defensive stand to give them a spot in the SCT semifinals and a date with #1 seed CBA. Wyatt Feinberg led the RFH attack with four goals. Wall was led by Jack Textor and Will Forte who had three goals apiece. Watch the highlights from a great quarterfinal showdown in Rumson: Thanks to ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs Red Bank Catholic 10 Freehold Township 5 – SCT Girls Quarterfinals Abi George scored back to back goals in the span of 48 seconds to give the Caseys a second-half cushion and earn a spot in the Shore Conference semifinals. The #2 seed will face #3 Manasquan on Thursday in the SCT Semifinals at Ocean Township High School. Kristen Pezzullo had a five-point game with a goal and four assists. Mackenzie Boyle and Grace Gargiulo both scored hat tricks to help the Caseys reach the 18-1 mark. JSZ has highlights from Red Bank; Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is made possible by Playa Bowls of Red Bank Allentown 5 Notre Dame 2 – Mercer County Semifinals Girls The second meeting between second seed Allentown and third seed Notre Dame did not disappoint as fans were treated to a tight defensive battle that also featured some dominating scoring from the Red Bird’s three sport standout and Rutger’s Girls Lacrosse commit Marin Hartshorn. Hartshorn found net four times to advance Allentown to the Mercer County Tournament final to face top seed Lawrenceville on 5/8 at West Windsor- Plainsboro North. Watch the highlights now: Lawrenceville 15 Princeton 7 – Mercer County Semifinals Girls No. 1 seed Lawrenceville has punched a ticket to the Mercer County Tournament Championship after a 15-7 win over fourth seed Princeton. Big Red was led by Georgetown bound Annabelle Albert who scored 5 goals. The title game will feature a rematch between Lawrenceville and No. 2 Allentown, the first meeting was an 11-10 thriller with the Red Birds falling just short at the end so expect some physical action on 5/10. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown, Notre Dame, Lawrenceville and Princeton coverage all year round on JSZ!!
Vote for Courtney’s Mid-State Game Balls!
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 Poll: Take Our Poll Softball Poll: Take Our Poll Reminder! You can always nominate a deserving player for a Game Ball! Just email Courtney DuPont (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
Check out JSZ’s Baseball Highlights from 4.30
Perth Amboy – 1 St. Joes Metuchen 0 | GMC Baseball Pitching duel or defensive showdown, call it what you want. Hits and runs were tough to come by for Perth Amboy and St. Joseph Metuchen. After 12 innings of scoreless baseball, Bryan Valenzuela came to the plate with a runner on 3rd base and one thing on his mind; Winning. Valenzuela did just that, a walk off basehit to right field from the junior third baseman gave Perth Amboy a 1-0 victory over St. Joes. Jose Peralta picked up the W on the mound coming on in reflief for starter Virgilia Cabrera who went 9 1/3 innings, with 5 K’s and zero runs for the Panthers. His counterpart Jake Hellwig kept pace with 9 IP, and 6 K’s in the loss for St. Joes. Watch highlights of the extra inning thriller on JSZ! Easton 11 Phillipsburg 4 – Annual Rivalry Game The Phillipsburg v Easton game is a tradition that can lasted decades between the two riverside towns. This year Easton got their second straight victory in the rivalry game thanks to senior Zach Spray, who went 3 for 3 with a homer. Also, starting pitcher Scott Poulson, threw flawlessly through the third inning and kept P-burg off balance all day; however, it was Nick Helman of Phillipsburg who put a damper on Poulson’s impressive outing after going 2 for 3 at the plate and picking up 3 of the Stateliner’s 4 RBIs. Check out highlights of this great tradition now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. thank to this sponsor JSZ will bring you highlights of Stateliner athletics all season long! Nottingham 8 Steinert 1 With the Mercer County Tournament seeding approaching 8-4 Steinert came into Monday night’s Colonial Valley Conference showdown looking to earn a higher spot as they took on favored crosstown rival 13-2 Nottingham. The Spartans who have been impacted by injuries and some off the issues came in winning three of their last five. However, it was Nottingham’s day as they would pull away with an 8-1 victory thanks to a 3 RBI performance from Monmouth University bound Nick Houghton. As the county tournament kicks off in a couple days this might not be the last time these two meet this season. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Nottingham and Steinert coverage all year round on JSZ! Rumson-Fair Haven 10 Red Bank Regional 1 RFH erupted for five runs in the top of the first inning and Alex Burnett was tremendous striking out 10 over six innings to give the Bulldogs a regular-season split with their rival. Gordon Forsyth went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s and Thomas Forlenza and Thomas Elgrim contributed 2 RBI’s apiece. Watch the highlights of Monday Shore Conference baseball from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is made possible by ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch. Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for their support of Red Bank Regional.
Watch JSZ 4.26 Baseball Highlights
Red Bank Catholic 7 Monmouth Regional 6 (8 innings) David Glancy launched three towering solo homers in three consecutive at-bats as the Caseys rallied for an extra-innings win. RBC had a 6-2 lead in the 6th inning after Glancy’s third blast of the game, but Monmouth Regional rallied for four runs in the bottom of the frame starting with an Eli Rife 2-run homer, a Justin Scotto RBI double and a Ricky Voss base hit to left that plated Scotto. In the 8th, Ryan O’Hara hit a fly ball to left that was dropped bringing home Glancy with the game-winning run. Watch the highlights of a wild game in Tinton Falls! Jersey Sports Zone can capture great moments like David Glancy’s three HR game because of Playa Bowls in Red Bank. Thanks to Playa Bowls for supporting our RBC coverage on JSZ TR North – 12 TR South – 2 (6 Innings) After 5 and half innings, it was looking like there was going to be another chapter added to one of the great high school baseball rivalries in New Jersey. Toms River North and Toms River South were tied at 2, before the Mariners erupted for 9 runs in the bottom of the 5th, capped off by a 3-RBI Home Run from Penn bound Craig Larsen. Jared Bellissimo pitched all 6 innings with 9 K’s for the win. Toms River North improves to 8-4, South drops back to .500 at 6-6. Watch Highlights of the Toms River Civil War on JSZ! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Toms River North is made possible by Peak Coaching for Success Sparta 4 Phillipsburg 0 – HWS County Tournament | Cole Patten 12 Strikeouts Second round of the HWS County Tournament, and the Spartans took down the Stateliners. Cole Patten pitched a shutout for Sparta with 12 strikeouts, while Eric Castorina went three for three at the plate. Highlights now available: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this generous sponsor JSZ will bring you the best Liner highlights all season long! Washington Township 11 Eastern 9 | NJ’s #1 team upset Washington Township used a 10-run 3rd inning to race out to an 11-0 lead before holding off a comeback attempt by NJ’s top-ranked team in the current state polls. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from a great game in Southern Jersey:
Vote for this Week’s Mid-State Game Ball Winners!
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 Poll Take Our Poll Softball Poll 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
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Phillipsburg 11 High Point 1 | HS Softball | Round 1 of HWS County Tournament High Point’s Casey Rutter smashes a homer in the second inning to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, but P-Burg’s bats were on fire following that. Jewel Gonzalez, Bella Beviss, and Angela Largo do some damage at the plate, while Safia Bokhari pitches a four hitter complete game. Full highlights now available: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this generous sponsor JSZ will bring you exciting Liner highlights all year long! South River 20 Middlesex 12 South River trying to shake off a shut out loss to Bound Brook had an offensive day to remember against Middlesex. The Rams grabbed 12 hits, Haley Joynes batted a perfect one .1000 on the day and picked up 6 RBI’s. South River improving to 9-2 showing the GMC they might be the ones to beat. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you Campozino Restaurant of South River for sponsoring our South River coverage on JSZ. Because of Campozino we’ll be able to bring you Rams highlights all year long!
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Ridge 4 Phillipsburg 3 | HS Baseball | Ridge Remains Undefeated The undefeated Ridge Red Devils where challenged today by the 6-3 Liners. Phillipsburg out hit the Ridge 6-5, but could not outscore them. After a game-saving play from Devin Stieglitz in the bottom of the 7th, the game was forced into extra innings, but a single to left from Greg Bozzo and a wild throw to first would get the Red Devils the 4-3 walk off win. Highlights coming soon: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this generous sponsor JSZ will bring you the best Liner highlights all season long! Allentown 10 No. 13 Nottingham 2 The last time No. 13 Nottingham and Allentown met it was a 3-0 thriller that ended with the North Stars remaining undefeated against the defending state champions. In the latest match up it was the unranked Red Birds who would get revenge with a 7 run inning in the sixth to come out on top in a 10-2 upset victory. Guisseppe Arcuri who went 3-4 contributed 2 RBI’s and pitcher AJ Ariano struck out 7 batters and allowed just 4 hits and 2 earned runs. Watch the highlights and our post game with Ariano and Arcuri: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown and Nottingham coverage! Middletown North 18 Middletown South 15 A wild Shore Conference game under the lights in Middletown as the Lions score 11 runs in a 2-out rally in the 4th inning to surge to the lead in a game that featured 33 runs. Middletown South jumped out to a 5-0 lead before North scored 4 runs in the 3rd. Tyler Ras capped off the 11 run frame with a three-run triple and an error that allowed him to score. Middletown South answered with four runs in the 4th and 5th to get within two runs, but the Lions were able to add three more runs in the late innings to split the season series with their crosstown rival. Watch the wild ride now! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is made possible by Prown’s Windows & Doors
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Phillipsburg 11 North Warren 5 – Bobby Coury & Shane Rivera North Warren did score the first goal of this game, but the Liners would come out on top. After initially being down 1-0 the Liners proceeded to score 6 unanswered goals and win this game 11-5. Coury & Rivera lead the scoring, both with hat tricks and multiple assists. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of PBurg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club JSZ will bring you the best PBurg highlights all season long! Robbinsville 13 West Windsor- Plainsboro South 6 Coming off a tough loss to No. 4 Christian Brothers Academy, Robbinsville looking to get back in stride in their Colonial Valley Conference matchup with West Windsor- Plainsboro South. The ravens struck first to take 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, West Windsor battled back to make it a 6-5 guy midway through the third. In the fourth Robbisnville’s Jake Veres and Dom Rodriguez scored the teams last seven goals to give them a 13-6 victory. The day was eclipsed by the duo’s scoring abilities; Dom Rodriguez scored five times and Veres found net for a whopping seven goals. Watch the highlights below: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Robbinsville and West Windsor- Plainsboro South coverage on JSZ. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates we will be able to bring you Ravens and Pirates athletics all year round!
Vote for Courtney’s Mid-State Game Balls for 4/7 – 4/13
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) Softball Poll Take Our Poll Baseball Poll Take Our Poll Reminder! You can always nominate a deserving player for a Game Ball! Just email Courtney DuPont (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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Seton Hall Prep 9 Hunterdon Central 8 – Boys No. 12, Hunterdon Central, took on No. 2, Seton Hall Prep tonight at Hunterdon Central High. After the first half, it looked like the Red Devils had an upset in the making with a 5-1 lead. Seton Hall Prep on the other hand, made effective halftime adjustments that forced the game into sudden death, and ultimately gave the Pirates their fourth victory of the season. Check out highlights of this exciting game now: Pleasant Valley 6 Phillipsburg 12 – Girls Phillipsburg gets their first win of the season with a 12-6 win over Pleasant Valley (PA). The Bears could not match the scoring powers of Emily Weis, Abby Evans, and Shanley Waterson who each had three goals. Highlights now available: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ will bring you the best Liner highlights all season!
Vote for Courtney’s Game Ball Winners from Opening Week!
Each week JSZ will bring you ten nominations, both baseball and softball, for our weekly Mid-State Game Ball award. These nominations are composed of the athletes who had top, player of the week-worthy, performances across the Mid-State. Vote for your favorite athlete, and this week’s winner will be awarded a JSZ Game Ball & Game Ball Ceremony. (Polls close Tuesday at 3PM) Softball Game Ball Nominations: Take Our Poll Baseball Game Ball Nominations: 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
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Voorhees 3 Phillipsburg 2 Phillipsburg may have had a early lead, but errors hurt them in the end. Voorhees’ Brian Bednarz puts down walk-off bunt takes down the Liner 3-2. Check out the highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of P-Burg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this generous sponsor we will have great Liner highlights all season long! Nottingham 13 Hightstown 6 Saturday’s game between Nottingham and Hightstown was an unusual one to be at. What started out as a lopsided matchup with the visiting North Stars leading by 10 going into the bottom of the fifth saw a shift in tides. Hightstown down to their final three outs due to 10 run mercy rule beyond the fifth inning got new life as the Rams rallied to put 5 runs on the board to continue playing. After an 8 strikeout and one earned run day on the mound Phil Rojek took a seat for Nottingham, however following the shaky fifth inning he would return to add 2 more K’s to his stat sheet. The Northstars would hold on to win, but the heart from the team down for most of the contest was something special in its own. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown and West Windsor- Plainsboro North coverage!
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Immaculata 5 Phillipsburg 4 – Mike Golankewicz 3 Hits The Spartan’s hosted P-Burg in their 2018 home opener with 30 mph winds blowing wildly through Diamond Nation. Pitchers were challenged, while lefty batters thrived; in fact, Immaculata’s Mike Golankewicz contributed three hits and lead his team to a 5-4 win. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this generous sponsors, JSZ will bring you the best of liner athletics all season long!
Phillipsburg Wins Home Opener with a Walk-Off from Gonzalez
Phillipsburg 5 Voorhees 4 Opening day was exciting for the Lady Liners. With the Vikings leading 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th things looked bleak, that was until, Ashley Warner and Jewel Gonzalez stepped up to the plate. Warner tied the game up at 4 with a double to center, while Gonzalez drove her in with a walk-off single to win the game. Full highlights of this exiting home opener now available: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club, JSZ will bring you the best of Liner athletics all year long!
Mabrey, Reid grab top honors at JSZ Basketball Banquet
Lights, Camera, Action! Before the big night begins we caught up with our Player of the Year finalists, the best dressed and get answers to burning questions from the best in the garden state. Check out post-banquet interviews with some of our All-State Stars and coaches, as well as, highlights from the first ever JSZ All-State Basketball Banquet: Dara Mabrey wins JSZ 2018 Miss Hoop Zone Manasquan’s Dara Mabrey led her team to a triple title: Shore Conference, state and Tournament of Champions winner. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo chronicles an amazing senior season: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Dara MabreyManasquan276294 Diamond MillerFranklin212838 Faith MasoniusManasquan27626 Tori HydukeRumson-Fair Haven18726 Leilani CorreaRutgers Prep41418 Michelle SidorSaddle River Day22313 Mikayla MarkhamSaint Rose1127 Lucy ThomasSaint Rose0146 Kylee WatsonMainland1014 Danielle RobinsonUniversity0011 A special thanks to the coaches and statewide media who vote for Miss Hoop Zone Coaches: Piscataway, Red Bank Regional, Mendham, Waldwick, Holmdel, Cherokee, Pascack Valley, Gloucester Catholic, Point Pleasant Beach, Southern Regional, Saint John Vianney, Barnegat, Ocean Township, Mater Dei Prep, RBC, Middletown South, Delaware Valley, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Bernards, Patrick School, Bishop Ahr, Passaic, Allentown, Hopewell Valley, Trenton Catholic, Franklin, Steinert, Rumson-Fair Haven, Middletown South Media: Sherlon Christie, Asbury Park Press, B. Gould, NJ.com, Jason Bernstein, NJ.com, GThing Basketball, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, Alex Lorenzo, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Gregg Lerner, Shore Sports Network Meet JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone Finalists! Three outstanding players with bright futures ahead of them Naz Reid wins JSZ 2018 Mister Hoop Zone Roselle Catholic’s Naz Reid has claimed JSZ’s Player of the Year honor. The future LSU Tiger led the Lions to the Tournament of Champions title with spectacular play in March. Learn more about a future star in college basketball and beyond: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Naz ReidRoselle Catholic149565 Jahvon QuinerlyHudson Catholic7141059 Jalen CareyMontclair Immaculate45931 Ron Harper, Jr.Bergen Catholic61323 Bryan AntoineRanney60321 Scottie LewisRanney24519 Tavon JonesLinden24115 Paul MulcahyGill St. Bernards1218 Ray Bethea, Jr.Atlantic City1003 Dean Noll Shawnee0113 Thanks to the coaches and media who voted for our Mister Hoop Zone in 2018 Coaches: Union, Manasquan, Barnegat, Bergen Catholic, Delsea, Newark East Side, Watchung Hills, Roselle Catholic, Bishop Ahr, Matawan, Middletown North, Rumson-Fair Haven, Somerville, Don Bosco Prep, Bloomfield, Verona, Ranney, Hun School, West Milford, Central Regional, Montclair, Linden, River Dell, Notre Dame, Camden Catholic, Hopewell Valley, Saint Peter’s Prep, Media: Adam Zagoria, Sherlong Christie – Asbury Park Press, Jay Gomes, R. Greco, Coast to Coast, Dave’s Joint, Nj.Com, Rich Chrampanis JSZ, Alex Lorenzo JSZ, Jay Cook JSZ Meet the other finalists for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone – two players destined to do great things next year in college hoops! Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Girls Basketball Team! NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Alexis AdamsSouth BrunswickBridgett AndreeTrinity HallDara MabreyManasquan - 2018 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.Brelynn BellamySt. John VianneyDiamond MillerFranklin - 2018 Miss HZ Finalist Julia CunninghamWatchung HillsSajada BonnerSt. John VianneyTori HydukeRumson-Fair Haven - 2018 JSZ Miss HZ Finalist Alexandra GeorgeOld TappanMadison DoringSt. John VianneyFaith MasoniusManasquan - 2018 Miss HZ Finalist Camille GrayFranklinSarah KarpellSt. John Vianney Mya GrimesEwingMikayla MarkhamSaint Rose Nicole JohnsonEast BrunswickLovin MarsicanoSaint Rose Lindsey MackSecaucusLucy ThomasSaint Rose LaNiya MillerPiscatawayRose CaverlyRed Bank Catholic Lola MullaneyManasquanHayley MooreRed Bank Catholic Teresa OrtizUniversityKatie RiceRed Bank Catholic Danielle RobinsonUniversityLeilani CorreaRutgers Prep Kylee WatsonMainlandJahsyni KnightRutgers Prep Ryan WeiseAllentownMegan HornPingry Teresa WolakBridgewater-RaritanKaley RansomPingry Imani LewisLife Center Academy Jada Queen Trenton Catholic Kaela ReedTrenton Catholic Michelle SidorSaddle River Day Jaida PatrickSaddle River Day Sydney WatkinsSaddle River Day Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team NameSchoolName SchoolName School Ray Bethea, Jr.Atlantic CityPrecious AchiuwaSt. Benedict's PrepLester QuinonesSt. Benedict's Prep Mike DePersiaHaddonfieldSavior AkuwovoRanneyAhmadu SarnorRanney Dylan DeveneyShawneeBryan AntoineRanneyBrendan ThieleSt. Peter's Prep Aaron EstradaWoodburyAl-Amir DawesPatrick SchoolAndre ToureSt. Benedict's Prep Kyion FlandersWildwoodCartier BowmanNotre DameKahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic Danny FrauenheimPoint Pleasant BeachAaron ClarkePope JohnJustin WinstonMontclair-Immaculate Steve GeisWallMarc DadikaSt. Mary's-Rutherford Corey GreerCamdenMarcellus EarlingtonDon Bosco PrepNaz ReidRoselle Catholic - 2018 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Rob HigginsMiddletown NorthCaleb FieldsWildwood CatholicJahvon QuinerlyHudson Catholic - 2018 JSZ Mr. HZ Finalist Jahid JenkinsNewark East SideZach FreemantleBergen CatholicJalen CareyMontclair-Immaculate - 2018 JSZ Mr. HZ Finalist Darell JohnsonNottinghamAlanzo FrinkRoselle Catholic Tavon JonesLindenRon Harper, Jr. Bergen Catholic Cliff JosephNottinghamAlex ImegwuSeton Hall Prep Jared KimbroughNeptuneKenny JonesMater Dei Prep Chris MannPhillipsburgLouis KingHudson Catholic Dean NollShawneeScottie LewisRanney Ian O'ConnorRumson-Fair HavenValdir ManuelPatrick School BJ Saliba, Jr.HackensackAshton MillerSeton Hall Prep Atiba TaylorHackensackPaul MulcahyGill St. Bernards Myles ThompsonCamdenLuther MuhammadHudson Catholic 2018 JSZ Hoops Plays of the Year – thanks to everyone who voted!! 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The opening round of the state playoffs continues and JSZ has highlights from around the state: Montclair Immaculate – 65 Patrick School – 63 | Non-Public B North First Round Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 15 points and hit 2 free throws with 0.8 left in regulation, as Montclair Immaculate took down the defending TOC Champion Celtics of The Patrick School 65-63 in one of the biggest wins in program history. The Lions will now advance to to the Qtr-Finals of the Non-Public B-North Bracket where they will take on Hudson Catholic on Thursday Night. Justin Winston added 23 points for Immaculate and Valdir Manuel poured in 27 for the Celtics in the loss. (1) Colts Neck 74 (16) Monroe 66 (OT) – Central Jersey Group 4 Boys First Round Rob Hill scored five of his 17 points in overtime as the Cougars survived a scare from the #16 seed. Monroe’s Luke Patel tracked down a rebound and drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to force overtime, but the Cougars would take over in the extra four minutes. Ben Bosland led Colts Neck with 21 points and helped bring the Cougars back from a five-point halftime deficit. Colts Neck will face #9 seed Middletown South in the quarterfinals. Watch the highlights of an exciting game in the opening round: A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic for making our Monroe Falcons coverage possible. Hit Training sponsors Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Colts Neck High. (2) Ranney 84 (15) Wardlaw-Hartridge 31 – Non-Public “B South Boys First Round The Panthers raced out to a 19-0 lead to start the game on the way to an easy win to start the state playoffs. Bryan Antoine led the way with 18 and Chris Autino added 16. Watch the highlights from Tinton Falls: (11) Ridge 74 (6) North Hunterdon 63 – North 2 Group 4 Boys First Round Upset alert! The Ridge Red Devils take down the 6th seed tonight in the North 2 Group 4 Tournament. The Red Devils took the lead in the first quarter and held on till the end. Jeremy McCavera has himself a day for the Red Devils scoring 29 points. Check out his outstanding effort and more from this exciting game now: (7) Phillipsburg 74 (10) Dickinson 66 – North 2 Group 4 Boys First Round At halftime, Phillipsburg lead the Rams 27-17, but in the second half, Dickinson came back swinging. but the Stateliners got 28 points down low from Chris Mann and Richie Managault dropped six three-pointers. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert!! JSZ’s coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club, you will see the best of P-Burg athletics right here on jerseysportszone.com all season long! (9) Barnegat (8) Middle Township 45 – South Jersey Group 2 Boys First Round The Bengals rallied from 6 points down at the end of three quarters to advance in the South Jersey Group 2 bracket where top seed Cinnaminson awaits. Mike Revello had 18 to lead the Barnegat with fellow seniors Carson Francisco scoring 15 and Alex Grogan adding 13. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cape May: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Barnegat basketball is made possible by BSR Physical Therapy (6) Middletown South 58 (11) Edison 46 – Central Jersey Group 4 Girls First Round The Eagles overcame a 29-22 halftime deficit with a huge second half to advance in Central Jersey Group 4. Isla Brennan led Middletown South with 19 points and will face Colts Neck in the quarterfinals. Watch the highlights from Middletown South’s 12th win of the year: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is made possible by Prown’s Windows & Doors. Immediate Care Medical Walk-In of Edison is the reason we can bring you great coverage of Edison High all year long
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Pingry 54 Blair – 52 Girls – Prep A Tournament The prep school season is coming to a close and for the teams in Prep A Tournament bracket the last school you want to match up with is 18-3 Blair Academy. The top seeded Buccaneers have three division 1 prospects in their starting line up: Onome Akinbode-James (Duke), Sydney Brown (Columbia) and Katie Douglas (Dartmouth). Blair was without Akinbode-James in the semifinal round against fourth seeded Pingry. Despite being an underdog Big Blue played like with no fear to begin the game to lead 14-8 at the end of the first. In the second Blair would begin to gain momentum thanks to remaining stars Brown and Douglas to pull within 25-22 but Pingry would go into halftime leading 32-24. Big Blue would continue their dominance in the second half and in the final quarter they relied on Kelsey Ransom to get the job done for them as she knocked down to clutch free throws with 2 seconds left to help them pull out a 54-52 upset. Ransom would finishing with 34 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Watch the highlights now: Rutgers Prep 81 Phillipsburg 77 – Phillipsburg had an early lead on the Argonauts into the third quarter. But the Stateliners could not stop Richie Greaves and his offensive push in the second half. He puts up 22 points for Prep, leading them to victory. Full highlights of this exciting matchup now available: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club JSZ will bring you the best of the Liners all season long! Greater Middlesex Conference Girls Semifinals (2) Piscataway 65 (3) Bishop Ahr 54 (5) Edison 64 (1) East Brunswick 50 Jersey Sports Zone’s Bryan DeNovellis has highlights of the GMC semifinals from Spotswood High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Edison is made possible by Immediate Care Medical Walk-In of Edison
Don’t forget to vote for this week’s Mid-State Game Balls
Each week JSZ brings you the best highlights from the Mid-State, but when the week ends we are not through! At the end of the every week we like to honor the best athletes for their outstanding performances by nominating them for a JSZ Game Ball. Below there are two polls, each poll includes this week’s top male and female Mid-State basketball players. Vote now and maybe your pick will receive a JSZ game ball! Mid-State Girl Poll: Take Our Poll Mid-State Boy Poll: Take Our Poll Previous Game Ball Winners: Dan Banz – Bridgewater-Raritan Eric Schroeter – Voorhees Jenna Whelan – Bernards You can always nominate an athlete for a JSZ Game Ball. All you have to do is email Courtney DuPont at firstname.lastname@example.org with the follow information: Name of athlete Name of School Stats for a single game Name of Opponent Thanks and keep voting!!
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Jersey Sports Zone brings you highlights of three state finals at the state wrestling team finals at RJW Barnabas Arena in Toms River NJSIAA Non-Public “A” Final Bergen Catholic 63 Camden Catholic 12 The Crusaders dominated with seven pinfalls to make it seven straight state titles. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights of Bergen Catholic’s dominance in Toms River: A special thanks to Equinox Fitness Clubs in Summit and Paramus for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Bergen Catholic. The great moment of the Crusader’s 7th state championship was captured by our cameras thanks to Equinox!!! NJSIAA Group 4 Final Phillipsburg 35 Long Branch 21 Cody Harrison delivered a pin at 138 pounds in the opening match as the Stateliners won its first five matches to rack up 25 early points on the way to a 22nd wrestling state championship. Jayson Zinsmeister had a pin at 145 pounds for the Stateliners who have won an amazing five consecutive state titles on the mat. JSZ’s Jay Cook breaks down the P-burg dynasty with another stellar performance in Toms River: Thank you to Rosario Realty for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Long Branch and the reason we were able to be on the mat in Toms River for Phillipsburg’s 22nd state title was due to the support of The Garnet Booster Club. NJSIAA Group-2 Final High Point – 30 Raritan – 25 It was all Raritan early on.. the Shore Conference School won 4 out of the first 6 bouts, including pins by Anthony Aquilano and George Burdick, helping the Rockets race out to a 25-6 lead. Everything changed when High Point’s Thomas Hubmaster won his heavyweight bout and fired up his Wildcat teammates. High Point won the final six bouts to come away with a 30-25 win over Raritan and complete a miraculous comeback to capture the Group-2 State Championship. Watch the highlights and post game below. Thanks to BCB Bayshore for sponsoring our Raritan coverage! 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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Long Branch 30 Brick Memorial 29 – Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Daniel Santos-Silva scored a dramatic two-point takedown with 10 seconds to go in the 3rd period of the final match of the night to give Long Branch a thrilling one-point win over the Mustangs. Santos-Silva was tied with Ron Hopping 1-1 at 182 pounds when he delivered what proved to be the clinching points. The two teams went back and forth scoring points. A critical turning point came at 160 pounds when freshman David Szuba scored a 3-2 Ultimate Tiebreaker Win over Luke Arnold to give Brick Memorial a critical three points. A pin by the Mustangs Ean Mueller at 170 pounds gave Brick Memorial a nine point swing and a 29-26 lead. Santos-Silva’s win tied the match at 29 and Long Branch won on criteria thanks to an 8-6 edge in overall matches. Watch the exciting match and the thrilling final moments: We’re able to bring you great moments from Long Branch sports thanks to the support of Rosario Realty! Long Branch 30 Brick Memorial 29 195 lbs: Peter Wersinger (LB) technical fall vs. Roberto Hererra 19-4 220 lbs: Sam Williams (BM) pins La’Qym Morris 3:59 285 lbs: Kevin Cerruti (LB) defeats Christopher Mittler 7-0 106 lbs: Joe Rotondo (BM) majority decision vs. Dylan Kelleher 12-2 113 lbs: Vin Santaniello (BM) majority decision vs. Rey Guzman 14-4 120 lbs: Ryan Zimmerman (LB) defeats Michael Richardson 6-0 126 lbs: Chris Dean (LB) majority decision vs. Liam Rivera 15-6 132 lbs: Stivini Silva (LB) defeats Ryan Andrus 5-1 138 lbs: Caleb Alvarado (BM) pins Ryan Carey 1:43 145 lbs: Isaac Shohet (LB) majority decision vs. Brian Alexander 10-0 152 lbs: Louie Saez (LB) majority decision vs. Bryan Willson 11-3 160 lbs: David Szuba (BM) defeats Luke Arnold 3-2 UTB 170 lbs: Ean Mueller (BM) pins Edgar Padilla 5:11 182 lbs: Dan Santos-Silva (LB) defeats Ron Hopping Phillipsburg 32 Middletown North 30 – North 2 Group 4 Finals Thirty-seven. That’s right, the Phillipsburg Stateliners’ wrestling program has won 37 state sectional wrestling titles in 39 years of the state tournament. No. 2-seeded Phillipsburg added it’s most recent trophy to the case on Friday night when they trekked to the Jersey Shore to take on No. 1-seed Middletown North in the North Jersey 2 Group 4 sectional finals. Pins in the middle of the lineup by Cody Harrison, Josh Ramos and Lance Wissing helped propel the Stateliners to a 32-30 victory. Phillipsburg will turn right around after the win and head to Toms River on Sunday for the Group Championships. Phillipsburg has a date with Roxbury in the Group 4 semifinals starting at 11:30 a.m. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-match reaction from Middletown: Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Phillipsburg. They are the reason we are able to capture great moments from the Stateliners all year long! Phillipsburg 32 Middletown North 30 285: Austin Dewise (MN) d. Patrick Sharpe 3-0 106: Thomas O’Keefe (MN) d. Logan Maczko 7-1 113: Tyler Klinsky (MN) d. Cullen Day 8-1 120: Travis Jones (P) d. Freddy Luchs 7-0 126: Nate Pujols (MN) d. Luke Hardin 9-3 132: Kyle Tino (P) tf. Chris McCarthy 25-7 138: Cody Harrison (P) p. Mike Puzo 0:28 145: Stanley Wojdylak (MN) d. Jayson Zinsmeister 7-1 152: Josh Ramos (P) p. Joe Cavanagh 5:59 160: Brian Meyer (P) by forfeit 170: Lance Wissing (P) p. Nico Cerbo 182: Nicko Cofone (MN) by forfeit 195: Jacob Anderson (MN) d. Austin Roth 3-1 220: Kevin McCarthney (MN) by forfeit Howell 29 Hunterdon Central 20 – Central Jersey Group 5 Finals It was a Group V Sectional Final rematch for the Howell Rebels and Hunterdon Central Red Devils tonight at Hunterdon Central High School. The Rebels were the favorite once again this year, coming in ranked No. 3 in the state, while the Red Devils sat in the No. 7 spot. Last year it was Howell who came out on top, and so Hunterdon Central was looking for redemption. Unfortunately for the home squad, the Rebels came to wrestle. Howell took the match 29-20 after Christian Murphy sank the only pin of the night in one minute and 25 seconds, and both Darby Diedrich and Kyle Slendorn remained undefeated with decisions in the 120 and 132 weight classes. The Rebels are now 30-0 heading into groups. Check out full highlights now: Howell 29 Hunterdon Central 20 145 lbs: Vince Romaniello (HC) defeats Paul Jakub 10-7 152 lbs: Xavier Kelly (H) defeats Norman Cella 10-5 160 lbs: Kevin Ciresa (HC) defeats Evan Richard 9-0 170 lbs: Shane Reitsma (H) majority decision vs. Dan Furmato 18-4 182 lbs: Christian Murphy (H) pins Kyle Barrett 1:25 195 lbs: Lukas Bakerian (HC) defeats Rashaun Hansford 8-1 220 lbs: Angelo Crespo (HC) defeats Joe Sardina 7-5 285 lbs: Ryan Joyce (HC) defeats Scott Prendergast 3-2 106 lbs: Brett Ungar (HC) majority decision vs. Jesse Liptzin 8-0 113 lbs: Jerry Lleshi (H) majority decision vs. Colton Washleski 16-8 120 lbs: Darby Diedrich (H) defeats Jack Bauer 3-1 126 lbs: Luke Rada (H) defeats Anthony Romaniello 9-2 132 lbs: Kyle Slendorn (H) defeats Hunter Graf 10-6 138 lbs: Dan Esposito (H) defeats Pasquale Vizzoni 2-1 TB
Don’t forget to vote for this week’s Mid-State Game Ball Winners!
Each week JSZ brings you the best highlights from the Mid-State, but when the week ends we are not through! At the end of the every week we like to honor the best athletes for their outstanding performances by nominating them for a JSZ Game Ball. Below there are two polls, each poll includes this week’s top male and female Mid-State basketball players. Vote now and maybe your pick will receive a JSZ game ball! Girl Nominations for Mid-State Game Ball: Take Our Poll Boy Nominations for Mid-State Game Ball: Take Our Poll Last Week’s Game Ball Ceremonies: Teresa Wolak – Bridgewater-Raritan Jake Bentz – Manville REMINDER: You can always nominate an athlete for a JSZ Game Ball. All you have to do is email Courtney DuPont at email@example.com with the follow information: Name of athlete Name of School Stats for a single game Name of Opponent Thanks and keep voting!!
Phillipsburg Takes Down Voorhees
Phillipsburg 66 Voorhees 6 Voorhees had a strong start in the first match of the night when Sam Huff (220) pinned Gage Horvath in 2:38. Unfortunately for the Vikings, that would be their only victory of the night. Brian Meyer and Cullen day both contributed pins to the win, check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg HS is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club, Jersey Sports Zone will be brining you the best of Liner Athletics all year long!
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Lincoln – 46 St. Peter’s Prep – 45 in OT Donte Darby stepped into the go-ahead three pointer with just over a minute to play in overtime to give the Lincoln Lions a 46-45 win over their Jersey City rival St. Peter’s Prep. Darby scored 12, LaQuim Walker added 13 points and 15 rebounds as Lincoln improved to 12-5 on the season. Watch Highlights of Lincoln vs St. Peter’s Prep below! Rahway 72 Roselle 67 Rahway came into tonight undefeated (15-0), and after the first quarter of this game it seemed they would add their 16th win easily over the Roselle Rams. However, in the 2nd half the Rams came storming back to give the Indians a run for their money. Unfortunately for Roselle, they came up short and Rahway’s Keyshawn Cummings and Nick Galette teamed up to put this W away for the Indians late in the fourth. Those highlights now available: Hunterdon Central 64 Phillipsburg 55 The Phillipsburg Stateliners and Hunterdon Central Red Devils are two teams that have had similar 2017-2018 seasons; however, they each present different strengths. P-Burg’s Chris Mann and Jayshawn Grant provide the Liners was size and strength under the boards, while Central is more of a shooting team with Sean Oberman providing a dangerous three-point shot. Today, it was the shooters who pulled off the win and improved to 10-3. Check out those highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of the Phillipsburg Stateliners is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club JSZ will bring you the best of P-Burg athletics all season long!
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Thanks for joining JSZ this week for another exciting week of boys and girls basketball. This week we had some amazing games in the mid-state conferences, and now it’s time to vote for Game Balls! Check out this week’s nominations and let us know which young athletes deserve the Mid-State Game Balls: Mid-State Game Ball – Girls Nominations Take Our Poll Mid-State Game Ball – Boy Nominations Take Our Poll Please remember, if you believe there a athlete deserves to be nominated for this week’s Game Ball award, but is not represented on one of these two lists, please email Courtney DuPont at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name, stats and school of the player you’d like to nominate. Thanks for watching JSZ and happy voting! Previous Game Ball Ceremonies:
Phillipsburg rises to the challenge, defeating North Hunterdon 41-15
Phillipsburg 41 North Hunterdon 15 Before this match North Hunterdon challenged the Stateliners via Twitter, tweeting they would, “Show these Liners who the real men are… for the second time,” referring to the upset win that the Lions pulled off this season in the Group IV Football State Championship. However, the Liners rose to the challenge and defeated the Lions at home 41-15. North was ahead after the first four matches, but their momentum was brought to a halt after an outstanding performance by Cullen Day, Lance Wissing and Austin Roth. Check out those highlights and post-game interviews brought to you by Jersey Sports Zone’s Courtney DuPont: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to their generous support JSZ will bring you the best of the Liners all year long!