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Meet JSZ’s Entire 2022 All-Zone Basketball Team!
Jersey Sports Zone honors the 2021-22 high school basketball season with our annual All-Zone team. We announce the Mister and Miss Hoop Zone 2022 winner with extended features on two more great names to add to New Jersey high school basketball history! You can also find our entire All-Zone team below, which highlights the top public and non-public players on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. Wagner Repeats as JSZ’s Mister Hoop Zone Camden guard DJ Wagner is a two-time winner of Jersey Sports Zone’s Mister Hoop Zone award. The number one ranked recruit in the nation for the class of 2023 helped “The High” to a Group 2 state championship. He was on 35 first-place ballots in JSZ’s voting, done by high school head coaches and media members around the state. Roselle Catholic’s Simeon Wilcher, who led Roselle Catholic to a Tournament of Champions overtime win against Camden finished in second picking up 22 first-place votes. In the midst of all the attention not only in our state but across the nation, Wagner continues to be humble and has a team-first mentality. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles our two-time Mr. Hoop Zone winner: Thanks to the coaches and media members from every part of the state who cast their vote for 2022 Mister Hoop Zone: Tom Sheridan, Williamstown, Kyle Dhyne, Holy Spirit, Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Twp., Dan Williams, Mainland, Eric Cassidy, Cherokee, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Tyler Schmelz, Red Bank Catholic, John Giraldo, Matawan, Alex Mirabel, St. Peter’s Prep, Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco, Mergin Sina, Gill St. Bernard’s, Dennis Caruano, Raritan, Andrew Bilodeau, Manasquan, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, John Rosser, Overbrook, Mike Nausedas, Marlboro, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Ryan McKeever, Immaculata, Rory Caswell, Toms River North, Lou Piccola, Colts Neck, Rich Buckheit, Mater Dei Prep, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, John Bruno, Ocean City, Nick Vier, Ramapo, Mike Clemente, Central, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Kris Grundy, Montgomery, Matt Talbot, Roselle Park, Tahj Holden, Ranney, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, A. Melesurgo, Bound Brook, Jeff Gumbs Jr., Perth Amboy, Rich Roche, Notre Dame, Chris Raba, Nottingham, Phil Colicchio, Elizabeth, Ben Gamble, Bayonne, Mark Bass, Trenton Catholic, Kevin Williams, Seton Hall Prep, Ryan Derry, Burlington Township, Don DeLeo, Hightstown, James McKeon, Westfield, Liam James, Gloucester, Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Brandon Gould, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Jon Jones, NJ Advance/Max Preps, Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio, Dave’s Joint, Adam Zagoria, NY Times, Antonio Morales, NJ Athletics, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, Matt Manley, Shore Sports Network, Jay Gomes, NJ Hoops, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, James Mooney, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ SJV’s St. Rose Wins 2022 Miss Hoop Zone in Dominating Fashion St. John Vianney guard Madison St. Rose was a near-unanimous selection to win Jersey Sports Zone’s 2022 Miss Hoop Zone. The Princeton-bound senior was the leader of one of the best teams in New Jersey high school history going 32-1, winning the final Tournament of Champions. While St. Rose was snubbed from national all-star games, the coaches and media in New Jersey have given her proper due as one of the very best from our state to play the game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis profiles the latest great athlete to join the Miss Hoop Zone list: Thanks to the coaches and media members around the state who cast their vote for JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone; Billy Lovett, Morris Catholic, Joe Montano, Red Bank Catholic, Rachel Goodale, Jackson Memorial, Dave Callahan, Rumson-Fair Haven, Dave Beauchemin, Manchester Twp., William Wishart, Shore Regional, Michael Lazur, Ocean Township, Dawn Karpell, St. John Vianney, Steve DiPatri, Wildwood Catholic, Scott Betson, Mainland, Sandy Chiera, Colonia, Vin Vizzi, Spotswood, Jackie Siscone, ACIT, Ron Powell, Cherokee, Mary Klinger, Rutgers Prep, Steve Silver, IHA, Sandy Gordon, Ramapo, Justin McGhee, Middletown North, Chris Hernandez, Weehawkin, Jenna Marcus, Hightstown, Liz McKeon, Westfield, Travis Retzlaff, East Brunswick, Cap Pazdera, New Providence, Kristen Przybylski, Eastern, Audrey Taylor, Franklin, Derek Lynn, Montville, Felicia Oliver, Matawan, Brad Allen, Teaneck, Scott Meile, Oakcrest, Lisa Kukoda, Manasquan, Danny Brown, Saddle River Day, Brandon Pilgrim, Paterson Eastside, Jon Jones, NJ Advance/Max Preps, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio, Brian Deakyne, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, NYG Hoops, Antonio Morales, NJ Athletics, Prep Girls Hoops, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, G Thing, Luis Torres, NJ Advance Media, James Mooney, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ St. Benedict’s Johnson wins JSZ’s Prep Player of the Year St. Benedict’s Prep junior Ty-Laur Johnson was named Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep player of the year after leading the Gray Bees to a dominating 19-1 season and the New Jersey Prep “A” championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has more on a junior guard who shined against elite competition: Meet the 2022 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team This week, we’ll have video profiles of every player across the state that we honor as part of the 2022 Jersey Sports Zone All-Zone Basketball Team. Public BoysPublic BoysNon-Public BoysNon-Public BoysMr. Hoop Zone FinalistsPOY Winners Darius Adams, ManasquanEJ Matthews-Spratley, Cherry Hill EastAdam Silas, St. Thomas AquinasOtega Oweh, Blair AcademyMark Armstrong, St. Peter's PrepDJ Wagner, Camden, JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone 2022 Andrew Ball, ShawneeCian Medley, CamdenAkil Watson, Roselle CatholicRyan Pettit, Rutgers PrepMackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard'sTy-Laur Johnson, St. Benedict's Prep, JSZ Prep Player of the Year Aaron Bradshaw, CamdenSavon Myers, Manchester Twp.Brandon Benjamin, Bergen CatholicRyan Zan, Rutgers PrepWill Richardson, Bergen Catholic Tayvon Gaither, LenapeSavion Pressley, ColoniaDavid Mager, Dwight-EnglewoodTahaad Pettiford, Hudson CatholicSimeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic Scott Gyimesi, Rumson-Fair HavenSebastian Robinson, ElizabethDeuce Jones, Trenton CatholicNaas Cunningham, Gill St. Bernard's Dasear Haskins, CamdenKeyshun Sanders, PaulsboroDylan Harper, Don BoscoDenver Anglin, Gill St. Bernard's Zoe Holman, Woodrow WilsonJack Seidler, MarlboroElijah Gertrude, Hudson CatholicAlex Bauman, Red Bank Catholic Asim Jones, Paterson CharterDerek Simpson, LenapeJackson Bleeker, Seton Hall PrepCJ Ruoff, Red Bank Catholic Elijah Lewis, Watchung HillsJon Spatola, MarlboroJadin Collins, Rutgers PrepIsaac Hester, Ranney Sean Logan, WestfieldDJ Thomson, KeyportJamarques Lawrence, Roselle CatholicNate Williams, St. John Vianney Carlos Lopez, Egg Harbor Twp.Julian Brown, Bergen Catholic Meet the 2022 JSZ All-Zone Girls Basketball Team Public GirlsPublic GirlsNon-Public GirlsNon-Public GirlsMiss Hoop Zone FinalistsMiss Hoop Zone Winner Amaya Burch, Timber CreekBrooke Hollawell, ManasquanIsabella Ascencio, IHAAshley O'Connor, St. John Vianney Zoe Brooks, St. John VianneyMadison St. Rose, St. John Vianney Destiny Bynum-Johnson, UniversityGrace Klag, WestfieldTyonna Bailey, Montclair ImmaculateFaith Pappas, Pope JohnHannah Hidalgo, Paul VI Kylie Capstraw, West OrangeMeghan Lamanna, New ProvidenceAntonia Bates, Rutgers PrepMia Pauldo, Morris CatholicPaulina Paris, Saddle River Day Julia Corsentino, Rumson-Fair HavenZoie Maffei, Jackson MemorialMikayla Blakes, Rutgers PrepMya Pauldo, Morris CatholicJustine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic Alexis Davis, WoodburyBrynn McCurry, SpartaMeg Cahalan, St. John VianneyKayla Perez, St. Thomas Aquinas Camryn Dirkes, MainlandChristina Midgette, FranklinAlly Carman, Red Ban CatholicAlana Robinson, Pope John Mary Elizabeth Donnelly, ManasquanGia Pissott, Toms River NorthGina Gaccione, IHAGabriella Ross, Donovan Catholic Rylee Drahos, Shore RegionalMadison Schiller, RamapoKatie Ledden, Rutgers PrepTayla Thomas, Montclair Immaculate Katie Fricker, CherokeeRhian Stokes, EwingSara McShea, Paul VIKassidy Thompson, Camden Catholic Kyla Glasser-Hyman, HightstownAlly Sweeney, SpartaKaci Mikulski, Wildwood CatholicFaith Williamson, Saddle River Day Georgia Heine, Manasquan Jersey Sports Zone’s All-Zone coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Vote now for JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness Sweet 16
JSZ’s Dunk Madness is back for 2022! 32 of the best dunks captured by JSZ in a bracket-style tournament where YOU determine who had the Dunk of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Sweet 16 polls are open now until 3PM on Tuesday (3/29). The Elite 8 will begin on Tuesday at 4 PM! Vote now on the Sweet 16 matchups! Click each player’s name to watch their dunk and cast your vote below! Zion Fowler (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Dylan Harper (Don Bosco Prep) Rasheer Fleming (Camden) vs. Simeon Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) Matt Solomon (Manasquan) vs. Naas Cunningham (Gill St. Bernard’s) Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Elijah Perkins (Camden) Rashee Bell (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Brandon Benjamin (Bergen Catholic) George Mitchell (Keyport) vs. Amar Lane (Burlington Twp.) Jameel Morris (Trenton Catholic) vs. Geancarlo Peguero (Gill St. Bernard’s) Ryan Zan (Rutgers Prep) vs. Elijah Brown (St. Augustine) JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness is powered by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Vote now for Round One of JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness!
JSZ’s Dunk Madness is back for 2022! 32 of the best dunks captured by JSZ in a bracket-style tournament where YOU determine who had the Dunk of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Polls are open now until 3PM on Monday (3/28). Round two will begin on Monday at 4 PM! Vote now on our 16 first round matchups! Click each player’s name to watch the dunk and cast your vote below! Zion Fowler (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Andrew Ball (Shawnee) Will Richardson (Bergen Catholic) vs. Dylan Harper (Don Bosco Prep) Elijah Gertrude (Hudson Catholic) vs. Rasheer Fleming (Camden) Simeon Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) vs. Asim Jones (Paterson Charter) Joe White (CBA) vs. Matt Solomon (Manasquan) Otega Oweh (Blair) vs. Naas Cunningham (Gill St. Bernard’s) Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. Tahaad Pettiford (Hudson Catholic) Elijah Perkins (Camden) vs. Deuce Jones (Trenton Catholic) Aaron Bradshaw (Camden) vs. Rashee Bell (Wildwood Catholic Academy) Derek Simpson (Lenape) vs. Brandon Benjamin (Bergen Catholic) Jadin Collins (Rutgers Prep) vs. George Mitchell (Keyport) Gio Panzini (RBC) vs. Amar Lane (Burlington Twp.) Jameel Morris (Trenton Catholic) vs. Adam Silas (St. Thomas Aquinas) Geancarlo Peguero (Gill St. Bernard’s) vs. Akil Watson (Roselle Catholic) DJ Wagner (Camden) vs. Ryan Zan (Rutgers Prep) Rich Brisco (Roselle Catholic) vs. Elijah Brown (St. Augustine) JSZ’s 2022 Dunk Madness is powered by RWJ Barnabas Health.
JSZ’s 2022 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone Award Finalists Announced!
The 2021-2022 high school basketball season has officially come to a close a close after an exciting three months on the hardwood. Now, we shift our focus over to our extensive postseason awards. By Rich Chrampanis, Jersey Sports Zone’s Chief Operating Officer Voting for the 2022 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone has officially closed. Numerous coaches from conferences spanning the entire state – along with JSZ’s staff of MMJ’s and other reputable, credentialed media – have cast ballots for the top boys’ and girls’ player in the Garden State. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd, and one point for 3rd. The winners will be announced on March 27, first on JSZ-TV and then on social media. They’ll join a talented collection of players to bring home JSZ’s top annual basketball honor. In addition, we will present our JSZ All-Zone boys and girls basketball teams featuring 40 players from public and non-public basketball for each team. That coverage begins on Monday, March 28. Here are the JSZ Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone finalists, listed in alphabetical order. Meet the 2022 Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists Mark Armstrong, St. Peter’s Prep | Senior Armstrong, a Villanova signee, will likely go down as the greatest player in St. Peter’s Prep basketball history. He broke the school’s all-time scoring record near the end of the season and closed out his senior year with a career-high 648 points, good for 22.3 points per game. Armstrong’s 1,776 career points came in a multitude of ways from the talented athlete. Mackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard’s | Junior After virtually missing out on his entire sophomore season due to an injury, Mgbako made up for missed time and dominated throughout his breakout junior year. He averaged 19.5 PPG and 10.6 RPG and helped lead Gill St. Bernard’s to a 20-7 record and a Somerset County Tournament championship. Mgbako is uncommitted but remains a Top-10 nationally ranked player in the Class of 2023. Will Richardson, Bergen Catholic | Senior There’s no doubt that 2022 was an up and down season for Bergen Catholic, but when it mattered most, their top player delivered. Richardson became the Crusaders’ all-time leading scorer and was instrumental in Bergen Catholic winning the Bergen County Jamboree, the Non-Public A North sectional title and the Non-Public A state title. The Fordham commit averaged 19.5 points per game this season. He’s a two-time Mr. Hoop Zone finalist. D.J. Wagner, Camden | Junior The nation’s No. 1 overall ranked player in the Class of 2023 put together another masterful season with Camden. Wagner, the reigning 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone Award winner, racked up 634 points across 32 total games this season, good for 19.8 points per game. He is the face of Camden basketball and helped The High capture the programs’s elusive 12th state championship in Camden’s long, storied history. Wagner, still uncommitted, is the most-highly recruited player in the country. Simeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic | Junior Simeon Wilcher might be the most improved player in the entire state this season. Roselle Catholic’s latest star player was an essential piece to the Lions capturing the last Tournament of Champions title in state history – he dropped a team-high 22 points in an overtime win over Camden. Wilcher, a North Carolina commit, is a do-it-all guard who averaged 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 steals over a 30-game season. Meet the 2022 Miss Hoop Zone Finalists Zoe Brooks, St. John Vianney | Junior After transferring in from Trenton Catholic, Zoe Brooks continued to show why she’s one of the best underclass guards in America. Alongside fellow Miss Hoop Zone finalist Madison St. Rose, Brooks dropped 579 points (18.1 PPG) on one of the nation’s best teams. She’s uncommitted and has one more season left with the Lady Lancers. Brooks is a two-time Miss Hoop Zone finalist. Hannah Hidalgo, Paul VI | Junior Hidalgo is the top player from South Jersey this season and continues to dominate every time she steps onto the floor. Hidalgo notched eight separate 30-point games for the Eagles and finished with a 26.3 PPG average. She guided the 24-4 Eagles into the Non-Public A South sectional title game. Paulina Paris, Saddle River Day | Senior In only two years at Saddle River Day, Paulina Paris carved out a spot as one of the best players to ever suit up as a Rebel. She’s as dynamic a guard as there is in New Jersey and beyond. The North Carolina commit put up 619 points (22.9 points per game) and was integral to Saddle River Day winning its sixth straight Bergen County Tournament championship and its fourth straight sectional title. Justine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic | Senior Justine Pissott is the only New Jersey player to be selected to the 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game. The University of Tennessee commit averaged 17.4 PPG in her senior season and she eclipsed 1,000 career points in January. Madison St. Rose, St. John Vianney | Senior Madison St. Rose’s ended her immaculate high school basketball career at the top of the mountain. Her elite level of play was essential to St. John Vianney’s 32-1 season that included a Shore Conference Tournament title, a Non-Public A South sectional title, the Non-Public A state title and the last Tournament of Champions title in state history. The Princeton commit produced a career-best 693 points and averaged 21.7 and 5.1 rebounds per game. St. Rose is a three-time Miss Hoop Zone finalist. JSZ Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone Past Winners 2018: Naz Reid, Roselle Catholic (LSU/NBA – Minnesota T’Wolves) | Dara Mabrey, Manasquan (Notre Dame) 2019: Bryan Antoine, Ranney (Villanova) | Diamond Miller, Franklin (Maryland) 2020: Lance Ware, Camden (Kentucky) | Kylee Watson, Mainland (Oregon) 2021: D.J. Wagner, Camden | Destiny Adams, Manchester Twp. (North Carolina) Jersey Sports Zone’s full postseason coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Sunday 3.20 JSZ Tournament of Champions Finals Highlights
The end of an era has, unfortunately, finally arrived. The last Tournament of Champions finals in New Jersey history featured programs with elite talent and teams that will forever have left a mark on Garden State basketball. Stay tuned throughout the night as the highlights come in from the boys’ and girls’ finals from Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway. Roselle Catholic 61 Camden 58 (OT) | Boys TOC Final This was an all-time great game that will likely forever be talked about as part of New Jersey’s storied Tournament of Champions history on the boys’ side. Roselle Catholic (29-2) erased a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime against fellow nationally-ranked Camden (31-3). Braxton Jones came off the bench and hit a go-ahead shot with under 30 seconds left in overtime to give the Lions a lead they wouldn’t give up. North Carolina commit Simeon Wilcher hit for a team-high 22 points while D.J. Wagner paced Camden with a game-high 23 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook, Nery Rodriguez and Rich Chrampanis have the story: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. St. John Vianney 72 Rutgers Prep 52 | Girls TOC Final Madison St. Rose scored 21 points in the final game of her tremendous high school career and St. John Vianney completed one of the most dominating seasons in New Jersey girls basketball history with a 20 point win over the Argonauts. SJV raced out to a 19-4 lead before Rutgers Prep made a great run in the second quarter to get within eight points at the half. But the Lancers amped up on defense and pulled away with its tremendous depth. Zoe Brooks had 14 and Julia Karpell added 11 for a Vianney team that finished 32-1 with its lone loss coming to the number one team in the country. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of the last ever game in the T of C from Rutgers: Jersey Sports Zone’s full postseason coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health, a proven supporter of New Jersey high school sports.
Watch Thursday 3.17 Tournament of Champions Semifinals Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you to Rutgers for the Tournament of Champions boys semifinals. Watch how Roselle Catholic and Camden punch their ticket to the last ever T of C championship game! Camden 60 Elizabeth 50 | Tournament of Champions Boys Semifinal Star players have the ability to change the game with one play, and that’s exactly what D.J. Wagner did for The High. Wagner’s steal and slam with 4:10 to play in the fourth quarter sparked a late run for Camden (31-2) to seal a tough win. Wagner led all scorers with 30 points. Elizabeth (20-7) gave the Panthers everything they had in their arsenal and, in fact, held a 29-28 lead on Camden at the break – it was the first time since Opening Night that Camden trailed a New Jersey team at halftime. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Roselle Catholic 76 Bergen Catholic 64 | Tournament of Champions Boys Semifinal Simeon Wilcher scored 20 of his 22 in the second half as the Lions used a 26-4 third quarter to wipe out a three-point halftime deficit and earn a spot in Sunday’s title game against Camden. JaMarques Lawrence added 18 points and 10 rebounds with Tarik Watson adding a double-double of his own with 14 points and 11 boards. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rutgers: Jersey Sports Zone’s Tournament of Champions coverage is being brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Sunday 3.13 JSZ State Championship Basketball Highlights
Boys and girls public state championships were up for grabs on Saturday. JSZ has complete coverage of all eight games from Jersey Mike’s Arena and RWJ Barnabas Health Arena. Check back throughout the day as the highlights come in. JSZ’s State Championship Coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health! Camden 93 Newark Central 52 | Boys | Group 2 State Final Camden’s chase for the 12th state championship in program history is officially complete. The Panthers (30-2) dominated from the opening tip to the final whistle in a blowout win over the Blue Devils. D.J. Wagner led all scorers with 20 points, while chipping in nine rebounds. Aaron Bradshaw was dominant in the paint and finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Newark Central (27-6), who was playing in its first title game since 2011, got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Jakai Irby. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Woodrow Wilson 43 Ramapo 42 | Boys | Group 3 State Final James Proctor’s short jumper gave Woodrow Wilson the lead with 21 seconds to go and the Tigers made two key defensive stops to win the school’s first state championship since 1985 and a second state title for the city of Camden. Ramapo stormed back from an 11 point deficit late in the third quarter to take the lead in the fourth quarter on a Nate Burleson, Jr. three-pointer before Woodrow Wilson began its late comeback. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a thrilling state championship game at Rutgers: Elizabeth 70 Marlboro 63 | Boys | Group 4 State Final Sebastian Robinson had 16 of his 22 points in the first half and London Carson scored all 21 of his points in the final two quarters to give the Minutemen their first state championship since 1991. Phil Colicchio, who won six state titles at Linden, gets his seventh title as a coach, the first at his alma mater. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rutgers: Paterson Charter 91 Burlington City 67 | Boys | Group 1 State Final Paterson Charter won its first ever Group 1 State Title with a dominating 91-67 victory over Burlington City. The Lions took control of the match up early, going ahead 34-22 at halftime and extending the lead to as many as 30 in the fourth quarter. Senior Asim Jones led all scorers with 30 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Rutgers: Sparta 62 Mainland 41 | Girls | Group 3 State Final The Spartans pulled away from the Mustangs in the second quarter and ever looked back, winning their first state crown since 2001. Richmond commit Ally Sweeney led the way with a game-high 17 points for Sparta (26-3). Bailey Chapman added 11 points, while Brynn McCurry scored ten points in the win. Ava Mazur led Mainland (28-3) with ten points in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Manasquan 65 Jefferson 36 | Girls | Group 2 State Final The Warriors led by just four at the half, but quickly put the game away in the third quarter to capture the state championship. Hope Masonius led all scorers with 16 points for Manasquan (30-4). Holy Cross commit Mary Donnelly and Dartmouth commit Brooke Hollawell added 12 points and ten points respectively. Amanda Nwankwo scored a team-high 12 points for the Falcons (26-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Westfield 43 Cherokee 37 | Girls | Group 4 State Final Westfield weathered an early storm from the Chiefs, but settled in to bring home the first state championship in program history. Annie Ryan scored ten of her team-high 16 points in the first half as the Blue Devils erased a 13-7 deficit after the first quarter. Paige Gorczyca chipped in with 14 points in the win for Westfield (28-5). TCNJ-commit Katie Fricker finished with a game-high 19 points in the loss for Cherokee (27-4). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Toms River: Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Senator Jon Bramnick. University 66 Shore Regional 33 | Girls | Group 1 State Final After overcoming a slight opening lead by Shore Regional, the University Phoenix regained the lead before the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Destiny Bynum-Johnson was on fire from start to finish as she compiled a double-double with 29 points and 14 rebounds while also nabbing 5 steals. Rylee Drahos lead Shore with 16 in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has highlights from Toms River: JSZ’s coverage of the New Jersey state basketball championships is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Wednesday 3.9 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
The playoffs continue with non-public sectional finals, and public state semifinals. Check back often as the highlights come in! Roselle Catholic 68 Gill St. Bernard’s 62 | Boys | Non-Public B North Final One of the most anticipated basketball games of the season did not disappoint as the Lions won their ninth-straight sectional championship. Georgetown commit Denver Anglin hit 11 three-pointers, finished with a game-high 35 points and even helped Gill St. Bernard’s (20-7) reach a 10 point lead on Roselle Catholic (26-2) late in the third quarter. RC stormed back in with a 11-0 run, sparked by senior Braxton Jones, and they never looked back. The Lions will face Trenton Catholic in the Non-Public B final Saturday at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the campus of Rutgers University. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Franklin High School: Bergen Catholic 69 Don Bosco 57 | Boys | Non-Public A North Final Will Richardson scored 19 points to become Bergen Catholic’s all-time leading scorer and Julian Brown scored 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter to give the Crusaders a third straight sectional championship. The Crusaders will face Rutgers Prep for the Non-Public “A” state championship on Saturday at Rutgers. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Franklin High School: Camden 77 Rumson-Fair Haven 43 | Boys | Group 2 State Semifinal Camden closed the first quarter on a 17-0 run and never looked back, punching a ticket to the Group 2 state final. Cian Medley led the way with a game-high 20 points for The High (29-2). Elijah Perkins added 12 points, while D.J. Wagner went for 11 points. Geoff Schroeder and Scott Gyimesi scored 11 points apiece for RFH (21-4) in the loss. The Panthers will face Newark Central for the title on Sunday, as Camden seeks its first state championship since 2000. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Coverage of RFH is brought to you by Mario Venancio, Berkshire Hathaway, Fox & Roach Realtors. Marlboro 49 Lenape 47 | Boys | Group 4 State Semifinal The Mustangs trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but battled back to advance to the first state final in program history. Jack Seidler led the way with a game-high 24 points for Marlboro (28-2). Rutgers commit Derek Simpson scored a team-high 15 points for the Indians (27-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: State semifinal hoops coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health. Trenton Catholic Academy 70 Ranney 55 | Boys | Non-Public B South Final Trenton Catholic defeated Ranney 70-55 to capture the Non-Public B South title. Following a 13-13 tie after the first quarter, Trenton Catholic, led by sophomore Michael “Deuce” Jones, went ahead 34-26 at halftime. The Iron Mikes controlled the tempo of the game kept a 10 point lead throughout the fourth quarter. Jones finished with 22 points, while Erik Oliver-Bush had 16 points. TCPA claims its first sectional title since 2010. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage. Rutgers Prep 63 Red Bank Catholic 60 | Boys | Non-Public A South Final The Argonauts trailed by twelve late in the third quarter, and staged a thrilling comeback to win the first sectional title in program history. Jadin Collins scored early and often on his way to a career-high 33 points in the win for Rutgers Prep (26-3). Ryan Zan chipped in with 17 points to help the Argonauts avenge a loss to the Caseys earlier this season. C.J. Ruoff scored a team-high 18 points in the loss for RBC (24-5). Rutgers Prep will play Bergen Catholic for the Non-Public A state title on Saturday at Rutgers University. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Lenape High School: JSZ’s championship basketball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Monday 3.7 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
JSZ brings you a trio of sectional championship games from South Jersey! Camden 78 Haddonfield 45 | Boys | Group 2 South Championship Camden overwhelmed Haddonfield to capture its second straight sectional title. D.J. Wagner led the way with 21 points for The High (28-2). Aaron Bradshaw scored 17 points, while Cian Medley added 14 points in the win. Matt Leming scored a team-high 15 points for the Haddons (20-10) in the loss. The Panthers advance to face Rumson-Fair Haven in the Group 2 state semifinals on Wednesday night in Egg Harbor Township. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Lenape 45 Cherry Hill East 33 | Boys | Group 4 South Championship Tayvon Gaither exploded for 15 points of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indians to its first sectional title since 2009. Rutgers-commit Derek Simpson chipped in with 12 points in the win for Lenape (27-3). Jake Green knocked down a trio of three’s for a team-high 12 points in the loss for Cherry Hill East (28-2). Lenape will face Central champion Marlboro in the Group 4 state semifinals on Wednesday. JSZ’s championship basketball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health. Rumon-Fair Haven 75 Bound Brook 44 | Boys | Group 2 Central Championship The senior lead, top-seeded Bulldogs from RFH (21-3) dominated Bound Brook (22-5)from start to finish in the sectional final. Paced by senior forward Scott Gyimesi, RFH jumped out to a 14 point lead and never looked back. Gyimesi had a double-double and game high 24 points. Owen Sullivan, Cal Famula and Geoffrey Schroeder all scored over 10 points for the Bulldogs. RFH will face TOC favorite Camden in the Group 2 State Semis. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights form Rumson: Coverage of Rumon-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venacio
Watch Thursday 2.17 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has a high-profile showdown on the boys side as Camden faces Rutgers Prep, plus a Shore Conference Tournament game on the girls side between Toms River North and Jackson Memorial. Camden 70 Rutgers Prep 54 | Boys Cian Medley had 17 points and DJ Wagner scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half to go along with eight rebounds and six assists to give The High (20-2) a 14th straight win. Camden had a 29-25 lead at the half before building a double-digit lead in the third quarter and never looking back. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Franklin Township: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Toms River North 55 Jackson Memorial 47 | Girls | Shore Conference Tournament 2nd Round The Mariners trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but battled back to advance to the SCT quarterfinals. Sydney Howell led a balanced attack with 14 points, while Jackie Benvenuto and Julia Grodzicki added 12 points and ten points respectively for North (15-3). Zoie Maffei led all scorers with 24 points for the Jags (17-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Toms River North is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Tuesday 2.8 JSZ Basketball Highlights
We’ve got hoops coverage from North, Central and South Jersey on the docket tonight. The Patrick School scores an out-of-conference win, two South Jersey powers continue their dominance and Marlboro picks up a historic division win. Stay tuned as all the action rolls in! Paul VI 64 Mainland 39 | Girls | OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week The Eagles left no doubt in this battle for South Jersey supremacy, emphatically snapping the Mustangs’ ten-game winning streak. Hannah Hidalgo turned in another stellar performance, finishing with a game-high 26 points in the win. Army-commit Sara McShea chipped in with eleven points for Paul VI (16-3). Kasey Bretones and Ava Mazur each had a team-high ten points in the loss for Mainland (17-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Linwood: The girls basketball Game of the Week is made possible by OceanFirst Bank! Camden 68 Holy Spirit 51 | Boys The High was without DJ Wagner and Aaron Bradshaw, but Camden still cruised to its 10th consecutive win. Cian Medley scored a game-high 17 points for the Panthers (16-2). Ky Gilliam scored a team-high 15 points for Spirit (11-6) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. The Patrick School 64 Hun 48 | Boys Isaiah Griffin led a well balanced Celtics attack on Tuesday afternoon with a game-high 19 points as The Patrick School (15-5) gets back into the win column. Nasir Navaro wasn’t far behind with 17 points, while Dionte Johnson contributed nine additional points. Hun (11-8) had trouble generating offense in the first half and trailed by 20 points at the break. Princeton commit Jack Scott was the Raiders’ top scorer with 14 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Elizabeth: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of The Hun School is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! Marlboro 86 Long Branch 42 | Boys Jack Seidler had 19 points in the first quarter on the way to a 24 point effort before shutting down midway through the second quarter as the Mustangs win its first Shore Conference divisional title since 1971. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Marlboro:
Watch Tuesday 1.25 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has three exciting games for you tonight, featuring some of the top players in the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Camden 100 Woodrow Wilson 54 | Boys The High hit triple digits for the second time this season, knocking off the crosstown rival Tigers. DJ Wagner once again led the way with a game-high 31 points. Cian Medley added 21 points for Camden (11-2), while St. Joseph’s commit Rasheer Fleming scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Zoe Holman scored 17 points for Wilson (7-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the Castle on the Hill: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Gill St. Bernard’s 85 Hillsborough 49 | Boys The star-studded trio of Denver Anglin, Mackenzie Mgbako and Naasir Cunningham continues to prove to be one of the most dangerous in the Garden State. Those three players combined for a whopping 58 points as Gill St. Bernard’s (9-3) continues to stay unbeaten against in-state competition. Hillsborough (2-10) got a team-high 14 point effort from Andrew Drinkwater in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hillsborough: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! Monroe 56 Old Bridge 50 | Boys Monroe (13-2) defeated Old Bridge (5-9) 56-50 in a second half comeback victory. Krish Patel landed six three-pointers in the first half to put Old Bridge ahead 33-21 at the break. Monroe answered back and tied the game at 37-37 entering the fourth. From there the Falcons took their first lead of the game less than a minute in and went up by 10 points late in the quarter. Jon Okocha finished with 26 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Old Bridge: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage.
Watch JSZ Saturday 1.22 Basketball Highlights
We’ve got two great boys basketball matchups and the OceanFirst Bank girls basketball game of the week. Check out all the action from the Jersey Sports Zone team! Camden 83 Paul VI 53 | Boys The Panthers turned on the jets in the second half to beat the Eagles going away. D.J. Wagner poured in a game-high 25 points for The High (10-2). Cornelius Robinson added 13 points in the win, while Aaron Bradshaw and Cian Medley scored 11 points apiece. Emmanuel Joe-Samuel scored 21 for PVI (8-3) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference battle: Rumson-Fair Haven 66 Newark East Side 63 | Boys Scott Gyimesi had 26 points and 18 rebounds and the Bulldogs sank 11 three-pointers to pick up their third straight win. David Olaniyi and Sutan Fitzpatrick had 16 points apiece to lead East Side. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Saturday afternoon action from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio Berkshire Hathaway Fox&Roach Realtors. Holmdel 60 Haddon Heights 50 | Girls The Hornets surged in the second half to pull away from the Garnets and score a win for the Shore Conference at the South vs. Shore showcase. Alexandra Loucopoulos scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the second half to help Holmdel (9-4) pick up its third-straight win. Katherine Martini (14 points) and Allison Cannon (12 points) also reached double-figures in the win. Madison Clark dropped a game-high 26 points in the loss for Haddon Heights (11-1). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from the OceanFirst Bank girls basketball Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone’s Girls Basketball Game of the Week is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Each week we spotlight a great game around the state thanks to OceanFirst Bank!
Asia Russell of Camden Wins JSZ Week 2 South Jersey Game Ball!
Asia Russell shined in Camden’s 58-34 win over Pennsauken Tech on January 10th. The junior guard scored a game-high 22 points, and added five assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the victory. Russell garnered over 18,500 votes to take home the Week 2 South Jersey Game Ball! Watch her presentation:
Vote on 2022 Week 2 JSZ Basketball Game Balls!
The HS hoops season continues with tremendous performances all around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has received a number of nominations and has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey
Watch Tuesday 1.11 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Camden 117 Eastern 56 | Boys The Panthers poured in the points from the start, as they cruised to victory over the Vikings. DJ Wagner led The High with a game-high 17 points. Cian Medley added 14 points, while while St. Joseph’s commit Rasheer Fleming scored 13 points for Camden (6-0). Noah Payne scored a team-high 16 points for Eastern (4-5) in the loss. Camden now gets set for a showdown with national powerhouse Montverde Academy (FL) at the Metro Classic in Trenton on Thursday night. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Camden and Eastern is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. St. Thomas Aquinas 59 Old Bridge 54 | Girls No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas (4-0) escaped a close 59-54 victory over Old Bridge (5-1) to hand the Knights their first loss of the season. Ahead 37-23 at halftime thanks to a 16 point performance from sophomore Amarilis Shubick in the first two quarters, Old Bridge rallied back to cut the deficit to 49-52 heading into the fourth. The Knights got a lift from Payton Alcorn, who ended the night with 13 points, but St. Thomas was able to hold on for the victory late, despite registering just 10 points in the final quarter. Amarilis Shubick ended the evening with 18 points while had 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring our Girls Basketball Game of the Week.
Watch Tuesday 1.4 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of games for you thanks to our sponsors. On the boys side, Camden takes on Lenape. And on the girls side, Ewing and Robbinsville square off. Enjoy the highlights! Camden 76 Lenape 64 | Boys The High built an 18-point lead at halftime and cruised from there, handing the Indians their first loss of the season. D.J. Wagner scored 17 of his team-high 23 points in the second quarter for Camden (3-0), while Cornelius Robinson scored a career-high 17 points off the bench in the victory. Aidan Anderson led Lenape (5-1) with a game-high 26 points, while Rutgers commit Derek Simpson added 15 points in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference showdown: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Ewing 43 Robbinsville 25 | Girls Ewing (4-0) remains undefeated following a 43-25 win over Robbinsville (3-2). The Blue Devils jumped out to a 20-11 lead over Robbinsville at halftime and pushed the deficit to as high as 20 in the fourth quarter. Rhian Stokes finished the night with 16 points as the win gives Ewing control of the CVC Valley Divsion. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Robbinsville and Ewing coverage.
Watch JSZ Slam Dunk to the Beach Highlights
One of the nation’s most prestigious holiday week tournaments is the Slam Dunk to the Beach in Delaware, and a handful of NJ’s top squads are taking part this year. Roselle Catholic and Camden were both in action on Day 1. Day 2 highlights from Roselle Catholic and Bergen Catholic are coming Wednesday morning. Tuesday Games Roselle Catholic 75 Gray Collegiate (SC) 59 Simeon Wilcher had 25 points and 7 assists on 10 of 11 shooting and Jamarques Lawerence added 24 points going 10 of 14 from the floor to give the Lions a second straight impressive effort at the Slam Dunk to the Beach. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Lewes, DE: Bergen Catholic 62 National Christian (MD) 60 Will Richardson made two free throws with :30 left to give the Crusaders a one-point lead and Bergen Catholic added one more from the charity stripe to hold on for a fourth straight win against an out-of-state opponent. Julian Brown led the Crusaders with 14 points as BC rallied from a 28-23 halftime deficit. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Slam Dunk to the Beach: Monday Games Roselle Catholic 85 Woodrow Wilson (DC) 65 The Lions pulled away from the Tigers late to earn a signature win. North Carolina commit Simeon Wilcher led the way with a team-high 25 points in the victory. Akil Watson added 21 points, while Nebraska commit Jamarques Lawrence scored 20 points for Roselle Catholic (3-1). Darren Buchanan scored a game-high 29 points for the Tigers in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Lewes, DE: Camden 73 Archbishop Wood (PA) 41 Camden cruised to its 40th straight win, dispatching Archbishop Wood with a dominant second half. DJ Wagner scored a game-high 21 points. Cian Medley went for 20 points in the victory, while Cornelius Robinson chipped in with 13 points. Elijah Perkins had a trio of thunderous dunks for the Panthers (2-0). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cape Henlopen High School: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Coverage of our JSZ Games of the Week at Slam Dunk to the Beach is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Thursday 11.25 JSZ Thanksgiving Football Highlights
We’ve got three games for the entire JSZ audience thanks to the support of our great sponsors. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Jersey Sports Zone! Easton (PA) 7 Phillipsburg 3 One of the longest played games in the entire United States, the Stateliners and Red Rovers went head to head for the 114th matchup. A scoreless first half saw three interceptions and a blocked field goal. Matt D’onofrio drilled a field goal to get the first points on the board and Philipsburg the lead but a forced fumble was recovered by Easton late in the fourth quarter. This setup the lone touchdown of the game, a pass from Cole Transue to Marcus Williams which won the Red Rovers the game. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Lafayette College: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club Woodrow Wilson 28 Camden 12 The Tigers beat the crosstown rival Panthers to keep the Whip Wilson Turkey Bowl trophy on the east side of Camden. The Wilson defense finished with five interceptions, including two from Julius Dominguez and two from Paul Medley. Devin Kargman threw a pair of touchdown passes in the win, while Naz’sir Oglesby rushed for two TDs for the Tigers (9-2). Luis Ward threw a pair of TD passes for Camden (5-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Farnham Park: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Long Branch 29 Red Bank Regional 14 Christian Rodriguez connected with Sekou Kamau on a 25-yard TD pass in the 4th quarter to break a 14-14 tie and Shamar Williams clinched the win with a pick-six in the final game of Dan George’s coaching career. George wraps up a 23-year career leading the Green Wave to three sectional titles and a regional championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the 98th Thanksgiving showdown between Long Branch and RBR: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Week Three JSZ Game Ball Polls are Live!
Football is well underway in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are back! Our team of MMJ’s are highlighting batches of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! NJM Insurance South Jersey Poll Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey game ball polls are sponsored by NJM Insurance! North Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Jay Cook: Jay@jerseysportszone.com Central Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: Nery@jerseysportszone.com
Watch Friday 8.27 JSZ Football Highlights
High school football returns with action all over the state, including the inaugural Battle at the Beach showcase event in Ocean City. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the action! Thank you for supporting Jersey Sports Zone with your All-Access pass. Every new subscriber we add to our team allows to showcase […] 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.
Top 10 Boys Basketball Games of the 2021 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
The 2021 basketball season was short, but certainly memorable. While most games were played in front of near-empty gymnasiums, JSZ hustled around the state to capture as much of the action as possible. Our JSZ Summer Recap Series continues with the Top 10 boys hoops games of the year! No. 10: Hightstown Wins Opener, Honoring Late AD Jim Peto The Rams started the 2021 season with heavy hearts, mourning the loss of beloved Athletic Director Jim Peto. Hightstown honored Peto with a victory over Lawrence. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was on the call: No. 9: Delsea Crusades Back from Huge Deficit to Stun Highland Trailing by 17 points in the second half, Delsea battled all the way back to force overtime before beating Highland. Sadique Powell led the Crusaders with 28 points. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights: No. 8: Spatola Sizzles to Lead Marlboro to SCT Final Jon Spatola poured in 25 points, as Marlboro knocked off Ranney to punch a ticket to the Shore Conference Pod A final. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on the call: No. 7: Wildwood Wins Inaugural Tri-County Conference Tourney Title One of the smallest schools in the state made a big impression during the TCC’s inaugural tournament. The Warriors beat Overbrook on their home floor to win the championship. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights: No. 6: Roselle Catholic Beats Bergen Catholic in Heavyweight Clash The Lions got the better of the Crusaders in one of the most anticipated showdowns of the season. Simeon Wilcher and Corey Floyd Jr. both came up clutch in the OT victory for RC. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand: No. 5: Jeffries Hits 2OT Buzzer Beater for St. Thomas Aquinas With the Trojans locked in a double overtime battle with Hudson Catholic, Tristian Jeffries set off a celebration for STA. JSZ’s Nery Rodriquez was on the call: No. 4: East Side Sinks SHP Pirates in Overtime In a North Jersey Public vs. Non-Public powerhouse showdown, the Red Raiders came away with a dramatic OT victory over Seton Hall Prep. David Olaniyi led East Side with 23 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: No. 3: Camden Cruises Past St. Augustine to Help Cap Perfect Year The High didn’t really play in any close games in 2021, because the Panthers were that much better than anyone else they faced. D.J. Wagner led a dominating effort over the Hermits in one of Camden’s signature wins of the year. JSZ’s James Mooney was on the call: No. 2: The Patrick School Wins a Thriller Over Roselle Catholic The Patrick School wasn’t an NJSIAA program in 2021, but it still played a schedule that featured plenty of longtime rivals. In yet another marquee North Jersey showdown, the Celtics edged the Lions in a game that went right down to the wire. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis had the highlights: No. 1: Solomon Strength Leads Manasquan to Shore Crown An emotional season featured an unforgettable ending for Manasquan. After losing his father to COVID-19, Andrew Solomon hit the game-winner for the Warriors in OT to capture the Shore Conference Pod A championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on hand:
Final Week of 2021 Spring Game Balls!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the sixth week of the spring season. Our Week 6 baseball and softball polls, our final of the season, are now open. Get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3 p.m.! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball polls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. North Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com.
Wagner Wins 2021 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone
The sensational Camden sophomore wins JSZ’s boys basketball player of the year award. Watch JSZ’s feature and see highlight reels from all five of our finalists! Camden’s D.J. Wagner has been named Jersey Sports Zone’s Mr. Hoop Zone for 2021. The award is based on balloting from coaches and media from all over the state. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Wagner’s remarkably fast rise to the top of the New Jersey high school hoops scene. JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. Three points for a first place vote, two points for a second, and one point for third. Coaches: Don DeLeo, Hightstown, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, James Cranwell, Middletown South, Randy Holmes, Jackson Memorial, Ben DiBiase, Freehold Boro, Andrew Bilodeau, Manasquan, Mike Clemente, Central Regional, Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Township, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, Richard Bolds, Timber Creek, Michael Nausedas, Marlboro, Michael Doherty, St. Joe-Montvale, Eric Cassidy, Cherokee, Paul Rodio, St. Augustine, Dennis Caruano, Raritan, Nicholas Famularo, Asbury Park, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Kris Grundy, Montgomery, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, Matt Talbot, Roselle Park, Liam James, Gloucester, Ben Gamble, Bayonne, Todd Powers, Gloucester Catholic, Alex Mirabel, St. Peter’s Prep, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Julius David, Perth Amboy, John Rosser, Overbrook, Paddy McNamara, Haddon Township, Chris Garcia, JP Stevens, Phil Collicchio, Elizabeth, Chris Raba, Nottingham Media: Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media, John Jones, MaxPreps, Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Brandon Gould, NJ Advance Media, Adam Zagoria, ZagsBlog.com, Jay Gomes, NJHoops.com, Dave’s Joint, Mike Kinney, NJ Advance Media, Kyle Franco, Trentonian, Greg Johnson, Trentonian, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, JSZ Staff Watch Highlight Reels of JSZ’s Five Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Basketball Teams
JSZ honored the top players in New Jersey from both girls and boys varsity basketball. Our week-long celebration of the 2021 season concluded with the presentation of JSZ’s Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone won by Camden’s DJ Wagner and Manchester Township’s Destiny Adams. Watch highlight videos of every one of our honorees across the state. Camden’s D.J. Wagner has been named Jersey Sports Zone’s Mr. Hoop Zone for 2021. The award is based on balloting from coaches and media from all over the state. JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Wagner’s remarkably fast rise to the top of the New Jersey high school hoops scene. JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. Three points for a first place vote, two points for a second, and one point for third. Coaches: Don DeLeo, Hightstown, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, James Cranwell, Middletown South, Randy Holmes, Jackson Memorial, Ben DiBiase, Freehold Boro, Andrew Bilodeau, Manasquan, Mike Clemente, Central Regional, Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Township, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, Richard Bolds, Timber Creek, Michael Nausedas, Marlboro, Michael Doherty, St. Joe-Montvale, Eric Cassidy, Cherokee, Paul Rodio, St. Augustine, Dennis Caruano, Raritan, Nicholas Famularo, Asbury Park, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Kris Grundy, Montgomery, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, Matt Talbot, Roselle Park, Liam James, Gloucester, Ben Gamble, Bayonne, Todd Powers, Gloucester Catholic, Alex Mirabel, St. Peter’s Prep, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Julius David, Perth Amboy, John Rosser, Overbrook, Paddy McNamara, Haddon Township, Chris Garcia, JP Stevens, Phil Collicchio, Elizabeth, Chris Raba, Nottingham Media: Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media, John Jones, MaxPreps, Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Brandon Gould, NJ Advance Media, Adam Zagoria, ZagsBlog.com, Jay Gomes, NJHoops.com, Dave’s Joint, Mike Kinney, NJ Advance Media, Kyle Franco, Trentonian, Greg Johnson, Trentonian, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, JSZ Staff The New Jersey high school basketball community made the most of a shortened 2021 high school basketball season. Even though there was a maximum of 15 games and no state playoffs, it didn’t stop great players from around the state to shine and make the most of their limited opportunities. Click on each player’s name to watch their JSZ highlight reel and congratulations to all of the players who made this year’s JSZ All-Zone team: It’s official, Destiny Adams of Manchester Township is Jersey Sports Zone’s Miss Hoop Zone for 2021. Winning McDonald’s All American honors, 6’3 Adams takes home the award based on balloting from statewide coaches and media after averaging 30 points and 18.7 this season. With just 15 games on the schedule, she scored 450 points to end her career with 2,010 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez sat down with the University of North Carolina-bound Senior. JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. Three points for a first place vote, two points for a second, and one point for third. 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Meet JSZ’s 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists!
A short 2021 high school basketball season didn’t stop the top players in New Jersey to make a MAJOR impact. Jersey Sports Zone proudly announces our five finalists for our player of the year award. Watch our highlight reels from the best of the best from the Garden State and learn more about JSZ’s post-season coverage which begins next week. Mr. Hoop Zone balloting Voting for the 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone is underway. Numerous coaches from conferences spanning the entire state – along with JSZ’s staff of MMJ’s and other reputable, credentialed media – are casting ballots for the top player. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd, and one point for 3rd. The winner will be announced on March 19 and will join a talented collection of players to bring home JSZ’s annual boys basketball honor. In addition, we will present our JSZ All-Zone boys and girls basketball teams featuring 40 players from public and non-public basketball for each team. That coverage begins this Monday. Here are the JSZ Mister Hoop Zone finalists in alphabetical order and their highlight reels. Meet the 2021 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists Corey Floyd, Jr. – Roselle Catholic, Junior The first two Mr. Hoop Zone winners (Naz Reid and Kahlil Whitney) are Roselle Catholic Lions and Floyd looks to add to the legacy. Floyd averaged 14.3 points per game to lead RC to a 12-3 record in a shortened season. He erupted for a career-high 30 points in a road win at St. Joe-Metuchen and reached double digits in 11 games. As a sophomore, Floyd Jr. was a major piece to the Lions’ 22-7 team that won the Non-Public B North sectional final a day before the NJSIAA shut down winter sports due to coronavirus concerns. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27 games in the 2019-2020 season. Floyd has given a verbal commitment to play for coach Dan Hurley and UConn choosing the Huskies over offers from Rutgers, Providence, Florida, Auburn, Wake Forest and Miami. Check out the dynamic reel from Corey’s junior season: Samson Johnson – The Patrick School, Senior As the Patrick School makes the shift from the NJSIAA to the Prep ranks, Samson Johnson is part of the JSZ Mister Hoop Zone podium due to the Celtics playing their traditional schedule against great teams across the state. The lone senior among our five finalists, Johnson averaged 15 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for coach Chris Chavannes. The Celtics went 13-1 in 2021 and Johnson shined in big time matchups highlighted by a 19 point, 14 rebound, 6 assist effort against Montclair Immaculate and a 15 point, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Johnson continues the New Jersey pipeline to Storrs where he’ll play for Dan Hurley and the UConn Huskies. Watch Johnson’s throw downs and all around complete game in his senior year highlight reel: Will Richardson, Bergen Catholic, Junior The four-star junior prospect saw his team shut down by COVID but still shined with 18.8 points per game in nine games. Richardson had 18 points in the Crusaders biggest win of 2021, a 60-53 victory against the Patrick School. He currently holds 12 offers including Vanderbilt, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Penn State, TCU and Saint Louis. The top-100 national prospect is more than comfortable on the big stage and his JSZ junior year highlight reel proves it. Ben Roy, Manasquan, Junior The two-time Shore Conference player of the year has seen his recruiting stock rise dramatically. Manasquan won back to back Shore Conference championships and the Warriors have emerged as a top-5 team in 2020 and 2021 despite COVID shutting down and shortening those seasons. Roy is an elite playmaker who has guided Manasquan to a 43-1 record over the last two seasons. What’s even more impressive is the out of conference wins: Don Bosco Prep, Montclair Immaculate, Trenton Catholic and Life Center. Averaging 24 points a game with great three-point shooting range and dynamic drives to the bucket, Roy’s biggest play of his junior season was a pass to Andrew Solomon in overtime to give the Warriors a 58-56 win. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Ben Roy’s sensational junior campaign: DJ Wagner, Camden, Sophomore The #1 ranked player in America for the class of 2023 continues his amazing high school career. Wagner averaged 22 points on the way to a perfect 13-0 record. In the midst of all the hype, Wagner continues to develop his game and improve. With two more years of high school basketball for The High, Wagner is going to be one of the most watched players in the nation. JSZ has the exciting highlight reel from the highly recruited phenom:
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2021 may have been a shortened season, but there was no shortage of high-flying jams all over the Garden State. JSZ captured dozens of dunks this winter, and picked out the top 15 as candidates for Dunk of the Year. Vote as often as you’d like between now and Friday, when the poll will close at 3pm. Take Our Poll
Watch Monday 3.1 JSZ Basketball Highlights
It’s the final week of basketball in 2021. JSZ has a pair of Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals, an overtime thriller between West Morris and Colonia, plus a matchup of perennial powerhouses in South Jersey. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action! West Morris 67 Colonia 61 OT | Boys West Morris (12-1) […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 2.27 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The action around the state picks up with the penultimate weekend of high school basketball. JSZ’s Saturday highlights included buzzer-beaters, McDonald’s All-Americans and much more. Enjoy! Camden 78 Lenape 56 | Boys The High moved another step closer to a perfect season, handling the Indians in an Olympic Conference clash. Devin Benson paced the Panthers […] 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 2.23 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ continues to bring you thrilling hoops coverage from around the Garden State! Camden 66 Paul VI 50 | Boys The High handled the Eagles in a highly-anticipated Olympic Conference showdown to stay undefeated. Jerome Brewer pumped in a game-high 22 points for the Panthers (8-0), while D.J. Wagner added 17 points. Jalen Boyd-Savage scored […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 2.16 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Tuesday night features several top-tier games throughout the state. Check back to watch all of the highlights! Trenton Catholic 63 St. Thomas Aquinas 58 | Boys Trenton Catholic (4-2) continues to shock the Garden State as they take down St. Thomas Aquinas (5-2) in a comeback victory. The Trojans, led by Robert Morris commit Tristian […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 2.11 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The basketball season continues to heat up! We have highlights from games all over the state! Camden 83 Eastern 58 | Boys The Panthers pulled away late to stay perfect on the season at (4-0). Cian Medley led The High with 23 points, while D.J. Wagner added 20 points in the victory. Zubair Lee (23 […] 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.
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Football Team
JSZ honors a season unlike any other with our fourth annual JSZ All-Zone team. We’ve got the top players from New Jersey at every position and the announcement of our 4th Zoneman Trophy Winner The 2020 football season provided incredible memories in the midst of adversity. Despite teams losing games due to the pandemic, JSZ cameras were able to find the best of the best from New Jersey high school football. All this week, we will present the 2020 JSZ All-Zone football team. Audric Estime wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman The St. Joe-Montvale running back will always remember the day he won the Zoneman Trophy. That’s because he happened to make national headlines when he flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Notre Dame signing with the Irish shortly after accepting the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. Estime was a force topping 1800 yards and 22 ground scores in just eight games of action Watch JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy presentation and an extended interview with Audric during his signing day ceremony: Estime received 33 votes from JSZ’s 72 person voting panel of head coaches and statewide media: Thank you to the head coaches and statewide media who cast their vote for the 2020 Zoneman Coaches: Joe Wojechowski, Lenape, Sean Clancy, Notre Dame, Rich Hilliard, St. Joe-Metuchen, Joe LaSala, Woodbridge, Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial, Montrey Wright, Salem, Kenny Scott, Winslow, Kevin Smith, Ocean City, Pat Gallagher, Williamstown, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chris Sacco, Absegami, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine, John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Prep, Darnell Grant, West Orange, Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep, David Schuman, Red Bank Regional, Dan Curcione, Donovan Catholic, Jeff Rainess, Holmdel, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep, Tony Grandinetti, Wall, Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty, Dom Marangi, St. Joe-Montvale, Mike Lange, Red Bank Catholic, Don Klein, Ocean Township, Bryant Garvin, Newark East Side, Jason Acerra, Bayonne, Andrew Patterson, Robbinsville, Brian Bowers, Delbarton, Todd Smith, Hun, Chris Beagen, Sayreville, Dave Ellis, Freehold Boro, Al Chiola, Linden, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, John Viotto, South Brunswick, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Davis, Barnegat, Brian Russo, Rahway, Lou Grasso, Union, Roger Kotlarz, Wayne Valley, Scott Bray, Bridgewater-Raritan, Kevin Kostibos, Summit, Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township Media: Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Nery Rodriguez, JSZ, Mike Frankel, JSZ, Kenneth Bradley, JSZ, James Mooney, JSZ, Andrew Koob, NJ.com, Sean Miller, NJ.com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Kevin Minnick, NJ.com, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Pat Lanni, NJ.com, Ryan Patti, Rivals.com, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Todderick Hunt, NJ.com, Mike Kinney, NJ.com, Joe Zedalis, NJ.com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Chris Gallagher, News 12 NJ, Sunil Sunder Raj, Gannett, Kyle Franco, NJ.com, John Jones, Max Preps, GMC Gridron 2020 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Offense (Click player’s name to watch their JSZ All-Zone profile!) QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver Tight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Steve Angeli, Bergen CatholicRyan Butler, Bergen Catholic Naran Buntin, Mater Dei PrepAlex Bauman, Red Bank Catholic Chase Bisontis, Don Bosco Prep Tahj Bullock, St. Peter's Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicJahdir Loftland, Donovan Catholic Nick Dunneman, Seton Hall Prep Jack Larsen, Seton Hall PrepDominick Brogna, Bergen CatholicCookie Desiderio, Somerville Cole Freeman, DelbartonRickey "Pop" Spruill, Notre Dame Jayon Farrar, Donovan Catholic Nuccio Lisitano, DePaul CatholicCamron McNair, Donovan Catholic Audric Estime, St. Joe-Montvale Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep Nasir Hill, St. Augustine Prep Justin McNulty, Holy SpiritCasey Larkin, Wall Najih Rahman, Red Bank Catholic Aidan Monteiro, St. Peter's Prep Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Jaylan Sanchez, St. Peter's PrepGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale 2020 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Defense/Special Teams Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepPJ Casale, Delbarton Jayden Bellamy, Bergen CatholicPatrick Ryan, Delbarton Keshon Griffin, St. Joseph Academy Timmy Hinspeter, Don Bosco Prep Jordan Campbell, St. Peter's PrepSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-Montvale Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic Frankie Monte, St. Joe-MontvaleJaeden Gould, Bergen Catholic Qy'aeir Price, DePaul CatholicAi'Johnnie Rembert, Holy SpiritJahqir Haley, St. Joseph Academy Ethan Rodriguez, St. Peter's PrepAhmad Ross, St. Joseph AcademyJake Jarmolowich, Delbarton George Rooks, St. Peter's PrepA'Khoury Lyde, DePaul Catholic DJ Samuels, Bergen Catholic 2020 JSZ All-Zone Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Joe Crifasi, BectonJaiden Abrams, HammontonJoJo Bermudez, Cedar CreekSean Clapp, RamapoMatthew Fries, Cranford Charles DePrima, RamapoAl-Jay Henderson, IrvingtonJaimen Bryant, SomervilleJordan Harris, Woodbridge Chad Martini, Watchung HillsAli Lee, Jr., WoodbridgeAlijah Clark, CamdenJustin Evans-Jenkins, Irvington Sha'Kim Shuler, Freehold BoroNasir Robinson, Penns GroveXavier Coleman, LenapeWinston Jordan, Highland Regional Demie Sumo, WillingboroTyler Davis, LenapeJoe Metzger, Delsea Will Towns, Jackson MemorialDesmond Igbinosun, UnionJoe Mancino, Holmdel Bhayshul Tuten, PaulsboroAnthony Johnson, Burlington Twp.Grant Puharic, Wall John Volker, Rumson-Fair HavenJake Schneider, Ocean CityBilly Searle, Nutley Josh Toner, Cherokee 2020 JSZ All-Zone Public Defense/Special Teams Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterReturn Specialist Zaire Angoy, IrvingtonLeQuint Allen, MillvilleJayden Brown, Winslow Twp.Jai Patel, South BrunswickAl Shadee-Salaam, East Orange Jihaad Campbell, Timber CreekKharyi Banton, Newark West SideJalen Cheek, Winslow Twp. Donovan Ezeiruaku, WilliamstownLocksley Burke, East OrangeDarian "Duce" Chestnut, Camden Von Factor, Rumson-Fair HavenLuke Cole, LenapeBrody Colbert, Williamstown Luke Doerr-Fredrickson, West MorrisMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonLee Coleman, Salem Mike Jarvis, ShawneeJake Inserra, Ocean CityShaquan Loyal, Newark West Side AJ Pena, SomervilleEmeril Mitchell, Winslow Twp.Dorian Rawls, West Orange Jordan Thompson, Parsippany HillsCharlie Sasso, WallRyan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven John Testa, Wayne ValleyKeon Sabb, Williamstown Corey Walker, Newark West Side Meet the 2020 Zoneman Finalists Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep QB Before ever taking a snap at St. Peter’s Prep, fans and coaches on the St. Peter’s Prep stands and sidelines buzzed about a kid nicknamed “Ducee” who would take New Jersey by storm. Now Tahj Bullock’s illustrious high school career is over – and he’ll be discussed as one of the most impactful player to ever play for the Marauders. Bullock, a Virginia Tech commit, flashed in the six games St. Peter’s Prep played in this season. He completed 51 percent of his passes for 818 yards and a touchdown to interception ratio of 12:0. Ducee also accounted for 306 yards and six more touchdowns on the ground, bringing his career touchdown total to an impeccable 52 scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story on Bullock Cookie Desiderio, Somerville RB Players like Cookie Desiderio don’t come around very often – and the numbers he produced in 2020 were just as unique. The Somerville bruiser exceeded every and all exception in this wild season with 1,569 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on only 152 carries. That comes out to 10.3 yards every single time Desiderio took a handoff. You know what makes those numbers so impressive? It’s the fact that Desiderio did it in only seven games and that he surpassed every single benchmark he previously set in his junior season. Desiderio becomes the second player in Somerville history to be nominated for the award (Jalahn Dabney, 2018.) The recognition is well-deserved. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the feature: Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB Audric Estime put in an offseason for the ages to deliver one of the most dominant single season efforts anyone has ever seen in North Jersey. While playing in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the entire country, the St. Joe’s (Mont.) product ran roughshod over the competition for 190 carries, 1,857 yards and 22 touchdowns. All of those were career highs in only eight games played. The Michigan State commit was also the only player in the state to account for 2,000 scrimmage yards and finished 2020 with a total 2,042 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Big 10 better be ready for what’s coming. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Casey Larkin, Wall ATH Both the soul and heartbeat of Wall’s undefeated 2020 team is, without question, Casey Larkin. A starter on both sides of the ball for the Crimson Knights, Larkin shined in every game he played. At running back, he rushed for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns on only 97 carries. At defensive back, Larkin anchored the Crimson Knights defense with 32 tackles, five pass defenses and a fumble recovery. Wall won the unofficial Shore Conference championship this season and finished the year 7-0. Larkin delivered two standout performances in the semifinal and finals. Some in New Jersey consider Wall to be the state’s top-ranked team – if they indeed are, then Larkin had a major say in that decision. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story: Patrick “Cheeks” Smith, Holy Spirit RB If you ask any high school football fanatic in South Jersey who the area’s top player was this season, the answer would be short and quick: Cheeks. Patrick Smith, the Holy Spirit standout, was an absolute force to be reckoned with every time the rock was in his hands. Smith concluded an unforgettable 2020 campaign with 1,719 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on a workhorse-like 221 carries this season. Holy Spirit ended the season at 8-0 after becoming the unofficial South Jersey champions with a 21-7 win over Lenape in the WJFL Bracket A Final. Smith’s incredible top-end speed and vision helped drive the Spartans to the upper echelon on New Jersey high school football in a crazy season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the feature: JSZ Plays of the Year The JSZ Football Plays of the Year will wrap up on December 21st with the six winners of each category vying for the top overall play of the year. We’ll interview the winner on December 23rd! Special Teams TD of the Year: Monday, Dec. 7th through Wednesday, Dec. 9th.TD Pass Play of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 10th through Saturday, Dec. 12th.Defensive TD of the Year: Sunday, Dec. 13th through Tuesday, Dec. 15th.TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd
Camden’s Palmer Commits to Temple
Corey Palmer was a playmaker on both sides of the football for Camden last season. After transferring back home from IMG Academy in Florida, Palmer finished his senior year with over 450 yards receiving, three touchdowns and three interceptions on defense. He helped lead The High to a 4-1 record. Palmer announced his college decision on Tuesday, committing to Temple University. @Temple_FB Locked in 🦉 pic.twitter.com/sb9en2NSZv— . (@coreypalmer_1) December 15, 2020 Watch Palmer’s senior year highlight reel for the Panthers here: Coverage of Camden is made possibly by Cooper University Health Care.
Camden’s Woodley Commits to South Carolina
TaQuan Woodley established himself as one of the top power forwards in the state last season, helping to lead Camden to the South Jersey Group 2 championship before COVID-19 concerns cut the Panthers’ season short. Woodley originally committed to Penn State in May, but decommitted last month after a coaching change in State College. The High’s standout senior announced his new college plans on Wednesday evening, committing to the South Carolina. 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙝𝙃𝙞𝙜𝙝-𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝘳𝘦𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝙀𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺#Gamecocks 🐔 @T_boogi5 🏀 pic.twitter.com/kGJEixIQlO— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) November 18, 2020 Check out Woodley’s junior season highlights for Camden here:
JSZ’s Top Plays Keep Getting Better into November
We’ve got another tremendous group of nominees that dazzled JSZ cameras in Week 7. Check out our Top Plays and cast your vote now! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 7 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 10 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 7: Take Our Poll Congratulations to Vineland’s Levi Manson for winning the JSZ Top Play Belt for Week 6!
Watch Saturday 11.14 JSZ Football Highlights
Plenty of great action all over the Garden State as Week 7 continues. Be sure to check back throughout the day/night to watch all of the highlights! Don Bosco Prep 21 Bergen Catholic 20 What. A. Game. Don Bosco Prep created bedlam in Bergen County Saturday afternoon with an unforgettable, shocking win over Bergen Catholic. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Stat Lines Continue to Grow as 2020 Season Progresses
Week 4 has come and gone, meaning there are only two games 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 Week 3 Top Plays are Off The Charts!
Week Three brought some incredible top plays to the table, and we couldn’t leave any out! Here are 12, not 10, great nominees for JSZ’s Week 3 Top Plays. Cast your vote NOW and get your favorite player a Top Play Belt! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 3 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 12 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 3: Take Our Poll Congrats to St. Joe’s (Met.)’s Omari Jones for winning the Week 2 JSZ Top Play Belt! The JSZ All-Access Pass allows you to see hundreds of JSZ game highlights right away! Click here to get all the action right now!
Watch Friday 10.16 JSZ Football Highlights
Wet weather threw a few wrinkles into the Week 3 schedule, but Friday night still brought us tons of highlights from all around the state. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the exciting action! Delbarton 27 Don Bosco 21 Delbarton made history Friday night. The Green Wave scored only their second win […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Week 2 Raises the Bar in JSZ Top Plays
We’ve got ten great nominees for JSZ’s Week 2 Top Plays. Cast your vote NOW and get your favorite player a Top Play Belt! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 2 of the 2020 high school football season. We have ten nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 2: Take Our Poll Congratulations to Notre Dame’s George Chrissafis for winning JSZ’s Week One Top Play Belt The JSZ All-Access Pass allows you to see hundreds of JSZ game highlights right away! Click here to get all the action right now
Watch Saturday 10.10 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 2 wraps up with plenty of thrilling action all over the state. Check back throughout the evening to watch all of the highlights! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Don Bosco 7 The rematch of last year’s Non-Public Group 4 championship was defined by a dominant defense effort courtesy of the reigning champions. The St. Peter’s […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Camden’s Chestnut Commits to Syracuse
Duce Chestnut does it all on the football field for Camden. Offense, defense, and special teams, Chestnut is a play-maker at any position for The High. The four-star rising senior announced his college decision on Sunday afternoon, committing to Syracuse. Chestnut chose the Orange over Louisville, Miami, Michigan State and Rutgers. He was recently profiled in JSZ’s A to Z series of top players in New Jersey we’re excited to see in 2020. Watch our profile here: Here’s JSZ’s highlight reel of Duce at quarterback, wide receiver and DB for Camden in 2019: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
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
Four NJ Freshmen Land in ESPN’s Top 25 List
New Jersey basketball has been a staple on the national scene as dozens of high-profile recruits have hit the college and professional basketball leagues in recent years. It should come as no surprise that the next great crop of players is here to stay. A staggering four freshmen from the Garden State’s Class of 2023 earned a Top 25 national ranking from ESPN – California is the only other state with as many players on the list. JSZ has the breakdown and highlight reel of each New Jersey player here! No. 1 DJ Wagner, Camden, 5 Stars There’s a reason why DJ Wagner is at the top of this list. The Camden frosh came right in and was an immediate starter on the top team in New Jersey this past season. Wagner delivered 18.6 points per game as the top scorer on a 29-1 Panthers squad and scored in every way imaginable. The 6-3 point guard will be must-see TV over the next three seasons. No. 8 Simeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic, 5 Stars It took a little adjusting, but Simeon Wilcher earned himself a spot in Roselle Catholic’s starting five early on in his freshman season. The 6-3 wing player displayed a lethal three-point shot and his speed was problematic for defenders in the paint. Wilcher is sure to be a centerpiece for Dave Boff’s team throughout his high school career. No. 11 Akil Watson, Don Bosco Prep, 5 Stars Akil Watson is quickly making himself a household name in the Garden State hoops scene. Players like Ron Harper, Jr. and Myles Ruth have all come from the Ironman program, and Watson looks to put himself among those players. He’s a 6-7 power forward who is a smooth finisher with flashy handles. No. 19 Mackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard’s, 5 Stars Gill St. Bernard’s head coach Mergin Sina has quickly established his team among the most talented in the state thanks to elite players. Mackenzie Mgbako has the size (6-7, 195 pounds) and agility to become one of the top players in New Jersey. He employs dead-on accuracy with his jumper and is the toughest finisher at the rim of this group. The future hoops stars of tomorrow 🏀Here's the first look at the ESPN Top 25 for the class of 2023. pic.twitter.com/cJVOvCiE4C— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2020 Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone as our team will keep you updated on the latest recruiting news and player updates from the top athletes in the Garden State.
TaQuan Woodley Commits to Penn State
TaQuan Woodley was a monster in the middle for Camden last season. The 6-foot-7 forward shut opposing big men down, and helped lead The High to the South Jersey Group 2 championship before the coronavirus pandemic ended the season prematurely. Woodley announced his college decision on Monday night, committing to Penn State. Watch Woodley’s junior year highlights here:
Lance Ware wins 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone
The Camden High standout and University of Kentucky commit earns JSZ’s boys basketball player of the year honor. Watch his feature and acceptance speech along with highlight reels of our five Mister Hoop Zone Finalists. Lance Ware was the leader of a Camden team that went 29-1, finished on top of New Jersey basketball polls and was recognized in national polls as well. The future Kentucky Wildcat won the balloting of statewide coaches and media over a stellar podium that featured Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School), Taj Thweatt (Wildwood Catholic), Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep) and Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic). JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Ware’s outstanding high school career, and Lance has an acceptance speech below: JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. 3 points for a first-place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Lance WareCamden23139104 Taj ThweattWildwood Catholic11171077 Cliff OmoruyiRoselle Catholic119859 Jonathan KumingaPatrick School451335 Trey PattersonRutgers Prep37730 Coaches: Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Twp., Grant Sporny, Williamstown, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, Paul Rodio, St. Augustine Prep, Mike Jones, Millville, John Bruno, Ocean City, Dan Williams, Mainland, Dan Russo, Vineland, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, Ben Gamble, Marist, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Todd Powers, Gloucester Catholic, John Rosser, Overbrook, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, Matt Wolf, Lenape, Kevin McQuade, Jackson Memorial, Phil Collichio, Elizabeth, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Paddy McNamara, Haddon Township, RJ Conley, Lindenwold, Richard Bolds, Timber Creek, Michael Doherty, St. Joe-Montvale, Chris Raba, Nottingham, Dom DeMeo, Hightstown, Mike Antenucci, Jackson Liberty, Mike Clemente, Central Regional, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Mike Nausedas, Marlboro, Anthony Melesurgo, Bound Brook, Bloomfield, Hightstown, Roselle Park, Perth Amboy Media: Kevin Minnick, NJ.com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Richard Greco, NJ.com, Mike Kinney, NJ.com, Dave’s Joint, Adam Zagoria, NY Times/Forbes/NJ.com, Jersey Sports Zone staff Watch Highlight Reels of JSZ’s Five Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team
Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of the top boys basketball players in New Jersey as we present our 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball team While the coronavirus has stopped us from our annual banquet honoring the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of New Jersey’s top players. Saturday and Sunday we will share our highlight videos from the 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball teams and coming up on Tuesday we will have highlight reels of our 2020 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists and announce our player of the year. NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross Tahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokunbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HilsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian BrownBergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir Cantey LindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justiin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr.Roselle CatholicDevin Strickland South Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny TohaMarist Alex GalvanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicJahlil WhiteWildwood Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Micah Johnson, Jr.Newark East SideDJ WoodburyBurlington City Samson JohnsonPatrick SchoolTaQuan WoodleyCamden Niels LaneRoselle CatholicMatt ZonaBergen Catholic 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone Finalists JSZ will post highlight videos of our five finalists on Tuesday as well as a feature story and acceptance speech from the winner.
Vote now for JSZ Basketball Clutch Play of the Year!
We wrap up our winter sports salute with buzzer-beaters, half-court shots and some creative plays on the hardwood. The voting is open so check out our nominees and cast your vote! We want to thank our loyal audience for spending this quarantine watching all the great plays captured by our cameras during the winter sports season. We wrap up our winter Plays of the Year with the JSZ Basketball Clutch Play. We’ve got buzzer-beaters, half-court shots and some non-dunks that caught our eye. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Watch our clutch plays and cast your vote now! Take Our Poll JSZ’s Clutch Play of the Year is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care
JSZ Dunk of the Year Sweet 16 Opens!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament-style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks and voters pared us down now to the Sweet 16. Keep voting for your favorite until we get to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Friday. Round 3 (The Elite 8) begins on Friday night at 7:00 pm. Vote Now for the Sweet 16 Matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch their specific dunk. Ryan Bradley vs. Elijah Jones Take Our Poll Jack Carroll vs. DJ Woodbury Take Our Poll Connor Walsh vs. Keon Sabb Take Our Poll Trey Patterson vs. Elijah Perkins Take Our Poll Taj Thweatt vs. Otega Oweh Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong vs. Corey Floyd, Jr. Take Our Poll Lance Ware vs. Zarique Nutter Take Our Poll Zubair Lee vs. Jahlil White Take Our Poll JSZ’s 2020 Dunk of the Year is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Vote now for the JSZ Dunk of the Year!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks from our archives and put them in head-to-head matchups. We’re asking for your vote every day as we narrow the field from the round of 32 down to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Thursday. Round Two (The Sweet 16) begins on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Vote now on 16 first-round matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch the dunk and cast your vote: Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School) vs. Ryan Bradley (Holmdel) Take Our Poll Derrick Grant (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. Elijah Jones (Pleasantville) Take Our Poll Niels Lane (Roselle Catholic) vs. Jack Carroll (Rumson-Fair Haven) Take Our Poll Quadry Adams (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. DJ Woodbury (Burlington City) Take Our Poll Jamir Watkins (Trenton Catholic) vs. Connor Walsh (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Noah Farrakhan (Patrick School) vs. Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep) Take Our Poll Keon Sabb (Williamstown) vs. Justin Harcourt (University) Take Our Poll Elijah Perkins (Ranney) vs. Ben Cerrato (Haddonfield) Take Our Poll Taj Thweatt (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Alex Galvan (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Otega Oweh (Rutgers Prep) vs. Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. CJ Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Stephen Bayard (Atlantic City) vs. Corey Floyd, Jr. (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Lance Ware (Camden) vs. Kevin Bauman (Red Bank Catholic) Take Our Poll Elmarko Jackson (St. Augustine Prep) vs. Zarique Nutter (Patrick School) Take Our Poll Zubair Lee (Eastern) vs. Matt Zona (Bergen Catholic) Take Our Poll Jahlil White (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Phil Brown, Jr. (Hudson Catholic) Take Our Poll JSZ’s Dunk of the Year is presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Watch Monday 2.24 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Camden 85 Timber Creek 56 The Panthers made it 20 straight wins, pulling away from the Chargers in the fourth quarter. Freshman sensation D.J. Wagner turned in another outstanding performance, scoring a game-high 28 points. Kentucky commit Lance Ware went for 15 points and 10 rebounds in the victory for The High. Demetrius Paynter scored a team-high 25 points for the Chargers in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: Coverage of Camden and Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. Joseph (Hamm.) 59 Atlantic City 52 (OT) | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Quarterfinal The Wildcats survive an overtime thriller against the Vikings to win its first CAL Tournament game in program history. St. Joe led most of the way, but could not put the Vikings away until the Wildcats pulled away for good in overtime. Marcus Pierce scored a game-high 28 points in the victory. St. Joseph faces top-seed Wildwood Catholic in the semifinals on Wednesday at Absegami. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Atlantic City:
Vote for NJM Insurance South Jersey Week 8 Game Balls
It’s almost playoff time, but first there are a few more game balls to award! South Jersey’s top players continue to put up some amazing numbers this season, and now it’s time to decide which of those players deserve our Week 8 NJM Insurance JSZ Game Balls. Our polls are now OPEN, so get those votes in early and often. The polls close at 3:00 pm on Tuesday. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are proudly sponsored by NJM Insurance.
Camden Clips Wildwood Catholic in a Classic
Camden 63 Wildwood Catholic 54 (OT) It was one of the most anticipated games of the season, and it lived up to the hype. The Panthers outlasted the Crusaders in overtime in front of a capacity crowd of over 3,000 people at Neumann University in Pennsylvania. Devin Benson came off of the bench to score a game-high 19 points for The High. D.J. Wagner added 18 points, including ten in OT. Jacob Hopping scored a team-high 19 points for Catholic, including a shot at the buzzer to force the extra period. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from a thriller in Aston: Coverage of Camden is proudly brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Saturday 2.8 JSZ Basketball Highlights
What a day! Saturday provides another great slate of games on the hardwood with tons of action in every corner of the state from both the boys and girls side. Stay tuned to this page all day as the highlights roll in! Camden 67 Gill St. Bernard’s 63 | Boys | Metro Classic Freshman phenom D.J. Wagner scored 19 points to lead The High to its 14th win in a row. Fellow freshman Cian Medley added 13 points for the Panthers in the victory. Denver Anglin went off for a game-high 30 points for the Knights in the loss. Princeton commit Zach Martini reached 1,000 career points in the defeat for GSB. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Toms River: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Patrick School 55 Wildwood Catholic 48 | Boys | Metro Classic Jonathan Kuminga led the Celtics with 19 points in a battle between two of the top Non-Public squads in the state. Jacob Hopping kept the Crusaders right in the game all night long, scoring a team-high 19 points. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Toms River: Notre Dame 52 Council Rock North (PA) 44 | Boys As special as senior day ceremonies are, Notre Dame had much more to celebrate as Leon Jones, who was paralyzed from a football injury three months ago, took the court. The Irish trailed in the first half before eventually going ahead by 10 and maintaining that lead late in the fourth. Quentin Autry finished with 14 points while Rutgers baseball commit Nick Feretic had 13. Leon Jones ended the day with nine points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. Manchester Twp. 43 Mainland 36 | Girls | War vs. The Shore The Hawks entered the final quarter down by five but outscored the Mustangs 17-5 to earn the comeback victory in a rematch from last year’s Tournament of Champions. Destiny Adams turned in a standout performance, scoring a game-high 18 points. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Linwood: Immaculate Heart 58 Westwood 19 | Girls | Bergen County Quarterfinals Northwestern commit Anna Morris scored a game-high 18 points and nearly outscored the entire Westwood offense by herself as the Blue Eagles advanced to the Bergen County semifinals in the win. No. 1 seed IHA will face fourth-seeded Teaneck in the next round on Feb. 16. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Franklin Lakes: Ramapo 67 Paramus Catholic 49 | Girls | Bergen County Quarterfinals Without a single senior on the roster, Ramapo continues to raise eyebrows in North Jersey. Sophomore Madison Schiller collected 23 points and 10 rebounds and junior Lauren Achter notched 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Ramapo, the No. 3 seed, advances to face No. 2 seed and four-time defending county champions Saddle River Day in the semifinals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Franklin Lakes: Red Bank Catholic 73 Marlboro 36 | Girls Justine Pissott scored 21 points and Sophia Sabino added 15 as the Caseys snap the Mustangs 12 game win streak with a dominating effort on Saturday afternoon. RBC opened the game with a 20-4 run and was able to shut down a team that averaged over 64 points a game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Thanks to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness for allowing us to capture great RBC moments all year long!
Camden’s Alijah Clark Commits to Rutgers
Rutgers’ 2020 recruiting class was filled with some of the Garden State’s best players. Now the Scarlet Knights have landed their first commitment in the class of 2021. Camden athlete Alijah Clark made a verbal commitment to Rutgers, announcing the news on his Twitter account. Clark reeled in five touchdown catches for the Panthers last fall, before an injury at quarterback changed The High’s offensive focus to the running game. Clark also finished with a pair of rushing touchdowns and five interceptions for The High in 2019, leading Camden to the Central Jersey Group 2 final. Check out new Rutgers commit Alijah Clark in action: #All in pic.twitter.com/Fnmxe7WdlP— (Cinco)Alijah Clark5️⃣ (@cinco_agent) February 6, 2020 Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Saturday 2.1 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Welcome to February! One of the busiest basketball months of the season begins with a bang as JSZ has tons of great highlights from showcases in Roselle, Delran and Atlantic City. We’ll have the highlights coming all night long. The Patrick School 43 Roselle Catholic 40 | Tom Richel Memorial Hoopfest Although The Patrick School is still without star Jonathan Kuminga due to injury, his Celtic teammates stepped up on the big stage and emerged victorious from another war with rival Roselle Catholic. Class of 2021 center Adama Sanogo put together a monster double-double by powering TPS with 17 points and 23 rebounds in the win. Xavier-commit C.J. Wilcher led the Lions with 14 points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle Catholic: Seton Hall Prep 64 Wildwood Catholic 44 | Battle by the Bay The Pirates made a statement on their trip south to Atlantic City, holding off a Crusaders comeback attempt before sending fans to the exits early. Gary Hinds led a balanced attack for The Prep with 16 points. Mason Morial and Zander Zebrowski each scored 13 points in the victory. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt scored a game-high 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the loss for Catholic. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the Saturday finale at the Battle by the Bay: Camden 83 Holy Cross 42 | Holy Cross Prep Showcase The Panthers put on a show in a blowout win over the Lancers. The High briefly trailed in the first quarter, but went on a 24-4 run to close the quarter and they never looked back. DJ Wagner went for a game-high 22 points, and added five assists, as Camden wins its eleventh game in a row. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from the Holy Cross Prep Showcase: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Moorestown 27 Haddonfield 25| Holy Cross Prep Showcase In a battle of defending state champions, Moorestown (15-1) defeated Haddonfield (15-2) in a low-scoring affair. Haddonfield had a chance to win the game with six seconds left, but a three-point attempt was off the mark. James Byrd and Logan Jagodzinski both finished with eight points in the victory for the Quakers. Ben Cerrato had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Haddons in the loss. JSZs Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from the Holy Cross Prep Showcase: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring both our Haddonfield and Moorestown coverage.
Watch Thursday 1.23 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ was court-side all over the state (and even in Pennsylvania) to capture some of the top players and teams from around New Jersey. Stay tuned throughout the night for all of the highlights! Camden 63 Roselle Catholic 51 The Panthers raced out to an early lead, only to fall behind to the Lions at halftime. The High then came out on a mission in the second half, and took down Roselle Catholic in front of a packed house at Neumann University in Aston, PA. Kentucky commit Lance Ware led a balanced Camden attack with 17 points. Jerome Brewer, TaQuan Woodley and D.J. Wagner all reached double-digits in the scoring column for the Panthers as well. Xavier commit C.J. Wilcher went for a game-high 21 points for the Lions in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the heavyweight South-North showdown: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen Catholic 77 Don Bosco 65 Bergen Catholic’s reign over Bergen County is still intact going into the late stages of January after the Crusaders dealt Don Bosco its fourth loss in five games. Julian Brown scored a game-high 22 points plus Will Richardson had 20 more in the win, while Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth had a team-best 16 points. Bergen Catholic has won four straight games over Don Bosco dating back to last season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic sports is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. South Brunswick 83 Old Bridge 53 After dropping a tough game to Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division leader St. Joe’s Metuchen, South Brunswick picked up back-to-back wins with a 82-52 victory over Old Bridge (2-11). The Vikings were led by Devin Strickland and Justin Carbone who combined for 43 points on the night. Strickland finished with 21 while Carbone had 22. South Brunswick moves into the number two spot in the division. JSZ ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. CBA 79 Marlboro 74 The Colts held off a late comeback by the Mustangs to improve to (6-6). Colin Farrell lead the way for CBA with 23 points. Alex Ratner of Marlboro surpassed the 1000-point milestone with his 36 point performance in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Marlboro:
Watch Thursday 1.16 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Thursday was a monster day on the high school hardwood, with tremendous games all over the state. Check back throughout the night as JSZ brings you highlights from two major North Jersey games along with another pair of huge South Jersey matchups! Roselle Catholic 68 Elizabeth 63 Roselle Catholic continues to show why they’re one of the best in the Garden State. The Lions trailed Elizabeth by 11 points with seven minutes left in regulation and took control from there on out to secure their fourth consecutive win. Xavier-bound CJ Wilcher led all scorers with 25 points while Cliff Omoruyi hammered home the game-winning dunk — he finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. DJ Watkins led Elizabeth with 20 points in their first loss of the season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Bergen Catholic 78 St. Joe-Montvale 70 Julian Brown had a career-high 32 points and fellow sophomore Will Richardson added 25 as the Crusaders (11-2) handed the Green Knights their first loss of the season. BC led 14-13 after one and opened up a 13 point halftime lead thanks to an explosive second quarter led by Brown and Richardson. St. Joe’s got within four late but Bergen Catholic put the game away at the free throw line. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montvale: Camden 69 Paul VI 52 The High keeps on rolling, dispatching a talented Eagles squad in front of another packed house at Rutgers-Camden. Kentucky commit Lance Ware went for 20 points and 17 rebounds in the victory for the Panthers. Jerome Brewer added 17 points, as Camden improved to (10-1) on the season. The Panthers now head to Massachusetts for a showdown against Rancho Christian (CA). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Timber Creek 75 Cherry Hill East 63 The Chargers pulled away in the second half to top the Cougars and pick up another big Olympic Conference victory. Eric Benjamin put together another stellar performance, scoring a game-high 25 points, as Timber Creek improves to (11-1). Jake Green scored a team-high 24 points for Cherry Hill East in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Saturday 1.11 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has action from all over the state on a jam-packed Saturday. Check back throughout the evening for all of the highlights! Roselle Catholic 45 Manasquan 43 | Boys | Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase CJ Wilcher’s basket with 1.1 seconds left gave Roselle Catholic its first lead since 2-0 in the first quarter as the Lions avoided a spirited upset bid against the Warriors. Manasquan took a 30-25 lead at the end of three quarters after a Tim McEneney three-pointer. The Warriors had two chances to take the lead in the final minute. Ben Roy’s floater in the lane fell short and Corey Floyd Jr. was able to throw a long pass to Wilcher who came through. Freshman Simeon Wilcher had 11 points to lead the way for Roselle with Cliff Omoruyi providing 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocked shots. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from one of the best games of the year: Wildwood Catholic 60 CBA 39 | Boys | Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase Taj Thweatt had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Crusaders to their 8th win of the season. Wildwood Catholic raced out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead and never looked back. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase: Camden 65 Camden Catholic 25 | Boys The High went on a 20-0 run in the first half to blow past the Irish in this Olympic Conference rivalry game. Freshman sensation D.J. Wagner led a balanced Panthers attack with 13 points. Kentucky commit Lance Ware added 10 points in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cherry Hill: Camden coverage is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Highlights of Camden Catholic are made possible by NJM Insurance. Shawnee 57 Cherry Hill East 48 | Boys The Renegades gain some much needed momentum in 2020 with an upset victory over the Lions. Shawnee jumped out to a 10-1 lead and led wire-to-wire despite multiple comeback attempts by Cherry Hill West. Justin Lubin and Andrew Ball combined for 38 points in the win. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Monroe 52 Old Bridge 33 | Girls Monroe starts the year (8-0) following a 52-33 victory over Greater Middlesex Conference rival Old Bridge. The Falcons trailed 14-13 after the first quarter, but thanks to great three point scoring performance from Nina Branchizio and Madison Carey, they pushed the lead to 20 in the second half. Branchizio had 14 points while Carey finished with 16 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage.
Camden Beats Bishop Eustace in Olympic Conference Battle
Camden 67 Bishop Eustace 36 The Panthers took a tough loss against Roman Catholic (PA) in late December, but The High is on a roll again to begin 2020. Camden methodically pulled away from the Crusders, en route to an Olympic Conference victory. Jerome Brewer, D.J. Wagner and Cornelius Robinson led the way as the Panthers now get set for a showdown against Camden Catholic this weekend. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Rutgers Camden: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Monday 12.23 JSZ Boys Basketball Highlights
Before the holiday festivities kick off, Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with exciting basketball action from across the Garden State and even in New York City, too! The Patrick School 72 Roselle Catholic 64 | 2019 Kyrie Invitational The stars were aligned for one of the most high-profile debuts in recent memory surrounding New Jersey high school basketball. Jonathon Kuminga, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Class of 2021, made his much-anticipated first appearance with the Celtics after a judge ordered a “stay” on the case surrounding his eligibility this season. Kuminga put up 20 points in his debut while former St. Patrick’s star and current Brooklyn Net Kyrie Irving watched from center court. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Camden 71 Cherokee 35 The High is absolutely loaded with talent this year, as the Panthers hope to end a 20-year state title drought. They power past the Chiefs thanks to 15 points from freshman phenom D.J. Wagner, 13 points from Kentucky commit Lance Ware, and 11 points from TaQuan Woodley. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: We’ll have plenty of Camden coverage all season long thanks to Cooper University Health Care. Hightstown 67 South Brunswick 50 With both Hightstown and South Brunswick dominating in their season openers, the Colonial Valley/Greater Middlesex Conference crossover matchup was highly anticipated by Central Jersey basketball fans. South Brunswick held onto a slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Rams offense got hot, going up by as many as 17 points by the fourth. Ben Simon would finish with 29 points for Hightstown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hightstown and South Brunswick coverage.
N.J. HS Football Coaches Excited about Greg Schiano Hire
There’s no doubt about it — New Jersey high schools produce some of the most talented and competitive players in college football. In the two weeks new Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano has been on the job, he and his assistant coaches have been hitting the pavement to recruit the Garden State’s best to stay home. So we had to ask some of New Jersey’s top high school coaches — what do you think about the Schiano hire? Let’s just say they’re excited. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: JSZ’s 1-on-1 with Greg Schiano Greg Schiano was a surprise special-guest speaker at Jersey Sports Zone’s third annual All-Zone football banquet on Dec. 10 in Woodbridge. JSZ’s Chief Operating Officer, Rich Chrampanis, spoke with Schiano about his excitement to be back at the helm with the Scarlet Knights.
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 Saturday 11.30 JSZ Championship Football Highlights
There was plenty of hardware to hand out on Saturday with two regional championship games and a non-public sectional final at MetLife Stadium, plus another sectional final taking place in South Jersey. Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights and reaction! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Don Bosco Prep 14 | Non-Public Group 4 Championship St. Peter’s Prep’s magical season has ended in glory. The Marauders completed a heart-pounding fourth quarter comeback (for the fourth time this season) to capture the Non-Public Group 4 crown. Tahj Bullock was masterful late in the game, scoring on a touchdown run with five minutes to play. Jelani Mason took in the game-winning two-point conversion right away to give St. Peter’s a lead it would never squander. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: JSZ’s coverage of the Non-Public Group 4 state championship at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Wayne Valley 21 Northern Highlands 17 | North Group 4 Championship In a meeting of two teams who each snapped title draughts of over 20 years, Wayne Valley defeated Northern Highlands 21-17 for the North Group 4 Regional Championship. The Indians trailing 17-0 in the second quarter scored 21 unanswered points to eventually take their first lead late in the fourth when quarterback Tommy Moran found Elijah Lugo on a 38 yard touchdown with 5:51 left. Moran finished with 180 yards passing, two throwing scores and completed 12 of 16 passes. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: JSZ’s coverage of the Regional Championships at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Park Ridge 28 Boonton 21 | North Group 1 Championship Vincent Pinto accounted for 379 yards of total offense and all four Owls touchdowns including the game-winning 36-yard TD pass to Justin Wagner with 1:38 remaining to give Park Ridge the North Group 1 trophy. Pinto had 201 yards on the ground and 179 yards in the air. Boonton rallied from 14-0 down and took a 21-14 lead on a Danny Portas 77-yard touchdown pass to Michael Kreitz early in the fourth quarter. But Pinto responded with a 63-yard TD run on a fake reverse to tie the game and the Owls QB engineered the game-winning drive that culminated in the pass to Wagner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the full recap from East Rutherford: JSZ’s coverage of the Regional Championships at MetLife Stadium was made possible by QuickChek. Cedar Creek 31 Camden 23 | Central Group 2 Sectional Final The Pirates held off the Panthers down the stretch to capture the second sectional championship in program history. Louie Barrios rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the win. Purdue commit Malachi Melton scored on an 81-yard touchdown run, while Jamal Chapman returned a fumble for a TD to seal the victory. Jalin Brownlee threw three touchdown passes for The High in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
Vote now for JSZ’s 2019 Football Plays of the Year!
As we get ready for the Regional Championships and the end of the high school football season, JSZ has gone deep in its archives to pick out the best plays captured by our cameras during the 2019 football season. We’ve got seven categories for you to vote on. The polls are open NOW through Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. The winner of each category will get an invite to Jersey Sports Zone’s third annual football banquet on December 11 in Woodbridge. Thank you again to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible plays to choose from. Watch all the videos below and cast your vote now! TD Run of the Year Take Our Poll TD Pass Play of the Year Take Our Poll Defensive TD of the Year Take Our Poll Special Teams TD of the Year Take Our Poll Sack of the Year Take Our Poll Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll Viewers Choice Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ’s Top Play Belt winners from the regular season are not in the Plays of the Year. Those winners will be invited to the banquet and be honored along with our Plays of the Year winners. JSZ 2019 Top Play Belt Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, Pingry Week 1: Thomas Amankwaa, Hillsborough Week 2: David Hicks, Red Bank Regional Week 3: Nate Summerville, Shawnee Week 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan Catholic Week 5: Nasir Abney, Holy Cross Week 6: Mike Cassanata, Wayne Hills Week 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Week 8: Jake Cook, Mainland Week 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial
“17 Minutes for Micah”: A Jersey Sports Zone Exclusive
Wednesday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia provided two communities in South Jersey with a pair of themes — the sadness surrounding the loss of an innocent life to gun violence and the passions and drive to prosper through tough times. Six shots rang through the air during the third quarter of Friday night’s NJSIAA sectional playoff game between Camden and Pleasantville. Micah Tennant, 10-year-old bystander in the stands, was shot, leading the game to be suspended. The shooting sent shockwaves through South Jersey. Ultimately, the Philadelphia Eagles lent a helping hand and host the remaining 17 minutes of game play while giving the players a first-class experience. Tennant, who battled for days in a local hospital, succumbed to his wounds and passed away only hours before the game resumed Wednesday evening. Jersey Sports Zone presents “17 Minutes for Micah,” a long-form feature giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how players from Pleasantville and Camden — with aid from the Philadelphia Eagles — bonded together to persevere in a tragic time:
NFL’s Eagles Help Heal After Shooting
The Philadelphia Eagles opened Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday for the resumption of the Camden-Pleasantville state playoff game following a shooting in the stands last Friday night that claimed the life of 10-year old Micah “Dew” Tennant. Jersey Sports Zone provides team coverage from all the activity in Philadelphia Camden 22 Pleasantville 0 | Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Dashaun Harris and Duce Chestnut scored on touchdown runs at the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles to lead Camden to the Central Jersey Group 2 championship game. The game resumed in Philadelphia with 4:58 remaining in the third quarter and Camden leading 6-0. The Panthers were able to put together two scoring drives on Wednesday to earn a road trip to Cedar Creek in the title game on Saturday, November 30. The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the resumption of this playoff game. Head coach Doug Pederson led Eagles players including Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, and Jason Peters to meet with both teams. A moment of silence took place for Micah Tennant, the 10-year old who was shot last Friday night at the game and died earlier on Wednesday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a recap from the entire day in Philadelphia: Coming on Thursday to JSZ: “17 Minutes for Micah” Coming up on Thursday, Jersey Sports Zone will have an in-depth look at the day in Philadelphia for the Camden and Pleasantville football teams. We will take you inside the locker rooms of the Panthers and Greyhounds and we’ll have more on how the Eagles tried to help unite two proud communities from this tragedy. Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll have in our extended feature:
Philadelphia Eagles to host conclusion of Camden-Pleasantville state playoff game
The NJSIAA has announced Camden and Pleasantville will resume their Central Group 2 playoff game on Wednesday, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game is closed to the public, but a limited number of passes will be made available for players on both teams to distribute to their family members. The game was stopped suddenly due to gun violence on Friday night. The game will resume in the third quarter with Camden holding a 6-0 lead. Larry White, executive director, NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) issued the following update on plans for completing the approximately 17 remaining minutes of the scholastic football playoff game between Pleasantville H.S. and Camden H.S. This contest was halted on Friday (11/15) evening, following a shooting in Pleasantville, where the game was being held. “Following NJSIAA’s statement on Saturday related to the completion of the game on Wednesday, November 20, at a neutral site, we can now announce that the Philadelphia Eagles have offered to host the suspended Pleasantville H.S. / Camden H.S. football playoff game at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at Lincoln Financial Field. Each high school will be provided a defined number of free passes, specifically for distribution to players’ parents and family members; the game will be closed to the general public. Specific details on the game passes will be provided shortly to both schools. The game will also be streamed live and free-of-charge on NJ.com. “The NJSIAA would like to thank many of our member schools that offered their assistance, including the Black Horse Pike School District for its willingness to step in to host this game on such short notice and under difficult and unusual circumstances. “It’s extremely unfortunate that a senselessly violent act has impacted this game, and there will certainly be a wide range of emotions along both sidelines. However, thanks to the Eagles’ generosity and community spirit, Pleasantville and Camden student-athletes and their families will have an opportunity to write their own ending to this game. They’ll compete on a world-class stage, sending a clear message that violence will not win.”
Gun Violence Mars Camden-Pleasantville Playoff Game
It was a normal New Jersey high school football playoff game; until it wasn’t. Camden was leading Pleasantville 6-0 in the third quarter when at least six shots were fired in the stands behind the Greyhounds sideline. Fans, players, and coaches ran for cover. Referees dropped down onto the turf field. Police officers, security guards, and emergency personnel quickly rushed to the stands. At least two people, including a child, were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Saturday Update: Five people were arrested in connection with the shooting. A total of three people were shot. Here’s the latest update courtesy of NBC News The NJSIAA has announced that the Camden-Pleasantville game will resume on Wednesday at an undisclosed neutral location with no fans allowed to attend. Camden leads the state playoff game 6-0 in the third quarter Statement by Larry White, executive director, NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) pic.twitter.com/NfMiBLf8Un— NJSIAA (@NJSIAA) November 17, 2019
Watch Friday 11.1 JSZ Football Highlights
The regular season comes to a close in Week 8, and of course, our cameras were on hand to capture all of the action. Watch our teaser below – it sets the table for our Friday night highlights and interviews then scroll down to watch all of our coverage! Lyndhurst 34 Park Ridge 12|2019 NJIC Championship What a day from Piotr Partyla. New Jersey’s leading rusher did not disappoint as he posted 316 rushing yards and 5 TD runs behind a dominant offensive line. Lyndhurst controlled Park Ridge for 48 minutes as the Golden Bears won their first NJIC conference championship. Partyla now leads the state with 1,665 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Lyndhurst: Woodbridge 22 Bridgewater-Raritan 18 Anthony Santino fired a 43-yard TD pass to Jahmir Brown with 1:30 left to give Woodbridge a perfect 8-0 regular season. Ali Lee, Jr. had a pair of TD runs for the Barrons. JSZ”s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling regular season finale: Hillsborough 21 Piscataway 6 In a matchup that featured two 6-2 teams, Hillsborough defeated reigning North Group 5 Bowl Game Champions Piscataway 21-6. Despite falling behind 6-0 on two field goals in the first quarter, the Raiders were able to take the lead following a rushing and passing touchdown from quarterback Tom Ramsey. Ramsey would also record an interception and sack as Hillsborough secures home-field advantage for the upcoming playoffs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage. Mainland 21 Ocean City 6 In one of South Jersey’s fiercest rivalries, the Mustangs stayed undefeated with a win over the Red Raiders in the “Battle for the Bridge”. Mainland registered seven sacks in the game, including four from Sean Bradley. Jake Cook hauled in a pair of touchdown catches from Zack Graziotto. Freshman phenom Jabriel Mace rushed for a touchdown as well. Joe Repetti connected with Jake Schneider for Ocean City’s only score in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Linwood: Willingboro 24 Camden 12 The Chimeras (8-1) break a four-game losing streak to the Panthers (6-2) to clinch a share of the West Jersey Football League Constitution Division. Both defenses dominated much of the first half, but Willingboro put together an impressive 12-play, 96-yard drive to take an 8-0 lead. Demie Sumo scored twice to help the Chimeras pull away in the second half. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Shaun Phillips Field: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Jackson Memorial 22 Rumson-Fair Haven 14 Lonnie Cebulski threw three touchdown passes including two to Zack Novak to give the Jaguars a fifth consecutive win heading into the playoffs. Jackson Memorial had a 13-7 lead at the half and added a field goal and Novak’s second TD grab to extend the lead to 22-7 before RFH responded with an 81-yard kickoff return for a score. But Jackson Memorial’s defense was lights out the rest of the way. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial is made possible by the Louro Chiropractic Center in Jackson Red Bank Catholic 42 Freehold Township 7 The Caseys spread the wealth on Senior Night with five first-half rushing touchdowns to close out the regular season with a 5-3 mark. RBC begins defense of its Non-Public Group 3 state championship after winning four of its last five games. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Thanks to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health & Wellness for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic Holmdel 24 Freehold Boro 7 The Hornets busted open a 7-0 halftime lead with 17 points in the second half to reach 5-3 and lock down a home game in next week’s South Jersey Group 3 playoffs. Ian Flanagan booted a 30-yard field goal and Thomas Ammirati and Evan Jennings scored short TD runs in the second half. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Holmdel: Jersey Sports Zone brings you this game thanks to the support of the Law Office of Lawrence Luttrell (Holmdel) and Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall (Freehold Boro)
The TD’s Keep Coming! More Stellar Performances Up for Week 7 Game Balls
Just like that, Week 7 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Take Our Poll Central Jersey Take Our Poll
Wild TD Totals Highlight Week 6 Game Ball Polls
Just like that, Week 5 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Take Our Poll Central Jersey Take Our Poll
Are These Numbers for Real?! Vote NOW for JSZ’s Week 4 Game Balls
Just like that, Week 4 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Take Our Poll Central Jersey Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 10.5 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 4 wraps up with plenty of great Saturday games all over the Garden State. Watch our all coverage now! Check out our teaser and then scroll down to see all of our highlights and post-game interviews Wall 14 Mater Dei Prep 7 Casey Larkin’s 2-yard TD run with 1:06 left in the 4th quarter followed by a 2-point conversion ended Mater Dei Prep’s 21 game win streak in Shore Conference play. The Wall defense produced three turnovers and held Malik Ingram to 70 yards on the ground. Matt DeSarno’s 37-yard TD run gave Wall a 6-0 lead after one while Ingram responded with a 2-yard score to make it 7-6 Mater Dei Prep at the half. The game-winning drive was highlighted by a Logan Peters pass that deflected off the hand of Larkin and into the arms of Gus Setteducato who’s 29-yard catch at the 2-yard line set up the game-winner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Brick Township 34 Freehold Boro 27 Anthony Prato’s 1-yard TD run with 12 seconds remaining gave Brick Township a wild win on Saturday afternoon in Freehold. Prato ran the two-minute offense to perfection completing four passes to Val Grigorian on the game-winning drive. Grigorian had a 61 yard TD catch in the fourth quarter. Freehold Boro got a TD run from QB Sha’Kim Shuler along with three TD passes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Freehold: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is brought to you by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Woodrow Wilson 53 Seneca 34 The Tigers bounced back from a tough loss against Cedar Creek by hanging 53 points on the Golden Eagles. Temple commit Muheem McCargo was unstoppable, scoring three touchdowns on the ground and catching a screen pass for a TD. Northern Illinois commit Malik Harvey caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for a score. Wilson quarterback Devin Kargman threw four TD passes in the win. Seneca’s Malin Jasinski threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Camden: Seton Hall Prep 31 East Orange 12 Seton Hall Prep continues to raise eyebrows in North Jersey. The combination of QB Zander Zebrowski, RB Matt Colantuono and WR Nick Gullace proved to be far too much for East Orange as each player accounted for at least two touchdowns. The Prep jumped out to a 21-6 lead at the half and went into cruise control in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: Vineland 20 Trenton 12 It was a long bus trip, but Vineland, coming off back-to-back losses, finally got back in the win column after defeating Trenton 20-12. The Fighting Clan surged ahead early thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Virginia Tech commit Tyreem Powell. Late in the fourth quarter, as the Tornadoes tried to stage a comeback, Vineland was able to secure the victory on a fumble recovery. Powell had a rushing and passing score to accompany 205 total yards. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. Camden 40 Pemberton 0 The Panthers (4-1) got back on track after a loss to Delsea with a lopsided victory over the Hornets. Sophomore running back Nasir Dale had a huge day with 233 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the way for Camden. Junior wide receiver Alijah Clark chipped in with two rushing touchdowns of his own while running the wildcat offense for the Panthers. Pemberton (2-3) made a game of it early, but couldn’t overcome the combination of Dale and Clark in the second half. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from William McDowell Field: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Hun 50 Blair Academy 12 Logan Clouse fired six touchdown passes to lead the Raiders to a statement win in a matchup of two top NJ Prep programs. JSZ has the highlights of the Saturday night showdown: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Hun Raiders
Eye-Popping TD Numbers, Yardages Highlight JSZ Week 3 Game Ball Polls!
Just like that, Week 3 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and the Mid-State 38. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Shore Conference, the Greater Middlesex Conference and the Colonial Valley Conference. Take Our Poll
Clutch plays, big grabs and long runs up for JSZ Week One Top Play
Who wants the belt? We’ve got eight great nominees captured by JSZ cameras that are up for this week’s Top Play. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winning play will get a visit from JSZ cameras at a mid-week practice and the presentation of the JSZ Top Play Belt. Watch the Top Play nominees below and then cast your vote. Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Thanks to all the great fans at Pingry who voted for Sam Williams on the hook and ladder as our Week Zero Top Play Winner
The Polls are Open! Vote NOW for JSZ South, Central and North Game Balls!
Just like that, Week 1 of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey has come and gone. Jersey Sports Zone is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League and the Colonial Valley Conference. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and the Mid-State 38. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey game ball poll includes players from the Shore Conference , Mercer County and the Greater Middlesex Conference. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 9.14 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
Week 1 wraps up with plenty of great action all across the state. Thanks to our sponsors for allowing us to capture these great moments and be sure to look out for our Top Play and Game Ball nominees from this weekend. Our Teaser sets the stage for our coverage, then you can scroll down and watch all the action from a great Saturday of football! Camden 42 Cedar Creek 41 The Panthers raced out to a 28-0 lead, before the Pirates battled back and turned this one into an instant classic. Jalin Brownlee threw five touchdown passes for The High. Alijah Clark hauled in three touchdown catches, while DaMeir Burns finished with a pair of TD catches. Louie Barrios threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score for Cedar Creek in the loss. Purdue University commit Malachi Melton caught four TD passes, all in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a thriller in Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. Joe’s (Mont.) 33 Cardinal Hayes (NY) 7 New Jersey’s top team didn’t skip a beat in their first game on New Jersey soil in the 2019 season. Star junior running back Audric Estime broke the game open with an 89-yard touchdown scamper, leading the way to a 120-yard, three-touchdown performance. This was the nightcap game in the first annual Battle for the Bridge showcase. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from MetLife Stadium: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics throughout the 2019-2020 scholastic season is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics! Freehold Boro 27 Freehold Township 21 (2OT) Sha’Kim Shuler’s third TD run of the game in double overtime from 10 yards out gave Freehold Boro a crosstown rivalry win and the Duke Trophy. Shuler scored late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and the Freehold Boro defense was able to create a turnover in the second OT setting the stage for Shuler’s heroics. JSZ has thrilling highlights from a great football game: Why did we have highlights of Freehold Boro’s double-overtime classic? It’s because of our Colonials sponsor – Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall St. Anthony’s (NY) 16 Delbarton 14 The Battle of the Bridge Showcase from MetLife Stadium kicked off with a tough battle between St. Anthony’s (NY) and Delbarton. The Green Wave struck first with a special teams fumble recovery in the end zone to go ahead 7-0 in the second quarter. St. Anthony’s would tie the game at 7 heading into the break following a 4 yard running score from quarterback Rob McGee. Early in the second half Delbarton would take the lead following an 18 yard TD pass from Cole Freeman to Andrew Ross, but a field goal and a 28 yard throwing score from Rob McGee to Justin Houston put the Friars ahead 16-14 late in the fourth. Delbarton would come within field goal distance, however there would not be enough time for a last second score. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from East Rutherford: Thank you to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage! Robbinsville 28 Gloucester Catholic 7 The Ravens improved to (2-0) on the season, propelled by a tremendous defensive performance led by junior Shane Martin, who had two blocked punts and an interception. Robbinsville quarterback Danny Surtz threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from J.A. Lynch Field in Gloucester City: Coverage of Robbinsville is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Gloucester Catholic coverage! Red Bank Catholic 7 Manasquan 0 Elijah Jules 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was the only score of the contest as the Caseys defense holds Manasquan to 103 yards. Joe Diorio had a 56-yard catch to set up the score and delivered an interception in the fourth quarter. JSZ has the highlights from a Saturday afternoon Shore Conference defensive struggle: Thanks to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health and Wellness for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic. JSI is the reason we can bring you highlights of the Caseys all year long! Mater Dei Prep 41 Jackson Memorial 7 Malik Ingram had nine carries for 118 yards and 4 TD’s (all in the first half) and Naran Bunton had two catches for 110 yards and 2 TD’s to lead the Seraphs to a convincing win at home to improve to 2-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Thanks to Louro Chiropractic Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Jackson Memorial
Lance Ware Commits to Kentucky
Lance Ware will be making the jump from the Olympic Conference to the SEC next year. The Camden senior committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over his other finalists; Michigan, Miami, Ohio State and Providence. Ware is considered a four-star recruit, and averaged 11.6 points per game to go along with 9.6 rebounds per game last winter. Ware is following in the footsteps of Camden legends Dajuan Wagner and Arthur Barclay, who played for John Calipari at the University of Memphis nearly 20 years ago. Watch future Kentucky Wildcat Lance Ware in action here: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Camden has unfinished business entering 2019
Camden went (10-2) in 2018 behind a relentless offensive attack and a tough-nosed defense that allowed less than eight points-per-game. There would be no trip to MetLife Stadium for the Panthers, however, after they were eliminated in the South Group 2 championship game by Haddonfield. The High, having graduated 20 seniors in the spring, will have some spots to fill on both sides of the ball. The Panthers do return Butkus Award nominee and University of Miami commit Tirek Austin-Cave. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Camden Panthers 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Winslow Friday, Sept. 14 — vs. Cedar Creek Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Paul VI Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Delsea Saturday, Oct. 5 — at Pemberton Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Pennsauken Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Camden Catholic Friday, Nov. 1 — at Willingboro Thursday, Nov. 28 — at Woodrow Wilson Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our Camden coverage!
Offers rolling in for Camden’s Ware
Camden’s Lance Ware has had a huge summer on the AAU circuit and some of the nation’s top programs have made offers to the rising senior. Jersey Sports Zone drops some of our best Ware highlights! 15 Division I schools have offered 6-foot-9 forward Lance Ware of Camden and that number should grow. Michigan and Oregon are the most recent basketball powers to extend an offer to the rising senior. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s highlight reel of Lance Ware now!
Camden Wins Inaugural Taliaferro Foundation Ginsburg 7-on-7 Title
It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one at Rowan University. After 27 years, the Taliaferro Senior All-Star Game is gone. In its place comes the Adam Taliaferro Foundation Coach Larry Ginsburg 7-on-7 Classic. The format is changed, but the mission remains the same: to benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which helps people who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries. Camden defeated Cherry Hill West to take home the title. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Glassboro: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
DePaul takes Rutgers Passing Camp!
The Rutgers East Cost Elite capped of its three weekend event with the annual Passing Camp 7 on 7 Tournament. 80 of the top teams and college recruits from across the New York-New Jersey tristate area gathered at the birthplace of college football Saturday to see who would hoist this year’s trophy. North Jersey powerhouse DePaul Catholic won the tournament with a close win over Camden. Spartans tight end Charles Finley who has an offer from Rutgers showed the Scarlett Knights Head Coach Chris Ash what he could bring to the Big Ten Conference next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for the action:
Antoine and Miller take home top honors at 2019 JSZ Hoop Zone Banquet
Nearly 90 high school basketball players around the state came to the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge to celebrate a fantastic 2018-19 season. Ranney’s Bryan Antoine is JSZ’s 2019 Mister Hoop Zone and Franklin’s Diamond Miller is Miss Hoop Zone 2019. Jersey Sports Zone thanks everyone for attending from every part of the state! All-Americans Antoine and Miller Steal the Show with Top Awards Villanova-commit Bryan Antoine and future Maryland Terrapin Diamond Miller decisively won the Mister Hoop Zone and Miss Hoop Zone awards, respectively. Both players take their newly-minted honors with them to Atlanta next week when they’ll both compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Mike Frankel have the story: Sights and Sounds from the Banquet Before the players, coaches and family sat down for dinner and watch our videos, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez and Madison Bess were in our social media zone talking with the honorees and getting the festivities started. Bryan Antoine wins 2019 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone With a podium featuring three McDonald’s All-Americans, Ranney’s Bryan Antoine won the vote among coaches and statewide media. The Villanova signee closed out his high school career as the Shore Conference’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,500 points and teamed with fellow finalist Scottie Lewis to lead the Panthers first ever Tournament of Champions title. Antoine won the vote over Lewis, the Roselle Catholic duo of Kahlil Whitney and Josh Pierre-Louis and Gill St. Bernard’s Paul Mulcahy, who’s on his way to Rutgers. 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Kevin Diviero – Don Bosco Prep, Anthony Tavares – Newark East Side, Daniele Crincoli – St. Mary’s Elizabeth, Ben Gamble – Marist, Justin Salton – Watchung Hills, Mike Clemente – Central Regional, Mike Jones – Millville, Cameron Bell – Egg Harbor, Kevin Principe – River Dell, Billy Armstrong – Bergen Catholic, Ryan McKeever – Immaculata, Matt Bloom – Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff – Roselle Catholic, Daryl Young – Trenton, Chris Raba – Nottingham, Rich Roche – Notre Dame, Randy Holmes – Lakewood, Mike Puorro – Barnegat, Mergin Sina – Gill St. Bernard’s Media: Richard Greco – NJ.Com, Adam Zagoria – NY Times, Dave’s Joint, Sherlon Christie – Asbury Park Press, Mike Kinney – NJ.Com, Phil Anastasia – Philadelphia Inquirer, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Bryan AntoineRanney193366 Scottie LewisRanney212737 Kahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic191130 Paul MulcahyGill St. Bernard's63529 Diamond Miller wins 2019 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Franklin guard Diamond Miller had a perfect season and a perfect ending to her high school career when she won JSZ’s 2019 Miss Hoop Zone. The McDonald’s All-American will represent New Jersey in the national showcase in Atlanta. Miller is signed with the University of Maryland. Future teammate Faith Masonius of Manasquan was a fellow finalist along with Saddle River Day’s Michelle Sidor (Michigan), Gloucester Catholic’s Azana Baines (Duke) and Manchester’s Leilani Correa (West Virginia). 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Mark Knapp – Gill St. Bernard’s, Kathy Matthews – Union Catholic, Dawn Karpell – Saint John Vianney, Lisa Gedaka – Gloucester Catholic, Jacquelyn Dyer – Cranford, Bob Fusik – Trenton Catholic, John Truhan – Red Bank Regional, Michael Lazur – Ocean, Scott Beston – Mainland, Tammy Nicolini – Barnegat, Joe Montano – Red Bank Catholic, David Drew – Point Pleasant Boro, Lisa Kukoda – Manasquan, Jason Lantz – Atlantic City – Pete Vincent – Hudson Catholic, Audrey Taylor – Franklin, Steve Silver – Immaculate Heart Academy Media: Gregg Lerner – Shore Sports Network, Danny LoGuidice – Asbury Park Press, Brian Deakyne – NJ.com, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Diamond MillerFranklin183161 Faith MasoniusManasquan27424 Leilani CorreaManchester16518 Michelle SidorSaddle River Day14615 Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Boys Team NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross PrepTahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokumbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HillsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian Brown Bergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir CantleyLindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr. Roselle CatholicDevin StricklandSouth Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny Toha Marist Alex GlavanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicDJ WoodburyBurlington City Micah Johnson Jr. Newark East SideTaQuan WoodleyCamden Samson Johnson Patrick SchoolMatt ZonaBergen Catholic Niels LaneRoselle Catholic Meet the 2019 JSZ All Zone Girls Team NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Dakota AdamsManchester Twp.Jenna JordanSaddle River DayKylee WatsonMainland Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.Sarah KarpellSaint John Vianney Brelynn BellamySaint John VianneyLauren LithgowSaint RoseDiamond MillerFranklin - JSZ 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Mya BembryWest OrangeOlivia MilesBlair AcademyFaith MasoniusManasquan - Miss HZ Finalist Brielle BisognoToms River NorthAnna MorrisImmaculate Heart AcademyLeilani Correa Manchester- Miss HZ Finalist Taylor BluntPenningtonCortlyn MorrisBound BrookMichelle SidorSaddle River Day - Miss HZ Finalist Sajada BonnerSaint John VianneyLola MullaneyManasquanAzana BainesGloucester Catholic - Miss HZ Finalist Emma BosletBishop AhrOlivia MullinsRutgers Prep Isla BrennanMiddletown SouthShannon MulroyLenape Syndei CaldwellSaddle River DayJaida PatrickSaddle River Day Maniya CustisTrenton CatholicJenna PaulToms River North Daniya DarbyLincolnMariah PerezNewark Tech Dominique DariusBlair AcademyKelsey RansomBishop Ahr Emma DuerrMorris CatholicKemari ReynoldsManchester Twp. LaShae DwyerPatrick SchoolKennady SchenckFranklin Brynn FarrellSaint RoseKeona ShenckFranklin Breyanna FrazierMaristKira SidesMiddle Township Brazil Harvey-CarrLeap AcademyKenna SquierPope John Rahmena HendersonSaint John VianneyTaneshia TuckerUniversity Giana Hernandez-BouldenTrenton CatholicAmanda UlrichSecaucus Leah JohnsonPenningtonCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Dezonie, Wright win JSZ Hoops Plays of the Year Thanks to everyone who voted for our JSZ Plays of the Year. Hudson Catholic’s Shane Dezonie won Dunk of the Year and Red Bank Catholic’s MJ Wright won clutch play of the year for his buzzer beater against Marlboro at the WOBM Christmas Classic. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Monday 3.4 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is thrilled to bring you statewide playoff basketball coverage from 3.4. Stay tuned for Bound Brook and Middlesex’s Central, Group 1 Final showdown and an epic South Jersey battle between Camden vs. Haddonfield in the South, Group 2 Championship. Check back in as we continue to post games! Ranney 76 Rutgers Prep 62 – Boys Non-Public South B Semifinal No. 1 Ranney advanced to their second consecutive Non-Public, South B Tournament Semifinal with a 76-62 win over Rutgers Prep. McDonald’s All-American’s Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis in their final high school home game gave fans a warm send off with some of their signature explosive style of basketball. Villanova bound Antoine finished 16 points while Lewis, a University of Florida commit dropped 17. However, top performance went to Junior Phillip Wheeler who ended the evening with 18 points. Ranney moves on to face either top seeded Wildwood Catholic or Immaculatta in the Championship on 3.6 at Jackson Liberty. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Haddonfield 69 Camden 67 (OT) – Boys South Jersey Group 2 Final Haddonfield stormed back from a double-digit deficit late in the fourth quarter to force overtime, beating Camden for the South Jersey Group 2 title for the second year in a row. Dan Fleming caught fire down the stretch to lead the Haddons with 28 points. Mike DePersia also had a big game with 19 points in the win. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from a thriller in Cherry Hill. Bound Brook 45 Middlesex 31 – Girls Central Jersey Group 1 Final The #1 Bound Brook Crusaders defeated the #2 Middlesex Blue Jays on Monday night, winning their fourth straight Sectional Title. Bound Brook’s Cortlyn Morris not only scored the game-high of 19 points, but she also walked away with a triple-double. She had 12 blocks and 10 rebounds. Arianna McCleod and Cameron Ward also scored in the double digits. McCleod scored 12 points, and Ward scored 11 and had 15 rebounds with a double-double. The Crusaders will take on Haddon Township for the Group 1 Tournament on Mar. 6. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Bound Brook:
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!
Watch Sunday 1.27 JSZ Hoops Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you basketball coverage from 1.27. Check back in as we continue to post games from: No. 12 Camden vs. No. 2 Roselle Catholic, Gill St. Bernard’s vs. Ranney, No. 3 St. John Vianney vs. No. 2 Saddle River Day (Girls) and more! Gill St. Bernard’s 62 Ranney 60 – Boys Basketball Connor Murphy had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Mulcahy’s two free throws in the final minute proved to be the difference in an epic battle that saw the Knights knock off NJ’s top ranked team. GSB raced out to a 24-8 lead, but Ranney rallied and an Alex Klatsky half court shot made it a 32-27 Knights lead at the half. Ahmadu Sarnor in his first game this season tied the game at 60 on a driving layup, but Phil Wheeler missed the front end of a one and one with 3 seconds left to give GSB the win. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a thriller at the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational at Kean University: Roselle Catholic 97 Camden 66 – Boys Basketball Kahlil Whitney (32 points) and Josh Pierre-Louis (30 points) both post career highs as the Lions put on a dominating effort against the #12 ranked team in the state. Cliff Omoruyi added 16 points on a dazzling dunk display. JSZ has the highlights from Kean University: St. John Vianney 67 Saddle River Day 56 – Girls Basketball Senior Sajada Bonner was the driving force St. John Vianney needed to topple a stacked Saddle River Day lineup. Bonner led SJV with 26 points in a decisive win in a battle between two of the top three teams in the Garden State. The Lancers also employed stifling defense all game long. Michelle Sidor led Saddle River Day with 19 points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Holmdel high School at the Coaches Choice USA Showcase: St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) 74 West Side 58 – Boys Basketball No. 11 in the current NJ Top 20, St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) knocked off No. 8 Newark Westside with a 74-58 upset victory at Kean University on Sunday afternoon. After trailing by two points to close out the first quarter, the Hilltoppers awoke thanks to a scoring frenzy by Izaiah Robinson to lead 37-22 at halftime. Robinson would finish with 22 points and 5 assists while Phil Brown contributed 15 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manasquan 60 Patrick School 32 – Girls Basketball Lola Mullaney and Faith Masonius left no doubt Sunday afternoon in Holmdel as Manasquan’s dynamic duo each notched double-doubles and combined for 45 points and 23 rebounds in a blowout win against Patrick School. Mullaney had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Masonius scored 19 and grabbed 11 boards. Manasquan is 13-3 on the season and has a huge rematch Friday night against St. Rose. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Holmdel high School at the Coaches Choice USA Showcase:
Top Hoops Performances up for JSZ Game Balls – Vote Now!
It’s time to honor great performances from New Jersey high school basketball with our JSZ Game Balls. We have polls for North, Central and South Jersey in both boys and girls categories. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We look forward to handing out 6 JSZ Game Balls every week and we’ll stop by mid-week practices or games to make a presentation. NJM South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Coaches and fans – if you have a player that is worthy of nominating contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday evening
Watch JSZ Saturday 12.15 Hoops Highlights
It’s the first Saturday of the high school basketball season and JSZ takes you around the state. We’ve got games from Cherokee High, Ocean City, Roselle and Elizabeth! St. Benedict’s Prep 65 Patrick School 58 Junior sharpshooter C.J. Wilcher paced St. Benedict’s Prep with 19 points and a downtown shooting showcase as the Gray Bees move to 7-0 on the season. Senior transfer Aaron Estrada — formerly of Woodbury — dropped 15 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights from the Hearts To Hands Invitational at Roselle Catholic : Moorestown 57 Delsea 28 After falling short in the Central Jersey Sectional Final last season, Moorestown has high hopes for 2018. They kicked off the year with a 57-28 win over Delsea at the annual Jimmy V Classic Showcase to begin 1-0. Watch the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring both our Delsea and Moorestown coverage. We look forward to bringing you Crusaders and Quaker athletics year-round! Gill St. Bernards 71 St. Joe-Montvale 49 Paul Mulcahy lead a balanced scoring attack with 23 points as four Blue Knights reach double digits to pick up a second straight dominating win in as many days. JSZ has the highlights from the Hoop Group Showcase in Elizabeth: Wildwood Catholic 70 Trenton 51 Division I prospect Taj Thweatt had 23 points to lead the Crusaders to their second win in as many days. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Ocean City and the PBA Tipoff Weekend: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton High School is made possible from our friends at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Newark East Side 66 North Star Academy 54 Newark East Side opened their 2018-2019 season with a bang thanks to a dominant 17-point performance from the Raiders’ Mikah Johnson. Adas Amos and Nasir Johnson each chipped in 15 points during the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights from the Hearts To Hands Invitational at Roselle Catholic : Saint Augustine Prep 70 Toms River North 63 Charles Solomon scored 24 points and the Hermits win their season opener at Ocean City’s PBA Tipoff. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: Jersey Sport Zone’s coverage of Toms River North is brought to you by CJA Construction Camden 67 Millville 59 Camden began the season with a 67-59 win over Millville. The Panthers were led by four star recruit, 6’9 Junior Lance Ware. He scored 16 points against the Bolts, the victory was also the first win for former State Champion Vic Carstarphen as Head Coach. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
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 11.16 State Sectional Finals Highlights
It’s championship Friday on JSZ! Six sectional titles were handed out across the state and Jersey Sports Zone has highlights from every one of them. Coming up this weekend, we’ll have more sectional title action from Saturday as well as the Non-Public Group 4 semifinals featuring Bosco/Bergen and St. Peter’s/St. Joe-Montvale. We’ll wrap things up on Sunday with three more sectional championship games that were postponed due to weather. Click below to watch our teaser for our Friday night coverage and scroll below to watch all the highlights: Long Branch 21 Brick Township 14 | Central Jersey Group 4 Championship Jermaine Corbett had a 77-yard TD run on the second play from scrimmage and lineman Kevin Cerruti had a three-yard INT return for a TD off an Imir Durant tip in the opening minute of the third quarter that gave the Green Wave the lead for good as coach Dan George’s team won their second consecutive sectional title. Brick Township tied the game at 7 after an Anthony Prato 24-yard TD pass to Cole Groschel in the second quarter. Cerruti’s defensive TD gave Long Branch a 14-7 lead and Marc Dennis added a one-yard TD run to extend the lead to 21-7. Brick Township cut the deficit to 21-14 late in the third quarter on a Jim Leblo three-yard TD run, but Long Branch’s defense was able to stand tall in the final 12 minutes. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Long Branch: Sponsor Shout Out! Thank you Rosario Realty for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Long Branch all year long! Rosario Realty is the reason JSZ was able to capture this special moment for Long Branch High School Wayne Hills 20 Old Tappan 13 | North 1 Group 4 Championship It’s not often you see a defending champion be considered an underdog, but in Friday night’s North 1, Group 4 Sectional Final this was the case when second seed Old Tappan faced off with top seeded Wayne Hills. The Patriots after trailing by a touchdown at halftime rallied back to score twice thanks to running back Michael Joyce who would finish with 181 rushing yards and a touchdown. Late in the fourth with a 20-13 lead a sack from Gabe Dellechiaie secured the victory for the 10 time Champions. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Kittatinny 28 Newton 19 | North 1 Group 2 Championship The Kittatinny Cougars rolled behind the fantastic play of junior tailback Jacob Mafaro (134 yards, 3 TD) as they plowed through Newton to capture their first state sectional football championship in school history. JSZ has the highlights from Newton: Willingboro 22 Paulsboro 14 | Central Jersey Group 1 Championship The Chimeras fell behind 6-0 early in the first quarter but rolled off 22 unanswered points on the way to its first sectional title in 33 years. Quarterback Ah Shaun Davis was 16 of 22 for 198 yards and a TD pass. Chris Long had 10 catches for 112 yards, a TD catch and a 2-point conversion. JSZ has the highlights from Moorestown High: Haddonfield 23 Camden 12 | South Jersey Group 2 Championship Haddonfield did not disappoint hundreds inside their jam packed stadium Friday night as the Bulldogs played stingy defense and scored on big plays to capture their second-straight South Jersey Group 2 title with a 23-12 win over Camden. Haddonfield’s Johnny Foley had a standout performance in the win. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to great sponsors like NJM Insurance, Jersey Sports Zone was able to bring you top-notch highlights of this South Jersey football clash. Shawnee 17 Clearview 14 (2OT) | South Jersey Group 4 Championship Joe Dalsey walked away from Shawnee’s second consecutive South Jersey Group 4 championship win as the hero after finding the endzone twice on touchdown runs and also kicking a field goal in double overtime. Shawnee’s story throughout the season was interesting — they finished only 2-6, yet came back and played impeccable football downs the stretch. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has all the highlights and post-game reaction:
Nick Cataldo Brings Week 3 Top Play Belt to Camden!
After dropping their first game of the season Camden has been on an impressive three game win streak outscoring opponents 128-20. In their latest matchup against Defending South Group 3 Champs Delsea the Panthers walked away with a 45-15 win, Nicholas Cataldo’s ran down field on a 59 yard catch and score to have the highlight of the evening. Not only did JSZ take notice, but Nick’s city and our loyal fans did as well when they voted him our Top Play Belt Winner for Week 3. Watch his ceremony below: Take Our Poll Polls begin Sunday and end Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of our poll will get presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a mid-week practice. Thanks to all the great athletes we cover for giving us so many great highlights and moments each and every week! Previous Top Play Winners
Trick Play, Great Grabs among nominees for JSZ Week 3 Top Play
Bergen Catholic’s Tyler Devera is one of ten nominees for JSZ Top Play for Week Three. Cast your vote below NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of our poll will get presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a mid-week practice. Thanks to all the great athletes we cover for giving us so many great highlights and moments each and every week. Take Our Poll Previous Top Play Winners
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
2018 Camden Football Preview
After an 8-2 season Camden has reloaded for 2018. The Panthers have gained some key transfers in the off season including former Cherry Hill West QB Monte Williams, who looks to be the dual threat Coach Dwayne Savage needs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez spent time with South Jersey’s most beloved programs: 2018 Schedule Friday, September 7 – CEDAR CREEK Friday, September 14 – at Paul VI Friday, September 21 – at Delsea Friday, September 28 – PEMBERTON Friday, October 12 – AT Pennsauken Friday, October 19 – at Camden Catholic Friday, October 26 – WILLINGBORO Thursday, November 22 – WOODROW WILSON Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to NJM for sponsoring our Camden coverage on JSZ!
Teams Reuniting at Summer Shootout 2018
The 2018 Summer Shootout at Trenton Catholic Academy came to a close Sunday. Players from various programs in the tri state area have taken a break from AAU ball to reunite with their high school teammates before the start of a new year. Each day features a schedule of new schools with every team playing four games. It’s a good opportunity for young players to get more adjusted to the high schools level and gives teams the chance to play schools they might not see in the regular season.
Familiar Faces and New Comers at WJFL Media Day
Before they clash football coaches from across the southern part of the garden state gathered at Lenape just a week prior to the start of training camp. For some it’s a chance to catch up with one another and for some like Camden Catholic’s Cody Hall it’s a fresh start in a new place. Watch our recap of the event with Nery Rodriguez now: