Four-Star Guard Armstrong Makes College Choice
Basketball players in New Jersey’s elite Class of 2022 continue to make waves on the national stage. This time, the headline comes from Jersey City. Mark Armstrong, a four-star combo guard from St. Peter’s Prep, is the latest Garden State product to give a verbal commitment to Villanova University. 2022 four-star Mark Armstrong has committed to Villanova, he tells me. Ranked 40th Nationally per 247Sports. pic.twitter.com/jNp8ogzLZP— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) April 8, 2021 Standing at 6-3 and 165 pounds, Armstrong has been one of the most productive players across the state since his freshman season. The West Orange native averaged 14.2 PPG in 11 contests during a shortened season this past winter. He eclipsed the 1,000 point mark early in the season and has also led the Marauders in scoring in each of the last three seasons. Watch Armstrong’s JSZ Highlight Reel HERE Playing for head coach Alex Mirabel, Armstrong has blossomed into a complete player at St. Peter’s Prep. He’s shown the ability to hit three’s from beyond the arc and slash to the rim with smooth handles and a sweet touch. Armstrong is also active on the defensive end who collects steals and rebounds. Armstrong’s decision to commit to Villanova keeps a pipeline alive from head coach Jay Wright to the Garden State’s elite talent. Former Ranney star Bryan Antoine and former Rutgers Prep standout Trey Patterson are both currently on the roster for the Wildcats, who reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Adams Wins 2021 JSZ Ms. Hoop Zone
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 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 Rachel Goodale, Jackson Memorial, Dave Beauchemin, Manchester Twp., Bob Fusik, Trenton Catholic, Sandy Gordon, Ramapo, Mary Klinger, Rutgers Prep, Steve Silver, IHA, Alaina Hearon, Jackson Liberty, Joe Montano, Red Bank Catholic, Mary Beth Chambers, Saint Rose, Mark Gnapp, Gill St. Bernard’s, Dawn Karpell, St. John Vianney, Darren Ault, Holmdel, Theresa Cuniff, Wildwood, Scott Beston, Mainland, Steve DiPatri, Wildwood Catholic, Paul Baruffi, Ocean City, Scott Meile, Oakcrest, Lisa Stelle, Paul VI, Pete Vincent, Hudson Catholic, Meg McGeehan, Warren Hills, Derek Lynn, Montville, Billy Lovett, Morris Catholic, Shannon Coyle, Long Branch, Brandon Pilgrim, Paterson East Side, Lashawn Williams, Newark Central, Glenn Jansen, Donovan Catholic, Sandi Chera, Colonia, Sean Pekarsky, Paramus Catholic, Kristen Przbylski, Eastern, JW Senft, Highland, Dave Callahan, Rumson-Fair Haven, Allyson Scerbo, Phillipsburg, Liz McKeon, Westfield, John Considine, Bishop Eustace, Lisa Kukoda, Manasquan, Justin McGhee, Middletown North, John Barbarise, Shore Regional, Jenna Marcus, Hightstown, Chris Hernandez, Weehawken, James Martinos, Notre Dame, Travis Retzlaff, East Brunswick, Audrey Taylor, Franklin, Brad Allen, Teaneck, Janet Cook, Sayreville, Dan Montferatt, Ewing, Matt Margon, Montgomery, Lauren Bowler, Matawan Media Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media, John Jones, MaxPreps, Greg Machos, GMC Hoops, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Brian Deakyne, NJ Advance Media, Kyle Franco, Trentonian, Greg Johnson, Trentonian, Luis Torres, NJ Advance Media, Joe Fenelon, NYG Hoops, G Thing Basketball, Prep Girls Hoops New Jersey, JSZ Staff Watch Highlight Reels of JSZ’s Five Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists
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
All this week, JSZ will honor the top players in New Jersey from both girls and boys varsity basketball. Our week long celebration of the 2021 season concludes with the presentation of JSZ’s Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone. Watch highlight videos of every one of our honorees. 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. All this week, we will honor our All-Zone teams starting with the girls on Monday and Tuesday followed by the boys All-Zoners on Wednesday and Thursday. Coming up on Friday, JSZ will announce our 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone winners. 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: PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMr. HZ Finalists Antoine ArnettSterlingDenver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sCorey Floyd, Jr., Roselle Catholic Gannon BradyOcean CityMark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepSamson Johnson, Patrick School Jerome BrewerCamdenJayden BrownMontclair ImmaculateWill Richardson, Bergen Catholic Tazir CanteyEasternJulian BrownBergen CatholicBen Roy, Manasquan Christian CevisWest MorrisZion CruzPatrick SchoolDJ Wagner, Camden Jack CollinsManasquanMatt DelaneySt. Augustine Prep Al-Fatir ConnorElizabethRay FordSt. Peter's Prep Jordan DerkackColoniaNoah HarrisRutgers Prep Austin GreenTimber CreekIsaac HesterRanney Aidan KehoePascack HillsZach HicksCamden Catholic Elijah LewisWatchung HillsTristan JeffriesSt. Thomas Aquinas Carlos LopezEgg Harbor Twp.Amare MarshallRoselle Catholic Chad MartiniWatchung HillsKeith Mency Hudson Catholic Diante MilesWildwoodMarcus PierceSt. Joseph Academy Dave OlaniyiNewark East SideElijah PerkinsRanney Chris RubayoMontgomeryJosh RiveraSt. Thomas Aquinas Derek SimpsonLenapeWisler SanonPaul VI Jack SeidlerMarlboroAkil Watson Don Bosco Prep Jon SpatolaMarlboroSimeon WilcherRoselle Catholic TaQuan WoodleyCamdenZakai ZeiglerMontclair Immaculate PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMiss HZ Finalists Lauren AchterRamapoAbby AntognoliSaint RoseDestiny Adams, Manchester Township Nina BranchizioMonroeA'Nyah BarkerIHAZoe Brooks, Trenton Catholic Amaya BurchTimber CreekEmma BruenSt. John VianneyKatie Hill, St. John Vianney Kiley CapstrawWest OrangeMeg CahalanSt. John VianneyMadison St. Rose, St. John Vianney Rachel CapuaJackson MemorialSaniah CaldwellSaddle River DayAlexa Therien, Cherokee Julia CorsentinoRumson-Fair HavenAlly CarmanRed Bank Catholic Alexis DavisGlassboroChristina DalceRutgers Prep Mary Elizabeth DonnellyManasquanAaylah Del RosarioTrenton Catholic Keegan DouglasHaddonfieldElla FajardoGill St. Bernard's Kate HerlihyMiddle Twp.Hannah HidalgoPaul VI Brooke HollawellManasquanZanai JonesHudson Catholic Tara JohnsonUniversityMarianna PapazoglouWildwood Catholic Lexi Linton Jackson MemorialPaulina ParisSaddle River Day Brynn McCurrySpartaBelle PellecchiaRutgers Prep Colleen McQuillenCresskillJustine PissottRed Bank Catholic Grace MuntRumson-Fair HavenAlana RobinsonPope John Madison SchillerRamapoSophia SabinoRed Bank Catholic Ally SweeneySpartaAngelica VelezTrenton Catholic Chloe TeterRed Bank RegionalCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Bella VitoMontvilleMia YanogacioRutgers Prep JSZ All-Zone Basketball Coverage Monday, March 15: JSZ All-Zone Girls Public Team (20 players) Tuesday, March 16: JSZ All-Zone Girls Non-Public Team (20 players) Wednesday, March 17: JSZ All-Zone Boys Public Team (20 players) Thursday, March 18: JSZ All-Zone Boys Non-Public Team (20 players) Friday, March 19: JSZ 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone announced
St. Augustine’s Horner Wins JSZ Dunk of the Year
The JSZ voters have spoken, and John Horner of St. Augustine threw down the dunk of the year in the Garden State. The Hermits senior received more than 16,500 votes for his jam. Take Our Poll Watch Horner’s slam, and the rest of the best JSZ dunks of the 2021 season here:
Vote for the 2021 JSZ Dunk of the Year!
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
Manasquan endures COVID heartache to finish with perfect season
Andrew Solomon’s game-winning layup with 1.4 seconds in overtime was the fitting end to Manasquan’s 12-0 season. COVID affected the Warriors unlike any other basketball program. JSZ goes beyond the score to tell the inspirational story of a team that came together in the face of adversity. The Manasquan boys basketball team faced all sorts of adversity on the court during their perfect 12-0 season in 2021 but it pales in comparison to what the Warriors had to deal with away from the hardwood. Following the Warriors opening game win against Saint Rose, the boys basketball team was shut down due to COVID. During that time, head coach Andrew Bilodeau tested positive for coronavirus and on Feb. 9 the father of Andrew and Matt Solomon passed away due to COVID. Less than a week later, the brothers took to the court with their teammates and continued their shortened season. Bilodeau returned to the team as well but was forced to miss ‘Squan’s final seven games due to health concerns effected by COVID. With Marlboro and Manasquan tied at 56 in the Shore Conference final in overtime, Ben Roy dished to an open Andrew Solomon for the game winning layup in a 58-56 win. The Warriors made the most of their 12-game season scoring wins over Non-Public ranked teams Montclair Immaculate, Don Bosco Prep, Trenton Catholic along with Prep School Life Center Academy. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story of how Manasquan came together during a season that was one of the most difficult for high school athletes to endure. To watch JSZ’s extended highlights and post-game reaction of Manasquan’s 58-56 OT win over Marlboro in the SCT final, click here and watch it all with your JSZ All-Access Pass
Watch Saturday 3.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The final day of the 2021 season is here, and JSZ has highlights from great games all around the Garden State. Thanks for watching all season long! Roselle Catholic 64 Bergen Catholic 58 (OT) | Boys The only thing missing from this duel between top five teams in New Jersey was a Tournament of Champions […] 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.
Woodrow Wilson’s Acrey Wins Week 5 Game Ball
Jamire Acrey was the hero for Woodrow Wilson on February 25th against Haddonfield. The junior scored 23 points and hit the game-winner at the buzzer to give the Tigers the win over the Bulldogs. After receiving over 2,100 votes, Acrey now takes home the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Game Ball. Another view of 49-48 buzzer beater over Haddonfield! 🏀. Tiger Pride @kminnicksports @JFriedman57 @sojerseysports @pgreat81 pic.twitter.com/bLZOdwkmJw— Will Hickson (@WilsonTigerAD) February 26, 2021 Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are sponsored by NJM Insurance. Stay tuned for baseball and softball Game Ball voting this spring!
Watch Friday 3.5 JSZ Basketball Championship Highlights
There was plenty of hardware to be handed on the final Friday of the 2021 basketball season, and our cameras were all over the state to bring you the action. Stay tuned all night has the highlights roll in! Manasquan 58 Marlboro 56 (OT) | Boys | Shore Conference Tournament Pod “A” Final Andrew Solomon […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 3.5 JSZ Hockey Cup Championship Highlights
JSZ closes out the 2021 hockey season with a pair of cup finals – one in Mercer County and the other in Morris County. Enjoy the highlights! Robbinsville 5 Notre Dame 4 | CVC Final Robbinsville (9-2-1) defeated Notre Dame (6-1-1) 5-4 to capture the 2021 CVC Tournament Championship. A tight back and forth battle […] 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.
Burlington Township’s Jaylyn James Wins Week 5 Game Ball
Jaylyn James has proven that she can score from just about anywhere on the court. That was on full display as the senior scored 21 points to lead the Falcons to an upset victory over Cinniminson on February 26th. James also became the sixth player program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Now she takes home the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Game Ball after receiving over 9,400 votes. Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are sponsored by NJM Insurance. Stay tuned for baseball and softball Game Ball voting this spring!
Watch Thursday 3.4 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ continues to highlight as many teams and players as possible as the season winds down. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the action! Mainland 57 Cedar Creek 23 | Girls The future is certainly bright in Linwood, as a young Mustangs team handled Cedar Creek to collect its 11th win of […] 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.
South Plainfield’s Moshood Adebule wins Central Jersey Week 5 Game Ball
The Tigers capped off a nine-game win streak against Middlesex thanks to the near perfect effort of Moshood Adebule. Moshood scored 26 points while going 13-14 from the field, and he added nine rebounds! He captured over 6,700 votes to win the Central Jersey Week 5 Game Ball. Take Our Poll Watch Adebule’s Game Ball presentation here:
WCA’s Papazoglou Wins Week 3 Game Ball
After a lengthy pause, the Wildwood Catholic Academy girls basketball team is back on the practice court this week. JSZ was finally able to deliver an NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball to our Week 3 winner, Marianna Papazoglou. The Penn commit scored 21 points vs. Mainland and received more than 12,600 votes to win the Game Ball. Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are sponsored by NJM Insurance. Stay tuned for baseball and softball Game Ball voting this spring!
Watch Wednesday 3.3 JSZ Basketball Highlights
As the 2021 season winds down, JSZ has highlights from numerous conference playoff games from all over the state. Subscribe with the JSZ All-Access Pass to enjoy all our coverage from Wednesday night! Manasquan 45 CBA 35 | Boys | Shore Conference Tournament Pod “A” Semifinal Manasquan officially punched their ticket back to the Shore […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.2 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The final week of the season features conference tournament action, plus big showdowns around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Paul VI 81 Don Bosco 69 | Boys NJIT commit Wisler Sanon hit his first eight three-point attempts, en route to a game-high 30 points as the Eagles soared past the Ironmen. Jalen Boyd-Savage and Jaden […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch 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.
Florence’s Harris Wins Week 4 Game Ball
Rasheem Harris has been pumping in the points for Florence this season, and that trend continued against Pemberton. Harris scored 27 points against the Hornets to lead the Flashes to victory. He received over 12,400 votes to earn the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Week 4 Game Ball. Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Thanks for the nominations and the votes this season. We’ll have baseball/softball game balls coming up this spring!
Final Week of JSZ Game Balls! Get Those Votes in Now!
The 2021 high school basketball season still has one week remaining but this is JSZ’s final weekly game ball poll of the basketball season. Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are back for the 2021 basketball season. We’ve got great performances from all around the state. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South Jersey nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North Jersey nominations) Nery Rodriguez: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central Jersey nominations) South Jersey Game Ball Nominees JSZ’s South Jersey poll includes players in the BCSL, CAL, Colonial, Olympic, and Tri-County conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball poll is presented to you by NJM Insurance. Central Jersey Game Polls JSZ’s Central Jersey poll includes players in the CVC, GMC, and Shore conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominations JSZ’s North Jersey poll includes players in the Big North, HCIAL, NJAC, NJIC, SEC, Skyland and UCC conferences. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch 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 Friday 2.26 JSZ Basketball Highlights
There was plenty of action on the hardwood on Friday night, and as usual JSZ had cameras all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! St. John Vianney 62 Trenton Catholic 55 | Girls One of the most anticipated matchups of the year did not disappoint as St. John Vianney (11-0) defeated Trenton Catholic (9-1) […] 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 Thursday 2.25 JSZ Basketball Highlights
With just a over a week left in the season, our crew has highlights from top games all over the state. West Morris 83 Randolph 56 | Boys West Morris (11-0) remains undefeated following a dominating 83-56 win over Randolph (2-2). The Wolfpack led 38-15 at halftime thanks to a big first half from Ethan […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Eastern’s Robbins Wins South Jersey Game Ball
Mia Robbins led the way for Eastern in a victory over Washington Township, scoring 15 points for the Vikings. Robbins received over 12,400 (!) votes to earn the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Week 4 Game Ball. Take Our Poll Watch Mia’s Game Ball presentation here: South Jersey Game Balls are brought to you by NJM Insurance. Please submit nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evenings.