JSZ Year in Review: Top Hockey Games of 2018-19
It was a great year on the ice in New Jersey. From Don Bosco’s breakthrough at the Rock to great rivalries, our year in review series continues with the ten most viewed games from New Jersey high school hockey! #10: Middletown North 3 Middletown South 3 – Mayor’s Cup For the second straight year, the Mayor’s Cup ends in a tie. The Middletown North/Middletown South ice rivalry makes another appearance in our top ten! #9: Middletown North 2 Marlboro 1 – Dowd Cup Semifinal Anything can happen in the post-season as Middletown North handed Marlboro its first loss of the season with a shocker in the Shore Conference’s Dowd Cup Semifinals: #8: Don Bosco Prep 4 Gloucester Catholic 1 – Non-Public State Semifinal Before the Ironmen won their state championship at the Rock, they needed to get past a hot goalie and a dangerous sniper from Gloucester Catholic #7: Summit 6 Chatham 2 – Public “C” State Championship Summit made it back to back state titles at the Rock with another fantastic performance on the big stage #6: Ridge 4 Randolph 1 – Public “B” State Championship Alex Konovalov showed why he was one of New Jersey’s most dangerous scorers with a three-point game at the home of the NHL Devils to give the Red Devils a state title #5: Don Bosco Prep 5 Delbarton 3 – Gordon Cup Final TJ Schweighardt’s hat trick gave the Ironmen their first big title of the season with one more on the way #4: Middletown North 5 Middletown South 3 An opening night tradition unlike any other. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better atmosphere than the battle of Middletown to start the hockey season. Middletown Ice World is always over capacity and last November it was Chris Repmann stealing the show with a four-goal night #3: Don Bosco Prep 6 Bergen Catholic 3 The Ironmen/Crusaders rivalry extends beyond the football gridiron. Liam McLinskey got his first career hat trick in this December Gordon Cup showdown: #2: Don Bosco 3 Delbarton 1 – Non-Public State Championship The Don Bosco Prep hockey program has produced some incredible players and winning teams but was always missing that elusive state title. That all changed in 2019 when the Ironmen secured its first state championship: #1: Morris Knolls 6 Hillsborough 1 – Public “A” State Championship Sean Murray was electric at the Rock scoring four times to give golden-haired Morris Knolls a state title Devils Shoutout! The New Jersey Devils and Jersey Sports Zone teamed up for the second straight year to honor great high school hockey performances all season long. We had the top five goals of each month honored at the Rock during a Devils home game featuring a meet and greet with a player and our top 5 plays on the scoreboard during the second intermission.
JSZ Honors All-State Hockey Team, Sedlak wins Player of the Year Honors
The New Jersey Devils and Jersey Sports Zone hosted the second annual JSZ Hockey Banquet at the Prudential Center. Thanks to our partnership with the Devils, our All-State players and their families watched our All-Zone presentation followed by watching the Devils 3-1 win over the Sabres at The Rock! Tyler Sedlak wins JSZ Hockey Player of the Year The Don Bosco Prep forward committed to play Division I hockey at Holy Cross just one day prior to winning JSZ’s top hockey honor. Sedlak scored 40 goals in the Gordon Conference and helped lead the Ironmen to their first ever state championship on the ice. He follows his former teammate and best friend Mickey Burns as the first two winners of the award. JSZ’s Mike Frankel caught up with the winner at our Hockey Banquet in Newark: JSZ Player of the Year Balloting Thanks to the 29 coaches and media members for casting their vote for our Player of the Year. Each vote is counted equally, with 3 points for a first place vote, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd Coaches: Greg Toskos – Don Bosco, Bruce Shatel – Delbarton, Tom Bunting – Gloucester Catholic, Ryan Bogan – CBA, Rich McLaughlin – Randolph, Mick Messemer – Saint John Vianney, Chris Tommins – Hillsborough, Scott Garrow – Pingry, Anthony Matarazzo – Rumson-Fair Haven, Tony Nemati – Middletown South, Brandon Herr – Chatham, Don Wood – Middletown North, Mike Celano – Freehold Township, Mike Atkinson – Seton Hall Prep, Tim Fingerhut – Saint Augustine Prep, Tom Keough – Bergen Catholic, Jerry Minter – Monroe, Joe Pelliccio – Central Regional, Ryan Brown – Pope John, Larry Mahurter – St. Joe-Montvale Media: Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Madison Bess – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ, Hockey Clan, Morris-Sussex Hockey Report, Andrew Koob – NJ.com, Brian Bobal – NJ.com, Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Tyler SedlakDon Bosco Prep136152 Liam McLinskeyDon Bosco Prep45527 Mike BalzarottiDelbarton07721 Jude KurtasHillsborough32418 Alex KonovalovRidge22313 TJ SchweigardtDon Bosco Prep31213 Dom GarozzoGloucester Catholic1116 John GuttSaint John Vianney0113 Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team GoaliesDefensemanForwardsAward Winners Brett Cleaves, DelbartonDamien Carfagna, Don Bosco PrepTom Colucci, Seton Hall PrepTyler Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep - 2019 JSZ Player of the Year Marcus Fabiunke, RidgeLogan Heroux, CBAKyle Contessa, CBA Matt Schoer, Pope JohnBrendan Karnish, Saint Augustine PrepJames Falivene, DelbartonLiam McLInskey, Don Bosco Prep - 2019 Finalist Max Schwarz, Don Bosco PrepTJ Schweigardt, Don Bosco PrepSam Fishteyn, MonroeMike Balzarotti, Delbarton, 2019 Finalist Ronan Hickey, RFH - JSZ Save of the YearSean Vlasich, Northern HighlandsMatt Franzoni, ManasquanJude Kurtas, Hillsborough, 2019 Finalist Mike Franzoni, Manasquan Anthony Galante, Marlboro Dom Garozzo, Gloucester Catholic John Gutt, Saint John Vianney Alex Konovalov, Ridge Nick LaBianca, Jackson Liberty Sean Murray, Morris Knolls Tom Pryymak, Summit Dave Renzulli, Madison Jason Siedem, Madison Steven Spetz, Pope John Greg Spitznagel, Summit Aidan Trainor, Princeton Max Williams, Delbarton Jason Wolff, Hillsborough JT Zangara, Randolph Matt Zdanowicz, Saint Peter's Prep
Meet the JSZ 2019 Hockey Player of the Year Finalists
It’s that time of the year again, New Jersey hockey fans! With the 2018-2019 season now closed, Jersey Sports Zone is excited to announce the four finalists for our Player of the Year award, voted on by dozens of New Jersey high school coaches and credible members of the media. The winner of the Player of the Year award will be announced Monday, March 25 at our All-State hockey banquet hosted by the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. So without further adieu, here are the finalists: Michael Balzarotti, Delbarton No player in New Jersey received more attention for a single goal this season than Delbarton’s Michael Balzarotti. The Green Wave senior undressed a pair of defenders in the Gordon Cup semifinals and the goal was featured as the No. 3 play on the Feb. 14 edition of SportsCenter and was shown on MSG and other popular social media accounts. But there’s more to Balzarotti than just this one goal — he led the Green Wave in scoring with 29 goals and 36 assists and leaves Morristown as a two-time state champion: Jude Kurtas, Hillsborough The numbers are eye-popping. 57 goals, 55 assists for 112 points. Jude Kurtas took Hillsborough to new heights. The junior helped the Raiders reach the Prudential Center and the state finals for the first time in school history. We’ll be posting our Jude Kurtas feature later on tonight on JSZ Liam McLinskey, Don Bosco Prep Imagine being committed to a Top-10 nationally-ranked hockey program and by some people, not be considered your team’s top threat? Well, Liam McLinskey proved the doubters wrong. He led Don Bosco Prep to it’s first state title in school history behind a team-high 76 points and truly clutch play in the final month of the season: Tyler Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep To put it plainly, Don Bosco Prep’s Tyler Sedlak is a stone-cold assassin on the ice. His ability to shoot the puck with deadly accuracy and elite speed made him arguably New Jersey’s most feared scorer. His 40 goals were a team-high and it was Sedlak’s dominant play that was a major component to Don Bosco Prep winning a state championship for the first time in 54 years:
Devils Rooney wowed by JSZ Top Hockey Goals from February
Jersey Sports Zone’s Top 5 Goals from February were honored during the New Jersey Devils game against the Boston Bruins. Devils forward Kevin Rooney visited our honorees during pre-game and had quite a reaction to five tremendous goals! JSZ thanks the New Jersey Devils for giving high school kids in New Jersey lifetime memories. After our pre-game visit with Kevin Rooney, the goals of the month winners had pre-game dinner and their goals were on full display during the first intermission of the Devils Bruins game. Watch our recap from another special night: Kevin Rooney was quite impressed with each and every goal. Here’s his take on JSZ’s Top Goals: Congratulations to our JSZ February Goals of the Month winners #5: Matt Keane, Chatham #4: Gehrig Eckoff, Morris Knolls #3: Dan Quiles, Middletown North #2: Nick Ochlan, Freehold Boro #1: Michael Balzarotti, Delbarton Jersey Sports Zone wraps up the season with our second annual 2019 All-State Hockey Banquet. The top players in the state will be honored prior to the Devils/’Sabres game this Monday night and we will announce our 2019 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year!
10 Highlight Goals Nominated for JSZ/New Jersey Devils February Goal of the Month!
Another tremendous month of NJ high school hockey highlights has ten nominees for the JSZ/New Jersey Devils February goal of the month. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to team with the New Jersey Devils for a second straight year to honor outstanding highlights from New Jersey high school hockey. We’re asking your vote for the top hockey goal of February captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Friday at 9:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get one of our 5 spots for our plays of the month segment. The other four slots are selected by the Devils and JSZ staff. Our Top 5 goals for January will be honored during the Devils game against the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center on March 21st. Watch some great goals and cast your vote! Take Our Poll The Devils roll out the red carpet and give JSZ’s goal of the month winners the VIP treatment. Watch our January honorees get to share a special moment with forward Miles Wood:
11 Great Stops Nominated for JSZ/NJ Devils’ Top Save of the Year
JSZ has been highlighting the top goals throughout this past hockey season, and now it’s time to show some love to the guys who’ve made next-level stops between the pipes. Jersey Sports Zone and the New Jersey Devils are teaming up and want your vote for the top save from this year. The winner of the poll will be selected as the fifth goalie on JSZ’s All-Zone hockey team. The poll will be open through Friday at 9 p.m. Make sure to vote early and often! Take Our Poll Watch the top saves here:
Watch NJSIAA Hockey State Finals
Believe it or not, but we’re now at the end of the 2018-2019 New Jersey high school hockey season. We hit the ice once more — this time at the Prudential Center — to crown four teams as state champions. Stay tuned throughout the night as we post highlights of every single state championship! Ridge 4 Randolph 1 – Public “B” State Final Alex Konovalov had the go-ahead goal and added two assists to give the Red Devils their third hockey state championship. Luke Rich scored the final two goals and Blake Loges scored the opener. Marcus Fabiunke made some key saves in the second period with the score knotted at one and finished with 25 stops. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Prudential Center: Summit 6 Chatham 2 – Public “C” State Final Let the celebration begin in Summit! The Hilltoppers won their second-straight state title after a dominant performance over Chatham in a rematch of last year’s title game. Summit goalie Nikita Pryymak had 38 saves and Greg Spitznagel led all scorers with a pair of tallies. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Morris Knolls 6 Hillsborough 1 – Public “A” State Final Sean Murray scored four goals and Jacob Walsh assisted on each one of them and Ty Franchi was stellar in goal with 30 stops to give the second seed the Public “A” state championship. Morris Knolls broke open a scoreless game with four straight goals over a six minute span in the second period. Jude Kurtas scored his 57th goal in a losing effort to make it 4-1, but Murray lit the lamp two more times to seal the championship. JSZ has the highlights and spirited post-game reaction on the ice at the home of the NJ Devils Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Hillsborough athletics all season long! Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 1 – Non-Public State Final History has been made. After a 54-year drought, Don Bosco Prep captured its first state title in school history to complete the most accomplished hockey team to play for the Ramsey-based private school. Liam McLinskey was the spark plug the Ironmen needed, as he came up with a pair of goals to lead all scorers. Goalie Max Schwarz also had 19 saves in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and extensive post-game reaction:
Watch Thursday 2.28 JSZ Hockey Semifinals Highlights
It’s been two wild days of hockey but now we know the matchups for the most anticipated day of puck action in New Jersey. JSZ was at Codey Arena in West Orange for the second day of state semifinal action and we have all the highlights, including: Don Bosco Prep’s relentless efforts to get back to the Prudential Center; James Monahan punching Delbarton’s ticket to another title game with a game-winner and Chatham grabbing a thrilling overtime win to secure their spot in the state finals. Stay tuned for all the action! Don Bosco Prep 4 Gloucester Catholic 1 – Non-Public Semifinals A three-point game from Don Bosco Prep’s Tyler Sedlak on top of timely goals from Zach Hammond and Liam McLinskey provided the Ironmen with their third-straight berth to the Non-Public title game. Don Bosco Prep had to stave off a whole-hearted attack from Dom Garozzo and Co. to secure the win. JSZ has the highlights from Codey Arena: Sponsor Alert! Thanks to our loyal sponsor, NJM Insurance, JSZ was able to bring you these great hockey highlights. Delbarton 2 Bergen Catholic 0 – Non-Public Semifinals With less than nine minutes remaining in regulation, Delbarton’s James Monahan drilled a second-chance shot to put his Green Wave up 1-0 over Bergen Catholic. Monahan then delivered on another goal later in the third period to solidify Delbarton’s spot in the Non-Public finale against Don Bosco Prep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena: Chatham 2 Northern Highlands 1 (OT) – Public C Semifinal Matt Keane took advantage of a failed clear attempt and fired the game winner at 2:26 of overtime to get the Cougars back to the Newark and a rematch with Summit in the Public C state championship. Nate Marshall gave Chatham a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Highlanders drew even in the third thanks to a fantastic goal by Mark Cinotti. Watch the highlights from a fantastic wrap to the NJSIAA hockey semifinals at Codey Arena:
Watch Wednesday 2.27 JSZ Hockey Semifinals Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you state hockey playoff coverage from the NJSIAA Public A, B, and C Semifinals. We’ve got highlights of five teams punching their ticket to the Prudential Center and Monday’s state championship. We’ve got you covered with all the games from Codey Arena and Mennen Arena on Wednesday night! (2) Morris Knolls 4 (6) Paramus 1 – Public A Semifinals Morris Knolls advanced to Public A Tournament Finals with an impressive 4-1 victory over Paramus. The Eagles fell behind early in the second period but scored to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the third. Morris Knolls would then tack on three unanswered goals from Jason Miesegaes, Kieran Regen and Tikhon Ryerson in the final period to set a date with top seeded Hillsborough at the Prudential Center for the Championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: (1) Hillsborough 4 (4) Wayne 2 – Public A Semifinals The Hillsborough Raiders defeated the Wayne Knights 4-2 on Wednesday night, punching their ticket to the Public A Final at the Prudential Center. This is Hillsborough Hockey’s first time advancing to a state final in program history. The Raiders took the lead early on after Mike LoRicco scored less than two minutes into the game. Jude Kurtas, Jason Wolff and Mike Panchery also scored goals for Hillsborough. The Raiders will face-off against #2 Morris Knolls on Mar. 4 at the Prudential Center. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Morristown: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough! (2) Ridge 2 (3) Westfield 1 (OT) – Public B Semifinals Alex Konovalov scored on a deflection from a Ty Eberle shot from the point 9:38 into overtime to give Ridge a spot in the Public B state championship. Luke Rich broke a scoreless tie in the third period to give Ridge a 1-0 lead, but Westfield forced overtime thanks to a goal from Thomas Conrod with only 1:47 left on the clock. Both goalies were outstanding. CJ Perry had 36 stops for Westfield and Ridge’s Marcus Fabiunke made a stellar 42 saves. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Codey Arena: Thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for his support of Westfield Athletics on Jersey Sports Zone (4) Summit 8 (9) Ramsey 1 – Public C Semifinals The Hilltoppers are fixing to repeat. Summit is heading back to the Public C state championship game after being powered by two-goal games from Luc Radice, Greg Spitznagel and Davis Strabley in a blowout win against Ramsey. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: (1) Randolph 5 (4) Middletown South 0 – Public B Semifinals It was a three-point performance from star junior JT Zangara that fueled Randolph’s shutout win against Middletown South in the state semifinals. The Rams head back to the championship game and look for some hardware after last year’s loss to Northern Highlands. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ’s coverage of all Middletown South athletics is proudly brought to you by Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury.
Watch JSZ 2.25 Playoff Hockey Highlights
State playoff hockey is in full swing! Jersey Sports Zone was at three hockey rinks to capture state hockey quarterfinal action, including highlights from Hillsborough’s rout over Ocean, Westfield showing up big-time against Princeton and a test Shore Conference battle between Middletown South and Point Boro. Stay tuned for all the action! Hillsborough 7 Ocean 3 – Public A Quarterfinals Top-seeded Hillsborough lit the lamp seven times in a quarterfinal rout over Ocean in Flemington. Jude Kurtas powered the win with a six-point game (2 goals, 4 assists) and captured his 200th career point while Jason Wolff and Lleyton Soares each scored twice. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and capture these great Hillsborough highlights thanks to our loyal sponsor, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! Middletown South 3 Point Pleasant Boro 1 – Public B Quarterfinals Freshman Nate Block’s wrist shot with 1:59 to go in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Eagles a spot in the Public B Semifinals and a matchup with top seed Randolph. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead on a Demetri Forand shot from the point and the Panthers drew even thanks to an Eddie Coyne shorthanded goal. JSZ has the highlights of two Shore Conference foes leaving it all out on the ice in a great state playoff game Thanks to Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury for sponsoring our Middletown South coverage and giving us a chance to capture this great memory for the Middletown South hockey program Westfield 6 Princeton 3 – Public B Quarterfinals Westfield advanced to the Public B Semifinal round with a 6-3 win over Princeton. The McInnis Cup champs were able to control the pace of the game by getting a comfortable 4-0 lead after two periods of play. Despite Princeton countering with two goals in the home stretch, Matt Beke scored a pair of goals to help secure the victory. Beke and Anthony Oliveri both finished two scores each. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsors! Thank you to the office of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton coverage!
Watch JSZ 2.19 State Hockey Playoff Highlights
The state hockey playoffs are in full swing. JSZ brings you three games from around New Jersey. Middletown South is through to the quarterfinals in Public B and we’ve also got opening round wins for Pingry and Montclair Kimberly Academy in the Non-Public bracket Middletown South 4 Tenafly 3 – Public “B” Second Round Nate Block’s second period goal proved to be the game winner as the Eagles held off a third period comeback from Tenafly to move on to the Public “B” quarterfinals. The Eagles scored three times in the second to build a 4-1 lead. Tenafly got within 4-3 at the seven minute mark of the third, but Middletown South was able to hang on. The Eagles will face Point Pleasant Boro at home in the quarterfinals JSZ has the highlights from Middletown Ice World: Thanks to Monmouth Building Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Middletown South. Pingry 6 Gill St. Bernard’s 0 – Non-Public First Round Ryan Bush and Joe Faccone scored two goals each to pace the Big Blue to a 19th win on the season and a matchup with 5th seed Saint Augustine in the second round. JSZ has the highlights of Pingry’s impressive opening round effort: Montclair Kimberly Academy 7 Saint Rose 1 – Non-Public First Round Oscar Worob led MKA with two goals and four assists as the Cougars earn a date with second seed Delbarton in the second round. JSZ has some great goals from Montclair:
Watch Monday 2.18 JSZ Hockey Highlights!
The Road to the Rock begins in New Jersey high school hockey. JSZ has two opening round matchups including RFH rolling into round two and a Public “A” showdown between Nutley and West Windsor-Plainsboro South Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Verona-Glen Ridge 0 – Public C First Round Sam Catalano scored a hat trick to pace a dominating effort by the Bulldogs. RFH scored a pair of goals in the first and put the game away with a four goal outburst in the second period. Rumson earns a spot in the second round a matchup with top seed Indian Hills. JSZ brings you the highlights and post-game reaction from the Red Bank Armory: Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring our RFH coverage on JSZ. They are the reason we could bring you this first round matchup! Nutley 3 West Windsor-Plainsboro 2 – Public A First Round 19th seed Nutley upset the 14 seed in the Public A Tournament bracket, West Windsor-Plainsboro for some first round drama. After a scoreless first period the Raiders scored twice in the second, including a penalty shot from Joe Melillo to take a two goal lead. Rocco Albanese would get his second score to begin the final period. Despite West Windsor countering back with a pair of goals the defensive effort from Nutley goalie Johnny Matrona was enough to secure the victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our West Windsor-Plainsboro North and South coverage!
Miles Wood watches JSZ Top Goals, then lights the lamp for Devils!
The New Jersey Devils honored the Top 5 Goals from New Jersey high school hockey in January captured by JSZ cameras during the NHL team’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at the Prudential Center in Newark. Once again, the Devils rolled out the red carpet and gave the VIP treatment to five great high school hockey standouts. From a pregame film session with Miles Wood, to five awesome goals on the scoreboard at the second intermission, it was another special night provided by the Devils. Watch our recap of another special evening: New Jersey Devils winger Miles Wood met with our players prior to faceoff and watched the Top 5 goals from January captured by JSZ cameras. There’s no question that the players were inpsired to see an NHL player talk about their goal and Wood’s pre-game video session paid off as well. Wood scored his sixth goal of the season in the Devils 4-1 win over Buffalo. Here’s Miles Wood breaking down the Top 5 goals from January: Congratulations to our Top 5 goals from January #5: Tommy Kleinman, Bergen Catholic #4: Dom Troisi, Saint John Vianney #3: Ty Pezzolla, Saint Peter’s Prep #2: Dyland Idland, Morris Knolls #1: Andrew Kutzman, Freehold Boro On March 21, the Devils will honor the Top 5 goals from February during their home game against the Boston Bruins. On March 25, the Devils and JSZ host our 2nd annual All-Zone hockey banquet during their game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Watch Friday 2.15 JSZ Hockey Highlights!
It’s Cup season in New Jersey high school hockey. We’ve got the Gordon Cup thriller between Don Bosco Prep and Delbarton plus the Kelly Cup comes down to a last minute goal. We also have the Mennen Cup and Mercer County titles on the ice! Don Bosco Prep 5 Delbarton 3 – Gordon Cup Final On a night with plenty of action between the state’s top two teams, it was Don Bosco Prep defenseman TJ Schweighardt coming through and powering the Ironmen to a Gordon Cup final win behind a hat trick. The game was back and forth, even with Delbarton holding onto a 3-1 lead at one point. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena: Hun 9 Princeton 4 – Mercer County Tournament Final The Hun School won its sixth straight Mercer County Tournament Championship with a 9-4 win over Princeton. The Raiders were led by Captain Brian Nelson who finished the night with a hat trick and capped off the season with 50 points. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hun coverage! Millburn 2 Cranford 1 Jack Williams power-play goal with 54.1 seconds give the Millers their second straight Kelly Cup title. The two teams traded goals in the first four minutes and then settled in for a defensive tussle. Cranford goalie Henry Devenny made a number of high quality saves as part of his 31 stop effort, but Millburn dominated the shots on goal (33-15) and persevered in the final minute. JSZ has the highlights of a great game along with post-game reaction from Codey Arena: Madison 3 Randolph 1 – Mennen Cup Final The #2 Madison Dodgers made history on Friday night, defeating the #1 Randolph Rams for their first ever Mennen Cup! The score was 1-1 going into the second period, after Dave Renzulli put up a point for the Dodgers. In the third period, it was Boston College commit, Jason Siedem who scored the tiebreaker. The Dodgers took the lead 2-1, and Renzulli scored the third on an open net. Madison’s goalie, Matt Ubertaccio, also had 28 saves for the night. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Mennen Arena, during this historic moment:
SportsCenter Top 10 Features Highlight-Reel Goal from Delbarton’s Balzarotti
By Jay Cook Delbarton’s Michael Balzarotti was admittedly modest about his jaw-dropping goal Wednesday night, but the decision-makers in Bristol, Conn. knew they were watching something special later that evening. Balzarotti’s highlight-reel dangle and goal in a Gordon Cup semifinal game — captured by JSZ cameras — was featured as the No. 3 play in America on SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Feb. 13. “I have the high school package on the DIRECTV and I was watching this — look at your boy Michael Balzarotti of Delbarton School,” ESPN anchor and noted hockey aficionado John Buccigross remarked during the Top 10 breakdown Wednesday evening. “That is some nice dancing,” Buccigross added. Michael Balzarotti, #9 in your programs, #3 on the @espn @SportsCenter Top 10! @Delbarton wins 3-0 over CBA to advance to Gordon Cup Finals. #delbartonsports #playoftheyear pic.twitter.com/xyMmYdWM9D— Delbarton Sports (@DelbartonSports) February 14, 2019 Early in the third period of a Feb. 13 Gordon Cup semifinal game against Christian Brothers Academy at Aspen Ice, Balzarotti wrangled in a clear from teammate Max Williams, gathered the puck before dangling past a CBA defender. He then finished with a Sidney Crosby-eqsue backhand, all while playing shorthanded on a CBA power play. Balzarotti’s goal gave the Green Wave an emphatic 2-0 lead — they’d go on to capture a 3-0 win and move into the Gordon Cup finals. Michael Balzarotti…are you for real? 🤯🤯 This wild dangle and backhand helped @DelbartonHockey into the Gordon Cup finals after a 3-0 shutout against CBA. @DelbartonSports stay tuned for the full highlights tonight! pic.twitter.com/iskC89koDc— Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) February 13, 2019 “Yeah, so it was a great clear by Max Williams on the PK; I saw him going for the ice so I figured I’d kind of blow the zone and see what happened,” Balzarotti described to JSZ after the game. “After that, the puck came to me and I found myself in a one-on-one with the puck a little behind me. I tried to put it in an area and get to it. Luckily, it paid off and I had a nice backhand into the net. It was good to pad the lead there.” That viral goal comes in the midst of a career-season for Balzarotti. His 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) have him as third leading scorer in New Jersey’s uber-competitive Gordon Conference, a collection of private schools across the state littered with talent. Delbarton now sits at 16-5-4 on the season and will look to capture their third-straight Gordon Cup title Friday night. “I think it’s going to be incredibly hard to beat us when we’re locked in this,” Balzarotti added. Watch JSZ’s full highlights from the 3-0 win over CBA: Balzarotti’s goal now becomes the second score shot by JSZ cameras to make it to the SportsCenter Top 10. JSZ Chief Operating Officer Rich Chrampanis captured a wild goal between Freehold Township’s Julian Kislin and Max Halvorsen in the 2014-2015 season which took the internet by storm and quickly became the No. 1 play on SportsCenter. As always, stay tuned for plenty more high school hockey coverage from Jersey Sports Zone through the rest of the winter season.
Watch Wednesday 2.13 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Cup season is in full swing! JSZ had cameras around the state to capture a absolute must-see goal from Delbarton as the Green Wave move onto the Gordon Cup finals, Princeton winning a Mercer County shootout against Notre Dame and St. Joe’s (Mont.) scoring three-straight to win a thriller against Northern Highlands. Stay tuned for all the action! Delbarton 3 CBA 0 – Gordon Cup Semifinals Michael Balzarotti nearly blew the roof off of Aspen Ice Wednesday night when he undressed CBA’s defense en route to one of the wildest goals JSZ has captured all season long. That goal, along with a shutout from sophomore sensation Brett Cleaves, punched Delbarton’s ticket to the Gordon Cup finals Friday night. Delbarton is the two-time Gordon Cup defending champs. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Randolph: Princeton 8 Notre Dame 5 – Mercer County Tournament Semifinals Princeton advanced to their third straight Mercer County Tournament Final with an 8-5 win over Colonial Valley Conference rival Notre Dame. An overwhelming first period by the Lil Tigers had them in front 4-1 heading into intermission, but Notre Dame continued to answer back all the way up to the final period when they trailed by two scores. Princeton’s Aidan Trainor pulled in a haul, finishing with four goals. They will face the Hun School of Princeton in the Championship for a third straight year also. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both St. Joe’s (Mont.) 3 Northern Highlands 2 – Big North Gold Cup Semifinal It was an exciting night at the Ice Vault, as the #1 SJR Green Knights took on the #5 Northern Highland Highlanders for the Big North Gold Cup Semifinal. The Highlanders led the way in the first period, scoring two goals. However, the Green Knights came back in the third period, scoring two. Aiden Garabed tied the game, forcing it into an overtime period. Garabed then scored the game-winning goal about seven minutes into overtime. St. Joe’s advanced, and will take on #2 Indian Hills in the Big North Gold Cup Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Wayne:
Middletown North icers hand Marlboro first loss to reach Dowd Cup Final
We’ve got an upset from the Shore Conference Tournament! Middletown North scores a 2-1 stunner over previously unbeaten Marlboro. The #11 seed reaches the Dowd Cup Final. JSZ has the highlights from some great playoff hockey in Middletown! Middletown North 2 Marlboro 1 John Miranda’s sharp angle shot with 3:34 to go in the third period was the game winner as the #11 seed reaches the Dowd Cup final thanks to a second straight upset. Marlboro came into the game with a 12-0-2 mark and took a 1-0 load on a Josh Solovey goal with just six seconds remaining in the first period. North drew even on a marvelous end to end rush from Dan Quiles in the second period. Middletown North will take on #2 seed Manasquan in the Dowd Cup Final on Wednesday in Wall. JSZ has the highlights from an outstanding playoff atmosphere:
Frosh Goalie McCormack Pushes Summit to Union County Tourney Title in MVP Performance
Saturday hockey has JSZ with highlights of Summit’s Union County title plus a shootout between Howell and Jackson Liberty out of the Shore Conference Summit net-minder Grant McCormack is still getting adjusted to playing goalie on his high school hockey team. No, not because he’s freshman — it’s because the position is relatively foreign to him. McCormack, who’s played hockey his whole life, only played the position for one year on his peewee team. Now he’s stepped as Summit’s full-time goalie as Nikita Pryymak is recovering from a lower body injury and has helped the Hilltoppers grab some gold. McCormack was a proverbial brick wall in Summit’s 3-0 win over Westfield in the Union County Tournament finals Saturday night. He stopped 21 shots, captured the shutout and was named tournament MVP. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all highlights from Warinanco Park: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Westfield athletics is brought to you by Assemblyman John Bramnick. Howell 11 Jackson Liberty 8 Joe Bianco had four goals an assist as Howell outscored Jackson Liberty on Saturday night. The Jackson Liberty duo of Nick Labianca and Joe Granza both eclisped 200 career points in the loss. JSZ has the highlights from the Shore Conference:
Middletown Mayor’s Cup ends in tie for second straight year
A capacity crowd came to Ice World for the battle of Middletown. North against South is always a spirited rivalry game and once again did not disappoint. JSZ has the highlights from the Mayor’s Cup! Middletown North 3 Middletown South 3 Jesse Dickinson’s goal with 2:01 remaining in the third period gave Middletown North the equalizer as Middletown’s Mayor’s Cup ends in a deadlock for a second straight year. The Eagles got scores in the final seconds of the first and second period. Freshman Mike Ferlanti scored with 21 seconds to go in the first and Michael Hannigan scored with only 8 seconds remaining in the second to tie the game at 2. Demitri Forand gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead in the third on a power-play tally before Dickinson came through with the game-tying goal for North. Brian Lupo and Anthony Tavares had the other Lions goals. The two crosstown rivals play each other twice a year. The Lions won the 2018 opener 5-3, but since the Eagles won the Mayor’s Cup two years ago, Middletown South retains the Cup once again thanks to a second straight tie. Jersey Sports Zone has the highlights from one of the best ice rivalries in the Garden State: Jersey Sports Zone was at the Mayor’s Cup thanks to the support of Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury. Thanks to MBC for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Middletown South
10 great nominees are up for JSZ New Jersey Devils January Goal of the Month!
Another tremendous month of NJ high school hockey highlights has ten nominees for the JSZ/New Jersey Devils January goal of the month. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to team with the New Jersey Devils for a second straight year to honor outstanding highlights from New Jersey high school hockey. We’re asking your vote for the top hockey goal of January captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Thursday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get one of our 5 spots for our plays of the month segment. The other four slots are selected by the Devils and JSZ staff. Our Top 5 goals for January will be honored during the Devils game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center on February 17th. Watch some great goals and cast your vote! Take Our Poll The Devils roll out the red carpet and give JSZ’s goal of the month winners the VIP treatment. Watch our December honorees get to share a special moment with defenseman Damon Severson:
NJ hockey unites to support Brick Stars Super Sunday showcase
It’s become a Super Bowl Sunday tradition at the outdoor Avon Pond on the Jersey Shore. The US Wounded Warriors hockey team comes to Avon by the Sea to face off against the Brick Stars, a challenger program that features special needs athletes who get the chance to play in front of a capacity crowd. The program started nearly 10 years ago with eight athletes learning to play the sport and has blossomed. There was a huge turnout of Shore Conference hockey teams lending their support including CBA, Trinity Hall, Manasquan, Saint Rose, Point Pleasant Boro, Wall, Lacey and Central Regional. Three former NHL stars were on hand (Grant Marshall and Bruce Driver from the Devils and Nick Fotiu from the New York Rangers). Watch JSZ’s story on an inspiring day on the ice: To learn more about the Brick Stars visit their website HERE:
Zincone’s pair gives Seton Hall Prep big Gordon Conference win
JSZ has Saturday night hockey from Codey Arena as Seton Hall Prep scores a 2-1 win over Gloucester Catholic Seton Hall Prep 2 Gloucester Catholic 1 Freshman Patrick Zincone scored both goals including the game winner in the third period to give the Pirates a critical two points as the Gordon Cup regular season rapidly comes to a close. Zincone opened the scoring in the second period with a quick wrist shot. After Tyler Carter got the equalizer early in the third, Zincone was able to shoot the game winner in between the defenseman’s legs and over the right shoulder of the goalie to secure the win. JSZ has the highlights from a great Saturday night game at Codey Arena: JSZ’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is made possible thanks to the support of NJM Insurance
Watch Friday 2.1 JSZ Hockey Highlights
What a way to kick off in February! Jersey Sports Zone was in Flemington and Middletown for some Friday night hockey. We’ll have highlights from Jude Kurtas’ career game for Hillsborough, Anthony Galante’s game-winning goal against Middletown South and an offensive explosion from Freehold Boro. Stay tuned throughout the night for all our hockey coverage! Marlboro 5 Middletown South 4 Anthony Galante scored with :15 seconds left in the game and Dan Gerts made 48 saves in a thrilling Shore Conference battle. Middletown South rallied from a 4-2 deficit with back to back goals from Michael Hannigan to draw even at four. The Eagles outshot Marlboro 52-25 and nearly got the game winner until Gerts made a stellar glove save on Dimitri Forand with only 23 seconds remaining. Galante took the puck off the draw and streaked down the left wing to score his 21st of the season. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from a great game! Thanks to Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Middletown South Hillsborough 9 Bridgewater-Raritan 3 Hillsborough junior Jude Kurtas had a night to remember as he scored five goals and eight total points, both career bests, in a 9-3 rout against Bridgewater-Raritan. Kurtas has emerged this season as one of New Jersey’s best players and now has 86 points (43 G, 43 A) as Hillsborough prepares for the state playoffs. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Flemington: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone is thankful for its great sponsors. If it wasn’t for Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Hillsborough & Bridgewater-Raritan) and Total Rehab & Sports Medicine (Bridgewater-Raritan), we wouldn’t have been able to capture this career-night. Freehold Boro 9 Colonia 3 Sam Giove and Gabe Roman scored two goals apiece to pace the Colonials to a win at Middletown Ice World on their senior night. Freehold Boro raced out to a 3-0 lead, had a 4-2 advantage through one and added five more goals in the second period. JSZ has the highlights including a must see goal courtesy of Nick Ochlan: Playa Bowls at the Freehold Raceway Mall is the reason that we can bring you great moments from Freehold Boro High all year long!
Middletown South scores four third period goals to come from behind against Wall
Middletown South 5 Wall 2 Joe Ciervo scored a pair of goals and including the game tying goal and Sean Asaro delivered the game winner as part of a four goal outburst in the third period to give the Eagles a come from behind victory. Wall scored a pair of second period goals from Dan Mitrione and Bobby Seelinger to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third. Ciervo’s power play tally knotted the game and sparked four goals by the Eagles in the span of 4:52. Watch the highlights from the Shore Conference at Middletown Ice World: A special thanks to Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Middletown South!
Salem Has Unfinished Business in South Jersey Group 1
The Rams have been to a sectional final in two of the last three seasons, but Salem is still seeking its first South Jersey title since 1983. Salem’s senior-heavy squad is hoping to finish the job this fall. Elon recruit Josh Johnson is a force on the line and a leader for the Rams. Dashon Bundy and Kaciir Street are a pair of dynamic players who should see plenty of touches for Salem. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with the Rams in our latest installment of Camp Countdown: Salem Rams 2019 Schedule Friday, August 30th – at Pleasantville Saturday, September 7th – vs. Cedar Creek Saturday, September 14th – vs. Schalick Saturday, September 21st – at Burlington City Saturday, October 5th – vs. Overbrook Friday, October 11th – at Glassboro Saturday, October 19th – vs. Audubon Saturday, October 26th – vs. Pennsville Saturday, November 2nd – at Penns Grove Thursday, November 28th – at Woodstown
RFH dominates to win sectional field hockey crown
Rumson-Fair Haven 5 Hackettstown 0 Elena Warner scored two goals and Bridy Molyneaux had a goal and two assists to lead Rumson-Fair Haven to a 5-0 win over Hackettstown and a North 2 Group 2 field hockey sectional championship. The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead at the half and got a big moment 12 minutes into the second half with Molyneaux executed a perfect low shot off the corner. With a 3-0 advantage, RFH continued the pressure and never looked back. Megan and Katie MacGillis were the other goal scorers for RFH who improves to 19-2 on the season. The Lady Bulldogs advance to the state semifinals and will face West Essex on Tuesday at a neutral site. Watch the highlights from one of New Jersey’s top field hockey programs: Jersey Sports Zone loves to capture championship moments and our sponsors give us that opportunity. Thanks to ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch for supporting the RFH Bulldogs and allowing us to be on the scene for so many great Rumson moments on the field!
Lenape Knocks Off No. 1 Seeded Toms River North, Heads to Sectional Final – Watch Highlights
Lenape – 3 Toms River North – 1 4th Seeded Lenape High School made the trip to Toms River North to play the No. 1 seeded Lady Mariners in the Central Jersey Group-4 Semi Finals. Lenape used a team effort of three goals by three different players ( Caroline McKenna, Megan McKenna, and Reese Grogan ) including 2 in the 2nd half, to take down Toms River North 3-1. Lenape advances to the Sectional Final match on Friday where they will take on 3rd seeded Rancocas Valley. Watch Highlights and Post Game reaction from Lenape’s win below! Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to PEAK Coaching For Success for providing coverage of Toms River North Mariner Athletics! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Bridgewater-Raritan Field Hockey will play in their 13th straight Sectional Final
The number one seed, Bridgewater-Raritan, faced the 4th seed, East Brusnwick, in the semifinals of the North 2 Group 4 Field Hockey State Tournament. In the first half, the Panthers lead 4-0 with Maddy Bray providing Bridgewater with a lot of push offensively with an assist and a goal. The Panthers would go on to win 7-0 over the Bears and will play this Sunday in the North 2 Group 4 Championship for the 13th straight year. Check out the highlights JSZ’s Courtney DuPont had of the game: Sponsor Alert!! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, we’ll get many more great moments from Panther sports all year long!
11th Seed Watchung Hills pulls off field hockey upset in states
First round of the North Section 2, Group 4 FH State Tournament and we have the 11th seed, the Watchung Hills Warriors, at the Hillsborough Raiders. Hillsborough landing the 6th seed this year. The game was an outstanding defensive battle by both teams right down to the last minute in OT where Watching Hills gets a corner after a Hillsborough obstruction. #21 Kaitlyn Gully would score the game winner on that very corner! The Watching Hills Warriors upset the Hillsborough Raiders 2-1 in OT. Great performance by both goalies, Sarah Bruno with 13 saves and Macy Brandwein with 14. Of course the stars today Beecher and Gully of Watchung. I spoke with both girls in post-game: Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, we’ll get great moments from Raider sports all year long!
Watch Highlights of Voorhees @ Montgomery Field Hockey
The Montgomery Cougars relied heavily on the performances of their midfielders, sophomore Payton Edward and junior Trisha Pimenta, as they took on the Voorhees Vikings during week one of their season. Last year, the Vikings where 18-3-2 after winning their first sectional title for the first time in 10 years. Lucky for the Vikings, they retained talent as they have Brooke Hyland and Cassie Boyce back on the field as sophomore leaders this season: Sponsor Alert! Big thank you goes out to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Montgomery High School this season. We appreciate your support and know both our viewers and the players we speak with appreciate what you do for the community.
RYPT Signing Day 2015
12 athletes from five different sports who train at Reach Your Potential Training gathered to celebrate signing national letters of intent. Shore Sports Zone interviews every athlete! Reach Your Potential Training has been the secret weapon of many of the Shore Conference’s top athletes and there’s no better evidence than to see the gathering of RYPT athletes who signed national letters of intent. 12 athletes from five different sports and six different high schools came to the RYPT facility to talk with Shore Sports Zone about their college choices. Watch all the interviews below: Shore Regional’s Jessica Welch signs to play field hockey in the Pac 12 for the Stanford Cardinal Shore Regional’s Annie Deusch is staying close to home signing to play Division I field hockey at Monmouth University Shore Regional field hockey goalie Sarah Dwyer signs to play in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles Shore Regional’s Shannon Anfuso is set to play Division III soccer at Springfield College Shore Regional’s Doug Goldsmith signs to play Division I lacrosse for a top 10 power in the Unviersity of Albany Red Bank Catholic’s Brett Habich is bound for Alabany to play Division I lacrosse at Siena Rumson-Fair Haven’s Butch Clark signs to play lacrosse at Pace University Saint John Vianney basketball guard Tina Lebron signs with Caldwell Wall’s Jess Stansfield is switching from indoor volleyball to beach volleyball as she signs with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Freehold Boro field hockey sisters Katelyn and Jessica Pianko signed with ACC schools. Katelyn is on her way to Wake Forest, Jessica is a Boston College Eagle Wall field hockey star Samantha Sicre is a Hoosier. Sicre signs a national letter of intent to compete at the University of Indiana
RYPT Spotlight: Jessica Welch
Shore Regional junior Jessica Welch has had a banner junior year and she’s already hard at work to get the Blue Devils another field hockey state championship Jessica Welch had an outstanding junior season to lead Shore Regional to a Group 1 State Championship. With 58 goals and 19 assists, Jessica captured a long list of awards starting with Shore Conference player of the year and ending with being named 3rd team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, one of just 48 players across the nation to get the honor. Welch was a clutch performer. She scored the game tying goal late in the second half and the game winner in overtime to give the Blue Devils a Shore Conference semifinal win over Wall and in the Group 1 State Championship, she got the game winner in a 2-1 win over Collingswood. Jessica Welch celebrates a game winning goal against Wall in the Shore Conference semifinals Welch has already given a verbal commitment to play Division I field hockey at Stanford University where she plans to major in biology. “I love the atmosphere and the academics was a plus for me,” Welch said. “I want to study human biology. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse or something in that field. It has always interested me.” Each month, Shore Sports Zone will profile an athlete who trains at RYPT. Reach Your Potential Training has become the home of many of the Shore Conference’s top athletes in numerous sports. A lot of the athletes you see on the highlights on Shore Sports Zone are putting in the hard work in critical training at RYPT to get ready for their season. Coming soon, SSZ will take you inside the RYPT facility and show their elite training methods that are getting kids throughout the Shore Conference college scholarships!
Maguire scores four to pace RFH to T of C win
Watch highlights and post-game reaction of Rumson-Fair Haven beating Shore Regional 6-0 in the field hockey Tournament of Champions from Rider University LAWRENCEVILLE – Madison Maguire scored four goals, highlighted by a first half hat trick, to lead Rumson-Fair Haven to a 6-0 win over Shore Regional in the play-in game of the Tournament of Champions at Rider University. Maguire scored a hat trick in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 halftime lead. Lily Croddick and Abigail Donohue scored in the second half, before Maguire closed out the scoring. RFH advances to a matchup with #1 seed and unbeaten Eastern on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Lawrenceville. The Bulldogs are the Group 2 State Champions with a 24-0-2 record. It was the third meeting between the two Shore Conference state champions. Following a 1-1 tie, RFH ended the Blue Devils 16 year reign as Shore Conference champs with a 2-0 win in Hazlet. Shore Regional, under first year head coach Kelly Koenig, finished with a 21-5-2 record and the Group 1 State Championship.
RYPT Spotlight: Catie Ebner
Rumson-Fair Haven field hockey plays for a Group 2 State Championship on Saturday and a big reason is the anchor of the Lady Bulldogs defense RUMSON – Rumson-Fair Haven’s Catie Ebner had a Wednesday to remember. In the morning, she signed a national letter of intent to play Division I field hockey at Villanova. Later that evening, she assisted on the game winning goal in RFH’s 2-1 win against West Deptford in the Group 2 State Semifinals. Catie Ebner signs a national letter of intent to Villanova University At 6-foot-1, everyone expected Catie to play basketball, but she was drawn to field hockey, where the senior is able to get low and use her big reach advantage to anchor the RFH defense. “She’s unstoppable back there,” RFH field hockey coach Julie Vaccarelli said. “She comes up with huge play after huge play to keep us in games. It’s gonna be huge shoes to fill next year.” To be a Division I athlete, Catie knew she had to put in extra work both on and off the field. It all paid off when she put pen to paper and signed to play in the Big East for Villanova. “It totally symbolizes all the hard work that I put in, all the stresses that came with it, and all the great successes,” Ebner said. “It was a really emotion moment for my parents, for me, and all my coaches.” Rumson-Fair Haven takes on Madison this Saturday at 12 noon at Bordentown High School for the Group 2 State Championship. Each month, Shore Sports Zone will profile an athlete who trains at RYPT. Reach Your Potential Training has become the home of many of the Shore Conference’s top athletes in numerous sports. A lot of the athletes you see on the highlights on Shore Sports Zone are putting in the hard work in critical training at RYPT to get ready for their season. Coming soon, SSZ will take you inside the RYPT facility and show their elite training methods that are getting kids throughout the Shore Conference college scholarships!
RFH advances to Group Final
See highlights of Rumson Fair Haven’s 7-0 win over Manasquan and the rest of the field hockey scoreboard Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinals (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 7 (5) Manasquan 0 (2) Robbinsville 2 (3) Long Branch 1 Robbinsville at Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday North 2 Group 1 Semifinals (2) Shore Regional 4 (3) Bordentown 1 Shore Regional at #1 seed Bernards on Saturday Non-Public North Quarterfinals (3) Morristown-Beard 2 (6) Saint John Vianney 1 Non-Public South Quarterfinals (6) Paul VI 3 (3) Saint Rose 0
Tuesday 11/4 State Playoff Scoreboard
Watch Kim Fetto’s game winner to give 14th seed Manalapan a 2-1 shocker over Freehold Township – we’ve got all the girls soccer state scores plus field hockey GIRLS SOCCER Central Jersey Group 4 (8) Sayreville 2 (9) Jackson Memorial 1 (5) Brick Memorial 1 (12) Old Bridge 0 (14) Manalapan 2 (3) Freehold Township 1 (4) Freehold Boro 2 (13) North Brunswick 0 (11) Howell (6) Hillsbourgh Central Jersey Group 3 (1) Colts Neck 1 (16) Neptune 0 (4) Ocean Township 2 (13) Middletown South 1 (14) Red Bank Regional (3) Hopewell Valley (6) Allentown 1 (11) Brick Township 0 (2) Wall 6 (15) Lawrence 0 Central Jersey Group 2 (4) Holmdel 2 (13) Matawan 1 (14) Delaware Valley 2 (3) Rumson 1 (10) Manasquan 4 (7) Spotswood 0 (2) Governor Livingston 3 (15) Monmouth 0 Central Jersey Group 1 (10) Point Pleasant Beach (7) Burlington City (2) Shore Regional 6 (15) Highland Park 0 North 2 Group 3 (12) Middletown North 2 (5) Summit 0 South Jersey Group 4 (12) Toms River East (5) Shawnee (4) Rancocas Valley 3 (13) Southern 0 (6) Toms River North 2 (11) Cherokee 1 South Jersey Group 3 (8) Central Regional 4 (9) Gloucester Tech 3 (4) Toms River South 2 (13) Mainland 1 South Jersey Group 2 (12) Pinelands 2 (5) Haddonfield 0 (4) Point Pleasant Boro 2 (13) Barnegat 0 Non Public South “A” (4) Red Bank Catholic 2 (13) Camden Catholic 1 (11) Donovan Catholic 4 (6) Gloucester Catholic 2 (7) Saint John Vianney 1 (10) Immaculata 0 (3) Saint Rose – bye Non Public South “B” (7) Mater Dei 3 (10) Saint Joseph’s Hammonton (10) 0 FIELD HOCKEY Central Jersey Group 4 Freehold Township 1 Jackson Memorial 0 Cherokee 1 Freehold Boro 1 (Cherokee advances on strokes) Central Jersey Group 3 Wall 4 Allentown 3 South Jersey Group 4 Southern 1 Washington Township 1 (Southern advances on strokes) South Jersey Group 3 Central vs. Ocean City
Monday State Playoff Scoreboard
See highlights of RFH field hockey’s opening round game plus all the scores from the first day of boys soccer states FIELD HOCKEY STATE TOURNAMENT Central Jersey Group 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 10 Delran 0 Long Branch 3 Ewing 1 North 2 Group 1 Shore Regional 6 Henry Hudson 0 Non-Public North Saint John Vianney 6 Koinonia 0 BOYS SOCCER STATE TOURNAMENT Central Jersey Group 4 (2) Manalapan 7 (15) Freehold Boro 1 (4) Monroe 3 (13) Marlboro 1 (6) Hunterdon Central 2 (13) Colts Neck 1 (9) Freehold Township 1 (8) West Windsor North 0 (7) Brick Memorial 3 (10) Sayreville 1 Central Jersey Group 3 (4) Allentown 3 (13) Jackson Liberty 0 (12) Long Branch 1 (5) Wall 0 (6) Red Bank Regional 2 (11) Northern Burlington 1 (7) New Brunswick 4 (10) Ocean 1 (9) Hopewell Valley 4 (8) Middletown North 1 Central Jersey Group 2 (1) Point Pleasant Boro 3 (16) Raritan 0 (5) Johnson 3 (12) Monmouth Regional 0 (13) Governor Livingston 2 (4) Manasquan (1) (11) Rumson-Fair Haven 3 (6) Carteret 0 (14) Bordentown 2 (3) Matawan 1 (7) Holmdel 6 (10) Robbinsville 2 Central Jersey Group 1 (13) Point Pleasant Beach 4 (4) South Amboy 1 (7) South Hunterdon 2 (10) Asbury Park 1 (1) Shore Regional 5 (16) Highland Park 1 South Jersey Group 4 (1) Rancocas Valley 8 (16) Jackson Memorial 0 (2) Washington Township 6 (15) Toms River East 0 (5) Toms River North 4 (12) Kingsway 0 South Jersey Group 3 (2) Toms River South 3 (15) Highland 0 (14) Seneca 1 (3) Central 1 – Seneca wins on PKs 6-5 (10) Oakcrest 2 (7) Lacey 1 (8) Pinelands 3 (9) Hammonton 0 South Jersey Group 2 (2) Woodstown 3 (15) Barnegat 1 South Non-Public A (10) Red Bank Catholic 3 (7) Donovan Catholic 2 (6) Saint John Vianney 6 (11) Camden Catholic 0 (3) CBA – Bye South Non-Public B (5) Saint Rose 4 (12) St. Joe’s-Hammonton 0 (4) Holy Cross 8 (13) Mater Dei Prep 1
RFH ends Shore’s amazing streak
After 15 years of winning the Shore Conference Tournament, Shore Regional falls to Rumson-Fair Haven 2-0 in the finals at Raritan High School. See both goals and post-game reaction from the Bulldogs HAZLET – Peyton McCauley tallied a pair of first half goals, and the Rumson-Fair Haven defense took care of the rest in a 2-0 win over Shore Regional in the finals of the Shore Conference Tournament at Raritan High School. The Blue Devils had won the last 15 Shore Conference Tournaments. RFH field hockey coach Julie Vacarelli played her high school field hockey at Shore under legendary coach Nancy Williams and won four SCT titles as a player. Both teams will continue in state tournament play. 2nd seeded Shore Regional hosts Henry Hudson in a North Jersey Group 1 Quarterfinal on Monday at 2:00 pm. Rumson-Fair Haven is the top seed in Central Group 2 and will host Delran on Monday.
Shore’s streak still alive
Shore Regional goes for a 16th straight SCT field hockey championship this Saturday after a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against Wall. Check out the highlights and a great interview from Jessica Welch OCEANPORT – Jessica Welch scored the game tying goal with 1:59 to go in the second half and tallied the game winner a minute into overtime to give Shore Regional a 3-2 win over Wall in the semifinals of the Shore Conference Field Hockey Tournament. The Blue Devils have won the last 15 Shore Conference Tournaments, but trailed 1-0 at the half and 2-1 before Welch’s heroics. The second seed earned a trip to the finals to face #1 seed Rumson-Fair Haven. The Bulldogs advanced to the finals with a 2-1 win over Freehold Township. The championship game will be played at 11am on Saturday at Holmdel High School.
RFH moves on to SCT Field Hockey quarters
Emma D’Amelio had two first half goals in the Bulldogs 8-0 win over Holmdel – see the highlights! SCT Field Hockey First Round Scores Rumson-Fair Haven 8 Holmdel 0 Ocean 2 Saint Rose 1 (OT) Freehold Boro 4 Jackson Memorial 0 Freehold Township 2 Long Branch 0 Wednesday First Round Games (15) Point Boro at (2) Shore Regional (10) Middletown South at (7) Central (19) Jackson Liberty at (3) Wall (11) Toms River South at (6) Southern Quarterfinal Matchups (Saturday) Ocean at Rumson-Fair Haven Freehold Township at Freehold Boro
SCT Field Hockey bracket revealed
Shore Regional has won the last 15 Shore Conference Field Hockey Tournaments and is the #2 seed 23 teams qualified for the Shore Conference Field Hockey Tournament. Here is the schedule: Saturday, October 18th – preliminary games Wednesday, October 22nd – 1st round qames Saturday, October 25th – Quarterfinals Wednesday, October 29th – Semifinals Saturday, November 1st – Finals #17 Lacey at #16 Holmdel, winner faces #1 Rumson-Fair Haven #18 Brick Memorial at #15 Point Pleasant Boro, winner faces #2 Shore Regional #19 Jackson Liberty at #14 Saint John Vianney, winner faces #3 Wall #20 Raritan at #13 Jackson Memorial, winner faces #4 Freehold Boro #21 Ranney at #12 Long Branch, winner faces #5 Freehold Township #22 Henry Hudson at #11 Toms River South, winner faces #6 Southern Regional #23 Pinelands at #10 Middletown South, winner faces #7 Central Regional #9 Ocean Township at #8 Saint Rose (1st round matchup)
Shore honors coaching legend Williams
Shore Regional dedicates Nancy Williams Field as the Blue Devils open the field hockey season with a 6-2 win over Middletown North OCEANPORT – After 44 years and over 1600 wins in six different varsity sports, Nancy Williams name will forever be a part of Shore Regional athletics. The legendary coach saw her name go on top of the scoreboard on Saturday morning prior to the start of the 2014 field hockey season. It was field hockey where Williams career statistics are something that even the greatest coaches in sports would be envious of. Nancy Williams Field Hockey Coaching Resume * 839-67-56 lifetime record in 44 seasons * 19 Shore Conference Tournament titles (15 in a row) * 13 overall state championships * 23 Sectional Championships * 43 consecutive Division Championships * 16 All-Americans Williams admitted it would take a big adjustment to life as a fan of Shore Regional field hockey. She watched as the Blue Devils topped Middletown North 6-2 in the season opener.