Surf Dynasty: Manasquan wins 6th straight NJ state title
The North Pavilion in Spring Lake hosted the NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association) Northeast Championships which featured New Jersey high school surfing teams competing for team and individual state titles. While not officially recognized by the NJSIAA, there were over 200 competitors on the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday showcasing their impressive talents. From 1988 to 2012, Ocean City dominated the high school surfing landscape winning every year with the exception of 1997. There’s a new surf dynasty as Manasquan captured their sixth consecutive state championship narrowly edging Ocean City for the team crown. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on how the Warriors have built a surf dynasty: NSSA NJ State Surfing Championships – Sunday, October 12, Spring Lake, NJ Team Results 1st: Manasquan 2nd: Ocean City 3rd: Long Beach 4th: Rumson-Fair Haven 5th: Shore Regional Girls Short Board 1st: Morgan Iglay, Manasquan 2nd: Audrey Iglay, Manasquan Boys Short Board 1st: Jack Richards, Long Beach 2nd: Joe Kelly, Ocean City Boys Long Board 1st: Jesse Hulsart, Manasquan 2nd: Ryan Devins, Point Pleasant Boro
Head Coach Jay Graber Reawakens Huskies
Head Coach Jay Graber had a huge impact on the Allentown football team for nine seasons, leading them to their first ever sectional title. This will be Graber’s first season with the Matawan Huskies, and the team is already liking his coaching style. Matawan finished 1-8 last season, but the program has a history full of talent. They have won seven sectional titles as well as a Central Group IV title in 1975. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from Matawan: 2019 Matawan Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – vs. Raritan Friday, Sept. 20 – vs. Colts Neck Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Lakewood Friday, Oct. 4 – at Toms River East Saturday, Oct. 12 – vs. Toms River South Friday, Oct. 18 – at Jackson Liberty Friday, Oct. 25 – vs. Shore Friday, Nov. 1 – at Neptune
Small Shore, Big Bite
Despite being a small school, the Shore Regional Blue Devils football team continues to succeed. Last year, the Blue Devils finished 7-3. This is not unusual for Shore, as they typically finish with winning seasons. This year, they will face a tougher schedule, but they bring a new offense to the line. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from West Long Branch: 2019 Shore Regional Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – at Asbury Park Friday, Sept. 13 – vs. Holmdel Friday, Sept. 20 – at Barnegat Friday, Sept. 27 – at Pt. Pleasant Boro Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. Ocean Twp. Friday, Oct. 11 – vs. Monmouth Friday, Oct. 18 – vs. Raritan Friday, Oct. 25 – at Matawan
Jackson Memorial Jaguars Return Jaw-Dropping Defense
Jackson Memorial returns nine of their defensive players in 2019. They finished 6-4 last season, allowing only 10.1 points per game on defense. Senior defensive end and University of Connecticut commit, Collin McCarthy, finished last season with 43 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. The Jags will look to senior first year starting quarterback, Lonnie Cebulski, to lead their Multiple Offense. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from Jackson: Jackson Memorial 2019 Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – at Brick Memorial Saturday, Sept. 14 – at Mater Dei Friday, Sept. 20 – vs. Wall Friday, Sept. 27 – at Brick Township Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. St. John Vianney Friday, Oct. 11 – vs. Jackson Liberty Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Freehold Boro Friday, Nov. 1 – vs. Rumson
New division, new starters, same mindset for Freehold Boro
The Freehold Boro Colonials finished last season 5-4. The team graduated some key players including quarterback, Matt Krauss, and skilled and experienced offensive linemen. The Colonials will play in the Colonial Division this year with some Shore Conference powerhouses including Mater Dei, Jackson Memorial and St. John Vianney. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from Freehold Boro: Freehold Boro Colonials 2019 Football Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – at Red Bank Regional Saturday, Sept. 14 – vs. Freehold Twp. Saturday, Sept. 21 – vs. Mater Dei Friday, Sept. 27 – at Wall Saturday, Oct. 5 – vs. Brick Township Friday, Oct. 11 – at St. John Vianney Saturday, Oct. 19 – vs. Jackson Friday, Oct. 25 – at Howell Friday, Nov. 1 – at Holmdel Thank you to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall for sponsoring our Freehold Boro coverage!
West Essex Breeds Success
The West Essex Knights have had a strong program for the past 20 years. Last season, they finished 8-1, losing in the first round of playoffs. That loss also ended a 17-game winning streak. This season, the fire is fueled, and the Knights are ready to dominate on defense. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview: West Essex 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 – vs. Passaic Tech Friday, Sept. 13 – vs. Hanover Park Thursday, Sept. 19 – at Newark Central Friday, Sept. 27 – vs. Madison Friday, Oct. 4 – at Lincoln Friday, Oct. 11 – vs. Nutley Friday, Oct. 18 – at Caldwell Saturday, Oct. 26 – at Parsippany Hills Friday, Nov. 1 – vs. West Side
East Orange Campus Is Relentless
After winning their first ever Conference Title last season, the East Orange Campus Jaguars are ready for more. After finishing with a 7-3 record in 2018, the Jaguars return 17 starters. One of East Orange’s not-so-secret powerhouses is quarterback, Nasir Montgomery. Montgomery finished last season with 2,345 total yards of offense and 27 touchdowns. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview from East Orange: East Orange 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 14 – vs. Passaic Saturday, Sept. 28 – vs. Montclair Saturday, Oct. 5 – at Seton Hall Prep Friday, Oct. 11 – at West Orange Saturday, Oct. 19 – vs. Livingston Friday, Oct. 25 – vs. Columbia Friday, Nov. 1 – at Bloomfield Thursday, Nov. 28 – vs. Barringer
Blair’s Jabri Abdur-Rahim Will Soon Announce Top 8!
Four-star basketball forward, Jabri Abdur-Rahim will announce his Top 8 college choices in the near future. The son of former NBA player, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, has over 30 colleges to choose from, some of which have the best college basketball programs in the country. Rahim is waiting to go on some upcoming college visits to help him determine where he would like to end up. His soonest visit will be with University of Virginia on June 28. JSZ’s Madison Bess caught up with Rahim at the Mid-Atlantic Shootout on Sunday to discuss his plans and goals moving forward:
Watch Saturday 6.1 JSZ State Championship Girls Lacrosse Highlights
It was state championship Saturday at Kean University. Jersey Sports Zone has complete coverage of all four girls state finals! Oak Knoll 19 Pingry 6 – Group 1 State Final The No. 2 Oak Knoll Royals captured their fifth straight Group 1 title on Saturday night, defeating the No. 14 Pingry Big Blue 19-6. Katie Duttenhofer scored the game-high with an impressive eight goals. Lily Ramsey added three goals for the Royals. Oak Knoll will face Haddonfield on June 5th in a Tournament of Champions semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Kean University: Haddonfield 18 Madison 7 – Group 2 State Final The No. 5 Bulldawgs captured their second straight state championship, putting the No. 12 Dodgers away early in the second half. Caroline Beckett and Ashley Campo each scored five goals in the win for the Haddons. Brooke Fiannaca added four goals and Gabi Connor scored three. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Hadddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Moorestown 9 Mendham 8 – Group 3 State Final The No. 3 Quakers secured their second straight state title by protecting a one-goal lead for the final 15 minutes of the game. Ashley Nutt and Rylee Brown each scored three goals in the win for Moorestown, while Logan Lillie made six saves. Carleigh Mahoney scored three goals for the No. 6 Minutemen in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Moorestown is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Ridgewood 9 Eastern 4 – Group 4 State Final The No. 1 Ridgewood Maroons mounted a second half comeback, defeating No. 17 Eastern 9-4, and clinching the Group 4 state title. Lafayette commit Marley Scala scored the game-high with three goals. Sara Ellinghaus scored two goals, giving the Maroons the lead five minutes into the second half. Notre Dame commit Jackie Wolak also scored two goals for Ridgewood. The Maroons will face Moorestown on June 5th in a Tournament of Champions semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Kean University: Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our Eastern coverage!
Holmdel Freshman set to tee it up at US Women’s Open
The high school golf season has come to a close, but Holmdel freshman Megha Ganne is not done playing. The 15-year old is heading to Charleston, South Carolina to tee it up against the world’s best at the US Women’s Open. Watch JSZ’s feature on a golf phenom who’s already had big moments in young career. Megha Ganne finished in a tie for third at the Tournament of Champions after shooting a +1 over par 73 at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough. Ganne now shifts her attention to the US Women’s Open in Charleston. The 15-year old earned her spot in the world class field after winning the sectional qualifier in Monroe thanks to a 36-hole score of even par. The Holmdel freshman is anxious to tee it up alongside some of the biggest names in the sport. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis profiles Ganne’s smooth and steady game which is matched by her demeanor on the course:
Montgomery wins girls golf T of C, IHA’s Kim wins individual state title
Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough was the host for the New Jersey girls golf Tournament of Champions. Montgomery took its first-ever team championship with an 11 shot win over IHA, but the Blue Eagles didn’t come away empty handed. Junior Yoona Kim wins the individual title with a -2 under 70. JSZ has highlights from some outstanding talent on the links! NJ Girls Golf Tournament of Champions Team Scores Montgomery 319Immaculate Heart 330Pingry 331West Windsor-Plainsboro North 344Holmdel 356Bergen Tech 359Ridge 372Moorestown 395 NJ Girls Golf Tournament of Individual Scores Yoona Kim, IHA – 70Tiya Chowdary, Montgomery – 71Grace Lu, Wardlaw-Hartridge – 73Megha Ganne, Holmdel – 73Gio Kim, Northern Highlands – 74Madeline Lin, Montgomery – 75Christine Shao, Pingry – 76Katherine Lu, West Windsor-Plainsboro North – 76Sydney Kuo, Wardlaw-Hartridge – 77 Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Montgomery is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Stars Shine at Atlantic County Track and Field Championships
St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea and Oakcrest’s Brielle Smith headlined plenty of standout performances at the Atlantic County Championships. Rhea is a Penn State commit and Smith is a Stanford commit. Both should be athletes to watch at the Meet of Champions next month. Cedar Creek’s Malachi Melton, Egg Harbor Township’s Lauren Princz and Holy Spirit’s Ahmad Brown also won county titles. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Buena:
Westfield Blue Devils Defeat Somerville 20-5
The Westfield Blue Devils improved their overall record to 3-0 on Thursday night, defeating Somerville 20-5. However, what made the day even more exciting was St. Joseph’s commit, Erica Lawrence, recording her 100th hit. Lawrence had two runs during the game as well as two RBIs. Alivia Macaluso finished the game with a team-high of four runs. Kaela Calugay and Emma Pietrewicz also had three runs each. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full highlights from Branchburg: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is being brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick!
Watch Saturday 3.9 JSZ State Final Basketball Highlights
State championship Saturday did not disappoint! Jersey Sports Zone spent all day at the RWJ Barnabas Arena in Toms River and has four non-public state championship highlights ready to go. Saturday’s coverage includes the first state championship in Ranney history; Saddle River Day grabbing back-to-back titles; Bergen Catholic reigning supreme in the Non-Public A bracket and St. Rose showing New Jersey they are no joke. Enjoy the action! Ranney 56 Roselle Catholic 50 – Boys Non-Public B State Final Four years of hard work and dedication finally paid off for Ranney School as the Panthers made school history by winning their first ever basketball state championship. Bryan Antoine led Ranney with 21 points, while Ahmadu Sarnor (15 points) and Scottie Lewis (8 points, 6 rebounds) helped secure the win. This title game was a rematch of last year’s final that Roselle Catholic won dramatically won in the final seconds. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Saddle River Day 79 Trenton Catholic 67 – Girls Non-Public B State Final For the second year in a row Saddle River Day captured the Non-Public B Title. The Rebels after a slow first quarter were led by Michigan commit Michelle Sidor outscored TCA in the second quarter 21-3 to take a 43-37 lead at halftime. Sidor finished the game with 30 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage! No. 4 St. Rose 45 No. 12 Immaculate Heart 42 – Girls Non-Public A State Final The St. Rose Purple Roses won their second straight Non-Public A State Title on Saturday afternoon, punching their ticket to next week’s Tournament of Champions. Junior Brynn Farrell made 13 foul shots during the game, and she scored the game-high with 22 points. Sophomore Abigail Antognoli sealed the deal for the Purple Roses, breaking the tie in the last minute of the game. She scored the second highest number of points for St. Rose with 14. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Toms River: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Rose is being brought to you by Reach Your Potential Training in Tinton Falls! Bergen Catholic 78 Camden Catholic 61 – Boys Non-Public A State Final Bergen Catholic captured its first state title since 2002 with a 78-61 win over Camden Catholic. The Crusaders raced out to 23-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Doug Edert pumped in 19 points to lead all scorers. Matt Zona went for 17 points and Zach Freemantle scored 16 points in the win for Bergen Catholic. Baba Ajike scored 17 points and Valen Tejeda added 16 points for the Irish in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance Group!
Watch JSZ 2.26 Playoff Basketball Highlights
We’re in Day Two of the state playoff tournament and JSZ has plenty of action from up and down the state. Highlights are coming from Carteret’s late come-from-behind win; a battle between all-state scorers Rob Higgins and Daniel Sofield; Colonia advancing with a big double-digit win and the RBC girls advancing thanks to a star freshman. Enjoy all the action! (6) Carteret 55 (11) Parsippany Hills 54 – Boys North 2 Group 3 First Round Carteret held off Parsippany Hills to advance to the second round of the North 2 Group 3 tournament. Despite being down as many as 12, the Ramblers battled back to tie the game and with 5.7 seconds remaining. Senior Tim Ellis then put Carteret ahead on a late free throw to seal the victory. Ellis finished the night with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Campazino restaurant for sponsoring our Carteret coverage! (4) Colonia 56 (13) Cranford 36 – Boys North 2 Group 3 First Round Chad Baker had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Luke Valeriano scored his 1000th career point on a free throw late in the third quarter as the Patriots used a 20 point 4th quarter to pull away in a first round state playoff win. Colonia will host #5 seed Snyder in the quarterfinals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Patriots 21st victory of the season: (9) Middletown North 47 (8) Jackson Liberty 42 – Boys Central Jersey Group 3 First Round A testy battle between two of the Shore Conference’s most pure scorers did not disappoint, but it was Middletown North’s Rob Higgins getting the upper hand on Jackson Liberty’s Daniel Sofield. Higgins scored a game-high 22 points, but it was his defensive efforts limiting Sofield that stood out most. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Jackson: (7) Red Bank Catholic 62 (10) Camden Catholic 47 – Girls Non-Public South A First Round The Red Bank Catholic Caseys punched their ticket to the quarterfinal of the Non-Public South A Tournament on Tuesday night, defeating the Camden Catholic Fighting Irish. RBC’s freshman standout, Justine Pissott, scored the game-high 19 points. Sophia Sabino and Julia Setaro also scored in the double digits with 11 and 12 points, respectively. RBC will take on St. John Vianney in the quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 28. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Red Bank: Sponsor! Thank you to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic! Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic!
Good Magic wins Haskell Invitational to punch ticket to Breeders’ Cup
With Triple Crown winner Justify retiring from horse racing last week, Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic made his claim to be the top three-year-old with a dominating performance at the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. With Jose Ortiz on board, Good Magic ran a mile and an eighth in 1:50.01 to beat Preakness runner-up Bravazo and Lone Sailor. With the win, Good Magic secures a spot at the year-end Breeders’ Cup. Jersey Sports Zone has the sights and sounds from one of the biggest horse races in the summer:
Old Bridge takes down Southern to win first volleyball State Championship!
Old Bridge 2 Southern 1 – Volleyball State Championship Jersey Sports Zone is proud to bring you the exciting conclusion to the volleyball season with an all out State Final thriller from South Brunswick high school. Third ranked Old Bridge defeated defending Champions No. 1 Southern 2-1 to capture their first ever volleyball State Title. The Knights took the first set 25-22 before Southern answered back to win the second 25-21. In the third and final set they relied on captain Elan Dorkhman to keep the game close and Junior Andrew Zaleck scored the game winning kill to lead Old Bridge to glory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Phillipsburg Wrestling returns to “The Pit” and Defeats Del Val 64-6
The students of Phillipsburg received a new high school last year, and while it is a beautiful building they are extremely grateful for, the legendary P-Burg wrestling program had to say goodbye to their historic gymnasium. The Stateliners returned home to “The Pit” for a one-time-only event they hope to make an annual tradition. Phillipsburg took on the Del Val Terriers winning 64-6 with 7 pins and 2 major decisions. Senior heavyweight Patrick Sharpe capped off the victory with an exciting finisher. Check out full highlights and post-game interviews now: Sponsor Alert!! Jersey Sports Zone’s Phillipsburg Stateliner highlights are brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club JSZ will bring you the best Stateliner highlights all season long!
SJBA brings positive experience in learning basketball
The South Jersey Basketball Academy has two coaches with outstanding pedigrees leading a positive environment in learning the game of basketball. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez spent a day at the SJBA Their mission statement is ” to develop and refine the fundamental basketball skills needed to succeed in today’s game in a positive learning environment”. The South Jersey Basketball Academy is led by a pair of former standouts during their playing days. SJBA director Brian Bouchard was the captain of nationally ranked Rowan University and Shawnee High School during his playing days while Academy Coordinator Kevin Hagan played at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High and Drew University. The duo bring a unique camp format as they work on fundamentals inside as well as on the blacktop outside citing the importance of enjoying the game in an outdoor setting. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez spent a day at the South Jersey Basketball Academy and shows youngsters getting a positive experience while improving their game: For more information on the South Jersey Basketball Academy click HERE Nery Rodriguez is on the Jersey Sports Zone team as a multi-media journalist. A native of Keyport and a graduate of Rowan University, he’s excited to concentrate on South Jersey on the JSZ team 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.
Mills ready for challenge of Division I golf
Shore Sports Zone plays a hole with Colts Neck senior and Rutgers commit Emily Mills [selfie] Emily Mills has wrapped up an outstanding high school career at Colts Neck High School and is ready to begin her college golf career. Mills has signed a national letter of intent to play Division I golf at Rutgers. Her USGA handicap is +1.7 and her home course is Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. Living just across the street from the 14th green, Emily often sneaks out after dinner and chips and putts before darkness sets in. Emily took us on the par 3 5th hole at Eagle Oaks and it’s important to note that the story above was all done on one take! Mills won the Monmouth County Tournament after two straight second place finishes. Her best finish in the Tournament of Champions was a 5th place effort in 2013. Her long list of accomplishments include Hewlett-Packard Scholastic All-American, and a pair of third place finishes on the National American Junior Golf Association Circuit (Philadelphia Junior in 2013, Randy Wide Junior Open in 2012). She’s ranked 44th in the GolfWeek world rankings for the Class of 2014. Mills is ranked in the top-10 academically in her class at Colts Neck. A special thanks to Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club for allowing Shore Sports Zone to showcase their outstanding golf course. You can check them out at www.eagleoaks.com