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Old Tappan wins Bergen County title for second time in school history
We’ve got Memorial Day baseball from Bergen County as Old Tappan and St. Joe-Montvale went back and forth at Demarest High School. Check out all the highlights and post-game reaction! Old Tappan 9 St. Joe-Montvale 7 | Bergen County Tournament Final Alex Kranzler broke a 6-6 tie with an RBI double down the third base line in the sixth inning and Lou Mosca provided what proved to be the game-winning run with an RBI bunt single to give Old Tappan a second Bergen County championship in school history. James Keating threw five strong innings on the mound and was named the Tournament MVP with Kranzler getting the top pitcher of the tourney. Mosca came on in relief in the seventh and got the final three outs with the tying run at second base. Old Tappan is now 24-4 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and interviews from Demarest High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Bergen County Baseball Tournament is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Don Bosco Goes Yard in Win over SJR
The Ironmen’s reign over New Jersey baseball continues. Don Bosco (16-3) hit three home runs and leaned on steady pitching to secure an 8-1 win over St. Joe’s (15-5), while also locking up a regular season sweep of the Green Knights. Allen Hernandez launched a two-run blast in the first inning. Caden Dana led off the fourth inning with a solo shot and Eric Becker cranked a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Michael Staiano drew the start for Don Bosco and allowed one run over five strong innings of work. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Falcon Helps SJR Soar to Big North Win over Passaic Tech
St. Joe’s (Mont.) graduated nearly 20 players from last year’s Non-Public A state championship team. The new-look Green Knights captured their biggest win of the young season Tuesday night in a conference matchup against MLB Draft prospect Nazier Mulé and Passaic Tech. Chad Falcon was masterful for SJR in this game. He tossed a complete game shutout with six strikeouts as the Green Knights secured a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs. Falcon broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with an RBI double, while Jack Lennon went 2-3 from the plate with 2 RBI. Mulé threw three innings and struck out five batters, while giving up three hits and three walks in his season debut on the mound. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Wayne: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch JSZ State Finals Wrestling Highlights
The wrestling season wrapped up with a bang at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday. JSZ has highlights and interviews from all 14 boys state wrestling finals matches. Check back throughout the night as the videos are posted! 285 Pounds Jimmy Mullen, St. Joe’s (Mont.) p. (2:49) Dominick Brogna, Bergen Catholic 106 Pounds Adrian DeJesus, St. Peter’s Prep 3-2 dec. Patrick O’Keefe, St. John Vianney 113 Pounds Anthony Knox, St. John Vianney 7-2 dec. Jared Brunner, Eastern 120 Pounds Evan Tallmadge, Brick Memorial 7-3 dec. Luke Stanich, Roxbury 126 Pounds Evan Mougalian, Kinnelon 7-1 dec. Garrett Totten, CBA 132 Pounds Tyler Vazquez, Delbarton 2-1 dec. Anthony Santaniello, Brick Memorial 138 Pounds Joseph Cangro, Bergen Catholic p. (3:57) Julian George, CBA 144 Pounds Joe Fongaro, Boonton 10-9 dec. Ty Whalen, Clearview 150 Pounds Andrew Troczynski, Delbarton 5-2 dec. Laith Hamdeh, Passaic County Tech 157 Pounds Simon Ruiz, Delbarton 5-1 dec. Dakota Morris, Kingsway 165 Pounds Hunter Mays, Howell 5-4 dec. Nicholas Fea, Bergen Catholic 175 Pounds Harvey Ludington, Brick Memorial 5-2 dec. Jared Schoppe, Delsea 190 Pounds Brian Soldano, High Point 11-3 md Joshua Palacio, North Bergen 215 Pounds Martin Cosgrove, Camden Catholic 6-5 dec. P.J. Casale, Passaic Valley Jersey Sports Zone’s state championship wrestling coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Bergen Catholic Battles Back to Score Mat Win at St. Joe’s
The OceanFirst Bank Wrestling Match of the Week lived up to the hype. Watch all the highlights and post-match reaction from Bergen Catholic’s come from behind win at St. Joe-Montvale Bergen Catholic 28 St. Joe-Montvale 23 Remy Brancato scored a 5-1 win at 215 pounds to clinch a come from behind win over the Crusaders in front of an electric crowd at St. Joe-Montvale. St. Joe-Montvale raced out to a 13-0 lead starting with heavyweight Jimmy Mullen and Vincent Paino at 106 pounds. The big swing in the match came at 138 pounds when sophomore August Hibler stepped in for an injured Joe Cangro to score a 9-4 upset win over three-time state medalist Alex Almeyda. From there, BC got pins from Chris Bacchioni and Nick Fea on the way to building a 25-16 lead. Following a pair of wins by St. Joe’s, the dual came down to 215 pounds where Brancato delivered. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a great Friday night battle: Thanks to OceanFirst Bank for allowing us to showcase great high school wrestling each and every week!
Two NJ Wrestlers Earn Titles at Escape the Rock
Jersey Sports Zone has Sunday wrestling coverage from one of the top in-season tournaments on the East Coast! Five NJ wrestlers reached the finals at Escape the Rock highlighted by two Garden State wins. Watch all the action now! Jersey Sports Zone brings you five matches from Escape the Rock at Council Rock South High School in Holland, Pennsylvania featuring New Jersey wrestlers reaching the finals. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis and Jay Cook have all the action, including two nationally ranked #1 wrestlers going for titles. 113 pounds: Zachary Jacaruso (Delaware Valley, PA) defeats Anthony Knox (St. John Vianney), 6-4 Sudden Victory 126 pounds: Caedyn Ricciardi (St. Peter’s Prep) defeats Luke Poore (Caravel Academy, DE) 7-2 160 pounds: Dakota Morris (Kingsway) defeats Matt Colajezzi (Council Rock South, PA) 6-3 172 pounds: Rune Lawrence (Frazier, PA) defeats Michael Dellagatta (St. Joe-Montvale) 3-2 285 pounds: Nick Feldman (Malvern Prep, PA) defeats Jimmy Mullen (St. Joe-Montvale) 10-2 Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage from Escape the Rock is made possible by OceanFirst Bank
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Football Team
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to salute our All-State selections. We have video highlights of every JSZ All-Zone selection and celebrate Millville’s LeQuint Allen as the 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy winner LeQuint Allen wins 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy It was a celebration on a few different levels for Millville’s LeQuint Allen on Dec. 17. He was awarded the 2021 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Allen rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, scored 26 touchdowns, and made over 120 tackles on defense for the Thunderbolts this fall. JSZ was able to present Allen with the hardware during a signing celebration. Allen officially signed with Syracuse University on Wednesday, but family, friends, coaches and teammates were on hand on Friday to celebrate the achievement. Watch JSZ’s coverage of Allen’s big day: Zoneman Voting Breakdown It was the largest ballot (seven players) in the history of the award, as well as the closest final tally in voting history. JSZ polled 92 coaches + 31 media members to collect 123 total ballots. The ballots were collected equally from all parts of the state. Voting Coaches John Hack, Morris Catholic | Ashley “Smoke” Pierre, Irvington | Steve Dunn, Rutherford | Nick Campanile, DePaul | Dan Marangi, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | Dan Sabella, Don Bosco | Todd Smith, Hun | Mike Cipot, North Brunswick | Ryan Fullen, Hightstown | Jason Glezmen, Keyport | Jay Graber, Matawan | Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg | Lou Zampella, Hudson Catholic | Anthony Lanzafama, Old Bridge | Jeff Rainess, Holmdel | Matt Ahearn, Colts Neck | AJ Russo, Holy Spirit | Montrey Wright, Salem | Jim Raso, Hammonton | John Emel, Penns Grove | Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp. | John Adams, Woodstown | Kevin Smith, Ocean City | Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. | James Melody, Cedar Creek | Steve Scanlon, Clearview | Dennis Thomas, Millville | Chuck Smith, Mainland | Dallas Whitaker, Somerville | Brian Russo, Rahway | Jon Viotto, South Brunswick | Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial | Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty | Jim Desarno, Westfield | Kevin Carty Jr., Hillsborough | Ralph Cinque, Clifton | James Magazine, Eastside | Brian Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep | Brian Bowers, Delbarton | Barris Grant, Hillside | Rich Hansen III, St. Peter’s Prep | Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township | Albert Chiola, Linden | Andrew Patterson, Robbinsville | Shane Fallon, Red Bank Regional | Dom Gaston, Pope John | Chris Beagan, Sayreville | Joe LaSala, Woodbridge | Rich Hilliard, St. Joseph Metuchen | Benjie Wimberly, St. Joe-Montvale | Kevin Kostibos, Summit | John Bird, Keansburg | Roger Kotlarz, Wayne Valley | William Clark, Perth Amboy | Brian Wright, Timber Creek | Jason Morrell, West Deptford | Dominic Tomeo, Triton | William Hamilton, South Plainfield | Chet Parlavecchio, New Providence | Matthew Demarest, Passaic Tech | Anthony Petruzzi, Raritan | Rob Gogerty, Cedar Grove | Dominick Lepore, Manalapan | Rich Seubert, Watchung Hills | Joe Wojchekowski, Lenape | Lou Grasso, Union | Tim Gushue, Shawnee | Don Klein, Ocean Township | Nick Pulli, Gateway | Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic | Ray Lucas, Harrison | Brian Staub, Point Pleasant Boro | J. Schulte, Rumson-Fair Haven | Tom Roarty, Colonia | Andy West, Ridge | Zoran Milich, Montgomery | Joe Passaro, Pingry | Dan Curcione, Donovan Catholic | Jon Simoneau, Bernards | Kevin Kley, North Hunterdon | Mike Lange, RBC | Darnell Grant, West Orange | Ken Loomis, Wildwood | Garrett Lucas, Delran | Milo McGuire, Nottingham | Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown | Chris Sacco, Absegami | Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. | Sean Clancy, Notre Dame | Walt Currie, Brick Memorial | Mike Wilson, Schalick Voting Media Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media | Michael McGarry, Press of Atlantic City | Rich Chrampanis, JSZ | Ryan Patti, Rivals | Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report | Jay Cook, JSZ | Tom Williams, Prime Events | Mike Frankel, JSZ | Nery Rodriguez, JSZ | Tom Horak, Max Preps/NJ Advance Media | Big Central Gridiron | Andrew Koob, NJ Advance Media | Shawn Brown, 247 Sports | Scott Faytok, NJ Advance Media | Jon Jones, Max Preps | Simeon Pincus, Gannett | Pat Rice, PJR Sports Report | Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio | Ken Bradley, JSZ | Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media | Korbid Thompson, King James Radio | Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network | Marcus Borden, Gannett | Mark Trible, Glory Days | Todderick Hunt, NJ Advance Media | Pat Lanni, NJ Advance Media | James Mooney, JSZ | Steve Bassin, Gannett | Darron Wallace, JSZ | Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press | Joe Zedalis, NJ Advance Media 2021 JSZ Zoneman Balloting 123 coaches and media members cast their vote for New Jersey's Player of the Year. 3 points for a first-place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, 1 point for a 3rd. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total LeQuint AllenMillville341715151 Tommy AmanwkaaHillsborough242719146 Davison Igbinosun Union232324139 JoJo BermudezCedar Creek112227104 Steve AngeliBergen Catholic15151691 Alex BrownRed Bank Catholic12131173 Q'Yaeir PriceDePaul Catholic46933 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver Tight EndOffensive LineZoneman FinalistsPrep Player of the Year Jalin Butler, Donovan CatholicNunes Bukula IV, Donovan CatholicJahmeer Cartagena, St. Joseph AcademyChristian Carti, Bergen CatholicChase Bisontis, Don Bosco PrepLeQuint Allen, MillvilleJacob Allen, Hun Jaden Craig, Seton Hall PrepRyan Butler, Bergen CatholicSantino Correa, Bergen CatholicDom Brogna, Bergen CatholicTommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough Robert "Champ" Long, St. Peter's PrepRonnie Heath, Don Bosco PrepKyree Drake, Donovan CatholicVince Carpenter, Red Bank CatholicSteve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Ja'son Prevard, St. Joseph AcademySam Slade, St. Peter's PrepNick Dunneman, Seton Hall PrepCaron McNair, Donovan CatholicJoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek AJ Rodriguez, DePaul CatholicMyles Thomason, Seton Hall PrepMarshawn Ferguson, DePaul CatholicChris Moreno, Don Bosco PrepAlex Brown, Red Bank Catholic Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine PrepZion Fowler, St. Peter's PrepAndre Oben, St. Peter's PrepDavison Igbinosun, Union Nasir Hill, St. Augustine PrepTaj White, Hudson CatholicQ'Yaeir Price, DePaul Catholic Elijah Steward, Holy Spirit Jon Wyatt, St. Thomas Aquinas 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackSpecial Teams Alex Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChris Chasia, DePaul CatholicJayden Bellamy, Bergen CatholicGiancarlo Carbonaro, Bergen Catholic Pat Caughey, DelbartonRajahn Cooper, Red Bank CatholicJayden Bonsu, St. Peter's PrepNick Conforti, Seton Hall Prep Denis Jaquez, St. Augustine PrepJackson Dowd, Seton Hall PrepEdward Conoran, DePaul CatholicLogan Rager, Bergen Catholic Jayson Jenkins, Notre DameMike Francisco, Holy SpiritJaeden Gould, Bergen Catholic Sydir Mitchell, Bergen CatholicTimmy Hinspeter, Don Bosco PrepJahqir Haley, St. Joseph Academy Jimmy Mullen, St. Joe-MontvaleMalachi Mercer, Bergen CatholicAvery Powell, St. Peter's Prep DJ Samuels, Bergen CatholicJake Smiechowski, St. Joe-MontvalePete Schuh, St. Joe-Montvale Brady Small, St. Augustine PrepKenny Selby, St. Augustine Prep 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Enzo Arjona, Northern HighlandsCharlie Barth, New ProvidenceLotzeir Brooks, MillvilleWill Dixon, HillsboroughDieurnest Collin, East Orange Hamas Duren, Winslow Twp.Harry Boland, CaldwellJaimen Bryant, SomervilleMatt Fries, Cranford Jack Grusser, RamapoBrandon Boria, CherokeeMichael Estremera, Woodrow WilsonNelson Monegro, Union City Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonSteven Burkhardt, GloucesterAnthony Johnson, Burlington Twp.Cole Skinner, Point Pleasant Boro Raeden Oliver, East OrangeJa'Quan Howard, Cedar CreekMichael Marinelli, Cedar GroveChristian Smith, Rumson-Fair Haven Danny Veenstra, RamseyColin Murray, CranfordTravis Osterhout, Jefferson Twp.Dan Volpe, Colts Neck Matt Welsey, ShawneeNaz'sir Oglesby, Woodrow WilsonBenny Robinson, RamapoTyler Williams, Clifton Damon Phillips, East OrangeTrey Simmons, Winslow Twp. Famah Toure, Irvington 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter Justin Evans-Jenkins, IrvingtonZion Cheeks, Penns GroveAvery Cohen, ShawneeJai Patel, South Brunswick Kenny Fletcher, DelranBobby Hahn, HaddonfieldChris Corbo, West Essex Mike Gray, Ocean CityTurner Inge, WilliamstownWill Gallagher, Cranford Jahsin Jacobs, Paterson EastsideJohn Lista, Rumson-Fair HavenJessiah Gildersleeve, Salem Charlie Johnson, Northern HighlandsKyle Louis, East OrangeQuiyon McMillan, Nottingham Aiden Moriarity, Rumson-Fair HavenDamir McCrary, Woodrow WilsonAdon Shuler, Irvington Ahmad Nalls, East OrangeEmeril Mitchell, Winslow Twp.Donovan Swasey, Clifton Jaydan Wright, MillvilleStefano Montella, West MorrisCurtis Whiting, Hackensack CJ Resto, Cedar Creek Dylan Snee, Ramapo Meet The 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists LeQuint Allen, Millville RB The face of Millville football boasted an incredible level of physicality and athleticism throughout the entire 2021 season. LeQuint Allen ran wild against defenses from the start of the year in Ocean City until the end at Rutgers University, where the Thunderbolts capped off a 12-1 season with a South Group 4 Regional Championship. He rushed for 1,901 yards on 229 carries and found the endzone 23 times. Allen is committed to Syracuse University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Tommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough ATH Tommy Amankwaa was one of the most improved players in the entire state of New Jersey from his junior to senior seasons. Amankwaa was a true swiss army knife weapon for the Raiders. On offense, he tallied 99 total touches for 1,726 scrimmage yards and a combined 27 touchdowns as Hillsborough put together a perfect 13-0 season. His red-hot play this season earned him an offer from Rutgers – he verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights soon after. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the profile: Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic QB Steve Angeli’s legacy at Bergen Catholic is undeniable after a historic season in Oradell. Angeli led the Crusaders to a perfect 12-0 season, a Non-Public A championship, and a top-five national ranking in 2021. The Crusaders’ signal-caller brought his game to a new level this season after throwing for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country. Angeli, a natural leader and an Under Armour All-American, graduates high school in December and will be enrolled at Notre Dame after the New Year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: JoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek WR A true speedster and the definition of a deep threat, JoJo Bermudez was a game-breaking talent for Cedar Creek in 2021. Bermudez hauled in an unsightly 91 catches for 1,662 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pirates. Bermudez dominated defensive backfields all season long and helped Cedar Creek to a perfect 13-0 season. His blazing start to the regular season caught the eyes of coaches from Cincinnati, as he is now verbally committed to the Bearcats. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Alex Brown, Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown’s story throughout the 2021 postseason is well documented and will be talked about for years to come on Broad Street. Following the death of his mother, Brown delivered 12 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Caseys’ three-game playoff run to win the Non-Public B championship. The Bucknell commit ultimately threw for 1,817 yards and 22 touchdown passes with 519 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs in his lone season at Red Bank Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the profile: Davison Igbinosun, Union ATH There are no arguments here: Davison Igbinosun is one of the most dynamic players in the entire state of New Jersey. Igbinosun was a hawking defensive back and a devastating weapon on offense for the Farmers in his final high school year. He was the top receiver and rusher for the Farmers’ offense and notched 74 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Union’s season had an unceremonious ending, but that doesn’t take away from the impact he had in a 9-2 season in Union County. Q’yaier Price, DePaul Catholic DE One of the state’s most unblockable defensive forces finished off a senior season with some eye-popping numbers. Price compiled 35.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for the 9-3 Spartans in 2021. He led the way for a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown for a five-game stretch at the beginning of the season and who eventually made it to the Non-Public B title game. Price flipped commitments from Syracuse to Rutgers after emerging as one of New Jersey’s top edge defender talents during the 2021 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: 2021 JSZ Football Plays of the Year The top plays captured by JSZ cameras were on display each week for the Top Play Belt. Our year-end plays of the year featured six winners that went head to head for the final Top Play Belt of the 2021 season:
Watch Sunday 11.14 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Two Non-Public A state playoff games were postponed to Sunday after thunderstorms rolled through New Jersey on Saturday. JSZ brings you highlights from both of those games! Bergen Catholic 35 Donovan Catholic 7 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal The Griffins drove over 300 miles round-trip over two days to play the No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey. Top-seeded Bergen Catholic (10-0) held a 14-7 lead on eighth-seeded Donovan Catholic before thunder and lightning stopped the game with 2:22 left in the second quarter. The action resumed Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Bergen Catholic stepped on the gas and never looked back. Ryan Butler scored four total touchdowns and DJ Samuels broke the program’s all-time career sack record in the win. Bergen Catholic will host St. Peter’s Prep in the Non-Public A semifinal next Saturday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Don Bosco Prep 31 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 7 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal Ronnie Heath had 240 yards rushing on 22 carries with four touchdowns to give the Ironmen a playoff quarterfinal win that took two days. The game resumed late in the first quarter on Sunday with Bosco’s defense making a stop on 4th near midfield. Heath had a pair of second-quarter TD runs and added two more scores in the third quarter to put the game away. 6th seed Don Bosco will travel to 2nd seed St. Augustine Prep this Friday night for a spot in the Non-Public “A” state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Week 8 brings a stellar batch of Top Play nominees
Once again, JSZ cameras captured some incredible moments from New Jersey high school football. Check out our Top Plays from Week 8 and cast your vote now to see who wins the JSZ Top Play Belt! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 7 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to Bergen Catholic’s Christian Carti for winning JSZ’s Week 7 Top Play Belt!
Watch Saturday 10.23 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s already Week 8? You bet! Thanks to our sponsors, we can provide three free games to close out our Week 8 coverage. We head over to West Orange for the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week, while also making visits to Montvale and Hammonton for a pair of great games. Enjoy all the highlights! Bergen Catholic 38 Seton Hall Prep 28 The Crusaders prevailed over the Pirates in a Super Football Conference game with major implications. Ryan Butler handled 29 carries for 236 yards and three touchdown runs help Bergen Catholic (8-0) keep their perfect record intact. Notre Dame QB commit Steve Angeli missed a few series’ with an injury but returned and threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Seton Hall Prep (6-2) went toe-to-toe with BC, thanks to Jaden Craig’s three touchdown runs and one touchdown pass. The Crusaders keep the No. 1 ranking in New Jersey and continue to pad their resume for the No. 1 seed in the Non-Public A state tournament. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to partner with Ocean First Bank to bring you a Game of the Week in both boys and girls sports all year long. Each week, we’ll pick a boys and girls game in different sports involving teams located near Ocean First Bank locations and provide highlights and post-game reaction to showcase great action from around the state. Thanks to Ocean First Bank for shining the spotlight on great high school athletes from their hometowns! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is brought to you by One on One with Steve Adubato. St. Joe-Montvale 21 Don Bosco Prep 14 Brendan Stapleton’s 16-yard TD run in the 4th quarter broke a 14-14 tie and the Green Knights had three turnovers on defense to score a big home win over the Ironmen. Pete Schuh had a 106-yard fumble return for a score that gave St. Joe’s a 14-0 lead. Don Bosco had a pair of TD passes from Nick Minicucci in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlight from a fantastic Saturday in the Super Football Conference Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics St. Joseph Academy 31 Washington Twp. 21 Playing their first “home” game in two seasons, the Wildcats earned the WJFL Continental Division title and their fifth win in a row with a victory over the Minutemen. Ja’son Prevard threw four touchdown passes in the win for St. Joe (7-2), including two to Jahmeer Cartagena. It was also career victory number 350 for Wildcats head coach Paul Sacco. Jo’Nathan Silver had an electrifying TD run for Township (6-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Capella Field at Hammonton Middle School: Coverage of Washington Township is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
DePaul Catholic Stuns SJR in Dominant Shutout
For the better part of a decade, St. Joe’s (Mont.) has had DePaul Catholic’s number. That all changed Saturday when the Spartans delivered one of the biggest wins they’ve had in years. DePaul Catholic defeated SJR for the second time since 2009 and won in Montvale for the first time since 1972 after a dominant performance on both sides of the ball. The Spartans’ defense shined and allowed only 65 yards on the day. Tyler Brown scored a 14-yard touchdown and kicked a 19-yard field goal in the winning effort, while AJ Rodriguez hit Marshawn Ferguson for a two-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Ferguson compiled 105 yards on six catches. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and reaction from a rousing win for DePaul Catholic: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is brought to you by Rothman Orthpaedics. Thanks to OceanFirst Bank, we’re able to provide extended highlights of one boys and girls game each week.
St. Joe’s and Phillipsburg Football Meet On Saturday Night
Week one of JSZ’s high school football coverage continues with a match up between two of New Jersey’s most storied programs going head to head under the lights on Saturday night. After starting the 2021 season 0-1, St. Joseph (Montvale) was slated to hit the road for Maryland, but last minute cancellations found them heading to the state’s most winningest football town, Phillipsburg. The Stateliners held Joe’s to a 14-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter before a fumble returned for a touchdown by Smiechowski and a late score from Yasin Willis sealed the game. Jaden Wimberly had two touchdown receptions. Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Phillipsburg: These free highlights are courtesy the Garnett Booster Club. Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joseph (Montvale) coverage.
JSZ Camp Countdown 2021 Homepage
High school football in the Garden State has returned. With the 2021 season now officially opened, teams are turning the page on a turbulent 2020 season in hopes of playing full schedules and competing for real championships. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews everyday leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 3. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! 8/9: Don Bosco Prep A 2-3 season last year will fuel one of New Jersey’s most storied programs into the 2021 season. The Ironmen return a plethora of talent from a team that weathered through bumps in the road last fall. Junior five-star left tackle Chase Bisontis headlines a talented offensive line unit that will hold the fort for an offense that returns numerous skill position starters. Navy commit Timmy Hinspeter and Fordham commit Claudy Robinson are the two big names that will anchor this Don Bosco defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: 8/10: Seton Hall Prep 2020 was an up and down year for Seton Hall Prep and the surging Pirates have their sights set on stability and consistency in 2021. QB Jaden Craig – a Harvard commit – returns to lead the offense with Myles Thomason and Nick Dunneman, a group that will bring plenty of fireworks to the Kelly Athletic Complex. JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from the West Orange private school: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is proudly provided by “One on One with Steve Adubato!” 8/11: Wall The Crimson Knights not only emerged as the top team in the Shore but the top-ranked public team in New Jersey after a 7-0 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from the reigning Shore Conference champions. 8/12: St. Augustine After a 4-3 campaign in 2020, the Hermits look to reestablish themselves as Non-Public Group 4 title contenders. Northwestern commit Denis Jaquez, Army commit Brady Small, Kanye Udoh, Nasir Hill and Trey McLeer lead a loaded and experienced senior class for the Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits in Richland: 8/13: Rumson-Fair Haven Expectations are always sky high in Rumson. The Bulldogs are in the Shore Conference’s top division looking to earn their spot in the Shore’s top 4 and play for a conference title followed by their usual quest to go deep in the state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to Rumson to preview the Bulldogs: 8/14: Notre Dame Sean Clancy is 15-2 (5-1 in 2020) during his first two years as Notre Dame’s head coach. Having to replace prolific two-way scoring threat Rickey “Pop” Spruill, the Irish will look to sophomore AJ Surace, son of Princeton University Head Football Coach Bob Surace, at the starting quarterback role. ND suffered a tremendous loss in the offseason when longtime strength and conditioning coach John McKenna passed away just weeks before training camp. Featured on our All Access coverage in 2020, McKenna’s presence is still felt and his spirit continues to motivate the program. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. 8/15: Bergen Catholic Questions remained at the end of the 2020 season as to which team was No. 1 in New Jersey. Entering 2021, however, Bergen Catholic feels they have what it takes to be the best in New Jersey. Led by a defense with nine returning starters and an offense that looks to put up points in bunches, the Crusaders have aspirations of playing for a state championship in MetLife Stadium in just a few months. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Oradell-based non-public powerhouse: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/16: Timber Creek 2020 was an up-and-down year for the Chargers, who finished with a 3-4 record under first-year coach Brian Wright. With just a handful of starters returning, Wright is tasked with getting a young, but talented group up-to-speed in year two. Illinois commit Donovan Leary leads an intriguing mix of youth and experience as Timber Creek looks to get back into title contention in 2021. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/17: South Brunswick South Brunswick’s first year in the newly formed Big Central Conference didn’t go as planned, as the Vikings won their first four games of the season before dropping three in a row to end 2020. John Viotto, entering his third season as head coach, will look to players like five-star kicking recruit and Rutgers University commit Jai Patel to lead the team in 2021. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 8/18: Millville Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen will lead the way for a Thunderbolts team hoping to contend for a sectional title in 2021. Nate Robbins enters his third year as Millville’s starting QB, while dynamic freshman Lotzier Brooks has all of Cumberland County buzzing. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Bolts: 8/19: Donovan Catholic The Griffins were a mere half-yard from a perfect 2020 season and an unofficial Shore Conference championship, but Dan Curcione’s team is ready to hit the reset button and challenge defending champ Wall for the top spot in the American Division and a chance to do damage both in the new Shore playoffs as well as the road to the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has more on the Griffins from Toms River: 8/20: Winslow Twp. The Eagles won five of their six games in 2020 to earn the program’s first winning season in a decade. Now Winslow is looking to keep the momentum going in 2021. Senior LB Emeril Mitchell will lead the way on defense, while QB Hamas Duren and RB Trey Thorpe should put up big numbers on offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview: 8/20: St. Joe’s (Mont.) It won’t be easy replacing reigning JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime, but St. Joe’s will lean on their new core of top talent to usher in the next generation of Green Knights. Joe’s, yet again, plays an incredibly tough schedule and will have to weather through the gauntlet if they want to compete for a state title in 2021. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles St. Joe’s (Mont.): Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/21: Trenton Trenton was one team greatly affected by Covid-19 protocols. The Tornadoes not only shut down and rescheduled games, but were also forced to trim the roster down to less than 30 athletes, leaving many players confused and discouraged from participating in the offseason. New head coach Chris Franco brings his expertise over from prep powerhouse The Hun School. Franco is eager to restore a bit of normalcy back into one of Mercer County’s most beloved programs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. 8/21: St. Joseph Academy (Hammonton) Having to fight to keep their school open and playing without a home field, the Wildcats know about adversity. This season, St. Joe aims to retake its place as one of the top Non-Public teams in the state. Cohl Mercado, P.J. Williams, Bryan Butkus, Jahqir Haley and Ja’son Prevard will lead the way in Paul Sacco’s 40th season at the helm in Hammonton. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Wildcats: 8/22: Holmdel The Hornets have had an amazing three-year run including last year’s 6-1 record. The price of that success is a daunting schedule in the Shore Conference’s Colonial Division. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis pays a visit to Holmdel and head coach Jeff Rainess: 8/22: Cedar Creek The Pirates will lean on a deep and experienced senior class to right the ship after finishing 3-5 in 2020. JSZ All-Zone WR JoJo Bermudez and company are hungry for a return to the postseason under second-year coach James Melody. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Egg Harbor City: 8/23: DePaul Catholic It’s a new year, and there’s a new head coach leading DePaul Catholic into 2021. Nick Campanile, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, takes the reigns of a surging Spartans program from John McKenna. The cupboard is certainly full this season. A trio of Division 1 recruits – A’Khoury Lyde, Q’yaeir Price and Eddie Conoran – anchor a defense with eight three-year varsity starters. DePaul’s usual pass-happy offense now goes to senior quarterback AJ Rodriguez. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Passaic County power: 8/23: Shawnee The Renegades look to get back on the winning track this season after finishing 1-6 in 2020. Four-year starting QB Matt Welsey leads a senior class with a lot to prove in 2021. Returning starters Dean Bialous, Fred McAneney, Ethan Krauss, and Luke Anderson will all see increased roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/26: Northern Highlands The excitement surrounding Northern Highlands football is as high as its been in years. The Highlanders return four valuable starters and leaders to the team in 2021: QB Enzo Arjona, RB/DB Nick Branca, WR/DE Ian Langan and OL/DL Charlie Johnson. Those four will look to lead Northern Highlands on their drive to win a second sectional title in three seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Allendale: 8/26: Delran The Bears enter 2021 with a chip on their shoulder after a tough end to a Covid-shortened 2020 season. Rutgers-commit Kenny Fletcher, senior RB Zac Palmer-Smith, and junior QB Derek Namnun have the Bears ready to challenge for a sectional title. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Delran: 8/26: Mainland The Mustangs return a young core ready to take a step forward after finishing 2-4 in 2020. Mainland will feature an exciting one-two punch on offense in junior RB Jabriel Mace and junior QB Marlon Leslie. Sophomore LB JJ Sinclair will be a name to watch on the defensive side of the football. JSZ’s James Mooney checks in from the Mustang Corral: 8/26: Union Following a tough loss to Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium for the North Group 5 Championship, 2020 didn’t go as planned for Union as the Farmers went 4-3 in a condensed season affected by Covid-19. Union will have to replace versatile athlete Desmond Igbonisun, now at Rutgers, luckily the Farmers can look to younger brother and defensive threat, Davison Igbonisun to make plays in 2021 before he joins the Scarlett Knights next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/30: Lenape Despite ending the year with back to back losses, Lenape finishing 5-2 will once again be one of the premiere teams to watch in South Jersey. With players like Xavier Coleman now at Boston College and Tyler Davis off to University of Delaware, the Indians will look to players like Kylier Lightfoot and Kobi Ray-Reed to lead the offense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from training camp: 8/31: Kingsway The Dragons look to reload and refocus in 2021 with a strong group of underclassmen stepping into big roles both on and off the field. Juniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will be impact players on both sides of the football for the Dragons. Sophomore QB Joe Lyons, junior LB D.J. DiPietro, and junior DL Demetrious Ransom will be some of the newcomers to watch this season. Kingsway opens the season with a road trip to Rutgers University, where they will take on Shawnee at the Rumble on the Raritan. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview from Swedesboro: 8/31: Piscataway After being shut down for the entire 2020 season due to COVID, Piscataway has a clean slate as they look to build back. The Chiefs were a juggernaut just three years ago after a perfect 13-0 season. The road to rebuilding begins this Friday night when Piscataway hosts Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a look at the 2021 Chiefs 8/31: Delbarton Delbarton’s 2020 team was arguably one of the best in program history. So, how will the 2021 rendition of the Green Wave respond? By setting their own standard. Stanford commit Pat Caughey anchors a defensive line with potentially three other Division 1 recruits: Chuck Nnaeto, Matt Gemma and Nigel McSween. Robbie Russo is in line to win the starting quarterback job and will have a reliable target in Nick Petrillo, one of the top returning pass catchers in the Super Football Conference. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Morristown-based private school: 8/31: Irvington Who is the top team in Essex County? Some will say Seton Hall Prep, but others will push for Irvington to hold that title. The Blue Knights’s 2021 campaign includes tough games against Union City, Wayne Hills, DePaul Catholic, Ridgewood and West Orange. That should prepare them for a deep playoff run. Two-way lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins is one of the top players in Essex County and will be a valuable leader for Irvington this season. The Blue Knights’ trio of national junior recruits – Adon Shuler, Nasir Addison and Famah Toure – bring top-end talent to a hungry team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview on Irvington: 8/31: Red Bank Regional Shane Fallon’s father was a longtime athletic director and assistant football coach at Red Bank Regional in the late 1970’s. Now, the architect of the Rumson-Fair Haven football program comes back home to lead RBR into a new era. The Bucs had multiple shutdowns due to COVID but ended their 2-4 season with an upset win over Group 5 Hackensack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis previews the Bucs from Little Silver: 8/31: East Orange A condensed seven game season put a cap on what could’ve been something special for East Orange. The Jaguars went 5-2 in 2020, outscoring opponents in their first three games 81-6. With most of their starters returning they will have much to look forward to in 2021. At the top of that list is six foot, two hundred pound, Temple University commit and defensive threat, Kyle Louis. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the full story: 8/31: Westfield No team scheduled to play was affected by Covid-19 in 2020 more than Westfield. Shutdowns led to a two game season in which the Blue Devils lost both games, a definite first for longtime Head Coach Jim DeSarno. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. 9/1: Middletown South The Eagles are coming off a 2-4 season but played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference highlighted by a 32-25 upset win over RBC. More than anything, Steve Antonucci’s team is grateful to have a full season in front of them including the return of their annual Thanksgiving clash with Middletown North. Jack Latore leads a hard-nosed defense and Tom Shorck is back under center on the offensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a preview of Middletown South: 9/1: Ramapo The expectations surrounding Ramapo football are always sky high. While the goal for a sectional title isn’t changing in 2021, the actual group they’ll be competing in is. The Raiders are anticipating a bump-up from North Group 3 to North Group 4 this season, meaning new opponents and challenges throughout the year. Senior captains Dylan Snee and Jack Remo will be valuable pieces to the defense, while Bergen Catholic transfer Jack Grusser comes back to play quarterback at his hometown school. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Raiders: 9/1: Eastern 2021 marks a changing of the guard for the Vikings as Lionel Bolen takes over the program in his first season as head coach. The former Eastern assistant was a standout at Rancocas Valley and played collegiately for Notre Dame. Bolen’s goal in year one is to change the culture after a 1-4 finish in 2020. The Vikings feature a ton of talent all over the roster with junior QB Walt Clymer Jr., senior WR/DBs AJ Brooks, Jasiah Davis, and junior OL/DL Aidan Clark playing huge roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has more with the Vikings in Voorhees: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 9/1: Colts Neck After putting together a 7-1 season in 2021, Colts Neck got what they asked for – a major bump in competition. The Cougars are the newest addition to Shore Conference’s American Division, which features the conference’s best competition. Colts Neck will mix it up with Toms River North, Donovan Catholic, Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven in 2021 as they look to stake their claim as one of the top public schools in Central Jersey. Four-year starter Tommy Fallon returns under center and is surrounded by a senior-heavy team with plenty of varsity experience. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Cougars: 9/1: Hun 2020 was anything but typical for the Hun school. The nationally known prep powerhouse located in Princeton went 3-3 in a short season that restricted them to in-state play only. Prior to last year the Raiders had lost only four games in the three seasons, that included a slew of MAPL league championships. Things seem to be back on pace in Princeton and it doesn’t hurt when you have New Jersey’s number one ranked player, Rutgers commit Jacob Allen. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage
Watch Saturday 8.28 JSZ Football Highlights
The opening weekend of the 2021 football season continues as JSZ has wall-to-wall coverage of Day 2 of the Battle at the Beach, plus a showdown between St. Joe’s Montvale and Maryland powerhouse Good Counsel. Thanks to everyone who signed up for our JSZ All-Access pass. We’ve got four games in the All-Access section from […] 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.
JSZ All-Access: Jimmy Mullen’s Quest for International Gold
St. Joseph (Mont.) rising sophomore Jimmy Mullen is on the cusp of finishing off a dominant run in the summer of 2021. Mullen is New Jersey’s lone representative on Team USA’s 2021 Cadet World Team and will look to win gold medals in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman at the Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary from July 19-25. The 2020 New Jersey heavyweight state champion will be wrestling in the 110 kg (242 lb.) weight class. Leading up to the championships, Mullen won gold in both styles at the Cadet World Trials in Wisconsin Dells and then won gold in both styles again at the Pan-American Games in Mexico earlier this summer. JSZ’s Jay Cook goes behind the with one of the USA’s top young wrestlers for his final day of practice before heading out to Europe.
MLB 2021 Draft: NJ Talent Shines!
Get ready to meet the next generation of baseball’s stars! New Jersey baseball players are very much at the forefront of the 2021 MLB Draft and JSZ will keep you updated on the Garden State’s players who get picked. Stay tuned throughout the next three days as we track where players are headed. The 2021 MLB Draft was headlined by four New Jersey high school senior pitchers who had their name called over the three days of selections. In addition, two SEC pitchers who made their name on New Jersey diamonds were also part of a stellar draft for the Garden State. Watch JSZ’s highlight videos of the newest pros! Round 1 Pick 2: Jack Leiter (Texas Rangers) From starring at Delbarton to shining in the SEC at Vanderbilt, Jack Leiter is now one of the highest drafted NJ players ever. Leiter displayed his elite fastball and knee-buckling off-speed pitches for the Commodores in 18 starts this season. A Summit native and son of MLB veteran Al Leiter, Jack Leiter will bring big-time stuff to the Lone Star state. Round 1 Pick 26: Chase Petty (Minnesota Twins) Chase Petty turned in a dynamic performance every time he took the mound for Mainland in 2021. He finished with 99 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched, throwing a fastball that sat in the upper 90’s and topped out over 100 MPH. The Twins take Petty 26th overall, as the Mustangs star now begins his journey with Minnesota. Round 2 Pick 37: Anthony Solometo (Pittsburgh Pirates) The Bishop Eustace lefty was absolutely sensational in 2021, allowing just a single earned run in 33 innings. The lefty fanned 64 batters, finishing with double-digit strikeouts in each of his five starts. The Pirates plucked Solometo off the board with the first pick of Day 2 of the MLB Draft. Round 4 Pick 108: Shane Panzini (Kansas City Royals) Not only was Shane Panzini the best pitcher in the Shore Conference, he was also very much in the conversation among the elite arms in New Jersey’s entire high school Class of 2021. The Red Bank Catholic ace went 9-0 with 115 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings on the bump. His 0.46 ERA helped his Caseys win the Shore Conference Tournament while also making a deep run in the Non-Public A South state tournament. The MLB Draft process is truly unique. With Shane Panzini poised to go to the University of Virginia, the behind-the-scenes game leading up to his name being called by the Royals is fascinating. JSZ goes to the Panzini home in Spring Lake Heights to get reaction from the newest Kansas City Royal: Round 8 Pick 241: Mike Antico (St. Louis Cardinals) Colts Neck’s Mike Antico closed out a stellar five-year college baseball career and now has a professional opportunity in St. Louis. Antico played four years at St. John’s University before playing a fifth season at the University of Texas helping the Longhorns reach the 2021 College World Series. Antico hit .273 with 16 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, and 47 RBIs. He scored 69 runs and walked 63 times for Texas. Antico finished his career at St. John’s as a .332 hitter with 22 doubles, seven triples, and 13 home runs. He also had 67 RBIs, 44 stolen bases, and 108 runs scored. The 2016 graduate of Colts Neck has a signing bonus slot of $171,200. 14th Round Pick 410: Tyler Ras (Colorado Rockies) The 2018 graduate of Middletown North went on to a great SEC career at the University of Alabama earning his shot at the big leagues with the Rockies. We went back into the JSZ archives to show Ras when he was the Lions ace in high school: 20th Round Pick 603: Sean Hard (New York Yankees) The 2021 high school baseball season was the year of the pitcher and St. Joe-Montvale’s Sean Hard was among the very best in the Garden State. Hard was an incredible 8-0 with a 0.28 ERA and 87 strikeouts to lead the Green Knights to the Non-Public “A” state championship. The Boston College commit becomes the fourth New Jersey high school pitcher to be selected in the 2021 MLB Draft . Check out JSZ’s highlight reel from his stellar senior season”
Watch Wednesday 6.16 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
It’s a Non-Public championship game doubleheader at Veterans Park, and JSZ has complete coverage with highlights and post-game interviews! St. Joe’s (Montvale) 4 St. Augustine 1 | Non-Public A State Final Sean Hard threw 6 1/3 innings with 12 strikeouts to end a tremendous high school career and Ellis Garcia’s two run homer to left […] 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 6.10 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
Sectional titles were up for grabs on the Non-Public side, with sectional semifinal action continuing on the public side. Enjoy the highlights! St. Augustine 6 Red Bank Catholic 5 (8 innings) | Non-Public A South Final The Hermits fell behind 5-0 early, but chipped away to make it 5-4. With St. Augustine down to its […] 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.
Hard Handles Don Bosco, SJR Heads To Sectional Final
Sean Hard has been one of New Jersey’s most consistent and dominant pitchers all season long. The St. Joe’s (Mont.) right-hander led the Green Knights to an 8-0 win over Don Bosco in the Non-Public A North sectional semifinals after the most efficient outing of his season. This was the fourth time in two weeks […] 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.
Final Week of 2021 Spring Game Balls!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the sixth week of the spring season. Our Week 6 baseball and softball polls, our final of the season, are now open. Get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3 p.m.! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball polls are brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. North Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch Saturday 5.29 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Wet weather blanketed most of the Garden State on Saturday, but some conferences still got in some tournament action. JSZ brings you highlights from both the H/W/S and Morris County tournament finals as well as both semifinal games from the Bergen County Tournament. Enjoy all the action now with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Delbarton 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.
JSZ’s Week 5 Baseball + Softball Polls Are Up!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the fifth week of the spring season. Our Week 5 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball polls are made possible by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. North Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com.
Week 3 Polls Open! Vote for Baseball + Softball Game Balls
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the third week of the spring season. Our Week 3 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball poll is brought to you by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Friday 4.30 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The month ends with some fantastic games from all corners of the Garden State. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! Allentown 12 Hopewell Valley 2 Allentown (6-1) defeated Hopewell Valley (4-3) 12-2. The Red Birds led 2-1 after the first inning before extending the margin to 10 in the fifth […] 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 4.20 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Baseball’s opening week continues with a tremendous slate of games across the Garden State. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! St. Augustine 5 Jackson Memorial 4 Rhode Island commit Brody McKenzie came through in the clutch, knocking in the game-tying run in the fifth and struck again with a walk-off […] 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 Sunday 4.18 Super Regional Wrestling Coverage
JSZ continues its wall-to-wall weekend wrestling coverage with video highlights from all four Super Regional sites. Sunday saw weight classes 152 through 285 battle at four different sites to earn spots in next weekend’s individual state championships. JSZ brings you team coverage from all four sites with features and highlights. Check back throughout the evening for all of our videos. The top four finishers in each region secured spots in Phillipsburg next weekend. South Region – Cherry Hill East JSZ’s Mike Frankel has highlights and reaction from the afternoon session: 152 pounds 1st -Cooper Pontelandolfo, Kingsway | 2nd – Matt Hoelke, Highland | 3rd – Greg Croce, Paulsboro | 4th – Jake Slotnick, St. Augustine 160 pounds 1st – Dakota Morris, Kingsway | 2nd – Jurius Clark, Camden Catholic | 3rd – Brock Zurawski, St. Augustine | 4th – Shawn Williams, Paulsboro 170 pounds 1st – Jared Schoppe, Delsea | 2nd – DJ DiPietro, Kingsway | 3rd – Alex Marshall, St. Augustine | 4th – Ray Weed, Absegami 182 pounds 1st – Isaac Dean, Shawnee | 2nd – George Rhodes, Absegami | 3rd – Alex Giordano, Camden Catholic | 4th – Michael Gregg, Collingswood JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from the evening session: 195 pounds 1st – Cody Thurston, West Deptford | 2nd – Kevin Pandorf, Kingsway | 3rd – Marcus Hebron, Lower Cape May | 4th – Vincent Ceglie, Lacey Twp. 220 pounds 1st – Mike Misita, Williamstown | 2nd – Shane Whitney, Lower Cape May | Dominic Petracci, Washington Twp. | 4th – Liam Spahn, Deptford 285 pounds 1st – Jeffery Jordan, Audubon | 2nd – Terrance Salami, Holy Cross | 3rd – Jacob Clark, Cinnaminson | 4th – Tino Savaiinaea, Paulsboro Coverage of Delsea is made possible by NJM Insurance. Shawnee and Williamstown coverage is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Central Region – Hunterdon Central RFH Gets Two More Region Titles For the second straight year, Rumson-Fair Haven has a pair of region champions. Max Brignola (152 pounds) and Jack Kelly (182 pounds) captured Super Region titles in their senior year. Brignola had a 5-0 decision over Shore’s Mike McGhee and Kelly had four first-period pins on Sunday at Hunterdon Central. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talks with the RFH contingent that will send four total wrestlers to Phillipsburg: 152 pounds 1st – Max Brignola, Rumson-Fair Haven | 2nd – Michael McGhee, Shore | 3rd – Tanner Peake, Hunterdon Central | Paul Jakub, Howell Mays Knocks Off Top Seed 2nd seed Hunter Mays scored 11 points in the first period on the way to a 14-3 win over #1 seed Colton Washleski in the 160 pound final. The Pennsylvania transfer gives Howell a region title and now sets his sights on Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on one of the best performances of the weekend: 160 pounds 1st – Hunter Mays, Howell | 2nd – Colton Washleski, Hunterdon Central | 3rd – Adam Coleman, Matawan | 4th – Zander Silva, CBA Portella Makes History RBC’s Sabino Portella scored a two point takedown with 10 seconds remaining to earn a 3-1 win over #1 seed Shay Addison. The 3rd seed becomes the Caseys first back to back region champ since 1974. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talks with the super sophomore in Flemington: 170 pounds 1st – Sabino Portella, Red Bank Catholic | 2nd – Shay Addison, Rumson-Fair Haven | 3rd – DJ Henry, Howell 182 pounds 1st – Jack Kelly, Rumson-Fair Haven | 2nd – Brendan Newberry, Wall | 3rd – Josh Beigman, Hopewell Valley | 4th – Jared Tracey, Ocean Twp. 195 pounds 1st – Blake Clayton, St. John Vianney | 2nd – Hunter Skove, Rumson-Fair Haven | 3rd – Gavin Claro, Manalapan | 4th – Brian LaCross, Hopewell Valley 220 pounds 1st – Bryan Bonilla, Hightstown | 2nd – Chimdindu Molokwu, Jackson Liberty | 3rd – Raymond Santiago, Colts Neck | 4th – Nico Cerbo, Middletown North 285 pounds 1st – John O’Donnell, Toms River North | 2nd – David Szuba, Brick Memorial | 3rd – Joseph Teresi, Ocean Township | 4th – Matthew Jannucci, Colts Neck North 1 Region – Mount Olive JSZ’s Jay Cook has coverage, highlights and interviews from the morning session: 152 Pounds 1st – Nate Camiscioli, Bergen Catholic | 2nd – Tyler Pizzi, Pascack Valley | 3rd – Steven Dalling, Kittatinny | 4th – Nicolino Berlingieri, Northern Highlands 160 Pounds 1st – Eric Freeman, Paramus | 2nd – Nicholas Franco, Paramus Catholic | 3rd – Roberto Padilla, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Luke Ciampa, Jefferson 170 Pounds 1st – Michael Dellagatta, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 2nd – Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus | 3rd – Justin Onello, Bergen Catholic | 4th – Hunter Perez, Mount Olive 182 Pounds 1st – Brian Soldano, High Point | 2nd – Justin Chrostowski, Butler | 3rd – Jack Farinaro, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Casey Allen, Emerson Boro 195 Pounds 1st – Nick Lodato, Pope John XXIII | 2nd – Alex Kostantas, Pascack Hills | 3rd – AJ Fricchione, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 4th – Darin Donellan, Paramus Catholic 220 Pounds 1st – Michael Toranzo, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | 2nd – Remy Brancato, Bergen Catholic | 3rd – Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny | 4th – Jack Stoll, Pope John XXIII 285 Pounds 1st – Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic | 2nd – Dominick Brogna, Bergen Catholic | 3rd – Robby Chetirkin, Wayne Valley | 4th – Joseph Abill, Clifton Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both Bergen Catholic and St. Joe’s (Mont.) is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. North 2 Region – Union JSZ’s Ken Bradley has highlights and reaction from the morning session: 152 Pounds 1st – Andrew Troczynski, Delbarton | 2nd – Colę Carroll, Seton Hall Prep | 3rd – Ówen Disbrow, St. Thomas Aquinas | 4th – Michael Murphy, Westfield 160 Pounds 1st – Blake Bahna, Watchung Hills | 2nd – Louis Cerchio, Delbarton | 3rd – Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst | 4th – Joshua Palacio, North Bergen 170 Pounds 1st – Colin Calvetti, Delbarton | 2nd – James Holder, North Hunterdon | 3rd – Brett Miller, Bound Brook | 4th – Stratos Kantanas, Livingston 182 Pounds 1st – Zachary Andruchowitz, Bloomfield | 2nd – Conner Decker, Seton Hall Prep | 3rd – Alex Uryniak, North Hunterdon | 4th – Nicholas Olivieri, Delbarton 195 Pounds 1st – Jack Wilt, Seton Hall Prep | 2nd – Thomas Renna, South Plainfield | 3rd – Shane Kanterman, Cranford | 4th – Robert Lerner, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 220 Pounds 1st – David Pierson, Phillipsburg | 2nd – Andrew Franklin, North Hunterdon | 3rd – Jarett Pantuso, Warren Hills | 4th – Jacob Leiva, Cliffside Park 285 Pounds 1st – Liam Akers, North Hunterdon | 2nd – Hunter Seubert, Watchung Hills | 3rd – Tyler McCartharn, Warren Hills | 4th – Ricky Perez, North Bergen
NJ State Champs to Miss P’Burg for Cadet Nationals
The change in schedule to the NJSIAA wrestling season has created a conflict with a prestigious national event. JSZ talks with Delbarton’s PJ Casale and St. Joe-Montvale’s Jimmy Mullen about the difficult decision to miss the 2021 state tournament at Phillipsburg High School Delbarton’s PJ Casale and St. Joe-Montvale’s Jimmy Mullen stood on top of New Jersey wrestling last March in Atlantic City. Casale won the 220-pound state title and Mullen was the heavyweight champ as a freshman. Both wrestlers are currently ranked #1 in the state heading into regionals but the state finals in Phillipsburg are happening at the same time as the United World Wrestling’s Cadet Nationals in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The NJSIAA shifting wrestling from its traditional winter spot to the newly formed “Season 3” due to the pandemic moved the state finals from March in Atlantic City to April 23-24 at Phillipsburg High School. Casale and Mullen made the difficult choice to opt out of the NJSIAA state tournament for the chance to represent the United States in international competition. The UWW Cadet National champions in freestyle and Greco-Roman will compete internationally at the UWW Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in July. JSZ talked with the two wrestlers about their decision: JSZ was in Atlantic City last March for Casale and Mullen’s state championship wins. Watch those below and bets of luck to PJ and Jimmy at Cadet Nationals!
Watch Friday 2.12 JSZ Basketball Highlights
We kick the weekend off with a pair of games from opposite ends of the state, with highlights from a high-scoring Gloucester County matchup and the first appearance of the reigning Bergen County champs. Enjoy the highlights! St. Joe’s (Mont.) 66 Teaneck 51 | Boys After a nearly two-and-a-half week delay to start the season, […] 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.
Estime Wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman, Signs with Notre Dame
What a day Friday was for Audric Estime. The St. Joe’s (Mont.) product is at the forefront of the New Jersey high school football world after it was announced Estime won the 2020 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Moments after accepting the honor, Estime sent shockwaves through the national college football recruiting world by announcing he’s be signing with the University of Notre Dame. Watch JSZ’s full breakdown of Estime’s huge day: Zoneman Breakdown Estime put up unprecedented numbers during the 2020 season. In the eight games St. Joe’s played, Estime delivered 1,838 yards and 22 touchdowns against the top competition in the state. Estime garnered votes from coaches and media in every corner of the state to take home the award. Notre Dame Signing Estime will be making plenty of waves with his announcement Friday to flip from his Michigan State commitment to his signing with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are one of the top teams in America and Estime will be a jolt of energy to the program.
Geno VanDeMark Signs NLI with Michigan State
One of New Jersey’s most physical and talented offensive lineman officially has a new home. St. Joe’s (Mont.) offensive tackle Geno VanDeMark put pen to paper Friday morning and officially signed his NLI with Michigan State. A two-time JSZ All-Zone player, VanDeMark gave a verbal commitment to the Spartans prior to the start of the 2020 season. Other schools, like Rutgers University, came in with a late push to try and swing the 6-5, 300 pound lineman. VanDeMark, a native of Lodi, NJ, is the second offensive lineman in as many years to sign with a Big 10 program. Last season, it was Ohio State’s Luke Wypler. JSZ’s Jay Cook spoke with VanDeMark moments after he signed on with the Spartans: Watch Geno VanDeMark’s 2020 JSZ All-Zone Profile Watch Geno VanDeMark’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Vote Now for JSZ TD Run of the Year!
JSZ continues to bring you the best of the 2020 football season, as it’s time now to vote on the best touchdown run of the year. The polls will be open through Friday, December 18th at noon. Take Our Poll JSZ Postseason Awards Calendar Who had the top play of the 2020 season? Who will win the Zoneman Player of the Year? Who is on our All-Zone team? All the answers to those questions can be found by following along with JSZ as we navigate through plenty of awards still to come in December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the next week: Remaining JSZ Football Plays of the Year TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 2020 All-Zone Team Presentation Announcement of JSZ Zoneman Finalists (5 Player of the Year Finalists): Monday, Dec. 7th.JSZ Non-Public All-Zone Offense: Monday, Dec. 14th.JSZ Non-Public All Zone Defense: Tuesday, Dec. 15th.JSZ Public All-Zone Offense: Wednesday, Dec. 16th.JSZ Public All-Zone Defense: Thursday, Dec. 17th.Zoneman Finalist Features: Friday, Dec.18th.Zoneman Trophy Announcement (virtual interview) Dec. 18th.
Meet the 2020 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to formally announce the five finalists for the 2020 Zoneman Trophy — our N.J. high school football Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced virtually on the evening of Dec. 18. Meet the five finalists now! The Story of the Zoneman Trophy By Rich Chrampanis, Jersey Sports Zone COO In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy – and instead of the Heisman – the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game winning TD pass in the 2016 National Championship game. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a coveted statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Fourth Annual Zoneman Trophy. Woodrow Wilson’s Fadil Diggs won the 2019 Zoneman Player of the Year award. The Zoneman Balloting Our 2020 Zoneman will be voted on by head coaches from every part of the state (WJFL, Shore Conference, Big Central and the SFC) as well as the JSZ staff and media representatives from around the state. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd and one point for 3rd. We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2020 Zoneman Trophy in alphabetical order: Meet the 2020 Zoneman Finalists Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep QB Before ever taking a snap at St. Peter’s Prep, fans and coaches on the St. Peter’s Prep stands and sidelines buzzed about a kid nicknamed “Ducee” who would take New Jersey by storm. Now Tahj Bullock’s illustrious high school career is over – and he’ll be discussed as one of the most impactful player to ever play for the Marauders. Bullock, a Virginia Tech commit, flashed in the six games St. Peter’s Prep played in this season. He completed 51 percent of his passes for 818 yards and a touchdown to interception ratio of 12:0. Ducee also accounted for 306 yards and six more touchdowns on the ground, bringing his career touchdown total to an impeccable 52 scores. Cookie Desiderio, Somerville RB Players like Cookie Desiderio don’t come around very often – and the numbers he produced in 2020 were just as unique. The Somerville bruiser exceeded every and all exception in this wild season with 1,569 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on only 152 carries. That comes out to 10.3 yards every single time Desiderio took a handoff. You know what makes those numbers so impressive? It’s the fact that Desiderio did it in only seven games and that he surpassed every single benchmark he previously set in his junior season. Desiderio becomes the second player in Somerville history to be nominated for the award (Jalahn Dabney, 2018.) The recognition is well-deserved. Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB Audric Estime put in an offseason for the ages to deliver one of the most dominant single season efforts anyone has ever seen in North Jersey. While playing in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the entire country, the St. Joe’s (Mont.) product ran roughshod over the competition for 190 carries, 1,857 yards and 22 touchdowns. All of those were career highs in only eight games played. The Michigan State commit was also the only player in the state to account for 2,000 scrimmage yards and finished 2020 with a total 2,042 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Big 10 better be ready for what’s coming. Casey Larkin, Wall ATH Both the soul and heartbeat of Wall’s undefeated 2020 team is, without question, Casey Larkin. A starter on both sides of the ball for the Crimson Knights, Larkin shined in every game he played. At running back, he rushed for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns on only 97 carries. At defensive back, Larkin anchored the Crimson Knights defense with 32 tackles, five pass defenses and a fumble recovery. Wall won the unofficial Shore Conference championship this season and finished the year 7-0. Larkin delivered two standout performances in the semifinal and finals. Some in New Jersey consider Wall to be the state’s top-ranked team – if they indeed are, then Larkin had a major say in that decision. Patrick “Cheeks” Smith, Holy Spirit RB If you ask any high school football fanatic in South Jersey who the area’s top player was this season, the answer would be short and quick: Cheeks. Patrick Smith, the Holy Spirit standout, was an absolute force to be reckoned with every time the rock was in his hands. Smith concluded an unforgettable 2020 campaign with 1,719 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on a workhorse-like 221 carries this season. Holy Spirit ended the season at 8-0 after becoming the unofficial South Jersey champions with a 21-7 win over Lenape in the WJFL Bracket A Final. Smith’s incredible top-end speed and vision helped drive the Spartans to the upper echelon on New Jersey high school football in a crazy season.
Vote for the final Top Play Belt of 2020!
The 2020 high school football season has come to a close and JSZ brings you one more incredible batch of outstanding plays from every part of the state. Cast your vote now for the Top Play of Week 9 and see who takes home the JSZ Top Play Belt Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 9 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 12 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 9: Take Our Poll Congratulations to Brendan Vlasak of Watchung Hills for winning the Week 8 Top Play Belt
Watch Wednesday 11.25 JSZ Football Highlights
Thanksgiving weekend in the Garden State kicks off with JSZ football coverage as our cameras travel across New Jersey to bring you another evening of action packed games. Stay tuned as we continue to post highlights from Thanksgiving Eve. St. Joe’s (Mont.) 20 DePaul Catholic 9 It was a night of goodbyes in Wayne. DePaul […] 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.
We’ve got 8 up for Week 8 Top Plays!
Championship games and awesome inter-conference matchups highlight Week 8 in New Jersey high school football. Vote now for the top play captured by JSZ cameras this weekend! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 8 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 8 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 8: Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Winner Congratulations to Cranford’s Marcus Johnson for winning JSZ’s Top Play Belt for Week 7!
Vote Now! Final Game Ball Nominees of 2020 Season Are In!
It’s hard to believe, but the 2020 regular season is officially over. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s are highlighting one final batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
The bar is set high for JSZ Week Five Top Plays
New Jersey high school football once again put on a great show over the weekend. Cast your vote now to see who win’s this week’s JSZ Top Play Belt! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 5 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 10 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 5: Take Our Poll Congratulations to Woodbridge’s Justin Magera for winning the JSZ Week Four Top Play Belt! The JSZ All-Access Pass allows you to see hundreds of JSZ game highlights right away! Click here to get all the action right now!
Week 5 Numbers Are Spooky! Vote For Latest JSZ Game Balls
Week 5 has come and gone, meaning there is only one game left in the 2020 regular season. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s are highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 10.31 JSZ Football Highlights
There’s nothing scary about Halloween highlights! JSZ has you covered with action from all over the state as we close out October with a treat, not a trick! Mater Dei Prep 26 Rumson-Fair Haven 19 Naran Buntin took a pitch from Kody Gibbs to score on a 57-yard hook and ladder with 27 seconds remaining […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 10.17 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s another full slate of great Saturday games here in Week 3. Be sure to check back throughout the evening as the highlights come in! St. Peter’s Prep 33 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 20 St. Peter’s Prep snapped a three-game losing streak to the Green Knights dating back to 2018 after a rousing performance on offense […] 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.
Incredible Stat Lines Highlight JSZ Week 2 Game Ball Nominees!
Just like that, we’re already 1/4 of the way through the 2020 football season now that Week 2 has come and gone. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey polls includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
SJR Star RB Estime Commits to Michigan State
Michigan State’s football staff has made some serious inroads with New Jersey’s top Class of 2021 players. The trend of top-tier players joining the Spartans continued Sunday. Audric Estime, a three-star running back from St. Joe’s (Mont.), announced he’ll continue his football career at Michigan State after giving his verbal commitment to the Spartans on Sunday evening. COMMITTED…Michigan state let’s ride!! #GoGreen pic.twitter.com/NjK7FiahLi— Audric Estime ² (@AudricEstime) September 13, 2020 Estime is a two-time JSZ All-State player and is widely regarded as the top running back in the Garden State in 2021. The Green Knights’ star began his senior year as a 16-year-old and has been one of the state’s most productive runners in his career, rushing for 2,050 yards and 27 touchdowns in two varsity seasons. Watch Estime’s Junior Year Highlight Reel Here Estime’s decision to play in East Lansing caps off an incredible recruiting cycle for the Spartans in New Jersey. Estime’s teammate, offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark, and Hun School offensive lineman Kevin Wigenton II both committed to Michigan State this year. Estime brought in 17 Power 5 offers: Arizona State, Rutgers, Duke, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Pitt, Temple, Texas A&M and Virginia, along with Michigan State. Despite playing in a shortened season, Estime has a legitimate chance to be in the running for JSZ’s Zoneman Player of the Year in 2020. JSZ’s Jay Cook featured Estime in our “JSZ A to Z” series highlighting the top New Jersey players playing in the 2021 season. Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest news and updates on New Jersey athletes.
SJR’s Frankie Monte Gives Verbal to Holy Cross
St. Joe’s (Mont.) has consistently produced Division I football talent in recent years, and that trend continued today with the Green Knights sending their top defensive player to the Patriot League. Frankie Monte, a senior linebacker for St. Joe’s, announced Tuesday via social media he had given a verbal commitment to play at the next level for College of the Holy Cross. Committed ✝️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/2FTySFpwo7— Frankie Monte (@FrankieMonte5) August 25, 2020 Last season, six players in the Big Six of North Jersey football (St. Joe’s, Bergen Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, Don Bosco, DePaul Catholic and Paramus Catholic) had eclipsed the 100 tackle mark. Monte is the only returning senior on that list. He also led his team with 18 tackles for loss, more than Penn State signee Amin Vanover, and also chipped in 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Watch Frankie’s Junior Year Highlight Reel! Now a senior, Monte headlines a defense led by first-year head coach and former St. Joe’s (Mont.) defensive coordinator Dan Marangi. He’s been described as a “throwback type” player who packs a punch on every tackle. Monte is the second Green Knights player to make his college announcement in the last week. Four-star offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark committed to Michigan State on Saturday evening. Holy Cross has recruited the Garden State well in recent years, evidenced by the 16 New Jersey players on their 2020 roster. Monte also isn’t the only Class of 2021 player committed to the Crusaders – Rumson-Fair Haven defensive back Ryan Ruane announced his commitment there earlier this summer. Monte was featured in our inaugural “JSZ A to Z” series this summer, highlighting the top 50 players in New Jersey. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiled Monte as one of three players on the list from St. Joe’s: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics are proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
SJR Star VanDeMark Chooses Michigan State
St. Joe’s (Mont.) has a reputation of producing top-tier offensive line talent in recent years. That trend officially continued Saturday as Lodi, New Jersey native Geno VanDeMark announced his commitment to Michigan State. 110% COMMITTED TO MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY!!! Extremely thankful for everyone who has helped me get here!! #GoGreen pic.twitter.com/XQEcxsC3cQ— Geno VanDeMark (@GenoVanDeMark) August 22, 2020 Named a Jersey Sports Zone 2019 All-Zone team member, he’s the consensus top-ranked offensive lineman in New Jersey’s Class of 2021. VanDeMark is an imposing force who stands at 6-4 and 295 pounds. He’s rated a four-star recruit, per 247Sports.com. VanDeMark is the second offensive lineman from St. Joe’s (Mont.) to sign with a Big Ten program in as many years. Class of 2019 graduate Luke Wypler is now playing at Ohio State. VanDeMark yielded tons of interest in the aftermath of a breakout junior season with the Green Knights. He received a total of 19 offers from various Power 5 programs before cutting his list down to a top six of Nebraska, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Arizona State in late June. VanDeMark, along with teammate Audric Estime, also a Michigan State target at running back, visited East Lansing last week for an unofficial tour of the campus. He also joins Hun School’s Kevin Wigenton as fellow Michigan State commits from New Jersey on the offensive line. Watch His JSZ “A to Z” Feature! This summer, Jersey Sports Zone featured the Top 50 players in the Garden State. VanDeMark was highlighted, and recruiting analysts who cover New Jersey football said he’s among the most talented linemen in the region. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest news and updates on New Jersey athletes.
JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020
Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington
Big 6 QB Dorian Nowell Makes College Choice
One of the toughest high school football conferences has produced yet another Division I quarterback, and this time the destination is our nation’s capital. Rising senior Dorian Nowell announced Saturday evening he had committed to Georgetown University. Georgetown 25’ #HoyaSaxa #DefendtheDistrict pic.twitter.com/dutwL7loNZ— Dorian Nowell✍🏾 (@doriannowell) May 23, 2020 Nowell, now enrolled at St. Joe’s (Mont.), was the starting quarterback at Paramus Catholic during his sophomore and junior seasons. With the Paladins, he collected 16 touchdowns to only five interceptions for 2,484 yards and went 6-15 over the past two seasons. WATCH Nowell’s Junior Season Highlights! Nowell did not play in Paramus Catholic’s final two games last season and it was announced in January he had transferred to St. Joe’s. The rising senior is expected to be in the mix for the starting quarterback job with the Green Knights this season as senior Michael Alaimo is graduating and committed to play at Purdue University. Nowell will now head into the 2020 season as the only quarterback from a Big Six program (St. Joe’s, Bergen Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, Paramus Catholic, Don Bosco Prep, DePaul) committed to a D-I program so far. For all the latest on recruiting news for New Jersey high school athletes, follow along with JerseySportsZone.com!
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team
Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of the top boys basketball players in New Jersey as we present our 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball team While the coronavirus has stopped us from our annual banquet honoring the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of New Jersey’s top players. Saturday and Sunday we will share our highlight videos from the 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball teams and coming up on Tuesday we will have highlight reels of our 2020 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists and announce our player of the year. NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross Tahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokunbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HilsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian BrownBergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir Cantey LindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justiin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr.Roselle CatholicDevin Strickland South Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny TohaMarist Alex GalvanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicJahlil WhiteWildwood Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Micah Johnson, Jr.Newark East SideDJ WoodburyBurlington City Samson JohnsonPatrick SchoolTaQuan WoodleyCamden Niels LaneRoselle CatholicMatt ZonaBergen Catholic 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone Finalists JSZ will post highlight videos of our five finalists on Tuesday as well as a feature story and acceptance speech from the winner.
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team
Jersey Sports Zone honors the top high school hockey players in New Jersey. We have selected the top players in the Garden State – take a look at the entire list and watch highlight videos of every single player. JSZ’s All-Zone Hockey Team The COVID-19 virus prevented JSZ from honoring the top players in New Jersey at the Prudential Center but we still have highlights videos to honor the best high school hockey players in New Jersey. GoaliesDefensemanForwardsForwardsAward Winner Gavin Einfeldt, RandolphJake Antonucci, Bergen CatholicEvan Brown, CBAJason Player, Gloucester CatholicJohn Donohoe, CBA - 2020 JSZ Player of the Year Lucas Podvey, MontclairZach D'Andrea, Jackson LibertyMatt Balzarotti, RidgeTom Pryymak, Summit Nikita Pryymak, SummitAnthony Dowd, ManasquanTyler Botta, RamseyJake Puskar, Summit Demitri Forand, Middletown SouthSam Catalano, Rumson-Fair HavenJustin Rauch, St. Joe-Montvale Will Fortescue, Don Bosco PrepBen Conrod, DeblartonRocco Salvato Princeton Colin Grable, CBAKyle Contessa, CBAAlex Scimeca, Saint Augustine Prep Tim O'Connell, Seton Hall PrepTy Ebeling, RidgeConnor Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep Chris Pelosi, Gloucester CatholicMatt Franzoni, ManasquanGreg Spitznagel, Summit Michael Rubin, Don Bosco PrepSean Grant, Saint RoseNick Stoebling, Bergen Catholic Michael Sofia, RandolphJustin Hughes, Saint Joe-MontvaleAidan Trainor, Princeton Seth Kaplan, Morristown-BeardDom Troisi, Saint John Vianney Jason Kwestel, Morris KnollsGleb Veremyev, Monroe Tommy Matthews, Morristown-BeardZach Wagnon, CBA Connor Milliken, Gloucester CatholicJason Wolff, Hillsborough Aram Minnetian, Bergen CatholicJT Zangara, Randolph CBA goalie John Donohoe named JSZ Hockey Player of the Year 2020 was a year to remember for Christian Brothers Academy. The Colts ran the table from the beginning of the postseason to the end, scoring wins in the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public State Championship. The man at the center of it all was goaltender John Donohoe. The sophomore transfer from Pennsylvania had a .928 save percentage and made seven shutouts against the likes of Bergen Catholic, Delbarton and Don Bosco Prep. He is JSZ’s 2020 Player of the Year. Watch JSZ’s feature on Donohoe HERE:
Vote now for the JSZ Hockey Save of the Year!
We haven’t forgotten about the goalies. JSZ brings you 10 amazing stops captured by our cameras. Cast your vote now to see who gets the JSZ Hockey Save of the Year We spent the last week having fun with a tournament-style 32 bracket of JSZ’s top hockey goals. Now it’s time to give the goalies some love. We went through all of our games and picked out the best saves captured by Jersey Sports Zone cameras. The polls are open NOW and will close on Monday at 3:00 pm. Watch the ten nominees and cast your vote for JSZ Hockey Save of the Year: Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone is excited to have ACI Medical & Dental School join our team and present our Central Jersey Game Balls all year long in addition to allowing us to bring great highlights and features to Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North. One of the top technical schools in NJ, Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Central New Jersey offers a variety of programs in the in-demand medical and dental industries. Visit ACI.edu to learn more!
Watch NJSIAA Boys Wrestling State Championship Finals
Welcome back to A.C, New Jersey wrestling fans. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of MMJ’s are on hand for the biggest day of the wrestling season in the Garden State. We’re your one-to shop for video highlights and in-depth breakdowns for every boys state championship match. Stay tuned throughout the night as the highlights come in! Boys State Finals 106 Pound Final: 4- Evan Mougalian (Kinnelon) defeats 2- Anthony Santaniello (Brick Memorial) 3-1 113 Pound Final: 2- Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North) d. 1- Kelly Dunnigan (Don Bosco), 6-3 Tyler Klinsky avenges his only loss of the season and cements his legacy as the winningest wrestler in Middletown North history by bringing home the program’s first state title. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: Coverage of Middletown North is brought to you by ACI Medical & Dental School. 120 Pound Final: 1- Dean Peterson (St. John Vianney) d. 6- Vincent Santaniello (Brick Memorial) 1-0 126 Pound Final: 3- Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic) d. 4- McKenzie Bell (Kingsway), 12-7 Robbert Howard gave New Jersey wrestling everything he had. The Bergen Catholic senior battled through writing physical and emotional pain all season long, re-centered himself and emerged as a champion yet again inside Boardwalk Hall. Howard, a Penn State commit, finishes his high school career as a two-time state champion. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. 132 Pound Final: 1- Joey Olivieri (Hanover Park) d. 2- Dylan Cedeno (Bergen Catholic), 1-0 Joey Olivieri won a state title as a freshman, but had to settle for fourth as a sophomore. The junior gets back to the top of the podium, thanks to a tight win over Dylan Cedeno. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: 138 Pound Final: 3- Anthony Clark (Delbarton) vs. 12- William Grater (Bergen Catholic) Anthony Clark is no stranger to the highest stage in New Jersey Wrestling. Clark has been in the state finals every season and won state titles as a freshman and sophomore before losing last year. With a 4-0 victory over William Grater, Clarke joined an elite list of people to win States three times in the Garden State. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: 145 Pound Final: 1- Andy Clark (Collingswood) d. 6- Andrew Troczynski (Delbarton), 8-5 After finishing 4th in the state a year ago at 132 pounds, Andy Clark won a thriller over Andrew Troczinski at 145 to become Collingswood’s first state champion since 1992. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: 152 Pound Final: 4- Nick Boggiano (Toms River North) d. 6- Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus), 7-3 Nick Boggiano’s five-point move in the second period helped clinch the first state title for a Toms River North wrestler since 2007. The senior finished eighth at 145-pounds a year ago, but this time around he caps off a tremendous 41-1 season with a state championship. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: 160 Pound Final: 3- Brian Soldano (High Point) d. 1- Dante Stefanelli (Delbarton) 9-0 170 Pound Final: 2- Connor O’Neill (DePaul Catholic) d. 1- Shane Reitsma (Howell), 3-1 Connor O’Neill’s clutch takedown early in the third period proved to be the difference in a matchup between the clear-cut top two wrestlers at 170 pounds this season. With the win, O’Neill avenges a loss earlier this season to Reitsma. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 182 Pound Final: 1- John Poznanski (Colonia) p. 2- Luke Rada (Colts Neck), 3:31 ** Named Most Outstanding Wrestler ** Colonia’s John Poznanski put the cap on a perfect season with a second period pin in the state finals. Poznanski, a Rutgers wrestling commit, was the most dominant force throughout the individual postseason tournament. His 40-0 season ended his Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at Boardwalk Hall. However, that’s only half the story, as Poznanski worked through a historic career with only one eye. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: 195 Pound Final: 3- Martin Cosgrove (Camden Catholic) d. 4- David Szuba (Brick Memorial), 9-7 After finishing third in the state as a freshman, Martin Cosgrove breaks through with a state title as a sophomore. David Szuba nearly forced overtime with a four-point move late, but a stalling call ultimately proved to be the difference. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. 220 Pound Final: 2- P.J. Casale (Delbarton) d. 1- Kyle Jacob (Paramus), 4-2 After a fifth-place finish in the state tournament a year ago, P.J. Casale would not be denied as he takes home his first state championship. The sophomore nearly finished the bout in the second period with a wild four-point move, and rode the momentum to a victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: 285 Pound Final: 7- JT Cornelius (Southern) vs. 13- Jimmy Mullen (St. Joe’s Mont.) Freshman phenom Jimmy Mullen caps off historic State Tournament run with a Gold Medal. Mullen came into the tournament as the 13 seed and battled his way to the finals where he won 7-3 and controlled the entire match. Be on the watch for Mullen for the next few years. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights:
Watch Friday 2.28 JSZ Tournament Basketball Highlights
It’s county/conference tournament season and JSZ has you covered with action in all corners of the state. Stay tuned throughout the night for highlights from five title games! St. Joe’s (Mont.) 67 Bergen Catholic 61 | Bergen County Jamboree Final After suffering a pair of losses to Bergen Catholic in the regular season, St. Joe’s rebounded in a big way to score it’s first Bergen County Jamboree title since 2016. Senior guard Nazir Williams led all scorers with 26 points in the win while Daniel Lans followed right behind with 16 points. Julian Brown paced Bergen Catholic with a team-best 25 points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both St. Joe’s and Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. Trenton Catholic 59 Nottingham 51 | Boys | Mercer County Tournament Final Trenton Catholic defeated Nottingham 59-51 to take back to back Mercer County Tournament titles. The Iron Mikes locked into a tight game all evening long leaned on VCU commit Jamir Watkins in the fourth quarter as the Colonial Valley Conference’s Player of the Year finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton Catholic and Nottingham coverage. St. Thomas Aquinas 63 South Brunswick 52 | GMC Final Wake Forest commit Quadry Adams earned MVP honors with 17 points highlighted by an explosive third quarter to give the Trojans their first GMC crown since 1992. Tristian Jeffries (16 points, 7 rebounds), Derrick Grant (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Jaquan Harris (12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) round out four Trojans in double digits. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of South Brunswick is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Trenton Catholic 60 Stuart Day 43 | Girls | Mercer County Tournament Final For the third straight year Trenton Catholic raised a Mercer County Tournament trophy after defeating Stuart Day 60-43. The Iron Mikes got a boost from freshman Zoe Brooks in the second half to lead by as many as 20, but MVP honors went to Towson University commit Ciara Bailey for her 15 points and 13 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton Catholic and Stuart Day is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Hunterdon Central 55 Hackettstown 48 | Boys | Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex Tournament Final The Red Devils and Tigers gave us some free basketball as the game went into OT and this is where tournament MVP Brian Johansson took over. Johansson dominated in the last five minutes at both ends of the court to lead the Red Devils to victory. He finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds while Shawn Morgan had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss for Hackettstown. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Centenary University:
Morristown-Beard earns spot in state hockey quarterfinals
One of the top opening round matchups in the state hockey playoffs did not disappoint. Two outstanding goalies matched saves early before Morristown-Beard broke through to reach the Non-Public quarterfinals. JSZ has the highlights! Morristown-Beard 4 St. Joe-Montvale 1 | Non-Public First Round Andrew Low and Tommy Matthews scored goals eight seconds apart late in the second period and Cam Fernandez closed out the scoring on a penalty shot to give the Crimson a spot in the Round of 8. Hollis Humphries had the other goal for Mo-Beard and Luke McManus was strong in between the pipes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Mennen Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics
Vote Now For JSZ North Jersey Week 8 Game Balls!
Another week of the high school basketball season means two more North Jersey basketball players will be honored for outstanding performances. Vote in the polls below for Week 8’s JSZ North Jersey Game Ball winner! The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. and we’ll pay a visit to a mid-week practice or game and present Game Balls to the winners of our polls. Thanks to coaches who have sent us nominations for their players. A reminder that you can email Jay@JerseySportsZone.com by Saturday night for any players who you think are worthy of a Game Ball nomination. He’ll also reach out to the respective head coach of the winning player. North Jersey Boys’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Girls’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll Last Week’s Winners Watchung Hills’ Heather Laffan and Bound Brook’s Cam’Rom Summers each brought home JSZ North Jersey game balls last week. Watch their presentations!
Vote Now For JSZ North Jersey Week 7 Game Balls!
Another week of the high school basketball season means two more North Jersey basketball players will be honored for outstanding performances. Vote in the polls below for Week 7’s JSZ North Jersey Game Ball winner! The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. and we’ll pay a visit to a mid-week practice or game and present Game Balls to the winners of our polls. Thanks to coaches who have sent us nominations for their players. A reminder that you can email Jay@JerseySportsZone.com by Saturday night for any players who you think are worthy of a Game Ball nomination. He’ll also reach out to the respective head coach of the winning player. North Jersey Boys’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Girls’ Basketball Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Friday 2.14 JSZ Sectional Championship Wrestling Highlights
The hardware isn’t just handed out; it’s earned. JSZ has coverage of team playoff wrestling sectional finals from all over the state. Delbarton 49 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 15 | Non-Public A North Final Delbarton’s dominant run throughout the state playoffs continued Friday night as the Green Wave won their first sectional title since the 2011 season. Delbarton — the consensus No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey — has outscored its competition 164-17 through three playoff matches. They’ll face St. Augustine in the Non-Public A final Sunday in Toms River. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Watchung Hills 37 Westfield 27 | North 2 Group 5 Final Ethan Colello scored a tech fall at 106 pounds and Dylan Kolakowski clinched the championship with a pin at 113 to give the Warriors a third straight sectional title. Westfield jumped out to a 12-0 lead early but the Warriors got pins from Jack Murray and Gerard Aroneo to take the lead back. Leading 26-21 with three bouts to go, Colello and Kolakowski closed out the victory. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Paulsboro 46 Woodstown 19 | South Jersey Group 1 Final The Red Raiders did it for Brandon. Defending 170-pound state champion and Virginia Tech commit Brandon Green has been in the hospital for almost two weeks, and Paulsboro has been rallying to push on through the playoffs. The Red Raiders took down the Wolverines to win their 12th consecutive sectional championship. JSZ’s Mike Frankel the highlights and reaction from an emotional night in Woodstown: West Deptford 39 Haddonfield 21 | South Jersey Group 2 Final The Eagles win back-to-back sectional titles for the first time in program history in a back-and-forth battle against the Bulldogs. West Deptford led early but lost four consecutive bouts and trailed halfway through the match. Cody Thurston (195), Tion Cherry (285), and Justin Monzo-Hull (120) picked up huge pins down the stretch to clinch the title for the Eagles. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from West Deptford: Coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Southern 36 Howell 30 | South Jersey Group 5 Final The clash of two Shore Conference and New Jersey powerhouses was a blow for blow battle! A 7-7 split in the 14 bouts came down to the last match and freshman Cole Velardi delivered for the Rams. With a pin in the final bout, Velardi secured the win for Southern, they won their third sectional championship in a row and fourteenth all time. Conor Collins, Eddie Hummel, Cole Velardi, Robert Woodcock and JT Cornelius won by fall for the Rams. Paul Jakub won by fall while Nick Cerulli and Shane Rietsma won by tech fall in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Farmingdale:
Watch Tuesday 1.28 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ has two games from Tuesday night high school hockey. Nery Rodriguez has the Egan Cup battle between St. Joe-Montvale and St. John Vianney plus Rich Chrampanis has a wild game in Middletown as the Mahwah Thunderbirds journey south to battle Freehold Boro St. Joe-Montvale 5 St. John Vianney 2 | Egan Cup Final St. Joseph (Montvale) defeated reigning two time Egan Cup Champions, St. John Vianney 5-2 for their first title. The Green Knights repaid SJV the favor after the Lancers bested them twice the previous two years for both of those titles. Justin Rauch had a hat trick while goalie Tomas Spero ended the night with 31 saves. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joe’s (Montvale) coverage. Thank you to the St. John Vianney Hockey Boosters club for sponsoring our SJV coverage. Freehold Boro 5 Mahwah 4 Nick Ochlan broke a 4-4 tie in the third period and Joey Colecchia made a stellar kick save on the doorstep just as the buzzer sounded to preserve a big out of conference win and the 9th win of the season for the tri-op of Freehold Boro, Colts Neck and Raritan. Joe Barone scored his 100th career point as part of a one-goal, three-assist effort. Mahwah got two goals from Mark Johnston in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an exciting game in Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is made possible by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall
Watch Wednesday 1.22 Wrestling Highlights
JSZ was mat side for two high profile matchups in North and Central Jersey as Bergen Catholic took on St. Joe’s (Mont.) in an anticipated matchup while Brick Memorial traveled to Toms River North for a divisional showdown. Check back tonight for the coverage! Bergen Catholic 36 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 29 One of the most anticipated showdowns in the Big North did not disappoints. Despite trailing at the turn of the lineup, Bergen Catholic rolled to show why they’re the top team in New Jersey and among the very best in America. The Crusaders dominated from 106 pounds to 126 pounds, where they scored three pins and a huge decision win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Match Results 138: Michael Cetta (SJR) over William Grater (MD 9-1) 145: Joseph Zargo (BC) over Michael Dellagatta (Dec 11-5) 152: Alex Strashinsky (BC) over Stefano Sgambellone (Dec 5-4) 160: Nate Camiscioli (BC) over Roberto Padilla (Dec 6-2) 170: AJ Fricchione (SJR) over Justin Onello (Fall 5:59) 182: Jack Farinaro (SJR) over (BC) (For.) 195: John Fiore (BC) over Ja’Naz Williams (Fall 3:59) 220: Michael Toranzo (SJR) over Remy Brancato (Dec 3-1) 285: Jim Mullen (SJR) over Esquire Boyce (Fall 1:15) 106: Aidan Wallace (BC) over Josh Iannone (Fall 2:56) 113: Joseph Cangro (BC) over Joe Manno (Fall 3:59) 120: Nick Kayal (BC) over Mateo Sgambellone (Fall 2:42) 126: Robert Howard (BC) over Alex Almeyda (Dec 7-2) 132: Justin Bierdumpfel (SJR) over Eric Broadie (MD 10-1) Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all Bergen Catholic and St. Joe’s athletics throughout the 2019-2020 scholastic year is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Toms River North 45 Brick Memorial 26 The Mariners captured their second straight A-South Divisional title with their win over the Mustangs. Toms River North earned bonus points in each of their eight victories. Mike Nakano and Nick Mancuso won by pin for the Mariners. Anthony Santaniello remained undefeated and won by major decision for the Mustangs while his brother Vincent Santaniello along with Joe Colon won by pin. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Toms River: Match Results 195: David Szuba (BM) over James Elias (TRN) (MD 13-4) 220: Mike Nakano (TRN) over Matt Murphy (BM) (F 1:08) 285: John O’Donnell (TRN) FF 106: Anthony Santaniello (BM) over Cole Anderson (TRN) (MD 16-2) 113: Ryan Rosenthal (TRN) FF 120: Vincent Santaniello (BM) over Alex Danelson (TRN) (F 5:32) 126: Michael Richardson (BM) over Jake Rosenthal (TRN) (D 6-0) 132: Michael Cate (BM) over Mark Fedeli (TRN) (D 7-6) 138: Oneil Forbes (TRN) over Victor DiPianta (BM) (MD 17-7) 145: Sergio Borda (TRN) over Nelson DeJesus (BM) (TF 4:20) 152: Nick Boggiano (TRN) FF 160: Matt Spalletta (TRN) FF 170: Joe Colon (BM) over Justin Burkert (TRN) (F :40) 182: Nick Mancuso (TRN) over Rueben Lizardi (BM) (F 1:26)
Watch Thursday 1.16 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Thursday was a monster day on the high school hardwood, with tremendous games all over the state. Check back throughout the night as JSZ brings you highlights from two major North Jersey games along with another pair of huge South Jersey matchups! Roselle Catholic 68 Elizabeth 63 Roselle Catholic continues to show why they’re one of the best in the Garden State. The Lions trailed Elizabeth by 11 points with seven minutes left in regulation and took control from there on out to secure their fourth consecutive win. Xavier-bound CJ Wilcher led all scorers with 25 points while Cliff Omoruyi hammered home the game-winning dunk — he finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. DJ Watkins led Elizabeth with 20 points in their first loss of the season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Bergen Catholic 78 St. Joe-Montvale 70 Julian Brown had a career-high 32 points and fellow sophomore Will Richardson added 25 as the Crusaders (11-2) handed the Green Knights their first loss of the season. BC led 14-13 after one and opened up a 13 point halftime lead thanks to an explosive second quarter led by Brown and Richardson. St. Joe’s got within four late but Bergen Catholic put the game away at the free throw line. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montvale: Camden 69 Paul VI 52 The High keeps on rolling, dispatching a talented Eagles squad in front of another packed house at Rutgers-Camden. Kentucky commit Lance Ware went for 20 points and 17 rebounds in the victory for the Panthers. Jerome Brewer added 17 points, as Camden improved to (10-1) on the season. The Panthers now head to Massachusetts for a showdown against Rancho Christian (CA). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Timber Creek 75 Cherry Hill East 63 The Chargers pulled away in the second half to top the Cougars and pick up another big Olympic Conference victory. Eric Benjamin put together another stellar performance, scoring a game-high 25 points, as Timber Creek improves to (11-1). Jake Green scored a team-high 24 points for Cherry Hill East in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
St. Peter’s Shocks St. Joe’s With Walk-Off Pin
St. Peter’s Prep 36 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 35 With the match on the line and needing six team points to win, St. Peter’s Prep 120-pounder Patrick Adams delivered a walk-off pin late in the third period to spark the Marauders’ come-from-behind victory over St. Joe’s (Mont.). The match started at 132 pounds. The Green Knights led 35-15 at the turn of the lineup before St. Peter’s Prep collected 21 consecutive points to score the win. St. Joe’s did not weigh any wrestlers in at 113 pounds and 126 pounds, effectively making the 120-pound bout the deciding factor. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Jersey City: Match Results (Highlighted Bouts in Bold) 106: Angelo Pellicci (St. Peter’s Prep) d. Josh Iannone, 8-2. 113: Donovan Chavis (St. Peter’s Prep) won by forfeit. 120: Patrick Adams (St. Peter’s Prep) p. Joe Manno, 5:22 126: Sean Reindero (St. Peter’s Prep) won by forfeit. 132: Felix Lettini (St. Peter’s Prep) d. Mateo Sgambellone, 7-1. 138: Justin Bierdumpfel (St. Joseph (Mont.)) d. Michael Pestana, 17-0 (TF 3:20). 145: Michael Dellagatta (St. Joseph (Mont.)) d. Connor Cortese, 2-0. 152: Stefano Sgambellone (St. Joseph (Mont.)) d. Alejandro Leon, 4-2. 160: Roger Diaz (St. Peter’s Prep) p. Devin Stapleton, 3:39 170: AJ Fricchione (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. Daniel Martinez, 2:22 182: Jack Farinaro (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. Anthony Asante-Danso, 0:24 195: Eduardo Hernandez (St. Peter’s Prep) p. Benjamin Pichardo, 2:45 220: Michael Toranzo (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. London Robinson, 0:26 285: Jimmy Mullen (St. Joseph (Mont.)) p. Evan Scribner, 1:13 Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be at this heart-pounding match. They will be sponsoring all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics for the rest of the 2019-2020 scholastic season.
St. Joe’s Head Coach Augie Hoffmann Joining Rutgers Football Staff
The North Jersey to Rutgers University pipeline just got that much stronger, but not in the way you’d initially think. St. Joe’s (Mont.) head coach Augie Hoffmann — who was at the helm for six seasons and two state championships — has accepted a role on the Rutgers University coaching staff under Greg Schiano. According to a source familiar with the situation, Hoffmann made the announcement during an emotional team meeting Tuesday morning. Those familiar with the St. Joe’s program knew Hoffmann, who was a Class of 1999 St. Joe’s alum himself, as a beloved member in the Green Knights’ community. That same source also confirmed to Jersey Sports Zone that Hoffmann will be the tight ends coach at Rutgers University. “Augie is one of the most respected coaches in New Jersey,” Schiano said in a statement. “As a leader of one of the top programs in the state, he has a proven track record of developing elite talent both on and off the field. Augie is a tireless worker and his reputation among the players and coaches in our state speaks for itself. We look forward to welcoming Augie and his family to Rutgers.” Hoffmann received significant interest from to join other coaching staffs. He turned down a job on the Miami Dolphins under head coach Brian Flores last year. He also received significant interest from Boston College to work under new head coach Jeff Hafley, the source said. Hoffmann is a 2003 grad from Boston College. WATCH: JSZ’s coverage of Augie Hoffmann Hoffmann was handpicked by former St. Joe’s head coaching legend Tony Karcich to replace him after retirement going into the 2014 season. In the six seasons as head coach, Hoffmann accumulated a 49-19 record while winning a Non-Public Group 3 state championship in 2016 and a Non-Public Group 4 state championship in 2018. Players and coaches in North Jersey knew Hoffmann to have a fiery yet passionate personality. That translated to numerous players transferring into the program to play for a coach who got the best out of them. What This Means for Rutgers Schiano has quickly put together a coaching staff with tons of New Jersey flavor. He retained last year’s interim head coach Nunzio Campanile (former Bergen Catholic head coach) and brought in former Temple defensive back coach Fran Brown (Camden native). Fired up to be on the same sideline w/ my guy Coach Hoffmann. #Chop https://t.co/afgV7Ka0xa— Nunzio Campanile (@CoachNunz) January 7, 2020 Sean Gleeson, a New Jersey native and former Princeton University assistant, is both the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Hoffmann coached current Scarlet Knights tight end Matt Alaimo during his high school career at St. Joe’s. That much New Jersey influence is sure to have an impact on recruiting some of the Garden State’s best to stay home. WATCH: What do NJ high school coaches think of Greg Schiano?
Watch Friday 12.27 JSZ High School Basketball Highlights
The holiday hoops bonanza continues. Jersey Sports Zone takes you around the state with hoops highlights from tournaments and showcases. We’ll continue to post games throughout the night! Wildwood Catholic 45 Boys’ Latin (MD) 29 | Boardwalk Basketball Classic The Crusaders stormed back from an early deficit to beat the Lakers going away at the Wildwoods Convention Center. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt turned in another monster performance, scoring a game-high 23 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Temple commit Jahlil White also had a big game, finishing with 18 points. It was the 300th career win for Wildwood Catholic head coach Dave DeWeese, as the undefeated Crusaders advance to a bracket championship game tomorrow night. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Wildwood: Red Bank Regional 65 Monmouth Regional 32 | Albert E. Martin Buc Classic Nick Ferrogine had 19 points highlighted by a dominant third quarter to help the Bucs win their first game of the year. Drew Valentino added 16 for RBR who will face top-seed St. Thomas Aquinas in the semifinals on Saturday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver St. Joe’s (Mont.) 74 Passaic Tech 42 | St. Joseph Classic It’s nice being home for the holidays! St. Joe’s got the most out of their home court advantage Friday night after racing out to a 24 point halftime lead before getting into cruise control for the win. Dyree Rogers led all scorers with 16 points while Ansley Almonor and Nazir Williams chipped in with big buckets, too. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: JSZ’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Ridgewood 73 Dwight-Englewood 48 | St. Joseph Classic Sixteen different players saw time on the court in Ridgewood’s handily won bout against Dwight-Englewood in holiday tournament action in North Jersey. Baseball standout Matt Favieri had a game-high 18 points while Devin Johnson, Tristan Wennersten and Wes Penne all hit double digits. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Timber Creek 66 Highland 62 | Red-Blue Holiday Mixer The Chargers stay undefeated to start the 2019-20 season with a back and forth victory over the Tartans. Demetrius Paynter dominated in the second-half, scoring 19 of his team-high 22 points, to help power Timber Creek past Highland. Deywilk Tavarez-Rodriguez scored a game-high 25 points in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Williamstown: Coverage of Highland and Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. John Vianney 50 Notre Dame 47 | Patt McCann Christmas Classic St. John Vianney bested Notre Dame 50-47 to start the season (3-0). Both teams traded blows to keep it a tight game throughout the night. The Lancers, getting hot from beyond the arc, were able to build a five point lead late in the fourth quarter and force the Irish to the free throw line. Vianney would take advantage of missed opportunities to secure the victory. Nate Williams finished with 14 points while Brian Stuart had 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage.
Watch Wednesday 12.18 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got Wednesday night ice on JSZ! Saint Joe’s Montvale looks to stay unbeaten on the road at Notre Dame and CBA goes for a third straight win over a ranked opponent when they square off with Shore Conference foe St. John Vianney. Jersey Sports Zone has the highlights of both games posted now! CBA 5 Saint John Vianney 2 Zach Wagnon scored two goals to lead the Colts to a third straight win over a ranked opponent. One day earlier against Delbarton, CBA erupted in the second period and it happened against the Lancers as well. The Colts scored three goals in the span of 1:46 in the second period to improve to 4-1-1. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Thanks to the SJV Lancers Hockey Booster Club for supporting our coverage of Saint John Vianney hockey! St. Joe’s (Montvale) 7 Notre Dame 1 St. Joe’s improved to 4-0-1 following a dominating 7-1 victory over Notre Dame, handing the Irish their first loss of the year. Justin Rauch and Logan May each scored twice for the Green Knights. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joe’s coverage. Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage.
Diggs wins Zoneman, Schiano speaks at JSZ Football Banquet
The third annual JSZ Football Banquet featured the top players in New Jersey, an inspiring JSZ Courage Award and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano opening our ceremony. It all capped off with Woodrow Wilson’s Fadil Diggs winning the Zoneman Trophy. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s team coverage now! Rutgers Greg Schiano speaks at third annual Jersey Sports Zone Football Banquet The top high school football players from every part of New Jersey were assembled at the Delta Hotel in Woodbridge for the JSZ Football Banquet. Before the highlights of the 2019 JSZ All-Zone team, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano got things started with a great message to the honorees. The Scarlet Knights have made it known that recruiting the best players in -state is a top priority. Schiano was joined by assistant coaches Nunzio Campanile and Fran Brown to celebrate New Jersey’s best on the gridiron: Fadil Diggs wins JSZ Zoneman Trophy Woodrow Wilson defensive end and wide receiver Fadil Diggs took home the JSZ Zoneman Trophy. The Texas A&M commit helped lead the Tigers to a South Group 3 Regional Championship and won the balloting among NJ head football coaches and statewide media members. St. Joe-Hammonton running back Jada Byers was the runnerup. Byers and Diggs had equal first-place votes but Fadil was on nine more ballots in the Heisman style voting which gave him the top honor: The Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM’s Joe Dotro for being on hand to honor the best players in New Jersey! Zoneman Voting Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Fadil DiggsWoodrow Wilson252411134 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton251610117 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep13182499 Cody SimonSaint Peter's Prep12142080 Luke WyplerSt. Joe-Montvale251026 Kyle MonangaiDon Bosco Prep42521 Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process Zoneman Ballots JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Mike Frankel, Jay Cook Statewide Media: Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press, Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report, Todderick Hunt, NJ.Com, Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network, Kevin Minnick, NJ.Com, Andrew Koob, NJ.Com, Pat Lanni, NJ.Com, JJ Conrad, NJ.Com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Ryan Patti, Rivals.Com, Tom Williams, PrimeEvents.Net, Tom McGurk, Courier-Post, Brian Carr, NorthJerseySports.Com, Shawn Brown, 247 Sports, GMC Gridiron, Joe Zedalis, NJ.Com, Mike Kinney, NJ.Com, Mike Fenske, MJF Recruiting, Brian Dohn, 247 Sports, JP Parachini, Worrell Media Coaches: John McKenna, DePaul Catholic, Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic, Dallas Whitaker, Somerville, Dan Russo, Vineland, Pete Lancetta, St. Augustine Prep, Jim Raso, Hammonton, Tim Gushue, Shawnee, John Emel, Penns Grove, Rob Hinson, Timber Creek, Dennis Thomas, Millville, Steve Scanlon, Clearview, Chuck Smith, Mainland, Joe Hoyle, Dwight Morrow Bill Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep Montrey Wright, Salem Kevin Smith, Ocean City Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. Joe Wojceichowski, Lenape Jay Graber, Matawan Kevin Kostibos, Summit Dan Higgins, Piscataway Ken Loomis, Wildwood Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial Jeff Rainess, Holmdel John Fiore, Montclair Brian Bowers, Delbarton John Whitehead, Paramus Catholic Barris Grant, Hillside Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township John Adams, Woodstown Benji Wemberly, Hackensack Rob Davis, Barnegat Marion Bell, West Side Jamil Jackson, Elizabeth Drew Gibbs, Ramapo Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep Wilber Valdez, Union City Kevin Carty, Hillsborough Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg Augie Hoffmann, St. Joe’s (Mont.) Ed Guerreri, Manalapan Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty Brian Russo, Rahway William Nahan, Randolph Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown David Schuman Red Bank Regional Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. Brian Leary, Highland LJ Clark, Lakewood Dan Sabella, Don Bosco Sean Clancy, Notre Dame Chris Thomas, Pitman Dan George, Long Branch Clifton Tabb, Pennsauken Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp Tim Hagerty, Glassboro Ralph Cinque, Clifton Sights and Sounds from JSZ Banquet Before the players came inside to eat dinner and watch JSZ’s All-Zone presentation, Nery Rodriguez gave us some red carpet coverage having fun with some of the best players in the state! JSZ Courage Award Winners Coach Dwayne Savage, Kenneth Smith – Camden Coach Chris Sacco, Ernest Howard, Pleasantville Jersey Sports Zone’s Mike Frankel was shooting highlights of Camden and Pleasantville in the state playoffs when gunshots rang out during the third quarter wounding two and killing 10-year old Micah Tennant. Through adversity, both towns turned to their football teams to help unite communities and begin the healing process. JSZ was proud to honor four great leaders with this award. In case you missed it, Jersey Sports Zone chronicled the resumption of the Camden/Pleasantville game at the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Team QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Michael Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJaiden Abrams, HammontonTedy Afful, DePaul CatholicKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChandler Bird, Saint AugustineJalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Louie Barrios, Cedar CreekMyles Bailey, North BrunswickAhmad Brown, Holy SpiritDominic Busby, Seton Hall PrepBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton JD Breslauer, Parsippany HillsMatt Colantuono, Seton Hall PrepEJ Comerford, Parsippany HillsShawn Collins, MontclairBardhyl Gashi, West EssexFadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson Tahjamell Bullock, Saint Peter's PrepCorey Dempster, BoontonCarnell Davis, St. Augustine PrepCharles Finley, DePaul CatholicJalen Genao, Union CityKyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul CatholicAudric Estime, St. Joe-MontvaleMalik Harvey, Woodrow WilsonLucas Giordano, Seton Hall PrepCody Simon, St. Peter's Prep Ryan Clark, Donovan CatholicEthan Harris, Northern HighlandsKyree Hinton, SomervilleNajae Hallenbeck, Toms River NorthLuke Wypler, St. Joe-Montvale Charles DePrima, RamapoMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepConnor Kennedy, LenapeDeclan McCauley, Westfield Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonAli Lee, Jr. WoodbridgeChris Long, WillingboroJosh Toner, Cherokee Connor Katz, CranfordMuheem McCargo, Woodrow WilsonJelani Mason, Saint Peter's PrepColin Tunc, Bergen Catholic Vincent Pinto, Park RidgePiotr Partyla, LyndhurstMalachi Melton, Cedar CreekGeno VanDeMark, St. Joe-Montvale Andrew Sanborn, UnionTrebor Pena, OceanAhmirr Robinson, UnionDevon Willock, Paramus Catholic Hank Shapiro, WestfieldFrank Riggio, VeronaGriffin Rooney, WestfieldIsaiah Wright, Saint Peter's Prep Zakee Swann, IrvingtonByron Shipman, Saint Peter's Prep Jake Tirone, RamapoTarheeb Still, Timber Creek Cortaz Williams, Notre Dame Zahir Swann, Irvington Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/PunterJSZ All-Prep Team Jeremiah Grant, Bergen CatholicTirek Austin-Cave, CamdenNahree Biggins, HillsideVincenzo Rea, ManalapanAaron Armitage, Blair Academy Jahmir Greene, Don Bosco PrepBobby/Tommy Coury, PhillipsburgDarian "Duce" Chestnut, CamdenSebastien Tasko, St. Joe-MontvaleNick DeGennaro, Hun Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei PrepJake DeLuccia, Wayne ValleyNasir Clerk, IrvingtonChristian Forbes, Lawrenceville Cameron Horsley, CinnaminsonSolomon DeShields, MillvilleJermaine Corbett, Long Branch Ian Franzoni, Hun Aaron Lewis, WillamstownGordon Forsyth, Rumson-Fair HavenCasey Larkin, WallSanoussi Kane, Blair Academy Leon Lowery, North BrunswickMikai Gbayor, IrvingtonClarence Lewis, Mater Dei PrepChristopher Mayo, Peddie Tywon Malone, Bergen CatholicCharlie Gordinier, Red Bank CatholicJoe Lusardi, SummitMatt Sluka, Peddie Andrew Messineo, RidgewoodTyreem Powell, VinelandElijuwan Mack, St. Joe-MontvaleKorey Smith, Peddie Collin McCarthy, Jackson MemorialColin Ramos, Don Bosco PrepJordan Morant, Bergen Catholic Isaiah Raikes, Saint Augustine PrepMakhi Scott, Penns GroveRJ Moten, Delran George Rooks, Saint Peter's PrepDalton Short, ShawneeAlex Odom, Kingsway Khurram Simpson, Mater Dei PrepClyde Washington, LenapeRomaine Robinson, Don Bosco Prep Amin Vanover, Saint Joe-MontvaleJack Wittmaack, RidgewoodEric Rogers, Burlington Twp. Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven Keon Sabb, Glassboro DJ Woodbury, Burlington City JSZ Top Plays from 2019 We had the Top Play Belt winners of 2019 and the end of year Plays of the Year winners attend the banquet. Thanks to everyone who voted all year long! Jersey Sports Zone Weekly Top Play Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, PingryWeek 1: Thomas Amankwaa, HillsboroughWeek 2: David Hicks, Red Bank RegionalWeek 3: Nate Summerville, ShawneeWeek 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan CatholicWeek 5: Nasir Abney, Holy CrossWeek 6: Mike Casanata, Wayne HillsWeek 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-HammontonWeek 8: Jake Cook, MainlandWeek 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial Jersey Sports Zone Plays of the Year Winners Touchdown Run of the Year: Billy Guidetti, Red Bank Catholic Touchdown Pass Play of the Year: Hank Shapiro/Griffin Rooney, Westfield Defensive TD of the Year: Wally Doman, Jackson Memorial Special Teams TD of the Year: Damon Murray, Hoboken Sack/Big Hit of the Year: Amin Vanover, St. Joe-Montvale Clutch Play of the Year: Jahmir Brown, Woodbridge Viewers Choice Play of the Year: Brandon Martins, Nutley 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Meet the 2019 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to formally announce the six finalists for the 2019 Zoneman Award — our version of the N.J. high school football player of the year. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10 during our All-State Football Banquet held at the Delta by Marriot Woodbridge Hotel. Watch all six features from our team of multimedia journalists to learn more about New Jersey’s top football honor! The Story of the Zoneman Trophy and Our Football Banquet By Rich Chrampanis | Jersey Sports Zone Chief Operating Officer In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy and instead of the Heisman, the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game winning TD pass in the 2016 National Championship game. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Third Annual Zoneman Trophy. Somerville quarterback Jalahn Dabney won the 2018 Zoneman Trophy for his outstanding senior season with the Pioneers. The Zoneman Balloting Our 2019 Zoneman was voted on by head coaches from every part of the state (WJFL, Shore Conference, Greater Middlesex Conference, Mid-State 38 and the SFC) as well as the JSZ staff and media representatives from around the state. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd and one point for 3rd. We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Zoneman Trophy in alphabetical order: Meet the 2019 Zoneman Finalists Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep Jalen Berger has been one of New Jersey’s most prolific recruits throughout his four-year varsity career as the starting running back at North Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Berger, named a 2020 All-American, delivered the goods in his senior season while accounting for 1,218 scrimmage yards and 17 touchdowns for the Ironmen. Berger remains uncommitted yet holds offers from college football’s best — Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, LSU and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him. The announcement will come on live TV during the All-American bowl on Jan. 4 from San Antonio, TX. Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) There’s no other way to put it — Jada Byers is the most dynamic scoring threat to ever grace South Jersey. Byers, a Sacred Heart commit, was an electric runner with the football who scored a South Jersey record 102 touchdowns in three years of varsity play with the Wildcats. His mark of 644 career points ranks second in South Jersey history only behind Kevin Harvey. The highlights of Byers’ 2019 season was a 10-touchdown performance against Morris Catholic in the sectional semifinals. Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson There might not be a better two-way player in the Garden State. The Woodrow Wilson star and future Texas A&M Aggie shined on both sides of the ball in a stellar 2019 season. He collected 95.5 tackles and 17.5 sacks on defense while also catching 65 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Woodrow Wilson head coach Preston Brown told JSZ Diggs is the best player in Camden’s history. Kyle Monangai, Don Bosco Prep Talk to anyone in North Jersey and they’ll tell you Don Bosco Prep doesn’t get back to it’s winning ways without Kyle Monangai on the field. After transferring to the Ramsey private school from Seton Hall Prep after his sophomore season, Monangai put up eye-popping numbers. He put up 2,903 scrimmage yards on 310 touches with 35 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in America. He holds 25-plus D-I offers yet remains uncommitted. Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep He’s the best player on the best team in New Jersey — does anything else need to be said? Simon’s boasts one of the most polished resume’s we’ve seen in years. He was a preseason for the 2019 Butkus Award, was one of five N.J. players named an All-American and is committed to play at Ohio State. Simon led the Marauders with 106 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and four touchdowns on defense and special teams. Luke Wypler, St. Joe’s (Mont.) What does it take to be ranked the No. 1 center in the entire country? Watch the way Luke Wypler dominates on the gridiron. Wypler’s intelligence and intensity on the field is a major reason why St. Joe’s had the toughest offensive line in the state — that translated to a Non-Public Group 4 championship in 2018. Wypler, also named a 2020 All-American, is committed to play at Ohio State after a stellar career in Montvale.
Vote now for JSZ’s 2019 Football Plays of the Year!
As we get ready for the Regional Championships and the end of the high school football season, JSZ has gone deep in its archives to pick out the best plays captured by our cameras during the 2019 football season. We’ve got seven categories for you to vote on. The polls are open NOW through Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. The winner of each category will get an invite to Jersey Sports Zone’s third annual football banquet on December 11 in Woodbridge. Thank you again to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible plays to choose from. Watch all the videos below and cast your vote now! TD Run of the Year Take Our Poll TD Pass Play of the Year Take Our Poll Defensive TD of the Year Take Our Poll Special Teams TD of the Year Take Our Poll Sack of the Year Take Our Poll Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll Viewers Choice Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ’s Top Play Belt winners from the regular season are not in the Plays of the Year. Those winners will be invited to the banquet and be honored along with our Plays of the Year winners. JSZ 2019 Top Play Belt Winners Week 0: Sam Williams, Pingry Week 1: Thomas Amankwaa, Hillsborough Week 2: David Hicks, Red Bank Regional Week 3: Nate Summerville, Shawnee Week 4: Nasir Calhoun, Donovan Catholic Week 5: Nasir Abney, Holy Cross Week 6: Mike Cassanata, Wayne Hills Week 7: Jada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Week 8: Jake Cook, Mainland Week 9: Jimmy Pepe, Randolph Week 10: Lonnie Cebulski, Jackson Memorial
Watch Saturday 11.23 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Two more sectional championship trophies were up for grabs on Saturday, plus two more Non-Public semifinal games were held. Check back throughout the night for all of the action! Don Bosco Prep 10 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 8 | Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Don Bosco Prep continues to raise eyebrows in North Jersey with their stellar defensive play. The Ironmen have now won five straight games, holding their opponents to 14 points or less in each of those contests. Arsheen Jiles’ 40-yard fumble return touchdown in the second quarter was Don Bosco’s only trip to the end zone. The Ironmen staved off a late two-point conversion inside two minutes to secure the win. Don Bosco Prep will face St. Peter’s Prep in the Non-Public Group 4 state final at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:05 p.m. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Woodrow Wilson 54 Somerville 30 | Group 3 South Final Woodrow Wilson claimed its second consecutive South Group 3 Championship with a 54-30 win over Somerville. The Tigers broke open an eight point lead in the third quarter to go ahead 42-22 behind an impressive day from Temple University commit Muheem McCargo and Texas A&M commit Fadil Diggs. McCargo finished with 150 total yards and four touchdowns while Diggs had 127 yards receiving and two scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Penns Grove 30 Paulsboro 0 | Group 1 South Final The Red Devils dominated the Red Raiders to win their second straight South Jersey Group 1 championship. Kavon Lewis threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score in the win. Nasir “Hollywood” Robinson rushed for a TD, while Torvon Ransome and Jymir Gilliam each had a touchdown catch. Makhi Scott and the Penns Grove defense were equally impressive, shutting down the Paulsboro offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Carneys Point: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 76 Morris Catholic 22 | Non-Public Group 2 Semifinal It was a historic day in Hammonton as Jada Byers scored ten total touchdowns and 520 yards of offense to break the single-game touchdown record in New Jersey and set a new career touchdowns record in South Jersey. Byers had 21 carries for 326 yards and eight rushing touchdowns to go along with 7 catches for 194 yards and two scores via the air. The Wildcats advance to the Non-Public Group 2 Final and will face Holy Spirit at Rutgers University on Sunday, December 8th at 4 p.m. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Hammonton:
Watch Saturday 11.2 JSZ Football Highlights
That’s a wrap on the regular season! Week 8 finishes up with some terrific games, as teams jockey for playoff positioning. We’ve got nine outstanding games including two major upsets in North Jersey, a last second thriller at Montclair plus two South Jersey thrillers. Watch our Teaser then scroll down to watch all the action! St. Joe’s (Mont.) 24 St. Peter’s Prep 6 An uncharacteristic two-game losing skid for St. Joe’s quickly came to a halt underneath the lights Saturday night in Jersey City. The Green Knights silenced their doubters and got back to their brand of football to beat the state’s No. 1 ranked team in nearly flawless fashion. Star junior tailback Audric Estime found pay dirt twice while the St. Joe’s defense limited St. Peter’s Prep to only 171 yards of offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jersey City: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. DePaul 31 Bergen Catholic 28 There have been upsets all season long in the Super Football Conference, so why not close out the 2019 regular season with one of the most significant. After hovering around a .500 record for most of the season, DePaul delivered their best game of the year to defeat a Top-Three program in Bergen Catholic. DePaul QB Andrew Butler accounted for three total touchdowns in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics: Montclair 24 Irvington 21 Shawn Collins made a 16-yard TD catch over the middle with :04 left to give Montclair a dramatic three-point win. The Rutgers commit had two TD catches and a pair of quarterback sacks. Mike Robinson had three TD passes in the win. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from one of the great finishes from 2019: North Brunswick 38 Westfield 21 North Brunswick capped off the regular season with an impressive 38-21 victory over Westfield. The Raiders were able to outscore Lehigh University commit Hank Shapiro thanks to a great day of rushing from running back Myles Bailey, who would finish with 140 yards and a touchdown. North Brunswick enters the playoffs on a seven-game win streak and should be a number one seed in Group 5. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Penns Grove 27 Salem 21 The Red Devils held off a furious Rams comeback attempt to stay undefeated on the season at (9-0). Makhi Scott made a game-saving tackle near the goal line as time expired. Nasir Robinson led the way offensively for Penns Grove, scoring three touchdowns. Kaciir Street scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as Salem rallied from a 27-6 deficit but came up just short. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Carneys Point: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 22 Holy Spirit 19 The rematch of last year’s Non-Public Group 2 Final exceeded expectations as the Wildcats (8-1) engineered a fourth quarter comeback to beat the Spartans (4-4). Trailing 19-7, Jayden Shertel threw TD passes to Cohl Mercado and Amhad Ross on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter to give St. Joe a late 22-19 lead. Chase Lomax forced a fumble near the goal line with 40 seconds left to seal the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Bill Bendig Memorial Football Field: Peddie 41 Blair Academy 7 Matt Sluka had 22 carries for 260 yards and three TD’s on the ground and added one more via the air. The Falcons completed a perfect (8-0) season for the first time since 1988 and captured the MAPL title. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Peddie all year long Mater Dei Prep 17 Manalapan 0 Clarence Lewis and Naran Buntin had long TD’s in the second half and the Mater Dei Prep defense was dominant to close out the regular season. Leading 3-0 at the half, the Seraphs Alex Brown threw a 67 yard bomb to Lewis to make it a 10-0 game at the end of three. Buntin closed out the scoring with a 60-yard run on a jet sweep. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights: Red Bank Regional 42 Monmouth Regional 13 Makai Mickens returned from a knee injury to score two touchdowns and Jack Chamberlain had two TD runs and two TD passes to give RBR its 5th win of the season. Mickens was feared to miss his entire senior season when he suffered an injury in June but his rehab allowed him to get back on the field for the Bucs regular-season finale. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional
Watch Tuesday 10.29 JSZ Boys Playoff Soccer Highlights
Tuesday marked the official start of the boys state tournament, as the journey toward Kean University begins. Check back throughout the night for all of the exciting highlights! Long Branch 2 Freehold Township 1 (2OT) | Group 4 Central Patrick O’Dwyer scored in the opening minute of the second overtime period to give the #13 seed an upset over the Shore Conference champions. Zach Orrico’s goal in the 58th minute gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead before Eryck Lazo drew even 11 minutes later. O’Dwyer scored his 21st goal of the season. Long Branch will face #5 seed Princeton in the second round. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-match reaction: Rosario Realty is the reason we were at the Manalapan Rec Center to capture the big upset win for Long Branch. Thanks to Rosario Realty for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Green Wave all year long West Windsor-Plainsboro South 2 Monroe 1 | Group 4 Central The Boys Central Group 4 bracket will have some adjustments to make after a first round upset by 14th seed West Windsor-Plainsboro South over third seed Monroe. Early in the first half the Falcons would score on a penalty kick from Adrian Delascio to lead 1-0. As 15 minutes remained in regulation South would find net on back to back scores from Jude Ferri and Sueth Nandyala to give the Pirates their first playoff win in over 10 years. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our West Windsor-Plainsboro South and Monroe coverage. St. Joe’s (Mont.) 0 Union Catholic 0 | SJR Wins 5-4 in PK’s | Non-Public A North St. Joe’s (Mont.) and Union Catholic were neck and neck after 80 minutes of regulation and two, ten-minute overtime periods, sending this one into PK’s with a nil-nil score. Tyler Toft made the only save in the PK round and Chris Salazar drilled home the game-winner to advance the Green Knights into the quarterfinal round with a 5-4 advantage. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Scotch Plains: Thanks to our loyal partner, Rothman Orthopaedics, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and capture this thrilling match! Mainland 4 Timber Creek 0 | Group 3 South The third-seeded Mustangs took care of business against the 14th-seeded Chargers to begin the South Jersey Group 3 bracket. Ryan Pellegrino and Cooper McKinney scored first half goals for Mainland. Nick Bozzi Joey Cino added goals in the second half. The ‘Stangs advance to face defending sectional champion Seneca in the quarterfinals. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Linwood: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Haddonfield 2 West Deptford 1 | Group 2 South The sixth-seeded Bulldogs needed every ounce of fight to get by 11th-seeded Eagles in the first round of the Group 2 South playoffs. Junior Alessandro Meucci scored both goals for Haddonfield, including the game-winner with 45 seconds left in regulation. The Bulldogs advance to face third-seeded Manasquan on Friday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Haddonfield: Coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Watch Saturday 10.26 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s official! Week Seven of the high school football season in New Jersey has come to a close and JSZ has all corners of the state represented in yet another thrilling weekend. We’ve got six more games of action. Watch our teaser then scroll down to watch all the highlights! Seton Hall Prep 28 St. Joe-Montvale 27 The Pirates executed a double pass on 4th and goal from the 6 that resulted in a Jack Larsen TD catch to give the Pirates a stunning upset over the #2 team in the state polls. Zander Zebrowsky threw for 190 yards and 2 TD’s, both to tight end Dominic Busby and Matt Colonatuono had a TD run and the pass to Larsen in the victory. St. Joe’s Audric Estime ran for 247 yards and 3 TD’s in the loss. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us through the twists and turns from an NJ Game of the Year candidate: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Montvale is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics Peddie 35 Hun 32 Peddie remained undefeated on the year with an exciting 35-32 win over Hun thanks to a late fourth quarter interception from Justin Shorter. Quarterback Matt Sluka finished with 142 passing yards, 156 rushing yards and four touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun and Peddie coverage. Hillside 53 Bound Brook 0 Hillside continues to prove they’re one of the top teams to beat in Group 2. The Comets closed their regular season out with arguably their most dominant performance of the year, powered by three first-half touchdowns from Fatir Bell. Hillside has outscored their opposition 325-28 through 2019. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Conant Park: St. Joe (Hamm.) 41 Timber Creek 16 Jada Byers turned in another monster performance, scoring four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past the Chargers. Two of Byers’ scores came on defense, including a 101-yard interception return for a score. Jayden Shertel threw a touchdown pass to Tyrell Russell, with Ahmad Ross finding the end zone in the win for St. Joseph as well. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Hammonton: Coverage of Timber Creek is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Parsippany Hills 35 West Essex 7 JD Breslauer continues to light defenses up in his stellar senior season with the Vikings. Breslauer arguably had the best game of the 2019 campaign, tossing 357 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Parsippany Hills (6-2) matches their win total from last year in the victory. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has all the highlights: Cedar Creek 47 Delsea 12 It was a sensational Senior Day for Cedar Creek (6-2) as they dominated Delsea (2-5). Senior quarterback Louie Barrios racked up five touchdowns through the air to pace a Pirates offense that resembled a Man-O-War on Saturday afternoon. Senior Manny Reid and sophomore JoJo Bermudez reeled in two touchdowns apiece in the win. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Delsea is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Watch Saturday 10.19 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 6 wraps up with plenty of action all over the Garden State. Our highlights are posted – watch JSZ’s teaser and then scroll down to watch some big-time games along with post-game reaction Don Bosco Prep 35 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 14 Game of the year? Win of the year? You tell us. All-American Jalen Berger and fellow running back Kyle Monangai combined for 423 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a truly dominant performance over New Jersey’s No. 1 team. Don Bosco’s defense only gave up a handful of chunk plays, limiting the St. Joe’s rushing attack. Berger and Monangai have staked their claim as the top backfield in New Jersey with arguably the best performance of 2019. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Seton Hall Prep 16 Delbarton 14 Saturday’s battle between North Jersey Super Conference rivals Delbarton (4-2) and Seton Hall Prep (5-1) was an electric sight from start to finish. Delbarton got ahead early to take a 14-7 at halftime and when Seton Hall Prep finally scored again in the fourth quarter it seemed the Pirates’ luck had run out as Austin Kuterka missed the game-tying extra point. Following a blocked punt on the ensuing drive Kuterka who also missed two field goals earlier crushed a 20 yard attempt in the final seconds to send the Pirates home with a thrilling W. Running back Matt Colantuano finished with 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage. Toms River North 43 Long Branch 39 Dominick Jacob had three TD passes including the game-winner with :13 left in the game as the Mariners clinch the Shore Conference American Division title in an epic shootout. The game featured four lead changes in the final 3:32. Kyle Davidson threw a pair of TD passes to Jayon Farrar to give the Green Wave the lead twice in the late stages, but TRN QB Jake Kazanowsky had a reply with a 50-yard strike to Ray Carlson and the game-winner to Jacob. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from a Shore Conference shootout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is brought to you by Rosario Realty. Woodstown 27 Gloucester Catholic 6 The Wolverines pulled away from the Rams in the second quarter to secure their fourth win in a row. Abu Hall returned a punt for a touchdown and rushed for a score. Malik Parsons added a touchdown run, and Tyreek Husser threw a touchdown pass to Tony Aquilino. Brayden Foster rushed for a TD for Gloucester Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Gloucester City: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Penns Grove 36 Schalick 8 There were plenty of reasons for the Red Devils (7-0) to celebrate on homecoming this year. Penns Grove extended its winning streak to 20 games with a dominant victory over the Cougars (1-5), setting a new school record previously held by the 1968-69 Red Devils. Quarterback Kavon Lewis also broke the school record for career passing touchdowns (63) with a strike to Jymir Gilliam in the third quarter. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Jim Devonshire Field: Eastern 16 Trenton 6 Not a lot of offense to be had Saturday in the nation’s capital, but it was Eastern pulling through with a gutsy defensive performance to secure the Vikings’ third consecutive win. Senior tailback and defensive back Mike Suarez tallied a rushing touchdown along with two interceptions. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Trenton: Thanks to a pair of great sponsors, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and capture these WJFL highlights. Here’s a shoutout to Cooper University Health Care (Eastern) and Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Trenton)! Manasquan 16 Holmdel 6 Cam Teza threw a pair of TD passes and the Manasquan defense produced two picks, two fumble recoveries and a safety on the way to their second win of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Holmdel is made possible by the law offices of Lawrence Luttrell
No. 1 Center in USA, Luke Wypler, is a 2020 All-American
As an eighth-grader, Luke Wypler began dreaming about becoming an All-American athlete. That dream came true on October 11, when Wypler became the second player in St. Joe’s (Mont.) history to earn the honor. Wypler, a four-star recruit committed to Ohio State, is tabbed as the No. 1 players in New Jersey and the top center prospect in the country. It’s easy to see why he’ll be representing the Green Knights in San Antonio, Texas on January 4. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the feature from Montvale: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
JSZ showcases 10 more great nominees for Top Play Belt!
Defense gets its due in Week 5 along with clutch plays, great grabs, and amazing runs! Once again, we have the best plays captured by JSZ cameras in every part of the state. Watch them now and cast your vote! The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of our poll will receive the JSZ Top Play Belt and a visit from Jersey Sports Zone at a mid-week practice. Thanks again to all the great athletes who give us these great plays each and every week! Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Congratulations to Donovan Catholic’s Nasir Calhoun for winnings JSZ’s Week 4 Top Play Belt
Watch Saturday 10.12 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 5 wraps up with terrific action all across the Garden State. We’ve got the superpower matchups between Bergen and St. Joe’s plus Saint Peter’s Prep and Don Bosco. There’s also a Seton Hall Prep thriller, a Delbarton win streak continues and an offensive explosion from Peddie. Watch our teaser and then scroll down to watch all the action! St. Peter’s Prep 25 Don Bosco 22 Saturday’s contest between North Jersey Super Conference rivals St. Peter’s Prep (5-0) and Don Bosco (2-3) was a football fan’s dream. Lead changes, intensity, and big plays were just some of the headlines of Caven Point. NJ’s number one ranked player Jalen Berger and the Ironmen scored first on St. Peter’s but the Marauders were unphased as they put up 19 unanswered points before halftime. Bosco would take a 22-19 lead late in the fourth quarter until a 21-yard rushing touchdown from Ethan Rodriguez and an Interception from Sophomore Avery Powell would decide the game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 28 Bergen Catholic 10 Bergen Catholic was looking for revenge Saturday afternoon after suffering its first shutout in nearly three decades to St. Joe’s in last year’s Non-Public Group 4 state title game. But St. Joe’s (Mont.) head coach Augie Hoffmann and his Green Knights imposed their will on the Crusaders, gashing them for over 200 yards on the ground in a dominating effort. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) and Bergen Catholic athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Seton Hall Prep 43 Montclair 42 Seton Hall Prep head coach Bill Fitzgerald isn’t afraid to make a gutsy call. After Pirates’ running back Matt Colantuono scored his fifth touchdown of the night to make it a 42-41 Montclair lead, the Prep went for the two-point conversion on the win. Luckily for them, it all worked out. Zander Zebrowski hit a wide-open Jack Larsen to secure a thrilling win. JSZ has the highlights from Montclair: Delbarton 24 Pope John 19 Cole Freeman threw two TD passes to Gary Lewis III and the Delbarton defense held Pope John to four field goals in the red zone as the Green Wave win streak reaches three. Lewis had TD catches of 44 and 45 yards. His second TD grab put Delbarton ahead 21-12. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Delbarton football is made possible by Tip of the Spear Paulsboro 42 Woodbury 7 In a rivalry game that dates back more than 100 years, the Red Raiders rolled against the Thundering Herd. Bhayshul Tuten had a day to remember, rushing for four touchdowns and adding another score on a kickoff return. Tyree Thomas connected with Jacob Perez-Eli for a Paulsboro touchdown as well. Andre Parker scored the only touchdown of the game for the Herd. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Woodbury: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 19 Vineland 11 The Wildcats (5-1) got all they could handle from the Fighting Clan (2-4) in a key West Jersey Football League Continental Division clash. Both defenses dominated in the first half, which left the game tied 3-3 at halftime. Jada Byers erupted for two touchdowns in the second half, including an 83-yard rushing touchdown on St. Joe’s first play of the third quarter. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Gittone Stadium: Peddie 57 Lawrenceville 8 The Falcons score 57 unanswered points after falling behind 8-0 in the first quarter to reach the 5-0 mark. Matt Sluka had three TD passes, a TD run and a 41-yard field goal. Peddie took a 17-8 lead at the half and poured it on with 26 points in the third quarter to bust the game open. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Hightstown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Lawrenceville and Peddie is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Watch Saturday 9.28 JSZ Football Highlights
Week Three wraps up with plenty of intriguing games across the Garden State. From a triple-overtime thriller to a national out of state power coming to NJ, watch it all now! Delbarton 39 DePaul Catholic 37 (3OT) Cole Freeman had a 25-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion in the third overtime session in a wild shootout in Morristown. DePaul Catholic rallied from a 17-9 fourth-quarter deficit to draw even thanks to an Andrew Butler TD pass to Edward Conoran followed by a two-point conversion. The Spartans had a chance to win it in regulation but Jake Jarmolowich blocked the game-winning attempt to force overtime. Jarmolowich added two TD catches in overtime while Butler hooked up with Teddy Afful for two scores. The Spartans missed the two-point conversion that would have ended the game in a tie. JSZ has all the twists and turns from a thrilling game! Why did we have all the highlights from this thriller?? It’s because of our Delbarton sponsor Tip of the Spear! Thanks for letting us capture a special moment St. Frances (MD) 28 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 0 Two of the nation’s Top 10-ranked programs met in a much anticipated matchup in Montvale. St. Frances Academy, loaded with over a dozen Power 5 players, stormed St. Joe’s in the second half with 21 straight points after the break. It’s the first shutout loss suffered by the Green Knights since Nov. 24, 2011 against Don Bosco Prep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Rahway 41 Summit 23 In a rematch of last year’s North Group 3 Sectional Final, Rahway avenged its loss to Summit in 2019 with a dominating 41-23 win. The Indians were led by Junior Rashon “RaRa” Bradford who finished the day with 237 overall yards and 4 touchdowns. Rahway handed the Hilltoppers their first loss of the season as they remain perfect at 3-0. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Penns Grove 42 River Dell 7 The Red Devils dominated this South-North clash, building a 30-0 lead in the first half. Nasir Robinson rushed for three touchdowns in the win. Kavon Lewis and Tyionn Brewer each threw a TD pass, to Torvon Ransome and Jymir Gilliam respectively. Aaron Frazier-Spencer returned a fumble for a score for Penns Grove as well. Jack Gillies connected with Mike Sirico for the Golden Hawks’ only touchdown of the day. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Carneys Point: Nottingham 24 Trenton 0 After suffering a 30-0 shutout last season to Trenton, Nottingham returned the favor this season with a 24-0 shutout of their own. The Northstars employed a stifling defensive effort to limit the Tornadoes to less than 100 yards of offense while also forcing three interceptions. JSZ has the highlights from Hamilton Township: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton and Nottingham is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Special Teams, Game-Winners and Deep Tosses Highlight JSZ Week 2 Top Play
Who wants the belt? We’ve got ten great nominees captured by JSZ cameras that are up for this week’s Top Play. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winning play will get a visit from JSZ cameras at a mid-week practice and the presentation of the JSZ Top Play Belt. Watch the Top Play nominees below and then cast your vote! Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Hillsborough fans voted early and often as the Raiders secured the Week 1 JSZ Top Play belt for Thomas Amankwaa’s 49-yard touchdown catch against Bridgewater-Raritan.
Clutch plays, big grabs and long runs up for JSZ Week One Top Play
Who wants the belt? We’ve got eight great nominees captured by JSZ cameras that are up for this week’s Top Play. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winning play will get a visit from JSZ cameras at a mid-week practice and the presentation of the JSZ Top Play Belt. Watch the Top Play nominees below and then cast your vote. Take Our Poll Last Week’s Top Play Belt Winner Thanks to all the great fans at Pingry who voted for Sam Williams on the hook and ladder as our Week Zero Top Play Winner
Watch Saturday 9.14 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
Week 1 wraps up with plenty of great action all across the state. Thanks to our sponsors for allowing us to capture these great moments and be sure to look out for our Top Play and Game Ball nominees from this weekend. Our Teaser sets the stage for our coverage, then you can scroll down and watch all the action from a great Saturday of football! Camden 42 Cedar Creek 41 The Panthers raced out to a 28-0 lead, before the Pirates battled back and turned this one into an instant classic. Jalin Brownlee threw five touchdown passes for The High. Alijah Clark hauled in three touchdown catches, while DaMeir Burns finished with a pair of TD catches. Louie Barrios threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score for Cedar Creek in the loss. Purdue University commit Malachi Melton caught four TD passes, all in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a thriller in Egg Harbor City: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. St. Joe’s (Mont.) 33 Cardinal Hayes (NY) 7 New Jersey’s top team didn’t skip a beat in their first game on New Jersey soil in the 2019 season. Star junior running back Audric Estime broke the game open with an 89-yard touchdown scamper, leading the way to a 120-yard, three-touchdown performance. This was the nightcap game in the first annual Battle for the Bridge showcase. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from MetLife Stadium: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics throughout the 2019-2020 scholastic season is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics! Freehold Boro 27 Freehold Township 21 (2OT) Sha’Kim Shuler’s third TD run of the game in double overtime from 10 yards out gave Freehold Boro a crosstown rivalry win and the Duke Trophy. Shuler scored late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and the Freehold Boro defense was able to create a turnover in the second OT setting the stage for Shuler’s heroics. JSZ has thrilling highlights from a great football game: Why did we have highlights of Freehold Boro’s double-overtime classic? It’s because of our Colonials sponsor – Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall St. Anthony’s (NY) 16 Delbarton 14 The Battle of the Bridge Showcase from MetLife Stadium kicked off with a tough battle between St. Anthony’s (NY) and Delbarton. The Green Wave struck first with a special teams fumble recovery in the end zone to go ahead 7-0 in the second quarter. St. Anthony’s would tie the game at 7 heading into the break following a 4 yard running score from quarterback Rob McGee. Early in the second half Delbarton would take the lead following an 18 yard TD pass from Cole Freeman to Andrew Ross, but a field goal and a 28 yard throwing score from Rob McGee to Justin Houston put the Friars ahead 16-14 late in the fourth. Delbarton would come within field goal distance, however there would not be enough time for a last second score. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from East Rutherford: Thank you to Tip of the Spear Football for sponsoring our Delbarton coverage! Robbinsville 28 Gloucester Catholic 7 The Ravens improved to (2-0) on the season, propelled by a tremendous defensive performance led by junior Shane Martin, who had two blocked punts and an interception. Robbinsville quarterback Danny Surtz threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the victory. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from J.A. Lynch Field in Gloucester City: Coverage of Robbinsville is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Gloucester Catholic coverage! Red Bank Catholic 7 Manasquan 0 Elijah Jules 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was the only score of the contest as the Caseys defense holds Manasquan to 103 yards. Joe Diorio had a 56-yard catch to set up the score and delivered an interception in the fourth quarter. JSZ has the highlights from a Saturday afternoon Shore Conference defensive struggle: Thanks to the Jersey Shore Institute of Health and Wellness for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic. JSI is the reason we can bring you highlights of the Caseys all year long! Mater Dei Prep 41 Jackson Memorial 7 Malik Ingram had nine carries for 118 yards and 4 TD’s (all in the first half) and Naran Bunton had two catches for 110 yards and 2 TD’s to lead the Seraphs to a convincing win at home to improve to 2-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Thanks to Louro Chiropractic Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Jackson Memorial
SJR Football Ready to Dominate and Repeat
The pendulum of power in the Super Football Conference swings from year to year, but 2019 is looking more and more like the year for the boys at St. Joe’s (Mont.). The Green Knights won the Non-Public Group 4 state championship after a suffocating 13-0 performance against Bergen Catholic at MetLife Stadium. Seniors heading to Penn State, Boston College and Notre Dame departed from the program, However, St. Joe’s will return a host of new senior core players that will set the pace all season long. Those include OL Luke Wypler (Ohio State), DE/OLB Amin Vanover (Penn State), QB Michael Alaimo (Purdue), ATH Te’Rai Powell (Rutgers) and DB Elijuwan Mack (Rutgers). JSZ’s Jay Cook spent the afternoon in Montvale and has the story on what New Jersey can expect from the champs: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 2019 Schedule Saturday, August 30 — at JSerra Catholic (Calif.) Saturday, Sept. 14 — vs. Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) @ MetLife Stadium Saturday, Sept. 21 — vs. DePaul Catholic Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. St. Frances Academy (MD.) Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. Paramus Catholic Saturday, Oct. 12 — at Bergen Catholic Saturday, Oct. 19 — vs. Don Bosco Prep Saturday, Oct. 26 — at Seton Hall Prep Saturday, Nov. 2 — at St. Peter’s Prep
JSZ Year in Review: Top Wrestling Matches of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. Plain and simple, New Jersey high school wrestling never disappoints. The state produces legit Division I talent year in and year out, and the 2018-2019 season was no different. Our list is a mix of the most viewed dual meets and state championship bouts from the season. #10: St. John Vianney’s Dean Peterson wins the 113-Pound State Championship It was a year to remember for Dean Peterson. The super sophomore rolled through his opponents all season long to a 39-0 record and his first state title. #9: Hunterdon Central’s Brett Ungar win the 106-Pound State Championship Brett Ungar and Tyler Klinksy each hadn’t lost a match all season long, but that would change when Ungar earned a major decision on his way to a state title. #8: Wall’s Rob Kanniard wins the 160-Pound State Championship Rob Kanniard might have had the most dominating season ever in New Jersey high school wrestling. He completed an undefeated 46-0 season, did not allow a single offensive point to be scored on him and won his first state. Kanniard now heads to Rutgers University to wrestle. #7: Howell 30 South Plainfeld 28 Howell and South Plainfield boast two of the most storied public school programs ever in New Jersey. The two powers clashed for bragging rights as the top public team in the Garden State. #6: Bergen Catholic’s Jacob Cardenas wins the 195-Pound State Championship Jacob Cardenas became the seventh wrestler in Bergen Catholic history to win multiple state championships after defeating Paramus’ Kyle Jacob, 6-3, in the state final. #5: Pope John’s JoJo Aragona wins the 138-Pound State Championship JoJo Aragona was ranked as the consensus No. 1 138-pound wrestler all season long and proved it once more by winning his first state championship. #4: Bergen Catholic 48 Delbarton 17 | Non-Public A North Sectional Final Bergen Catholic won 10 bouts and cruised through Delbarton to win its eighth-straight sectional crown. #3: Camden Catholic’s Lucas Revano wins the 145-Pound State Championship Anyone that’s seen Lucas Revano wrestle knows he has a thing for theatrics. Revano won his second consecutive state championship with an overtime pin. #2: St. Joseph (Mont.)’s Sammy Alvarez wins the 126-Pound State Championship It was the most heart-pounding, tense bout of the night in Atlantic City and it did not disappoint. In the first overtime period, Alvarez blocked, shrugged and spun for two against Robert Howard to win his first ever state championship. Alvarez, now committed to Rutgers University, also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. #1: Blair Academy 45 Bergen Catholic 20 Bergen Catholic’s defeat of Blair Academy in 2018 was one of the most wild wins in all of America. The Bucs, however, used that loss as motivation to get revenge on Bergen Catholic at Lehigh University and secure their spot as the No. 1 high school team in America.
Estime Express Gearing Up for Junior Season
After carrying the rock 156 times for 860 yards and reaching the end-zone 12 times in an eye-opening sophomore season, the Estime Express is gearing up for another championship ride from Montvale to East Rutherford. Rising sophomore running back Audric Estime exploded onto the North Jersey football scene last season and made his name known, week in and week out. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Audric Estime: Estime’s first varsity season coincided with St. Joe’s winning the Non-Public Group 4 state final in a 13-0 battle — Estime scored the game’s only touchdown. Since the win, his college recruitment exploded. Estime holds offers from Boston College, Nebraska, Maryland, West Virginia, Pitt and Duke, among others. Expect more offers to pour in as the year goes on. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reelsof New Jersey’s top athletes.
SJR’s Vanover Commits to Penn State
The New Jersey to Penn State football pipeline is alive and well, and sure seems to be thriving when it comes to talented Garden State players all across the gridiron. James Franklin and his staff secured another premiere talent Thursday night when St. Joseph (Mont.) defensive end Amin Vanover announced on social media his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions’ program. Committed🦁 WEARE!! pic.twitter.com/PogelmJQPb— Amin vanover (@vanover_amin) June 29, 2019 Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Amin Vanover: Vanover is a 6-foot-4, 260 pound lineman who primarily played his junior season on the edge opposite Smith Vilbert, a Class of 2019 commit to Penn State. His recruitment skyrocketed after the Green Knights won the Non-Public Group 4 state final — Vanover fielded offers from Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Texas A&M, among others. He comes into his senior season after 30 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, eight quarterback hurries and seven sacks. Vanover is the most recent New Jersey product that Penn State head coach James Franklin has zeroed in on. Outside of Vilbert, Penn State has recently recruited Blair Academy defensive lineman Jayson Oweh, DePaul quarterback Taquan Roberson and Hun offensive lineman Caedan Wallace. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reels.
Boiler Up! St. Joe-Montvale’s Alaimo commits to Purdue
Mike Alaimo guided the Green Knights to a state championship in 2018 as a junior. New Jersey’s top-rated quarterback recruit comes off the board as he commits to the Purdue Boilermakers. The St. Joe-Montvale Green Knights stood on top of the New Jersey football mountain after winning the 2018 Non-Public Group 4 state title in a 13-0 shutout of Bergen Catholic. Junior signal caller Mike Alaimo was the catalyst of the SJR offense and has now made his college choice. The four-star recruit ranked #1 among New Jersey QB’s has given a verbal commitment to play in the Big Ten for the Purdue Boilermakers. Alaimo was 104 of 199 for 1451 yards and 14 TD passes with just two interceptions. Alaimo made the announcement on his social media accounts: COMMITTED!🚂 #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/SFKJTEWQaq— Mike Alaimo (@michael_alaimo) June 19, 2019 Here’s Jersey Sports Zone’s highlight reel of Mike Alaimo in action during his junior campaign:
Vote now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
Big moments, amazing athleticism and pure power highlight Jersey Sports Zone’s spring sports plays of the year. We have over 40 nominees in three categories. Watch the best highlights captured by our cameras and cast your vote now! The 2019 spring sports season has come to a close and JSZ went through all of our games to pick the best plays captured by our camera. We’ve got nominees for the JSZ Lax goal of the year, web gem of the year (baseball and softball) plus the spring sports clutch play of the year featuring walk-off wins on the diamond, overtime lax thrillers and great arms from the outfield on the diamond. Our polls will stay open through Friday at 3:00 pm and we will honor our plays of the year winners this summer. A special thanks to all the athletes who are responsible for these fantastic clips! JSZ Lax Goal of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Spring Sports Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Web Gem of the Year Take Our Poll
Watch Wednesday 4.24 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
JSZ takes you on a ride to lacrosse games in three regions of the state for some mid-week action. Watch all the highlights below, including the Ridgewood girls sending a message across the country by beating one of the top teams in America; Ridge notching a big Skyland Conference win; St. Joe’s (Mont.) ending an undefeated record; and Ocean City putting up double-digit goals once more. Enjoy! No. 2 Ridgewood 12 No. 1 Moorestown 8 – Girls The No. 1 and No. 2 Girls Lacrosse teams in the state of New Jersey met on Wednesday night for the first time since the T of C final round last season, in which the Moorestown Quakers came out on top. However, Wednesday night called for a different victor. The Maroons put in eight goals in just the first half, as the Quakers put in just two. Notre Dame commit, Jackie Wolak, was the star for Ridgewood tonight, scoring three goals and two assists. Lafayette commit, Marley Scala, Villanova commit, Keely Bennett, and Lehigh commit, Annie McCarthy, each scored two goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Ridgewood: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Moorestown! No. 4 Ridge 11 Bridgewater-Raritan 2 – Boys A packed crowed gathered in Bridgewater as the Panthers hosted No. 4 Ridge for a Skyland Conference cross division showdown. Both teams came out hitting hard to keep the game scoreless after one quarter. In the second Ridge got to work thanks to goals from Sean Everson and Jake Hoffman. That would prove to be what the Red Devils needed as they would eventually go up 8-1 entering the fourth. Everson finished a pair of scores while Hoffman had four goals on the day. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage! St. Joe’s (Mont.) 8 Wayne Hills 6 – Boys St. Joe’s (Mont.) used a balanced offensive attack with five different goal scorers to put an end to Wayne Hills’ undefeated record this season. Frankie Monte, Troy Santise and Ryan Stefanik all scored twice in this game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: No. 18 Ocean City 11 Mainland 6 – Boys The Red Raiders earned the inside track toward a Cape Atlantic League title with a win over their rivals. Jake Schneider led the way with three goals in the win. Anthony Inserra and Trent Laveson each scored a pair of goals for Ocean City. Patrick Taylor scored two goals for the Mustangs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Linwood:
Watch NJSIAA Boys Wrestling State Championship Finals
For the second straight year, Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you full highlights and interviews of every single 2019 state championship final from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Stay tuned throughout the night for extensive coverage of all 14 finals. 106: Brett Ungar (Hunterdon Central) d. Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North), 13-6 113: Dean Peterson (St. John Vianney) d. Nick Babin (Emerson/Park Ridge), 3-2 120: Eddie Ventresca (Pope John) d. Anthony Clark (Delbarton), 7-3 126: Sammy Alvarez (St. Joseph Mont.) d. Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic), 5-3 (SV) Sammy Alvarez was named Most Outstanding Wrestler 132: Nicholas Raimo (Hanover Park) d. Luke Mazzeo (Emerson/Park Ridge), 8-4 138: Joseph Aragona (Pope John) d. Jacob Perez-Eli (Paulsboro), 7-1 145: Lucas Revano (Camden Catholic) p. Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul), 6:37 152: Robert Garcia (Pope John) md. Nicholas O’Connell (Southern), 13-5 160: Robert Kanniard (Wall) d. Connor O’Neil (DePaul), 9-4 170: Brandon Green (Paulsboro) d. Shane Reitsma (Howell), 13-9 182: Christopher Foca (Bergen Catholic) d. John Poznanski (Colonia), 7-4 195: Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic), d. Kyle Jacob (Paramus), 6-3 220: Zach DelVecchio (South Plainfield) d. Michael Filieri (Garfield,) 8-2 HWT: Lewis Fernandes (Voorhees) p. Bardhyl Gashi (West Essex), 0:46
SJR’s Smith Vilbert Commits to Penn State
One of New Jersey’s top remaining uncommitted Class of 2019 prospects has a new home. Smith Vilbert, a senior defensive end for St. Joe’s (Mont.), announced Friday he will be signing his national letter of intent to play Division I football at Penn State University. Vilbert made the announcement via his personal Twitter account. Blessed to say that I am committed to Penn State University 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾#weare pic.twitter.com/gkQtelKWQO— Smithvilbert (@Smithvilbert2) January 18, 2019 Vilbert was a proverbial wrecking ball for the Green Knights during his senior season. In 2018, the 6-7, 251-pounder collected 43 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, had 11 quarterback hurries and notched nine sacks, second only behind Notre Dame commit Howard Cross III. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Vilbert’s senior season: Vilbert anchored a defensive line that wrecked havoc on passers all season long in one of the country’s toughest high school conferences. St. Joe’s (Mont.) finished at 10-2 this past year and won the Non-Public Group 4 state sectional title. The Green Knights shut-out reigning champions Bergen Catholic, 13-0. After coming onto the scene in his senior season, Vilbert racked up 19 major D-I offers, including programs like Oregon, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Syracuse and Maryland. Vilbert joins All-American offensive lineman Caedan Wallce (Hun School, Princeton) and quarterback Taquan Roberson (DePaul Catholic, Wayne) as fellow Class of 2019 Penn State signees.
Watch Wednesday 1.2 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Welcome to 2019, New Jersey hockey fans! Jersey Sports Zone kicks off the New Year with a boatload of highlights from around New Jersey. We’ll have coverage from wins by Don Bosco Prep and Point Boro, along with a tie between two St. Joseph hockey programs and a Middletown North vs. Marlboro nightcap. Stay tuned for it all! Don Bosco Prep 4 Princeton Day 1 The current second ranked team in the state, Don Bosco picked up it’s sixth win in row with a 4-1 victory over Princeton Day School to improve to 9-1. After the Ironmen went ahead by two early on, PDS answered back to make it 2-1 to end the first period. That lead would remain the same until the final two minutes of regulation when Liam McLinskey scored his second goal of the game for the Ironmen on an open net that would eventually to an additional late score. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton Day coverage! St. Joe-Metuchen 3 St. Joe-Montvale 3 Mark Borek’s power play goal with :28 seconds left in the third period earned the Falcons a point and ended a three game losing skid. The Green Knights took a 3-1 lead in the first period capped off by Justin Hughes scoring in the final minute of the first period. JSZ has the highlights from an exciting game in Woodbridge: Point Boro 1 South Brunswick 0 Point Boro goaltender John Meyer stopped 22 shots and was instrumental in killing three South Brunswick powerplays as the Panthers captured their eighth win of the season. Meyer now has a .975 save percentage on the season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Monmouth Junction: Marlboro 4 Middletown North 2 Anthony Galante broke a 2-2 tie in the third period with a sharp angle shot from behind the goal line and Justin Solovey added an insurance goal to keep the Mustangs unbeaten at 4-0-2. JSZ has the highlights of a Shore Conference showdown at Middletown Ice World:
Watch Tuesday 1.1 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Happy New Year, Jersey Sports Zone fans! What better way to kick off 2019 then with some basketball? JSZ has coverage of Roselle Catholic’s high-flying win over Montclair Immaculate, plus two upset wins from St. Joe’s (Mont.) and Bergen Catholic over state-ranked opponents. Stay tuned throughout the night for the highlights from the New Year’s Jump Off held at Don Bosco Tech Academy! Roselle Catholic 72 Montclair Immaculate 60 Kentucky-commit Kahlil Whitney and UNLV-commit Josh Pierre-Louis combined to score 43 in a dominant, explosive win over Montclair Immaculate Tuesday night. The Roselle Catholic Lions are playing fantastic basketball and now welcome another new piece to the lineup: 6-11 forward Cliff Omoyuri. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Paterson: Bergen Catholic 49 Gill St. Bernard’s 48 Zach Freemantle scored 11 points and hauled in 13 rebounds to help Bergen Catholic win the battle of unbeatens in Paterson. Gill St. Bernard’s had a 27-21 halftime lead, but the Crusaders built a 49-44 lead in the 4th quarter following a Matt Zona hoop and foul. The Knights had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Bergen Catholic’s made a strong defensive stand to win the game. JSZ has the highlights of this top five showdown at Don Bosco Tech: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs. They are the reason we could bring you this big Crusaders win on New Year’s Day! St. Joe-Montvale 61 Hudson Catholic 57 (OT) Nazir Williams scored a career-high 26 points including the go-ahead three-pointer in overtime to give the Green Knights the lead for good as St. Joe-Montvale upsets the #11 ranked team in the latest state polls. St. Joe rallied from six points down in the final three minutes to force overtime. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Don Bosco Tech
Watch JSZ Saturday 12.15 Hoops Highlights
It’s the first Saturday of the high school basketball season and JSZ takes you around the state. We’ve got games from Cherokee High, Ocean City, Roselle and Elizabeth! St. Benedict’s Prep 65 Patrick School 58 Junior sharpshooter C.J. Wilcher paced St. Benedict’s Prep with 19 points and a downtown shooting showcase as the Gray Bees move to 7-0 on the season. Senior transfer Aaron Estrada — formerly of Woodbury — dropped 15 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights from the Hearts To Hands Invitational at Roselle Catholic : Moorestown 57 Delsea 28 After falling short in the Central Jersey Sectional Final last season, Moorestown has high hopes for 2018. They kicked off the year with a 57-28 win over Delsea at the annual Jimmy V Classic Showcase to begin 1-0. Watch the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring both our Delsea and Moorestown coverage. We look forward to bringing you Crusaders and Quaker athletics year-round! Gill St. Bernards 71 St. Joe-Montvale 49 Paul Mulcahy lead a balanced scoring attack with 23 points as four Blue Knights reach double digits to pick up a second straight dominating win in as many days. JSZ has the highlights from the Hoop Group Showcase in Elizabeth: Wildwood Catholic 70 Trenton 51 Division I prospect Taj Thweatt had 23 points to lead the Crusaders to their second win in as many days. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Ocean City and the PBA Tipoff Weekend: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton High School is made possible from our friends at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Newark East Side 66 North Star Academy 54 Newark East Side opened their 2018-2019 season with a bang thanks to a dominant 17-point performance from the Raiders’ Mikah Johnson. Adas Amos and Nasir Johnson each chipped in 15 points during the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full highlights from the Hearts To Hands Invitational at Roselle Catholic : Saint Augustine Prep 70 Toms River North 63 Charles Solomon scored 24 points and the Hermits win their season opener at Ocean City’s PBA Tipoff. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: Jersey Sport Zone’s coverage of Toms River North is brought to you by CJA Construction Camden 67 Millville 59 Camden began the season with a 67-59 win over Millville. The Panthers were led by four star recruit, 6’9 Junior Lance Ware. He scored 16 points against the Bolts, the victory was also the first win for former State Champion Vic Carstarphen as Head Coach. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Somerville’s Dabney wins 2018 JSZ Zoneman, top players honored in Woodbridge
The 2018 Jersey Sports Zone banquet celebrated a stellar season on the gridiron in the Garden State. The APA Hotel in Woodbridge honored the best of the best from every part of the state and culminated with our version of the Heisman. Watch all the videos from a special night to honor the newest members of the JSZ All-Zone fraternity! Somerville QB Jalahn Dabney is your 2018 Zoneman Winner After a stellar senior year with Somerville, a majority of coaches and credentialed media from around the state selected Jalahn Dabney as the 2018 Zoneman Trophy winner. Dabney amassed 3,444 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns for the Pioneers this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the interview with Dabney along with other players selected to JSZ’s All-Zone team. Zoneman Preshow Before the Zoneman banquet action kicks off check out our pre-show interviews with JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez: NJM’s Colin Dansberry with JSZ All-Zone quarterback Jay Foley of Haddonfield High School Jersey Sports Zone’s Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to their support of South Jersey high school sports all year long! 2018 JSZ Zoneman Balloting With over 50 high school coaches around the state and more than 20 statewide media members, the ballots were cast just like the Heisman. 3 points or 1st place, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for third. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Jalahn DabneySomerville188474 Antonio AlfanoColonia86440 Nick KargmanWoodrow Wilson641036 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton74231 Rahmir JohnsonBergen Catholic62426 Steve LubischerRed Bank Catholic44626 Taquan RobersonDePaul Catholic36122 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep24519 Juwon JacksonPiscataway25218 Ronnie HickmanDePaul Catholic33217 John OlmsteadSt. Joe-Metucehn32316 Jasiah PurdieHasbrouck Heights30110 Brian UgwuHillside1218 Jermaine CorbettLong Branch2006 Zoneman Trophy Balloting Committee Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Courtney DuPont, Jay Cook, Bryan DeNovellis, Mike Frankel Statewide Media: Shawn Brown (Rivals), Kevin Minnick (NJ.com), Joe Zedalis (NJ.com), Pat Lanni (NJ.com), JJ Conrad (NJ.Com), Todderick Hunt (NJ.com), Simeon Pincus (My Central Jersey), Chris Melvin (Asbury Park Press), Mike Kinney (NJ.com), Bob Badders (Shore Sports Network), GMC Gridiron, Mark Trible (Courier-Post), McCarthy Report, Brian Carr (North Jersey.com), Ryan Patti (Rivals.com), Coaches: Paramus Catholic, Randolph, Colonia, Hillside, Bridgewater-Raritan, North Hunterdon, Bergen Catholic, Allentown, West Deptford, DePaul Catholic, Holmdel, Keansburg, Rumson-Fair Haven, Seton Hall Prep, Ramapo, Red Bank Regional, Brick Memorial, Freehold Boro, Irvington, Red Bank Catholic, Toms River North, Manalapan, Westfield, Phillipsburg, Bernards, Hillsborough, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Rutherford, Trenton, Delaware Valley, Buena, Butler, High Point, Matawan, Penns Grove, South River, Salem, AL Johnson, Willingboro, Nottingham, Haddonfield, West Orange, Piscataway, Lincoln, Notre Dame, Lenape, Sayreville, Brick Township, Pitman In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Meet The 2018 Zoneman Trophy Finalists Antonio Alfano, Colonia Defensive Lineman Alfano has been the consensus top-ranked 2019 football recruit all season long and there’s good reason why. He is one of five New Jersey players selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and is committed to play for Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Alfano dominated his competition in the Greater Middlesex Conference with 79 tackles and 10 sacks this season, along with a staggering 28 tackles for losses. JSZ’s Jay Cook gives you the inside-look at what makes Alfano such a highly-touted prospect: Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Running Back Byers was as electric as they come in the Garden State during his junior campaign. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon with the ball in his hands, rushing for 1,741 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season, all while helping power his St. Joe’s Wildcats to yet another Non-Public Group 2 championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez takes you down to Hammonton for a behind-the-scenes look at South Jersey’s most electrifying runner: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville Quarterback Dabney took over the starting quarterback job in Somerville at the end of the 2017 season and showcased his dynamic playmaking ability well throughout 2018. He compiled 3,444 yards from scrimmage this season and reached the end-zone 56 times to lead one of New Jersey’s most dangerous offenses. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont tells us what makes this dual-threat quarterback tick: Nick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Quarterback Kargman will graduate from Woodrow Wilson with plenty of state records compiled during his senior season. The decorated South Jersey passer broke the state record single season passing mark with 3,963 yards and his 41 passing scores rank atop the state lists, as well. But what’s even more impressive is Kargman’s character off the field, as it’s made him an important part of the Woodrow Wilson community. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez tells us what makes Kargman so special: Rahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Running Back Johnson became the first Bergen Catholic rusher to break the 1,000-yard mark since 2008, a true testament to the level of competition that the Crusaders face on a week-to-week basis. After teammate Josh McKenzie went down with a torn ACL, Johnson assumed the full-time starting role and showcased his elite speed and craftiness all season long. He closed 2018 with 1,334 yards and 11 rushing scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story about this humble teammate and Nebraska commit: Steve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Quarterback Intelligence and athleticism is the blend of characteristics that has made Lubischer one of New Jersey’s most talented signal callers. At Red Bank Catholic, Lubischer blossomed into a premier dual-threat passer who had the ability to break the game on any down. JSZ’s chief operating officer Rich Chrampanis followed Lubischer’s trajectory all season long and tells us why this Boston College commit is so special: Other Top Vote-Getters Only the top-six vote-getters are on our Zoneman podium, but there were other plenty of players around the Garden State who had great seasons and garnered votes from coaches and media around the state. Those players were: 7th Place: Taquan Roberson, DePaul Catholic quarterback: Roberson, a Penn State commit, closed out his senior season in masterful fashion for the Spartans. He threw 29 touchdowns for 2,432 yards and will go down as one of the most decorated quarterbacks to play in New Jersey. 8th Place: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep running back: Berger led one of New Jersey’s most talented backfields at Don Bosco Prep by displaying elite patience and explosiveness. Only a junior, he holds offers from top-tier Power 5 college football programs and has plenty more in the tank for his senior year. 9th Place: Juwon Jackson, Piscataway running back: Jackson was a main reason why Piscataway reached a 13-0 record and won both a sectional title and a newly-minted “Bowl Game” at MetLife Stadium. He rushed for 1,898 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season. 10th Place: Ronnie Hickman, DePaul Catholic wide receiver/defensive back: Hickman was arguably the most dangerous two-way player in New Jersey. Committed to Ohio State, Hickman was one of five New Jersey football players selected to the 2019 All-American Bowl. His senior season was unfortunately cut short due to a torn ACL late in the year. Josh Henderson wins JSZ 2018 Prep Player of the Year Hun running back and University of North Carolina commit Josh Henderson was named JSZ’s 2018 Prep Player of the Year. Henderson accepted his award during JSZ’s 2nd annual All-Zone football banquet in Woodbridge. Watch Courtney DuPont’s story on the future Tar Heel: Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep Player of the Year was presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Team We will be posting our highlight videos of every player honored throughout the next day – check back to click on the links below and see our highlights from our 2018 JSZ All-Zoners! QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Micahel Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJean Alvarez, Union CityAyir Asante, St. Peter's PrepKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicKevin Cerruti, Long BranchJalahn Dabney, Somerville JC Collins, WillamstownJalen Berger, Don Bosco PrepMax Baker, RamapoJason Collier, West DeptfordBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicAntonio Alfano, Colonia Jay Foley, HaddonfieldAidan Borguet, DelseaGarrett Cody, Bergen CatholicDylan Deveney, HunJermaine Donaldson, EasternNick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Danny Grozozski, Burlington TownshipJermaine Corbett, Long BranchJohn Guaimano, Cedar GroveTyler Devera, Bergen CatholicCJ Hanson, Saint John VianneyJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Maasai Maynor, St. Peter's PrepGBJ George, LindenJaaron Hayek, Wayne HillsChristian Mahogoney, Paramus CatholicRahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Rob McCoy, Mater Dei PrepJoe Green, PhillipsburgConnor Holmes, SayrevilleSean Morris, St. Joe-HammontonSteve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Taquan Roberson, DePaul CatholicMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepMarlyn Johnson, PeddieJohn Olmstead, St. Joe-Metuchen Tom Sharkey, Wayne HillsJuwon Jackson, PiscatawayStanley King, Woodrow Wilson Bence Polgar, Wayne Hills Jack Stagaard, PhillipsburgMax Jackson, SummitJayvin Little, Timber CreekBlerim Rustemi, DePaul Catholic AJ Wingfield, RamapoJacob Mafaro, Kittatinny
Watch JSZ Saturday 11.17 State Sectional Finals Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you highlights from football state sectional finals across the Garden State and both semifinals from the Non-Public Group 4 bracket. We’ve got highlights from Bergen Catholic-Don Bosco, St. Peter’s Prep-St. Joe’s (Montvale), Woodrow Wilson-Burlington Township and more! Watch our preview then scroll below to watch seven games of high school football playoff action in New Jersey: Bergen Catholic 35 Don Bosco Prep 17 | Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Anthony Corbin’s 78-yard TD run on a fake punt sparked 21 unanswered points and give the Crusaders a second win in 2018 over their archrival and a spot in the state championship game at MetLife Stadium against St. Joe-Montvale. Rahmir Johnson had 17 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The future Nebraska Cornhusker ripped off runs of 44 and 62 yards as part of Bergen Catholic’s explosive third quarter. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from another great chapter in this rivalry: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Equinox Fitness Clubs. St. Joe’s Montvale 24 St. Peter’s Prep 14 | Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Sophomore tailback Audric Estime carried the rock for a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Knights punched their ticket to MetLife Stadium for the Non-Public Group 4 Finals. The St. Joe’s defense was bulletproof in the second half, forcing a pair of turnovers and shutting down the Marauder offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Sayreville 6 North Brunswick 0 | Central Jersey Group 5 Championship It’s never a dull moment when Greater Middlesex Conference rivals Sayreville and North Brunswick square off. In a game that featured a one yard touchdown from quarterback Mark Whitford as they only score the Bombers were able to rely on defense to win the Central Group 5 Title 6-0. It is Sayreville’s fifth Sectional Championship since 2010. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Piscataway 28 Union City 7 | North 2 Group 5 Championship Nasir Best had two second-half TD runs and the Chiefs defense shut out Union City for 47:40 to earn the 10th sectional title in school history. Piscataway’s defense and special teams play was the difference. JSZ has highlights of the Chiefs championship win: Woodrow Wilson 22 Burlington 14 | South Jersey Group 3 Championship Staying on par with his record-breaking season, Woodrow Wilson quarterback Nick Kargman played up to the challenge by tossing three touchdowns to three different receivers as the Tigers won their first state sectional championship in 17 years. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has highlights and post-game reaction with Woodrow Wilson: Hillside 36 Manasquan 10 – Central Jersey Group 2 Championship The Comets broke open a 14-10 game with three fourth quarter touchdowns to make it back-to-back sectional championships. Shadon Willis had a 23 yard TD catch and a 44-yard pick six in the win. Hillside is now 11-0 and will face Haddonfield in the Central-South Group 2 bowl game at MetLife Stadium. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Hillside: Penns Grove 14 Salem 7 | South Jersey Group 1 Championship Tyreke Brown’s touchdown catch just seconds before the first half closed proved to be the last score in the South Jersey Group 1 title game and it helped secure the second-ever state sectional championship for the Penns Grove Red Devils. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and an passionate interview after this hard-fought win:
Vote now for 2018 JSZ Football Plays of the Year!
THANK YOU to everyone who voted in our 2018 JSZ Plays of the Year. With an overwhelming response, we are happy to announce that we will honor the top two finishers in each category at the JSZ Football Banquet on December 5 in Woodbridge As we gear up for the sectional finals and upcoming state championships and bowl games, JSZ has compiled the best plays captured by our cameras during the 2018 football season. We need your vote in six different categories. The polls are open NOW through Thursday at 9:00 pm. The winners of the polls will be honored at the 2nd annual JSZ Football banquet at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge. Our Top Play winners from the season will also be honored as well as the top players in the state with our JSZ All-State team. Watch all sixty of our nominees in the videos below and cast your vote! Thanks to all the athletes for giving us so many great moments from the 2018 season! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll NEW NOMINEE! Thanks for pointing out Tyler Cook’s big hit against Paramus Catholic. It’s now on the poll for voting along with the 10 nominees above Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 10.27
The regular season comes to a close in New Jersey high school football and JSZ brings you eight games of highlights in the rain and wind. St. Peter’s Prep and St. Joe’s-Montvale battled for playoff positioning, the MAPL final between Peddie and Hun came down to the final play, plus we’ve got big regular-season finale wins for Delbarton and Edison. Watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 8 preview of our coverage and scroll down to watch highlights of all our games: St. Joe’s-Montvale 16 St. Peter’s Prep 7 Touchdowns from Audric Estime and Gavin Sharkey and nearly lockdown play from the Green Knights’ defense were the keys to St. Joe’s 16-7 victory over St. Peter’s Prep Saturday. The win puts St. Joe’s at 7-2 on the season and they’re in the driver’s seat to a top seed in the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Hun 21 Peddie 16 After falling to MAPL rival Peddie 61-7 Hun pulled out an exciting 21-16 win. After trailing by nine at halftime the Raiders with the help of University of North Carolina commit Josh Henderson scored 21 straight points. As the Falcons staged a comeback trailing by five points and a goal line opportunity Malcolm Brunson grabbed a last second interception to secure the victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hun and Peddie coverage! Delbarton 23 Clifton 14 The defense in this game was insane, but in the end, it was Delbarton who capitalized for the homecoming win. Michael Jarmolowich scored three touchdowns and teammate Jake Kopeld caused a safety leading the Green Wave to victory. Our MMJ Courtney DuPont has the highlights for you: Gateway 27 Paulsboro 20 Ready for a blast from the past? The Gateway Gators captured their first victory over Paulsboro in 33 years, dating all the way back to 1985 when Michael Jordan won Rookie of the Year with the Chicago Bulls and Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this historic South Jersey win: Edison 15 Plainfield 0 Lucas Loffredo had a 49 yard TD run in the first quarter and the Edison defense held Plainfield to -20 yards rushing as the Eagles shutout Plainfield on a muddy field to get to 6-2. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Edison’s playoff-clinching win: Ewing 14 Pemberton 0 Tywayne Reed stepped in for an injured Caleb Stokes at quarterback and delivered a pair of TD runs and the Ewing defense had five interceptions as the Blue Devils get a shutout win to reach 5-3 on the season. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Madison Bess: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Ewing is sponsored by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Clearview 23 Moorestown 9 Troy Bentancur’s 67 yard TD run in the second quarter gave Clearview the lead for good as the Pioneers reach the 5-2 mark. Mike Ancona added two TD runs from the Wing-T attack. Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Moorestown is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Buena 38 Gloucester Catholic 18 Buena Regional continued their dominant style of football through Week 8 as the Chiefs have captured their first undefeated regular season since 2014. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Watch Saturday 10.6 JSZ Football Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone puts a wrap on Week 5 with 10 more games from around the Garden State. Don’t forget to come back to JSZ on Sunday to vote for Week 5 Top Play and Game Balls in four regions of the state! Watch our Saturday teaser and then scroll below to watch all 10 games Bergen Catholic 24 St. Joseph’s (Mont.) 20 Bergen Catholic’s two-way star Anthony Corbin led a 2nd half charge for the Crusaders that included a leaping interception and a go-ahead touchdown run to capture a 24-20 win over the St. Joseph Regional Green Knights. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Montvale and has all the highlights from another late-game North Jersey thriller: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to sponsor Equinox Fitness, Jersey Sports Zone is able to cover Bergen Catholic athletics throughout the year. Thanks, Equinox Fitness! Make sure to check out the other Equinox Fitness-sponsored game below. Seton Hall Prep 29 Montclair 28 Aidan Gilman threw a 28 yard TD pass to Nicholas Gullace in the final minute and converted a two-point conversion to give the Pirates a fourth straight win. Montclair’s Walter King caught three TD passes from Walter Murphy. His 3rd score from 65 yards out gave the Mounties their first lead of the game at 28-21 with just under two minutes to go. Gilman put together a 5-play, 80 yard drive to win it. Watch the highlights from a fantastic game in West Orange: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 21 Vineland 7 All-state running back Jada Byers and Co. helped the Wildcats rebound after a tough loss to Haddonfield last week with a big 21-7 win over Vineland on Saturday. Scoreless at the half, Byers broke loose for three touchdowns after intermission. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has all the highlights from a South Jersey bounce-back win: Trenton 33 Allentown 23 As the battle for the number one spot in the Capitol Division of the WJFL was on the line Saturday afternoon Both Allentown and Trenton were trying to rebound from losses in Week 4. The Tornadoes took a 19-17 lead at halftime, but Allentown fought back to go ahead 26-23 to begin the fourth. Trenton led by quarterback Mahsiah McRae scored twice late in the game to walk away with a 33-23 victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Trenton coverage! Hun School 26 Blair Academy 6 It was a MAPL showdown at the Hun School today where the Raiders took on the Blair Buccaneers. Hun’s passing game was outstanding in this one. Junior WR Nick DeGennaro had three touchdown catches and 150 receiving yards in the game. Check out full highlights now: Freehold Boro 17 Saint John Vianney 12 Matt Krauss had 35 carries for 270 yards and 2 TD’s as the Colonials scored 17 third-quarter points to snap a two-game losing streak. Zach Neely had a sack and fumble recovery that sparked Krauss to find the paint twice in the second half. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from an exciting Shore Conference showdown: We were able to get great highlights of St. John Vianney and Freehold Boro thanks to our sponsors. Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall sponsors our Colonials coverage and BCB-Bayshore is our St. John Vianney sponsor. Lacey 21 Lakewood 20 Justin Gorski had two short TD runs and clinched the win with an interception on the game’s final play as the Lions held off a late rally by the winless Piners. Lakewood trailed 21-7 in the 4th quarter before TJ Paturzo threw two TD passes to Sincere Moore. The Piners missed a two-point conversion to take the lead which turned out to be the difference in the game. JSZ has the highlights of a great Shore Conference Saturday matchup: Thanks to Inzelbuch Law for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Lakewood Piners Summit 36 Colonia 6 The Hilltoppers defense produced three turnovers and the special teams unit blocked two punts to set the tone on the way to a 5-0 mark. Jackson Tyler and Max Jackson had two TD runs each. JSZ has the highlights and Madison Bess has the post-game recap from Summit’s Senior Day: Thanks to Equinox for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Summit High all year long. Paulsboro 37 Woodbury 0 The Paulsboro Red Raiders made a defensive statement Saturday afternoon with a performance that stuffed the stat sheets. They forced four interceptions, had three sacks, recovered two fumbles and returned two fumbles for touchdowns, highlighted by a Santino Morina 52-yard defensive touchdown. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the call: Orange 10 Barringer 6 Montez Boswell scored a five-yard TD run in the third quarter that proved to be the game winner and Louce Julien added a 23-yard field goal as the Tornados scored 10 second-half points to improve to 4-2 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from Saturday afternoon in Orange:
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Jersey Sports Zone honors the top performers from Week Two in high school football with our Jersey Sports Zone Game Balls. We have ten nominees in four sections of the state. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We will stop by a midweek practice to present the winners with a JSZ Game Ball. You can always nominate a player by emailing our team. email@example.com (North Jersey), firstname.lastname@example.org (Mid-State 38), email@example.com (WJFL), firstname.lastname@example.org (Shore Conference) North Jersey Take Our Poll Courtney’s Game Ball – Mid-State 38 Take Our Poll Nery’s Game Ball – WJFL Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance Group Shore Conference Take Our Poll Missed our Weekend Highlights? Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Friday Week 3 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 3 Highlights
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Ten nominees from the best plays captured by JSZ cameras. Cast your vote now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of our poll will get presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt! Watch all the nominees and then cast your vote. Thanks again to all of the athletes we cover who give us so many amazing highlights! Take Our Poll Last week’s JSZ Top Play Winner Congratulations to Red Bank Catholic’s MJ Wright for winning JSZ Top Play with his pick six against Ocean Missed our Weekend Highlights? Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Friday Week 2 Highlights Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday Week 2 Highlights
2018 St. Joe’s Montvale Football Preview
The Green Knights Move on Up to Group 4 St. Joe’s is moving from Non-Public Group 3 to Non-Public Group 4 this season. According to Rutgers and Notre Dame commits Connor Grieco and Howard Cross, the Green Knights’ defense will be this year’s strength. Offensive lineman and Ohio State commit Luke Wypler believes St. Joe’s o-line is more than ready for the next level of competition. Will the Green Knights prosper in Group 4? You be the judge. Check out their season preview now: 2018 Green Knight Schedule: Saturday, September 1 – @ American Heritage (FL) Saturday, September 8 – IMHOTEP CHARTER Friday, September 14 – @ DePaul Saturday, September 22 – POPE JOHN Friday, September 28 – @ Paramus Catholic Saturday, October 6 – BERGEN CATHOLIC Friday, October 12 – @ Don Bosco Prep Saturday, October 20 – SETON HALL PREP Saturday, October 27 – ST. PETER’S PREP
Watch Ice Hockey Highlights from February 5th on JSZ
St. John Vianney 3 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 1 The Egan Cup is one of the state’s premiere Ice Hockey tournaments. Notre Dame, St. John Vianney, St. Joseph of Montvale, St. Joseph of Metuchen, Montclair Kimberley, and Paramus Catholic all played throughout the 2017-2018 season for seeding in the tournament. The two teams that faced off in the final were number one seed St. Joe’s (Mont.) and second seed St. John Vianney who is also ranked seventh in the NJ Top 20. SJV got out to an early 2 goal lead at the end of the first period. In the second St. Joe’s would counter to get within one of the Lancers but John Gelatt scored with 4:07 remaining before the third. St. John Vianney would hold on to win 3-1 thanks to great defense and a 15 goal saving performance from Jeremy Conner. Watch now: Thank you to Paver Restoration for sponsoring our Saint John Vianney coverage on JSZ! Special thanks to BCB Bayshore for sponsoring our SJV coverage on Jersey Sports Zone Hillsborough 9 Manalapan 4 Hillsborough chasing down a spot in the state playoffs needed today’s win to seal the deal. Fortunately for the Raiders, they were off to an electric 3-0 start late in the 2nd period, and although the Manalapan Braves fought back, they could not stop the Hillsborough offense. Sophomore forward, Jude Kurtas, punched in with four goals tonight. Check out full highlights: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of the Hillsborough Raiders is brought to you by Prince Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to Princeton Ortho, JSZ will bring you the best of Raider athletics all year! Check back for hockey highlights posted throughout the night on JSZ, including St. John Vianney’s Egan Cup Victory.. Randolph – 1 Morristown Beard – 0 With the Mennen Divisional Title on the line, The Randolph Rams battled for a hard fought 1-0 win over Morristown Beard. Adam Redgate scored the lone goal in the 1st period, and goalie Scott Kimiecik completed the shutout, as the Rams captured their first divisional title since the 2011-12 season. Watch Highlights of Randolph vs Mo-Beard below! Scotch Plains-Fanwood 4 Watchung Hills 0 The Watchung Hills Warriors were simply overwhelmed by the Raiders tonight. Jonny Scheer had one assist and a goal for the Raiders playing at the top of his game as Scotch Plains-Fanwood heads into the state playoffs with 14 wins. Check out full highlights now: 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.
NJ’s best gather for 2017 JSZ Football Banquet
Jersey Sports Zone brought the top players from the 2017 New Jersey high school football season to the APA Hotel in Woodbridge for our first football banquet. Our All-Zone consisted of top position players from around the state. Our Plays of the Week and Plays of the Year winners were also honored. The night culminated with our Prep Offensive and Defensive Players of the year and the presentation of JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy, awarded to the top player in New Jersey. Freehold Boro’s Ashante Worthy captured the vote from coaches and media around the state following a 4,000 yard combined offensive season with over 60 touchdowns for the Colonials: 2017 Zoneman Trophy Balloting JSZ secured votes from head coaches and media around the state (55 total) to ask their vote for the most outstanding player in New Jersey. 1st place votes get 3 points, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd. Here are the results of the top 6 vote getters and our Zoneman Finalist Podium: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Ashante WorthyFreehold Boro238691 Devin LearyTimber Creek1011860 Naim MayfieldManalapan911453 Iverson ClementRancocas Valley32619 Shayne SimonSaint Peter's Prep23618 Johnny LanganBergen Catholic24216 Zoneman Trophy Balloting Committee Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Alex Lorenzo, Nery Rodriguez, Courtney DuPont, Jay Cook, Bryan DeNovellis, Mike Frankel Statewide Media: Shawn Brown (Rivals), Joe Zedalis (NJ.com), Pat Lanni (NJ.com), Gregg Lerner (News 12 Varsity), Chris Melvin (Asbury Park Press), Phil Anastasia (Philadelphia Inquirer), Mike Kinney (News 12 Varsity), Bob Badders (Shore Sports Network) Coaches: Middletown North, Keansburg, Point Pleasant Boro, Brick Memorial, Red Bank Catholic, Howell, Central Regional, Freehold Boro, Monmouth Regional, Mater Dei Prep, Somerville, Westfield, AL Johnson, Bridgewater-Raritan, Delaware Valley, Warren Hills, Hillsborough, Phillipsburg, Bound Brook, Bernards, Piscataway, Bergen Catholic, DePaul Catholic, Seton Hall Prep, Paramus Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, St. Mary’s, New Milford, Queen of Peace, Montgomery, Linden, Dwight Morrow, Camden, Palmyra, Florence, Penns Grove, Washington Township, Timber Creek, St. Joe-Hammonton, Lenape Watch our Zoneman Finalist Profiles The JSZ staff went in depth to learn more about the six outstanding players who stood on the JSZ Zoneman Podium JSZ Prep Player of the Year Winners JSZ’s Courtney DuPont presented the Prep Players of the Year with Vanderbilt commit Allan Walters of Peddie getting the offensive honors and top recruit Jayson Oweh of Blair Academy taking home the defensive honors Plays of the Week and Plays of the Year Winners Thanks to everyone who voted all year long on JSZ! JSZ Play of the Week Winners Week 0: David Lepoidevin/Joshua Ejiogu, Bound Brook Week 1: Steve Lubischer/Jaden Key, Red Bank Catholic Week 2: Evan Burton, Pinelands Week 3: Dayshawn Porter/Devon Johnson – Monmouth Regional Week 4: Blaine Netterman, Brick Memorial Week 5: Zack Bair, Red Bank Catholic Week 6: Ian Fitzgerald, Monmouth Regional Week 7: Terry Outlaw Jr., South River Week 8: Anthony Damato, Marlboro Week 9: Ashante Worthy/Matt Krauss, Freehold Boro Week 10: Brandon Cipriano, Point Pleasant Boro Week 11: Ayir Asante, Saint Peter’s Prep 2017 JSZ Plays of the Year Winners TD Run: Eddie Morales, Howell and Bill Hackett, Trenton TD Pass Play: Michael DeSantis/Travis Thomas, South River and Cameron Carti/Andrew Perez, Seton Hall Prep Special Teams TD: Sean Spina, Ridge and Mack Byrne, Holmdel Defensive TD of the Year: Jordan Morant/Javontae Jean-Baptiste Bergen Catholic and Caleb Stokes, Ewing Sack of the Year: Anthony Corbin, Bergen Catholic and Nick Densieski, Saint John Vianney Stick of the Year: Liam Donohue, Rumson-Fair Haven and Markus Bagley, St. Peter’s Prep Meet the 2017 JSZ All-Zone Team We will post individual links to each players highlight reel this weekend on JSZ! QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Matt Busher, North HunterdonJalen Berger, Don Bosco PrepNaseim Brantley, HowellMatt Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleWill Anderson, Delbarton Tarrin Earle, MontclairAidan Bourget, DelseaTyreke Brown, Penns GroveLiam Cabri, DePaul CatholicKhris Banks, DePaul Catholic David Estevez, River DellJimmy Browne, Burlington CityDylan Classi, Bergen CatholicHenry Pearson, Paramus CatholicDaniel Dawkins, Peddie James Fara, Point Pleasant BoroKyle Dobbins, Timber CreekAndrew Perez, Seton Hall PrepMichael Griggs, Red Bank Catholic Taj Harris, PalmyraJoe Green, PhillipsburgJasiah Provillon, IrvingtonAnthony Lord, Holy Spirit Patrick Holly, Hun SchoolJosh Henderson, Hun SchoolDaevon Robinson, ShawneeAnthony Marinelli, DePaul Catholic Maasai Maynor, St. Peter's PrepDehron Holloway, PaulsboroJustin Shorter, South BrunswickNick Russo, St. Joe-Montvale Nick McNerney, Old TappanJuwon Jackson, PiscatawayJosh Szott, Hun SchoolConor Smith, Red Bank Catholic Eddie Morales, HowellPete Lucas, Rumson-Fair HavenTyler Williams, Don Bosco Prep Nick Patti, St. Joe-MontvaleJosh McKenzie, Bergen Catholic George Pearson, Mater Dei PrepIsaiah Pacheco, Vineland Taquan Roberson, DePaul CatholicClayton Scott, Millville Josh Zamot, Holy SpiritTahj Valentine, Morristown-Beard Danny Webb, Montclair Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackReturn SpecialistsKicker/Puinter Jayson Ademilola, St. Peter's PrepNihym Anderson, VinelandKevin Brennan, Don Bosco PrepJada Byers, St. Joe-HammontonZach Hoban, Seton Hall Prep Justin Ademilola, St. Peter's PrepJustin Bryant, Bridgewater-RaritanElijah Clark, SayrevilleJoJo Kellum, LenapeAngelo Gugliemelo, St. Joe-Montvle Antonio Alfano, RahwayJohnny Buchanan, Saint John VianneyDeion Jennings, Timber Creek Howard Cross, St. Joe-MontvaleJalahn Dabney, SomervilleZyheir Jones, Lakewood Marcellus Earlington, Don Bosco PrepNick DeNucci, Pope JohnCarlton Lawrence, Millville Tyler Friday, Don Bosco PrepVinny DePalma, DePaul CatholicZamir Mickens, St. Peter's Prep Travon King, Woodrow WilsonJavar Garrett, PeddieJordan Morrison, Steinert Josh Lezin, LakewoodMarcus Hillman, Camden CatholicJarrett Paul, Paramus Catholic Elijah McAllister, Rumson-Fair HavenQuaison Horne, WeequahicEvan Stewart, St. Joe-Montvale Emmett McNamara, Red Bank CatholicJavontae Jean-Baptiste, Bergen Catholic Kaymar Mimes, Long BranchJake Krellin, Middletown South Eli Sloan-El, CamdenWillie Matthews, Montclair Lance Turay, IrvingtonTommy Pearce, Manalapan Jake Vall-Llobera, Westfiled