Cedar Creek’s Malachi Melton Picks Purdue
Malachi Melton announced his commitment to play football at Purdue University during a ceremony at Cedar Creek High School. Melton projects as a defensive back and return specialist for the Boilermakers. He chose Purdue over other finalists Rutgers and Temple. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Egg Harbor City:
Simms Family Influencing Next Gen of NJ Football Players
The Simms family has become synonymous with professional football. New York Giants legend Phil Simms won a pair of Super Bowls with Big Blue — his son Matt was an NFL quarterback from 2012 to 2017, most notably spending three seasons with the New York Jets. Now, the father-son duo has begun shifting their focus onto the next generation of New Jersey players through their involvement at the high school level between Phil’s All-Star game and Matt’s business, Simms Complete QB. JSZ’s Jay Cook takes you behind the scenes of the Simms family and how these two quarterbacks are influencing Garden State football:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Soccer Games 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. Here are the Top 10 most viewed boys soccer games games on JSZ from the 2018 season: #10 St. Benedict’s 8 Lawrenceville 0 Ronald Mafunzwaini led St. Benedict’s with a hat trick as the Gray Bees rolled past the Big Red: #9 St. Benedict’s 5 St. Peter’s 0 Julian Gomez pumped in three goals to lead the way, as the Gray Bees took care of the Marauders: #8 Ocean 2 Colts Neck 1 – Group 3 Central Final James Schutz and Santieno Harding scored as the Spartans captured the Group 3 sectional title: #7 Long Branch 4 Middletown South 3 (2OT) The Green Wave stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime, before Reynaldo Guzman scored the golden goal for Long Branch in the second overtime period: #6 Ocean 1 Christian Brothers Academy 0 (2OT) – Shore Conference Tournament Final After over 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, Leo Montesinos found the net in double overtime to clinch the Shore Conference Tournament championship for the Spartans: #5 Ocean 2 Holmdel 2 (Ocean advances 4-2 in PKs) – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal The Spartans and the Hornets battled it out for 100 minutes before Ocean advanced in penalty kicks: #4 Delbarton 2 Seton Hall 2 (Delbarton advances 4-3 in PKs) – Non-Public A North Final The Green Wave captured the Non-Public A sectional title, outlasting the Pirates in penalty kicks. Delbarton keeper Kyle Swift came up clutch in net: #3 St. Benedict’s 5 Pennington 2 Celio Pompeu scored a pair of goals to lead the Gray Bees past Pennington in the pouring rain: #2 Christian Brothers Academy 2 Delbarton 1 (2OT) – Non-Public A State Final Luke Pascarella scored in double overtime as the Colts won the Non-Public A State championship in a thriller over the Green Wave: #1 St. Benedict’s 7 Pennington 0 – Prep A Final The Gray Bees dominated the Red Raiders to win the Prep A title. St. Benedict’s put the finishing touches on an undefeated season and a #1 national ranking in our most viewed game of 2018:
Phillies Recognize BurlCo for Winning Carpenter Cup Title
Before the Phillies squared off against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, the Phils honored Burlington County for winning last month’s Carpenter Cup Classic. Recent Rancocas Valley graduate Bryce Mangene took home some extra hardware, as Mangene was named Carpenter Cup Most Valuable Player. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Citizen’s Bank Park:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Football Games 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. We get things started with high school football. The 2019 season will be here before you know it. In August, we’ll begin our team previews throughout the state with a steady diet of features seven days a week. Then we’ll bring cameras around the Garden State every Friday night and Saturday afternoon bringing you extensive highlights and interviews. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games on JSZ from the 2018 season: #10: RBC 14 Mater Dei Prep 10 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship The Shore Conference often takes a backseat to the North Jersey superpowers, but an All-Shore state championship was a special moment for the Jersey Shore. Two outstanding defenses took center stage at MetLife Stadium with the Caseys emerging. #9: Saint Joe’s-Montvale 24 Saint Peter’s Prep 14 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinals Audric Estime’s 143 yards and 2 TD’s helped the Green Knights punch their ticket to MetLife Stadium #8: Bergen Catholic 24 Saint Joe-Montvale 20 Anthony Corbin sparked a come from behind win with an early fourth-quarter interception and a touchdown run to knock off the #1 team in the state #7 Saint Peter’s Prep 26 Don Bosco Prep 23 (OT) Massai Maynor was the x-factor in a tremendous matchup. His game-winning TD run gave the Marauders a walk-off win #6: Don Bosco Prep 22 Byrnes (SC) 17 The Ironmen opened the 2018 season with a tilt against a South Carolina power. Don Bosco Prep’s late comeback was a great way to kick off 2018 #5: St. Joe’s-Montvale 13 Bergen Catholic 0 – Non-Public Group 4 Final The Green Knights become New Jersey’s #1 team of 2018 after a masterful defensive performance at MetLife Stadium. No need for an umbrella to watch this rain filled state championship: #4: Saint Peter’s Prep 34 Bergen Catholic 7 This was the revenge game of 2018. After Bergen Catholic won the state championship with a dominating win over the Marauders in 2017, Saint Peter’s Prep returned the favor early in the 2018 campaign: #3: Mater Dei Prep 28 DePaul Catholic 23 – Non-Public Group 3 Semifinal Before he was a Notre Dame commit, Clarence Lewis caught the game-winner from Rob McCoy late in the fourth quarter. This was a game that sent shock waves throughout New Jersey and served notice that Mater Dei Prep is a new power outside of the Shore Conference: #2: Bergen Catholic 14 Don Bosco Prep 13 The Crusaders and the Ironmen have to be considered one of the best football rivalries in the country. These two teams never disappoint when they face each other: #1: Bergen Catholic 35 Don Bosco Prep 17 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Two bitter rivals with a spot in the state championship on the line was the recipe for our most viewed game of 2018: High School Football Previews are Coming! Coming up in August, JSZ gets ready for the 2019 football season with previews from every part of the state. We’re excited to head to training camp and get you ready for the big names and stories of the upcoming season. Here were the ten most viewed high school football previews of 2018 on Jersey Sports Zone: Bergen CatholicSaint John Vianney Mater Dei PrepRed Bank CatholicCamden Saint Peter’s Prep Don Bosco Prep Long Branch Rumson-Fair Haven Piscataway
Monmouth takes 42nd All-Shore Gridiron Classic
Monmouth 21 Ocean 6 The longest running football All-Star game in the garden state was worth the wait. After a day of postponement due to weather the 42nd Annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic kicked off with an opening ceremony featuring former New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers superstar, Plaxico Burress. From there Monmouth would control the tempo for the rest of the evening. Long Branch duo Marc Dennis and Matt Clark would start with a nine yard passing touchdown for an opening drive score. Dennis would then find Ocean Township’s Alex Bryant on another short pass to help Monmouth eventually go ahead 21-0 at the half. Quarterback Marc Dennis and Manalapan Linebacker Da’Shaun Taylor would take home MVP honors. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Jabri Abdur-Rahim commits to National Champ Virginia
One of the top recruits in the summer hoops season has made his college choice. Jabri Abdur-Rahim has made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Virginia. Abdur-Rahim chose the defending national champions over the University of Michigan. The 6-6″ forward is a four-star recruit rated as New Jersey’s top recruit and #44 in the nation according to 247 Sports. He averaged 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds a game in his junior campaign. The Blair Academy rising senior made the announcement via his social media accounts: 100% committed #gohoos ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/REkuYPdudk— Jabri (@jabri404) July 10, 2019 Blair Academy won the Prep “A” state championship in 2018-19 with a win over Saint Benedict’s Prep in the final. Here’s JSZ’s junior highlight reel of the newest Wahoo:
Long Branch’s “Pooter” ready for an encore of 2k season
The Long Branch Green Wave football team has enjoyed back to back sectional titles and running back Jermaine Corbett has been the catalyst for coach Dan George’s explosive run attack. Corbett toppled 2000 yards and 26 touchdowns in his junior campaign and heads into his senior season with over 3400 career rushing yards. Quiet and humble, Corbett prefers to do his talking under the Friday night lights, but JSZ was able to talk with him about what’s to come as Long Branch chases a three-peat Corbett has given JSZ plenty of highlights over the past two years. Check out Pooter’s best in his junior year mixtape Thanks to Rosario Realty for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Long Branch!
JSZ Presents Scottie Lewis Dunkology
For four years, JSZ cameras chronicled the incredible high school career of Ranney’s Scottie Lewis. The McDonald’s All-American is set to begin his college career with the Florida Gators. We salute his endless highlights on Jersey Sports Zone with Scottie Lewis Dunkology. We went through the archives and found every dunk we shot of Scottie in a Ranney uniform and here they are in chronological order! Lewis was one of our finalists for JSZ Mister Hoop Zone as he teamed with JSZ Player of the Year Bryan Antoine to give Ranney its first Tournament of Champions title
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.
Moten to Announce College Decision on July 27th
The decision is made, and the announcement is coming soon. Delran’s RJ Moten is one of the state’s most coveted recruits. The rising senior recently revealed a top ten list which includes Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with Moten to learn more about the recruiting process, the possibility of playing two sports in college, and the expectations for his senior season with the Bears:
East snaps Sunshine Classic losing streak!
East 14 West 7 The Annual Sunshine Football Classic is one of the most talked about events of the year in Mercer County and this year’s finale will surely have fans buzzing for some time. Notre Dame High School played host to the All-Star Game featuring athletes from Mercer, Burlington and Hunterdon County. East would score early in the first following a 61 yard reception from Liam Monohan of Hightstown to West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s Jahmiq Johnson, it would lead to a short rushing touchdown from Florence’s Jujuan Hays. West would counter to tie the game midway through the second before a lightning delay stopped action for over thirty minutes. Once play resumed Hays would then score once again to help East take the lead. Unfortunately with lightning still being an issue the game was called in the third quarter, ending West’s four year win streak. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for all the action:
NJ Lax Players Shine on National Stage
We saw them perform at the highest level week in and week out over the the past few months, so it wasn’t a surprise to us here at Jersey Sports Zone when eight New Jersey lacrosse players took the field Saturday night and showcased their elite talent. JSZ spent Saturday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland covering the 2019 Under Armour All-America senior lacrosse games. Stay tuned in as JSZ brings you in-depth features and stellar highlights from our Garden State talent and beyond. Long, Birch and Blake Put on Fireworks Display New Jersey’s top three boys players took to the turf at Homewood Field and dominated. Delbarton’s Mikey Long, Manasquan’s Canyon Birch and Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake led a suffocating Jersey-centric attack that helped the North squad capture a 24-22 win. The win also marked a culmination of three stellar careers. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Moorestown Trio Play Together One Last Time as All-Americans There are only 44 slots on the Under Armour All-American roster which makes it hard for a state to get more than one player. Remarkably, Moorestown High School had three players selected on the South squad. Goalie Logan Lillie (Northwestern), midfielder Kayla Frank (Virginia Tech) and defenseman Delaney Lawler (Ohio State field hockey) made their hometown proud by playing together one last time at the pinnacle of the sports. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Baltimore: JSZ thanks NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Moorestown High School. We were able to make the road trip to Baltimore to cover this special moment for Quakers Lacrosse thankst to the support of NJM Ridgewood Duo Reps North Jersey in Front of America After a grueling season that finished with a Group 4 state championship, things didn’t get easier for Ridgewood’s Jackie Wolak and Kara Rahaim. In fact, they suited up together one last time to represent the lacrosse-hungry North Jersey community on the big stage: 2019 Under Armour Boys Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape JSZ brings you onto field level at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University with the best sights, sounds and elite plays from the 2019 all-star game: 2019 Under Armour Girls Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape The top 44 girls in the country put on a show in Baltimore. Check out JSZ’s inside look at the future of NCAA women’s lacrosse!
Saint Peter’s Prep linebacker commits to Ohio State
Cody Simon is ready to be a Buckeye, but first he has one more season in New Jersey leading the Marauders defense. The four star linebacker gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State over the weekend. JSZ has a highlight reel from one of the Garden State’s most explosive defensive players. Saint Peter’s Prep linebacker Cody Simon was one of New Jersey’s high impact juniors and the numbers back it up. Simon had 89 tackles, 4.5 sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries in 2019. He had the knack to make the big play with an 85 yard TD catch against St. Joe-Montvale and an 89 yard pick six TD against Bergen Catholic. With older brother Shayne in South Bend and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Cody made his pledge to the Big Ten and Columbus, Ohio: After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to attend THE Ohio State University‼️I am grateful to now be able to focus on my team and our success for the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/e2CTj4U0VW— Cody Simon (@Cody_Simon30) June 29, 2019 Jersey Sports Zone has the film to back up the hype on this four-star prospect. Check out Cody Simon’s 2019 JSZ Highlight Reel:
College coaches flock to Princeton for Prep showcase
The Hun School is hosting Prep schools from ten other states in an NCAA certified scholastic event. Saint Benedict’s Prep joined the Raiders playing with teams from ten other states. With two courts running simultaneously throughout the weekend, over 50 college coaches are expected to visit Princeton this weekend. On the opening night of action, there were over two dozen coaches on hand to see Saint Benedict’s Prep dominate Malvern Prep. Shortly after the game, two Gray Bees picked up Division I offers. Aaron Estrada earned an offer from Drexel while Toby Okani was offered by Mount Saint Mary’s. The host school has six rising seniors who are all hungry to pick up their first college offer. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on the Mid-Atlantic Independent School Shootout: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Hun School is made possible by our friends at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
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.
Don Bosco’s Monangai Racking up the Offers
Don Bosco Prep is only a few months away from unleashing one of the best backfields in New Jersey. Not only will the Ironmen have four-star recruit Jalen Berger leading the way, but they’ll also have one of the state’s toughest runners back to cause havoc, too. Senior Kyle Monangai has quickly racked up 25 Division-I offers over the last year and it’s quite evident why schools are going gaga over his skills. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Kyle Monangai: When defenses focused in on Berger last season, Monangai was right there to thrash opposing coaches’ gameplans. Simple put, his stat line was insane. Monangai tallied 157 touches for 1,359 scrimmage yards along with a staggering 19 touchdowns. That workload has translated to 25 college offers, including his lone Power 5 offer from California, along with UMass, Central Michigan, Harvard, Princeton and Penn. Grateful to receive an offer from Yale University 🙏🏾 @yalefootball pic.twitter.com/cpRedP45xG— Kyle Monangai (@kylemonangai) May 22, 2019 Expect Monangai to gather more Division-I offers in the coming months as he prepares for his senior season alongside Berger at Don Bosco Prep. 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 of New Jersey’s top athletes.
Camden Wins Inaugural Taliaferro Foundation Ginsburg 7-on-7 Title
It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one at Rowan University. After 27 years, the Taliaferro Senior All-Star Game is gone. In its place comes the Adam Taliaferro Foundation Coach Larry Ginsburg 7-on-7 Classic. The format is changed, but the mission remains the same: to benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which helps people who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries. Camden defeated Cherry Hill West to take home the title. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Glassboro: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Is Jalen Berger NJ’s Top Football Recruit?
We’re only a matter of weeks away from the start of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey, and it’s got us at Jersey Sports Zone thinking… Who is the top Class of 2020 recruit the Garden State has to offer? There’s plenty of talented players to choose from, but one certainly stands out from the rest. He’s a four-star recruit, committed to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and calls Don Bosco Prep home. In case you didn’t guess, we’ll help you out — it’s star tailback Jalen Berger. The 6-1, 187-pound prospect heads into his senior season after hand-picking his Top 10 schools after a national recruitment. Watch Jalen Berger’s JSZ highlight reel: Berger revealed his Top 10 schools earlier this month. The list consists of (in alphabetical order) Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia. Top 10!! (No Order)🤝 pic.twitter.com/ql4fVsr54J— Jalen Berger (@JalenBerger) June 18, 2019 Berger will be making his college commitment announcement during the All-American Bowl on January 4, 2020. 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.
North Jersey Breaks Losing Streak, Wins Nailbiter in Annual Simms All-Star Game
The message was simple — just change the culture and a two-year losing streak would be snapped. It may have gone down to the wire, but North Jersey prevailed in thrilling fashion to top South Jersey, 24-23, in the annual Phil Simms North South All-Star Classic Monday night at Kean University. Bayonne tailback Azhaun Dingle was named the North’s offensive MVP after scoring two second-half touchdowns and amassing 92 yards on 11 carries. The win came after North Jersey surrendered losses in back-to-back years to South Jersey. JSZ has all the highlights and more from this see-saw game:
Blair’s Jabri Abdur-Rahim Will Soon Announce Top 8!
Four-star basketball forward, Jabri Abdur-Rahim will announce his Top 8 college choices in the near future. The son of former NBA player, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, has over 30 colleges to choose from, some of which have the best college basketball programs in the country. Rahim is waiting to go on some upcoming college visits to help him determine where he would like to end up. His soonest visit will be with University of Virginia on June 28. JSZ’s Madison Bess caught up with Rahim at the Mid-Atlantic Shootout on Sunday to discuss his plans and goals moving forward:
Michigan gains two NJ commitments over the weekend
Jim Harbaugh and his staff have enjoyed success on the recruiting trail in the Garden State and on Sunday, the University of Michigan secured verbal commitments from two New Jersey standouts from both ends of the state. The 2019 University of Michigan has seven New Jersey natives on its 2019 roster and two more are on their way to the Maize and Blue in 2020. Bergen Catholic safety Jordan Morant made his commitment to coach Harbaugh on Sunday. The nation’s top ranked safety and second overall prospect out of New Jersey made the announcement on his social media account: COMMITTED… #GoBlue〽️ pic.twitter.com/ShDXOwTI0L— Jordan Morant ❄️ (@jordanmorantt) June 23, 2019 Jersey Sports Zone has seen Morant make a huge impact on defense and special teams over the last two years at Bergen Catholic: Earlier in the day, another New Jersey standout committed to the Maize and Blue. Williamstown defensive end Aaron Lewis changed his pledge from West Virginia to Michigan: Please respect my decision. I am Happy to say I am now committed to the University of Michigan. #godbless pic.twitter.com/4lwm9jjZQL— aaron.lewis84 (@aaron_lewis71) June 23, 2019
DePaul takes Rutgers Passing Camp!
The Rutgers East Cost Elite capped of its three weekend event with the annual Passing Camp 7 on 7 Tournament. 80 of the top teams and college recruits from across the New York-New Jersey tristate area gathered at the birthplace of college football Saturday to see who would hoist this year’s trophy. North Jersey powerhouse DePaul Catholic won the tournament with a close win over Camden. Spartans tight end Charles Finley who has an offer from Rutgers showed the Scarlett Knights Head Coach Chris Ash what he could bring to the Big Ten Conference next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for the action:
New Dolphins boss reunites with HS coach in NJ for youth camp
Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was in Middletown to reunite with Mater Dei Prep’s Dino Mangiero for a youth football camp. Flores was not the only NFL name on hand to spend time with over 100 middle schoolers. Watch JSZ’s feature on a great message delivered to youngsters about succeeding in much more than football Mater Dei Prep head football coach Dino Mangiero made a name for himself as an NFL player with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks. Before he built the Seraphs into a New Jersey power, he was the head man at Poly Prep in Brooklyn. One of his former players has followed in his coaching footsteps and made it all the way to the NFL. Brian Flores spent 15 years on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England winning four Super Bowls along the way. He’s ready to make his NFL head coaching debut this fall when he takes the reins of fellow AFC East rival Miami. The Dolphins head man enjoyed speaking with the middle schoolers and credits Mangiero for helping him on his path to an NFL head coach. Flores wasn’t the only NFL flavor on hand. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Keith Kirkwood talked to the campers about the importance of academics. The Neptune native made his NFL debut last year catching two TD passes from Drew Brees. The camp also featured a number of former Mater Dei players who are now in the college ranks including Army’s Isaiah Alston, Boston College’s Izaiah Henderson, and Rutgers wide receiver Eddie Lewis. Watch JSZ’s feature on a great experience for future high school football players in Middletown:
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:
Westfield QB commits to Lehigh
Blue Devils signal caller Hank Shapiro is on his way to the FCS ranks after giving a verbal commitment to play Division I football at Lehigh. Shapiro has been guiding the Westfield offense for the last two years throwing for 2,659 yards and 28 TD passes highlighted by a sectional championship in 2017. Shapiro made his announcement via social media: Beyond excited to announce my commitment to Lehigh University! Thank you to everyone who has supported me! ⛰🦅 #Bird20Prey #AirLehigh pic.twitter.com/bClxb4luRP— Hank Shapiro (@HankShapiro) June 18, 2019 Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of the newest Mountain Hawk commit: Thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Westfield all year long
Burlco Wins Phillies Carpenter Cup Title
Burlington County 4 Lehigh Valley 2 – Carpenter Cup Final Burlington County captured the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a victory at Citizens Bank Park. It’s the franchise’s fourth title all-time and BurlCo’s first since 2012. Jedier Hernandez of Trenton Catholic broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning. Shawnee’s Joey Moore, Pennsauken’s Robby Barrientos and Lenape’s Cade Hunter also drove in runs in the win. Kyle Kato of Bordentown pitched three scoreless innings, with Rancocas Valley’s Bryce Mangene once again closing things out. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from South Philadelphia:
BurlCo Advances to Phillies Carpenter Cup Final
Burlington County 3 Philadelphia Catholic 2 – Carpenter Cup Semifinal Burlington County advanced to the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic championship game with a semifinal win at Citizens Bank Park. Moorestown’s Brian McMonagle and Shawnee’s Jackson Balzan each threw three shutout innings. Jake Prince of Cherokee hit an RBI double which proved to be the difference. Bryce Mangene of Rancocas Valley earned the save. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from South Philadelphia:
South prevails in 2019 Bergen County All-Star Game
South 14 North 3 – Bergen County All-Star Game The 2019 Bergen County All-Star Game may have ended abruptly in the fourth quarter, but it was surely a night many in Lyndhurst will remember for years to come. Following a scoreless first quarter Saddle Brook quarterback Kevin Daly found fellow Falcon teammate Jakub Dmitruk for a 37 yard touchdown to give South a 7-3 lead at halftime. Wood-Ridge’s Jake Colon began the third with back to back rushes for 42 yards and a touchdown to make it a two possession game with 6:52 left in the quarter. Colon would earn MVP honors for South as they win the annual all-star game for just the third time in 18 years. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Devil Dogs take seventh annual Basilone Bowl!
Devil Dogs 28 Leathernecks 17 – Basilone Bowl All-Star Game 2019 Despite challenging weather the seventh annual Basilone Bowl at Bridgewater-Raritan High School did not disappoint Somerset County fans. The All-Star game sponsored by the United States Marine Corps kicked off with an early score from two hometown heroes as Bridgewater-Raritan’s Greg Verano found Anthony Goffe for a 60 yard touchdown to draw first blood for the Devil Dogs. Verano would score again on 75 and 86 yard TD’s in the second quarter to make it a 21-17 lead at halftime. He finished the night with 217 passing yards three passing touchdowns and one rushing to earn offensive MVP honors. Defensive MVP went to Bernards Ryan Bender who had three and a half sacks. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
NJ’s Top Underclassmen Dazzle at Diamond Nation Scouting Showcase
New Jersey’s high school baseball season has been over for less than a week, but the top 100 players returning to the diamond next season got a head start on things. Diamond Nation hosted the seventh annual “Garden State Baseball Games” scouting showcase, which drew over 150 college and pro scouts to the Flemington complex for a first-hand look at the best high school players for next season. JSZ’s Jay Cook takes you into the event and highlights some of the top performers from the evening: Here are the rosters from the event, which was split up into four teams in varying regions of the state. Central Catchers Christopher Sparber, 2020, Red Bank Catholic Jedier Hernandez, 2021, Trenton Catholic Mason Wolf, 2020, Christian Brothers First Basemen Seb Mueller, 2020, St. Joseph (Met.) Jay Bant, 2021, Wall Infielders Shane Hickey, 2020, Jackson Liberty Chris O’Connor, 2020, Middletown South Max Rivas, 2020, Toms River South Phil Antoniotti, 2020, Toms River North Jordan Nitti, 2021, Steinert Jay Harry, 2020, Metuchen Walker Zampalla, 2021, Edison Outfielders Nick Callano, 2021, Ocean Twp. Danilo Perdomo, 2021, Hamilton West Jared Zimbardo, 2020, Middlesex Andrew Schmid, 2021, Rumson-Fair Haven Pitchers Nick Feretec, 2020, Notre Dame David Zamora, 2021, Hamilton West Ryan Sekman, 2021, St. John Vianney Tommy Delany, 2021, Princeton Braedin Hunt, 2020, Christian Brothers Ricky Erbeck, 2021, Hun Nick Beetel, 2020, Jackson Memorial Shane Panzini, 2021, Red Bank Catholic Adam Boucher, 2020, St. Joseph (Met.) Zach Gorman, 2021, Freehold Twp. Ben Simon, 2020, Hightstown Patrick Reilly, 2020, Christian Brothers Matt Potok, 2021, Jackson Memorial Ali Pompey, 2020, Trenton Catholic Coaches HC-CJ Hendricks, South Brunswick AC-Kevin Cust, Immaculata AC-Keith Naylor, Trenton Catholic PC-Mike Korneski, Spotswood Northwest Catchers Alex Stone, 2020, Newton Roddy Martinez, 2020, Union Kevin Reardon, 2020, Mendham Jimmy Brennan, 2021, Pope John First Basemen Andrew Bregman, 2020, Chatham Luke Chenault, 2020, Pope John Infielders Dren Gocaj, 2020, Union Josh Kuroda-Gauer, 2021, Franklin Aidan Watson, 2021, Morristown Tyler Casella, 2020, Hunterdon Central Matt Miceli, 2021, Somerville Matt Gluck, 2020, West Morris Zack Sylvester, 2020, Montville Pat Coyne, 2020, Morristown Beard Outfielders Aidan Kane, 2020, Delbarton Mike Bello, 2021, Pope John Chris Markovich, 2021, North Hunterdon Mark Darakjy, 2020, Delbarton Jayden Hylton, 2022, Ridge Pitchers Nick Fox, 2020, Hillsborough Andrew Holmes, 2021, Bernards Jack Findlay, 2021, Roxbury Zach Roskowsky, 2021, Jefferson Drew Conover, 2020, Voorhees Conor Maclachlan, 2020, Mt. Olive Pat Montfort, 2020, Morristown Gavin Stellpflug, 2020, Somerville Coaches HC-Ed Collins, Morristown AC-Pete Zoccolilo, MLB retired AC-Chris Banos, Somerville AC-Rob Kumbatovic, Hillsborough South Catchers Chris Mariani, 2020, Haddonfield Dan DiGiovannantonio, 2021, Cedar Creek Nathan Goranson, 2020, Millville First Basemen Ryan Achey, 2021, Williamstown Colby Garrison, 2020, West Deptford Infielders David Hagaman, 2021, Cedar Creek Bobby Falese, 2020, Shawnee Charlie Sanzio, 2020, Bishop Eustace Adam Aquilino, 2021, Highland Reg. Justin Szestowicki, 2021, Kingsway Greg Rossi, 2020, Washington Twp. Steven Petrosh, 2021, Holy Spirit Brody Colbert, 2021, Williamstown Outfielders Zach Bernard, 2020, Cherokee A.J. Tropiano, 2020, Paul VI Kaleb Willis, 2021, Kings Christian Alejandro Rosado, 2020, Pleasantville Kyle Neri, 2022, St. Augustine Pitchers Chase Petty, 2021, Mainland Anthony Solometo, 2021, Gloucester Catholic Luke Vaks, 2020, Cedar Creek Robert Ready, 2020, St. Augustine Matt Nunan, 2021, Ocean City Jayden Shertel, 2021, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Julian Costa, 2021, Clearview Ryan Rumsey, 2021, Paul VI Josh Willitts, 2020, Seneca Joe Mascio, 2021, Bishop Eustace Coaches HC-Joe Smith, Williamstown AC-Rocco Cornacchia, Williamstown AC-Sean Coyle, Atlantic County Tech AC-John Scanzano, Kings Christian Northeast Catchers Brian Skettini, 2020, Ridgewood Allan Suero, 2021, Ridgefield Park Ty Gilligan, 2021, Lakeland First Basemen Sean Hard, 2021, St. Joseph (Mont.) Kevin Hogan, 2020, Nutley Infielders Raymond Ortiz, 2020, St. Peter’s Prep Ben Chrzanowski, 2020, Millburn Jimmy Kemp, 2020, Hudson Catholic Lou Fabbo, 2020, Waldwick Ernesto Polanco, 2021, Memorial (WNY) Garrett Kurtz, 2020, Mahwah Aries Samek, 2021, Teaneck Andy Antonio, 2021, Ferris Outfielders A.J. Zaccareo, 2020, Montclair Trevor Santos, 2020, Nutley Brian Baranok, 2020, Bayonne Andrew McDermott, 2020, St. Joseph (Mont.) Pitchers Nazier Mule, 2022, Passaic Tech Jacob Gomez, 2020, Rutherford Lucas Rich, 2020, Newark Academy Pierce Coppola, 2021, Verona Justin O’Connor, 2020, Bayonne Jimmy Romano, 2021, St. Joseph (Mont.) Angelo Deer, 2020, Bergen Catholic Devin Rivera, 2020, Don Bosco Prep Zack Oswald, 2020, St. Peter’s Prep Mark Hindy, 2020 Seton Hall Prep Coaches HC-Jim Wladyka, Don Bosco Prep AC-Brian Chapman, Millburn AC-Jim LaRose, Bergen Catholic AC-Ron Gavasi, Montclair Sponsor Shoutout! 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RBC hurler Panzini commits to Virginia
Red Bank Catholic sophomore Shane Panzini had committed to play Division I baseball in the ACC for the Virginia Cavaliers. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of one of the top underclassmen right-handed pitchers in the Garden State Red Bank Catholic sophomore pitcher Shane Panzini has got two years to go, but no one would be surprised to see his name called in the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft. Panzini was on the mound in Lakewood for a complete game one-hit masterpiece against Manalapan in the Caseys 5-0 win in the Shore Conference championship. On Sunday night, the right-hander committed to play Division I baseball in the ACC for the Virginia Cavaliers. Panzini was 7-2 with a 0.66 ERA striking out 73 batters in 59 innings. With a fastball already clocked in the low 90s, the Caseys will have one of New Jersey’s most electric arms leading their rotation over the next two years. Coach Buddy Hausman has built a program that consistently turns out future college talent and the list of MLB draftees continues to grow. More importantly, the Caseys have fun and the positive vibes of a 23-6 season should carry over to 2020 and beyond.
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
Mater Dei Prep’s Clarence Lewis Commits to Notre Dame
It didn’t take Clarence Lewis very long to fall in love with a college football program. Only a few days after visiting the University of Notre Dame’s campus, Lewis announced late Monday night a verbal commitment to join the Fighting Irish after his senior season concludes in 2020. Blessed! 🙏🏽 #IrishBouNDXX @CoachBrianKelly @Coach_TJoseph @ToddLyght @CoachMikeElston @TomLoy247 pic.twitter.com/muKDc8wEJD— prince_slvmm (@lewisclarence11) June 11, 2019 Listed at 6’1″ and 185 pounds, the Mater Dei Prep product has blossomed into one of the premier lockdown cornerbacks in New Jersey over the past few seasons. While reliable stats are scarce, there’s little to no doubt that Lewis is a difference-maker. He has next level speed and certainly has proven over the last season to have a natural knack for the ball. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Clarence Lewis: The commitment instantly pushes him to the top of the premiere recruits in New Jersey’s Class of 2020. Lewis will join fellow rising senior and tight end prospect Kevin Bauman (Red Bank Catholic) as Shore Conference players committed to the Fighting Irish. Lewis selected Notre Dame after yielding 15 offers from a variety of Power Five schools, including Nebraska, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Purdue, among others. Stay tuned in with Jersey Sports Zone all summer long as we bring you exclusive highlights and updated recruiting news from the top athletes in New Jersey.
Olympic-Colonial Opens Phillies Carpenter Cup with a Win
Olympic-Colonial 3 Tri-Cape 2 – Opening Round Defending champion Olympic-Colonial opened the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic with a victory over Tri-Cape in a battle between two South Jersey all-star teams. Washington Township junior Nick Hammer earned the win on the mound, throwing three scoreless innings. Cherry Hill West senior Eli Atiya pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save. Gloucester Catholic senior Lillo Paxia had a pair of RBIs for Tri-Cape in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Philadelphia:
Watch Saturday 6.8 JSZ Lax Tournament of Champions Highlights
Mountain Lakes 12 Delbarton 5 – Boys Tournament of Champions Final No. 2 Mountain Lakes stunned lacrosse fans across the Garden State when they shocked No. 1 Delbarton 12-5 to win their first Tournament of Champions crown since 2008. The Lakers trailed 2-0 midway through the first quarter until four unanswered goals saw them lead entering the second. From there Mountain Lakes began piling up goals to eventually go ahead by four. Matt Palazzi finished with four scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Oak Knoll 10 Moorestown 8 – Girls Tournament of Champions Final The matchup between defending Tournament of Champion winner’s Moorestown and Oak Knoll was nail biting from start to finish. Both teams traded blows early on as we remained tied for most of the first half. Nearing the break following two scores from Keelin Schlageter, Katie Duttenhofer landed a hat trick to give Oak Knoll a 7-5 lead at halftime. The duo would continue their success in the second act as Schlageter finished with three goals while Duttenhofer had four. This is the Royals second TOC Title overall since winning their first in 2015. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Saturday 6.8 JSZ State Championship Baseball Highlights
It’s state championship Saturday with four finals set for Bob DeMeo Field in Hamilton Township. JSZ closes out the baseball season with highlights and post-game reaction from all four title tilts! Emerson 8 Glassboro 5 – Group 1 State Championship Trailing 5-0 in the top of the seventh inning, the Cavos pulled off a improbable comeback to capture the state championship. Mike Carmosino tied the game with a two-run double, before Frankie Savino gave Emerson the lead with a two-out, two-run double. Pete Durocher, Joe Carmosino and Ryan Taub also added RBIs during the Cavos’ rally. Noah Putney went 3-4 with an RBI for the Bulldogs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the thrilling highlights and reaction: Pascack Hills 2 Point Pleasant Boro 0 – Group 2 State Championship Ryan Ramsey threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and Mike Rodriguez produced all the offense with a two run single in the bottom of the 6th inning to give the Cowboys a second straight state championship. Ramsey gave up a single to the first batter of the game and only allowed a fourth inning walk after that. Point Boro starter Nick Guzzi matched goose eggs with Ramsey through five innings. Ramsey was selected in the 36th round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians and is committed to the University of Maryland. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Wall 10 West Morris 2 – Group 3 State Championship The Crimson Knights erupted for 14 hits highlighted by six runs in the first two innings and Trey Dombroski closed out his high school career with another complete game gem to give Wall its first state championship since 2004. Dombroski needed just 81 pitches on a complete game that saw both runs come unearned. The lefty heading to Monmouth had eight strikeouts and no walks. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Shore Conference’s lone state champ: Ridgewood 2 Eastern 1 – Group 4 State Championship Ridgewood’s offense has been overpowering all season long, but when the bats didn’t come to life, the Maroons relied on a championship-level pitching performance to secure the first state title in school history. Quinnipiac commit Kevin Seitter threw 5.2 innings with 10 strikeouts to lead the Maroons to the best season in school history. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Eastern athletics is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Donovan Catholic Leaves No Doubt in Historic TOC Win
Donovan Catholic has had it’s fair share of dominant wins across the 2019 season, but none meant as much or were as sweet as Friday night’s 10-0 statement against Cedar Grove in the third-ever Tournament of Champions final. It was a total team effort. Starting pitcher Lindsay Nelson tossed five innings of shutout softball with five strikeouts and the Griffins saw four different players knock in multiple runs en route to the mercy-rule win in five innings. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Newark on a day that will certainly go down in New Jersey softball and Donovan Catholic history:
With high school career over, Volpe chases Bronx dreams
Delbarton shortstop Anthony Volpe closed out his high school career in style with a two run homer and a state championship. Now the New York Yankees first round pick is ready to fulfill a lifelong dream of wearing pinstripes and making it to the big leagues. Anthony Volpe could have went to the MLB Studios in Secaucus and soaked in the moment of being a first round MLB Draft pick, but he was more focused on Thursday’s state championship game and achieving the goal of winning a state title to close out his Delbarton career. It’s that kind of focus and character that should make New York Yankees fans excited for the future. Volpe was the #30 pick in the first round by New York and the Vanderbilt commit will begin negotiations on starting his professional baseball career. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talked with Volpe after his final high school game where he begins to shift his focus from Delbarton Green to New York pinstripes: JSZ has all the highlights from Volpe’s dynamic senior season with Delbarton: The final hit of Volpe’s career was memorable with this two run homer to start off Delbarton’s 4-3 win over Saint Augustine in extra innings:
Top 2020 Shooter Wilcher Commits to Xavier Musketeers
Arguably the best pure shooter in New Jersey’s Class of 2020 has made his college plans public, and Big East fans better get to know his name fast. St. Benedict’s Prep’s CJ Wilcher, a 6’5 shooting guard with a killer jumpshot, announced on social media earlier this afternoon a verbal commitment to the Xavier Musketeers. Commited!!!⚔️ pic.twitter.com/PUT53srf3V— CJ Wilcher (@CJWilcher) June 7, 2019 Wilcher, who was named to Jersey Sports Zone’s 2019 All-Zone basketball team, was the top scoring threat on a Gray Bees squad that reached a 27-5 record and made it to the NJISAA Prep A state final. Wilcher quickly transitioned from a role-playing three-point shooter as a sophomore into a legitimate top-tier scoring threat in his junior campaign at the Newark prep school. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of CJ Wilcher here: Xavier’s scouts have made a home picking up talented New Jersey players. Bergen Catholic power forward Zach Freemantle (Class of 2019) was one of their most prized signees last summer. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we update you on college commitments for top NJ players as well as top-level highlight reels.
Watch Thursday 6.6 JSZ Tournament of Champions Semifinal Highlights
Delbarton 12 Montgomery 8 NJ lacrosse fans know by now that when it comes to postseason play, all roads lead to Delbarton. The Green Wave advanced to their fourth straight Tournament of Champions Final with a 12-8 win over Montgomery. Delby went ahead 7-0 early thanks to a hat trick in the first half from C.J. Kirst. Closing in on the break Montgomery countered with four unanswered goals to creep within three of the reigning Champs, but with the help of All-American Mikey Long and LJ Millar they were able to create a deficit too large for the Cougars to overcome. Kirst finished with four goals while Millar, Long and Jack Cerza all had a pair of scores. Watch the highlights now: Mountain Lakes 9 Summit 8 It wouldn’t be the state playoffs if there wasn’t any late game heroics. The rematch of last year’s Tournament of Champions Semifinal between Mountain Lakes and Summit didn’t disappoint as it was the Lakers tasting revenge with a 8-7 triple overtime victory. It looked as though Summit would skate away with an easy W when they got ahead 7-3 in the third quarter. However, Mountain Lakes was able to fend off the Hilltoppers as they replied with four straight goals to tie the game in the final seconds of the fourth. Two overtimes would not be enough for these two evenly matched opponents and following a timeout, Spencer Goodbar already with two goals on the day scored a golden goal to send the Lakers to their first TOC Final since 2008. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch 6.6 JSZ Baseball State Championship Highlights
DeMeo Field in Hamilton hosted the Non-Public state championships on Thursday. JSZ has two great finals starting with Delbarton and Saint Augustine Prep in the Diamond National Game of the week followed by St. Mary (Rutherford) and Gloucester Catholic vying for the Non-Public B title. Delbarton 4 Saint Augustine Prep 3 (8 innings) – Non-Public A State Championship Shawn Rapp hit a flare to shallow right field in the top of the 8th to drive in the go-ahead run and pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball in relief to give the Green Wave an extra innings win in Hamilton. New York Yankees first-round draft pick Anthony Volpe hit a two-run homer as the second batter of the game to give Delbarton a quick 2-0 lead. It was the only hit Delbarton would have in the first seven innings of the game. Saint Augustine took a 3-2 lead in the 4th thanks to a bases loaded walk by Cole Vanderslice. Hermits starter Jayson Hoops threw six innings of one-hit ball while Jack Leiter threw 6 1/3 innings striking out seven. Delbarton broke through in the 8th thanks to a Vinci double off the wall in centerfield and Rapp’s RBI single. This is the third straight year that Delbarton and Saint Augustine squared off for a state title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an outstanding title game: Thanks to Diamond Nation for parterning with Jersey Sports Zone to allow us to show extended highlights of top high school baseball matchups all year long. St. Mary (Rutherford) 4 Gloucester Catholic 3 – Non-Public B State Championship Rider commit Kenny Quijano struck out 12 in a complete game effort to lead the Gaels past the two-time defending champion Rams. St. Mary scored all four of its runs in the second inning, including a RBI single from Mehki Hinds. Rider commit Luke Lesch homered for Gloucester Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from St. Mary’s first state title since 1998: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Glancy Blast, Panzini Gem gives RBC Shore Conference Title
David Glancy hit a three run laser to left field with big league statcast numbers to back it up and Shane Panzini was masterful in a complete game one-hitter to give Red Bank Catholic the program’s second baseball SCT title. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from First Energy Park in Lakewood Red Bank Catholic 5 Manalapan 0 – Shore Conference Tournament Final Sophomore Shane Panzini got the ball at the home of the Lakewood BlueClaws and served notice that he will be one of New Jersey’s top arms over the next two years. The righty touched 91 on the radar gun and gave up just one single on the way to the Caseys second ever SCT baseball crown. In the bottom of the third, David Glancy delivered a missle to left that had an exit velocity of 105 miles per hour. The three run blast was all the offense the Caseys needed. RBC added two more runs in the 4th on a pair of wild pitches and Panzini took care of the rest. Manalapan played the game with heavy hearts. Sophomore David Korman passed away on Monday night. Our thoughts and prayers to the Braves baseball program. Following the win, RBC shortstop and pitcher Vin Bianchi learned he was selected in the 35th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Bianchi is expected to head to college and join the Saint John’s Red Storm. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of the Shore Conference final in Lakewood: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Playa Bowls in Red Bank. Thanks for their support and allowing us to bring you great RBC coverage all year long
Watch Wednesday 6.5 JSZ Tournament of Champions Semifinal Highlights
Two Semifinal Tournament of Champions games at Middletown South on Wednesday, but only two teams heading to the Tournament of Champions final. JSZ was in Middletown with highlights and post-game reactions from both games. We will also have highlights from the Tournament of Champions Boys and Girls Final on Saturday from Kean. Enjoy the highlights, and congratulations to those advancing! #1 Oak Knoll 19 #4 Haddonfield 9 The No. 2 Oak Knoll Royals defeated the No. 5 Haddonfield Bulldogs, advancing to the Tournament of Champions Final. Harvard commit, Riley Campbell, scored the team-high with three goals. Brown commit, Julia Ford, also scored three goals. Haddonfield’s Catholic commit, Caroline Beckett, scored the game-high with five goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Middletown: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Haddonfield! #2 Moorestown 11 #3 Ridgewood The No. 3 Moorestown Quakers defeated the No. 1 Ridgewood Maroons, advancing to the Tournament of Champions Final. Rutgers commit, Janey Galski, and Monmouth commit, Ashley Nutt, scored the team-high with three goals each. Columbia commit, Sophia McHugh, scored two goals. The Quakers will face Oak Knoll on Saturday for the Tournament of Champions Final. Moorestown has captured seven TOC Titles since 2007, including last year’s win over Ridgewood in the Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Middletown: Sponsors! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage!
2019 MLB Draft Watch: Which NJ High School Players Were Drafted?
The first week of June was a big one for a handful of high school players in the Garden State. Stay tuned with JSZ over the next day as we break down all of New Jersey’s selections in the 2019 MLB Draft. Anthony Volpe, Delbarton, SS — New York Yankees (Round 1 | 30th overall) Volpe’s selection by his hometown team made waves across the tri-state area on Monday night. The Delbarton star shortstop was selected in the first round the Bronx Bombers after hitting .500 with seven home runs and 33 RBI with one more game to go. His signing bonus would be $2.37 million, according to MLB.com Round 1 | Pick 30: The New York Yankees select SS Anthony Volpe out of Delbarton School (NJ). #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/cF2mdD9m0X— NYYPlayerDev (@NYYPlayerDev) June 4, 2019 Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Anthony Volpe: Jack Leiter, Delbarton, RHP — New York Yankees (Round 20 | 615th overall) There’s simply no argument about it — Jack Leiter was one of the most prized arms available in the 2019 MLB Draft. So far, Leiter’s posted an 8-1 record with a 0.54 ERA across 52.1 innings pitched. He collected 88 strikeouts, 19 walks and surrendered only 23 hits and allowed only four earned runs. It just so happens that instead of heading right to the pro’s, Leiter seems dead-set on honoring his full-ride college commitment to Vanderbilt University, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman and various other media reports: RHP Jack Leiter, from The Delbarton School in NJ, hasn’t been picked in draft because his father Al informed teams he was going to honor his Vanderbilt commitment. Said one scout: “Kid’s a stud … would have gone top 10 picks easy.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 4, 2019 Jack Leiter, is, of course, the son of two-time MLB all-star Al Leiter. Al Leiter stepped away from the broadcast booth at the YES Network to experience his son’s final high school season. Al was a constant figure behind home plate all season long charting pitches. JSZ covered Jack Leiter’s high-profile senior season extensively. Here’s a breakdown for each of the outings JSZ was on hand for during the 2019 year. April 13, 2019 — 5 IP, 10 K’s, 2 ER vs. Red Bank Catholic: Leiter’s second game of the 2019 season was a scout-filled bonanza in North Brunswick for the annual Strike Out Autism challenge. He fanned 20 batters and wowed those in attendance as Delbarton captured a 9-7 win. April 30, 2019 — 2 IP, 5 K’s vs. Pope John: Delbarton traveled out to Sparta for an inter-conference showdown against Pope John to close out the first month of the season. Leiter got the start but threw only 35 pitches in a brief outing. Delbarton eventually lost on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. May 4, 2019 — 6 IP, 11 K’s, 1 ER vs. Montville : As tournament and post-season play increased, Leiter became a mainstay on the mound. This outing came on his home field in the Morris County Tournament semifinals. The 11 strikeouts against Montville would be his third-highest single game total during the 2019 season. May 11, 2019 — 7 IP, 14 K’s, 1 ER, 1 Hit vs. West Morris: This was, far and away, Leiter’s best outing all season long. He was perfect through 6.2 innings before surrendering a questionable fourth ball on a 3-1 count. Leiter would then allow an RBI double right after, but righted the ship and led Delbarton to its sixth Morris County Tournament championship in school history. May 24, 2019 — 5 IP, 7 K’s, 3 Hits vs. Oratory Prep: Leiter got the call again early in the state sectional playoff tournament and pitched five innings of stress-free baseball, helping the Green Wave advance into the next round. May 31, 2019 — 6.2 IP, 8 K’s, 3 Hits vs. Don Bosco Prep: With the season on the line, Jack Leiter was nearly flawless as he led the charge to the Green Wave’s 2-0 win over Don Bosco Prep to capture the Non-Public A North sectional title. Leiter hit his in-game pitch limit of 113 with one out to go in the seventh inning but did more than enough work to help seal the win. Breyln Jones, Rutherford SS — Los Angeles Dodgers (Round 29 | 881st overall) Breyln Jones was a dynamic playmaker for the Rutherford Bulldogs over the 2019 season. He was the team’s leadoff hitter and also split time between shortstop and as a starting pitcher. Jones finished the 2019 campaign with a .403 batting average, 27 hits, 29 runs, eight RBI and 19 stolen bases. On the mound, he commanded a 5-1 record with a 0.25 ERA through 28.1 innings with 48 strikeouts, 14 walks but surrendered only eight hits and one earned run. Vincent Bianchi, Red Bank Catholic RHP — Los Angeles Angels (Round 34 | 1,051 overall) Vin Bianchi had just won the Shore Conference Tournament title with his friends in what would be his last high school game. Then it got even better — Bianchi immediately found out he was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. Bianchi was one of the Shore Conference’s top arms all season long as he led the Caseys in innings pitched (38.2), strikeouts (41) and wins (five) in his senior season. Bianchi is committed to Saint John’s University and is leaning towards college baseball. Cade Hunter, Lenape C — Colorado Rockies (Round 35 | 1,059 overall) The Virginia Tech commit was the first South Jersey player to come off the board this year. Hunter led the Indians to a 12-9 record this season and an appearance in the Group 4 South playoffs. He hit eight home runs and finished with a .463 batting average. Ryan Ramsey, Pascack Hills LHP — Cleveland Indians (Round 36 | 1,090 overall) It would be hard to argue the point that Ryan Ramsey has been the best public school pitcher over the last two seasons in New Jersey high school baseball. In a pair of varsity seasons, Ramsey has a 16-3 record, a 0.53 ERA over 119 innings, 221 strikeouts to only 29 walks while allowing only nine runs. Staggering numbers indeed. Ramsey is committed to the University of Maryland so it’s yet to be seen what his decision will be, but he’ll most likely be on the mound one last time Saturday as Pascack Hills plays for a Group 2 state championship Jayson Hoopes, St. Augustine Prep RHP — Chicago Cubs (Round 36 | 1,092 overall) Jayson Hoopes has been as solid as they come for New Jersey pitchers. The University of Virginia commit pitched to a 6-0 record so far in 2019 with a 0.70 ERA through 32 innings. He recorded 58 strikeouts and surrendered only 19 walks on the season while helping St. Augustine Prep reach a 24-4 record. Hoopes is expected to be on the mound on Thursday night when the Hermits face Delbarton in the Non-Public A final.
Montgomery Boys Lacrosse Advances to T of C Semifinal!
#4 Montgomery 13 #5 Moorestown 9 – Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal The No. 10 Montgomery Cougars defeated the No. 11 Moorestown Quakers on Monday night, advancing to the Tournament of Champions Semifinal round. Max Drift led the team in goals, scoring the game-high with four. Gettysburg commit, Kyle Howard, and Alex Ipeker scored three goals each. Dan Boyer scored two goals, and Will Marrapodi walked away with one. The Cougars improved their overall record to 19-3, and will face #1 Delbarton for the Tournament of Champions Semifinal on June 5. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Bridgewater-Raritan: Sponsors! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Montgomery! Thank you to NJM Insurance Group for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage!
Delbarton’s Anthony Volpe Selected 30th Overall by New York Yankees
He’s a fiery leader, has an electric bat and is a menace with the glove. And now, Delbarton star shortstop Anthony Volpe has a new home — the New York Yankees. Volpe was selected No. 30 overall by the New York Yankees in Monday’s first round of the 2019 MLB Draft, putting a cherry on top of a stellar high school career. With the 30th pick of the 2019 #MLBDraft, the @Yankees select @DelbyBaseball SS Anthony Volpe: https://t.co/OHooNe2EPu pic.twitter.com/CDuTN8y0Yz— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 4, 2019 Volpe still has one more high school game left — the Non-Public A state championship — but the Yankees saw more than enough throughout his senior season. There’s no doubt about it: Volpe is New Jersey’s top position player. He’s batting an even .500 with 39 hits, seven home runs, 33 RBI, and 36 runs scored. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Anthony Volpe’s senior season: But what stands out most in his game are the intangibles. Volpe has a vibrant, giddy personality who’s proven to be an undeniable leader. “I think he’s the best shortstop in the country,” teammate Jack Leiter told JSZ earlier this season. “Offensively he’s the hardest out; I know that from pitching against him over the summer.” Volpe signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Vanderbilt University, but it remains to be seen what his decision will be. According to MLB.com, his signing bonus with the Yankees would be $2.37 million. His pedigree as a pure baseball player has been evident for years. Volpe is the first player to ever play on the Under-12 Team USA roster to be drafted in the MLB Draft’s first round. He also won a gold medal with Team USA’s Under-18 squad this past summer, alongside Leiter. The following is just a small sample of the excitement from New Jersey’s baseball community following Volpe’s draft selection: So proud of you AV! You have worked so hard your entire life for this moment, and now it has come to fruition! @Volpe_Anthony https://t.co/xomMdgWRG9— Delbarton Baseball (@DelbyBaseball) June 4, 2019 Seeing our former Diamond Jack and @DelbyBaseball shortstop Anthony Volpe drafted No. 30 overall by the hometown Yankees is insane. Congrats, Anthony. You are Exhibit-A of how hard work pays dividends.— Diamond Nation (@DiamondNationNJ) June 4, 2019 Sectional champion Friday, high school graduate Sunday, New York @Yankees on Monday! Congrats to Anthony Volpe @Volpe_Anthony on being selected with the 30th pick in the #MLBDraft by the New York Yankees. All of the .@Delbarton community is so proud of your accomplishment! pic.twitter.com/hT1PUM1hUa— Delbarton Sports (@DelbartonSports) June 4, 2019 🎶 NEW YORK, NEW YORK 🎶 Anthony Volpe is heading to the big 🍎 after being selected No. 30 overall by the @Yankees 👏 Congrats, @Volpe_Anthony #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/qn1oQR1r3b— USA Baseball 18U (@USABaseball18U) June 4, 2019 Stay tuned with JSZ over the coming days as we update you on Volpe’s future, as well as additional New Jersey players selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Watch Monday 6.3 JSZ State Semifinal Baseball Highlights
Saturday’s public state finals are now set! Jersey Sports Zone has semifinal action from all around the state. Four games of exciting state baseball action are posted now on JSZ! Eastern 1 Manalapan 0 – Group 4 State Semifinal Alec Funari executed a suicide squeeze in the fourth inning for the game’s lone run and Cole Boyan pitched a complete game five-hitter with five strikeouts to give Eastern a spot in the Group 4 state championship against Ridgewood. It was a controversial seventh inning as Manalapan appeared to tie the game on a Lou Marzo pinch hit squeeze bunt, but the home plate umpire called him out for making contact outside the batter’s box. Manalapan would line to third on the next play to end their season. Watch JSZ’s highlights and you can make the call on the controversial ending at Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Ridgewood 6 Westfield 1 – Group 4 State Semifinal Ridgewood had revenge on their minds in this year’s state semifinal — the Maroons fell to Westfield in last year’s semifinal game. It was all different this time around as Ridgewood jumped on Westfield early and often and rode the arm of Sam Favieri to the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Kean University: Sponsor Shoutout! Congratulations to Westfield for a great season. JSZ’s coverage of the Blue Devils this entire year was brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Wall 4 Cherry Hill West 3 – Group 3 State Semifinal No. 7 in the NJ Top 20 Wall advanced to the Group 3 state final with a 4-3 win over No. 17 Cherry Hill West. The Knights went ahead 4-0 early off a three-run home run from John Iradi in the bottom of the second. However, the Lions capitalized on errors in the third and sixth innings to cut the lead to just 4-3. Monmouth University commit Trey Dombroski finished a complete game by striking out two batters and forcing a pop fly to seal the victory for Wall. Dombroski finished with 7 Ks total on the day. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Point Pleasant Boro 8 West Deptford 4 – Group 2 State Semifinal Sam Collins went 5-5 with an RBI triple to lead the way for the Panthers at the plate. Nicholas Guzzi also sparked the Point Boro offense with a pair of hits and three RBIs. Jack Murphy had a double and three RBIs for the Eagles in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as the Panthers advance to face Pascack Hills in the Group 2 state final:
Watch Sunday 6.2 State Championship Softball Highlights
Three more state champions are crowned on Sunday at Kean University. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from all three title games. We’ve got Cedar Grove busting out a dozen hits on Buena, the first ever state title for Middletown North and the finale between Lodi Immaculate and St. Joe-Hammonton Lodi Immaculate 4 St. Joseph (Hammonton) 0 | Non-Public B Championship No. 8 in the NJ Top 20 Immaculate Conception (Lodi) grabbed their seventh straight Non-Public B Title with a close 4-0 victory over St. Joe’s (Hammonton). The Blue Wolves got ahead early on a solo homerun from Abby Tabaka in the the fourth inning. In the fifth it was Christina Braid’s turn as the Junior sent a three run shot over the left field wall to give Lodi a 4-0 lead. Pitcher Caylee English finished her complete game strong as she ended the day with just three hits allowed and six strikeouts. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Middletown North 5 Chatham 0 | Group 3 State Championship Malori Bell has arguably been the most consistent and dominant pitcher in New Jersey this season, so much so it surprised no one that she threw a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts as Middletown North won its first state championship in school history. The Lions exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to indefinitely take the lead. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Kean University: Cedar Grove 7 Buena 1 | Group 1 State Championship The Panthers scored three runs each in the second and third innings as part of a 12 hit attack and Mia Faieta pitched a complete game two-hitter with eight strikeouts to give the Panthers the state title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Kean University:
Watch Saturday 6.1 State Championship Softball Highlights
Three state champions are crowned at Kean University and JSZ was there for highlights and post-game reaction from the trio of title games. A reminder that we’ll also have highlights of three more state finals on Sunday from Kean. Enjoy the highlights and congratulations to all the state champions! Donovan Catholic 11 Mount St. Dominic 1 – Non-Public A State Championship Donovan Catholic proved why they’re New Jersey’s best team, plain and simple. Only 24 hours after winning a marathon game in the sectional finals, the Griffins went right to business — they shot out to a 9-0 lead after an explosive first inning and never looked back after finishing Mount St. Dominic via the mercy rule in five innings. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from this historic first state title in Donovan Catholic history: Hightstown 9 Mount Olive 4 – Group 4 State Championship For the first time in program history No. 10 in the NJ Top 20 Hightstown brought home the Group 4 State Championship. Mount Olive would take a 1-0 lead in the top of the third before Morghan Fleisher would help the Rams go ahead 2-1 on a 2 RBI double in the bottom of the inning. Hightstown eventually led 5-1 before the Marauders cut it to a one run lead in the sixth. However, thanks to a two run homer from Abby Bell and a 2 RBI double from pitcher Allie Bridgman they pushed the deficit to 9-4 in the sixth. Bridgman finished the day with 10 strikeouts. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hightstown coverage! Ramsey 2 Bordentown 1 – Group 2 State Championship Emma Cunningham’s base hit to left plated younger sister Sophie with the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th to give the Rams their first state title since 2015 after losing in the finals in the previous two years. Bordentown jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a solo homer from Makenza Goleniecki, but Ramsey responded in the third with a two out RBI single courtesy of catcher Kaitlin Houser. In the bottom of the 7th, Sophie Cunningham bunted her way to first followed by base hit from pitcher Victoria Sebastian setting the stage for Emma Cunningham’s heroics. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and fantastic post-game reaction from Kean University:
Watch Saturday 6.1 JSZ State Championship Girls Lacrosse Highlights
It was state championship Saturday at Kean University. Jersey Sports Zone has complete coverage of all four girls state finals! Oak Knoll 19 Pingry 6 – Group 1 State Final The No. 2 Oak Knoll Royals captured their fifth straight Group 1 title on Saturday night, defeating the No. 14 Pingry Big Blue 19-6. Katie Duttenhofer scored the game-high with an impressive eight goals. Lily Ramsey added three goals for the Royals. Oak Knoll will face Haddonfield on June 5th in a Tournament of Champions semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Kean University: Haddonfield 18 Madison 7 – Group 2 State Final The No. 5 Bulldawgs captured their second straight state championship, putting the No. 12 Dodgers away early in the second half. Caroline Beckett and Ashley Campo each scored five goals in the win for the Haddons. Brooke Fiannaca added four goals and Gabi Connor scored three. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Hadddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Moorestown 9 Mendham 8 – Group 3 State Final The No. 3 Quakers secured their second straight state title by protecting a one-goal lead for the final 15 minutes of the game. Ashley Nutt and Rylee Brown each scored three goals in the win for Moorestown, while Logan Lillie made six saves. Carleigh Mahoney scored three goals for the No. 6 Minutemen in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Moorestown is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Ridgewood 9 Eastern 4 – Group 4 State Final The No. 1 Ridgewood Maroons mounted a second half comeback, defeating No. 17 Eastern 9-4, and clinching the Group 4 state title. Lafayette commit Marley Scala scored the game-high with three goals. Sara Ellinghaus scored two goals, giving the Maroons the lead five minutes into the second half. Notre Dame commit Jackie Wolak also scored two goals for Ridgewood. The Maroons will face Moorestown on June 5th in a Tournament of Champions semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Kean University: Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our Eastern coverage!
Hillside’s Nahree Biggins Commits to Temple
The Hillside Comets’ football program has soared to new heights in the last few seasons — intertwined with that championship success has been a core group of future Division I players. The most recent player to give a verbal commitment to a D-I program is Class of 2020 athlete Nahree Biggins, a 6’1, 170 lb. product who announced May 30 he intends to sign his NLI with Temple University. Biggins is ranked as the No. 32 prospect in New Jersey’s Class of 2020, according to 247Sports. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Biggins’ junior year: Biggins was a menace anytime he was near the rock during his junior year. Through two full varsity seasons, he’s compiled 1,877 scrimmage yards with 23 touchdowns in time at running back and wide receiver. Biggins also started at cornerback in 2018 and collected 41 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Biggins is among the elite c/o 2020 New Jersey players and will figure to be the main attraction in Hillside’s explosive offense. The Comets have won back to back sectional championships and are a combined 20-4 over those two seasons. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone over the next few months as we continue to keep you updated on the most recent recruiting news among New Jersey’s top-flight athletes.
Patrick School Guard Commits to Bonnies
Alejandro Vasquez has found a Division I home. The Patrick School guard has committed to play in the Atlantic 10 at Saint Bonaventure University. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of the guard who has a knack to make big plays! The Patrick School featured two Division I guards in Clemson’s Al-Amir Dawes and Bucknell’s Alexander Rice. A third guard from the Pats joins the mix as Alejandro Vasquez announced his commitment to play for Saint Bonaventure. Vasquez average 17.1 points per game highlighted by averaging 24.5 points per game in a pair of games against national power Roselle Catholic. Saint Bonaventure went 18-16 last year falling by two points (55-53) to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 championship game. Head coach Mark Schmidt has a nucleus of diamonds in the rough with New Jersey roots. Union Catholic’s Kyle Lofton was an All-A10 freshman after averaging nearly 17 points a game and Mainland’s Osunniyi was one of the top shot blockers in the nation as a freshman. Montclair Immaculate’s Justice Winston joins this duo in the mix along with Vasquez. 110% Committed ⚫️⚪️🐺 #Gobonnies pic.twitter.com/7CKzw1T2ks— Alejandro Vasquez (@1amalejandro) May 30, 2019
Ranney’s Bryan Antoine undergoes shoulder surgery
JSZ’s 2019 Mister Hoop Zone is already on campus at Villanova and is on the mend after getting a torn labrum repaired. The guard underwent successful surgery on Friday. The procedure was performed by Villanova Team Surgeon, Dr. William Emper. The McDonald’s All-American is hopeful to be back on the court in time to debut for the Wildcats at the beginning of the 2019-20 college basketball season. “This is a tough start for Bryan,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright in a press release. “But he’s a very mature young man and he’ll work very hard to get himself back as soon as possible.” Antoine played through the pain of his shoulder injury during Ranney’s run to its first ever Tournament of Champions title. The guard will begin rehab as he takes summer classes at Villanova. Antoine discussed his shoulder pain in our JSZ Mister Hoop Zone feature on the recently graduated senior:
Watch 5.31 JSZ State Championship Lacrosse Highlights
No more rain means four state titles on Friday afternoon in New Jersey boys lacrosse. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has a pair of state championship tilts at Hopewell Valley while Rich Chrampanis brings us the action from Shore Regional. Congratulations to all the state champs in 2019! Moorestown 9 Chatham 6 – Group 3 State Championship After falling in the same game a year ago, No. 11 Moorestown defeated No. 12 Chatham 9-6 to grab their second Group 3 State Championship in three years. The Quakers took an early 5-3 lead at halftime following two scores from Junior Connor McDonough. Just when Chatham would begin to stage a comeback in the third quarter Nick Cataline and Shane Knobloch would each score twice to keep the game out of reach. Connor McDonough ended the day with three goals total. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage! Montgomery 11 Hunterdon Central 8 – Group 4 State Championship No. 10 Montgomery stunned lacrosse fans as they upset No. 6 Hunterdon Central to win their second Group 4 State Title in three years. The Cougars jumped out to a 7-3 lead at halftime before Hunterdon Central would eventually tie the game at 8 on a 5-1 run entering the fourth quarter. However, Alex Ipeker and Kyle Howard on back to back scores would give Montgomery the lead to avoid a comeback. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Mountain Lakes 7 Manasquan 6 – Group 1 State Championship Drew Brennfleck and Alan Stoloff broke a 5-5 tie with back to back goals late in the third quarter that proved to be the difference in the Lakers second straight boys lacrosse state championship. After Manasquan had a 3-2 lead with 7:54 to go in the second quarter on Wednesday before rains came, the game resumed on Friday with Mountain Lakes quickly getting the equalizer. But the Warriors took a 4-3 lead at the half on a Casey Mulligan goal. Canyon Birch led all scorers with a hat trick closing his career with 392 goals, but the Lakers were able to hold off the Warriors attempt to force overtime during the game’s final seven minutes. Watch all the action from a thrilling state title game at Shore Regional High School: Summit 10 Somerville 0 – Group 2 State Championship Micahel Bonomo scored four goals in the first quarter and fellow sophomore Luke Dinola added for scores of his own as the Hilltoppers dominated on the way to a Group 2 state title. Skyler Schluter had six assists in the win and the Summit defense was lights out. Somerville goalie Evan Barr had 21 saves in an outstanding game to close out his junior season. Watch JSZ’s highlights and post-game reaction from Shore Regional
Watch Friday 5.31 JSZ Baseball Championship Highlights
Sectional champions were crowned on diamonds all over the state on Friday. Jersey Sports Zone has coverage of the Non-Public A North final between Don Bosco and Delbarton, as well as coverage of the Non-Public B South final between Trenton Catholic and Gloucester Catholic. (2) Delbarton 2 (8) Don Bosco Prep 0 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week – Non-Public A North Final Delbarton may have had to wait until the bottom of the sixth inning, but the patience was well worth it after Aidan Kane hammered a bases-clearing, two-run triple to give the Green Wave a late lead. Vanderbilt commit Jack Leiter went 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight along the way as Delbarton won its third-straight sectional title. Delbarton will face St. Augustine Prep in the Non-Public A state final next week. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ was able to be on hand and provide extended highlights and coverage thanks to the great folks at Diamond Nation. (3) Trenton Catholic 0 (1) Gloucester Catholic 11 – Non-Public B South Final The Rams captured their third straight sectional title with a dominating performance over the Iron Mikes in five innings. North Carolina commit Anthony Solometo struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. Tyler Cannon, Luke Lesch, Iverson Hernandez, Lillo Paxia and Justin Costanzo all drove in two runs apiece in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as No. 19 Gloucester Catholic advances to face St. Mary (Rutherford) in the Non-Public B state final: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Trenton Catholic is sponsored by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Boys Lacrosse Playoff Highlights
The rain may have thrown a wrench into the state championship schedules, but JSZ still has you covered with the two state final games from Livingston High School. Stay tuned for all the highlights tonight, including Morristown-Beard’s heart-pounding fourth quarter comeback; and Delbarton’s continued domination. Enjoy all the highlights! (6) Morristown-Beard 8 (5) Rutgers Prep 7 – Non-Public B Final It was one of the most unforgettable, wild and improbable comebacks you’ll see anywhere. Morristown-Beard trailed Rutgers Prep, 7-2, with five minutes left in regulation before the Crimson flipped the script. James Mariniello and Blake Bernstein brought Mo-Beard back into the game and then it was Mason Guida hitting the game-winning goal with :19 seconds left. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from a crazy finish: (2) Delbarton 12 (8) Don Bosco Prep 7 – Non-Public A Final It only took 25 seconds for Delbarton to make a statement to Don Bosco Prep in the Non-Public A final. The Green Wave pumped in two quick goals, only tied the game once and stayed in near complete control to capture their fourth consecutive state championship Thursday. Star junior attackman CJ Kirst dazzled in the win — he led all scorers with six goals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction:
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The section finals are now set after a Thursday that saw teams beat the wet weather to punch their ticket. JSZ brings you the conclusion of Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public “A” North semis and a Point Boro upset over top seed Governor Livingston in Central Jersey Group 2 (5) Point Pleasant Boro 6 (1) Governor Livingston 1 – Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Nick Guzzi was sensational on the hill throwing a complete game one-hitter with nine strikeouts and just two walks to give Point Pleasant Boro a spot in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship. Guzzi gave up a long homer to Georgia Tech commit Drew Compton in the first, but that was the only hit of the game for the Highlanders. Point Boro took advantage of an error to score three runs in the top of the 2nd and Guzzi helped himself out with an RBI single in the 4th. The Panthers will host Robbinsville in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship on Friday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Berkeley Heights (8) Don Bosco 2 Bergen Catholic 1 – North Non-Public A Semifinal It’s never a dull moment when Big North Conference rivals Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic face off, Thursday’s North Non-Public A Tournament Semifinal was no exception. The game originally played on 5/29 was postponed after the fourth inning due to rain and was continued Thursday evening. The No. 12 Ironmen began with a two run lead before BC got on the board off a Juan De La Cruz RBI in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-1. However, Villanova commit Devin Rivera was able to get the job done on the mound in the seventh to set up a date with No. 1 Delbarton in the title game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Girls Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
We’re down to the state semifinals as sectional champions look to punch a ticket to Kean University for Saturday’s state finals. Jersey Sports Zone has coverage of Manasquan vs. Haddonfield in Group 2 and Princeton vs. Eastern in Group 4. Haddonfield 14 Manasquan 9 – Group 2 State Semifinal The No. 5 Bulldawgs built an 11-3 halftime lead and then held off the No. 19 Warriors down the stretch. Gabi Conner led the way with five goals in the win for the Haddons. Caroline Beckett, Mia Rothstein and Ashley Campo all chipped in with two goals apiece. Janie Cowley scored four goals for Manasquan in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as the Haddons advance to face No. 12 Madison in the Group 2 state final: Coverage of Haddonfield is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. No. 17 Eastern 9 No. 16 Princeton 8 – Group 4 State Semifinal The Eastern Vikings defeated the Princeton Tigers 9-8 on Thursday afternoon, advancing to the Group 4 State Final. Cincinnati commit, Dani Mlkvy, scored three goals for Eastern. Freshman University of North Carolina field hockey commit, Ryleigh Heck, scored two goals. Princeton’s Fairfield commit, Eva Petrone, scored three goals as well. The Vikings will face Ridgewood on Saturday for the Group 4 Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Moorestown: Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our coverage of Eastern! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton High School coverage!
Watch Wednesday 5.29 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The sectional semifinals continue and Jersey Sports Zone has a pair of exciting games for you: Delbarton vs. Seton Hall Prep in Non-Public A North, and Schalick vs. Maple Shade in Group 1 South. (2) Delbarton 7 (3) Seton Hall Prep 5 – Non-Public A North Semifinal Delbarton blasted out to a 5-0 lead early after Seton Hall Prep rallied for five runs to tie the game up in the fourth inning. Senior third baseman Justin Kim provided the game-winning run after his sacrifice fly gave the Green Wave a 6-5 lead before Kyle Vinci’s RBI triple in the sixth inning. Vanderbilt commit Jack Leiter threw perfect frames in the sixth and seventh innings to notch the save. Delbarton will play the winner of Don Bosco Prep vs. Bergen Catholic in the sectional final on Friday night. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: (3) Schalick 8 (2) Maple Shade 3 – Group 1 South Semifinal Trailing 3-2 and down to their final out, the Cougars rallied for six runs to win it. Freshman Jarrett Pokrovsky tied the game with a single, before Seton Hall commit Staus Pokrovsky gave Schalick the lead with an RBI walk. Staus Pokrovsky also hit a two-run homer in the ballgame. Derek Andrada struck out 11 for the Wildcats in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction, as the Cougars advance to face rival Glassboro in the South Jersey Group 1 final on Friday:
No. 14 Pingry Girls Lacrosse Advances to Group 1 Final
No. 14 Pingry 15 Haddon Township 3 – Group 1 State Semifinal The Pingry Big Blue advanced to the Group 1 state final on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Haddon Township 15-3. Junior University of Pennsylvania commit, Aly Feeley, had a memorable performance, scoring her 100th goal of the season in the first half. She also scored the game-high with six goals. United States Military Academy commit, Cathleen Parker, scored the second highest with an impressive five goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Point Pleasant:
Watch Tuesday 5.28 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
Summer is right around the corner and that means postseason baseball in the Garden State! Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you exciting statewide playoff action from the sectional semifinals. The highlights are posted from St. Augustine vs. Notre Dame (Non-Public A South), Wall vs. Hamilton West (Central Group 3) and Bordentown vs. Robbinsville (Central Group 2)! (1) St. Augustine 9 (5) Notre Dame 5 – Non-Public A South Semifinal The No. 7 Hermits raced out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and held off the No. 3 Irish over the later innings. Rob Ready and Kyle Neri each finshed with two RBIs for St. Augustine. Kevin Foreman and Cole Vanderslice also drove in runs. The Hermits advance to their fourth straight sectional final, and will host either Christian Brothers Academy or St. Joseph (Metuchen) for the Non-Public A South title on Friday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Richland: Coverage of Notre Dame is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. (4) Wall 4 (1) Hamilton West 1 – Central Group 3 Semifinal Trey Dombroski pitched a complete game 5-hitter striking out 11 and walking none to become Wall’s all-time leader in wins with 23. More importantly, the Crimson Knights are in the Central Jersey Group 3 final. The win is Wall’s 15th straight and for head coach Todd Schmitt it was career win #400. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction: JSZ’s coverage of Hamilton West is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (6) Robbinsville 2 (7) Bordentown 1 – Central Group 2 Semifinal It’s been a year to remember so far for Robbinsville. They’ve reached 18 wins for the first time since 2015 and are hot after reeling off three consecutive playoff wins against Spotswood, Manasquan and now Bordentown. Starter Tyler Lehmann went six innings and allowed one run, and Dan Frascella came in for the seventh to pitch a scoreless inning and secure the win. The Flock will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Point Boro and Governor Livingston in the Central Group 2 title game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Robbinsville: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all Robbinsville athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Watch Saturday 5.25 JSZ Boys Lacrosse Championship Highlights
Sectional champions were crowned on Saturday as the state finals are now set. We’ve got highlights and reaction from four championship games around New Jersey! (2) Somerville 8 (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 3 – South Group 2 Final Duke commit Evan Barr was sensational in goal with 17 saves and the Pioneers got a hat trick from Julian Verona and two goals each from Steven Dupras and Michael Rosen to avenge last year’s loss to RFH in the sectional finals. The Bulldogs came into the game average 16 goals in the state playoffs, but Barr was a brick wall holding Rumson off the scoreboard for 29 minutes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rumson: (1) Montgomery 10 (2) Lenape 3 – South Group 4 Final The #1 Montgomery Cougars defeated the Lenape Indians 10-3 on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Group Semifinals against Hunterdon Central. Max Drift scored the game-high with three goals. Danny Boyer and Alex Ipeker scored two goals each. Gettysburg commit, Kyle Howard, Shane Freda and Will Marrapodi each scored one. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Skillman: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Montgomery! (1) Moorestown 17 (2) Shawnee 6 – South Group 3 Final The Quakers stormed out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back, capturing their fourth straight sectional title. UMass commit Ben Cantwell and Towson recruit Connor McDonough scored four goals apiece to lead the way. Air Force commit Jack Stewart and Rutgers recruit Shane Knobloch both scored three goals. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction, as Moorestown advances to face Chatham for the Group 3 state championship: Coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Shawnee coverage is sponsored by Cooper University Health Care. (3) Hunterdon Central 11 (4) Westfield 5 – North Group 4 Final No. 9 in the NJ Top 20 Hunterdon Central captured the North Group 4 title with an 11-5 win over No. 19 Westfield. The Red Devils got in front early thanks to an early hat trick from Rutgers commit Jack Aimone to take a 5-3 lead at halftime. In the second act the Hunterdon Central offense was unstoppable and scored four answered goals to finish the game. Junior Jack Aimone finished with five scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage!
Watch Friday 5.24 JSZ Girls Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
Sectional champions were crowned around the state on Friday, as we’re down to the final four in each group. Check back throughout the night for championship highlights and reaction! (2) Notre Dame 10 (1) Red Bank Regional 6 – Central Group 3 Final The Notre Dame Irish took home their second Central Jersey Group 3 title in the past three years, defeating Red Bank Regional 10-6. Notre Dame’s Jessica Pisani scored the game-high with five goals. Julia DellAngelo and Danielle Losier each scored two goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Little Silver: Thank you to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring our Red Bank Regional coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage! (1) Princeton 10 (2) Rancocas Valley 5 – Central Group 4 Final Top-seeded Princeton captured its second straight Central Jersey Group 4 title with a 10-5 win over second seed Rancocas Valley. The No. 19 Tigers trailed 4-2 at the half off of four scores from RV’s Madelyn Uetz, but in the second act Princeton showed why it is the defending champ. Kate Becker and Shaylah Marciano tied the game with two early goals before Michigan commit Mariana Lopez-Ona joined in on the fun to eventually push that lead to 9-5 in the closing minutes. Becker finished with a pair of goals while Marciano and Lopez-Ona each had hat tricks. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton coverage! (2) Madison 11 (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 5 – North 2 Group 2 Final The #2 Madison Dodgers ended #1 Rumson-Fair Haven’s 14-game winning streak in an upset win on Friday afternoon, advancing to the Group 2 State Semifinals. The Dodgers led by three at the half. Madison’s Ginny Taylor scored the game-high with four goals. Boston University commit Lauren Kaye scored three goals for the Dodgers. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rumson: Thank you to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring our Rumson-Fair Haven coverage! (1) Haddonfield 15 (2) Camden Catholic 8 – South Group 2 Final The Haddons captured their third consecutive sectional title, and their second straight against the Irish. Gabi Connor led the way with five goals in the win. Caroline Beckett scored four goals for the 6th-ranked Bulldawgs. Kate Walsh scored three goals for Camden Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Haddonfield: Coverage of Haddonfield and Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Watch Friday 5.24 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
What a day from the baseball diamond! We’ve got everything from walk-offs, to dominating performances, to nail-biting finishes. Stay tuned throughout the night for JSZ’s coverage of the baseball state playoffs. (2) Jackson Liberty 5 (10) Allentown 4 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinals They may have been 24 hours apart, but David Melfi belted two Uber-meaningful playoff home runs for Jackson Liberty. Melfi was first to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Lions and Redbirds knotted at 4-4 and hammered a moonshot walk-off home run to secure the win. This game began Thursday, was suspended after a torrential downpour, and picked back up again in the bottom of the second inning Friday afternoon. Jackson Liberty will play 11-seed Northern Burlington on May 28. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jackson: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Allentown athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. (2) Delbarton 9 (7) Oratory 1 – North Non-Public A Quarterfinals Anthony Volpe blasted a grand slam to right field to highlight a six-run second inning and Kyle Vinco went 3-3 with a single, double, triple and two RBI’s to give the Green Wave a spot in the Non-Public “A” North Semifinals and a matchup with Seton Hall Prep. Jack Leiter pitched five innings giving up one unearned run, scattering three hits and striking out seven with no walks. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Morristown: (6) Old Bridge 2 (3) Middletown South 1 – Central Group 4 Quarterfinals The Knights scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Thursday and advanced to the CJ Group 4 semifinals without scoring a run on Friday. The game resumed in the top of the 3rd inning following the rainout a day earlier. Sophomore Jason Gilman pitched five strong innings giving up just one run and Matt Baker came on in relief to pitch two shutout innings to get the save. There were a lot of tense moments throughout this great state playoff game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Monmouth Building Center was the reason we brought you exciting Middletown South coverage all year long
Watch Thursday 5.23 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The rain was furious and aplenty, but it didn’t stop JSZ’s cameras from catching some great baseball action before the weekend starts. Stay tuned throughout the night for plenty of great baseball highlights from around the state! (1) Hunterdon Central 7 (9) Freehold Township 4 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week – Central Group 4 Quarterfinals Hunterdon Central’s run back to both of the Central Group 4 and overall Group 4 championships is still alive in well this season. After Freehold Township took a 4-3 advantage in the third inning, Lafayette commit Pete Ciuffreda came through with a mammoth home run to take back the lead in the fourth. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the extended highlights and post-game reaction from Flemington: Sponsor Shoutout! Many thanks to the folks at Diamond Nation for sponsoring our Game of the Week. They’re the reason why we’re able to provide extended highlights of the best game of every week! (1) Hamilton West 3 (8) Hopewell Valley 2 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal No. 20 Hamilton West advanced to the Central Group 3 semifinals with a close 3-2 victory over eighth seed Hopewell Valley. The game was tied 1-1 following a bases loaded walk in the third, a rain delay would stall the game, then Jack Haynes in the fourth inning drove in a run on an RBI single to help the Bulldogs go up 2-1. As the game began to wind down in the sixth, Hamilton West looked to Danilo Perdomo for salvation with two outs and a pair of base runners in scoring position. Perdomo didn’t disappoint as his two RBI double would be the deciding factor of the matchup. The top seeded Hornets will face No. 6 Wall in the semifinals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hamilton West and Hopewell Valley coverage! (16) Egg Harbor Twp. 8 (8) Vineland 1 – South Group 4 Quarterfinal The remarkable run continues for the 16th-seeded Eagles as now they’re through to the sectional semifinal round. Old Dominion commit Robbie Petracci led the way at the plate for EHT with three RBIs. Ethan Dodd went 3-4 with an RBI, and Dodd threw three scoreless innings in relief. George Washington commit Erv Bogan drove in the Fighting Clan’s only run of the game. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the complete highlights and reaction: (4) Wall 3 (5) Colts Neck 1 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal The Crimson Knights broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of bases loaded walks and Trey Dombroski came on in relief to throw three shutout innings to pick up the win as Wall earns a spot in the semis against top seed Hamilton West. Dombroski set the Wall single season strikeout record (97) and picked up his 200th career K in the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of an All-Shore battle in the state playoffs:
Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake Earns All-American Status
The selections have been made and the team is set — and New Jersey now boasts three high school lacrosse players chosen to play in the 2019 Under Armour All-America game. Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake was the most recent Garden State player to be selected — his roster spot was announced on May 21. Congratulations to @HaddonfieldLax Aiden Blake for being selected to the Under Armour All American Game. One of three @NJSIAA high school students out 44 in the country! https://t.co/IhRYmtzTBn— HMHS Athletics (@HMHSathletics) May 21, 2019 Blake, who is committed to Cornell University, was one of South Jersey’s most potent scorers throughout his senior season. His 55 goals and 75 total points were both team highs on a Bulldog squad that finished at 12-8 on the season. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Aiden Blake: Blake will join fellow Garden State players Canyon Birch (Manasquan, Penn State) and Mikey Long (Delbarton, Cornell) as attackmen in the all-star game. It’s set to take place at 8:00 p.m. on June 29 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Canyon Birch: Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Mikey Long: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Haddonfield athletics is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance! Without their sponsorship, we wouldn’t be able to provide these highlights!
Mainland’s Watson Commits to Oregon
One of the top high school basketball players in the country has made her college choice. Mainland’s Kylee Watson has given a verbal commitment to play in the Pac 12 for the Oregon Ducks. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of the dynamic forward! Kylee Watson is one of the top ranked recruits in the class of 2020 and her name has come off the board after the Mainland versatile forward gave a verbal commitment to play for the Oregon Ducks. Watson is a two-time JSZ All-Zone selection and led Mainland to the school’s first-ever state championship in girls basketball. Watson had offers from nearly every major basketball program in the country. The five-star prospect is ranked #18 in the class of 2020 by ESPNW. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of the newest Oregon Duck and we’re looking forward to more highlights from Kylee in her senior season
Manalapan rallies in 7th to oust CBA and reach Shore Conference semis
It was a wild Wednesday in the Shore Conference Baseball Tournament quarterfinals. JSZ has highlights from Manalapan’s come from behind 3-2 win over CBA giving the Braves a spot in the SCT Semis. Manalapan 3 CBA 2 – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals The Braves rallied for two runs in the seventh inning and Hunter Serrano came on in relief to get out of a bases loaded, no out jam to give his team their 20th win of the season and a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. Trailing 2-1 in the 7th, Nick DiPeitrantonio’s base hit to right scored pinch-runner Anthony Matrone to tie the game at two. Kyle Sciallo executed a perfect safety squeeze to give the Braves the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the frame, Serrano got a strikeout, a ground out to third base that had Tom Giudice fire home to get the out followed by one more strikeout to seal the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an exciting ballgame in Lincroft: Shore Conference Baseball Tournament Semifinals – Wednesday May 29 in Red Bank (9) Manasquan vs. (4) Red Bank Catholic (7) Wall vs. (6) Manalapan
Watch Wednesday 5.22 JSZ Boys Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The boys lacrosse playoffs continue to heat up and Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with some of the hottest finishes from around the state! Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights! (5) Don Bosco Prep 11 (4) Bergen Catholic 10 – Non-Public A Quarterfinal Don Bosco Prep had revenge on their minds — the Ironmen lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Bergen Catholic in early April. That left Don Bosco seeking revenge, and it was exacted by freshman Koleton Marquis when he scored the game-winning goal with only :14 seconds remaining in regulation to push Don Bosco Prep into the sectional semifinals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from a wild game in Oradell: (4) Westfield 6 (1) Ridge 5 – Group 4 North Semifinal No. 19 Westfield advanced to the North Jersey Group 4 Final with a 6-5 upset victory over No. 4 Ridge. The Blue Devils took a 4-0 lead at halftime thanks to a hat trick from Brown University commit Devon McLane in the first two quarters. However, despite another score from McLane in the second half, it was Ridge playing aggressor as they answered back with three goals to tie the game at 5-5 late in the fourth quarter. It was then Jake Engelke found net for a go-ahead score with 4:50 remaining to give Westfield the win. The Blue Devils will take on No. 9 Hunterdon Central in the Title Game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! (3) Shawnee 7 (2) Ocean City 6 – Group 3 South Semifinal Yale commit Chris Lyons led a balanced attack for the No. 13 Renegades, finishing with two goals and two assists. David Giordano and Gavyn Wilson also scored two goals apiece in the victory. Andrew Goldstein made 14 saves to key the win as well. Marty Cattie led the No. 12 Red Raiders with two goals in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as Shawnee advances to face top-seeded Moorestown in the sectional title game on Saturday: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. #2 Somerville 14 #6 Hopewell Valley 7 – South Group 2 Semifinal The #2 Somerville Pioneers defeated the #6 Hopewell Valley Bulldogs 14-7 on Wednesday, advancing to the South Group 2 Semifinals. Ryan Pierson scored the game-high with five goals. Steven Dupras hit 100 career points, and scored the second highest number of goals with four. TJ Sanchez scored three goals. The Pioneers will face #1 Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday for the South Jersey Group 2 Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Somerville: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Hopewell Valley! (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 16 (4) Allentown 6 – South Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Luke Devlin scored six goals as RFH scored 11 straight goals in the second and third quarter to give the Bulldogs a spot in the South Jersey Group 2 finals and a matchup with Somerville this Saturday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Allentown) and Gold Coast Cadillac (Rumson-Fair Haven) for allowing us to bring you state lacrosse playoff highlights!
Morgan Tripodi of Woodbury Wins Final NJM Insurance Softball Game Ball
Woodbury’s Morgan Tripodi earned the final South Jersey Game Ball of the season for her performance against Paulsboro. The senior went 3-4 with a triple and three RBIs to lead the Thundering Herd to the win. Now Tripodi is helping Woodbury make a deep run in the South Jersey Group 1 playoffs! Take Our Poll Thanks to NJM Insurance for making South Jersey Softball Game Balls possible all year long!
Justin Merryfield of Haddon Twp. Wins Final NJM Insurance Baseball Game Ball
Haddon Township’s Justin Merryfield earned the final South Jersey Game Ball of the season for his performance against Camden Catholic. Merryfield hit a grand slam in the game to help lead the Hawks to victory. Check out Justin’s ceremony here: Take Our Poll Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls all year long!
Holmdel Freshman set to tee it up at US Women’s Open
The high school golf season has come to a close, but Holmdel freshman Megha Ganne is not done playing. The 15-year old is heading to Charleston, South Carolina to tee it up against the world’s best at the US Women’s Open. Watch JSZ’s feature on a golf phenom who’s already had big moments in young career. Megha Ganne finished in a tie for third at the Tournament of Champions after shooting a +1 over par 73 at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough. Ganne now shifts her attention to the US Women’s Open in Charleston. The 15-year old earned her spot in the world class field after winning the sectional qualifier in Monroe thanks to a 36-hole score of even par. The Holmdel freshman is anxious to tee it up alongside some of the biggest names in the sport. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis profiles Ganne’s smooth and steady game which is matched by her demeanor on the course:
Montgomery wins girls golf T of C, IHA’s Kim wins individual state title
Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough was the host for the New Jersey girls golf Tournament of Champions. Montgomery took its first-ever team championship with an 11 shot win over IHA, but the Blue Eagles didn’t come away empty handed. Junior Yoona Kim wins the individual title with a -2 under 70. JSZ has highlights from some outstanding talent on the links! NJ Girls Golf Tournament of Champions Team Scores Montgomery 319Immaculate Heart 330Pingry 331West Windsor-Plainsboro North 344Holmdel 356Bergen Tech 359Ridge 372Moorestown 395 NJ Girls Golf Tournament of Individual Scores Yoona Kim, IHA – 70Tiya Chowdary, Montgomery – 71Grace Lu, Wardlaw-Hartridge – 73Megha Ganne, Holmdel – 73Gio Kim, Northern Highlands – 74Madeline Lin, Montgomery – 75Christine Shao, Pingry – 76Katherine Lu, West Windsor-Plainsboro North – 76Sydney Kuo, Wardlaw-Hartridge – 77 Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Montgomery is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Watch Tuesday 5.21 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
We’re now in the thick of the lacrosse state playoffs and Jersey Sports Zone has action from both the boys’ and girls’ bracket as the season quickly comes to a close. Check out all the highlights below! (1) Seton Hall Prep 10 (9) Pope John 2 – Boys – Non-Public A Quarterfinals Although they might have been plagued by a slow start, Seton Hall Prep was all business in the second half as they scored nine unanswered goals to take down Pope John in the sectional quarterfinals. Four Prep players scored at least two goals in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: (2) Camden Catholic 9 (3) Middle Twp. 8 – Girls – South Group 2 Semifinal The Irish rallied from three goals down in the second half to punch a ticket back to a sectional final. Brynn Eilbacher scored the game-winner with 20 seconds left. Eilbacher finished with two goals on the day, with Kate Walsh leading the way for Camden Catholic with four goals. La Salle commit Kira Sides led the Panthers with four goals in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction as the Irish advance to face top-seeded Haddonfield in the South Jersey Group 2 title game: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. (1) Manasquan 10 (5) Cinnaminson 8 – Girls – Central Group 2 Semifinal The #1 Manasquan Warriors advanced to the Central Group 2 Final on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Cinnaminson 10-8. The Warriors went into the second half fired up, scoring seven goals. Ohio State commit, Janie Cowley, scored the game-high with four goals. High Point commit, Jenna Harms, put in the second highest with three goals. Manasquan will play in the Central Jersey Group 2 sectional final on Friday. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Manasquan: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Cinnaminson! (1) Princeton 21 (4) Howell 4 – Girls – Central Group 4 Semifinal No. 16 in the NJ Top 20, Princeton advanced to its second consecutive Central Group 4 Final with a win over Howell. The Tigers wasted no time taking a lead thanks to Kathryn DeMilt who landed a hat trick with 13 minutes remaining in the first half to give Princeton a 7-1 lead. DeMilt would finish with six goals total on the day while Marianna Lopez-Ona and Eva Petrone both had four. Reigning sectional champs Princeton advances to take on second-seeded Rancocas Valley in the final on 5/24. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton coverage!
Watch Monday 5.20 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
#3 Trinity Hall 11 #2 St. Rose 10 – Girls – Central Group 1 Semifinal The #3 Trinity Hall Monarchs advanced to their first ever sectional final on Monday night, defeating #2 St. Rose 11-10 in overtime. Colleen Kelly scored a game-high five goals, including the golden goal with 31 seconds left in OT. The Monarchs will face Pingry on Thursday for the Central Group 1 title. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Wall: Jersey Sports Zone is being brought to you by Trinity Hall in Tinton Falls!
Watch Monday 5.20 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The New Jersey baseball playoffs opened with a bang on Monday and JSZ has you covered with highlights from all corners of the state. Check back throughout the night for playoff action! (10) Clearview 16 (7) Millville 5 – South Group 4 First Round The 10th-seeded Pioneers fell behind 3-0 early before putting several crooked numbers on the board in an upset win over seventh-seeded Millville. Shawn Dougherty, Julian Costa, Ian Petrutz and Eric Weiss all had multiple RBIs in the win. Mike Baginski and Garrett Musey both homered for the Thunderbolts in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights as the ‘Neers advance to host #15 Cherokee in the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals on Thursday: (6) Phillipsburg 1 (11) North Hunterdon 0 – North 2 Group 4 First Round If pitching and defense are the keys to playoff success, then Phillipsburg got the memo. Stateliners pitchers Alec Ricker (Win, 6 IP, 4 K’s) and Jack Stagaard (Save, 1 IP, 2 K’s) combined to shutout North Hunterdon. Ryan Mottley’s RBI single was the lone scoring hit of the day. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and capture this win in the state playoffs! (9) Freehold Township 10 (8) Monroe 7 – Central Group 4 First Round Freehold Township advanced to the second round of the Central Group 4 Tournament with an upset 10-7 victory over Monroe. The Patriots drew first blood going ahead 2-0 in the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning Monroe countered to lead 6-2. However, following a runner scored on error, Brian Lee hit an inside the park grand slam to put Freehold back in front. The Patriots move onto to face top seeded Hunterdon Central next. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage! (3) Middletown South 8 (14) West Windsor-Plainsboro South 1 – Central Group 4 First Round Robby Zega belted a three-run double in the third inning to bust open a 2-1 game and Danny Minze pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing just one run as the Eagles advance to the quarterfinals and a matchup with sixth seed Old Bridge. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone brings you state baseball action thanks to our great sponsors. Princeton Orthopaedic Associates is responsible for our West Windsor-Plainsboro South coverage and thanks to Monmouth Building Center for allowing us to capture great moments from the Middletown South Eagles all year long
Watch JSZ Sunday 5.19 Baseball Highlights
It’s a championship Sunday on the diamond. The Hun Raiders made it four straight NJ Prep “A” state championships and Old Bridge topped South Brunswick to claim the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament title. We’ve got highlights and post-game reaction from both championship games! Old Bridge 2 South Brunswick 1 – Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Championship Old Bridge captured its first Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Title since 2011 with a thrilling 2-1 victory over rival South Brunswick. The Knights fell behind 1-0 in the first off a balk, but quickly regrouped on offense to go ahead 2-1 on a fielder’s choice and error in the second inning. Senior Matt Baker who technically allowed the Viking’s only earned run had a different persona after shaking off the early blunder. Baker allowed just five hits and finished with six strikeouts. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage! Hun 12 Peddie 0 – NJ Prep “A” State Championship Jack Erback pitched 6 2/3 innings of 1-hit ball with 12 strikeouts and added a three run homer in the 6th inning to put the exclamation point on Hun’s fourth consecutive Prep state championship. Third baseman Andy Blake added a solo homer for the Raiders who finish the year with an impressive 22-2 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the title game in Hightstown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hun and Peddie is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. They are the reason we can bring you great moments like the Raiders 4th title in a row!
Watch Saturday 5.18 JSZ Baseball Highlights
With the state playoffs ready to commence on Monday, Saturday was more conference tournament baseball action. JSZ brings you a pair of games from the Shore Conference Tournament plus Montclair’s impressive win in the Greater Newark Tournament. We’ll be posting all three games throughout Saturday evening! (4) Montclair 12 (2) Seton Hall Prep 1 – Greater Newark Tournament Final Conor McGrath picked the perfect time to have a career day. The Montclair leadoff man was a menace at the plate, belting a three-run inside-the-park home run while knocking in 6 RBI in the Mounties’ stellar 12-1 over Seton Hall Prep. Starting pitcher Kyle Miller went the distance with 5 IP and 5 K’s in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Verona: (4) Red Bank Catholic 3 (13) Howell 0 – Shore Conference Tournament 2nd Round Shane Panzini pitched five scoreless innings and Vin Bianchi came on in relief for two more scoreless frames as the Caseys used a three-run third to advance to the quarterfinals of the SCT. Alex Gonzalez had an RBI single and David Glancy roped an RBI double to left in the third. A wild pitch allowed Gonzalez to score the final run of the game. RBC will face #5 seed Jackson Memorial in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Playa Bowls in Red Bank (1) Middletown South 6 (16) Brick Memorial 1 – Shore Conference Tournament 2nd Round Chris Lotito gave up a first inning run and settled in with six shutout frames as the Eagles used a three-run second to stake to a lead and cruised into the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. The top seed Eagles will host #8 Manasquan in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Robby Zega was 2 for 2 with a double and 2 runs scored in the win. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the winning pitcher in Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is made possible by our friends at Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury
Watch Saturday 5.18 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The state lacrosse playoffs continued and JSZ has two games from the boys side – both of our games were one-goal affairs. Nery Rodriguez and Madison Bess brings us some exciting action from Saturday morning! (4) Westfield 9 (5) Bridgewater-Raritan 8 – Boys – North Group 4 Quarterfinal Round No. 20 in the NJ Top 20 Westfield advanced to the North Group 4 semifinal round with a tight 9-8 win over Bridgewater-Raritan. The Blue Devils got ahead early to take a 6-3 lead at halftime. However, Bridgewater-Raritan thanks to a pair scores from Jarrett Fought in the third cut it to an 8-6 deficit entering the fourth. The Panthers would eventually come within one score, but Westfield was able to hold their ground on defense and hang on for the victory. Devon McLane and Jake Engelke both finished with hat tricks. The Blue Devils move on to face top seeded Ridge in the next round. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsors! Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage! #6 Hopewell Valley 8 #3 Wall 7 – Boys South Group 2 Quarterfinal Round The #6 Hopewell Valley Bulldogs advanced to the Semifinals on Saturday morning, defeating the #3 Wall Crimson Knights 8-7. The Knights took the lead by two at the end of the third quarter. However, the Bulldogs came back in the fourth quarter, scoring three goals. Hopewell Valley’s Dylan Tomarchio scored the game-high with four goals, including the tiebreaker goal to win the game. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Wall: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of the Hopewell Valley Bulldogs!
Immaculata Wins Somerset County Crown in 12 Inning Marathon
It might have taken twelve innings, four hours and six minutes and 370 pitches but Immaculata yet again reigns supreme in Somerset County. Junior Ryan Kabus stepped up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning and delivered a bloop single to shallow right field for the walk-off hit in a 6-5 win over Ridge. Kabus also pitched seven innings and tossed over 100 pitches to become the winning pitcher, as well. The win gives Immaculata their 14th Somerset County trophy in program history. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from TD Bank Park in Bridgewater: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Immaculata baseball is proudly brought to you by Diamond Nation!
Watch Friday 5.17 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The New Jersey lacrosse playoffs are in full swing, and JSZ has you covered with action from all around the state. Check back throughout the night for boys and girls playoff highlights! Allentown 11 Seneca 6 – Boys – South Group 2 Quarterfinal Fifth seed Allentown advanced to the South Group 2 Semifinals with an 11-6 victory over 13th-seeded Seneca. The Red Birds got some help from Jared Jordan early who had a hat trick in the first period to give them a 7-1 lead. Towards the end of the second and throughout the third quarter, Seneca started mounting a comeback to cut it to just 9-6 heading into the fourth. However Jared Jordan along with Clayton Moench tacked on a pair scores to keep the game out of reach for the Eagles. Moench and Peter Pinto ended the day with hat tricks while Jared Jordan had four goals including his 100th career goal. Allentown will face the winner of #8 Holmdel and #1 Rumson-Fair Haven in the semifinals on 5/22. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage! No. 8 St. Augustine 20 Camden Catholic 1 – Boys – Non-Public A Opening Round David Burr and Mikey Vanaman each scored hat tricks as the Hermits overwhelmed the Irish to begin the Non-Public A playoffs. Third-seeded St. Augustine advances to face either #6 CBA or #11 Red Bank Catholic in the quarterfinals next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Richland: Coverage of Camden Catholic is sponsored by NJM Insurance. Hillsborough 12 Westfield 11 – Girls – North 2 Group 4 Quarterfinal Lisa Ross had three goals and four assists including the game winning goal with :40 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a spot in the sectional semis and a matchup with top seed Bridgewater-Raritan. The Raiders seniors had prom later that evening and rushed off the field following the win to get ready for their big night. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Hillsborough High: Thanks to two great sponsors for allowing us to bring this great game. Princeton Orthopaedic Associates sponsors our Hillsborough Raiders coverage and thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Westfield. No. 18 Eastern 16 Washington Twp. 9 – Girls – South Group 4 Quarterfinal The top-seeded Vikings raced out to 12-3 halftime lead against the eighth-seeded Minutemaids. Ryleigh Heck, Jenna Casole, and Victoria Accardo each scored four goals to lead the way for Eastern. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights as the Vikings advance to face #5 Cherokee in the sectional semifinals: Coverage of Eastern and Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Toms River North 15 Monroe 7 – Girls – Central Group 4 Quarterfinal The Toms River North Mariners advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinals on Friday night, defeating Monroe 15-7. Selena Carrington scored the game-high with five goals. University of Pittsburgh soccer commit, Marisa Tava, scored the second highest number of goals with four. The Mariners will face Rancocas Valley on Tuesday for the Semifinal round. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Toms River: Thank you to CJA Construction for sponsoring our Toms River North coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage!
Reece Miller Wins Central Jersey Game Ball!
Toms River East’s Reece Miller took home the final Central Jersey Game Ball for his CG 2-hit shutout against Jackson Memorial. Check out his full ceremony right now: Take Our Poll
Watch Thursday 5.15 JSZ Baseball Tournament Highlights
Tournament action is alive and well in New Jersey, meaning Jersey Sports Zone has more championship baseball action coming right at you. Tonight we’ll have highlights from Rutgers Prep’s fifth Prep B championship and the first-ever Ocean County crown for Point Pleasant Boro. Stay tuned and enjoy the highlights! Rutgers Prep 6 Princeton Day 2 | Diamond Nation Game of the Week | Prep B Championship Sophomore right-hander Ryan Montalvo was the steady presence for Rutgers Prep all night. He took his 1.11 ERA into this game and delivered the complete game with while striking out seven and allowing only a pair of runs as the Argonauts won their fifth-ever Prep B title. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Flemington for our Diamond Nation Game of the Week: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone is proud to partner with Diamond Nation to bring you extended highlights and post-game reaction from the best games in New Jersey week in and week out! Point Pleasant Boro 10 Jackson Liberty 7 | Ocean County Tournament Final Sam Young broke a 5-5 tie in the 5th inning with a 2-run double to spark a five-run frame as the Panthers win the first Ocean County championship in school history. Point Boro raced out to a four-run first inning and added one more in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Jackson Liberty rallied for five runs in the 3rd to tie the game. Nick Guzzi pitched six innings giving up four earned runs and Sam Collins came on to pitch a scoreless 7th and get out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River:
Delsea Advances in South Jersey Group 3 Softball Playoffs
No. 20 Delsea 5 Absegami 0 – Group 3 South Opening Round Diana Parker threw a complete game one-hitter, finishing with 16 strikeouts to lead the Crusaders to victory. Gianna Cava broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a two-out single to score two runs. Briana Booras also had two RBIs in the win. Kaylin Flukey struck out four and had a double for the Braves in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights as #4 Delsea advances to face #5 Seneca in the sectional quarterfinals: Coverage of Delsea is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
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(4) West Windsor-Plainsboro North 10 (5) Colts Neck 5 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal Round Fourth seed West Windsor-Plainsboro North advanced to the Central Group 3 Semifinals with a 10-5 victory over fifth seed Colts Neck. The Knights fell behind 4-1 before North tied the game at 4-4 going into halftime on back to back scores from Maria Tello. Tello would finish with four goals as would Jillian Pelosi who was a spark plug for the Knights in the the second half. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our West Windsor-Plainsboro North! #3 Allentown 16 #6 Steinert 4 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal Round The Allentown Redbirds defeated the Steinert Spartans 16-4, advancing to the Central Jersey Group 3 Semifinals. The Redbirds had five players score the game-high with two goals: Kaitlyn Bergen, Kennedy Munster, Brianna Samuels, Morgan Vaccaro and Emily Ciccarone. Steinert’s Ashley Goimbert also scored two goals. Allentown will face #2 Notre Dame on Monday for the Semifinal round. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Allentown: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Allentown and Steinert!
Steinert softball ends nine year county tournament drought
No. 7 Steinert 1 No. 12 Hightstown 0 – Mercer County Tournament Final No. 7 Steinert (3) defeated No. 12 Highstown (1) 1-0 to claim their first Mercer County Tournament Title since 2010. A pitching duel between Steinert’s Kaylee Whittaker and Hightstown’s Allie Bridgeman took center stage early. Whittaker had five strikeouts in the first two innings as Bridgeman had four. Bella Truelove drove in the only run of the game on an RBI single in the top of the third. The Spartans continued to hold onto that small lead thanks to the continued outstanding pitching from Kaylee Whittaker. Whittaker finished with just 2 hits allowed and racked up 17 strikeouts. Steinert under first year Head Coach Jenn Melker brought home the program’s ninth MCT Crown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hightstown and Steinert coverage!
Rumson-Fair Haven opens state lacrosse playoffs with dominating effort
The boys state lacrosse playoffs are underway. JSZ’s road to the state championship begins in Rumson where RFH opened the South Group 2 bracket with a dominating effort against Lawrence. Rumson-Fair Haven 19 Lawrence 3 – South Group 2 First Round Drew Shaw led the Rumson offensive explosion with four goals and three assists and Sam Mannino added a three goal three assist effort as the Bulldogs scored 15 first half goals to earn a spot in the South Group 2 quarterfinals and a matchup with Shore Conference foe Holmdel. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone brings you this great game thanks to two great sponsors. Princeton Orthopaedic Associates is our Lawrence sponsor and Gold Coast Cadillac is the reason we bring you great RFH coverage all year long
Watch Wednesday 5.15 JSZ Baseball County Tournament Highlights
JSZ has you covered with two big county/conference finals, including the Diamond Classic final and the Union County Tournament title game. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the highlights! Shawnee 2 No. 19 Haddonfield 0 – Diamond Classic Championship Game Jackson Balzan scattered six hits in six shutout innings of work to lead the Renegades to their first Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic title since 1990. Joe Dalsey delivered an RBI single in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction as Shawnee stakes its claim as the top team in South Jersey: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Haddonfield coverage is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 4 Johnson 0 – Union County Tournament Final Patrick Cuccurullo knew that his Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders were in great shape after knocking off the reigning champions, Governor Livingston, in the semifinal round. It was the senior pulled through in the championship game with 5 and 2/3 innings of scoreless ball to lead Scotch Plains-Fanwood to its fifth overall Union County title, and the first since 2009. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Kean University:
Mariah Villanueva Wins North Jersey Game Ball!
McNair’s Mariah Villanueva took home the North Jersey Game Ball for her performance during the game against Hudson Catholic. She finished with 14 Ks. Check out her full ceremony right now: Take Our Poll
Notre Dame Claims Ninth Mercer County Crown
No. 13 Notre Dame 9 Hopewell Valley – Mercer County Tournament Final No. 13 in the NJ Top 20 Notre Dame won its ninth Mercer County Tournament Title with a 9-3 win over fourth seeded Hopewell Valley. After falling behind 3-1, the third seed Irish opened things up in the bottom of the fifth inning off a Jake Kmiec RBI single to eventually go ahead 7-3. Kmiec would end the day 3-3 with 2 RBI’s including two triples. MVP honors went to West Point commit Robbie Buecker who after giving up two runs early on buckled down to end the evening with three hits allowed and six strikeouts. This victory brings the Irish’s record to 19-1 in 2019. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hopewell Valley and Notre Dame coverage!
Watch Tuesday 5.14 JSZ Girls Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The New Jersey girls lacrosse playoffs are officially underway! Jersey Sports Zone has you covered from the opening round through to the Tournament of Champions! No. 17 Shawnee 11 Cherry Hill East 2 – South Jersey Group 4 First Round Julie Cassidy and Lauren Jobes each scored three goals for the Renegades, as Jobes reached 100 career goals in the victory. Sami MacDonald scored a pair of goals and dished out four assists. Ashley Vernon earned her 529th career save, a new Shawnee school record. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Hospital. Holmdel 14 Parsippany Hills 5 – North 2 Group 2 First Round Sophomore Jules Brown led the scoring attack with four goals and three assists and the Holmdel senior trio of Kinsey Clark, Erin Mendini and Sam DiMaio reached a collective 500 goals in a dominating first round effort. The Hornets are through to the sectional quarterfinals and a matchup with 3rd seed Bernards. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Holmdel High: Montgomery 15 South Brunswick 5 – North 2 Group 4 First Round Sophomore Maddie Csontos has been a threat for Montgomery all season, but the sophomore has really found a groove heading into the state playoffs. Her five-goal game Tuesday against South Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 opening round gives her three-straight games with at least five goals. The Cougars advance and will play top-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan on May 17. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Montgomery and South Brunswick athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
Shane Paradine Wins North Jersey Game Ball!
Bayonne’s Shane Paradine took home the North Jersey Baseball Game Ball for his performance during the game against North Bergen. He finished 2/3 with 2 HR and 6 RBIs. Check out his full ceremony right now: Take Our Poll
Emma Springstead Wins Central Jersey Game Ball!
Raritan’s Emma Springstead took home the Central Jersey Softball Game Ball for her GW 2-run HR during the game against Manasquan. Check out her full ceremony right now: Take Our Poll
Scottie Gives Back: Lewis Hosts Hoops for Homeless
Prior to his jump into college basketball with the Florida Gators, Scottie Lewis brought some of the area’s top basketball players to Ranney for his second annual Hoops for Homeless. Lewis was inspired to use his status as one of the top basketball players in the country to give back. The event featured a number of high profile future college basketball stars including Louisville’s Aidan Igiehon, UConn’s Jalen Gaffney, Rutgers Paul Mulcahy and Xavier’s Zach Freemantle to name just a few. The dunk contest saw Scottie’s younger brother, Jaylen Smith, a junior at Raritan High steal the show with some big throwdowns. The McDonald’s All-American is about to become a household name across the country in college basketball and eventually the NBA, but as you’ll learn in our feature, Lewis is determined to use his basketball platform to make a difference in people’s lives: Proceeds from Saturday night’s game which included a raffle went to Lunch Break, which provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond. Click here if you want to help
Vote now for the final Game Balls of the spring sports season
Jersey Sports Zone thanks our loyal audience for voting all year long for JSZ Game Balls. We have the final 60 nominees in high school baseball and softball. We’ll keep our polls open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm and visit high school baseball and softball practices or games to present JSZ Game Balls to six more great recipients. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls South Jersey Game Ball Nominees presented by NJM Insurance Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 5.11 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The county tournament season in full force which means JSZ has you covered from all over the state for the top action. JSZ’s Saturday night highlights include Jack Leiter’s near perfect game in the Morris County final; Notre Dame shutting out Lawrenceville to advance in Mercer County; and Haddonfield out-slugging Eastern in the Diamond Classic. Enjoy all the highlights! Delbarton 2 West Morris 1 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week – Morris County Tournament Final Simply put, Jack Leiter was that close to a perfect game. The Vanderbilt-commit and 2019 MLB Draft prospect pitched a perfect 6 2/3 innings with a staggering 14 strikeouts to guide Delbarton to its sixth overall Morris County crown. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montville for the Diamond Nation Game of the Week: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Diamond Nation, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand to provide in-depth highlights and post-game reaction from the Morris County Tournament final! More Highlights! Jersey Sports Zone has been following Jack Leiter throughout his much anticipated senior season. Want to see how well Leiter pitched in the Morris County Tournament final? JSZ has you covered. Watch every strikeout from the win here: No. 13 Notre Dame 8 Lawrence 0 – Mercer County semifinal No. 13 in the NJ Top 20 and third seed Notre Dame advanced to the Mercer County Tournament championship game for the first time since 2015 with an 8-0 victory over tenth seeded Lawrence. The Irish kicked things off with a three run second inning that included West Point commit Robbie Buecker knocking in an RBI to get his 100th career hit. In the third inning ND repeated as Dan DiUbaldi drove in two more runs to put him at three total on the afternoon. Pitcher Steve Graver got it done for Notre Dame on the hill allowing just two hits and collected three strikeouts. They advance to the final on May 14th at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Lawrence coverage! No. 19 Haddonfield 8 Eastern 5 – Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic semifinal The eighth-seeded Haddons started the day with an upset win over Cherry Hill West in the quarterfinals, before knocking off the defending champion Vikings in the semifinals. Steve DiTomaso had two triples and two RBIs in the victory. Chris Mariani delivered the go-ahead RBI single for Haddonfield in the top of the seventh inning. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as the Haddons advance to face Shawnee in the Diamond Classic title game: Haddonfield coverage is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Eastern is sponsored by Cooper University Hospital.
Watch Saturday 5.11 JSZ County Tournament Lacrosse Highlights
It’s championship Saturday in New Jersey high school lacrosse! We’ve got the championship games from the Shore Conference and Somerset finals on both the boys and girls side. Enjoy the coverage! Manasquan 12 CBA 7 – Shore Conference Tournament Boys Final The Warriors busted open a 4-4 game with seven straight goals to win its third consecutive Shore Confrence Tournament title. Canyon Birch scored five goals to lead the way giving him 97 for his senior season. NJ’s all-time leading lax scorer stands at 491 career points heading into the state playoffs. James Pendergist had three goals and two assists as the Warriors reach 17-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Monmouth University: Ridge 15 Montgomery 9 – Somerset County Tournament Boys Final Ridge’s recipe for success might be odd, but it sure does work. The Red Devils partake in some spirited intra-squad trash talking during their games and it sure works, evidenced by their 15-9 win over Montgomery in the Somerset County finale. Chris Crapanzano and Jake Hoffman each scored four times in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game interviews from Bridgewater: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Montgomery is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Red Bank Catholic 6 – Shore Conference Tournament Girls Final RFH used six diferent scorers in a balanced attack to hold off the Caseys and win a remarkable seventh straight Shore Conference title. RFH has won 119 straight games against conference foes. Sophomore Chase Boyle had two goals and two assists in the win. Cassie James and Sophia Passalaqua also hit the two goal mark for the 19-2 Bulldogs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring our Rumson-Fair Haven coverage and allowing us to capture championship moments! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you buy Playa Bowls in Red Bank Bridgewater-Raritan 18 Pingry 8 – Somerset County Tournament Girls Final The Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers took home their fifth straight County Title trophy on Saturday afternoon defeating the Pingry Big Blue 18-8. The Panthers took the lead early on in the first half, and the Big Blue tied the game with less than ten minutes left in the half. But the Panthers found their momentum again in the second half, scoring ten goals. James Madison University commit Tai Jankowski scored the game-high with five goals. Marquette commit Lizzy Escudero added four goals with Wesleyan commit Madi Bray scoring three goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Bridgewater: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan!
Watch Friday 5.10 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone takes you to two different Garden State ballparks this Friday night to bring you highlights from South Brunswick’s nail biting win in the GMC Championship Tournament and Jackson Memorial outlasting Bayonne in an absolute slugfest. Enjoy the highlights! (#5) Jackson Memorial 12 (#4) Bayonne 8 Alex Iadisernia blasted a grand slam in the fourth inning to cap off a six run comeback as the Jags rallied from a 7-2 deficit to end the Bees 13 game win streak. Iadisernia broke an 8-8 tie in the sixth with his 5th RBI of the game on an RBI single to right. Ty Beck was 4-4 with 3 RBI’s including a huge two-run single in the 6th to give the Jags some insurance. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of two top five teams in the NJ polls slugging it out in Jackson! (#3) South Brunswick 1 vs. (#6) J.P. Stevens 0 – GMC Championship Tournament Quarterfinals South Brunswick had outscored J.P. Stevens, 16-2, through two regular season games earlier this year, but it was a different story Friday night. Mike Reyes produced a go-ahead RBI triple to score the game’s lone run and then pitched a perfect seventh inning to collect the save in a nail-biting win. The Vikings move into the conference semifinals and face #15 Piscataway on May 14 at Rutgers University. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from North Brunswick Community Park: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the South Brunswick Vikings is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!