Middlesex Prevails in Snapple Bowl
The 25th Annual Snapple Bowl wrapped up the All-Star football series by delivering a fun, hard hitting, explosive game that was just the latest chapter in the Middlesex/ Union County rivalry. Fans gathered in Woodbridge to witness a 22-6 victory from Middlesex that was headlined by St. Joe’s (Met.) quarterback Paul Cocozziello, who came up with a 64 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to Perth Amboy’s Tyler Jack to help secure the win. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post game interviews with Cocozziello and Jack:
Jersey Hosts 3rd U.S. Junior Ameteur Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club
Before this year Jersey hosted two other Junior Amateur Championships, one in 1994 and the other in 2009. This year young golfers played on one of the most historic golf courses in history, the Baltusrol Golf Club, for the 71st US Junior Amateur. Check out more details about this year’s championship and how Jersey is once again making history:
Ranney duo adds their names to rich history of JSBL
It’s the heart of the AAU basketball season and Team Rio is traveling the country playing in Under Armour’s top showcases. With a team that is comprised of three Ranney starters and some of the top college prospects in the Tri-State area, Team Rio made a stop in the famed JSBL for a one-game exhibition. The JSBL is in its 48th year on the Jersey Shore with numerous college basketball standouts and former NBA players giving the league a reputation as one of the best summer leagues in the country. Team Rio took on the unique challenge of facing a team that is comprised of players with Division I college basketball experience. Doughboys saw a number of former Shore Conference standouts who are now playing college ball. Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis shined in front of a packed gym, but it was the Doughboys outlasting the high school AAU squad in a 130-123 victory. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from an entertaining showcase on a Tuesday night at Saint Rose High School: Meet the Irish Hulk! Thank you to all the schools that have put in energy, time and effort in recruiting me thus far. However from now on I will be focusing on these 10 schools. I WILL BE COMMITTING TO… #Blessed pic.twitter.com/yJl3jQh8m9 — Aidan Harris Igiehon (@Big_harris22) June 26, 2018 6-foot-10 Team Rio power forward Aidan Harris Igiehon plays his high school ball in Brooklyn, but hails from Ireland. Dubbed “The Irish Hulk”, Igiehon is a five-star recruit who’s final 10 schools include Louisville, Saint John’s and Oregon. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Igiehon more than holding his own against an experienced team of Division I players: Lewis and Antoine Step up Against College Vets Scottie Lewis poured in 28 points and Bryan Antoine had 29 in their JSBL debut. JSZ has the highlight reels of the Ranney duo from Belmar:
Middlesex Snapple Bowl Participants make 25th Visit to Lakeview School
The Snapple Bowl was created 25 years ago by a man named Marcus Borden. Borden had a vision of a all-star game between Middlesex and Union County that would donate money to a charity for children. Never did he imagine though that his efforts would be such a success. Over the last 24 years the Snapple Bowl has raised 640,000+ dollars for the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Union and the Lakeview School in Edison, both organizations that help children with physical and mental disabilities. Check out the full story and this year’s 25th annual visit to the Lakeview School now:
Trevon Duval Fighting for Spot in NBA
Trevon Duval has certainly learned a valuable life lesson over the last few months: A lot can change in one year. 12 months ago the 6 foot 3 Duval arrived at Duke University as the No. 1 Ranked Point Guard in the Class of 2017 according to ESPN, and a lottery pick lock on a number of NBA mock drafts. Now, the 19 year old Duval is fighting and clawing for a spot on the Houston Rockets’ roster after a one-and-done season at Duke that saw him put up 10.3 points and 5.6 assists per game, followed by going un-drafted in June’s 2018 NBA Draft. In a recent interview with AZCentral.com Duval stated “Everybody has different roads, different paths, My path is different and I’m going to make the best out of it.” Trevon has for sure taken a different path, his young but storied career has been marked by inconsistency but also flashes of brilliance. Duval played two years of high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, followed by pit stops at API in Texas and IMG Academy in Florida where he became an internet sensation and the top point guard in the country, thanks to his lightning quick crossover and jaw dropping dunks. While leaving Duke University and entering the draft after his freshman season was a highly debated decision, Duval immediately made a splash on the NBA scene in Summer League play. Trevon’s rookie debut in Las Vegas saw him score 20 points in a win over the Indiana Pacers, followed by averaging 10 ppg in a 5 game stretch helping The Rockets finish Summer League with a 4-1 record. The question now stands: What’s next for Trevon Duval? Will his summer league success be convincing enough for the Rockets to sign him, or will there be another stop along Duval’s “different path”? JSZ looks back at Trevon Duval’s High School Highlights in New Jersey.
St. John Vianney wins Monmouth-Ocean 7 on 7 Tournament
After squeezing by in the final game of the Monmouth County Tournament, St. John Vianney cruised to a 20-6 victory over Ocean’s tournament winner Donovan Catholic. The action took place just before the start of the 41st All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Brick Memorial. With a barrage of new faces going the Lancers this year such as St. Joe’s Prep (PHILA) transfer CJ Duell, Kavon Chambers and Head Coach Joe Martucci it was a great chance to get an early look at the Shore Conference favorite. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the recap:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Girls Lax Games of 2018
Top 10 Girls Lacrosse Games: The 2018 high school girls LAX season saw sensational performances in the cage, incredible web gems, and goals of the year. Jersey Sports Zone captured the best of the best, and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school girls LAX: #10. Ridgewood 12 Clearview 9 | Group 4 State Final After being eliminated in the first round of the Group 4 state playoffs following their Sectional Title win last season, No. 1 Ridgewood bounced back to win their third State Championship in four years against Clearview. The maroons jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to Lillie Kloak who would wound up with an early hat trick in the first half, but Clearview countered to cut the lead 8-4 at the break. In the second half the Pioneers would keep it a close game, coming within 3 goals, but Ridgewood led by Marley Scala who scored 4 times would hold on to win 12-9. #9. Notre Dame 9 Princeton 8 Notre Dame coming off two impressive blowout victories to begin their 2018 year had a bit more trouble when they ran into Colonial Valley Conference rival Princeton. The Irish were locked into a head to head battle that saw multiple lead changes. Princeton took a late 2 goal lead and thanks to the heroics of Danielle Losier who ended the day with 5 goals, she tied it up and then helped Notre Dame take the lead in the final minutes to come away with the victory. #8. Allentown 7 Notre Dame 3 The match up between the Colonial Valley’s two Top 20 did not disappoint as the first half of Allentown and Notre Dame was a defensive battle that left us knotted up 1-1 at halftime. However, the tides shifted in favor of Allentown for the second half. Rutgers commit Marin Hartshorn led the Red Birds to a 7-3 victory and handed ND their first loss of the season thanks to a four goal performance. Your second look at this exciting rivalry has now arrived: #7. Notre Dame 13 Holy Cross 2 Notre Dame kicked off the season with an impressive 15-3 win over conference rival Hopewell Valley. The Irish rolled into their next meeting with Holy Cross Academy, coming off an upset to reigning Group 2 Champ Haddon Township with that same momentum. With great transitional play Notre Dame was unstoppable in the 13-2 victory over the Lancers. ND was led by second year transfer Danielle Loser, who put on a spectacular four goal performance. #6. Allentown 15 Hightstown 2 | MCT Quarterfinals Following a tough loss to No. 12 Bridgewater- Raritan, Allentown entered the Mercer County Tournament with some extra momentum. The second seed Red Birds coming off a 10 goal win in the opening round continued their success against No. 7 Hightstown. Freshman Alyssa Castellano was the difference maker, her 5 goal performance propelled Allentown to a 15-2 victory and a trip to the MCT Semifinals. #5. Bishop Ahr 11 vs Edison 8 Cassidy Veltre scored 4 goals in the 2nd half as The Trojans of Bishop Ahr were in prime position with a commanding 11-5 lead late in the 2nd half. Edison responded with 3 goals to make it a 11-8 game with just 1:30 remaining, but Bishop Ahr got a key save in net by Sydeny Samuelson and was able to hold off the Edison comeback for a 11-8 win on the road. #4. RBR 8 vs Shore Regional 7 | 1st Round SCT Meghan Murray scored the Bucs final two goals including the game-winner with :37 left in the game to give the Bucs a spot in the SCT quarterfinals. Murray finished with a hat-trick and freshman goalie Emily Dee made eight saves including three critical stops in the final five minutes. Shore was led by Ohio State signee Mary Kate George who had five goals. Red Bank Regional went on to face #1 seed Rumson-Fair Haven in the quarterfinals. #3. Moorestown 14 vs Ridgewood 9 | Tournament of Champions Kara Rahaim made 10 of her 16 saves in the second half and Ridgewood scored five straight goals in the second to reach the Tournament of Champions final. Cat Roxas had a hat trick and four other Maroons scored two goals as well. JSZ is here to give you a second look at this exciting memory for the Maroons. #2. RBC 8 vs RBR 7 Kristen Pezzullo’s goal with 2:22 remaining proved to be the game-winner as the Caseys complete a season sweep of their rival. Red Bank Regional had a 4-3 lead at the half and took a 6-5 lead in the second half before RBC strung together three straight goals capped off by Pezzullo’s second tally of the game. Mackenzie Boyle led the RBC attack with three goals. #1. RFH 11 vs Manasquan 7 | SCT Girls Final Gill Curran scored three first-half goals and freshman Chase Boyle added a pair of scores in the second half to give RFH a remarkable sixth consecutive SCT title. Manasquan rallied from 5-2 down in the first half to tie the game at 6. Curran’s third goal of the game gave Rumson a 7-6 lead at the half. Jenna Harms second goal of the game got the Warriors within 8-7, but RFH closed the game out with three straight goals. This is your number 1 viewed girls lacrosse game here on JSZ!
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Lax Games of 2018
Top 10 Boys Lacrosse Games The 2018 high school boys LAX season saw sensational offensive performances, incredible saves, and clutch scores. Jersey Sports Zone captured hundreds of great moments and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school boys LAX: #10. Manasquan 11 CBA 3 – PART 2 | SCT Boys LAX Final Canyon Birch scored his 100th goal of 2018 as part of a five-point game as the Warriors avenged a 6-4 regular season loss to top the #1 seed and earn a second straight Shore Conference championship. Ryan Anderson scored four goals and Mike LaPoint had 12 saves to lead Manasquan who handed CBA their first loss of the season. JSZ has your flashback to Monmouth University: #9. Don Bosco 9 Ridgewood 4 Justin Kim scored four goals and twin brother Andrew added a pair of scores as the Ironmen braved the elements to top Ridgewood. Matt Solleder added two goals for Don Bosco, who improved to 2-0 on the season after this exciting win. Lets look back on this Ironmen victory now: #8. Delbarton 15 Seton Hall Prep 10 | Non-Public A State Final Matt Campbell was a man on a mission, the senior midfielder scored 5 first half goals sparking Delabrton to a 15-10 win over Seton Hall Prep. The win marked The Green Wave’s 3rd straight Non-Public A Title and added to a historic year in sports at Delbarton School, winning State Championships in Soccer, Hockey and now on the Lacrosse field. #7. CBA 6 Manasquan 4 Christian Brothers Academy came into this game with Manasquan ranked No. 2 in the Shore Conference despite bolstering a 9-0 record and a win over Don Bosco Prep. Rankings didn’t matter to the Colts, but shutting down a prolific Manasquan offense did. The CBA defense led by senior goalie Chris Downey (11 Saves, 4 in the 4th Qtr) held the Warriors to just 4 goals on the day, as the Colts came away with the 6-4 win at Monmouth University. Connor Macrae, Robbie Hermansen and Kevin Junquet sparked a 3-Goal run in the 2nd quarter to give CBA a 4-3 lead at the half. James Pendergist recorded a hat trick for Manasquan in the loss. #6. Delbarton 9 Mountain Lakes 5 | Morris County Final The Delbarton School came into the Morris County Final boasting 5 consecutive County Championships to go along with a current No. 1 ranking in The NJ Top 20. Despite that, the Green Wave was still able to find motivation in an underdog mentality. Seeded No. 2 behind Mountain Lakes in the tournament, Delbarton was out to prove they were once again the very best in Morris County. Michael Long scored a hat trick, and Yale bound goalie Miles Leniw had an incredible 14 saves, as The Green Wave made it a six-beat, taking down Mountain Lakes 9-5 to capture the Morris County Crown. Lets sit back and enjoy this one, one more time: #5 Delbarton 11 Westfield 9 Matt Campbell broke a 9-9 tie and the Green Wave added an insurance goal late in the 4th quarter to win in a NJ high school lacrosse opener featuring two of the top 3 ranked teams in New Jersey. Thomas Maccowatt scored four goals and three assists for Delbarton, who are the defending Tournament of Champions winners. Westfield rallied from an 8-4 deficit with a pair of goals to close out the the first half followed by three straight goals to tie the game at nine at the end of three quarters. Devon McClane had 4 goals and 3 assists in a losing effort. #4. Delbarton 10 Summit 6 After suffering a stunning loss to Chatham and seeing their No. 1 ranking disappear, Delbarton School was primed for redemption in this matchup. The Green Wave got their chance facing off with the new No. 1 team in NJ, undefeated Summit High School. Delbarton pounced on the opportunity, coming away with a 10-6 win on the road over the Hilltoppers. Senior midfielder Matt Campbell poured in 4 goals and an assist while Yale bound goalie Miles Leniw stopped 7 shots in net against a Summit offense that averages over 10 goals a game. #3. CBA 8 Don Bosco 7 A matchup that featured two of New Jersey’s top 20 teams, and two undefedeated squads, lived up to the hype and then some. Don Bosco Prep took full control in the 3rd quarter on a Reese Gerlach goal that put the Ironmen up 7-3, but CBA retaliated by scoring 5 unanswered goals, including the game winner by freshman Kyle Aldridge with just 2:26 to play. Colts get a incredible comeback win in what was an early candidate for game of the year. #2. Delbarton 16 Seton Hall 9 Despite being the two-time defending TOC Champions, and the No. 1 ranked program in New Jersey, The Delbarton School continued to find ways to impress Lacrosse fans across the state. Seton Hall Prep entered this match vs the undefeated and ranked No. 2, Delbarton. The Green Wave improved to 5-0 with a dominant 16-9 win, while handing the Pirates their first loss of the season. Senior attackman Tommy MacCowatt scored 4 goals and added 2 assists for Delbarton, while Griffin Westlin scored a hat trick for Seton Hall Prep. A second look now available: #1. Delbarton 13 St. Anthony 10 Senior Matt Campbell tallied a hat trick and goalie Miles Leniw stopped 14 shots as Delbarton came away with a statement 13-10 win over St. Anthony’s of Long Island NY. The Green Wave (USA Today’s No. 8 Ranked Team) improved 2-0 after this game. Lets take a look back now:
Worthy leads Monmouth to second straight All-Shore win
Monmouth 28 Ocean 14 – All-Shore Gridiron Classic 2018 Monmouth County defeated Ocean 28-14 in the 41st Annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Brick Memorial Thursday night. Monmouth was led by JSZ Player of the Year Ashante Worthy who threw for 61 yards and a touchdown on 5-9 attempts and rushed for 87 yards and a TD. On the night he was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Legendary Long Branch coach Dan George handed Ocean it’s second consecutive loss. Watch the highlights:
NJ’s Female Wrestlers may Get Legitimate Opportunity at Individual State Title in 2018-2019 Season
Over the last decade, female wrestling has exploded across the country. In the last year the number of states sanctioning girl v girl wrestling has jumped from seven to 12. Will Jersey be the next? JSZ caught up with a couple of female wrestlers and coaches from two of the state’s strongest wrestling programs to see what they thought. Check it out now:
Tim Tebow’s Message to Jersey’s HS Athletes
On Wednesday the 11th Tim Tebow played in the East v West 2018 Double-A All-Star game at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ. Tebow had some inspirational words for our high school athletes, and some advice for those who want to play at the next level. Check it out now:
Lancers win Monmouth 7 on 7 Tournament
Before the All Shore Conference football game it’s customary that the two best schools from Monmouth and Ocean County play each other in a 7 on 7 game. Fourteen teams gathered at Matawan High School to determine who Monmouth would be sending to the Tournament Championship. The Final would come down to Saint John Vianney and Middletown North. In the closing seconds with the game tied St. Joseph Prep of Philladelphia transfer CJ Duell hits fellow newcomer Kavon Chambers of Manchester Twp. to help SJV walk away with a 20-14 victory. The Lancers will take on up and coming Ocean Champs Donovan Catholic prior to the start of the annual All Shore Conference Game on Thursday July 12th at Brick Memorial high school. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Softball Games from 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to put the spotlight on great females athletes in New Jersey. The high school softball season brought many great moments. Here are the 10 most viewed games from our coverage in 2018: #10: Saint John Vianney 7 IHA 3 – Strike Out Autism The Lancers got a 2-run pinch hit single from Gabby Polera in the third and busted the game open with five runs in the 5th to beat the defending state champs at Strike Out Autism in Middletown. JSZ has the highlights from a matchup of two state softball powers: #9: Middletown North 3 Lacey 2 (10 innings) – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals Adriana Cerbo’s walk-off single to center in the bottom of the 10th gave Middletown North its 25th win and a spot in the SCT semifinals. North starter Malori Bell struck out 20 batters throwing all 10 innings to pick up the win. JSZ has the highlights of an outstanding game played by both teams: #8: Steinert 9 Lodi Immaculate 0 – Tournament of Champions Final Steinert came out guns blazing. In just the first inning the Spartans strung together nine runs with 13 batters at the plate and a total of seven hits. From there, it was all defense. Neither team scored a single run in the remaining 6 innings, and the Spartans came away with the title. Star pitcher, Kaylee Whittaker, had 15 strikeouts and contributed three hits of her own to Steinert’s 12 total. Check out highlights of the game now: #7: Vineland 3 Millville 2 (9 innings) – South Jersey Group 4 Finals Devin Coia’s RBI single in the 9th inning gave Vinelands the South Jersey Group 4 crown. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights of an outstanding South Jersey softball state playoff game: #6: Roselle Park 4 Gloucester City 3 – Group 1 State Championship Want to see some exciting softball? Do not miss this matchup between Gloucester City and Roselle Park. It was an offensive battle with Roselle Park out-hitting Gloucester 14-10. The Panther’s junior pitcher, Madison Hummel, was not only a key factor on the mound, but also at the plate. She hit the walk-off single to win the game, bringing home the Group 1 Title for Roselle. Check out highlights of this one now: #5: Donovan Catholic 13 Saint John Vianney 4 – Shore Conference Championship After a stunning 2-0 loss to St. John Vianney in the Non-Public A South Final, No. 1 Donovan Catholic was looking to make statement in the SCT Final. Statement made, the Griffins poured in 7 runs in the 1st inning, resulting in a 13-4 win, avenging that loss over the Lancers. Donovan Catholic finishes the season with a 30-1 record, while St. John Vianney falls to 27-1 as they head into the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions this week. Watch Highlights of the SCT Final on JSZ! #4: Saint John Vianney 2 Mount St. Dominic 1 – Non-Public “A” State Championship Going 5 years without a state championship is considered a “drought” at St. John Vianney, and that just speaks to how special the Lancers’ softball program is in Holmdel. That drought came to an emphatic end on Saturday night, as Vianney got another great performance from sophomore Julia Parker, 7 IP, 7 K’s, 1R, leading the Lancers to the Non-Public A State Title with a 2-1 win over Mount St. Dominic. Watch Highlights and post game from SJV’s win on JSZ! #3: Montgomery 3 Hillsborough 1 – Somerset County Championship Hillsborough made it to this year’s Somerset County Championship for the first time in three years as the number one seed, while Montgomery [the three seed] lost the title last season to Bridgewater-Raritan. Both teams were hungry for this win, but in the end, it all came down to mistakes in the field and pitching. Montogmery’s Peyton Schnackenberg did cost her team a run in the third inning after a wild pitch, but she made up for it with 11 strikeouts. Schnackenberg was also one strike shy of a no-hitter, and her performance took a major role in the Cougars 3-1 win over the Raiders. Check out the highlights now: #2: Donovan Catholic 13 Middletown South 2 NJ’s #1 ranked team put together back to back 6-run frames in the 2nd and 3rd innings to dominate the Eagles. Linsday Nelson pitched three shutout innings and picked up her 500th career strikeout. JSZ has highlights from the team that was ranked #13 in the latest USA Today Super 25 National Poll: #1: Saint John Vianney 2 Donovan Catholic 0 – South Non-Public “A” Finals The marquee matchup in New Jersey Softball lived up to the hype and then some. St. John Vianney’s Sophomore pitcher Julia Parker pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits against one of the best offenses in all of America, leading the Lancers to a 2-0 win. St. John Vianney captures the Non-Public A South Championship avenging back to back playoff losses to Donovan the past two seasons, and improves to 26-0 on the season. The loss was the first of the season for Donovan Catholic as they fall to 29-1. Watch highlights of the Lancers and Griffins on JSZ!
Matawan raises awareness with Ball For Life fundraiser
As just a sophomore Darell Rogers Jr. quickly rose through the ranks of Matawan basketball. The 16 year old point guard went from a bench player to one of the Huskies go to scorers this past season. During a morning practice in May for his AAU team Darell suddenly collapsed while running a lay up drill. He suffered a heart attack, thankfully his coaches acted quickly and performed CPR. He was then airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and eventually to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is currently making his recovery. Friends, family, teammates and the Matawan community with the help of Immediate Care of Hazlet banned together to organize “Ball for Life”. The fundraiser was to help spread awareness on getting athletes proper heart screenings before sporting seasons and also raise enough money to help the Rogers family cover his medical expenses. You can donate to his GOFundMe by clicking the link. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for the event:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Baseball Games of 2018
The 2018 high school baseball season saw sensational performances on the mound, incredible web gems, and clutch hits. Jersey Sports Zone captured hundreds of great moments and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school baseball: #10: Toms River South 6 Brick Township 5 Legendary Coach Ken Frank and The Toms River South Indians found themselves in a rare position on Monday afternoon, winless through the first 3 games of 2018. Tied at 5 with Brick Township in the bottom of the 7th, South got a clutch double down the line in left by Jordan Erbe, followed up by an infield single off the bat of Shane Gibson to give the Indians a 6-5 walk-off win. Monmouth University commit TJ Scuderi continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2 for 3 in the win, while John Coppola hit a double & triple in the loss for the Dragons. Watch the Highlights from Toms River on JSZ! #9: St. Joe’s-Metuchen 4 Don Bosco Prep 1 St. Joseph Metuchen gave a new meaning to playing “lights out” baseball. Falcons had a 1-0 lead after 3 innings when the lights went out at Don Bosco Prep due to an electrical problem, a 20 minute delay followed before play would resume. The lights may have came back on, but the St. Joes defense kept Don Bosco in the dark. The Falcons, led by pitchers Nicolas Estes (Win) and Jake Hellwig (Save), shut down the Ironmen offense and got a 4-1 win on the road. Watch the Highlights from Ramsey on JSZ. #8: CBA 6 Wall 5 – Strike Out Autism at Central Regional High School Thomas Rodgers delivered a bases-loaded single in the 7th inning to give the Colts a walk-off win and a historic 800th career win for long-time CBA coach Marty Kenney. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights and post-game reaction from Bayville: #7: Middletown South 7 Middletown North 0 Sophomore Chris O’Connor had three hits, 2 RBI’s and a critical defensive play at third base in his varsity debut to lead Middletown South to a 7-0 win over their crosstown rival on opening day. Joe Sprake and Robby Zega combined on the shutout. Sprake threw four scoreless frames with 8 K’s and Zega got out of a jam in the 5th inning that allowed the Eagles to bust the game open. Middletown North starter Tyler Ras struck out 12 in five innings in front of multiple MLB scouts who watched his first start of 2018. O’Connor made a diving play at third base to get South out of a bases-loaded jam and doubled off of Ras to set up the game’s first run. JSZ has the highlights of another great battle of Middletown: #6: Seton Hall Prep 5 Caldwell 3 The Pirates of Seton Hall Prep, (5-1 on the season, No. 12 in NJ Top 20) found themselves trailing Caldwell on two separate occasions in the late innings. Down by 1 run in the 6th, Ryan Sheppard came through with an RBI double off the wall in right to tie the game at 3. Sheppard then scored on a base hit by Anthony Peterson to give Seton Hall a 4-3 lead. The Pirates would add one more run in the 6th to make it a 5-3 lead and RHP Ryan Toal took care of the rest in the 7th. Toal picked up the save and Seton Hall Prep came away with the comeback win. Watch Highlights of SHP and Caldwell on JSZ! #5: Saint Augustine 6 Delbarton 1 The rematch from last year’s Non- Public A State Final between No. 1 Delbarton and No. 2 St. Augustine was the must-see game for any baseball fan. Both teams came in undefeated and let’s just say the flames haven’t cooled down just yet from last June. The Green Wave struck first off a wild pitch from Cole Vanderslice to go up 1-0 in the third. That would be the only run given up from Vanderslice in his 7 strikeout game. The Hermits got the bats going in the fifth to put 4 runs on the board and took a commanding lead heading into the seventh. Virginia Tech commit Jack Billings helped add 2 more runs in the final inning to bring his stats to 2-4 with 3 RBI’s. Billings then closed out the game on the mound to earn strikeouts 4 and 5. Watch the highlights now: #4: Perth Amboy 1 St. Joe’s-Metuchen 0 (12 innings) Pitching duel or defensive showdown, call it what you want, hits and runs were tough to come by for Perth Amboy and St. Joseph Metuchen. After 12 innings of scoreless baseball, Bryan Valenzuela came to the plate with a runner on 3rd base and one thing on his mind; Winning. Valenzuela did just that, a walk off basehit to right field from the junior third baseman gave Perth Amboy a 1-0 victory over St. Joes. Jose Peralta picked up the W on the mound coming on in reflief for starter Virgilia Cabrera who went 9 1/3 innings, with 5 K’s and zero runs for the Panthers. His counterpart Jake Hellwig kept pace with 9 IP, and 6 K’s in the loss for St. Joes. Watch highlights of the extra inning thriller on JSZ! #3: Don Bosco Prep 11 Bergen Catholic 3 Don Bosco Prep traveled to Lyndhurst looking to take down their rival school Bergen Catholic for the second time in just three days. The Ironmen placed Iona bound Drew Helmstetter on the mound, and the lefty did his job. Helmstetter struck out 9 in 6 innings while allowing just 2 runs. The Don Bosco offense did its job as well, erupting for 7 runs in the 4th inning, and would go on to score 11 in the game, led by Ryan Carr (3 for 4 2RBI). Watch Highlights of Bosco – Bergen on JSZ! #2: Red Bank Catholic 7 Monmouth Regional 6 (8 innings) One of the top individual performances of 2018 came from the Shore Conference. David Glancy launched three towering solo homers in three consecutive at-bats as the Caseys rallied for an extra-innings win. RBC had a 6-2 lead in the 6th inning after Glancy’s third blast of the game, but Monmouth Regional rallied for four runs in the bottom of the frame starting with an Eli Rife 2-run homer, a Justin Scotto RBI double and a Ricky Voss base hit to left that plated Scotto. In the 8th, Ryan O’Hara hit a fly ball to left that was dropped bringing home Glancy with the game-winning run. Watch the highlights of a wild game in Tinton Falls! #1: Saint Augustine Prep 1 Delbarton 0 – Non-Public “A” State Championship It was one of the best pitchers duels of 2018. Cole Vanderslice and Jack Leiter were sensational under the lights at Hamilton Veterans Park. In the end, Vanderslice threw a complete game shutout to give the Hermits the state crown. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a tremendous game: 2018 JSZ Web Gems of the Year! Thanks to the great efforts from the diamond all year long. Take a look back at the best web gems captured by our cameras!
St. Benedict’s Achiwua Can Do it All – Watch Junior Season Highlights
At 6 foot 9 200 lbs, Precious Achiwua of St. Benedict’s Prep is a sight to see on the basketball court. The No. 1 ranked Small Forward in the Class of 2019 is a rare 5-Star recruit and brings a variety of weapons to the game. Achiwua has the ability to soar through the air for jaw dropping dunks, but also the handle and shooting ability to excel out on the perimeter. After a stellar junior season that saw Achiwua lead St. Benedict’s to a Prep-A State Championship, his recruiting has ramped up, holding offers from 14 Division-1 programs. Precious is set to return to Newark for a much anticipated senior season with St. Benedict’s Prep. As his college decision awaits, JSZ brings you full highlights of Precious Achiwua’s junior season with the Grey Bees! St. Benedict’s Prep’s 5-⭐️ Recruit @PreciousAchiuwa Can Do it All! Watch Junior Season Highlights of the No. 1 SF in the Class of 2019 on JSZ: https://t.co/Eq1CLFataS #njhoops pic.twitter.com/CLgs09xUEu — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 9, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top Wrestling Matches of 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone looks back on the top viewed moments from the 2017-18 wrestling season. From nationally ranked duals to the drama of Atlantic City, here’s our Top 10 list: #10: Point Pleasant Boro 35 Jackson Memorial 16 Point Pleasant Boro honored its 50th season as a wrestling program by bringing back some of the school’s all-time greats and the current Panthers did not disappoint winning nine matches against a Jaguars team that won a sectional title last year. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Point Pleasant and breaks down the Panthers and Jaguars on the mat: #9: High Point 35 Raritan 25 – Group 2 State Championship It was all Raritan early on.. the Shore Conference School won 4 out of the first 6 bouts, including pins by Anthony Aquilano and George Burdick, helping the Rockets race out to a 25-6 lead. Everything changed when High Point’s Thomas Hubmaster won his heavyweight bout and fired up his Wildcat teammates. High Point won the final six bouts to come away with a 30-25 win over Raritan and complete a miraculous comeback to capture the Group-2 State Championship. #8: Delbarton wins two state wrestling titles in Atlantic City The Green Wave once again grabbed highlights on NJ high school wrestling’s ultimate stage. Watch JSZ’s recap of Patrick Glory and Anthony Clark winning individual state titles: #7: Saint John Vianney 31 Raritan 29 The Raritan Rockets had won seven straight Shore Conference “A” Central divisional crowns, but the tide turned in 2017-18. Saint John Vianney held off a late Rockets surge to score a 31-29 win at the Launch Pad in one of the biggest regular season wins in SJV wrestling history. The Lancers put together six straight wins highlighted by a pin from freshman Dean Peterson at 113 pounds to take a 31-7 lead. Peterson’s pin and a tech fall by Joseph Butler at 106 pounds gave SJV enough back points to give them the edge over Raritan. The Rockets won the final five matches but needed a pinfall in the final two bouts to pull off a win. When freshman Blake Clayton stayed off his back in a 4-0 loss, the St. John Vianney bench erupted to celebrate a signature win. Watch some great Shore Conference action from the Launch Pad: #6: Long Branch 30 Brick Memorial 29 – Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Daniel Santos-Silva scored a dramatic two-point takedown with 10 seconds to go in the 3rd period of the final match of the night to give Long Branch a thrilling one-point win over the Mustangs. Santos-Silva was tied with Ron Hopping 1-1 at 182 pounds when he delivered what proved to be the clinching points. The two teams went back and forth scoring points. A critical turning point came at 160 pounds when freshman David Szuba scored a 3-2 Ultimate Tiebreaker Win over Luke Arnold to give Brick Memorial a critical three points. A pin by the Mustangs Ean Mueller at 170 pounds gave Brick Memorial a nine-point swing and a 29-26 lead. Santos-Silva’s win tied the match at 29 and Long Branch won on criteria thanks to an 8-6 edge in overall matches. Watch the exciting match and the thrilling final moments: #5: Camden Catholic’s Lucas Revano wins 132-pound state wrestling championship Lucas Revano scored a 4-3 win over Howell’s Kyle Slendorn to win the 132 pound state championship in Atlantic City: #4: Bergen Catholic 63 Camden Catholic 12 – Non-Public “A” State Championship The Crusaders dominated with seven pinfalls to make it seven straight state titles. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights of Bergen Catholic’s stellar effort in Toms River: #3: Blair Academy 49 Delbarton 7 The Delbarton Green Waves were ranked #2 in the state polls when they faced Blair Academy, but the Buccaneers were the #1 ranked wrestling program in the nation. The only pin of the night came by Blair’s Owen Trephan who sunk the pin on Liam Gray in 1 minute and 16 seconds at 285 pounds. Patrick Glory and Travis Tavoso scored wins for the Green Wave. Look back on Blair’s outstanding effort during the regular season: #2: Three Bergen Catholic wrestlers win state titles in Atlantic City It was no surprise to see the Crusaders shine individually in AC. 120: Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic) def. Mitchell Polito (East Brunswick) 5-2 160: Shane Griffith (Bergen Catholic) def. Rob Kanniard (Wall) 6-1 195: Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic) md. Sam Wustefeld (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) 10-2 Watch JSZ’s recap of the three Crusaders state titles: #1: Bergen Catholic 33 Blair Academy 19 – Who’s Number 1 Duals The Crusaders reign supreme. In front of a capacity home crowd in Oradell, Bergen Catholic’s wrestling team defeated Blair Academy, 33-19, in the finale of The Who’s #1 Duals, cementing the Crusaders easily as the top high school wrestling team in the United States. Flowrestling had Blair Academy ranked #1 nationally and Bergen Catholic ranked #2 nationally coming into the day. Bergen Catholic was powered to victory over the Bucs by a pair of pins — Dylan Weaver (126) at 1:32 in the first period and Christopher Foca (170) at 5:35 in the 3rd period. The Crusaders won nine out of 14 bouts during the match. BC’s head coach Dave Bell said it was his first win against Blair in 19 years at Bergen Catholic. The Crusaders also defeated #7 Buchanan (California), 34-24, and #6 Lake Highland Prep (Florida), 41-22, earlier in the day. Watch the highlights and post-match reaction from JSZ’s Jay Cook:
Top 5 Golden Moments of Bergen Catholic Football
With 17 State Championship Wins and multiple players sent to the NFL, Bergen Catholic has been the gold standard throughout the history of High School Football in New Jersey. In 2017, The Crusaders would add another chapter to their legacy, ending a 13 year title drought and bringing State Championship No. 17 to Oradell. Bergen Catholic finished the year with a 10-2 record, while going undefeated in New Jersey and defeating powerhouse St. Peter’s Prep twice along the way, including a 44-7 win over the Marauders in the State Title Game. Watch and Re-Live Bergen Catholic’s memorable season on JSZ! BERGEN CATHOLIC FOOTBALL’S TOP 5 MOMENTS OF 2017 No. 1: The Crusaders end a 13 Year State Title Drought & Bring State Championship No. 17 Back to Oradell. No. 2: Johnny Langan Throws a Game Winning TD Pass and legendary Coach Greg Toal makes his much anticipated Return to Don Bosco Prep. No. 3: Josh McKenzie’s career defining game. The running back rushed for 170 Yards and 2 TD’s, both of which came in the 4th Qtr as The Crusaders erased a 14-10 deficit for a 31-14 win at Paramus Catholic. No. 4: The two best teams in New Jersey squared off in Week 6 as The Crusaders hosted No. 1 Ranked and undefeated St. Peter’s Prep. Bergen Catholic made a statement with a dominating 41-14 win over The Marauders. No. 5: The Crusaders set the tone on opening day for what would become a magical season with a 48-27 win over DePaul. QB Johnny Langan accounted for 400 Yards and 6 Touchdowns in the win.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Hockey Games from 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone was excited to bring a new level of coverage to New Jersey high school hockey. From great rivalries to state championships at the Rock, here’s a look back at the Top 10 most viewed games from JSZ’s high school hockey coverage: #10: Manasquan 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 3 The Warriors scored an opening night win at the Red Bank Armory over RFH to spark a tremendous 15-3-1 season: #9: Marlboro 4 Middletown North 4 Anthony Galante scored two goals as Marlboro scored four straight goals after trailing 2-0. Middletown North answered with third-period goals by Kurt Kroper and Justin Skelly to earn the tie in an entertaining game at Middletown Ice World: #8: Middletown South 4 Middletown North 4 – Mayors Cup Nick Lioudakis scored the game-tying goal with 3:21 to go in the third period to give Middletown South a 4-4 tie with their archrival. The Eagles earned the Mayor’s Cup thanks to their 3-2 win earlier in the regular season over the Lions. Watch the highlights of one of NJ’s best rivalry games on the ice: #7: Middletown South 3 Middletown North 2 Deven Ralph had a pair of third-period goals to give Middletown South a season-opening win over their rival. Watch the highlights of a spirited game at Middletown Ice World: #6: Delbarton 4 Don Bosco Prep 2 – Non-Public State Championship Hunter Macy’s goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Green Wave scored three unanswered goals to win a third straight state championship. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the Rock: #5: Saint John Vianney 5 CBA 2 In an outdoor showcase at Navesink Country Club, Saint John Vianney got a hat trick from John Gelatt to hand CBA its first loss to a Shore Conference team since 2014. Watch the highlights of a signature win for the Lancers hockey program: #4: Don Bosco 8 Hun School 1 – Citi Field Mickey Burns had a six-point night (1 goal, 5 assists) and the duo of Tyler Sedlak and George Weiner had hat tricks as the Ironmen put on a dominating performance at the home of the New York Mets: #3: Don Bosco Prep 2 Pope John 1 (OT) – Non-Public State Quarterfinals It’s rare for a player on the losing team to grab the headlines, but that was the case in this state playoff battle. Don Bosco had to overcome a 79 save performance from Pope John goalie Matt Schoer and battle for a 2-1 OT win in the NJSIAA Non-Public Qtr Finals despite out-shooting the Lions 81-16 on goal. TJ Schweighardt tied the game at 1 with just 0:30 remaining in regulation, and Tristan Frese completed the comeback with a game-winning goal with just 0:45 to play in OT. #2: Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 0 Mickey Burns, Michael Forgione and Tsubasa Konishi found the net as the Ironmen scored the first win in an eventual four-game showdown against the Green Wave: #1: Delbarton 2 Don Bosco Prep 1 (OT) – Gordon Cup Finals As the saying goes.. It’s tough to beat a team three times. Delbarton School proved that to be true as the Green Wave turned the tide on Don Bosco Prep and avenged two earlier season losses to the Ironmen. Andrew Bosland took a pass from Michael Balzarotti and sent home the game-winning goal for Delbarton in the sudden death overtime period at Codey Arena in West Orange. With one stroke, Bosland gave the Green Wave a 2-1 win, ended Don Bosco’s hopes for a perfect season, and brought the Gordon Cup back to Delbarton Schoo Jersey Sports Zone teams up with New Jersey Devils to honor NJ HS Hockey Jersey Sports Zone’s partnership with the New Jersey Devils gave us the chance to honor athletes from New Jersey high school hockey in a special way. Our monthly goals of the month winners were honored during a Devils game that featured an NHL player watching the goals and posing for pictures. We wrapped up the 2017-18 season with our JSZ Hockey Banquet held during the Devils home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Watch all of our Devils coverage below!
JSZ Year in Review: Top Girls Basketball Games of 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone shot hundreds of high school basketball games in 2017-18. When it came to the most viewed games from this past season, the Tournament of Champions winner dominated our Top 10 list. The Manasquan Warriors are in 9 of the 10 slots on our look back of a great season of New Jersey girls high school basketball: #10: Manasquan 80 Saddle River Day 67 – Tournament of Champions Semifinals The Warriors “Big Three” combination of Faith Masonius, Dara Mabrey, and Lola Mullaney combined for 71 points and 30 rebounds at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River: #9: Manasquan 55 Red Bank Catholic 37 -Shore Conference Tournament Semifinals Senior point guard Dara Mabrey came into the Warriors semifinal game against RBC with an injured left hand, but it did not slow down the future Virginia Tech Hokie. Mabrey scored a game high 18 points, leading Manasquan to a convincing 55-37 win over rival Red Bank Catholic. Lola Mullaney added 16 points, while Faith Masonius recorded 13 points & 10 rebounds for a double-double. #8: Saint John Vianney 63 Franklin 55 – Lancy Lancers Winter Showcase Junior Point Guard Sarah Karpell led the Lancers with 16 points and some great defensive play, as St. John Vianney took down the defending TOC Champions of Franklin at the Lady Lancers Winter Showcase. Vianney will now play another challenging game against Rutgers Prep on Thursday. Franklin’s Diamond Miller scored 24 in the loss. Watch Full Highlights and postgame reaction from SJV vs Franklin below! #7: Manasquan 77 Middletown North 35 Junior Faith Masonius reached the 1000 point mark in her illustrious career. JSZ’s Jay Cook was there and has the highlights: #6: Manasquan 60 Red Bank Catholic 37 Dara Mabrey and Faith Masonius scored 20 points apiece in this December win and the start of a trilogy of battles against the Caseys: #5: Manasquan 50 Saint Rose 44 (OT) Manasquan and Saint Rose have established quite a tradition by closing out the regular season every year with one of the best rivalries in New Jersey girls basketball. Annie Mako hit a huge three-pointer to start the Warriors in overtime and Faith Masonius leads the way with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Watch the highlights of a terrific game that set the stage for Manasquan’s post-season run: #4: Red Bank Catholic 62 Manasquan 57 RBC was the only New Jersey team to beat Manasquan and it happened in Red Bank. Sophia Sabino led the Caseys with 20 points and Katie Rice was sensational in a 16 point, 10 rebound performance that showcased incredible defense by the Lehigh signee. Watch one of the best regular season games of 2017-18 along with post-game reaction: #3: Manasquan 95 Newark Tech 79 – Group 2 NJSIAA State Championship The Splash Sisters have made Pine Belt Arena in Toms River a second home. Dara Mabrey, Faith Masonius and Lola Mullaney combine for 82 points in a 4th straight state championship: #2: Manasquan 70 Saint John Vianney 52 – Shore Conference Tournament Finals Dara Mabrey’s legacy was cemented as one of the all-time greats at Manasquan thanks to a gutsy 33 point performance at Monmouth University. Watch the Warriors SCT championship win along with emotional post-game reaction: #1: Manasquan 72 Franklin 60 – Tournament of Champions Final Dara Mabrey’s high school career comes to a close with 30 points as the Warriors outlasted defending champ Diamond Miller and Franklin. Watch two teams who showed why New Jersey high school girls basketball is among the best in America: Dara Mabrey wins 2018 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Manasquan’s Dara Mabrey won our Player of the Year honors following her incredible senior season. Click HERE to watch full coverage of JSZ’s Basketball Banquet featuring highlight videos of the top girls basketball players in the state and profiles of our Miss Hoop Zone Finalists
Former Roselle Catholic Star Isaiah Briscoe Signs with Orlando Magic
It’s been three years since Isaiah Briscoe was terrorizing Union County competition guiding Roselle Catholic to a State Championship and scoring over 2,000 career points along the way. Those three years have been quite the journey for the 6 foot 3 point guard. Two seasons playing under John Calipari at The University of Kentucky saw Briscoe average 12.5 points and 4.5 assists per game, while going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. Following brief stints with the Sixers and Blazers in the 2017 Pre-Season, Briscoe was waived by the NBA. The No. 1 Ranked Point Guard in the Class of 2015 found himself playing professionally in Estonia, where it seems his career has taken a turn for the best. At 22 years old, Briscoe averaged 18.5 PPG while leading BC Kalev/Cramo to a League Championship in 2017-18. Isaiah was also named Russian Young Player of the Year, and MVP of the Estonia All-Star Game after scoring 50 points. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Thursday that Briscoe is back on the NBA scene and has signed a deal with The Orlando Magic. The move shows the confidence the Magic have in Briscoe’s ability as Orlando’s Summer League session has yet to begin, which is set to tip off Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Free agent guard Isaiah Briscoe has agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell ESPN. Briscoe, 22, impressed in a team mini-camp recently. He worked way back onto NBA radar after an outstanding season in Estonia. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2018 Watch Highlights of Isaiah Briscoe’s High School Days at Roselle Catholic! Former @RC_Basketball Star Isaiah Briscoe has Signed a Deal with The Orlando Magic! 💫 Watch High School Highlights of @ZayBriscoe & Read the Story on JSZ: https://t.co/w7st273Fpo #njhoops pic.twitter.com/49WNML4r1T — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 5, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top 10 Boys Basketball Games from 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone’s high school basketball coverage produced hundreds of thousands of views during the 2017-18 season. It’s no surprise to see the elite teams from New Jersey dominate our top 10 most watched games. Look back on an amazing season and check out our top dunks from this past season and our profiles of the top talent honored at the JSZ basketball banquet #10: Ranney 59 Mater Dei Prep 45 Junior guard Scottie Lewis led the Panthers with 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as The Ranney School captured a 59-45 win over their arch rival Mater Dei Prep. Savior Akuwovo chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks for Ranney, as Kenny Jones and Alexander Rice scored 12 points each for the Seraphs in the loss. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from Ranney vs Mater Dei, including Scottie Lewis’ 1,000th point. #9: Montclair Immaculate 60 Hudson Catholic 49 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North State Playoffs Only in the world of Non-Public B North could a team with multiple division-1 prospects be considered an underdog story, but that’s exactly what Montclair Immaculate has become. After defeated the defending TOC Champions Patrick School in the opening round, The Lions then traveled to Jersey City and took down the star-studded lineup of Hudson Catholic. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 13 of his 18 points in the 2nd Half, and Zion Bethea added a game-high 21, as Montclair Immaculate shocked the state with a 60-49 win. #8: Roselle Catholic 65 Linden 45 Naz Reid celebrated being named a McDonald’s All-American with a 10 point, 19 rebound performance as the Lions snapped a three-game losing streak to Linden. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo was there to capture one of the great rivalries in NJ high school hoops: #7: Ranney 71 Trenton Catholic 56 – Non-Public “B” South Finals Ranney’s electric Class of 2019 duo Bryan Antoine (30 points) and Scottie Lewis(20 points) combined for 50 points and 17 rebounds as The Panthers made history, capturing their 1st ever Sectional Title. The 71-56 win over Trenton Catholic is the 2nd historic victory of the season for Ranney, after bringing home their 1st ever Shore Conference Tournament Championship in February. #6: Hudson Catholic 83 Archbishop Malloy 64 – SNY Invitational Jahvon Quinerly had one of the most electrifying performances of his high school career dropping 37 points at the SNY Invitational in Harlem. Luther Muhammad added 23. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo went across state lines for the highlights of a tremendous showcase game: #5: Roselle Catholic 57 Gill St. Bernards 40 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Finals Roselle Catholic has not so quietly become New Jersey’s premier boys basketball program in recent years. On Thursday night at Rutgers, the Lions added yet another sectional title to an impressive trophy case with a 57-40 win over Gill St. Bernard’s. Junior Kahlil Whitney scored a game-high 19 points in the win, including the 1,000th of his career while Paul Mulcahy scored 15 in the loss for the Knights. #4: Roselle Catholic 75 Ranney 49 – Jersey Shore Challenge At Brookdale Community College, Naz Reid scored his 1000th career point and the Lions dominated a depleted Ranney squad at the Jersey Shore Challenge. Ranney played without Scottie Lewis, who was hampered by an ankle injury. It was the first of two meetings between these two teams (see #1 for our game of the year!) #3: Roselle Catholic 61 Don Bosco Prep 54 – Tournament of Champions Final Naz Reid closed out his high school career with 22 points as the Lions held off Don Bosco Prep to claim their third T of C title. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the final game of the 2017-18 season: #2: Roselle Catholic 92 Montclair Immaculate 63 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Playoffs Montclair Immaculate’s amazing run through the Non-Public B North playoffs came to a halt on Saturday thanks to New Jersey’s No. 1 ranked team. Roselle Catholic used a high flying aerial attack and hellacious defense to shut down Montclair Immaculate, and advance to the sectional championship on Wednesday at Rutgers University. Khalil Whitney poured in 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Joshua Pierre-Louis added 18. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 20 in the loss for Immaculate. #1: Roselle Catholic 63 Ranney 61 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” State Championship Naz Reid blocked a game-winning shot attempt and raced up the floor to slam down an alley-oop pass from Ithiel Horton with under 10 seconds left to give the Lions a state championship. Roselle Catholic overcame a seven-point deficit with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter in an amazing come from behind win. Reid finished the game with 22 points and 9 rebounds and led the comeback in crunch time. Ranney played inspired basketball against New Jersey’s #1 ranked team. The Panthers had four players in double digits led by Ahmadu Sarnor’s 16 points. Scottie Lewis had 12 points, 9 rebounds + 8 assists. This game was an instant classic! JSZ has multiple angles of the play that won the state title and a full breakdown along with post-game reaction in Toms River: Naz Reid Named JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone for 2018 Jersey Sports Zone capped off the season with a celebration of the best players across the state. CLICK HERE for full coverage of the JSZ Basketball Banquet including profiles of our Player of the Year finalists and highlights of every player honored at the event. JSZ Dunks of the Year!!! Thanks to the hoopsters from every part of the state for giving us countless highlights and memories. Our Dunks of the Year reel shows why New Jersey high school basketball has a stellar reputation across the country
Delbarton School Reigns Supreme in New Jersey Sports
You would hard be hard pressed to find an athletic program that had a better 2017-18 campaign than The Delbarton School. The school in Morristown produced State Championships in seven different sports throughout the last year, while landing six different teams in the NJ.Com Final Top 20 Rankings in their respective sports. The Green Wave Breakdown Soccer: Non-Public A State Champions, #1 NJ Ranking Hockey: Gordon Cup Champions, Non-Public A State Champions, #1 NJ Ranking Lacrosse: Non-Public A State Champions, Tournament of Champions Winner, #1 NJ Ranking Wrestling: District, Region, & State Champions, Two Individual State Champions (Patrick Glory 126 lbs, Anthony Clark 113 lbs), #2 NJ Ranking Baseball: Non-Public A North State Champions, #6 NJ Ranking Tennis: Non-Public A State Champions, #13 NJ Ranking Track: Non-Public A State Champions Watch and Re-Live the Top Moments from Green Wave Athletics on JSZ! Patrick Glory and Anthony Clark win State Championships at Boardwalk Hall Delbarton Hockey Stuns Don Bosco, Wins 3rd Straight State Title Delbarton Soccer Completes Perfect Season with State Championship Win Delbarton Hockey Snaps Don Bosco Prep’s 22 Game Win Streak in Gordon Cup Final Green Wave LAX Wins SIXTH Straight Morris County Championship Delbarton Lacrosse Defeats Summit to Complete The TOC Three-Peat
JSZ Year in Review: Top HS Girls Soccer Games from 2017
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you exciting action from the pitch this fall in New Jersey high school soccer. We look back on the top ten most viewed games from our coverage in 2017: #10 Shore Regional 2 Point Pleasant Beach 1 – Central Jersey Group 1 State Playoffs Frankie McDonough and Kendall Rich both scored from short range in the early part of the second half to give the Blue Devils a spot in the Central Jersey Group 1 semifinals. After a scoreless first half, McDonough and Rich found the net in the 44th and 46th minutes. Julia Cairns got the lone goal for Point Beach with a beautiful left foot shot just 28 seconds after Rich’s goal, but Point Beach never found the equalizer. Watch the highlights of Shore Regional’s state soccer victory: #9: Middletown North 1 Middletown South 0 Darien Rinn’s close-range goal at the 12:11 mark was the only goal of the game as the Lions earn avenge a 3-0 loss to Middletown South earlier in the regular seaosn. Haley Martin had eight saves to get the shutout. Watch the goal and some great saves in our highlights: #8: Freehold Township 2 Freehold Boro 0 Freehold Township 2 Freehold Boro 0 Laura Noseworthy scored in the final minute of the first half and Meghan Summonte added a second-half score to give the Lady Patriots a 2-0 win over rival Freehold Boro to improve to 8-0. Watch two great goals that happened because of sensational passing: #7: Steinert 3 Allentown 0 – Mercer County Tournament Championship The undefeated Allentown girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season after falling to Steinert 3-0 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game. Gabby DeLisa hit two goals from deep range to capture the Spartans first county title since 2006. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has all the highlights! #6: Shore Regional 1 Saint John Vianney 1 Kendall Rich’s goal in the 69th minute gave the Blue Devils a tie on the road at SJV. Cameran Cox gave SJV a 1-0 lead early in the second half. It was the start of a tremendous rivalry between the two Shore Conference foes: #5: Wall 4 Freehold Township 2 – Shore Conference Tournament Championship Jenna Karabin had a three-goal night to help lead the Crimson Knights to an upset win over top-seeded Freehold Township in the SCT championship game at Ocean Township High. Wall lost to the Patriots 3-1 in the regular season, but the Crimson Knights set the tone in the first half. Lauren Karabin fed twin sister Jenna for the first goal of the game. In the final minute of the first half, Hailee Reinhardt delivered a perfect ball on the corner kick that was headed home by sophomore Marissa Sciorilli who picked the perfect time to score her first varsity goal. With a 2-0 lead at the half, it looked like it would be a comfortable Crimson Knights victory when Jenna Karabin scored her second goal of the game at the 60-minute mark. But Freehold Township mounted an impressive comeback scoring two goals in the span of two minutes starting with a Jessica Judge free kick that clanked off the post and in the net followed by a Jasmine Colbert goal from close range. Freehold Township got within 3-2 with 12 minutes to go, but seconds after the Patriots flurry, Karabin halted the momentum with a fantastic low shot weaving around two defenders. Watch highlights and post-game reaction from the Crimson Knights: #4: Middletown South 4 Somerville 3 (OT) – North 2 Group 3 Semifinals Emma Laudisi had a hat trick including the golden goal in overtime as Middletown South delivered one of the biggest upsets in New Jersey girls high school soccer in 2017. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont has the stunner from the state playoffs: #3: Freehold Township 2 East Brunswick 1 (OT) – Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Trailing 1-0 and with the season on the line, the Colbert twins rally Freehold Township into the state semifinals. East Brunswick took a 1-0 lead on an Alyna Negron goal in the second half. Bears keeper Lauren Krinsky, a University of Delaware commit, made a number of stellar saves, but the Patriots broke through as Jasmine’s shot off a rebound tied the game with just under three minutes to go. In overtime, it was Jada Colbert playing the role of hero with the golden goal. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has all the highlights and post-match reaction from an outstanding game at Howell High School: #2: Shore Regional 5 Glen Ridge 4 – Group 1 State Championship For the third straight year, the Blue Devils delivered heartbreak to Glen Ridge in the state championship. Shore trailed 4-2 in the second half, but mounted an amazing comeback. It started with Frankie McDonough on a 30 yard free kick blast. Then with three minutes to go in regulation, Julia Eichenbaum drew Shore even. Instead of overtime, the Blue Devils got the ggame-winnerwith just nine ticks left on the clock as Hannah Birdsall delivered a pass to Eichenbaum who buried the championship clincher from close range. Birdsall had two goals for Shore, while Lindsay Jaiyesimi had a hat trick for Glen Ridge. JSZ’s Jay Cook brings us the incredible action and post-match reaction from Kean University: #1: Saint John Vianney 3 Shore Regional 3 Erin Gilfillan’s goal with under two minutes to go forced overtime and Brelynn Bellamy came up with a sensational defensive play in the closing seconds of the first overtime session to give Saint John Vianney a 3-3 tie with Shore Regional. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw earlier in the regular season. Shore Regional had a 2-1 lead in the final ten minutes before Cameran Cox drew a penalty kick. Chloe Sherman tied the game at two on the PK, but Shore answered right back on a breakaway goal from Frankie McDonough to take a 3-2 lead. With under two minutes to go, Erin Gilfillan delivered a 34 yard blast to force overtime. In OT, Julia Eichenbaum thought she had a golden goal, but after getting the ball by the keeper, Bellamy came in and steered the ball away from the back of the net. Watch the highlights from an incredible game: 2017 Girls Soccer Goals of the Year Thanks to all the great athletes for giving us so many great highlights all year long and there’s more to come in 2018! Take a look back at our top goals of 2017:
JSZ Year in Review: Top games from Boys HS Soccer in 2017
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you exciting action from the pitch this fall in New Jersey high school soccer. We look back on the top ten most viewed games from our coverage in 2017: #10: Holmdel 7 Ocean 1 – Shore Conference Tournament championship We saw one of the best individual efforts of the entire year as Anthony Arena delivered a sensational five goal performance to give the Hornets its first SCT title. Watch Arena’s masterful performance! #9: Saint Benedict’s Prep 2 Lawrenceville 0 St. Benedict’s Prep made the trip from Newark to Trenton to take on The Lawrenceville School on Wednesday. The Grey Bee’s struck twice in the 80 minute match, Sebastian Chalbaud with a header in the 12th minute and Julian Gomes in the 46th. St. Benedict’s improves to a perfect 11-0 in 2017 after the 2-0 road win over Lawrenceville. Alex Lorenzo has the highlights: #8: Holmdel 1 Matawan 1 (Hornets advance on PK’s) – Central Jersey Group 2 Playoffs It took 100 minutes of play and penalty kicks, but the No. 1 seeded Holmdel Hornets came away with a dramatic victory over fellow Shore Conference foe Matawan on Tuesday afternoon. After two overtime periods the match remained tied at 1 a piece and we went to Penalty Kicks to decide a winner. Holmdel goalkeeper Matt Lionetta came up with two clutch saves, and Cyrus Darvish put in the game-winning PK. Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Matawan below! #7: Pennington 5 Peddie 2 Ibrahima Diop was named a USA Today All-American in June, and the Pennington School senior proved himself worthy of the honor. Diop scored four times, leading the Red Raiders to a 5-2 win over Peddie School. Jared Subarsky added the 5th goal for Pennington in the 68th minute. Watch Full Highlights of the Red Raider’s win! #6: Delbarton 4 CBA 1 – Non-Public “A” State Championship Christian Brother’s Academy boasts a defense that has put up 16 shutouts throughout the 2017 season. With CBA leading 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, it looked the Colts may have saved their best for last. The Green Wave of Delbarton had other ideas, scoring four 2nd Half goals (Brendan McSorley 2, Ethan Fabricant, & Liam McSorley) for a dominant 4-1 win. For Delbarton, it marks their 5th State Title in the last 6 years, and the 13th in school history. It was a special day for brothers Liam and Brendan McSorley who combined for a hat trick, leading Delbarton to victory. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from the State Championship Match below! #5: Holmdel 4 Dover 1 – NJSIAA Group 2 State Championship Holmdel High School put an end to a historic season on the soccer field. The Hornets captured a divisional, Shore Conference, Sectional, and NJSIAA Group-2 State Title in 2017. Holmdel (22-1-1) used a balanced scoring attack of 4 goals from 4 different players (Mikey Neff, Matt Leon, Justin McStay, and Joe Arena) to get a 4-1 win over Dover in the State Championship match on Sunday morning at Kean University. The win gives the Hornet’s their 2nd State Title in School History. Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Dover below! #4: Kearny 3 Princeton 1 – NJSIAA Group 4 State Championship Jose Escandon scored two goals in the second half to lead the Kardinals to their first state soccer championship since 2004. Escandon gathered a rebound off a free kick in the 50th minute to get Kearny on the board. In the 70th minute, he drew a foul and converted a 25-yard free kick to give the Kardinals a two-goal advantage. Andrew Berger got Princeton on the board with 2:14 to go in the game, but Ryan Valdaz sealed the state championship with an open field goal with just six seconds remaining. Kearny finishes the year with a 19-0-5 record. Watch the highlights and post-match reaction from Kean University: #3: Delran 2 Pennington 1 The Bears scored two goals in the final five minutes to knock off the recently named #1 team in the country by USA Today. Pennington took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute on a great feed from Jared Panson to Nicolas Herrerias, but Delran rallied. Goalie Max Pinado stepped outside of the 18 on a punt, giving Delran a free kick and John Strohlein delivered a magnificent strike in the upper 90 to tie the game at one with 5:51 to go in regulation. A red card to Pennington freshman Mani Diop put the Red Raiders a man down for the final three minutes. It set the stage for the game-winner as Dan Strohlein battled to get a shot off that hit the right post and Chris Hunt buried the rebound. JSZ has the highlights of a thrilling game along with post-game reaction: #5: Saint Benedict’s Prep 5 Pennington 1 St. Benedict’s Prep just recently tabbed the No. 1 team in America by USA Today. The Grey Bee’s hosted The Pennington School who also held the No. 1 ranking earlier in the season. St. Benedict’s showed they why they are more than deserving of that top ranking with a dominating 5 goal performance on Wednesday afternoon. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-match interviews from St. Benedict’s Prep vs Pennington School. #1: Saint Benedict’s Prep 4 Blair – Prep “A” State Championship The Grey Bee’s of St. Benedict’s Prep came into Thursday’s Prep A State Final match 80 minutes away from a 19-0 record and a National Championship Trophy. St. Benedict’s took care of business with three 1st half goals, (Ronald Mafunzwaini 1, and Julian Gomes 2). The Grey Bee’s then added one more score in the 74th minute by Azriel Johnson to complete a 4-0 win over Blair Academy and capture the 2017 Prep A Title and National Championship. Watch Highlights and Post Game Reaction from St. Benedict’s Championship Game below! Jersey Sports Zone Boys Soccer Goals of the Year from 2017 Thanks to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible highlights. Watch the best goals captured by our camera in 2017 and look forward to many more in 2018!
Maasai Maynor Shines Bright in Jersey City – Watch Junior Season Highlights
Duel threat quarterback Maasai Maynor made a name for himself during his junior season at St. Peter’s Prep. The 6’0 180 pound signal caller amassed over 2,000 total yards and accounted for 20+ touchdowns while guiding the Marauders to a 7-2 record against some of the stiffest competition in America in 2017-18. Maynor’s breakout year has catapulted him onto the recruiting radar entering his senior season in Jersey City. Maasai currently holds offers from five division 1 schools; Army, Cornell, Navy, Temple and Rutgers. Watch Full Highlights of Maasai Maynor on JSZ as we await his college decision! What separates Class of 2019 QB @MaasaiMaynor from the rest⁉️ Watch the Full Highlights from Maynor’s Junior Season with @SPPFootball on JSZ: https://t.co/sIN8eUcRmx pic.twitter.com/4mA6AkrB7v — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 2, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top games from HS football in 2017
Jersey Sports Zone brought its cameras to every part of the state to capture the tremendous talent on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in the fall. Here’s a look back at the ten most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone during the 2017 high school football season #10: Westfield 20 Bridgewater-Raritan 7 – North 2 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Stadium The Blue Devils got a 47 yard TD run from Tim Alliegro to start the scoring and their defense produced two key turnovers including a 32 yard scoop and score by Adam McDaniel set up by a caused fumble from Jordan Barham to get a 37th straight win and a third straight victory over Bridgewater-Raritan in a sectional final. Jake Vall-Llobera had the other Blue Devils touchdown, while Anthony Goffe’s 13 yard TD run with :40 seconds left in the half made it a 14-7 game. But the Westfield defense did not yield any points after that. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: #9: Paulsboro 34 Penns Grove 24 – South Jersey Group 1 Finals at Rowan Dehron Holloway had three TD’s and three INT’s in a sensational performance in the final high school game of his career. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from Rowan: #8: Hillside 20 Point Pleasant Boro 13 – Central Jersey Group 2 Finals at Rutgers Nahree Biggins had two first-half touchdowns and an interception to help the #7 seed to a third straight upset win and a Central Jersey Group 2 championship. The Comets defense produced three turnovers and was able to stifle Point Boro’s tricky option attack. The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. James Fara’s 7-yard TD with 42 seconds left made it a 20-13 game, but Point Boro could not come up with the onside kick. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Rutgers: #7: South Brunswick 18 Manalapan 14 – Central Jersey Group 5 Finals at Rutgers Felix Quinones led a 92 yard drive capped off by a 17 yard TD pass to Jaylan Lawson with 53 seconds left and the Braves had a game winning TD catch by Naim Mayfield waved off due to pass interference in a wild finish to the Central Jersey Group 5 championship. Manalapan raced out to a 14-0 lead on a Mayfield 34 yard TD run and 60 yard punt return. The Vikings got a pair of Quinones TD passes in the second quarter to close the gap to 14-12. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling finish: #6 Shabazz 35 Weequahic 0 -North 2 Group 1 Finals at Kean University QB Anthony Travis accounted for all five touchdowns as Shabazz wins the North 2 Group 1 state championship at Kean University. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has a full breakdown of an impressive title win for the Bulldogs from Kean University: #5 Bergen Catholic 29 Don Bosco Prep 26 – Week 8 The one and only regular season game on JSZ’s Top 10 list from the 2017 football season. One of the country’s greatest rivalries was shown to America on ESPN. Alex Lorenzo brings you the thrilling highlights from a signature win during Bergen Catholic’s state championship season: #4: Long Branch 43 Freehold Boro 42 (OT) -= Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Pasa Fields grabbed a 6 yard score from Juwan Wilkins in OT and Eli Sherin caught a two point conversion to give the Green Wave a 43-42 overtime win over Freehold Boro in the Central Jersey Group 4 finals. The Green Wave overcame a 271 yard, 6 TD rushing performance from Ashante Worthy to avenge a loss in the regular season. Trailing 35-21 after three quarters, Juwan Wilkins had a 12 yard TD pass to Kahmar Mimes and a 1 yard TD run in the 4th quarter to force overtime. Watch all the highlights of an incredible battle at Rutgers: #3: Montclair 35 Union City 14 – North 1 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Danny Webb ran back the opening kickoff 92 yards to spark a Mounties scoring outburst and Tarrin Earle completed his fantastic high school career with 2 TD passes and an 11-yard TD run to give Montclair its first sectional championship since 2014. Earle finished the game 16 of 24 for 303 yards. Colin Callahan had 6 catches for 120 yards and a score in the first half. Montclair finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record with one of New Jersey’s most explosive offenses and a stout defense led by junior Division I prospect Willie Matthews. JSZ has the highlights of Montclair’s 12th win of the year from MetLife Stadium: #2: DePaul 7 Saint Joe-Montvale 3 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship at Kean One of the top defensive efforts of the entire season comes from the DePaul Catholic defense as they stand their ground in a thrilling 7-3 win over Saint Joe’s-Montvale. Alex Lorenzo was there for one of the biggest games of the season: #1: Bergen Catholic 44 Saint Peter’s Prep 7 – Non-Public Group 4 State Championship at MetLife Johnny Langan threw for 117 yards, ran for 91 and accounted for four touchdowns in a dominating performance. The Crusaders beat the Marauders 41-14 in the regular season and were able to stake a 31-0 halftime lead in the championship game. Javontae Jean-Baptiste set the tone on defense with three sacks. Langan led the offense with an 11 play, 70-yard drive to start capped off by the QB scoring from five yards out. A hook and lateral to Rahmir Johnson made it 14-0, followed by a field goal and Langan’s second TD run. Langan found tight end Tyler Devera in the back of the end zone with just 3 seconds left in the half to make it 31-0. Anthony Corbin had a 54-yard fake punt and Josh McKenzie added a fourth-quarter touchdown run to close out the scoring. The Crusaders finish the season with a 10-2 record, finishing unbeaten in New Jersey. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Ashante Worthy wins JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy Jersey Sports Zone closed out the football season with our first JSZ Football Banquet in Woodbridge. Freehold Boro quarterback Ashante Worthy won our Player of the Year honor, the Zoneman Trophy. Click HERE to see our full banquet coverage, including video highlights of our All-Zone team, Plays of the Year, and profiles of our Zoneman Trophy Finalists!
North Hunterdon Lions Shine in 22nd Annual Sunshine Classic
What is the Sunshine Classic? The Sunshine Football Classic is an all-star game hosted by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nation Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame at TCNJ, and this year was its 22nd annual game. Over that time, this football game has raised more than 100,000 dollars for the Sunshine Foundation, which provides funds to underprivileged children who require medical treatment, and an additional 56,000 for athletic/academic scholarships. Check out what some of this year’s participants had to say about this exciting game: Full Highlights of the Sunshine Football Classic:
West wins fourth straight Sunshine Classic!
Sunshine Football Classic 2018 Jersey Sports Zone was at TCNJ where the best in central Jersey football met one last time this year for the 22nd Annual Sunshine Game Classic. The All-Star game brings together the best from Mercer, Burlington, Hunderton and Monmouth county showcasing talent from the central part of the garden state. The East team was led by long time Nottingham Head Coach Jon Adams who went up against a tough Trenton influenced defense behind Greg Hyslop. West got in control early thanks to some great running from Hopewell Valley’s Elijah Blu-Wilmott who reached the end zone twice. However, their defense is what kept them ahead the entire contest. North Hunterdon’s Colin Lavigne returned an interception for a 56 yard touchdown in the West’s 28-20 victory over East. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call:
LA Rams linebacker gives back at Red Bank Regional
Garrett Sickels returned to his high school alma mater to give the Red Bank Regional defensive line a 30-minute tutorial on technique and what it takes to get to the quarterback. The 2012 RBR graduate was a US Army All-American during his high school days and went on to Penn State where he had 6.5 sacks and 47 tackles in his redshirt junior campaign earning defensive MVP honors in 2016. Sickels chose to enter the 2017 NFL Draft over returning to Happy Valley as a redshirt senior. Many were surprised when the Nittany Lions defensive end was not drafted. What followed was a roller coaster trip on NFL practice squads. After stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns, Sickels landed on his third practice squad in Los Angeles. Switching from a 4-3 defensive end to an outside linebacker, Sickels was activated for the Rams final regular season game. He was re-signed by Los Angeles for 2018 and enters training camp looking to contribute to the Rams linebacking corps. Thanks to head coach Nick Giglio and Garrett, JSZ gets an inside look of a young NFL player inspiring high school players with great instruction and the mindset it takes to succeed on and off the football field: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring our Red Bank Regional coverage on Jersey Sports Zone
White wins the battle of South Jersey!
Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic 2018 The annual Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic is a game anyone who has grown up in South Jersey hopes to be a part of one day. Aside from raising money for a cause to help athletes recover from serious injuries it’s also a chance for Southern schools from the garden state schools to showcase their talent one last time. Timber Creek Head Coach Rob Hinson helped lead the White Squad to a 26-13 victory over the Blue Squad thanks to a spread option gameplay for Sterling quarterback CJ Barrett, who finished the night 14-27 with 199 yards passing and three touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was at Rowan University for all the action:
Monmouth’s Guarino wins JSZ Web Gem of the Year
Monmouth Regional 3rd baseman Anthony Guarino won our fan vote for JSZ Web Gem of the Year. The Falcons senior is set to attend Rowan University this fall, but will officially close out his high school career next week when he plays in the Shore Conference Gridiron Classic as part of the Monmouth County squad. We stopped by Monmouth Regional to present Anthony with a JSZ Game Ball for winning the Web Gem of the Year: In case you missed it, watch all the best web gems captured by JSZ cameras on the diamond. Thanks to the athletes for all the great highlights! Take Our Poll Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury has been honoring Shore Conference athletes for the past four years. Thanks to the team at Monmouth Building Center for giving us the chance to honor great Shore kids in football, basketball, baseball and softball.
Skyland Conference Makes an Impact in 2018 Boys LAX Stat Leaders
Top Goal Scorers: 2nd in NJ: Tyler Neal – Delaware Valley HS – 84 Goals 14th in NJ: Joe Cansfield – Delaware Valley HS – 59 Goals 17th in NJ: Steven Dwyer – Immaculata HS – 55 Goals 18th in NJ: Max Drift – Montgomery HS – 54 Goals 21st in NJ: Jared McMahon – North Hunterdon HS & Matt McShea – Warren Hills HS – 51 Goals Assist Leaders: 2nd in NJ: Joe Cansfield – Del Val – 67 Assists 5th in NJ: Will Marrapodi – Montgomery – 61 Assists 9th in NJ: Tyler Neal – Del Val – 51 Assists 14th in NJ: Jared McMahon – North Hunterdon – 43 Assists 15th in NJ: Griffin Leblond – Somerville – 41 Assists 17th in NJ: George Enman – Pingry – 39 Assists 21st in NJ: Ryan Pedrani – Somerville – 35 Assists 22nd in NJ: Gavin Defuria – Watchung Hills – 34 Assists Point Leaders: 3rd in NJ: Tyler Neal – Del Val – 135 Points 4th in NJ: Joe Cansfield – Del Val – 126 Points 13th in NJ: Jared McMahon – North Hunterdon – 94 Points 19th in NJ: Griffin Leblond – Somerville – 83 Points 24th in NJ: Ryan Pedrani – Somerville – 78 Points 25th in NJ: George Enman – Pingry – 77 Points
Roselle Catholic’s Whitney Climbs Recruiting Rankings After Breakout Year – Watch Highlights
Kahlil Whitney made the move from Chicago, Illinois to Roselle, New Jersey in 2016, and it has been a steady ascent to the top of the recruiting rankings ever since. The 6 foot 6 small forward entered his first season with the Lions as a raw but extremely athletic sophomore in 2016-2017, wowing crowds and showing signs of what would come in the future. As a junior in 2018, Whitney took his game to another level, adding an accurate outside jumper to go along with an already established finishing ability at the rim. After a junior season that saw Whitney guide Roselle Catholic to a Union County, Non-Public B, and TOC Title, Kahlil has become one of New Jersey and America’s top prospects in the class of 2019. Rising to No. 14 overall in the National Rankings and garnering 5-Star status according to The ESPN Top 100. With recruiting ramping up this summer before a big senior season at Roselle Catholic, Kahlil currently holds offers from over 20 Division-1 schools including the likes of; Kansas, Syracuse, Florida, and Illinois. Watch Full Highlights and The Top 5 Dunks from Kahlil Whitney’s Junior Season at Roselle Catholic High School! Top 5 Dunks from @KahlilWhitney’s Junior Year with @RC_Basketball! pic.twitter.com/ZUAlBTC04K — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) June 27, 2018
Jersey Sports Zone’s All-Zone Team & Game Ball Winners Shine in 2018 Phil Simms All-Star Game
Jersey Sports Zone took a big part in the 2018 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game. Not only did our multimedia journalists bring you great highlights, but our 2017 All-Zone Football Team and JSZ Game Ball winners were key playermakers in this year’s North v South battle. A Closer Look at JSZ’s All-Zone Players & Game Ball Winners in the 2018 Phil Simms Game: Highlights of 2018 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game:
South wins Phil Simms North/ South All-Star Classic for second straight year
Phil Simms 2018 North-South All-Star Game Highlights: The 40th North-South Phil Simms All-Star game took place once again at Kean University. This year the game was dominated by ferocious defense from the South Side. Holy Spirit QB Josh Zamot lead the way, throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for one himself, while Ji’Ayir Brown was a monster on defense with two interceptions and multiple tackles. Brown was named the game’s defensive MVP. Check out full highlights of this exciting game now:
College athletes come home to get RYPT’d
19 college athletes from a variety of sports gather at 6:00 am during the summer to work on their strength, speed, and agility for their upcoming seasons. Reach Your Potential Training in Tinton Falls works with many high school athletes during the school year to get the chance to play at the next level. Jack Navitsky, the former Red Bank Regional quarterback, has been training at RYPT since 8th grade and uses his summer time to return to Tinton Falls to prepare for his upcoming season of college football at Salisbury. Former Wall volleyball standout Jess Stansfield is now playing collegiate beach volleyball at Grand Canyon University and credits Bobby Smith and the RYPT staff for getting her ready for the sand and one of the NCAA’s newest sports. Watch Bobby Smith give everyone a wake-up call with his high energy workout featuring some outstanding athletes: Reach Your Potential Training is where the Shore Conference’s top athletes train to get ready for their season. New York Mets 3rd baseman Todd Frazier and Eagles Super Bowl champ Vinny Curry are just two of the many who had incredible success thanks to the foundation set by coach Bobby Smith and the RYPT staff! Jersey Sports Zone thanks Reach Your Potential Training for their support and making it possible to capture so many great moments from high school athletes all around New Jersey!
Olympic-Colonial wins 6th Carpenter Cup Championship
Olympic-Colonial 7 Burlington County 2 The Olympic-Colonial All-Stars used a 5-run 3rd inning to take control and win the Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup for a record sixth time. Burlington County scored two runs in the top of the first, but four Olympic-Colonial pitchers combined on eight shutout innings. JSZ has the highlights of the championship game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia:
Great turn out for Rutgers 2018 7 on 7 Passing Camp
With most schools completing the school year this passed week Rutgers took the opportunity of the first weekend of Summer break to host it’s annual 7 on 7 Passing Camp. The tournament that featured over 90 schools from the tri state area is one of New Jersey’s can’t miss football skill sessions. This year saw Bronx powerhouse Cardinal Hayes defeat St. Peter’s Prep 26-0 in the Championship thanks to a stand out performance from four star quarterback recruit Sophian Massoud. Massoud currently has offers from Dartmouth, Rutgers, Boston College and Virginia, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Architects Golf Club Hosts Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Golf Outing!
Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Fundraiser at Architects Golf Club: Head Coach of Phillipsburg football, Frank Duffy, hosts the Liner’s annual golf outing at Architects Golf Club. The Liners, who saw some State Championship action last year, are preparing for another exciting football season. This event raises money for the team, and gives them an opportunity to attend a pre-season camp at Bloomsburg University, update the program’s uniforms, and continue the program’s tradition of numerous team activities throughout the school year. Check out the video below to learn more about this exciting day: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to these Boosters, JSZ will bring you great features and exciting highlights all year long!
It will be an all-NJ final for the Phillies Carpenter Cup
Burlington 6 Jersey Shore 1 Getting to live out your childhood dream of playing in the Majors doesn’t come true for many, but for the four remaining teams of the 32nd Annual Carpenter Cup Classic they got to take the field Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The semifinal matchup between Burlington County and Jersey Shore was headlined by a six run fourth inning that included a 2 run home run from Duke bound Senior Jake Topolski of Lenape that would ultimately send ‘Burlco’ back to the championship game as they try to claim the title for the first time since 2012. Watch the highlights now: Olympic-Colonial 10 Delaware North 6 Sky Duff went 2 for 3 with a triple, a homer and 3 RBI’s to lead Olympic-Colonial into the Carpenter Cup finals. Olympic-Colonial used a five-run 9th inning to reach the championship game. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the home of the Philadelphia Phillies: Coming soon – highlights of Burlington County vs. Jersey Shore!
Three NJ teams to play at Phillies Citizens Bank Park
The Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup features 16 high school baseball all-star teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The first two rounds are played in downtown Philadelphia’s FDR Park. Monday’s quarterfinals saw three New Jersey teams reach the semifinals and the chance to play this Friday at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a thrilling South Jersey quarterfinal that saw Olympic-Colonial rally from eight runs down to reach the semifinals: Carpenter Cup Semifinals – Friday at Citizens Bank Park Delaware North vs. Olympic-Colonial, 9:30 am Burlington County vs. Jersey Shore, 1:00 pm Championship game – Saturday at 10:00 am
Seaside Heights Hosts the 8th Annual Soccer Sand Storm Tournament!
After a school year of hard work and dedication, what kid wouldn’t want to enjoy a soccer tournament on the beach? Susan Duarte and Colleen Meola founded the Sand Soccer Storm Tournament 8 years ago, and since then the event has exploded. 200 soccer teams meet at Seaside Heights to battle it out on the sand! Check out more about this event now: For more info about the Soccer Stand Storm Tournament: http://www.sandsoccerstorm.com
Playoff atmosphere for 2018 Bergen County All-Star Game!
North All-Stars 21 South All-Stars 7 – 22nd Annual Bergen County All-Star Game Usually football All-Star games are a chance for players to reconnect with teammates, rivals and coaches one last time. However, if you were in the crowd for the 2018 Bergen County North/ South All-Star game, you would have thought it counted toward a team reaching the State Final. North having dominated the contest in the last few years got off to a hot start with a blocked punt that would lead to a 1 yard touchdown run from Dom Patania to put them ahead 7-0. In the second North Struck again with a 38 yard rushing TD from Paramus Catholic standout Christian Bryd to lead 14-0. South countered with a score of their own to make it a one possession game, but North with a clutch touchdown from Westwood’s Joe Kramer and a fumble recovery from Joe Mosca would hold on for a thrilling victory. Kramer and Mosca were named MVP’s of the game for their clutch performances. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
JSZ Game Ball Tour makes final stop to Morris Catholic
With the 2017-18 sports season over, JSZ wraps up our Game Ball tour with a stop to Morris Catholic High School. Thanks to coach Nick DeGenarro and Grace Stairiker for making time for one more Game Ball presentation: Take Our Poll A special thanks to everyone who voted all year long around the state for our JSZ Game Balls. We’ve enjoyed honoring athletes from baseball, softball, boys basketball, girls basketball and football!
The 6th Annual Basilone Bowl a Complete Success!
Don’t know what the Basilone Bowl is? Check out the video below for details concerning how this all-star game started, and what it represents! Leathernecks 21 Devil Dogs 3 – Tyler Boatwright of Hillsborough named MVP Teams: LEATHERNECKS 1-Joshua Ejiogu, Bound Brook, OL/DL 2-Reese Clark, Montgomery, FS 3-Nigel Wilson, Bound Brook, TE 2-Steven Garcia, Manville, RB/OLB 4-Noah Quick, Hillsborough, SS 5-Charles Amankwaa, Hillsborough, DB/RB 6-Matt Moore, Hillsborough, QB 6-Marcus Burnside, Somerville, WR/DB 7-Jared Pershyn, Delaware Valley, OLB 9-Isaiah Black, Hillsborough, LB/S 9-Nick Firth, Manville, P/RB 10-Shane Demeter, Manville, FS 11-Justin Brown, Hillsborough, WR/S 11-Joey Beljan, Delaware Valley, OLB/TE 13-Joseph LePoidevin, Bound Brook, WR 16-Ryan Gogerty, Ridge, DB/WR 17-Kyle Kuminski, Montgomery. SS/WR 20-Dylan Whitenight, Manville, TE/LB 22-Tyler Boatwright, Hillsborough, RB 29-R.J. Milligan, Ridge, RB 43-Will Keller, Montgomery, CB 44-Christian Boyle, Montgomery, TE 45-JR Metallo, Hillsborough, LB/P/K 45-Matt Roglaki, Manville, TE/DE 50-Louis Hector, Bound Brook, OL/NG 52-Kevin Park, Ridge, OL 52-Hamza Akel, Somerville, DL 55-Alex Gonzales, Manville, OL/DT 55-Kyle Frauenheim, Bound Brook, DE/OL 59-Ryan Hrabinski, Somerville, LB 60-Tore Lomardino, Manville, OL 61-Matt Giordano, Ridge, OL 64-Mike DeSarno, Somerville, OL/LS 66-Hunter Norz, Manville, OL 67-Dempsey Shovlin, Montgomery, C 70-Michael Tyle, Manville, DL/OL 71-Ryan Cocuzzo, Montgomery, OL 75-Owen Booker, Somerville, OL 77-Chandler Turner, Montgomery, K 77-Jake Bentz, Manville, OL 78-Chris Breault, Ridge, OL 78-Ryan Wheaton, Hillsborough, DT/OL DEVIL DOGS 2-Clay Fields, Franklin, R/DB 2-Zahveae Thorne, Watchung Hills, RB/WR/CB 3-Brandon Wynn, North Plainfield, LB 4-Shahkyle Matthews, Immaculata, WR/DB 4-Jeff Poggi, Watchung Hills, TE/LB 4-Channing Russell, Pingry, WR 6-Brandon Myers, Franklin, DL 6-Ryan Loften, Immaculata, RB/K 7-Tykey Reinberry, Franklin, WR/DB 9-Chike Nwankwo, Bridgewater-Raritan, LB 10-Lofton Hoover, Bernards, QB.WR 12-Brian Puccio, Watchung Hills, K/P 14-Avery Rosenzweig, Bernards, WR 16-Mike Miller, Watchung Hills, DL 17-CJ Hall, Bridgewater-Raritan, DB/OLB 21-Obi Nnaeto, Pingry, RB 22-Frank McGuire, Immaculata, TE/LB/DE 24-Drew Booher, Bernards, DB 26-Rey Fowler, North Plainfield, DB 31-Clyde Leef, Pingry, LS 33-Lawrence Nice, Bridgewater-Raritan, DE 43-Declan McParland, Bernards, DL 44-Jammille Holmes, Franklin, LB 50-Clatyon Bush, Watchung Hills, OL/DL 51-A.J. Weaver, Pingry, C/DL 51-Nick Celli, Bridgewater-Raritan, DE/OL 52-Dan McNulty, Immaculata, OL/DL 52-Cross Zampetti, Watchung Hills, FB/DL 54-Dan Allergo, Franklin, OL 55-Tommie Dugan, Pingry, OL/DL 58-Matt Lynch, Immaculata, OL/LB 58-Jude Okolo, North Plainfield, DL 69-Trevor Sullivan, North Plainfield, OL/DL 70-Devin Moffitt, Wacthung Hills, OL/DL 75-Bamnjo Bannavti, North Plainfield, OL/DL 75-Pat Lane, Bernards, DL 78-Eric Laputka, Bridgewater-Raritan, DT 87-Stephen Dwyer, Immaculata, WR/TE Jonathn Taub, Watchung Hills, LB
Hun School running back commits to Tar Heels
Josh Henderson emerged as one of the top running backs in New Jersey in 2017. The Hun School rising senior has made a verbal commitment to play college football in the ACC for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Henderson had 117 carries for 1383 yards and 13 rushing TD’s last year. He made his announcement via social media: Its been a long journey and an absolute blessing. I am so grateful for all the opportunities each coach has blessed me with. I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally COMMITTED to The University of North Carolina! 🐏❄️ pic.twitter.com/mJppAfrora — Henderson2️⃣3️⃣ (@JoshHendy23) June 14, 2018 Josh was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team in 2017. Watch his junior year highlight reel now!
RBC sophomore tight end commits to Notre Dame
Red Bank Catholic rising junior Kevin Bauman is one of New Jersey’s top college prospects in the class of 2020. The tight end has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Notre Dame. Bauman has two more years of high school football and the four-star prospect has emerged as a sure-handed tight end for coach Frank Edgerly’s offense. Bauman had 14 catches for 231 yards and 5 Td’s for the Caseys as a sophomore. Bauman made the announcement via his social media: God. Country. Notre Dame. I am beyond blessed and excited to announce that I am committed to The University of Notre Dame to continue my academic and athletic career. #IrishBouNDXX #GoIrish☘️ pic.twitter.com/qGNsDZuP5d — Kevin Bauman (@kbauman3) June 13, 2018 Notre Dame continues to use New Jersey as a critical pipeline to its recruiting efforts. the Ademilola twins from Saint Peter’s Prep are set to join the Irish this fall and St. Joe’s Metuchen offensive linemen John Olmstead gave a verbal commitment to the Irish earlier this spring. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s sophomore highlight reel of the newest recruit for Notre Dame:
Vote for JSZ Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
The spring sports season saw breathtaking goals, heart-stopping hits and incredible catches on the diamond. We wrap up the 2017-18 high school sports year by asking you to cast your vote in our 2018 JSZ Spring Sports Plays of the Year. We’ll keep our polls open through Friday at 9:00 p.m. and honor the winners with a placque or a JSZ Game Ball. A special thanks to all the athletes we covered for giving us so many special highlights and thanks to you for your support of Jersey Sports Zone! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Opponents on the gridiron team up to clean Keansburg beach
Over 80 players from Monmouth County high school football programs gathered for the second annual “Opponents on the gridiron, Teammates on the Bayshore” Keansburg beach cleanup. Players and coaches from Holmdel, Middletown North, Raritan and Keansburg were among the group that accumulated over 50 full bags of trash that are no longer a part of the Keansburg beach landscape. “The turnout is amazing and they are setting an example,” event director Paul Coughlin said. “Everybody gets busy, but the kids are out there – they come down here. Diverse communities – Holmdel, Middletown, Hazlet all coming together here for our community.” Jersey Sports Zone’s Jay Cook tells the story of high school football players from the Jersey Shore giving back to the community: Jersey Sports Zone is proud to partner with BCB-Bayshore, Your Community Bank. BCB-Bayshore is responsible for all the great sports highlights and features from Keyport, Keansburg, Holmdel, Raritan and Middletown North. A special thanks to Paul Coughlin for his support and letting us tell the story of a great community event in Keansburg!
Degen blanks Blue Devils to lead Hunterdon Central to state crown
Hunterdon Central 7 Westfield 0 – Group 4 State Championship Alex Degen threw a three-hit shutout in his final high school game and the Red Devils scored four runs in the 4th inning to seal a second state championship in the last three years. Degen struck out seven and his catcher Luke Longo shined at the plate going three for three with a walk, a run and three RBI’s. Hunterdon Central finishes the year with a 28-2 record and avenges a 7-1 regular season loss to the Blue Devils. JSZ brings you team coverage from the final game of the season in the NJSIAA at Hamilton Veterans Park: Thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Westfield all year long and allowing us to capture great moments like the Blue Devils state finals run on the diamond!
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Pascack Hills 3 Raritan 2 (8 innings) – Group 2 State Championship Chris Lum was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning to give Pascack Hills an 18th straight win and a Group 2 state title. The Cowboys scored a pair of runs in the top of the second on RBI doubles from Lum and Marc Hernandez to take a 2-0 lead. Raritan rallied for two runs on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch. Zack Johnston pitched five shutout innings after the second to put Raritan in a position to shock NJ’s #1 ranked team, but Jack Brodsky matched goose eggs with four shutout innings in relief. Raritan got a single and a walk with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, but a pop out to 3rd ended the game and gave Pascack Hills its 30th win of the season. Watch the highlights of a tremendous game in Hamilton Township: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Raritan is made possible by our friends at BCB-Bayshore, Your Community Bank A special thanks to Reach Your Potential Training for partnering with Jersey Sports Zone to spotlight their athletes all year long! Somerville 3 Allentown 2 – Group 3 State Championship Bobby Wortman threw back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Pioneers their first overall group state baseball championship by defeating the defending champions. Somerville broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI triple from freshman Matt Miceli followed by a Preston Scott RBI double. Thomas Babalis pitched six strong innings and turned things over to Wortman who pitched masterfully under immense pressure. JSZ has all the highlights from a thrilling state final: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Allentown is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Delbarton Completes Three-Peat, Wins 3rd Straight TOC Crown
Delbarton – 12 Summit – 6 | NJ Tournament of Champions Final The dominance of Delbarton Lacrosse continues. The Green Wave have now won three straight Tournament of Champions Titles, and have managed to grab a strangle hold on New Jersey Lacrosse, a state known for it’s superior competition. It was an all around team effort for Delbarton. Matt Campbell scored 4 goals, Tommy MacCowatt added a hat trick, and CJ Kirst scored 2 of his own, leading the Green Wave to victory. Watch Highlights and Post Game from Delbarton’s 12-6 win over Summit on JSZ! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Summit HIlltoppers is made possible by Equinox of Summit.
Moorestown’s Girls LAX Wins First TOC Title Since 2014!
Moorestown 14 Ridgewood 9 – Girls LAX TOC Final at Kean University Moorestown and Ridgewood are two girl lacrosse teams with a lot of history. Between the two programs, they have 9 of the last 12 TOC Titles. Earlier this season, Moorestown took down Ridgewood in a 10-9 nail-biter with a last minute goal. That game ultimately earned them their #1 Rank in the state. Today, the Quakers got to keep that ranking and add a TOC Title. Check out highlights of this exciting game now:
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St. Augustine 1 Delbarton 0 – Non- Public A Final Cole Vanderslice threw a complete game 2-hit masterpiece to outduel Jack Leiter and give the Hermits a state championship after falling in the finals in the previous two years. Both pitchers were dominant against potent lineups. Leiter, who came into the game with 8 consecutive no-hit innings, was able to put up four more hitless frames before Kevin Easie had an infield single to lead off the 5th. Easie moved to third base following a pair of outs. A squeeze attempt failed, but with Easie off the bag at third the throw went into left field which resulted in the only run of the game. Watch the highlights of an outstanding game on Saturday night in Hamilton: Gloucester Catholic 10 DePaul 3 – Non- Public B Final The Rams raced out to a 4-0 first inning lead and built an 8-0 advantage as freshman Anthony Solometo pitched five shutout innings with 11 strikeouts to give Gloucester Catholic a second straight Non-Public “B” state championship. Luke Lesch hit a two-run HR in the first inning and had three RBI’s to lead Gloucester Catholic’s 10-hit attack. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Hamilton Veteran’s Park: Middlesex 3 Park Ridge 0 – NJSIAA Group 1 State Championship Middlesex captured their second consecutive Group 1 State Title with a 3-0 win over Park Ridge Saturday afternoon. It was clear from the beginning it would be a close game as both teams were unable to score in the first three innings. In the fourth the Blue Jays would score a run off an error on a bunt to lead Park Ridge 1-0. Ryan Vollmer would then send a 2 RBI shot to center to make it a three run game. Starting pitcher Kyle Nepton dominated on the mound, throwing a one hit shutout to lead Middlesex to it’s fifth State Championship. Watch the highlights now:
An Explosive First Inning Gets Steinert Softball their First T of C Title!
Steinert 9 Immaculata Conception Lodi 0 – Kaylee Whitaker 15 Strikeouts, 3 Hits, & 1 RBI Steinert came out guns blazing. In just the first inning the Spartans strung together nine runs with 13 batters at the plate and a total of seven hits. From there, it was all defense. Neither team scored a single run in the remaining 6 innings, and the Spartans came away with the title. Star pitcher, Kaylee Whittaker, had 15 strikeouts and contributed three hits of her own to Steinert’s 12 total. Check out highlights of the game now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Steinert is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you great highlights like today’s game, all year long!
Old Bridge takes down Southern to win first volleyball State Championship!
Old Bridge 2 Southern 1 – Volleyball State Championship Jersey Sports Zone is proud to bring you the exciting conclusion to the volleyball season with an all out State Final thriller from South Brunswick high school. Third ranked Old Bridge defeated defending Champions No. 1 Southern 2-1 to capture their first ever volleyball State Title. The Knights took the first set 25-22 before Southern answered back to win the second 25-21. In the third and final set they relied on captain Elan Dorkhman to keep the game close and Junior Andrew Zaleck scored the game winning kill to lead Old Bridge to glory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Mater Dei’s Henderson commits to Boston College
Mater Dei Prep defensive end Izaiah Henderson has made a verbal commitment to play Division I football in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles. Henderson had 17 offers including Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia, Purdue and Michigan Sate. He made the announcement via his social media: I’d like to thank God, my family, and my coaching staff who were behind be every step off the way. And I am extremely excited to say that I am COMMITTED to continuing to my academic and football careers at BOSTON COLLEGE! #Decidetofly 🦅@BCFootball @BCCoachJReid @Coach_Campanile pic.twitter.com/Okwl4FkrsJ — IzaiahHenderson (@Izaiah__77) June 7, 2018 Watch the highlight reel of Izaiah Henderson and we’ll have more action from this defensive standout this fall on Jersey Sports Zone
Ridgewood, Moorestown to meet in T of C girls lax final
Ridgewood 12 Oak Knoll 6 – Tournament of Champions Semifinals Kara Rahaim made 10 of her 16 saves in the second half and Ridgewood scored five straight goals in the second half to reach the Tournament of Champions final. Cat Roxas had a hat trick and four other Maroons scored two goals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Middletown: Moorestown 13 Haddonfield 3 – Tournament of Champions Semifinals Collette Smith had three goals and four assists as the Quakers raced out to an 8-0 halftime lead on the way to a spot in the Tournament of Champions final. JSZ has the highlights of a dominating effort:
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Delbarton 10 Watchung Hills 3 – Tournament of Champions – Semifinal With the chance to return to the Tournament of Champions Title Game for a third year in a row No. 1 in the NJ Top 20, Delbarton did not disappoint in the semifinal match up with No. 7 Watchung Hills. What started out as a tough defensive battle in the first half saw a momentum swing as Tommy MacCowatt scored twice in the third quarter. MacCowatt picked up a hat trick in the Green Wave’s 10-3 win over Watchung, they will face Summit for in the Tournament of Champions Final on 6/9. Watch the highlights: Summit – 6 Mountain Lakes – 3 | TOC Semi Finals Summit has been known for their defensive play all season long, and that didn’t change when the Hilltoppers needed it most. Facing a high powered Mountain Lakes offense in TOC Semi-Finals, Summit allowed just 3 goals all game, as goalie Will Vitton had 11 saves. Summit will now play No. 1 Delbarton School in TOC Final Saturday Night at Kean University. Watch Highlights of Summit vs Mountain Lakes on JSZ! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Summit HIlltoppers is made possible by Equinox of Summit.
Seneca’s Nick Decker talks MLB Draft, family and baseball
Most kids have the dream at a young age of one day playing baseball in the Majors, Seneca’s Nick Decker made that dream a reality when he was selected in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox with the 64th overall pick. Decker just weeks away from graduating from high school already personifies what a ball player is with his attitude and respect for the game he loves so dearly. Whether his decision is to play for the University of Maryland or professionally, Nick’s support system will be right behind him to guide the promising center fielder in the right direction. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez caught up with the South Jersey sensation after his final high school game:
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Hunterdon Central 3 Jackson Memorial 1 – Group 4 State Semifinal at Rider University Jackson Memorial scored first in this group four semifinal, but the Red Devils’ Pete Ciuffreda came in clutch during the 4th inning and scored the go-ahead run. Central is heading to their third straight state final where they will have a rematch with the Westfield Blue Devils, one of only two teams who defeated Central this season. Check out highlights of today’s game now: Middlesex – 4 Pennsville – 3 | NJSIAA Group 1 Semi-Finals Middlesex High School was pushed to extra innings after surrendering a 2-0 lead Pennsville, but The Blue Jays never gave up. Jack Hnylycia delivered on what he called “a dream come true” in the bottom of the 8th inning, hitting a walk off single to give Middlesex a 4-3 win over Pennsville. Up next for the Blue Jay will be the Group-1 State Championship game this weekend where they will take on Park Ridge. Watch highlights and post game from Middlesex vs Pennsville on JSZ! Allentown 13 Seneca 0 – Group 3 State Semifinal at Monmouth University The hit train continued to roll for Allentown in the Semifinal round of the Group 3 State Tournament. Despite Seneca’s Nick Decker being selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 MLB Draft just hours earlier, the Red Birds were the ones celebrating as they had a 12-0 lead at the end of the second. Brandon Gaul and Justin Marcario combined for 5 RBI’s while pitcher AJ Ariano pitched a 5 hit shut out. Allentown will face Somerville the State Final on 6/9 at Veteran’s Park (Hamilton). Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage year-round on JSZ! Raritan 5 Haddonfield 1 – Group 2 State Semifinals Zack Johnston threw a three-hitter on just 73 pitches to lead Raritan to the state finals. The Rockets took advantage of four Haddonfield errors in the 3rd to score three runs and followed that with a two-run fourth inning. John Christino blasted a solo homer to left to account for the Bulldogs only run. Raritan will face Pascack Hills this weekend for the Group 2 state championship. Watch the highlights of the Rockets state semifinal win at East Brunswick High School: Jersey Sports Zone thanks BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank for allowing us to bring you great Raritan Rockets moments all year long Saint Augustine Prep 6 Notre Dame 1 – Non-Public South “A” Finals It’s a three-peat for the Hermits who got homers from Nick Lonetto and Kenny Levari to account for five of their six runs. Kevin Eaise threw five strong innings for Saint Augustine Prep, who will face Delbarton for the Non-Public “A” state championship this weekend. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage year-round on JSZ!
Donovan Catholic wins Rematch with SJV, Captures Shore Conference Title
Donovan Catholic – 13 St. John Vianney – 4 | Shore Conference Championship After a stunning 2-0 loss to St. John Vianney in the Non-Public A South Final, No. 1 Donovan Catholic was looking to make statement in the SCT Final. Statement made, the Griffins poured in 7 runs in the 1st inning, resulting in a 13-4 win and avenging that loss over the Lancers. Donovan Catholic finishes the season with a 30-1 record, while St. John Vianney falls to 27-1 as they head into the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions this week. Watch Highlights of the SCT Final on JSZ! A special thanks to BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank and Paver Restoration for sponsoring Saint John Vianney coverage on Jersey Sports Zone.
Eastern prevails in extras to win Diamond Classic
Eastern 4 Saint Augustine Prep 1 – Diamond Classic Championship Jesse Barbera threw an eight-inning complete game and Eastern scored three runs in the 8th inning to win the 45th annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic on its home field despite being the away team. Eastern ends Saint Augustine Prep’s 13 game win streak, but the Hermits are still in the hunt for a state championship. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from the South Jersey baseball tournament staple:
Toms River North repeats as Shore Conference Champs
Toms River North 4 Central Regional 0 – Shore Conference Tournament Championship Jared Bellissimo threw a 4-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and blasted a two-run RBI double to centerfield to lead the Mariners to a second straight Shore Conference title. TRN jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to RBI singles by Justin Schaff and Bobby Jeans in the first and second inning. Central loaded the bases in the 6th inning with one out, but Bellissimo struck out two straight to get out of the jam. JSZ has the highlights of Toms River North’s second straight SCT title from the home of the Lakewood BlueClaws: Jersey Sports Zone is able to capture great moments from Toms River North thanks to Peak Coaching for Success. Visit peakcoachingforsuccess.com to learn more about their Athlete Development Camp this summer!
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Roselle Park 4 Gloucester 3 (9 innings) – Group 1 State Championship Want to see some exciting softball? Do not miss this matchup between Gloucester City and Roselle Park. It was an offensive battle with Roselle Park out-hitting Gloucester 14-10. The Panther’s junior pitcher, Madison Hummel, was not only a key factor on the mound, but also at the plate. She hit the walk-off single to win the game, bringing home the Group 1 Title for Roselle. Check out highlights of this one now: Wildwood Catholic vs. Lod Immaculate – Non-Public “B” State Championship The ladies of Lodi Immaculate are no strangers to playing for a Non- Public B State Championship, Sunday was the seventh year in a row the Blue Wolves found themselves in the Title Game. A cutthroat pitching battle made for a tight game early on. Following a double in the third from Jaden Farhat Lodi and a sacrifice RBI from Kayla Roberts Immaculate went up 2-0 over the Crusaders, Roberts would also capture her 100th career hit. Junior Caylee English pitched a shutout, allowing just 2 hits and struck out seven batters to lead her team to a sixth straight Non- Public B Title. Watch the highlights and postgame reaction now: Robbinsville vs. Ramsey – Group 2 State Championship Kate Hunter blasted a three-run HR to left to cap off a five-run 5th inning and went the distance on the mound to give Robbinsville its second straight Group 2 state championship. Ramsey jumped out to a 2-0 lead on back to back RBI’s courtesy of Victoria and Olivia Sebastian. Olivia Moser had two hits and two RBI’s including an infield single that gave the Ravens a 3-2 lead setting the stage for Hunter’s bomb. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction of a tremendous game played between two top 5 ranked teams: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Robbinsville is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Vineland vs. North Hunterdon – Group 4 State Championship It took 10 innings of play and a suicide squeeze, but The North Hunterdon Lions were able to capture the Group-4 State Championship one year after falling to Egg Harbor in the same position last season. In the top of the 10th tied at 5, Jessica Nolan laid down a bunt scoring Cate Sand for the go ahead run. Senior Maggie Swan pitched 10 innings and struck out 8 for the Lions. Watch Highlights and Post Game from the Group 4 State Championship on JSZ! Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday softball state championship featuring titles won by Saint John Vianney and Steinert
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Saint John Vianney vs. Mount St. Dominic – Non-Public “A” State Championship Going 5 years without a state championship is considered a “drought” at St. John Vianney, and that just speaks to how special the Lancers’ softball program is in Holmdel. That drought came to an emphatic end on Saturday night, as Vianney got another great performance from sophomore pitcher Julia Parker, (7 IP, 7 K’s, & 1R) leading the Lady Lancers to the Non-Public A State Title with a 2-1 win over Mount St. Dominic. Watch Highlights and post game from SJV’s win on JSZ! A special thanks to BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank and Paver Restoration for sponsoring Saint John Vianney coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Steinert 2 Indian Hills 0 – Group 3 State Championship Kaylee Whittaker threw a 1-hitter with 11 strikeouts and Carli Backlund’s 2-run double produced the only runs of the game as Steinert won its second state championship in the last three years. JSZ has the highlights from Kean University: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Steinert High coverage all year long on Jersey Sports Zone Roselle Park vs. Gloucester – Group 1 State Championship Postponed to Sunday at 10:00 am
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Oak Knoll 19 Pingry 4 – Group 1 State Championship Oak Knoll dominated Big Blue in the Group 1 State Final at Kean University. Katie Duttenhofer and Claire Galvin led in scoring with six goals, while Katie Kelly had nine assists. Check out highlights of this impressive offensive performance now: Haddonfield 18 Sparta 11 – Group 2 State Championship The Bulldogs raced out to an 11-5 halftime lead on the way to the school’s first-ever girls lacrosse state championship. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Group 2 title game: Moorestown 7 Summit 6 – Group 3 State Championship The Quakers scored two goals 33 seconds apart in the second half to take back the lead from the Hilltoppers and used stingy defense to hold on for its 23rd state championship. Kayla Frank led the attack with a hat trick and Robin Panzarella had two goals and two assists including the game winner. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from an outstanding game at Kean University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Summit HIlltoppers is made possible by Equinox of Summit. Clearview vs. Ridgewood – Group 4 State Championship After being eliminated in the first round of the Group 4 state playoffs following their Sectional Title win last season, No. 1 Ridgewood bounced back to win their third State Championship in four years against Clearview. The maroons jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to Lillie Kloak who would wound up with an early hat trick in the first half, but Clearview countered to cut the lead 8-4 at the break. In the second half the Pioneers would keep it a close game, coming within 3 goals, but Ridgewood led by Marley Scala who scored 4 times would hold on to win 12-9. Watch the highlights now: Highlights coming soon to JSZ!
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Immaculata 6 Holy Spirit 5 (11 innings) – Non-Public “B” North Semifinals Holy Spirit lead the Spartans 5-1 late in the game, but in the bottom of the 7th Mike Golankiewics crushed a three-run homer to tie it up and send us into extra innings. Then in the bottom of the 11th, starting pitcher Nolan Leger, ripped a grounder through the infield for the walk-off Immaculata victory. Highlights available: Allentown 6 Wall 5 – Central Group 3 Final It’s not often a defending State Champions is an underdog coming into a Sectional Title game, but third seed Allentown found themselves in this scenario facing top seed and No. 6 in the NJ Top 20 Wall for the Central Group 3 crown. The Red Birds got off to a hot start jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first. That trend would continue to help them go ahead 6-2 in the fifth. However, the Crimson Knights rallied to come within a run entering the sixth inning. Freshman two sport standout Dan Merkel came into relief already with an RBI in the game to finish with 4 strike outs and help the unranked Red Birds claim another Sectional Title. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage on JSZ! Notre Dame 4 Red Bank Catholic 2 – Non-Public “A” South Semifinals Robbie Buecker threw a complete game five-hitter with seven strikeouts and the Irish used a three-run sixth inning to continue its magical run as a #9 seed in the state playoffs. Jon Michael Rotondo hit a two run homer in the 4th to give the Caseys a 2-0 lead, but Notre Dame rallied in the sixth capped off by a Mike Kane RBI single that gave the Irish the lead . JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from another big win for Notre Dame: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Notre Dame is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to Playa Bowls of Red Bank for allowing us to bring you great moments from RBC sports all year long Westfield – 4 Millburn – 2 | North 2 Group 4 Final It’s been quite a week for Westfield’s Cory Hiltz. On Thursday, Hiltz announced he will play college baseball at Monmouth University, Hiltz then followed up that decision on Friday by tossing a complete game 4 hit gem, leading the Blue Devils to the North 2 Group 4 Championship over MIllburn. Westfield will now advance to the Group 4 Semi-Finals where they will play Ridgewood on Tuesday. Watch Highlights of Westfield vs Millburn on JSZ! Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Jon Bramnick. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you exciting Westfield highlights! Hunterdon Central 4 Manalapan 0 – Central Group 4 Final Alex Degen started on the mound for the Red Devils, but it was an unusual day for the senior Kentucky commit. Struggling to control his fastball and curve throughout the first three innings, Degen was forced to change his pitching style. Fortunately for Central, Degen showed that even on his worst day he is still a champion. He pitched 6 shutout innings, while Dan Icaza helped him out offensively at the plate, and the Red Devil took down Manalapan 4-0. Check out highlights now: Pennsville 8 Glassboro 0 – South Jersey Group 1 Finals Cody Durham threw a five-hit shutout and seven different Eagles had RBI’s in the Eagles South Jersey Group 1 championship win. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
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St. John Vianney – 2 Donovan Catholic – 0 | Non-Public A South Final The marquee matchup in New Jersey Softball lived up to the hype and then some. St. John Vianney’s Sophomore pitcher Julia Parker pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits against one of the best offenses in all of America, leading the Lancers to a 2-0 win. St. John Vianney captures the Non-Public A South Championship avenging back to back playoff losses to Donovan the past two seasons, and improves to 26-0 on the season. The loss was the first of the season for Donovan Catholic as they fall to 29-1. Watch highlights of the Lancers and Griffins on JSZ! A special thanks to BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank and Paver Restoration for sponsoring Saint John Vianney coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Robbinsville 9 Sterling 4 – Group 2 Semifinal Defending Group 2 Champs Robbinsville found themselves locked into a back and forth battle with South Champions Sterling early in Thursday’s Semifinal at Rowan University. The Ravens took an early 2 run lead, but Sterling answered back with a 3 RBI blast from Mallory Skelly to eventually go up 4-2. However, Robbinsville staying cool under pressure got a 3 RBI shot from Shea Walsh in the fourth off an inside the park home run to lead 6-4. Walsh would have another RBI in the sixth to help the Ravens return to the Group 2 Title Game for a second year in a row where they will face Ramsey on 6/2 at Kean University. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Robbinsville coverage on JSZ! Indian Hills 2 Middletown North 0 – Group 3 Semifinal Angela Saric overcame a three-walk 7th inning to pitch a no-hitter and earn Indian Hills a spot in the Group 3 state championship. Saric hit a batter in the first inning, then proceeded to retire 17 straight batters. Indian Hills got a solo homer from Merrick Gourhan in the 4th and an RBI single by Kelsey McClennan in the 5th to account for its offense. Middletown North loaded the bases in the 7th, but Saric’s 4th strikeout of the game ended the game. JSZ has the highlights and a great interview from Saric about her no-hitter from Caldwell University: North Hunterdon 3 Mount Olive 2 – Group 4 Semifinal North Hunterdon had a 3-0 lead until the 5th inning, when errors allowed the Marauders to close-in 3-2. Luckily for North, senior pitcher, Maggie Swan, pulled through in the seventh inning with two key strikeouts to hang on to the lead. This victory also marks Head Coach of North Hunterdon, Anthony Rotondo’s, 100th career win with the Lions. Check out highlights of this exciting semifinal now: Roselle Park 2 Cedar Grove 1 (8 innings) – Group 1 Semifinals Madison Cieslinski’s RBI single in the top of the 8th inning proved to be the difference as Roselle Park avenged a loss to Cedar Grove in last year’s state semifinals. Madison Hummel went the full eight innings to pick up the win. JSZ has the highlights from Caldwell University:
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Summit 9 Rumson-Fair Haven 1 – Group 2 Boys State Championship Tom Fischetti had a hat trick and Summit broke open the game with a five-goal fourth quarter to earn the Group 2 state title. RFH goalie Sean Bunnell made 14 saves and kept the Hilltoppers off the scoreboard for a quarter and a half, but Summit was able to score three times in the final seven minutes to take a 3-0 lead at the break. Will Vitton had nine saves for Summit and shut out RFH for the first three quarters. JSZ has the highlights from West Long Branch of Summit’s state title: Thank you Equinox of Summit for sponsoring our Hilltoppers coverage on JSZ and allowing us to capture great moments like the state championship win for the boys lacrosse team! A special thanks to ServPro of Eatontown-Long Branch for their continued support of our Rumson-Fair Haven coverage Watchung Hills 10 Lenape 3 – Group 4 Boys State Championship It’s been a year of firsts for Watching Hills lacrosse. The Warriors captured their first North Group 4 sectional title just days ago, now they can add the State Champs to their resume as well after a 10-3 win over South title holder’s Lenape. Watchung got some help from Seniors Connor James, who scored 4 times and Brian Richmond earned himself a Hat Trick. Watch the highlights now: Pingry 10 Immaculata 3 – Non-Public “B” State Championship No. 18 Pingry is no strangers to hoisting championships. Wednesday night top-seeded Big Blue won it’s fourth straight Non- Public B State Title with a dominating win over Immaculata. This young squad was led by Kalman Kraham, the speedy sophomore scored a hat trick in Pingry’s 10-3 win over the Spartans. Watch the highlights now: Delbarton – 15 Seton Hall Prep – 10 | Non-Public A Final Matt Campbell was a man on a mission, the senior midfielder scored 5 first half goals sparking Delabrton to a 15-10 win over Seton Hall Prep. The win marked The Green Wave’s 3rd straight Non-Public A Title and added to a historic year in sports at Delbarton School, winning State Championships in Soccer, Hockey and now on the Lacrosse field. Watch Highlights of Delbarton vs Seton Hall Prep on JSZ! Mountain Lakes – 16 Manasquan – 7 | NJSIAA Group-1 Final Mountain Lakes was searching for it’s 2nd State Title in three years and it’s 13th overall in school history. Standing in the Lakers way? Manasquan High School and their sharp shooting junior Canyon Birch coming in with 122 goals on the season. Not only did the Laker’s defense hold Birch to just one goal, but the offense posted 16 scores of their own, led by 6 from Mike Cabana to get the victory. Watch Highlights of Mountain Lakes vs Manasquan on JSZ!
Toms River North returns to Shore Conference baseball finals
Toms River North 6 Monmouth Regional 0 – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal Jared Bellissimo and Brendan Mullins combined on a four-hit shutout and the Mariners used back to back three-run frames in the 2nd and 3rd to reach the SCT finals for a second straight year. Toms River North will face Central Regional in the championship game on Monday night at the home of the Lakewood BlueClaws. JSZ has highlights of the defending champs getting the win at Count Basie Park in Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone is able to capture great moments from Toms River North thanks to Peak Coaching for Success. Visit peakcoachingforsuccess.com to learn more about their Athlete Development Camp this summer!
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Summit 11 IHA 6 – Group 3 Semifinal – Emily Paytas 3 Goals Summit jumped out to 3-1 early in this semifinal, but the IHA Blue Eagles bounced back behind the stick of Lexi Edmonds who score all 3 of their goals in the first half. In the second half, the Hilltoppers pulled away thanks to a great defensive performance by Southern California commit, Kaleigh Brennan, and a hat trick from Emily Paytas. Check out highlights of this game now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Summit is brought to you by Equinox Fitness. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you exciting Hilltopper highlights all season long! Oak Knoll 19 Saddle River Day 10 – Group 1 Semifinal Oak Knoll came out quick with the lead and never let their foot off the gas. They outscored the Rebels 19-10, and will move on to the Group 1 final where they will face Pingry for the title. Check out highlights of this game now:
Vineland Walks Off with South Jersey Group 4 Softball Title
Vineland 3 Millville 2 – South Jersey Group 4 Finals Devin Coia’s RBI single in the 9th inning gave Vinelands the South Jersey Group 4 crown. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights of an outstanding South Jersey softball state playoff game:
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Wall 3 Hopewell Valley 1 – Central Group 3 Semifinals Following their first ever County Title win fourth seed Hopewell Valley’s next task would be even tougher as they faced top seed Wall, who had Ace Trey Dombroski on the mound. Dombroski in his Junior season has been worth the price of admission in 2018 as he allowed just three runs all year heading into Tuesday’s Central Group 3 Semifinal game. Wall took an early 1-0 lead in the first before going ahead 3-0 in the fifth off Dylan Richey and Grant Shulman RBI’s. However, Trey Dombroski stole the performance with his 8 strike out performance that allowed just 5 hits and 1 earned run to send the Crimson Knights to the Central Group 3 Final where they will face defending Champs, third seed Allentown on 6/1. Watch the highlights and post game interview with Dombroski afterwards now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hopewell Valley coverage year- round on JSZ! Westfield 6 Scotch Plains-Fanwood 4 – North 2 Group 4 State Semifinals Westfield played their rivals, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders, in the North 2 Group 4 State Semifinals. Starting pitcher for the Blue Devils, Mike Carlone picked up the win with 7 strikeouts, while Andrew Caminiti provided support at short. Check out highlights of the Blue Devil’s 6-4 win now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Jon Bramnick. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you exciting Westfield highlights! Notre Dame 4 CBA 1 – Non-Public South “A” Quarterfinals The Irish used back to back RBI doubles with two outs in the third inning and a strong pitching performance from Tom Mayer to upset the #1 seed in Non-Public South “A”. Mayer pitched six innings giving up just three hits and one run and Robbie Buecker had an RBI double and pitched the seventh inning to notch the save. The #9 seed returns to the Shore Conference in the sectional semifinals and a matchup with 5th seed Red Bank Catholic. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the upset: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for allowing us to capture great moments from Mercer County including Notre Dame’s big upset win in the state playoffs! Allentown – 12 Jackson Liberty – 4 | Central Jersey Group 3 Semi-Finals Allentown High School is on a quest to defend it’s Central Jersey Group 3 Championship from 2017, and the 3rd seeded RedBird’s latest test was on the road at Jackson Liberty. 8 of 9 batters in the Allentown lineup reached base at least once, as the RedBirds posted 12 runs on 11 hits and came away with a commanding 12-4 win. Allentown advances to the Sectional Final this Friday where they will take on top seeded Wall Township. Watch Highlights of Allentown’s playoff win on JSZ! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for allowing us to capture great moments from Allentown High School athletics!
Pascack Hills wins first Bergen County baseball title since 1987
Pascack Hills 3 Don Bosco Prep 1 – Bergen County Tournament Finals Brandon Siegenthaler’s two-run homer in the third inning proved to be the difference as the Cowboys won the Bergen County title for the first time since 1987. Pascack Hills jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a Ryan Ramsey RBI single. The Cowboys got a two-out rally in the 3rd as Mike Rodriguez delivered a base hit to left followed by Siegenthaler’s blast that cleared the left field fence. Jack Brodsky threw five innings giving up just one run and striking out nine and exiting the game after 88 pitches. Siegenthaler got a key 6-4-3 double play in the 6th and struck out the final two batters to lock down the save and clinch the title. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Demarest: JSZ Game Ball Winner Earlier this season, Don Bosco pitcher Drew Helmstetter won a North Jersey JSZ Game Ball. Jersey Sports Zone delivered Drew’s Game Ball during the Bergen County Tournament finals. Thanks to all the great Don Bosco fans for voting and congratulations to Drew!
Hopewell tops rival Nottingham 4-2 for first ever County Title!
After rain delays postponed the 2018 Mercer County Tournament two weeks fans were finally treated to an epic 4-2 showdown between NJ Top 20 teams (3) Nottingham and top seeded Hopewell Valley. The Bulldogs got behind Ace pitcher Andy Blake who would keep the game scoreless through four innings before scoring the first run of the game. Following a 2 RBI double from Liam Cleary, Blake then drove in a run to extend the lead to 4-0. After surrendering a 2R HR to Nottingham’s Nick Houghton he would also buckle down for the last six outs and finish the day with 7 strike outs to lead Hopewell Valley to its first ever County Title. Watch the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hopewell Valley and Nottingham coverage year- round on JSZ!
Bell strikes out 20, Middletown North walks-off in 10th to reach SCT Semis
Middletown North 3 Lacey 2 (10 innings) – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals Adriana Cerbo’s walk-off single to center in the bottom of the 10th gave Middletown North its 25th win and a spot in the SCT semifinals. North starter Malori Bell struck out 20 batters throwing all 10 innings to pick up the win. JSZ has the highlights of an outstanding game played by both teams: Alyssa Costello wins JSZ Game Ball Jersey Sports Zone delivered a Game Ball to Lacey freshman shortstop Alyssa Costello for her performance in the Ocean County Tournament championship game. Thanks to all the great Lacey fans for voting!
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Rumson-Fair Haven 12 Somerville 6 – South Jersey Group 2 Final The Bulldogs used a balanced scoring attack to repeat as South Jersey Group 2 champions. Watch the highlights to see Kiel Forlenza’s amazing no-look goal! JSZ’s Jay Cook has a full breakdown of Rumson-Fair Haven’s big win on Saturday morning: Jersey Sports Zone brings you special moments from RFH lacrosse thanks to the support of ServPro of Eatontown-Long Branch Manasquan 15 Madison 8 – South Jersey Group 1 Finals Canyon Birch scored five of his six goals in the first half and added five assists for an 11 point game to lead the Warriors to the South Jersey Group 1 crown. Birch stands at 122 goals and 52 assists in his amazing junior campaign, just seven goals short of the state single-season scoring record. Manasquan will face Mountain Lakes in the Group 1 state championship on Wednesday in Livingston. JSZ has the highlights of Manasquan’s championship effort: Watchung Hills 10 Hunterdon Central – North Group 4 State Sectional Final Watchung Hills jumps out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and ran away with the win. Connor James leads the scoring with 4 goals, while Spencer Bokach had 14 saves in the Warriors 10-4 victory. Highlights of this game now available:
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Immaculata 6 Montgomery 5 – Somerset County Tournament Final Montgomery jumped out to a 4 run lead, but Felix Diaz’s bat today was deadly. He crushed 2 homers and picked up 4 RBIs for the Spartans, and was also named this year’s SCT MVP. Check out highlights of this exciting offensive battle now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Montgomery is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you to this great sponsor for allowing us to bring you exciting Montgomery highlights all season long!
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Montgomery 4 Hunterdon Central 3 – Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinals The 6th seed, Montgomery, eliminates the 2 seed thanks to Abby O’Connor’s big day at the plate. She collected 2 RBIs, while teammate Julia Loffredo contributed 3 hits and scored 3 times herself. Check out highlights of this game now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Montgomery is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you to this great sponsor for allowing us to bring you exciting Montgomery highlights all season long!
Explosive 3rd quarter puts Seton Hall Prep in state lax finals
Seton Hall Prep 15 CBA 3 – Non Public “A” Semifinal The Pirates busted open a 6-1 halftime lead with a dominant eight-goal third quarter to earn a spot in the Non-Public “A” state finals. Kyle Stephenson had four goals, Cole Kirst had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and Under Armour All-American Griffin Westlin had a six-point day (3 goals, 3 assists). Seton Hall Prep will face the winner of Delbarton and St. Augustine in the state finals. JSZ has the highlights of the dominating third quarter:
Teschkos lead Gateway into South Jersey Group 1 Semis
Gateway 4 Audubon 1 – South Jersey Group 1 Quarterfinals Kevin and Ryan Teschko combined for 11 strikeouts on the hill and Ryan belted a two-run homer to lead Gateway into the South Jersey Group 1 semifinals. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the South Jersey state baseball playoff highlights:
Hopewell Valley baseball takes down rival Nottingham to reach Semifinals!
(4) Hopewell Valley 9 (5) Nottingham 2 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinals It was the match up everyone in the Colonial Valley Conference has been waiting for all season. Originally scheduled as the Mercer County Tournament Title Game, rain forced two of NJ’s Top 20 teams to square off in the Central Group 3 quarterfinal round instead. Fourth seed Hopewell Valley got ahead early following a six run fourth inning started by Drew Brodine. Nottingham would counter with a pair of runs on the board in the fifth, but the Bulldogs repeated their performance in the bottom of the inning to hold on for a 9-2 win. Hopewell will take on top seeded Wall in the Semifinals on May 29th. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hopewell Valley and Nottingham coverage year- round on JSZ!
Nine-run 4th gives Bishop Ahr a spot in “A” South semis
Bishop Ahr 10 Red Bank Catholic 2 – Non-Public South “A” Quarterfinals The Trojans overcame a 2-0 deficit with a nine-run 4th inning to improve to 22-1 on the season. Bishop Ahr faces #2 ranked and undefeated Saint John Vianney next Tuesday in the semifinals. JSZ has the highlights of a game that featured a triple play and clutch hitting from the home team: Thanks to Playa Bowls of Red Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic! Megan Herka wins a JSZ Game Ball! Thanks to the great fans of Bishop Ahr who voted earlier in the season for Mergan Herka to win a JSZ Game Ball. Following the Trojans state playoff win, we presented Megan with her Game Ball surrounded by teammates and coaches:
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Westfield 10 Bridgewater-Raritan 4 – Natalie Bond and Olivia Shields Both Score Hat Tricks Westfield saw themselves as the underdog in this sectional title, and embraced every second of it. Stanford commit and Westfield captain, Natalie Bond, lead the charge scoring a hat trick herself and assisting in Olivia Shields’ hat trick as well. Check out highlights and a post-game interview with Bond now: Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Jon Bramnick. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ will bring you great Blue Devil highlights all season long! Coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton Ortho and Urgent Care. Thanks to these two sponsors JSZ can bring you exciting Panther highlights all season long!
JSZ Game Balls come to Wayne Hills, Shore Regional
As the spring sports season comes to a close, JSZ is wrapping up our Game Ball honorees as we visit the state and honor great baseball and softball performances. It was great to spend time with Wayne Hills and Shore Regional prior to their season finales. Congratulations to Jenna Maguire and Sophia Fedak for winning our fan polls earlier this year: Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury has been honoring Shore Conference athletes for the past four years. Thanks to the team at Monmouth Building Center for giving us the chance to honor great Shore kids in football, basketball, baseball and softball.
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Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Wall 6 – South Jersey Group 2 Boys Semifinals Kiel Forlenza scored three straight goals in the third quarter to give RFH a second-half cushion they would never relinquish. The Bulldogs will host #8 seed Somerville in the South Jersey Group 2 Finals on Saturday. JSZ has highlights from Tuesday night in Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is made possible by our friends at ServPro of Eatontown-Long Branch Watchung Hills 17 Westfield 8 – North Group 4 Boys Lacrosse Semifinal Westfield and Watchung played a tight first quarter, but a offensive explosion form the Warriors became unstoppable in the second half. Gavin DeFuria, Chris Clintock, Brian Richmond and Joe Rica all score hat tricks, and Watchung Hills is now on their way to the North Group 4 Final. Check out highlights of this game now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you great Blue Devil highlights all year long! Allentown 15 Jackson Liberty 4 – Central Group 3 Semifinals – Girls No. 12 in the NJ Top 20 Allentown in route to their second straight Central Group 3 Title Game after a dominating 15-4 win over fourth seed Jackson Liberty. The first seeded Red Birds were led by Rutgers bound Senior Marin Hartshorn who had 2 goals and 4 assists. Allentown will rematch fellow Top 20 team, second seed Notre Dame. The Irish beat them in the big game last season, but so far this year the Red Birds have ND’s number beating them twice in 2018. One of those coming in the regular season and then in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage year- round on JSZ!
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(8) Somerville 9 (12) Hopewell Valley 8 – South Jersey Group 2 Semifinals – Boys TJ Sanchez scored two of his three goals in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 1:13 left in the game as the Pioneers outscored Hopewell Valley 3-0 in the 4th quarter to get to the South Jersey Group 2 Finals. Nolan Crognale had a stellar six-goal effort for the Bulldogs and his sixth tally gave Hopewell Valley an 8-6 lead after three quarters. But Somerville’s defense did not yield any goals in the fourth and the Pioneers will face the winner of Rumson-Fair Haven and Wall for the South Jersey Group 2 championship. Watch the highlights of an outstanding game from Tuesday night: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hopewell Valley is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (2) Notre Dame 12 (3) Colts Neck 5 – Central Group 3 Semifinals – Girls On the brink of returning to the Central Group 3 Title Game defending sectional champs Notre Dame did not disappoint. The second seed Irish took on third seed Colts Neck in a battle that got going from the opening face off. The Cougars would strike first to begin the game, but ND hit their stride thanks to Maddie Rizzuto who had a hat trick at the end of the first half to give the Irish a 7-2 lead at the break. Soon after more Notre Dame scorers joined in as Nikki Phillips, Ava Scudillo and Gabbie Skowrosnki all picked up a pair of goals to lead their team back to the Central Group 3 Championship. Watch the highlights now: Sponsors! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage year- round on JSZ! Thanks to HIT Training for all of our Colts Neck coverage!
Schnackenberg Fairy Tale: Syracuse Softball Commit Peyton Schnackenberg’s Story
Everyone in the Skyland Conference softball community knows Peyton Schnackenberg. She’s a quick, rise ball throwing pitcher committed to Syracuse University. But who is Peyton really? What is her story? Our very own Courtney DuPont got the inside scoop. Check out the “Schnackenberg Fairy Tale,” and learn more about this impressive New Jersey softball talent. Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Montgomery is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thanks to this generous sponsor JSZ will bring you great features like this all year long!
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Raritan 1 Rumson-Fair Haven 0 (9 innings) – Central Jersey Group 2 Shawn O’Hea delivered the walk-off game-winner in the bottom of the 9th as the Rockets got a nine-inning complete game shutout from Zack Johnston to advance to the quarterfinals in Central Jersey Group 2. Johnston and Alex Burnett were locked in a tremendous pitcher’s duel. Burnett exited the game after seven innings and reaching his pitch count. Johnston wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 7th and threw just 99 pitches in his nine-inning gem. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from a great Shore Conference battle in the state playoffs: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by ServPro of Eatontown-Long Branch. Great Raritan moments are possible thanks to our friends at BCB Bayshore – Your Community Bank Sayreville 2 Princeton 0 – Central Group 4 The opening round of the Central Group 4 State Tournament saw a great pitching battle between 13th seed Princeton and fourth seeded Sayreville. In the first two innings Ben Amon for Princeton and Christian Aich for Sayreville both had six strike outs. The Bombers would put 2 runs on the board with a sac fly and a double from Anthony Gambardella to advance to the quarterfinals where they will face fifth seed Old Bridge who eliminated them for the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament. Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton coverage on JSZ! Schalick 4 Cape May Tech – South Jersey Group 1 Ethan Long’s RBI double in the bottom of the 7th plated the game-winner. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel brings us the highlights:
Montgomery Softball Prepares for a Rematch after CJG4 Win over West Windsor-Plainsboro
Montgomery 2 West Windsor-Plainsboro 1 – Schnackenberg 10 Strikesouts After five and a half innings of scoreless play, the Montomgery Cougars got on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead, only to be matched in the top of the seventh by the Pirates. Luckily for the Cougars, Tori Ferraiolo and Sierra Cooper mastered the “base hit & bunt over” combo just in time for Kylie Karsay’s walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh. Check out full highlights of this game now: Sponsor ALERT! Coverage of Montgomery is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thanks to this great sponsor JSZ will bring you great highlights of the cougars all year long.
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Ridgewood 6 Bridgewater-Raritan 5 | North Group 4 Boys Lacrosse Quarterfinals No. 4 Bridgewater hosted the No. 5 Ridgewood in today’s North Group 4 Quarterfinal. A back and forth battle ultimately resulted in the Maroons pulling off a one goal victory. Jack Barclay and Will Mollihan both contributed two goals for Ridgewood, leading their team to the Group 4 Semifinals next week where they will face the No. 1 seed, Hunterdon Central. Check out highlights now: Rumson-Fair Haven 17 Lacey 11 – South Jersey Group 2 Quarterfinals The Bulldogs scored six straight goals to break an 8-8 tie in the third quarter to advance to the South Jersey Group 2 semifinals. Jack Whitelaw led eight different Bulldog scorers with 5 goals and an assist. RFH will host Wall on Wednesday with a spot in the sectional finals on the line. JSZ has highlights of RFH’s second-half outburst on a rainy Saturday afternoon: Jersey Sports Zone thanks ServPro of Eatontown-Long Branch for sponsoring our Rumson-Fair Haven High School coverage! CBA 16 Paul VI 4 – Non-Public “A” First Round Luke Valentino and Michael Carroll had hat tricks as the Colts scored 8 goals in the first on the way to a convincing win at Middletown South High School’s turf field. The Colts move on to the quarterfinals where they will face Saint Peter’s Prep at home. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: (1) Summit 16 (9) West Windsor- Plainsboro North 1 – North 2 Group 3 Quarterfinals Being a defending state champion isn’t easy, but Summit sure makes it seem that way. Following a recent Union County Tournament Final win the no. 1 seeded Hilltoppers continued their quest on returning to the North 2 Group 3 Championship with a 16-1 victory over ninth seed West Windsor- Plainsboro North. Summit’s patience and ability to move the ball made them unstoppable in the first half as they took an 11-1 lead at the break. Katia Carnevale who had five goals was the driving force that allowed the Hilltoppers to keep that pressing tempo all game. The number one seeded team and tournament favorite will head to the semifinals on 5/22 to face fifth seed Roxbury. Watch the highlights now: Sponsors! Thank you to Equinox Fitness Clubs for sponsoring all of our Summit coverage on JSZ! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our year- round coverage of West Windsor- Plainsboro North!
Hopewell Valley Boys Lacrosse stuns Robbinsville to reach Group 2 Semifinals
(12) Hopewell Valley 6 (4) Robbinsville 5 – South Group 2 Quarterfinal The first meeting between twelfth seed Hopewell Valley and fourth seed Robbinsville ended with the Bulldogs suffering a 16-4 defeat. This time around in the South Group 2 quarterfinals they came out with a different mindset to take a 4-2 lead over Robbinsville at halftime. The Ravens would come roaring back to eventually take a 5-4 lead, but Hopewell answered right back to go ahead 6-5 and would finish the upset thanks to goalie Harry Meredith, who finished with 14 saves. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hopewell Valley and Robbinsville coverage on JSZ!
Alfano All-Access: Antonio Chooses BAMA
DECISION DAY Antonio Alfano has given a verbal commitment to play Division I football in the SEC for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Antonio made the announcement at Colonia High School and Jersey Sports Zone’s Alex Lorenzo produced the commitment video that was played as the big reveal: ALFANO ALL-ACCESS Leading up to his commitment, Colonia defensive end Antonio Alfano gave Jersey Sports Zone’s Alex Lorenzo an All-Access pass as he prepares for his senior season of high school football. Go in-depth with one of the nation’s top defensive prospects. Watch Alfano All-Access Episodes Now! Episode 4: “Let’s Eat!” Q & A with Antonio Alfano Episode 3: Field Work Episode 2: “The Last Rep” Episode 1: “How it Started” Coming this Friday: The Decision Antonio Alfano will make his college choice at 3:00 pm at Colonia High School
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Point Pleasant Boro 7 Marlboro 1 – Shore Conference Tournament First Round The Panthers pounded out 8 hits and 7 runs in the fourth inning to advance to the SCT’s Round of 16. Nick Guzzi pitched three scoreless innings and Sam Collins pitched four innings giving up one run to pick up the win. The #16 seed will face top seed CBA next week in the second round of the Shore Conference Tournament. JSZ has the highlights from Marlboro High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Marlboro is brought to you by Hit Training. Thanks to Tekart Builder/TwinBoro-AllShore and the Point Boro football parents club for sponsoring JSZ’s higlhights and features from Point Pleasant Boro Howell – 13 St. John Vianney – 0 Due to field conditions, 15th seeded Howell was forced to travel to Holmdel to take on 18th seeded St. John Vianney in the opening round of the Shore Conferene Tournament. The Rebels didn’t seem disturbed by the inconvenience, putting up a 7 run 1st inning led by home runs from Nick Ruszczyk and Brandon Matt. Mike Wynne pitched a 5 inning complete game strikeout with 8 K’s, as Howell got a 13-0 win on the road and adances to play Wall Township in the round of 16. Watch the highlights on JSZ! A special thanks to BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank and Paver Restoration for sponsoring Saint John Vianney coverage on Jersey Sports Zone.
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Montgomery 5 Watchung Hills 3 – Somerset County Tournament Semifinals Montgomery takes out the #1, Ridge, and #5, Watchung Hills, in the Somerset County Baseball Tournament. The Cougars are heading to the Championship where they will play the Immaculata Spartans, but before that check out Ryan McKenna’s big day against Watchung Hills: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Montgomery and Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ will bring you awesome Mercer County highlights all season long! Immaculata 2 Hillsborough 1 – Somerset County Tournament Semifinals Nolan Leger and Noah Jordan combined on a 5-hitter and the Spartans two-run third inning held up in a 2-1 win over Hillsborough at Diamond Nation. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the 3rd, the Spartans got an RBI triple from Peter Gallo and an RBI infield single from Justin Pinckert to take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Leger and Jordan took care of the rest. Jordan threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief highlighted by four strikeouts to get the save. Immaculata will face Montgomery in the Somerset County Tournament finals. Watch the highlights of Immaculata’s 16th consecutive win!
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(4) Monroe 11 (5) Hightstown 10 – Girls Group 4 Quarterfinals For the second year in a row two time defending Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Champions Monroe found themselves in a position to make school history in the Group 4 Quarterfinals. After falling short in the game a season ago the Falcons switched up the scenario and beat fifth seed Hightstown 11-10 to advance to the semifinals for the very first time. Monroe got ahead early thanks to Paige Gandy, who found net six times and were able to stay there thanks to a hat trick from Liz Skobelev. The Rams did not go down easy, they countered throughout the game all the way down to the final seconds, just running out of time at the end. Watch the highlights and the postgame interview with Paige Gandy: Sponsor! Thanks to Princeton Orthpaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe and Hightstown coverage on JSZ!
Loder proud to be trailblazer at Trinity Hall
Trinity Hall still has the label as the new kid on the block in Shore Conference Sports, but the Monarchs have built a strong sports foundation thanks to a senior class that helped blaze the trail. Catherine Loder made a significant impact in all three seasons. JSZ profiles the all-girls school’s first ever 100 goal scorer in lacrosse as she reflected on her four years at the Tinton Falls school and looks ahead to study engineering at the University of Michigan: Senior Makes School History in Lacrosse Tinton Falls, NJ – On Wednesday, May 2, senior Catherine Loder became the first lacrosse student-athlete in Trinity Hall history to reach 100 goals in her high school career. Loder, who graduates this June, is a multi-sport, straight-A student-athlete, playing basketball and lacrosse for four years and cross-country for two. Trinity Hall is a member of the Shore Conference, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association (NJISAA), and competes against public, parochial, and independent schools in Monmouth County and throughout the state. Loder’s milestone 100th goal was reached at the school’s home game at Dorbrook Park vs. Shore Regional. Although the game was a loss for Trinity Hall, the team rallied around Loder to celebrate the achievement. ”Being the first player at Trinity Hall to score 100 goals in lacrosse is an honor I will never forget,” said Loder. “It is a testament to the hard work of my teammates and coaches and also to the growth of our lacrosse program here at Trinity Hall. I’m thankful to be a part of this special community.” Loder’s achievement of 100 high school career goals in lacrosse is notable because she was able to reach that milestone in a much shorter time than most other high school student-athletes. Ken Santos, athletic director, explained, “Trinity Hall opened in Fall 2013. We were accepted into the Shore Conference in Fall 2015. Since the conference does a two-year scheduling cycle, we were not eligible to play in the division or enter the tournaments in the 2015-2016 school year, playing only a handful of varsity games against comparable teams. In the 2016-2017 school year a new two-year cycle started, with games scheduled for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, so we were then included in the division and could play in the Shore Conference Tournaments if we qualified. Catherine’s accomplishment is significant because, as new members of the Shore Conference in 2016-2017, she has only played two full seasons of a varsity schedule whereas many who also achieve this milestone have played three or four years of varsity-level play.” “I have coached Catherine for all four years she has played lacrosse for the Monarchs,” said Dana Lenneper, lacrosse head coach. “She is one of the most talented athletes I’ve ever had the privilege to coach. She has the ability to take what you say to her and apply it to every game and practice. Beyond that, Catherine has a positive energy and attitude every day. It’s contagious. She is an amazing captain who always knows how to make her teammates come together and remain that way whether we win or lose. There are a million examples I can give about what makes her so special but one thing I know for sure is that she will be missed by both her team and, definitely, by her coaches. It was a wonderful moment for Catherine and our school. We couldn’t be more proud of her.” ”It was inspiring to witness Catherine score her 100th goal, an achievement of only the best athletes in the state,” said Mary Sciarrillo, head of school. Santos added, “These are the days that make coaching and being a part of athletics so rewarding: when an athlete such as Catherine is rewarded for her hard work and gets to enjoy that with her teammates and coaches.” Trinity Hall, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), is an independent all-girls college preparatory high school, educating and empowering young women in the Catholic tradition. Trinity Hall’s core values of leadership, respect, perseverance and faith are foundational to their mission and work as educators. For more information, visit www.trinityhallnj.org. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to have Trinity Hall join our team as one of our sponsors. JSZ will have highlights and features of the Monarchs sports programs all year long. Visit trinityhallnj.org to learn more about Monmouth County’s independent college preparatory high school in the Catholic tradition