Watch Friday 2.11 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
JSZ has coverage from a pair of thrilling non-public sectional finals, plus amazing action from two state semifinals on the public side. Check back throughout the night to watch the highlights! Bergen Catholic 24 Delbarton 23 | Non-Public A North Final Mark this down as the Match of the Year. The Crusaders and Green Wave went the distance and were tied 23-23 at the end of all 14 bouts. After 10 minutes of discussion, Bergen Catholic was dramatically named the Non-Public A North sectional champions. Criteria J – most near-fall points – was the deciding factor in one of the tightest, most thrilling matches you’ll see all year. Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Morristown: A special thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of sectional championship wrestling! Red Bank Catholic 39 Holy Spirit 30 | Non-Public B South Final Trailing 30-12, the Caseys scored back-to-back wins and got two forfeits to set the stage for Davin Brewton to clinch the school’s first-ever wrestling sectional championship with a second-period pinfall at 215 pounds. RBC will face Pope John in the Non-Public “B” state championship on Sunday morning at Franklin High School. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-match reaction from Red Bank: A special thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of sectional championship wrestling! Phillipsburg 27 Southern 25 | Group 5 State Semifinal The Stateliners trailed 22-6, but battled back to stun the Rams and punch a ticket to the state final. Nate Zastowny won via tech fall for Phillipsburg, while David Pierson and John Wargo won key decisions down the stretch. Dawson McWilliams avoided a pin in the final match to clinch the win for the Stateliners. Cole Velardi won by fall, while Matt Henrich had a tech fall for Southern in the loss. P’burg will face Howell for the Group 5 championship on Sunday in Franklin. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible by the Garnet Booster Club. Brick Memorial 38 North Hunterdon 27 | Group 4 State Semifinal The Mustangs of Brick Memorial won in dominant fashion over North Jersey sectional champions North Hunterdon. Brick won nine of 11 contested bouts to get out to a 38-9 lead before forfeiting the last three matches. Returning state champion Evan Tallmadge won by tech fall while Ryan Smith, Harvey Ludington and other returning state champion Anthony Santaniello won by pin for the Mustangs. Logan Wadle earned a pin for the Lions in the loss. Brick Memorial will wrestle for its tenth group title in program history on Sunday. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Annandale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Brick Memorial is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Sunday 2.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The Coaches Choice USA Showcase featured many of the top girls teams and players from around New Jersey. Our JSZ cameras caught the action from three of the top games, plus two great boys games between Bergen Catholic/Red Bank Catholic and Pleasantville/Atlantic City. St. John Vianney 76 Saddle River Day 51 | Girls If there were ever any doubts about who the No. 1 team in New Jersey was, those concerns were extinguished emphatically Sunday night. St. John Vianney – ranked No. 5 nationally by ESPN – dominated Saddle River Day from start to finish in a game that was further apart than the final score indicated. St. John Vianney (19-0) was paced by Madison St. Rose and her game-high 28 points, while Zoe Brooks also had 14 points and Megan Cahalan finished with 12 points. Paulina Paris led Saddle River Day (16-1) with a team-best 19 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Holmdel: Rutgers Prep 47 Red Bank Catholic 43 | Girls No. 3 Rutgers Prep (15-1) defeated No. 5 Red Bank Catholic (18-3) 47-43 to pick up a fourteenth straight win. Locked into a tight battle early, Red Bank Catholic led 26-25 at halftime. Rutgers Prep would take the lead early in the third quarter as sophomore Mikayla Blakes had the Argonauts ahead 45-37 entering the fourth. In the final quarter Rutgers Prep would hold the ball for the last five remaining minutes of regulation, scoring only on two free throws from Blakes as they would hold on for a close win. She would finish with 25 points while Rutgers commit Antonia Bates had 9 points and 10 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manasquan 55 Paul VI 50 | Girls With numerous college coaches attending, the No. 6 ranked Manasquan Warriors took down the No. 9 ranked Paul VI Eagles. After trailing going into the half, Manasquan outpaced Paul VI in the last 16 minutes. Hope Masonius led the second-half surge and netted 15 total points to put the Warriors ahead and secure the win. Hannah Hidalgo lead all players with 21 points for the Eagles in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Holmdel: Bergen Catholic 68 Red Bank Catholic 48 | Boys Julian Brown scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and Brandon Benjamin had 15 points and 9 rebounds as the Crusaders (13-6) wiped out a five-point halftime deficit with a dominating performance in the final two quarters on Sunday to hands RBC (17-3) just its 3rd loss of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Sunday highlights from Red Bank: Pleasantville 51 Atlantic City 48 | Boys The Greyhounds got it done in overtime to pick up its first win of the season, taking down the Vikings to close out the 2022 Battle by the Bay. Markhi Barnes scored a game-high 20 points in the win, including the go-ahead basket in OT. Shakir Boyd added ten points on the afternoon, knocking down clutch free throws to help preserve the win for Pleasantville (1-9). Dylan Culmone finished with a team-high 13 points in the loss for Atlantic City (4-10). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Atlantic City: Coaches Choice USA Showcase and bonus boys basketball coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Crown the Colts!
CBA 38 Howell 29 | Shore Conference Tournament Final Just 26 days ago the Colts suffered their sole loss of the season as they fell 32-31 against the Rebels of Howell. But, this time around was a different story as CBA won 8 of 14 bouts and beat Howell in the prestiged Shore Conference Wrestling Tournament. Tyler Venet, Tyler Barrett, Zander Silva and Julian George all won by pin for the Colts while Hunter Mays won by pin for Howell in the loss. Alex Nini (CBA) advanced in the rankings as he beat Sebastian Ortega (Howell). JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Middletown: Coverage of the Shore Conference Wrestling tournament is sponsored by Ocean First Bank
Southern handles South Plainfield in non-conference matchup
The Rams remain undefeated with a dominant win over the Tigers. Three pins in a row by the upper weights of Southern sealed the deal as Tyler Chase, Collin French and Riley O’Boyle earned falls in succession. Cole Velardi added a pin at 157 for the Rams and state number one ranked, Connor Collins controlled a close win against Jacob Delvecchio. Nick Irizarny won by pin for South Plainfield in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from South Plainfield:
Watch Thursday 1.6 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
The Garden State is littered with high profile wrestling programs and tonight JSZ was in attendance for a milestone victory! Phillipsburg 70 Watchung Hills 10 One of the most storied wrestling programs in New Jersey once again etched their name into wrestling history as the Stateliners won their 1000th team dual. Phillipsburg becomes just the fourth program in New Jersey to reach the century mark on the mat and they did it in overwhelming dominant fashion. Seven different Phillipsburg wrestlers earned pins on a night the entire community will remember. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Match of the Week coverage is made possible by Ocean First Bank
Watch Wednesday 1.5 Wrestling Highlights
JSZ caught the action of high profile Shore Conference wrestling match, as Howell and CBA battled for A-North. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch the highlights Howell 32 CBA 31 | Shore Conference Wrestling As Howell sought revenge from last years divisional loss, the late match heroics of Giovanni Scafidi secured the win for […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 12.21 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
Coming off of a big first weekend of tournaments, JSZ caught Shore Conference wrestling action between cross town rivals! Brick Memorial 54 Brick Twp 18 | Shore Conference Wrestling Despite their two returning State Champions not wrestling, the Mustangs made easy work of their in town foe Brick Dragons. Corey Martin, Jack Torre, Kenneth Melillo, Sam Azzaretti, Braden Scott, and Ryan Smith all won by fall for Brick Memorial in the win. Jake DeDreux and Dean Canfield won by fall for the Dragons. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Brick: Coverage of Brick Twp and Brick Memorial is made possible by Ocean First Bank!
Watch Sunday 12.19 JSZ All-Access Basketball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of great games to close out Opening Weekend on the hardwood. Grab your JSZ All-Access Pass to watch all of the action! St. John Vianney 95 Chartiers Valley (PA) 66 | Girls Basketball The Lancers welcomed in some of the best out of state competition and proved their dominance in the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Football Team
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to salute our All-State selections. We have video highlights of every JSZ All-Zone selection and celebrate Millville’s LeQuint Allen as the 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy winner LeQuint Allen wins 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy It was a celebration on a few different levels for Millville’s LeQuint Allen on Dec. 17. He was awarded the 2021 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Allen rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, scored 26 touchdowns, and made over 120 tackles on defense for the Thunderbolts this fall. JSZ was able to present Allen with the hardware during a signing celebration. Allen officially signed with Syracuse University on Wednesday, but family, friends, coaches and teammates were on hand on Friday to celebrate the achievement. Watch JSZ’s coverage of Allen’s big day: Zoneman Voting Breakdown It was the largest ballot (seven players) in the history of the award, as well as the closest final tally in voting history. JSZ polled 92 coaches + 31 media members to collect 123 total ballots. The ballots were collected equally from all parts of the state. Voting Coaches John Hack, Morris Catholic | Ashley “Smoke” Pierre, Irvington | Steve Dunn, Rutherford | Nick Campanile, DePaul | Dan Marangi, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | Dan Sabella, Don Bosco | Todd Smith, Hun | Mike Cipot, North Brunswick | Ryan Fullen, Hightstown | Jason Glezmen, Keyport | Jay Graber, Matawan | Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg | Lou Zampella, Hudson Catholic | Anthony Lanzafama, Old Bridge | Jeff Rainess, Holmdel | Matt Ahearn, Colts Neck | AJ Russo, Holy Spirit | Montrey Wright, Salem | Jim Raso, Hammonton | John Emel, Penns Grove | Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp. | John Adams, Woodstown | Kevin Smith, Ocean City | Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. | James Melody, Cedar Creek | Steve Scanlon, Clearview | Dennis Thomas, Millville | Chuck Smith, Mainland | Dallas Whitaker, Somerville | Brian Russo, Rahway | Jon Viotto, South Brunswick | Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial | Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty | Jim Desarno, Westfield | Kevin Carty Jr., Hillsborough | Ralph Cinque, Clifton | James Magazine, Eastside | Brian Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep | Brian Bowers, Delbarton | Barris Grant, Hillside | Rich Hansen III, St. Peter’s Prep | Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township | Albert Chiola, Linden | Andrew Patterson, Robbinsville | Shane Fallon, Red Bank Regional | Dom Gaston, Pope John | Chris Beagan, Sayreville | Joe LaSala, Woodbridge | Rich Hilliard, St. Joseph Metuchen | Benjie Wimberly, St. Joe-Montvale | Kevin Kostibos, Summit | John Bird, Keansburg | Roger Kotlarz, Wayne Valley | William Clark, Perth Amboy | Brian Wright, Timber Creek | Jason Morrell, West Deptford | Dominic Tomeo, Triton | William Hamilton, South Plainfield | Chet Parlavecchio, New Providence | Matthew Demarest, Passaic Tech | Anthony Petruzzi, Raritan | Rob Gogerty, Cedar Grove | Dominick Lepore, Manalapan | Rich Seubert, Watchung Hills | Joe Wojchekowski, Lenape | Lou Grasso, Union | Tim Gushue, Shawnee | Don Klein, Ocean Township | Nick Pulli, Gateway | Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic | Ray Lucas, Harrison | Brian Staub, Point Pleasant Boro | J. Schulte, Rumson-Fair Haven | Tom Roarty, Colonia | Andy West, Ridge | Zoran Milich, Montgomery | Joe Passaro, Pingry | Dan Curcione, Donovan Catholic | Jon Simoneau, Bernards | Kevin Kley, North Hunterdon | Mike Lange, RBC | Darnell Grant, West Orange | Ken Loomis, Wildwood | Garrett Lucas, Delran | Milo McGuire, Nottingham | Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown | Chris Sacco, Absegami | Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. | Sean Clancy, Notre Dame | Walt Currie, Brick Memorial | Mike Wilson, Schalick Voting Media Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media | Michael McGarry, Press of Atlantic City | Rich Chrampanis, JSZ | Ryan Patti, Rivals | Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report | Jay Cook, JSZ | Tom Williams, Prime Events | Mike Frankel, JSZ | Nery Rodriguez, JSZ | Tom Horak, Max Preps/NJ Advance Media | Big Central Gridiron | Andrew Koob, NJ Advance Media | Shawn Brown, 247 Sports | Scott Faytok, NJ Advance Media | Jon Jones, Max Preps | Simeon Pincus, Gannett | Pat Rice, PJR Sports Report | Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio | Ken Bradley, JSZ | Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media | Korbid Thompson, King James Radio | Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network | Marcus Borden, Gannett | Mark Trible, Glory Days | Todderick Hunt, NJ Advance Media | Pat Lanni, NJ Advance Media | James Mooney, JSZ | Steve Bassin, Gannett | Darron Wallace, JSZ | Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press | Joe Zedalis, NJ Advance Media 2021 JSZ Zoneman Balloting 123 coaches and media members cast their vote for New Jersey's Player of the Year. 3 points for a first-place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, 1 point for a 3rd. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total LeQuint AllenMillville341715151 Tommy AmanwkaaHillsborough242719146 Davison Igbinosun Union232324139 JoJo BermudezCedar Creek112227104 Steve AngeliBergen Catholic15151691 Alex BrownRed Bank Catholic12131173 Q'Yaeir PriceDePaul Catholic46933 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver Tight EndOffensive LineZoneman FinalistsPrep Player of the Year Jalin Butler, Donovan CatholicNunes Bukula IV, Donovan CatholicJahmeer Cartagena, St. Joseph AcademyChristian Carti, Bergen CatholicChase Bisontis, Don Bosco PrepLeQuint Allen, MillvilleJacob Allen, Hun Jaden Craig, Seton Hall PrepRyan Butler, Bergen CatholicSantino Correa, Bergen CatholicDom Brogna, Bergen CatholicTommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough Robert "Champ" Long, St. Peter's PrepRonnie Heath, Don Bosco PrepKyree Drake, Donovan CatholicVince Carpenter, Red Bank CatholicSteve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Ja'son Prevard, St. Joseph AcademySam Slade, St. Peter's PrepNick Dunneman, Seton Hall PrepCaron McNair, Donovan CatholicJoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek AJ Rodriguez, DePaul CatholicMyles Thomason, Seton Hall PrepMarshawn Ferguson, DePaul CatholicChris Moreno, Don Bosco PrepAlex Brown, Red Bank Catholic Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine PrepZion Fowler, St. Peter's PrepAndre Oben, St. Peter's PrepDavison Igbinosun, Union Nasir Hill, St. Augustine PrepTaj White, Hudson CatholicQ'Yaeir Price, DePaul Catholic Elijah Steward, Holy Spirit Jon Wyatt, St. Thomas Aquinas 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackSpecial Teams Alex Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChris Chasia, DePaul CatholicJayden Bellamy, Bergen CatholicGiancarlo Carbonaro, Bergen Catholic Pat Caughey, DelbartonRajahn Cooper, Red Bank CatholicJayden Bonsu, St. Peter's PrepNick Conforti, Seton Hall Prep Denis Jaquez, St. Augustine PrepJackson Dowd, Seton Hall PrepEdward Conoran, DePaul CatholicLogan Rager, Bergen Catholic Jayson Jenkins, Notre DameMike Francisco, Holy SpiritJaeden Gould, Bergen Catholic Sydir Mitchell, Bergen CatholicTimmy Hinspeter, Don Bosco PrepJahqir Haley, St. Joseph Academy Jimmy Mullen, St. Joe-MontvaleMalachi Mercer, Bergen CatholicAvery Powell, St. Peter's Prep DJ Samuels, Bergen CatholicJake Smiechowski, St. Joe-MontvalePete Schuh, St. Joe-Montvale Brady Small, St. Augustine PrepKenny Selby, St. Augustine Prep 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Enzo Arjona, Northern HighlandsCharlie Barth, New ProvidenceLotzeir Brooks, MillvilleWill Dixon, HillsboroughDieurnest Collin, East Orange Hamas Duren, Winslow Twp.Harry Boland, CaldwellJaimen Bryant, SomervilleMatt Fries, Cranford Jack Grusser, RamapoBrandon Boria, CherokeeMichael Estremera, Woodrow WilsonNelson Monegro, Union City Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonSteven Burkhardt, GloucesterAnthony Johnson, Burlington Twp.Cole Skinner, Point Pleasant Boro Raeden Oliver, East OrangeJa'Quan Howard, Cedar CreekMichael Marinelli, Cedar GroveChristian Smith, Rumson-Fair Haven Danny Veenstra, RamseyColin Murray, CranfordTravis Osterhout, Jefferson Twp.Dan Volpe, Colts Neck Matt Welsey, ShawneeNaz'sir Oglesby, Woodrow WilsonBenny Robinson, RamapoTyler Williams, Clifton Damon Phillips, East OrangeTrey Simmons, Winslow Twp. Famah Toure, Irvington 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter Justin Evans-Jenkins, IrvingtonZion Cheeks, Penns GroveAvery Cohen, ShawneeJai Patel, South Brunswick Kenny Fletcher, DelranBobby Hahn, HaddonfieldChris Corbo, West Essex Mike Gray, Ocean CityTurner Inge, WilliamstownWill Gallagher, Cranford Jahsin Jacobs, Paterson EastsideJohn Lista, Rumson-Fair HavenJessiah Gildersleeve, Salem Charlie Johnson, Northern HighlandsKyle Louis, East OrangeQuiyon McMillan, Nottingham Aiden Moriarity, Rumson-Fair HavenDamir McCrary, Woodrow WilsonAdon Shuler, Irvington Ahmad Nalls, East OrangeEmeril Mitchell, Winslow Twp.Donovan Swasey, Clifton Jaydan Wright, MillvilleStefano Montella, West MorrisCurtis Whiting, Hackensack CJ Resto, Cedar Creek Dylan Snee, Ramapo Meet The 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists LeQuint Allen, Millville RB The face of Millville football boasted an incredible level of physicality and athleticism throughout the entire 2021 season. LeQuint Allen ran wild against defenses from the start of the year in Ocean City until the end at Rutgers University, where the Thunderbolts capped off a 12-1 season with a South Group 4 Regional Championship. He rushed for 1,901 yards on 229 carries and found the endzone 23 times. Allen is committed to Syracuse University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Tommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough ATH Tommy Amankwaa was one of the most improved players in the entire state of New Jersey from his junior to senior seasons. Amankwaa was a true swiss army knife weapon for the Raiders. On offense, he tallied 99 total touches for 1,726 scrimmage yards and a combined 27 touchdowns as Hillsborough put together a perfect 13-0 season. His red-hot play this season earned him an offer from Rutgers – he verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights soon after. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the profile: Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic QB Steve Angeli’s legacy at Bergen Catholic is undeniable after a historic season in Oradell. Angeli led the Crusaders to a perfect 12-0 season, a Non-Public A championship, and a top-five national ranking in 2021. The Crusaders’ signal-caller brought his game to a new level this season after throwing for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country. Angeli, a natural leader and an Under Armour All-American, graduates high school in December and will be enrolled at Notre Dame after the New Year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: JoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek WR A true speedster and the definition of a deep threat, JoJo Bermudez was a game-breaking talent for Cedar Creek in 2021. Bermudez hauled in an unsightly 91 catches for 1,662 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pirates. Bermudez dominated defensive backfields all season long and helped Cedar Creek to a perfect 13-0 season. His blazing start to the regular season caught the eyes of coaches from Cincinnati, as he is now verbally committed to the Bearcats. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Alex Brown, Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown’s story throughout the 2021 postseason is well documented and will be talked about for years to come on Broad Street. Following the death of his mother, Brown delivered 12 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Caseys’ three-game playoff run to win the Non-Public B championship. The Bucknell commit ultimately threw for 1,817 yards and 22 touchdown passes with 519 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs in his lone season at Red Bank Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the profile: Davison Igbinosun, Union ATH There are no arguments here: Davison Igbinosun is one of the most dynamic players in the entire state of New Jersey. Igbinosun was a hawking defensive back and a devastating weapon on offense for the Farmers in his final high school year. He was the top receiver and rusher for the Farmers’ offense and notched 74 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Union’s season had an unceremonious ending, but that doesn’t take away from the impact he had in a 9-2 season in Union County. Q’yaier Price, DePaul Catholic DE One of the state’s most unblockable defensive forces finished off a senior season with some eye-popping numbers. Price compiled 35.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for the 9-3 Spartans in 2021. He led the way for a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown for a five-game stretch at the beginning of the season and who eventually made it to the Non-Public B title game. Price flipped commitments from Syracuse to Rutgers after emerging as one of New Jersey’s top edge defender talents during the 2021 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: 2021 JSZ Football Plays of the Year The top plays captured by JSZ cameras were on display each week for the Top Play Belt. Our year-end plays of the year featured six winners that went head to head for the final Top Play Belt of the 2021 season:
Meet the 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to formally announce the seven finalists for the 2021 Zoneman Trophy — JSZ’s high school football player of the year in New Jersey. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 16. Watch all seven features from our team of multimedia journalists to learn more about New Jersey’s top football honor! The History of the Zoneman Trophy By Rich Chrampanis, Jersey Sports Zone Chief Operating Officer In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy and instead of the Heisman, the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Las Vegas Raiders wide receivers Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game-winning TD pass for Clemson in the 2016 National Championship game along with Bryan Edwards. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Fifth Annual Zoneman Trophy. Previous Zoneman Trophy Winners: 2017: Ashante Worthy, Freehold Boro QB 2018: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville QB 2019: Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson DL/WR | Texas A&M 2020: Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB | Notre Dame The Zoneman Trophy Balloting The 2021 Zoneman Trophy will be voted on by coaches from each conference in the state (SFC, WJFL, NJIC, Big Central and Shore) as well as Jersey Sports Zone’s staff of multimedia journalists and other credentialed media around the state. Each ballot includes a first-place vote (three points), second place vote (two points) and a third place vote (one point). We are honored to announce the 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists in alphabetical order! Meet The 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists LeQuint Allen, Millville RB The face of Millville football boasted an incredible level of physicality and athleticism throughout the entire 2021 season. LeQuint Allen ran wild against defenses from the start of the year in Ocean City until the end at Rutgers University, where the Thunderbolts capped off a 12-1 season with a South Group 4 Regional Championship. He rushed for 1,901 yards on 229 carries and found the endzone 23 times. Allen is committed to Syracuse University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Tommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough ATH Tommy Amankwaa was one of the most improved players in the entire state of New Jersey from his junior to senior seasons. Amankwaa was a true swiss army knife weapon for the Raiders. On offense, he tallied 99 total touches for 1,726 scrimmage yards and a combined 27 touchdowns as Hillsborough put together a perfect 13-0 season. His red-hot play this season earned him an offer from Rutgers – he verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights soon after. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the profile: Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic QB Steve Angeli’s legacy at Bergen Catholic is undeniable after a historic season in Oradell. Angeli led the Crusaders to a perfect 12-0 season, a Non-Public A championship and a top-five national ranking in 2021. The Crusaders’ signal caller brought his game to a new level this season after throwing for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country. Angeli, a natural leader and an Under Armour All-American, graduates high school in December and will be enrolled at Notre Dame after the New Year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: JoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek WR A true speedster and the definition of a deep threat, JoJo Bermudez was a game-breaking talent for Cedar Creek in 2021. Bermudez hauled in an unsightly 91 catches for 1,662 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pirates. Bermudez dominated defensive backfields all season long and helped Cedar Creek to a perfect 13-0 season. His blazing start to the regular season caught the eyes of coaches from Cincinnati, as he is now verbally committed to the Bearcats. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Alex Brown, Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown’s story throughout the 2021 postseason is well documented and will be talked about for years to come on Broad Street. Following the death of his mother, Brown delivered 12 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Caseys’ three-game playoff run to win the Non-Public B championship. The Bucknell commit ultimately threw for 1,817 yards and 22 touchdown passes with 519 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs in his lone season at Red Bank Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the profile: Davison Igbinosun, Union ATH There’s no arguments here: Davison Igbinosun is one of the most dynamic players in the entire state of New Jersey. Igbinosun was a hawking defensive back and a devastating weapon on offense for the Farmers in his final high school year. He was the top reciever and rusher for the Farmers’ offense and notched 74 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Union’s season had an unceremonious ending, but that doesn’t take away from the impact he had in a 9-2 season in Union County. Q’yaier Price, DePaul Catholic DE One of the state’s most unblockable defensive forces finished off a senior season with some eye-popping numbers. Price compiled 35.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for the 9-3 Spartans in 2021. He led the way for a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown for a five-game stretch in the beginning of the season and who eventually made it to the Non-Public B title game. Price flipped commitments from Syracuse to Rutgers after emerging as one of New Jersey’s top edge defender talents during the 2021 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile:
Watch Saturday 11.20 JSZ Championship Soccer Highlights
The boys of the Garden State took to Kean University for the Group Finals. We have the highlights from state championship wins for Kearny and Delran! Kearny 6 Freehold Township 2 | Group 4 Finals Coming in with only one loss on the season, the Kearny Cardinals once again proved their offensive attack is among the top in the state. The Cardinals got out to an early two score lead as Dalton Davilla got the scoring started 16 minutes in and Alan Antonelli put the second goal in 10 minutes before the half off the assist from Juan Rojas. Freehold Township got on the board first in the second half with a goal from Logan Mullaney but could never overtake the lead from Kearny. Two goals from Juan Rojas were the difference in the second half that set the Cardinals apart before they went on to win 6-2. Alejandro Alvarado and Johan Nieto-Baez both scored once for Kearny in the win while Josh Hocheiser scored the second goal for Freehold. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Kean: Delran 2 Ramsey 1 | Group 2 State Championship Drew Roskos scored his 33rd goal and Matt Ryan added another as Delran survived a final ten minutes being two men down due to red cards to win the Group 2 title. Goalkeeper Eamon McLoughlin made a championship saving stop late to preserve a 2-1 victory. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights and post-match reaction from Kean University: Jersey Sports Zone’s state championship soccer coverage is being brought to you by OceanFirst Bank
Watch Friday 11.19 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Sectional championship action on the public side and state semifinal action on the non-public side make for a tremendous night of football in the Garden State! Millville 40 Ocean City 3 | Group 4 South Final The Thunderbolts dominated on both sides of the ball to capture their first sectional title since 2016, and just their second title since 1975. Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns, while Nate Robbins threw three TD passes in the victory for Millville (10-1). Solomon Massey-Kent and Keyan German both had sacks to help lead a stingy Bolts defense. Ocean City falls to (11-1). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from historic Wheaton Field: The Game of the Week is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Pt. Pleasant Boro 32 Willingboro 8 | Group 2 South Final Call them old-fashioned but the well-oiled machine of Pt. Boro’s (10-1) triple option has been a nightmare for opponents this season. Though Willingboro (8-4) got out to an early one-score lead after a 38-yard run from Bryson Bright, the Panthers stuck to their game plan and dominated the rest of the game. Junior Tyler Gordon scored three times on the night with two rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a score, while senior quarterback Charlie Vitale threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Running back Jake Croce surpassed the 1000 yard mark on the ground for the season. Pt. Boro advances to play Haddonfield in the regional final. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Pt. Pleasant: JSZ’s Coverage of Pt Pleasant Boro is made possible by Ocean First Bank.
Watch Friday 11.12 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has four big state playoff matchups for our entire audience thanks to the support of our great sponsors! Watch Seton Hall Prep/St. Peter’s, Ocean City/Long Branch, Williamstown/Hillsborough and New Providence/Point Pleasant Boro NOW! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Seton Hall Prep 20 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal The Marauders and Pirates again delivered a classic game in their relatively newly-charged rivalry. Sam Slade rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown to pace St. Peter’s Prep (8-3) to a win over Seton Hall Prep (7-4). Maryland commit Champ Long contributed a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown, which went for 67 yards to Pitt commit Zion Fowler. This is now the third straight game between these two programs that’s been decided by a single point. St. Peter’s Prep advances to face the winner of Saturday’s game between Bergen Catholic and Donovan Catholic in the Non-Public A semifinals next weekend: JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Caven Point in Jersey City: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is brought to you by “One on One with Steve Adubato.” Ocean City 45 Long Branch 10 | Group 4 South Semifinal The Raiders rolled past the Green Wave and into a sectional title game. Sean Mazzitelli and Jacob Wilson combined for over 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Riley Gunnels rushed for a pair of TDs and threw for a score for OC (11-0). On defense, Mazzitelli had an interception, while Zach Holt had a pair of sacks. Christian Rodriguez rushed for a touchdown for Long Branch (7-2) in the loss. Ocean City advances to face Millville in the final next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Long Branch is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Hillsborough 49 Williamstown 14 | Group 5 Central Semifinal (1) Hillsborough (11-0) defeated (5) Williamstown (5-6) 49-14 to advance to the Central Jersey, Group 5 Championship. From the opening drive, Hillsborough asserted their dominance as the Raiders led 21-0 after the first quarter and eventually 42-14 at halftime. All of Hillsborough’s points came from running back Tyler Michinard as the senior ended the evening with seven touchdowns. The Raiders will host (3) North Brunswick (8-3) whom they beat 41-0 earlier in the season, for the Central Jersey, Group 5 Title. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage. Point Pleasant Boro 28 New Providence 7 | Group 2 South Semifinal Point Boro (1) hosted New Providence (5) in a battle of two strong rushing attacks. Both teams scored on their first possession as Charlie Vitale was the first to find the end zone. He was soon matched by Charlie Barth of new Providence to tie it at 7-7, but it was the Panthers the rest of the way. Vitale would finish with 82 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Matt Oliphant and Jake Croce both scored once for Point Boro, who is set to take on Willingboro next weekend in the South Jersey Group 2 sectional title game. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights: Coverage of Point Pleasant Boro is made possible by Ocean First Bank!
JSZ Camp Countdown 2021 Homepage
High school football in the Garden State has returned. With the 2021 season now officially opened, teams are turning the page on a turbulent 2020 season in hopes of playing full schedules and competing for real championships. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews everyday leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 3. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! 8/9: Don Bosco Prep A 2-3 season last year will fuel one of New Jersey’s most storied programs into the 2021 season. The Ironmen return a plethora of talent from a team that weathered through bumps in the road last fall. Junior five-star left tackle Chase Bisontis headlines a talented offensive line unit that will hold the fort for an offense that returns numerous skill position starters. Navy commit Timmy Hinspeter and Fordham commit Claudy Robinson are the two big names that will anchor this Don Bosco defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: 8/10: Seton Hall Prep 2020 was an up and down year for Seton Hall Prep and the surging Pirates have their sights set on stability and consistency in 2021. QB Jaden Craig – a Harvard commit – returns to lead the offense with Myles Thomason and Nick Dunneman, a group that will bring plenty of fireworks to the Kelly Athletic Complex. JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from the West Orange private school: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is proudly provided by “One on One with Steve Adubato!” 8/11: Wall The Crimson Knights not only emerged as the top team in the Shore but the top-ranked public team in New Jersey after a 7-0 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from the reigning Shore Conference champions. 8/12: St. Augustine After a 4-3 campaign in 2020, the Hermits look to reestablish themselves as Non-Public Group 4 title contenders. Northwestern commit Denis Jaquez, Army commit Brady Small, Kanye Udoh, Nasir Hill and Trey McLeer lead a loaded and experienced senior class for the Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits in Richland: 8/13: Rumson-Fair Haven Expectations are always sky high in Rumson. The Bulldogs are in the Shore Conference’s top division looking to earn their spot in the Shore’s top 4 and play for a conference title followed by their usual quest to go deep in the state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to Rumson to preview the Bulldogs: 8/14: Notre Dame Sean Clancy is 15-2 (5-1 in 2020) during his first two years as Notre Dame’s head coach. Having to replace prolific two-way scoring threat Rickey “Pop” Spruill, the Irish will look to sophomore AJ Surace, son of Princeton University Head Football Coach Bob Surace, at the starting quarterback role. ND suffered a tremendous loss in the offseason when longtime strength and conditioning coach John McKenna passed away just weeks before training camp. Featured on our All Access coverage in 2020, McKenna’s presence is still felt and his spirit continues to motivate the program. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. 8/15: Bergen Catholic Questions remained at the end of the 2020 season as to which team was No. 1 in New Jersey. Entering 2021, however, Bergen Catholic feels they have what it takes to be the best in New Jersey. Led by a defense with nine returning starters and an offense that looks to put up points in bunches, the Crusaders have aspirations of playing for a state championship in MetLife Stadium in just a few months. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Oradell-based non-public powerhouse: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/16: Timber Creek 2020 was an up-and-down year for the Chargers, who finished with a 3-4 record under first-year coach Brian Wright. With just a handful of starters returning, Wright is tasked with getting a young, but talented group up-to-speed in year two. Illinois commit Donovan Leary leads an intriguing mix of youth and experience as Timber Creek looks to get back into title contention in 2021. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/17: South Brunswick South Brunswick’s first year in the newly formed Big Central Conference didn’t go as planned, as the Vikings won their first four games of the season before dropping three in a row to end 2020. John Viotto, entering his third season as head coach, will look to players like five-star kicking recruit and Rutgers University commit Jai Patel to lead the team in 2021. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 8/18: Millville Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen will lead the way for a Thunderbolts team hoping to contend for a sectional title in 2021. Nate Robbins enters his third year as Millville’s starting QB, while dynamic freshman Lotzier Brooks has all of Cumberland County buzzing. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Bolts: 8/19: Donovan Catholic The Griffins were a mere half-yard from a perfect 2020 season and an unofficial Shore Conference championship, but Dan Curcione’s team is ready to hit the reset button and challenge defending champ Wall for the top spot in the American Division and a chance to do damage both in the new Shore playoffs as well as the road to the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has more on the Griffins from Toms River: 8/20: Winslow Twp. The Eagles won five of their six games in 2020 to earn the program’s first winning season in a decade. Now Winslow is looking to keep the momentum going in 2021. Senior LB Emeril Mitchell will lead the way on defense, while QB Hamas Duren and RB Trey Thorpe should put up big numbers on offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview: 8/20: St. Joe’s (Mont.) It won’t be easy replacing reigning JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime, but St. Joe’s will lean on their new core of top talent to usher in the next generation of Green Knights. Joe’s, yet again, plays an incredibly tough schedule and will have to weather through the gauntlet if they want to compete for a state title in 2021. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles St. Joe’s (Mont.): Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/21: Trenton Trenton was one team greatly affected by Covid-19 protocols. The Tornadoes not only shut down and rescheduled games, but were also forced to trim the roster down to less than 30 athletes, leaving many players confused and discouraged from participating in the offseason. New head coach Chris Franco brings his expertise over from prep powerhouse The Hun School. Franco is eager to restore a bit of normalcy back into one of Mercer County’s most beloved programs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. 8/21: St. Joseph Academy (Hammonton) Having to fight to keep their school open and playing without a home field, the Wildcats know about adversity. This season, St. Joe aims to retake its place as one of the top Non-Public teams in the state. Cohl Mercado, P.J. Williams, Bryan Butkus, Jahqir Haley and Ja’son Prevard will lead the way in Paul Sacco’s 40th season at the helm in Hammonton. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Wildcats: 8/22: Holmdel The Hornets have had an amazing three-year run including last year’s 6-1 record. The price of that success is a daunting schedule in the Shore Conference’s Colonial Division. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis pays a visit to Holmdel and head coach Jeff Rainess: 8/22: Cedar Creek The Pirates will lean on a deep and experienced senior class to right the ship after finishing 3-5 in 2020. JSZ All-Zone WR JoJo Bermudez and company are hungry for a return to the postseason under second-year coach James Melody. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Egg Harbor City: 8/23: DePaul Catholic It’s a new year, and there’s a new head coach leading DePaul Catholic into 2021. Nick Campanile, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, takes the reigns of a surging Spartans program from John McKenna. The cupboard is certainly full this season. A trio of Division 1 recruits – A’Khoury Lyde, Q’yaeir Price and Eddie Conoran – anchor a defense with eight three-year varsity starters. DePaul’s usual pass-happy offense now goes to senior quarterback AJ Rodriguez. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Passaic County power: 8/23: Shawnee The Renegades look to get back on the winning track this season after finishing 1-6 in 2020. Four-year starting QB Matt Welsey leads a senior class with a lot to prove in 2021. Returning starters Dean Bialous, Fred McAneney, Ethan Krauss, and Luke Anderson will all see increased roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/26: Northern Highlands The excitement surrounding Northern Highlands football is as high as its been in years. The Highlanders return four valuable starters and leaders to the team in 2021: QB Enzo Arjona, RB/DB Nick Branca, WR/DE Ian Langan and OL/DL Charlie Johnson. Those four will look to lead Northern Highlands on their drive to win a second sectional title in three seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Allendale: 8/26: Delran The Bears enter 2021 with a chip on their shoulder after a tough end to a Covid-shortened 2020 season. Rutgers-commit Kenny Fletcher, senior RB Zac Palmer-Smith, and junior QB Derek Namnun have the Bears ready to challenge for a sectional title. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Delran: 8/26: Mainland The Mustangs return a young core ready to take a step forward after finishing 2-4 in 2020. Mainland will feature an exciting one-two punch on offense in junior RB Jabriel Mace and junior QB Marlon Leslie. Sophomore LB JJ Sinclair will be a name to watch on the defensive side of the football. JSZ’s James Mooney checks in from the Mustang Corral: 8/26: Union Following a tough loss to Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium for the North Group 5 Championship, 2020 didn’t go as planned for Union as the Farmers went 4-3 in a condensed season affected by Covid-19. Union will have to replace versatile athlete Desmond Igbonisun, now at Rutgers, luckily the Farmers can look to younger brother and defensive threat, Davison Igbonisun to make plays in 2021 before he joins the Scarlett Knights next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/30: Lenape Despite ending the year with back to back losses, Lenape finishing 5-2 will once again be one of the premiere teams to watch in South Jersey. With players like Xavier Coleman now at Boston College and Tyler Davis off to University of Delaware, the Indians will look to players like Kylier Lightfoot and Kobi Ray-Reed to lead the offense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from training camp: 8/31: Kingsway The Dragons look to reload and refocus in 2021 with a strong group of underclassmen stepping into big roles both on and off the field. Juniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will be impact players on both sides of the football for the Dragons. Sophomore QB Joe Lyons, junior LB D.J. DiPietro, and junior DL Demetrious Ransom will be some of the newcomers to watch this season. Kingsway opens the season with a road trip to Rutgers University, where they will take on Shawnee at the Rumble on the Raritan. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview from Swedesboro: 8/31: Piscataway After being shut down for the entire 2020 season due to COVID, Piscataway has a clean slate as they look to build back. The Chiefs were a juggernaut just three years ago after a perfect 13-0 season. The road to rebuilding begins this Friday night when Piscataway hosts Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a look at the 2021 Chiefs 8/31: Delbarton Delbarton’s 2020 team was arguably one of the best in program history. So, how will the 2021 rendition of the Green Wave respond? By setting their own standard. Stanford commit Pat Caughey anchors a defensive line with potentially three other Division 1 recruits: Chuck Nnaeto, Matt Gemma and Nigel McSween. Robbie Russo is in line to win the starting quarterback job and will have a reliable target in Nick Petrillo, one of the top returning pass catchers in the Super Football Conference. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Morristown-based private school: 8/31: Irvington Who is the top team in Essex County? Some will say Seton Hall Prep, but others will push for Irvington to hold that title. The Blue Knights’s 2021 campaign includes tough games against Union City, Wayne Hills, DePaul Catholic, Ridgewood and West Orange. That should prepare them for a deep playoff run. Two-way lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins is one of the top players in Essex County and will be a valuable leader for Irvington this season. The Blue Knights’ trio of national junior recruits – Adon Shuler, Nasir Addison and Famah Toure – bring top-end talent to a hungry team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview on Irvington: 8/31: Red Bank Regional Shane Fallon’s father was a longtime athletic director and assistant football coach at Red Bank Regional in the late 1970’s. Now, the architect of the Rumson-Fair Haven football program comes back home to lead RBR into a new era. The Bucs had multiple shutdowns due to COVID but ended their 2-4 season with an upset win over Group 5 Hackensack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis previews the Bucs from Little Silver: 8/31: East Orange A condensed seven game season put a cap on what could’ve been something special for East Orange. The Jaguars went 5-2 in 2020, outscoring opponents in their first three games 81-6. With most of their starters returning they will have much to look forward to in 2021. At the top of that list is six foot, two hundred pound, Temple University commit and defensive threat, Kyle Louis. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the full story: 8/31: Westfield No team scheduled to play was affected by Covid-19 in 2020 more than Westfield. Shutdowns led to a two game season in which the Blue Devils lost both games, a definite first for longtime Head Coach Jim DeSarno. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. 9/1: Middletown South The Eagles are coming off a 2-4 season but played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference highlighted by a 32-25 upset win over RBC. More than anything, Steve Antonucci’s team is grateful to have a full season in front of them including the return of their annual Thanksgiving clash with Middletown North. Jack Latore leads a hard-nosed defense and Tom Shorck is back under center on the offensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a preview of Middletown South: 9/1: Ramapo The expectations surrounding Ramapo football are always sky high. While the goal for a sectional title isn’t changing in 2021, the actual group they’ll be competing in is. The Raiders are anticipating a bump-up from North Group 3 to North Group 4 this season, meaning new opponents and challenges throughout the year. Senior captains Dylan Snee and Jack Remo will be valuable pieces to the defense, while Bergen Catholic transfer Jack Grusser comes back to play quarterback at his hometown school. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Raiders: 9/1: Eastern 2021 marks a changing of the guard for the Vikings as Lionel Bolen takes over the program in his first season as head coach. The former Eastern assistant was a standout at Rancocas Valley and played collegiately for Notre Dame. Bolen’s goal in year one is to change the culture after a 1-4 finish in 2020. The Vikings feature a ton of talent all over the roster with junior QB Walt Clymer Jr., senior WR/DBs AJ Brooks, Jasiah Davis, and junior OL/DL Aidan Clark playing huge roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has more with the Vikings in Voorhees: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 9/1: Colts Neck After putting together a 7-1 season in 2021, Colts Neck got what they asked for – a major bump in competition. The Cougars are the newest addition to Shore Conference’s American Division, which features the conference’s best competition. Colts Neck will mix it up with Toms River North, Donovan Catholic, Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven in 2021 as they look to stake their claim as one of the top public schools in Central Jersey. Four-year starter Tommy Fallon returns under center and is surrounded by a senior-heavy team with plenty of varsity experience. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Cougars: 9/1: Hun 2020 was anything but typical for the Hun school. The nationally known prep powerhouse located in Princeton went 3-3 in a short season that restricted them to in-state play only. Prior to last year the Raiders had lost only four games in the three seasons, that included a slew of MAPL league championships. Things seem to be back on pace in Princeton and it doesn’t hurt when you have New Jersey’s number one ranked player, Rutgers commit Jacob Allen. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage
JSZ All Access: Comeback Season
Preseason football is about to end and Week 0 is just days away. Our team of MMJ’s embedded themselves with four of the top football programs in the state leading up to the start of the 2021 season. It’s the first sense of normalcy for high school football in New Jersey after a COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign. We’ll go behind the scenes and tell in-depth stories from St. Peter’s Prep, Holy Spirit, Red Bank Catholic and Phillipsburg. You want to see passion? Dedication? Camaraderie? We have it, and you don’t want to miss it. Episode 1 of “JSZ All Access: Comeback Season” drops Aug. 24 and Episodes 2 and 3 will be published on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, respectively. Follow along each day for a new 30-minute documentary feature. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Credits Executive Producers: Dale Florio and Mark Kolb Red Bank Catholic produced by Rich Chrampanis St. Peter’s Prep produced by Jay Cook Holy Spirit produced by Mike Frankel Phillipsburg produced by Nery Rodriguez Jersey Sports Zone ownership team: Leslie Florio, Karen Geisel and Mike Zebrick
Watch Saturday 5.22 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
We have highlights of both girls and boys Union County Championships including some of the top teams in the state! Summit 11 Westfield 9 | Union County Boys Final In a battle of two public state powers, Summit (10-0) captured a third straight Union County Title following an 11-9 victory over Westfield (8-4). The Hilltoppers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first quarter before going ahead 8-3 at halftime. Westfield would counter as Villanova commit Mack Prybylski and Fairfield bound Aidan McLane both finishing hat tricks would cut the deficit to 9-7 in the fourth. However, Summit tacking on a pair of scores from Holy Cross commit Michael Bonomo in the final minutes would secure the win. Bonomo and Penn commit Luke DiNola each had four goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Clark: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Oak Knoll 11 Summit 5 | Union County Girls Final Familiar foes squared off on the campus of Arthur L. Johnson High School, the Royals improved upon their one-point victory from a month ago. An explosion of scoring came late in the first half from Devon Gogerty as she netted three goals and had an assist to put Oak Knoll out in front and the Royals never looked back. It was a team effort to capture the Union County Title as seven different girls scored at least one goal for Oak Knoll. Jane Freeman had two goals for the Hilltoppers in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Clark:
Watch Thursday 5.20 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
County tournament season is well underway and our cameras have coverage of three conference playoff games – two from Union County and one more from Bergen County. Enjoy all the highlights with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Bergen Catholic 15 Ramapo 7 | Bergen County Tournament Quarterfinal Bergen Catholic (7-5) scored eight unanswered goals from the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Still on Top, #1 Donovan Catholic routes #3 Livingston
Questions arose after the top softball program in the state took their first loss of the season yesterday, but the Griffins of Donovan Catholic (12-1) bounced back in convincing fashion. Taking on the Lancers of Livingston (10-2) at neutral site Seton Hall, Donovan controlled the game from start to finish to win 8-2. Adriana Romano […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Meglio Wins Central Jersey Week 3 Game Ball
When we met with the Jags and new Head Coach Pat George before the season, he predicted a young sophomore would open eyes this spring. Three weeks later and the first-year starter Charlie Meglio is proving him right. The 6’3 3B was a nightmare at the plate against Toms River East as he smoked two homers and finished with five RBI’s! It is no surprise Meglio brings home the game ball for his performance. Take Our Poll
Brooke Knight of Toms River East brings home Week 1 Game Ball
Brooke Knight made a statement on opening day. Knight lead the raiders to a 10-0 shutout win as she dealt a No-Hitter and compiled 10 strikeouts against Trinity Hall. She also dominated the game ball voting, earning over 20 percent more of the vote than second place. Take Our Poll
Watch JSZ’s Day 1 NJSIAA Wrestling Finals Highlights!
The Road to Phillipsburg is officially over. Hundreds of wrestlers from all reaches of the state have reached the state tournament and are wrestling to achieve glory in a shortened, unforgiving 2021 season. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s has highlights from Day 1 of the NJSIAA State wrestling tournament with results from 106 through 145. 106-Pound State Champion: Daniel Jones, Delbarton JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights and reaction! 113-Pound State Champion: Evan Tallmadge, Brick Memorial JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and reaction: 120-Pound State Champion: Anthony Santaniello, Brick Memorial JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: 126-Pound State Champion: Vincent Santaniello JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights and reaction ! 132-Pound State Champion: Ty Whelan, Clearview JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and reaction: 138-Pound State Champion: Joey Olivieri, Hanover Park JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-match reaction. 145-Pound State Champion: Anthony White, South Plainfield JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and champion interview:
New Head Coach, Same End Goal for Jackson Memorial
After 15 seasons of Frank Malta leading the way for Jackson Memorial, the Jags have a new head coach in former hitting coach Pat George. George was with the team last summer for the runner-up finish in the Last Dance World Series. Although Jackson loses significant offensive firepower due to graduation, they have confidence in the young Jags at the plate. Jackson will rely on their pitching duo of Matt Potok and Zach Crotchfelt, who are committed to Coastal Carolina and Auburn respectively. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the story:
Watch JSZ Girls Wrestling State Finals Highlights!
All roads lead to Phillipsburg in 2021. After a turbulent season, we’ve made it to the NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Finals. Jersey Sports Zone has FULL highlights from the each championship bout from the girls finals at the home of the Stateliners. Stay tuned and enjoy the highlights! 100 Pound Champion: Isabella Santos, Elizabeth 107 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Wednesday 4.7 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
We’re moving closer to the individual tournaments, but this week still features some tremendous team duals around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Cherokee 70 Shawnee 0 The Chiefs take care of business against a shorthanded Renegades lineup in a clean sweep of its district rivals. Cherokee racked up the bonus points in the dual as […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 4.1 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s the beginning of spring break around New Jersey but grapplers continue to toe the line. We have action from a Delbarton v. Kingsway barn burner, as well as mat-side highlights from the Shore Conference, North and South Jersey! Delbarton 29 Kingsway 24 It was one of the most anticipated duals of the season, and […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.30 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
We’ve got three more great matches as the dual season rolls on in every part of the state. JSZ brings you highlights from a tough North-South battle between Southern Regional and Phillipsburg, while also checking in on winnings effort from Watchung Hills and St.Peter’s Prep. Watch all the highlights with your JSZ All-Access Pass! Phillipsburg […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 3.26 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s another busy evening on the mat, with sensational scraps all over the state. Check back throughout the night to catch all of the exciting highlights! Delsea 49 Woodstown 17 The Crusaders took down the Wolverines in a battle between undefeated Tri-County Conference teams. Giovanni DeGeorge, Pierce Lightfoot, Blaise Verdino, Jacob Hassett and Alex Zimmerman […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 3.25 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s an exciting night on the mat as JSZ brings you three big duals from across the state highlighted by a 600th career win for a NJ wrestling legend and the end of a five year win streak in Shore Conference divisional action. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action! Kittatinny 36 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.23 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
JSZ’s team of MMJ’s continues to hit the mats all across the state. Tonight we have highlights from a top 10 showdown, two of the CVC’s best, an NJAC divisional battle and a tussle on the Shore. Enjoy the action! North Hunterdon 32 Phillipsburg 23 A top 10 matchup between two Skyland Conference teams, #4 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 3.20 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s late March Saturday dual wrestling in New Jersey! The first week of high school wrestling is wrapping up and JSZ takes you around the state with some fantastic dual matchups. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action. Brick Memorial 40 Rumson-Fair Haven 37 The Mustangs scored pinfalls in seven of their […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 3.19 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
Opening week continues on the mat with great clashes all over the Garden State! Millville 54 Vineland 24 There were only four contested bouts, but the Thunderbolts knocked off the archrival Fighting Clan to open the season. Jaydan Wright and Adrian Baez both pinned for Millville. Joe Nappa and Josh Kichen each won by fall […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 3.18 Wrestling Highlights
Our wrestling coverage during the first week of the 2021 season continues with a pair of Shore Conference matches. Subscribe with the JSZ All-Access Pass to watch the highlights! CBA 54 Freehold Township 13 CBA has seemingly opened the 2021 season on a mission after securing wins in their first two matches of the year. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Wednesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
The first week of wrestling rolls along with two great matchups on the mat. Enjoy the highlights! Camden Catholic 54 Shawnee 24 The Non-Public “B” champions from a year ago showed no signs of regression, erasing an early deficit to power past the Renegades. Shawnee led 18-6 after a Jake Hastings second round pin at […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
The final leg of the winter season is underway as grapplers all across the Garden State made their way back to the mats. Our team caught one of New Jersey’s best programs in action. Brick Memorial 48 Toms River East 26 Arguably the best public school wrestling program in the state, Brick Memorial started off […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
South Plainfield’s Moshood Adebule wins Central Jersey Week 5 Game Ball
The Tigers capped off a nine-game win streak against Middlesex thanks to the near perfect effort of Moshood Adebule. Moshood scored 26 points while going 13-14 from the field, and he added nine rebounds! He captured over 6,700 votes to win the Central Jersey Week 5 Game Ball. Take Our Poll Watch Adebule’s Game Ball presentation here:
JSZ 2021 Hockey Previews
Believe it or not, we’ve made it to the start of the high school hockey season in New Jersey. JSZ’s team of multimedia journalists are stopping by rinks all over as teams in the Garden State prepare for the start of the 2021 season on Jan. 15. Bookmark this page as we upload new previews daily leading up to the first puck drop next week! Christian Brothers Academy The defending Gordon Cup and state champions will not get a chance to defend their state crown at the Rock but paying for the school’s 10th Gordon Conference championship is plenty of incentive. With 2020 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year John Donohoe back in net, the Colts are expected to roll our four lines that are all capable of finding the net and a solid blueline anchored by captains Colin Grable and Lucas Salas. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis wraps up our hockey previews with a look at CBA: Don Bosco Prep Despite winning 20 games and making it to three tournament finals, Don Bosco has a chip on its shoulder coming into the new year. The Ironmen are bigger, faster and stronger in 2021, and don’t plan on falling short with as they’ll deploy a high-powered offense and a physical defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview: Rumson-Fair Haven Eric Zullo’s first season as RFH head coach saw the Bulldogs take a big step forward as a state ranked public school program thanks to a 16-3-3 record that featured a spot in the Public “C” quarterfinals and a Shore Conference Hanchden Cup championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to the Red Bank Armory to learn more about the 2021 Bulldogs: Bergen Catholic 2020 was a year that saw Bergen Catholic take a major step forward into becoming a state power. The Crusaders won their first Bergen County Tournament title, yet fell short in the Gordon Cup and Non-Public tournaments. Their sights are set on the state’s No. 1 ranking in 2021 behind an electric offense led by Aram Minnetian. JSZ’s Jay Cook features the Crusaders from Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Augustine The Hermits are eager to get back on the ice after opening round exits in the Gordon Cup and the state playoffs last season. St. Augustine finished .500 a year ago, and will count on a handful of key seniors to help the team compete in 2021. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits from The Igloo in Mt. Laurel: Morris Knolls After winning two straight Public A state titles and with 10 seniors returning to the mix, Morris Knolls has all the makings of entering 2021 as potentially the state’s top public school team. Jason Kwestel, Andrew Ryan and Tim Kepler will all wear C’s on their sweaters this year. With no state tournament this season, Knolls is wholly focused on winning the 2021 Mennen Cup. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by Aspen Ice in Randolph to preview the Golden Eagles: Westfield Finishing (15-8-2), Westfield fell short in the Union County Tournament final and was a game away from playing in Newark for a Public B championship in 2020. The Blue Devils graduated eight seniors but have a bevy of upperclassmen stepping into starting roles this year, which could be a determining factor in finishing during high-pressure situations. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the preview: Thank you to the office of Assemblymen Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Gloucester Catholic The Rams have reached the state semifinals the last three years in a row, and are looking to take the next step by capturing a Gordon Cup title this winter. Defenseman Jake Grace leads an experienced GC senior class, with the Rams hoping a talented group of sophomores will step into the spotlight this year. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview from Hollydell Ice Arena: Gloucester Catholic coverage is made possible by NJM Insurance. Manasquan/Point Pleasant Beach The Warriors have won three straight Shore Conference Cups and will be challenged to go 4 for 4 with the departure of All-Zoners Matt Franzoni and Anthony Dowd but there’s still a lot of talent on the roster headlined by the Farinacci brothers (twins Michael and Chris along with James). Cousin John Farinacci fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors made an appearance at Warriors practice giving the team a big boost as they work towards the start of the 2021 season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall: Delbarton After securing only 10 wins and finishing the year at .500 last season, Delbarton is gladly turning the page to 2021. At least nine freshman and numerous other underclassmen saw significant ice time for the Green Wave in 2020 – but with a year of experience under their belts, head coach Bruce Shatel is expecting a turnaround season. Anchoring Delbarton this year will be talented senior goalie Brett Cleaves. JSZ’s Jay Cook makes the pit stop at Aspen Ice to preview Delbarton:
Estime Wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman, Signs with Notre Dame
What a day Friday was for Audric Estime. The St. Joe’s (Mont.) product is at the forefront of the New Jersey high school football world after it was announced Estime won the 2020 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Moments after accepting the honor, Estime sent shockwaves through the national college football recruiting world by announcing he’s be signing with the University of Notre Dame. Watch JSZ’s full breakdown of Estime’s huge day: Zoneman Breakdown Estime put up unprecedented numbers during the 2020 season. In the eight games St. Joe’s played, Estime delivered 1,838 yards and 22 touchdowns against the top competition in the state. Estime garnered votes from coaches and media in every corner of the state to take home the award. Notre Dame Signing Estime will be making plenty of waves with his announcement Friday to flip from his Michigan State commitment to his signing with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are one of the top teams in America and Estime will be a jolt of energy to the program.
Vote Now for JSZ Defensive Touchdown of 2020!
Our recap of the 2020 football season continues. Jersey Sports Zone has the best defensive touchdowns from the Garden State this season. The poll is live with the best of the best scores from the defensive side of the ball. Polls will be open until Tuesday, December 15th at noon. Vote for your favorite play and tell a friend to check out the action. Take Our Poll JSZ Post Season Awards Calendar Who had the top play of the 2020 season? Who will win the Zoneman Player of the Year? Who is on our All-Zone team? All the answers to those questions can be found by following along with JSZ as we navigate through the dozens of awards coming down the pipeline in December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the coming weeks. JSZ Football Plays of the Year Special Teams TD of the Year: Monday, Dec. 7th through Wednesday, Dec. 9th.TD Pass Play of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 10th through Saturday, Dec. 12th.Defensive TD of the Year: Sunday, Dec. 13th through Tuesday, Dec. 15th.TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 2020 All-Zone Team Presentation Announcement of JSZ Zoneman Finalists (5 Player of the Year Finalists): Monday, Dec. 7th.JSZ Non-Public All-Zone Offense: Monday, Dec. 14th.JSZ Non-Public All Zone Defense: Tuesday, Dec. 15th.JSZ Public All-Zone Offense: Wednesday, Dec. 16th.JSZ Public All Zone Defense: Thursday, Dec. 17th.Zoneman Finalist Features: Friday, Dec.18th.Zoneman Trophy Announcement (virtual interview) Dec. 18th.
JSZ Camp Countdown: Preseason Football Previews for the 2020 Season
Football teams in New Jersey are currently preparing for the 2020 high school season in a preseason like no other. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists are back pounding the pavement to cover the state and preview dozens of football programs leading up to Opening Day on Oct. 2. From now until then, our “JSZ Camp Countdown” series will highlight a new team daily in preparation for the season. Stop back in each day for a story on your favorite team, your crosstown rival or a team on the other end of New Jersey. Today’s JSZ Camp Countdown Feature: Timber Creek Major changes took place at Timber Creek this offseason as longtime head coach Rob Hinson joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. Brian Wright takes over for Hinson after eight seasons at Cherry Hill West. Wright now presides over one of the best rosters in the state highlighted by junior DE/WR Jihaad Campbell, and junior quarterback Donovan Leary. The Chargers also added senior running back, Temple-commit Johnny Martin, who transferred from Highland in the offseason. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story: Previous JSZ Camp Countdown Previews Scroll down to find a team’s preview, then click the name to watch! Week 1 8/17: Don Bosco Prep 8/18: Hammonton 8/19: Donovan Catholic 8/20: Ramapo 8/21: Absegami 8/22: Bridgewater-Raritan 8/23: Woodbridge Week 2 8/24: Paramus Catholic 8/25: Washington Township 8/26: Union 8/27: Holmdel 8/28: Seton Hall Prep 8/29: Lenape 8/30: Toms River North Week 3 8/31: Winslow 9/1: Sayreville 9/2: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 9/3: Wall 9/4: Hillside 9/5: Wayne Valley 9/6: St. Augustine Week 4 9/7: Holy Spirit 9/8: Westfield 9/9: Irvington 9/10: West Orange 9/11: Woodrow Wilson 9/12: Williamstown 9/13: Mater Dei Prep Week 5 9/14: Delbarton 9/15: Burlington Township 9/16: Red Bank Catholic 9/17: Pope John 9/18: Ridgewood 9/19: Red Bank Regional 9/20: Shawnee Week 6 9/21: DePaul Catholic 9/22: South Brunswick 9/23: Cedar Creek 9/24: Millville 9/25: St. Peter’s Prep 9/26: Timber Creek
JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020
Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington
Watch JSZ 5.18 Championship Baseball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you a pair of championship games from the diamond. We’ve got the Monmouth County Tournament title game between Wall and Middletown South along with the Diamond Classic finale featuring St. Augustine Prep and Lenape. Middletown South 11 Wall 1 (6 innings) | Monmouth County Tournament Championship Joe Stanzione blasted two homers and Ben Schild struck out 11 to lead the Eagles to a Monmouth County title snapping Wall’s nine-game streak. The Eagles scored in every frame starting with a Schild RBI double in the first and Will Christopher’s RBI double in the second. Stanzione hit towering solo homers in the third and the fourth. Evan Wood hit a two-run single in the 6th to clinch the title for the 17-8 Eagles. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center. St. Augustine 4 Lenape 2 | Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic Championship The Hermits overcame an early deficit for the second day in a row to win their first Diamond Classic title since 2017. St. Joseph’s commit Ryan Weingartner hit a home run and struck out the side in the seventh inning to earn the save. Old Dominion commit Marco Levari added an RBI double, while Villanova commit C.J. Furey picked up the win for top-seeded St. Augustine (20-1). Dylan Shank had an RBI single for Lenape (15-3) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Pitman: Jersey Sports Zone’s Diamond Classic coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
EHT knocks off Cedar Creek to win inaugural CAL Tournament championship
Egg Harbor Twp. 6 Cedar Creek 3 | CAL Tournament Final The Eagles take home the inaugural Cape-Atlantic League Tournament championship behind a ten strikeout complete game by Madison Dollard. Natalia Stewart and Ryley Martini each drove in a run as part of a four-run fifth inning for EHT (21-1). MaKenzie Baggstrom and Liz Martin finished with RBIs in the loss for Cedar Creek (22-5). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: JSZ’s coverage of the Cape-Atlantic League Tournament is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch JSZ 5.17 Lacrosse Highlights
It’s a championship Tuesday around the state. JSZ brings you highlights of the CAL Boys championship in South Jersey along with the Shore Conference boys and girls finals from Monmouth University. Check out all the action! Ocean City 7 Holy Spirit 5 | CAL Tournament Boys Championship Tied at four at the halftime, the Red Raiders pulled away in the second half to bring home the inaugural CAL Tournament championship. Pat Grimley turned in a five-point night with two goals and three assists in the win. Jack Davis and Tommy Schutta each scored a pair of goals for Ocean City (10-7). Stanley Marczyk netted two goals in the loss for Holy Spirit (12-3). JSZ’s James Mooney has highlights and reaction from Stockton University: Jersey Sports Zone’s Cape Atlantic League Tournament coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank Rumson-Fair Haven 12 Wall 7 | Shore Conference Boys Championship An impressive second half outburst was the reason why the Bulldogs are back to back Shore Conference champions. Rumson Fair Haven (16-4) went into the half tied 4-4 with Wall (15-3) and then proceeded to take over the game after intermission. Tommy French led that charge and finished with three goals and a pair of assists in the win. RFH has now won eight Shore Conference lacrosse championships. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights from Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway, Fox & Roach Realtors Trinity Hall 17 Rumson-Fair Haven 7 | Shore Conference Girls Championship Mary Kate Allingham had four goals and three assists against her former team and three other Monarchs scored hat tricks to give Trinity Hall the school’s first-ever Shore Conference girls lacrosse title. Last year, Trinity ended RFH’s 129-game Shore Conference winning streak in the regular season before losing to RFH in the Shore finals and in the Tournament of Champions One year later, the Monarchs end the eight-year reign of the Bulldogs in the SCT. Peyton McGuire, Alex Popham and Paige Nolan all had three-goal games in the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s Shore Conference Lacrosse coverage is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
St. Augustine Advances to Diamond Classic Final
St. Augustine 7 Kingsway 4 | Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic Semifinal The Hermits trailed 2-0 early, but knocked off the Dragons for the second time this season to punch a ticket to the Diamond Classic title game. Iona commit Andrew Gaines earned the win on the mound, allowing just one earned run in four innings of relief. Austin Sofran and Bryant commit Kyle Neri each drove in a pair of runs in the win for top-seeded St. Augustine (19-1). Carter Williams drove in three runs for fourth-seeded Kingsway (19-4) in the loss. The Hermits will face seventh-seeded Lenape for the title on Wednesday night in Pitman. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s baseball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
JSZ Hands Out North Jersey Game Balls
A pair of players who had big-time performances were awarded their JSZ North Jersey Game Balls. Check out their presentations below! Rzepinski K’s 14 in Hudson County Showdown Standing at 6’7″, Ryan Rzepinski is an imposing figure on the mound. He brought the heat in an HCIAL showdown against Union City on May 5. Rzepiński struck out 14 batters across six innings of work in a 3-1 win against the Soaring Eagles, in Union City. He was nominated for, and won, the JSZ Week 5 North Jersey Baseball Game Ball after bringing in 640 votes (43 percent) to win the award. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Rzepinski with the award last week: Goetz Goes Wild in Win over Demarest Abigail Goetz’s bat was on fire in a recent Big North Conference showdown last week. She was 3-4 at the plate and knocked in 6 RBI as the Cardinals took down Demarest, 24-7, on May 5. Goetz won JSZ’s Week 5 North Jersey Softball Game Ball with 363 votes (53 percent). JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Abigail with the award last week:
Lenape blanks Gloucester Catholic to reach Diamond Classic final
Lenape 4 Gloucester Catholic 0 | Diamond Classic Semifinal The seventh-seeded Indians knocked off the third-seeded Rams behind a complete game shutout by Matt Corda. Farleigh Dickinson commit Max D’Alessandro broke things open with a two RBI triple in the win for Lenape (13-2). Rutgers commit Tanner Nolan finished with nine strikeouts over six innings in the loss for Gloucester Catholic (15-8). Lenape will face the winner of Kingsway and St. Augustine in the Diamond Classic final later this week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Brooklawn: JSZ’s baseball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
Hun Wins 6th Straight, Gears Up for Big Week
We’ve got Sunday baseball from Arm&Hammer Park in Trenton. Hun scored a Sunday win over St. Joe-Metuchen and JSZ has the highlights! Hun 8 St. Joe-Metuchen 2 The Raiders had eight hits and drew nine walks to score a sixth straight win to improve to 18-2 on the season. Carson Wehner had a 2-run double in the third and Ryan DiMaggio had a 2-run single as part of a 4-run sixth inning. Hun shifts its attention to the Mercer County Tournament (the Raiders play Tuesday in the semis) and the Prep “A” state tournament which begins on Wednesday. Jersey Sports Zone’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the home of the Trenton Thunder: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hun is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
A Major Milestone for Donovan Catholic’s Schwartz
Debbie Schwartz has turned Donovan Catholic into a New Jersey softball powerhouse program in the last several seasons. The Griffins are the favorite to claim a third consecutive Tournament of Champions title next month. This week, Schwartz became the first woman to reach 700 career wins in NJ softball history. JSZ’s Mike Frankel was on hand for the milestone, and has the story: JSZ’s softball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
The “Marquis” Element: How Koleton Marquis’ Native Roots Have Shaped NJ’s Top Team
When you watch Koleton Marquis play the game he loves, it’s almost like it’s in his blood or a part of his DNA. The fact is, that’s not too far from the truth. Marquis is from the Kahnawake native reserve in Quebec, Canada. He came to Don Bosco Prep to play high school lacrosse and made memories immediately as a freshman. He’s since blossomed into one of the best players in New Jersey and one of the more dynamic players in the entire country. Don Bosco head coach Brendan Gorman said the Ironmen adopted Marquis’ Iroquois roots and heritage into their No. 1 state ranked program. By the way the last two seasons have progressed, it certainly seems like it’s worked out for the best. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile:
Vote Now For Final JSZ Spring Game Balls of the Season!
For the last time this season, It’s time to recognize the best baseball and softball performances from around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: email@example.com (South nominations) Jay Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: email@example.com (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Spirited Second Half Comeback Lifts Pingry to Somerset County Title
Trailing by four goals at halftime of the Somerset County Tournament championship game, the Big Blue took a collective deep breath. Then, they turned up the pressure. Pingry (11-3) erased that deficit and climbed out of the hole to rally and win their first SCT title since 2006 with a 10-7 win over Bridgewater-Raritan (12-3). Duke commit Luke Engelke – a FOGO committed to Duke – was arguably the best player on the field. He won 17 of 21 face-offs and gave Pingry a distinct possession advantage late in the game. Pingry’s Ryan Palmer, committed to Rutgers, led all scorers with four goals in the game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from the Nap Torpey Complex in Bridgewater: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Pingry is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Hunterdon Central Dominates to Repeat as HWS Champions
Hunterdon Central 12 Pope John | HWS Final No. 10 Hunterdon Central cruised to a 12-3 victory over third seed Pope John to capture a second consecutive Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament Title. The top seeded Red Devils began with a four run first inning and added three more in the third for an early commanding 7-0 lead. Central scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Logan Mason, Chase Moskowitz and Christian Petino all had two RBI’s. MVP honors went to senior catcher Brandon Padre who went 3-4 with an RBI. Pitcher James Scott got the win as he went four innings and despite giving up a three run home run in the third, allowed just 3 hits and finished with 7 strike outs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to RWJ Barbara’s Health Group for sponsoring our Hunterdon Central coverage.
Lawrenceville Brings Home Fourth Straight Mercer Title
Lawrenceville 16 Allentown 9 | Mercer County Final | Girls Lawrenceville captured a fourth consecutive Mercer County Tournament Title with a 16-9 victory over Allentown. Big Red led 9-5 at halftime following a first half hat trick from Bucknell commit Bella Koch, she finished with four goals while sister Lexie had three goals and two assists. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Lawrenceville coverage.
Watch Friday 5.13 JSZ Softball Highlights
JSZ has plenty of action for you to help close out the week, including the Somerset County final, and the CAL Tournament semifinals. Hillsborough 3 Watchung Hills 0 | Somerset County Tournament Final Another stellar pitching performance from Sarah Davenport delivers the Raiders their second county championship in as many years. Davenport threw a complete game three-hitter with 15 strikeouts to lead Hillsborough (11-5) to a gritty win over previously unbeaten Watchung Hills (16-1). Diya Patel went 2-4 with 2 RBI at the dish for Hillsborough in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from the Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Watchung Hills is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville. Egg Harbor Twp. 10 Buena 3 | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Semifinal After trailing 1-0 for two innings, the Eagles exploded for a six-run, two-out rally in the third inning to take control. Madison Biddle and Kiki Schlemo each tripled and drove in a pair of runs in the frame. Sofia Spatocco added a late two-run homer to seal the win for top-seeded EHT (19-1) Kendal Bryant homered, while Camryn Johnson drove in a pair of runs for fourth-seeded Buena (16-8) in the loss. The Eagles advance to face Cedar Creek in the CAL Tournament final next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Cedar Creek 8 St. Joseph Academy 6 | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Semifinal The second-seeded Pirates take the rubber match with the Wildcats to punch their ticket to the inaugural CAL Tournament title game. Liz Martin pitched a complete game and added two RBIs in the win for Cedar Creek (21-4). Abby Willis hit a three-run home run in the loss for third-seeded St. Joe (16-8). Cedar Creek will face top-seed EHT in the CAL Tournament final next week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Egg Harbor City: JSZ’s softball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
Freehold Boro ace captures JSZ Game Ball
It was great to pay a visit to Freehold where we presented a JSZ Game Ball to Giana Abinanti. Watch the ceremony now! Giana Abinanti had a huge week for the Freehold Boro Colonials striking out 13 and 19 batters to earn the JSZ Central Jersey Softball Game Ball for Week 5. We paid a visit to a rainy Freehold to present Giana Abinanti with her Jersey Sports Zone Game Ball Thanks to everyone who voted! We’ve got one more week of nominees this Sunday as we wrap up JSZ’s Game Balls for the spring sports season Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Thursday 5.12 JSZ County Championship Lacrosse Highlights
Various conferences around the state continue to crown champions as the lacrosse season rolls along. We’ve got two more finals for you to close out a busy week. Stay tuned! Monroe 7 St. Joseph (Met.) 5 | GMC Tournament Final Monroe lead from wire-to-wire and brought their A game to win the program’s fourth consecutive county championship. Collin Dominguez had a hat trick, Christian Updale notched three points and Anthony Cioffi’s 14 saves headlined the day for Monroe (10-6), who avenged a regular season loss to St. Joseph (9-8) in the title game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Old Bridge: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monroe is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Jersey Sports Zone’ coverage of St. Joseph (Met.) is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health The Hun School 13 Hopewell Valley 10 | Mercer County Tournament Final Hun defeated Princeton 13-10 to capture the program’s first ever Mercer County Tournament Title. The Bulldogs got out to a 7-4 lead at halftime, but Hun stormed back to jump in front 10-9 entering the fourth. Sophomore Daniel Cano ended the evening with five goals and two assists. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hun and Hopewell Valley coverage.
Wall rallies from 5-0 down to reach Monmouth County final
The Crimson Knights score a walk-off win against Marlboro in the Monmouth County Tournament semifinals. JSZ has all the action from another exciting high school baseball game Wall 7 Marlboro 6 | Monmouth County Tournament Semifinal Drew Jarkowsky’s RBI single in the bottom of the 7th helped Wall cap off an impressive comeback to reach the Monmouth County Tournament championship game. The Crimson Knights fell behind 5-0 in the second inning before scratching out three runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth. Jackson Coan’s 2-run single makes it a 6-5 game and Nick Lovarco tied the game at 6 with an RBI single. Andrew Fischer went 3-4 with a run and pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win in relief. Wall will face Middletown South for the Monmouth County championship this Wednesday at Brookdale Community College. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Wall: Jersey Sports Zone’s high school baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Millville’s Gamber Wins SJ Game Ball!
Ella Gamber won a JSZ Game Ball back in her freshman season, and now the Millville senior has added another one to her collection. Gamber hit a home run and drove in three runs in Millville’s win over OLMA. She received over 2,200 votes to earn the South Jersey Week 5 Game Ball. Gamber is dedicating the Game Ball to her father, who is undergoing a serious medical procedure. Watch the presentation here:
Blaszka’s No-Hitter Gives Toms River South First OCT Softball Title Since 1990
Toms River South edges Southern 1-0 behind a masterful pitching performance from Janelle Blaszka. JSZ has the highlights of the Ocean County softball championship! Toms River South 1 Southern Regional 0 | Ocean County Tournament Final Janelle Blaszka pitched a no-hitter, walking none and striking out nine to lead Toms River South to its first OCT championship in 32 years. Southern Regional had just one runner reach base on an error in the second inning. Blaszka retired the final 18 batters with some help from her defense. Chloe Seluchins RBI double in the fifth inning was the only offense of the entire game. TRS beats the top seed after Southern scored a pair of regular-season wins over the Indians. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Ocean County Tournament is brought to you by Community Medical Center in Toms River
Don Bosco Goes Yard in Win over SJR
The Ironmen’s reign over New Jersey baseball continues. Don Bosco (16-3) hit three home runs and leaned on steady pitching to secure an 8-1 win over St. Joe’s (15-5), while also locking up a regular season sweep of the Green Knights. Allen Hernandez launched a two-run blast in the first inning. Caden Dana led off the fourth inning with a solo shot and Eric Becker cranked a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Michael Staiano drew the start for Don Bosco and allowed one run over five strong innings of work. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Watch Wednesday 5.11 JSZ County Tournament Lacrosse Highlights
West Deptford 13 Clearview 11 | Girls | Gloucester County Cup Final The Eagles trailed 7-5 at halftime, but turned the tables on the Pioneers in the second half to capture their second straight Gloucester County Cup. Jaci Gismondi, Krista Yarusso and Kassidy Yarusso all scored three goals apiece for West Deptford (10-4) in the win. Ryan Remaly and Ashley Noto scored four goals each for Clearview (11-6) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Mullica Hill: JSZ’s girls lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Allentown 9 Princeton 8 – 2 OT | Girls | Mercer County Semifinal Allentown defeated Princeton 9-8 in double overtime to reach the Mercer County Tournament Final. The Redbirds led 3-2 at halftime, but Princeton would take the lead multiple times in the second half. Delaney Nolan tied the game for Allentown with 1:10 remaining in regulation before sophomore Chloe Conti landed a game-winning goal in double overtime. Princeton beat Allentown in overtime earlier in the regular season. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Princeton coverage.
Watch Tuesday 5.10 JSZ County Championship Lacrosse Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has more action packed championship games lined up as lacrosse county tournament play continues around the Garden State. Check out our highlights from three stellar finals below. Seton Hall Prep 9 West Essex 6 | Essex County Tournament Final | Boys No. 4 Seton Hall Prep captured its ninth consecutive Essex County Tournament crown with a 9-6 comeback win over No. 16 West Essex. Prep led 5-3 at halftime, but the Knights with three goals in the third quarter led 6-5 entering the fourth. Junior Aidan Donovan coming off the bench for the Pirates added two quick scores and assisted on a goal from Max Racich to put Seton Hall Prep back in front late. Max Racich and Matt Wrede each finished with two goals, Wrede also had 4 assists. Christian Schweiger ended the day with a hat trick. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to “One on One” with Steve Adubato for sponsoring our Seton Hall Prep coverage. Don Bosco 14 Ridgewood 6 | Bergen County Tournament Final | Boys The Ironmen had to wait more than seven weeks to get their revenge, but it was well worth it. Don Bosco lost to Ridgewood on the opening day of the season but avenged their lone loss with a championship victory. Mark Marino tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) while Koleton Marquis chipped in a hat trick. The Ironmen have now won back-to-back Bergen County Tournament titles. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Mahwah High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Don Bosco Prep and Ridgewood is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health. Mountain Lakes 8 Delbarton 7 | Morris County Tournament Final | Boys Reid Tietjen’s goal with 1:37 to go in the fourth quarter was the game-winner in a fantastic back and forth game that saw three lead changes in the final 12 minutes. Caz Kotsen was named the tournament MVP after a 3-goal, 2 assist game. It’s back-to-back Morris County titles for the Lakers who improve to 13-1 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Mount Olive High School:
Watch Tuesday 5.10 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ has tremendous action from around the state, including a pair of Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic quarterfinal games in South Jersey! St. Augustine 4 Cherokee 3 (8 innings) | Diamond Classic Quarterfinal Trailing 3-0 in the 6th inning, Penn commit Ryan Taylor blasted a three-run homer for the Hermits to force extra innings. Then in the 8th inning, an Austin Sofran double plus an interference call made it a walk-off win for top-seeded St. Augustine (15-1). Dylan Cruice drove in a pair of runs for eighth-seeded Cherokee (13-5) in the loss. The Prep will host Kingsway in the Diamond Classic semifinals on Saturday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Richland: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Kingsway 4 Shawnee 1 | Diamond Classic Quarterfinal The Dragons stay in the hunt for their first Diamond Classic title behind an eight strikeout performance from Coastal Carolina commit Landon Edwards. Colin Gill hit a solo home run in the win for Kingsway (16-3). Rutgers commit Ethan Bowen racked up 13 strikeouts over five innings in the loss for Shawnee (15-4). Kingsway will face top-seed St. Augustine in the Diamond Classic semifinals on Saturday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Aubrey Miller of GCIT Wins JSZ Week 4 South Jersey Game Ball!
Aubrey Miller turned in a tremendous two-way performance in GCIT’s 18-8 win over Triton in six innings on April 29th. The sophomore went 3-4 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored. Miller also got it done in the circle, pitching three shutout innings with five strikeouts. She now takes home the JSZ Week 4 South Jersey Game Ball after receiving nearly 1,400 votes!
Watch Monday 5.9 JSZ Union County Tournament Championship Lacrosse Highlights
Summit 13 Westfield 2 | Boys No. 8 Summit claimed their four straight Union County Title following a 13-2 victory over No. 9 Westfield. Opening Day of the 2022 season saw these two go to triple overtime to decide a winner, this time around Summit scored the first six goals to remain in control for the entire game. Dylan Sebastian had 4 goals and an assist while John Murray finished the afternoon with 5 goals and 2 assists. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Thank you to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for sponsoring our Summit coverage. Oak Knoll 9 Summit 3 | Girls No. 3 Oak Knoll defeated No. 1 Summit 9-6 to capture a second consecutive Union County Tournament Title. Oak Knoll got out to a 6-4 lead at halftime, the Royals extended the deficit by as many as 4 in the second half as Darby Campbell finished with a hat trick. Summit won the first match up between the two earlier in the season. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for sponsoring our Summit coverage.
Watch Monday 5.9 JSZ Baseball Highlights
County tournament season is alive and well in New Jersey. We’ve got a pair of tournament semifinal games as baseball across the state heats up. Stay tuned for all the highlights! Rutgers Prep 6 Somerville 3 | Somerset County Tournament Semifinal A strong outing from freshman southpaw Zach Fronio has the sixth-seeded Argonauts back in the county final for the first time in five seasons. Fronio hurled 95 pitches and four strikeouts across six strong innings to help get Rutgers Prep (13-2) into the title game in a convincing win against second seed Somerville (10-8). Max Treonze led the offense with a 3-4 day and a pair of RBI in the win. Rutgers Prep will face top-seeded Ridge in the county final on May 23. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater: Middletown South 2 Red Bank Catholic 0 (9 Innings) | Monmouth County Tournament Semifinal Joe Stanzione blasted a 2-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to break a scoreless tie and give the Eagles a spot in the Monmouth County Tournament championship game next Monday. The game was highlighted by an incredible pitcher’s duel between Middletown South’s Ben Schild and RBC’s Alex Stanyek. Stanyek threw six shutout innings allowing 2 hits, walking three and striking out 13. Schild was able to pitch 8.1 shutout innings with 10 K’s and allowed only 2 hits and one walk. Middletown South will face the winner of Marlboro and Wall this Friday for the Monmouth County title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of an outstanding game in Middletown: JSZ’s coverage of Somerville, Rutgers Prep, Middletown South, and Red Bank Catholic is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
GCIT knocks off Delsea for its third-straight win
GCIT 7 Delsea 2 JSZ Week 4 Game Ball winner Aubrey Miller tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts to help the Cheetahs pick up their third-straight win. Madison Luedtke and Alexis Monroe each drove in a run to lead the way offensively for GCIT (14-7). Alyssa Dare drove in a run and scored in the loss for Delsea (14-4). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from this Tri-County Conference Clash: JSZ’s softball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
Benjamin Shue Rewriting Records in Breakout Freshman Season
It only took a matter of weeks for Bergen Catholic’s Benjamin Shue to break records. The budding, young star for the Crusaders is one of New Jersey’s top performers so far this spring track and field season. Shue broke the national discus throw record for a freshman last month and followed it up with a jaw-dropping performance at the illustrious Penn Relays. What makes this three-sport athlete tick? JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story:
Vote Now For JSZ Week Five Game Balls
It’s time to recognize the best baseball and softball performances from around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Hunterdon Central Dominates Pope John in HWS Title Rematch
After losing last year’s Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex championship game to Pope John, Hunterdon Central had revenge on their minds. It didn’t take the Red Devils long to impose their will in the 2022 rendition of this title game. Junior FOGO Sean Creter, a Maryland commit, led the way for Hunterdon Central (13-0) with a hat trick in a 10-3 win over the Lions. Brendan Lehrer had a four point game and Dylan Johnson also chipped in a pair of goals to upend Pope John. The Lions (8-7) only trailed 3-2 after an eventful first quarter. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from a rainy day in Flemington: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hunterdon Central is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville.
Griffin Seibel Takes Home JSZ North Jersey Game Ball
Glen Ridge ace Griffin Seibel is enjoying a breakout junior season for the Ridgers. Seibel’s best outing of the season came on April 27, where he tossed six innings and struck out 14 batters in a 2-1 win against fellow Super Essex Conference rival Belleville. Seibel was nominated for, and won, JSZ’s Week 4 North Jersey Game Ball for that performance. He accrued over 4,000 votes for 48 percent of the vote share to win the award. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Seibel with his game ball earlier this week: Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide game ball polls and awards are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Spirit Hangs on for Key Win Over Lower
Holy Spirit 18 Lower Cape May 17 | Girls The Spartans built a 12-4 halftime lead, before holding off a furious Caper Tigers comeback attempt down the stretch. Leah Corkhill led Holy Spirit (11-3) with four goals, while Hanna Watson and Maddie Abbott each scored three goals. Sabrina Faulkner poured in a game-high eight goals for Lower Cape May (11-4) in the loss. Spirit takes over first place in the Cape-Atlantic League National Division with the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a wet and windy Ed Byrnes Stadium in Absecon: JSZ’s lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Colonia’s Tyler Mendez Brings Home Week Four Central Game Ball
Tyler Mendez is off to a great senior campaign so far for Colonia. Mendez currently leads the Patriots in hits with 21, RBI’s with 17 and strike outs with 31. In their 5-1 victory over Piscataway, Tyler Mendez went 3-4 with two home runs and five RBI’s. The fans have spoken and he is JSZ’s Week 4 Central Game Ball Winner! Watch his ceremony below: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring JSZ Game Balls.
Kai Hutchins of Pemberton Wins JSZ South Jersey Week 4 Game Ball!
Kai Hutchins turned in a monster performance in Pemberton’s 22-1 win over Camden Academy Charter on April 28th. The Old Dominion commit went 5-5 at the plate with two triples, five RBIs, and scored five times. The junior picked up two strikeouts in a perfect inning of relief on the mound. Hutchins now takes home the South Jersey Week 4 Game Ball after receiving over 2,300 votes!
Top 2 Shore Flag Football Teams Show Potential of Rising Sport
Jersey Sports Zone has profiled the growth of flag football in New Jersey. We decided to give the top two teams in the Shore the Friday Night Lights treatment and Holmdel and Shore Regional did not disappoint. Watch a full breakdown of an excellent game NOW! Shore Regional 28 Holmdel 19 Rylee Drahos had 10 receptions for 122 yards and four touchdowns along with two interceptions to account for all of Shore’s points in a matchup of the top two teams in the 10-team Shore Conference football league. Julia Iannuzzelli threw all four TD passes for Shore. The Shore Regional quarterback played an hour earlier for the Blue Devils varsity softball team going 1-3 with a run scored. The second season of Shore Conference flag football is supported by the New York Giants and continues to grow across the state. Take a look at these highlights and you’ll see that growth firsthand in an excellent game played by both teams: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Shore Regional is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
Watch Thursday 5.5 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ has action from all over the state on Thursday, headlined by a pair of Diamond Classic games from South Jersey. Shawnee 10 Pitman 0 (5 innings) | Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic 1st Round The fifth-seeded Renegades were all business in the opening round of the Diamond Classic, dispatching the 12th-seeded Panthers in five innings. Bucknell commit Drew Uccello went 3-3 with five RBIs in the win for Shawnee (15-3). UMass commit Dylan Terwilliger allowed just three hits in the shutout on the mound. The Renegades will travel to fourth-seeded Kingsway in the Diamond Classic quarterfinals next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Lenape 12 Northern Burlington 1 (5 innings) | Joe Hartman Diamond Classic Quarterfinal The seventh-seeded Indians put on a fireworks display to punch a ticket to the Diamond Classic semifinals. Evan Hunter hit a grand slam, while Andrew Shank, Quin Acchione, and Dylan Shank added solo home runs in the win for Lenape (10-2). C.J. Fredricks has the lone RBI in the loss for second-seeded Northern Burlington (12-2). Lenape will face the winner of Gloucester Catholic and EHT in the semifinals next week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Mansfield Township: JSZ’s baseball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Caldwell 10 Nutley 4 The combination of Nick Bergamotto’s bat and Ray Zamloot’s left arm lifted the Chiefs to yet another win in the young season. Bergamotto went 3-3 at the dish with three triples and four RBI to pace the offense while Zamloot struck out 10 batters over six innings on the mound for Caldwell (14-3). Nutley (8-7) had a late push but couldn’t manufacture much offense during the middle innings. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Caldwell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both Nutley and Caldwell is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Pingry’s ‘Big Three’ Fights Past Trinity Hall in Barn Burner
The Big Blue brought out the big dogs in a marathon battle against a Shore Conference power. A career-high 13 points from Duke commit Bella Goodwin helped power Pingry (12-2) to a wild, 17-14 win over Trinity Hall (7-3). Goodwin, Sydney Puntus (six goals) and Olivia Hung (four goals) accounted for all 17 of Pingry’s goals in this game. Trinity Hall got a five-goal effort from Peyton Maguire in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Pingry is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville.
Watch Wednesday 5.4 JSZ Baseball Highlights
We have a trio of games from all over the Garden State on a busy Wednesday on the diamond. Enjoy the highlights! St. Joseph (Metuchen) 8 Steinert 4 No. 8 St. Joseph (Metuchen) defeated no. 9 Steinert 8-4 to pick up a third straight victory. The Falcons struck with two runs in the first inning before Steinert tied the game at 2-2 on a two RBI single from Joe Giori in the bottom of the third. St. Joe’s would tack on a pair of scores in the fourth and three in the fifth inning. Pitcher Xavier Arana ended the afternoon with 5 hits allowed, three earned runs and six strike outs for the Falcons, Rutgers commit Andrew Goldan came in relief to allow no hits and struck out four batters. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associate for sponsoring our Steinert coverage. Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for sponsoring our St. Joseph Metuchen coverage. Cherokee 9 Delran 5 | Diamond Classic The Chiefs got the bats going in a hurry to charge past the Bears and into the Diamond Classic quarterfinals. Navy commit Evan Brown got things going with a leadoff home run and finished with three RBIs in the win for Cherokee (11-4). KJ Giangreco hit a solo home run in the loss for Delran (10-4). Delran will take on top-seed St. Augustine in the Diamond Classic quarterfinals early next week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Marlton: JSZ’s baseball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Delbarton 11 Roxbury 2 Jack Harley went 2-3 with three RBIs as the Green Wave picked up its third straight win. Kevin Hager finished with two hits, two runs, and three RBIs in the win for Delbarton (11-5). Nick Morales drove in a run to cap off a 2-3 day from the plate in the loss for Roxbury (8-8). JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: JSZ’s baseball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Middletown South wins 13th straight, reaches Monmouth County Finals
The Eagles bust out the bats in the late innings to stay unbeaten. Watch all the highlights of Middletown South and Red Bank Catholic! Middletown South 10 RBC 0 (6 Innings) | Monmouth County Semifinal Julianna DeMauro went 3-4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI’s to spark an Eagles offensive outburst in the late innings and Hope Mullane walked it off with a 2-run double and pitched six shutout innings to give the Eagles a 13th straight win and a spot in the Monmouth County Tournament championship against Freehold Township this Saturday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South and RBC is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
Watch Tuesday 5.3 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of games for you from the diamond, including a Diamond Classic showdown in South Jersey! Northern Burlington 5 Haddonfield 2 | Diamond Classic Opening Round Ryan Kochie powered the second-seeded Hounds to victory over the 15th-seeded Haddons to open the 48th Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic. Kochie drove in four runs on the day, while Stetson commit Drew Wyers hit a solo home run for NBC (11-1) in the win. Bruce Parker had an RBI single for Haddonfield (5-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Middlesex 5 Spotswood 1 Middlesex defeated GMC White Division rival Spotswood 5-1 to pick up a sixth straight win. Leading 2-1 in the fifth inning, Michael Salvatore drove in two runs on a base hit to centerfield. Blue Jays Pitcher Stephen Young threw six innings, allowing just four hits, no earned runs and nine strike outs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our state baseball coverage.
Hanover Park’s Filippone Fills Up Stat Sheet to Win Game Ball
Mike Filippone turned in one of the most productive days of his high school baseball career on April 20. Facing Morris Hills, Filippone went 2-5 at the plate and registered six RBI (including a grand slam) as Hanover Park captured a 17-7 win over the Knights. Thanks to that effort, Filippone was nominated for and won JSZ’s Week 3 North Jersey Baseball Game Ball. He earned just shy of 7,300 votes for over 50 percent of the voting bloc to win the game ball. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by practice to present Filippone with his award: Jersey Sports Zone’s game ball awards are made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Watch Monday 5.2 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
It’s tournament season already? You bet! We take you to the first title game of the year, plus two more great games where state powerhouses are challenged down to the wire. Stay tuned for all the highlights! Rutgers Prep 9 Morristown-Beard 5 | Prep B Final | Boys Louis Marius III picked a good time to have a big game. The senior scored five goals and was the catalyst for Rutgers Prep (7-3) to win the Prep B championship in a tough game against Morristown-Beard (4-8). The Argonauts and Crimson were tied 5-5 at the end of the first quarter and Rutgers Prep put the clamp down on Mo-Beard during the final three frames. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Somerset: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rutgers Prep is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. St. Augustine Prep 11 Rumson-Fair Haven 10 (OT) | Boys Luke Hendricks had three goals and two assists including the game-winner in overtime as the Hermits rallied from a 4-0 deficit to score an upset win over the third-ranked team in the latest state polls. Luke Scarpello had a hat trick for St. Augustine while RFH was paced by Quinn Stankovits who had five goals. Tommy French’s third goal of the game with :18 seconds left forced overtime. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an outstanding game: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway Fox&Roach Realtors. Summit 10 Morristown 9 | Girls No. 1 Summit escaped with a close 10-9 victory over No. 4 Morristown following three late scores in the final four minutes of regulation. After taking a 5-3 lead at halftime, Morristown fought back to not only tie the game, but went ahead 9-7 late in the second. After Summit tied the game at 9-9 with 2:15 to play, Lauren Riley found net as only three seconds remained on the clock for the game-winning score. Lily Spinner and Jane Freeman both finished with hat tricks for the Hilltoppers. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for sponsoring our Summit coverage.
Late Slam Lifts Hermits Over EHT
St. Augustine 8 Egg Harbor Twp. 3 With his team trailing 3-2 and down to its final out, Ryan Taylor hit a grand slam to lift St. Augustine over the Eagles. It was the second home run of the day for the Penn commit, Taylor. St. Joseph’s commit Ryan Weingartner also hit two home runs in the game for the Hermits (12-0). Jake Cagna hit a home run for EHT (11-3) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and interviews from a Cape-Atlantic League thriller: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Sunday 5.1 JSZ Baseball Highlights
It’s a busy Sunday around the state and the JSZ team brings you three great games from the Thank You Classic and the Monmouth County Tournament! Passaic Tech 7 St. Joseph (Met.) 4 | Thank You Classic All it took was a little bit of Twin Magic for the Bulldogs to upset a Top 20 team in the state. The Gilligan Twins – Johnny and Jace – led the way for Passaic Tech (11-3) in a huge program win over St. Joseph (Met.) (12-3). Johnny tossed a complete game with four strikeouts and also blasted a three-run homer. Jace clobbered a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Wood-Ridge Athletic Complex: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joseph (Met.) is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. St. Joseph Academy 11 Haddonfield 1 | Thank You Classic A six-run outburst in the second inning propelled the Wildcats to a convincing victory over the Bulldogs at the Thank You Classic. Ty Powell led the way offensively with 3 RBIs in the win. Mike Cirucci struck out six batters in a complete game win for St. Joseph Academy (10-1). Matt Stamm had the lone RBI of the day in the loss for Haddonfield (5-4). JSZ’s James Mooney has highlights from Hammonton Lake Park: JSZ’s high school baseball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Red Bank Catholic 9 Freehold Township 2 | Monmouth County Quarterfinal Jake Jacobson launched a three-run homer as part of a five-run fourth inning to help the Caseys reach the Monmouth County semifinal. Freshman Dylan Passo broke a 2-2 tie with a 2-run single to give RBC the lead shortly followed by Jacobson’s blast to left field, his second homer in as many days. RBC will face Middletown South in the semifinals this Satursday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Freehold: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of RBC is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.
Vote Now for JSZ Week 4 Game Balls!
The spring season rolls on and the fantastic performances continue on the baseball and softball fields. Our team has once again received submissions and combed the box scores to find the most eye-popping numbers of the week. Vote as many times as you’d like through Tuesday at 3pm, and we’ll award the winners with a JSZ Game Ball during a practice or game later in the week. North Jersey Submit future nominations to Jay Cook (Jay@jerseysportszone.com). Central Jersey Submit future nominations to Rich Chrampanis (Rich@jerseysportszone.com). South Jersey Submit future nominations to Mike Frankel (MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com).
A Dream Come True: Seahawks Draft Melton
Bo Melton dazzled on the football field for Cedar Creek, before going on to star at Rutgers University. Now Melton’s football dreams are coming true, as he’s heading to the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks selected Melton in the 7th round of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday. Melton and his family waited several hours to hear his name called, and the emotions overflowed as the phone call came in from Seattle. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story:
Marchese Brings Home Week Three Central Game Ball TO EB
Just one day after being no-hit, East Brunswick was locked into a tight battle with rival South Brunswick. Bears pitcher Michael Marchese took the mound and delivered a clutch three hit, 12 strike out performance in the 4-2 victory. The fans have spoken and he is JSZ’s Week Three Central Jersey Game Ball Winner.
SJV’s Grace Colucci Wins Week Three Central Game Ball
St. John Vianney junior Grace Colucci has gotten off to an impressive start in 2022. Colucci already has 20 RBI’s and four home runs, three of those homers’ came in the Lancer’s 19-0 win over Neptune where she finished the afternoon with a total of nine runs driven in. The fans have spoken and she is JSZ’s Week Three Central Jersey Game Ball Winner. Watch her ceremony below:
Watch Saturday 4.30 JSZ Baseball Highlights
County tournaments and statewide showcase games take centerstage during the last weekend of April baseball. Stay tuned as the highlights roll in! St. Peter’s Prep 7 Westfield 5 | Thank You Classic The Marauders jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as their impressive win streak continues. Six different players produced RBI’s as St. Peter’s Prep (11-5) won its seventh consecutive game. The Marauders led Westfield (7-6-1) by six runs in the seventh inning, but the Blue Devils put together a rally that would ultimately fall short. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Caven Point in Jersey City: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Peter’s Prep is made possible by Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Senator Jon Bramnick. EHT 12 Middletown South 9 | Thank You Classic EHT stormed out to an 11-1 lead after two and a half innings, but needed to hang on late to survive a slugfest at the Thank You Classic. Jacob Cagna and Justin Sweeney had solo home runs to bookend the scoring for EHT (11-2). Will Christopher hit a solo home run and finished with two RBIs in the loss for Middletown South (11-6), who advanced in the Monmouth County Tournament earlier in the day. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Hammonton Lake Park: Marlboro 12 Colts Neck 7 | Monmouth County Tournament Round One (13) Marlboro defeated (4) Colts Neck 12-7 in the opening round of the Monmouth County Tournament. The Mustangs trailed 5-1 entering the fifth inning when they scored seven to take a late 8-5 lead. They added four more runs in the sixth as Marlboro pitchers Jake Kalfayan and Chris Collina both had eight strike outs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring our state baseball coverage.
Gresham scores eight to lead Mount St. Mary to sixth straight win
Two teams on five-game win streaks collided in Red Bank on Saturday morning. Check out the highlights of the Lady Lion’s big road win at RBC! Mount St. Mary 11 Red Bank Catholic 9 Virginia Tech commit Sarah Gresham tied a career-high with eight goals to give her 68 on the season as the Lady Lions held off the Caseys to win their sixth straight game. RBC scored three straight goals to get within 9-8 in the second half before Gresham scored her eighth goal to secure the victory. Mount St. Mary has now won 11 of its last 12 games. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of RBC is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
Isabella Kwashek of West Deptford Wins JSZ Week 3 South Jersey Game Ball!
Isabella Kwashek turned in a phenomenal performance in West Deptford’s 11-1 win in five innings against Cumberland on April 20th. The sophomore standout racked up five RBIs, and picked up a complete game win with seven strikeouts. Kwashek now takes home the Week 3 South Jersey Game Ball after receiving over 6,700 votes!
Stephen Devanney of Pitman Wins JSZ Week 3 South Jersey Game Ball!
Stephen Devanney did a little bit of everything in Pitman’s 12-2 win in six innings against Overbrook on April 21st. The sophomore picked up a complete game win on the mound, and added a pair of RBIs at the plate in the win. Devanney now takes home the Week 3 South Jersey Game Ball after receiving nearly 2,300 votes!
NJ shines at the 2022 Penn Relays!
The Garden State’s top athletes took centerstage at the 126th Penn Relays, one of the most prestigious international track and field events on the calendar. Union Catholic’s boys Distance Medley Relay team brought home the first Championship of America title in program history to highlight a stellar weekend for New Jersey’s best at the University of Pennsylvania: JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Philadelphia: NJ Championship of America Winners Faith Bethea, Snyder (Girls Triple Jump) Greg Foster, Lawrenceville (Boys Long Jump) Angelina Perez, Lakeland (Girls 3,000M) Niki Woods, Demarest (Girls Javelin) NJ Championship of America Medalists Benjamin Shue, Bergen Catholic – 3rd place & Top American (Boys Discus) Tyler Zawatski, Freehold Twp. – 5th place (Boys Javelin) Jaden Johnson, Timber Creek – 5th place (Boys Triple Jump) Joe Licata, Gill St. Bernard’s – 3rd place & Top American (Boys Shot Put) Damarion Potts, South Brunswick – 2nd place & Top American (Boys High Jump) Jefferey Cianfrocca, Delbarton – 4th place (Boys High Jump) Brian O’Sullivan, Hillsborough – 4th place (Boys Pole Vault) Kevin O’Sullivan, Hillsborough – (tied) 5th place (Boys Pole Vault) Connor Munson, Westwood – (tied) 5th place (Boys Pole Vault) Union Catholic – 3rd place (Girls 4×800 Relay) Cherokee – 4th place (Girls 4×800 Relay) Amiri Whittle, Hackensack – 5th place (Boys 3,000M) Casey Sullivan, Demarest – 3rd place (Girls Shot Put) Celine-Jada Brown, Plainfield – 4th place (Girls Long Jump) Alanna Woolfolk, Clayton – (tied) 4th place (Girls High Jump) Samantha Strydesky, Howell – (tied) 4th place (Girls High Jump) Lauren Cashman, Montgomery – 3rd place (Girls Pole Vault) Metuchen – 2nd place (Girls Distance Medley Relay) Colts Neck – 4th place (Girls Distance Medley Relay) Coverage of the 2022 Penn Relays is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Kranzler K’s 12 in Complete Game Win over Ramapo
Old Tappan ace Alex Kranzler has emerged as one of the top arms in North Jersey throughout the month of April. His final start this month was arguably his best. Kranzler threw a 98-pitch complete game, had 12 strikeouts and allowed only one walk and one earned run in a 5-1 win over Ramapo (7-7). The Golden Knights (12-2) exploded for four runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run HR from Elan Ofeck, and wouldn’t look back from there. Kranzler has been spectacular this month. The junior University of Missouri commit holds a 5-0 record with a 1.2 ERA and 54 strikeouts across six starts. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Old Tappan: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Hot Bats For Robbinsville Lead To Upset Over No. 17 St. Thomas Aquinas
Robbinsville 14 St. Thomas Aquinas 5 Robbinsville defeated No. 17 St. Thomas Aquinas 14-5 to avoid three straight losses. Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the second, Robbinsville put up 6 six runs to take the lead. The Ravens added four more in the third and two in both the fourth and fifth inning. West Chester University commit Kailee Pacifico went 3-4 with three RBI’s. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Robbinsville coverage.
Raymond’s Pitching Gem Earns Her JSZ North Game Ball Honors
Watchung Hills has been on a tear to open the 2022 season. Their toughest test in April – a matchup against Hunterdon Central – was on the docket and the Warriors sent their ace to the mound. She delivered. The Purdue University commit hurled a complete game two-hitter with a staggering 13 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over the Red Devils on April 21. Raymond was nominated for – and won – JSZ’s Week 3 North Jersey Softball Game Ball for that pitching performance. She collected nearly 41 percent of the fan vote to take home the honor. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Raymond with the game ball on Thursday: Jersey Sports Zone’s North, Central and South Jersey Game Ball are presented by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Ocean’s Pickett is first QB selected in 2022 NFL Draft
Kenny Pickett is staying in Pittsburgh after the Steelers selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. JSZ was at Pickett’s celebration in Loch Arbor and talks with the newest NFL QB Kenny Pickett could have gone to Las Vegas to be part of the glitz and glamour of the 2022 NFL Draft but instead opted to celebrate his life-changing moment at home with family and friends. Pickett was at Deal Lake Bar and Co. in Loch Arbor. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was on hand along with Ocean Township head coach Don Klein when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Pickett with the #20 overall pick in the first round: Kenny Pickett is a Pittsburgh SteelerThe moment he gets the call and finds out he’s being selected with the 20th overall pick in the #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/Zk38Gi2Ey9— Johnny McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) April 29, 2022 Jersey Sports Zone talked with Pickett moments after he was drafted as he talked about his New Jersey roots and how important it was for him to be home when his big moment came:
Watch Thursday 4.28 JSZ Softball Highlights
The high school softball season rolls on and JSZ has you covered with plenty of action from around the Garden State. Check back throughout the night as the highlights come in! Gloucester 5 West Deptford 3 The Lions make it two wins in a row, leaning on small ball and a stout defensive effort to take down the Eagles. Rylie Zearfoss led the way with 2 RBIs in the win for Gloucester (9-4). Macey Harrold knocked in a pair of runs in the loss for West Deptford (6-4). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from this Colonial Conference clash: JSZ’s softball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Watchung Hills 8 Phillipsburg 0 The Warriors have enjoyed a red-hot April and continue the party into this Skyland Conference battle. A 3-4 day with 3 RBI from Ella Stevinson plus a combined shutout via Julianna Raymond and Amanda Medina pushed Watchung Hills (9-0) to yet another win in the opening month of the season. The Stateliners dropped to 3-8 with the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Warren: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club.
Ruth fans 10, RBR scores road win in Monmouth County Tournament
Cole Armond had three hits and two RBI’s to help Red Bank Regional advance in the Monmouth County baseball tournament. Watch the highlights of RBR and Shore Regional now! Red Bank Regional 10 Shore Regional 2 | Monmouth County Tournament Nate Ruth pitched five innings of one-hit ball with ten strikeouts and the Bucs took advantage of six Shore Regional errors to advance to the Round of 16 in the Shore Conference Tournament and a matchup with second seed Freehold Township. Cole Armond went 3-5 with 2 RBI’s and Jackson Hyman had a 2 RBI day as Red Bank broke a five-game losing streak. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from West Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional and Shore Regional is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
Defense, Pitching Helps IHA Edge Old Tappan
If Wednesday was any indication, Immaculate Heart Academy once again proved they are one of the top defensive teams in the Garden State. Led by a complete game shutout from Jocelyn Moody, the Blue Eagles (15-0) scored a 1-0 win over Old Tappan (11-3). Moody collected eight strikeouts, walked no batters and allowed only five hits in an impressive pitching performance. Her defense came through with a number of big plays to preserve the shutout. A first inning sacrifice fly from Gabriella Shadek proved to be the only run of the game. Reagan Germano was rock solid in the circle for the Golden Knights. She struck out 11 batters in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Old Tappan: Jersey Sports Zone’s softball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Wednesday 4.27 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
Princeton 10 Allentown 9 OT | Girls Princeton defeated Allentown 10-9 in overtime to win the CVC Colonial Division Title. Locked into a tight first half, Princeton fell behind 9-5 midway through the second. The Little Tigers clawed their way back and Kate Becker late in regulation sent the game into overtime. Becker also netted the game-winning goal and finished the day with five scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Princeton: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Princeton coverage. St. Augustine 18 Gill St. Bernard’s 6 | Boys The Hermits raced out to a 7-1 lead over the Knights after the first period in Richland. Cornell commit Billy Hughes, Quinnipiac commit Luke Hendricks and Noah Plenn scored three goals apiece to pace St. Augustine (8-1). Holy Cross commit Will Deo scored a goal for GSB (7-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Stanzione hits two bombs, Schild fires one-hitter for rivalry win
The battle of Middletown goes to South! The Eagles put on an offensive display and Ben Schild continues to have a stellar junior year. Watch the highlights of the Eagles and Lions now! Middletown South 13 Middletown North 1 (5 innings) Joe Stanzione blasted two home runs and drove in four RBI’s to lead the Eagles bats and Ben Schild retired 13 straight batters after giving up a first-inning home run to lead South to a third straight win and tenth overall victory of the year. The Eagles erupted for five runs in the first inning and seven more in the second. Schild threw a five-inning one-hitter striking out nine and walking no one. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown North and Middletown South is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
Watch Tuesday 4.26 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
JSZ has plenty of action from key games all over the state. Enjoy the highlights! Seton Hall Prep 11 Delbarton 8 | Boys Hat-trick performances from James Bailey and Max Racich powered the Pirates to a revenge win over the Green Wave. Tied 5-5 at the half, Seton Hall Prep (8-2) buried three consecutive goals to open the third quarter and wouldn’t look back from there. Delbarton (7-4) had defeated SHP at the Kelly Athletic Complex in the state semifinals last season, setting the stage for a tense and competitive game this time around. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is made possible by One-on-One with Steve Adubato! Allentown 12 Monroe 9 | Boys Allentown improved to 9-2 following a 12-9 victory over reigning GMC Tournament Champions, Monroe. Allentown trailed 4-3 after the first quarter, but led 6-5 at halftime. Ethan Shaltis finished the afternoon with four goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Monroe coverage. Haddonfield 12 Shawnee 9 | Boys The Haddons took a 5-1 lead after the first period and never looked back on the road against the Renegades. Nolan Tully led the way with five goals for Haddonfield (5-2). Delaware commit Finn Morgan added two goals and four assists. Fellow Delaware commit Ethan Krauss scores three goals for Shawnee (6-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
GC’s Bunting Wins South Jersey Week 2 Game Ball
Gloucester Catholic junior Tyler Bunting certainly had a day to remember for the Rams against Timber Creek last week. Bunting went 3-3 with two home runs, finishing with 5 RBIs in GC’s victory over the Chargers. Bunting received over 2,500 votes to earn the JSZ South Jersey Week 2 Game Ball. You can submit future South Jersey Game Ball nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evenings.
RFH Falls Just Short in Upset Bid over National Powerhouse IMG Academy
Game in and game out this season, Rumson-Fair Haven has established itself as one of the best pound-for-pound lacrosse teams in the state. Head coach Mark Moreau doesn’t shy away from a challenge, but it was the Bulldogs who turned up the heat this time around on a national powerhouse. IMG Academy, a Top-20 nationally ranked team by InsideLacrosse, staved off an impressive upset attempt from the Bulldogs and captured a 7-6 win in overtime at Rutgers University. RFH (8-3) played crisp, smart lacrosse through this game and held a 6-4 lead on IMG Academy (12-3) going into the fourth quarter. IMG scored a pair of goals in a two minute span and forced overtime before hitting the eventual game-winner in the final 10 seconds of the first OT period. Yale commit Cole Cashion was stellar in the loss – his three goals were a game-high. Johnny Maccarone and Elijah Stobaugh each had two goal performances for IMG in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all of the highlights from the Marco Battaglia Practice Complex in Piscataway: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors.
Watch Monday 4.25 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ has a handful of great games to help begin a new week on the diamond! Jackson Memorial 4 Central Regional 3 Zach Crotchfelt struck out 13 over six innings and got help from Tommy Kendrick in right field with two critical outfield assists to give the Jaguars a big road win on Monday night at Leiter Field. Cam Leiter struck out 10 for the Golden Eagles but left in the fourth after over 100 pitches trailing 4-1. Crotchfelt his a homer to start the scoring and Charlie Meglio added a two-run single for Jackson Memorial. Andrew Osmond came on in the 7th to get the save and Andrew Patire’s RBI single proved to be the game-winner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of a fantastic Shore Conference edition of Monday Night Baseball: Jersey Sports Zone’s high school baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health Hun 14 Lawrenceville 2 Hun picked up a sixth straight win following a 14-2 victory over MAPL rival Lawrenceville. Leading 3-2 in the second, Michael Chiaravallo sent a two run home run over the centerfield wall to give the Raiders a 5-2 lead. They added four runs in the third and five in the fourth. Boston College commit Ryan DiMaggio went 2-2 with an RBI, Carson Wehner was 3-4 with two RBI’s and Michael Chiaravallo finished 1-3 and drove in five runs. Wake Forest commit Jackson Kraemer not only went 1-1 with two RBI’s, he also had 10 strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hun and Lawrenceville coverage. Gloucester Catholic 2 Clearview 1 Sal Serici gave the Rams the lead with a two-run double in the top of the fifth inning. Jake Terranova then made a sensational diving catch in the bottom of the fifth to protect that lead. Lehigh commit Brady Roberts pitched the final two innings to earn the save for GC (9-2). Anthony Charles drove in the only run of the game for the Pioneers (5-5). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Mullica Hill: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Five-Star Naas Cunningham Leaves HS Ranks, Heads to Overtime Elite Pro League
After two impressive years at Gill St. Bernard’s, five-star Naas Cunningham is leaving the high school ranks to play in the Overtime Elite professional basketball league. Cunningham, the No. 1 nationally ranked player in the Class of 2024, is set to be the first player in the league to bypass a salary while maintaining his college eligibility. The news was first reported by ESPN this morning. Watch Highlights Naas Cunningham’s Sophomore Season “This is best place for me to develop as a player, while getting the right education to fall back on at the same time,” Cunningham told ESPN’s Jonathon Givony. “Overtime built a relationship with my family and I, which was a big factor in trusting them with my future. I want to be the best basketball player I can, a NBA draft lottery pick and hopefully one of the best in the league. Overtime is going to put me in position to become the best player I can.” This move is a first-of-its-kind for high school players. Since Overtime Elite began in 2021, players in the league were taking six-figure salaries and forgoing any college eligibility to play professional basketball with players their age. But, Cunningham will be able to complete his high school education while having no negative impact on his eligibility to play college basketball when that time arrives. He holds over a dozen offers from the elite college hoops programs in the country. Cunningham had a productive sophomore season with Gill St. Bernard’s, who went 20-7 and won the Somerset County Tournament. The 6-7 wing averaged 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team.
Stateliners Induct 2022 Hall of Fame Class
Phillipsburg High School once again looked back on its rich history to induct the Stateliners second athletic Hall of Fame class. Watch JSZ’s feature on the ceremony! Phillipsburg’s Garnet Booster Club is the catalyst for honoring the greats from one of New Jersey’s most tradition-filled and historic athletic programs in the state. The second edition of the Stateliners Hall of Fame featured a mix of football legends from over 100 years ago along with three living legends. JSZ was at the ceremony to honor the newest group of Stateliner Hall of Famers: Congratulations to the 2022 Phillipsburg Athletic Hall of Fame Class 1918 FOOTBALL TEAM The 1918 Football Team was the first team to be recognized as state champions by the NJSIAA. They had a season record 6-1 losing only to Barringer. They scored 336 points and gave up only 13 to Barringer. They were coached by legendary coach Mike Maloney. The 1918 team defeated Washington 101-0, and Lincoln 99-0. Phillipsburg defeated Easton that year, 9-0. TED DAILEY First Team All-State Defensive End, Captain, and Four Year starter from 1925-1928. Daily scored 42 of the team’s 89 points in 19+28. He was an All-American at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to coach at Syracuse University for 25 years. During that time, the school won its only National Championship for football. Daily has also been recognized in the Phillipsburg-Easton Football Hall of Fame. GEORGE “SAMMY” MOYER First Team All-State halfback who played on three unbeaten teams from 1933-1935. Moyer had three wins over Easton and was inducted into the Phillipsburg-Easton Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He was captain of the 1935 10-0 undefeated team that was co-state champions with Bloomfield. He led the team in touchdowns, with 14 total. Moyer played on a tough Phillipsburg team that had seven shutouts and allowed only 24 points. Moyer scored 102 career points. He is in the Lafayette College Hall of fame where he earned honorable mention All-American status as a running back and coached the Phillipsburg football from 1952-1953. CLAYTON WILLEVER First team all-state quarterback who led the 1918 state championship team. Willever scored a school record seven touchdowns in one game, and kicked four extra points in setting the school record of 46 points in a 99-0 victory over Lincoln of Jersey City in 1919. Willever amassed 195 career points which stood for over 70 years as the school record. His 17 touchdowns in 1918 are still in the career top ten for a single season, and he is tied for seventh in career touchdowns at Phillipsburg with 29.EILEEN CLYMER SCHWAB Eileen Clymer Schwab earned 12 Varsity letters while at Phillipsburg. She competed in three sports, as a four-year starter in field hockey, basketball and softball. Clymer Schwab was captain of all three teams, an all star in all three. She was the starting short stop on two state championship softball teams in 1975 and 1976. She is a published author of two books. MARY JANE DEUTSCH Mary Jane “MJ” Deutsch is best known as a softball and basketball standout with eight varsity letters. She held records in batting average, RBI’s, singles, triples & home runs. She was a starter on three state championship teams in 1973, 1975, and 1976. At the time Phillipsburg participated in the East Penn League, she was part of championship teams 1973-1976, hit .517 with 18 RBIs, and did not strike out in 47 at-bats. She was recognized as a First-team all-East Penn League 1974, 1975, 1976. She was also a four-year starter and all-star in basketball who broke all-time basketball scoring and rebound records in 1976. Deutsch coached basketball, softball, track & field during the 1980s, was a Supervisor of Health, Phys Ed, and Special Ed served as the Assistant Athletic Director, an Assistant Principal, Principal, and held a 39-year career in the Phillipsburg School District, with 31 years as an administrator.RICK THOMPSON Rick Thompson is a three-sport star and coach best known as a two-time state wrestling champion, four-time district champion, three-time regional champion, and one of the wrestling coaches in Phillipsburg history with a record combined 268-54-1 in his career. His wrestling team won 15 Sectional Championships and eight Group titles with six Group second-place finishes. Thompson coached nine individual State Champions and 43 state place-winners, as well as many regional and district winners. This editor remembers two events like yesterday. The high-flying Mr. Thompson who never sat in his chair, and being a Stateliner from 1985 -1989 in this PIT. We have plenty of memories, especially 1987 and 1988 matches that had an energy unmatched. Thompson also earned eight varsity letters in cross-country and track and later served as a coach or assistant coach of both teams. He finished seventh in the state at cross-country in 1972. Thompson’s return to Phillipsburg also started the girls cross-country program with Neil Frankenfield in 1984. They won 88 straight meets and four EPC championships as well as three New Jersey State Sectional Championships. Career coaching record of 195-39-1 with the girls team. The Boys country teams won three EPC championships, a Group 4 State Championship and finished third in the Meet of Champions. Thompson often cites cross county as one of his favorite sports to coach. “The time is what it is, there’s no bad calls in cross county or track”. Thompson has also been recognized as #33 in the Top 100 sports figures of the 20th century by the Express-Times, NJ State Coach of the Year in 1988, and earned Express-Times Coach of the Year four times.
Jackson Chasing History for SPF Track
Julia Jackson is hoping to close out her Scotch Plains-Fanwood career in style on the track this spring. The Duke University commit ran the fastest 400 meter time in the country during the indoor season, after winning a pair of Meet of Champions titles for the Raiders during the 2021 outdoor season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story of the Raiders senior who is surgical both on and off the track: JSZ’s coverage of Scotch Plains-Fanwood is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Cliff Omoruyi Gives Back to Hometown in Nigeria
When Cliff Omoruyi was a young man back in his home of Benin City, Nigeria, the opportunity to have shoes that actually fit were few and far between. Now, one of the most popular players on Rutgers men’s basketball’s team is giving back to his hometown. Omoruyi hosted a week-long shoe drive at Rutgers University this past week that brought in hundreds of pairs of shoes. The former Roselle Catholic star tells JSZ’s Jay Cook what fueled his desire to give back: Jersey Sports Zone is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Vote Now For JSZ Week Three Spring Game Balls
It’s time to recognize the best baseball and softball performances from around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: email@example.com (South nominations) Jay Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: email@example.com (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
RBC’s Combined No-Hitter Fuels Win over Holy Spirit
The Autism Awareness Challenge in North Brunswick has done a great job at matching up fascinating games all in support of a special cause. On Day 2 of this year’s event, we saw Red Bank Catholic (8-2) throw a combined no-hitter in an 11-1 win over Holy Spirit (6-5) in five innings. Alex Stanyek threw four innings with six strikeouts and no hits, but allowed two walks. The Spartans scored a run on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Dominic Mallamaci tossed one scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts. The bats were alive for the Caseys. Shane Andrus led the way with a 2-3 day at the dish with 3 RBI. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from North Brunswick: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is made possible by Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch!
Freehold Township’s Maniscalco wins Central Jersey Softball Game Ball
Following the Patriots big Monmouth County Tournament win over St. John Vianney, JSZ handed out another Game Ball. Check out the ceremony! Jiana Maniscalco’s walk-off home run against Marlboro was the winner of this week’s Central Jersey Week 2 Softball Game Ball poll. Thanks to everyone who voted! Jersey Sports Zone presented Jiana with the Game Ball following Freehold Township’s 9-1 win over St. John Vianney in the Monmouth County Tournament: We’ll have 10 more Game Ball nominees from Central Jersey softball this Sunday on JSZ! Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health
South Brunswick’s Alex Ciccone Wins Week Two Central Game Ball
Alex Ciccone has been one of South Brunswick’s go-to senior playmakers. In the Viking’s 11-1 win over Hunterdon Central, Ciccone went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s. The fans have spoken and he is JSZ’s Week Two Game Ball Winner.
Williams launches two homers to lead Freehold Township to county tournament win
Lila Williams puts on an offensive display in the Patriots wins over St. John Vianney. Watch all the action now! Freehold Township 9 St. John Vianney 1 | Monmouth County Softball Tournament Quarterfinal Lila Williams was 3-4 with 2 homers and 4 RBI’s to lead the Patriots to its fifth straight win and a spot in the Monmouth County Softball tournament semifinals. Nikki Lusnia scattered five hits allowing just one run and striking out six along with driving two runs at the plate. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Freehold: Jersey Sports Zone’s high school softball coverage is brought to you y RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Saturday 4.23 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
JSZ has a handful of high-profile games from all over the state on Saturday! Don Bosco 12 Mountain Lakes 6 | Boys No. 2 Don Bosco defeated No. 1 Mountain Lakes 12-6 to claim supremacy in the Boys Lacrosse state rankings. The Ironmen went ahead 4-0 after the first quarter following two goals from Marquette University commit Connor Gorman, Gorman scored twice more in the second to give Don Bosco an 8-2 lead at halftime. Moutain Lakes scored twice in the third and fourth, but it was not enough to pull off a comeback against the reigning Tournament of Champion Winners. Connor Gorman finished with five goals while Princeton commit Mark Marino and John Hopkins commit Koleton Marquis each had a pair of scores, Marquis also had five assists. Sophomore goalie Colton Carfello had 11 saves. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Ramsey: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our statewide lacrosse coverage. Manasquan 13 Ocean City 6 | Boys The Warriors raced out to 6-1 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. James Farinacci led Squan (8-1) with four goals, while Jacksonville commit Rob Pendergist added three goals in the victory. The Red Raiders dropped to (5-5) with the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Carey Stadium in OC: Cherokee 16 Moorestown 15 (2OT) | Girls Loyola-commit Delaney Jackson converted an eight meter opportunity in double overtime for her fourth goal of the game as the Chiefs won a thriller against the Quakers. Duquesne-commit Chelsea Evans led all scorers with seven goals in the win for Cherokee (8-0). Emma Greer racked up four goals, while UMass-commit Emma Dengler added three goals in the loss for Moorestown (5-4). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from this TOC rematch: JSZ’s lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Meet JSZ’s Week 2 North Jersey Game Ball Winners!
Two more remarkable performances from North Jersey were honored in this week’s RWJ Barnabas Health Game Balls presentations. Let’s take a trip up to Bergen County and meet the two winners. Marco Goes Wild in Thrilling Win Over Park Ridge Waldwick’s Anthony Marco brought his “A” game in an NJIC Patriot Division showdown against Park Ridge on April 11. Marco went 3-3 from the plate with a pair of HR’s and five total RBI. He held the Owls off the board late with a clean 1.2 innings of work on the mound before cracking the walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. Marco brought in 32 percent of the fan vote to win the game ball. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Anthony with his award during practice this week: Nuziale Walks It Off for Fair Lawn Conference games always have the tendency to go down to the wire. That was the case on April 13 when hosted Wayne Hills. Cutters’ junior Ava Nuziale stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 3-3 game and delivered a walk-off hit to help secure the win. Nearly 36 percent of the fan vote submitted came in favor of Ava Nuziale. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Ava with her award: Jersey Sports Zone’s game ball presentation and voting is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Rayna Pelcak of Sterling Wins JSZ Week 2 South Jersey Game Ball!
Rayna Pelcak led the charge for the Silver Knights in Sterling’s 9-3 win over Haddonfield on April 12th. The Goldey-Beacom commit went 4-4 with 2 RBIs, 3 runs scored, and a walk in the victory. Pelcak now takes home the Week 2 South Jersey Game Ball after receiving over 2,800 votes!
Red-Hot Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wins Seventh Straight
There’s no denying that the Raiders are now one of the hottest lacrosse teams in New Jersey. Mikey Kloepfer led Scotch Plains-Fanwood (8-1) with five goals and two assists in a 14-7 romping of Randolph (4-5) in an NJILL Waterman Division game. The win marks the seventh straight victory for SPF, who recently defeated perennial lacrosse powerhouse Summit earlier in the week. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Scotch Plains: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Scotch Plains-Fanwood is made possible by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway.
Watch Friday 4.22 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of exciting games for you heading into the weekend! St. Augustine 13 Kingsway 4 The Hermits pulled away from the Dragons late in a battle between undefeated South Jersey squads. Iona commit Josiah Ragsdale gave St. Augustine (8-0) the lead with a two-run triple in the fourth inning. Austin Sofran finished 3-3 with three RBIs in the win, while Mason Dorsey also went 3-3 with an RBI triple. Evan Mangifesta has an RBI for Kingsway (8-1) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Cranford vs. South Brunswick | Autism Awareness Showcase No. 18 Cranford improved to 8-2 following a 19-7 victory over South Brunswick. The Cougars fell behind 4-1 after the second inning. However, Cranford would score four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead. South Brunswick would tie the game thanks to a three run home run from Ethan Fantel, but a 12 run sixth inning put this one out of reach late. Shea Grady and Ryan Jaros both with finished with two RBI’s, Shane Van Dam went 2-4 with two RBI’s, Jack Conley went 3-5 with two RBI’s and Lucca Limeira led the way, going 2-5 with four RBI’s. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for sponsoring our Cranford coverage.
Watch Friday 4.22 JSZ Softball Highlights
JSZ brings you a pair of great divisional showdowns from a busy Friday around the Garden State. Watch all of the action from Sterling/Haddon Heights and Mount St. Dominic/Livingston! Sterling 2 Haddon Heights 0 The Silver Knights came out on top in a pitcher’s duel to take control of first place in the Colonial Conference Liberty Division. Molly Skelly scattered four hits and racked up ten strikeouts for a complete game shutout for the Silver Knights. Maggie Ralston delivered a two-out, two-RBI single in the fourth inning in the win for Sterling (7-2). Maddy Clark piled up 12 strikeouts, taking a complete game loss for Haddon Heights (9-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from this Colonial Conference clash: JSZ’s softball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Mount St. Dominic 2 Livingston 1 Sophia Kiseloski scattered five hits and struck out seven while walking none in a complete-game gem and the Lions used a pair of bases-loaded walks in the 5th inning to outlast the defending Group 4 state champions. Mount St. Dominic improves to 11-0 on the season with the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of two top-5 teams in the latest state polls:
Watch Thursday 4.21 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
We’ve got a milestone moment in Mountain Lakes, a top 10 girls matchup for top spot in the Shore and the Bergen Catholic boys giving us some great highlights. Watch all the action now! Mountain Lakes 12 Pope John 4 | Boys Mountain Lakes’ historic head coach Tim Flynn became only the fourth high school lacrosse coach in the country – and the first in New Jersey – to reach 700 career wins. Cade Schuckman had a hat trick in an overpowering effort from start to finish for Mountain Lakes (7-0). JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from a memorable day in Morris County: Bergen Catholic 15 Middletown South 7 | Boys Crispin Kaye had six goals and two assists and Jake Taromina added four goals as Bergen Catholic raced out to a 12-3 lead on the way to its third straight win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center Rumson-Fair Haven 10 Trinity Hall 7 | Girls Freshman Rachel James had four goals and four assists to lead the Bulldogs to a win in a matchup of defending state champions in the Shore Conference. RFH had a 5-4 lead at the half and scored four straight to open the second half on the way to earning the top spot in the Shore. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio
PVI Wins a Slugfest to Stay Perfect
Paul VI 13 Washington Twp. 12 The Eagles saw an early 8-1 lead disappear, before rallying to take the lead again in the sixth inning, and then holding off the Minutemaids in the seventh inning. Merry Pavlik homered in the victory for Paul VI (9-0). Jordan Mader paced the Eagles offense with four RBIs. Kayla Cavanaugh had a pair of RBIs for Township (4-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Thursday 4.21 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The high school baseball season rolls on and JSZ brings you a pair of great matchups from the diamond on Thursday. Enjoy the highlights! Shawnee 12 Lenape 2 The Renegades used a five-run first inning to take an early lead and never looked back to hand the Indians its first loss of the season. Daniel Scullion and Reid Uccello finished with two RBIs apiece as seven Renegades registered an RBI. Rutgers-commit Ethan Bowen allowed just one run over four innings in the win for Shawnee (8-3). Max D’Alessandro and Danny Sassaman each drove in a run in the loss for Lenape (6-1). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from this Olympic Conference rivalry game: St. Joseph (Metuchen) 8 Monroe 2 No. 3 St. Joseph (Metuchen) remains undefeated at 8-0 following an 8-2 victory over GMC Red Division rival Monroe. The Falcons went ahead 2-0 in the first on a sacrifice fly and RBI from Tyler Delvecchio. Delvecchio also belted a two run home run in the fifth and drove in another pair of runs in the sixth inning for a five RBI day. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage.
Watch Wednesday 4.20 JSZ Baseball Highlights
It was a busy day on the diamond, and JSZ has action from all over the Garden State. Check back throughout the night as the highlights roll in! Don Bosco 12 Bergen Catholic 1 (5 innings) The No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey secured an early season series sweep against their arch rivals on Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of scouts were in to see flame-throwing right-hander Caden Dana and he cruised through five innings of work by striking our four and only allowing three hits for Don Bosco (7-2). Michael Staiano and Allen Hernandez paced the offense with three-RBI days apiece. The Ironmen defeated Bergen Catholic (4-4) on Monday at West Point to help lock up the sweep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health. Ranney 14 St. Mary’s (Rutherford) 0 (5 innings) Charlie Chropuvka hit a mammoth home run to dead center and Diego Tavarez added a blast to support Marcello Mastroianni and Jack Renaud’s combined five-inning no-hitter as Ranney (8-1) handed St. Mary’s (10-1) its first loss of the season. The Panthers rebounded from a 3-2 loss to Rumson-Fair Haven with a dominating performance. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s high school baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health East Brunswick 4 South Brunswick 2 East Brunswick defeated South Brunswick 4-2 to improve to 6-4. The Bears trailing 1-0 for most of the afternoon got a lift in the fifth inning off a solo home run from Jason Agrait to tie the game at 1-1, they tacked on two more runs in the inning. Despite giving up a home run in the second, Michael Marchese finished with 12 strike outs and two earned runs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. Delsea 9 Woodstown 2 The Crusaders took an early lead and never looked back, running their record to (7-1). Konnor Reilly paced Delsea with three RBIs on the day. Jake Watson struck out six in five innings of work to earn the win on the mound. Lucas Prendergast had an RBI for Woodstown (4-4) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Buena 4 Schalick 1 The Chiefs led 2-1 after some first inning fireworks, and battled for a hard-fought win to stay undefeated. Zach Strouse picked up a complete game win on the mound with five strikeouts. Brady Betts knocked in a pair of RBIs in the win for Buena (6-0). Cole DuBois had the lone RBI in the loss for Schalick (4-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights: JSZ baseball highlights are brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
North Hunterdon’s Pitching, Defense Powers Win over Hillsborough
After a rocky start to the 2022 season, North Hunterdon (5-5) has settled in and found their groove. Their latest victory, a 4-2 win over Hillsborough (2-2), extended their winning streak to four consecutive games. Freshman Camryn Campbell was stellar in the circle. She tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts while her defense helped with a number of heads up plays throughout the course of this Skyland Conference showdown. The Lions plated all four runs in the first inning and rode the lead from that point on. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Diamond Nation in Flemington: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville.
EHT Outlasts Spirit in 10 Innings
Egg Harbor Twp. 3 Holy Spirit 2 (10 innings) The Eagles trailed 1-0 in the seventh inning, but scratched a run across before going on to beat the Spartans in extra innings. Rutgers commit Justin Sweeney was outstanding on the mound, striking out eight in 8+ innings of work. Coastal Carolina commit Cam Flukey got the final five outs to earn the win for EHT (6-1). Van Patten struck out six in eight innings of work for Holy Spirit (6-3). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from an epic Cape-Atlantic League clash in Absecon: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Tuesday 4.19 JSZ Girls Lacrosse Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you a pair of big-time girls lacrosse matchups on Spring Break week. We’ve got Moorestown paying a visit to Oak Knoll and a Shore Conference showdown between RFH and Manasquan! Oak Knoll 8 Moorestown 6 | Girls No. 2 Oak Knoll improved to 6-1 following a close 8-6 victory over Moorestown in a rematch of last year’s Tournament of Champions Final. The Royals held onto a 4-3 lead at halftime, but Moorestown with two goals from Meg McNulty would jump in front 5-4 to begin the second. Oak Knoll responded with four straight goals to secure the win. Sophia Loschert and Caroline Sheridan both finished with two goals, Loschert also had an assist. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our state lacrosse coverage. Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Manasquan 8 | Girls Elliott Van Nice’s fourth goal of the game with 1:42 remaining gave the Bulldogs a come from behind win at home. Ava Chiarella gave Manasquan an 8-7 lead before RFH answered with a Rachel James goal to tie things up. James drew a double team and fed Van Nice for the game winner. RFH improves to 7-2 setting the stage for a huge game on Thursday at Trinity Hall in a battle of defending state champions. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is made possible by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway Fox&Roach Realtors
Avery Kontura of Steinert Takes Home Week One Central Jersey Game Ball
Avery Kontura has been a driving force for Steinert in 2022. Kontura has helped lead the sixth ranked Spartans to an 8-1 record and currently has 20 RBI’s. In their 5-4 win over Notre Dame, Kontura belted a three run home run in the top of the sixth give Steinert a late lead. The fans have spoken and she is our first JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball Winner of the season! Watch her ceremony below: This poll was compromised with votes from outside the USA. Below are the results of the poll taking out the illegal votes. Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Steinert coverage.
Steinert Continues Dominant Play In Mercer County With Big Win Over Trenton
Steinert 29 Trenton 0 No. 6 Steinert defeated Trenton 29-0 to improve to 8-1. The Spartans went ahead 21-0 after the first inning as Paige Schultz went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s, Avery Kontura was 3-5 with 4 RBI’s, Ceara O’Neal finished 3-3 with 4 RBI’s and Maddie Kausch led the way going 3-5 with 5 RBI’s. Katie Simonka finished with no earned runs, just two hits allowed and nine strike outs through four innings. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton and Steinert coverage.
Cashion’s Career Day Leads RFH to Top 10 Win
It wasn’t a fashion statement, but a “Cashion Statement” for Rumson-Fair Haven on Monday morning. Junior attack Cole Cashion exploded for a career-high six goals and eight total points as RFH (7-1) downed Bridgewater-Raritan (7-1), 12-4, in a battle of Top 10 ranked teams in the Garden State. The Bulldogs led 6-1 at the half and controlled the game from the opening face-off. Tommy French also notched a hat trick in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Bridgewater: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Colts Neck Busts Out Bats in Little Silver
We’ve got Monday high school baseball action from the Shore Conference. Watch the highlights of Colts Neck’s win over Red Bank Regional! Colts Neck 16 Red Bank Regional 2 (5 Innings) Tyler Spencer launched a two-run homer and pitched four strong innings on the hill and the Cougars put the game away with an 11-run fifth inning to improve to 5-2 on the season. Chris Scully added a two-run homer with Brad Salamone and Dan Cohen each having two-RBI games. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of Monday morning Shore Conference baseball from Little Silver: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
UVA Commit Donovan Zsak Makes Comeback For St. Joseph (Met.) After Missing Junior Season
Donovan Zsak’s road to recovery was anything but typical. After Covid-19 cancelled the 2020 baseball season, The Last Dance Tournament offered high school players a chance to compete against one another in the summer. Zsak pitched for St. Joseph Metuchen but required Tommy John surgery after the tournament, ultimately keeping him off the mound for his entire junior year. When Donovan Zsak hit the hill for his senior year in 2022, the University of Virginia commit left no doubt as one of the top arm talents in the state; finishing with 10 strike outs and no earned runs. In his follow up performance Zsak had 12 K’s for the Falcons against South Brunswick. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from Metuchen:
Girls Flag Football is Taking NJ by Storm!
If you had to guess, what would you consider to be the fastest growing sport in New Jersey? Talk to a few hundred female athletes around the state and they’ll all say flag football. Thanks to the New York Jets and the New York Giants, girls flag football here in the Garden State is expanding and exploding across North Jersey and the Shore Conference in Year Two. Varsity football coaches are coaching and two sport athletes are getting in the mix. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Rich Chrampanis have the story on female athletes who are taking advantage of a great chance to play football:
Vote Now For The Second Round of JSZ Spring Game Balls
It’s time to once again recognize the best baseball and softball performances from around the Garden State. Our JSZ team has combed the box scores to find the best individual efforts in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central nominations) North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey
No. 1 Mountain Lakes Remains Perfect At 6-0 With Win Over Rival No. 7 Delbarton
Mountain Lakes 14 Delbarton 9 | Boys No. 1 Mountain Lakes remains undefeated at 6-0 following a 14-9 win over No. 7 Delbarton. Green Wave scored first, but Mountain Lakes answering with four goals would take a 5-2 lead after one quarter of play. A big third quarter saw the Lakers jump out to a 12-8 lead, Jimmy Elliot and Reid Tietjen added two more goals in the fourth. Tietjen finished with three goals and four assists, Caz Kosten ended the afternoon with four goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Morristown: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our lacrosse coverage.
Watch Saturday 4.16 JSZ Baseball Highlights
A late addition to the schedule brings us a showdown of Top-10 teams in the state. That headlines our baseball coverage here on Saturday. Check out all the highlights as they roll in! Rumson-Fair Haven 3 Ranney 2 A complete game, three-hitter from Wake Forest commit Charlie Jones powered Rumson-Fair Haven (8-0) to a win against fellow Top-10 state ranked Ranney (6-1). Ranney held a one-run lead in the sixth inning before the Bulldogs rallied with a pair of runs to jump in front for good. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors. Wall 7 Jackson Liberty 3 Jerry Winchester hit a solo homer in the 5th inning to provide insurance as the Crimson Knights pick up a fourth straight win to improve to 5-2 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Wall is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Liberty is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood
Week 1 Game Balls Awarded to North Jersey Players
The first full week of the spring sports season got us started off on the right foot. A pair of top-notch pitching performances highlight the Week 1 North Jersey Game Ball winners. Watch their presentations now! Freshman DiSalvo Dominates Oak Knoll Olivia DiSalvo has been as good as advertised this season for Scotch Plains-Fanwood. The freshman began her high school pitching career with a masterful, five-inning one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts against Oak Knoll. DiSalvo accounted for nearly 43 percent of the vote to win the award. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Olivia with her award this week: Crandall Cruises by Garfield with Baker’s Dozen of Punchouts In the first start of his senior season, Stephen Crandall tossed six strong innings along with 13 strikeouts in an 8-1 win over Garfield on April 6. Crandall only gave up a single earned run and walked no batters in his season debut. He accounted for 30.3 percent of the vote total to bring home the award. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Stephen with the game ball this week:
Watch Friday 4.15 JSZ Baseball & Softball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of Friday games for you to help begin the holiday weekend! Cedar Creek 6 West Deptford 4 | Baseball The Pirates grinded out a victory on the road over the Eagles. David Claudio helped pace the Cedar Creek offense with a double and two RBIs. John McColl and Kyle Jones also drove in runs for Creek (3-2) in the victory. Shea McKenna hit a solo home run for West Deptford (3-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Union Field: Clayton 10 GCIT 0 (6 innings) | Softball The Lady Clippers remain undefeated against New Jersey competition behind a one-hit shutout from starting pitcher Meadow Lake. The junior racked up eleven strikeouts, going the distance on the mound for Clayton (7-1). Gianna Ettore and Maddie Manera finished with 3 RBIs each to lead the way offensively. Aubrey Menold’s fourth inning single broke up a perfect game in the loss for GCIT (6-3). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from this Tri-County Conference clash: JSZ’s baseball and softball coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.