Delbarton’s Michael Long Named UA 2019 All-American
New Jersey is known for its immense lacrosse talent and it seems that the national evaluators are catching on as well. Delbarton attackman Michael Long became the second Garden State player to be named as a roster member for Under Armour’s 2019 All-American Game. The announcement, which was the second installment of four, came earlier this week. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Michael Long here: Long, committed to Cornell University, has been a key scorer for the Green Wave over his last three seasons. As a junior last year, he collected a career-high 51 points on 30 goals and 21 assists. Long has been off to a hot start in 2019, too, as he’s already on pace to top those numbers. He has 11 goals and 18 assists this season as Delbarton sits at 5-2. In conjunction with @CSELax and @UALacrosse, we're pleased to announce Wave 2 of the @UnderArmour All-America rosters:Boys: https://t.co/tV1K0mkYOvGirls: https://t.co/IsRAMdLjul@ILPreps @ILWomen— Inside Lacrosse (@Inside_Lacrosse) April 16, 2019 Long now joins Manasquan attackman and Penn State commit Canyon Birch as New Jersey’s two representatives to the team so far. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Canyon Birch here:
Morgan Fitzpatrick of Washington Twp. Wins NJM Insurance Week 2 Game Ball
Minutemaids standout Morgan Fitzpatrick earned the South Jersey Week Two Softball Game Ball for her performance against Lenape. Fitzpatrick went 4-5 with a double and four runs scored to help Washington Township beat one of its Olympic Conference rivals. Check out Morgan’s ceremony: Take Our Poll Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Balls! Know of a player who should be nominated? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Polls open each week on Sunday.
Watch Wednesday 4.17 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ brings you baseball highlights Wednesday night with wins coming from pair of private schools over the public school counterparts. Enjoy the highlights from Gloucester Catholic vs. Pennsville and Hun vs. Middletown South! Gloucester Catholic 13 Pennsville 0 The Rams rolled to victory in five innings thanks to a monster game from Tyler Cannon. The Iona commit hit a three-run homer and finished with five RBIs. Florida State commit Lillo Paxia went 3-3 with three RBIs. Rider commit Luke Lesch allowed just one hit in four innings of work on the mound to earn the win. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Tri-County Conference clash: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance! Hun 8 Middletown South 1 Starting pitcher Andy Blake did a little bit of everything Wednesday night, as he struck out eight batters and also knocked in two runs via a double to help power Hun to an 8-1 win over Middletown South. The Raiders have proven to be one of the most well-rounded teams the Garden State has to offer in 2019. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Middletown: Dual Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ’s in-depth highlight packages can only be made thanks to our loyal sponsors. We were able to be on hand for this out-of-conference showdown thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Hun) and Monmouth Building Center of Shrewsbury (Middletown South).
Robbinsville’s Devon Witt hits grand slam in seventh to hold off Steinert!
Robbinsville 9 Steinert 5 It was one of the must see softball matchups of the year as reigning Tournament of Champions Winner’s No. 8 Steinert hosted No. 7 Robbinsville. These two programs have both brought home State Title’s the past few seasons and Wednesday morning’s matchup proved why. After scoring the first run of the game Robbinsville tried to play catch up with the Spartans as they would lead 6-3 thanks to not one, but two homeruns from Catcher Alex Haley. However, in the top of the seventh inning while trailing 7-5 and the bases loaded Devon Witt having already driven in two runs earlier hit a grand slam to give the Ravens a 9-5 lead. Her shot to right field would ultimately be the deciding factor. Robbinsville’s Olivia Moser also collected her 100th career hit and went 2-4 including a homerun of her own. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Robbinsville and Steinert coverage!
Montgomery’s Tori Ferraiolo Wins North Jersey Game Ball!
Montgomery High School’s Tori Ferraiolo took home the Week 2 North Jersey Softball Game Ball for her performance during the game against North Hunterdon. The Gettysburg commit finished the game with a one-hit shutout and 13 Ks. Check out Tori’s full ceremony right now:
Pascack Hills Tops Mahwah in Battle of Bergen County Unbeatens
Pascack Hills put together a truly remarkable season last year as they finished as county, sectional and state champions — but the Cowboys certainly don’t seem complacent in 2019 after such a stellar year. Pascack Hills employed a dangerous and balanced attack to take down undefeated Mahwah, 11-1 on Tuesday afternoon, to also keep their own unbeaten record intact. Villanova commit Brandon Siegenthaler led the way and was electric on the mound, collecting eight punch-outs over six innings of one-run ball. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Mahwah:
Watch Tuesday 4.16 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
Moorestown 9 Lenape 7 – Boys The Quakers snapped a four-game losing streak with a key win over the Indians in this clash of top-20 teams. Ben Cantwell led the charge for Moorestown with four goals. Nick Cataline added three goals in the victory. Mason Bregman scored three goals for Lenape in the loss, while Bryce Reece added two. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: A big thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Moorestown! No. 19 Manasquan 11 Red Bank Catholic 9 – Girls Lacrosse An exciting Top 10 Girls Lacrosse Showdown took place in Manasquan on Tuesday afternoon. The Manasquan Warriors defeated the Red Bank Catholic Caseys for the third straight time. High Point University commit, Jenna Harms, led the way for the Warriors, scoring six goals. Ohio State University commit, Janie Cowley, scored the second highest number of goals with three. The Manasquan Warriors continue to be the No. 2 girls lacrosse team in the Shore Conference. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full highlights from Manasquan: Sponsor! Thank you to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic! West Windsor-Plainsboro North 19 Hopewell Valley 10 – Girls Lacrosse After dropping their first two games of the 2019 season, West Windsor-Plainsboro North has now won five in a row. The Knights latest 19-10 victory was headlined by Maria Tello and Jillian Pelosi who both finished the day with five goals a piece. Sydney Vogel and Emma Lilleywhite would also score hat tricks. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our West Windsor-Plainsboro North and Hopewell Valley coverage!
Watch Monday 4.15 JSZ LAX Highlights
The last bit of chilly weather makes for yet another great day of lacrosse in New Jersey. Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you statewide coverage from Monday with highlights coming from a thriller between No. 1 Moorestown vs. No. 7 Rumson Fair-Haven; Toms River North upsetting Howell thanks to a last-minute goal; Steinert pouring in over two dozen goals to top North Brunswick; and the Trinity Hall girls collecting another “W.” Enjoy all the highlights! Steinert 14 North Brunswick 10 – Boys Steinert continues to be one of the premiere teams to watch coming out of Central Jersey this year. The Spartans picked up their third straight win with a 14-10 victory over North Brunswick. Cole Nelson finished with four goals and seven assists while Evan McGovern had five goals and two assists. Steinert improves to 7-1. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Steinert coverage! Toms River North 5 Howell 4 – Boys Lacrosse Toms River North weathered a Howell storm — and howling winds gusting over 40 miles per hour — to complete the upset and take down the Rebels in a thrilling 5-4 game. Scoring came at a premium and the Mariners were there to cash in with only 67 second remaining and Kevin Grodzicki sunk the game winner. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to bring you these highlights and interviews of Toms River North’s upset win thanks to our loyal sponsor of all Mariner athletics, CJA Construction! Moorestown 9 Rumson-Fair Haven 8 (OT) – Girls Lacrosse Ashley Nutt’s third goal of the game came with :59 seconds to go in overtime to give the Quakers a second straight overtime win on the road. Rumson-Fair Haven had a 6-4 lead at the 16 minute mark before Moorestown scored four straight goals to take an 8-6 lead. RFH rallied as Cassie James scored her 100th career goal to tie the game. Chase Boyle had four goals and two assists in a losing effort. Watch the highlights from a thriller in Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Moorestown is made possible from our friends at NJM Insurance Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac Trinity Hall 15 Wall 9 – Girls Lacrosse Trinity Hall picked up their eighth season win on Monday, improving their overall record to 8-1. Trinity Hall’s Colleen Kelly and Haven Dora have been two key players for the Monarchs so far this season. Kelly scored the game-high of six goals during the game against Wall. Dora scored the second highest with five goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Colts Neck: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone is being brought to you by Trinity Hall in Tinton Falls!
Hammonton Beats Delsea in Key South Jersey Softball Clash
Hammonton 6 Delsea 4 Allie Bishop drove in three runs for the Blue Devils, including the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Marissa Passarella also had a key RBI in the win. Gianna Cava homered for the Crusaders in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this key Tri-County Conference match-up: Coverage of Delsea is brought to you by NJM Insurance!
Mind-Boggling Pitching Performances, Batting Feats Headline Week 2 Spring Game Balls
After two weeks of the baseball and softball season, we’re really starting to see some special performances. The Jersey Sports Zone team has scoured the state nominating the top players and performances from the diamond. Cast your vote now for our second Game Balls of the 2019 spring sports season! We have ten nominees from baseball and softball in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winners of our polls will receive a JSZ Game Ball at a mid-week practice or game. Coaches, players and fans can nominate a player for a JSZ Game Ball by emailing us by Saturday night: North Jersey- Jay Cook (Jay@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey – Mike Frankel (MikeFrankel@JerseySportsZone.com) Central Jersey- Rich Chrampanis (Rich@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey Game Balls (Presented by NJM Insurance) Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 4.13 JSZ Baseball Highlights
The Autism Awareness Challenge features teams from all over New Jersey coming out for three days of non-stop action at North Brunswick Community Park. JSZ brings you three games from Saturday highlighted by Jack Leiter’s 2019 NJ debut for Delbarton against RBC, plus Steinert comes through with late inning drama to top Colonia and Jackson Memorial serves notice to the state that they are one of the most dangerous lineups in the Garden State. Watch all the action now! Delbarton 9 Red Bank Catholic 7 Shawn Rapp launched a three-run homer and locked down the save in the seventh inning as NJ’s top ranked team raced out to a 7-0 lead and needed to hold off a late innings comeback from the Caseys. Jack Leiter hit 96 on the radar gun with a number of MLB scouts watching and struck out 10 over five innings. But RBC was able to connect for 10 hits in five innings off the ace for three runs. The Caseys rallied for four runs in the 7th, but Rapp ended the game with a strikeout with the winning run at the plate. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from North Brunswick Here’s a look at Leiter’s start and all ten of his strikeouts: Steinert 2 Colonia 1 (8 innings) Josh James launched a game tying solo home run to left with one out in the 7th inning and followed it up with a sacrifice fly in the 8th to plate CJ Pittaro with the game winning run as the Spartans improve to 6-1-1 on the season. Casey Navarro throws eight innings to get a complete game win allowing just one run and striking out seven. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the sophomore who came through twice for the Spartans Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Steinert is made possible thanks to the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Jackson Memorial 16 Somerville 1 The Jaguars erupt for nine innings in the first run and added three more in the second followed by back to back homers by Carmine Petosa and Ryan Lasko in the third on the way to their sixth win of the season. Ahmir Cournier also went deep for the Jags. Watch the highlights from the Autism Awareness Challenge
Watch Saturday 4.13 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
Westfield 13 Columbia 3 – Boys No. 15 Westfield picked up their third straight win with a 13-3 victory over Columbia. The Blue Devils went ahead 5-0 early thanks to Devon McLane who had a hat trick in the first quarter. Jake Engleke who would also finish with a hat trick tacked on two scores in the second to help them take a commanding 8-2 lead at halftime. McLane would end the say with six goals total as Westfield improves to 5-3. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! Moorestown 9 Haddonfield 8 (OT) – Girls Kayla Frank scored in overtime to lift #1 Moorestown over #5 Haddonfield in a thriller. Janey Galski led the Quakers with three goals, while Dylan Silar added two. Logan Lillie made six saves, including a huge stop as time expired in regulation. McKenzie Blake and Wayden Ay each scored three goals for the Haddons in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this marquee match-up: Moorestown coverage and Haddonfield coverage is proudly brought to you by our friends at NJM Insurance!
Watch Friday 4.12 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Friday night baseball takes the JSZ team around the Garden State. Holy Spirit and Buena battled to the end in South Jersey, Ridge gets a pitching gem for a home win over Phillipsburg, CBA breaks out the bats and a shutout from Evan Mahns, plus Lawrence and Steinert can’t settle a winner. Holy Spirit 7 Buena 6 Steven Petrosh hit a solo home run to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Petrosh went 3-4 in the game. Jimmy Pasquale, Shane Solari, JJ Spots and Brandon Castellini also drove in runs for the Spartans in the win. Juice Del Valle drove in a pair of runs for the Chiefs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League United Division showdown: Steinert 6 Lawrence 6 It’s not everyday you need with an anomaly like a baseball game ending in a tie, for Lawrence it’s the second time this season they’ve known this dissatisfying feeling. Friday’s matchup Colonial Valley Conference division matchup saw eight lead changes and nine innings, yet it still wasn’t enough to decide a winner. Lawrence took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning before Steinert would eventually go ahead 4-3 in the fourth. The slug fest would continue into extra innings and after the Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the ninth officials claimed it would be too dark to finish. Junior Chris Nevius finished with 3 RBI’s for Lawrence. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Lawrence and Steinert coverage! CBA 7 Freehold Boro 0 Evan Mahns throws a complete game shutout for his first varsity win and Pat Reilly’s solo blast highlights a balanced CBA offensive attack in a home win. Mason Wolff had a pair of hits and two RBI’s in the victory. JSZ has the highlights of Shore Conference baseball Thanks to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Freehold Boro Colonials Ridge 3 Phillipsburg 0 Cooper Bobowicz didn’t care about the rainy and wet conditions when he was on the hill. “Coop” threw a gem against the Stateliners, going seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts on only 93 pitches. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and postgame reaction from Basking Ridge: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg athletics all year long is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club.
Ryleigh White Wins Week One North Jersey Game Ball
Immaculate Heart Academy’s Ryleigh White took home the Week 1 Game Ball for her performance during the game against Donovan Catholic. White finished the game with a home run and three RBI’s. Check out her full ceremony online right now: Take Our Poll
Hermits Furey wins NJM Insurance South Jersey Week One Game Ball
St. Augustine’s Brian Furey won the South Jersey Week One Game Ball for his performance against Egg Harbor Township. The Navy commit went 3-3 with two 2Bs and 3 RBIs to lead the Hermits to victory. Check out Brian’s ceremony: Take Our Poll Thanks to NJM Insurance for allowing us to honor South Jersey athletes all year long. Coming up on Sunday, we’ll have 10 more SJ nominees for baseball and softball. Email email@example.com for any nominations for this week’s Game Balls!
Watch Thursday 4.11 JSZ Lax Highlights
What a Thursday it was on the New Jersey lacrosse scene. JSZ was on hand for two mega-showdowns between top teams on both the boys and girls side. Tonight’s highlights are from Seton Hall Prep’s Connell Kumar delivering an unforgettable performance against Delbarton and the Rumson-Fair Haven girls extending a remarkable win streak in a tough fight against Red Bank Catholic. Enjoy all the highlights! Seton Hall Prep 13 Delbarton 9 – Boys Lacrosse This is one junior attackman and University of Virginia commit Connell Kumar will never forget. Kumar caught fire in the first 25 minutes of this game as he pumped in a staggering seven goals while tacking on an additional assist as the Pirates sent shockwaves across New Jersey. Seton Hall Prep has staked their claim as the best team in the Garden State after taking down the three-time reigning TOC champions. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and interviews from West Orange: Rumson-Fair Haven 11 Red Bank Catholic 10 The streak is still alive! The Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse program has put together one of the most impressive streaks in recent memory — they’ve now won 111 straight Shore Conference wins. It was also the Battle of the Boyle Sisters — Chase and Mac. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand for this exciting Shore Conference game thanks to two of our loyal sponsors — Gold Coast Cadillac (RFH) and Playa Bowls (RBC).
Watch Thursday 4.11 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Old Bridge 8 Monroe 2 It’s never a dull moment when Greater Middlesex Conference rivals Old Bridge and Monroe get together. Thursday’s matchup saw the Knights hand Monroe their first loss of the season. OB got things started at the plate early putting up five runs in the first inning. Both teams would trade blows in the fourth and fifth inning each adding two runs. However thanks to a complete game pitching performance from Matt Baker who allowed just five hits, two earned runs and served up six strikeouts Old Bridge was able to maintain their composure. Elliot Hayward and Mike Oliva would also go 2-4 on the day with Oliva adding an RBI. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage! St. Augustine 4 Vineland 2 Cole Vanderslice scattered three hits over six-plus innings of work to earn the win for the Hermits. Rob Ready crushed a two-run homer to pace the offense. Kevin Foreman went 2-3 and scored a pair of runs for St. Augustine. David Hunsberger had an RBI single for the Fighting Clan in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League American Division battle:
Gianni Rana Wins Week 1 Central Jersey Game Ball
Leonia’s Gianni Rana took home the Week 1 North Jersey Game Ball for his performance during the game against Bergen Charter. He walked away with five RBI’s. Check out Gianni’s full ceremony online right now:
Jordyn Graime Wins Week 1 Central Jersey Game Ball
Manalapan’s Jordyn Graime won the Week 1 Central Jersey Game Ball for her performance during the game against Freehold Township. She finished the game with two home runs and four RBI’s. Check out Jordyn’s full ceremony online right now:
Madison Gugel Wins NJM Insurance Week 1 South Jersey Game Ball
Paulsboro’s Madison Gugel earned the South Jersey Week One Game Ball for her performance in the Red Raiders’ win over Camden Tech. Gugel went 4-6 with a HR, a 2B, and two RBIs. Check out her full ceremony: Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are brought to you by NJM Insurance!
Watch Wednesday 4.10 JSZ Lax Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is thrilled to bring you statewide lacrosse coverage from two of the state’s must see matchups — Mountain Lakes battling with Ridgewood on the boys side and Haddonfield making a statement against the Allentown girls. Enjoy the highlights! Mountain Lakes 6 Ridgewood 4 – Boys Lacrosse Mountain Lakes kept their hot streak going this season with yet another statement win, this one coming against Ridgewood in a battle of arguably the two best public school squads in New Jersey. Backup goalie Alex Kuehm got the start and made a staggering 13 saves in his first career start to help secure the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Mountain Lakes: Haddonfield 14 Allentown 5 – Girls Lacrosse No. 5 Haddonfield still remains one of the last undefeated teams in New Jersey. Their latest 14-5 victory over No.11 Allentown was just another day at the office for the Bulldawgs. Sophomore phenom McKenzie Blake captured five goals in the first half alone to help take a 9-2 lead at the break. Blake would finish with seven goals overall putting her at a career 112 in just her second season. Ashley Campo and Wayden Ay also found net twice for Haddonfield as they improve to 5-0. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Haddonfield coverage!
Watch Wednesday 4.10 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Haddonfield 5 West Deptford 0 Rider University commit Dylan Heine tossed a complete game shutout, striking out nine for the Haddons. Alex Kadar, R.J. Mroz, and Steve DiTomasso each finished with an RBI in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Colonial Conference rivalry game: Haddonfield coverage is proudly brought to you by our friends at NJM Insurance! Rumson-Fair Haven 6 Monmouth Regional 5 The Bulldogs rally for two runs in the sixth inning to secure a series split with their Shore Conference divisional foe. Monmouth Regional scored a 14-0 win on Monday, but RFH bounced back in a big way at home. Kevin Shanes threw five innings giving up just one run and striking out six to get the win. Freshman Michael Amendola pitches a scoreless seventh to get the save. Watch the highlights of Shore Conference baseball in Rumson: Thanks to two great sponsors for allowing us to bring you this game. Gold Coast Cadillac (RFH) and Monmouth Building Center (Monmouth Regional) are the reason we can bring you action from these two great schools all year long!
Will Baranello Wins Week 1 Central Jersey Game Ball
Point Beach’s Will Baranello took home the Central Jersey Week One Game Ball for his performance during the game against Keansburg. He finished the game with a no-hitter and 11 K’s. Check out his full ceremony right now: Take Our Poll Thanks to everyone who voted in last week’s poll. Coming up on Sunday, we’ll have ten more nominees for both baseball and softball in Central Jersey. If you have any nominees, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
RBC’s Gordinier commits to Boston College
One of the top returning players from Red Bank Catholic’s state championship team has committed to play football in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles. Charlie Gordinier saw his offers skyrocket following an outstanding junior season that saw 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and an interception. He also came on late in the season at tight end making a number of key catches. He’s projected at tight end at the next level. Gordinier held 14 FBS offers including LSU, UCLA, Michigan State, Syracuse and Maryland before choosing the Eagles. Gordinier will be reunited with teammates (QB Steve Lubischer) at BC, but first Charlie will be one of the top players in the Shore Conference looking to lead the Caseys to back to back state titles. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel from Charlie Gordinier’s junior season: I am extremely blessed and excited to say that I am committed to Boston College to further my academic and athletic career! #DecideToFly 🦅 pic.twitter.com/SJOWksw191— Charlie Gordinier (@cgordinier22) April 10, 2019
Watch Tuesday 4.9 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
Red Bank Catholic 11 Trinity Hall 7 – Girls Lacrosse The Red Bank Catholic Caseys improved their overall record to 7-1 on Tuesday evening, defeating the Trinity Hall Monarchs 11-7. The game was tied 6-6 at the half. However, RBC came back, scoring five goals in the second half. Georgian Court commit, Riley O’Connor, scored the game-high with four goals. Jacksonville commit, Mackenzie Boyle, scored three goals, and Reilly Traynor scored two. Franklin & Marshall commit, Grace Gargiulo, scored one goal along with Abi George. Trinity Hall’s Haven Dora scored the team-high for the Monarchs with three goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Red Bank: Sponsors! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is being brought to you by Playa Bowls in Red Bank!! Jersey Sports Zone is being brought to you by Trinity Hall in Tinton Falls!!
Watch Tuesday 4.9 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Bad weather certainly had no effect on NJ’s pitchers Tuesday afternoon. JSZ was on hand for four games and captured some thrilling performances on the hill, including Howell throwing a combined 19 strikeout no-hitter and Mike Walter and Jacob Denner throwing complete games with 11 and 9 strikeout performances, respectively. Enjoy all the highlights! Howell 1 Long Branch 0 Bryan Bernard and Ryan Bearse combine on a 19 strikeout no-hitter in a remarkable pitching effort as the Rebels made the most of a Kyle Brex sacrifice fly to score a 1-0 road win. Bernard was amazing throwing six innings with just two walks and a staggering 17 strikeouts. The senior left hander was at 106 pitches through six innings and with the NJSIAA pitch limit at 110, there was no chance of going the distance for the no-hitter. Bearse struck out two more to seal the no-hitter. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from Long Branch High: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch High is made possible by Rosario Realty Notre Dame 7 East Brunswick 5 Notre Dame improved to 4-0 after surviving a late inning emotional rollercoaster to East Brunswick. The Irish got ahead early thanks to Nick Feretic and Mike Kane who combined for 6 RBI’s in the first two innings. However, the Bears did some hitting of their own in the fifth before a 30 minute rain delay had them down just 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh. Feretic completed his performance by striking out the last three batters to secure the W. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage! Bergen Catholic 10 DePaul 0 University of Michigan commit and southpaw hurler Jacob Denner paid no attention to the unattractive weather Tuesday as he threw a five inning complete game shutout with nine strikeouts for the Crusaders as they mercy-ruled DePaul, a division rival. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the action from Breslin Field in Lyndhurst: Hammonton 7 Williamstown 2 Mike Walter threw a complete game, striking out 11 to lead the Blue Devils to victory. Jared Beebe paced Hammonton at the plate with a three-run homer. Jake Lintner knocked in a pair of runs in the win as well. Mike Constanzo had an RBI single for the Braves in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Tri-County Conference Royal Division rumble:
Watch Monday 4.8 JSZ Baseball Highlights
JSZ was at two baseball diamonds Monday afternoon and we’ll have highlights from a pair of stunning upsets — Hillsborough topping Hunterdon Central after being swept last year and The Hun School raising some eyebrows with a statement win against St. Augustine Prep. Enjoy the highlights! Hun 8 St. Augustine 5 In a clash of two undefeated state baseball powers it was Hun that remained perfect on the year with a 8-5 win over St. Augustine. The Raiders took an early 4-0 lead before St. Augustine got within one run in the third inning. As the back and forth battle continued Carson Applegate and Jack Erbeck went yard in the fifth and sixth inning to help Hun improve to 7-0 on the year. Pitcher Andy Blake finished with six strikeouts and 2 RBI’s. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage! Hillsborough 7 Hunterdon Central 4 Mike Swetz cranked two home runs while DH Vince Gambardella chipped in with a homer and a game-high 4 RBI’s as Hillsborough brought down their division rival. The win comes after the Red Devils swept the Raiders in two games last season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hillsborough: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to our loyal sponsor, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand for these great highlights!
Watch Monday 4.8 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
Monday lacrosse has two great boys lacrosse matchups on JSZ. We’ve got a big South Jersey showdown between Shawnee and Cherokee plus Saint John Vianney has a big offensive output on the road at RBC. Watch the highlights now! Shawnee 11 Cherokee 9 – Boys Lacrosse Chris Lyons pumped in five goals to lead the way for the Renegades. The Yale University recruit scored four of them in the third period to spark a Shawnee comeback. David Giordano added three goals in the win, while Freddie Mac scored twice in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this district rivalry game featuring two top-20 teams: Saint John Vianney 20 Red Bank Catholic 12 Andrew Gosse had 6 points and 2 assists and three other Lancers had a four goal game to help SJV improve to 5-1 on the season. Rutgers OL signee CJ Hanson, Anthony Brett and Mike D’Anzeri all found the net four times. JSZ has the highlights from Shore Conference action in Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Playa Bowls at 14 West Front Street in Red Bank
Vote for first JSZ Game Balls of Spring!
The Jersey Sports Zone team has scoured the state nominating the top players from the diamond. Cast your vote now for our first Game Balls of the 2019 spring sports season. We have ten nominees from baseball and softball in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winners of our polls will receive a JSZ Game Ball at a mid-week practice or game. Coaches, players and fans can nominate a player for a JSZ Game Ball by emailing us by Saturday night: North (email@example.com) South (firstname.lastname@example.org) Central (email@example.com) South Jersey Game Balls presented by NJM Insurance Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Strike Out Autism HS Baseball Highlights
The Shore Conference had its sixth annual Strike Out Autism with doubleheaders across Monmouth and Ocean County raising money for autism awareness. JSZ has highlights from Red Bank as Shore Regional and Red Bank Regional started things off on Saturday morning followed by the host school RBC facing Middletown South Middletown South 5 Red Bank Catholic 3 Anthony Esposito broke a 1-1 tie in the 6th inning with an RBI single to center to spark a four run frame and Jack Lisowski pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win as the Eagles upset the #8 ranked team in the state. Lisowski missed his entire junior season with a torn labrum and came on in relief of Jack Roesch in the fifth inning of a 1-1 game for his first game in nearly two years. Lisowski worked out of jams in each of the final three innings and struck out four. JSZ has the highlights of a great Shore Conference matchup in Red Bank: We capture great moments from Middletown South thanks to the support of Monmouth Building Center who sponsors our Eagles coverage Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Playa Bowls at 14 West Front Street in Red Bank Shore Regional 7 Red Bank Regional 3 Cody Fleischer was 2-3 with a homer and 3 RBI’s and Sam Martucci pitched five strong innings to give the Blue Devils their second win of the season. Shore wiped out a 2-0 deficit with five unanswered runs. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional is made possible by our friends at Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver
Watch Saturday 4.6 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
Saturdays in the spring mean plenty of lacrosse action across the Garden State. JSZ has you covered with highlights of three games which include Delbarton getting the best of a Pennsylvania prep school squad; and Bridgewater-Raritan’s Alex Fromberg pushing the Panthers with his first career hat trick. On the girls side, Ridgewood and Oak Knoll meet in a rematch of last year’s Tournament of Champions. Enjoy the highlights! Delbarton 8 Malvern Prep (PA) 7 Delbarton has become familiar with tough out-of-state competition and Saturday was no different. After giving up two early scores to Malvern Prep, Delbarton put together seven unanswered goals which gave them enough fuel in the tank to push past the Friars in a thrilling game. Stanford football commit Lukas Ungar and fellow junior Jack Cerza both notched two goals apiece in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights form Morristown: Bridgewater-Raritan 12 Watchung Hills 9 Everything seemed to be working for the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers, and that especially was the case for junior Alex Fromberg. Fromberg pumped in a trio of goals to secure his first career hat trick in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Bridgewater: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and cover this game thanks to a pair of our loyal sponsors — Princeton Orthopaedic Associates and Total Rehab & Sports Medicine, based out of Bridgewater. Ridgewood 14 Oak Knoll 8 – Girls Lacrosse Notre Dame commit Jackie Wolak was one of three Maroons to tally a hat trick in a matchup of two top-five ranked teams. Annie McCarthy and Keely Bennett also scored three times for 5-0 Ridgewood, who scored three straight goals to close out the first half to take an 8-6 lead and controlled the second half outscoring the Royals 6-2. Katie Duttenhofer had five goals in a losing effort. JSZ has the highlights from one of the big early regular season showdowns in girls lacrosse:
Millville Wins Ron Vinick Softball Tournament
Millville 9 Clearview 1 The Thunderbolts won the Ron Vinick Tournament for the third year in a row on their home field. Mahogany Wheeler was named tournament MVP. Wheeler went 3 for 3 at the plate with a double and an RBI. She also struck out seven in a complete game effort in the circle. Abbi Markee and Liv Powers each finished with two RBIs for Millville in the win. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Watch Friday 4.5 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
A rainy Friday in New Jersey did not prevent some big time boys lacrosse matchups. JSZ brings you Manasquan’s dominant effort vs. CBA plus a big win for the Lawrence Cardinals against Mercer County rival Steinert Manasquan 15 CBA 4 Ryan Anderson scored a career high five goals and Canyon Birch added four more to his staggering career total (290) as the Warriors stake claim as the undisputed top team in the Shore Conference with a home win. Manasquan used a seven goal second quarter to race out to a 10-2 halftime lead and controlled the game for all four quarters. JSZ has the highlights from the Shore Conference showdown: Lawrence 8 Steinert 6 The Lawrence Cardinals and the Steinert Spartans have gone head to head many times before. The Cardinals are two-time defending CVC Patriot Division Champs, and defeated Steinert in a couple of games last year to claim the title. The Cardinals walked away with the win on Friday night after a back and forth first half of play. Lawrence’s Alex Everman scored the game-high with a hat trick. Justin Krisak scored the second highest with two goals. Emet Baria, Jude Bidle and Grayson Dalton each scored one goal. The Cardinals improved their record to 4-1, and will take on Monroe on Tuesday. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Lawrence and Steinert!
St. Augustine Edges EHT in Cape Atlantic League Clash
St. Augustine 9 Egg Harbor Township 7 – Baseball The Hermits fell behind 7-2 in the fourth before rallying to tie the game in the bottom of the same inning. Brian Furey led the way going 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Jack Peacock added a pair of hits and an RBI for St. Augustine. Cory Kessler led the Eagles going 2 for 3 with a double and four RBIs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League classic:
Westfield Blue Devils Defeat Somerville 20-5
The Westfield Blue Devils improved their overall record to 3-0 on Thursday night, defeating Somerville 20-5. However, what made the day even more exciting was St. Joseph’s commit, Erica Lawrence, recording her 100th hit. Lawrence had two runs during the game as well as two RBIs. Alivia Macaluso finished the game with a team-high of four runs. Kaela Calugay and Emma Pietrewicz also had three runs each. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full highlights from Branchburg: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is being brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick!
Watch Thursday 4.4 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Hello again, New Jersey high school baseball fans. Stay tuned with JSZ throughout the night as we post full highlights from three baseball diamonds from around the state. We’ll have coverage from Mainland’s late rally to top Ocean City; Gov. Livingston pitcher John Grill putting together a career day against Westfield; and RBC putting in work at home versus Holmdel. Mainland 6 Ocean City 4 The Mustangs rallied from a two-run deficit in the top of the seventh to knock off Ocean City. C.J. Brown was 3 for 4 at the plate for Mainland with two RBIs. Hunter Rich earned the save, striking out four batters in a wild bottom of the seventh. A.J. Campbell went 3 for 4 with three RBIs in the loss for the Red Raiders. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League rivalry game: Gov. Livingston 12 Westfield 1 Senior pitcher and Washington College (D-III) commit John Grill put together a career day for the Highlanders. Grill served up a pair of home runs, 5 RBI’s and also pitched four innings of one-run ball to help Gov. Livingston top Westfield in a 12-1 mercy rule finish. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and interviews from Berkeley Heights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all Westfield athletics is proudly brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Red Bank Catholic 10 Holmdel 5 RBC came from behind twice to prevent an upset and complete a two game sweep of their Shore Conference divisional foe. The Hornets raced out to a 3-0 lead sparked by an Ezra Caspi two run homer in the first and then staked out to a 5-4 advantage in the 5th following a two run single by Brett Hilscheimer. But RBC scored two in the bottom of the 5th to take the lead and tacked on four runs in the 6th highlighted by a two run bomb courtesy of Ryan O’Hara. JSZ has the highlights from Count Basie Field in Red Bank Thanks to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic all year long!
Jaguars launch four bombs, sweep TRS on diamond
Jackson Memorial is ranked #5 in the first statewide rankings and showed their lofty status is justified. Carmine Petosa leads a 14-hit brigade with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s in a 15-3 win over Toms River South. JSZ brings you Shore Conference baseball highlights of the Jags and TRS. Jackson Memorial 15 Toms River South 3 (5 innings) Carmine Petosa had two homers and 5 RBI’s to lead a 14-hit attack as the Jags open the season with a division sweep of Toms River South. On a windy day in Jackson, the ball carried further than usual and there were a total of six long balls (4 from the Jags, 2 from TRS). Ryan Lasko had two doubles and 3 RBI’s and Alex Iadesernia and Christian Pollone both had homers in the win. JSZ brings you the action from Jackson Memorial High:
Watch Wednesday 4.3 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
JSZ comes at you full bore with three lacrosse games from around New Jersey this Wednesday. We’ll have highlights from Mountain Lakes’ blowout win in a battle of Top 20 teams; Haddonfield grabbing their first win of the season; and the Lawrenceville girls dominating a Mercer County battle against Hun. Enjoy the highlights! Mountain Lakes 15 Northern Highlands 3 – Boys Lacrosse This was a matchup of two Top 20 state-ranked teams, but Mountain Lakes continues to let New Jersey know they are the real deal. The Lakers are arguably the best public school team in the Garden State and put their skills on display in a lopsided 15-3 win against Northern Highlands. Senior Mike Cabana led the way with a four-goal game. The Lakers have now outscored their opponents 48-9 in their three wins this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Haddonfield 7 Clearview 2 – Boys Lacrosse The Haddons picked up their first win of the season on the road against the Pioneers. John McDonnell led a balanced Bulldawgs attack with two goals. Reece Purnell, Max Norton, Aiden Blake, Tommy Batson and Finn Morgan also scored for Haddonfield in the victory. Justin Kill scored both goals for Clearview in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Mullica Hill: JSZ’s coverage of Haddonfield is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Lawrenceville 16 Hun 2 – Girls Lacrosse The Lawrenceville Big Red defeated the Hun Raiders on Wednesday evening in their first Mid-Atlantic Prep League girls lacrosse matchup. Loyola University Maryland commit, Meg Hillman, scored the game-high with four goals. Natalie Schur finished the night with a hat trick. The Big Red are now 2-1 for the season, and will take on Princeton Day on Friday. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Princeton: Sponsors! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hun and Lawrenceville!
Manasquan’s Birch earns invite to Under Armour All-American game
Manasquan senior and Penn State commit Canyon Birch is heading to Baltimore this summer to compete in the prestigious Under Armour All-American game. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of one of the most dynamic scorers in New Jersey high school lacrosse history The Under Armour All-American lacrosse game will bring the best 44 high school lacrosse players (boys and girls) from around the country to play a nationally televised showcase in Baltimore . The announcement of the Under Armour All-Americans will come in four waves of 11 players over the next two months via Inside Lacrosse. The first 11 players were announced on Tuesday and the first name on the list was Manasquan’s Canyon Birch. The Penn State commit is one of NJ’s all-time great goal scorers. In the first game of his senior season, Birch became the all-time Shore Conference leader in goals (275) and scored his 400th career point. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Canyon Birch and see why he’ll represent New Jersey playing against the best competition in the country.
Watch Tuesday 4.2 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
JSZ brings you a pair of South Jersey powers from high school lacrosse in action on Tuesday. The Moorestown girls show why they are one of the top team’s in the nation and Saint Augustine Prep continues to make noise early in the 2019 season. No. 1 Moorestown 14 No. 12 Allentown 4 – Girls Lacrosse It is no surprise that the Moorestown girls lacrosse team is the top ranked team in the state. They are stacked with talent and athleticism all over the field. Nine different Moorestown girls scored goals on Tuesday night against Allentown. Five girls scored two goals: Monmouth University commit, Ashley Nutt, Rutgers commit, Janey Galski, Williams commit, Isa Arvelo, University of Connecticut commit, Rylee Brown, and Catholic commit, Grace Hill. Kayla Frank, Dylan Silar, Margaret Lawler and Courtney Reed each scored one goal as well. Frank will play at Virginia Tech next year. Moorestown’s goalkeeper, Logan Lillie, will play at Northwestern next year. In total, the Quakers have 10 girls committed to play college lacrosse next year. The Moorestown Quakers are now 3-0 for the season, and will take on Bridgewater-Raritan on Thursday. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full Tuesday evening highlights from Allentown: Sponsors! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Allentown! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Moorestown! #10 St. Augustine 7 #9 Lenape 4 – Boys Lacrosse After an impressive season-opening win over Moorestown, the Hermits took down another top South Jersey opponent in the Indians. David Burr led the way for St. Augustine with three goals. Mikey Vanaman added two goals, while Logan Hone and Hayden Smallwood each found the back of the net once. Hermits goalie Joey Serafine made 14 saves in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this marquee match-up:
Watch Tuesday 4.2 JSZ Baseball Highlights
Have no fear, Opening Day is still here! JSZ has you covered with baseball highlights from Wall and Somerville as the Crimson Knights and Pioneers kick off their respective seasons with wins. Wall 3 Saint John Vianney 0 Trey Dombroski started off his senior year right where he left off in 2018. The lefty allowed just one hit and struck out 14 in six innings of shutout ball to give the state’s 4th ranked team an impressive opening victory. Wall had just two hits in the game, but took advantage of four walks to manufacture runs in the first, third and fourth. Grant Shulman pitched a scoreless 7th to lock down the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference: Somerville 7 Bernards 0 Somerville cracked a 114-year drought to win their first baseball state title in school history last season, and it was the Pioneers who got things off on the right foot Tuesday in their season-opener. The ‘Ville plated a pair of runs in the second inning and topped it off with five more in the third. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights:
Watch Monday 4.1 Opening Day JSZ Softball Highlights
Steinert 10 Hamilton West 0 Watch Monday 4.1 Opening Day JSZ Baseball Highlights The Steinert Spartans defeated the Hamilton West Hornets on Monday afternoon, ending the game after the 5th inning due to the Mercy Rule. Alex Haley and Bella Truelove each hit a home run in the first inning. Haley also finished the game with three runs as well as one RBI. Truelove had one run and one RBI. Heather Kerlin, RCNJ commit Nicole Cerasi, Julia Hannawacker and Central Connecticut commit Kaylee Whittaker, all had one run each. The Spartans are 1-0 to start the season, and will take on Trenton on Wednesday. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Hamilton Township: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Steinert and Hamilton West!
Watch Monday 4.1 Opening Day JSZ Baseball Highlights
Baseball season is here! JSZ is excited to kick off our baseball coverage with four great matchups around the state. We’ve got an emotional pre-game ceremony at Old Bridge, a big time matchup between Bishop Eustace and Eastern, plus Seton Hall Prep’s opener at Rick Porcello Field and Mater Dei Prep getting Shore Conference play started in style. Watch it all here! Old Bridge 4 South Brunswick 0 Opening day seemed a little bittersweet for Old Bridge as the Knights paid tribute to alumni Zach Attianese who lost his life in an automobile accident over the Summer along with his father Jude. You can check out our previous story honoring the inseparable father-son duo here. The two time Gatorade Player of the Year and MLB prospect pitcher who earned a scholarship to UNC left a lasting impression on his community and they returned the favor by retiring his number 49. Old Bridge, led by St. John’s commit Sonny Fauci, were able to take advantage of aggressive situational base running to come out on top with a 4-0 victory. Fauci allowed only two hits and finished the day with six strike outs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage! Bishop Eustace 12 Eastern 0 The Crusaders put South Jersey on notice with a dominating win over the defending Diamond Classic champion Vikings in five innings. Campbell University commit Mike Guzzardo led the way at the plate with five runs batted in. Nick Koehn opened the scoring with a bases-clearing double. Maryland commit Matt Orlando struck out six in four shutout innings of work on the mound to pick up the win. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference showdown: Seton Hall Prep 6 Millburn 4 Everyone has the opening day jitters and it was Seton Hall Prep who knocked off the off-season rust with a four-run explosion in the sixth inning and a go-ahead RBI double via Karson Harcourt that pushed the Pirates to their first win of 2019. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: Mater Dei Prep 7 Keyport 4 Brandon Sansone gave up just one hit and fanned 10 over five innings in a solid debut on the hill for the Seraphs. Mater Dei outhit Keyport 9-2 and used a three-run 4th inning to stake to a 7-2 lead. Freshman Ashton Mejias pitched two innings in relief to get the save in his varsity debut. Watch JSZ’s highlights from the Shore Conference:
Watch Saturday 3.30 JSZ Lax Highlights
Welcome to the first weekend of the 2019 lacrosse season! Stay tuned throughout the day as we continue to publish some great action around the state. Manasquan 18 Ocean 3 – Boys Lacrosse Canyon Birch is rewriting record books. Birch broke the Shore Conference all-time career goals record with an eight-goal game in Manasquan’s season-opener against Ocean. The record, which was 274 goals, was previously held by Southern’s Dylan Jinks. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from a record-setting day: Hopewell Valley 7 East Brunswick 6 – Boys Lacrosse Hopewell Valley picked up its second straight win of the season with a close 7-6 victory over East Brunswick. Spencer Bell and Kenny Abey found net twice in the opening quarter to put the Bulldogs ahead 4-1. East Brunswick would score two goals of their own in the second to cut the lead to 4-3 at halftime. After taking a four goal lead in the third, the Bears rallied back to cut it to 7-6 in the closing seconds of the game. Unfortunately there was not be enough time remaining to force overtime. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hopewell Valley coverage! St. Augustine 5 Moorestown 3 – Boys Lacrosse The Hermits opened the season with an impressive victory over Moorestown. Logan Hone scored a pair of goals to pace St. Augustine. David Burr, Brendan Roth and Daniel Bennett also found the back of the net in the win. Sam Winkler scored twice for the Quakers in the loss, with Ben Cantwell adding a goal for Moorestown. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s coverage of Moorestown is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Holmdel 13 Red Bank Catholic 12 – Double OT The Holmdel Hornets defeated the Red Bank Catholic Caseys on Saturday morning, improving their overall record to 1-1 for the season. RBC’s Jack Zenkert forced the game into OT after tying the game at 12. He scored the game-high with eight goals. After a scoreless four minutes of overtime, the game was forced into double overtime. Holmdel’s Tommy Ilvento was the superstar for the Hornets on Saturday. He scored five goals, including the game-winning double OT goal. Dan Tempone scored a hat trick for Holmdel. Justin Cohen and Kyle Kapcsos each scored two goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights as well as post-game reaction from Holmdel: Sponsor! Thank you to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic! Rumson-Fair Haven 11 Mountain Lakes 3 – Girls Lacrosse Chase Boyle scored 4 goals and added an assist to lead RFH to a second straight win against a high quality out of conference opponent. Cassie James and Ava Poupard added two goals each for the 2-0 Bulldogs. JSZ has Saturday morning highlights from Rumson: Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven
Watch Friday 3.29 JSZ Lax Highlights
Nothing quite like some Friday night lacrosse action! JSZ has you covered from around the state as we head into the first weekend of the lacrosse season. We have coverage from Westfield’s blowout win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Jordan Hayes delivering a game-winner as Cherokee tops RFH, Ocean City putting a hurting on Lower Cape May and Trinity Hall rolling through Middletown North. Enjoy all the highlights! Westfield 17 Scotch Plains-Fanwood 7 – Boys Lacrosse No. 12 Westfield picked up their first win of the season with a dominating 17-7 win over neighbor Scotch Plains-Fanwood. The Blue Devils trying to shake off an opening day loss to No. 4 Moorestown jumped out to an early 9-5 lead thanks to Jake Engelke and Devon McLane who both had hat tricks in the first half. McLane continued his reign of terror in the second act as he finished with eight goals total. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to the office of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponosring out Westfield coverage! Cherokee 9 Rumson-Fair Haven 7 – Boys Lacrosse After exiting the game early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, Cherokee star midfielder Jordan Hayes returned to the game minutes later and delivered the game-winning goal as the Chiefs secured a 9-7 win over Shore Conference power Rumson-Fair Haven. Gaurav Drivida also contributed four goals in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Rumson: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all Rumson-Fair Haven athletics is brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac! Ocean City 17 Lower Cape May 3 – Boys Lacrosse The Red Raiders are on a mission for a Cape Atlantic League title this season and they rolled past their Cape May County rivals at home. Trent Laveson scored three goals and dished out seven assists to tie a program record. Noam Levy-Smith led the scoring for Ocean City with four goals. Anthony Inserra finished with five assists and a goal. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Carey Stadium in Ocean City: Trinity Hall 20 Middletown North 1 – Colleen Kelly 100th Career Goal The Trinity Hall Monarchs improved their record to 2-0 after defeating Middletown North on Friday afternoon. Junior Colleen Kelly scored the game-high with five goals, including her 100th career goal. Haven Dora and Paige Nolan scored four goals each. Sydney Riepl scored a hat trick with three goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Colts Neck: Jersey Sports Zone is being brought to you by Trinity Hall of Tinton Falls!
RC’s Josh Pierre-Louis to Reunite with Brother at Temple
Roselle Catholic guard and JSZ Player of the Year finalist Josh Pierre-Louis is officially back off the market. Pierre-Louis has given a verbal commitment to play Division I basketball in Philadelphia for Temple University and new head coach Aaron McKie. Noted for his thunderous high-flying dunks and competitive demeanor, Pierre-Louis teamed with Kentucky-commit Kahlil Whitney to create one of the most dynamic one-two punches in New Jersey basketball. He averaged 14.2 points per game in his senior season at Roselle Catholic and was a major reason why they won repeat titles in the Union County Championship and Non-Public B North sectional finals. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel from Pierre-Louis’ explosive senior season: Josh will reunite with his brother, Nate Pierre-Louis, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a sophomore at Temple. Josh was originally committed to UNLV but recently reopened his commitment following the dismissal of former head coach Marvin Mensies. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez also profiled Josh Pierre-Louis earlier this month. Learn everything about the future Temple Owl: Josh and Nate both shared the news on their social media accounts: PHILLY YALL READY🤷🏽♂️?? pic.twitter.com/nFgzBZafs2— Nate Pierre-Louis (@Nate_PL) March 29, 2019
Seibel Strong: Notre Dame senior inspires team during cancer fight
Lauren Seibel is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the Notre Dame girls lacrosse senior showed what kind of fight she has on the field. As she’s set to begin a second round of chemotherapy, it would have been understandable for Seibel to put lacrosse on the back burner, but her love of the game and desire to be side by side with her team during her senior season was too strong. Her three goal, three assist performance in the Irish’s 16-2 win at Point Pleasant Beach on Thursday is a shining example of her spirit and determination. Seibel knows that she’s not in this battle alone. The support of Notre Dame and the entire lacrosse community shows how sports truly unites us all together. Watch JSZ’s feature on “Seibel Strong” and get ready to be inspired by one courageous athlete: Notre Dame coach Bryan Fisher is appreciative from the outpouring support from the lacrosse community. 1st class from @CoachGaravente and her @AtownRedbirds girls lacrosse team. Thanks for the kind card for Lauren and our @Notre_Dame_HS family. #oneheart pic.twitter.com/X9wShnyoIv— Bryan Fisher (@CoachFishND) March 29, 2019 Special thanks to @LTPSAthletics Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams for their support of Lauren Seibel. First class gesture. #SeibelStrong @CoachFishND pic.twitter.com/1AcP30Aq7C— Notre Dame HS Athletics (@NDNJAthletics) March 28, 2019 A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ”s coverage of Notre Dame and all Mercer County sports. Our sponsors allow us to tell stories that go beyond the score.
Watch Thursday 3.28 JSZ LAX Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you statewide lacrosse coverage from the second day of the lacrosse season! Stay tuned for highlights from Seton Hall Prep’s eye-popping 21-goal win against a Pennsylvania prep school and Hun duking it out with Princeton Day in a Mercer County showdown. Seton Hall Prep 21 LaSalle College High School (PA) 10 Talk about some fireworks for opening day. Seton Hall Prep exploded into 2019 with a big-time offensive outburst powered by a pair of five-goal games from UMass-commit Luke Blanc and Rutgers-commit Kyle Stephenson. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from West Orange: Hun 13 Princeton Day 5 Reigning Prep A State Champions Hun kicked off the season with a dominating 13-5 win over division rival Princeton Day. The Raiders went ahead 6-3 at halftime thanks to Marquette commit Devon Cowan and UNC bound Trevor Duebner, the duo combined for four goals in the first two quarters. Cowan would finish the day with five scores while Navy commit Gabs Craven racked up 11 saves between the posts. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hun and Princeton Day coverage!
Watch Wednesday 3.27 JSZ Lax Opening Day Highlights
The first day of the 2019 lacrosse season has finally arrived! Jersey Sports Zone was at fields all over the Garden State for a jam-packed day of action. Our coverage will be updated throughout the night so stay tuned for all the highlights! Robbinsville 10 Hopewell Valley 8 – Boys Lacrosse Robbinsville started the lacrosse season 1-0 after an en exciting 10-8 win over Hopewell Valley. The Ravens fell behind 4-2 at halftime, but thanks to a four goal performance from senior Jeremy Calabro they were able to fight back to take the lead to begin the fourth quarter. This opening day victory even more satisfying for Robbinsville as they avenge their season ending loss in the playoffs to Hopewell Valley from 2018. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Robbinsville and Hopewell Valley coverage! Moorestown 10 Westfield 3 – Boys Lacrosse Moorestown traveled over an hour to get the 2019 season underway and they certainly made it worth their while. The Quakers got a four-goal performance from UMass-commit Ben Cantwell and four-point games from Shane Knobloch and Connor McDonough. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Westfield: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand for this opening day game thanks to a pair of our loyal sponsors, NJM Insurance (Moorestown) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (Westfield)! Cinnaminson 11 Oakcrest 5 – Boys Lacrosse The Pirates dominated the fourth period to pull away from the Falcons and earn a win on the road on opening day. Zach Artur, Conlan Holt and Cole Wojtkowski each scored three goals in the win for Cinnaminson. Kevin Albright and Bobby Goff scored two goals apiece for Oakcrest in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Mays Landing: Sponsor Alert! Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring coverage of the Cinnaminson Pirates! Red Bank Catholic 15 Monroe 2 – Girls Lacrosse The Red Bank Catholic Caseys took on the Monroe Falcons at home for their season opener on Wednesday afternoon. The Caseys finished their 2018 season with a stellar 19-3 overall record. RBC scored 10 goals in the first half alone. Jacksonville University commit, Mackenzie Boyle, scored a hat trick and had 11 assists for the day. Georgian Court commit, Riley O’Connor, also scored a hat trick. The Caseys will take on Ranney tomorrow afternoon for their first away game of the season. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Red Bank: Sponsors! Thank you to Playa Bowls of Red Bank for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monroe!
JSZ Honors All-State Hockey Team, Sedlak wins Player of the Year Honors
The New Jersey Devils and Jersey Sports Zone hosted the second annual JSZ Hockey Banquet at the Prudential Center. Thanks to our partnership with the Devils, our All-State players and their families watched our All-Zone presentation followed by watching the Devils 3-1 win over the Sabres at The Rock! Tyler Sedlak wins JSZ Hockey Player of the Year The Don Bosco Prep forward committed to play Division I hockey at Holy Cross just one day prior to winning JSZ’s top hockey honor. Sedlak scored 40 goals in the Gordon Conference and helped lead the Ironmen to their first ever state championship on the ice. He follows his former teammate and best friend Mickey Burns as the first two winners of the award. JSZ’s Mike Frankel caught up with the winner at our Hockey Banquet in Newark: JSZ Player of the Year Balloting Thanks to the 29 coaches and media members for casting their vote for our Player of the Year. Each vote is counted equally, with 3 points for a first place vote, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd Coaches: Greg Toskos – Don Bosco, Bruce Shatel – Delbarton, Tom Bunting – Gloucester Catholic, Ryan Bogan – CBA, Rich McLaughlin – Randolph, Mick Messemer – Saint John Vianney, Chris Tommins – Hillsborough, Scott Garrow – Pingry, Anthony Matarazzo – Rumson-Fair Haven, Tony Nemati – Middletown South, Brandon Herr – Chatham, Don Wood – Middletown North, Mike Celano – Freehold Township, Mike Atkinson – Seton Hall Prep, Tim Fingerhut – Saint Augustine Prep, Tom Keough – Bergen Catholic, Jerry Minter – Monroe, Joe Pelliccio – Central Regional, Ryan Brown – Pope John, Larry Mahurter – St. Joe-Montvale Media: Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Madison Bess – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ, Hockey Clan, Morris-Sussex Hockey Report, Andrew Koob – NJ.com, Brian Bobal – NJ.com, Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Tyler SedlakDon Bosco Prep136152 Liam McLinskeyDon Bosco Prep45527 Mike BalzarottiDelbarton07721 Jude KurtasHillsborough32418 Alex KonovalovRidge22313 TJ SchweigardtDon Bosco Prep31213 Dom GarozzoGloucester Catholic1116 John GuttSaint John Vianney0113 Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Hockey Team GoaliesDefensemanForwardsAward Winners Brett Cleaves, DelbartonDamien Carfagna, Don Bosco PrepTom Colucci, Seton Hall PrepTyler Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep - 2019 JSZ Player of the Year Marcus Fabiunke, RidgeLogan Heroux, CBAKyle Contessa, CBA Matt Schoer, Pope JohnBrendan Karnish, Saint Augustine PrepJames Falivene, DelbartonLiam McLInskey, Don Bosco Prep - 2019 Finalist Max Schwarz, Don Bosco PrepTJ Schweigardt, Don Bosco PrepSam Fishteyn, MonroeMike Balzarotti, Delbarton, 2019 Finalist Ronan Hickey, RFH - JSZ Save of the YearSean Vlasich, Northern HighlandsMatt Franzoni, ManasquanJude Kurtas, Hillsborough, 2019 Finalist Mike Franzoni, Manasquan Anthony Galante, Marlboro Dom Garozzo, Gloucester Catholic John Gutt, Saint John Vianney Alex Konovalov, Ridge Nick LaBianca, Jackson Liberty Sean Murray, Morris Knolls Tom Pryymak, Summit Dave Renzulli, Madison Jason Siedem, Madison Steven Spetz, Pope John Greg Spitznagel, Summit Aidan Trainor, Princeton Max Williams, Delbarton Jason Wolff, Hillsborough JT Zangara, Randolph Matt Zdanowicz, Saint Peter's Prep
Meet the JSZ 2019 Hockey Player of the Year Finalists
It’s that time of the year again, New Jersey hockey fans! With the 2018-2019 season now closed, Jersey Sports Zone is excited to announce the four finalists for our Player of the Year award, voted on by dozens of New Jersey high school coaches and credible members of the media. The winner of the Player of the Year award will be announced Monday, March 25 at our All-State hockey banquet hosted by the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. So without further adieu, here are the finalists: Michael Balzarotti, Delbarton No player in New Jersey received more attention for a single goal this season than Delbarton’s Michael Balzarotti. The Green Wave senior undressed a pair of defenders in the Gordon Cup semifinals and the goal was featured as the No. 3 play on the Feb. 14 edition of SportsCenter and was shown on MSG and other popular social media accounts. But there’s more to Balzarotti than just this one goal — he led the Green Wave in scoring with 29 goals and 36 assists and leaves Morristown as a two-time state champion: Jude Kurtas, Hillsborough The numbers are eye-popping. 57 goals, 55 assists for 112 points. Jude Kurtas took Hillsborough to new heights. The junior helped the Raiders reach the Prudential Center and the state finals for the first time in school history. We’ll be posting our Jude Kurtas feature later on tonight on JSZ Liam McLinskey, Don Bosco Prep Imagine being committed to a Top-10 nationally-ranked hockey program and by some people, not be considered your team’s top threat? Well, Liam McLinskey proved the doubters wrong. He led Don Bosco Prep to it’s first state title in school history behind a team-high 76 points and truly clutch play in the final month of the season: Tyler Sedlak, Don Bosco Prep To put it plainly, Don Bosco Prep’s Tyler Sedlak is a stone-cold assassin on the ice. His ability to shoot the puck with deadly accuracy and elite speed made him arguably New Jersey’s most feared scorer. His 40 goals were a team-high and it was Sedlak’s dominant play that was a major component to Don Bosco Prep winning a state championship for the first time in 54 years:
Devils Rooney wowed by JSZ Top Hockey Goals from February
Jersey Sports Zone’s Top 5 Goals from February were honored during the New Jersey Devils game against the Boston Bruins. Devils forward Kevin Rooney visited our honorees during pre-game and had quite a reaction to five tremendous goals! JSZ thanks the New Jersey Devils for giving high school kids in New Jersey lifetime memories. After our pre-game visit with Kevin Rooney, the goals of the month winners had pre-game dinner and their goals were on full display during the first intermission of the Devils Bruins game. Watch our recap from another special night: Kevin Rooney was quite impressed with each and every goal. Here’s his take on JSZ’s Top Goals: Congratulations to our JSZ February Goals of the Month winners #5: Matt Keane, Chatham #4: Gehrig Eckoff, Morris Knolls #3: Dan Quiles, Middletown North #2: Nick Ochlan, Freehold Boro #1: Michael Balzarotti, Delbarton Jersey Sports Zone wraps up the season with our second annual 2019 All-State Hockey Banquet. The top players in the state will be honored prior to the Devils/’Sabres game this Monday night and we will announce our 2019 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year!
Scottie Lewis Brings Home Fourth Shore Dunk Title!
As if he doesn’t already have enough hardware from his high school career, Ranney’s Scottie Lewis captured his fourth straight Shore All-Star Dunk Contest Title Thursday night. The University of Florida commit that helped lead his team to their first ever Tournament of Champions Crown this season was the act to beat in Toms River. Lewis having won the previous three years automatically advanced to the final round as his colleagues got three dunks and two rounds to face off with him. Wall’s Quinn Calabrese made his presence known as he reached the Championship, but it was the McDonald’s All-American that walked away with his last Shore Dunk Title to end his high school career a perfect 4-0. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Antoine and Miller take home top honors at 2019 JSZ Hoop Zone Banquet
Nearly 90 high school basketball players around the state came to the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge to celebrate a fantastic 2018-19 season. Ranney’s Bryan Antoine is JSZ’s 2019 Mister Hoop Zone and Franklin’s Diamond Miller is Miss Hoop Zone 2019. Jersey Sports Zone thanks everyone for attending from every part of the state! All-Americans Antoine and Miller Steal the Show with Top Awards Villanova-commit Bryan Antoine and future Maryland Terrapin Diamond Miller decisively won the Mister Hoop Zone and Miss Hoop Zone awards, respectively. Both players take their newly-minted honors with them to Atlanta next week when they’ll both compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Mike Frankel have the story: Sights and Sounds from the Banquet Before the players, coaches and family sat down for dinner and watch our videos, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez and Madison Bess were in our social media zone talking with the honorees and getting the festivities started. Bryan Antoine wins 2019 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone With a podium featuring three McDonald’s All-Americans, Ranney’s Bryan Antoine won the vote among coaches and statewide media. The Villanova signee closed out his high school career as the Shore Conference’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,500 points and teamed with fellow finalist Scottie Lewis to lead the Panthers first ever Tournament of Champions title. Antoine won the vote over Lewis, the Roselle Catholic duo of Kahlil Whitney and Josh Pierre-Louis and Gill St. Bernard’s Paul Mulcahy, who’s on his way to Rutgers. 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Kevin Diviero – Don Bosco Prep, Anthony Tavares – Newark East Side, Daniele Crincoli – St. Mary’s Elizabeth, Ben Gamble – Marist, Justin Salton – Watchung Hills, Mike Clemente – Central Regional, Mike Jones – Millville, Cameron Bell – Egg Harbor, Kevin Principe – River Dell, Billy Armstrong – Bergen Catholic, Ryan McKeever – Immaculata, Matt Bloom – Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff – Roselle Catholic, Daryl Young – Trenton, Chris Raba – Nottingham, Rich Roche – Notre Dame, Randy Holmes – Lakewood, Mike Puorro – Barnegat, Mergin Sina – Gill St. Bernard’s Media: Richard Greco – NJ.Com, Adam Zagoria – NY Times, Dave’s Joint, Sherlon Christie – Asbury Park Press, Mike Kinney – NJ.Com, Phil Anastasia – Philadelphia Inquirer, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Bryan AntoineRanney193366 Scottie LewisRanney212737 Kahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic191130 Paul MulcahyGill St. Bernard's63529 Diamond Miller wins 2019 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Franklin guard Diamond Miller had a perfect season and a perfect ending to her high school career when she won JSZ’s 2019 Miss Hoop Zone. The McDonald’s All-American will represent New Jersey in the national showcase in Atlanta. Miller is signed with the University of Maryland. Future teammate Faith Masonius of Manasquan was a fellow finalist along with Saddle River Day’s Michelle Sidor (Michigan), Gloucester Catholic’s Azana Baines (Duke) and Manchester’s Leilani Correa (West Virginia). 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Mark Knapp – Gill St. Bernard’s, Kathy Matthews – Union Catholic, Dawn Karpell – Saint John Vianney, Lisa Gedaka – Gloucester Catholic, Jacquelyn Dyer – Cranford, Bob Fusik – Trenton Catholic, John Truhan – Red Bank Regional, Michael Lazur – Ocean, Scott Beston – Mainland, Tammy Nicolini – Barnegat, Joe Montano – Red Bank Catholic, David Drew – Point Pleasant Boro, Lisa Kukoda – Manasquan, Jason Lantz – Atlantic City – Pete Vincent – Hudson Catholic, Audrey Taylor – Franklin, Steve Silver – Immaculate Heart Academy Media: Gregg Lerner – Shore Sports Network, Danny LoGuidice – Asbury Park Press, Brian Deakyne – NJ.com, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Diamond MillerFranklin183161 Faith MasoniusManasquan27424 Leilani CorreaManchester16518 Michelle SidorSaddle River Day14615 Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Boys Team NameSchoolName SchoolName School Jabri Abdur-RahimSeton Hall PrepVictor KonopkaDon Bosco PrepCJ WilcherSt. Benedict's Prep Babatunde AjikeCamden CatholicZach Martini Gill St. Bernard'sMatt ZonaBergen Catholic Dexter AkannoBlair AcademyBrad McCabeManasquan Anas AmosNewark East SideKyle McGeeSt. Mary's-ElizabethBryan AntoineRanney, 2019 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Khalif BattleTrenton CatholicGreg MeyersNew ProvidenceScottie LewisRanney, Mr. HSZ Finalist Dylan BedderNew ProvidenceAshton MillerSeton Hall PrepKahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic, Mr. HZ Finalist Stephen BraunsteinCBAIan O'ConnorRumson-Fair HavenPaul MulcahyGill St. Bernard's - Mr. HZ Finalist Nick Cartwright-AtkinsMoorestownCliff OmoruyiRoselle CatholicJosh Pierre-LouisRoselle Catholic - Mr. HZ Finalist Jack Cavanaugh SpartaTrey PattersonRutgers Prep Jonah CharlesRutgers PrepNeal QuinnRamapo Josh CohenCBAAlexander RicePatrick School Al-Amir DawesPatrick SchoolColby RogersRoselle Catholic Mike DePersiaHaddonfieldAhmadu SarnorRanney Jordan DingleBlair AcademyDaniel SofieldJackson Liberty Doug EdertBergen CatholicTaj ThweattWildwood Catholic Elijah Hutchins-EverettMontclair ImmaculateLance WareCamden Dan FlemingHaddonfieldJesiah WestElizabeth Zach FreemantleBergen CatholicPhil WheelerRanney Rob HigginsMiddletown NorthJahlil WhiteWildwood Catholic Alex KlatskyRanneyDerrick WhitakerSouth River Meet the 2019 JSZ All Zone Girls Team NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Dakota AdamsManchester Twp.Jenna JordanSaddle River DayKylee WatsonMainland Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.Sarah KarpellSaint John Vianney Brelynn BellamySaint John VianneyLauren LithgowSaint RoseDiamond MillerFranklin - JSZ 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Mya BembryWest OrangeOlivia MilesBlair AcademyFaith MasoniusManasquan - Miss HZ Finalist Brielle BisognoToms River NorthAnna MorrisImmaculate Heart AcademyLeilani Correa Manchester- Miss HZ Finalist Taylor BluntPenningtonCortlyn MorrisBound BrookMichelle SidorSaddle River Day - Miss HZ Finalist Sajada BonnerSaint John VianneyLola MullaneyManasquanAzana BainesGloucester Catholic - Miss HZ Finalist Emma BosletBishop AhrOlivia MullinsRutgers Prep Isla BrennanMiddletown SouthShannon MulroyLenape Syndei CaldwellSaddle River DayJaida PatrickSaddle River Day Maniya CustisTrenton CatholicJenna PaulToms River North Daniya DarbyLincolnMariah PerezNewark Tech Dominique DariusBlair AcademyKelsey RansomBishop Ahr Emma DuerrMorris CatholicKemari ReynoldsManchester Twp. LaShae DwyerPatrick SchoolKennady SchenckFranklin Brynn FarrellSaint RoseKeona ShenckFranklin Breyanna FrazierMaristKira SidesMiddle Township Brazil Harvey-CarrLeap AcademyKenna SquierPope John Rahmena HendersonSaint John VianneyTaneshia TuckerUniversity Giana Hernandez-BouldenTrenton CatholicAmanda UlrichSecaucus Leah JohnsonPenningtonCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Dezonie, Wright win JSZ Hoops Plays of the Year Thanks to everyone who voted for our JSZ Plays of the Year. Hudson Catholic’s Shane Dezonie won Dunk of the Year and Red Bank Catholic’s MJ Wright won clutch play of the year for his buzzer beater against Marlboro at the WOBM Christmas Classic. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Meet the JSZ 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists!
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Award, our boys basketball Player of the Year voted on by various coaches and media from across the Garden State. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 20 during JSZ’s second annual All-Zone Basketball Banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge. Watch our profiles of these five outstanding players and learn more about JSZ’s top basketball honor. Be sure to check out our Miss Hoop Zone finalists as well! Last Year’s Winner: Bryan Antoine – Ranney This Villanova University bound four year starter has been the hype surrounding one of the most up and coming programs in New Jersey. Bryan Antoine dazzles fans with his electrifying dunks and quick scoring, but it’s his play in games that matters most. Antoine capped of a season in which he received McDonald’s All-American honors, became the Shore Conferece’s All-Time leading scorer with 2,481 points and led Ranney to a State Title with the program’s first ever Tournament of Champions crown. Kahlil Whitney – Roselle Catholic When Kahlil Whitney takes the floor, the price of admission feels like a steal. One of the state’s three McDonald’s All-Americans this year, Whitney is a versatile player that is willing to do whatever to help his team win. After making the move from Chicago to NJ to play for Roselle Catholic, Kahlil put the country on notice with his heart stopping slams and signature spin move to the basket, even earring an offer from the University of Kentucky. He will continue his basketball career as a Wildcat after leading RC to back to back Union County and State Sectional Titles. Scottie Lewis – Ranney One half of “The Greatest Show in Monmouth County” Scottie Lewis was the other key component in Tournament of Champions winners Ranney’s historical run. Lewis much like his counterpart Bryan Antoine has spoiled the Garden State the last four seasons with a barrage of dunks that will forever be embedded in the minds of high school basketball fans. The McDonald’s All-American will continue his college career as a Gator at the University of Florida. Josh Pierre-Louis – Roselle Catholic Not often two sets of teammates share the podium for our highest basketball honor, but this year it was undeniable that Josh Pierre Louis was a game changer in New Jersey. Roselle Catholic’s point guard who garnered national attention this season helped lead the Lions to another County and Sectional Title with his 69 steals and 14.2 PPG. After recently de-committing from the University of Las Vegas, Pierre-Louis has reopened up his college recruitment and has offers from Georgia, Temple, Rutgers, Seton Hall and many more! Paul Mulcahy – Gill St. Bernard’s Two words say it all about this next nominee, “Headband Highlights”. 6’6 Paul Mulcahy is one of the most interesting players on our list for the simple reason you don’t see consistency like this every day. Mulcahy led Gill St. Bernard’s to the Non-Public North Final in a season in which he averaged a Triple Double! The Bayonne native plans to keep exciting New Jersey in his college career when he laces it up for Rutgers University next year.
Meet the JSZ 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Finalists!
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Award, our girls basketball Player of the Year voted on by various coaches and media from across the Garden State. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 20 during JSZ’s second annual All-Zone Basketball Banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge. Watch our profiles of these five outstanding players and learn more about JSZ’s top basketball honor. Be sure to check out our Mr. Hoop Zone finalists as well! Last Year’s Winner: Diamond Miller – Franklin Making her second consecutive appearance on the banquet podium, University of Maryland commit Diamond Miller in no stranger to our Miss Hoop Zone process. Fresh off an undefeated season that landed Franklin its second Tournament of Champions Crown, Miller is a five-star recruit that earned Mc Donald’s All-American honors for her overwhelming style of play on both ends of the floor during her Senior season where she averaged 22 PPG and eight rebounds. Michelle Sidor – Saddle River Day Despite standing just 5’7, Michelle Sidor is one of the biggest threats New Jersey has seen in some time. The Michigan bound guard led Saddle River Day to the Tournament of Champions in a season where she averaged 26.5 PPG. JSZ was there earlier this season when Sidor scored her 3,000th career point. Faith Masonious – Manasquan This Shore Conference familiar face has much in common with fellow nominee Diamond Miller, the duo are both nominated for our prestiges award for a second straight year and they will continue their basketball careers as Maryland Terps. Faith Masonious is a team player in every aspect of the game, she’s won a Tournament of Champions Title and helped continue Manasquan’s reign as they captured their third straight State Sectional Championship. In her final season with the Warriors, Masonious switched from Forward to Point Guard to help lead a young ’Squan team through another year in the NJ Top 20. Leilani Correa – Manchester After transferring from Rutgers Prep to Manchester for her Senior year, Leilani Correa quickly made an impact on the small Group 2 program. Correa averaging 16.8 PPG and 7.5 rebounds helped lead the Hawks to their first Shore Conference Tournament Crown and Group 2 State Championship. Leilani will continue her career at West Virginia University. Azana Baines – Gloucester Catholic Making the trip from South Jersey is the pride of Gloucester Catholic, Azana Baines. Baines is a 6’1 Guard that caught the attention of many for her dazzling scoring performances this season that allowed her to finish with 512 points total on the year. Azana will continue turning heads in the ACC next season as a member of the Duke Women’s Basketball team.
Legacy Complete: Ranney wins 1st Tournament of Champions crown
Over 6,800 fans packed the RAC at Rutgers University to watch the Ranney Panthers become the first Shore Conference boys team to earn the Tournament of Champions title. In the final game for McDonald’s All-Americans Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, the Panthers rallied from an 11 point deficit in the third quarter and held on in the final seconds. JSZ has the full highlights and post-game reaction: Ranney 67 Bergen Catholic 63 – Tournament of Champions Boys Final Scottie Lewis scored 20 points and hauled in 11 rebounds and Bryan Antoine scored 17 as Ranney rallied from an 11 point third quarter deficit to win its first ever Touranment of Champions title. Bergen Catholic raced out to a 10-2 lead early and held a 30-21 halftime advantage after a Zach Freemantle slam on an ally-oop to close out the first half. With Antoine and Lewis scoring 18 of Ranney’s 21 first half points, the Panthers supporting cast stepped up in the second half. Phil Wheeler had 14 points and Ahmadu Sarnor added 13. Sarnor broke a 63-63 tie with a free throw and Wheeler brought in a rebound on Bergen’s attempt to win the game. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from a game with plenty of twists and turns:
The Perfect Year: Franklin Finishes 34-0, Wins 2019 TOC Title
It’s as good as any storybook ending you’ll find in high school sports around the country. Franklin was the consensus No. 1 team in the Garden State all season long, they had the consensus No. 1 player lead the way and ended a remarkable 2019 season with the first 34-0 record ever in N.J. girls basketball history. Franklin 65 Saddle River Day 57 – 2019 Tournament of Champions Final In her final high school game at Franklin High School, McDonald’s All-American Diamond Miller put together a game for the ages on the biggest stage of them all. Miller — a University of Maryland commit — stuffed the stat sheet with 25 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks to lead the Warriors to a perfect 34-0 record. Franklin is the first team in N.J. girls hoops history to ever reach a 34-0 record and is the first team since Shabazz in 2006 to finish undefeated. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River:
Watch Friday 3.15 JSZ Boys Basketball TOC Semifinal Round Highlights
The four top teams left in New Jersey still had one round to duke it out and figure out who will head to Rutgers University on Sunday afternoon for the 2019 Tournament of Champions finals. JSZ has full highlights and post-game reaction from the two semifinal games held in Toms River on Friday night. Stay tuned and enjoy the highlights! Ranney 62 Moorestown 40 – Tournament of Champions Semifinal Bryan Antoine scored 16 points and Scottie Lewis had 14 including a thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter to give Ranney its first ever spot in the Tournament of Champions final and a matchup with Bergen Catholic at Rutgers University on Sunday. Moorestown sank four three-pointers in the first quarter and had a 13-10 lead at the end of one, but Ranney clamped down on perimeter defense and held Moorestown to just one point in the second quarter. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Congratulations to the Quakers on winning their first state title in 60 years! Bergen Catholic 79 East Side 75 – Tournament of Champions Semifinal This game produced two career performances from two of the top senior players in the Garden State. Bergen Catholic forward and Xavier commit powered the Crusaders to the win via a career-high 36 points along with 14 rebounds. On the other end, East Side star Anas Amos closed out his high school career with a career-best 31 points in the loss. This game was a gritty battle with two teams leaving it all on the floor. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Toms River :
Watch Thursday 3.15 JSZ Girls Basketball TOC Semifinal Round Highlights
Just like that, we are down to four teams. Jersey Sports Zone has you covered from the girls Tournament of Champions semifinal round where Saddle River Day punched their ticket to a first-ever TOC final and Franklin now reaches their third-straight. Saddle River Day 76 Manchester 63 This Saddle River Day team is loaded with Division-I talent and those playmakers showed up Thursday as Duke-commit Jaida Patrick scored a career-high 24 points and future Michigan Wolverine Michelle Sidor dropped 20. The Rebels now advance to their first TOC final in school history. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights: Franklin 55 St. Rose 50 The Warriors survived a tough test from the Purple Roses to advance to the TOC title game. Maryland commit Diamond Miller scored a game-high 20 points for Franklin, while Kennedy Schenck chipped in with 14. Brynn Farrell scored a team-high 18 points for St. Rose in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Watch Wednesday 3.13 JSZ Boys TOC Opening Round Basketball Highlights
We’re down to the final four in New Jersey high school boys basketball! JSZ brings you the opening round of the boys Tournament of Champions as Moorestown and Newark East Side earn their spots in the semifinals. Watch all the action from Toms River! Newark East Side 61 New Providence 41 – Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal The Red Raiders trailed 30-29 at the three minute mark of the third quarter and exploded for 31 points in the final eleven minutes to earn a matchup with #2 seed Bergen Catholic in the semifinals. Anas Amos and Mikah Johnson led the way with 16 points each. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from RJW Barnabas Arena in Toms River: Moorestown 60 Haddonfield 59 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal Jagger Zrada went off from distance, going seven for eight from three-point range to pump in a team-high 23 points for the Quakers. Zrada even overcame an ankle injury in the third quarter to help #5 Moorestown advance past #4 Haddonfield. Nick Cartwright-Atkins also had a strong game with 13 points and nine rebounds in the win. Dan Fleming poured in a game-high 25 points in his final game for the Haddons. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River, as the Quakers advance to face Ranney in the Tournament of Champions semifinals on Friday night. Double sponsor alert! Moorestown and Haddonfield coverage is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Tournament of Champions Semifinals Friday in Toms River #3 Newark East Side vs. #2 Bergen Catholic – 5:30 pm #5 Moorestown vs. #1 Ranney – 7:00 pm
Watch Tuesday 3.12 JSZ Girls TOC Opening Round Basketball Highlights
#3 Manchester 74 #6 Mainland 44 For the first time in program history Manchester advances to the Tournament of Champions Semifinals with a 74-44 win over phenom Kylee Watson and Group 3 State Champs Mainland. The Hawks led by West Virginia University commit Leilani Correa and 6’3 sophomore Destiny Adams took a commanding 28 point lead at halftime. The duo combine for 40 points on the night, Correa with 24 and Adams finished with 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: #4 Saint Rose 61 #5 University 45 The Purple Roses opened the Tournament of Champions with a 61-45 win over the Phoenix. Brynn Farrell led the way with 20 points in the victory. Abigail Antognoli chipped in with 12 points, and Makayla Andrews added 11 points off the bench. Taneshia Tucker scored a team-high 20 points for University in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Toms River, as St. Rose advances to face #1 Franklin on Thursday night:
Vote now for JSZ Basketball Plays of the Year!
With the state champions crowned, we look back on the best plays captured by JSZ cameras and ask for your vote. The winner of the Dunk of the Year and the Clutch Play of the Year will be presented a JSZ Game Ball at the 2nd annual JSZ Basketball banquet on March 20th at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge. The polls are open NOW and you can cast your vote through Thursday at 3:00 pm We have 20 nominees for Dunk of the Year. Check out all the great jams from around the state and cast your vote! Take Our Poll Our Clutch Plays category features half-court shots, buzzer beaters and some amazing individual plays on both the boys and girls side. Cast your vote now! Take Our Poll
Watch Sunday 3.10 JSZ State Final Basketball Highlights
It’s a bittersweet time of year for us as the basketball season begins to come to a close, but Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you coverage of ALL the 2019 NJSIAA State Tournament Finals from 3.10. Stay tuned for: Newark East Side vs. Freehold Township (Group 4), West Side vs. Haddonfield (Group 2), Ramapo vs. Moorestown (Group 3), New Providence vs. Burlington City, Chatham vs. Mainland (Group 3, Girls), Lincoln vs. Manchester Township (Group 2, Girls), Franklin vs. Lenape (Group 4, Girls) and University vs. Bound Brook (Group 1, Girls). Those highlights on the way! Boys State Championships – Rutgers University Newark East Side 69 Freehold Township 44 – Group 4 State Championship` East Side captured its first Group 4 State Championship since 2014 with a win over Freehold Township. After losing in the same game last year the Red Raiders find redemption thanks to Junior Mikah Johnson who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. East Side trailed 16-12 after the first quarter, but thanks to a 20-6 run in the second quarter they eventually went up by as many as 30. The other contributing fact in the victory was Senior Anas Amos who had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Haddonfield 64 Newark West Side 53 – Group 2 State Championship Mike DePersia scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as Haddonfield held off an amazing comeback attempt by the Rough Riders in the 4th quarter. The Bulldogs held a 43-28 advantage mid-way through the third quarter before West Side put together a 16-0 run to take a 44-43 lead. But DePersia stepped up with five straight points and Drew Gavranich had 17 off the bench to give Haddonfield back to back titles. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rutgers: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Haddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM we were able to bring you state championship highlights of the Bulldogs! Moorestown 58 Ramapo 44 – Group 3 State Championship History was made at Rutgers University. Moorestown’s Group 3 state championship win on Sunday was the first for the Quakers in the last 60 years. Moorestown played a complete game, limiting Ramapo’s scoring chances while also playing a great game themselves. Guard Jagger Zrada had the highlight of the night with a crossover and three-pointer that has since been viewed over 1,000,000 times on social media. The Quakers also scored 24 points in the fourth quarter, all via free throws, to secure the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage all season long. NJM is the reason we had highlights of the Quakers first state title in 60 years! New Providence 66 Burlington City 56 – Group 1 State Championship Greg Meyers scored 26 points and Dylan Bedder had a monster double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds as the Pioneers used a 16-3 second quarter to build a lead they never relinquished. It’s the Pioneers first state title since 1999. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the final state title game at Rutgers: Girls State Championships – RWJ Barnabas Arena Mainland 42 Chatham 35 – Group 3 State Championship The Mustangs won the first state title in program history with a 42-35 win over the Cougars. Kylee Watson helped lead Mainland with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Camryn Dirkes also scored 11 points while Madi Hafetz chipped in with eight. Maddie Hartnett led all scorers with 12 in the loss for Chatham. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River: Manchester 65 Lincoln 48 – Group 2 State Championship The Manchester Hawks won their first ever State Championship on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lincoln Lions. Manchester’s Destiny Adams was the star player of the day, scoring the game-high and her career-high with 34 points. West Virginia University commit, Leilani Correa, scored 15 points for the day. Dakota Adams also scored in the double digits with 10 points. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Toms River: Franklin 73 Lenape 35 – Group 4 State Championship The Warriors raced out to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, winning their third consecutive Group 4 state title. Christina Midgette led the way with 16 points in the win. Diamond Miller and Kennedy Schenck each scored 15 points for Franklin. Shannon Mulroy scored 16 points for the Indians in the loss. The Warriors also locked up the top seed in the upcoming Tournament of Champions. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River: University 40 Bound Brook 21 – Group 1 State Championship The University Phoenix won their second straight Group 1 State Championship, defeating Bound Brook on Sunday night. They punched their ticket to next week’s Tournament of Champions, playing a strong defensive game. Taneshia Tucker scored the game-high with 9 points, and Tara Johnson was right behind her with 8. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River:
Watch Saturday 3.9 JSZ State Final Basketball Highlights
State championship Saturday did not disappoint! Jersey Sports Zone spent all day at the RWJ Barnabas Arena in Toms River and has four non-public state championship highlights ready to go. Saturday’s coverage includes the first state championship in Ranney history; Saddle River Day grabbing back-to-back titles; Bergen Catholic reigning supreme in the Non-Public A bracket and St. Rose showing New Jersey they are no joke. Enjoy the action! Ranney 56 Roselle Catholic 50 – Boys Non-Public B State Final Four years of hard work and dedication finally paid off for Ranney School as the Panthers made school history by winning their first ever basketball state championship. Bryan Antoine led Ranney with 21 points, while Ahmadu Sarnor (15 points) and Scottie Lewis (8 points, 6 rebounds) helped secure the win. This title game was a rematch of last year’s final that Roselle Catholic won dramatically won in the final seconds. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Saddle River Day 79 Trenton Catholic 67 – Girls Non-Public B State Final For the second year in a row Saddle River Day captured the Non-Public B Title. The Rebels after a slow first quarter were led by Michigan commit Michelle Sidor outscored TCA in the second quarter 21-3 to take a 43-37 lead at halftime. Sidor finished the game with 30 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage! No. 4 St. Rose 45 No. 12 Immaculate Heart 42 – Girls Non-Public A State Final The St. Rose Purple Roses won their second straight Non-Public A State Title on Saturday afternoon, punching their ticket to next week’s Tournament of Champions. Junior Brynn Farrell made 13 foul shots during the game, and she scored the game-high with 22 points. Sophomore Abigail Antognoli sealed the deal for the Purple Roses, breaking the tie in the last minute of the game. She scored the second highest number of points for St. Rose with 14. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Toms River: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Rose is being brought to you by Reach Your Potential Training in Tinton Falls! Bergen Catholic 78 Camden Catholic 61 – Boys Non-Public A State Final Bergen Catholic captured its first state title since 2002 with a 78-61 win over Camden Catholic. The Crusaders raced out to 23-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Doug Edert pumped in 19 points to lead all scorers. Matt Zona went for 17 points and Zach Freemantle scored 16 points in the win for Bergen Catholic. Baba Ajike scored 17 points and Valen Tejeda added 16 points for the Irish in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance Group!
Watch Thursday 3.7 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
The last state semifinals were played around New Jersey on Thursday and we’re down to 12 teams on the boys and girls side. JSZ brings you two Group 3 boys semifinals and a pair of girls semifinals from Central Regional High School Moorestown 64 Wall 44 – Boys Group 3 Semifinal The Quakers trailed by two at the half, but put together an explosive 24 point third quarter to reach the state championship for the first time since 1960. Nick Cartwright-Atkins led Moorestown with 23 points and Ahkil Giri added 17 highlighted by five three-pointers. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Brick Memorial High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Moorestown High School is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Thanks to NJM for allowing us to capture this huge win for the Quakers! Ramapo 35 Colonia 32 – Boys Group 3 Semifinal For the first time in school history No.19 Ramapo is headed to the Group 3 State Final. The Raiders faced off against Chad Baker and a very tough Colonia team for a grueling semifinal. With multiple lead changes Ramapo was able to rely on safety blanket 6’11 Senior Neal Quinn who scored three clutch points in the final minute to help them walk away with a 35-32 victory. The Raiders move on to face Moorestown in the Championship at Rutgers University on 3.10. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manchester 64 Manasquan 48 – Girls Group 2 Semifinal The Manchester Hawks defeated Manasquan on Thursday night, advancing to their first ever State Final in program history. West Virginia University commit, Leilani Correa, led the Hawks to their Semifinal victory, walking away with a double-double. She scored the game-high 25 points and also had 12 rebounds. Destiny Adams scored the second highest number of points for the Hawks with 19. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Bayville: Lenape 51 Middletown South 47 – Girls Group 4 Semifinal The Lenape Indians punched their ticket to the Group 4 State Final on Thursday night, defeating the Middletown South Eagles, despite a fourth quarter surge. Lenape’s Cornell commit Shannon Mulroy scored the game-high with 23 points. Regan King scored the second highest number of points with 18. Despite Middletown South’s loss, University of Sciences commit, Isla Brennan, scored her 1,000th point during Thursday night’s game. She also scored the team-high with 18 points. Lenape will face Franklin on Mar. 10 for the State Title. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Bayville: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is being brought to you by Monmouth Building Center!
Watch Wednesday 3.6 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
This might have been the most jam-packed, action-filled Wednesday night we’ve seen all winter long. JSZ has highlights of Ranney’s late OT win to capture their second sectional title; Kahlil Whitney powering Roselle Catholic to a second-straight sectional championship, Haddonfield stopping a red-hot Manasquan right in its tracks, Freehold Township continuing to push through the Group 4 bracket; the IHA Lady Eagles winning their eighth-straight sectional title and the TCA girls winning a sectional title of their own. Stay tuned for all the action coming tonight Ranney 54 Wildwood Catholic 50 (OT) – Non-Public B South Final Freshman Elijah Perkins broke a 50-50 tie in overtime with a layup and added a free throw to give Ranney back to back sectional titles. Scottie Lewis led the Panthers with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and fouled out in overtime. Bryan Antoine had 15, but the Panthers season was hanging in the balance thanks to hot shooting from Jacob Hopping (14 points) and great play inside from Taj Thweatt (13 points, 10 rebounds). Ranney trailed by as many as four in the fourth quarter and rallied to tie the game at 48 on two Lewis free throws. Lewis then blocked Jahlil White’s game winning shot attempt and Ahmadu Sarnor missed the buzzer beater off the back rim. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from a thriller in Jackson: Roselle Catholic 48 Gill St. Bernard’s 44 – Non-Public B North Final A pair of Kahlil Whitney free throws in the final seconds was exactly what Roselle Catholic needed to ice a tight game and capture their second-straight sectional championship. Whitney, the Kentucky commit, led the Lions with 15 points in the win. GSB’s Zach Martini dropped a game-high 19 points in the losing effort. Roselle Catholic will now face Ranney in a rematch from last year’s thrilling Non-Public B Finale, which the Lions won. Watch all the action from Franklin here: Haddonfield 53 Manasquan 43 – Group 2 State Semifinal Reigning Group 2 State Champions Haddonfield punched their way to Rutgers University for the second year in a row. The Bulldawgs coming off an epic comeback against Camden in the Sectional Title game were locked in against 13th ranked Manasquan. Haddonfield took a 22-17 lead at halftime after two big quarters from Aiden Blake. In the second half an Alley-Oop from Senior Dan Fleming got things started and eventually led to a 10 point lead for them that would remain in tact for the rest of the evening. The Bulldawgs will take on Westside on 3.10. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Haddonfield coverage! Freehold Township 44 Cherokee 42 – Group 4 State Semifinal Freehold Township punched a ticket to the first Group 4 state final in school history with a 44-42 win over Cherokee in Egg Harbor Township. Seth Meisner led a balanced Patriots attack with 10 points. Zach Barilka had nine points, while Greg Billups and Matt Santangelo each chipped in with eight points. Anthony DiCaro lead all scorers with 17 points for the Chiefs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Trenton Catholic 74 Gloucester Catholic 64 – Non-Public South B Girls Final Maniya Custis poured in 25 points to lead four Trenton Catholic players in double digits as the Iron Mikes rained down 12 three-pointers to reach the Non-Public B state championship and a matchup with Saddle River Day on Saturday in Toms River. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Jackson Liberty High School: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage. They are the reason we’ll have state championship highlights this Saturday in Toms River! Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic all year long Immaculate Heart 63 Pope John 47 – Non-Public North A Girls Final The #1 Immaculate Heart Academy Blue Eagles defeated the #2 Pope John Lady Lions at Passaic Tech on Wednesday night, winning their eighth straight Sectional Title. Eliya Herriott led IHA, scoring the game-high with 18 points. Brittany Graff and Anna Morris each scored 12 points for the Blue Eagles. They will face St. Rose on Mar. 9 for the Non-Public A Tournament Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Wayne:
10 Highlight Goals Nominated for JSZ/New Jersey Devils February Goal of the Month!
Another tremendous month of NJ high school hockey highlights has ten nominees for the JSZ/New Jersey Devils February goal of the month. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to team with the New Jersey Devils for a second straight year to honor outstanding highlights from New Jersey high school hockey. We’re asking your vote for the top hockey goal of February captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Friday at 9:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get one of our 5 spots for our plays of the month segment. The other four slots are selected by the Devils and JSZ staff. Our Top 5 goals for January will be honored during the Devils game against the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center on March 21st. Watch some great goals and cast your vote! Take Our Poll The Devils roll out the red carpet and give JSZ’s goal of the month winners the VIP treatment. Watch our January honorees get to share a special moment with forward Miles Wood:
11 Great Stops Nominated for JSZ/NJ Devils’ Top Save of the Year
JSZ has been highlighting the top goals throughout this past hockey season, and now it’s time to show some love to the guys who’ve made next-level stops between the pipes. Jersey Sports Zone and the New Jersey Devils are teaming up and want your vote for the top save from this year. The winner of the poll will be selected as the fifth goalie on JSZ’s All-Zone hockey team. The poll will be open through Friday at 9 p.m. Make sure to vote early and often! Take Our Poll Watch the top saves here:
Watch Tuesday 3.5 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
Sectional champions are crowned throughout New Jersey on Tuesday and JSZ has more state playoff basketball highlights. We’ve got Roselle Catholic taking one step closer to a state crown, plus a Manasquan sweep in Central Jersey Group 2 along with an OT thriller from the Middletown South girls! Roselle Catholic 66 Hudson Catholic 54 – Non-Public B North Semifinal It was business as usual for Roselle Catholic as the Lions jumped out to an 11-point lead at halftime and displayed their usual show-stopping skills to take down Hudson Catholic. Kahlil Whitney scored 17, Josh Pierre-Louis dropped 16 and Cliff Omoruyi chipped in 15 points. Roselle Catholic has a date with Gill St. Bernard’s tomorrow at Franklin High School, 8.pm., for the Non-Public B North sectional crown. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Moorestown 61 Mainland 43 – Boys South Group 3 Final Moorestown captured its first sectional championship in 21 years with a 61-43 victory over Mainland. The Quakers led by senior Jagger Zrada were able to explode on offense in the first two quarters to take a 36-20 lead at halftime. To make the win even more emotional it was redemption after Moorestown fell in the Central Group 3 Final at home a year ago. Zrada finished with 16 points while Nick Cartwright-Atkins had 14 and eight rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage! Manasquan 78 Lincoln 42 – Central Jersey Group 2 Final Brad McCabe scored 23 points to pace four Warriors in double figures as Manasquan avenges last year’s playoff loss to Lincoln with a convincing home win one year later. Manasquan raced out to a 22-6 first quarter lead and never looked back. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Jersey Shore: Clayton 64 Wildwood 63 – South Jersey Group 1 Final Clayton captured its first sectional title since 1980 with a comeback win over Wildwood. Dorien DePina paced the Clippers with 15 points, while Max Cruz and Joshua Jones each scored 12. Tyler Tomlin erupted for six three-pointers and a game-high 23 points for the Warriors in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the thrilling highlights and reaction from Clayton: Middletown South 80 Marlboro 77 (OT) – Central Jersey Group 4 Girls Final The Middletown South Eagles made a fourth quarter and overtime comeback on Tuesday night against Marlboro, winning the Central Jersey Group 4 Sectional Title. The Mustangs led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, but it was Kayla Richardson who led the team to victory. She scored the game-high of 23 points, all of which came in the second half and overtime. Sam Keenan scored the second highest number of points with 20. In addition to this title win, this was Head Coach Tom Brennan’s 400th career win. The Eagles will face Lenape on Mar. 7 for the Group 4 Tournament Semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is being brought to you by Monmouth Building Center! Manasquan 60 Rumson-Fair Haven 38 – Central Jersey Group 2 Girls Final Faith Masonius had 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Lola Mullaney added 21 points and 7 boards as the Warriors made it six straight Central Jersey Group 2 championships. Manasquan will face Manchester in the Group 2 state semifinals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from another sectional title for the Lady Warriors: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac
Watch NJSIAA Hockey State Finals
Believe it or not, but we’re now at the end of the 2018-2019 New Jersey high school hockey season. We hit the ice once more — this time at the Prudential Center — to crown four teams as state champions. Stay tuned throughout the night as we post highlights of every single state championship! Ridge 4 Randolph 1 – Public “B” State Final Alex Konovalov had the go-ahead goal and added two assists to give the Red Devils their third hockey state championship. Luke Rich scored the final two goals and Blake Loges scored the opener. Marcus Fabiunke made some key saves in the second period with the score knotted at one and finished with 25 stops. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Prudential Center: Summit 6 Chatham 2 – Public “C” State Final Let the celebration begin in Summit! The Hilltoppers won their second-straight state title after a dominant performance over Chatham in a rematch of last year’s title game. Summit goalie Nikita Pryymak had 38 saves and Greg Spitznagel led all scorers with a pair of tallies. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Morris Knolls 6 Hillsborough 1 – Public “A” State Final Sean Murray scored four goals and Jacob Walsh assisted on each one of them and Ty Franchi was stellar in goal with 30 stops to give the second seed the Public “A” state championship. Morris Knolls broke open a scoreless game with four straight goals over a six minute span in the second period. Jude Kurtas scored his 57th goal in a losing effort to make it 4-1, but Murray lit the lamp two more times to seal the championship. JSZ has the highlights and spirited post-game reaction on the ice at the home of the NJ Devils Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Hillsborough athletics all season long! Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 1 – Non-Public State Final History has been made. After a 54-year drought, Don Bosco Prep captured its first state title in school history to complete the most accomplished hockey team to play for the Ramsey-based private school. Liam McLinskey was the spark plug the Ironmen needed, as he came up with a pair of goals to lead all scorers. Goalie Max Schwarz also had 19 saves in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and extensive post-game reaction:
Watch Monday 3.4 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is thrilled to bring you statewide playoff basketball coverage from 3.4. Stay tuned for Bound Brook and Middlesex’s Central, Group 1 Final showdown and an epic South Jersey battle between Camden vs. Haddonfield in the South, Group 2 Championship. Check back in as we continue to post games! Ranney 76 Rutgers Prep 62 – Boys Non-Public South B Semifinal No. 1 Ranney advanced to their second consecutive Non-Public, South B Tournament Semifinal with a 76-62 win over Rutgers Prep. McDonald’s All-American’s Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis in their final high school home game gave fans a warm send off with some of their signature explosive style of basketball. Villanova bound Antoine finished 16 points while Lewis, a University of Florida commit dropped 17. However, top performance went to Junior Phillip Wheeler who ended the evening with 18 points. Ranney moves on to face either top seeded Wildwood Catholic or Immaculatta in the Championship on 3.6 at Jackson Liberty. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Haddonfield 69 Camden 67 (OT) – Boys South Jersey Group 2 Final Haddonfield stormed back from a double-digit deficit late in the fourth quarter to force overtime, beating Camden for the South Jersey Group 2 title for the second year in a row. Dan Fleming caught fire down the stretch to lead the Haddons with 28 points. Mike DePersia also had a big game with 19 points in the win. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from a thriller in Cherry Hill. Bound Brook 45 Middlesex 31 – Girls Central Jersey Group 1 Final The #1 Bound Brook Crusaders defeated the #2 Middlesex Blue Jays on Monday night, winning their fourth straight Sectional Title. Bound Brook’s Cortlyn Morris not only scored the game-high of 19 points, but she also walked away with a triple-double. She had 12 blocks and 10 rebounds. Arianna McCleod and Cameron Ward also scored in the double digits. McCleod scored 12 points, and Ward scored 11 and had 15 rebounds with a double-double. The Crusaders will take on Haddon Township for the Group 1 Tournament on Mar. 6. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Bound Brook:
Bergen Catholic takes down Bosco to reach Non-Public North A Final!
(1) Bergen Catholic 69 (4) Don Bosco 52 – Boys Non-Public North A Semifinal It’s never a dull moment when Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic meet so why would a Semifinal game be any different? The two just recently met in the Bergen County Jamboree Final and the fire between these two was very much still burning. A close first quarter that saw both teams exchange threes ended 18-18, in the second quarter BC briefly started pulling away thanks to Raejon Figures and Doug Edert to go ahead 37-26 at halftime. In the third and fourth quarter Jayson Earle would make his presence known thanks to the defense being drawn to 6’8 Junior Matt Zona and Xavier Commit Zach Freemantle. Matt Zona and Freemantle combined for 19 points and 13 rebounds, Doug Edert had 11 points, Jayson Earle finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds while Raejon Figures had 16. The Crusaders move onto the Non-Public North A Final to face St. Joe’s (Montvale) on March 6th. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Championship Finals
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you full highlights and interviews of every match during the inaugural 2019 girls wrestling state championships from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Stay tuned throughout the night for extensive coverage of all 10 finals. 100 pounds: Sydney Petzinger, Parsippany, major decision vs. Jasmine Aizley, Allentown, 10-0 105 pounds: Chloë Ayres, Princeton, major decision vs. Randi Miley, High Point, 13-2 111 pounds: Bella Serrano, Manasquan, defeats Daniela Tacuri, West Orange, 6-4 (Sudden Victory) 118 pounds: Cristine Gavasheli, Raritan, pins Angelina Romero, Notre Dame, 2:31 127 pounds: Stephanie Andrade, Hunterdon Central, pins Kayla Gregory, Jackson Memorial, 1:48 136 pounds: Jesse Johnson, Manalapan, pins Jaala Williams, Montclair, 1:39 147 pounds: Gabby Miller, Monroe, defeats Amanda Pace, North Bergen, 6-3 161 pounds: Jewel Gonzalez, Phillipsburg, pins Diane Johnson, Millville, 0:53 Gonzalez named Most Outstanding Wrestler 185 pounds: Erin Emery, Teaneck, pins Mia Lazaurs, Raritan, 2:47 235 pounds: Kaila Mungo, Rancocas Valley, defeats Kiera Hubmaster, Kittatinny, 2-1 (tie-breaker)
Watch NJSIAA Boys Wrestling State Championship Finals
For the second straight year, Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you full highlights and interviews of every single 2019 state championship final from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Stay tuned throughout the night for extensive coverage of all 14 finals. 106: Brett Ungar (Hunterdon Central) d. Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North), 13-6 113: Dean Peterson (St. John Vianney) d. Nick Babin (Emerson/Park Ridge), 3-2 120: Eddie Ventresca (Pope John) d. Anthony Clark (Delbarton), 7-3 126: Sammy Alvarez (St. Joseph Mont.) d. Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic), 5-3 (SV) Sammy Alvarez was named Most Outstanding Wrestler 132: Nicholas Raimo (Hanover Park) d. Luke Mazzeo (Emerson/Park Ridge), 8-4 138: Joseph Aragona (Pope John) d. Jacob Perez-Eli (Paulsboro), 7-1 145: Lucas Revano (Camden Catholic) p. Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul), 6:37 152: Robert Garcia (Pope John) md. Nicholas O’Connell (Southern), 13-5 160: Robert Kanniard (Wall) d. Connor O’Neil (DePaul), 9-4 170: Brandon Green (Paulsboro) d. Shane Reitsma (Howell), 13-9 182: Christopher Foca (Bergen Catholic) d. John Poznanski (Colonia), 7-4 195: Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic), d. Kyle Jacob (Paramus), 6-3 220: Zach DelVecchio (South Plainfield) d. Michael Filieri (Garfield,) 8-2 HWT: Lewis Fernandes (Voorhees) p. Bardhyl Gashi (West Essex), 0:46
Watch Friday 3.1 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
What’s better than playoff basketball? Not much! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras up and down the state for Friday action on both the boys and girls side. We’ll have highlights coming from Ranney’s dominant win over Trenton Catholic; Gill St. Bernard’s scoring a blowout win at home; Freehold Township exploding in the 2nd half over Monroe; Lincoln knocking off defending section champ RFH; Cherokee outlasting Toms River North and Middletown South sending a message with a double-digit win over Princeton. Enjoy the action! Gill St. Bernard’s 60 St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) 38 – Boys Non-Public North B Quarterfinals Despite it being a playoff game it was just another day at the office for No. 3 in the NJ Top 20, Gill St. Bernard’s. After a close first half the Knights led by Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy put on an impressive offensive performance to walk away with a 60-38 victory over No. 17 St. Mary’s (Elizabeth). Mulcahy finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Tristian Jeffries had 15 points. GSB will face Montclair Immaculate in the Non-Public North B Semifinals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Ranney 68 Trenton Catholic 54 – Boys Non-Public “B” South 2nd Round Bryan Antoine led four Panthers in double digits with 19 as the Panthers sizzled in the first quarter with seven three-pointers to build a lead they never surrendered. Scottie Lewis scored 17, Phil Wheeler added 16 and Alex Klatsky had four triples for 12. Ranney will host Rutgers Prep on Monday in the sectional semifinals. JSZ has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton Catholic is made possible thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Freehold Township 58 Monroe 47 – Boys Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinal Freehold Township had trouble finding the basket in the first half, but came out in the third quarter with a new defensive gameplan to take down Monroe. Greg Billups led the Patriots with 22 points in the win. Freehold Township will face off against No. 1 seed Trenton in the sectional final. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Freehold: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Monroe athletics is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Cherokee 53 Toms River North 47 – Boys South Jersey Group 4 Semifinal Cherokee played a total team game Friday night against Toms River North by playing tough defense and scoring well in transition to get past the Mariners and into the South Jersey Group 4 finale. The Chiefs were led by Damian Smith and Anthony DiCaro in the win, who each scored 13 points. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has all the highlights from Marlton: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Toms River North athletics is proudly brought to you by CJA Construction! Lincoln 49 Rumson-Fair Haven 44 – Boys Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Donte Darby had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lions to a win over the defending sectional champ. Darby hauled down two critical rebounds in the final minute and went three of four from the free throw line in that span. Ian O’Connor led all scorers with 26 points for RFH in his final high school game. Lincoln will face Manasquan in the Central Jersey Group 2 final on Monday. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from a wild fourth quarter in Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac (1) Middletown South 53 (4) Princeton 31 – Girls Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinal The Middletown South Eagles defeated Princeton in a blowout win on Friday night, advancing to the Central Jersey Group 4 Final. Middletown South’s Kayla Richardson scored the game-high of 17 points. Stephanie Mayerhofer was right behind her with 16 points. The Eagles will take on #1 Marlboro on Mar. 5 for the Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full highlights from Middletown: Sponsors! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is being brought to you by Monmouth Building Center! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Princeton High School is being brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
Watch Thursday 2.28 JSZ Hockey Semifinals Highlights
It’s been two wild days of hockey but now we know the matchups for the most anticipated day of puck action in New Jersey. JSZ was at Codey Arena in West Orange for the second day of state semifinal action and we have all the highlights, including: Don Bosco Prep’s relentless efforts to get back to the Prudential Center; James Monahan punching Delbarton’s ticket to another title game with a game-winner and Chatham grabbing a thrilling overtime win to secure their spot in the state finals. Stay tuned for all the action! Don Bosco Prep 4 Gloucester Catholic 1 – Non-Public Semifinals A three-point game from Don Bosco Prep’s Tyler Sedlak on top of timely goals from Zach Hammond and Liam McLinskey provided the Ironmen with their third-straight berth to the Non-Public title game. Don Bosco Prep had to stave off a whole-hearted attack from Dom Garozzo and Co. to secure the win. JSZ has the highlights from Codey Arena: Sponsor Alert! Thanks to our loyal sponsor, NJM Insurance, JSZ was able to bring you these great hockey highlights. Delbarton 2 Bergen Catholic 0 – Non-Public Semifinals With less than nine minutes remaining in regulation, Delbarton’s James Monahan drilled a second-chance shot to put his Green Wave up 1-0 over Bergen Catholic. Monahan then delivered on another goal later in the third period to solidify Delbarton’s spot in the Non-Public finale against Don Bosco Prep. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena: Chatham 2 Northern Highlands 1 (OT) – Public C Semifinal Matt Keane took advantage of a failed clear attempt and fired the game winner at 2:26 of overtime to get the Cougars back to the Newark and a rematch with Summit in the Public C state championship. Nate Marshall gave Chatham a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Highlanders drew even in the third thanks to a fantastic goal by Mark Cinotti. Watch the highlights from a fantastic wrap to the NJSIAA hockey semifinals at Codey Arena:
Watch Thursday 2.28 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you exciting state playoff basketball coverage from Red Bank Catholic’s 53-52 win over Bishop Air and Red Bank Regional’s 40-30 victory against Steinert! (3) Red Bank Catholic 53 (6) Bishop Air 52 – Non-Public South A Tournament Quarterfinal Red Bank Catholic advanced to the Non-Public South A Semifinals with an exciting 53-52 victory over Bishop Ahr. RBC trailed for three quarters after not being able to match the Trojan’s physical style of play. However thanks to a great push from Notre Dame football commit Kevin Bauman the Caseys were able to fight back from a nine point deficit to take a 41-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In the home stretch Bauman, who finished with 21 points continued his impressive scoring performance and Red Bank Catholic was able to hold off Bishop Ahr’s last attempt effort in the closing seconds to hang on for the win. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Playa Bowls of Red Bank for sponsoring our Red Bank Catholic coverage! 4) Red Bank Regional 40 (5) Steinert 30 – Central Group 3 Tournament Semifinal The Red Bank Regional Bucs are headed to the Semifinals after defeating the Steinert Spartans on Thursday night. The Bucs held a significant lead going into the second half. In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Spartans were behind by just two points after scoring foul shots. Red Bank’s Amelia Mendolla scored two foul shots with just over a minute left in regulation, putting RBR up by four. Those two free throws kept the Bucs ahead for the rest of the game, and the Bucs sealed the deal. RBR’s Meghan Murray scored the game-high 16 points for the Bucs. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Red Bank: Sponsors! Thank you to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Regional!! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Steinert High School!
Sahmir Jones paces Pleasantville into South Jersey Group 2 Semis
The high school basketball state playoffs continued on Wednesday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel brings us highlights from the South Jersey Group 2 bracket and a huge night for Pleasantville’s Sahmir Jones (3) Pleasantville 80 (6) Cinnaminson 68 – South Jersey Group 2 Quarterfinals Sahmir Jones dropped a season high 29 points to pace the Greyhounds to the South Jersey Group 2 Semifinals and a showdown with 2nd seed Camden. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Wednesday night: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Cinnaminson is made possible thanks to the support of NJM Insurance
Watch Wednesday 2.27 JSZ Hockey Semifinals Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you state hockey playoff coverage from the NJSIAA Public A, B, and C Semifinals. We’ve got highlights of five teams punching their ticket to the Prudential Center and Monday’s state championship. We’ve got you covered with all the games from Codey Arena and Mennen Arena on Wednesday night! (2) Morris Knolls 4 (6) Paramus 1 – Public A Semifinals Morris Knolls advanced to Public A Tournament Finals with an impressive 4-1 victory over Paramus. The Eagles fell behind early in the second period but scored to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the third. Morris Knolls would then tack on three unanswered goals from Jason Miesegaes, Kieran Regen and Tikhon Ryerson in the final period to set a date with top seeded Hillsborough at the Prudential Center for the Championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: (1) Hillsborough 4 (4) Wayne 2 – Public A Semifinals The Hillsborough Raiders defeated the Wayne Knights 4-2 on Wednesday night, punching their ticket to the Public A Final at the Prudential Center. This is Hillsborough Hockey’s first time advancing to a state final in program history. The Raiders took the lead early on after Mike LoRicco scored less than two minutes into the game. Jude Kurtas, Jason Wolff and Mike Panchery also scored goals for Hillsborough. The Raiders will face-off against #2 Morris Knolls on Mar. 4 at the Prudential Center. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Morristown: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough! (2) Ridge 2 (3) Westfield 1 (OT) – Public B Semifinals Alex Konovalov scored on a deflection from a Ty Eberle shot from the point 9:38 into overtime to give Ridge a spot in the Public B state championship. Luke Rich broke a scoreless tie in the third period to give Ridge a 1-0 lead, but Westfield forced overtime thanks to a goal from Thomas Conrod with only 1:47 left on the clock. Both goalies were outstanding. CJ Perry had 36 stops for Westfield and Ridge’s Marcus Fabiunke made a stellar 42 saves. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Codey Arena: Thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for his support of Westfield Athletics on Jersey Sports Zone (4) Summit 8 (9) Ramsey 1 – Public C Semifinals The Hilltoppers are fixing to repeat. Summit is heading back to the Public C state championship game after being powered by two-goal games from Luc Radice, Greg Spitznagel and Davis Strabley in a blowout win against Ramsey. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: (1) Randolph 5 (4) Middletown South 0 – Public B Semifinals It was a three-point performance from star junior JT Zangara that fueled Randolph’s shutout win against Middletown South in the state semifinals. The Rams head back to the championship game and look for some hardware after last year’s loss to Northern Highlands. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ’s coverage of all Middletown South athletics is proudly brought to you by Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury.
NJ’s speaker and Woodbridge Mayor team up in broadcast booth
For the past 20 years, Craig Coughlin and John McCormac have been broadcasting high school and youth sports in Woodbridge. But the familiar duo wearing headsets on the sidelines at Woodbridge, Colonia and JFK High are known more for their high profile day jobs. Coughlin is the speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and McCormac is the former New Jersey state treasurer and the current mayor of Woodbridge. When the headsets go on, the business of politics and government take a back seat to breaking down the keys to victory and spotlighting the kids battling on the court. “For both of us, this is just an awful lot of fun and something we love to do,” Coughlin said. “We’ve done football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, wrestling, swimming – the only thing we haven’t done is tennis.” “How often do you get to call a game when a 1000 point scorer is in the game,” McCormac said. “The fact that the team did it at home and did it in a state tournament game just puts the icing on the cake of a terrific night.” JSZ spent time with Coughlin and McCormac during their broadcast of Colonia’s 56-36 boys basketball state playoff win over Cranford. Watch our feature “From the State House to the Broadcast Booth”
Watch JSZ 2.26 Playoff Basketball Highlights
We’re in Day Two of the state playoff tournament and JSZ has plenty of action from up and down the state. Highlights are coming from Carteret’s late come-from-behind win; a battle between all-state scorers Rob Higgins and Daniel Sofield; Colonia advancing with a big double-digit win and the RBC girls advancing thanks to a star freshman. Enjoy all the action! (6) Carteret 55 (11) Parsippany Hills 54 – Boys North 2 Group 3 First Round Carteret held off Parsippany Hills to advance to the second round of the North 2 Group 3 tournament. Despite being down as many as 12, the Ramblers battled back to tie the game and with 5.7 seconds remaining. Senior Tim Ellis then put Carteret ahead on a late free throw to seal the victory. Ellis finished the night with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Campazino restaurant for sponsoring our Carteret coverage! (4) Colonia 56 (13) Cranford 36 – Boys North 2 Group 3 First Round Chad Baker had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Luke Valeriano scored his 1000th career point on a free throw late in the third quarter as the Patriots used a 20 point 4th quarter to pull away in a first round state playoff win. Colonia will host #5 seed Snyder in the quarterfinals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Patriots 21st victory of the season: (9) Middletown North 47 (8) Jackson Liberty 42 – Boys Central Jersey Group 3 First Round A testy battle between two of the Shore Conference’s most pure scorers did not disappoint, but it was Middletown North’s Rob Higgins getting the upper hand on Jackson Liberty’s Daniel Sofield. Higgins scored a game-high 22 points, but it was his defensive efforts limiting Sofield that stood out most. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Jackson: (7) Red Bank Catholic 62 (10) Camden Catholic 47 – Girls Non-Public South A First Round The Red Bank Catholic Caseys punched their ticket to the quarterfinal of the Non-Public South A Tournament on Tuesday night, defeating the Camden Catholic Fighting Irish. RBC’s freshman standout, Justine Pissott, scored the game-high 19 points. Sophia Sabino and Julia Setaro also scored in the double digits with 11 and 12 points, respectively. RBC will take on St. John Vianney in the quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 28. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Red Bank: Sponsor! Thank you to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic! Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic!
Watch JSZ 2.25 Playoff Basketball Highlights
Let’s not forget about playoff basketball, too! Monday marked the first day of opening round games in the state tournament. JSZ has highlights coming from Atlantic City’s win in the South Jersey Group 4 bracket and Holmdel advancing to the Central Jersey Group 2 quarters thanks to a blowout win. Atlantic City 60 Egg Harbor 49 – South Jersey Group 4 Opening Round Zaire Teague led Atlantic City to an opening round playoff win on the road after a 17-point, seven-rebound, six-block performance over Egg Harbor. AC is back on the road again for the quarterfinals where they’ll face off against top-seeded Eastern. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: (8) Holmdel 82 (9) South River 48 – Central Jersey Group 2 First Round The Holmdel Hornets dropped 82 points against the South River Rams on Monday night, advancing to the next round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 2 Tournament. The Hornets scored 27 points in the first quarter, putting them ahead by 21 points going into the second. Doug Chan led the Hornets in points, scoring the game-high of 16. Peter Cannizzo was right behind him with 14 points. Derek Chan and Alex Baker also reached the double digits in points, each of them scoring 11. The Hornets will take on No.1 seed Manasquan on Wednesday. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Holmdel: Sponsor! Thank you to Campozino Restaurant for sponsoring our coverage of South River!!
Watch JSZ 2.25 Playoff Hockey Highlights
State playoff hockey is in full swing! Jersey Sports Zone was at three hockey rinks to capture state hockey quarterfinal action, including highlights from Hillsborough’s rout over Ocean, Westfield showing up big-time against Princeton and a test Shore Conference battle between Middletown South and Point Boro. Stay tuned for all the action! Hillsborough 7 Ocean 3 – Public A Quarterfinals Top-seeded Hillsborough lit the lamp seven times in a quarterfinal rout over Ocean in Flemington. Jude Kurtas powered the win with a six-point game (2 goals, 4 assists) and captured his 200th career point while Jason Wolff and Lleyton Soares each scored twice. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone was able to be on hand and capture these great Hillsborough highlights thanks to our loyal sponsor, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! Middletown South 3 Point Pleasant Boro 1 – Public B Quarterfinals Freshman Nate Block’s wrist shot with 1:59 to go in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Eagles a spot in the Public B Semifinals and a matchup with top seed Randolph. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead on a Demetri Forand shot from the point and the Panthers drew even thanks to an Eddie Coyne shorthanded goal. JSZ has the highlights of two Shore Conference foes leaving it all out on the ice in a great state playoff game Thanks to Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury for sponsoring our Middletown South coverage and giving us a chance to capture this great memory for the Middletown South hockey program Westfield 6 Princeton 3 – Public B Quarterfinals Westfield advanced to the Public B Semifinal round with a 6-3 win over Princeton. The McInnis Cup champs were able to control the pace of the game by getting a comfortable 4-0 lead after two periods of play. Despite Princeton countering with two goals in the home stretch, Matt Beke scored a pair of goals to help secure the victory. Beke and Anthony Oliveri both finished two scores each. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsors! Thank you to the office of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton coverage!
Colby Rogers of Roselle Catholic Joins 1,000 Point Club!
Champion, Mc Donald’s All-American nominee and now Roselle Catholic’s Colby Rogers can add 1,000 points to his resume. The 6’4 Georgia native has been a constant contributing member to the reigning tournament of Champion Lions. Earlier this year against Top 10 opponent Gill St. Bernard’s, Rogers dropped 24 points including A pair of clutch free throws with 7. 8 seconds left in the game to help RC come out on top 48-47. In the Union County Tournament Final he reached the 1k club with a jumper to begin the third quarter as Roselle Catholic captured it’s second consecutive UCT Title. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Watch JSZ 2.23 Basketball County Finals Highlights
Let the high stakes action continue! Saturday was the final day of the county basketball finals and JSZ had cameras all over the state for the action. We’ll have highlights from Ranney’s second-straight Shore Conference Tournament win, Roselle Catholic defending their Union County crown against Patrick School, East Side nabbing its third consecutive ECT win in a nail biter, the West Orange girls capturing their first ever Essex County title and Ocean City’s late push to win a Cape Atlantic League title. Stay tuned throughout the night for the highlights! Ranney 70 Manasquan 60 – Shore Conference Tournament Boys Final Scottie Lewis delivered a 27 point, 10 rebounds, 5 steal, 4 blocked shot night that featured a 360 dunk as Ranney successfully defended its Shore Conference title. Manasquan’s Brad McCabe had a sensational 33 point effort featuring 9 of 10 shooting from beyond the arc. The Warriors kept the game close for the entire four quarters, but Ranney got a huge second half spark from Ahmadu Sarnor (16 of his 18 in the 2nd half) and Bryan Antoine added 17 in the victory. JSZ has all the big moments and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: Roselle Catholic 71 The Patrick School 66 – Union County Tournament Final For a second straight year the current No. 2 team in the NJ Top 20, Roselle Catholic took home a Union County Tournament Championship with a win over rival The Patrick School. After a slow first half the Lions were able to come alive in the third quarter thanks to some outstanding play from UNLV commit Josh Pierre-Louis to take a 44-40 lead entering the fourth. Despite being held to just five points, future University of Kentucky Wildcat Kahlil Whitney scored 11 in the fourth quarter to win MVP honors. It’s the Lions second overall UCT Title and to make things better Senior Colby Rogers scored his 1,000th point. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Newark East Side 69 Montclair Immaculate 66 – Essex County Tournament Boys Final Anas Amos has been the unquestioned leader of East Side basketball, and the senior point guard notched a pair of big accomplishments Saturday has he won his 100th career game and East Side captured its third-consecutive Essex County title in a nail biting win against Montclair Immaculate. Nasir Johnson scored a team-high 23 points in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Essex County College: (3) Manchester Township 58 (1) Saint John Vianney 42 – Shore Conference Tournament Girls Final Sophomore Destiny Adams had 19 points and 10 rebounds to earn MVP honors as the Hawks won their first ever Shore Conference girls basketball championship. Manchester broke open a 35-33 third quarter lead with an 11-0 run to start the fourth. Leilani Correa was a big catalyst in the final eight minutes as she finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Dakota Adams added 12 points as the Hawks won their 17th straight game. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: (3) West Orange 36 (5) Montclair Immaculate 25 – Essex County Tournament Girls Final The West Orange Mountaineers defeated the Montclair Immaculate Lions on at Essex County College on Saturday afternoon, winning their first ever county title. Both teams started off slow, but two of West Orange’s players ended up scoring in the double digits. Freshman Kiley Capstraw led the team, scoring the game-high 18 points. Penn State commit, Mya Bembry, walked away with a double-double: 11 points and 11 rebounds. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Newark: Ocean City 39 Middle Township 33 – Cape Atlantic League Girls Final Despite only scoring four points, it was Tori Rolls’ defensive prowess that made Ocean City six-time CAL champs. Rolls had a steal and breakaway layup late in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Danielle Donoghue led the Red Raiders with 12 points. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Stockton University:
Woodstown’s Prendergast gets 100th win to highlight Region 8 Quarterfinals
The road to Atlantic City culminates this weekend with the 8 regions across the state. The top four from this weekend’s competition punches their ticket to Boardwalk Hall and the opportunity to wrestle for an individual state championship. The Region 8 quarterfinals were highlighted by the 100th career win by Woodstown’s Jack Prendergast at 145 pounds. Mike Frankel brings us the action from Friday night in Egg Harbor Township. Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring wrestling fans coverage from the state championship finals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. JSZ will bring highlights and post-match reaction from every state final from both the girls and the boys. We’re ready to bring the excitement of A.C. to wrestling fans around the state!
Watch JSZ 2.22 Basketball County Finals Highlights
Numerous county tournaments are coming to a close this weekend and JSZ has cameras around the state as teams vie for regional supremacy. We’ll have highlights tonight from Bergen Catholic’s historic win in the Bergen County Jamboree, Jack Cavanaugh’s second-half efforts to deliver an H/W/S title for Sparta and an official four-peat from St. Joe’s (Metuchen) in the GMC finals. Enjoy! St. Joseph (Metuchen) 49 Piscataway 46 – Greater Middlesex Conference Final St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) claimed its fourth straight Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Title with an exciting 49-46 victory over Piscataway. A back and forth battle continued all the way down to the final six seconds when up by a point Tyree Ford’s put back on a missed free throw secured the victory for the Falcons. Ford’s clutch performance along with his 13 points earned him MVP honors. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Bergen Catholic 54 Don Bosco Prep 41 – Bergen County Jamboree Final Bergen Catholic’s Doug Edert was laser focused and connected for 21 points and Xavier-commit Zach Freemantle notched a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to help drive the Crusaders to its 10th-overall Bergen County Jamboree title. A bit of history came from this one, too — it was Bergen Catholic’s first win over Don Bosco Prep in the championship game, after going 0-5 all-time. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Fairleigh Dickinson’s Rothman Center: Sparta 56 Phillipsburg 53 – H/W/S Boys Championship Jack Cavanaugh overcame a scoreless first half to catch fire in the final two quarters to score 22 points as the Spartans wiped out a 12 point halftime deficit to claim its first H/W/S title. Richie Manigault scored 23 to lead all scorers in a losing effort. Dante Joefield earned tournament MVP honors and sank three critical free throws in the final seconds to preserve the victory. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Centenary University: Jersey Sports Zone brought you the H/W/S championship game thanks to the support of Phillipsburg’s Garnet Booster Club. We look forward to showing the Stateliners go for state championships in wrestling next weekend in Atlantic City!
Luke Albrecht Wins Central Jersey Game Ball For Middletown South!
Luke Albrecht won the final Boys Central Jersey Game Ball for his performance during the game against Marlboro. He scored 17 points, leading the Eagles to a 63-49 victory. Congratulations Luke!
Hawthorne’s T.J. Palmer Wins North Jersey Game Ball!
T.J. Palmer took home the final Boys North Jersey Game Ball for his performance during the game against Elmwood Park last week. He scored his 1,000th point and 33 total game points that night, leading his team to a 66-62 win. Check out his full ceremony right now:
Shawnee’s Connor Deveney wins NJM South Jersey Game Ball!
Athletics run in Connor Deveney’s family. His brother was a football and basketball standout for Shawnee last year helping the Renegades win a hoops sectional title and even earned a scholarship to play tight end for Rutgers University. Connor is keeping that tradition alive as he has been the driving force on a team that had many spots to fill from a departing Senior heavy class. Deveny is currently averaging 18 points a game this year, in his game against Kingsway he dropped 34. The people have spoken and after countless hours of voting he is this week’s NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball Winner! JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by practice for his ceremony: Take Our Poll Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring all of our South Jersey Game Ball presentations! Have a question for Nery? Email him: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch JSZ 2.22 Basketball Highlights
There’s always so much on the line this time of the season and JSZ is there to bring you the action. Highlights from seven county/state tournament games are on the way, including: Blair’s storybook season finale win against St. Benedict’s, Ranney’s continuous roll through the Shore Conference along with finding their SCT finale opponent, both Trenton Catholic squads adding some more hardware to the trophy case and the two semifinal showdowns from the Cape Atlantic League. Enjoy! Blair Academy 86 St. Benedict’s Prep 64 – Prep A Championship After missing a potential game-tying free throw in last year’s title game, Blair’s Jaylen Blakes got his redemption on St. Benedict’s Prep via a game-high 27 points as he captained the Buccaneers to their fourth prep title in school history. This season also marks the first in school history that Blair won both the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and state prep title in the same year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the action from Blairstown: (2) Trenton Catholic 62 (1) Trenton 57 – Boys Mercer County Championship After falling in the Mercer County Tournament Championship last year Trenton Catholic reclaimed their spot on the thrown with a 62-57 win over top seeded Trenton. The Iron Mike’s led by Butler University commit Khalif Battle were able to hold off an expositive Trenton offense to capture their seventh MCT Title. Battle finished with 25 points to win MVP honors. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton Catholic and Trenton coverage! (1) Trenton Catholic 64 (2) Pennington 45 – Girls Mercer County Championship Top seed Trenton Catholic won their second consecutive Mercer County Tournament Championship with a 64-45 victory over second seed Pennington. The Lady Mike’s were led by MVP Gianna Boulden-Hernandez who had 14 points in the MCT Final. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our TrentonC Catholic and Pennington coverage! Ranney 78 Freehold Township 50 – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinals Bryan Antoine scored 20 points to lead four Panthers in double figures as Ranney picked up win #23 and a spot in the SCT finals for a third straight year. Ranney opened the game with a 10-0 run and never looked back. JSZ has the highlights from RJW Barnabas Arena in Toms River: Manasquan 70 CBA 64 – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinals Alex Galvan scored 21 and freshman Ben Roy delivered a career high 17 points to give the Warriors their 25th win and a date with Ranney in the SCT finals on Saturday at Monmouth University. Manasquan raced out to a 23-9 first quarter lead and built the advantage to 42-21 at the half. CBA mounted a big comeback and would get as close as seven in the 4th quarter, but Galvan had 10 of his 21 in the final eight minutes to give Squan a semifinal win. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: Wildwood Catholic 65 Pleasantville 49 – Cape Atlantic League Semifinals Jahlil White led Wildwood Catholic with 18 points and Taj Thweatt chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds to propel Wildwood Catholic into the Cape Atlantic League tournament finals. The Crusaders will look to defend their CAL title Saturday afternoon against St. Augustine Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has highlights from the semifinal win here: St. Augustine 72 Ocean City 65 – Cape Atlantic League Semifinals St. Augustine Prep’s Charles Solomon stuffed the stat sheet Thursday night as he accumulated 19 points and 10 rebounds in a CAL semifinal win against Ocean City. The Hermits are 10-time CAL champs and will look to bring the title back home Saturday when the battle top-seeded Wildwood Catholic. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
Stephanie LaGreca Wins Girls North Jersey Game Ball For Wayne Valley!
Wayne Valley’s Stephanie LaGreca took home JSZ’s final Girls North Jersey Game Ball for her double-double during the game against Paterson Kennedy. She scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds, leading her team to a 49-46 victory. Check out Stephanie’s full ceremony right now:
Olivia Robel Wins Girls Central Jersey Game Ball For Middlesex!
Olivia Robel won the last Girls Central Jersey Game Ball of the year for her double-double and 5 steals during the game against Piscataway last week. Her double-double consisted of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Watch her full ceremony right now:
Watch JSZ 2.19 State Hockey Playoff Highlights
The state hockey playoffs are in full swing. JSZ brings you three games from around New Jersey. Middletown South is through to the quarterfinals in Public B and we’ve also got opening round wins for Pingry and Montclair Kimberly Academy in the Non-Public bracket Middletown South 4 Tenafly 3 – Public “B” Second Round Nate Block’s second period goal proved to be the game winner as the Eagles held off a third period comeback from Tenafly to move on to the Public “B” quarterfinals. The Eagles scored three times in the second to build a 4-1 lead. Tenafly got within 4-3 at the seven minute mark of the third, but Middletown South was able to hang on. The Eagles will face Point Pleasant Boro at home in the quarterfinals JSZ has the highlights from Middletown Ice World: Thanks to Monmouth Building Center for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Middletown South. Pingry 6 Gill St. Bernard’s 0 – Non-Public First Round Ryan Bush and Joe Faccone scored two goals each to pace the Big Blue to a 19th win on the season and a matchup with 5th seed Saint Augustine in the second round. JSZ has the highlights of Pingry’s impressive opening round effort: Montclair Kimberly Academy 7 Saint Rose 1 – Non-Public First Round Oscar Worob led MKA with two goals and four assists as the Cougars earn a date with second seed Delbarton in the second round. JSZ has some great goals from Montclair:
Watch Tuesday 2.19 County Tournament Hoops Highlights!
It’s county tournament time and Jersey Sports Zone has you covered for all the big basketball games across the garden state! Stay tuned for semifinals matchups in Union County, Mercer County and the girls bracket in the Shore Conference Tournament. Enjoy! (3) Patrick School 48 (2) Elizabeth 39 – Union County Semifinal Al-Amir Dawes scored a career-high 28 points and was the driving force for the Celtics as Patrick School handed Elizabeth its first loss this season while also advanceing to the Union County finals. The win gives Patrick School some revenge after a loss earlier this season to Elizabeth. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Kean University: (1) Roselle Catholic 64 (5) Union Catholic 43 – Union County Semifinal Roselle Catholic had three scorers hit double digits and used a 22-8 run in the third quarter to pull away from Union Catholic in the Union County semifinals. Colby Rogers (17), Kahlil Whitney (15) and Richie Greaves (11) were the leading scorers. Roselle Catholic will defend their Union County crown Saturday against Patrick School. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Kean University: (2) Trenton Catholic 85 (3) Notre Dame 57 – Mercer County Semifinal Trenton Catholic advanced to its sixth straight Mercer County Tournament Final with an 85-57 win over Notre Dame. The Iron Mike’s were headlined Junior sensation Jamir Watkins and Butler University commit Khalif Battle. Watkins had 24 points while Battle had 27. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton Catholic and Notre Dame coverage! (1) Trenton 58 (4) Hopewell Valley 50 – Mercer County Semifinal Number one seed Trenton advanced to their first Mercer County Tournament Final since 2011 with a 58-50 win over Hopewell Valley. The Tornadoes scraped by in the first two quarter to take a 30-28 lead at halftime. In the third Nassir Hodge with back to back threes helped Trenton fall more into rhythm to eventually gain a comfortable lead. Hodge finished with 15 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton and Hopewell Valley coverage! (1) St. John Vianney 53 (4) Manasquan 51 – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal The St. John Vianney Lancers went into Tuesday night’s SCT Semifinal wanting revenge. Last year, the Manasquan Warriors defeated the SJV Lancers during the SCT Final. However, Tuesday’s Semifinal was a close game. Manasquan had the lead up until the fourth quarter. SJV’s freshman Madison St. Rose, scored five points early on in the fourth, taking hold of the lead. The Lancers were able to hold on, winning the game by two points. William & Mary commit, Brelynn Bellamy, scored the team-high with 17 points. Quinnipiac University commit Sajada Bonner scored 11 points along with St. Rose. Fordham University commit Sarah Karpell was right behind them with 10 points. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: (3) Manchester 62 (2) St. Rose 45 – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal The Manchester Hawks advanced to their first ever SCT Final in program history on Tuesday night. Manchester’s West Virginia University commit, Leilani Correa, scored 30 points for the Hawks, leading them to their Semifinal victory. Destiny Adams and Serenity Anderson scored the second highest number of points, each with 11. The Hawks will head to Monmouth University on Saturday night to take on St. John Vianney for the Shore Conference Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River:
Watch Monday 2.18 JSZ Hockey Highlights!
The Road to the Rock begins in New Jersey high school hockey. JSZ has two opening round matchups including RFH rolling into round two and a Public “A” showdown between Nutley and West Windsor-Plainsboro South Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Verona-Glen Ridge 0 – Public C First Round Sam Catalano scored a hat trick to pace a dominating effort by the Bulldogs. RFH scored a pair of goals in the first and put the game away with a four goal outburst in the second period. Rumson earns a spot in the second round a matchup with top seed Indian Hills. JSZ brings you the highlights and post-game reaction from the Red Bank Armory: Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring our RFH coverage on JSZ. They are the reason we could bring you this first round matchup! Nutley 3 West Windsor-Plainsboro 2 – Public A First Round 19th seed Nutley upset the 14 seed in the Public A Tournament bracket, West Windsor-Plainsboro for some first round drama. After a scoreless first period the Raiders scored twice in the second, including a penalty shot from Joe Melillo to take a two goal lead. Rocco Albanese would get his second score to begin the final period. Despite West Windsor countering back with a pair of goals the defensive effort from Nutley goalie Johnny Matrona was enough to secure the victory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our West Windsor-Plainsboro North and South coverage!
Red Bank Regional Hosts First Ever NJSIAA Girls Wrestling Region Championships
Female wrestlers from all over the state of New Jersey came together at Red Bank Regional on Sunday night, competing in the first ever Girls Wrestling Region Champs. Each one of these wrestlers went down in New Jersey High School Athletics history, as they each represented their high schools at this brand new Championship. The girls who wrestle for their high school teams are used to being surrounded by mostly boys. However, Sunday night was the first time that female wrestlers in the state of New Jersey wrestled only against other females. The wrestlers who won their matches from the North and South Jersey Finals on Sunday night, will also be competing at the NJSIAA State Championships in Atlantic City at the end of February in just under two weeks. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the North Jersey Finals highlights and post-match reaction from Red Bank: Sponsor! Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg High School! Thank you to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Phillipsburg High School! JSZ’s Madison Bess has the South Jersey Finals highlights from Red Bank: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Princeton, Allentown and Notre Dame is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
Miles Wood watches JSZ Top Goals, then lights the lamp for Devils!
The New Jersey Devils honored the Top 5 Goals from New Jersey high school hockey in January captured by JSZ cameras during the NHL team’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at the Prudential Center in Newark. Once again, the Devils rolled out the red carpet and gave the VIP treatment to five great high school hockey standouts. From a pregame film session with Miles Wood, to five awesome goals on the scoreboard at the second intermission, it was another special night provided by the Devils. Watch our recap of another special evening: New Jersey Devils winger Miles Wood met with our players prior to faceoff and watched the Top 5 goals from January captured by JSZ cameras. There’s no question that the players were inpsired to see an NHL player talk about their goal and Wood’s pre-game video session paid off as well. Wood scored his sixth goal of the season in the Devils 4-1 win over Buffalo. Here’s Miles Wood breaking down the Top 5 goals from January: Congratulations to our Top 5 goals from January #5: Tommy Kleinman, Bergen Catholic #4: Dom Troisi, Saint John Vianney #3: Ty Pezzolla, Saint Peter’s Prep #2: Dyland Idland, Morris Knolls #1: Andrew Kutzman, Freehold Boro On March 21, the Devils will honor the Top 5 goals from February during their home game against the Boston Bruins. On March 25, the Devils and JSZ host our 2nd annual All-Zone hockey banquet during their game against the Buffalo Sabres.