Watch Friday 2.11 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
JSZ has coverage from a pair of thrilling non-public sectional finals, plus amazing action from two state semifinals on the public side. Check back throughout the night to watch the highlights! Bergen Catholic 24 Delbarton 23 | Non-Public A North Final Mark this down as the Match of the Year. The Crusaders and Green Wave went the distance and were tied 23-23 at the end of all 14 bouts. After 10 minutes of discussion, Bergen Catholic was dramatically named the Non-Public A North sectional champions. Criteria J – most near-fall points – was the deciding factor in one of the tightest, most thrilling matches you’ll see all year. Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Morristown: A special thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of sectional championship wrestling! Red Bank Catholic 39 Holy Spirit 30 | Non-Public B South Final Trailing 30-12, the Caseys scored back-to-back wins and got two forfeits to set the stage for Davin Brewton to clinch the school’s first-ever wrestling sectional championship with a second-period pinfall at 215 pounds. RBC will face Pope John in the Non-Public “B” state championship on Sunday morning at Franklin High School. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-match reaction from Red Bank: A special thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of sectional championship wrestling! Phillipsburg 27 Southern 25 | Group 5 State Semifinal The Stateliners trailed 22-6, but battled back to stun the Rams and punch a ticket to the state final. Nate Zastowny won via tech fall for Phillipsburg, while David Pierson and John Wargo won key decisions down the stretch. Dawson McWilliams avoided a pin in the final match to clinch the win for the Stateliners. Cole Velardi won by fall, while Matt Henrich had a tech fall for Southern in the loss. P’burg will face Howell for the Group 5 championship on Sunday in Franklin. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Coverage of Phillipsburg is made possible by the Garnet Booster Club. Brick Memorial 38 North Hunterdon 27 | Group 4 State Semifinal The Mustangs of Brick Memorial won in dominant fashion over North Jersey sectional champions North Hunterdon. Brick won nine of 11 contested bouts to get out to a 38-9 lead before forfeiting the last three matches. Returning state champion Evan Tallmadge won by tech fall while Ryan Smith, Harvey Ludington and other returning state champion Anthony Santaniello won by pin for the Mustangs. Logan Wadle earned a pin for the Lions in the loss. Brick Memorial will wrestle for its tenth group title in program history on Sunday. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Annandale: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Brick Memorial is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Sunday 2.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The Coaches Choice USA Showcase featured many of the top girls teams and players from around New Jersey. Our JSZ cameras caught the action from three of the top games, plus two great boys games between Bergen Catholic/Red Bank Catholic and Pleasantville/Atlantic City. St. John Vianney 76 Saddle River Day 51 | Girls If there were ever any doubts about who the No. 1 team in New Jersey was, those concerns were extinguished emphatically Sunday night. St. John Vianney – ranked No. 5 nationally by ESPN – dominated Saddle River Day from start to finish in a game that was further apart than the final score indicated. St. John Vianney (19-0) was paced by Madison St. Rose and her game-high 28 points, while Zoe Brooks also had 14 points and Megan Cahalan finished with 12 points. Paulina Paris led Saddle River Day (16-1) with a team-best 19 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Holmdel: Rutgers Prep 47 Red Bank Catholic 43 | Girls No. 3 Rutgers Prep (15-1) defeated No. 5 Red Bank Catholic (18-3) 47-43 to pick up a fourteenth straight win. Locked into a tight battle early, Red Bank Catholic led 26-25 at halftime. Rutgers Prep would take the lead early in the third quarter as sophomore Mikayla Blakes had the Argonauts ahead 45-37 entering the fourth. In the final quarter Rutgers Prep would hold the ball for the last five remaining minutes of regulation, scoring only on two free throws from Blakes as they would hold on for a close win. She would finish with 25 points while Rutgers commit Antonia Bates had 9 points and 10 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manasquan 55 Paul VI 50 | Girls With numerous college coaches attending, the No. 6 ranked Manasquan Warriors took down the No. 9 ranked Paul VI Eagles. After trailing going into the half, Manasquan outpaced Paul VI in the last 16 minutes. Hope Masonius led the second-half surge and netted 15 total points to put the Warriors ahead and secure the win. Hannah Hidalgo lead all players with 21 points for the Eagles in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Holmdel: Bergen Catholic 68 Red Bank Catholic 48 | Boys Julian Brown scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and Brandon Benjamin had 15 points and 9 rebounds as the Crusaders (13-6) wiped out a five-point halftime deficit with a dominating performance in the final two quarters on Sunday to hands RBC (17-3) just its 3rd loss of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Sunday highlights from Red Bank: Pleasantville 51 Atlantic City 48 | Boys The Greyhounds got it done in overtime to pick up its first win of the season, taking down the Vikings to close out the 2022 Battle by the Bay. Markhi Barnes scored a game-high 20 points in the win, including the go-ahead basket in OT. Shakir Boyd added ten points on the afternoon, knocking down clutch free throws to help preserve the win for Pleasantville (1-9). Dylan Culmone finished with a team-high 13 points in the loss for Atlantic City (4-10). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Atlantic City: Coaches Choice USA Showcase and bonus boys basketball coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Crown the Colts!
CBA 38 Howell 29 | Shore Conference Tournament Final Just 26 days ago the Colts suffered their sole loss of the season as they fell 32-31 against the Rebels of Howell. But, this time around was a different story as CBA won 8 of 14 bouts and beat Howell in the prestiged Shore Conference Wrestling Tournament. Tyler Venet, Tyler Barrett, Zander Silva and Julian George all won by pin for the Colts while Hunter Mays won by pin for Howell in the loss. Alex Nini (CBA) advanced in the rankings as he beat Sebastian Ortega (Howell). JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Middletown: Coverage of the Shore Conference Wrestling tournament is sponsored by Ocean First Bank
Southern handles South Plainfield in non-conference matchup
The Rams remain undefeated with a dominant win over the Tigers. Three pins in a row by the upper weights of Southern sealed the deal as Tyler Chase, Collin French and Riley O’Boyle earned falls in succession. Cole Velardi added a pin at 157 for the Rams and state number one ranked, Connor Collins controlled a close win against Jacob Delvecchio. Nick Irizarny won by pin for South Plainfield in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from South Plainfield:
Watch Thursday 1.6 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
The Garden State is littered with high profile wrestling programs and tonight JSZ was in attendance for a milestone victory! Phillipsburg 70 Watchung Hills 10 One of the most storied wrestling programs in New Jersey once again etched their name into wrestling history as the Stateliners won their 1000th team dual. Phillipsburg becomes just the fourth program in New Jersey to reach the century mark on the mat and they did it in overwhelming dominant fashion. Seven different Phillipsburg wrestlers earned pins on a night the entire community will remember. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Phillipsburg: Match of the Week coverage is made possible by Ocean First Bank
Watch Wednesday 1.5 Wrestling Highlights
JSZ caught the action of high profile Shore Conference wrestling match, as Howell and CBA battled for A-North. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch the highlights Howell 32 CBA 31 | Shore Conference Wrestling As Howell sought revenge from last years divisional loss, the late match heroics of Giovanni Scafidi secured the win for […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 12.21 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
Coming off of a big first weekend of tournaments, JSZ caught Shore Conference wrestling action between cross town rivals! Brick Memorial 54 Brick Twp 18 | Shore Conference Wrestling Despite their two returning State Champions not wrestling, the Mustangs made easy work of their in town foe Brick Dragons. Corey Martin, Jack Torre, Kenneth Melillo, Sam Azzaretti, Braden Scott, and Ryan Smith all won by fall for Brick Memorial in the win. Jake DeDreux and Dean Canfield won by fall for the Dragons. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Brick: Coverage of Brick Twp and Brick Memorial is made possible by Ocean First Bank!
Watch Sunday 12.19 JSZ All-Access Basketball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of great games to close out Opening Weekend on the hardwood. Grab your JSZ All-Access Pass to watch all of the action! St. John Vianney 95 Chartiers Valley (PA) 66 | Girls Basketball The Lancers welcomed in some of the best out of state competition and proved their dominance in the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Football Team
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to salute our All-State selections. We have video highlights of every JSZ All-Zone selection and celebrate Millville’s LeQuint Allen as the 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy winner LeQuint Allen wins 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy It was a celebration on a few different levels for Millville’s LeQuint Allen on Dec. 17. He was awarded the 2021 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Allen rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, scored 26 touchdowns, and made over 120 tackles on defense for the Thunderbolts this fall. JSZ was able to present Allen with the hardware during a signing celebration. Allen officially signed with Syracuse University on Wednesday, but family, friends, coaches and teammates were on hand on Friday to celebrate the achievement. Watch JSZ’s coverage of Allen’s big day: Zoneman Voting Breakdown It was the largest ballot (seven players) in the history of the award, as well as the closest final tally in voting history. JSZ polled 92 coaches + 31 media members to collect 123 total ballots. The ballots were collected equally from all parts of the state. Voting Coaches John Hack, Morris Catholic | Ashley “Smoke” Pierre, Irvington | Steve Dunn, Rutherford | Nick Campanile, DePaul | Dan Marangi, St. Joe’s (Mont.) | Dan Sabella, Don Bosco | Todd Smith, Hun | Mike Cipot, North Brunswick | Ryan Fullen, Hightstown | Jason Glezmen, Keyport | Jay Graber, Matawan | Frank Duffy, Phillipsburg | Lou Zampella, Hudson Catholic | Anthony Lanzafama, Old Bridge | Jeff Rainess, Holmdel | Matt Ahearn, Colts Neck | AJ Russo, Holy Spirit | Montrey Wright, Salem | Jim Raso, Hammonton | John Emel, Penns Grove | Mike Schatzman, Washington Twp. | John Adams, Woodstown | Kevin Smith, Ocean City | Kenny Scott, Winslow Twp. | James Melody, Cedar Creek | Steve Scanlon, Clearview | Dennis Thomas, Millville | Chuck Smith, Mainland | Dallas Whitaker, Somerville | Brian Russo, Rahway | Jon Viotto, South Brunswick | Vin Mistretta, Jackson Memorial | Jim Sharples, Jackson Liberty | Jim Desarno, Westfield | Kevin Carty Jr., Hillsborough | Ralph Cinque, Clifton | James Magazine, Eastside | Brian Fitzgerald, Seton Hall Prep | Brian Bowers, Delbarton | Barris Grant, Hillside | Rich Hansen III, St. Peter’s Prep | Len Zdanowicz, Brick Township | Albert Chiola, Linden | Andrew Patterson, Robbinsville | Shane Fallon, Red Bank Regional | Dom Gaston, Pope John | Chris Beagan, Sayreville | Joe LaSala, Woodbridge | Rich Hilliard, St. Joseph Metuchen | Benjie Wimberly, St. Joe-Montvale | Kevin Kostibos, Summit | John Bird, Keansburg | Roger Kotlarz, Wayne Valley | William Clark, Perth Amboy | Brian Wright, Timber Creek | Jason Morrell, West Deptford | Dominic Tomeo, Triton | William Hamilton, South Plainfield | Chet Parlavecchio, New Providence | Matthew Demarest, Passaic Tech | Anthony Petruzzi, Raritan | Rob Gogerty, Cedar Grove | Dominick Lepore, Manalapan | Rich Seubert, Watchung Hills | Joe Wojchekowski, Lenape | Lou Grasso, Union | Tim Gushue, Shawnee | Don Klein, Ocean Township | Nick Pulli, Gateway | Vito Campanile, Bergen Catholic | Ray Lucas, Harrison | Brian Staub, Point Pleasant Boro | J. Schulte, Rumson-Fair Haven | Tom Roarty, Colonia | Andy West, Ridge | Zoran Milich, Montgomery | Joe Passaro, Pingry | Dan Curcione, Donovan Catholic | Jon Simoneau, Bernards | Kevin Kley, North Hunterdon | Mike Lange, RBC | Darnell Grant, West Orange | Ken Loomis, Wildwood | Garrett Lucas, Delran | Milo McGuire, Nottingham | Drew Lachenmayer, Allentown | Chris Sacco, Absegami | Kevin Stetser, Egg Harbor Twp. | Sean Clancy, Notre Dame | Walt Currie, Brick Memorial | Mike Wilson, Schalick Voting Media Kevin Minnick, NJ Advance Media | Michael McGarry, Press of Atlantic City | Rich Chrampanis, JSZ | Ryan Patti, Rivals | Dave McCarthy, McCarthy Report | Jay Cook, JSZ | Tom Williams, Prime Events | Mike Frankel, JSZ | Nery Rodriguez, JSZ | Tom Horak, Max Preps/NJ Advance Media | Big Central Gridiron | Andrew Koob, NJ Advance Media | Shawn Brown, 247 Sports | Scott Faytok, NJ Advance Media | Jon Jones, Max Preps | Simeon Pincus, Gannett | Pat Rice, PJR Sports Report | Mike Pavlichko, Central Jersey Sports Radio | Ken Bradley, JSZ | Sean Miller, NJ Advance Media | Korbid Thompson, King James Radio | Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network | Marcus Borden, Gannett | Mark Trible, Glory Days | Todderick Hunt, NJ Advance Media | Pat Lanni, NJ Advance Media | James Mooney, JSZ | Steve Bassin, Gannett | Darron Wallace, JSZ | Chris Melvin, Asbury Park Press | Joe Zedalis, NJ Advance Media 2021 JSZ Zoneman Balloting 123 coaches and media members cast their vote for New Jersey's Player of the Year. 3 points for a first-place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, 1 point for a 3rd. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total LeQuint AllenMillville341715151 Tommy AmanwkaaHillsborough242719146 Davison Igbinosun Union232324139 JoJo BermudezCedar Creek112227104 Steve AngeliBergen Catholic15151691 Alex BrownRed Bank Catholic12131173 Q'Yaeir PriceDePaul Catholic46933 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver Tight EndOffensive LineZoneman FinalistsPrep Player of the Year Jalin Butler, Donovan CatholicNunes Bukula IV, Donovan CatholicJahmeer Cartagena, St. Joseph AcademyChristian Carti, Bergen CatholicChase Bisontis, Don Bosco PrepLeQuint Allen, MillvilleJacob Allen, Hun Jaden Craig, Seton Hall PrepRyan Butler, Bergen CatholicSantino Correa, Bergen CatholicDom Brogna, Bergen CatholicTommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough Robert "Champ" Long, St. Peter's PrepRonnie Heath, Don Bosco PrepKyree Drake, Donovan CatholicVince Carpenter, Red Bank CatholicSteve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Ja'son Prevard, St. Joseph AcademySam Slade, St. Peter's PrepNick Dunneman, Seton Hall PrepCaron McNair, Donovan CatholicJoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek AJ Rodriguez, DePaul CatholicMyles Thomason, Seton Hall PrepMarshawn Ferguson, DePaul CatholicChris Moreno, Don Bosco PrepAlex Brown, Red Bank Catholic Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine PrepZion Fowler, St. Peter's PrepAndre Oben, St. Peter's PrepDavison Igbinosun, Union Nasir Hill, St. Augustine PrepTaj White, Hudson CatholicQ'Yaeir Price, DePaul Catholic Elijah Steward, Holy Spirit Jon Wyatt, St. Thomas Aquinas 2021 JSZ All-Zone Non-Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackSpecial Teams Alex Bauman, Red Bank CatholicChris Chasia, DePaul CatholicJayden Bellamy, Bergen CatholicGiancarlo Carbonaro, Bergen Catholic Pat Caughey, DelbartonRajahn Cooper, Red Bank CatholicJayden Bonsu, St. Peter's PrepNick Conforti, Seton Hall Prep Denis Jaquez, St. Augustine PrepJackson Dowd, Seton Hall PrepEdward Conoran, DePaul CatholicLogan Rager, Bergen Catholic Jayson Jenkins, Notre DameMike Francisco, Holy SpiritJaeden Gould, Bergen Catholic Sydir Mitchell, Bergen CatholicTimmy Hinspeter, Don Bosco PrepJahqir Haley, St. Joseph Academy Jimmy Mullen, St. Joe-MontvaleMalachi Mercer, Bergen CatholicAvery Powell, St. Peter's Prep DJ Samuels, Bergen CatholicJake Smiechowski, St. Joe-MontvalePete Schuh, St. Joe-Montvale Brady Small, St. Augustine PrepKenny Selby, St. Augustine Prep 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Offense QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive Line Enzo Arjona, Northern HighlandsCharlie Barth, New ProvidenceLotzeir Brooks, MillvilleWill Dixon, HillsboroughDieurnest Collin, East Orange Hamas Duren, Winslow Twp.Harry Boland, CaldwellJaimen Bryant, SomervilleMatt Fries, Cranford Jack Grusser, RamapoBrandon Boria, CherokeeMichael Estremera, Woodrow WilsonNelson Monegro, Union City Devin Kargman, Woodrow WilsonSteven Burkhardt, GloucesterAnthony Johnson, Burlington Twp.Cole Skinner, Point Pleasant Boro Raeden Oliver, East OrangeJa'Quan Howard, Cedar CreekMichael Marinelli, Cedar GroveChristian Smith, Rumson-Fair Haven Danny Veenstra, RamseyColin Murray, CranfordTravis Osterhout, Jefferson Twp.Dan Volpe, Colts Neck Matt Welsey, ShawneeNaz'sir Oglesby, Woodrow WilsonBenny Robinson, RamapoTyler Williams, Clifton Damon Phillips, East OrangeTrey Simmons, Winslow Twp. Famah Toure, Irvington 2021 JSZ All-Zone Public Defense Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter Justin Evans-Jenkins, IrvingtonZion Cheeks, Penns GroveAvery Cohen, ShawneeJai Patel, South Brunswick Kenny Fletcher, DelranBobby Hahn, HaddonfieldChris Corbo, West Essex Mike Gray, Ocean CityTurner Inge, WilliamstownWill Gallagher, Cranford Jahsin Jacobs, Paterson EastsideJohn Lista, Rumson-Fair HavenJessiah Gildersleeve, Salem Charlie Johnson, Northern HighlandsKyle Louis, East OrangeQuiyon McMillan, Nottingham Aiden Moriarity, Rumson-Fair HavenDamir McCrary, Woodrow WilsonAdon Shuler, Irvington Ahmad Nalls, East OrangeEmeril Mitchell, Winslow Twp.Donovan Swasey, Clifton Jaydan Wright, MillvilleStefano Montella, West MorrisCurtis Whiting, Hackensack CJ Resto, Cedar Creek Dylan Snee, Ramapo Meet The 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists LeQuint Allen, Millville RB The face of Millville football boasted an incredible level of physicality and athleticism throughout the entire 2021 season. LeQuint Allen ran wild against defenses from the start of the year in Ocean City until the end at Rutgers University, where the Thunderbolts capped off a 12-1 season with a South Group 4 Regional Championship. He rushed for 1,901 yards on 229 carries and found the endzone 23 times. Allen is committed to Syracuse University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Tommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough ATH Tommy Amankwaa was one of the most improved players in the entire state of New Jersey from his junior to senior seasons. Amankwaa was a true swiss army knife weapon for the Raiders. On offense, he tallied 99 total touches for 1,726 scrimmage yards and a combined 27 touchdowns as Hillsborough put together a perfect 13-0 season. His red-hot play this season earned him an offer from Rutgers – he verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights soon after. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the profile: Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic QB Steve Angeli’s legacy at Bergen Catholic is undeniable after a historic season in Oradell. Angeli led the Crusaders to a perfect 12-0 season, a Non-Public A championship, and a top-five national ranking in 2021. The Crusaders’ signal-caller brought his game to a new level this season after throwing for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country. Angeli, a natural leader and an Under Armour All-American, graduates high school in December and will be enrolled at Notre Dame after the New Year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: JoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek WR A true speedster and the definition of a deep threat, JoJo Bermudez was a game-breaking talent for Cedar Creek in 2021. Bermudez hauled in an unsightly 91 catches for 1,662 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pirates. Bermudez dominated defensive backfields all season long and helped Cedar Creek to a perfect 13-0 season. His blazing start to the regular season caught the eyes of coaches from Cincinnati, as he is now verbally committed to the Bearcats. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Alex Brown, Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown’s story throughout the 2021 postseason is well documented and will be talked about for years to come on Broad Street. Following the death of his mother, Brown delivered 12 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Caseys’ three-game playoff run to win the Non-Public B championship. The Bucknell commit ultimately threw for 1,817 yards and 22 touchdown passes with 519 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs in his lone season at Red Bank Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the profile: Davison Igbinosun, Union ATH There are no arguments here: Davison Igbinosun is one of the most dynamic players in the entire state of New Jersey. Igbinosun was a hawking defensive back and a devastating weapon on offense for the Farmers in his final high school year. He was the top receiver and rusher for the Farmers’ offense and notched 74 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Union’s season had an unceremonious ending, but that doesn’t take away from the impact he had in a 9-2 season in Union County. Q’yaier Price, DePaul Catholic DE One of the state’s most unblockable defensive forces finished off a senior season with some eye-popping numbers. Price compiled 35.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for the 9-3 Spartans in 2021. He led the way for a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown for a five-game stretch at the beginning of the season and who eventually made it to the Non-Public B title game. Price flipped commitments from Syracuse to Rutgers after emerging as one of New Jersey’s top edge defender talents during the 2021 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: 2021 JSZ Football Plays of the Year The top plays captured by JSZ cameras were on display each week for the Top Play Belt. Our year-end plays of the year featured six winners that went head to head for the final Top Play Belt of the 2021 season:
Meet the 2021 JSZ Zoneman Trophy Finalists
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to formally announce the seven finalists for the 2021 Zoneman Trophy — JSZ’s high school football player of the year in New Jersey. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 16. Watch all seven features from our team of multimedia journalists to learn more about New Jersey’s top football honor! The History of the Zoneman Trophy By Rich Chrampanis, Jersey Sports Zone Chief Operating Officer In the year 2000, I received the great honor of a Heisman Trophy ballot as I started my tenure on television at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was so excited to get the chance to weigh in on such a significant award and it got me thinking of bringing the same kind of excitement to our high school football coverage. So we built a trophy and instead of the Heisman, the Zoneman was born. During my 15 years, we were fortunate to have some outstanding winners of our award starting with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons, former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and current Las Vegas Raiders wide receivers Hunter Renfrow, who caught the game-winning TD pass for Clemson in the 2016 National Championship game along with Bryan Edwards. The Zoneman tradition is still going strong in South Carolina, began its New Jersey chapter on the Jersey Shore and is now a statewide honor. We’re excited to continue this tradition in New Jersey high school football as we will present the most outstanding player in the state with our Fifth Annual Zoneman Trophy. Previous Zoneman Trophy Winners: 2017: Ashante Worthy, Freehold Boro QB 2018: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville QB 2019: Fadil Diggs, Woodrow Wilson DL/WR | Texas A&M 2020: Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) RB | Notre Dame The Zoneman Trophy Balloting The 2021 Zoneman Trophy will be voted on by coaches from each conference in the state (SFC, WJFL, NJIC, Big Central and Shore) as well as Jersey Sports Zone’s staff of multimedia journalists and other credentialed media around the state. Each ballot includes a first-place vote (three points), second place vote (two points) and a third place vote (one point). We are honored to announce the 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists in alphabetical order! Meet The 2021 Zoneman Trophy Finalists LeQuint Allen, Millville RB The face of Millville football boasted an incredible level of physicality and athleticism throughout the entire 2021 season. LeQuint Allen ran wild against defenses from the start of the year in Ocean City until the end at Rutgers University, where the Thunderbolts capped off a 12-1 season with a South Group 4 Regional Championship. He rushed for 1,901 yards on 229 carries and found the endzone 23 times. Allen is committed to Syracuse University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Tommy Amankwaa, Hillsborough ATH Tommy Amankwaa was one of the most improved players in the entire state of New Jersey from his junior to senior seasons. Amankwaa was a true swiss army knife weapon for the Raiders. On offense, he tallied 99 total touches for 1,726 scrimmage yards and a combined 27 touchdowns as Hillsborough put together a perfect 13-0 season. His red-hot play this season earned him an offer from Rutgers – he verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights soon after. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the profile: Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic QB Steve Angeli’s legacy at Bergen Catholic is undeniable after a historic season in Oradell. Angeli led the Crusaders to a perfect 12-0 season, a Non-Public A championship and a top-five national ranking in 2021. The Crusaders’ signal caller brought his game to a new level this season after throwing for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country. Angeli, a natural leader and an Under Armour All-American, graduates high school in December and will be enrolled at Notre Dame after the New Year. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile: JoJo Bermudez, Cedar Creek WR A true speedster and the definition of a deep threat, JoJo Bermudez was a game-breaking talent for Cedar Creek in 2021. Bermudez hauled in an unsightly 91 catches for 1,662 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pirates. Bermudez dominated defensive backfields all season long and helped Cedar Creek to a perfect 13-0 season. His blazing start to the regular season caught the eyes of coaches from Cincinnati, as he is now verbally committed to the Bearcats. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the profile: Alex Brown, Red Bank Catholic QB Alex Brown’s story throughout the 2021 postseason is well documented and will be talked about for years to come on Broad Street. Following the death of his mother, Brown delivered 12 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Caseys’ three-game playoff run to win the Non-Public B championship. The Bucknell commit ultimately threw for 1,817 yards and 22 touchdown passes with 519 rushing yards and 10 touchdown runs in his lone season at Red Bank Catholic. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the profile: Davison Igbinosun, Union ATH There’s no arguments here: Davison Igbinosun is one of the most dynamic players in the entire state of New Jersey. Igbinosun was a hawking defensive back and a devastating weapon on offense for the Farmers in his final high school year. He was the top reciever and rusher for the Farmers’ offense and notched 74 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Union’s season had an unceremonious ending, but that doesn’t take away from the impact he had in a 9-2 season in Union County. Q’yaier Price, DePaul Catholic DE One of the state’s most unblockable defensive forces finished off a senior season with some eye-popping numbers. Price compiled 35.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for the 9-3 Spartans in 2021. He led the way for a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown for a five-game stretch in the beginning of the season and who eventually made it to the Non-Public B title game. Price flipped commitments from Syracuse to Rutgers after emerging as one of New Jersey’s top edge defender talents during the 2021 season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile:
Watch Saturday 11.20 JSZ Championship Soccer Highlights
The boys of the Garden State took to Kean University for the Group Finals. We have the highlights from state championship wins for Kearny and Delran! Kearny 6 Freehold Township 2 | Group 4 Finals Coming in with only one loss on the season, the Kearny Cardinals once again proved their offensive attack is among the top in the state. The Cardinals got out to an early two score lead as Dalton Davilla got the scoring started 16 minutes in and Alan Antonelli put the second goal in 10 minutes before the half off the assist from Juan Rojas. Freehold Township got on the board first in the second half with a goal from Logan Mullaney but could never overtake the lead from Kearny. Two goals from Juan Rojas were the difference in the second half that set the Cardinals apart before they went on to win 6-2. Alejandro Alvarado and Johan Nieto-Baez both scored once for Kearny in the win while Josh Hocheiser scored the second goal for Freehold. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Kean: Delran 2 Ramsey 1 | Group 2 State Championship Drew Roskos scored his 33rd goal and Matt Ryan added another as Delran survived a final ten minutes being two men down due to red cards to win the Group 2 title. Goalkeeper Eamon McLoughlin made a championship saving stop late to preserve a 2-1 victory. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights and post-match reaction from Kean University: Jersey Sports Zone’s state championship soccer coverage is being brought to you by OceanFirst Bank
Watch Friday 11.19 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Sectional championship action on the public side and state semifinal action on the non-public side make for a tremendous night of football in the Garden State! Millville 40 Ocean City 3 | Group 4 South Final The Thunderbolts dominated on both sides of the ball to capture their first sectional title since 2016, and just their second title since 1975. Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns, while Nate Robbins threw three TD passes in the victory for Millville (10-1). Solomon Massey-Kent and Keyan German both had sacks to help lead a stingy Bolts defense. Ocean City falls to (11-1). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from historic Wheaton Field: The Game of the Week is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Pt. Pleasant Boro 32 Willingboro 8 | Group 2 South Final Call them old-fashioned but the well-oiled machine of Pt. Boro’s (10-1) triple option has been a nightmare for opponents this season. Though Willingboro (8-4) got out to an early one-score lead after a 38-yard run from Bryson Bright, the Panthers stuck to their game plan and dominated the rest of the game. Junior Tyler Gordon scored three times on the night with two rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a score, while senior quarterback Charlie Vitale threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Running back Jake Croce surpassed the 1000 yard mark on the ground for the season. Pt. Boro advances to play Haddonfield in the regional final. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Pt. Pleasant: JSZ’s Coverage of Pt Pleasant Boro is made possible by Ocean First Bank.
Watch Friday 11.12 JSZ Playoff Football Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has four big state playoff matchups for our entire audience thanks to the support of our great sponsors! Watch Seton Hall Prep/St. Peter’s, Ocean City/Long Branch, Williamstown/Hillsborough and New Providence/Point Pleasant Boro NOW! St. Peter’s Prep 21 Seton Hall Prep 20 | Non-Public A Quarterfinal The Marauders and Pirates again delivered a classic game in their relatively newly-charged rivalry. Sam Slade rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown to pace St. Peter’s Prep (8-3) to a win over Seton Hall Prep (7-4). Maryland commit Champ Long contributed a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown, which went for 67 yards to Pitt commit Zion Fowler. This is now the third straight game between these two programs that’s been decided by a single point. St. Peter’s Prep advances to face the winner of Saturday’s game between Bergen Catholic and Donovan Catholic in the Non-Public A semifinals next weekend: JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Caven Point in Jersey City: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is brought to you by “One on One with Steve Adubato.” Ocean City 45 Long Branch 10 | Group 4 South Semifinal The Raiders rolled past the Green Wave and into a sectional title game. Sean Mazzitelli and Jacob Wilson combined for over 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Riley Gunnels rushed for a pair of TDs and threw for a score for OC (11-0). On defense, Mazzitelli had an interception, while Zach Holt had a pair of sacks. Christian Rodriguez rushed for a touchdown for Long Branch (7-2) in the loss. Ocean City advances to face Millville in the final next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Long Branch is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Hillsborough 49 Williamstown 14 | Group 5 Central Semifinal (1) Hillsborough (11-0) defeated (5) Williamstown (5-6) 49-14 to advance to the Central Jersey, Group 5 Championship. From the opening drive, Hillsborough asserted their dominance as the Raiders led 21-0 after the first quarter and eventually 42-14 at halftime. All of Hillsborough’s points came from running back Tyler Michinard as the senior ended the evening with seven touchdowns. The Raiders will host (3) North Brunswick (8-3) whom they beat 41-0 earlier in the season, for the Central Jersey, Group 5 Title. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage. Point Pleasant Boro 28 New Providence 7 | Group 2 South Semifinal Point Boro (1) hosted New Providence (5) in a battle of two strong rushing attacks. Both teams scored on their first possession as Charlie Vitale was the first to find the end zone. He was soon matched by Charlie Barth of new Providence to tie it at 7-7, but it was the Panthers the rest of the way. Vitale would finish with 82 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Matt Oliphant and Jake Croce both scored once for Point Boro, who is set to take on Willingboro next weekend in the South Jersey Group 2 sectional title game. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights: Coverage of Point Pleasant Boro is made possible by Ocean First Bank!
JSZ Camp Countdown 2021 Homepage
High school football in the Garden State has returned. With the 2021 season now officially opened, teams are turning the page on a turbulent 2020 season in hopes of playing full schedules and competing for real championships. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews everyday leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 3. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! 8/9: Don Bosco Prep A 2-3 season last year will fuel one of New Jersey’s most storied programs into the 2021 season. The Ironmen return a plethora of talent from a team that weathered through bumps in the road last fall. Junior five-star left tackle Chase Bisontis headlines a talented offensive line unit that will hold the fort for an offense that returns numerous skill position starters. Navy commit Timmy Hinspeter and Fordham commit Claudy Robinson are the two big names that will anchor this Don Bosco defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: 8/10: Seton Hall Prep 2020 was an up and down year for Seton Hall Prep and the surging Pirates have their sights set on stability and consistency in 2021. QB Jaden Craig – a Harvard commit – returns to lead the offense with Myles Thomason and Nick Dunneman, a group that will bring plenty of fireworks to the Kelly Athletic Complex. JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from the West Orange private school: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is proudly provided by “One on One with Steve Adubato!” 8/11: Wall The Crimson Knights not only emerged as the top team in the Shore but the top-ranked public team in New Jersey after a 7-0 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from the reigning Shore Conference champions. 8/12: St. Augustine After a 4-3 campaign in 2020, the Hermits look to reestablish themselves as Non-Public Group 4 title contenders. Northwestern commit Denis Jaquez, Army commit Brady Small, Kanye Udoh, Nasir Hill and Trey McLeer lead a loaded and experienced senior class for the Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits in Richland: 8/13: Rumson-Fair Haven Expectations are always sky high in Rumson. The Bulldogs are in the Shore Conference’s top division looking to earn their spot in the Shore’s top 4 and play for a conference title followed by their usual quest to go deep in the state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to Rumson to preview the Bulldogs: 8/14: Notre Dame Sean Clancy is 15-2 (5-1 in 2020) during his first two years as Notre Dame’s head coach. Having to replace prolific two-way scoring threat Rickey “Pop” Spruill, the Irish will look to sophomore AJ Surace, son of Princeton University Head Football Coach Bob Surace, at the starting quarterback role. ND suffered a tremendous loss in the offseason when longtime strength and conditioning coach John McKenna passed away just weeks before training camp. Featured on our All Access coverage in 2020, McKenna’s presence is still felt and his spirit continues to motivate the program. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. 8/15: Bergen Catholic Questions remained at the end of the 2020 season as to which team was No. 1 in New Jersey. Entering 2021, however, Bergen Catholic feels they have what it takes to be the best in New Jersey. Led by a defense with nine returning starters and an offense that looks to put up points in bunches, the Crusaders have aspirations of playing for a state championship in MetLife Stadium in just a few months. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Oradell-based non-public powerhouse: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/16: Timber Creek 2020 was an up-and-down year for the Chargers, who finished with a 3-4 record under first-year coach Brian Wright. With just a handful of starters returning, Wright is tasked with getting a young, but talented group up-to-speed in year two. Illinois commit Donovan Leary leads an intriguing mix of youth and experience as Timber Creek looks to get back into title contention in 2021. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/17: South Brunswick South Brunswick’s first year in the newly formed Big Central Conference didn’t go as planned, as the Vikings won their first four games of the season before dropping three in a row to end 2020. John Viotto, entering his third season as head coach, will look to players like five-star kicking recruit and Rutgers University commit Jai Patel to lead the team in 2021. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 8/18: Millville Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen will lead the way for a Thunderbolts team hoping to contend for a sectional title in 2021. Nate Robbins enters his third year as Millville’s starting QB, while dynamic freshman Lotzier Brooks has all of Cumberland County buzzing. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Bolts: 8/19: Donovan Catholic The Griffins were a mere half-yard from a perfect 2020 season and an unofficial Shore Conference championship, but Dan Curcione’s team is ready to hit the reset button and challenge defending champ Wall for the top spot in the American Division and a chance to do damage both in the new Shore playoffs as well as the road to the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has more on the Griffins from Toms River: 8/20: Winslow Twp. The Eagles won five of their six games in 2020 to earn the program’s first winning season in a decade. Now Winslow is looking to keep the momentum going in 2021. Senior LB Emeril Mitchell will lead the way on defense, while QB Hamas Duren and RB Trey Thorpe should put up big numbers on offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview: 8/20: St. Joe’s (Mont.) It won’t be easy replacing reigning JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime, but St. Joe’s will lean on their new core of top talent to usher in the next generation of Green Knights. Joe’s, yet again, plays an incredibly tough schedule and will have to weather through the gauntlet if they want to compete for a state title in 2021. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles St. Joe’s (Mont.): Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/21: Trenton Trenton was one team greatly affected by Covid-19 protocols. The Tornadoes not only shut down and rescheduled games, but were also forced to trim the roster down to less than 30 athletes, leaving many players confused and discouraged from participating in the offseason. New head coach Chris Franco brings his expertise over from prep powerhouse The Hun School. Franco is eager to restore a bit of normalcy back into one of Mercer County’s most beloved programs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. 8/21: St. Joseph Academy (Hammonton) Having to fight to keep their school open and playing without a home field, the Wildcats know about adversity. This season, St. Joe aims to retake its place as one of the top Non-Public teams in the state. Cohl Mercado, P.J. Williams, Bryan Butkus, Jahqir Haley and Ja’son Prevard will lead the way in Paul Sacco’s 40th season at the helm in Hammonton. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Wildcats: 8/22: Holmdel The Hornets have had an amazing three-year run including last year’s 6-1 record. The price of that success is a daunting schedule in the Shore Conference’s Colonial Division. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis pays a visit to Holmdel and head coach Jeff Rainess: 8/22: Cedar Creek The Pirates will lean on a deep and experienced senior class to right the ship after finishing 3-5 in 2020. JSZ All-Zone WR JoJo Bermudez and company are hungry for a return to the postseason under second-year coach James Melody. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Egg Harbor City: 8/23: DePaul Catholic It’s a new year, and there’s a new head coach leading DePaul Catholic into 2021. Nick Campanile, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, takes the reigns of a surging Spartans program from John McKenna. The cupboard is certainly full this season. A trio of Division 1 recruits – A’Khoury Lyde, Q’yaeir Price and Eddie Conoran – anchor a defense with eight three-year varsity starters. DePaul’s usual pass-happy offense now goes to senior quarterback AJ Rodriguez. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Passaic County power: 8/23: Shawnee The Renegades look to get back on the winning track this season after finishing 1-6 in 2020. Four-year starting QB Matt Welsey leads a senior class with a lot to prove in 2021. Returning starters Dean Bialous, Fred McAneney, Ethan Krauss, and Luke Anderson will all see increased roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/26: Northern Highlands The excitement surrounding Northern Highlands football is as high as its been in years. The Highlanders return four valuable starters and leaders to the team in 2021: QB Enzo Arjona, RB/DB Nick Branca, WR/DE Ian Langan and OL/DL Charlie Johnson. Those four will look to lead Northern Highlands on their drive to win a second sectional title in three seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Allendale: 8/26: Delran The Bears enter 2021 with a chip on their shoulder after a tough end to a Covid-shortened 2020 season. Rutgers-commit Kenny Fletcher, senior RB Zac Palmer-Smith, and junior QB Derek Namnun have the Bears ready to challenge for a sectional title. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Delran: 8/26: Mainland The Mustangs return a young core ready to take a step forward after finishing 2-4 in 2020. Mainland will feature an exciting one-two punch on offense in junior RB Jabriel Mace and junior QB Marlon Leslie. Sophomore LB JJ Sinclair will be a name to watch on the defensive side of the football. JSZ’s James Mooney checks in from the Mustang Corral: 8/26: Union Following a tough loss to Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium for the North Group 5 Championship, 2020 didn’t go as planned for Union as the Farmers went 4-3 in a condensed season affected by Covid-19. Union will have to replace versatile athlete Desmond Igbonisun, now at Rutgers, luckily the Farmers can look to younger brother and defensive threat, Davison Igbonisun to make plays in 2021 before he joins the Scarlett Knights next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/30: Lenape Despite ending the year with back to back losses, Lenape finishing 5-2 will once again be one of the premiere teams to watch in South Jersey. With players like Xavier Coleman now at Boston College and Tyler Davis off to University of Delaware, the Indians will look to players like Kylier Lightfoot and Kobi Ray-Reed to lead the offense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from training camp: 8/31: Kingsway The Dragons look to reload and refocus in 2021 with a strong group of underclassmen stepping into big roles both on and off the field. Juniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will be impact players on both sides of the football for the Dragons. Sophomore QB Joe Lyons, junior LB D.J. DiPietro, and junior DL Demetrious Ransom will be some of the newcomers to watch this season. Kingsway opens the season with a road trip to Rutgers University, where they will take on Shawnee at the Rumble on the Raritan. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview from Swedesboro: 8/31: Piscataway After being shut down for the entire 2020 season due to COVID, Piscataway has a clean slate as they look to build back. The Chiefs were a juggernaut just three years ago after a perfect 13-0 season. The road to rebuilding begins this Friday night when Piscataway hosts Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a look at the 2021 Chiefs 8/31: Delbarton Delbarton’s 2020 team was arguably one of the best in program history. So, how will the 2021 rendition of the Green Wave respond? By setting their own standard. Stanford commit Pat Caughey anchors a defensive line with potentially three other Division 1 recruits: Chuck Nnaeto, Matt Gemma and Nigel McSween. Robbie Russo is in line to win the starting quarterback job and will have a reliable target in Nick Petrillo, one of the top returning pass catchers in the Super Football Conference. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Morristown-based private school: 8/31: Irvington Who is the top team in Essex County? Some will say Seton Hall Prep, but others will push for Irvington to hold that title. The Blue Knights’s 2021 campaign includes tough games against Union City, Wayne Hills, DePaul Catholic, Ridgewood and West Orange. That should prepare them for a deep playoff run. Two-way lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins is one of the top players in Essex County and will be a valuable leader for Irvington this season. The Blue Knights’ trio of national junior recruits – Adon Shuler, Nasir Addison and Famah Toure – bring top-end talent to a hungry team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview on Irvington: 8/31: Red Bank Regional Shane Fallon’s father was a longtime athletic director and assistant football coach at Red Bank Regional in the late 1970’s. Now, the architect of the Rumson-Fair Haven football program comes back home to lead RBR into a new era. The Bucs had multiple shutdowns due to COVID but ended their 2-4 season with an upset win over Group 5 Hackensack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis previews the Bucs from Little Silver: 8/31: East Orange A condensed seven game season put a cap on what could’ve been something special for East Orange. The Jaguars went 5-2 in 2020, outscoring opponents in their first three games 81-6. With most of their starters returning they will have much to look forward to in 2021. At the top of that list is six foot, two hundred pound, Temple University commit and defensive threat, Kyle Louis. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the full story: 8/31: Westfield No team scheduled to play was affected by Covid-19 in 2020 more than Westfield. Shutdowns led to a two game season in which the Blue Devils lost both games, a definite first for longtime Head Coach Jim DeSarno. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. 9/1: Middletown South The Eagles are coming off a 2-4 season but played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference highlighted by a 32-25 upset win over RBC. More than anything, Steve Antonucci’s team is grateful to have a full season in front of them including the return of their annual Thanksgiving clash with Middletown North. Jack Latore leads a hard-nosed defense and Tom Shorck is back under center on the offensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a preview of Middletown South: 9/1: Ramapo The expectations surrounding Ramapo football are always sky high. While the goal for a sectional title isn’t changing in 2021, the actual group they’ll be competing in is. The Raiders are anticipating a bump-up from North Group 3 to North Group 4 this season, meaning new opponents and challenges throughout the year. Senior captains Dylan Snee and Jack Remo will be valuable pieces to the defense, while Bergen Catholic transfer Jack Grusser comes back to play quarterback at his hometown school. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Raiders: 9/1: Eastern 2021 marks a changing of the guard for the Vikings as Lionel Bolen takes over the program in his first season as head coach. The former Eastern assistant was a standout at Rancocas Valley and played collegiately for Notre Dame. Bolen’s goal in year one is to change the culture after a 1-4 finish in 2020. The Vikings feature a ton of talent all over the roster with junior QB Walt Clymer Jr., senior WR/DBs AJ Brooks, Jasiah Davis, and junior OL/DL Aidan Clark playing huge roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has more with the Vikings in Voorhees: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 9/1: Colts Neck After putting together a 7-1 season in 2021, Colts Neck got what they asked for – a major bump in competition. The Cougars are the newest addition to Shore Conference’s American Division, which features the conference’s best competition. Colts Neck will mix it up with Toms River North, Donovan Catholic, Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven in 2021 as they look to stake their claim as one of the top public schools in Central Jersey. Four-year starter Tommy Fallon returns under center and is surrounded by a senior-heavy team with plenty of varsity experience. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Cougars: 9/1: Hun 2020 was anything but typical for the Hun school. The nationally known prep powerhouse located in Princeton went 3-3 in a short season that restricted them to in-state play only. Prior to last year the Raiders had lost only four games in the three seasons, that included a slew of MAPL league championships. Things seem to be back on pace in Princeton and it doesn’t hurt when you have New Jersey’s number one ranked player, Rutgers commit Jacob Allen. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage
JSZ All Access: Comeback Season
Preseason football is about to end and Week 0 is just days away. Our team of MMJ’s embedded themselves with four of the top football programs in the state leading up to the start of the 2021 season. It’s the first sense of normalcy for high school football in New Jersey after a COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign. We’ll go behind the scenes and tell in-depth stories from St. Peter’s Prep, Holy Spirit, Red Bank Catholic and Phillipsburg. You want to see passion? Dedication? Camaraderie? We have it, and you don’t want to miss it. Episode 1 of “JSZ All Access: Comeback Season” drops Aug. 24 and Episodes 2 and 3 will be published on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, respectively. Follow along each day for a new 30-minute documentary feature. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Credits Executive Producers: Dale Florio and Mark Kolb Red Bank Catholic produced by Rich Chrampanis St. Peter’s Prep produced by Jay Cook Holy Spirit produced by Mike Frankel Phillipsburg produced by Nery Rodriguez Jersey Sports Zone ownership team: Leslie Florio, Karen Geisel and Mike Zebrick
Watch Saturday 5.22 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
We have highlights of both girls and boys Union County Championships including some of the top teams in the state! Summit 11 Westfield 9 | Union County Boys Final In a battle of two public state powers, Summit (10-0) captured a third straight Union County Title following an 11-9 victory over Westfield (8-4). The Hilltoppers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first quarter before going ahead 8-3 at halftime. Westfield would counter as Villanova commit Mack Prybylski and Fairfield bound Aidan McLane both finishing hat tricks would cut the deficit to 9-7 in the fourth. However, Summit tacking on a pair of scores from Holy Cross commit Michael Bonomo in the final minutes would secure the win. Bonomo and Penn commit Luke DiNola each had four goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Clark: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Oak Knoll 11 Summit 5 | Union County Girls Final Familiar foes squared off on the campus of Arthur L. Johnson High School, the Royals improved upon their one-point victory from a month ago. An explosion of scoring came late in the first half from Devon Gogerty as she netted three goals and had an assist to put Oak Knoll out in front and the Royals never looked back. It was a team effort to capture the Union County Title as seven different girls scored at least one goal for Oak Knoll. Jane Freeman had two goals for the Hilltoppers in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Clark:
Watch Thursday 5.20 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights
County tournament season is well underway and our cameras have coverage of three conference playoff games – two from Union County and one more from Bergen County. Enjoy all the highlights with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Bergen Catholic 15 Ramapo 7 | Bergen County Tournament Quarterfinal Bergen Catholic (7-5) scored eight unanswered goals from the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Still on Top, #1 Donovan Catholic routes #3 Livingston
Questions arose after the top softball program in the state took their first loss of the season yesterday, but the Griffins of Donovan Catholic (12-1) bounced back in convincing fashion. Taking on the Lancers of Livingston (10-2) at neutral site Seton Hall, Donovan controlled the game from start to finish to win 8-2. Adriana Romano […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Meglio Wins Central Jersey Week 3 Game Ball
When we met with the Jags and new Head Coach Pat George before the season, he predicted a young sophomore would open eyes this spring. Three weeks later and the first-year starter Charlie Meglio is proving him right. The 6’3 3B was a nightmare at the plate against Toms River East as he smoked two homers and finished with five RBI’s! It is no surprise Meglio brings home the game ball for his performance. Take Our Poll
Brooke Knight of Toms River East brings home Week 1 Game Ball
Brooke Knight made a statement on opening day. Knight lead the raiders to a 10-0 shutout win as she dealt a No-Hitter and compiled 10 strikeouts against Trinity Hall. She also dominated the game ball voting, earning over 20 percent more of the vote than second place. Take Our Poll
Watch JSZ’s Day 1 NJSIAA Wrestling Finals Highlights!
The Road to Phillipsburg is officially over. Hundreds of wrestlers from all reaches of the state have reached the state tournament and are wrestling to achieve glory in a shortened, unforgiving 2021 season. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s has highlights from Day 1 of the NJSIAA State wrestling tournament with results from 106 through 145. 106-Pound State Champion: Daniel Jones, Delbarton JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights and reaction! 113-Pound State Champion: Evan Tallmadge, Brick Memorial JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and reaction: 120-Pound State Champion: Anthony Santaniello, Brick Memorial JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: 126-Pound State Champion: Vincent Santaniello JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights and reaction ! 132-Pound State Champion: Ty Whelan, Clearview JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and reaction: 138-Pound State Champion: Joey Olivieri, Hanover Park JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-match reaction. 145-Pound State Champion: Anthony White, South Plainfield JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and champion interview:
New Head Coach, Same End Goal for Jackson Memorial
After 15 seasons of Frank Malta leading the way for Jackson Memorial, the Jags have a new head coach in former hitting coach Pat George. George was with the team last summer for the runner-up finish in the Last Dance World Series. Although Jackson loses significant offensive firepower due to graduation, they have confidence in the young Jags at the plate. Jackson will rely on their pitching duo of Matt Potok and Zach Crotchfelt, who are committed to Coastal Carolina and Auburn respectively. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the story:
Watch JSZ Girls Wrestling State Finals Highlights!
All roads lead to Phillipsburg in 2021. After a turbulent season, we’ve made it to the NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Finals. Jersey Sports Zone has FULL highlights from the each championship bout from the girls finals at the home of the Stateliners. Stay tuned and enjoy the highlights! 100 Pound Champion: Isabella Santos, Elizabeth 107 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Wednesday 4.7 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
We’re moving closer to the individual tournaments, but this week still features some tremendous team duals around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Cherokee 70 Shawnee 0 The Chiefs take care of business against a shorthanded Renegades lineup in a clean sweep of its district rivals. Cherokee racked up the bonus points in the dual as […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 4.1 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s the beginning of spring break around New Jersey but grapplers continue to toe the line. We have action from a Delbarton v. Kingsway barn burner, as well as mat-side highlights from the Shore Conference, North and South Jersey! Delbarton 29 Kingsway 24 It was one of the most anticipated duals of the season, and […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.30 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
We’ve got three more great matches as the dual season rolls on in every part of the state. JSZ brings you highlights from a tough North-South battle between Southern Regional and Phillipsburg, while also checking in on winnings effort from Watchung Hills and St.Peter’s Prep. Watch all the highlights with your JSZ All-Access Pass! Phillipsburg […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 3.26 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s another busy evening on the mat, with sensational scraps all over the state. Check back throughout the night to catch all of the exciting highlights! Delsea 49 Woodstown 17 The Crusaders took down the Wolverines in a battle between undefeated Tri-County Conference teams. Giovanni DeGeorge, Pierce Lightfoot, Blaise Verdino, Jacob Hassett and Alex Zimmerman […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 3.25 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s an exciting night on the mat as JSZ brings you three big duals from across the state highlighted by a 600th career win for a NJ wrestling legend and the end of a five year win streak in Shore Conference divisional action. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action! Kittatinny 36 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.23 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
JSZ’s team of MMJ’s continues to hit the mats all across the state. Tonight we have highlights from a top 10 showdown, two of the CVC’s best, an NJAC divisional battle and a tussle on the Shore. Enjoy the action! North Hunterdon 32 Phillipsburg 23 A top 10 matchup between two Skyland Conference teams, #4 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 3.20 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
It’s late March Saturday dual wrestling in New Jersey! The first week of high school wrestling is wrapping up and JSZ takes you around the state with some fantastic dual matchups. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action. Brick Memorial 40 Rumson-Fair Haven 37 The Mustangs scored pinfalls in seven of their […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 3.19 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
Opening week continues on the mat with great clashes all over the Garden State! Millville 54 Vineland 24 There were only four contested bouts, but the Thunderbolts knocked off the archrival Fighting Clan to open the season. Jaydan Wright and Adrian Baez both pinned for Millville. Joe Nappa and Josh Kichen each won by fall […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 3.18 Wrestling Highlights
Our wrestling coverage during the first week of the 2021 season continues with a pair of Shore Conference matches. Subscribe with the JSZ All-Access Pass to watch the highlights! CBA 54 Freehold Township 13 CBA has seemingly opened the 2021 season on a mission after securing wins in their first two matches of the year. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Wednesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
The first week of wrestling rolls along with two great matchups on the mat. Enjoy the highlights! Camden Catholic 54 Shawnee 24 The Non-Public “B” champions from a year ago showed no signs of regression, erasing an early deficit to power past the Renegades. Shawnee led 18-6 after a Jake Hastings second round pin at […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Tuesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights
The final leg of the winter season is underway as grapplers all across the Garden State made their way back to the mats. Our team caught one of New Jersey’s best programs in action. Brick Memorial 48 Toms River East 26 Arguably the best public school wrestling program in the state, Brick Memorial started off […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
South Plainfield’s Moshood Adebule wins Central Jersey Week 5 Game Ball
The Tigers capped off a nine-game win streak against Middlesex thanks to the near perfect effort of Moshood Adebule. Moshood scored 26 points while going 13-14 from the field, and he added nine rebounds! He captured over 6,700 votes to win the Central Jersey Week 5 Game Ball. Take Our Poll Watch Adebule’s Game Ball presentation here:
JSZ 2021 Hockey Previews
Believe it or not, we’ve made it to the start of the high school hockey season in New Jersey. JSZ’s team of multimedia journalists are stopping by rinks all over as teams in the Garden State prepare for the start of the 2021 season on Jan. 15. Bookmark this page as we upload new previews daily leading up to the first puck drop next week! Christian Brothers Academy The defending Gordon Cup and state champions will not get a chance to defend their state crown at the Rock but paying for the school’s 10th Gordon Conference championship is plenty of incentive. With 2020 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year John Donohoe back in net, the Colts are expected to roll our four lines that are all capable of finding the net and a solid blueline anchored by captains Colin Grable and Lucas Salas. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis wraps up our hockey previews with a look at CBA: Don Bosco Prep Despite winning 20 games and making it to three tournament finals, Don Bosco has a chip on its shoulder coming into the new year. The Ironmen are bigger, faster and stronger in 2021, and don’t plan on falling short with as they’ll deploy a high-powered offense and a physical defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview: Rumson-Fair Haven Eric Zullo’s first season as RFH head coach saw the Bulldogs take a big step forward as a state ranked public school program thanks to a 16-3-3 record that featured a spot in the Public “C” quarterfinals and a Shore Conference Hanchden Cup championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to the Red Bank Armory to learn more about the 2021 Bulldogs: Bergen Catholic 2020 was a year that saw Bergen Catholic take a major step forward into becoming a state power. The Crusaders won their first Bergen County Tournament title, yet fell short in the Gordon Cup and Non-Public tournaments. Their sights are set on the state’s No. 1 ranking in 2021 behind an electric offense led by Aram Minnetian. JSZ’s Jay Cook features the Crusaders from Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Augustine The Hermits are eager to get back on the ice after opening round exits in the Gordon Cup and the state playoffs last season. St. Augustine finished .500 a year ago, and will count on a handful of key seniors to help the team compete in 2021. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits from The Igloo in Mt. Laurel: Morris Knolls After winning two straight Public A state titles and with 10 seniors returning to the mix, Morris Knolls has all the makings of entering 2021 as potentially the state’s top public school team. Jason Kwestel, Andrew Ryan and Tim Kepler will all wear C’s on their sweaters this year. With no state tournament this season, Knolls is wholly focused on winning the 2021 Mennen Cup. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by Aspen Ice in Randolph to preview the Golden Eagles: Westfield Finishing (15-8-2), Westfield fell short in the Union County Tournament final and was a game away from playing in Newark for a Public B championship in 2020. The Blue Devils graduated eight seniors but have a bevy of upperclassmen stepping into starting roles this year, which could be a determining factor in finishing during high-pressure situations. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the preview: Thank you to the office of Assemblymen Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Gloucester Catholic The Rams have reached the state semifinals the last three years in a row, and are looking to take the next step by capturing a Gordon Cup title this winter. Defenseman Jake Grace leads an experienced GC senior class, with the Rams hoping a talented group of sophomores will step into the spotlight this year. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview from Hollydell Ice Arena: Gloucester Catholic coverage is made possible by NJM Insurance. Manasquan/Point Pleasant Beach The Warriors have won three straight Shore Conference Cups and will be challenged to go 4 for 4 with the departure of All-Zoners Matt Franzoni and Anthony Dowd but there’s still a lot of talent on the roster headlined by the Farinacci brothers (twins Michael and Chris along with James). Cousin John Farinacci fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors made an appearance at Warriors practice giving the team a big boost as they work towards the start of the 2021 season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall: Delbarton After securing only 10 wins and finishing the year at .500 last season, Delbarton is gladly turning the page to 2021. At least nine freshman and numerous other underclassmen saw significant ice time for the Green Wave in 2020 – but with a year of experience under their belts, head coach Bruce Shatel is expecting a turnaround season. Anchoring Delbarton this year will be talented senior goalie Brett Cleaves. JSZ’s Jay Cook makes the pit stop at Aspen Ice to preview Delbarton:
Estime Wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman, Signs with Notre Dame
What a day Friday was for Audric Estime. The St. Joe’s (Mont.) product is at the forefront of the New Jersey high school football world after it was announced Estime won the 2020 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Moments after accepting the honor, Estime sent shockwaves through the national college football recruiting world by announcing he’s be signing with the University of Notre Dame. Watch JSZ’s full breakdown of Estime’s huge day: Zoneman Breakdown Estime put up unprecedented numbers during the 2020 season. In the eight games St. Joe’s played, Estime delivered 1,838 yards and 22 touchdowns against the top competition in the state. Estime garnered votes from coaches and media in every corner of the state to take home the award. Notre Dame Signing Estime will be making plenty of waves with his announcement Friday to flip from his Michigan State commitment to his signing with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are one of the top teams in America and Estime will be a jolt of energy to the program.
Vote Now for JSZ Defensive Touchdown of 2020!
Our recap of the 2020 football season continues. Jersey Sports Zone has the best defensive touchdowns from the Garden State this season. The poll is live with the best of the best scores from the defensive side of the ball. Polls will be open until Tuesday, December 15th at noon. Vote for your favorite play and tell a friend to check out the action. Take Our Poll JSZ Post Season Awards Calendar Who had the top play of the 2020 season? Who will win the Zoneman Player of the Year? Who is on our All-Zone team? All the answers to those questions can be found by following along with JSZ as we navigate through the dozens of awards coming down the pipeline in December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the coming weeks. JSZ Football Plays of the Year Special Teams TD of the Year: Monday, Dec. 7th through Wednesday, Dec. 9th.TD Pass Play of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 10th through Saturday, Dec. 12th.Defensive TD of the Year: Sunday, Dec. 13th through Tuesday, Dec. 15th.TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 2020 All-Zone Team Presentation Announcement of JSZ Zoneman Finalists (5 Player of the Year Finalists): Monday, Dec. 7th.JSZ Non-Public All-Zone Offense: Monday, Dec. 14th.JSZ Non-Public All Zone Defense: Tuesday, Dec. 15th.JSZ Public All-Zone Offense: Wednesday, Dec. 16th.JSZ Public All Zone Defense: Thursday, Dec. 17th.Zoneman Finalist Features: Friday, Dec.18th.Zoneman Trophy Announcement (virtual interview) Dec. 18th.
JSZ Camp Countdown: Preseason Football Previews for the 2020 Season
Football teams in New Jersey are currently preparing for the 2020 high school season in a preseason like no other. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists are back pounding the pavement to cover the state and preview dozens of football programs leading up to Opening Day on Oct. 2. From now until then, our “JSZ Camp Countdown” series will highlight a new team daily in preparation for the season. Stop back in each day for a story on your favorite team, your crosstown rival or a team on the other end of New Jersey. Today’s JSZ Camp Countdown Feature: Timber Creek Major changes took place at Timber Creek this offseason as longtime head coach Rob Hinson joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. Brian Wright takes over for Hinson after eight seasons at Cherry Hill West. Wright now presides over one of the best rosters in the state highlighted by junior DE/WR Jihaad Campbell, and junior quarterback Donovan Leary. The Chargers also added senior running back, Temple-commit Johnny Martin, who transferred from Highland in the offseason. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story: Previous JSZ Camp Countdown Previews Scroll down to find a team’s preview, then click the name to watch! Week 1 8/17: Don Bosco Prep 8/18: Hammonton 8/19: Donovan Catholic 8/20: Ramapo 8/21: Absegami 8/22: Bridgewater-Raritan 8/23: Woodbridge Week 2 8/24: Paramus Catholic 8/25: Washington Township 8/26: Union 8/27: Holmdel 8/28: Seton Hall Prep 8/29: Lenape 8/30: Toms River North Week 3 8/31: Winslow 9/1: Sayreville 9/2: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 9/3: Wall 9/4: Hillside 9/5: Wayne Valley 9/6: St. Augustine Week 4 9/7: Holy Spirit 9/8: Westfield 9/9: Irvington 9/10: West Orange 9/11: Woodrow Wilson 9/12: Williamstown 9/13: Mater Dei Prep Week 5 9/14: Delbarton 9/15: Burlington Township 9/16: Red Bank Catholic 9/17: Pope John 9/18: Ridgewood 9/19: Red Bank Regional 9/20: Shawnee Week 6 9/21: DePaul Catholic 9/22: South Brunswick 9/23: Cedar Creek 9/24: Millville 9/25: St. Peter’s Prep 9/26: Timber Creek
JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020
Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington
JSZ Camp Countdown 2022 Homepage
High school football in the Garden State has returned! The 2022 season is officially underway and teams will soon compete to become true group state champions for the first time ever in New Jersey history. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews and fresh content every single day leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 4. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! Jersey Sports Zone’s Camp Countdown Series is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health 8/17: Ocean City | West Jersey Football League The Red Raiders are coming off a 12-1 campaign and a run to Group 4 South sectional final in 2021. OC will be young on the lines this year, but returns plenty of experience at the skill positions. Quarterback Riley Gunnels enters his second season as a starter, while fellow senior Jack Hoag should see plenty of touches all over the field. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with from Carey Stadium: 8/16: Holy Spirit | West Jersey Football League 2022 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Holy Spirit as Andrew DiPasquale takes over as head coach, joining a long list of former players to lead the Spartans. Holy Spirit will look to a handful of seniors to guide a young team as the Spartans look to bounce back from a 5-6 record in 2021. Seniors Gavin Roman, Jayden Llanos, and Robert McDevitt will play key roles on both sides of the football, while Sean Burns enters his first full season at quarterback. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Absecon: 8/16: Point Pleasant Boro | Shore Conference The Panthers won their first sectional title since 2005 last season, but the year ended in heartbreak for Point Boro at Rutgers. This season, the Panthers are looking to repeat as sectional champs and make a run for a state championship. Senior Temple commit Cole Skinner looks to lead the way up front, with Sam Muraglia and Aiden Ward also headlining a deep and talented senior class for head coach Brian Staub. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with Point Boro: 8/16: Don Bosco Prep | Super Football Conference The collective confidence at Granatell Stadium in Ramsey is high heading into 2022. With Texas A&M commit Chase Bisontis leading the way, Don Bosco hopes for a hot start and a deep run into the Non-Public A state playoffs. Nick Minicucci, Ronnie Heath and Nolan James will pace an improved offense while Jordan Thomas, Jovan George, Jayden Brown and Nick Severin take over the defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story on the Ironmen: 8/15: Notre Dame | West Jersey Football League After finishing 4-5 and second in the WJFL Capitol Division standings last year, Notre Dame will look to junior quarterback AJ Surace to lead the Irish in 2022. Surace is one of the must-see quarterbacks heading into this season and has garnered attention from Michigan State, Boston College and Duke University to name a few. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/15: Kingsway | West Jersey Football League The Dragons come into 2022 with heightened expectations after winning their first sectional title in two decades. Kingsway returns virtually every starter from a year ago and look poised to make a run at a sectional and state title this season. Seniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will feature prominently on both sides of the football, along with Luke Van Brill, Benny Liles III, Brady Whitzell, and Jacob Mason. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Swedesboro: 8/15: Wall | Shore Conference Longtime Manalapan coach Ed Gurrieri takes over a Crimson Knights program that was rocked by a hazing scandal. Wall had to forfeit a home playoff game and its Thanksgiving rivalry game with Manasquan as a result. There’s a clean slate and with a coach who has an outstanding reputation, the rebuild is on at Wall. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on the 2022 Crimson Knights: 8/14: St. Thomas Aquinas | Big Central St. Thomas Aquinas finished 9-1 in 2021 behind an impressive defense that allowed just nine points in the regular season. However, their first-round playoff loss wouldn’t be the only felt by the Trojan Army; this past spring Head Coach Brian Meeney unexpectedly passed away, leaving the program in shock. Tarig Holman now steps in to guide STA as they look to have another successful year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from Middlesex County: 8/14: Rumson-Fair Haven | Shore Conference Jeremy Schulte takes over the reins of the program while his father, Jerry Schulte, returns to his spot as defensive coordinator. The Bulldogs are always built around defense and players like Marshall Halfacre on the defensive line and Beau Kemler in the secondary will lead a new group that tries to live up to the gold standard. RFH lost over 2,700 yards of offense and over 450 tackles to graduation, but the Bulldogs are excited to show how they reload. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the preview of the Bulldogs: 8/14: Highland | West Jersey Football League Angelo Rodriguez enjoyed a breakout season for the Tartans in 2021, rushing for over 1,300 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns in nine games. The Long Island commit returns for his senior season, to lead a veteran group which includes junior QB Connor Leary. Highland will be in the spotlight to open the year, as the Tartans are set to face Downingtown West (PA) at the Battle at the Beach in Ocean City. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Blackwood: 8/13: Irvington | Super Football Conference The Blue Knights enjoyed a historic 2021 season with the program’s first-ever sectional title and then with North Group 4 regional championship win. Irvington has their eyes on going all the way in Group 4 this season. Notre Dame commit Adon Shuler, Kentucky commit Nasir Addison and Rutgers commit Famah Toure will lead the way as head coach Ashley “Smoke” Pierre guides a surging team into battle. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Essex County: 8/13: Mainland | West Jersey Football League A young Mustangs team finished 4-6 in 2021, but Mainland has big plans for 2022. Villanova commit Jabriel Mace (RB) teams up with M.J. Leslie (QB) to form one of the most dynamic senior 1-2 punches in South Jersey. Other players to watch include Cohen Cook (LB/WR), Joe Sheeran (DB), Paul Lombardo (OL/DL) and Nick Timek (DL). The Stangs hope to not only break a lengthy playoff win drought in Linwood, but Mainland also hopes to make a deep run in the postseason. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story: 8/13: Brick Memorial | Shore Conference The Mustangs have one of the Shore’s top returning QB’s in Connor Dietz who had over 2,300 yards of offense last season. Brick Memorial has its sights set on a winning season in 2022. Rich Chrampanis talked with the Mustangs at Shore Conference Media Day: 8/12: St. Peter’s Prep | Super Football Conference The Marauders made it to the Non-Public A semifinals a season ago and they’ll have the firepower to make yet another deep playoff run this fall. Maryland commit Champ Long and Pitt commit Zion Fowler make up one of the best QB/WR tandems in the state. Four-star Power 5 recruit Jayden Bonsu will be the ringleader of a dynamic defensive backfield, while Princeton commit London Robinson has emerged as a team captain on the defensive line. St. Peter’s is playing a schedule loaded with showcase games that’ll keep them in the spotlight all season long. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Jersey City non-public power: 8/12: Red Bank Catholic | Shore Conference The Caseys are the defending Non-Public Group B state champions and bring back a lot of key contributors from last year’s 11-1 squad. The biggest hole to fill is departed QB Alex Brown who’s at Bucknell. While the quarterback competition happens in August, the Caseys have a lot of questions answered. Emanuel Ross, Najih Rahman, and Robert Stolfa are a trio of talented receivers and Sabino Portella is the rare two-way starter in Non-Public football with 1,000-yard potential at running back and hard-hitting in the secondary. Davin Brewton is a top linebacker in the state coming off an 18-tackle performance at MetLife in the state championship game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the breakdown on RBC football in 2022: 8/12: Camden | West Jersey Football League The Rob Hinson era is officially underway at Camden. After winning four titles at Timber Creek, Hinson returns to his roots to lead the Panthers. Camden went .500 in 2021, but several high-profile transfers should help The High be in the mix to capture their first title since 1976. Among the newcomers are West Virginia commit James Heard (DL) and Deante Ruffin (QB). Taquam Brittingham and Israel Banks should also help lead the way on both sides of the ball. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Panthers at Farnham Park:
Dynamic DB Jayden Bonsu Headed to Ohio State
Jayden Bonsu thrusted himself into a national recruitment last season and has now officially found his future college home. Surrounded by friends and family on Sunday, Bonsu announced that he’d given a verbal commitment to play at The Ohio State University. Affectionally known as “Blackjack” by his St. Peter’s Prep teammates and opponents (Bonsu wears No. 21), he double-downed on himself after a productive junior season season and enters the 2022 campaign as one of the top overall players in the Garden State. Watch Jayden Bonsu’s JSZ Highlight Reel! Bonsu transferred into St. Peter’s Prep during the 2021 offseason after playing at Hillside his sophomore year. Results at the Jersey City non-public powerhouse came quickly. Bonsu logged 62 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, eight pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 12 games with the Marauders. He was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team for his season-long performance. In recent years, Ohio State has done a masterful job at recruiting and earning commitments from some of New Jersey’s elite players. Luke Wyler (St. Joe’s Mont.), Ronnie Hickman (DePaul Catholic), Javonte Jean-Baptiste (Bergen Catholic), Tyler Friday (Don Bosco) and also former St. Peter’s Prep linebacker Cody Simon are all currently on Ohio State’s roster heading into the 2022-2023 season. In regards to this year, Bonsu is one of the headlining players at St. Peter’s Prep. QB Champ Long (Maryland), WR Zion Fowler (Pitt), OL Eric King (Temple) and DL London Robinson (Princeton) are all fellow Division One commits on the roster.
Don Bosco QB Commits to Blue Hens
Nick Minicucci is gearing up for a big senior season at Don Bosco Prep. Check out the junior highlight reel of the University of Delaware commit! Don Bosco Prep quarterback Nick Minicucci has given a verbal commitment to play FCS football at the University of Delaware. Minicucci guided the Ironmen to the Non-Public “A” state championship game. The senior threw for 1,406 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021 as well as running for 371 yards and three scores. Stay tuned next week for JSZ’s 2022 preview of Don Bosco Prep. Check out JSZ’s highlight reel of Minicucci’s junior campaign: Next chapter #RollHens 🔵🟡 @DBP_Football @CoAcHKeLZZz3 @libbieguy @CoachIgUrbina @SimmsCompleteQB @PhilSimmsQB @RivalsFriedman pic.twitter.com/jo3UNXfiYU— Nicholas Minicucci IV (@NickMinicucci) August 10, 2022
St. Joseph Metuchen Catcher Mark Gialluisi commits to Virginia
St. Joseph (Metuchen) catcher Mark Gialluisi will be Charlottesville bound once his high school career has concluded as the 2023 recruit has committed to play baseball for the University of Virginia. Originally committed to Boston College, Gialluisi was one of the state’s biggest threats behind the plate, leading the Falcons in hits (51), runs (42), triples (3) and home runs (4). Check out his junior year highlights below: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring statewide athletics across New Jersey.
Shore Conference Media Day: The Lighter Side
The Shore Conference hosted its inaugural Media Day at Monmouth University on Wednesday. JSZ will have preview feature stories on many of the teams there soon. But first, we’re bringing you the lighter side of Media Day. Pregame meals? Funniest player on the team? JSZ has those questions covered and more! A special thanks to Raritan, Central Regional, Neptune, Southern, Point Pleasant Beach, Toms River East and Toms River South for helping us out with this fun project!
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: Top Feature Stories
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. Feature Stories: 2021-2022 Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Abigail Dennis: Conquering Life’s Hurdles; May 22, 2022 “Resiliency is the word that comes to mind when you say the name Abigail Dennis to anyone in North Jersey. Video of the Old Tappan hurdler went viral across the world this spring after she tumbled and then fought back to win a 100 meter race. What’s more impressive is her perspective on fighting and never giving up.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: The Legend of Matty Cools Continues; Feb. 5, 2022 “For four years, Matt Newman was the student manager of the Rumson-Fair Haven boys basketball team. The RFH autistic student manager suited up for Senior Day and delivered a special moment. This was a story that generated a lot of interest beyond New Jersey and when you watch the piece you’ll see why.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Union football fights back after forfeit; Nov, 15, 2022 “One of the most inspiring stories I have ever been a part of, period. To watch Union’s Davidson Igbinosun, one of New Jersey’s top football recruits, on the verge of making his college decision fight for his team, coaches, school and community against a school board ruling to cut their winning season short because of Covid-19 was incredible to witness and should give you a clear understanding of the impact high school sports can have.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Bo Melton Drafted by Seahawks; April 30, 2022 “Cedar Creek and Rutgers product Bo Melton had to wait a few hours to hear his name called on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. The wait ultimately proved to be worth it when the Seahawks selected Melton in the seventh round, setting off an emotional celebration in Toms River.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Penn Relays; April 30, 2022 “The Union Catholic boys DMR team raced in the history books at the prestigious Penn Relays, winning the first Championship of America title for the program. Overall, it was a tremendous weekend at Franklin Field for New Jersey’s top track and field athletes on the international stage.”
Jersey Sports Zone Announces Cutting Edge NFT & NIL Program for NJ HS Athletes
Jersey Sports Zone has been on the cutting edge of high school sports coverage in the Garden State since 2017. Now – to kick off our five-year anniversary – we’re expanding our footprint to help New Jersey athletes create revenue with their name, image and likeness (NIL) with Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the digital world. That’s our new “JSZ NFT” project that will launch on SportsZoneNFT.com. Here’s how it works: Using our expansive, years-long video library, we will create, mint, and publish NFT’s on a user-friendly marketplace with absolutely no cost to you, the athlete. To join, athletes will be signing NIL deals with Jersey Sports Zone. Those contracts ensure a 50-50 split on all net revenue generated from the sale of an NFT. We will promote NFTs of signed athletes on our various social media channels which exceed over 100,000 followers. Athletes will work with our team to create plans for NFT designs, prices, collections and drops. This offering gives any high school athlete in the Garden State the opportunity to have their cherished moments saved forever while also creating earnings on current and future NFT sales. Are you interested in signing up? Please reach out to us! Send a direct message to our Twitter or Instagram page or send an email to JSZ’s Chief Operating Officer Rich Chrampanis at Rich@JerseySportsZone.com, with the title “JSZ NFT” in the subject line. For all messages, please include your full name, the high school you attend, and what sport(s) you play. You can also fill out this form and we will get in touch with you!
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2022 Softball Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2022 Softball Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Donovan Catholic 2 Mount St. Dominic 0; June 4, 2022 “Julia Apostolakos proved game in and game out that she was the best all around player in the state of New Jersey this season. She brought her game to the next level in the Non-Public A state championship where she struck out 16 batters and then clobbered a go-ahead two-run home run in a 2-0 win over Mount St. Dominic.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Watchung Hills 2 Egg Harbor Twp. 1; June 4, 2022 “Ella Stevinson over the tall fence in left at Seton Hall is one of the best moments we captured all year at JSZ. A walk-off extra innings homer brought us a fantastic finish late on a Saturday night.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Haddon Heights 2 Watchung Hills 0; June 11, 2022 “How do you top Haddon Heights becoming the first and only South Jersey team to win a Tournament of Champions Title? Freshman Sophia Bordi pitching an impressive 13 strike out, three hit, shut-out performance for the ages.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Egg Harbor Twp. 7 Kingsway 3; May 27, 2022 “The Eagles got off to a blistering start in this South Jersey final, but then had to sleep on that lead as the rains came and postponed the rest of the game until the following day. EHT was able to hold off the Dragons when the game resumed, as the Eagles got their revenge and captured the sectional title.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Roxbury 6, Steinert 4; June 4, 2022 “The Gaels ended a 30-year wait for a state championship after a tightly-contest battle with Steinert. Roxbury jumped out to an early lead, but had to fend off a late rally from the Spartans to bring home some hardware from Seton Hall University.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2022 Baseball Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2022 Baseball Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Cranford 10 Millburn 8; June 11, 2022 “The Cranford/Millburn rivalry has emerged as one of the most competitive not only in North Jersey, but across the entire state. Millburn defeated Cranford in a tight, one-run game in the North 1 Group 3 sectional final back in 2021. The Cougars flipped the script in the same title game this spring thanks to a wild, nine-run outburst late in the game.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Wall 3; June 11, 2022 “With RFH down to its final pitch, the Bulldogs grinded and put together a remarkable 7th inning rally. Charlie Tallman’s walk-off was the exclamation point. In a school with so many championships, this one sticks out as an instant classic.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: North Brunswick 4 St. Joseph-Metuchen 2; May 29, 2022 “This will go down as one of the most memorable Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Finals in history. Aside from North Brunswick claiming their first GMC crown, the story of the afternoon was a pitching duel between Rutgers commits Andrew Goldan and Zach Konstantinovsky. Konstantinovsky ended the afternoon with two earned runs, three hits allowed and 10 strike outs for the Raiders.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: St. Augustine 8 Egg Harbor Twp. 3; May 2, 2022 “In one of the most dramatic regular season games of the year, Ryan Taylor hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning to help propel the Hermits to victory. Taylor and Ryan Weingartner each hit two home runs on the day.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Woodstown 6 New Providence 2; June 19, 2022 “After falling in the state semifinals in 2021, Woodstown would not be denied in 2022 as the Wolverines won their first state title since 1991. The reaction to the final out from relief pitcher Brent Williams is the type of moment that every kid dreams about.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2022 Girls’ Lacrosse Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2022 Girls’ Lacrosse Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Summit 7 Chatham 6 (OT); June 9, 2022 “Summit would go on to win the 2022 Tournament of Champions, but they had their hands filled in the TOC semifinals only a few days earlier with Chatham. Jane Freeman emerged as the hero in overtime by breaking a 6-6 tie with a golden goal, sending the Hilltoppers to the final.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Trinity Hall 17 Rumson-Fair Haven 7; May 17, 2022 “Trinity Hall ended RFH’s nine-year reign in the Shore Conference in 2021 and over 120 straight conference wins. One year later, the other “streak” came to an end as the Monarchs beat the Bulldogs to beat the eight-year run of SCT titles for Rumson.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Oak Knoll 9 Summit 6; May 10, 2022 “The second meeting of the season between Oak Knoll and Summit proved to be yet another hard fought battle featuring the two state perennial powerhouses. The Royals hoisted a second consecutive Union County Tournament Title over the Hilltoppers.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Holy Spirit 18 Lower Cape May 17; May 6, 2022 “It was truly a breakthrough season for the Spartans, and this one was a game to remember. After losing to Lower Cape May earlier in the season, Spirit scored 18 goals in the rain to edge the Capers and get their revenge.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Cherokee 16 Moorestown 15; April 23, 2022 “This rematch from the 2021 Tournament of Champions did not disappoint as two of the state’s top programs delivered an instant classic in Marlton. Five different players notched at least a hat trick in this high-scoring affair, setting the stage for Delaney Jackson’s game-winner in double overtime.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2022 Boys’ Lacrosse Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2022 Boys’ Lacrosse Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Mountain Lakes 21 Rumson-Fair Haven 5; June 13, 2022 “Although it was one of the most lopsided games JSZ covered this season, the last TOC final in New Jersey history gave us one great storyline: small schools can win big. Group 1 Mountain Lakes rolled by Rumson-Fair Haven and brought the big trophy home behind a completely dominant effort.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Summit 5; June 3, 2022 “The Shore Conference is often overshadowed in the lacrosse world but Rumson-Fair Haven changed that narrative with a win over a Summit game that took nearly three days to complete thanks to lightning at the end of the first quarter. RFH would go on to reach the Tournament of Champions final.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Scotch-Plains Fanwood 10 Chatham 9; May 28, 2022 “Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s first Boys Lacrosse Sectional Title will live in infamy for years to come. The Raiders remained tied at 9-9 with Chatham in double overtime when a storm would cause a weather delay that led to Matt Power’s golden goal in one of JSZ’s top plays of the year.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: St. Augustine 6 Delbarton 5; June 1, 2022 “The Hermits have been South Jersey’s top team for years, but were always unable to break through for a state title. That changed this season, as Noah Plenn scored a late goal to help lift St. Augustine to its first championship.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Ocean City 7 Holy Spirit 5; May 17, 2022 “It was a historic night at Stockton University as the Red Raiders earned the inaugural Cape-Atlantic League tournament championship behind a five-point night from Pat Grimley. The win capped off a tremendous night for OC, as the girls team also took home the inaugural CAL tournament title.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021-22 Hockey Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2021-22 Hockey Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Don Bosco 2 Delbarton 1; Feb. 15, 2022 “The Gordon Cup Tournament is the gold standard of regular season championships in New Jersey. Don Bosco and Delbarton are two of the most decorated programs in the state and the two programs clashed in the conference semifinals in a game that went the distance, and then some. The Ironmen and Green Wave skated to a 1-1 tie after regulation and overtime, forcing a shootout with a spot in the finals on the line. Bosco brought their A-game and advanced to the final thanks to some clutch shooting.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Middletown North 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 3 (Shootout); March 4, 2022 “Two Shore Conference teams went to Mennen and put on one of the most exciting games of the JSZ era. Jace Koenigsmark scored two late goals to force overtime and the Lions made an improbable comeback to reach the state finals. A lesson in never giving up and playing to the very end!” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Westfield 5 Livingston 2; Jan. 22, 2022 “Having already lost two regular season matchups to Livingston, Westfield got revenge by claiming their first McInnis Cup Title since 2019 and did so in front of one of the most electric high school hockey crowds of the year.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: CBA 5 Gloucester Catholic 4; Dec. 13, 2022 “Two perennial powerhouse programs squared off early in the season and fans were not disappointed. The Colts and the Rams combined for nine goals, as CBA skated to victory on the road.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021-22 Wrestling Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2021-22 Wrestling Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Bergen Catholic beats Delbarton on criteria; Feb. 12, 2022 “If you call yourself a wrestling fan, then this is the match you need to watch from the 2021-2022 season. Tied at 23-23 at the end of the match, both coaches, athletic directors and referees went into a back room for 15 minutes to decide the winner on criteria. It went all the way down to Criteria J, and Bergen Catholic emerged as sectional champs. The Crusaders would go on to win a Non-Public A state title days later.” Rich Chrampanis | North Jersey: Olivia Klein wins 100 lb. state championship; Feb. 21, 2022 “One year earlier, Klein lost a heartbreaker in the state finals. To see her climb the mountain once again and get redemption was inspirational. Her post-match interview was raw emotion and shows what it means to accomplish such a major goal.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Phillipsburg 27 Southern 25; February 11, 2022 “This was an absolute battle between two of the most decorated programs in New Jersey, with a trip to a state final on the line. The night came down to the final bout, where the Stateliners clinched the victory on the road.” James Mooney | North Jersey: Brian Soldano wins state title; March 6, 2022 “It was an emotional finale to a storied high school career as High Point’s Brian Soldano completed a dominant weekend in Atlantic City to bring home his third-straight state title and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.”
Gaudreau Gives Back to Gloucester Catholic
Every summer, NHL superstar Johnny Gaudreau trades in his hockey stick for golf clubs. Gaudreau hosted his sixth annual scholarship golf tournament on Friday, where proceeds benefit student loan tuition assistance at his former school, Gloucester Catholic. JSZ’s Mike Frankel caught up with “Johnny Hockey” to talk about the tournament, free agency, and more:
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021-22 Girls Basketball Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2021-22 Girls’ Basketball Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Morris Catholic 63 Morristown 35; Feb. 25, 2022 “This Morris County Tournament championship game signified the beginning of a potential dynasty in New Jersey high school girls basketball. With freshman twin sister Mia and Mya Pauldo at the helm, Morris Catholic cruised by Morristown to win the county final. The duo combined for 30 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the win, which was part of a 24-game win streak.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Manasquan 62 Holmdel 59; Feb. 19, 2022 “A husband vs. wife coaching showdown was a story of ultimate respect between two partners in basketball and life. Holmdel principal Matt Kukoda returned to the sidelines mid-season. Lisa Kukoda has been one of New Jersey’s best girls basketball coaches. Both teams raised their level and the post-game interviews were special. Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Westfield 69 Hillsborough 42; March 9, 2022 “It was one of the greatest atmospheres all season as Westfield led by former alumni, Liz McKeon brought home its first ever Girls Basketball Sectional Title in program history.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Mainland 54 Wildwood Catholic 38; February 26, 2022 “The Mustangs put the finishing touches on a Cape Atlantic League Tournament championship, cementing their place as the CAL’s best. The win also made it a clean sweep for the ‘Stangs, as the boys team also won the league title earlier in the day.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Cherokee 26 Shawnee 24; Feb. 20, 2022 “From a pre-game appearance from Miss New Jersey, to the late-game heroics by TCNJ-bound Katie Fricker, the SJIBT title game between Cherokee and Shawnee produced another instant classic from one of the top rivalries in South Jersey.
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021-22 Boys’ Basketball Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2021-22 Boys’ Basketball Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Roselle Catholic 61 Camden 58 (OT); March 20, 2022 “The last Tournament of Champions final in New Jersey history was one for the history books. Roselle Catholic and Camden went the distance and then some at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the campus at Rutgers University. Simeon Wilcher and D.J. Wagner led each of their teams into battle, but it was Braxton Jones’ go-ahead field goal late in overtime that put the Lions in front for good.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Marlboro 63 Manasquan 46; Feb. 27, 2022 “The Shore Conference Tournament is a gauntlet and has proven that it’s as hard to win as a state championship. Marlboro left no doubt who was the best on the Jersey Shore and went on to win a sectional title.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Gill St. Bernard’s 86 Watchung Hills 53; Jan. 20, 2022 “This regular season Skyland Conference matchup featured one of the best performances from Duke basketball commit Mackenzie Mgbako where the future Blue Devil dropped 36 points and collected 20 rebounds. Despite a large deficit, Watchung Hills senior Elijah Lewis put on a show of his own to finish with 39 points.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Gloucester 51 Salem 41; March 8, 2022 “It had been decades since either Gloucester or Salem had won a South Jersey hoops title. The blue-collar Lions helped cap off a magical season with their first championship since 1971.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Rutgers Prep 63 Red Bank Catholic 60; March 10, 2022 “Rutgers Prep and RBC left everything on the court at Lenape High School in the Non-Public A South title game. Ryan Pettit’s buzzer-beater to end the third quarter set the stage for an electric fourth quarter which saw the Argonauts bring home its first-ever sectional crown.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021 Girls’ Soccer Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2021 Girls’ Soccer Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Holmdel 2 Hanover Park 1; Nov. 21, 2021 “The first state championship for the Lady Hornets since 2014 was a memorable one. Juliana Kolbasovsky was on a complete tear during the 2021 postseason. The senior scored nine goals during the playoffs and finished off her high school career by scoring both of Holmdel’s goals in the Group 2 State Final against Hanover Park.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Shore Regional 3 Mountain Lakes 2 (OT); Nov. 21, 2021 “What a way to end the season as the quadruple header at Kean wrapped up with Mia Agresti’s golden goal to give Shore Regional a state title!” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Wayne Valley 2 Princeton 1 (OT) Nov. 21, 2021 “This was one of the toughest played soccer matches I have ever witnessed, it was a shame only one team could win. Sophomore Izzy Rathjen’s golden goal in overtime to lead Wayne Valley to the Group 3 Championship embodies what team sports are all about.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Ocean City 2 Rancocas Valley 1; October 27, 2021 “Summer Reimet led the state in goals in her senior campaign for OC, and she scored twice to lift the Red Raiders to a hard-fought victory over RV in the South Jersey Coaches Tournament semifinals. Reimet and the Raiders would go on to win the prestigious tournament a few days later.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Mainland 1 Ocean City 0 (2OT); Oct. 12, 2021 “Of all the incredible finishes we saw during the 2021-22 season, Mainland’s Camryn Dirkes ending rival Ocean City’s 45-game unbeaten streak with a golden buzzer-beater in double OT makes a strong claim to be the best of them all.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021 Boys’ Soccer Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2021 Boys’ Soccer Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Kearny beats Elizabeth 7-6 in Sudden Death PK’s; Nov. 17, 2021 “Kearny was a team of destiny in 2021. The Kardinals erased a two-goal deficit after halftime but then fell into foul trouble when two red cards were dished out in the final minutes. Kearny then proceeded to hold Elizabeth off for two overtime periods and then win in a sudden death penalty kick shootout to lock up their spot in the Group 4 state final. This is as wild of a high school soccer game you’ll ever see.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Holmdel beats Wall 4-3 in PK’s; Nov. 4, 2021 “Holmdel keeper Tommy Chyzowych is an imposing figure in goal and the senior looked like Ivan Drago in Rocky IV intimidating his way to saves and winning the PK’s on the other side by scoring the game winner. PK’s are always great drama and this game fit the bill and then some.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Pennington beats Notre Dame in PK’s; Oct. 29, 2021 “The battle for the best Boys Soccer team in Mercer County came down to penalty kicks as Villanova commit, Raffa Ponce DeLeon made JSZ’s “Save of the Year” to lead Pennington to a sixth straight Mercer County Tournament Championship.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Cherry Hill West 1 (5) Moorestown 1 (3); November 11, 2021 “The 10th-seeded Lions roared all the way to a sectional title, outlasting the Quakers in penalty kicks. In the end, it was West keeper Jason Coburn stepping to the spot to bury the final PK to clinch the championship.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Toms River North wins 4-3 in PK’s vs. Cherokee; Nov. 11, 2021 “100 minutes was not enough to settle this battle for the Group 4 South title between the fifth-seeded Mariners and the eleventh-seeded Chiefs. Despite trailing 2-1 after two rounds of PK’s, Dawson Kaniuk came through in the clutch with a pair of saves to set up Jake Nagle’s championship-winning goal.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021 Football Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2021 Football Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Northern Highlands 35 Ramapo 30; Nov. 26, 2021 “After a tumultuous week following the sudden death of longtime head coach Drew Gibbs, Ramapo returned to the field in a pressure situation with a sectional championship on the line. The Raiders’ explosive offense was on point, but so was Northern Highlands’. Enzo Arjona orchestrated a late game-winning drive, capped off with a touchdown pass to Kyle Major, to give the Highlanders a win in one of the most thrilling games of the season in North Jersey.” Rich Chrampanis | North Jersey: East Orange 30 Clifton 24 (3OT); Dec. 5, 2021 “This is a game that will be featured in every state championship history archive in New Jersey football for generations to come. While the game will mostly be remembered for a controversial 100-yard fumble recovery by Ahmad Nalls in which video replay did not get Clifton breaking the plane before the ball came out, it should not overshadow an incredible game played by both teams with insane drama.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Hillsborough 28, Kingsway 7; Dec. 4, 2021 “The end of this one could have been in a movie. Hillsborough completed their ultimate goal, a perfect 13-0 season. Rutgers Head Coach, Greg Schiano was in attendance to witness and congratulate future Scarlet Knight Tommy Amankwaa for his 240 all purpose yards and two touchdowns in one of the most memorable moments of the season.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Winslow Twp. 34 Shawnee 22; Nov. 20, 2021 “The trophy says Central on it, but this was a true South Jersey final between a team on the rise in Winslow, and one of the area’s most decorated programs in Shawnee. With Hamas Duren, Trey Thorpe and Emeril Mitchell leading the way, the Eagles captured the first sectional title in program history on a Saturday night in the spotlight.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Haddonfield 28 Point Pleasant Boro 27; Dec. 4, 2021 “The drama-filled battle for the South-Central Group 2 Regional Championship set the tone for an unforgettable championship weekend at Rutgers University. Carson Wolff, Bobby Hahn, and company’s thrilling comeback proved that ‘belief is a powerful thing,’ as Haddonfield head coach Frank DeLano would note post-game.”
Texas A&M wins the Chase! Don Bosco 4-star OL commits to Aggies
One of New Jersey’s top 2023 football prospects has made his college choice. Check out the JSZ highlight reel from one of the best offensive lineman prospects in the country! Don Bosco Prep offensive lineman Chase Bisontis has given a verbal commitment to play college football in the SEC for Texas A&M. Bisontis made the announcement on Sunday evening on his social media account. The 6’5″, 290-pound offensive tackle is considered a 4-star recruit and ranked as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. Bisontis chose A&M over Michigan State, LSU and Rutgers. Gig’em 👍🏽!!!!! pic.twitter.com/NoTIqR9xjv— Chase Bisontis (@CBisontis) July 24, 2022 While nearly every offensive line player lives in anonymity, Bisontis’ reputation has made him one of New Jersey’s most recognized football stars. Check out JSZ’s highlight reel that backs up that claim.
Irvington’s Nasir Addison commits to Kentucky
A July heatwave was not enough to stop friends and family from gathering in Newark as Irvington Wide receiver and Cornerback Nasir Addison made his college decision to play for the Unversity of Kentucky. The three star prospect is coming off a North Group 4 Regional Championship where he finished his junior year with 20 catches for 389 yards and 4 touchdowns. In college Addison’s focus will switch towards the defensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there following the decision: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring statewide athletics across New Jersey.
It’s a Mule Day! City of Paterson Celebrates Nazier Mule, Future Chicago Cub
Mark it down in your calendar – July 22, 2022 is officially Nazier Mule Day in the City of Paterson. Mule, a fourth round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in this week’s MLB Draft, announced Friday that he intends to sign a contract with the Cubs and forgo college to begin his professional baseball career. Just outside of the historic Hinchliffe Stadium, Mule was showered with gifts, hugs and congratulations as the city he grew up in sent him off with a memorable celebration. JSZ’ Jay Cook has the full story of Passaic Tech’s two-way star from Paterson:
Irvington WR Famah Toure Finds a Home at Rutgers
Irvington’s booming football program is producing as much Division One talent as any public school in New Jersey. The Blue Knights added another Power Five recruit from the Class of 2023 to their growing list. Wide receiver Famah Toure announced on social media Friday evening he’s verbally committed to Rutgers University. His commitment signals a familial homecoming for the Toure family. Famah’s older brother, Mohamed Toure, is currently on the Rutgers football roster as a defensive end. Watch Famah Toure’s Junior Season Highlights Toure was only one of two Irvington players to crack 1,000 all-purpose yards last season. The 6’4″, 200 pound wideout was used in a multitude of offensive sets and brought a lethal combo of speed and physicality to the Blue Knights’ offense. Toure accumulated 1,098 yards and six total touchdowns as a junior. Irvington had a historic 2021 season – they went 11-2, won the first sectional championship in program history and then followed that up with a North Group 4 Regional Championship win over undefeated Northern Highlands at, ironically enough, Rutgers University’s SHI Stadium. Toure will help headline an uber-talented senior class at Irvington for the 2022 season alongside Notre Dame commit Adon Schuler and fellow Power 5 recruit Nasir Addison.
First Marisa Rose Bowl Showcases Middlesex County All-Stars
The Middlesex County community came together to support and raise money for cancer in the newly renamed Marisa Rose Bowl all-star football game. St. Joseph Metuchen quarterback Christian Solino tossed a 23 yard touchdown pass to Aidan Holloway of Metuchen in the second quarter for the game’s first score. Rocco Bellamy of Piscataway answered back with an 11 yard rushing score to tie the game at 7-7 heading into halftime. Christian Solino scoring the eventual game-winning touchdown received MVP honors. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from North Brunswick: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring high school athletics across New Jersey.
2022 MLB Draft: NJ High School + College Stars Headed to the Pro’s
A number of high school and college players with New Jersey roots are ready to take the next step forward into their professional baseball careers. Jersey Sports Zone will have breakdowns and highlights of the Garden State players who are selected in the 2022 MLB First-Year Player’s Draft, held from July 17-19 in Los Angeles, California. Nazier Mule (Passaic Tech RHP) | Chicago Cubs | Round 4, Pick No. 113 Overall Passaic Tech flamethrower Nazier Mule is headed to the Windy City! Mule, who is a two-way player at pitcher and shortstop, was selected by the Chicago Cubs as a pitcher. Mule made three starts on the mound of PCTI this season and struck out 29 batters in 13 innings of work. He also flashed immense talent with the bat and smashed eight homers for the Bulldogs as a senior. Trey Dombroski (Monmouth University/Wall HS LHP) | Houston Astros | Round 4, No. 133 Overall Dombroski, one of the top college arms in the 2022 MLB Draft and a player with deep Jersey Shore roots, the first college player from the Garden State selected in this year’s draft. Dombroski was dominant as a senior in 2019 when he led Wall HS to a Group 3 state championship – he struck out 124 batters and allowed only a single walk. He was named the Cape Cod League MVP before a dominant junior season at Monmouth University this past spring. Connor Staine (University of Central Florida/West Morris RHP) | Colorado Rockies | Round 5, No. 146 Overall After transferring from Maryland to the University of Central Florida, Connor Staine is now headed to the Big Leagues. Staine tossed 43.1 innings and struck out 51 batters with a 1.47 ERA as a redshirt sophomore this season. In high school, Staine was an ace for West Morris and led the Wolfpack to the Morris County Tournament final and the Group 3 state final. He had a 1.40 ERA in 65 innings as a high school senior. Cade Hunter (Virginia Tech/Lenape HS Catcher) | Cincinnati Reds | Round 5, No. 153 Overall Noah Dean (Old Dominion/Pinelands Regional HS LHP) | Boston Red Sox | Round 5, No. 159 Overall Liam Simon (Notre Dame/Freehold Twp. HS RHP) | San Francisco Giants | Round 5, No. 166 Overall Danny Serretti (North Carolina/Gov. Livingston HS SS) | Detroit Tigers | Round 6, No. 177 Overall Josh Hood (North Carolina State/St. Augustine Prep HS SS) | Seattle Mariners | Round 6, No. 186 Overall Alex Iadisernia (Elon/Jackson Memorial HS OF) | St. Louis Cardinals | Round 7, No. 217 Overall Alex Iadisernia turned heads with a .306 career batting average at Elon University with 16 homers and 84 RBI’s. The lefty power source started his power surge at Jackson Memorial where he hit 5 home runs in his senior season. JSZ was there for his grand slam against Bayonne, part of his senior season highlight reel. Caden Dana (Don Bosco Prep RHP) | Los Angeles Angels | Round 11, No. 328 Overall Don Bosco pitcher and NJ Gatorade Player of the Year Caden Dana heard his name called early on the third day of the MLB Draft. Dana was selected in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Angels. Dana led the Ironmen to the Non-Public “A” state championship. Check out his JSZ highlight reel from his senior season: KC Hunt (Mississippi State/Ramapo HS RHP) | Pittsburgh Pirates | Round 12, No. 350 Overall Ryan Ramsey (Maryland/Pascack Hills HS LHP) | Kansas City Royals | Round 13, No. 385 Overall Ryan Ramsey’s name was plastered across national headlines earlier this spring when he tossed a perfect game against Northwestern on April 29. That was no surprise to the countless New Jersey baseball fans who saw him dominate during his prep days at Pascack Hills. He pitched the Broncos to a Group 2 state championship win in 2019 during his senior season. Casey Dana (UConn/Don Bosco Prep OF) | Los Angeles Angels | Round 16, No. 478 Overall Casey Dana will join his younger brother Caden Dana in Southern California as both brothers were selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2022 MLB Draft. Casey batted .313 for the Huskies and helped his team reach the NCAA Super Regionals. Luke Franzoni (Xavier/Princeton Day HS OF) | Los Angeles Angels | Round 19, No. 568 Overall Josh Loeschorn (LIU/Butler HS RHP) | Pittsburgh Pirates | Round 20, No. 590 Overall Drew Conover (Seton Hall/North Hunterdon HS RHP) | Detroit Tigers | Round 20, No. 597 Overall Andrew Vail (Rowan/Gloucester Catholic HS LHP) | San Diego Padres | Round 20, No. 600 Overall Shawn Rapp (North Carolina/Delbarton School LHP) | Cleveland Guardians | Round 20, No. 601 Overall The last New Jersey player selected in the 2022 MLB Draft also got the last out in Delbarton’s last baseball state championship win back in 2019. On a roster with former MLB first round picks Anthony Volpe (2019) and Jack Leiter (2021), Rapp carved out an important role for the Green Wave as an impactful two-way player. He went on to play three seasons at North Carolina, where he made 75 appearances and had a career 4.32 ERA from the bullpen.
Penn State’s Ji’Ayir Brown Gets Hometown Welcome in Trenton
The Trenton Thunder honored one of its hometown faithful as they welcomed Trenton Central alumni and current Penn State safety, Ja’Ayir Brown. This past college football season Brown was tied for most interceptions in the country with six and is projected to be a possible second round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. Athletic ability is just one phase of Ji’Ayir Brown’s game, with no offers after high school, Ji’Ayir would work alongside his mom in a factory before playing in junior college and then received an offer to play for Penn State. Brown enters his senior year as one of the Nittany Lions top defensive prospects. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from Trenton: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Central coverage.
Gotterup Returns to NJ After Whirlwind Start to Pro Career
Little Silver’s Chris Gotterup is back in New Jersey after five straight weeks to start his professional golf career. JSZ has the story on the CBA grad and his classmate on the bag who is making big noise on the PGA Tour! Chris Gotterup closed out his college career at the NCAA Championships and quickly turned to his pro career and an outstanding month saw him make national headlines. The former CBA golfer went from Rutgers to Oklahoma University for his fifth year which vaulted him to the Haskins and Jack Nicklaus award as the top collegiate golfer. Gotterup went on to qualify and make the cut at the US Open for his first pro paycheck. His top-5 finish at the John Deere Classic earned him nearly $320,000. Gotterup finished one shot short of earning a spot in the field in the British Open (the top 3 at the John Deere earned a British Open invite). Instead of playing across the Atlantic at St. Andrews, Gotterup is enjoying his time back in New Jersey as he gears up for another run of tournaments thanks to sponsor exemptions on the PGA Tour. Jersey Sports Zone caught up with Gotterup at his home course (Rumson Country Club) and talked with his best friend and caddy Ryan O’Connor about an incredible start to his professional career. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health
Monmouth County Wins Fourth Straight All-Shore Gridiron Classic
Following a two year break due to Covid-19 protocols, the 43rd annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic All-Star Football Game returned to Brick Township High School. Monmouth County would take a fourth straight matchup with a 14-7 win over Ocean. Nunes Bukula began the game with a touchdown run for Ocean, but Monmouth answered in the second with scores from Middletown South’s Ryan St. Clair and Nick Vecchiarelli of Howell to take a 14-7 lead at halftime. St. Clair received offensive MVP honors for his touchdown and two point conversion. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring statewide coverage of all the best in high school athletics across New Jersey.
Cherokee RB Boria Commits to Stony Brook
Cherokee rising senior Brandon “Bam” Boria ran wild during his junior campaign for the Chiefs. Boria rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 22 touchdowns, after rushing for nearly 900 yards during his sophomore season. Boria made his college decision on Monday, committing to Stony Brook. After a great visit with @Coach_Priore, I am proud and excited to announce my commitment to Stony Brook! 💥 @Biggame_24 @okingcoach @CoachMartinoSBU @Coach_Hatch @Fballchiefs @CoachPerrone #HOWL 🐺 pic.twitter.com/uBFqBpDeN9— Brandon “Bam” Boria (@BamXXVIII) July 11, 2022 Check out Boria’s JSZ junior season highlight reel:
Vandy’s McAllister returns to Rumson to launch foundation
Elijah McAllister is set to begin his third year as a starter for the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Rumson-Fair Haven two-sport standout came back home to NJ to launch his new charitable foundation. Watch our JSZ feature! At six-foot-seven, 270 pounds, it’s natural to look up to Elijah McAllister. Young football players certainly did that in more ways than one July 10 at Borden Stadium. It turns out that his dedication to giving back towers over his massive frame. The former Rumson-Fair Haven two-sport standout, who is now a starting outside linebacker at Vanderbilt University came back to his high school alma mater last Saturday to host a football camp as the kickoff to his charitable efforts. His foundation name comes from his two uniforms worn at Vandy. From 41 to earning the captain’s No. 1 jersey resulted in the naming of the All 41, One For All Foundation. Watch our JSZ feature on McAllister’s influence on his high school and the start of his foundation: To donate to McAllister’s All 4:1-One For All Foundation, click here: https://account.venmo.com/u/AllFourOneAndOneForAll Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio
NJ Sack Artist DJ Samuels Headed To Maryland
One of New Jersey’s most prolific pass rushers has figured out his next home. Bergen Catholic defensive end DJ Samuels took to social media last night and announced that he had verbally committed to the University of Maryland. Samuels, a 6’1″and 240 pound pass rusher, was one of the top remaining uncommitted players in the state heading into the summer after a monster junior season where he broke Brian Cushing’s All-Time Career sacks record at Bergen Catholic. Watch DJ Samuels’ Junior Year Highlights! Samuels was named a two-time JSZ All-Zone team selection during his junior season just weeks after he helped lead Bergen Catholic to a perfect 12-0 season and a Non-Public A state championship. He logged 39 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, had a team-high nine sacks, forced three fumbles and even scored two touchdowns on offense. The Crusaders allowed only 7.8 points per game last season. This news comes in the midst of a huge offseason for Bergen Catholic, in terms of recruiting. Four-star defensive lineman Sydir Mitchell recently announced he had verbally committed to the University of Texas, WR Christian Carti pledged to Columbia and RB Saeed St. Fleur gave a verbal commitment to the University of Delaware. With Samuels leading the way, the Crusaders should once again field one of the most talented defenses in the state. You can bet he’ll also look to add onto the school’s all-time sack record that he now holds.
Sydir Mitchell Makes Splash, Commits to Texas
The state’s most disruptive and physically imposing defensive lineman is officially off the board – and he’s headed to the Lone Star State. Class of 2023 Bergen Catholic defensive lineman Sydir Mitchell announced Sunday evening that he verbally committed to the University of Texas. Mitchell, a towering presence who stands at 6’5″ and 335 pounds, is the latest in a long list of Bergen Catholic products to commit to top-level Power 5 college football programs. Mitchell’s decision to commit to the Longhorns comes after a productive junior season with the Crusaders. He logged 40 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and even snagged one interception. His play along the defensive line was instrumental to Bergen Catholic putting together a 12-0 season and winning the Non-Public A state championship last December. Watch Sydir Mitchell’s JSZ Junior Year Highlights! A who’s who of elite college football programs recruited Mitchell. According to 247Sports, he collected 21 offers and chose Texas over Georgia, Miami and Texas A&M, among others. His recruitment initially exploded after a productive sophomore season in which he assumed a starting role along Bergen Catholic’s defensive line after Tywone Malone (current Ole Miss defensive lineman) went down with a season-ending injury. Mitchell, who was a JSZ All-Zone Non-Public team selection from the 2021 season, will once again be a centerpiece for Bergen Catholic’s defense this upcoming fall.
Vote Now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
This past spring sports season was the perfect way to close out a busy and exciting 2021-2022 scholastic year for high school sports in the Garden State. Now, it’s time to find out who had the best plays of the spring. Our cameras captured hundreds of games from baseball, softball and lacrosse fields all around the state. With that, comes a countless number of noteworthy plays. So, we need your help! This week, we’ll be asking our audience to vote on four separate categories for JSZ’s 2022 Spring Sports Plays of the Year: boys’ lacrosse goal, girls’ lacrosse goal, web gem and clutch play. Check back each day throughout the week to watch the corresponding video and vote in that respective poll. Jersey Sports Zone’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health Boys’ Lacrosse Goal of the Year *Poll closes Thursday at 1:00 pm* Girls’ Lacrosse Goal of the Year *Poll Closes Friday at 1pm* Web Gem of the Year *Poll Closes Saturday at 1pm* Clutch Play of the Year
The 2021-22 HS Sports Season Comes to a Close
After over 1,000 games and months of boots-on-the-ground reporting, the 2021-2022 high school sports season in New Jersey has come to a close for Jersey Sports Zone. This past scholastic year brought remarkable highs and moments that will live on for years to come. We also saw coaches, players and entire school communities battle through hardships and persevere despite tough times. So, in the best way we know how, we close out the year in our style. Check out the Top 10 Boys Plays of the Year and the Top 10 Girls Plays of the Year. Also, JSZ’s Jay Cook reviews the year in an impactful video essay that spans the highlights of this past year. 2021-22 In The Books: A Video Essay by Jay Cook Top 10 Boys Plays of the Year Top 10 Girls Plays of the Year Jersey Sports Zone is proudly sponsored by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Hillsborough’s Will Dixon Commits to WVU
As the high school sports calendar year has wrapped up and graduations have taken center stage to close out the month of June, Hillsborough’s Will Dixon ended his senior year on a high note with a commitment to play football for West Virginia University. Dixon was originally committed to the University of Akron but Covid giving players an extra year of illegibility made no room on the depth chart. The six foot five tight end was then scheduled to attend Blair Academy in the Fall, but received a slew of offers in recent weeks. Will Dixon helped lead the Raiders to a perfect 13-0 season capped off with a Central/South Group 5 Championship, he had 20 catches for 269 yards and four touchdowns in 2021. Watch his senior year highlight reel now: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage.
Watch Saturday 6.18 JSZ State Final Baseball Highlights
The 2022 baseball season comes to a thrilling close with four public state finals at Veterans Park in Mercer County. JSZ has all of the highlights and reaction! Middletown North 5 Cranford 4 (8 innings) | Group 3 State Final The Lions captured the first state title in program history with a thrilling win over the Cougars. Midd North scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice and an error to walk it off. Andrew Lombardi sparked the Lions (21-10) offense, going 2-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Seton Hall commit Colin Dowlen earned the win on the mound, going seven and a third innings. Shane Van Dam hit a home run for Cranford (25-5) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story: JSZ’s coverage of Middletown North is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center. JSZ’s coverage of Cranford is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Howell 9 Hunterdon Central 8 | Group 4 State Final With two of their top pitchers unavailable on the injury list, the Rebels were still able to out-slug and out-duel the Red Devils en route to their first state championship. Howell (25-6) batted against Hunterdon Central (25-5) and came out on top of a seesaw battle for the Group 4 title. Howell got to Hunterdon Central ace Kyle McCoy right after Thomas Strauch clobbered a two-run home run as part of a four-run first inning. Russell Halvorsen put the Rebels in front for good in the fifth inning with a two-run single. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Howell is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center southern campus in Lakewood. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hunterdon Central is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville. Woodstown 6 New Providence 2 | Group 1 State Final The Wolverines complete a historic journey by defeating the Pioneers to bring home its first state title since 1991. Jack Knorr led the way offensively for Woodstown (19-9), going 2-4 with a two-RBI double. Rowan commit Chase Rieger scattered three hits over five innings and allowed one run to pick up the win on the mound. Dean Licari homered in the loss from New Providence (20-9). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction: Ramsey vs. Haddon Heights | Group 2 State Final Ramsey defeated Haddon Heights in a 5-2 comeback victory for the Group 2 Championship. After giving up a solo home run to Coastal Carolina commit Caden Bodine in the first, The Rams trailed 2-0 in the third. A throwing error would tie the game in the bottom of the third, Connor O’Hara would drive in two more runs on a double to give Ramsey the lead. Sophomore pitcher Will Kirk recorded a four hit, two-run complete game with 13 strike outs for Ramsey’s first ever Group 2 Title. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction:
Watch Wednesday 6.15 JSZ State Final Baseball Highlights
The Non-Public state titles were on the line at Veterans Park in Mercer County on Wednesday night. JSZ has complete highlights and interviews from both games! Don Bosco 5 St. Augustine 0 | Non-Public A State Final Rider commit Clayton Poiley and Kentucky commit Caden Dana combined to throw a three-hit shutout, as the Ironmen captured their first state title since 2008. Dana also hit a solo home run in the victory. Virginia commit Kevin Jaxel had an RBI double, while Iona commit A.J. Zollo knocked in a pair of runs for Bosco (24-5). Bryant commit Kyle Neri had a double for the Hermits (27-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel and Jay Cook have the highlights and reaction: Ranney 10 Immaculata 1 | Non-Public B State Final Junior Duke commit AJ Gracia did everything except drive the bus for the Panthers on Wednesday night. Gracia opened the game with a towering lead-off home run and then proceeded to strike out nine batters across five and two-thirds innings of work on the mound. Ranney (26-5) broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a single from Jack Tallent. Diego Tavarez and Glen Cantalupo each delivered two-run hits later after that. Immaculata (14-13) fell short of capturing their first Non-Public B title since 1995. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: JSZ’s state championship baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Devil Dogs win ninth annual Basoline Bowl
Devil Dogs 21 Leathernecks 7 | Basoline Bowl A great night of football concluded with the Devil Dogs defeating the Leathernecks 21-7 at the 2022 Basilone Bowl from Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Touchdown scores from Owen Bill (Hunterdon Central) and Nasan Colson (Franklin) put the Devil Dogs up 14-0 at halftime. Hillsborough’s Tyler Michinard would also added a nine yard touchdown score in the fourth. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Mountain Lakes Dominates RFH in Historic TOC Lax Finale
Mountain Lakes might be a tiny Group 1 school, but the Lakers proved once more why they are the heavyweights of New Jersey lacrosse. Led by Caz Kotsen, Brandon Goodbar, Cade Schuckman and the Hernando brothers, Mountain Lakes (22-1) dominated Rumson-Fair Haven (22-5) from start to finish to the 2022 Tournament of Champions final in a 21-5 finish. It’s the most goals scored by a team in a TOC title game and was also the most lopsided game in TOC championship game history. The 2022 season marks the end of the Tournament of Champions era in boys lacrosse, and numerous other sports. Mountain Lakes went out with a bang by winning their fourth TOC in school history. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from a record-setting day in Basking Ridge: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Tournament of Champions is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio from Berkshire Hathaway/Fox & Roach Realtors.
Watch Monday 6.13 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
State semifinal action all across the Garden State on Monday, as teams look to advance to Saturday’s state finals. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! Middletown North 6 Delsea 1 | Group 3 State Semifinal Seton Hall commit Colin Dowlen threw a complete game to lead the Lions to their first state final appearance in nearly 40 years. Dowlen also knocked in three runs at the plate. Dylan Briggs and Zach Hampton also drove in a run each for Midd North (20-10), which won its 11th straight game. Frankie Master drove in the lone run of the game for the Crusaders (23-6), who saw a 15-game winning streak come to an end. Middletown North will face Cranford for the state crown on Saturday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Franklinville: JSZ’s Middletown North coverage is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center and RWJ Barnabas Health. Hunterdon Central 2 Livingston 1 | Group 4 State Semifinal Hunterdon Central advanced to their first Group 4 Final since 2018 following a 2-1 victory over Livingston. The Red Devils trailed 0-1 until the bottom of the sixth when Chase Fischer tied the game on an RBI double. Senior Brandon Padre drove in another run in the unseeing at bat to give Hunterdon Central a 2-1 lead and the eventual win. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring both our Hunterdon Central and Livingston coverage. Cranford 12 Ramapo 1 (5 Innings) | Group 3 State Semifinal Ryan Jaros hit his first homer of the season and went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s raising his batting average to .494 and Tony Silva added a three-run bomb as part of a 7-run 4th inning to give the Cougars their 25th win of the season and a date with Middletown North in the Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Cranford Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Cranford is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway Woodstown 4 Point Pleasant Beach 0 | Group 1 State Semifinal Ben Foote and Brent Williams combined for a three-hit shutout as the Wolverines make their way to the state final. Ken Lowry led the way offensively with a two-RBI single in the win for Woodstown (18-9). Bryan Matuschat had two hits in the loss for Point Pleasant Beach (20-10). Woodstown will face New Providence for the Group 1 state title on Saturday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Point Pleasant Beach is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch 2022 Phil Simms NJ North/South All-Star Football Classic Highlights
North 21 South 16 After a two year hiatus due to Covid-19 protocols, the annual Phil Simms NJ North/South All-Star Football Classic returned to Kean University. The North All-Stars defeated South 21-16 in a second half comeback victory as East Orange quarterback Raeden Oliver tossed two touchdown passes. Former New York Giants and Super Bowl Champions Jonathan Casillas and Phil Simms were both on site for a memorable evening of high school football. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Union:
Low Aims High to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer
Morristown-Beard hockey captain Andrew Low founded Kids Ice Cancer. Watch JSZ-TV’s feature on a young man who’s making a huge impact on families in New Jersey fighting pediatric cancer Andrew Low scored 108 career points in his four-year career for the Morristown-Beard hockey team. But his most impressive statistic is the amount of money he raised for pediatric cancer. Back in 2016, Low lost his grandparents and dog to cancer. It inspired him to give back and his vision is a Connor McDavid level in philanthropy. Andrew formed Kids Ice Cancer with an annual all-star hockey game the centerpiece of his fundraising efforts. The Valerie Fund helps children and their families battle cancer throughout New Jersey and is the beneficiary of Low’s tireless work. On June 5, the Kids Ice Cancer All-Star game at Codey Arena was able to raise over $60,000 for the Valerie Fund bringing the total of Low’s efforts to surpass a quarter of a million dollars. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story of how the hockey community has come together to help Low’s vision: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KIDS ICE CANCER VISIT THEIR WEBSITE (Click HERE)
The Final Summit: Hilltoppers Capture Last-Ever Girls Lacrosse TOC Title
From the start of the season until June 11, the Hilltoppers were #AllIn. They brought that motto life one more time on the biggest stage of the year. A dominant second half effort, powered by a pair of hat tricks and stellar defense, led Summit (23-2) to a 10-4 win over Oak Knoll (21-5) and to the last-ever Tournament of Champions title in New Jersey state history. Both Lily Spinner and Jane Freeman logged hat tricks for Summit, while the combination of their back line and goalie Caitlin Walsh kept the Royals at bay for nearly the entire second half. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Mount St. Mary Academy in Watchung: Jersey Sports Zone’s Tournament of Champions coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Ramsey Wins First N1G2 Championship Since 2014
Ramsey 6 Westwood 0 | North 1, Group 2 Final Ramsey claimed their first North 1, Group 2 Championship since 2014 with a 6-0 win over Westwood. The Rams went ahead 5-0 in the second as sophomore Will Kirk had three RBI’s through the first two innings. Kirk would also pitch a four hit, five strike out, complete game shut out. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and reaction from Ramsey: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our state championship baseball coverage.
Haddon Heights Wins Final TOC Softball Title
Haddon Heights 2 Watchung Hills 0 | Tournament of Champions Final Haddon Heights (25-9) became the first South Jersey team to win a Tournament of Champions Title with a 2-0 win over Watchung Hills (27-2). The Garnets scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the fourth off an RBI from Gracie Granate. Lydia Tralies drove in another run in the fifth to make it a two score lead. The story of the afternoon was freshman pitcher Sophia Bordi who finished with an impressive 13 strike outs, three hits allowed and no earned runs. Heights brings home the program’s only TOC Title in the big game’s final run. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has highlights and postgame reaction from IVY Hill Park: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our state championship softball coverage.
Watch Friday 6.10 JSZ Championship Baseball Highlights
It’s sectional championship Friday on the diamond, and JSZ has highlights from six different games! Check back throughout the night as the videos are posted! Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Wall 3 | Group 2 Central Final Charlie Tallman hit a 2-run walk-off single to center to cap an amazing comeback by the Bulldogs to win their first sectional baseball championship in 18 years. Nick Lovarco hit a two-run homer in the 5th to give Wall a 2-1 lead and the Crimson Knights added an insurance run by Gabe Cavazzoni to take a 3-1 lead. RFH was down to its final strike before Aaron Del Tin worked a walk after fouling off seven pitches. From there, Reece Moroney hit an RBI double to make it 3-2 setting the table for Tallman’s heroics. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the incredible finish and post-game reaction from an epic game: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio from Berkshire Hathaway/Fox & Roach Realtors. Cranford 10 Millburn 8 | Group 3 North 2 Final A nine-run outburst over the final two innings was the driving force to the Cougars’ rousing come-from-behind victory for the sectional title. Will Gallagher and Dennis McCaffery each had two-run singles to help Cranford (24-4) erase a 5-1 deficit and steal the lead for good. Millburn (25-6) was led by Copeland Culp and his four-RBI day. Cranford now advances to the state semifinals and will host Ramapo on Monday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Millburn: Cherokee 2 Kingsway 1 | Group 4 South Final The sixth-seeded Chiefs knocked off the top-seeded Dragons to win their first sectional championship since 2012. Freshman Brett Gable struck out eight to earn the win on the mound, while Grayson Bravo picked up the save. Brandon Petrick knocked in both runs for Cherokee (22-7) with a single in the sixth inning. Colin Gill drove in the lone run of the game for Kingsway (26-5) in the loss. The Chiefs advance to host Howell in the state semifinals next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: St. Augustine 5 CBA 2 | Non-Public A South Final The Hermits captured their sixth straight sectional title with a victory over the Colts. Old Dominion commit Marco Levari struck out nine in six and two thirds innings of work to earn the win on the mound. St. Joseph’s commit Ryan Weingartner and Jordan Serrano each drove in a pair of runs for the Prep (27-1). George Kruse and Gavin Kus each had an RBI double for CBA (18-10) in the loss. St. Augustine will face Don Bosco for the state crown on Wednesday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Richland: Don Bosco 4 Seton Hall Prep 2 | Non-Public A North Final Caden Dana struck out a season-high 11 batters over six innings of work and allowed one earned run to spark the Ironmen to their first sectional title since 2015. The game was tied at 2 going into the fifth inning and Eric Becker broke the game open with an RBI single, scoring Pablo Santos for the go-ahead run for Don Bosco (23-5). Seton Hall Prep (21-7) carried a 2-1 lead into the third inning, but couldn’t hold on. The Ironmen now turn their focus to St. Augustine for the Non-Public A state title game on Wednesday. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Seton Hall Prep is brought to you by One-on-One with Steve Adubato! Haddon Heights 4 Cedar Creek 3 | Group 2 South Final The third-seeded Garnets bring home a South Jersey title after throwing out the potential game-tying run at the plate on a passed ball. Timmy Shell, Caden Bodine, John DiCastanzo, and Drew Harris each drove in a run during a four-run fifth inning in the win for Haddon Heights (21-7). John McColl and Nate Winterbottom finished with a RBI in the loss for top-seeded Cedar Creek (19-13). Haddon Heights will now face Central champion Rumson-Fair Haven in a Group 2 state semifinal on Monday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from a wild finish in Egg Harbor City: JSZ’s championship baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
SJV’s Zoe Brooks commits to North Carolina State
Zoe Brooks, one of the nation’s top guards in the class of 2023 made her decision to continue her basketball career after high school to play for North Carolina State University. Brooks eclipsing 1,000 points in only her junior season was vital in St. John Vianney bringing home another Tournament of Champions Title. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has reaction from Holmdel:
Old Bridge volleyball makes history with four straight TOC Titles
Old Bridge 2 Southern 1 | Tournament of Champions Final Old Bridge captured their fourth consecutive Tournament of Champions Title with a 2-1 comeback win over Southern. The Knights fell 25-20 in the first set before escaping the second with a narrow 25-23 victory. In the third Old Bridge would pull away late, leading by as many as 8, eventually taking the set 25-16. Blake Krapf finished with 13 kills while Pavlo Chernyshov had 15. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from South Brunswick: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our Boys Volleyball State Championship coverage.
Watch Thursday 6.9 JSZ TOC Girls Lacrosse Highlights
The stage is set for the last Tournament of Champions final ever in state history. Summit and Oak Knoll, two passionate rivals, will meet in the TOC final on Saturday, June 11 for all the marbles. JSZ has full coverage from the two semifinal games, so take a look and see how these two elite programs punched their respective tickets to the final! Summit 7 Chatham 6 (OT) Jane Freeman was the hero on Thursday afternoon. The junior delivered a golden goal with :12 seconds remaining in overtime to send the Hilltoppers to the Tournament of Champions final in thrilling fashion. Summit (22-2) held a 4-2 lead at the half but Chatham (18-5) erased it and closed the gap. Kayleigh Coughlin scored the game-tying goal with :15 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Summit: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit and Chatham is made possible by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston! Oak Knoll 11 Morristown 6 The Royals busted open a 5-5 game by scoring six of the final seven goals in the second half to return to the Tournament of Champions final. Teagan Kocaj and Sophia Laschert each had hat tricks with Darby Campbell reaching the 50-goal mark as part of her two-goal, two-assist effort. Watch all the highlights from a great semifinal in Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Tournament of Champions is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Jackson Memorial Wins First Ocean County Title Since 2015
Jackson Memorial 11 Central 2 Jackson Memorial defeated Central 11-2 to capture their first Ocean County Tournament Title in seven years. The Jaguars went ahead 2-1 after the first, Charlie Meglio sent a three run home run over the centerfield wall in the second to make it a 5-1 game. Jackson added five more runs in the fifth. Chris Cartnick went 2-4 with two RBI’s while Charlie Meglio received MVP honors for his 2-3, three run home run performance. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring our championship baseball coverage.
Watch Wednesday 6.8 JSZ TOC Boys Lacrosse Highlights
Wednesday marked the final stop on the road to Mount Olive and JSZ has you covered with action from both boys lacrosse TOC semifinals. Enjoy the highlights! Mountain Lakes 10 St. Augustine 5 | Tournament of Champions Semifinal The Lakers turned in one of their best quarters of the season, outscoring the Hermits 5-1 in the third on their way to clinching a spot in the TOC championship game. Caz Kotsen poured in a game-high five goals and added an assist to lead the way for the Lakers. Reid Teitjen added a hat trick and two assists in the win for Mountain Lakes (21-1). Ryan Demato finished with a goal and an assist in the loss for St. Augustine (16-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Richland: Rumson-Fair Haven 13 Bridgewater-Raritan 8 | Tournament of Champions Semifinal Tommy French scores three straight goals in the span of 2:27 late in the third quarter to give RFH a four-goal cushion as the Bulldogs punched their ticket to the last ever T of C final this Sunday against Mountain Lakes. Cole Cashion also had a hat trick for RFH with Phil Passalaqua, Quinn Staknovits and Christian Bockelmann all scoring two goals. JSZ’s Jay Cook brings you the action from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the boys lacrosse Tournament of Champions is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Wednesday 6.8 JSZ TOC Softball Highlights
We’re now down to the final two teams left in New Jersey. Haddon Heights and Watchung Hills will face off in the last Tournament of Champions final in state history at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Ivy Hill Park. We’ve got highlights from both TOC semifinal games – so take a look and see how the Garnets and Warriors came out on top on Wednesday! Haddon Heights 6 Donovan Catholic 1 The Garnets pulled off the upset of the season, scoring six runs in the fifth inning to take down the two-time defending TOC champion Griffins. Freshman Sophia Bordi was almost unhittable in the circle, as she struck out 14 in a complete game effort. Gracie Granate had a double and 2 RBIs to lead the way on offense for Haddon Heights. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Toms River: Watchung Hills 7 Roxbury 3 The Warriors’ magical season continues to roll on. A three-RBI day from Tia Shikar coupled with six strong innings of work from Purdue-commit Jules Raymond was the recipe for success for Watchung Hills (27-1). Roxbury (24-5) tried to piece together a late rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Amanda Medina shut the Gaels down to end the game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Roxbury: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both Donovan Catholic and Watchung Hills is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Shore wins second straight Shore Conference Flag Football Championship
Rylee Drahos caught three touchdown passes and Julia Iannuzzelli threw six scores to lead Shore Regional to a win the Shore Conference flag football championship game. Watch all the highlights from Middletown! Shore Regional 38 Middletown North 26 | Shore Girls Flag Football Championship The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls. For the trailblazers of girls flag football, it’s Shore Regional winning the first two Shore Conference titles. Julia Iannuzzelli threw six touchdown passes with Rylee Drahos leading the way with three scores. The Blue Devils avenged its only loss of the season to previously unbeaten Middletown North with a steady offensive performance. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown North and Shore Regional is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
Watch Tuesday 6.7 JSZ State Playoff Baseball Highlights
It was a big day on the diamond with sectional semifinals taking place all over the Garden State. JSZ brings you five great matchups from a busy Tuesday slate. Check back throughout the night has the highlights come in! Cranford 12 Ferris 1 | North 2 Group 3 Semifinal A trio of productive innings plus steady pitching propels the Cougars into the sectional championship later this week. Ryan Jaros, Shane VanDam, Jack Conley and Shea Grady all had multiple RBI days for Cranford (23-4) in their offensive outburst over Ferris (21-7). Sean Woodruff threw a complete game with five strikeouts to keep the Bulldogs at bay. The win now sets up a fascinating sectional final on Friday between Cranford and Millburn, which the Millers won 1-0. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Jersey City: CBA 11 St. Joe-Metuchen (6 Innings) | Non-Public A South Semifinal Colin Reilly threw a complete game three-hit shutout and the Colts pounded out 17 hits to earn a spot in the Non-Public A South championship against Saint Augustine Prep. Gavin Kus hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Jack Frankovic was stellar going 5-5 with three runs, two stolen bases and an RBI. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Metuchen: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe-Metuchen is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick Gloucester Catholic 6 Bishop Eustace 1 | Non-Public B South Semifinal Sophomore Tate DeRias threw five shutout innings to lead the Rams to their fifth straight sectional final appearance. Rhode Island commit Joey Bogart, Tyler Bunting and R.J. Mustaro all drove in runs in the victory for second-seeded GC (21-9). Christian Ovecka drove in the lone run of the game for the third-seeded Crusaders (20-8) in the loss. Gloucester Catholic will travel to top-seeded Ranney to play for the Non-Public B South title. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Brooklawn: JSZ’s playoff baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Colts Neck 4 Steinert 1 | Group 3 Central Semifinal Fifth-seeded Colts Neck advanced to its second straight Central Jersey Group 3 championship game with a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Steinert . The Cougars went ahead 2-0 in the top of the first following an RBI from Dave Cohen and run scored on a fielder’s choice. University of Delaware commit Anthony Gubitosi earned the win on the mound for Colts Neck, allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out six batters. The reigning champion Cougars will take on tenth-seeded Middletown North in the sectional final. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Steinert coverage. Cherokee 2 Shawnee 1 | Group 4 South Semifinal Dylan Cruice came through in the clutch with a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh as the Chiefs took round three with the rival Renegades to reach the sectional title game. Farleigh Dickinson commit Jeremy Cheeseman tossed six strong innings with nine strikeouts in the win for Cherokee (21-7). Rutgers commit Ethan Bowen racked up eight strikeouts over six and one-third innings in the loss for Shawnee (22-7). Cherokee will face top-seed Kingsway on Friday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights + reaction from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Jersey Sports Zone’s state playoff baseball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Ranney scores 10 in the 1st to earn first ever trip to sectional baseball final
There was just one state baseball playoff game in New Jersey on Monday and JSZ was there. Check out all the highlights of Ranney’s big win over Holy Spirit NOW! Ranney 16 Holy Spirit 8 | Non-Public “B” South Semifinal The Panthers hit three homers on the way to a 10-run first inning and outslugged the defending champs to earn the school’s first baseball sectional final berth. AJ Gracia led off the bottom of the first with a homer and Lou Spadafora and Charlie Chropuvka each hit three-run bombs in the first. Chropuvka finished the game 3-3 with four RBI’s. Ranney will face the winner of Bishop Eustace and Gloucester Catholic this Friday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s state baseball playoff coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Pettit Leaves His Legacy at Rutgers Prep
Jersey Sports Zone TV profiled the unique two-sport success of Rutgers Prep’s Ryan Pettit. Watch our story on the Division I basketball player who played his last game in lacrosse Ryan Pettit is set to begin his Division I basketball career at Lafayette College but before he put his entire focus on hoops, Pettit closed out his high school lacrosse career at Rutgers Prep with a state title. Pettit had 47 goals and 50 assists for the Argonauts in his secondary sport and finished his three-year lacrosse career with 198 career points. On the basketball court, Pettit was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team after leading the Argonauts to a sectional title and filling up the stat sheet with over 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. But as we found out in our JSZ-TV feature, Pettit brought a whole lot more than statistics to two championship teams: Jersey Sports Zone TV is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Saturday 6.4 JSZ Championship Softball Highlights
It was championship Saturday across the Garden State and JSZ brings you two great softball state finals from Ivy Hill Park. Enjoy the highlights! Roxbury 6 Steinert 4 | Group 3 State Final The Gaels jumped out to an early five-run lead and hung on late to end a 30-year wait for a state championship. Jayden Pennella, Maddy Svenningsen, and Hailey Errichiello each finished with two RBIs in the win for Roxbury (24-4). Errichiello also racked up 15 strikeouts and picked up a complete game win in the circle. Katie Simonka drove in two runs in the loss for Steinert (21-5). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Steinert is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Watchung Hills 2 Egg Harbor Twp. 1 (9 innings) | Group 4 State Final Ella Stevinson crushed a walk-off homer over the tall fence in left field at Seton Hall University to give the Warriors a state championship. Egg Harbor took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 6th on a Sofia Spotacco RBI double. Watchung Hills answered in the bottom of the frame with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Juliana Raymond had 12 strikeouts for Watchung Hills to set the stage for Stevinson’s heroics. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game interviews from Ivy Hill Park: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Watchung Hills is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital JSZ’s state championship softball coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Saturday 6.4 JSZ Championship Girls Lacrosse Highlights
It’s time to crown girls lacrosse state champions! We’ve got you covered with a pair of games, highlighted by a team’s seventh-straight state title and another’s first ever win. Oak Knoll 11 Pingry 8 | Non-Public A State Final The Royals have seriously established themselves as the gold standard of girls lacrosse in New Jersey. Oak Knoll (19-4) battled through some early struggles to capture their seventh consecutive state championship in a big win over a red-hot Pingry (18-4) squad. Sophomore sensation Sophia Loschert led all scorers with four goals in the win, while senior Devon Gogerty chipped in two more. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Warren Hills Regional High School: Morristown 16 Lenape 12 | Group 4 State Final The Colonials emerged as champions after one of the most wild, back and forth games of the weekend. Morristown (17-3) locked up the first state championship in program history after squandering a big lead to Lenape (17-2), and then fighting to take it back in the second half. Megan O’Brien was the ringleader for Morristown, scoring seven points in the win. Gianna Monaco scored four goals to help Lenape battle back from a six-goal, first half deficit. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Warren Hills Regional High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s state championship coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Watch Friday 6.4 JSZ Championship Softball Highlights
The last leg of the 2022 softball season officially begins on Friday. JSZ has coverage of both Non-Public state championship games from Ivy Hill Park at Seton Hall University. Check out the highlights as they roll in! Donovan Catholic 2 Mount St. Dominic 0 | Non-Public A Final Julia Apostolakos picked a pretty good time to have one of the best games of her entire life. Apostolakos struck out 16 batters, allowed only two hits, and walked none in a remarkable pitching performance. Oh, and let’s not forget her mammoth go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Griffins the lead for good. Donovan Catholic (30-0) captures its third straight state championship after battling against Grace Perez and Mount St. Dominic (26-5). JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: Morris Catholic 4 St. Joseph Academy 3 | Non-Public B Final Morris Catholic defeated St. Joseph (Hammonton) 4-3 to capture their second consecutive Non-Public B Title. The Crusaders led 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs when St. Joe’s began to rally, the Wildcats put two runs on the board, but would fall short despite having the tying run at third and the go-ahead at first. Morris Catholic junior Hannah Streicher finished with three earned runs and eight strike outs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the NJSIAA State Playoffs is entirely made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Rumson-Fair Haven needs three days, huge 4th quarter to win lacrosse state title
In a game that started on Wednesday in Bridgewater-Raritan and ended on Friday in Rumson, the Bulldogs win their second boys lacrosse state championship. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game interviews Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Summit 5 | Group 2 State Championship Cole Cashion scored a last-second goal in the third quarter to tie the game and the Bulldogs got four straight goals in a near-perfect fourth quarter to win Quinn Stankovits scored the go-ahead goal early in the fourth and delivered an empty netter to close out the scoring. Tommy French and Phil Passalaqua also found the net in the fourth quarter. Summit had a 2-0 lead on a pair of Dylan Sebastian goals on Wednesday at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. When the game was suspended due to lightning, the two teams returned on Friday afternoon at Borden Stadium in Rumson. RFH is the top seed in the final Tournament of Champions boys lacrosse tournament. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway/Fox&Roach Realtors Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit is brought to you by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
Watch Friday 6.3 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The NJ state baseball playoffs heat up as JSZ brings you a pair of great South Jersey quarterfinals. Enjoy the highlights! Delsea 4 Lacey 2 | Group 3 South Quarterfinal The Crusaders erased an early two-run deficit to win their13th straight game, and advance to the sectional semifinals. George Starr turned in a stellar performance in relief, tossing six and two-thirds shutout innings in the win. Konnor Reilly drove in two runs and made the game-ending catch in the win for Delsea (21-5). Carson Gudzak finished with a RBI in the loss for Lacey (12-12). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Franklinville: JSZ’s playoff baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. St. Augustine 4 Notre Dame 3 | Non-Public A South Quarterfinal NJIT commit Holden de Jong threw four shutout innings of relief to help the Hermits sneak past the Irish. Bryant commit Kyle Neri and Penn commit Ryan Taylor each drove in a run in the victory for top-seedec St. Augustine (25-1). Hofstra commit Dylan Palmer had three hits for eighth-seeded Notre Dame (17-7) in the loss. The Prep will now host St. John Vianney in the sectional semifinal round next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Richland: JSZ’s coverage of Notre Dame is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Donovan Dominance: Griffins win Shore Conference championship to make it 29 straight wins
Julia Apostolakos put on a show on the mound and at the plate in Red Bank for the Griffins Shore Conference title! Donovan Catholic 9 Freehold Township 1 | Shore Conference Tournament Final Julia Apostolakos threw a 1-hitter with 14 strikeouts and went 3-3 at the plate with a homer and 4 RBI’s to give Donovan Catholic a 29th straight win on the eve of the Non-Public state championship. Julia’s sister Madison hit her first career homerun in the victory. The Griffins will face Mt. St. Dominic on Friday night at Seton Hall University. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Donovan Catholic is brought to you by Community Medical Center in Toms River
After Two Days and 11 Innings, Clifton Edges Bergen Tech in States
With baseball season comes unpredictable weather. 5-Clifton and 13-Bergen Tech experienced that all too well this week. This North 1 Group 4 first round playoff game was postponed on Wednesday and resumed on Thursday on a brand new field in Lyndhurst. Despite the challenge, the Mustangs pulled through in extra innings to survive and advance in the state playoffs. It took 11 innings, but Clifton (19-5) secured a 3-2 win over Bergen Tech (12-14-1) to punch their ticket to the sectional quarterfinals on Saturday. Bryan Feliciano scored the walk-off run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to deliver the victory. Feliciano actually scored all three of Clifton’s runs in this game. Jeuriz Polanco took the mound for Clifton from the eighth inning on and threw four scoreless frames with seven strikeouts to earn the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Breslin Field in Lyndhurst: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Clifton is brought to you by Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
Watch JSZ Boys Lacrosse State Championship Coverage
Jersey Sports Zone brings you highlights and post-game reaction from all six boys state championship games. We’ve got all the action from Hopewell Valley, Bridgewater-Raritan, and Shore Regional! Saint Augustine 6 Delbarton 5 | Non-Public A State Championship The Hermits captured the first state title in program history, winning a thriller over the Green Wave. Noah Plenn scored the game-winning goal for St. Augustine (16-1) with four minutes remaining in the fourth period. Cornell commit Billy Hughes scored a pair of goals for the Hermits in the victory. Joe Leone scored two goals for Delbarton (15-6) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Hopewell Valley: Scotch Plains-Fanwood 11 Shawnee 2 | Group 3 State Championship Trailing 1-0 after the first quarter, the Raiders reeled off eleven-straight goals to secure the first state championship in program history. Timmy Paprocki and Sandro Frias finished with hat tricks in the win for Scotch Plains-Fanwood (19-3). Ethan Krauss and Shane Conlon each scored a goal in the loss for Shawnee (16-5). JSZ’s James Mooney has highlights and reaction from Hopewell Valley: Coverage of Scotch Plains-Fanwood is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of Rahway. Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Mountain Lakes 8 Haddonfield 2 | Group 1 State Championship No. 1 Mountain Lakes claimed their fourth straight Group 1 Title with an 8-2 victory over Haddonfield. The Lakers would go ahead 7-1 at halftime following two early goals from Cullen Fagan who also finished with two assists. Mountain Lakes ties a state record with rival Delbarton for State Championships with 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Summit 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 0 *Suspended* | Group 2 State Championship Lightning in Bridgewater forced the Summit/RFH Group 2 state final to be postponed until Friday at 5pm in Rumson. JSZ will have highlights and post-game reaction from the final boys lacrosse state championship to be played in 2022. 🚨Lightning Postpones Group 2 Lacrosse State Final 🚨 Summit held a 2-0 lead over Rumson-Fair Haven early in the 2nd quarter when the game was halted for excessive lightning in Bridgewater. The game will resume on Friday, June 3 at RFH with a 5pm start. @ADSummitNJ @rfh_ad pic.twitter.com/O2QRQOk55r— Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) June 2, 2022 Bridgewater-Raritan 8 Southern Regional 6 | Group 4 State Championship Alex Delierre broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth quarter with his second goal of the game as the Panthers scored four straight goals to win the Group 4 state championship. Colin Kurdyla had two goals and three assists for Bridgewater-Raritan. Ryan Sininsky had a hat trick for Southern. He scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter to put the Rams in front 6-4 but the Panthers scored two goals in the final minute of the third and shutout Southern in the final 12 minutes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from West Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton-Orthopaedic Associates Rutgers Prep 11 Montclair Kimberly Academy 4 | Non-Public B State Championship Louis Marius had a career-high five goals and JSZ All-Zone basketball guard Ryan Pettit had two goals and two assists as the Argonauts score the first seven goals of the game on the way to the Non-Public “B” state championship. Rutgers Prep had an 8-1 halftime lead and scored three more goals in the fourth quarter in driving rain at Shore Regional. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights in West Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the NJSIAA boys lacrosse state championships is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
CBA gets 6th inning homer, 7th inning defense to advance in state playoffs
On a hot day in Lincroft, CBA and Paul VI brought the intensity in the opening round of the state baseball tournament. JSZ has all the highlights from an intense game! CBA 3 Paul VI 2 | Non-Public “A” South First Round Zaine Toneske broke a 2-2 tie with a leadoff solo homer to left field and Mike Kelly came on in relief of Colin Reilly in the 7th and got out of a jam to give the Colts a 3-2 win and a showdown with rival Red Bank Catholic this Friday in the Non-Public “A” South quarterfinals. CBA scored single runs in the first and fifth innings to take a 2-0 lead before Paul VI tied it on Mike Lucarelli’s steal of home during a failed squeeze attempt. After Toneske went yard, Paul VI had runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out in the 7th before the Colts got a double play and a Kelly strikeout to seal the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of a game that had a number of momentum-swinging plays: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball state playoff coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Tuesday 5.31 JSZ Championship Softball Highlights
JSZ has highlights from three Non-Public sectional softball finals! Mount St. Dominic 3 IHA 2 | Non-Public A North Final Last season, the Blue Eagles pulled away late to take down the Lions. That wasn’t the case this year. Sydney Rosencranz delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning for Mount St. Dominic (26-4-1) and they never looked back from there. Sophia Kiseloski went the distance with a complete game and punched out eight batters. Jocelyn Moody opened the scoring with a monster solo home run but IHA (27-2) had trouble generating offense outside of the big fly. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of IHA and Mount St. Dominic is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health. St. Joseph Academy 3 Gloucester Catholic 2 | Non-Public B South Final The Wildcats fell behind 2-0, but clawed their way back to win their third consecutive sectional crown. Ava Fisher struck out 9 in the circle and also added an RBI double for top-seeded St. Joe (19-9). Xelynn Rodriguez and Abby Willis also drove in runs in the victory. Cambrie Todd had a double and scored both runs for the third-seeded Rams (18-9) in the loss. The Wildcats advance to face Non-Public B North champion Morris Catholic for the state title on Friday at Seton Hall University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Hammonton: JSZ’s playoff softball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Donovan Catholic 4 St. Thomas Aquinas 1 | Non-Public A South Final Donovan Catholic claimed its third straight Non-Public A South title with a close 4-1 win over St. Thomas Aquinas. After scoring on three errors in the third, Donovan Catholic led 3-1 heading into the sixth. A solo home run from Emily Kurth added a much needed late score for the Griffins, but the story of the afternoon was the pitching from both teams. Both Julia Apostolakos and Hayley Wieczerzak each finished with an impressive 14 strikeouts. Wieczerzak allowed just one hit, while Apostolakos allowed three. Donovan Catholic advances to take on Mount St. Dominic in the next round. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Community Medical Center (Toms River) for sponsoring our Donovan Catholic coverage.
Old Tappan wins Bergen County title for second time in school history
We’ve got Memorial Day baseball from Bergen County as Old Tappan and St. Joe-Montvale went back and forth at Demarest High School. Check out all the highlights and post-game reaction! Old Tappan 9 St. Joe-Montvale 7 | Bergen County Tournament Final Alex Kranzler broke a 6-6 tie with an RBI double down the third base line in the sixth inning and Lou Mosca provided what proved to be the game-winning run with an RBI bunt single to give Old Tappan a second Bergen County championship in school history. James Keating threw five strong innings on the mound and was named the Tournament MVP with Kranzler getting the top pitcher of the tourney. Mosca came on in relief in the seventh and got the final three outs with the tying run at second base. Old Tappan is now 24-4 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and interviews from Demarest High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Bergen County Baseball Tournament is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Sunday 5.29 JSZ Championship Baseball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you a pair of conference championships on Sunday. Nery Rodriguez has the highlights of the GMC title game and Rich Chrampanis takes us to Lakewood for the Shore Conference championship! Red Bank Catholic 5 Jackson Memorial 2 | Shore Conference Tournament Final Matt Scrivanic hit a mammoth 2-run homer to left field to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning as the Caseys won their third consecutive Shore Conference Tournament. Alex Stanyek battled through discomfort in his side to throw five innings giving up two runs and striking out nine. Steve Svenson pitched two scoreless innings with five strikeouts to seal the title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of an outstanding championship game at from ShoreTown Ballpark in Lakewood Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of RBC is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center North Brunswick 4 St. Joseph (Metuchen) 2 | GMC Final North Brunswick (6) claimed their first Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Title with a thrilling 4-2 victory over St. Joseph (Metuchen) (1). Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first to leaves us tied at 2-2 for the duration of the game until the sixth inning when Kyle Tarabokia’s two RBI double gave the Raiders a 4-2 lead late. The story of the afternoon however was the pitching duel taking place between Rutgers commits Andrew Goldan and Zach Konstantinovsky. Konstantinovsky ended the afternoon with two earned runs, three hits allowed and 10 strike outs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from East Brunswick: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring both our North Brunswick and St. Joseph Metuchen coverage.
Jack Silver Conquers Cancer, Returns to the Mound for Pascack Hills
After an arduous journey that spanned nearly two years, all Jack Silver wanted was to return to the mound. That return was everything he could have dreamed of, and more. Silver, a senior at Pascack Hills High School, made an inspirational return to the pitcher’s mound on Monday, May 23 when he took to the hill for his first career varsity pitching start. That’s special because silver is a cancer survivor who fought hard to get back to play the game he loves. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles Jack Silver’s journey: This story was featured on Jersey Sports Zone’s weekly television show, JSZ-TV, this Sunday on WLNY-TV in the New York City market.
Team USA’s Douty Leaving Her Mark as Player and Mentor
Fair Haven native Megan Douty is not only one of the best in the world as a player, but she’s also molding the next generation of lacrosse stars on the Jersey Shore. Watch our JSZ-TV feature on the Team USA defender! Megan Douty is set to compete for Team USA in her second World Lacrosse Championships in late June in Maryland. The former Rumson-Fair Haven standout has won two national championships at the University of Maryland and was named to the All-World team after the United States won the 2017 world championship. In the midst of playing at the top level of the sport, Douty and Alex Marino co-founded All Lax, molding the next generation of girls lacrosse. The duo has made a huge impact in Monmouth County with their first two travel teams generating a long list of Division I commitments and signings. Paige Nolan (UPenn) and Mary Kate Allingham (Mount St. Mary’s) are two of the key pieces of Shore Conference champion Trinity Hall. Paige Kelly of Red Bank Regional is one of the highest-profile recruits in New Jersey after committing to the University of North Carolina. Douty’s alma mater Rumson-Fair Haven has become a consistent state power. Jackie Braceland (Army) is one of a number of RFH players playing for All Lax and Manasquan’s sectional final team features Phoebe Matuch (Holy Cross) and goalie Quinn McCarthy (Albany). For some of the Shore’s top players, the opportunity to work with one of the best players in the world is having a profound effect. Watch JSZ’s feature on Megan Douty and see how she juggles playing and coaching: Douty and Team USA begin pool play at Towson on June 29th against Canada. The schedule is here. The schedule is here. The schedule is here.This is actually happening. @WorldLax2022 just dropped the full event schedule. See you soon @LacrosseCanada, @LaxScotland, Australia and @englacrosse. Want your group tickets? Buy now: https://t.co/oshK6HRi33 pic.twitter.com/iwF5hu3EpV— U.S. Women's National Team (@USAWLax) April 13, 2022
Watch Saturday 5.28 JSZ Championship Lacrosse Highlights
Plenty of hardware was up for grabs in boys lacrosse on Saturday and JSZ has highlights from three sectional championship games from all around the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Scotch Plains-Fanwood 10 Chatham 9 | 2 OT North Group 3 Final Scotch Plains-Fanwood claimed their first North, Group 3 Championship with a 10-9 double overtime win over Chatham. SPF with a two goal lead in final minute of regulation saw the game tied in the final 38 seconds. The second overtime period would be stopped for about an hour due to a weather delay. Senior Matt Power sank his second goal of the game to deliver the Raider’s their first Sectional Title in program history as Mikey Kloepfer finished with 4 goals and an assist. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (Rahway) for sponsoring our Scotch Plains-Fanwood coverage. Thank you to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for sponsoring our Chatham coverage. Summit 10 West Essex 6 | North Group 2 Final The Hilltoppers rode great goaltending and a standout performance from their star senior to the programs fifth consecutive sectional title. Dylan Sebastian tied a career-high with four goals, along with three assists, to pace the offense. Summit (16-2) also got a 14-save day from their goalie, Will Kein. West Essex (18-3), playing in its first ever sectional title game, was led by Jack Massotto and his four points. Summit will now prepare to face Rumson-Fair Haven in the Group 2 state championship next week – it’s a rematch of last year’s final won by Summit, 9-6. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Tatlock Field in Summit. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit is brought to you by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Southern 7 Lenape 4 | SJ Group 4 Final The top-seeded Rams pulled away late in a tightly contested title game to bring home a second-straight sectional crown. Merrimack commit Jack Kolbe and Eastern commit Zack Washco each finished with two goals and an assist in the win for Southern (16-3). Luke Birney netted a pair of goals in the loss for Lenape (9-9). Southern will face North champion Bridgewater-Raritan for the Group 4 state title next week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction: JSZ’s playoff lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
EHT Wins SJ Group 4 Championship
Egg Harbor Twp. 7 Kingsway 3 | Group 4 South Final In a game that started on Friday and finished on Saturday, the Eagles knocked off the defending champion Dragons to win their first sectional crown since 2017. Madison Dollard earned the win in the circle and hit a two-run homer in the victory for EHT (24-1). Hannah Weismer hit a three-run homer for Kingsway (22-5) in the loss. EHT advances to face Group 4 Central champion Freehold Township in the state semifinals. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: JSZ’s softball coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
RFH wins second straight sectional boys lax title
Rumson-Fair Haven won its second consecutive South Group 2 boys lacrosse championship after a win over Shore Conference rival Manasquan. Watch all the action! Rumson-Fair Haven 17 Manasquan 6 | South Group 2 Boys Final Tommy French had three goals and three assists and seven different Bulldogs had multiple goals to give Rumson-Fair Haven a second straight section title and a spot in the Group 2 state championship game. After taking a 3-2 lead at the end of one quarter, RFH scored 11 straight goals on the way to a convincing win. Quinn Stankovits and Christian Bockelmann had hat tricks for the Bulldogs who improve to 20-4 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway, Fox&Roach Realtors
Watch Friday 5.27 JSZ Softball Championship Highlights
More sectional champions are crowned as the softball season quickly progresses on. Catch up with all the action as the highlights roll in! Steinert 7 Middletown North 3 | Central Group 3 Sectional Final Steinert defeated Middletown North 7-3 for a come from behind victory for the Central Jersey Group 3 Championship. The Spartans led by two until the top of the sixth when a three run home run from Grace Gomez face North a 3-2 lead. However, Steinert would jump back in front 4-3 following a two RBI base hit from Paige Schultz, they would add three more runs to go ahead 7-3 entering the seventh. After missing the first inning Isabella Bonacci finished they day with four hits allowed, three earned runs and 10 strikeouts. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Steinert coverage. Thank you to Monmouth Medical Center for sponsoring our Middletown North coverage. Livingston 3 Bergen Tech 1 | North 1 Group 4 Sectional Final The Lancers have officially locked up consecutive sectional championships. Livingston (19-7) is as battle-tested of a team there is in New Jersey and they used that big game experience to knock off top-seeded Bergen Tech (26-2-1) for the title. Caitlyn Mullen tossed a complete game two-hitter with nine strikeouts and only one earned run to lead the way to victory. Livingston scored runs on two safety squeezes and a steal. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Livingston is brought to you by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
Fanetti fires six TDs to give Middletown North home field in flag football playoffs
We’ve got more great Girls Flag Football action from the Shore Conference. Watch the highlights of Middletown North and quarterback Valentina Fanetti! Middletown North 40 Holmdel 30 Valentina Fanetti threw six touchdown passes to keep Middletown North unbeaten in regular-season play and clinch home field for the four-team Shore Conference playoffs. Fanetti threw three touchdowns in the first half and three more in the second. Julia Saporito caught two touchdowns from Michelle Steele for Holmdel in the second half. Jersey Sports Zone’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Shore Regional High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown North is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
Webber scores four to lead Trinity Hall into state semifinal
Bucknell commit CC Webber had a spectacular behind-the-back goal to lead Trinity Hall into the Non-Public “A” state semifinals. Watch the must-see goal and the highlights of the Monarchs win over IHA Trinity Hall 16 Immaculate Heart Academy 11 | Non-Public “A” Quarterfinal CC Webber had four goals and two assists and Alex Popham had a six-point game with a goal and five assists to give Trinity Hall a spot in the Non-Public “A” final four. The Monarchs jumped out to an 11-5 halftime lead and Webber opened the second half with an awesome behind-the-back goal. Trinity Hall will face 2nd seed Pingry next Tuesday in the state semifinals looking to avenge a 17-14 loss to Big Blue in the regular season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s state playoff lacrosse highlights is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Thursday 5.26 JSZ Championship Softball Highlights
Sectional titles were on the line all over the Garden State and JSZ brings you highlights from three great championship games! Nutley 10 West Morris 5 | North 2 Group 3 Final After some close calls over the past three seasons, the Raiders are finally sectional champions. Nutley (21-5) exploded for six runs in the first inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Nikki Cicchetti. West Morris (20-5) made things interesting in the fifth inning after a three-run bomb from Mava Collegian, but they had trouble generating offense after that. Nutley ace Fallyn Stoeckel pitched a complete game with 2 ER and 5 K’s to lock up the first sectional title for the Raiders since 2015. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Nutley: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Nutley is brought to you by Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Watchung Hills 2 Hunterdon Central 1 | North 2 Group 4 Final Watchung Hills claimed their first Sectional Title since 2016 with a 2-1 win over Hunterdon Central. The Warriors scored in the first inning on an RBI from Samantha Raymond and in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Emma Aridi, but the story of the afternoon was junior pitcher Juliana Raymond who finished with just two hits allowed, no earned runs and 12 strikeouts. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring both our Watchung Hills and Hunterdon Central coverage. Haddon Heights 8 Cedar Creek 0 | South Group 2 Final The Garnets shut down the defending SJ Group 2 champions and bring home a sectional title over their own after an unforgettable performance from Sophia Bordi. The freshman racked up 15 strikeouts in a complete game shutout, and added three home runs and four RBIs from the plate. Lehigh commit Maddy Clark hit a two-run home run in the win for Haddon Heights (20-4). The Garnets will face either Bordentown or Metuchen in a Group 2 state semifinal next week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor City: JSZ’s playoff softball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Hermits Win Inaugural CAL Tourney Title
St. Augustine 9 Mainland 4 | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Final The Hermits scored eight runs in the second inning to blow this game wide open early. Bryant commit Kyle Neri, Penn commit Ryan Taylor and Jordan Serrano all drove in two runs apiece in the inning for St. Augustine (23-1). Cohen Cook drove in a pair of runs for the Mustangs (18-6) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Richland: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Wednesday 5.25 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
Public sectional semifinal action on the boys side and JSZ was all around the state, capturing highlights from five games! Check back throughout the night as the highlights are posted. Hunterdon Central 8 Westfield 7 (OT) | Group 4 North Semifinal The phrase “instant classic” gets tossed around regularly – but there’s no question that’s what this game was. Dylan Johnson hit a remarkable golden goal from his knees to send the Red Devils back to a sectional title game for the second straight year. Johnson led Hunterdon Central (18-0) with three goals on the day. Westfield (11-7) fought back numerous times in this game to get it to overtime. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from a legitimate Game of the Year nominee in Flemington: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hunterdon Central is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University hospital in Somerville. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Senator Jon Bramnick. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 10 Randolph 8 | Group 3 North Semifinal Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Randolph 10-8 to reach the program’s first Sectional Final. After SPF opened with a score, Randolph with three straight goals went ahead 3-1. However, the Raiders would retake the lead and entered halftime up 8-6. Scotch Plains-Fanwood would hold onto a two goal advantage for the duration of the game. Jake Monroy finished with four goals for SPF. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (Rahway) for sponsoring our Scotch Plains-Fanwood coverage. Southern 12 Howell 4 | Group 4 South Semifinal The Rams raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first period and never looked back. NJIT commit Ryan Sininsky and Jake Washco paced top-seeded Southern (15-3) with three goals each in the win. Vinny Burns scored two goals for the fifth-seeded Rebels (14-7) in the loss. Southern will now face third-seeded Lenape for the sectional crown this weekend. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Manahawkin: JSZ’s playoff lacrosse coverage is made possible in part by OceanFirst Bank. Manasquan 7 Wall 6 | Group 2 South Semifinal Robert Pendergist’s goal with 1:10 remaining was the game-winner that allowed the Warriors to avenge a Shore Conference Tournament loss to Wall and earn a spot in the Group 2 South championship game against Rumson-Fair Haven. Pendergist had missed three games with a shoulder injury and entered the game in the second half. James Farinacci had three goals to lead the Warriors and Robert Parazzo, who also returned from injury, had the game-tying goal in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from an awesome All-Shore state playoff matchup: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Wall is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center Haddonfield 11 Shore Regional 6 | Group 1 South Semifinal Trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Bulldogs surged in the second half to avenge its loss to the Blue Devils a year ago and punch its ticket to the sectional finals. Delaware commit Finn Morgan tallied three goals and three assists as Haddonfield outscored Shore 8-2 in the second half. Blaise Coley, Ryan Ward, Marcus DeVita, and Asher Conrey each scored a pair of goals in the win for Haddonfield (13-3). Sam Madalone scored two goals in the loss for Shore Regional (12-4). Haddonfield will face top-seed Caldwell in the Group 1 South final on Saturday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Shore Regional is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center.
Kiernan’s Five Goals Pushes Chatham To NG3 Semifinals
Chatham 19 Wayne Hills 8 | North Group 3 Quarterfinal Round | Girls Chatham defeated Wayne Hills 19-8 in the quarterfinal round of the North, Group 3 playoffs. Under Armor All-American Kaitlyn Davies began the game with two scores to give the Patriots an early lead, but it would be their only of the afternoon as Ashley Kiernan’s five first half goals put the Cougars ahead 13-5 at the break. Davies, a Florida commit ended the day with seven goals and an assist. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for sponsoring our Chatham coverage.
Cedar Creek Advances to SJG2 Final
Cedar Creek 9 Sterling 1 | Group 2 South Semifinal Chasedy Johnson hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs to lead the Pirates to the South Jersey Group 2 final. Liz Martin dazzled in the circle, striking out 12 in a complete game effort for top-seeded Creek (24-5). Kayla D’Angelo had an RBI double for the fourth-seeded Knights (14-7) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Egg Harbor City: JSZ’s playoff softball coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch Tuesday 5.24 JSZ Shore Conference Tournament Baseball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you highlights and post-game reaction from both Shore Conference Tournament semifinal games from Count Basie Park in Red Bank. The championship is set for this Sunday in Lakewood at the home of the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Red Bank Catholic 10 Rumson-Fair Haven 0 (6 Innings) Declan Leary pitched six shutout innings and the Caseys erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to return to the championship game to defend its title. Frank and Matt Scrivanic combined to go 5-8 with five runs and two RBI’s with both players making great plays in the field as well to knock out the top seed. Leary allowed just four hits and one walk to improve to 6-2 on the season. He has now pitched 13 shutout innings against Rumson this season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of the defending champs impressive effort: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center Jackson Memorial 7 Donovan Catholic 3 Zach Crotchfelt added another pitching gem to his impressive resumé this season. Crotchfelt, the Auburn commit, struck out 13 batters over six innings of work to pitch Jackson Memorial (18-7) to the title game. Charlie Meglio, Matt Koblos and Aidan O’Donnell each had 2 RBI on the afternoon. Donovan Catholic (16-10) made it to the semifinals as the 22-seed, but fell short against one of the best pitchers in the entire state. The Jags are back in the Shore Conference Tournament final for the first time since 2012. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Jackson Memorial and Donovan Catholic is brought to you by Community Medical Center in Toms River.
Watch Monday 5.23 JSZ Baseball Highlights
County and conference tournament action continues, as JSZ brings you highlights from four great games around the state to begin the new week! Ridge 6 Rutgers Prep 0 | Somerset County Tournament Final Ridge (1) defeated Rutgers Prep (6) 6-0 to raise their first Somerset County Tournament Title since 2011. The game would stay scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Ridge tacked on three runs with two outs, they would do the same in the fourth inning to lead by six. Pitching headlined the evening, junior Connor Byrne allowed just two hits, no earned runs and had 11 strike outs for the Red Devils. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to RWJ Barnabas for sponsoring both our Ridge and Rutgers Prep coverage. Cranford 12 Dayton 2 (6 Innings) | Union County Tournament Final Ryan Jaros was 3-4 with three runs and four RBI’s to pace the top seed to a dominant performance on the way to the Union County championship. Jaros got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with an RBI single and added a two-run triple in the fifth and one more RBI single in the seventh. Will Gallagher threw six strong innings giving up just two runs and had eight strikeouts while walking no one. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Kean University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Cranford is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Mainland 2 Ocean City 1 | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Semifinal Will Hoover threw a gem, striking out 11 in six innings of work to lead the Mustangs past the rival Red Raiders and into the CAL Tournament title game. Nick Wagner gave third-seeded Mainland (17-5) the lead with an RBI single in the sixth inning. St. John’s commit Tom Finnegan struck out five batters for second-seeded Ocean City (16-7) in the loss. Mainland will face top-seeded St. Augustine for the CAL Tournament championship on Thursday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank. Pascack Hills 4 Pascack Valley 2 Joe Vernaglia came up clutch with a late two-run single that lifted the Broncos to a win against their crosstown rival. Pascack Valley (13-9-1) led 2-0 early in the game, thanks in part to a solo home run from Jimmy Shea. Pascack Hills (11-9) surged back in front to lead the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to that hit from Vernaglia. Jack Silver drew the start for Hills and allowed one earned run over four innings of work. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Montvale: Jersey Sports Zone’s baseball coverage is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health.
From Defeat to Triumph: Abigail Dennis Goes Viral for Remarkable Comeback
Every so often, New Jersey high school athletes make headlines for their remarkable feats. What Old Tappan’s Abigail Dennis did last week ended up going way beyond that. In the 100 meter hurdle heat at the Bergen County Championships, she fell hard after tripping over a hurdle and essentially began the race in last place. But Dennis wouldn’t accept that – she rallied to come from behind and win the heat in a moment that truly went viral across the world. Just days after, that video of her remarkable feat was seen over a million times on Old Tappan’s track and field Twitter account and got countless more views on various news and social media channels across the world. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles Abigail Dennis and what makes this affable athlete tick: This story was featured on JSZ-TV’s weekly TV program, which aired on Sunday, May 22 on WLNY-TV.
Schild Continues to Deliver for State Champ Middletown South
Ben Schild continues to have a sensational high school career. Watch our feature from JSZ-TV on the Middletown South ace who has a county championship along with his state title from 2021 Middletown South pitcher Ben Schild was on the mound when the Eagles won the 2021 Group 4 state championship. His complete game 2-hitter against Montclair was the exclamation point on an 8-0 sophomore campaign. His junior season is on course for a similar track. Schild is currently 5-0 with a 1.28 ERA striking out 69 and walking just 15. Schild was on the hill when he struck out 11 in Middletown South’s 11-1 win over Wall in the Monmouth County Tournament finals at Brookdale Community College. The Eagles will now turn their attention to defending their Group 4 state title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis profile Schild on Jersey Sports Zone TV, which airs Sundays at 11:30 am on WLNY-TV (10/55):
Watch Saturday 5.21 JSZ Baseball Highlights
A busy Saturday on the diamond with conference championships makes all the headlines. Watch all of our coverage throughout the day! St. Peter’s Prep 5 Ferris 2 | Hudson County Tournament Championship Nick Rappa pitched the Marauders to their first Hudson County Tournament title since 2018 with a complete game gem in nearly 100 degree weather. Rappa struck out seven batters across seven innings of work, while the St. Peter’s Prep (21-6) offense got going with a three-run second inning. Ferris (19-6) was no-hit for four innings, but struck for two runs in the fifth inning. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Miller Stadium in West New York: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of both Ferris and St. Peter’s Prep is made possible by Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City. Seton Hall Prep 15 Bloomfield 0 (5 Innings) | Greater Newark Tournament Championship Seton Hall Prep (4) captured its18th Greater Newark Tournament Title with a dominating 15-0 win over Bloomfield (7). The Pirates had the bats working early, scoring four runs in the first inning, followed by six in the second, and five more in the third. Senior outfielder Matthew Monteleone ended the day 2-2 with four RBI’s while John Cerwisnki pitched a seven-strike out, one-hit shutout. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to “One on One” with Steve Adubato for sponsoring our Seton Hall Prep coverage. Rumson-Fair Haven 3 St. John Vianney 2 | Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinal Brian Doherty’s base hit to left gave the Bulldogs a walk-off win in a game that took two days to complete. RFH and SJV played five scoreless innings before fog and rain postponed the game to Saturday morning. Due to rules in the Shore Conference Tournament and no score, the game was reset back to the beginning on Saturday. RFH took a 2-0 lead on an RBI double by Charlie Tallman and a John Bruno solo homer before SJV answered with two runs in the 5th highlighted by an Antonio Kurtz RBI triple. John Goodes went seven innings to pick up the complete-game win. RFH will face rival RBC in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals on Tuesday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio Cherry Hill East 9 Cedar Creek 7 (10 innings) | Lee Ware Tournament Final The Cougars outlasted the Pirates in 10 innings in the heat to capture the Woodstown Lee Ware Tournament championship. Pete Longo gave East (7-13) the lead for good with a two-RBI single in the 10th. Brett McLaughin had a key outfield assist to deny Cedar Creek a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth. Nate Winterbottom pitched seven scoreless innings of relief for the Pirates (14-11) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s baseball coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
Stanyek fires one-hitter to give RBC spot in Shore Conference semifinals
The defending Shore Conference Tournament champs are in the final four. Watch the highlights of the Caseys quarterfinal win against Wall! Red Bank Catholic 7 Wall 1 | Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals Alex Stanyek threw a complete-game one-hitter with eight strikeouts and the Caseys busted open a 1-1 game with six runs in the 5th to move on to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. Duke commit Andrew Fischer made his first start giving Wall four quality innings but the Caseys took control of the game in the fifth paced by Frank Scrivanic’s 2-run single and Jack Meyers 2-run single. RBC will face the winner of St. John Vianney and Rumson-Fair Haven in the final four. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch
Final JSZ Game Ball Roundup!
With the regular season coming to a close in the softball world – and baseball soon to follow – Jersey Sports Zone is concluding its last round of RWJ Barnabas Health Game Balls for the 2021-2022 year. Take a look at who had standout games from both North and Central Jersey! Maddie Weir, Lodi Immaculate (North Jersey Softball) Lodi Immaculate’s big hitter Maddie Weir has now won JSZ Game Balls in back to back seasons. This year’s award comes after a monster game on May 10 against Paterson Charter. She went 3-4 with 3 HR and 6 RBI. Weir brought in 45 percent (2,268 votes) to bring home the award. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Weir with her game ball after practice earlier this week: Aiden Cody, St. John Vianney (Central Jersey Baseball) Aiden Cody has been the Lancers’ staff ace all season long and delivered one of this top performances of the season last week. Cody tossed a complete game one-hitter with 14 K’s to lead St. John Vianney to a 1-0 victory over Manasquan on May 10. He commanded just shy of 40 percent of the vote to bring home the weekly honor. Ryan Rogers, Saint Rose (Central Jersey Baseball) The Saint Rose senior pitcher had a stellar complete-game shutout with 13 strikeouts against Ocean Township to win our JSZ Week 5 Central Jersey Game Ball. We stopped by Saint Rose to give Ryan his Game Ball: Dimitra & Zoe Milonopoulos, Old Bridge (Central Jersey Softball) A little bit of twin magic was at work when the Milonopoulos sisters took the field against East Brunswick on May 11. Dimitra and Zoe combined to go 5-8 at the dish and also collectively knocked in five runs in a 6-0 win. The duo edged out a fellow GMC nominee to win the awards 3,043 total votes. Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls are brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
OC Advances to Sectional Semifinals
Ocean City 13 Brick Memorial 5 | Boys Group 3 South Quarterfinal The Red Raiders are the defending Group 3 South champions, and Ocean City is making another deep playoff push this spring. Jack Davis scored four goals, while Tommy Schutta found the net three times to lead the third-seeded Raiders (12-7) past the sixth-seeded Mustangs (13-5). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a foggy Carey Stadium: JSZ’s coverage of Brick Memorial is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Hun blanks Hamilton West to win its first Mercer County Tournament title
Hun 6 Hamilton West 0 | Mercer County Tournament Final The Raiders made it a night to remember in Trenton, shutting out the Hornets to bring home the first MCT championship in program history. Tournament MVP Brody Pasieka allowed just one hit over four shutout innings of relief. Michael Chiaravallo finished with 3 RBIs in the win for Hun (20-3). Mark Meara tripled in the loss for Hamilton West (15-7). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Arm & Hammer Park: JSZ’s coverage of the Mercer County Tournament is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Caseys snap four-game skid, open state playoffs with convincing win
Sophomore Jackson Lu led the scoring attack in RBC’s opening round win against Eastern Christian. Check out all the highlights from Red Bank! Red Bank Catholic 18 Eastern Christian 3 | Non-Public “B” Boys First Round Sophomore Jackson Lu had a career-high seven-point game with four goals and three assists and Torin Harmon had a four-goal, five-point game to reach 100 points for the season as the Caseys cruised into the Non-Public “B” quarterfinals and a matchup with Holy Spirit in the next round. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch
The “Boss'” Big Day Powers NBC To State Playoff Win
The Hounds are heating up at just the right time. Led by a productive day from Gwen Quackenboss, sixth-seeded Northern Burlington (15-8) punched their ticket to the next round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional playoffs with a 6-3 win over three-seed Old Bridge (14-8) in Middlesex County on Thursday. Quackenboss was a force at the plate. She was 3-3 with 3 RBI and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Her mammoth two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning was the finishing touch on a big win for NBC. The Hounds will face the winner of 10-Marlboro vs. 2-Jackson Memorial in the sectional semifinals next week. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Old Bridge: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Old Bridge is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Watch JSZ 5.18 Championship Baseball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you a pair of championship games from the diamond. We’ve got the Monmouth County Tournament title game between Wall and Middletown South along with the Diamond Classic finale featuring St. Augustine Prep and Lenape. Middletown South 11 Wall 1 (6 innings) | Monmouth County Tournament Championship Joe Stanzione blasted two homers and Ben Schild struck out 11 to lead the Eagles to a Monmouth County title snapping Wall’s nine-game streak. The Eagles scored in every frame starting with a Schild RBI double in the first and Will Christopher’s RBI double in the second. Stanzione hit towering solo homers in the third and the fourth. Evan Wood hit a two-run single in the 6th to clinch the title for the 17-8 Eagles. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center. St. Augustine 4 Lenape 2 | Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic Championship The Hermits overcame an early deficit for the second day in a row to win their first Diamond Classic title since 2017. St. Joseph’s commit Ryan Weingartner hit a home run and struck out the side in the seventh inning to earn the save. Old Dominion commit Marco Levari added an RBI double, while Villanova commit C.J. Furey picked up the win for top-seeded St. Augustine (20-1). Dylan Shank had an RBI single for Lenape (15-3) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Pitman: Jersey Sports Zone’s Diamond Classic coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
EHT knocks off Cedar Creek to win inaugural CAL Tournament championship
Egg Harbor Twp. 6 Cedar Creek 3 | CAL Tournament Final The Eagles take home the inaugural Cape-Atlantic League Tournament championship behind a ten strikeout complete game by Madison Dollard. Natalia Stewart and Ryley Martini each drove in a run as part of a four-run fifth inning for EHT (21-1). MaKenzie Baggstrom and Liz Martin finished with RBIs in the loss for Cedar Creek (22-5). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor Township: JSZ’s coverage of the Cape-Atlantic League Tournament is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
Watch JSZ 5.17 Lacrosse Highlights
It’s a championship Tuesday around the state. JSZ brings you highlights of the CAL Boys championship in South Jersey along with the Shore Conference boys and girls finals from Monmouth University. Check out all the action! Ocean City 7 Holy Spirit 5 | CAL Tournament Boys Championship Tied at four at the halftime, the Red Raiders pulled away in the second half to bring home the inaugural CAL Tournament championship. Pat Grimley turned in a five-point night with two goals and three assists in the win. Jack Davis and Tommy Schutta each scored a pair of goals for Ocean City (10-7). Stanley Marczyk netted two goals in the loss for Holy Spirit (12-3). JSZ’s James Mooney has highlights and reaction from Stockton University: Jersey Sports Zone’s Cape Atlantic League Tournament coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank Rumson-Fair Haven 12 Wall 7 | Shore Conference Boys Championship An impressive second half outburst was the reason why the Bulldogs are back to back Shore Conference champions. Rumson Fair Haven (16-4) went into the half tied 4-4 with Wall (15-3) and then proceeded to take over the game after intermission. Tommy French led that charge and finished with three goals and a pair of assists in the win. RFH has now won eight Shore Conference lacrosse championships. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights from Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway, Fox & Roach Realtors Trinity Hall 17 Rumson-Fair Haven 7 | Shore Conference Girls Championship Mary Kate Allingham had four goals and three assists against her former team and three other Monarchs scored hat tricks to give Trinity Hall the school’s first-ever Shore Conference girls lacrosse title. Last year, Trinity ended RFH’s 129-game Shore Conference winning streak in the regular season before losing to RFH in the Shore finals and in the Tournament of Champions One year later, the Monarchs end the eight-year reign of the Bulldogs in the SCT. Peyton McGuire, Alex Popham and Paige Nolan all had three-goal games in the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s Shore Conference Lacrosse coverage is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
St. Augustine Advances to Diamond Classic Final
St. Augustine 7 Kingsway 4 | Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic Semifinal The Hermits trailed 2-0 early, but knocked off the Dragons for the second time this season to punch a ticket to the Diamond Classic title game. Iona commit Andrew Gaines earned the win on the mound, allowing just one earned run in four innings of relief. Austin Sofran and Bryant commit Kyle Neri each drove in a pair of runs in the win for top-seeded St. Augustine (19-1). Carter Williams drove in three runs for fourth-seeded Kingsway (19-4) in the loss. The Hermits will face seventh-seeded Lenape for the title on Wednesday night in Pitman. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: JSZ’s baseball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
JSZ Hands Out North Jersey Game Balls
A pair of players who had big-time performances were awarded their JSZ North Jersey Game Balls. Check out their presentations below! Rzepinski K’s 14 in Hudson County Showdown Standing at 6’7″, Ryan Rzepinski is an imposing figure on the mound. He brought the heat in an HCIAL showdown against Union City on May 5. Rzepiński struck out 14 batters across six innings of work in a 3-1 win against the Soaring Eagles, in Union City. He was nominated for, and won, the JSZ Week 5 North Jersey Baseball Game Ball after bringing in 640 votes (43 percent) to win the award. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Rzepinski with the award last week: Goetz Goes Wild in Win over Demarest Abigail Goetz’s bat was on fire in a recent Big North Conference showdown last week. She was 3-4 at the plate and knocked in 6 RBI as the Cardinals took down Demarest, 24-7, on May 5. Goetz won JSZ’s Week 5 North Jersey Softball Game Ball with 363 votes (53 percent). JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Abigail with the award last week:
Lenape blanks Gloucester Catholic to reach Diamond Classic final
Lenape 4 Gloucester Catholic 0 | Diamond Classic Semifinal The seventh-seeded Indians knocked off the third-seeded Rams behind a complete game shutout by Matt Corda. Farleigh Dickinson commit Max D’Alessandro broke things open with a two RBI triple in the win for Lenape (13-2). Rutgers commit Tanner Nolan finished with nine strikeouts over six innings in the loss for Gloucester Catholic (15-8). Lenape will face the winner of Kingsway and St. Augustine in the Diamond Classic final later this week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Brooklawn: JSZ’s baseball coverage is made possible by OceanFirst Bank.
Hun Wins 6th Straight, Gears Up for Big Week
We’ve got Sunday baseball from Arm&Hammer Park in Trenton. Hun scored a Sunday win over St. Joe-Metuchen and JSZ has the highlights! Hun 8 St. Joe-Metuchen 2 The Raiders had eight hits and drew nine walks to score a sixth straight win to improve to 18-2 on the season. Carson Wehner had a 2-run double in the third and Ryan DiMaggio had a 2-run single as part of a 4-run sixth inning. Hun shifts its attention to the Mercer County Tournament (the Raiders play Tuesday in the semis) and the Prep “A” state tournament which begins on Wednesday. Jersey Sports Zone’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the home of the Trenton Thunder: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hun is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates