Hackensack Comets 2018 JSZ Football Preview
Hackensack looks to get back into the post-season mix. Coach Benjie Wimberly started 10 sophomores last year during a 4-6 campaign. That group got valuable varsity experience and now looks to get the Comets back into the mix for a sectional title. Watch JSZ’s 2018 preview of Hackensack High: Hackensack 2018 Football Schedule Friday, August 31 – at Eastside Friday, September 7 – PASSAIC TECH Friday, September 14 – at Paramus Catholic Friday, September 21 – CLIFTON Saturday, September 29 – at Hudson Catholic Friday, October 5 – BERGEN TECH Saturday, October 13 – at Kennedy Friday, October 26 – at Ridgewood Thursday, November 22 – TEANECK
Nottingham 2018 Preview
After a big loss to Allentown in their home opener Nottingham went on an 8 game win streak thanks to some of great defense and sophomore running back Diontae Nicholson. Nicholson ran for 21 touchdowns, averaged 178 yards a game and finished with 1,758 rushing yards for the year, shattering the school record. The North Stars would eventually be defeated in the first round of the group 4 playoffs by Freehold Boro and JSZ Player of the Year Ashonte Worthy. Coach Jon Adams will luckily returns his star running back and some key defensive leaders in 2018 as they will look to capture their first State Title since 2013. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 2018 Schedule Saturday, September 8 – At Steinert Saturday, September 15 – MOORESTOWN Friday, September 21 – At Trenton Friday, September 28 – At Hopewell Valley Saturday, October 6 – WEST WINDSOR- PLAINSBORO Saturday, October 13 –At Hamilton Saturday, October 20 – NOTRE DAME Friday, October 27 – at Allentown Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Nottingham coverage. JSZ looks forward to brining you North Star athletics all year long!
Football rivals unite to help flood victims
When a flood brought 7.83 inches of rain to the Greenbriar community of Brick, over 100 people were forced to evacuate. Two days later, the devastation was on full display as people were forced to get many essential items out of the house and onto their front lawn and driveway. For such a daunting task for an elderly community, they didn’t have to go through it alone. The Coast Guard and a host of volunteers came to the Greenbriar neighborhood and pitched in. The Brick Township and Brick Memorial football teams both had large contingents walking the streets and going house to house to lend a hand. Watch JSZ’s feature on “One Brick” and see how these bitter rivals on the gridiron showed what it means to come together in the face of adversity.
2018 North Hunterdon Football Preview
North Hunterdon Doesn’t Speak of 2017 Title The North Hunterdon Lions lost a lot of talent this year, but senior QB, Anthony Hale, and returning WR, Griffin Honthy, are looking forward to the challenge. Head coach Jared Mazzetta says the most important part of this year is forgetting about last year’s success, and encouraging this group to make their own legacy at North Hunterdon. Check out their full season preview now: Lions’ 2018 Schedule: Friday, September 7 – TBA SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD Friday, September 15 – 7:00 IMMACULATA Saturday, September 22 – 1:00 @ Summit Friday, September 28 – 7:00 @ Warren Hills Friday, October 5 – 7:00 SOUTH PLAINFIELD Friday, October 12 – TBA MONTGOMERY Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Rahway Friday, October 26 – 7:00 VOORHEES
Ramapo JSZ 2018 Football Preview
Ramapo brings back one of the top returning quarterbacks in New Jersey as AJ Wingfield produced over 2500 yards of total offense and 31 scores in the air and on the ground. The Raiders fell to River Dell in the North 1 Group 3 finals at MetLife Stadium, but brings back plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball from a 9-3 team. Watch JSZ’s preview of Ramapo in 2018: Ramapo 2018 Football Schedule Saturday, September 1 – at Sparta Friday, September 7 – BERGENFIELD Friday, September 14 – NORTHERN HIGHLANDS Friday, September 21 – at Old Tappan Friday, September 28 – RIVER DELL Friday, October 5 – TEANECK Friday, October 12 – at Wayne Hills Friday, October 19 – at Pascack Valley Friday, October 26 – RANDOLPH
Northern Highlands 2018 JSZ Football Preview
Northern Highlands reached the six-win mark and a spot in the 2017 state playoffs. Jersey Sports Zone continues its high school football previews with a look at the 2018 Highlanders: Northern Highlands 2018 Schedule Thursday, August 30 – OLD TAPPAN Friday, September 7 – vs. Clifton HS (Canton, OH) Friday, September 14 – at Ramapo Friday, September 21 – TENAFLY Friday, September 28 – WEST MORRIS CENTRAL Saturday, October 6 – at Bergenfield Saturday, October 13 – at Teaneck Saturday, October 20 – WAYNE VALLEY Saturday, October 27 – at Morris Knolls
2018 Delaware Valley Football Preview
The Terriers Will Run the Show in 2018 Delaware Valley believes their running game will be a force this season. Running back, Tyler Neal, is back for his senior season after rushing over 1,000 yards last year, while junior QB, Tyler Blake, takes over for Jared Pershyn. Head coach Mike Haughey says the experience of his team will be their strength in 2018.
West Orange 2018 JSZ Football Preview
Led by University of Pittsburgh recruit Bryce Nelms, there’s plenty of optimism in West Orange camp that the Mountaineers will be much better than last year’s 3-6-1 record. Watch JSZ’s preview of West Orange Football: West Orange 2018 Football Schedule Thursday, August 30 – MONTCLAIR Friday, September 7 – at Kennedy Friday, September 14 – DON BOSCO PREP Friday, September 21 – COLUMBIA Friday, September 28 – LIVINGSTON Friday, October 5 – at East Orange Friday, October 12 – PASSAIC TECH Friday, October 19 – at Bloomfield Saturday, October 27 – at Barringer
Camden Catholic 2018 Preview
Following an 8-2 year and an offseason of controversy that saw the firing of a Head Coach and the transfer of numerous players, Camden Catholic is back with a new leader at the helm. New Coach Cody Hall is preparing the Irish for Week 0 as they look to put the past behind them. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by to training camp: 2018 Schedule Friday, August 31 – At Rancocas Valley Friday, September 7 – WOODROW WILSON Friday, September 14 – HOLY SPIRIT Friday, September 21 –WILLINGBORO Friday, October 5 – At Delsea Friday, October 12 –At Lenape Friday, October 19 – CAMDEN Saturday, October 28 – at Cedar Creek Wednesday, November 21 – at Paul VI Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Camden Catholic coverage. JSZ looks forward to brining you Irish Athletics all year long!
St. John Vianney 2018 JSZ Football Preview
St. John Vianney Reloaded For 2018 After 18 seniors graduated from the program, St. John Vianney has rallied and reloaded its team with some fresh faces and top talent. Former Matawan Regional High School and Kean University coach Joe Martucci is now the head coach and takes over a Lancers squad that’s a staggering 38-0 against Shore Conference opponents since the start of the 2014 season. Martucci has a career record of 197-81-1 in 28 seasons. The Lancers boast one of the most complete offensive lines in the Shore Conference. Right tackle CJ Hanson is a Rutgers University commit, and Division I prospect Paul Liseno create an intimidating presence on the right side of the offensive line. New faces to the program include junior QB CJ Duell, a transfer from St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia; ex-Central Regional junior tailback Kavon Chambers; and DB Damon Washington, a senior formerly of northern NJ powerhouse Don Bosco Prep. Martucci has also assembled a new staff featuring former New Orleans Saint and Seattle Seahawk defensive back Jay Bellamy. Check out SJV’s preview now: St. John Vianney’s 2018 Schedule: Friday, Aug. 31 — vs. Red Bank Catholic Friday, Sept. 7 — @ Rumson-Fair Haven Friday, Sept. 14 — vs. Brick Township Friday, Sept. 21 — @ Middletown North Friday, Sept. 28 — vs. Brick Memorial Saturday, Oct. 6 — @ Freehold Borough Friday, Oct. 19 — @ Middletown North Friday, Oct. 26 — vs. Central Regional Sponsor Alert! Coverage of all St. John Vianney sports is brought to you by BCB Bayshore. Thanks to BCB Bayshore, Jersey Sports Zone will be able to capture all the big moments from St. John Vianney athletics this year!
Rancocas Valley 2018 Preview
Coming off a tough 10-7 loss to rival Lenape in the South Group 5 State Final, Rancocas Valley is looking to repeat similar success with a different outcome in 2018. The Red Devils may have graduated University of Florida running back Iverson Clement, but they will not hang their heads as they have four year starter Bryce Mangene at quarterback. RV will kick off the Garden State’s high school football season in Week 0 against Camden Catholic (8/31). JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: 2018 Schedule Friday, August 31 – CAMDEN CATHOLIC Friday, September 7 – WILLIAMSTOWN Saturday, September 15 – at Trenton Central Friday, September 21 – at Cherokee Friday, October 5 – ST. AUGUSTINE PREP Friday, October 12 – VINELAND Saturday, October 20 – LENAPE Friday, October 26 – at Shawnee Thursday, November 22 – at Pemberton
Summit 2018 Football Preview
Confidence is Key for Summit The Summit Hilltoppers ended last season with a 6-4 record, but like most schools in the Mid-State, they too have a handful of playmakers returning. Head Coach Kevin Kostibos says their experience and confidence will be the key this year’s success. Check out Summit’s Preview now: Hilltoppers’ 2018 Schedule: Thursday, August 30 – 4:00 @ Morristown Friday, September 7 – TBA @ Montgomery Saturday, September 15 – 1:00 WARREN HILLS Saturday, September 22 – 1:00 NORTH HUNTERDON Saturday, September 29 – 1:00 @ Scotch Plains-Fanwood Saturday, October 6 – 2:30 COLONIA Friday, October 12 – 7:00 @ Cranford Friday, October 19 – 7:00 ST JOSEPH MET. Friday, October 26 – 7:00 @ Immaculata Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Summit is brought to you by Equinox. Thanks to Equinox JSZ can bring you exciting Hilltoppers highlights all season long.
Montclair 2018 JSZ Football Preview
It doesn’t get much better than Montclair’s 2017 season. A perfect 12-0 with one of the most explosive offenses, the challenge to match near perfection in all three phases will be daunting. With QB Tarrin Earle off to Bucknell and Danny Webb at Army, the Mounties will turn to a strong senior group to fill the void. Josh Crawford (committed to Central Michigan) takes over the running duties and Charles Murphy makes the move from wide receiver to run the offense at quarterback. Defensively, Willie Matthews is a special player. Coming off a 183 tackle, 25.5 sack junior season, Matthews has D1 interest including Rutgers and is determined to take his already high level of play to rarified air. JSZ looks ahead to the 2018 Mounties: Montclair 2018 Football Schedule Saturday, September 8 – NUTLEY Friday, September 14 – at Washington (OH) Saturday, September 22 – EAST ORANGE Friday, September 28 – at Columbia Saturday, October 6 – at Seton Hall Prep Saturday, October 13 – BLOOMFIELD Saturday, October 20 – LIVINGSTON Friday, October 26 – at Irvington
Josh McKenzie chooses Yale, Mater Dei’s Sillah is BC bound
Josh McKenzie is on his way to the Ivy league and the Yale Bulldogs. The Bergen Catholic running back chose Yale over 12 other schools leading up to his senior season at Bergen Catholic. McKenzie had a number of FBS offers including Rutgers, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Virginia, but opts to head to the Ivy League. McKenzie made the Friday night announcement via his social media accounts: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” … I am committed to Yale University ! #GoBulldogs #4For40 #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/VabzmDVbhD — Josh McKenzie (@Josmckenzie) August 11, 2018 Watch JSZ’s Highlight reel of the newest Yale Bulldog: McKenzie has been hyped as one of the nation’s top running backs as far back as 8th grade and has equal prowess on the wrestling mat. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiled McKenzie’s return to the mat during his junior year with the Crusaders: In Middletown, Mater Dei Prep linebacker Shitta Sillah made Friday night headlines with his commitment to Boston College. Sillah had a long list of offers and heads to Chestnut Hill along with fellow Seraphs senior Izaiah Henderson. Beyond Blessed! pic.twitter.com/YUAIgNbiVR — Shitta Sillah (@ssillah9) August 10, 2018 Sponsor Shout Out! A special thanks to Equinox Fitness for sponsoring our Bergen Catholic coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Great Crusader highlights and features are made possible thanks to their support!
2018 Phillipsburg Football Preview
Phillipsburg Returns with Unfinished Business After an undefeated regular season last year, Phillipsburg suffered two tragic losses leaving them with a 10-2 record and no sectional title. This season, Frank Duffy and his team say they have unfinished business. Both Jack Staggard and Joe Green believe that this year’s squad could have another undefeated run and challenge for the sectional title they missed out on in 2017. Checkout Phillipsburg’s season preview now: Stateliners’ 2018 Schedule: Friday, August 31 – 7:00 WARREN HILLS Friday, September 7 – 7:00 FRANKLIN Friday, September 14 – 7:00 @ Hunterdon Central Friday, September 21 – 7:00 UNION Friday, September 28 – 7:00 BRIDGEWATER-RARITAN Friday, October 5 – 7:00 @ Hillsborough Friday, October 12 – 7:00 WESTFIELD Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Ridge Thursday, November 22 – 10:30 Easton Game @ Lafayette College Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Pburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this dedicated booster club JSZ will bring you exciting Stateliner highlights all year long!
North Jersey Super Football Conference Hosts Media Day
The North Jersey Super Football Conference geared up for the 2018 season with a Media Day at Wayne Valley High School. The Jersey Sports Zone team had a chance to spend time with a long list of teams. JSZ’s Jon Rubenstein gives you just a small sample of the interviews captured by our cameras: JSZ Football Previews Every day in the month of August, JSZ brings you high school football previews from every part of the state. A special thanks to all of our sponsors for allowing us to spotlight so many great communities all year long. Check back with us often as we continue to count down to kickoff for 2018!
2018 Camden Football Preview
After an 8-2 season Camden has reloaded for 2018. The Panthers have gained some key transfers in the off season including former Cherry Hill West QB Monte Williams, who looks to be the dual threat Coach Dwayne Savage needs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez spent time with South Jersey’s most beloved programs: 2018 Schedule Friday, September 7 – CEDAR CREEK Friday, September 14 – at Paul VI Friday, September 21 – at Delsea Friday, September 28 – PEMBERTON Friday, October 12 – AT Pennsauken Friday, October 19 – at Camden Catholic Friday, October 26 – WILLINGBORO Thursday, November 22 – WOODROW WILSON Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to NJM for sponsoring our Camden coverage on JSZ!
2018 Somerville Football Preview
Defending Group 3 Champs get a new Coach with the Same Expectations Somerville is excited for the 2018 season. After winning last year’s Group 3 Sectional Final at Rutgers University, the Pioneers’ head coach, Jeff Vanderbeek, resigned. This year Vanderbeek’s assistant, Dallas Whitaker, takes over. Fortunately, the transition has been smooth. Whitaker supports and will continue to develop the high intensity and fast pace football culture already present at Somerville. Check out Somerville’s season preview now: Pioneers’ 2018 Schedule: Friday, August 31 – 3:00 @ Delbarton Friday, September 7 – 7:00 @ Rahway Friday, September 14 – 7:00 NORTH PLAINFIELD Friday, September 21 – 7:00 VOORHEES Friday, September 29 – 7:00 @ Governor Livingston Friday, September 5 – 7:00 CRANFORD Friday, October 12 – 7:00 WARREN HILLS Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Montgomery Friday, October 26 – 7:00 @ Del Val
Holmdel 2018 JSZ Football Preview
Holmdel took the leap from two wins to six and the Hornets bring back a whole lot of sting with a strong senior group that has two years of extensive varsity experience. Dean Gallo is coming off a 1000 yard rushing season and he’ll have help in the backfield with Cameron LaMountain and QB Jeff DeCicco. Mack Byrne is a playmaker who has an offer from Bryant and the Holmdel line returns four of five starters. More important than wins and losses, the culture of Holmdel football has transformed. JSZ takes you to Holmdel High where we look ahead to the 2018 Hornets: Holmdel 2018 Football Schedule Friday, September 7 – at Manchester Township Friday, September 14 – RED BANK REGIONAL Saturday, September 22 – at Keansburg Friday, September 28 – KEYPORT Friday, October 5 – at Donovan Catholic Friday, October 12 – ASBURY PARK Friday, October 19 – POINT PLEASANT BEACH Friday, October 26 – at Raritan Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage is made possible due to our great sponsors. BCB Bayshore is the reason we can capture so many great moments from Holmdel sports all year long!
Kahlil Whitney commits to Kentucky
One of New Jersey’s mega-recruits from the class of 2019 has made his choice. Roselle Catholic forward Kahlil Whitney has given a verbal commitment to play in the SEC for coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Whitney chose the Wildcats over Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown. Whitney was part of a Roselle Catholic squad that won New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s junior year mix-tape of the newest member of Big Blue Nation:
2018 Hunterdon Central Season Preview
The Red Devils’ Offense Returns with Experience: Last year Hunterdon Central was inexperienced and almost completely composed of underclassman. This season, second year head Coach Casey Ransone says he has established a new culture within the Red Devils’ organization, and believes his team’s experiences last year will make a big difference in 2018. Check out the Red Devils’ 2018 season preview now: Red Devils 2018 Schedule: Friday, September 7 – 7:00 @ Ridge Friday, September 14 – 7:00 PHILLIPSBURG Friday, September 21 – 7:00 @ Hillsborough Friday, September 28 – 7:00 WATCHUNG HILLS Friday, October 5 – 7:00 @ Bridgewater-Raritan Friday, October 12 – 7:00 UNION Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Old Bridge Friday, October 26 – 7:00. FRANKLIN
Hightstown 2018 Season Preview
While 5-5 may not be your ideal record it was the best Hightstown had seen in over a decade. This year not only do they enter with higher expectations, they enter with a new coach. Former college coach Kyle Fullen planned on being a defensive coordinator at Monroe prior to the week of training camp. He then got a call asking to be the next Rams Head Coach. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stops by to check out Hightstown on their first week of training camp: 2018 Schedule Saturday, September 8 – at Princeton Friday, September 14 – ALLENTOWN Friday, September 21 – LAWRENCE Friday, September 28 – at West Windsor- Plainsboro North/ South Friday, October 5 – NOTRE DAME Saturday, October 13 – at Northern Burlington Friday, October 19 – HAMILTON Friday, October 26 – at Hopewell Valley Sponsor Shoutout!
Red Bank Catholic 2018 Football Preview
RBC’s 8-2 mark in 2017 was impressive, especially when you consider the Caseys held strong after losing one of the state’s top running backs (Zack Bair) to injury mid-way through the season. Injuries forced a number of youngsters to get valuable varsity experience. Coach Frank Edgerly’s third season of his second stint at RBC has his upperclassmen comfortable with his system. Steve Lubischer had over 2000 yards of combined offense including 17 TD passes. The Boston College commit has an array of weapons to engineer the Caseys offense including junior running back Billy Guidettii, senior wide receiver Jaden Key and junior tight end Kevin Bauman who has committed to Notre Dame. On the defensive side, look for Charley Gordinier to emerge as one of the state’s top linebackers and sophomore Jake Louro is a name to watch after getting on the field as a freshman. The countdown is on to the much anticipated season opener against Saint John Vianney on August 31. JSZ breaks down the 2018 Caseys: Red Bank Catholic 2018 Football Schedule Friday, August 31 – at Saint John Vianney Friday, September 7 – OCEAN Friday, September 14 – TOMS RIVER SOUTH Friday, September 21 – at Red Bank Regional Friday, September 28 – at Toms River East Friday, October 5 – LONG BRANCH Friday, October 19 – at Rumson-Fair Haven Friday, October 26 – MIDDLETOWN NORTH Sponsor Shout Out Thanks to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring our RBC coverage this year. Head on downtown and get an awesome Acai Bowl. Playa Bowls is the reason we will be able to capture so many great moments from the Caseys all year long.
Who will start under center at Carteret?
After finishing 5-5 last season Carteret is looking to return to their first Sectional Title Game since 2012. Dealing with an unfinished field that will keep the Ramblers on the road until October, Head Coach Matt Yascko also has a quarterback battle on his hands less than a month before kickoff. Nery Rodriguez stopped by to check out this Greater Middlesex Conference contender:
Hillsborough’s O-Line Returns to Lead The Way
Hillsborough Raiders 2018 Football Preview: The Raiders went 6-4 last season and averaged 28.2 ppg thanks to an impressive staff of skill players. However, this year’s star returners can only be found in the trenches. All five of the Raiders’ starting offensive lineman return in 2018, and they are ready for war. Check out season preview now: Raiders’ 2018 Schedule: Thursday, August 30 – 5:00 @ Colonia Friday, September 7 – 7:00 @ Bridgewater-Raritan Friday, September 14 – 7:00 @ Franklin Friday, September 21 – 7:00 HUNTERDON CENTRAL Friday, September 28 – 7:00 @ Ridge Friday, October 5 – 7:00 PHILLIPSBURG Week 6 – Bye Week Friday, October 19 – TBA @ Linden Friday, October 26 – 7:00 WATCHUNG HILLS Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you Princeton Ortho for allowing JSZ to cover and produce highlights of the Raiders all year long!
Teams Reuniting at Summer Shootout 2018
The 2018 Summer Shootout at Trenton Catholic Academy came to a close Sunday. Players from various programs in the tri state area have taken a break from AAU ball to reunite with their high school teammates before the start of a new year. Each day features a schedule of new schools with every team playing four games. It’s a good opportunity for young players to get more adjusted to the high schools level and gives teams the chance to play schools they might not see in the regular season.
Watch the Ultimate Mix Tapes of Ranney’s Antoine and Lewis
The Ranney School broke through in 2017-18 with its first-ever Shore Conference championship and a spot in the state finals and an epic battle with eventual Tournament of Champions winner Roselle Catholic. The Panthers will be a contender to be New Jersey’s top basketball team in 2018-19 thanks to the senior duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. As they head into their senior season, Antoine and Lewis are ranked #9 and #10 in ESPN’s top national recruits in the class of 2019. Both players wrapped up their AAU careers with Team Rio and have one more chapter to write in high school. With both players expected to make their college choice in the fall, JSZ broke down every game we shot of the Panthers and compiled two amazing mixtapes that showcase the incredible talent of these two players. SCOTTIE LEWIS Final Seven Schools (in alphabetical order): Duke, Florida, Harvard, Kentucky, Saint John’s, Stanford, Villanova BRYAN ANTOINE Final Five Schools (in alphabetical order): Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova
Familiar Faces and New Comers at WJFL Media Day
Before they clash football coaches from across the southern part of the garden state gathered at Lenape just a week prior to the start of training camp. For some it’s a chance to catch up with one another and for some like Camden Catholic’s Cody Hall it’s a fresh start in a new place. Watch our recap of the event with Nery Rodriguez now:
More Than Just Hoops at the South Jersey Basketball Academy
The South Jersey Basketball Academy hosted by St. Mary’s of the Lakes in Medford, NJ is a great opportunity for girls and boys ages 7-15 to work on their skills during summer break. Organized by Co-Directors Kevin Hagan and Rowan University Men’s Basketball Coach, Brian Bouchard, SJBA is out to teach important life lessons to its camp goers in addition to improving their physical skills. Current and former college players looking to coach also see it as an opportunity to gain experience for their careers. The South Jersey Basketball Academy will be starting a 3 on 3 league set to take place this Fall, you can click here for more sign up information. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Good Magic wins Haskell Invitational to punch ticket to Breeders’ Cup
With Triple Crown winner Justify retiring from horse racing last week, Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic made his claim to be the top three-year-old with a dominating performance at the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. With Jose Ortiz on board, Good Magic ran a mile and an eighth in 1:50.01 to beat Preakness runner-up Bravazo and Lone Sailor. With the win, Good Magic secures a spot at the year-end Breeders’ Cup. Jersey Sports Zone has the sights and sounds from one of the biggest horse races in the summer:
Most Notable Roster Gaps for North/Central Jersey in 2018
Somerville | Defending Group 3 Sectional Champions | 23-15 Playoff Record w/ 7 Titles Biggest Losses: Ryan Kovacs Ryan Hrabinski Marcus Burnside North Hunterdon | Defending Group 4 Sectional Champions | 4-6 Playoff Record w/ 1 Title Biggest Losses: Matt Busher Jared McMahon & Billy Russo Connor McMahon Phillipsburg | Group 4 Sectional Runner-up | 31-14 Playoff Record w/ 7 Titles Biggest Losses: Sean Morrow The Boothman Triplets Nick Josselyn & Zach Leong Westfield | Defending Group 5 Sectional Champions | 16-14 Playoff Record w/ 4 Titles Biggest Losses: Drew Ortiz Juandre House Joe SanGiacomo Jake Vall-Llobera Bridgewater-Raritan | Group 5 Sectional Runner-up | 7-9 Playoff Record w/ 0 Titles Biggest Losses: Dave Usewick Justin Bryant Lawrence Nice Brandon Myers Chike Nwankwo
Chase Jones ends recruiting chase, pledges to Wake Forest
Saint Peter’s Prep linebacker and wide receiver Chase Jones has made his college choice just one week before the start of the 2018 high school football season. Jones has given a verbal commitment to play in the ACC for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as he made the announcement via his social media: pic.twitter.com/sefCjoFlrD — Chase Jones (@chase1jones) July 26, 2018 Jones is recruited for his defensive prowess and is expected to be part of the linebacking corps at Wake Forest. He’s a tremendous two way player for Saint Peter’s as he hauled in 38 catches for 537 yards and 5 TD’s last year. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel from his junior campaign:
Countdown to Kickoff: Breaking down Don Bosco RB Jalen Berger
As we gear up for the 2018 football season, JSZ is breaking down our film all during the summer to get ready for our team previews which begin on Monday, August 6th. Don Bosco Prep running back Jalen Berger is one of the top rising juniors in the nation and is very much on the major college football recruiting radar. Here’s a look at some of Jalen’s work during his sophomore season that saw him run for 940 yards for the Ironmen: Link: USA Today names Jalen Berger one of the top running backs in the class of 2020 Jalen Berger has 24 offers from elite college football programs: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Boston College, UConn, Duke, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Countdown to Kickoff: Breaking Down Bergen Catholic
The Jersey Sports Zone team is getting set to preview the 2018 football season in August. As we countdown to kickoff, we’re breaking down the hundreds of hours of highlights we shot during the 2017 season. Bergen Catholic is coming off a sectional championship. Here are six highlight reels from Crusaders who should make a big impact in 2018: Tyler Devera – 2019 Tight End – RUTGERS COMMIT Rahmir Johnson – 2019 Running Back – NEBRASKA COMMIT Aeneas DiCosmo – 2019 Defensive End You’ll be hard pressed to find a more impressive final five schools and creative artwork! Commitment Time coming soon…This is my Top Five: Stanford🌲, Clemson🐅, Notre Dame☘️🌈, Michigan〽️, Northwestern🐱 pic.twitter.com/f9KqU7tGXl — Aeneas (@aeneas_dicosmo) May 1, 2018 Josh McKenzie – 2019 Running Back One of the biggest names on the board when it comes to New Jersey high school recruiting, McKenzie has 13 offers including Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia: Anthony Corbin – Class of 2019 Linebacker Corbin has two Division I FBS offers from Air Force and Navy as well as five Ivy League offers. Jordan Morant – Class of 2020 Safety One of the top rising juniors in New Jersey, Morant has quickly piled up 13 Division I offers including Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin A special thanks to Equinox Fitness for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Bergen Catholic. Because of Equinox, we’ll have many more great moments from the Crusaders in ALL sports during the 2018-19 season!
Middlesex Prevails in Snapple Bowl
The 25th Annual Snapple Bowl wrapped up the All-Star football series by delivering a fun, hard hitting, explosive game that was just the latest chapter in the Middlesex/ Union County rivalry. Fans gathered in Woodbridge to witness a 22-6 victory from Middlesex that was headlined by St. Joe’s (Met.) quarterback Paul Cocozziello, who came up with a 64 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to Perth Amboy’s Tyler Jack to help secure the win. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post game interviews with Cocozziello and Jack:
Jersey Hosts 3rd U.S. Junior Ameteur Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club
Before this year Jersey hosted two other Junior Amateur Championships, one in 1994 and the other in 2009. This year young golfers played on one of the most historic golf courses in history, the Baltusrol Golf Club, for the 71st US Junior Amateur. Check out more details about this year’s championship and how Jersey is once again making history:
Ranney duo adds their names to rich history of JSBL
It’s the heart of the AAU basketball season and Team Rio is traveling the country playing in Under Armour’s top showcases. With a team that is comprised of three Ranney starters and some of the top college prospects in the Tri-State area, Team Rio made a stop in the famed JSBL for a one-game exhibition. The JSBL is in its 48th year on the Jersey Shore with numerous college basketball standouts and former NBA players giving the league a reputation as one of the best summer leagues in the country. Team Rio took on the unique challenge of facing a team that is comprised of players with Division I college basketball experience. Doughboys saw a number of former Shore Conference standouts who are now playing college ball. Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis shined in front of a packed gym, but it was the Doughboys outlasting the high school AAU squad in a 130-123 victory. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from an entertaining showcase on a Tuesday night at Saint Rose High School: Meet the Irish Hulk! Thank you to all the schools that have put in energy, time and effort in recruiting me thus far. However from now on I will be focusing on these 10 schools. I WILL BE COMMITTING TO… #Blessed pic.twitter.com/yJl3jQh8m9 — Aidan Harris Igiehon (@Big_harris22) June 26, 2018 6-foot-10 Team Rio power forward Aidan Harris Igiehon plays his high school ball in Brooklyn, but hails from Ireland. Dubbed “The Irish Hulk”, Igiehon is a five-star recruit who’s final 10 schools include Louisville, Saint John’s and Oregon. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Igiehon more than holding his own against an experienced team of Division I players: Lewis and Antoine Step up Against College Vets Scottie Lewis poured in 28 points and Bryan Antoine had 29 in their JSBL debut. JSZ has the highlight reels of the Ranney duo from Belmar:
Middlesex Snapple Bowl Participants make 25th Visit to Lakeview School
The Snapple Bowl was created 25 years ago by a man named Marcus Borden. Borden had a vision of a all-star game between Middlesex and Union County that would donate money to a charity for children. Never did he imagine though that his efforts would be such a success. Over the last 24 years the Snapple Bowl has raised 640,000+ dollars for the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Union and the Lakeview School in Edison, both organizations that help children with physical and mental disabilities. Check out the full story and this year’s 25th annual visit to the Lakeview School now:
Trevon Duval Fighting for Spot in NBA
Trevon Duval has certainly learned a valuable life lesson over the last few months: A lot can change in one year. 12 months ago the 6 foot 3 Duval arrived at Duke University as the No. 1 Ranked Point Guard in the Class of 2017 according to ESPN, and a lottery pick lock on a number of NBA mock drafts. Now, the 19 year old Duval is fighting and clawing for a spot on the Houston Rockets’ roster after a one-and-done season at Duke that saw him put up 10.3 points and 5.6 assists per game, followed by going un-drafted in June’s 2018 NBA Draft. In a recent interview with AZCentral.com Duval stated “Everybody has different roads, different paths, My path is different and I’m going to make the best out of it.” Trevon has for sure taken a different path, his young but storied career has been marked by inconsistency but also flashes of brilliance. Duval played two years of high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, followed by pit stops at API in Texas and IMG Academy in Florida where he became an internet sensation and the top point guard in the country, thanks to his lightning quick crossover and jaw dropping dunks. While leaving Duke University and entering the draft after his freshman season was a highly debated decision, Duval immediately made a splash on the NBA scene in Summer League play. Trevon’s rookie debut in Las Vegas saw him score 20 points in a win over the Indiana Pacers, followed by averaging 10 ppg in a 5 game stretch helping The Rockets finish Summer League with a 4-1 record. The question now stands: What’s next for Trevon Duval? Will his summer league success be convincing enough for the Rockets to sign him, or will there be another stop along Duval’s “different path”? JSZ looks back at Trevon Duval’s High School Highlights in New Jersey.
St. John Vianney wins Monmouth-Ocean 7 on 7 Tournament
After squeezing by in the final game of the Monmouth County Tournament, St. John Vianney cruised to a 20-6 victory over Ocean’s tournament winner Donovan Catholic. The action took place just before the start of the 41st All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Brick Memorial. With a barrage of new faces going the Lancers this year such as St. Joe’s Prep (PHILA) transfer CJ Duell, Kavon Chambers and Head Coach Joe Martucci it was a great chance to get an early look at the Shore Conference favorite. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the recap:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Girls Lax Games of 2018
Top 10 Girls Lacrosse Games: The 2018 high school girls LAX season saw sensational performances in the cage, incredible web gems, and goals of the year. Jersey Sports Zone captured the best of the best, and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school girls LAX: #10. Ridgewood 12 Clearview 9 | Group 4 State Final After being eliminated in the first round of the Group 4 state playoffs following their Sectional Title win last season, No. 1 Ridgewood bounced back to win their third State Championship in four years against Clearview. The maroons jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to Lillie Kloak who would wound up with an early hat trick in the first half, but Clearview countered to cut the lead 8-4 at the break. In the second half the Pioneers would keep it a close game, coming within 3 goals, but Ridgewood led by Marley Scala who scored 4 times would hold on to win 12-9. #9. Notre Dame 9 Princeton 8 Notre Dame coming off two impressive blowout victories to begin their 2018 year had a bit more trouble when they ran into Colonial Valley Conference rival Princeton. The Irish were locked into a head to head battle that saw multiple lead changes. Princeton took a late 2 goal lead and thanks to the heroics of Danielle Losier who ended the day with 5 goals, she tied it up and then helped Notre Dame take the lead in the final minutes to come away with the victory. #8. Allentown 7 Notre Dame 3 The match up between the Colonial Valley’s two Top 20 did not disappoint as the first half of Allentown and Notre Dame was a defensive battle that left us knotted up 1-1 at halftime. However, the tides shifted in favor of Allentown for the second half. Rutgers commit Marin Hartshorn led the Red Birds to a 7-3 victory and handed ND their first loss of the season thanks to a four goal performance. Your second look at this exciting rivalry has now arrived: #7. Notre Dame 13 Holy Cross 2 Notre Dame kicked off the season with an impressive 15-3 win over conference rival Hopewell Valley. The Irish rolled into their next meeting with Holy Cross Academy, coming off an upset to reigning Group 2 Champ Haddon Township with that same momentum. With great transitional play Notre Dame was unstoppable in the 13-2 victory over the Lancers. ND was led by second year transfer Danielle Loser, who put on a spectacular four goal performance. #6. Allentown 15 Hightstown 2 | MCT Quarterfinals Following a tough loss to No. 12 Bridgewater- Raritan, Allentown entered the Mercer County Tournament with some extra momentum. The second seed Red Birds coming off a 10 goal win in the opening round continued their success against No. 7 Hightstown. Freshman Alyssa Castellano was the difference maker, her 5 goal performance propelled Allentown to a 15-2 victory and a trip to the MCT Semifinals. #5. Bishop Ahr 11 vs Edison 8 Cassidy Veltre scored 4 goals in the 2nd half as The Trojans of Bishop Ahr were in prime position with a commanding 11-5 lead late in the 2nd half. Edison responded with 3 goals to make it a 11-8 game with just 1:30 remaining, but Bishop Ahr got a key save in net by Sydeny Samuelson and was able to hold off the Edison comeback for a 11-8 win on the road. #4. RBR 8 vs Shore Regional 7 | 1st Round SCT Meghan Murray scored the Bucs final two goals including the game-winner with :37 left in the game to give the Bucs a spot in the SCT quarterfinals. Murray finished with a hat-trick and freshman goalie Emily Dee made eight saves including three critical stops in the final five minutes. Shore was led by Ohio State signee Mary Kate George who had five goals. Red Bank Regional went on to face #1 seed Rumson-Fair Haven in the quarterfinals. #3. Moorestown 14 vs Ridgewood 9 | Tournament of Champions Kara Rahaim made 10 of her 16 saves in the second half and Ridgewood scored five straight goals in the second to reach the Tournament of Champions final. Cat Roxas had a hat trick and four other Maroons scored two goals as well. JSZ is here to give you a second look at this exciting memory for the Maroons. #2. RBC 8 vs RBR 7 Kristen Pezzullo’s goal with 2:22 remaining proved to be the game-winner as the Caseys complete a season sweep of their rival. Red Bank Regional had a 4-3 lead at the half and took a 6-5 lead in the second half before RBC strung together three straight goals capped off by Pezzullo’s second tally of the game. Mackenzie Boyle led the RBC attack with three goals. #1. RFH 11 vs Manasquan 7 | SCT Girls Final Gill Curran scored three first-half goals and freshman Chase Boyle added a pair of scores in the second half to give RFH a remarkable sixth consecutive SCT title. Manasquan rallied from 5-2 down in the first half to tie the game at 6. Curran’s third goal of the game gave Rumson a 7-6 lead at the half. Jenna Harms second goal of the game got the Warriors within 8-7, but RFH closed the game out with three straight goals. This is your number 1 viewed girls lacrosse game here on JSZ!
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Lax Games of 2018
Top 10 Boys Lacrosse Games The 2018 high school boys LAX season saw sensational offensive performances, incredible saves, and clutch scores. Jersey Sports Zone captured hundreds of great moments and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school boys LAX: #10. Manasquan 11 CBA 3 – PART 2 | SCT Boys LAX Final Canyon Birch scored his 100th goal of 2018 as part of a five-point game as the Warriors avenged a 6-4 regular season loss to top the #1 seed and earn a second straight Shore Conference championship. Ryan Anderson scored four goals and Mike LaPoint had 12 saves to lead Manasquan who handed CBA their first loss of the season. JSZ has your flashback to Monmouth University: #9. Don Bosco 9 Ridgewood 4 Justin Kim scored four goals and twin brother Andrew added a pair of scores as the Ironmen braved the elements to top Ridgewood. Matt Solleder added two goals for Don Bosco, who improved to 2-0 on the season after this exciting win. Lets look back on this Ironmen victory now: #8. Delbarton 15 Seton Hall Prep 10 | Non-Public A State Final Matt Campbell was a man on a mission, the senior midfielder scored 5 first half goals sparking Delabrton to a 15-10 win over Seton Hall Prep. The win marked The Green Wave’s 3rd straight Non-Public A Title and added to a historic year in sports at Delbarton School, winning State Championships in Soccer, Hockey and now on the Lacrosse field. #7. CBA 6 Manasquan 4 Christian Brothers Academy came into this game with Manasquan ranked No. 2 in the Shore Conference despite bolstering a 9-0 record and a win over Don Bosco Prep. Rankings didn’t matter to the Colts, but shutting down a prolific Manasquan offense did. The CBA defense led by senior goalie Chris Downey (11 Saves, 4 in the 4th Qtr) held the Warriors to just 4 goals on the day, as the Colts came away with the 6-4 win at Monmouth University. Connor Macrae, Robbie Hermansen and Kevin Junquet sparked a 3-Goal run in the 2nd quarter to give CBA a 4-3 lead at the half. James Pendergist recorded a hat trick for Manasquan in the loss. #6. Delbarton 9 Mountain Lakes 5 | Morris County Final The Delbarton School came into the Morris County Final boasting 5 consecutive County Championships to go along with a current No. 1 ranking in The NJ Top 20. Despite that, the Green Wave was still able to find motivation in an underdog mentality. Seeded No. 2 behind Mountain Lakes in the tournament, Delbarton was out to prove they were once again the very best in Morris County. Michael Long scored a hat trick, and Yale bound goalie Miles Leniw had an incredible 14 saves, as The Green Wave made it a six-beat, taking down Mountain Lakes 9-5 to capture the Morris County Crown. Lets sit back and enjoy this one, one more time: #5 Delbarton 11 Westfield 9 Matt Campbell broke a 9-9 tie and the Green Wave added an insurance goal late in the 4th quarter to win in a NJ high school lacrosse opener featuring two of the top 3 ranked teams in New Jersey. Thomas Maccowatt scored four goals and three assists for Delbarton, who are the defending Tournament of Champions winners. Westfield rallied from an 8-4 deficit with a pair of goals to close out the the first half followed by three straight goals to tie the game at nine at the end of three quarters. Devon McClane had 4 goals and 3 assists in a losing effort. #4. Delbarton 10 Summit 6 After suffering a stunning loss to Chatham and seeing their No. 1 ranking disappear, Delbarton School was primed for redemption in this matchup. The Green Wave got their chance facing off with the new No. 1 team in NJ, undefeated Summit High School. Delbarton pounced on the opportunity, coming away with a 10-6 win on the road over the Hilltoppers. Senior midfielder Matt Campbell poured in 4 goals and an assist while Yale bound goalie Miles Leniw stopped 7 shots in net against a Summit offense that averages over 10 goals a game. #3. CBA 8 Don Bosco 7 A matchup that featured two of New Jersey’s top 20 teams, and two undefedeated squads, lived up to the hype and then some. Don Bosco Prep took full control in the 3rd quarter on a Reese Gerlach goal that put the Ironmen up 7-3, but CBA retaliated by scoring 5 unanswered goals, including the game winner by freshman Kyle Aldridge with just 2:26 to play. Colts get a incredible comeback win in what was an early candidate for game of the year. #2. Delbarton 16 Seton Hall 9 Despite being the two-time defending TOC Champions, and the No. 1 ranked program in New Jersey, The Delbarton School continued to find ways to impress Lacrosse fans across the state. Seton Hall Prep entered this match vs the undefeated and ranked No. 2, Delbarton. The Green Wave improved to 5-0 with a dominant 16-9 win, while handing the Pirates their first loss of the season. Senior attackman Tommy MacCowatt scored 4 goals and added 2 assists for Delbarton, while Griffin Westlin scored a hat trick for Seton Hall Prep. A second look now available: #1. Delbarton 13 St. Anthony 10 Senior Matt Campbell tallied a hat trick and goalie Miles Leniw stopped 14 shots as Delbarton came away with a statement 13-10 win over St. Anthony’s of Long Island NY. The Green Wave (USA Today’s No. 8 Ranked Team) improved 2-0 after this game. Lets take a look back now:
Worthy leads Monmouth to second straight All-Shore win
Monmouth 28 Ocean 14 – All-Shore Gridiron Classic 2018 Monmouth County defeated Ocean 28-14 in the 41st Annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Brick Memorial Thursday night. Monmouth was led by JSZ Player of the Year Ashante Worthy who threw for 61 yards and a touchdown on 5-9 attempts and rushed for 87 yards and a TD. On the night he was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Legendary Long Branch coach Dan George handed Ocean it’s second consecutive loss. Watch the highlights:
NJ’s Female Wrestlers may Get Legitimate Opportunity at Individual State Title in 2018-2019 Season
Over the last decade, female wrestling has exploded across the country. In the last year the number of states sanctioning girl v girl wrestling has jumped from seven to 12. Will Jersey be the next? JSZ caught up with a couple of female wrestlers and coaches from two of the state’s strongest wrestling programs to see what they thought. Check it out now:
Tim Tebow’s Message to Jersey’s HS Athletes
On Wednesday the 11th Tim Tebow played in the East v West 2018 Double-A All-Star game at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ. Tebow had some inspirational words for our high school athletes, and some advice for those who want to play at the next level. Check it out now:
Lancers win Monmouth 7 on 7 Tournament
Before the All Shore Conference football game it’s customary that the two best schools from Monmouth and Ocean County play each other in a 7 on 7 game. Fourteen teams gathered at Matawan High School to determine who Monmouth would be sending to the Tournament Championship. The Final would come down to Saint John Vianney and Middletown North. In the closing seconds with the game tied St. Joseph Prep of Philladelphia transfer CJ Duell hits fellow newcomer Kavon Chambers of Manchester Twp. to help SJV walk away with a 20-14 victory. The Lancers will take on up and coming Ocean Champs Donovan Catholic prior to the start of the annual All Shore Conference Game on Thursday July 12th at Brick Memorial high school. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Softball Games from 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to put the spotlight on great females athletes in New Jersey. The high school softball season brought many great moments. Here are the 10 most viewed games from our coverage in 2018: #10: Saint John Vianney 7 IHA 3 – Strike Out Autism The Lancers got a 2-run pinch hit single from Gabby Polera in the third and busted the game open with five runs in the 5th to beat the defending state champs at Strike Out Autism in Middletown. JSZ has the highlights from a matchup of two state softball powers: #9: Middletown North 3 Lacey 2 (10 innings) – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals Adriana Cerbo’s walk-off single to center in the bottom of the 10th gave Middletown North its 25th win and a spot in the SCT semifinals. North starter Malori Bell struck out 20 batters throwing all 10 innings to pick up the win. JSZ has the highlights of an outstanding game played by both teams: #8: Steinert 9 Lodi Immaculate 0 – Tournament of Champions Final Steinert came out guns blazing. In just the first inning the Spartans strung together nine runs with 13 batters at the plate and a total of seven hits. From there, it was all defense. Neither team scored a single run in the remaining 6 innings, and the Spartans came away with the title. Star pitcher, Kaylee Whittaker, had 15 strikeouts and contributed three hits of her own to Steinert’s 12 total. Check out highlights of the game now: #7: Vineland 3 Millville 2 (9 innings) – South Jersey Group 4 Finals Devin Coia’s RBI single in the 9th inning gave Vinelands the South Jersey Group 4 crown. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights of an outstanding South Jersey softball state playoff game: #6: Roselle Park 4 Gloucester City 3 – Group 1 State Championship Want to see some exciting softball? Do not miss this matchup between Gloucester City and Roselle Park. It was an offensive battle with Roselle Park out-hitting Gloucester 14-10. The Panther’s junior pitcher, Madison Hummel, was not only a key factor on the mound, but also at the plate. She hit the walk-off single to win the game, bringing home the Group 1 Title for Roselle. Check out highlights of this one now: #5: Donovan Catholic 13 Saint John Vianney 4 – Shore Conference Championship After a stunning 2-0 loss to St. John Vianney in the Non-Public A South Final, No. 1 Donovan Catholic was looking to make statement in the SCT Final. Statement made, the Griffins poured in 7 runs in the 1st inning, resulting in a 13-4 win, avenging that loss over the Lancers. Donovan Catholic finishes the season with a 30-1 record, while St. John Vianney falls to 27-1 as they head into the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions this week. Watch Highlights of the SCT Final on JSZ! #4: Saint John Vianney 2 Mount St. Dominic 1 – Non-Public “A” State Championship Going 5 years without a state championship is considered a “drought” at St. John Vianney, and that just speaks to how special the Lancers’ softball program is in Holmdel. That drought came to an emphatic end on Saturday night, as Vianney got another great performance from sophomore Julia Parker, 7 IP, 7 K’s, 1R, leading the Lancers to the Non-Public A State Title with a 2-1 win over Mount St. Dominic. Watch Highlights and post game from SJV’s win on JSZ! #3: Montgomery 3 Hillsborough 1 – Somerset County Championship Hillsborough made it to this year’s Somerset County Championship for the first time in three years as the number one seed, while Montgomery [the three seed] lost the title last season to Bridgewater-Raritan. Both teams were hungry for this win, but in the end, it all came down to mistakes in the field and pitching. Montogmery’s Peyton Schnackenberg did cost her team a run in the third inning after a wild pitch, but she made up for it with 11 strikeouts. Schnackenberg was also one strike shy of a no-hitter, and her performance took a major role in the Cougars 3-1 win over the Raiders. Check out the highlights now: #2: Donovan Catholic 13 Middletown South 2 NJ’s #1 ranked team put together back to back 6-run frames in the 2nd and 3rd innings to dominate the Eagles. Linsday Nelson pitched three shutout innings and picked up her 500th career strikeout. JSZ has highlights from the team that was ranked #13 in the latest USA Today Super 25 National Poll: #1: Saint John Vianney 2 Donovan Catholic 0 – South Non-Public “A” Finals The marquee matchup in New Jersey Softball lived up to the hype and then some. St. John Vianney’s Sophomore pitcher Julia Parker pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits against one of the best offenses in all of America, leading the Lancers to a 2-0 win. St. John Vianney captures the Non-Public A South Championship avenging back to back playoff losses to Donovan the past two seasons, and improves to 26-0 on the season. The loss was the first of the season for Donovan Catholic as they fall to 29-1. Watch highlights of the Lancers and Griffins on JSZ!
Matawan raises awareness with Ball For Life fundraiser
As just a sophomore Darell Rogers Jr. quickly rose through the ranks of Matawan basketball. The 16 year old point guard went from a bench player to one of the Huskies go to scorers this past season. During a morning practice in May for his AAU team Darell suddenly collapsed while running a lay up drill. He suffered a heart attack, thankfully his coaches acted quickly and performed CPR. He was then airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and eventually to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is currently making his recovery. Friends, family, teammates and the Matawan community with the help of Immediate Care of Hazlet banned together to organize “Ball for Life”. The fundraiser was to help spread awareness on getting athletes proper heart screenings before sporting seasons and also raise enough money to help the Rogers family cover his medical expenses. You can donate to his GOFundMe by clicking the link. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for the event:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Baseball Games of 2018
The 2018 high school baseball season saw sensational performances on the mound, incredible web gems, and clutch hits. Jersey Sports Zone captured hundreds of great moments and here are the Top 10 most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone from last season in New Jersey high school baseball: #10: Toms River South 6 Brick Township 5 Legendary Coach Ken Frank and The Toms River South Indians found themselves in a rare position on Monday afternoon, winless through the first 3 games of 2018. Tied at 5 with Brick Township in the bottom of the 7th, South got a clutch double down the line in left by Jordan Erbe, followed up by an infield single off the bat of Shane Gibson to give the Indians a 6-5 walk-off win. Monmouth University commit TJ Scuderi continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2 for 3 in the win, while John Coppola hit a double & triple in the loss for the Dragons. Watch the Highlights from Toms River on JSZ! #9: St. Joe’s-Metuchen 4 Don Bosco Prep 1 St. Joseph Metuchen gave a new meaning to playing “lights out” baseball. Falcons had a 1-0 lead after 3 innings when the lights went out at Don Bosco Prep due to an electrical problem, a 20 minute delay followed before play would resume. The lights may have came back on, but the St. Joes defense kept Don Bosco in the dark. The Falcons, led by pitchers Nicolas Estes (Win) and Jake Hellwig (Save), shut down the Ironmen offense and got a 4-1 win on the road. Watch the Highlights from Ramsey on JSZ. #8: CBA 6 Wall 5 – Strike Out Autism at Central Regional High School Thomas Rodgers delivered a bases-loaded single in the 7th inning to give the Colts a walk-off win and a historic 800th career win for long-time CBA coach Marty Kenney. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights and post-game reaction from Bayville: #7: Middletown South 7 Middletown North 0 Sophomore Chris O’Connor had three hits, 2 RBI’s and a critical defensive play at third base in his varsity debut to lead Middletown South to a 7-0 win over their crosstown rival on opening day. Joe Sprake and Robby Zega combined on the shutout. Sprake threw four scoreless frames with 8 K’s and Zega got out of a jam in the 5th inning that allowed the Eagles to bust the game open. Middletown North starter Tyler Ras struck out 12 in five innings in front of multiple MLB scouts who watched his first start of 2018. O’Connor made a diving play at third base to get South out of a bases-loaded jam and doubled off of Ras to set up the game’s first run. JSZ has the highlights of another great battle of Middletown: #6: Seton Hall Prep 5 Caldwell 3 The Pirates of Seton Hall Prep, (5-1 on the season, No. 12 in NJ Top 20) found themselves trailing Caldwell on two separate occasions in the late innings. Down by 1 run in the 6th, Ryan Sheppard came through with an RBI double off the wall in right to tie the game at 3. Sheppard then scored on a base hit by Anthony Peterson to give Seton Hall a 4-3 lead. The Pirates would add one more run in the 6th to make it a 5-3 lead and RHP Ryan Toal took care of the rest in the 7th. Toal picked up the save and Seton Hall Prep came away with the comeback win. Watch Highlights of SHP and Caldwell on JSZ! #5: Saint Augustine 6 Delbarton 1 The rematch from last year’s Non- Public A State Final between No. 1 Delbarton and No. 2 St. Augustine was the must-see game for any baseball fan. Both teams came in undefeated and let’s just say the flames haven’t cooled down just yet from last June. The Green Wave struck first off a wild pitch from Cole Vanderslice to go up 1-0 in the third. That would be the only run given up from Vanderslice in his 7 strikeout game. The Hermits got the bats going in the fifth to put 4 runs on the board and took a commanding lead heading into the seventh. Virginia Tech commit Jack Billings helped add 2 more runs in the final inning to bring his stats to 2-4 with 3 RBI’s. Billings then closed out the game on the mound to earn strikeouts 4 and 5. Watch the highlights now: #4: Perth Amboy 1 St. Joe’s-Metuchen 0 (12 innings) Pitching duel or defensive showdown, call it what you want, hits and runs were tough to come by for Perth Amboy and St. Joseph Metuchen. After 12 innings of scoreless baseball, Bryan Valenzuela came to the plate with a runner on 3rd base and one thing on his mind; Winning. Valenzuela did just that, a walk off basehit to right field from the junior third baseman gave Perth Amboy a 1-0 victory over St. Joes. Jose Peralta picked up the W on the mound coming on in reflief for starter Virgilia Cabrera who went 9 1/3 innings, with 5 K’s and zero runs for the Panthers. His counterpart Jake Hellwig kept pace with 9 IP, and 6 K’s in the loss for St. Joes. Watch highlights of the extra inning thriller on JSZ! #3: Don Bosco Prep 11 Bergen Catholic 3 Don Bosco Prep traveled to Lyndhurst looking to take down their rival school Bergen Catholic for the second time in just three days. The Ironmen placed Iona bound Drew Helmstetter on the mound, and the lefty did his job. Helmstetter struck out 9 in 6 innings while allowing just 2 runs. The Don Bosco offense did its job as well, erupting for 7 runs in the 4th inning, and would go on to score 11 in the game, led by Ryan Carr (3 for 4 2RBI). Watch Highlights of Bosco – Bergen on JSZ! #2: Red Bank Catholic 7 Monmouth Regional 6 (8 innings) One of the top individual performances of 2018 came from the Shore Conference. David Glancy launched three towering solo homers in three consecutive at-bats as the Caseys rallied for an extra-innings win. RBC had a 6-2 lead in the 6th inning after Glancy’s third blast of the game, but Monmouth Regional rallied for four runs in the bottom of the frame starting with an Eli Rife 2-run homer, a Justin Scotto RBI double and a Ricky Voss base hit to left that plated Scotto. In the 8th, Ryan O’Hara hit a fly ball to left that was dropped bringing home Glancy with the game-winning run. Watch the highlights of a wild game in Tinton Falls! #1: Saint Augustine Prep 1 Delbarton 0 – Non-Public “A” State Championship It was one of the best pitchers duels of 2018. Cole Vanderslice and Jack Leiter were sensational under the lights at Hamilton Veterans Park. In the end, Vanderslice threw a complete game shutout to give the Hermits the state crown. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a tremendous game: 2018 JSZ Web Gems of the Year! Thanks to the great efforts from the diamond all year long. Take a look back at the best web gems captured by our cameras!
St. Benedict’s Achiwua Can Do it All – Watch Junior Season Highlights
At 6 foot 9 200 lbs, Precious Achiwua of St. Benedict’s Prep is a sight to see on the basketball court. The No. 1 ranked Small Forward in the Class of 2019 is a rare 5-Star recruit and brings a variety of weapons to the game. Achiwua has the ability to soar through the air for jaw dropping dunks, but also the handle and shooting ability to excel out on the perimeter. After a stellar junior season that saw Achiwua lead St. Benedict’s to a Prep-A State Championship, his recruiting has ramped up, holding offers from 14 Division-1 programs. Precious is set to return to Newark for a much anticipated senior season with St. Benedict’s Prep. As his college decision awaits, JSZ brings you full highlights of Precious Achiwua’s junior season with the Grey Bees! St. Benedict’s Prep’s 5-⭐️ Recruit @PreciousAchiuwa Can Do it All! Watch Junior Season Highlights of the No. 1 SF in the Class of 2019 on JSZ: https://t.co/Eq1CLFataS #njhoops pic.twitter.com/CLgs09xUEu — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 9, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top Wrestling Matches of 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone looks back on the top viewed moments from the 2017-18 wrestling season. From nationally ranked duals to the drama of Atlantic City, here’s our Top 10 list: #10: Point Pleasant Boro 35 Jackson Memorial 16 Point Pleasant Boro honored its 50th season as a wrestling program by bringing back some of the school’s all-time greats and the current Panthers did not disappoint winning nine matches against a Jaguars team that won a sectional title last year. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Point Pleasant and breaks down the Panthers and Jaguars on the mat: #9: High Point 35 Raritan 25 – Group 2 State Championship It was all Raritan early on.. the Shore Conference School won 4 out of the first 6 bouts, including pins by Anthony Aquilano and George Burdick, helping the Rockets race out to a 25-6 lead. Everything changed when High Point’s Thomas Hubmaster won his heavyweight bout and fired up his Wildcat teammates. High Point won the final six bouts to come away with a 30-25 win over Raritan and complete a miraculous comeback to capture the Group-2 State Championship. #8: Delbarton wins two state wrestling titles in Atlantic City The Green Wave once again grabbed highlights on NJ high school wrestling’s ultimate stage. Watch JSZ’s recap of Patrick Glory and Anthony Clark winning individual state titles: #7: Saint John Vianney 31 Raritan 29 The Raritan Rockets had won seven straight Shore Conference “A” Central divisional crowns, but the tide turned in 2017-18. Saint John Vianney held off a late Rockets surge to score a 31-29 win at the Launch Pad in one of the biggest regular season wins in SJV wrestling history. The Lancers put together six straight wins highlighted by a pin from freshman Dean Peterson at 113 pounds to take a 31-7 lead. Peterson’s pin and a tech fall by Joseph Butler at 106 pounds gave SJV enough back points to give them the edge over Raritan. The Rockets won the final five matches but needed a pinfall in the final two bouts to pull off a win. When freshman Blake Clayton stayed off his back in a 4-0 loss, the St. John Vianney bench erupted to celebrate a signature win. Watch some great Shore Conference action from the Launch Pad: #6: Long Branch 30 Brick Memorial 29 – Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Daniel Santos-Silva scored a dramatic two-point takedown with 10 seconds to go in the 3rd period of the final match of the night to give Long Branch a thrilling one-point win over the Mustangs. Santos-Silva was tied with Ron Hopping 1-1 at 182 pounds when he delivered what proved to be the clinching points. The two teams went back and forth scoring points. A critical turning point came at 160 pounds when freshman David Szuba scored a 3-2 Ultimate Tiebreaker Win over Luke Arnold to give Brick Memorial a critical three points. A pin by the Mustangs Ean Mueller at 170 pounds gave Brick Memorial a nine-point swing and a 29-26 lead. Santos-Silva’s win tied the match at 29 and Long Branch won on criteria thanks to an 8-6 edge in overall matches. Watch the exciting match and the thrilling final moments: #5: Camden Catholic’s Lucas Revano wins 132-pound state wrestling championship Lucas Revano scored a 4-3 win over Howell’s Kyle Slendorn to win the 132 pound state championship in Atlantic City: #4: Bergen Catholic 63 Camden Catholic 12 – Non-Public “A” State Championship The Crusaders dominated with seven pinfalls to make it seven straight state titles. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights of Bergen Catholic’s stellar effort in Toms River: #3: Blair Academy 49 Delbarton 7 The Delbarton Green Waves were ranked #2 in the state polls when they faced Blair Academy, but the Buccaneers were the #1 ranked wrestling program in the nation. The only pin of the night came by Blair’s Owen Trephan who sunk the pin on Liam Gray in 1 minute and 16 seconds at 285 pounds. Patrick Glory and Travis Tavoso scored wins for the Green Wave. Look back on Blair’s outstanding effort during the regular season: #2: Three Bergen Catholic wrestlers win state titles in Atlantic City It was no surprise to see the Crusaders shine individually in AC. 120: Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic) def. Mitchell Polito (East Brunswick) 5-2 160: Shane Griffith (Bergen Catholic) def. Rob Kanniard (Wall) 6-1 195: Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic) md. Sam Wustefeld (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) 10-2 Watch JSZ’s recap of the three Crusaders state titles: #1: Bergen Catholic 33 Blair Academy 19 – Who’s Number 1 Duals The Crusaders reign supreme. In front of a capacity home crowd in Oradell, Bergen Catholic’s wrestling team defeated Blair Academy, 33-19, in the finale of The Who’s #1 Duals, cementing the Crusaders easily as the top high school wrestling team in the United States. Flowrestling had Blair Academy ranked #1 nationally and Bergen Catholic ranked #2 nationally coming into the day. Bergen Catholic was powered to victory over the Bucs by a pair of pins — Dylan Weaver (126) at 1:32 in the first period and Christopher Foca (170) at 5:35 in the 3rd period. The Crusaders won nine out of 14 bouts during the match. BC’s head coach Dave Bell said it was his first win against Blair in 19 years at Bergen Catholic. The Crusaders also defeated #7 Buchanan (California), 34-24, and #6 Lake Highland Prep (Florida), 41-22, earlier in the day. Watch the highlights and post-match reaction from JSZ’s Jay Cook:
Top 5 Golden Moments of Bergen Catholic Football
With 17 State Championship Wins and multiple players sent to the NFL, Bergen Catholic has been the gold standard throughout the history of High School Football in New Jersey. In 2017, The Crusaders would add another chapter to their legacy, ending a 13 year title drought and bringing State Championship No. 17 to Oradell. Bergen Catholic finished the year with a 10-2 record, while going undefeated in New Jersey and defeating powerhouse St. Peter’s Prep twice along the way, including a 44-7 win over the Marauders in the State Title Game. Watch and Re-Live Bergen Catholic’s memorable season on JSZ! BERGEN CATHOLIC FOOTBALL’S TOP 5 MOMENTS OF 2017 No. 1: The Crusaders end a 13 Year State Title Drought & Bring State Championship No. 17 Back to Oradell. No. 2: Johnny Langan Throws a Game Winning TD Pass and legendary Coach Greg Toal makes his much anticipated Return to Don Bosco Prep. No. 3: Josh McKenzie’s career defining game. The running back rushed for 170 Yards and 2 TD’s, both of which came in the 4th Qtr as The Crusaders erased a 14-10 deficit for a 31-14 win at Paramus Catholic. No. 4: The two best teams in New Jersey squared off in Week 6 as The Crusaders hosted No. 1 Ranked and undefeated St. Peter’s Prep. Bergen Catholic made a statement with a dominating 41-14 win over The Marauders. No. 5: The Crusaders set the tone on opening day for what would become a magical season with a 48-27 win over DePaul. QB Johnny Langan accounted for 400 Yards and 6 Touchdowns in the win.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Hockey Games from 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone was excited to bring a new level of coverage to New Jersey high school hockey. From great rivalries to state championships at the Rock, here’s a look back at the Top 10 most viewed games from JSZ’s high school hockey coverage: #10: Manasquan 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 3 The Warriors scored an opening night win at the Red Bank Armory over RFH to spark a tremendous 15-3-1 season: #9: Marlboro 4 Middletown North 4 Anthony Galante scored two goals as Marlboro scored four straight goals after trailing 2-0. Middletown North answered with third-period goals by Kurt Kroper and Justin Skelly to earn the tie in an entertaining game at Middletown Ice World: #8: Middletown South 4 Middletown North 4 – Mayors Cup Nick Lioudakis scored the game-tying goal with 3:21 to go in the third period to give Middletown South a 4-4 tie with their archrival. The Eagles earned the Mayor’s Cup thanks to their 3-2 win earlier in the regular season over the Lions. Watch the highlights of one of NJ’s best rivalry games on the ice: #7: Middletown South 3 Middletown North 2 Deven Ralph had a pair of third-period goals to give Middletown South a season-opening win over their rival. Watch the highlights of a spirited game at Middletown Ice World: #6: Delbarton 4 Don Bosco Prep 2 – Non-Public State Championship Hunter Macy’s goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Green Wave scored three unanswered goals to win a third straight state championship. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the Rock: #5: Saint John Vianney 5 CBA 2 In an outdoor showcase at Navesink Country Club, Saint John Vianney got a hat trick from John Gelatt to hand CBA its first loss to a Shore Conference team since 2014. Watch the highlights of a signature win for the Lancers hockey program: #4: Don Bosco 8 Hun School 1 – Citi Field Mickey Burns had a six-point night (1 goal, 5 assists) and the duo of Tyler Sedlak and George Weiner had hat tricks as the Ironmen put on a dominating performance at the home of the New York Mets: #3: Don Bosco Prep 2 Pope John 1 (OT) – Non-Public State Quarterfinals It’s rare for a player on the losing team to grab the headlines, but that was the case in this state playoff battle. Don Bosco had to overcome a 79 save performance from Pope John goalie Matt Schoer and battle for a 2-1 OT win in the NJSIAA Non-Public Qtr Finals despite out-shooting the Lions 81-16 on goal. TJ Schweighardt tied the game at 1 with just 0:30 remaining in regulation, and Tristan Frese completed the comeback with a game-winning goal with just 0:45 to play in OT. #2: Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 0 Mickey Burns, Michael Forgione and Tsubasa Konishi found the net as the Ironmen scored the first win in an eventual four-game showdown against the Green Wave: #1: Delbarton 2 Don Bosco Prep 1 (OT) – Gordon Cup Finals As the saying goes.. It’s tough to beat a team three times. Delbarton School proved that to be true as the Green Wave turned the tide on Don Bosco Prep and avenged two earlier season losses to the Ironmen. Andrew Bosland took a pass from Michael Balzarotti and sent home the game-winning goal for Delbarton in the sudden death overtime period at Codey Arena in West Orange. With one stroke, Bosland gave the Green Wave a 2-1 win, ended Don Bosco’s hopes for a perfect season, and brought the Gordon Cup back to Delbarton Schoo Jersey Sports Zone teams up with New Jersey Devils to honor NJ HS Hockey Jersey Sports Zone’s partnership with the New Jersey Devils gave us the chance to honor athletes from New Jersey high school hockey in a special way. Our monthly goals of the month winners were honored during a Devils game that featured an NHL player watching the goals and posing for pictures. We wrapped up the 2017-18 season with our JSZ Hockey Banquet held during the Devils home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Watch all of our Devils coverage below!
JSZ Year in Review: Top Girls Basketball Games of 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone shot hundreds of high school basketball games in 2017-18. When it came to the most viewed games from this past season, the Tournament of Champions winner dominated our Top 10 list. The Manasquan Warriors are in 9 of the 10 slots on our look back of a great season of New Jersey girls high school basketball: #10: Manasquan 80 Saddle River Day 67 – Tournament of Champions Semifinals The Warriors “Big Three” combination of Faith Masonius, Dara Mabrey, and Lola Mullaney combined for 71 points and 30 rebounds at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River: #9: Manasquan 55 Red Bank Catholic 37 -Shore Conference Tournament Semifinals Senior point guard Dara Mabrey came into the Warriors semifinal game against RBC with an injured left hand, but it did not slow down the future Virginia Tech Hokie. Mabrey scored a game high 18 points, leading Manasquan to a convincing 55-37 win over rival Red Bank Catholic. Lola Mullaney added 16 points, while Faith Masonius recorded 13 points & 10 rebounds for a double-double. #8: Saint John Vianney 63 Franklin 55 – Lancy Lancers Winter Showcase Junior Point Guard Sarah Karpell led the Lancers with 16 points and some great defensive play, as St. John Vianney took down the defending TOC Champions of Franklin at the Lady Lancers Winter Showcase. Vianney will now play another challenging game against Rutgers Prep on Thursday. Franklin’s Diamond Miller scored 24 in the loss. Watch Full Highlights and postgame reaction from SJV vs Franklin below! #7: Manasquan 77 Middletown North 35 Junior Faith Masonius reached the 1000 point mark in her illustrious career. JSZ’s Jay Cook was there and has the highlights: #6: Manasquan 60 Red Bank Catholic 37 Dara Mabrey and Faith Masonius scored 20 points apiece in this December win and the start of a trilogy of battles against the Caseys: #5: Manasquan 50 Saint Rose 44 (OT) Manasquan and Saint Rose have established quite a tradition by closing out the regular season every year with one of the best rivalries in New Jersey girls basketball. Annie Mako hit a huge three-pointer to start the Warriors in overtime and Faith Masonius leads the way with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Watch the highlights of a terrific game that set the stage for Manasquan’s post-season run: #4: Red Bank Catholic 62 Manasquan 57 RBC was the only New Jersey team to beat Manasquan and it happened in Red Bank. Sophia Sabino led the Caseys with 20 points and Katie Rice was sensational in a 16 point, 10 rebound performance that showcased incredible defense by the Lehigh signee. Watch one of the best regular season games of 2017-18 along with post-game reaction: #3: Manasquan 95 Newark Tech 79 – Group 2 NJSIAA State Championship The Splash Sisters have made Pine Belt Arena in Toms River a second home. Dara Mabrey, Faith Masonius and Lola Mullaney combine for 82 points in a 4th straight state championship: #2: Manasquan 70 Saint John Vianney 52 – Shore Conference Tournament Finals Dara Mabrey’s legacy was cemented as one of the all-time greats at Manasquan thanks to a gutsy 33 point performance at Monmouth University. Watch the Warriors SCT championship win along with emotional post-game reaction: #1: Manasquan 72 Franklin 60 – Tournament of Champions Final Dara Mabrey’s high school career comes to a close with 30 points as the Warriors outlasted defending champ Diamond Miller and Franklin. Watch two teams who showed why New Jersey high school girls basketball is among the best in America: Dara Mabrey wins 2018 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Manasquan’s Dara Mabrey won our Player of the Year honors following her incredible senior season. Click HERE to watch full coverage of JSZ’s Basketball Banquet featuring highlight videos of the top girls basketball players in the state and profiles of our Miss Hoop Zone Finalists
Former Roselle Catholic Star Isaiah Briscoe Signs with Orlando Magic
It’s been three years since Isaiah Briscoe was terrorizing Union County competition guiding Roselle Catholic to a State Championship and scoring over 2,000 career points along the way. Those three years have been quite the journey for the 6 foot 3 point guard. Two seasons playing under John Calipari at The University of Kentucky saw Briscoe average 12.5 points and 4.5 assists per game, while going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. Following brief stints with the Sixers and Blazers in the 2017 Pre-Season, Briscoe was waived by the NBA. The No. 1 Ranked Point Guard in the Class of 2015 found himself playing professionally in Estonia, where it seems his career has taken a turn for the best. At 22 years old, Briscoe averaged 18.5 PPG while leading BC Kalev/Cramo to a League Championship in 2017-18. Isaiah was also named Russian Young Player of the Year, and MVP of the Estonia All-Star Game after scoring 50 points. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Thursday that Briscoe is back on the NBA scene and has signed a deal with The Orlando Magic. The move shows the confidence the Magic have in Briscoe’s ability as Orlando’s Summer League session has yet to begin, which is set to tip off Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Free agent guard Isaiah Briscoe has agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell ESPN. Briscoe, 22, impressed in a team mini-camp recently. He worked way back onto NBA radar after an outstanding season in Estonia. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2018 Watch Highlights of Isaiah Briscoe’s High School Days at Roselle Catholic! Former @RC_Basketball Star Isaiah Briscoe has Signed a Deal with The Orlando Magic! 💫 Watch High School Highlights of @ZayBriscoe & Read the Story on JSZ: https://t.co/w7st273Fpo #njhoops pic.twitter.com/49WNML4r1T — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 5, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top 10 Boys Basketball Games from 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone’s high school basketball coverage produced hundreds of thousands of views during the 2017-18 season. It’s no surprise to see the elite teams from New Jersey dominate our top 10 most watched games. Look back on an amazing season and check out our top dunks from this past season and our profiles of the top talent honored at the JSZ basketball banquet #10: Ranney 59 Mater Dei Prep 45 Junior guard Scottie Lewis led the Panthers with 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as The Ranney School captured a 59-45 win over their arch rival Mater Dei Prep. Savior Akuwovo chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks for Ranney, as Kenny Jones and Alexander Rice scored 12 points each for the Seraphs in the loss. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from Ranney vs Mater Dei, including Scottie Lewis’ 1,000th point. #9: Montclair Immaculate 60 Hudson Catholic 49 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North State Playoffs Only in the world of Non-Public B North could a team with multiple division-1 prospects be considered an underdog story, but that’s exactly what Montclair Immaculate has become. After defeated the defending TOC Champions Patrick School in the opening round, The Lions then traveled to Jersey City and took down the star-studded lineup of Hudson Catholic. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 13 of his 18 points in the 2nd Half, and Zion Bethea added a game-high 21, as Montclair Immaculate shocked the state with a 60-49 win. #8: Roselle Catholic 65 Linden 45 Naz Reid celebrated being named a McDonald’s All-American with a 10 point, 19 rebound performance as the Lions snapped a three-game losing streak to Linden. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo was there to capture one of the great rivalries in NJ high school hoops: #7: Ranney 71 Trenton Catholic 56 – Non-Public “B” South Finals Ranney’s electric Class of 2019 duo Bryan Antoine (30 points) and Scottie Lewis(20 points) combined for 50 points and 17 rebounds as The Panthers made history, capturing their 1st ever Sectional Title. The 71-56 win over Trenton Catholic is the 2nd historic victory of the season for Ranney, after bringing home their 1st ever Shore Conference Tournament Championship in February. #6: Hudson Catholic 83 Archbishop Malloy 64 – SNY Invitational Jahvon Quinerly had one of the most electrifying performances of his high school career dropping 37 points at the SNY Invitational in Harlem. Luther Muhammad added 23. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo went across state lines for the highlights of a tremendous showcase game: #5: Roselle Catholic 57 Gill St. Bernards 40 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Finals Roselle Catholic has not so quietly become New Jersey’s premier boys basketball program in recent years. On Thursday night at Rutgers, the Lions added yet another sectional title to an impressive trophy case with a 57-40 win over Gill St. Bernard’s. Junior Kahlil Whitney scored a game-high 19 points in the win, including the 1,000th of his career while Paul Mulcahy scored 15 in the loss for the Knights. #4: Roselle Catholic 75 Ranney 49 – Jersey Shore Challenge At Brookdale Community College, Naz Reid scored his 1000th career point and the Lions dominated a depleted Ranney squad at the Jersey Shore Challenge. Ranney played without Scottie Lewis, who was hampered by an ankle injury. It was the first of two meetings between these two teams (see #1 for our game of the year!) #3: Roselle Catholic 61 Don Bosco Prep 54 – Tournament of Champions Final Naz Reid closed out his high school career with 22 points as the Lions held off Don Bosco Prep to claim their third T of C title. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the final game of the 2017-18 season: #2: Roselle Catholic 92 Montclair Immaculate 63 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Playoffs Montclair Immaculate’s amazing run through the Non-Public B North playoffs came to a halt on Saturday thanks to New Jersey’s No. 1 ranked team. Roselle Catholic used a high flying aerial attack and hellacious defense to shut down Montclair Immaculate, and advance to the sectional championship on Wednesday at Rutgers University. Khalil Whitney poured in 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Joshua Pierre-Louis added 18. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 20 in the loss for Immaculate. #1: Roselle Catholic 63 Ranney 61 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” State Championship Naz Reid blocked a game-winning shot attempt and raced up the floor to slam down an alley-oop pass from Ithiel Horton with under 10 seconds left to give the Lions a state championship. Roselle Catholic overcame a seven-point deficit with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter in an amazing come from behind win. Reid finished the game with 22 points and 9 rebounds and led the comeback in crunch time. Ranney played inspired basketball against New Jersey’s #1 ranked team. The Panthers had four players in double digits led by Ahmadu Sarnor’s 16 points. Scottie Lewis had 12 points, 9 rebounds + 8 assists. This game was an instant classic! JSZ has multiple angles of the play that won the state title and a full breakdown along with post-game reaction in Toms River: Naz Reid Named JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone for 2018 Jersey Sports Zone capped off the season with a celebration of the best players across the state. CLICK HERE for full coverage of the JSZ Basketball Banquet including profiles of our Player of the Year finalists and highlights of every player honored at the event. JSZ Dunks of the Year!!! Thanks to the hoopsters from every part of the state for giving us countless highlights and memories. Our Dunks of the Year reel shows why New Jersey high school basketball has a stellar reputation across the country
Delbarton School Reigns Supreme in New Jersey Sports
You would hard be hard pressed to find an athletic program that had a better 2017-18 campaign than The Delbarton School. The school in Morristown produced State Championships in seven different sports throughout the last year, while landing six different teams in the NJ.Com Final Top 20 Rankings in their respective sports. The Green Wave Breakdown Soccer: Non-Public A State Champions, #1 NJ Ranking Hockey: Gordon Cup Champions, Non-Public A State Champions, #1 NJ Ranking Lacrosse: Non-Public A State Champions, Tournament of Champions Winner, #1 NJ Ranking Wrestling: District, Region, & State Champions, Two Individual State Champions (Patrick Glory 126 lbs, Anthony Clark 113 lbs), #2 NJ Ranking Baseball: Non-Public A North State Champions, #6 NJ Ranking Tennis: Non-Public A State Champions, #13 NJ Ranking Track: Non-Public A State Champions Watch and Re-Live the Top Moments from Green Wave Athletics on JSZ! Patrick Glory and Anthony Clark win State Championships at Boardwalk Hall Delbarton Hockey Stuns Don Bosco, Wins 3rd Straight State Title Delbarton Soccer Completes Perfect Season with State Championship Win Delbarton Hockey Snaps Don Bosco Prep’s 22 Game Win Streak in Gordon Cup Final Green Wave LAX Wins SIXTH Straight Morris County Championship Delbarton Lacrosse Defeats Summit to Complete The TOC Three-Peat
JSZ Year in Review: Top HS Girls Soccer Games from 2017
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you exciting action from the pitch this fall in New Jersey high school soccer. We look back on the top ten most viewed games from our coverage in 2017: #10 Shore Regional 2 Point Pleasant Beach 1 – Central Jersey Group 1 State Playoffs Frankie McDonough and Kendall Rich both scored from short range in the early part of the second half to give the Blue Devils a spot in the Central Jersey Group 1 semifinals. After a scoreless first half, McDonough and Rich found the net in the 44th and 46th minutes. Julia Cairns got the lone goal for Point Beach with a beautiful left foot shot just 28 seconds after Rich’s goal, but Point Beach never found the equalizer. Watch the highlights of Shore Regional’s state soccer victory: #9: Middletown North 1 Middletown South 0 Darien Rinn’s close-range goal at the 12:11 mark was the only goal of the game as the Lions earn avenge a 3-0 loss to Middletown South earlier in the regular seaosn. Haley Martin had eight saves to get the shutout. Watch the goal and some great saves in our highlights: #8: Freehold Township 2 Freehold Boro 0 Freehold Township 2 Freehold Boro 0 Laura Noseworthy scored in the final minute of the first half and Meghan Summonte added a second-half score to give the Lady Patriots a 2-0 win over rival Freehold Boro to improve to 8-0. Watch two great goals that happened because of sensational passing: #7: Steinert 3 Allentown 0 – Mercer County Tournament Championship The undefeated Allentown girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season after falling to Steinert 3-0 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game. Gabby DeLisa hit two goals from deep range to capture the Spartans first county title since 2006. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has all the highlights! #6: Shore Regional 1 Saint John Vianney 1 Kendall Rich’s goal in the 69th minute gave the Blue Devils a tie on the road at SJV. Cameran Cox gave SJV a 1-0 lead early in the second half. It was the start of a tremendous rivalry between the two Shore Conference foes: #5: Wall 4 Freehold Township 2 – Shore Conference Tournament Championship Jenna Karabin had a three-goal night to help lead the Crimson Knights to an upset win over top-seeded Freehold Township in the SCT championship game at Ocean Township High. Wall lost to the Patriots 3-1 in the regular season, but the Crimson Knights set the tone in the first half. Lauren Karabin fed twin sister Jenna for the first goal of the game. In the final minute of the first half, Hailee Reinhardt delivered a perfect ball on the corner kick that was headed home by sophomore Marissa Sciorilli who picked the perfect time to score her first varsity goal. With a 2-0 lead at the half, it looked like it would be a comfortable Crimson Knights victory when Jenna Karabin scored her second goal of the game at the 60-minute mark. But Freehold Township mounted an impressive comeback scoring two goals in the span of two minutes starting with a Jessica Judge free kick that clanked off the post and in the net followed by a Jasmine Colbert goal from close range. Freehold Township got within 3-2 with 12 minutes to go, but seconds after the Patriots flurry, Karabin halted the momentum with a fantastic low shot weaving around two defenders. Watch highlights and post-game reaction from the Crimson Knights: #4: Middletown South 4 Somerville 3 (OT) – North 2 Group 3 Semifinals Emma Laudisi had a hat trick including the golden goal in overtime as Middletown South delivered one of the biggest upsets in New Jersey girls high school soccer in 2017. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont has the stunner from the state playoffs: #3: Freehold Township 2 East Brunswick 1 (OT) – Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Trailing 1-0 and with the season on the line, the Colbert twins rally Freehold Township into the state semifinals. East Brunswick took a 1-0 lead on an Alyna Negron goal in the second half. Bears keeper Lauren Krinsky, a University of Delaware commit, made a number of stellar saves, but the Patriots broke through as Jasmine’s shot off a rebound tied the game with just under three minutes to go. In overtime, it was Jada Colbert playing the role of hero with the golden goal. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has all the highlights and post-match reaction from an outstanding game at Howell High School: #2: Shore Regional 5 Glen Ridge 4 – Group 1 State Championship For the third straight year, the Blue Devils delivered heartbreak to Glen Ridge in the state championship. Shore trailed 4-2 in the second half, but mounted an amazing comeback. It started with Frankie McDonough on a 30 yard free kick blast. Then with three minutes to go in regulation, Julia Eichenbaum drew Shore even. Instead of overtime, the Blue Devils got the ggame-winnerwith just nine ticks left on the clock as Hannah Birdsall delivered a pass to Eichenbaum who buried the championship clincher from close range. Birdsall had two goals for Shore, while Lindsay Jaiyesimi had a hat trick for Glen Ridge. JSZ’s Jay Cook brings us the incredible action and post-match reaction from Kean University: #1: Saint John Vianney 3 Shore Regional 3 Erin Gilfillan’s goal with under two minutes to go forced overtime and Brelynn Bellamy came up with a sensational defensive play in the closing seconds of the first overtime session to give Saint John Vianney a 3-3 tie with Shore Regional. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw earlier in the regular season. Shore Regional had a 2-1 lead in the final ten minutes before Cameran Cox drew a penalty kick. Chloe Sherman tied the game at two on the PK, but Shore answered right back on a breakaway goal from Frankie McDonough to take a 3-2 lead. With under two minutes to go, Erin Gilfillan delivered a 34 yard blast to force overtime. In OT, Julia Eichenbaum thought she had a golden goal, but after getting the ball by the keeper, Bellamy came in and steered the ball away from the back of the net. Watch the highlights from an incredible game: 2017 Girls Soccer Goals of the Year Thanks to all the great athletes for giving us so many great highlights all year long and there’s more to come in 2018! Take a look back at our top goals of 2017:
JSZ Year in Review: Top games from Boys HS Soccer in 2017
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you exciting action from the pitch this fall in New Jersey high school soccer. We look back on the top ten most viewed games from our coverage in 2017: #10: Holmdel 7 Ocean 1 – Shore Conference Tournament championship We saw one of the best individual efforts of the entire year as Anthony Arena delivered a sensational five goal performance to give the Hornets its first SCT title. Watch Arena’s masterful performance! #9: Saint Benedict’s Prep 2 Lawrenceville 0 St. Benedict’s Prep made the trip from Newark to Trenton to take on The Lawrenceville School on Wednesday. The Grey Bee’s struck twice in the 80 minute match, Sebastian Chalbaud with a header in the 12th minute and Julian Gomes in the 46th. St. Benedict’s improves to a perfect 11-0 in 2017 after the 2-0 road win over Lawrenceville. Alex Lorenzo has the highlights: #8: Holmdel 1 Matawan 1 (Hornets advance on PK’s) – Central Jersey Group 2 Playoffs It took 100 minutes of play and penalty kicks, but the No. 1 seeded Holmdel Hornets came away with a dramatic victory over fellow Shore Conference foe Matawan on Tuesday afternoon. After two overtime periods the match remained tied at 1 a piece and we went to Penalty Kicks to decide a winner. Holmdel goalkeeper Matt Lionetta came up with two clutch saves, and Cyrus Darvish put in the game-winning PK. Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Matawan below! #7: Pennington 5 Peddie 2 Ibrahima Diop was named a USA Today All-American in June, and the Pennington School senior proved himself worthy of the honor. Diop scored four times, leading the Red Raiders to a 5-2 win over Peddie School. Jared Subarsky added the 5th goal for Pennington in the 68th minute. Watch Full Highlights of the Red Raider’s win! #6: Delbarton 4 CBA 1 – Non-Public “A” State Championship Christian Brother’s Academy boasts a defense that has put up 16 shutouts throughout the 2017 season. With CBA leading 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, it looked the Colts may have saved their best for last. The Green Wave of Delbarton had other ideas, scoring four 2nd Half goals (Brendan McSorley 2, Ethan Fabricant, & Liam McSorley) for a dominant 4-1 win. For Delbarton, it marks their 5th State Title in the last 6 years, and the 13th in school history. It was a special day for brothers Liam and Brendan McSorley who combined for a hat trick, leading Delbarton to victory. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from the State Championship Match below! #5: Holmdel 4 Dover 1 – NJSIAA Group 2 State Championship Holmdel High School put an end to a historic season on the soccer field. The Hornets captured a divisional, Shore Conference, Sectional, and NJSIAA Group-2 State Title in 2017. Holmdel (22-1-1) used a balanced scoring attack of 4 goals from 4 different players (Mikey Neff, Matt Leon, Justin McStay, and Joe Arena) to get a 4-1 win over Dover in the State Championship match on Sunday morning at Kean University. The win gives the Hornet’s their 2nd State Title in School History. Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Dover below! #4: Kearny 3 Princeton 1 – NJSIAA Group 4 State Championship Jose Escandon scored two goals in the second half to lead the Kardinals to their first state soccer championship since 2004. Escandon gathered a rebound off a free kick in the 50th minute to get Kearny on the board. In the 70th minute, he drew a foul and converted a 25-yard free kick to give the Kardinals a two-goal advantage. Andrew Berger got Princeton on the board with 2:14 to go in the game, but Ryan Valdaz sealed the state championship with an open field goal with just six seconds remaining. Kearny finishes the year with a 19-0-5 record. Watch the highlights and post-match reaction from Kean University: #3: Delran 2 Pennington 1 The Bears scored two goals in the final five minutes to knock off the recently named #1 team in the country by USA Today. Pennington took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute on a great feed from Jared Panson to Nicolas Herrerias, but Delran rallied. Goalie Max Pinado stepped outside of the 18 on a punt, giving Delran a free kick and John Strohlein delivered a magnificent strike in the upper 90 to tie the game at one with 5:51 to go in regulation. A red card to Pennington freshman Mani Diop put the Red Raiders a man down for the final three minutes. It set the stage for the game-winner as Dan Strohlein battled to get a shot off that hit the right post and Chris Hunt buried the rebound. JSZ has the highlights of a thrilling game along with post-game reaction: #5: Saint Benedict’s Prep 5 Pennington 1 St. Benedict’s Prep just recently tabbed the No. 1 team in America by USA Today. The Grey Bee’s hosted The Pennington School who also held the No. 1 ranking earlier in the season. St. Benedict’s showed they why they are more than deserving of that top ranking with a dominating 5 goal performance on Wednesday afternoon. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-match interviews from St. Benedict’s Prep vs Pennington School. #1: Saint Benedict’s Prep 4 Blair – Prep “A” State Championship The Grey Bee’s of St. Benedict’s Prep came into Thursday’s Prep A State Final match 80 minutes away from a 19-0 record and a National Championship Trophy. St. Benedict’s took care of business with three 1st half goals, (Ronald Mafunzwaini 1, and Julian Gomes 2). The Grey Bee’s then added one more score in the 74th minute by Azriel Johnson to complete a 4-0 win over Blair Academy and capture the 2017 Prep A Title and National Championship. Watch Highlights and Post Game Reaction from St. Benedict’s Championship Game below! Jersey Sports Zone Boys Soccer Goals of the Year from 2017 Thanks to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible highlights. Watch the best goals captured by our camera in 2017 and look forward to many more in 2018!
Maasai Maynor Shines Bright in Jersey City – Watch Junior Season Highlights
Duel threat quarterback Maasai Maynor made a name for himself during his junior season at St. Peter’s Prep. The 6’0 180 pound signal caller amassed over 2,000 total yards and accounted for 20+ touchdowns while guiding the Marauders to a 7-2 record against some of the stiffest competition in America in 2017-18. Maynor’s breakout year has catapulted him onto the recruiting radar entering his senior season in Jersey City. Maasai currently holds offers from five division 1 schools; Army, Cornell, Navy, Temple and Rutgers. Watch Full Highlights of Maasai Maynor on JSZ as we await his college decision! What separates Class of 2019 QB @MaasaiMaynor from the rest⁉️ Watch the Full Highlights from Maynor’s Junior Season with @SPPFootball on JSZ: https://t.co/sIN8eUcRmx pic.twitter.com/4mA6AkrB7v — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 2, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top games from HS football in 2017
Jersey Sports Zone brought its cameras to every part of the state to capture the tremendous talent on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in the fall. Here’s a look back at the ten most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone during the 2017 high school football season #10: Westfield 20 Bridgewater-Raritan 7 – North 2 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Stadium The Blue Devils got a 47 yard TD run from Tim Alliegro to start the scoring and their defense produced two key turnovers including a 32 yard scoop and score by Adam McDaniel set up by a caused fumble from Jordan Barham to get a 37th straight win and a third straight victory over Bridgewater-Raritan in a sectional final. Jake Vall-Llobera had the other Blue Devils touchdown, while Anthony Goffe’s 13 yard TD run with :40 seconds left in the half made it a 14-7 game. But the Westfield defense did not yield any points after that. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: #9: Paulsboro 34 Penns Grove 24 – South Jersey Group 1 Finals at Rowan Dehron Holloway had three TD’s and three INT’s in a sensational performance in the final high school game of his career. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from Rowan: #8: Hillside 20 Point Pleasant Boro 13 – Central Jersey Group 2 Finals at Rutgers Nahree Biggins had two first-half touchdowns and an interception to help the #7 seed to a third straight upset win and a Central Jersey Group 2 championship. The Comets defense produced three turnovers and was able to stifle Point Boro’s tricky option attack. The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. James Fara’s 7-yard TD with 42 seconds left made it a 20-13 game, but Point Boro could not come up with the onside kick. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Rutgers: #7: South Brunswick 18 Manalapan 14 – Central Jersey Group 5 Finals at Rutgers Felix Quinones led a 92 yard drive capped off by a 17 yard TD pass to Jaylan Lawson with 53 seconds left and the Braves had a game winning TD catch by Naim Mayfield waved off due to pass interference in a wild finish to the Central Jersey Group 5 championship. Manalapan raced out to a 14-0 lead on a Mayfield 34 yard TD run and 60 yard punt return. The Vikings got a pair of Quinones TD passes in the second quarter to close the gap to 14-12. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling finish: #6 Shabazz 35 Weequahic 0 -North 2 Group 1 Finals at Kean University QB Anthony Travis accounted for all five touchdowns as Shabazz wins the North 2 Group 1 state championship at Kean University. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has a full breakdown of an impressive title win for the Bulldogs from Kean University: #5 Bergen Catholic 29 Don Bosco Prep 26 – Week 8 The one and only regular season game on JSZ’s Top 10 list from the 2017 football season. One of the country’s greatest rivalries was shown to America on ESPN. Alex Lorenzo brings you the thrilling highlights from a signature win during Bergen Catholic’s state championship season: #4: Long Branch 43 Freehold Boro 42 (OT) -= Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Pasa Fields grabbed a 6 yard score from Juwan Wilkins in OT and Eli Sherin caught a two point conversion to give the Green Wave a 43-42 overtime win over Freehold Boro in the Central Jersey Group 4 finals. The Green Wave overcame a 271 yard, 6 TD rushing performance from Ashante Worthy to avenge a loss in the regular season. Trailing 35-21 after three quarters, Juwan Wilkins had a 12 yard TD pass to Kahmar Mimes and a 1 yard TD run in the 4th quarter to force overtime. Watch all the highlights of an incredible battle at Rutgers: #3: Montclair 35 Union City 14 – North 1 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Danny Webb ran back the opening kickoff 92 yards to spark a Mounties scoring outburst and Tarrin Earle completed his fantastic high school career with 2 TD passes and an 11-yard TD run to give Montclair its first sectional championship since 2014. Earle finished the game 16 of 24 for 303 yards. Colin Callahan had 6 catches for 120 yards and a score in the first half. Montclair finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record with one of New Jersey’s most explosive offenses and a stout defense led by junior Division I prospect Willie Matthews. JSZ has the highlights of Montclair’s 12th win of the year from MetLife Stadium: #2: DePaul 7 Saint Joe-Montvale 3 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship at Kean One of the top defensive efforts of the entire season comes from the DePaul Catholic defense as they stand their ground in a thrilling 7-3 win over Saint Joe’s-Montvale. Alex Lorenzo was there for one of the biggest games of the season: #1: Bergen Catholic 44 Saint Peter’s Prep 7 – Non-Public Group 4 State Championship at MetLife Johnny Langan threw for 117 yards, ran for 91 and accounted for four touchdowns in a dominating performance. The Crusaders beat the Marauders 41-14 in the regular season and were able to stake a 31-0 halftime lead in the championship game. Javontae Jean-Baptiste set the tone on defense with three sacks. Langan led the offense with an 11 play, 70-yard drive to start capped off by the QB scoring from five yards out. A hook and lateral to Rahmir Johnson made it 14-0, followed by a field goal and Langan’s second TD run. Langan found tight end Tyler Devera in the back of the end zone with just 3 seconds left in the half to make it 31-0. Anthony Corbin had a 54-yard fake punt and Josh McKenzie added a fourth-quarter touchdown run to close out the scoring. The Crusaders finish the season with a 10-2 record, finishing unbeaten in New Jersey. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Ashante Worthy wins JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy Jersey Sports Zone closed out the football season with our first JSZ Football Banquet in Woodbridge. Freehold Boro quarterback Ashante Worthy won our Player of the Year honor, the Zoneman Trophy. Click HERE to see our full banquet coverage, including video highlights of our All-Zone team, Plays of the Year, and profiles of our Zoneman Trophy Finalists!
North Hunterdon Lions Shine in 22nd Annual Sunshine Classic
What is the Sunshine Classic? The Sunshine Football Classic is an all-star game hosted by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nation Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame at TCNJ, and this year was its 22nd annual game. Over that time, this football game has raised more than 100,000 dollars for the Sunshine Foundation, which provides funds to underprivileged children who require medical treatment, and an additional 56,000 for athletic/academic scholarships. Check out what some of this year’s participants had to say about this exciting game: Full Highlights of the Sunshine Football Classic:
West wins fourth straight Sunshine Classic!
Sunshine Football Classic 2018 Jersey Sports Zone was at TCNJ where the best in central Jersey football met one last time this year for the 22nd Annual Sunshine Game Classic. The All-Star game brings together the best from Mercer, Burlington, Hunderton and Monmouth county showcasing talent from the central part of the garden state. The East team was led by long time Nottingham Head Coach Jon Adams who went up against a tough Trenton influenced defense behind Greg Hyslop. West got in control early thanks to some great running from Hopewell Valley’s Elijah Blu-Wilmott who reached the end zone twice. However, their defense is what kept them ahead the entire contest. North Hunterdon’s Colin Lavigne returned an interception for a 56 yard touchdown in the West’s 28-20 victory over East. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call:
LA Rams linebacker gives back at Red Bank Regional
Garrett Sickels returned to his high school alma mater to give the Red Bank Regional defensive line a 30-minute tutorial on technique and what it takes to get to the quarterback. The 2012 RBR graduate was a US Army All-American during his high school days and went on to Penn State where he had 6.5 sacks and 47 tackles in his redshirt junior campaign earning defensive MVP honors in 2016. Sickels chose to enter the 2017 NFL Draft over returning to Happy Valley as a redshirt senior. Many were surprised when the Nittany Lions defensive end was not drafted. What followed was a roller coaster trip on NFL practice squads. After stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns, Sickels landed on his third practice squad in Los Angeles. Switching from a 4-3 defensive end to an outside linebacker, Sickels was activated for the Rams final regular season game. He was re-signed by Los Angeles for 2018 and enters training camp looking to contribute to the Rams linebacking corps. Thanks to head coach Nick Giglio and Garrett, JSZ gets an inside look of a young NFL player inspiring high school players with great instruction and the mindset it takes to succeed on and off the football field: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring our Red Bank Regional coverage on Jersey Sports Zone
White wins the battle of South Jersey!
Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic 2018 The annual Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic is a game anyone who has grown up in South Jersey hopes to be a part of one day. Aside from raising money for a cause to help athletes recover from serious injuries it’s also a chance for Southern schools from the garden state schools to showcase their talent one last time. Timber Creek Head Coach Rob Hinson helped lead the White Squad to a 26-13 victory over the Blue Squad thanks to a spread option gameplay for Sterling quarterback CJ Barrett, who finished the night 14-27 with 199 yards passing and three touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was at Rowan University for all the action:
Monmouth’s Guarino wins JSZ Web Gem of the Year
Monmouth Regional 3rd baseman Anthony Guarino won our fan vote for JSZ Web Gem of the Year. The Falcons senior is set to attend Rowan University this fall, but will officially close out his high school career next week when he plays in the Shore Conference Gridiron Classic as part of the Monmouth County squad. We stopped by Monmouth Regional to present Anthony with a JSZ Game Ball for winning the Web Gem of the Year: In case you missed it, watch all the best web gems captured by JSZ cameras on the diamond. Thanks to the athletes for all the great highlights! Take Our Poll Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury has been honoring Shore Conference athletes for the past four years. Thanks to the team at Monmouth Building Center for giving us the chance to honor great Shore kids in football, basketball, baseball and softball.
Skyland Conference Makes an Impact in 2018 Boys LAX Stat Leaders
Top Goal Scorers: 2nd in NJ: Tyler Neal – Delaware Valley HS – 84 Goals 14th in NJ: Joe Cansfield – Delaware Valley HS – 59 Goals 17th in NJ: Steven Dwyer – Immaculata HS – 55 Goals 18th in NJ: Max Drift – Montgomery HS – 54 Goals 21st in NJ: Jared McMahon – North Hunterdon HS & Matt McShea – Warren Hills HS – 51 Goals Assist Leaders: 2nd in NJ: Joe Cansfield – Del Val – 67 Assists 5th in NJ: Will Marrapodi – Montgomery – 61 Assists 9th in NJ: Tyler Neal – Del Val – 51 Assists 14th in NJ: Jared McMahon – North Hunterdon – 43 Assists 15th in NJ: Griffin Leblond – Somerville – 41 Assists 17th in NJ: George Enman – Pingry – 39 Assists 21st in NJ: Ryan Pedrani – Somerville – 35 Assists 22nd in NJ: Gavin Defuria – Watchung Hills – 34 Assists Point Leaders: 3rd in NJ: Tyler Neal – Del Val – 135 Points 4th in NJ: Joe Cansfield – Del Val – 126 Points 13th in NJ: Jared McMahon – North Hunterdon – 94 Points 19th in NJ: Griffin Leblond – Somerville – 83 Points 24th in NJ: Ryan Pedrani – Somerville – 78 Points 25th in NJ: George Enman – Pingry – 77 Points
Roselle Catholic’s Whitney Climbs Recruiting Rankings After Breakout Year – Watch Highlights
Kahlil Whitney made the move from Chicago, Illinois to Roselle, New Jersey in 2016, and it has been a steady ascent to the top of the recruiting rankings ever since. The 6 foot 6 small forward entered his first season with the Lions as a raw but extremely athletic sophomore in 2016-2017, wowing crowds and showing signs of what would come in the future. As a junior in 2018, Whitney took his game to another level, adding an accurate outside jumper to go along with an already established finishing ability at the rim. After a junior season that saw Whitney guide Roselle Catholic to a Union County, Non-Public B, and TOC Title, Kahlil has become one of New Jersey and America’s top prospects in the class of 2019. Rising to No. 14 overall in the National Rankings and garnering 5-Star status according to The ESPN Top 100. With recruiting ramping up this summer before a big senior season at Roselle Catholic, Kahlil currently holds offers from over 20 Division-1 schools including the likes of; Kansas, Syracuse, Florida, and Illinois. Watch Full Highlights and The Top 5 Dunks from Kahlil Whitney’s Junior Season at Roselle Catholic High School! Top 5 Dunks from @KahlilWhitney’s Junior Year with @RC_Basketball! pic.twitter.com/ZUAlBTC04K — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) June 27, 2018
Jersey Sports Zone’s All-Zone Team & Game Ball Winners Shine in 2018 Phil Simms All-Star Game
Jersey Sports Zone took a big part in the 2018 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game. Not only did our multimedia journalists bring you great highlights, but our 2017 All-Zone Football Team and JSZ Game Ball winners were key playermakers in this year’s North v South battle. A Closer Look at JSZ’s All-Zone Players & Game Ball Winners in the 2018 Phil Simms Game: Highlights of 2018 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game:
South wins Phil Simms North/ South All-Star Classic for second straight year
Phil Simms 2018 North-South All-Star Game Highlights: The 40th North-South Phil Simms All-Star game took place once again at Kean University. This year the game was dominated by ferocious defense from the South Side. Holy Spirit QB Josh Zamot lead the way, throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for one himself, while Ji’Ayir Brown was a monster on defense with two interceptions and multiple tackles. Brown was named the game’s defensive MVP. Check out full highlights of this exciting game now:
College athletes come home to get RYPT’d
19 college athletes from a variety of sports gather at 6:00 am during the summer to work on their strength, speed, and agility for their upcoming seasons. Reach Your Potential Training in Tinton Falls works with many high school athletes during the school year to get the chance to play at the next level. Jack Navitsky, the former Red Bank Regional quarterback, has been training at RYPT since 8th grade and uses his summer time to return to Tinton Falls to prepare for his upcoming season of college football at Salisbury. Former Wall volleyball standout Jess Stansfield is now playing collegiate beach volleyball at Grand Canyon University and credits Bobby Smith and the RYPT staff for getting her ready for the sand and one of the NCAA’s newest sports. Watch Bobby Smith give everyone a wake-up call with his high energy workout featuring some outstanding athletes: Reach Your Potential Training is where the Shore Conference’s top athletes train to get ready for their season. New York Mets 3rd baseman Todd Frazier and Eagles Super Bowl champ Vinny Curry are just two of the many who had incredible success thanks to the foundation set by coach Bobby Smith and the RYPT staff! Jersey Sports Zone thanks Reach Your Potential Training for their support and making it possible to capture so many great moments from high school athletes all around New Jersey!
Olympic-Colonial wins 6th Carpenter Cup Championship
Olympic-Colonial 7 Burlington County 2 The Olympic-Colonial All-Stars used a 5-run 3rd inning to take control and win the Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup for a record sixth time. Burlington County scored two runs in the top of the first, but four Olympic-Colonial pitchers combined on eight shutout innings. JSZ has the highlights of the championship game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia:
Great turn out for Rutgers 2018 7 on 7 Passing Camp
With most schools completing the school year this passed week Rutgers took the opportunity of the first weekend of Summer break to host it’s annual 7 on 7 Passing Camp. The tournament that featured over 90 schools from the tri state area is one of New Jersey’s can’t miss football skill sessions. This year saw Bronx powerhouse Cardinal Hayes defeat St. Peter’s Prep 26-0 in the Championship thanks to a stand out performance from four star quarterback recruit Sophian Massoud. Massoud currently has offers from Dartmouth, Rutgers, Boston College and Virginia, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Architects Golf Club Hosts Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Golf Outing!
Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Fundraiser at Architects Golf Club: Head Coach of Phillipsburg football, Frank Duffy, hosts the Liner’s annual golf outing at Architects Golf Club. The Liners, who saw some State Championship action last year, are preparing for another exciting football season. This event raises money for the team, and gives them an opportunity to attend a pre-season camp at Bloomsburg University, update the program’s uniforms, and continue the program’s tradition of numerous team activities throughout the school year. Check out the video below to learn more about this exciting day: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to these Boosters, JSZ will bring you great features and exciting highlights all year long!
It will be an all-NJ final for the Phillies Carpenter Cup
Burlington 6 Jersey Shore 1 Getting to live out your childhood dream of playing in the Majors doesn’t come true for many, but for the four remaining teams of the 32nd Annual Carpenter Cup Classic they got to take the field Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The semifinal matchup between Burlington County and Jersey Shore was headlined by a six run fourth inning that included a 2 run home run from Duke bound Senior Jake Topolski of Lenape that would ultimately send ‘Burlco’ back to the championship game as they try to claim the title for the first time since 2012. Watch the highlights now: Olympic-Colonial 10 Delaware North 6 Sky Duff went 2 for 3 with a triple, a homer and 3 RBI’s to lead Olympic-Colonial into the Carpenter Cup finals. Olympic-Colonial used a five-run 9th inning to reach the championship game. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the home of the Philadelphia Phillies: Coming soon – highlights of Burlington County vs. Jersey Shore!
Three NJ teams to play at Phillies Citizens Bank Park
The Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup features 16 high school baseball all-star teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The first two rounds are played in downtown Philadelphia’s FDR Park. Monday’s quarterfinals saw three New Jersey teams reach the semifinals and the chance to play this Friday at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a thrilling South Jersey quarterfinal that saw Olympic-Colonial rally from eight runs down to reach the semifinals: Carpenter Cup Semifinals – Friday at Citizens Bank Park Delaware North vs. Olympic-Colonial, 9:30 am Burlington County vs. Jersey Shore, 1:00 pm Championship game – Saturday at 10:00 am
Seaside Heights Hosts the 8th Annual Soccer Sand Storm Tournament!
After a school year of hard work and dedication, what kid wouldn’t want to enjoy a soccer tournament on the beach? Susan Duarte and Colleen Meola founded the Sand Soccer Storm Tournament 8 years ago, and since then the event has exploded. 200 soccer teams meet at Seaside Heights to battle it out on the sand! Check out more about this event now: For more info about the Soccer Stand Storm Tournament: http://www.sandsoccerstorm.com
Playoff atmosphere for 2018 Bergen County All-Star Game!
North All-Stars 21 South All-Stars 7 – 22nd Annual Bergen County All-Star Game Usually football All-Star games are a chance for players to reconnect with teammates, rivals and coaches one last time. However, if you were in the crowd for the 2018 Bergen County North/ South All-Star game, you would have thought it counted toward a team reaching the State Final. North having dominated the contest in the last few years got off to a hot start with a blocked punt that would lead to a 1 yard touchdown run from Dom Patania to put them ahead 7-0. In the second North Struck again with a 38 yard rushing TD from Paramus Catholic standout Christian Bryd to lead 14-0. South countered with a score of their own to make it a one possession game, but North with a clutch touchdown from Westwood’s Joe Kramer and a fumble recovery from Joe Mosca would hold on for a thrilling victory. Kramer and Mosca were named MVP’s of the game for their clutch performances. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
JSZ Game Ball Tour makes final stop to Morris Catholic
With the 2017-18 sports season over, JSZ wraps up our Game Ball tour with a stop to Morris Catholic High School. Thanks to coach Nick DeGenarro and Grace Stairiker for making time for one more Game Ball presentation: Take Our Poll A special thanks to everyone who voted all year long around the state for our JSZ Game Balls. We’ve enjoyed honoring athletes from baseball, softball, boys basketball, girls basketball and football!
The 6th Annual Basilone Bowl a Complete Success!
Don’t know what the Basilone Bowl is? Check out the video below for details concerning how this all-star game started, and what it represents! Leathernecks 21 Devil Dogs 3 – Tyler Boatwright of Hillsborough named MVP Teams: LEATHERNECKS 1-Joshua Ejiogu, Bound Brook, OL/DL 2-Reese Clark, Montgomery, FS 3-Nigel Wilson, Bound Brook, TE 2-Steven Garcia, Manville, RB/OLB 4-Noah Quick, Hillsborough, SS 5-Charles Amankwaa, Hillsborough, DB/RB 6-Matt Moore, Hillsborough, QB 6-Marcus Burnside, Somerville, WR/DB 7-Jared Pershyn, Delaware Valley, OLB 9-Isaiah Black, Hillsborough, LB/S 9-Nick Firth, Manville, P/RB 10-Shane Demeter, Manville, FS 11-Justin Brown, Hillsborough, WR/S 11-Joey Beljan, Delaware Valley, OLB/TE 13-Joseph LePoidevin, Bound Brook, WR 16-Ryan Gogerty, Ridge, DB/WR 17-Kyle Kuminski, Montgomery. SS/WR 20-Dylan Whitenight, Manville, TE/LB 22-Tyler Boatwright, Hillsborough, RB 29-R.J. Milligan, Ridge, RB 43-Will Keller, Montgomery, CB 44-Christian Boyle, Montgomery, TE 45-JR Metallo, Hillsborough, LB/P/K 45-Matt Roglaki, Manville, TE/DE 50-Louis Hector, Bound Brook, OL/NG 52-Kevin Park, Ridge, OL 52-Hamza Akel, Somerville, DL 55-Alex Gonzales, Manville, OL/DT 55-Kyle Frauenheim, Bound Brook, DE/OL 59-Ryan Hrabinski, Somerville, LB 60-Tore Lomardino, Manville, OL 61-Matt Giordano, Ridge, OL 64-Mike DeSarno, Somerville, OL/LS 66-Hunter Norz, Manville, OL 67-Dempsey Shovlin, Montgomery, C 70-Michael Tyle, Manville, DL/OL 71-Ryan Cocuzzo, Montgomery, OL 75-Owen Booker, Somerville, OL 77-Chandler Turner, Montgomery, K 77-Jake Bentz, Manville, OL 78-Chris Breault, Ridge, OL 78-Ryan Wheaton, Hillsborough, DT/OL DEVIL DOGS 2-Clay Fields, Franklin, R/DB 2-Zahveae Thorne, Watchung Hills, RB/WR/CB 3-Brandon Wynn, North Plainfield, LB 4-Shahkyle Matthews, Immaculata, WR/DB 4-Jeff Poggi, Watchung Hills, TE/LB 4-Channing Russell, Pingry, WR 6-Brandon Myers, Franklin, DL 6-Ryan Loften, Immaculata, RB/K 7-Tykey Reinberry, Franklin, WR/DB 9-Chike Nwankwo, Bridgewater-Raritan, LB 10-Lofton Hoover, Bernards, QB.WR 12-Brian Puccio, Watchung Hills, K/P 14-Avery Rosenzweig, Bernards, WR 16-Mike Miller, Watchung Hills, DL 17-CJ Hall, Bridgewater-Raritan, DB/OLB 21-Obi Nnaeto, Pingry, RB 22-Frank McGuire, Immaculata, TE/LB/DE 24-Drew Booher, Bernards, DB 26-Rey Fowler, North Plainfield, DB 31-Clyde Leef, Pingry, LS 33-Lawrence Nice, Bridgewater-Raritan, DE 43-Declan McParland, Bernards, DL 44-Jammille Holmes, Franklin, LB 50-Clatyon Bush, Watchung Hills, OL/DL 51-A.J. Weaver, Pingry, C/DL 51-Nick Celli, Bridgewater-Raritan, DE/OL 52-Dan McNulty, Immaculata, OL/DL 52-Cross Zampetti, Watchung Hills, FB/DL 54-Dan Allergo, Franklin, OL 55-Tommie Dugan, Pingry, OL/DL 58-Matt Lynch, Immaculata, OL/LB 58-Jude Okolo, North Plainfield, DL 69-Trevor Sullivan, North Plainfield, OL/DL 70-Devin Moffitt, Wacthung Hills, OL/DL 75-Bamnjo Bannavti, North Plainfield, OL/DL 75-Pat Lane, Bernards, DL 78-Eric Laputka, Bridgewater-Raritan, DT 87-Stephen Dwyer, Immaculata, WR/TE Jonathn Taub, Watchung Hills, LB
Hun School running back commits to Tar Heels
Josh Henderson emerged as one of the top running backs in New Jersey in 2017. The Hun School rising senior has made a verbal commitment to play college football in the ACC for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Henderson had 117 carries for 1383 yards and 13 rushing TD’s last year. He made his announcement via social media: Its been a long journey and an absolute blessing. I am so grateful for all the opportunities each coach has blessed me with. I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally COMMITTED to The University of North Carolina! 🐏❄️ pic.twitter.com/mJppAfrora — Henderson2️⃣3️⃣ (@JoshHendy23) June 14, 2018 Josh was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team in 2017. Watch his junior year highlight reel now!
RBC sophomore tight end commits to Notre Dame
Red Bank Catholic rising junior Kevin Bauman is one of New Jersey’s top college prospects in the class of 2020. The tight end has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Notre Dame. Bauman has two more years of high school football and the four-star prospect has emerged as a sure-handed tight end for coach Frank Edgerly’s offense. Bauman had 14 catches for 231 yards and 5 Td’s for the Caseys as a sophomore. Bauman made the announcement via his social media: God. Country. Notre Dame. I am beyond blessed and excited to announce that I am committed to The University of Notre Dame to continue my academic and athletic career. #IrishBouNDXX #GoIrish☘️ pic.twitter.com/qGNsDZuP5d — Kevin Bauman (@kbauman3) June 13, 2018 Notre Dame continues to use New Jersey as a critical pipeline to its recruiting efforts. the Ademilola twins from Saint Peter’s Prep are set to join the Irish this fall and St. Joe’s Metuchen offensive linemen John Olmstead gave a verbal commitment to the Irish earlier this spring. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s sophomore highlight reel of the newest recruit for Notre Dame:
Vote for JSZ Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
The spring sports season saw breathtaking goals, heart-stopping hits and incredible catches on the diamond. We wrap up the 2017-18 high school sports year by asking you to cast your vote in our 2018 JSZ Spring Sports Plays of the Year. We’ll keep our polls open through Friday at 9:00 p.m. and honor the winners with a placque or a JSZ Game Ball. A special thanks to all the athletes we covered for giving us so many special highlights and thanks to you for your support of Jersey Sports Zone! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Opponents on the gridiron team up to clean Keansburg beach
Over 80 players from Monmouth County high school football programs gathered for the second annual “Opponents on the gridiron, Teammates on the Bayshore” Keansburg beach cleanup. Players and coaches from Holmdel, Middletown North, Raritan and Keansburg were among the group that accumulated over 50 full bags of trash that are no longer a part of the Keansburg beach landscape. “The turnout is amazing and they are setting an example,” event director Paul Coughlin said. “Everybody gets busy, but the kids are out there – they come down here. Diverse communities – Holmdel, Middletown, Hazlet all coming together here for our community.” Jersey Sports Zone’s Jay Cook tells the story of high school football players from the Jersey Shore giving back to the community: Jersey Sports Zone is proud to partner with BCB-Bayshore, Your Community Bank. BCB-Bayshore is responsible for all the great sports highlights and features from Keyport, Keansburg, Holmdel, Raritan and Middletown North. A special thanks to Paul Coughlin for his support and letting us tell the story of a great community event in Keansburg!
Degen blanks Blue Devils to lead Hunterdon Central to state crown
Hunterdon Central 7 Westfield 0 – Group 4 State Championship Alex Degen threw a three-hit shutout in his final high school game and the Red Devils scored four runs in the 4th inning to seal a second state championship in the last three years. Degen struck out seven and his catcher Luke Longo shined at the plate going three for three with a walk, a run and three RBI’s. Hunterdon Central finishes the year with a 28-2 record and avenges a 7-1 regular season loss to the Blue Devils. JSZ brings you team coverage from the final game of the season in the NJSIAA at Hamilton Veterans Park: Thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Westfield all year long and allowing us to capture great moments like the Blue Devils state finals run on the diamond!
Watch Sunday 6.10 JSZ Baseball State Championship Highlights
Pascack Hills 3 Raritan 2 (8 innings) – Group 2 State Championship Chris Lum was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning to give Pascack Hills an 18th straight win and a Group 2 state title. The Cowboys scored a pair of runs in the top of the second on RBI doubles from Lum and Marc Hernandez to take a 2-0 lead. Raritan rallied for two runs on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch. Zack Johnston pitched five shutout innings after the second to put Raritan in a position to shock NJ’s #1 ranked team, but Jack Brodsky matched goose eggs with four shutout innings in relief. Raritan got a single and a walk with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, but a pop out to 3rd ended the game and gave Pascack Hills its 30th win of the season. Watch the highlights of a tremendous game in Hamilton Township: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Raritan is made possible by our friends at BCB-Bayshore, Your Community Bank A special thanks to Reach Your Potential Training for partnering with Jersey Sports Zone to spotlight their athletes all year long! Somerville 3 Allentown 2 – Group 3 State Championship Bobby Wortman threw back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Pioneers their first overall group state baseball championship by defeating the defending champions. Somerville broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI triple from freshman Matt Miceli followed by a Preston Scott RBI double. Thomas Babalis pitched six strong innings and turned things over to Wortman who pitched masterfully under immense pressure. JSZ has all the highlights from a thrilling state final: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Allentown is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Delbarton Completes Three-Peat, Wins 3rd Straight TOC Crown
Delbarton – 12 Summit – 6 | NJ Tournament of Champions Final The dominance of Delbarton Lacrosse continues. The Green Wave have now won three straight Tournament of Champions Titles, and have managed to grab a strangle hold on New Jersey Lacrosse, a state known for it’s superior competition. It was an all around team effort for Delbarton. Matt Campbell scored 4 goals, Tommy MacCowatt added a hat trick, and CJ Kirst scored 2 of his own, leading the Green Wave to victory. Watch Highlights and Post Game from Delbarton’s 12-6 win over Summit on JSZ! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Summit HIlltoppers is made possible by Equinox of Summit.
Moorestown’s Girls LAX Wins First TOC Title Since 2014!
Moorestown 14 Ridgewood 9 – Girls LAX TOC Final at Kean University Moorestown and Ridgewood are two girl lacrosse teams with a lot of history. Between the two programs, they have 9 of the last 12 TOC Titles. Earlier this season, Moorestown took down Ridgewood in a 10-9 nail-biter with a last minute goal. That game ultimately earned them their #1 Rank in the state. Today, the Quakers got to keep that ranking and add a TOC Title. Check out highlights of this exciting game now:
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St. Augustine 1 Delbarton 0 – Non- Public A Final Cole Vanderslice threw a complete game 2-hit masterpiece to outduel Jack Leiter and give the Hermits a state championship after falling in the finals in the previous two years. Both pitchers were dominant against potent lineups. Leiter, who came into the game with 8 consecutive no-hit innings, was able to put up four more hitless frames before Kevin Easie had an infield single to lead off the 5th. Easie moved to third base following a pair of outs. A squeeze attempt failed, but with Easie off the bag at third the throw went into left field which resulted in the only run of the game. Watch the highlights of an outstanding game on Saturday night in Hamilton: Gloucester Catholic 10 DePaul 3 – Non- Public B Final The Rams raced out to a 4-0 first inning lead and built an 8-0 advantage as freshman Anthony Solometo pitched five shutout innings with 11 strikeouts to give Gloucester Catholic a second straight Non-Public “B” state championship. Luke Lesch hit a two-run HR in the first inning and had three RBI’s to lead Gloucester Catholic’s 10-hit attack. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Hamilton Veteran’s Park: Middlesex 3 Park Ridge 0 – NJSIAA Group 1 State Championship Middlesex captured their second consecutive Group 1 State Title with a 3-0 win over Park Ridge Saturday afternoon. It was clear from the beginning it would be a close game as both teams were unable to score in the first three innings. In the fourth the Blue Jays would score a run off an error on a bunt to lead Park Ridge 1-0. Ryan Vollmer would then send a 2 RBI shot to center to make it a three run game. Starting pitcher Kyle Nepton dominated on the mound, throwing a one hit shutout to lead Middlesex to it’s fifth State Championship. Watch the highlights now:
An Explosive First Inning Gets Steinert Softball their First T of C Title!
Steinert 9 Immaculata Conception Lodi 0 – Kaylee Whitaker 15 Strikeouts, 3 Hits, & 1 RBI Steinert came out guns blazing. In just the first inning the Spartans strung together nine runs with 13 batters at the plate and a total of seven hits. From there, it was all defense. Neither team scored a single run in the remaining 6 innings, and the Spartans came away with the title. Star pitcher, Kaylee Whittaker, had 15 strikeouts and contributed three hits of her own to Steinert’s 12 total. Check out highlights of the game now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Steinert is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you great highlights like today’s game, all year long!
Old Bridge takes down Southern to win first volleyball State Championship!
Old Bridge 2 Southern 1 – Volleyball State Championship Jersey Sports Zone is proud to bring you the exciting conclusion to the volleyball season with an all out State Final thriller from South Brunswick high school. Third ranked Old Bridge defeated defending Champions No. 1 Southern 2-1 to capture their first ever volleyball State Title. The Knights took the first set 25-22 before Southern answered back to win the second 25-21. In the third and final set they relied on captain Elan Dorkhman to keep the game close and Junior Andrew Zaleck scored the game winning kill to lead Old Bridge to glory. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Mater Dei’s Henderson commits to Boston College
Mater Dei Prep defensive end Izaiah Henderson has made a verbal commitment to play Division I football in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles. Henderson had 17 offers including Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia, Purdue and Michigan Sate. He made the announcement via his social media: I’d like to thank God, my family, and my coaching staff who were behind be every step off the way. And I am extremely excited to say that I am COMMITTED to continuing to my academic and football careers at BOSTON COLLEGE! #Decidetofly 🦅@BCFootball @BCCoachJReid @Coach_Campanile pic.twitter.com/Okwl4FkrsJ — IzaiahHenderson (@Izaiah__77) June 7, 2018 Watch the highlight reel of Izaiah Henderson and we’ll have more action from this defensive standout this fall on Jersey Sports Zone
Ridgewood, Moorestown to meet in T of C girls lax final
Ridgewood 12 Oak Knoll 6 – Tournament of Champions Semifinals Kara Rahaim made 10 of her 16 saves in the second half and Ridgewood scored five straight goals in the second half to reach the Tournament of Champions final. Cat Roxas had a hat trick and four other Maroons scored two goals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Middletown: Moorestown 13 Haddonfield 3 – Tournament of Champions Semifinals Collette Smith had three goals and four assists as the Quakers raced out to an 8-0 halftime lead on the way to a spot in the Tournament of Champions final. JSZ has the highlights of a dominating effort:
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Delbarton 10 Watchung Hills 3 – Tournament of Champions – Semifinal With the chance to return to the Tournament of Champions Title Game for a third year in a row No. 1 in the NJ Top 20, Delbarton did not disappoint in the semifinal match up with No. 7 Watchung Hills. What started out as a tough defensive battle in the first half saw a momentum swing as Tommy MacCowatt scored twice in the third quarter. MacCowatt picked up a hat trick in the Green Wave’s 10-3 win over Watchung, they will face Summit for in the Tournament of Champions Final on 6/9. Watch the highlights: Summit – 6 Mountain Lakes – 3 | TOC Semi Finals Summit has been known for their defensive play all season long, and that didn’t change when the Hilltoppers needed it most. Facing a high powered Mountain Lakes offense in TOC Semi-Finals, Summit allowed just 3 goals all game, as goalie Will Vitton had 11 saves. Summit will now play No. 1 Delbarton School in TOC Final Saturday Night at Kean University. Watch Highlights of Summit vs Mountain Lakes on JSZ! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Summit HIlltoppers is made possible by Equinox of Summit.
Seneca’s Nick Decker talks MLB Draft, family and baseball
Most kids have the dream at a young age of one day playing baseball in the Majors, Seneca’s Nick Decker made that dream a reality when he was selected in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox with the 64th overall pick. Decker just weeks away from graduating from high school already personifies what a ball player is with his attitude and respect for the game he loves so dearly. Whether his decision is to play for the University of Maryland or professionally, Nick’s support system will be right behind him to guide the promising center fielder in the right direction. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez caught up with the South Jersey sensation after his final high school game:
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Hunterdon Central 3 Jackson Memorial 1 – Group 4 State Semifinal at Rider University Jackson Memorial scored first in this group four semifinal, but the Red Devils’ Pete Ciuffreda came in clutch during the 4th inning and scored the go-ahead run. Central is heading to their third straight state final where they will have a rematch with the Westfield Blue Devils, one of only two teams who defeated Central this season. Check out highlights of today’s game now: Middlesex – 4 Pennsville – 3 | NJSIAA Group 1 Semi-Finals Middlesex High School was pushed to extra innings after surrendering a 2-0 lead Pennsville, but The Blue Jays never gave up. Jack Hnylycia delivered on what he called “a dream come true” in the bottom of the 8th inning, hitting a walk off single to give Middlesex a 4-3 win over Pennsville. Up next for the Blue Jay will be the Group-1 State Championship game this weekend where they will take on Park Ridge. Watch highlights and post game from Middlesex vs Pennsville on JSZ! Allentown 13 Seneca 0 – Group 3 State Semifinal at Monmouth University The hit train continued to roll for Allentown in the Semifinal round of the Group 3 State Tournament. Despite Seneca’s Nick Decker being selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 MLB Draft just hours earlier, the Red Birds were the ones celebrating as they had a 12-0 lead at the end of the second. Brandon Gaul and Justin Marcario combined for 5 RBI’s while pitcher AJ Ariano pitched a 5 hit shut out. Allentown will face Somerville the State Final on 6/9 at Veteran’s Park (Hamilton). Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage year-round on JSZ! Raritan 5 Haddonfield 1 – Group 2 State Semifinals Zack Johnston threw a three-hitter on just 73 pitches to lead Raritan to the state finals. The Rockets took advantage of four Haddonfield errors in the 3rd to score three runs and followed that with a two-run fourth inning. John Christino blasted a solo homer to left to account for the Bulldogs only run. Raritan will face Pascack Hills this weekend for the Group 2 state championship. Watch the highlights of the Rockets state semifinal win at East Brunswick High School: Jersey Sports Zone thanks BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank for allowing us to bring you great Raritan Rockets moments all year long Saint Augustine Prep 6 Notre Dame 1 – Non-Public South “A” Finals It’s a three-peat for the Hermits who got homers from Nick Lonetto and Kenny Levari to account for five of their six runs. Kevin Eaise threw five strong innings for Saint Augustine Prep, who will face Delbarton for the Non-Public “A” state championship this weekend. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage year-round on JSZ!
Donovan Catholic wins Rematch with SJV, Captures Shore Conference Title
Donovan Catholic – 13 St. John Vianney – 4 | Shore Conference Championship After a stunning 2-0 loss to St. John Vianney in the Non-Public A South Final, No. 1 Donovan Catholic was looking to make statement in the SCT Final. Statement made, the Griffins poured in 7 runs in the 1st inning, resulting in a 13-4 win and avenging that loss over the Lancers. Donovan Catholic finishes the season with a 30-1 record, while St. John Vianney falls to 27-1 as they head into the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions this week. Watch Highlights of the SCT Final on JSZ! A special thanks to BCB Bayshore-Your Community Bank and Paver Restoration for sponsoring Saint John Vianney coverage on Jersey Sports Zone.
Eastern prevails in extras to win Diamond Classic
Eastern 4 Saint Augustine Prep 1 – Diamond Classic Championship Jesse Barbera threw an eight-inning complete game and Eastern scored three runs in the 8th inning to win the 45th annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic on its home field despite being the away team. Eastern ends Saint Augustine Prep’s 13 game win streak, but the Hermits are still in the hunt for a state championship. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from the South Jersey baseball tournament staple:
Toms River North repeats as Shore Conference Champs
Toms River North 4 Central Regional 0 – Shore Conference Tournament Championship Jared Bellissimo threw a 4-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and blasted a two-run RBI double to centerfield to lead the Mariners to a second straight Shore Conference title. TRN jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to RBI singles by Justin Schaff and Bobby Jeans in the first and second inning. Central loaded the bases in the 6th inning with one out, but Bellissimo struck out two straight to get out of the jam. JSZ has the highlights of Toms River North’s second straight SCT title from the home of the Lakewood BlueClaws: Jersey Sports Zone is able to capture great moments from Toms River North thanks to Peak Coaching for Success. Visit peakcoachingforsuccess.com to learn more about their Athlete Development Camp this summer!