Delsea Determined to Return to Championship Form
At Delsea, the Crusaders don’t measure success by playoff wins. They measure success by championships. The Crusaders were disappointed by last season’s (6-4) record and a second round exit in the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs. Now Delsea is looking to add to the school’s trophy case in 2019. Shaikyi Hannah, Damir Lomax and Jake Nwosu are three seniors who will see plenty of touches on offense and be counted on to make stops on defense. Fellow senior Xavier Scott will anchor the lines. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Crusaders from Franklinville: Delsea Crusaders 2019 Schedule Friday, September 13th – vs. Willingboro Friday, September 20th – vs. West Deptford Friday, September 27th – at Camden Friday, October 4th – at Burlington Township Friday, October 11th – at Camden Catholic Friday, October 18th – vs. Woodrow Wilson Saturday, October 26th – at Cedar Creek Friday, November 1st – vs. Bridgeton Coverage of Delsea is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Ramapo looks to reload after perfect 2018
Ramapo was one of the best public high schools in New Jersey last year with a perfect 13-0 mark. There are holes to fill starting with JSZ All-Zone selections AJ Wingfield (QB) and Max Baker (WR/DB), but the 2019 Raiders are determined to keep the winning tradition alive. Head coach Drew Gibbs is the architect of a program that has 11 winning seasons over the last 12 years. JSZ always enjoys catching up with the Raiders at Super Football Conference Media Day: Ramapo Raiders 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Sparta Saturday, Sept. 14— at Bergenfield Friday, Sept. 20 — at Northern Highlands Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Old Tappan Saturday, Oct. 5 — at River Dell Saturday, Oct. 12 — at Teaneck Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Wayne Hills Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Pascack Valley Friday, Nov. 1 — at Randolph
Montville Mustangs aim for explosive, defensive season
After posting an 8-3 record last year, Montville is headed into this season with a reloaded squad that’s looking to turn heads with their defense. Still, maintaining consistency on the offense, led by senior quarterback Mike Burke, will be key in making a deeper playoff run than ever before. JSZ’s Kayla Pace has the latest on the 2019 Mustangs. Montville Mustangs 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Mendham Friday, Sept. 13— at Kinnelon Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. West Milford Friday, Sept. 27 — at Jefferson Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Morris Hills Friday, Oct. 11 — Whippany Park Friday, Oct. 18 — at Mount Olive Friday, Oct. 25 — at Sparta Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Vernon
Williams twins prepare for senior season at Notre Dame
After accumulating just five wins in two seasons Notre Dame football returned to glory last year with a 7-3 record under head coach Marc Lodi. In 2019 Notre Dame will have some new faces joining the mix as 6’4 Junior Jake Renda takes over for West Point commit Robbie Buecker at quarterback while interim head coach Sean Clancy will be calling the shots on game day. The Irish will have four year varsity starters Cortaz and Coleon Williams returning at running back for their senior seasons. Cortaz eclipsed the 3,000 career rushing yard mark in 2018 and is on pace to break 4,000 this year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Notre Dame 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Ewing Friday, Sept. 13 — vs. Allentown Saturday, Sept. 20 — at Lawrence Friday, Sept. 27 — at West Windsor Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Steinert Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Hightstown Friday, Oct. 18 — at Hopewell Valley Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Nottingham Friday, Nov. 1 — at Trenton
Wayne Valley looks to continue upward trend in 2019
The Indians made the leap from one win to six in 2018 reaching the sectional semifinals. Wayne Valley brings back seven starters on offense and four on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Roger Kotlarz’s team will open the season in Massachusetts against Andover in Week 0 and the Week 1 home opener is the rivalry showdown against Wayne Hills. JSZ caught up with the Indians at Super Football Conference Media Day: Wayne Valley Indians 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — at Andover (Mass) Saturday, Sept. 20— vs. Wayne Hills Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Nutley Saturday, Sept. 28 — at Passaic Valley Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Indian Hills Friday, Oct. 11 — at West Milford Friday, Oct. 18 — at Old Tappan Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Northern Highlands Saturday, Nov. 2 — at Fair Lawn
Hungry Hillside Eyeing Three-Peat
With scorching hot expectations and a roster loaded with talent, the Hillside Comets have their eyes on the prize in 2019: a third consecutive sectional championship. The Comets (11-1 last season) are the two-time reigning Central Group 2 champions and many players believe this is the most complete roster in program history. Wide receiver/safety threat Nahree Biggins, who holds various Power 5 offers, will set the tone game in and game out. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Comets leading up to the start of the 2019 season: Hillside 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 — at Spotswood Saturday, Sept. 14 — vs. Bernards Saturday, Sept. 21 — vs. A.L. Johnson Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. Roselle Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. South River Friday, Oct. 11 — at St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly Bishop Ahr) Friday, Oct. 18 — at Delaware Valley Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Bound Brook
Holy Spirit Seeking Revenge to Both Open and Close 2019
The Spartans earned a chance to play at MetLife Stadium last season, but fell to rival St. Joseph in the Non-Public Group 2 state final. The Wildcats will likely be in Spirit’s way again down the line, but first the Spartans open the season against Mount St. Joseph of Maryland on August 30th. Holy Spirit is also out for revenge in that one after losing in Baltimore to open the 2018 campaign. RB E’lijah Gray, WR Ahmad Brown, and TE Isaiah Gerena are three of the top players in South Jersey, and those seniors will be counted on to deliver for Spirit this season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with the Spartans in Absecon: Holy Spirit Spartans 2019 Schedule Friday August 30th – vs. Mount St. Joseph (MD) Friday, September 13 – vs. Eastern Friday, September 20th – vs. Camden Catholic Friday, September 27th – at Hammonton Friday, October 11th – at Washington Twp. Friday, October 19th – vs. St. Augustine Friday, October 25th – vs. Kingsway Saturday, November 2nd – at St. Joseph (Hamm.) Thursday, November 28th – at Atlantic City
Ridgewood Aims to Get Back to MetLife
The Maroons of Ridgewood won their 6th sectional title in school history with a 27-7 victory over Montclair in the North Group 5 title game. Following a loss to Piscataway in the Group 5 Bowl, the Maroons are determined to get back to MetLife Stadium in 2019. Ridgewood will once again look to wreak havoc out of the Wing-T offense. OL/DL Andrew Messineo has offers from Bucknell and Georgetown. Jersey Sports Zone talked with the Maroons at the Super Football Conference Media Day: Ridgewood Maroons 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. North Bergen Friday, Sept. 13— vs. Old Tappan Friday, Sept. 20 — at Irvington Friday, Sept. 27 — at Passaic Tech Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Eastside Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Paramus Thursday, Oct. 17 — at Clifton Friday, Nov. 1 — at Hackensack
Salem Has Unfinished Business in South Jersey Group 1
The Rams have been to a sectional final in two of the last three seasons, but Salem is still seeking its first South Jersey title since 1983. Salem’s senior-heavy squad is hoping to finish the job this fall. Elon recruit Josh Johnson is a force on the line and a leader for the Rams. Dashon Bundy and Kaciir Street are a pair of dynamic players who should see plenty of touches for Salem. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with the Rams in our latest installment of Camp Countdown: Salem Rams 2019 Schedule Friday, August 30th – at Pleasantville Saturday, September 7th – vs. Cedar Creek Saturday, September 14th – vs. Schalick Saturday, September 21st – at Burlington City Saturday, October 5th – vs. Overbrook Friday, October 11th – at Glassboro Saturday, October 19th – vs. Audubon Saturday, October 26th – vs. Pennsville Saturday, November 2nd – at Penns Grove Thursday, November 28th – at Woodstown
Westfield Eyes Rebound Season with Strong Senior Class
Westfield has become synonymous with winning football underneath head coach Jim DeSarno, but the Blue Devils hit a speed bump in 2018. Their vaunted 37-game win streak was snapped in Week 1 and they did not complete a four-peat state title run. Things look different this time around for 2019. DeSarno has his players hungry after a 4-7 season last year as the Blue Devils look to rebound from the first losing season since 2012. QB Hank Shapiro (Lehigh), OL Declan McCauley (Holy Cross), RB Tim Alliegro and DL Colin Freer will be the leaders on this year’s team. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Blue Devils from Westfield: Westfield 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 14 — vs. Linden Saturday, Sept. 21 — vs. Union Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. Watchung Hills Friday, Oct. 4 — at Elizabeth Friday, Oct. 11 — at Edison Friday, Oct. 18 — at Bridgewater-Raritan Friday, Oct. 25 — at Phillipsburg Saturday, Nov. 2 — vs. North Brunswick Thursday, Nov. 28 — vs. Plainfield
Piscataway looks to defend Bowl Game Title in 2019
Not far from the birth of college football, another New Jersey football program made history of it’s own last year. Piscataway capped off a perfect 13-0 season with a win in the inaugural North Group 5 Bowl Game at MetLife stadium to capture its 10th State Title. In 2019, longtime Head Coach Dan Higgins reloads with a cast sprinkled with less varsity experience, but this year’s group of Chiefs is ready to cement their own legacy come December. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Piscataway 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Franklin Friday, Sept. 13 — vs. Sayreville Saturday, Sept. 20 — vs. Edison Friday, Sept. 27 — at New Brunswick Saturday, Oct. 5 — at St. Joe’s (Metuchen) Friday, Oct. 11 — at North Brunswick Friday, Oct. 18 — at South Brunswick Friday, Oct. 25 — at Elizabeth Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Hillsborough
Union City sticking to their smashmouth style in 2019
The Soaring Eagles need to replace 17 starters from last year’s 9-2 squad, but Union City won’t change the way they play on the rooftop at one of the country’s most unique home-field advantages. With Jean Alvarez and his 25 TD’s gone, look for Devin Gonzalez to be one of the key cogs of UC’s Wing-T offense. Gonzalez shifts from halfback to fullback, a vital position in the unique offensive formation. JSZ caught up with the Soaring Eagles at the Super Football Conference’s Media Day at Wayne Valley High School: Union City Soaring Eagles 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — at Passaic Friday, Sept. 13— vs. Irvington Thursday, Sept. 19 — vs. Memorial Friday, Sept. 27 — at Saint Peter’s Prep Friday, Oct. 4 — at Bayonne Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Old Tappan Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Shawnee Friday, Oct. 25 — at North Bergen Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Dickinson
Somerville Pioneers Reload with State Title on Their Minds
Somerville has exploded onto New Jersey’s public school scene over the past two years and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Despite losing JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Jalahn Dabney to graduation, head coach Dallas Whitaker believes his team has the mentality and necessary tools to be champions once again. Ethan Hilliman and Kyree Hinton are a pair of top returning two-way players who will look to power the Pioneers back to a sectional championship for a third straight season. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews Somerville and their 2019 squad: Somerville 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Hamilton Friday, Sept. 13 — at North Plainfield Friday, Sept. 20 — at Voorhees Friday, Sept. 27 — at Cranford Saturday, Oct. 5 — at Summit Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Warren Hills Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Rahway Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Gov. Livingston Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Immaculata
Washington Township Looks to Build on New Foundation
When Mike Schatzman took over the Minutemen program before last season, he was the third head coach in as many years. After laying a new foundation in 2018, Township hopes to take a big step forward this fall. Seniors Jack Dunn and Zach Andrews will anchor the line for the Minutemen. Senior RB Andrew Nocille and junior TE Jaden Allen will be two more players to watch for Washington Township. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Minutemen: Washington Twp. Minutemen 2019 Schedule Friday, September 6th – vs. Cherokee Friday, September 13th – at Kingsway Friday, September 20th – at Atlantic City Friday, September 27th – vs. Eastern Friday, October 4th – vs. Egg Harbor Twp. Friday, October 11th – vs. Holy Spirit Friday, October 18th – at Williamstown Saturday, October 26th – vs. Vineland Friday, November 1st – at Hammonton Coverage of Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Verona Seeks Revenge After Close Call
The Verona Hillbillies seek revenge after their semifinal game last season, in which they gave up a touchdown in the last 35 seconds of the game. The Hillbillies have 15 seniors on the team for 2019. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview: Verona Hillbillies 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 13 — at Caldwell Friday, Sept. 20 – vs. Boonton Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Newark Collegiate Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. Shabazz Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Weequahic Friday, Oct. 18 – at Hoboken Friday, Oct. 25 — at Cedar Grove Saturday, Nov. 2 — vs. Glen Ridge
Lincoln Aims For Aggression
The Lincoln Lions have one word to describe themselves going into this season: Aggressive. The Lions have a mixed demographic of rookies and veterans going into this 2019 season. Lincoln has their sights set on putting big points up on the board. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview: Lincoln Lions 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — at Demarest Friday, Sept. 13 — vs. Hoboken Friday, Sept. 20 – at West Side Friday, Sept. 27 – vs. Caldwell Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. West Essex Thursday, Oct. 10 — at Shabazz Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Nutley Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. Newark Central Saturday, Nov. 2 — at Snyder
Culture Change Underway at Paramus Catholic
A disappointing 2-8 season left a sour taste in the mouth of Paramus Catholic’s football program. However, the Paladins are driving into 2019 with a new heir of confidence as last year’s down season fades into the rearview mirror. Led by senior offensive lineman and high D-I recruit Devin Willock — along with juniors Dorian Nowell and Jarred George — the Paladins feel confident as head coach John Whitehead builds a new culture in Paramus. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Paladins leading up to the 2019 season: Paramus Catholic 2019 Schedule Thursday, Aug. 29 — vs. West Catholic (P.A.) Saturday, Sept. 7 — at Pope John Friday, Sept. 20 — at Hackensack Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Seton Hall Prep Saturday, Oct. 5 — at St. Joe’s (Mont.) Friday, Oct. 11 — at DePaul Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. St. Peter’s Prep Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Bergen Catholic Friday, Nov. 1 — at Don Bosco Prep
Haddonfield is Hungry for a South Jersey Group 2 Three-Peat
After winning their second straight sectional title and finishing (13-0), the Haddons graduated one of the most decorated senior classes in program history. The cupboard is far from bare for Haddonfield, however. Three-year starters Alex Kadar, Michael Carey and Nick DiNoia will lead the way in 2019, as the Bulldawgs are hungry to once again go out on top. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Haddons as part of our Camp Countdown series: Haddonfield Bulldawgs 2019 Schedule Friday, September 6th – vs. Pleasantville Friday, September 13th – vs. Sterling Friday, September 20th – at Cinnaminson Friday, September 27th – vs. Overbrook Friday, October 4th – vs. St. Joseph (Hamm.) Friday, October 11th – at West Deptford Friday, October 25th – vs. Collingswood Friday, November 1st – at Deptford Thursday, November 28th – at Haddon Heights Coverage of Haddonfield is made possible by NJM Insurance.
Shabazz Seeks Revenge in 2019
The Shabazz Bulldogs are hungry walking into their 2019 football season with new Head Coach, Tyrone Turner. The Bulldogs finished last season with a 10-2 record. Prior to facing their rival, Cedar Grove, Shabazz had a 17-game winning streak. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview: Shabazz Bulldogs 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Glen Ridge Saturday, Sept. 14 — at West Side Friday, Sept. 26 – vs. Hoboken Friday, Oct. 4 – at Verona Friday, Oct. 10 – vs. Lincoln Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Cedar Grove Friday, Oct. 25 — at Newark Collegiate Friday, Nov. 1 — at Hudson Catholic Thursday, Nov. 28 – vs. Weequahic
Passaic Tech Looks To Bounce Back After 2-7 Season
The Passaic Tech Bulldogs finished their 2018 season with a 2-7 record. But this year, the team is out for blood. The offense and defense have been working hard this summer at camp. Head Coach Matt Demarest says there is a lot of competition in regards to landing a spot in the starting lineup. The talent is strong and the players are all in. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview: Passaic County Tech Bulldogs 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — at West Essex Friday, Sept. 13 — vs. Hackensack Sunday, Sept. 21 – at Seton Hall Prep Saturday, Sept. 27 – vs. Ridgewood Friday, Oct. 4 – at Clifton Friday, Oct. 10 – vs. Kennedy Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. West Orange Friday, Oct. 25 — at Wayne Hills Friday, Nov. 1 — at Eastside
New coach, D1 talent headlines 2019 edition of West Orange
Darnell Grant makes the move from Shabazz to West Orange after a nine-year run that featured two sectional titles. Grant has a talented group of underclassmen headlined by a trio of juniors. Running back Shakhi Carson has offers from Kentucky and UMass while wide receiver Jayson Raines has picked up offers from UMass and Rutgers. Dorian Rawls is another college prospect who will be a two-way threat at defensive back and wide receiver. There’s a lot of optimism for West Orange to turn around last year’s three-win effort. Watch JSZ”s preview of the Mountaineers: West Orange Mountaineers 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 — vs. Montclair (at Rutgers) Friday, Sept. 13— vs. Kennedy Friday, Sept. 20 — at Don Bosco Prep Friday, Sept. 27 — at Columbia Saturday, Oct. 5 — at Livingston Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. West Orange Friday, Oct. 18 — at Passaic Tech Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Bloomfield Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Barringer
Nutley Looks to Ride Late Season Surge into 2019
The Nutley Raiders closed out the 2018 campaign with a three-game win streak to get to 4-6. JD Vick is the interim coach as Steve DiGregorio is on the mend. DiGregorio is expected to rejoin the team on October 1st. Justin Lucia is back to lead the Raiders offense at quarterback. The Raiders open the season on September 7th at the Oval against Bloomfield. JSZ caught up with Nutley at the Super Football Conference Media Day at Wayne Valley High School: Nutley Raiders 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 — vs. Bloomfield Saturday, Sept. 14— vs. Montclair Friday, Sept. 20 — at Wayne Valley Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. Newark Central Friday, Oct. 4 — at West Side Friday, Oct. 11 — at West Essex Saturday, Oct. 19 — vs. Lincoln Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. Snyder Friday, Nov. 1 — at Caldwell
Newark Central Sets Sights On A Balanced Offense
The Newark Central Blue Devils are coming off of a 4-6 record from the 2018 season. They are looking to power ahead with a more balanced offense. They not only plan to be strong runners with the ball, but they are also looking to make strides with their passing. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview: Newark Central 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 — vs. Columbia Friday, Sept. 13 — vs. Cedar Grove Friday, Sept. 19 – vs. West Essex Sunday, Sept. 28 – at Nutley Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. Caldwell Saturday, Oct. 11 — at Snyder Saturday, Oct. 19 — vs. West Side Saturday, Oct. 26 — at Lincoln Saturday, Nov. 2 — vs. Imm. Concept.
Burlington Township reloads with younger squad for 2019
Coming off their best season in recent memory Burlington Township finished 2018 with a record of 10-1 falling to Woodrow Wilson in the South Group 3 Sectional Final. Having graduated a senior heavy class including Quarterback Danny Grozozski who threw for over 1,600 yards with 28 passing touchdowns and just 7 interceptions, Head Coach Tom Maderia will look to the incoming sophomores to fill holes at the quarterback and skill positions. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Burlington Township 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 13 — at Paul VI Saturday, Sept. 20 — at Triton Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Moorestown Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Delsea Saturday, Oct. 11 — at Clearview Saturday, Oct. 19 — vs. Allentown Friday, Oct. 25 — at Highland Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Woodrow Wilson
Bergen Catholic Eyes MetLife Stadium Trip Again in 2019
Bergen Catholic has been the model of consistency in North Jersey over the past two seasons, going a combined 20-4 over that time with brothers Nunzio and Vito Campanile each serving as head coach in that span. The Crusaders captured a Non-Public Group 4 title in a 2017 blowout against St. Peter’s Prep but suffered their first shutout in over three decades in last season’s 13-0 loss to St. Joe’s (Mont.). Bergen Catholic hit the reset button coming into 2019, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a state title on their minds. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Crusaders coming into the 2019 season: Bergen Catholic 2019 Schedule Saturday, Aug. 31 — at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) Saturday, Sept. 7 — vs. Imhotep Charter (Pa.) at Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 21 — vs. St. Peter’s Prep Friday, Sept. 27 — at Don Bosco Prep Friday, Oct. 4 — at Irvington Saturday, Oct. 12 — vs. St. Joe’s (Mont.) Saturday, Oct. 19 — at Pope John Friday, Oct. 25 — at Paramus Catholic Saturday, Nov. 2 — vs. DePaul Catholic
Bombers ready to be among first in NJ to kick off 2019 season
Boonton made the jump from four wins to seven and a post-season win, the eighth in program history. The Bombers ground attack will be led by Corey Dempster who’s a three-year starter. Boonton will open the season on Thursday, August 29th when they host Kearny, the first official day of the 2019 campaign. Jersey Sports Zone had a chance to catch up with the Bombers during Super Football Conference Media Day: Boonton Bombers 2019 Schedule Thursday, Aug. 29 — vs. Kearny Friday, Sept. 13— at Weequahic Friday, Sept. 20 — at Verona Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Whippany Park Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Morris Catholic Saturday, Oct. 12 — at Kinnelon Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Parsippany Friday, Oct. 25 — at Pequannock Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Mountain Lakes
St. Augustine Making Strides to Compete at State Level
The Hermits have consistently been among the top teams in South Jersey over the last several years. The goal continues to be that elusive push in the daunting Non-Public Group 4 playoffs. Texas A&M commit Isaiah Raikes will lead the way in Richland this season, with fellow senior Chandler Bird anchoring the line. Sophomore Nasir Hill will see plenty of touches on offense. St. Augustine will also feature Absegami transfer and Division I recruit Carnell Davis, who just joined the Hermits a few days ago. JSZ’s Mike Frankel previews St. Augustine in our latest installment of Camp Countdown: St. Augustine Hermits 2019 Schedule Friday, August 30th – at State College Area (PA) Friday, September 13th – at Lenape Saturday, September 21st – at St. Joseph (Hamm.) Friday, September 27th – at Shawnee Friday, October 4th – vs. Ocean City Friday, October 11th – vs. Rancocas Valley Friday, October 18th – at Holy Spirit Friday, October 25th – vs. Cherokee Friday, November 1st – vs. Williamstown
After 8-2 in 2018, Lakeland Is Ready To Attack With Young Team
The Lakeland Lancers are coming into the 2019 season with mostly fresh faces, and a few seasoned veterans. This year, the Lancers will have a different offensive backfield as well as a new quarterback. Junior Todd Geyer will step in as the quarterback. Six of Lakeland’s starters have played out on the Varsity field before, but there will be several first-year starters in the mix as well. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full preview story: Lakeland 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Ramsey Friday, Sept. 13 — vs. Passaic Valley Saturday, Sept. 20 – at Lenape Valley Saturday, Sept. 27 – at West Milford Friday, Oct. 4 – vs. Westwood Saturday, Oct. 11 — at Fort Lee Friday, Oct. 18 — at Pascack Hills Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. Dumont Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Mahwah
Sayreville looks to defend Bowl Game Title in 2019
A spectacular finish is an understatement. Sayreville capped off an 11-1 season with a thrilling last second victory in the inaugural South Group 5 Bowl Game. The Bombers captured their fifth sectional title and became one of New Jersey’s first State Champions. Having graduated top Division I talent, Head Coach Chris Beagan will look to Seniors Mark Whitford, Anthony Jackson, Glenn Wright Jr. and two-way threat Jayvis Wayside to try and lead the beloved program back to MetLife Stadium in December. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Sayreville 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Hunterdon Central Friday, Sept. 13 — at Piscataway Saturday, Sept. 20 — vs. North Brunswick Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Edison Saturday, Oct. 11 — vs. New Brunswick Friday, Oct. 18 — at Old Bridge Friday, Oct. 25 — at South Brunswick Friday, Nov. 1 — at Union
After Perfect Season, Penns Grove Reloads for 2019
Penns Grove beat Salem in the South Jersey Group 1 final before storming back to stun Willingboro at MetLife Stadium to finish 13-0 in 2018. Now the Red Devils return nearly their entire team as they look to repeat this fall. Kavon Lewis, Jamar Johnson, Torvon Ransome, Jaylen Newton and Makhi Scott headline a deep and talented senior class. Juniors Nasir Robinson and Jayon Carter are primed for huge seasons as well. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has a preview from Carneys Point: Penns Grove Red Devils 2019 Schedule Friday, September 6th – at Pennsville Friday, September 13th – at Woodstown Saturday, September 21st – at Paulsboro Saturday, September 28th – vs. River Dell Friday, October 4th – vs. Florence Friday, October 11th – at Linganore (MD) Saturday, October 19th – vs. Schalick Saturday, October 26th – at Glassboro Saturday, November 2nd – vs. Salem
RBC laser-focused after perfect 2018 season
The JSZ Camp Countdown Preview tour takes us to Red Bank Catholic where the Caseys know they can’t do better than last year’s 10-0 record with a Non-Public Group 3 state championship. Coach Frank Edgerly’s team has always been focused on the task at hand and with a selfless attitude across the entire roster, the Caseys will once again be a team to watch not just in the Shore Conference but the entire Garden State. The Caseys have two of the top-ranked seniors in the state. Notre Dame commit Kevin Bauman is one of the best tight ends in the country and Charlie Gordinier is Boston College bound at tight end and will be a key factor at linebacker for the Caseys defense. Ryan Edgerly is poised to take the reins of the offense at quarterback for the graduated Steve Lubischer. Watch JSZ’s preview of Red Bank Catholic: Red Bank Catholic 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Rumson-Fair Haven Saturday, Sept. 14— at Manasquan Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Middletown South Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Long Branch Friday, Oct. 4 — at Toms River North Friday, Oct. 18 — at Manalapan Friday, Oct. 25 — at Donovan Catholic Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Freehold Township
Younger Pleasantville Squad Aims to Keep Program on the Rise
Pleasantville won a playoff game last season for the first time since 2003. The Greyhounds graduated several Division I athletes, but look to stay in the mix near the top of South Jersey Group 2. Senior RB Joshua Kotokpo and senior LB Ernest Howard will help lead a young but talented team this season. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Greyhounds in Pleasantville: Pleasantville Greyhounds 2019 Schedule Friday, August 30th – vs. Salem Friday, September 6th – at Haddonfield Friday, September 20th – at Lower Cape May Friday, September 27th – vs. Gloucester Friday, October 4th – vs. Cedar Creek Friday, October 11th – vs. Gloucester Catholic Friday, October 25th – at Buena Friday, November 1st – at Middle Township Thursday, November 28th – at Ocean City
New Leaders, Same Swag: SPP Marauders Itching for a Championship
St. Peter’s Prep has been as close as any Super Football Conference team to capturing a state sectional championship over the past few seasons. A quick look up and down their 2019 roster shows yet again why they’ll be one of the best New Jersey has to offer this season. The Marauders are loaded on the defensive side — Ohio State commit Cody Simon is one of the best linebackers in America and will be lead the way for stud underclassmen George Rooks and Keith Miles. Head coach Rich Hansen and company will welcome Tahj Bullock in as the next starting quarterback. He’ll be throwing to his No. 1 target, Byron Shipman, quite a lot this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the 2019 Marauders from Jersey City: St. Peter’s Prep 2019 Schedule Friday, Aug. 31 — vs. Millville (at Rutgers University) Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Erasmus Hall (N.Y.) Saturday, Sept. 21 — at Bergen Catholic Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Union City Friday, Oct. 4 — at DePaul Catholic Saturday, Oct. 12 — vs. Don Bosco Prep Friday, Oct. 18 — at Paramus Catholic Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. Pope John Saturday, Nov. 2 — vs. St. Joe’s (Mont.)
Coach Woj looks to return Lenape to glory in second season
In the their previous four seasons Lenape accumulated an impressive 40-4 record that included their first and only Sectional Championship. However, in 2018 the Indians under first year coach Joe Wojceichowski fell to 5-6 with an exit in the South Group 5 Semifinals. Wojceichowski now in year two has inspired a young Lenape team to take on more responsibility. With the help of Purdue University commit Clyde Washington and running back Xavier Coleman who holds offers from West Virginia, Baylor, Temple and Rutgers, the Indians will look to see if they can return to glory in 2019. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Lenape 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Tottenville (N.Y.) Friday, Sept. 13 — at St. Augustine Saturday, Sept. 20 — at Vineland Friday, Sept. 27 — at Williamstown Friday, Oct. 4 — vs. Allentown Friday, Oct. 18 — at Camden Catholic Saturday, Oct. 26 — vs. Rancocas Valley Friday, Nov. 1 — at Cherokee Thursday, Nov. 28 — vs. Shawnee
RFH looks to “Perfect the Process” and continue dominant run
Rumson-Fair Haven won its fifth sectional title in six years and was one of the first champs in New Jersey’s new bowl series. The Bulldogs were all business on the practice fields as the focus is clearly on keeping this remarkable run going. With 96 players in training camp, Rumson has plenty of depth to replace some of the key contributors from last year’s 10-2 squad. John Volker is expected to lead the rushing attack following the departure of 1700 yard rusher Alex Maldjian. Christian Lanzalotto and Keegan Woods combined for 295 tackles last year at linebacker. Rumson will turn to a collective effort by the defense to fill that void with Ryan Ruane manning the secondary. RFH will open the season in Week 0 against Red Bank Catholic in a game that will feature two of the best in the Shore Conference. Watch JSZ’s preview of Rumson-Fair Haven now: Rumson-Fair Haven 2019 Schedule Friday, Sept. 6 — at Red Bank Catholic Friday, Sept. 13— at Wall Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. Long Branch Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Toms River North Friday, Oct. 4 — at Manalapan Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Mater Dei Prep Friday, Oct. 18— vs. Middletown South Friday, Nov. 1 — at Jackson Memorial
High Hopes for Highland; Tartans Seeking Sectional Title
After rushing for over 2,000 yards as a sophomore, Division I recruit Johnny Martin will try to help Highland make history this year. The Tartans have never won a South Jersey title, but Highland returns enough talent to be right in the mix in Group 4. With a handful of DI offers himself, senior linebacker Brad Small will lead the Tartans on defense. Senior Josh Ortiz will anchor the lines, and Kasim Randall-Dale is a player to watch as well. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with the Tartans in Blackwood: Highland Tartans 2019 Schedule Saturday, August 31st – vs. St. Joseph (Hamm.) at Rutgers Friday, September 13th – vs. Clearview Friday, September 20th – at Oakcrest Friday, September 27th – at Winslow Twp. Friday, October 4th – vs. Timber Creek Friday, October 11th – vs. Moorestown Friday, October 25th – vs. Burlington Twp. Friday, November 1st – at Paul VI Thursday, November 28th – at Triton Coverage of Highland is proudly brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Don’t Sleep on Them: Don Bosco Eager to Return to Glory
From the countless championships to the number of undefeated seasons, tradition is everything at Don Bosco Prep. However, after a couple of down seasons, tradition is exactly why the Ironmen are feeling so good coming into 2019. Former Rutgers and NFL quarterback Mike Teel is out after two seasons at head coach, meaning Dan Sabella is the man in charge. Don Bosco will wield one of, if not the best backfields in the entire state featuring four-star All-American Jalen Berger and his running mate Kyle Monangai. Senior leadership on defense will also be a major part of the success Don Bosco Prep finds this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the 2019 Ironmen from Ramsey: Don Bosco Prep 2019 Schedule Friday, Aug. 30 — at St. John Bosco (Calif.) Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Gonzaga College HS (D.C.) Friday, Sept. 20 — vs. West Orange Friday, Sept. 27 — vs. Bergen Catholic Saturday, Oct. 5 — at Pope John Saturday, Oct. 12 — at St. Peter’s Prep Saturday, Oct. 19 — at St. Joe’s (Mont.) Friday, Oct. 25 — vs. DePaul Catholic Friday, Nov. 1 — vs. Paramus Catholic
Trenton leadership takes new look in 2019
Following a first round exit in the Central Group 5 playoffs, Trenton finished 2018 with a record of 5-5. Before equipment was handed out or workouts began, the offseason saw the Tornadoes focus on internal issues such as leadership and team chemistry. Seniors James Hubbard, a three year starter at wide receiver has made the shift to quarterback while Safety Jazzir Merricks will take on a more prominent role at the slot position. Now with a closely bonded squad Head Coach Greg Hyslop will see if he can lead the city’s beloved program to its first State Title. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by the state capitol for the first day of training camp: Trenton 2019 Schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 — vs. Marlboro Saturday, Sept. 14 — vs. West Windsor-Plainsboro Friday, Sept. 20 — at Rancocas Valley Saturday, Sept. 28 — at Nottingham Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. Vineland Friday, Oct. 11 — at Allentown Saturday, Oct. 19 — vs. Eastern Saturday, Oct. 26 — at Steinert Saturday, Nov. 2 — vs. Notre Dame Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage!
Timber Creek Looking to Return to its Winning Ways
The Chargers finished below .500 in 2018 for the first time since 2006. Timber Creek is hoping to bounce back this fall and reestablish itself as one of South Jersey’s top teams. Senior Maryland commit Tarheeb Still and senior Justin Houston will be a pair of players to watch for the Chargers. Sophomore QB Donovan Leary steps into the starting role after splitting time as a freshman. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Chargers, as Timber Creek gets set to log some serious miles early in the season: Timber Creek 2019 Schedule Friday, August 30 – at Bishop Hartley (OH) Saturday, September 7th – at Warren County (VA) Friday, September 13 – vs. Hammonton Friday, September 27th – vs. Vineland Friday, October 4th – at Highland Friday, October 11th – vs. Millville Friday, November 1st – at Atlantic City Thursday, November 28th – vs. Winslow Twp. Timber Creek coverage is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
DePaul Looks to Rebound After Untimely 2018 Exit
DePaul Catholic has proven to be one of the most consistent programs — not only in North Jersey, but the entire state — over the past decade. But the Spartans now find themselves in unfamiliar territory coming into 2019. Last season was the first since 2012 that DePaul Catholic wasn’t in a sectional championship game — but you can bet the Spartans are gunning for a title berth this year. DePaul Catholic will be led by four senior captains in 2019: TE/OLB Charles Finley, OL/DL Eddie Bierals, WR/DB Teddy Afful and RB/FS Sean Kelly. They also welcome junior QB Andrew Butler into the huddle. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the full preview from Wayne: DePaul Catholic 2019 Schedule Friday, Aug. 30 — vs. Pope John Friday, Sept. 6 — vs. Seton Hall Prep Saturday, Sept. 21 — at St. Joe’s (Mont.) Saturday, Sept. 28 — at Delbarton Friday, Oct. 3 — vs. St. Peter’s Prep Friday, Oct. 11 — vs. Paramus Catholic Friday, Oct. 18 — vs. Hudson Catholic Friday, Oct. 25 — at Don Bosco Prep Saturday, Nov. 2 — at Bergen Catholic
St. Joseph (Hamm.) Set to Open at Rutgers; Hoping to Finish at MetLife
Saint Joseph is the two-time defending Non-Public Group 2 state champion, and the Wildcats are eager to return to MetLife Stadium this season. St. Joe will also be traveling north to begin the 2019 campaign, as the Wildcats will battle Highland at Rutgers on August 31st. Senior RB Jada Byers, one of the most electric players in the state, will lead the way on offense. Junior QB Jayden Shertel and junior FB Ahmad Ross are other players to watch on offense for the Wildcats. Junior LB Tyler Paige will be taking charge on the defensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with St. Joseph in Hammonton: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 2019 Schedule Saturday, August 31 – vs. Highland at Rutgers Friday, September 13 – at Millville Saturday, September 21 – vs. St. Augustine Saturday, September 28 – vs. Atlantic City Friday, October 4 – at Haddonfield Saturday, October 12 – at Vineland Friday, October 18 – at West Deptford Saturday, October 26 – vs. Timber Creek Saturday, November 2 – vs. Holy Spirit
Seton Hall Prep excited to open season at Rutgers
The Prep will be one of a handful of teams that open the 2019 season in August as part of New Jersey’s week double-zero. JSZ pays a visit to West Orange to break down the Pirates following their first post-season win in eight years. Bill Fitzgerald’s first season as head coach saw Seton Hall Prep deliver some exciting moments starting with a thrilling 29-28 win over Montclair and a 17-0 playoff win against Paramus Catholic. The Pirates have a new quarterback and an experienced offensive line looking to continue to compete against some of the best teams in the state. Seton Hall Prep kicks off its season at Rutgers against Pennsylvania’s Archbishop Carroll. Watch JSZ’s preview of the Prep now! Seton Hall Prep 2019 Schedule Saturday, August 30 — Archbishop Carroll @ Rutgers Friday, Sept. 6 — at DePaul Catholic Saturday, Sept. 21 — vs. Passaic Tech Friday, Sept. 27 — at Paramus Catholic Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. East Orange Saturday, Oct. 12 — at Montclair Saturday, Oct. 19 — vs. Delbarton Saturday, Oct. 26 — at Saint Joe-Montvale Saturday, Nov. 2 — at Pope John
SJR Football Ready to Dominate and Repeat
The pendulum of power in the Super Football Conference swings from year to year, but 2019 is looking more and more like the year for the boys at St. Joe’s (Mont.). The Green Knights won the Non-Public Group 4 state championship after a suffocating 13-0 performance against Bergen Catholic at MetLife Stadium. Seniors heading to Penn State, Boston College and Notre Dame departed from the program, However, St. Joe’s will return a host of new senior core players that will set the pace all season long. Those include OL Luke Wypler (Ohio State), DE/OLB Amin Vanover (Penn State), QB Michael Alaimo (Purdue), ATH Te’Rai Powell (Rutgers) and DB Elijuwan Mack (Rutgers). JSZ’s Jay Cook spent the afternoon in Montvale and has the story on what New Jersey can expect from the champs: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 2019 Schedule Saturday, August 30 — at JSerra Catholic (Calif.) Saturday, Sept. 14 — vs. Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) @ MetLife Stadium Saturday, Sept. 21 — vs. DePaul Catholic Saturday, Sept. 28 — vs. St. Frances Academy (MD.) Saturday, Oct. 5 — vs. Paramus Catholic Saturday, Oct. 12 — at Bergen Catholic Saturday, Oct. 19 — vs. Don Bosco Prep Saturday, Oct. 26 — at Seton Hall Prep Saturday, Nov. 2 — at St. Peter’s Prep
Wheels Up….to Italy. Ranney’s Phil Wheeler skips high school and college for pros
Phil Wheeler electrified JSZ highlights last winter helping Ranney to its first Tournament of Champions title. The rising senior in high school who was reported to be transferring to the Patrick School has made the decision to forgo his final season of high school to sign a professional contract to play for Stella Azzurra’s academy which is a feeder program to their pro team in Italy. By playing overseas, Wheeler will not be able to play college basketball. This story was first reported stateside by Adam Zagoria of Zags Blog and Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press: Here’s the Instagram post from Phillip Wheeler’s agent on his plan to sign with an Italian youth team. Wheeler did not have the grades for college and they felt this was the best route for him. pic.twitter.com/Zup9wjNKJl— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 7, 2019 NEW: Phil Wheeler, who helped Ranney to a Tournament of Champions crown last season as a junior, has signed with an Italian club. Wild move amidst rumors of an imminent transfer. MORE COMING: https://t.co/p9XytKlcZL pic.twitter.com/YSGGJKYRgb— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) August 7, 2019 Wheeler spent his first two years at Rumson-Fair Haven before joining Ranney in his junior campaign. He made his season debut on January 13 and went on to average just under 11 points a game providing an athletic burst to Ranney’s rotation matching skyscraping dunks with Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. The class of 2020 recruit had picked up five Division I offers from Saint John’s, Richmond, Monmouth, Seton Hall, and Providence, but college is now off the table as Wheeler looks to make an impact in Italy with the hopes of getting an NBA opportunity down the road. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Phillip Wheeler’s junior season:
South Jersey Basketball Academy Reaches New Heights
The South Jersey Basketball Academy was created by Drew University Basketball alum, Kevin Hagan, and Rowan Men’s Basketball coach, Brian Bouchard in 2014. The camp is for boys and girls ages six to 15. This year, the SJBA has over 100 campers in attendance. Hagan and Bouchard not only teach the young players physical aspects of the game, but also the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full story from St. Mary of the Lakes School in Medford:
USA Softball Legend Jennie Finch and Her Platform to Empower Young Women
It’s been nine years since Jennie Finch last threw a professional pitch, but the USA Softball Hall of Famer arguably has a bigger platform than ever before. Finch, who has become the de facto American softball ambassador, uses her success on the diamond to inspire the next generation of young female athletes. Her reach goes far and wide — from working with Major League Baseball to face-to-face interactions on a personal level. Finch spoke with JSZ’s Jay Cook at Diamond Nation after the start to two new programs — the Jennie Finch Northeast Nationals and the National Softball College Camp: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Diamond Nation for being a loyal sponsor of Jersey Sports Zone — they’re the reason we were able to be on hand and tell this story.
Delbarton’s Kirst Headed to Ivy League
After a breakout junior season with a career-best 66 goals, Delbarton’s top returning goal scorer has committed to Cornell University. No. 61 junior CJ Kirst, A/M, Delbarton (N.J.) / @LeadingEDGEHS committed to @CornellLacrosse. Blowing up for 66G/28A this season, the polished lefty playmaker is a strong candidate to reach five-star status.— Ty Xanders (@tyxanders) July 24, 2019 Kirst was one of New Jersey’s most dynamic goal scorers for the entirety of 2019 — only Manasquan star and Penn State commit Canyon Birch had more goals than Kirst last year. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of C.J. Kirst: He scored hat tricks in 12 different games and shined with a seven-goal game against Summit and his six-goal explosion against Don Bosco Prep powered the Green Wave to yet another Non-Public A state title. Kirst is far from the first New Jersey player to join Cornell University’s lax squad. He’ll join Class of 2019 Under Armour All-Americans Michael Long (Delbarton) and Aiden Blake (Haddonfield) as Garden State players on the team. Follow along with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest updates and highlights from the top athletes in New Jersey.
Moten Picks Michigan
Delran rising senior RJ Moten was one of the most highly-recruited players in the state. The Bears standout announced his college decision on Saturday, as he’ll head to Michigan to play for the Wolverines. Moten lines up all over the field at Delran, and he projects as a safety for Michigan. Check out a JSZ feature story on RJ Moten from earlier this summer as well:
Thweatt Picks His Elite Eight
Wildwood Catholic forward Taj Thweatt is one of the state’s top Division I basketball prospects. With the summer AAU slate coming to a close, Thweatt has narrowed his college choices to eight schools: Thweatt scored 20.9 points per game in his junior campaign and teamed up with recent Temple commit Jahlil White to lead the Crusaders to a 27-2 record. Here’s JSZ’s highlight reel of a dynamic inside-outside threat:
Flipping Into Fall: SJV’s Grace Costello Preps For Upcoming High School Gymnastics Season
Grace Costello competes for St. John Vianney’s high school gymnastics team and Head Over Heels as a Level 10 USAG gymnast. The incoming senior is committed to William and Mary’s Class of 2024 to continue her athletic and academic careers. Costello is at Head Over Heels 25 hours a week, and will start her high school practices at the end of August. Costello was the Shore Conference All-Around winner last year, and took second place on Floor in the Individual State Championships. This fall she will compete for SJV in her final year of high school gymnastics with high expectations for herself and her teammates. In order to go to college for gymnastics, it is necessary to compete for a club team. Costello and some of her other teammates compete for their high school teams for the fun as well as the team culture. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full story from Sayreville:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Softball Games of 2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. First time champions, walk-offs, dominating pitching performances, New Jersey sets the bar high when it comes to softball. Here are our most viewed games of the 2019 season. 10. Cedar Grove 7 Buena 1 Cedar Grove remained amongst the top powers in the state throughout 2019. The Panthers raised a Group 1 State Championship thanks to 12 hits as pitcher Mia Faieta allowed just two and one earned run from the mound. 9. Lodi Immaculate 4 St. Joseph (Hammonton) 0 Immaculate Conception is no stranger to State Titles, the Blue Wolves captured their seventh straight Non-Public B Crown with a 4-0 shutout against St. Joseph (Hammonton). A huge 3-run home run from sophomore Christina Braid would open the lead late in this intense showdown. 8. Robbinsville 9 Steinert 5 Hard to top a better ending to a rivalry game than a grand slam to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Robbinsville’s Devon Witt can cross it off her bucket list as she propelled the Ravens to a 9-5 win over Steinert with one swing of the bat. 7. Steinert 10 Hamilton West 0 Reigning Tournament of Champion Winners Steinert began the season with an impressive 10-0 shutout over Colonial Valley Conference rival Hamilton West. It was a preview of things to come as the Spartans remained in the NJ Top 20 for all of 2019. 6. Donovan Catholic 10 Cedar Grove 0 The final softball game of the year saw a dominant power raise its very first Tournament of Champions Title. Donovan Catholic ended an impressive season with a huge win over a state power to make history. 5. Middletown North 5 Chatham 0 They may have been overlooked at times, but make no mistake Middletown North was in the driver’s seat the entire time. The Lions raised their very first Group 3 State Championship with a 5-0 win over Chatham. 4. Hightstown 9 Mount Olive 4 Emotions ran high in this battle of rookie State Title contenders. Highstown won its first ever group 4 state final following an impressive performance from pitcher Allie Bridgman that included 3 RBI’s and 10 strikeouts. 3. Westfield 8 Middletown North 6 It took 11 innings, but Westfield was able to best eventual State Champions Middletown North 8-6. A total of four home runs from both teams headlined this wild finish. 2. Ramsey 2 Bordentown 1 Who doesn’t like a walk-off? Emma Cunningham helped lead Ramsey to the Group 2 State Title with a heroic late inning hit for a 2-1 win over Bordentown. 1. Donovan Catholic 11 Mount Saint Donovan 1 Donovan Catholic continued a historic season as they captured their first Non-Public A State Title before winning the Tournament of Champions. DC edged Mount Saint Mary’s 11-1 to advance to the TOC Final.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Baseball Games of 2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. A game so beautiful it’s played on a diamond. When it comes to baseball New Jersey has produced top tier talent at both the Division I and Pro level. 2019 kept that theme going. Big names, big plays and big at-bats filled your social media for weeks, here are our most viewed games from this past baseball season. 10. Bergen Catholic 10 DePaul 0 In this regular season matchup between Big North Conference rivals Bergen Catholic and DePaul Catholic, University of Michigan commit Jacob Denner pitched a 9 K shutout against the Spartans. 9. Delbarton Kinnelon 3 Morris County Tournament favorites Delbarton continued their hot streak with a close one run victory over Kinnelon. 8. Pope John 5 Delbarton 4 Not many can say they stared down the barrel of a gun and lived to tell the tale, but Nate Pallotta can relate. In the bottom of the seventh Pallotta knocked in a game-winning RBI to defeat No. 1 Delbarton 5-4 in walk-off fashion. 7. Delbarton 9 Red Bank Catholic 7 Jack Leiter and the Green Wave swept through the mid-season Autism Awareness Challenge. In Delbarton’s battle with Red Bank Catholic, Leiter had 10 strikeouts while Shawn Rapp added a 3-run home run. 6. Delbarton 2 Don Bosco 0 Delbarton no strangers to high pressure games. In the Non-Public A North Final, the Green Wave captured their third straight title with a 2-0 shutout against Don Bosco. 5. Bergen Catholic 6 Delbarton 2 Bergen Catholic’s Ryan Cancellieri pitched the game of his life against top ranked Delbarton in the regular season. Thanks to his 11 strikeouts and two earned runs the Crusaders were able to top the then No. 7 team in country 6-2! 4. Delbarton 2 West Morris 1 The Morris County Tournament Final came to a thrilling conclusion as Delbarton ace Jack Leiter propelled the Green with 14 strikeouts to another MCT Title. 3. Delbarton 7 Seton Hall Prep 5 Aside from having Major League caliber talent on the squad, Delbarton’s strength is in its depth chart. In the Non-Public A Semifinal Justin Kim knocked in the game-winning RBI against Seton Hall Prep for a 7-5 win. 2. Delbarton 4 St. Augustine Prep 3 These two are no strangers to each other, the last three Non-Public A State Finals have featured both St. Augustine Prep and Delbarton. Well Vanderbilt University commit Jack Leiter and New York Yankees signee Anthony Volpe ended their final high school games with one more piece of hardware. 1. Delbarton 7 Montville 1 Before the conclusion of the Morris County Tournament, Jack Leiter pushed Delbarton to the MCT Final for their eventual third straight title with 11 strikeouts against Montville.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Girls Lacrosse Games of 2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-2020 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras from the 2018-2019 season. We continue this series with girls lacrosse. #10 Moorestown 9 Rumson-Fair Haven 8 (OT) Monmouth University commit, Ashley Nutt, scores game-winning goal. #9 Red Bank Catholic 15 Monroe 2 Red Bank Catholic defeats Monroe in girls lacrosse season opener. #8 Oak Knoll 10 Moorestown 8 – TOC Final Katie Duttenhofer scores four goals against the Moorestown Quakers. #7 Ridgewood 14 Oak Knoll 8 University of Notre Dame commit, Jackie Wolak, finishes with three goals and one assist. #6 Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Red Bank Catholic 6 – SCT Final Rumson-Fair Haven wins their seventh straight Shore Conference Tournament. #5 Camden Catholic 9 Middle Township 8 Camden Catholic wins the Girls South Jersey Group 2 Lacrosse Semifinal. #4 Moorestown 11 Ridgewood 10 – TOC Semifinal Moorestown defeats Ridgewood, advancing to the Tournament of Champions Final. #3 Ridgewood 12 Moorestown 8 No. 2 Ridgewood defeats No. 1 Moorestown in an upset victory. Jackie Wolak finished with three goals and two assists. #2 Summit 11 Oak Knoll 10 – Union County Final Lehigh commit, Katia Carnevale, scores game-winning goal. #1 Rumson-Fair Haven 11 Red Bank Catholic 10 Chase Boyle scores the game-winning goal for Rumson-Fair Haven.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Lacrosse Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with Boys Lacrosse. Golden goals, national powerhouses and top NCAA Division I; When it comes to LAX, the Garden State knows how to put on a show. #10 Manasquan 13 Rumson-Fair Haven 2 Penn State commit Canyon Bitch of Manasquan continued an unforgettable Senior season as he stamped his name in the record books as New Jersey’s all-time points leader. #9 Mountain Lakes 6 Ridgewood 4 On short notice back up goalie Alex Kuehm stepped up big time for Mountain Lakes in a close regular season matchup with Ridgewood. He finished with a career high 13 saves for the Lakers. #8 Delbarton 8 Malvern Prep (PA) 7 Pennsylvania powerhouse Malvern Prep had no problem crossing state lines to take on Delbarton for a hard hitting defensive battle. When it mattered most Lukas Ungar and Jack Cerza helped the Green Waves ride to victory with two scores each. #7 Delbarton 12 Montgomery 8 Montgomery’s memorable Tournament of Champion run was put to the test when they faced reigning title holders Delbarton in the TOC Semifinal. Rather than see a Cinderella story unfold C.J. Kirst decided to write his own ending and found net four times to help Delbarton reach its fourth straight State Championship. #6 Delbarton 14 Mountain Lakes 12 The 2019 Morris County Tournament Final was arguably one of the most important games of the year. Delbarton collected its 18th MCT Crown against crosstown rival Mountain Lakes, but the result helped set up what would be the final word of the Boys Lacrosse season. #5 Mountain Lakes 12 Delbarton 5 | Tournament of Champions Final They say revenge is sweet, but it doesn’t get much better than winning a state championship against your rival who denied you a County Title. Following a close two goal loss to Delbarton a few weeks earlier, Mountain Lakes defeated the Green Wave with a suffocating start in the 2019 Tournament of Champions Final. #4 Don Bosco Prep 11 Bergen Catholic 10 Throughout the year there a select few regular season games that really standout, but when rivals Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic get together eyes are always glued to the action. The Ironmen defeated their fellow Big North Conference foe 11-10 in a thrilling last minute finish. #3 Delbarton 12 Don Bosco Prep 7 | Non-Public A Final Safe to say the gold standard in New Jersey might actually be green. Delbarton captured its fourth straight State Title with a 12-7 victory against Don Bosco Prep. #2 Seton Hall Prep 13 Delbarton 9 When you beat the best people will always flock to see what happened. In one of the most anticipated lacrosse battles, Seton Hall Prep led by Connell Kumar defeated Delbarton 13-9. Kumar finished the afternoon with seven goals total. #1 IMG Academy (FL) 15 Hun 11 When you have the national spotlight on you nothing comes easy, but IMG Academy sure makes it look that way. In this beefed up exhibition match the list of Division I talent made you feel like you were watching an all-star game. Even then Syracuse University commit Sean Donnelly shined brightest as he landed six goals against arguably the best prep school program in the state.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Wrestling Matches of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. Plain and simple, New Jersey high school wrestling never disappoints. The state produces legit Division I talent year in and year out, and the 2018-2019 season was no different. Our list is a mix of the most viewed dual meets and state championship bouts from the season. #10: St. John Vianney’s Dean Peterson wins the 113-Pound State Championship It was a year to remember for Dean Peterson. The super sophomore rolled through his opponents all season long to a 39-0 record and his first state title. #9: Hunterdon Central’s Brett Ungar win the 106-Pound State Championship Brett Ungar and Tyler Klinksy each hadn’t lost a match all season long, but that would change when Ungar earned a major decision on his way to a state title. #8: Wall’s Rob Kanniard wins the 160-Pound State Championship Rob Kanniard might have had the most dominating season ever in New Jersey high school wrestling. He completed an undefeated 46-0 season, did not allow a single offensive point to be scored on him and won his first state. Kanniard now heads to Rutgers University to wrestle. #7: Howell 30 South Plainfeld 28 Howell and South Plainfield boast two of the most storied public school programs ever in New Jersey. The two powers clashed for bragging rights as the top public team in the Garden State. #6: Bergen Catholic’s Jacob Cardenas wins the 195-Pound State Championship Jacob Cardenas became the seventh wrestler in Bergen Catholic history to win multiple state championships after defeating Paramus’ Kyle Jacob, 6-3, in the state final. #5: Pope John’s JoJo Aragona wins the 138-Pound State Championship JoJo Aragona was ranked as the consensus No. 1 138-pound wrestler all season long and proved it once more by winning his first state championship. #4: Bergen Catholic 48 Delbarton 17 | Non-Public A North Sectional Final Bergen Catholic won 10 bouts and cruised through Delbarton to win its eighth-straight sectional crown. #3: Camden Catholic’s Lucas Revano wins the 145-Pound State Championship Anyone that’s seen Lucas Revano wrestle knows he has a thing for theatrics. Revano won his second consecutive state championship with an overtime pin. #2: St. Joseph (Mont.)’s Sammy Alvarez wins the 126-Pound State Championship It was the most heart-pounding, tense bout of the night in Atlantic City and it did not disappoint. In the first overtime period, Alvarez blocked, shrugged and spun for two against Robert Howard to win his first ever state championship. Alvarez, now committed to Rutgers University, also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. #1: Blair Academy 45 Bergen Catholic 20 Bergen Catholic’s defeat of Blair Academy in 2018 was one of the most wild wins in all of America. The Bucs, however, used that loss as motivation to get revenge on Bergen Catholic at Lehigh University and secure their spot as the No. 1 high school team in America.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Hockey Games of 2018-19
It was a great year on the ice in New Jersey. From Don Bosco’s breakthrough at the Rock to great rivalries, our year in review series continues with the ten most viewed games from New Jersey high school hockey! #10: Middletown North 3 Middletown South 3 – Mayor’s Cup For the second straight year, the Mayor’s Cup ends in a tie. The Middletown North/Middletown South ice rivalry makes another appearance in our top ten! #9: Middletown North 2 Marlboro 1 – Dowd Cup Semifinal Anything can happen in the post-season as Middletown North handed Marlboro its first loss of the season with a shocker in the Shore Conference’s Dowd Cup Semifinals: #8: Don Bosco Prep 4 Gloucester Catholic 1 – Non-Public State Semifinal Before the Ironmen won their state championship at the Rock, they needed to get past a hot goalie and a dangerous sniper from Gloucester Catholic #7: Summit 6 Chatham 2 – Public “C” State Championship Summit made it back to back state titles at the Rock with another fantastic performance on the big stage #6: Ridge 4 Randolph 1 – Public “B” State Championship Alex Konovalov showed why he was one of New Jersey’s most dangerous scorers with a three-point game at the home of the NHL Devils to give the Red Devils a state title #5: Don Bosco Prep 5 Delbarton 3 – Gordon Cup Final TJ Schweighardt’s hat trick gave the Ironmen their first big title of the season with one more on the way #4: Middletown North 5 Middletown South 3 An opening night tradition unlike any other. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better atmosphere than the battle of Middletown to start the hockey season. Middletown Ice World is always over capacity and last November it was Chris Repmann stealing the show with a four-goal night #3: Don Bosco Prep 6 Bergen Catholic 3 The Ironmen/Crusaders rivalry extends beyond the football gridiron. Liam McLinskey got his first career hat trick in this December Gordon Cup showdown: #2: Don Bosco 3 Delbarton 1 – Non-Public State Championship The Don Bosco Prep hockey program has produced some incredible players and winning teams but was always missing that elusive state title. That all changed in 2019 when the Ironmen secured its first state championship: #1: Morris Knolls 6 Hillsborough 1 – Public “A” State Championship Sean Murray was electric at the Rock scoring four times to give golden-haired Morris Knolls a state title Devils Shoutout! The New Jersey Devils and Jersey Sports Zone teamed up for the second straight year to honor great high school hockey performances all season long. We had the top five goals of each month honored at the Rock during a Devils home game featuring a meet and greet with a player and our top 5 plays on the scoreboard during the second intermission.
Wildwood Catholic Guard Commits to Temple Owls
Wildwood Catholic guard Jahlil White suffered a knee injury during the critical summer recruiting season, but it didn’t stop the Temple Owls from winning the services of the talented rising senior. White averaged 18.6 points and over six boards a game. He made his decision official via social media: 110% COMMITTED 🍒⚪️ pic.twitter.com/P47IDcL78Y— jahlil (@jahlilwhite13) July 19, 2019 White teamed with fellow D1 prospect Taj Thweatt to lead Wildwood Catholic to a 27-2 record in 2018-19. With both players returning, the Crusaders will be one of New Jersey’s top teams this season and will contend for the Tournament of Champions title. Here’s JSZ’s highlight reel of the newest Temple Owl:
Offers rolling in for Camden’s Ware
Camden’s Lance Ware has had a huge summer on the AAU circuit and some of the nation’s top programs have made offers to the rising senior. Jersey Sports Zone drops some of our best Ware highlights! 15 Division I schools have offered 6-foot-9 forward Lance Ware of Camden and that number should grow. Michigan and Oregon are the most recent basketball powers to extend an offer to the rising senior. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s highlight reel of Lance Ware now!
South Jersey Pitchers Petty and Nunan Get Set for Area Code Underclass Games
Rising juniors Chase Petty and Matt Nunan play for rival schools, but the two pitchers will become teammates in August at the Area Code Underclass Games in California. The two train together at the Baseball Performance Center, which is also sending a pair of rising seniors to the Area Code Games. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Pleasantville:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Girls Basketball Games of 2018-2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-2020 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras from the 2018-2019 season. We continue this series with girls basketball. #10 St. John Vianney 67 Saddle River Day 59 Quinnipiac commit, Sajada Bonner, scores season-high with 26 points. #9 Manasquan 50 Rumson-Fair Haven 35 University of Maryland commit, Faith Masonius, scores 25 points. #8 Franklin 68 Bishop Ahr 45 University of Maryland commit, Diamond Miller, scores 27 points. #7 Franklin 78 Trenton Catholic 66 Diamond Miller scores 29 points against TCA. #6 Franklin 65 Gloucester Catholic 54 Diamond Miller scores 26 points, and Keona Schenck scores 21 points. #5 Manchester 58 St. John Vianney 42 – Girls SCT Final Destiny Adams finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. #4 St. Rose 52 Manasquan 36 Brynn Farrell scores her 1,000th career point! #3 Saddle River Day 61 Manchester 52 University of Michigan commit, Michelle Sidor, scores 23 points. #2 Christ the King 40 St. John Vianney 28 New York’s Christ the King defeats St. John Vianney. Natalija Marshall, the 5-star recruit, scores 14 points. #1 Franklin 65 Saddle River Day 57 – 2019 TOC Finals Franklin defeats Saddle River Day, finishing the season with a perfect 34-0 season.
Middlesex All-Stars takes Autoland Classic!
Middlesex 23 Union 7 – Autoland Classic Fans gathered at Kean University for the annual gridiron clash between Middlesex and Union County. Featuring a new name, the Autoland Classic needed an additional 45 minutes to begin due to weather, but once the skies cleared a close back and forth battle would ensue. Aaron Ahr of North Brunswick hit two early field goals to give Middlesex a 6-0 lead nearing the end of the second quarter. Just before halftime Union would score on a Ja’Kir Robinson touchdown to take a one point lead at halftime. Ahr would kick another field goal in the second act which would be accompanied by a Jordan Davis touchdown to put Middlesex ahead 16-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Aaron Ahr received MVP honors for his nine points that accumulated to 92 yards total. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has all the action:
Robert Howard Hungry for Team USA Gold Medal
New Jersey wrestling aficionados know Robert Howard as a three-time state finalist, winning an NJSIAA championship in 2018. But casual wrestling fans might not know Howard holds a U.S. wrestling record — he’s the only American wrestler to ever make three Cadet freestyle world teams. Howard placed ninth in 2017 and fell short at 13th last summer, but those finishes are long by the wayside. Robert Howard, is totally geared up to win a 55 kg (121 pound) gold medal for Team USA in Sofia, Bulgaria from July 29 to August 4. JSZ sat down with Howard and his club coach, Rich Bitetto, as he prepares for the biggest tournament of his life: Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we bring you behind-the-scenes feature stories and highlight reels of the top athletes in the Garden State.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Basketball Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. We’ll continue the series here with boys basketball. The 2018-2019 season in New Jersey boys basketball was truly one for the record books. We were graced with three McDonald’s All-Americans (Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney) along with plenty of other top-tier talent — it all resulted in a thrilling season. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games captured by JSZ cameras. #10 Roselle Catholic 48 Gill St. Bernard’s 44 | Non-Public B North Final Led by Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney, Roselle Catholic battled and won their second straight sectional championship against Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy and his Gill St. Bernard’s Knights. #9: Ranney 63 Don Bosco Prep 51 Villanova commit Bryan Antoine had an early season feast against the Ironmen back in mid-December. Antoine dropped 33 points — the third-highest point total in his final season. #8: Ranney 84 West Nottingham 72 Ranney secured a 12-point win against out-of-state opponent West Nottingham in the first game of the highly-anticipated senior seasons for the dynamic duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. #7: Ranney 56 Bergen Catholic 55 Ranney’s toughest test of the year to this point came on January 12 when the Panthers staved off a late-game push to defeat Bergen Catholic at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase at Brookdale Community College. #6: Gill St. Bernard’s 62 Ranney 60 Much of the hype this past season was on Ranney and Roselle Catholic, but it was Gill St. Bernard’s who shocked the NJ basketball scene by delivering Ranney it’s first in-state loss of the season. Forward Connor Murphy led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Kean University. #5: Ranney 54 Wildwood Catholic 50 | Non-Public B South Final Talk about going down to the wire — Wildwood Catholic gave everything they had in an overtime thriller, but it was Ranney’s postseason experience that proved to be the difference. Scottie Lewis led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. #4: Roselle Catholic 62 Patrick School 61 Union County’s most intense rivalry did not disappoint as the Lions and Celtics went to the final second in an even battle. Kahlil Whitney recorded a 25 point, 10 rebound double-double — it was his sixth double-double on the season. #3: Ranney 56 Roselle Catholic 50 | Non-Public B State Final Ranney fell to Roselle Catholic in the final seconds of the 2018 Non-Public B state final, but did get exact revenge against the Lions in the state playoffs. Kahlil Whitney scored 26 points in his final high school game and Bryan Antoine led the Panthers with 21 as Ranney secured its first ever state championship in program history. #2: Ranney 67 Bergen Catholic 63 | Tournament of Champions Final After four years and over a hundred wins, Ranney’s legacy on the hardwood reached the ultimate peak when the Panthers defeated Bergen Catholic to win the 2019 Tournament of Champions final. It was the final high school game for the decorated and historic duo of Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. #1: Ranney 61 Roselle Catholic 49 The most hyped game of 2019 came in a regular season bout between Ranney and Roselle Catholic. It was the first time the two schools met after Roselle Catholic’s late-game heroics to win the Non-Public B state title over Ranney in March of 2018. McDonald’s All-Americans Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney were all honored in a pre-game ceremony and even Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance.
JSZ Year in Review: Top Girls Soccer Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-2020 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras from the 2018-2019 season. We continue this series with girls soccer. #10 St. Rose 1 Trinity Hall 0 – Non-Public B Final Rutgers commit, Julianne Leskauskas, scores the lone goal for St. Rose, giving them the 2018 Sectional win. #9 Old Bridge 1 Monroe 0 CJG4 Semifinals Emmi DeNovellis scores the lone goal in overtime, and the Knights walked away with the Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinal win. #8 Hunterdon Central 4 Ridge 0 Hunterdon Central’s Corinna Zullo finishes with two goals and one assist. Emily Mason scores one goal and one assist. #7 Toms River North 1 Red Bank Catholic 0 – Shore Conference Tournament Alexa Peto scores the game-winning goal against Red Bank Catholic in the 28th minute. #6 Governor Livingston 1 Delsea 0 – Group 2 Semifinal Allie Post scores the lone goal for Governor Livingston, giving them the Group 2 Semifinal victory. #5 Middletown North 3 St. John Vianney 2 Katelyn Reid scores the game-winning goal with 16 seconds left in the game. #4 Eastern 1 Bridgewater-Raritan 0 – Group 4 Championships Kelli McGroarty scores the lone goal with a header in the 76th minute. #3 Northern Highlands 1 Middletown North 0 (OT) – Group 3 Semifinal Reagan Klarkmann scores the Golden Goal in overtime. #2 Middletown North 3 Middletown South 1 The Middletown South Eagles lead 1-0 going into the second half. But, the Middletown North Lions score three goals in the second half, walking away with the win. #1 Ramapo 3 Northern Highlands 2 (2OT) The Ramapo Raiders upset the #1 Nationally Ranked Northern Highlands Highlanders in double overtime!
Cedar Creek’s Malachi Melton Picks Purdue
Malachi Melton announced his commitment to play football at Purdue University during a ceremony at Cedar Creek High School. Melton projects as a defensive back and return specialist for the Boilermakers. He chose Purdue over other finalists Rutgers and Temple. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Egg Harbor City:
Simms Family Influencing Next Gen of NJ Football Players
The Simms family has become synonymous with professional football. New York Giants legend Phil Simms won a pair of Super Bowls with Big Blue — his son Matt was an NFL quarterback from 2012 to 2017, most notably spending three seasons with the New York Jets. Now, the father-son duo has begun shifting their focus onto the next generation of New Jersey players through their involvement at the high school level between Phil’s All-Star game and Matt’s business, Simms Complete QB. JSZ’s Jay Cook takes you behind the scenes of the Simms family and how these two quarterbacks are influencing Garden State football:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Soccer Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Here are the Top 10 most viewed boys soccer games games on JSZ from the 2018 season: #10 St. Benedict’s 8 Lawrenceville 0 Ronald Mafunzwaini led St. Benedict’s with a hat trick as the Gray Bees rolled past the Big Red: #9 St. Benedict’s 5 St. Peter’s 0 Julian Gomez pumped in three goals to lead the way, as the Gray Bees took care of the Marauders: #8 Ocean 2 Colts Neck 1 – Group 3 Central Final James Schutz and Santieno Harding scored as the Spartans captured the Group 3 sectional title: #7 Long Branch 4 Middletown South 3 (2OT) The Green Wave stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime, before Reynaldo Guzman scored the golden goal for Long Branch in the second overtime period: #6 Ocean 1 Christian Brothers Academy 0 (2OT) – Shore Conference Tournament Final After over 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, Leo Montesinos found the net in double overtime to clinch the Shore Conference Tournament championship for the Spartans: #5 Ocean 2 Holmdel 2 (Ocean advances 4-2 in PKs) – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal The Spartans and the Hornets battled it out for 100 minutes before Ocean advanced in penalty kicks: #4 Delbarton 2 Seton Hall 2 (Delbarton advances 4-3 in PKs) – Non-Public A North Final The Green Wave captured the Non-Public A sectional title, outlasting the Pirates in penalty kicks. Delbarton keeper Kyle Swift came up clutch in net: #3 St. Benedict’s 5 Pennington 2 Celio Pompeu scored a pair of goals to lead the Gray Bees past Pennington in the pouring rain: #2 Christian Brothers Academy 2 Delbarton 1 (2OT) – Non-Public A State Final Luke Pascarella scored in double overtime as the Colts won the Non-Public A State championship in a thriller over the Green Wave: #1 St. Benedict’s 7 Pennington 0 – Prep A Final The Gray Bees dominated the Red Raiders to win the Prep A title. St. Benedict’s put the finishing touches on an undefeated season and a #1 national ranking in our most viewed game of 2018:
Phillies Recognize BurlCo for Winning Carpenter Cup Title
Before the Phillies squared off against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, the Phils honored Burlington County for winning last month’s Carpenter Cup Classic. Recent Rancocas Valley graduate Bryce Mangene took home some extra hardware, as Mangene was named Carpenter Cup Most Valuable Player. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Citizen’s Bank Park:
JSZ Year in Review: Top Football Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. We get things started with high school football. The 2019 season will be here before you know it. In August, we’ll begin our team previews throughout the state with a steady diet of features seven days a week. Then we’ll bring cameras around the Garden State every Friday night and Saturday afternoon bringing you extensive highlights and interviews. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games on JSZ from the 2018 season: #10: RBC 14 Mater Dei Prep 10 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship The Shore Conference often takes a backseat to the North Jersey superpowers, but an All-Shore state championship was a special moment for the Jersey Shore. Two outstanding defenses took center stage at MetLife Stadium with the Caseys emerging. #9: Saint Joe’s-Montvale 24 Saint Peter’s Prep 14 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinals Audric Estime’s 143 yards and 2 TD’s helped the Green Knights punch their ticket to MetLife Stadium #8: Bergen Catholic 24 Saint Joe-Montvale 20 Anthony Corbin sparked a come from behind win with an early fourth-quarter interception and a touchdown run to knock off the #1 team in the state #7 Saint Peter’s Prep 26 Don Bosco Prep 23 (OT) Massai Maynor was the x-factor in a tremendous matchup. His game-winning TD run gave the Marauders a walk-off win #6: Don Bosco Prep 22 Byrnes (SC) 17 The Ironmen opened the 2018 season with a tilt against a South Carolina power. Don Bosco Prep’s late comeback was a great way to kick off 2018 #5: St. Joe’s-Montvale 13 Bergen Catholic 0 – Non-Public Group 4 Final The Green Knights become New Jersey’s #1 team of 2018 after a masterful defensive performance at MetLife Stadium. No need for an umbrella to watch this rain filled state championship: #4: Saint Peter’s Prep 34 Bergen Catholic 7 This was the revenge game of 2018. After Bergen Catholic won the state championship with a dominating win over the Marauders in 2017, Saint Peter’s Prep returned the favor early in the 2018 campaign: #3: Mater Dei Prep 28 DePaul Catholic 23 – Non-Public Group 3 Semifinal Before he was a Notre Dame commit, Clarence Lewis caught the game-winner from Rob McCoy late in the fourth quarter. This was a game that sent shock waves throughout New Jersey and served notice that Mater Dei Prep is a new power outside of the Shore Conference: #2: Bergen Catholic 14 Don Bosco Prep 13 The Crusaders and the Ironmen have to be considered one of the best football rivalries in the country. These two teams never disappoint when they face each other: #1: Bergen Catholic 35 Don Bosco Prep 17 – Non-Public Group 4 Semifinal Two bitter rivals with a spot in the state championship on the line was the recipe for our most viewed game of 2018: High School Football Previews are Coming! Coming up in August, JSZ gets ready for the 2019 football season with previews from every part of the state. We’re excited to head to training camp and get you ready for the big names and stories of the upcoming season. Here were the ten most viewed high school football previews of 2018 on Jersey Sports Zone: Bergen CatholicSaint John Vianney Mater Dei PrepRed Bank CatholicCamden Saint Peter’s Prep Don Bosco Prep Long Branch Rumson-Fair Haven Piscataway
Monmouth takes 42nd All-Shore Gridiron Classic
Monmouth 21 Ocean 6 The longest running football All-Star game in the garden state was worth the wait. After a day of postponement due to weather the 42nd Annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic kicked off with an opening ceremony featuring former New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers superstar, Plaxico Burress. From there Monmouth would control the tempo for the rest of the evening. Long Branch duo Marc Dennis and Matt Clark would start with a nine yard passing touchdown for an opening drive score. Dennis would then find Ocean Township’s Alex Bryant on another short pass to help Monmouth eventually go ahead 21-0 at the half. Quarterback Marc Dennis and Manalapan Linebacker Da’Shaun Taylor would take home MVP honors. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Jabri Abdur-Rahim commits to National Champ Virginia
One of the top recruits in the summer hoops season has made his college choice. Jabri Abdur-Rahim has made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Virginia. Abdur-Rahim chose the defending national champions over the University of Michigan. The 6-6″ forward is a four-star recruit rated as New Jersey’s top recruit and #44 in the nation according to 247 Sports. He averaged 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds a game in his junior campaign. The Blair Academy rising senior made the announcement via his social media accounts: 100% committed #gohoos ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/REkuYPdudk— Jabri (@jabri404) July 10, 2019 Blair Academy won the Prep “A” state championship in 2018-19 with a win over Saint Benedict’s Prep in the final. Here’s JSZ’s junior highlight reel of the newest Wahoo:
Long Branch’s “Pooter” ready for an encore of 2k season
The Long Branch Green Wave football team has enjoyed back to back sectional titles and running back Jermaine Corbett has been the catalyst for coach Dan George’s explosive run attack. Corbett toppled 2000 yards and 26 touchdowns in his junior campaign and heads into his senior season with over 3400 career rushing yards. Quiet and humble, Corbett prefers to do his talking under the Friday night lights, but JSZ was able to talk with him about what’s to come as Long Branch chases a three-peat Corbett has given JSZ plenty of highlights over the past two years. Check out Pooter’s best in his junior year mixtape Thanks to Rosario Realty for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Long Branch!
JSZ Presents Scottie Lewis Dunkology
For four years, JSZ cameras chronicled the incredible high school career of Ranney’s Scottie Lewis. The McDonald’s All-American is set to begin his college career with the Florida Gators. We salute his endless highlights on Jersey Sports Zone with Scottie Lewis Dunkology. We went through the archives and found every dunk we shot of Scottie in a Ranney uniform and here they are in chronological order! Lewis was one of our finalists for JSZ Mister Hoop Zone as he teamed with JSZ Player of the Year Bryan Antoine to give Ranney its first Tournament of Champions title
Estime Express Gearing Up for Junior Season
After carrying the rock 156 times for 860 yards and reaching the end-zone 12 times in an eye-opening sophomore season, the Estime Express is gearing up for another championship ride from Montvale to East Rutherford. Rising sophomore running back Audric Estime exploded onto the North Jersey football scene last season and made his name known, week in and week out. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Audric Estime: Estime’s first varsity season coincided with St. Joe’s winning the Non-Public Group 4 state final in a 13-0 battle — Estime scored the game’s only touchdown. Since the win, his college recruitment exploded. Estime holds offers from Boston College, Nebraska, Maryland, West Virginia, Pitt and Duke, among others. Expect more offers to pour in as the year goes on. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reelsof New Jersey’s top athletes.
Moten to Announce College Decision on July 27th
The decision is made, and the announcement is coming soon. Delran’s RJ Moten is one of the state’s most coveted recruits. The rising senior recently revealed a top ten list which includes Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with Moten to learn more about the recruiting process, the possibility of playing two sports in college, and the expectations for his senior season with the Bears:
East snaps Sunshine Classic losing streak!
East 14 West 7 The Annual Sunshine Football Classic is one of the most talked about events of the year in Mercer County and this year’s finale will surely have fans buzzing for some time. Notre Dame High School played host to the All-Star Game featuring athletes from Mercer, Burlington and Hunterdon County. East would score early in the first following a 61 yard reception from Liam Monohan of Hightstown to West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s Jahmiq Johnson, it would lead to a short rushing touchdown from Florence’s Jujuan Hays. West would counter to tie the game midway through the second before a lightning delay stopped action for over thirty minutes. Once play resumed Hays would then score once again to help East take the lead. Unfortunately with lightning still being an issue the game was called in the third quarter, ending West’s four year win streak. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for all the action:
NJ Lax Players Shine on National Stage
We saw them perform at the highest level week in and week out over the the past few months, so it wasn’t a surprise to us here at Jersey Sports Zone when eight New Jersey lacrosse players took the field Saturday night and showcased their elite talent. JSZ spent Saturday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland covering the 2019 Under Armour All-America senior lacrosse games. Stay tuned in as JSZ brings you in-depth features and stellar highlights from our Garden State talent and beyond. Long, Birch and Blake Put on Fireworks Display New Jersey’s top three boys players took to the turf at Homewood Field and dominated. Delbarton’s Mikey Long, Manasquan’s Canyon Birch and Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake led a suffocating Jersey-centric attack that helped the North squad capture a 24-22 win. The win also marked a culmination of three stellar careers. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Moorestown Trio Play Together One Last Time as All-Americans There are only 44 slots on the Under Armour All-American roster which makes it hard for a state to get more than one player. Remarkably, Moorestown High School had three players selected on the South squad. Goalie Logan Lillie (Northwestern), midfielder Kayla Frank (Virginia Tech) and defenseman Delaney Lawler (Ohio State field hockey) made their hometown proud by playing together one last time at the pinnacle of the sports. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Baltimore: JSZ thanks NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Moorestown High School. We were able to make the road trip to Baltimore to cover this special moment for Quakers Lacrosse thankst to the support of NJM Ridgewood Duo Reps North Jersey in Front of America After a grueling season that finished with a Group 4 state championship, things didn’t get easier for Ridgewood’s Jackie Wolak and Kara Rahaim. In fact, they suited up together one last time to represent the lacrosse-hungry North Jersey community on the big stage: 2019 Under Armour Boys Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape JSZ brings you onto field level at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University with the best sights, sounds and elite plays from the 2019 all-star game: 2019 Under Armour Girls Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape The top 44 girls in the country put on a show in Baltimore. Check out JSZ’s inside look at the future of NCAA women’s lacrosse!
Saint Peter’s Prep linebacker commits to Ohio State
Cody Simon is ready to be a Buckeye, but first he has one more season in New Jersey leading the Marauders defense. The four star linebacker gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State over the weekend. JSZ has a highlight reel from one of the Garden State’s most explosive defensive players. Saint Peter’s Prep linebacker Cody Simon was one of New Jersey’s high impact juniors and the numbers back it up. Simon had 89 tackles, 4.5 sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries in 2019. He had the knack to make the big play with an 85 yard TD catch against St. Joe-Montvale and an 89 yard pick six TD against Bergen Catholic. With older brother Shayne in South Bend and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Cody made his pledge to the Big Ten and Columbus, Ohio: After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to attend THE Ohio State University‼️I am grateful to now be able to focus on my team and our success for the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/e2CTj4U0VW— Cody Simon (@Cody_Simon30) June 29, 2019 Jersey Sports Zone has the film to back up the hype on this four-star prospect. Check out Cody Simon’s 2019 JSZ Highlight Reel:
College coaches flock to Princeton for Prep showcase
The Hun School is hosting Prep schools from ten other states in an NCAA certified scholastic event. Saint Benedict’s Prep joined the Raiders playing with teams from ten other states. With two courts running simultaneously throughout the weekend, over 50 college coaches are expected to visit Princeton this weekend. On the opening night of action, there were over two dozen coaches on hand to see Saint Benedict’s Prep dominate Malvern Prep. Shortly after the game, two Gray Bees picked up Division I offers. Aaron Estrada earned an offer from Drexel while Toby Okani was offered by Mount Saint Mary’s. The host school has six rising seniors who are all hungry to pick up their first college offer. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story on the Mid-Atlantic Independent School Shootout: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Hun School is made possible by our friends at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
SJR’s Vanover Commits to Penn State
The New Jersey to Penn State football pipeline is alive and well, and sure seems to be thriving when it comes to talented Garden State players all across the gridiron. James Franklin and his staff secured another premiere talent Thursday night when St. Joseph (Mont.) defensive end Amin Vanover announced on social media his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions’ program. Committed🦁 WEARE!! pic.twitter.com/PogelmJQPb— Amin vanover (@vanover_amin) June 29, 2019 Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Amin Vanover: Vanover is a 6-foot-4, 260 pound lineman who primarily played his junior season on the edge opposite Smith Vilbert, a Class of 2019 commit to Penn State. His recruitment skyrocketed after the Green Knights won the Non-Public Group 4 state final — Vanover fielded offers from Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Texas A&M, among others. He comes into his senior season after 30 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, eight quarterback hurries and seven sacks. Vanover is the most recent New Jersey product that Penn State head coach James Franklin has zeroed in on. Outside of Vilbert, Penn State has recently recruited Blair Academy defensive lineman Jayson Oweh, DePaul quarterback Taquan Roberson and Hun offensive lineman Caedan Wallace. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reels.
Don Bosco’s Monangai Racking up the Offers
Don Bosco Prep is only a few months away from unleashing one of the best backfields in New Jersey. Not only will the Ironmen have four-star recruit Jalen Berger leading the way, but they’ll also have one of the state’s toughest runners back to cause havoc, too. Senior Kyle Monangai has quickly racked up 25 Division-I offers over the last year and it’s quite evident why schools are going gaga over his skills. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Kyle Monangai: When defenses focused in on Berger last season, Monangai was right there to thrash opposing coaches’ gameplans. Simple put, his stat line was insane. Monangai tallied 157 touches for 1,359 scrimmage yards along with a staggering 19 touchdowns. That workload has translated to 25 college offers, including his lone Power 5 offer from California, along with UMass, Central Michigan, Harvard, Princeton and Penn. Grateful to receive an offer from Yale University 🙏🏾 @yalefootball pic.twitter.com/cpRedP45xG— Kyle Monangai (@kylemonangai) May 22, 2019 Expect Monangai to gather more Division-I offers in the coming months as he prepares for his senior season alongside Berger at Don Bosco Prep. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reels of New Jersey’s top athletes.
Camden Wins Inaugural Taliaferro Foundation Ginsburg 7-on-7 Title
It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one at Rowan University. After 27 years, the Taliaferro Senior All-Star Game is gone. In its place comes the Adam Taliaferro Foundation Coach Larry Ginsburg 7-on-7 Classic. The format is changed, but the mission remains the same: to benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which helps people who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries. Camden defeated Cherry Hill West to take home the title. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Glassboro: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Is Jalen Berger NJ’s Top Football Recruit?
We’re only a matter of weeks away from the start of the 2019 high school football season in New Jersey, and it’s got us at Jersey Sports Zone thinking… Who is the top Class of 2020 recruit the Garden State has to offer? There’s plenty of talented players to choose from, but one certainly stands out from the rest. He’s a four-star recruit, committed to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and calls Don Bosco Prep home. In case you didn’t guess, we’ll help you out — it’s star tailback Jalen Berger. The 6-1, 187-pound prospect heads into his senior season after hand-picking his Top 10 schools after a national recruitment. Watch Jalen Berger’s JSZ highlight reel: Berger revealed his Top 10 schools earlier this month. The list consists of (in alphabetical order) Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia. Top 10!! (No Order)🤝 pic.twitter.com/ql4fVsr54J— Jalen Berger (@JalenBerger) June 18, 2019 Berger will be making his college commitment announcement during the All-American Bowl on January 4, 2020. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all the most recent recruiting news while showing you top-notch video highlight reels.
North Jersey Breaks Losing Streak, Wins Nailbiter in Annual Simms All-Star Game
The message was simple — just change the culture and a two-year losing streak would be snapped. It may have gone down to the wire, but North Jersey prevailed in thrilling fashion to top South Jersey, 24-23, in the annual Phil Simms North South All-Star Classic Monday night at Kean University. Bayonne tailback Azhaun Dingle was named the North’s offensive MVP after scoring two second-half touchdowns and amassing 92 yards on 11 carries. The win came after North Jersey surrendered losses in back-to-back years to South Jersey. JSZ has all the highlights and more from this see-saw game:
Blair’s Jabri Abdur-Rahim Will Soon Announce Top 8!
Four-star basketball forward, Jabri Abdur-Rahim will announce his Top 8 college choices in the near future. The son of former NBA player, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, has over 30 colleges to choose from, some of which have the best college basketball programs in the country. Rahim is waiting to go on some upcoming college visits to help him determine where he would like to end up. His soonest visit will be with University of Virginia on June 28. JSZ’s Madison Bess caught up with Rahim at the Mid-Atlantic Shootout on Sunday to discuss his plans and goals moving forward:
Michigan gains two NJ commitments over the weekend
Jim Harbaugh and his staff have enjoyed success on the recruiting trail in the Garden State and on Sunday, the University of Michigan secured verbal commitments from two New Jersey standouts from both ends of the state. The 2019 University of Michigan has seven New Jersey natives on its 2019 roster and two more are on their way to the Maize and Blue in 2020. Bergen Catholic safety Jordan Morant made his commitment to coach Harbaugh on Sunday. The nation’s top ranked safety and second overall prospect out of New Jersey made the announcement on his social media account: COMMITTED… #GoBlue〽️ pic.twitter.com/ShDXOwTI0L— Jordan Morant ❄️ (@jordanmorantt) June 23, 2019 Jersey Sports Zone has seen Morant make a huge impact on defense and special teams over the last two years at Bergen Catholic: Earlier in the day, another New Jersey standout committed to the Maize and Blue. Williamstown defensive end Aaron Lewis changed his pledge from West Virginia to Michigan: Please respect my decision. I am Happy to say I am now committed to the University of Michigan. #godbless pic.twitter.com/4lwm9jjZQL— aaron.lewis84 (@aaron_lewis71) June 23, 2019
DePaul takes Rutgers Passing Camp!
The Rutgers East Cost Elite capped of its three weekend event with the annual Passing Camp 7 on 7 Tournament. 80 of the top teams and college recruits from across the New York-New Jersey tristate area gathered at the birthplace of college football Saturday to see who would hoist this year’s trophy. North Jersey powerhouse DePaul Catholic won the tournament with a close win over Camden. Spartans tight end Charles Finley who has an offer from Rutgers showed the Scarlett Knights Head Coach Chris Ash what he could bring to the Big Ten Conference next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there for the action:
New Dolphins boss reunites with HS coach in NJ for youth camp
Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was in Middletown to reunite with Mater Dei Prep’s Dino Mangiero for a youth football camp. Flores was not the only NFL name on hand to spend time with over 100 middle schoolers. Watch JSZ’s feature on a great message delivered to youngsters about succeeding in much more than football Mater Dei Prep head football coach Dino Mangiero made a name for himself as an NFL player with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks. Before he built the Seraphs into a New Jersey power, he was the head man at Poly Prep in Brooklyn. One of his former players has followed in his coaching footsteps and made it all the way to the NFL. Brian Flores spent 15 years on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England winning four Super Bowls along the way. He’s ready to make his NFL head coaching debut this fall when he takes the reins of fellow AFC East rival Miami. The Dolphins head man enjoyed speaking with the middle schoolers and credits Mangiero for helping him on his path to an NFL head coach. Flores wasn’t the only NFL flavor on hand. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Keith Kirkwood talked to the campers about the importance of academics. The Neptune native made his NFL debut last year catching two TD passes from Drew Brees. The camp also featured a number of former Mater Dei players who are now in the college ranks including Army’s Isaiah Alston, Boston College’s Izaiah Henderson, and Rutgers wide receiver Eddie Lewis. Watch JSZ’s feature on a great experience for future high school football players in Middletown:
Boiler Up! St. Joe-Montvale’s Alaimo commits to Purdue
Mike Alaimo guided the Green Knights to a state championship in 2018 as a junior. New Jersey’s top-rated quarterback recruit comes off the board as he commits to the Purdue Boilermakers. The St. Joe-Montvale Green Knights stood on top of the New Jersey football mountain after winning the 2018 Non-Public Group 4 state title in a 13-0 shutout of Bergen Catholic. Junior signal caller Mike Alaimo was the catalyst of the SJR offense and has now made his college choice. The four-star recruit ranked #1 among New Jersey QB’s has given a verbal commitment to play in the Big Ten for the Purdue Boilermakers. Alaimo was 104 of 199 for 1451 yards and 14 TD passes with just two interceptions. Alaimo made the announcement on his social media accounts: COMMITTED!🚂 #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/SFKJTEWQaq— Mike Alaimo (@michael_alaimo) June 19, 2019 Here’s Jersey Sports Zone’s highlight reel of Mike Alaimo in action during his junior campaign:
Westfield QB commits to Lehigh
Blue Devils signal caller Hank Shapiro is on his way to the FCS ranks after giving a verbal commitment to play Division I football at Lehigh. Shapiro has been guiding the Westfield offense for the last two years throwing for 2,659 yards and 28 TD passes highlighted by a sectional championship in 2017. Shapiro made his announcement via social media: Beyond excited to announce my commitment to Lehigh University! Thank you to everyone who has supported me! ⛰🦅 #Bird20Prey #AirLehigh pic.twitter.com/bClxb4luRP— Hank Shapiro (@HankShapiro) June 18, 2019 Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of the newest Mountain Hawk commit: Thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Westfield all year long
Burlco Wins Phillies Carpenter Cup Title
Burlington County 4 Lehigh Valley 2 – Carpenter Cup Final Burlington County captured the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a victory at Citizens Bank Park. It’s the franchise’s fourth title all-time and BurlCo’s first since 2012. Jedier Hernandez of Trenton Catholic broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning. Shawnee’s Joey Moore, Pennsauken’s Robby Barrientos and Lenape’s Cade Hunter also drove in runs in the win. Kyle Kato of Bordentown pitched three scoreless innings, with Rancocas Valley’s Bryce Mangene once again closing things out. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from South Philadelphia:
BurlCo Advances to Phillies Carpenter Cup Final
Burlington County 3 Philadelphia Catholic 2 – Carpenter Cup Semifinal Burlington County advanced to the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic championship game with a semifinal win at Citizens Bank Park. Moorestown’s Brian McMonagle and Shawnee’s Jackson Balzan each threw three shutout innings. Jake Prince of Cherokee hit an RBI double which proved to be the difference. Bryce Mangene of Rancocas Valley earned the save. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from South Philadelphia:
South prevails in 2019 Bergen County All-Star Game
South 14 North 3 – Bergen County All-Star Game The 2019 Bergen County All-Star Game may have ended abruptly in the fourth quarter, but it was surely a night many in Lyndhurst will remember for years to come. Following a scoreless first quarter Saddle Brook quarterback Kevin Daly found fellow Falcon teammate Jakub Dmitruk for a 37 yard touchdown to give South a 7-3 lead at halftime. Wood-Ridge’s Jake Colon began the third with back to back rushes for 42 yards and a touchdown to make it a two possession game with 6:52 left in the quarter. Colon would earn MVP honors for South as they win the annual all-star game for just the third time in 18 years. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Devil Dogs take seventh annual Basilone Bowl!
Devil Dogs 28 Leathernecks 17 – Basilone Bowl All-Star Game 2019 Despite challenging weather the seventh annual Basilone Bowl at Bridgewater-Raritan High School did not disappoint Somerset County fans. The All-Star game sponsored by the United States Marine Corps kicked off with an early score from two hometown heroes as Bridgewater-Raritan’s Greg Verano found Anthony Goffe for a 60 yard touchdown to draw first blood for the Devil Dogs. Verano would score again on 75 and 86 yard TD’s in the second quarter to make it a 21-17 lead at halftime. He finished the night with 217 passing yards three passing touchdowns and one rushing to earn offensive MVP honors. Defensive MVP went to Bernards Ryan Bender who had three and a half sacks. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
NJ’s Top Underclassmen Dazzle at Diamond Nation Scouting Showcase
New Jersey’s high school baseball season has been over for less than a week, but the top 100 players returning to the diamond next season got a head start on things. Diamond Nation hosted the seventh annual “Garden State Baseball Games” scouting showcase, which drew over 150 college and pro scouts to the Flemington complex for a first-hand look at the best high school players for next season. JSZ’s Jay Cook takes you into the event and highlights some of the top performers from the evening: Here are the rosters from the event, which was split up into four teams in varying regions of the state. Central Catchers Christopher Sparber, 2020, Red Bank Catholic Jedier Hernandez, 2021, Trenton Catholic Mason Wolf, 2020, Christian Brothers First Basemen Seb Mueller, 2020, St. Joseph (Met.) Jay Bant, 2021, Wall Infielders Shane Hickey, 2020, Jackson Liberty Chris O’Connor, 2020, Middletown South Max Rivas, 2020, Toms River South Phil Antoniotti, 2020, Toms River North Jordan Nitti, 2021, Steinert Jay Harry, 2020, Metuchen Walker Zampalla, 2021, Edison Outfielders Nick Callano, 2021, Ocean Twp. Danilo Perdomo, 2021, Hamilton West Jared Zimbardo, 2020, Middlesex Andrew Schmid, 2021, Rumson-Fair Haven Pitchers Nick Feretec, 2020, Notre Dame David Zamora, 2021, Hamilton West Ryan Sekman, 2021, St. John Vianney Tommy Delany, 2021, Princeton Braedin Hunt, 2020, Christian Brothers Ricky Erbeck, 2021, Hun Nick Beetel, 2020, Jackson Memorial Shane Panzini, 2021, Red Bank Catholic Adam Boucher, 2020, St. Joseph (Met.) Zach Gorman, 2021, Freehold Twp. Ben Simon, 2020, Hightstown Patrick Reilly, 2020, Christian Brothers Matt Potok, 2021, Jackson Memorial Ali Pompey, 2020, Trenton Catholic Coaches HC-CJ Hendricks, South Brunswick AC-Kevin Cust, Immaculata AC-Keith Naylor, Trenton Catholic PC-Mike Korneski, Spotswood Northwest Catchers Alex Stone, 2020, Newton Roddy Martinez, 2020, Union Kevin Reardon, 2020, Mendham Jimmy Brennan, 2021, Pope John First Basemen Andrew Bregman, 2020, Chatham Luke Chenault, 2020, Pope John Infielders Dren Gocaj, 2020, Union Josh Kuroda-Gauer, 2021, Franklin Aidan Watson, 2021, Morristown Tyler Casella, 2020, Hunterdon Central Matt Miceli, 2021, Somerville Matt Gluck, 2020, West Morris Zack Sylvester, 2020, Montville Pat Coyne, 2020, Morristown Beard Outfielders Aidan Kane, 2020, Delbarton Mike Bello, 2021, Pope John Chris Markovich, 2021, North Hunterdon Mark Darakjy, 2020, Delbarton Jayden Hylton, 2022, Ridge Pitchers Nick Fox, 2020, Hillsborough Andrew Holmes, 2021, Bernards Jack Findlay, 2021, Roxbury Zach Roskowsky, 2021, Jefferson Drew Conover, 2020, Voorhees Conor Maclachlan, 2020, Mt. Olive Pat Montfort, 2020, Morristown Gavin Stellpflug, 2020, Somerville Coaches HC-Ed Collins, Morristown AC-Pete Zoccolilo, MLB retired AC-Chris Banos, Somerville AC-Rob Kumbatovic, Hillsborough South Catchers Chris Mariani, 2020, Haddonfield Dan DiGiovannantonio, 2021, Cedar Creek Nathan Goranson, 2020, Millville First Basemen Ryan Achey, 2021, Williamstown Colby Garrison, 2020, West Deptford Infielders David Hagaman, 2021, Cedar Creek Bobby Falese, 2020, Shawnee Charlie Sanzio, 2020, Bishop Eustace Adam Aquilino, 2021, Highland Reg. Justin Szestowicki, 2021, Kingsway Greg Rossi, 2020, Washington Twp. Steven Petrosh, 2021, Holy Spirit Brody Colbert, 2021, Williamstown Outfielders Zach Bernard, 2020, Cherokee A.J. Tropiano, 2020, Paul VI Kaleb Willis, 2021, Kings Christian Alejandro Rosado, 2020, Pleasantville Kyle Neri, 2022, St. Augustine Pitchers Chase Petty, 2021, Mainland Anthony Solometo, 2021, Gloucester Catholic Luke Vaks, 2020, Cedar Creek Robert Ready, 2020, St. Augustine Matt Nunan, 2021, Ocean City Jayden Shertel, 2021, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Julian Costa, 2021, Clearview Ryan Rumsey, 2021, Paul VI Josh Willitts, 2020, Seneca Joe Mascio, 2021, Bishop Eustace Coaches HC-Joe Smith, Williamstown AC-Rocco Cornacchia, Williamstown AC-Sean Coyle, Atlantic County Tech AC-John Scanzano, Kings Christian Northeast Catchers Brian Skettini, 2020, Ridgewood Allan Suero, 2021, Ridgefield Park Ty Gilligan, 2021, Lakeland First Basemen Sean Hard, 2021, St. Joseph (Mont.) Kevin Hogan, 2020, Nutley Infielders Raymond Ortiz, 2020, St. Peter’s Prep Ben Chrzanowski, 2020, Millburn Jimmy Kemp, 2020, Hudson Catholic Lou Fabbo, 2020, Waldwick Ernesto Polanco, 2021, Memorial (WNY) Garrett Kurtz, 2020, Mahwah Aries Samek, 2021, Teaneck Andy Antonio, 2021, Ferris Outfielders A.J. Zaccareo, 2020, Montclair Trevor Santos, 2020, Nutley Brian Baranok, 2020, Bayonne Andrew McDermott, 2020, St. Joseph (Mont.) Pitchers Nazier Mule, 2022, Passaic Tech Jacob Gomez, 2020, Rutherford Lucas Rich, 2020, Newark Academy Pierce Coppola, 2021, Verona Justin O’Connor, 2020, Bayonne Jimmy Romano, 2021, St. Joseph (Mont.) Angelo Deer, 2020, Bergen Catholic Devin Rivera, 2020, Don Bosco Prep Zack Oswald, 2020, St. Peter’s Prep Mark Hindy, 2020 Seton Hall Prep Coaches HC-Jim Wladyka, Don Bosco Prep AC-Brian Chapman, Millburn AC-Jim LaRose, Bergen Catholic AC-Ron Gavasi, Montclair Sponsor Shoutout! 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RBC hurler Panzini commits to Virginia
Red Bank Catholic sophomore Shane Panzini had committed to play Division I baseball in the ACC for the Virginia Cavaliers. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of one of the top underclassmen right-handed pitchers in the Garden State Red Bank Catholic sophomore pitcher Shane Panzini has got two years to go, but no one would be surprised to see his name called in the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft. Panzini was on the mound in Lakewood for a complete game one-hit masterpiece against Manalapan in the Caseys 5-0 win in the Shore Conference championship. On Sunday night, the right-hander committed to play Division I baseball in the ACC for the Virginia Cavaliers. Panzini was 7-2 with a 0.66 ERA striking out 73 batters in 59 innings. With a fastball already clocked in the low 90s, the Caseys will have one of New Jersey’s most electric arms leading their rotation over the next two years. Coach Buddy Hausman has built a program that consistently turns out future college talent and the list of MLB draftees continues to grow. More importantly, the Caseys have fun and the positive vibes of a 23-6 season should carry over to 2020 and beyond.
Vote now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
Big moments, amazing athleticism and pure power highlight Jersey Sports Zone’s spring sports plays of the year. We have over 40 nominees in three categories. Watch the best highlights captured by our cameras and cast your vote now! The 2019 spring sports season has come to a close and JSZ went through all of our games to pick the best plays captured by our camera. We’ve got nominees for the JSZ Lax goal of the year, web gem of the year (baseball and softball) plus the spring sports clutch play of the year featuring walk-off wins on the diamond, overtime lax thrillers and great arms from the outfield on the diamond. Our polls will stay open through Friday at 3:00 pm and we will honor our plays of the year winners this summer. A special thanks to all the athletes who are responsible for these fantastic clips! JSZ Lax Goal of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Spring Sports Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Web Gem of the Year Take Our Poll
Mater Dei Prep’s Clarence Lewis Commits to Notre Dame
It didn’t take Clarence Lewis very long to fall in love with a college football program. Only a few days after visiting the University of Notre Dame’s campus, Lewis announced late Monday night a verbal commitment to join the Fighting Irish after his senior season concludes in 2020. Blessed! 🙏🏽 #IrishBouNDXX @CoachBrianKelly @Coach_TJoseph @ToddLyght @CoachMikeElston @TomLoy247 pic.twitter.com/muKDc8wEJD— prince_slvmm (@lewisclarence11) June 11, 2019 Listed at 6’1″ and 185 pounds, the Mater Dei Prep product has blossomed into one of the premier lockdown cornerbacks in New Jersey over the past few seasons. While reliable stats are scarce, there’s little to no doubt that Lewis is a difference-maker. He has next level speed and certainly has proven over the last season to have a natural knack for the ball. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Clarence Lewis: The commitment instantly pushes him to the top of the premiere recruits in New Jersey’s Class of 2020. Lewis will join fellow rising senior and tight end prospect Kevin Bauman (Red Bank Catholic) as Shore Conference players committed to the Fighting Irish. Lewis selected Notre Dame after yielding 15 offers from a variety of Power Five schools, including Nebraska, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Purdue, among others. Stay tuned in with Jersey Sports Zone all summer long as we bring you exclusive highlights and updated recruiting news from the top athletes in New Jersey.
Olympic-Colonial Opens Phillies Carpenter Cup with a Win
Olympic-Colonial 3 Tri-Cape 2 – Opening Round Defending champion Olympic-Colonial opened the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic with a victory over Tri-Cape in a battle between two South Jersey all-star teams. Washington Township junior Nick Hammer earned the win on the mound, throwing three scoreless innings. Cherry Hill West senior Eli Atiya pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save. Gloucester Catholic senior Lillo Paxia had a pair of RBIs for Tri-Cape in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Philadelphia: