Pennington’s Higgins scores 1,000th point despite loss to Hun
Hun 57 Pennington 44 Pennington Senior Patrick Higgins needed six points to reach 1,000 on his career, he finished with 20. In a local rivalry matchup with Hun, the Raiders crept by the first half with a 25-21 lead at the break. Higgins would achieve his milestone early in the third quarter, but it was the Raiders who would capitalize on the energy. 6’7 forward Andrew Seager ended the game with 20 points while Eric Flemming had 13. The duo would combine for back to back high flying scores in the closing moments. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hun School and Pennington coverage!
Somerville’s Dabney wins 2018 JSZ Zoneman, top players honored in Woodbridge
The 2018 Jersey Sports Zone banquet celebrated a stellar season on the gridiron in the Garden State. The APA Hotel in Woodbridge honored the best of the best from every part of the state and culminated with our version of the Heisman. Watch all the videos from a special night to honor the newest members of the JSZ All-Zone fraternity! Somerville QB Jalahn Dabney is your 2018 Zoneman Winner After a stellar senior year with Somerville, a majority of coaches and credentialed media from around the state selected Jalahn Dabney as the 2018 Zoneman Trophy winner. Dabney amassed 3,444 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns for the Pioneers this season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the interview with Dabney along with other players selected to JSZ’s All-Zone team. Zoneman Preshow Before the Zoneman banquet action kicks off check out our pre-show interviews with JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez: NJM’s Colin Dansberry with JSZ All-Zone quarterback Jay Foley of Haddonfield High School Jersey Sports Zone’s Zoneman Trophy was presented by NJM Insurance. Thanks to their support of South Jersey high school sports all year long! 2018 JSZ Zoneman Balloting With over 50 high school coaches around the state and more than 20 statewide media members, the ballots were cast just like the Heisman. 3 points or 1st place, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for third. Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Jalahn DabneySomerville188474 Antonio AlfanoColonia86440 Nick KargmanWoodrow Wilson641036 Jada ByersSt. Joe-Hammonton74231 Rahmir JohnsonBergen Catholic62426 Steve LubischerRed Bank Catholic44626 Taquan RobersonDePaul Catholic36122 Jalen BergerDon Bosco Prep24519 Juwon JacksonPiscataway25218 Ronnie HickmanDePaul Catholic33217 John OlmsteadSt. Joe-Metucehn32316 Jasiah PurdieHasbrouck Heights30110 Brian UgwuHillside1218 Jermaine CorbettLong Branch2006 Zoneman Trophy Balloting Committee Thanks to everyone from around the state who was part of the Zoneman process JSZ Staff: Rich Chrampanis, Nery Rodriguez, Courtney DuPont, Jay Cook, Bryan DeNovellis, Mike Frankel Statewide Media: Shawn Brown (Rivals), Kevin Minnick (NJ.com), Joe Zedalis (NJ.com), Pat Lanni (NJ.com), JJ Conrad (NJ.Com), Todderick Hunt (NJ.com), Simeon Pincus (My Central Jersey), Chris Melvin (Asbury Park Press), Mike Kinney (NJ.com), Bob Badders (Shore Sports Network), GMC Gridiron, Mark Trible (Courier-Post), McCarthy Report, Brian Carr (North Jersey.com), Ryan Patti (Rivals.com), Coaches: Paramus Catholic, Randolph, Colonia, Hillside, Bridgewater-Raritan, North Hunterdon, Bergen Catholic, Allentown, West Deptford, DePaul Catholic, Holmdel, Keansburg, Rumson-Fair Haven, Seton Hall Prep, Ramapo, Red Bank Regional, Brick Memorial, Freehold Boro, Irvington, Red Bank Catholic, Toms River North, Manalapan, Westfield, Phillipsburg, Bernards, Hillsborough, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Rutherford, Trenton, Delaware Valley, Buena, Butler, High Point, Matawan, Penns Grove, South River, Salem, AL Johnson, Willingboro, Nottingham, Haddonfield, West Orange, Piscataway, Lincoln, Notre Dame, Lenape, Sayreville, Brick Township, Pitman In case you missed it, watch JSZ’s profile of our six Zoneman Finalists: Meet The 2018 Zoneman Trophy Finalists Antonio Alfano, Colonia Defensive Lineman Alfano has been the consensus top-ranked 2019 football recruit all season long and there’s good reason why. He is one of five New Jersey players selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl and is committed to play for Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Alfano dominated his competition in the Greater Middlesex Conference with 79 tackles and 10 sacks this season, along with a staggering 28 tackles for losses. JSZ’s Jay Cook gives you the inside-look at what makes Alfano such a highly-touted prospect: Jada Byers, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Running Back Byers was as electric as they come in the Garden State during his junior campaign. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon with the ball in his hands, rushing for 1,741 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season, all while helping power his St. Joe’s Wildcats to yet another Non-Public Group 2 championship. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez takes you down to Hammonton for a behind-the-scenes look at South Jersey’s most electrifying runner: Jalahn Dabney, Somerville Quarterback Dabney took over the starting quarterback job in Somerville at the end of the 2017 season and showcased his dynamic playmaking ability well throughout 2018. He compiled 3,444 yards from scrimmage this season and reached the end-zone 56 times to lead one of New Jersey’s most dangerous offenses. JSZ’s Courtney DuPont tells us what makes this dual-threat quarterback tick: Nick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Quarterback Kargman will graduate from Woodrow Wilson with plenty of state records compiled during his senior season. The decorated South Jersey passer broke the state record single season passing mark with 3,963 yards and his 41 passing scores rank atop the state lists, as well. But what’s even more impressive is Kargman’s character off the field, as it’s made him an important part of the Woodrow Wilson community. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez tells us what makes Kargman so special: Rahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Running Back Johnson became the first Bergen Catholic rusher to break the 1,000-yard mark since 2008, a true testament to the level of competition that the Crusaders face on a week-to-week basis. After teammate Josh McKenzie went down with a torn ACL, Johnson assumed the full-time starting role and showcased his elite speed and craftiness all season long. He closed 2018 with 1,334 yards and 11 rushing scores. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story about this humble teammate and Nebraska commit: Steve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Quarterback Intelligence and athleticism is the blend of characteristics that has made Lubischer one of New Jersey’s most talented signal callers. At Red Bank Catholic, Lubischer blossomed into a premier dual-threat passer who had the ability to break the game on any down. JSZ’s chief operating officer Rich Chrampanis followed Lubischer’s trajectory all season long and tells us why this Boston College commit is so special: Other Top Vote-Getters Only the top-six vote-getters are on our Zoneman podium, but there were other plenty of players around the Garden State who had great seasons and garnered votes from coaches and media around the state. Those players were: 7th Place: Taquan Roberson, DePaul Catholic quarterback: Roberson, a Penn State commit, closed out his senior season in masterful fashion for the Spartans. He threw 29 touchdowns for 2,432 yards and will go down as one of the most decorated quarterbacks to play in New Jersey. 8th Place: Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep running back: Berger led one of New Jersey’s most talented backfields at Don Bosco Prep by displaying elite patience and explosiveness. Only a junior, he holds offers from top-tier Power 5 college football programs and has plenty more in the tank for his senior year. 9th Place: Juwon Jackson, Piscataway running back: Jackson was a main reason why Piscataway reached a 13-0 record and won both a sectional title and a newly-minted “Bowl Game” at MetLife Stadium. He rushed for 1,898 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season. 10th Place: Ronnie Hickman, DePaul Catholic wide receiver/defensive back: Hickman was arguably the most dangerous two-way player in New Jersey. Committed to Ohio State, Hickman was one of five New Jersey football players selected to the 2019 All-American Bowl. His senior season was unfortunately cut short due to a torn ACL late in the year. Josh Henderson wins JSZ 2018 Prep Player of the Year Hun running back and University of North Carolina commit Josh Henderson was named JSZ’s 2018 Prep Player of the Year. Henderson accepted his award during JSZ’s 2nd annual All-Zone football banquet in Woodbridge. Watch Courtney DuPont’s story on the future Tar Heel: Jersey Sports Zone’s Prep Player of the Year was presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Team We will be posting our highlight videos of every player honored throughout the next day – check back to click on the links below and see our highlights from our 2018 JSZ All-Zoners! QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndOffensive LineZoneman Finalists Micahel Alaimo, St. Joe-MontvaleJean Alvarez, Union CityAyir Asante, St. Peter's PrepKevin Bauman, Red Bank CatholicKevin Cerruti, Long BranchJalahn Dabney, Somerville JC Collins, WillamstownJalen Berger, Don Bosco PrepMax Baker, RamapoJason Collier, West DeptfordBryan Felter, Bergen CatholicAntonio Alfano, Colonia Jay Foley, HaddonfieldAidan Borguet, DelseaGarrett Cody, Bergen CatholicDylan Deveney, HunJermaine Donaldson, EasternNick Kargman, Woodrow Wilson Danny Grozozski, Burlington TownshipJermaine Corbett, Long BranchJohn Guaimano, Cedar GroveTyler Devera, Bergen CatholicCJ Hanson, Saint John VianneyJada Byers, St. Joe-Hammonton Maasai Maynor, St. Peter's PrepGBJ George, LindenJaaron Hayek, Wayne HillsChristian Mahogoney, Paramus CatholicRahmir Johnson, Bergen Catholic Rob McCoy, Mater Dei PrepJoe Green, PhillipsburgConnor Holmes, SayrevilleSean Morris, St. Joe-HammontonSteve Lubischer, Red Bank Catholic Taquan Roberson, DePaul CatholicMalik Ingram, Mater Dei PrepMarlyn Johnson, PeddieJohn Olmstead, St. Joe-Metuchen Tom Sharkey, Wayne HillsJuwon Jackson, PiscatawayStanley King, Woodrow Wilson Bence Polgar, Wayne Hills Jack Stagaard, PhillipsburgMax Jackson, SummitJayvin Little, Timber CreekBlerim Rustemi, DePaul Catholic AJ Wingfield, RamapoJacob Mafaro, Kittatinny 2018 JSZ Plays of the Year Thanks to everyone who voted in our weekly polls for the JSZ Top Play Belt and for our year-end Football Plays of the Year. Every one of these players was honored at the JSZ banquet in addition to the All-Zone team. Watch all their great plays NOW! Jersey Sports Zone Weekly Top Play Winners Week 0: Tyler Phillips, Weequahic High School Week 1: M.J. Wright, Red Bank Catholic High School Week 2: Chris Kladrovics, Middletown High School South Week 3: Nick Cataldo, Camden High School Week 4: Shadon Willis, Hillside High School Week 5: Donovan Bacchetta, Lacey Township High School Week 6: Kyle & Kevin Vandever, Hammonton High School Week 7: Dominick Jacob, Toms River North High School Week 8: Rickey Eng, Pennington School / Lucas Loffredo, Edison High School Week 9: Nick Recine, Piscataway High School Jersey Sports Zone Plays of the Year Winners Touchdown Run of the Year: Jean Alvarez, Union City High School | Jada Byers, St. Joseph High School (Hamm.) Touchdown Pass Play of the Year: Jalahn Dabney/Kyree Hinton, Somerville High School | Bryce Mangene/Jahmier Washington, Rancocas Valley Regional High School Defensive TD of the Year: Michael Jarmolowich, Delbarton School | Santino Morina, Paulsboro High School Special Teams TD of the Year: Dan Tempone, Holmdel High School | Jordan Morant, Bergen Catholic High School Sack/Big Hit of the Year Zach Neeley, Freehold Borough High School | John Columbia, Red Bank Catholic High School Clutch Play of the Year Frank Wasserman, Hillsborough High School | Aaron Ahr, North Brunswick High School
Vote now for 2018 JSZ Soccer Plays of the Year!
Jersey Sports Zone brought our cameras all over the state and captured amazing plays from boys and girls high school soccer. We have nominees for the goal of the year (boys and girls) plus save of the year (boys and girls combined). Our poll will stay open until Wednesday at 9:00 pm. You can watch all the nominees below in our three categories. The winners will receive a plaque and a visit from JSZ cameras. Thank you again to all the great athletes from around the state for giving us so many incredible highlights! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Pennington’s Rickey Eng Wins Week 8 Top Play!
Rickey Eng has been one of Pennington’s most reliable weapons in 2018. This season Rickey has racked up 11 touchdowns and 740 receiving yards on 32 receptions. Last week in the Red Raider’s 41-14 win over Point Beach Eng linked up with quarterback Brandon West on a long a touchdown catch. The fans have voted and Rickey Eng is our Week 8 Top play winner. Watch his ceremony below: Take Our Poll
Watch JSZ 11.1 State Playoff Soccer Highlights
Round two of the state soccer playoffs brings JSZ cameras to four games from around New Jersey. We’ve got Prep state soccer championship wins for the St. Benedict’s boys and the Pennington girls plus a dramatic golden goal from #14 seed Shore Regional and a dominating effort from defending state champ Holmdel. Watch it all on Jersey Sports Zone! St. Benedict’s Prep 7 Pennington 0 | Boys Prep A Finals St. Benedict’s Prep added yet another achievement to a laundry list of accomplishments for their 2018 season. The Gray Bees rolled through Pennington to capture a National Championship, the No. 1 national ranking, their 29th Prep A title in 30 years, while going undefeated for the last two seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook was in Newark for this historic win for the St. Benedict’s Prep program: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ’s coverage of all Pennington athletics is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. (14) Shore Regional 1 (6) Raritan 0 (OT) – Central Jersey Group 2 Quarterfinals Ryan Bongarzone’s right foot blast off a feed from Colin Creighton :59 seconds into overtime was the golden goal to give the #14 seed a second straight upset in the state playoffs. Shore reaches the Central Jersey Group 2 semifinals and a matchup with #10 seed Carteret. JSZ has the highlights and post-match reaction from Hazlet: Pennington 5 Blair 1 | Girls Prep A Finals Pennington Girls Soccer claimed its third Prep A Title in four years with a 5-1 win over Blair Academy. After trailing 1-0 at the break the Red Raiders led by St. Joseph’s commit Jayden Avery scored five times in the second half. Avery would have three of the goals as Pennington claims their 13th Championship in 15 seasons to accompany their recent Mercer County Tournament Title win over No. 1 ranked Allentown just days ago. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Pennington coverage! Holmdel 8 Robbinsville 1 – Central Jersey Group 2 Quarterfinals Anthony Arena had two goals and two assists as seven different Hornets scored on the way to a convincing win. The Hornets are now 18-0-1 and will face Voorhees in the Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinals. Watch the highlights from a dominating first half: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Robbinsville is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Vote now for JSZ Week 8 Top Play
JSZ wrapped up the regular season with 24 games around the state and once again we’ve found ten incredible plays from every part of the state. Watch this week’s Top Play nominees and cast your vote below. The poll stays open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner will get the JSZ Top Play Belt presented at a mid-week practice. Thanks again to all the incredible plays provided to us each and every week by the New Jersey high school football community! Take Our Poll Previous Top Play Winners
Watch JSZ Football Highlights from 10.26
It’s the final weekend of regular season football in New Jersey and JSZ has extended coverage. With the impending Nor’Easter moving games to Friday afternoon, we have 15 games of action. Check back in for Bergen Catholic’s emphatic win over DePaul, a Middletown South upset of RFH, plus Ramapo and Hillside closing out perfect regular seasons, a controversial TD in Notre Dame’s win over Trenton plus much more! Watch our Friday Highlights Teaser than scroll down to watch all the action! Bergen Catholic 42 DePaul 7 Nebraska-commit Rahmir Johnson rushed for 261 yards and two scores and Garrett Cody hauled in three touchdown passes as Bergen Catholic rolled to a dominant win against DePaul. It’s the second week in a row the Crusaders have scored 42 points, and they seem to have found a groove as the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs soon begin. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Wayne: Sponsor Shoutout! Without our great sponsors, Jersey Sports Zone wouldn’t be able to bring great highlights like this game between Bergen Catholic and DePaul. Thanks to Equinox Fitness, we can! We appreciate their sponsoring of all Bergen Catholic athletics. Middletown South 14 Rumson-Fair Haven 7 Trevor Brey had a pair of 1-yard TD runs and the Middletown South defense produced two fourth-quarter interceptions to seal an upset win. Both teams close out the regular season with 6-2 records and will be home next week for the playoffs. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Swamp: Sponsor Shout Outs! Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven and Monmouth Building Center was the reason we were there for Middletown South’s big win to close out the regular season! Notre Dame 21 Trenton 7 After losing their opener to Allentown, Notre Dame went on to win the rest of their games to finish the year 7-1. In their latest victory the Irish took down Trenton 21-7 to be Co-Champions of the WJFL Capitol Division along with the Tornadoes. Late in the fourth Trenton down by a single possession thought they came up with an interception but Notre Dame running back Ricky “Pop” Spruill also caught the ball resulting in a touchdown to put the game out of reach. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Trenton coverage! Nottingham 26 Allentown 24 In their regular season finale Nottingham bounces back from a home loss to Notre Dame last week to defeat Allentown 26-24. Dionte Nicholson and Marc Kauffman were able to not only make plays on offense, but on defense as well including a sack from Nicholson late in the fourth that would lead to the game ending bat down by the North Stars. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for our coverage of Nottingham and Allentown. We look forward to bringing you more North Star and Red Birds highlights all year long! Ramapo 42 Randolph 0 AJ Wingfield had 259 yards of total offense and threw two TD passes to Isaiah Savitt as well as running for another score as the Green Raiders made a major statement in a battle of unbeatens. JSZ has the highlights of the North Jersey showdown: Hillside 39 Cranford 10 | Hillside Finishes Regular Season Undefeated Hillside defeated a group 4 school for the first time in school history today. Ugwu, Nicolas-Paul, Willis, and Biggins all contributed to the win with their star QB Gavin Melendez throwing for ever 250 yards. Head Coach of Rutgers Football, Chris Ash, was there to see some of the action. Check out full highlights now brought to you by our MMJ Courtney DuPont: Somerville 58 Cranford 10 | Somerville Undefeated Regular Season Jalahn Dabney did his thing today. He had 237 passing yards, 157 rushing yards, ran in 2 touchdowns and threw 4 more. What more can you ask for from a quarterback? Check out highlights of the man who does it all now: Pope John 30 Seton Hall Prep 20 Quarterback Niko Hroncich went wild with four touchdown as Pope John captured their first win of the 2018 season. Hroncich and the Lions went on a 22-3 run in the second half fueled by three touchdowns from the signal-caller. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: Newark Central 42 Montclair Immaculate 15 Syfee Campbell had three touchdowns and Mohammad Kamara had an amazing three-play sequence that featured a QB pressure, an interception followed by a 52 yard TD catch as the Blue Devils wrapped up the regular season with their fourth win of the season. Watch JSZ’s highlights from Codey Field in Montclair: Toms River North 31 Southern Regional 21 Jarrod Pruitt had three touchdown runs including a pair in the fourth quarter as the Mariners broke a 14-14 tie with 17 points in the final 12 minutes. Ray Carlson had a key interception in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to help TRN reach the 6-2 mark. JSZ has the highlights of the regular season finale in Ocean County: Thanks to CJA Construction for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Toms River North all year long. Holmdel 31 Raritan 0 The Hornets stung quickly and often Friday night, scoring on special teams as well as moving the ball up and down the field, en route to a 31-0 win over crosstown rival Raritan. Holmdel running back Dean Gallo had a rushing touchdown and a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown in the effort. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has the highlights from Hazlet: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Holmdel and Raritan is brought to you by BCB Bayshore with a headquarters on Laurel Avenue in Holmdel. Freehold Boro 42 Howell 7 Sha’Kim Shuler had four touchdown runs and two TD passes as the Colonials close out the regular season with a dominating performance at home. JSZ has the highlights of the Shore Conference finale for playoff bound Freehold Boro: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Freehold Boro is sponsored by Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Williamstown 14 St. Augustine Prep 7 The Braves continued their dominant ways under rainfall Friday night as Williamstown captured an undefeated regular season and the WJFL’s American Division title. JSZ’s Mike Frankel is on the call: St. Joseph (Hamm.) 28 Holy Spirit 14 The Wildcats overcame a 14-0 first quarter deficit and scored 28 unanswered points to again put South Jersey on notice thanks to their explosive play, Junior tailback Jada Byers rushed for a remarkable 266 yards and a pair of scores in the win, including a potential JSZ Week 8 Top Play nominee. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Pennington 41 Point Pleasant Beach 14 Brandon West threw for 239 yards and 4 TD passes to lead the Red Raiders to their 6th win of the season. JSZ has the highlights of Pennington at Point Pleasant Beach from Friday night on the Jersey Shore: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Pennington) and Peak Coaching for Success (Point Pleasant Beach) for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage for the 2018-19 school year
Watch JSZ Soccer Highlights from 10.25
JSZ’s county tournament coverage continues on the soccer pitch as we bring you the boys and girls title games from Mercer County along with the second-ranked team in the state looking for a spot in the Essex County championship game Pennington 2 West Windsor-Plainsboro South 0 – Mercer County Boys Soccer Tournament Finals Jack Borden scored on a volley in the first half and Ousmane Gueye made a magnificent strike for his 15th goal of the season to give Pennington its fourth consecutive Mercer County title. Watch highlights of the Red Raiders 11th win of the season along with great post-match interviews: We’re able to capture great moments like Pennington’s Mercer County championship because of the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Pennington 3 No. 1 Allentown 0 – Mercer County Girls Soccer Tournament The Mercer County Tournament Girls Final featured top seed and No. 1 in the NJ Top 20 Allentown taking in fourth seed Pennington. The undefeated Red Birds in search of their first MCT title were derailed when St. Joseph University commit Jaydin Avery began the game with two electrifying scores to give Pennington a 2-0 lead at the break. In the final half Kelli Collins would add another score for the Red Raiders as they claim their first county championship in four years. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Pennington and Allentown coverage. We look forward to bringing you more Red Raider and Red Birds highlights throughout the school year! No. 2 Montclair 1 No. 15 West Orange 0 | Essex County Boys Soccer Tournament Semifinals This was a must-see rematch! Earlier in the season, the Mounties took down the Mountaineers 3-0, but with a spot in the Essex County final on the line both teams turned it up a notch. This time the Mountaineers took Montclair into double overtime, but in the end, it was the Mounties who came away with their 16th win of the season. Check out full highlights of this exciting matchup brought to you by our MMJ Courtney DuPont:
Watch JSZ Soccer Highlights from 10.23
Jersey Sports Zone had cameras at seven boys and girls soccer games Tuesday for matches in the Mercer County Tournament and the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) Tournament. Check in throughout the evening to watch highlights from across these two conferences. West Windsor-Plainsboro South 1 Hopewell Valley 0 | Mercer County Tournament Boys Semifinals Three halves of soccer wasn’t enough for Tuesday afternoon’s Mercer County Tournament semifinal matchup between second seeded West Windsor-Plainsboro South and eighth seed Hopewell Valley. In double overtime following a controversial overruling of a penalty sophomore Suhith Nandyala landed the Golden Goal for the Pirates to send them to their third mercer County Tournament Final in four years. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our West Windsor-Plainsboro South and Hopewell Valley coverage! Pennington 2 Steinert 1 | Mercer County Tournament Boys Semifinals Pennington’s Ousmane Gueye and Babacar Niang lead the offensive for the Red Raiders in this victory. Gueye now has 14 goals and 3 assists this season, making his a key offensive factor for Pennington as they head into the Mercer County final against West Windsor. Check out full highlights now: Coverage of Pennington is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you Princeton Ortho for your continued support!! Allentown 3 Hopewell Valley 0 | Mercer County Tournament Girls Semifinals No. 1 in the NJ Top 20 Allentown is one step closer to capturing their first Mercer County Tournament crown. The top seeded Red Birds defeated fourth seed Hopewell Valley 3-0 off a pair of Emma Pascarella corner kicks headed by Alex Searing and Lauren Coiante. They will face second seed Pennington Oct. 25th at the College of New Jersey in the MCT Final. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Hopewell Valley coverage! Pennington 2 Princeton Day 0 | Mercer County Tournament Girls Semifinals The Pennington Red Raiders dominated possession and possession in this one, and sophomore midfielder Kylie Daigle lead the charge. She scored the first goal of the night and caught up with our MMJ Courtney DuPont after the game. Check out full highlights of this one now: Coverage of Pennington and Princeton Day is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you Princeton Ortho for your continued support!! South Brunswick 6 South Plainfield 1 | GMC Tournament Boys Quarterfinals South Brunswick forward Jake Stump had a career day by drilling four goals in a dominant performance as the Vikings took a 6-1 victory over South Plainfield. The Vikings now move onto the GMC semifinal round for a rematch of last year’s finals against Monroe set for Thursday night. JSZ has the highlights from South Brunswick: Monroe 3 North Brunswick 2 | GMC Tournament Boys Quarterfinals Brendan Deal had two goals and an assist in the first half as the Falcons raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead and held on to advance to the GMC semis. JSZ has the highlights and post-match reaction from Monroe: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monroe is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates East Brunswick 2 Sayreville 0 | GMC Tournament Boys Quarterfinals Sean Joo had a first-half goal and assisted Poorav Desai’s score in the second half as the #2 seed is through to the semifinals and a showdown with #11 seed St. Joe’s-Metuchen. JSZ has the highlights of the Bears 11th win of the season:
St. Benedict’s Prep, America’s No. 1 Soccer Team, Rolls to Midseason Win
The Top Ranked High School Team In America Does Its Job In monsoon-like conditions Tuesday, St. Benedict’s Prep — ranked as the top high school soccer team in the United States — went to work and scored five goals on its way to a 5-2 win against the Pennington School. Celio Pompeu led the way with two goals and an assist in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Tom Liwosz Field: The Gray Bees have a mouthwatering matchup later this week. St. Ignatius (Ohio) — ranked as the No. 2 team in the country — will face St. Benedict’s Prep on Sept. 28 at Montclair University. The match is set to start at 8:15 p.m. Sponsor Shoutout! Coverage of the Pennington School is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thank you, Princeton Ortho!
JSZ Year in Review: Top games from Boys HS Soccer in 2017
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you exciting action from the pitch this fall in New Jersey high school soccer. We look back on the top ten most viewed games from our coverage in 2017: #10: Holmdel 7 Ocean 1 – Shore Conference Tournament championship We saw one of the best individual efforts of the entire year as Anthony Arena delivered a sensational five goal performance to give the Hornets its first SCT title. Watch Arena’s masterful performance! #9: Saint Benedict’s Prep 2 Lawrenceville 0 St. Benedict’s Prep made the trip from Newark to Trenton to take on The Lawrenceville School on Wednesday. The Grey Bee’s struck twice in the 80 minute match, Sebastian Chalbaud with a header in the 12th minute and Julian Gomes in the 46th. St. Benedict’s improves to a perfect 11-0 in 2017 after the 2-0 road win over Lawrenceville. Alex Lorenzo has the highlights: #8: Holmdel 1 Matawan 1 (Hornets advance on PK’s) – Central Jersey Group 2 Playoffs It took 100 minutes of play and penalty kicks, but the No. 1 seeded Holmdel Hornets came away with a dramatic victory over fellow Shore Conference foe Matawan on Tuesday afternoon. After two overtime periods the match remained tied at 1 a piece and we went to Penalty Kicks to decide a winner. Holmdel goalkeeper Matt Lionetta came up with two clutch saves, and Cyrus Darvish put in the game-winning PK. Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Matawan below! #7: Pennington 5 Peddie 2 Ibrahima Diop was named a USA Today All-American in June, and the Pennington School senior proved himself worthy of the honor. Diop scored four times, leading the Red Raiders to a 5-2 win over Peddie School. Jared Subarsky added the 5th goal for Pennington in the 68th minute. Watch Full Highlights of the Red Raider’s win! #6: Delbarton 4 CBA 1 – Non-Public “A” State Championship Christian Brother’s Academy boasts a defense that has put up 16 shutouts throughout the 2017 season. With CBA leading 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, it looked the Colts may have saved their best for last. The Green Wave of Delbarton had other ideas, scoring four 2nd Half goals (Brendan McSorley 2, Ethan Fabricant, & Liam McSorley) for a dominant 4-1 win. For Delbarton, it marks their 5th State Title in the last 6 years, and the 13th in school history. It was a special day for brothers Liam and Brendan McSorley who combined for a hat trick, leading Delbarton to victory. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from the State Championship Match below! #5: Holmdel 4 Dover 1 – NJSIAA Group 2 State Championship Holmdel High School put an end to a historic season on the soccer field. The Hornets captured a divisional, Shore Conference, Sectional, and NJSIAA Group-2 State Title in 2017. Holmdel (22-1-1) used a balanced scoring attack of 4 goals from 4 different players (Mikey Neff, Matt Leon, Justin McStay, and Joe Arena) to get a 4-1 win over Dover in the State Championship match on Sunday morning at Kean University. The win gives the Hornet’s their 2nd State Title in School History. Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Dover below! #4: Kearny 3 Princeton 1 – NJSIAA Group 4 State Championship Jose Escandon scored two goals in the second half to lead the Kardinals to their first state soccer championship since 2004. Escandon gathered a rebound off a free kick in the 50th minute to get Kearny on the board. In the 70th minute, he drew a foul and converted a 25-yard free kick to give the Kardinals a two-goal advantage. Andrew Berger got Princeton on the board with 2:14 to go in the game, but Ryan Valdaz sealed the state championship with an open field goal with just six seconds remaining. Kearny finishes the year with a 19-0-5 record. Watch the highlights and post-match reaction from Kean University: #3: Delran 2 Pennington 1 The Bears scored two goals in the final five minutes to knock off the recently named #1 team in the country by USA Today. Pennington took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute on a great feed from Jared Panson to Nicolas Herrerias, but Delran rallied. Goalie Max Pinado stepped outside of the 18 on a punt, giving Delran a free kick and John Strohlein delivered a magnificent strike in the upper 90 to tie the game at one with 5:51 to go in regulation. A red card to Pennington freshman Mani Diop put the Red Raiders a man down for the final three minutes. It set the stage for the game-winner as Dan Strohlein battled to get a shot off that hit the right post and Chris Hunt buried the rebound. JSZ has the highlights of a thrilling game along with post-game reaction: #5: Saint Benedict’s Prep 5 Pennington 1 St. Benedict’s Prep just recently tabbed the No. 1 team in America by USA Today. The Grey Bee’s hosted The Pennington School who also held the No. 1 ranking earlier in the season. St. Benedict’s showed they why they are more than deserving of that top ranking with a dominating 5 goal performance on Wednesday afternoon. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-match interviews from St. Benedict’s Prep vs Pennington School. #1: Saint Benedict’s Prep 4 Blair – Prep “A” State Championship The Grey Bee’s of St. Benedict’s Prep came into Thursday’s Prep A State Final match 80 minutes away from a 19-0 record and a National Championship Trophy. St. Benedict’s took care of business with three 1st half goals, (Ronald Mafunzwaini 1, and Julian Gomes 2). The Grey Bee’s then added one more score in the 74th minute by Azriel Johnson to complete a 4-0 win over Blair Academy and capture the 2017 Prep A Title and National Championship. Watch Highlights and Post Game Reaction from St. Benedict’s Championship Game below! Jersey Sports Zone Boys Soccer Goals of the Year from 2017 Thanks to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible highlights. Watch the best goals captured by our camera in 2017 and look forward to many more in 2018!
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Six games of Conference Tournament action from around New Jersey! Enjoy some great high school basketball action Shore Conference Tournament Semi-Finals Ranney School – 69 Christian Brothers -53 The Ranney Panthers dunked their way to the school’s first ever Shore Conference Final appearance in history. The top seed rocked the rim an astonishing 12 times in the semi-final matchup with CBA, resulting in a dominant 69-53 win over the 16-time SCT Champion Colts. Scottie Lewis led the dunk party with 7 slams of his own and scored 24 points. While Bryan Antoine and Alex Klatsky each added 12. Ranney now advances to Saturday Night’s Championship game at Monmouth University, and third meeting with rival Mater Dei Prep. Watch highlights of Ranney vs CBA below! Mater Dei Prep 70 Rumson-Fair Haven 53 The two time defending champions have faced doubt, illness, and injury this post season but Ben Gamble and Mater Dei Prep would not be denied. Sophomore transfer Jamir Watkins continues to be a crucial addition to the roster, scoring a game high 20 points, as The Seraphs took care of business against RFH and are heading back to The SCT Championship Game for a third straight season. Watch Highlights of Mater Dei’s 70-53 win over Rumson below! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Mater Dei Prep is made possible by Gold Coast Cadillac. Thanks to ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch for giving us the ability to cover Rumson-Fair Haven sports all year long Greater Middlesex Conference St. Joe’s-Metuchen 46 Colonia 43 – GMC Boys Championship K’Shawn Schulter’s turn around three-pointer from nearly 40 feet away swished home at the buzzer to give the Falcons a second consecutive buzzer beater in the GMC Tournament. Colonia stormed back from 19 points down late in the third quarter to take a 43-41 lead on a Chad Baker baseline jumper. Schulter made a steal and layup to draw even at 43. After Colonia turned the ball over with 20 seconds to go, Schulter was fouled with two seconds remaining. Colonia had a foul to give and St. Joe’s only had two seconds to work with. Luke Fresco’s only option was to pass back to Schulters who turned and fired from long range. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling championship game: Piscataway 51 Edison 37 – GMC Girls Championship LaNiya Miller had 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Chiefs to the GMC championship at Rutgers. Miller, who’s signed to play Division I basketball at Stony Brook, had five three-pointers as Piscataway raced out to an early lead and built a double-digit lead at the half. Edison would get within 6 at 31-25 in the third quarter, but Miller and Piscataway would never let the game get any closer. Samira Sargent led Edison with 16 points as the Eagles reached the finals as the #5 seed. Watch highlights and post-game reaction from Piscataway’s GMC title at Rutgers: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Edison High School is made possible by Immediate Care Medical Walk-In of Edison Mercer County Tournament Nottingham 60 Trenton Catholic 59 – Boys Final Thursday night’s Mercer County Final between number one seed Nottingham and second seed Trenton Catholic was the game Colonial Valley Conference fans have been waiting for all season. While the Iron Mike’s got ahead early and took a double digit lead in the first half it was the North Stars ability to create open shots that would lead to their eventual come back victory to capture their first Mercer County Tournament title. Darell Johnson earned MVP honors with 22 points, watch the highlights and his post game reaction now: Trenton Catholic 59 Pennington 55 – Girls Final No. 8 in the NJ Top 20 Trenton Catholic seeking their first Mercer County Tournament Championship since 2015 started their game against third seed Pennington off hot going on a 17-0 run in the first quarter. The Red Raiders were not about to go down easy though they fought back in the second to creep within single digits thanks to an impressive offensive performance. In the end it would be the TCA defense that would seal the game for them to walk away as MCT champs. Watch the highlights now: A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our entire Mercer County coverage. We’ll have more post-season basketball highlights from Mercer County thanks to the support of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
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Jersey Sports Zone is excited to present our weekly game ball for the top performers in both boys and girls basketball. Each week you choose from our 2 surveys on who you think had the best performance in the south Jersey area. Our polls open on Sunday and votes will be collected until we will close our voting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The winner for each week will receive a JSZ game ball hand delivered by Nery Rodriguez which will be presented on camera at practice. Vote now! Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Do you think we missed someone from south Jersey? Contact Nery Rodriguez now: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Pennington School Captures Third Straight Mercer County Title! – Watch Highlights
Pennington – 2 West Windsor Plainsboro South – 0 Goalie Jonathan Tecum Chavez played a special 10-Save match for 4th seeded West Windsor Plainsboro South, but the Pirates could not withstand the effort of The Pennington School senior Ibrahima Diop. The USA Today All-American went on a 2 goal stretch in just 1:05 of game time in the 2nd half to lead the 2nd seeded Red Raiders to their 3rd straight Mercer County Title, and the 4th in Pennington School history. Jersey Sports Zone has full highlights of the championship match including post game reaction from Ibrahima Diop. Watch below! Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopedic Associates for providing coverage of West Windsor Plainsboro South and The Pennington School! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Pennington through to MCT Final with Golden Goal in OT! – Watch Highlights
Pennington – 2 Princeton – 1 in OT The 2nd seeded Pennington School, featuring an international roster, was held scoreless through 73 minutes of play in the Mercer County Semi-Final match with Princeton on Tuesday Night. That changed in the 74th minute was USA Today All-American Ibrahima Diop put in a header for the equalizer, and Ousmane Guyeye sent in the golden goal in OT for the 2-1 Win. The Red Raiders of Pennington advance to play 4th seeded West Windsor Plainsboro South for the Mercer County Championship on Thursday. Watch Highlights of Pennington’s comeback win over Princeton below! Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopedic Associates for providing coverage of Princeton and The Pennington School! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Four Goal Game for Ibrahima Diop Leads Pennington to 5-2 Win Over Peddie – Watch Highlights
Ibrahima Diop was named a USA Today All-American in June, and the Pennington School senior proved himself more than worthy of the honor on Thursday afternoon. Diop scored four times in the match, leading the Red Raiders to a 5-2 win over Peddie School. Jared Subarsky added the 5th goal in the 68th minute, as Pennington improves to 9-3 on the season and will face Hopewell Valley on Saturday. Watch Full Highlights of the Red Raider’s win below! Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopedic Associates for providing coverage of The Pennington School and Peddie Athletics! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Pennington girls soccer shuts out Princeton Day School 3-0
Top ranked Pennington improved to 10-0 on the year after an exciting 3-0 shutout victory against Princeton Say School. The Red Raiders still sit atop the Prep school rankings. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was there to get all the action! Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton Day School and Pennington coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, we’ll get many more great moments from PDS and Red Raiders sports all year long! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
USA’s No. 1 St. Benedict’s Prep Takes Down Pennington School 5-1 – Watch Highlights
St. Benedict’s Prep – 5 Pennington School – 1 St. Benedict’s Prep just recently tabbed the No. 1 team in America by USA Today. The Grey Bee’s hosted The Pennington School, who also held the No. 1 spot earlier in the season. St. Benedict’s showed why they are more than deserving of that top ranking with a dominating 5 goal performance on Wednesday afternoon. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post match interviews from St. Benedict’s Prep vs Pennington School. Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopedic Associates for providing coverage of The Pennington School Athletics! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.