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(3) Nottingham 9 (6) Trenton Catholic 2 – Mercer County Quarterfinals The quarterfinal round of the Mercer County Tournament saw No. 6 Trenton Catholic taking on No. 3 Nottingham. The North Stars took control early with a 6 run first inning that set the tone of the game. Phil Rojek on the hill for Nottingham had 5 strikeouts and gave up just 1 run to advance to the semifinals where they will face No. 7 Princeton on 5/12. Watch the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Nottingham and Trenton Catholic coverage all year round on JSZ!!
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Colts Neck 11 Wall 8 – Monmouth County Tournament The #16 seed pulls off a stunner thanks to a four-run seventh inning. Colts Neck plated six runs in the top of the third to take a 7-1 lead. Wall answered with a seven-run 5th to go out in front 8-7. Colts Neck was able to get a bases-loaded walk, an RBI groundout and a big two-run single by Adrian Jimenez to hand the Crimson Knights just their second loss of the season. Colts Neck faces Raritan in the quarterfinals of the Monmouth County Tournament on Sunday. JSZ has the highlights of a huge win for the Cougars: Jersey Sports Zone was able to bring you a big moment for the Colts Neck baseball team thanks to the support of Hit Training! Middletown South 12 Howell 5 Trevor Brey had two hits and 3 RBI’s and Joe Sprake struck out eight in four plus innings on the hill to get the Eagles into the MCT quarterfinals and a Sunday showdown with #2 seed CBA. JSZ has the highlights of the Eagles eighth win of the season: A special thanks to Prown’s Windows & Doors for allowing us to provide great coverage of Middletown South sports all year long Trenton Catholic Academy 6 Hudson Catholic 1 With the baseball season coming to a close shortly, the home stretch will be crucial as the Garden State prepares for tournament time. 11-3 Trenton Catholic Academy came into Saturday’s match up with 10-2 Hudson Catholic with more on the line than North vs. South bragging rights. It was the Iron Mike’s fifteenth game so that meant the cut off for power points towards their state tournament seeding. TCA got on the board first with a fielder’s choice in the first to go up 1-0. In the the third the Iron Mike’s opened up with a 2 RBI blast from Andy Jacquez to eventually take a six-run lead. They were headlined by ace pitcher Latrell Reid who allowed nine hits and just one earned run to take down Hudson Catholic 6-1. When Hudson plays their fifteenth game Trenton Catholic could be looking at up to 40 power points from the game. With the Mercer County Tournament starting next week this extra boost of momentum could be what TCA needs. Watch the highlights below: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ!
Mabrey, Reid grab top honors at JSZ Basketball Banquet
Lights, Camera, Action! Before the big night begins we caught up with our Player of the Year finalists, the best dressed and get answers to burning questions from the best in the garden state. Check out post-banquet interviews with some of our All-State Stars and coaches, as well as, highlights from the first ever JSZ All-State Basketball Banquet: Dara Mabrey wins JSZ 2018 Miss Hoop Zone Manasquan’s Dara Mabrey led her team to a triple title: Shore Conference, state and Tournament of Champions winner. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo chronicles an amazing senior season: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Dara MabreyManasquan276294 Diamond MillerFranklin212838 Faith MasoniusManasquan27626 Tori HydukeRumson-Fair Haven18726 Leilani CorreaRutgers Prep41418 Michelle SidorSaddle River Day22313 Mikayla MarkhamSaint Rose1127 Lucy ThomasSaint Rose0146 Kylee WatsonMainland1014 Danielle RobinsonUniversity0011 A special thanks to the coaches and statewide media who vote for Miss Hoop Zone Coaches: Piscataway, Red Bank Regional, Mendham, Waldwick, Holmdel, Cherokee, Pascack Valley, Gloucester Catholic, Point Pleasant Beach, Southern Regional, Saint John Vianney, Barnegat, Ocean Township, Mater Dei Prep, RBC, Middletown South, Delaware Valley, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Bernards, Patrick School, Bishop Ahr, Passaic, Allentown, Hopewell Valley, Trenton Catholic, Franklin, Steinert, Rumson-Fair Haven, Middletown South Media: Sherlon Christie, Asbury Park Press, B. Gould, NJ.com, Jason Bernstein, NJ.com, GThing Basketball, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, Alex Lorenzo, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Gregg Lerner, Shore Sports Network Meet JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone Finalists! Three outstanding players with bright futures ahead of them Naz Reid wins JSZ 2018 Mister Hoop Zone Roselle Catholic’s Naz Reid has claimed JSZ’s Player of the Year honor. The future LSU Tiger led the Lions to the Tournament of Champions title with spectacular play in March. Learn more about a future star in college basketball and beyond: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Naz ReidRoselle Catholic149565 Jahvon QuinerlyHudson Catholic7141059 Jalen CareyMontclair Immaculate45931 Ron Harper, Jr.Bergen Catholic61323 Bryan AntoineRanney60321 Scottie LewisRanney24519 Tavon JonesLinden24115 Paul MulcahyGill St. Bernards1218 Ray Bethea, Jr.Atlantic City1003 Dean Noll Shawnee0113 Thanks to the coaches and media who voted for our Mister Hoop Zone in 2018 Coaches: Union, Manasquan, Barnegat, Bergen Catholic, Delsea, Newark East Side, Watchung Hills, Roselle Catholic, Bishop Ahr, Matawan, Middletown North, Rumson-Fair Haven, Somerville, Don Bosco Prep, Bloomfield, Verona, Ranney, Hun School, West Milford, Central Regional, Montclair, Linden, River Dell, Notre Dame, Camden Catholic, Hopewell Valley, Saint Peter’s Prep, Media: Adam Zagoria, Sherlong Christie – Asbury Park Press, Jay Gomes, R. Greco, Coast to Coast, Dave’s Joint, Nj.Com, Rich Chrampanis JSZ, Alex Lorenzo JSZ, Jay Cook JSZ Meet the other finalists for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone – two players destined to do great things next year in college hoops! Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Girls Basketball Team! NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Alexis AdamsSouth BrunswickBridgett AndreeTrinity HallDara MabreyManasquan - 2018 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.Brelynn BellamySt. John VianneyDiamond MillerFranklin - 2018 Miss HZ Finalist Julia CunninghamWatchung HillsSajada BonnerSt. John VianneyTori HydukeRumson-Fair Haven - 2018 JSZ Miss HZ Finalist Alexandra GeorgeOld TappanMadison DoringSt. John VianneyFaith MasoniusManasquan - 2018 Miss HZ Finalist Camille GrayFranklinSarah KarpellSt. John Vianney Mya GrimesEwingMikayla MarkhamSaint Rose Nicole JohnsonEast BrunswickLovin MarsicanoSaint Rose Lindsey MackSecaucusLucy ThomasSaint Rose LaNiya MillerPiscatawayRose CaverlyRed Bank Catholic Lola MullaneyManasquanHayley MooreRed Bank Catholic Teresa OrtizUniversityKatie RiceRed Bank Catholic Danielle RobinsonUniversityLeilani CorreaRutgers Prep Kylee WatsonMainlandJahsyni KnightRutgers Prep Ryan WeiseAllentownMegan HornPingry Teresa WolakBridgewater-RaritanKaley RansomPingry Imani LewisLife Center Academy Jada Queen Trenton Catholic Kaela ReedTrenton Catholic Michelle SidorSaddle River Day Jaida PatrickSaddle River Day Sydney WatkinsSaddle River Day Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team NameSchoolName SchoolName School Ray Bethea, Jr.Atlantic CityPrecious AchiuwaSt. Benedict's PrepLester QuinonesSt. Benedict's Prep Mike DePersiaHaddonfieldSavior AkuwovoRanneyAhmadu SarnorRanney Dylan DeveneyShawneeBryan AntoineRanneyBrendan ThieleSt. Peter's Prep Aaron EstradaWoodburyAl-Amir DawesPatrick SchoolAndre ToureSt. Benedict's Prep Kyion FlandersWildwoodCartier BowmanNotre DameKahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic Danny FrauenheimPoint Pleasant BeachAaron ClarkePope JohnJustin WinstonMontclair-Immaculate Steve GeisWallMarc DadikaSt. Mary's-Rutherford Corey GreerCamdenMarcellus EarlingtonDon Bosco PrepNaz ReidRoselle Catholic - 2018 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Rob HigginsMiddletown NorthCaleb FieldsWildwood CatholicJahvon QuinerlyHudson Catholic - 2018 JSZ Mr. HZ Finalist Jahid JenkinsNewark East SideZach FreemantleBergen CatholicJalen CareyMontclair-Immaculate - 2018 JSZ Mr. HZ Finalist Darell JohnsonNottinghamAlanzo FrinkRoselle Catholic Tavon JonesLindenRon Harper, Jr. Bergen Catholic Cliff JosephNottinghamAlex ImegwuSeton Hall Prep Jared KimbroughNeptuneKenny JonesMater Dei Prep Chris MannPhillipsburgLouis KingHudson Catholic Dean NollShawneeScottie LewisRanney Ian O'ConnorRumson-Fair HavenValdir ManuelPatrick School BJ Saliba, Jr.HackensackAshton MillerSeton Hall Prep Atiba TaylorHackensackPaul MulcahyGill St. Bernards Myles ThompsonCamdenLuther MuhammadHudson Catholic 2018 JSZ Hoops Plays of the Year – thanks to everyone who voted!! 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Ranney School – 71 Trenton Catholic – 56 | Non-Public B South Final Ranney’s electric Class of 2019 duo Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis combined for 50 points and 17 rebounds as The Panthers made history, capturing their 1st ever Sectional Title. The 71-56 win over Trenton Catholic in the Non-Public B South Title Game is the 2nd historic victory of the season for Ranney, after bringing home their 1st ever Shore Conference Tournament Championship in February. The Panthers now advance to the Non-Public B State Title game Saturday in Toms River, where they will face the winner of top ranked Roselle Catholic and Gill St. Bernard’s. A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for allowing us to capture great moments from Trenton Catholic sports all season long Nottingham 59 Moorestown 56 (OT) – Central Group 3 Boys Final Second seed Nottingham took on their toughest task of the season as they took on number one seed Moorestown for the chance to win the school’s first ever sectional title. The Northstars fell behind early to trail 18-7 at the end of the first. They would not lead until the third, but even then it was short lived as Moorestown was able to go ahead 42-38 going into the fourth. With time winding down in the final quarter Darell Johnson would tie the game at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. In OT it would be Cliff Joseph’s four free throws and his game winning steal to help Nottingham leave with a 59-56 victory and the Central Group 3 Title. It has been a season to remember for Nottingham. In their best season in school history they continue to make history. When you look at what they accomplished: 27 wins, the most by any North Stars team, two 1,000 point scorers, taking down Trenton Catholic in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter to win their first county tournament and now they get their first ever sectional title in thrilling fashion. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Nottingham coverage all year long! Rutgers Prep 58 Trenton Catholic 54 (OT) – Non-Public “B” South Girls Final Leilani Correa scored 6 of her 27 points in overtime as Rutgers Prep survived a buzzer beater from Kaela Reed and an amazing comeback by Trenton Catholic to make it three straight Non-Public “B” South titles. The Argonauts had a commanding 37-20 lead late in the third quarter until Trenton Catholic mounted an amazing 20-1 run to take the lead. In the final seconds, Olivia Mullins drove in for two to give Rutgers Prep a 50-47 lead, but Reed stepped back and nailed a three to beat the buzzer to force overtime. In OT, Correa made four straight free throws followed by a baseline jumper to get the Argonauts another Non-Public “B” South title. Watch the highlights of an exciting battle from Jackson Liberty High: A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for allowing us to capture great moments from Trenton Catholic sports all season long Manasquan 67 Lincoln 43 – Central Jersey Group 2 Girls Final Faith Masonius and Lola Mullaney each scored 18 points as Manasquan put forth a dominating effort to win its 5th consecutive sectional title. JSZ has highlights of NJ’s #1 team capturing another trophy: Hunterdon Central 32 Montgomery 26 – North 2 Group 4 Girls Final Hunterdon Central, the underdog is this North 2 Group 4 Final, was more than pleased to take how the trophy seeing as their program had not won the title since 1995. But tonight at Montgomery High the Red Devils’ defensive performance kept them in the game and on course to victory. Check out full highlights now, including post-game with Peyton McNally and Christina Mitrow. Sponsor Alert!! Coverage of Montgomery High School is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to Princeton Ortho, JSZ will bring you the best Cougar highlights all year long! Delsea 53 Seneca 40 – South Jersey Group 3 Boys Final Kolby Braxton had 15 points and 11 boards as Delsea wins the South Jersey Group 3 crown and a matchup with Nottingham in the state semifinals. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel recaps the Delsea win: Woodbury 63 Glassboro 52 – South Jersey Group 1 Boys Final Aaron Estrada scored 22 points to lead Woodbury to a second straight South Jersey Group 1 title. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights:
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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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St. John Vianney – 39 St. Rose 37 | Shore Conference Semi-Finals No. 1 St. John Vianney needed every bit of 32 minutes of game time to get it done, but The Lady Lancers are heading back to The SCT Championship Game. SJV trailed St. Rose 37-36 after a rebound and putback by Lauren Lithgow with just 10 seconds remaining, but Rahmena Henderson raced the ball up up the floor and dished to Brelynn Bellamy for the game winning three point shot. For Vianney, it’s their 3rd straight trip to The SCT Final, and they are looking to win their 14th title in school history. Watch highlights from SJV vs St. Rose, including the fantastic finish and post game interviews below! Thank you to Paver Restoration for sponsoring our Saint John Vianney coverage on JSZ! Special thanks to BCB Bayshore for sponsoring our SJV coverage on Jersey Sports Zone Manasquan – 55 Red Bank Catholic – 37 | SCT Semi-Final Senior point guard Dara Mabrey came into Tuesday night’s semi-final game against RBC with an injured left hand, but it did not slow down the future Virginia Tech Hokie. Mabrey scored a game high 18 points, leading Manasquan to a convincing 55-37 win over rival Red Bank Catholic. Lola Mullaney added 16 points, while Faith Masonius recorded 13 points & 10 rebounds for a double – double. Manasquan advances to face No. 1 St. John Vianney in The SCT Championship Game. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is made possible by Playa Bowls of Red Bank. Watchung Hills 61 Bridgewater 51 – Boys Somerset County Tournament No. 5 Watchung Hills vs No. 6 Bridgewater-Raritan duke it out in the semifinals of the Somerset County Tournament. Justin Bryant with another impressive performance under the boards for the Panthers could not out-score Steven Bressler of Watchung tonight who hit 5 three-pointers and a total of 21. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Bridgewater is brought to you by Princeton Ortho and Urgent Injury Care. Thanks to these two terrific sponsors JSZ will bring you the best of Panther athletics all season long! Watchung Hills 43 Bound Brook 40 – Girls Somerset County Tournament The Bound Brook Crusaders came into this game with a 20-1 record, but were still not picked as the game’s favorite. Looking to prove the doubters wrong, the Crusaders came out swinging in the second, after a slow first quarter by both teams. Unfortunately for Bound Brook though, its was Julia Cunningham of Watchung Hills who once again dominated the floor. Check out full highlights of this exciting matchup now: Trenton Catholic 51 Notre Dame 46 – Girls – Mercer County Semifinals Trenton Catholic got one step closer to earning the Mercer County Tournament tile Tuesday night as the defeated fourth seed Notre Dame 51-46 to head to the championship. Jada Queen recorded a triple double in the Iron Mikes victory. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic and Notre Dame coverage! Nottingham 69 Ewing 63 – Boys – Mercer County Semifinals Nottingham has been the best in the Colonial Valley Conference this season. As if having two 1,000 point scorers in Cliff Joseph and Darrell Johnson weren’t enough they also have PG Richie Jones who eclipsed the school single season three point record and total career three point record Tuesday night. The top seeded Northstars were held to a tight game by fifth seed Ewing in the first half but broke out of the their shell in the second act to come away with a 69-63 win to send them to the tournament championship on 2/22 against second seed Trenton Catholic. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Nottingham and Ewing coverage!
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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: email@example.com
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Trenton Catholic 56 No. 20 St. Augustine 54 With county tournaments starting this week it marks the closing of the regular season for basketball. Trenton Catholic might have eight losses on the year, but when you consider six of those are to NJ Top 20 teams, the Iron Mike’s are still one tough opponent. SNo. 20 Aut. Augustine led for three quarters and went ahead by as much as 15. Khalif Battle began to slowly make a dent in the lead to the lead to bring TCA within three. Late in the fourth Trenton Catholic was ahead by one when the Hermits drew a foul that sent Travis Stroll to the foul line where he would tie it up at 54 with eight seconds remaining. However, it would be the heroics of Quashawn Lane who delivered a last second buzzer beater to help upset the No. 20 team in the state. Watch the highlights and post game reaction now! Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ! Union 46 Elizabeth 42 – Union County Tournament Jabri Lateef scored 8 of his 14 points in the 4th quarter and came up with a critical steal in the final seconds to give the Farmers a 46-42 win over Elizabeth in the second round of the Union County Tournament. The 13th seeded Minutemen built a nine-point lead in the second half, but the Farmers would take a 37-36 lead in the fourth quarter after a Drae McFarlane three-pointer. 5th seeded Union advances to the quarterfinals of the Union County Tournament and a showdown with #4 Linden. JSZ has highlights of a great game on Valentine’s Day: Union County 64 Summit 56 – Union County Tournament 2nd Round Rob Miller scored 26 points and Justin Archer had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots as the Vikings advanced to the quarterfinals of the Union County Tournament. Summit trailed by one at the half and were able to close within two points at 46-44 midway through the fourth quarter before Miller scored eight straight points to put the game away. The 7th seeded Vikings will face #2 Patrick School this Saturday night. JSZ has the highlights of Union County’s home win: Thanks to Equinox Fitness Clubs for allowing us to show highlights of Summit sports all year long
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Manasquan 50 Saint Rose 44 (OT) – Girls Faith Masonius hit a three-pointer with a minute to go to force overtime and Annie Mako scored all four of her points in OT to lead Manasquan to its 20th win of the season. Masonius finished the game with 23 points and 8 rebounds as the future Maryland Terp hit four three-pointers. Manasquan led for most of the game until Saint Rose put together a fantastic 4th quarter. Lucy Thomas had 14 points and 8 rebounds sparking the comeback. Lovin Marsicano made 3 of 4 free throws to put the Purple Roses up 42-39 before Masonius got the Warriors back even. In OT, Mako’s three-pointer put Manasquan ahead and five free throws sealed the victory. Another tremendous game in this great NJ girls rivalry. Watch all the highlights and post-game reaction: 2018 Primetime Shootout at East Orange Campus Patrick School – 59 St. Benedict’s Prep – 54 The Patrick School used a balanced scoring attack and a hellacious defensive effort to complete the 59-54 upset win over the USA Today’s No. 9 ranked Gray Bee’s of St. Benedict’s Prep. All but one player on the Celtic’s roster scored, led by Alejandro Vasquez with 15 points. Senior point guard Marquis Nowell orchestrated the Celtic’s offense with precision, recording 8 assists while also playing tight defense on St. Benedict’s sharp shooting guards. Watch highlights of the Patrick School’s thrilling win below! Ranney School – 73 Riverdale Baptist (MD) – 44 Bryan Antoine scored 22 points and put on an aerial display worthy of the NBA Dunk Contest, while Scottie Lewis added 17 points and dished out 6 assists as Ranney came away with a dominating 29 point win over a solid out-of-state opponent in Riverdale Baptist. Savior Akuwovo also chipped in 17 points & 13 rebounds for the panthers in the win. Watch the Highlights below! Our Savior New American (NY) 62 Nottingham 53 – Boys Colonial Valley Conference favorite Nottingham has done an excellent job this season of holding teams down with defense early on and unloading points on offense in the second half. However, in Saturday’s match up at the Prime Time Shootout at East Orange with Our Savior New American (NY) the Northstars found themselves trailing for an entire game for the first time this season. Nottingham was no match for the size of the Pioneers who eventually took the contest 62-53. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor Shoutout! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Nottingham coverage on JSZ! Lincoln Academy (GA) 70 Trenton Catholic 64 – Boys With the regular season coming to a close Trenton Catholic (12-8) is looking to get some extra momentum heading into next week’s Mercer County Tournament where they are projected to be the top seed. While it has not been the ideal season for the Iron Mikes six of their losses come to NJ Top 20 teams. On Saturday TCA faced off with Georgia Prep power Lincoln Academy. Trenton Catholic managed to keep it a tight game in the first half but the size of brothers Harouna and Moulaye Sissoko was a mismatch that would eventually lead to a 70-64. The Iron Mikes will wrap up the regular season when they host No. 20 St. Augustine on 2/14. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ! Warren Hills 35 Hunterdon Central 29 – Girls Warren Hills (2 seed) and Hunterdon Central (7 seed) play extremely similar fast-pace offenses, and that was apparent today. However, early in the fourth quarter Hunterdon Central would get in some foul trouble and the Streaks would go 10/15 from the line just in the fourth, Devyn Gara had six of those points and the finals score of this one would be 35-29 Warren Hills. Check out full highlights now: Delaware Valley 33 Voorhees 17 – Girls Voorhees had an early lead in this Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex quarterfinal, but it was Del Val’s Margaret Affled who dominated the offensive push in the second quarter scoring 15 points (all three pointers). The Lady Terriers win 33-17 and will advance to the semi’s next week against the number two seed, the Warren Hills Blue Streaks. Check out full highlights now:
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Saint John Vianney 52 Long Island Lutheran 47 – Girls Sajada Bonner had 18 points and Brelynn Bellamy added 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Lancers to another quality win. SJV vaulted into the USA Today Top 25 national poll at #23 and faced off against a Long Island Lutheran team that has spent time in multiple national polls. SJV is a perfect 18-0 on the season. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo has the highlights of a marquee matchup featuring two of the East Coast’s top teams: JSZ’s coverage of Saint John Vianney is made possibly by BCB-Bayshore and Paver Restoration. Manasquan 84 Rumson-Fair Haven 54 – Girls The Warriors got 64 points from the trio of Dara Mabrey, Faith Masonius and Lola Mullaney to get their 17th win of the season. Manasquan used stifling defense to contain Tori Hyduke, NJ’s leading scorer, to a season-low 12 points. Mabrey had 24 points and Masonius and Mullaney had 20 each. Watch the highlights of a dominating effort by Lisa Kukoda’s Warriors: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is made possible by ServPro of Eatontown-Long Branch Rumson-Fair Haven 56 Manasquan 45 – Boys Jackson McCarthy scored seven straight points in the 4th quarter as part of his 18 point effort to give RFH a 13th straight win. Rumson had a one point lead at the half and led by four after three before McCarthy’s three straight baskets gave the Bulldogs some breathing room. JSZ has highlights of a Shore Conference battle on Saturday afternoon: No. 4 Rutgers Prep 63 No. 11 Trenton Catholic 51 Girls After falling to now No. 3 Manasquan last Sunday at the Coaches Choice Showcase No. 4 Rutgers Prep was back at it facing another ranked opponent Saturday afternoon, No. 11 Trenton Catholic. The Iron Mike’s led Rutgers Prep for the first quarter, but the Argonauts managed to fight back to lead by 10 for the rest of the game thanks to Leilani Correa who had 26 points. Watch the highlights now: Trenton Catholic 65 Rutgers Prep 48 Boys Trenton Catholic fresh off a six point loss to Linden entered Saturday’s battle with 10-5 Rutgers Prep ready to make a statement as county tournament play is right around the corner. The Iron Mike’s were able to hold a double digit lead at halftime, but coming out of the break they extended that lead to 20 thanks to Quashawn Lane who scored 19 on the day. TCA didn’t let up in the fourth and was able to walk away with a 65-48 win over Rutgers Prep. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ! North Hunterdon 66 South Hunterdon 43 North Hunterdon had the early lead in this game, but the South Hunterdon Eagles held on for a while. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Lions pulled ahead late in the game thanks to their leading scorer once again, Mike DelSantro (13 points), and the Lions to went on to win a 66-43 victory. North will move onto round two of the H/W/S on Feb. 10th against the winner of Hackettstown vs Lenape Valley. Full highlights of today’s game now available: Hunterdon Central 59 Wallkill Valley 9 This one was a complete domination by the Hunterdon Central girls. From the start they had the offensive edge going into halftime with a 31-4 lead, and finishing this game off 59-9. The Red Devil’s leading scorers were Danielle Cornetta and Peyton McNally who each had 12 points. Full highlights now available: Hunterdon Central 64 Warren Hills 46 The No. 5 seed, Central, took on the No. 12 seed, Warren Hills, in round two of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Boys Basketball Tournament. Central took the early lead and thanks to an outstanding performance by Sean Oberman and Sam Johnson they held on for the 64-46 win, advancing them to the quarterfinals of the HWS. Check out highlights now:
Giana Boulden of Trenton Catholic Academy wins Nery’s Game Ball
Trenton Catholic’s Giana Boulden is our South Jersey Game Ball winner! Boulden has a been such a contributor to the No. 11 Iron Mike’s 15-1 season averaging 13 points a game and their leading three point shooter. Last week she scored 20 points in TCA’s 67-17 win against Willingboro to earn her game ball honors. Watch her ceremony below: Take Our Poll Sponsor! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring ourTrenton Catholic Academy coverage on JSZ! 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! Do you think we missed someone from south Jersey? Contact Nery Rodriguez now: firstname.lastname@example.org
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No.14 Camden 52 Trenton Catholic 50 9-4 Trenton Catholic fresh off a close loss to No.13 Atlantic City had no time to wallow in self pity as they had another Top 20 opponent waiting for them in their next game, No. 14 Camden. “The High” was without 6’9 sophomore standout Lance Ware in their last contest as he sat due to injury, but in his first game back Ware helped deliver some big time plays including his game winning tip in with :02 left in regulation. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post game reaction from Lance Ware: Sponsor! Special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ! Montgomery 54 Hillsborough 47 At the half Montgomery lead 21-14, but Hillsborough’s Elissa Nsenkyire kept the Raiders in the game. Unfortunately for Hillsborough, the Cougars did hold on through the fourth quarter to pull off the 54-47 win. The team’s leading scorer Julia Loffredo contributed 14 points. Check out those highlights now: Somerville 73 Somerset Vo-Tech 48 It was Somerville’s senior night as they took on the Jaguars and those seniors ended on a high note. The star today was Chris Elwood. Elwood was unstoppable under the basket and score 26 points. Check out full highlights now: Manasquan 52 Middletown South 38 Brad McCabe had 22 points as the Warriors staked claim to the top spot in the Shore Conference’s “B” North division. The Warriors had a 19-10 halftime lead and were able to pull away from the Eagles. JSZ has Shore Conference boys basketball highlights from Middletown: Thanks to Prown’s Windows & Doors in Middletown for making our Middletown South coverage possible
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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 Check out Last Week’s Winners Below! Natalie Mehl of Steinert Do you think we missed someone from south Jersey? Contact Nery Rodriguez now: email@example.com
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Stay tuned for more highlights of the Valerie Fund Showcase at Mater Dei Prep and Hoops action from around New Jersey.. Hudson Catholic – 83 Archbishop Molloy (NY) – 64 Jahvon Quinerly put on a dazzling scoring display in front of the New York City crowd, finishing with 37 points and leading Hudson Catholic to a dominant 83-64 win over Archbishop Molloy at the SNY Invitational. Ohio State bound Luther Muhammad added 23 for the Hawks, as Khalid Moore scored 20, and Cole Anthony recorded 17 for Molloy in the loss. Watch the entertaining Highlights of Hudson Catholic vs Archbishop Molloy below! Valerie Fund Showcase at Mater Dei Prep Don Bosco Prep – 65 Newark West Side – 49 Future Rutgers Scarlet Knight Ron Harper Jr. led all scorers with 23 and Marcellus Earlington added 18, as Don Bosco Prep won the opening the game of the Valerie Fund Showcase 65-49 over Newark West Side. The Ironmen improve to 15-2 on the season. Watch Highlights of Don Bosco Prep vs Newark West Side below! No. 18 Atlantic City 85 Trenton Catholic 82 Jeff Coney Classic The main event for the Jeff Coney Classic at Rancocas Valley high school did not disappoint as it took all four quarters to decide a winner between No. 18 Atlantic City and Trenton Catholic. The Vikings got off to a hot start thanks to Howard University bound star Ray Bathea Jr., AC dominated the first half but the Iron Mike’s fought back to pull within three in the final seconds. Unfortunately a last effort shot attempt fell short to hand TCA their fourth loss of the year. Watch the highlights: Sponsor! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ! Wayne Hills 59 Hun 42 The Vikings raced out to a 13-0 lead and a 21-6 first quarter advantage on the way to a 17 point win over the Hun School. Joey Belli led the way with 18 points for the Patriots, who are now 12-5 on the season. Niels Lane paced the Raiders with 16. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Middletown: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of the Hun School on Jersey Sports Zone St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) 54 Hackensack 47 Papie Roberts had 19 points and Kyle McGee hit a key three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give the Hilltoppers a quality win on a neutral court. Jay’von Jackson added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win. JSZ has highlights of the #11 team in NJ in a hard fought battle with the Comets: Saint Peter’s Prep 51 Middletown North 39 Brendan Thiele had 18 points and keyed a 13-0 run by the Marauders to close out the game and avoid an upset from Middletown North. The Lions trailed 36-26 in the third quarter before Rob Higgins sparked a 13-2 run. Higgins had 21 and Dave Campbell’s steal and layin gave the Lions a 39-38 lead early in the fourth quarter. But it was all Saint Peter’s Prep the rest of the way. JSZ has the highlights from one of the most entertaining games in the state on Saturday: Mater Dei Prep 68 Carteret 50 Alexander Rice had a season-high 25 points as the Seraphs overcame a 15-5 deficit early with 20 straight points to put the game away against the Ramblers. Kenny Jones added 15 points as Mater Dei Prep improves to 14-2 on the season – Watch the highlights from the finale of a six-game showcase in Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Mater Dei Prep is made possible by our friends at Gold Coast Cadillac No. 13 Camden 87 Millville 62 Jeff Coney Classic After falling to No. 15 Shawnee a few days ago Camden was looking to bounce back with a statement game against one of South Jersey’s stronger teams. The Panthers took a 10 point lead heading into half time and thanks to the play of Corey Greer in the third quarter extended it to 20 in the second half. Watch the highlights now: Voorhees 38 Hackettstown 37 The Hackettstown Tigers had the lead over the Voorhees Vikings during the first half of this one, but after foul Tiger trouble, and an outstanding offensive performance by Voorhees’ Colby Gavornick, the Vikings pulled off the one points win for their 5 victory this season. Check out full highlights and a post-game interview with Colby:
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No. 1 Roselle Catholic 89 Trenton Catholic 49 @Trenton Catholic In this North/ South Jersey crossover show down we have Trenton Catholic Academy fresh off a dominating 18 point victory against Trenton facing off with the No. 1 ranked team in the state- Roselle Catholic who is coming off a loss to Oak Ridge (FL). The Lions got ahead early thanks to LSU bound star Naz Reid, the 6’11 senior pulled out all the stops as his high flying 18 point, 10 rebound, 6 assist performance helped capture an 89-49 win over the Iron Mike’s. Lions improve to 9-2, both losses of which are to out of state teams. They assert their dominance as the number one team in New Jersey and prove any team’s hopes of a state title run will have to go through them. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor!!! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates we will be able to bring you more Iron Mike athletics all year round! Piscataway 88 Trenton 84 Trenton coming off two tough losses to undefeated Nottingham and 6-2 Trenton Catholic looked to snap their losing streak at the New Brunswick High School Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic. Unfortunately the Tornadoes ran into yet another skilled opponent in Mattias Arrindell and 9-1 Piscataway. The Chiefs held the lead for most of this one until a fourth quarter rally from Trenton tied the game to send it to OT. In the end Piscataway would hold off the Tornadoes to improve to 10-1 on the year. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor!!! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage on JSZ! Coming up: Roselle Catholic-Trenton Catholic MLK Showcase at Long Branch High School Matawan 58 Long Branch 57 Mike Dunne’s short jumper in the paint with under 30 seconds to go proved to be the game-winning bucket as the Huskies battle back to improve to 9-2 on the season. The Huskies led by 14 at the half, but Long Branch stormed back to take a 57-54 lead. Matawan got a pair of free throws then Dunne’s clutch basket. Long Branch’s Tyree Morris had a three-pointer that just missed at the buzzer. Dunne finished with 20 points. Watch the highlights of a fantastic finish to wrap up Long Branch’s MLK Showcase: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is being brought to you by Rosario Realty. Thanks to Rosario Realty for giving us the chance to showcase the Green Wave all year long! Neptune 48 Arts-Newark 32 Jared Kimbrough had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Scarlet Fliers built a 26-6 lead in the second quarter on the way to a 16 point win over Arts. The Scarlet Fliers improve to 8-3 on the season. Watch Neptune’s win and some Kimbrough jams from Long Branch High:
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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 Last week’s winners: 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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Dan Finn Classic – Jersey City Armory Hudson Catholic 67 Patrick School 59 Louis King had 26 points and seven boards as the Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter after trailing 46-43 at the end of three quarters. King had 16 in the first half and his thunderous dunk early in the 4th started the Hawks quest to beat a Celtics team that handed them two losses last year. Valdir Manuel was outstanding for the Patrick School with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Luther Muhammad added 15 and Jahvon Quinerly had 10 points and 8 assists for Hudson Catholic who are now 6-3. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the Dan Finn Classic at the Jersey City Armory: Coaches vs Cancer Shoot-Out North Hunterdon 72 Westfield 51 This matchup was the second of seven games being played at the Coaches vs Cancer Shoot-Out at Montgomery high school. North Hunterdon came into this game with a 4-4 record, but right out of the gate the Lions were moving the ball well and had Westfield 40-28 by halftime. Leading scorer for the lions was Mike DeSantro with 22 points, and teammates Aham Cooks and Wes Reinagel both put up a strong defensive performance. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Thanks to Mr. Bramnick, JSZ will be bringing you the best Blue Devils Highlights all season long! Hillsborough 46 Lawrence 40 Hillsborough and Lawrence are both off to a rocky starts this season and desperately needed today’s win. However, it was Hillsborough who came out hot in the first quarter. With a 31-11 lead at halftime, the Raiders took the win and improved to 4-5 as they head into their in-conference game next week against Hunterdon Central. Today’s leading scorer with Pat Vinchur with 10 points, check out his highlights and more: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to Princeton Ortho JSZ will bring you the best of Raider athletics, all season long! Bridgewater-Raritan 75 Woodbridge 67 The 6th game in Montgomery’s Coaches vs Cancer Shoot-Out featured the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers and the Woodbridge Barrons. Both teams came into the game with 5-3 records, and that may be why it was a back and forth battle all the way through the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. In the end though, it was Bridgewater who came out on top and improved to 6-3. There were two leading scorers for the Panthers, Sterling and Doug Collins, who each had 16 points. Full highlights now available: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Bridgewater is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates and Urgent Injury Care. Thanks to these two generous sponsors, Jersey Sports Zone will bring your highlights of the Panthers all season long! Montgomery 49 Somerville 30 Montgomery, the host team of the annual Coaches vs Cancer Shoot-Out, dominated this game from the start. Rohan Prakash was the Cougars’ leading scorer with 13 points, 4/5 from the foul line, and Riley Greene contributed 11 points, making 2 3FGS, leading Montgomery to their eighth win this season. Full highlights now available: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of the Montgomery Cougars is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to Princeton Ortho JSZ will bring you the best of Cougars highlights all year long! Trinity Hall 67 Point Pleasant Beach 54 The Monarchs got a triple-double from Bridget Andree (29 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals) to get to 8-0 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from a sensational performance by the Trinity Hall senior: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to have Trinity Hall join our team as one of our sponsors. JSZ will have highlights and features of the Monarchs sports programs all year long. Visit trinityhallnj.org to learn more about Monmouth County’s independent college preparatory high school in the Catholic tradition Trenton Catholic 75 Trenton 57 The biggest game in Trenton saw some high flying action as Gil St. Bernard transfer, Khalif Battle showed why he was one of the best players in South Jersey. The Iron Mike’s got off to a slow start, but picked it up nearing the of the first quarter to put on a dominating 75-57 performance for victory over Trenton. Watch the highlights: Sponsor! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic and Trenton coverage on JSZ! Allentown 65 Robbinsville 35 The 5-1 Allentown Red Birds put on a stellar performance against Robbinsville on Saturday. Ryan Weiss dropped 20 in the 65-35 win over the Ravens. Allentown proving they might be the team next to Notre Dame to beat in the CVC. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown and Robbinsville coverage on JSZ!
JSZ Blog: Even the Story Teller Has a Story
To the players, coaches, parents, and fans out there. To the readers, followers, and viewers of our content. To those who have supported Shore Sports Zone over the past three years, and to those who are new. Jersey Sports Zone is officially here, and I would like to welcome you to this new and exciting company, and say how thankful I am to have you along for the ride. I would like to introduce myself, and tell you about my passion and plans for this new venture. I have always been the “behind the scenes” guy, my focus being on on finding and telling the stories of others. Editing, creating, and mixing, piece by piece, video by video. None of which ever really included myself. But, even the story teller has a story. Right? I remember a cold January afternoon in Neptune, New Jersey. I was an eight year old boy, gripping my father’s hand as we headed into the gymnasium for the Scarlet Flier’s annual Holiday Jubilee. We grabbed what seemed to be the only available seats in the building. Just as I settled into my seat and picked up my head, there was a flash across the gym. A player had stolen the ball, sprinted down the court and rose into the air, throwing down a rim rattling acrobatic dunk like nothing I had ever seen before. I turned to my father and asked “Who is that!?” He simply replied “That’s J.R.”. That player of course being NBA Champion and Cleveland Cavalier Guard JR Smith, who at the time was a long and lanky 11th grader at Lakewood High School. There was no internet fame, or multi million dollar contract yet, but you certainly wouldn’t know it by being in his presence. There was an aura around JR, and it was an entirely fresh experience for me. He was a star. I knew it, every fan in the gym knew it, and most undoubtedly, JR Smith knew it. That “aura” is not a requisite of greatness, but the great ones usually have it. It’s when a player can walk into a room full of people that know nothing of him or her, but know immediately that he/she is someone. From that point on, I was hooked, I wanted to find more players that captivated audiences, drew crowds by the thousands, and ticket lines so long that my legs would ache by tip off. My father and I began traveling the state, tri-state, and eventually all over the Northeast. Attending showcases, tournaments, and games featuring the best players in the country. Every season was a new start, a chance to discover another star, and the opportunity to years down the line say ‘I was there when..” I was there when LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony squared off as high schoolers, dazzling college and pro scouts while drawing ooh’s and aah’s from the crowd in Trenton. I was there to see many of DaJaun Wagner’s unfathomable and entertaining state record 3,462 career points. I was there at Rutgers in 2011, for what some considered the game of a life time, No. 1 St. Patrick’s vs No. 2 St Anthony. A sold out National Championship prizefight, disguised as a Non-Public B North Final. Bob Hurley’s Friars getting the better of Kevin Boyle’s Celtic’s en route to a perfect 33-0 season and Hurley’s 26th State Championship. Then came 2013, I wanted a way to document my experiences at these events. The amazing players and moments deserved to be archived and shared. I began filming the games I attended, sitting in the stands with my iPhone, anxiously awaiting an exciting play or exhilarating slam dunk. The footage certainly wasn’t award winning. It was out of focus, not in frame, and a bit shaky. I wasn’t entirely sure of what I was doing, but it seemed to be working, and I was loving every minute of it. Video by video, my views, followers, and subscribers began to grow. This was all thanks to the amazing players I covered. I would like to name a few that helped me me along the way; Mike Gesicki, Karl Towns Jr., Isaiah Briscoe, Ben Simmons, The Ball Brothers, Leondre Washington, Bryan Antoine, and Scottie Lewis. The names, games, teams, and moments could be listed on and on. All of which have contributed to where I am today. Bringing high definition highlights to all of you, and telling the stories of New Jersey’s best athletes. Providing exposure and shining light where it belongs. From an iPhone, to a Best Buy CamCorder, to a full on professional camera that I use today. The evolution and progression has been steady. Self teaching, and practicing. Perfecting my craft to the best of my ability. Nothing was planned, only discovered along the way. Art is truly about finding a way to express yourself, and video is my way of doing that. The camera is my paint brush, this laptop is my canvas. Creating something special and sharing it with others is what I love to do. This is what I will continue to do with Jersey Sports Zone and I cannot be more thrilled about it. Whether it be a simple game highlight, or a long form documentary. Shining a light and providing exposure for young athletes and their dreams, the only way I know how to. Rich Chrampanis had asked me put something together to get people excited about our new company. I chose what only came natural to me. Here are some of my favorite and most memorable basketball moments from the last few years. Enjoy and Thank You for your time! Alexander Lorenzo Videographer/Producer Jersey Sports Zone ATTENTION ATHLETES We want to give you a space to tell your story. We take great pride in providing positive promotion of high school athletes. Throughout the year, we’ll ask athletes from all sports to contribute their own blog entries to learn what it takes to succeed on and off the field. If you want to be a part of the JSZ Blog, email email@example.com