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The Middletown High School South baseball team celebrates winning the NJSIAA Group IV championship with a 6-0 victory over Montclair on June 19 in Hamilton.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South first baseman Joe Stanzione holds up the NJSIAA Group IV championship trophy after the championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Stanzione had an RBI single in the contest.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South starting pitcher Ben Schild gets a high five from catcher Greg Trezza after tossing a scoreless first inning against Montclair during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Middletown South won 6-0.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South left fielder Patrick Eagone holds the NJSIAA Group IV championship trophy after the championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Eagone had a two-run single in the contest. STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South designated hitter Will Christopher smacks a base hit to center field during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game against Montclair on June 19 in Hamilton. Christopher had three hits in the contest.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South first baseman Joe Stanzione tags out Montclair's Melvin Matias during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Middletown South won 6-0.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South starting pitcher Ben Schild fires a strike to the plate during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game against Montclair on June 19 in Hamilton. Schild tossed a complete-game shutout to lead Middletown South to a 6-0 victory over Montclair.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South catcher Greg Trezza lays down a sacrifice bunt during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Trezza had an RBI single in the contest. STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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The Middletown High School South baseball team celebrates winning the NJSIAA Group IV championship with a 6-0 victory over Montclair on June 19 in Hamilton.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South first baseman Joe Stanzione holds up the NJSIAA Group IV championship trophy after the championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Stanzione had an RBI single in the contest.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South starting pitcher Ben Schild gets a high five from catcher Greg Trezza after tossing a scoreless first inning against Montclair during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Middletown South won 6-0.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South left fielder Patrick Eagone holds the NJSIAA Group IV championship trophy after the championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Eagone had a two-run single in the contest. STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South designated hitter Will Christopher smacks a base hit to center field during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game against Montclair on June 19 in Hamilton. Christopher had three hits in the contest.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South first baseman Joe Stanzione tags out Montclair's Melvin Matias during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Middletown South won 6-0.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South starting pitcher Ben Schild fires a strike to the plate during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game against Montclair on June 19 in Hamilton. Schild tossed a complete-game shutout to lead Middletown South to a 6-0 victory over Montclair.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

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Middletown High School South catcher Greg Trezza lays down a sacrifice bunt during the NJSIAA Group IV championship game on June 19 in Hamilton. Trezza had an RBI single in the contest. STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

Championship glory was always something Coach Chris LeMore believed his Middletown South High School baseball team was capable of achieving.

From the first day he first spoke to his team in October 2019, LeMore knew the Eagles had talented players who had the skills that are needed to win a championship.

The 2021 season will be one for the record books for Middletown South.

On the strength of a two-hit complete game by sophomore pitcher Ben Schild, the Eagles (22-9) soared to a 6-0 victory over Montclair High School to win the NJSIAA Group IV state championship on June 19 at Veterans Park in Hamilton Township.

“We were going to prepare to play in a championship game, whether it be in this final, the Shore Conference Tournament final, the Monmouth County Tournament final or the state sectional tournament final,” Lemore said. “I wanted them to know those were my expectations and that the sky is the limit. I’m really proud of the kids. They played like champions today.”

Schild relied on his fastball against Montclair and after the game LeMore said “no one could touch that pitch.”

Schild struck out seven hitters and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced as the Eagles claimed the Group IV state title one week after winning the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship.

“My fastball is my best pitch and I unloaded it at 100% every time I threw it,” Schild said. “It worked. I’m very happy right now.”

The Eagles grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first inning, when senior Joe Stanzione pulled an inside pitch through the left side of the infield to score a runner from third and put Middletown South up 1-0.

Stanzione’s hit against Montclair followed his game-winning RBI single against Clearview High School in the Group IV state semifinal game several days earlier.

Stanzione said his winning hit in the state semifinal and the Eagles’ victory over Montclair rank among the top five moments of his life.

In the second inning, Evan Wood’s groundout scored Will Christopher to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Christopher was 3-3 with two runs scored in the title game.

Leadoff man Patrick Eagone reached base three times and delivered for the Eagles with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning. Eagone roped a single to left field that scored two runs and extended the lead to 4-0.

As he celebrated the championship, Eagone said his hit was “the greatest feeling” of his life.

“Being in a state championship game and coming up big like that is something I can’t compare to anything in my life,” he said. “This is the greatest group of guys I have ever played baseball with. Being a state champion with them feels great.”

After Eagone drove in two runs, Greg Trezza followed with a single to push the lead to 5-0.

In the fifth inning, Wood drove in his second run with a sacrifice fly that gave Middletown South a 6-0 lead.

Six runs were more than enough for Schild, who allowed only one hit through the final four innings (a two-out double in the seventh). Schild shook off the double, regained his focus and got the next hitter to fly out to left field to seal the Group IV crown.

Being the starting pitcher in a state championship game was something Schild knew “three months ago” he was ready to take on. He said his start against Montclair was the best one he has had in high school.

“Winning this is one of the happiest moments of my life,” Schild said. “We have a great group of guys. Everyone respects each other on the team and everyone plays together.”

With the win over Montclair, the 2021 Eagles claimed the school’s first Group IV state baseball crown. The 1996 Eagles won the Group III state championship.

“This is a family thing. It starts with the kids and finishes with the baseball team. We preach brotherhood and now we are preaching family because that really is what it takes to be where we are right now,” LeMore said.

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JSZ Camp Countdown 2021 Homepage

JSZ Camp Countdown 2021 Homepage

High school football in the Garden State has returned. With the 2021 season now officially opened, teams are turning the page on a turbulent 2020 season in hopes of playing full schedules and competing for real championships. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews everyday leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 3. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! 8/9: Don Bosco Prep A 2-3 season last year will fuel one of New Jersey’s most storied programs into the 2021 season. The Ironmen return a plethora of talent from a team that weathered through bumps in the road last fall. Junior five-star left tackle Chase Bisontis headlines a talented offensive line unit that will hold the fort for an offense that returns numerous skill position starters. Navy commit Timmy Hinspeter and Fordham commit Claudy Robinson are the two big names that will anchor this Don Bosco defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: 8/10: Seton Hall Prep 2020 was an up and down year for Seton Hall Prep and the surging Pirates have their sights set on stability and consistency in 2021. QB Jaden Craig – a Harvard commit – returns to lead the offense with Myles Thomason and Nick Dunneman, a group that will bring plenty of fireworks to the Kelly Athletic Complex. JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from the West Orange private school: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is proudly provided by “One on One with Steve Adubato!” 8/11: Wall The Crimson Knights not only emerged as the top team in the Shore but the top-ranked public team in New Jersey after a 7-0 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from the reigning Shore Conference champions. 8/12: St. Augustine After a 4-3 campaign in 2020, the Hermits look to reestablish themselves as Non-Public Group 4 title contenders. Northwestern commit Denis Jaquez, Army commit Brady Small, Kanye Udoh, Nasir Hill and Trey McLeer lead a loaded and experienced senior class for the Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits in Richland: 8/13: Rumson-Fair Haven Expectations are always sky high in Rumson. The Bulldogs are in the Shore Conference’s top division looking to earn their spot in the Shore’s top 4 and play for a conference title followed by their usual quest to go deep in the state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to Rumson to preview the Bulldogs: 8/14: Notre Dame Sean Clancy is 15-2 (5-1 in 2020) during his first two years as Notre Dame’s head coach. Having to replace prolific two-way scoring threat Rickey “Pop” Spruill, the Irish will look to sophomore AJ Surace, son of Princeton University Head Football Coach Bob Surace, at the starting quarterback role. ND suffered a tremendous loss in the offseason when longtime strength and conditioning coach John McKenna passed away just weeks before training camp. Featured on our All Access coverage in 2020, McKenna’s presence is still felt and his spirit continues to motivate the program.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. 8/15: Bergen Catholic Questions remained at the end of the 2020 season as to which team was No. 1 in New Jersey. Entering 2021, however, Bergen Catholic feels they have what it takes to be the best in New Jersey. Led by a defense with nine returning starters and an offense that looks to put up points in bunches, the Crusaders have aspirations of playing for a state championship in MetLife Stadium in just a few months. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Oradell-based non-public powerhouse: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/16: Timber Creek 2020 was an up-and-down year for the Chargers, who finished with a 3-4 record under first-year coach Brian Wright. With just a handful of starters returning, Wright is tasked with getting a young, but talented group up-to-speed in year two. Illinois commit Donovan Leary leads an intriguing mix of youth and experience as Timber Creek looks to get back into title contention in 2021. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/17: South Brunswick South Brunswick’s first year in the newly formed Big Central Conference didn’t go as planned, as the Vikings won their first four games of the season before dropping three in a row to end 2020. John Viotto, entering his third season as head coach, will look to players like five-star kicking recruit and Rutgers University commit Jai Patel to lead the team in 2021. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 8/18: Millville Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen will lead the way for a Thunderbolts team hoping to contend for a sectional title in 2021. Nate Robbins enters his third year as Millville’s starting QB, while dynamic freshman Lotzier Brooks has all of Cumberland County buzzing. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Bolts: 8/19: Donovan Catholic The Griffins were a mere half-yard from a perfect 2020 season and an unofficial Shore Conference championship, but Dan Curcione’s team is ready to hit the reset button and challenge defending champ Wall for the top spot in the American Division and a chance to do damage both in the new Shore playoffs as well as the road to the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has more on the Griffins from Toms River: 8/20: Winslow Twp. The Eagles won five of their six games in 2020 to earn the program’s first winning season in a decade. Now Winslow is looking to keep the momentum going in 2021. Senior LB Emeril Mitchell will lead the way on defense, while QB Hamas Duren and RB Trey Thorpe should put up big numbers on offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview: 8/20: St. Joe’s (Mont.) It won’t be easy replacing reigning JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime, but St. Joe’s will lean on their new core of top talent to usher in the next generation of Green Knights. Joe’s, yet again, plays an incredibly tough schedule and will have to weather through the gauntlet if they want to compete for a state title in 2021. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles St. Joe’s (Mont.): Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/21: Trenton Trenton was one team greatly affected by Covid-19 protocols. The Tornadoes not only shut down and rescheduled games, but were also forced to trim the roster down to less than 30 athletes, leaving many players confused and discouraged from participating in the offseason. New head coach Chris Franco brings his expertise over from prep powerhouse The Hun School. Franco is eager to restore a bit of normalcy back into one of Mercer County’s most beloved programs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. 8/21: St. Joseph Academy (Hammonton) Having to fight to keep their school open and playing without a home field, the Wildcats know about adversity. This season, St. Joe aims to retake its place as one of the top Non-Public teams in the state. Cohl Mercado, P.J. Williams, Bryan Butkus, Jahqir Haley and Ja’son Prevard will lead the way in Paul Sacco’s 40th season at the helm in Hammonton. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Wildcats: 8/22: Holmdel The Hornets have had an amazing three-year run including last year’s 6-1 record. The price of that success is a daunting schedule in the Shore Conference’s Colonial Division. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis pays a visit to Holmdel and head coach Jeff Rainess: 8/22: Cedar Creek The Pirates will lean on a deep and experienced senior class to right the ship after finishing 3-5 in 2020. JSZ All-Zone WR JoJo Bermudez and company are hungry for a return to the postseason under second-year coach James Melody. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Egg Harbor City: 8/23: DePaul Catholic It’s a new year, and there’s a new head coach leading DePaul Catholic into 2021. Nick Campanile, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, takes the reigns of a surging Spartans program from John McKenna. The cupboard is certainly full this season. A trio of Division 1 recruits – A’Khoury Lyde, Q’yaeir Price and Eddie Conoran – anchor a defense with eight three-year varsity starters. DePaul’s usual pass-happy offense now goes to senior quarterback AJ Rodriguez. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Passaic County power: 8/23: Shawnee The Renegades look to get back on the winning track this season after finishing 1-6 in 2020. Four-year starting QB Matt Welsey leads a senior class with a lot to prove in 2021. Returning starters Dean Bialous, Fred McAneney, Ethan Krauss, and Luke Anderson will all see increased roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/26: Northern Highlands The excitement surrounding Northern Highlands football is as high as its been in years. The Highlanders return four valuable starters and leaders to the team in 2021: QB Enzo Arjona, RB/DB Nick Branca, WR/DE Ian Langan and OL/DL Charlie Johnson. Those four will look to lead Northern Highlands on their drive to win a second sectional title in three seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Allendale: 8/26: Delran The Bears enter 2021 with a chip on their shoulder after a tough end to a Covid-shortened 2020 season. Rutgers-commit Kenny Fletcher, senior RB Zac Palmer-Smith, and junior QB Derek Namnun have the Bears ready to challenge for a sectional title. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Delran: 8/26: Mainland The Mustangs return a young core ready to take a step forward after finishing 2-4 in 2020. Mainland will feature an exciting one-two punch on offense in junior RB Jabriel Mace and junior QB Marlon Leslie. Sophomore LB JJ Sinclair will be a name to watch on the defensive side of the football. JSZ’s James Mooney checks in from the Mustang Corral: 8/26: Union Following a tough loss to Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium for the North Group 5 Championship, 2020 didn’t go as planned for Union as the Farmers went 4-3 in a condensed season affected by Covid-19. Union will have to replace versatile athlete Desmond Igbonisun, now at Rutgers, luckily the Farmers can look to younger brother and defensive threat, Davison Igbonisun to make plays in 2021 before he joins the Scarlett Knights next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/30: Lenape Despite ending the year with back to back losses, Lenape finishing 5-2 will once again be one of the premiere teams to watch in South Jersey. With players like Xavier Coleman now at Boston College and Tyler Davis off to University of Delaware, the Indians will look to players like Kylier Lightfoot and Kobi Ray-Reed to lead the offense.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from training camp:  8/31: Kingsway The Dragons look to reload and refocus in 2021 with a strong group of underclassmen stepping into big roles both on and off the field. Juniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will be impact players on both sides of the football for the Dragons. Sophomore QB Joe Lyons, junior LB D.J. DiPietro, and junior DL Demetrious Ransom will be some of the newcomers to watch this season. Kingsway opens the season with a road trip to Rutgers University, where they will take on Shawnee at the Rumble on the Raritan. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview from Swedesboro: 8/31: Piscataway After being shut down for the entire 2020 season due to COVID, Piscataway has a clean slate as they look to build back. The Chiefs were a juggernaut just three years ago after a perfect 13-0 season. The road to rebuilding begins this Friday night when Piscataway hosts Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a look at the 2021 Chiefs 8/31: Delbarton Delbarton’s 2020 team was arguably one of the best in program history. So, how will the 2021 rendition of the Green Wave respond? By setting their own standard. Stanford commit Pat Caughey anchors a defensive line with potentially three other Division 1 recruits: Chuck Nnaeto, Matt Gemma and Nigel McSween. Robbie Russo is in line to win the starting quarterback job and will have a reliable target in Nick Petrillo, one of the top returning pass catchers in the Super Football Conference. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Morristown-based private school: 8/31: Irvington Who is the top team in Essex County? Some will say Seton Hall Prep, but others will push for Irvington to hold that title. The Blue Knights’s 2021 campaign includes tough games against Union City, Wayne Hills, DePaul Catholic, Ridgewood and West Orange. That should prepare them for a deep playoff run. Two-way lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins is one of the top players in Essex County and will be a valuable leader for Irvington this season. The Blue Knights’ trio of national junior recruits – Adon Shuler, Nasir Addison and Famah Toure – bring top-end talent to a hungry team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview on Irvington: 8/31: Red Bank Regional Shane Fallon’s father was a longtime athletic director and assistant football coach at Red Bank Regional in the late 1970’s. Now, the architect of the Rumson-Fair Haven football program comes back home to lead RBR into a new era. The Bucs had multiple shutdowns due to COVID but ended their 2-4 season with an upset win over Group 5 Hackensack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis previews the Bucs from Little Silver: 8/31: East Orange A condensed seven game season put a cap on what could’ve been something special for East Orange. The Jaguars went 5-2 in 2020, outscoring opponents in their first three games 81-6. With most of their starters returning they will have much to look forward to in 2021. At the top of that list is six foot, two hundred pound, Temple University commit and defensive threat, Kyle Louis. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the full story:  8/31: Westfield No team scheduled to play was affected by Covid-19 in 2020 more than Westfield. Shutdowns led to a two game season in which the Blue Devils lost both games, a definite first for longtime Head Coach Jim DeSarno.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp:  Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage.  9/1: Middletown South The Eagles are coming off a 2-4 season but played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference highlighted by a 32-25 upset win over RBC. More than anything, Steve Antonucci’s team is grateful to have a full season in front of them including the return of their annual Thanksgiving clash with Middletown North. Jack Latore leads a hard-nosed defense and Tom Shorck is back under center on the offensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a preview of Middletown South: 9/1: Ramapo The expectations surrounding Ramapo football are always sky high. While the goal for a sectional title isn’t changing in 2021, the actual group they’ll be competing in is. The Raiders are anticipating a bump-up from North Group 3 to North Group 4 this season, meaning new opponents and challenges throughout the year. Senior captains Dylan Snee and Jack Remo will be valuable pieces to the defense, while Bergen Catholic transfer Jack Grusser comes back to play quarterback at his hometown school. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Raiders: 9/1: Eastern 2021 marks a changing of the guard for the Vikings as Lionel Bolen takes over the program in his first season as head coach. The former Eastern assistant was a standout at Rancocas Valley and played collegiately for Notre Dame. Bolen’s goal in year one is to change the culture after a 1-4 finish in 2020. The Vikings feature a ton of talent all over the roster with junior QB Walt Clymer Jr., senior WR/DBs AJ Brooks, Jasiah Davis, and junior OL/DL Aidan Clark playing huge roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has more with the Vikings in Voorhees: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 9/1: Colts Neck After putting together a 7-1 season in 2021, Colts Neck got what they asked for – a major bump in competition. The Cougars are the newest addition to Shore Conference’s American Division, which features the conference’s best competition. Colts Neck will mix it up with Toms River North, Donovan Catholic, Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven in 2021 as they look to stake their claim as one of the top public schools in Central Jersey. Four-year starter Tommy Fallon returns under center and is surrounded by a senior-heavy team with plenty of varsity experience. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Cougars: 9/1: Hun 2020 was anything but typical for the Hun school. The nationally known prep powerhouse located in Princeton went 3-3 in a short season that restricted them to in-state play only. Prior to last year the Raiders had lost only four games in the three seasons, that included a slew of MAPL league championships. Things seem to be back on pace in Princeton and it doesn’t hurt when you have New Jersey’s number one ranked player, Rutgers commit Jacob Allen.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage

JSZ All Access: Comeback Season

JSZ All Access: Comeback Season

Preseason football is about to end and Week 0 is just days away. Our team of MMJ’s embedded themselves with four of the top football programs in the state leading up to the start of the 2021 season. It’s the first sense of normalcy for high school football in New Jersey after a COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign. We’ll go behind the scenes and tell in-depth stories from St. Peter’s Prep, Holy Spirit, Red Bank Catholic and Phillipsburg. You want to see passion? Dedication? Camaraderie? We have it, and you don’t want to miss it. Episode 1 of “JSZ All Access: Comeback Season” drops Aug. 24 and Episodes 2 and 3 will be published on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, respectively. Follow along each day for a new 30-minute documentary feature. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Credits Executive Producers: Dale Florio and Mark Kolb Red Bank Catholic produced by Rich Chrampanis St. Peter’s Prep produced by Jay Cook Holy Spirit produced by Mike Frankel Phillipsburg produced by Nery Rodriguez Jersey Sports Zone ownership team: Leslie Florio, Karen Geisel and Mike Zebrick

Watch Saturday 5.22 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights

Watch Saturday 5.22 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights

We have highlights of both girls and boys Union County Championships including some of the top teams in the state! Summit 11 Westfield 9 | Union County Boys Final In a battle of two public state powers, Summit (10-0) captured a third straight Union County Title following an 11-9 victory over Westfield (8-4). The Hilltoppers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first quarter before going ahead 8-3 at halftime. Westfield would counter as Villanova commit Mack Prybylski and Fairfield bound Aidan McLane both finishing hat tricks would cut the deficit to 9-7 in the fourth. However, Summit tacking on a pair of scores from Holy Cross commit Michael Bonomo in the final minutes would secure the win. Bonomo and Penn commit Luke DiNola each had four goals.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Clark:  Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. Oak Knoll 11 Summit 5 | Union County Girls Final Familiar foes squared off on the campus of Arthur L. Johnson High School, the Royals improved upon their one-point victory from a month ago. An explosion of scoring came late in the first half from Devon Gogerty as she netted three goals and had an assist to put Oak Knoll out in front and the Royals never looked back. It was a team effort to capture the Union County Title as seven different girls scored at least one goal for Oak Knoll. Jane Freeman had two goals for the Hilltoppers in the loss. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights from Clark:

Watch Thursday 5.20 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights

Watch Thursday 5.20 JSZ Lacrosse Highlights

County tournament season is well underway and our cameras have coverage of three conference playoff games – two from Union County and one more from Bergen County. Enjoy all the highlights with the JSZ All-Access Pass! Bergen Catholic 15 Ramapo 7 | Bergen County Tournament Quarterfinal Bergen Catholic (7-5) scored eight unanswered goals from the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Still on Top, #1 Donovan Catholic routes #3 Livingston

Still on Top, #1 Donovan Catholic routes #3 Livingston

Questions arose after the top softball program in the state took their first loss of the season yesterday, but the Griffins of Donovan Catholic (12-1) bounced back in convincing fashion. Taking on the Lancers of Livingston (10-2) at neutral site Seton Hall, Donovan controlled the game from start to finish to win 8-2. Adriana Romano […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Meglio Wins Central Jersey Week 3 Game Ball

Meglio Wins Central Jersey Week 3 Game Ball

When we met with the Jags and new Head Coach Pat George before the season, he predicted a young sophomore would open eyes this spring. Three weeks later and the first-year starter Charlie Meglio is proving him right. The 6’3 3B was a nightmare at the plate against Toms River East as he smoked two homers and finished with five RBI’s! It is no surprise Meglio brings home the game ball for his performance. Take Our Poll

Brooke Knight of Toms River East brings home Week 1 Game Ball

Brooke Knight of Toms River East brings home Week 1 Game Ball

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Watch JSZ’s Day 1 NJSIAA Wrestling Finals Highlights!

Watch JSZ’s Day 1 NJSIAA Wrestling Finals Highlights!

The Road to Phillipsburg is officially over. Hundreds of wrestlers from all reaches of the state have reached the state tournament and are wrestling to achieve glory in a shortened, unforgiving 2021 season. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s has highlights from Day 1 of the NJSIAA State wrestling tournament with results from 106 through 145. 106-Pound State Champion: Daniel Jones, Delbarton JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights and reaction! 113-Pound State Champion: Evan Tallmadge, Brick Memorial JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and reaction: 120-Pound State Champion: Anthony Santaniello, Brick Memorial JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction: 126-Pound State Champion: Vincent Santaniello JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the highlights and reaction ! 132-Pound State Champion: Ty Whelan, Clearview JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and reaction: 138-Pound State Champion: Joey Olivieri, Hanover Park JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-match reaction. 145-Pound State Champion: Anthony White, South Plainfield JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and champion interview:

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After 15 seasons of Frank Malta leading the way for Jackson Memorial, the Jags have a new head coach in former hitting coach Pat George. George was with the team last summer for the runner-up finish in the Last Dance World Series. Although Jackson loses significant offensive firepower due to graduation, they have confidence in the young Jags at the plate. Jackson will rely on their pitching duo of Matt Potok and Zach Crotchfelt, who are committed to Coastal Carolina and Auburn respectively. JSZ’s Ken Bradley has the story:

Watch JSZ Girls Wrestling State Finals Highlights!

Watch JSZ Girls Wrestling State Finals Highlights!

All roads lead to Phillipsburg in 2021. After a turbulent season, we’ve made it to the NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Finals. Jersey Sports Zone has FULL highlights from the each championship bout from the girls finals at the home of the Stateliners. Stay tuned and enjoy the highlights! 100 Pound Champion: Isabella Santos, Elizabeth 107 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Wednesday 4.7 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Wednesday 4.7 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

We’re moving closer to the individual tournaments, but this week still features some tremendous team duals around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Cherokee 70 Shawnee 0 The Chiefs take care of business against a shorthanded Renegades lineup in a clean sweep of its district rivals. Cherokee racked up the bonus points in the dual as […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Thursday 4.1 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Thursday 4.1 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

It’s the beginning of spring break around New Jersey but grapplers continue to toe the line. We have action from a Delbarton v. Kingsway barn burner, as well as mat-side highlights from the Shore Conference, North and South Jersey! Delbarton 29 Kingsway 24 It was one of the most anticipated duals of the season, and […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Tuesday 3.30 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Tuesday 3.30 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

We’ve got three more great matches as the dual season rolls on in every part of the state. JSZ brings you highlights from a tough North-South battle between Southern Regional and Phillipsburg, while also checking in on winnings effort from Watchung Hills and St.Peter’s Prep. Watch all the highlights with your JSZ All-Access Pass! Phillipsburg […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Friday 3.26 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Friday 3.26 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

It’s another busy evening on the mat, with sensational scraps all over the state. Check back throughout the night to catch all of the exciting highlights! Delsea 49 Woodstown 17 The Crusaders took down the Wolverines in a battle between undefeated Tri-County Conference teams. Giovanni DeGeorge, Pierce Lightfoot, Blaise Verdino, Jacob Hassett and Alex Zimmerman […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Thursday 3.25 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Thursday 3.25 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

It’s an exciting night on the mat as JSZ brings you three big duals from across the state highlighted by a 600th career win for a NJ wrestling legend and the end of a five year win streak in Shore Conference divisional action. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action! Kittatinny 36 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Tuesday 3.23 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Tuesday 3.23 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

JSZ’s team of MMJ’s continues to hit the mats all across the state. Tonight we have highlights from a top 10 showdown, two of the CVC’s best, an NJAC divisional battle and a tussle on the Shore. Enjoy the action! North Hunterdon 32 Phillipsburg 23 A top 10 matchup between two Skyland Conference teams, #4 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Saturday 3.20 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Saturday 3.20 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

It’s late March Saturday dual wrestling in New Jersey! The first week of high school wrestling is wrapping up and JSZ takes you around the state with some fantastic dual matchups. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the action. Brick Memorial 40 Rumson-Fair Haven 37 The Mustangs scored pinfalls in seven of their […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Friday 3.19 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Friday 3.19 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Opening week continues on the mat with great clashes all over the Garden State! Millville 54 Vineland 24 There were only four contested bouts, but the Thunderbolts knocked off the archrival Fighting Clan to open the season. Jaydan Wright and Adrian Baez both pinned for Millville. Joe Nappa and Josh Kichen each won by fall […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Thursday 3.18 Wrestling Highlights

Watch Thursday 3.18 Wrestling Highlights

Our wrestling coverage during the first week of the 2021 season continues with a pair of Shore Conference matches. Subscribe with the JSZ All-Access Pass to watch the highlights! CBA 54 Freehold Township 13 CBA has seemingly opened the 2021 season on a mission after securing wins in their first two matches of the year. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Wednesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Wednesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

The first week of wrestling rolls along with two great matchups on the mat. Enjoy the highlights! Camden Catholic 54 Shawnee 24 The Non-Public “B” champions from a year ago showed no signs of regression, erasing an early deficit to power past the Renegades. Shawnee led 18-6 after a Jake Hastings second round pin at […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Tuesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

Watch Tuesday 3.17 JSZ Wrestling Highlights

The final leg of the winter season is underway as grapplers all across the Garden State made their way back to the mats. Our team caught one of New Jersey’s best programs in action. Brick Memorial 48 Toms River East 26 Arguably the best public school wrestling program in the state, Brick Memorial started off […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

JSZ 2021 Hockey Previews

JSZ 2021 Hockey Previews

Believe it or not, we’ve made it to the start of the high school hockey season in New Jersey. JSZ’s team of multimedia journalists are stopping by rinks all over as teams in the Garden State prepare for the start of the 2021 season on Jan. 15. Bookmark this page as we upload new previews daily leading up to the first puck drop next week! Christian Brothers Academy The defending Gordon Cup and state champions will not get a chance to defend their state crown at the Rock but paying for the school’s 10th Gordon Conference championship is plenty of incentive. With 2020 JSZ Hockey Player of the Year John Donohoe back in net, the Colts are expected to roll our four lines that are all capable of finding the net and a solid blueline anchored by captains Colin Grable and Lucas Salas. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis wraps up our hockey previews with a look at CBA: Don Bosco Prep Despite winning 20 games and making it to three tournament finals, Don Bosco has a chip on its shoulder coming into the new year. The Ironmen are bigger, faster and stronger in 2021, and don’t plan on falling short with as they’ll deploy a high-powered offense and a physical defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview: Rumson-Fair Haven Eric Zullo’s first season as RFH head coach saw the Bulldogs take a big step forward as a state ranked public school program thanks to a 16-3-3 record that featured a spot in the Public “C” quarterfinals and a Shore Conference Hanchden Cup championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to the Red Bank Armory to learn more about the 2021 Bulldogs: Bergen Catholic 2020 was a year that saw Bergen Catholic take a major step forward into becoming a state power. The Crusaders won their first Bergen County Tournament title, yet fell short in the Gordon Cup and Non-Public tournaments. Their sights are set on the state’s No. 1 ranking in 2021 behind an electric offense led by Aram Minnetian. JSZ’s Jay Cook features the Crusaders from Hackensack: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. St. Augustine The Hermits are eager to get back on the ice after opening round exits in the Gordon Cup and the state playoffs last season. St. Augustine finished .500 a year ago, and will count on a handful of key seniors to help the team compete in 2021. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits from The Igloo in Mt. Laurel: Morris Knolls After winning two straight Public A state titles and with 10 seniors returning to the mix, Morris Knolls has all the makings of entering 2021 as potentially the state’s top public school team. Jason Kwestel, Andrew Ryan and Tim Kepler will all wear C’s on their sweaters this year. With no state tournament this season, Knolls is wholly focused on winning the 2021 Mennen Cup. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by Aspen Ice in Randolph to preview the Golden Eagles: Westfield Finishing (15-8-2), Westfield fell short in the Union County Tournament final and was a game away from playing in Newark for a Public B championship in 2020. The Blue Devils graduated eight seniors but have a bevy of upperclassmen stepping into starting roles this year, which could be a determining factor in finishing during high-pressure situations. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the preview: Thank you to the office of Assemblymen Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage.  Gloucester Catholic The Rams have reached the state semifinals the last three years in a row, and are looking to take the next step by capturing a Gordon Cup title this winter. Defenseman Jake Grace leads an experienced GC senior class, with the Rams hoping a talented group of sophomores will step into the spotlight this year. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview from Hollydell Ice Arena: Gloucester Catholic coverage is made possible by NJM Insurance. Manasquan/Point Pleasant Beach The Warriors have won three straight Shore Conference Cups and will be challenged to go 4 for 4 with the departure of All-Zoners Matt Franzoni and Anthony Dowd but there’s still a lot of talent on the roster headlined by the Farinacci brothers (twins Michael and Chris along with James). Cousin John Farinacci fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors made an appearance at Warriors practice giving the team a big boost as they work towards the start of the 2021 season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall: Delbarton After securing only 10 wins and finishing the year at .500 last season, Delbarton is gladly turning the page to 2021. At least nine freshman and numerous other underclassmen saw significant ice time for the Green Wave in 2020 – but with a year of experience under their belts, head coach Bruce Shatel is expecting a turnaround season. Anchoring Delbarton this year will be talented senior goalie Brett Cleaves. JSZ’s Jay Cook makes the pit stop at Aspen Ice to preview Delbarton:

Estime Wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman, Signs with Notre Dame

Estime Wins 2020 JSZ Zoneman, Signs with Notre Dame

What a day Friday was for Audric Estime. The St. Joe’s (Mont.) product is at the forefront of the New Jersey high school football world after it was announced Estime won the 2020 Zoneman Trophy, Jersey Sports Zone’s honor for the top player in New Jersey. Moments after accepting the honor, Estime sent shockwaves through the national college football recruiting world by announcing he’s be signing with the University of Notre Dame. Watch JSZ’s full breakdown of Estime’s huge day: Zoneman Breakdown Estime put up unprecedented numbers during the 2020 season. In the eight games St. Joe’s played, Estime delivered 1,838 yards and 22 touchdowns against the top competition in the state. Estime garnered votes from coaches and media in every corner of the state to take home the award. Notre Dame Signing Estime will be making plenty of waves with his announcement Friday to flip from his Michigan State commitment to his signing with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are one of the top teams in America and Estime will be a jolt of energy to the program.

Vote Now for JSZ Defensive Touchdown of 2020!

Vote Now for JSZ Defensive Touchdown of 2020!

Our recap of the 2020 football season continues. Jersey Sports Zone has the best defensive touchdowns from the Garden State this season. The poll is live with the best of the best scores from the defensive side of the ball. Polls will be open until Tuesday, December 15th at noon. Vote for your favorite play and tell a friend to check out the action. Take Our Poll JSZ Post Season Awards Calendar Who had the top play of the 2020 season? Who will win the Zoneman Player of the Year? Who is on our All-Zone team? All the answers to those questions can be found by following along with JSZ as we navigate through the dozens of awards coming down the pipeline in December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the coming weeks. JSZ Football Plays of the Year Special Teams TD of the Year: Monday, Dec. 7th through Wednesday, Dec. 9th.TD Pass Play of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 10th through Saturday, Dec. 12th.Defensive TD of the Year: Sunday, Dec. 13th through Tuesday, Dec. 15th.TD Run of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 16th through Friday. Dec. 18th.Sack of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 19th through Monday, Dec. 21st.2020 Overall Play of the Year (6 Plays of the Year winners): Monday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 2020 All-Zone Team Presentation Announcement of JSZ Zoneman Finalists (5 Player of the Year Finalists): Monday, Dec. 7th.JSZ Non-Public All-Zone Offense: Monday, Dec. 14th.JSZ Non-Public All Zone Defense: Tuesday, Dec. 15th.JSZ Public All-Zone Offense: Wednesday, Dec. 16th.JSZ Public All Zone Defense: Thursday, Dec. 17th.Zoneman Finalist Features: Friday, Dec.18th.Zoneman Trophy Announcement (virtual interview) Dec. 18th.

JSZ Camp Countdown: Preseason Football Previews for the 2020 Season

JSZ Camp Countdown: Preseason Football Previews for the 2020 Season

Football teams in New Jersey are currently preparing for the 2020 high school season in a preseason like no other. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists are back pounding the pavement to cover the state and preview dozens of football programs leading up to Opening Day on Oct. 2. From now until then, our “JSZ Camp Countdown” series will highlight a new team daily in preparation for the season. Stop back in each day for a story on your favorite team, your crosstown rival or a team on the other end of New Jersey. Today’s JSZ Camp Countdown Feature: Timber Creek Major changes took place at Timber Creek this offseason as longtime head coach Rob Hinson joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. Brian Wright takes over for Hinson after eight seasons at Cherry Hill West. Wright now presides over one of the best rosters in the state highlighted by junior DE/WR Jihaad Campbell, and junior quarterback Donovan Leary. The Chargers also added senior running back, Temple-commit Johnny Martin, who transferred from Highland in the offseason. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story: Previous JSZ Camp Countdown Previews Scroll down to find a team’s preview, then click the name to watch! Week 1 8/17: Don Bosco Prep 8/18: Hammonton 8/19: Donovan Catholic 8/20: Ramapo 8/21: Absegami 8/22: Bridgewater-Raritan 8/23: Woodbridge Week 2 8/24: Paramus Catholic 8/25: Washington Township 8/26: Union 8/27: Holmdel 8/28: Seton Hall Prep 8/29: Lenape 8/30: Toms River North Week 3 8/31: Winslow 9/1: Sayreville 9/2: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 9/3: Wall 9/4: Hillside 9/5: Wayne Valley 9/6: St. Augustine Week 4 9/7: Holy Spirit 9/8: Westfield 9/9: Irvington 9/10: West Orange 9/11: Woodrow Wilson 9/12: Williamstown 9/13: Mater Dei Prep Week 5 9/14: Delbarton 9/15: Burlington Township 9/16: Red Bank Catholic 9/17: Pope John 9/18: Ridgewood 9/19: Red Bank Regional 9/20: Shawnee Week 6 9/21: DePaul Catholic 9/22: South Brunswick 9/23: Cedar Creek 9/24: Millville 9/25: St. Peter’s Prep 9/26: Timber Creek

JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020

JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020

Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington

Watch Monday 10.11 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

Watch Monday 10.11 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

Clifton 2 Gill St. Bernard’s 0 Emotions were high in a pregame ceremony at Clifton Stadium and those feelings bled over into an impassioned 2-0 win for Clifton (11-1) over Gill St. Bernard’s (8-4). The Mustangs honored the life of the late, great Clifton soccer star Stan Koziol with a presentation to his family. After […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Monday 10.11 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Watch Monday 10.11 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Jersey Sports Zone has two Monday soccer matches thanks to our great sponsors. Check out Washington Township vs. Lenape boys and Allentown/Middletown South girls! Washington Twp. 3 Lenape 0 | Boys The Minutemen have been playing inspired soccer of late, rallying for teammate Aiden McGuigan who suffered a serious injury at practice recently. Savien Castro scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game against the Indians, while Georgio Tasiopoulos added a pair of goals for Township (8-2-1). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction as the Minutemen play for McGuigan: Coverage of Washington Township is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Middletown South 2 Allentown 0 | Girls Abygail Doherty and Lara Brennan scored in the final 10 minutes of the match to give the Eagles (7-4-1) four wins in their last five matches. Meghan Carragher delivered a beautiful service in the 81st minute that Doherty deflected in traffic. Six minutes later, Makayla Jaffe had a fantastic run that saw her rip a shot that hit the crossbar which allowed Brennan to score on the rebound from close range. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Monday soccer action from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Allentown is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Bergen Catholic’s Will Richardson Makes College Choice!

Bergen Catholic’s Will Richardson Makes College Choice!

When discussing the top returning seniors in the New Jersey high school basketball world for this upcoming season, Will Richardson’s name is among those at the top of the list. Richardson, a dynamic point guard at Bergen Catholic, has now announced his college choice. Taking to social media Sunday night, Richardson broke the news that he had given a verbal commitment to Fordham University. Richardson’s was impressive for Bergen Catholic during his junior year. In a COVID-19 shortened regular season, the 6-2, 160 pound guard led the Crusaders with 18.8 points per game and 2 steals per game. He also flashed an improved three-point shooting prowess and led his team in that category with 20 three-pointers. Bergen Catholic went 7-2 and secured wins over perennial powers Gill St. Bernard’s, The Patrick School and Montclair Immaculate. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association did not hold a state playoff tournament that season. Watch Will Richardson’s JSZ Junior Year Highlight Reel! Richardson was selected by Jersey Sports Zone as a finalist for the “2021 Mr. Hoop Zone” Player of the Year award. He finished fourth in the voting behind Camden’s D.J. Wagner, Manasquan’s Ben Roy and Roselle Catholic’s Corey Floyd, Jr. Balloting was collected by high school coaches and credentialed media around the state. Fordham, who finished at 2-14 in the Atlantic-10 conference last season, is currently undergoing a facelift under new first year head coach Kyle Neptune. Bergen Catholic returns its entire starting five and a number of other pieces for the 2021-2022 season. They’ll be very much in the mix for titles in the Bergen County Jamboree and Non-Public A state tournament. Jersey Sports Zone’ coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics!

Who’s got the best play from Week 6? Vote now for the JSZ Top Play Belt!

Who’s got the best play from Week 6? Vote now for the JSZ Top Play Belt!

Jersey Sports Zone has ten more great nominees for the top play captured by our cameras. Watch our Top Plays and cast your vote now! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 5 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to South Brunswick’s Khyri Summers for winning JSZ’s Top Play Belt for Week 5

Get Those Votes In! Week 6 JSZ Game Ball Polls Are Up

Get Those Votes In! Week 6 JSZ Game Ball Polls Are Up

We’re beyond the halfway mark of the 2021 New Jersey high school football season and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are still going! Our team of MMJ’s are highlighting batches of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored on a weekly basis. Did we miss a player? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our MMJ’s below. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: [email protected] North Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Jay Cook: [email protected] Central Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: [email protected]

Watch Saturday 10.9 JSZ Football Highlights

Watch Saturday 10.9 JSZ Football Highlights

JSZ brings you a pair of great games from the Saturday football slate thanks to our great partners. Check out all of the action as Timber Creek takes on Woodrow Wilson, along with Ewing squaring off with Hamilton West! Woodrow Wilson 28 Timber Creek 16 The Tigers erased a pair of second-half deficits to pick up a big win against Timber Creek with the playoffs just around the corner. Senior Amari Clark tallied 117 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns, while senior Naz’sir Oglesby ran for 141 and two scores in the win for Woodrow Wilson (3-2). Junior Zyheem Coleman-Frazier hauled in a pair of touchdowns in the loss for Timber Creek (3-3). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from East Camden: Coverage of Timber Creek is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Ewing 33 Hamilton West 22 Tyreek Rollins had 147 yards receiving and three total touchdowns to give the Blue Devils a third straight win. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the Mercer County highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Ewing and Hamilton West is being brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Watch Saturday 10.9 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Watch Saturday 10.9 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Jersey Sports Zone wraps up our Week 6 coverage with four more games of action for JSZ All-Access members. Get your All-Access pass now to watch Egg Harbor Twp/Atlantic City, Rumson-Fair Haven/Colts Neck, Irvington/DePaul Catholic and the big showdown between Don Bosco Prep and Delbarton! Don Bosco Prep 31 Delbarton 10 It’s been nearly two […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Friday 10.8 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Watch Friday 10.8 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

We’ve got three games for our JSZ All-Access members as part of our Friday Week 6 high school football coverage. Get your All-Access pass now to watch Cranford/Colonia, Wall/Donovan Catholic and Central Regional at Matawan! Cranford 27 Colonia 14 Cranford (5-0) remains undefeated on the season following a 27-14 win over Colonia (4-2). Patriots Quarterback […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Friday 10.8 JSZ Football Highlights

Watch Friday 10.8 JSZ Football Highlights

JSZ once again had cameras all over the state to capture the best action the Garden State has to offer on the gridiron. Enjoy the highlights as they come in! Northern Highlands 29 Clifton 6 The Highlanders may very well have the resume to call themselves one of the best teams in the Garden State. Northern Highlands (6-0) toppled Clifton (5-1) thanks to its defense which completed a shutout effort for the second straight week. Ben Scrivanich had a pick-six, Ian Langan had an interception and both Charlie Johnson and Jayden Dorilas notched sacks in a stifling defensive performance. Nick Branca led the offense with 93 yards and two TD runs. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Clifton: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of this Super Football Conference game was sponsored by OceanFirst Bank! Cherokee 56 Shawnee 21 The Chiefs sent the Renegades a message in this Burlington County rivalry game. Brandon “Bam” Boria absolutely went off, rushing for 334 yards and five touchdowns in the victory for Cherokee (3-2). Matt Welsey threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a score for Shawnee (4-2) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Marlton: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Washington Twp. 42 Williamstown 7 The Minutemen made it a special night for its seniors on homecoming by knocking off the Braves to win the Border Bowl for the first time since 2015. Senior Jo’Nathan Silver had a big night on the ground, rushing for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Senior Nah’mere Graves added a rushing touchdown and a 65-yard pick-six for Washington Twp. (5-1). Villanova-commit Turner Inge rushed for a touchdown in the loss for Williamstown (3-3). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Sewell: Coverage of Washington Twp. and Williamstown is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.

Khiri Summers of South Brunswick wins JSZ Week Five Top Play Belt

Khiri Summers of South Brunswick wins JSZ Week Five Top Play Belt

Khiri Summers has become a well-rounded threat on both sides of the ball in his Junior year. Summers has 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season. In the Vikings 45-20 win over Monroe he scored on a shifty play in the fourth quarter that dazzled spectators. The fans have spoken and he is ourWeek Five Top Play Belt Winner . Watch his ceremony below:

Colonia’s Josh Oluremi wins JSZ Central Jersey Week Five Game Ball

Colonia’s Josh Oluremi wins JSZ Central Jersey Week Five Game Ball

Josh Oluremi’s play has been key to Colonia’s success is 2021. The senior with 13 touchdowns has helped lead the Patriots to a 4-1 record. In their 23-14 win over Linden, Oluremi had 18 carries for 185 yards and two touchdowns. The fans have spoken and he is our Central Jersey Week Five Game Ball Winner. Watch his ceremony below:

Devon Turner Wins North Jersey Game Ball!

Devon Turner Wins North Jersey Game Ball!

Dumont is in the midst of a program turnaround. The Huskies head into Week 6 with a 4-0 record after going 1-7 a year ago. A big reason behind the team’s success in 2021 has been senior running back Devon Turner. Last week, Turner had 16 carries for 149 yards and four touchdown runs – along with a 48-yard touchdown catch – in Dumont’s 42-6 win over Dwight-Morrow. Turner was nominated for, and won, JSZ’s Week 5 North Jersey Game Ball for that performance. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Turner with his game ball at practice on Thursday:

South Brunswick wins big on Homecoming weekend

South Brunswick wins big on Homecoming weekend

South Brunswick (4-2) is officially on a win streak following a 47-6 victory over J.P. Stevens (0-6). Omar Abdelaziz scored on a pick six for South Brunswick on the game’s opening play to set the tone. Jacob Brokaw, Brian Rawls Jr. and Damarion Potts would add scores to give the Vikings a 31-6 lead at halftime. Rawls Jr. would get an interception returned for a touchdown of his own in the second half as he finished with two scores. Rutgers commit Jai Patel also made field goals from 39 and 41 yards out. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from South Brunswick:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage.

Watch Thursday 10.7 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Watch Thursday 10.7 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

JSZ brings you games from both the Big Central Football Conference and the Shore Conference to kick off our Week Six coverage. Enjoy all the highlights with your JSZ All-Access Pass New Providence 38 Dayton 0 Pioneers running back Charlie Barth continued his electric play in the 2021 season. Barth handled 15 carries for 189 […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Schalick wins its seventh-in-a-row, remains undefeated on the season

Schalick wins its seventh-in-a-row, remains undefeated on the season

We have a battle in the Tri-County Conference as Schalick hosts Penns Grove in Elmer. Get your JSZ All-Access Pass to see all of the action! Schalick 3 Penns Grove 0 | Boys The Cougars keep charing towards the Group 1 playoffs with a dominant victory over the Red Devils. Senior Juni Smith scored a […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Woodstown’s Hill Wins SJ Game Ball

Woodstown’s Hill Wins SJ Game Ball

Woodstown put together an impressive 42-8 win over Penns Grove in Week 5, with James Hill Jr. leading the way. The sophomore rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolverines in the victory. Hill received more than 10,000 votes to earn the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Week 5 Game Ball. Watch James’ Game Ball presentation: South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit future nominations to [email protected] by Saturday evenings.

Immaculate Heart volleyball remains perfect in 2021

Immaculate Heart volleyball remains perfect in 2021

Immaculate Heart (13-0) remains undefeated following a dominant 2-0 win over Wayne Hills (4-6). Leading 9-8 in the first set, IHA began to pull away thanks to an offensive spark from junior Brookelyn Talmadge who had five early kills. The Blue Eagles would take the set 25-10. Talmadge would continue her reign in the second set as Immaculate Heart won 25-6, she had 10 kills total and three blocks. Senior Deanna Whelpley had five kills, two digs, 13 service points and an ace. It’s only fitting on National Coaches Day that we spoke with legendary head coach Maria Nolan who is the state leader in all-time volleyball wins with a record of 1,049-113.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring our Girls Game of the Week. 

Neptune wins sixth straight boys soccer match

Neptune wins sixth straight boys soccer match

We’ve got highlights of Neptune and Matawan from Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to see all the action! Neptune 4 Matawan 1 | Boys Ernst Louisius scored his 12th goal of the season in the opening minute of the match and the Scarlet Fliers built a 3-0 halftime lead on […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Wednesday 10.6 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Watch Wednesday 10.6 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Cinnaminson 1 Delran 0 | Boys The Pirates picked up a signature win, beating a bitter rival and staying undefeated in the process. Ryan Adams’ goal in the 50th minute proved to be the difference. Christian Palmer assisted on the goal, while Cinnaminson keeper Sean Kennedy made several crucial saves down the stretch to earn a clean sheet for the Pirates (10-0). It was the first loss of the season for the Bears (9-1-1). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from this BCSL showdown: Cinnaminson highlights are made possible by NJM Insurance. Hunterdon Central 4 Bridgewater-Raritan 0 | Boys The Red Devils put in work Wednesday night. Hunterdon Central (9-1) picked up its seventh-consecutive win and also topped division rival Bridgewater-Raritan (5-4-1) in Skyland Conference Delaware division action. Nicholas Riga, Ryan Nourbakhsh and Adam Cook each tallied goals in the first half before senior captain Alejandro Pintado closed the scoring with a PK goal in the 66th minute. Darren Szanto had four saves for the clean sheet in the victory. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Flemington: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.

Zion Cruz transfers to Kanye West’s Donda Academy

Zion Cruz transfers to Kanye West’s Donda Academy

The Patrick School guard and JSZ All-Zone selection is making national headlines for joining Kanye West’s new California prep school. Check out Zion’s JSZ highlight reel! Patrick School 5-star recruit Zion Cruz is on his way to play prep basketball in California at Kanye West’s newly formed Donda Academy. Adam Zagoria confirmed that Cruz is leaving New Jersey to play on a team that features a number of high-profile recruits. Cruz started his high school basketball career at Hudson Catholic before moving to Oak Hill Prep and spent last year at the Patrick School. Cruz averaged 16.7 points per game for the Celtics in 12 games playing in the shortened 2021 New Jersey high school basketball season due to the pandemic. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Cruz from his one season with the Patrick School Cruz has 20 Division I basketball offers and is set to make a visit to Memphis October 13th.

Watch Tuesday 10.5 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Watch Tuesday 10.5 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Clearview 1 Kingsway 0 | Boys The setting for our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week was certainly special. Undefeated rivals Clearview and Kingsway squared off at the home of the Philadelphia Union, Subaru Park. Ryan Shute scored a goal in the 67th minute to make it an unforgettable night for the Pioneers. Robbie Kaufman assisted on the goal, while Jamel Yasin made several key saves to earn the clean sheet for View (8-0-2). The Dragons fell to (7-1-1). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and interviews from Chester, Pennsylvania: Thanks to OceanFirst Bank for sponsoring our Boys Game of the Week. Hopewell Valley 3 Princeton 2 | Girls Hopewell Valley (9-1) bounced back from a tough loss to Pennington over the weekend with a 3-2 victory over CVC Colonial Division leader Princeton (7-1) to hand the Tigers their first loss of 2021. Nicola Mosionek scored in the 39th minute of the first half to put Hopewell Valley 1-0, Mosionek found net again in the second half to reach 50 career goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hopewell Valley coverage.  St. Benedict’s Prep 7 Hun 0 | Boys Seven different players scored seven goals to lead the No. 2 ranked high school team in the United States to another commanding win. St. Benedict’s Prep (9-0) and Hun (4-5) were actually even in the first 20 minutes before the Gray Bees scored three goals in four minutes to take a 3-0 lead into the half. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Princeton: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hun is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.

Watch Tuesday 10.5 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

Watch Tuesday 10.5 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

JSZ has a pair of games on the pitch from the Tuesday slate. Get your All-Access Pass to see a Shore Conference clash between Holmdel and Shore, and a non-conference tilt between Haddon Heights and Clayton! Haddon Heights 3 Clayton 0 | Girls The Garnets generated pressure early and often on its way to an […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Jacob Allen is ready for 2022 All-American Bowl

Jacob Allen is ready for 2022 All-American Bowl

Hun offensive lineman Jacob Allen is expected to turn heads at Rutgers next season, but before lacing it up for the Scarlet Knights he will head to San Antonio, TX to represent New Jersey in the annual NBC All-American Bowl. Our cameras were there as Allen was being presented his jersey just before the Raider’s 40-7 win over MAPL rival Blair. He may be the Garden State’s lone representative for the game, however with relentless intensity and leadership to match, Jacob Allen is ready to showcase why he is NJ’s top ranked player. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from Princeton: Check out the game’s full roster Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage.

Watch Monday 10.4 JSZ Soccer All-Access Highlights

Watch Monday 10.4 JSZ Soccer All-Access Highlights

Jersey Sports Zone brings you two boys soccer matches from a rainy Monday. Get your All-Access pass to see Ridge vs. Lakeland and a Shore Conference showdown between Manalapan and Monmouth Regional! Ridge 6 Lakeland 1 | Boys Thunderstorms and an hour-long lightning delay had no adverse effects on Ridge Monday. The Red Devils (5-3-1) […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

AC Vikings Win Rare Monday Game

AC Vikings Win Rare Monday Game

Atlantic City 27 Cherry Hill East 13 In the final Week 5 game in the state, the Vikings picked up a Monday victory over the Cougars. La’Sean Trussell rushed for a pair of touchdowns for AC (3-1), including a 72-yard score to begin the second half. Eric Strecker and Nasir Turner also rushed for scores […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Ganne Plays with the Pros at ShopRite LPGA Classic

Ganne Plays with the Pros at ShopRite LPGA Classic

Holmdel senior Megha Ganne is no stranger to the spotlight, as she took the golf world by storm with a memorable performance at the U.S. Women’s Open a few months ago. Ganne played in another LPGA event over the weekend; the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview in Galloway. Although she missed the cut, Ganne more than held her own against the professionals. Playing so close to home was certainly special for both Ganne and her fans. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story:

Who’s got the Top Play in Week 5?  Cast your votes NOW!

Who’s got the Top Play in Week 5? Cast your votes NOW!

Another great weekend of high school football has come to a close. We wrap up another great week of New Jersey high school football with our Top Plays. Watch all the great highlights and cast your vote! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 5 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to Bergen Catholic’s Chris Mimmo, the JSZ Top Play Belt winner from Week Four!

October and the Week 5 Game Ball Polls Arrive Together!

October and the Week 5 Game Ball Polls Arrive Together!

Football is well underway in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are back! Our team of MMJ’s are highlighting batches of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! NJM Insurance South Jersey Poll Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: [email protected] Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey game ball polls are sponsored by NJM Insurance! North Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Jay Cook: [email protected] Central Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: [email protected]

Watch Saturday 10.2 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Watch Saturday 10.2 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

JSZ brings four more games of Week 5 action from Saturday for our All-Access members. Click on the story and get your subscription today to see all of our highlights! Irvington 21 Wayne Hills 16 Irvington (4-1) is one of New Jersey’s hottest teams after picking up their fourth consecutive win in a decisive victory […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Saturday 10.2 JSZ Football Highlights

Watch Saturday 10.2 JSZ Football Highlights

Jersey Sports Zone brings you two games of Saturday football action thanks to our great partners. Check out highlights of Toms River East against Long Branch along with Hun taking on Blair Academy in a Saturday night showdown! Hun 40 Blair 7 Hun (3-0) defeated MAPL rival Blair (2-1) 40-7 to pick up its third straight win of the 2021 season. The Raiders dominated from start to finish behind a standout performance from quarterback Marco Lainez. Lainez finished with 245 rushing yards and four touchdowns (three passing, rushing). JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaeidc Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage.  Long Branch 53 Toms River East 7 Christian Rodriguez threw a 46 yard TD pass in the final minute of the first half to give Long Branch a 21-7 lead and the Green Wave went on to bujst the game open in the second half to improve to 4-0. Rodriguez had a TD run and TD pass, Sekou Kamau had two touchdown runs and Michael Hall had a TD catch and punt return for a score. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Long Branch High: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is being brought to you by OceanFirst Bank

Kearny and Delran battle to a draw at The Den

Kearny and Delran battle to a draw at The Den

Kearny 1 Delran 1 After a 100-minute battle on the pitch, neither side could score the game-winner as the Kardinals and Bears tied on Saturday. Senior Christian Escandon scored in the 32nd minute off a fantastic pass from senior Dalton Davilla to give Kearny (7-1-1) the lead in the first half. Sophomore Drew Roskos responded with a goal in the 37th minute off a corner kick to even things up for good. Senior goalkeepers Joshua Rodriguez and Eamon McLoughlin were fantastic in net for their respective sides. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone is able to highlight one boys and one girls game per week thanks to our partnership with OceanFirst Bank. They’re dedicated to helping us showcase the top moments in New Jersey high school athletics!

Watch Friday 10.1 JSZ Football Highlights

Watch Friday 10.1 JSZ Football Highlights

Week Five is officially here and we continue to bring you some of the best games all across the state. Enjoy our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week, plus other sponsored coverage! DePaul Catholic 14 Delbarton 7 The latest rendition in what has become one of the most competitive North Jersey rivalries brought us another great game Friday. DePaul Catholic (4-1) snapped a two-game losing streak to Delbarton (3-2) thanks to a pair of rushing scores from QB A.J. Rodriguez and another inspired defensive outing from the Spartans. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the extended highlights and reaction from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of DePaul Catholic and Delbarton this week is made possible by OceanFirst Bank! They’re the reason we were able to showcase this top-notch SFC rivalry game. Union 14 Westfield 3 Union (4-1) picked up their fourth straight win following a 14-3 victory over Big Central 5A Division rival Westfield (2-2). Rutgers commit Davison Igbinosun got in for a short seven yard touchdown to begin the second quarter, which led to another score shortly after from Tyler Malik-Ismail to help the Farmers lead 14-0. Henry Hipschman would kick a 31 yard field goal for Westfield to end the first half. With the score staying the same throughout, Union controlled possession for most of the fourth quarter before running the clock out.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage.  South Brunswick 45 Monroe 20 Khiri Summers had a dominant performance with three TD catches and two interceptions on defense to give the Vikings a second straight win to improve to 3-2. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monroe and South Brunswick is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Watch Friday 10.1 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Watch Friday 10.1 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

JSZ brings you four games around New Jersey for our All-Access members. Thanks for supporting Jersey Sports Zone. Click below to get your All-Access pass and watch big wins for Cedar Creek, Burlington Township, Red Bank Catholic and Holmdel! Cedar Creek 7 Holy Spirit 6 The Pirates turned the tables on the Spartans with a […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Chris Mimmo’s Special Teams Play Wins JSZ Week 4 Top Play

Chris Mimmo’s Special Teams Play Wins JSZ Week 4 Top Play

When Chris Mimmo was charging down the field in the fourth quarter of Bergen Catholic’s winning effort over Don Bosco Prep last weekend, he was just trying to make a special teams tackle on a kickoff. Six days later, Mimmo was being presented with JSZ’s Week 4 Top Play Belt. Mimmo, a sophomore at Bergen Catholic, brought in over 25,000 votes to win the weekly award thanks to that physical tackle. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Mimmo with his award at practice on Thursday:

Parkman Wins JSZ North Jersey Game Ball!

Parkman Wins JSZ North Jersey Game Ball!

Hillside running back Mufawwaq Parkman delivered the breakout game he was looking for to get his junior season going. Parkman handled only eight carries but still put up a staggering 225 yard and scored four touchdowns in the Comets’ 40-7 blowout win against Voorhees on September 25. Parkman was nominated for, and won, JSZ’s Week 4 North Jersey Game Ball for his performance. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by practice on Thursday to present Parkman with his award:

Watch Thursday 9.30 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Watch Thursday 9.30 JSZ All-Access Football Highlights

Week Five in New Jersey high school football kicks off Thursday with games from the Super Football Conference and West Jersey Football League. Enjoy the highlights! Ramsey 48 Ridgefield Park 34 The Rams have a clear recipe for success so far in 2021 – lean on their massive offensive line and run the ball right […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Thursday 9.30 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Watch Thursday 9.30 JSZ Soccer Highlights

We’ve got two great games of action for everyone to watch thanks to our great sponsors. Lacey and Point Pleasant Boro battle in Ocean County while East Brunswick takes on Monroe. Lacey 2 Point Plesasant Boro 1 Ethan Riley’s second goal of the game in the 76th minute kept the Lions (7-0-1) unbeaten in 2021. After a scoreless first half, Point Pleasant Boro got on the board in the 45th minute on a goal by Charles Latendorf. Three minutes later, Kody Besser fed Riley for the equalizer. Dom Vecchio lofted a beautiful pass that allowed Riley to score on a breakaway with the game-winner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights and post-match reaction from Point Pleasant: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Point Pleasant Boro is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Monroe 1 East Brunswick | Boys Monroe (6-0-2) and East Brunswick (3-3-2) tied 1-1 in a thrilling Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division showdown. Josh Cruz got things going with a goal for the Falcons in the 53rd minute to give Monroe a lead 1-0. East Brunswick scored 14 minutes into the second, but that would be the only two goals scored on the evening.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage. 

Watch Thursday 9.30 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

Watch Thursday 9.30 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

St. Augustine 5 Ocean City 1 | Boys The Hermits sent a message to the Red Raiders and seized first place in the Cape-Atlantic League National Division. Ethan Torpey led the way with a hat trick for the Prep. Aidan Davis and Shane Clancy also scored goals for St. Augustine (8-1). Jon Leap scored a […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Rahway’s Zaon Laney takes home Central Jersey Week Four Game Ball

Rahway’s Zaon Laney takes home Central Jersey Week Four Game Ball

After beginning the season 0-3, Rahway got their first win of 2021 following a 34-13 victory over Carteret. Running back Zaon Laney finished with 188 total yards and two touchdowns against the Ramblers. The fans have spoken and he is our Central Jersey Week 4 Game Ball Winner! Watch his ceremony below:  Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: [email protected]

Oak Knoll’s Unbeaten Streak Still Alive After OT Thriller

Oak Knoll’s Unbeaten Streak Still Alive After OT Thriller

New Jersey high school field hockey is some of the best in the country and fans of the sport were treated with a monster showdown Wednesday afternoon. Oak Knoll and West Essex, both ranked inside the Top-15 nationally by Max Field Hockey, squared off in an their annual rivalry match. This year’s game lived up […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch JSZ 9.29 All-Access Soccer Highlights

Watch JSZ 9.29 All-Access Soccer Highlights

Jersey Sports Zone brings you two Wednesday soccer games. Get your All-Access Pass to see all the action! CBA 1 Middletown South 0 | Boys Jack D’Eletto’s goal in the 21st minute off a corner kick was the lone score of the game as CBA avoids an upset bid from the Eagles to improve to […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

EHT’s Vaughan Wins South Jersey Game Ball

EHT’s Vaughan Wins South Jersey Game Ball

Rondell Vaughan Jr. made plays all over the field in Egg Harbor Township’s Week 4 victory over Absegami. The senior rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, plus he returned a kickoff for a score. Vaughan received over 9,000 votes to earn the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Game Ball. Watch Rondell’s Game Ball presentation: South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit future nominations to [email protected] by Saturday evenings.

Shore, Colts Neck play to scoreless draw

Shore, Colts Neck play to scoreless draw

Two outstanding Shore Conference girls soccer teams couldn’t settle a winner in 100 minutes. Watch JSZ’s OceanFirst Bank girls game of the week highlights. Shore Regional 0 Colts Neck 0 The Blue Devils hit the crossbar three times in overtime and Colts Neck keeper Mia Nikolic had 14 saves to help the Cougars (5-1-2) earn a draw on the road against the state-ranked Blue Devils (6-1-2). JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights in our OceanFirst Bank Girls Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone is able to highlight one boys and one girls game per week thanks to our partnership with OceanFirst Bank. They’re dedicated to helping us showcase the top moments in New Jersey high school athletics!

Late PK Lifts Elizabeth Past Summit in Divisional Showdown

Late PK Lifts Elizabeth Past Summit in Divisional Showdown

Elizabeth and Summit has become one of Union County’s top rivalries in recent memory and the latest edition did not disappoint. In the 67th minute of a 2-2 match, Summit’s John Murray was given a yellow card for taking down Elizabeth’s Cleff Alexis inside the box. Alexis – a junior forward – buried the ensuing […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Tuesday 9.28 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Watch Tuesday 9.28 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you another exciting evening of free sponsored soccer coverage from around the Garden State. Check out our 9.28 highlights. Steinert 2 Allentown 0 Steinert (4-1-2) defeated Allentown (1-5) 2-0 in a Colonial Valley Conference non-division matchup. Following a scoreless first half, things began to pick up early in the second. Anthony Durling and Liam MacDonald would score in the 50th and 57th minute for the game’s only goals. The story of the afternoon was Allentown playing with heavy hearts as four of their team members were involved in a horrific car accident just a week prior. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Steinert coverage. Clearview 2 Delsea 1 | Girls The Pioneers picked up an important victory over the Crusaders in a battle between the top two teams in the South Group 3 playoff race. Senior Kaityln Pirrotta and junior Ava Gaiser each scored goals as Clearview (6-2) built a 2-0 lead in the first half. VMI-commit Riley Boucher scored the lone goal for Delsea (6-2-1) in the loss: JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Franklinville: Coverage of Delsea is brought to you by NJM Insurance.

Phillipsburg Honors Stateliner Legends

Phillipsburg Honors Stateliner Legends

Phillipsburg has been doing a lot of celebrating in recent weeks. After a lengthy process, the Garnet Booster Club, sponsoring all Stateliner athletics unveiled it’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame to ensure the history of athletics at Phillipsburg that spans well over 100 years is preserved and cherished for generations to come. 71 nominees were narrowed down to 11 inductees, the commemorative plaque hanging in PHS features some of the greatest athletes and coaches to dawn the garnet and gray. Read about them and watch JSZ’s feature with Nery Rodriguez below: John Barna: Three-time state wrestling champion (1980, 81, 82), career record of 100-5-2, first Phillipsburg wrestler with 100 wins. Harold Bellis: 86-29-10 coaching record, inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.  Charlie Berry: Only person to officiate a World Series and NFL championship in same season, 11 years in MLB with Red Sox, Athletics and White Sox. Ned Bolcar: Captain of University of Notre Dame football team, two-time All-American, 1988 NCAA National Champion, 4 seasons in the NFL with Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.  Mickey Frinzi: Stateliners Head Coach from 1968-72, athletic director 1976-91, first-team All-State running back in school history, inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Ruth Gibbs: First female athletic director from 1982-84, coached field hockey, basketball, softball, cheerleading and gymnastics, won three sectional titles in same year (only coach in Phillipsburg history to do so).  Mike Maloney: Phillipsburg’s first football coach, record of 106-77-17 from 1905-31, one of the founders of the NJSIAA.  Jim Ringo: Pro Football Hall of Fame (1981), 10-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time first-team All-Pro, coached in the NFL with the Bills, Chiefs, Bears and Jets, College Hall of Fame, three-year starter at Syracuse University.  Bob Stem: Winningest football coach in Program history with record of 112-43-4, played for the Boston Patriots, captain and All-American center at Syracuse University, 1959 NCAA National Championship team. Thad Turner: Wrestling Head Coach (1961-70) with record of 98-14-4, 171-104-6 record as Lehigh University Head Coach, six NCAA National Championships.  Bill Walsh: Football All-State center and captain, won two football National Championships at the University of Notre Dame, seven-time All-Pro center with the Steelers, coached 32 years in the NFL.  For more Phillipsburg High School athletics history visit: https://www.gostateliners.com/ If you’ve ever been to Phillipsburg you know the words “Beat Easton” ring true. The legendary Thanksgiving football game that spans well over 100 years between two Lehigh Valley rivalss was put on hold in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Luckily things will be back on track as expected this year and the Phillipsburg Garnet Booster Club wanted to honor those inducted into the Phillipsburg-Easton Hall of Fame already with a plaque paying tribute to those who have payed the toll thus far. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage.

West Windsor South Boys Win CVC Nail Biter

West Windsor South Boys Win CVC Nail Biter

West Windsor-Plainsboro South 1 Lawrence 0 West Windsor-Plainsboro South (3-2-2) defeated Lawrence (4-3) 1-0 in a closely contested Colonial Valley Conference match up. Both teams with back to back losses coming in pushed the tempo early. South would take a 1-0 lead off an Aidan Grund penalty kick goal in the first four minutes of the game. From there it would be strong defense throughout, especially from Pirates goalie Shane Dowling who finished with 10 saves. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our West Windsor-Plainboro South and Lawrence coverage.

Watch Monday 9.27 JSZ All Access Soccer Highlights

Watch Monday 9.27 JSZ All Access Soccer Highlights

Red Bank Regional 2 Holmdel 0 | Boys Jacob Kirkpatrick scored on a direct kick early in the match and then set up Lucas Sileno’s second-half goal on a corner to give the Bucs an upset win over the Hornets (4-2). RBR was 0-2-2 in its previous four matches before breaking through with its biggest […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Vote for JSZ’s Top Play from Week Four in New Jersey High School Football

Vote for JSZ’s Top Play from Week Four in New Jersey High School Football

Who will get the JSZ Top Play Belt this week? Watch 10 great plays captured by JSZ cameras and cast your vote NOW! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and has 10 great nominees for our Week 4 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to St. Peter’s Prep quarterback Champ Long for winning last week’s JSZ Top Play Belt for his game-winning two point conversion in double overtime against Seton Hall Prep

Week 4 Brings Big Game Efforts. Vote Now for JSZ Game Balls!

Week 4 Brings Big Game Efforts. Vote Now for JSZ Game Balls!

Football is well underway in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are back! Our team of MMJ’s are highlighting batches of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! NJM Insurance South Jersey Poll Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: [email protected] Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey game ball polls are sponsored by NJM Insurance! North Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Jay Cook: [email protected] Central Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: [email protected]

Watch Saturday 9.25 JSZ Football Highlights

Watch Saturday 9.25 JSZ Football Highlights

Week four of high school football in the Garden State continues with exciting rivalry matchups! Hillsborough 31 Bridgewater-Raritan 21 Hillsborough (4-0) remains undefeated in 2021 following a 31-21 win over rival Bridgewater-Raritan (2-2). The game was tied 7-7 after two first quarter touchdowns from Tommy Amankwaa and Brady Kurdyla. The Raiders kicked a field goal at the end of the second quarter to give Hillsborough a 10-7 lead. Coming out of halftime Bridgewater scored on an 18 yard touchdown reception from Matt Maciolek to go ahead briefly, but after a Hillsborough interception the Raiders tacked on three scores. Rutgers commit Tommy Amankwaa had 93 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan coverage.

Watch Saturday 9.25 JSZ All Access Football Highlights

Watch Saturday 9.25 JSZ All Access Football Highlights

Saturday of Week 4 did not disappoint, with great games in every corner of the state. Enjoy the highlights! Paulsboro 25 Salem 17 The Red Raiders came out on top in a hotly contested battle between Group 1 contenders and handed the Rams their first loss of the season. Senior RB Ameer “Manny” Bateman ran […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

St. Peter’s Prep holds off DePaul thanks to 100 yard TD * for JSZ All-Access members*

St. Peter’s Prep holds off DePaul thanks to 100 yard TD * for JSZ All-Access members*

For the second straight week, Caven Point in Jersey City provided one of the most exciting games in New Jersey high school football. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all the highlights of St. Peter’s Prep and DePaul Catholic! Thanks for being a part of the JSZ team with your All-Access pass. You’ll get […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Friday 9.24 JSZ Football Highlights

Watch Friday 9.24 JSZ Football Highlights

Week 4 begins with some spectacular games all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! St. Augustine 31 Millville 17 The Hermits lost to the Thunderbolts in 2020, but the Prep exacted revenge on Friday night. Kanye Udoh rushed for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as St. Augustine earned yet another signature South Jersey win. Trey McLeer threw a pair of TD passes in the victory. Princeton commit Nasir Hill and Sacred Heart commit Kenny Selby each had a TD catch in the victory for the Hermits (4-1). Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen rushed for a TD for Millville (3-1) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: The Game of the Week is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank. Bergen Catholic 17 Don Bosco 0 Bergen Catholic stewed on last year’s last-second loss to archrival Don Bosco for an entire offseason, but earned their redemption on the first opportunity. The Crusaders leaned on a stingy defense and a violent rushing attack to secure a revenge win Friday night. Bergen Catholic (4-0), who is the No. 1 team in the state, limited Don Bosco (1-3) to 124 total yards of offense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is proudly supported by Rothman Orthopaedics. Washington Twp. 21 Cherokee 14 (OT) The Minutemen are off to its best start since 2009, and pick up a signature victory in an overtime thriller against the Chiefs. Senior RB/DB Nah’mere Graves scored three touchdowns, and pitched in on the fourth-down stop in overtime to seal the win for Washington Twp. (4-0). Junior RB Brandon “Bam” Boria rushed for a touchdown in the loss for Cherokee (1-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Marlton: Coverage of Washington Twp. is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Phillipsburg 44 Franklin 0 After starting 0-2, Phillipsburg (2-2) has picked up their second straight win following a dominating 44-0 victory over Franklin (0-4). The Stateliners opened the game with a safety on Franklin’s first drive and went ahead 9-0 thanks to a three yard touchdown run from Rai’quan Dixon. After scores from Xavier Moore and Gifton Friday-Johnson, Phillipsburg would lead 23-0 at halftime. Their defense was key in the matchup, recording two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions to get their second straight shut out. Quarterback Tristen Canzano in his first game back since week one had a passing and rushing touchdown.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:  Thank you to the Garnet Booster Club for sponsoring our Phillipsburg coverage.  Ewing 28 Hightstown 24 Tariq McKinney’s 32-yard TD pass to Tyreek Rollins with :45 seconds left gave Ewing a thrilling come from behind win on the road. McKinney had thrown a pick-six to give Hightstown a 24-21 lead in the 4th quarter but his resilience showed in the game-winning TD pass. JSZ’s Darron Wallace has the highlights of a great back and forth game: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Ewing and Hightstown

RFH Girls Soccer Wins Third Straight

RFH Girls Soccer Wins Third Straight

The Bulldogs score a 2-1 win over Brick Memorial in Thursday girls soccer action from the Shore Conference. Watch the highlights of a great Monmouth/Ocean County showdown! Rumson-Fair Haven 2 Brick Memorial 1 | Girls Cameron Hughes and Janey Sypeck scored first-half goals to stake RFH to a 2-0 lead and held on to hand the Mustangs (4-1) its first loss of the season. Mackenzie Fanning scored in the 33rd minute to cut the deficit to 2-1 but RFH provided pressure for most of the second half and keeper Eva Kalman had a seven save effort to preserve the win. RFH (3-2-1) is now on a three-match win streak. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Brick Memorial is made possible by OceanFirst Bank

CBA Downs Marlboro in Divisional Match

CBA Downs Marlboro in Divisional Match

A trio of heads up plays led Christian Brothers Academy to a divisional win. The Colts secured a 3-1 win over A-North foe Marlboro while simultaneously beating a thundering rainstorm on Thursday. Tied at 1 with six minutes remaining in regulation, CBA’s Will Thygeson and Dylan Cupo knocked in headers in a matter of two […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Middlesex County Stars Headline Week Three Central Jersey Game Ball

Middlesex County Stars Headline Week Three Central Jersey Game Ball

The race for our Week Three Central Jersey Game Ball voting came down to the wire, so much so circumstances led us to crowning two winners.  Old Bridge quarterback Owen Haughney has been one of the biggest threats to come out of the Big Central 5C Division in 2021. In the Knights 40-11 victory over South Brunswick, Haughney had 151 passing yards and three touchdowns (passing, two rushing).  Zaimer Wright has quickly become the go-to playmaker for Sayreville in just his sophomore season. The Bombers upset North Brunswick 35-22 in week three, a game in which Wright rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns.  The fans have spoken and the duo are our JSZ Week Three Central Jersey Game Ball Winners! Watch their ceremonies below:  Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: [email protected]

Bridgeton’s Bell Wins Week 3 Game Ball

Bridgeton’s Bell Wins Week 3 Game Ball

Bridgeton senior Jermaine Bell had a night to remember for the Bulldogs against rival Cumberland. Bell rushed for over 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and added an interception return for a TD on defense, to lead Bridgeton to a 27-6 victory over the Colts. Bell received more than 13,000 votes to earn the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Week 3 Game Ball. Watch Bell’s Game Ball presentation with Bridgeton head coach Steve Lane here: South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit future nominations to [email protected] by Saturday evenings.

Champ Long Wins JSZ Week 3 Top Play Belt

Champ Long Wins JSZ Week 3 Top Play Belt

Now it’s official – the Champ officially has his belt. St. Peter’s Prep quarterback Robert “Champ” Long brought home JSZ’s Week 3 Top Play belt for hauling in the game-winning two point conversion in the Marauders’ 22-21 double overtime win over Seton Hall Prep. The Week 3 poll, which is voted on by fans, was one of the closest polls we’ve had. Long received a staggering 34,117 votes to win the award. Long is actually the second St. Peter’s Prep player to win a top play belt this season – linebacker Erik Perez won the honor for Week 0. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by practice on Wednesday to present Long with his award:

Stellar Offense Leads Middlesex to Fourth Straight Win

Stellar Offense Leads Middlesex to Fourth Straight Win

Middlesex (6-1) picked up a fourth straight win following a 5-0 victory over Greater Middlesex Conference Gold Division rival Timothy Christian (3-3). Mikey Pajaro scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick as Middlesex went ahead 2-0 at halftime. Mikey Pajaro also scored the game’s last goal which came on a penalty kick as […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Marzouk’s Monster Day Yields JSZ Game Ball

Marzouk’s Monster Day Yields JSZ Game Ball

Aly Marzouk didn’t have a performance of the month. It wasn’t even the performance of the year. For him, his monstrous day against North Arlington in Week 3 yielded the performance of a lifetime. The Secaucus athlete had one of the most impressive stat lines we’ve seen so far this season. Marzouk handled 18 carries for 256 yards and four touchdowns on the ground while also hauling in three passes for 117 yards and another score in the air. To top it all off, Marzouk snagged 11 tackles and brought in an interception on defense. The Patriots ended up winning a 46-42 barnburner against NJIC conference foe North Arlington. Marzouk was nominated for, and won the fan vote, for our Week 3 North Jersey Game Ball. He brought in 13,144 votes to win the honor. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Marzouk with his game ball during practice on Wednesday afternoon:

Watch Wednesday 9.22 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Watch Wednesday 9.22 JSZ Soccer Highlights

There was plenty of action on the pitch around the Garden State on Wednesday. Enjoy our sponsored highlights! Washington Twp. 0 Shawnee 0 (2OT) | Boys In a battle between two South Jersey Group 4 title contenders, the Minutemen and the Renegades came away with a draw after 100 minutes of scoreless soccer. Zack Masny made nine saves for Washington Township (1-1-1). Daniel Ferrer made six saves for Shawnee (4-0-1). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week: The Boys and Girls Game of the Week is made possible by OceanFirst Bank. Coverage of both Washington Township and Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Brick Township 1 Brick Memorial 1 (F-2OT) | Boys Billy Caruso scored on a second-half penalty kick for the Mustangs and the Dragons countered with Jayson Nardon’s sixth goal of the season to earn a draw with their crosstown rival. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the battle of Brick highlights from the Drum Point Soccer Complex Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Brick Township and Brick Memorial is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank

History at West Essex: Jill Cosse Wins 500th Career Game

History at West Essex: Jill Cosse Wins 500th Career Game

Landmark win totals on the high school level are made possible by three things: great coaching, dedicated student athletes and supportive administrations. It would be an understatement to say Jill Cosse has had all of that in her successful and impressive tenure as the head field hockey coach at West Essex. Cosse entered Tuesday’s game against Montclair Kimberley with 499 career wins and reached the milestone 500 career win mark thanks to an 8-0 victory over the Cougars. West Essex – the consensus No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey – improved to 5-0 on the young season. They’ve only allowed one goal all through two weeks of competition. Cosse celebrated the achievement with alumni, former players and loved ones in the stands rooting her on. Now in her 25th season, her career record stands at 500-41-12. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights and reaction from our OceanFirst Bank Girls Game of the Week: Jersey Sports Zone is able to highlight one boys and one girls game per week thanks to our partnership with OceanFirst Bank. They’re dedicated to helping us showcase the top moments in New Jersey high school athletics!

Hopewell Valley Girls Soccer Remains Undefeated

Hopewell Valley Girls Soccer Remains Undefeated

JSZ’s free sponsored content is made possible by our incredible sponsors. Enjoy these soccer highlights from 9.21 below. Hopewell Valley 6 West Windsor Plainsboro South 0 | Girls Hopewell Valley (6-0) remains undefeated following a 6-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South (0-6). The Bulldogs went ahead 4-0 at halftime on goals from Nicola Mosionek, Lara Paolini, Sarah Yancey and Kate Tillman. Charlotte Barnes and Maura McGrath scored their first varsity goals to begin the second half.  JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:  Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hopewell Valley and West Windsor-Plainsboro South coverage

Watch Tuesday 9.21 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

Watch Tuesday 9.21 JSZ All-Access Soccer Highlights

Jersey Sports Zone brings you three games of high school soccer around the state. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch all of our coverage year round! Middle Twp. 3 Holy Spirit 2 | Girls In a battle between undefeated Cape-Atlantic League United Division teams, the Panthers built a 3-0 lead before hanging on to […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

Watch Monday 9.20 JSZ Soccer Highlights

Watch Monday 9.20 JSZ Soccer Highlights

A new week begins with plenty of exciting action on the pitch. Enjoy the highlights! Bridgewater-Raritan 1 Franklin 0 | Boys Bridgewater-Raritan (4-1-1) picked up its third straight win with a close 1-0 victory over Skyland Conference Delaware Division rival Franklin (2-3). After a scoreless first half, Matt Haplin on an assist from Anthony D’Arco […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

St. Benedict’s Tops Delbarton in Clash of NJ Titans

St. Benedict’s Tops Delbarton in Clash of NJ Titans

It’s been over a decade since perennial New Jersey powerhouses St. Benedict’s Prep and Delbarton last met on the pitch, so it’s no surprise that this matchup at the Delbarton Invitational Tournament had tons of eyes on it. The Gray Bees kept their undefeated season alive with a 3-0 win over the Green Wave. Ransford Gyan netted the lone goal in the first half and then Peter Yaro and Philder Fanes each netted goals in the second half. St. Benedict’s Prep went 2-0 at the weekend showcase with their first victory coming in a 7-2 victory over Haverford (Pa.). JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown in our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week:

Riley Gunnels Wins JSZ South Jersey Week 2 Game Ball!

Riley Gunnels Wins JSZ South Jersey Week 2 Game Ball!

OCEAN CITY, NJ – Riley Gunnels has arrived for the Red Raiders, and the Ocean City faithful have plenty to be excited about. The junior quarterback turned in a tremendous performance in Ocean City’s Week 2 win over Absegami, going 8-of-12 through the air with 204 yards and four touchdowns. Gunnels received over 23,000 votes to take home the NJM Insurance JSZ South Jersey Week 2 Game Ball. South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance.

Elite 11: Great Plays from Week 3 Vie for JSZ Top Play Belt

Elite 11: Great Plays from Week 3 Vie for JSZ Top Play Belt

Another great week of high school football in New Jersey has 11 nominees captured by JSZ cameras for this week’s Top Play Belt. Check out the top plays and cast your vote! The Jersey Sports Zone team went through all of our clips and have 11 great nominees for our Week 3 Top Plays. The polls are open now through Tuesday at 3pm. The winner of our poll will be presented with the JSZ Top Play Belt at a midweek practice. Watch all of our top plays below and cast your vote! Congratulations to our Week 1 and Week 2 Top Play Belt Winners – Jared Tynes of North Brunswick and Tommy Amanwkaa of Hillsborough! Congratulations to our Week 1 and Week 2 Top Play Wi

Week Three JSZ Game Ball Polls are Live!

Week Three JSZ Game Ball Polls are Live!

Football is well underway in New Jersey and Jersey Sports Zone’s statewide Game Ball polls are back! Our team of MMJ’s are highlighting batches of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! NJM Insurance South Jersey Poll Future nominations can be submitted to Mike Frankel: [email protected] Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey game ball polls are sponsored by NJM Insurance! North Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Jay Cook: [email protected] Central Jersey Future nominations can be submitted to Nery Rodriguez: [email protected]

“The Peter’s Special” gives Marauders dramatic double OT win in Jersey City

“The Peter’s Special” gives Marauders dramatic double OT win in Jersey City

St. Peter’s Prep and Seton Hall Prep gave us one of the early nominees for New Jersey high school football game of the year in 2021. Watch all the highlights and post-game reaction from the Marauders 22-21 double-overtime win in JSZ’s OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week St. Peter’s Prep 22 Seton Hall Prep 21 (2OT) Avery Powell blocked a game-winning field goal attempt in the first overtime and Champ Long scored on a Philly Special two-point conversion in double overtime to give St. Peter’s Prep a 22-21 thriller in Jersey City. Seton Hall Prep rallied from 14-0 down to tie the game early in the third quarter. The Pirates defense made a stop in the first overtime before Powell’s block. Danny Easter caught an 11 yard TD pass in the second overtime to give Seton Hall Prep a 21-14 lead. St. Peter’s Prep countered with a Sam Slade one-yard TD run setting the stage for the dramatic game-winning two-point play. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Caven Point: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to partner with Ocean First Bank to bring you a Game of the Week in both boys and girls sports all year long. Each week, we’ll pick a boys and girls game in different sports involving teams located near Ocean First Bank locations and provide highlights and post-game reaction to showcase great action from around the state. Thanks to Ocean First Bank for shining the spotlight on great high school athletes from their hometowns!

Watch Saturday 9.18 JSZ Football Highlights

Watch Saturday 9.18 JSZ Football Highlights

Week 3 wraps up with plenty of great games all over the state! Enjoy the highlights! A great week of high school football closes out with five more games on the JSZ Week 3 Saturday menu. Head over to our homepage to watch our OceanFirst Bank Game of the Week, a double-overtime thriller between St. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.

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Last season was a bitter pill for Middletown South’s senior-laden team, not only in the spring when the 2020 high school season was canceled by later in the Last Dance World Series as well. After advancing to the second week of the tournament in dramatic fashion, Middletown South had to withdraw from the tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test on its roster.

The silver lining was the seniors and the team as a whole got to enjoy a memorable moment in the form of Anthony Esposito’s walk-off grand slam in extra innings. They also got some experience for a handful of players returning in 2021 and will try to keep the program churning under coach Chris LeMore, whose first game coaching the Eagles was delayed by a year.

The best news for Middletown South is the Eagles should be strong on the mound. Mike Keenan, Jack Shea and Matt Pontari are all senior right-handers with experience, with Keenan and Shea throwing big innings as sophomores in 2019 and Pontari looking very sharp in the Last Dance last July. Sophomore Ben Schild is also a major factor in the staff and is likely to be its ace sooner rather that later with his advanced feel for pitching.

Offensively, Middletown South will be a work in progress – not so much because of a lack of talent but because the Eagles have a lot of options and not a lot of game experience among them after so many of this year’s returnees waited behind the talented 2020 class. First baseman Joe Stanzione is the one proven hitter in the bunch after he turned in a productive sophomore season in 2019, while third baseman Mike Cowell was red-hot in the Last Dance. Juniors Joe Bartos and Stephen Boguszewski will play up the middle on the infield and Greg Trezza and Jackson Stoll are the catching candidates with whom LeMore – a former catcher himself – will work.

Pontari and fellow senior Patrick Eagone will be two dependable outfielders and the third spot could be a carousel, with Schild, Brendan Roche, Ryan St. Clair and Tom DeMarco among the candidates. Evan Wood and Will Christopher are also in the mix for both at-bats and innings on the mound. The picture still needs to gain some clarity, but Middletown South’s pitching should help the Eagles overcome some of the missing experience.

Middletown South at a Glance

Head Coach: Chris LeMore, first season (eighth overall)
Key Losses: Chris O’Connor (SS), Chris Lotito (CF/RHP), Danny Minze (RHP/OF), Jack Sheridan (2B/RHP), Anthony Esposito (C), Mike Rauso (OF/LHP), Mike Barbara (OF), Jack Shangold (RHP)

Around the Diamond (Returning 2019 starters in bold with available stats)

Catcher: Greg Trezza, Sr.; Jackson Stoll, So.

First Base: Joe Stanzione, Sr. (.333/.395/.431, 7 2B, 17 R, 14 RBI); Ben Schild, So.

Second Base: Joe Bartos, Jr.; Will Doyle, Sr.

Shortstop: Stephen Boguszewski, Jr.

Third Base: Mike Cowell, Sr.; Evan Wood, Jr.; Will Christopher, So.

Leftfield: Matt Pontari, Sr.; Brendan Roche, Jr.; Ryan St. Clair, Jr.

Centerfield: Patrick Eagone, Sr.; Tom DeMarco, Sr., OF

Rightfield: Ben Schild, So.; Matt Pontari, Sr.

DH: Evan Wood, Jr.; Will Christopher, So.; Ben Schild, So.; Brendan Roche, Jr.; Jackson Stoll, So.

Other Key Hitters

Peter Costanza, Jr., 3B

Ben Cocoilo, Jr., C

Robert Cangielosi, Jr., C

Pitchers

Mike Keenan, Sr., RHP (4-3, 4.64 ERA, 34.2 IP, 50 H, 12 BB, 21 K)

Jack Shea, Sr., RHP (4-0, 1.68 ERA, 16.2 IP, 13 H, 10 BB, 5 K)

Matt Pontari, Sr., RHP

Ben Schild, So., RHP

Evan Wood, Jr., RHP

Mike Cowell, Sr., RHP

Brendan Roche, Jr., RHP

Will Jagerburger, Jr., RHP

Mike Mirro, Jr., RHP

Will Christopher, So., RHP

 

College Commitments

Matt Pontari – Montclair State University

 

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Ben Schild fires Middletown South baseball to first state championship since 1996

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - It was probably the worst-kept secret of the Shore Conference baseball season. 

Middletown High School South head coach Chris LeMore would not publicly say all week who was going to pitch for the Eagles Saturday in the NJSIAA Group 4 championship against Montclair. 

Middletown South's players and coach pose with the NJSIAA Group 4 championship plaque after the Eagles' 6-0 win over Montclair Saturday.

However, to Ben Schild, there was no mystery to who was going to pitch. 

The Middletown South baseball team poses for a group picture after it defeated Montclair 6-0 in the NJSIAA Group 4 state championship game for its first state championship since 1996.

"I knew three months ago (he was going to pitch) ,'' Schild, a sophomore right-hander, said. 

Schild pitched a masterful two-hitter on a hot, humid day at Bob DeMeo Field as Middletown South won its first state championship since 1996 and its second ever with a 6-0 victory. 

Middletown South pitcher Ben Schild celebrates after the Eagles' 6-0 win over Montclair 6-0 Saturday in the NJSIAA Group 4 Baseball Championship game

"We may not have said it, but everyone on our team knew I was pitching this game,'' Schild, who finished the season with an 8-0 with just five earned runs allowed. "We had everyone available. Our other guy available was Matt Pontari (a senior right-hander), but even Matt said before the game, 'I'll be in relief, but this is Ben's game (Saturday)'. ''

LeMore went with Schild even though Schild had labored through five innings and may have looked tired in the Eagles' 4-3 win over Clearview last Monday in the Group 4 semifinal. 

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He chose Schild even though Pontari (3-2) had pitched a gem of a six-hitter in Middletown South's 2-0 win over Marlboro on June 11 in the Central Group 4 championship game and was on eight days rest as opposed to four days for Schild. 

Middletown South catcher Greg Trezza jumps into pitcher Ben Schild's arms after the Eagles' 6-0 win over Montclair Saturday in the NJSIAA Group 4 championship game.

"I was going with Ben all the way,'' LeMore, who completed his first season as the Eagles' head coach with the first state championship of his four-school head coaching career. "As much I wanted Matthew (Pontari) to be that guy to go out there, Ben has been the kid that has pitched in most of our big games. 

"When you get to a point like this, you want to do whatever you can to put the kids in the best position to be successful.''

Schild's arm looked livelier than it did last Monday right from the start. He struck out four of the first six hitters over the first two innings while throwing nothing but fastballs. It was fastball up in the zone. Fastball away. Fastball with movement right down the middle of the plate and fastball low in the strike zone. 

"God gave me a good arm (Saturday), I guess,'' Schild said. "It felt much, much better.''

Montclair (24-7-1) had four baserunners and only two reached second base. Schild also helped himself with a pickoff at first base after a leadoff single in the third. 

Schild, who struck out seven, walked one, hit a batter and threw 105 pitches, retired 10 straight batters from one out in the fourth until a two-out double in the seventh. He then got a fly out to left for the final out that set off a celebration and dogpile among the Middletown South players and coaches. 

"He needed his time recoup (after the Clearview game), but he felt fine,'' LeMore said. "He put in his road work and did the things he needed to do in order to come out."

The relationship between LeMore and Schild has been close for a long time. 

Middletown South players and coaches celebrate after the Eagles defeated Montclair 6-0 in the NJSIAA Group 4 Baseball Championship game at Veterans Park in Hamilton

Even though he was a head coach at Marlboro, Red Bank Regional and St. Rose and an assistant coach at Christian Brothers Academy under legendary former CBA coach Marty Kenney, LeMore was a teacher at the Thompson Middle School in Middletown for 18 years before he became Middletown South's head coach in the fall of 2019. 

"I've been talking to Ben since he was in sixth grade,'' LeMore said. "With Ben, it's get on the mound and be Ben Schild. He's got a great fastball. He's really starting to understand he can't just get on there and throw fastballs, but today he basically went out there and said, 'Here's my fastball. Beat me if you can'.''

Schild was thankful for the confidence LeMore showed in him by giving him the ball after his outing Monday. 

"I was ecstatic. That's the perfect word for it, actually,'' Schild, who went 3-0 with a no decision in his four outings in the state tournament, said. "I was building up the whole week. I knew I was going to throw. I've been trying to stay, really, really calm between games recently and today I was kind of just like, 'Well it's our last game, give it everything I've got. get nervous, get some adrenaline going'. It turned out to work.''

It also helped both Schild and Middletown South (22-9) that it jumped out to a lead right away. 

Joe Stanzione, who had the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh and two homers, three hits and three RBI in the Clearview game, gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-out single to left to drive in Patrick Eagone. 

Eagone had been hit by a pitch leading off the first. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Trezza and to third on a ground out. 

A leadoff single by Will Christopher in the second followed by a throwing error on Tom DeMarco's sacrifice bunt set up Evan Wood's run-scoring ground out that made it 2-0 in the second. 

Middletown South broke the game open in the fourth on a two-run single by Eagone (2-for-3 and on base three times) and an RBI single by Trezza. 

Wood's sacrifice fly in the fifth accounted for the final run. 

"Pitching with a lead always is great,'' Schild said. "You know even if you give up one long ball, you still have the lead. You go back on the mound and, 'Go, all right, let's get the next kid out'.'' You can go out and do whatever you want without having to stress.''

And to think Schild has two more seasons of scholastic ball remaining. He could write one of the great chapters in the history of Shore Conference baseball before his career concludes. 

"We're only scratching the surface right now with this kid (Schild),'' LeMore said.  

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Middletown South 4 Clearview 3 - Group 4 Semifinal - Joe Stanzione 2 HRs and Walkoff!

In the fall of 2019, Chris LeMore landed his dream job in high-school baseball and the circumstances could not have been better for him.

For the previous 16 years, LeMore had taught at Thompson Middle School in Middletown while taking on various coaching assignments around the Shore Conference, all the while waiting for the opportunity to coach the varsity team at his in-district high school, Middletown South.

Hired to take over head of the 2020 season, LeMore inherited a team with six returning starters and most of its pitching innings from a 2019 team that won the Shore Conference Class A North division championship during a 17-7 season.

Those ideal circumstances turned into a worst-case scenario when the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 season, ending the careers of a group of seniors that were eager to leave their mark at Middletown South.

LeMore’s first season as Middletown South coach went from leading a ready-made winner in 2020 to building up a group of mostly-inexperienced players at the varsity level in 2021. That did not, however, change his vision for the team.

From the opening days of the season all the way to the memorable final Saturday of 2021, Middletown South bought into LeMore’s vision for the team and made it into a reality. The Eagles started the year unranked among the Shore Conference field and responded by going 22-9, reaching the Shore Conference Tournament final and ending the year by winning the program’s first NJSIAA Group IV championship in 25 years. That resume in his first year at Middletown South earned LeMore the Shore Sports Network Coach of the Year.

"I don't want to seem cocky, but I have been talking about this with the kids since I first met them in October of 2019," LeMore said of winning a state championship. "I told them this is where I wanted to go and this is where I wanted to be and this is how we were going to prepare - to play in this game. Whether it was (the Group IV) final, the Shore Conference final, the Monmouth County final, the sectional final, I just wanted them to know that is my expectation. The sky is the limit."

Middletown South’s season ended with a dogpile celebration at Veterans Park in Hamilton after beating Montclair for the Group IV championship, but the road to the state championship began when LeMore met with his players in the fall of 2019. He set the course for what the team would look like year-in and year-out, so when this year’s group returned minus the senior leadership from one year earlier, the 2021 players were ready.

That preparation was apparent during the first week of the season, during which Middletown South went 4-0 with wins over South Jersey Group II champion Manchester, Shore Conference champion Red Bank Catholic, Bloomfield and Ramapo. The win over Ramapo featured the pitching debut of sophomore Ben Schild, who pitched a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over a Raiders team that went 17-8 in 2021. The under the lights at North Brunswick’s Community Park showcased Middletown South’s energy, defensive prowess and offensive aggressiveness, as well as an ace in the making. It was the first look at the recipe that would win them the program’s first state championship since 1996.

Along the way, Middletown South faced the challenges of playing in the Class A North division, getting swept by Freehold Township during the second week of the season and splitting season series with Marlboro, CBA, Middletown North and Manalapan.

Meanwhile, the Eagles drew the No. 5 seed in the midseason Shore Conference Tournament and in their first SCT game, senior Matt Pontari pitched a no-hitter in leading Middletown South to a 2-1 victory over Central Jersey Group III champion Colts Neck. In winning that game, LeMore made the decision to hold Schild until the following weekend in a Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinal game against rival Middletown North, which would follow two regular-season meetings between the crosstown rivals.

In the first game of the three-game series, Middletown South ran into a buzzsaw when Lions senior Colin Dowlen took a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished off a 15-strikeout no-hitter to beat the Eagles, 3-0. Middletown South, however, bounced back by rallying to win the second regular season meeting, then sent Schild to the mound on May 22 to face Lions co-ace Danny Frontera.

Schild outdueled the Seton Hall commit in a 3-0 Middletown South win and the stage was set for the Eagles to take a run at the SCT championship by lining up their pitching for that tournament. The crowded Class A North race still had not left Middletown South behind, but LeMore and his team focused on winning two more SCT games to bring home the title.

A postponement of the SCT semifinal allowed Schild to return to the mound to face Rumson-Fair Haven and the sophomore battled his way past the Bulldogs to push the Eagles into the SCT final against Red Bank Catholic. The Caseys had ace Shane Panzini ready to go and he was on his game in the final, pitching six shutout innings with 12 strikeouts and no walks in a 7-0 Caseys win.

After being denied the Shore Conference Tournament title, Middletown South set out to finish the job in the state tournament, but would have to navigate through a treacherous six-game run through Group IV.

The first round of the state tournament is usually a very winnable game for a team assigned the No. 3 seed in its bracket, but Middletown South got no such break as the No. 3 seed in Central Jersey Group IV. The Eagles had to get by Montgomery and Rutgers-bound ace Cole Hansen, which prompted LeMore to start Schild right out of the gate. Not only did the Schild move pay off – he pitched a one-hit shutout – but LeMore also deployed seldom-used senior Ryan St. Clair, who broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

"We wouldn't be here without Ryan St. Clair," LeMore said. "That's a kid that just battled all year. He kept putting the work in and his number got called in the first round against Hansen and he got us our first run with a line-drive single over shortstop. That's what we talk about with the kids: everyone is a part of it and everyone is accountable."

In the sectional semifinals, Middletown South hosted Freehold Township – the Class A North regular-season champions and the lone A North team to sweep Middletown South during the regular season. Freehold Township scored three runs in the top of the first inning against Pontari and ran out tough 2019 All-Shore pitcher Zach Gorman to the mound. The Eagles promptly answered with three runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game and Pontari broke the tie with a solo home run in the fourth on the way to a 5-3 Middletown South win.

The sectional semifinal required an hour-long bus ride to play second-seeded Hunterdon Central – perennially one of Group IV’s best programs. After one inning of action, the game was suspended due to thunderstorms and poor field conditions, meaning the Eagles had to take the bus ride again the following day.

Schild pitched the one inning on June 8 and returned to the mound on June 9, with the scene shifting to one of the turf fields at Diamond Nation. The Middletown South ace battled through four innings on 80 pitches before thunder, lightning and rain once again sent the game into a delay. About an hour and 15 minutes later, the teams returned to the field, but Schild would not return to the mound.

Even with Schild out of the game, Middletown South would not be denied. Sparked by a big two-run double by senior left fielder Patrick Eagone and a seven-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach, the Eagles beat the Red Devils, 12-7, to advance to the CJ IV final.

In the sectional final, Middletown South hosted division rival Marlboro after the teams split the regular-season series. The pitching matchup was a rematch of one of those games and the first meeting favored Marlboro, with Yale-bound two-way standout Mark Capell outdueling Pontari in a 4-0 Mustangs win.

With the championship on the line, Middletown South managed to manufacture two runs against Capell, who was on his game in going the distance. Pontari, though, was even better, tossing a six-hit shutout to help the Eagles capture their first sectional championship since 2011.

The gauntlet continued in the Group IV semifinal, which saw South Jersey champion Clearview make the trip north to Middletown South. Clearview ace Julian Costa kept Middletown South in check over the first five innings, allowing just a solo home run to senior first baseman Joe Stanzione while the Pioneers offense peppered Schild for three runs in five innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, however, Middletown South made its move. Stanzione blasted his second opposite-field solo home run to cut the deficit to 3-2 and with two out, Schild on third base as a tying run and a 1-2 count on No. 8 hitter Evan Wood, LeMore called for a suicide squeeze. Wood pulled the bat back on a pitch in the dirt, the ball got away and Schild crossed home with the tying run.

One inning later, Stanzione capped his huge day with a base-loaded line drive to the right-centerfield wall to cap a come-from-behind, 4-3 win for the Eagles.

Strangely enough, the Group IV championship game against Montclair might have been the easiest game Middletown South had during the course of its championship run. Stanzione staked Middletown South to a 1-0 lead with a first-inning RBI single and the Eagles went up 5-0 in the fourth thanks to a two-run single by Eagone and an RBI single by Trezza.

Schild again got the start and was at his best, pitching a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts to cap a 5-0 win and complete the championship run.

When it was all said and done, Middletown South defeated every single team it played in 2021 except for Howell. The two A North opponents were supposed to play a second time, but the schedule did not allow for it and in the game Howell defeated Middletown South, the Eagles passed on using one of their top three starters in order to keep them lined up for the state tournament.

Throughout the memorable 2021 season, LeMore made sure to honor his seniors from the 2020 team that never was. The team wore the number 20 on the back of their hats throughout the year and the current members of the team made sure to pay tribute to that group at every opportunity.

LeMore also made sure to recognize predecessor Ryan Spillane, who led Middletown South to the 2011 Central Group III championship, two Class A North championships and brought on LeMore as an assistant toward the back-end of his tenure as Eagles head coach. Spillane was not rehired as the head coach in 2020 and when LeMore took over the program, he did not feel he and his current staff of assistants – Jerry Malanga, Jeff Schneider, Jon Troise, Anthony Davis, Mike Murphy and Tom Rooney – had to change much.

"(Spillane) and I are really good friends and I am happy for him too, even though he is not here as a coach," LeMore said. "He is still part of the program and he is always telling the kids go out and do their best."

After finishing his college career, LeMore spent two different stints as an assistant at Christian Brothers Academy under legendary coach Marty Kenney and in between, he was the head coach at both Marlboro and Red Bank Regional High Schools. Following his second tour with CBA, he took the head job at St. Rose and after two years there, he went back to the assistant’s chair at both Middletown South and St. John Vianney.

All the while, LeMore got to know his students at Thompson, several of whom would go on to play varsity baseball at Middletown South and in pounding the pavement throughout the Shore, LeMore always saw coaching his former students on the varsity team at his in-district high school as his dream job in coaching.

On June 19, LeMore and Middletown South got to complete the dream season in Hamilton, and with Schild returning for two more years and a winning culture firmly in place, the dream may just be getting started.

 

Sours: https://shoresportsnetwork.com/baseball-2021-ssn-coach-of-the-year-chris-lemore-middletown-south/

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