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Emily Orr, Julia Kwiatek and Karlie Manco are the first three softball hitters in Hillsborough High School’s batting order. In 2018, the trio enjoyed a breakout season. Orr batted over .400. Kwiatek drove the ball to all fields. And Manco hit the ball “as hard as I’ve ever seen a girl hit the ball,” said […]

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It didn’t hit Bryan Antoine until he took his jersey off after the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions state final. In the locker room at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, Antoine stopped and looked at the blue letters on his Ranney School uniform.    “I realized it was probably the last time I’m going to […]

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Ranney School won the Tournament of Champions state championship when the Tinton Falls school defeated Bergen Catholic High School, 67-63, in the boys’ basketball title game on March 17 at Rutgers University in Piscataway. That was the first state T of C title in the history of the school.  

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Cherie Pizzano is a coaching legend up at Linden High School in Union County. The Sayreville resident took over the Linden boys’ bowling program in 2000. In almost two decades, her teams have compiled an eye-opening 228-65 record. The teams have also won six state sectional championships, five Union County titles and four Watchung Conference […]

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Kayla McMahon and Giovanna Macheda both played softball growing up. But at Sayreville War Memorial High School, McMahon and Macheda transitioned to another, less popular sport for teenage girls: golf. McMahon picked up golf because her uncle and godfather, Frankie Berdame, played all the time and talked to her about it. Macheda wanted to stay […]

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During his boys’ tennis career at Middletown High School South, Andrew Rosenbloom accomplished something rare for a doubles player. As a junior, Rosenbloom earned a spot in the singles lineup. In high school tennis, singles spots are usually reserved for year round standouts. The kids who play in United States Tennis Association tournaments and earn […]

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Daniel Sofield scored 1,824 points in his boys’ basketball career at Jackson Liberty High School. He will leave the Jackson Township school as its all-time leading scorer by far. As a senior this winter, the 6-6 Sofield averaged 27 points per contest, even pouring in 59 during a 91-82 victory over Lacey Township High School […]

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Jessica Lyons never ran track before this winter. Andie Murray never participated in winter track. Both girls’ runners are also freshmen at Allentown High School. Yet despite their inexperience, both qualified for the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet on March 8 in New York City. Lyons finished 15th in the freshmen 400-meter run. Murray placed […]

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Edison High School went 9-17 in the 2018 baseball season. The Eagles were breaking in a lineup with new varsity starters. But now those players are experienced –and confident that they can win in 2019. They actually think they can do more than improve on nine victories and finish above .500. The Eagles are talking […]

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In 2007, Chris Tommins was a senior ice hockey player at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. That winter, Tommins helped lead the Somerset County school to the NJSIAA Public state championship game at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township. It was a spotlight game in a big venue with a chance to make history. But Bridgewater-Raritan […]

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Allentown High School always seems to play its biggest girls’ basketball games against Ewing High School. Last winter in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 3 sectional tournament championship game, Allentown lost to Ewing, 67-57. The defeat ended the best season in Redbirds’ history when the team posted a 24-4 record. This winter on Jan. 4, […]

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Isi Enahoro is a living legend in the Sayreville War Memorial High School girls’ basketball program. Two winters ago, Enahoro led the Bombers to a 29-3 record and the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 4 sectional tournament championship. Sayreville beat South Brunswick High School, 44-37, in the state sectional title game. Enahoro graduated after the season, […]

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With about four minutes left on March 10 at the Rutgers Athletic Center, the basketball rolled out of bounds along the sideline. As the buzzer sounded, Freehold Township High School made a line change. The Patriots’ core seniors, Greg Billups, Cristian Corcione, Zach Barilka, Seth Meisner and Matt Santangelo, left the floor together for the […]

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C.J. Hendricks is entering his fourth spring as South Brunswick High School’s baseball coach. In Hendricks’ first season, 2016, the Vikings reached the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 4 sectional tournament championship, losing to Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 12-2. But in the coach’s next two seasons, South Brunswick lost in the first round of the […]

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Sarah Hardy kicked off the pool wall and sprinted toward the finish line. The Bishop George Ahr High School senior was butterflying at warp speed, trying to pass the six swimmers ahead of her in the 100-meter fly championship at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. She passed the first five swimmers and caught up to […]

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This winter at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Brick Township, Steve Bado called a timeout and gathered his boys’ basketball players into a huddle. The Carl W. Goetz Middle School coach told his leading scorer, Keith Adame, to take a three pointer. Adame dribbled down and shot a three from the top of key. It […]

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Before the NJSIAA Non-Public B championship on March 9, Scottie Lewis got together with Bryan Antoine in the locker room. The Ranney School seniors, the duo who built the Tinton Falls school into a New Jersey power, were about to play the biggest boys’ basketball game of their careers. The Panthers were minutes away from […]

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Liam Murphy always wanted to win the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in the 3,200-meter run. The Allentown High School junior just never thought it would actually happen. But on Feb. 23 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River, Murphy achieved his dream. He won the 3,200-meter championship at the Meet of Champions. […]

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On Feb. 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Joey Lamparelli made his third straight appearance in the state wrestling tournament. One day later, Jasmine Aizley wrestled in New Jersey’s first state girls’ wrestling tournament. For the Allentown High School teammates, reaching Atlantic City was a big accomplishment. But both fell short of winning state […]

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Old Bridge High School finished 21-5 in boys’ basketball this year. For the fourth consecutive season, the Knights posted the best record in program history. That is a credit to the team’s core four of seniors in Julius Belton, Jared Meyer, Mike Oliva and Robert Benites. They were all multi year contributors. And they all […]

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Nick Addison committed to wrestle for Stanford University in November 2018. After Addison signed his letter of intent, his Stanford coaches assigned him a senior project for his last season at Rumson-Fair Haven High School. They wanted him to work on “hand fighting and scoring at close distances,” said Rumson-Fair Haven coach Bryan Heller. Heller […]

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Last spring, Nakaja Weaver was a hurdler for North Brunswick Township High School’s track and field team. But she had not yet found her event. Weaver only hurdled because the Raiders needed her to. North Brunswick’s coach, Schwann Grimes, knew that Weaver didn’t love hurdling. So one day at practice, Grimes sent the strong, athletic […]

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Howell High School’s Shane Reitsma developed a fun rivalry with Paulsboro High School’s Brandon Green this postseason. On Feb. 23 at Toms River High School North in the Region 7 tournament, Reistma won the 170-pound championship with a 6-4 decision over Green, who competes from one of New Jersey’s most storied wrestling programs. After that […]

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Tyler Klinsky and Jacob Anderson headed to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for the state wrestling tournament after they claimed region championships. Both Middletown High School North wrestlers reached Atlantic City last year but fell short of placing. Klinsky actually got there the last two years, and missed the podium each time. Going into this year’s state […]

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Ten girls established New Jersey scholastic history on March 2. It was on that day when the first state wresting tournament was contested. And 10 girls, including three from Central Jersey, were crowned champions at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The NJSIAA, the governing body for scholastic sports in New Jersey, sanctioned girls’ wrestling this […]

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Dean Peterson entered the state wrestling tournament as the No. 1 seed in the 113-pound bracket. But even as the favorite, Peterson was fighting the odds. No Saint John Vianney High School wrestler had ever won a state title before. But Peterson put an end to that claim when became the school’s first state wrestling […]

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For Hillsborough High School, it was a tough ending to the best ice hockey season in program history. On March 4 at the Prudential Center in Newark, Hillsborough lost to Morris Knolls High School, 6-1, in the NJSIAA Public A championship game. But reaching the Public A title game was an accomplishment in itself. Hillsborough […]

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By Bob Nuse Sports Editor Kris Grundy knows there is no secret to success when it comes to the state basketball tournament. “Whether it’s Chris Raba from Nottingham, Shelly (Dearden) from Ewing or Jim Baglin (highly successful coach who has since retired at Mendham High), everyone says in order to win at tournament time, you […]

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SCOTT SHOULD HAVE A BOBCHIN PHOTO By Bob Nuse Sports Editor   Alec Bobchin has taken gradual steps forward when it comes to the state wrestling tournament. As a sophomore, Bobchin was happy to make it to Atlantic City and be a part of the atmosphere that surrounds New Jersey’s top wrestling event. Last year, […]

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RESULTS State hockey The Princeton High ice hockey team was eliminated from the Public B state tournament with a 6-3 loss to Westfield in the quarterfinals on Monday. The sixth-seeded Little Tigers trailed the third-seeded Blue Devils, 4-0, after one period. Princeton had opened the tournament with an 8-4 victory over 11th-seeded Jackson Memorial. Aidan […]

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PPS-MONTYCHEER Submitted photo / Pictured are members of the Montgomery High School Cheerleaders Competition team that won the Small Varsity Game Day division at the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championship competition at the ESPN Center in Orlando.   The Montgomery High School Cheerleaders Competition team made Cougar Nation proud by capturing first […]

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After the boys’ basketball season last winter, Hillsborough High School graduated 11 seniors. The Raiders came into this season with a completely inexperienced rotation. Given this situation, Hillsborough coach Scott Kallens made a decision: don’t focus on outcomes, just development. Kallens would devote the winter to molding varsity talent and building a rotation. Hillsborough, as expected, […]

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On Feb. 23 at Jackson Liberty High School,site of the Region 6 wrestling tournament, Joey Lamparelli did what he was supposed to do. The Allentown High School junior won the 113-pound Region 6 championship when he decisioned Middletown High School North’s Thomas O’Keefe, 9-3, in the title bout. The result gave Lamparelli his second straight […]

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Rachel Kuhl loves Old Bridge Township. The 16-year-old moved to the town with her family when she was one, and she has lived there ever since. Kuhl, a junior girls’ basketball player at Old Bridge High School, also believes in her hometown. She wants younger girls’ basketball players to be like Rachel, and choose the […]

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Ranney School boys’ basketball history now has a clear line of demarcation. There is the era before Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Ahmadu Sarnor arrived, and the era after the senior trio committed to the Tinton Falls school. Before Lewis and Antoine enrolled at Ranney in 2015, and before Sarnor followed in 2016, the private […]

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On Feb. 22 at Middlesex County College in Edison, Saint Joseph High School continued its Greater Middlesex Conference dynasty in boys’ basketball. The third-seeded school from Metuchen beat fifth-seeded Piscataway High School, 49-46, in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament championship. With the victory, the Falcons earned their fourth straight GMC boys’ basketball crown and their […]

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On Feb. 16 at Hillsborough High School, Ray O’Callaghan jostled Vincent Romaniello to the wrestling mat and held him down. The referee counted out the seconds and blew his whistle. O’Callaghan popped up and the ref held up his arm. The Hillsborough senior pinned the Hunterdon Central Regional High School senior in the 152-pound championship […]

PPS-STUPREP Courtesy photo / Pictured are players and coaches from the Stuart Country Day School basketball team after it captured the state Prep B championship with a 71-63 win at Morristown-Beard.   By Bob Nuse Sports Editor It was quite a week for the Stuart Country Day School basketball team. In the span of six […]

In the fall of 2014, Jeremy Connor was a student at Hazlet Middle School. Mick Messemer was his homeroom teacher. One day, Connor walked into homeroom wearing a “USA Hockey” sweatshirt. Messemer, who was in his first season as Saint John Vianney High School’s ice hockey coach, noticed the sweatshirt and started talking to Connor. […]

The basketball clanged off the rim and plummeted toward the girls’ basketball court at Red Bank Catholic High School. Red Bank Regional High School’s Meghan Murray raced over and wrapped the rebound in both arms. The buzzer sounded as the Buccaneers jumped up and down on the hardwood. Their fans cheered wildly from the bleachers. […]