Union baseball seeks to improve upon last year’s 14-11 upgrade; Farmers have a number of starters back

Senior leaders include 3-year SS Bryant and returning RH pitcher Novoa

There is a certain familiarity to this year’s Union baseball team that could spell continued success for the Farmers. At least Union is hoping so. Returning starters include senior Quincy Bryant at shortstop, junior Jerry Gamone at catcher, senior Jamie Olivo in right field, senior Nestor Conforti at first base, senior Marco Vitale at third […]

Linden boys’ basketball concludes another fine season at 26-5; Tigers presently only NJ team to defeat TOC finalist Patrick School

The Linden boys’ basketball team has a stranglehold on winning Group 4 state championships, with six captured since 2000, including repeating this year for the second time in program history. However, the Tigers are still seeking their first Tournament of Champions crown after falling to Don Bosco Prep 65-58 in Sunday’s semifinals in Toms River. In […]

Union County Conference baseball alignment for 2017 here; Also 2016 standings and UCC champs 2016-2010

Here are – what I think I figured out – the new division alignments for Union County Conference baseball for 2017:   2017 UNION COUNTY CONFERENCE BASEBALL   WATCHUNG DIVISION (6 schools): Westfield – defending champion Scotch Plains Elizabeth Cranford Gov. Livingston Union   MOUNTAIN DIVISION (5 schools): Johnson – defending champion Union Catholic Linden […]

Linden boys’ basketball will next play March 19 at Pine Belt Arena in TOC semifinals; Final is March 20 in Trenton

Tigers seek second straight appearance in championship game and first title

Because of Tuesday’s statewide heavy snowfall, the boys’ basketball Tournament of Champions has been moved up to a March 17, March 19, March 20 schedule: Second-seeded Linden, which repeated as Group 4 champions, will now play in the semifinals March 19 at Pine Belt Arena (Toms River North High School). Here’s the revised schedule:   QUARTERFINALS: Friday, […]

Linden boys’ basketball does it again! Tigers repeat as G4 state champions, capturing 6th crown

Crawford scores 17, Watkins 16 and Jones 13; TOC is next, with Linden expected to get No. 2 seed

PISCATAWAY – Underdog Shawnee – without a senior in its starting lineup – was executing a nifty backdoor pass, hitting some 3s and preventing Linden from getting into a flow offensively to produce the game’s first lead of any kind. That kind of performance kept the Burlington County Renegades more than just in the game […]

Linden boys’ basketball seeks to repeat as Group 4 state champions for 2nd time and first time since 2007; North 2 champion Tigers face South Jersey champ Shawnee in March 12 Group 4 final at Rutgers

Linden has won Group 4 two of the last three years and five times total, beginning with first title in 2000

The Linden boys’ basketball team has won state championships before – five to be exact. The Tigers have also won consecutive state titles in the past – doing so in 2006 and 2007 (present New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was a starter as a junior and senior on both of those squads). On […]

Linden boys’ basketball captures 5th straight N2, G4 state championship; Jones scores 15, Livingston 13, Crawford 10 to pace Tigers

Will next face North 1, Group 4 champion Bloomfield in March 9 Group 4 semifinal at the Dunn Sport Center in Elizabeth

LINDEN – Outside of two, brief one-point deficits, host Linden played out in front the entire game, receiving huge contributions from two seniors off the bench and playing its usual, stingy man defense to keep a high-scoring Newark East Side team at bay. Linden also made 16 of 18 free throw attempts, which helped tremendously. […]

7 wrestlers from Union County schools earn medals at NJSIAA Tournament; Roselle Park sophomore standout Montgomery – a UCT, D15 and R4 champion – reaches quarterfinals at 113

Of the 20 wrestlers from Union County high schools that qualified for the states out of Region 4 at Union, seven went on to win medals at last weekend’s highly-competitive, season-ending NJSIAA Tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Although Union County failed to produce a state champion for the sixth straight season and for […]

Linden boys’ basketball seeks 5th straight N2, G4 championship; Hosts ECT champ Newark East Side in March 7 final

Tigers beat visiting Red Raiders 62-59 in OT in last year's title contest

Arguably the two best public school high school boys’ basketball teams in the state will clash for the second straight season in the North 2, Group 4 championship game. The when is the same as last year – March 7. The where is also the same – at the cozy confines of Linden High School’s […]

A look back at Linden’s 62-59 overtime home victory over Newark East Side in the 2016 North 2, Group 4 boys’ basketball championship game

Just to wet your appetite before Tuesday night, March 7, here is how I reported last year’s boys’ basketball North 2, Group 4 championship game at Linden, with the host Tigers winning 62-59 in overtime. Last year’s game took place at Linden on Monday night, March 7. Enjoy: LINDEN – After Newark East Side came […]

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