Cranford baseball has fine season conclude in Group 3 state championship game; Junior RH Graceffo magnificent for 7 innings in 5-1, 8-inning defeat

TOMS RIVER – Chris Reeder prides himself on defense. The Allentown junior backstop, according to head coach Brian Nice, has proved all season long that he is a catcher capable of helping get one of his pitchers out of a jam. Lately, he’s also found his stroke at the plate. In a thunderous way. With […]

Cranford baseball to face Allentown in June 10 Group 3 state championship game at Toms River South; Cougars reach Toms River for 4th time this decade

Seek to end season on 10-game winning streak with program's 6th state crown

From that initial practice the first Friday in March, the goal remains the same – the Cranford Cougars expect to be preparing to play their final game of the season in Ocean County. Three months later and Cranford is Toms River bound once again. Cranford (21-7) will play Allentown (25-2) in the Group 3 state […]

Cranford baseball, behind Oblachinski game-winning hit, reaches G3 state championship game; RH pitchers Donovan, Genova limit Pascack Valley to just 4 hits

Cougars will travel to Toms River June 10 with 9-game winning streak

WAYNE – No moment seems too big for Brian Oblachinski. Cranford’s senior three-sport standout just goes about his business and gives his all, whether it’s throwing a football, shooting the basketball or – in Tuesday’s case – hitting and fielding the baseball. With Cranford one out away from not scoring for a fifth straight inning […]

Cranford, GL baseball each 1 win away from playing for state championships in Toms River; Cougars face Pascack Valley at William Paterson, while GL takes on Manasquan at Rowan

Pascack Valley just captured its first sectional title in 51 years. Cranford repeated as the North 2, Group 3 champs and has won 12 sectional championships since 1997 and 11 under present head coach Dennis McCaffery since 1999. Manasquan just won its first sectional title in 31 years. Governor Livingston won Central Jersey, Group 2 […]

GL baseball comes back to top visiting South Plainfield behind Baroff walk-off 3-run double; Highlanders capture 4th CJ, G2 title

Will next face South Jersey, Group 2 champion Manasquan in June 6 Group 2 semifinal at Rowan University

BERKELEY HEIGHTS – Dan Baroff produced the biggest hit of his life. In came Jennings, in came Pedini and then in came Serretti with the game-winning run. “This was the best game I’ve ever been a part of,” Chris Roof said. That happens to cover 408 games for Roof as the head baseball coach at […]

Union County baseball well represented in June 2 sectional championship games; Defending champion Cranford on road, while GL and Dayton will be home

Union County baseball will be well represented in sectional championship games Friday, June 2, with three top-notch programs trying to win in the same season for the first time. We have Cranford as a defending champion in a Group 3 section, Governor Livingston trying to win the same Group 2 section for the second time […]

Roselle Park softball repeats as North 2, Group 1 champions again behind winning pitcher Hummel; Panthers will face Cedar Grove in June 1 Group 1 semifinal at Montclair State; Tuesday, May 30 baseball, softball state tournament scoreboard

Panthers again 1 win away from reaching first group final since 2003

Last year the Roselle Park softball team scored a single run in the top of the seventh to win at top-seeded Dayton 4-3 in the North 2, Group 1 championship game. On Tuesday the Panthers were a bit more dramatic scoring a single run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat seventh-seeded Brearley 4-3 […]

Top-seeded Dayton baseball bests visiting Ridgefield in N2, G1 semifinals behind standout performance by senior Pavick; Hurls 3-hitter and drives in 3 runs with a bases-clearing opposite field triple

Bulldogs to next host 7th-seeded Glen Ridge in June 2 final at Ruby Field

SPRINGFIELD – Dayton remembered the pain all too well. The loss that ended its 2012 season. The defeat that ended 2014, one game shy of reaching Toms River for the first time. The setback that concluded the 2015 campaign. Dayton simply could not get past Bergen County foe Ridgefield, sporting an 0-3 mark against the […]

D’Addio was star football player for Farmers; led Union to the first of its record 10 playoff championships in North 2, Group 4

Played collegiately at Maryland and then in the NFL with the Detroit Lions

When the Union football team arrived, supplanting Westfield as the top team in its section, it was senior Dave D’Addio at the lead for the Farmers. One of the top running backs in the state of New Jersey in the late 1970s, D’Addio led Union to its first of a record 10 playoff championships in […]

Roselle Park softball hosts Brearley May 30, seeking to repeat as N2, G1 champs; Panthers sparked by sophomore RH Maddie Hummel

Bears counter with junior righty Capizzano

Roselle Park has won four sectional titles since 2002 and seeks to repeat in North 2, Group 1 for the first time since 2003. Last year Roselle Park was the seventh seed and won at top-seeded Dayton 4-3 in the final to capture its first sectional championship since winning Central Jersey, Group 1 in 2010. […]