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 […]

Johnson boys’ basketball now just 32 minutes away from capturing a state sectional championship; 22-4 Crusaders will play at Rumson-Fair Haven March 7 for CJ, G2 title

DiProfio nets career-high 32 in 80-68 semifinal round victory at second-seeded and defending champion Bordentown

Normally this time of the year Dave Kennedy has already traded in his basketball whistle for a bat and a bag of baseballs as he makes his usual February into March transition from basketball to baseball coach at Johnson High School in Clark. That is not the case this year and for a very good […]

Special season will continue for Union standout senior wrestler Zuena; One of 20 grapplers from Union County high schools to reach AC

NJSIAA Tournament at Boardwalk Hall scheduled for March 3-5

As special a season as it could be for Nick Zuena will continue this weekend as he will proudly represent the Union High School wrestling program. The talented 152-pound standout senior grappler will be competing in the 84th annual NJSIAA Tournament that commences Friday, continues Saturday and concludes Sunday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Zuena […]

Final Union County Conference boys’ and girls’ basketball standings and overall records heading into states here; Also a breakdown of Union County teams in their opening state tournament matchups

State tournament basketball commences today – Monday, Feb. 27 – in New Jersey. Another long winter season will wrap in two weeks. Union County has 17 boys’ and 17 girls’ basketball teams in the states. Sectional finals will be played next week, with the group finals scheduled for the weekend of March 11, 12. The […]

Patrick School, led by Richards, tops Linden in boys’ basketball UCT final; Union repeats as JV champions

UNION – Nick Richards made an immediate statement by dunking home the game’s first two points just 16 seconds in. Then after being held scoreless in the second quarter and with just six points at intermission and his team ahead by only two, he took matters into his own hands when the second half commenced. […]

UCT championship basketball weekend at Kean is here; Girls’ final pits 3-Westfield vs. 1-Patrick School Feb. 24, followed by boys’ final pitting 2-Patrick School vs. 1-Linden Feb. 25

UNION COUNTY TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND AT KEAN UNIVERSITY’S HARWOOD ARENA IN UNION Girls’ final: Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. 3-Westfield (17-4) vs. 1-Patrick School (23-2) Boys’ final: Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. 2-Patrick School (21-4) vs. 1-Linden (20-3) Can the Westfield girls defeat a second straight opponent which it previously lost to twice? The […]

Union Catholic mentor Matthews becomes 4th girls’ basketball coach in state history to win 700 games; will be back for her 42nd season next year

SCOTCH PLAINS – Wiping away tears during a post-game celebration that included not only present players, coaches and school administration, but also balloons, flowers and photographs and former standout players from the past, Union Catholic girls’ basketball coach Kathy Matthews was more than moved following Wednesday’s victory. Matthews, the only head varsity girls’ basketball coach […]