Mental toughness will be the key for Governor Livingston baseball; State-ranked Highlanders return many players from last year’s first UCT title team

Are back in Central Jersey, Group 2

Mental toughness. Right now defending Union County Tournament champion and state-ranked Governor Livingston has the offense, the defense and the pitching that is necessary to not only win, but also reach playing in Toms River that first Saturday in June. Among the top Group 2 baseball programs in the entire state this decade – the […]



Christina Barlik, varsity shot putter “Christina Barlik has been a natural leader and tough competitor ever since she joined the Cranford track and field team. She gives 100 percent in every practice and competition, and provides the younger athletes with a positive role model. She recently capped off her best season by setting a school […]


Trey Pascual, varsity pole vaulter “Trey Pascual has made tremendous improvement since his debut and just completed an incredible season where he won a state sectional title in the pole vault and qualified for the NJ Meet of Champions by clearing a height of 13 feet. In addition, Trey teamed with Mark Lynch to win […]

Roselle Catholic baseball now guided by 1985 graduate Olear; Lions to open at new facility – Alumni Park at Egan Field – April 1

Returning players include Mazzitelli, Rembish and Vega

Getting Roselle Catholic baseball established as one of the top teams in the Union County Conference once again is among the many goals first-year head coach Dan Olear has in store for his Lions. However, with a roster of only 12 kids this year, the 1985 Roselle Catholic graduate and former Lion baseball standout has […]

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 […]

Union County Conference softball division alignments for the 2017 season here and also last year’s final standings

Here are the Union County Conference softball division alignments for the 2017 season: UNION COUNTY CONFERENCE SOFTBALL ALIGNMENTS FOR 2017 SEASON:   WATCHUNG DIVISION (5 schools): Johnson – defending champions Gov. Livingston Westfield Elizabeth Cranford   MOUNTAIN DIVISION (6 schools): Roselle Park – defending champions Benedictine Academy Union Scotch Plains Brearley (new) (moved up from […]

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 […]