Hillside Comets: ‘meat and potatoes’ of squad is offensive line

HILLSIDE, NJ — You want to try to get to quarterback Caleb Salters? Good luck. In front of you will be an offensive line that averages 283 pounds. There’s only one returning starter, but that doesn’t mean anything. They’re coming after you. “The meat and potatoes of our team is the offensive line,” head coach […]

Gov. Livingston Highlanders needed something to feel good about and got it

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The Governor Livingston Highlanders needed something to feel good about immediately following a one-win season in 2019. So, when October 2020 came around and Gov. Livingston passed all the COVID-19 protocols, the Highlanders traveled south and came away with a two-touchdown victory over Keyport. The best was yet to come. GL […]

Dayton Bulldogs are about building relationships to move forward

Dayton Bulldogs are about building relationships to move forward

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Football has always been handled with a certain fragility at Jonathan Dayton High School, where the numbers sometimes don’t add up. You play offense at Dayton and you also play defense, with very few players in reserve. “It’s all about building relationships,” second-year head coach Mike Abbate said. Dayton was able to […]

It won’t be easy to get past Cranford’s offense

It won’t be easy to get past Cranford’s offense

CRANFORD, NJ — Here are the numbers opposing defensive linemen will need to get past if they are to bring down a Cougar ballcarrier: 285, 280, 280, 275, 260. Those are the weights of most of Cranford’s offensive linemen. The overall range is from 200 to 285. Three of the five starters are back. Attempting […]

Brearley Bears lifted by trio of returning starters on both sides of the ball

Brearley Bears lifted by trio of returning starters on both sides of the ball

KENILWORTH, NJ — Players with experience on this year’s Brearley High School football team include senior running back and linebacker Quinn Lonergan, junior guard and linebacker Bruce Harms, and junior quarterback and safety Matt Sims. They are the lone returning starters on both sides of the ball. “Matt is pretty good,” head coach Scott Miller […]

Crusaders have promising young team for 2021 season

CLARK, NJ — Last year Sean Kessock became the first freshman to start on both sides of the ball for coach Anthony DelConte at Arthur L. Johnson High School. This year, the sophomore lineman is the only returning starter on offense and one of just four on defense. Despite Johnson’s low number of experienced players […]

Instead of “Play Ball” all we have now is “Nobody knows” as far as if there will be a spring sports season

Nobody knows. Instead of the buildup for the most anticipated message of the spring sports season – “Play Ball” – all we have now is, “Nobody knows.” “This is just awful, on so many levels, and scary too,” Gov. Livingston baseball coach Chris Roof said. The continued spread of the Coronavirus in our lives continues […]

High school sports put on hold for now; Hopefully there will still be a spring season to look forward to

Union High School Athletic Director Linda Ionta is usually outside at this time of the season, barring a March snowstorm. She is out monitoring Union’s spring teams, taking in a baseball practice after school, watching a softball scrimmage, keeping an eye on the track and field athletes, etc. Involved in Union athletics now for 30 […]

Elizabeth boys basketball wins season’s final game in front of no fans; Colicchio garners win No. 500

North 2, Group 4 sectional state champion Minutemen conclude at 24-4

The show must go on? Well it did for the Elizabeth boys basketball team Thursday night, at home, and in front of no fans. Under New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s mandate, with only teams and essential staff in attendance, the North 1 vs. North 2 boys basketball semifinal between Group 4 sectional champions Paterson Kennedy […]

Elizabeth boys basketball wins at Watchung Hills to capture first North 2, Group 4 sectional state championship since 2012; Standout sophomore point guard Pierre produces game-winning basket with 2.3 seconds left

Minutemen will next host Paterson Kennedy March 12 in the Group 4 semifinal scheduled to be played at the Dunn Sport Center

WARREN – In the span of a minute and a half visiting Elizabeth went from having its biggest lead of seven to seeing the game tied for the ninth time by a Watchung Hills team seeking its first-ever sectional state title. With less than two minutes remaining the Minutemen came down and missed, with Watchung […]