Leading rushers George of Linden, Jackson of Summit and Pendleton of Rahway lead Union County contingent for June 24 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game; Will be contested once again at Kean University

PISCATAWAY – Linden’s BJ George, his school’s all-time leading rusher, will be there. Summit’s Max Jackson, who this past season set school records for most yards rushing in a single season and a single game, will be there. In all 10 players from Union County high schools comprise one fourth of the North roster for […]

Scotch Plains baseball – behind solid Merkel pitching, 11 hits and clean defense – tops Watchung Division rival Elizabeth in home-opener; Ramos hits safely twice in 1st

Kirian slugs 3-run triple to center in 3rd

SCOTCH PLAINS – Elizabeth quickly had first and second and nobody out in the top of the first after leadoff batter Izzy Santana smoked a single to left and lefty swinging Andre Tirso walked. Then Scotch Plains pitcher Nick Merkel noticed something behind him. “I saw the runner at second base jump, he was leaning,” […]

Hillside baseball sparked by Wallraff 19-strikeout effort; GL opens with Watchung Division win at Elizabeth

Highlanders open home vs. Westfield Thursday, April 4; Comets are home to Brearley on Friday, April 5 and then host Plainfield on Tuesday, April 9

It was a memorable and solid Opening Day for the Hillside and Governor Livingston baseball teams respectively on Monday, April 1. Hillside, lifted by a dominating pitching performance from senior right hander Ronnie Wallraff, defeated visiting St. Mary’s of Elizabeth 1-0 in Union County Conference-Sky Division play. St. Mary’s baseball is back after the Hilltoppers […]

Union baseball, sparked by Fernandez 4-hitter that includes 12 strikeouts and 0 walks, opens with Watchung Division home win over Westfield; Velez smashes 2-run homer for Farmers

Carlone also pitches well for Blue Devils

UNION – What was more impressive to senior right hander Zach Fernandez, his 12 strikeouts – including at least one in all seven innings – or the fact that his command was so good he did not walk a batter? “I just decided to go right at them, fastball first,” said Fernandez as the Rhode […]

Union baseball, boasted by hurlers Velez, Fernandez and Sanborn, seek long-awaited success

Union last won the Union County Tournament in 1993. The Farmers last captured the North 2, Group 4 sectional state championship in 2002. This year’s baseball team has the potential to challenge for both long-awaited titles. It’s been some time since Union has had real success on the diamond, but coming in at 17-10 last […]

Roselle Park softball ready to challenge again for Union County and Group 1 supremacy; Defending county and state champs have some injury issues at onset

For the second time in program history the Roselle Park softball team will have the opportunity to repeat as state champions. After losing only three seniors to graduation and with seven starters back, the Panthers are primed to put together a season worthy of last year’s groundbreaking 27-3 finish that included county, section and state […]

Roselle Catholic boys’ basketball repeats as Non-Public, North B sectional state champions; Greaves FTs help lift Lions past Gill SB once again

FRANKLIN – With the game, the season, the sectional championship and a berth in the state championship game on the line, it was business as usual for Roselle Catholic junior guard Richie Greaves. With the Lions barely clinging to a one-point lead, Greaves stepped up to the free throw line for the first time with […]

Elizabeth boys’ basketball falls just short in N2, G4 final to defending champion East Side; Minutemen produce outstanding 26-2 season that includes Mountain Division title

ELIZABETH – Newark East Side diminutive senior guard Anas Amos was a pest inside for the Red Raiders. He established early on Monday night vs. host Elizabeth that despite his 5-6 stature he was not afraid to not only get through the lane, but put the ball up and in. His layup to commence the […]

Linden bowling coach Pizzano to be honored by NJSCA; Is a member of its Class of 2019 Hall of Fame

Cherie Pizzano was already established as Linden’s softball coach in 2000 when another coaching opportunity struck. “I was called in to meet with (principal) Barry Black and (athletic director) Steve Yesinko, I recall,” Pizzano said. That was because of a recommendation made by a student named Joseph Quinn, who was one of Linden’s top bowlers […]

Roselle Park standout senior grapplers Leo and Montgomery capture their first Region 4 titles; NJSIAA Tournament begins Feb. 28 in AC, continues March 1 and concludes March 2

Hit hard by graduation, the Roselle Park wrestling team might not have had as successful of a season as it had last year when it went 24-2 and won a sectional state championship. However, the Panthers were able to produce as many region champions as the best team in Union County this year – Westfield. […]