Do or die football is here; NJSIAA playoffs commence Nov. 2, continue Nov. 3

9 Union County teams seek to advance to next round

Welcome to the Tournament of Champions in New Jersey high school football. I say that because for the first time half of the public school state championship teams will lose games afterwards. Some could lose twice. Those fortunate enough will still game-plan for another contest – a first-time Bowl Game. Some will game-plan for two […]

Hillside football will enter CJ,G2 playoffs as not only defending champions, but with perfect 8-0 record; Comets top Group 4 Cranford in first game on new turf field

Defeat Cougars for first time since 2009

HILLSIDE – After going 8-0, winning the Mid-State Conference’s Valley Division championship for the first time and concluding a regular season schedule with home wins over Group 3 North Plainfield and Group 4 Cranford – the latter on its new turf field – now comes the difficult part for the Hillside Comets. Defending last year’s […]

Hillside (7-0) to christen new field turf field today (Friday, Oct. 26) vs. Cranford (5-2); Both playoff-bound teams want to keep on winning – and stay healthy

Let’s get right to it. Cranford (5-2) is at Hillside (7-0) today (Friday, Oct. 26) at 3 p.m. – an historic first game on the brand new field turf at John Zappulla Field. Cranford is coming off decisive wins at home against 5-0 Summit 25-12 and at 4-2 Immaculata 35-7. Summit is 6-1 and has […]

For the 5th year in a row the UCT girls’ volleyball final will be Westfield vs. Union Catholic; Both triumph in Oct. 24 semifinals at Johnson High

CLARK – The very last hope to prevent the same two girls’ volleyball teams from reaching another county championship match rested on the shoulders of the small parochial school from Summit known as Kent Place. The Dragons almost pulled it off. In dramatic fashion fourth-seeded Kent Place produced a wild comeback to steal Game 1. […]

UCT soccer championship games Oct. 26 at Kean: Girls’ – 3-Scotch Plains vs. 1-Cranford, 6 p.m.; Boys’ – 4-Union vs. 3-Westfield, 7:30 p.m.

Cranford girls last team to beat Scotch Plains in a final; Westfield boys' 11-0-1 vs. Union from 2012-2017

Both Union County Tournament soccer championship game matchups offer certain elements of intrigue. They are now scheduled for Friday night at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium in Union – hopefully before the rain, heavy winds and lower temperatures prevail. It will be third-seeded and eight-time defending (twice shared) champion Scotch Plains vs. top-seeded Cranford in the […]

Elizabeth football bounces back to top Westfield for first time since 2012; Minutemen gain share of Watchung Division title with Union and Linden

First Elizabeth shutout win against Westfield since 2001; Senior RB Wactor scores game's only points on 2 TD runs

WESTFIELD – Heading into Saturday’s key Mid-State Conference-Watchung Division clash at Westfield the Elizabeth Minutemen wanted to prove that losing to a winless Franklin team the week before was the exception. They wanted to play Westfield more like the only team that has been able to defeat fellow Watchung Division rival Union (7-1) so far. […]

Dayton football thwarted by Manville in Union Division clash; Mustangs junior RB Peek has big game

Bulldogs to next host South Hunterdon on Oct. 26

SPRINGFIELD – A game that featured two teams attempting to win on the field for the first time this season turned a bit more one-sided than the home team would have liked once a certain player was given the ball. Manville gave junior running back Nasir Peek the pigskin and off he went. He reached […]

Hillside got out of South River with another victory to extend winning streak to 10; Comets to face North Plainfield for first time since 2011

When Hillside returned to South River last Saturday it was the Comets who were undefeated this time. Also unlike last year’s game the score was much closer when the final period commenced. South River quarterback Michael DeSantis scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter to pull his team to within 14-13. However, his […]

UCT girls’ volleyball to continue Oct. 19 with 4 quarterfinal round matchups at higher seeds; Semifinals are Oct. 24 at Johnson High School and the final Oct. 26 at Kean University

The girls’ volleyball Union County Tournament continues Friday, Oct. 19 with the four quarterfinal round matchups at the higher seeds. The top eight seeds all made it, with the top four hosting. The tournament then moves to Johnson High School in Clark for the Wednesday, Oct. 24 semifinals at 6 p.m. and 7:30. The championship […]