Brearley sophomore Phillips among 10 grapplers to grab first Union County Tournament championship; Cranford captures 5th consecutive crown

UNION – With the stinging memory of falling by a wide margin in the finals last year still in his head, Brearley sophomore wrestler Patrick Phillips just wanted to stay true to himself. Phillips figured that if he was able to execute his strategy – which consisted of pushing offense, being always on his toes, […]

Elizabeth boys’ basketball remains undefeated at 9-0 after turning back UCC-Mountain Division foe Union Catholic in 3OT thriller; Scores game’s final 4 points

Battle scores 26, Tanksley 20 for visiting Vikings; Price leads host Minutemen with 21

ELIZABETH – For many years the Elizabeth Dunn Sport Center rocked as it served as the center of the universe for upper echelon boys’ basketball in the state of New Jersey. Then for some time the Dunn Center was, well, done. The Union County Tournament, in addition to other showcase matchups, moved over to Kean […]

Summit’s Badgely produces memorable first NFL playoff game; Kicks 5 field goals in 6 attempts to help lead LA Chargers to 23-17 win at Baltimore

It wasn’t too long ago that Michael Badgely was kicking field goals for the Summit Hilltoppers. Badgely set numerous kicking records at Summit and as a senior in 2012 helped lead the Hilltoppers to a perfect 12-0 season that included a North 2, Group 3 state championship. After one year at prep school Fork Union […]

Dayton boys’ basketball off to 5-1 start after 5th straight win a dominant effort at home over Belvidere; Junior guard Alicea – scoring both inside and outside – paces all with superb 24-point performance

Bulldogs put game out of reach with 29-3 second quarter

SPRINGFIELD – When Belvidere senior Dennis Dornich connected on the first field goal of the game – a 3 – to give the visiting County Seaters a 3-point advantage, host Dayton had yet to find its shot. The Bulldogs kept on missing. Dayton misfired on its first seven field goal attempts before senior starter Jaykwaan […]

Westfield girls’ basketball dominates host RC in opening Watchung Division battle for both; Visiting Blue Devils lead from start to finish

Stravach scores 12, Dobosiewicz 11; Encarnacion finishes with 13, Hanner held to 5

ROSELLE – How does a team go into an opposing gym and not only come away with a hard-fought victory, but perform the task in totally dominating fashion? It starts with defense and not allowing the best players on the other side from making a difference. It continues with swarming to the ball and continually […]

Cranford boys’ basketball turns back visiting Lyndhurst; Hands 3-0 Bergen County team its first loss

Senior center Ruka paces Cougars offensively with 15 points, including 3 second half 3-pointers

CRANFORD – Although Cranford came back from being down by eight late in the first quarter to – after the game’s third and final deadlock – building a seven-point lead of its own with just a little over a minute to go before the half, there was still something missing in its game. Cranford ended […]

New Providence pulls away from Cranford in 2nd quarter with 16-0 run to win battle of 2-0 girls’ basketball squads; Cumiskey leads Pioneers with 12 points

Santarelli scores 5 for Cranford, while teammate Pringle pulls down 10 rebounds, blocks 2 shots

NEW PROVIDENCE – The home team’s effort during the game’s first eight minutes gave absolutely no indication of how it was going to perform once the contest continued. Although the host Pioneers limited visiting Cranford to just one field goal in the first quarter, they found themselves trailing by one. Both teams were able to […]

Linden wrestlers top Roselle Park for the first time; Tigers produce 7 straight wins, the final 5 in stretch by fall

Linden wrestling goes back a bit more than 50 years. Roselle Park wrestling goes back even further – the mid-1930s – with the Panthers being one of only four programs in the country (and just two in New Jersey, Paulsboro being the other) to accumulate 1,000 wins. Roselle Park has been the gold standard in […]

Roselle Catholic girls’ basketball, sparked by returning starters Hanner, Encarnacion, Haywood and key reserve Worthey, look to challenge for Union County supremacy once again

There’s no doubt Roselle Catholic will once again be among the teams to beat in Union County girls’ basketball this season. As the season progresses, however, will the defending Union County Tournament champions be the team to beat? That’s one goal the Lions, who finished 22-5 last year, are working on. Roselle Catholic split with […]