Can Union pull off a UCT upset similar to 6 years ago?; Boys’ basketball quarterfinals continue Saturday, Feb. 16 at Rahway and Kean University

Farmers face 22-0 Elizabeth after losing twice to Minutemen by double digits in Mountain Division play

Union slayed the dragon six years ago. Can the Farmers produce the same result on Saturday? Union was the first team to advance to the boys’ basketball Union County Tournament quarterfinals after the seventh-seeded Farmers took care of 10th-seeded Rahway 72-53 in Wednesday’s second round game at Louis J. Rettino Gymnasium. Union – seeking a […]

The UCT within the UCT – 8 teams trying to win to get a crack at the “Quite Formidable?” top 4 seeds

Since 1982 – the year after present Elizabeth assistant coach Steve Petruzzelli guided the Johnson Regional Crusaders to their one title – only five schools have captured the Union County Tournament – the oldest and also one of the most prestigious boys’ basketball county tournaments in New Jersey. Since then St. Patrick/Patrick School has won […]

Rahway boys’ basketball tops visiting Summit 59-54 to clinch 4th straight UCC-Valley Division crown; Pendleton leads all scorers with 24

Sidebottom, with 18 points, and Baier, with 16, excel for Hilltoppers; Indians win 9th straight to improve to 16-1

RAHWAY – How valuable is senior guard Zion Pendleton to the Rahway boys’ basketball team? For starters, he was the only Indian to score in double digits Thursday vs. division rival Summit. With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, after Summit pulled to within two thanks to the hustle and determination […]

Randolph for Gooden – Hot Stove League Dinner to honor UCBA Hall of Famers Biddulph, Podgurski, Roof, Urban; Scholastic honorees include Amaro of Roselle Park and Belfer, Serretti from GL

Former New York Yankee All-Star 2B and New York Mets manager Willie Randolph has replaced Dwight "Doc" Gooden as guest speaker

Before Rich Biddulph excelled behind the plate for the Lions, a place to play had to be constructed at Roselle Catholic. “We built the baseball field my sophomore year,” Biddulph recalled. “Being a sophomore, I did most of the heavy lifting. It was a labor of love.” One of the many talented second baseman to […]

Defending champion Roselle Catholic – the repeat UCC-Watchung winner – is the boys’ basketball Union County Tournament top seed again, while much-improved and undefeated Elizabeth is seeded 2nd

Ultimate drama would pit the two - both ranked among the top 5 teams in the state - in the championship game

Before state tournament play commences and we get to see if Roselle Catholic and Elizabeth are both good and fortunate enough to capture state championships en route to the Tournament of Champions, what is the one matchup – I take it – most Union County basketball fans want to see? Roselle Catholic vs. Elizabeth in […]

Patrick School earns top seed for girls’ basketball Union County Tournament with 7-11 record; Celtics clinched 4th straight UCC-Watchung crown

Westfield, which lost to Patrick School in the 2015 and 2017 finals, is the No. 2 seed; Defending champion Roselle Catholic, which split with PS this year, was seeded 3rd

Teams with records that are four games under .500 don’t usually get seeded No. 1 for a county tournament. The Patrick School of Elizabeth girls’ basketball team, which began the week at 7-11, is the exception. The Celtics have gone 1-3 against teams from out of state and 0-7 vs. the likes of highly-regarded and […]

Linden bowlers, behind team effort, repeat as UCT champions; Elizabeth sophomore Noel is girls’ champ

Golabek leads Tigers with 280 game that includes 11 strikes

If there was any pressure of sorts it was on the Linden Tiger bowlers as they were the top seed and defending champion, seeking a second consecutive Union County Tournament championship last week. Lifted by a total team effort that included all six bowlers playing a key role, Linden was successful in obtaining its goal […]

Roselle Catholic senior Hanner celebrated for reaching and passing 1,000 career points; Lions follow up with 48-41 home victory over Notre Dame

Win 2nd straight and for 5th time in past 6 games to improve to 10-6

ROSELLE – The game that Taniya Hanner reached 1,000 career points came on the road and did not come in a victory. However, the milestone was celebrated at home Saturday and came before an eventual hard-fought win against a very solid opponent. Fittingly, Hanner scored the game’s first points on the very first shot taken, […]

Patrick School girls’ basketball leads from start to finish in producing decisive win at Westfield; Hill comes off bench to lead all scorers with 12 points on game-high 4 three-pointers

Defending champion Celtics take lead in Watchung Division and will also be the top seed for the Union County Tournament

WESTFIELD – Entering the second quarter with a three-point lead, Patrick School third-year head coach Damel Ling shouted this instruction to his players: “start to take some 3s!” The Celtics had five girls with exactly one two-point field goal for all of their first quarter scoring. That was not the case for the next eight […]

Westfield girls’ basketball tough on boards in topping Watchung Division rival Cranford; Stravach, Klag, Kreusser excel for visitors

Blue Devils win 3rd straight to improve to 11-5; Cougars, sparked by rebounding of Pringle, fall to 6-8

CRANFORD – When you have two defensive-minded teams going at it a premium is put on being able to control the boards. On the defensive end you’re looking to grab the ball and go. Offensively, you want to follow up a miss with at least a second opportunity. While both Westfield and Cranford equally displayed […]

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