North holds on to edge South 24-23 as field goal on last play is no good; Union’s Lucien sparks North defense in Phil Simms All-Star Game at Kean

UNION – The North needed to be good – and it was – and it needed to be lucky – and it was. No matter, the North will take it. When South placekicker Jake Hurler’s game-winning 25-yard field goal attempt hit off the right upright on the final play of the game, the North jubilantly […]

Guarino was the glue that held Farmers football together; He will be missed

Carmen Guarino was the coach that held things together. Guarino was the glue. He was the man in the middle for Union Farmers football. Nearly 30 years ago now Jeff Longueil was the defensive coordinator. Gary Zakovic was the offensive coordinator. Other assistant coaches included John Quinn, soon-to-be head baseball coach Chet Czaplinski, veteran mentor […]

Westfield baseball repeats as North 2, Group 4 champs for first time; Blue Devils win section as 8th seed behind superb pitching, clutch hitting and sparkling defense

Blue Devils will next take on Ridgewood in Group 4 semifinals Monday at Kean

BASKING RIDGE – There are moments that define a player, a game, a season. If Westfield baseball was to capture another sectional championship – this one, perhaps, the most unlikely of them all – the Blue Devils had to come through with the game on the line in the bottom of the sixth. With the […]

New Providence baseball bests Brearley in May 31 North 2, Group 1 final; Pioneers will next face Emerson Boro in June 3 Group 1 semifinal at Northern Valley Regional at Demarest

Bears conclude fine season at 14-9

NEW PROVIDENCE – Visiting Brearley’s initial game-plan was simple, if the pitch looked good jump on Ryan Sherman as early as possible. That strategy worked in favor of the Bears as they were able to produce a run on two hits to take the game’s first lead before host New Providence came to bat. The […]

Defending champion Westfield reaches North 2, Group 4 title contest again after winning at arch rival Scotch Plains; Blue Devils will play at Ridge May 31 for crown

GL hosts Point Pleasant Boro in CJ, G2 semis May 30 and Brearley is at defending champion New Providence in North 2, Group 1 final May 31

Moments before Westfield’s first-round Union County Tournament game at Summit back on April 29, the Blue Devils stood at 3-5. They were actually on a two-game winning streak and had senior right hander Michael Carlone – one of their top pitchers – ready to go against the host Hilltoppers. This is what Westfield head coach […]

Union softball produces first winning season since 2010; Farmers close by capturing the UCC’s Mountain Division championship

Thomas shuts out visiting Scotch Plains on a 2-hitter, with captains Howell, Arias and Roman driving in runs

UNION – Since May 10 of last year the Union Farmers have won 23 of their 29 games played since. Union softball – at a semi-dominating level – is back. Union followed up winning its final six games last year by producing a very satisfying 17-6 mark this year that was capped with Tuesday’s season-ending […]

Roselle Park softball seeks to capture program-record 4th straight sectional title; Panthers host Whippany Park May 28

For the fourth year in a row the Roselle Park softball team will be playing for a sectional championship. To even reach four straight sectional finals is quite an achievement. You first have to put yourself in the position of making the states. Then you need to be among the top teams in the section […]

Dayton baseball scores in first and then holds on to top visiting Whippany Park 1-0 in North 2, Group 1 first round action; Pitchers Pulice, Gelo and Cacioppo combine to toss 6-hit shutout

Bulldogs will next host Shabazz Bulldogs in Thursday's quarterfinal round

SPRINGFIELD – Forget about seeds. Whippany Park baseball came to play and nearly pulled off a big upset, which would have been just its third victory. However, Dayton pitchers Vinny Pulice, Zach Gelo and Michael Cacioppo combined on a six-hit shutout to halt the visiting Wildcats 1-0 in Monday’s North 2, Group 1 first round […]

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