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 […]

Scenes from Hillside football’s first game on its new field turf; Comets dominant in 39-10 win over Cranford

Comet standout senior RB Ugwu, with Temple there watching, scores first TD on first quarter, 40-yard run down right sideline

HILLSIDE – Hillside came through big-time in its first game on its new field turf field, dominating Cranford 39-10 on Friday afternoon, Oct. 26. Scoring touchdowns in the first half for the Comets, who improved to 8-0 and will be the top seed in defending last year’s Central Jersey, Group 2 title, were seniors Brian […]

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. […]

Union County Tournament champions here; Cross country is Oct. 24, girls’ volleyball Oct. 26 and girls’ and boys’ soccer finals TBA

UNION COUNTY TOURNAMENT 2018 CHAMPIONS: GIRLS’ TENNIS: Westfield and Kent Place – Kent Place repeats. GYMNASTICS: Cranford wins for 3rd straight year. FIELD HOCKEY: Oak Knoll wins for 9th straight year. CROSS COUNTRY: Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Warinanco Park Westfield is the defending champion for boys’ and girls’. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Friday, Oct. 26 at Kean […]

A look at Hillside’s new field turf football field

HILLSIDE – Here is a look at Hillside’s new field turf football field. The Comets (7-0) will host Cranford (5-2) Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. for the first game that will be played on it. Hillside has won a Union County-leading 11 straight games. Hillside’s last loss was at Cranford Friday night, Oct. 27, […]

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 […]

Big UCT day at Johnson Oct. 20; Field hockey final first, followed by girls’ soccer and then boys’ soccer semifinals

This Saturday, Oct. 20 will be a busy day concerning Union County Tournaments at Johnson High School’s Nolan Field in Clark. First at noon will be the field hockey final pitting Summit schools Kent Place, the third seed, vs. top-seeded Oak Knoll. Oak Knoll has won the most titles, including the last eight. Oak Knoll […]