Summit football tops Rahway in North 2, Group 3 state championship game; Hilltoppers will next play Ramapo in North, Group 3 Bowl Game at Met Life, Nov. 24

SUMMIT – The visitors came back from a three-touchdown deficit and were on the verge of pulling even closer as the fourth quarter reached the midway point. Suddenly the home team was on its heels a bit and needed a stop. Having already done so in the first half Summit senior linebacker Jack Kelly was […]

Hillside football repeats as Central Jersey, Group 2 state champions; 11-0 Comets will face Haddonfield in South, Group 2 final the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Senior Willis scores on offense in first half and on defense in second

HILLSIDE – The host Comets had to make the fourth quarter their own if they wanted to reach one of their goals. Give Manasquan head coach Jay Price and his staff a ton of credit. The Warriors limited Hillside’s offense to just four plays in the third quarter. Manasquan trailed the Comets by just four […]

Rahway, Summit, Hillside football seek to capture state championships for the first time before Thanksgiving

The explosive running backs include Rahway’s Dashon Moore, Summit’s Max Jackson and Hillside’s James Louis. The absolute studs on defense consist of Rahway’s Shimei Page, Summit’s Jack Kelly and Hillside’s Brian Ugwu. The efficient, calm-cool-and-collected, offensive-leading, signal-callers are Rahway lefty-throwing senior Jakir Robinson, Summit senior Skyler Schluter and Hillside junior Gavin Melendez. These are the […]

Hillside football to host only second state championship game on its field and first in 35 years; Nov. 17 battle pitting Manasquan at Hillside will be clash of last 2 CJ, G2 state champions

HILLSIDE – Yankee Stadium is referred to, for example, as The Stadium, the home of the Bronx Bombers, and most appropriately – The House that Ruth built. There’s another field that has multiple names. That’s where the Hillside Comets football team calls home. Now with field turf for the first time, we can start with […]

Roselle boys’ soccer posts breakthrough season; Rams net 15 victories, place 2nd in UCC’s Valley Division

Alan Prochazka arrived on Abraham Clark High School’s soccer field ready to coach ten years ago, with only eight boys showing up for the first practice. “Roselle had suffered through many losing seasons and very few students wanted to participate,” Prochazka recalled. “We were able to eventually recruit 17 players, mostly freshmen, to join the […]

Union boys’ soccer captures UCC’s Mountain Division crown; UCT co-champ Farmers go from 0-16-3 to 16-0-4 in one year

One of the best one-year turnarounds in Union County sports history is complete. One year after the Union boys’ soccer team had one of its worst records at 0-16-3 – the Farmers also only won three games two years ago – Union finished a spectacular 2018 campaign with an unbeaten record of 16-0-4. The Farmers […]

Cranford girls’ tennis nets a fine 19-3 season; Cougars capture UCC’s Mountain Division title

Best part is that 5 of 7 starters return for 2019

What might be the best looking-ahead factor about a team that just completed an outstanding 19-3 season? Well, in the case of the Cranford girls’ tennis team, perhaps it’s the fact that the Cougars return five of their seven starters for 2019, including all three singles players. Cranford’s 19-3 record included the Cougars capturing the […]

Rahway football reaches first state championship game in 10 years; Is now 1 win away from first state title in 34 years

Robinson, Moore, Burnett lift Indians past visiting South Plainfield; Up next is game at Summit for crown

RAHWAY – The Rahway football team defeated South Plainfield 28-7 Saturday at Rahway River Park to advance to its first North 2, Group 3 state championship game since 2008. The Indians are seeking to win the section for the first time since 1984. Third-seeded Rahway is now 9-1, has won nine straight, and will play […]

The future looks bright for Union football

UNION CITY – Although the Farmers will not advance to their first state championship game in five years, there is plenty for Union football to be proud about. Much was accomplished in 2018, with a lot more success on the horizon. First came the late comeback in the season-opener vs. visiting Linden, with Union tying […]

5 Union County football teams seek to reach state championship games: Union, Cranford, Rahway, Summit and Hillside

These are the final steps that need to be taken on the road to playing for a state championship. Five Union County football teams are 48 minutes away from playing for one. Three are home in sectional semifinal playoff action this weekend: Rahway, Summit and Hillside; and two are on the road: Cranford at the […]

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