Do or die football is here; NJSIAA playoffs commence Nov. 2, continue Nov. 3

9 Union County teams seek to advance to next round

Welcome to the Tournament of Champions in New Jersey high school football. I say that because for the first time half of the public school state championship teams will lose games afterwards. Some could lose twice. Those fortunate enough will still game-plan for another contest – a first-time Bowl Game. Some will game-plan for two […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Hillside got out of South River with another victory to extend winning streak to 10; Comets to face North Plainfield for first time since 2011

When Hillside returned to South River last Saturday it was the Comets who were undefeated this time. Also unlike last year’s game the score was much closer when the final period commenced. South River quarterback Michael DeSantis scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter to pull his team to within 14-13. However, his […]

UCT girls’ volleyball to continue Oct. 19 with 4 quarterfinal round matchups at higher seeds; Semifinals are Oct. 24 at Johnson High School and the final Oct. 26 at Kean University

The girls’ volleyball Union County Tournament continues Friday, Oct. 19 with the four quarterfinal round matchups at the higher seeds. The top eight seeds all made it, with the top four hosting. The tournament then moves to Johnson High School in Clark for the Wednesday, Oct. 24 semifinals at 6 p.m. and 7:30. The championship […]

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