MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: Hillside qualifies for CJ, G2 playoffs for first time and now seeks to clinch a first-round home game; Comets have not played a home playoff game since 2000

The last time Hillside was in the playoffs the Comets were coming off a one-point mud-filled regular season setback to arch rival Roselle. That was the 2008 season, with the Comets – despite the 14-13 loss to Roselle – earning the second seed in North 2, Group 2. Hillside ended up playing both of its […]

Former Roselle Catholic standout Murphy pitches in as a valuable coach for American League champion Houston Astros

Billy Murphy grew up as a Yankees’ fan in Union County, but you might be surprised which team the Roselle Catholic graduate is rooting for as the Bronx Bombers faced the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. “I hope the Astros win the World Series,” Murphy said. The Houston Astros came back from […]

Johnson football falls for first time this season; Crusaders topped by 5-1 Somerville

CLARK – Some teams, if they are fortunate enough, like to make a statement right away. Especially in a game that features the visitors coming in at 5-1 and the host team undefeated at 5-0. After receiving the opening kickoff visiting Somerville – literally – wasted no time in making it clear that the Pioneers […]

Union County Tournament information here: Field hockey, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball

UNION COUNTY TOURNAMENTS:   FIELD HOCKEY FINAL SATURDAY, OCT. 21 AT JOHNSON’S NOLAN FIELD 2-Johnson vs. 1-Oak Knoll, 3 p.m.   BOYS’ SOCCER SEMIFINALS SATURDAY, OCT. 21 AT JOHNSON’S NOLAN FIELD 3-Cranford vs. 2-Elizabeth, 5 p.m. 5-Summit vs. 1-Westfield, 7:15 p.m.   GIRLS’ SOCCER SEMIFINALS SUNDAY, OCT. 22 AT JOHNSON’S NOLAN FIELD 3-Union vs. 2-Scotch […]

MONDAY AFTERNOON QUARTERBACK: Union County FB teams gearing for playoff push

We’re at the – three weekends to go – stage of the season. Just three weekends remaining for teams to enhance their already clinched playoff status or for teams to still try to gain entry into their sections. Here in Union County, Westfield has appeared to put itself in the position to be considered the […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: 2 Union County teams are 5-0, 7 are at 3-2 and 4 are off this weekend

Johnson and Westfield are 5-0 and on their way to qualifying once again in their sections. Seven Union County teams are 3-2 and seeking to qualify themselves, each having three more games to go that count. Roselle Park is 4-2 and has this week off and then after playing at New Providence next weekend will […]

Johnson, Westfield – Union County’s 5-0 FB teams; Crusaders win Valley Division, Blue Devils see winning streak reach 30

UNION – Exit 135 off the Garden State Parkway south – the Clark-Westfield turn – is presently 10-0 on the gridiron so far this season. Johnson and Westfield both improved to 5-0 Friday night, each capturing key Mid-State 38 Conference division victories. Johnson turned back visiting Hillside 22-13 at Nolan Field to clinch the Valley […]

Johnson football can clinch Valley Division title Friday night; Linden had week off then another big game at Bridgewater-Raritan

Crusaders 4-0 for first time since 2006; Tigers defeated Elizabeth in regular season for first time since 2010

Two of the Mid-State 38 (really 37 since Pingry left) Conference’s hottest football teams are Johnson and Linden. Johnson is 4-0 for the first time since 2006. Linden (3-1) just defeated Elizabeth in the regular season for the first time since 2010. Linden, winners of three straight, has this weekend off before another huge game […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: Can Union end Westfield’s 29-game winning streak? Other big Oct. 6 games include Hillside at Johnson, Roselle Park at Bound Brook

There are three scheduled Friday night (Oct. 6) games that do not include either team with more than one loss. They are all division games concerning six Mid-State 38 Conference squads. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS IN UNION COUNTY OCT. 6: WATCHUNG DIVISION: Westfield (4-0, 3-0) at Union (2-1, 2-1) – Cooke Memorial Field VALLEY DIVISION: Hillside […]

Cranford boys’ 3rd seed and Union girls’ 3rd seed for soccer Union County Tournaments; Will wrap at Kean the final weekend in October

UNION COUNTY TOURNAMENTS BOYS’ SOCCER SEEDS: 1-Westfield 2-Elizabeth 3-Cranford 4-Gov. Livingston 5-Summit 6-Scotch Plains 7-Johnson 8-New Providence 9-Plainfield 10-Rahway 11-Dayton 12-Oratory Prep 13-Hillside 14-Union 15-Union Catholic 16-Linden 17-Roselle 18-Roselle park 19-Roselle Catholic The top four seeds receive byes into the quarterfinals. Fifth-seeded Summit receives a bye into the first round. Preliminary round games need to […]