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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 (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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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