Johnson football advances to Central Jersey, Group 2 semifinals for 2nd time in 3 years; Linden, Cranford, Roselle fall on first night of playoffs

Remember when “official” practice commenced back in August, with players having to put on helmets and pads during near 100 degree temperatures. Well Friday night, as the playoffs commenced, it was time to search for extra clothing. Temperatures in the 30s and as low as the 20s in some places made for a very frosty […]

MONDAY AFTERNOON QUARTERBACK: 7 of 9 Union County matchups have playoff history; 10 from Union County qualify

5 first-round games set for Friday night, Nov. 10 and 4 more for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11

Of the nine games involving the 10 teams from Union County that qualified for the playoffs, seven of them are playoff rematches. The only two that have no history are first round Central Jersey, Group 2 encounters. They include third-seeded Johnson hosting sixth-seeded Holmdel tomorrow night and seventh-seeded Hillside at second-seeded South River Saturday. Those […]

10 Union County football teams qualify for the playoffs; North 2, Group 1 matchup pits Roselle Park at Glen Ridge

SUMMIT – Now the games really matter. Let the playoffs commence! In Union County 10 of its 17 teams qualified, including Westfield, which for the first time is the top seed in North 2, Group 5. The two-time defending champion Blue Devils are 8-0 for the third straight year and have the state’s longest winning […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: Cranford not ready to settle for consolation game; Ambrosio proves to be quite a kicker

9 Union County teams in playoffs with 1 week to go; 2 are on outside at seed 9 looking in

Cranford is not ready to settle for a consolation game. Last week the Cougars were on the outside looking in, ninth in the power point standings in North 2, Group 3. This week – after a convincing 34-21 home win over Hillside and a big 21-13 victory by Mountain Lakes over Newark West Side – […]

Union County Tournament information here; boys’ and girls soccer and girls’ volleyball finals are Oct. 28

UNION COUNTY TOURNAMENTS BOYS’ SOCCER: FINAL Saturday, Oct. 28 at Johnson’s Nolan Field 2-Elizabeth vs. 1-Westfield, 7 p.m. SEMIFINALS Saturday, Oct. 21 at Johnson’s Nolan Field Elizabeth 2, Cranford 1 Westfield 3, Summit 1 GIRLS’ SOCCER: FINAL Saturday, Oct. 28 at Johnson’s Nolan Field 2-Scotch Plains vs. 1-Westfield, 5 p.m. SEMIFINALS Sunday, Oct. 22 at […]

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 […]

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 […]