Football playoffs for 11 Union County teams commence this weekend; Defending N2, G3 champ Summit goes 9-0 for 5th straight season

Union, Linden, Westfield in N2, G5; Scotch Plains in N2, G4; Cranford and GL also in N2, G3; Roselle Park, Brearley, New Providence in N2, G1; Rahway in CJ, G2

Here we go again. High school playoff football in UnionCounty is back – about a week later than normal – with many teams seeking to extend their seasons a week. Will this be the last season that we just crown sectional champions? We won’t know about possible playoff expansion until it gets voted on again […]

These Union County football schools have qualified for the playoffs: Union, Linden, Scotch Plains, Summit, Cranford, New Providence, Brearley, Roselle Park and Rahway

This weekend is the cutoff date, with Westfield still having a chance to make it in North 2, Group 5

Usually we’re getting ready for the playoffs this weekend. However, the old system of having a “Week Zero” where only a handful of teams open the season came back this year – thus pushing the 2013 campaign back a week. That means that this is the cutoff date weekend, with some teams done with their […]

Summit comes back in the 4th quarter to stun Rahway 26-20: Hilltoppers increase regular season winning streak to 41

In battle of the last 2 undefeated Union County teams, Summit tops Rahway for a 14th straight time; Dougherty scores winning TD with 36 seconds left to increase Hilltopper overall winning streak to 17; Bost scored all 3 Rahway TDs

RAHWAY – In order to beat a quality, state-championship caliber team – which was the way Rahway head coach Gary Mobley put it – playing for just 36 minutes is not going to cut it. The home team Indians found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of more than […]

Rahway challenge will be to limit Summit early on; Battle of elite 4-0 football squads Saturday at Veterans Field

Host Indians have not defeated visiting Hilltoppers since 1981; Summit's regular season winning streak at 40 and overall win streak at 16; Summit has a 13-game winning streak against Rahway

One of the challenges to staying in a game against Summit is to keep the Hilltoppers off the scoreboard in the first half in order to have a chance after halftime. So far Somerville, Johnson, Cranford and North Plainfield have not been able to do that. Those teams were not fast enough or focused enough […]

Linden junior standouts net UCT girls’ tennis titles; Kent Place is team winner for first time since 2004

Zalewski wins at first singles for second time and Podsiebierski at second singles for her first crown

Last week’s 38th annual girls’ tennis Union County Tournament at the Donald Van Blake Courts in Plainfield had Linden back on top again at first singles and a parochial school supplanting perennial winner Westfield as the champion. For the second time in three years – she did not compete in last year’s tournament – Linden’s […]

UCT girls’ soccer kicks off this Saturday; defending co-champion Scotch Plains is top seed once again

Dayton, Union, Johnson and Brearley were to host first 4 matches

The girls’ soccer Union County Tournament was to kick off this Saturday, Sept. 28, with four preliminary round matches. Defending co-champion Scotch Plains was awarded the top seed once again. Four first round games are scheduled to be played Wednesday, Oct. 2, with four more second round games set to take place Saturday, Oct. 5. The […]

Summit football scores all 7 times it has the ball in first half; Hilltoppers handle division rival Cranford in their home-opener

Senior quarterback Terry tosses 4 touchdown passes and runs for one score

SUMMIT – The way the Summit football team performed in its home-opener Friday night can another 12-0 season be in store? The Hilltoppers looked that sharp.That precise. That unbeatable. Summit scored all seven times it had the ball in the first half en route to a commanding 48-14 triumph over Cranford in Mid-State 38 Conference-Raritan […]

Summit football preview: Hilltoppers have new cast which is building for success

SUMMIT – There are teams that proclaim they are “rebuilding” and then there are teams that – without saying so – seem to “reload” based on continued success following getting hit very hard by graduation. Gone are standout players such as Mike Badgley, A.J. Iarussi, Nick Liberato, Kyre Negron, Andrew Oristanio, Austin Carbone, Connor O’Malley […]

2013 Football Classifications here for the 17 teams in Union County

2013 FOOTBALL CLASSIFICATIONS FOR THE 17 TEAMS IN UNION COUNTY REVISED AUG. 2  *  NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 2   GROUP 5   Enrollment: 1284-3379 Elizabeth (3379), Westfield (1378), Linden (1284), Union (1810) * GROUP 4   Enrollment: 943-1236 Scotch Plains-Fanwood (1120), Plainfield (1109) * GROUP 3   Enrollment: 715-866 Cranford (866), Summit (801), Governor Livingston […]

High School Baseball Development League allows teams to play together during the summer; 64 teams from 4 counties involved this year

Union-Essex seniors champs included Gov. Livingston in American Division and Columbia in National, while the juniors champs were Westfield in both the American and National divisions

With the slow dissolving of American Legion baseball in New Jersey caused by the competition of so many other leagues that are now available to players of all different skill levels, high school head coaches Chris Roof, Dan Mondelli and assistant Ralph Yezza decided that it was time for a change. What they wanted for […]

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