After Union comeback late in 4th to tie, Elizabeth tops host Farmers in OT; Exciting St. Jude Classic basketball between Union County arch rivals

UNION – A classic or a turnover-missed free throw-filled season-opener? Either way you interpret it there was high drama Friday at Louis J. Rettino Gymnasium for the second of the three 3rd Annual St. Jude Classic Benefit Basketball Games at Union. Union fought hard late in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: Union County football has had a state champion every year now since 2009

Since 2009, Union County has produced at least one state champion, a streak of nine straight seasons. Since 2011 we’ve seen Cranford win its first state championship in the playoff era – the Cougars won again in 2015 – and then we’ve seen three programs win for the first time in a very long time. […]

Union County football state championship playoff era history here; Years listed when each team last captured a state crown

Now that Hillside has won its first state championship since 1985, here is the list of when was the last year each team in Union County won a football state championship: Plainfield, with a record of 0-4 in finals, Governor Livingston (0-2) and Dayton (0-1) are the only three schools in Union County that have […]


Andy Martin – Senior Football – Wide Receiver “Andy Martin has been our most productive offensive player this season. He led the team with 13 touchdowns and has set Union High School single-season records for receiving with 59 receptions and 943 yards.” —Union High School football coach Lou Grasso. As a pass catcher, is there a […]



Gabby Lamadieu – Junior Girls’ Soccer – Defender “Gabby has established herself as one of the best defenders in the state this year. She is the lead driver in our defense that has stepped up tremendously. A great team begins with a great defense and Gabby has showed dedication and perseverance to establish consistency. She is […]

Westfield, Hillside football surprising or not-so-surprising? Blue Devils, Comets seek to capture state championships Nov. 30 and Dec. 2

Games are at MetLife Stadium and Rutgers; Westfield out to 3-peat, while Hillside attempts to garner first crown since 1985

I’m not quite sure what might be more surprising? The fact that we’re still asking Westfield head coach Jim DeSarno to explain how good another one of his Westfield teams is and how the Blue Devils continue to be as stingy as any team in the state in terms of keeping the opposition from reaching […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: 2 Union County teams guaranteed of reaching state championship games

A banner 5-1 first-round playoff day last Saturday has produced two Union County vs. Union County semifinal matchups this weekend. That means Union County will have at least two teams playing in championship games the first weekend in December. Six of Union County’s 10 playoff qualifiers advanced to this weekend’s semifinal action, which is a […]

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 […]


Ulisses Silguero, Junior, Boys’ Soccer ‘Ulisses Silguero is a standout junior captain who provides leadership for our program on and off the soccer field. On the soccer field, Ulisses has great technical ability and knowledge of the game and is truly a complete player that has a bright future. Ulisses excels in the classroom taking […]

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