Sure, baseball season is heading into its final week or so, with several area teams still alive in the state playoffs, but that doesn’t mean it’s not time for football.
The 2022 Basilone Bowl – featuring graduating seniors from Somerset and, this year, Hunterdon County – will take place at Bridgewater-Raritan’s Basilone Field on Tuesday, June 14th at 7 pm.
The U.S. Marine Corps sponsors the game, whose honoree hailed from Raritan. World War II hero John Basilone earned the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in the Battle of Guadalcanal in October 1942, after which he reinlisted and was killed at age 28 on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945.
Central Jersey Sports Radio will broadcast this year’s Basilone Bowl for the first time ever, with complete live coverage of the game, and a number of activities around it. We’ll be featuring stories leading up to the game, so be sure to check back here.
Players will be broken up into two teams: the Leathernecks and the Devil Dogs.
A Leatherneck is is a military slang term for a member of the Marine Corps, widely generally believed to originate in the wearing of a “leather stock” that went around the neck. Marine Corps legend – and American media reports at the time – say the name “Devil Dogs” was used by German soldiers to describe U.S. Marines who fought in the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918, that they fought with such ferocity that they were likened to “Dogs from Hell.”
For now, take a look below to see who will be representing their schools in the game:
- Bound Brook: Patrick LePoidevin, Jayden Brimage, Sharrod Tedder, Bryce Cobb, Leo Azcona, Amsony Desir, David Alvarez, Aidan Mott, Jesus Sanchez
- Delaware Valley: Tim Torrey, Logan Blake, Scott Pursell, Jaden Corbin, Matt Schneider
- Mongtomery: Alex Benitez, David Walsh, Mark Jenkins, Liam McManus, Andre Soumeillant, Brandon Furey, Jalen McDaniel
- North Hunterdon: Ryan Drwal, Nick Glucksman, Winston Hess, Tom Markovich, Schris Schenkel
- North Plainfield: Keiahn Grenald, Giovanni Threatt, Marvin Cruz, Jason Agyemang, Michael Knight, Jordan Bird
- Voorhees: Will Letters, Daylen Joyce, Josh Reid, Brody Shaner
- Watchung Hills: Chris Huljack, Sean Krug, Brian Hayward, Andrew Scopel
Coaches: Zoran Milich, Sean Carty, Brian Santaniello, Mark Priebracha, Chris Sima, Dan Aguilar, Joe Riccardi from Montgomery; Rich Seubert of Watchung Hills; Michael Haughey of Delaware Valley
- Bridgewater-Raritan: Dylan Corsi, Sammy El Hadidi, Brady Kurdyla, Ryan Driscoll, Joseph Carroll, Matthew Messing, Reilly Stevens
- Franklin: John Nwachukwu, Moshood Babalola, Nasan Colson
- Hillsborough: Jay Mazuera, Andrew Santa Barbara, Tyler Michinard, Sal Volpe, Marc Gulla, Will Dixon, Luke Moleski, Ethan McLaughlin, Leo Schiro
- Hunterdon Central: Owen Bill, Frank Lentine, Nick Lewis
- Immaculata: Brandon McNab, Anthony Ruscetta, Christian Martell, Shahkai Matthews, Stephen Dowe, Josh Farrell
- Manville: Anthony Yakobchuk, Brandon Flores, Jason Gonzalez, Nico Ayala-Biondi
- Pingry: Niles Luke, Zach Ventura, Jacob Ventura, Matt Caruso, Herb Toler
- South Hunterdon: Trevor McLoughan, Nick Venettone
Coaches: Kevin Carty, Don Adams, PJ Jankowicz and Justin Balunsat from Hillsborough; Jon Simoneau of Bernards; Rick Mantz and Joe Cahill from Bridgewater-Raritan; Ian Pace of Somerville