Category: Boys Basketball

Robinson’s big game in a big moment earns him Week 8 Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week Award

Coming up big in a big spot.

That’s what senior Anthony Robinson did last Friday night – all over the field – for Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Not only did he help his unranked Raiders knock off No. 5 Woodbridge on Homecoming 34-33, but it earned him Week 8 Bellamy & Son Player of the Week honors.

Robinson carried 21 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns in handing the Barrons their second straight loss (after they started the season 6-2), while also catching two passes for 55 yards.

He contributed on defense, with seven tackles and one TFL, and amassed 74 kick return yards in the game as well.

Robinson will receive a custom football at the end of the year, and be eligible for a $500 scholarship courtesy of Bellamy & Son Paving, a founding sponsor of Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko of Central Jersey Sports Radio talk with SPF’s Anthony Robinson:

Honor Roll…

Other players who had outstanding games in Week eight included Zaon Laney, who also was a Week 6 winner. In a 35-28 win at South Plainfield, Laney was a workhorse, carrying 32 times for 287 yards and four touchdowns. He also added two catches for 67 yards, for a total of 354 yards from scrimmage.

Nasir McGlone had another outstanding game for North Plainfield, a consistent player for the Canucks all season. In a 35-10 win over Johnson, McGlone carried 18 time for 355 yards and five touchdowns, giving him back-to-back games over 350 yards rushing and with five scores.

McGlone’s effort was the top rushing performance in the Big Central in Week 8, and number two in the state last week behind only Zach Palmer-Smith of Delran, who carried for 373 yards and five scores.

And then there’s the Autoland Player of the Game from our Big Central Game of the Week Friday night, Shawn Purcell. In a 51-27 road win over Bound Brook – in which Manville scored a program record number of points in their series with the Crusaders – Purcell rushed for a career high 224 yards, with three touchdowns.

And Edison’s Matt Yascko had a nearly perfect game for the Eagles; the junior quarterback was 20-for-23 against Hunterdon Central, for 320 yards, four touchdowns and no picks in a 42-7 victory in Flemington.

Manville explodes for 51-27 win over Bound Brook to stop 11-game skid vs. Crusaders, keep playoff hopes alive

Rivalry game. Must-win for the playoffs.

No problem for Manville.

The Mustangs staked themselves to a 13-0 lead and never looked back, leading for all but 1:33 of the game (when the score was 0-0), and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 51-27 win over Bound Brook in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The 51 points scored by Manville was a program record in the series, topping 41-point efforts in wins over the Crusaders in 1986 and 2001.

The win also snapped an 11-game losing streak in the series dating back to 2010, though Bound Brook still leads the series 43-20 with 2 ties.

Junior runningback Shawn Purcell was the Autoland Player of the Game, rushing for a career high 224 yards, with three touchdown runs – of 36, 1, and 35 yards.

The victory moves Manville to 6-1, but it remains to be seen how much the win will move the Mustangs up in the South 1 playoff standings. They entered the night tied for 18th with Buena (0-5), two UPR points out of a playoff spot.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will have unofficial updates to all sections early Saturday on our site at cjsportsradio.com.

Click below for postgame reaction from Dom Savino down on the field with the Mustangs:

Junior runningback Shawn Purcell

Manville head coach Pat Gorbatuk

Barrons have great success on the field and off, exceeding their fundraising goals with Fundraising University

The following is paid content from Central Jersey Sports Radio founding sponsor Fundraising University New Jersey.

The Woodbridge Barrons have only lost two regular season games in the last three seasons under head coach Joe LaSala.

Even when the coronavirus pandemic threatened the high school football season in 2020, they were still able to have a successful season.

There have been great players, and there has been sound coaching. Behind it all has been top-notch fundraising, but LaSala has had very little to do with it.

With COVID keeping fans from games and restricting contact, a traditional door-to-door or other in-person fundraiser just wouldn’t be feasible. And that’s when he remembered seeing several posts on social media about Fundraising University’ “Fund-U-Now” program.

READ MORE: In 2020, Fundraising University supported the Big Central Conference with a $500 “Unsung Hero Scholarship Award”

In the first year, Woodbridge exceeded its goals with a quick “Fund-U-Now” fundraiser that required very little work from the coach, and minimal amount of time from the players. They even got to compete against each other for bonuses, and the money was in LaSala’s hands before the ink was dry on the check.

The fundraiser done in a flash, they could get back to doing what Woodbridge does so well: winning football games.

Click below to hear Joe LaSala explain how Fundraising University works, and why the Barrons are now working on their third fundraiser with the company:

For more information on Fundraising University, visit their website by clicking here. You can find New Jersey franchisee John Tuohy on Twitter, and follow him at @NJFundU. Or call John at 732-772-3354.

Tell John Tuohy you heard about Fundraising University through Central Jersey Sports Radio and receive extra incentives for your players who win fundraising competitions among their teammates!

Weekend GMC charity soccer festival to support pediatric cancer, children and families in need

Girls’ soccer teams from throughout the Greater Middlesex Conference will take the field this weekend to support a number of local charitable organizations.

The 20201 “Soccer for a Cause Charity Festival” will feature 14 girls’ teams from the Blue and White Divisions, totaling 300 players.

The event will be held this Saturday, October 9th – with a rain date of Sunday, October 10th – at Metuchen High School.

Fans are asked to bring nonperishable food items to benefit REPLENISH, Nourishing Neighboors, an regional food bank serving Middlesex County previously known as MCFOODS.

Metuchen Athletic Director John Cathcart and girls’ soccer coach Mike Knoth helped organize the event, which also will benefit Go4theGoal and the Marisa Tufaro Foundation.

Go4theGoal aims to improve the lives of children across the country who are battling cancer, providing monetary support, developing unique hospital programs, and funding research.

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation assists pediatric patients and children throughout the Middlesex County area, and is run by former longtime Home News Tribune sportswriter Greg Tufaro.

Scroll down to see the full schedule of games.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with Metuchen girls’ soccer coach and event organizer Mike Knoth:

Schedule of Games (Saturday, October 9)

10:00 AM

  • South Plainfield vs. Woodbridge – Turf Field
  • Spotswood vs. Edison – Varsity Field
  • Middlesex vs. Sayreville – JV Field
  • JFK vs. New Brunswick – Front Field

1:00 PM

  • St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Colonia – Turf Field
  • Metuchen vs. North Brunswick – Varsity Field
  • Carteret vs. Perth Amboy – JV Field

“Mr. Old Bridge,” Ron Mazzola, does a little bit of everything for Knights, Chargers, GMC

He’s been at it a while, seen a lot, and does a little of everything.

Ron Mazzola is most well-known to the average fan as being the PA voice of Old Bridge football. His first game was by accident, a rescheduled game due to rain that ended up being played at Edison, and the main announcer, Gus Persch, was unavailable.

The Knights beat No. 2 Hillsborough that day 49-0. The rest, as they say, is history.

But even before that, Mazzola was busy behind the scenes, not long after he graduated Madison Central High School in 1978, having played baseball and basketball for coaches Walt Peto and John Somogyi.

He was involved in many youth sports and did PA on frequent Madison and Cedar Ridge night soccer games.

He’s done video for Old Bridge teams, helped run the GMC wrestling tournament and gymnastics championships.

He even helped run the first “unofficial” Big East wrestling tournament in 1996 at the behest of then-Rutgers coach John Sacchi.

In the midst of it all, after having worked at various now-gone sporting goods stores like Herman’s, Gervin’s and Route 18 Sports, he opened his own business – Prestige Imaging – which still thrives to this day, despite a downturn during the pandemic, and provides the Greater Middlesex Conference with all its postseason awards.

They even helped create the new Old Bridge uniforms after the Madison-Cedar Ridge merger. (He’s still got the rejected color combo jerseys -“retro” jersey day, anyone?)

I sat down recently with Ron to talk about his involvement with local sports.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s interview with “Mr. Old Bridge,” Ron Mazzola:

No. 1 North Brunswick wins critical road matchup with Old Bridge on Perry’s 5 TDs

Mike Cipot, the Raidrers head coach now in his fifth season at the helm, says it was one of the best performances he’s seen.

Senior Marquis Perry scored five times – twice on the ground and three times on tosses from junior quarterback Frankie Garbolino – to power North Brunswick past No. 4 Old Bridge on the road, 34-27.

In Week One, North Brunswick scored 35 unanswered points to break a 21-all tie en route to a 56-21 win over South Brunswick. Somewhat similarly, this time the Raiders were tied at 20 with Old Bridge, but won the second half 14-7.

The victory puts the Raiders at 2-0 heading into a home game with Sayreville next weekend, while the Knights drop to 1-1.

Click below to hear North Brunswick head coach Mike Cipot talk about the victory over the Old Bridge:

NJSIAA Executive Director Colleen Maguire looks back on unique first year at the helm, with hopes for a “normal” second

Taking over a new job can be daunting enough, but throw a pandemic on top of it, and you’ve got a real challenge on your hands.

But that was the hand Colleen Maguire was dealt in 2020, when she took over as the Executive Director of the NJSIAA.

And yet, the state’s high school athletics association was able to provide a year in which some sports had state championships, and everyone was allowed to play, if they so chose.

Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko caught up with Maguire as the high school football season got set to kick into high gear this week, to talk about the year gone by, what 2021 will look like, NJSIAA finances, participation and more.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s interview with NJSIAA Executive Director Colleen Maguire:

Part Two of Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Top Ten Moments of Year One

A dominating performance in battle of two powerhouse girls’ basketball teams. A standout performance by one of the top ’21 returnees in the Big Central. A walk-off win in a big rivalry game. A gutsy TD and two-point run in a wild, high-scoring game. And a battle of two of the BCC’s best that everyone wanted to see.

Those five games made the Top Ten of Central Jersey Sports Radio’s first year on the air.

But that’s only Nos. 10 through 6.

If you missed them, click here to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino run them down, complete with audio highlights.

But what about the Top 5?

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you..

Click below to hear Mike and Dom run down Nos. 5 through 1:

With Year One in the books, CJSR looks back at our Top Ten moments

Central Jersey Sports Radio launched in August 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, with no one really knowing what high school sports would look like in the 2020-21 school year.

Some doubted they would even play at all.

As the school year would move along, the NJSIAA shortened the fall and winter seasons. Football didn’t have playoffs for the first time since they began in 1974. There was no state basketball tournament. But spring sports – entirely wiped out in 2020 – were kept as close to normal in 2021, including baseball.

Central Jersey Sports Radio began on the premise of covering high school football. And we had so much fun, and so many good stories to tell, we decided to keep it going year-round. That included boys’ and girls’ high school basketball, and baseball.

And they all provided classmates, fans, parents, and anyone else who would listen with plenty of memorable moments.

So, we decided to pick our Top Ten moments of the first year of Central Jersey Sports Radio, all games broadcast on cjsportsradio.com.

It was so long, we broke it into two segments.

So, here’s No. 10 through No. 5, hosted by Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino:

Coming soon: CJSR’s Top Moments of Year One

There were big hits, touchdowns, and shots. There were championships and outstanding performances. There were great stories, too.

In a year dominated by a polarizing election and a worldwide pandemic, high school sports gave all of us – student-athletes, coaches, parents, fans, and the media – a much needed distraction from it all.

And despite shortened seasons – some with playoffs, some without – there was a sense of normalcy, and there were so many great stories.

As we approach the first anniversary of Central Jersey Sports Radio going live with our first post on August 14, 2020, we’ll take a look back at some of the top stories and games we covered during the school year gone by. We’ll go day-by-day, up to the top of the list, with some audio highlights sprinkled in as well.

So keep an eye out for it on cjsportsradio.com over the next few weeks.

And of course, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and our site in the coming days, weeks and months for all the latest preseason football news and analysis.