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SPONSORED: Now is the time to start planning fall fundraisers; John Tuohy of Fundraising U. explains how to raise the most money in the least amount of time

As the world keeps working to get back to a “pre-pandemic normal,” high school sports teams hopefully will be getting back to normal this fall, too.

But that also means they’re going to have to raise as much cash as they did before – if not more – to keep things going.

That’s why John Tuohy of Fundraising University – one of Central Jersey Sports Radio’s founding sponsors – says now is the time to start thinking about fundraisers.

What’s your fundraising goal? What would you like to sell? Who can be involved? Who are you selling to? How can you do it in the least amount of time, while raising the most amount of money?

All questions John Tuohy can answer.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with John Tuohy about the type of money-raising events Fundraising University can offer:

Somerville is Central Jersey Sports Radio’s first “Team of the Year”

Finishing the COVID-shortened 2020 high school football season with a perfect 7-0 mark, the Somerville Pioneers accomplished what they set out to do: beat the best, and finish undefeated.

It was the closest anyone could come to a championship.

Their final game turned out to be a 39-26 road win over then-No. 1 and undefeated Woodbridge, a victory that propelled then No. 2 Somerville into the top spot in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten.

They held onto that spot in the final rankings, to earn the first-ever “Team of the Year” award given out by Central Jersey Sports Radio, and also finished No. 1 in the inaugural Big Central Media Poll.

Somerville was the only undefeated team in the Big Central. North Plainfield – with a remarkable turnaround off a 4-6 2019 season and a 7-24 mark over the past three years – had been undefeated until a 30-14 road loss to Linden in Week 8.

The undefeated season is the Pioneers’ fifth overall and first since 1983, when they went 11-0 and won the Central Jersey Group 2 title. They also went 11-0 an route to a state title in 1979. Their first of 11 state titles overall came in a 1953 season that saw the Pioneers go 9-0. They also finished 7-0-1 in 1929, and won the only game they played in 1909, defeating Bound Brook 16-5.

Following are the final Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Poll. A trophy will be presented to Somerville for the honor at a later date.

Somerville sweeps Woodbridge from the top of the Big Central Media Poll

Grabbing all seven first-place votes, Somerville is the new Number One team in the Big Central Media Poll for Week 7.

The Pioneers are the third team to take the honor this season, which first went to Union in Week One, then to Woodbridge until this week.

The Pioneers – ranked No. 2 a week ago – handed the then-No. 1 Barrons their first loss of the season Friday night, a 39-26 setback heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio’s “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Below is the Week 7 Big Central Media Poll:

It’s The Ville! Pioneers are new Number One in Top Ten

Somerville has dethroned Woodbridge.

As expected, the Pioneers are the unanimous Number One team in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten for Week 7.

The Pioneers, 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Week 6 poll, knocked off the No. 1 and 5-0 Barrons Friday night at Priscoe Field 39-26, as heard on the “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy & Son Paving on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

There was much shuffling among the top six this week, since they all faced each other in Week 7 “postseason” matchups, where No. 6 Phillipsburg beat No. 5 Ridge, and No. 3 North Brunswick suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 4 Cranford.

Below is the Week 7 Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten:

Barrons grab final vote, to become unanimous No. 1 in Big Central Media Poll

Woodbridge earned first place votes in each of the first five weeks in the Big Central Media Poll. Union, Phillipsburg and Somerville all got their share.

This week, Woodbridge isn’t sharing.

The Barrons are the first unanimous No. 1 in the short history – six weeks – of the Big Central Media Poll, finishing 5-0 before the postseason begins, with one more regular season game, a Thanksgiving game against JFK.

Somerville held in second, with North Brunswick and Phillipsburg remaining in third and fourth, respectively.

Following is the Week 6 poll:

Woodbridge enters “postseason” right where it started: Number One

At 5-0 – with one more regular season game to go, after the postseason against JFK – Woodbridge remains in the top spot in the Week 6 Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten.

The Barrons began the preseason at No. 1, and have held on to the spot in each poll this season.

The top six positions remained the same, with Woodbridge followed by Somerville, North Brunswick Cranford and Ridge.

Below are the Week 6 rankings:

Woodbridge again grabs 6 of 7 first place votes in Big Central Media Poll

For the second straight week, No. 1 Woodbridge got 6 of the 7 first-place votes cast in the Big Central Media Poll, and easily finished in the top spot with a 4-0 record after Week 5 play.

Somerville (5-0) finished second and got the other first-place vote, while North Brunswick (5-0) edged up a spot to third. Rahway (4-1) joined the poll this week after knocking off 3rd-ranked Watchung Hills, but the Indians debuted at No. 9 while the Warriors dropped four spots to No. 7.

Below is the Week 5 poll: