High School Baseball

Patches of dead grass like the ones here seen on the Chargers Stadium natural grass field during Spotswood’s season opener against Bordentown on August 25, 2023 will be a thing of the past once new turf is installed, thanks to a referendum that was passed by voters in Spotswood and Helmetta Tuesday. (Source: Spotswood football on MaxPreps)

Spotswood voters give a big thumbs up to referendum, improvements to Charger football field, track, and baseball diamond

The Spotswood football and baseball teams will be big beneficiaries of a $12.6 million dollar bond referendum overwhelmingly approved by voters Tuesday. School Board President Dan Lennan says the question on the ballot for Spotswood and Helmetta voters passed by more than a two-to-one margin, 640-301, paving the way for major athletic improvements, as well as other much-needed upgrades to district schools. On the sports side of things, the money will help pay for a new artificial turf field at Chargers Stadium, the home of the football team, as well as permanent lighting to allow for night play. Spotswood has…

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Spotswood’s football field has divots, loose grass, and dead turf. It would be replaced with an all-weather turf surface if voters in Spotswood and Helmetta pass a $12.6 million bond referendum at the polls on Tuesday, September 26th. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Spotswood referendum calls for athletic, building improvements with zero tax impact

There’s an old saying: “If it’s free it’s for me.” In Spotswood – and Helmetta, but not Milltown, which has its own Board of Education and its own schools through eighth grade – voters will go to the polls on September 26th to weigh in on a $12.6 million dollar bond referendum that would fund improvements to the high school football and baseball fields, as well as needed repairs and upgrades at all other district schools, all without costing taxpayers a dime. For football, Spotswood would replace the natural grass surface at Chargers Stadium with all-weather turf, and change the…

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North Brunswick’s Zack Konstantinovsky pitches in the GMC Tournament final on May 21, 2023 at Ray Cipperly Field in East Brunswick. (Photo: MIke Pavlichko)

Konstantivovsky – who does it all on the mound, at the plate and in the field – named CJSR Player of the Year for a second straight season

Yes, Zack Konstantinovsky is the Central Jersey Sports Radio Player of the Year. Again. The Rutgers-bound senior from North Brunswick picked up the award for a second straight year, and few in our coverage area could have any argument. There are dominant pitchers and dominant hitters and some very good fielders in Middlesex and Somerset Counties, our main coverage area. But there are few who are so good at all three. Scroll down below the interview for CJSR’s Player of the Year Honorable Mentions: Zack’s pitching stats speak for themselves: In ten starts (plus one relief appearance of a single…

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From left to right: Rutgers Prep juniors Evan Laub and Max Treonze, with CJSR 2023 Coach of the Year Larry Santowasso. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

From 1-6 start to SCT Champs: Rutgers Prep’s Santowasso named 2023 CJSR Coach of the Year

Any good coach will tell you the job he or she has done is all about their players. Larry Santowasso of Rutgers Prep – who’s been the Argonauts’ head coach for nearly three decades – will say the same thing. But his efforts to help bring his team back from a 1-6 start to a 14-15 finish – with trips to the Prep B and Non-Public North B finals, and a Somerset County Tournament Championship in the mix – have earned him Coach of the Year honors from Central Jersey Sports Radio for 2023. With the SCT seeding meeting just…

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Skyland Conference coaches unveil 138 All-Division baseball selections for 2023

The baseball coaches of the Skyland Conference on Wednesday afternoon selected their All-Division teams for the 2023 season. Following is the complete list of honorees: DELAWARE DIVISION First Team Second Team Honorable Mention RARITAN DIVISION First Team Second Team Honorable Mention MOUNTAIN DIVISION First Team Second Team Honorable Mention VALLEY DIVISION First Team Second Team The Valley Division coaches did not select an Honorable Mention team.

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Old Bridge players hold the Central Jersey Group 4 championship trophy high after beating North Brunswick to win the title at Fred Cole Field on June 2, 2023. (Photo: Dylan Allen)

McSorley, Villani, Thomas Papeo talk Team of the Year honors for CJ4 champion Knights, who were several years in the making

So many Old Bridge Knights – whether they played a large or small role – contributed to the team’s success in 2023, bringing them their first sectional title since in eight years. Hascup, McSorley, the Papeos, Villani, Scire, Meyer, and the list goes on. That’s how it is with a championship team. It’s never one person; it’s the collective. And that’s how it was with Old Bridge baseball this year, which finished 21-9 on the season, won the Central Jersey Group 4 title, and made it all the way to the statewide Group 4 final before falling to Ridgewood, the…

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Old Bridge is the No. 1 team in the final Bellamy & Son Paving rankings for 2023. (Photo: Dylan Allen)

Old Bridge finishes No. 1 in final Bellamy & Son Paving Baseball Top 10; Knights are CJSR Team of the Year

The Old Bridge baseball team reached unprecedented heights in 2023, reaching its first-ever state title game. And though they fell just a few runs short of an overall Group 4 title, the Knights – who won Central Jersey Group 4 for the first time in eight years – are the No. 1 team in the final Bellamy & Son Paving rankings, making them the Central Jersey Sports Radio Team of the Year. Old Bridge finished 21-9 on the season, and beat North Brunswick 2-1 in the CJ4 title game, their first appearance in the finals since 2019. It was the…

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INSTANT REPLAY: Group 4 Final – Ridgewood 4, Old Bridge 0

The Old Bridge Knights fell to the Ridgewood Maroons in their first ever trip to the state finals, losing 4-0 in the statewide Group 4 title game on June 10, 2023. Click below to hear Korbid Thompson call all the play-by-play from Bob DeMeo Field at Veterans’ Park in Hamilton:

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Old Bridge warms up on the field before the Group 4 title game against Ridgewood at Bob DeMeo Field, Veterans’ Park in Hamilton, NJ on June 10, 2023. (Photo: Korbid Thompson)

Old Bridge falls short in Group 4 final; Knights fall 4-0 to Ridgewood

by Korbid Thompson The two teams on a collision course to Bob DeMeo Field in Hamilton took very different paths to get there. In the end, Ridgewood came out as a champion. The championship season of Old Bridge – they won Central Jersey Group 4 – would have come to an end one way or the other on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Knights, they would end up on the short end of a 4-0 final at the hands of North Jersey, Section 1 champ Ridgewood (24-7) in the NJSIAA Group 4 finals at Veterans’ Park. It was a scoreless game…

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Old Bridge – shown here with their 2023 Central Jersey Group 4 trophy – goes for even bigger hardware Saturday when they play Ridgewood for the state Group 4 title in Hamilton. (Photo: Dylan Allen)

Old Bridge seeks historic title in state Group 4 final against Ridgewood Saturday

Very rarely does a team play a game it knows is it’s last of the season, especially a winning team. But that’s the case for Old Bridge Saturday, when the Central Jersey Group 4 champion Knights (21-8, 7-5 GMC Red, 2nd place) travel down to Veterans’ Park in Hamilton to take on Ridgewood (23-7, 8-0 Big North Freedom champs) at Bob DeMeo Field, in a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Scroll through for a complete preview of the game: Group 4 Finals: Old Bridge (21-8) vs. Ridgewood (23-7)When: Saturday, 4 pm (pregame 3:45)Where: Bob DeMeo Field,…

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