High School Football

Murphy extends parent/guardian fan admission to college athletics, to open other sports venues to limited fans next week

New Jersey Governor Murphy last week opened up high school athletic venues to two parents/guardians per student-athlete, with three weeks left in Season 2, which includes high school basketball. Now, he’s extending that allowance to college sports – like Rutgers – as long as capacity limits aren’t exceeded, effective immediately. He made the announcement around 11:30 this morning on the Moose and Maggie show on WFAN 660 AM in New York. In addition, Murphy is allowing all sports – professional and college – and entertainment venues with a capacity of 5,000 or more o open to ten percent capacity effective […]

SPONSORED: Basketball Warehouse helps players of all ages improve their skills and confidence in a personal setting

The following is sponsored content from Basketball Warehouse. Please support our sponsors, who make our coverage of high school sports on Central Jersey Sports Radio possible. It was 2013, and brothers Bobby and Mark Timinski – standout high school basketball players in their day – had a mattress and furniture business, with a warehouse in Edison. And they had a lot of extra space. Basketball junkies their whole lives – Bobby played at St. Joe’s and Colonia while Mark played scholastically in Florida before playing for the Gators in College – they decided to open a training facility with the […]

Central Jersey Sports Radio announces “Fundraising University Unsung Hero Scholarship Award”

Central Jersey Sports Radio is happy to announce its first scholarship: the Fundraising University Unsung Hero Scholarship Award, which will be given to the high school football player in the Big Central Conference who was most valuable to his team off the field and behind the scenes in 2020. The award will be $500 and given to a player who doesn’t score the most touchdowns, have the flashiest highlights, or get the most press. A nomination form will be emailed to coaches in the Big Central Conference, and a winner will be chosen by Central Jersey Sports Radio in conjunction […]

Governor Murphy at his Feb. 12 COVID-19 press briefing.

AUDIO: Governor Murphy announces an Executive Order to allow limited fans at indoor high school sporting events

This story will be updated if Governor Phil Murphy makes additional comments at today’s press conference. Please check back here for updates. During his regularly scheduled Friday COVID press conference, Governor Murphy announced he will sign an executive order today allowing limited numbers of fans to attend high school sporting events. Murphy said fans will be limited to two parents or guardians per student-athlete under the age of 21, as long as capacity limits of 150 people or 35 percent of the room’s capacity – whichever is smaller – are not exceeded. No other spectators will be allowed to attend. […]

The St. Joseph-Metuchen “Falcon Flock,” the student section that’s often raucous at St. Joe’s basketball games, has been noticeably absent this year due to COVID regulations banning all fans from games. Source: St. Joe’s website)

OPINION: Why now is the right time to allow limited fans at H.S. basketball games

The news broke on NJ.com shortly after flip-off (no tip-offs!) of our high school basketball game last night between No. 6 Colonia and Edison. The Eagles had finished their Senior Night activities, but no parents were anywhere to be found. In fact, the game was delayed a bit so that the masked parents – who didn’t even bother to take off their coats, that’s how quick they were in and out of the gym – could get home in time to watch and listen to the live stream of the game. NJ.com reported that Governor Murphy could announce today that […]

Big Central back to “traditional” divisions, releases full football schedule for 2021

by Mike Pavlichko Nobody knows what things will look like in September. But if things with the COVID-19 pandemic improve enough that a full high school football season can be played, the Big Central Conference is ready with its league schedule. The Big Central was formed in 2017, named in 2018, and was set to begin playing its full schedule in 2020. But the global pandemic forced the NJSIAA to shorten the season schedule, and the Big Central shifted some teams around to form divisions that more closely resembled geography than talent level or school size. Group 1 Bound Brook, […]

UMass adds former Somerville assistant, Savon Huggins as RB coach

by Mike Pavlichko Savon Huggins – once one of the top recruits in New Jersey out of St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City – has been named the runningbacks coach at the University of Massachussetts. Huggins announced the move on Twitter Wednesday. Excited to be the New Running’s Backs coach, let’s get to work 👊🏾 #Flagship pic.twitter.com/UDBdimJYRk — Savon Huggins (@CoachSHuggins) January 20, 2021 Since last March he had been a wide receivers assistant at the University of Buffalo. Huggins spent time as an assistant on the staff at Somerville High School, coming to the Pioneers in 2016 with current […]

Cammarano looks back on nearly a decade and a half leading Chargers

Earlier this year, as his Chargers were preparing to play South River for the 14th time during his tenure, Andy Cammarano said if his team only played one game this season due to COVID, he would want it to be against the Rams. Keeping that rivalry going by keeping the series competitive – it wasn’t always that way, he notes – is one of the key accomplishments of his 14-year tenure in Spotswood. That run came to an end this week when Camarrano stepped down to spend more time with his family. He was 61-76 in Spotswood, with half of […]

Hackensack’s Wimberly reflects on historic NJSIAA vote, and the value of HS sports during COVID-19

Benjie Wimberly is a high school football coach, the Deputy Speaker in the state Assembly, and on the Executive Committee of the NJSIAA. He’s also a big proponent of youth sports as a way to bring some sense of normalcy to student-athletes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, as part of his role with the NJSIAA, he was among those celebrating the unprecedented majority that voted in favor of a measure that changes the association’s constitution, to allow football to play down to public school group champions. He spoke with Central Jersey Sports Radio on both topics. […]

Tuesday Night Quarterback-Episode 12: The Vote (Special Edition)

On a special edition of the “Tuesday Night Quarterback,” Mike Pavlichko takes a deeper dive into Wednesday’s historic landslide vote to remove language from the NJSIAA’s constitution that prohibited state championships in football. The move paves the way for public school group champions to be crowned by way of a five-week playoff season as early as 2022. Dom Savino joins Mike to discuss the vote and what it means for high school football, particularly as it relates to the Big Central Conference. Mike is then joined by several guests to discuss the meaning of the vote: Hillsborough head coach and […]


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