High School Girls Basketball

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 […]

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 […]

NJSIAA Executive Director Colleen Maguire

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 […]

Middlesex celebrates after winning their Group 1 semifinal game over Woodstown 7-5 on a walk-off grand slam by Bobby Ulmer on Monday, June 14, 2021, one of CJSR’s Top Ten Moments of Year One.

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 […]

The Edison football team celebrates its 50-49 postseason win over Hillsborough in its season finale, one of the Top Ten moments of Central Jersey Sports Radio’s first year.

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 […]

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 […]

Bound Brook boys’ basketball coach Anthony Melesurgo talks to CJSR after his team won the Skyland Conference Gold Division Tournament in 2021.

AUDIO: Bound Brook’s Melesurgo says shorter season takes opportunity away from hoops players

The 2021 basketball season was an unusually short season, but it was an anomaly as New Jersey worked its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, things could look very different again, but intentionally so, and Bound Brook boys’ basketball head coach Anthony Melesurgo isn’t a fan. He’s been among the more vocal coaches on social media opposed to an NJSIAA proposal that’s halfway to the finish line, one that aims to have consistency among seasons, equity for all sports and student-athletes, and allow schools greater scheduling flexibility. And while football wouldn’t be affected – since that’s getting its […]

40 teams from across New Jersey set to compete, raise awareness at Autism Challenge this weekend

When it started in 2008, there were just eight Greater Middlesex Conference teams taking part. Thirteen years later – after a pause in 2020 due to COVID-19 – this weekend’s Autism Awareness Challenge at North Brunswick’s Community Park will feature 40 high school baseball teams from all over the Garden State – including 16 from the GMC and another five from Somerset County. The theme is “More than just a game,” says Mike Garlatti, who heads up Baseball Warehouse in Highland Park, is a Colorado Rockies scout, and is a former Rutgers assistant under the late Fred Hill on the […]

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 […]

CJSR Girls’ Coach of the Year Mary Klinger (right) with Villanova-bound Christina Dalce following their season finale, a home win over Saddle River Day on March 6, 2021.

CJSR Girls’ Coach of the Year: Everybody played, everybody scored, everybody won in a dominant year for Mary Klinger’s Rutgers Prep

Please scroll down to the bottom of this post for more coverage on Rutgers Prep’s 2021 season: Everyone wants to play flashy. Everyone wants to score. Everyone wants the basket seen ’round the world. Often, that’s basketball these days. For the Rutgers Prep girls’ basketball team this year, everybody played defense. And that allowed everybody to get in the games – all 14 players on the varsity roster. Sometimes, everyone scored in a game. And in the end, they all hoisted a trophy: for winning the Skyland Conference’s Blue Division pod. With a balanced Argonauts squad that was dominant all […]


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