High School Girls Basketball

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 […]

The Rutgers Prep girls’ basketball team celebrates their perfect season, 13-0, capped with a win over Saddle River Day on Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Source: Rutgers Prep YouTube channel)

An audio retrospective on Rutgers Prep girls’ dominance in 2021, with Mary Klinger, Christina Dalce, Belle Pellecchia

We’ve already told you the numbers: Rutgers Prep outscored its opponents by more points than they allowed to those opponents. It was a truly remarkable season for Mary Klinger’s squad. But why let us tell you. Let them tell you. Let them tell you how it all started with last year’s sectional final loss to Trenton Catholic, how they dealt with COVID, how they kept their eyes on the prize all year, and delivered in the clutch when their biggest star went down. Click below to hear head coach Mary Coyle Klinger, and seniors Christina Dalce and Belle Pellecchia talk […]

The Rutgers Prep girls’ basketball team is all smiles with its Skyland Conference Tournament Blue Division trophy.

Rutgers Prep steamrolls everyone, runs wire-to-wire with No. 1 ranking to be named CJSR Girls’ Basketball Team of the Year

Here are the two numbers you need to know: 31 and 45. Want us to use them in a sentence? OK. The Rutgers Prep girls’ basketball team allowed a paltry 31 points per game this year, while beating teams by an average of 45 points. And we did not just pull those numbers out of a hat. En route to a perfect 13-0 season, and the Skyland Conference Tournament’s top pod title, Rutgers Prep blitzed all comers this season, and finishes 2021 where it began: as the Number One team in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, earning them […]

Friday Championship Recap: A look back at titles for Colonia boys; Monroe, Rutgers Prep and Bound Brook girls (with audio and photos)

It was a big night for high school basketball in the Skyland and Greater Middlesex Conferences, as the Skyland crowned girls’ pod championships, while the GMC held its boys’ and girl’s finals all on the same night. Central Jersey Sports Radio covered four title games Friday night; here’s a audio look back at coverage from CJSR’s Mike Pavlichko, Dom Savino and Justin Sontupe:

The Rutgers Prep girls’ basketball team is all smiles with its Skyland Conference Tournament Blue Division trophy.

No Dalce? No problem. Rutgers Prep girls cruise to win top Skyland Tournament pod

With little fanfare, Villanova-bound Christina Dalce missed Wednesday’s 73-18 semifinal pod win over 5th-seed Hunterdon Central. You wouldn’t have noticed unless you saw the box score, and no line with her name on it. She missed top-seed Rutgers Prep’s championship game as well in the league’s top Blue Division pod, but the Argonauts still won. They beat 2nd-seed Gill St. Bernard’s in yet another dominant performance, 69-41, to win the Blue title, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. Senior Belle Pellecchia had a game- and career-high 25 points, including 12 free […]

The Bound Brook girls basketball team with the Skyland Conference Tournament Gold Division Pod Trophy Source: Jen Derevjanik)

Bound Brook girls take Skyland Gold pod title with victory over Watchung Hills

There may not have been a state tournament for Bound Brook to win its sixth straight Central Jersey Group 1 crown, but no matter. They went out as champions anyway. In fact, for the second year in a row, the Lady Crusaders went out with a win. Last year, their season was cut short by COVID, when the NJSIAA shut down the state tournament. Bound Brook found out when they got back from their Group 1 semifinal road win over Woodbury. This year, the end was more definitive, and they were all smiles. Senior guard Arianna McCleod capped her stellar […]

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