Tag: Glenny Fredricks

Spotswood basketball, baseball teams will remember Matthew Carlson in their own ways

Matthew Carlson should have been on the jayvee basketball team at Spotswood High School this year, and would eventually have contributed to the Chargers’ baseball team as well this Spring. The sophomore was a great kid, a leader by example, and loved by his classmates and teammates.

Instead, they are all remembering him, a month after his tragic death in an ATV accident in Georgia.

According to published reports in numerous media outlets, the 16-year-old sophomore was in an ATV while on a family vacation in Georgia over Thanksgiving break when it crashed, and he was thrown from the vehicle the night before Thanksgiving. He was pronounced dead early Thanksgiving morning at a local hospital.

“E4M” – Everything for Matt – is written in the top left corner of the Spotswood basketball team’s whiteboard in the locker room. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

The news stunned the Spotswood community as word reached New Jersey.

The basketball team is remembering him by placing his jersey on a chair at home games this season, and with a message in the corner of their whiteboard in the boys’ locker room.

Matthew Carlson (Source: Spotswood Funeral Home obituary)

We talked to basketball coach Steve Mate and baseball coach Glenny Fredricks for their memories and recollections of Matthew Carlson.

Click below to listen:

Spotswood and East Brunswick to rematch in annual Commander’s Cup game

East Brunswick beat Spotswood on Tuesday in the opening round of the GMC Tournament, 11-1.

Wipe that score from the ledger when the two teams meet again, same place, same time, for the Commander’s Cup Trophy.

Wednesday’s game was sponsored in part by Fredricks’ ACBL Team, New Brunswick Matrix. Click for details on the team!

Last year, the Chargers evened the Commander’s Cup series with the Bears 8-8, with one tie, on a walkoff hit by Tyler Lewandowski – who was only 0-for-4 on the day and whose wild pitch allowed the Bears to score the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth – giving Spotswood a 6-5 comeback win.

READ MORE: “Walk ’em off Spotswood!” Lewandowski’s double off the wall lets Chargers keep Commander’s Cup Trophy another year

Three days later, they knocked off EB in the first round of the GMC Tournament.

Yup, wipe Tuesday from the ledger.

You can hear the game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio Thursday afternoon with pregame from East Brunswick High School set for 4 pm, pregame at 3:45. Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the action; click here to listen live.

Spotswood has won six of the last eight meetings between the schools, including last year’s GMCT win, and this year’s GMCT loss. And they’ve held the trophy ever since a late May, 2017 road win against the Bears.

READ MORE: The history of the Commander’s Cup:

Click below to hear Spotswood head coach Glenny Fredricks talk about the Chargers’ season and the matchup with East Brunswick:

All-Time Commander’s Cup Trophy Results
East Brunswick leads 8-7-1

5/19/21 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 5 (8 inn.) (at SHS)
5/8/19 – Spotswood 3, East Brunswick 0 (at EB)
5/17/18 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 3 (8 inn.) (at EB)
5/31/17 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 0 (at EB)
5/7/16 – East Brunswick 6, Spotswood 1 (at EB)
5/2/15 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 4 (at SHS)
5/3/14 – East Brunswick 13, Spotswood 7 (at EB)
5/4/13 – East Brunswick 4, Spotswood 2 (8 inn.) (at EB)
5/18/12 – East Brunswick 4, Spotswood 2 (at Michelin Field)
5/9/11 – East Brunswick 16, Spotswood 9 (at EB)
5/19/10 – East Brunswick 5, Spotswood 4 (at EB)
4/26/09 – East Brunswick 13, Spotswood 3 (at Trenton)
4/27/08 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 4 (9 inn.) (at Trenton)
4/21/07 – Spotswood 6, East Brunswick 0 (at Trenton)
4/30/06 – Spotswood 5, East Brunswick 5 (8 inn.) (at Trenton)
5/9/05 – East Brunswick 5, Spotswood 4 (at EB)

Fredricks, working on next 250 wins at Spotswood, excited for ’22 Chargers

Glenny Fredricks’ 250th win as head coach of the Spotswood Chargers should have come all the way back in June.

Up 11-2 on JFK at home in the bottom of the fourth, with a chance to make it a ten-run lead, they would just need three more outs to seal the deal. The game had started a few minutes late.

But all of a sudden: crash, bang, boom! Lightning bolts came, the skies emptied, and the 2021 season came to an abrupt end.

Almost ten months later, the Chargers picked up their skipper’s milestone win in their very first game, an 8-1 victory at Colonia, in what should have been a home game at “The Swamp.”

Just a few days later, Fredricks now is just 248 wins away from 500. He’s 252-163-1 in his 17th season at the helm – not counting the wiped out 2020 COVID season – with the Chargers out to a 3-0 start.

Mike Pavlichko stopped by SHS Tuesday afternoon before the team’s game against Metuchen – which turned out to be a 4-3 win – to talk to 1994 Spotswood grad Glenny Fredricks about his milestone victory, and his decades on Summerhill Road: