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Aboulkhier, Cassidy power Dunellen past Spotswood on Senior Night, 47-19

Much can be made of Salma Aboulkhier’s senior season, in which the 5-9 forward/center is averaging a double double, 10 points and nearly 11 points per game.

But was the defense she and her teammates played Friday night that was just as valuable, in a 47-19 drubbing of GMC Blue Division opponent Spotswood heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Aboulkhier scored a game-high 16 points in a balanced effort, while fellow senior Chloe Cassidy scored 12 – nearly spot on her average – including a pair of three-pointers. She also had a 4-of-4 night at the foul line.

But on a night when Dunellen honored it four seniors – including Meghan Green (2 points) and Isabel Parcells (4 points) – the youh of the program shined as well; sophomore forward Alexa Castro chipped in 11 for the Destroyers, who improved to 7-6, 6-5 in the GMC Blue Division.

Spotswood (4-8, 4-7 in the Blue) was held to its lowest point total since a January 4, 2019 loss to at South River, 30-19. Junior forward Ally Clarke was the Chargers leading scorer with 8 points.

Click below to hear the entire Spotswood-Dunellen game from February 26, 2021, with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action:

Dunellen girls exact revenge on Spotswood on Senior Night

Twenty-three days ago, the Spotswood girls’ basketball team edged out Dunellen 45-42.

The Destroyers only scored five more points this time. The difference is they held the Chargers to 19, their lowest point total since a 30-19 loss at South River on January 4, 2019.

Dunellen pulled above .500 again, improving to 7-6 (6-5 in the GMC Blue), with a 47-19 win over Spotswood (4-8, 4-7) Friday night on High School Basketball powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

On a night when Dunellen honored its four seniors – Salma Aboulhkier, Chloe Cassidy, Isabel Parcells and Meghan Greene – the quartet filled nearly three-quarters of the scoring column.

Aboulkhier finished with 16 – to lead all scorers – while Cassidy chipped in 12, going 4-for-4 from the foul line, and adding a pair of treys.

Click below to hear Aboulkhier and Cassidy talk about their efforts, and victory, on Senior Night:

Senior Forward/Center Salma Aboulkhier
Senior point guard Chloe Cassidy

Take two for Spotswood and Dunellen girls Friday night

The Chargers and Destroyers were meant to meet for the second time this season a week ago. Mother Nature had different ideas.

The week in between hasn’t been kind to either team, but it just means that when they do meet Friday night – on Central Jersey High School Basketball powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – someone will get off the schneid.

Air time is 7:00 with game time at 7:15 pm on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko calling the action. Click here to listen. You can also watch the game on the Dunellen athletics YouTube channel by clicking here.

When last we saw Dunellen (6-5, 5-5 in the GMC Blue), the Destroyers had won three straight. But they’ve now lost three in a row: at South Hunterdon and South River, and at home to Middlesex.

Spotswood, meanwhile, had just snapped a three game losing streak with a 56-25 win over Highland Park, but they’ve since lost two in a row, and five out of the last six.

The game is also sponsored locally by Pops Bike Shop in Somerville, Roscoe’s Eatery in Dunellen, Dunellen Bagel, the Dunellen Hotel & Rathskeller, and Rising Stars Studio of Dance.

After back-to-back 12-15 seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 that snapped a 12-year string of winning seasons, Dunellen still has a chance to put together back-to-back above-.500 campaigns.

Click below to listen to Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi and Dunellen head coach Keith Connery talk about the matchup.

Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi
Dunellen head coach Keith Connery

Spotswood girls visit Dunellen with 2nd place in GMC Blue up for grabs

NOTE: This game has been postponed due to Thursday’s winter storm; continue to follow Central Jersey Sports Radio for updates on rescheduling.

The Middlesex Blue Jays are the clear-cut leader in the GMC Blue Division. But right behind them, Spotswood, Dunellen and Metuchen are duking it out.

Not only is it a solid division, but four of the eight teams in it have played at least eight games, It’s little surprise those four teams are the ones in the top half of the GMC Blue standings.

Friday night, Dunellen (6-3, 5-3) will host its Senior Night – with parents now allowed, per Governor Murphy – when Spotswood (4-5, 4-4) comes to town. The Lady Chargers won the first meeting between the teams back on February 3rd, 45-42.

You can hear the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio – powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – with game-time scheduled for 6:00 pm, and pregame at 5:45. Dom Savino and Mike Pavlichko will call all the action from the Faber School in Dunellen, and you can listen by clicking here. To watch the Dunellen YouTube feed of the game, with commentary provided by Central Jersey Sports Radio, click here.The game is also sponsored locally by the following:

The game is also sponsored locally by Pops Bike Shop in Somerville, Roscoe’s Eatery in Dunellen, Dunellen Bagel, the Dunellen Hotel & Rathskeller, and Rising Stars Studio of Dance.

After back-to-back 12-15 seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 that snapped a 12-year string of winning seasons, Dunellen is looking to put together back-to-back above-.500 campaigns.

Spotswood, meanwhile, is looking for its first winning season under third-year head coach vinnie Vizzi, whose team improved from his debut campaign’s 9-18 to 12-15 last year. A win against Dunellen would put them at .500 with three regular season games left on the schedule, and likely two GMC postseason “pod” games.

Click below to listen to Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi and Dunellen head coach Keith Connery talk about the matchup.

Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi
Dunellen head coach Keith Connery

Wall to Wall Big Central Football will air Thanksgiving Weekend on Central Jersey Sports Radio

Did the high school football season end too soon for you? Not stuffed yet from Thanksgiving Dinner?

Have no fear.

Central Jersey Sports Radio begins a new tradition this year: We’ll air every single one of our high school football broadcasts back-to-back-to-back to…. (you get the idea) … to-back this Thanksgiving Weekend.

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That’s right: 3 days, 13 games, 20 teams, 30 hours of Big Central Conference Football, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving of Piscataway.

Simply go to our website and click the Listen Live button to tune in any time, morning, noon or night. We’ll be “on the air” practically from sunup to sundown – definitely after sundown!

Here’s the schedule for each day, with original air date, and approximate start time:

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 26

  • Somerville vs. South Plainfield, October 2 – 8 am
  • St. Joseph-Metuchen vs. Elizabeth, October 3 – 9:45 am
  • Old Bridge vs. East Brunswick, October 9 – noon
  • South River vs. Spotswood, October 10 – 2 pm
  • Bernards vs. Johnson, October 12 – 4:30 pm
  • Bound Brook vs Voorhees, October 16 – 6:30 pm

Friday, November 27 (Now starts at 9 am instead of 8 am)

  • Edison vs. North Brunswick, October 23 – 8 am
  • Manville vs. Bound Brook, October 30 – 11 am
  • Ridge vs. Hillsborough, November 6 – 1:45 pm
  • St. Joseph-Metuchen vs. Woodbridge, November 7 – 4:15 pm
  • Metuchen vs. South Hunterdon – 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 28

  • Woodbridge vs. Somerville, November 13 – noon
  • Edison vs. Hillsborough, November 20 – 3 pm

“Student Correspondents” expand coverage of HS Football, gain real-world experience

by Mike Pavlichko

When I was a student in high school, in the dark ages before Twitter, Facebook, and even MySpace, I knew I wanted to be in radio. I just didn’t have much of an outlet.

Back at Memorial School in Spotswood, I was one of a rotating group of students who read morning announcements, until someone let me give a daily sportscast. The rest as they say is history.

It opened the door to doing PA announcing for Spotswood High School football games, boys basketball, and eventually girls basketball. (I even got the occasional write-up in the paper, as I did in the Home News clipping above from Monday, October 18, 1993.)

It helped me find my style and develop a persona that would serve me well when I arrived at Rutgers and joined WRSU, then graduated and got a job at WCTC, where I covered high school football for 20 years before forming Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Now, Central Jersey Sports Radio is providing that opportunity to students at schools in the Big Central Football Conference. Before the season started, we emailed coaches and athletic directors and told them to put us in contact with any students who wanted to pursue sports journalism.

We got a bite from two students in particular.

Ryan Durstewicz is a senior at Old Bridge High School, where Dom Savino and I met him and other students who were calling play-by-play of the Knights’ game against East Brunswick for the school’s YouTube livestream of the game.

We got Ryan to cover the Old Bridge-Perth Amboy game at Vince Lombardi Stadium last weekend, and aired his interviews with head coach Anthony Lanzafama and runningback Lawrence Hunter on the “Tuesday Night Quarterback” program this week.

Below is Ryan’s recap of the Knights’ win over Perth Amboy:

Meanwhile, Matt Lesnik is a sophomore at Bernards High School, where he is a student of head coach Jon Simoneau, enrolled in his Multimedia 2 class at the high school. (He took Multimedia 1 as a freshman.) Matt got the rare chance to spend some time in the press box with the CJSR crew, watching as we broadcast the Mountaineers’ win over A.L. Johnson at Olcott Field.

Here’s Matt’s postgame story on the Bernards-A.L. Johnson game:

The opportunity to work with Central Jersey Sports Radio is a unique one. Students have a chance to hone their interviewing and reporting skills, with the results for all to hear on our webcasts and site. The hope is it will serve them well when they move on to college, and give them a leg up in what is an intense and highly competitive field.

And it might even be a shameless opportunity to recruit them one day to Rutgers to join the award-winning WRSU Sports Department. (So far as I know, the NCAA has no dead period or recruiting rules for radio!)

And maybe one day, they’ll be calling the games with me or Dom in the press box, showing some other wide-eyed high school kid how it’s done.

Any current high school student who wishes to get involved with Central Jersey Sports Radio as a student correspondent should reach out to Mike Pavlichko at mike@cjsportsradio.com, or on Twitter @CJSportsRadio.

South River extends series lead over Spotswood in long rivalry

The South River Rams have evened up their series over the last decade with Spotswood at five games apiece, while extending their overall lead to 34-10 since the series began in 1978.

South River topped the Chargers Saturday afternoon at Bill Denny Stadium, 35-14, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. The Rams got three touchdown passes and over 200 yards in the air from junior quarterback Ryan Kurtz in the victory over their arch rivals.

Dom Savino and Mike Pavlichko have the call on Saturday, October 10, 2020:

1st Half

2nd Half

Week 2 Tripleheader coming up on Central Jersey Sports Radio

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will be quite busy this weekend, bringing listeners a triple-dip of high school sports coverage, including two big rivalry games.

Coverage begins Friday night at 5:50 pm for our pregame show from Vince Lombardi Field, where No. 9 Old Bridge (1-0) takes on East Brunswick (1-0) in the battle of Route 18 in an early kickoff at 6:00. Though the Knights have dominated the series all-time, the Bears put up a valiant effort in 2019, losing 17-14, the closest they’ve been since they beat Old Bridge 34-6 in 2010. Old Bridge has won 23 of 26 meetings overall.

Saturday afternoon at 1, we’re at legendary Bill Denny Stadium in South River (0-1) as the Rams take on Spotswood (1-0). The teams have met every year since 1978, with South River dominating the series 33-10 since it began in 1978. But the Chargers – who had never won back-to-back games in the series – won three straight from 2014-2016 – and have won four of the last six, including 17-14 last year at Chargers Stadium. Pregame hits the air at 12:50.

READ MORE: After all these years, Spotswood-South River rivalry remains relevant.

Finally, CJ Sports Radio brings listeners a Monday evening game – another early kickoff – as Bernards (0-1) entertains A.L. Johnson of Clark (0-0). Theirs is a relatively recent rivalry, never having played until 2009. The Crusaders lead the all-time series 5-4, but Bernards has won the last two and four of the last 6 in the series. Pregame begins at 5:50 pm for a 6:00 kick.

You can listen to all games on Central Jersey Sports Radio – LIVE and for FREE – by clicking the Listen Live button at the top of this page.

LISTEN – Cammarano: After all these years, Spotswood-South River rivalry remains relevant

by Mike Pavlichko

For grownups of a certain age, those who attended high school in either Spotswood or South River have their own recollections of the intense rivalry.

Students from Spotswood attended high school in South River until the mid-1970s, when Spotswood opened its own high school in 1976.

When I went to school (and graduated in…. wait, nevermind) the annual rivalry game was a Thanksgiving tradition. For me, I’d call the game on the PA and then head out to an awaiting turkey.

But at that time, many of the parents who’d gone to South River had kids attending Spotswood, and the rivalry wounds were fresh. It’s been 44 years since anyone from Spotswood took a class at South River High School.

And yet, the rivalry is still important.

“When we got into this arranged marriage with the Big Central, I said to [Spotswood athletic director] Mike DelAversano, ‘I don’t care who we play, but we’re playing South River,'” says Cammarano.

“And when they said we may not have a season, I said, ‘I don’t care if we have one game, we’re playing South River,'” he added.

“With people playing an hour away now, you don’t get this kind of juice all the time,” says Cammarano. “It’s a lot of history.”

Spotswood and South River will meet for the 44th time this Saturday at 1 pm, a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio by clicking here, or on the Listen Live button at the top of the page.

The Rams lead the all-time series since 1978 by a 33-to-10 margin, with all but one meeting in 1980 taking place in the regular season. The Chargers had never won back-to-back games against their arch-rivals until winning three straight from 2014-2016. Despite trailing the series by a large margin, Spotswood has won four of the last six in the series, and were victorious in last year’s meeting, 17-14 at Chargers Stadium.

Listen below to Cammarano talking about the rivalry with South River and previewing this weekend’s matchup: