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Wardlaw-Hartridge putting together another solid year under Wagner, earns top seed in its GMC pod

You can only talk about St. Joe’s and South Brunswick and St. Thomas Aquinas and Colonia for so long.

There were two teams that went unbeaten in Greater Middlesex Conference play this year. One was Aquinas, who finished 5-0 against the league.

The other? Wardlaw-Hartridge.

Brendan Wagner, who won a GMC Tournament title in 2006 as the seventh man playing for Ken Pace (and later for Justin Chiera) at Colonia, is in his second season at the private school in Edison. After an 18-7 season in his debut campaign where the Rams went 14-2 against the GMC, they’re now a combined 29-9 over nearly two full seasons, and 25-2 against the league.

Wagner spoke with Central Jersey Sports Radio this week about his team’s run, and their top-seed in the “Taylor Family Pod” in this week’s GMC postseason, where they’ll host 4th-seed Monroe tomorrow night.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s interview with Wardlaw-Hartridge Head Coach Brendan Wagner:

Boys’ regular season wrap-up: Bound Brook heads into Skyland Tourney as lone unbeaten area team, and other notes of interest

What a year the Bound Brook Crusaders have had.

Lucky enough to have no COVID pauses, Anthony Melesurgo’s squad has persevered, and reaped the rewards of their sacrifice to stay safe and stay on the court.

Bound Brook has finished the regular season with an 11-0 mark, entering the postseason as the only undefeated team out of the 54 calling either the GMC or Skyland Conference home.

All but one of Bound Brook’s games came against league competition, with their lone out of conference game coming against a Linden team whose 1-11 record is deceptive, by virtue of playing in the Union County Conference’s stacked Watchung Division – which includes Roselle Catholic, Elizabeth and Union – as well as Paterson Eastside and Montgomery.

Bound Brook won all four of its games this week: Monday at Linden 68-61, Tuesday at North Plainfield 56-41, Thursday at home against Bernards 73-61 (on Central Jersey Sports Radio), and Saturday afternoon against Voorhees 78-55.

LISTEN: Harrell, McLarty, Melesurgo talk No. 9 Bound Brook’s gut-check win over Bernards

The Crusaders are the top-seed in the “Gold Division” bracket of the Skyland Conference Tournament, which will include three ‘pods” this year, and for the first time ever put teams in Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties in the same field.

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