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Central Jersey Sports Radio will debut LIVE H.S. baseball coverage on Opening Day next Monday

Monday, April 19th, will be the first Opening Day for high school baseball in New Jersey in two years, with last year’s entire season wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And when the 2021 season begins, Central Jersey Sports Radio will be on hand, kicking off its season coverage.

We’ll begin the slate with a matchup of GMC White Divsion teams, when Edison entertains Woodbridge at 4:00 Monday afternoon. Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the live play-by-play at, which you can hear by clicking here. Tentative air time is 3:50 pm from the Boulevard of the Eagles, at the school’s brand-new red turf field.

Athletic Director David Sandaal says the field was under construction last winter and would have been ready to go during the 2021 season.

That season that never materialized. Though some Last Dance baseball tournament games were played there, Monday will be the first time Edison High School’s baseball team gets to take the field.

Sandaal says several dignitaries will be on hand.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will add additional games to the broadcast schedule throughout the season, and Mike Pavlichko will report from other games throughout the year as well.

CJSR also plans to broadcast live from Ray Cipperly Field for the Greater Middlesex Conference Torunament Semifinals and Finals, to be held in late May and early June.

For local businesses interested in sponsoring and supporting live high school baseball coverage on Central Jersey Sports Radio, please contact founder and owner Mike Pavlichko via email, at mike@cjsportsradio.com.

Coaching one basketball team at a time is enough for most people, but not Woodbridge’s (and now Drew’s) Timinski

Bobby Timinski – 7th-all-time leading scorer at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, thousand-point scorer at both St. Joe’s of Metuchen and Colonia High Schools – has three jobs.

He owns a furniture and mattress business. He coaches the Woodbridge girls’ basketball team. He runs Basketball Warehouse in Edison, which provides individualized training for 8-year-olds all the way up to college.

Woodbridge campe up with a 60-42 win over New Brunswick at home on Saturday, Feb. 13 for its first win of the season.

Now, he’s the volunteer head coach at Drew University in Madison, and this weekend, he will lead the Rangers in a home-and-home doubleheader with Juniata – Friday night at home at 7 pm, followed by a trip to PA for a 4:00 Sunday matinee.

SPONSORED CONTENT: Timinski’s Basketball Warehouse helps players of all ages improve their skills and confidence in a personal setting

How, did it happen? Well, just as with anything extraordinary these days, it’s all due to COVID, as the Drew coaching staff all had to go into COVID protocols.

The full story would be incredulous, if we told you. So let’s let Bobby Timinski himself tell the story.

Click below to listen to Woodbridge – now Drew – head coach Bobby Timinski talk about his newest role:

22 Big Central football players named to NJFCA Super 100 Team

by Mike Pavlichko

The Big Central Conference – in its first year of existence – was responsible for nearly a quarter of the players selected to New Jersey Football Coaches Association’s Super 100 Team, which is chosen annually in December.

The selections for 2020 were announced on Twitter Monday night.

Nominations are made by coaches who are members of the NJFCA, and comittees of coaches make the final selections based on NJSIAA playoff sections. For this season, with no playoffs, the NJFCS simply divided the state into quadrants based on geographical Northing numbers.

Only seniors can be named to the Super 100 Team, and those getting full scholarships to play football collegiately are automatically selected, according to NJFCA Commissioner John Jacob.

Cookie Desiderio and A.J. Pena of Somerville – Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Big Central Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively – were among the 12 players selected in the Central section.

CJSR’s Mr. Versatility Ali Lee Jr. of Woodbridge also was selected, along with teammate Jordan Harris.

Rounding out the Central section were Austin Scott (South Plainfield), Majid Howard-Baker (South Brunswick), Omar Shehabeldin (North Brunswick), Dylan McFadden (Montgomery), Kyle DeGraw (Monroe, Keyshawn Dixon (JFK), Longevity Award winner Sean Levonaitis (Hillsborough) and Zach Zebro (East Brunswick).

There were ten players selected in the North 2 section, headlined by Rutgers-bound Desmond Igbinosun of Union, along with his teammate Diante Wilson.

Others included Shawn Martin (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Andrew Taddeo (Ridge), Matt Quetel (Phillipsburg), Chad Martini and James Coslet (Watchung Hills), Omakus Langley II (Hillside) and Bruce Myers (Bridgewater-Raritan).

Each year, the Super 100 Team is honored with a dinner in the Spring, but whether that will happen in person or virtually – due to COVID-19 protocols – has not yet been determined.

Woodbridge seniors had a great run

by Mike Pavlichko

When Joe LaSala took over as the head coach at Woodbridge, the Barrons didn’t exactly come out of the gates like gangbusters, losing four of their first five games.

And there lies the turning point.

Woodbridge won four of their next five in 2018, and since that turning point, has a record of 19-3 spanning three seasons, with a trip to last year’s North 1 Group 4 state final thrown in.

That was Woodbridge’s first trip to a sectional final in 22 years, and the 2019 squad also clinched the program’s first divisional title in 28 years, scoring a program record for wins in a single season with 10 en route.

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Somerville is Central Jersey Sports Radio’s first “Team of the Year”

Finishing the COVID-shortened 2020 high school football season with a perfect 7-0 mark, the Somerville Pioneers accomplished what they set out to do: beat the best, and finish undefeated.

It was the closest anyone could come to a championship.

Their final game turned out to be a 39-26 road win over then-No. 1 and undefeated Woodbridge, a victory that propelled then No. 2 Somerville into the top spot in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten.

They held onto that spot in the final rankings, to earn the first-ever “Team of the Year” award given out by Central Jersey Sports Radio, and also finished No. 1 in the inaugural Big Central Media Poll.

Somerville was the only undefeated team in the Big Central. North Plainfield – with a remarkable turnaround off a 4-6 2019 season and a 7-24 mark over the past three years – had been undefeated until a 30-14 road loss to Linden in Week 8.

The undefeated season is the Pioneers’ fifth overall and first since 1983, when they went 11-0 and won the Central Jersey Group 2 title. They also went 11-0 an route to a state title in 1979. Their first of 11 state titles overall came in a 1953 season that saw the Pioneers go 9-0. They also finished 7-0-1 in 1929, and won the only game they played in 1909, defeating Bound Brook 16-5.

Following are the final Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Poll. A trophy will be presented to Somerville for the honor at a later date.

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

No. 2 Somerville upends No. 1 Woodbridge to remain unbeaten, hand Barrons first loss

Everyone said Ali Lee Jr. of Woodbridge needed a lot of carries and a lot of yards to beat Somerville.

They forgot about Cookie Desiderio.

The pair rushed 32 times each, but Desiderio’s 270 yards were the difference for the Pioneers, who finished the game with 19 unanswered points, as No. 2 Somerville remained undefeated (7-0) with a 39-26 win over No. 1 Woodbridge, handing the Barrons (5-1) their first loss of the season, in the “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Desiderio ran for the first score of the game – a 50-yard touchdown dash – and added a 66-yard run, 1-run yard, and a 40-yard ramble – the latter two of which came on a three-TD run by the Pioneers to tie the game with 11:13 to play, take the lead with 9:28 to go, and put it away 1:52 remaining.

Somerville QB Mike Miller was 13-of-28 passing for 141 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Jaimen Bryant had 9 catches for 128 yards as the Pioneers displayed a balanced attack.

Lee Jr. finished the game with 139 yards on 32 carries, and three touchdowns.

Click below to listen to the entire game:

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LaSala prepares No. 1 Woodbridge to defend unbeaten record against St. Joe’s

by Dom Savino

Since the start of the season, No. 1 Woodbridge has stood atop the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top 10, thanks to a massive group of returners from a 2019 squad that reached the North 1, Group 4 sectional final.

Those familiar faces — headlined by seniors like RB/CB Ali Lee Jr., QB Anthony Santino, and WR/S Justin Magera — have guided the Barrons to a 4-0 record, highlighted last week by a 41-0 win at state-ranked Parsippany Hills. Lee Jr., one of New Jersey’s premier running backs, led the way with a career-high 264 rushing yards and four rushing TDs.

Woodbridge will face another road test this Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Barrons battle St. Joseph of Metuchen, which fell out of the Top 10 this week after back-to-back losses to No. 9 Union and No. 5 Ridge. With the Falcons eager to end the skid, it makes for a powerhouse Middlesex County showdown in the Big Central Game of Week powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Central Jersey Sports Radio caught up with Woodbridge head coach Joe LaSala to preview Saturday’s meeting with St. Joe’s on the “Big Central Game of the Week powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.” The third-year head coach spoke first about his team’s win over Parsipanny Hills, a game that materialized quickly last week after both teams had opponents drop out due to COVID-19 protocols.

Episode 5: The Sophomores

Mike Pavlichko is back with another episode of “Tuesday Night Quarterback,” recapping Week Three action, and looking ahead to key matchups coming up in Week 4 as we begin the second half of the regular season.

Featured on the show this week are a pair of sophomore quarterbacks – Vince Jairdullo of South Brunswick and Frankie Garbolino of North Brunswick – both of whom have helped pilot their teams to 3-0 starts.

Also featured this week: North Plainfield’s 3-0 start, Bound Brook’s first-ever win over a Group 3 school in decades (Voorhees), and a look at Ridge off to a 2-1 start.

We also get to hear the debuts of CJSR’s student correspondents – future sports broadcasters at local high schools who will contribute to our coverage this season – Matt Lesnik of Bernards with a recap of the Mountaineers’ win over Governor Livingston – and Ryan Dusrstewitz of Old Bridge, who interviews Old Bridge RB Lawrence Hunter and head coach Anthony Lanzafama after their win over Perth Amboy.

Plus, Mike speaks with George Ross of New Jersey Recruit Look for the second of a three-part series to talk about how COVID-19 has affected the recruiting process.

The new Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Polls are unveiled, with no change at the top, but a bit of shuffling at the bottom.

Week 3 Media Poll finds Barrons in the top spot again

A week two win kept Woodbridge atop the Big Central Media Poll this week, although the Barrons still were not a unanimous selection. They got four first-place votes for the second week in a row, while Phillipsburg – just like last week – got the other two. The Barrons are 2-0, while the Stateliners are 3-0.

The top four positions in the survey were unchanged, with Somerville and St. Joseph-Metuchen holding in third and fourth, respectively.

Ridge and Bridgewater-Raritan joined the rankings this week, replacing Union and Hillsborough, both of which suffered their second losses of the season in Week 3.