Falcons expect to be major state basketball threat

ST. JOSEPH By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent It would have been impossible for last season’s St. Joseph High School of Metuchen basketball team to top the previous year’s achievement. All the Falcons did in 2013-14 was win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions and, in the process, send four scholarship starters to the college ranks, including Karl-Anthony …

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The fourth annual Friends of South Amboy charity basketball games will be held Dec. 19 at South Amboy High School. The three games begin at 4 p.m. when South Amboy’s girls team plays Koinonia Academy. At 6 p.m. Perth Amboy Vo-Tech’s boys will take the court against Mater Dei Prep. In the nightcap at 8 …

Driving to the basket

MATT DENTON Middlesex Community College’s Michael Valentin drives into the lane against the Community College of Philadelphia’s Kenny Brown during the Dec. 3 game played on Middlesex’s home floor in Edison. Middlesex won the game, 73-68.

Working against the defender

MATT DENTON Middlesex Community College’s Nazjae Imes, left, searches for an open teammate during the team’s Dec. 3 game against the Community College of Philadelphia in Edison. Middlesex scored 104 points in the victory. The women’s basketball team is off to a 6-1 start overall and 6-0 in Region 19 play.

Warren’s success based on hard work and dedication

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Allie Warren East Brunswick High School student-athlete Allie Warren learned early in life that success in any endeavor requires a coordinated effort built around hard work. As a 10-year-old, Warren followed in the footsteps of her mother, Laurell, a former twirler for the University of Michigan, and won the New Jersey …

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The Central Jersey Umpire Association is looking for men and women who enjoy baseball and would like to make extra money. The group has many games on weekends, weeknights and weekdays from 7U to summer college level. Cadet training for 2016 will begin in February. Call or email Ron Marino for more info at 732-829-8036 …

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The Sayreville U8 Jr. MetroStars are a high-level boys travel soccer team playing for Sayreville Soccer Club in the MAPS league. The team is comprised of 7- and 8-year-old boys from South Amboy, Sayreville, South River and Avenel. They completed their regular season undefeated at 10-0 with 49 goals scored and six goals against. They …