Trojans off to strong start with sights on division title

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Middlesex County College’s Brittany Clayton, left, dribbles around the Community College of Philadelphia’s Saviare Gilliam during a recent game in Edison. The Middlesex women’s basketball team is having a great season. The women are 12-1 overall and in first place in the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region 19. SCOTT FRIEDMAN …

Metuchen girls hoops team to rely on its young players

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Middlesex Community College’s Ziykara Hicks, driving for two in a recent game at the Community College of Philadelphia, was named the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Player of the Week when she averaged 25 points, three steals and 3.5 assists a in leading Middlesex to a pair of victories. The Middlesex …

Falcons aim to return as serious state hoops threat

VARSITY REPORT By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent ST. JOSEPH I t 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 …

SPORT SHORTS

Due to popular demand, the Mansfield University baseball program will host an expanded nine sessions of its Christmas Baseball Clinics this year, including a Mini Camp option for those seeking a more intensified experience. A long-time stocking stuffer tradition, the seven sessions are broken down into age groups of 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18, …

St. Joe’s looks for another strong season on the ice

VARSITY REPORT By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Middlesex Community College’s Nazjae Imes, left, looks 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. …

NJSIAA Meet of Champions

Metuchen High School’s Jake Beacher (2436) runs past a pair of harriers on his way to the finish line at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park Nov. 21. He was the No. 1 runner for Metuchen, which finished 17th in the team competition. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR

Bulldogs solid on gridiron despite missing state playoffs

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Before closing the book on the fall high school season, it’s worth looking back at some of the more notable accomplishments by area teams. Arguably the top performance by a football team was the one by Metuchen High School, which didn’t even qualify for the state playoffs. The Bulldogs put together …

Falcons, Trojans rivalry game takes on greater importance

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent The Wardlaw-Hartridge School’s Noah Toney signed his National Letter of Intent to accept a track and field scholarship at the University of Virginia. He holds the Wardlaw-Hartridge records in the 400 and 800 meters. Seated with him at the signing are his parents, Seth Toney and Dr. Flora Taylor. Standing, from …

Eagles keep it close in state sectional football defeat

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Normally a football team with a 3-5 record doesn’t belong in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group V playoffs. However, Edison High School’s narrow 38-35 loss to Old Bridge High School (5-3) proved the Eagles were more than worthy of being included in the postseason. If not for a last-minute drive that …

One-point victory for Eagles sends them to state playoffs

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Metuchen High School’s Mya Stolarski (21) wins the ball in air against New Egypt High School’s Lauryn Laning during the Nov. 5 NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group I quarterfinals in Metuchen. The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals with a 4-0 victory. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR It took a missed extra-point attempt by …