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.

Depth, talent are keys for Bombers’ boys hoops team

SAYREVILLE WAR MEMORIAL By WARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent Sayreville War Memorial High School’s boys’ basketball team heads into its season opener Dec. 18 at home against Edison High School with a deep and athletic roster, as coach John Wojcik plans to play an up-tempo style this winter. The Bombers are coming off a 12-14 showing a …

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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 …

Knights fall to Vikings in Central Jersey, Group V final

By WARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent Old Bridge High School quarterback Jake Esposito, left, is under pressure as he looks to make a pass against South Brunswick High School during the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group V championship playoff game Dec. 5 at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. The Knights fell to the Vikings, 42-0. …

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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 …

Returning Knights players look to build on last season

By WARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent With a strong cast of returnees, Old Bridge High School’s girls’ basketball team is looking to improve on last year’s 5-16 record. There is plenty of reason for optimism as the Lady Knights prepare for their Dec. 18 season-opener at Perth Amboy High School. A year ago, coach Dan DiMino’s youthful …

Monmouth’s Robinson named National Player of the Week

It’s been a historic season for the Monmouth University men’s basketball team, and December is just beginning. During the month of November, Monmouth stunned national power UCLA on the Bruins’ legendary home floor, Pauley Pavilion. The Hawks followed that up at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Florida, by scoring their first victory over a top-25 …

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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 …