Merli Invitational

MATT DENTON Sayreville War Memorial High School’s Franklin Cruz wins his heat in the 400-meter dash at the Merli Invitational Dec. 26 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River.

Lane has East Brunswick girls off to another strong start

EAST BRUNSWICK By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Flash back to three seasons ago when the East Brunswick High School girls’ basketball team finished with a 3-17 record and a sixth consecutive losing season. Following that dismal campaign, Keith Lane, a longtime coach of boys teams in the district, was chosen to revive the once formidable program, …

SPORT SHORTS

The Edison Wizards Lacrosse Club is announcing registration for two boys teams: for grades 5-6 and grades 7-8. Players will learn to play lacrosse from experienced coaches and players. The cost of registration is $100. Players are required to supply their own equipment. Practice will be twice a week starting early March 2016. Games will …

Young players expected to contribute for South River

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent I t’s apparent that if South River High School’s boys’ basketball team is to win games this season, it will need to rely on the quick development of young, untested players. Head coach Rodney Harris, entering his seventh season, lists no fewer than three freshmen — Derrick Whitaker, Zachary Rafano and …

Bears’ Greenspan a standout in academics and athletics

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Sydney Greenspan It’s a busy and sometimes hectic life, but Sydney Greenspan is cruising along just fine. A senior at East Brunswick High School, Greenspan has more than kept up with what can only be described as a feverish pace, combining rigorous academics with an equally demanding extracurricular agenda. When it …

Ice Breaker Wrestling Tournament

SCOTT FRIEDMAN South River High School’s Brandon Szerszen hangs on to defeat East Brunswick High School’s David Laureta in their 145-pound match at the Ice Breaker Wrestling Tournament at Old Bridge High School Dec. 19. Szerszen advanced, winning by a decision.

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.

Transition game key for Spotswood boys hoops team

SPOTSWOOD By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent The faces change from season to season, but what doesn’t is how the Spotswood High School boys’ basketball team plays an up-tempo transition game that usually leaves opponents breathless. Imagine what they must be thinking now that head coach Steve Mate said he plans for this year’s Chargers to run …