Mar 072015

East Brunswick got off to a slow start early in a similar fashion to their last match against Monroe, a 65-48 loss in the GMC semifinals. However, the Bears came back in the second a third quarter with a switch to a zone defense and created offense by driving hard to the basket.

In the final quarter, the Bears shot too many threes and settled offensively, while also initially having trouble beating Monroe’s press. Freshman Nicole Johnson and junior Allie Warren each scored 10 points to lead the Bears.

“We were settling for threes down the stretch there and I thought a couple of times we could have driven to the basket,” said East Brunswick coach Keith Lane. “I really think defensively, we just made some mistakes out there and good teams will do that to you.”

Lane thanked his girls for a great season.

“I have really appreciated their efforts to bring the program back and not everybody is going to win a county championship. Not everybody is going to win a state sectional and this is a bitter pill to swallow, but after a while you stop and look back 21-6 is a pretty good season.”

via Girls Basketball: Monroe edges East Brunswick in Central Group IV semifinal.

East Brunswick fought hard as can be seen from these tweets, but sometimes things just don’t quite work out. This was a great season and we are all proud of these girls.

Mar 072015
Sound of Music

The East Brunswick High School presentation of “The Sound of Music” was a great success and went on as scheduled despite school being closed because of Thursday’s snow storm. The marvelous singing demonstrated by the cast might make you wonder inf Jax will just be the first of many East Brunswick High School contestants in the top 24 on American Idol.  Maria played by Marlina Devery a junior at East Brunswick High School did a magnificent job.  The Mother Abbess was played by senior Jackie Giancola who is also Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2015.  Sarabeth Goldberg, a junior, played Sister Berthe and is also in the East Brunswick Choir and the Tri-M National Music Honors Society.  Sister Margarett was played by Kathleen Lonski a senior in her 6th EBHS Drama Club presentation and a singer/song writer that has tirelessly worked to stop bullying.  Sister Sophia was played by Mikayla Luchun a sophomore who is already on her third play with East Brunswick High School.  Captain Von Trapp was played by John Kominkiewicz a senior in his 4th production.  Franz the butler was played by Dylan Weidenfeld a senior in his 7th production.  Frau Schidt the housekeeper was played by Sydney Kilcoyne who is in her 4th production.  Liesl Von Trapp (16) was played by Alana Sackman a junior in her 4th production who also is in the Concert Choir and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.  Friedrich von Trapp (14) was played by Alex Leonhardt a junior in his 5th production. Louisa von Trapp (13) was played by Elisa Almeida a junior in her 4th presentation who is also in the Folio Club and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.  Kurt von Trapp – an exceptionally tall 10 year old was played by Dan Rogozenski in his third production.  Brigitta von Trapp was played by Nishika Bagchi a sophomore in her second presentation.  Marta von Trapp was played by Jessica Razak a sophomore in her first production.  Gretl von Trapp the youngest was played by Maria Vypryazhkin a very talented 6th grader at Hammarskjold Middle School.  Rolf Gruber (17) was played by Jared Schectel a junior in his first production.  Elsa Schraeder was played by Farrah Cukor a senior in her 5th production.  Max Detweiler was played by Zach Adams a senior.  Baron Eberfeld was played by Nicole Lagos a junior in her third production.  Herr Zeller was played by Larry Fried a senior in his first production.  Frau Zeller was played by Brianna Gilmartin in her third production.  Admiral von Schreiber was played by Adam Nuzzi a senior.  Also appearing in the play were: Grace Spielman, Hallie Baum, Clara Massoud, Ivy Li, Fiona Gaffney, Cachel Nemeth, Amelia Murray-Cooper, Julia Nathanson, Jordan Taha, Sophie Adams, Jackie LeSeur, Stefanie Braun, rebecca Gavin, Erik York, Rachael Neer, Evie Cukor, Amani Alnababteh, Alka Bhide, Kelly Brady, Darius Washington, Jeff Ade, Jason Ramon, Nick Romanofsky, Steve Tomori, Yahel Ben-Zvi, Jonathan Seltzer

The production crew and orchestra also did a great job!

If you missed it last night, you have 4 more showings available:

Sat. 3/7 @7PM
Sun. 3/8 @3PM
Fri. 3/13 @7PM
Sat. 3/14 @7PM

Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students. Purchase online at

You can also help support the Drama Club by dining at the Seville Diner after the presentations and if you present your playbill or ticket stub, 10% of your bill will be donated to the Drama Club!

You can get more information about supporting the Drama Club from the wonderful parents group PAPA at

Feb 272015
Sound of Music

EBHS Drama Club presents -The Sound of Music

Enjoy an evening out watching a performance of The Sound of Music, brought to you by the East Brunswick High School Drama Club.

Choose from 5 shows:
Friday, March 6 – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 7 – 7:00pm
Sunday, March 8 – 3:00pm
Friday, March 13 – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 14 – 7:00pm

$14 – Adults
$7 – Students & Seniors

Tickets may be purchased online at

Feb 252015

East Brunswick lost a hard fought game against Colonia in the GMC semifinals. The Bears made a sprint toward the end but were not able to close the gap. The Bear Den came out in force and cheered on the team. The following article covers the game and includes lots of very nice pictures. Please click the link below to see the full article.

After an even first quarter where Ross and Colonia star guard Chase Barneys went back and forth scoring and guarding each other, Colonia began to execute a balanced attack on the offensive end in the second quarter. Barneys was at the head of the attack, orchestrating the offense from the point guard position and looking for his own shot when necessary, as he finished the game as Colonia’s leading scorer with 13 points, nine of which came in the first half.

To start the second half Colonia’s lead ballooned from six points to 12 points as the half started with that Big Three of Barney, JJ Corbett and Jodrell Thompson each scoring. On the defensive end Colonia held East Brunswick without a field goal in the third quarter until 1:50 remained in the period. The effective defensive pressure and positioning combined with Thompson’s seven point third quarter gave Colonia a 38-22 lead going into the final period.

But in the fourth quarter East Brunswick came roaring back thanks to the vocal support of their student section. Led by Ross’s six fourth quarter points and a defense that forced Colonia turnover after turnover, the Bears pulled to within six with under a minute left, but the Bears couldn’t convert on some fatal misses in that final minute.

via Boys Basketball: "Big 3" backcourt steers Colonia to GMC semifinal win over East Brunswick –

Feb 232015

The Falcons will head to Rutgers University on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the RAC after losing to Piscataway in last year’s semifinals.

East Brunswick dug themselves a huge hole in the second and third, but continued to fight in the final quarter with 21 points. Junior forward Allie Warren led the Bears with 18 points, including 10 in the fourth. Coach Keith Lane commended his girls for not giving up.

“I was very proud of the way they played in the fourth quarter. They could have easily quit, but they really fought, battled back and played hard,” said Lane.

This is the second straight year East Brunswick has been eliminated in the GMC semifinals, losing to Bishop Ahr last year. The Bears will try to get themselves ready for the Central Group IV tournament after a tough loss.

“We’ll take tomorrow off, reconvene and maybe a game in between this and the states and see how it goes. Hopefully we can put this behind us and play well in the state tournament,” said Lane.

via Girls basketball: Big runs lead Monroe past East Brunswick in GMCT semifinals.

Athletic Director Yannazzo still had hope late in the game, but the Bears were just a little too far down. Making it to the semi-final game again this year is a good accomplishment. Stay strong for states!

Feb 212015
East Brunswick Girls Basketball

NEW BRUNSWICK – The last time East Brunswick High School and Bishop Ahr played against each other was in last year’s Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament semifinal, where Bishop Ahr upset the Bears as an 12th seed. In this year’s tilt, the Bears were able to take the contest on the heels of a dominant second quarter.

Third-seeded East Brunswick scored 28 points in the second quarter, defeating sixth-seeded Bishop Ahr 61-41 in the GMC Tournament quarterfinals at New Brunswick High School on Saturday.

Nicole Johnson, a freshman for the Bears made a huge contribution in the second quarter scoring 11 points and dishing out five assists. Johnson led the Bears with 19 points.

“We could tell that they were trying to foul and we just really wanted to push the ball. This was my best game and I just really wanted to win against them,” said Johnson.

The freshman guard was able to get to work the offense to find senior teammates Julia Simoes and Dayna Scalfani with open three-point looks. Simoes hit three and Scalfani made two, with Johnson adding one of her own to build the lead that the Bears wouldn’t give up.

Scalfani credited extra practice shooting with taking advantage of the 2-3 defense that Bishop Ahr employed.

“In the fast few practices we have been working on our shooting, me and Julia. It was lucky, but we both shot with confidence,” said Scalfani. “They were in a 2-3 the whole second quarter and that came to our advantage, especially with shooters on our team. No matter what, we still and the lane to drive also.”

Scalfani added, “It’s a great feeling. The excitement and enthusiasm we had on the court and bench, it was just great. I’m proud of my team today.”

Head Coach Keith Lane was pleased with his team’s overall performance, citing an excellent defensive effort from his team. East Brunswick controlled the glass and denied Bishop Ahr from getting into any sort of rhythm offensively.

Lane really like the way Johnson and his team attacked the Trojans to build that big lead.

“We practice it and we coach it. We don’t want to just be passive, we want to attack the seams to get a two on one to find the open shooter,” said Lane. “She (Johnson) was able to do that today.”

The goal for East Brunswick now becomes advancing further than the semifinals. The Bears will face the winner of second-seeded Monroe and seventh-seeded South River, which will take place at New Brunswick High School on Sunday at 3 p.m.

via East Brunswick girls basketball defeats Bishop Ahr, advances to GMCT semifinal.

The following tweet from Marcus Border includes one of many awesome three point shots.

Feb 132015
East Brunswick Swim Team

The East Brunswick Bears knew that it was a long shot coming into the sectional finals match against Montgomery which is one of the top teams in the state, but it should be remembered that this team has gone where no girls swim team from East Brunswick has ever gone before – to a state sectional finals. Coach Sundberg built this team not through the efforts of a few super stars, but rather with a full team effort. The strength and depth of this team was sufficient to allow them to win the Greater Middlesex Conference tournament without scoring a single first place finish. The Bears went as far as possible with this team, but Montgomery not only had super stars, but they also had depth. Montgomery dominated the meet from start to finish ending with a final score of 129-41.

East Brunswick girls swim team did however set a new record for East Brunswick – they scored a total of 3214 power points this season and the previous record was 3190. By every measure, it is safe to say that this is the best girls swim team that East Brunswick has ever had! Thanks for a great season.

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Despite the lopsided score, East Brunswick coach Jeff Sundberg was satisfied with how his team came in and performed as they were competing in its first sectional final in program history.

The only events the Bears placed second in was Sara Park’s finish in the 100 free (57.19) while East Brunswick also finished second in the 200 free relay (1:49.11) and 400 free relay (3:47.52).

“The bottom line is I’m proud of my girls for the season they had,” East Brunswick coach Jeff Sundberg said. “Even though it may not look like it by the score today, our girls competed, and that makes me real proud as a coach knowing that they went up against one of the best teams in the state and still gave it their best every single race.”

via Montgomery girls swimming dominates East Brunswick for Central A title.

Pictures from the meet:

East Brunswick Swim Team

Laura Ruffner swimming the Medley Relay

East Brunswick Swim Team

Darby VanDeVeen swimming fly in Medley Relay

East Brunswick Swim Team

Megan Lee swimming fly in the Medley Relay

East Brunswick Swim Team

Sabrina May swimming 200 free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Darby VanDeVeen swimming the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Amaya Renzulli swimming the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Dulani Kankanamgi swimming the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Amaya Renzulli swimming the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Amaya Renzulli swimming in the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Jessica Sapia

East Brunswick Swim Team

Rachel Blackin

East Brunswick Swim Team

Sara Park swimming the 50 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Laura Ruffner is glad she doesn’t have to swim the 500 like Shelby

East Brunswick Swim Team

Claire Watson swimming the 500 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Sarika Malhotra in the 500 free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Maansi Deshpandi in the 200 Free Relay

East Brunswick Swim Team

Sara Park finished 2nd in the 100 free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Darby VanDeVeen swimming backstroke

East Brunswick Swim Team

Rachel Blackin in the 100 breaststroke

East Brunswick Swim Team

Dulani Kankanamgi in the 100 breaststroke

East Brunswick Swim Team

Thea York swimming the 100 breaststroke

East Brunswick Swim Team

Nicole Karpowicz and Thea York

East Brunswick Swim Team

Megan Lee swimming 100 butterfly

East Brunswick Swim Team

Thea York swimming 100 butterfly

East Brunswick Swim Team

Coaches Sean Carney and Jeff Sundberg

East Brunswick Swim Team

Maansi Deshpandi and Darby VanDeVeen

Feb 132015
East Brunswick Swim Team

East Brunswick Girls Swim Team – attempts to win a State Sectional title for the first time ever!

The following article was published in and was written by By Brandon Gould for NJ Advance Media on February 12, 2015 10:16 AM, Please click through to the site to also see pictures that are included there.

Central Jersey, Public A final

1-Montgomery vs. 2-East Brunswick

Friday, Feb. 13, Neptune Aquatic Center, 3 p.m.

THE PATH TO THE FINAL: Montgomery, No. 3 in the Top 20, lost out on a perfect regular season after a nail-bitting loss to No. 1 Hillsborough, but the Cougars (10-1) picked up wins over No. 6 Bridgewater-Raritan, 90-80, and No. 11 Hunterdon Central, 105-65. Montgomery knocked out North Brunswick in the semifinals, 110-60.

East Brunswick went 8-1 in the regular season, with its only loss coming against No. 9 Scotch Plains-Fanwood. The Bears have won four straight dual meets since that loss, including an 89-82 victory over previously unbeaten Freehold Township in the semifinals.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Senior Katie King took part in three wins for Montgomery in its semifinal victory over North Brunswick. The Georgetown-bound swimmer won the 50-yard freestyle and was a member of victories in the 200 free relay (1:46.00) and 400 free relay (3:59.22). Jenna D’Allegro picked up individual victories in the 200 free (2:06.50) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.38) and also took part in the 200 free relay. Junior Julia Bland and sophomore Kara Lydzinski made an impact in the semifinals as well.

Claire Watson won the 500 free (5:07.20) and took part in a victory in the 400 free relay (4:27.67) along with Sabrina May, Amaya Renzuli and Darby VanDeVeen against Freehold Township. VanDeVeen also picked up a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:13.49) during the semifinal matchup. Sara Park helped East Brunsiwck win a Grater Middlesex Conference title earlier in the year by coming in second (25.72) in the 50 free.

A WIN FOR MONTGOMERY MEANS… Montgomery already has a Somerset County title to its name, but a sectional championship could sweeten an already delightful season. A win over East Brunswick would also clinch consecutive Central, Public A titles for Montgomery.

A WIN FOR EAST BRUNSWICK MEANS… The Greater Middlesex Conference champs have a chance to earn a spot at the table with the state’s elite squads. A victory in the sectional final over Montgomery would prove that East Brunswick has the depth to go up against any team in the state.

via Girls Swimming: Central Jersey, Public A sectional final preview: Montgomery vs. East Brunswick –

It has been a great year for the East Brunswick swim team! Good luck today girls!

East Brunswick Swim Team

Megan Lee swimming the 100 Fly

Feb 072015
Faculty Follies Program

The East Brunswick faculty puts on a two day show every three years to help raise money for the kids. This is a very big effort and the teachers deserve a huge ‘Thank You!’ for doing this. Not only does the show raise more than $8,000 for the kids, but it is also a great way for the kids to build up school spirit. Since this event only happens every three years, the older kids that have seen it before spread the word about what a great show this is and tell the younger kids to buy their tickets early. Twitter and Facebook start filling up with messages to get your tickets before they sell out. The show itself was a huge hit. The kids all loved the show with video clips filling up Facebook.

Here are some “Tweets” about the show:

This was a very special event! Thanks so much to all of you that made this possible!

Feb 052015

The Falcons, competing without four starters in last weekend’s Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, still crowned a school-record three champions and managed to finish runner-up to South Plainfield.

The steadily improving Bears, with eight medal winners, including 113-pound champion Mark Schleifer, placed third in the GMCT and will get another shot at Monroe in the District 20 Tournament later this month.

"It’s important that the kids realize that we are hitting a stride right now," East Brunswick coach Matt Pazinko said. "We are doing some good things. I told them to be disappointed with the loss, but don’t be disappointed with how we are progressing as a team and coming together."

In a dual that started at 138 pounds, Pazinko made a move, bumping his first four wrestlers, including Jason Minikel, who opened the meet with a 27-12 loss by technical fall in 5:58 to Monroe’s Chris Muce.

The bout illustrated and foreshadowed how precious points would be as Muce repeatedly cut Minikel, who fought valiantly to stay off his back.

"We knew (Minikel) was going to get one of their studs," Pazinko said, referring to league tournament finalist Muce or Profaci, who may be the state’s best 132-pounder. "We told him beforehand, whatever points you can save us is going to help the team. He knew his role going out and he did great."

Monroe won four of the next seven bouts and took a 23-14 lead, its second biggest of the night, on Nick Goff’s 1-0 decision over Sam Walker, who Goff decisioned 2-1 in overtime during the conference tournament quarterfinals.

East Brunswick responded, winning four in a row beginning at heavyweight, where Kevin Eid scored a takedown with 14 seconds left for a 3-2 victory over Nick Fromhold, who he decisioned 3-2 in an ultimate tiebreaker during the conference tournament quarterfinals

The strength of Pazinko’s lineup followed as Mitch Polito (technical fall), Schleifer (major decision) and Alex Gleason (major decision) won consecutive bouts to give East Brunswick its short-lived 29-23 lead.

"We absolutely knew it was going to be tough," Jacoutot said. "We did realize they matched up well with us and we are a little banged up. I told the kids, if everybody contributes, we can get it done. It was satisfying because it was a total team effort."

Monroe remained without 113-pounder Nicky Lombard (hamstring), 145-pounder Donny Albach (elbow) and 182-pounder Kaylon Bradley (elbow) but did get 106-pounder Andy Lombard back in the lineup.

"I know they’ve got some injuries," Pazinko said, "but they still took second in the conference and they still are a powerhouse to go through in the GMC."

Monroe Township (MOTO) 32.00 East Brunswick H.S. (EBHS) 29.00

138: Chris Muce (MOTO) over Jason Minikel (EBHS) (TF 27-11 5:58) 145: Paul Pichirallo (EBHS) over Christopher Ryan (MOTO) (MD 16-4) 152: Jared Parisen (MOTO) over Harrison Cosentino (EBHS) (Dec 6-4) 160: Kevin Creech (MOTO) over Matthew Miskanic (EBHS) (Fall 1:20) 170: Anthony Tamayo (EBHS) over Christopher Turchio (MOTO) (Fall 1:34) 182: Rafael Pescasio (EBHS) over Clint Hetzell (MOTO) (MD 11-1) 195: Dennis Dressel (MOTO) over Damien Ruiz (EBHS) (Fall 0:29) 220: Nicholas Goff (MOTO) over Samual Walker (EBHS) (Dec 1-0) 285: Kevin Eid (EBHS) over Nicholas Fromhold (MOTO) (Dec 3-2) 106: Mitchell Polito (EBHS) over Nicholas DePalma (MOTO) (TF 19-3 0:00) 113: Mark Schleifer (EBHS) over Andrew Lombard (MOTO) (Dec 8-2) 120: Alec Gleason (EBHS) over Shawn Gardini (MOTO) (MD 16-2) 126: Joe Zargo (MOTO) over Tyler Shwartz (EBHS) (Dec 3-0) 132: Salvatore Profaci (MOTO) over David Laureta (EBHS) (Fall 0:30)

via Wrestling: No. 2 Monroe rallies to defeat No. 5 East Brunswick.

EastBrunswickInfo: Additional pictures of East Brunswick vs Monroe.

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