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 NJ.com 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 – NJ.com.

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.


Coverage on mycentraljersey.com:

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 NJ.com 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 NJ.com 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 – NJ.com.

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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Feb 042015
 

East Brunswick lost a very hard fought battle against Monroe Township high school by a score of 32-29. The evening came down to a slim 3 points which was especially tough since the Bears were leading by 3 going into the final match. Unfortunately the last match was a pin and thus Monroe got 6 points and the victory. The wrestlers for both sides really gave their all and in the end it was a great match to watch.

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Jan 312015
 
East Brunswick Swim Team

East Brunswick girls swim team won the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament for a second year in a row. The Final score was – East Brunswick 578, Bishop Ahr 450 and Metuchen 446. East Brunswick took advantage of the depth of their team with multiple swimmers scoring points in each race.

The following is from NJ.COM:

“The strength of our team is our depth from top to bottom,” said East Brunswick coach Jeffrey Sundberg. “We don’t have a ton of superstars, so we do it with a whole team effort. This team was really motivated coming in this year and to repeat as champions tonight was great.”

The highest individual finish that East Brunswick recorded all night was in the 50-yard freestyle as Sara Park came in second (25.72). Teammate Kristen Capiral added to East Brunswick’s performance in the 50 free with a fifth-place result (26.72).

Park tacked on a fourth-place finish later in the meet for East Brunswick in the 100 free (57.83), while teammate Sabrina May finished in sixth (58.93). Amaya Renzuli recorded a fifth-place result in the 100 backstroke (1:05.16).

East Brunswick had two separate 200 free relay teams finish in the top six with one coming in second (1:45.64) and the other finishing in fifth (1:51.64). The Middlesex County school also finished third in the 400 free relay (3:52.93) and fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:59.77).

“It’s a great feeling,” said East Brunswick senior Shelby Mikulak. “It’s our second year in a row and even though we didn’t have the first-place or second-place finishes, we knew that we had the depth to get us to where we needed to be.”

Read the full article

The East Brunswick girls have been seeded 2nd in the State Tournament – This season isn’t over yet!

East Brunswick Swim Team

Greater Middlesex Conference Champions!

East Brunswick Swim Team

East Brunswick girls proudly show off their awards

East Brunswick Swim Team

We are the champions!

East Brunswick Swim Team

Final score announced – East Brunswick 578, Bishop Ahr 450, Metuchen 446.

East Brunswick Swim Team

Shelby, Laura and Kristen posing for the paparazzi

East Brunswick Swim Team

Very excited by the 400 Free relay edging out North Brunswick for 3rd place

East Brunswick Swim Team

Amaya Renzulli swimming in the 400 Free Relay

East Brunswick Swim Team

Dulani Kankanamgi swimming the 100 Breaststroke

East Brunswick Swim Team

Rachel Blackin swimming the 100 Breaststroke

East Brunswick Swim Team

Lori Mohs swimming the 100 Breaststroke

East Brunswick Swim Team

Amaya Renzulli swimming the 100 Back

East Brunswick Swim Team

Claire Zhu swimming the 100 Back

East Brunswick Swim Team

Bhoomika Jain swimming the 100 Back

East Brunswick Swim Team

Claire Watson swimming the 500 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Bethany Mikulak swimming the 500 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Sarika Malhotra swimming in the 500 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Shelby Mikulak swimming in the 500 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Kristen Capiral and Megan Tang got 1st and 2nd in their heat of the 100 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Darby VanDeVeen swimming in the 100 Fly

East Brunswick Swim Team

Megan Lee swimming the 100 Fly

East Brunswick Swim Team

Bhoomika Jain swimming the 100 Butterfly

East Brunswick Swim Team

Lucas Espada wonders if Laura Ruffner and Shelby Mikulak are insane

East Brunswick Swim Team

Aaron Wang is tired of Laura’s screaming

East Brunswick Swim Team

Dulani Kankanamgi swimming the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Darby VanDeVeen swimming in the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Claire Zhu happy with her 200 IM result

East Brunswick Swim Team

Claire Zhu swimming back in the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Claire Zhu swimming the 200 IM

East Brunswick Swim Team

Sabrina May swimming the 200 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Shelby Mikulak swimming in the 200 Free

East Brunswick Swim Team

Bears cheering on their teammates

East Brunswick Swim Team

Photo Shoot with the ‘Hula’ Dancers

East Brunswick Swim Team

Claire Zhu swimming back in the 200 Medley Relay

East Brunswick Swim Team

Amaya Renzulli leads off the 200 Medley Relay

East Brunswick Swim Team

Bears start off the meet with a loud cheer

Laura Ruffner is full of enthusiasm

Laura Ruffner is full of enthusiasm

East Brunswick Swim Team showing spirit before the big tournament

East Brunswick Swim Team showing spirit before the big tournament

Jan 172015
 
Matt Ross for East Brunswick

The East Brunswick Bears boys basketball team won Saturday’s game against Bridgewater Raritan Panthers in East Brunswick by a score of 66-50. The Bears started the scoring with two quick 3 pointers. The Bears were on fire from three point range scoring 9 including 3 by Matt Ross. Bridgewater Raritan managed to tie up the game near the end of the half, but East Brunswick nailed a three pointer and never looked back. The Bears were ahead by 4 at the half and pulled ahead by more than 20 points late in the game. Leading the scoring for East Brunswick was Matt Salvent with 22 points followed by Addis Ralph (14 points), Mike Vick (10 points), Justin Sewnarine (6 points), John McHenry (5 points), Alex Fitzgerald (3 points), Tyler McNamara (3 points), Matt Salvent (2 points) and Adam Rosa (1 point). Leading the scoring for Bridgewater Raritan was Jared Rappoport with 11 points.

Tyler McNamara on defense

Tyler McNamara on defense

Matt Ross on defense for East Brunswick Basketball

Matt Ross on defense

Addis Ralph sinks a basket for East Brunswick

Addis Ralph sinks a basket

East Brunswick Basketball
Tyler McNamara takes a shot

Tyler McNamara takes a shot

East Brunswick Basketball
Mike Vick for East Brunswick

Mike Vick for East Brunswick

Matt Ross for East Brunswick

Matt Ross for East Brunswick

East Brunswick Basketball
Rebound by Tyler McNamara for East Brunswick

Rebound by Tyler McNamara

Mike Vick for East Brunswick

Mike Vick for East Brunswick

Mike Vick rebounds for East Brunswick

Mike Vick rebounds for East Brunswick

Addis Ralph for East Brunswick

Addis Ralph for East Brunswick

Adam Rosa makes a foul shot

Adam Rosa makes a foul shot

Adam Rosa on defense

Adam Rosa on defense

East Brunswick Basketball
East Brunswick Basketball

Tiger cubs pack 223 presented the colors for the National Anthem.