Jan 102015

North Brunswick – The South Brunswick boys bowling team did not have the start they wanted. They came out and bowled a 947 during the first game and were in a bit of a hole. It took a speech from two seniors, Kris Kimberlin and Charles Zaabadick, to help them wake up and march their way back to a first place finish in the Central Jersey Winter Classic.

“Me and my other teammate Charles (Zaabadick) have been playing for four years and it’s our job to keep the team together,” Kimberlin said. “Today, we had a bad first game and we both made a speech and got our team going.”

The team responded to their seniors prep talk and bowled a 1063 in game two and a 1065 in game three, which game them a final tally of 3075. This helped the Vikings edge out last year’s Tournament of Champions winners Brick Memorial, who completed the competition with a 3047.

“The good competition brings out the best in us,” Kimberlin said. “When we face lower teams, we kind of get less competitive. When we have a competitive match, we are a bit louder and we bowl better.”

Kimberlin led the competition with an overall tally of 761. He shot a 260 during the second game, which was his best score of the day.

via Kimberlin’s performance helps South Brunswick claim the Central Jersey Winter Classic.

South Brunswick Bowling

Jan 102015

MONTGOMERY – Between falling behind in a 15-1 deficit to start the game and losing its third leading scorer late in the third quarter with an injury, things were certainly stacked against the South Brunswick High School basketball team against North Hunterdon in Saturday’s Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout at Montgomery High School.

The Vikings though made several hustle plays, stepped up their defensive pressure, and converted a few timely baskets as the prevailed against North Hunterdon, 66-61, in the second game of a six-game slate in which all proceeds raised went to the fight for Coaches vs. Cancer.

“It stings a lot,” North Hunterdon coach Kyle Rehrig said. “They did a very good job defensively of pressuring us and taking us out of what we were doing. Just one of those ones where hopefully we start learning from some of these mistakes that we’ve been making and start getting some of these wins.”

Senior guard Jack Engel scored 16 of his game-high 20 points to lead South Brunswick (6-2) while senior Terrance Wong, who sustained an injury to the knee in the third quarter that forced him to leave the game, and sophomore Mike Ugarte each added 13 in the win.

via South Brunswick prevails against North Hunterdon in double OT.

Dec 312014

Somerville 36, South Brunswick 35

285: Nooreldean (Dean) Elmenayer (SBH) over Christian Wahba (SOME) (Fall 1:01) 106: Mathew Castimore (SBH) over Brock Laggini (SOME) (MD 9-0) 113: Joe Valente (SOME) over Roger Sheffmaker (SBH) (Fall 0:39) 120: Tyler Leeds (SOME) over (SBH) (For.) 126: Frank Gesualdo (SOME) over Joseph Mastro (SBH) (Dec 8-7) 132: Evan Drill (SOME) over Andrew Chang (SBH) (Fall 0:49) 138: Luke Prothero (SOME) over Faryd (Nick) Daza (SBH) (Dec 6-2) 145: Kevin Minette (SOME) over (SBH) (For.) 152: Jake Foeldes (SBH) over Derek Ammerlaan (SOME) (Dec 10-9) 160: Tyler Schwarz (SBH) over Isiah Pendelton (SOME) (Fall 0:33) 170: Alexi Rissiotis (SBH) over Kyle Diamond (SOME) (MD 12-1) 182: Hunter Delfa (SBH) over Brayan Jimenez (SOME) (Fall 3:30) 195: Alex Bruskin (SOME) over (SBH) (For.) 220: Maxwell Rhoden (SBH) over Hamza Akel (SOME) (Fall 1:05)

South Brunswick 40, Woodbridge 30

220: Maxwell Rhoden (SBH) over Dan Whooley (WOOD) (Fall 1:35) 285: Nooreldean (Dean) Elmenayer (SBH) over Alexander LaGrippo (WOOD) (Fall 4:27) 106: Mathew Castimore (SBH) over Yehia Mosaad (WOOD) (Dec 6-5) 113: Roger Sheffmaker (SBH) over (WOOD) (For.) 120: Jack Quinn (WOOD) over Albert Wang (SBH) (Fall 3:59) 126: Joseph Marty (WOOD) over Joseph Mastro (SBH) (Dec 3-2) 132: Faryd (Nick) Daza (SBH) over Antol Kocsis (WOOD) (Fall 5:10) 138: Dale Alvarez (WOOD) over Andrew Chang (SBH) (Dec 7-3) 145: Scott Fritz (WOOD) over (SBH) (For.) 152: Adisesh Yeragudi (SBH) over Elyas Azouzi (WOOD) (Dec 5-2) 160: Bryan McLaughlin (WOOD) over (SBH) (For.) 170: Tyler Schwarz (SBH) over Zackary Cottrell (WOOD) (MD 16-7) 182: Alexi Rissiotis (SBH) over Sidney Pierre (WOOD) (Fall 4:34) 195: Robert Bognar (WOOD) over (SBH) (For.)

South Brunswick 49, Franklin 20

106: Mathew Castimore (SBH) over (FRAN) (For.) 113: Chase Smith (FRAN) over Roger Sheffmaker (SBH) (MD 12-0) 120: Devan Sirota (FRAN) over Albert Wang (SBH) (Fall 1:54) 126: Joseph Mastro (SBH) over (FRAN) (For.) 132: Andrew Chang (SBH) over (FRAN) (For.) 138: Alec Balestrieri (FRAN) over Faryd (Nick) Daza (SBH) (MD 13-2) 145: Ryan Salvagno (FRAN) over (SBH) (For.) 152: Adisesh Yeragudi (SBH) over Dylan Hoagland (FRAN) (Dec 5-2) 160: Tyler Schwarz (SBH) over Josh Mack (FRAN) (Fall 0:33) 170: Alexi Rissiotis (SBH) over Abdul Kanu (FRAN) (MD 11-3) 182: Hunter Delfa (SBH) over (FRAN) (For.) 195: Double Forfeit 220: Maxwell Rhoden (SBH) over Norman Montenegro (FRAN) (Fall 1:40) 285: Nooreldean (Dean) Elmenayer (SBH) over Patrick Kanu (FRAN) (Fall 3:35)

via Wrestling box scores for Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Dec 282014
East Brunswick Basketball

South Brunswick Tournament

East Brunswick 59, West Windsor-Plainsboro South 47: Matt Ross posted 18 points, and John McHenry added 16 points to lead East Brunswick. Addis Ralph scored 10 points for the Bears, who outscored West Windsor-Plainsboro South 22-13 in the fourth quarter.

South Brunswick 61, West Windsor-Plainsboro North 45: Jack Engel scored 21 points, Eric Savage netted 11 points and Ty Juan Dugger added 10 points to lead South Brunswick (2-1). Michael Ugarte and Terrence Wong each scored six points for the Vikings, who had a 23-9 run to start the contest.

via HNT boys basketball roundup for Saturday, Dec. 27.

Additional coverage of East Brunswick 59, West Windsor-Plainsboro South 47 including more pictures.

Dec 072014

South Brunswick Football
PISCATAWAY – Unable to do much offensively, but still contributing on defense and special teams, Dontae Strickland’s impact in Saturday’s Central Group V championship may have been felt most after a 21-7 loss to Manalapan.

The South Brunswick senior, displaying true leadership qualities, spent an inordinate amount of time consoling teammates, especially underclassmen, as the Braves celebrated their first sectional title at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium.

“Me and Dontae have been friends forever,” said junior wideout and defensive back Mohamed Jabbie, who as a Scarlet Knight commit is guaranteed a return to this venue. “I’m going to miss playing with him. He’s a great player, one of the best I’ve ever seen in my entire life.”

Strickland, who entered the game with 1,857 all-purpose yards, was limited to 19 rushing yards and one touchdown on nine carries and 13 receiving yards on two catches. The Syracuse University commit intercepted a pass, registered a key sack and returned a kickoff 59 yards.

“My sophomore year I had an opportunity to get a ring and this year I’m on the other side,” said Strickland, referring to South Brunswick’s 33-22 victory over Manalapan for the 2012 Central Group IV crown.

via South Brunswick falls short in CJG5 football final.

Nov 282014

South Brunswick Football

South Brunswick Football – Earlier Game

NORTH BRUNSWICK – The South Brunswick High School coaches were ushering the players to the buses following the Vikings’ 40-14 win over North Brunswick, but Dontae Strickland first had something else to do.

“Hey, give me that trophy,” said the senior, who lagged behind to pose for pictures.

Even in his storied career and with an upcoming NJSIAA sectional final, a win over his rival for mall bragging rights still means something for Strickland. Thursday, the Vikings captured the Mike Elko Memorial Trophy for the fifth season in a row. North Brunswick still leads the all-time Thanksgiving Day game series 23-16-1.

“Thanksgiving games are always something special,” Strickland said. “Family and friends come out watching on Thanksgiving. Then we have the Thanksgiving dinner. Always something special. … Not overlooking it. Every game on the schedule means something. We knew we just had to put points on the board in the beginning.”

Thursday, the game was delayed 45 minutes as the slushy field was worked on. As it was, Steve Libro Field sported more white than green for the entire game. The marching band didn’t even come out at halftime or before the game to play the national anthem.

But the defenses showed up early. Neither team could sustain a drive in a scoreless first quarter. But on the first play of the second quarter, Strickland took the handoff and bolted 54 yards down the right sideline. Around the 20-yard line, the 6-foot, 190-pounder stopped, high-kicked and cut to the left and raced for the touchdown for a 6-0 South Brunswick lead 13 seconds into the quarter.

Strickland said getting traction wasn’t always easy and his hands were constantly wet. Yet, he adjusted and made running in the conditions seem easy.

“At first, you know it was kind of hard to work with,” said Strickland, who also had a sack doubling as a defensive back. “But you know, sooner or later in the game we got it. Got it down pat and we just took over.”

What more can you say about the Syracuse-committed Strickland? South Brunswick coach Joe Goerge thought of something.

via Strickland, Vikings get hardware against North Brunswick.

Nov 282014

Dontae Strickland ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception for another to lead South BrunswickNo. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 40-14 victory over North Brunswick in North Brunswick.

North Brunswick leads the all time Thanksgiving series 23-16-1.

Strickland’s 54-yard ignited a 28-point second quarter for South Brunswick. Wendell Allen followed with a 15-yard run, Strickland added a 29-yard run. After Tae’Quan Rodriguez’s 73-yard kickoff return for North Brunswick, Phil Campbell ran 36-yards for a score to give South Brunswick a 28-6 lead.

Amir Johnson fired a 58-yard pass to Allen in the third quarter and Strickland scored on a 51-yard interception return to give South Brunswick a 40-6 advantage. Zach Rowell scored on a 1-yard carry in the fourth quarter for North Brunswick

via South Brunswick (40) at North Brunswick (14) – Football – NJ.com.

Nov 242014

Chrisjon Summers Player of the Week
Chrisjon Summers epitomizes a hard-hitting South Brunswick High School defense, which has been the catalyst for the Vikings run to a second sectional final in the past three years.

Summers made a career-high 15 tackles – including four for a loss – while leading his team to last weekend’s 33-0 victory over Trenton in the NJSIAA Central Group V semifinals.

For his efforts, Summers is the Home News Tribune Football Player of the Week.

South Brunswick will meet Manalapan at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium on Dec. 6 in a rematch of the 2012 sectional final, which the Vikings won during Summers’ freshman year.

South Brunswick can improve to 11-0 with a victory over border rival North Brunswick on Thanksgiving Day.

Summers, who has posted a team-best 88 tackles including a team-high 61 solo hits, has been the heart-and-soul of a defensive unit that has recorded 20 sacks and 11 turnovers.

“Certainly Chrisjon has been a dominant player on the field,” South Brunswick coach Joe Goerge said. “Physically, he kind of took over the game on Friday night. We were concerned with Trenton’s running game.”

The South Brunswick coaching staff pulled Summers aside on the first day the Vikings began preparing for Trenton and told the junior linebacker he was going to be a key player on defense.

Summers’ responsibilities included, but were not limited to, working against a burly fullback and a sizable guard to get to the ball carrier. He also was asked to excel on special teams, a challenge to which Summers responded, making a couple of tackles on kickoffs.

via South Brunswick’s Summers GMC Football Player of Week.

Nov 232014

South Brunswick Cross Country
HOLMDEL – One week after its darkest moment, the South Brunswick High School boys cross country team achieved the program’s greatest highlight.

The Vikings barely qualified for the NJSIAA Meet of Champions after a series of mishaps derailed their title hopes at last weekend’s Group IV meet. Senior Matt Zamorski slipped and fell twice, and classmate Nick Neville ran most of the race with one shoe after the other came off.

On Saturday everyone stayed upright, and the result was a second-place finish at the Meet of Champs. Neville placed eighth in 16:00 and Zamorski took 12th in 16:08, leading the Vikings to 113 points and a 16:26 average. Only perennial juggernaut Christian Brothers (82 points, 16:24) ran better.

"The big emphasis we made was, ‘If we’re getting a second shot and we made it, we’ve got to make it count,’" head coach Wilfredo Rivera said. "The season could have flamed out last week. But they were tough enough to come back from the falls and the one shoe. It’s a testament to these guys."

South Brunswick’s finish is tied for the best ever at the MOC by a Greater Middlesex Conference squad. The Old Bridge boys and girls both placed second in 2001 (the boys averaged 16:50). In 1973, before the formation of the GMC, St. Joseph-Metuchen garnered the only MOC crown by a Middlesex County school.

"Off of last week, such a huge disappointment for us with all the stuff that happened, I’m so happy and proud that we got second," Neville said. "It’s great to end our high school cross country careers in New Jersey with a bang, showing everyone who we really are . . . and that it’s about how you finish."

Senior Kyle McCann (32nd place, 16:25), junior Ryan Budhu (61st, 16:46) and junior Nicholas Cauley (72nd, 16:55) rounded out the scoring for South Brunswick, which was competing in the MOC for the first time ever.

via South Brunswick boys cross country second at Meet of Champs.

Nov 142014

East Brunswick football team played with a lot of heart despite having to play against a much stronger team. The Bears moved the ball strongly in their first drive and had a couple of tries inside the ‘Red Zone’ to score against South Brunswick but came up short. South Brunswick then took over on the 20 and on the second offensive play of the game for the Vikings, Amir Johnson threw a pass to Wendell Allen who romped 79 yards to jump out to a 7-0 lead. On the next drive East Brunswick was not able to move the ball and the Vikings Dontae Strickland was completely unstoppable – racking up 178 yards on just 7 carries. The Vikings were up 32-0 at the half. In the second half, South Brunswick mercifully rested many of their starters and East Brunswick faired much better. South Brunswick still scored first padding the lead to 39-0. The Bears then mounted a nice drive capped off by a long run by Kevin Hemmings for a touchdown. The defense then caused a turnover getting East Brunswick the ball back deep in Viking territory. East Brunswick quickly drove down to the 1 yard line, but from there it took 3 plays to finally punch it in. After the kick by Alex Boyko the score was 39-14 which turned out to be the final score.

East Brunswick Football

Kyle Wiggins struggles for yardage

East Brunswick Football

Kevin Hemmings breaks open a run

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Sean O’sullivan makes a nice catch in the first half

East Brunswick Football

Brandon Tomori adds yardage after the catch

East Brunswick Football

Bears converge to make the tackle

East Brunswick Football

Brandon Tomori looking for running room

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Bears played tough in the second half.

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Aaron Mcsweeeney on the stop

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Cheerleaders kept smiling despite the cold.

East Brunswick Football

Kevin Hemmings back to pass.

East Brunswick Football

Aidan Werder for a big gain

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Kevin Hemmings runs through a crowd before busting out for a touchdown.

East Brunswick Football

Pushups help keep you warm

East Brunswick Football

Fumble about to happen!

East Brunswick Football

Kevin Hemmings helped set up the second score

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Zahir Jackson scores on third and inches

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Zahir Jackson powers forward late in the game

East Brunswick Football

It takes a crowd to bring down Zahir Jackson