Monthly Archives: May 2013

East Brunswick tops Old Bridge once again

EAST BRUNSWICK — As hard as it is to beat a team three times in one season, it’s even harder to knock off the same opponent four times in the same campaign.

The East Brunswick High School boys volleyball team, however, was able to take care of business against a familiar foe, defeating third-seeded Old Bridge 2-0 (25-22, 25-13) to advance to Friday’s NJSIAA Central sectional finals.

East Brunswick will meet the top seed, St. Joseph, for the title on Friday in Metuchen.

The second-seeded Bears (30-3) took all four meetings from Old Bridge this season in straight sets, but received a little bit of help on this day.

Junior Oboh, one of Old Bridge’s stars, was not available for the contest after breaking his ankle while playing for a Six Pack team in Richmond, Va. His void in the Knights’ defense allowed Mike Manne and the rest of the Bears to swing away at will in the middle of the floor.

Despite the fact that East Brunswick had topped Old Bridge (21-9) in their previous meetings, Bears’ coach Greg Rutz knew his team couldn’t just roll the ball out and emerge victorious.

“When you beat someone multiple times, your kids get it in their heads they’ve already beaten that team,” Rutz said. “They think it’ll be easy and it’s not easy. The other team comes in more fired up and more prepared. No matter what the score says, it doesn’t get any easier. They were missing a valuable player and they played great today.”

Even without Oboh, Old Bridge came out as the more determined team, at least in the first set, when they forced 13 ties and took three separate leads. Aiden Albrecht, the other star in the Knights’ lineup, buoyed a comeback from an early 4-0 deficit to take their first lead at 10-9.

But Manne and Dan Leung, who combined for 10 kills in the match, exploited the hole in Old Bridge’s defense time after time, and Manne finished the set with a powerful kill onto the court.

“They were out-playing us; Aiden made some great swings and they made some good defensive stops at the net,” Rutz said. “They came in with some energy and we came in saying ‘oh, there’s no Junior, we can relax a little bit.’ But Old Bridge is still a good squad and they showed it. They battled and luckily we got the better of them in the last couple points.”

After taking the lead in the first set at 21-20, the Bears never looked back, leading the second set from the opening serve and cruising to a relatively easy win. Manne, who also came up with two huge blocks, including one to seal the match, has improved since the start of the season to a point where he’s now comfortable in what he’s doing.

“The biggest improvement for Mike is that he’s more comfortable around us,” Rutz said. “We know that he can put balls away and he knows when he gets the ball, he’s going to put it away. When he and the setter are connecting, that’s how good Mike is.”

With St. Joseph taking care of Hillsborough in straight sets to advance to the finals, Manne thinks his squad may have a leg up on their Greater Middlesex Conference rival.

“They are already out of school and we’re still here, practicing on a regular routine and such, and they’re a little out of sorts, so we’re going to try and exploit that a little bit,” he said.

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Franklin boys earn a repeat

BASKING RIDGE — With the wind howling and the steady rain falling throughout the weekend, the Franklin High School boys track and field team focused solely on the task at hand and repeated as NJSIAA North 2 Group IV champions Saturday afternoon at Ridge High School.

The Warriors, led by double-gold medalist Lee Rutledge, were eight points better than second-place Phillipsburg for the team title.

“It was an outstanding job by our whole coaching staff to get everyone ready,” Franklin head coach Deshaun Gourdine said. “The throwers, jumpers and sprinters all did a great job and the coaches did a great job preparing them for these elements.”

Franklin got 15 points from field events, with Joshua Lockhart’s second place finish in the Javelin Throw (169-11) leading the way. But they dominated on the track, thanks in large part to Rutledge, who won the 200 and 400-meter dashes (23.05, 49.66, respectively) and anchored the 4X100 and 4X400 (44.37 and 3:26.66), which both finished second.

“It feels pretty good to come out and win twice, and honestly it’s still not where I want to be,” Rutledge said. “The cold didn’t help at all and I ran a lot slower than I wanted to on Friday and today as well, but I’m sure that when the weather is warmer next week, I’ll perform a lot better.”

Gourdine said that Rutledge, one of Franklin’s senior captains, came to him in the winter and said he wanted to go out as a champion. The coaches’ message to his star was simple.

“Lee is one of our senior captains and he sat down after the winter season and wrote down goals for himself,” Gourdine said. “So I told him that in order for him to go out like a champion, we were going to ride him like a horse. And he showed up and had an outstanding effort this weekend.”

The Franklin girls finished second to four-time champion Columbia, 35 points behind, thanks to strong field performances from Ashley Berry and Selena Thorne. Berry won a pair of gold medals in the Shot Put and Discus (37-0.75 and 128-8) and Thorne in the High Jump (5-4).

The Piscataway girls squad also had a nice showing, finishing sixth in the team competition, but delivering a big victory in the 4X100 race. The foursome of Nia Dupiche, Jazmine Elleston, Chanel Smith and Alexis McCullum ran a 51.23, ahead Columbia by six-tenths of a second.

“We’ll take it, it’s a win, but I know we can go faster,” Piscataway girls coach Keith Brunson said. “We’ll need to go faster next week and we’re going to keep the same group and I’m proud of the way the girls came out and blocked out the weather and did the best job they could, considering the circumstances.”

North Hunterdon, which finished third in both the boys and girls’ competition, received a big day from Morgan Harvey. The junior won both hurdle events, the 100 in 14.54 and the 400 in 1:03.08.

“I just battled the weather and wanted to make it to the next level next weekend,” Harvey said. “I know my times could have been faster, both days this weekend, but you just have to do what you can. You just can’t let the weather get into your mind.”

Harvey’s coach, Sean Walsh, was very complimentary of her after the meet.

“With Morgan, it doesn’t seem to have any affect on her,” Walsh said. “Even though she says she’s nervous before she runs, she just seems to like the competition. She hates to lose and refuses to lose and I’m proud of her today, especially in the high hurdles.”

Eve Glasergreen also took home gold for North Hunterdon, winning the 3200 in 11:03.06.

Old Bridge unfazed by defending champion Cinnaminson

Old Bridge's Shilan Shah connects against Cinnaminson Thursday. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

Old Bridge’s Shilan Shah connects against Cinnaminson Thursday. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

OLD BRIDGE — Playing the defending NJSIAA Central sectional champions didn’t seem to faze the Old Bridge High School boys volleyball team on Thursday.

Behind the stellar play of co-captains Aiden Albrecht and Junior Oboh, the third-seeded Knights rallied back from a seven-point deficit in the first set to defeat Cinnaminson 2-0 (27-25, 25-17) and advance to next Wednesday’s semifinals, where they’ll meet Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament champion East Brunswick.

“We came out point-for-point (in the first set) then we made a few unforced errors on over-passes, where we tried to attack the ball and we just couldn’t make it work,” Old Bridge coach Andrew Hopman said. “I coached an aggressive style today and I asked the players to play that way. So we fell behind a bit in the first set and that’s when I said to the guys that we needed our big guys to step up.”

One of those big guys was Albrecht, who received a pep talk from Hopman during the first set.

The senior captain, who will play collegiately at Penn State next spring, didn’t want this to be the last game he played in high school.

“I knew that as a captain I had to do whatever I could to pull us out from that big hole and lead us to victory,” Albrecht said. “They were playing really scrappy and I just had to keep on hitting and just stay after it.”

Hopman made it clear that when his squad needs a boost, they just have to look for No. 13 in black.

“It’s not rocket science, when he’s hot, get it to him,” Hopman said. “And I told Aiden before the game that all of the camps and clinics he’s gone to since he was in eighth grade were all for days like today. I told him that’s he that good and he needed to take over for us. In practice, when I say the losing team has to run, Aiden takes over because he doesn’t want to run. So I told him that if we lose this game, he’s running and he turned it on.”

Oboh, the Knights’ other co-captain who will play his college volleyball at Princeton, came up with a pair of huge blocks at the end of the second set to thwart Cinnaminson scoring chances. In all, the front line of Old Bridge was just too much for the sixth-seeded Pirates, who tried to will themselves to victory by chanting and jumping around between points.

“I felt that because Cinnaminson does a lot of chants and a lot of running around, that if we got up on them, they would go down. But you can never count them out; you have to bring your ‘A’ game to beat Cinnaminson,” Hopman said afterwards.

Now that they’ve taken care of Cinnaminson and moved into the semifinals, Old Bridge’s reward is playing East Brunswick for the fourth time this season. The second-seeded Bears have taken all three previous meetings, including a 2-0 decision in the GMCT semifinals. Albrecht kept it simple in explaining how the Knights have to play to continue their season.

“We just have to play a lot tougher,” he said. “We lost three times to them this year and we have to remember how it feels to lose and give it our all. There’s nothing left after this.”

East Brunswick takes GMCT volleyball title with win over St. Joseph

East Brunswick's Michael Manne celebrates with teammates in Saturday's GMCT final against St. Joseph. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan.

East Brunswick’s Michael Manne celebrates with teammates in Saturday’s GMCT final against St. Joseph. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan.

EDISON — The East Brunswick High School boys volleyball team made sure that they wouldn’t be a three-time loser to St. Joseph this season.

From start to finish, the second-seeded Bears were dominant, rolling to a 2-0 (25-15, 25-18) victory over top-seeded St. Joseph (36-4) to win the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament title Saturday at J.P. Stevens High School. It is the seventh GMCT title for East Brunswick (27-3) in the last 12 seasons and its first since 2009.

On this day, it was all about exacting revenge from two regular-season defeats at the hands of the Falcons.

“When they beat us on our home court, we felt embarrassed,” setter Alec Weissman said. “We felt like we played well below our level and I think we really wanted this because it meant the most.”

Dan Leung, who starred on East Brunswick’s basketball team this winter, felt a reversal of fortunes personally. The Bears took both regular-season meetings from the St. Joseph basketball team and then lost in the GMCT final, so there was incentive to flip the script for him.

“We had a lot of motivation, since they beat us twice in the regular season, and it was pretty obvious that we had to come out here and make a statement,” Leung said. “From basketball season to now, everything just flip-flopped.”

East Brunswick jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set, with Weissman serving, and never looked back. A front line of Jack Fredricks, Billy Fox and Owen Summerer helped stifle any St. Joseph efforts to get back into the contest, blocking multiple shots right onto the court.

“We work on blocking a lot and as a school, we’ve never been a great blocking team,” coach Greg Rutz said. “So we work on it and today it just connected. The guys closed blocks and pressed hard and a lot of work in the gym paid off. Our guys show up to big games and they really played well today.”

The Falcons held just four leads in the entire match, but none for more than one point at a time, and in the deciding second set, East Brunswick took the lead for good at 9-8. Consistent passing and good team communication helped key the Bears’ spurt in the second set, with Weissman, who finished with 29 assists in the contest, in the middle of things.

“It feels great. They beat us twice in the regular season and we knew that it would be a tough match, but we really came out pumped up,” Weissman said. “It’s like Coach Rutz said, ‘Save your best volleyball for today,’ and I think we did that. We jumped on them from the start and seized momentum.”

Rutz saw a level of confidence in his team that he hadn’t seen all season long and with the state tournament starting next week, he believes his squad is clicking at the right time.

“I think we came out the most confident we’ve played all year,” Rutz said. “We’ve toyed around a little bit with different lineups and how weâre going to do things and I think we finally found our starting seven. With those guys on the floor, if they play like this, they shouldn’t be afraid of anyone.”

St. Joseph turns back North Brunswick in GMCT semis

METUCHEN – The goal for the St. Joseph High School boys volleyball team coming into their Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament semifinal matchup with North Brunswick Thursday afternoon was to hold the fourth-seeded Raiders to 15 points in each set. Consider that goal met to a tee.

Top-seeded St. Joseph led from the outset, overwhelming North Brunswick 2-0 (25-16, 25-14) and holding the Raiders to just 30 points total in the two sets.

The Falcons will take on East Brunswick, a 2-0 winner over Old Bridge, in Saturday’s championship match at J.P. Stevens High School.

Head coach Miguel Cabrita was quick to compliment North Brunswick (16-5) for their effort, but in the end, the skill of the Falcons was just too much.

“They’re a solid team. They have some great ball control all the way around, a couple good hitters on the outside that can put the momentum in their favor,” Cabrita said. “Overall they’re a team that doesn’t seem like they get rattled too easily.”

In fact, North Brunswick hung tough at the start, keeping it within four points for a majority of the time, but towards the middle of the set, St. Joseph (36-3) took command. Kurt MacDonald was everywhere for the Falcons, chasing down errant passes and oncoming spikes, keeping momentum with the home team.

“I think the guys did a great job today. The goal was to keep them around the 15-point mark, which we did,” Cabrita said. “But they did well and really held strong. The passing was a little shaky in the beginning, so that’s one of the things we talked about in the timeouts, but they picked that up. The defense was great and our hitters can produce, so as long as we get the ball to the setter, it’s easy money for us.”

Sean Dacey converted a pair of aces in the second set and MacDonald teed up consecutive serves that weren’t returned to put the contest out of reach. The size differential between the two team’s front lines was evident throughout and it was something that North Brunswick couldn’t make up for with outside shots. Sean Finan and Thomas Burrell combined to stop a bevy of Raiders’ shots from becoming threatening ones and Greg Vajtay also contributed as a key blocker in the contest.

St. Joseph has now reached the championship of the GMCT six seasons in a row, but the Falcons’ last title came back in 2008. In order to complete their mission of reclaiming the top spot in the conference, Cabrita stressed that it’s going to take every member of the squad playing their best.

“It’s going to be all-out team play,” he said. “The last couple of years, it’s been unforeseen circumstances that have mentally taken our guys out of the game, but I think this is one of the more solid teams that we’ve had in the 19 years that I’ve been here. It’s ours to lose; if they don’t do what they need to do, they’re giving it away.”

St. Joseph and East Brunswick met twice in the regular season, with the Falcons taking both matches and the last time that they met in the GMCT final was in 2009, when East Brunswick won their sixth title. The two teams have been going at one another all season long for bragging rights in the GMC, but Saturday’s final will be a grudge match to decide it once and for all.

“East Brunswick is solid all-around,” Cabrita said. “It’s just a matter of matching up on that given day. If we’re on our ‘A’ game, I have a confidence that our guys can pull it off.”

St. Joseph seeks elusive volleyball title

St. Joseph High School’s boys volleyball team has been to the Greater Middlesex Conference championship matches five straight years, but have failed to take home the championship trophy since last winning in 2008.

Again this year the Falcons are the top seed and, after eliminating eighth-seeded Edison in the quarterfinals, will once again look to claim the elusive title.

St. Joseph (35-3), led by the Garden State’s leading assist man in Sean Dacey and the state’s leader in digs, Kurt MacDonald, has been on a roll, losing just once since the calendar turned to May.

They’ll take on the darkhorse of the tournament, fourth-seeded North Brunswick, at 4 p.m. in Metuchen. The Raiders received little resistance from fifth-seeded Woodbridge in the quarterfinals, as they cruised 25-14, 25-9. North Brunswick is 16-4 so far this season and has what it takes to hang with St. Joseph, according to coach Jim Biolsi.

“We have to pass well so we can run our offense,” Biolsi said. “From what I can tell, they (St. Joseog) have tendencies to jump serve, so we’re going to figure out a way to handle it. We have to have confidence in ourselves going against the top team, because as good as they are, we have to have the mentality that if we play our best, we can win.”

The two teams did not face each other in the regular season, but they did scrimmage in the preseason back in March. Biolsi doesn’t believe that a lack of game experience against St. Joseph will have an affect on his team.

“We just have to have confidence,” he said. “We scrimmaged them back in March, but that’s a long time ago. We certainly are aware of their libero (MacDonald) and he’s somebody that’s going to have a big impact in this game. We’re going to try and avoid him if we can. We just have to be smart in the terms of the shots that we take.”

In the other semifinal, second-seeded East Brunswick (25-3), whose last title came in 2009, will take on third-seeded Old Bridge at 4 p.m. in East Brunswick. The Bears shrugged off rival South Brunswick 2-0 in the quarterfinals and took both regular-season meetings from Old Bridge this year. East Brunswick, which took home GMCT titles in succession from 2003-07, hasn’t been to the finals since winning their sixth title in ‘09.

Old Bridge, which received little resistance from sixth-seeded Piscataway, has taken the title in two of the last three seasons. Their trio of stars, Adian Albrecht, Steven Bonilla and Junior Oboh, present a big challenge for East Brunswick.

Ku shoots 70, leads Ridge girls in sectional

The Ridge High School girls golf team showed why it has been regarded as one of the state’s best on the links all season long when the Red Devils won the NJSIAA North Sectional at Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club in Whitehouse Station on Tuesday.

The Red Devils advanced as the top team, shooting a combined 330, and had all four golfers finish in the top 10 individually. Hana Ku, a senior, carded a 70 to pace the field and her teammates weren’t too far behind. Monica Schumacher placed seventh overall with an 84, Yunhee Kang scored an 87 to finish ninth and Katie Cappola tied for 10th with an 89.

“It’s really rewarding,” Ridge coach Siovhan Devlin said. “They’ve earned it with all of the hard work that they’ve put into it this season. We have eight girls that have been vying for the top four spots, so it’s been really tight and the reason we did so well today is that we’ve been competing against each other all season long.”

Devlin noted that losing three of her four players from last season’s squad has forced two sophomores, Schumacher and Kang, to step up and play big. But the steady influence of Ku and Cappola has helped ease the process.

“We lost an amazing senior group from last season, so to have the younger kids buy into it is fabulous,” Devlin said. “Katie has been filling big shoes all season and Hana is really steady, so it has worked out well.”

In order for Ridge to capture the Tournament of Champions title next week, Deviln said her girls need to remain focused on the task at hand and not worry about what’s happening on the rest of the course.

“I’ve told them that there are going to be days when they’re out of it physically, but they need to stay in it mentally,” she said. “That’s what we need to do next week.”

Hunterdon Central advanced to the T of C, shooting 367 as a team, led by eighth-place finisher Nicole Petrocchi, who turned in a card of 85.

Watchung Hills tames the course

The conditions didn’t cooperate with the golfers at Alpine Country Club in Demarest, but the Watchung Hills High School boys golf team tamed the course to finish first in the North 2 Group IV Sectional Tournament Monday morning.

Watchung Hills head coach Sean Mealey said the scores carded by his golfers weren’t typical of their ability, but it was the best they could do at Alpine.

“We were pleased to escape,” Mealey said. “With the scores that were coming in, we were hoping to squeak by in second.”

The Warriors’ foursome of Luke and Mike Graboyes, Alex Pomerantz and Ben Lerner finished with a team score of 335, nine strokes clear of second-place Livingston. The two schools will continue their seasons at next Monday’s Tournament of Champions.

Local contender Hunterdon Central finished one shot off a spot on the podium, coming in at 347.

Luke Graboyes led Watchung Hills with a 73, but he was the only one on his squad that put up a score that Mealey is used to seeing.

“The greens were extra fast and the kids struggled,” he said. “Luke was the exception today, everybody else was pretty high. But, we can always count on Luke; nothing fazes him.”

Mike Graboyes and Pomerantz each carded an 86 and Lerner finished with a 90. Regardless of their scores, Mealey knows that winning the sectional for the second straight season is something to be proud of.

“It’s a great win, two years in a row now,” Mealey said. “It’s a great accomplishment for our school.”

Dominic Diaz of Bridgewater-Raritan, Brad Lankler of Westfield and Jack Panagos of Hillsborough all fired rounds of 82 to advance to the Individual T of C.

Other local winners

New Providence finished 37 shots behind Metuchen in the Central Group I, but the Pioneers qualified for the T of C. Sam Villagrassa led the way with an 81, followed closely by Kevin Haggerty (82) and Ben Keller (83). Davis Berry rounded out the New Providence lineup with a 93.

In North 2 Group II, two locals advanced to the T of C as individuals. Sean Keane of Governor Livingston and Dan O’Rourke of Delaware Valley recorded scores of 78 and 79 respectively to move on to next Monday’s event.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood recorded a team-score of 329, six strokes clear of second-place Millburn in North 2 Group III.

On the girls side of the tournament, Montgomery took first place in the South Jersey Sectional with a team-score of 335. The Cougars finished two shots clear of Red Bank Catholic for the title.

Kim’s 64 leads Metuchen’s first-place showing

Peter Kim, the 2012 Tournament of Champions winner, fired a 7-under 64 to boost the Metuchen High School boys golf team to a first-place finish in Monday’s Central Group I Sectional Tournament at Town & Country Golf Links in Woodstown. Metuchen, the defending champion in Central Group I, scored 302 as a team and advanced Kim and two others to next week’s T of C.

“I think that was our goal from the beginning of the season, to repeat as sectional champions,” Metuchen head coach Rich Stoner said. “We wanted to repeat as State Group I champions as well, so we’ve completed one of our goals. We are aiming to be the Tournament of Champions winner as well. We have to work hard the rest of the week and hopefully we’ll be in the conversation and be able to win.”

Joining Kim in next week’s T of C are Jeremy Nevius and Matt Biancamano, who shot 72 and 80, respectively to finish second and fifth in the Sectional for Metuchen.

In the South Jersey Non-Public A Sectional, St. Joseph finished second behind Christian Brothers Academy to advance to the Tournament of Champions. The Falcons’ team score of 324 was 12 strokes behind CBA, but the four-man team will get a chance to capture a state title in less than a week.

“I think this is an accomplishment to keep the season going and play in the Tournament of Champions,” St. Joseph head coach Ryan Lechner said. “And for the seniors to go out on a high note this is great. The guys were disappointed that we couldn’t put as much pressure on CBA as we would have liked, but I’m just happy that we’ll get a chance to go back to the Tournament of Champions where we made a big splash last year.”

Hartej Gill led St. Joseph with a 79, Gabe Rivera carded an 80, Brian Fitzpatrick finished with a score of 82 and Steve Taraska rounded out the squad with an 83.

DeLuca, Erdman star for Hillsborough in Skyland Cup win

Hillsborough's Alex Duncan connects during Saturday's Skyland Cup Final versus Bridgewater-Raritan. Photo by: Kathy Johnson

Hillsborough’s Alex Duncan connects during Saturday’s Skyland Cup Final versus Bridgewater-Raritan. Photo by: Kathy Johnson

HILLSBOROUGH — Defending a championship trophy is something any team that holds one wants to do.

For the Hillsborough High School boys volleyball team, retaining their Skyland Cup wasn’t going to be an easy task, especially against an opponent like Bridgewater-Raritan.

Behind the steady play of setter Joe DeLuca and the outstanding serving of Tim Erdman, the Raiders defended the Skyland Cup, winning 2-0 (25-17, 25-16) on their home floor Saturday afternoon.

“It’s exciting to play at the level we did against Bridgewater-Raritan,” Hillsborough coach Todd Sudol said. “They have a great coach, who’s tough to coach against, and he always puts out great teams. We were both equally matched coming in, and in a final, you can’t ask for anything more, to go up against a team of that caliber and that quality. I’m just proud of the way my guys stepped up today.”

The Raiders took a 10-9 lead in the first set and never relinquished the advantage for the remainder of the match. DeLuca, the top assist man on Hillsborough’s roster, was in the middle of things right from the start, setting up his teammates for kills throughout the contest.

“Every single practice, you’re working hard to set up the hits and run these plays and to see them actually work against a rival of ours in Bridgewater-Raritan is the greatest feeling ever,” DeLuca said.

Bridgewater-Raritan tried to stop two different Hillsborough runs with timeouts in the first set, but the Raiders just kept swinging and landing their kills. At the end of the first set, Alex Duncan connected on three perfect serves and then made a diving play, going to his left, to secure the set-point and put the Raiders on top.

Early in the second set, it was all about the serving ability of Hillsborough, led by Erdman, whose ace to make the score 13-7 prompted Panthers head coach Corey Romanak to call another timeout. Bridgewater-Raritan never got the lead inside of seven points the rest of the way.

“My teammates gave me the lead there and it allowed me to take a bit of a risk on the serves,” Erdman said. “I felt the confidence and they kept telling me to jump and go for it. I have to thank my teammates for all they did in front of me today.”

The two teams had split a pair of regular-season meetings, with each team winning on the other’s home floor, but it was evident from the start that Hillsborough was the team to beat on Saturday.

“It just seemed like Hillsborough wanted it more than us,” Romanak said. “We made a couple too-many mistakes and against a team like Hillsborough, you make too many mistakes, you’re not going to win the match.”

The Panthers found themselves with the ball and a chance to cut into the Hillsborough lead multiple times in the match, but serves into the net and astray passes did them in.

Passing certainly wasn’t an issue for Hillsborough, especially with DeLuca setting up Andrew Domowicz, Duncan and Scott Timko for easy kills on the outside of the Raiders’ formation. Timko came up with the championship-winning kill, giving Hillsborough the first two Skyland Cup trophies.

“It’s the greatest feeling ever,” DeLuca said. “We set a goal in the beginning of the season to win the Skyland Cup again and we came in here, knowing that we split with Bridgewater-Raritan, but we were just as pumped and we’re excited to win again. It’s an awesome feeling.”