Follow @JJournalSports Not 24 hours after his team celebrated a second straight Hudson County Tournament title, Nick Mariniello sat beside the hospital bed and could feel the end was near. So he took his father, Pasquale, in his arms one last time. 'Pat,' as he was known to friends and family, was gone by day's end, but not before his son delivered a final goodbye. "I made my peace. I hugged him and told him I love him." Mariniello, the boys basketball coach at Hudson Catholic, has learned the meaning of true loss this season, a lesson that has nothing to do with the sport. In four seasons as the Hawks' coach, Mariniello has put the once downtrodden program on the map. Ranked No. 2 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, Hudson Catholic (29-1) collides with No. 1 St. Anthony (26-1) in tonight's 8 p.m. NJSIAA Non-Public, North B title game at Rutgers University. By all counts one of the state's can't-miss games of the year, it carries even greater significance in basketball-rabid Jersey … [Read more...] about Hudson Catholic hoops coach Nick Mariniello brings new perspective to today’s big game
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A coastal city denying access to the water is wasting land, potential tax revenue and vital outdoor space that could draw residents and tourists. The city of Bayonne could use all of that. A longtime industrial powerhouse with the highest per-capita population of building trade union members in New Jersey, Bayonne hasn’t had recreational or residential use of its waterfront since World War II. It hasn’t had the best reputation, either. With one route in and out of town via car or the Light Rail, you have to want to go to Bayonne to be there. Strangers to the family-oriented, working-class city see tired streets with old retail and rows of houses with small front lawns. They see the maritime industry from the highway — big cranes, containerships and cruise lines. They don’t see one of the safest cities in the state with a leading public school program. They don’t see the friendly smiles on the people whose families have lived there for three … [Read more...] about Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor: Jersey Gold Coast’s final development frontier
Exodus NYC was one of the top 17-and-under girls basketball teams that took the court last week at the US Junior Nationals in Washington, D.C. But that's not the only team that boasted some of the Big Apple's best talent. Bria Smith and Ariel Edwards - both standouts at Christ the King HS - were in Washington as well. And they were representing the City of Brotherly Love. They are two of four New York City players on the Nike-backed Philly Belles. They make the 2½-hour trek to Villanova University once or twice a week for practice along with Bergtraum teammates CeCe Dixon and Doris Ortega. The city's girls basketball scene, a one-time kingdom rich with top players and marquee names, is being colonized by outsiders. There are still solid players, but a recent shortage of marquee clubs allows prospectors to comb through and mine the city for top-tier talent. That's exactly what Belles director Mike Flynn did. "Call me opportunistic, but I say I'm providing … [Read more...] about Philadelphia hoops powerhouse maintains edge, courtesy of N.Y.C.
FREEHOLD – The name is printed across his red sweatshirt in big white letters, with the phonetic spelling underneath.Imamu (e-ma-moo).If you followed boxing in the 1990s, Imamu Mayfield almost certainly rings a bell. "The Pride of New Brunswick" earned the International Boxing Federation's cruiserweight title in 1997, fighting on a Las Vegas card that featured Evander Holyfield.On this October evening, the retired pugilist trains young boxers at his South Street gym, Freehold Boxing and Fitness. His son is on the way over after football practice."I've told him, 'This is his time,' " Mayfield said of his firstborn son, who has returned the family name to the spotlight.If you follow high school football in the Garden State, Imamu Mayfield probably rings a bell. The senior tailback is enjoying an enormous season for Manalapan High School's powerhouse team.The way his dad once commanded the ring, Mayfield Jr. is flooring opponents on the gridiron. His numbers through six games are … [Read more...] about From ring to gridiron, Mayfield name echoes in Jersey
Zach Miller North Jersey Record Published 5:00 AM EST Dec 21, 2018 As 2018 nears a close, look back on some of the most memorable high school sports stories of the past year, and vote in the poll at the bottom of this page: Glen Rock boys soccer wins trio of titles Glen Rock kept on winning this fall, checking off one championship after another along the way. It started with the NJIC-Colonial championship, followed by becoming the first Bergen County title in school history. Senior Ben Zakowski then led the Panthers to the North 1, Group 2 title, as well as a group semifinal win before the undefeated season finally ended with a loss to Holmdel in the Group 2 title game. Maria Nolan reaches 1,000 wins IHA volleyball coach Maria Nolan became New Jersey's first volleyball coach to reach 1,000 wins, and she did it in grand fashion. The 1,000th win came in the Bergen County title game, a sweep of NV/Old Tappan. The Blue Eagles went on to win a 12th-consecutive Non-Public … [Read more...] about Vote for the top high school sports story of 2018 in North Jersey