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Tuesday Night Quarterback
3 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Middlesex is ready with skill, magic – or anything else – to win Group 1 title
There have been five state titles in baseball in Middlesex High School’s history. Three of them have come in the last eight years. And there’s a chance to add one more Saturday when the Blue Jays – the Central Jersey Group 1 champions – take North 2 champ New Providence down at Veterans’ Park in Hamilton. Game time is 1:00, and Central Jersey Sports Radio will have live play-by-play of the game, starting with a special pregame show at 12:10 pm. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, and you can listen live by clicking here. Middlesex has won its last two games in the state tournament in walk-off fashion. Last Friday in the Central Jersey Group 1 championship game, a bases-loaded ground ball to second scored the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Point Pleasant Beach, when the Gulls’ second baseman threw wide of home plate to get the runner from third on a force play. Then on Monday afternoon – in the Blue Jays’ final game of the year at Mountainview Park – junior Bobby Ulmer, down 0-2 in the count, with his team trailing 7-5 with two out and the bases loaded – whipped the home fans into a frenzy when he smacked a Grand Slam to left field to win the game 7-5, and send his team into the statewide Group 1 final against New Providence. The win has tuned Ulmer into a local legend in Middlesex who won’t soon be forgotten, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s title game against New Providence. Middlesex and the Pioneers have met twice before in the state finals. The Blue Jays beat them in the 1990 final, but New Providence returned the favor in 1998. Click below to hear previews of Saturday’s Group 1 championship game between Middlesex and New Providence: Middlesex senior starting pitcher Raiden Yost Middlesex 6th-year head coach Justin Nastasi
10 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Hello, it’s been a while: New Providence seeks first state title since ’98
New Providence has won three straight North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 titles. But for all their success, there’s one feather they haven’t been able to put in their proverbial ball caps for quite some time. The distinction of winning a state championship. The Pioneers hope that will change Saturday when they take on Middlesex in the Group One final, as New Providence guns for its first statewide group title since 1998. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm, with live coverage by Central Jersey Sports Radio beginning at 12:10 with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino. Click here to listen. Ironically, or just in a perfect twist of fate, their opponent in that 1998 final was Middlesex. New Providence beat Middlesex for the 1998 Group 1 title. (Source: Newspapers.com) That was a tight game, and this one isn’t expected to be much different. Jason Graham, the Pioneers’ ace – who is also hitting over .600 in the postseason to help his cause whenever he’s on the mound – will get the start in the title game against the Blue Jays. Middlesex has ace Raiden Yost available, as well as Stephen Young, who got the win Monday against Woodstown in the group semis, his second of the postseason in two starts. For New Providence, head coach Chris Brodeur is happy with where the Pioneers are as a program, with good feeder programs and dedicated teams in town. This season, though, didn’t get off to an easy start, with losses to three tough out-of-conferennce opponents. But, he says his senior leadership quickly dismissed those games, and they got on a role in divisional play, winning nine straight games. “We never felt streaky,” Brodeur says. He says the team doesn’t focus on the results but just plays baseball. Click below to hear Chris Brodeur talk about the Pioneers’ 2021 season and the group final against Middlesex:
38 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Tuesday Night Quarterback-Episode 12: The Vote (Special Edition)
On a special edition of the “Tuesday Night Quarterback,” Mike Pavlichko takes a deeper dive into Wednesday’s historic landslide vote to remove language from the NJSIAA’s constitution that prohibited state championships in football. The move paves the way for public school group champions to be crowned by way of a five-week playoff season as early as 2022. Dom Savino joins Mike to discuss the vote and what it means for high school football, particularly as it relates to the Big Central Conference. Mike is then joined by several guests to discuss the meaning of the vote: Hillsborough head coach and NJSIAA Executive Committee member Kevin Carty Jr.Hackensack head coach, NJSIAA Executive Committee member and NJ State Assembly Deputy Speaker Benjie Wimberly (D-35)Former East Brunswick head coach, two-time state champ and MyCentralJersey.com football analyst Marcus Borden
96 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
2020 Big Central Football Awards Show 2020 Big Central Football Awards Show
Listen back to the entire 2020 Big Central Football Awards Show, hosted by Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino. Segment 1 includes a brief look back at the season, as well as the Turnaround Team of the Year, Leadership Award, Longevity Award and Two-Way Player of the Year. Segment 2 includes the “Specialty Awards,” including the Tech Wizards of the Year, Record-Setter of the Year, Mr. Consistency Award, Jack of All Trades Award, and the Medical Comeback Award. The third and final segment features the top awards of the night: Coach of the Year, as well as Special Teams, Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year Awards.
55 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Episode 11: The Finale
The “Tuesday Night Quarterback” wraps up its debut season with host Mike Pavlichko. Following a look at the Thanksgiving Eve games – and how many teams managed to get in at least 7 or 8 games this year, with a couple even playing nine – high school football analyst Marcus Borden of mycentraljersey.com recaps the year with Mike, including a look at some of his favorite games and players. On the “Rutgers Recap,” Matt Bastardi of Central Jersey Sports Radio sponsor Elite QB Training Academy delves deper into the two touchdown performance of quarterback Art Sitkowski in Rutgers’ 37-30 road win at Purdue back on Saturday. Sitkowski – who starred scholastically at Old Bridge before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior year – got the emergency start against the Boilermakers when it was determined just before game time a banged up Noah Vedral couldn’t go. Bastardi was Sitkowski’s personal QB coach in high school. Matt Bastardi of Elite QB Football Training Academy trained Old Bridge/IMG Academy/Rutgers QB Art Sitkowski before he became a Scarlet Knight. Elite QB is a sponsor of Central Jersey Sports Radio. Wrapping up, the final Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Polls are unveiled, where Somerville earned all seven first place votes, and the title of “Team of the Year.”
73 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Episode 10: The Ninety-Nine Points
The “Tuesday Night Quarterback” caps off the second week of the postseason with a look at Week 8 results, and a recap of one of the most thrilling high school football games of the season. First, St. Joseph-Metuchen coach Rich Hilliard joins host Mike Pavlichko live to talk about the Falcons’ upset of third-ranked Cranford. Then, it’s a look back at the Hillsborough-Edison game, the “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy and Son Paving. In the first-ever meeting between the schools, the teams traded body blows for the final thee quarters – following Edison’s 7-0 lead after the first stanza – and the Eagles scored last, with under two minutes to play, on a one-yard run by sophomore quarterback Matt Yascko, and his ensuing two-point conversion run. That score produced the final 50-49 margin. We hear postgame reaction from Yascko and head coach Matt Fulham. Then it’s the fourth and final “Breakfast with Harry” of 2020 from the Golden Corner Diner in Bound Brook, where Mike and legendary local high school sports writer Harry Frezza talk about high school football in Week 8, including the cancellation of the longstanding Thanksgiving Day game between Easton and Phillipsburg, and the legendary replay of their 1993 7-7- tie. Our very own Dom Savino joins Mike for the Rutgers Recap, looking back at the Scarlet Knights’ 48-42 triple-overtime loss to Michigan. Dom was a freshman at Rutgers when RU beat the Wolverines for their first-ever Big Ten win in 2014, and a student announcer on WRSU, calling Rutgers’ 78-0 loss to Michigan in 2016. Finally, the new Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Polls are unveiled, where Somerville maintains a unanimous lock on the top spot in both.
77 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Episode 9: The Cookie
The “Tuesday Night Quarterback” is headlined by a look at No. 2 Somerville’s win over No. 1 Woodbridge, in a battle of undefeated teams, 36-29 at Priscoe Field on the “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. Host Mike Pavlichko takes a closer look via his postgame conversations with Somerville RB Cookie Desiderio – who scored four touchdowns in the game – and head coach Dallas Whitaker, who celebrated his 28th birthday with a victory. Unfortunately, it was also Somerville’s last game of the 2020 season, as a COVID case on the team discovered over the weekend shut down the program for the season, cancelling their Week 8 tilt with Phillipsburg at Brooks field. It would have been the first meeting between the Pioneers and Stateliners since 1969. Mike also has postgame reaction from Cranford’s head coach, Erik Rosenemeier, whose No. 4 Cougars knocked off undefeated and No. 3 North Brunswick at home Friday night. There’s more audio from South Hunterdon’s third win of the season, which came Saturday on the “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy & Son Paving against Metuchen. And Bernards head coach Jon Simoneau talks about how his team used modern technology to solve a big problem for his offense brought on by COVID. READ MORE: Bernards coaching staff just crushed COVID, with an assist from Zoom Then it’s installment number three of “Breakfast with Harry” from the Golden Corner Diner in Bound Brook, where Mike and legendary local high school sports writer Harry Frezza talk about high school football in Week 7, as well as biking, New Jersey’s favorite fast food chain, and run into a former Bridgewater-Raritan standout. One of Rutgers’ all-time great QBs – Mike Teel – joins Pavlichko on the “Rutgers Recap” to look back at a tough loss to Illinois, get inside current starting QB Noah Vedral’s head, and see what “green” initiative Teel is now involved in after stepping aside from coaching. Finally, the new Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Polls are unveiled, with as Somerville swoops into the top spot on the strength of their win over Woodbridge.
96 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Episode 8: The COVID Cutoff
The “Tuesday Night Quarterback” is back at what would normally be the cutoff for the high school football playoffs. Instead, New Jersey is playing two weeks of “postseason” matchups, with some impressive contests on tap. Host Mike Pavlichko looks at how the Top Ten fared, recapping the Friday and Saturday versions of the “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy & Son Paving: No. 5 Ridge defeating Hillsborough at home, and No. 1 and undefeated Woodbridge remaining perfect with a shutout win at St. Joseph-Metuchen. Dom Savino has postgame reaction from Ridge coach Andy West and QB Michael Olivo, as well as Woodbridge head coach Joe LaSala and runningback Ali Lee, Jr. Mike also talks with Westfield’s Jim DeSarno and Manville’s Pat Gorbatuk about their seasons being cancelled at this late stage of the game due to COVID. Then it’s installment number two of “Breakfast with Harry” from the Golden Corner Diner in Bound Brook, where Mike and legendary local high school sports writer Harry Frezza talk about plenty of football action in Week 6, and speculate about the future of the postseason in New Jersey. George Ross of New Jersey Recruit Look talks about some of the challenges student-athletes face in getting noticed by high school coaches in a crowded field of potential recruits, and some of the success stories he’s had in helping student-athletes find the right fit for them, both athletically and academically. RU play-by-play man Chris Carlin joins Mike on the “Rutgers Recap,” looking back at the loss to Ohio State and ahead to the coming week’s home game against Illinois. Finally, the new Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Polls are unveiled, with Woodbridge holding on to the top spot in in the CJSR survey, while finally becoming a unanimous Number One pick in the media poll. North Brunswick head coach Mike Cipot talks about the Raiders’ perfect 6-0 regular season, and the Week 7 “postseason” matchup against Cranford, a replacement for Old Bridge, which is quarantining after last week’s opponent – Long Branch – came up with a COVID case.
70 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Episode 7: The First Breakfast
It’s another debut on “Tuesday Night Quarterback,” as Mike Pavlichko returns with a brand-new segment. First up is a look at how the Top Ten fared and the rest of the results from Week 5 play. Student correspondents Ryan Durstewitz and Matt Lesnik cover a battle of undefeated conference teams in Old Bridge and South Brunswick, as well as Bernards versus Monmouth. Edison sophomore QB Matt Yascko talks about his long, game-winning touchdown drive against Summit. And Dom Savino has postgame reaction from Bound Brook’s big win over Manville in the “Big Central Game of the Week” powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. Then it’s the debut of “Breakfast with Harry” from the Golden Corner Diner in Bound Brook, a new segment where Mike and legendary local high school sports writer Harry Frezza talk about football, and anything else that happens to come up. Matt Bastardi of Elite QB Football Training Academy – in the first of a three-part series – talks about some of his success stories, how they evaluate a quarterbacks, their use of video for training, and more. Matt explains how working with a coach early can be a big help, like Zach Zebro of East Brunswick, who started with Elite QB in the seventh grade. Former Rutgers star and Rutgers Radio Network analyst Eric LeGrand talks about the Scarlet Knights’ game against Indiana and their upcoming trip to Ohio State on “Rutgers Recap.” Finally, the new Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Polls are unveiled, with Woodbridge holding on to the top spot in both polls, with Somerville nipping at the Barrons’ heels.
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