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Excel Basketball Camp in New Providence Brings Tradition of Excellence

August 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Excel Basketball Camp recently completed its 38th year in New Providence offering a series of "instructional camps geared to provide instruction in basketball fundamentals to boys and girls in grades one through 12."

Since 1981, Excel has been a summer basketball tradition as thousands of boys and girls have learned the game and essential lifeskill ...

Local Sports Writing Legend Art Polakowski Still Stands as Chatham's Most Knowledgable Sports Historian

A two-sentence response to newspaper ad led to a remarkable 44-year career of covering high school sports in Chatham and the surrounding areas for Art Polakowski.

Helen Vance Levenson, the founder of the Independent Press had published the ad for a part-time sports reporter and the Chatham Township resident, a computer programmer at the time, responded.

"I saw the ad and had no ...

Ryan Davis Wins 116th Met Amateur Championship

PARAMUS, NJ – Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights and a rising junior at Penn State University won the 116th Met Amateur Championship, Sunday at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, posting a 2-and-1 victory over Christian Cavaliere of Mahopac to claim the MGA’s oldest title in his first-ever appearance in the event.

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Mountainside 8U Baseball Team Caps Magical Run With Regional Championship

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The 2018 season was a magical one for the Mountainside 8U baseball team as the squad captured the district, regional, and state tournaments. Mountainside’s record across the three tournaments was flawless as the team finished a perfect 17-0.

After falling short in the 2017 district finals and state finals, the team approached the 2018 tournaments with a hunger that has ...

Yezza's Baseball Camp Set for August 13-16 in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston Assistant Baseball Coach Ralph Yezza's baseball camp is set for Aug. 13-16 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Lower Columbia baseball fields. (Rain date Friday, Aug. 17) Cost is $150.

Yezza's camp offers lessons on batting, fielding mechanics, throwing, and baseball fundamentals through small group instruction and organized games.

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Union Catholic Grad and Olympian Sydney McLaughlin Turns Pro, Signs With Talent Agency WME

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Olympian and Union Catholic High School alum Sydney McLaughlin, who turned pro after one of the greatest "one and done" seasons in NCAA Track and Field history at the University of Kentucky, has signed with talent agency WME (William Morris Endeavor), according to a report in Sports Business Daily. McLaughlin turned pro after a dazzling freshman year at ...

Boys & Girls Invited to Free Summer Adventure Nights

Events Will Include STEM, Shooting Sports, Games and More!

Time for the whole family to experience adventure this summer!  Have some free summer evenings and ready for a summer evening of family fun?!  Families are invited to attend any of the Family Adventure Nights at Camp Wheeler or Watchung Day Camp at no cost. Program consists of archery shooting, STEM activities, BB shooting, ...

U.S. Junior Amateur: Michael Thorbjornsen Rallies to Edge Akshay Bhatia for Title

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Find a way. Just find a way to grind and maybe an opportunity will present itself.

16-year-old and seventh-seed Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Mass. did just that on Saturday afternoon as he edged fellow 16-year-old and good friend 12th-seeded Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1 up, to capture the 71st annual USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol ...

Football: Mike Magliacano Represents Gov. Livingston and Union County in Snapple Bowl

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Throughout the past three football seasons, Mike Magliacano has been a stalwart on Gov. Livingston’s defensive line. 

The recent GL graduate and future Muhlenberg Mule finished his varsity career with 67 tackles and eight sacks over the course of those three seasons, while playing in every game of the last two. He recorded a career-high of five sacks to go ...

Ryan Davis Finishes in 4-way Tie for Fifth Place in U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional

WESTFIELD, NJ - Just 2.7 miles from the first round of the USGA Junior Amateur Championship at famed Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, former Governor Livingston standout and current Penn State junior Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights was attempting to qualify for a USGA event at a famed golf venue in Westfield.

Davis shot a 2-under-par (72-69--141), finishing in a 4-way tie for fifth ...

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