Five North Plainfield Canucks Chosen for 2016 Basilone Bowl

Credits: Basilone Bowl Twitter Page

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The 2016 4th Annual Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Bowl kicks off at Brooks Field at Somerville High School on June 30 at 7p.m., and five North Plainfield High School Canucks were chosen to participate.

The rosters for the Devil Dogs and Leather Necks were unveiled on April 25 which features class of 2016 graduates from all over Somerset County and two schools in Hunterdon County.

North Plainfield tight end Arthur Gilmore Jr., wide receiver Stephen Barna, running back Ceisean Tucker, linebacker Siraaj Price, and receiver Karon Mack were selected for the Devil Dogs who are coached by Bridgewater-Raritan High’s Scott Bray (full rosters below).

Sign Up for E-News

According to an article on a year ago, “Each school nominates five players and then additional players are added based on positional needs. Also, some schools’ football programs may not have as many seniors as others, so each school has different amounts of players.”

The fab five for the Canucks are all privileged and flattered to be playing in the football game at the end of June as it not only recognizes the student-athletes, but Basilone as well.

“It’s an honor to play in the Basilone Bowl because since I was a freshman I wanted to play in this game,” said Gilmore Jr., who heads to Central Connecticut State University on a football scholarship this summer. “I get to play with and against the best players in Somerset County.”

RELATED: Arthur Gilmore Jr. signs with CCSU.

In 2015, Gilmore caught 20 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns, and on defense at defensive end, where Gilmore hopes to play “some” in the game, racked up 91 tackles.

Tucker accumulated 741 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground last fall to go along with two kick returns for scores, and can’t wait to play with new teammates and understands what the special game is about.

“It is really an honor to playing in this game,” Tucker said. “It has so much meaning behind it I wouldn’t pick any other bowl game to be playing in. I’m looking forward to experiencing playing with new people, some teammates, some rivals, and just other players from other teams. It’s always fun to play with other talent from other schools.”

Gilmore and Tucker’s battery mates on offense out wide in Mack and Barna will help provide a spark and are ecstatic to playing one more high school game.

“I feel absolutely honored. The fact that I was one of the select few that were chosen allows me to see the all my hard work, dedication, and effort every day has paid off,” said Mack, who hopes to play in the slot and had 322 rushing yards with a touchdown and three catches for 52 yards in 2015. “It means a lot that they chose me to play in this game because it’s a privilege to play more game before the end of my high school career.”

Added Barna who had 11 catches for 135 yards and three scores: “It’s a great honor to playing in the Basilone Bowl. Since my freshman year I knew it was something I would like to do. The history and meaning behind the game makes it really cool and I’m glad I have this opportunity.”

At the second level of the defense a year ago, Price totaled a team-high 108 tackles at linebacker, and said that “It feels great to know that I was selected by the coaches to play in the Basilone Bowl.”

Former North Plainfield head coach Robert Lake offered his thoughts on his players representing the town in the game.

“I’m proud of all our guys that participate in this game,” he said. “They realize what an honor it is to be selected and will do a great job representing themselves and our school.”

The bowl game is in honor of United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant John A. Basilone (Nov. 4, 1916 – Feb. 19, 1945), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for his heroism during the battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. According to, Basilone helped his small group of 16 men fend off thousands of Japanese soldiers. Basilone manned two machine guns, fixed two more, crawled into hostile territory with bullets flying over his head and grenades exploding around him to get ammunition, and lastly finished off the Japs with his pistol.

The sixth of 10 children to parents Salvatore Basilone and Dora Bencivenga, Basilone was born in Buffalo, N.Y. but the family returned to Raritan in 1918 where his five older siblings were born.

Basilone was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima in Japan, but was awarded the Navy Cross. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia near Washington D.C.

In addition, the fallen and most decorated Marine has an annual parade held in his honor in the town of Raritan, with the 2016 edition set for Sept. 18 at 1p.m.

Proceeds from the game will go to the Basilone Memorial Foundation, which donates to the Fisher House Foundation and the Steeplechase Cancer Center.

You can reach and follow Chris Nalwasky on Twitter @ChrisWasky.

Playing for the Devil Dogs are:

·         Michael Carr, of Pingry

·         Kevin Chow, of Pingry

·         Arthur Gilmore, of North Plainfield

·         Ceisean Tucker, of North Plainfield

·         Siraaj Price, of North Plainfield

·         Stephen Barna, of North Plainfield

·         Karon Mack, of North Plainfield

·         Alex Hofman, of Immaculata

·         Derek Walker, of Immaculata

·         Mike Bifano, of Immaculata

·         Nico McCormick, of Immaculata

·         Mac Petrie, of Bernards

·         Justin Guimares, of Bernards

·         Connor Usserry, of Bernards

·         Eric Nickel, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Matt Miliotis, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Jon Kaye, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Andrew DeMaio, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Cole Harper, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Mike Celli, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Tyler Sibiga, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Ethan Rodgers, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Trevor Smith, of Bridgewater-Raritan

·         Mark Ball, of Watchung Hills

·         Nick Kohler, of Watchung Hills

·         Eric Plesco, of Watchung Hills

·         Alec Pezuti, of Watchung Hills

·         Tyler Helbing, of Watchung Hills

·         Jack Stefurak, of Watchung Hills

·         Jacob Slass, of Watchung Hills

·         Ben Sibilla, of Watchung Hills

·         Joey Donnelly, of Delaware Valley

·         Ethan Kendzulak, of Delaware Valley

·         Jackson Fisher, of Delaware Valley

·         Derek Kugelman, of Delaware Valley

Playing for the Leather Necks are:

·         Daniel Papa, of Montgomery

·         Brandon Szigeti, of Montgomery

·         Wyatt Colangelo, of Montgomery

·         Anthony Lopresti, of Montgomery

·         Dan Mayo, of Montgomery

·         Colin Motherway, of Montgomery

·         Mike Simonson, of Montgomery

·         Pat Warren, of Montgomery

·         Deandre Thomas, of Montgomery

·         Hayden Panagos, of Hillsborough

·         Dillon Zimmerman, of Hillsborough

·         Matt Doring, of Hillsborough

·         Ben Pasternack, of Hillsborough

·         Ryan Melillo, of Hillsborough

·         Jeremiah Lynch, of Somerville

·         Mike Tarver, of Somerville

·         Connor Emerson, of Somerville

·         Adokiye Oruobu, of Somerville

·         David Anderson, of Franklin

·         Darius Gibson, of Franklin

·         Nate Curry, of Franklin

·         Kewon Orders, of Franklin

·         Affiz Din-Gabisi, of Franklin

·         Joshua Mack, of Franklin

·         Darius Brown, of Bound Brook

·         Drake Roach, of Bound Brook

·         James Arias, of Bound Brook

·         Jeremy Nurnberger, of Manville

·         Sandy Lawson, of Manville

·         Bobby Demeter, of Manville

·         Ben Rengulbai, of Ridge

·         Chris Lynn, of Ridge

·         Kermit Hoffman, of Ridge

·         James Napoliatano, of Ridge

·         Thomas Mccloughan, of South Hunterdon

·         Tristan Semenza, of South Hunterdon

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Plainfield/Green Brook/Watchung

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Do You Recognize These Dogs?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two dogs were found in Plainfield near the fire station on Central Avenue on Saturday. 

The dogs are currently with a family in South Plainfield.  If you recognize the dogs, please email TAPinto Plainfield at

3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ set to Celebrate Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

July 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Exchange Place and WTC PATH Stations to Close For Weekend Track Maintenance

JERSEY CITY, NJ - At least they waited until after the Fourth of July fireworks were over before starting.  

PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, July 6, and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, July 9, to allow crews to transition to a new signal system being installed as part of the ...

Make the Call, Save a Life

July 10, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...

Get Ready Warren: Fireworks, Food and Family Fun At Mt. Carmel Feast

July 13, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – It’s time again for the annual Mt. Carmel Feast, a four-day festival full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun, located at Mt. Carmel Field in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16. Those four nights will include concerts, games, and ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

A Guide to July 4: Fourth of July Fun Facts, a Video and Where to Find Independence Day Celebrations, Fireworks Displays

WARREN, NJ -  Independence Day 2018. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson penned words based on what he learned as a student of the enlightenment.  John Locke’s writings were ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...


South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
Read more

Upcoming Events

Mon, July 30, 11:00 AM

Watchung Library, Watchung

Touch the Music

Arts & Entertainment


Thu, August 2, 4:00 PM

Milt Campbell Fields, Plainfield

Music in the Park @ Milt Campbell Field - Free ...

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Thu, August 2, 6:00 PM

North Plainfield Memorial Library, North Plainfield

Microwaves & Mini Fridges

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Wed, October 3, 7:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Warren Township Library branch, Warren

A History of the Old Presbyterian Graveyard in ...

Government Other

Viewing and Funeral Mass Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash, Fundraiser Established

July 16, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

Warren Native and Watchung Hills Grad Joins 26 Nations in Rim of the Pacific, RIMPAC 2018 Maritime Warfare Exercise

PEARL HARBOR, HI -  A 2012 Watchung Hills Regional High School graduate and Warren, New Jersey, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). 

Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Vesper is an aviation maintenance administrationman attached to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113, ...