Randolph, Summit, Delbarton Highlight Favorites to Contend for High School Titles
Other contenders include Morris Knolls, Tenafly, Don Bosco Prep
|Randolph took home its second consecutive NJSIAA Public A title last season at Prudential Center (Photo/New Jersey Devils).|
Among potential contenders Hillsborough, Bridgewater-Raritan, Ridgewood, Pascack Valley, Roxbury, Montgomery, Robbinsville, and Old Bridge. Morris Knolls looks to be the team most poised to take down defending champion Randolph. The team was defeated in the semifinals of the NJSIAA Public A tournament for the second straight year, and the third time in the last four years. As a persistent contender, Morris Knolls will look to lean on seniors Zack Simmons and Jack Monahan in search of that elusive title.
|The Summit team following their victory in the NJSIAA Public B Championship last March at Prudential Center (Photo/New Jersey Devils).|
A rematch of last season’s Public B Championship may be in the making, as Tenafly, led by Coach Andy Escala, will make a run this season with standout players Eli Markowitz, Will Rosato, and Jake Bernstein returning. Also look to Morristown to make a deep run, following last year’s defeat in the State finals to Randolph. Ramsey, Kinnelon, Point Pleasant Boro, Montville, Brick, Glen Rock, Chatham, and Middletown South will always likely be in contention to make deep into March.
|Delbarton following their victory in the NJSIAA Non Public Championship last March at Prudential Center (Photo/New Jersey Devils).|
Losing 14 seniors, however, may prove to be a tough void to fill for Delbarton, potentially opening the door for another team to take the top spot. Christian Brothers Academy will look to avenge its crushing loss to Delbarton in the Non-Public finals last season, as the team that, for the most part, remains the same, will be motivated for sure. Don Bosco Prep will field a team of 15 upperclassmen, and will use that leadership to bring them into contention. Seton Hall Prep, Montclair Kimberly Academy, Bergen Catholic, and Paramus Catholic will also look to contend for the title.
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