The annual New Years Day showcase in North Jersey is one of the staple events of the high school season. The games which took place this year were as big as any. What did we learn? 1.) Ramapo and Saint…
The annual New Years Day showcase in North Jersey is one of the staple events of the high school season. The games which took place this year were as big as any. What did we learn?
1.) Ramapo and Saint Mary’s of Rutherford both have talented junior classes.
Ramapo’s Peyton Seals Peyton Seals 6'4" | SG Ramapo | 2024 State NJ , Chris Cervino Chris Cervino 6'1" | PG Ramapo | 2024 State NJ and Wyatt Eglinton Manner Wyatt Eglinton Manner 6'3" | SG Ramapo | 2024 State NJ led them to a marquee victory over Hudson Catholic. In that contest, the 6’4″ Seals exploded for 23 points and Manner added in10&6. Hudson Catholic was led in defeat by Omari Moore Omari Moore 6'3" | SG Hudson Catholic | 2025 State NJ with 21. Yes, Hudson Catholic is without Tahaad Pettiford Tahaad Pettiford 6'0" | PG Hudson Catholic | 2024 State #26 Nation NJ and Elijah Gertrude Elijah Gertrude 6'4" | SG Hudson Catholic | 2023 State #145 Nation NJ , but its still a nice win for a surging Ramapo team. Saint Mary’s defeated Hackensack behind its strong juniors– Luke Gaccione Luke Gaccione 5'10" | PG St. Mary's (Rutherford) | 2024 State NJ led the way with 17 and Julien Leveille Julien Leveille 6'3" | SF St. Mary's (Rutherford) | 2024 State NJ , an unsung 6’3″ forward who hasn’t gotten the attention of Gaccione or LJ Falconi LJ Falconi 6'4" | SG St. Mary's (Rutherford) | 2024 State NJ , had a good day by providing a double-double at 11&11. Both teams remain unbeaten on the season.
2.) Saint Peter’s Senior Big Men are for real.
We spent a lot of time this summer focusing on the potential of Matthew Kinzler and Jackson Tindall Jackson Tindall 6'7" | PF St. Peter's Prep | 2023 State NJ . In the Marauders 63-61 win over a rising Montclair Immaculate team, Kinzler had 23&11 and Tindall added 18&12. The frontcourt duo proved just enough to best IC, who has led in scoring by 6’5″ senior Tavian Pullock Tavian Pullock 6'5" | SF Montclair Immaculate | 2023 State NJ with 14. Promising freshman Kole Grandison added 11 and Louisville commit TJ Robinson TJ Robinson 6'3" | PG Immaculate Conception | 2024 State #113 Nation NJ added 10 in the loss.
3.) Saint Joe’s of Montvale is a legitimate contender in Bergen County and Parochial A in general.
We knew that 6’6″ senior wing Donovan McKoy Donovan McKoy 6'6" | SF St. Joseph (Mont.) | 2023 State NJ was going to lead the way on offense but some questions lingered as to who would help. Those questions have been answered–It’s a team effort and its led them to several very impressive victories to start the season at 7-1. They downed Gill St.Bernards behind 16 pts from sophomore Anthony Pacciarelli, 15 from senior Christopher Williams and 10 from McKoy. Senior Mario Castro-Sanchez led GSB with 17.
With a host of showcases coming up across the Garden State and divisional play looming, the top teams in North Jersey will collide frequently for the remainder of the season and the New Years Jump is always a catalyst for the month of January.