Southern Red action, SCIAA pairings

December 15, 2005 on 11:59 pm | In analysis | 8 Comments

well, the Southern Red certainly deserved some attention tonight, so let’s take a look. All seven teams were in action, and the biggest result might have been Toms River North’s 4-3 win over Bishop Eustace. The Crusaders went 11-1 in division play last year and have won three consecutive Handchen Cup titles. St. Augustine Prep also earned a big win, beating up-and-comer Monsignor Donovan 6-3 at Winding River. The Hermits ascend to the division lead thanks to a win over TRN, but they still have to beat Eustace. Finally, RBC cruised past Middletown North 9-3 and Middletown South was very respectable in a 5-4 loss to Gordon Conference foe St. John Vianney. Right now, you would have to rank the teams as follows: SA, TRN, BE, MD, RBC, MidS, MidN.

The Somerset County (SCIAA) Tournament seedings also came out tonight. I’m really looking forward to this tournament, as you have two big rivals – Bridgewater and Ridge – and two great first-round matchups: Pingry/Hillsborough and Montgomery/Watchung Hills. Personally, I’m waiting for the year Pingry strikes it rich and holds the Somerset and Morris County championships at the same time. This is the tournament’s third year, with Montgomery the unlikely 2003 champion and Bridgewater-Raritan proudly taking last year’s title. Pingry has lost in the final each time after upsetting Ridge in the semifinals; the Red Devils should finally get their first tournament win in their opener against Bernards.
Additionally, there are now 31 games scheduled for Friday, December 23, including some real treats – actually there are too many to list here. But I think I may end up seeing at least half of the SCT’s 6 games.


  1. Great analysis of the upcoming Somerset County Tournament. Pingry is waiting for day they can win both the Morris and Somerset tournaments, unfortunately it won’t be this year. Good luck to every team.

    Comment by HockeyMon — 16 December 2005 #

  2. I am looking forward to a Ridge/BR rematch, I just hope it happens, each year at this tournament there is an upset. Keep this in mind, the 1 seed has never won the tournament, watch out BR, Pingry has the magic touch in the Somerset County Tournament

    Comment by Ridge Observer — 16 December 2005 #

  3. This year does have all the makings for a BR/Ridge
    match up but like the post before said there has always been an upset. Will it be the same this yr only time will tell. Good luck to all teams

    Comment by tracy — 17 December 2005 #

  4. Gloucest catholic has a good shot to win their divison after being called pretenders.

    Comment by eric — 17 December 2005 #

  5. Gloucester Catholic lost to Brick and looked bad doing so.

    Comment by Witness — 19 December 2005 #

  6. have you ever heard of a bad game. im pretty sure they r still ahead of Brick in the standings. Am i right?

    Comment by eric — 19 December 2005 #

  7. still ahead of brick now arent they and had a pretty bad game ill admit mostly on the defensive side , brick’s goaltender played very very good.

    Comment by eric — 19 December 2005 #

  8. Not much recognition of Hillsboro. After beating Watchung Hills and Hopewell, I’m a believer. They make the Semi’s and are at least 50/50 to beat B-R to make the finals against Ridge (unless holiday travel and club tournaments deplete Ridge again this year and they fall in the Semi’s).

    Comment by FreeMarket — 19 December 2005 #

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