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Union County: Summit still at top

Summit (18-6-2)

Another consistent winner, Summit still has six players from its 2012 Public B championship team and will be the heavy favorite in Union County once again. Head coach Keith Nixon has three high-caliber goalies to choose from in sophomore Kyle McLaughlin, junior David Bonomo, and sophomore Alec Vitton. Up front, senior Riley Flynn (28-23-51) leads the way, but Chris Zanelli (14-16-30) was lost for the season due to a broken leg suffered during the football playoffs, which could mean increased roles for seniors Whit Cummings and Joe Jacobello, sophomore Owen McLaughlin, and freshman David Sharpe. Fourth-year starter Hunter Wyckoff leads the defense along with senior Justin Grange, junior Danny Kane, and sophomore Corey McManus.

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Union County will split into divisions for the first time, with Westfield (14-5-3), Cranford (10-9-3) and Johnson (7-11-1) joining Summit in the top league. Scotch Plains-Fanwood (6-16-2), Dayton / Brearley (5-10-2), Governor Livingston (5-10-2), and the state’s only new varsity program, Oratory Prep competing in the lower division.

Jonathan Yardley
Jonathan Yardley has been covering high school ice hockey in New Jersey since 1996. A native of Morristown and a Delbarton alumnus, he graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2005. A radio and television broadcaster, he has called games for the 2003 NCAA championship Rice baseball team (2002-05), the 2011 Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo (2008-11), and ESPN3 (2012-13), among other teams and outlets. He grew up watching hockey at Mennen Arena and for five seasons (1996-97 to 2000-01) wrote a weekly newsletter and ran the webpage for the MCSSIHL, the Morris County high school league. He now writes for Hockey Night in Boston in addition to website and blog maintenance.
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