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Greg Tufaro, @GregTufaro 2:28 p.m. EDT August 23, 2015
Woodbridge High School’s recently renovated Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium has been selected as the host site for MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXIII, a charity all-star football game that has raised more than $530,000 for its beneficiaries.
Marcus Borden, the game’s founder and director, said he selected Woodbridge for the July 21, 2016 contest because he believes the school district and the township’s officials “are going to do everything and anything to make this a success in their own backyard.”
The event, which on July 17 raised a single-game record $50,000 for Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Edison-based Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities, pits the top recently graduated scholastic seniors from Middlesex and Union counties against one another.
“We are just thrilled to have this opportunity to host Snapple Bowl XXIII,” Woodbridge High School Athletics Director Joe Ward said. “We think it’s a wonderful event that provides funding for two great institutions. I think it’s great for Woodbridge High School and the Woodbridge community. I’m excited to have football players and cheerleaders from Middlesex County and Union County see the first-class facilities we have at Woodbridge and for us to be a part of the Snapple Bowl tradition.”
Woodbridge Township used $9.89 million in property-in-lieu of taxes (PILOT) funding to upgrade facilities for athletics and extracurricular activities district-wide including, but not limited to, the installation of synthetic turf football and baseball fields at J.F. Kennedy and Colonia high schools and a complete overhaul of Priscoe Stadium.
Improvements to the stadium, originally built in 1948, include the demolition of the white concrete home stands, which were replaced by red and black metal bleachers that reflect the school’s colors, a larger athletic trainer’s room, a revitalized coach’s office equipped with ceiling projectors and white boards, a beautified locker room, new public restrooms, wheelchair ramps for handicap access to the venue, a new press box and internet access.
Woodbridge Principal Glenn Lottmann said the district and the township will work together to ensure that accommodations for spectators, including parking and bleacher seating, will be more than adequate.
“Everyone wants to make a great event even better by hosting it,” Lottmann said. “Everyone is on board and wants the same thing. It’s such a great event, anytime you can get involved in something like that, you should jump at the opportunity.”
Borden said Woodbridge’s school spirit, which ranks among the best in Middlesex County, also factored into his decision to choose Priscoe Stadium as MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXIII’s host.
The school’s mascot, Johnathon O'Halloran, a rising senior, won the inaugural Snapple Bowl Mascot Challenge on July 17 after raising an individual record $2,500-plus for the game’s beneficiaries and placing first in online voting with 8,620 of the more than 21,000 votes cast for the nine competing mascots.
Woodbridge and Colonia hosted Middlesex County All-Star practices in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Borden said the district’s generosity factored into his decision to select Woodbridge as a first-time host.
The game, which alternates being played at a Middlesex County and Union County venue annually, has previously been contested in Middlesex County at Sayreville, South Brunswick and East Brunswick high schools.
Borden got a first-hand look at renovated Priscoe Stadium while covering Woodbridge's intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday as MyCentralJersey.com's football analyst.
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Highly respected Woodbridge football Coach Bill Nyers resigns
Greg Tufaro, @GregTufaro 12:05 p.m. Dec.18, 2015
Highly respected veteran mentor Bill Nyers, who continues to deal with the ramifications of a once life threatening battle with kidney cancer, has resigned as Woodbridge High School’s head football coach.
Nyers met with the Barrons on Friday morning to tell them he was stepping down so that he can better take care of his health. “I haven’t felt good in a while,” Nyers said. “I thought I was over the hump. I’ve had some setbacks. I was laboring all year long. Not being 100 percent, it just got to the point where I was just struggling. As I told the kids, I don’t believe in short-changing anybody. If you can’t be at thetop of your game doing it, I don’t think that’s fair.”
MyCentralJersey.com football analyst Marcus Borden, who is also the founder and director of the MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl, a charity all-star game with which Nyers has been involved since its inception 26 years ago, said his longtime friend and
colleague will be missed.
“It’s a great loss for high school football,” Borden said. “He’s been a tremendous asset. He’s a great motivator. He gets it in terms of how to run a program and keeping the kids top priority and teaching them all the life lessons football teaches you.”
Nyers coached at Woodbridge from 1994 to 2002, leading the Barrons to a sectional title in 1997 before being named the offensive coordinator at Kean University, a post he held for six seasons prior to becoming the head coach at Plainfield. Nyers returned to Woodbridge in 2012. He is the only mentor to have
coached in the Snapple Bowl for the Middlesex (as Woodbridge’s head coach) and Union (as Plainfield’s head coach) squads.
“I really enjoyed working with Bill,” Woodbridge Athletics
Director Joe Ward saidthe program in a good position to continue to be one of the top programs in the GMC (Greater Middlesex
Conference) and we wish him nothing but the best. We know he’s still going to be associated with Woodbridge football forever, and we are happy for that.”
Woodbridge recently finished 6-4 and qualified for the playoffs for a second consecutive year, falling to defending North 2 Group IV champion Phillipsburg in the quarterfinals (Phillipsburg went on to defeat reigning GMC White Division champion Colonia, which handed the Barrons a 27-26 setback earlier in the year).
The defeat came after the Barrons rallied for a thrilling 27-25 victory over St. Joseph on quarterback Tracy Fudge’s touchdown pass to Quaasim Glover in the game’s final seconds. Fudge and Glover were recently named first team All-Area by the Home News Tribune.
Nearly a decade ago, Nyers was hospitalized at Memorial Sloan
- Kettering Cancer Center in New York City following a partial nephrectomy, an operation that removed a cancerous tumor from his kidney, leaving about one third of the organ intact. He has undergone multiple surgeries in the past several years related to his battle with renal cell carcinoma.
Nyers, who graduated from Woodbridge in 1984, played guard and linebacker for the Barrons. His son Anthony is the school’s all-
time leading receiver, his daughter Brittany was a cheerleader and his other son Nick is currently a junior following in his father’s
footsteps as a guard and linebacker.
“You can’t ask for anything more than I’ve gotten out of this thing,” Nyers said of his coaching experience at Woodbridge. “The school’s been great to me, the players are great and I got to be with my family.”
Carteret head coach Matt Yascko described Nyers as “a
character” and said that all of the league’s mentors appreciated Nyers’ candor and respected his coaching ability.“He always spoke his mind and never pulled any punches,” Yascko said, noting Nyers looked out for other players, not just his own. “He was always quick to praise one of your kids. He always tried to help you any way he could. I enjoyed coaching against him. It’s sad when you lose good guys like that, that’s for sure.”
Kean University head football coach Dan Garrett previously told MyCentralJersey.com that Nyers was “like another brother” to him.“The most enjoyable years I’ve had were when we were
on staff together,” Garrett said. “He’s just a great human being.”