The New Jersey Athletic Conference is expanding its football conference starting in the 2015-16 season.
The NJAC announced Monday that the Christopher Newport University, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Wesley College football programs will join the conference. Southern Virginia, which will become an affiliate football member of the NJAC during the 2014-15 academic year, will also be elevated to an associate football member in 2015-16.
The five schools left the Capital Athletic Conference after being voted in by the NJAC Presidents Council and the league's Board of Athletic Administrations.
"We are extremely excited about the future of our football conference with the addition of these tremendous programs," Terry Small, commissioner of the NJAC, said in a statement. "Our presidents and athletic administrators have always sought stability in terms of our football membership, and we now believe that we have assembled one of the strongest football conferences in all of NCAA Division III.
"By adding these quality programs and partnering with these outstanding institutions, we believe we have aligned many of the top Division III football programs in the region while helping to ease the burden of scheduling that all of the institutions have experienced throughout the years."
The NJAC's current members for football are Rowan, Kean, The College of New Jersey, Montclair State, William Paterson, Morrisville State, Cortland and Brockport.
Stockton's Blamon honored: Richard Stockton College's Josh Blamon was named the NJAC men's basketball player of the week Monday for the second time this season. Blamon averaged 20.5 points last week, including a 24 against Kean, in helping Stockton to the NJAC title and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Cumberland County College baseball: The Dukes went 4-0 over the weekend with a doubleheader sweep (8-0, 7-0) against Montgomery (Pa.) on Saturday and another sweep (5-2, 4-3) of Westchester County College on Sunday. Cody Stashak (Oakcrest) gave up one hit and collected 10 strikeouts for a victory in the first game Saturday in his first start since throwing a no-hitter last weekend. Anthony Lopez (Buena Regional) went a combined 4-8 with two triples, a double and three RBIs on Saturday. Lopez continued his hot stretch Sunday, hitting a home run in the first game. Jordan Glover hit a home run in the first game Sunday and a grand slam in the fifth inning of the second game to put the Dukes (5-1) ahead for good.