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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011

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Senior quarterback John Dunbar [no. 5] rushed for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns last Friday night to lead the Panthers to their first victory at Al Saner Stadium this season.

Dunbar guides Panthers to first home win BY GREG DOMORSKI THE OCEAN STAR

POINT PLEASANT — Everyone in Panther Nation breathed a big sigh of relief Friday night as Point Boro picked up a 2713 victory over Lakewood High School for the team’s first home win this season. The team hoped the win would restore some faith in

the program — and some pep in Panther fans — on a rather quiet night at Al Saner Stadium. “We wanted to get our crowd back,” said Point Boro running back Jack Vitale, who rushed for 76 yards. “It wasn’t that big tonight. “We don’t have ‘The Pit’ anymore,” Vitale said, referring to a dedicated group of

POINT BORO 27 LAKEWOOD 13 student fans who cheer the Panthers on from the bleachers. “When we lose some games, nobody wants to come and watch us. We had to prove a point.” “The first win at home means everything to the home crowd,” added quarter-

back John Dunbar, who rushed for 127 yards. “We lost two games at home and wanted to win the third.” Standing at a crossroads, Lakewood and Point Boro each entered the game with a 2-3 record, creating pressure for both teams to keep their

playoff hopes alive. This was especially the case for the Panthers with tough opponents in Raritan and Manchester looming in the distance. “It was absolutely a mustwin for us,” Dunbar said. “We are playing every game like it is a playoff game.” The game remained close in the first half, but with the

help of Dunbar and Vitale on offense and adjustments on defense, the Panthers were able to pull away. Point Boro was first to strike in the second quarter from the Dunbar-Vitale duo. After Dunbar returned a punt from the 42 all the way down to the 20 to set up the drive,

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Panthers tame Mustangs Forward Casey Fehring scores two goals to lead Point Boro over Brick BY GREG DOMORSKI THE OCEAN STAR

GREG DOMORSKI THE OCEAN STAR

Larry Monaco [below, in black] scored a second-half goal and Shaun Cooke [above, right] put pressure on the the Christian Brothers Academy defense, but the Colts routed the Panthers, 6-2, in Lincroft on Tuesday.

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Boro falls in quarterfinals

BRICK — The Point Boro field hockey program — which has endured its share of struggles this season — has been more celebratory than solemn since receiving a surprise bid in the state tournament on Monday. The change of tune apparently propelled the Panthers to a 4-1 road victory over the Brick Memorial Mustangs. “We just wanted to have fun,” said Point Boro head coach Kiara Bolger, who thought the season was nearly over until receiving the good news about the state tournament via text message. “They have to enjoy it,” she said, of the

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BY GREG DOMORSKI

Tuesday. After the No. 24-seeded Panthers upset No. 9 Freehold Boro and No. 8 Colts Neck, LINCROFT — The Panther boys soccer they encountered a level of talent that was the much for team’s miracle run in the Shore simply too Conference Tournament ended against Christian Brothers Academy, here, on SEE QUARTERFINALS PAGE 33 THE OCEAN STAR

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Point Boro seniors Lauren Hart [above, front] and Meghan Kremp [top, right] thought their game against Brick Memorial Monday would be one of the last on their schedule, but the Lady Panthers received a pleasant surprise this week when they learned they had received a state tournament bid.


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