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Mariners Capture WOBM Crown Winning Start for Mon Don By Ted Kaiser

TOMS RIVER— When the seeding came out for the WOBM Christmas Classic tournament, many fans might have been surprised that Toms River North was given the top seed over CBA, who was playing in the tournament for the first time. There are not many years in which CBA finds itself anything less than #1 in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. But TR North returned a host of players from last year’s WOBM runner-up squad and the Colts were experiencing the growing pains of a young roster. As it turns out, the seeds were justified and the Mariners cruised to a 56-40 victory in the WOBM final at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. The win moved TR North to 7-1 on the season and gave them some satisfaction after losing to Jackson Memorial in the 2011 final. The Mariners started out strong in the first quarter building a 20-6 lead and then keeping it in double digits by halftime. CBA never threatened in the second half

as tournament MVP Solly Stansbury (17 points) kept TR North comfortably ahead. Junior, Kyle Carrington, added 14 points and senior, Damien Singleton, chipped in with 11. “I am going to have to shoot more this year,” explained Stansbury, a 6’4 forward, before the season began. “We return most of our players, but we lost one of our guards who scored a lot of points.” The WOBM win capped a good December start for the Mariners who have high expectations with most of the team returning intact from last season. Last Friday evening, they kept their winning ways going with a 61-43 victory over Toms River East. TR North cruised out to a double-digit lead in the second half to break the game open. Stansbury had a game-high 18 points and Singleton scored 10. The Mariners are one game behind Jackson Memorial for first place in the Class A South division. Photo By: John Portelli


in 2013 By Ted Kaiser

TOMS RIVER— Monsignor Donovan boys’ basketball was a balanced team offensively in the season opening month of December. That trend continued in 2013. The Griffins used a well-rounded attack to defeat Manchester 39-31 in their first game in January. They had to grind out this defensive battle because the Hawks led heading into the final quarter. But Donovan shut out Manchester over the fourth quarter to rally from a seven-point deficit. Junior Matt Migdon scored nine points to lead the Griffins. He was one of nine Donovan players to score in the contest. Mason Jones scored a game-high 13 points for the Hawks.

The Griffins find themselves in first place with a 4-0 divisional mark (5-2 overall). They were helped by Central Regional’s upset win over division favorite Lakewood on Friday evening. Lakewood and Jackson Liberty were the likely top two teams Donovan’s last win in 2012 before the season started, but came thanks to a superb fourth now, after recent events, both quarter defensive effort against Monsignor Donovan and CenFreehold Boro. The Griffins tral have to be considered in limited the Colonials to eight the mix.


points in the final quarter for a 58-51 win. Jesse Hill led the way with a team-high 13 points. They also earned early season wins over Point Boro, Barnegat, and Central with losses coming to Middletown North and Monmouth Regional. Matt Migdon led the team with 14 points versus Barnegat and is perhaps emerging as the team’s top scorer.

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The Cougars scored the first six points of the second half and never looked back as they cruised to a 36-point margin of victory. The Rebels found Colts Neck’s airtight zone defense impenetrable and were incapable of stopping the Cougars patient half-court offense that continually found the open man for uncontested shots. Frederici finished with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and six rebounds. Sobieski recorded a doubledouble by hauling down 10 boards to go along with his 11 points. O’Reilly had a tremendous all-around game by scoring 14 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out six assists. Senior forward, Eddie Romanik, had a workman like effort, and chipped in with nine points. After losing 1000-career point scorers, Hunter Wysocki and Sean O’Reilly, to graduation, there were questions how this team would respond. In their place, this season is a veteran team that learned how to win under them and a team that has already answered those questions; this is a very talented team with a chance at attaining its ultimate goal. But they still have some unfinished business, as last year’s team (234,11-1) lost in the Shore Conference Tournament and NJSIAA Group IV finals. Seniors, Romanik, Federici, Sobieski, Vangelas, Zhang and Lalima, would like nothing more than to bring home the school’s first NJSIAA Championship.

Photo By: Francine Attardi COLTS NECK - #31 JAMES SOBIESKI

Starting sophomore guard, Chris O’Reilly, is the younger brother of Sean. Their father, Mike O’Reilly,

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played for current Colts Neck head coach, Lou Piccola, when Piccola was coach at Xaviaran High School in Brooklyn. Mike’s teammate on the 1981 team was NBA star, Chris Mullen. That team won the New York State Championship. It seems as though Chris has Basketball in his blood.






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Manasquan Boys Hoops Off To A Fast Start By Sean Simmons

Senior forward, Jimmy Walsh, and senior guard, J.R. Hobbie, were both unstoppable during the Buc Holiday Classic championship game against the Roselle Rams, which was held at Red Bank Regional High School.

ing without J.R.,” Bilodeau said. “Jimmy has been playing well for us and he is one of the leading Also having a solid game for rebounders in the Shore ConferManasquan against Roselle was junior guard, Tommy Toole, who added 16 points, six rebounds, two steals and two rebounds. points and went a perfect 18-for18 from the charity stripe.

Walsh and Hobbie were named co-MVPs after combining for 43 The Warriors followed up their points to help lead the Warriors to win against Roselle with a 64-50 win against Class A Central rival an impressive 72-45 victory. St. John Vianney to improve their Walsh poured in 23 points and overall record to 6-1. grabbed 24 rebounds, while Hobbie added 20 points and had Playing without Hobbie, who was out due to illness and is only 18 eight rebounds and six assists. points shy of 1,000 career points, “Jimmy and J.R. both played really Walsh scored a game-high 24 well,” Manasquan head coach, points, pulled down 21 rebounds Andrew Bilodeau, said. “We did and blocked three shots. a nice job slowing Roselle down and we wanted to make them Manasquan also received solid performances from Toole, who play our tempo of game.” scored a season-high 18 points Hobbie was coming off a brilliant and was 8-for-9 from the foul performance against the Middle- line, and junior guard Jack Fay, town North Lions during the semi- who added 13 points. finals of the Buc Holiday Classic where he scored a career-high 49 “The kids really stepped up play-

ence. We want to continue to get better every game and our only loss so far was against RumsonFair Haven.”

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Jackson Wins Tomaini Award Second Year In A Row

Page 10 Jersey Sporting News • October 23 - November 6 By Mike Rogers

Every year, The Atlantic Firehouse in Long Branch gives out the Merrick Tomaini Award, which is given to the Long Branch athlete who shows the attributes of sportsmanship and leadership. The award has been won by such great athletes as Sam Mills, who attended Long Branch High School, and then continued on to a steller professional football career.

fact that this award is voted on by his teammates defines just what a superb person he is." As a member of the football

rushed for over 1000 yards this season. On defense he made 133 tackles and forced 4 interceptions. He was selected to the

9 games for the first time since 2004 and finished with a 9 win and 2 loss record, also winning a conference championship. He was also a member of the wrestling team for 3 seasons.

In the classroom Joscil also holds a high standard for himself and maintains an 89 grade point average. He has many options as to where he will attend college and has narrowed it down to New Haven, Chaney, and The another field goal, one of three on the College Of New Jersey.

Point Boro Holds Off Barnegat 23-13

B y Ted Kaiser This year’s winner has a connecPOINT PLEASANT— Point Boro made tion to Sam Mills, as Joscil Jacktheir case for a playoff berth stronger on night (34, 27, 23 yards) to close to withson has won the award for the Friday night with a 23-13 win at home in 14-6. Then quarterback Chris Oliphant over Barnegat. The Panthers have a win- (5-for-6 for 111 yards) found an advantage second year in a row, which is Joscil plans to play football and ning football tradition and moving to 5-2 in the passing game to hook up with something that only Jackson and wrestle(3in college and overall certainly boosted their postseason Kyle McGarry receptions/75 yards)said, for "I am chances. Things didn’t look rosy all a 30-yard touchdown.toOnreceive the next possesMills have done in the history of honored this award evening though. Point Boro made an sion, Prout rushed eight yards for another the award. On the field, Joscil is and have done early field goal for a 3-0 lead, but score to givecouldn't the Panthers the lead for it withBarnegat quarterback Cinjun Erskine (136 good. Blank tacked on another field goal a two-sport star for Long Branch out my teammates." Showing his passing yards/ 56 rushing yards) ran for for the final margin. High School. He was a 3-year great character, Joscil went on to two straight touchdowns including a 43Photo By: Mike RogersPoint Boro will have another key home yard scamper. game next Friday as they starter in football for head coach, thank his night parents, hishost coaches, AWARD RECIPIENT - LONG BRANCHES JOSCIL JACKSON Trailing 14-3, Point Boro stuck with Jackson Liberty (4-2) at 7pm. The Dan George, who said of his and Mrs. Beams and her family, COACH DAN GEORGE their offensive AND formula and the ground Panthers are only a half game behind game began churning out yardage. Monsignor for first in the mothplayer, "Joscil is a special kid and whoDonovan has been likeplace another Running back Ryan Prout ran for 118 Class B South Division. Jackson Liberty he has +always shown a tremen- team, Josil played running back first team All Shore roster as well er for Joscil, "She is more than a PHOTO: yards as the Panthers started to get the and Lakewood are also lurking in the picBarnaget’s Tyler McGuinness is taken by two Point Boro play- on dous leadership even in the(23) most on down offense and linebacker as ignited. a firstKicker team state player. teacher hasloss. helped me treoffense Brettall Blank drilled ture with only oneand division ers. difficult times during games. The defense. As a running back he With Joscil, the Green Wave won mendously," Joscil said.

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Lancers Off To Fast Start By Eric Braun Holmdel- Coming off a 22-8 season that most teams would take year in and year out, the Saint John Vianney Lady Lancers Girls Basketball program is poised for another Tournament of Champions run this season.

Campbell, and junior, Jackie Gallagher, deep into the NJSIAA Tournament to put the Lady Lancers program back on top.

Already off to a fast start sitting at 6-1, with impressive wins against Rumson Fair Haven, Manasquan, DePaul and an overtime loss to Tournament of Champion finalist a year ago in Gil St. Bernards, Coach Dawn Karpell has her group in perfect position for another title run. The Lancers are averging close to 65 points a game and lead by Lyndsey Rowe and Kate Egan in scoring.

With their upcoming schedule about to get Photo By: Eric Braun a little tougher with GB ST JOHN VIANNEY’S FRESHMAN GUARD games against OssinKELLY CAMPBELL DRIVES AGAINST MANASQUAN IN THURSDAY NIGHT’S 44-43 VICTORY ing NY, Christ The King from NY, RBC, Rumson, Manasquan and Holmdel, Coach when Egan went down, to keep Karpell and company cannot afford them atop in the Shore Conferto let the loss of Kat Egan derail their ence and NJSIAA standings. path to success. Egan, who is of the top five players to watch this season, The mark of a special season and suffered a right knee injury Thurs- team is when teammates can rally day night against Manasquan in a around someone when they are non-contact injury in the first quar- down. The St. John Vianney girls ter. Though no immediate word was did just that when they held on available, it is thought they she could against a feisty Manasquan probe out some key games. The Lanc- gram and lifted them to their 66th ers need to continue the same up- straight A Central win and starttempo offensive play they got from ed the healing process for fellow Campbell, Gallagher and Rowe teammate, Egan.

The Lancers have tons of depth and experience this year along with contributions from several freshman. The leadership of Egan, Katie Beriont and Rowe has proven invaluable in this young season and look to combine their leadership and the stellar young play of freshman, Kelly

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Point Boro’s Hughes Passes 2,000 Career Points By Ted Kaiser POINT PLEASANT—The Point Boro girls’ basketball team won the WOBM Christmas Classic tournament and their leader checked off a significant career milestone in the process. Senior guard, Kelly Hughes, surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career while lifting her team to the WOBM final and eventually the tournament crown. Hughes scored 23 points, giving her 2,010 for her career, and grabbed seven rebounds in a 59-46 win over Manasquan in the semifinals. She is rapidly approaching the school record of 2,190 set by Christie Rampone, and could reach the Shore Conference record of 2,534 points. “It’s an accomplishment that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve without my teammates, my sister, my coaches and my family,” said Hughes, who will attend Boston College next fall. The Panthers handled Manasquan surprisingly well in the semifinals. The Warriors still have a lot of talent despite losing several key players from their Tournament of Champions title team last year. In fact, Manasquan nearly knocked off top-ranked St. John Vianney last week. In the WOBM final, Point Boro (7-0) pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 61-52 victory over Rumson-Fair Haven for the championship at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. The Bulldogs made it a one-possession game in the final quarter, but the Panthers had a nice run to close it out. Hughes scored a game-high 27 points, which included a key threepoint field goal down the stretch. Last Friday, Point Boro cruised past Barnegat 67-33. Hughes poured in 29 points as the Panthers made quick work of the Bengals. Kerry Malleck and Lindsey Havens added nine points apiece. At 4-0 in the Class B South Division, the Panthers are off to a good start toward locking up a first place finish.

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Lions Back on Track vs. Freehold Twp.

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By Jim Hintelmann

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP - After getting off to a 3-0 start, Middletown North's boys basketball team has run into a slump, losing four of its next six games including Friday's 62-38 loss to Central Jersaey Group IV power, Old Bridge. Fortunately for the Lions, all of the losses were non-division games, and they remain unbeaten in the A Division North with a 4-0 mark after Thursday's 72-68 overtime win over Freehold Township.

from Mike Barber and reserve, Brian Esser, who scored six and five points, respectively, as North outscored the Patriots 11-7 in the overtime after the two teams were deadlocked, 61-61, at the end of regulation time.

"Barber hit some big threes for us when we made a run in the third quarter," said Iasparro, whose team rallied from an 11-point deficit. "Esser coming off the "We have a relatively young bench has also been a key for us." team,'' said North Coach, Mike Iasparro, after the Freehold Town- A free throw from Cody Thompship game. "We still have to work son with 39 seconds remaining gave North a 61-59 lead, but on our execution." Freehold's Jason Czajkowski's In defeating the Patriots, North layup tied the game with 15 secreceived some key contributions onds left.

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Thompson had a chance to win the game in regulation time, but his three-point shot from the corner missed, and the game went into overtime. A free throw and put-back by John Horrrigan put the Patriots in front, 64-61, but Barber tied the score with a three at the 3:15 mark in overtime. Following a missed Patriot shot, Esser scored on a rebound shot and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but he grabbed his own rebound and was fouled. He made both for a 68-64 North advantage. Horrigan hit two foul shots with 2:19 left, but Esser made one of two from tha line to give North a three-point lead at:1:25.

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Dan Saunders cut the lead to 6968 with a drive with a minute left, but Barber dropped in three of

four free throws in the remaining time to clinch it. The Patriots, using hot shooting from Horrigan, controlled the first half and they had their biggest lead at 32-21, but North slowly came back in the second half and finally went in front, 4645, on Thompson's three-pointer. "We didn't make any changes [at halftime]," said Iasparro, whose team won the NJSIAA Central Jeraey Group IV championship last year, "we just executed better in the second half." Chris Talbot's three-pointer gave the lead back to the Patriots, 4846, but three-pointers by Barber and Esser restored the lead to North and it held it until Czajkowski's layup tied it, setting the stage for the thrilling overtime.

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Blue Devil's Off and Running By Mike Rogers

The Shore Regional boy’s basket- behind to a tough Monmouth Re- they continue rotating players and at home. Manasquan is the numball team is coming off a couple gional team before pulling out continue to pressure the ball de- ber 4th ranked team in the Shore of seasons of mediocre play and a 82 to 77 victory. Brian Dubois fensively and push the ball offen- Conference and it is also a division game for both teams. Coach led the way in scoring for sively. their record reflected just that. Emery said, “I think we have surShore with 22 points, This year the Blue Devil's have prised some people and the kids This week the Blue Devil's would while Kevin Blooda new coach and a new attitude good added 19 points. like to continue their winning are still learning about me and and they have responded with a 7 Some of the other ways with away games at Raritan I'm still learning about them but win and only 1 loss record. They Shore players adding and at Mater Dei before coming I feel our best basketball is still are ranked number 7 in the Shore to the offense were Tyler home to play Manasquan (7-1) ahead of us." Conference and are leading their Vivian and Matt division. Their only loss came in the Costentino, who Bucc Holiday tournament when scored 9 points they lost in double overtime. New each, Dan Pilacoach, Dave Emery, had installed ri, who scored a high tempo offense and a pres8 points, and suring defense and the team is Connor Rogers responding well. The Blue added 6 points. Devil's offense is averNext, the Blue aging 67 points per Devil's traveled to game. Coach Emplay a tough Ocean ery likes the way his team and after fallteam has responded ing behind early, and said, "It's a new starting playing betstyle of play, but the ter basketball in the kids are buying in second half and finand should only ished with a 54 to 67 get better as the victory. Bloodgood led season goes on." the way in scoring with 12 points while Rogers After finishing and Dubois each addin third place ed 10 points. Pilari and in the Buc Ben Hess each added Holiday tour5 points. Some other nament, players adding to the Shore Blue Devil's success are Tyler Vivwent on ian (who won the game against the road Middletown North with a shot at for two Photo By: Mike Rogers the buzzer), Rob Gialanella, Jack tough road SHORE REG - #3 CONNOR ROGERS games this week and battled for Burn, and Clayton Coffey. The Photo to the Left - SHORE REG - #33 KEVIN BLOODGOOD two hard fought victories. In the Blue Devil's have used as many first game, the Blue Devil's fell as 11 players in some games as

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LONG BRANCH GRAPPLERS WIN Middletown South Girls HAWK CLASSIC Hoops Remains Unbeaten By Mike Ready

By Sean Simmons

LONG BRANCH – The tradition rich Long Branch wrestling program is once again poised to distinguish itself as one of the state’s top teams in 2013.

District 22 and Region 6 tournaments. Nick George claimed an impressive 27-10 record last year and hopes to challenge in all postseason tournaments this year.

Tournament MVP and senior guard, Carissa Gray, scored 14 points and freshman forward, Stephanie Karcz, added a team-high 17 points off the bench to help lead the Middletown South girl’s basketball team to an impressive 61-48 win against the Holmdel Hornets in the Bayshore Holiday Tournament final at Holmdel High School.

With a resume that includes: two Ocean Township transfers, Chris Group II Championships, four State Pappayliou (24-9), took third in the Sectional Championships, nine District 22 Tournament last year District Team Championships, three and his brother, Nick, was 26-7 on Shore Conference Championships, the year. Both will be counted on By Eric Braun and eleven Division Champion- heavily this year to fill spots vacated LONG BRANCH- Coming off a frustrating 5-5 season in season. Also having a solid game for the ships; dominance has become syn- by graduation.Minus the injuries, the Green 2011, the Green Wave from Long Branch High School Wave is in prime posiEagles was junior forward, Chrisonymous Green Wave of wreshave gotten with back to their tradition ground and pound. tion to challenge Neptune, Wall and Ocean in the Shore Rutkowski, tling. Senior, JoscilConference Jackson, Ban APPdivision. first tiana North Top to bottom this iswho the added 12 The Wave has rushed out to a 2-0 record with wins over points. Coach George All-Shore Linebacker, postManasquan and Monmouth, relying mostly onteam the legs of toughest division in the Shore Conference. Josil Jackson and the arm of Avery Griffin. will look to get additional contributions from junior Long Branch out-wrestled eleven ed twenty wins in 2011, and he’s Long Branch took Asbury a hit during pre-season Shuler and seniors CurtisHornets Guntherwere and led Treyby high-scorschools, including Parktheir Pressfinalpoised for aShabazz big comeback year in The gameten when seniorBrick tailback Dwight Clarktowent2013. down with Smith at wideall outs. On defense, the Wave will look for top teams and Raritan, Jackson missed of 2012 ing senior guard, Tara Inman, who Chris Pappayluo and senior safeties Corey Morris and a broken leftClassic ankle. Clark back bywith midseason win Hawk heldisatexpected Manchesan injury. poured in a game-high 24 points. offenses. but Coach Dan George needs to keep his team focused and Brett Roach to shutdown opposing ter High School. moving forward to get back to Class B North dominance Junior, Nick Menkin (138), took first During the semifinals of the Bayand be eligible for the NJSIAA tournament. Coach PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI Seniors, Luke Balina (152) and place in year’s PSAL TournaGeorge also lost senior tight- end and linebacker DominicthisDeon Williams (10)attempts to break a tackle shore Holiday Tournament, the Jake George (160), took firstinjury place, along and Mincieli when he suffered a knee in thement spring, but with as heboth triesGeorge’s to gain yardage. Eagles defeated the Spotswood while sophomores, HernanVin Roselli Mincieli should be backJason in the first couple weeks of the (220). Menkin boasted a dez (113) and Tommy Flannigan 26-11 record last year, Roselli post- Chargers, 65-32. (120), took second. Also taking ed a 17-17 record. Senior guard/forward, Kiera Gansecond place honors were seniors, Nick George (145), Chris Pap- Long Branch has the potential to non, scored 12 points and added By Brian Daneman paylious (182) and might Gianni Augushave thein138 through Heavyweight six rebounds and four steals for The Howell Rebels have known they were tin thewhen medal weight classes manned by seniors, Middletown South. for (Hwt). a rough Rounding night at the out swamp they were called winners were third place finishers, and may for a delay of game penalty before the game even start- boast the most veteransophomore, Mike Jones (106),called and because laden team ed. The penalty was rightfully the in the Shore. They also Rebels did notPappayliou enter the field until well afterpossess 7pm leavsenior, Nick (170). outstanding depth behind ing the home team to wait on the sidelines. the starters as well as a nice group TheGreen game was riddled with penalties on both The Wave (1-0, plus two of sides very oftalented underclassmen, the ball. Nineteen penalties were called to be exact and sophomores, Flannigan tournament wins) are currently including five were on just the first series. But otherwise, it was ranked number four in the Shore (11-11) and Jones. a well-played passing by the Asburygame. ParkHowell’s Press and num-efforts actually looked quite sharp on their first two possessions with ber eight in the state by the Newark With this much talent, depth, and six completions and four first downs. On their third Star Ledger. The new writers’ poll experience, Long Branch has the possession, the relentless Eagle defensive line sacked (NJWWA) has them at the number ability to make a long run in the Rebel quarterback Connor McGlynn at the Rebels own 16 spot. threeyard line. In doing so, they knockedpost-season him out of tournaments and add itsa already long history of wresthe game and into an awaiting ambulance to with posBalina (23-12) was second in Distling greatness. sible neck or shoulder injury. trict 22 last year, late while George From this point in Jake the first quarter Middletown (36-5) placed second the Follow me: @getmready South began to soar behindintheboth power running of Jake

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Eagles Roll Past The Rebels

Ripnick scoring on three subsequent drives. Ripnick ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. The Eagles took advantage of the loss of the Howell quarterback and pressured his substitute Aaron Trimble for the rest of the night leading to five sacks and two interceptions; one by junior Andrew Wisialko for six yards and one later in the second half by speedster Elijah Smith for a 60- yard touchdown return. The South defense was tenacious all night and gave the offense great field position on every series. The offense led by Ripnick and quarterback Kyle

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Bray moved the ball well throughout the game relying heavy on the run but also sprinkling in a few passes to shake things up. Bray’s throws were accurate especially the 25- yard bullet he threw to junior wide out Taylor Hendrickson late in the second quarter for the third score of the game. The two connected on four

The Eagles had five players score in double figures and erupted for 35 points during the third quarter. Rutkowski and Gannon were the leading scorers for the Eagles, with 19 points apiece, and Karcz and sophomore guard, Angela DeBartolome, each scored 14 points. Also having a strong game for the Eagles was Dluhi with 12 points. The leading scorers for the Braves were Danielle Rizzo with 10 points and Kelly McNulty with nine points. The Eagles overall record this season now stands at 7-0.

passes for the entire game. The South offensive and defensive lines controlled the line of scrimmage for almost the entire game and helped to earn the lopsided victory. The Rebels did manage to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 24- yard throw from Trimble to

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PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI Jake Ripnick (15) puts Middletown South up 21-0 in the first half of the game.


Also turning in solid performances for the Eagles were Karcz, with a game-high 17 points, senior forward, Jackie Dluhi (eight points) and Rutkowski (seven points).

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Brick Memorial’s Basile Off DEFEATS To GreatSTATE Start RUMSON FAIR HAVEN HOCKEY By Michael Rogers Junior Mike Basile is off to a great start this season. After scoring five touchdowns last week in a 36 - 21 victory over Middletown North, By MikeBasile Ready scored four touchdowns this week helping the sixth ranked Brick Memorial to a 37 - 7 victory the year and his two assists gave ant Boro is ranked twenty-sec- Hockey League (USHL). During RUMSONfootball – Withteam the sting of last over rivalfirst Jackson Memorial. Mustangs ond and Ramapo twenty-fifth. that year, he scored 15 goals eight points. year’s round playoffTheloss are 3 0 and 2 0 in the Class A South The Newark Star Ledger has the and assisted on 49 others for 64 to Princeton still fresh in their Division. minds, the Rumson Fair Haven Senior defenseman, Adam Sher- Bulldogs on the bubble of break- points. Basile scored all kinds of ways last week: idan, senior, Chris Duffney, and ing into the top 25. (RFH) traveled to two therunning making Bulldogs two touchdown catches, McCaffety then played three forward, Robbie Gastate’s sixthand ranked team, Morris touchdowns an interception returned freshman for a ravante, all chipped with goals, Last year RFH won 18 games and years of DI collegiate hockey at Knolls (8-2-1), and came away touchdown. This week he hauled in touchdown passes of 13, 28 77 yards their from first of the year. Senior, won the Shore C Division at 9-1. Colorado College, a member of with an impressive 6-3and victory. quarterback Ryan Cieplinski and also scored Hunter Rotchford, assisted on The exhilaration of such a great the West Coast Hockey Associaon a 13yard run. Even though he did notgoals, and he leads the team season was tempered by their tion (WCHA). While at Colorado With the win, the Bulldogs im- two score on defense this week he still had a big quick playoff exit, and this year’s College, he played in 46 games prove to 4-3 overall, and remain with six assists. influence as he registered three sacks of the squad, led by seniors, Robinson, and amassed 18 points. After atop the Shore B North Division quarterback. Dylan Rotchford, got the Gravina, Rotchford, Sheriden , college, McCafferty played four with a Brick 3-0 record. The win was27 Senior, Once Memorial was ahead – 0, start for the Bulldogs in goal in Duffney, Kornblatt and Pringle years of semi-pro hockey, includalso a Memorial huge confidence Jackson (1 – 2) gotbuilder on the scorePHOTO: ATTARDI plan on using the disappoint- ing 1996-97 when he scored 20 board when quarterback led of juniorFRANCINE goalie, Dominic for the team as theyCharlie head Lambana into place Brick Memorial’s Michael Basile (28) just misses several tackel attempts. the Jaguars on abreak. 70- yard drive in seven plays Padula (.829 SV%), and deliv- ment of last year’s loss as mo- goals and assisted on 45 oththeir holiday and Khani Glover scored on a one- ered yard an impressive performance. tivation for their ultimate goal, a ers for the Nashville Nighthawks touchdown run. Head Coach Walt Currie of the Central Hockey League Freshman forward, Brendan Rotchford stopped 28 of 31 shots state championship. expected the tough battle his team got but also The United States Naval scholarship opportunities and comUSMC Officer Candidate Class (CHL). for itthe win. Ban, tied forward, expects a bigwith seasonsenior out of Basile. “We felt Academy (USNA) and missioning sources which is intend- commissioning programs and Third year head coach, Chris Brian Robinson, for the team game was going to be an intense and physical Navy/United States Marine Corps ed to inform guidance counselors, USMC educational opportunities have always played McCafferty, heads RFH and has McCafferty is in his third year as leadit was. in scoring, netted two kidThe and The kid (Basile) is a great andBulldogs will present the workshop, “The educators, and administrators about through enlistment agoals hard worker. of your best players the Bulldogs coach and is very quite how the they resume. After suc-high a very competitive schedule, and Corps in theWhen win, one while RobinRoad to Naval & Marine can best helpa their The Department of the Navy is also one of your hardest workers it’s always active in youth hockey and hockcessful high school career, Mcthis year is no different. All three son had a goal and two assists. Officer Commissioning.” This school students prepare for and seeks unique high achieving young aBan’s good two thing,” said Currie. Brick Memorial workshop anteams introduction apply to thea USNA NROTC men and women of character to ey camps. Cafferty played year ofand Junior losses have beenincludes to top 25 goals gave him five on will try and keep their record perfect next and description of all available “Marine Option”, Platoons serve our Nation as the next generaA hockey in 1990, withUSMC the MadiSt Joseph-Metchuen the year and eight total points. in the state. week when they play a home game against Navy and Marine Corps college Leaders Class, Continued on page 13 Robinson’s goal was his fourth of is ranked fourteenth, Point Pleas- son Capitols of the United States Follow me: @getmready Toms River East.


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JERSEY SHORE— With about three victories in a quad meet on Attardi-Owner Founder Anne Kasten one month of the season in Saturday as they hosted and deEric Braun the books, the Ocean County feated Shore Regional, Neptune, WRITERS Danlook Massa schools to be dominating andMike BrickRogers Township. Sean Simmons the wrestling scene in the Shore PRODUCTION Jim Hintelmann Conference. Brick Memorial is Jackson Memorial held off Long POE Press Josh Lashley the top ranked team and is cur- Branch in a tight match, 29-22 HEAD WRITER DeMarco rently #2 in the state. Southern in aMatt quad meet on Saturday. The Ted Kaiser Eric Braun Regional, Jackson Memorial, win came on the heels of a vicBrian Daneman and Toms River South are also tory over crosstown rival Jackson in the New Jersey Wrestling Writ- Liberty on Thursday. The Jaguars ers Association top 20 state poll. put forth a strong 37-18 win Jerseyare Sporting News Howell and Long Branch thanks to three pins including is published the only two Monmouth County one bybysenior, Brian Hamann, in Jersey Sporting News schools in the poll. the Productions, 138 lb weightInc. class. 704 Westwood Ave., West End, Long Branch 07740 Brick Memorial has weathered River South showed their Fax (732)Toms 870-0779 a host of injuries to have a 6-0 dominance on Saturday as they Email: overall record. Their latest head- routed Colts Neck 66-4. B.J. to-head camematerials 36-23 over Clagon, who is one ofofJersey the top Allwin printed are copyrighted property News wrestlers Productions, Inc.state, did not Toms River North. Sporting The Mustangs in the For Advertising had four pins earned contact by Rob even have to face anyone at 152 Ruggiero (160 lbs), Tyler Richard- lbs. due to forfeit. The Indians We now son (182), Connor Maliff (120), earned seven pins including Matt accept and Alec Donovan (145). The credit Theobold at 145 lbs and James cards Mustangs also came away with Olivera at 106 lbs.


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Manasquan Girls Basketball in Good Hands

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By Eric Braun

Manasquan- Coming off a magical season that saw Manasquan lead by the Mabrey sisters, Katelyn Flaherty, Amanada Hagaman and Sam Sullivan capture the school’s first ever NJSIAA Championship, the program took some major hits during the off season. First, they lost the New Jersey Girls Basketball Player of the Year in Mikaela Mabrey to graduation. Next they lost their coach Felix Romero when he resigned and lost their one-two punch in guards, Marina Mabrey and Flaherty, when they both transferred to Point Beach. Manasquan went out and hired RBC Assistant Lisa Kukoda to bring in a fresh start and rebuilding process for a program still loaded with talent. The Big Blue are off to a misleading 4-4 start with losses against the top four teams in the Shore Conference and possible the State in RBC, Point Boro, St John Vianney and Rumson Fair Haven. Kukoda has the girls playing hard and together and will have the Big

Blue squad competing come playoff time. With a key win against Jackson Memorial and a 1-point defeat against St John Vianney, Manasquan’s underclassman have proven they can contribute along with veterans, Hagaman and Sullivan. Sophmore, Courtney Hagaman, has been the leading scorer for Manasquan this season along side her sister, Amanda, while Amanda and Sam Sullivan have made opposing offenses work for every shot. Both Hagaman sisters and Sullivan will need to continue their growth together in order to carry Manasquan at another title run. Already Manasquan has taken third in the WOMB classic over winter break and with an upcoming schedule a little lighter then the beginning of their season, the Big Blue should be able to keep things interesting in A Central and prime their young squad for rematches against Rumson, RBC and St John Vianney later in the season.


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CBA Hockey Off to Strong Start This Season By: Pat Ralph

Off to a solid 7-2-1 start to the 2012-2013 season, the Christian Brothers Academy Colts are determined to overcome their heartbreaking finish to last season and bring a Gordon Conference championship and a Non-Public state championship back to Lincroft. Last season, the Colts advanced to the Non-Public state championship and held a commanding 2-0 lead over Delbarton with nine minutes remaining in the game at the Prudential Center in Newark, only to let it slip away and allow three Green Wave goals to send the Colts home speechless and in despair over the loss. Led by head coach Ryan Bogan, the Colts opened up the new campaign on December 3rd with a decisive 7-1 victory at home against Marlboro.

Two days after the win against Marlboro, the Colts were given their first shot at revenge against #1 Delbarton since the state championship in a showdown on their home ice at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall. Despite holding a 3-1 lead heading into the third period, the Colts were unable to hold it and ended up tying the Green Wave 3-3 in their first dual of the season. Senior Glen Florzack, sophomore Brendan Murphy, and freshman Bobby Hampton took care of the scoring for the Colts. Following a pair of easy wins against Freehold Township and Middletown South, the Colts’ next big test was against the Hermits of St. Augustine at home on December 12th. Led by goals from senior Matt Langlois and sophomores Austen Tieri and Conor

Tierney, the Colts notched their first Gordon Conference win of the season by a score of 3-1. However, the Colts followed up their victory against St. Augustine with a tough 5-4 loss on the road against #3 Gloucester Catholic, their first defeat of the season. The Colts rebounded nicely with a pair of Gordon Conference victories, at home against Seton Hall Prep on December 19th by a score of 4-1 and on the road against St. Augustine on December 21st by a score of 5-1. In their victory against the Pirates, the Colts were led by goals from seniors, Chris Deatrick, Matt Langlois, and R.J. Steer, and junior, Anthony Cusanelli. As for their second victory of the season over St. Augustine, the Colts were propelled by

goals from Steer, Deatrick, Cusanelli, and sophomore, Greg Malafronte. Most recently on January 2nd, the Colts were outskated at home against #4 Don Bosco Prep by a score of 6-4 for their second loss of the season. After giving up four goals in the second period to the Ironmen, the Colts were unable to rally and prevent their first loss at home this season. The Colts, who are currently ranked #2 in the Garden State, will look to rebound from their loss against Don Bosco Prep when they face off against Shore Conference foes, Howell, on January 7th, and Freehold Township, on January 9th, eventually leading up to their next Gordon Conference test in a rematch with archrival Delbarton on January 12th.

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Our Garden State Produces Some of the Best Players.

Lax has been rapidly growing across New Jersey. In fact, only two other states have sent as many collegiate players to the NCAA Final 16. Our talent has historically hailed from the northern portion of the state, but that is changing with increasing numbers coming from the central and southern regions. In Monmouth County, at the youth level, Rumson Country Day School established the first program in the early ‘70s. Then, about a decade ago, an intramural program operating out of the Rumson/Fair Haven Sports Foundation was founded. The expansion continued with the formation of teams in surrounding towns. Most of the local high schools now field girls and boys Varsity Lacrosse teams – many of which are becoming quite competitive against our neighbors to the North and South.

Get More as a Maverick

In setting up the youth league, the Mavericks drew upon “best practices” from across the country. While many other programs share similar offerings; few, if any, offer all of the benefits that the Mavericks provide its players:

• Who Can Join. Boys from grades K to 8 and girls from grades 3 to 8. The Mavericks invite and encourage participants from all towns. Today, over 500 players come from many surrounding towns. This encourages friendship and respect between future high school opponents. This type of experience helps to mitigate the provincial “us” against “them” mentality, and takes on the higher meaning of sport and love for lacrosse. Weekly practices and home games are held at somewhat centrally located fields - Cross Farm Fields in Holmdel and Cedar Drive Fields in Colts Neck.

and bad for you, but how to reduce the risks of dehydration, cramping, muscle fatigue, etc., are all good lessons to learn as early as possible.

• Start Early. Mavericks begin at Kindergarten

for boys -- we are one of very few programs in NJ to start instruction then and we instruct over 100 children at this age -- and grade 3 for girls -- recognizing the importance in developing basic skills early.

• Lower Costs to Play. At a price of $175 for

• Value. Mavericks is a non-for-profit organization so we can provide maximum return on your investment.

K-2nd, $250 for 3-4th grade, and $295 for 3rd to 8th grade, our cost is the lowest (especially when we include indoor time, nutrition and elements of our strength and conditioning program).

• Size Matters. In addition to providing servic-

• Longer Season. Other programs do not

es at the lowest cost, it allows us to have multiple teams at each grade level, so children can maximize their development and enjoyment by playing with others of similar talent and commitment. All teams from 3rd grade on play full games against other towns. The Mavericks’ over 12 teams and squads are well staffed with 30 plus coaches. Progressively challenging opportunities are designed into the program to develop athletes and get them ready to compete at higher levels of play. The league offers instructional clinics, private lessons and camps (beginners through advanced levels), indoor practices, strength and conditioning training, and nutritional reviews.

• NEW Strength & Conditioning. Other programs just offer 1-2 “lacrosse” practices a week and a game on the weekend. Mavericks, in addition to this, provide an outdoor strength and conditioning practice each week for grades 5 thru 8 (subject to scheduling with coaches and games); as well as two indoor personalized sessions in a gym. We cannot stress enough that it is important to know what not to do as much as it is to know what to do. There are a growing number of ACL and stress injuries with youth today, with concern that this stems from improper training. We provide this training with certified trainers that are sensitive to growth development. • NEW Nutrition. As part of our strength and

conditioning program, we review and discuss nutrition and general eating habits with each player. Understanding not just what is good

begin until end of March. Mavericks begin indoors in January for older grades and phases in everyone indoors by mid March. This format and extra value proposition allows the league to run drills and instruction in a heated dry building verses on cold and sloppy outdoor March fields. This cost is included in your registration, which is less than most programs.

• Experienced Staff. Mavericks boast of having over 30 coaches where nearly all have played competitive lacrosse. All are Rutgers certified, and this year will undergo regular background checks. In addition, volunteers contribute their talents, resources and time to the program, in such areas as technology, medical, insurance, fundraising, advertising and apparel design and buying.

arships to former players who have helped us. We have waived registration cost for families that have suffered personal financial crisis, lost family members, or were challenged while loved ones were off in Afghanistan. This year through donations by coaches and players we have accumulated over 30 lacrosse sticks that we have restrung and will be circulating through grammar schools across Monmouth County, so kids can gain an appreciation for the sport. • Web Site. Check us out at www.Mavslax. com. We believe our site is state-of-the-art. All processes are paperless. Beyond this, it tracks your insurance with us if you need to renew your membership. It has all the blogging, picture posting, notification bells and whistles, and info links on the sport, and even tells you what the weather that day is at practice.

• Maximum Accountability. The Mavericks program holds itself internally to the highest standards and has a Board of Directors, as well as an outside accounting firm that audits the books/finances to ensure the quality and professionalism that you, as a parent, expect.

• Safety is Critical. State-of-the-art defibulators are present on the field at every game.

The Mavericks are so much more. As a nonfor-profit we are not making a livelihood on your child, but rather have their best interest at heart. We are a family at The Mavericks… and the dinner bell is ringing…so come get it and register at

• Season Ends With a League-wide Celebration. All participants including parents and

Join the Fastest Playing and Growing Sport Around.

• We Have Heart. We also help others. We

Sign up for the Spring season today!

siblings are invited to a FREE outdoor BBQ to celebrate the close of the season. In addition, the Mavericks sponsor coach appreciation events in recognition of their time and effort in support of the program. The Mavericks recognize that it is important in a growing and successful program to make it fun for all. donated money to start the high school programs in Holmdel and Middletown. We have in the past awarded money for college schol-

Online registration is easy and fast.

It’s Time to Join the Fastest Growing Sport in the Country. Sign up today with Mavericks Lacrosse! • Largest league in the area and growing – founded in 2003 • Open to all towns, Boys: K–8th & Girls: 3rd–8th • Competitive & instructional based teams – great for Beginners to Advanced • Season runs from January Indoors to June Outdoors • Coaches are experienced Lax players

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