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Middletown North Enjoying Point Pleasant Boro Hockey Memorable Season on the Ice Awaits its Seed in Upcoming By John Sorce

NJSIAA State Tournament

MIDDLETOWN – Despite its stunning early exit in the Dowd Cup of the Shore Conference Tournament, Middletown North did a lot of good things on the ice this season.

By Lou Monaco

They captured the Shore Conference A North title over proverbial powers such as Saint John Vianney and Christian Brothers Academy, one of the most prolific offenses in the state in Wall and, of course, their crosstown rivals Middletown South.

The Point Pleasant Boro hockey team is taking a deep breath and looking to regroup as they await their fate and where they will be placed during the NJSIAA state tournament seeding meeting on Tuesday, Feb 13.

“A North was one of the tougher divisions in the state this year,� Middletown North head coach Matt Clemente said. “The guys really pulled together and played well as a team. We had some guys kind of step up out of nowhere and take on big roles to help us along the way.�

Junior Ryan McCabe scored off assists from seniors Eric Dahl and John Callander in the third period to break the shutout for seventh-seeded Point Pleasant Boro in a 4-1 setback to 10th-seeded Freehold Township in the first round of the Dowd Cup at the Ocean Ice Palace in Brick.

One of those players was sophomore forward Chris Repman, who leads the offense with 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists). “We expected him to have an improvement off his freshman year and when we sat down as a coaching staff before the season, we tried to forecast what could happen during the season. We did not see him having 40 points at this point in the season. Him stepping up and carrying our offense more or less helped us get to where we are.� Senior forward Justin Skelly scored 11 goals and dished out 16 assists for a 27-point season. Senior forward Brad Heuer (21 points, 10 goals, 11 assists) and junior forward Anthony Taveras (21 points, 9 goals, 12 assists) also had 20-point seasons while senior forward Kurt Kroeper also scored 10 goals.

MIDDLETOWN NORTH’S #23 JAKE FRONTERA Photos by: Tom Smith The Lions are led defensively by a pair of dynamic goaltenders in senior Jake Frontera and sophomore Matt Corella. Frontera piled up 196 saves in tune to an 87 percent save percentage, while Corella actually posted better numbers (212 saves, 92 percent save percentage). Clemente will generally rotate the goalies or ride whoever has the hot hand. “Having a duo like that where it doesn’t really matter who is in net that we knew we are getting a solid performance and getting a chance to win every night, they both provide that,� Clemente said. “Some teams might find it difficult depending on the personality of the goalies to run a two-man system. Both of these guys get along with each other and they’re both team-first guys.�

and junior Brett Nelson is tied with Callander for the team-lead in assists with 14. Point Pleasant Boro (7-1) is a half-game back of first-place Jackson Memorial (7-0) in the Shore Conference A South division.

Junior forward Tyler Sanborn scored two goals over a span of three minutes in the second period to pace Freehold Township (12-5-2), which has won seven straight games, and advanced to visit second-seeded Wall in the semifinals on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Point Pleasant Boro (11-8-1) has lost two straight and seven of its last 11 games. Statistically, Dahl leads the Panthers in scoring with 20 goals, along with six assists. Callander has had a solid season with 13 goals and 14 assists. McCabe has added 11 goals with five assists

POINT BORO’S #13 JOHN CALLANDER

With a lot of younger players on the varsity level, Clemente credited the JV program for doing a good job in preparing players to play at the varsity level when the time comes. That pipeline of talent should keep Middletown North a threat on the ice for the foreseeable future. Middletown North earned the No. 3 seed in the Shore Conference Tournament’s Dowd Cup, but were upset on their home ice by 14th-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven, 3-2, in overtime in the first round.

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Now the Lions will shift their attention to the NJSIAA state tournament and hope to make a run at a state title.

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PUNISHING REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE HAS CBA PRIMED FOR POST SEASON By Mike Ready

LINCROFT – Christian Brothers Academy ice hockey has a knack for reloading versus rebuilding and as a program has had great success in doing so. Take this year for instance. After graduating three All-Shore selections, including two of its top scorers in forwards Derek Contessa, who was a four-year starter and a third-team All-State pick; Corey Clifton, a second-team All-Shore selection; and third-team All-Shore defenseman Sam Weber, the Colts (15-7-1) are currently ranked No. 1 in the Shore and fourth in the state. Don’t let those seven losses fool you either; CBA plays one of the most demanding schedules in the state as a member of the Gordon Conference as well as the Shore Conference.

As a program, the Colts have eight Gordon Cup championships to their credit along with seven state titles with their most recent championship coming in 2015 when they defeated top-seeded Delbarton, 4-3, for their second straight state title after sharing the title the previous year with Morristown-Beard. CBA has already clinched its seventh straight division title capturing the Shore Conference A North division title edging out second-place Saint John Vianney by one point.

Their losses this season include two against Bosco Last year’s leading scorer, senior Dean Page 12 Jersey SportingDon News • (ranked 3/8/16 No. - 3/21/16 1 in the state), splits with Delbarton (No. 2 in the state) and St. AuDiFazio, who is the only one of last seagustine (No. 5 in the state) and a lone loss to Gloucester Catholic son’s top five scorers that returned for (No. 3 in the state). In out-of-state competition they fell, 1-0, to St. the Colts this season, is having another High School or College Students wanted who Francis, NY (No. 2 in division II) and tied LaSalle Academy (No. 3 standout year with eight goals and 15 have a passion for journalism, photography or in Rhode Island). assists for 23 points – second on the CBA’Shigh GARRETT SILVERMAN school sports. Cover key games, conduct team. interviews, take high-action pictures for an CBA has also recorded impressive wins against Pope John twice (No. 7 in the state), Seton Hall Prep (No. 9 in the state) and St. Peters Prep Liam Noonan has stepped up his game he chipped in with three goals and an assist including a goal experience thatseason can propel your future career (No. 13 in the state). this season after recording eight goals and seven assists a year ago. against Delbarton in the Colts’ NJSIAA Non-Public semifinal loss. in journalism! The senior winger currently leads the team with 24 points including Contact JSN at JSNAttardi@msn.com today! Their only loss in Shore Conference competition came against Saint nine goals and 15 assists. DiFazio and Noonan are both four-year The Colts have also gotten nice contributions from sophomore forJohn Vianney (No. 6 in the state). It marked the Lancers’ first win varsity players and the last remaining players in the Colts program wards Gio Crepaldi (4g, 7a) and Will Seijas (8g, 5a). over the Colts since 2008 and was the Colts’ first loss against a to have a state championship under their belts. Shore Conference opponent since 2014. Sophomores Chad Schneider and Will Hilfiker were elevated to the The third senior forward who is lighting it top pairing on the blue line this season after a stellar season as up this year is Nick Lindondici, who has freshmen manning the second unit on a defense that allowed just 45 been a major contributor since posting goals in 25 games – tops in the state. 20 points as a sophomore. Last season he bettered that by one point scoring Both can score as well as play lock-down defense with Schneider By Michael Ward eight goals and adding 13 assists. So far contributing three goals and five assists and Hilfiker adding a goal By Michael Rogers The season for the Ranney Boys’ Basketball In their last regular season game, the team this season Lindondici is second on the along with seven assists. They’re joined on the blue line with fourTeam was a good one. faced a fierce competitor in Long Branch. team in goals scored with 10 while addyear varsity contributor Ryan sophomore Matthew Herwho finished withTierney a 28 -5(3a), record at Scottie Lewis converted two free-throws with and Colin finished 6th in the rick (1g, 4a) 160 andpounds freshmen Grable (1a) and Logan Heroux The team boasted an impressive 22-4 sea1.8 seconds remaining to give Ranney a 57- ing eight assists for 18 points. region. Dan Mullin who finished son record, but unfortunately fell short as they (2g). 55 victory over Long Branch in Long Branch. 28-4 at 145 pounds and finished entered the playoffs. Within the quarterfinal Sophomore Kyle Contessa – younger round, Ranney was knocked out by Roselle in the top 6 in the region. TJ ConLong Branch turned the ball over with 18 sec- brother of Derek – was selected to the Senior Brendan Behan and junior Jake Brown split time in goal last Catholic with a score of 69-44. lon who finished 27-5 and Mike onds left in the fourth quarter, leading to the Shore Conference All-Freshman first season with Brown making nine starts against Shohet who finished at 28-6 and Gordon Conference foul on Lewis, who finished with 13 points. The new coach and players Ranney were able opponents. This has gotten the bulk of the work in the wasseason top 6 inBrown the region. Bryan Antoine added a team-high 17 points team last season after recording five to fold into the mix added significantly to their goals and seven assists and appears to nets stopping 243 shots on goal in 254 attempts for a 0.957 save for Ranney and Chris Autino had 11. success throughout the season, but it appears With has 8 seniors to replace be an emerging star. He leads the team percentage. Behan made the most ofnext his opportunities making as if those additions will be the building blocks Anthony Velazquez scored a game-high 18 in goals scored with 13 and has assisted year’s team has some to do Thomas Heaney has 92 saves on 104 shots (0.885 SV%).work Freshman for a more successful playoff drive next seapoints for Long Branch. Tyree Morris put up but Coach is optimistic son. on four others for 17 points. also looked sharp in goalGeorge when called on allowing just six shots to 10 points. with the younger wrestlers having get past him on 78 shots on goal. LONG BRANCH’S W 170 LBS success as the two middle schools Nathaniel Pierre Louis had 13 points for fifthRanney trailed 31-29 at halftime, but used a Another junior, Garrett Silverman, is the seeded Roselle Catholic, in its 69-44 victory that feed into Long Branch both 17-9 third quarter to swing the momentum. only other returner on the Colts front line CBA was given the No. 3 seed in the Gordon Cup and over fourth-seeded Ranney in the quarterfinal finished undefeated. As upcoming coach Long Branch wrestling has been successful CBA’S #14 LIAM NOONAN round of the South Jersey, Non-Public B tourandunder has head been coach a major playmaker for was will meet sixth-seeded Seton Hall to Prep in first-round action Monday, George said, “We are looking reload not Danny George (this In the Preliminary Round of Finals, Ranney nament in Tinton Falls. Photos by: Tom Smith rebuild”. Coach George wants to give a speCBA this season dishing out 11 assists Feb. 12. Teams will be seeded the following day for the NJSIAA Nonhis 26th season) and this year was no difplayed Brock Township and came up big. cialtournament thanks to hisscheduled assistant coaches in Joe Keferent as thefor Green finished – good third Wave on the team. with Last a 16 Public to commence Feb. 19 and 20. Scottie Lewis finished with 20 points, 16 re- so far Matt Bullock and Raheem Carter added 12

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and 4 record and finished ranked 6th in the agle, John Jasio, and Doug Cornell as coach group 4 rankings with many wrestlers placing George missed considerable time this season in the top ten in the region. Head coach Dan while having a hip replaced.”Their contribuGeorge summed up the season this way by tion was tremendous and I thank them for all Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis paced Ranney with 14 points each. saying “we won two tournaments this season of their efforts”. and finished second in the district In the first round of playoffs, Ranney faced off Ranney recorded the first SCT victory in behind only CBA while reaching By Lou Monaco against St. Rose. school history. the state final against Jackson Me13 at 7:45 p.m. Middletown The Jackson Memorial boys hockey one goal apiece to lead fifth-seeded 4-1), which hasmorial won so three we straight, had a very Feb. exciting Scottie Lewis recorded 11 points, 10 rebounds, Bryan Antoine had 19 points, seven rebounds season”. seven of its last nine, and 15 of its last South defeated Jackson Memoteam is deep into thick things Jackson Memorial to a 4-1 victory fivethe assists andoftwo blocksinto lead fourth-seedpoints each for Roselle Catholic, which led 3617 at halftime.

bounds and seven assists to to lead eighthseeded Ranney to a 75-51 victory over 25thseeded Brick Township in the preliminary round of the Shore Conference Tournament in Ranney.

JACKSON MEMORIAL HOCKEY: GETTING HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME and six assists for Ranney, which outscored over 12th-seeded Howell in the first 18 games. rial, 8-4, on Jan. 30. the month of February, only is over ed Ranneyas to ita not 74-45 victory 13th-seeded Brick Township 50-30 through three quarters. Some of the wrestlers who had St. Rose in the first round of the South Jersey, fighting for seeding in the upcoming round of the Handchen Cup at 12 Howell Alex Klatsky had points, while Joe Masuccess this season were Joe Jasio Non-Public B tournament “Middletown South is a quality state tournament, but is looking for ain Tinton Ice Falls. World in Farmingdale oninFeb. “Theand team honey chipped with8. eight points fourplayed a very solid and rewho finished with a record of 33-3 assists. James Geraghty finished with eight Handchen Cup Ranney championship. sponsible game aton220 both sides and of the featured a balanced offensive attack pounds placedteam. in theWe played them last month points, six rebounds and four assists. Lalley assists and Satkowspuck. We had good and didn’t play well. We are lookas Alex Klatsky had 23 points and fouradded steals two top 12forecheck in the state.presJohn Tomlinson and Bryan Antoine added five forward reing toinplay a much better game sure and coverage in the with offensive Sophomore forward Kevin Lalley, ju- 10 points, ki, senior Michael Krzyzewski, who finished a 22-3 record Noah Buono led the way for Brick Township bounds and nine assists. John Crowley scored the on heavyweight division nior forward Nick Swain, sophomore and sophomore forward Grantas zone, better results play along the and and finhope obviously for a betwith 11 points. Joe Destafano had 10 points. 11 points for St. Rose. isheddisciplined fourth in theinregion beter result,” said Clayton. “All the forward Cooper Simon, and freshman Mozuraitis each dished out one asboards, and we were not while Photos by: Arielle Figueredo ing a district Reidwe will face from here on teams forward Luke Satkowski each scored sists apiece for Jackson Memorial (15taking bad penalties,” said champ. JacksonLamont Memorial head coach Larry Clayton, out will be quality teams and that gaining including augmenwillbreast require a solid,Quickly disciplined ef-popularity are the non-surgical who is in his fifth Surgical seasonprocedures at the helm tations/reductions/lifts, thigh lifts,against procedures such and MEMORIAL’S Ultherapy. JACKSON forttucks, to compete them. Weas Coolsculpting and who recorded his 100th careertummy facelifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, fat grafting and Both men and women are enjoying absolutely victory earlier thismore season. Previously are capable of that type of play, #69 GRANTAS MOZURAITIS no downtime as fat is eliminated in as little as a can all be performed in his new state-ofClayton the head Toms butcomfortable, we mustpriexecute a very singleat one-hour Coolsculpting session. Ultherapy the-art coach surgery at center in a very the surgical corrections of cleft palates, was leading vate environment. “My practice offers a full specis the best solution to a non-surgical facelift and him to plastic surgery. River South for three years. “We were high level to have success.” A South and leads the division by half trum of surgical and non-surgical procedures. can be maintained with a treatment once every able to convert on the offensive side a game over Point Pleasant Boro (112 years. 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Women and a growing number of men and caring environment where you feel comfortare taking advantage of the constantly evolving skin care regimen and treatments. teams we will face in this tournament able discussing your needs. I have worked hard tant part However, in the success of our team appearance. menwith and 14 women advantage of both to develop that atmosphere here at in Allure and thePlastic states.”treatments that preserve a youthful Krzyzewski has ninemost goals as- takeand program,” said Clayton. “It is a Facial fillers and injectables are used to revoluDr. Taylor and Audrey’s expertise to achieve opSurgery Center.” sists, senior Connor Lowrey has 12 team game andatany players contribumize the face and soften lines and jowls. There timal results. 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SIXTH-RANKED SAINT JOHN VIANNEY POISED FOR POST-SEASON RUN AT STATE TITLE By Mike Ready

HOLMDEL – It’s been a banner year already for the Lancers (173-2), who are currently ranked sixth in the state and second in the Shore Conference. Earlier this season they picked up a huge win beating the state’s fifthranked team, St. Augustine, 5-3, then a few weeks later brought down Shore Conference juggernaut Christian Brothers Academy in an epic 5-2 victory. It was Saint John Vianney’s first win over the Colts since 2008 and was CBA’s first loss against a Shore Conference opponent since Jan. 17, 2014 when Howell got by the Colts, 2-1.

ers will take on ninth-seeded Red Bank Catholic, a 4-1 winner over eighth-seeded Marlboro in the first round. Last season the second-seeded Lancers lost to third-seeded Wall, 3-1, in the Dowd Cup final. In 2013 SJV defeated St. Rose, 4-1, to capture its first and only Handchen Cup championship. Seedings for the upcoming Non-Public State Tournament will take place Feb. 13 with first-round games commencing on Feb. 19 and 20.

Following a 5-1 loss to Delbarton – ranked second in the state – on Feb. 1, the Lancers went on to beat St. Joseph (Metuchen), 6-1, and St. Joseph (Montvale), 3-1, in the final to capture its first-ever Egan Cup championship.

The Lancers were given a 14-seed last season in the NJSIAA NonPublic tournament and advanced to the second round before losing to third-seeded Don Bosco, who is currently undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state. SJV is in search of its first state title in program history and this year’s team appears to have its best shot at a title ever.

St. Joseph (Montvale), 16-6-1, is a top 20 bubble team that should break into the rankings before the season is out. Skating in the Big North Freedom division they finished second, one point back of 11th-ranked Northern Highlands.

Junior John Gelatt has manned the top line center position since he arrived as a freshman and has exploded this season. He’s leading the Lancers in goals scored (28), points (63) and is second on the team with 35 assists.

The Egan Cup Tournament has been held since the 2014-15 season in honor of Nick Egan, a local hockey player who advanced to play for the Estevan Bruins in the Saskatchewan junior hockey league before passing away in his sleep at the young age of 21 due to a previously unknown heart condition.

Gelatt’s wing partner, junior John Gutt, has taken a huge leap in production this season after missing half of last year with an upper body injury limiting him to six goals and six assists. Now healthy, he’s put the puck in the back of the net 17 times and leads the team in assists with 44, which ties for the state lead.

Saint John Vianney kept rolling following their Egan Cup win routing 16th seed Central Regional, 13-0, in the first round of the Handchen Cup to advance to the semifinal round where the top-seeded Lanc-

Senior forward Brett Schneider has taken the bull by the horns this season after a junior campaign in which he only dressed midway through the season after transferring from Toms River North. Once on the ice he showed what he’s made of, scoring seven goals and assisting on six others. So far this season Schneider has 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 points as one of the go-to guys. Sophomore Jake LaRusso has made a smooth transition to forward after spending his freshman year on the blue line. LaRusso earned an invite this past summer to the USA Hockey Development Camp and the dividends have paid off in the form of 11 goals and 13 assists this season. After consecutive 16-point seasons, senior forward Kevin Rigatti has been more of an offensive threat this season recording 12 goals and 12 assists. Another Toms River North import, sophomore forward Mike Frattaroli, has worked his way into the mix contributing four goals and assisting on five others.

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Sophomore forward Dom Troisi (3g, 7a) and senior forward Joe Zani (2g, 2a) have also chipped in on the offensive end.

SJV’S #21 JOHN GELATT Photos by: Tom Smith The Lancers returned four of their top seven defensemen off a unit that allowed just 2.7 goals per game in 23 contests last season. This year’s defensive unit is led by junior John Kennedy, who is not only a lock-down defender but can create plays on the offensive end as his goal and 14 assists will attest. Seniors Dylan Raskin (2a) and Mike Zani (1g, 4a) and sophomore Rich Kulaszewski (1g, 3a) round out the top two blue lines with sophomores Evan Knoll (3a) and Jake Deatherage (1a) and freshman A.J. Milalizzi (6a) adding punch on the blue line as well. Junior goaltender Jeremy Connor has once again been stellar in the crease in his third full season in the nets. Connor just seems to get better and better every year and this year he’s taken his game to the next level. He’s allowed just 36 goals in 22 games leading to a 1.64 goals per game average with 445 saves on 481 shots on goal for a 0.925 save percentage. With the top seven teams in the state, including themselves, and eight of nine all in the Non-Public tournament, it’s always a very tough road to hoe to get that elusive state championship, but the Lancers find themselves in the position this year to make a serious run at the title.


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WALL HEADS INTO POST SEASON IN SEARCH OF PROGRAM’S FIRST STATE TITLE By Mike Ready

WALL – Last season, behind record-breaking forward Shane Haviland, Wall Township reached the state final for the first time in program history as the 10th seed before falling to top-seeded Glenn Rock in the NJSIAA Public B final. It was an incredible run for the Crimson Knights that came on the heels of another program first when they skated through the field as the No. 3 seed to capture their first-ever Dowd Cup championship with a 3-1 victory over second-seeded Saint John Vianney.

Senior Thomas Falletta (3g, 4a), sophomore Sean Kiewe (10g, 12a) and juniors Riley Haviland (6g, 3a) – Shane’s younger brother – and Kyle O’Neil (4g) also have played significant roles on this year’s team. Seniors front liners Noah Lozano (2g, 1a), Sean O’Beirne (3a), and Jack Textor (2g, 5a) and juniors Colin Gabuzda (1g, 2a) and Joseph Velke (3g) have contributed as well.

Junior defenseman Bobby Seelinger has been a fixture on the Knights top pairing on blue line since he first laced up his Their loss in the state final skates for Wall. Seelinger’s suended a streak of eight straight perior skating ability allows him wins including the Dowd Cup push the puck up ice and attack WALL’S #11 RYAN BURNS and the state tournament. the net as his eight goals and 12 assists so far this year will With the graduation of Haviland, along with captain attest. He’s also adept at defending his own goal with Steven Karanassos, Kieran MacInnes, Luke Piazza and immense authority. defenseman David Robberson, the Knights had some huge holes to fill this season but luckily for them they Seelinger heads up a defensive unit that includes senior had enough big-time talent returning that they haven’t Nick Casias (1g, 5a) and juniors Sam Campbell (1g, missed a beat and are currently ranked third in the 6a), Glen Puzo (1g, 1a) and Robert Curran (1g, 3a). Shore and No. 10 in the state while posting a 17-2-2 record. Second-team All-Shore netminder and three-year starter Logan Beattie has once again been stellar in the nets A trio of senior forwards has been setting the ice on for the Knights. The junior goalie has made 281 saves fire this season for Wall after making significant conon 411 shots on goal for a 0.927 save percentage this tributions a year ago. Zach Taratino led the Knights in season after closing out his sophomore year with a 2.38 scoring last season with 56 points and is currently sixth goals-against average in 25 starts. In the Dowd Cup he in the state in goals scored with 33, fourth in assists (43) stopped 71 of 76 shots in three games helping secure and second in points with 76. A year ago he recorded the title for the Knights. 11 goals and 45 assists. Wall finished third in the Shore Conference North diviRyan Burns, one of the best two-way skaters in the state, sion this season, four points behind CBA. The NJSIAA ranks right behind Taratino in points scored so far this state playoffs will be seeded Feb. 13 with first-round season in third with 64 total points including 26 goals games beginning Feb. 19 and 20. and 44 assists – second in the state. His 25 goals and 27 assist in 2017 could’ve been bettered but he spent a On Thursday the Knights advanced to the second round good portion of the final eight games patrolling the blue in the Dowd Cup with a 7-1 thrashing of Brick Memoline. His play a year ago labeled him as a future star rial. Burns picked up a hat trick scoring three goal along and he hasn’t disappointed. with three assists in the game to lead Wall past the Mustangs. Tarantino added two goals and four assists while The third member of the elite trio of scorers is Larry Hooper also had four assists along with a goal. Kiewe Hooper who has upped his game considerably from a added his tenth goal of the season while Textor and Curyear ago when he manned the second line scoring 14 ran each added an assist. goals and added 17. Already this season he’s scored 21 goals and assisted on 40 others. His ability to excel The second-seeded Knights will now face off against on power plays and penalty kills makes him invaluable 10th-seeded Freehold Township, a 4-1 winner over sevto the team. enth-seeded Point Pleasant Boro on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Central Regional Enjoys Winning Season in A Central By John Sorce

BAYVILLE – One look at the overall record for the Central Regional ice hockey team does not tell the whole story for the Golden Eagles. Because despite their 6-15-2 overall record, all six of those wins came against A Central competition, good enough for the Golden Eagles to claim fifth place and qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament. Their top in-division victory was a 5-3 win over Manalapan, who finished 5-3 in A Central, on Jan. 13. Compared to other teams in the Shore Conference, Central Regional is not an offensive juggernaut by any means. But they find a way to get the job done. Their top goal scorer, senior Sean Hughes, scored 13 goals (he also had 13 assists and finished second of the team with 26 points) and posted hat tricks against Freehold Boro, Manalapan and Red Bank Regional. Junior Matt Condello is the only other Golden Eagle to record double-digit goals with 11, but he led the team with 17 assists and 28 points. He also recorded a hat trick against Freehold Boro and had a seasonhigh five point game against Lacey (one goal, four assists). Sophomore Danny Klutkoski was third on the team with 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) and recorded four point games against Lacey (three

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Ciaran McNelis is the Anchor in Goal for Red Bank Catholic By John Sorce

RED BANK – When senior goaltender Ciaran McNelis walks across the stage at graduation, he will go down as the best goalkeeper the Red Bank Catholic hockey program has ever seen.

By John Sorce

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown Ice World has been a popular place this winter, as it plays home ice to two of the top teams in the Shore Conference, one being Middletown South.

“I think that’s a no-brainer. He’d be number one at the top,” Red Bank Catholic head coach Joe Zdeb said. “I know a lot of the guys who have played because I run an alumni game and there are some guys who come back and over my five years, we’ve had some good guys that won some Shore Conference titles because of good goaltending. But hands down, he’s by far the best. “He actually asked me earlier in the year what the all-time saves record was. I went back and I’ve tried to find some of it, and from what I’ve found, he’s way above that. I don’t have all the stats, but he’s above and beyond everyone else.” McNelis got a handful of starts on the varsity level as a sophomore, but has really taken off since becoming the starter in his junior year. “The last couple of years have just been remarkable in terms of what he

RED BANK CATHOLIC’S CIARAN McNELIS has been able to do,” Zdeb said. “He’s had several 50-save games over the last two years and I think it’s the consistent play that he brings to every practice and every game. He’s just focused and at the top of his game.” One performance that sticks out this year was in a 2-2 tie against Wall on Jan. 10, a game that saw McNelis save 50 out of 52 shots against one of the top offenses in the state. “When you look at those kind of games, there’s probably 6-8 saves that are easy goals on any other goalie in the state,” Zdeb said. “Not to say anything negative about them, but there are some shots that should be nobrainer empty-netters and he doesn’t make one or two of those saves; he makes a half dozen to a dozen of them.”

RED BANK CATHOLIC’S CIARAN McNELIS Photos by: Tom Smith

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McNelis focuses solely on hockey in high school and plays outside of school with the New Jersey Titans AAA team. He is hoping to play junior hockey after high school, but is also planning to attend college at Quinnipiac and just focus on academics. “He’s not only a remarkable athlete, but also a remarkable young man,”

Zdeb said. “I find that really impressive because he probably has a shot if he continues to pursue playing and I find it crazy that someone of his talent isn’t already picked up by somebody. I find it remarkable that he’s willing to move forward in terms of college and life.” Zdeb played at Red Bank Catholic himself from 1998-2001, and is fifth alltime in points with 131 (50 goals, 81 assists). He knows what it means to put on that Caseys uniform, and McNelis exemplifies it better than anyone. “One of the things that we try to preach in the RBC hockey program is that there’s an RBC hockey way,” Zdeb said. “There’s pride about playing for RBC and a tradition and things of that nature and he exemplifies that. He does really well in his travel program with the Titans, but I think he’s really proud to play for RBC. He carries himself on and off the ice really well. He’s a good mentor to the younger guys and he’s the first goalie in RBC hockey history to wear the ‘C.’ That was a big deal when I first came on as an assistant coach; you wouldn’t see a goaltender as captain, just because you couldn’t talk to the refs and things. I see it as a leadership position and he’s definitely earned that and carried it well.”

With a 14-4-2 overall record and a 5-2-2 mark in divisional play, Middletown South finished in fourth place in Shore Conference A North behind crosstown rival Middletown North, Saint John Vianney and Wall. The Eagles claimed the No. 4 seed MIDDLETOWN SOUTH’S in the Shore Conference Tour- #21 DEVEN RALPH nament’s Handchen Cup and claimed a first-round shutout Ralph leads that attack with a teamvictory over No. 13 seed Manala- leading 25 goals and 20 assists for pan, 3-0. a total of 45 points. Nick Lioudakis has 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 The Eagles and Lions play twice dur- points, and Mike Racioppi has 13 ing the regular season. Middletown goals and a team-leading 28 assists South won the first meeting on Nov. for 41 total points. 28, 3-2, to begin the regular season. The two teams also closed out Sophomore defender Demitri Fothe regular season in the Mayor’s rand has tallied 21 points (five Cup on Feb. 6. The game ended in goals, 16 assists) and senior forward a 4-4 tie, so both teams can claim to Craig Bahrs has 15 points (10 goals, be owners of the Cup in 2018. five assists). The Eagles possess a lot of firepower on offense, starting with a trio of senior forwards who have all tallied over 40 points this season. Deven

In goal, the Eagles possess a duo of juniors in Clay Simonsen and Adam Bloodgood. Simonsen has 219 saves this season and has a save percentage of 90 percent, while Bloodgood has 147 saves and an 85 save percentage.

MIDDLETOWN SOUTH’S #35 ADAM BLOODGOOD Photos by: Tom Smith

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Farewell to Jimmy Garrett, a One-of-A-Kind Coach James W. Garrett, 87, of Monmouth Beach, who lived his life with a joy and passion that inspired everyone he met, died peacefully at home on February 9, 2018, after a truly remarkable and memorable life of faith, family, and football. A devout Roman Catholic, a devoted husband and father, and an outstanding athlete, football coach, and talent scout, he spent his entire life doing things for other people. In both his family and his career, he believed that everybody deserves “a chance to get to the plate” in life. Selfless and generous, he believed in people even more than they believed in themselves. When he died, he was surrounded by his loving family of Jane, his beloved wife of 59 years, and his eight loving children Jim (Margaret) of Cleveland Heights, OH; Jane Stricker (Gregory) of South Russell, OH; Jennifer of Chagrin Falls, OH; Janine Flaherty (Harry) of Oceanport, NJ; Jill of Weston, MA; John (Honor) of Easton, PA; Jason (Brill) of Dallas, TX; and Judd (Erin) of Dallas, TX. He was born June 19, 1930, in Passaic, NJ, the eldest son of James and Isabelle (Sullivan) Garrett and elder brother to Richard (the late Muriel) of Tarzana, CA, and Eugene (Maureen) of Deerfield Beach, FL. A 1948 graduate of Rutherford (NJ) High School, he was an outstanding three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball) and was inducted into the Rutherford High School Hall of Fame. A 1952 graduate of Utah State University, he was a two-sport athlete and an allSkyline Conference fullback and catcher. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army at Fort Lee, VA, from 1952 to 1954.

New York Giants (1970-1973), defensive backs with the New Orleans Saints (1976-1977), and offensive backs with the Cleveland Browns (1978-1984). He also coached the Orlando Panthers of the Continental Football League (1968), the Houston Texans of the World Football League (1974), and Columbia University (1985). He was also a highly regarded talent scout for the Dallas Cowboys from 1986 to 2005.

He went to training camps with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1954 and the New York Giants in 1956 and played in the Canadian Football League. After earning a master’s degree from Columbia University, he began his coaching career as a high school coach in Pauling, NY, and was an assistant coach in football and baseball at the United States Coast Guard Academy and Lehigh University. At Susquehanna University (19601965) he coached both football and baseball, leading the football team to a 39-11-1 record that included undefeated seasons in 1961 and 1962. His six years at Susquehanna were the most rewarding coaching experience of his entire life. After stints as a talent scout with BLESTO-V and the Dallas Cowboys, he coached special teams, running backs, and the defense for the

Well known around the Jersey shore for the workouts he conducted in the backyard of his oceanfront home in Monmouth Beach, he led hundreds of Jersey shore college and professional football prospects through drills every summer for more than 30 years. He also wrote for Jersey Sporting News from 1996 to 2010, which brought him great joy to share his knowledge with young athletes. A dog lover, he loved taking long walks on the beach with his wife, Jane, and their dog. A gifted public speaker and a wonderful storyteller, he kept his family and friends laughing with his hilarious stories. Throughout his entire life he always gave his beloved wife Jane all the credit for the many years of happiness in their marriage and within their large loving family. One of a kind, a larger-than-life character and a role model for all, Jimmy Garrett, or “Coach,” lived a wonderful life. In his memory and in honor of his love of faith, family, and football, donations may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 6 Drummond Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

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MATER DEI PREP NAMES NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

JACKSON LIBERTY HOCKEY: STATE TOURNAMENT SEED AWAITS AFTER BOWING IN DOWD CUP By Lou Monaco

Just like the rest of the Shore Conference, the Jackson Liberty hockey team awaits its state tournament fate as the NJSIAA meets for its seeding meeting on Tuesday, Feb 13. Sophomore forward Zach D’Andrea, junior defenseman Joe Granza, and junior forward Nick Labianca each scored a goal apiece to pace 11thseeded Jackson Liberty in an 8-4 loss to sixth-seeded Manasquan in the first round of the Dowd Cup at Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township. Jackson Liberty (10-62) saw its three-game

JACKSON LIBERTY’S #9 ZACH D’ANDREA Photos by: Tom Smith win streak snapped and is 4-1-1 in its last six games. Manasquan (13-2-1), which is 9-0-1 in its last 10 games, advances to the semifinals and will host 14th-seeded Rum-

son-Fair Haven. RFH edged third-seeded Middletown North, 3-2, in the first round. The Lions are alone in third place (4-2-1) in the Shore Conference A South, behind leader and rival Jackson Memorial (15-4-1, 7-0) and second-place Point Pleasant Boro (11-8-1, 7-1). Statistically, the top three Lions in scoring are junior Aidan Tolnai (20 goals, four assists), Michael Farinacci (16 goals, 11 assists), and junior Ryan Scott (13 goals, 14 assists).

JACKSON LIBERTY’S #21 JOEY GRANZA

James Conte leads the team in assists with 17, while adding five goals.

MIDDLETOWN – Mater Dei Prep announced the appointment of Rob Eriksen as athletic director. Eriksen is the former director of athletics and supervisor of health and physical education for the Old Bridge school district. Lance Bennett will continue as a football coach and assume the role of Coordinator of Student Development. “I am very excited to have Rob Eriksen join our Mater Dei Prep team as our new AD,” said Donald Galante, Mater Dei Prep president. “Rob brings with him extensive experience in this position.” During his tenure with Old Bridge, Eriksen oversaw 98 athletic teams and hired, trained and supervised 126 coaches yearly at Old Bridge High School, Carl Sandburg Middle School and Jonas Salk Middle School. Prior to acting as the director of athletics, Eriksen was the vice principal at Carl Sandburg Middle School for six years. While director of athletics, Eriksen worked with the administration and the board of education to plan and complete Old Bridge’s state-of-the-art Lombardi Field Complex, a track and field facility with a multipurpose turf field for football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. Under Eriksen, Old Bridge hosted the NJSIAA Group IV, I and Parochial B track and field championships and the Meet of Champions at the complex, accomplishments of which he said he’s extremely proud.

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As the athletic director at Mater Dei Prep, Erikson said he will focus on several objectives designed to ensure the athletic program maintains a “culture of competitiveness, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership.” “I was attracted to Mater Dei Prep because of the reputation of their athletic program, their commitment to the student-athletes and coaches and the quality of the student-athletes who attend  Mater Dei Prep,” said Eriksen. One of the most important aspects of his job will be to encourage students to excel in the classroom as well as on the field or court, Eriksen said. He will ensure all athletes and coaches adhere to the rules and regulations established by the NJSIAA, the Shore Conference and Mater Dei Prep. “He will be on campus for 12 months a year and will focus 100 percent on the AD position,” said Galante. “Rob has deep ties to the Shore Conference and the NJSIAA, which will be of great benefit to Mater Dei Prep.” Eriksen also hopes to grow student, faculty, parent, alumni and community involvement and support for all sports, noting that he wants every program to show continuous improvement as they strive to reach the next level. For more information about Mater Dei Prep’s athletic program and the 24 varsity sports it offers, please call 732-671-9100 or visit materdeiprep.org.


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WRESTLING UPDATE: NJSIAA MANASQUAN POWERS PAST A CENTRAL Tournament Section Semifinals By John Sorce

MANASQUAN – It was not much of a competition when it came to who was the top team on the ice in A Central.

By John Sorce

North II Group IV Middletown North 57, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 16

Manasquan finished the regular season with a 12-2 overall record and an unblemished 8-0 mark in divisional play. Their only two losses so far this season have come to Toms River North and Middletown North.

The Lions picked up 11 out of the 14 individual wins to advance to the North II Group IV championship match. Austin Dewise pinned Bobby Mount in the heavyweight class in 4:30 and Thomas O’Keefe defeated Kyle Rigney in 1:10 in the 106 weight class. Also picking up individual victories for Middletown North were Tyler Klinsky (113), Fredrick Luchs (120), Jonathan Provenzano (126), Nate Pujols (132), Mike Puzo (138), Stanley Wojdylak (152), Nico Cerbo (160), Nicholas Cofone (182), and Jacob Anderson (195).

After scoring 15 goals last season as a sophomore, Aidan Tolnai piled up a team-leading 20 goals as a junior. Combine that with his four assists, and he has 24 total points on the season. Tolnai scored four goals against Manalapan and also recorded hat tricks against Lacey and Red Bank Regional.

Central Group V Howell 64, Manalapan 9

The Rebels raked up 12 of 14 individual wins and advanced past Manalapan to the Central Group V championship in convincing fashion. Jesse Liptzin (106), Ethan Liptzin (113), Jerry Lleshi (120), Darby Diedrich (126), Luke Rada (132), Kyle Slendorn (138), Daniel Esposito (145), Xavier Kelly (152), Shane Reitsma (182), Christian Murphy (195), Mike Ventos (220), and Scott Prendergast (heavyweight) claimed victories for Howell.

Central Group IV Long Branch 48, Colts Neck 17

The Green Wave rolled past Colts Neck to advance to the Central Group IV championship, piling up 10 individual victories. Ryan Zimmerman (113), Chris Dean (132), Ryan Carey (138), Issac Shohet (145), Louie Saez (152), Luke Arnold (160), Daniel Santos-Silva (170),

LONG BRANCH VS RARITAN Peter Wersinger (195), La’Qym Morris (220), and Kevin Cerruti (heavyweight) collected wins for Long Branch.

The Warriors are led in total points by junior Ryan Scott (27 points, 13 goals, 14 assists) and Michael Farinacci (27 points, 16 goals, 11 assists). Farinacci has scored two goals in a game five times this season – against Ocean Township, Middletown North, Central Regional, Freehold Township,

Central Group III

and Point Boro. Junior James Conte ranks fourth on the team with 21 total points, 17 of those coming via assist. Sophomores Mike and Matt Franzoni have also played key roles for the Warriors this season. Mike has 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points, while Matt has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points. The Warriors mainly utilize a duo of goaltenders in juniors Ryan O’Leary and Joe Niemczyk. O’Leary has 94 saves and an 86 save percentage while Niemczyk has 63 saves and a save percentage of 82 percent.

Ocean Township 33, Rahway 28

In a tightly contested match that saw both squads collect seven individual victories, it was Ocean Township advancing to the Central Group III title match with a fivepoint victory over Rahway. Earning wins for the Spartans were Demetri Poniros (106), William Tisony (113), Jack Nies (126), Alex Poniros (132), Saif Ali (138), Jake Benner (145), and Anthony Esposito (170).

A core group of juniors are playing key minutes for Manasquan, and they will surely be impact players next season as seniors.

Central Group II Raritan 50, Delaware Valley 9

The Rockets had lift off and will advance to the Central Group II Championship after a convincing win over Delaware Valley in the semifinals. Eleven of 14 Rockets recorded individual wins, including Matt Spirko in heavyweight, defeating Karl Burke in 29 seconds. Also picking up Raritan wins were Jordan Rafalko (106), Robert Taddeo (113), Mike Lonnay (120), Russell Benson (132), AJ Erven (138), Christian Sookdeo (145), Andrew Bohal (152), Anthony Aquilano (160), George Burdick (160), and Ethan Wolf (220).

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Manasquan is the No. 6 seed in the Dowd Cup of the Shore Conference Tournament. They defeated No. 11 seed Jackson Liberty in the first round and will take on No. 14 Rumson-Fair Haven in the semifinals.

Central Group I Shore Regional 52, Maple Shade 18

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The Blue Devils advanced to the Central Group I championship thanks to a 52-18 win over Maple Shade. Earning wins for Shore Regional were Jack Maida (106), Matt Klemser (113), Brad Smuro (120), Al Desantis (132), Michael McGhee (138), Jarrett Weir (152), Ian Smith (160), Taylor Sousa (182), Michael Rosati (195), and Balint Bognar (heavyweight).

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WEEK EIGHT SHORE CONFERENCE BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP By Mike Ready CLASS A NORTH

Neptune (17-4, 13-1) has won eight in a row including their 53-36 statement-making win over CBA on Tuesday and a 56-42 win over division rival Colts Neck on Thursday. With CBA’s loss to Marlboro on Friday, the Fliers clinched the outright A North title. They’ve won eight straight since their loss to Montclair Immaculate – ranked fifth in the Super Essex Conference – on Jan. 21. The Fliers were seeded fourth in Central Jersey Group III and will host No. 13 Westampton Tech.

Christian Brothers Academy (14-6, 12-2) had won 10 games in a row before hitting a rough patch that cost them the A North title dropping three of their last four games, including losses to Neptune and Marlboro. As the No. 5 ranked team in the Shore, the Colts were awarded the second seed in the South Jersey Non-Public A tournament and will host the winner of the No. 10 seed Saint John Vianney at No. 7 seed RBC game. Colts Neck (15-4, 10-4) went 2-2 down the stretch including knockout blows by CBA, 54-34, and Thursday’s 42-36 loss to Neptune. Even with those losses, the sixth-ranked Cougars still managed to grab the No. 1 seed in Central Jersey Group IV and will host No. 16 Monroe in the opening round. Marlboro (11-8, 8-6) upset CBA on Friday denying the Colts a share of the A North title. The Mustangs have been in and out of the top 10 most the season but have been hot as of late winning four in a row to close out the regular season. As an eight seed in the upcoming Central Jersey Group IV tournament, the Mustangs will host No. 9 Middletown South in the opening round. Howell (10-9, 5-9) finished the A North regular season in fifth place ending on a sour note losing four of its final five games. As a No. 10 seed, they’ll travel to seventh-seeded Cherokee in South Jersey Group IV.

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Jersey Non-Public A tournament and will travel to play No. 7 RBC in the preliminary round. Raritan (11-9, 5-7) has won five of its final six regular-season games to end on high note. Their only loss in that stretch was a 56-47 defeat to rival Matawan. As a No. 13 seed, they’ll travel to No. 4 Bordentown.

CLASS A SOUTH

Toms River North (19-3, 14-0) continues to exceed expectations with their only loss in their last 14 games coming in a 59-56 defeat to Hunterdon Central – ranked No. 3 in the Skyland Conference – back on Jan. 27. They’ve clinched the A South for the second year in a row and have won five in a row since that loss and have climbed to No. 8 in the Shore Conference rankings. They were handed the No. 2 seed in South Jersey Group IV and will host No. 15 Vineland. Toms River East’s (12-9, 9-5) 85-66 win over Brick Friday night moved them into a three-way tie for second place in the A South. The Raiders have won four games in a row heading into the South Jersey Group III tournament and as the No. 8 seed will host No. 9 Mainland. Brick’s (13-6, 9-5) loss to TRE on Friday dropped them out of sole possession of second place heading into the state tournament. As the ninth seed in Central Jersey Group III, they’ll travel to play No. 8 seed West Windsor-Plainsboro North.

Rumson-Fair Haven (18-1, 11-0) beat Saint John Vianney Friday night for their 15th win in a row and also clinched the outright A Central championship in doing so. Ranked third in the Shore Conference, the Bulldogs received the No. 1 seed in Central Jersey Group II and will host No. 16 seed North Plainfield in the opening round.

Brick Memorial (11-10, 9-5) tied for second in the A South. They picked up a win Thursday beating Jackson to break a three-game losing streak. As the No. 12 seed in South Jersey Group IV, they’ll travel to No. 5 Rancocas for a firstround game.

Since its 56-34 loss to division rival RFH, Matawan (17-3, 10-2) has reeled off six wins in a row to cement its No. 9 ranking in the Shore Conference. The Huskies were seeded seventh in Central Jersey Group II and will host No. 10 Lincoln in the opening round.

CLASS B NORTH

Saint John Vianney’s (10-12, 6-6) loss to RFH Friday night cost them a trip to the SCT but they seeded tenth in the South

Manasquan (16-4, 12-2) clinched the B North title a while ago but the Warriors lost two big games in the past week, losing to RFH, 56-45, on Saturday then falling to Middletown North, 67-58, on Tuesday. They’re still ranked seventh in the Shore and received a No. 2 seed in Central Jersey Group II and will host No. 15 Delaware Valley in the opening round.

MATER DEI Red Bank Catholic (14-7, 9-5) – ranked 10th in the Shore – finished three games back of Manasquan in second place but has stumbled a bit heading into the state tournament losing three of four games as of Friday. As the seventh seed in the South Jersey Non-Public A tournament, they’ll host No. 10 SJV. Ocean (14-9, 8-6) lost to Middletown South, 58-48, dropping them into a three-way tie for third place in the B North. As the No. 7 seed, the Spartans will host No. 10 Lakewood in the first round of the Central Jersey Group III tournament. Middletown North (10-10, 8-6) had two must-wins to qualify for the SCT beating Manasquan and Wall in their final two games of the regular season. They were given a tenth seed in North Jersey Section 2, Group III and will travel to No. 7 Governor Livingston. Middletown South (11-10, 8-6) beat Ocean  on Friday  to break a five-game losing streak and join the three-way tie for third place. The Eagles will travel to No. 8 seed Marlboro as the No. 9 seed in Central Jersey Group IV.

CLASS B CENTRAL

Ranney (19-4, 14-0) clinched the division last Monday beating Mater Dei, 65-61, for their second win over the Seraphs this season. They’re ranked fourth in the state and have been the Shore Conference’s top-ranked team since preseason polls were released. As the No. 2 seed in South Jersey Non-Public B, they’ll host No. 15 Wardlaw-Hartridge. Mater Dei’s (17-3, 11-2) only other loss of the season was 10-point defeat to Roman Catholic (PA) – ranked fourth in Pennsylvania. They were given a No. 3 seed in South Jersey Non-Public B and will host No. 14 Holy Cross. Point Pleasant Beach (14-6, 10-3) has won seven games in a row and has a huge game with Mater Dei Saturday to see if they can pull the upset and jump into a second-place tie with the Seraphs. As the No. 3 seed in Central Jersey Group I, they’ll host No. 14 Stem Civics.

CLASS B SOUTH

Point Boro (14-4, 11-2) has clinched a tie for the B South title and can secure the outright title Saturday  with a win over Pinelands. The Panthers have won three of four games and head into the state playoffs as a No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II, hosting No. 13 Medford Tech in the opening round. Lakewood (14-8, 11-3) can share a piece of the B South title if Point Boro loses to Pinelands on Saturday. The Piners have won three in a row to close out the regular season and were given a 10 seed forcing them to travel to No. 7 Ocean in the first-round game of the Central Jersey Group III tournament. Barnegat (16-5, 10-4) closed out the regular season with eight straight wins including a 56-46 upset over division leader Point Boro last Monday. As the No. 9 seed in South Jersey Group II, the Bengals will travel to eighth-seeded Middle Township for an opening-round game.   Pinelands (12-8, 9-4) can jump into a third-place tie with Barnegat if they can upset division leader Point Boro on Saturday. The Wildcats were seeded fifth in South Jersey Group III and will host No. 12 Gloucester Tech.

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to St. Rose, ending their hope for a division title. They rebounded with a 64-32 win over Point Pleasant Beach and were given a third seed in the South Jersey Non-Public B tournament hosting the winner of the No. 11 Timothy Christian vs. No. 6 Patrick School game.

No. 10 Colts Neck (15-5, 11-1) clinched the B North title with a 50-34 win over Neptune on Thursday. The Cougars were seeded third in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV tournament and will meet No. 14 Long Branch in the first round.

Mater Dei (14-8,11-4) won four games in a row before losing to St. Rose, 65-34, on Wednesday. As the No. 9 seed they’ll travel to eighth-seeded Moorestown Friends with the winner facing No. 1 seed Trenton Catholic.

Since losing to Colts Neck 63-55 back on Jan. 23, Marlboro (13-6, 10-2) won four straight division games but finished one game back of the Cougars for the A North title. They fell to No. 1 Saint John Vianney, 75-32, last Monday but followed that up with a 50-21 win over Freehold Twp. The Mustangs are seeded fourth in the Central Jersey Group IV tournament and will face No. 13 seed Freehold Twp. Senior Jessica Broad (16.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG) scored her 1000th point Jan. 29 versus Manalapan. Neptune (10-10, 7-5) finished third in the A North, four games in back of Colts Neck. The Fliers, led by sophomore phenom Makaula Andrews (20.7 PPG) and senior Taylor Gardner (12.8 PPG) will face 11th-seeded Nottingham as the sixth seed.

CLASS A CENTRAL

Saint John Vianney (19-1,11-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state and the Shore Conference, as well 19th nationally. They clinched the A Central division with their second win of the season over Rumson-Fair Haven on Friday. The Lancers absorbed their first loss of the season Tuesday, 60-53, at the hands of national power Christ the King, ranked third in the country. The Lancers were awarded the No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Non-Public A tournament and will face the winner of No. 9 Bishop Eustace at No. 8 Paul IV.

Point Pleasant Beach (11-7, 9-6) had losses to Mater Dei and Trinity Hall this past week but will still host No. 9 seed Perth Amboy Tech as the No. 8 seed.

CLASS B SOUTH

SAINT JOHN VIANNEY Rumson-Fair Haven (14-6, 10-1) is ranked sixth in the Shore. Their 84-54 loss to No. 2 Manasquan last Saturday and their second loss of the season to SJV Friday shouldn’t hurt their position in the rankings. They’ll host No. 14 Robbinsville as the third seed in the Central Jersey Group II tournament. Holmdel (13-7, 7-4) is ranked No. 9 in the SSN top 10 due to its tough schedule. Their four division losses came against SJV and RFH. The Hornets will host No. 13 seed Carteret as the fourth seed. Red Bank Regional (10-10, 5-6) made a late-season push to qualify for the state playoffs and as the seventh seed will host tenth-seeded Cranford.

CLASS A SOUTH

Toms River North (19-2, 14-1) has clinched at least a share of the A South championship and is ranked No. 7 in the Shore Conference. The Mariners have rebounded from their 54-41 loss to Jackson Memorial by winning four games in a row. As the No. 3 seed in South Jersey Group V, they’ll host No. 14 seed Atlantic City. Jackson Memorial (16-2, 12-2) will need to win their remaining two division games for a shot at catching TRN for the title. The Jaguars – ranked ninth in the Shore Conference – have won six in a row and eight of their last nine games. As the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group V, the Jaguars will host No. 13 Atlantic Tech.

MANCHESTER

Manchester (19-2, 13-1) shared a piece of the B South title with Donovan Catholic after losing to them by one point, 50-49, a couple of weeks back. The Hawks have maintained their No. 5 ranking in the Shore Conference after winning four in row following a 53-41 loss to state power Franklin. They were awarded the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group II and will host No. 16 Point Boro. vals Southern and Jackson Memorial. The Pirates were awarded a No. 4 seed and will host No. 14 Timber Creek in a South Jersey Group III game.

CLASS B NORTH

Manasquan (19-2, 13-1) is the No. 3 team in the Shore Conference and ranked third in the state and has clinched the B North championship by one game over RBC. Since their loss to the Caseys on Jan. 23, the Warriors have reeled off eight straight wins including their 53-42 win over Rutgers Prep and a 84-54 rout of RFH. They’re the No. 1 seed in Central Jersey Group II hosting No. 16 seed Bordentown.

Donovan Catholic (19-3, 13-1) is one of hottest teams in the state winning 17 straight games since losing to TRE, 56-31, back in December and is ranked eighth in the Shore. As the seventh seed, the Griffins will host No. 10 Mount Saint Mary with the winner traveling to No. 2 Gloucester Catholic. Barnegat (13-7, 10-4) has won five of their last six games including two in a row with their lone loss coming against Manchester, 53-47, last week. Barnegat will host No. 10 seed Willingboro as the seventh seed.

Red Bank Catholic (17-4, 12-2) – ranked fourth in the Shore Conference – rebounded nicely from their 47-40 loss to SJV with an impressive 62-57 win over Manasquan. Middletown North (11-7, 8-5) had won five in a row before losing back-to-back games to Long Branch, 5347, and Manasquan, 65-34, on Tuesday. The Lions still managed to grab a five seed and will host No. 12 seed Governor Livingston.

CLASS B CENTRAL

Southern (13-7, 9-5) had won six in a row before Thursday’s 49-41 loss to Toms River South. They received a No. 10 seed in South Jersey Group IV and will travel to No. 7 Shawnee.

Saint Rose (20-1, 15-0) is ranked second in both the Shore Conference and the state. They’ve clinched the B Central and have won 17 games in a row since losing to Pickerington Central (OH) – ranked No. 3 in Ohio – back on Dec. 27. They had a huge win against nationally ranked Long Island Lutherine (NY) and will travel to Manasquan Saturday for another epic battle with the Warriors. The Purple Roses were given a surprisingly low seed at No. 5 and will host No. 12 Immaculata in the South Non-Public A tournament.

Toms River East (12-7, 9-5) rebounded with a 44-24 win over Southern after dropping games to division ri-

Trinity Hall (19-2, 13-2) absorbed its first two losses of season within four days of each other with both coming

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Lauren Karabin- Valdosta State University - Soccer Sarah Gordon- James Madison University - Soccer Maggie Wishart- Mount. St. Mary’s University - Soccer Amy Paternoster- Princeton University - Soccer Joan Scheidt- University of Delaware - Soccer Hailee Reinhardt- East Stroudsburg University - Soccer Jenna Karabin- Ferris State University - Soccer

JSN would like to congratulate all NLI signees. We at JSN are very proud of all the students, academically and athletically, in the Shore Conference. Robby Smith – Dickinson College - Baseball Teddy Sourlis – Babson College - Basketball Justin Johnson – Wesleyan University - Football Jack Kelleher – Gettysburg College - Football Peter Lucas – Lehigh University - Football John McHeffey – Gettysburg College - Football Gavin Pomphrey – Gettysburg College - Football Alex Sloan – College of Holy Cross - Football Margot Ridgeway – University of California, Davis - Soccer Kylie McCabe – Clark University - Softball Olivia DeBonte – Ursinus College - Volleyball

Camaren Cox - LaSalle University - Soccer Riley Schykerynec – William Paterson University - Soccer

Haazig Daniels (Edison) - United States Air Force Academy - Football Nick Densieski (Freehold) - Pace University - Football Dominick Spano (Freehold) - Stonehill College - Football   Zyaire Sterling (Keyport) - Wesleyan University - Football Dylan Stoppiello (Union Beach) - Kean University - Football Donovan Reiser (Aberdeen) - Sacred Heart University - Football Josiah Walker (East Windsor) - Mayville State University - Football Sam East (Jackson) - Gannon University - Football

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