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January 10, 2017 Volume-IX Issue-1

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Freehold Township Tops TR North for First WOBM Title By Matt Manley - Senior Staff Writer


or three quarters, the WOBM Christmas Classic final was not pretty, and that is exactly how Freehold Township’s defense has made life for its opponents. In the WOBM Christmas Classic final between the third-seeded Patriots and topseeded host Toms River North, Freehold Township again took on a high-octane offense and slowed it to a crawl. Senior Steve Staklinski scored a gamehigh 23 points to go with eight rebounds and the No. 3 Patriots separated from the Mariners early in the fourth quarter to win their first ever WOBM Christmas Classic, 4539.

“Even last year, we started off playing a lot of fullcourt press and it wasn’t working out too well for us, so we had to push it back to half court,” Staklinski said. “This year, you can see we’re all coming together based on last year’s experience playing good halfcourt defense when we need to.”

“Our coaches kept telling us what a great team they (Toms River North) were and we had to be ready,” Staklinski said. “We just had to do what we do – play (defense). Honestly, it was just a great team game.”

As for the offense, Freehold Township grew more effective over the course of the game and excelled by relying on one hot hand. Staklinski scored 13 of his points in the fourth, including a thunderous two-handed dunk as he was fouled. The three-point play capped a 7-0 burst to open the quarter, giving Freehold Township a 34-26 lead.

The Patriots clamped down on Toms River North’s top offensive threats, holding senior Jaden Rhoden to eight points and senior Mike Nyisztor to six. In total, Toms River North shot 13-for-48 (27 percent) and committed 15 turnovers. After scoring eight points before halftime, Rhoden did not score in the second half.

“Once I saw the outlet pass, I was immediately thinking dunk,” Staklinski said. “I bobbled it a little, but I still went up for it.” The Patriots built their lead as high as 12 at 45-33, which followed a first 24 minutes in which neither team led by more than five points – a 16-11 Freehold Township lead in the second quarter.

Senior Steve Staklinski

Senior Ryan Zyskowski added nine points and seven rebounds for Freehold Township. Junior Holden Petrick, meanwhile, led Toms River North with 11 points.

The Patriots’ effort Friday capped a superior defensive tournament for Freehold Township, which held all three WOBM opponents under 40 points and to an average of 37.5 per game. Only one Freehold Township opponent this season has crossed the 40-point plateau and it was only 42 points by Neptune in a 66-42 Patriots win. “It doesn’t surprise us,” Staklinski said of Freehold Township’s defense so far. “Just in practice, you can see the amount of hard work we put in. Everyone is working together and we always know someone is going to be there on the backside with help. As a team, it’s great to be able to play ‘D’ like we have.” “As good as the results have been, I don’t think we’re a great team right now,” Freehold Township coach Brian Golub said. “I give us an A on the defensive end, but our offense has to find ways to score besides off our defense. But our defense has been awesome. This is one of the only tournaments we’ve been in and haven’t won.” To make the Patriots showing even more impressive, it came against a Toms River North team averaging 68.8 points per game heading into the championship game. Freehold Township also held a Manasquan team averaging 65 points in its other six games to 39 in the semifinal game.

TR North Senior Jaden Rhoden

The Patriots’ game plan was not as singularly focused as the one that held Manasquan’s Devin Jensen to 10 points on 3for-17 shooting on Thursday, but it was varied in its man-zone mix and equally disruptive to the Mariners’ shooters and any Toms River North player who tried to score near the basket.

Senior Bobby Weise

Freehold Township extended its unbeaten start to 7-0 amid a difficult stretch for Golub, who has been helping tend to his ill father since the start of practice in November. Golub said his father was a regular at Freehold Township games in years past. With Golub away from the team, assistant Todd Smith ran the team through practice Friday morning and did the heavy lifting installing the gameplan. “Todd deserves this win,” Golub said. “He did all the hard work getting our guys ready to play. I just showed up to the game and yelled at the refs.”

Joe Stroffolino, Director of Advertising & Marketing for the Causeway Family of Dealerships, presents the WOBM Christmas Classic MVP to Sr. Steve Staklinski


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Tutzauer Shines as Toms River North Ends 1 2 - Y e a r W O B M D r o u gh t By Tyler Calvaruso - Shore Sports Network Correspondent


t has been a long time coming for Toms River North, but the wait is over.

The Mariners captured their first WOBM Christmas Classic title since 2004, soundly defeating Point Boro, 67-52. The title is Toms River North’s eighth Christmas Classic championship, giving them the most in tournament history – one more than Rumson-Fair Haven. “It’s special,” Toms River North head coach Vicki Gillen said. “We put up the banners from 2002, we lost in the finals in 2003, we won in 2004. I said ‘girls, it’s been a really, really long time and I’m just really happy for them.” Toms River North (7-0) got off to a hot start, leading Point Boro (5-2) 20-6 after one behind 11 points from tournament MVP Ashley Tutzauer. Tutzauer would finish with a game-high 32 points and eight steals while finishing with 93 points during the four-game run.

with 20, points and Megan Hughes, who hit five threes and scored 17 points, the Mariners were able to maintain a double-digit lead throughout the quarter thanks to their unsung hero, Amanda Johnson.

“It was really special for her to do what she did these last four games.” Gillen said. “She’s just impossible to stop. Everyone was saying Ashley wasn’t going to get a shot today and she did. She found open looks and led us, she really was a senior leader for us these last four games.”

Johnson stuffed the stat sheet on Friday night with 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists. She was named to the all-tournament second team.

The Mariners continued to cruise and took a 32-14 lead into the locker room behind 16 first-half points from Tutzauer and 12 first-half points from sophomore Jenna Paul, who finished with 21 points and was named to the all-tournament team. There was no let up from Toms River North coming out of halftime and the Mariners would take a commanding 45-28 lead into the fourth quarter due, in large part, to their activity in the passing lanes. The Mariners came away with 16 steals as a team.

TR North Sr. Ashley Tutzauer

“We were very confident coming into this game.” Gillen said. “They knew that if we could play the way we’ve been playing, why not tonight?” Pt. Boro Fr. Kate Letergez drives on TR North Jr. Amanda Johnson


“We’re not here tonight without her.” Gillen said “She does everything. When you watch her, she’s always in the right spot. She’s never misplaced offensively and she’s a versatile player. I can play her at the point, or I can play her underneath. Defensively, she can cover a guard, or she can play down low. She’s an all-around excellent player for us.”

It has been 13 years since the Mariners could call themselves WOBM champions and this year, the trophy will be staying at home.




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Despite late scoring efforts from Point Boro’s Ally Lassen, who finished


Seaview Orthopaedic’s Dr, Chopra presents the WOBM MVP to Ashley Tutzauer

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Shore Sports Network & the US Army to Honor Basketball Teams of the Week By Mat t Manley - S enior S taff Writ er

of the Central Jersey U.S. Army Recruiting Company said. “With our involvement, we want to show the athletes that what we do in the army and what athletes do are one in the same. The intestinal fortitude to be the best you can be is exactly what we do every day.”


uring the 2017 boys basketball season, Shore Sports Network will be selecting an Army Strong Team of the Week, sponsored by the U.S. Army. The feature team will be selected based on performance from the prior week of action.

Once per week, teams selected as the Army Strong Team of the Week will be featured as a lead story on the Shore Sports Network website and be paid a visit by representatives from both Shore Sports Network and the U.S. Army. The head coach, players and staff will be presented with a special ball to commemorate the award, either during school, a practice or before a home game.

“We’re excited and honored to have a chance to give out recognition to the teams and to the entire school and athletic organization,” Captain Carl "PJ" Hartman

As a commanding officer in the Central Jersey Recruiting operation, Hartman said his office works closely with 60 schools throughout the central part of the state, including Monmouth and Ocean County. Hartman said representatives from his office are physically present in schools as often as once per week if schools permit, and try to be present at least once a month at each school within the scope of his office’s reach. In addition to disseminating information about enlistment, Hartman said the Army offers assistance in anti-bullying and leadership, professional development and with information on college opportunities through the Army’s reserve program. “We have found the schools to be supportive,” Hartman said. “I see a pro-military, patriotic type of support from the staff that works with us.”

Ocean opened up the season with Manasquan, Long Branch and Middletown North – the first two of which were in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals last year and the other a roster chock full of experience – and managed to salvage a 1-2 record by holding off a late rally and beating Long Branch on a last-second shot by senior Darius Brown.

Week One Ocean Township

That set the stage for holiday tournament week, when the Spartans nailed down the first Army Strong Team of the Week Award. Ocean won three straight games at the Husky Holiday Classic at Matawan High School to win the tournament and launch what is now a five-game winning streak heading into a Friday road game at Freehold Boro.

The run through the Husky began with a 61-48 win over Tottenville of Staten Island and continued a day later with an overtime thriller against host Matawan. The Spartans pulled out a 69-66 affair over the Huskies on Dec. 28 and capped the tournament by beating Old Bridge, 4138, in the championship game on Dec. 30.

Three different players led Ocean in scoring during the tournament, with junior Andrew Seager taking home the tournament MVP. He put up 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the win over Tottenville, scored a career-high 23 in the win over Matawan and scored a team-high 17 points in the championship game. Brown also posted career-high 31 points in the overtime win over Matawan, while freshman Jack Miller led the way with 18 points in the win over Tottenville.

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team, the Ocean Township boys basketball team was already facing its fair share of challenges. Then the Spartans saw their schedule.




Ocean’s surge continued into this week with a win over Pinelands and a key Shore Conference Class B North win over Wall at home. Miller again led the way with 18 points and seven assists in the 63-60 win over the Crimson Knights.






very week this regular season, S hore Conference Basketball fans will ha ve their chance to vote for the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network basketball Player of the Week on our website.


eansburg is off to a 3-3 start to its season, but considering who those three losses came against – Mater Dei, Ranney and St. Rose – the Titans are probably feeling even better about their start than the record would indicate. Last year, Keansburg won just two games all season and this year, the Titans managed to match that before the calendar even turned to 2017.


Eckleberry won the Player of the Week voting with a comfortable majority of the vote, collecting 59.6 percent of the vote total. Freehold Township’s Steve Staklinski finished second at just above 30 percent of the more than 9,500 votes.

Two of those wins came at Henry Hudson’s holiday tournament on Dec. 27 and 28 against South River and South Amboy. Among the key contributors in the two wins was junior Paul Eckleberry, a first-year varsity player whose immediate impact has helped Keansburg lay a foundation for a vastly better season 1/2/i7 than the one the Titans endured last year.


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During Keansburg’s run to the tournament championship, Eckleberry scored 18 points in an 81-76 overtime win over South River in round one and posted a team-high 17 points to go with 11 rebounds and three assists in a 46-40 championship victory over South Amboy. Eckleberry was named tournament MVP.

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Shore Sports Network Top ten L

By Bob Badders – Senior Managing Editor

ess than a month into the Shore Conference wrestling season the Shore Sports Network Top 10 is beginning to take shape.

Familiar names occupy the top two spots as Howell takes the No. 1 position and Southern, the reigning NJSIAA Group V champion, comes in at No. 2. While those two teams are at the top now, a few other teams could threaten their hopes of holding onto No. 1. Raritan has a deep and balanced lineup and Middletown North is a team that continues to rise. Colts Neck is another team to watch with a veteran roster.


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The Rams fell to High Point on Dec. 30 but have won five straight since then, including a 34-21 win over a solid West Morris team and Class A South wins over Toms River East and Central. Eight wrestlers are over 10 wins, led by undefeated senior 182 Seon Bowker at 14-0. Junior Owen Kretschmer is 13-4 at 113 pounds, junior Matt Barnett is 102 at 132 pounds and sophomore Nick O’Connell is 12-2 at 145 pounds.



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The Jaguars are under .500 but three of the four losses have come to teams ranked in the top 20 in New Jersey. The Jags have a hard-fought 33-21 win over Brick Memorial. Senior 138 Matt McGowan is 11-2, as is sophomore 106 Vinnie Scollo. Senior Dan Bergeron is in the midst of a breakout season with a 12-4 record at 160 pounds and junior Dave Lemay is doing the same with a 12-2 mark at 220. Sophomore Carsten DiGiantomasso is 12-4 at 126 pounds.



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The Mustangs have wins over Central, Toms River North and Lacey and have dropped matches to No. 2 Southern and No. 8 Jackson Memorial. They are young and inexperienced in spots, but have a pair of undefeated hammers in seniors Gianni Ghione at 132 and Nick Rivera at heavyweight. Senior Chris Richardson is 9-3 at 152 pounds, junior Sam Williams has emerged as a solid starter with a 9-2 mark at 170 and sophomore Ean Mueller continues to improve and is 7-3 at 160.

The Class B North title is all but locked up for the Lions with wins over No. 6 Wall, No. 10 Long Branch and Ocean already in hand, and they also have very good nonconference wins over Warren Hills and Roxbury. Five wrestlers have 10 or more wins, including junior 145 Stanley Wojdylak (12-2), who has a win over Ocean standout Jake Benner. Junior 170 Nicko Cofone is 11-1, senior 182 Tom Anderson is 10-3 and the freshman duo of Tyler Klinsky (12-1 at 106) and Fred Luchs (11-2) at 113 have been a major boost.



The Lancers’ loss to Wall prevented them from jumping up a spot, but the talent is there at several weights. That makes them a better tournament team than in duals, however. Senior 113 Luke Ecklof is unbeaten at 13-0 while freshman 106 Tyler Pepe is 131. Juniors Nick Caracappa (11-3 at 170) and Steven Giannios (11-1 at 220) have been impressive thus far. Senior heavyweight Micah Clark is 10-1, but will be out of the picture soon as he will enroll early at Rutgers where he has a football scholarship.

The Rockets own a 48-20 win over No. 6 Wall and also have a good nonconference victory over North Hunterdon. They were 5-0 over the past week with victories over Wayne Valley, West Essex, Bridgewater-Raritan and Matawan to go along with the North Hunterdon win. Raritan has eight wrestlers with at least 10 wins, including undefeated sophomore Charles Barrale at 113 (11-0) while Russell Benson is 14-1 at 132, George Burdick is 14-1 at 170 and Ethan Wolf is 13-1 at 220.



The Crimson Knights’ record doesn’t make them a top 10 team, but the losses are to No. 3 Raritan, No. 4 Middletown North and Cranford, which is ranked top five in New Jersey. The Crimson Knights have a 35-30 win over St. John Vianney and are dangerous at several spots. Senior 195 Matt McKenzie has been dominant in starting 12-0 while senior 138 Nick Wagner (11-2), junior 145 Jack Kelly (11-2) and sophomore 152 Rob Kanniard (13-1) are among the best in the Shore.

The Rebels’ only loss is by one point to Hunterdon Central in a battle of top 10 teams in New Jersey. Among their victories are a 44-15 win over Manalapan and a 40-25 victory over Kittatinny this past week. Junior 132 Dan Esposito is 11-0 and freshman 170 Shane Reitsma is also 11-0 to lead a roster that has seven double-digit winners. Senior 220 Eric Keosseian, junior 126 Kyle Slendorn and sophomore 120 Darby Diedrich are all 11-1.


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The Green Wave’s lone defeat is to No. 4 Middletown North and they own wins over Point Boro and Ocean among their seven victories. Five wrestlers have over 10 wins and four are underclassmen. Senior 126 Carlos Irizzary leads the team with a 12-3 record while freshman Ryan Zimmerman at 106, junior Chris Dean at 120 and sophomore Luke Arnold at 152 each have 11 wins. Junior Pete Wersinger is 10-3 at 195 ponds.

The Cougars entered 2017 with plenty of hype and have been as advertised so far. They went 8-0 to win the Disney Duals in Florida and a swept a quad with Manalapan, Freehold and Jackson Liberty this past weekend. Challenges lie ahead with starters Jerry Lleshi and Justin Pierre-Louise out indefinitely after a violation of team rules and starters Michael Jannucci and Liam Hoagland injured this past weekend. Junior 113 Joey King is off to a 14-0 start to lead a group that has eight wrestlers with over 10 wins. The return of senior Steven Barsky, a region qualifier, at 195 pounds is a major boost.

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By Matt Manley – Managing Editor


he top two teams in the Shore Sports Network preseason top 10 included a

defending Shore Conference Tournament champion that returned three starters and added five potential impact transfers, and another team with five sophomore starters – two of

whom are considered five−star recruits. No. 1 Ma Te r De i Pr eP N o. 2 r a N N e y have looked the part to this point and still appear poised to meet at some point outside of the two Shore Conference Class B Central games they will play against one another. With Princeton commit Elijah Barnes leading a balanced group at Mater Dei and sophomore newcomer Ahmadu Sarnor joining five-star studs Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis at Ranney, the bar at the top of the conference appears to be especially high this year.




Meanwhile, it appears there is at least one public school team with the potential to challenge the two newfound Goliaths of the Shore Conference and it’s not necessarily the one that would have been the most obvious candidate a month ago.

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F r e e h o l D T o w N S h i P graduated its top two scorers from last year’s NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV runner-up, including All-Shore guard Nick Facendo, but the Patriots have reinvented themselves as a long, athletic, defensive stalwart in the half court. The result has been a 9-0 start to the season and a defense that has allowed the opposition to 38.9 points per game and allowed 40 points just twice – both in 20-plus-point victories. Of all the teams off the fast starts in the 2016-17, Freehold Township has, arguably, the most complete resume. The Patriots have collected wins over three Shore Sports Network Top 10 teams – No. 4 Toms River North, No. 6 Manasquan and No. 7 Christian Brothers Academy – and ran the table at the WOBM Christmas Classic for their first ever title in the Toms River Tournament.

The most obvious case of the graduation blues is Christian Brothers Academy, which lost the entire starting five and sixth man from a team that reached the Shore Conference Tournament final for a third straight year. Despite losing All-Shore forwards Pat Andree and Jack McGuire as part of a sixplayer exodus, CBA is off to a more-thanrespectable 6-2 and has been competitive in its two losses to No. 3 Freehold Township and No. 4 Toms River North.

Seniors Steve Staklinski, Ryan Zyskowski and Bobby Weise were all starters on last year’s team and have all refined their games over the offseason. Staklinski and Zyskowski have expanded their scoring ability, while Weise – a knock down shooter on last year’s team – has served the role of point guard in the half court.

Senior Ryan Cardone played significant minutes off the bench last year and has filled one of the open starter spots admirably. Sophomore Greg Billups is the other starter and has been a reliable player on both ends of the floor as a matchup defender and a legitimate threat to lead the team in scoring. Each starter is at least 6-2, with Staklinski and Zyskowski standing at an athletic 6-5. Mix in junior Ja’zeem Foster and seniors Brian White and Brandon Hasner off the bench, and the Patriots have had a good blend of contribution beyond its balanced starting five.

The sophomore duo of Liam Kennedy and Josh Cohen have led the Colts in the early going, with Cohen averaging better than 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kennedy coming on strong lately as a scorer with 18 points against Toms River North on Saturday and 17 against Hackettstown on Sunday. Kennedy is also handing out better than five assists per game.


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M a N a S q u a N has been as consistent as any public school program in the Shore Conference over the last decade and the depth of the program is being put to the test this season following the graduation of All-Shore players Ryan Jensen and Jack Sheehan. On top of losing the two standouts, Manasquan also had to replace junior and Notre Dame baseball commit Tommy Sheehan – who opted not to play basketball in order to prepare for the MLB Draft. The challenge got even tougher when senior returnee Brian Paturzo injured his ankle on Dec. 22.

When the Shore Conference Tournament is seeded in about a month, Mater Dei and Ranney will have piled up a number of showcase games against state powers, as well as two games against one another – which will make it difficult for Freehold Township to match resumes with either. If the Patriots keep dominating opponents as they have, however, the top two teams at the Shore are going to feel the pressure to win those games against top competition in order to keep Freehold Township from breaking up their party.

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A handful of Shore Conference teams that have been successful in recent years faced some serious challenges coming into the year because of graduation and, for the most part, all of them have made the transition successfully.


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Throughout all of the adversity, senior Devin Jensen has raised his level of play and is averaging north of 24 points per game, the best mark of any player in the Shore this year. With Jensen leading the way, the Warriors have begun the year 6-2 and still have the inside track in the Class B North race.

l a k e w o o D has been a constant within the Shore Sports Network Top 10 over the past five seasons, but the Piners had their work cut out for them heading into the year without All-Shore players Amir Tyler and Sean Barksdale, as well as center Ryzson Barnes.

So far, however, Lakewood remains the pacesetter in the Class B South division with its 4-0 start in divisional play and 6-1 overall. Senior Adi Palmer has taken on a leadership role both in the huddle and on the floor, while twins Jyheir and Zyheir Jones have led a cast of solid players who are contributing from both the starting lineup and the bench.




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Jersey Shore: Medical

Unfortunately for some of the Shore’s best, the season has been blemished by injuries. On top of a number of offseason injuries that extended into the start of this season, a number of in-season ailments have thrown off the depth charts for a number of area teams.

r u M S o N - F a i r h a v e N was slated to return three starters from its 2015-16 team, but it had to replace 1,800-point scorer Brendan Barry. On top of losing Barry, two of the slated returning starters – 6-6 center Elijah McAllister and guard Mike O’Connor – have yet to play because of injuries. Despite the graduation of Barry and the injuries to McAllister and O’Connor, Rumson is off to a 7-0 start, highlighted by a win over Marlboro at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase.

In addition to the aforementioned Rumson – which also dealt with a teamwide bout with the flu on top of the injuries to McAllister (ACL) and O’Connor (turf toe) – Marlboro has been the most afflicted team in the Shore Conference. Senior P.J. Ringel broke a bone in his left hand during a scrimmage against Mater Dei and is eying a return in the middle of January. Senior 6-5 forward Emir Anda, however, was not so fortunate. After missing his junior year with a torn ACL in his left knee, he tore the ACL in his right knee in Marlboro’s second game of the season and will miss nearly all of his senior season. Anda scored 19 of the team’s 39 points in an opening-night win over Neptune before going down early on in a win over Donovan Catholic two days later.

Marlboro also played that Neptune game without sophomore Dylan Kaufman because of an illness, but have since welcomed the 6-4 center back into the lineup, where he has been a steady source of scoring and rebounding. Despite the hardship, Marlboro began the week at 6-2 overall and unbeaten in Class A North with Ringel set to return.

Junior Teddy Sourlis has led a dangerous three-point shooting attack that has sparked the Bulldogs so far, while senior Tyler Pierson has anchored the defensive effort. Sophomore Ian O’Connor has been the most improved player on the team, going from a seldom-used freshman last year to an all-around threat who has already put up a 35-point game this season.

Sophomore Rob Higgins is part of an impressive Class of 2018 at the Shore and his return had Middletown North primed for a big season. That took a wrong turn when Higgins injured his right wrist in the final seconds of a loss to Sayreville on Dec. 28. Since Higgins went down, Middletown North is 1-3 and will have to get by for another one-to-weeks while their sophomore standout heals.

C o lT S N e C k has not won like the four aforementioned teams have, but the .500 Cougars have shown signs that they will be a formidable team sooner rather than later. Like CBA, Colts Neck graduated all five starters from last year’s Central Jersey Group IV championship team while returning sixth man Brendan Clarke. Junior Danny Gaines has been the team’s top scorer at better than 18 points per game in his first varsity season.

Point Boro is just beginning to become whole again as senior John Venturi works his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in January of 2016. The senior has begun to play limited minutes and as he gets closer to the level he found last year as the team’s leading scorer, the Panthers will become a threat in B South.

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not lose much by way of graduation, but the Scarlet Fliers are off to a solid 5-3 start despite Barry Brown, the top scorer from last year, transferring to Roselle Catholic. Junior 6-6 center Jared Kimbrough has enjoyed a breakout season while senior Jules Calhoun, junior Scott Field and sophomore Dwaine Jones have all been integral in Neptune’s early success.

Toms River East has not been as fortunate with senior Phil Lingat sidelined by a torn ACL. Lingat did not have surgery until August, so he is expected to miss the entire season after turning in an AllShore campaign as a junior. To this point, the Raiders have missed Lingat – the only senior slated to play this season – dearly considering they are off to a 25 start.

Mater Dei and ranney on Display

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While the Shore’s top teams do battle over the next month, the question for Mater Dei and Ranney – other than who will win the two regular-season showdowns between the two rivals – is how both will fair in showcase settings. Mater Dei proved its mettle last season by beating teams like St. Peter’s Prep and St. Joseph Montvale in weekend events and will have a chance to do the same against Newark East Side, Lakewood and East Orange after already picking up a win over Union Catholic at the Jingle Bells Classic on New Year’s Day.

Junior Matan Zucker put up a pair of big scoring efforts in a losing cause for Manalapan, but an injury has since sidelined him. The Braves have managed a pair of wins in his absence but are waiting on their top scoring threat to recover and complete the lineup again.

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Ranney, meanwhile, won a wild home game against a quality Rutgers Prep team that shot 19-for-30 from three-point range. The Panthers are hoping that win propels them to a successful run through competition that is a step up from what Ranney faced when its core players were freshmen. Over the next month, Ranney will face Montclair Immaculate and Newark East Side to go along with the showdown against St. Anthony.

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Wrestlers and teams to Watch in 2017 By Bob Badders – Senior Managing Editor

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t h e s e a s o n s t a r t in g in t h e m i d d l e o f D e c e m b e r r i g h t a r o un d t h e h o l i d a y s , t h e f i r s t f e w w e e k s o f t h e w r e s t l in g s e a s o n a r e a l w a y s d i s j o in t e d . W h e n J a n u a r y r o l l s a r o un d , h o w e v e r , t h e s e a s o n r e a l l y g e t s g o in g w it h matches that will decide division c h a m p i o n s h i p s , in d i v i d u a l s m a k in g a n a m e f o r t h e m s e l v e s a n d t h e p i c t u r e b e g in n in g t o c l e a r in r e s p e c t t o t h e p o s t s e a s o n . The 2017 Shore Conference season will feature many of the same programs as usual vying for supremacy, but that’s not to say it will be status quo. This appears to be a very wide open race for the eventual No. 1 spot as well as in the Shore Conference Tournament.

Just as it was this time last season, Howell is the top-ranked team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 and the favorite to win at least a share of the Class A North division title for the 12th straight season. The Rebels are off to a 10-1 start with their only loss coming to Hunterdon Central. Howell has three returning state qualifiers, led by senior 220-pounder Eric Keosseian, who was the Region VI champion last season and placed eighth at the state tournament. Committed to West Point, Keosseian recently earned his 100th career victory. Also returning after reaching Atlantic City are junior 132-pounder Kyle Slendorn and sophomore 126-pounder Darby Diedrich, while junior Dan Esposito was a region qualifier a year ago and is off to an 11-0 start. Impact freshmen Shane Reitsma (170) and Luke Rada (113) help the Rebels comprise a deep and talented roster.

The main challenger to Howell’s division title hopes is fifth-ranked Colts Neck, which entered with plenty of hype after winning its first state tournament match in program history last season. The Cougars brought back every starter from last season, including region qualifiers Steve Barsky, Liam Hoagland, Vinnie Gargiulo and Joey King, who was a state qualifier in 2015. The two teams will square off on Friday Jan. 13 in a match that will almost certainly decide the A North championship.

No. 3 Raritan has owned Class A Central for the better part of a decade, winning six straight and 11 of 12 division championships. The Rockets are once again expected to take home the title with a deep and balanced lineup. Junior 132-pounder Russell Benson, the Region VI runner-up at 126 pounds last season, leads the way and anchors a solid group of lower weights that also includes region qualifier Charles Barrale at 113 pounds. The Rockers already have eight wrestlers with 10 or more wins, so the production has been spread out.

The only team in the division that can possibly derail Raritan in its quest for a seventh straight division crown is No. 7 St. John Vianney. The Lancers feature senior Luke Ecklof at 113 pounds, who was eighth in the state at 106 pound last season. Senior heavyweight Micah Clark is also a returning state qualifier, but Clark is graduating early from St. John Vianney and enrolling early at Rutgers University where his is a four-star offensive line recruit. Juniors Nick Caracappa (170) and Steven Giannios (220) have started strong, and a healthy Jack McLafferty at 145 pounds is a big boost. Freshman Tyler Pepe has burst onto the scene with a 13-1 record at 106 pounds.

N o . 8 J a c k s o n M e m o r i a l o n Tu e s d a y J a n . 1 7 w i l l m o s t l i k e l y d e c i d e t h e A South championship.

Class B North also has three top-10 teams with No. 4 Middletown North, No. 6 Wall and No. 10 Long Branch, plus a solid Ocean team. Middletown North claimed a share of the Class A North division title last season for their first division championship since 2002, and with wins over Wall, Long Branch and Ocean already, the Lions are now in the driver’s seat for their first back-to-back division titles since winning three straight from 1988-1990. Middletown North has five returning region qualifiers, led by senior Thomas Anderson at 195 pounds and junior Stanley Wojdylak at 145 pounds and including Nicko Cofone, Austin Dewise and Sean Deering.

It’s been a two-team race in Class B Central for several years and it won’t be any different this season. Last year it was Shore ending Point Beach’s five-year reign as division champions, but the Garnet Gulls, who went on to win the program’s first state sectional championship, appear poised to regain the division hardware. The Gulls have seniors Jack Baker, who was fourth in Region VI at 182 pounds last season, and Roddy Rupp (138) as returning region qualifiers.

Shore is lead by senior Austin Cannon at 170 pounds and junior Brad Smuro at 120 pounds. Freshman Al DeSantis is off to an undefeated start at 126 pounds, while Matt Klemser (113), Jarrett Wier (138) and Jack McCrae (145) have been solid thus far. S h o r e w i l l h o s t P o in t B e a c h o n We d n e s d a y J a n . 1 8 .

Jackson Liberty has won the last two and three of four Class B South titles, but the Lions are having a down year and aren’t in contention to retain the crown. It looks like Point Boro and Lacey, which is back in the division after some years in Class A South, will battle it out for the division championship. Point Boro has four returning region qualifiers with Spencer Robinson, Dylan Davies, Billy Borowsky and Ben Sabo. Freshman Ty Bailey has had a solid start with a 6-2 record at 126 pounds. Lacey also has four returning state qualifiers, which includes state qualifier Hunter Gutierrez at 106 pounds. The sophomore is 9-0 and among the best 106-pounders in New Jersey. Juniors Luke Moynihan (9-0 at 126) and Luke Gauthier (7-1 at 138), plus senior Matt Garrity (8-1 at 160) anchor the lineup.

P o in t B o r o a n d L a c e y w i l l m e e t o n F r i d a y J a n . 1 3 .

K ey W restlers Jake Benner, Jr. Ocean

Raritan and St. John Vianney will clash on Wednesday Jan. 18 in Holmdel.

With Brick Memorial and Jackson Memorial not at the level they have been in recent seasons, Class A South isn’t the juggernaut it usually is. No. 2 Southern is the favorite to win its third title in four years. The Rams are the reigning NJSIAA Group V champions and return three region qualifiers and one state qualifier. Junior Matt Barnett reached Atlantic City at 126 pounds last season and is off to a 9-2 start at 132 pounds. Senior Seon Bowker has been impressive in compiling a 13-0 record at 182 pounds, and junior 113-pounder Owen Kretschmer is 12-4 at 113 pounds. Seniors Nick Suriano, a region qualifier, and Joe Miele did not come out for the team this season, which certainly hurts Southern’s depth and experience. If any team has proven it can reload without superstars it’s Southern, so counting out the Rams would be foolish.









W atch A talented wrestler who seems to be on the verge of breaking through on the state level, Benner is coming off a sophomore season where he went 36-3, reached the Region VI final at 132 pounds and reached the second round of wrestlebacks in the state tournament. He is 13-1 this season with championships at the Kearny Tournament and Mustang Classic, winning by major decision over Wall’s Nick Wagner and besting former state medalist Trace Kinner of Kingsway. Benner suffered a defeat to Middletown North’s Stanley Wojdylak wrestling up at 145 pounds, but that doesn’t tarnish his enormous potential to find a spot on the medal stand in Atlantic City this season. He is a two-time district 22 champion.

Russell Benson, Jr., Raritan

Benson reached the Region VI final at 126 pounds last season after winning the District 22 title and went 33-5. He finished one win short of a state medal in Atlantic City, so he has plenty of motivation to return to Boardwalk Hall and claim a spot on the medal stand. Benson is 13-1 so far this season with a Hawk Classic title, and his only loss is to North Hunterdon’s Andrew Gapas. He is a key cog in the lineup for the No. 3 Rockets, who are going for a seventh straight Class A Central division title and are a contender for the NJSIAA Group II title.

Cole Corrigan, Jr., TR South

Corrigan was a District 24 champion and Region VI finalist at 138 pounds last season, and was then able to finish seventh in the state tournament and compile a 36-4 record. This season Corrigan is off to a 12-0 start with titles at the Lenape Valle Tournament and Elizabeth Minutemen Classic. At the Minutemen Classic he defeated Wall’s Rob Kanniard, who was also undefeated, 3-2, to take the title. He is a two-time District 24 champion and two-time Region VI finalist.

Luke Ecklof, Sr., St. John Vianney

Leading the way in St. John Vianney’s ascension to a top-10 team has been Ecklof, who last season won the Region VI 106-pound title to become the Lancers’ third overall region champ and first since 2003. He backed that up by placing eighth in the state tournament to also become just the third Lancers wrestler in history and first since 2004 to claim a spot on the medal stand. Ecklof has picked up right where he left off with a 13-0 record and titles at the Robin Leff Invitational and Mustang Classic.


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Matt McKenzie, Sr., Wall

Gianni Ghione, Sr., Brick Memorial

A two-time state medalist, McKenzie is coming off a season where he went 36-3 and finished third in the state at 195 pounds. As a sophomore McKenzie was sixth in the state at 195 pounds, and as a freshman finished fourth in Region VI at 170 pounds. He is a two-time region finalist and two-time District 23 champion. He has been unstoppable this season with a 12-0 record that includes six pins, two technical falls and a major decision. He has won titles at the Colt Classic, Mustang Classic and Elizabeth Minutemen Tournament, and became the first four-time Mustang Classic champion.

The most decorated wrestler in the Shore Conference, Ghione is a two-time state medalist after finishing fourth at 120 pounds last season and going 34-4. He is also a twotime District 23 champion and three-time finalist and also a two-time Region VI champion and three-time finalist. Ghione has been dominant this season with a 12-0 record that includes 10 pins and one major decision. The one win that didn’t secure bonus points was his biggest, however, as he edged Kingsway’s Quinn Kinner, the third-place finisher at 126 pounds last season, 6-5, in the 132pound final of the Mustang Classic. A state-title contender once again, Ghione is committed to the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Nielsen, Sr., P in e l a n d s

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Gutierrez burst onto the scene last season by claiming the District 24 106-pound title, reaching the Region VI final and getting a taste of the state tournament. A year older but still at 106 pound, Gutierrez is among the top-ranked 106-pounders in New Jersey. He is 9-0 this season with titles at the TCNJ Pride Tournament and Collingswood Tournament.

Rich Koehler, Jr., CBA

Koehler went 25-6 last season and finished second in the Region VI Tournament at 120 pounds. It was, however, a step back from a sensational freshman campaign that saw him win a region title and finish sixth in the state at 106 pounds. Where as Koehler struggled early last season, he has been great this season with a 13-1 record and titles at the Colt Classic and Collingswood Tournaments. With his talent and previous advancement, Koehler has a chance to win another region title and make a deep run in the state tournament.

Eric Keosseian, Sr., Howell

Keosseian went 40-5 and helped Howell reach the NJSIAA Group V final, then won the Region VI 220-pound title before finishing eighth in the state. He committed to Army during the offseason and returns as one of the leaders of a powerful Howell team that is among the best in New Jersey. Keosseian is 10-1 this season with a title at the Paulsboro Tournament, and his only loss is to fellow state medalist Victory Lacombe of Hunterdon Central.

Nielsen finished second in the Region VI Tournament at 182 pounds last season and then reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. He’ll look to get back to Boardwalk Hall this year and make a run at a topeight finish. He is 6-1 this season with a Colt Classic title and a secondplace finish at the Holmdel Holiday Tournament.

A.J. Meyers, Sr., TR East

Meyers’ steady progression saw him break through in 2016. He claimed his first District 24 title and then won the Region VI 152-pound title. At Boardwalk Hall he went on a great run out of the bottom bracket to reach the state final before falling to Bound Brook’s Stephan Glasgow. Meyers was injured to start this season and made his debut on Jan. 4. As long as he’s healthy there’s no reason to discount his odds at claiming another region title and making a run at another state medal.

Nick Rivera, Sr., Brick Memorial

A three-time District 23 champion, two-time Region VI champion and a state finalist in 2015, Rivera is among the top heavyweights in New Jersey for the third straight year. He is 12-0 with nine pins, a major decision, a forfeit and a 7-1 win over St. John Vianney’s Micah Clark in the Mustang Classic final. Rivera also took home the title at the TCNJ Pride Tournament.

Matt McGowan, Sr., Jackson Memorial

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McGowan came from the No. 6 seed to win the Region VI 126-pound title last season and then reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament, finishing 29-5. He also helped the Jaguars win the Central Jersey Group IV championship. McGowan is 11-2 so far this season with championships at the Robin Leff Invitational and Walter Woods Tournament.

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Jackson Liberty


School Address: 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat Directions: From the north - Parkway to exit 67 (Barnegat). Make a left at the end of the exit ramp onto Bay Avenue. At second light make a left onto Barnegat Boulevard North. Go approximately one mile and make a left onto Bengal Boulevard. School is on the left. From the South-Parkway to Exit 63. Follow route 72 east to route 9 north. Make a left onto Bay Avenue. Make a right onto Barnegat Boulevard North and follow above direction.


School Address: 346 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick

Directions: From north - Parkway exit 91. Stay right off exit. Go

straight at light, follow to Route 88. Cross Route 88, go under Parkway

overpass and school is just ahead on right. From south- Parkway exit

90. School is short distance on right from off-ramp.

Brick Memorial

School Address: 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson Directions: From south- Route 9 north to Cox Cro Road Road in Toms River. Make a left onto Cox Cro and follow about two miles to 527 (Whitesville Road). Make a right onto 527 and follow for about 4-5 miles. Make a right onto South Hope Chapel Road/CR-547. School is just ahead on the left. From north - Parkway exit 98. Take I-195 west to Exit 21. Bear left and turn onto Route 527 South. Follow for 6-7 miles and turn left onto South Hope Chapel Road (just after 527 becomes 528 at Whitesville Road). School is about a half mile on the right.

Jackson Memorial

School Address: Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson Directions: From south - Route 9 north to Route 571. Go about 10-12 miles west to Route 528 intersection. Turn right on Route 528. Continue on Don Connor Boulevard and make a right. School is a quarter mile on the left. From north - Parkway exit 98. Take I-195 west to exit 21. Bear left and turn onto Route 527 South. At second light turn right onto Route 528. Continue to Don Connor Boulevard and make a left. Follow directions above.

School Address: 2001 Lanes Mill Road, Brick Directions: From South - Parkway exit 90. Ramp will put you on Chambers Bridge Road. Take first jughandle U-turn and go west on Chambers Bridge Road. Cross Route 88 and follow to second light, where there is a convenience store on the left and a gas station on the right. The right and go over the Parkway. Pass the 7-Eleven and take the jughandle left turn for Lanes Mill Road. Go straight across, bear right just pass Lanes Mill Elementary School. High school is on right. From north - Parkway exit 91. Bear left after the toll. Follow jughandle around, turn right at light at gas station. Follow directions above after going over the Parkway.


Central Regional

From north - Parkway exit 91. Stay right off exit. Go straight at light,

School Address: Forest Hills Parkway, Berkeley

School Address: Haines Street, Lacey

Directions: Parkway Exit 74. Turn right on Lacey Road. Follow less

than two miles, take jughandle left turn for Manchester Avenue. Go to the first light, turn right on Haines Street. School is on the right.


School Address: 855 Somerset Ave, Lakewood

Directions: From south - Parkway exit 90. Take immediate jughandle

U-turn to go west on Chambers Bridge Road. Turn left onto Route 88,

follow to New Hampshire Avenue and turn right. Take New Hampshire to end, turn left onto Ridge. Go about 1 ½ miles to school on right.

Point Pleasant Beach

School Address: St. Louis and Chicago Avenues, Pt. Pleasant Beach Directions: From north - Route 35 south. After crossing Manasquan

River, follow signs for Broadway/Beach and make U-turn onto route 35

North. Make a quick right onto Broadway. Make a right onto St. Louis

Avenue and follow until you see the field. From south - Route 35 north. Make a right onto Broadway and continue with above listed directions.

Point Pleasant Boro

School Address: Laura Herbert Drive, Point Pleasant

Directions: From north - Parkway Exit 91. Stay left off exit and take

jughandle around to light at gas station. Turn right and follow Burnt

Tavern Road to Route 70. Turn left on Route 70 and at next intersection turn right onto Herbertsville Road. Stay on Herbertsville Road to

intersection with Route 88. Go straight through light to school less than a mile on the right. From south - Route 88 east to Beaver Dam Road and make a right. School entrance is ahead on right.

Southern Regional

School Address: 600 North Main St. (Route 9), Stafford

Directions: Parkway exit 63. Take Route 72 east about two miles

and bear right onto Route 9 north. Take Route 9 about three miles and school is on the left.

Toms River East

School Address: Raider Way, Toms River

Directions: Parkway Exit 82, Take Route 37 east to Coolidge

Avenue jughandle. Go north on Coolidge one mile to Raider Way. Turn left, school entrance is on the left.

Toms River North

School Address: Old Freehold Road, Toms River

Directions: Parkway Exit 82. Take Route 37 East. At first light take

follow road to Route 88 intersection. Turn right on Route 88 and follow

a jughandle left onto Route 166 north. Bear right at next traffic light

School is just ahead on right. Parking entrance is at far end of school or at


Toms River South

Parkway. School is just ahead on right. Parking entrance is at far end of

Directions: Parkway to Exit 82A. Take Route 37 west about five

Directions: From north - Parkway exit 77. Turn left off exit onto Double

Trouble Road, follow it to traffic light. Turn left on Forest Hills Parkway.

middle school lot. From south - Parkway exit 77. Turn right on Forest Hills school or at middle school lot.

Donovan Catholic

rest of directions above.

School Address: 101 Colonial Drive, Manchester

miles to jughandle for Colonial Drive. Cross 37 and follow back to school parking lot.

School Address: 711 Hooper Avenue, Toms River

Pinelands Regional

Hooper Avenue. Go south on Hooper about a half mile and turn left at

Directions: Parkway Exit 58. Take Route 539 east about three miles.

Directions: Parkway to Exit 82. Take Route 37 east and turn right on

the first light. School is on the right.


onto Old Freehold Road. School is about three miles ahead on right. School Address: 101 Hyers Street, Toms River

D i r e c t i o n s : Parkway exit 82. Take Route 37 east. Turn right

onto Hooper Avenue. The field is a half mile down on the right behind the Ocean County Courthouse.

School Address: Nugentown Road, Little Egg Harbor

Turn right on Nugentown Road. School is three miles on the right.







School Address: 450 Atlantic Avenue, Aberdeen

Directions: Parkway exit 117. Bear left off exit (passing northbound

Asbury Park

School Address: 1003 Sunset Avenue, Asbury Park

Directions: From south - Parkway exit 100A. Take Route 66 east to traffic circle. Follow Route 35 north to Sunset Avenue. Turn right; school is about two miles on left. From north - Parkway exit 102 to Asbury Avenue east. Asbury Avenue runs into Route 66 and then same as above.

Colts Neck

School Address: 59 Five Points Road, Colts Neck

Directions: Route 34 to Route 537 west toward Freehold. School is two to three miles ahead on the left.

Freehold Boro

School Address: 2 Robertsville Road, Freehold

Directions: Take Route 18 to Route 79 south. Turn left onto Robertsville Road. Filed is one block ahead on left.

Freehold Township

School Address: 281 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold Township

Directions: Take Route 9 to Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524). Go west on Route 524. School is one mile ahead on left.


School Address: 405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road, Howell

Directions: Route I-195 west to Lakewood-Farmingdale exit for Route 547 west (toward Farmingdale). Go about 200 yards to SquankumYellowbrook Road, turn left. School is about two miles on left.


School Address: 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel

Directions: Parkway exit 114. Go west on Red Hill Raod. At first intersection, turn right onto Crawfords Corner Road. School is one and a half miles ahead on the right.


School Address: 140 Port Monmouth Road, Keansburg

Directions: Parkway exit 114. Turn right off ramp onto Red Hill Road. At first light, turn left onto VanShoik Road. VanSchoik becomes Laurel Avenue. Take Laurel across Route 35 to Route 36. Turn right on Route 36 and take to jughandle left turn for Main Street. At first light, turn right onto Port Monmouth Road. School is down on the right.


School Address: 351 Broad Street, Keyport

Directions: Parkway exit 117. Take G.S. Parkway Exit 117. Bear left on to Route 36 south. Take jughandle left onto Atlantic Street. School is on the left.

Long Branch

School Address: Indiana Avenue, Long Branch

Directions: Parkway exit 105. Take Route 36 east, bear onto route 71 past Monmouth University and turn left on Westwood Avenue. Make a right onto Bath Avenue and then a right onto Indiana Avenue. School is ahead on right.


School Address: 30 Church Lane, Manalapan

Directions: Route 9 to Route 522 west. Turn right on Tennent Road, then left on Church lane. School is a half mile on right.


School Address: 159 Broad Street, Manasquan

Directions: From north - Parkway exit 98. Take Route 34 south two miles to Manasquan/Sea Girt Exit. Go under Route 34 and follow Atlantic Avenue through circle. School is about one mile ahead on left. From south - Parkway exit 98. Take route 138 west to route 34 south, follow rest of above directions.


School Address: 95 Route 79, Marlboro

Directions: Route 18 north to Route 79 north. School is a few miles ahead on left.

tollbooths) and get in left lane of Route 35 south. Turn left onto Route 35 north and follow sign back to the Parkway. Before toll booth, turn right on Clark Street. At light, turn left on Lloyd Road. At next light, turn right on Church Street. At next light, turn right on Atlantic. School is just ahead on the right.

Mater Dei

School Address: 538 Church Street, Middletown

Directions: Parkway exit 114. Turn right on Red Hill Road, follow to end. Turn left onto Kings Highway, and right on Harmony Road, Take Harmony Road across Route 35 and turn right on Cherry Tree Farm Road. School is one and a half miles ahead on left.

Middletown North

Red Bank Catholic

School Address: 112 Broad Street, Red Bank

Directions: Parkway exit 105. Take Rt. 520 (Newman Springs Road) east for about 4 miles and make a left at the traffic light on to Rt. 35 north/Broad Street. School is about 1 1/2 miles down on the left.

Rumson-Fair Haven

School Address: 74 Ridge Road, Rumson

Directions: Parkway exit 109. Take Newman Springs Road east to Route 35 (Broad Street), turn left. At the second light, turn right on Harding Road. After about three miles, Harding becomes Ridge Road. Pass Red Bank Regional High School and go about three more miles. Rumson-Fair Haven will be on the left.

St. John Vianney

School Address: 540 Road, Holmdel

School Address: 63 Tindall Road, Middletown

follow to end. Turn right onto Kings Highway. Make a right and follow to Route 35 south to the jughandle for Tindall Road. Take the jughandle and then make a right to Tindall Road. The school will be a half mile on right.

Directions: Parkway exit 117. Bear left off exit (passing northbound tollbooths) and get in left lane of Route 35 south. Turn left onto Route 35 north and follow sign back to the parkway. Before tollbooth, turn right onto Clark Street. At light, turn left on Lloyd Road. At first light, turn left onto Church Street. At next light, turn right onto Line road. School is on left.

Middletown South

Shore Regional

Directions: Parkway exit 114. Go east on Red Hill Road to light for

Directions: Parkway exit 105. Take route 36 a few miles, cross route 71. School is just ahead on the right.

Directions: Parkway exit 114. Turn right onto Red Hill Road and

School Address: 501 Nutswamp Road, Middletown

Dwight Road. Turn right on Dwight Road to Middletown-Lincroft Road. Cross Middletown-Lincroft Road to Nutswamp. School is a half mile on the right.

Monmouth Regional

School Address: 1 Normal J. Field Way, Tinton Falls

Directions: Parkway to exit 105. Take jughandle at first traffic light to Hope Road and go north to Tinton Avenue. Turn left on Tinton Avenue and go about half a mile to school entrance on the right, just before Parkway overpass.

School Address: Route 36 east, West long Branch


School Address: 18th Avenue & New Bedford Rd, Wall

Directions: Parkway exit 98. Take Route 138 east about two miles to second light, turn right onto New Bedford Road. Follow to school entrance on left.


School Address: 55 Neptune Boulevard,


Directions: From north: Parkway Exit 102. Make a right on Asbury Avenue after the exit and take that until it intersects with Rt. 66 east. Bear right on to Neptune Boulevard and stay to the right at the exit. Go straight at the stop sign and go through the next traffic light. School is down on the right. From south: Take Parkway Exit 100 A (Rt. 66 East/Asbury Park) and follow directions above from Rt. 66.

Ocean Township

School Address: 550 West Park Avenue, Ocean


Directions: Route 35 to West Park Avenue. Go east on West Park Avenue, school is a half mile on the right.


School Address: 419 Middle Road, Hazlet

Directions: From north - Parkway exit 114. Make a left off the exit onto Red Hill Road, which turns into Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel north across Route 35 to Middle Road. Turn left, school is on the right. From south - Parkway Exit 114. Turn right onto Red Hill Road, which turns into Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel north across Route 35 to Middle Road. Turn left, school is on the right.

Red Bank Regional

School Address: 101 Ridge Road, Little Silver

Directions: Parkway exit 109. Take Newman Springs Road east to end to Route 35 (Broad Street), turn left. At the second light, turn right on Harding Road. School is one and a half miles on right.








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