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very week this regular season, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will be selecting a Team of the Week based on its performance over the past weekend.
two touchdowns, while Moore hauled in two passes for 78 yards. Running back Liam Riecks ran for 53 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
Senior quarterback Danny Vital had a record-setting afternoon by throwing for 376 yards and four touchdowns on 13 of 17 passing, while also running for a touchdown. Vital’s big day set the program-record for passing yards in a game, breaking the old mark of 319 set by Dale Valle in 2000. Vital had a 20yard touchdown pass to Justin Alessi, touchdown passes of 69 and 46 yards to Jashawn Martin and a 46-yard scoring strike to Darius Moore. He then ran for an 11-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The victory over Point Beach marked Keansburg’s first Class B Central win since a 27-18 victory over Mater Dei in Week 1 of the 2012 season. It is also the Titan’s first win over a B Central public school since a 34-13 win over Point Beach in 2009.
he Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week for Week 5 is Keansburg, which won a high-scoring, back-andforth game with Point Beach, 51-43, for its first division victory since 2012. Shore Sports Network was at practice Tuesday evening to present the Titans and head coach John Bird with a special game ball and a $500 Jersey Mike’s gift card.
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Martin had a monster game, as well, with six receptions for 187 yards and
he Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week for Week 4 is Brick Memorial, which rallied to defeat previously-undefeated and reigning NJSIAA North 2, Group IV sectional champion Sayreville, 22-21, in a double-overtime thriller. Shore Sports Network was at practice Tuesday evening to present the Mustangs and head coach Walt Currie with a special game ball and a $500 Jersey Mike’s gift card.
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Despite giving up 43 points, Keansburg’s defense made several gamechanging plays. Junior safety Hunter MacDonald made a game-high 19 tackles and intercepted two passes, while junior Patrick Edwards had a clutch interception late in the game. Sophomore linebacker Wyatt Riecks had a forced fumble on a strip-sack and senior defensive back Gaetano Casatelli had a fumble recovery. Senior linebacker Joe Osterbye also had a big game with 14 tackles.
The Titans are now 3-2 and have already eclipsed last season’s win total. They will make the long trip to Sparta in Week 6 to take on Sussex Tech and try to get to four wins for the first time since 2012.
15-yard touchdown run to send the game to overtime. In double overtime after Sayreville had scored to take a 21-14 lead, it was Thorpe’s 23-yard run that set up his 1-yard touchdown run to make it 21-20. Brick Memorial elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win, and Netterman scored untouched on a pitch to the right side to give the Mustangs a huge road victory. After a season-opening loss to Brick, Brick Memorial has won three straight games and gotten its triple-option offense on track. Thorpe now has 528 yards and six touchdowns on the season while Netterman has added 294 and five touchdowns on just 23 carries.
Down 14-0, Brick Memorial rallied and dominated the second half behind senior running back Tony Thorpe, who rumbled for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. Thorpe scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and senior Blaine Netterman added a
Shore Sports Network was at practice Tuesday evening to present the Falcons and head coach Larry Nikola with a special game ball and a $500 Jersey Mike’s gift card. Senior quarterback Ian Fitzgerald ran for 129 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Dayshawn Porter threw a 93yard touchdown pass to senior Devon Johnson, whose second extra point held up as the game-winning point.
h e Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week for Week 3 is Monmouth Regional, which defeated Matawan, 14-13 in a Shore Conference Class A Central nailbiter, to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2006.
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Monmouth went 2-8 last year and, following the resignation of Rich Mosca, brought in Nikola as its new head coach for this season. The Falcons opened the season by defeating rival Ocean, 28-17, for their first win over the Spartans since 2006. Victories over Holmdel and Metuchen followed before Week 3's victory over Matawan, which was the program's first over the Huskies since 1963, snapping a 21-game losing streak in the series. Monmouth's defense is allowing just 10 points per game under defensive coordinator Charlie Diskin, who was formerly the head coach at Toms River East and Point Beach, and was an assistant at Pinelands last season. The Falcons also made their way into the Shore Sports Network Top 10 this week.
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here is only one minor change to the Shore Sports Network Top 10 this week, as last week’s No. 10, Wall, lost to third-ranked Red Bank Catholic in a Class B North game. Replacing the Crimson Knights is another B North team, Middletown North, which improved to 2-2 with a lopsided nonconference victory. The remaining ranked teams all took care of business to set up a huge Week 6 slate this weekend. Three marquee divisional matchups featuring six undefeated teams will take place this week and division championships in Class A North, Class A Central and Class B North will likely be decided. It starts on Friday when No. 1 Manalapan hosts No. 5 Howell in a massive A North game. On Saturday at Rutgers University, No. 2 St. John Vianney will tangle with No. 6 Rumson-Fair Haven in a game that will probably decide the A Central championship. Following that game at Rutgers will be No. 3 Red Bank Catholic taking on No. 7 Long Branch in a battle of B North’s last two unbeaten teams. There is also an interesting B North game between Wall and No. 10 Middletown North, as well as important Class B South games pitting Barnegat vs. Lacey and No. 8 Point Boro vs. Lakewood. There’s a very good chance the SSN Top 10 looks very different heading into Week 7.
M an ala pa n (5 -0)
Senior running back Naim Mayfield continued his incredible season with 215 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Braves remained unbeaten by trouncing Colts Neck, 42-8. Senior quarterback Luke Corcione tossed a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Scott Scherzer and senior fullback Chris Maksimik ran for a touchdown. Next game: Friday vs. No. 5 Howell (5-0).
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Senior running back Zack Bair had another ridiculous game with 232 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just eight carries to lead the way in a 4519 victory over Wall. Junior quarterback Steve Lubischer threw for 164 yards and touchdowns to Jaden Key and Brandon Lombana, and Lombana also had a 50-yard touchdown run. Next game: Saturday vs. No. 7 Long Branch (4-0) at Rutgers University.
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Senior Naseim Brantley had an 80-yard punt return touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass in a 42-3 victor y over Neptune. Gerard Urso ran for a pair of touchdowns and also had an interception, and quarterback Eddie Morales and running back Braedon Baldwin also had rushing touchdowns.
S e n i o r q u a r t e r b a c k J a m e s Fa r a r a n f o r 1 2 1 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and also threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Cipriano in a 411 2 w i n o v e r M a n c h e s t e r. S e n i o r f u l l b a c k Ta n n e r G o r d o n a d d e d 8 7 ya r d s a n d a t o u c h d o w n o n 1 1 carries while Cipriano and Nate Chiarello also had rushing touchdowns. Next game: Saturday at Lakewood (1-3).
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Senior running back Peter Lucas ran for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and the Bulldogs notched their second straight shutout in a 35-0 victory over Matawan. Senior quarterback Dan Harby threw a touchdown pass to junior tight end Ian O’Connor and junior fullback Alex Maldjian added a rushing touchdown. Next game: Saturday vs. No. 2 St. John Vianney (5-0) at Rutgers University.
L o n g B r a nc h ( 4 - 0 )
Senior Pasa Fields caught five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted a pass on defense as the Green Wave shut out Middletown South, 21-0, to remain unbeaten. Sophomore running back Jermaine Colbert ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns while Kevin Porch had two interceptions on defense and Luke Arnold had eight tackles and an interception. Next game: Saturday vs. No. 3 Red Bank Catholic (5-0) at Rutgers University.
Senior running back Tony Thorpe ran for 171 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and the defense forced three turnovers in a 21-7 win over Central. Senior defensive back Dylan Vill returned a fumble for a touchdown and also had an interception, while junior quarterback Tyler Sindel ran for 85 yards and a touchdown. Next game: Friday vs. Toms River East (2-3).
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Junior quarterback Sean Glenn completed 8 of 12 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Lions to a 41-16 victory over New Brunswick. Aidan Campbell caught three passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Connor Welsh had two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. Next game: Friday vs. Wall (3-2).
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Sophomore quarterback Anthony Prato tossed three touchdown passes in his first varsity start at quarterback to lead the Dragons to a 28-0 win over Toms River South. Next game: Friday vs. Southern (1-4).
Eli Rife had an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown and Ricky Voss had a short touchdown run, while the defense allowed seven points or less for the fourth time this season in a 16-6 win over Raritan.
Next game: Friday at Red Bank (0-4).
Senior quarterback George Pearson threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns while also running for a touchdown in a 38-12 victory over Shore for the Seraphs 15th straight win. Senior wide receiver Kyle Devaney caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown and Isaiah Noguera ran for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Senior quarterback Ashante Worthy accounted for 236 yards of offense and six touchdowns, while freshman running back Ahmad Dixon ran for 106 yards and scored three total touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Monroe. Next game: Saturday at Colts Neck (0-5).
Freehold Township (5-0): Running back Nic Nasso and quarterback Nick Reardon each had short touchdown runs while the Patriots’ defense recorded its second shutout of the season in a 14-0 win vs. Perth Amboy. Next game: Friday vs. Jackson Liberty (1-4).
Next game: Saturday vs. Asbury Park (2-2).
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Next game: Saturday vs. No. 6 Rumson-Fair Haven (4-0) at Rutgers University.
Next game: Friday at No. 1 Manalapan (5-0).
Senior Zyaire Sterling had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and an interception, and senior Johnny Buchanan ran for 107 yards and a score while making 15 tackles in a 38-3 victory over Holmdel for the Lancers’ 34th straight Shore Conference win. Quarterback Haaziq Daniels had a pair of touchdowns and sophomore Warren Griffith had 89 yards rushing and a touchdown on four carries. Linebacker Josiah Walker had 14 tackles, including three for a loss.
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- Senior Staff writer
very week this regular s eason, Shore Conference Soccer fans will have their chance to vote for the Shore Sports Network Soccer Player of the Week on our website, with tens of thousands of votes cast already.
inelands suffered its only loss of the season to date last week in dropping a 2-0 decision to Point Boro on Saturday, but leading up to that game, the Wildcats continued to roll behind Dos Santos and the rest of the junior class.
The 6-foot-3 junior scored four goals in a 6-1 win at Lacey, including three in the first 24 minutes. Dos Santos also added an assist in a 3-0 win over Lakewood two days later, which gave Pinelands victories over two of the top four teams in the Class B South standings. Point Boro is the other top-four team. Heading into play on Thursday, Dos Santos leads the Wildcats - the No. 3 team in the latest Shore Sports Network Top 10 - with 12 goals and has also assisted six more. Dos Santos beat out fellow Class B South striker Ryan Flaherty, who became Barnegat's all-time leading scorer last week, to win the Player of the Week distinction. Dos Santos drew more than 50 percent of the nearly 37,000 votes cast, while Flaherty came in a distant second at 19.9 percent. Point Beach junior Ki Costa also cracked 10 percent of the vote (13 percent) while Toms River South keeper Jalen Folsom (9.4 percent) and Middletown North senior Ryan Binn (3.9 percent) each earned more than 1,000 votes.
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lthough a perennial contender in Class A South, Jackson Memorial is off to a surprising 9-1 start to the season considering the Jaguars start just two seniors and are coming off a fifth-place finish in Class A South last year. Russo is a big reason why, following up a strong freshman season with a hot start this year.
The Jaguars remained red-hot last week and it was Russo who helped keep them that way. The sophomore scored two goals in a 6-1 win over St. Rose, another one in a 3-1 win over Toms River East and two more in a 2-1 win over Steinert to cap a five-goal week. The sophomore standout has continued his scoring this week with a goal in a 5-0 win over Central and a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Brick Memorial.
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Russo won this week's Player of the Week honor by drawing 38 percent of the more than 16,000 votes cast. He beat out Point Pleasant Boro goalkeeper Steve Redler (26.9 percent) and Wednesday opponent Erik Fatovic of Brick Memorial (19.8 percent). Freehold Township senior Kevin Finn also reached double-digits with 11 percent of the vote.
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he Shore Conference Tournament begins on Monday and there remain two clear front-runners heading in. For the first time this season, the No. 1 spot in the rankings has changed hands, but the top two spots will be occupied by the same two teams that have been in there since the first inseason version of the rankings went to post. Beyond the top two, the field remains wide-open, which should make for an entertaining week-and-a-half. Through games played on Oct. 7
Christian Brothers Academy (12-2, 9-1)
There is still some debate regarding which team should head into the SCT as the top seed, and the picture is even a little more complicated after both CBA and Holmdel lost to end last week. Despite suffering their first loss within the Shore Conference Friday against Freehold Township, CBA takes over No. 1 for the first time this year and is the projected No. 1 seed on the strength of its superior schedule – both outside of the conference and within it. It also remains worth noting that the Colts were tied with St. Benedict’s – the No. 1 team in the USA Today Super 25 national ranking – with a minute left in regulation.
2 Holmdel (10-1, 9-0) .
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8 Toms River South (8-2-1, 8-2-1) .
To this point, Toms River South and Pinelands have played to fairly comparable results, so a lot can still happen when it comes to jockeying for spots 7 and 8. Toms River South can move the needle this week against Brick Memorial and Toms River North. The postseason has been Toms River South’s time to shine in each of the past two seasons, so it could very well be that the best is yet to come from the Indians.
Freehold Boro (7-7, 6-5)
At the start of last week, Freehold Boro appeared to be a team on the brink of SCT elimination before the tournament even started. Instead, the Colonials won three straight and clinched a spot in the tournament by tying Colts Neck. Freehold is the rare .500 team that can make a solid case to be ranked in the top 10 thanks to a collection of tough losses to good teams and a resounding win over an Ocean side that has emerged as the best team in a deep Class B North division.
Pt. Pleasant Boro (7-2-3, 6-2-3)
Like clockwork, Point Boro is peaking heading into the postseason. The Panthers are unbeaten over their last nine games and have managed to stay in a B South race that appeared as though it was going to be a runaway for Pinelands just a week or so ago. In addition to finding a formation and lineup that works, Point Boro hopes to welcome Liam Kirinovic back to the lineup in time for the SCT after an ankle injury knocked him out of competition last week.
If Holmdel could have put away Pingry on Saturday, the Hornets would be No. 1 with a bullet heading into the SCT. Instead, they will be the clear No. 2. Holmdel has played impressive soccer all year and while its strength of schedule does not quite stack up to that of CBA, Class A Central has been good enough this year that Holmdel’s legitimacy should not come into question at all. It would not be a crime either if the Hornets were awarded No. 1, but CBA probably owns the overall edge in resume.
3 Howell (8-2-1, 8-2-1) .
Heading into the week, Howell had yet to play CBA a second time, which Freehold Township already done. With Freehold Township beating CBA, the Class A North public division title is back up for grabs and if Howell goes to the last day of divisional play with a chance to grab at least a share of that title, that would be a huge accomplishment for a program that just qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament for the first time since 2011.
4 Freehold Township (9-4, 8-3) .
Freehold Township now has the biggest win on the board after scoring three second-half goals to beat CBA on Friday and if the Patriots can avoid a letdown this week, they will likely climb to the No. 3 spot going forward in the immediate future. Freehold Township entered the season a top-five team and after some peaks and valleys, the Pats are on the cusp of entering the SCT the same way they started the season.
5 Jackson Memorial (11-2-1, 8-2-1) .
Last week was not a good one for the top four teams in the top 10. In addition to No. 1 Holmdel and No. 2 CBA losing, then-No. 4 Jackson Memorial also dropped a decision at Toms River North. The loss does not totally sink Jackson, but it puts them in a final-week slugfest for the A South title with Toms River South. Jackson has the much easier schedule to finish off the season, so it’s hard to see the Jaguars falling out of the top five any time soon.
6 Ocean (10-2, 10-1) .
Since a two-game hiccup that included an ugly 5-1 loss to Freehold Boro and a 2-0 loss Middletown North, Ocean has rattled off seven straight wins and became the first Shore Conference team to clinch at least a share of a division title this season. Two weeks ago, B North looked to be anybody’s game, but Ocean emerged as the class of the division once again and that should keep the Spartans in the top-five conversation .
7 Pinelands (10-1-1, 9-1-1) .
The Wildcats aren’t quite clicking like they were a few weeks ago, but they still entered the week in great position to close out their first outright Class B South championship in 28 years. A scoreless draw against Donovan Catholic this week knocks Pinelands from the top five and it will take more than one slip-up for them to get back into the top five. Even if they don’t, however, the Wildcats are set up to play an SCT home game should they advance to the round of 16.
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Five Feel-Good Stories of the Shore Conference Tournament By Matt Manley - Senior Staff Writer
rom very early in the 2017 season, the Holmdel and Christian Brothers Academy soccer teams have looked the part of potential Shore Conference Tournament champions and despite the fact that both suffered losses to end last week – Holmdel its first of the season and CBA its first against a Shore Conference opponent – the two Monmouth County mammoths are still the favorites to meet on Oct. 26 at Ocean Township High School in the SCT final.
More Than a One-Man Team Monmouth Regional played its way into position to make the Shore Conference Tournament heading into last week, but found itself with a serious obstacle to getting in. Joel Burgos – who leads the Shore Conference with 22 goals, was out for the entire week of Oct. 2 with what coach Darren Spadevecchia deemed a “bad bruise”, leaving the Falcons to have to navigate through the week without their top scoring threat. After losing to B North champion Ocean to start the week, the Falcons responded to the challenge by beating Wall for a second time this season, this time on the road with Burgos on the bench. Junior Brian Waltsak stepped up by drawing a red card for a deliberate takedown in the box and buried the ensuing penalty kick to give Monmouth the only goal of the game.
CBA’s Dominic Bellomo
While Holmdel or CBA are likely to be part of the late rounds of the SCT, there are plenty of teams in this year’s field who are will be noteworthy SCT stories, even if those teams fail to advance out of the opening round.
The Wall win clinched Monmouth an SCT berth for the second time in three M o n m o u t h ’ s Br i a n Wa l t sa k years and the Falcons followed up Wednesday’s celebration by beating Red Bank Catholic, 2-1, on two more goals by Waltsak. While Burgos has drawn more attention for his 22 goals, Waltsak has also put together a strong junior campaign by scoring 10 goals to go along with seven assists. According to Spadavecchia, Burgos should be ready to play in the Shore Conference Tournament, which will restore a Monmouth formation that finished in the top half of a very competitive Class B North division.
Flying High Once Again
Return to Glory
Like Howell, it has been some time since Middletown South has qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament. The Eagles last reached the SCT in 2012, when they reached the semifinals of the tournament, and have since been hammering away at a rebuild that, until now, could now dig the program out of the bottom-half of the A North and B North standings.
A decade ago, Howell was in the midst of a run as, arguably, the Shore’s most talented program from year-to-year. From 2006 to 2011, Howell was a top-five seed in the SCT four times, reached the semifinals three times and won the conference tournament in 2007.
This year, Middletown South is back thanks to a solid group of seniors to go with junior Jonathan Santos and sophomores Danny Minze and Tyler Jerome. The Eagles did not even have to go down to the wire to qualify for the tournament thanks to a 4-1-1 stretch of games from Sept. 23 to Oct. 6 – a run that included wins over rival Middletown North, Wall and Long Branch. The last of those wins was a 6-0 drubbing of Long Branch, which looked like a Class B North frontrunner in the last week of September.
Since the 2011 team was eliminated by Holmdel by way of penalty kick shootout in the quarterfinals, Howell has fallen short of qualifying for the Holmdel tournament in each of the past five seasons. This year, not only have the Rebels ended that drought, but they have done so convincingly. Howell’s return to prominence within the Shore Conference was far from a certainty entering the year and seemed unlikely considering the way the Rebels opened the season. Facing CBA, Freehold Township and Manalapan to open the year, Howell started the year 0-2-1. Then, the schedule eased up and the Rebels heated up, winning eight games in a row to comfortably qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament and catapult themselves into the race for the Class A North outright and public division titles. The story of Howell this season is a group of players that has come into its own as they have grown up in the program together. Most of last year’s team returned after taking their lumps in A North and now, a roster heavy on seniors and juniors has taken the next step. Brandon Downey, Adam Jiries and Stephen Marone have provided the senior leadership and production, while juniors Dylan Dougher, Robert Saunders and goalkeeper Shane McBride have rounded into form this year.
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The Wait is Over All Shore Conference Tournament droughts pale in comparison to the one that Barnegat ended last week by beating Jackson Liberty, 7-3, behind a six-goal second half. Before clinching this year’s Shore Conference Tournament berth, the Bengals had never qualified for the SCT since the program started in 2006. Barnegat has advanced in the NJSIAA Tournament during its first decade as a program, but the Shore Conference Tournament has eluded the Bengals until now.
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Burying the Past At the beginning of last week, Freehold Boro found itself in a position nearly identical to the one the Colonials were in last season and desperately wanted to avoid a total repeat of 2016. After a 4-4 start last year, Freehold Boro lost three straight to drop to 4-7 and after beating Neptune to snap that skid, the Colonials lost five straight to close out the season. A win over Neptune on Oct. 2 ended a four-game losing streak to again improve Freehold to 5-7, but this year, the Colonials would not sputter out. They rallied to beat Manalapan, 2-1, beat Marlboro on a golden goal on Friday and escaped Colts Neck with a tie against the Cougars on Monday to officially qualify for the SCT. Jake Brower and Cam Elslager helped finish off the SCT push during the 30-1 stretch, with Brower scoring two goals and three assists in the four games and Elslager scoring the golden goal against Marlboro to go with an assist in the win over Manalapan.
F r e e h o l d ’s J a k e B r o we r
Duplicating the run the 2012 team made to the SCT semifinals and later the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinals will be a tall order, but this Eagles team can take solace in the fact that the 2012 group was the No. 12 seed in the Shore Conference Tournament and the No. 7 seed in Central Jersey Group III.
Barnegat’s season started with a loss to a Manchester team that currently boasts just two wins, but the Bengals quickly reversed course thanks to three standout goal-scorers. Senior Ryan Flaherty, junior Ricky Norman and sophomore Matt White have done the majority of the scoring for a team that has six or more goals in a game three times. The trio has combined for 44 of Barnegat’s 51 goals this season an those 51 goals rank third in the Shore Conference behind only Holmdel and Point Pleasant Beach. Flaherty has cemented himself as the best goal-scorer in the young history of the Barnegat program thanks to a monster senior season. He is one of four 20-goal scorers in the Shore Conference this season and his five-goal outburst against Lakewood pushed him into first place on the school’s all-time goal-scoring list. Flaherty has notched 42 goals during his career despite missing his sophomore season. Norman, meanwhile, also lost his sophomore season and has been Barnegat’s breakout player this year after missing last year with a knee injury. In his return to action in 2017, Norman has racked up 15 goals, five multi-goal games and established himself as the other half of a one-two scoring Photos by punch that has been as productive as any in the Shore Conference. Together, the duo has combined for 35 goals and seven hat tricks – four by Flaherty and three by Norman.
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Barnegat’s Ryan Flaherty
“Active Rest” is Best for Overuse Injuries In the High School Athlete By Harry A. Bade, III, MD, FACS– profess ion al Orthopaedic As sociates
ack in the 80’s and 90’s the emphasis for high school athletes was to be well-rounded. Many of the a th l e te s p ar t i ci p at e d i n t h re e different sports throughout t h e sc h o o l ye a r . The trend has changed and many athletes now are focused on only one sport and participating in that one activity year round. As you can imagine, from an orthopaedic-overuse- standpoint, this is not ideal. Tissues need time to rest and repair but this doesn’t mean that the athlete needs to stop training. Despite the increase in education regarding overuse injuries, they continue to increase in the youth athletic population. Growth plate injuries are one type of injury that is exclusive to the pediatric population. As we all know, the skeleton continues to mature. For most females, the skeleton matures at an earlier age (13-15 years) compared to most males it is 15-17 years old. Up until the time of skeletal maturity, the bones will have a cartilaginous growth plate. This area is weaker than the bone and susceptible to micro-fractures as a result of overuse-type stresses. Recent studies have shown that the growth plate injuries are multifactorial in nature. Muscular imbalances after a growth spurt may predispose an adolescent athlete to an overuse injury.
medication. The rehabilitation program should focus on a progressive strength training and a progressive sport specific program. This rehab program generally will range from 4 to 6 weeks, but if symptoms persist, it could take months. What can an athlete do to reduce their risk? Periods of “active rest” are highly recommended, especially for throwing athletes. This does not mean to stop training. It is quite the contrary. Athletes can focus on flexibility, strength and cardiovascular conditioning during this time OR play other non-throwing sports that do not stress the shoulder or elbow. A general rule of thumb is: for every three months of throwing, the athlete should take at least a month off for active rest.
Harry A. Bade, III, MD, FACS
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Orthopaedic Residency at: The Hospital for Special Surgery Shoulder Fellowship at: The Hospital for Special Surgery Hand Fellowship at: The Hospital for Special Surgery Microsurgery Fellowship at: Duke Universtiy Medical Center Active member: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Team Physician: Monmouth University, Georgian Court University, Brookdale Community College, & Over 20 area high schools Consultant: New York Giants Clinical and Academic Instructor: Orthopaedic Residency Program at MMC
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t’s mid-October and we have officially entered the second half of the 2017 Shore Conference football season. Through the first five weeks we’ve seen surprise teams emerge as division title challengers and contenders for playoff spots, epic games decided in the final seconds, ridiculous statistical performances and much more.
Mayfield is on pace to break both the Shore Conference and New Jersey records for most rushing yards in a season. The Shore record of 2,589 yards was set by Long Branch’s Dahmiere Willis in 2014, but Willis accomplished the feat in just 10 games. The state record is 2,605 by Hoboken’s Tyrell Dortch in 1999. Mayfield is currently averaging 227 yards per game, so if that number is maintained for the rest of the season Mayfield would end up with 2,724 yards.
There’s still a ways to go as huge games in each of the Shore Conference’s six divisions remain and a large majority of the area teams are in play for postseason berths. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights and major storylines from the first half of the regular season while looking ahead to the next month of games.
Right behind Mayfield is Red Bank Catholic senior running back Zack Bair, who is is averaging an absurd 18.4 yards per carry in five games. Bair has rushed for 806 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 44 carries, and has added a receiving touchdown, a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown to lead an RBC offense that is averaging a conference-best 49.6 points per game. Bair ran for just over 1,000 yards last season during a 5-5 season, but in the Caseys’ first game of this season, a 47-10 win over Middletown South, it was obvious he had elevated himself both physically and skill-wise. He ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries that game, and he hasn’t slowed down since. In a 49-12 win over Colonia in Week 4, Bair had an incredible game with 246 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns on just five touches. He had three carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns, took a screen pass 50 yards for a score and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. In a Week 5 win over Wall, Bair ran for 232 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries for an average of 29 yards per attempt.
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It has been the year of the running back so far in the Shore with three specific players having historically dominant starts to the season in terms of yards, touchdowns and yards per carry. We’ll start with the Shore Conference’s leading rusher, Manalapan senior Naim Mayfield, who has led the top-ranked Braves to a 5-0 start. Mayfield was a Shore Sports Network FirstTeam All-Shore running back last season when he ran 1,785 yards and 23 touchdowns, but he has risen to a completely different level this season. In just five games, Mayfield has rushed for 1,135 yards and 19 touchdowns on a ridiculous average of 14.9 yards per carry. He has rushed for over 200 yards in four of five games and gone over 150 yards every week, and has scored at least three touchdowns in every game. He opened the season with 260 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries in a 44-0 win over Marlboro, and ran for 274 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-21 win over Freehold in Week 4. Mayfield has produced a 50-yard run in each game, including a 94-yard touchdown run against Freehold, which is the longest play from scrimmage in the Shore this season. Manalapan is the favorite to win the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group V title and is at least expected to make a very deep run in the playoffs. Maintaining a blistering pace like this is not easy, as we’ve seen players get off to red-hot starts in the past only to tail off, but
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Bair’s hallmark so far has been the big play, as he has nine touchdowns of over 50 yards, six of which have been over 70 yards. Aside from the 99-yard kickoff return touchdown against Colonia, Bair had a 78-yard punt return touchdown vs. Middletown North and touchdown runs of 85 and 86 yards in the win over Wall. Bair’s play has been huge reason why the Caseys are ranked No. 3 in the SSN Top 10 and rolling toward the Class B North division title.
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Another player off to a fantastic start is Rumson-Fair Haven senior
consecutive 200-yards games and has 734 yards in five games. He has also scored eight of Central’s nine offensive touchdowns. After being held to 50 yards in a season-opening loss to Brick, Thorpe has gone over 100 yards in each of his last four games, including consecutive 170-yard efforts in wins over Sayreville and Central. He’s up to 711 yards and seven touchdowns for the 4-1 Mustangs.
running back Peter Lucas, who has rushed for 810 yards and 12 touchdowns in four games for the sixth-ranked Bulldogs. Lucas is only averaging 10.8 yards per carry as compared to Mayfield and Bair, but is averaging 203 yards and three touchdowns per game.
Point Boro quarterback James Fara does most of his damage on the ground in piloting the Panthers’ triple-option offense. He has been very good so far, as well, with 741 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the way in a 5-0 start for No. 8 Point Boro. If you’re thinking we forgot to mention a certain record-breaking quarterback in Monmouth County, think again. Ashante Worthy is in a category all by himself.
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After an incredible junior season where he accounted for 2,904 yards of offense and 41 total touchdowns, broke the Shore Conference record for rushing yards and touchdowns in a game and led Freehold to the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals, expectations this season were stratospheric for Colonials senior quarterback Ashante Worthy. Lucas was the backup to Matt Vecchiarelli last season while also playing some fullback, finishing with 258 yards and two touchdowns, plus a receiving touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown. A lacrosse standout who is committed to High Point University, Lucas has always been known for his blazing speed. What has stood out most this season, however, has been his consistent ability to break tackles by both shaking a defender with a juke or simply running through them. He had a long run against Holmdel where he broke about seven tackles before finally being brought down inside the 15-yard line. In a 35-0 win over Middletown South, Lucas broke through three tackles at the same time on his way to a 63yard touchdown run. Lucas’s combination of speed and power is reminiscent of current Princeton University standout running back and former Rumson star Charlie Volker. Lucas (5foot-9, 185 pounds) is not as big as Volker was as a senior (6-foot, 210pounds) but his strong lower body and constant leg drive makes him a bear to bring down.
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The Colonials once again have some work to do in digging out of a 2-3 hole, but Worthy has somehow lived up to near-impossible expectations. In five games, Worthy has rushed for 1,036 yards and 12 touchdowns and also thrown for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns, putting him on pace to reach statistical heights no Shore Conference player has ever approached. Last season, Toms River North quarterback Mike Husni became the first player in Shore Conference history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,500 yards in a single season. Even if Freehold plays the minimum 10 games, Worthy is well on his way to eclipsing that mark. He could even flirt with throwing and rushing for over 2,000 yards each, which is a feat that has probably never been accomplished in New Jersey history. The Shore Conference record for total touchdowns in a season is 44 set by Husni last season and Mater Dei Prep quarterback Christian Palmer in 2014. Worthy has 23 touchdowns already, so that is another mark he will threaten. Worthy has already broken one record this season, setting what is believed to be the Shore Conference record for combined yards in a game with 624 in a loss to Howell. Worthy ran for 338 yards and
Two other running backs off to big starts are Central sophomore Kavon Chambers and Brick Memorial senior Tony Thorpe. Chambers began his varsity career with
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four touchdowns and threw for 286 yards and a touchdown in that game, both of which are season-highs for him. Freehold’s next three games are against Colts Neck (0-5), Marlboro (1-4) and Edison (1-3) before a Week 9 game with No. 7 Long Branch, so the potential is certainly there for more huge games from Worthy. Given that Manalapan has one of the Shore’s best defenses and Worthy was still able to accumulate 361 total yards against the Braves, there many not be a team the rest of the way that can stop Worthy’s assault on the record book.
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There is always that one team which starts the season ranked outside of the Top 10 only to end up being a fixture during a successful season. That team for this year, so far, is Long Branch, which is 4-0 and currently ranked No. 7. But the Green Wave aren’t really a surprise. Long Branch was expected to be much improved following a 2-8 season in 2016, but we needed to see results on the field before we placed them among the Shore’s best. The Green Wave have provided that so far in starting 4-0 and earning wins over Manasquan, Wall and Middletown South. The surprise teams we’re talking about here are the ones who have come from out of nowhere to become division title and playoff contenders, and leading the way in that category is Monmouth Regional. The Falcons were 2-8 last season and entered 2017 with a new head coach, Larry Nikola. Fast forward a month and half into the season and Monmouth is having its best season in a decade with a 5-1 record. The Falcons’ lone loss has come in a nondivisional game to No. 8 Point Boro, 13-3.
The Patriots’ true tests will come against Howell in Week 7 and Manalapan in Week 9, but with a 1-4 Jackson Liberty team this week and a one-win East Brunswick team in Week 8, Freehold Township is lined up to make a third straight playoff appearance. The Pats are currently second in Central Jersey Group V. In Ocean County it has been Barnegat surging out of the gate with a 4-1 start, including 3-0 in Class B South. The Bengals opened eyes with a nondivisional win over Shore in Week 2. Junior tight end/defensive end Sean Morris has emerged as one of the best two-way players in the conference and helped lead the way. Barnegat has a challenging second half of the season with a game at Lacey in Week 6 plus Lakewood in Week 8 and Point Boro in Week 9, so we’ll see if the Bengals can continue their solid play.
Four of the six divisions in the Shore Conference feature two teams with perfect divisional records, and in the other two only one game separates the ﬁrst- and second-place teams. That means there will be several marquee games coming up that will basically serve as defacto division championship games. Three of those games will take place in Week 6, starting with No. 1 Manalapan hosting No. 5 Freehold in a massive Class A North game. Both teams are undefeated, and the winner will almost certainly go on to claim the division title. Rutgers University will host a pair of huge Shore Conference games on Saturday, Oct. 14 as No. 6 Rumson-Fair Haven and No. 2 St. John Vianney square off at 4 p.m., followed by No. 7 Long Branch and No. 3 Red Bank Catholic at 7 p.m. All four teams are undefeated entering Week 6. St. John Vianney has a 34-game winning streak against Shore Conference teams, and that includes winning three straight Class A Central titles. Rumson has ﬁnished second to the Lancers each time, so the annual game between the two has been for the division championship. Monmouth Regional is also unbeaten in A Central heading into Week 6 and still has games against Rumson and SJV, but it would be a shock if the Falcons can get in the way of either team claiming A Central.
Senior Ian Fitzgerald has been a revelation at quarterback, primarily as a runner, with multiple 100-yard games to lead the offense. Monmouth’s calling card has been its defense, however, under defensive coordinator Charlie Diskin. The former head coach at Toms River East and Point Beach has his unit allowing just 9.8 points per game.
Red Bank Catholic is 5-0 and Long Branch is 4-0, making their Class B North battle at Rutgers for the outright lead in the division. The Caseys have been dominant so far, so we’ll see if the Green Wave can slow down their offense. If Long Branch pulls the upset it still has a game left against a solid Middletown North team on its schedule. Mater Dei Prep remains the heavy favorite in Class B Central with a 3-0 division record. Shore and Point Beach have one loss, so there’s still a chance for them if a team can stun Mater Dei.
Monmouth still has to face Rumson-Fair Haven and St. John Vianney, which it will do in Weeks 8 and 9, respectively, but the Falcons have a good chance to move to 6-1 when they face winless Red Bank this week. Monmouth is currently second in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III power point standings, so they look like a lock to reach the playoffs for just the third time in program history.
Point Boro and Barnegat are both unbeaten in Class B South, and if it remains that way their Week 9 showdown will decide the division championship. B South rarely has any form of order to it, so it’s certainly not a given that game will be a winner-take-all matchup.
Another Class A Central team having a solid season is Holmdel, which is 3-3 after going 2-8 last season. The Hornets losses have come to Monmouth, Rumson and St. John Vianney. They have regular-season games with Manchester and Matawan left before the cutoff to qualify for the state playoffs, so a pair of wins would get them to 5-3 and likely put them in the playoffs. Holmdel is currently fourth in the Central Jersey Group II power point standings.
Red Bank Catholic has the Shore’s top offense at 49.6 points per game. St. John Vianney is right behind at 47 ppg…SJV has the top scoring defense allowing just 4.8 points per game…Howell (18), Red Bank Catholic (15) and Manalapan (10) are ranked in the NJ.com state Top 10…Freehold’s Ashante Worthy leads the Shore in passing yards (950) and is tied with Howell’s Eddie Morales III and Freehold Township’s Nick Reardon with 11 TD passes…Manalapan’s Naim Mayfield is New Jersey’s leading rusher through five weeks. Worthy is third…Mayfield (19) and Red Bank Catholic’s Zack Bair (13) and first and second in NJ in rushing touchdowns…Point Beach’s Josh Yates leads the Shore in receptions with 26. He and Barnegat tight end Sean Morris are tied for the conference lead with 416 receiving yards…Howell’s Naseim Brantley leads with eight receiving touchdowns…Holmdel’s Alex Unanski has the longest field goal in the Shore this season, 42 yards.
Freehold Township is another team with a surprising record. The Patriots are 5-0 on a team that brought back only a handful of starters, including only one on offense. The one big caveat is Freehold Township lost, 46-20, to Freehold in Week 1, but the game was later changed to a forfeit win after Freehold self-reported using an ineligible player.
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By Wes Ostrzcki, PT, DPT, ATC â€“ Elite Sports Physical Therapy
x p e r i e n c e B l o od F l o w R e st r i c ti on ( B F R ) T r a i n i n g a n d t h e c o u nt l e s s p os i t i v e w a ys i t c an h e l p y o u ge t b ac k o n th e f i e l d a f t e r i n ju r y o r s ur g e r y. What is it? BFR training is a supplemental method of rehabilitating moderate-to-significant injuries which involves placing an occlusion cuff and unit around an exercising limb to stimulate muscle growth and recovery. A pre-determined percentage of blood flow to your muscles is occluded and is followed by exercising at a low intensity using high repetitions to accelerate the rehabilitation timelines of all injuries.
What are the benefits? Applying a blood flow restriction unit in conjunction with low intensity exercise has been shown time and again in controlled research to improve strength, muscle size, bone healing, and muscle activation in patients who cannot tolerate heavy loading after significant injury or surgery. Improving strength gains and muscle size in rehabilitation can significantly accelerate recovery time by decreasing the negative effects of prolonged inactivity, and getting YOU, the athlete, back to doing what you love to do FASTER.
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very week this regular season, Shore Conference football fans will have their chance to vote for the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey/Shore Sports Network Football Player of the Week on our website, with over 80,000 votes cast so far this season.
he winner of the Week 5 readers’ vote for the Shore Conference Football Player of the Week is Lacey senior quarterback Coleton Klaus, who accounted for 365 total yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions’ in their thrilling 34-33 comeback victory over Lakewood in a pivotal Class B South game.
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Klaus completed 20 of 33 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 79 yards on seven carries as Lacey rallied to erase a 27-13 deficit in the second half and improve to 3-2. Klaus fired touchdown passes to Dylan Gudzak, Cory Gudzak and Ryan Kilmurray, and it was his 37-yard scoring throw to Kilmurray with 1:07 left in regulation which tied the score at 33 and set up junior Kevin Hayes to kick the go-ahead extra point.
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K l a u s ’s 2 8 6 y a r d s p a s s i n g a n d 7 9 y a r d s r u s h i n g a r e both career highs, and his three touchdo wn passes ties a career high. In five games this season, Klaus has thrown for 830 yards and five touchdowns with a completion ra te of 57 percent. Lacey returns to action in Week 6 with another crucial Class B South game at home against Barnegat. The Lions are two games back of both Barnegat and Point Boro in the division standings. They currently sit third in the South Jersey Group III power point standings. Klaus took the Week 5 honors with 30.56 percent of the vote, eight percentage points ahead of Brick sophomore quarterback Anthony Prato and double the votes of both Long Branch wide receiver/defensive back Pasa Fields and Donovan Catholic running back Damian Johnson.
he winner of the Week 4 readers’ vote for the Shore Conference Football Player of the Week is Point Boro senior linebacker Ronnie Leyda, who had three tackles for a loss among his 7.5 tackles to lead a defense that propelled the No. 8 Panthers to a 13-3 nondivisional victory over Monmouth Regional.
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Monmouth entered the game ranked No. 10 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 and undefeated at 4-0, while the Panthers were 3-0 and ranked No. 8. Down 3-0 at halftime, Point Boro’s defense put the clamps on Monmouth’s offense to allow just 30 yards and two first downs over the final two quarters. The Panthers then rallied with touchdown runs by quarterback James Fara and running back Brandon Cipriano to start 4-0 for the third straight season. Point Boro will try to remain in control of Class B South when it hosts Manchester (2-2) on Friday night. Leyda won a close vote with Toms River East quarterback Louis Gallo IV by garnering 33.39 percent of the vote. Gallo ran for 122 yard and three touchdowns in a 42-28 win over Manchester to give Toms River East its first two-game winning streak in three years. Keansburg linebacker Joe Osterbye, who made 14 tackles in the Titans’ 14-13 win over Pinelands, was third.
he winner of the Week 3 readers' vote for the Shore Conference Football Player of the Week is Point Beach quarterback/linebacker Luke Frauenheim, who ran for 116 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, threw for 101 yards and a touchdown and made seven tackles, including two for loss, to help lead the Garnet Gulls to a 22-19 comeback victory over Asbury Park. Frauenheim had a 27-yard touchdown pass to Josh Yates in the first quarter and ran for a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter as the Garnet Gulls closed to within 19-14 after trailing 19-8 at halftime. He also had a two-point conversion pass, and his defensive play helped Point Beach shut out Asbury Park in the second half. The Garnet Gulls are now 3-0 and tied with Mater Dei Prep for first place in Class B Central. They'll look to move to 4-0 when they host Middlesex on Friday night. Frauenheim edged out Red Bank Catholic running back Zack Bair with 42.04 percent of over 30,000 votes cast during the three-day voting period. Bair ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries in the Caseys' 47-0 win over Ocean. Brick Memorial running back Tony Thorpe was a distant third in the voting after a 158-yard, three-touchdown effort in the Mustangs' 35-0 win over Toms River South.
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Kirkland Academy Football Debuts
irkland Academy played its first game in program histor y on Oct. 1 when it traveled to Mar yland to take on Frostburg State. Justin Guerrero (Franklin D. Roosevelt HS/Poughkeepsie, NY) threw a touchdown pass to Armani Bermudez (Eastside HS/Newark, NJ), but Kirkland fell to the Bobcats, 7-6. Kirkland Academyâ€™s main focus is to guide our student-athletes in the recruiting process, and during the trip to Frostburg the team enjoyed a visit to Towson University to meet with the football staff. The team returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 15 when it travels to Wayne, Pa. to face Valley Forge Military Academy at noon. Kirkland Academy is an educational preparatory program located in Eatontown, NJ. We strive to help young men reach their academic and athletic goals. This program was built to help any and all football players get into college. 2017 KIRKLAND ACADEMY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 9/22 @ Count Basie 9 am 10/1 @ Frostburg State University JV 11:30am 10/15 @ Valley Forge Military Academy 12 pm 10/21 @ University of New England JV 1pm 10/28 @ St. Thomas More 2pm 11/4 @ NJ Warriors TBA
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Award-winning broadcasters Kevin Williams, Bob Badders and Ed Sarluca cover the entire Shore Conference from Matawan to Pinelands. Broadcast live each week the show features players, coaches and a preview of upcoming games.
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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS THE COACHING STYLE INVENTORY
By Ben jami n A. Lei bowi tz, Ph.D., Sports Psychol og y & Couns eli ng
These patterns or preferences provide us with a frame of reference for how we will interact in different situations. Our patterns are a reflection of our personality which distinguishes us from other individuals. Alfred Adler a contemporary of Sigmund Freud concluded by the age of five, most individuals have formed character traits or a “style of life,” which is more or less permanently fixed. The more we understand these basic personality types, the better we are able to predict and understand behavior, our own and that of others with whom we interact.
ra Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Tom Osborne, Vince Dooley, Joe Paterno, Lavell Edwards, Hayden Fry, and Bobby Bowden, R.C. Slocum, Fisher DeBerry and Don Nehlen have etched their names into the record books as well as being recognized as American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Alonzo Stagg Award recipients. Our selected eight coaches PICTURE YOUR STYLE: All four functions are inherent in each of have different personalities, different us. Yet because of environmental, familial, philosophies…but deep down they’re the same. cultural and biological influences we They lead…they teach… they motivate…kids develop a preference for one or two styles. As an aid or a mental picture for thinking play for them…and they WIN. These eleven coaches have taken Sports Psychology and Counseling’s Coaching Style Inventory (CSI). The S.T.A.R.* CSI is a 60 item selfdiagnostic tool designed for coaches to assess and identify their preferred coaching behaviors. It is an integral part of the S.T.A.R. Power Training Program which was designed to help coaches Get the MOST Out of Their Team’s Performance. S.T.A.R.* represents the four basic styles of coaching and learning: Searcher, Technician, Analyzer and Relator. Each style is part of every coach’s and athlete’s repertoire, but like a dominant hand or eye, we each have a preference for one or more styles. There is no one best style of coaching or learning. Each style has its assets and liabilities. Flexing your style to meet the needs of a particular situation or of an individual athlete, are obviously the best style. Everyone has preferences. Some are more pronounced than others; some we’re aware of others we are not. Behavior is not random or chaotic. If you examine a person’s behavior over time you begin to notice a pattern or preference for the way in which they do things. As a coach you must have the vision to see the alternatives available to you in the game and in the people you lead. You must be able to see the whole picture rather than just part in order to frame your strategies.
is a graphic which can serve as an aid in visualizing your preferred coaching style suggesting areas of strengths and weaknesses, assets and liabilities. For further explanation visit: coachad.com/articles/coach-do-you-know-yourselfBenjamin.
S.T.A.R. Coaching Style Profiles
about style. Picture an amoeba on a grid. The amoeba has a nucleus and jelly-like protoplasm that is essentially changing In size and shape. The nucleus can be compared to our preferred or dominant (D) style. When we operate in our dominant style, we are most comfortable and adept. We have a considerable amount of life’s energy in this position. When we are asked to operate outside of our dominant style we have to flex or compensate; although the behavior might not be as natural and we will not feel as comfortable or in control. We all possess the ability to operate in each of the 4 styles. In other words, each of us can and does operate in all four styles, but not with equal facility. We cannot change our dominant preferences (Searcher, Technician, Analyzer, Relator style), but we can consciously develop our abilities in the other functions In order to compensate for that which does not come naturally. Pictured
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A VOTE FOR An SCT IN FOOTBALL By Kevin Willams Shore Sports Network Director
am not and never have been a fan of the NJSIAA Football Playoffs for a variety of reasons from the power point system to the fact that teams with losing records annually qualify to participate. To me a postseason tournament is for those teams and schools who have had good seasons and not a way to reward mediocrity which is what the current system does. In addition the sectional playoff system rarely produces the kind of matchups you envision when you think of “state championships.” For example last year’s title games included Wall vs. Delsea, Manasquan vs. Bernards and Toms River North vs Millville….not really dream games that excite schools and communities. That’s why for years I have said that a Shore Conference Football Tournament would be much bigger than the watered-down NJSIAA system which at the end of the day crowns 24 champions. Let’s go back to last season for how I see this working out. Your six division champions were Manalapan, St. John Vianney, Toms River North, Middletown South, Mater Dei Prep and Point Boro. They are automatically entered into the tournament along with two wild cards which can be determined through a points system or an independent ranking formula. In this case I’m making Wall and Rumson the two wild cards giving us an 8-team tournament. The division champs are seeded 1-6 with the wild cards having to occupy the 7th and 8th seeds. Again for the sake of making my argument here are your first round matchups: #8 Rumson
#2 TR North
#6 Point Boro
#3 SJ Vianney
#5 Middletown South
#4 Mater Dei Prep
First round games are played on the first weekend after the regular season. Semifinal games are played the following weekend with one game on Friday and the other on Saturday. Championship game is played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as hopefully by then we have done away with the Turkey Day games. This proposal is far from perfect and I know that schools in the smaller divisions might feel like they can’t really match up with the big boys which would require additional conversation. However a SCT Championship game at Monmouth University would be a lot bigger and more meaningful then what we have today.
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he Jersey Mikeâ€™s Game of the Week continues on the Shore Sports Network throughout the season and right through championship weekend in early December.
Each Friday tune in to 1160/1310AM as Matt Harmon, Kevin Williams and Ed Sarluca bring you the excitement of Shore Conference football. Some of those games will also be simulcast on
92.7 WOBM (see schedule) and all of them will be streamed live on shoresportsnetwork.com and through the Shore Sports Network mobile app which you can download for free on your smart phone. In addition to the Friday Night broadcast schedule we will also carry the annual Thanksgiving Day game between Manasquan and Wall and as well as NJSIAA Playoff games in November/December.
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