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The Classic is Coming
This year’s U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic will be at 7 p.m. on July 18 at Toms River North’s Gernerd Field. Since its inception in 1978, the Gridiron Classic has been an annual rite of summer in the Shore Conference and a way to send out its senior stars on a high note.
This year’s edition should be no different, as All Shore Media Offensive Player of the Year Ajee Patterson of Neptune and Defensive Player of the Year Joscil Jackson of Long Branch headline a talented group of players.
Coaching the Monmouth team will be Colts Neck’s Greg LaCava, who led the Cougars to a school-record nine wins and was named the Class A North Coach of the Year by his peers. Colts Neck also won its second playoff game in program history and its first home playoff game in school history. Leading Ocean County will be Point Beach’s John Wagner, who led the Garnet Gulls to a school-record 10 wins and their first division title since 1997 in his second season at Point Beach. The Garnet Gulls took home the Class B Central title and reached the Central Jersey Group I semifinals before falling to eventual champion Florence for their only loss of the season.
LaCava will have a potentially explosive Monmouth County offense led by Patterson, a quarterback who threw for a school-record 2,665 yards and 26 touchdowns and also ran for 560 yards and 12 touchdowns for a total of 3,225 yards and 38 touchdowns. The University of New Haven recruit led the Scarlet Fliers to a share of the Class B North title for their first division title since 1998 and also helped them reach the Central Jersey Group III championship game for the second straight season.
LaCava’s own standout quarterback, Colts Neck’s Michael Campbell, also is on the Monmouth County squad after throwing for a school-record 2,176 yards and 24 touchdowns. Leading the receiving group will be a pair of ASM first-team All-Shore selections, Colts Neck’s Tim Vangelas and Manalapan’s Anthony Firkser. Vangelas, who will play at Lafayette, led the Shore Conference with a school-record 1,041 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns on 54 catches. Firkser, a twotime, first-team All-Shore selection headed to Colts Neck's Tim Vangelas Harvard, had 43 catches
Defensively, Jackson will lead the way for Monmouth County at linebacker after a season in which he had 132 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 4 interceptions, 3 pass break-ups, 3 forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown for a defense that allowed only 9 points per game and did not allow more than 21 in any
game all season. Villanovabound RumsonFair Haven linebacker Travis Clark, another ASM Midd. South's Eli Smith first-team AllShore pick, adds to the stellar linebacking group after a 102-tackle season for the Bulldogs.
Monmouth University recruit Chris Whitlock of Red Bank Catholic and Wagner recruit Eli Smith of Middletown South will anchor the secondary at cornerback. Shore Regional’s Mark Costantino, a standout running back and safety, is an all-around threat who could see time in the secondary as well.
Ocean County will counter with an offense led by a three-headed monster of the Shore Conference’s top running backs, Point Beach’s Danny Tighe, Lacey’s Kyle Spatz and Southern’s Abe Gonzalez. Tighe led the Shore in rushing with 1,569 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns on 123 carries (13.3 ypc) for a 10-win Point Beach team. Gonzalez rolled up a school-record 1,483 yards and 23 touchdowns to Lacey's Kyle Spatz help the Rams reach the South Jersey Group V championship game. Spatz finished with 1,201 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing on 185 carries and also caught 22
Defensively, Brick sack machine Dan Watson leads a strong group of front after a season in which the Green Dragons’ defensive end racked up a Shore Conferencehigh 18 sacks to earn Class A South CoDefensive Player of the Year honors. Playing alongside him will be Point Beach’s Timmy Morris, who had 10 sacks this past season. Lakewood’s Tyrice Beverette, who is also a standout quarterback, could also see time as a safety to anchor the secondary depending on how Wagner and his staff want to deploy him. Beverette’s Lakewood teammate, Marquise Oliver, looks to lead the linebacking group. Barnegat’s Pat Moran is an all-around weapon who could see time at either wide receiver or in the secondary after a great career with the Bengals.
At halftime, a pair of coaching luminaries will be inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame. Former Matawan coach Joe Martucci and current Southern coach Chuck Donohue Sr. are this year’s honorees. Martucci’s Barnegat's Pat Moran teams went 197-91-1 in his 27 seasons, leading the Huskies to five NJSIAA sectional titles and eight Shore Conference division titles in his illustrious tenure. He is currently an assistant at Kean University after going out on top at Matawan with a Central Jersey Group II title in 2011. Donohue, who has a career record of 226-150-4, is one of only three active Shore Conference coaches with 200 or more career victories. In a career that also includes stints at St. Joseph’s-Hammonton, Buena and Haddon Heights, Donohue’s teams have won two NJSIAA sectional titles. He is the first coach in state history to lead four different programs to NJSIAA sectional finals. He has led Southern to its only two finals appearances in school history, including a loss to Williamstown in last year’s South Jersey Group V championship game. In 2011, he led Southern to its first division title since 1972 and just the second in school history.
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passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns for a Lions team that won 10 games and the Class A South title. They will run behind a line that includes ASM first-teamers Lucas Jordy of Point Beach and Tyler Walsh of Lacey.
he oldest all-star high school football game in New Jersey rolls into its 36th edition next month when the top seniors from Ocean County square off against their counterparts from Monmouth County.
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The annual Gridiron Classic will take place right in World Volkswagen’s backyard at Toms River North at 7 p.m. on July 18. This is the 36th edition of the state’s oldest high school football all-star game, pitting the top seniors from Monmouth County against their counterparts from Ocean County on the artificial turf at Gernerd Field. There will be 10 players from Toms River schools suiting up for Ocean County: Toms River North offensive lineman Tyler Brochu and defensive tackle Garrett Kroeger, Toms River South offensive lineman Sean Conway and quarterback Trevor Signorino, Toms River East linebacker Pat Gallagher, and the Monsignor Donovan contingent of linebacker Tom Farrell, offensive linemen Steve Kenney and Andy Ullmann, running back Grant Klimek, and defensive back Kevin Ortiz.
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The annual all-star game is a chance for the top seniors to have one final memorable experience playing high school football before they head off to college. For several of them, it’s often the final football game of their careers if they are not playing at the next level.
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Ocean Tops Monmouth in Senior All-Star Game
Jackson Liberty catcher Brendan Benecke led the Ocean County attack with two hits and an RBI, and Lacey’s Austin Peck and Brick Memorial’s Mike Martone each had a pair of RBI.
Ocean team jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings, scoring a run apiece in the second and third. Jackson Memorial’s Jordan Burst scored the game’s first run on a fielder’s choice groundout by Toms River South’s Casey Cranmer. They extended the lead on a Beneecke RBI double that scored Jackson Memorial outfielder Ed Guippone, who had singled.
Monmouth County came back and tied the game in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run single by Keyport's Corey Romanetz that scored St. John Vianney's Andrew Lewnes and Keansburg’s Ryan Kurtz, who had walked and singled, respectively.
The Ocean County team wasted no time regaining its two run lead in the bottom of the fifth on Peck’s 2-run single that scored Toms River North’s Cory Cordasco, who had singled, and Jackson Liberty’s Jordan Mundell, who had walked. Monmouth almost worked its way out of the bases-loaded, no-out on a linedrive double play, but Peck then punched his two-run single to right field.
Ocean broke the game open in the bottom of sixth when it pushed three runs across on a fly ball RBI double by Toms River
Monmouth scored the game’s last runs in the top of the eighth on a walk by Freehold's Mike Bolton, a single by Raritan’s C.J. Pulcine and then RBI singles by Rumson’s Jake Simpson and Marlboro’s Evan Hilla.
“I had to adjust to the pitching,'' Messler said. "I kept telling myself to stay back and use my legs. It was a lot of fun.”
One of his homeruns was a massive shot that landed in a garbage can far beyond the left field fence.
The other participants were St. John Vianney’s Evan Pietronico and Joe Before the game, Rotelli, Toms River Jackson Liberty catcher Brendan Benecke Toms River junior East's Christian Danyo, outfielder Russell Brick Memorial’s Kyle Cala and Holmdel’s Joe Sadler. Messler added another highlight to a busy week after a stellar The Monmouth all-stars were coached by Freehold season for the Indians. On Monday he participated in the Township's Todd Smith and assisted by Ocean's Cip Apicelli and Lakewood BlueClaws Celebrity All-Star Hitting Contest at FirstEnergy Park, then on Wednesday he traveled to Philadelphia Red Bank Catholic's Buddy Hausmann. The Ocean County allstars were coached by Jackson Memorial's Frank Malta and to play in the Jersey Shore’s opening-round win in the Carpenter assisted by Pinelands' Rob Sanzari and Malta's Jackson staff of Cup, and on June 20th he topped it off by winning the inaugural J.M. Gold, Dave Tarullo, Tim Poss, Corey Lavin, and Tom SBCA Home Run Derby. Paturzo.." Seven of the top hitters in the Shore Conference participated in the derby. Messler hit seven home runs overall and beat Jackson Memorial catcher Matt Thaiss, who hit two.
Messler started slowly, but exploded in the second round, finishing with five home runs to make it to the finals.
North's Sal Smith that was lost in the lights and allowed Cordasco to score. Mundell and Smith then came around to score on a Martone two-run single for a 7-2 lead.
he Ocean County senior all-stars, led by a 13-hit attack and a combined six-hitter from seven different pitchers, beat the Monmouth County senior all-stars 7-4 on June 20 in the annual Shore Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.
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2013 ASM All-Shore Teams
The All Shore Media All-Shore Teams were selected by Managing Editor Scott Stump and Senior Staff Writer Matt Manley after watching numerous games all season and getting the input of coaches around the Shore Conference throughout the season and at the end of the year.
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB 6 .351 20 19 11 1 4 19
Andrew DiPiazza, RHP, Jr., Central
W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 9 0 0 24 28 106 0.85 0.80
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB 8 0 .292 4 14 4 0 1
OBP SLUG .412 .437
Tom Broyles, RHP, Sr., Monmouth IP 71
W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 8 0 3 65 13 108 0.79 1.10
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .301 9 28 5 0 1 9 5
OBP SLUG .327 .381
Brian Cottrell, RHP, Sr., Brick Memorial IP 62
W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 6 1 0 46 14 81 0.91 0.97
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .227 1 10 2 0 1 7 0
OBP SLUG .292 .341
Matt Thaiss, Sr., Jackson Memorial
OBP SLUG .526 .689
FIRST BASEMAN Joe Dudek, Sr., CBA
IP W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 20.1 2 1 0 22 12 15 4.13 1.67 AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .368 30 25 5 1 11 37 4
Mike Caputo, Sr., Second Base, CBA AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .402 25 35 11 0 3 17 8
OBP SLUG .557 .956
OBP SLUG .469 .632
Karl Blum, RHP, Sr., Toms River North
Al Molina, Jr., Shortstop/Pitcher, RBC
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .376 13 32 6 0 2 16 1
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .345 24 30 4 0 2 19 11
IP W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 54.1 7 10 0 30 34 62 1.54 1.17
OBP SLUG .427 .518
W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 2 0 7 7 7 19 0.93 0.93
OBP SLUG .426 .460
Ron Marinaccio, RHP, Sr., Toms River North
Mike Rescigno, Sr., Third Base/Pitcher, RBC
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .343 17 24 4 0 0 12 4
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .444 32 32 11 1 4 21 13
IP W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 36.1 3 3 1 22 14 50 0.77 0.99
OBP SLUG .415 .400
IP W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 47.2 6 1 0 31 29 65 1.76 1.26
OBP SLUG .583 .792
OBP SLUG .581 .831
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB 4 .552 23 37 13 1 6 23
Kyle Cala, Jr., Center Field, Brick Memorial AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .456 18 41 6 3 5 28 6
Matt Guarino, Jr., First Baseman/Pitcher, Jackson Memorial
OBP SLUG .520 .756
IP W L SV H BB SO ERA WHIP 27.2 3 1 0 29 9 13 2.28 1.37
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .411 20 39 9 1 3 31 0
Russell Messler, Jr., Right Field, Toms River South
OBP SLUG .606 .932
OBP SLUG .468 .621
AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .500 39 37 7 2 7 20 0
OBP SLUG .628 .1.030
P - John McCarren, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy
P - Matt Pidich, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy
P - Tyler Swiggart, Jr., Wall
P - Tom Puza, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
P - Jake Yanez, Sr., Freehold
P - Dan Serreino, Jr., Jackson Liberty
P - Rich Power, Sr., Monsignor Donovan
P - Luke Malone, Sr., Wall
P - Chris Stark, Sr., Middletown North
P - Tyler Pallante, Sr., Jackson Liberty
C - Anthony Santoro, Jr., St. John Vianney
P - Rob Grilli, Sr., Middletown South
1B - Joe Rotelli, Jr., St. John Vianney
C - Rich Burner, Sr., Monmouth
INF - Anthony Critelli, Sr., SS, Christian Brothers Academy
INF - Jon Meola, So., SS, Toms River East
INF - Conor Gammond, Jr., 2B, St. Rose
INF - Bruce Strickland, Jr., 3B, Raritan
OF - Jason Lundy, Sr., Freehold
1B - Tyler Iannarone, Sr., Brick
INF - Spencer Young, Sr., SS, Jackson Memorial
INF - Shawn Johnson, Sr., SS/3B, Matawan
OF - Ryan Ramiz, Jr., Christian Brothers Academy
OF - Justin Morgan, Jr., Manasquan
UT - Brian Quinn, Sr., Monmouth
OF - Lucien Della Fera, Sr., Colts Neck
OF - Nick Martinez, So., Wall
DH - Ryan Prout, Sr., Point Boro
OF - Joe Iacobellis, Sr., Red Bank Catholic UT - Ryan Wares, Jr., Howell
UT - Ed White, Sr., Manchester
DH - Nick Cardace, Jr., Freehold Twp.
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AVG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB .519 21 40 10 1 4 31 10
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dominant, but no player could completely take over a game like Rescigno when his right arm and his aluminum lumber were on.
Red Bank Catholic senior Mike Rescigno hit a home run in his first game of the 2013 campaign and pitched five innings without allowing an earned run in his team's third game of the season, and yet he and his coach didn't think he began to hit his stride until later in his senior year.
Rescigno started his 2013 All Shore Media Player of the Year season with a homer in the seasonopener against Central Jersey Group II champion Monmouth Regional and belted a clutch two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to give RBC a 6-5 win over Manasquan during the Class A Central season. Despite that performance against the Class A Central division, the Shore Conference's most dangerous double-threat, while dominant on the mound from the start, was not fully locked in until the beginning of May when the games began to matter more and the opposing pitching became more challenging.
"I knew by (the latter part of the year), he was going to be locked in and ready to go," Hausmann said of Rescigno in midMay. "We've been facing a lot of kids throwing 70-to-72 miles an hour with a lollipop breaking ball and it's not fair to ask Mike to face that when he's getting ready to face Division I pitching. He was probably pressing and trying to do to much, but if you think about it, he's never going to see that kind of pitching again. Now he's facing what he's used to, and he's not missing pitches to hit when he gets them."
When Rescigno was locked in
at the plate and on the mound, whether in April, May or probably December for all that matter, opponents did not have many answers. Other hitters were as imposing as the University of Maryland recruit and other pitchers as
Either of is pitching numbers or offensive numbers on their own would have been enough to get him on the first-team AllShore, but together they form a season that no other player can match. His strikeout prowess and big-game performance was comparable to that of Toms River North's Ron Marinaccio and Karl Blum, Brick Memorial's Brian Cottrell, Monmouth's Tom Broyles and Central's Andrew DiPiazza, while his power, speed, defense and contact made him and an all-around threat like Jackson Memorial's Matt Thaiss, Brick Memorial's Kyle Cala and Toms River South's Russell Messler.
His strikeouts - 65 in 47 2/3 innings - were not quite DiPiazza or Broyles and his power numbers - 11 doubles, four home runs, .792 slugging percentage - were not quite Joe Dudek or Joe Sadler, but his total body of work was unmatched. He went 6-1 with a 1.76 ERA to go with the 65 punchouts and hit .444 with 32 runs scored, 21 RBI and a .583 on-base percentage, all of which matched or set singleseason career highs. The numbers tell a very simple story that ultimately nails down Rescigno's Player of the Year Candidacy: He is the only player who could be considered a topfive pitcher and a top-five hitter in the Shore Conference.
While most of Rescigno's biggest offensive performances came in games he was not pitching, two games fit the description of all-around dominance. He pitched five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in a 9-5 win over St. John Vianney while also going 2-for-2 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI at the plate. In three games against the Lancers, he tortured his team's Class A Central rival by going 2-0 while allowing seven hits and no earned runs and striking out 14 in 10 innings (two starts). He also mashed at the plate, going 5-for-9 with three doubles, a homer, with four RBI and seven runs scored in the three games against Vianney.
In a 10-2, Monmouth County Tournament quarterfinal win over Middletown South, Rescigno battled a downpour to get through six innings on the mound while also going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. That game against Middletown South was the second in a string of six tournament games between the MCT, SCT and NJSIAA Tournament in which the senior went
10-for-22 with three doubles, a home run, a triple, eight runs scored and eight RBI. He finished witht the best batting average in the tournament, capped by a 2-for-3 night at FirstEnergy Park against Wall with an RBI double to help deliver RBC its first MCT championship in school history. Rescigno's
performance in leading RBC to a Monmouth County Tournament championship capped not only a standout season but one of the great all-around careers in the recent history of the program. In three varsity seasons, he hit .380 with a .515 on-base percentage, which had something to do with the fact that he had nearly as many combined walks and hit-by pitches (72) as he did hits (87) over the course of his career. He also slugged .624 in his three years, which included 11 home runs, 19 doubles and two triples. Rescigno drove in 56 runs and scored 83 in his three years with the Caseys and also racked up 20 stolen bases. An MSG Varsity First Team All-State selection, Rescigno will continue his career at the University of Maryland and he believes what he believed all season long: the best is still to come.
Central Regional junior righthander Andrew DiPiazza was limited to only 17 innings as a sophomore due to an ankle injury that hampered him down the stretch of his second varsity season, contributing to an overall disappointing year in which the 6-foot-7 flamethrower pitched well, but not enough.
If the strikeouts do not sufficiently indicate how hard DiPiazza was to hit, the 25 hits he allowed in 66 innings should drive the point home. While DiPiazza was prone to the occasional spells of wildness - he issued five walks in a win against Jackson Liberty and seven against Toms River East - his ability to miss bats and induce weak contact resulted in an ERA (0.85) and WHIP (0.80) that were each south of 1.00. Central coach John Scran had high hopes for DiPiazza when he came in as a freshman in 2011, and not only because of his tall frame and easy mechanics.
"Andrew is a very talented pitcher, but he knows he can be better," Scran said. "He wants to get better. He understands that he has a gift, and he doesn't take it for granted. He knows he is good, but he doesn't want to be good. He wants to be great." While most pitchers would want to hide those two high-walk outings, they were a badge of honor for DiPiazza, who battled for complete-game, two-hit victories against each top-10 opponent despite issuing the 12 combined free passes. He allowed two runs and struck out eight in Central's 3-2 win over Class B South champion and Shore Conference Tournament finalist Jackson Liberty and allowed one run with 12 strikeouts in a 5-1 upset of Toms River East in the Shore Conference Tournament opening round. A big part of his success, according to DiPiazza, has been coupling preparation with his ability.
"A lot of pitchers in high school don't put enough time into mentally preparing for a start," DiPiazza said. "To me, preparation is one of the most important parts of being a pitcher and it's something I pay a lot of attention to when it's not my turn to pitch."
"He's the best player on the field and he's the hardest-working player on the field," Scran said. "He threw the no-hitter against Point Boro, and I came out the next day and he was running hills."
Adding to the degree of difficulty for DiPiazza is that he managed to go 9-0 in 10 starts while pitching for a team that struggled to score runs all season long. The Golden Eagles averaged just under four runs per game for the season and while the Golden Eagles posted five runs per game in DiPiazza's starts, 16 runs came in a win over Lakewood in which DiPiazza's day was over. In the other nine starts, Central averaged 3.8 runs per game and he still did not take a loss. DiPiazza threw two shutouts, which came in consecutive starts to open the season. After no-hitting Point Boro in the opener, he came back with a three-hit shutout of Monsignor Donovan in which he struck out 14, giving the junior 30 strikeouts in his first 14 innings of the season. Like his two shutouts, DiPiazza's two eight-inning outings came consecutively. Six days after the Brick Memorial loss, DiPiazza again worked overtime, this time beating Manchester 2-1 by allowing one unearned run on two hits and one walk with 14 strikeouts. DiPiazza later delivered two stellar NJSIAA Tournament outings to help the Golden Eagles make run to the South Jersey Group III semifinals as a No. 10 seed. Although the Golden Eagles could not get past Ocean City in the sectional semifinals to get a crack at a championship with DiPiazza on the mound, Central returns one of the most dominant players in the Shore Conference next year. And this time, everyone will know exactly what to expect.
All Shore Media Player of the Year Luke Cahill had graduated, taking his talents to Seton Hall, and the whispers in the preseason were that Monmouth Regional was going to struggle mightily without him in its 27th season under legendary coach Ted Jarmusz.
By June 4, the Falcons were the only team in the Shore Conference still standing in the playoffs.
Three weeks before Monmouth played for the
Throughout their great postseason run, Jarmusz credited a special group of seniors, led by undefeated ace Tom Broyles, two-way standout Brian Quinn and catcher Rich Burner, as the primary reason for the team's success in its 17-10 season. "In all honesty, when I told them I was done, I said they were the seniors I wanted to go out with because of the way they carried themselves and how hard they practice,'' Jarmusz said. "They are just all about baseball, and I think they proved that."
Jarmusz ends his head coaching career in fifth place all time on the career wins list among Shore Conference coaches with 464 victories. In addition to the three sectional titles, he also led the Falcons to the 2005 Group III championship, and three straight Monmouth County Tournament titles from 1990-92. Monmouth also won its only Shore Conference Tournament title in school history in 1989 and seven division titles under Jarmusz. In 2009, he was inducted into the New Jersey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He also has the mark of any great coach in that many of his former players have come back to either coach with him or become part of the Shore Conference baseball community by coaching at other programs. Many of them can also be seen at Monmouth games to stop by and catch up with their old coach. He is beloved by the current students as well. In the sectional final against Ewing, a group of Monmouth students gave him a cardboard cutout of a cartoon moose after the victory, a joking allusion to the term "Moose,'' a term of endearment Jarmusz frequently uses. In addition to his impressive accomplishments on the field, Jarmusz has also been a tireless promoter of Shore Conference baseball. He has served as the longtime director of the Monmouth County Tournament, was an assistant on the Carpenter Cup team for three seasons, and has been a longtime part of the board of the Shore Baseball Coaches Association.
Monmouth was the only Shore Conference team to win an NJSIAA sectional title this season, and one of the more improbable after finishing third in Class A Central following a relatively uneventful regular season. Jarmusz did one of the best jobs of his coaching career with a hungry group eager to prove people wrong, and he has been selected as the 2013 All Shore Media Coach of the Year. It took a questionable interference call in the eighth inning of a onerun loss to Cinnaminson in the Group II semifinals to bring an end to a ride that looked like it might go all the way to Toms River for the Group II final.
DiPiazza put an early claim on the All Shore Media Pitcher of the Year award with a 16-strikeout no-hitter against Point Pleasant Boro in his first start of the season and never let it go. He won nine of his 10 starts without taking a loss, and of those 10 starts, six ended with DiPiazza striking out 10 or more, tied with Monmouth's Tom Broyles for the most double-digit strikeout starts of any pitcher in the Shore Conference.He finished the season with 106 strikeouts in 66 innings, the second highest strikeout total in the conference and the best strikeout rate per seven innings (11.24).
Both Broyles and DiPiazza also took no-decisions against other first-team pitchers. Broyles gave up two runs in five innings against Red Bank Catholic's Mike Rescigno and left with the lead, only to watch RBC rally for three runs in the seventh to drop the Falcons 5-4. DiPiazza went toe-to-toe with Brick Memorial's Brian Cottrell in what might have been the pitcher's duel of the season in a 4-3 Mustangs win in extra innings. DiPiazza took the no-decision while going eight innings and allowing two earned runs and punching out 11 against the Central Jersey Group IV finalists. The eight-inning effort, one of two by DiPiazza this season (Broyles had one as well) and that effort, coupled with two wins over top 10 teams, was the difference-maker for the Central ace in what was a tight race for pitcher of the year, one that Cottrell was also right in the thick of at the end.
NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II championship, Jarmusz had informed his team that this would be his final season as head coach. The Falcons answered by sending him out as a champion, beating Ewing 4-3 on the road to capture the third sectional championship in Jarmusz's tenure and the first since 2005 after four appearances in the sectional finals in the last nine seasons.
Apparently, DiPiazza and Boston College knew what they had.
The two wins over No. 3 Jackson Liberty and No. 9 Toms River East is what separated DiPiazza from Monmouth Regional right-hander Tom Broyles, whose statistics were right there with those of DiPiazza and in some spots - like his strikeout-to-walk rate - they were even better. While Broyles helped carry Monmouth to an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title, he won as many NJSIAA Tournament games as DiPiazza did when he pitched the Golden Eagles through the first two rounds of the South Jersey Group III bracket with two winning efforts.
Boston College saw enough of DiPiazza and offered him a scholarship, to which DiPiazza made a non-binding verbal commitment. While Boston College saw something more in DiPiazza than the 17 innings he threw as a sophomore, DiPiazza saw something more in himself prior to the start of the season and decided to back out of the verbal and re-open his recruiting.
Open MRI Awards Scholarships to Four Local Student-Athletes
By Scott Stump - Managing Editor
pen M RI a n d D ia gn o s tic I ma g in g o f Wa ll h as co n tin u ed its yea r ly s u p p or t o f lo ca l s tu d en t- ath letes by a war d in g s ch o la r s h ip s to f ou r g r ad u a tin g s en ior s f r o m Wa ll, M a n a s q u a n an d Poin t Bo r o.
Wall’s Danielle Howey and Bryan Cusack were each awarded $500, and Manasquan’s Allyson LaTourette and Point Boro’s Christopher Lyons each received $1,000. The two Wall students were chosen by the Open MRI staff, while LaTourette and Lyons were chosen by administrators in their respective schools. The scholarships are awarded to scholar-athletes who are involved in the community and have some type of interest in a career in medicine. “I read the submissions every year for Wall Township, and I have to tell you, I cry,’’ Open MRI practice manager Annamarie Savino said.
“You hear the saddest things about personal tragedies or a difficult home life, or parents or siblings who are sick. We wish we could give everyone a scholarship who applies because there are so many worthy students.”
Howey was a member of the National Honor Society at Wall who has also been granted the Veronica Founder’s Scholarship to study nursing at Alvernia University. Cusack played lacrosse at Wall and was recognized by the Wall Board of Education for his efforts in helping a local resident whose home was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
LaTourette played softball and also ran indoor track for Manasquan and was mentored by longtime Manasquan athletic trainer Kevin Hyland. Lyons was a shot-putter for Point Boro who was an AP scholar and was recognized as an outstanding participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
All-Star Lacrosse Youth Review
By Bob Badders - Staff Writer
he Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association Youth All-Star Game between Monmouth and Ocean finished in a 4-4 tie June 12 after regulation and one overtime period.
Ocean County defenseman Ben Baranker scored a goal and was named game MVP. Midfielder Joe Leone scored twice for Ocean County and midfielder Peter Schlendorf also tallied. Dylan Furnback and Tom Pollock combined for a stellar effort in goal. Midfielder Mike Ferdinandi scored twice for Monmouth County with attackman Mike Carroll and midfielder Connor Trapani also scoring. Monmouth goalie Conor Deverin made close to 20 saves.
Monmouth 8th grade Youth All-Star team
Ocean 8th grade Youth All-Star team
MVP defensemen Ben Baranker (center & right photo) with Goodsports MVP sponsor representitive Drew Lamela (left) Benâ€™s his father, Ocean Youth coach Roland Gagne & ASM CEO Steve Meyer
Senior All-Star Lacrosse Review
By Bob Badders - Staff Writer
he Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game remained a light-hearted and free-wheeling event in its ninth outing, but Monmouth County certainly had an agenda after losing to Ocean for the first time last season. "It's definitely a fun game, but we really wanted to take this," said Rumson-Fair Haven attackman Michael Clarke. "I didn't want to lose this, especially for my teammates and I on our home field. In our last game of our careers, we didn't want to lose on our own field."
Clarke, the SCLCA Player of the Year and a University of Vermont recruit, did his part to ensure Monmouth County did not drop two in a row by scoring three goals and adding one assist to earn MVP honors and lead Monmouth County to a 12-7 victory on Wednesday night at Rumson's Borden Stadium. Freehold Township's Dan Bloodgood, Howell's Alec Dambach and Rumson's Mike Villane each scored twice and Red Bank's Max Paris, Freehold Township's Sean Koubek and Colts Neck's Zach Geiger also scored for Monmouth County. Freehold Township's Todd Bitsko and Rumson's Dylan Rotchford combined for the win in goal.
Brick Memorial goalie Chris Van Brunt was named MVP for Ocean County with six saves in the second half. Ocean spread its scoring with different players scoring all seven goals. Southern midfielder Al Manzo had the only multi-point game with a goal and an assist. Southern's Tyler Lipositz, Lacey's Brock Torre and Jackson Memorial's Mike
Balsamo, Evan Farrar, Mike Specht and Nick Specht each found the back of the net for Ocean County.
Clarke finished his final season in purple and black with 51 goals and 34 assists for 85 points, seventh best in the Shore Conference. He helped lead Rumson to the Class A Central title, a record third straight Shore Conference Tournament championship
Monmouth Senior All-Star Team
Ocean Senior All-Star Team
and a spot in the Group I final after claiming the inaugural South Jersey Group I title. On Wednesday he scored all three of his goals
in the first quarter and assisted on Paris's goal early in the fourth quarter that extended Monmouth County's lead to 9-5.
"It's definitely one of the better ways to end the season, especially playing with two other Rumson-Fair Haven kids, Mike Villane and Dylan Rotchford," Clarke said. "It was fun playing one last game with them." Clarke got to team up with another pair of explosive scorers in Bloodgood and Dambach, who were first and second in the Shore Conference in scoring. Bloodgood's 115 points were fifth-best in New Jersey while Dambach dished out a conferencebest 59 assists among his 100 points.
"It'a actually not the first time I've played with that attack line," Clarke said. "We've played in the summer, and it was nice to get one last time together."
Van Brunt's selection as Ocean County's MVP made it two years in a row Brick Memorial's goalie took home the honor after Drew Lamela was the county MVP of last year's game. Van Brunt led the Shore Conference in save percentage this season.
"It's an honor to be chosen to play in the game and going up against a pretty fierce attack out there," Van Brunt said. "Obviously they played us a little better than we played them, but it was a fun game all around and a great experience."
South Jersey Group IV champion Southern had four players close out their careers in Wednesday night's all-star game and head coach John Pampalone, the SCLCA Coach of the Year, was on the sidelines to
it 8-4 before Manzo broke the five-goal run with one minute left in the quarter to cut Ocean's deficit to 8-5.
take in the special moment.
"It really was (special), and that's why it was a great opportunity to coach (the game), to coach these four captains that have been with me the last three years," Pampalone said. "It's
Brick Mem. specialist Ryan Calmon
great to have them one last time in a fun atmosphere where the score doesn't matter as much as the kids going out there and competing and having some fun."
Oceanâ€™s Specht brothers celebrate a goal
slow in the second quarter until Elizabethtown College recruit Mike Specht gave Ocean County a 4-3 lead at 7:14. Dambach, a Chestnut Hill recruit, scored at 5:34 and again at 2:15 to give Monmouth County a 5-4 lead at halftime.
Bloodgood took his turn scoring with a pair of goals 36 seconds apart early in the third quarter to extend Monmouth's lead to 7-4. Villane's goal at 6:25 made
The teams were tied at three after a backand-forth first quarter. Clarke opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 10:24 before Lipositz responded at 8:32. Clarke scored again at 6:31 and Torre tallied at 4:56 to tie the score at two. Manzo fed Balsamo for an extraman opportunity goal at 2:09 for a 3-2 Ocean County lead, but Clarke knotted the game at three with his third goal at 1:10. The pace began to
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Coach of the year Southern's John Pampalone with Manasquan head coach Nick Schmidt
Monmouth continued to pull away in the fourth quarter for its eighth win in nine all-star games. Clarke fed Paris at 10:31 for a 9-5 lead before Dambach found Koubek for a brilliant goal at 9:36. Dambach hit MVP Michael Clarke with RYPT a cutting Koubek in MVP Sponsor Bobby Smith front of the crease and the Freehold Township midfielder dove and scored with a behind-the-back, over-theshoulder shot to make it 10-5. Farrar tallied at 6:41 to bring Ocean within four goals but goals by Geiger and Villane in a span of 36 seconds put the game away. Nick Specht added a goal with 38.1 seconds left to conclude the scoring.
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baseball season was highlighted by seemingly one impressive coaching milestone after another for some of the Shore’s longtime luminaries.
Whenever I mention to top young coaches in the Shore that they may have a shot to one day make a run at those coaching milestones, they practically laugh in my face. Many of Christian Brothers Academy head them scoff at coach Marty Kenney became just the the notion that fourth coach in state history and the they might still only other living coach besides Toms be doing the River South’s Ken Frank to reach 700 job in 20 or 30 victories for his career. Frank’s years, figuring younger brother, Toms River East they will be head coach Bill Frank, won his 500th worn down or career game and is third all time for burned out by career wins in Shore Conference the job. The history. feeling is that if an angry CBA's Marty Kenney Monmouth Regional head coach Ted parent doesn’t Jarmusz, who is fifth all time in submarine you, Shore Conference history with 464 wins, ended his an administrator or some school district politics illustrious 27-year stint with the Falcons with a will ensure that a long career Central Jersey Group II title to go out on top after is not in the cards. announcing his retirement. He ended on a high note with All Shore There also is so much more Media Coach pressure to win in the of the Year competitive Shore Conference honors this that a few bad seasons can season. land a coach on the hot seat, Manchester’s regardless of what they may John Musolf have done earlier in their also picked up career. While the goal of high his 200th win school athletics is mainly to in his 17th develop young athletes, season with prepare them for the real the Hawks. world, build character, and Toms River show them how to overcome North’s Ted adversity, this is a landscape Schelmay led where winning still matters. Toms River the Mariners to You can produce all the great Shore citizens in the world, but if the win-loss column is Conference an eyesore, the natives will get restless and start and Ocean agitating for someone new. Monmouth's Ted Jarmusz County
Clearly, it’s probably easier to have longevity at a parochial school because you are not answering to a school board and you are not subject to approval at a public board meeting. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of pressure at places like CBA and Red Bank Catholic, which have plenty of talent on their rosters on a yearly basis and are expected to regularly rack up wins and titles.
Having success also can create its own monster. If you win early on, you will be expected to keep that going, which isn’t always easy at a public school where there can be lean years because the talent in the district just isn’t that great. That’s why the accomplishments of coaches like the Frank brothers and Jarmusz are so impressive because they built programs that are competitive year-in, year-out, no matter who graduates.
Old coaches often get jokingly referred to as dinosaurs, but in the case of this legendary group of long-time coaches in the Shore, that may be fitting. After all, the type of 30- and 40-year careers that they have had are seemingly becoming obsolete. To get to 500 or 700 wins in this day and age seems like a daunting task. Even if you had a juggernaut program that won 20 games a year for 20 years, that still only gets you to 400.
As Jarmusz walks off into the sunset as a champion and the Frank brothers and Kenney are winding down their careers, they are like the last of an endangered species. These veteran coaches should be celebrated now, because we may not see anything like it ever again in this area.
East's Bill Frank
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Then there is simple career advancement. If a college program came calling, a promising young coach might want to give that a shot. Either that, or if they end up in line for a well-paying job as an administrator and have a family to support, so they do what’s in the best interest of their family.
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The reason these milestones may be permanently etched in cement is not because there aren’t talented young coaches in the Shore Conference. It’s because so many aspects around these jobs have changed since guys like Kenney, Jarmusz and the Frank brothers started their careers. There is way more pressure to win, way more criticism in the age of social media, and usually way less time to make mistakes and learn on the job.
Looking at all these lofty achievements and tributes to longevity and success, this may be the last time we see anything like this. Certainly what Kenney achieved and the stratosphere that Ken Frank continues to put the state record for wins into could certainly never be seen again.
The athletic director who had a coach’s back during some lean years may eventually get worn down by parents and school board members who want a change and not be able to stop the flood. Then there is the personal side, where some coaches just find it too hard to raise a family while devoting so much time to their sport that something has to give, and it’s often the job.
Tournament titles in his 20th season at the helm.