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Record Rushing Performance by Marlboro’s Cameron Caorsi Leads Monmouth County to Victory in 40th Annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic
By Bob Badders – Managing Editor
he opportunity to play in the AllShore Gridiron Classic was everything for Cameron Caorsi. It represented a chance to prove the running back from Marlboro who rushed for nearly 1,400 yards in just eight games was as good as advertised, and that he and his teammates most certainly belonged alongside the rest of the top players in the Shore Conference. Caorsi was confident he could contribute to a County Monmouth victory while his coach Jason Dagato, who was calling the defense for Monmouth, saw the fire in his running back during the week of practice. But what transpired when game time rolled around was beyond even their wildest dreams.
Caorsi turned in an alltime performance on Thursday night by rushing for single-game record 168 yards and a Marlboro’s Cameron Caorsi touchdown on 25 carries to lead Monmouth County to a 17-8 victory over Ocean County in the 40th annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Shore Regional’s Feeney Field.
“It’s really special and I’m extremely happy,” Caorsi said. “I’m speechless. I didn’t expect any of this. I have to give credit to the O-line. They did it all. They made this happen. That’s the reason I have this record right now.”
Caorsi ran for 92 yards on 14 carries in the first half and added 76 yards on 11 carries over the final two quarters to break the old mark of 161 yards set by legendary Freehold running back Joe “The Jet” Henderson in 1986. It is the first Gridiron Classic individual record set since Brick’s Kurt Loftus returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in 2008.
“They told me toward the end of the game I needed one more yard,” Caorsi said. “I was like, ‘ok, I’ll get it. I’ll get more than one yard’.”
“I saw it all week, he was killing us,” said Dagato, who had to go against Caorsi in practice as Monmouth County’s defensive coordinator. “I know every time what I’m going to get from him and it’s effort like you couldn’t believe.” Ron Brooks who sang the national anthem
“To see Cam go by me brought back old memories,” said Marlboro center Riley Keating, who was part of the unit up front that paved the way for Caorsi’s recordbreaking night. “It’s just an unbelievable feeling right now.” Keating along with Keyport’s Erik Nellis and Shore’s Mike Devine at guard, Neptune’s Gary Hoover and Keansburg’s Richie Squeo at tackle and Wall’s Gene Scott and Manasquan’s Adam Schreck at tight end cleared a path for Monmouth County to rush for 204 yards.
receptions for 68 yards, while Lacey’s Chase Stephensen was Ocean County’s defensive MVP with a fumble recovery.
Red Bank Catholic defensive back Max Hazard
MVPs: Keyport’s Zack Frick (Mon. County defense); Marlboro’s Cameron Caorsi (Mon. County offense); Lakewood’s Adi Palmer (Ocean County offense); Lacey’s Chase Stephensen (Ocean County defense).
Monmouth County had 20 first downs and 47 rushing attempts, both of which were one off the respective single-game records.
Caorsi was the obvious choice for Monmouth C o u n t y ’s offensive MVP award. Keyport defensive end Zack Frick was selected as Monmouth County’s defensive MVP with one sack, one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.
also had a standout game with two interceptions, the first of which led to Monmouth’s first touchdown.
“Today was kind of surreal,” Hazard said. “Playing in a high school game for the last time with random kids that you’ve now bonded with during the week was a really fun experience. To have a big impact and have the opportunities to make those plays meant a lot to me.”
“The mindset was just to beat anybody out there,” Frick said. “I’m a little out of shape so I just tried to hang in there.”
Lakewood wide receiver Adi Palmer was selected as Ocean County’s offensive MVP with six
SJV’s Matt DeGennaro
Lakewood’s Adi Palmer
St. John Vianney’s Matt DeGennaro threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Asbury Park’s Paul Reed in the first quarter and Freehold Township’s Tyler Schulman kicked a 29-yard field in the second quarter to give Monmouth County a 10-0 halftime lead. Caorsi’s touchdown early in the fourth quarter put Monmouth up 170 before Ocean County answered on the ensuing drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brick’s Anthony Costanza to Point See Gridiron page 4
Bricks’s Anthony Costanza
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Continued from page 3 Boro’s Hayden Frey.
The Sam Mills Awards were handed out between the third and fourth quarters with Frey for Ocean County and Middletown North’s Jake Goldfarb from Monmouth County as the recipients. Monmouth’s win snapped Ocean’s three-game winning streak and denied its bid to become the first team to win four consecutive Gridiron Classics.
On the opening possession of the game a 21-yard tackle for a loss by Manchester’s Tariq Ali on Reed squashed Monmouth County’s drive and led to a punt. Freehold’s Ahlonte Hair Ocean County was able to convert a fourth-and-1 on a 2yard run by Costanza, but on the next play Hazard came down with the interception at the Monmouth 40-yard line.
Following the turnover Monmouth marched 60 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Caorsi carried four times for 25 yards on the drive while DeGennaro had chain-moving completions to Freehold’s Ahlonte Hair and Howell’s Dan Cacciatore. Shore quarterback Matt Pennell had a six-yard gain on fourth-and-1 from the Ocean 25-yard line to keep the drive going. A 5-yard swing pass from DeGennaro to Reed on second-andgoal capped the drive and Schulman’s extra point made it 7-0 with 1:49 left in the opening quarter.
Ocean County went three-and-out on its next possession and Monmouth took over at its own 46-yard line where it embarked on an 11-play drive to extend its lead. Freehold Township quarterback Charles Sabbagh had a 13-yard completion to Scott and then a 17-yard hookup with Hair on fourth-and-9. A sack on third down by Central’s Jared Giaimo and Point
Beach’s Cody Liguori forced a field goal attempt, and Schulman remained perfect in his only high school football season by connecting from just inside 30 yards with 9:05 left in the first half.
Southern quarterback Sam Cammarata entered the game on the next drive and found immediate chemistry with Palmer, hitting the 6-foot-3 target for an 18-yard gain on first down to get the ball out to midfield. A 7-yard completion to Frey followed by another 18-yard pass Palmer and an eightyard gain down to the Monmouth 17-yard line. But two plays later a fumble on the snap was recovered by Frick, killing the promising drive.
Raritan’s Marc Carnivale directed Ocean County answered immediately Monmouth’s drive that began at the with an 11-play, 73-yard drive. Costanza Ocean 23 and got all the way to the 1hit Lakewood’s Honore Richardson for yard line. Carnivale had a 9-yard gain to 21 yards out to the 48, then ran for a 9Raritan teammate Rory Sullivan and later yard gain before connecting with had a 22-yard gain to Hair that initially Central’s Mike Bickford for seven more Mater Dei’s Juwan Mitchell & was ruled a touchdown but was changed yards down to the Monmouth 36-yard Ocean’s Anthony Tedesco by another official who ruled Hair line. Five runs by Costanza and a 6-yard stepped out of bounds at the 2-yard line. pass to Frey moved the ball to the 12The call being changed proved costly for Monmouth County, because yard line, where on third down Costanza found Frey cutting toward three plays later on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line the snap was the middle of the field and the Panthers standout was able to haul in fumbled and Stephensen recovered for Ocean County with under a the scoring pass to get Ocean County on the board. Costanza then minute left in the half. threw a 2-point conversion pass to Bickford to make it 17-8 with 4:12 left. Caorsi had three carries for 32 yards on the drive to finish the first half at 92 yards. That began the buzz of whether Caorsi could break the 31-year old single-game rushing record.
Ocean County received to start the second half and moved to the Monmouth 21-yard line, but another interception by Hazard kept Ocean from cracking the scoreboard. The teams traded punts on the next two possessions of the third quarter.
Brick’s Rah’son McCall
Monmouth started the fourth quarter on the Ocean 39-yard line and needed eight plays to get into the end zone and take a 17-0 lead. Hair ran for 10 yards on first down and then caught a 16-yard pass from Sabbagh to move the ball to the 19-yard line. Caorsi polished off the drive with a 3-yard plunge to put him at 139 yards for the game with 10:55 still left to play.
By that time the only drama left was whether Caorsi could break the rushing record. With Monmouth’s drive starting at its own 35-yard line, Caorsi gained 6 yards on first down, then 15 yards three plays later. There was a long delay after the play as Keyport’s Nellis suffered a knee injury. At that point Caorsi was informed he was one yard away from tying the record. When play resumed Caorsi muscled forward for a 2-yard gain to reach 162 yards and officially set a new Gridiron Classic single-game rushing record. He got one more carry for good measure, knifing forward for six yards and a first down that set the new standard of 168 yards and sealed Monmouth’s victory. “I came into the game wanting to show what I can do and I didn’t have any doubts,” Caorsi said. “I was confident in what we could do as a team and we showed them. We beat them.”
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Gridiron Classic Notebook:
7-on-7 Final, Hall of Fame & Sam Mills Awards
By Bob Badders – Managing Editor
game than it was 5 or 10 years ago,” said Long Branch head coach Danny George. “We’re a spread team that will throw it around so to play teams like Howell and Manalapan to get here and beat a good Central team shows we’re doing something right.”
here are the usual suspects throughout the Shore Conference that are expected to excel once the 7 - o n - 7 portion of the offseason rolls around, but as spring turned to summer an unexpected team kept coming up in conversations about which teams’ passing units were looking sharp.
Long Branch turned heads by coming out on top against teams like Howell and Manalapan to win the Monmouth County 7-on-7 championship, and in the Shore Conference final prior to the 40th annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic it was easy to see why the Green Wave have turned the corner to become a dangerous aerial unit.
Senior quarterback Juwan Wilkins tossed three touchdown passes and the Green Wave showcased what could be a dominant group of receivers in defeating Central to win the 2017 Shore Conference 7-on-7
championship at Shore Regional’s Robert E. Feeney Field.
“We executed and finished strong,” Wilkins said. “Kaymar (Mimes) was a big part, Kevin (Porch) helped defensively and as a whole team we came together. We were fired up the whole time.”
“The passing game has become a much bigger part of the high school
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Wilkins threw for 760 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions last season splitting time with Marc Dennis. It will be Wilkins job this year as Dennis will not play football, according to George. With a great supporting cast around him Wilkins should see those numbers go up considerably.
The most noticeable player among Long Branch’s receivers is literally hard to miss on the field. Senior Kaymar Mimes, who is the brother of Oakland Raiders defensive end Shilique Calhoun, stands 6foot-5 and weighs 230 pounds and has FBS offers from Temple and Rutgers
along with offers from Old Dominion and Monmouth. He is being recruited as a defensive end but will be a major weapon for Long Branch’s offense.
There’s also 6-foot-4 senior T.J. Fosque, who is the son of Asbury Park head coach Tim Fosque, senior Pasa Fields and junior Matt Clark. Mimes led Long Branch with 22 receptions last season while Fosque averaged just under 25 yards per catch with 423 yard and six touchdowns on just 17 receptions. Fields brought down 16 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Long Branch QB Juwan Wilkins
Sam Mills Awards
Point Boro’s Hayden Frey and Middletown North’s Jake Goldfarb were the recipients of the prestigious Sam Mills Award, given to a player on each team who embodies the toughness, perseverance and character of the late Sam Mills, who starred as a linebacker for Long Branch in the late 1970s before becoming an All-American at Montclair State and an All-Pro linebacker with the New Orleans Saints.
Frey caught three passes for 25 yards and hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass while Goldfarb was a defensive tackle that helped Monmouth shut down Ocean County’s rushing attack to the tune of 56 yards on 24 carries.
"We have a lot of guys back and we have an opportunity to win some football games,” George said. "We want to win every day whether it’s in
practice or 7-on-7 games.”
Point Boro’s Hayden Frey
George has cranked up the intensity this offseason, and that will continue into the first scrimmage when Long Branch takes on Paramus Catholic, St. Joseph (Hammonton) and Timber Creek in a mega four-way scrimmage that will be a huge test for the Green Wave.
flexbone offense to help the Panthers capture the Class B South division title and finish 8-2. Goldfarb made 29 tackles with six tackles for a loss, two sacks and an interception for a Middletown North team that went 9-3 and reached the Central Jersey Group IV final for the first time since 1996.
“That will be a big test, obviously, so we wanted our summer to be meaningful,” George said. “We want our practices to be meaningful, our speed and agility sessions to be meaningful and our 7-on-7s to be meaningful.” So far Long Branch is making all the right moves.
Central QB Joe Fowler
During the season Frey caught 21 passes for 386 yards and five touchdowns in Point run-heavy Boro’s
Hall of Fame
A pair longtime assistant coaches at two of the Shore Conference’s winningest programs were inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame at halftime of the Gridiron Classic.
Matawan’s Leon “Butch” Britton
Jersey Group IV title in 1974.
Former Matawan assistant Leon “Butch” Britton and former Brick assistant Bob Spada were honored for being integral parts of the coaching staffs that helped both the Huskies and Dragons win multiple state championships. Britton coached under Barry Rizzo from 1967 through 1979 and was then Matawan’s head coach for two seasons through 1982. Matawan was named Central Jersey Group III champion in 1973 and went 11-0 to win the Central
Spada was a star three-sport athlete at Vineland High School and later a standout tight end for Duke University who was drafted by the Chicago Bears. He coached under the legendary Warren Wolf from 1962 through 1991 and was a part of 18 championships during his coaching career.
You can read more about Britton and Spada in the official gameday program on ShoreSportsNetwork.com and also in the June 29 issue of the SSN Journal.
Redemption for Matt DeGennaro
Middletown North’s Jake Goldfarb
Coming into his senior season Matt DeGennaro was excited to be the starting quarterback for one of the best teams in the Shore Conference and guide an offensive unit that hoped to bring St. John Vianney to a state championship. And for the first three weeks of the season DeGennaro was providing everything the Lancers needed from the quarterback position. DeGennaro threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns over the first three games to compliment St. John Vianney’s powerful rushing attack, but then DeGennaro started feeling ill and didn’t see another snap until the final game of the season. “After starting the first three games right, before the Brick game I got sick, and right after that I found out I had mono,” DeGennaro said. “My spleen was enlarged for six weeks and I didn’t come back until the state semifinal game against St. Joe’s.” St. John Vianney was 10-0 heading into the game but lost 45-20 to the eventual Non-Public Group III champion Green Knights. DeGennaro was able to end his high school career on the field, however, throwing for 139 yards and two touchdowns. “It was good to be able to come back and go out like that,” DeGennaro said. That wasn’t the final time he would suit up as a high school football player, though, as he was selected to play in the 40th annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic. Rotating as one of four quarterbacks on Monmouth County’s roster, DeGennaro completed 4 of 8 passes for 23 yards and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Asbury Park’s Paul Reed in Monmouth’s 17-8 victory. “It was a great opportunity to come back and get another chance to show what I have,” said DeGennaro, who will play a prep year at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass. “I felt pretty good about the day.”
As featured in the main story from the game, Marlboro’s Cameron Caorsi broke the Gridiron Classic single-game rushing record with 168 yards, eclipsing the former mark of 161 set by Freehold’s Joe “The Jet” Henderson in 1986…The defensive coordinator in that game was Shore Sports Network’s own Ed Sarluca, who was more than happy for Caorsi to let him off the hook after 31 years…Derek Sininsky is the first coach from St. John Vianney to coach the Monmouth County all-stars to victory in the Gridiron Classic…Monmouth now leads the all-time series 21-181…Ocean County was denied its bid to become the first county to win four straight Gridiron Classic games…There is no official account of the most interceptions by an individual in a game, but I will guess no one has ever had three picks in a game. That would mean Red Bank Catholic’s Max Hazard unofficially tied the record with two interceptions…Shore Regional hosted the Gridiron Classic for the first time.
P h o t o s b y : Steven Meyer
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt! By Sean O’brien - LacrosseballStore.com
acrosseBallStore.com once again sponsored the annual Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association youth all-star game this year and the players couldn’t have been happier about it. This year LacrosseBallStore.com introduced a new product and rolled it out for the first time for our All-Stars. Each player was awarded a uniform including the all new Commemorative Shooter Shirt as well as a reversible all-star pinney and performance shorts. The real star of the day was the Commemorative Shooter Shirt. The moisture wicking performance t-shirt is unique in that every player on the team was listed on the back of each shirt for years of reminiscing about the time they played on the team. Can you imagine having a tee shirt with your name listed prominently with Gary Gait, Paul Rabil the Thomson Brothers, Matt Rambo, Steele Stanwick or any of the other big names in NCAA and professional lacrosse. How would you feel showing off your shirt at your next tryout or Alumni Game? What about you coach, how cool would it be to wear a vintage all-star shooter from your days playing with the big dogs? This shirt concept was perfect for the All-Star Game. We are quite certain that several of the players who took the field will go on to represent New Jersey at Division I, II and III schools across the country. Some of them may take the field at an NCAA Championship and possibly on a professional team. What better way to remember your glory days than to don the shirt that allows you to relive them. This new concept is sure to be a big hit with many other sports and events. It seems perfect for Alumni Games, Senior Gifts, Club Teams, fan shirts and so much more. Thank you and congratulations to the LacrosseBallStore for scoring a huge win for all teams everywhere. This new shirt will definitely be part of the All-Star game for years to come. Scott and Sean at the LacrosseBallStore tell me that they created this product with the All-Star Game in mind because the shirts are dye sublimated. The sublimation process adds years to the life of these garments because the dye is infused into the fabric. It doesn’t peel or crack like screen printing and the colors last wash after wash. Because it’s dye sublimated the design options and color combinations are limitless and the price is affordable for any team.
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CBA’s Casner, Holmdel’s Cook Lead North All-Stars to Victory in SCLCA Senior All-Star Game By Bob Badders – Managing Editor
where he won an astonishing 85 percent of face-offs and picked up 226 ground balls, which was second best in New Jersey.
our years ago Nick Casner dealt with the disappointment of not playing in the Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association youth all-star game. On June 15 he got his chance as a high school senior and delivered another excellent performance to lead his team to victor y.
“ T h i s o f f s e a s o n I w o r k e d r e a l l y h a r d t o g e t b e t t e r,” C o o k s a i d . “Last year I felt I was a little shaky with the ball sometimes so I tried to be smarter and wa tch where my wings are. I really take a lot of pride in my face-offs.”
Casner scored three goals and also had two assists to earn the United Sta tes Na vy MVP a ward as the North All-Stars won 14-9 over the South AllStars in the 2017 SCLCA Senior All-Star Game a t Toms River North’s Gernard Field. Holmdel face-off ace Jack Cook closed out a dominant career with another near-fla wless performance while Ocean’s Sam Hanna and the Rumson trio of B r y a n H e s s , C h a r l i e C u r r a n a n d C o l i n Pa v l u k e a c h s c o r e d twice.
It was borderline unfair with Cook at face-off X given the offensive talent the North squad had. It made things even more challenging for the South given the wings were standout LSMs Sha wn Poole from Freehold To wnship and Ean Delehanty from Shore.
CBA’s Nick Casner
“They were definitely a huge help,” Cook said. “If I went to pull it out and got checked they were always right there to pick it up.”
Manasquan’s Jarrett Birch and Devan Carroll, and Southern’s Kyle Mulrane each scored twice for the South squad.
Cook will play a t Division I Mount St. Mar y’s next season.
“It felt a wesome,” said Casner. “These four years went by so fast. I remember being upset when I was in eighth grade and didn’t get picked for this game, so tha t’s kind of funn y. Overall it’s almost overwhelming. I’m going to college in three months so it’s just a wesome to play with all these guys one last time.” Casner will play a t Division I Siena next season and lea ves CBA as one if its all-time leading scorers, finishing third with 272 career points.
“I’m ver y excited. Hopefully I can start as a freshman and do some grea t things do wn there,” Cook said.
CBA’s Nick Casner receives the MVP
T h e N o r t h a l l - s t a r s h a d a m a j o r p o s s e s s i o n a d v a n t a g e w i t h o n e o f t h e s t a t e ’s best face-off midfielders a t the helm. Cook won 22 of 25 dra ws to ca p a season
The North all-stars jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first q u a r t e r a s H a n n a , H o w e l l ’s D r e w B u k o w i e c , Pa v l u k , H e s s and Rumson’s Oliver Heins each scored. Carroll and Birch sank goals for the South all-stars. Casner and Hess tallied in the second quarter while Birch, Mulrane and St. Rose’s Chris Bormida scored for the South to make it 8-5 at halftime.
In the third quarter it was Casner scoring early off a feed from Rumson’s Alex
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Werner to put the North up by four. Werner finished with a game-high three assists.
kids all year so it was fun to get out and play w i t h d i f f e r e n t k i d s ,” A l d r i d g e s a i d . “ I c a n ’ t wait to get (to CBA) next year and start playing with them. I’m excited for the next level.”
Consecutive goals by Carroll and Mulrane cut the South’s deficit to 9-7, but tha t was a s cl o s e a s t h e y w o u l d g e t . D e l a h a n t y scored off a feed from Freehold To wnship’s D r e w D u n n a n d We r n e r s e t u p C u r r a n shortly after to make it 11-7. Donovan C a t h o l i c ’s Pe t e S c h l e n d o r f t a l l i e d t o p u t the score at 11-8 entering the fourth quarter. B r i c k M e m o r i a l ’s M i k e M o w d e r s c o r e d early in the fourth to a gain trim the North’s lead to two goals, but Casner, Pa vluk and Curran each scored to put the game a way and give the North another victor y.
C a l e b Pa l l o a l s o s c o r e d t h r e e t i m e s a n d Mike DeRosa, who will also attend CBA, scored twice.
Ocean’s Sam Hannna Manasquan’ds Goalie Tom Pollock
C a s n e r a n d H o w e l l ’s N i c o L o r e n z o t i e d for the win in the fastest shot contest. In the youth all-star game that preceded the senior game, the North alls t a r s d o m i n a t e d w i t h a n 1 1 - 3 v i c t o r y. Ky l e A l d r i d g e , a n e i g h t h - g r a d e r f r o m S t . Leo the Grea t School in Middleto wn, won the MVP with three goals and one assist and also won the fastest shot contest. He will head to CBA next season. “It was fun. You don’t see some of these
Kyle Aldridge Youth MVP
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By Bob Badders – Managing Editor
hen Kevin Preston left his position as an assistant at Manasquan to become the head coach at St. Rose prior to the 2014 season, the first objective he had was to make sure the Purple Roses survived.
Around that time St. Rose had roughly 13 kids in the entire boys lacrosse program and was on the fringe of folding. The Belmar school is small to begin with, and without a football team to use as a pool to recruit potential players and with a baseball program that dominates the spring season, bringing the numbers up was a huge challenge.
Through relentless effort and with a vision to build a competitive program in the Shore, Preston guided the Purple Roses to their best season ever in 2017. Four years after taking over a program on the verge of being eliminated, St. Rose set a program record for wins in a season and scored the biggest upset in the history of the Shore Conference Tournament. For his efforts in leading St. Rose to new heights, Preston has been selected as the 2017 Shore Sports Network Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year. “Just seeing the process come to fruition this year was a pretty incredible experience,” Preston said. “Four years ago most of the kids were just athletes who were new to lacrosse. We were building lacrosse players. We have an incredible parent group that supports us and a great coaching staff. It’s cool to see how it came from almost nothing.” Four years ago Preston was looking for anyone to come out and join the team. He recruited some kids off the hockey team who didn’t play a spring sport. He had 10 freshman come out for the team, but most had never picked up a lacrosse stick before. It didn’t matter, he just needed bodies. One of the few players with extensive lacrosse experience also happened to be one of the best players in the Shore: junior Matt Frost. The current Quinnipiac University starter helped Preston build a foundation, and the Roses went 7-8 that season to bounce back from a 3-12 campaign the year before.
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St. Rose went 7-10 in 2015, Frost’s senior season, but stumbled last year with a relatively young group to go 5-11. Coming into this season, however, Preston saw a squad that was ready to take the next step.
“In March we could see that we now had a group of lacrosse players,” Preston said. “We were able to come into this season with a deep team, not just one or two players, and that made the difference.”
One of the players who was recruited to the team with no prior experience ended up setting the program’s single-season goals record this season. Senior attackman Chris Bormida scored 55 goals to break Frost’s previous record of 53, and did so with just three years of lacrosse experience. As a freshman Bormida was a baseball player.
“He came out sophomore year and was the definition of most improved every year,” Preston said. “He went from scoring around seven goals to 13 as a junior to 55 this year. His hard work was incredible.”
Senior attackman Griffin McDermott started as a freshman in the midfield, then moved to defense and finally settled in as an attackman. He scored 41 goals with 27 assists to tie Bormida for the team lead in points with 68. McDermott was one of the players who led the recruiting effort within the school, and along with defenseman Hunter Harms and goalie Robbie Brugnoli formed the senior nucleus of the team.
St. Rose started the season 3-0 and stood at 8-4 through the month of April. Among those victories was a 12-5 win over a solid Holmdel team. The win that made everybody in the Shore take notice, however, came on May 6 in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. Brugnoli made 25 saves, Bormida scored four times and McDermott had three goals and one assist as the Purple Roses, seeded No. 14, took down No. 3 Southern, 8-7, for the biggest upset in SCT history.
“That was definitely the kind of game we look back on and see how it was everything we had been working toward,” Preston said. “We had been able to get over the hump against the middle group of teams but to win over a team like Southern that had won the SCT recently, it was the cherry on top of the season.” “Going into the season we didn’t have that expectation. We didn’t know how good we could be until halfway through the season when we started to realize how talented we were and that we had a big win or two in us. In the Southern game it all came together at the right time. If we play them 10 more times we might lose 10 in a row, but on that day we proved how good we can be when everything comes together.”
St. Rose fell to St. John Vianney in the SCT quarterfinals and was edged by Oratory Prep in the first round of the NJSIAA Non-Public B playoffs, but those defeats certainly did not sour a season that saw the Purple Roses finally break through.
“My message to the players after the season is that we’re not building anymore, we’re going to challenge and fight to get into the tournament every year,” Preston said. “We’ve gotten over the hump and now it’s time to do more and prove ourselves in the Shore Conference.”
By Bob Badders – Managing or all the talent on Manasquan’s roster if an opposing coach was given the chance to take one player out of the equation if would most certainly be No. 4.
One of the state’s elite goal scorers, senior attackman Jarrett Birch keyed Manasquan’s rise to power not only in the Shore Conference but on the state level as well. In 2017 Birch was nearly unstoppable, leading New Jersey with 86 goals while adding 19 assists to finish with 105 points. His play over the course of the season helped Manasquan accomplish several goals, including winning the Shore Conference Tournament for the first time in program history. For his impressive statistics, ability to come through in clutch moments and importance to the Warriors’ program, Birch has been selected as the 2017 Shore Sports Network Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. “His conditioning, his speed, the intangibles — he’s determinations everything you want from a complete attackman,” said Manasquan head coach Sean Cunningham. “He’s the kind of kid that brings it to a different level come game time. He’s a skilled shooter and a pure scorer in that sense. I keep coming back to the phrase, ‘he has a motor’, because it’s true. The kid goes all game and never stops.” The Class B South Player of the Year as
What makes Birch’s totals even more impressive is that he did it on a team with multiple scoring options, including his sophomore brother Canyon, who scored 77 goals and led Manasquan with 106 points. It helped that teams couldn’t focus all of their attention on Jarrett Birch because of the Warriors’ balance, but Birch was unquestionably the go-to threat for Manasquan.
Birch’s career numbers put him among the elite offensive players in Shore Conference history. His 266 career goals are second all time in the Shore behind Southern’s Dylan Jinks (272) and his 351 career points are third behind CBA legend Tommy Duerr (431) and Jinks (421). His 266 goals are also third in state history according to LaxRecords.com.
Birch’s leadership ability was also crucial to Manasquan’s success. Birch was just a sophomore and not an official captain during Cunningham’s first year in 2015, but quickly became a player his teammates turned to.
“That year we decided to start a bunch of talented sophomores and see what happened and he was one of the only known quantities coming back,” Cunningham said. “So even back then he was looked at as a leader. Since then he’s been a two-year captain and a big presence for us.”
Manasquan is the oldest lacrosse program in the Shore and has experienced a great resurgence in the last three seasons, winning an SCT title and a state sectional title. Birch and the rest of this year’s senior class has led the way, and an exciting group of sophomores helped buoy the program as they ascended to a top 10 team in New Jersey. Manasquan didn’t reach the level it is at today because of one player, but Birch is indeed the face of the franchise. “His impact is considerable,” Cunningham said. “I’m a big proponent of the program being the biggest thing, but you have to take time to appreciate individuals, especially when they set records like this. He’s the first, first-team all-state player from Manasquan, he has the most goals in a season, the most career goals, most career points. That in and of itself is very important. Kids look up to him and say I want to be like No. 4, I want to be part of that program. It’s always nice to have an individual to put up there and be the face of a program. There are so many important factors in the success of this program but having a prolific attackman definitely creates interest and energy.”
A two-time first-team All-Shore selection by both the SCLCA and Shore Sports Network and a two-time Class B South Player of the Year, Birch will continue his career at Division I Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina
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well as a first-team All-Shore selection by the Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association, Birch was a major reason why the Warriors finished 21-2 and claimed their third straight division title, won the SCT for the first time and reached the South Jersey Group II final for the second year in a row. He scored at least three goals in 19 of 23 games and had multiple points in 21 of 23 Editor games. Birch had seven games scoring five or more goals, including a nine-goal, three-assist performance in a win over Lacey. He scored seven goals in wins over St. John Vianney and Wall, tallied six times against Seneca in the state tournament and had five goals in wins over Ridge, Jackson Liberty and Holmdel.
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both ranked sixth in the Shore Conference.
By Matt Manley – Senior Staff t is fair to say before the 2017 baseball season, Manasquan left-hander Tommy Sheehan was the front-runner to win the Pitcher of the Year in the Shore Conference. Already committed to pitch at Notre Dame, the lefthander was coming off a first-team AllShore season as a junior despite pitching through illness most of the year. Armed with a fastball that hit 93-miles-per-hour on the radar gun, he was also on the radar of several Major League organizations. All-in-all Sheehan lived up to expectations on the mound, but it was his bat that put him over the top as the Shore Sports Network Player of the Year.
For his senior season, Sheehan hit .474 with 10 doubles, three triples and three home runs while scoring 16 runs and driving in 23. He also put up an onbase percentage of .558 to go along with a .795 slugging percentage. Sheehan’s average and slugging percentage
Sheehan had several big hits during Manasquan’s run to its first NJSIAA Group II title in 31 years, but his most memorable hit might have been one from the regular Writer season. In a 5-5 game in the bottom of the 12th inning against Shore Conference Class B North rival Middletown North, Sheehan turned on a pitch with a runner on base and lined it over the right-field fence for a walk-off two-run home run in what was, at the time, a key game in the B North race. Middletown North’s dugout contended that the ball should have been ruled foul, but Sheehan’s homer down the line was determined by the umpiring crew to be a home run, making for a memorable moment for Sheehan and the Warriors. During the Group II playoffs, Sheehan went 7-for-16 with a double, triple, three runs scored and two RBI. His RBI triple was the difference in a 3-2 win over Bordentown in the South Jersey Group II quarterfinals and his RBI single in the first inning of the Group II final got the Warriors on the scoreboard first.
If Sheehan’s offense overshadowed his pitching, it’s only because of the expectations for him on the mound were so high while he was still unproven at the plate. Sheehan carried the Warriors to the sectional final with three strong performances on the mound and, for the tournament, he allowed one earned run on six hits with 32 strikeouts and 11 walks over 20 innings. He pitched six one-hit innings with 13 strikeouts in a win over Sterling in the NJSIAA Tournament opener, punched out 14 in a win over Sterling, and pitched a fivehitter while allowing one unearned run in a win over Governor Livingston in the Group II semifinal.
In his final varsity year, Sheehan went 6-2 with a 1.04 ERA, 86 strikeouts, 26 walks and 29 hits allowed in 54 innings. He finished his four-year varsity career as a Warrior with a career record of 18-4 and a 1.70 ERA in 173 1/3 innings. In that time, Sheehan also struck out 254, walked 73 and produced a WHIP (walks-plus-hits-per-innings-pitched) of 1.08.
The 2017 concludes a standout varsity career for Sheehan, who was a four-year standout on the baseball team and was also a key member on the varsity basketball team as a junior before electing not to play this year. On the mound, he went 18-4 in his career and struck out 254 batters in 173 1/3 innings. In light of all of his statistical accomplishments and given his baseball future remains bright, Sheehan will be remembered at Manasquan for helping to deliver the program’s first state title in three decades.
TOMMY SHEEHAN CAREER STATS
2014: 4-0, 30.1 IP, 28 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 20 BB, 45 K, 2.54 ERA, 1.58 WHIP
2015: 3-1, 44 IP, 37 H, 24 R, 18 ER, 20 BB, 60 K, 2.86 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
2016: 5-1, 45 IP, 21 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 63 K, 0.78 ERA, 0.62 WHIP 2017: 6-2, 54 IP, 29 H, 19 R, 8 ER, 26 BB, 86 K, 1.04 ERA, 1.02 WHIP Totals: 18-4, 173.1 IP, 115 H, 63 R, 42 ER, 73 BB, 254 K, 1.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP
By Matt Manley – Senior Staff Writer
nlike classmate and Notre Dame signee Tommy Sheehan, Manasquan senior Connor Muly did not pitch at the varsity level until his junior season and even then, he threw just 14 innings.
In those 14 innings in 2016, however, the right-hander showed the potential to be a formidable No. 2 pitcher behind Sheehan when both were seniors in 2017. He struck out 18 batters while walking five and posting a 3.00 ERA. Still, the thought of Muly being the best pitcher on his team – let alone the best in the conference – was beyond remote.
As it turned out, given a chance to make 10 starts, Muly proved to be much more than formidable. As a senior this past spring, he went 6-3 with a 1.42 ERA while striking out a Shore-Conference-best 91 strikeouts against just 15 walks – enough to make him the 2017 Shore Sports Network Pitcher of the Year. Like Sheehan, Muly’s most memorable individual highlight was likely a regular-season performance. In a Shore Conference Class B North divisional meeting against Monmouth County Tournament champion and Shore Conference Tournament finalist Red Bank Catholic, Muly pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out a career-high 16 while walking only two during an 8-0 Manasquan win. The performance was one of four instances this past season in which Muly struck out at least 10 men in a game. He also struck out nine on three different occasions.
While Muly’s regular-season success warranted consideration for the Pitcher of the Year honor, his postseason secured it. Like his entire team, the right-hander entered the NJSIAA Tournament on somewhat of a down note. Muly lost back-to-back starts to Rumson-Fair Haven and Pinelands, the latter of which was a 1-0 loss in the Shore Conference Tournament opening round and dropped his record to 3-3. Muly gave up three earned runs in eight innings in the 6-5 loss to Rumson and was on the wrong end of a 1-0 score against Pinelands, so there was no reason for him to go back to the drawing board.
the ball in the Group II final against Whippany Park. After Manasquan spotted him four runs in the first two innings, Muly brought the title home with a complete-game effort in a 7-3 Manasquan win. Statistically, it was probably the worst of his three state tournament games – he allowed two earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk – but he pitched a full seven innings against a red-hot Wildcat offense that had scored 51 runs in its first four state tournament games.
Muly’s 2017 season might not have been possible were it not for a mechanical adjustment that happened over a period of several months between his junior and senior years. He had experimented with a side-armed delivery as a junior, but often got pushback from his coaches. Over the summer between junior and senior year, Muly refined the delivery, got a better feel for his breaking ball out of the arm slot, and came to camp in March committed to making it work. Once his coaches saw it in action, the resistance faded.
Like Sheehan, Muly will pitch at a Division I program in college. He is slated to attend Old Dominion University in the fall.
Still, his first state tournament outing began by spotting Bordentown two runs in the top of the first inning on a home run. From there, however, Muly rounded back into form and finished off a four-hit complete game with 11 strikeouts in a 3-2 Warriors win in the quarterfinal round.
If the 16-strikeout game against RBC was Muly’s best game of the season, his last two were his most important. In the South Jersey Group II final, he matched zeroes with West Deptford’s Jack Murphy for six innings before the Warriors finally broke through for a run with two out in the seventh inning. Muly took the ball in the seventh and finished off a three-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks to pitch Manasquan to a sectional title. With a 1-0 win in a sectional championship game under his belt, Muly took
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By Matt Manley – Senior Staff Writer
little more than two years ago, Keith Cocuzza became a varsity baseball coach for the first time when he took a difficult job under difficult circumstances.
When Cocuzza took the reins at Southern Regional with just a handful of games left in the 2015 season, the Rams just had one of their biggest wins in years – and first-round Ocean County Tournament win over top-seeded Toms River North – wiped from the record because they used an ineligible pitcher. The disheartening finish the season capped yet another losing campaign, another in a decade-plus-long drought without a winning season or even an NJSIAA Tournament appearance for Southern. After another losing season in 2016, Cocuzza and his group were hopeful this year’s club would break through and to call the season a success, given where the program was coming from, is a gross understatement.
Southern not only ended its stretch of losing seasons, but also ended a 50-year state championship drought by winning its first NJSIAA sectional championship since 1967 – a triumphant end to an 18-win season that earned Cocuzza the 2017 Shore Sports Network Coach of the Year.
The highlight of Southern’s season was undoubtedly its run to the South Jersey Group IV championship as a No. 11 seed – one that included wins over Vineland, Jackson Memorial, Egg Harbor and Lenape. That run, however, overshadowed what was already significant progress for the program in the seven weeks prior to the state tournament.
During the regular season, Southern finished in the top half of the Shore Conference Class A South standings behind firstplace Toms River South as well as Toms River North and Brick and did so with an 8-6 division record. That division mark included a regular-season sweep of Toms River North, which went on to win both the Ocean County Tournament and the Shore Conference Tournament. Toms River North’s OCT win came at the expense of Southern, but the Rams lost to the Mariners in the championship game – their first trip to an OCT final since the early 1980’s. Southern’s big win during that run was a resounding 11-0 rout of Jackson Liberty – a team that defeated the likes of Toms River South, Steinert and Lacey during the course of the 2017 season.
If Southern bowed out in the first round of the South Jersey Group IV Tournament, the 2017 still would have been a sizable leap forward for the program. Armed with a roster loaded with seniors, though, the Rams seized an opportunity to make 2017 a memorable season.
Three of Southern’s four state tournament wins came on the road and two of those were extra-inning wins. The Rams beat Vineland in the first round, 5-3, in eight innings and pulled out a 3-2 win in eight over No. 2 seed Egg Harbor in the sectional semifinals. In the quarterfinals,
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Southern won its lone home game of the tournament by winning a rubber match against a Jackson Memorial team that split with Southern during the regular season and upset No. 3 Shawnee in the opening round of the tournament as a No. 14 seed.
In the South Jersey IV final, the Rams faced a Lenape team that rolled through Toms River North, knocked off top-seeded Eastern and scored seven first-inning runs to topple Rancocas Valley in the sectional semifinal. Southern gave Rancocas Valley a taste of its own medicine with five runs in the first two innings and held on to beat the Indians, 62, to claim the program’s first sectional title since winning Central Group II in 1967. The Rams’ season ended five days later at the hands of Central Jersey Group IV champion Hunterdon Central, which overcame an early 2-0 hole to beat Southern, 5-2.
“It’s been 50 years,” Cocuzza said. “They should be really, really proud of themselves. For once, we had community behind us, we had fans at all the games, we went to the Ocean County Tournament final, we won a Shore Conference (Tournament) game and won our section. That hasn’t happened at Southern for a very long time.” Southern regularly started seven seniors and its balanced, effective pitching staff consisted of a senior trio of Zach Fillmore, Pat Barrett and Nick Simone. Each of the three starters endured a rough stretch of the season for different reasons and Cocuzza and his staff helped each pitcher get through it and pitch effectively after.
Barrett opened the season limited to a designated hitter role because of a shoulder injury, but the staff brought him along and he was effective (2.12 ERA in 39 2/3 innings) once he got on the mound. Simone was Southern’s top pitcher in 2016 but struggled with his command early in 2017. He found his groove in time for the postseason, however, beginning with a two-hit shutout against Jackson Liberty and continuing 12 1/3 innings with a 1.70 ERA during the state tournament. Fillmore presented Cocuzza with a more difficult challenge because after leading the pitching staff all year, he left a Shore Conference Tournament start against Lacey with discomfort in his pitching elbow, according to Cocuzza. Fillmore rested for a week and once he gave Cocuzza assurance that he was ready to pitch again, the Southern skipper decided to deploy him out of the bullpen for the NJSIAA Tournament. The senior left-hander shined in his adopted role, closing out Southern’s last three tournament wins and pitching to a 1.56 ERA with 13 strikeouts and four walks in nine innings.
Cocuzza came into the program in 2014 as an assistant under Tom Natoli, who would go on to recommend Cocuzza for the job upon his resignation the following year. The Southern players point to Cocuzza’s calm demeanor and ability to communicate as attributes that have made a difference since he took over, while the coach himself points to a renewed focus and commitment that started with this senior group.
“There were some things I thought we had to do differently, but the biggest thing was just changing the culture,” Cocuzza said. “Guys had to start realizing the work that it was going to take to make this happen. Instead of taking 25 swings once a week, you have to get your 500 swings every week. It’s a total commitment and this senior group had played together for a long time and I think once they realized the kind of commitment it was going to take and bought in, I think that really changed for us.”
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Big Fifth Inning Leads Monmouth Over Ocean in Inaugural underclassmen Game By Matt Manley - Senior Staff Writer
bases-loaded walk to tie the game.
hristian Brothers Academy left-handed pitcher Blaise Venancio knows about seizing an opportunity, which he did as a junior during the 2017 season with the Colts baseball team. The firsttime varsity hurler grabbed an open rotation spot on an inexperienced team, became the team’s steadiest starting pitcher and performed at a level high enough to earn him a spot on the Shore Sports Network All-Shore Second Team. On Monday, in the first ever Monmouth-vs.-Ocean Underclass All-Star Game, Venancio got only 10 pitches to show what he could do and just as he did during the season, he took advantage. Venancio struck out the side on 10 pitches in the top of the fifth inning Monday, a precursor to an eight-run bottom of the inning that propelled Monmouth County to a 9-3 win over Ocean in the first ever installment of the Underclass All-Star Game. Venancio was named the game’s Most Valuable Player for his perfect inning. “It’s an honor to be recognized the first year they’re doing this game,” Venancio said. “There are so many good kids out here. Everyone out here on both sides had a really good year and everyone wanted to be at their best tonight. I just wanted to go out and do my best and it turned out to be a good night for me and a lot of other guys on our team.” With his Monmouth team trailing Ocean 20, Venancio struck out Central Regional junior outfielder Tyler Aires on three pitches and set down Pinelands s o p h o m o r e pitcher Noah Dean on four. He finished off his perfect inning with a strikeout of
Monmouth took the lead on a ground ball by CBA senior third baseman Andrea Dalatri, one that was played into an error to keep the bases loaded with one out. Raritan sophomore outfielder Tyler Bruno followed with a line-drive double into the left-field corner to chase home two runs and put Monmouth ahead, 5-2. Two more runs scored on a slow-roller, infield single by Freehold Borough junior catcher Phil Marcantonio that was thrown away to allow Bruno to score from second after Dalatri scored from third. St. Rose junior infielder Will Gannon ran for Marcantonio and scored on an error to cap the runscoring in the busy fifth.
CBA left-hander and game MVP Blaise Venancio Point Pleasant Beach junior infielder Josh Yates. “I was really amped up,” Venancio said. “I haven’t come in relief this year so the first time was one inning, in and out. I just tried to throw hard, throw strikes and get three outs.” Venancio was representative of CBA’s team this year, which won 18 games after losing two AllCentral Regional pitcher Shore players in Luca A.J. Smith Dalatri and Brandon Martorano, who left for the University of North Carolina, and two more key pieces in the form of No. 2 starter Kenny Campbell and center fielder Cid Porter. “I think we’re going to be very good next year,” Venancio said. “We have everyone coming back. Our pitchers are coming back and we’re solid. Our hitting should be solid. Our defense should be solid. We have a chance to be good, so I’m excited.”
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Monmouth added a run in the seventh on an RBI double by Raritan sophomore first baseman Jake Tennant that chased home Lodispoto. Ocean scored a run each in the first and second innings off of Middletown North junior right-hander Garrett French, who started the game and was the only pitcher on Monday to pitch more than one inning. Toms River North junior first baseman Jared Bellissimo delivered a two-out, RBI single in the top of the first to open the scoring and classmate Alex Klalo plated Brick catcher Joe Guerra with an RBI ground out in the second after Guerra singled and advanced on an error and a wild pitch. Klalo also knocked in a run in the eighth inning with an RBI single against Red Bank Catholic junior right-hander Austin Nappi. Monday’s game also served as a fundraiser for the P4 Foundation, which raises money and provides aid for families affected by childhood cancer.
Freehold Township junior outfielder Nick Lodispoto started the fifth-inning rally with a single, the first of four straight trips in which he reached base. Keansburg outfielder Liam Meyer got Monmouth County on the board with a bases-loaded RBI single before Middletown South sophomore shortstop Aurellio Licata worked a
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2016-2017 Shore Conference Tournament Champions in All Sports By Bob Badders – Managing Editor
ow that the 2016-2017 school year has come to a close, take a look back at which team and individuals brought home Shore Conference championships this past season.
FAl l Boys soccer: Christian Brothers Academy Girls soccer: Colts Neck Field hockey: Rumson-Fair Haven Boys cross country (team): Christian Brothers Academy
Boys golf (team): Christian Brothers Academy
Girls swimming (team): Trinity Hall -200 medley relay: Trinity Hall
Boys golf (individual): Bobby Weise, Freehold Township
-200 freestyle: Kathryn Petrone, Manasquan -200 individual medley: Caroline Gmelich, Trinity Hall -50 freestyle: Mia Rankin, Donovan Catholic
Girls golf (Individual): Sophia Taverna, Holmdel
-100 butterfly: Malia Wolf, Trinity Hall
Boys track & field (team): Christian Brothers Academy
-100 freestyle: Mia Rankin, Donovan Catholic
-100: Marvin Morgan, Neptune
-500 freestyle: Kathryn Petrone, Manasquan
-200: Marvin Morgan, Neptune
-200 freestyle relay: Manasquan
-400: Tommy Kalieta, Matawan
-100 backstroke: Caroline Gmelich, Trinity Hall
-800: Drew Maher, Shore
-100 breaststroke: Gabrielle Cabaron, Southern
-1600: Elliot Gindi, Ocean
-400 freestyle relay: Trinity Hall
-3200: Elliot Gindi, Ocean
Boys indoor track (team): Christian Brothers Academy -55: Mavin Morgan, Neptune
Girls cross country (team): Colts Neck
-400: Tommy Kalieta, Matawan
Girls cross country (individual): Jade Tricomy, TR North
-800: Drew Maher, Shore
Gymnastics (team): Red Bank Catholic
-1600: Elliot Gindi, Ocean
Gymnastics (individual): Melissa Astarita, Marlboro
-3200: Nick Ackerman, Freehold Township
Girls tennis: Holmdel
-55 hurdles: Tim Jacoutot, CBA
Girls volleyball: St. John Vianney
-4×400 relay: CBA
-4×400 relay: CBA -High jump: Steve Staklinski, Freehold Township -Pole vault: Dean Golan, Ocean
-Shot put: Todd Stueber, Toms River South
Wi nt er
-Pole Vault: Douglas Young, Rumson-Fair Haven
-Shot put: Ryan Roger, Toms River North
-Javelin: Zach Bartram, Shore Girls track & field (team): Middletown North -200: Katie DiFrancesco, St. John Vianney
-55: Abby Collins, Red Bank Catholic
Boys bowling (team): Brick Memorial
-400: Katie DiFrancesco, St. John Vianney
Boys bowling (individual): Andrew Lazarchick, Brick Mem.
-800: Taylor Mulch, Southern
Girls bowling (team): Brick Memorial
-1600: Niamh Hayes, Howell
Girls bowling (individual): Kamerin Peters, TR North
-3200: Niamih Hayes, Howell
Ice hockey (Handchen Cup): Jackson Memorial
-55 hurdles: Jenna Reid, Middletown North
Ice hockey (Dowd Cup): Wall
-4×400 relay: Middletown North
Boys swimming (team): Christian Brothers Academy (27th in a row)
-High jump: Madison Meise, Toms River South
-200 individual medley: Patrick Idank, Jackson Mem.
-Discus: Andrew Huisman, St. Rose
-100: Katie DiFrancesco, St. John Vianney
Girls indoor track (team): Southern
Girls basketball: St. Rose
-200 freestyle: Joseph Huber, CBA
-Long jump: Ja’Sir Taylor, Brick -Triple jump: Brendan O’Brien, Keyport
-High jump: Ryan Tompkins, Colts Neck
-200 medley relay: CBA
-100 hurdles: Tim Jacoutot, CBA -400 hurdles: Tim Jacoutot, CBA
Boys cross country (individual): Elliot Gindi, Ocean
Boys basketball: Mater Dei Prep
Girls golf (team): Holmdel
-400: Kelli Molnar, Middletown North –800: Rachel Kenny, Matawan -1600: Lindsey Marzo, Howell -3200: Jade Tricomy, Toms River North -100 hurdles: Jenna Reid, Middletown North -400 hurdles: Jenna Reid, Middletown North
-Pole vault: Kaleigh Remick, St. John Vianney -Shot put: Alyssa Wilson, Donovan Catholic
-4×400 relay: Southern -High jump: Madison Meise, Toms River South -Pole vault: Riley Larsen, Point Boro -Long jump: Anna Czajkowski, Manalapan -Triple jump: Gianna Gomez, Marlboro
Spri n g
-Shot put: Alyssa Wilson, Donovan Catholic
Baseball: Toms River North
-Discus: Alyssa Wilson, Donovan Catholic
-100 butterfly: Liam Cosgrove, St. Rose
Softball: St. John Vianney
-Javelin: Rachel Kern, Howell
-100 freestyle: Maximillian Walther, Shore
Boys lacrosse: Manasquan
-50 freestyle: (tie) Liam Cosgrive, St. Rose and Maximillian Walther, Shore
-500 freestyle: Sammy Rennard, CBA -200 freestyle relay: CBA
Girls lacrosse: Rumson-Fair Haven
-100 backstroke: John Shea, CBA
Boys tennis: Marlboro
-100 breaststroke: Dylan Dela Cruz, Donovan Catholic
Boys volleyball: Southern
-400 freestyle relay: CBA
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