Baseball Previews Coming Wed. at noon/Some Football College Commitments

March 31, 2009

Sorry for the delay on the baseball previews, I had been rounding up all of the preseason info but had to take a timeout on Tuesday for a health issue, which slowed the process to a halt for a day.  I am back in one piece and will work hard to get the baseball previews up by noon on Wednesday on the site and then I will continue to add more stuff as the day goes along before I head to a game as a long as the rain doesn’t become a nuisance. I just hope it’s better than last year, when I watched Keyport and St. Rose play for about 3 1/2-4 innings before a deluge came and wiped out the game.

Looking at the forecast, it looks like Wednesday could be spotty, Thursday should be fine and Friday could be wiped out, which then could affect Saturday’s slate of games (including Midd. North at CBA in A North) depending on how bad it gets on Friday. Toms River South is at Jackson Memorial on Thursday which could possibly be Tyler Gebler vs. Kevin Needham on the mound, so hopefully the weather holds off. I’m pretty sure Needham will go for the Jaguars, and if Gebler doesn’t start as he rounds back into form off basketball season, we could possibly get a good look at junior Andrew McGee, who I thought was impressive in his limited duty last year as a sophomore. We’ll see.

Also, if you want to go check out the cream of the crop on Thursday among pitching stars, CBA star Pat Light will make his first start of the year on the mound for the Colts when they take on Howell in A North. However, he will most likely be on a fairly low pitch count, according to CBA coach Marty Kenney, so you will want to get there for the start of the game. Light is still sharpening back to form after starring on the basketball court for CBA, where he was the All Shore Media Player of the Year during the winter.

I will also have some feature stories coming out in the next few days as all the spring stuff gets started across all the sports. I have one offseason football story that I haven’t been able to get to recently as we are doing a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff (all of it positive), including launching a free newspaper for everyone to enjoy, so I have run out of time on a few occasions, but I promise I will work to get all this stuff on the site. A rainy day might actually be a good thing at this point.

I also have more football college commitments to report – The following Barnegat seniors have all committed to the following schools according to head coach Rob Davis, so congrats to this group of Bengals.

(WR) Dan Cintron – Leigh University
(OL) Doug Pannone – Montclair State
(DB) Josh Ahiabor – William Paterson University
(RB) Mike Notabartolo – Wesley College
Also, Monmouth Regional quarterback Anthony Fruncillo, who had 1,137 total yards during the fall, is headed to FDU-Florham in the New Jersey Athletic Conference on a team loaded with former Shore Conference players to continue his career, according to Falcons coach Sal Spampanato, so congrats to Anthony, who at 6-3, 215 pounds certainly has the size to make an impact with FDU, where the current starting quarterback is former Brick signal-caller Bill Winters. Former Monmouth quarterback Tom D’Ambrisi also had a great season as a freshman for NJAC foe Kean University this past fall.

Boys/Girls Senior All-Star Games Coming Tuesday/Some College Commitments

March 23, 2009

Just a reminder: The Shore Basketball Coaches’ Association Senior All-Star Games for the boys and girls, sponsored by All Shore Media, will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at Freehold Township High School. The girls game is at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game at 8 p.m., and there will also be a 3-point shooting contest for the boys and girls. So come out and check out all of the Shore’s top seniors one last time and see how they measure up against one another. We will have the stories and all the highlights from the event, so be sure to check the site if you can’t make it.

Now, some quick college commitments: St. John Vianney senior guard Kate Wilverding has committed to SUNY-Oneonta, according to Lancers coach Dawn Karpell. That means SJV’s three main seniors are all continuing their careers in college as, in addition to Wilverding, senior guard Katelyn Linney has committed to Fairfield and senior guard Jen Mulvey is headed to Sacred Heart to play soccer.

Another notable basketball player who is moving on to play soccer at the next level is Freehold Township senior Cristina Barthel, who has committed to Seton Hall. Barthel will be playing in her final basketball game on her home court on Tuesday night during the girls Senior All-Star Game.

Anyone else who has any college commitments can e-mail them to me at and I will make sure to post them.

A few other quick updates: I am aiming to have the All Shore Media All-Shore Conference teams on the site by Friday and maybe even Thursday night if I can get everything tracked down as far as stats, so stay tuned for that.

I also am working on preseason baseball and other stuff, so expect to see plenty of baseball coming soon, hopefully this weekend. I also have a football story coming for the site tomorrow about a former player who has a shot to be signed by an NFL team who isn’t named Knowshon Moreno or Donald Brown.

Girls TOC Final: Colts Neck vs. SJV Live Updates and Blog…

March 23, 2009

We’re about 45 minutes away from the tip-off between Colts Neck and St. John Vianney in the girls NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final. From what I understand, the game is not being broadcast live on TV, so keep up here with the updates and we will have video highlights as well for our members. Just click below to get started.

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Girls Basketball – TOC Semifinals Updates and Live Blog Featuring SJV and Colts Neck

March 19, 2009

We have a Shore Conference double-header here at the Ritacco Center on Thursday night in the girls Tournament of Champions semifinals, as the first game pits No. 6 Paterson Catholic against No. 2 St. John Vianney at 6 p.m., followed by No. 4 Colts Neck vs. No. 1 Shabazz at 8 p.m., with a trip to the TOC final on Monday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford on the line. Click below to get the live updates.

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Boys TOC Qtrs: Neptune-Lenape Live Updates and Blog…

March 18, 2009

Just click on the link below to hop into the live updates from tonight’s Neptune-Lenape boys TOC quaterfinal at the Ritacco Center that tips off at 6 p.m.

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Girls TOC Extras/TCNJ Football Camp on March 22

March 18, 2009

Before I get to the extras from the boys and girls Tournament of Champions games, The College of New Jersey is holding this year’s Lions Football Clinic on Sunday, March 22 from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. at Lions Stadium at TCNJ. The clinic specializes in instruction for offensive and defensive linemen as well as tight ends and is open to players entering the ninth through the 12th grade.

It’s $35 for those who pre-register individually and $30 per player for teams of five or more who pre-register. The walk-up registration fee the day of the camp is $40 and registration is from 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Those interested can contact head coach Eric Hamilton at 609-771-2340 or e-mail Another contact is TCNJ assistant Bob Acosta, the former head coach at Monmouth Regional, at 732-688-0909 or at

As for Colts Neck‘s 42-29 victory over Rumson-Fair Haven in the girls Tournament of Champions quarterfinals on Tuesday night, it was pretty self-explanatory. Colts Neck went 8-for-17 from 3-point range while Rumson shot 11-for-39 from the field and 2-for-11 from 3-point range. That’s your ballgame right there.

It was great to see Rumson’s Kate Miller get to leave the court to a standing ovation one last time for her brilliant career after finishing with 9 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. It has been a pleasure covering her the last four years, and even though I’ve changed uniforms three times (so to speak) during her varsity tenure, she has cemented herself in the pantheon of one of the most respected programs in the state and it’s only the latest step in the journey as she now heads to Princeton. She also will be playing in Tuesday’s Senior All-Star Game on March 24 at 6 p.m. at Freehold Township, which will be one last chance for Shore fans to see all of the great seniors from this season’s class and a few you might not have gotten a chance to see during the season.

Colts Neck now takes on Shabazz, whom they obviously have a chance to beat considering they were leading them 47-40 with 3:56 to go in a regular season meeting before losing 55-53 in the final 30 seconds of the game. Junior point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons is playing out of her mind right now and Shabazz is a very well-coached team, but Colts Neck has the talent to win that game. That means we could get the long-awaited Colts Neck-St. John Vianney showdown if the Lancers can fight off a talented Paterson Catholic team that has won 28 straight games. Nothing like the a CN-SJV game for all the marbles in the TOC final on Monday at the Izod Center. I would sign up for that now.

It’s crazy to think that this Cougars team was somewhat tossed aside when it lost to St. Rose in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals a few weeks ago, but that shows you how competitive the Shore Conference is on the girls side. You have one bad game and you get left in the exhaust of all the other tremendous teams fighting for titles.

Colts Neck-RFH Live Updates and Blog from TOC Quarterfinals…

March 17, 2009

We are getting down to the nitty gritty here as Colts Neck and Rumson-Fair Haven square off tonight for the right to meet top-seeded Shabazz in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinals on Thursday at the Ritacco Center. Click on the link below to hop into the live updates and chat from the Colts Neck-RFH game, which tips off at 8 p.m.

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