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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Another contact is TCNJ assistant Bob Acosta, the former head coach at Monmouth Regional, at 732-688-0909 or at email@example.com.
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.