Prospective college players who are juniors or seniors should take the time on Sunday to make a trip down to Lacey High School from 1-2:30 p.m. as 40-45 Division II and Division III college coaches and recruiters will be in attendance at “The College Showcase of Football” presented by the Shore Coaches Football Foundation.
The event is free, and players can learn about creating highlight films, academic programs, standardized testing and off-season development while also potentially finding a future home to continue their careers.
Well, it was inevitable that I would have had a screw-up or an oversight while writing the 8 million-word Stumpy Awards, and it came in the form of accidentally omitting Manalapan junior Josh Firkser as a running back to watch in 2010. We put him third-team All-Conference for this year and I picked him as my preseason American Division Offensive Player of the Year this season, so we know how good he is and I just had a brain meltdown on that one, but it has been rectified and he is in there now. Sorry about that.
Also, I would like to amend something Bob and I discussed on our season wrap-up podcast concerning Manalapan’s Kevin Cruz. I did not mean to insinuate that he was getting garbage yards late in blowout games, particularly against Marlboro, as he only really played the first half in that game and compiled all his stats during that time. It was a very hard decision to put him on second team because he had a stellar year, but unfortunately at this time of year, hard decisions have to be made. In no way did I want to make it sound like Manalapan was padding its stats in any area of its game. The Braves finished the season strong and are definitely a team to watch in 2010. If I gave that wrong impression when discussing Cruz, I apologize.
Now, on to basketball.
The final Shore Sports Network broadcast of the High School Football show will wrap up tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Boston’s in Toms River. You can listen live on WOBM 1160 a.m., Fox Sports 1310 a.m. and stream it on your computer at http://www.shoresportsnetwork.com.
The Shore Sports Network will unveil its All-County teams for 2009, and here is the schedule for the program.
After the opening segment with Kevin Williams, Ed Sarluca and Matt Harmon, Steve Falk of the Asbury Park Press will call in from 6:18-6:30 p.m., followed by a half hour segment with All Shore Media Monmouth County Offensive Player of the Year Jared Allison of Matawan up until 7 p.m. I will be part of the broadcast during the second hour from 7-8 p.m., and that will include a segment from 7:20-7:45 p.m. with All Shore Media Shore Conference Offensive Player of the Year Nico Steriti of Toms River East in person.
Monmouth University head coach Kevin Callahan will wrap up the Hawks season and talk a little bit about next year from 7:45-7:55 p.m. They are also hoping to get Matawan head coach Joe Martucci and Toms River East head coach Charlie Diskin on the phone at some point during the program.
The All Shore Media All-Shore Conference teams as well as the ASM All-Monmouth County and All-Ocean County teams and the final Top 10 will be posted on the site on Thursday, followed by the Stumpy Awards on Friday to wrap up the 2009 football season.
Then it will be on to basketball season, where Matt Manley, who did a tremendous job with boys soccer coverage in the fall, will be our main basketball writer, with me helping out with game coverage, features, etc., so I am excited for the winter season. After helping me with football, Bob Badders will be providing our wrestling coverage as usual, so that’s something else to look forward to as we will have a special basketball/wrestling preview issue of the All Shore Media Sports Review coming out next week as well as online previews.
Also, some quick baseball news. First off, Jackson Memorial senior third baseman Bryan Soloman, a Carpenter Cup selection and a first-team All Shore Media selection in the spring, has signed a letter of intent for a scholarship at Eastern Kentucky, so congrats to Bryan. Another Carpenter Cup selection, Colts Neck senior pitcher/infielder Charlie Lasky, has signed a letter of intent for a scholarship at Rutgers.
Also, Shore Regional senior catcher/pitcher Matt Marsh and Marlboro senior catcher Chris Ayala will both continue their careers at Felician College, which is a Division II program that has featured many former Shore Conference stars over the years.
For those planning way ahead, the Shore Conference Baseball Tournament championship game is scheduled for June 2 at FirstEnergy Park with June 3 as the rain date. Also, the semifinals of the Monmouth County Tournament are scheduled for May 18 and the final is scheduled for May 29 at FirstEnergy Park.
Southern also has a new head coach, Tom Natoli, who was an assistant with the Rams and replaces Dennis Pidgeon, and it looks like former Central head coach Jerry Frulio, who was an assistant under Jim Agnello at St. Rose, has ascended to the head job at St. Rose after Agnello stepped down to spend more time on growing his baseball academy in Staten Island. St. Rose has not named a replacement for Agnello as athletic director yet. Other new coaches include Brett Hardie (Barnegat); Cip Apicelli (Ocean); Todd Smith (Freehold Twp.); Eric Johnson (Howell); Dennis Van Pelt (Manasquan); and a new/old coach, as T.J. O’Donnell has returned as Raritan’s head coach after a two-year hiatus.
Finally, Rumson-Fair Haven’s Kevin James will not be serving as the head coach of the Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup team after doing so for the last two years, and the Shore Baseball Coaches Association is currently looking for a replacement.
Make sure to check out tonight’s High School Football Show on the radio from 6-8 p.m. at WOBM 1160 a.m. and Fox Sports 1310 a.m. and also streamed live at http://www.shoresportsnetwork.com. The show is broadcast live at Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in Toms River, so feel free to stop by as well.
Obviously, the theme will be previewing this weekend’s state sectional championship games involving Shore Conference teams, and the usual guests, myself and Steve Falk of the Asbury Park Press, will appear as well as Manasquan defensive end Dan Sullivan (you probably don’t want to miss that from 7:15-7:25), Brick Memorial fullback Vinnie Sabba and head coach Walt Currie, Asbury Park head coach Don Sofilkanich, Matawan head coach Joe Martucci and Middletown South head coach Steve Antonucci.
Also, the Shore Sports Network will be doing live broadcasts of Friday night’s Central Jersey Group II final between Matawan and Manasquan and Saturday’s 3 p.m. game between Brick Memorial and East Brunswick in the Central Jersey Group IV final.
While much was made of Manalapan’s Kevin Cruz finishing with over 1,100 yards receiving this year, he was one of two Shore Conference receivers to go over the 1,000-yard mark. I believe this may be the first time in history that the Shore had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in one season, as Howell senior Phil Adamo set a school record with 1,024 yards receiving this year for the Rebels.
He also set the school single-season record for catches (67) and the career record for catches (114), edging Chance Carrick’s previous record of 113. His 1,726 career yards receiving, 12 touchdown catches this season and 16 career touchdown catches are all school records.
Senior quarterback Jimmy Ryan also set school single-season records for completions (195); yards (2,786) and touchdown passes (28). He also passed Sean O’Reilly by 31 yards as the school’s all-time leading passer with 4,291 yards and his 38 career touchdown passes are also a record.
Former Toms River East star Colin Gaynor is believed to hold the Shore Conference career passing record with 6,619 yards, but Ryan’s 2,786 may have beaten Gaynor’s best single-season mark, which is the Shore Conference record. I have to look that up because I’m not 100 percent sure.