December 2, 2009
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.
November 30, 2009
Raritan senior wideout Bennett Jackson, who has verbally committed to Notre Dame, does not plan on breaking his commitment to the Fighting Irish after the firing of head coach Charlie Weis on Monday.
“It doesn’t really change my mind,” Jackson said. “I wasn’t a fan of him getting fired, but I picked Notre Dame for the atmosphere, the players and the education, so I’m not going to change my commitment.”
Jackson’s main fear is that the new coaching staff that comes in may not have Jackson in its plans, forcing him to scramble for another school.
“I’m more worried about if the new coaches there would like me,” he said. “I’ll wait to find out who the new coaches are and maybe take a visit.”
Also, Jackson, who played basketball for his first three years at Raritan, will be participating in indoor track during this winter season.
November 22, 2009
The NJSIAA has posted the sites and times for the sectional finals.
Here are the dates and times for the Central Jersey finals, in which Shore Conference teams will be represented in all of them.
Central Jersey Group I
(3) Highland Park vs. (1) Asbury Park is on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at Kean University.
Central Jersey Group II
(3) Manasquan vs. (1) Matawan is Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at The College of New Jersey.
Central Jersey Group III
(2) Monroe vs. (1) Middletown South, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at TCNJ.
Central Jersey Group IV
(6) Brick Memorial vs. (4) East Brunswick, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at TCNJ.
November 19, 2009
Here is the lineup for tonight’s Thursday High School Football show on 1160 WOBM am, Fox Sports 1310 a.m. and streamed live on the Internet at http://www.shoresportsnetwork.com. You can also stop by and watch it live at Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River from 6-8 p.m. Warren Wolf will be in the house and Temple coach Al Golden, a Red Bank Catholic graduate who is becoming one of the hottest coaching candidates in the country, will be on the phone so it will be a great show.
6:05-6:15 Opening Monologue and Review of past weekend
6:18-6:28 Steve Falk, AP Press
6:30-6:50 Warren Wolf, former Brick coach (location)
7:04-7:15 Scott Stump, All Shore Media
7:18-7:28 Al Golden, Temple Univ. Head Coach (phone)
7:40-7:50 Hawk Report with Kevin Callahan (phone)
7:52-8pm Football Picks & Close
November 17, 2009
From Toms River South baseball assistant Mitch Powitz:
Toms River South baseball announces that two seniors – Andrew McGee and Tyler Kapp – have signed letter of intents to play NCAA Division I baseball in New Jersey. McGee, a 6-foot-2, 200 lb. senior pitcher/designated hitter, has signed a letter of intent to attend Monmouth University. Kapp, a 6-foot-7, 210 lb. senior outfielder/pitcher/first baseman, has signed a letter of intent to attend New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
McGee had a tremendous season for the 22-7 Indians last year as he went 6-3 with a 2.64 ERA and struck out 85 batters in 61 innings. He only allowed seven walks and 54 hits. McGee, who had four shutouts, recorded wins over St. Joe’s of Montvale, Egg Harbor Township, Southern, Henry Hudson, Lacey and St. Mary of Ryken, Md. Highlights
included a shutout win over Egg Habor in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV preliminaries, a one-hitter against state power St. Joe’s of Montvale in the Shore Challenge and a no-hitter again St. Mary. His three losses came at the hands of Jackson (A South champs; SCT Champs), TR North (NJSIAA SJ Group IV Champs) and CBA (NJSIAA Parochial A Champs). McGee was 2-1 as a sophomore with 1.04 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 27 IP, while only walking six.
Kapp, who missed the first two weeks of his junior season with a sprained ankle, batted .412 (21-51) with two doubles, 10 RBI, 13 runs scored and four stolen bases in 21 games. Kapp, who bats and throws lefthanded, had a very successful summer and fall pitching in American Legion and other competitive leagues.
November 17, 2009
St. Rose senior ace Kyle Kennett said he has signed a National Letter of Intent for a scholarship at Rider University, so congrats to Kennett.
Kennett was an All Shore Media second-team All-Conference selection this past spring after going 8-2 with a 1.06 ERA, striking out 64 in 66 innings, walking 15 and holding opponents to a .187 average. The righty pitched five complete games and helped lead the Purple Roses to their second straight NJSIAA Non-Public B title. He also was selected as a member of the Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup team.
November 15, 2009
The Central Jersey Group IV quarterfinal at Howell against Montgomery has been postponed from Sunday to Monday at 6 p.m. That means if the Rebels win, it’s going to be a short week until their semifinal game against Brick Memorial.
I got an e-mail from Howell coach Cory Davies that the field is under water from the rain of the past two weeks, so they will try again on Monday.