Coming Thursday/Friday/Baseball, Basketball News

December 9, 2009

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.