Hornets take down Spartans 33-14

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
October 11, 2020
It took one week longer than other schools, but the Spartans of Ocean Township started the 2020 football season on October 9, hosting the Hornets of Holmdel. It was not exactly the start to the season Head Coach Don Klein was hoping for as they lost 33-14.

The opening week game against Matawan was canceled as a result of a COVID positive case for the Huskies. During the 2020 pandemic football season, schools had their schedules adjusted and are only playing six games. “We are not getting that game rescheduled,” said Klein. Another adjustment to the schedules are opponents, as teams are cutting down on travel. As a result of that change, this was the first meeting between Holmdel and Ocean.

Ocean started the game red hot on a 50-yard pass play. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Douglas, who stands 6’1’ and tips the scales at 175 pounds, has tremendous arm strength. He hit Chris Carasia, senior wide receiver, for the score. Ocean was up 7-0 on the Hornets with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. Carasia had two catches in the game for a total of 90 yards.

Holmdel then came back on a 50-yard run and missed the extra point. Ocean was now leading 7-6 with 9:42 left in that first quarter. A few minutes later with 3:43 left in the first, the Hornets had a big 24-yard run and were stopped at the Spartans two. Next play they punched it in for the 13-7 lead.

Starting the second quarter Holmdel had a 43-yard touchdown run and now were up 26-7 with 11:07 left in the first half.

Ocean took the following kickoff 70 yards to the Hornets 10-yard line. However, they used all four downs and were unable to gain a single yard turning the ball over on downs.

On their next offensive series Ocean scored their last touchdown of the game. This time it was Christian LaRosa, junior running back, who ran 15 yards untouched. The first half ended with Holmdel holding a 20-14 lead.

Starting the third quarter, Holmdel scored on a 14-yard run and jumped out 27-14 on the Spartans. Their final touchdown came with 2:47 left to play and it was a one-yard run giving them the 33-14 victory and improving to 2-0 on the season.  Holmdel beat Raritan 26-14 to start the season.

“The game went about how I anticipated it to go. Some good and some not so good,” said Don Klein, who is in his fourteenth season as head coach at Ocean. All high school teams were only allowed one scrimmage before the season started, and Ocean had that game canceled as a result of COVID. “We knew coming in that there would be mistakes normally corrected in the preseason that would show up against Holmdel.”

Ocean has a good balance of experience players and some young talent that Klein and his staff are high on. “Typically when you rely on youth in key spots there will be some growing pains,” added Klein. Douglas is one of those young stars for the Spartans. Nick Caruso is a 6’2” freshman who weighs 250 pounds and is the center for Douglas. “I thought our effort was good and I anticipate this team growing and improving each week.”

Douglas finished completing 6 of his 15 passes for 116 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed the ball nine times for 34 yards. LaRosa finished with 47 yards on eight touches. CJ Flannigan, is another young star. The sophomore finished with 54 rushing yards on nine carries. Leading the team in tackles was Anthony Pontecorvo with seven.

The Ocean Township High School television crew broadcast the game live on their YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3aVp-tvkPo&feature=emb_title

Week three has the Spartans traveling to Raritan on October 16, for a 7:00 p.m. game.

Moore and Wiggins lead Falcons to long awaited victory

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
October 11, 2020
Saturday afternoon was the first time in 720 days that the Falcons of Monmouth Regional won a football game. In game two of the pandemic modified schedule of 2020, the Falcons crushed the visiting Red Raiders of Keyport 36-13.

Back in 2018 the Falcons finished 4-5 and appointed a new coach for the 2019 season. During his rookie year as head coach Dan Wendel’s team went winless in nine games. One of the positive outlooks from last year is that nine out of 11 starters returned this season. And according to Wendel the school has 52 athletes in uniform for 2020, which is a big improvement over past years.

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Monmouth Regional didn’t start strong against the Red Raiders. On their first offensive possession they fumbled on their own 40-yard line. Keyport recovered and one play later scored a touchdown with 11:38 left to play in the first quarter.

On their first offensive possession Keyport marched downfield on the Falcons and capped it off with a one-yard touchdown score. The extra point was no good, but they were now up 13-0 with 1:18 left to play in the opening quarter.

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That was the last time the Red Raiders offense would be in the end zone. The Falcons exploded for 36 unanswered points. “I’m extremely proud of our kids and coaches,” said Wendel.  Monmouth Regional had suffered a disappointing 35-6 loss to Shore Regional last weekend. “We had a great week of practice and that translated into success against Keyport. It was a team effort and all phases came ready to play.”

Leading the Falcons to victory were two seniors, Keontae Wiggins and Yassin Moore. Wiggins had a huge game rushing for 219 yards and scoring three touchdowns. As quarterback, Moore only attempted two passes in the win completing both for five yards. However, on the ground he ran the ball 10 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on two of the teams two-point extra point   attempts.

Leading the defensive side of the game for Monmouth Regional was sophomore Julian Jones. He had 16 tackles, two sacks, and also rushed for 31 yards on four carries.

Monmouth Regional (1-1) will travel to Lakewood (0-2) on Saturday afternoon for a 1:00 kickoff. The Piners lost 35-14 to Central Regional to open the season and 42-6 to Toms River South for week two.

Bulldogs shutout Wave 28-0

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
October 11, 2020
Friday night, the Bulldogs of Rumson Fair-Haven, the number two ranked football team in the Shore Conference and sitting in eleventh state wide, hosted the Green Waves of Long Branch, who are currently eighth in the Shore Conference.

Over the past few years the Bulldogs have built a program that has consistently been in the top of the Shore Conference and last year made it to their seventh consecutive NJSIAA state sectional final. Last year they finished 6-5, in 2018 and 2017 they went 10-2, were 9-3 in 2016 and 10-2 in 2015. They are a team that has been known for the offensive power. On Friday night they showed how strong they are defensively as they held Long Branch to 54 rushing yards and only 149 total offensive yards, beating them 28-0.

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Long Branch has had a roller-coaster few seasons. Last year they went 4-7, had a great 2018 finishing 12-1 and winning an NJSIAA Bowl Game. In 2017 Long Branch had a 9-3 record and were 2-8 in 2016 and 3-7 in 2015. One of the trademarks of a Green Wave team is speed, and this year they continue with that tradition with several players that are extremely quick and agile.

The Rumson Fair-Haven defense intercepted Long Branch three times in the first half, recovered a Wave fumble and held them scoreless. In fact, Long Branch only made it inside the Bulldogs 20-yard line once during the game.

On the offensive side of the ball, John Voker, who last year ran the ball 121 times for 675 yards, has a huge game against the Wave. He had 11 touches, ran 171 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Christian Rodriguez, junior quarterback for the Green Wave, completed 10 of 23 passes for 97 yards. He had negative 4 yards rushing on 14 carries. Sekou Kamau, sophomore running back, had the biggest night on the ground for Long Branch getting 29 yards on 7 touches. He also had 3 catches for 27 yards.

Long Branch will host Middletown North (0-2) on Friday night, October 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. As a result of the pandemic, only spectators with tickets will be allowed into the game. However, Long Branch High School Athletic Department offers a streaming package. For more information, contact Jason M. Corley, CMAA at 732-229-7300, Ext. 41810.

The Bulldogs will travel to Red Bank Catholic, who is currently ranked sixth in the Shore Conference and 22nd in the state, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Eagles beat Wave in back-to-back games

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr.
Oct.9.2020
The girls’ soccer team at Long Branch High School have found that this year’s schedule is extremely difficult. They opened the season with three consecutive losses being outscored 22-1.The first game of 2020 had the Green Wave traveling to Holmdel High School where the Hornets won 7-0.
At the first home match of the season the Wave hosted the Eagles of Middletown South.

During the first half of action, Middletown South had taken a 4-0 lead on Long Branch, and added two additional in the second. Long Branch scored only one goal in the game, coming in the second half, kicked in by Jenifer Ariza off an assist from Stephanie Silva.

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“It was a tough loss on Monday night for the Lady Wave but the girls remained positive and did not give up. The score did not show the true competitiveness of the game, but the girl’s left everything on the field and left the game with pride,” said Head Coach Jessica Wegelin.

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Much of the game played in front of the Green Wave goal, pushing the Long Branch defense to its limits. Middletown South took 24 shots at goalie Katherine Bustillo. She made 18 saves in that game.

“We have a very young team, losing 16 seniors from last season, but the girls are extremely close friends and push each other to get better each day,” said Wegelin. Coach credits the senior captains with bringing a family mentality to the pitch. Those captains are Andrea Freije, Stephanie Silva, and Hellen Silva. “This is personally, one of the closest teams I have coached in my ten years and I owe that all to the senior leadership.”

Two days after hosting the Eagles, the Green Wave traveled to Middletown South for game three of the season. After beating Long Branch 6-1 two days earlier, they defeated the Wave 9-0 and improved to 3-0 on the season. In this game Bustillo made 15 saves in the goal.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about the amount of wins the girls come away with this fall, it’s about the memories they have made and the life lessons they have learned,” said Wegelin.

Shore Regional field hockey back on top

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
October 9, 2020
Seven years ago, Kelly Koenig took over the Shore Regional High School field hockey program after legendary head coach Nancy Williams retired.Williams was the winningest high school coach in the country with an amazing 839-67-55 record. During her 44 years at Shore, she won 13 NJSIAA titles, 19 Shore Conference Tournaments, with 15 consecutive titles and won her division 43 consecutive years.

Koenig took over, immediately putting her mark on the program. She has accumulated an impressive 128-22-3 record during the past seven years, winning a few state titles along the way. Last year her team finished 24-3 and was the NJSIAA Group 1 champion with a 3-1 win over Haddonfield. Shore lost 2-1 to Clearview in the first round of the Tournament of Champions.

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For 2020, the field hockey prognosticators have selected the Blue Devils of Shore Regional as the top team in the Shore Conference and the tiny Group 1 School is picked seventh overall in New Jersey, just one above longtime rival Rumson Fair-Haven.

“With all the uncertainty going on, high school coaches and players are truly taking every day as it comes. In a moment’s notice, a season could change. We felt it was important to honor our seniors early in the season for their commitment to the program,” said Koenig.

Shore opened the season on October 1, when they traveled to Freehold Township and beat them 7-0. Four days later was the first home game of 2020 and the night that the Devils honored their seniors.

“Our senior class, although small, has made their mark. Ryan Malfa, Abby Kopec, Carly Cole and Gabby Giglio have all grown tremendously throughout their four years on and off the field,” Koenig said. They’ve matured in their style of play, commitment to the program, and their ability to lead.”

The Devils hosted the Rockets of Raritan that evening, dominating the game winning 6-0.

Shore scored three goals in the first half and finished with three in the second. Cole and Giglio each had two goals, Cole and Malfa both scored one goal. Getting assists were Malfa with two, Cole and Alex Muscillo each had one.

“I am proud of what this senior class has done and will continue to do for their teammates. Their senior year looks and feels different than what others in the past may have experienced, that is without question,” said Koenig.

The coach talked about how they did not get their usual workouts in over the summer and the season started much later. “Despite the many obstacles set before them in our ‘new normal’, as a class, our seniors worked to keep our team collectively focused on common goals while pushing their teammates to stay committed to their independent training habits,” Koenig said.

Two days after hosting the Rockets, Shore traveled to Raritan and crushed them 12-0. In the game, Cole, Libby Doehner and Malfa each had three goals. Maryn Zenkert, Maggie McCrae and Peyton Shaw all had one goal in the victory.

Reflecting on the senior night at Shore Regional, Koenig said that the team can’t take anything for granted. “This year, we have reinforced the idea of practicing or playing every day like it’s our last. And not to let this difficult reality lead us to fear but instead to a greater appreciation of each other and the opportunity to play a sport we love together,” she said.
Shore Regional Field Hockey Schedule

10/13/20 host Red Bank Catholic 4:00 p.m.
10/15/20 at Red Bank Catholic 4:00 p.m.
10/19/20 at Holmdel 4:00 p.m.
10/21/20 host Holmdel 6:00 p.m.
10/27/20 host Ocean Township 3:45 p.m.
10/29/20 at Ocean Township 3:45 p.m.
11/02/20 at Monmouth Regional 4:00 p.m.
11/04/20 host Monmouth Regional 4:00 p.m.
11/09/20 at Rumson Fair-Haven 6:00 p.m.
11/12/20 host Rumson Fair-Haven 4:00 p.m.

Devils dominate Falcons 34-6 in football

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
Many didn’t think the 2020 football season would kick off during the pandemic. However, the NJSIAA along with the Shore Conference came up with a plan that has allowed teams to get on the field and play. The Shore Conference has eliminated the divisions, and are scheduling schools based on geographic location. At the end of the regular season, a postseason will be contested, but they are not calling it playoffs.

Saturday, October 3, the Falcons of Monmouth Regional hosted the Blue Devils of Shore Regional to start the season. Dan Wendel, who is in his second season as head coach, said he has many starters from last year returning. Monmouth Regional had a tough 2019 season as they went 0-9. “We have nine starters from the offensive side of the ball returning and seven on the defensive side. They all have something to prove as a result of last year,” said Wendel.

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Shore Regional also enters this season after a disappointing 2019 year. The Blue Devils finished 4-6 in 2019 after having a good start but falling victim to injuries. Mark Costantino is in his twenty-ninth season as the Devils head coach. “As a small Group 1 program, we don’t have the numbers of athletes as the bigger schools have. A majority of our players never leave the field as they play on special teams, offense and defense,” said Costantino. After starting strong last year a few of his skilled players went down with injuries and the team suffered.

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A new wrinkle for the Blue Devils this year is a passing game. They have been known as a power running team as they use the Delaware Wing-T offensive set. However, with Mike McGhee as the quarterback this year Shore has an air attack.

During the first quarter of action the Blue Devils took a 14-0 lead on Monmouth Regional. During the second quarter they added an additional 13 points and only gave up 6. The third quarter was scoreless and Shore added 8 in the fourth and won the game 34-8.

McGhee completed 5 of 10 passes for 67 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, Shane McLaughlin, senior running back, racked up 114 yards on 12 carries. He also had two touchdowns and one interception.

Shore Regional sophomore Torin Harmon also had a big game. He had three rushes for 44 yards, and scored on a two-point conversion. He also returned a kickoff 94 yards untouched for a touchdown. “We are happy winning the first game. We had a great week of practice, still need to improve in so many areas,” said Costantino. He added that Monmouth Regional is a much improved team and was able to move the ball on the Devils.

Yassin Moore, the senior quarterback for the Falcons, completed seven of 17 passes for 128 yards. He was also picked off twice by the Devils. On the ground, he ran the ball 12 times for 89 yards and the only Monmouth Regional touchdown. Keontae Wiggins had 13 touches for Monmouth Regional and finished with 68 yards.

Monmouth Regional will host Keyport on Saturday, October 10, at noon.

Shore Regional will host Barnegat on Friday night, October 9, at 7:00 p.m.

 

Spartan girls beat Flacons twice in two days

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr

During this pandemic world everything seems to have turned upside down. And that is the case in high school sports as the governing body of scholastic sports in the state, NJSIAA, instructed the individual county governing bodies to realign their divisions and cut down on travel.

Spectators are kept to a minimum and everyone within the stadium must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing.

Our local high schools are part of the Shore Conference, which had to do a magic act to get all the member schools into a competitive schedule. Ocean Township and Monmouth Regional girls’ soccer teams had two games in two days.

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October 1, was the start of the season with the Falcons of Monmouth Regional traveling to Ocean Township for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff of the soccer season.

Ocean had taken a 2-0 lead into the first half. They started off fast and strong, but the Falcons settled in and played a great defense, even had a few opportunities to score before the first half ended.

The second half was all Ocean as they added three additional goals. Natalie Feniger and Charlotte Palumbo each had two goals, and Rosemarie Critelli had a goal. Assisting on two goals was Paige Pickelny, Julia DeGeorge and Feniger each with one. Ocean played two goalies during the game. Juliet Nies had four saves while Eise Wanner made two.

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“As many players and coaches across the state must have felt on Thursday, our team was just grateful to be on the field and it was made even more special by honoring our seniors. We told the players last night that like so many times you have heard ‘play like this is your last game’ with this season, each game could be,” said Cassie Della Pesca, head coach of the Spartans. She added that this summer the team and coaches had no idea how the season would play out, so they set their preseason goal as to outlast and outplay their opponents.

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“We unfortunately lost 5-0, we are very grateful we got to play at all,” said Devon Williams, who is in his third season as head coach at Monmouth. “We also kept a lot of possession and moved the ball around well. I was very proud of the work and effort my team gave.” He added that they got tripped up on a few far out shots and some defensive mistakes, but nothing they can’t improve on.” In the goal for Monmouth was Fatima Aw, who made eight saves.

Two days later, the Spartans traveled to Monmouth Regional for a soccer game on Saturday afternoon. The location was different, but the score was the same as Ocean won 5-0. In this game, the Spartans held a 3-0 lead in the first half and added two in the second.

Abigail Demarais had two goals and one assist for the Spartans. DeGorge, Feniger and Palumbo each had a goal in game two. Feniger also had two assists and DeGeorge finished with one assist. In the goal for Ocean was Nies, who made seven saves.

“In 2019 we competed with some of the toughest teams in the Shore Conference. However, we ended up falling short. This season our players are focused and driven to meet our team goals, especially our returning senior captains,” said Della Pesca. Those players are Palumbo and Hope Christopulos.

Devils beat Wave in three quarters – Sports are back!

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
It was a welcomed sight at Long Branch High School on Thursday afternoon as the Army Ippolito Football Field had athletes suited up for a game against visiting Shore Regional High School. However, as a result of the pandemic, the bleachers at Bressett Stadium were only partially occupied with fans.

Jason Corley, Athletic Administrator at Long Branch, stated the NJSIAA has implemented a policy where players get two tickets, and only those fans with tickets are allowed in the stadium. All fans must wear a mask when entering and are encouraged to keep it on during the game. No food will be sold and locker rooms will not be used by the teams at halftime.

All schools only get one scrimmage before the modified six-game schedule goes into effect. The modified schedule was to cut down on travel and have neighboring schools play each other. “We were told the schedule was going to be more local and yet, we’re not playing Neptune and Ocean, but we’re going to Rumson and Mater Dei and Neptune is playing both schools from Jackson,” George said. Long Branch is playing the top teams in the Shore Conference this season.

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Mark Costantino, who is in his 29th season as the Shore Regional head coach, knows all too well how a schedule can impact a season. Blue Devils are a Group 1 school, the smallest in the state and have for years been playing programs. Last season, Shore started off great, but once injuries started plaguing players they didn’t have the depth of larger schools and finished 4-6.

“Today we’re playing Long Branch and the varsity will play three quarters, and then the junior varsity players will have one quarter of play,” said Costantino. The coach added that they don’t have tremendous size on the line, but they have many skilled players returning.

Long Branch kicked off to start the scrimmage, but Shore had to punt after a few plays. Bobby Lawrence took that punt for the Wave from his own 40 to the Devils five-yard line. Michael Bacon, the quarterback for LB, attempted a pass which was intercepted by Shan McLaughlin of Shore.

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The rust was evident for both programs during that first quarter which ended scoreless.

The start of the second quarter had Mike McGhee, senior quarterback for the Devils connect on a 40-yard pass play to McLaughlin for the first touchdown of the game. The extra point was good and Shore had a quick 7-0 lead on the Wave.

With 1:50 left in the first half, Bacon threw a perfect pass to sophomore Sekou Kamau, who was tackled at the one-yard line by McLaughlin and Alex Kramer of Shore. One play later the Wave scored and tied the game at seven.

In the third quarter, Shore’s Sean O’Brien intercepted a Long Branch pass and returned it to midfield. McGhee completed a first down pass to Chris Kessler, which was followed by another first down pass to Mazzacco. McGhee then completed another pass to Kessler, for the winning touchdown. Shore missed the extra point, but after three quarters had a 13-7 lead over the Green Wave.

“Overall we are very happy with our performance. Only having one scrimmage is tough, and we made the typical mistakes,” said Costantino. The coach was happy with his quarterback and the running backs. “Shane McLaughlin, Torin Harmon, Dylan Drahos and Jamie Mazzacco were solid, and Mike McGhee did a great job throwing the ball,” he said.

Costantino said the offensive line was physical but needs to be more consistent. Defensively, the Devils need to do a better job of limiting the big play. “Up front we did a good job, Cade Torres, Nahmir Jones and Max White all making plays. We stayed healthy and now focus on Monmouth Regional to open the season,” added Costentino.

“It was a very positive experience for our team. We have a lot of young talent and we’ve been rotating guys in multiple spots so it was nice to see them in a game scrimmage against someone else,” said George. He added that those three quarters went fast. “We will be prepared for our upcoming game at Middletown South to start the season.”


Green Wave schedule
October 2 at Middletown South at 7pm
October 9 at Rumson-Fair Haven at 7pm
October 16 host Middletown North at 7pm
October 24 at Mater Dei at 1pm
October 30 at Red Bank Catholic 7pm
November 16 host Red Bank Regional 7pm

Shore Regional schedule
October 3 at Monmouth Regional 12pm
October 9 host Barnegat at 7pm
October 16 host Keyport at 7pm
October 23 host Point Beach 7pm
October 30 at Asbury Park 6pm
November 7 at Keansburg 2pm

Ocean Township HS Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Sixteen athletes, one coach, and four distinguished alumni were inducted into the Athletic and Alumni Hall of Fame in ceremonies held on February 7, 2020, at the Ocean Township High School. Athletes were inducted by their coaches. The Hall of Fame, which was organized in 1982, has inducted a total of 139 athletes, coaches, and winning teams with graduating classes beginning in 1967, up to and including 2009. Plaques with a photograph and biography of each inductee will be displayed on the “Wall of Fame” in the hallway outside of the school gym. The new inductees were introduced at halftime of the Ocean/Wall basketball game. Those inductees were:

Holly Biro Edling, Class of 2007 – 4-year varsity letter winner in swimming; current school record holder in 3 events; 3-time First-Team All-Shore record holder at LaSalle University.

Nora Bosmans, Class of 2007 -10 varsity letter winner; 3-time All-Shore in Field Hockey; 4-time All-Shore in softball at Monmouth University; named Softball Coach of the Year in 2014 at Holmdel High School.
Danielle Caruso, Class of 2009, 4-year varsity letter winner in swimming; current school record holder in 4 events; led the team to 1st B Central Sectional Championship; Monmouth County and Shore Conference Champ; Scholarship to Lehigh University.

Chris Cerven, Class of 2008 – 4-year varsity letter winner in golf; Champ Wall Invitational;1st Team All-State Group III; 3rd in NJSIAA Tournament of Champions; Clemson University Golf Team; now a PGA Class “A” Professional.

Kaitlin English, Class of 2007 – 4-year varsity swimming; current school record holder in 4 events; All-State Swimmer in 2006; Scholarship to University of Massachusetts.

Joseph Falco, Class of 2007 – All-County in football; 3-time District wrestling champ and 3-time Region Finalist; College football and wrestling

Douglas Friedman, Class of 2003 – All-Shore in Tennis; All-State, 2nd Team; Member of Division, Shore Conference and Central Jersey Championship Teams; career record of 95-8.

Kyle Kiss, Class of 2007 – 4-year varsity letter winner in Wrestling; 3-time District and Region Champ; 4-time State Place Winner; Ranked Top 5 in the country; 3-time ACC Place Winner; Wrestling Scholarship to North Carolina Chapel Hill; currently a coach at Rutgers University.

Michael Lampa, Class of 2009 – NJSIAA State Champion in Tennis; 2-time Monmouth County Champ; 4-time All-Shore; Ranked # 1 in Boys 18 & Under USTA Eastern Section; career record 109-7 at 1st singles; 2-time All-Big East; Tennis Scholarship to St. John’s University.

Carly Lyster, Class of 2007 – 11 varsity letters in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse; All-Shore in soccer & lacrosse; ranked Nationally in lacrosse at Wagner College.

Georgina Nembhard, Class of 2007 – 8 varsity letters in indoor & outdoor track; current school record in 11 events; County & Group III Champ; 1st Team All-Shore & All-State; Track Scholarship to the University of Georgia where she qualified for NCAA Championship.

Laura Pembleton Garofalo, Class of 2007 – All-Shore & All-State Group III in Softball; 3-time All-Shore in Swimming; Shore Conference Champion for 3 years; Current record holder at OTHS in 4 events; Scholarship to St. Joseph’s College.

Dana Sherman, Class of 2007 – 4-year Division Champion Gymnastics Team; State Champ in Balance Beam; All-Shore & All-State Gymnastics Team in 2003.

Jeff Siciliano, Class of 2007 – 3-time District Champion and 2-time Region Champion in Wrestling; State Finalist; Member 4-time CJIII Wrestling Champs; County Wrestler of the Year.

Andrew Van Dyk, Class of 2008 – Member of 3 straight Group III Championship Wrestling Teams; 3-time District Champ; 2-time Region Champ; 4-time State Place Winner; final record 137-28.

Keith Weinkofsky, Class of 2007 – 1st Team All-State, All-Shore & All-County Baseball; State Baseball Player of the Year 2006; Current Shore Conference Homerun Record Holder; All-American at Brookdale Community College, NJCAA National Player of the Year 2009.

Ken Hoff, Coach – Head Wrestling Coach for 10 years; 5 Sectional, Shore Conference Division & District 22 Championships; Coached 35 District Champs; 12 Region Champs; 21 State Place Winners and 2 State Champions.

The following were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame:
Guy Thomas Cosentino, Class of 1977 – Brigadier General (retired) US Army; Served 30 years in US Army; Commandant, National War College; Deputy Commanding General, NATO Training Mission- Afghanistan Bronze Star; Legion of Merit; Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

Joseph A. Palaia (Deceased), Neptune High School – Wanamassa School Principal for 30 years; Mayor Ocean Township; County Freeholder; NJ Assemblyman; NJ Senate 1989-2008.

Carol Samaha Steadman (Deceased), Class of 1970 – Teacher and Innovator at Ocean Township Elementary School.

Marc Swersky, Class of 1978 – 2-time Grammy Award Winning Songwriter; Over 50 million records sold; vocalist mentor, song writer, musician, and producer.

The Hall of Fame Committee plans to induct the next class consisting of graduates from 2010-2012.

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Ocean Township HS Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Shore Regional HS Athletic Hall of Fame 2019

West Long Branch – October 10, 2019 will be the day that Shore Regional High School will be inducting their first Athletic Hall of Fame Class. The ceremony will be held at Branches in West Long Branch on Monmouth Road. Tickets are priced at $75 for individuals and $45 for members of teams being inducted. You can register for the event at www.shorehof.myevent.com Registration closes on September 25, 2019.

 

Class of 2019

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Individual Inductees:
Tim Britton (Football and Baseball)
Jessica Coleman (Field Hockey, Basketball, Softball and Soccer)
Bill Dennis (Swimming)
Lou Giglio (Boys Soccer)
Kathleen Kelly (Field Hockey and Softball)
Melissa Lehman (Basketball, Lacrosse and Soccer)
Kevin (Mills Football)
Vanessa Pizzulli (Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball)
Meredith Pizzulli (Field Hockey, Swimming, Track and Soccer)
Paulette Russell (Swimming)
Karen Strollo (Field Hockey, Basketball, Track and Softball)
Ralph Yamello (Track)
Ron Yamello (Track)

Team Inductees:
1963 Football Team
1973 Girls Outdoor Track Team
1981 Football Team
1988 Softball Team
1996 Field Hockey Team

Additional information contact Harry S. Chebookjian III, CAA, Assistant Principal of Athletics & Student Activities 732-222-9300 x2600