By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr.
In late 2021, Joe Whalen received news that would make most of us
throw-up. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system. It results in nerve damage which disrupts communication between the brain and the body. Symptoms vary from person-to-person as does the severity and duration.
Whalen is no stranger to the Jersey Shore Basketball League as he coached Cohen’s Optical to a 2002 league championship. He also assisted his longtime friend Pastore as an assistant coach for Sterns Trailer. This season, Pastore decided that he would retire from coaching Sterns Trailer and take over the duties as general manager. Pastore has coached Sterns to three JSBL titles over his tenure, and he knew that the man to replace him on the bench was Whalen.
Sa’eed Nelson had 25 points for Sea Shore Auto in the loss. He also had nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal. Jared Kimbrough had 20 points and Jagan Mosely finished with 17. T
hat was the first game of the season for Sea Shore Auto.
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