Archive for May, 2011

TR South’s Bill Hill Jr. to Walk On at Temple

May 31, 2011

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Toms River South wide receiver/defensive back Bill Hill Jr. is headed to Temple as a preferred walk-on, according to his father, former Indians head coach Bill Hill Sr.

The younger Hill was accepted to Temple’s school of engineering technology and will play for the Ocean County squad in the upcoming U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic. The 6-1, 205-pound senior also had interest from Iowa, Temple, Villanova, William & Mary, Wagner, Monmouth and Rutgers.

“Both Hills think new Temple head coach Steve Adazzio and his staff are perfect for Temple football and are very excited for the chance to compete,” Hill Sr. wrote in an email.



Villapiano, Jensen, Kenney, Wowkanyn Make College Commitments

May 31, 2011

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Four more Shore Conference players have made their college commitments after strong senior seasons.

Rumson-Fair Haven quarterback Mike Villapiano, an All Shore Media second-team All-Conference selection who helped the Bulldogs win their first state sectional title this past fall, will do a post-grad year at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy. Former RFH star tight end Paul Michael Barrows played a season at Cheshire this past fall and earned a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island.

A dual threat as a runner and passer, Villapiano was 145-for-280 for 1,812 yards and 17 touchdowns passing, while also running for 675 yards and 9 touchdowns. He went over 100 yards rushing and ran for the game-winning touchdown in an upset of previously undefeated Matawan in the Central Jersey Group II championship game to cap a 9-3 season for Rumson.

ASM Defensive Player of the Year Will Wowkanyn of Brick Memorial will do a junior college season at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College after helping the Mustangs reach the Central Jersey Group IV final. Wowkanyn led the team with 64 tackles, 62 of them solo tackles, finished with a school single-season record 14 sacks and had 23 hits for a loss. Wowkanyn also had 6 forced fumbles, an interception, and three passes defensed.

Another standout defensive player, Lakewood’s Da’Quan Kenney, will also do a juco year. Kenney wrote in an email that he is headed to ASA Institute in Brooklyn, where former Freehold star wideout Brandon Brown has attended. Kenney received Division I interest from Minnesota and others but will head to ASA for at least one season. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 235-pound senior, who played linebacker and defensive end, finished with 123 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles to help lead a resurgent season for the Piners. Lakewood finished 3-7, ending a 33-game losing streak during the season. Kenney, who was an All-Class B South selection, also had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win over Central that snapped the losing streak.

Marlboro wide receiver/defensive back Nick Jensen wrote in an email that he will be continuing his career at Monmouth University as a preferred walk-on. Jensen, who is also an excellent student, helped the Mustangs have their best season in years and was an All-Class A North selection at wideout by the coaches. He looks to play strong safety at Monmouth and will play that position for Monmouth County in this summer’s U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder had 54 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 2 touchdowns as a senior.

Dave Ellis to be Approved as New Freehold Coach Tonight

May 23, 2011

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No surprises on the Freehold coaching front, as has been previously reported, defensive coordinator Dave Ellis has been the clear choice to replace Mark Ciccotelli as the head coach of the defending Central Jersey Group III champions. Ellis is expected to be officially approved as the new head coach at tonight’s Board of Education meeting. Ellis helped build one of the Shore Conference’s best defenses in recent seasons, a fast and swarming unit that has helped the Colonials win two CJ III titles in the last three seasons after not having won in program history before 2008. He was an assistant under Ciccotelli for Ciccotelli’s entire seven-year tenure before Ciccotelli was hired as the new head coach at Neptune during this offseason.

That means Ellis will square off against his old friend when Neptune and Freehold meet in Class B North play this season, and the two teams could certainly meet again in the state playoffs.

Shore’s Mike MacStudy Commits to Salisbury

May 6, 2011

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Shore Regional senior Mike MacStudy, who was one of the top linemen on the Blue Devils’ Central Jersey Group I championship team in the fall, has committed to Salisbury University, according to his father. He was a two-year starter as a defensive end/offensive lineman and was an All-Class B Central selection by the coaches in the fall.

Wagner is New Pt. Beach Coach/Dorsi, Dougherty, Murtha Make College Commitments

May 4, 2011

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As written back in February, John Wagner appeared to be the main candidate for the Point Beach job, and the former Roselle Park head coach and current athletic director was officially approved by the Board of Education as the Garnet Gulls’ new head coach on Tuesday night, which was first reported by the Asbury Park Press.

Wagner, who coached at Roselle Park from 1981-2005, lives in the area and will take over for Steve Sasse, who stepped down on the heels of a 2-8 season. Sasse was a longtime successful wrestling coach who took over a program that has perennially struggled with participation numbers and success at Ocean County’s smallest public school.

Wagner led Roselle Park to NJSIAA North II, Group I titles in 1992 and 1993 and nine state playoff appearances, so he knows what it takes to build a champion. Pt. Beach’s last winning season was in 1997, when it went 7-3 and won a division title. Current Red Bank coach Nick Giglio led the Garnet Gulls to their last state playoff berth in 2001.

That is a great hire for a program that has been mired in a losing situation, so we’ll see if Wagner can right the ship and make Point Beach competitive again.

Also, some more college commitments were announced recently.

Red Bank Catholic fullback/linebacker Mike Dorsi, an All Shore Media first-team All-Conference selection and one of the top players on one of the Shore’s best defenses, is headed to Division III power Delaware Valley College, which has won three straight conference championships. He looks to play fullback for Delaware Valley.

Brad Dougherty, a three-year starter for Toms River North who played on the offensive line this past season, is headed to Widener University to play linebacker, according to his father.

Colts Neck running back/linebacker/punter Pat Murtha, who was an All-Class B North pick by the coaches, has committed to Susquehanna University, according to Cougars coach Greg LaCava. Murtha was a two-year starter for Colts Neck.

Barber to SUNY-Maritime, Brick Duo Makes College Commitments

May 3, 2011

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Manalapan’s T.J. Barber, who was a team captain who played offensive guard and defensive tackle, has committed to SUNY-Maritime, where he will play fullback.

Also, a pair of Brick players are headed to Division II programs, as offensive lineman James Gibbon is signed with St. Anselm and Ryan Cole is headed to play for former Matawan star Chris Dapolito at Pace University.