Archive for June, 2011

Pete Cahill Steps Down at Manasquan

June 30, 2011

Posted by Scott Stump

Manasquan head coach Pete Cahill stepped down as head coach on Tuesday when he was approved as a vice principal at a Board of Education meeting earlier this week.

“It’s time for a change,” Cahill. “I’m literally giving up the best job there is, but sometimes you have to make those tough decisions. The program is in real good hands.

“I told the kids that the best part of program that (legendary coach) Vic (Kubu) set up is that nobody is bigger than the program and that includes the head coach. I’ve done it before, and I always knew I would get back into the administration end.”

Cahill was a vice principal at Manasquan for three years in the early ’00s, and he took over following Kubu’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2007. In four seasons as head coach, Cahill had a 34-11 record, including a 9-2 season this past fall in which the Warriors won the Shore Conference Class C Central title and reached the Central Jersey Group II semifinals. He led the Warriors to a CJ II title in 2008 and an appearance in the championship game in 2009.

The most likely candidates to succeed Cahill are a pair of veteran assistants who also coached under Kubu, Jay Price and Rich Read.



Barnegat’s Ryan Morris Commits to Purdue

June 28, 2011

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I had this on Twitter earlier Monday night but was in the middle of doing the Verizon FiOS television broadcast of the North-South game, but Barnegat tight end Ryan Morris, a rising senior, verbally committed to Purdue on Monday, according to Bengals head coach Rob Davis.

Morris becomes the first member of the Shore Conference Class of 2012 to make a verbal commitment. He also becomes the second Bengals tight end in three seasons to move on to a FBS (Division I-A) program, as 2010 graduate Jarrett Darmstatter is now at Boston College. He also becomes the third Division I-A recruit in three years for Barnegat, as 2011 graduate Nick SanGiacomo, a quarterback, is headed to Tulane.

Morris was an All Shore Media second-team All-Conference selection at tight end this past fall. At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Morris finished with 29 catches for 484 yards and 4 touchdowns in the Bengals’ spread offense. He was an All-Class B South selection by the coaches.

Morris had 12 scholarship offers, including schools in the Big Ten, ACC, Big East and an SEC offer from South Carolina.

Notes from Around the Shore/Gridiron Classic Rosters

June 6, 2011

Some recent football notes from around the Shore:

The rosters have been released for the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic, which will be at 7 p.m. on July 14 at Toms River North.

-Click here for the Monmouth County roster.

Click here for the Ocean County roster.

To update a previous story on the Shore Conference football realignment for 2012-13, Shore Regional has now been moved back to Class B Central, according to Marlboro athletic director Dave Ryden, who is the chairman of the Shore Conference football committee. The Blue Devils had initially moved from B Central to the larger-school A Central, where they would have been the only Group I team in the division. Shore won the Class B Central title this past season.

Also, the NJSIAA has realigned Red Bank Catholic and St. John Vianney from Non-Public Group IV into Non-Public Group III for the upcoming 2011 season. That means that instead of playing Don Bosco Prep, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation for 2011 in the preseason in at least one set of rankings, and perennial state powers Bergen Catholic and St. Peter’s Prep, the Caseys will face teams like Delbarton, Immaculata and St. Joseph-Montvale.  Essentially it gives them a more realistic chance of at least picking up their first state playoff victory since beating Paterson Catholic in Non-Public Group II in 1998.

In college commitment news, Wall senior linebacker Connor Caponegro will do a postgrad season at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, where Rumson quarterback Mike Villapiano is also headed. Also, Red Bank Catholic defensive back D.J. Brown has committed to Stevenson University in Maryland, according to RBC coach Jim Portela.

Finally, some of the Shore’s top players recently participated in an offseason combine. The full release from Chris Melvin is after the jump.