Archive for December, 2011

Rumson’s Mike Alonzo, Matt Jewett Make College Commitments

December 23, 2011

Rumson-Fair Haven senior defensive tackle Mike Alonzo has committed to Susquehanna University, and his senior teammate, left tackle Matt Jewett, is headed to play at Williams College, according to Rumson head coach Shane Fallon.

Alonzo was a three-year starter and part of a senior-laden defensive line that was one of the best in the Shore Conference. Jewett was an ASM first-team All-Shore selection on the offensive line.



Seven Shore Conference Players Earn Maxwell Club Honors

December 16, 2011

Seven Shore Conference players were among the 49 New Jersey seniors who were recipients of a Mini-Max Award presented by The Maxwell Football Club. They were nominated by their coaches and evaluated based on a combination of academics, football performance and community service.

The winners were Red Bank Catholic offensive lineman Jim Portela, Howell quarterback Ryan Davies, Manalapan running back John Sieczkowski, Mater Dei Prep lineman Brad Rauen, Monmouth Regional lineman Max Neis, Southern wide receiver/defensive back Alec Morris and Toms River North quarterback/defensive back Scott Buxbaum.

The Maxwell Football Club will select one player from the group as the winner of the New Jersey High School Player of the Year. Information on the Maxwell Football Club can be found on its website at

The club will host a New Jersey Mini Max Awards Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 15 at The Heldrich in New Brunswick, which is open to the public. Tickets can be bought on the organization’s website.  The winner of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Players of the Year will be the candidates for the 27th Jim Henry Award as the Outstanding Player in the region.

TR North’s Jesse Tate Commits to Elon

December 7, 2011

Toms River North senior defensive end/tight end Jesse Tate has verbally committed to Elon University, a Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) team in North Carolina, according to his father.

Tate was an All-Class A South selection at tight end this season by the coaches. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior transferred to Toms River North before this season after playing his first three years at Toms River South and was one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the Shore Conference on a team that finished 4-6.

Proposal to Amend NJSIAA Constitution to Pave Way for Expanded Playoffs Does Not Pass

December 5, 2011

The proposal to amend Article IX of the NJSIAA Constitution to pave the way for an expanded football playoff system did not receive a sufficient amount of votes to pass at the NJSIAA’s annual meeting on Monday in Edison, which means no further vote on changes in the current state playoff system can be re-introduced until at least 2014.

The NJSIAA members voted 167-102 in favor of the change, but a 2/3 majority is needed for the vote to pass. The vote was to remove the sentence of “No state championship, however, shall be declared in football,” from Article IX to at least clear the way for proposals to alter the current system to be heard by the NJSIAA. This means that Thanksgiving games are safe for at least another three seasons, as some proposals floated out there would have eliminated them in favor of playing a round of the playoffs during that week. The hope was to play to an overall Group champion in the four public school groups, which is what is done in a majority of the other scholastic sports in New Jersey.

Brick schools athletic director Bill Bruno, Matawan head coach Joe Martucci and others had worked hard to spearhead a movement toward crowning overall Group champions and helped get the proposal to amend the constitution up for a vote. Another vote cannot be taken until at least 2014 according to the NJSIAA’s by-laws.