Archive for March, 2012

Cowen, McDonough, Pt. Boro Duo Make College Commitments

March 29, 2012

The college commitments continue to roll in as more Shore Conference standouts decide where they will play next season.

Jackson Memorial defensive lineman James Cowen, who led the Jaguars with 8.5 sacks and also had 56 tackles on his way to earned All Shore Media second-team All-Shore honors, will continue his career at William Paterson, according to his parents.

Wall offensive lineman Matt McDonough said he will continue his career at Montclair State. He was part of a standout offensive line that helped the Crimson Knights win the Class C Central title and that has several members playing in college. He joins Matt Ford (Lehigh), Matt Pisarcik (Franklin & Marshall), and tight end Derek Gardner (Marist) among the college-bound players up front.

A pair of Point Boro teammates are headed to McDaniel College, according to coach Sean Henry. Two-time All-Class C Central defensive back Dan Trainor along with offensive/defensive lineman Eddie Kendall will both continue their careers there.



Manalapan Contingent, Koursaris Make College Commitments

March 21, 2012

Four more players from the Manalapan team that reached the Central Jersey Group IV final, won its second straight Class A North title and won a school-record 10 games have made their college commitments, according to head coach Ed Gurrieri.

Linebacker Alex McPherson, a three-year starter, is headed to Wesley College, and offensive lineman Brandon Pearce, an All Shore Media first-team All-Shore selection, will continue his career at Division II East Stroudsburg. Fullback Jesse McEnery, who paved the way for 2,000-yard rusher John Sieczkowski, will play at Montclair State. Defensive back Vinnie Harris will join McEnery in the NJAC, as he will play at Rowan University.

Also, Shore Regional running back linebacker Stefanos Koursaris, an All-Class B Central pick, is also going to the NJAC as he is headed to Kean University.

Scalici, Kemp, Dunbar, Duffield Make College Commitments

March 15, 2012

The college commitments continue to roll in for the Shore Conference seniors, with four more making their choices.

Colts Neck running back Victor Scalici, an All Shore Media second-team All-Shore pick and All-Class B North selection, is headed to The College of New Jersey, according to Cougars coach Greg LaCava. Scalici set school records for rushing yards (1,693) and touchdowns (20) as well as the single-game record for rushing yards (346) and touchdowns (5) this season. He finished third in the Shore Conference in rushing.

Another Colts Neck standout, offensive lineman Matt Kemp, is headed to Montclair State. Kemp was an ASM third-team All-Shore pick and an All-Class B North selection by the coaches.

Another ASM second-team All-Shore pick, Point Boro standout quarterback John Dunbar, will continue his career at Salisbury University, according to Panthers coach Sean Henry. An option quarterback who also returned punts in addition to seeing some time in the defensive secondary, Dunbar rushed for just under 1,300 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. He also threw for 436 yards and 4 touchdowns and had a punt return for a touchdown and an interception on defense. For his career, he finished with 2,083 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns and also threw for 1,073 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also caught 4 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown and had two career touchdown returns on special teams.

Salisbury runs the option, so Dunbar should be a good fit there.

Finally, Toms River North offensive lineman/long-snapper Grant Duffield is headed to McDaniel College, according to his father.

Hardy, Racioppi and More Make College Commitments/Davies Steps Down at Howell

March 14, 2012

Central senior running back Kalyph Hardy, the school’s all-time leading rusher and the first in school history to pass 2,000 yards rushing in a season, will continue his career at Kean University, according to Central coach Vinnie Casale.

Hardy was an All Shore Media first-team All-Shore selection in the fall after rushing for 2,050 yards and a Shore Conference-leading 28 touchdowns in helping the Golden Eagles reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2001. Hardy also had a school-record 417 yards rushing in a win over Brick, which is third-highest single-game total in Shore Conference history. Hardy finished his career with a school-record 5,008 yards rushing as a four-year varsity player. As a junior, he was an ASM second-team All-Shore selection when he ran 1,620 yards, which was the school record before he erased it this season.

He also was selected as the Class B South Co-Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

Hardy’s teammates, Kyle Barker and Josh Dwight, have also made their decisions. Barker, a defensive back, is headed to McDaniel College, while Dwight, a wide receiver, will continue his career at FDU-Florham.

Middletown North senior running back Joey Racioppi, who was an All-Class A North selection by the coaches, will continue his career at Springfield College, according to Lions coach Joe Trezza.

On the coaching front, Cory Davies has stepped down after 21 seasons as the head man at Howell, which included the program’s only state sectional title. Click here for the full story.



US Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic Info/Sickels to Penn State

March 6, 2012

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This season’s US Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic, which is run by the Shore Football Coaches Foundation, will be held on Thursday, July 12 on the artificial turf at Holmdel High School. This will be the 35th edition of the annual game pitting the top seniors from Monmouth County against their counterparts from Ocean County, making it the oldest high school football all-star game in New Jersey.

The head coaches will be Manalapan’s Ed Gurrieri (Monmouth County) and Barnegat’s Rob Davis (Ocean County). Gurrieri led Manalapan to a school-record 10 wins and a berth in the Central Jersey Group IV final. Davis led Barnegat to its first division title in program history and a berth in the South Jersey Group II semifinals. The rosters for both teams, which are selected by the coaches, are being finalized.

The 7-on-7 tournament county championships will be on Monday, July 9, at Holmdel (Monmouth) and Toms River East (Ocean). The winners play each other before the US Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic.

There also will be a combination media day/scholar-athlete banquet on May 6 at the Sheraton in Eatontown in which the top student-athletes on each team will be recognized and the participants for the Gridiron Classic will be formally announced.

In recruiting news, Red Bank Regional defensive end Garrett Sickels, the top-rated player in the Class of 2013, verbally committed to Penn State on Sunday night. Click here for that story. The thought of Sickels rushing from the edge and linebacker Glenn Carson (Southern) in the middle for the Nittany Lions has to be a pleasant one for Penn State fans.

Sickels’s commitment leaves Monsignor Donovan offensive lineman Brad Henson as the top uncommitted recruit in the Class of 2013 right now, although there is plenty of talent behind him like Long Branch running back Dwight Clark, Manalapan wide receiver Anthony Firkser, Lakewood quarterback/safety Tyrice Beverette, Red Bank Catholic defensive lineman Josh Klecko and more. Klecko, an ASM first-team All-Shore selection, recently picked up offers from Temple, Old Dominion and UMass, according to RBC coach Jim Portela. A pair of standout kickers, Toms River North’s Chris Gulla and Middletown South’s Connor Ryan have also received FBS interest and have been invited to several kicking camps at BCS programs.