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

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.




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