Merli Invitational

MATT DENTON Middletown High School North’s Tyler Downing won the boys pole vault at the Merli Invitational held at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Dec. 26. He scaled 10-6 to win the competition.

Raritan’s wrestling team relying on balanced lineup

RARITAN By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Despite having some big shoes to fill on its roster, the Raritan High School wrestling team is primed to remain a postseason favorite this season. The Rockets lost four District 22 medalists to graduation, including standout Dylan Seidenberg, who won 34 matches a year ago with just three losses. Luckily,… Continue reading Raritan’s wrestling team relying on balanced lineup

Eagles’ girls look to build off last year’s state hoops title

MIDDLETOWN SOUTH By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown High School South’s girls’ basketball team has picked up where it left off with four starters back from its NJSIAA Group III championship team (26-6), rolling convincingly past its first four opponents and holding two of them under 20 points. This year’s Eagles advanced into the WOBM Christmas… Continue reading Eagles’ girls look to build off last year’s state hoops title

SPORT SHORTS

The Monmouth County Park System is keeping several of its golf courses open for play this winter: Bel-Aire Golf Course in Wall, Charleston Springs Golf Course in Millstone and Shark River Golf Course in Neptune. Golfers will enjoy reduced rates at these courses starting Jan. 1. Weather permitting, courses are open daily from 9 a.m.… Continue reading SPORT SHORTS

Lions building off last year’s state hockey title in 6-0 start

MIDDLETOWN NORTH By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Coming from a family with two brothers who have played on the Middletown High School North ice hockey team, senior forward Kevin Felice has a pretty good idea by now what to expect from the start of the season. This year has been a little bit different, as the… Continue reading Lions building off last year’s state hockey title in 6-0 start

Lancers await challenges as defending Non-Public A champs

ST. JOHN VIANNEY By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent The St. John Vianney High girls’ basketball team, armed with a full slate of returning players, are embarking on the new season with high expectations. All of the Lancers who carried St. John Vianney to the NJSIAA Non-Public A title last season are back in action. So a… Continue reading Lancers await challenges as defending Non-Public A champs

Heath built legendary cross-country program at CBA

SPORTS VIEW Tim Morris The words “great” and “legend” get thrown out so often that they have almost lost their meaning. In the case of retired Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) cross-country coach Tom Heath, those words hardly do him justice. Heath, who stepped down as the Colts’ head coach after another championship year, leaves as… Continue reading Heath built legendary cross-country program at CBA

SPORT SHORTS

Jackson Memorial High School senior right-hander Chris Hawryluk signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Monmouth University. Hawryluk is heading into his third varsity season with the Jaguars on the diamond and has starred both on the mound as a pitcher and at the plate as a first baseman. This… Continue reading SPORT SHORTS

Young Jersey Blues positioned for region hoops tourney run

By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Brookdale Community College’s Jordan Little goes up between two Ocean County College defenders during the Dec. 10 game played on Brookdale’s home floor, Collins Arena in Lincroft. The host Jersey Blues held on to beat the Vikings, 71-69. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Brookdale Community College men’s basketball team has… Continue reading Young Jersey Blues positioned for region hoops tourney run