Monthly Archives: December 2021

THERE STILL RBC🏀👀

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to do your job. Maybe that’s to take care of the ball like it’s worth a million bucks. Maybe it’s your job to set the tone for all in the building. Maybe … Continue reading

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MANASQUAN VS RBC… THIS IS ABOUT REPUTATION 💪🏀

It’s early but tonight it’s going to get late real early for either MANASQUAN OR RED BANK CATHOLIC. That’s because tonight both will be hoping for a WOBM chip. The winner is going to feel real good about the possibilities … Continue reading

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RANNEY… RFH… TRINITY HALL .. … VICTIM OR SURVIVOR… it’s too early💪🏀

There is a passion that arrives in the early part of every basketball season. It’s comes with a test for just about every team. It’s a test that too often determines the fate of a season. It’s a test that … Continue reading

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TOP 10 and WEEKLY AWARDS 🏆🏀

WEEK TWO TOP 10… we have Covid effect some games. But things get clear this week as lots of big games on TAP! ST. JOHN VIANNEY–There on Cruise control until they get to FlA and play other nationally ranked teams. … Continue reading

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ST. ROSE… THE PURPLE ROSES SMELL GOOD🌹🌹🌹

You see I told Mary Beth Chambers, Head Coach at St. Rose. You are in for a long season. I told her her team was physical not mature enough. I told her she was too inexperienced as a group. I … Continue reading

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DONOVAN CATHOLIC AND RBR… TOMORROW A PROGRAM OR A TEAM💪🏀

We are heading for a Showdown at the WOBM. No not RBC vs Manasquan. We are talking about RBR vs DONOVAN CATHOLIC tomorrow morning at 10am. That’s because tomorrow’s game is big for so many reasons. None bigger than a … Continue reading

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10 EARLY SEASON SURPRISES 😲

It’s but there are some early season surprises and questions that must answered. The holiday season is going to get to all that as teams get deeper in the season. More practice time, two sport players finding there basketball legs … Continue reading

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DING DONG…. GUESS WHO IS BACK? NEPTUNE 🏀💪🔥

Ding Dong did you hear who is back? Neptune High school that’s who! That’s because last night John Brown’s club went back to the future and knocked off TOMS RIVER NORTH on the road. His team lead from start to … Continue reading

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CORE SKILLS SATURDAY: The Measuring Stick STARTS NEXT WEEKEND 😀🏀🐂

There is only one event in the winter that prepares a young player for high school and starts the recruiting process like no other. Next Saturday “CORE SKILLS” (Coop@hoopgroup.com)training kicks of. It’s the most competitive teaching event available for grammar … Continue reading

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FRESHMAN “CHRISTINA LIGGIO”…IN THE THICK OF THE GAME💪🏀

The amount of pressure I apply to Christina Liggio during the off season borders on crazy world. She has heard it all from how she turns the ball over to much. How she over dribbles, how she can’t shoot, how … Continue reading

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IRIS AZCONA… BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP💪🏀

Right now the biggest holiday gifts being delivered are the ones being exchanged at RED BANK REG. Iris Azcona is giving Red Bank the gift of baller. RBR is giving Iris Azcona a platform to show all how gifted she … Continue reading

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BROOKE HOLLAWELL… TIMES DON’T LAST…TOUGH PEOPLE

When Brooke Hollawell tore her ACL last season everything about it was wrong. The timing was as bad as it gets. She had just hit the game saving three at the buzzer that allowed Manasquan to beat RFH in overtime. … Continue reading

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20 Things I KNOW AFTER WEEK ONE

The first weekend of the high school season is in the bag and its was the best and most competitive opening weekend in all my years thanks to the super games. There where a first things I knew going into … Continue reading

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SHORE CONFERENCE TOP 10/ Weekly Awards🏆

In what was the most exciting opening week in years. We saw some great performances. A few surprises and of course the usual . There is plenty of movement in the TOP 10 after week one ST. JOHN VIANNEY– Right … Continue reading

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GAME DAY PRIMER….#7 SPARTA vs. #18 RUMSON FAIR HAVEN

#18 RUMSON FAIR HAVEN VS #2 SPARTA HIGH SCHOOL CURRENTLY RANKED 18TH in the State STRENGTHS SPARTA is the best team in Sussex County. There are currently ranked #7 in the state of New Jersey. Last year they finished 13th … Continue reading

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AMAYA BRAY…SETTLE? NEVER💪🏀🙏

Amaya Bray will lace them up this weekend at the WOBM tournament for the last time. She has never lost a game in the tournament. That because Manchester has won the last two Championships. Amaya Bray has done a lot … Continue reading

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The SUPER GAMES OPEN THE SEASON💪🏀😀🔥

Tomorrow it all kicks off the first real high school season in two years. It going to be a fun time for all. It’s also the start of hopes and dreams for so many teams, kids, coaches, fans and parents. … Continue reading

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2021-22 SHORE CONFERENCE PRESEASON … TOP 10 and AWARDS

ST. JOHN VIANNEY– The clear favorite at #1. They have playmakers at every position including off the bench. They are currently ranked #11 in the country. Madison St. Rose is a once in a life time player and Coach Karpell … Continue reading

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SHORE CONFERENCE PREVIEW: “A” NORTH

A NORTH will start the year the same way it has for the last 4 years with Marlboro and Middletown South as the favorites. They played wars against against each other in recent years.  Freehold Twp star Hannah Orloff has packed … Continue reading

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SHORE CONFERENCE PREVIEW: “B” CENTRAL IS A ONE HORSE RACE!

B CENTRAL appears to be a one team race once again. Now that honor will belong to RANNEY HIGH SCHOOL. When Ranney went out and hired Kaitlyn Linney they quickly became one of the fastest growing programs in the state. The … Continue reading

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2021-22 SHORE CONFERENCE PREVIEW: “B” NORTH

“B” NORTH division gets little if any respect because of the presence of St. John Vianney. But “B” North is a division loaded with talented players. How loaded do you as ask? How about 18 D1 players. The Division also has … Continue reading

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SHORE 2021-22 CONFERENCE PREVIEW: “A” SOUTH

A SOUTH will clearly have a new look this year. Now that two of the best players in Ocean County recently have moved on. Lexi Linton and Rachel Capua were two of the best players in the division. The “A” SOUTH title now is … Continue reading

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2021-22 SHORE CONFERENCE PREVIEW: “B” SOUTH

B SOUTH has been a wrap the last 3 years before the season even started. Manchester has dominated Ocean County since the arrival Destiny Adams. But now that Destiny Adams is gone it has opened the door to other teams. This … Continue reading

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SHORE CONFERENCE PREVIEW : “C” NORTH

There really isn’t any issue as to who is going to win the C NORTH title. The only real discussion is which teams will make it to the SCT tournament and the state tournament. The chance of anyone outside of MANASQUAN winning … Continue reading

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SHORE CONFERENCE “A” CENTRAL PREVIEW

The A CENTRAL Division could have 4 teams ranked in the TOP 10, including 2 teams in the Top 20 and a GROUP 1 state favorite. This division is full of landmines and each game poses threats. This division has … Continue reading

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Friends stay home together… THE MARLBORO BOYS “magical” FIVE💪🏀

Today I am going to tell you a story. Today I am going to tell you why high school basketball is special. Today I am going to show it’s not always how you do it sometimes. But rather who you … Continue reading

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EMILY TVRDIK… Notoriety is Knocking on her door🏀💪

Yesterday RBR, Wall and Shore Reg had a scrimmage. They are three teams fighting for respect. Three teams with talented players. These are teams hoping to make there mark this season. They hope to have breakout seasons. There were also … Continue reading

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WHAT I KNOW RIGHT NOW😀💪🏀

We are closing in on the start of the. season. A real full season for the first time in two years. It’s got everyone excited. There are a few things I know before I release Mondays Pre Season package. Which … Continue reading

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CAN ANYONE STOP SJV FROM GOING UNDEFEATED….AGAIN!

The last time SJV lost a game in the state of New Jersey was three years ago. What is even more remarkable about this streak is who they have beaten… EVERYONE! There is simply nobody left at this point. In … Continue reading

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CHARLIE ROSEN…IS BATTLE A TESTED BULLDOG 🏀💪🏀

Next week teams all across New Jersey will start playing scrimmages. Coaches in New Jersey know they start later than other schools across the country. They also know NJ schools don’t have a lot of time from the first day … Continue reading

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THE SHORE DIVISIONAL LINEUPS … ARE NOT FAIR

Next week I will start the Shore Conference Previews. It will cover each division in the Shore Conference. It will give you a break down of each team in each division. I will highlight the best players and I will … Continue reading

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JULIA SHANES….NO SURPRISE!

Whenever I hear a youth coach, parent or someone not very knowledgeable advising parents about their kids athletic future I cringe. Nothing makes me cringe more than when I hear adults tell a kid. “You have to make a decision … Continue reading

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BUILDING THE RIGHT CULTURE 🏆👍

Practices are heating up as everyone is excited to get to next weeks scrimmages. I told you on Monday, they say championships are made in the off season. But there is a word that is being used more and more … Continue reading

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