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FAIR HAVEN TEEN AIMS FOR OLYMPIC GLORY

Nikolas Swidryk, a 17-year-old junior at RFH, is one of the top cadet and Junior Olympic recurve archers in the country.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Nikolas Swidryk, a junior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has “hit the mark” as a recurve archer, and is now closer to his dream of Olympic glory.

The 17-year-old son of Michelle and Dr. John Swidryk of Fair Haven is one of just 18 male athletes selected for the 2017 Junior Dream Team, consisting of the top cadet and junior Olympic recurve archers in the country.

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RUMSON-FH STUDENT TEENS COMMIT TO NCAA

On National Signing Day, May 4, three student athletes at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School signed their letters of commitment to participate in NCAA athletics next fall, as thier proud coaches and families looked on. Pictured left to right are Carson Greengrove (Soccer, Stevens Institute of Technology), sprinter Grace Hofferber (Track and Field, Wake Forest University), and pole vaulter Doug Young (Track and Field, Boston University).

LITTLE SILVER: SIGNING TIME AT RBR

Twenty student athletes at Red Bank Regional High School committed on May 1 to play sports at the colleges of their choice next fall.  Pictured (top row, left to right) are Kevin Laughlin, Shrewsbury (football, University of Richmond); Josh Horowitz, Red Bank (baseball, Millersville University); Jack Mangold, Shrewbury (baseball, Colby College); Connor McCarthy, Shrewsbury (football, Ithaca University); Chris Brannagan, Little Silver (football, Rhodes University); Mason O’Mara, Shrewsbury (baseball, George Mason); Julia Nijnens, Little Silver (girls’ outdoor track, Sacred Heart University). Also (middle row, left to right) Kevin Paz, Little Silver (boys’ lacrosse, Wagner University); Kristen Haynes, Little Silver (girls’ cross country and outdoor track, Wake Forrest University); Edith Torres, Union Beach (girls’ cross country, University of Maryland, Baltimore County); Kelsey Ballard, Little Silver (swimming, College of New Jersey); Mary Vilardi, Little Silver (girls’ lacrosse, Susquehanna University); Emily Bynoe, Shrewsbury (girls’ lacrosse, Catholic University of America); Hannah Proodian, Red Bank (girls’ soccer, Alvernia University); and (front row, left to right) Omar Steward, Red Bank (football, Lakawanna Jr. College); Tyrese Morris, Red Bank (football, Western New England University); Jalen Willis, Neptune City (Misericordia University, football); Chris Outterbridge, Red Bank (football, Sacred Heart University). Not pictured: Ryan Humelsine, Neptune (boys’ cross country and outdoor track, Rensselaer University).

RUMSON: RUTTY GO-KARTS TO FUTURE

A champion Go Kart racer, Forrestdale School fifth-grader Christian Rutty has excelled both in the classroom and on the track.

Press release from Rumson School District

In 2016, Rumson resident Christian Rutty was chosen as a contestant on season two of LifeTime TV’s Child Genius. His family, however, chose not to pursue that opportunity due to scheduling conflicts — among them a commitment to the sport known as “karting.”

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LINCROFT: CBA SAILORS AIM FOR NATIONALS

The Colts of Christian Brothers Academy Sailing used a second place finish at their district championship to advance to the national finals. (photo courtesy of CBA Athletics).

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy 

For the first time since the program was founded in 2007, Christian Brothers Academy Sailing is headed to the High School National Championship.

The Colts finished second overall this past weekend at the Mid-Atlantic District Championship, hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Battling 17 other teams in tough conditions all weekend, CBA was just five points behind first place Severn School of Annapolis, MD. The second place finish is the highest finish ever for CBA at a district final.

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RBR SENIOR STUDENT JOURNALIST OF YEAR

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Ella Brockway of Shrewsbury, a senior at Red Bank Regional High School and editor in chief of the school’s student newspaper, was recently named the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s New Jersey Student Journalist of the Year.

The honor comes with her winning the Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation (NJPF) and the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Ella will be honored by the NJPF at its annual Spring Awards Celebration in Hamilton on April 20, and will represent New Jersey in the 2017 Journalism Education Association’s National Student Journalist of the Year competition.

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LITTLE SILVER SAYS THANKS TO COACHES

Press release from Little Silver Recreation

It’s an occasion when basketball coaches can leave their clipboards at home, and baseball coaches don’t have to lug any equipment to the party. The annual Little Silver Recreation Coaches Appreciation Dinner is a wonderful, fun-filled evening for the town’s volunteer coaches to get together, have a bite to eat, enjoy a few cocktails, and reminisce about the coaching experiences they have had over the years.

The evening of Friday, February 24 was filled with exactly that, as coaches, spouses, and community members gathered at the Little Silver Women’s Club to celebrate the last twelve months of success and look forward to the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

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RBR HOSTS SPECIAL ‘UNIFIED SCHOOL’ GAMES

Pictured at the recent Buccaneer Unified Club Sports (BUCS) game in which both regular and special education, intellectually disabled students played together as teammates are (standing, left to right) Nick Arnone, Lauren Keale, Zoey Kallerher, Michael Eulner, Stephen Navitzky; (kneeling) Sarah Keale and Diana Santamaria Delgado.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This past year, Red Bank Regional High School Athletic Director Del DalPra was able to secure a $3,500 grant from the Special Olympics Organization with the aim of becoming a Special Olympics Unified School.

RBR joins over 4,300 middle and high schools in the United States which have adopted this program, in which able-bodied kids play side by side with special education children who are intellectually disabled. According to the Unified Olympic website, “Unified Sports is also an integral part of the Special Olympics Unified Strategy for Schools, which was founded in 2008 and funded through the U.S. Department of Education to use Special Olympics as a way to build inclusion and tolerance in schools.”

The winter basketball program included eight special education students from the school’s “self-contained” program, and 18 regular education students. All were equal participants in the program and all had an equally great time playing a competitive basketball game every Tuesday night over the past two months. The name of the team, BUCS, is an appropriate acronym for Buccaneer Unified Club Sports.

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TINTON FALLS: RANNEY NAMES NEW A.D.

Press release from Ranney School

Natalie (Cocchi) Gorman, a soccer standout and graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, has been named by Ranney School as its new Athletic Director, effective July 1.

A native of Ocean Township and currently an assistant coach at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Mrs. Gorman was a Shore Conference star during her own high school years at RBC. She went on to play soccer at West Virginia University (WVU), where as team captain she earned a NSCAA national ranking of #7, a Mid-Atlantic Region ranking of #1, led her team to a spot in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, and won the BIG EAST Conference Championship in 2006 and 2007—all while being named BIG EAST Player of the Week six times.

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LINCROFT: CBA TOPS RBC IN FIRST CUP GAME

(Photo courtesy of Larry Levanti Photography)

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

It was a game that took 35 long years to put on the schedule. But on Saturday afternoon, February 11, the matchup lived up to the billing.

In front of a capacity crowd of 900 in the varsity gym, Christian Brothers Academy downed Red Bank Catholic, 64-54, in the inaugural Founders Cup game.

The game was the main event in CBA’s Homecoming Day. Colts fans were treated to a pre-game reception with food, refreshments and music in the McKay Gym, while at halftime CBA honored some past basketball greats.

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RUMSON: STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN FOR NCAA

Pictured on National Signing Day are RFH High School student athletes (front row, left to right) Thomas Chapin, Grace Forsyth, Hannah LoSavio, Samantha Beaudreault, and Michael Shaw; (back row, left to right) Matthew Vecchiarelli, Nicholas Calabrese, Michael Murdock, Samuel Sapnar, Tyler Pierson, Timothy Leonard, and Michael O’Connor. (Not shown: Michael Ruane).

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Surrounded by proud coaches and family members during a National Signing Day ceremony on February 1, thirteen student-athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School signed either National Letters of Intent or Commitments to participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association programs next year.

Following is a list of the RFH students and their programs:

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REGISTER NOW FOR TWO RIVER LITTLE LEAGUE

9u-trll-east-teamThe season of wintry weather may have descended upon the local baseball diamond, but January means thoughts of “Play Ball!”, as the first month of the calendar year represents registration time for Two River Little League.

trll-logoCome spring time, recreation baseball and softball will be in full swing as TRLL begins its fourth season. Founded in 2013, the league welcomes young residents of Red Bank, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven and Rumson.

Participation in the league has grown each year, and in 2016 the league had its first tournament champion when the 9U TRLL East team (above) won the highly competitive NJ District 19 baseball tournament.

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RUMSON SISTERS SHARE TEAM EXPERIENCE

malen-and-maraSisters Malen and Mara Grubagh each played an instrumental role in the success of the RFH Dance Team (pictured below) this season.

rfh-dance-teamPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

There was a lot to cheer about recently as the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School football team enjoyed a record-breaking championship season. Sharing in the excitement, and thrilled to be experiencing it together, were sisters Malen and Mara Grubaugh of Rumson.

Mara, a fifteen-year-old sophomore at RFH, is a member of the RFH Dance Team — while eighteen-year old Malen, who has Down syndrome and attends the Somerset County-based Midland School, is the team’s first-ever manager.

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A PERFECT FALL, FOR RUMSON SPORTS

forrestdale-boys-soccerThe Boys Soccer team at Forrestdale School booked an undefeated 10-0 season for fall 2016, winning their division and conference title — a first-place performance matched by the Girls Soccer squad.

Press release from Rumson School District

The fall sports teams at Forrestdale School dominated the field hockey and soccer fields this year, living up to its mission of “igniting potential”.

The Boys Soccer Team finished their perfect season as undefeated division and conference champs, with a record of 10-0. This is only the second undefeated division and playoff championship in the history of the Rumson middle school team, with the lossless 1999 season occurring when Forrestdale Boys Soccer was still a club team.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SEEKS HALL OF FAMERS

rbr-athletic-hall-of-famePictured from left to right are Red Bank Regional Athletic Hall of Fame Committee members Lou DeGeorge, Nick Pizzulli, Christina Emrich, Del Dal Pra, Bill Galatro, and Charles Taylor.  The committee is currently seeking nominations to its inaugural class by May 1, 2017.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For the first time in its storied 100-year history, the Red Bank Regional High School District is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Committee will seek to induct individuals (including student athletes, and coaches) and teams who have made significant contributions to the school’s athletic program, with nominations accepted through May 1, 2017. The inaugural induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in October of 2017.

Alumni nominees need to have graduated over 10 years ago, and faculty nominees must be retired. Nominations, including posthumously nominated candidates, are welcome from former coaches, faculty, students and alumni, and can span the history of the old Red Bank High School and the present-day Red Bank Regional.

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RED BANK: TURF HOLDING UP, SAYS SICKELS

rb-basie-turf-120516-5Rubber-crumb exposure at midfield and the sidelines, below, of the football field at Count Basie Fields is not indicative of the type of turf failure reported elsewhere, says the borough administrator. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb-basie-turf-120516-6Failing artificial-turf playing fields made by an industry-leading manufacturer are not an issue in Red Bank, according to borough Administrator Stanley Sickels.

three-day investigative exposé by NJ.com earlier this week reported that hundreds of turf fields across the United States were beginning to deteriorate long before the eight-to-ten-year life expectancy touted by the Canadian manufacturer, FieldTurf. The company knew about the failures but hid them as it continued to sell the fields, at prices often exceeding $500,000, the report alleged.

But the fields installed by the company at Count Basie Fields here are holding up well, Sickels told redbankgreen.

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RBR SOCCER GIRLS WIN REFS AWARD

rbr-girls-soccerRed Bank Regional Athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Tucker (at left and right) congratulate Girls’ Soccer Team co-captains Grace Dengler (Little Silver), Emily Bynoe (Shrewsbury), and Hannah Proodian (Red Bank). The team was recently honored with the Shore Conference Referees Association’s Sportsmanship award, the only one of more  than 40 teams in the conference to claim the honor.

FOOTBALL: RFH WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT TITLE

Rumson-Fair Haven topped South Plainfield in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship game to claim its fourth straight state title Saturday night.

The cameras of Shore Sports Zone were at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway to capture all the highlights on video. Check them out here(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RED BANK: A CUPFUL OF $$$ FOR LUNCH BREAK

the_white_road_cupFriendly competitors from Little Silver and Shrewsbury took part in the 15th annual White Road Cup game last Friday, with the flag football contest raising $10,000 for the borough-based nonprofit Lunch Break.

Press release from Culinary Communications

The recent Black Friday marked the 15th Anniversary of the White Road Cup, the annual flag-football fundraiser that pits players from Little Silver against their neighbors from Shrewsbury Borough.

First played in 2002, the event has grown to become a festive, well-attended community tradition, featuring contests for children, men, and women. These hard-fought games are exciting for all (and of course, bragging rights are important), but the true winner is Lunch Break. This year over $10,000 was raised for the organization, which helps to put food on the table for thousands of families in need (the charity flag football event raised $10,000 in 2015 as well).

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RED BANK HOSTS ‘WHITE ROAD CUP’ ON FRIDAY

the_white_road_cupIt began as a friendly flag-football rivalry between communities based at either end of White Road’s east-west artery — a “symbol of bestowed superiority” in which “one town’s dream is realized while the other’s is pushed to a shattering state of sorrow.”

This Friday, November 25, “The White Road Cup” marks its milestone 15th anniversary with a series of games for children, women and men, hosted on the turf at Red Bank’s Count Basie Field.

Kicking off at 9 a.m. and continuing into the early afternoon, the match-ups between “The Shrewsbury Tigers” and “The Little Silver Warriors” will be generating the expected volume of “playful trash-talking” and passionate partisanship among spectators on the sidelines — as well as a substantial fundraising effort for a worthy community-based cause: the educational/vocational programs and charitable endeavors of Red Bank’s own Lunch Break.

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LINCROFT: CBA INDUCTS HALL OF FAMERS

cba_hof_2016Christian Brothers Academy alumni and faculty recently inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame include (left to right) Sean Duffy Class of ’70, Nicholas LaBrocca ’03, Lawrence Goldman ’84, and Timothy Sewnig. Two championship teams were also named to the ranks of the Academy’s greats. (photo by Larry Levanti/CBA Advancement)

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

Four deserving individuals and two memorable teams were formally inducted into the Christian Brothers Academy Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Hosted by the CBA Alumni Association, the fourth annual gala was held at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights. Led by master of ceremonies Paul Molzon (Class of ’72), each inductee and both teams were introduced to the CBA community with a short video, followed by the awarding of a commemorative trophy and a thank-you speech.

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LITTLE SILVER: BUCS SIGN ON THE LINE

rbrsigningfallPictured above during the recent National Signing Day ceremony are  17 year old Red Bank Regional High School student athletes Mason O’Mara (left) and Kevin Paz (right).  The Shrewsbury resident O’Mara signed on to play baseball for George Mason University next year, while Little Silver’s own Paz will play lacrosse for Wagner College.