RFH REGAINS SCT LACROSSE TITLE

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Robbie Garavente posted a “natural” hat trick of three straight goals to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth Shore Conference boys’ lacrosse title in the last six years with an 8-5 victory over Manasquan Monday. Charlie Curran scored the game winner with 4:15 seconds to go in the fourth quarter,a nd Shore Sports Zone was there at Long Branch High to catch it all on video.

The teams could square off again in the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs: Manasquan is the top seed with RFH coming in at number two.  

VOTE FOR YEAR’S BEST DUNK AND CLUTCH PLAY

Evan Madigan of Red Bank Catholic is among the finalists in Shore Sports Zone “clutch play of the year” balloting for 2016. And the local field is crowded in the race for Shore area “dunk of the year,” including a sweet one by Elijah McAllister of Rumson-Fair Haven.

Polls are open through Friday at 3 p.m., and winners will be announced at SSZ’s Winter Sports Banquet on March 24.

RFH GIRLS END SEASON WITH LOSS TO ‘SQUAN

Two days after their male counterparts fell to the same school, the girls’ basketball squad of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional went up against the Lady Warriors of Manasquan for the fourth time this season on Tuesday, this time for the Central Jersey Group 2 championship. Tori Hyduke led RFH with 15 points, but the Lady Bulldogs were outplayed, as ‘Squan had four players in double digits en route to a 56-30 win. RFH’s season comes to a close with a 22-7 record. Shore Sports Zone was there to capture the highlights and post-game reaction

 

MANASQUAN ENDS RFH SEASON

With a trip to the Central Jersey Group 2 finals on the line, the boys’ basketball team of Rumson-Fair Haven just couldn’t hang with Manasquan, falling 65-46 on Saturday. Brendan Barry had 20 points for the Bulldogs, ending his high school career with a school-record 1,812. Shore Sports Zone was there to capture all the action on video.

 

RFH ADVANCES AS BARRY LEADS BLOWOUT

Hosting Johnson in the Central Jersey Group 2 playoffs, the boys’ basketball team of Rumson-Fair Haven ran wild in racking up a 77-47 victory Thursday night. Brendan Barry led the home team with 30 points, and Shore Sports Zone was there.

R-FH now heads to Manasquan, hoping to avenge a triple-overtime loss that knocked the Dawgs out of last month’s Shore Conference Tournament.

R-FH GIRLS ELIMINATED FROM TOURNEY IN OT

In a back-and-forth contest that went into overtime, the girls’ basketball team of Rumson-Fair Haven lost its semifinal matchup against Manasquan, 61-58, in the Shore Conference Tournament on Monday. Shore Sports Zone caught all the great play.

The Lady Bulldogs’ loss came two days after their male counterparts were eliminated, also by Manasquan, in a quarterfinal game that went into triple overtime.

RBC GIRLS KNOCKED OUT OF SC TOURNAMENT

Red Bank Catholic’s girls fell to Manasquan, 47-36, in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament at Brookdale Community College Saturday.  Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. 

Manasquan will next take on the Lady Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven on Monday in Toms River.  

HOCKEY: RFF TOPS PPB/SQUAN AS DOWD SITS

Brendan Ban had four goals and three assists to lead Rumson-Fair Haven to an 11-3 win over Point Pleasant Beach/Manasquan at the Red Bank Armory Monday. Rob Garavante added a hat trick for RFH, who raced out to a 6-0 lead and led 7-1 at the end of two periods. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

Point Pleasant Beach/Manasquan did not have head coach Jim Dowd behind the bench in the game. News 12 New Jersey reported that the former New Jersey Devils great is facing an allegations that he kicked a player in the back during last Wednesday’s game against Red Bank Regional at Jersey Shore Sports Arena. 

RFH BACK TO WINNING FORM WITH VOLKER

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s varsity football team pulled off a 28-21 win at Manasquan Saturday in a game that saw the return of powerhouse running back Charlie Volker after a couple of missed weeks due to injury.  The Shore Sports Zone highlight reel shows Volker, a Princeton commit, tearing it up for 267 yards and tight end  Kenny Farrare hauling in the game-winning TD pass with 16 seconds left to play – a contender for the play of the week. Check in with SSZ to vote, and for great high school sport coverage across Monmouth and Ocean counties. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

ROOM FOR ‘NATIVITY,’ AT THE COUNT’S CRIB

lorrainedarrellLorraine Stone is in the cast, and Darrell Lawrence Willis Sr. directs, as BLACK NATIVITY comes to the Count Basie stage for the first time on December 30.

By TOM CHESEK

If you’ve been in (or anywhere near) the Count Basie Theatre recently, you probably noticed that the venerable venue is a house of traditions throughout the holiday season — a host harbor for Christmas concerts, New Year’s blasts, allstar benefits, Nutcrackers and Scrooges — all of them staples of local life.

Beginning Thursday, December 30, the Count’s crib opens its curtain for the first time on a homegrown edition of a stage tradition that’s become the centerpiece of community Christmas celebrations, from Boston to Seattle and lots of big-league towns between.

First produced on Broadway in 1961, Black Nativity combines the Gospel of St. Luke with the poetry of the late Langston Hughes and a set of folk spirituals and hymns for a theatrical experience that’s often custom-tailored to every town it appears in. It’s the kind of presentation in which the stage swells with local children; in which hometown preachers play a big part and the Three Wise Men are often cast from the ranks of neighborhood civic and business leaders.

For several seasons, the play staked a Shore area home at Manasquan’s Algonquin Arts Theatre, in a production by producer-director Darrell Lawrence Willis Sr. and his Dunbar Repertory Company. A Brookdale Community College faculty member and a participant on the Basie’s board, Willis has kept busy in recent years with such projects as the annual Juneteenth Urban Arts Festival in Long Branch and winter’s upcoming staging of A Raisin in the Sun at BCC.

The redbankgreen Drama Desk caught up with the director as he found “room at the inn” for a re-established Yuletide tradition, here in Red Bank.

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