RFH GIRLS TAKE FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Peyton McCauley tallied a pair of first-half goals and the Bulldawgs defense took care of the rest in a 2-0 win that ended Shore Regional’s remarkable 15-year domination of the Shore Conference Tournament Sunday.  Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website, Shore Sports Zone, has the highlights.

Both teams will continue in state tournament play, with RFH scheduled to Delran Monday. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH BEATS RARITAN WITH SENSATIONAL PLAYS

Rumson-Fair Haven quarterback Mike O’Connor streaked 90 yards for a TD and wideout Murray McHeffey pulled in a couple of sensational diving catches as the Dawgs moved to 5-2 on the season with a 27-7 win at home against Raritan Friday night. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights, as well as a longer  reel of five great games from the evening right here.

RBC, RFH: FINESSE AND MUSCLE ON DISPLAY

Two plays from Red Bank Catholic’s 35-7 win over Manalapan Friday night are in the running for a Shore Sports Zone game ball this week. In one, tight end Nick Lubisher just gets his feet down at the back of the end zone, and in the other, running back Nick Cella powers his way past tacklers.

Also on the ballot: a big TD run by Rumson-Fair Haven sophomore quarterback Mike O’Connner in the Dawgs’ 33-12 trampling of Lakewood.

Cast your vote here before polls close Tuesday night. SSZ’s Rich Chrampanis presents the weekly game ball to the winner at Wednesday practice.

RFH TOPS LAKEWOOD AS VOLKER STEAMROLLS

Rumson-Fair Haven running back Charlie Volker racked up an astonishing 324 yards and three touchdowns as the Dawgs moved to 4-2 on the season with a win at home over Lakewood Friday night. It was a tighter game than the score indicates, as shown by these highlights from Shore Sports Zone.

RFH: AFTER STATE TITLE, FAHEY PLAYS ON

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Kate Fahey returned from a junior year away from high school tennis to become the first state singles champion in school history last week. Shore Sports Zone, has an interview with Fahey, who has no plans to slack off between now and the start of her Division I college career at the University of Michigan next fall.  (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH IN 8-0 FIELD HOCKEY ROUT OF HOLMDEL

Rumson-Fair Haven’s field hockey squad, the top-rated team in this year’s Shore Conference Tournament, shut out Holmdel, 8-0, in round one, advancing to the quarterfinals Tuesday. Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website, Shore Sports Zone, has the highlights. And tune in Thursday, when SSZ profiles RFH tennis player Kate Fahey, who became the first state singles champion in Rumson history last week. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

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 .)

RFH, RBR SUFFER FIRST FOOTBALL LOSSES

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s varsity football team fell to unbeaten St. John Vianney Thursday night in a game “with plenty of fireworks,” says Rich Chrampanis, of the new video-based website Shore Sports Zone. The SSZ highlight reel from Thursday also includes a report on Red Bank Regional’s road loss to Neptune, as well as highlights from Middletown South and Middletown North. Check in with SSZ for great coverage of high school sports across Monmouth County and beyond. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

BOYS’ SOCCER: RBR EDGES LONG BRANCH, 1-0

Justin Gilson netted one on a penalty kick, and that was it for scoring as Red Bank Regional’s boys’ soccer team nipped Long Branch 1-0 on the road Monday. RBR goalie Connor Kelly had some great saves, says Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website. Take it there for the big picture on high school sports in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

RFH’S VOLKER VIES FOR SSZ GAME BALL

Rumson-Fair Haven running back Charlie Volker is in the running for this week’s Shore Sports Zone game ball for this touchdown run against Monmouth Regional last weekend as the Dawgs racked their second win of the season. But he’s got some great competition, as this highlight reel of the weekend’s games attests. Check out Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website, for blanket coverage of Monmouth and Ocean county sports.

IT’S LIGHTS-OUT AS RFH, RBC ROLL TO WINS

The lights go out in Rumson, but Charlie Volker his fellow Dawgs light up the home field for Rumson-Fair Haven against Monmouth Regional. Meanwhile, Red Bank Catholic’s special teams prowess helped the Casey’s crush Neptune at Count Basie Field. Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone, has the highlights from these Friday-night games and three others in Monmouth and Ocean counties. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

BOYS’ SOCCER: RBR NIPS R-FH, 2-1

A goal late in the first half was all the Rumson-Fair Haven boys’ soccer team could manage on the road against Red Bank Regional Tuesday afternoon, but by then the RBR Bucs had already notched two, one on a powerful boot by Justin Gilson. A scoreless second half was marked by impressive goaltending on both sides, says Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website. Take it there for the big picture on high school sports in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

RUMSON: JAKE TAVILL, SOULFUL SENIOR

jake tavill 081514Jake Tavill at home in Rumson last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

This may be the era of inescapable rap, but listeners his age are better versed in classic rock and pop than one might assume, Jake Tavill insists. Still, it’s hard to imagine many are as bone-soaked in the old stuff as the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional senior.

Evidence? On his return to school this week, Tavill’s likely to be the only kid with an album of lushly soulful songs under his belt.

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CHAMPS IN 2013, R-FH TRIES TO STAY HUNGRY

How do you top an 11-1 season that ended with a NJSIAA Group II State Championship? After the best football campaign in school history, the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Bulldogs are starting anew, having lost 32 players to graduation. But the roster still boasts running back Charlie Volker, who steamrolled to more than 2,100 yards and 27 TDs last year, and under Coach Bryan Batchler, the theme this year is “stay hungry.”

Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone pops in on a Bulldogs practice for this season preview. And stay tuned for a redbankgreen-Sports Zone collaboration starting in September. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

RFH: NOT A BAD OUTCOME FOR AN APOCALYPSE

Katie Coyle, whose novel, ‘Vivian Versus the Apocalypse,’   (Click to enlarge)

By MARY ANN KAMPFE
RFHRHS Public Relations

vivian versus the apocalypse“Someday I’ll read a book by Katie Coyle” reads the inscription in a Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School yearbook.

“It was written by my Advanced Placement (AP) English Teacher Jack Shea when I was about to graduate in 2004,” said Ms. Coyle. “I held Mr. Shea in high regard, and that comment really meant a lot to me.”

As it turns out, Mr. Shea was right. And “someday” came about very quickly.

Ms. Coyle’s first book, “Vivian Versus the Apocalypse,” will be published on September 5 by Hot Key Books. The book and its 25-year-old author have already earned high praise from the literary world.

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ONE ARRESTED IN BRAWL AT RBR v. R-FH GAME

A Rumson man was arrested following a melee during a baseball game at Red Bank Regional High in Little Silver Saturday afternoon, police said.

Patrick Maisto, 49, is alleged to have assaulted a player during a bench-clearing brawl, Little Silver police Lieutenant Bob Frank tells redbankgreen.

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R-FH BUDGET: R TAX UP, FH, DOWN

Rumson resident Joe Kopel raises a few questions with the R-FH board Tuesday night. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

With six residents in the audience, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High board of education ok’d a $16.9 million spending plan for 2013-’14 that increases taxes on Rumson property owners and reduces them for Fair Havenites.

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FAIR HAVEN: A COP WHO’S RIGHT AT HOME

By JOE FISHER

“Being a cop in the town you grew up in can be complicated sometimes,’’ says Fair Haven Patrolman William Lagrotteria. “But it’s the best feeling in the world.’’

The seven-year department veteran and juvenile officer was honored Monday night as Patrolman of the Year by the borough council.

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RUMSON HONORS R-FH RUNNERS, COACHES

Coaches Tim McLoone, in gray cap, and Henry Mercer, at center, mingle with supporters at Meadowridge Park before Friday’s dedication of a plaque, below, honoring the 2011 Rumson-Fair Haven girls’ cross-country team. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

On chilly afternoon in January – a month when many runners head for the nearest indoor treadmill – Meadowridge Park in Rumson honored some hardy cross-country runners and their coaches.

A bronze plaque was dedicated Friday to memorialize the 2011 NJSIAA Meet of Champions win by the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional girls’ cross-country team and its coaches, Tim McLoone and Henry Mercer.

McLoone, a well-known local business owner and philanthropist, called the occasion a celebration of the sport itself.

“Cross-country is such a tough, demanding sport,” he said. “And it’s really still under the radar. We really don’t get a lot of press for what we do. So it’s nice to have this monument up for everyone to see. And personally, it’s a little overwhelming.”

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TIM McLOONE, ENGINEER OF A NONSTOP TRAIN

At the keyboards, on the radio, coaching runners or in the back room of one of his nine restaurants, Holiday Express founder Tim McLoone is a marvel of achievement.  (Photo by Suzy Graham. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Tim McLoone is a man with a dozen hands, all tackling a dozen sizable tasks at once.

He owns McLoone’s Running Store, his first business, at the Grove in Shrewsbury. He owns nine restaurants, including the Rum Runner in Sea Bright and the recently acquired former CJ Montana in Tinton Falls, rebranded as CJ McLoone’s. He’s a sports announcer for the collegiate basketball games at Newark’s Prudential Center. He just launched his own radio show on December 1. He coaches the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School girls’ cross-country team.  And at the heart of it all is his philanthropic brain child, an idea that blossomed from a one-time gig into a full-scale traveling circus: Holiday Express.

The non-profit organization is its own Christmas miracle: a massive effort on behalf of roughly 300 adult volunteers, 700 child and teenage volunteers, 100 musicians, and one man who brought together their desires to bring smiles to those in need of a little comfort and joy.

Tonight, Holiday Express makes its much-anticipated annual station stop at the grand Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

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HOT DOG CART AND CHIC EATERY BACK IN BIZ

Hot dog seller Frances Rooney poses for a photo with admirers, including Councilwoman Peggy Bills, at right above. Below, Pat Trama in his restored restaurant. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

One of Sea Bright’s oldest food businesses reopened this week, and one of its newest was scheduled to do so Friday night, two signs that the storm-battered town is cooking up a recovery.

Frances Rooney, affectionately known as “Grandma Hot Dog,”  fired up the gas on her cart this week and was soon attracting lines of hungry and loyal customers.

“My son was the one who really encouraged me to come back out here and start serving people again – sooner rather than later,” she told redbankgreen, “He thought it would be a comforting sight for everyone to see me back in business, up on my feet.”

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RUMSON TEEN’S STORM VIDEO DRAWS TRAIN

A 33-minute video about Hurricane Sandy by a Rumson-Fair Haven Regional student caught the attention of the rock band Train, which will play an acoustic show in Sea Bright as a result, NJ.com reported Wednesday.

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Nagy videotaped conditions in Sea Bright and Rumson before, during and after the October 29 storm, and folded the band’s music into her production. Now, the San Francisco-based band is planning to play a private show for residents, first responders and their families next week, with the performance to be aired on on VH1 Christmas Day, the website of the Star-Ledger reports.

The effort will spotlight the efforts of Sea Bright Rising, a nonprofit devoted to the general recovery of the town of Sea Bright and care for its residents in the interim.

From the story:

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SEA BRIGHT: INFO SESSION SLATED

Sea Bright residents and property owners are urged to attend a Q&A info session with town officials today at 2 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High on Ridge Road in Rumson.