RED BANK: LOWERY FUNERAL AWASH IN BLUE

red bank monsignor lowery funeral 120519 State Police officers were among the hundreds of worshippers, clerics and law enforcement personnel who packed St. James Church in Red Bank Thursday morning for the funeral mass of Monsignor Philip A. Lowery.

Lowery, who led St. James Church in Red Bank for three decades, died last Thursday. He was 70 years old.

In recognition of his 23 years of service as Head of Chaplains for the New Jersey State Police, the service drew a large contingent of blue uniforms, as well as a giant U.S. flag over Broad Street. Even members of the clergy couldn’t resist the urge to take photos of it.

On Wednesday, Governor Phil Murphy, who was expected to attend the service, ordered flags be lowered to half-staff Thursday in Lowery’s honor. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: MONSIGNOR LOWERY DIES AT 70

msgr philip loweryMonsignor Philip A. Lowery, who led St. James Church in Red Bank for three decades, died early Thursday morning. He was 70 years old.

Lowery’s death was announced on the Red Bank Catholic High School Facebook page. Mayor Pasquale Menna told redbankgreen that his death occurred at 12:01 a.m. on Thanksgiving at Riverview Medical Center.

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RED BANK: NEW TRACK, NEW DEAL FOR BASIE

red bank count basie fields trackWorkers removed the track at Count Basie Fields last week to prepare for the installation of  a new surface. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Catholic High School will increase its contribution for upgrades at Count Basie Fields under a new cost-sharing arrangement approved by the Red Bank council last month.

Payments by the school, which uses the facility as its home football stadium, will help fund replacement of the cushiony running track, a project that got underway last week.

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RUMSON: ‘RIVAL’ TEENS UNITE TO SAVE LIVES

The student leaders behind the Ridge Road Run 5K, as seen on Ridge Road, are (left to right): RBR senior Michael Eulner, Shrewsbury; sophomore Claudia Kelly, Little Silver; senior Thomas Lloyd, Shrewsbury; RFH senior Ellie Gibney, Fair Haven; RBC senior Lily Salcedo; RFH senior Teddy Sourlis, Rumson; and RBC senior Courtney Carroll, Middletown. 

[Press release from Red Bank Regional]

The sports rivalries among three Two River schools are legendary.  It is always a super sweet victory when the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Buccaneers can defeat Red Bank Catholic (RBC) Caseys or Rumson Fair Haven’s (RFH) Bulldawgs, and vice versa for all three teams, two of which are located on Ridge Road, and the other not too far away.

However, seven students from all three schools have recently collaborated to use that rivalry to generate a very positive event.

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RED BANK: PARKING STUDY GETS IN GEAR

Officials hope visitors will find parking more readily with the relocation of permit spaces from the White Street lot to the east side lots. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

After a reset triggered by last November’s election, Red Bank’s majority Democrats took their first concrete step toward a possible large-scale parking solution downtown this week.

Meantime, an adjustment in the allocation of permitted parking was completed recently, opening up more visitor spaces in the town’s largest lot, officials said.

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CBA TOPS RBC FOR DALATRI’S 34TH WIN

Christian Brothers Academy held off Red Bank Catholic, 5-3, to advance to the Shore Conference final in a great high school baseball game at Count Basie Field in Red Bank Wednesday night. 

CBA pitcher Luca Dalatri tied the all-time conference wins record with 34, but it didn’t come without a scare. Entering the game having given up just one run and two walks all season, the right-hander ceded two hits and three RBIs to Evan Madigan alone, and had to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to pick up the complete game victory. Shore Sports Zone has all the highlights.

CBA will now face Middletown South Sunday night at the home of the Lakewood Blue Claws. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RBC MOVES TO SEMIS ON EXTRA-INNINGS WIN

Red Bank Catholic’s Mike Veit hit a deep ball to centerfield with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Caseys a walk-off win over Notre Dame and in the Non-Public  “A” South quarterfinals at Count Basie Fields Tuesday.  John Poccia pitched nine shutout innings for the win.  Watch highlights and post-game reaction from a great post-season game at Shore Sports Zone. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RED BANK AREA SCHOOLS BIG BASIE WINNERS

OPENING-NUMBER-BASIE-AWARDS-2016A multi-school ensemble, led by Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama winner Laura Diorio, opened the Basie ceremony. (Photo by Andrew Musser – Count Basie Theatre)

HOT-TOPIC_03Students and faculty from five Red Bank area schools dominated the balloting in the 11th annual Basie Awards, presented  Wednesday night to honor excellence in Monmouth County high school theatrical productions.

Musicals and dramatic presentations from Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank Regional, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, Mater Dei Prep and Middletown High School South combined to take or tie for top honors in 17 of 27 categories.

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RBC GIRLS HEAD TO STATE LACROSSE SEMIS

The Red Bank Catholic girls’ lacrosse squad broke open a 9-7 halftime lead with dominant play in the second half to secure a 20-10 home win against Freehold Township in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference girls lacrosse tournament Wednesday. Cami Lynch scored six goals and dished out five assists, and Olivia Farrington added five goals in the win. Watch the highlights from Count Basie Field  courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.

The Caseys next take on Shore Regional under the lights at Ocean Township Friday night at 7 p,m.,  following the other semifinal matchup of Rumson-Fair Haven and Manasquan at 5 p.m.

HOCKEY: RBC TOPS OCEAN 4-2 AT ARMORY

Skating on home ice at the Red Bank Armory, Red Bank Catholic topped Ocean Township 4-2  Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights, including a slow-mo review of a shot that Ocean contended went through the net and should have counted as a goal. The Caseys advance to the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

HOCKEY: RBC GOES THROUGH THE ROOF IN WIN

An unusual pass through the roof trusses sparked a three-goal surge in the final 1:22 of play as Red Bank Catholic topped Rumson-Fair Haven on the ice at the Red Bank Armory Wednesday. After Will Catalono put R-FH in the lead with six minutes to go, Kyle Amato tied things up, and then the Caseys’ Evan Hoey sent a pass that went through the roof supports and fell down to Alec Mintz, who delivered the game winner. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

HOCKEY: RED BANK CATHOLIC TOPS BRICK

It was senior night at the Red Bank Armory as Evan Hoey and Alec Mintz had one goal and two assists to propel Red Bank Catholic to a 4-3 win against Brick Township  Wednesday night. Hoey scored on a backhand in the final minute of the second period to stake the Caseys to a 4-1 advantage. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

OUTDOOR CLASSIC HOCKEY: R-FH 7, RBC 5


Fans lined the boards and the upper terrace of the Navesink Country Club in Middletown Saturday night for the annual Winter Classic hockey game, pitting Red Bank Catholic against Rumson-Fair Haven. Connor Deverin and Robbie Garavante scored two goals apiece as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-2 lead after two periods and held on to win, 7-5. Evan Hoey became RBC’s all-time leading scorer in the loss, when his third goal of the night got him to 142 career points. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

HOCKEY: RBC 5, FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP 1

Evan Hoey’s hat trick paced Red Bank Catholic to a home win at the Red Bank Armory Ice Complex Wednesday night. The Caseys raced to a 3-0 lead before Max Halvorsen got the Patriots on the board late in the first.  Hoey closed out the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the third period. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

COLTS NECK TOPS RED BANK CATHOLIC

Lloyd Daniels scored  28 points for Colts Neck as the Cougars beat Red Bank Catholic, 53-46, in Red Bank Monday night. Colts Neck has won seven straight games to improve to 7-1 on the season. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

RBR TOPS RBC, 46-40

Sadiq Palmer scored 13 as Red Bank Regional beat Red Bank Catholic in Little Silver Wednesday night. The 2-1 Bucs next face Sayreville in the Albert E. Martin Buc Classic on Sunday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

GIRLS’ SOCCER: CASEYS ADVANCE ON 1-0 WIN

Jackie Robinson was a brick wall in goal and Sophie Demurjian scored in the 60th minute to give Red Bank Catholic’s girls’ soccer team a 1-0 win against Saint John Vianney Thursday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

The Caseys now advance in the Non-Public South “A” girls soccer state tournament.

RBC: HAHN HEADING TO UCONN

Standout Red Bank Catholic quarterback Eddie Hahn, who led the Caseys to their first a state championship in 38 years last season, has committed to play at the University of Connecticut after he graduates next year, according to Shore Sports Zone. Take it to SSZ for all the details. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

CBA ICES DON BOSCO FOR STATE CROWN

Baseball powerhouse Don Bosco Prep came into the Non-Public “A” state championship game at Toms River East on Sunday game with a 29-0 record and a national ranking. But Christian Brothers Academy, led by pitcher Luca Dalatri, were unfazed. Dalatri threw a complete game, striking out 12, and added a solo homer in the fifth as the Colts stopped the Ironmen cold, 7-0. Shore Sports Zone has all the action and post-game reaction from the Colts.

The win gave the Colts their fifth championship of the season, and the second in three days, after their shutout win over Red Bank Catholic for the Shore Conference Tournament title on Thursday. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

CBA TOPS RBC FOR SCT BASEBALL CROWN

In a game rescheduled twice for rainouts, Joe Gargana and Kenny Campbell combined on a four-hit shutout as Lincroft’s Christian Brothers Academy blanked rival Red Bank Catholic, 4-0, to win its second straight Shore Conference baseball title at Toms River North Thursday evening. Shore Sports Zone has all the action and post-game reaction from the Colts.

It was the second straight shutout in as many days for the CBA pitching staff after Mike Garvey and Luca Dalatri blanked Bishop Eustace in the state semifinals. Up next: Don Bosco Prep, with a state championship on the line. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)