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.

RBR PLAYER HAULS IN SSZ GAME BALL

Red Bank Regional defensive back Teddy Mitchell won this week’s Shore Sports Zone game ball for this pick and touchdown against Colts Neck last weekend as the Bucs rolled to a 38-6 win. Mitchell had an interception in each of the two big wins RBR has posted to open the 2014 season. Check out Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website, for blanket coverage of Monmouth and Ocean county sports.

RBR JUMPS TO 2-0 WITH WIN OVER COLTS NECK

After just two games this season, Red Bank Regional’s varsity football team has doubled last year’s win total. The second win came on the road Saturday afternoon again Colts Neck, as the Bucs rolled to a 38-6 final score on some big defensive play. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website, has those Saturday highlights and more.

RBR GRABS FIRST NIGHT WIN; RBC ROLLS

After four years of waiting for a home victory under the lights, fans of Red Bank Regional’s varsity football team had their patience rewarded Friday night as the Bucs beat Wall, 21-14, in a game that went down to the final play. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website, has the highlights, including some stellar play by RBR’s Alim Godsey.

Shore Sports Zone’s amazing six-matchup recap also includes highlights of Red Bank Catholic versus Long Branch at Count Basie Field, where the Caseys rolled to their second win of the season.

Take it to Shore Sports Zone for the big picture as Chrampanis and Company bring you live scores from Saturday’s games.

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.

LITTLE SILVER: SPOTLIGHTING H.S. HOOPSTERS

A “different dynamic” than that of the regular season pervades the Maroon & White girls’ basketball team camp now underway at Red Bank Regional High, one of the participating coaches tells Rich Chrampanis of the new video-based website Shore Sports Zone.

With top players from across the state and recruiters from some 30 colleges present in Little Silver, scholarship hopefuls are getting good exposure, and a leg-up from teammates who’ve already committed to particular schools, says RBR girls’ coach James Young, who organized the showcase.

The camp wraps up Thursday. Here’s the lineup:

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RBR ROCKED BY ANOTHER STUDENT DEATH

just_in1A Red Bank Regional student died Monday night, one day after concluding her run as a cast member in the school’s production of “42nd Street.”

The death of sophomore Grace Giffen, 16, marks the third time in two years that the school community has been affected by a student death.

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RBR SENIORS HONOR TWO WHO DIED YOUNG

RBR students at the memorial event, above, and others with the redwood tree planted in memory of RBR’s Albert Martin, below. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Red Bank Regional’s graduating class gathered in front of the Little Silver school Wednesday to hear classmates and teachers speak in memory of Riyadh’na Farrow and Albert Martin, seniors who both died suddenly last year.

The Class of 2013 planted two trees in honor of their deceased cohorts: a magnolia for Riyadh’na, and a redwood for Albert.

“They’ll always be here. Whether they knew them or not, students, parents, and teachers will know what they stood for: peace, love, understanding, wisdom, and growth,” said senior Zakiyah Godsey, addressing the class.

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RBR: HOW NOT TO DROP OFF YOUR KID

Red Bank Regional graphics students Damian DeSena and Jessica Olivera produced this video – for parents who “have never gotten that memo” – on morning drop-off no-nos at the Little Silver school. According to the school handbook, students should be dropped off at either the main entrance or the student parking lot near the media center entrances. (Click to enlarge)

SCHOOL RECALLS BIGHEARTED ALBERT MARTIN

Isaac Coates and Garret Sickels reflect on their classmate and teammate Albert Martin, who died suddenly Monday. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Moving through the crowded hallways at Red Bank Regional, on the football field or in the paint on the school’s basketball court, Albert Martin cut an imposing figure.

In reality, though, he was six-foot-four and 220 pounds of “teddy bear,” a young man “just coming into his own” as a student and athlete, one with a future full of promise, his fellow students, coaches and others recalled Tuesday.

Less than 24 hours after collapsing during a basketball scrimmage, tearful members of the school community struggled to come to terms with the Red Bank 17-year-old’s sudden and thus-far-unexplained death.

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REMEMBERING RIYADHNA

A crowd of hundreds applauded a performance of “The Greatest Love of All” at a candlelight vigil in memory of Riyadhna Farrow. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

Dozens of loving messages honoring Riyadhna Farrow, known to some as “RiRi,” were written on the door of her Red Bank home Friday night as hundreds gathered there for a vigil in her memory.

The 18-year-old Red Bank Regional High School senior died suddenly last Monday.

The Count the Children Movement organized the event for friends, packed tight in a parking lot at the Montgomery Terrace apartment complex, to share their fondest memories of Farrow and for borough, school and church administrators to remind those closest to her of Red Bank’s support.

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BABY BUCS LEARN TO BLOCK


9:34 a.m. Red Bank Pop Warner football commissioner Steve  Turner gives future Buccaneers a lesson in proper stance and blocking techniques.

At the “Be a Buc” football camp, run at Red Bank Regional, current members of the RBR football team assist school and league coaches in training the younger players. (Video and photo by Stacie Fanelli)

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ACCIDENT DEMO DRIVES HOME SAFETY LESSON

RBR students look on as emergency personnel perform an extrication of a ‘victim’ trapped in a vehicle. Below, Joy Jones displays a portrait of her son Steven as she speaks to students about his death at the hands of his drunk best friend. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

Little Silver police  were the first on the scene Friday morning at Red Bank Regional, where three cars lay smashed on the pavement. Sirens blaring, at least a dozen more emergency vehicles lined up in front of the school minutes later.

No one was hurt. In fact, the entire senior class stood around the “crash” site, struggling to hold back laughter when a drunken driver stumbled dramatically out of the first vehicle.

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WALKING OVERNIGHT AGAINST CANCER

Hundreds of walkers took to the track at Red Bank Regional from Friday afternoon until Saturday morning in support of finding a cure for cancer. Social studies teacher April Chichelo led a luminaria ceremony, famously the most solemn and often emotional part of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life. (Photos and video by Stacie Fanelli)

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R-FH TOPS RBR IN RIDGE ROAD RIVALRY

Delores Martin, mother of point guard Asim Jules, cheers on Red Bank Regional in its NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II showdown against Rumson-Fair Haven Tuesday night.

Bulldog senior JJ Conklin scored a career-high 22 points as R-FH won at home, 47-39, and advanced to the second round of state playoffs at Ewing Thursday night. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

RBR CHOIR KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS, LIVE

The Red Bank Regional HS Choir made a guest appearance onstage with Foreigner at the sold-out Count Basie Theatre Wednesday night, joining lead singer Kelly Hansen and the band for their classic “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Check it out.

WHAT WE’RE HEARING 1

Water main break on Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, near MerriMakers…

Large tree down at Sycamore and Silverbrook in Shrewsbury…

Sea Bright police having “serious radio problems.”

Tree down, Pearl and Central, Red Bank…

RBR DANCE STUDENT INJURED IN BEATING

anthonytiedeman3By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A recent Red Bank Regional graduate who was accepted to Julliard‘s prestigious dance program was badly injured in an assault Sunday night, Red Bank police said.

Police are still pursuing the assailants who beat up Anthony Tiedeman, right, and sent him to the hospital with a broken jaw and eye, mouth and nose injuries, said Captain Darren McConnell.

The assault occurred after a party on Spring Street Sunday. RBR students graduated Friday, and McConnell said the party had “something to do with kids,” but wasn’t sure if it was a graduation party.

“I don’t know if it was all RBR kids, but primarily RBR kids,” involved in the beating, he said.

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‘CRASH’ SENDS MESSAGE IN GORY DETAIL

rbr-mock2Local volunteers ready a mock patient to be removed from a staged car crash and transported via a helicopter. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

With red lights flashing, power tools humming, glass shattered into crystal rocks on the pavement and twisted metal — what just minutes prior had been car roofs and doors —  tossed to the side, the jaws slowly lowered and the cell phones were pointed in ‘capture’ mode.

After firefighters muscled the jaws of life to tear aluminum and carbon fiber from two cars that had become cages to its passengers, EMS volunteers broke out the neck braces and popped the stretchers into position, ready to take away the victims of a head-on collision Friday morning.

Then the hearse arrived, and somebody was being zipped into a white body bag.

This high school tradition, a morbid mise en scene intended to spring the neck hair of prom-going seniors, couldn’t get more real short of somebody’s heart actually stopping.

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WALKING THE SOGGY WALK FOR A CAUSE

Students at Red Bank Regional held their annual Relay for Life fundraiser for cancer research Friday night into Saturday morning. redbankgreen photog Peter Linder was there to document the smiles and miles on that soggy overnight.

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DONE GOOD: WALK, RUN, PUTT, CUT ‘N STRUT

relayforlife2009It’s Friday night lights as Relay for Life returns to RBR this weekend. (File photo. Click to enlarge)

donegoodlogoCancer, as they say, never sleeps — and if you’re among the many thousands of people who’ve spent sleepless nights out of concern for a loved one who’s battling cancer, the American Cancer Society has a constructive, even celebratory, way to “walk the walk” — even in those darkest-before-the-dawn hours.

On Friday evening, May 20, the first of two local events in the ACS Relay for Life campaign commences on the outdoor track at Red Bank Regional High School, when close to 600 fundraising volunteers will gather into teams to run, walk and “celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.” The up-all-night benefit takes place under the lights between the hours of 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday — and there’s still time to register, sponsor or participate in the event, by taking it right here.

Check here as well for info about the June 17 Relay for Life event at Mater Dei High School in Middletown — and turn the pixelated page for more Done Good doings in the days and nights to come.

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FOR RBR PHOTOGS, MAJOR EXPOSURE

margotfosterAmong the photos featured in the Red Bank Regional VPA Senior Art Show are THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Margot Foster of Middletown and DOUBLE TAKE by Amanda Sullivan of Little Silver, below. (Click to enlarge)

According to Red Bank Regional High School faculty member Dawn Lisko, the senior photography majors in her Visual and Performing Art Academy program “have worked rigorously over the past four years.”

amanda-sullivanHow rigorously? In an age when even the most accomplished professional photographers have abandoned film, scrapped their developer equipment and turned their darkrooms back into half-baths and wine cellars, the VPA students learned how to develop and print film negatives the old fashioned way — this in addition to training in the most hypercurrent digital shooting and Photoshopping techniques.

On the evening of Thursday, May 12, the rigors of the shutterbug lifestyle will pay dividends for nine of the RBR photography majors, when the VPA Senior Art Show spotlights the best of the students’ work in an exhibit that opens at Borough Hall in Little Silver.

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