Parks and Rec director Oscar Salinas said the boys’ fifth- and sixth-grade team and the seventh-and-eighth-grade coed team won their respective divisions in the Northern Monmouth Soccer Association League. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
Early on in his new job as Red Bank parks and recreation director, Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra suspected he’d have to make changes that would tick some people off.
Two encounters this spring convinced him he had no choice.
Press release from Red Bank Schools)
The Red Bank Middle School soccer teams are striving toward their school’s mission statement of B.I.A. (Best in America) by being B.I.L. (Best in League). For the first time ever, both soccer teams were able to win first place in the Jersey Shore Athletic League, in the same year, bringing great pride to their school and community. First year athletic director, Isaac Nathanson stated, “It’s simply amazing that both our teams were able to accomplish such a task. This shows tremendous growth in our athletic programs at the Red Bank Middle School.”
Derek Castro’s toddler brother just couldn’t wait to congratulate him and the rest of the Red Bank Middle School boys soccer team, dashing into Derek’s arms from the audience as they were honored by the council for their third consecutive Shore Athletic League championship Wednesday night . (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
Coming off what Superintendent Jared Rumage called “the most successful year ever in the history of Red Bank Middle School sports,” district officials have also harvested some gold about the relationship of athletics and academics, they said recently.
Players from the Red Bank Middle School girls’ basketball team, seen here with coach Amy Campbell and boys’ coach Issac Nathanson, won plaudits at the borough council meeting Wednesday night for nabbing their first Shore Athletic League championship in 24 years last month. More →
By JOHN T. WARD
A newly formed semi-pro soccer team plans to play the home matches of its inaugural season this year at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank, the club announced Tuesday.
Sporting neckties that many of them learned to tie just an hour earlier, the members of the Red Bank Middle School boys’ soccer team appeared at the borough council meeting Wednesday night, when they were lauded for a second consecutive undefeated season.
By JOHN T. WARD
But it’s far from a done deal, hinging on financial help from Monmouth County and the property still being available when the town’s ready to make an offer.
Attention future World Cup athletes: there’s one week left to sign up for Red Bank Rec’s fall soccer program, which is open to kids of all experience levels aged 3 to 8th grade. Registrations may be made online or in person at the parks and rec office at 90 Monmouth Street. For additional info, call 732-530-2782. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
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.
With Samantha Beaudrault providing stellar defense of the net, the Lady Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional held on to win 1-0 at home over Jackson Memorial in the Shore Conference girls soccer quarterfinals Monday night. The ever-ready videocameras of Shore Sports Zone were there. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)
Saturday was shirt pickup day at Count Basie Fields for Red Bank Rec soccer, and players were treated to a clinic put on by players from the national champion Brookdale Community College women’s soccer team. Rec director Tamila Bumback tells redbankgreen that enrollment in the teams for children in grades three through eight has doubled from last fall, to 80 players, and a few spots remain open. The Red Bank teams play in the Northern Monmouth Soccer Association. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
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.
The girls’ soccer teams of Red Bank Catholic and Ocean Township faced off Thursday in a game with meaning beyond the score. This was the third annual Mya’s Cup, in memory of the 10-year-old cousin of an Ocean player who died of childhood cancer last year. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone hast the story in video.
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.
Red Bank-area soccer fans half-filled the Count Basie Theatre Tuesday afternoon for a free live screening of the World Cup match between the United States and Belgium, won in extra time by the Belgians, 2-1. Many fans showed their colors, including Kelsey Milne, right, and three soldiers from the Army recruiting office at Fort Monmouth, below.
Though they could have watched the game at home, Carlos Saucedo and his wife, Aide, drove to Red Bank from Howell for the game. “I said, ‘we just have to be where people are gathering,” Carlos told redbankgreen. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank-area soccer fans will be able to watch Tuesday’s World Cup knockout round match between the United States and Belgium on a much larger screen than the one at Red Bank Subs, above. The Count Basie Theatre is hosting a free, live simulcast of the game on its 700-square-foot silver screen, with popcorn and other food available for purchase and a cash bar for patrons 21 and older. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the 4 p.m. game. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The Boys Soccer squad at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School celebrates their recent Divisional Championship win — a finale to a season that also saw the team netting Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. (click to enlarge)
Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
Eamon Kitson, senior Co-Captain and forward for the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Boys Soccer Team, was recently named “Player of the Year” by the Asbury Park Press, and by the Jersey Shore Sporting Network.
Jersey Shore Sporting Network also named first-year Head Coach Will Gould “All-Division Coach of the Year.”
And that was just the icing on the cake for this year’s team, which ended the school’s best season ever with a record of 19-3-1 and won the 2013 “Central A” Divisional Championship.
By LOLA TODMAN
Red Bank Charter School Intern
Bright lights and an anxious crowd. Players overwhelmed with pressure, almost wishing it was over before it starts, but thinking about the rush of victory and the accolades that follow.
This is what it feels like for players competing in the Count Basie Cup, the annual pair of soccer games that pit teams from the Red Bank Charter and Red Bank Middle schools, and take place under the lights tonight at Count Basie Fields.
Gouged out of a slope, new bleachers took shape at Rumson Country Day School on Ridge Road Thursday. The seating will overlook newly separate natural-turf football and soccer fields that are expected to be ready when school reopens in September, according to an official for the contractor, Precise Construction of Freehold. (Photos by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)
The girls of Red Bank Charter School and Red Bank Middle School fought to a scoreless tie, even after an overtime, in their second annual soccer matchup, held at Count Basie Fields Saturday. Later, the charter school’s boys topped their middle school counterparts, 3-1 under the lights. Students from the schools worked the play-by-play from the announcer’s booth.(Click to enlarge)