Academic All-Shore and Coach of the Year Recipients Honored by Shore Football Coaches Foundation
EATONTOWN - A group of 86 Shore Conference seniors who are standouts in the classroom as well as the field were honored by the Shore Football Coaches Foundation on Sunday as Academic All-Shore recipients at the annual banquet at Gibbs Hall.
The Academic All-Shore team, which consisted of two seniors from each of the Shore's 43 teams, was selected by their respective head coaches for having a grade-point average of 3.0 or better, making an impact on the field, and for their service in their local community.
Montclair State offensive coordinator Rich O’Connor, who has coached numerous Shore stars during his 32 seasons as an assistant with the Red Hawks, served as the guest speaker, letting the seniors know what to expect once they reach the college level. Serving as the emcee of the event, which was sponsored by Barnabas Health, was Shore Sports Network's own Kevin Williams.
The Coaches of the Year for each of the Shore Conference’s six divisions were also honored: Middletown North’s Steve Bush (Class A North); St. John Vianney’s Mark Ciccotelli (Class A Central); Jackson Memorial’s Walt Krystopik (Class A South); Red Bank Catholic’s Jim Portela (Class B North); Shore Regional’s Mark Costantino (Class B Central); and Central’s Willie Jacobs (Class B South).
It was also announced that Costantino and former Jackson Memorial and Wall coach Chris Barnes will both be inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame at halftime of the game.
The coaches unveiled the rosters for Monmouth and Ocean County in this summer’s U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic. The game is on July 16 at 7 p.m. at Long Branch High School. Mark Costantino, who led Shore to an 11-1 season, the Class B Central title, and the Central Jersey Group I title, will coach the Monmouth County squad. Walt Krystopik, who led Jackson Memorial to an 11-1 season of its own, the Central Jersey Group IV title, and the final No. 1 ranking in the Shore, will coach Ocean County.
Deserving special mention is a group of 21 players who not only received the academic honor, but also have been selected to play in the game: Barnegat's Kyle Morris, Brick's James Juliano, Central's Anthony Arneth, Jackson Memorial's Tyler Rauch and Brody Graham, Keyport's Chase Bright, Lacey's Conor Davies, Manalapan's Imamu Mayfield, Manchester's Robert Planter, Matawan's Devon Spann, Marlboro's Mo Omar, Mater Dei Prep's Christian Palmer, Ocean's Frank Henry, Toms River South's Quentin DeCarlo, Point Beach's Jake Fioretti, Point Boro's Jack Fitzsimmons, Raritan's Colby Jones, Shore's James Bedell, Southern's Pat Ferraro and Clay Robinson, and Toms River North's Joe Fantozzi.
There also were some other academic recipients, lilke Yale-bound All-Shore first-teamer Kyle Mullen of Manalapan and Mo,nmouth Regional first-team All-Shore wide receiver Isaiah Searight, a Fordham recruit, who would have played in the game but will be at their respective colleges by early July and are unable to participate.
The following players were honored as Academic All-Shore recipients:
Asbury Park: Sal Swain, Karon Rigby
Barnegat: Kyle Morris, Adam Ricci
Brick Memorial: Karl-Mark Kumm, Nick DeGroat
Brick: Simon Bingelis, James Juliano
Central: Alex Fernandez, Anthony Arneth
Colts Neck: Christian Sanchez, Connor Ray
Donovan Catholic: Dale Barlet, Austin Koziol
Freehold Boro: Mitch Johnson, Will Fraumeni
Freehold Twp.: Matt Pine, Mike Reszkowski
Holmdel: Adam Ibrahim, Joseph Ibrahim
Howell: Anthony Sarullo, Jeremy Subjinski
Jackson Liberty: Matt Pinto, Kyle Scripko
Jackson Memorial: Tyler Rauch, Brody Graham
Keansburg: John Corrigan, Isaac Bakala
Keyport: Dan Williams, Chase Bright
Lacey: James Peaney, Conor Davies
Lakewood: Keshaun Conover, Anthony Terry
Long Branch: Jordan Rodriguez, Steve Kologi
Manalapan: Kyle Mullen, Imamu Mayfield
Manasquan: Matt Paturzo, Luke O’Shaughnessy
Manchester: Robert Planter Jr., Kwaku Owusu
Marlboro: Mo Omar, Andrew Fishbaum
Matawan: Devon Spann, Nick Malta
Mater Dei Prep: Liam Olausen, Christian Palmer
Middletown North: Vincent Pianoforte, Parker Anderson
Middletown South: Nolan Pereless, Dom Tobacco
Monmouth Reg.: Isaiah Searight, Liam Kennedy
Neptune: Keysan Johnson, Mi’Jaut Berry
Ocean Twp.: Frank Henry, Pat Ellison
Pinelands: Justin Sisombath, Jake Steurze
Pt. Beach: Jake Fioretti, Zach Schaller
Pt. Boro: Jack Fitzsimmons, John Youmans
Raritan: Colby Jones, Kevin Koehler
Red Bank Catholic: Nick Cella, John Portela
Red Bank: Matt Karr, Zachary Carrano
Rumson Fair-Haven: Tim Morales, Jackson Reid
St. John Vianney: P.J. Braccia, Nick Mastria
Shore: Chris Johnsen, James Bedell
Southern: Pat Ferraro, Clay Robinson
Toms River East: Joseph Davidyock, Bryan Bullock
Toms River North: Joe Fantozzi, Tyler MacLaine
Toms River South: Quentin DeCarlo, Francis Hearne
Wall: Liam Ferguson, Jake Van Brunt