Shore Sports Network basketball blogger Tim “Nep84″ McCollum gets ready for the 2014-15 season, which includes a new coach, Joe Fagan, at his alma mater, Neptune, after Fagan came over from Jackson Memorial.
The high school basketball season tips off statewide and Shore-wide Friday, with 44 of the 47 Shore Conference teams taking the court for opening-night action. Shore Sports Network has a preview of each division and an overall preseason top 10 to open the year, complete with players to watch and stories to follow as the season gets under way
Just when the coaches and returning players of Class B Central thought they might catch a break with the graduation of Point Beach’s standout trio, the Garnet Gulls have reloaded for another run at a Shore Conference Tournament title
Last year was supposed to be a chance for the rest of A Central to pick off Manasquan after the Warriors lost two 1,000-point scorers from a team that dominated the division a year earlier. As it turned out, only one team handed Manasquan a division loss all season long and that team (Red Bank Catholic) is no longer in the division
When it comes to classic Shore Conference basketball and long-standing rivalries, no division can match Class B North in a good year. With programs like Neptune, Red Bank and Long Branch as the traditional powers, the division has provided countless classic games and season-long rivalries between accomplished teams
A year after Christian Brothers Academy steamrolled through the Shore Conference Class A North division, there is little doubt who the A North favorite is heading into the season. The Colts went 13-0 (the second Freehold Township meeting was postponed and never made up with the division title already decided) and won every division game by a margin of at least 11 points
Last season in Class B South basketball began with Manchester stealing the show at the holiday tournaments and ended with Central Regional making a surprise run to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III semifinals as a No
Perception is often slow to catch up to reality and the perception among many of those outside of the division is that Class A South is not particularly strong relative to the rest of the Shore Conference
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