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Top Girls Basketball Teams in NJ Coming to Red Bank Team Camp

A group of some of New Jersey's top girls basketball teams, including the two NJSIAA Tournament of Champions finalists from last season, will be part of next week's Maroon and White Team Camp that is open to the public at Red Bank Regional

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Matt Kukoda Named New Wall Boys Basketball Coach

Matt Kukoda, who was the head coach at New Egypt the past two seasons, was approved by the Board of Education as Wall's new boys basketball coach on Tuesday night.

Before going a combined 22-29 at New Egypt, Kukoda was an assistant under Dennis Devaney during a successful five-season stretch at St

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Frank Carmody Named New Shore Regional Basketball Coach

Frank Carmody, a former assistant at Northwestern University, Caldwell College and in the high school ranks at St. Rose, was approved by the Board of Education as Shore Regional's new boys basketball coach on Thursday night

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A fund-raiser is being held on Saturday in Matawan for junior Joseph Ahmed, who is battling cancer. (Photo courtesy of Steps for Joe).
A fund-raiser is being held on Saturday in Matawan for junior Joseph Ahmed, who is battling cancer. (Photo courtesy of Steps for Joe).
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Fund-raiser on Saturday for Matawan Student Battling Cancer

Led by a group of students, the Matawan community has rallied to support a student battling cancer and has organized a charity walk on Saturday to raise more money for the cause.

Junior Joseph Ahmed is currently battling Stage IV Ewing's sarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer, and needs $70,000 to pay for an experimental treatment in Germany that is not covered by insurance, according to one of the event organizers, recently graduated Matawan senior Tim Makalinao

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(L-R) Composite photo of Joe Fagen and Ken O'Donnell
(L-R) Composite photo of Joe Fagen and Ken O'Donnell (FAGEN: Cliff Lavelle. O'DONNELL: Bill Normile)
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A Coaching Surprise in Neptune

Bouncing around a bit on a Wednesday morning.  Bouncing is the right word because I’ll start with a rather stunning basketball development at the shore as longtime Neptune boys Coach Ken O’Donnell is out and Joe Fagan is in as coach of the Scarlet Fliers. 

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Jackson Memorial head coach Joe Fagan was approved by a 7-0 vote with two abstentions as Neptune's new boys basketball coach to replace Ken O'Donnell, but it's not immediately clear whether he will accept the position. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle).
Jackson Memorial head coach Joe Fagan was approved by a 7-0 vote with two abstentions as Neptune's new boys basketball coach to replace Ken O'Donnell, but it's not immediately clear whether he will accept the position. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle).
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Fagan Approved as Neptune Basketball Coach After O’Donnell is Not Rehired

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In a surprising turn of events, long-time Neptune boys basketball coach Ken O'Donnell was not rehired by the Board of Education at Tuesday night's meeting and current Jackson Memorial head coach Joe Fagan was approved as his replacement.

Fagan, who has a 114-50 record in six seasons at Jackson,

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After one of the most successful coaching careers in Shore Conference boys basketball history, Ken O'Donnell was not re-hired as Neptune's coach for the 2014-15 season by the Board of Education. (Photo by Bill Normile)
After one of the most successful coaching careers in Shore Conference boys basketball history, Ken O'Donnell was not re-hired as Neptune's coach for the 2014-15 season by the Board of Education. (Photo by Bill Normile)
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The ShoreLine: Dear Neptune Board of Education

Shore Sports Network basketball blogger Tim “Nep84″ McCollum gives his take on the coaching situation involving his alma mater, Neptune. The Neptune Board of Education is expected to either re-approve Ken O'Donnell or name a new head coach at

A composite of Mike Gesicki playing football, volleyball and basketball
A composite of Mike Gesicki playing football, volleyball and basketball (All photos Southern Regional Athletics)
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Mike Gesicki, All-Star Athlete for a Generation

 

Sports fans love to argue about the all-time best when it comes to athletes and teams but it’s usually a debate that can’t be won when you are trying to make comparisons between those of different generations. 

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After one of the most successful coaching careers in Shore Conference boys basketball history, Ken O'Donnell was not re-hired as Neptune's coach for the 2014-15 season by the Board of Education. (Photo by Bill Normile)
After one of the most successful coaching careers in Shore Conference boys basketball history, Ken O'Donnell was not re-hired as Neptune's coach for the 2014-15 season by the Board of Education. (Photo by Bill Normile)
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Supporters Rallying For Neptune Coach Ken O’Donnell

A group of alumni and former players have rallied to push for the return of veteran Neptune boys basketball coach Ken O'Donnell, who has not yet been re-approved by the Neptune Board of Education to come back for his 24th season in 2014-15

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Mike Puorro (right) has left Wall after six seasons to take the head job at Barnegat. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)
Mike Puorro (right) has left Wall after six seasons to take the head job at Barnegat. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)
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Boys Basketball: Puorro Hired as New Barnegat Coach

Mike Puorro, who has been the head boys basketball coach at Wall the past six seasons, was approved as Barnegat's new head coach by the Board of Education on Tuesday night.

"I started my teaching career at Barnegat and always had good relationships with the faculty and administration as well, so not only did it appeal to me athletically, but on a personal level, it suited my family,'' Puorro said

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Ocean County 2014 Sportsmanship award recipients
Ocean County 2014 Sportsmanship award recipients (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Good Sports of the Shore Conference


Sunday athletic administrators from the Shore Conference saluted senior student-athletes from 47 schools who were selected as their 2014 Sportsmanship award recipients during separate breakfast events in Ocean & Monmouth County.

 

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Little League ball player (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Little League ball player (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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High Expectations, Harsh Reality for Student Athletes

I am constantly amazed at the number of young athletes (actually , the parents of young athletes) who expect their child to land a college scholarship and when they don’t look to point the finger, usually at a coach. 

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