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Doug Goldsmith and Shore Regional welcome Point Beach on Friday in a game that will decide the Class B Central title and then will play the Garnet Gulls again on Dec. 7 in the Central Jersey Group I final. (Photo by Sport Shots WLB)
Doug Goldsmith and Shore Regional welcome Point Beach on Friday in a game that will decide the Class B Central title and then will play the Garnet Gulls again on Dec. 7 in the Central Jersey Group I final. (Photo by Sport Shots WLB)
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Thanksgiving Football Picks, 11/27/13

It’s time for my annual rant against Thanksgiving games as the majority of the Shore Conference gets ready to wrap up the season.

In short, they have to go. They have become the primary roadblock to a legitimate playoff system that crowns Group champions rather than having 24 teams say they are state champions

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You know third-seeded Point Beach will be fired up against sixth-seeded Florence at home last night after having their dream season wrecked by the Flashes in last year's Central Jersey Group I semifinals. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)
You know third-seeded Point Beach will be fired up against sixth-seeded Florence at home last night after having their dream season wrecked by the Flashes in last year's Central Jersey Group I semifinals. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)
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First-Round Playoff and Consolation Game Picks/Analysis

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for – playoff time.

There are 24 Shore Conference teams believing in the dream of making it to that first weekend in December and a state sectional final

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Rumson-Fair Haven football team (Photo by Bill Normile)
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Week Nine Football Picks

I can’t seem to shake these four-loss weeks, as this is the part of the year where it becomes harder to decipher which teams that are out of the playoff running are still going hard and which ones have mailed in their seasons

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No. 1 Red Bank Catholic welcomes No. 8 Middletown South to Count Basie Field on Friday night for a nondivisional showdown. (Photo by Bill Normile)
No. 1 Red Bank Catholic welcomes No. 8 Middletown South to Count Basie Field on Friday night for a nondivisional showdown. (Photo by Bill Normile)
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Week Eight Football Picks

I am in a gradual decline to finish the season and had another subpar week last week, so we’ll see if I can pull out of a tailspin in the exercise of futility known as my picks.

We could see the first division titles (or at least ties for them) get clinched this week, and there are some crucial games as far as playoff seedings go

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Week Seven Football Picks

Two big match-ups featuring four teams ranked in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 highlight another big weekend of Shore Conference football coming up.

Class A South took my picks behind the woodshed last week, as all three first-place teams lost

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Lacey will host Southern in a big Class A South game on Saturday with head coach Lou Vircillo gunning for a prestigious milestone. (Photo by Bill Normile).
Lacey will host Southern in a big Class A South game on Saturday with head coach Lou Vircillo gunning for a prestigious milestone. (Photo by Bill Normile).
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Week Six Football Picks

Last week was one of my most mediocre prognostication weeks of the season, so it’s time to start rounding into playoff form as we head into the second half of the season.

As far as division title races go, the Central at Barnegat game is a big one in Class B South this week, while Lacey, Jackson Memorial and Brick look to remain unbeaten in Class A South in a free-for-all for that championship

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Week Five Football Picks

It’s going to be a soggy Week Five, so we’ll see if the rain and field conditions have any type of significant effect on the outcomes, although the forecast for Saturday is much better now.

Twelve teams have byes this week, so it’s a fairly light schedule highlighted by No

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Football: Week Four Picks

Kind of a mediocre showing for me last week as I lost some toss-up games in A South and B North.

This week could either be tremendous or a train wreck given the number of toss-up games and high-profile showdowns on the schedule

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After a big season-opening win over Brick Memorial, Brick invades The Swamp at Middletown South on Friday night in a bid for an impressive 2-0 start. (Photo by Bill Normile).
After a big season-opening win over Brick Memorial, Brick invades The Swamp at Middletown South on Friday night in a bid for an impressive 2-0 start. (Photo by Bill Normile).
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Week Two Football Picks

Before I get to this week’s picks, just a quick announcement.

On behalf of myself, fellow All Shore Media owner Steve Meyer and my writing staff led by senior writers Bob Badders and Matt Manley, we are very excited about partnering with Townsquare Media, the owners of The Shore Sports Network

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Cliff Lavelle/AllShoreMedia
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SSN Staff Shore Conference Football Week One Picks 9/12/13

Week three predictions straight from the Shore Sports Network staff!

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Mike Martone and Brick Memorial will try to win their first NJSIAA sectional title in program history when they travel to Hunterdon Central in the Central Jersey Group IV final on Friday.
Mike Martone and Brick Memorial will try to win their first NJSIAA sectional title in program history when they travel to Hunterdon Central in the Central Jersey Group IV final on Friday.
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Four Shore baseball teams gunning for NJSIAA titles

Four Shore Conference baseball teams are gunning for a sectional championship on Friday, including one looking to make school history with its first NJSIAA crown.

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Mike Gesicki (Townsquane Media NJ)
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Ocean County Duo In High Demand

A subject of considerable discussion among my group of old-timers is the demise of the three-sport athlete who is being killed by over-bearing and selfish coaches and parents whose vision is being clouded by dreams of scholarships and dollars.

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