Manalapan senior linebacker Chris Noesges, the Shore Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year this past fall, has committed to Assumption College, according to Braves coach Ed Gurrieri.

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The 2013 Shore Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year, Noesges was the leader of a defense that allowed nine points per game in an 11-1 season as he finished with 130 tackles (4th in the Shore) along with 14 tackles for a loss, an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Selected as the Class A North Defensive Player of the Year, Noesges finished his career as Manalapan’s all-time leading tackler. He had 11 tackles and two tackles for a loss in a win over Class A South champion Jackson Memorial, finished with 16 tackles and two tackles for a loss in a playoff win over Brick Memorial, followed that with 14 tackles and two tackles for a loss in the Central Jersey Group V semifinals against Sayreville and then had a season-high 18 tackles and an interception in a loss to Hunterdon Central in the state final.