Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame Induction at June 29th BlueClaws Game
The Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame will induct its next class at the June 29th BlueClaws game at FirstEnergy Park, the first induction since 2008.
Among the inductees are the 1998 Toms River East Little League World Series Championship Team, Colts running back Donald Brown, former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar, University of Denver basketball coach and former Princeton star Joe Scott, Giants and Lacey running back Keith Elias and longtime Lacey football coach Lou Vircillo.
The BlueClaws and Townsquare Media have partnered to bring the ceremony to FirstEnergy Park. The Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1991 and over 250 local coaches and athletes enshrined.
"We're very excited to bring the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame to FirstEnergy Park," said BlueClaws General Manager Brandon Marano. "This is an outstanding class that will provide quite a thrill for our fans."
Added Townsquare Media's Kevin Williams, Director of the Shore Sports Network: "It's very special for us to be able to bring back this tremendous event and continue to honor the exceptional athletic tradition of Ocean and Monmouth Counties."
There are two ticket options for fans to enjoy the ceremony, which will begin at 6:10 pm, with the BlueClaws game to follow at 7:05.
- A picnic ticket option includes an all-you-can-eat buffet in a BlueClaws Picnic area during the game with the honorees. This ticket is $24.95 per person and available by calling Kristin Klein at 732-901-7000 ext 117.
- An individual ticket option gets fans into the stadium, but does not include food. This option is available for $10 (adults)/$7 (juniors/seniors) by calling 732-901-7000 option 2.
Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame - Class of 2013
The 1998 Toms River East American Little League club that won the Little League World Series will be inducted as a team. They defeated Randolph Little League to win the New Jersey State Tournament before knocking off Georgetown, Delaware to win the East Region Chamiponship. In Williamsport, they went 3-0 in pool play and defeated Greenville, NC to reach the final, where they beat Japan 12-9.
Donald Brown made his name in football playing for Red Bank Catholic High School. During his senior year, Brown rushed for 2,032 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was named first-team all-division, All-Monmouth County and All-Jersey Shore, in addition to earning second-team all-state honors as a senior. Brown also lettered six times on the school's indoor and outdoor track teams. After Red Bank, Brown attended the University of Connecticut and was ultimately drafted in the first round, 27th overall, by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Michele Carson-Neveling started her softball career at Central Regional before spending her final two high school years at Toms River East. She earned numerous All-County, All-Shore, and All-State honors and was named MVP of the Raiders as a senior in 1990. A feared slugger, Carson-Neveling would go on to play and excel at Trenton State College where she was a 3-time All American and twice was named Division III Player of the Year. A hard-hitting third baseman, Carlson-Neveling was not done playing after graduating from what is now The College of New Jersey and spent a few seasons playing in the Women's Professional Fast pitch Softball League.
Frankie Edgar wrestled for Toms River High School East, during his high school years. While competing there, he made it to the New Jersey state championship tournament three times. His second place finish as a junior served as the highlight of his high school career. Upon graduation, Edgar wrestled at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he managed to qualify for the nationals every one of his four years. Since his time in college, Edgar has made a name for himself in Mixed Martial Arts and in Ultimate Fighting Championship, and he is a former UFC Lightweight Champion.
Keith Elias began his football career as a standout running back for Lacey High School. He earned DAC All-American honors while at Lacey, prior to attending Princeton University. While at Princeton, he established 21 school records from 1991 through 1993. He led the Tigers to a co-championship and shared the Ivy League Player of the Year awards with Jay Fiedler of Dartmouth. Following his college career, Elias was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants, and played in the NFL from 1994-1996.
Warren Reid is the only wrestling coach Toms River East has ever had in its 33-year history. Reid is the Shore's all-time winningest wrestling coach with 369 career victories. His career record is 369-240-7. Under Reid, Toms River East has won three Shore Conference Tournament championships and several Shore Conference divisional titles. Toms River East has had five wrestlers win a total of six state championships and a total of 37 state place-winners under the venerable Reid. The Raiders have also had 32 region champions under Reid. Among the wrestlers Reid coaches is Frank Edgar, who was a state-runner-up in 1999 and then went on to greater fame as a MMA World Champion.
One of the most enthusiastic and successful coaches in the history of Brookdale athletics, head coach Bo Scannapieco's accomplishments are more far reaching than the softball diamond: as a Brookdale alumnus, Bo's record-breaking career began in 1973 when he played for the Jersey Blues baseball team. Under Bo's tutelage, his Jersey Blues softball squads have brought home three National Championships and have championed 16 Region XIX titles. The softball team has won over 900 games during his (still active) tenure. Those 900-plus victories are the highest win total in the history of NJCAA Division III softball. In fact, for his immense success, he was inducted to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2007- quite a feat for one still hard at work in the field.
A Pelican-Island native, Joe Scott was a three-sport (football, basketball, baseball) standout at Toms River High School East. In basketball, he scored a school record of 1,550 points and was named first-team All Shore and third-team All State. In football, he played quarterback and safety and was also named first team All Shore. He played shortstop in baseball and was named All County. He was also team captain in all three sports his senior year. Scott went on to attend Princeton and was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for Princeton at point guard and won the B.F. Bunn Trophy as the Team's Most Valuable Player. He was team captain as a senior and earned All-Ivy honors in 1987. Scott is currently the head basketball coach at the University of Denver.
Lou Vircillo is one of the most well-known football coaches the Jersey Shore has ever had. The 2012 season marked his 37th career year on the sidelines, and 32nd at Lacey High School. He remains the lone head coach in the school's history. Over his career, Vircillo has collected 258 wins, holds a 258-133-3 record, and has coached local greats, such as Keith Elias, Garrett Gardi, and Craig Cicardo. In the summer of 2012 he was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame.