Shining Moments for Derek Jeter and Asante Moorer
Bouncing around a bit after the first weekend of fall which actually was very summer-like.
The post-Derek Jeter era officially has begun for Yankee fans as their beloved captain ended his 20-year career Sunday with an infield RBI single in his second and what turned out to be final at-bat in a season-ending win at Fenway Park.
Jeter was saluted by the Red Sox in a well-done pre-game ceremony and received a standing ovation when he left the field in the 3rd inning following the 3,465th hit of his major league career. The Jeter finale turned what was an otherwise insignificant game into a major event as for the first time in 20 years the Yankees and Red Sox both miss the post-season in the same season.
It was a very good sports weekend for Toms River High School North. On Friday night the Mariners outscored Toms River South 44-34 in the 43rd football meeting between the two rivals which was certainly one of the most exciting. The teams went back-and-forth for much of the night but in the end the difference was junior running back Asante Moorer who rushed for 200 yards and scored four touchdowns.
The atmosphere at Detweiler Stadium was simply electric and the teams did not disappoint with Moorer and Indians quarterback Tymere Berry providing enough highlights to last a season.
Not to be overlooked was the performance of the Mariners girls tennis team which won their fourth consecutive Ocean County Tournament over the weekend and 7th in the last nine years. The Mariners depth proved to be the difference as they topped Toms River East for the team title. The Raiders Jamie Breunig won her third consecutive OCT singles title and will have a chance to make it four straight next fall as she’s only a junior. By the way the North boy’s soccer team is off to a 7-1 start and ranked 2nd in this week’s Shore Sports Network Top Ten.
Tough break for Monmouth University’s senior standout running back K.B. Asante, as he suffered a fractured right leg in Saturday’s thrilling last-second win at Lehigh which required surgery. The injury not only ends the season for the Hawks co-captain but his Monmouth career.
Before the season began not too many people through Rutgers would get its first Big Ten win over Michigan but the Scarlet Knights are 3 ½ point favorites over the floundering Wolverines who come to High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday.