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Stumpy's Corner

The Shore Sports Network is happy to announce the return of Scott Stump as a special contributor to both the website and journal. Welcome to 'Stumpy's Corner' - a unique perspective on sports at the Jersey Shore - presented by Atlantic Physical Therapy Center.
Point Beach junior Danny Frauenheim has learned from one of the best in former Garnet Gulls star and current Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Point Beach junior Danny Frauenheim has learned from one of the best in former Garnet Gulls star and current Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Danny Frauenheim Follows Matt Farrell as Point Beach’s Latest Standout Point Guard

Five years ago, Point Beach boys basketball coach Nick Catania was trying to tell any college coach from a power conference who would listen that he had a point guard who would make their program very happy if they would just give him a chance...

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Sophomore guard Bryan Antoine had a team-high 19 points as Ranney nearly shocked undefeated state power St. Anthony at the Boardwalk Showcase. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Sophomore guard Bryan Antoine had a team-high 19 points as Ranney nearly shocked undefeated state power St. Anthony at the Boardwalk Showcase. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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New Era of Ranney Basketball Kicks Into Gear in Last-Second Loss to St. Anthony

MIDDLETOWN - Senior guard Joe Mahoney remembers what Ranney's boys basketball games used to be like only two seasons ago, before the Panthers became a must-see show in the Shore Conference...

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Kenny Jones and Mater Dei Prep had their hands full with the state's No. 1 team in suffering their first loss. (Photo by Robert Samuels)
Kenny Jones and Mater Dei Prep had their hands full with the state's No. 1 team in suffering their first loss. (Photo by Robert Samuels)
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Mater Dei Prep Suffers First Loss Against Top-Ranked Patrick School

MIDDLETOWN - While Mater Dei Prep has rapidly become the measuring stick for the rest of the teams in the Shore Conference, the Seraphs learned on Saturday that they have a lot of work to do to reach that distinction at the state level...

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Shore Stars Set to Shine in College Bowl Games

Over the next 10 days, almost any time you flip on ESPN, there's a good chance a former Shore Conference football star will be suiting up for a college bowl game...

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Saeed Blacknall, Keith Kirkwood Star as Penn State, Temple Win Conference Titles

It was an unforgettable weekend for a group of former Shore stars whose teams brought home conference titles at Penn State and Temple.

Former Manalapan star Saeed Blacknall had the best game of his college career to bring home a Big Ten title for Penn State, while Neptune's Keith Kirkwood had a big day of his own as Temple captured a conference title of its own to hit the 10-win mark...

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Mater Dei head coach Dino Mangiero knows it's in the bag as senior Eddie Lewis heads to the end zone for the game-winning TD with three seconds left to beat Holy Spirit (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Mater Dei head coach Dino Mangiero knows it's in the bag as senior Eddie Lewis heads to the end zone for the game-winning TD with three seconds left to beat Holy Spirit (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Shore Conference Brings Home Five State Titles

Five teams bringing home state titles, two stunning upsets and an incredible finish highlighted the final weekend of the Shore Conference football season...

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Manasquan Routs Bernards for a Record 12th State Title

UNION - Following a 42-6 win over Bernards that gave Manasquan the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title on Saturday night, senior Adam Schreck basked in the cheers and let everyone know what the victory meant...

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Argilagos Leads Asbury Park in Comeback Thriller Over Keyport for First State Title Since 2011

UNION - Staring at an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter in Saturday's NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I final, Asbury Park spent the final 11 minutes showing what the Blue Bishops are all about...

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Mater Dei Prep Wins First State Title on Trick Play TD by Eddie Lewis in Last 3 Seconds

UNION - Even after Mater Dei Prep senior Eddie Lewis dashed into the end zone for an incredible last-second touchdown that gave the Seraphs their first state championship in history, it was hard for him to believe what had just happened...

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Senior quarterback Donald Glenn hopes to cap a record-setting career by helping Middletown North win its first state title in 20 years. (Photo by Bill Normile).
Senior quarterback Donald Glenn hopes to cap a record-setting career by helping Middletown North win its first state title in 20 years. (Photo by Bill Normile).
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Star QBs Donald Glenn and George Pearson Looking to Lead Middletown North, Mater Dei Prep to State Titles

Both quarterbacks have been starting since their freshman year and piling up accolades along the way.

Now they look to add a state championship to their sparkling resumes...

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The Toms River North line has paved the way for an offense poised to go down as one of the best in Shore Conference history. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
The Toms River North line has paved the way for an offense poised to go down as one of the best in Shore Conference history. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Talented Offensive Lines Look to Pave the Way for Toms River North, Wall in South Jersey Finals

Their individual members may not be not household names in the Shore Conference, but if the offensive lines at Toms River North and Wall perform up to the high level they have set this season, it's a good bet their teams will be hoisting South Jersey sectional championship trophies on Saturday...

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Mike Gesicki (88) during the first quarter of Penn State vs. Maryland game on October 8, 2016. 

Photo by Mark Selders
Mike Gesicki (88) during the first quarter of Penn State vs. Maryland game on October 8, 2016. Photo by Mark Selders
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Loizos, Fields, Bradley Earn All-Conference Honors, ‘Penn State 5′ Headed to Big Ten Title Game

Between Southern's Mike Gesicki setting another record for a Penn State team bound for the Big Ten title game, Colts Neck's Anthony Gargiulo rushing for his first collegiate touchdown for Navy and a trio of Shore grads earning all-conference honors, it was another strong week for former Shore Conference stars at the higher levels...

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