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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.
Monmouth senior Josh Jackson. (Photo by Matt Manley)
Monmouth senior Josh Jackson. (Photo by Matt Manley)
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Slugger Josh Jackson Leads Surprising Monmouth Regional to Hot Start

A hitter getting respect from an opponent usually means not seeing many fastballs and getting a steady diet of breaking stuff on the outer half of the plate...

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St. Rose righty Brandon Mology threw a five-inning shutout to kick off his senior season. (Photo by Scott Stump)
St. Rose righty Brandon Mology threw a five-inning shutout to kick off his senior season. (Photo by Scott Stump)
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Brandon Mology, Sam Sestito Get St. Rose’s Pitching Staff Off to Outstanding Start

WALL TOWNSHIP - First-year St. Rose baseball coach Rich Lanko doesn't want to get too ahead of himself in the early going, but he has to admit that the group he inherited reminds him an awful lot of some other special Purple Roses teams...

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Shore Regional senior Mike Jelliff belted two grand slams in the same inning in the Blue Devils' season-opening win. (Photo courtesy of Mike Jelliff)
Shore Regional senior Mike Jelliff belted two grand slams in the same inning in the Blue Devils' season-opening win. (Photo courtesy of Mike Jelliff)
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Shore’s Michael Jelliff Hit Two Grand Slams in the Same Inning: ‘I Can’t Believe I Just Did That’

It was the Shore Conference baseball equivalent of witnessing Halley's Comet streak across the sky or seeing lightning strike the same spot twice...

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The inaugural Monmouth-Ocean Baseball All-Star Game will take place on July 10 at FirstEnergy Park, featuring the area's top young talent.
The inaugural Monmouth-Ocean Baseball All-Star Game will take place on July 10 at FirstEnergy Park, featuring the area's top young talent.
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Baseball All-Star Game Featuring the Shore’s Top Underclassmen Set to Debut This Summer

Fifteen years ago, Mike McGarrell had a vision for a local high school baseball all-star game featuring top underclassmen and a charity component, but then life got in the way...

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Manasquan ace Tommy Sheehan looks to be one of the state's top pitchers as a senior. (Photo by Matt Manley)
Manasquan ace Tommy Sheehan looks to be one of the state's top pitchers as a senior. (Photo by Matt Manley)
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Notre Dame Recruit Tommy Sheehan of Manasquan Poised for a Big Senior Season

After putting up dazzling numbers as a junior, Manasquan left-hander Tommy Sheehan heads into his senior season with a simple goal.

The same dominant performances, just more often...

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Central senior Maks Gruszecki, shown earlier this season, wrapped up a great career with teammate Denis Corbin and two of his former teammates at the SBCA Senior All-Star Game. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Central senior Maks Gruszecki, shown earlier this season, wrapped up a great career with teammate Denis Corbin and two of his former teammates at the SBCA Senior All-Star Game. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Former Teammates Gruszecki, Rhoden, Corbin, Barnes Reunite at SBCA Senior All-Star Game

*Click here for a photo gallery of the boys Senior All-Star Game by Ray Richardson*

TOMS RIVER - It's the Super Team That Never Was.

Two years ago, Central Regional's boys basketball team featured a stellar sophomore class that included guard Maks Gruszecki, center Elijah Barnes, swingman Jaden Rhoden and rugged forward Denis Corbin under former coach Steve Zengel...

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Ashley Tutzauer
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Toms River North’s Ashley Tutzauer Ends on a Positive Note on Home Court in Senior All-Star Game

*Click here for a photo gallery of the girls Senior All-Star Game by Paula Lopez*

TOMS RIVER - While the stakes weren't as high as the last time she stepped on her home court, Thursday night's Shore Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game offered Toms River North's Ashley Tutzauer a chance to walk off with a smile and a victory...

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Former Freehold Township and Monmouth University star Brad Brach is coming off his first All-Star season for the Baltimore Orioles. (Follow Mark Brown/B51 Photography on Instagram)
Former Freehold Township and Monmouth University star Brad Brach is coming off his first All-Star season for the Baltimore Orioles. (Follow Mark Brown/B51 Photography on Instagram)
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Baltimore Orioles All-Star and Freehold Twp. Grad Brad Brach Talks About Beating the Odds, Preparing for this Season

*Click here to check out the spring training photo gallery of Brad Brach by Mark Brown/B51 Photography*

Baltimore Orioles reliever Brad Brach, a former star at Freehold Township and Monmouth University, is the ultimate underdog success story from the Shore Conference...

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Senior guard Bobby Weise hit free throws to put Freehold Township up late in the game, but the Patriots could not hold on in falling to Hunterdon Central. (Photo by Scott Stump)
Senior guard Bobby Weise hit free throws to put Freehold Township up late in the game, but the Patriots could not hold on in falling to Hunterdon Central. (Photo by Scott Stump)
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Freehold Township Suffers Heartbreaking Loss to Hunterdon Central in Final Seconds of CJ Group IV Final

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP - With a 12-point lead late in the third quarter in front of a raucous home crowd on Tuesday night, it looked like this would finally be the season that Freehold Township erased the memories of agonizing losses in the championship game and captured its first NJSIAA sectional title...

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Howell junior Kyle Slendorn avenged his lone loss of the season to reach his first NJSIAA final. (Photo by Scott Stump)
Howell junior Kyle Slendorn avenged his lone loss of the season to reach his first NJSIAA final. (Photo by Scott Stump)
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Kyle Slendorn Avenges His Only Loss of the Season to Become Howell’s First State Finalist in Nine Years

ATLANTIC CITY - For nearly three months, the knowledge gained by Howell junior Kyle Slendorn in his lone loss of the season had been sitting in his memory bank, waiting to be withdrawn for the biggest match of his career...

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Junior Francis Marshall has made the deepest state tournament run of any Manasquan wrestler since 1998. (Photo courtesy of Matt Voskian)
Junior Francis Marshall has made the deepest state tournament run of any Manasquan wrestler since 1998. (Photo courtesy of Matt Voskian)
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From the Octagon to Boardwalk Hall: Manasquan’s Francis Marshall Makes Successful Transition from MMA to Wrestling

Usually the natural progression is for wrestlers to switch to mixed martial arts after their careers on the mat have come to an end.

Manasquan junior Francis Marshall is part of a new generation showing that athletes can start in the octagon and transition to having their hands raised in victory on a wrestling mat...

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A sample of the gloves being offered by Manasquan resident Jeff Bradley through his new company, Bradley Baseball Gloves. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Bradley)
A sample of the gloves being offered by Manasquan resident Jeff Bradley through his new company, Bradley Baseball Gloves. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Bradley)
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Manasquan’s Jeff Bradley Starts Company Making High-Quality Youth Baseball Gloves

After raising two boys who played baseball and seeing the type of gloves young players were often stuck using, Jeff Bradley spent years trying to come up with a better option...

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