The Shore Daily, 2/17/15
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Between the holiday and Tuesday's snow, there has been a little lull in Shore Conference sports before we finally get rolling with the boys and girls Shore Conference Tournament.
As of Tuesday afternoon, all of the boys first-round SCT games had already been postponed to tomorrow except St. Rose at Rumson-Fair Haven because of the snow, with a majority of the girls games also being moved to Wednesday. The winners from tomorrow will come right back again on Thursday and play in the Round of 16.
My biggest concern is the weather forecast for this coming weekend, which could make things a headache. If the girls quarterfinals at Brookdale on Saturday get bumped because of snow, there is talk of playing eight games in a row on Sunday, four boys and four girls. That would be basketball junkie nirvana, but also a long day for a lot of folks.
If Saturday's games get played, but Sunday's boys quarterfinals at Brookdale are snowed out, what most likely will happen is that the quarterfinals won't be played at one site. They will be bumped to Monday, with the games at the home gyms of the higher seeds and then the semifinals at Brookdale on Wednesday. That stinks because it's fun to be able to watch all four games in a row, but you would have to choose one if that scenario occurs.
Matt Manley has a great in-depth breakdown of the boys SCT field, which is as wide open as I can remember in recent years. There is no dominant team like Point Beach last season that is expected to roll through to the title, although top-seeded Christian Brothers Academy and second-seeded Lakewood are certainly going to be tough obstacles for someone to knock off.
St. John Vianney first-team All-Shore quarterback Anthony Brown and Colts Neck junior Max Mullaney have both gotten invites to the Nike Football Opening/Elite 11 regional quarterback camp during the spring, which is a chance for them to boost their stock and also qualify for the prestigious National Elite 11 competition featuring the nation's top prep quarterbacks in July in Oregon.
More on Tuesday:
- Former CBA star Joe Dudek homered off former Monmouth Regional star Luke Cahill in North Carolina's win over Seton Hall in the season opener.
- Manalapan grad David DeJesus would like to stay with the Tampa Bay Rays but could be moved by the end of spring training.
- A former UCLA football player who played three seasons but quit the game because of concussions is now trying to jumpstart a baseball career as a 24-year-old in junior college.
- Andrew Wiggins' two younger sisters have moved from their home in Toronto to Minnesota and now play high school basketball there.
- Alabama has offered Keyshawn Johnson's son. Hopefully he has the same (cough, cough) humility and likability as his father did during his playing days.
- Rivals.com has created recruiting profiles for sixth-graders.
- Schools now have to maintain a busy social media profile when it comes to recruiting.
- A profile of the great Key and Peele.
On tap for tonight: One SCT game and no NBA games tonight, so that means either college basketball (which means the Kentucky game) or just this DVD of the Brad Pitt movie "Fury" that Netflix mailed me.
I'll end with Seton Hall and Sterling Gibbs. How did it all come apart so fast?