The Shore Daily, 6/11/15
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We're officially into the summer offseason, as the Shore Conference lacrosse season wrapped up on Wednesday night with the Shore Lacrosse Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.
Howell standout Zack Ornstein took home Most Valuable Player honors in the North's 12-8 win over the South all-stars to cap a great season for the Rebels. It also marked the send-off a tremendous senior class at Southern, led by Shore Sports Network Player of the Year Dylan Jinks, that took the Rams to new heights, including its first Shore Conference Tournament title. A group of Rumson seniors also got to bask in the glow of becoming the first Shore Conference team to win an NJSIAA Group title this spring.
In baseball, a pair of former Shore stars and left-handed pitchers, Rutgers' Mark McCoy (Barnegat) and George Mason's Jake Kalish (Red Bank) were the only two players with Shore ties to get taken in this year's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Both got drafted by the Royals. Also, in case you missed it, you can check out the highlights from Tuesday's Shore Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game as well as Wall catcher Dan Wondrack putting on a show in the pregame home run derby at FirstEnergy Park.
There also are some tidbits from around the Shore in basketball and football:
- Matawan has a new boys basketball coach, former Monmouth University star and Roselle Catholic assistant John Giraldo.
- Mater Dei Prep has fired head boys basketball coach Bob Klatt after 18 seasons at his alma mater. Matt Manley has the reaction, plus a look into who may replace him.
- Former Wall and Rutgers standout Tim Wright, who will serve as the keynote speaker at the Asbury Park High School graduation on June 19, was released by the New England Patriots on Thursday after scoring six touchdowns as a tight end for the Super Bowl champions this past season. Given the season he just had, he should find another NFL home quickly.
- Former Middletown South great Knowshon Moreno could miss the entire 2015 NFL season due to ongoing knee issues, according to a report.
- Howell defensive coordinator P.J. Gibbs has left to take a DC spot on the staff at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Florida. That is some of the best high school football in the country down there. P.J. has always been a great supporter of our site over the years at various coaching stops, and I wish him and his family well down in the Sunshine State.
I'll end with the highlights from last night's Shore lacrosse Senior All-Star Game.