The challenge of addressing the importance of mental health predates the pandemic but what transpired over a two plus year period certainly contributed to the anxiety many felt heading on the field of play.
Former Toms River High School East RB/DB Nico Steriti suffered 12 concussions -- has no regrets about playing -- but does say that more needs to be done to help athletes in any sport heal from a concussion.
On any given day, there could be a great number of challenges facing today's high school and college athletes and it may lead to stress in certain cases as they try and also prepare for their upcoming game or performance.
The WOBM Christmas Classic provided an exciting tournament in the beginning of the Shore Conference high school basketball season and as games continue rolling along in January, many teams making big statements.
A familiar Shore Conference face is now taking the reins to lead the Wildcats in 2022, John Tierney, who had served as a longtime assistant coach at Lacey High School under the legendary Lou Vircillo, before ending up at Pinelands and has now earned the bump up to head coach.
It'll be a new looking team this year in Lacey Township with only 3 returning starters on offense and 5 on defense, meaning the torch has been passed and the time is now to see what these young Lions can do on the football field.
It's been a tough couple years for Toms River High School East after riding a high wave in 2019 when they finished 9-2 and made a playoff run, but they're now looking to bust through the tide to friendlier waters -- and results.