state finals

Bitter Pill
Bitter Pill
PISCATAWAY – Manalapan made no secret about its intentions for the 2013 season. After falling in the sectional final in each of the past two seasons, it was state title or bust for the Braves, who looked every bit like a championship team through 11 games...
Purple Reign
Purple Reign
UNION – In preparing to face undefeated Weequahic in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II final, Rumson-Fair Haven heard and read all about the Indians' staggering team statistics. The numbers were certainly jarring. Weequahic entered its third straight state sectional final averaging 39 points per game while dominating even more on the defensive side of the ball, posting eight shutouts and allowing
Tough Finish
Tough Finish
By Art Gordon – Shore Sports Network contributor GLASSBORO - The Delsea football program has won 11 sectional titles and appeared in 14 state championship games while the Barnegat program has been in existence for only eight years and reached its first state final this year...
True Believers [AUDIO]
True Believers [AUDIO]
Click here for a photo gallery by Bill Normile EWING – There was plenty John Wagner could have said to his team in the week leading up to Point Beach's first sectional final appearance in 31 years, just one week after losing by 31 to its championship opponent...
7 Kickers, 7 Dreams
7 Kickers, 7 Dreams
Every kicker does it at some point during practice. “State championship on the line, three…two…one,’’ said Shore Regional junior kicker Jake Monteiro. “You hit the longball that wins it and run around the field.” “Honestly, I’ve been playing it through my head plenty of times,’’ said Barnegat senior kicker Ryan Ulrich...
The Evolution
The Evolution
Before any Barnegat player had ever gained a yard or made a tackle, Rob Davis was envisioning a day like this coming Saturday. “I’m a dreamer, and it was my ultimate dream to go to a state championship game and win a state title,’’ Davis said...
Bulldog Band-Aid
Bulldog Band-Aid
Last season, All-Shore linebacker Travis Clark was the headliner on Rumson-Fair Haven’s defense, and entering this year it was Rutgers-bound defensive end Donald Bedell. Quietly doing his job in the middle of those two stars over the past two seasons has been senior Thomas Martello, who led the Bulldogs in tackles last year with 80 and has done it again this fall...
Stepping Up
Stepping Up
As Colts Neck entered this season having to replace the most prolific single-season passer in school history, head coach Greg LaCava honestly had no idea who would be the Cougars’ new quarterback. “I think that early on we were curious about who our starting quarterback would even be,’’ LaCava said...
Finals Preview
Finals Preview
After failing to crown any state champions for the first time since 1985 last season, the Shore Conference is back to flexing its muscles with at least two teams guaranteed to be the last ones standing in their respective brackets this year...