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.

All in the Family
MANASQUAN - At the end of last season, Ryan Jensen joked with his younger brother Devin that he wouldn't be able to join him among the ranks of 1,000-point scorers at Manasquan with only one season left in his career.
Challenge accepted.
"I think it was pretty cool because (Ryan) told me…
Any Means Necessary
WEST LONG BRANCH - On a team loaded with talent, Mater Dei Prep senior Elijah Mitchell plays a crucial role that is especially magnified in the postseason.
Someone needs to be the player doing the dirty work of defending the opponent's top threat, grabbing rebounds, generating some offense and g…
Hornets' Best
FLEMINGTON - As senior 132-pounder Troy Gallo put the finishing touches on a 4-1 win in the NJSIAA Region V pre-quarterfinals on Wednesday night, it was a sight that hadn't been seen at Holmdel wrestling in decades.
Gallo's victory helped set the stage for the Hornets at this weekend's Region V tourn…
Inspired Run
While warming up for one of the biggest boys basketball games in Marlboro history on Sunday, senior guard P.J. Ringel kept thinking he saw a familiar face in the stands.
Jack Ringel was a basketball guy through and through, a Hall of Fame coach at Grady High School in Brooklyn whose teams won three c…
A Heavy Heart
TOMS RIVER - Middletown North head coach Mike Iasparro faced an emotionally wrenching choice heading into Sunday's Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinal against Ranney.
He decided to coach the game only a day after the death of his mother, Carol, at 67 years old from pancreatic and liver canc…
Rarefied Air
*This article has been updated with information on the Shore Conference's all-time leading scorer and Antoine being the first sophomore from the Shore to ever reach 1,000 career points.
TOMS RIVER - Bringing the ball up the middle of the floor against Middletown North on Sunday, Ranney sophomore gua…
A Shot in the Dark
There's a poignant moment in a new film about Anthony Ferraro, a blind wrestler who starred at St. John Vianney, in which Ferraro completes a stunning comeback in a county tournament match as an eighth-grader.
Ferraro was trailing 10-0 when he went for a throw and hit it, dropping his …
MIDDLETOWN - Middletown North sophomore guard Rob Higgins does not get rattled, and that goes for more than just on the basketball court.
On Tuesday, the Shore Conference's leading scorer somehow walked away with barely a scratch when he flipped his Jeep twice in a frightening one-car crash…
Rocket Redemption
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Raritan sophomore wrestler George Burdick can remember being locked in a tough bout with Ocean's T.J. Saldutti in last year's NJSIAA District 22 Tournament before everything went blank...
Dangerous Wave
RED BANK - Throughout an up-and-down season, Long Branch has shown that when it plays up to its potential, the Green Wave are much better than their record might indicate.
When the "good Long Branch" shows up with its guards attacking from all over the floor off the dribble, its defense for…
Shore's Best Dunker?
They are the type of players who create a buzz in the crowd when they get a step on a defender while slashing in the lane or get out ahead of the defense on the break.
The best dunkers have that mixture of power and explosiveness that make them more than worth the price of admission at a Shore Confer…
Return of the Mac
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Watching his guards chasing ball-handlers into the paint after getting beat off the dribble in practice last week, Rumson-Fair Haven boys basketball coach Chris Champeau blew the whistle in exasperation...

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