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Manchester’s boys basketball team took home its first title in the 30-year history of the WOBM Christmas Classic with a victory over top-seeded Jackson Memorial
Manchester’s boys basketball team took home its first title in the 30-year history of the WOBM Christmas Classic with a victory over top-seeded Jackson Memorial (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)
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One Last Look at the Christmas Classic

Let me be the 500th person and maybe the last to wish you a Happy New Year as this is the first Hometown View of 2014.

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Manchester vs. Toms River North in the WOBM Christimas Classic
Manchester vs. Toms River North in the WOBM Christimas Classic (Cliff Lavelle)
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WOBM Christmas Classic Opening Round

Form pretty much held up in the opening round of the 30th annual WOBM Christmas Classic, presented by Barnabas Health at the Pine Belt Arena this weekend.

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Christmas Classic 2013
Christmas Classic 2013 (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Previewing the WOBM Christmas Classic

The 30th annual WOBM Christmas Classic gets underway this weekend at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.  The boy’s teams will play their first round games tomorrow beginning at 1pm when Brick Memorial meets Monsignor Donovan.

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Kevin Williams with daughter Alex (Facebook)
Kevin Williams with daughter Alex (Facebook)
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Home for the Holidays

 

 

I brought my daughter Alex home from Penn State yesterday for her holiday break and I’m thrilled at having her around for the next three weeks. At least I’m saying that now.

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The 2013 WOBM Christmas Classic kickoff breakfast
The 2013 WOBM Christmas Classic kickoff breakfast (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christmas Classic Kickoff Breakfast

It is hard for me to often imagine how the WOBM Christmas Classic, presented by Barnabas Health has grown from an eight-team boys basketball tournament in 1984 to a 7-day, 52-game monster that features a total of 32 boys and girls high school teams. 

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Quarterback Eli Manni
Quarterback Eli Manning (Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
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Big Blue Disappointment

Random thoughts on a Monday morning following a weekend in which we dodged a snow and ice bullet that hit much of the surrounding area north and west of us.

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Christmas Classic 2013
Christmas Classic 2013 (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christmas Classic Is Coming

Make no mistake about it Jackson Memorial is the team to beat in the boys division of the 30th annual WOBM Christmas Classic and that was affirmed last night when the Jaguars were the near unanimous pick as the top seed by the 16 head coaches.

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Snow in Toms River on Tuesday
Snow in Toms River on Tuesday (Jason Allentoff, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Making a Tough Choice

The easy  thing to do today would be to slam school administrators who closed their schools Tuesday.

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A Weekend of Champions and Snow

With apologies to Alan Kasper there is a reason why you can compare meteorologists with baseball players. I mean, where else can you fail 7 out of 10 times and still be successful?  

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Kevin Williams with the Fraziers
Kevin Williams with the Fraziers (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Honoring The Fraziers

What do you think are the odds of three brothers all playing professional baseball with two making it to the major leagues?  Clearly that would be a long shot but as many of you already know that is the story of Charlie, Jeff and Todd Frazier. 

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Cantor Fitzgerald & BGC Partners Host Annual Charity Day On 9/11 To Benefit Over 100 Charities Worldwide
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The Frustration of Being a Mets Fan, a Continuing Series

I had no intentions of talking about baseball this morning but I beg your forgiveness so I can explain what it’s so frustrating to be a Mets fan and saddled with ownership that seems to forget the team plays in New York and not Kansas City. 

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New Jersey apples
New Jersey grown apples (Facebook)
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Rules That Make a Man

I subscribe to Men’s Health magazine for several reasons, including the ridiculous notion that one day I will have the time and resources to live the lifestyle that the magazine encourages and promotes. 

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