While most of the attention at Monday’s annual meeting of the NJSIAA was focused on controversial proposals that were voted on there were other items on the agenda at the Pines Manor in Edison. One of the highlights of the luncheon was the honoring of this year’s sports awards recipients from across the state with 7 coaches from the shore saluted.
Saturday was quite a day for Shore Conference Football as for the second year six of the 23 state sectional champions come from Ocean and Monmouth County with Jackson Memorial, Shore Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven repeating as sectional champions.
High school basketball and wrestling practice officially began on Monday but many teams are missing some of their top athletes because they are still playing football as this is championship weekend in New Jersey. When the dust settles Sunday night 23 teams will have earned NJSIAA sectional titles and as many as seven of them could be from the shore.
“What is this world coming to?” That question, which does not have an answer, was likely asked time and time again yesterday as news broke of the latest mass shooting which would leave 14 dead and 17 injured in San Bernardino, California.
If it’s December it means the WOBM Christmas Classic is right around the corner and the 32nd edition of the shore’s premier holiday basketball tournament returns to the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River with first round games on December 19th and 20th.
Despite the efforts of some you simply can’t ruin Thanksgiving which for me will always be the best holiday of the year because it’s pure.Everyone can celebrate, regardless of race and religion and it’s still okay to display pictures of turkeys without upsetting too many in these politically correct times.
I will admit that I’m not much of a soccer fan. Like many fathers I coached for a time when my children played but I was clearly one who was better off telling the kids what to do rather than show them. Actually I was better off having other coaches who knew what to do.
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