Redbirds fall short in pursuit of return to state football finals

ALLENTOWN By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Having two 1,000-yard rushers in quarterback Jordan Winston and halfback Joe Mannino running behind a line of second-year starting linemen and a defense with the No. 2 tackler in the state sounds like ingredients for a championship season. But Allentown High School’s football team fell one game shy of returning …

Monmouth’s Robinson named National Player of the Week

It’s been a historic season for the Monmouth University men’s basketball team, and December is just beginning. During the month of November, Monmouth stunned national power UCLA on the Bruins’ legendary home floor, Pauley Pavilion. The Hawks followed that up at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Florida, by scoring their first victory over a top-25 …

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The Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey elected Mark Ford as its president at a reorganization meeting held Nov. 16 at the association’s offices in Manalapan. Ford, one of the leading trainers in Meadowlands history, owns and operates the Mark Ford Training Center. He fills the position occupied …

Ravens ice hockey will depend on defense as scoring develops

By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Three players graduated from last year’s Allentown-Robbinsville high school ice hockey team (10-9) that lost in the opening round of the NJSIAA tournament to Freehold Township High School, but the remaining players return for what looks to be a stronger season in 2015-16. “We need more scoring than last year,” said …

Brookdale women win 3rd straight NJCAA soccer title

By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer All that was left for head coach Katie Miller to do was admire what unfolded on the soccer pitch. Her Brookdale Community College women’s soccer team played flawlessly, just as she had envisioned all year. In the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division III National Championship …

Defense leads the way as Redbirds move to semifinals

ALLENTOWN VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School’s Ricky Mottram tries to ward off a tackle attempt by Freehold High School’s Xaviere Madera during the Nov. 14 NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group IV playoff game in Freehold. The Redbirds edged the host Colonials, 10-7. SCOTT FRIEDMAN Allentown High School’s football team stepped out of …

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The Saint James boys soccer team had a record-setting season this year culminating in winning the Monmouth County Intermediate School Soccer League Conference Championship, defeating Lincroft’s Oak Hill Academy 5-3. Saint James Elementary School, a pre-K through eighth grade Catholic school, serves students and families in the greater Red Bank/Middletown area. For more information, visit …

Hoernlein leads Redbirds at sectional cross-country meet

ALLENTOWN VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School’s Morgan Gravatt (24) kicks the ball upfield to a teammate during the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group III quarterfinals against Wall High School Nov. 5. Wall ended the Redbirds’ season with a 3-1 triumph. FRANK WOJCIECHOWSKI Allentown High School sophomore Devon Hoernlein awoke the morning of …

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Rowan College at Burlington County is hosting a four-week baseball camp starting Jan. 3. Rowan College at Burlington head coach Jason Leta will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, …