Merli Invitational

MATT DENTON Middletown High School North’s Tyler Downing won the boys pole vault at the Merli Invitational held at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Dec. 26. He scaled 10-6 to win the competition.

Raritan’s wrestling team relying on balanced lineup

RARITAN By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Despite having some big shoes to fill on its roster, the Raritan High School wrestling team is primed to remain a postseason favorite this season. The Rockets lost four District 22 medalists to graduation, including standout Dylan Seidenberg, who won 34 matches a year ago with just three losses. Luckily, …

Eagles’ girls look to build off last year’s state hoops title

MIDDLETOWN SOUTH By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown High School South’s girls’ basketball team has picked up where it left off with four starters back from its NJSIAA Group III championship team (26-6), rolling convincingly past its first four opponents and holding two of them under 20 points. This year’s Eagles advanced into the WOBM Christmas …

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The Monmouth County Park System is keeping several of its golf courses open for play this winter: Bel-Aire Golf Course in Wall, Charleston Springs Golf Course in Millstone and Shark River Golf Course in Neptune. Golfers will enjoy reduced rates at these courses starting Jan. 1. Weather permitting, courses are open daily from 9 a.m. …

Heath built legendary cross-country program at CBA

SPORTS VIEW Tim Morris The words “great” and “legend” get thrown out so often that they have almost lost their meaning. In the case of retired Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) cross-country coach Tom Heath, those words hardly do him justice. Heath, who stepped down as the Colts’ head coach after another championship year, leaves as …

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Jackson Memorial High School senior right-hander Chris Hawryluk signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Monmouth University. Hawryluk is heading into his third varsity season with the Jaguars on the diamond and has starred both on the mound as a pitcher and at the plate as a first baseman. This …

Young Jersey Blues positioned for region hoops tourney run

By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Brookdale Community College’s Jordan Little goes up between two Ocean County College defenders during the Dec. 10 game played on Brookdale’s home floor, Collins Arena in Lincroft. The host Jersey Blues held on to beat the Vikings, 71-69. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Brookdale Community College men’s basketball team has …