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Senior tight end Jordan Craig comes down with the ball after a leaping 30-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter that gave Toms River North a 30-27 lead.
Senior tight end Jordan Craig comes down with the ball after a leaping 30-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter that gave Toms River North a 30-27 lead. (Heather Laing Photography).
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4 Days of Football

It’s a long high school football weekend with 22 games spread over four days because of Yom Kippur and the schedule includes a Saturday night game in Jackson that just may determine who wins the Class A South championship.

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Heroes and Legends game at FirstEnergy Park
Heroes and Legends game at FirstEnergy Park (Lakewood BlueClaws)
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Heroes and Legends at FirstEnergy Park

FirstEnergy Park is the home of the Lakewood BlueClaws and the ballpark also hosts high school and college baseball games among others. 

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Monmouth Park
Monmouth Park (Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media)
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Hedging Bets on Sports Gambling in NJ

A few weeks ago proponents of legalized sports betting got all fired up when Governor Chris Christie basically came out and said casinos and racetracks could move forward and offer sports wagering. 

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Toms River North junior running back Asante Moorer ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries to power the Mariners to a 44-34 victory over rival Toms River South
Toms River North junior running back Asante Moorer ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries to power the Mariners to a 44-34 victory over rival Toms River South (Photo credit: Heather Laing Photography).
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Shining Moments for Derek Jeter and Asante Moorer

Bouncing around a bit after the first weekend of fall which actually was very summer-like.

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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees gestures to the fans after a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees gestures to the fans after a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles (Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Derek Jeter’s Storybook Ending

In yesterday’s Hometown View I said one of the things that has made Derek Jeter so special was his ability to come up big in big moments but even his biggest fans could not have imagined the storybook ending to his illustrious career in Yankee pinstripes. 

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The number two is painted on the field during Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium
The number two is painted on the field during Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium (Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
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‘Re2pect’ for Derek Jeter

So by now you probably know that I’m not a Yankees fan and I celebrate the fact that for the second straight year there will be no October baseball for the team and many of their obnoxious fans who think it’s their birthright to play and win the World Series on an annual basis.

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A Coach’s Tale, Then and Now

There are not enough hours in the day to talk about the changes in high school sports from my days in the early 70’s to what exists today but I’ll give you one:

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Garrett Graham fans from Brick with former Memorial player-turned Houston Texan
Garrett Graham fans from Brick with former Memorial player-turned Houston Texan (Ed Sarluca, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Garrett Graham Comes Home to New Jersey

A little of this and a little of that on the first day of autumn.

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(L-R) Ed Sarlulca, Matt Harmon and Kevin Williams
(L-R) Ed Sarlulca, Matt Harmon and Kevin Williams (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Shore Sports Network has you covered for high school football

With the high school football season underway I would like to introduce you to shoresportsnetwork.com which is a must for athletes, parents and fans.

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Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers
Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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NFL Can’t Contain Its Problems

Never during a pro football season has there been such little talk about pro football which I guess is a good thing for the Giants. 

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