Nobody would argue that lacrosse might be the fastest-growing sport in the United States even though it’s one of the oldest.

It has exploded in the shore area with youth programs popping up and expanding and high school programs getting stronger. Tonight the best boys high school seniors and some future standouts will be on display as our Shore Sports Network in conjunction with the Shore Lacrosse Coaches Association presents the 2017 Pine Belt All-Star games at Toms River High School North.

(Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)

At 5:30 p.m.  there will be a youth game featuring 8th graders from the Ocean and Monmouth County area and following that at 7 p.m. it’s the shore’s top senior players including 11 Division 1 recruits.Special thanks to Rob Sickel and Michael Trebino of the Pine Belt Family of Dealerships for supporting the games, the United States Navy who will present MVP awards and Mad Dog Lacrosse who will conduct a fastest shot competition at halftime of the high school game.

Tickets are $5.00 and for more, including rosters visit shoresportsnetwork.com.

It makes sense that in the lobby near the main entrance of Ocean Medical Center in Brick is a plaque listing the winners of the Jack Martin Scholarship.  After all the hospital is on Jack Martin Boulevard, named after the oldest living New York Yankee and Philadelphia Phillie at the time of his death in 1980 at the age of 93.

The following year Brick Township High School Athletic Director Harold Handchen and Larson Ford founder/owner Paul Larson Sr. established a scholarship in Martin’s honor that would be given to a senior baseball or softball player from Brick who best exemplified his spirit.

Both Harold and Paul Sr. have passed on but the award and scholarship continues in its 37th year through the efforts of their sons, Hank and Paul Jr.  The latest recipients of $250 scholarships are soon-to-be Brick High School graduates Christine Frazee and Michael Soldo who received their awards at the car dealership this week.

Christine, an outstanding pitcher for the Green Dragons is headed to Monmouth University while Soldo, a pitcher and first baseman is on his way to Brookdale Community College.