A little of this and a little of that on the first weekday of July:

I put in a lot of time this weekend at the beach and it was certainly the place to cool off.  Sunday did not look promising with a warm west wind but the flies stayed away and the wind switched to the south later which was like turning on the air conditioning.

After sweating out the possibility of another shut down of state parks it turned out to be a banner weekend at the shore and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come over the next eight weeks.

I know September is the nicest month of the year, especially for those who can take advantage of it and enjoy the beach. However for me summer is June, July and August and I’m already depressed that a third of that is over.  I feel like I need to squeeze everything I can out of these next two months because summer at the shore is what gets me through the long and I do mean long winter.

Our Shore Sports Network officially closed the books on the 2017-18 school year with our annual “Readers’ Choice Awards.”  After ten days of voting on shoresportsnetwork.com, track standout Devin Hart of Point Pleasant Boro was named Athlete of the Year after a dominating and record-breaking junior year.

Jackson Memorial baseball coach Frank Malta was chosen Shore Conference Coach of the Year and the Manasquan girls basketball team was voted as our Team of the Year.  You can read more at shoresportsnetwork.com.

The 41st annual Shore Sports Network All-Shore Gridiron Classic, presented by InVision Eyecare will be played next Thursday (July 12) at Brick Memorial High School with the Ocean and Monmouth County teams to begin practice this coming weekend.  We are selling discounted advance tickets this week only at the Townsquare Media office at 8 Robbins Street in Toms River.

Tickets will be $10 at the gate on game night but you can purchase them for $8 this week.  Tickets will be sold from 9am to 3pm today, Tuesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Friday. Our office will be closed for the 4th of July holiday.