If you follow high school football then you know the member schools of the NJSIAA voted Monday to allow for the scheduling of a 10th regular season game beginning with the 2018 season.

For the most part the importance of this is simply that it’s the first step towards expanding the current playoff system and hopefully down the road will lead towards New Jersey having overall group champions.  It does appear for the first time there is agreement throughout the state that change is needed and its coming.  For more read Bob Badders story on shoresportsnetwork.com.

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(Larry Levanti, Rutgers University)

Rutgers wrestling coach Scott Goodale and longtime Shore Conference administrator Jim Rochford were among the six new inductees into the NJSIAA/ Bollinger Hall of Fame.  Goodale, an outstanding wrestler and football player at Jackson Memorial, was cited for the success he went on to have as a coach at his alma mater as the Jaguars were a perennial state power under his guidance.

He went 155-16 before leaving the high school ranks to take the position at Rutgers where the Scarlet Knights have become a top ten national power. Rochford, a three-sport athlete at Seton Hall Prep, coached several sports, including baseball before serving as the Athletic Director at Brick Township High School for many years.

He has held numerous leadership positions within the Shore Conference and NJSIAA and is a past president of the Shore Soccer Officials Association.

Goodale and Rochford were inducted and honored during a luncheon at the Hamilton Manor which also saw several others from the shore area saluted. Among those receiving NJSIAA Awards were Brick Township Athletic Trainer Jim Barber and longtime coaches Glenda Calabro (Cross Country-Jackson Memorial), Nancy Gross (Field Hockey-Wall) and Sam Turner (Track-Matawan).

The Giants took the first step towards rebuilding their franchise Monday with the firing of both head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese.  That was the easy part. The important part is replacing them with the right people to turn things around.


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