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Scholarship Will Be Established in Volunteer’s Name

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Jamar Small’s memory lives. The Asbury Park High School football program will honor Small, the former Blue Bishops’ standout who was murdered in the city last Dec. 20. “We will have a scholarship fund in his name,” coach Tim Fosque said. “We will probably award a couple of scholarships to our senior players.” Small was a volunteer assistant coach with the Blue Bishops last fall. “He was due to come on our staff this season,” said Fosque, who is in his second season as the team’s mentor. “He was an Asbury Park kid. He was a…

Blue Bishops Losing Key Player

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Asbury Park High School football team has taken a big hit. Donte Abrams, who starred for the Blue Bishops last fall as a sophomore, has transferred to a Michigan high school, Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque said. “He was our best returning player,” said Fosque, the Blue Bishops’ second-year coach. Fosque said Abrams will live with his father. “It was a family decision,” Fosque said. Fosque said he learned of the decision in late May. “Donte worked out with our team,” Fosque said. “Of course, when you lose your best player you are discouraged and…

Former Asbury Park Athlete Playing for Houston Texans

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It was a homecoming for ex-Asbury Park High School player Ra’Zahn Howard. Hoping to be chosen in the National Football League’s Supplemental Draft, Howard returned to where he starred for the Blue Bishops. The former Purdue University player worked out in front of nine NFL scouts on NFL Pro Day. Howard, who played defensive tackle on the Blue Bishops’ 2011 NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I championship team, performed the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, L drill and shuttle run and did position specific drills and skills June 8. The draft took place July 14. Howard…

Neptune Little League Junior All-Stars Are Champs

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Neptune Little League Junior All-Stars baseball team was down, but far from out. Neptune trailed visiting Ocean Township 4-2 and 7-5 in the championship game of the District 11 Tournament. Facing elimination with a loss, Neptune rallied for a 9-8 victory. “We displayed timely hitting and guts,” Neptune manager Bob Smith said. “What do you do with a bunch of 13 and 14-year-old boys? You get them in a huddle and let them know they are not out of it. You tell them, ‘Don’t quit until the final bell rings.’ They responded.” Neptune went ahead…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO When the gun fire erupted in a night club in Orlando Florida people ran for cover and many were killed. The shooter took control of the building and the people inside were trapped and at the mercy of a maniac. This was an act of terror designed to hurt all of us. The reality for the people inside the building was absolutely life and death; fear, and horror. Around them, on the floor their friends and loved ones lay dead or dying. We know from their phone messages that many of the people in the club…

Monmouth Regional Offensive Tackle Prepares for College

By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Tyler Gallagher has Friday, June 30 circled on his calendar. It’s when the Monmouth Regional High School senior will play in the final high school game of his career–the 39th annual U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Central Regional at 7 p.m. Gallagher figures to be in the lineup at offensive tackle for the Monmouth County All-Stars, who will oppose the Ocean County All-Stars. “It feels great to be selected,” the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder said. “It feels really good knowing people are proud of how I played. It’s special to represent my school. It shows our school is…

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