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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

MU hoops players local summer schedules

Aside from the JSBL...(Coleman, Jet)...

There's the NCAA outdoor league in Belmar where Sean Barlow is playing for Lake House under the coaching of John Wooden Jr.. (Steve Bazaz). Also several of the MU women are playing in the NCAA league. Here are the schedules:


Team #2, Mainstreet Cheesesteaks, has Jen Bender and Rachel Ferdinand on it. Their games are:

Tuesday, June 26, 8:00 p.m. at the Belmar Rec Center

Thursday, July 5, 9:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Thursday, July 12, 8:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 p.m., Belmar Rec Center

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Thursday, July 26, 9:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Team #9, Blaze Electric, has Veronica Randolph and Kim McCloskey on it

Tuesday, June 26, 8:00 p.m. at the Belmar Rec Center (the two teams play each other tonight)

Thursday, July 5, 6:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Tuesday, July 10, 8:00 p.m., Belmar Rec Center

Thursday, July 12, 9:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Tuesday, July 17, 9:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Thursday, July 19, 9:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Thursday, July 26, 6:00 p.m., outdoor courts

Men : The Lake House, or orange team (with Sean Barlow).

One game was rained out and it is supposed to be rescheduled.

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24, 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.

Playoffs begin the week of July 30 with the top 8 teams qualifying. The league is officially called the “Belmar Summer Basketball Festival ’07.

I plan on doing a story on the league for our Community section of the Press and maybe in particular on Bazaz...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Former MU Dempsey assistant lands job at UNH

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men’s basketball head coach Bill Herrion announces the hiring of Kenneth Dempsey to the 2007-08 coaching staff.

As recruiting coordinator for head coach Wayne Szoke at Monmouth for eight seasons (1984-94), Dempsey's recruiting efforts produced the school's all-time Division I scoring co-leaders, seven of the school's top-10 Division I scoring leaders and a GTE Academic all-American. - that player's name was Calloway.

He is a grad of St. Joseph's High School ( now Monsignor Donovan).

Dempsey spent the last five seasons as the Associate Men’s Basketball Head Coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dempsey also served as the University of North Carolina-Greensboro assistant coach from 1999-2001.

Dempsey is familiar with the Northeast region when he served as the assistant coach at Northeastern University from 1994-1999.

Prior to joining the staff at Northeastern, Dempsey was an assistant coach at Monmouth (N.J.) University from 1984-94.

The players he recruited earned 21 all-conference selections and helped the team to three conference championship game appearances.

Dempsey is a proven self-directed and high profile coaching/recruiting professional with over 24 years of full-time leadership and experience at the previous listed Division I institutions.

Dempsey has a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country by numerous national recruiting and coaching publications and boasts a 100-percent graduation rate among student-athletes recruited. Hoop Scoop Online as one of the nation’s top 100 cited each of UMKC’s past four recruiting classes.

Dempsey also serves actively on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors. Dempsey earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1983 from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., where he was a four-year letter-winner in basketball and baseball. He also completed a master's degree in education from Monmouth in 1991.

Monday, June 18, 2007

A visit to MU that high school baseball season was over and I am on vacation for a few weeks..the first thing I did was...hop over to MU today and visit with some coaches, Calloway, the Baxters, and chatted some with Dean and then with Marilyn McNeil. Callahan was not in (he escaped me!)

You may consider that a strange way to start vacation (some might say - "Get a life Tony") but covering MU athletics is the most fun thing I do.

Now the news portion of the visit..I guess the biggest news was from Marilyn McNeil on the MAC, and some baseball stands renovations...

McNeil said she believes the first MAC shovel will be placed in the ground for real - not just a ceremony - prior to the first home football game - which - as you all know - is up in the air thanks to Saint Peter's.

So you're looking at any where from mid Sept. to mid October. She said the facility should be open by the summer of 2009 and thus the first hoops seasons there will be 2009-2010 as has previously been advertised.

She also said she would "love" to have Lasalle, Iona, and Marist, the last remaining bastions of MAAC football, join the NEC as associate football members.

Baseball: the stands are being renovated with some permament seating - it looks real good over there - I thought "is this really MU's baseball field"? and the big news for me - a real, live pressbox ( will I ever get to cover a game)?

Men's hoops..the schedule not totally set yet, but MU will open Nov. 9 at Colgate and then on Nov. 11 play in the first college game - as we have said earlier - at`Seton Hall's new arena in Newark.

Calloway said MU will play a Saturday or Sunday home game every weekend in December and that it appears the home opener will be vs. Sacred Heart (possible the NEC preseason favorite along with Robert Morris)..though - come to think of it now - not sure when he said the Rider (home) game is. MU will also be hosting Penn and Princeton.

He said MU may be hosting a new D1 school - Florida Gulf Coast - and will return a visit down there next year....

Texas A & M CC - will not be returning Monmouth's visit there last season this time around, but will be here next year, Calloway said.

All MU players (yes fans, that would include "The Phantom") are `academically OK as we speak.

MU women's hoops - Non-conference home games include Villanova, St. John's, Princeton, and Drexel.

I definitely look for the women to contend for the NEC championship this season.

The men? A possibly rough season. Some talent, but very young is my take at the moment.

Also - Eddie O (Eddie Occhipinti) and former famous MU walk on and the pride of Shore Regional High School - Steve Bazaz - are going to be involved with an outdoor team in the Belmar NCAA League as players, a team that will include Barlow and Dobriansky. The Knicks are running for cover.

EO said Dobriansky will be here for about five weeks before taking a trip home to the Canadian hinterlands...

MU hoops summer player updates

As many of you know Whitney Coleman and Jhamar Youngblood are playing with Sterns in the JSBL.

Mike Shipman - going to play in a summer league in the Bronx.

Adam Dobriansky (for a few weeks anyway) and Sean Barlow in the outdoor league in Belmar.

Rickie Crews - playing in S. Jersey, Dutch Gaitely in a league around Philadelphia.

Newcomers Nick DelTufo and James Hett may make a JSBL appearance here or there.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

2007 JSBL rosters (provided by the league - and ALWAYS subject to change)

Starts Monday

Schedule in Sunday Press....

Looks like Stern Trailer is the MU team...


Corey Albano6-9MonmouthMarques Alston6-4MonmouthRaheem Carter6-2Seton HallWhitney Coleman6-2MonmouthJohn Giraldo6-0MonmouthBlake Hamilton6-7MonmouthJohn McCormack6-6Ken Sims6-96-6Darnell Tyler6-9ManhattanE.J. Vaughn6-2LaSalle CollegeE.G. Walden6-7Jhamar Youngblood6-1Monmouth


Dashawn Butler6-7West VirginiaQa'rran Calhoun6-7St. John'sDon Copeland5-10Seton HallDoug Elwell6-5WagnerTim Hyland6-0Maryland-Baltimore CountyKeon Lawrence6-2MissouriKevin Muranski6-8LehighMatt Presby5-11GettysburgWellington Smith6-7West VirginiaJamar Thorpe6-7HoustonNigel Wyatt6-9Wagner


Kareem Collins6-3Jersey City StateMelvin Cradle6-1Mount OliveDevin Davis6-2Jersey City StateJonathon Greene6-6Jersey City StateJames Hargrove6-4DuquesneDevon Giles6-7Texas TechDana John6-2Jersey City StateTom Paterno6-7RowanBryan Robinson6-9AssumptionMark Washington6-2Jersey City StatePaul Williams6-10St. Bonaventure


Tim Begley6-6PennAdam Chubb6-10PennMike Decorso6-4NYUGabe Lewullis6-6PrincetonBill McDonoughƒƒƒC.W. PostDon Moxley6-3PennJeff Schiffner6-7PennDami ShaparoƒƒƒBill Smith6-2Allen Watson5-10Coppin State


Chris Anrin6-6ProvidenceAjmal Basit6-9DelawareKhari Battle6-6William PattersonJohn Celestand6-2VillanovaLouis Campbell6-5BuffaloShelton Coldwell6-8Southwest Missouri StateDemond Cowins6-7NJITMelvin Cradle6-1Mount OliveMani Messy6-7Seton HallAhmad Rasoal5-11NJITBrian Taylor6-3Hampton


Louis Campbell6-5BuffaloBilly Gilligan6-5StocktonShawn Hughes6-0RowanMike Konopka6-8Stony BrookDwayne Lee6-4St. Joseph'sJustin Leith6-6MerrimackBrian Lynch6-6VillanovaBill Smith6-2WingatePaul Tonkovich6-10CaldwellTom Tonkovich6-7CaldwellJason Westrol6-2BentleyAndrew Wisniewski6-3Centenary


Kevin Brown6-3StocktonOtis Campbell6-3St. Francis NYRobert Cheeks6-7St. BonaventureEric Hazard6-8Fairleigh DickinsonJerome Hubbard6-4StocktonManny Ubilla6-3Fairleigh DickinsonMarcus Williams6-3St. Francis NY


Duane Ailey 6-0HussonBrad Billmeier6-6GettsburgGrant Billmeier6-10Seton HallMike Derocckis Jr.ƒƒƒDrexelRichard Graham6-2MiamiJay HernandezƒƒƒHofstraHarris Mansell6-3RiderTerrence Mouton6-0RiderDan O'Neill6-8Franklin & PierceMike Scott6-3RiderJason Thompson6-10Rider

Saint Peter's drops football/leaves Monmouth looking for a game

The decision announced Thursday by Saint Peter's College to drop its non-scholarship Division I-AA football program at least temporarily leaves Monmouth University without a game.

The Hawks were scheduled to play Saint Peter's in Monmouth's home opener Sept. 15. ""We're looking for a game,'' said Monmouth coach Kevin Callahan late Thursday.
""It's a little distressing they waited until the last minute to let everyone know. There are a few scenarios we are looking into at this point. We would prefer to get a home game but I am confident we'll get a game somehow.''
In Saint Peter's statement it cited concern for its athletes and difficulty remaining competitive.

Below is from the Associated Press story:

""You have to feel for the kids,'' athletic director Bill Stein said in a telephone interview from his office at the Jersey City school. ""It was a very tough decision, but it was the right decision.''
Stein informed coach Chris Taylor, the only full-time member on the football staff, of the decision Thursday morning. Stein said the school was in the process of relaying the decision to the 33 returning players and 14 incoming freshmen.
Taylor was not immediately available for comment.
Saint Peter's, 2-8 last season, has played football since 1971, when the program was Division III. The program was suspended in 1984 and '88 for a lack of players. The Peacocks went Division I-AA in 1993 when the NCAA passed legislation prohibiting Division I programs from having sports below Division I. The Peacocks are 38-103 since the move.
Stein cited the demise of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football league, recruiting problems and scheduling difficulties as the main reasons for deciding to end the program.
""I have a responsibility for the health, safety and well being of our student-athletes,'' Stein said.
The MAAC football league was vibrant in the early '90s, but Fairfield, Siena and Canisius stopped fielding teams and St. John's, Georgetown and Duquesne have either left the league or are leaving next year.
Saint Peter's also had trouble scheduling games because it does not have an on-campus field. It plays its home games at Cochrane Stadium, a facility owned by Jersey City. The city only allowed St. Peter's to play on Thursday and Saturday nights, so it was hard to schedule games, Peacocks spokesman Dan Drutz said.
Stein said it cost about $400,000 to run the football program. The money will now be used to enhance the other 19 sports the college sponsors.

From me: With Duquesne joining the NEC in leaves the MAAC with Iona, LaSalle, and Marist as its only football schools.

I am wondering if MU will have any interest in any Saint Peter's players or vice versa. When a program is dropped players do not have to sit out via the usual one-year transfer rule.

The NEC is supposedly eyeing Marist as a possible future member though..from what I hear...Marist has been ducking playing Monmouth for some time now....

FYI - 2007 MU football reporting dates: Freshmen: Aug 7. Rest of team: Aug. 9

Thursday, June 07, 2007

MU men's soccer recruiting /from and full story available at the MU web site

Not tht I professs to be a soccer guru...but just off the top of my head this class looks rather impressive to me.

Anyone out there know much about these kids..including and aside from the All Americas???

How do you think MU men's soccer fares this fall???


Hawks add two NSCAA All-Americans, including the Connecticut State Player of the Year

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University men's soccer head coach Rob McCourt announced the addition of six student-athletes who will compete for the Blue and White starting this fall. The class, which includes two NSCAA All-Americans, features five from the state of New Jersey and the 2006 Connecticut State Player of the Year. The Class of 2011 will join 16 returning letterwinners from a squad that won the NEC championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals last season.Signing national letters of intent to play with Monmouth are Chase Barbiere (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), Bryan Davis (Glen Gardner, N.J./Voorhees), Tony Dominguez (Harrison, N.J./Harrison), Ryan Kinne (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck), Bryan Meredith (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains), and Drew Von Bargen (Medford, N.J./Shawnee).

Saturday, June 02, 2007

""Jet/Whitney to play in JSBL/ MU athletics/local colleges, etc.

Lets's launch a fresh thread here for comments..on anything MU (or local colleges). Hoops, baseball , football, any subject.

Whitney Coleman and Jhamar Youngblood are listed on the Sterns JSBL roster in the league that will begin play next week. A full JSBL sked and rosters I believe are scheduled to run in Sunday's Press.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Latest MU football thriller posted

Please go to MU web site every week for top 15 football games per MU SID Greg (when does the NFL season start?) Viscomi....

Am offering a little summary here for a place for fans to comment...


Monmouth was 1-1 going into week three of the 2005 season, enduring a tough loss to Lehigh in week one but bouncing back with a 65-27 pounding of LaSalle in its second game. On Sept. 17, Monmouth welcomed California University of Pennsylvania to Kessler Field, a full-scholarship Division II team that also happened to be ranked 25th in the nation. It would take fourth quarter heroics by the defense and smart play by the offense but the Hawks eventually downed the Vulcans with a come from behind 16-15 victory.