The opening weekend of the 33rd annual WOBM Christmas Classic presented by RWJ Barnabas Health saw no major upsets in either the boys or girls brackets but was not an especially good one for Ocean County hoops teams.
I know many if not most of you have little or no interest in the WOBM Christmas Classic but it’s something that has been near and dear to me for 33 years and of course has the WOBM name attached to it.
I’ve admitted it to individuals and small groups but today I’m going public in a big way by sharing with my Hometown View followers. I, Kevin Williams, considered by some to be rather gruff and grumpy at times is hooked on Hallmark Channel Christmas movies.
The action on the court does not begin until this weekend but the WOBM Christmas Classic is officially underway as last night at The Villa across from the Office Restaurant and Lounge the coaches seeded the 32 teams participating in this year’s basketball tournament.
When I pulled into my parking spot at work this morning for some reason I had memories of what is was like about five months earlier when the street outside our downtown Toms River office would be filled with mostly young people playing Pokémon Go even at 4 o’clock in the morning.
On Friday afternoon there will be a funeral Mass for Leonard Connors at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach and if all of those whose lives he touched attended there would simply not be enough room.
Cynthia Suozzo Triana grew up in Whiting and graduated from Manchester Township High School. Now the married mother of a young son she still lives in Manchester and is well aware that children are outnumbered by the retirees living in senior citizen communities and nursing homes.
When the dust settles sometime Sunday night a total of 24 teams in New Jersey will be able to proclaim themselves as state champions which his ludicrous to begin with. The system in place by the NJSIAA fits nicely for those who believe everyone should get a trophy or a championship jacket or ring.
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