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Logo for the Shore Basketball Coaches All Star Game
Logo for the Shore Basketball Coaches All Star Game (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Shore Senior All-Stars Play Their Final Game

Sixty of the best basketball players in Monmouth and Ocean County will gather tonight at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for not only the final game of their season but their high school careers.

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Obituary page
Obituary page (Brad Burascano, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Why I Scan the Obituary Page

I’ve mentioned before that one of my morning rituals is to peruse through the daily obituaries in the Asbury Park Press. I often read them in their entirety, especially those who leave seemingly way too young. I find it fascinating that some read like a novel while others are just a brief chapter into the life they led.

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Johnathan Motley of the Baylor Bears
Johnathan Motley of the Baylor Bears (Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Spring Is Here as Brackets Bust

You probably didn’t notice it but spring has sprung amidst the sound of March Madness brackets busting all over the Shore.

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Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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March ‘Madness’ On Your TV and On the Court

The final episode of season one of “This is Us” was just as maddening as what will take place on basketball courts around the country today.

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The beach in Belmar during Tuesday morning's high tide
The beach in Belmar during Tuesday morning's high tide (Matt Doherty)
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Stormwatch and Charlie from 7-Eleven

It was not long ago that the only way you found out if you had school on inclement weather days was by listening to the radio and in Ocean County that meant WOBM. As the former morning show co-host I can tell you major snow days to us was like Super Bowl Sunday.

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Kevin at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Seaside Heights "many, many years ago"
Kevin at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Seaside Heights "many, many years ago" (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Celebrating St. Pat’s Day on the Court

Tomorrow is of course the annual Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seaside Heights which a lifetime ago was one of my favorite days of the year. However, I’ll be spending the day at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for the Non-Public State Championship basketball games.

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Protesters hold up a placard during a rally in London's Parliament Square
Protesters hold up a placard during a rally in London's Parliament Square (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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Opening Closed Minds with Healthy Debate

I don’t know when it started or who is to blame but one of the things lost or at least forgotten in this country lately is open-minded dialogue...

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San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs Assistant coach Becky Hammon (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Women on the Sidelines

In most cases coaches rise through the ranks, starting on the high school or college level and work their way up as an assistant before becoming a head coach. The only two women I can think of right now that meet the criteria are assistants in the NBA: Becky Hammon with San Antonio and Nancy Lieberman with Sacramento. Would it be sexist of me to say I don’t see either of them becoming a head coach in the league?

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Manasquan High School girls basketball team after their win
Manasquan High School girls basketball team after their win (Paula Lopez)
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A Great Night of Girls Basketball

Rarely do I know with the topic for the Hometown View will be until the morning and I never imagined that today it would be about girls high school basketball but last night provided a trio of championship game endings that can only be described as scintillating.

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Justin Robinson during Monmouth's game vs. Sienna
Justin Robinson during Monmouth's game vs. Sienna (Monmouth Athletics)
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No Dancing for the Monmouth Hawks

The Hawks saw their nation’s best 17-game winning streak end with a four-point loss to Siena in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament in Albany and are headed to the NIT tournament.

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Members of the Monmouth University mens basketball team
Members of the Monmouth University mens basketball team (Monmouth Athletics)
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Monmouth Men’s Basketball Team is Ready to Dance

The last two years have been magical on the Monmouth campus in West Long Branch and there’s only one thing missing: a spot in the biggest of all dances, the NCAA Tournament.

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Barnegat celebrates their win over Lower Cape May
Barnegat celebrates their win over Lower Cape May (97.3 ESPN via YouTube)
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Playoff Fever Grips NJSIAA

The winter sports season is winding down and believe it or not the spring season officially begins tomorrow which is the first day of practice for baseball, lacrosse, softball and other sports.

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