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ALL DIVISION TEAMS

A-NORTH ALL DIVISION TEAM

JOHN SIECZKOWSKI
BRANDON PEARCE
JOHN APPICE
ANTHONY FIRKSER
TYLER LEONETTI
JESSE McENERY
CHRIS NOESGES
RYAN MALLOZZI
SAM MAHON

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JOHN SIECZKOWSKI

COACH OF THE YEAR
ED GURRIERI

2011 ALL SHORE TEAMS

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FIRST TEAM
JOHN SIECZKOWSKI RB
ANTHONY FIRKSER WR
BRANDON PEARCE OL

THIRD TEAM
JOHN APPICE OL

MONMOUTH ALL-COUNTY TEAM

1ST TEAM OFFENSE
JOHN SIECZKOWSKI
BRANDON PEARCE

2ND TEAM OFFENSE
ANTHONY FIRKSER
JOHN APPICE


2ND TEAM DEFENSE
RYAN MALLOZZI

3RD TEAM DEFENSE
JESSE McENERY

ALL GROUP 4 OFFENSE 1ST TEAM

JOHN SIECZKOWSKI
BRANDON PEARCE

CONGRATS TO JOHN SIECZKOWSKI FOR MAKING 3RD TEAM ALL-STATE

Sieczkowski, Davies, Scalici lead All-FRHSD football

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Today, Ryan Davies, John Sieczkowski, Brandon Yaegel and Vic Scalici lead Greater Media Newspapers’ 2011 All-Freehold Regional High School District Football Team as chosen by the district’s six coaches.

FRHSD ALL OFFENSIVE TEAM
RB-JOHN SIECZKOWSKI
FB-JESSE McENERY
WR-ANTHONY FIRKSER
WR-SAEED BLACKNALL
TE-R.J. KRAUSE
OL-BRANDON PEARCE
OL-JAMES DANELLA
OL-DEREK BROOKS
OL-MITCH MOY

PLACE KICKER-MIKE CAGGIANO
KICK RETURNER-TYLER LEONETTI


FRHSD ALL DEFENSE TEAM
DL-JOHN APPICE
DL-ALEX HARAMIJA
LB-CHRIS NOESGES
LB-ALEX McPHERSON
CB-SAMMY MAHON
FS-RYAN MALLOZZI

PUNTER-PAT MONAHAN

MANALAPAN'S JOHN SIECZKOWSKI COMMITS TO MONOUTH UNIVERSITY

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Manalapan senior runningback/linebacker John Sieczkowski, the Shore Conference's leading rusher in 2011, verbally commited to Monouth University late Saturday, according to Manalapan head coach ed Gurrieri

ALL SHORE MEDIA DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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MANALAPAN OFFENSIVE LINE NAMED DIVISIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY ALL SHORE MEDIA

Braves eager for shot at redemption

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As Manalapan coach Ed Gurrieri addressed his team following its double-overtime victory against West Windsor-Plainsboro South in the NJSIAA Central Group IV semifinals two weeks ago, a few words from the school’s public address announcer drew quite a reaction from the players.

The Braves, through their cheers and satisfied expressions, made no effort to hide their feelings on Sayreville’s 22-15 win against top-seeded and previously-undefeated South Brunswick in the other semifinal, thinking in that moment of their shot at redemption.

Manalapan and John Sieczkowski to face Sayreville for Central Jersey, Group 4 title

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Manalapan will need one more big game from its tailback as it heads to Rutgers University on Saturday at 1 p.m. to face Sayreville for the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 4 championship.

BRAVES GET THE JOB DONE

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Manalapan will play arguably the biggest game in its history on Dec. 3 at Rutgers University when it takes on defending champion Sayreville in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV final. While that game is obviously important, there were several pressing matters waiting for the Braves in their annual Thanksgiving game against Marlboro on Wednesday evening.

WW-P South loses double OT heartbreaker, eliminated from playoffs

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The West Windsor-Plainsboro South football entered last night’s NJSIAA Group IV Central semifinal planning it being just one more step in their road back to Rutgers.

Instead, they were dealt one of the more heartbreaking losses in Mercer County football history in falling to Manalapan, 21-20, in double overtime, when the Braves’ standout sophomore running back John Sieczkowski plunged in the end zone from two yards out to convert the 2-point conversion.

West Windsor South 20 at Manalapan 21

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NJSIAA Tournament, Semifinal Round, Central Jersey, Group 4 - Football
An unforgettable NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 4 semifinal came down to the gamble of a lifetime Friday night.

It was a gamble that paid off for the Manalapan High School football team.

Braves wary of Mustangs' playoff prowess

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Brick Memorial has become a team nobody wants to play in the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs, no matter how low it is seeded.

So, Manalapan (7-1), the No. 2 seed in Central IV, is on guard tonight when the No. 7 seed Mustangs (4-5) come calling in a Central IV quarterfinal.

Braves end Mariners' playoff hopes again

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For a second consecutive year, a Manalapan running back piled up more than 200 yards against Toms River North.

And for a second consecutive year, that running back scored a game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to dash the Mariners’ playoff hopes.

Manalapan rolls behind Sieczkowski’s 331 yards

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The first time the Manalapan High School football team played Brick Memorial High School during the 2011 season, the Mustangs’ defense “held” the Braves’ John Sieczkowski to 114 rushing yards and chants of “overrated” were heard being yelled by the Brick Memorial fans toward Sieczkowski.

There were no Brick Memorial fans yelling “overrated” at Sieczkowski on Nov. 11 as the Braves’ running back tore though the Mustangs’ defense for 331 yards and three touchdowns as Manalapan beat the Mustangs, 28-21, in the first round of the Central Jersey Group II state playoffs.






BRAVE MANEUVER

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As a wild celebration went on around him, Manalapan head coach Ed Gurrieri pumped his fist jubilantly as he made his way to the center of the field Friday night.

It was a well-deserved emotional release after one of the gutsiest calls of these NJSIAA football playoffs sent the Braves to their first sectional final appearance since 2003 and just the second in their history.

ALL SHORE MEDIA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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ALL SHORE CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE ISABELLA Jr. QB MANALAPAN HIGH SCHOOL

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE CAGGIANO FRESHMAN K MANALAPAN HIGH SCHOOL

Braves in good shape despite key departures

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Firkser, Sieczkowski, Isabella pick up slack
It’s not often a team can graduate the Offensive Player of the Year and an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) quarterback and compete the next year for championships, but that’s the case at Manalapan.

THE FRESHMAN 37: MANALAPAN 23, BRICK MEMORIAL 21

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When Manalapan freshmen Mike Caggiano walked back to the sideline after a missed extra point in the first quarter, his demeanor let head coach Ed Gurrieri know he could go back to the ninth grader without hesitation if a crucial moment presented itself.

MANALAPAN'S SIECZKOWSKI SETS NEW RECORD

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Manalapan running back John Sieczkowski set the Shore Conference's single-game rushing record by amassing 425 yards in the Braves' 40-21 victory over Howell on Friday evening.
Current Denver Bronco Knowshon Moreno, who starred at Middletown South, held the previous mark with 420 yards against Neptune in 2004.
Prowess on the ground is nothing new to Manalapan, which improved to 5-1 this season with its latest triumph. In 2010, Josh Firkser, now at Wagner, led the Garden State with 2,035 rushing yards.

BRAVES' OFFENSIVE LINEMEN CARRYING ON TRADITION

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Manalapan High School varsity football coach Ed Gurrieri calls it “the Manalapan way.” “We are going to be physical and we are going to run the ball,” he said. That is the Braves’ identity, a team that is going to be physical and assert its will on the game.
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Braves win fourth straight, routing Old Bridge, 33-14

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Manalapan to play Rebels in key A North contest on Oct. 21 in Howell

Manalapan High School football player John Sieczkowski could not believe his good fortune. That football was just handed to him.

“I was on a blitz,” the Braves’ linebacker said. “He (Old Bridge quarterback Vincent Gargano) just gave me the ball. I took it and ran.”

FRESHMAN CAGGIANO DELIVERS CLUTCH FIELD GOAL

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Manalapan freshman kicker Mike Caggiano had never been in a bigger spot than what he found himself in with eight seconds left in a Shore Conference nondivisional contest against Brick Memorial. At the same time, if you had no idea he was a freshman, you would have definitely thought he was used to the big spot.

John Sieczkowski of Manalapan breaks Shore Conference rushing record

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John Sieczkowski of Manalapan breaks Shore Conference rushing record with 425 yards vs. Howell.
In a Shore Conference battle, Manalapan improved to 5-1 with a 40-21 victory over Howell. Senior tailback John Sieczkowski broke the conference single game rushing record with 425 yards on the ground. He had three scores on the day, including two on runs of over 50 yards. The previous single game record was held by current NFL player Knowshon Moreno.

SEE BRAVES SCHEDULE

Click on the logo above to get the latest on the Braves schedule. The Braves have a new site that gives up to the minute changes to any of the teams that play at Manalapan.Go onto the site and logon to have alerts sent to your cell phone when ever there is a change to the Manalapan Braves schedule.

Sieczkowski leads Braves over Knights

Click on logo for full storyMANALAPAN WINS 33 TO 14
Manalapan survived what head coach Ed Guerrieri called a “classic trap game” against Old Bridge on Friday night.

PETERSON TAKES OVER REINS OF HAWKS TODAY

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When he enrolled at Monmouth University in the fall of 2008, Craig Peterson said he was uncertain about continuing a football career in which he had set Manalapan High School records with more than 3,000 yards passing and 27 touchdown throws.
BRAVES FAMILY FOREVER

TWO BRAVES SQUARE OFF AT THE NEXT LEVEL

TJ Barbar and Joe DeSantis are 2 members of the Braves family playing football at the next level. The two had the opportunity to be on the field together again this past weekend this time on opposite sides off the field.
GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF YOU

BRAVES FAMILY FOREVER

MANALAPAN'S JOHN SIECZKOWSKI SETS RUSHING RECORD

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"Coach said, Just do one thing for me-give me five more yards," Sieczkowski said. "I was like-Thats all you want I got about 7 or 8 and then he took me out".

OVERALL SHORE CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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ALL SHORE MEDIA/UNITY CONSTRUCTION GROUP PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
JOHN SIECZKOWSKI SENIOR RB MANALAPAN HS


Sam Mahon Jr. DB Manalapan HS
A North Defensive Divisional player of the week.
Mahon had an interception return for a touchdown to help cap a 40 to 21 win over Howell that clinched no worse than a tie for the Brave's second straight class A North title.

BRAVES TURN TURNOVERS INTO TDs

Click on logo for full storyThe Manalapan football team turned three first-half turnovers into touchdowns en route to a 33-12 victory in a Shore Conference Class A North game on Saturday night.

BRAVES RETURN GAME FUELED BY FIRKSER

For full story click on APP logoAnthony Firkser showed on Saturday night why it’s called special teams. The Manalapan junior kick returner impacted a Shore Conference Class A North game against Freehold Township with two long punt returns, helping the Braves to a 35-0 decision for their third straight victory.

BRAVES BOUNCE BACK

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The Manalapan Braves defeated the Middletown South Eagles 35 to 17
To say seasons were on the line when 0-1 Middletown South traveled to face 0-1 Manalapan on Friday evening would be unfair, but the team that emerged 0-2 would certainly have an uphill climb ahead in qualifying for the NJSIAA playoffs.

ALL SHORE MEDIA DIVISIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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ALL SHORE MEDIA A-NORTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TYLER LEONETTI

BRAVES BEAT REBELS 40 to 21

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Sieczkowski has record-breaking night for Braves
BRAVES BACK SURPASSES MORENO'S MARK

NEXT IN LINE MANALAPAN FOOTBALL PREVIEW

ALL SHORE MEDIA PREVIEW
When a team loses a large chunk of talent to graduation, there are two theories that can apply to the next crop of players that will have to replace that group.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 CAPTAINS

THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS WHERE NAMED CAPTAINS OF THE 2011 MANALAPAN BRAVES FOOTBALL SEASON.

JIMMY DANELLA
BRANDON PEARCE
JESSE McENERY
ALEX McPHERSON
JOHN SIECZKOWSKI

Manalapan back eclipses Knowshon Moreno record

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“There’s not a lot of people that run like me,” Sieczkowski said. “I just like hitting people, so I just go out like a hard-nosed runner and hit everyone I see.”

U.S. ARMY ALL SHORE GRIDIRON CLASSIC

Click on Allshore Media Banner for full roster of Allshore GameJuly 14th
7:00 pm
Toms River North High School

Congratulations to the following Manalapan Braves.
They where selected to play in the All Shore Gridiron Classic.
Stephen Carr
James DeBlase
Josh Firkser

PETERSON, HAYES STEP UP BIG FOR HAWKS

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Peterson, in his first collegiate start was 14-for-20 for 192 yards with one touchdown and one interception
BRAVES FAMILY FOREVER

JAMES DEBLASE WINS SAM MILLS AWARD

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Ocean wins All Shore Contest 6 to 3.
Before the game Manalapan Defensive linemen James DeBlase was named co-winner of this years Sam Mills Award given to players that show perseverance,character,and dedication embodied by the late Sam Mills, a former Long Branch Star and All-Pro Linebacker with the New Orleans Saints

SHORE STARS MAKE IMPACT IN SHORE VICTORY

Click on Allshore logo for full storyFirkser, who ran for a school record 2,053 yards and 27 Touchdowns in the fall, punctuated a 12 play,81 yard drive with a 5 yard touchdown run for a 7-0 first quarter lead.
SOUTH WINS 21-14

MANALAPAN WINS FIRST AND SECOND AT BIG MAN COMPETITION

The Manalapan Braves Defensive line took first place in the Big Uglies Competition on Friday night in Monroe.
The Offensive line took second place.
Manalapan had entered two teams in the competition.
One of the highlights of the evening pitted the two teams against each other in the tug of war contest.
Manalapan came out on top.

MANALAPAN'S JOSH FIRKSER COMMITS TO WAGNER

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ROSTERS SET FOR NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME

click on Kean logo for directionsJOSH FIRKSER NAME TO ROSTER OF NORTH SOUTH ALL-STAR CLASSICMonday June 27th
7:00 pm
Kean University

Anyone interested in tickets please see Coach Gurrieri
January 26, 2007

MHS Alumni Currently Playing College Football:

2003 Sean Boyle, Rowan University
2004 Joe Kircher, East Stroudsburg University
2005 Ed Gurrieri, Sacred Heart University
2005 Alex Widener, University of Delaware
2005 Greg DiLorenzo, Wagner College
2006 Cody High, Rowan University
2006 Nick Scardelli, Bryant College

Former MHS Alumni College Football Players:

Chuck Vigliante (1980) Washburn University (84')
Vinnie Brunetti (1982) Central Connecticut State University (86')
Ed Liberati (1984) Temple University (89')
Frank Conover (1986) Syracuse University (91')
Chris Gray (1987) West Virginia University (92')
Steve Levy (1987) Ithaca College (91')
Aaron Kanner (1988) Catawba College (92')
Don Mulroy (1988) William Paterson University (92')
Doug Beagle (1989) Albright College (93')
John Dery (1989) West Chester University (93')
Joe DiMario (1989) Bucknell University (93')
Rob Knox (1989) Kean College (94')
Lee Rubin (1989) Penn State University (94')
Ray Coliacovo (1990) Missouri Valley (94')
Jason DiMario (1990) University of Connecticut (94')
Kevin Rubin (1990) Lehigh University(95')
Reggie Grant (1991) University of Cincinnati (96')
Keith Jamison (1991) Kean College (95')
Joe Antico (1991) Kean College (97')
Rashad Swinger (1992) Rutgers University (97')
Rashad Hodge (1993) U.S. Military Acad. at West Point (97')
Michael Catalano (1994) College of New Jersey (99')
Tom Giordano (1994) College of New Jersey (99')
Eric Zaleski (1995) Colgate University (99')
Lou Esposito (1995) University of Memphis (01')
Vito Badalamente (1995) University of Central Florida (00')
Jim Rozakis (1995) Union College (99')
Mike Esposito (1997) Rutgers University (03')
Steve Bonczek (1997) Western New England College (01')
Mark Pollifrone (1997) Fairleigh Dickinson University (01')
Mike Quigley (1997) Fairleigh Dickinson University (01')
Justin Zaleski (1997) Fairleigh Dickinson University (02')
Dan Rodriguez (1997) Fairleigh Dickinson University (02')
Frank Nolasco (1997) Fairleigh Dickinson University (03')
Craig Reinert (1998) John Hopkins University (02')
Rich Zrebiec (1998) Muhlenberg College (02')
Mike DiBella (1999) Monmouth University (03')
Ian Jackson (1999) Marist College (03')
Brandon Schmeltzer (1999) Pace University (04')
Dave Quinn (1999) Kean College (03')
Sean Boyle (2004) Rowan University
Joe Kirsher (2004) East Stroudsburg

(Anybody with other information, please email manalapanfootball@yahoo.com)