2012 News articles

Subscribe to our Newsletter

DOMINANT BRAVES ROLL

Firkser scores 3 TDs to lead rout over Mariners

ON ALL CYLINDERS MANALAPAN 42 TOMS RIVER NORTH 7

CLICK ON LOGO FOR STORY

BRAVES UNLEASH RUN GAME

CLICK ON PICTURE FOR FULL STORY 

The focus all season with Manalapan’s offense has been on receivers Anthony Firkser and Saeed Blacknall and their big-play capabilities.

However, in the fourth quarter Saturday at Colts Neck’s McChesney Stadium, with probably the Shore Conference Class A North championship on the line, Manalapan went back to its roots.

FALL SPORTS FORMS

click on logo for all forms
ALL FALL SPORTS FORMS MUST BE INTO THE NURSES OFFICE BY JULY 25TH

Sieczkowski gave Braves a punishing ground attack

Click on picture for full story


In the current football era of spread offense, big plays and trick plays, the Manalapan High School football team used a tried and true formula for winning in the fall of 2011. The Braves relied on a punishing running attack to wear down opponents and win games in the second half.

LAST CHANCE FOR PLAYERS PACKAGE

CLICK ON THE SPORTS PARADISE LOGO TO ORDER YOUR PLAYERS PACKAGE AND ANY OTHER CLOTHING OPTIONS YOU MAY LIKE
THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO ORDER

MANALAPANS ANTHONY FIRKSER COMMITS TO HARVARD

Anthony Firkser

ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT

AS WE ALL KNOW THIS STORM HAS IMPACTED US IN MANY WAYS. IF NOT DIRECTLY WE HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS THAT HAVE NOT FARED VERY WELL. WHILE WE ALL SPEND SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT IN PREPARING FOR A FOOTBALL GAME EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT IT IS SITUATIONS LIKE HURRICANE SANDY THAT BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE. WITH THAT IN MIND COACH GURRIERI IS ASKING THAT THE MANALAPAN FOOTBALL FAMILY HELP OUT WHERE THEY CAN AND SHOW WHAT CHAMPIONS WE REALLY ARE.

COACH IS ASKING THAT WE ASSEMBLE AS MANY BLANKETS  SHEETS, PILLOWS, AND PILLOWS CASES AS POSSIBLE. MANY FAMILIES IN THE SHORE AREA WITHOUT HEAT COULD USE THESE ITEMS TO MAKE THEM A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE.

ANY CURRENT OR ALUMNI THAT IS IN A POSITION TO HELP CAN DROP OFF THESE ITEMS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AT 10:00 am ON SUNDAY MORNING.

BRAVES FAMILY FOREVER

 

 

WOW GREAT JOB BY BRAVES

COACH GURREIRI WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT TURNED OUT ON SUNDAY TO HELP THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY IN NEED. 

IT WAS A TREMENDOUS TURN OUT BY PLAYERS, FAMILY, COACHES AND EVEN STRANGERS THAT SHOWED UP TO GIVE WHAT THEY COULD.

WITH THE HELP OF CINDY FORKOWITZ AND THE TOUCHDOWN CLUB UNDER VERY DIFFICULT CONDITIONS MANY WITH NO POWER, NO INTERNET, AND VERY LIMITED MEANS OF COMMUNICATION THEY WHERE STILL ABLE TO GET THE WORD OUT TO THE BRAVES ARMY.

 WE WHERE ABLE TO GET ENOUGH PEOPLE TO SHOW UP TO FILL 8 PICK UP TRUCKS FULL OF MERCHADISE.

ITEMS RANGING FROM BLANKETS, CLOTHING,WATER, COATS, AND EVEN LARGE BAGS OF DOG FOOD.

THE EFFORT WAS AMAZING.

SOME OF THE PARENTS EVEN DROVE AROUND TOWN PICKING UP GOODS FROM NEIGHBORS THAT COULDN'T MAKE IT TO THE SCHOOL BUT WANTED TO HELP.

BRAVES FAMILY FOREVER

AGAIN THANKS TO EVERYONE

 

 

NO.2 MANALAPAN DOMINANT IN WIN OVER NO 3 COLTS NECK

CLICK ON LOGO FOR STORY

 It was a great look at what the

Manalapan offense is capable of when

most of its key players are healthy.

And what was seen, might not have been

the best of news for Manalapan’s

potential opponents in the NJSIAA

Central Group V playoffs, which will begin

in three weeks. Manalapan will be trying

to win its first sectional championship

when the playoffs begin.

SHORE CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS

Click on logo for full article

Shore Conference football previews, 2012: Manalapan's Saeed Blacknall and St. John Vianney's Ishmael Hyman are best friends and top receivers.

BRAVES ADD CRUCIAL BRICK TO THEIR WALL

SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS

CLICK ON LGOG FOR FULL STORY

CENTRAL JERSEY GROUP V

(4) HUNTERDON CENTRAL (5-4-1) MANALAPAN (10-0)

FRIDAY 7pm

MANALAPAN KEYS TO THE GAME

 

SAEED BLACKNALL MAX PREPS JUNIOR ALL AMERICAN

CLICK ON LOGO FOR FULL STORY

Saeed Blacknall of Manalapan, a wide

receiver, and

Quenton Nelson of Red Bank Catholic, an

offensive

lineman, made Second Team Offense.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS NOESGES

CHRIS BROKE THE SINGLE SEASON TACKLING RECORD PREVIOUSLY HELD BY COREY DECASTRO

CHRIS HAS 118 TACKLES 

COREY IS A COACH AT MANALAPAN HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS PROUD TO ABNNOUNCE THAT CHRIS BROKE HIS RECORD AT THE ALUMNI DINNER TUESDAY NIGHT

BRAVES CLINCH A NORTH TITLE

Isabella, Blacknall connect for three TDs

CLICK ON LOGOG FOR STORY

 

 

SIGNING DAY AT MANALAPAN

                                                            

JOHN APPICE SIGNS WITH                    ANTHONY FIRKSER SIGNS WITH HARVARD

EAST STROUSBURG

                                                    

MANALAPAN OVERTAKES RED BANK CATHOLIC in APP TOP 10

CLICK ON LOGO FOR FULL STORY

The time has come for a change at the top of the Asbury Park Press Football Top 10.

Manalapan, which has been ranked No. 2 for the last six weeks moves into the top spot. It is perhaps the first time in Manalapan’s history it has been ranked No. 1 in the APP Top 10. It is certainly the first time this late in the season Manalapan has had the top spot.

UPDATED DECEMBER 22nd 2018 BRAVES CAREER STATS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MANALAPAN BRAVES CAEER STATS

Hunterdon Central (7) at Manalapan (17), NJSIAA Tournament, Semifinal Round,

click on logo for full story

Manalapan's offense is not one to question.

Its play-making receivers, Anthony Firkser and Saeed Blacknall, often draw double coverage from opposing defenses, tailback Tyler Leonetti is elusive, and its offensive line is punishing.

BRAVES' YOUTH NOW EXPERIENCED

click on logo for full story

 When Manalapan walked out of High Point Solutions Stadium last season with a 23-11 loss to Sayreville in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV title game, it did so with the understanding that there was a ton of youth on the field and in turn, the prospects of getting back to Rutgers this season for another sectional final were strong.

MANALAPAN 17 HUNTERDON CENTRAL 7

CENTRAL JERSEY STAR LEDGER PREVIEW

CLICK ON LOGO FOR FULL STORY

State football playoffs: An in-depth look at the Central Jersey, Group 5 final between South Brunswick and Manalapan

CENTRAL JERSEY GROUP V CHAMPIONSHIP

SOUTH BRUNSWICK VIKINGS VS MANALAPAN BRAVES

SATURDAY DEC. 8TH 2012

7:00 pm

RUTGERS STADIUM

TICKET PRICE $9.00 PER ADULT $3.00 PER SENIOR/STUDENT

BRAVES HIGHLIGHTED BIG FRHSD FOOTBALL CAMPAIGN

 

CLICK ON LOGO FOR FULL STORY

Even though their bid for perfection was spoiled

by

South Brunswick High School in the NJSIAA

Central Jersey Group V championship game, the

Manalapan High School football team put

together one of the great seasons in recent

Freehold Regional High School District history.

 

BRAVES MARCH TO FINALS

MANALAPAN — Tyler Leonetti received congratulations from a Hunterdon Central coach Friday night.

“You played a great game, pal. Great game,” the coach told the Manalapan junior running back.

CLICK ON LOGO FOR FULL STORY

MANALAPN, ISABELLA OUT TO FINISH THE JOB IN STATE FINAL

CLICK ON LOGO FOR FULL STORY

ONE YEAR AGO MANALAPAN QUARTERBACK

MIKE ISABELLA FOUND HIMSELF FORCED OUT

OF HIS COMFORT ZONE BY A TALENTED AND

FAST SAYREVILLE DEFENSE IN THE CENTRAL

JERSEY GROUP IV FINAL

BRAVES TAKING ‘BUSINESS TRIP’ TO RUTGERS FOR CJ V TITLE GAME

click on logo for full story.

MANALAPAN ADVANCES TO FINAL WITH HARD

FOUGHT WIN OVER HUNTERDON CENTRAL

COACHES ALL-DIVISION TEAMS

OFFENSE ALL DIVISION

MIKE ISABELLA

TYLER LEONETTI

DEREK BROOKS

ANTHONY FIRKSER

SAEED BLACKNALL

 

DEFENSE ALL DIVISION

JOHN APPICE

CHRIS CRUZ

CHRIS NOESGES

 

 

COACHES DIVISION PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

A-NORTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY FIKSER

 

A-NORTH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CHRIS NOESGES

FIRST TEAM ALL SHORE

 

JOHN APPICE

ANTHONY FIRKSER

SAEED BLACKNALL

CHRIS NOESGES

 

2ND TEAM ALL SHORE

TYLER LEONETTI

 

3RD TEAM ALL SHORE

DEREK BROOKS

CHRIS CRUZ

 

 

ALL MONMOUTH TEAM

1ST TEAM OFFENSE ALL MONMOUTH COUNTY

ANTHONY FIRKSER

TYLER LEONETTI

2ND TEAM

SAEED BLACKNALL

MIKE ISABELLA

 

1ST TEAM DEFENSE ALL MONMOUTH COUNTY

JOHN APPICE

CHRIS NOESGES

 

MSG VARSITY ALL METRO TEAM

1ST TEAM OFFENSE

SAEED BLACKNALL

 

2ND TEAM DEFENSE

JOHN APPICE

 

HONORABLE MENTION

CHRIS NOESGES

ANTHONY FIRKSER

MSG VARSITY ALL NEW JERSEY TEAM

1ST TEAM OFFENSE ALL NEW JERSEY

SAEED BLACKNALL

ANTHONY FIRKSER

 

2ND TEAM DEFENSE ALL NEW JERSEY

JOHN APPICE

 

HONORABLE MENTION

CHRIS NOESGES

ALL STATE TEAM

2ND TEAM ALL-STATE

ANTHONY FIRKSER

 

 

3RD TEAM ALL-STATE

JOHN APPICE

ALL GROUP V TEAM

1ST TEAM GROUP V OFFENSE

JOHN APPICE

ANTHONY FIRKSER

 

1ST TEAM GROUP V DEFENSE

CHRIS NOESGES

 

3RD TEAM GROUP V OFFENSE

TYLER LEONETTI

ALL SHORE MEDIA FIRST TEAM

1ST TEAM ALL SHORE MEDIA OFFENSE

ANTHONY FIRKSER-WR

JOHN APPICE-OL

SAEED BLACKNALL-UT

1ST TEAM ALL SHORE MEDIA DEFENSE

CHRIS NOESGES-ILB

 

2ND TEAM ALL SHORE MEDIA

MIKE ISABELLA-QB

TYLER LEONETTI-RB

 

3RD TEAM ALL SHORE MEDIA

DEREK BROOKS-OL

CHRIS CRUZ-DB

 

 

STUMPY PICKS MANALAPAN

CLICK ON LOGO FOR FULL STORY

SCOTT STUMP FROM ALLSHORE MEDIA PICKS MANALAPAN TO WIN CENTRAL JERSEY GROUP 5 CHAMPIONSHIP

CONGRATUTATIONS TO THIS YEARS CAPTAINS

John Appice
Mike Isabella
Alex Salzman
Anthony Firkser

FRHSD grid teams ready to kick off 2012

Click on logo for full article
The 2012 scholastic football season will have a lot to live up to. Graduated are two of the most prolific offensive players in Freehold Regional High School District history: Howell High School quarterback Ryan Davies and Manalapan High School running back John Sieczkowski.

THE MONROE CHALLENGE

FRIDAY JUNE 15TH AT MONROE HIGH SCHOOL

Anthony Firkser fields offers from academic elite, leads Manalapan

Click on logo for full story

On a recent late summer morning, before he said a word, Anthony Firkser showed the type of person he is.

In the middle of preparing to scrimmage Toms River South, Manalapan head coach Ed Gurrieri called his star wide receiver off to the side. A reporter had a few questions. Like his older brother, 2010 Asbury Park Press Offensive Player of the Year Josh Firkser, Anthony is a bit sheepish and not totally comfortable with any spotlight or accolades thrown his way.

With a voice recorder coming out of the reporter?s pocket, Firkser, who qualifies as a physical specimen at 6-foot-2 and a ruggedly-built 220 pounds, needed a slight reminder to take his helmet off before speaking. That?s how introverted he appears to be, but that quality is also what makes him special.

IT'S A BOY

CONGRATS TO COACH FLEMING AND HIS WIFE KIM
ON WEDNESDAY MAY 9TH KIM GAVE BIRTH TO A BOY
THEY NAMED HIM CALEB
BABY AND MOM ARE DOING GREAT

BRAVES' DYNAMIC DUO

Click on logo for full story
Opposing teams will have to make major decisions when they are preparing their defense to play Manalapan.

If defenses decide to jam the box against the Braves? power running game, which has produced 2,000-yard rushers each of the last two seasons, they will risk getting burned by the deep ball.