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2013-2014 Boys Varsity Lancer Basketball Team




2013-2014 Boys Junior Varsity Lancer Basketball Team



2013-2014 Boys Freshman Lancer Basketball Team



"Once you have your dream and direction, it is desire, dedication, determination and discipline that keep you going. Ask yourself this: Are you walking your talk?








2014-2015 Freshman Boys Basketball Team



"Lancers finish magic ride to Tourney Title"///December 30,2014///

 #8 St. John Vianney H.S. 56  #2 Randolph H.S. 53

Hillside-The Freshman Boys Basketball Team finished their magic tournament ride at the Joe Silver Freshman Holiday Basketball Tournament in Hillside by defeating #2 Randolph High School 56-53 in a thriller. On Friday they upset #1 Hillside who was 3-0, on Monday defeated #4 Neptune, and finished the tournament with #2 Randolph High School with winning the tournament title 56-53.


"Tryouts are here Lancer Boys Basketball Program"

Freshman Boys Basketball Tryout Schedule:

Monday 4/24/14----VAC/2:30-4:30PM

Tuesday  4/25/14----VAC/4:30-6:30PM

Wednesday  4/26/14-----VAC/1:00-3:00PM


Varsity/Junior Varsity Tryout Schedule:

Monday   4/24/14----Main Gym/5:30-8:30PM

Tuesday   4/25/14----Main Gym/2:30-5:30PM

Wednesday   4/26/14----Main Gym/4:00-7:00PM


"SUMMER UPDATE"/June 6, 2014

"Summer League Begins for the Young Lancers at Colts Neck"///June 6, 2014

here is our schedule for team camp at Colts Neck High School:


6/9 – 4:15 vs Free Twp (L), 5:15 vs Holmdel (L)

6/10 – 5:15 vs Henry Hudson (W), 7:15 vs Shore (L)

6/11 – 7:00 vs Matawan (L), 8:00 vs Colts Neck (L)

6/12 – 7:00 vs Mon Don (W), 8:00 vs Midd. South (W) Overall Summer 2014 Record (3-5)

Wednesday, June 18

Summer League Doubleheader @ Hoop Group, Neptune N.J.

6:00 vs Asbury (Nets court) (W) (4-5)

7:00 vs Midd North (Knicks court) (W) (5-5)

Wednesday, June 25

Summer League Doubleheader @ Hoop Group

6:00 vs New Egypt (Nets court) (W) (6-5)

7:00 vs Ocean (Celtics court) (W) (7-5)

Wednesday, July 2

Summer League Doubleheader @ Hoop Group

6:00 vs Marlboro (Sixers court) (L) (7-6)

8:00 vs Wall (Celtics court) (W) 8-6



 Rumson-Fair Haven 60, St. John Vianney 59

Jack Herrmann scored eight of his official 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs (11-9, 6-7) edged the Lancers (7-15, 4-9) in the completion of a game started back in early January. The originally scheduled game was postponed at the end of the third quarter because of a slippery playing surface with Rumson leading, 46-42. Sophomore Brendan Barry finished with 13 points for Rumson and senior Vinny Facchino led SJV with 17 point.

***Senior Night Friday Night February 21, 2014 vs. Middletown South @ Home 6pm***

"Lancers ground Rockets in rout"///February 11, 2014///St. John Vianney 65, Raritan 42

Senior Vinny Facchino scored 10 points along with four steals and sophomore Grant Goode posted 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Lancers (7-14 ,4-8) roll to a win over the Rockets (4-16, 2-11). Sophomore Joe Strand led Raritan with a game-high 14 points

"Lancers take down Falcons in Opener"///December 20, 2013///St. John Vianney 37, Monmouth 25

Sophomore Zach Howarth scored a team-high 11 points and Vinny Fachino added nine to help the Lancers top the Falcons in their season-opener. Sophomore Matt Mooney led Monmouth with 12 points.


***For up to date scores and standings: http://shoresportsnetwork.com


2013-2014 Varsity Roster

Senior Power Forward Ray Gabeau

Senior Point Guard Matt Grenger

Senior Guard Vinniwe Facchino

Senior Guard Julanee Prince

Senior Small Forward Steve Knable

Junior Guard John Michael Broderick

Sophomore Point Guard Zach Howarth

Sophomore Guard Kevin Callari

Sophomore Center Grant Goode

Sophomore Guard Matt DeBrizzi

Freshman Guard Michael Facchino

Junior Point Guard Vinnie Durso

Sophomore Forward Jake Guempel

Freshman Power Forward Kenny Alexander

Sophomore Point Guard Dan Saker


"SJV strong play takes out Huskies"///September 24, 2013///The SJV Boys Basketball improved to 2-0 in the Rebounds Fall League beating Matawan High School 48-37 led by Senior small forward Ray Gabeau and Senior Guard Vinnie Facchino who hit key free throws down the stretch to lead the Lancers to victory. SJV Sophomore Guard Zach Howarth burried 4 three pointers in the victory. Next game will be monday night vs. Jackson at 8pm. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!!!

"Lancers begin Fall League at Rebounds"///September 17, 2013///The Lancers began Fall League competition last night at Rebounds in Neptune and played one of the top teams in the Shore Long Branch High School. With the score tied at 24 at the half after the Lancers rallied from an early 10-4 deificit the young Lancers got their track shoes on and got their fast break in high gear and beat the Green Wave 59-53 led by Senior Guard Vinnie Facchino, Senior Power Forward Ray Gabeau, and Senior Guard Matt Grenger.

"Lancers have breakout summer"///August 3, 2013///The young Lancers completed an incredible summer game schedule finishing 10-7 overall and playing at a very high level these past few summer monthes. The Lancers have participated in the Kean University Iron Man Challenge finishing with a 4-3 record losing in the Championship game last saturday to Middletown North H.S. 59-51. The boys also participated in the Mater Dei Prep Summer H.S. basketball league for the second year in a row and finished 5-3 beating Keyport H.S. 58-57 in a thriller thursday night to finish summer league game action. Also the boys had particitpated in a one night tri-scrimmage between Ocean H.S. and Shore Regional splitting 1-1. The young Lancers coming into the summer had finished spring league at Rebounds of Neptune with a 5-2 record giving the Lancers a 15-9 overall record since the season had ended in March. The future is very bright for this young and talented group.........Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!!!!

"2013-2014 Schedules Released"///July 5, 2013///Holmdel///St. John Vianney High School Boy's Basketball Schedules for 2013-2014 Varsity/J.V./Freshman:

2013-2014 Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule:
Tue 12/10 5:30pm vs Jackson (s) Cancelled Snow
Thu 12/12 3:45pm @ Keansburg (s) W
Sat 12/14 1:00pm @ Neptune (s) NA
Tue 12/17 6:30pm vs Mater Dei (s) W
Fri 12/20 6:30pm vs Monmouth Regional (W 37-25)///Overall 1-0/Division 1-0)
Mon 12/23 1:00pm @ Red Bank Regional   (L 64-45)///Overall 1-1/Division 1-0)
Fri 12/27 11:00am vs. Old Bridge (Matawan Christmas Tournament)//(L 63-48)///Overall 1-2/Division 1-0)
Sat 12/28 11:00am vs Mount Saint Michael Bronx N.Y.//(Matawan Christmas Tournament)///(L 55-49 OT///Overall 1-3/Division 1-0)
Mon 12/30 11am vs Carteret (Matawan Christmas Tournament)///(L 71-63///Overall 1-4/Division 1-0)
Fri 01/03 6:30pm vs  #5 Rumson-Fair Haven (Game Suspended 4th Quarter 46-42 Rumson Due to Court Conditions)
Mon 01/06 6:30pm @ Shore Regional (L 73-52 Overall 1-5/Division 1-1)
Thu 01/09 6:30pm vs Manasquan (L 58-47 Overall 1-6/Division 1-2)
Sat 01/11 1:00pm @ #4 Matawan (L 50-49 Overall 1-7/Division 1-2)
Tue 01/14 6:30pm vs Holmdel (L 68-30 Overall 1-8/Division 1-3)
Wens 1/15 6:30pm vs Central (Game Cancelled)
Fri 01/17 3:45pm vs Raritan (W 76-55 Overall 2-8/Division 2-3)
Mon 1/20 10am vs. South Amboy (L 56-47 Overall 2-9/Division 2-3)
Tue 01/21 6:30pm @ Red Bank Catholic (Cancelled due to snow)
Thu 01/23 6:30pm @ Monmouth Regional(W 56-46 Overall 3-9/Division 3-3)
Sat 01/25 1:00pm vs St. Rose (Cancelled)
Sat 1/25 3:30pm vs Central Regional (W 90-68 Overall 4-9/Division 3-3)
Tue 01/28 6:30pm @ Rumson-Fair Haven (L Overall 4-10/Division 3-4)
Wens 1/29 6:30pm @ Howell (W Overall 5-10/Division 3-4)
Fri 01/31 6:30pm vs Shore Regional (L Overall 5-11/Division 3-5)
Sat 2/1 12:00 @ Allentown (W Overall 6-11/Division 3-5)
Tue 02/04 6:30pm @ Manasquan (L Overall 6-12/Division 3-6)
Thu 02/06 6:30pm @ Holmdel (L Overall 6-13/Division 3-7)
Sat 02/08 1:00pm @ Red Bank Catholic (L Overall 6-14/Division 3-8)
Mon 02/10 3:45pm @ Raritan (W Overall 7-14/Division 4-8)
Sat 02/15 2:30pm vs Red Bank Catholic (Postponed Due to Weather)
Sat 2/15 1:00pm vs Rumson (L Overall 7-15/Division 4-9)
Fri 2/21 6:00pm vs Middletown South (Senior Night)///(W 8-15/Division 4-9)
Mon 2/24 6:00pm vs Red Bank Catholic (Pink Game)///(L 8-16/Division 4-10)///(Season Complete)
2013-2014 Boys Junior Varsity Schedule:
Tue 12/10 5:30pm vs Jackson (s) Cancelled Snow
Thu 12/12 3:45pm @ Keansburg (s) W
Sat 12/14 11:30am @ Neptune (s) Cancelled Snow
Tue 12/17 5:00pm vs Mater Dei (s) L
Fri 12/20 5:00pm vs Monmouth Regional (W 45-26)///Overall 1-0/Division 1-0)
Mon 12/23 11:30pm @ Red Bank Regional (L 77-56)///Overall 1-1/Division 1-0)
 Fri 01/03 5:00pm vs Rumson-Fair Haven (Cancelled)
Mon 01/06 5:00pm @ Shore Regional (L 47-44 Overall 1-2/Division 1-1)
Thu 01/09 5:00pm vs Manasquan (L 61-48 Overall 1-3/Division 1-2)
Sat 01/11 11:30am @ Matawan (W 63-55 Overall 2-3/Division 1-2)
Tue 01/14 5:00pm vs Holmdel (L 47-46 Overall 2-4/Division 1-3) 
Wens 1/15 5:00 vs Central  (Cancelled)
Fri 01/17 5:00pm vs Raritan (W 52-48 Overall 3-4/Division 2-3)
Tue 01/21 5:00pm @ Red Bank Catholic (Cancelled due to snow)
Thu 01/23 5:00pm @ Monmouth Regional (L 36-32 Overall 3-5/Division 2-4)
Sat 01/25 11:30am vs St. Rose (Cancelled)
Sat 1/25 2:00pm vs Central Regional (W 62-38 Overall 4-5/Division  2-4)
Tue 01/28 5:00pm @ Rumson-Fair Haven (L Overall 4-6/Division 2-5)
Wens 1/29 5:00pm @ Howell (L Overall 4-7/Division 2-5)
Fri 01/31 5:00pm vs Shore Regional (L Overall 4-8/Division 2-6)
Sat 2/1 10:30am @ Allentown (W Overall 5-8/Division 2-6)
Tue 02/04 5:00pm @ Manasquan (L Overall 5-9/Division 2-7)
Thu 02/06 5:00pm @ Holmdel (W Overall 6-9/Division 3-7)
Sat 02/08 11:30am @ Red Bank Catholic (W Overall 7-9/Division 4-7)
Mon 02/10 5:00pm @ Raritan (W OT Overall 8-9/Division 5-7)
Fri 02/14 5:00pm vs Red Bank Catholic (Cancelled Due to Weather)
Sat 2/15 11:30am vs Rumson (Cancelled due to weather)///(Season Complete)
2013-2014 Boys Freshman Basketball Schedule:
Tue 12/10 3:45pm vs Jackson (s) Cancelled Snow
Sat 12/14 10:00am @ Neptune (s) Cancelled
Tue 12/17 3:45pm vs Mater Dei (s) W
Fri 12/20 3:45pm vs Monmouth Regional (W///Overall 1-0/Division 1-0)

Mon 12/23 9:00am @ Red Bank Regional (W///Overall 2-0/Division 1-0)

Fri 12/27 1pm vs Bergen Catholic (Bergen Catholic Freshman Christmas Tournament)//(L 47-44///Overall 2-1/Division 1-0)

Sun 12/29 10am vs St. Peters Prep///Consolation///(W 57-50///Overall 3-1/Division 1-0)
Fri 01/03 3:45pm vs Rumson-Fair Haven (Cancelled)
Mon 01/06 3:45pm @ Shore Regional (Cancelled)
Thu 01/09 3:45pm vs Manasquan (L Overall 3-2/Division 1-1)
Sat 01/11 10:00am @ Matawan (W Overall 4-2/Division 1-1)
Tue 01/14 3:45pm vs Holmdel (W Overall 5-2/Division 2-1)

Wens 1/15 3:45pm vs Central (Cancelled)
Fri 01/17 6:30pm vs Raritan (W Overall 6-2/Divisionn 3-1)
Tue 01/21 3:45pm @ Red Bank Catholic (Cancelled due to snow)
Thu 01/23 3:45pm @ Monmouth Regional (W Overall 7-2/Division 3-1)
Sat 01/25 10:00am vs St. Rose (Cancelled)
Tue 01/28 3:45pm @ Rumson-Fair Haven (L Overall 7-3/Division 3-2)

Wed 1/29 3:45pm @ Shore (L Overall 7-4/Division 3-3)
Fri 01/31 3:45pm vs Shore Regional (W Overall 8-4/Division 4-3)

Sat 2/1 9am @ Allentown (W Overall 9-4/Division 4-3)
Tue 02/04 3:45pm @ Manasquan (W Overall 10-4/Division 5-3)
Thu 02/06 3:45pm @ Holmdel (W Overall 11-4/Division 6-3)
Sat 02/08 10am @ Red Bank Catholic (W Overall 12-4/Division 7-3)
Mon 02/10 6:30pm @ Raritan (W Overall 13-4/Division 8-3)
Fri 02/14 3:45pm vs Red Bank Catholic (Cancelled Due to Weather)

Sat 2/15 10am vs Rumson (Cancelled Due to Weather)///(Season Complete)
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"Lancers continue to roll and take down Cardinal McCarrick in South Amboy"///February 15, 2013///Lancers 66 Cardinal McCarrick 57///The Lancers continued to roll with 2 wins in two night traveling to South Amboy to play an out of conference game vs. Cardinal McCarrick H.S. Eagles. Vinnie Facchino led the Lancers with 24 points. With the score tied at 28 at halftime the Lancers raced out to a 13 point lead in the 3rd quarter and rolled to a 66-57 victory over the Eagles.

"Lancers stun Casey's with Fachinno's three"///February 14, 2013///St. John Vianney 51 Red Bank Catholic 50///With the Lancers trailing 48-42 with 2:39 they mounted a tremendous comeback with a 6-0 run to tie it at 48-48 with 33 second. After a steal and two made free throws by the Caseys the Lancers got the ball back with 10.9 seconds to go and with 1.3 seconds left Junior Guard Vinnie Facchino hit a three pointer from the top of the key 30 feet away to give the Lancers the lead for good as the Casey's last second shot fell harmlessly to the ground on a full court pass and shot. This is the Lancers 5th win in division and 9th win overall with 5 remaining games and eclipsed last year win mark of 8 as the Lancers continue to build for the future and make great strides. With hue wins against Rumson, RBC, Matawan, Holmdel, Monmouth Regional this season the future is very bright for the young Lancers.

"Young Lancers finish on high note for season"///February 4, 2013///The young Lancers Freshman and Junior Varsity teams had finished their seasons tonight vs. Raritan High School at home. The Junior Varsity had trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter and decided they would not be denied a winning record and a season ending loss and mounted a furious comeback and outscored the Rockets 25-10 in the 4th quarter and won 57-46 led by Freshman Point Guard Zach Howarth's 25 points and Sophomore Point Guard Vinnie Durso's 9 points all in the 4th quarter including a pivotal 4 point play which gave the Lancers the lead for good and never looked back. The J.V. finished with a record of 10-10, 7-6 in A Central Divisional play having won three out of their last four having won on saturday vs. Long Branch and having won down in Lacey in a thriller last wednesday. In the Freshman game leading 26-23 at halftime they turned up the defensive pressure in the second half winning their 8th game of the season winning 53-41 and also having beaten Long Branch on saturday finished the season on a high note.

"Lancers upset #8 Hornets"///February 1, 2013///St. John Vianney 69 Holmdel 63///St. John Vianney upset the #8 in the Shore Holmdel Hornetswho were 11-5 coming into the game. The Lancers took a 32-23 lead into halftime. Robbie Cantelli was held to 12 points while the Lancers used stifling 2-3 zone to stop Cantellin from getting to the basket. The Lancers won 69-63 led by Junior Captain Guard Vinnie Facchino's 23 points. In Freshman and Junior Varsity game both teams had lost.

"SJV blows out Lions in Lacey"///January 30, 2013///St. John Vianney 69 Lacey 56///The Lancers took a ride to Ocean County tonight and cameback victorious beating the Lacey High School Lions 69-56 in a blowout. The Lancers leading 35-28 at halftime went on a 25-10 3rd quarter run led by Junior Forward Ray Gabeau and Junior Guard Julanee Prince leading 60-38 heading into the 4th quarter. The team was lead by Julanee Prince's 22 points, Junior Guard Vinnie Facchino's 18 points, and Ray Gabeau's 14 points. In Junior Varsity action the JV won 46-44 on Freshman Guard Zach Howarth's two clutch free throws with 10 seconds left to win the game. Zach Howarth led the team with 19 points.

"Lancers get revenge on Falcons from opening night"///January 17, 2013///St. John Vianney 69 Monmouth Regional 62///Junior Forward Ray Gabeau had a monster game with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and added a three pointer to cap off a ferocious night on the boards and dominating the Falcons and getting revenge from opening night 17 point loss winning 69-62 and hitting clutch free throws down the stretch by Junior Guard Vinnie Facchino. In Freshman and Junior Varsity action the Freshman had won by 19 points and the Junior Varsity had won 59-37 having won their 4th game in a row.

"Hornets sting Lancers"///January 8, 2013///Holmdel 63, St. John Vianney 55///Senior guard Robbie Cantelli scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the first half and the Hornets (6-2, 4-1) held off the Lancers (4-6, 1-4) in A Central. Senior Brett Lambert and sophomore Jeff Harris each added 13 points for Holmdel. In Freshman and Junior Varsity action the Freshman had lost and the Junior Varsity had won 50-36 led by Freshman Guard Zach Howarth's 9 points and Sophomore Guard Anthony Amorin's 6 points and 2 three pointers.

"Lancers get revenge on Huskies"///January 5, 2013///St. John Vianney 56, Matawan 55///Vinny Facchino and Garrett Clifton scored 16 points each and the Lancers edged the Huskies a week after losing to Matawan 63-40 in the Huskies Classic consolation round. Clifton also added 6 rebounds and five blocks, while Joe Piscopo led Matawan with 13 points. In Freshman and Junior Varsity action the Freshman had won and J.V. had lost 52-48 to the 6-0 J.V. Huskies.

"Warriors outlast Lancers"///January 3, 2013///No. 5 Manasquan 64, St. John Vianney 50///Senior Jimmy Walsh scored 24 points, pulled down 21 rebounds and blocked three shots to help lead the Warriors (6-1, 3-1) past the Lancers (3-5, 1-3) with senior guard J.R. Hobbie out due to illness. Junior guard Tommy Toole picked up 18 points and junior Jack Fay added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for Manasquan. In Freshman and Junior Varsity action the Freshman had lost and J.V. had won 40-34 led by Freshman Guard Nikko Ho's 10 points.

"Lancers take down Rebels in rout"///December 27, 2012///(7) St. John Vianney 59, (6) Howell 36
Vinny Facchino scored 23 points and Ray Gabeau added nine points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lancers past the Rebels in the consolation round of the Huskies Classic. Joe Purcaro led Howell with 13 points.

"Devils outduel Lancers in friday night showdown"///December 20, 2012///Shore 58, St. John Vianney 50
Junior Dan Pillari scored a team-high 13 points and the Blue Devils (3-0, 3-0) hit 11 of their 13 free-throw attempts during a 25-11 fourth-quarter to rally for a win over the Lancers (2-2, 1-2) in coach Dave Emery's return to St. John Vianney. Kevin Bloodgood added 12 points for Shore while Ray Gabeau led St. John Vianney with 14 points and 12 rebounds. In Junior Varsity and Freshman action the J.V. had lost and the Freshman won their game for SJV.

"Lancers stomp Bucs"///December 19, 2012
St. John Vianney 47, Red Bank 33
Holmdel-Vinny Facchino scored 11 points and Ray Gabeau added 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Lancers beat the Bucs in a non-divisional game. In Junior Varsity and Freshman play JV won 46-44 in a thriller and the Freshman had lost for the Lancers.

"SJV upset the Bulldogs"///December 18, 2012
St. John Vianney 67, Rumson-Fair Haven 53
Rumson-Vinny Facchino scored 20 points and Steve Callari had 19 to lead the Lancers (1-1, 1-1) to a win over the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-1). Ray Gabeau chipped in 14 points for St. John Vianney. In Junior Varsity and Freshman level games both teams had lost.

"Falcons take out Lancers in opener"///December 14, 2012
Monmouth 72, St. John Vianney 55
Freshman Nyrique Smith scored 24 points in his first high school game and the Falcons beat the Lancers to start the season 1-0 after going 0-23 last year. Vinny Fachino matched Smith with 24 points to lead St. John Vianney. In JV and Freshman action JV won 64-37 and the Freshman started out 1-0 with 27-25 win at Monmouth Regional. In J.V. and Freshman action for SJV the Freshman had won 27-25 in a close game and the Junior Varsity had won 64-27 going away in a blowout led by Freshman Point Guard Zach Howarth's 20 points on opening night.


"Tryouts are here, this is the schedule as follows"
November 21, 2012
Boys’ Basketball - Tryout Schedule

Monday 11/26: Grade 9 - 230-430 in Bubble; Grades 10,11 and 12 - 530–8:30 in Gym
After Monday’s tryouts, all players will be split into two groups.

Tuesday 11/27: Group 1: 230 – 4:00 in Gym; Group 2 4:00 – 5:30 in Gym
First cuts made Tuesday night (if necessary).

Wednesday 11/28: Grade 9 - 2:30-4:30 in Bubble; Grades 10, 11, 12 -11- 5:30 – 7:30 in Big Gym
Final cuts made for all levels. List will be posted on Coach Conklin’s e-board.
***Reminder: Be at all tryouts 15 minutes early to stretch on your own!

"Lancer Varsity Fall League Schedule Announced"
September 17, 2012
Holmdel-The Varsity Boys will be playing in a High School Fall League starting on Monday September 17th at Rebounds in Neptune. The below link is where you can obtain more information on the boys schedule/Just copy and paste/Go Lancer Boys Basketball.
Schedule at:

Hoop Group Website: http://hoopgroup.com

"Alumni Night a Success"
August 9, 2012
Holmdel-It was a great night overall as 25 former SJV Boys Basketball players returned to the floor to rekindle their youth for one night and be back in High School! It was a great night overall with two full scrimmages that took place where in the first game it was Odd vs. Even graduation years and in the second game the present Varsity took on the former SJV players Alumni in an exciting and competitive game followed by refreshments, food, and snacks in the SJV Cafeteria. Thank you for an exciting night of basketball by our present young players and the 25 former players that had returned. It was the final function for the boys Varsity and it was an incredibly successful summer of games and development.....Go SJV Boys Basketball!!!

"Lancers return from Susquehanna University Team Camp energized"
July 21, 2012
Holmdel-The young developing Lancers Boys Basketball teams came back sunday afternoon energized and ready to attack the Shore Conference after playing last weekend at Susquehanna University Team Camp and logging 8 games a piece at Varsity and J.V. levels. The Varsity this week knocked off South Amboy Tuesday night and Division rival Raritan thursday night playing very aggressive and end to end basketball attacking the rim and looking great in the process and the Junior Varsity topped off the week with a come from behind victory against Mater Dei Prep to keep the Lancers undefeated for the week. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!!!!

"Varsity and JV start summer league after July 4th"
July 3, 2012
Holmdel-The Varsity and Junior Varsity start summer league play this week after July 4th. The Varsity open up against Matawan Thursday night at 5pm at Mater Dei Prep High School in Middletown. The Junior Varsity will play Friday night at Mater Dei Prep High School on the outdoor courts behind St. Mary's. They will have a double header playing Keyport J.V. at 6pm and Mater Dei Prep J.V. at 7pm. Good Luck to both squads who have been working hard this summer developing for next season. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!

"Good first week for the Young Lancers Squads"
June 29,2012
Holmdel-It was a great first week for the young Lancers squads! Both teams will be involved in summer leagues at Mater Dei in July. Both workouts went extremely well with the boys working hard on all levels and developing. The future is very bright for both teams and attendence was excellent at the workouts exceeding 20 players. Varsity will begin their summer league thursday night and Junior Varsity friday night.

"Varsity and Junior Varsity Summer League Workouts Beginning"
June 21, 2012
Holmdel-The young Lancers Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams will begin their Summer Practice Workouts for Summer League soon! Varsity will begin on Monday June 25th at 6pm in the Main Gym and on Wednesday June 27th the Junior Varsity will begin their workouts with the Varsity! Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!

"Lancers fall short in final to Tropics in Monroe"
June 15, 2012
Holmdel-The Lancers came back from 24-15 in the first half to take a 33-30 lead into half time on Vinnie Facchino's three point basket with 5 seconds remaining. The Jersey Shore Tropics then came out and went on a 10-0 run to begin the second half and then the Lancers came back and out scored the Tropics 9-4 to cut the deficit to 44-42 on Julanee Prince's layup. But then the Jersey Shore Tropics started to pull away on consecutive three point baskets and won the Monroe Spring League East Championship 64-50. The Lancers were led by Vinnie Facchino in scoring. The Lancers finished the 6-4 overall and claimed the East Division second place. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!

"Lancers stun Falcons with stiffling defense to advance to final"
June 6, 2012
Holmdel-The Lancers stun the Monroe Falcons with stiffling defense 52-23 to advance to the finals next week against the Jersey Shore Tropics on tuesday.

"Lancers Make Playoff Semifinal vs. Monroe in Spring B.B. League"
June 3, 2012

***Playoff Semifinal Game***
Game 9/Tue/June 5/9:05pm/MSC Red Court @ Monroe Sports Center
Monroe Falcons East #2 (6-2) vs. St. John Vianney East #3 (5-3)


"Arick Sodini Receives Post Season Awards"
March 17, 2012
Holmdel-Senior Center Captain Arick Sodini has been name First Team All Division in A Central Division in Monmouth County of the Shore Conference along with representing St. John Vianney High School in the North-South All Star Game of the Shore Conference.

Class A Central

Player of the Year: Mike Aaman, Raritan

Coach of the Year: Sean Devaney, Holmdel

First Team

Mike Aaman, Sr., F/C, Raritan

Christian Vikse, Sr., G, Holmdel

Larry Smith, Sr., G, Matawan

Jack Donnelly, Sr., G, Rumson-FH

Arick Sodini, Sr., C, St. John Vianney

"Sodini's buzzer beater stuns Mon Don"
February 24, 2012
St. John Vianney 50 Monsignor Donovan 47 OT
Holmdel-Senior Center Captain Arick Sodini scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and with 1.8 seconds remaining in the overtime and the Lancers inbounding the ball inside halfcourt on the sideline in the Sodini hit a 30-footer at the buzzer in overtime to cap his career and give the Lancers (8-15) a win over the Griffins (9-16). With the Lancers trailing 25-14 at halftime the Lancers made a furious comeback and forced overtime by Sodini's free throw to tie the score at 43-43. The Lancers outscored the Griffin's 7-4 in the overtime. Also, scoring for the Lancers Junior Guard Steve Callari with 13 points and Senior Guard Captain Mike Callari with 10 points. The Lancers finished the second half of the season 7-5 and 5-1 in their last 6 games. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!!
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"Lancers force upset of Keansburg"
February 21, 2012
St. John Vianney 57, Keansburg 38
Holmdel-Senior center Arick Sodini scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the third quarter to help the Lancers (7-15) pull away to knock off the Titans (15-7), who were led by 14 points by junior forward Danny Markulin. Also scoring for the Lancers Junior Guard Steve Callari 8 points and Sophomore Guard Vinny Facchino 8 points.

"Middletown South overtakes Lancers"
February 18, 2012
Middletown South 47, St. John Vianney 29
Middletown-Senior forward Jim Dzugan dropped in 17 points to help the Eagles (7-14) beat the Lancers (6-15). The Lancers were lead by Senior Center Arick Sodini's 14 points. The Lancer Varsity is 4-2 in their last 6 games. That snapped the Lancers 3 game win streak. In Junior Varsity action the J.V. completed their season schedule by defeating Middletown South 52-41. The young Lancers were lead by Freshman Guard John Michael Broderick's 15 points and (5) 3-pointers along with Junior point guard Anthony Golaszewski's 14 points and (3) 3-pointers and Sophomore Guard/Forward Ray Gabeau's 10 points. The J.V. finished their season 13-5 overall and 9-3 in A Central Divisional play this season and finished the season on a five game winning streak.
Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!!!!!!

"Lancers make it three in a row and take out Wall"
February 17, 2012
St. John Vianney 41, Wall 29
Wall-Senior Captain Center Arick Sodini had a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Steve Callari added 11 points along with Senior Captain Center Bobby Eder with 6 points to help the Lancers (6-14) beat the Crimson Knights (7-17). The Lancers have now won three games in a row and four out of the last five posting a 4-1 mark in the last 5 games. In Junior Varsity action Sophomore Ray Gabeau hit the go ahead free throw at 38-37 and Sophomore Captain Guard Matt Grenger iced the game with two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to give the young Lancers the win. They improve their record to 12-5 overall.

"Lancer late spurt drops Monmouth"
February 14, 2012
St. John Vianney 74, Monmouth 66
Holmdel-Senior center Arick Sodini had a career-high 34 points, going 14-for-15 from the foul line, along with 18 rebounds to outduel Monmouth junior guard Ra'Quan Gardner, who had a career-high 33 points, as the Lancers (5-14) knocked off the visiting Falcons (0-23) on Senior Night.
Junior guard Steve Callari added 16 points for St. John Vianney. Senior forward Justin Argyriou chipped in with 11 points in the loss for Monmouth. In Junior Varsity action the J.V. won 68-42 to complete their home schedule on Senior Night with a 7-1 mark this season. They improved their record to 11-5 overall and 9-3 in A Central Divisional play. The young Lancers jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter lead and 37-12 at the break and never looked back. The team was lead by Freshman Guard John Michael Broderick with 17 points and 5 three pointers, Sophomore Captain Point Guard Matt Grenger 12 points, and Sophomore Forward Patrick Gribbon with 10 points. Also, in Freshman action the freshman won their game completing the sweep on Senior Night. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!

"Lancers stop Caseys"
February 11, 2012
St. John Vianney 55, Red Bank Catholic 34
Red Bank-With Vianney leading 33-27 going into the fourth quarter the Lancers used a 22-7 run the final 8 minutes to seal the victory. Senior center Arick Sodini had 17 and 16 rebounds and guard Steve Callari added 12 points to help the Lancers (4-14) roll past the Caseys (5-16).

"Hornets hold on and top Lancers"
February 6,2012
Holmdel 54, St. John Vianney 44
Holmdel-Senior guard Christian Vikse had a game-high 14 points, nailing three 3-pointers, junior guard Robbie Cantelli added 10 points and the Hornets (14-5, 9-2) hit eight threes as a team on the way to beating the Lancers (3-14, 1-11). Senior forward Matt Nasra added 6 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals for Holmdel. Senior center Arick Sodini had 12 points for St. John Vianney. In Junior Varsity action the JV won 63-60 as a 3 point shot by Holmdel missed to tie the score to send the game into overtime with 0.9 seconds left. The team was lead by Freshman Guard John Michael Broderick's 21 points and 5 three pointers including a clutch 3 pointer to give the Lancers the lead 57-56 in the fourth quarter. The young Lancers had 8 three pointers in the game and improved their overall record to 10-5 and finished the A Central Divisional schedule with a 9-3 mark having beaten every team at least once in the division.

"Lancers roll over Panthers"
February 4, 2012
St. John Vianney 51, Roselle Park 32
Holmdel-Senior center Arick Sodini had 14 points and 7 steals and junior guard Steve Callari added 8 points and 5 steals to help the Lancers (3-13) top the Panthers (7-11). The Lancers had built a 28-11 halftime lead and come out and were simply dominant outscoring the Panthers 17-7 in the third quarter. Also chipping in for the Lancers was Senior Guard Joe Restua with 6 points and Sophomore Guard Vinny Facchino with 6 points. Next up the Lancers is the Holmdel Hornets away monday night at Holmdel High School. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!

"Rockets take off behind Aaman's 37"
February 2, 2012
Raritan 68, St. John Vianney 48
Holmdel-Senior forward/center Mike Aaman had another monster game with 37 points and 22 rebounds to help the Rockets (12-5, 9-1) to their 10th win in their last 11 games by rolling past the Lancers (2-13, 1-10). Senior Center Arick Sodini had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss for St. John Vianney. In Junior Varsity action the young Lancers put on a great display of defense shutting down Raritan to 32 points and rolling to a 50-32 victory at home and improving their record to 9-5 overall and 8-3 in A Central action. Also, the young Lancers Freshman team won over the Rockets.

"Bulldogs grind out win"
January 31, 2012
Rumson-Rumson-FH 68, St. John Vianney 59
Senior forward Zach Fendrick scored a career-high 17 points and senior guard Jack Donnelly added 17 points and 9 rebounds to help the Bulldogs (10-5, 5-4) top the Lancers (2-12, 1-9), who were led by a game-high 24 points for senior center Arick Sodini. In J.V. action the young Lancers got thumped 62-42 as Rumson hit 6 three pointers on their way to the route. The J.V. drops to 8-5 overall and 7-3 in A Central Division play.

"Shore outlasts Vianney"
January 26, 2012
Shore 54 St. John Vianney 51
Holmdel-Shore 54, St. John Vianney 51
Senior guard R.J. Bohnert scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half to help the Blue Devils (6-10, 3-6) edge the Lancers (2-11, 1-8). Senior center Arick Sodini had another big game for St. John Vianney, as he scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to keep it close and also had 10 rebounds. In J.V. action the Junior Varsity had won 55-42. They improve their record to 8-4 overall and 7-2 in A Central Divisional play.

"Lancer late surge overtakes Huskies"
January 23, 2012
St. John Vianney 67, Matawan 56
Matawan-Senior center Arick Sodini poured in a career-high 31 points to go with 12 rebounds and junior guard Steve Callari chipped in with a career-high 18 points to help the Lancers (2-10, 1-7) surprise the Huskies (7-8, 3-5) to win their first divisional game of the season.
Senior guard Larry Smith had 28 points in the loss for Matawan. In Junior Varsity action the J.V. rallied from 35-28 deficit in the third quarter on Sophomore Guard Matt Grenger's layup as the third quarter expired and cut the lead to 35-32. In a huge fourth quarter by pressing and trapping in full and half court the young J.V. Lancers outscored Matawan 22-8 to win 54-43 and improve their record to 7-4 overall and 6-2 in A Central J.V. play.

"St. Rose surges in third quarter"
January 21, 2012
St. Rose 59, St. John Vianney 52
Holmdel-Senior point guard Mark Kukoda scored a game-high 20 points as the Purple Roses (9-5) upended the Lancers (1-10), who were led by 17 points from senior center Arick Sodini. In Freshman and Junior Varsity action the games were cancelled due to the weather.

"Bucs big second half overwhelm Vianney"
January 19, 2012
Red Bank 62, St. John Vianney 39
Holmdel-Senior guard Seph Williams scored a game-high 18 points and senior guard Asim Jules added 11 to help the Bucs (6-7, 3-4) roll past the Lancers (1-9, 0-7). Sophomore guard Vinny Facchino had a career-high 17 points and burried five threes in his first game of the season since becoming eligible after transferring to St. John Vianney from Marlboro.
In Freshman action the young Lancers won in their game and played well and the J.V. followed up with a solid performance 66-59 to improve to 6-4 Overall and 5-2 in A Central JV action.

"Hornets stings Lancers 45-43"
January 12, 2012
Holmdel 45, St. John Vianney 43
Holmdel-Senior forward Tim McDonnell had a team-high 12 points and guard Christian Vikse added 11 for the Hornets (7-2, 4-1) as they narrowly avoided the upset at the hands of the Lancers (1-8, 0-6), who were led by a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds by senior center Arick Sodini.
In Junior Varsity action the J.V. had rallied from a 13 point deficit in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 2 but fell short 64-59. The J.V. have dropped two in a row and drop to (5-4 overall and 4-2 in A Central JV action). It was the first loss at home for the young and talented J.V. Team.

"Rockets take off powered by Aaman"
January 9, 2012
Raritan 68, St. John Vianney 43
Hazlet-Senior forward Mike Aaman had a game-high 19 points, senior center Connor Flynn added a career-high 12 points, and junior guard Tyler Gurczeski added 12 to help the Rockets (5-4, 3-1) roll over the Lancers (1-7, 0-5) for their third straight win to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season. Senior center Arick Sodini had 18 points in the loss for the Lancers.
In Junior Varsity action JV lost in their game 47-46 to drop to (5-3 overall and 4-1 in A Central JV action).

"Bulldogs Donnelly explodes""
January 5, 2012
Rumson-FH 65, St. John Vianney 43
Holmdel-Senior guard Jack Donnelly exploded for 30 points, six three pointers, 17 in the first half, as the Bulldogs (4-2, 1-2) picked up their first divisional win by routing the Lancers (1-6, 0-4), who were led by 12 points from senior center Arick Sodini.
In Junior Varsity action Junior Forward Dan Vanderbilt's baseline jumpshot with 2.7 seconds gave the Lancers the lead and the win 46-44. The boys JV improve to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in A Central Divisional play.

"St. John Vianney Refuses to Lose"
December 17, 2011
Holmdel-St. John Vianney 44, Long Branch 41
Senior center Arick Sodini scored 7 of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lancers, who were down by 16 points in the second quarter, rally to beat the Green Wave (0-1) to give new head coach Matt Conklin his first career victory. Point guard Mike Callari started the comeback with two straight 3-pointers in the second quarter and finished with 11 points. Lancers improve to (1-0). Junior Steve Rosso scored the go-ahead lay-up with a minute left in the game for the Lancers. Also, the Junior Varsity had a huge comeback win having comeback from 14 points early and 5 points late to take the lead with 2 minutes to go 37-36. The JV Lancers won 41-37 to improve to (1-0) lead by Junior Captain Point Guard Matt Grenger's 19 Points and 8 cluctch free throws to give the Junior Lancers the win. Go Lancer Boys Basketball!!!!

Boys Basketball - 2011-12 Class A Central Preview
Thursday, 15 December 2011


Raritan is the reigning champion and returns 2011 All Shore Media Player of the Year Mike Aaman, but the Rockets still have to replace four quality starters from a team that played mainly five guys last season. That means this division is no lock by any means and looks to be a wide-open affair for the most part.

Rumson-Fair Haven should again be in the mix behind senior guard Jack Donnelly, and a team generating a lot of enthusiasm in the preseason has been Holmdel. The Hornets return four starters and should be a factor. Matawan took a big hit with the loss of Larry Alston III as well as 6-4 forward Anthony Castaneda, while Red Bank and Shore look to be darkhorses with potential. St. John Vianney graduated almost everyone with any varsity experience, so it will be a challenge for first-year coach Matt Conklin. Almost any team in this division has a chance to win it, so this should be a wild race.

(In predicted order of finish)


Head Coach: Denis Caruano, seventh season
Last Year's Record: 24-3 (11-1)

Key Returners: Mike Aaman (Sr., F/C, 17.1 ppg, 13.1 rpg); Connor Flynn (Sr., C); Tyler Gurczeski (Jr., G); Chris Lehan (Sr., G); Jon Kaminski (Sr., G); Marc Pizanie (Sr., F).

Key Newcomers: Cody Regueiro (Sr., G); Jordan Joaquin (Jr., G); Joe Eckel (So., G); Jamie Pasquin (Sr., F)

Even though the Rockets lost four of five starters to graduation from a team that finished No. 1 in the Shore last season, they still are the favorites to repeat because of the presence of Aaman. The main question mark is the guard play, as players like Gurczeski, Lehan and Regueiro will be asked to step up in a big way after playing scant minutes last season. Rugueiro saw time early in the season before being sidelined with an injury. The Rockets will have a wall around the basket on defense with Aaman, a 6-9 shot-blocking force, and Flynn, who is 6-6. Much of their success will come down to how they handle opposing full-court pressure, as teams will try to turn their guards over to prevent the ball from getting to Aaman in a good spot to score.

Rumson-Fair Haven

Head coach: Chris Champeau, third season

Last Year's Record: 18-8 (9-3)

Key Returners: Jack Donnelly (Sr., G, 16 ppg); Jack Curran (Sr., G)

Key Newcomers: JJ Conklin (Sr., F); Zeke Fendrick (Sr., F); Drew Corsi (Jr., G); Jack Herman (So., F); Ritchie Purcell (Jr., G).

This season's group of Bulldogs has a tough act to follow after they reached their first SCT final in school history last season as well as the Central Jersey Group II semifinals. They lost ASM first-team guard Kevin Alter, who was a huge part of their offense, as well as big men Jack Keating and Jack Wise. Donnelly will lead the way, as he is one of the best catch-and-shoot players in the Shore Conference. The main question involves how much he will have to handle the ball, which is hopefully where Corsi, a Christian Brothers Academy transfer, can help. Donnelly moves very well without the ball so if the Bulldogs can consistently get it to him coming off screens and on cuts, that will be huge. This team is also undersized, but they have dealt with that before thanks to scrappy guard play and a motion offense. Conklin is nearly 6-foot-6, so he will be the main inside presence. Essentially they are out to prove that they can keep winning at a high rate without Alter, who was a linchpin of the team's resurgence in the last two seasons.


Head Coach: Sean Devaney, 7th season

Last Year's Record: 6-17 (3-9)

Key Returners: Kyle Nodes (Sr., G); Dan Baumlin (Sr., C); Christian Vikse (Sr., G); Rob Cantelli (Jr., G). Tim McDonnell (Sr.); Anthony Simuno (Sr.); Sean O'Neil (Sr.).

Key Newcomers: Matt Nasra (Sr., F); Brett Lambert (Jr., F).

The Hornets could be poised for a breakthrough season with four returning starters in Nodes, Baumlin, Vikse and Cantelli. Vikse is one of the top 3-point snipers in the Shore, Cantelli is an athletic, hard-nosed point guard, Baumlin has good size at 6-6, and Nodes is a solid veteran. Nasra and Lambert, a pair of football players, add strength and size to the frontcourt. This looks like the sleeper team to rise up and possibly win the division.


Head coach: Tom Stead, 17th season

Last year's record: 17-10 (7-5)

Key returners: Larry Smith (Sr., G, 11 ppg); Kashaun Barnes (So., G, 9 ppg).

Key newcomers: Connor Nappi (Sr., F); Najee Barbier (Sr., G); Justin Harnett (Jr., G); Jason Dunne (Fr. G); Ian Phillip (Jr., F); Casey Donahue (Sr., G); Shawn Johnson (Jr., G); Chris Tawiah (So., F).

The Huskies looked like a serious threat to take the division but were dealt a heavy blow when senior forward Larry Alston, who averaged 13 points and 10 boards as a junior, decided not to play basketball. Alston is also a football standout who has Division I interest. Another football player, 6-4 senior Anthony Castaneda, also decided not to play in order to get knee surgery, and another football lineman, 6-6 Seamus Weldon, also decided not to play, essentially removing all of Matawan's size up front. It will be more of a guard-oriented team led by the tandem of Smith and Barnes, who are both very quick off the dribble and can get into the lane. Smith, in particular, can take over games with his scoring.


Head coach: Doug Shaw, 4th season

Last Year's Record: 11-16 (3-9)

Key returners: R.J. Bohnert (Sr., G); Adrian D'Averso (Sr., G); Nick Mahoney (Sr., F); Brian Dubois (Jr., F); Ben Hess (Jr., G).

Key newcomers: Tom Genovese (Sr.); Matt Muh (So.); Connor Rogers (Jr.); Tyler Vivian (Jr.); Dan Pillari (So.); JD Watts (Jr.); Matt Cosentino (So.).

Bohnert and the hard-nosed Mahoney return as the most experienced players on a team whose success will be determined by how the veterans mesh with a strong sophomore class. Pillari has great open court speed and should see significant minutes as a sophomore, while Muh is a Holmdel transfer who could also see time. Hess, Dubois and D'Averso also have plenty of experience and look to help this team surprise some people in this division. The freshman and sophomore classes at Shore are very talented, so this team could possibly be a year away.

Red Bank Regional

Head Coach: Scott Martin, 11th season

Last Year's Record: 8-18 (3-9)

Key returners: Seph Williams (Sr., G, 8.8 ppg); Tyheem Crawford (Sr., G), Asim Jules (Sr., G).

Key newcomers: Albert Martin (Jr., F); William Dengler (Sr., G); Stephen Skop (Sr., F); Tajhi Tomaino (Jr., G); John Dengler (So., G); James Mulligan (Sr., F); Brandon Blake (Sr., F); Curtis Thigpen (Jr., F); Marquis Lewis (Jr., G).

The Bucs finally have some size to go with their good guard play and look to make a darkhorse run at a division title by avoiding getting killed on the boards like in recent seasons. Albert Martin, a 6-3, 230-pound junior, is out with a wrist injury but should be good to go for the Buc Classic. He will complement a backcourt with good speed led by Seph Williams and be part of a frontcourt that also includes Skop, who is 6-5, 210. If Red Bank can limit opponents' second-chance opportunities, they could get back to their winning ways.

St. John Vianney

Head Coach: Matt Conklin, first season

Last Year's Record: 11-11 (6-6)

Key returners: Arick Sodini (Sr., C); Mike Callari (Sr., G); Bobby Eder (Sr., F)

Key newcomers: Steve Callari (Jr., G); Steve Rosso (Jr., G); Garrett Clifton (Jr., F); Vinny Facchino (So., G); Joe Restua (Sr., G); Coleman Richards (Jr., F); Anthony Golaszewski (Jr., G).

The Lancers have a new head coach in former player Matt Conklin, who has his work cut out for him with a team that essentially has no significant varsity experience. They also lost one of the Shore Conference's top players, Mike Balkovic, to graduation. Sodini is 6-5 and could be a bright spot after being stuck behind Balkovic and Ryan Gille last season. They do have five players who are 6-3, so there is some size there. Callari will be playing a little out of position at point guard, and his adjustment should be a key to the Lancers being able to surprise some people.

Players to Watch

Mike Aaman, Sr., F/C, Raritan: The 6-9 Wagner recruit is the reigning All Shore Media Player of the Year and could potentially lead the Shore Conference in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots as a senior. He has added range out to 17-18 feet on his jumper and more moves to his arsenal in the post, so there is no team out there who has a player who can match up with him one-on-one. His biggest challenge may be keeping his head as teams try to cheap shot him off the ball to try to get him out of his game.

Jack Donnelly, Sr., G, Rumson-Fair Haven: One of the top shooters in the Shore Conference, Donnelly averaged 16 points per game last season and has committed to Hamilton College. He will have to shoulder a good portion of the Bulldogs' offense with the graduation of standout point guard Kevin Alter.

Larry Smith, Sr., G, Matawan: Smith showed flashes of good scoring ability last season and is very quick off the dribble to make up for being a little undersized. He will have to do even more scoring now that standout Larry Alston III has decided not to play this season.

Christian Vikse, Sr., G/F, Holmdel: An excellent 3-point shooter at 6-3, Vikse is a veteran player who looks to lead Holmdel to a darkhorse run for a title in this division.

Seph Williams, Sr., G, Red Bank Regional: Another veteran guard who is quick off the dribble, Williams should have some post help this season to give him more room to operate and give him some finishers under the basket if teams collapse on him.

Breakout Players to Watch

R.J. Bohnert, Sr., G, Shore Regional

JJ Conklin, Jr., C, Rumson-FH

Cody Regueiro, Sr., G, Raritan

Albert Martin, Jr., F, Red Bank

Dan Baumlin, Sr., C, Holmdel

Arick Sodini, Sr., C, St. John Vianney

Kashaun Barnes, So., G, Matawan

Burning Questions

Will Raritan's new guards be able to help the Rockets continue to rack up championships?

With Mike Aaman in the middle, nobody needs to be a superstar, but a second scorer will have to emerge so that he doesn't have to do it all alone. Most important, a distributor and primary ballhandler has to emerge to replace Kevin Furlong and prevent teams from smothering the Rockets with full-court pressure to neutralize Aaman, who is nearly unstoppable in half-court sets. The new guards played little or not at all last season, so the Christmas tournaments and early regular-season will be crucial to getting up to speed for them.

Will losing Kevin Alter set Rumson-Fair Haven back?

Alter was such a key to what Rumson did last season that it cannot be overstated. In the handful of games he missed at the beginning of last season with an abdominal injury, Jack Donnelly struggled to score while having to create his own shot more often and handle the ball more frequently. When Alter returned, it allowed Donnelly to play his natural shooting guard spot and the Bulldogs took off.

Can Holmdel make a serious run at a title?

With four returning starters and a veteran coach in Sean Devaney, it's now or never for the Hornets. They have the ingredients as far as a solid point guard, a 3-point shooter who can stretch defenses, a presence in the middle and a versatile veteran who can get key buckets, so this team is certainly capable of making a legitimate run.

"First Tryouts and Practice Dates Annnounced"
November 24, 2011
Holmdel-Tryouts and first practice will take place on Monday November 28th for Varsity and J.V in the Big Gym at 5:30 to 8:30pm for grades 10, 11, & 12 only. Tuesday November 29th for Freshman Tryouts in the Small Gym at 5:30 to 7:30pm. The school will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Tryouts will no longer take place over the weekend like in past years because of the rule change by NJSIAA. Further times of the first practices will be announced at a first tryout dates as well as a first team meeting and parent meeting to come at a later date in regular practices. Go Lancer Boy's Basketball!!!

"Welcome SJV Fans"
October 28, 2011
Holmdel-Welcome to the "Lancer Press" and will monitor the season through informative articles throughout the season........Go SJV Lancer Boy's Basketball!!!!!!!!

"Matt Conklin Hired as New SJV Coach"
October 14, 2011 by allshoremedia

Former St. John Vianney player and assistant Matt Conklin has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at his alma mater, giving the 27-year-old his first shot at a head coaching job.

This is the first head coaching job for Conklin, who is an English teacher at the school. He under former coach Dave Emery in the early 2000s and later was an assistant under Emery. He also was an assistant under Dennis Devaney at St. Rose and then served as the JV coach at East Brunswick Tech last year. He takes over for Bob Mahala, who was not re-hired as coach.

“Being part of the school for so long, and having already put in a lot of time to the program as a player and a coach, I have an investment and a personal interest in seeing the program get back on the right track,” Conklin said.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have this guy aboard,” athletic director Rich Lamberson said. “He pays attention to detail and has a great work ethic. He is from St. John Vianney, knows the students and knows the expectations. He interviewed better than anyone, and we honestly believe he will build a program that will make us very proud.”

The Lancers, who have long lived in the shadow of the juggernaut girls basketball program, finished 11-11 last season.

“It’s a huge shadow to be in, but you can’t get worried about it,” Conklin said. “Right now, we’re just focusing on the simple stuff.”

St. John Vianney has lost multiple starters to transfer in recent seasons, so Conklin looks to add the type of stability and winning that will have everyone staying put. The Lancers also graduated one of the Shore’s top all-around players in Mike Balkovic, who is now at Caldwell College.

“I think a lot of that comes with reputation,” Conklin said. “Once you get that credibility and reputation, you get kids who want to come and play and want to stay.”

Conklin also gets the job barely over a month before the Lancers will have their first practice, so he has had no offseason or summer league to get to know his personnel.

“It’s not ideal, but I think being in the building helps a lot,” he said. “We have a good amount of kids coming back who played JV or varsity last year, and it’s not like I’m
a stranger, so hopefully that will work to my advantage.”
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"Bob Mahala Not Re-Hired at St. John Vianney"
September 21, 2011 by allshoremedia
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Bob Mahala is no longer the boys basketball coach at St. John Vianney as his contract was not renewed, according to St. John Vianney athletic director Rich Lamberson.

“The administration has decided to go in a different direction,” Lamberson said.

That leaves on opening about two months before the season will tip off. Asked why the move wasn’t made sooner in order to give the players time to acclimate to a new coach over the summer, Lamberson said, “This is when the administration came to our decision.”

As far as a timetable for a new coach, the job has been posted and Lamberson is collecting resumes now.

“We’d like to do it as soon as possible,” he said.

For years, the boys program has lived in the imposing shadow of the juggernaut girls basketball program at St. John Vianney, so the hope is to build a program that can earn some spotlight of its own.

“I would love to have that happen,” Lamberson said. “I would love it if all the athletics at St. John Vianney would have great success.”

With St. John Vianney now opening up, that leaves two unfilled openings, as Long Branch has yet to name a head coach after Joe Whalen stepped down to take a position at perennial national power St. Patrick’s in Elizabeth.

My take on SJV job: I know of several potential candidates for this job who are currently head coaches at other schools, even some in St. John Vianney’s division, Class A Central, but no one who has done anything more than their preliminary homework on it yet. This job has been tantalizing to coaches for years because of the ability to get players from multiple towns, but other than small pockets of success, it has not been any type of perennial top 10 team or anything like that. The right coach could make this program a player on the bigger stage in the Shore Conference. I also think Middlesex County, which isn’t too far away, could be an untapped resource for this program rather than competing with Christian Brothers Academy, St. Rose and others for Monmouth County players.

"Gille to Ramapo"
May 3, 2011
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St. John Vianney senior center Ryan Gille has committed to Ramapo College, according to his AAU coach, Central Jersey Hawks coach Ralph Rotando.

The 6-6 Gille, who is an honors student, averaged 12.1 points per game and finished third in the Shore in rebounding at 12.3 per game. Gille, who was an All-Class A Central selection by the coaches this past season, joins Middletown North forward John Martens as part of Ramapo’s incoming class.

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"Where do you find motivation? You find it within yourself"

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"We, Us, Team, no matter how you say it there still no "I" in there"


"TEAM"- Together Everyone Achieves More

"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link"

Benjamin Franklin on the signing of the Declaration of Independence-"We all must stick together or we will all hang alone"

"There is no place like home"

2011-2012 Freshman Boys Lancer Basketball Team

Alumni Night 2012 at SJV

Craig Ganter (24), RIGHT, of St. John Vianney guards Darien McDuffie (10) of Immaculata during the 1st Annual IZOD High School Basketball Showcase. St. John Vianney defeated Immaculata 66-53 in the boys basketball game held at Caldwell College. 01/24/10 (Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger)

Nick Santalucia (11) of Immaculata shoots under pressure during the 1st Annual IZOD High School Basketball Showcase. St. John Vianney defeated Immaculata 66-53 in the boys basketball game held at Caldwell College. 01/24/10 (Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger)

Mike Balkovic (33), LEFT, and Brian Sheilds (13), RIGHT, of St. John Vianney guard Jon Hodge (21) of Immaculata during the 1st Annual IZOD High School Basketball Showcase. Hodge was fouled on the play. St. John Vianney defeated Immaculata 66-53 in the boys basketball game held at Caldwell College. 01/24/10 (Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger)

Jon Hodge (21) of Immaculata is fouled by Ryan Gille (23) during the 1st Annual IZOD High School Basketball Showcase. St. John Vianney defeated Immaculata 66-53 in the boys basketball game held at Caldwell College. 01/24/10 (Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger)

Ishaq Pitt had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for SJV vs. Holmdel

2009-2010 Season

Senior guard Ishaq Pitt had a game-high 18 points to help St. John Vianney down Jackson Memorial

Senior guard Ishaq Pitt had a game-high 18 points to help St. John Vianney down Jackson Memorial 46-31 in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. 2009-2010 Season

Boys SCT Basketball: SJV 46, Jackson Mem. 31
Written by Scott Stump - Managing Editor
HOLMDEL - St. John Vianney's boys basketball game took advantage of a rough shooting night by visiting Jackson Memorial to walk away with a 46-31 win in Wednesday night's Shore Conference Tournament preliminary-round game.

The 16th-seeded Lancers, who will now travel to top-seeded Christian Brothers Academy for a Round-of-16 game on Friday, held the 17th-seeded Jaguars to four points in the fourth quarter to bring Jackson's nine-game winning streak to a halt. Senior guard Ishaq Pitt scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to bring home the victory. Jackson Memorial went 1-for-13 from the 3-point line in the second half while Pitt was able to muscle smaller guards to score in the paint and find open teammates for lay-ups. Senior forward Jimmy McDonnell led Jackson with 10 points.

Senior guard Ishaq Pitt had a game-high 18 points to help St. John Vianney down Jackson Memorial 46-31 in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament.

"We knew they could shoot,'' Pitt said. "We didn't play really great defense and they got a lot of open shots, but they were just missing. The big kid (McDonnell) we know is a great shooter but he was just off today, and that happens sometimes.''

The Lancers led 24-18 at the half, and a 3-pointer by McDonnell cut it to 32-27 after a sluggish third quarter by both sides. St. John Vianney made its decisive move with a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter and take a 41-29 lead after Pitt whipped a pass to guard Mark Zientek for an easy lay-up. The lead never dipped under double digits from there, as the Lancers gave themselves the opportunity to face No. 1 CBA, which enters Friday with a 37-game winning streak against Shore Conference competition.

"They're No. 1, and they deserve it,'' Pitt said. "If you want to win, you've got to beat the best. I look forward to the challenge.''

The Lancers had stumbled a bit coming into the SCT, but hope to give CBA their best shot and then make a good showing in the NJSIAA Non-Public South A playoffs. It's been an interesting season as Pitt is in his first and only year at St. John Vianney after transferring from Ridge, and junior forward Mike Balkovic missed the first month of the season with a shoulder injury.

"I think we got it settled and we're ready to play ball,'' Pitt said. "We were all trying to figure each other out and we lost some games we shouldn't have lost. We couldn't finish out games, but today we opened it up in the fourth quarter.''

SJV vs. Raritan

2010-2011 Season
Even multiple defenders had a hard time slowing down St. John Vianney's Mike Balkovic before a switch to a zone helped Raritan close out the win.

SJV vs. Raritan

2010-2011 Season
Raritan senior point guard Kevin Furlong had 12 points and 8 rebounds to help power a 50-39 win over St. John Vianney that clinched at least a tie for the Class A Central title for the Rockets.

St. John Vianney's Mike Balkovic (33) posts up Holmdel's Chris Marciano

Boys - Brand New Ball Game: SJV 48, Holmdel 46
2009-2010 Season
Written by Matt Manley - Staff Writer

HOLMDEL - Like in the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 18, St. John Vianney and Holmdel were separated by only one score on Tuesday and the game once again came down to the final possession. This time, however, each team added a key ingredient: Its leading scorer from last season.

Lancers junior Mike Balkovic and Hornets guard Erik Shirvanian both led their respective teams in scoring Tuesday after missing the start of the season due to injury, with Balkovic and St. John Vianney outmatching Shirvanian and the Hornets, 48-46, in a Shore Conference Class A Central boys basketball game. Balkovic led all scorers with 20 points and pulled in nine rebounds, including 16 points during a second half that saw Vianney outscore Holmdel 30-21. Shirvanian took a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds, but the fade-away 3-point attempt hit off the glass to end the game.

The Lancers beat the Hornets at Holmdel 39-38 earlier in the season on a last-second three by Mark Zientek, who had two points off the bench on Tuesday, in a game that both Balkovic and Shirvanian sat out injured.

Balkovic missed St. John Vianney's first eight games of the season with a dislocated left shoulder, a stretch in which the Lancers went 3-5. Since returning on Jan. 8, the junior center has scored at least 20 points in three of his five games while leading Vianney on a five-game winning streak. He scored eight points in both the third and fourth quarters and hit a 15-footer off the glass from the right side to put Vianney up 34-33 heading into the fourth quarter. The Lancers did not give back the lead the rest of the way.

"We just knew we had to pick it up," Balkovic said. "We didn't get much going offensively and they really took us out of our game by slowing the pace and working the ball around in the half court. We just needed to get some good looks and put some pressure on them in the second half."

Holmdel led 25-18 at the half and 30-22 early in the third quarter, but St. John Vianney responded with a 16-3 run that stretched from the 6-minute mark of the third to the opening minutes of the fourth. Balkovic scored six points during the run while teammate Ishaq Pitt led the way with eight during the spurt.

Pitt - a senior transfer from Ridge High School - scored 15 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Since Balkovic's return, Pitt has sacrificed some scoring to become more of a point-forward for the Lancers, leaving the low-block scoring to Balkovic.

"They're playing well together, considering they've only had five games to learn one another," Vianney coach Bob Mahala said. "One thing about Ishaq is he's a very good passer, especially when he's on the move in the lane and that's a key with Michael back, because when (Pitt) gets into the paint, he knows where to go with the ball."

Balkovic, however, was not limited to the low block, as he stepped outside the paint for three of his field goals, including one from behind the 3-point line. Holmdel mixed in different looks defensively and stuck mostly with a man-to-man look, with forward Matt Nasra guarding Balkovic. Nasra made it difficult for the Lancers guards to get Balkovic the ball on the block and the junior responded by stepping out to the perimeter for his first field goal.

"You see 6-6 player in the Jersey Shore, you think he's a low-post kind of guy," Balkovic said. "Then, when I step out and hit a jumper, it's kind of like, 'Whoa, now I have to guard him out here too.' Once I hit the first one, it's like it's automatic from there and everything else opens up."

Ishaq Pitt had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for SJV.

To start the second half, Balkovic scored three quick baskets in the paint thanks both to offensive rebounds and Pitt's aggressiveness in getting to the basket, which helped create two lay-ups for Balkovic. Pitt was noticeably more aggressive going to the goal in the second half, scoring 11 points after the break. All six of Pitt's field goals were in the paint and he finished 6-for-13 from the floor.

"I still think we're kind of robotic in our offense at times," Mahala said. "It was important to get some offense going toward the basket in the second half, and I think Ishaq was trying to get people involved in the first half more than he was looking to attack the rim. In the second half he turned it loose a little bit and with his first step and strength in the paint, he's a really tough matchup for high school guards."

Shirvanian came off the bench to score 12 points in 17 minutes and took the game's final shot, but missed a difficult 23-footer fading away from the basket with a hand in his face and less than five seconds left. The senior guard returned to action in Friday's overtime win over Manasquan after missing the Hornets' first nine games of the season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, an injury he sustained during the summer.

"I had (last) Friday circled on the calendar heading into the year as the day I wanted to be back," said Shirvanian, who wore a bulky brace on his right leg and still had a noticeable limp during stoppages of play. "I got in a week of practice to get myself ready and I've felt pretty good. Planting and cutting is still a little tough, but I feel like I'm close to where I was."

Shirvanian first entered the game with four minutes left in the second quarter and knocked down two threes before halftime. He hit another three in the second half and converted a key lay up as he was fouled to make it 41-38 during early stages of the fourth quarter.

"(The knee) hurts a lot more after a loss than it does after a win," Shirvanian said. "We fought hard today and they're a good team. We're a team that gets hot late in the season. We know that and we feel like we're getting better and come tournament time we'll be a team not a lot of teams want to play. Right now, we're still trying to get there."

Holmdel led by as many as nine in the first half, taking a 25-16 lead in the final two minutes of the second quarter after Shirvanian hit a 23-foot 3-pointer, his second of the half. In addition to his defense on Balkovic, Nasra scored six of his 10 points in the first half.

Mike Kelly scored nine points for Holmdel and hit one of his two 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter off a steal at midcourt to cut a six-point deficit in half, making the score 44-41 with 2:30 left. After Pitt's drive to the rim made it 46-41, Kyle Nodes hit his only shot of the game, a 3-pointer that cut Vianney's lead to 46-44. Neither team made a field goal the rest of the way, as Shirvanian went 2-for-4 from the line for Holmdel, while Vianney went 2-for-6 down the stretch but did not lose because of its struggles.

Holmdel senior point guard Mike Perillo was able to get into the lane and create some scoring chances, but the Lancers kept him in check by limiting him to seven points.

"Perillo is so quick and we don't have anyone who can stay in front of him consistently so we really had to be ready to help," Mahala said. "He's one of the best players in the Shore. He really is."

Starting Wednesday, Vianney will play three games in five days, including two against tough non-public opponents from outside the Shore Conference. The Lancers take on St. Peter's on Staten Island, followed by a divisional game against Shore Regional, then a Sunday game against defending NJSIAA Non-Public A champion Immaculata at Caldwell College in the Izod Showcase. If Vianney's winning streak is still alive after this three-game gauntlet, the Lancers will be one of the hottest teams in the conference while playing one of the toughest schedules.

"We look at it like this is one of those no pressure situations where everyone is expecting us to lose," Balkovic said. "We just want to go in there, hustle, play hard and not worry about the score going into the game and hopefully, we play well and it shows on the scoreboard. It's a tough stretch but we're going to play hard and hopefully come away with the win.

"If we can stay healthy and we have me, Ishaq, (starting guard Craig) Ganter and (starting forward) Ryan Gille all on the floor, we can be a pretty dangerous team for the rest of the season."

Box Score

St. John Vianney 48, Holmdel 46

Holmdel (46): Mike Perillo 3 1-2 7, Mike Kelly 3 1-2 9, Zach Gayner 1 0-0 3, Kyle Nodes 1 0-0 3, Chris Marciano 1 0-0 2, Matt Nasra 4 2-3 10, Matt Micali 0 0-0 0, Erik Shirvanian 4 1-3 12. Totals: 17 5-10 46

Three-Pointers: Shirvanian 3, Kelly 2, Gayner, Nodes

SJV (48): Ishaq Pitt 6 3-6 15, Brian Shields 1 0-0 2, Ryan Gille 1 3-5 5, Mike Balkovic 9 1-2 20, Craig Ganter 1 2-2 4, Mark Zientek 1 0-0 2, Mike Murphy 0 0-0 0, Rob Donahue 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 9-15 48

Three-Pointers: Balkovic

Holmdel (5-6, 4-4)
SJV (8-5, 7-1)

There is no place like home!

"We all must hang together or we will all hang alone"
Benjamin Franklin on the signing of the Declaration of Independence

"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link"

"TEAM"-Together Everyone Achieves More