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NFL Alumni’s 21st Annual Player Networking Event, ” life after sports”

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Mt Laurel NJ , the NFL Alumni’s 21st Annual Player Networking Event™ (PNE) is scheduled to take place Friday, February 5, 2021, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

PNE, a National Football League (NFL) sanctioned event for 15 years, was created to help NFL players transition into meaningful second careers and maximize networking opportunities Super Bowl weekend. Due to COVID-19 PNE 2021 has been re-engineered as a virtual experience for high school and college athletes.

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Contact Practices and Competitions for Organized Sports in Indoor Settings Has Resumed in New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 187, allowing the resumption of contact practices and competitions in indoor settings for organized sports defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s “Guidance for Sports Activities.”   The order encompasses sports including hockey, basketball, cheerleading, group dance, rugby, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, and wrestling.  Governor Murphy previously signed Executive Orders No. 149 and 168, which permitted the resumption of outdoor sports activities, “low risk” practices and competitions in indoor settings, and non-contact indoor practices for “medium risk” and “high risk” sports.

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RBSA is offering a Fall Recreational Baseball and Softball Season

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Ridgewood NJ, RBSA is offering a Fall Recreational Baseball and Softball Season. In this unprecedented year, and with the loss of the spring recreational season, we wanted to offer the kids one last chance to take the field in 2020. Given the short notice and unknown demand, Fall Baseball will be limited to Ridgewood students currently enrolled in first through sixth grade and Fall Softball will be limited to first through eighth grade. Leagues, teams and schedules will be shared as soon as we have a better understanding of the player count. The intention of Fall Ball is a balance between instruction and competition beginning the week of September 14, running through the end of October pending weather and field availability.
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NFL 2020 Season: What Should We Expect From The New York Giants

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It’s been some time since the New York Giants have appeared on the biggest football stage, but could things be about to change this year? With a new head coach on board, the team and its fans will be hopeful that they’ll do better during the 2020 NFL season than in previous years. But, as we’ve come to expect from the Giants, that’s far from guaranteed. There’s still much work to be done.

It almost seems unthinkable that the New York Giants, one of the most successful teams in NFL history, has endured such a lean period. Not only have they not tasted success for nearly a decade, but they haven’t even been close. By all accounts, it has been difficult to be a fan of the Giants since their last Super Bowl success in January 2012.

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6 Ways To Improve Your Basketball Skills

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Basketball is an exciting sport that requires a high level of skill and immense fitness. It’s brilliant to watch and great fun to play at any level. With the NBA being such a big league rounding off the season with a playoff battle that is sure to send shivers down your spine, it’s no wonder that the number of children taking up the sport is increasing. To have a shot at getting in your high school team you’ll need to put the time in and practise, but where should you concentrate?

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Fraternal Order of Police Voices Disappointment with NFL Commissioner


Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging that the NFL and the FOP begin a collaborative effort, which our two organizations had previously agreed to, aimed at lighting a path forward and create a model to build stronger community relationships.

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Todd Frazier on Little League glory, Yankees love and Frank Sinatra

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By Steve Serby

July 30, 2017 | 12:48am

New Jersey native Todd Frazier, recently acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the White Sox, takes a swing at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby.

Q: What are your favorite Toms River memories growing up?
A: Oooh man. … We won the national junior peewee Pop Warner championship when I was 8. I won the Punt, Pass and Kick when I was 9. When baseball comes around, it’s crazy. I remember having 2,000 people at our Little League games at 12 years old when we played against the rival Toms River … going to the high school football games which were unbelievable, to scoring 1,000 points. I remember when I scored 1,000 points, both my brothers did the same things, in basketball. Just the friendships I made, and just the love I have for that city.

Q: Why is Toms River so special?
A: I don’t know, man, it’s crazy. It’s a who-knows-who there, to be honest with you. You go to a regular grocery store, everybody’s asking about you, “You’re doing a great job,” this and that. Everybody takes pride in what they do, and especially when it comes to baseball. We run camps all the time in the offseason. We try and give back, me and my brothers, as much as we can, so we can have, hopefully a couple of more Todd Fraziers coming up (smile). It’s just a fun town. It’s a town filled with excitement every day, and sports plays a big role there,

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Ridgewood Player Joins Bergen Golf heavyweights for New Jersey Golf Junior Championship

July 23,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, while Paramus’s Jimmy Criscione leads the North Jersey contingent into the 96th New Jersey Junior Championship.

Davis Weil  of Ridgewood who as a junior, led Ridgewood to its first trip to the state Group 4 final in several years joins the list of Bergen County golf heavyweights.

Monday will feature an 18-hole stroke-play qualifier, with the low score 16 advancing to Tuesday morning’s first round match play. With the final of this New Jersey State Golf Association event on Wednesday afternoon.

The 47th Boys Championship will run simultaneously .The Boys Championship is for ages 15 and under and will feature Liam White of Ridgewood among the 18 players competing for the title.

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Sordid high school basketball scandal now in ICE’s crosshairs


By Brian Lewis

June 7, 2017 | 3:22pm

High school coach crams house with foreign ringers in squalid scandal

What started as a few probing questions about a suspicious New Jersey high school basketball program has become an investigation by federal immigration authorities.

New Jersey’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement office — a division of the Department of Homeland Security — has opened a new investigation of Paterson Eastside’s hoops programs, according to NJ Advance Media. ICE officials are concentrating on how the program has been fed international players over the past six years and how the teenagers came — or were trafficked — to New Jersey.

Four months ago, NJ Advance Media reported players from Africa, South America and Puerto Rico had been brought stateside to play for Eastside’s teams since at least 2011, and that boys coach Juan Griles was housing — but apparently barely feeding — at least six of them. With the school district unable to issue proper immigration documents, they’re all at risk of deportation.

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Ridgewood Taekwondo Athletes Excel at Big East

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June 7,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Eighteen Ridgewood Taekwondo athletes faced a major challenge at the Big East Tournament, which drew over 400 competitors from the tri-state area on April 30.  The results were stellar: 23 Gold, 9 Silver, and 4 Bronze.  The Big East Tournament was the final stop in the circuit before the nationals, which will take place on June 28 in Detroit.

Taekwondo All In, an instructional school for the Korean martial art, continues to establish itself as a premier school for the sport.  The school received the “Best School” designation at the New Jersey Tournament several years running.

Youngmin Kim, a Taekwondo master and head instructor noted, “We have an amazing group of kids at Taekwondo All In.  Their dedication and hard work is truly inspirational.  Our goal at the school is to teach our students not only the martial art, but life lessons on grit, focus and hard work, which will benefit them in all aspects of their lives.”

The students and their medals earned are as follows:

Ricardo Edmilao 3 Gold Medals

Jenna Slota, Elliott Yi, Isaac Yi, Audrey Kim, Blake Edmilao, and Emily Kam 2 Gold medals

Lucas Woods, Liam Woods, Tyler Minn, Mason Allum, Kaylin lee, Tony An 1 Gold medal and 1 Silver medal

Dongjun Kim, 1 Gold and 1 Bronze medal

Kate Minn 1 Gold medal

Grace Chi, Elias Chi, Cooper Allum, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal

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Cheer on the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse team today at 4pm at RHS stadium !

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May 26,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, instead of rushing out today to get stuck in traffic on the Parkway and Turnpike start your weekend off by cheering on the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse team today at 4pm at RHS stadium.

Fans the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse need your support! Please come cheer on the girls today at our state game @ 4:00 vs Morristown at RHS stadium! State bracket info, check out our website @

This is for the  Lacrosse – 2017 NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 Tournament!

If you are not up to speed the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse is 13 time Bergen County Champions . 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 Group 4 Champions 2010 and 2011 New Jersey State Tournament of Champions.

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How Derek Jeter’s N.J. roots made him Yankees diehard


By Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for
on May 14, 2017 at 6:00 AM, updated May 14, 2017 at 6:01 AM

You know the story: Derek Jeter always wanted to be a Yankee.

Jeter, whose No. 2 the team will retire Sunday, dreamed of playing shortstop at Yankee Stadium when he was a kid. He dreamed of wearing pinstripes. And he accomplished that goal.

But why? Why the Yankees?

Thank his family.

In an interview with the “MLB Tonight,” Jeter’s mother, Dorothy, said he became a fan because of summer trips to see family in New Jersey as a kid.

“I’m from Jersey, and my mom was a diehard Yankee fan,” Dorothy Jeter said. “The kids used to go visit my mom with my other nieces and nephews and stay the summer. They used to watch Yankee baseball. They used to go to Yankees games. So, Derek was a diehard Yankee fan, mainly because of my mom and he just fell in love.”

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Sullivan: Former Ridgewood kicker Younghoe Koo pursuing NFL dream


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At first, it was the confusion. Then it was the loneliness.

Lost in this new American world, Younghoe Koo did his best to navigate the halls of Ridgewood’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School. But the sixth-grader didn’t speak the language, didn’t know the customs and didn’t, perhaps worst of all, know a soul. The lack of connection to kids his own age had built an imposing barrier from his old life in South Korea to his new one in New Jersey, cacophonous confusion by day, quiet solitude by night.

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These 50 high schools are the best for sports in New Jersey


Updated May 09, 2017
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#18. Ridgewood High School Location: Ridgewood, Bergen County Overall Niche Grade: A+

By Matthew Stanmyre | NJ Advance Media for

Sports programs from school districts in Passaic, Ocean, Bergen and Essex counties have been ranked the best in New Jersey and among the most highly rated in the nation, according to the latest Niche best schools rankings.

The study rated school district athletics as a whole, considering parent and student opinions, number of interscholastic sports offered, percentages of girls and boys participating in sports and the average athletic expense per student, among other factors.

Scroll down to see the full rankings for New Jersey.

* Note: The rankings do not include private schools. Click here to see the full Niche rankings.