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Marist is “One to Watch”

Marist has a new mindset and a singular goal: to be champions

 [Bayonne, NJ, December 10, 2018] Basketball is back in a big way at Marist High School with several key developments that demonstrate a growing investment and a new, winning attitude.  Boys Head Coach Ben Gamble most recently led the program at Mater Dei and is a former St. Anthony’s assistant under the legendary Bob Hurley. Coach Gamble and the Royal Knights are poised to dominate their division.  A recent pre-season ranking placed Marist at #14 in the state based on the returning talent, strength of schedule, and competitive coaching staff.

 The Girls team under the watchful eye of Head Coach Reggie Quinn boasts one of the top players on the East Coast and an impressive squad of mentally tough teammates.

 The basketball season begins with two powerhouse match-ups on Friday, December 14, 2018, when the Marist Boys will host Snyder High School and the Marist Lady Knights travel to Snyder.  Continue reading MARIST HIGH BASKETBALL – BUILDING STRENGTH AND GROWING

ROCKY STAR Former Heavyweight Champ Chuck Wepner’s Life Now a Major Motion Picture

Poster for Chuck

  Film Premieres in Bayonne at Frank Theatres, Friday, May 12

 â€œSometimes life is like a movie; sometimes its better,” – Chuck Wepner as portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the new film, CHUCK

By Sally Deering

Like the Rocky character Sylvester Stallone created based on Chuck Wepner’s 1976 loss in the ring to Muhammad Ali, Chuck Wepner’s match with Ali has been a huge part of his life. Five years ago, the documentary The Real Rocky aired on PBS and coming up on Fri, May 12, CHUCK starring Liev Schreiber premieres at the Frank Theatres at South Cove Commons in Bayonne. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the film follows Wepner’s life before and after his March 24, 1975 fight with Muhammad Ali. MAD MEN star Elizabeth Moss, Naomi Watts, and Ron Perlman co-star; and according to IMDB, CHUCK’s writing credits go to Jeff Feuerzeig, Jerry Stahl, Michael Cristofer and Liev Schreiber.

Leiv Schriber as Chuck Wepner

Live Schreiber as Chuck Wepner in the new

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NJ Team Wright is Victorious at the 2016 O.I.K.K.A World Karate Championship

UWA Warriors In this years O.I.K.K.A World Karate Championship once again, York Watson-Byrd dominated the Kumite Division and Won the Black Belt World Isshin Ryu Fighting Division. He placed 2nd in Forms and 2nd in Weapons. In the Advanced 2, 4th and 5th Division, Kenneth Jackson II clinched 3rd in Kumite coming back to win against several formidable opponents.

Newcomer Nicholas Brea, 16 year old White Belt took 1st in the Adult 18-40 Division, beating an Orange Belt to win the Adult Novice Division While fellow newcomer Michael Townes, yellow belt, placed 3rd in the same division and 2nd in forms.

In the female 18-34 year old Division, Brown Belt Adama Wiggan, Age 32 placed 2nd in Kumite and 2nd in Kata with an outstanding performance. Ciara Castillo won 2nd in Kumite, and Samir O’Neill also took home 2nd in Kumite.

“A Tribute” to A Champion Hanshi Grandmaster Ralph Passero

Hanshi (Grandmaster) Ralph Passero An Isshin-Ryu Karate “Living Legend”

One of Bayonne’s 1st Generations of Original Karate and Kick-Boxing Legends was Hanshi (Grand Master) Ralph Passero.

Picture: From Left to right:  Ciara Castillo, UWA Brown Belt, Hanshi Grandmaster Ralph Passero, Hanshi Austin Wright Sr. and Hanshi Larry Cureton.











Mr. Passero is a “Living Legend” and a Professional Kick-Boxing Champion with the New York Puppets (Professional Full Contact Kick-Boxing Team) as well as numerous Karate Kumite Grand Championships.

In fact, most of the Original Martial Artist from the 70’s forward remember the hard work and dedication he has put into Isshin-Ryu Karate. His determination and resilience is what makes Hanshi Ralph Passero the man he is.  He has put his Life’s Mission into A.O.K.A Inc. Continue reading “A Tribute” to A Champion Hanshi Grandmaster Ralph Passero

Super Bowl 50 Recap

The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named the game MVP after a staunch defensive performance, with 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and six tackles. Miller and the Broncos defense proved too much for Cam Newton and the Panthers offense, forcing four turnovers. The Panthers were also flagged for 11 penalties and missed a field goal. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who many believe will retire before next season, went 13 for 23 for 141 yards and an interception.

Data curated by PointAfter

PointAfter’s Top 10 Athletes of 2015

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Ben Leibowitz

Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

With the latest calendar year behind us, the team at PointAfter looked back and pegged the top 10 athletes of 2015.

In order to narrow 2015 down to a viable top 10, we focused solely on performances and accolades each athlete compiled throughout the campaign in their respective sport. We also aimed to represent a variety of sports while avoiding overlap.

Our team concluded that the following sports figures were the most dominant of 2015, primarily by measuring their accomplishments relative to their peers.

They needed to win prestigious awards, attain championships, Grand Slams or Super Bowl victories, as well as finish a cut above their opponents by the numbers. This crew is worthy of every sports fan’s respect, or, at the very least, acknowledgment.

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Elite Team Wright UWA is Victorious at Karate Nationals in Atlantic City, NJ


mr. wright again for sept 2014Recently, N.J. U.S. National Martial Arts Elite Team Wright outkicked, outshouted, and outpunched their formidable opponents to take numerous 1st places in the Black, Brown, Green and Novice Divisions. The Team was led by Head Trainer, Internationally Recognized Multi-Discipline Grand Master Austin Wright Sr. This Year was an International Karate Championship because competitors came from Holland, Canada, & Algeria to name a few countries. It was held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Continue reading Elite Team Wright UWA is Victorious at Karate Nationals in Atlantic City, NJ

COVER STORY-Gentlemen’s Baseball: Hoboken Nine Vintage Baseball Team Plays by the (Old) Rules

By Sally Deering

Vintage baseball team Hoboken Nine play by gentlemen rules
Hoboken Nine

Hoboken gave birth to baseball? That’s right. Just take a stroll over to 11th and Washington Streets and you’ll be standing where Elysian Field used to be and where first, second, third and home bases were designated on June 19, 1846. That’s the day the first game was ever played and its cemented in Hoboken’s history and as well as those street corners – just read the plaques in the sidewalk.

Some folks disagree with baseball’s Hoboken origins, especially those affiliated with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which throws its own  curveball claiming the first game was played in Cooperstown in 1839. To most Hudsonites, though, Hoboken is the birthplace of baseball. The city even has its own vintage baseball team.

They call themselves the Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club and they play baseball the way it was originally played – by 19th century rules. They wear uniforms designed like the ones worn in 1846 and their balls and bats are replicated from that period, too. The Hoboken Nine competes against other vintage teams to promote the history of baseball and for the sheer pleasure of playing baseball as a gentleman’s sport.

Continue reading COVER STORY-Gentlemen’s Baseball: Hoboken Nine Vintage Baseball Team Plays by the (Old) Rules