Congrats to St. Peter's Prep head football coach and athletic director Rich Hansen for getting inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame last week at the Pines Manor in Edison.
In Hansen's 16 years of coaching at the Prep, he has compiled an impressive record of 124-40-1 and his teams have been ranked 11 times in the Star-Ledger's final Top 20
poll. Under his guidance, the Marauders captured two NJSIAA Parochial A North state championships (1989 and 1994) and they've won nine HCIAA titles during his tenure, including the last four straight.
The Prep team of 1994 was the recipient of the Star-Ledger Trophy as the top team in New Jersey and that team finished the season as the No. 6-ranked squad in the entire nation by USA Today.
As an athletic director, Hansen has watched an amazing 176 different Prep teams in all sports win championships during his reign as athletic director.
It is an honor well deserved and it was only fitting that he was able to share the award with his wife, Elyse, and their four children...
The annual Hoboken/Demarest High School Sports Hall of Fame will honor its new class of inductees during its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, May 8, at the Hoboken Elks Club on Washington Street.
The dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m., will honor some of the all-time greats to ever grace the athletic fields for the Red Wings, including All-State baseball standout Carmine Turso, as well as basketball/baseball standout Bobby Thompson, football great Alfred Johnson, football standout Joe Maccaquano, football great Moe Minervini, Dennis Milne (also for football), soccer standout Angelo Lisa, basketball star Ralph "Spider" Coleman, majorette coach Fran Duff, cheerleading coach Olivia Pescatore, and the late Ray Cerrito from Stan's Sports Center, who will receive the special Jerry Molloy Award for community service.
Tickets for the event are $50. Past Hall of Fame inductees and children under 12 are $30. For further information, contact Buddy Matthews at home at (201) 653-4359 or at his office in Hoboken High School at (201) 356-3712...
New Jersey City University standout basketball player Samar Battle has earned yet another post-season honor. On Wednesday night, at the annual National Invitation Tournament/Metropolitan Basketball Writers Haggerty Awards presentation, Battle will get the association's NCAA Division III Player of the Year.
Battle had previously been named as a First-Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NABC Atlantic Region Player of the Year, a D3Hoops.com Fourth-Team All-American, a D3Hoops.com All-Atlantic Region First-Teamer, the 2004 New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Year and to the First-Team All-NJAC squad.
Battle led NJCU to a 22-7 record, the 2004 NJAC Championship (a league record 11th title), and a spot in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 during the 2003-04 season.
In 29 games, Battle scored 598 points (20.6 ppg.), had 225 rebounds (7.8 rpg.) With a season-ending 20.6 per game scoring average, he became the first NJCU player since 1987-88 to average 20 points per game for a season. His 598 points are second most in NJCU single-season history. He also graduates as the seventh-leading scorer in school history with 1,507 points and a career 15.5 average... -- Jim Hague