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McNair’s Nicholas sizzles at Nationals
Locals head to North-South All-Star clash; Secaucus native writes softball book
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RECORD-SETTER – McNair Academic senior Nicole Nicholas entered the Hudson County track and field record books with her performance last week in the championship 800-meter run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina.
RECORD-SETTER – McNair Academic senior Nicole Nicholas entered the Hudson County track and field record books with her performance last week in the championship 800-meter run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina.
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McNair Academic graduating senior Nicole Nicholas obviously wanted to end her high school track career on a high note and she certainly did last week at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

Entered in the championship 800-meter run, Nicholas was second in her heat and ran a personal best 2:11.62, tying the Hudson County record for the event set by Laura Wronski of Kearny back in 1980.

This comes on the heels of Nicholas finishing fifth overall in the 800-meter run at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Nicholas displayed an amazing kick in the race to finish in 2:12.43, fifth overall in the entire state. Nicholas is headed to Rutgers University in the fall and should be a runner to watch on the collegiate level for years to come…

The 34th Annual New Jersey Scholastic Football Coaches Association All-Star Classic will be held Monday night at Kean University and two locals will play, namely do-everything Damian Corredor of Weehawken and offensive lineman Joe Stevenson of St. Peter’s Prep….

The 11th Annual Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation free youth football camp will be held July 5-6 at Caven Point Cochrane Field at the Ed “Faa” Ford Memorial Complex.

The free camp is organized by Glover, the former Outland and Lombardi Trophy winner and All-American from the University of Nebraska who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Glover, who played in the NFL with the Giants, was also the head coach at Dickinson and Ferris.

Glover’s camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 5-6 and will feature all fundamentals of football. For more information, call (201) 423-9961….

Secaucus native Dwayne Zulauf, who has been a respected softball pitching instructor in northern New Jersey, has written a book entitled “Through the Eyes” that is now available on Abbott Press (the publisher), as well as Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and IBooks.

Zulauf’s book is basically an instructional book for parents, a how-to of what parents should do to enhance their daughters’ softball career and not hinder it.

“I’ve been listening to parents when I give lessons and I hear them say things,” said Zulauf, who gives pitching instruction out of Sports University in Livingston. “I want the parents to grow and learn. I have experience in teaching the sport. I have to remind parents that softball is just a game and that they can’t live their lives in their kids.”

Zulauf was able to send his own daughter to Drew University as a pitcher.

“This really was a labor of love,” Zulauf said. “I’ve had parents read the book and they say they love it. They said it was helpful.”…

Speaking of sports books, publishers presented early copies of two books, namely “Earl the Pearl, My Story,” the autobiography of New York Knicks Hall of Famer Earl Monroe, written with Quincy Troupe, and “The Bite Fight,” written by New York Post columnist George Willis on the famed Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield fight where Tyson bit off Holyfield’s ear. Both are great reads and must haves for summer reading…

Speaking of boxing, Jersey City-trained heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek will return to the ring August 3 to fight Tony Grano as part of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night package. The fight will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Also, professional boxing returns to North Bergen’s Schuetzen Park on July 27, when KEA Boxing Promotions presents “Fight Night in the Park II,” with a card featuring local heroes Patrick “Paddy Boy” Farrell, currently a Jersey City firefighter, and Juan Rodriguez

When this columnist was still in high school in 1978 and an aspiring sportswriter-to-be, I was given the opportunity to go into the New York Giants locker room and interview Giants punter Dave Jennings and did a piece for the St. Peter’s Prep school newspaper. The article won a New Jersey High School Press Association award and sent me on my merry way as a sportswriter for the last 31 years.

Jennings died Wednesday after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 61 years old. Over the last two decades, Jennings never forgot giving that high school kid an interview and joked about it on many occasions. Jennings was a class act through and through and was a pleasure to be around. He encouraged that high school kid to pursue his dreams.

“Who knows?” Jennings said in closing that day 35 years ago. “Maybe I’ll see you someday in the Daily News.”

Well, never in the Daily News, but still writing after all these years. Dave Jennings was just another class individual in the Giants’ organization of truly class people…--Jim Hague

Jim Hague can be reached at OGSMAR@aol.com.

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