The Maroon and White Girls Basketball Camp will be held in Holmdel on July 28-30. The camp is normally run at Red Bank Regional High School, but due to construction, it will be in Holmdel this year. It is put together by Red Bank Regional head coach James Young. James Young always does a fantastic job organizing the event, and getting the best teams together.
The camp gives players the opportunity to get some much-needed work over the Summer. The Summer is always an important time for many of the young players. With the AAU season ending, players are continuing to take their game to a new level.
Another great feature is that the Camp has NCAA certification Besides having the opportunity to work on their game, players will also have a chance to impress several college coaches. Colleges from all different levels will be in attendance. This gives players one more chance to make an impression before the end of the heavy recruiting period. This is a major motivating factor for each girl to be at their best, and it provides great competition for everyone to see.
Every year Maroon and White features the best of the Shore Conference. This gives everyone an early look at the talent that we will see during the season. While there will always be some changes between now and December, this still gives everyone a chance to see how much players have improved.
The camp also features some the other teams around the state. They will get a chance to compete against the best conference in the New Jersey. Now we’ll talk a look at some of the best teams that will lead this showcase-
(See below for full schedule!)
ST JOHN VIANNEY will be on everyone’s radar in 2015-16
Dawn Karpell brings her St John Vianney Lancers to Holmdel to showcase their talent. SJV is loaded and ready to make a tremendous run for the 2015-16 season. Karpell returns eight seniors from a team that went 26-4, won the Non Public A State Championship, and made it to the TOC Final Four.
The Lancers are led by senior guard and DePaul commit Kelly Campbell who averaged 14.8 points per game in 2015. Campbell really took her game to another level becoming much more of a scoring threat in her sophomore season. It was also her vision and leadership that paced this team during their tremendous run. The Lancers also have junior center Kimi Evans. Evans is as powerful in the paint as they come. She will definitely be on everyone’s radar this year with her 6’3″ frame. She could potentially be the best Center in the state.Gigi Caponegro is the other big at 6’0″. Caponegro is not only quite the rebounder, but she has really improved her inside shooting. The SJV lineup also includes Senior guard Kellie Crouch and Junior wing Courtney Dobrzynski.
The SJV bench is anchored by Senior St Peters commit Zoe Pero, Tina LeBron, and Vanessa Pinho. Pero comes with a very strong inside game and work ethic. Zoe could start on a number of teams in this league. LeBron and Pinho are as clutch as they come beyond the arc. Look for both of them to continue to be strong in that role.
This SJV team has so much talent and can hurt you in so many different ways. Will this be the year that SJV finally takes both the SCT and TOC Championships? One thing is for sure, every opponent will have the Lancers marked on their schedule. They will see the best from every opponent. If this team ever had their best shot, this is definitely it!! Look for the Lancers to get off to a fast start in 2015-16.
MANASQUAN will look to defend their TOC Championship
No matter who we rave about this Summer, to be the best, you have to beat the champs. Manasquan will go into the 2015-16 season looking to defend their TOC Championship. The Warriors will be in for a tall order after graduating Notre Dame Commit, All-American, and Player of the Year Marina Mabrey, but they are more than ready to make a serious run. Everyone who has followed Lisa Kukoda over the past three years knows that she always finds a way to compete with anyone. Manasquan has become quite a defensive team since she took over the program in 2012-13.
Younger sister Dara Mabrey has all the tools to enjoy a very successful sophomore season. We all know she can play lock down defense on anyone, but she also has more than enough offensive ability. With Marina gone, this will be Dara’s team, and she will be expected to score a lot more.
Manasquan will return three out of five starters with Dara, point guard Stella Clark, and center Victoria Galvan. Stella Clark has always been known for her excellent floor vision and play making ability. She has also really improved her outside shooting. Junior Victoria Galvan at 6’1″ was a really important part of Manasquan’s success in the second half of the season. Galvan demonstrated her power and dominance averaging double figures in points and rebounds throughout the playoffs. She will look to take her game to the next level and be one of the best.
The other two starting spots will likely be occupied by senior Gillian Black, and Freshman newcomer Faith Masonius. Faith Masonius was one of the best eighth graders around, and comes to the Varsity level with a lot of upside. At 6’0″, Masonius can play inside or outside, and will be a major contributor down the stretch.
The Manasquan bench will rely on the always dependable Addie Masonius, and will also look to get quality minutes from Sophomores Carly Geissler and Emma McMenaman.
RUMSON FAIR HAVEN will look to give SJV some real competition
One thing we can all say about Rumson Fair Haven, is that this team has never lacked the talent. Longtime coach George Sourlis has a history of attracting the best players into his program. While RFH has always had the talent, chemistry has always been the biggest question mark. Can such a talented group of girls work together the way they should? Will the decision making on the floor be sound? Will the shot selection be there? Defensive mechanics will also be the key in big games.
RFH is led by Senior forward Stephanie Lesko who will look to man the inside. Lesko can be a force at 6’1″, and also has quite the shooting range. Lesko will be joined in the paint by Junior Hannah Scanlan. Scanlan provided some much needed depth off the bench in 2015. This year she will make the transition to lead the front court for the Bulldogs. The guards will be led by Senior and Holy Cross commit Nicole Morris. Morris is quick off the dribble, makes good decisions, and has good shooting range. The other guard positions will likely be handled by Sydney Sabino, and Freshman star Tori Hyduke. Hyduke enjoyed an excellent freshman year, and really played a great game in the sectional final against Manasquan. Hyduke has the potential to be one of the best guards at the Shore. Recent transfer Christina Antoniokakis could also be in the mix for a starting position. Antoniokakis had a very solid freshman year at Holmdel, starting every game. Antoniokakis is a player with a lot of speed, and passing ability. This gives Coach Sourlis a lot of options at the guard positions.
RFH also has quite the depth off the bench. Lindsey Morris has enjoyed a great Summer, improving her game quite a bit. Katie Foos provided some quality minutes off the bench in 2015. It was Foos three point shot that sent the sectional final into overtime. Look for Coach Sourlis to also get excellent production from Meghan Volker. Rumson definitely has all the pieces to give SJV a very hard time in Class A Central this year.
MIDDLETOWN SOUTH will look to win Group III Again
Tom Brennan will bring his squad into Maroon and White for the first time. Middletown South had a very successful 2014-15 season finishing with a 26-6 record. They won the school’s first ever Group III State Championship. They also had an impressive run in the SCT making it all the way to the Final Four.
The Eagles are led by multi talented superstar, and recent Loyola commit, Stephanie Karcz. Karcz led Middletown South averaging 16.3 point per game. Karcz can slash to the basket like no other, fight for garbage buckets, and play tenacious defense.
The team also returns Junior Haley Dalonzo. Dalonzo knows how to dominate the paint, and fight for every rebound. She also provides a second option when it comes to scoring in the lane. Dalonzo is one of the toughest players at the Shore. Middletown South also returns Junior forward Alexandra Balsamo who was huge for the Eagles in the playoffs. Balsamo is a post player who can also handle the ball well for her size. Senior guard Julia Valkos will round up the lineup for Middletown South. Valkos has good vision, and knows when to take her opportunities.
Could this be the year that Middletown South can finally reach the SCT Final? Will they make a serious run in the TOC? Tom Brennan is a very smart and dynamic coach. He knows how to get the most from the pieces that he has together. I expect Stephanie Karcz to be a Player of the Year candidate in 2015. Middletown South will once again rely on defense and rebounding to dominate games. If they can just get a little more scoring from the offense, look out for this team in the upcoming season!
RED BANK CATHOLIC – A team that’s ready to take the next step
When the 2014-15 season began, longtime RBC coach Joe Montano knew it would be a year of growing pains. RBC would only feature one Senior in Loyola Commit Alex Barazotti. The majority of the team was made up of freshmen and sophomores. Everyone also knew this would be a class that would give the program some of its best potential in years. Despite being such a young squad, the team would finish with a 22-6 record. They also won a share of the Class B North Championship, and won two playoff games in the State Tournament.
RBC returns 11 out of 12 players. RBC has quite the backcourt coming back in 2015-16. Rose Caverly is the point guard. She has a very good all around skill set, and was really thrown in the fire after an injury to Tia Montague. Montague will return this year after missing last season with an ACL tear. She is a very quick guard with a good knowledge of the offense. She also has great shooting range from the outside. Josie Larkins will also be a wing. Larkins is very strong and can drive inside. She can also hit the three beyond the arc.
The main bigs for RBC will be Sophomore forward Katie Rice, and Junior center Maureen Coakley. Rice is a post player that can control the offensive and defensive glass, and play outstanding defense. Coakley is powerful underneath the hoop and should be even stronger this season.
The Caseys have a lot of depth off the bench. Sophomore Haley Moore has really improved her game this Summer. Look for Moore to get a lot more minutes this season. RBC will also get great contribution from Caitlin Carroll, Gillian Hansen, and Jennifer Bagnell.
Can the Caseys challenge SJV for a sectional title in Non Public A? Joe Montano is ready to compete, and it’s time to see the babies grow up.
NEWCOMERS TO MAROON AND WHITE LOOKING TO MAKE A STATEMENT
SOUTHERN REGIONAL – Head Coach Tom Bucci will take the Rams into his second full season at the helm. Southern were sucessful in 2014-15, finishing with a 20-6 record, and winning the Class A South Championship.
The Rams will be led by Junior forward Gabby Davis who will unfortuantely miss the camp because of surgery. Davis will be more than ready to go by opening night in December. Southern also returns Senior guards Bianca Nicolini and Morgan Henderson. Nicolini took a big step forward this past season becoming a very consistent scorer. Henderson was always reliable with good shooting range, and excellent defense.
Bucci is looking to take his program to the next level by getting some work against the best teams around. Southern will open up the camp with defending TOC Champion Manasquan, and will also play SJV, Middletown South, and RBC.
TOMS RIVER NORTH – The Mariners will make their first appearence at the Maroon and White Camp. Toms River North had a good 2014-15 season, finishing with a record of 17-8. They were also the runner up to the Class A South Title.
TRN will be rebuilding this year after losing Seniors Christina Ribaudo, Marissa Dusheck, and Sam Farley, but they have a talented Freshman class coming in. Brielle Bisogno may just be one of the best point guards coming into the league this year. Bisogno has led the Toms River Starz AAU team which has made tremendous progress over the past two years. The Starz have played some of the best competition in the state. Bisogno may find a way into the starting lineup early on.
TRN will also return forward Ashley Tutazer who will help provide leadership for the youngsters. The Mariners are in a good spot as they will attempt to play some of the best competition in this camp. Keep your eye on this team throughout the season.
MAROON AND WHITE CAMP COMPLETE SCHEDULE
HOLMDEL MAIN GYM
Holmdel vs Middletown South -1230
Red Bank Catholic vs Southern Regional -130
Rumson Fair Haven vs Middletown South -230
Manasquan vs Southern Regional -330
Red Bank Regional vs Rumson Fair Haven -430
HOLMDEL AUX GYM
Middletown North vs Jackson Memorial – 1230
Manasquan vs Freehold Twp – 130
Red Bank Regional vs Jackson Memorial – 230
Red Bank Catholic vs Donovan Catholic – 330
Donovan Catholic vs Colts Neck – 430
HOLMDEL SATZ GYM
Colts Neck vs Roselle Catholic – 130
Middletown North vs Holmdel – 230
Freehold Twp vs Roselle Catholic – 330
HOLMDEL MAIN GYM
Manasquan vs Middletown South – 1230
Manasquan vs Donovan Catholic – 130
Middletown South vs Red Bank Catholic – 230
Freehold Twp vs St John Vianney ( JV ) – 330
St John Vianney vs Southern Regional – 430
Rumson Fair Haven vs Roselle Catholic – 530
HOLMDEL AUX GYM
St John Vianney vs Red Bank Catholic – 1230
Holmdel vs Red Bank Catholic ( JV ) – 130
Rumson Fair Haven vs Middletown North – 230
Rumson Fair Haven vs Dumont – 330
Jackson Memorial vs Freehold Twp – 430
Toms River North vs St John Vianney ( JV ) – 530
HOLMDEL SATZ GYM
Colts Neck vs Jackson Memorial – 1230
Dumont vs Red Bank Regional – 130
Southern Regional vs Roselle Catholic – 230
Red Bank Regional vs Toms River North – 330
Donovan Catholic vs Middletown North – 430
Colts Neck vs Holmdel – 530
HOLMDEL MAIN GYM
Jackson Memorial vs Holmdel – 1230
Manasquan vs Red Bank Catholic – 130
Red Bank Catholic vs Freehold Twp – 230
Manasquan vs Dumont – 330
Donovan Catholic vs St John Vianney ( JV ) – 430
Red Bank Regional vs St John Vianney ( JV ) – 530
HOLMDEL AUX GYM
Red Bank Regional vs Middletown North – 1230
Middletown North vs Dumont – 130
Middletown South vs Southern Regional – 230
Colts Neck vs Southern Regional – 330
Rumson Fair Haven vs Freehold Twp – 430
Donovan Catholic vs Roselle Catholic – 530
HOLMDEL SATZ GYM
St John Vianney vs Middletown South – 1230
Colts Neck vs St John Vianney ( JV ) – 130
St John Vianney vs Rumson Fair Haven – 230
Jackson Memorial vs Roselle Catholic – 330
TBD vs Toms River North – 430
Holmdel vs Toms River North – 530
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