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Had the pleasure of an incredibly fun and unique Sunday evening. Dan McCabe,
the CEO of Next Investments, hosted a meetandgreet with Olympic gold medal
wrestler Henry Cejudo and Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller at his Upper
Saddle River home. There were well over 100 people including Californian
philanthropist Dan Honig, who pledged $25,000 to Cejudo and an additional $5,000
to Miller a live band, children jumping in and out of the pool, bouncing on the
bouncers and going down an inflatable slide.
Plenty of the youths enjoying the party were wrestlers which, to McCabe, was
the crux of the evening. "I thought, what an incredible thing," McCabe said.
"For the children to meet an Olympian. If that doesn't inspire you. Officialfalconsauthenticproshop He's only a couple of years
older. Maybe I can do this."
OK, I'm no George Plimpton but I do enjoy swinging a baseball bat. So in
conjunction with my story on Radial Bat, which appears in Wednesday's editions
of The Record, here are some thoughts on actually swinging the bat.
If you haven't read the story, the set up is this: Ward Dill has designed a
bat he claims is unbreakable, or at least impossible to shatter. That's because
it's comprised of 12 wedges, either maple or ash, strengthening the bat because
all the tight grain is on the outside. So while one of the wedges might chip,
the bat won't shatter. If you buy a Radial Bat and it breaks within the first
year, Dill will replace it. In fact, Dill has yet to break the first bat he
constructed, which was about two years ago. He put on a demonstration today at
Yogi Berra Stadium on the Montclair State campus, but I had a oneonone with Dill
and his partner, former pro pitcher Tim Bausher, last week.
Way back in March when local sports editor Rob Tanenbaum told me he was
looking for a project he wanted to pursue, I'll admit I had no idea what I was
getting into. That said, being part of The Record's panel on realignment was one
of the most satisfying things I've done in my career. The fourpart series that
appeared in The Record between May 25June 6 was the result of six panel meetings
and countless outofmeeting hours compiling and recompiling lists.
So there will be plenty to do Saturday at Toms River as five of the local
teams advanced to the state finals. That's pretty good since there was only one
team guaranteed to go since LyndhurstPark Ridge in the Group 1 semifinals
represented the only local vs. local game.
Here are the scores:
Group 1 semifinal: Lyndhurst 4, Park Ridge 3
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semifinal: Mahwah 6, Hanover Park 5 (I was at this one, more below)
Group 3 semifinal: Old Tappan 17, Millburn 8
NonPublic, North A final: Don Bosco 3, Seton Hall Prep 2
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As discussed in the press area today at Demarest, being a weatherman must be
the most stressfree job in the world, since there's little to no accountability.
That hail and thunderstorms predicted for today never showed up in Demarest (a
good thing) and today's semifinals were played without a second's delay.
Don Bosco will face St. for the championship in the 50th annual Bergen County
tournament. The Ironmen got a good game from Ramapo yet still won, 81, in seven
innings. And after week(s) of trumpeting the St. JosephOld Tappan matchup as
potentially the best this season in the area, it was a stinker, with St. Joseph
winning, 111, in five, slow innings. Seriously, it took just about two and a
half hours to play five innings. That's a pace not even the Yankees and Orioles
The forecast looks ominous (hail is actually predicted during the afternoon
storms) but, as of right now, the Bergen County Tournament semifinals at
Demarest is still on. Don Bosco is slated to face Ramapo at noon with the
muchanticipated Old TappanSt. Joseph game at 2:30.
However, this could all change Steven Jackson Women's Jersey in a heartbeat so check back to
Varsity Aces for updates.
I did just get off the phone with Don Bosco coach Greg Butler and it appears,
unlike the state tournaments, whatever is played today will count and games will
be suspended if rain halts them in the middle, not replayed in its