TASTY TIDBITS Bayonne searching for new grid coach again; girls' hoops milestones
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It appears that Bayonne High School is looking for a new head football coach again. Just a month or so after the school announced that former assistant coach Frank Blunda was taking the position, replacing the outgoing Rick Rodriguez, Blunda has informed school officials that he cannot take the job, citing family responsibilities.

So it leaves the Bees without a head man once again.

There was no hiding the fact that Bayonne athletic director Mike Pierson wanted to get Hoboken coach Ed Stinson to take the Bayonne job. In fact, there were some heavy negotiations between the two about the position, but Pierson decided to give the job to Blunda, whom he nurtured through their days together at Marist High School, when Pierson was the AD there and Blunda was a standout quarterback.

Now that Blunda has turned the position down, do the powers-that-be turn their attentions back to Stinson?

It should be very interesting to see how this one plays out. Stay tuned...

Jersey City's Arturo Gatti, the Golden Boy of HBO Boxing, heads back into the ring this weekend to face Jesse James Lejia in what should be another exciting night of boxing. There's one thing for sure when Gatti enters the ring. It's always exciting. There's no better television boxing draw these days than "Thunder" Gatti, who could be in line for another title fight in the future with a win this weekend...

Two local high school girls' basketball standouts reached impressive milestones last week.

First, Hudson School's Cai King-Young became the first player in that school's history to reach the prestigious 1,000-point plateau. Young has performed in virtual obscurity over her career and she deserves the accolade that comes with being a 1,000-point scorer.

Secondly, Melissa Beyruti of Union Hill, who reached the 1,000-point barrier three weeks ago, became the all-time leading scorer in girls' basketball at her school last Wednesday, when she surpassed Aracely Cruz with her 1,087th point.

Cruz, who is still the all-time leading scorer at Stevens Tech, recently returned home to Union City after a five-month stint playing professional basketball in Puerto Rico.

Beyruti's milestone now takes away the distinction that the two all-time leading scorers at Union Hill were a brother-sister combination, because Cruz' brother Wilmer Torres still holds the Hiller scoring mark among the boys...

Although he's only a junior, it's safe to say that Hoboken's talented guard Eddie Castellanos is getting his share of attention from the college scouts. At least four college coaches called this reporter last week to inquire about Castellanos' ability and availability, so word is definitely traveling fast about the brilliant Red Wing floor leader...

After Bayonne toppled Union Hill on Wednesday night, finally handing the Hillers their first league loss after nine straight wins, the HCIAA Coviello race is completely up for grabs, with the Hillers, the Bees, and the Bruins of North Bergen all in the mix for the top spot and the top seed in the league playoffs in two weeks.

It sure leads to some interesting games down the stretch, with all those teams jockeying for position. In fact, there is a wild scramble to get down to six playoff teams. Those three are definitely in. St. Peter's Prep looks pretty solid as the fourth team out of the six. The remainder of the playoff field is a complete mess, with Hudson Catholic, Emerson, Snyder and disappointing Dickinson still in the hunt. It looks like four teams battling for two spots in the final two weeks of the regular season.

As for the girls' race, Bayonne sits pretty atop the standings right now, courtesy of the Bees' big win over rival Marist last week. North Bergen is right there, with Union Hill and Holy Family Academy looking like solid playoff qualifiers.

The Seglio races appear to be done deals. Hoboken looks solid as the boys' Seglio leaders, while County Prep looms large among the Seglio girls....

Former Hudson Catholic and Rutgers catcher Alberto Vasquez was in the running for a coaching position at Rutgers, but he has since withdrawn his consideration after he learned he had been accepted to the New Jersey State Police Academy...

It's almost shocking to think that the St. Peter's Prep wrestling team will not be competing in the upcoming NJSIAA Parochial A North state playoffs, but Hudson Catholic will be. The Marauders took a step up in their scheduling this year and it didn't pan out, losing nine of 14 dual meets, while the Hawks are sitting pretty at 8-4...

North Bergen's wrestling team looks like it has a good shot of capturing the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV title. The 13-1 Bruins will more than likely have to lock horns with Fair Lawn sometime in the playoff mix... -- Jim Hague
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