TASTY TIDBITS Hayward named baseball coach at Marist; grid insights
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Even though he's only 24 years old and just recently out of college, Ron Hayward feels he's ready to tackle the next stage in his baseball life, namely being the head coach at his high school alma mater, Marist High School.

Hayward, who only graduated from Marist in 1999, was named as the new head coach of the Royal Knights last week. He had been serving as an assistant coach at Ferris the last two years.

Hayward was a standout centerfielder during his playing days at Marist, earning All-Area honors from the Hudson Reporter twice. He first went to Bishop State in Alabama, where he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, but he did not sign a contract. Hayward then transferred to William Paterson University, where he played three years and earned All-New Jersey Athletic Conference honors there.

But when Hayward did not receive a professional contract out of William Paterson, he decided to turn his attention to coaching, working with the Jersey City Recreation program for two years and then getting a chance to coach with his former coach, Mike Hogan, with the Ferris program.

Now, at the tender age of 24, Hayward gets his shot to be a head coach. He plans to be a strict disciplinarian as he tries to turn around a Marist program that hasn't enjoyed a winning season in several years...

Speaking of Marist, the Royal Knights' football team is now 3-0 after a 14-0 victory over St. Joseph of the Palisades last weekend. The turnaround is really a credit to the hard work of head coach Larry Arico, whose name was misspelled a few times during last week's Scoreboard feature. We apologize for the error...

Local football experts believe that this is North Bergen's best football team since the undefeated state championship squad in 1997.

"I don't remember a faster North Bergen football team," said one former coach who watched the Bruins manhandle Hudson Catholic last Saturday. "They are really one of the fastest teams around and they should be very tough to beat, especially come state playoff time."

It means that the contest between the Bruins and the state-ranked Marauders of St. Peter's Prep should be a doozy this year, reminiscent of other games in the 1980s and 90s, when that was the game of the year.

And Bruin quarterback/safety Evan Rodriguez is making all the right decisions and plays, handling the move to quarterback with ease...

It's also safe to say that Lou Taglieri has settled in pretty nicely as the head coach at Hoboken. The 63-8 one-sided shellacking of Dickinson last weekend was very reminiscent of Taglieri's predecessor, Ed Stinson. Maybe people will begin to hate Taglieri as much as they disliked Stinson on the sidelines with the Red Wings, especially if Taglieri's team continues to dominate like the way they have through two wins thus far against Union Hill and Dickinson...

It's also safe to say that Emerson is the best 1-2 team in the county, having suffered heartbreaking losses in consecutive weeks to powers St. Peter's Prep and Bayonne. The Bulldogs were able to move the ball at will on both teams, just didn't get enough points to be victorious at the end of the game.

Still, with all that talent, like standout two-way performer Jeffrey Pena, count on the Bulldogs to bounce back and make some noise in the state playoff hunt by the end of the season...

On the soccer front, it appears as if there is no clear-cut favorite, especially after St. Peter's Prep knocked off North Bergen, 2-0, on Tuesday, with Marauder striker Ted Yager scoring both goals.

Emerson, the two-time defending HCIAA Coviello champ, has fallen on tough times, already losing five times. Most of the teams in the league are under .500 overall. It looks as if the top prize is totally up for grabs. Wait and see....

The annual Carlos Negron Memorial Run is slated for Sunday, Oct. 2 at Liberty State Park. It's a great event honoring the memory of a Jersey City firefighter who was killed in the line of duty several years ago. The Jersey City Fire Department will be there, participating in full force and will remember their fallen brother with a strong contingent of participants and then in a post-race barbecue. If you get a chance, stop down at Liberty State Park and offer the run your support. It would be greatly appreciated...

-- Jim Hague
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