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Week 1 Surf Taco Boys Football Player of the Week

Each week during the 2022 football season, Shore Sports Network will recognize some of Shore Conference’s top players during the calendar week and give Shore Conference fans the right to vote for the overall Player of the Week winner. There will be eight nominees, including six Players of the Week from each of the Shore Conference divisions as well as two jokers.

The first Player of the Week contest of the 2022 season is a big version, with performers from the first 11 days of the season being considered. Read the achievements of the top eight contestants to see their names on the ballot and vote for the best of the best to win the new season’s first Player of the Week contest.

Vote once an hour until polls close at 10 p.m. Thursday. The winner will be announced on Friday and will receive a $25 gift card to Surf Taco.

Class A North Player of the Week

Nick Spisak, Howell

Howell is off to a flying start and looks to have the closest thing to a championship contender in over a decade. The emergence of second Nick Turturro (five goals) was a major factor, but former senior Nick Spisak’s play stood out above all else. Spisak also has five goals to match Turturro and has also provided five assists. All five goals include a hat-trick, which was won 4-0 against a Manasquan side that opened the season ranked in the Shore Sports Network Top 10.

Class A North Honorable Mention: Miles Richardson, Marlboro; Nick Turturro, Howell; Anthony Vasquez, long arm; Aidan Englander, Township of Freehold; Tyler Santos, Freehold Township; Noah Jones, Township of Freehold; Will Thygeson, ABC; Jack D’Eletto, ABC; CJ Crolius, Middletown North; Travis Soto, Middletown North; Josiah Stepney, Middletown North; JP Candela, Howell; Alex Soto, Middletown South; Mike Colantino, Middletown North

Class A Central Player of the Week

Stephan Kapranov, Holmdel

Holmdel came into the year hoping he could replace a top goalscorer and it didn’t take long for Kapranov to announce his presence. The sophomore had hat tricks in back-to-back games against Freehold Boro and Matawan, then scored two more goals in a win over Red Bank Catholic to give him eight goals in three games. With no goals conceded in five games, Holmdel didn’t need the big goal, but Kapranov gave his opponents something else to think about.

Class A Central Honorable Mention: Antonio Santos, Rumson-Fair Haven; Nick DiNapoli, shore; Sean Wisk, Monmouth

Class A South Player of the Week

David Kroon, Center

Kroon’s season ended with a heartbreaking leg injury against Toms River North and it will be tough to replace the junior based on what he did in his all too short 2022 season. In a 5 win -1 on Brick, Kroon scored two goals and assisted two more. Before sustaining the injury, Kroon scored the first center goal in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners. Central rallied for a win over Pinelands on Monday night with Kroon present for inspiration four days after undergoing leg surgery.

Class A South Honorable Mention: Anthony Ruggiero, Toms River North; Jackson Markovitch, Toms River East; Jayson Nardone, Brick; Stephen Csatari, Jackson Memorial; Jon Fitzgerald, Toms River South; Kenny Caruso, Toms River South; Connor Hackett, Brick Memorial; Kajas Matazinskas, Toms River East

Class B North Player of the Week

Ernest Louisius, Neptune

After posting an All-Shore season as a junior with 17 goals, Louisius picked up where he left off with five goals and three assists in Neptune’s first four games. After being shut out in a 1-0 loss to Ocean, Neptune and Louisius caught fire, with the senior striker netting a hat-trick and an assist in a 4-0 win over Pinelands, followed by a goal and one pass apiece in wins over Red Bank and Middletown North. Against Middletown North, Louisius’ goal was the winner in the 2-1 win over the Lions.

Class B North Honorable Mention: Jairo Chiro, Cols Neck; Archeley Eugene, Ocean; Griffin Linstra, Manasquan; Kervins Lafortune, Neptune; Aidan Sugrue, Manasquan; Kyle Moore, Cols Neck; Matt Brana, St. John Vianney

Class B Central Player of the Week

Dev Nayer, Ranney

Ranney had to figure out his offense after nearly all of his 2021 graduations and players like Nayer, junior Drew Buck and rookie Eddie Magherini stepped up. Nayer already has a two-goal game, which ended in a 3-2 win over Calvary Christian, and he also scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Point Beach.

Class B Central Honorable Mention: Drew Buck, Ranney; Dev Nayer, Ranney; Josh Boyan, Point Beach; Eddie Magherini, Ranney; Cody Monticello, Point Beach; Bennett Mayer, Point Beach; Isiah Taylor, Saint Rose

Southern Class B Player of the Week

John Witkowski, Point Boro

Point Boro is one of three Shore Conference teams to enter this week 5-0, joining Howell and Holmdel. The Panthers have had a whole litany of contributors, but their scorer in the 5-0 start has been Witkowski, who has scored seven goals so far. The junior scored the first goal of the season in a big win over Lacey, then scored a hat trick two days later in a rout of Brick. After going scoreless in a win over Lakewood, Witkowski bounced back with both goals in a 2-0 win over Pinelands and then another goal in a win over Rumson.

Class B South Honorable Mention: Julien Marfino, Barnegat; Leo Chamorro, Barnegat; Conor Yurgel, Jackson Liberty; Joey Kurak, Manchester; Matteo Pasqualichio, Lacey; Flavio Garista, Lakewood; Lucas Holland, Barnegat; Jared Elliott, Point Boro; Jim Cappucci, Point Boro; Gerard Cerino, Point Boro; Muberaq Aderogba, Manchester

wild cards

Kenny Caruso, Toms River South

The Indians won three in a row to open the season and Caruso scored in each of their wins. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Central in the season opener and then netted twice in a 4-2 win over Southern. Caruso went on to go three straight with a goal scoring the first of seven goals for Toms River South in a blowout win over Brick.

Jayson Nardone, Brick

While Brick struggled to keep the ball out of his net, he also has one of the most automatic scorers in the Shore Conference. Nardone has scored five of The Brick’s six goals this year, including two two-goal games. One of those two-goal games came in Brick’s lone win — a 2-1 overtime win over Shore in which Nardone capped the win with a golden goal.