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Retro RFH Football Stripes Earned

In case you haven’t seen this one before and in honor of football season … a reprise …

RFH football team of the past
Photo/RFH

Do we have a cheer for RFH football? Yes, football season has kicked into high gear at RFH, so let’s take a moment to tackle this handsome team of players of an unknown year as well as the issue of name and uniform style.

Is it all in a name or uniform? Certainly not. It’s all about the game and how it’s played, of course. But, there are some quirks worth taking the ball and running with for a bit. No harm, no fumble. Just fun.

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Retro RFH Football Players

Call them players. It’s all about keeping in step with the high school game. And the RFH Football Team played on …

So did the band. Both players of a different kind. Playing to the same tune — the game. But school spirit and team player strength doesn’t always come in numbers. With high school football season on the horizon, memories come to mind of the old days when the RFH Band played on and in step with many more field-marching members than these days. The football team the band was playing about? Not so much. There was a time when the RFH football team was small — smaller than the band that trumpeted the team.

Band was big and so was a big band era decades ago, for that matter. In fact, going back more than half a century, like back to the 1930s, when RFH was Rumson High School, the football team was minuscule by comparison. There was no regional in the high school name. And the population was, well, low. There were sprawling estates, farms (with a lot of asparagus growing wild) and berries aplenty for picking.

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RFH Football Champs Sign College Letters of Intent

Five Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) State Championship football players have made their college choices official. 

The athletes signed letters of intent on Thursday, sealing their college deals. 

The athletes and their college choices are:

• Evan Davis — University at Buffalo

• Alex Maldjian — Middlebury College

• Ryan McCann — Yale University

• Ian O’Connor — Lehigh University

• Henry Sullivan — Colgate University

Coach Robert Orrok, Coach Christopher Quinn,
Head Coach Jerry Schulte,
Coach Jeremy Schulte 
Ian O’Connor (Lehigh), Evan Davis (Buffalo), Henry Sullivan (Colgate), Ryan McCann (Yale), Alex Maldjian (Middlebury). 

This is the first signing day of the school year for football. Additional commitments will be made in February. 

— Press release from RFH

Retro RFH Girls’ Football Season Fun-Raising

RFH girls’ bake sale fun
Photo/Marc Edelman, Facebook

Football season is winding up — or down — at RFH.

But it wasn’t always just about football at game time back in the day — as if that wasn’t enough. As tradition had it, there were always lots of things happening before, during and after games, whether on the field, off the field, around the bend or, well, in the parking lot. Yes, the parking lot.

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Retro RFH Football Times & Uniforms

Yes, football season has kicked into high gear at RFH, so let’s take a moment to tackle this handsome team of players of an unknown year as well as the issue of name and uniform style.

Is it all in a name or uniform? Certainly not. It’s all about the game and how it’s played, of course. But, there are some quirks worth taking the ball and running with for a bit. No harm, no fumble. Just fun.

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Retro RFH Football Times

This 1975 RFH Football player was known for his punting. Photo/RFH 1976 Yearbook
This 1975 RFH Football player was known for his punting.
Photo/RFH 1976 Yearbook

It’s fall and it’s all about football at RFH right now; and Friday night started the season.

So, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day bring us back to the daytime game at RFH in 1975.

The Bulldogs, not for many years later referred to as Dawgs, finished that season with a 5-3-1 record “against some very strong shore teams,” according to the 1976 RFH Yearbook.

Captains were Mike Gilhool, Chip Kelly and Geoff Zipf. (Yes, Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf’s brother.)

Coaches? Do you know who is pictured punting? It was his thing. Hint: His family is still in the Rumson-Fair Haven area; and, his brother’s name is Jeff.

— Elaine Van Develde

The R-FH Area Weekend: RFH Football with Security, Middletown Day, Oyster Fest, Book Signing

The sun is out, fall is in the air and the weather is predicted to be as pleasant as the event line-up for the Rumson-Fair Haven area weekend.

It all starts on Friday night …

with RFH’s first football game at Borden Stadium at 7 p.m..

Yes, there are new security measures in place.

Here’s the letter from school officials:

“Due to recent acts of violence in Ocean and Union counties and New York City, RFH will implement updated, best-practice security protocols recommended by the Rumson Police Department for large public gatherings, e.g. athletic events.

“The Rumson Police Department has coordinated efforts with RFH administration to ensure smooth implementation. Please be advised: NO Bags (backpacks, duffel bags, etc.) are permitted into Borden Stadium; small personal bags, e.g. purses, may be subject to search; NO Bottles and/or containers of liquid are permitted into Borden Stadium; and NO one with covered-faced costumes (i.e. masks and total body stockings) will be permitted into Borden Stadium.

“It is our intention and obligation to ensure safe events for our students and spectators. If, at any event, you notice suspicious behavior, please notify RFH personnel or law enforcement immediately.”

Saturday … all day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is …

Middletown Day on the grounds of Croydon Hall on Leonardville Road in the Leonardo section of the township, right across the river.

The annual fall event features entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, a flea market, contests, tournaments, business booths, food, goodies, arts and crafts, demonstrations and more. The event is running rain or shine.

And Sunday is the day for …

The Guiness Oyster Festival in the White Street parking lot in Red Bank.

The annual classic event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. offers lots of food, including, of course, oysters, music and drink and raises money for area causes and more RiverCenter events.

Admission is $5 for all over the age of 10.

A hometown book signing …

Native Fair Havenite Mary Beth Connor Gibson will be back home and signing copies of her first novel, Aroon, at the Fair Haven Firehouse from 1 to 4 p.m..

The award-winning story is set in eighteenth century Ireland, where jealousy, lust, and oppression lead to gruesome visions with only one way to stop the torture—a killing.

 

RFH’s Jack Velcamp Honored as ‘Unsung Hero’

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) freshman Jack Velcamp has faced adversity, conquered it and, because of his visionary drive and dedication, won the 2014 Unsung Hero Award from the Jersey Shore Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association (NJFOA).

The Unsung Hero Award, funded by the Manasquan Elks, was created in 2005 to honor football players and students who demonstrate drive and commitment despite adverse odds, an RFH press release said.

Velcamp, a Rumson resident, has a form of dwarfism known as Achondroplasia that prevents him from participating in football games as a player, the release said.

In spite of the physical challenges that come with the Achondroplasia, he has been lauded for working tirelessly to make positive contributions to the RFH program — first as a waterboy, and now as head of sideline operations, according to the release.

Saying that the RFH Football team is “blessed” to have Velcamp for another three years, Head Coach Bryan Batchler said in the release that “Jack is enthusiastic, passionate and encouraging. He cares deeply about the team, our success, and the hard work required to reach the mountain top.”

 

He also works with the RFH basketball program and Chris Champeau, its head coach, the release said.

With the official presentation made at the Jan. 20 RFH Board of Education meeting, JNJFOA Shore Chapter Member Dennis Heard said, “True stature is not measured in feet and inches … it is gauged by how our conduct and actions are perceived by others. How we handle our responsibilities, those assigned to us and those we volunteer for, is a true measure of who we are.

“Someone who can be counted on; someone who always puts other people’s needs above his own; superior character and work ethic’ – that is what defines stature.”