Adolph "Red" Jansky - Class of 1941
Football, Basketball, Baseball
Presenter: Tom Jansky
Adolph "Red" Jansky, was the type of person you'd expect to find in a Norman Rockwell portrait. He was the All-American boy, who was a leader amongst his peers, and would build a life serving his country, and his community.
Over the course of his career, he won 10 varsity letters in three different sports, and was voted "Most Athletic" by his classmates three years in a row.
In football, he played end. Even though he was vastly undersized, he made up for his lack of bulk with heart and spirit. The Asbury Park Press writer Herb Kamm once quoted his coach Granville Magee as saying, "at 159 pounds, Jansky is the hardest tackler in the Shore Conference".
Jansky was an integral part of
Magee's early success at Manasquan. He
was a standout member of the 1939 NJSIAA and Shore Conference Champions. As a senior, he helped lead the Blue and Gray
to a second consecutive undefeated season (losing out on a second straight
state title, finishing second in the mathematical formula use to choose
winners). During his tenure, Manasquan
recorded a record 21 straight victories (then a Shore Conference record), and
was selected as a member of The Asbury
Park Press's All-Shore 11, and the Daily
Standard's All-County 11.
On the hardcourt, "Red" continued to help Magee coach teams to success. Described by Kamm as "a set shot specialist", and an aggressive defensive standout, Jansky played both guard and forward as an underclassmen on the two teams that fell to Neptune in the annual Shore Conference Tournament, but returned with his team to the SCT as a senior and beat Neptune to win the first basketball title in school history before a packed house at Asbury Park High School.
In baseball, Red played third
base, and once led the Manasquan nine against
It should come as no surprise that while at Manasquan, Red was elected captain of his teams in all three sports, and served two years as president of the Athletic Council. After school, he was drafted, like so many other of his generation, and spent 3 years in the United States Navy.
Red never lost his love for sports however, and played for many years with Ki Estelle, Manasquan AC, and West Belmar Athletic Association. He would retire as Assistant Postmaster in Sea Girt after serving that community for 45 years.
George "Chip" Hirst - Class of 1970
Baseball & Basketball
Presenter - Phillip Schwier
Baseball is one of Manasquan's oldest sports, with the first known pitch having been thrown as early as 1917. But few pitchers in Manasquan history have been as good as George "Chip" Hirst.
A standout right hander, and 4-year letter winner for Jack Hawkins' teams, Hirst was an integral part of his team's NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II Championship season in 1969.
The following year he led the Manasquan Nine to the Monmouth College Tournament Championship, and was awarded the MCT Most Valuable Player Award.
He finished his career as the
Shore Conference all-time career leader in wins (33), a record that stood for
36 years until Toms River East and
Chip was also a three year letter-winner for "Doc" Nine's basketball teams as they moved into the new gym for the first time. A towering front court player with a guards touch, he was a 1970 1st team All-Shore, All-Division selection by The Asbury Park Press, and was awarded the 1970 Frederick Lyman Abbott Basketball Award given annually to the team's most outstanding basketball player.
After graduation he would go to
Athletic Director, Football Coach & Basketball Coach
Presenter - Skip Magee
With movie star good looks and a
commanding personality, Granville V. Magee came to
He was hired as an athletic director, physical education teacher, and coach in 1937, and was given charge of the football, basketball and track teams.
Magee worked quickly to turn
around the football program and made school and conference history by becoming
the first team to win both the State and Shore Conference titles in the same
season in 1939. His teams would not lose
another game until 1941 (setting what was then a Shore Conference record for
consecutive wins (21)). Following Pearl
Harbor, Magee was drafted by the Army, reported for duty on New Year's Day
1942, and spent the next three years in charge of a prisoner of war camp at
In basketball, Magee's leadership
style was just as effective. He coached
three seasons (1939-1940) before leaving for the war. He guided his teams to the Shore Conference
Tournament finals three years in a row, losing to
Magee was also the head track coach from 1938-1941, and helped his team finish 3rd in the 1939 Shore Conference Meet. He also introduced golf to the Shore Conference as a varsity sport in 1939 and after returning from the war, watched his team win the Shore Conference Championship in 1946.
Off the field, Coach Magee held
the positions of athletic director, guidance councilor, vice-principal, and
acting principal. He would leave
Manasquan in 1954, but his influence and presence would continue to be felt in
In both Manasquan and
Jack Hawkins - Class of 1968-1989
Football Coach & Baseball Coach
Presenter - Lenny Warwick
As the head football coach (1968-1979), "The Hawk" was enormously popular with his players and among his peers.
In his ten seasons he guided his teams to a record of 81-18-2, placing him second all-time among Manasquan football coaches. During his tenure, the newly named Warriors, won 6 division titles, enjoyed 3 undefeated seasons, and were awarded the 1969 NJSIAA CJ Group II State Champions. He would return to the gridiron again in 1985, as an assistant and helped Coach Vic Kubu's staff steer the Warriors to 2 more division titles and a state final.
He was named Coach of the Year
three times, twice by the New York Daily
News, and once by The Asbury Park
Press. In 1976, when The Asbury Park Press sponsored the 1st
Annual All-Shore Classic football game, pitting the very best seniors from
On the diamond, Jack's baseball teams enjoyed equal success. During his eight seasons (1968-1976) as head coach, the Warrior Nine recorded 100 wins and 35 losses. A Mater teacher, Coach Hawkins' teams were talented and always well prepared, winning 4 division championships, 1 NJSIAA State Championship in 1969, and 2 Monmouth County Tournament titles.
Off the diamond, Hawkins's love
of sports and never-ending desire to teach has evolved into the "Be the Best
You Are Baseball and Softball Clinic", which he founded in 1973. Today, after 36 years, it is continually one
of the largest baseball and softball clinics in the
Coach Hawkins was inducted into the Princeton High School Hall of Fame in 2008, and the New Jersey Football Coaches' Hall of Fame in 1991.
Charles "Chuck" Ferrell - Class of 1976
Cross Country & Track
Presenter - Jack Ford
The great distance runner Steve Prefontaine once said that while "some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints, runners like to make something beautiful when they run. They like to make people stop and say, I've never seen anyone run like that before." It''s more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative."
If there's any truth to
Prefontaine's words, then, during his time at Manasquan, Chuck Ferrell was an
artist who painted his greatest works three miles at a time on the grounds of
the Sea Girt Army Camp, or the trails of
Ferrell won seven letters while at Manasquan, four in Cross Country and three in track, but it was the lonely sport of cross country that Ferrell created his masterpiece.
His career began during his sophomore year leading Manasquan's Warriors to the division title, a feat which he'd repeat two more times. Yet it was during that season that he realized he could be something special, and for the next two seasons, he would start his races in front and never look back.
During his junior and senior season (1974 and 1975), Ferrell never lost a Shore Conference race. Not only did he lead his team to division titles during those years, but he became the first man in history to win the Monmouth County Individual Meet in back-to-back years. He became the second man in history to win the Shore Conference Individual Meet in back-to-back years - (setting the course record at 14:23.3).
Ferrell's feet carried him beyond the trails of the Shore Conference, to the state meets, where he won the 1974 and 1975 NJSIAA Group III State Individual Championships (setting the course record of 15:17 in the latter of the two). He wound up placing 8th out of 25 runners in the 1974 Meet of Champions.
He was a 3-time All-Shore selection by The Asbury Park Press (including two 1st team honors in '74 and '75).
Simply put, he might have been
the greatest Cross Country runner
Patricia Barnaba - 1971-2008
Field Hockey Coach, Basektball Coach & Softball Coach
Presenter - Connie Kordulak
This past September, the
Coach Barnaba came to Manasquan in 1971, as a physical education teacher, at a time when girls' were not offered varsity sports, and she would work quickly and tireless to change that.
She established the girls' field hockey program in 1971, and led the team for the next 37 years. In that time she would go on to win 361 games, 4 NJSIAA Championships, 13 divisional championships, and the 1998 Shore Conference Tournament. In recognition of her efforts, she was voted the 1990 NJ State Field Hockey Coach of the Year by the Newark Star Ledger, and was twice voted the Shore Conference Coach of the Year, in 1990 and 1998, by The Asbury Park Press.
In 1975, Coach Barnaba also
established the school's first softball team, and within four years had her
girls on top of their game. In 20 years
at the helm, she compiled 453 wins, 3 NJSIAA Championships, 14 divisional
championships, 2 Shore Conference championships in 1977 and 1986, and a
Aside from her exploits on the field that now bears her name, Coach Barnaba also re-established the girls' basketball program after a 34 year hiatus (the program was disbanded after the 1937 season). In 6 seasons, she helped guide the program to success at the varsity level and recorded 86 wins. When leaving her seat at the end of the bench she continued on the court as a basketball official and continues to follow all her sports.
Coach Barnaba has spent the last 37 years building a legacy at Manasquan High School, and it is one that will endure, and resonate not only in her many championships and wins (900 in total) but in the results of her tireless advocacy for women's sports.
Not only has the field hockey field been dedicated in her name, but she is also a member of the NJSIAA Coaches' Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000).
Jenniffer Siemaszko Collins - Class of 1987
Basketball & Softball
Presenter - Terri Keating
Jenniffer Siemaszko won 8 letters in two sports, and dominated both of them like few before or since. Siemaszko, the consummate sportswoman, intimated opponents with her tenacity and relentlessness.
In 1987, as a team captain, she helped lead her team to the Manasquan's first ever NJSIAA Girl's Basketball Championship averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. A vision of' consistency, in the state final alone she scored 17 points and tallied 7 rebounds. She would finish her career first all-time in offensive rebounds in a career (525), defensive rebounds in a career (628, defensive rebounds in a game (14), and was the 4th girl in school history to record over 1,000 points in her career (1,091).
She was selected 1st team All-State, 1st team All-State Group II, 1st team All-Monmouth County in by both The Star Ledger and The Asbury Park Press, honored her with 1st team All-Shore, and 1st team All "B" South selections
In softball, she was dominance personified. As a four-year, starting pitcher, she shut down opponents all but 6 times, finishing with a 56-6 career record, and leading her teammates to the 1987 NJSIAA Group II State Championship, 4 divisional championships, and a Shore Conference Tournament title in 1986.
She would finish her career on
the diamond with a school record 437 career strikeouts (with a season high 125
in 1986), and 1.62 career ERA. In the
1987 State Quarter-final, Jen pitched 8 innings of no-hit ball to help her team
win 4-0 in 10 innings, only to top that in the State Final, with a 3-hit
shutout over heavily favored
Each Spring Jen was a regular in
the post-season honors section of the local and state papers. She was selected to the All-Shore and All
B-South teams four straight times by The
Asbury Park Press (with two 1st team All-Shore nods in 1986 and
1987), and was selected
Jen went on to win the MHS
Dorothy Emerson Award as the high school's Best Female Athlete, and played
college basketball at
Dara Hahn VanPelt - Class of 1992
Basketball, Soccer & Field Hockey
Presenter - Richard Johnson
In four years at Manasquan, Dara Hahn was a force to be reckoned with on the field, in the gym, and in the classroom as well. The National Honor Society member, MHS Varsity Scholar, and Senior Class President would go on to win accolades as one of the premier 3-sport athletes of the decade.
In field hockey, under fellow inductee and then Coach Pat Barnaba, she would help lead her team to win championships in both their division, and NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II. In recognition of her efforts Dara was selected 1st team All-State Group II, and 1st team All-Monmouth by The Star Ledger, as well as 1st team All-Shore by The Asbury Park Press.
In basketball, under head coach Dick Johnson, she was a standout on teams that won 3 straight division championships and an NJSIAA Group II State Championship in 1992. She was a 2-time All-State, All-Monmouth County selection by The Star Ledger, 2-time All-Shore, and 3-time All-Division selection by The Asbury Park Press (winning 1st team nods in 1992). She finished her career at MHS as the all-time single game (11) and career steals (335) leader, is tied with fellow inductee Doris Sable Burke as the all-time leader in single game field goal percentage (100%), and is 2nd all-time for points scored in a career (1,302).
And in soccer, under coach Tony
Trebino, Dara was a 2-time All-Shore selection a 1st team All-State
Group II honoree by The
In addition to her many
accolades, Dara was awarded the Dorothy Emerson Award as the high school's most
outstanding female athlete. The Leonard Stout Memorial Scholarship, the
After graduating from Manasquan, Dara went on to accept a scholarship and play women's basketball at Monmouth College before returning to Manasquan High School roaming the all-familiar sidelines in two sports, coaching girls' soccer and basketball (as an assistant and head coach)for seven years, before taking a job teaching math at Raritan High School where she coached field hockey and basketball for two years.
Dara Han, now Van Pelt, currently