[Editor’s Note: The 30th Anniversary celebration will be held Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 pm.]
[Editor’s Note: This event has been postponed due to impending inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for next weekend. However, it has not yet been determined whether the event would be held on Friday, Feb. 15 or Saturday, Feb. 16. Saturday’s RBR boys’ basketball game has been cancelled.]
Little Silver – It was a feat that has not been duplicated in the shore area since. The 1982-83 Red Bank Regional (RBR) Boys’ Basketball Team rode to a perfect season on the wave of public hope and excitement 30 years ago.
“I was a student at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School at the time,” RBR’s current athletic director Del Dal Pra recalls, “And every weekend my friends and I would go down the road and root the RBR Buccaneers to another victory. To this day, everyone with Jersey Shore sports history recalls that team.”
Dal Pra, working with the dream team’s head coach Nick Pizzulli, the current interim athletic director for the Middletown Township School District, arranged for the 31-0 team players to take one more bow on the Buccaneer basketball court. On Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6 pm, members of the team will return to their alma mater prior to the start of the RBR boys’ basketball game versus Shore Regional. RBR is located at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.
Among the players expected to return is Dan Stubbs, the RBR guard who went on to play football at the University of Miami, was admitted to their Sports Hall of Fame and enjoyed a ten-year pro-football career. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers and went to the play-offs with the Miami Dolphins.
Other players expected to attend include George Hall, the guard who scored over 1000 points in high school, made All-State and played basketball at Franklin Pierce College. Another All-State player, Barry Phoenix played college basketball at the University of New Haven. Other 31-0 team starters included Russell Perry, Edwin Perez, George Simms and Edgar Boynton. All have been contacted and most hope to make the event.
The team is remembered as one of the greatest in RBR’s rich history, which extends over 100 years. They won three NJSIAA group championships, and were named the number one team in the state of New Jersey. Their trophy and banner are proudly displayed among the other accolades in the high school’s sport showcase. The 30th anniversary commemoration provides the community the opportunity to see these great players once again, and for the alumni to visit with RBR’s current players whom they inspire.