Ocean City High School Continues Red Bull Riders Cup Reign

May 17, 2008 : – – Ocean City, New Jersey — The Red Bull Riders Cup literally stormed into Ocean City, New Jersey this week with some of the best swells to hit the games this season.  The local favorites, Ocean City High School, were strong again this season and proved the team to beat from the very first game on Tuesday where they thrashed Southern Region High School.

In the final game it was Manasquan High School taking on last year’s regional champs, Ocean City High School.  In clean conditions with shoulder to head high sets rolling in, Manasquan won the toss and sent Ocean City into the surf.

Led by last years MVP Rob Kelly, Ocean City opened the first period with some great surfing to post a score of 21.1.  Many thought it would be another white wash by Ocean City, but that wasn’t to be.  After a very tight first period, Ocean City held a very slim lead of 1.8 points.

In the second period, Ocean City’s supreme teamwork and high-class surfing by the Kelly brothers helped them build on their lead.  Manasquan tried desperately to bridge the gap late in the second period by taking a time-out with only 10 seconds remaining but couldn’t close the gap and ended the period trailing by 8.1 points.

Not even a broken tail on Rob Kelly’s board late in the third period could slow the Ocean City team down and they again posted high scores leaving Manasquan a big total to chase in the bottom of the third period.  Manasquan put on a good show with Brendon Buckley throwing some huge aerials in an attempt to over take Ocean City, but it wasn’t enough.

Ocean City High Schools wins the Red Bull Riders Cup New Jersey regional title and is heading to San Clemente, California for the national championships on June 14-15. Next up: Red Bull Riders Cup regional games travel cross-country to Huntington Beach on May 20-22. The schools in the Orange County region include Edison High, Huntington Beach High, Newport Harbor High, and San Clemente High.

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Games Scores:
New Jersey Game #1 P1 P2 P3 Final
Ocean City High School 22.1 21.2 22 65.3
Southern Regional High 15.7 14.4 9.8 39.9
Most Valuable Player – Rob Kelly, Ocean City High School
Most Radical Maneuver – Rob Kelly, Ocean City High School

New Jersey Game #2 P1 P2 P3 Final
Middle Township High   14 215 14.6 43.6
Manasquan High  18.2 17.7 8.8 44.7^ (9:10)
Most Valuable Player – Brandon Buckley, Manasquan High
Most Radical Maneuver – Brandon Buckley, Manasquan High

New Jersey Game #3Regional Finals P1 P2 P3 Final
Ocean City High School 22.9 21.5 21.3 65.7
Manasquan High  21.1 15.4 17.4 53.9
Most Valuable Player – Rob Kelly, Ocean City High School
Most Radical Maneuver – Brendon Buckley, Manasquan High

Competition Schedule: (West Coast start time: 4:00pm)
April 7-10  Santa Cruz Regional Champions – Soquel High School
April 15-17  South Florida Regional Champions-Jupiter High School
April 22-24 Central Florida Regional Champions- Satellite High
May 6-8 Ventura Regional Champions- Carpinteria High
May 13-15 New Jersey Regional Champions-Ocean City High School
May 20-22 California-Orange County – Huntington Beach Pier
May 27-29 California-San Diego-Seaside Reef
June 14-15  Regional Championships-CA, San Clemente-San Onofre Trail 6