DISTRICT ALIGNMENT PAGE
has been updated with the realignment for the Districts for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons. You may have to REFRESH the page.
Some notes for realignment as it pertains to the Shore Conference.
First, with a little more emphasis this time around in terms of placing teams by location, we have a lot of the Shore Conference teams/rivals back in the same Region/Districts.
While the Shore Conference has been spread throughout the 13 different Districts in 4 Regions over the past four seasons, the emphasis on location sees that number cut down to 10 Districts throughout Regions 5-8. The Shore will have four teams in each of the Districts in Region 5 and 6, while only having teams in one District in each of Region 7 and Region 8.
SHORE CONFERENCE DISTRICT NOTES
D17: SJV remains the lone team in 17. The most notable change is that 2-time champion South Plainfield is out (moved into D14 in R4) while Hunterdon Central (winners of D18 the previous two seasons) is in.
D18: Holmdel remains in 18, while the top 3 teams from last season (Hunterdon Central, Rumson, & Piscataway) are gone. Manalapan, the runner-up in D20 last season, and Hopewell Valley, 3rd in D19, are the main new teams moving in.
D19: Marlboro remains in 19, while the surging Rumson Bulldogs move in from D18. Rumson will be joined by a familiar foe in Piscataway, who they swapped 2nd & 3rd place finishes with in D18 the previous two seasons.
D20: Crosstown rivals Middletown North & Middletown South are back in the same District after North spent the previous two seasons in D22 of Region 6. The effort to emphasize location was pretty strong here as the District also features Red Bank Catholic & Red Bank Regional (in the same District for the first time since 2016), and neighbors/rivals Raritan and Matawan, and Keansburg and Keyport.
D21: Four Shore teams are out, while seven new Shore teams move in. Manasquan is the lone SC holdover, and will be joined by Ocean Township (winners of four consecutive D24 Team Titles), TR North (who is back in R6 for the first time since 2016), Pt Boro, Jackson Liberty, Lakewood, St Rose, and rising CBA.
D22: Defending champion Colts Neck is the lone returning Shore team in 22. Howell, winners of the D22 Team Title in 2017 & 2018, return after being a part of a brutal D25 in R7 the last two seasons. Coming in from D21 are Wall, who won the Team Title in 2020, and Freehold Boro.
D23: There is seemingly one District constant, and that is Pt Beach being in D23, honestly, I can't remember the last time the Gulls were not members of D23. Maybe 30 years ago? Maybe forever? Long Branch also remains in 23, and has won the Team Title each season since they moved in in 2016. 30-time District Champ, Brick Memorial is back in D23 for the first time since 2016, and is back in R6 after spending the last two seasons in R7. Crosstown rival Brick Twp is also in D23, putting the Dragons & Stangs in the same District for the first time since they were split in the initial drastic realignment. And speaking of rivals, Shore Regional moves back into 23 after four years away to join their Divisional and Sectional rival Beach. Rounding out the field are Asbury Park, Freehold Twp, Monmouth, and Neptune, making this the first All-Shore District since the initial shuffle in 2016.
D24: Jackson Memorial moves into D24, putting them back in Region 6 for the first time since the big breakup in 2016. They are the lone Shore Conference team in D24.
D25: The only District in Region 7 to feature Shore Conference teams. The big moves here are that Howell and Camden Catholic are out, while Southern Regional, who spent the last four years in D29 in Region 8 moves in. Central and TR East are holdovers, while Donovan Catholic, Lacey, Manchester, and TR South all move in, giving D25 seven Shore teams in its nine-team field.
D32: Barnegat and Pinelands remain in Region 8, and are the only two Shore Conference programs left in Region 8 with Southern moving to R7.
SHORE CONFERENCE STATE MEDAL WINNERS