Sport Shorts

The Lakewood BlueClaws, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, have announced that a limited number of full-season tickets are available for 2002.

The BlueClaws ticket staff is currently trying to accommodate any 2001 full-season ticket holders who want to change their location or increase the number of seats they have for 2002. After that, any new, full-season ticket holders will be placed. Interested individuals or companies should contact ticket manager Hal Hansen at (732) 901-7000, ext. 105. Seats can be reserved with a $100 deposit, with the balance to be paid when the exact location is determined.

The BlueClaws will begin play in 2002 at Kannapolis, Md., on April 4, and play their first home game on April 8 against Delmarva. Individual tickets go on sale Feb. 9. For more information, call the BlueClaws ticket office at (732) 901-7000, option 2.

The Howell Hawks third-grade travel basketball team of the MYBL recently captured the Howell Holiday Hoops Championship. The team members are Gerard Lettera, Ryan Handy, John Andl, Ryan Keegan, Brandon Carroll, Sean Stewart, Kameron Woods, Kevin Borden, Nick Morrissey, Michael Rotando and Josh Stephenson.

The Hawks are currently 10-2 in the MYBL, and 22-7 overall.

A new travel soccer team forming for boys U10 (Aug. 1, 1991-July, 31, 1992) is seeking skilled and dedicated players. The team is hosted by the Battle of Monmouth Soccer Club. Call Coach Tom at (732) 928-4731 for more information and tryout dates.

The Pine Barrens Golf Academy will be held at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson throughout the season from March through October. The classes will be for women, juniors and men. All aspects of the game will be covered. The clinics will be filled based on ability of the players. For more information, contact the Pro Shop at (732) 776-9940.

The Monmouth Power basketball club is looking for experienced, dedicated and committed coaches and players for its 13-, 14- and 15-year-old teams for the 2002 AAU season. For more information, call (732) 833-5020, or e-mail

The Power’s Fourth Annual Slam Fest will be April 22-28 for AAU boys and traveling teams. There is a three-game guarantee. Cost is $350 per team. For more information, call (732) 833-5020, or e-mail

The Central Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association (NJFOA) is seeking candidates to become certified high school football officials in New Jersey. Candidates must be 18 years old, residents of New Jersey, and must be able to work Monday afternoons (subvarsity games) and Friday afternoons (freshman games), in addition to Friday nights and Saturday mornings (varsity games). Candidates also must be available to work as part of the chain crew on Saturday afternoons. Deadline is March 28. For more information, call (732) 251-0360.

The New Jersey Devils High School Player of the Month/Year Program continues this season. Players named for December 2001 include junior goaltender Todd Stolarz (St. John Vianney, Gordon Conference) and forward Nick Paul (Red Bank Catholic, Southern Conference). Each month, December through February, six student-athletes, one from each of six different conferences, are selected as recipients of the award. An All-Tournament Team is selected in March, and an overall High School Player of the Year is chosen at the conclusion of the season. Winners are based on nominations received from varsity ice hockey coaches throughout the state. Award winners and their guests receive tickets to a Devils’ game, a plaque presented by a Devils’ player, and dinner compliments of the Devils. This marks the tenth season that the Devils are honoring high school student-athletes.