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Freshman Alina Balasa, of East Brunswick, entered last weekend’s Big East Tournament on a 10-match winning streak for the Rutgers University women’s tennis team. However, her streak was snapped when she lost to Virginia Tech’s Felice Lam, 7-5, 6-1. Balasa, who last loss on March 1 in a match against Brown University, led the team in dual match victories this spring with a 14-4 mark at No. 3 singles.

The Old Bridge Predators U10 travel soccer team (Premier level) is looking for talented field players and a full-time goalie. Dedication is a must and out-of-towners are welcome. Tryouts are May 21, 5 p.m. at the Ticetown Soccer Fields in Old Bridge. Please contact Paul Allen at (732) 679-8310 or Rob Vasquez at (732) 360-0345 for more information.

The 11U New Jersey Cobras baseball team is looking for one or two more players to fill out its 2003 roster. Catcher/pitcher a big plus. The team is a top team in the state and was co-champions in the AAU Super Regional Tournament to gain a berth to participate in the AAU National Tournament in Orlando, Fla., from July 17 to July 25. The team will also participate in the Cooperstown Tournament in 2004. All candidates’ families must be willing to travel through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The Cobras play a minimum of four games per week, which is two games on Saturdays and two games on Sundays. The team consists of players from nine different towns and six different counties. This team is open to all 10- and 11-year-old players provided they don’t turn 12 before July 31, 2003. They do play an occasional game during the week. All interested parties can either view the team’s Web site at or send an email at or call (609)-259-9566 for additional information.

The Madison Park Little League is running a bus trip to Atlantic City on Sunday, May 3. The bus will depart from the Little League complex on Cheesequake Road, behind the Madison Park Fire Department at 10:30 am. The cost is $30, and $13 in coin will be returned to you in Atlantic City. There will be food, games and beverages on the bus. For more information, call Steve Richter (732) 721-3473.

The Black Magic, a central New Jersey based girls’ fast-pitch softball team, is looking for an experienced, dedicated pitcher. The team is a committed, hard-working fourth-year program that plays a competitive schedule and expects to compete at the PONY Nationals in July. For tryout or other information call Jack Ballo at (732) 786-0638 or (732) 446-5900.

The Sayreville Lady Blue Devils, currently a U11 girls’ travel soccer team, is looking to add players for the fall season to play U12. The team is looking to add a few dedicated girls who are willing to work hard and have some fun. The Blue Devils also play indoors in the winter and try to attend two to three outdoor tournaments a year. Any girls born between 8/1/91 and 7/31/92, who are interested can call (732) 525-2761 (ask for Zeev) or e-mail

The Rider University men’s track and field team competed at the Lehigh Invitational on April 13, placing fourth of four teams. Sophomore Robin Mesina, of Sayreville, placed second in the 800m (1:55.39), and was part of the third-place 4×400 relay team (4:12.83). Meanwhile, sophomore Anthony Reid, also of Sayreville, was part of the second-place 4×100 relay team (41.98).

The following are the results of the Tamarack Women’s Nine-Hole Golf Association’s April 24 competition at the Tamarack west course. The game played was stroke play minus putts, no handicap.

Dot Fitzgerald won the A Flight with 34, followed by Inge Robinson (38), Marge Widder (38) and Dot Terringer (39).

Bobbie Block won the B Flight with a 37, followed by Abbey Lorber (41), Dot Peters (43) and Marion Batchelor (44).

Ronnie Bohn won the C Flight with a 43, followed by Helen Michna (43), Jeanette Squires (43) and Jay Goldstein (48). Jeanne Reaph had fewest putts with 14.

The Battle of Monmouth Strikers U14 boys soccer team, comprised of Jamesburg and Monroe boys, beat the previously undefeated Beachwood United team by a score of 3-1. The Strikers found the net in minute 10 from a free kick from near midfield by Dale Santiago that was finished by Frank Carr. Beachwood evened the score soon after from solid play by their forwards and midfielders. The Striker’s Michael Rettberg sprinted past the Beachwood defense on a breakaway and was able to finish the rebound off the Beachwood goalie. Scoring was capped off by a run from midfield by Billy Philips. The Strikers’ goalie, Joe Nemeth, made a couple of great saves before the half ended to preserve the 3-1 lead.

Solid defense characterized the second half, and was anchored by sweeper Santiago, and fullbacks Danny Seyfried and Michael Barazcz. The Strikers’ midfield dominated the game, marked by solid play from Brian Zimmer, Daniel Schwartz on the flanks, and Ivan Barreto, Zach Theinart and Carr down the center. Billy Phillips and Michael Rettberg kept the pressure on the Beachwood defense, but could not find the net.

The Be the Best Youth Football Camp for players ages 7-14 will be conducting its annual summer camp from July 14-18 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Old Bridge High School, west campus. For further information, contact Bob DeMarco at (732) 845-3376.

The Old Bridge Soccer League has travel teams for players ranging in ages 8-16, and any child is welcome to try out. OBSL uses independent assessors to ensure impartiality during the tryouts. All tryouts are under the supervision of the league’s training director. The following is the tryout schedule for the 2003/2004 season, with the team, date of birth: U16 (8/1/87-7/31/88), May 12; U15 (8/1/88-7/31/89), May 13; U14 (8/1/89-7/31/90), May 14; U13 (8/1/90-7/31/91), May 15; U12 (8/1/91-7/31/92), May 16; U8 (8/1/95-7/31/96), May 19; U9 (8/1/94-7/31/95), May 20; U10 (8/1/93-7/31/94), May 21; U11 (8/1/92-7/31/93), May 22.

Team candidates may be called back for a second tryout in order to get the most accurate assessment of each candidate’s skills. Tryouts will be held at the fields on Ticetown Road. See Web site for directions, WWW.OBSL.COM. Come ready to play complete with shin guards, cleats and a ball. Bring a water bottle. Register to try out at the fields at 5 p.m. sharp on the tryout date assigned to your age group. Tryouts start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

For further information on the tryouts, please contact training director Rob Vasquez at (732) 591-8580 mailbox No. 6. For information on the OBSL Travel Program, contact travel director Kevin McCormack at (732) 591-8580 mailbox No. 7.