Sports Shorts

A pair of 9U and 12U travel baseball teams will hold tryouts on Jan. 15 and 22 at the Zone in Bridgewater. For more information, call (732) 910-2360.

The New Jersey Federation of Baseball Umpires will hold its clinic on the following dates: Feb. 22 and 24, March 1, 3, 8, 10, 17 and 22, with an exam on March 24. The clinics will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Mickey Sedlak Recreation Center on Dolan Street in Sayreville. For more information, call Mickey Sedlak at (732) 390-2918.

Monroe Township’s 10-year-old boys travel basketball team won two of three games this weekend and improved their season record to 14-2. Their loss was a one-point nail biter to Howell (35-34). Ryan Genevieve and Danny Brix (six blocks) combined for 24 points, while Ryan Germano, Ahmid Williams and Chris Viani added 10 points. Defensively, the team was led by Peter Gulick with four rebounds. The 10s defeated South Brunswick (44-27) and Shrewsbury (44-30). The South Brunswick game included Brix and Ryan Germano’s 25-point performance, while Genevieve, Sorrento, Williams and Brian Nale collected 17 points; defensively, Tyler Cushman, Sorrento, Brix (six steals), Germano, Williams, Nale and Chris Laino combined for 15 steals. Against Shrewsbury, Brix (five steals), Viani and Genevieve combined for 33 points, while Cushman (two blocks), Sorrento (three assists), Germano (five rebounds), and Williams contributed nine points.

Monroe Township’s 9-year-old boys travel team remained undefeated in Monmouth Youth League play with a victory over Shrewsbury (23-16) and improved their overall record to (11-1). Zach Gorham (12 rebounds) and Andy Dooley (six rebounds) led the way with a combined 18-point effort, while Matt Siemons (five rebounds) and Kevin Brix (five rebounds) contributed a total of five points. The team’s defense was led by Nick Wolfson, Dominick Morelli, Justin Fleites, Aaron Potter, Cameron Warech and Kyle Crothers as they combined for 10 rebounds and four steals.

East Brunswick Spring Soccer registration is ongoing. Registration forms can be found online at EBSoccer.com. Every player must fill out a registration form each season. For first-time players, a copy of the player’s birth certificate is required. The registration deadline is Feb. 22.

The Milltown Rangers Basketball Club’s 12-year-old squad won the South Brunswick Viking Classic Championship with a 42-38 victory over East Brunswick. Milltown ended 5-1, avenging its only loss earlier in the tournament to East Brunswick. Milltown’s 28-point second half was led by the team’s scoring leaders — Tyler Osofsky (19 points) and Cody Pace (nine points). Kyle Kronemeyer (five points, eight rebounds) and Bobby O’Grady (four points, five rebounds) sparked Milltown’s second-half comeback. The Rangers’ tournament success was directed by point guards James and Thomas Pareti and the all-around efforts of Jeff Coy, Alan Kuiper, Drew Buffalino and Tommy Herring. Milltown is off to a solid start, with a record of 12-2 on the season.

The Old Bridge Hustlers U10 girls fastpitch tournament softball team is seeking four experienced players to fill its roster. Any girl interested in playing competitive, year-round softball may call Christy at (732) 360-9051 or e-mail Norcutt@optonline.net to arrange a tryout.

South River Little League will hold registration for new and returning players on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 3, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Middle School gymnasium. The cost to register is $65 for one child and $110 for more than one. Registrants must bring a birth certificate and proof of residency. All children from age 9 through 12 (as of July 31, 2005) are eligible.

The South River Parks and Recreation Bowling League is accepting registrations. The new league begins Jan. 22 and is held Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The league is open to South River residents in kindergarten through eighth grade. Individuals or full teams are welcome. Bumpers are available if needed. The weekly fee includes an awards banquet. If interested, call the recreation office at (732) 254-4412 by Jan. 19 to be placed on a team.

The Recreation Department of Monroe is sponsoring a weekly bowling program for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 14, and interested adults. These activities will be conducted on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. at Brunswick Country Lanes, Route 33, Manalapan.

A 12-week boys and girls programs begins Jan. 29, while a 12-week adult-youth program will begin Jan. 30. The weekly cost of $6 per child or $13 per adult/youth is payable at the bowling alley, and covers two games of bowling, use of rental shoes and lightweight balls, instructional assistance and a trophy program. Registration is open until Jan. 27. For a registration form, call the bowling alley at (732) 446-6003.

The Fords Youth Association will hold registration for the spring girls softball league today and Feb. 10. Girls ages 5-14 are welcome — 5-year-olds play on the tee-ball field. The home fields are located at School 19, Menlo Park Terrace. Registration will be held in the gym of School 19, Maryknoll Road, from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $86 per child, $145 for two girls from the same family, and $185 for three. For more information, contact John Paulikas at (732) 738-0745 or visit fordsfastpitch.org.

The St. Thomas Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a free throw shooting contest on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the St. Thomas gymnasium in Old Bridge (St. Thomas Plaza, off Route 18). All boys and girls ages 10-14 are eligible. Winners in each category will go on to participate in the district competition scheduled for February. Participants are required to bring proof of age and written parental consent. Any questions, call the council hall at (732) 251-9817.

The Monroe Township Girls Softball Association will hold its registration Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Monroe Community Center, and on Jan. 18 (7-9 p.m.) and Jan. 22 (9:30 a.m.-noon), for grades K-10. The registration fee is $75 for the first player, $65 for each additional player, and a $52 candy fund-raiser fee due at registration. Birth certificates are required for all new players. No work bond for 2005, though the league is looking for volunteers. Any questions, contact Patti Paselio at (732) 605-0617.