Sports Shorts

The Central Jersey Hawks seventh-grade (U-13) boys basketball team is seeking dedicated players for the fall, winter and spring season. For more information, e-mail or call (732) 547-3648.

The U9 Old Bridge Storm girls soccer team made its debut at the Jackson Summer Classic Tournament with an impressive 3-1 run. After battling all weekend, the Storm girls had three victories, with goals scored by Leandra Cohen, Kristen Failla and Allizey Shields. Goalie Stefanie Giambrone was brilliant in the net, while Megan Catrola, Maria Pagiazitis, Martina Stewart and Megan Konko provided a stellar defense. Great ball movement and spirited play by Taylor Carroll, Brittany Matteo, Munevera Sela, Alyssa Somohano, Dana Oppedisano and Kaitlyn McAnally contributed to the total team effort in their tournament debut.

Zachary Zimmerlink of Old Bridge won the New Jersey State Elks Association first annual Elks Batter Up Home Run Derby. After winning the Old Bridge contest in June, Zachary won the State Championship in the 11- and 12-year-old division on Aug. 27, which was held at the Neptune Little League. With a score of 840 points, he was more than 200 points over his nearest challenger. Two of his six blasts landed in Jumping Brook Road, clearing the fence and parking lot to land more than 300 feet from home plate.

The title capped off an outstanding baseball season for Zimmerlink, who broke the all-time home run record at Old Bridge Little League with 16 regular season dingers in only 12 games played. He then led the Old Bridge squad to the District 10 Little League championship with another six home runs, for a total of 22 on the season. The biggest was a game-winner in the District championship finals over Perth Amboy. Old Bridge went on to bow out in later rounds of the Little League Tournament to Toms River, the eventual state champions.

For his achievements as well as his demeanor on the field, Zimmerlink was awarded the Old Bridge Little League’s 2005 Bill Kuebler Sportsmanship Award.

Fairleigh Dickinson University sophomore goalie Melissa Braun, of Sayreville, was named the Freedom Conference Women’s Soccer Goalie of the Week. Braun led the Devils to a 2-0 week to start the season, as the Devils won the 11th Annual Manhattanville Valiants Tournament.

Braun posted two shutouts on the week, blanking Purchase College in the first game as FDU won 3-0, then shutting out the host Valiants as FDU took a 1-0 win in the championship game. She made four saves against Purchase and three against Manhattanville.

The Sayreville X-Plosion girls fastpitch softball travel team, ages 12 and under, will be holding its first tryout on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the Morgan Complex fields. For more information, call coach Gary at (732) 952-8691 or Cathy at (732) 525-3187.

The Morgan Magic girls fastpitch softball teams will hold final open tryouts for the 2006 season at Waterfront Park in South Amboy. They will carry teams in the 12U, 14U and 16U age groups.

Tryouts will be held Sept. 17 at 9-11 a.m. (12U), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (14U), and 1-3 p.m. (16U).

Those who cannot attend can make arrangements for a tryout; for an appointment or additional information, call coach Gary at (732) 727-7506.

The U8 Old Bridge Thunder girls soccer team won its season opener against Tinton Falls, 7-0, on Sunday at home. The offensive pressure started early in the game with a goal from Kerri Caruso, assisted by Gianna Taranto in the eighth minute of play. Samantha Potts then systematically added four more goals with assists by Kerri, Alexis Suarez, and Alyssa Kramer. Adding to the relentless offensive pressure, Nicole Velez and Alexandria D’Acunto drove in the final two goals with an assist by Tanvi Lodhia. The defense, led by goalies Gina Colamonico and Vanessa Mantione, held the visitors scoreless. The victory was marked by well-executed passing by Angelique Giglio, Kristina Hourican, Meaghan Kenny and the entire team.

The U13 Old Bridge Rockets defeated the Toms River Pythons, 6-0, Sunday at Geick Park in Old Bridge. This was the Rockets’ first win of the fall season in the MOSA Premier Division. Goaltenders Josh Stein-Ortiz and Taylor Klaskin, along with defenders Christian Llerena, Jordan Moretti, Nick Santurro and windscreen Gino Isola, preserved the clean sheet, allowing only two shots on goal. The scoring started in the second minute of play on a strike from Nick Petruzzi. Goals then poured in from Rich Loeffler, Adam Eyerman, Charles Mantione and Josh Stein-Ortiz, who scored his first goal as a Rocket. Assists came from Tim Merrick and Dan Scalgione. Sami Abdisubhan and Michael Stetson provided spirited support play in a total team effort. The Rockets were also busy last week when they placed second in the East Brunswick Labor Day Tournament.

The Morgan Parlin Panther Midgets defeated the Sayreville Leprechauns in the Mayor’s Trophy game, 19-0, last weekend. The Panthers’ defense and offense were rocking in this game. The defense held the Leprechauns throughout the entire game, while the offense did its job in a game that was a special dedication to former midget head coach Greg Wasnak, who passed away. The game had much meaning for the kids and coaches as well as the entire Panther family.

The game followed a memorial dedication at Waterfront Park, where a spectacular memorial was unveiled for Coach Wasnak. The entire team touched the memorial as they entered the field after a moment of silence, and the players and coaches wore white wristbands with WAS written on them. During the game, interceptions were recorded by Christopher Pearson, Jeffrey Paez and Vincent Ford, while touchdowns were scored by Paez, Kyle Seery and Pearson. Paul Hobbs scored the extra points.

The Sayreville Leprechaun Junior Pee Wees won the Mayor’s Trophy game over the Morgan-Parlin Panthers by the score of 26-7. Zavonne Perkinson had three touchdown runs (44, 55 and 37 yards). Nick Morton had a 20-yard touchdown run. Also playing well were Jeff Marchesi, Deion Miller, D.J. Miller, Cliff O’Brien, Sean O’Grady, Sam Perez and Anthony Pestonit.