Sports Shorts

A 13- and 14-year-old sophomore American Legion Baseball team for players from Manalapan/

Freehold/Marlboro/Howell will be holding tryouts on April 18 from 6-8 p.m. All players must be born in the years 1991 and 1992. The tryouts will be held at Dave Gallagher’s Baseball Academy in Millstone. Games will be played during the week and will not conflict with weekend travel games. The season starts in June and runs through July. There will be an 18-20 game schedule. This Legion team is also looking for experienced and dedicated coaches. For further information on the team tryouts or coaching positions, call (732) 625-3996 or e-mail graznj@gmail.com. Rain date for the tryout is April 21 at the same time, 6-8 p.m.

Freehold Raceway will be the site of a Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest on May 5, the day before the Kentucky Derby. The contest will be restricted to 100 entrants and will consist of races from Churchill Downs, Belmont Park and Pimlico. The contest format will have contestants making $10 win and place wagers. Contestants must wager a minimum of 10 races, but may bet up to 12. The total cost for entry in the contest is $350 of which $150 is the entry fee that goes toward the prize money and the remaining $200 will be used as betting stake. The contestants will keep all parimutuel winnings and prize money will be paid to the top five handicappers with the highest bankrolls. The winner will received 50 percent of the prize money.

One of the top features of the contest is that the winner will gain entry into the 2007 Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas.

For more information on the contest and its rules at Freehold, call (732) 462-3800 or go to www.freeholdraceway.

The Garden State Baseball League, a wood bat league that plays doubleheaders on Sunday afternoons, has several openings on a number of teams for interested players. The GSBL is a highly competitive league that has been around for 11 years in Central Jersey and brings in some of the finest amateur baseball players. The season will begin on Memorial Day weekend with special tournaments. Those interested, call (732) 382-4610, e-mail johngsbl@aol.com or go to www.gardenstatebaseball.com for more information.

Sophomore Cailyn Hennessy of Freehold led The Peddie School of Hightstown to a 7-0 win over Steinert in the Falcons’ season-opening softball game. A left-handed thrower, Hennessy fanned 16 batters, going the distance on a two-hitter for Peddie. Hennessy also singled and scored a pair of runs in the win.

The New Jersey Jackals will be hosting a job fair in Floyd Hall Arena on the campus of Montclair State University on April 19 at 6 p.m. The team will be interviewing candidates for several different game day job opportunities at Yogi Berra Stadium this year. Positions include ticket takers, ticket sellers, ushers, concession stand workers, playground staff, pro shop workers and interns.

The Devils play in the independent Can-Am League and host 46 games during the season. Standard starting times are 7:05 p.m. for games Monday through Thursday, and 2:05 p.m. for Sunday games. For more information, call (973) 746-7434 or log on to www.jackals.com for more information.

Gymnasts from the Wilton Academy of Gymnastics competed at the USA Gymnastics Level 5 Sectional held at Envision Gymnastics on April 2. In Level 5, 9-years-olds competition, Shani Weiss took third in the all-around (36.55), placing first on bars (9.55), and seventh on vault (8.8), beam (8.95) and floor (9.25). Aliyah Slocum took 10th in the AA (34.6), placing fourth on the vault (9.1) and eighth on the floor (9.15). Tori Wilton was 13th in the AA (33.95) after placing fifth on the floor (9.35).

In Level 5, 10-year-old action, Julia Fronc was 10th in the AA (35.35), placing seventh on the beam (9.15), eighth on the floor (9.125) and 12th on the bars (8.775). Jessica Cataldo was 18th in the AA (34.15) after taking 11th on the beam (8.75), while Alex Havens was 20th in the AA (33.1).