Sports Shorts

The Old Bridge youth hockey instructional program is accepting registrations for its 11-week fall program, which begins Oct. 8 at the Old Bridge Sports Arena and is sponsored by the township Department of Parks, Recreation & Social Services. Youngsters will be instructed on the fundamentals of hockey, including stickhandling, passing and shooting. Participants are required to wear full equipment. The sessions are broken into two age groups: 5-8 and 9-13. The 5-8 group runs Sundays from 5:15-6:30 p.m., the older group runs from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The cost is $250 for Old Bridge residents and $300 for nonresidents. For more information, visit the arena Monday through Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. or call John Piccolo at (7The Old Bridge youth hockey instructional program is accepting registrations for its 11-week fall program, which begins Oct. 8 at the Old Bridge Sports Arena and is sponsored by the township Department of Parks, Recreation & Social Services. Youngsters will be instructed on the fundamentals of hockey, including stickhandling, passing and shooting. Participants are required to wear full equipment. The sessions are broken into two age groups: 5-8 and 9-13. The 5-8 group runs Sundays from 5:15-6:30 p.m.; the older group runs from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The cost is $250 for Old Bridge residents and $300 for nonresidents. For more information, visit the arena Monday through Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. or call John Piccolo at (732) 721-5600, ext. 4025, or at (732) 679-8339.

Sayreville Recreation Wrestling signups (South Amboy residents welcome) for children in grades K-8 are now being accepted for the 2006-07 season. Cost per wrestler is $60 for a resident, and $65 for a nonresident. Sign up at the Mickey Sedlak Recreation Center located on Dolan Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Peggy Bohling (732) 727-5997 or Gina Ahearn (732) 727-6824. Uniforms (singlets) are supplied by the organization. Families are required to purchase headgear and wrestling shoes. A warmup suit is required and made available from the organization. Parents will also be asked to participate in one mandatory fundraiser during the wrestling season. A work bond will be required of $60, which will be collected during the first week of practice.

The CNJSB U14 girls Blue Lightning fought their way to a 3-0 victory over the Freedom at Parsippany. The three goals were scored by forwards Bri Ferguson, Kim Osmond and Gianine Palma in the second half. The shutout was the result of hard work by the defense and an outstanding effort by goalie Christina Poetsch. The now 2-0 travel team, with players from Sayreville and South River, will play the Phoenix at Westfield on Sunday.

Evan Graulau, who resides in Old Bridge, participated in the Elks Club “Batter Up” competition in Neptune on Aug. 19, and won, becoming the state champion in the 8-year-old division. He had to win in Old Bridge back in May, and on June 17 he competed and won the district title in Jamesburg to qualify for the state competition in Neptune. More than 2,300 kids participated from all districts involved to qualify for the state title in each age category.

In Central Jersey Pop Warner football action, the Raritan Bay Cougars visited the Trenton Tornados in the state’s capital. At the Mighty Mite level, Johnathan Houston and Chris Perez scored touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 14-0 victory over the Tornados. On defense Stephen Clarke recovered a Tornado fumble, while Christian Weidman, Devin Eardley and Chris Pisarczyk all turned in strong performances.

The Cougar Junior Pee Wees scored an impressive 26-13 victory over Trenton. Jordan Fetterman hit Brandon Giles with a 10-yard touchdown pass. Julanee Prince, Daniel Grillo and Daniel Hemhauser also scored TDs for the Cougars. Dmitriy Mikhol, Kevin Salomae and Fabian Silva all had strong defensive games.

In Pee Wee action, the Cougars beat Trenton, 15-13. Jesse Meyer and Roberto Rojas scored touchdowns for the Cougars. With the game tied 13-13, and time running out, Cory Bennetti sacked the Tornado QB in the end zone for a safety.

The Midget Game saw Christian Vuolo take the ball on the second play from scrimmage and scamper 61 yards for a TD. He also ran for two more scores. Zach Zimmerlink also scored for the Cougars. Matthew Campion, Stellio Leondis and Murad Elgamal opened big holes for the Cougar running backs.

Dean Vitale rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the EB/Spotswood Golden Bear Charger Junior Midgets to a 34-14 win over Millstone. With the win, GBC improved to a 5-0 record. On Millstone’s first play, Garret Walters picked off a pass and ran it back to the 36-yard line. The next play, Vitale hit Dan McCracken in the end zone for the first score. On the next possession, Vitale raced 20 yards for the second score. In the second quarter, Mark Kukoda got the call and rambled 32 yards for a 22-7 half. In the third quarter, James Wittkop’s key block allowed Vitale to scamper 64 yards for a 28-14 lead. Ron Santana intercepted a pass, and the next play Blake Fredrics and Jason Viggiano opened a hole for Santana’s 20-yard run for the final score. GBC’s defense was led by Garret Cuddy, Anthony Varbellow, Kyle Winters and Max Catrelli.

The week started again with a condensed game schedule with games on Friday night as well as Sunday morning for the GBC Tiny Mites (ages 5-7). Friday night’s game was a battle with the Gold, starting off deep in their own territory due to a not-so-Tiny Mite kickoff by Edward Rogers, which was not returnable. For the most part, it was a defensive battle for both teams, led by Zahir Jackson for the Gold and André Gambino for the Blue. Then, late in the game, Blue got into the end zone with a sweep to Derrick Petosa. With time running out, Gold scored to tie the game by Austin Taylor, ending Friday’s game with a tie score.

Sunday morning’s game started off like Friday’s game with both teams battling up and down the field. Then the Blue team scored with a long run by Isaiah Jackson. With time running out before the half, the Gold team’s Austin Taylor scored his fourth touchdown of the season in as many games, tying it at half, 7-7. Second-half play went back and forth with notable defensive efforts from the Blue by Big Ben Gelbein and Zahir Jackson for the Gold.

Then the Gold started to move down the field with a 30-yard run by Mike Cesareo but was unable to get into the end zone due to the Blue team’s defensive stand. With time running out, the Blue got near the end zone with a big run by Zack Mataya. Ending the game was an awesome cutback run by J.T. Schneider, with Blue winning the game, 14 -7.

The Monroe Township Soccer Club needs U16 girls to fill some roster spots on an established team. Interested players and parents can e-mail onoratos@comcast.net or leave a message on (732) 521- 9345.32) 721-5600, ext. 4025, or at (732) 679-8339.