Sports Shorts

The Old Bridge Hurricanes U12 boys travel baseball team is having an open tryout for its spring 2007 roster. Any player born in 1994 or 1995 (can’t be 13 before May 1) who is interested in playing on a competitive level may call Herman at (732) 718-0124 or e-mail With e-mail please add a little background of the player.

The U-12 Old Bridge Thrashers travel soccer team is looking for two dedicated soccer players for the upcoming season. Please e-mail Michael Blatt at

Monroe Township’s U12 Boys Travel Basketball Team’s outstanding defensive efforts resulted in victories over Marlboro (43-24), Colts Neck (34-26) and Old Bridge (45-31). Marlboro and Colts Neck were held to two points in the first and fourth quarters respectively, while Old Bridge was held to three points in the first quarter of their game against Monroe. Over the three-game stretch, the 12s collected 34 steals and 53 defensive rebounds. The team’s three-game contributors included Tyler Cushman (two rebounds, one assist, two steals), Ryan Genevieve (10 rebounds, six assists, four steals), Victor Sorrento (16 rebounds, six assists, seven steals, two blocks), Danny Brix (19 rebounds, 15 assists, 14 steals, six blocks), Ryan German (seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block), Ahmid Williams (three rebounds, six assists, two steals), Brian Nale (two rebounds, one steal), Peter Gulick (two rebounds, one steal), Chris Tagliaferro (two assist, one steal), Anthony Battaglia (three rebounds, one steal) and Frankie D’Agostino (four rebounds, one assist, one steal). The 12s improved to 6-0 and will host Holmdel at Monroe’s Recreation Center on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6:45 p.m.

The following are the results of the Tamarack Women’s Nine-Hole Golf Association’s Oct. 5 outing – par fours, half handicap. Ann Marie Broehl took the A Flight with a 21, followed by Elle de la Bandera (23), Abbey Lorber (23) and Joan Hoskins (24). Ruth Rosenberg took the B Flight with a 22, followed by Joyce Nicolaison (23). Morie Marino took the C Flight with a 23, followed by Doris Colgrove (25), Fran Poulin (26) and Cathy Battista (26). Elle de la Bandera had fewest putts with 15.

At the Oct. 12 competition – kickers (no flights, choose own handicap to come as close to par as possible) Nicolaison took first with a 36, followed by Marino (35), Broehl (38) and Semen (39). Broehl had fewest putts with 17.

The Monroe Township Baseball Association will hold registration for the 2007 spring baseball season on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monroe Township Community Center on Monmouth Road. The Divisions for 2007 are: Tee Ball (ages 4 & 5); Farm Rookie (Instructional – ages 6 & 7); Farm AAA (Instructional – age 8); Minor League (competitive – ages 9 & 10); Major 11 Division (46/60 for 11 year-olds); Major 12 Division (50/70 for 12 year-olds); Junior League (60/90 for 13 year-olds) and Senior League for 14, 15 and 16 year-olds.

MTBA will also implement a Babe Ruth League Bambino Buddy Ball Division in 2007 for township residents ages 5 to 20 with special needs and disabilities. The Bambino Buddy Ball Division is open to all Monroe Township residents with special needs assistance provided during games by their “buddy” helping them swing the bat, catch a ball, running the bases, etc.

To volunteer for this endeavor, whether you have a special needs child in the program or not, please contact Mike Peto at for more information. More details on Bambino Buddy Ball will be made available at Registration.

The fees for registration are $85 first player, $75 each additional player, and a $50 refundable work-bond per household. The fee includes a full uniform that players keep when the season is over. The fee for Bambino Buddy Ball will be determined before the Dec. 2 registration.

For more information about Monroe Township Baseball Association, please visit their Web site,

Cheesequake Baseball registration for the spring league is now available. In-person registration will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cheesequake fields, Route 9 and Schulmeister Road, Old Bridge.

Registration forms are also available on the web site,, under handouts. For questions, please call NICK at (732) 433-0198.

Madison Park Girls Softball League would like to announce the following registration dates for the upcoming season.

Dec. 1 and 8 registration will take place at the Madison Park Little League Fieldhouse on Cheesequake Road, in the Parlin section of Old Bridge from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 registration will take place at the Old Bridge Public Library, Conference Room, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration is $65 per player, $50 t-ball, $100 max family plan. No workbond. New players need copy of birth certificate. For more information call (732) 251-3018 or web site

For the first time in East Brunswick/Spotswood Golden Bear Chargers history, the Pee Wee Small Novice cheerleading squad has brought a regional championship to the organization, placing second place at the regional competition this past weekend at Sovereign Bank Arena. Sue DeStefano, head coach for the team, has coached for this organization for a number of years, pulling this team from adversity. Days after the last qualifier the girls were informed that their routine had to be changed due to rule changes enforced by the national level. GBC reconfigured their routine based on those changes and then faced another obstacle – one of our girls broke her wrist one week prior to the regional competition. Again, this team had to change their routine. With one week left to do this, the girls reconfigured the routine again to end up placing second at the regional level, sending this team to the DisneyWorld Pop Warner Super Bowl and CheerLeading Championships.

The GBC Pee Wee Small Novice cheerleaders are Kristy Bachman, Kendall Bacskoczky, Savanah Bruno, Amanda Candella, Kaliegh Jageman, Cristina Joule, Jordan Kimball, Juliann Marfitt, Micaela McSpadden, Jacklyn Nemec, Paige Nielsen, Kelly Parks, Kelsey Scheicher, Elyse Schrier, Kristin Seely, Katie Slomko, Alexis Tompkins and Ariel Tompkins

The GBC Junior Pee Wee Squad – the youngest junior pee wee squad to go to the regional competition – performed a beautifully executed routine, placing third at the competition. Lorraine Neilsen, head coach for this squad, has also coached for GBC for a number of years. The GBC organization is very proud of the squad’s accomplishments, especially as such a young team. The talented youngsters are Brittney Benesz, Kelsi Conahan, Shay Decker, Andrea Estafanous, Jacqueline Giancola, Samantha Griggs, Zariya Jackson, Cassandra Kosty, Caitlyn Leroy, Alyssa Lillian, Angela Long, Jessica Meagher, Elizabeth Nielsen, Alexandra Warren, Shelby Wittkop and Victoria Yuhasz.

This level of success is a wonderful send-off for the GBC cheer commissioner of three years, Lynn McSpadden. She is retiring her cheer commissioner position after this year and her work and efforts as cheer commissioner and past coach over the past 10 years are greatly appreciated.