Sports Shorts

Old Bridge High School standout senior athlete Amber Zimmerlink has signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for Iona College under the Gaels’ head coach, Lauren Rywak. After a long fall recruiting season, Zimmerlink chose the New Rochelle, N.Y., college over a dozen other schools that courted her for her abilities.

One of the most prolific female athletes in Old Bridge history, Zimmerlink will graduate this spring having lettered in all 12 varsity seasons during her four-year career. Along with lacrosse, she was a member of Old Bridge’s varsity softball, basketball and field hockey programs. After being named team MVP in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse as a junior, she returned to captain all three in her senior campaign.

Zimmerlink will serve as captain for coach Stephen Gajewski’s perennial powerhouse Old Bridge lacrosse program, which will enter the spring season looking to play in its third Middlesex County title game in as many years. After netting 29 goals and leading the team with 109 ground balls in her first lacrosse season as a sophomore, Zimmerlink had a breakout season last year, leading the county in scoring with 73 goals and 35 assists (both school records). The First Team All-Area winner was a member of the T3 Shore Club squad that traveled the country over the summer and was composed of top lacrosse athletes from across the state.

Named three times to Middlesex County’s First Team in field hockey. Zimmerlink saved her best season for last, leading the Knights to their first-ever victory in the NJSIAA State Tournament. She was named First TeamAll State, First Team All Area as well as Middlesex County’s Player of the Year for her field hockey prowess. She compiled 20 assists this season (a rare feat) while no other player reached double digits.

The point guard and two-time teamleading scorer has this year’s version of coach Ken Fischer’s Old Bridge girls basketball team off to its best start in the past four years and in the hunt for a state playoff berth.

Zimmerlink started for the 2005 varsity softball squad under head coach Sue Klein before switching her allegiance to lacrosse for the 2006 season. She was persuaded to make the change by former Rutgers lacrosse coach and current Old Bridge football coach Bob DeMarco.

Sayreville Bombers Youth Football for grades K-8 will hold a general meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Registration dates are Feb. 9, 16 and 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Post, 211 MacArthur Ave, Sayreville. Play is by age and grade, not by weight. Interested players are invited to come to the general meeting and see what the club are all about, or check out the Web site at

The Monroe U14 Lady Falcons improved to 5-1 in North Brunswick League play with a 50-32 win over Red Bank. Jena Pritzlaff (15 points) and Kylie Davidson (13 points) led the scoring attack while Christina Felice (6 points), Kristen Junquet (5), Samantha Clark (4) and Jackie Racine (5) provided additional scoring. Victoria Clayton chipped in with 3 points. MeghanMcClaren and Fallon Regan each pulled in three rebounds and provided some key defensive minutes. The Monroe Lady Falcons match up with Westfield this Sunday.

Old Bridge Lacrosse Association’s new season will begin March 1. Registration will be held at the South Old Bridge Fire Department on Englishtown Road and Appleby Avenue 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Applications can be downloaded at or picked up the night of registration. Equipment orders will be placed for new players, as well as current players. Orders will also be collected for Old Bridge Lacrosse apparel, such as T-shirts, sweat shirts, hats and jackets (50 percent deposit required on all apparel). All new players and parents should attend to meet the coaches, who will be available to answer questions.

Madison Park Girls Softball League announced the following registrations dates for the 2008 softball season. Final in-person registration will take place Fridays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will take place at the Madison Park Little League field house on Cheesequake Road, Parlin section of Old Bridge (located behind the Madison Park firehouse).

The league is open to girls ages 5-17 from Old Bridge and surrounding areas. No work bond. Registration fees are $65 per player, with $100 maximum for family plan. T-ball (5-6-year-olds) will be $50 registration. New players must bring copy of birth certificate.

For more information, call JoAnne at (732) 251-3018

MarlboroYouth Football will hold inperson registration on Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Marlboro Recreation Center onWyncrest Road.Youmay also register online at any time at www.marlboroyouthfootball. com. NFLflag football is noncontact. Boys and girls ages 5-14 from all towns are eligible to play. Games are expected to begin on or about Saturday,March 29. The game times usually fit well with most other sports, i.e., baseball, soccer, basketball, etc. The registration fee is $75 per player and each player receives an official NFLflag football jersey to keep. Due to the nearly doubling of the number of participants in our spring NFLFlag Football program in our first two years, registration may need to be limited and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone is encouraged to register online as soon as possible. Coaches are also welcome. High school varsity football players who would like to referee games should visit the Web site or call (732) 772-9888 for information.

The Amateur Basketball Association will hold a 3-on-3 Adult Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 15. The fee is $250 per team if payment is made by March 1; the fee is $275 thereafter. Included in the fee is six-player maximum roster per team.

The tournament features three games plus playoffs: 3-0 and 2-1 advance to playoffs; 1-2 and 0-3 teams advance to Best of the Rest playoffs. Referee fees, court costs and game jerseys included. For ages 18 and over only. Two skill-level divisions. Tournament insurance is included. Trophies for winners. Games are played at John F. Kennedy Center in Newark, a former Nets practice facility.

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