Sports Shorts

Colts Neck’s Allison Linnell, who was an indoor All-American in the onemile run this winter, will be continuing her educational and running career at the University of Washington in Seattle. She’ll be majoring in marine biology.

Linnell has been one of the mainstays of Colts Neck’s distance running program. She was a member of the 2006 Cougar cross country team that won the Meet of Champions title and finished fourth at the Nike Team National Championships. She’s won a national championship as a member of the Cougars’ 4×1-mile relay team. This winter she set a Freehold Regional District record for the indoor mile, 4:55.56, in finishing fourth at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships.

The JOGA A team from Galaxy Gymnastics competed atAce Gymnastics in Wanamassa, where the team finished third.

In the 15-and-over age group, Galaxy’s Megan Knauf was fourth on the uneven bars and 12th in the all-around. KatieWilk was 10th on the vault and 14th in the AA. Laura Gallo was 14th on the vault, 11th on the beam and ninth on the floor.

In earlier meets, the team was third at Surgent’s Elite and second at Jersey Jets.

Jan Pappas coaches the Galaxy Gymnastics JOGA team.

NFLFlag Football registration for the fall 2008 program is open. All kindergarten as well as prekindergarten boys and girls turning 5 by Dec. 31, 2008, are eligible to play. Players from all towns are welcome. NFLflag football is noncontact.

Practice beings around Aug. 15 and most games are one night per week from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Practice is minimal.

The registration fee is $75 and children receive an official NFLflag football jersey that they cannot buy in any store. You must play to get a jersey.

For additional information, contact Marlboro Youth Football at (732) 772-9888 or go to the Web site www.marlboroyouth Players also may register online through the Web site.

China’s international track star Liu Xiang, the reigning Olympic and world champion in the 110-meter hurdles, will be competing inNewYork at theReebokGrand Prix onMay 31 at Icahn Stadium.

World champion sprinters Veronica Campbell-Brown and LaurynWillams are also slated to compete over 100 meters. Campbell-Brown’s photo-finish win in the 100 at last year’s World Championships was one of the highlights of the meet.

The Reebok Grand Prix will start at 5 p.m. at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at 1-877-TIX-TRAC or online at

TheMarlboro Boys 8-year-old Basketball travel team recently captured the Monmouth Youth Basketball League Championship avenging their only loss during the regular season, defeating Howell, 28-12, in the championship game. Jeremy Slad and P.J. Rengel were the leading scorers in the title game for Marlboro, which finished the regular season in a tie for first place with a 9-1 record.

Jared Markowitz, Andrew Gambardella and Ryan Larocca were the leading scorers during the season. During playoff wins against Oceanport and Wall, Marlboro was helped by some key performances fromEric Vogel and Noah Turner.

In addition to the league championship, the teamalso has been tournament champions in each of the four tournaments they have entered, by using their deep benchwith players like Chase Sandler, Sam Golden, JackMcCabe,WillGoldhecht, Ryan Cassidy andAndrew Brofsky.

The team has won over 40 games this year, making the future bright for Marlboro basketball with these young boys representing their town under the guidance of coaches Ira Goldstein and Craig Piskin.