Sports Shorts

FormerMarlboro High School star Ray Navarrete, who was playing with the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League, had his contract purchased by Tabasco (AAA) of the Mexican League.

Navarette, who is in his ninth season of pro baseball, was having a career season batting .362 for the Ducks and leading the Atlantic League with 11 home runs, runs scored (39) and extra base hits (25). He had 40 RBIs in 39 games and was slugging at .678.

Navarrete starred at Seton Hall University and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played with the Pirates and New York Mets minor league teams and had a career average of .284. He joined the Ducks last year.

The Marlboro Scorpions Blue finished in first place in the Monmouth- Ocean Soccer Association Premier Flight. The Scorpions beat the Wall Fire, 3-1, to win the championship.

The Scorpions are Kevin Baccaro, Chris Colen, David Horsfield, Tyler Junkierski, Jason Kyyriacou, Matthews Lewisd, Drew Loesere, JaredMiller,Aram Monokian, Chris Murray, Thomas Palisi, Stephen Panfile, David Reingold, Denis Tsenter and Steven Xu.

John Horsfield, Seth Lewis and Ron Murray are the coaches and Rodolfo Zapata and Gary Burke, the trainers. The team is part of the Marlboro Soccer Association’s travel soccer program.

The 2008 Future Stars Baseball Camp, sponsored by Freehold Township Recreation, will be held Monday through June 27 atMichael J. Tighe Park, Georgia Road. The camp is for boys ages 7-13.Ages 7-8 will attend from 9 a.m. to noon daily with the fee $100. Ages for 9-13 will attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $150.

The camp, under the direction of Lou Piccola, the former Freehold Township Little League president, will focus on fielding, throwing, base running and hitting. Piccola and his staff, assistant directors Frank DelGeoge, former head coach of St. Francis College and Joe McCloskey, Barkalow Middle School baseball coach, make the camp fun by keeping it simple and stressing the fundamentals.

For more information, call (732) 577- 9625.

Freehold Township Recreation is sponsoring the Cougar Basketball Camp at Colts Neck High School this summer. The first session is July 7-11 and the second session, July 14-18. The camp is for boys and girls ages 7-15 and will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is directed by Lou Piccola, the head boys basketball coach at Colts Neck High School.

Emphasis will be placed on the development of fundamental skills through group and individual instruction and game experience. For additional information, call 732-577-9625.

The FreeholdArea Running Club’s Summer 5k Race Series will start on June 25 and continue on Wednesday evenings through July 30 at the Monmouth Battlefield Park, Route 33, Manalapan. There is the accompanying Kids Summer Nights series.

The 5K starts at 6:45 p.m. and the kids’ races at 6 p.m. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m.

This is the 26th year for the Summer Series. For more information, log on to farcnj. com or call 732-431-2627.

Colts Neck graduate Meryl Wimberly earned All-American honors with her College of New Jersey 4×400 relay teammates at the NCAADivision III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Wimberly and teammates Jianna Spadaccini, Stephanie Herrick and Jessica Bonelli finished fourth in the relay, clocking 3:46.31. The top eight finishers at the NCAA’s secure All-American honors.

Wimberly, who starred for the Colts Neck girls indoor and outdoor track and field teams, also ran the 800 meters at the NCAA meet, turning in a 2:15.25.

At Colts Neck, Wimberly anchored the first girls 4×400 relay team that broke 4:00 (3:57.41).

Val Majewski is having a big season with the Newark Bears of the Independent Atlantic League. The former Freehold Township High School and Rutgers University star is batting .347 for the Bears. In 40 games, he has 39 RBIs and 27 runs scored. He has 10 doubles, one triple and six home runs among his 50 hits. He’s slugging at .556 and has an on-base percentage of .424.

This is the sixth season of professional ball for the ex-Patriot. He was drafted and signed by the Baltimore Orioles out of Rutgers and he was the team’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2004. The outfielder was brought up by the Orioles organization to the Major League team later that season. However, he missed the entire 2005 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He played with the Baltimore Orioles Bowie and Norfolk teams last year.

This is his first season with the Bears, the 2007 Atlantic League champions.