Sports Shorts

The Millstone United U10 girls travel soccer team, the Cyclones, have had an outstanding season this past fall. Their winning record ensured a berth within the esteemed Premier level of the Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association. Rounding out the roster for this winning squad were: Julia Alves, Sydney Cummings, Katie DiFrancesco, Alexa Guadagno, Mallory Keefe, Kiera Murphy, Becky Paglia, Sydney Regina, Molly Robinson, Alyssa Sloane, and Meghan Whitney.

Coaches Rocco Regina, Jim Whitney, and Tom Murphy would like to thank all of the Cyclone fans and family members for their continued support of the girls and their successes – both on and off the field.

The most recent addition to the Millstone United Travel Soccer club for this past fall, were the Ironmen, a U-12 boys travel team. They played their inaugural season in the Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association, within a competitive flight III grouping. The standing roster for the hard hitting men of Iron were: Gaetano D’Agostini, Vincenzo Ferriola, Ethan Greenberg, Paul Haines, Jay Hyland, Anthony Morris, Austin Moy, Conor Murphy, Xander Pannizzo, Eddie Rosero, Brett Sandford, Craig Sandford, and Patrick Zahn. Coaches Tom Murphy, Rich Morris, and Chuck Moy would like to thank all of the parents and families in their support and hard work in making this a successful first season.

While many high school students were spending their Thanksgiving at the local football game, one local resident, Chris Duymich of Millstone Township, was doing what he loves more than 1000 miles away in sunny Florida. The 37th annual Winter National Olympics were being held at Gatorback Motorcycle Park in Gainesville, Fl. and Chris was competing in the motocross portion of the event held during Thanksgiving week. And competing is what Chris does best. Not one to play your typical stick and ball sports, Chris has been competing on his motocross bike for the past five years. Although he has had success for several years, 2008 was his best season ever. Riding his powerful Honda CRF dirt bike Chris’ 2008 season included double class championships at Raceway Park Motocross in nearby Old Bridge and double class championships in the Tri-State Championship series for riders in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Also at this year’s 32nd annual Kawasaki Race of Champions, Chris took two first place wins in both the novice class events.

Chris also competed at the Amateur National Championships that are held every summer at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, in Hurricane Mills, Tn. The annual event qualifies riders from all over the country and lines the 42 best riders in the country up for a week of racing to determine the best in each class. Chris finished 17th overall in his class. With all this success one would assume Chris would take the Thanksgiving holiday off, but that is not the mind of a motocross racer. Chris and his parents Jeff and ToniAnn put their normal holiday plans on hol d and took the drive south. The Duymich’s were rewarded with yet another championship to round out 2008. Finishing sixth, fourth and second in the three classes he raced, Chris was named the overall Open C Motocross Class champion based on his consistent finishes.

Millstone Girls U14 Travel Soccer team, the Tidalwaves, need a goal keeper ASAP for this Spring Season. We are a MOSA Premiere Team. If interested contact Jim Keefe at jimksoccer@optonline.net or 732-688-9273

Rider College is hosting a Girls Basketball Clinic on Jan. 25. It is part of the 2009 Road to the Final Four promotion. Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton is hosting the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen and Elite games on March 29 and 31.

Participants in the Sweet Sixteen Girl’s Basketball Clinic at Rider will receive a tshirt, tickets to Rider’s basketball game that night and a voucher for a ticket discount to the NCAA Women’s Sweet Sixteen games. The clinic starts at 11 a.m. and the cost is $10 per participant. For more information, call 732-738-5455.

The 2009 Ultimate Authority Umpire Clinic will run from March 6-8 at Dave Gallagher’s All-American Baseball Academy, 7 Yellow Meeting House Road in Millstone.

The clinic is designed for all umpires from beginner to experienced. The staff is comprised of experienced professionals who will cover the basics like communication skills with your partner and coaches, proper plate mechanics, base mechanics and working the two-man system.

Cost for the 16 hours of instruction is $109. Or more information on the clinic, call 908-331-2808 or e-mail ultimateauthorityumpires@ yahoo.com.

Registration deadline is Feb. 13.

The 2009 Rebel Indoor Shot Put Series got off to a record-setting start.

Brick Township’s Lisa Stuto set a new meet record in the Senior Girls division with a heave of 39-7. Runner-up Shannon Watt of Jackson Memorial (39-5) also topped the old record 38-0 by Anna DiPaolo of Howell. Third-place finisher Sandra Jean Romain of Old Bridge was not far off the old record with her 37-8½.

Tilah Young of Barnegat won the Junior Girls competition with a throw of 32-5. East Brunswick’s Corine Kominkiewiczz (31-6) and Franklin’s Diane Jones (30-4) were second and third.

Franklin’s Nitosa Brooks won the Sophomore Girls competition at 32-6. Second was Diana Lawerence of Old Bridge (30-3) and third was Katie Brunner of Brick Township (29-7).

Freshman winner was East Brunswick’s Connine Kominkiewicz (27-5). Kayla Mazza of Raritan was second (27-0), and Metuchen’s Egypt Pringley-Mack was third (24-4).

The best throw of the competition belonged to Old Bridge’s Jorge Merino who captured the Senior Boys competition with a 53-11¼ toss. A.J. Wondolowski (47-11¼) and Alex Giglio of Jackson Liberty (45-3¾) were second and third.

Adam Skidmore led a one-two Central Regional finish in the Junior Boys competition. Skidmore’s 49-2½ topped his teammate Matt Keifer’s 45-11¾. Third place went to Howell’s Sean Harvey (45-1½).

Host Howell picked up a win in the Sophomore Boys competition with Eric Snyder edging Long Branch’s Doug Saffioti, 38-6 to 38-2.

The Freshman Boys winner was Albie Labignara of Central Regional (34-1½). Jackson Memorial’s John Delaney (33- 11½) and Old Bridge’s Ramy Kased (32-4) were place and show finishers.

The Rebel Indoor Series continues tomorrow night starting at 6:30 with sign-in at 6.

Monmouth University running back David Sinisi has recently been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Football Championship Subdivision All-Star Team.

Sinisi finished the regular season tied for first in the nation in points and touchdowns, with 22 in 11 games. He was also the FCS’s second leading rusher, ending with 1,674 yards en route to demolishing the MU record books.

The 2008 NEC Offensive Player of the Year selection was second in the NCAA (FCS level) with 152.8 yards per game. He was also a Third Team Associated Press All-American, the first Monmouth offensive player to earn a spot among the nation’s best.

Sinisi was one of four players from the Northeast Conference to be named to the All- Star Team, and one of two running backs on the list.

The ECAC will honor the players and rookies of the year in each division and region on Feb. 24 at the annual Eastern College Football Awards Banquet presented by FieldTurf Tarkett, an event held in the Pegasus Restaurant at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford.

Sinisi also picked up a pair of honorable mention All-America nods by the College Sporting News and The Sports Network. Tight end John Nalbone was also a CSN honorable mentionAll-American.