The Hazlet Wave U14 Premier soccer team tied the Ocean Flames 4-4 in their second encounter of the season May 5. The Flames came out quickly with a score, and the Wave countered with goals to keep the game close. The Wave came through with scores from Conrad Symber, Tommy Friscia, and two goals from Jimmy Pineda. The midfielders and forwards, Greg Godzwon, Scott Latham, and Sean Lennon, did an outstanding job of keeping the ball in the possession of the Wave’s offense. The defensive team of Tommy Devlin, Ritchie Gautier, Angel Martinez, Matt Richards, and Mike Sullivan showed their good defensive skills in a very physical game. The Wave also got several saves from Robby Hollywood in goal, ensuring the Wave a tie. Gene Lennon and Randy Richards coach Hazlet. The Hazlet United Soccer Association is having registration for the 2002/2003 season June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the soccer fields on Green Acres Drive, and June 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cullen Center in Veterans Memorial Park on Union Avenue. Birth certificates are required for first-time players and you need not be a Hazlet resident to play. Bring a check for registration fees plus a check for the work deposit. Call Fred Liquori for more information at (732) 739-6493. The Middletown Pride U12 boys’ premier travel soccer team will be holding tryouts June 4 from 8-10 p.m. at Lincroft Acres off Route 520. The Pride is looking for experienced travel players born between 8/1/90 and 7/31/91 who are committed to regular season games and tournaments. Contact John DeGenito at email@example.com, or call (732) 663-1005 for more information. St. Mary’s Athletic Association, New Monmouth, will beholding sign-ups for its summer basketball program May 22 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Grammar School. The program will begin the week of June 23, and will run approximately seven weeks. It is open to all children entering grades 2-8 in the fall. Cost is $50 for one child, $90 for two, and is free for the third child. To request a registration form or for any questions, call (732) 671-7179. The Central Jersey Hawks girls’ 14-year old AAU basketball team beat the Jersey Shore Lightning 49-46 at Rutgers Prep to capture the New Jersey AAU championship. The Hawks went undefeated in the double-elimination tournament. The team consists of 10 girls — nine freshmen at area high schools, and one eighth-grader. The Hawks had a bye in the first round, then beat the Bergen Jazz 43-37. Katie Kalb of Holmdel was among the leading scorers with eight points. In the semifinals, the Hawks beat the New Jersey Rising Stars 63-32, behind 11 points and four steals from Middletown North’s Laura Depko, five points and six rebounds from Rumson-Fair Haven’s Ali Folker, four points from Colleen Thomas of Howell, and seven points and four rebounds from RBC’s Sara Grimsgaard. Southern Regional’s Katie Brown led all scorers with 14 points. In the finals of the winner’s bracket, the Hawks came from behind to beat the Jersey Shore Lightning 51-46 in overtime. The key to the game was containing the Lightning’s point guard, Shantel Brown of St. John Vianney. The Hawks’ defensive effort was led by Holmdel’s Jackie Klatsky, who also contributed five points, six assists and five rebounds, and Grimsgaard. The Hawks’ point guard, Carly Golden of Rumson-Fair Haven, controlled the offense and chipped in with six points and three steals. The offensive punch came from Depko, who scored 13 points, and Monroe’s Colleen Kilmurray, who scored 13 points in the paint. Kilmurray had nine points and nine rebounds. In the finals of the double elimination tourney, the Hawks again beat the Jersey Shore Lightning 49-46. This is the Hawks’ third state title in the last five years. The Hawks are led by veteran coach John Rivera, who had previously coached the CJ Hawks boys to four state title and two national titles. In preparation for their run to the state title, the Hawks played tournaments against national teams in Baltimore, Md., Richmond, Va., and New York. The Hazlet Wrecking Crew edged the Point Pleasant Thunderbirds 5-4. The half-time score was 3-1 in Hazlet’s favor. First half goals were scored by Danny Della Pietro (2) and Dan Fortier. Goalie Brian Hedges held the Thunderbirds to one goal, making several saves. Forwards James Ricchione and halfbacks Nick Dulin, Dustin Hanos, Matt Rodriguez and Sean Wentz controlled the midfield, while fullbacks David Gonzalez, Corey Hahn and Kevin Hedges played hustling defense to stop several breakaway opportunities. In the second half, the Thunderbirds scored to make the score 3-2, but Wentz responded with a goal for Hazlet, before Della Pietro notched his third goal of the game to build the lead to 5-2. From there, Point Pleasant added two goals, but the Wrecking Crew held strong for the win. The Crew are coached by Bill Wentz. The Hazlet Wrecking Crew is having tryouts for the fall season at the beginning of June. The Crew is currently a U12 team that will be playing U13 in the fall. Player’s birth date must be after 7/31/89 to be eligible. Call Bill Wentz at (732) 888-1550.
May 31, 2020