2009-12-23 / Sports

Sport Shorts

Monmouth University freshman Ryan Clark (Freehold Township) was one of five Monmouth University soccer players named to the NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Region First Team Soccer Team. The five selections were the most ever for the Hawks. Clark, a midfielder, enjoyed a great debut season with Monmouth. His 17 points (6 goals, 5 assists) were second best on the team and tied for fifth best in the Northeast Conference.

The other Hawks who were named to the All-Region First Team were defender Daniel Bostock, who was the NEC Defensive Player of the Year, goalie Bryan Meredith, forward Ryan Kinne and defender R.J. Allen. Monmouth Coach Robert McCourt was named the Coach of the Year.

Monmouth was 18-2-2 and was ranked as high as No. 5 in the country. The Hawks won the NEC regular season and tournament championships and won an NCAA Tournament match for the first time in school history, defeating the University of Connecticut.

The Marlboro Mustangs U-18 baseball team won the USABL fall championship. The Mustangs went 8-1 during the baseball campaign and beat Colts Neck, 3-2, in the championship final played on Nov. 22.

Pitcher Matt Weckerle led the Mustangs to the victory with an overpowering effort. He struck out 16 Colts Neck batters in seven innings. Scott Donahue delivered clutch hits for the champions as did Michael Sohnen, Elliot Drucker, Wes Klockner, Nick Marino and Weckerle, who smacked a double.

The Mustangs, coached by Dave Klockner and Steve Lefkowitz, were made up of high school juniors and seniors with everyone contributing.

The Marlboro team included infielders Scott Donahue, Nick Martino, Joe Lefkowitz and Michael Wolfson, Cody Darwick, Wes Klockner and Michael Sohnen provided outstanding outfield defense.

Catcher Elliot Drucker handled the pitching staff that included Matt Weckerle, Jake Eckhaus and Michael Wolfson.

It was a bittersweet triumph for coaches Dave Klockner and Steve Lefkowitz. They have coached many of the players since they were 9 years old and this was the last time around for those seniors.

Marlboro's Charlie Frankel is a returning letter winner on the Delaware Valley College wrestling team. Frankel, a sophomore, is wrestling at 125 pounds. He went 11-7 as a freshman and helped DVC compile a record of 21-1-2 in dual meets. The Aggies won the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional and placed fifth at the national championships. Frankel is a Marlboro High School graduate.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honor on Dec. 14 had a familiar ring. For the third time in the first five weeks of the 2009-10 basketball season, Fairfield University's Katelyn Linney was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week. Linney, a 5-9 guard from Freehold, averaged 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game as Fairfield went 1-1 on the week. She had five steals and four assists in the two games. Linney is averaging 10.1 ppg. for the Stags and leads the team in three-point field goals (14). Fairfield is off to a 5-2 start. Linney is a graduate of St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel.

Manalapan's Kristina Danella is leading the University of Massachusetts basketball team in scoring. Danella, a sophomore forward, is averaging 13.9 ppg. game for UMass (5-6). The 6-1 Danella also leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 rpg. Danella was named the UMass co-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 30 when she was named to the Miami Wyndham Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team. She led UMass to a secondplace finish at the tournament, averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during the tournament. Danella is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank.

A children's healthy weight-loss camp and body-fat challenge will be held at 3-2 Count Athletic Training Facility, Howell, beginning Jan. 4. The weight-loss camp includes 16 worksouts over four weeks, a nutritional kickoff seminar, a before-and-after body-fat analysis, a weekly weigh-in and weekly nutritional handouts. The camp will run 4-5 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and 9-10 a.m. Saturdays. The price is $160 per child. To register or for details, call 732-409-1132.

A new Manalapan-Freehold travel baseball team seeks qualified players to compete in the 12U division of the USABL. Previous travel or all-star experience is preferred. Players must be able to commit to a 10-month program that includes intense winter training. Call Bob at 347-531-5419 for details.

3-2 Count Athletic Training Facility, Howell, will offer free four-day baseball, softball or soccer camps to children with family members serving in the military. The camps will be held Dec. 28-31. Call 732- 409-1132 to register or to nominate a player. Information is also available at the Internet website at 32Count.net.

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