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Monmouth Power, an Amateur Athletic Union basketball club, is seeking talented players for its boys 17-year-old team based in Marlboro. Tryouts will be held in March. For information, please call Chris at 566-3697.

The Middlesex County Over-50 Softball League is accepting applications from individuals wishing to play in 2000. The organization runs a slow-pitch arc league where recreation and safety come first. All games are played on Saturday mornings and the season begins on April 15 and ends in late August. To be eligible, players must reach their 50th birthday by Dec. 31. For more information, call Rich Nadler at 329-8595, or e-mail him at

The Central Jersey Hotshots, an under-11 girls soccer team that won its flight in the Mid New Jersey Soccer League last season, is seeking players. Tryouts will be conducted in the East Brunswick area. For more information, call Brad at 257-3738.

The Old Bridge Roller Hockey Instructional Program is holding sign-ups for its spring program, which will begin in mid-April, at the Old Bridge Ice Arena. The nine-week program teaches youngsters the fundamentals of roller hockey, including skating, passing, stickhandling and shooting.

The Wednesday session runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is for children ages 5-8. The Thursday session, which runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is open to players between the ages of 9-12.

An advanced session will be held Thursdays from 8:30 to 10 p.m. for players between the ages of 10-13.

Each session includes scrimmages, and full equipment is required.

The program is sponsored by the Old Bridge Parks, Recreation and Social Services Department and costs $70 for residents and $80 for nonresidents. Registrations are being accepted at the Arena Pro Shop. For more information, call John Piccolo at 721-5600, ext. 4025, or 679-8339.

The Marlboro Little League Memorial Day Tournament will run from May 26-29. The league is taking entries for 9-year-old, 10-year-old, 11-year-old, 12-year-old, and Junior (13-14-year-old) divisions. Call Gary Gleitman at (732) 536-4578 for additional information.

Several members of the New York Giants will take part in the Charles Way Football Camp at East Stroudsburg University June 25-29. Boys ages 8-18 will have the rare opportunity to learn football from NFL players such as Michael Strahan, Jason Sehorn, Amani Toomer, Ike Hilliard, Jesse Armstead, Brian Williams, Kent Graham, Phillipe Sparks, and Corey Widner of the Giants. Call 1-800-555-0801.

Vikings put together impressive tourney run

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Marc Tainow of South Brunswick High School battles Jackson’s Mike McCabe at the Super Regions at Red Bank Regional High School on Tuesday.


In a show of Viking solidarity at tournament time, each member of the South Brunswick High School wrestling team recently bleached his hair blond. It’s one of those zany, wacky things athletes do to pump themselves up, like butting helmets or wearing rally caps. Figuring it couldn’t hurt, Coach Joe Dougherty viewed the gesture with bemused tolerance, but he drew a line in the sand.

"They asked me over and over again if I’d bleach my own hair," Dougherty said. "And I said no. But they kept after me, so finally I said ‘Okay, if you win the districts, I’ll do it.’

"Needless to say," he adds, "I’m now a bleached blond, and so is the rest of the coaching staff. My wife won’t stop laughing."

To be sure, Dougherty’s grapplers were making merry themselves after the comeback victory over Old Bridge, which earned the Vikes their third straight District 20 championship. South Brunswick had trailed by 5.5 points going into the last three bouts, but first-period pins by senior 189-pounder Chris Watson and, at 215, his classmate Marc Tainow, clinched the crown.

"After losing to Old Bridge twice this year," said Dougherty, "beating them this time was very special. We’ve geared everything we’ve done toward performing well at this time of year."

He is referring to the post season tournaments. After a 16-3 dual meet season the Vikings crowned five District 20 champions who were joined by five more Vikings at the Region 5 competition.

In the opening round of Region 5 action, junior 112-pounder Mike Dougherty lost on a pin, but there were four South Brunswick winners, including sophomore Kevin Fox (140, by a pin), senior Titus Nielsen (145, by an 8-3 decision), junior Pete Gibb (160, by a 5-4 decision) and junior 171-pounder Blake Sframeli, who won by a pin.

The five district champs who went to the mat Friday night were Watson, Tainow, Junior Jad Duca at 119, sophomore Kyle Nasdeo, in 130-pound slot and senior Anthony Fidacaro, who was named outstanding wrestler of the district tourney, an honor he earned by upsetting previously-undefeated Dan Rubenstein of North Brunswick by a 10-8 score in the finale at 135.

That bout was an up-and-down affair, as Fidacaro, who had lost five times previously to Rubenstein, took a two point lead with one second left. But Rubenstein tied it sending the battle into overtime. After 34 seconds, Fidacaro took the Raider down to win the title.

"Before the districts I said that winning that tournament was not our goal," Dougherty said. "Our primary focus was to advance as many kids as we could into and through the regions."

Nasdeo was the only Viking to come away with a title at Region 5 with Tainow as the only other South Brunswick qualifier.

Duca lost a tough semifinal bout 7-5 to Somerville’s Phil Dibetta before falling to Old Bridge’s Mike Carro 4-2 in overtime in the third-place match.

Fidacaro was topped by Rubenstein 5-1 in the Region 5 semifinal and lost a 10-8 match to Joe Mastrogiovanni of Piscataway in the final.

Watson lost his semifinal match to Bridgewater’s Jacob Warta and was topped by Perth Amboy’s Danny DeJesus 12-6 in the third-place bout.

Tainow lost to Hunterdon Central’s Mike Carr, but came back to pin J.P. Stevens’ Tim Karmaszin in 1:20 to advance to the Super Region in Red Bank on Tuesday.

Nasdeo, by virtue of his Region 5 title was assured a trip to the state tournament at the Meadowlands Continental Airlines Arena this weekend. He stayed alive for a gold medal with an 11-9 win over Freehold Township’s Rob Morello.

Tainow was eliminated by Jackson’s Mike McCabe in the preliminary round of Super Regions.