TASTY TIDBITS Clark gets invited to Utah Jazz camp; Lugo back in Vermont
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Former St. Peter's College scoring wizard Keydren "Kee-Kee" Clark is going to continue to pursue his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association.

Clark, the school's all-time leading scorer and the No. 6 scorer in NCAA basketball history, has accepted an offer to play for the Utah Jazz in the Long Beach, California summer league.

Clark will begin play with the Jazz next week.

Although Clark was not selected in the recent NBA Draft, he impressed enough people, including NBA veteran coach Jerry Sloan, at recent workouts to get the chance to play in the summer league.

Whether Clark makes the NBA and the Jazz is another thing, but at least his foot is in the door. It is also rumored that Clark's agents have already received a very lucrative deal for the sharpshooter to play professionally in Italy if he doesn't make the Jazz' roster.

Either way, it looks as if "Kee-Kee" is well on his way to a life in professional basketball...

Speaking of pro basketball, Jersey City native and former St. Anthony and Seton Hall University standout Donald Copeland is getting ready to begin a pro career in Puerto Rico.

Copeland is getting ready for his pro career by playing in the new Rutgers-based college basketball summer league, called Hoops at the Barn, utilizing the school's old gym on College Avenue, as well as playing once again in the Jersey Shore Basketball League.

Incredibly, Copeland lit up the nets for an astounding 66 points in Larsen Ford's win over Rod's Tavern in the Belmar-based league last week. Sixty-six? Is Copeland trying to be the Shore's version of Kobe? Can you imagine any former Bob Hurley product scoring 66 in one game anywhere?

Safe to say that Donald has come a long way from his days as a skinny kid in Jersey City...

Congrats to former Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Year Tiffany Aciz of Secaucus, who was just recently named as the new assistant volleyball coach at her collegiate alma mater, Montclair State University. Aciz, who was the Reporter's Athlete of the Year in 2001, played volleyball at MSU for the last four years and is among the school's all-time leaders in several statistical categories...

It looks as if the hiring of Mike Kelly as the new head basketball coach at St. Peter's Prep is paying off. Kelly has the Marauders already playing inspired basketball in the Jersey City Recreation High School Summer League that is currently ongoing. We'll have more on the exploits of the great summer league in the weeks to come...

Former Hudson Catholic standout and Hoboken native Chris Lugo has been assigned to the Vermont Sea Monsters of the Class A NY-Penn League for a second straight year. It's good news for fans in the Mile Square City who can either travel to Brooklyn or Staten Island to see Lugo pitch later this summer...

Sources tell me that former North Bergen lineman Saul Garcia has done so well in the workouts for the North-South All-Star game that Garcia earned a starting nod on the defensive line and that college scouts have rushed to see him in action. Who knows? It might all lead to a scholarship for the talented former Bruin...

Ready for some football from Down Under, mate? Well, butter up the vegemite, grab the Foster's and head to Stevens Tech July 15, when the New York Magpies will play some Australian rules football in Hoboken on that day.

The game, which is a hybrid of rugby and American football, should be entertaining to see first hand. We always thought it was cool that the referees in Aussie football wear the white suits, ties and those awesome fedoras and make those slick moves when signaling touchdowns and scores. It should be a lot of fun for all spectators...

It will be Jersey City Day at the Newark Bears on July 19, and the Jersey City Department of Recreation is giving away 3,500 free tickets to the Newark Bears vs. the Pennsylvania Road Warriors game at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available on a first come basis. For more information, contact Joe Napolitano Sr. at (201) 679-6727, Joe Napolitano Jr. at (201) 927-4591, or Bob Hurley, recreation director, at (201) 547-5651...

Because of the holiday weekend, the EXTRA INNINGS feature will not appear in this week's editions. It will return next week as scheduled...

The EXTRA INNINGS weekly feature focuses on the best stories that come from local baseball and softball leagues throughout the area. If you have any noteworthy information to contribute to the EXTRA INNINGS, feel free to contact Jim Hague by voice mail at 201-798-7800, ext. 751, by general mail at 1400 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, or via e-mail at OGSMAR@aol.com. Please include a telephone contact name and number, in order to secure further information for a possible story.

-Jim Hague
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