The Holy Spirit second eight with Abby and Maddy Koch was named to The Press High School MVPs of the week after winning a five-boat race at the Noxontown regatta at Middletown, Delaware.

Mainland’s junior eight with Michael Milhous was also selected as an MVP.

Nikki Pomatto finished first in her age group in the Atlantic City Kids Fit Run for Charity this past Saturday. A large number of Brigantine Elementary School students and their teachers turned out to run in the rain for charity.

The next day, the B.E.A.C.H. (Brigantine Education Active Charity Hunt) helped kick off the opening game for social kids at the Field of Dreams in Absecon. These are caring teachers who devote so much of their time to helping others and serving as role models to their kids. Congrats and thanks!

I received sad news that my boyhood friend Mikey McNesby passed away. Mickey and I grew up in Pitney Village in Atlantic City and were teammates on numerous athletic teams. We taught school together in Galloway Township.

Mickey and his brother Bob, an Atlantic City lifeguard, operated McNesby’s Irish Sub Shop in Brigantine before moving to Tucson, Arizona where they own a popular sub shop.

Mickey’s daughter Robin was an outstanding athlete at Atlantic High. Son Keith was a stellar football player on the memorable 1989 Holy Spirit team.

Prayers and condolences to the family.

Turning back the pages to…

1954: Atlantic City lifeguard Harry MC Garrigel was training for the $5000 Atlantic City Around the Island Swim along Ed Solitaire and Ed Stetzer, both of whom pioneered the swim. ($5,000 was very big money at the time) Mc Garrigel at age 26 also completed the Centennial Steel Pier Swim. Mc Garrigel had been an outstanding athlete at Holy Spirit High.

1954: Ned Carrier finished first in a field of top notch skippers in the 14 foot utility boat race in Brigantine.

1954: Marty Cortelessa was an outstanding first baseman on the Brigantine Little League team.

1954: Frank Baldwin was one of five athletes of the Holy Spirit Class of 54 honored in a feature article in the school paper the Spotlight. “Quiet, reserved, and a gentleman on and off the field is Frank Baldwin. Frank was one of the team leaders in scoring during the 1953 season. He will always be remembered as a team man…

In the Spartans victory over Middle Twp. the hard running back scored two touchdowns. He was voted Honorable Mention All-South Jersey Catholic.” (Baldwin’s teammates included John Schreiner, Mike Burns, Jimmy Mc Gee and this writer.)

Coxswain Will Hoffman will guide the Holy Spirit crew team this year. The Spartans are looki…

1954: Joe Rifice was a halfback for Coach John Boyd’s undefeated Atlantic High football team that featured All-State back Jay Margerum. The Viking handed Holy Spirit a 58-0 beating, the worst defeat in the rivalry. Atlantic High cheerleaders included sisters Phyllis (Smith) Rich of Brigantine and Toni (Eisenstein) Rich.

1954: Holy Spirit under Coach Stan Marczyk set an Atlantic County scoring record beating Tuckerton 104-66 at Our Lady Star of the Seas gym. Brigantine’s Joe Magosin led the Spartans avalanche with 29 points. (The record has seldom if ever been surpassed in the past 63 years. This record was set before the 3 point shot was instituted. Cheerleader sisters Regina and Sally Lange (Nordling) were very busy that evening keeping up with the scoring).

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