South Jersey Sports

McGrath leads Longport to victory in namesake race

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:24 am

longport5 Bill LeConey/Mike McGrath rows to a first-place finish to secure the team victory for the Longport Beach Patrol. LONGPORT - The Longport Beach Patrol successfully defended its home surf on Friday, July 11, in the 43rd annual Captain Michael D. McGrath Longport Memorial Lifeguard Races at the 33rd Avenue beach.

Longport rower Mike F. McGrath, son of the race's late namesake, edged Atlantic City's Vince Granese in the 1,000-foot singles row in what was practically a photo finish to secure the team win for Longport.

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Briefs, signups: MRHS Field Hockey Camp ready to roll

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 11, 2014 04:19 pm

mainfhcamp Mainland field hockey The Mainland Regional High School Field Hockey Camp for players entering grades 2-9 will be held July 21-24, 9 a.m. to noon each day, at Mainland’s field in Linwood. MRHS head coach Jill Hatz and William Paterson University head coach Lindsay Bard will conduct the camp, which allows youth field hockey players to learn and improve basic individual skills and game knowledge to prepare them for the next level of play. For more information, contact Jill Hatz at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Send your notices for signups, registrations, fundraisers and other events to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Everybody's a winner in Little League ball

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 03:25 pm

northfieldD16 Bill LeConey/Northfield's Cole Campbell pitches against Upper in the District 16 9-10 final. Congratulations to the Upper Township 9-10 All-Stars, who won the District 16 championship on Tuesday July 8 with a 4-1 win over Northfield in Somers Point.

Upper (scroll down for more photos) advanced to the Section 4 tournament Sunday at 7 in Somers Point against District 21 champion Waterford Township.

In the picture at left, Northfield's Cole Campbell pitches against Upper in the District 16 9-10 final.

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Peterson enjoys surfing success out West

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 10, 2014 08:19 am

Wildwood Crest resident Maddie Peterson traveled to California recently to compete in quite a few important surfing events and fared rather well in the competitions.

The 16-year-old won first place at the Rip Curl Grom Search in Huntington Beach, placed second in both the National Scholastic Surfing Association women’s high school championship in Salt Creek and the Surfing American U-16 U.S. Championships in Lower Trestles and finished fourth in the NSSA open women’s championship in Huntington Beach.

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Gill stars but OCBP wins county title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 09, 2014 04:35 pm

The OCBP's Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten won the doubles row The OCBP's Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten won the doubles row WILDWOOD CREST – While an Ocean City High School student was the individual star, it was the Ocean City Beach Patrol that again grabbed team glory in the first lifeguard competition of the 2014 season.

The OCBP was the only patrol of 10 to score in all six events as it captured the championship in Monday’s Cape May County Championships. The event was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was postponed to earlier this week due to inclement weather.

The championship is Ocean City’s 15th in the 31 years of the event.

Meanwhile, Kevin Gill, a 17-year-old rising senior at Ocean City High School, led the Upper Township Beach Patrol to a second-place team finish by impressively winning back-to-back events.

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Linwood Lightning strikes Donosti Cup

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Written by Suzanne Marino Wednesday, July 09, 2014 03:03 pm

linsoccertrip Submitted/The U-14 Linwood Lightning Mainland United Soccer Team is in San Sebastian Spain to compete in an international soccer tournament with some very talented teams from around the world. Team members and coaches are: top row, assistant coach Greg Stellitano of Northfield, assistant coach Ed Kryjer of Linwood, Joel Burgos of Northfield, Matthew Stellitano of Northfield, Domenic Bongiovanni of Linwood, Justin Dorofee of Mays Landing, Eduardo Puerta of Margate, Jack Crooks of Brigantine, Geoffrey Anapolle of Linwood, Kyle Gallagher of Linwood, Jimmy Kryjer of Linwood, Keegan Ford of Linwood, Head Coach Sam Watt of Linwood. Bottom Row: Dan Adams of Linwood, Tommy Hernon of Absecon, Joseph Palmieri of Northfield, Stefen Himmelstein of Linwood, Sam Watt of Linwood. Ayden Nino of Little Egg Harbor and Jack Sarkos of Linwood. LINWOOD — On Saturday, July 5, Mainland United Soccer Coach Sam Watt from Linwood along with 17 Linwood Lightning soccer players, their parents, chaperones and siblings climbed aboard a coach bus at All Wars Memorial Park and headed to Kennedy Airport.

Their next stop; San Sebastian, Spain, where the U-14 players are set to compete in the Donosti Cup with 80 teams from around the globe.

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Flounder and fireworks, blue claws and barbecue

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Written by Robin Scott Wednesday, July 09, 2014 01:08 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/The Jones family of Ocean City/Kennett Square annual Those in the know split their holiday time between Fourth of July festivities and fishing the Margate Bay. Many caught major components of their holiday meals.

The Jones family from Ocean City and Kennett Square hand lined 71 keeper blue claws during their annual two boat competition on the bay. They reported over 200 throwbacks of the fast-growing crustaceans. The increase in crab catches bodes well for those planning a trip in the upcoming weeks.

Flounder catches remain strong with bay temperatures dipping to 59 degrees in the wake of Hurricane Arthur. With crystal clear water conditions, the Preto family of Philadelphia caught four fish, two over three pounds.

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OC-Upper to face Erial Sunday in Little League play

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:55 pm

The Little League District 16 champions celebrate after winning theitr fourth straight game. The Little League District 16 champions celebrate after winning theitr fourth straight game. The combined Ocean City-Upper Township team won the District 16 championship of New Jersey 11-12 Little League Baseball on Saturday, defeating the Linwood-Margate team, 12-2, for its fourth straight victory.

The Ocean City Youth Athletic Association won the District 16 championship last year for the first time but Ocean City and Upper combined their leagues this year when Upper Township joined Little League Baseball.

The OC-UT team will play on Sunday (5pm) in North Vineland against Erial, the winner of District 14, in the first round of the New Jersey Section 4 Tournament. Erial defeated Audubon to win that district's championship. OC-UT will also play on Tuesday, either in the winner’s or loser’s bracket. 

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Getting a kick out of footgolf in Brigantine

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, July 09, 2014 10:13 am

footgolf1 Bill LeConey/Brigantine Golf Links cart attendant Michael Kostrub, 24, of Brigantine, kicks from the 17th-hole tee box on the new footgolf course. BRIGANTINE – You don’t have to be a low-handicap golfer or soccer sharpshooter to enjoy the new game of footgolf. All you need is a fun-loving attitude and a couple hours to spend with family and/or friends.

Footgolf, a hybrid of soccer and golf, has debuted at the Brigantine Golf Links. To play the game, athletes use soccer balls on a traditional golf course with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to golf’s basic model, including tee boxes, greens, bunkers, hazards and 18 holes of play.

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A look at area sports camps in July

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 03, 2014 04:14 pm

soccercamp Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township girls soccer camp Many parents and young athletes are still looking for sports camps during the summer of 2014. This week we bring you a list of the camps that start in July. Later this month we’ll bring you a similar list of camps for August.

July 2-31: Ocean City Soccer Clinic Mondays and Wednesdays at Tennessee Avenue Complex for grades 6-8 from 5-6pm. For information phone 609-525-9304.

July 3-31: Ocean City Field Hockey Clinic Tuesdays and Thursdays at Intermediate School for grades 6-8 from 5-6pm. For information phone 609-525-9304.

July 7-8: Stockton Track & Field Camp at Richard Stockton College specializing in sprints and hurdles for boys and girls in grades 8-12 from 8:30am-4pm each day under the direction of Jayson Resch. For information phone 609-626-6007.

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Lucky 7 for Brian Duffy in Avalon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:17 am

BRIAN DUFFY AVALON – There’s something about the Avalon Islandman Triathlon that brings out the best in Brian Duffy.

The 26-year-old West Chester, Pa., scored a comfortable, nearly-three-minute win to earn first place in the event for the seventh straight year. Duffy recorded a time of 58 minutes, 18 seconds in the quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5K beach run competition.

Adam Webber, 33, of Denver, Pa., was second to Duffy for the second straight year, posting a time of 1:01.04. Greg Kaplan, 42, of Philadelphia, was third in 1:04:45; Keith Fitzgerald, 35, of Philadelphia, placed fourth in 1:05:09; and Mark Brace, 42, of Hershey, Pa., finished fifth in 1:05:12.

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Middle player helps Tri-Cape to title during whirlwind week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:07 am

Taylor Franchville did not get out of bed on Monday until 4 in the afternoon.

But please don’t call her lazy.

The 17-year-old rising senior at Middle Township High School finally earned a day of rest after a whirlwind schedule that saw her play 17 high-level softball games in six days, all of which took place at least 1 ½ hours from home.

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Crest native is national triathlon champion

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:02 am

JOE MALOY Just since the beginning of this year, he’s traveled to Australia, China, Japan and New Zealand to compete.

Now back on home soil, Joe Maloy made the most of a major opportunity.

Maloy, a Wildwood Crest native and Wildwood Catholic High School graduate, became the 2014 national triathlon champion by finishing as the top American at the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Triathlon in Chicago last weekend.

The race was designated as the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship for American athletes.

Maloy finished 17th overall out of more than 4,000 entrants in the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1K bike and 10K run course, posting a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, 24 seconds.

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Despite World Cup loss, fans expect soccer fever to spread

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, July 02, 2014 03:16 pm

newphilryan Bill LeConey/Avid soccer fan and youth coach Phil Ryan of Egg Harbor Township watches a World Cup match - and is always ready for a post or text - at Chickie’s and Pete’s on Tuesday, July 1. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Phil Ryan watches the World Cup with the enthusiasm of a soccer fanatic and a bemused sense of déjà vu.

He is riveted to the action from Brazil, and incredibly active on social media - Tweeting, Facebooking and emailing all of the news, links and anecdotes regarding the tournament. But he also keeps an eye to the future of American soccer, which is getting a serious injection of energy and support from the U.S. men’s team’s advance to the round of 16.

But is this just another quick fix or will it have a lasting impact on the popularity of the game in this country?

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