South Jersey Sports

McGovern, Kobierowski team to win island row

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 11, 2014 10:52 am

Darrick Kobierowski (left), of Wildwood, and Terry McGovern, of Wildwood Crest, teamed to win the 2014 Around the Island Row NORTH WILDWOOD – Veteran rowers and past winners Darrick Kobierowski and Terry McGovern used a strong start to jump to an early lead, methodically pulled away from the rest of the field throughout the race and won the 39th annual Bud Tarbotton Memorial Around the Island Row Monday morning in dominating fashion.

Kobierowski, a Wildwood lifeguard, and McGovern, a Wildwood Crest lifeguard, posted a winning time of 2 hours, 48 minutes, 38 seconds to beat the field by more than three minutes. The race began in Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood, traveled through the bay behind the Wildwoods and through Cold Spring Inlet into the ocean before ending with a floating finish at the 16th Avenue beach.

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Funk leads Margate to glory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 09, 2014 07:58 am

Margate's Ashton Funk OCEAN CITY – It’s difficult enough to beat Ashton Funk in an ocean rowing race. When mitigating factors such as crashing waves and whipping currents aren’t in play, it’s almost impossible.

Funk, adding to his already impressive lifeguard competition resume, led the Margate Beach Patrol to its fourth South Jersey championship in seven summers Friday evening with a comfortable win in the single row.

Funk’s victory, coupled with a third-place doubles row finish by teammates Bob Bechtel and Chris Graves, gave Margate eight team points in the three-event competition, allowing it to edge second-place Atlantic City (seven) and third-place Longport (six).

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Fishing Report: Summer’s second run yields bigger fish

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:21 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/Mike Maslanich of Linwood and his buddies with their 6.5 and 4.5 pound beasts! It’s called the second run of the summer. While offshore action heats up, a blast of cold water to the bay changes the character of the bite reverting it to June conditions.

Anglers spoiled by the steady action of small flounder find themselves catching fewer numbers but larger fish. Unaccustomed to waiting the fish out, anglers call the dock asking: “Is anybody catching anything?” The answer came quickly.

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Briefs, signups: Register now for Next Level Basketball

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:15 pm

NLBL Next Level Basketball League is now accepting registrations on line for its third season for boys and girls entering grades 5-12. The divisions for boys and girls are 5-6, 7-8, and this year there will be Sub-Varsity and Varsity Level High School for both boys and girls. The cost is $100 per player. Each individual player must register on line or come to one of the open gym nights at Mainland Regional High School. Open Gym and registration will be held Friday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 18 from 5-7 p.m. Register online at www.nlblhoops.com. The deadline for registration is Aug. 20.

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Great debut: A-West falls one win shy of Babe Ruth World Series

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 06, 2014 09:03 pm

AWest Bill LeConey/The Atlantic West 13-year-old All-Stars, runners-up in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Region tournament. ATLANTIC CITY - For a team that didn’t even exist a year ago, the Atlantic West “Flying A’s” made a pretty special run in the 2014 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament.

Make that very special.

The A-West 13-year-old All-Stars lost to Broomall-Newtown (Pa.), 11-1, in five innings in the championship game Wednesday at the Sandcastle, coming up one win shy of a trip to the Babe Ruth World Series in Glen Allen, Va.

But they were certainly a wonderful summer surprise on the local front, especially in their hometowns of Galloway, Mays Landing and Egg Harbor Township.

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Mader repeats at Coombs-Douglass Run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:32 pm

Mike Mader won the 5-mile race at the Coombs-Douglass Run for the second straight year NORTH CAPE MAY – The 2013 champion defended his five-mile race title at the Robert Coombs/David Douglass Memorial Bay Runs held Saturday morning

Mike Mader, 44, backed up his impressive showing at last year’s race with another dominant effort in 2014, winning by 30 seconds. The North Cape May resident posted a time of 30 minutes, 41 seconds.

Harry Back, 44, a former longtime member of the Cape May Beach Patrol and a resident of Endicott, N.Y., was second in 31:11. Andrew Simkins placed third in 31:39.

Vivian Overbeck, 15, of Vernon Hills, Ill., was the top female finisher and fifth overall in 32:42. Kelly Maze, 27, of Springfield, Pa., was the second female finisher in 33:07 and Ashley Bava, 25, was third among female runners in 34:36.

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252 finish Crest 5K Beach Race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:27 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race featured a repeat overall winner and a Division I college runner as the female winner.

Despite heavy rain that ended only minutes prior to the event, 252 runners completed the annual race held Saturday morning on an out-and-back hard-sand course under cloudy, seasonably cool and breezy conditions. It began and ended at the end of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road.

The event also included an untimed one-mile fun run/walk.

Mike Melfi, 37, was the top overall finisher of the race for the second time in three years. The Clay, N.Y. resident completed the course in 17 minutes, 14 seconds. He was followed by Jimmy Bernstein, 20, of Grahamsville, N.Y., in second place in 17:27; Paul Savickas, 29, of Riverside, R.I., in third place in 18:48; Chris Perez, 18, of Willow Spring, N.C., in fourth place in 18:55; and Trevor Gentek, 17, of Wildwood Crest, in fifth place in 19:08.

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They’ll run for ‘Murph’ in Cape May

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:24 pm

CAPE MAY – Former Cape May Beach Patrol member Kevin Murphy, who passed away suddenly two summers ago at age 44, will be honored by the beach patrol next week through a short memorial fund-raising run.

The “Murph” Mile, a run/walk of one mile, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The race will begin on Beach Drive at Philadelphia Avenue and run south to the finish in front of Cape May Beach Patrol headquarters at Grant Street.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Cape May Beach Patrol’s Clete Cannone College Scholarship Fund, with one of those scholarships named in Murphy’s honor beginning this year. The scholarships, according to retired Cape May Beach Patrol lieutenant and race director Harry Back, are open to Cape May lifeguards, ex-lifeguards and their family members each year.

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South Jersey Lifeguard Championships are Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:20 pm

Avalon's Erich Wolf won the South Jersey singles title in 2011 There has been an average of about three lifeguard competitions per week since early July.

While winning an individual event or a team championship at any of those previous competitions is certainly a worthy accomplishment, any individual or patrol would trade any of those victories for the ultimate success this Friday evening.

The South Jersey Lifeguard Championships, the oldest, most prestigious and usually largest attended of all lifeguard competitions held in the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs’ Association, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the 34th Street beach in Ocean City.

Ocean City is the host of the event by virtue of its victory by tiebreaker over Upper Township at last year’s South Jersey competition in Margate. Ocean City has won the event twice in the last three summers, although Margate and Ventnor have mostly dominated the competition since the early 1990s, accounting for a combined 14 team titles in the last 21 years.

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Local soccer community mourns loss of former MT coach

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:15 pm

Cape-Atlantic League boys soccer was still in its infancy when Bill Lucas took over the program at Middle Township High School in 1980.

Over his 21 years of coaching, Lucas was one of the people responsible for making the sport one of the CAL’s best and most popular.

Lucas, who compiled a 213-131-32 career record over 21 seasons as coach, passed away late last week after a long illness. He was 77.

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Comeback lifts Atlantic Shore into Babe Ruth regional semifinals

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:07 pm

atohi Bill LeConey/Atlantic Shore's Nick Atohi fires a pitch against Wayne on Tuesday. SOMERS POINT – Sometimes, the Atlantic Shore 13-year-old baseball team needs a little push, a bit of adversity, to get things moving in the right direction.

Thanks to another comeback on Tuesday, all signs are still pointing toward Virginia, site of the Babe Ruth World Series.

Atlantic Shore advanced to the semifinal round of the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional baseball tournament with a come-from-behind 11-5 win over Wayne PAL at Fehrle Field in Somers Point.

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How about the Bader Field Baseball Complex?

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, August 05, 2014 09:56 pm

There is a lot of talk about what do with Bader Field, the area that surrounds Sandcastle Stadium and the Flyers Skate Zone.

One idea includes a water park, retail stores, condominiums and an entertainment venue. Another suggests a bingo hall to replace the Sandcastle, a hotel and an elevated mono rail connecting to the Atlantic City Rail Terminal. Another suggests a casino, but the way things have been going in that industry that suggestion is probably off the table.

Here is another one – The Bader Field Baseball Complex.

Lots of open space for baseball fields at Bader Field Lots of open space for baseball fields at Bader Field Let’s fix up The Sandcastle. The field is in decent shape – it is being used this week for the Babe Ruth 13U Regional Tournament. But the lights don’t work and the clubhouses and other public areas need to be remodeled. So does the outfield fence and the scoreboard. The old offices of the Atlantic City Surf could become recreation offices.

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Bats come alive for Atlantic Shore at Babe Ruth Regionals

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, August 04, 2014 09:15 pm

griffith Bill LeConey/Atlantic Shore's Solomon Griffith pitches against Nottingham in the second game Monday. ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic Shore 13-year-old All-Stars were happy to see some unfamiliar faces Monday – and their bats responded in kind.

Atlantic Shore won two games at Sandcastle Stadium to clinch a berth in the quarterfinal round of the Babe Ruth 13-year-old Mid-Atlantic Regional series, currently being contested at the Sandcastle and Fehrle Field in Somers Point.

It was the first time in five games and nearly two weeks that Atlantic Shore had faced an opponent other than local rival Atlantic West, which is also playing in the tournament, and the A-Shore players seemed to enjoy the change of scenery.

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Funk vs. Funk makes the difference at Margate Memorials

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, August 02, 2014 12:35 pm

margate1 Bill LeConey/Ventnor lifeguard Dave Funk, with six-month-old son Wyatt. MARGATE - Family, community and tradition were all woven together with spirited athletic competition at the 69th annual Margate World War II Memorial Lifeguard Races Friday night on the Decatur Avenue beach.

And, fittingly, a race between brothers settled matters.

Dave Funk of the Ventnor City Beach Patrol narrowly edged younger brother Ashton Funk of Margate in the 1,000-foot singles row to give Ventnor the team victory, 9-8, over its Downbeach neighbor, which was the host for one of the most prestigious events on the summer lifeguard competition schedule.

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