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LCM grad could crack lineup at Rutgers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 25, 2014 06:51 pm

Vance Matthews When Vance Matthews ended his football career at Lower Cape May Regional High School, he had a chance to play at Delaware and had other similar colleges interested in his services.

Matthews, however, decided to take his chances as a walk-on at Rutgers University. After two seasons as a practice player with the Scarlet Knights, he’s expected to make his first appearance in a game when the team opens its 2014 season late Thursday evening at Washington State.

Matthews, a wide receiver, has steadily worked his way up the depth chart. And with injuries affecting numbers in the receiving corps, the redshirt sophomore has been making the most of his chances in the preseason. According to a report on scarletnation.com, a website that covers Rutgers football, Matthews saw significant time with the top offensive units in both the spring and preseason practice sessions.

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Cape Tech hoops coach resigns

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 25, 2014 06:45 pm

Bob Ridgway The longest-tenured head coach in the history of the Cape May County Technical High School’s athletic program has called it quits.

Bob Ridgway, the head coach of Cape May Tech’s boys basketball team, announced over the weekend that he has resigned from the position after 16 seasons.

“After 16 years of giving everything I had to the program, I just think it’s time to step away,” Ridgway said.

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McGrath teams with Granese to win Longport Hammer Row

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:01 pm

hammer1 Bill LeConey/Vince Granese and Mike McGrath, representing the Longport Beach Patrol, reach the finish line first in the Longport Hammer Row. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Mike McGrath got some last-minute help from a neighbor to win his town's signature doubles rowing event Thursday night.

McGrath, of the Longport Beach Patrol, combined with Atlantic City's Vince Granese to win the Longport Hammer Row, an approximately four-mile race that begins at Seaview Harbor in Egg Harbor Township and is contested mainly in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Longport and Margate.

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Fish report: The bay (like school year) is right around the corner

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, August 21, 2014 03:18 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/Debbie Ivker of Margate fishing behind her house. Not bad going out into one's back yard to catch dinner. The race to the bay is on. Families woke up and realized that children return to school in two weeks, leaving little time to explore the side of Absecon Island opposite the beach.

Whole teams of families can be seen paddling Beach Thorofare in kayaks, paddle boards, and drift fishing for the abundance of August.

Croakers, flounder and small blues provide the entertainment with a variety of baits to lure them in.

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Pleasantville's Parker to coach Stockton women

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:30 am

newparker Ashley Parker Pleasantville native Ashley Parker has been named head women’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Richard Stockton College.

Parker spent six years on the coaching staff at Pleasantville High School, serving as girls cross country coach, girls outdoor track coach, and assistant indoor track coach.

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Szczur could have taken different path

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:27 am

On a Saturday in early November in 2006, the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team was clinging to a five-point lead over Buena in a game it needed to win in order to secure its first-ever home state playoff game.

Matt Szczur, also the team’s quarterback, stood 12 yards behind center in punt formation at about his own 25-yard line to await the snap on a fourth-and-7 play. Less than two minutes were on the clock.

It was no surprise that Buena had 10 men on the line of scrimmage, hoping for a chance to block the punt.

The Chiefs, however, never got the chance. Szczur took the snap, jumped forward to avoid the first rusher, then took off to the right sideline for about a 20-yard game that sealed his team’s 24-19 victory.

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Szczur had magical baseball moments at LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:25 am

Chuck Dougherty, the head coach of the Middle Township High School baseball team, remembers the game as if it were yesterday, even though it occurred more than eight years ago.

His team was ahead by a run or two late in the game over Lower Cape May, with Caper Tiger junior star Matt Szczur about to come to the plate with two runners on.

There was a discussion between Dougherty and pitching coach Steve Regan about whether to issue Szczur an intentional walk. Middle just so happened to have Scott DeCecco, a sophomore at the time who later pitched at Division I South Carolina Upstate and is now in the Seattle Mariners system, on the mound.

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Phil Martelli to guest host on local radio

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:23 am

For as long as he’s been the men’s basketball coach at St. Joseph’s University, Phil Martelli has been media savvy, making numerous appearances on radio and television shows throughout the Delaware Valley.

On Friday, he’ll do that for two hours right here in Cape May County.

Martelli, who led St. Joseph’s to the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last year, will serve as a guest host of the Mark & Mark in the Morning Show on 98.7 “The Coast” WCZT-FM on Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. One of the regular hosts of the show, Mark Hunter, is on vacation this week and the other host, Mark Thompson, and 98.7 FM news director Denis Brown have been co-hosting this week’s show with a different guest each day.

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Local resident a winner at Tri the Wildwoods

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:21 am

Court House resident Kristen Donohue was the top female finisher at the Tri the Wildwoods NORTH WILDWOOD – When the Tri the Wildwoods triathlon and accompanying races were first held, the event seemed to experience foul weather – or at least whipping ocean currents – almost every year.

But Saturday’s 11th annual running continued a more recent trend of near-perfect conditions for the athletes, with a warm and calm ocean and seasonably cool air temperatures with no rain in sight welcoming the participants.

An area resident was one of the big winners of this year’s triathlon, as 46-year-old Cape May Court House resident Kristen Donohue emerged as the top female finisher, posting a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 23.2 seconds.

Max Fennell, 27, of King of Prussia, Pa., was the overall winner in 57:23.9. He was the only triathlon competitor to finish the course in less than an hour.

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2014 CAL football schedule

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:58 pm

CAL football season gets started Sept. 5-6

Creekmitchell Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell, one of the most highly recruited players in South Jersey, hurdles a Pleasantville defender in a CAL game last year. A new season of Cape-Atlantic League high school football gets underway the weekend of Sept. 5-6 with non-conference games involving Holy Spirit and Cedar Creek. Here's the complete schedule:

Friday Sept. 5

Holy Spirit at Malvern Prep (PA), 7 p.m.

Saturday Sept. 6

Cedar Grove at Cedar Creek, 1

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Margate wins 20th ACBL title on Goodwin’s walk-off hit

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:07 pm

fitzgerald0819 Bill LeConey/Margate's Eric Fitzgerald takes a cut at a Billy Jackson pitch during Game 5 of the ACBL championship series against Hammonton. Fitzgerald, of Northfield, helped Margate wins its third straight ACBL title and 20th all-time. MARGATE – The 2014 Atlantic County Baseball League season ended Tuesday like so many had ended before: with the Margate Hurricanes celebrating a championship.

Pat Goodwin's RBI single in the seventh inning brought home pinch-runner Ed Carlton with the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Hammonton that gave Margate its third straight ACBL title, eighth in the last 10 years and 20th overall spanning 37 years.

It also earned longtime manager Yogi Hiltner a well-deserved ice-bucket shower after the game.

“This could be the sweetest one,” Hiltner said, “because we play so well against each other, and it’s just classy on both sides. A walk-off hit in a five-game series makes it extra special.”

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Mejia brothers blast Hammonton past Margate, force Game 5

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, August 18, 2014 11:13 pm

juanjrmejia Bill LeConey/Junior Mejia, left, and brother Juan after Monday's Game 4 of the ACBL finals. HAMMONTON – These are the moments, the big-game opportunities, that prompted the Mejia brothers of Ventnor, Junior and Juan, to migrate west this summer for baseball.

They certainly made the most of those opportunities on Monday night.

Juan Mejia hit a walk-off grand slam in the eighth inning to give Hammonton a 7-3 victory over Margate and a force a decisive Game 5 in the Atlantic County Baseball League Championship Series.

Game 5 will be played 7 p.m. Tuesday at Margate’s Jerome Avenue Field.

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Cubs to call up Matt Szczur

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 16, 2014 04:33 pm

MATT SZCZUR Matt Szczur is expected to be in a Chicago Cubs uniform at Citi Field tomorrow.

The 2007 Lower Cape May Regional graduate will be called up from Triple A Iowa to join the Chicago Cubs in time for Sunday afternoon’s game at the New York Mets, according to multiple reports on Twitter.

Szczur, 25, an outfielder, was hitting .261 with 30 stolen bases, 52 runs scored and an OPS of .626 at Triple A Iowa through Friday. He was not in the lineup for Iowa’s home game on Saturday against Salt Lake.

Szczur’s promotion to the Cubs will become official when the team sends pitcher Dan Straily back to the minors after this evening’s start, according to CSN Chicago.

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Briefs, signups: Tryouts this Sunday for Maniacs softball

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 15, 2014 03:16 pm

maniacslogo South Jersey Maniacs South Jersey Maniacs softball will be holding tryouts for their established 12U team and a new 10U team on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. at Oakcrest High School in Hamilton Township. The Maniacs are looking for 2-3 competitive softball players that are serious about the sport. The Maniacs program offers excellent training both during the season and in the off season. For more information on the teams or to register for the tryout, contact 12U Vince Flukey 609-226-8110, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 10U Cheri Colbert 609-517-9513, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are unable to attend either date contact us for additional options. Website http://HTOsports.com/SJMANIACS.

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