South Jersey Sports

Cedar Creek fourth for Ed Byrnes All-Sports Award

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 25, 2014 01:12 pm

CCreekchamps Matt Strabuk/Jahniece Jaffe (right) and Casey Thomas (left) celebrate the Cedar Creek girls basketball team's South Jersey championship win over Middle Township last March. Ocean City High School won the Ed Byrnes Memorial All-Sports Award for the 2013-14 Cape-Atlantic League school year. And Cedar Creek High School finished fourth as its first group of four-year athletes graduated.

Ocean City, which won the award last year and tied with Middle Township in 2012, earned the top spot for the 12th time in the award’s 24 years.

Cedar Creek teams earned South Jersey championships in girls basketball and boys track plus CAL titles in football, boys soccer, baseball, boys tennis and softball.

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Challenge AC ultra-marathon debuts Sunday

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:35 pm

challengeAC Courtesy of Challenge Atlantic City Challenge Atlantic City, a 141-mile triathlon, will debut Sunday, June 29, starting at 6 a.m. at Bader Field in Atlantic City.

The race is the inaugural U.S. edition of Challenge Family, Europe’s No. 1 Ultra Distance Triathlon Series, which has attracted 1,500 athletes from 38 states and 20 foreign countries.

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World Cup fever sweeps area

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 18, 2014 06:46 pm

Ricky Thall (red), Brian Haas (white) and Steve Kane (blue) support Team USA while watching the World Cup at the Angelsea Pub in North Wildwood NORTH WILDWOOD – It was about 6 p.m. Monday evening and about 40 people – perhaps 30 more than usual at that time of day at this time of year – were bellied up at the bar at the Anglesea Pub in North Wildwood.

Before a handful of them had even ordered their first cocktail, those gathered in the pub exploded in euphoria at what they had just witnessed on the many televisions located in all corners of the establishment.

The cheering wasn’t for a Flyers’ goal in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

It wasn’t for a Ryan Howard three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.

And it certainly wasn’t for a last-second game-winner by a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

They were cheering after witnessing what happened in a soccer game.

Yes, a soccer game.

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LCM baseball coach steps down

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 18, 2014 06:38 pm

MIKE KUEMMERLE Mike Kuemmerle gave the Lower Cape May Regional High School baseball program 12 seasons. He now wants to give the time spent doing that to his young family.

Kuemmerle, who recently finished his 11th season as head coach after first joining the program as an assistant under Craig Markley, has resigned as coach.

“It’s bittersweet but this is something I had to do for myself and my family,” said Kuemmerle, who is married with a 13-month-old son.

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Going faster: Life-long car guy juggles work, home to compete

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Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 02:02 pm

newracer1 R.J. Liberatore/Linwood racer Brian Heun at speed at New Jersey Motorsports Park. MILLVILLE _  When you are an attorney, a member of city council, and crew chief for your daughter’s go-kart racing effort, you lean how to be fairly quick at piloting through life’s many other challenges as well.

And that suits Brian Heun, 44, of Linwood just fine.

Heun, you see, is a race car driver.

When he is not dressed in a pinstripe suit, or listening to the concerns of his constituents, Heun races single-seater race cars on internationally known road race circuits. His motoring haunts include places such as Watkins Glen International in New York, Virginia International Raceway on the Virginia/North Carolina border and Road Atlanta in Georgia.

Two weeks ago, however, Heun tested his driving abilities closer to home and at his favorite track.

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Young soccer players Ireland-bound for international tourney

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Written by Jordan Montgomery Wednesday, June 18, 2014 01:38 pm

irelandsoccer Submitted/Hamilton Township soccer players (left to right) Mohamed Hassan, Mason Stokes, Gabriel Paz and Shawn McCourt have been selected to play against international competition in Ireland next month. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Four local athletes are going from their small-town team to an international tournament.

Hamilton Township’s Shawn McCourt, Gabriel Paz, Mason Stokes and Mohamed Hassan have earned a spot on a team representing the Delaware Valley in the 25th Annual Emerald Cup youth soccer tournament running July 27 through August 4.

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Paddlers go the distance for a great cause

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:04 pm

paddlecause1 Shaun Smith/More than 50 paddlers begin the 22.5-mile 7th annual Paddle For a Cause presented by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. More than 100 paddlers helped make the seventh annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause a success in raising $60,000 for cancer research on Saturday, June 14.

It was a record turnout, with 56 competitors in the 22.5-mile paddleboard race around Absecon Island competing for $5,000 in cash prizes presented by the Lagana Family, in loving memory of Judith Lagana, and Barista’s Coffee House. Top finishers in the Men’s and Women’s SUP, Men’s prone and open divisions received: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. Brian Pasternak of Ocean City finished the race in less than four hours.

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Fishing Report: Flounder aplenty for Father’s Day

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Written by Robin Scott Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:44 am

newfishnew3 Robin Scott/Ten year old Nick Dimeo of Egg Harbor Township, a student at Slaybaugh Elementary, bagged a 22-inch flattie for his dad Doug's Father's Day dinner. Tall tales to be told in school! Hot, hotter, hottest! Flounder fishing continues to pick up steam as anglers hit the Margate Bay to ply their favorite techniques.

Father’s Day weekend conditions were the most favorable in anyone’s memory with sunshine, cool breezes, no flying insects and flounder aplenty.

The dock’s Captain Ed Giacomucci led the Margate Slatkin family team to victory with three flounder, one over four pounds.

Bill Mendenhall and buddies Skip and Angelo from Downingtown, cleaned out the bay with eight keepers, two over four and a half pounds. Bill has been a regular in Margate for over 40 years.

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Bridget Flynn is 6th OCHS athlete to win Schoppy Award

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:30 am

schoppygirls Tom Williams/Girls Schoppy Award finalists: Maddie Anagnou, Middle Township; Caroline Bradley, Holy Spirit; Amber Jenkins, EHT; Emily DeMarco, St. Joseph; Bridget Flynn, Ocean City; Emily Johnson, Wildwood Catholic; Mackenzie Meyer, EHT; Mikila Stefanski, Cedar Creek; Victoria Thaler, Millvlle. Ocean City High School senior Bridget Flynn was named the winner of the Schoppy Award on Monday, symbolic of the best female athlete in the Cape-Atlantic League’s Class of 2014.

A dozen girls and a dozen boys were named finalists for the awards, being presented for the 14th straight year. The winners were announced at the 4th Annual CAL Celebration on the Ocean City Music Pier.

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Summer baseball tradition thrives with ACBL

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:13 am

cox Bill LeConey/Margate’s Aaron Cox, from Millville and Gannon University, pitched five shutout innings Tuesday against Absecon. ABSECON – The sounds of summer – including the crack of wooden bats and baseballs smacking into gloves - have returned to neighborhood parks around the region.

The venerable Atlantic County Baseball League is back for its 129th season, offering many of the top high school, college and “seasoned” adult players a chance to refine (or rekindle) their talents in a competitive environment.

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Briefs, signups: Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 13, 2014 12:54 pm

LIBT logo Ladies Invitational Bluefish logo The 30th Annual Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament to benefit AtlantiCare’s Mammography and Diagnostic Fund will be held June 13-15 at venues in Atlantic City, Longport and Cape May. For more information about sponsorships, donations or participation please call Kim Kirk at 609-412-0641 or Cathy Stanley at 610-212-1687. For full schedule of events, go to http://fishlibt.com/.

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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Father’s Day tribute to Frank Campo

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, June 12, 2014 03:15 pm

newcampo Submitted/Submitted/Watch out, fishes! Frank Campo now has more time to go after you. Editor’s Note: June is always a big month around high schools. There is graduation and the end of the scholastic careers for seniors, plus Father’s Day. During previous Junes, Tom Williams has turned over his column to Stephanie Gaitley, Matt Woolley, Jeff Boyd, Allison Rinck, Erik Geisinger, Doug Colman, Allie Moreland, Tracey LeFever, the Degenhardt sisters, Chelsea Bruno, Danielle McNally, Dave & Casey Beyel, the Donahue sisters and Shaune McLaughlin, among others, to write about their fathers.

This week, two Cape-Atlantic League graduates – Mike and Matt Campo – write about their father, Frank, the longtime Atlantic City High School athletics director who is retiring at the end of this month.

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Nearly 1500 Escape the Cape

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 11, 2014 04:56 pm

NORTH CAPE MAY – A triathlon event that began with a major leap of faith ended with lots of smiles Sunday morning.

The Escape the Cape triathlon, one of the most unique public participation races anywhere, drew approximately 1,500 athletes to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal for a swim-bike-run race unlike any other.

The second annual race, staged by local race company DelMoSports, begins with all participants leaping off a ferry boat into Delaware Bay for the swim, with the bike and run portions traveling through parts of Lower Township. The finish was in the grounds of the ferry terminal.

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Remembering Joe DiOrio

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 11, 2014 02:24 pm

newdiorio Illustration created by noted sports artist Thomas Paprocki, known as “Pap,” who drew similar tributes to athletes and sportspeople in daily newspapers for nearly 40 years. A lot of people have fond memories of Joe DiOrio, who died last weekend. Here are some of them.

Mr. D, as I always called him, was a great friend who, no matter when or where I saw him, always wanted to talk sports. Of the days at Mainland when I played on teams with his sons, Dennis and Joe, he always spoke well of how much he liked talking sports with my father. They watched practice together at Mainland when we all played. He was a great man, a great golfer and a great friend. He will be missed by many. – Steve Parker

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