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Ocean City-Upper Township team made Little League history

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:41 pm

Brian Furey was the winning pitcher in the Section 4 championship game Brian Furey was the winning pitcher in the Section 4 championship game The combined Ocean City-Upper Township team added another Little League championship to its resume and, in the process, accomplished something never achieved by a Cape May County team.

OC-UT defeated Haddonfield, 7-4, in North Vineland to win the Section 4 championship and improve its Little League tournament record to 8-0. It marked the first time a Cape May County team had won the section title and advanced to the state tournament.

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Extraordinary comeback by double cancer survivor

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:51 am

Giovanna Imbesi with boyfriend and cancer survivor Bob Garbutt following the Upper Township bay race STRATHMERE – Last December was a cold month for Bob Garbutt, and not just because the first of what was a long winter chill for all of us was settling into the region. It was during that time that he began the first of eight rounds of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of lymphoma, even more aggressive than the first bout of a related kind of cancer he beat about a decade ago.

Then in March, he underwent a stem cell transplant.

So to see Garbutt competing in the Upper Township Six-Mile Bay Row Monday evening behind the Deauville Inn, well, it was nothing short of extraordinary.

Garbutt, rowing with his girlfriend, Giovanna Imbesi, crossed the finish line in second place among mixed doubles crews and 27th overall out of 42 boats. They – and more specifically Garbutt – however, were the real winners of the race.

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Garbutt, Kosten cruise at bay race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:48 am

Dylan Kosten (left) and Matt Garbutt of the OCBP won the 2014 Upper Township bay race Dylan Kosten (left) and Matt Garbutt of the OCBP won the 2014 Upper Township bay race STRATHMERE – Competitors in the Upper Township Six-Mile Bay Row have often called the event nothing more than a long, grueling doubles row.

The nearly all-out-sprint mode of the race has often made for some exciting, close finishes, with the top boats often within a few seconds of one another at the finish line.

The 2014 race was an exception, though, as Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten ran away with victory Monday evening. The Ocean City Beach Patrol crew finished in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 3 seconds to win comfortably, beating the next-closest boat by a whopping 47 seconds.

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Former Phillie in Wildwood later this week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 21, 2014 01:57 pm

LENNY DYKSTRA LENNY DYKSTRA Former Philadelphia Phillie and three-time all-star Lenny Dykstra is scheduled to appear in Wildwood on Friday, July 25.

Dykstra will take part in a fund-raiser for the Wildwood High School baseball team at the Waves Restaurant at Oak and New Jersey avenues from noon to 1 p.m. Dykstra will sign autographs at $20 per signing per item. Fans must bring their own items to sign.

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Ocean City breezes to victory in A.C. Lifeguard Classic

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, July 19, 2014 09:35 am

parker Bill LeConey/Ocean City’s Graham Parker bolts out of the surf to win the swim leg of the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic. ATLANTIC CITY – Summer time and the weather is fine ... especially if you’re a competitive swimmer, rower or paddleboard surfer.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol enjoyed a successful trip to the Albany Avenue beach on Friday, July 18, coasting to a victory in the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic, one of the traditional highlights of the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association race season.

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Briefs, signups: Flag football and fun Saturday in Somers Point

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 18, 2014 03:52 pm

SPsharks Somers Point Sharks Somers Point Sharks will be hosting an Adult Flag Football tournament/ Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 19, starting at 9 a.m. This will be an all day event with food, music, games, flag football and tons of FUN for everyone! If you are interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer for this event, entering a team, or if you have any questions please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact Amber Cook at 609-788-8344.

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Busting myths about post-storm fishing

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, July 17, 2014 03:57 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/Three generations of the Margate Canuso clan showed off their The shop phone rang off the hook this week with anglers inquiring about bay conditions following the week’s storms. Flounder “myth busters” to the rescue!

A storm or weather disturbance does not mean fishing automatically shuts off. In this case, fishing and crabbing picked up with a drop in water temperature and an increase in water clarity.

Another common assumption is that about mid-July, all flounder take a one-way ticket from the bays to the ocean. In reality, as the bay is flooded with such a glut of bait fish that daily dolphin shows provide a private “Sea World,” it would only make sense that larger fish hunker down in deep holes to enjoy the bounty. It is not unusual for anglers targeting striped bass in September with live spot to catch beastly flounder instead.

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New athletics director at WHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:34 am

Phil Schaffer Wildwood High School has a new athletics director.

As expected, Phil Schaffer, who had been a teacher and the head boys basketball coach at Cedar Creek High School, was approved for the position at Wednesday evening’s regular meeting of the school district’s board of education.

Schaffer replaces Christel Pond, who left the position after four years earlier this summer. Pond is the new principal at the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in Wildwood.

Schaffer had coached the Pirate boys basketball team to a 31-45 record in three seasons.

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Storm halts SuperAthalon race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:31 am

CAPE MAY – Past race history has shown that the early leader of the Cape May SuperAthalon almost never wins.

But on Tuesday, it would have been impossible for him to lose.

Stone Harbor’s Gregg Donnelly was declared the champion of the event after the first leg of the run-row-swim race when race officials suspended the race at the end of the 2.2-mile run due to stormy weather conditions that saw lightning flash in the southern sky. The ensuing 1 ½-mile row and quarter-mile swim were not held.

2014 Cape May SuperAthalon With storm clouds on the horizon, athletes begin the Cape May SuperAthalon It proved to be a sound decision, as the skies opened with heavy rains only seconds after the final athlete finished the run, followed by numerous rounds of violent thunder and rapid lightning.

“I feel bad for the athletes but we didn’t have any other choice but to end the race,” Cape May Beach Patrol chief Harry “Buzz” Mogck said.

With storms in the forecast, Mogck was asked about the decision to begin the race in the first place. The competition was set for a 6 p.m. start, but was begun a few minutes early in hopes of beating the approaching storm.

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WCHS golf standout chooses college

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:27 am

Blake Vogdes, BLAKE VOGDES Blake Vogdes, a rising senior at Wildwood Catholic High School, will play his college golf at Temple University.

Vogdes made a verbal commitment to accept athletic scholarship money from the Division I school during a recent unofficial visit to its main campus in North Philadelphia.

Vogdes chose Temple over Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and Penn State, among others.

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Avalon breaks through at Beschen-Callahans

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:24 am

Avalon breaks through at Beschen-Callahans Avalon's Anthony Richardson places first in the can run NORTH WILDWOOD – Two things occurred for the very first time at the 46th annual Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races Friday evening.

First, on a somber note, John Callahan was not present at the race for the first time. Callahan, who passed away in January, was the father of former Army Specialist Michael Callahan, who was killed on active duty during the Vietnam War in June 1969. Michael Callahan and Jim Beschen, who was also killed during the Vietnam War, were two former North Wildwood Beach Patrol lifeguards for whom the race is named.

A moment of silence was held in Mr. Callahan’s memory during the post-race awards ceremony.

Second, the Avalon Beach Patrol claimed the team championship for the first time behind a handful of stirring performances in the six-event competition.

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Diamond Crush teams capture two championships

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 16, 2014 02:03 pm

diamondcrush2 Submitted/The Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 18U Elite traveling softball team went unbeaten in seven games to captured the championship at the Eastern Pennsylvania USSSA July Summer Hustle last weekend. The team is made up mostly of players from Atlantic and Cape May counties. Pictured are (from left): top row – Bri Long, Karly Newcomb, Brooke Hallet, Jenna Long, Maddie Taggart, Victoria Raffael, Sara Pietropola; bottom row – Sam Liepe, Mackenzie Huber, Alyssa Discepola, Jackie DeLong, Chelsea Bright. Not pictured: coaches Lauren Ruef, Butch Hallet, Alicia Bright, Kaci Youshak, Nick DeLong. Three Jersey Shore Diamond Crush traveling softball teams, which include players mostly from Cape May and Atlantic counties, competed in various tournaments last weekend, with two Diamond Crush teams winning championships.

Already having won the 2014 USSSA New Jersey state championship earlier this summer, the Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 18U Elite captured the title at the 20-team Eastern Pennsylvania USSSA July Summer Hustle tournament in Bath, Pa., last weekend. The team went undefeated in seven games at the two-day event.

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EHT motocross racer will vie for national title

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 16, 2014 01:56 pm

canyon Submitted/Canyon Richards of Egg Harbor Township will travel to Tennessee later this month to compete for an amateur national motocross championship. Egg Harbor Township’s Canyon Richards is only six years old, but he is already a motocross champion. The young dirt bike racer recently won the Northeast Regional championship and also qualified to battle for a national title later this month.

Richards will compete in the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

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Margate’s Red Klotz, basketball ambassador/pioneer, dies at 93

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, July 14, 2014 07:06 pm

Klotz Red Klotz in his office in Margate, surrounded by the memorabilia of a career spanning eight decades. Louis “Red” Klotz lost more basketball games than anybody who ever stepped on a court. Here’s the irony: He was one of the sport’s biggest winners.

Klotz, a basketball legend and longtime Margate resident, died on Saturday, July 12, at the age of 93, with his wife of 72 years, Gloria, and family by his side.

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