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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 10:15 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 01:35 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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A-West edges A-Shore in 'neighborly' Babe Ruth opener

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:00 pm

fryling Bill LeConey/Atlantic West's Zach Fryling greets his teammates after scoring the winning run against Atlantic Shore in Thursday's Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional game. ATLANTIC CITY – In a game that was more neighborhood pickup than regional stage, Zach Fryling gave an all-around performance that was out of this world.

Fryling pitched an outstanding complete game and sparked the winning rally with a perfect bunt and two stolen bases to lift Atlantic West to a 3-2 win over Atlantic Shore Thursday on the opening day of the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional 13-year-old tournament at Sandcastle Stadium.

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A look at area sports camps in August

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 31, 2014 02:56 pm

bballcamp augustcamp If you are still looking for sports camps during the final month of the summer, here is a list of the camps that start in August.

Aug. 3-5: Stockton Boys Soccer Camp at Richard Stockton College for high school juniors and seniors from 6-8  p.m. each day under the direction of Jeff Haines. For information phone 609-626-6005.

Aug. 4-7: Nothing But Net Girls Basketball Camp at Richard Stockton College for girls in grades 4-8 from 9 a.m.-4  p.m. under the direction of Joe Fussner. For information phone 609-626-6009.

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Regional Babe Ruth Tournament here this week

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 29, 2014 05:24 pm

newBabeRuth Submitted/The Atlantic Shore 13U Babe Ruth team will host the Middle-Atlantic Regional Tournament July 31-Aug. 6 at Sandcastle Stadium in Atlantic City and Bill Fehrle Memorial Field in Somers Point. The Atlantic Shore 13U Babe Ruth Team won the 2014 South Jersey championship over the weekend.

Atlantic Shore, coached by Mike Gill, won the title with a 4-3 win over Atlantic West, a team of primarily Galloway Township players.

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Northfield All Stars win New Jersey state softball title

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Written by Suzanne Marino Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:00 am

nfieldallstars Suzanne Marino/The Northfield 13-14 All-Stars celebrate their New Jersey Junior Softball title on Monday, July 28. NORTHFIELD—The sirens wailed as the police and fire department led the way down Tilton Road Monday night for the 13/14 year-old Northfield All Stars softball team parade celebrating their 5-4 win over the Tri-Boro team to take the state title.

It took 10 innings to get the job done as they squared off against the District 2 champion Tri-Boro team from Northeast New Jersey in Mantua. Northfield earned their way to the tournament winning the District 16 title last week.

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Upper resident part of national champ soccer team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:21 am

kyle millar KYLE MILLAR A few years ago, Kyle Millar played well for his AC Diablos club soccer team during a summer tournament at St. Augustine Prep. That sparked an invitation to compete as a guest player for a team in Washington Township.

It eventually led to Millar becoming a national champion.

Millar, a resident of Upper Township and a rising senior at Ocean City High School, was a key contributor as the Washington Township United Lightning won the U-17 national club soccer championship earlier this month.

The national championship capped an amazing season for Washington Township, which had previously won the Colonial League title, the New Jersey Youth Soccer State Cup and the New Jersey Club State Cup. The victory in the club state cup qualified the team for the national championship tournament, which was held July 18-21 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Upper baseball team wins state title

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 29, 2014 09:20 am

Upper's Ben Hoag makes solid contact during the state title game Those Upper Township 9- and 10-year-old baseball players have done it. They won the New Jersey State Championship.

Upper Township swept through the state tournament for their age group, beating Ridgewood American, 8-2, in South Hackensack for the championship.

The Upper Township team is headed to Cranston, R.I., this weekend for the Eastern Region Tournament. They will play the New York state champion at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. They are also scheduled to play Maryland at 10:30 on Sunday morning, Pennsylvania on Monday morning at 11 a.m. and then have two days off before playing Delaware on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.

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Ocean City-Upper Township team falls short

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:19 am

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The Ocean City-Upper Township Little Leaguers can claim to be the second best team in New Jersey. But they were just inches from being the best.

On Monday night, Toms River center fielder John Giordano made a diving catch for the final out of the state championship game with the bases loaded with OC-UT players to end a 7-6 Toms River victory.

It was the seventh time in the last 20 years that a Toms River team has won the state championship. But, had that ball off the bat of Eric Greenling dropped in, OC-UT would almost surely have taken the lead.

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Harvey Cedars lifeguard wins Point Challenge

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 28, 2014 10:10 pm

CAPE MAY POINT – Jenna Parker is a former professional triathlete but the Harvey Cedars lifeguard had a little trouble with one of the legs of the Cape May Point Women’s Lifeguard Challenge triathlon-type event.

“This is only my second year on the paddleboard,” Parker said.

But the 30-year-old Harvey Cedars lifeguard did extremely well in the beach run and ocean swim portions of the race and came away as the winner Monday evening in her first time in the event, which includes a 1.3-mile, soft-sand beach run; three-quarter-mile paddleboard; and half-mile swim.

Parker led after the run, fell to fourth following the paddleboard but rallied in the swim to win the challenge in 27 minutes, 49 seconds. Parker edged Ocean City lifeguard Lexi Santer by six seconds. Parker and Santer were almost neck and neck as they swam to the beach but Parker caught a wave to surge ahead for good.

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Margate wins balanced Hoffman race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:36 am

WILDWOOD – There was no dominant beach patrol at the four-event Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships Friday evening.

The competition saw first-place finishers from different beach patrols for each event and left most fans wondering which patrol emerged as the team champion at the close of the competition.

The contest was so balanced that Margate won despite garnering only a pair of second-place finishes.

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Somers Point teen to contend for Youth Olympic gold in China

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:58 am

lenzsch Bill LeConey/Deirdre Lenzsch of Somers Point is the only Team USA female qualifier for weightlifting competition at the Youth Olympic Games next month in China. Deirdre Lenzsch embraces an opportunity the same way she approaches competitive weightlifting: by snatching it up as high and long as she can. The 17-year-old from Somers Point has rarely met a weight that she couldn’t lift, or let an opportunity pass her by.

That’s why Lenzsch has already graduated from Mainland Regional High School in three years, and that’s why she is currently training for the biggest international competition of her life: the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

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Rehabbing Pennington signs with Red Sox

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 23, 2014 01:44 pm

Josh Pennington now has a fully reconstructed elbow ligament in his right arm. He’s also now armed with a professional baseball contract.

Pennington, a 29th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in June and recent graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School, officially signed a contract with the organization on Friday. He has been working out at the team’s spring training facility in Ft. Myers, Fla., since earlier this month.

Pennington tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow in mid April while warming up prior to a scheduled start during the Caper Tigers’ trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. But with a fastball that consistently sat into the low 90s prior to his injury, Pennington was still an attractive enough prospect for the Red Sox to take a chance on him in the later rounds of the draft.

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Wildwood High grad lands Division I coaching job

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 05:03 pm

MATT SCHIFF Matt Schiff’s basketball experiences at Rutgers University have led him all the way to the West Coast for his first full-time coaching job.

Schiff, a native of Wildwood Crest and a 2009 graduate of Wildwood High School, has been named assistant coach/director of basketball operations for the women’s basketball program at Division I University of California, Santa Barbara.

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