South Jersey Sports

Late surge lifts Croneborg to victory in Challenge AC

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, June 29, 2014 08:22 pm

winners Courtesy of Challenge Atlantic City/Challenge Atlantic City winner Fredrik Croneborg, center, with second-place Scott Defilippis, left, and third place Christopher Boudreaux. Fredrik Croneborg of Sweden won the inaugural Challenge Atlantic City, a 141-mile ultra-triathlon contested in the back bays of Atlantic City, the roads of Atlantic County, and the streets (and Boardwalk) of Absecon Island.

Croneborg, a pro triathlete from Sundborn, Sweden, finished the Ironman-distance event in eight hours, 31 minutes, 47 seconds, beating second-place Scott Defillipis of Normandy Beach, NJ, by six minutes, nine seconds.

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Fishing Report: Life is good on the back bay (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, June 26, 2014 03:10 pm

The funny thing about Father’s Day is, once dads get out onto the bay in Margate, they tend to celebrate their holiday right on through until Labor Day. With numbers of flounder catches increasing as the water warms up and croakers, weakfish, sheepshead, and blues entering the bay, there are abundant reasons to spend weekends and vacation days on the water.

Peanut bunker of good size have made their appearance in an early showing as a good omen for bait fish. Blue claw crabbing is heating up, making the classic Jersey shore dinner of flounder and crabs the “weekly special” in South Jersey homes.

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All the stars come out to play in Absecon (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:49 pm

Congratulations to the Somers Point 8U All-Stars, who beat Linwood, 13-11, last Saturday, June 21, to win the Absecon Social and Athletic Club 8U tournament championship at Pitney Park.

Linwood, trailing 13-5 going into their last at-bat, nearly pulled off a remarkable rally, scoring six runs before Somers Point finally shut the door with some good fielding plays.

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Maddie Anagnou: So. CMC Female Athlete of Year

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:29 am

Before she even entered Middle Township High School, Maddie Anagnou was on the radar of people associated with the school’s athletic department.

“Wait until you see Maddie Anagnou,” Middle Township athletic director Scott Lodgek told the Gazette back then. “She’s going to be one of the best female athletes this school has seen.”

Lodgek certainly wasn’t wrong.

Anagnou capped an amazing four-year high school athletic career with an extraordinary senior season. She’s a program record holder in field hockey and swimming and is among the greatest scorers in program history in lacrosse.

And she’s also a top-notch student, as evidence by her selection as the Cape-Atlantic National Conference’s top scholar-athlete for the 2013-14 season.

Add all that up and it’s easy to see why Anagnou is an easy choice as the Gazette and Leader newspapers’ Area High School Female Athlete of the Year for southern Cape May County for the second straight year.

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Jose Valentin: Southern CMC Male Athlete of the Year

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:19 am

Jose Valentin participated in his first varsity contest for Wildwood High School in October 2012 after finally becoming eligible to participate following family issues that caused absenteeism.

He made immediate impact in helping the Warrior football team to one of its six victories that season.

“We told him not to think too much, but to go tackle the ball carrier,” said Rich Hans, Wildwood’s head football coach in 2012-13. “He went out there and did it.”

Valentin made 10 tackles that evening, five of which were for losses, and caught a two-point conversion pass in a lopsided win over Salem.

That performance spawned two full years of extraordinary impact on the athletic program at Wildwood High School, with Valentin also excelling in basketball and baseball. For his efforts with each of those teams, particularly during his senior season in 20-13-14, Valentin is the Gazette and Leader newspapers’ Area High School Male Athlete of the Year for southern Cape May County.

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Diamond Crush win state championship

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:14 am

The Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 18U Elite travel softball team, made up of players from Cape May and Atlantic counties, won the USSSA state championship last weekend by winning five of six games in the tournament.

The team qualified for the knockout round by going 2-1 in pool play on Saturday. On Sunday, the Diamond Crush edged The Crew, 1-0, in their first game behind a shutout pitching performance by Jackie DeLong (Wildwood Catholic).

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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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