South Jersey Sports

New Spirit coach Normane sets winning example with ACBL champion Margate

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:56 am

Normane Bill LeConey/Steve Normane MARGATE – If new Holy Spirit High School varsity baseball coach Steve Normane needs a textbook at-bat for his teaching arsenal next spring, he could show a tape of Game 1 of the Atlantic County Baseball League championship series.

Normane took a look at a couple pitches from Hammonton’s Trevor Rosenberg, ran the count full, fought off a couple more in favor of something he could drive, and drilled it to deep center field, driving in a run in Margate’s 5-1 win.

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Bone Crushers win IWFFA Jersey Shore title

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:46 am

bone crushers JSPPL Bone Crushers The JSPPL Bone Crushers needed just two weeks to come together as a team. It took just two more days to become champions.

The Bone Crushers, based out of Somers Point, captured the International Women's Flag Football Association Jersey Shore Tournament championship, topping teams from Chicago, Denver, Puerto Rico and North Jersey in a two-day tournament in Neptune.

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OC edges Upper for South Jersey lifeguard title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 10, 2013 11:50 am

MARGATE – Five of the last six South Jersey Lifeguard Championship titles had been won by either Margate or Ventnor.

But on Friday night, a pair of Cape May County patrols battled it out for South Jersey supremacy.

Ocean City, the largest beach patrol in the South Jersey Chiefs’ Association in terms of number of lifeguards, tied with Upper Township, one of South Jersey’s tiniest patrols, for the team championship under somewhat stormy conditions.

Ocean City, by virtue of its higher finish in the doubles row, the traditional South Jersey tiebreaker, was declared the champion and will host the 2014 event next summer. The championship was Ocean City’s fifth in the last 10 years.

Ocean City and Upper were the only patrols to score in all three events. Each finished with nine points in the competition that scores first through fifth places on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

For Ocean City, Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten placed third in the doubles row, rookie lifeguard Anthony Czar was fourth in the swim and Kosten was second in the singles row.

Meanwhile, for Upper, Dan Palombo won the singles row, giving his patrol its first-ever individual South Jersey champion. He also teamed with Joe O’Neil to place fifth in the doubles row, with rookie lifeguard Kevin Gill adding to Upper’s total with a third-place effort in the swim.

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Briefs, signups: Mainland United soccer

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 08, 2013 02:57 pm

Signups for Mainland United Recreation Soccer, pre-K through fourth grade boys and girls, will continue through Aug. 31. See www.mainlandunitedsoccer.orgto register. Call (609) 432-5060 for more information.

All Saints Council Golf Tournament
The Knights of Columbus All Saints Council is holding their 10th Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Mays Landing Country Club. There are lots of door prizes and the chance to win a week in Myrtle Beach, SC. All proceeds go to the All Saints Council scholarship fund, which allows students who otherwise would not be able to afford the tuition to attend Catholic high schools. For more information, please contact Tom Haynes at 926-9599 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Success for Diamond Crush 16U softball

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 08, 2013 09:54 am

The Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 16U softball team finished its 2013 summer season recently by finishing in second place in the USSSA End of Summer Blowout Tournament in Cape May Court House.

After going 1-2 in games on Saturday, the Diamond Crush were seeded eighth out of 11 teams in the tournament. The Diamond Crush responded by gaining victories over Montgomery Twisters (4-2), Long Island Hellcats (10-3) and Hot Shots (11-5). The team went on to fall in the championship game against the Northern Valley Cyclones despite big hits by Gia Tammaro and Brianna Lagroteria.

The team finished the 2012-13 season at 18-19-2, placing second in two summer tournament.

Ryann Guy led the team with a .457 batting average. Guy, along with Jaclyn Gehring and Morgan Brown, struck out over 60 batters. Malia Hindle had a perfect season in the field. 

The Diamond Crush 16U team was made up of players from Atlantic and Cape May counties.

   

Atlantic Shore Devils punch ticket to Babe Ruth World Series

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 07, 2013 11:11 pm

AShorebanner Bill LeConey/The Atlantic Shore Devils pose in front of the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional championship banner. SOMERS POINT - The Atlantic Shore Devils are going back to the Babe Ruth World Series – and this time, they plan to return with a championship.

Atlantic Shore beat South Shore (NY) 3-0 Wednesday night, Aug. 7, at Fehrle Field in Somers Point to win the Babe Ruth 15-year-old Mid-Atlantic Regional championship.

The team, which is made up of players from Atlantic and Cape May counties, now advances to the Babe Ruth World Series, which will be held Aug. 17-24 in Purcellville, Va.

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Margate poised to defend South Jersey title on home beach

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 07, 2013 12:20 pm

swimmers Jen Marra/Brigantine’s Shane McKenzie (left) and Margate’s Pat Flynn have been dueling it out in swim races all summer. Here, they finish 1-2 at the Dutch Hoffman race in Wildwood in late July. Since the first week of July, there have been numerous lifeguard competitions held, as many as three to four per week.

While winning an individual event or a team championship at any of those previous competitions is certainly a worthy accomplishment, any individual or patrol would trade any of those victories for the ultimate success this Friday night.

The South Jersey Lifeguard Championships, the oldest and most prestigious of all lifeguard competitions held in the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs’ Association, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 9, at the Decatur Avenue beach in Margate at 6:30 p.m.

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Chuck's 3 on 3 celebrates 25 years of hardwood and hoops

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 07, 2013 11:34 am

chucks1 Matt Strabuk/Playing for the Ventnor NBA during the Chuck's 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Domenic Cavalieri, 11, of Margate looks to make a pass during a game against the Medford Jaguars. VENTNOR – The familiar sound of sneakers squeaking on hardwood and cries of “D up!” returned to the Ventnor Educational Community Complex last weekend.

It would have made Chuck Cakert very proud.

Nearly 70 teams and 250 players, male and female, from “biddy” to middle-aged, helped Chuck’s 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament celebrate its 25th anniversary the weekend of August 3-4 in Ventnor.

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Atlantic Shore reaches title game of Babe Ruth regional tourney

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, August 06, 2013 05:54 pm

Sadreamelli Bill LeConey/Atlantic Shore's Cody Sadreamelli takes a cut at a pitch in last week's opening game of the Babe Ruth regional tournament. ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic Shore Devils found themselves in a comfortable position this week: protecting their home turf, and one step closer to a berth in the Babe Ruth World Series.

Atlantic Shore, an all-star team made up of 13-15-year-old players from Atlantic and Cape May counties, beat Piedmont, Del., 10-0 on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Sandcastle in Atlantic City in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

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Locals help Avalon win Kerr race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, August 06, 2013 10:14 am

AVALON – There are only a couple current members of the Avalon Beach Patrol who knew David Kerr, the 1981 South Jersey doubles rowing champion who passed away a year later after a battle with cancer.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t understand the significance of the races held in his honor each summer.

“Every year, on the Saturday before the race, (Avalon Beach Patrol captain Murray Wolf) talks about him and what he meant to the patrol,” said Matt Wolf, Murray’s son and 13-year lifeguard. “I think the biggest thing that sticks out to all of us is that David came from a rather well off family and he could have done anything he wanted after he got diagnosed. He could have gone on some big vacation, he could have gone pretty much anywhere or did whatever he wanted. But when he got told he only had four to six months to live, he chose to be here on the beach patrol that summer working. And he still rowed every day until they made him get out of the boat. I think that story is inspirational to everyone around here.”

Avalon used that inspiration to record its third straight victory at the David J. Kerr Memorial Lifeguard Races Sunday night. And they did it behind the strong efforts of three local natives.

Matt Wolf, his younger brother, Erich, and Jacob Enright -- all graduates of Middle Township High School -- each won an event and scored points in another at the five-event competition.

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Syrnick, Dorsey win Crest 5K Beach Race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 05, 2013 08:26 am

5k Crest WILDWOOD CREST – Mike Syrnick of the Wildwood Beach Patrol and Raven Dorsey of Wayne, Pa., were the respective male and female winners of the annual Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race Saturday morning.

The race, held on an out-and-back all-beach course that began and ended near the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier, drew approximately 270 runners, the most in the six-year history of the event.

Another couple dozen people participated in the event’s one-mile fun run/walk.

Syrnick, 27, a former Division I cross country and track athlete at Penn State and resident of Philadelphia, posted a time of 17 minutes, 14 seconds.

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Briefs, signups: Maniacs and Muckdogs hold open tryouts

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 01, 2013 02:18 pm

maniacs The 12U South Jersey Maniacs softball team will be holding open tryouts on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at Pitney Park in Absecon. All positions are open and interested families should register. For those trying out for pitching or catching positions, they will need to stay an extra hour so plan accordingly. Interested parents should contact Vince Flukey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (609) 226-8110. Or visit the website to find out more at http://HTOsports.com/SJMANIACS.

10u Muckdogs
The 10u Muckdogs Baseball Club is holding tryouts for its fall and 2014 spring teams. Tryouts are being held Aug. 3, and August 10. Players who do not turn 11 before April 30th 2014 are eligible. Please contact Phil Palmeri to register or inquire for more information at (609) 226-7782.

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COLUMN >> CAL Notes: New field at ACHS, new students at Middle

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, August 01, 2013 12:00 am

Atlantic City High School has joined the turf crowd.

Starting in October, Vikings football teams, along with those in some other sports, will be played on an artificial surface at the Jack Eisenstein Memorial Athletic Complex beside the high school on the Black Horse Pike.

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Fishing is best in years on the bay in Margate

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 05:21 pm

fishreport1 Submitted/Bill Mendenhall Jr., Skip Van Lew, and Bill Mendenhall Sr. (with sunscreen in his eyes) with their limited out catch. Kept 15, caught 88 total. Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers....whoops, that’s the postal service. It could also be used to describe three hearty souls from Downingtown, Pa., who have the fished the bay behind Margate for the past 40 years or so.

While others griped about the heat, and made remarks like “There are no fish in that bay!” Bill Mendenhall Sr, Jr. and Skip Van Lew slid away from the dock at dawn in a 15 horsepower garvey loaded up with minnows on a dropping tide.

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