South Jersey Sports

Flag Football League of S.J. opens 21st season Sunday

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 14, 2013 02:11 pm

flag football Photo courtesy of Flag Football of South Jersey web site The Men’s Flag Football League of South Jersey will open its 21st season of competitive seven-on-seven flag football on Sunday, Aug. 18, in Upper Township.

Sponsored teams or individual free agents travel from Atlantic and Cape May counties to play in this seven-team league, which commissioner Kevin Grubb said will be more competitive than ever this year.

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Crest native qualifies for triathlon world championship

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 14, 2013 01:02 pm

Joe Maloy While the rest of us were enjoying summer right here at the Jersey Shore, Joe Maloy was traveling Europe to chase his dream.

The work done by the Wildwood Crest native and Wildwood Catholic High School graduate has paid off to this point.

Maloy, 27, who competed in triathlons in Spain, Germany and Hungary over the last month, has qualified for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London in mid September. This is the first time in Maloy’s pro career he’s qualified for the event.

Maloy narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team last year. He will be competing on the same triathlon course that was used at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“This is the first time I’ve ever qualified for the world championships, which is really neat,” said Maloy, who’s back in the States for the time being before he goes back overseas in early September. “I’m showing up a year late but at least I’m getting there.”

Maloy is one of only three Americans to qualify for the World Triathlon Grand Final. He qualified by earning points via his performances in other ITU-sanctioned events earlier this year, including the three races in Europe.

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NWBP chief celebrating 40th summer as a lifeguard

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 14, 2013 01:00 pm

Tony Cavalier By the close of this year, Tony Cavalier will have outlasted the terms of 13 New Jersey governors, eight U.S. presidents and four North Wildwood mayors over the course of his career with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.

Cavalier, 66, the North Wildwood Beach Patrol’s longtime chief, is celebrating his 40th summer as a lifeguard. He worked his way up the ranks since first joining the patrol as a 19-year-old in 1966. Cavalier became a lieutenant in 1972 and was named captain in 1976 before leaving the patrol for six years after the summer of 1978. He rejoined the patrol as chief in 1985.

Cavalier’s love for the beach started as a 14-year-old in the early 1960s, when he worked at an umbrella rental stand on the North Wildwood beach. He joined the patrol a year after graduating from Wildwood Catholic High School.

Earlier this summer, Cavalier was honored for his years of service at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, a competition the patrol has hosted for 45 years to honor two of Cavalier’s former co-workers on the patrol, Jim Beschen and Mike Callahan, who were both killed during separate incidents in the Vietnam War.

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Yes, Virginia, A-Shore Devils aim for Babe Ruth World Series title

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:56 pm

A-Shore team photo Submitted photo/Members of the Atlantic Shore Devils celebrate their Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Region Championship on Aug. 7 in Somers Point. The team will compete in the Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series Aug. 17-24 in Purcellville, Va. Pictured, from left, are: front - bat boy Ethan Coursey (Atlantic City), Zach Zellers (Ocean City) and Joe Hartley (Ventnor); back - Kyler Pikus (Ventnor), Matt Morgan (Somers Point), Matt Thomas (Northfield), Anthony Boselli (Ventnor), Jack Loefflad (Somers Point), Kyle Gerace (Linwood), Nick Droboniku (Northfield), Cody Sadreameli (Northfield), A.J. Russo (Ventnor), Stephen Myers (Margate), Nick Trifiletti (Linwood) and Chris Sieg (Margate). At a point in the summer when many teenage boys would rather be at the beach - surfing, hanging out with friends, doing anything to take their minds off an impending school year – the Atlantic Shore Devils have some serious business at hand: winning a Babe Ruth World Series championship.

Atlantic Shore, made up of primarily of players from the mainland and Downbeach communities, will travel to Purcellville, Va., this week for the Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series.

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Margate, Brigantine lifeguards shine at SJ Championships; Ocean City wins team title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:11 pm

McKenzie Brian Cunniff/Brigantine’s Shane McKenzie won the swim race at the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships MARGATE – Five of the last six South Jersey Lifeguard Championship titles had been won by either Margate or Ventnor.

But last Friday night, Aug. 9, a pair of Cape May County patrols battled it out for South Jersey supremacy.

Ocean City, one of 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 rainy and somewhat stormy conditions.

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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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