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OCHS in NJSIAA Group 3, might move up in football

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 pm

Many of Ocean City High School’s teams will remain in Group 3 in the 2013-14 group classifications of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. That covers baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and tennis. The NJSIAA had not announced its groupings for football but the tentative groups, based on last year’s format and this year’s enrollment figures, would seem to move the Raiders up to Group 4 in football.

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Teenage tennis tournaments coming this week

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:57 am

Teenage tennis players will take center stage on the local courts this weekend.

The annual 16 and Under Tournaments, for both boys and girls, will begin on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Last year, Harry Kettleberger was the boys champion and Alison Jones took the girls competition. Through the years such future high school and college stars as Matt Monroe, Naeemah Brooks, Shane Monroe, Victoria Martinez, Connor Bradley and Amanda Lanciano have won the teenage tournaments.

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Nor’easters head to National Final Four

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 am

Nor’easters head to National Final Four Nor’easters head to National Final Four

It’s expected to be a comfortable 97 degrees on Friday in Austin, Texas. It was forecast to be over 100 all week leading up to the National Championship of the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League.

But you can be sure the players and coaches of the Ocean City Nor’easters won’t care. They are just excited to be there.

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Sea Girt lifeguard wins Point women's challenge

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 30, 2013 08:51 am

CAPE MAY POINT – In a field filled with many college-level athletes, it was two high school-aged lifeguards who finished at the top of the Cape May Point Women’s Challenge Monday evening.

Sea Girt’s Anne Skimmons and Ocean City’s Lexi Santer, both 17-year-old high school swimmers and cross country runners, were first and second, respectively, at the short triathlon-style event that featured a 1.2-mile run, three-quarter-mile paddleboard and half-mile swim.

Skimmons, a rising senior at Pt. Pleasant Boro High School, led the race almost from start to finish. She gained a comfortable lead after a run that is much more difficult to execute than it appears on paper due to it being held entirely on Cape May Point’s gritty, extremely soft sand.

“I knew the run would be longer (than it seemed) and that’s what attracted me to this race,” said Skimmons. “And I love all three of these events.”

Skimmons extended her lead in the rescue board leg and went unchallenged during the swim. She finished with a very quick time of 25 minutes, 6 seconds, beating Santer by 58 seconds.

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Not many changes in NJSIAA groupings for 2013-14

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 am

Holy Spirit has moved down from Non-Public A to Non-Public B and that is the only significant change effecting schools from the Cape-Atlantic League in the 2013-14 group classifications of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. That covers baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and tennis.

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Former EHT standout named new field hockey coach at Lower Cape May

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 29, 2013 04:38 pm

hoch Amie Hoch Former Egg Harbor Township High School standout Amie Hoch has been named the head field hockey coach at Lower Cape May Regional High School.

Hoch, who had served as an assistant coach in the Lady Tiger program for the past two years, was officially approved as the program’s new head coach at the July 25 meeting of the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education.

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Pleasantville Lady Greyhounds’ first goal was getting a team to play on

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Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Monday, July 29, 2013 11:19 am

  R.J. Liberatore Jr./Pictured are players who hope to make the first year a successful one for the Pleasantville High School girls varsity soccer team this  year. Standing with varsity coach Scott Rullan in the top row are Carolyn Salas, Fernanda Snachez, Anayive Caceres, Sandy Palomino, Marseille Townsend, Aileen Madrid, Lillian Lopez, and Evelyn Coulbourne.  In the front row are Kimberly Mendoza, Emily Montecinos, Paola Santiago, and Natile Cerna and an unidentified sixth-grade student. R.J. Liberatore Jr./Pictured are players who hope to make the first year a successful one for the Pleasantville High School girls varsity soccer team this year. Standing with varsity coach Scott Rullan in the top row are Carolyn Salas, Fernanda Snachez, Anayive Caceres, Sandy Palomino, Marseille Townsend, Aileen Madrid, Lillian Lopez, and Evelyn Coulbourne. In the front row are Kimberly Mendoza, Emily Montecinos, Paola Santiago, and Natile Cerna and an unidentified sixth-grade student.

PLEASANTVILLE - There’s a new family taking shape in Pleasantville whose members are working over their growing pains and learn the world’s most popular sport.

“We’re like a family,” said junior Kimberly Mendoza, 15, a member of the PleasantvilleHigh School varsity girls soccer team.

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Three seconds add up to first for Margate at Hoffman race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, July 28, 2013 04:08 pm

WILDWOOD – The 44th annual Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships produced some rather thrilling finishes Friday night.

The winners of three of the four races were decided in the final moments. And while the Margate Beach Patrol didn’t come out on top in any of them, three second-place finishes were enough to give the patrol the championship.

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Absecon on a roll as ACBL hits postseason

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, July 25, 2013 01:31 pm

abseconACBL Bill LeConey/Anthony Cocuzza, left, of Absecon, and E.J. Stoltzfus of Brigantine are two of Absecon’s top players in the Atlantic County Baseball League. OCEAN CITY – As always, the Atlantic County Baseball League offers solid, competitive amateur baseball in the relaxed setting of a summer at the shore.

As always, it seems, the theme for the 2013 season can be summed up in three simple words: “Bringing down Margate.”

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Ocean City wins Women’s Lifeguard Invitational on home beach

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, July 25, 2013 01:00 pm

 paddleboard Bill LeConey / Wildwood Crest’s Mary Anne Lerro, left, races against Stone Harbor’s Haley Edwards at the finish of the paddleboard race in the Ocean City Women’s Lifeguard Invitational on July 24. OCEAN CITY - Ocean City successfully defended its home beach for the third straight year in the annual Ocean City Women’s Lifeguard Invitational, held July 24 at the 34th Street beach.

Ocean City totaled 20 team points to beat Sea Isle City (15) and Wildwood Crest (14) in the five-race event. Stone Harbor and Longport placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

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COLUMN >> About unwise schedules and new rules

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 24, 2013 04:06 pm

They give every team a fair chance in Little League Baseball. All of their tournaments, at all levels, are double elimination. One bad game does not knock a team out.

Little League has also been in the forefront of safety rules – helmets on everybody outside the dugout, pitch counts and lots more. They even have a steroids policy. In keeping with those safety approaches, there should be a change in the schedule at the Section 4 Tournament in the future.

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Paul Tendler, Adam Dakin win doubles again

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 24, 2013 04:01 pm

Paul Tendler of Margate and Adam Dakin of Fort Washington PA won the Mens Double Tournament on the Ocean City tennis courts over the weekend for the fourth straight time.

Tendler and Dakin won the doubles in 2009-11 (there was no tournament last year) and also won in 2006-07, making this their sixth overall championship. Tendler, who holds the record by winning the Harvey Lake Single Open eight times, was also doubles champion in 2008 and 2000 with a different partner.

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OCYAA out of Little League tournament

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 24, 2013 04:00 pm

The 11-12 All Star Team of the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association – the 2013 champions of New Jersey District 16 – was eliminated from the Little League Tournament in their fifth game of the Section 4 Tournament. The 11-12 All Star Team of the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association – the 2013 champions of New Jersey District 16 – was eliminated from the Little League Tournament in their fifth game of the Section 4 Tournament.

The 11-12 All Star Team of the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association – the 2013 champions of New Jersey District 16 – was eliminated from the Little League Tournament in their fifth game of the Section 4 Tournament.

The OCYAA team won its first game but was defeated the next night, falling into the consolation bracket. They won two games there in the double elimination tournament before losing, 12-2, to East Greenwich, the eventual district champions.

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Chuck’s 3 on 3 basketball tournament marks 25th anniversary

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 24, 2013 03:43 pm

chuck's 3on3 Chuck’s 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will celebrate its 25th anniversary the weekend of August 3-4 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex. The deadline for team entries is Monday, July 29.

The tournament, sponsored by Robert’s Place Bar and Restaurant, is a Ventnor City Recreation program started in 1989 and is named in memory of Chuck Cakert.

Chuck’s 3 on 3 has grown from 20 teams and two divisions in its initial year to 85 teams encompassing 11 divisions, including categories for both boys and girls.

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