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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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Adam Webber dominates Stone Harbor Triathlon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 23, 2013 06:20 pm

  STONE HARBOR – When Adam Webber climbed onto the dock at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor following his swim, a spectator was overheard muttering, “That guy had a heck of a swim.”

The rest of his race wasn’t bad, either.

Webber, 32, of Denver, Pa., absolutely dominated the Stone Harbor Triathlon Sunday morning. After blazing to the lead early in the swim, Webber did just as well in the bike and run portions of the event. He finished in a time of 48 minutes, 33.96 seconds to beat his closest competitor by nearly seven minutes. Webber also shaved 38 seconds off his first-place time of a year ago.

He was one of only seven athletes to break the hour mark at the event. Aside from Webber, all of them are at least 38 years old.

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Margate crew wins six-mile bay race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 23, 2013 06:15 pm

 

margate Jen Marra/Carl Smallwood, left, and Bob Bechtel, both of Margate, who won the MS Six-Mile Bay Race on Monday, July 22. STRATHMERE – Carl Smallwood and Bob Bechtel weren’t supposed to row together in the 20th annual MS Six-Mile Bay Race hosted by the Upper Township Beach Patrol Monday night.

But after just a couple of rowing sessions together earlier this week, the crew was able to beat a field of formidable competition in the race that began and ended in the bay waters behind the Deauville Inn.

Smallwood, a Margate alum who last served on the beach patrol in 2003, and Bechtel, a current Margate lifeguard, posted a winning time of 1 hour, 14 minutes, 42 seconds to win the race by nearly 1 ½ minutes.

“The conditions were perfect,” said Smallwood, who won the race for the fifth time – previously he won three times with Rich Kugel and last summer with B.J. Fox. “This was one of the nicest nights for this that I can remember. I thought we rowed a good, smart race.”

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Egg Harbor Township’s Czar wins Ocean City Masters Swim

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 23, 2013 05:18 pm

Czar Photo by Jen Mara/Anthony Czar OCEAN CITY – Saturday was hazy, hot and humid. In other words, a great day for a swim in the ocean.

The well over 200 people who participated in the 34th annual T. John Carey Masters Swim certainly thought so.

Not surprisingly, beach lifeguards were at the top of the leader board when the event finished. More specifically, rookie lifeguards.

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Margate repeats as A.C. Lifeguard Classic champion

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, July 19, 2013 11:36 pm

Gowdy Bill LeConey/Margate's Chuck Gowdy won the singles row for the second straight year, finishing the 1,000-foot race in five minutes, 38 seconds. Avalon's Erich Wolf was second, and Ventnor's David Funk finished third. Chuck Gowdy and Ashton Funk are the “wise old men” of the Margate Beach Patrol – “old” being a relative term, they’re both in their early 30s – but they can still row with the best that other beaches have to offer.

That blend of experience and skill played a huge role in Margate capturing the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic for the second straight year on Friday, July 19.

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