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Super Bowl champ goes to camp with Margate youngsters

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:51 am

oben2 Mike Schultz/Alexis Piraino shows off her throwing form during the skills and drills workshop as former NFL player Roman Oben looks on. MARGATE - Former NFL offensive lineman Roman Oben was at Tighe Field in Margate on Tuesday morning, July 9, to teach the fundamentals of running, catching a football and how to properly throw a football to Margate Recreation campers who participated in a skills and drills workshop.

Oben played left tackle for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has run instructional football camps around the country since 2003.

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National soccer tournament next week for area players

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:43 am

WFCUsoccer Submitted/The Williamstown FC United 95s (U-17) boys soccer team captured the Mid-Atlantic Region championship last week to qualify for next week’s U.S. Club Soccer National Cup tournament in Colorado. The team includes numerous players from Atlantic and Cape May counties. Pictured are (from left): on ground – Shane Geyer; seated – Alain Brown, Sean Maganelli, Bryce Aulffo, Drew Slater, Jesus Tiaseca, Quinn Hardrick, Luke Bencivenga; standing – George Meyers, Zack Sakena, Mick Knapp, Amandeep Singh, Anthony Battistini, Matt Gladfelter, John McCarthy, Ernie Scoma, Brandan Macfarlane, Steve Pashuck, coach Chris Meyrick. Not pictured: Jon Cianciulli, team manager Gus Scoma. A large group of Cape-Atlantic League high school boys soccer players, many of whom hail from Atlantic and Cape May counties, will travel to Colorado next week for the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup.

A total of seven players from Ocean City, Absegami and Oakcrest high schools are among the members of the Williamstown FC United 95s (U-17), which qualified for the national tournament by winning U.S. Club Soccer’s Mid Atlantic Regional Tournament early last week. The team went unbeaten in four games at regions, for which it qualified by going unbeaten in five games in the New Jersey State Cup tournament in the spring. WFC United beat the Newark Renegades, 4-0, in the region title game.

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COLUMN >> A look at area sports camps in August

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

There is still time. If you have interest in a sports camp this summer, here are some coming up in August.

August 1-29: Ocean City Tumbling Camp at Sports & Civic Center for boys and girls ages 3-6 from 9-11am every Tuesday and Thursday. For information phone 609-525-9304.

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CAL Changes

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Position                2012-13       2013-14

Atlantic Tech boys basketball          John Miller        Tom Piotrowski

Bridgeton boys basketball         Osco Williams      Kevin Nash

Bridgeton boys track              Warren DeShields   Shawn Sergeant

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Youth no obstacle as Stephanie Agger, 24, gains college head coaching job

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 09, 2013 04:35 pm

During her playing career, Stephanie Agger saw the game of basketball a bit differently than many other players. In addition to the talent, there was an ahead-of-her-years cerebral part of the game that many of her peers simply didn’t posses.

Now that her playing career has been over for a couple of years, Agger continues to move ahead of the curve in the game of basketball.

Agger, a 2007 graduate of Lower Cape May, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at Division III Penn State Abington, located a few miles outside Northeast Philadelphia. At age 24, Agger is certainly among the youngest head women’s college basketball coaches in the country at any level.

“I interviewed (last) Wednesday and they called me on Friday to tell me they were offering me the job and that I had the weekend to think about it. But I really didn’t need the weekend to think about it,” Agger said with a laugh.

Penn State Abington officially made the announcement on its web site Tuesday afternoon.

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Margate’s Gowdy scores another for the ‘old’ guys at Cape May SuperAthalon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 09, 2013 08:44 am

CAPE MAY – Chuck Gowdy did a lot to prove that the “old” guys can still perform well in beach patrol competitions Monday night.

The 30-year-old Margate City Beach Patrol lifeguard led a strong showing by veteran lifeguards at the Cape May SuperAthalon by winning the run-row-swim triathlon in 39 minutes, 45 seconds. Margate’s Gowdy scores another for the ‘old’ guys at Cape May SuperAthalon

Gowdy won for the second straight year in a competition reserved for only the fittest beach lifeguards in the region, an event that features a 2.3-mile run, 1.5-mile row and quarter-mile swim.

“It’s definitely an honor to win it again,” said Gowdy, a full-time Atlantic City firefighter who is serving on the Margate Beach Patrol for the 17th summer. “This is my fifth or sixth time doing it but I’ve seen it well over 10 times. You look at guys like (past multiple winners) Bick Murphy (of Wildwood Crest) and Shane McGrath (of Avalon) and a guy like Joe Maloy (of Wildwood Crest) – these are top-notch athletes. It’s great to be in their company.”

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OCYAA 11-12 team District 16 finalist

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:00 am

This OCYAA 11-12 Little League team either won the District 16 championship on Tuesday night or will play for the title on Thursday in Northfield. Pictured kneeling (from left) are Cole Markley, Gannon Brady, Luke Meli, Sam Oliva and Dominic Payne. Standing are Jesse Schmeizer, Randy Young, Solomon Griffith, Cole Vanderslice, Dan Nunan and Vic Mahar. This OCYAA 11-12 Little League team either won the District 16 championship on Tuesday night or will play for the title on Thursday in Northfield. Pictured kneeling (from left) are Cole Markley, Gannon Brady, Luke Meli, Sam Oliva and Dominic Payne. Standing are Jesse Schmeizer, Randy Young, Solomon Griffith, Cole Vanderslice, Dan Nunan and Vic Mahar.

As you read this, the OCYAA 11-12 Year Old Team might be the champions of Little League District 16 for the very first time. The team played Northfield on Tuesday and, if they won, they are the champs. The game ended too late to be included in this week’s Gazette.

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Ocean City wins county lifeguard title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 08, 2013 08:34 am

WILDWOOD CREST – The Ocean City Beach Patrol’s depth served it very well at the first lifeguard competition of the season Friday night.

Ocean City wins county lifeguard title Ocean City earned two first-place finishes and also scored in three of the other four events to win the 30th annual Cape May County Championship race, staged at the Rambler Road beach.

Dylan Kosten took first place in the singles row and 29-year-old rookie lifeguard Brian Pasternak won the rescue board race for Ocean City, which won the event for the 14th time in 30 years. The patrol also earned top-five finishes in the doubles row swim and run/swim races to amass 21 points. Host Wildwood Crest scored 18 points for second place, with Avalon posting 16 points for third.

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Northfield wins 9-10 District 16 baseball title

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, July 03, 2013 04:50 pm

northfield1 Bill LeConey/Northfield 9-10 players and coaches pose with the District 16 championship banner after Tuesday’s win. Northfield youngsters of all ages (and both genders) are playing solid, fundamentally sound ball this summer. The 9- and 10-year-old baseball variety were rewarded with a District 16 championship on Tuesday, July 2.

Northfield beat Somers Point, 15-0, in Dennisville in a game shortened to four innings by the 10-run rule. Cole Campbell and Ben Bradt combined to strike out 10 in the shutout. Tyler Allen went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Anthony Medina also had three runs batted in.

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Nor’easters and fireworks on Thursday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:00 am

The Ocean City Nor’easters start their game with the Bermuda Hogges at 6 p.m. on Thursday so the soccer fans can watch the resort’s fireworks display over the ocean.

The Nor’easters stayed right behind Reading United in the Mid-Atlantic Division standings by defeating the Central Jersey Spartans, 5-0, on Sunday before an announced crowd of 515 at Carey Stadium. Reading played to a 2-2 tie on Sunday and now leads the Nor’easters by two points.

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COLUMN >> Vince Terry named NJSIAA scholar-athlete

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:00 am

Recent Ocean City High School graduate Vince Terry was among 15 athletes from the Cape-Atlantic League’s Class of 2013 who were among nearly 350 from around New Jersey honored as scholar-athletes by the NJSIAA.

Terry was an all star catcher for Ocean City’s conference champion baseball team. The Raiders reached two South Jersey finals during the year’s Terry was their catcher. He also played basketball during high school and will move on to Ursinus College. 

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Kelly Halliday is new OCHS girls soccer coach

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:00 am

Kelly Halliday, who coached the freshmen girls soccer team at Ocean City High School the last two years, is the new OCHS head coach. Halliday succeeds Bill Pesda, who stepped down after seven seasons.

Pesda’s teams won 58 games and two American Conference championships.

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Duffy wins 6th straight Avalon Islandman Triathlon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 02, 2013 05:14 pm

AVALON – It’s pretty easy to tell that Brian Duffy likes to compete in the Avalon Islandman Triathlon.

Duffy won the event for the sixth straight year Saturday morning by nearly a minute over his closest competitor. The 25-year-old West Chester, Pa., resident finished the course in 54 minutes, 39 seconds to beat Adam Webber, of Denver, Pa., by 54 seconds.

The event consisted of a quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5K run. The swim and run portions of the event were held on the beach near Avalon Beach Patrol headquarters, while the bike was executed through the streets of Avalon.

The race included 357 participants.

Duffy and Webber finished well ahead of the rest of the field. Matt Coleman, 32, of Philadelphia, finished third in 59:21, nearly four minutes later than Webber. Patrick McKeon, 24, of Philadelphia, was fourth in 59:59 and Jonathan Ingalls, of Clinton, Conn., placed fifth in 1:01:06.

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Beach competitions begin Friday with county championships

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 02, 2013 05:03 pm

Beach competitions begin Friday with county championships The first official South Jersey beach patrol competition of the 2013 season is scheduled for Friday evening, when the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol hosts the Cape May County Championships. The six-event competition is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Rambler Road beach.

The county championships kick off another busy lifeguard racing season, which will continue with approximately one to three competitions per week through the third week of August. The races create opportunities for beach lifeguards to showcase their athletic ability and the ocean lifesaving skills in which they are trained. Most of the competitions include all 15 South Jersey beach patrols from Brigantine to Cape May Point, although some races, like the county championships, include smaller fields, while others may include teams or individuals from Ocean County.

This Friday’s Cape May County Championship event, which is celebrating its 30th year, include doubles row, rescue board race, swim, run/swim duathlon, singles row and surf dash relay competitions. All 10 of Cape May County’s beach patrols are expected to participate.

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