South Jersey Sports

Scott DeCecco promoted to advanced single A

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 21, 2013 09:17 am

Middle Township High School graduate Scott DeCecco has moved up a link on the minor league baseball chain.

DeCecco, a member of the Seattle Mariners organization, has been promoted from the single A Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings to the High Desert Mavericks of the advance single A California League.

DeCecco, a left-handed pitcher, is scheduled to make his first start for the Mavericks Wednesday evening against Rancho Cucamonga.

With Clinton, DeCecco went 9-8 with a 4.49 earned run average in 24 starts. He struck out 77 hitters against 42 walks in 132.1 innings pitched.

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Margate crew wins island row

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 19, 2013 02:01 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Carl Smallwood and Chris Graves were repeat winners of Monday’s Bud Tarbotton Memorial Around The Island Row hosted by the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.

This, however, was the first time the pair earned victory in the event as partners.

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Quigley, Reich beat large field to win Tri The Wildwoods triathlon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, August 18, 2013 01:26 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Brian Quigley and Susan Reich were the respective male and female winners of the 10th annual Tri The Wildwoods triathlon Saturday morning.

The event, which began and ended near 15th Avenue and the beach in North Wildwood, featured a quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 5K run. The swim was held in the ocean at 15th Avenue. The bike traveled through North Wildwood and out of the resort into Stone Harbor before returning toward 15th Avenue. The run was held on a combination of the beach and the boardwalk.

Quigley, 33, of Yardley, Pa., posted a time of 54 minutes even to beat his closest competitor by exactly 1 ½ minutes. Tom Lennon, 33, of Ridgewood, was second in 55:30 and Max Fennell, 26, of King of Prussia, Pa., placed third in 55:54.

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Briefs, signups: SJ Devils add 16-U team, hold tryouts

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 15, 2013 01:10 pm

SJ Devils South Jersey Devils Softball The South Jersey Devils 18-U Fast Pitch Softball team has announced its 2013-14 tryout schedule, and will be adding a 16-U team this year. Tryouts will take place at Lake Lenape Park in Mays Landing on Sunday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.–noon, and Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Please arrive 30 minutes early to register and warm up. Tournaments will likely include PONY, USSSA, ASA and College showcases. For more info e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or see http://www.southjerseydevils18u.com/.

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Fishing Report: Busting myths and catching fish on the Margate bay

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 14, 2013 02:41 pm

fish1 Eric Marmell of Hampton caught this 32 Early August is the “myth-busting” time of the year. Myths like, “There are no striped bass in the bay.”

Eric Marmell and Sharon Urban of Hampton, N.J. caught a 32” beauty on salted clam and a black fish rig Thursday morning. They had a run off which straightened a hook Friday morning in the same spot and another keeper striper as well.

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Hooping it up in Margate Summer League

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 02:26 pm

Margate summer boys Margate’s fifth-sixth grade team won the Margate Summer League basketball championship by a score of 32-13 over Ventnor. Pictured in the front row are Liam Grimes, Dylan Culmone, Henry Rovillard, Rob Fishbein, Wade Stezer, Luke Mazur. In the second row, Mike Tabasso, Teddy Grimely, Connor Culmone, Danny Reeves, and Jack Rovilard. Coaches are Rob Fishbein and Hank Rovillard. Margate’s fifth-sixth grade team won the Margate Summer League basketball championship by a score of 32-13 over Ventnor.

Pictured in the front row are Liam Grimes, Dylan Culmone, Henry Rovillard, Rob Fishbein, Wade Stezer, Luke Mazur. In the second row, Mike Tabasso, Teddy Grimely, Connor Culmone, Danny Reeves, and Jack Rovilard. Coaches are Rob Fishbein and Hank Rovillard.

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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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