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Briefs, signups: Cedar Creek baseball clinic, and much more

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:29 pm

Cedar Creek High School head baseball coach Mike Isgro and his staff will present an exciting “hands-on” baseball clinic for players ages 6 to 12 on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Players will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of the game - hitting, pitching, catching and fielding - while practicing on the Cedar Creek High School Varsity Baseball Field. The cost is just $10 per player with all proceeds benefiting the Cedar Creek Baseball Booster Club. For more information, contact coach Isgro at 609-412-2026, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Pleasantville's Clarks fly home with 1-2 punch at Meet of Champions

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, June 06, 2013 12:04 pm

clark bros Matt Strabuk/Pleasantville’s Isaac Clark, right, and brother Jacob at practice last month. The Clarks finished 1-2 in the 800-meter run at the Meet of Champions on June 5. What better way for the Clark brothers to end their illustrious high school track careers by finishing 1-2, and nearly side-by-side, at the Meet of Champions.

Pleasantville High School senior Isaac Clark won the 800-meter run at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Wednesday, June 5, in South Plainfield with a time of one minute, 50.12 seconds, breaking his own local record of 1:50.27, which he set at last month’s Cape-Atlantic League championships.

His brother, Jacob, placed second in the Meet of Champions race at 1:50.73.

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Triathletes jump right in to new Escape the Cape

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Written by SAMANTHA SAFCHINSKY Wednesday, June 05, 2013 04:26 pm

Triathlon makes a big splash  More than 800 athletes jumped off the MV Twin Capes ferry vessel into the Delaware Bay and swam ashore to begin the Escape the Cape Triathlon on Sunday, June 2. The event included three races: a Sprint Triathlon, International Triathlon and International Aquabike. More than 2,000 spectators lined the race course, with the finish line on the terminal’s boardwalk. NORTH CAPE MAY – The first Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon started began 1,000 participants jumping off the Twin Capes Ferry to compete simultaneously in Sprint Triathlon, International Triathlon and Aquabike races Sunday morning.

The sprint triathlon was a .35-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 5k run. The international triathlon included a one-mile swim, 20-mile bike and five-mile run. The aquabike consisted of a one-mile swim and 20-mile bike.

The event was hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Authority’s Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal and DelMoSports, Inc. More than 2,000 spectators watched the athletes jump off the ferry and cross the finish line at the terminal’s boardwalk.

For many athletes, the most exciting part of the event was jumping off of the ferry.

“It was awesome. I jumped with three of my friends,” said Kate Conneen from Swedesboro. She placed second in the ages 25-29 division of the Sprint Triathlon. “I’m a pretty good swimmer so that was the part I was most excited about.”

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Bill Miller to coach LCM football

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 05, 2013 04:19 pm

bill miller Lower Cape May Regional High School has hired its next head football coach from within.

Bill Miller, a 1988 graduate of Lower Cape May and an assistant coach in the program last year, has been hired as the team’s next head coach.

Miller was formally approved for the position at the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education’s regular meeting in late May.

Miller replaces Mike Wilson, who guided the program for five seasons. Wilson, a star linebacker and fullback at Lower Cape May in the mid 1990s, went 14-46 as head coach. His 2010 team finished 7-3 and qualified for the South Jersey Group II playoffs. Wilson stepped down as coach earlier this year due to family reasons.

Miller has been involved with local football for quite a while. He was an assistant coach at Lower Cape May first in 2009. He then moved to Middle Township for the 2010-11 seasons before returning to Lower Cape May last fall. Miller said he also has about 15 years of coaching experience at the youth level in the area.

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WCHS grad earns pro baseball contract on West Coast

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 05, 2013 04:14 pm

Mark Malec finished an outstanding college baseball career last spring at Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.). The 2008 Wildwood Catholic graduated batted .312 with a team-best 18 doubles and finished second on the team with 30 RBI as a senior.

His two-year stint at SCAD came after two seasons at Gloucester County College, where he was part of the Roadrunners’ Junior College World Series championship team in 2010.

But even though all of his college eligibility was used up, Malec didn’t want his baseball career to end. So even with no real prospects on the horizon, he worked out on his own all winter, hoping for a break.

“Honestly, I really hit the gym in the winter,” Malec explained. “And being down in Savannah, as soon as the weather was good enough, I was out on the field, hitting in the cage and working every day. I was doing a lot of throwing, running and hitting. I was even hitting Wiffle balls with a broomstick. I was doing anything I could to get ready.”

All that work paid off.

Malec, 22, scoured the Internet looking for open tryouts and finally found one that piqued his interest with the Vallejo Admirals, a first-year expansion team in California in the four-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. With Vallejo located only about 40 minutes from his brother Gary’s home in San Francisco, Malec signed up for the one-day tryout.

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A look at area sports camps in July

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 05, 2013 01:48 pm

Here we go again.

Many parents and young athletes are still looking for sports camps during the summer of 2013. This week we bring you a list of the camps that take place in July. Early next month we’ll bring you a similar list of camps for August.

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Local rowers help Nova SE, Ohio State win national titles

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, June 05, 2013 01:32 pm

Obringer Photo from NSU web site/Kelsey Obringer with NSU head coach Stephen Frazier-Wong  Several area rowers helped their college teams capture NCAA championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis last weekend.

Stephanie Hauck, an Egg Harbor Township High School graduate from Somers Point, and Amber Morrell, a Holy Spirit grad from Brigantine, helped the Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University rowing team win its first NCAA Division II National Championship, winning both the varsity-8 and varsity-4 grand finals.

Also, Holy Spirit alumna Meghan Birkbeck from Absecon helped Ohio State win the Division I team championship, becoming the first Big Team to win an NCAA rowing title. Birkbeck and her crew finished the first varsity-8 grand final in 6:23.19, behind only California (6:21.42) and (Princeton 6:22.59).

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AC’s Callahan, Reynolds are Schoppy Award winners

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, June 04, 2013 04:31 pm

schoppywinners Atlantic City High School’s Dayshawn Reynolds and Colleen Callahan with Dave Talarico from Schoppy's after winning Schoppy Awards as the Cape-Atlantic League outstanding senior athletes for 2012-13. Dayshawn Reynolds and Colleen Callahan of Atlantic City were awarded the 13th Annual Schoppy Awards on Monday as the top athletes in the Cape-Atlantic League’s Class of 2013.

A dozen girls and a dozen boys were named finalists for the awards. The winners were announced at the 3rd Annual CAL Celebration at the Ocean City Music Pier.

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Ocean City's Flynn, Williams, relay teams advance to MOC

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, June 04, 2013 12:00 am

Nine Ocean City High School athletes advanced to Wednesday’s NJSIAA Meet of Champions based on their performances at the State Group 3 Meet last weekend in South Plainfield.

The MOC will begin at 4 p.m. back at Jost Field in South Plainfield.

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Six area track athletes win state titles at group championships

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:24 am

Plummergr4 Matt Strabuk/Egg Harbor Township senior James Plummer wins the state Group IV discus title with a personal-best throw of 188 feet, 4 inches, on May 31 at EHT. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – James Plummer saved the best for his last time throwing from his home discus circle.

The Egg Harbor Township High School senior won the state Group IV title on Friday, May 31, with a tremendous throw of 188 feet, 4 inches, a personal best for Plummer and (temporarily) the best throw in the state this spring.

His title toss came on the first day of the two-day state championship meet, hosted by EHT and featuring many of the best track and field athletes from throughout the state.

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A-Shore Devils open tournament season with “Beach Blast” title

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Written by Mike Gill Friday, May 31, 2013 03:32 pm

The Atlantic Shore Devils 13-year old all-star team opened up its tournament season during Memorial Day weekend at the South Jersey Baseball "Blast at The Beach Tournament" in Stafford Twp. by going 5-0 and taking home the team’s first championship of the summer season.

Atlantic Shore is a team made up of youth from Absecon, Northfield, Linwood, Upper Twp., Margate, Ventnor and Mullica. They come from the same league that sent a group of players to the Babe Ruth World Series two years ago, and they hope to make a return trip this year.

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Middle visits OCYAA for Sunday DH

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 30, 2013 02:15 pm

Both OCYAA Travel Teams will host Middle Township on Sunday afternoon at the Harry Vanderslice Memorial Complex on 35th Street starting at 4:30.

There will be one more Sunday of travel games after this Sunday, then the OCYAA and other area leagues will begin preparations for the Little League Tournament that starts around June 21.

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This Month In OCHS Sports, May 30, 2013

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 30, 2013 02:14 pm

A quick look back at Raider moments from the past

Ken Henry finished second in the 100 meters and long jump and fourth in the 200 in May 1987. Ken Henry finished second in the 100 meters and long jump and fourth in the 200 in May 1987.

May 2010:

Connor Ortolf scattered seven singles over seven innings and the Raiders hammered out 12 hits as OCHS defeated Highland, 9-2, to win its first South Jersey baseball championship in school history. Kolya Stephenson had two doubles and a single for Ocean City, Rob Zauck had a single and double and Ortolf and Brian Longo each singled twice. Zauck and John Huff each drove home two runs. The Raiders went on to defeat Central Jersey champion Hopewell Valley to reach the NJSIAA State Group 3 final, where they lost to Cranford.   

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Ocean City's Bridget Flynn wins twice, 11 others advance

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 30, 2013 02:13 pm

BUENA - Ocean City High School junior Bridget Flynn racked up two more championships over the weekend, sweeping the 800 and 1600 meters at the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 Meet at Buena Regional High School.

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