South Jersey Sports

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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COLUMN >> Ocean City has become a baseball town

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:22 pm

It’s baseball season. The NBA and NHL have completed their playoffs and drafts. Even though the NFL is trying to become a year-round sport, there is nothing significant going on there.

But it has been an unusual baseball season.

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Ocean City Nor’easters repeat as division champions

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:21 pm

The Ocean City Nor’easters clinched a second straight Mid-Atlantic Division championship in the PDL’s Eastern Conference on Sunday when they defeated Reading United, 2-1, at Carey Stadium.

The win gave Ocean City 31 points and neither second place Reading nor third place Long Island has enough games remaining to catch the Nor’easters, who will get to host a first round game in the approaching playoffs.

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Lucky No. 7 for Mark Wallace in Lake tennis

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:20 pm

Mark Wallace made it seven straight on Sunday.

The former star at Washington Township High School and Scott Robert Morris University rallied in both sets of the prestigious Harvey Lake Memorial Open to defeat Brian Stefanowicz, 6-3,6-4. It marked the seventh straight year in which Wallace won the tournament, extending his own record.

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Briefs, signups: Chuck's 3 on 3 marks 25th year in Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 18, 2013 02:38 pm

chuck's logo The Ventnor City Board of Recreation, together with Robert’s Place and the Cakert family, will host the 25th annual Chuck’s 3 on 3 basketball tournament Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex in Ventnor. There will be four student divisions and four adult divisions, and the entry fee is $60 per team. The entry deadline is July 29. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chucks-3-on-3/169099759815032 for more information.

Holy Spirit Football Fundraiser
Holy Spirit High School football will hold a Beef and Beer Fundraiser on Sunday, July 21, from 1-4 p.m. at JD’s Pub and Grille in Galloway. Tickets are $20. For information, call Jimmy Anderson at 609-233-9855, or Dean Cordivari at 609-517-3618.

Northfield football
The Northfield Cardinals will hold in-person football signups on July 26 from 5-7 p.m. and on July 27 from 9-11 a.m. at the Tan snack bar at Birch Grove Park.

Send your notices for signups, registrations, fundraisers and other events to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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WCHS grad carving niche as a sports agent

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:23 am

Andrew Morrison may be an attorney, but he rarely sits at an oak desk in a plush office.

This week, his office is a seat in a small arena in Las Vegas, where he’s watching talented, young basketball players try to impress various professional scouts at an NBA summer league.

“This is like going to a convention for me,” Morrison explained by phone from Las Vegas. “But it’s all while watching basketball. It’s a lot better than sitting in a stuffy hotel in Toledo or something.”

Morrison is in Vegas scouting the talent himself, with the hopes of establishing a business relationship with a few of the players, while also making connections throughout the pro basketball community.

Himself a former Division I college basketball player, Morrison is making a living as a sports agent for basketball players. The 28-year-old Sea Isle City native and former Wildwood Catholic High School standout has been in the business for close to four years now. Most of his clients include players earning a living in various professional leagues overseas but he also has represented a few players from the NBA Developmental League.

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Rookie lifeguard shines for UTBP

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:14 am

Kevin Gill NORTH WILDWOOD – Kevin Gill’s coming-out party as a top competitor on the South Jersey lifeguard competition circuit was delayed a week.

Gill, a rookie lifeguard for the Upper Township Beach Patrol, did not participate in the first race of the summer, the Cape May County Championships, because he was away at a swim meet with his club team in Pittsburgh.

Gill, however, certainly served notice last weekend that he’ll be a major factor in lifeguard races this summer.

The 16-year-old Seaville resident, who will be a junior at Ocean City High School in the fall, won a pair of events to pace Upper Township to the team title at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races on Saturday evening. The race is held in honor of Jim Beschen and Mike Callahan, two former North Wildwood lifeguards who were killed during separate incidents during the Vietnam War. The event was originally scheduled for Friday but postponed a due to heavy rain in the area.

Gill took first place in the swim and run-swim races to account for 10 of Upper’s 17 points. Stone Harbor placed second with 14, with Avalon and North Wildwood tying for third with 11 points. Avalon was officially given third due to its higher finish in the doubles row.

“Actually, I was,” Gill said when asked if he was surprised at winning two races in his first-ever lifeguard competition. “I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. I just wanted to try to get in the top four and score some points. But it was fun to win and it was fun to be a pat of the team and help them score points.”

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Athletes test the elements in Lake Lenape Sprint Triathlon

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, July 17, 2013 03:55 pm

lakelenape Matt Strabuk/Eric Schrading of Galloway fights to keep second place in the Lake Lenape Sprint Triathlon on July 13, 2013, as Brendan Lyman of Philadelphia closes in. Schrader held on for second place. More than 250 people of all ages jumped in a lake early on Saturday, July 13 ... not to beat the heat, but to kick off the annual Lake Lenape Sprint Triathlon in Mays Landing.

The Triathlon consisted of a quarter-mile swim in Lake Lenape, a 10.2-mile bike, and 3.2 mile run around Mays Landing.

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Atlantic Shore 13U wins District Three title

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 17, 2013 02:08 pm

atlantic shore Submitted/Atlantic Shore Devils win Babe Ruth District 3 title The Atlantic Shore Devils 13U team captured the Babe Ruth District Three title with a 6-1 record in Millvile last week. Atlantic Shore is based out of Atlantic County and features players from Ventnor, Margate, Absecon, Linwood, Northfield, Somers Point and Mullica.

The Devils had to defeat Washington Township twice on Thursday, July 11, to capture the district title. In Game One, Atlantic Shore downed the Minutemen 10-5. The offense was led by Anthony Pikus of Ventnor, who went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Matt Rivera of Mullica went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Andrew Gallagher of Margate got the win in relief of Travis Stoll of Absecon.

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No Swell captures first Powder Puff championship

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:19 pm

powder puff Submitted photo/No Swell Plumbing poses with the Jersey Shore Powder Puff League championship trophy after winning Puff Bowl IV. Pictured front row are Gayle Gollogly, Puff Bowl MVP Jill Shaner, Leah Lohr. Middle row: Leah Pocoroba, Aura Alegria, Emily Hutchinson, Kayla Marshall, Jill Gaskill. Back row: assistant coach Ted Gogol, Sheila Cruz, sponsor John VanDenburgh, assistant Rob Madonna, Lindsay Packard, head coach Corey Sutor. The No Swell Plumbing flag football team proved that playoff seeds don't mean much.

Despite finishing the regular season with the No. 7 seed, No Swell captured its first Jersey Shore Powder Puff League championship.

Jill Shaner and quarterback Lindsay Packard lifted the team to a 26-12 Puff Bowl IV victory over No. 4 Kidz Creations on July 13 in Somers Point.

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Northfield Little League Softball falls short in state title bid

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, July 16, 2013 06:07 pm

nfieldsoftball1 Bill LeConey/Northfield's Brianna Barretta hits an infield single to plate the first run in Monday's state tournament game. A couple of tough losses in the state championship tournament cannot diminish what the Northfield Little League Softball All-Stars accomplished along the way.

The Northfield 11-12-year-old girls were eliminated from the state championship tournament on a hot and sticky night in Jackson on Monday, July 15, losing a heartbreaker to Pequannock, 4-3.

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