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Lifeguard race season begins Monday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:11 am

lifeguard race The busy South Jersey beach lifeguard competition season was set to begin today (Thursday) with the Cape May County Lifeguard Championships in Wildwood Crest, but the event has been postponed to Monday due to expected inclement weather and surf conditions. The comptition is now scheduled for Monday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rambler Road beach.

The county championship race is the first of 26 official South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs’ Association events scheduled this summer. The events showcase the skills of extensively trained, well conditioned athletes who guard our beachfront, making sure vacationers and residents alike safe while they frolic in the ocean while also keeping general order on the beaches they serve.

All of the lifeguard competitions include some combination of swimming, rowing, running and other events.

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Middle player helps Tri-Cape to title during whirlwind week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:07 am

Taylor Franchville did not get out of bed on Monday until 4 in the afternoon.

But please don’t call her lazy.

The 17-year-old rising senior at Middle Township High School finally earned a day of rest after a whirlwind schedule that saw her play 17 high-level softball games in six days, all of which took place at least 1 ½ hours from home.

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Crest native is national triathlon champion

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:02 am

JOE MALOY Just since the beginning of this year, he’s traveled to Australia, China, Japan and New Zealand to compete.

Now back on home soil, Joe Maloy made the most of a major opportunity.

Maloy, a Wildwood Crest native and Wildwood Catholic High School graduate, became the 2014 national triathlon champion by finishing as the top American at the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Triathlon in Chicago last weekend.

The race was designated as the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship for American athletes.

Maloy finished 17th overall out of more than 4,000 entrants in the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1K bike and 10K run course, posting a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, 24 seconds.

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Despite World Cup loss, fans expect soccer fever to spread

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, July 02, 2014 03:16 pm

newphilryan Bill LeConey/Avid soccer fan and youth coach Phil Ryan of Egg Harbor Township watches a World Cup match - and is always ready for a post or text - at Chickie’s and Pete’s on Tuesday, July 1. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Phil Ryan watches the World Cup with the enthusiasm of a soccer fanatic and a bemused sense of déjà vu.

He is riveted to the action from Brazil, and incredibly active on social media - Tweeting, Facebooking and emailing all of the news, links and anecdotes regarding the tournament. But he also keeps an eye to the future of American soccer, which is getting a serious injection of energy and support from the U.S. men’s team’s advance to the round of 16.

But is this just another quick fix or will it have a lasting impact on the popularity of the game in this country?

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Late surge lifts Croneborg to victory in Challenge AC

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, June 29, 2014 08:22 pm

winners Courtesy of Challenge Atlantic City/Challenge Atlantic City winner Fredrik Croneborg, center, with second-place Scott Defilippis, left, and third place Christopher Boudreaux. Fredrik Croneborg of Sweden won the inaugural Challenge Atlantic City, a 141-mile ultra-triathlon contested in the back bays of Atlantic City, the roads of Atlantic County, and the streets (and Boardwalk) of Absecon Island.

Croneborg, a pro triathlete from Sundborn, Sweden, finished the Ironman-distance event in eight hours, 31 minutes, 47 seconds, beating second-place Scott Defillipis of Normandy Beach, NJ, by six minutes, nine seconds.

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Fishing Report: Life is good on the back bay (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, June 26, 2014 03:10 pm

The funny thing about Father’s Day is, once dads get out onto the bay in Margate, they tend to celebrate their holiday right on through until Labor Day. With numbers of flounder catches increasing as the water warms up and croakers, weakfish, sheepshead, and blues entering the bay, there are abundant reasons to spend weekends and vacation days on the water.

Peanut bunker of good size have made their appearance in an early showing as a good omen for bait fish. Blue claw crabbing is heating up, making the classic Jersey shore dinner of flounder and crabs the “weekly special” in South Jersey homes.

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All the stars come out to play in Absecon (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:49 pm

Congratulations to the Somers Point 8U All-Stars, who beat Linwood, 13-11, last Saturday, June 21, to win the Absecon Social and Athletic Club 8U tournament championship at Pitney Park.

Linwood, trailing 13-5 going into their last at-bat, nearly pulled off a remarkable rally, scoring six runs before Somers Point finally shut the door with some good fielding plays.

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Maddie Anagnou: So. CMC Female Athlete of Year

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:29 am

Before she even entered Middle Township High School, Maddie Anagnou was on the radar of people associated with the school’s athletic department.

“Wait until you see Maddie Anagnou,” Middle Township athletic director Scott Lodgek told the Gazette back then. “She’s going to be one of the best female athletes this school has seen.”

Lodgek certainly wasn’t wrong.

Anagnou capped an amazing four-year high school athletic career with an extraordinary senior season. She’s a program record holder in field hockey and swimming and is among the greatest scorers in program history in lacrosse.

And she’s also a top-notch student, as evidence by her selection as the Cape-Atlantic National Conference’s top scholar-athlete for the 2013-14 season.

Add all that up and it’s easy to see why Anagnou is an easy choice as the Gazette and Leader newspapers’ Area High School Female Athlete of the Year for southern Cape May County for the second straight year.

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Jose Valentin: Southern CMC Male Athlete of the Year

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:19 am

Jose Valentin participated in his first varsity contest for Wildwood High School in October 2012 after finally becoming eligible to participate following family issues that caused absenteeism.

He made immediate impact in helping the Warrior football team to one of its six victories that season.

“We told him not to think too much, but to go tackle the ball carrier,” said Rich Hans, Wildwood’s head football coach in 2012-13. “He went out there and did it.”

Valentin made 10 tackles that evening, five of which were for losses, and caught a two-point conversion pass in a lopsided win over Salem.

That performance spawned two full years of extraordinary impact on the athletic program at Wildwood High School, with Valentin also excelling in basketball and baseball. For his efforts with each of those teams, particularly during his senior season in 20-13-14, Valentin is the Gazette and Leader newspapers’ Area High School Male Athlete of the Year for southern Cape May County.

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Diamond Crush win state championship

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:14 am

The Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 18U Elite travel softball team, made up of players from Cape May and Atlantic counties, won the USSSA state championship last weekend by winning five of six games in the tournament.

The team qualified for the knockout round by going 2-1 in pool play on Saturday. On Sunday, the Diamond Crush edged The Crew, 1-0, in their first game behind a shutout pitching performance by Jackie DeLong (Wildwood Catholic).

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Cedar Creek fourth for Ed Byrnes All-Sports Award

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 25, 2014 01:12 pm

CCreekchamps Matt Strabuk/Jahniece Jaffe (right) and Casey Thomas (left) celebrate the Cedar Creek girls basketball team's South Jersey championship win over Middle Township last March. Ocean City High School won the Ed Byrnes Memorial All-Sports Award for the 2013-14 Cape-Atlantic League school year. And Cedar Creek High School finished fourth as its first group of four-year athletes graduated.

Ocean City, which won the award last year and tied with Middle Township in 2012, earned the top spot for the 12th time in the award’s 24 years.

Cedar Creek teams earned South Jersey championships in girls basketball and boys track plus CAL titles in football, boys soccer, baseball, boys tennis and softball.

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Challenge AC ultra-marathon debuts Sunday

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:35 pm

challengeAC Courtesy of Challenge Atlantic City Challenge Atlantic City, a 141-mile triathlon, will debut Sunday, June 29, starting at 6 a.m. at Bader Field in Atlantic City.

The race is the inaugural U.S. edition of Challenge Family, Europe’s No. 1 Ultra Distance Triathlon Series, which has attracted 1,500 athletes from 38 states and 20 foreign countries.

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World Cup fever sweeps area

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 18, 2014 06:46 pm

Ricky Thall (red), Brian Haas (white) and Steve Kane (blue) support Team USA while watching the World Cup at the Angelsea Pub in North Wildwood NORTH WILDWOOD – It was about 6 p.m. Monday evening and about 40 people – perhaps 30 more than usual at that time of day at this time of year – were bellied up at the bar at the Anglesea Pub in North Wildwood.

Before a handful of them had even ordered their first cocktail, those gathered in the pub exploded in euphoria at what they had just witnessed on the many televisions located in all corners of the establishment.

The cheering wasn’t for a Flyers’ goal in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

It wasn’t for a Ryan Howard three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.

And it certainly wasn’t for a last-second game-winner by a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

They were cheering after witnessing what happened in a soccer game.

Yes, a soccer game.

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LCM baseball coach steps down

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 18, 2014 06:38 pm

MIKE KUEMMERLE Mike Kuemmerle gave the Lower Cape May Regional High School baseball program 12 seasons. He now wants to give the time spent doing that to his young family.

Kuemmerle, who recently finished his 11th season as head coach after first joining the program as an assistant under Craig Markley, has resigned as coach.

“It’s bittersweet but this is something I had to do for myself and my family,” said Kuemmerle, who is married with a 13-month-old son.

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