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Upper resident part of national champ soccer team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:21 am

kyle millar KYLE MILLAR A few years ago, Kyle Millar played well for his AC Diablos club soccer team during a summer tournament at St. Augustine Prep. That sparked an invitation to compete as a guest player for a team in Washington Township.

It eventually led to Millar becoming a national champion.

Millar, a resident of Upper Township and a rising senior at Ocean City High School, was a key contributor as the Washington Township United Lightning won the U-17 national club soccer championship earlier this month.

The national championship capped an amazing season for Washington Township, which had previously won the Colonial League title, the New Jersey Youth Soccer State Cup and the New Jersey Club State Cup. The victory in the club state cup qualified the team for the national championship tournament, which was held July 18-21 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Upper baseball team wins state title

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 29, 2014 09:20 am

Upper's Ben Hoag makes solid contact during the state title game Those Upper Township 9- and 10-year-old baseball players have done it. They won the New Jersey State Championship.

Upper Township swept through the state tournament for their age group, beating Ridgewood American, 8-2, in South Hackensack for the championship.

The Upper Township team is headed to Cranston, R.I., this weekend for the Eastern Region Tournament. They will play the New York state champion at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. They are also scheduled to play Maryland at 10:30 on Sunday morning, Pennsylvania on Monday morning at 11 a.m. and then have two days off before playing Delaware on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.

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Ocean City-Upper Township team falls short

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:19 am

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The Ocean City-Upper Township Little Leaguers can claim to be the second best team in New Jersey. But they were just inches from being the best.

On Monday night, Toms River center fielder John Giordano made a diving catch for the final out of the state championship game with the bases loaded with OC-UT players to end a 7-6 Toms River victory.

It was the seventh time in the last 20 years that a Toms River team has won the state championship. But, had that ball off the bat of Eric Greenling dropped in, OC-UT would almost surely have taken the lead.

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Harvey Cedars lifeguard wins Point Challenge

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 28, 2014 10:10 pm

CAPE MAY POINT – Jenna Parker is a former professional triathlete but the Harvey Cedars lifeguard had a little trouble with one of the legs of the Cape May Point Women’s Lifeguard Challenge triathlon-type event.

“This is only my second year on the paddleboard,” Parker said.

But the 30-year-old Harvey Cedars lifeguard did extremely well in the beach run and ocean swim portions of the race and came away as the winner Monday evening in her first time in the event, which includes a 1.3-mile, soft-sand beach run; three-quarter-mile paddleboard; and half-mile swim.

Parker led after the run, fell to fourth following the paddleboard but rallied in the swim to win the challenge in 27 minutes, 49 seconds. Parker edged Ocean City lifeguard Lexi Santer by six seconds. Parker and Santer were almost neck and neck as they swam to the beach but Parker caught a wave to surge ahead for good.

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Margate wins balanced Hoffman race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:36 am

WILDWOOD – There was no dominant beach patrol at the four-event Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships Friday evening.

The competition saw first-place finishers from different beach patrols for each event and left most fans wondering which patrol emerged as the team champion at the close of the competition.

The contest was so balanced that Margate won despite garnering only a pair of second-place finishes.

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Somers Point teen to contend for Youth Olympic gold in China

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:58 am

lenzsch Bill LeConey/Deirdre Lenzsch of Somers Point is the only Team USA female qualifier for weightlifting competition at the Youth Olympic Games next month in China. Deirdre Lenzsch embraces an opportunity the same way she approaches competitive weightlifting: by snatching it up as high and long as she can. The 17-year-old from Somers Point has rarely met a weight that she couldn’t lift, or let an opportunity pass her by.

That’s why Lenzsch has already graduated from Mainland Regional High School in three years, and that’s why she is currently training for the biggest international competition of her life: the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

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Rehabbing Pennington signs with Red Sox

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 23, 2014 01:44 pm

Josh Pennington now has a fully reconstructed elbow ligament in his right arm. He’s also now armed with a professional baseball contract.

Pennington, a 29th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in June and recent graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School, officially signed a contract with the organization on Friday. He has been working out at the team’s spring training facility in Ft. Myers, Fla., since earlier this month.

Pennington tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow in mid April while warming up prior to a scheduled start during the Caper Tigers’ trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. But with a fastball that consistently sat into the low 90s prior to his injury, Pennington was still an attractive enough prospect for the Red Sox to take a chance on him in the later rounds of the draft.

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Wildwood High grad lands Division I coaching job

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 05:03 pm

MATT SCHIFF Matt Schiff’s basketball experiences at Rutgers University have led him all the way to the West Coast for his first full-time coaching job.

Schiff, a native of Wildwood Crest and a 2009 graduate of Wildwood High School, has been named assistant coach/director of basketball operations for the women’s basketball program at Division I University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Ocean City-Upper Township team made Little League history

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:41 pm

Brian Furey was the winning pitcher in the Section 4 championship game Brian Furey was the winning pitcher in the Section 4 championship game The combined Ocean City-Upper Township team added another Little League championship to its resume and, in the process, accomplished something never achieved by a Cape May County team.

OC-UT defeated Haddonfield, 7-4, in North Vineland to win the Section 4 championship and improve its Little League tournament record to 8-0. It marked the first time a Cape May County team had won the section title and advanced to the state tournament.

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Extraordinary comeback by double cancer survivor

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:51 am

Giovanna Imbesi with boyfriend and cancer survivor Bob Garbutt following the Upper Township bay race STRATHMERE – Last December was a cold month for Bob Garbutt, and not just because the first of what was a long winter chill for all of us was settling into the region. It was during that time that he began the first of eight rounds of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of lymphoma, even more aggressive than the first bout of a related kind of cancer he beat about a decade ago.

Then in March, he underwent a stem cell transplant.

So to see Garbutt competing in the Upper Township Six-Mile Bay Row Monday evening behind the Deauville Inn, well, it was nothing short of extraordinary.

Garbutt, rowing with his girlfriend, Giovanna Imbesi, crossed the finish line in second place among mixed doubles crews and 27th overall out of 42 boats. They – and more specifically Garbutt – however, were the real winners of the race.

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Garbutt, Kosten cruise at bay race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:48 am

Dylan Kosten (left) and Matt Garbutt of the OCBP won the 2014 Upper Township bay race Dylan Kosten (left) and Matt Garbutt of the OCBP won the 2014 Upper Township bay race STRATHMERE – Competitors in the Upper Township Six-Mile Bay Row have often called the event nothing more than a long, grueling doubles row.

The nearly all-out-sprint mode of the race has often made for some exciting, close finishes, with the top boats often within a few seconds of one another at the finish line.

The 2014 race was an exception, though, as Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten ran away with victory Monday evening. The Ocean City Beach Patrol crew finished in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 3 seconds to win comfortably, beating the next-closest boat by a whopping 47 seconds.

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Former Phillie in Wildwood later this week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 21, 2014 01:57 pm

LENNY DYKSTRA LENNY DYKSTRA Former Philadelphia Phillie and three-time all-star Lenny Dykstra is scheduled to appear in Wildwood on Friday, July 25.

Dykstra will take part in a fund-raiser for the Wildwood High School baseball team at the Waves Restaurant at Oak and New Jersey avenues from noon to 1 p.m. Dykstra will sign autographs at $20 per signing per item. Fans must bring their own items to sign.

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Ocean City breezes to victory in A.C. Lifeguard Classic

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, July 19, 2014 09:35 am

parker Bill LeConey/Ocean City’s Graham Parker bolts out of the surf to win the swim leg of the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic. ATLANTIC CITY – Summer time and the weather is fine ... especially if you’re a competitive swimmer, rower or paddleboard surfer.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol enjoyed a successful trip to the Albany Avenue beach on Friday, July 18, coasting to a victory in the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic, one of the traditional highlights of the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association race season.

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Briefs, signups: Flag football and fun Saturday in Somers Point

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 18, 2014 03:52 pm

SPsharks Somers Point Sharks Somers Point Sharks will be hosting an Adult Flag Football tournament/ Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 19, starting at 9 a.m. This will be an all day event with food, music, games, flag football and tons of FUN for everyone! If you are interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer for this event, entering a team, or if you have any questions please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact Amber Cook at 609-788-8344.

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