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Softball tournament offers opportunity to hit for heroes

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Thursday, July 19, 2012 01:42 pm

Vietnam veteran Dave McCline is shown here in his Navy uniform. The Dave McCline Veterans Memorial Fund benefits local disabled veterans and active duty U.S. military personnel.

When Tim and Lori McCline brainstormed ideas to enhance the effectiveness and awareness of the Dave McCline Veterans Memorial Fund, established in memory of Tim’s father, a variety of options were discussed. The Egg Harbor Township couple collectively searched for a way to raise proceeds for the fund, which benefits local disabled veterans and active duty U.S. military personnel.

Ultimately, they settled on something simple – a softball tournament.

“I saw that softball tournaments were being done elsewhere to help with different fundraisers, and it seemed like a great approach,” said Tim, a member of Atlantic City High School’s class of 2000. “Using sports is always a good thing because it brings people together.”

The inaugural Dave McCline Veterans Memorial Fund Softball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Egg Harbor Township High School fields and gives members of the community an opportunity to spend the day on the diamond for a deserving cause. The one-day event follows a double-elimination format, so every team is guaranteed to play at least two games.

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Margate lifeguard wins Cape May SuperAthalon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 17, 2012 09:03 am

 

By BRIAN CUNNIFF

Staff Writer

CAPE MAY – Chuck Gowdy finally bucked the trend at the Cape May SuperAthalon Monday night.

Gowdy, a 29-year-old member of the Margate Beach Patrol, became the first lifeguard from outside of Cape May County to win the run-row-swim event in the 31-year history of the competition.

Gowdy is best known on the South Jersey lifeguard circuit for his rowing skills. He’s a seven-time South Jersey doubles rowing champion, tied for the most all time, but needed to also showcase his improved running and swimming skills to win the SuperAthalon.

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Stone Harbor Beach Patrol wins again

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 16, 2012 11:42 am

 

By BRIAN CUNNIFF

Staff Writer

NORTH WILDWOOD – The question now is, can they do it on a bigger stage?

The Stone Harbor Beach Patrol’s early-summer success will be put to the test in front of all South Jersey beach patrols for the first time this weekend at the Atlantic City Classic, the first lifeguard competition of the summer that includes all 15 of South Jersey’s beach patrols.

Stone Harbor, a relatively small patrol, further cemented its status as the best in Cape May County with a resounding victory at last weekend’s Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Championships, scoring a whopping 23 points to finish at least 10 points ahead of all other patrols. That victory came on the heels of a win at the Cape May County Championships earlier this month.

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Local hockey standout Dalton Bew selected in NAHL Draft

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Written by Tyler Donohue Thursday, July 12, 2012 02:57 pm

 
The sport of hockey has taken Dalton Bew in many directions during his adolescence.

The 18-year-old Somers Point native spent more than half of his high school senior year in New Hampshire while playing in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. During the early stages of his stay at Mainland Regional, he would travel more than an hour to Farmingdale, participating in practices and games with the Junior Titans of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

Now Bew is the newest member of the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The recent Mainland graduate hopes to continue carving out a name for himself as a member of the North American Hockey League squad.

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NWBP rookie wins women's triathlon in Cape May Point

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 12, 2012 08:48 am

Erin Regan is the first to admit she doesn’t like to run.

But she sure can swim.

Regan, a rookie lifeguard with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol, came from behind to win the Cape May Point Women’s Lifeguard Challenge Wednesday night, overtaking the leaders in the final leg of the sprint triathlon held at St. Peter’s Beach.

“This is amazing,” Regan said with a wide smile. “I wasn’t expecting this.”

Regan finished the course, which consisted of a 1.2-mile soft-sand beach run, ¾-mile rescue board paddle and half-mile swim, in 25 minutes, 26 seconds. She edged defending champion Kerry Choplin of the Cape May Beach Patrol by seven seconds, overtaking Choplin in the final 150 yards of the swim. Cape May’s Meghan O’Leary was third in 25:50, Avalon’s Rebecca Hannings placed fourth in 26:07 and North Wildwood’s Jordan Lyons finished fifth in 26:17.

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Renee Tomlin keeps looking ahead

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 11, 2012 03:32 pm

 Renee Tomlin is in Europe. Less than two weeks after her attempts to qualify for the U.S.A. Olympic Team fell short, the Ocean City High School graduate is running in Belgium and Ireland in an effort to continue her running career.

Tomlin finished 15th in the 1500 meter semifinal race at the Olympic Trials in Eugene OR. The top 12 advanced to the final race, ending Tomlin's hopes of making the Olympic Team. Tomlin finished seventh in her heat and 17th overall in the opening race, advancing her to the semifinals. The Georgetown grad student earlier finished third running for Nike in the 1500 meter run at Icahn Stadium in New York City as part of the Road to London Twilight Series. That finish qualified her for the Olympic Trials.

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Irv Megargee - the latest triathlete

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 11, 2012 03:23 pm

 Irv Megargee is a former Ocean City High School athlete. He was the No. 1 singles player on the 2000 Raider boys tennis team, Phil Birnbaum’s final season as head coach. Megargee graduated from Rutgers University and now resides in Mount Laurel with his wife, Amy. He is an account manager for Ingredion Inc., dealing with food manufacturers.

Megargee recently ventured into a new sports challenge and he writes about the experience for The Gazette.

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Booker, Mostafa cleared by NCAA for 5th season

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 11, 2012 03:07 pm

Absegami graduate Tara Booker, who is on the staff at the At The Top basketball camps, and her high school teammate, Sara Mostafa, were both cleared by the NCAA to play a fifth season at George Washington University where both are key starters. Because of injury, Booker played in just eight games as a sophomore and Mostafa in just eight as a senior. Booker needs less than 100 points to reach 1,000 for her college career and is already sixth all-time at GW in three-pointers.

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Margate wins Little League district title, advances to state sectionals

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Tuesday, July 10, 2012 03:34 pm

Margate wins Little League district title, advances to state sectionals

MARGATE – The Margate Little League baseball team, comprised of players ages 11-12, found itself in an unfamiliar position following the top half of the first inning on Monday night. After winning four consecutive games by virtue of the ten-run rule, Margate surrendered a pair of early runs and faced a 2-0 deficit against Linwood in the District 16 Little League championship game.

With a large crowd on hand for veteran coach Yogi Hiltner’s final home game, the squad responded swiftly and potently. Margate punished Linwood pitching, piling on nine runs in the bottom of the first inning.

“It was a good test for them to be down,” said Hiltner, currently in his 44th and final season as the team’s manager.

Margate certainly passed the test. A fifth-inning home run off the bat of Bill Kral capped off another strong team effort and ended the game early, as Margate jumped to a 12-2 advantage.

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Stone Harbor wins first county lifeguard title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, July 07, 2012 10:23 am

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WILDWOOD CREST – The Stone Harbor Beach Patrol has finally broken through.

After a few near-misses in recent competitions, one of Cape May County’s smallest patrols finally captured the elusive Cape May County Championship at the latest running of the event Friday night.

Stone Harbor’s victory was its first in the 29 years of the event.

Stone Harbor also got first-place efforts from Sean McCall in the swim, Tim Hayes in the run/swim and Darrick Kobierowski in the singles row as the patrol won three of the competition’s six events. It amassed 24 points to edge defending champion Ocean City (21). Sea Isle (12) and Avalon (11) were the only other patrols to score in double figures.

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Rules changes for 2012-13 high school sports

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 03, 2012 08:44 pm

Last week the topic was the changes in the Cape-Atlantic League and New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for the school year that begins in two months. This week the focus is on changes to the playing rules of high school sports.

Let’s start with fall sports and football.

Starting this season, players must sit out at least one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live. In cases where the helmet comes completely off without it being directly attributable to a foul by the opponent, the player still will have to leave the game for at least one down.

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Crest resident makes national surf team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 03, 2012 02:03 pm

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Maddie Peterson has been surfing since the age of 3 and surfing competitively for the past four years.

She’s won quite a few contests, has come close to winning on a few other occasions and has surfed off some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, under some of the best surfing conditions in the world.

Nothing, however, can compare to what the 14-year-old Wildwood Crest resident experienced last week.

Peterson became the first New Jersey resident ever to earn a spot on the PacSun 2012-13 USA Surf Team, thanks in part to a stellar performance at the recent Surfing America USA Championships held at Casa Romantica in San Clemente, Calif.

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Duffy breezes to victory in Avalon triathlon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 02, 2012 12:12 pm

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AVALON – Brian Duffy jumped out to a big early lead and was never challenged as the West Chester, Pa., resident won his second straight Avalon Islandman Triathlon Saturday morning.

Duffy finished the course in 55 minutes, 27 seconds. The event consisted of a quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5K run. The swim and run portions of the event were held on the beach near Avalon Beach Patrol headquarters, while the bike was executed through the streets of Avalon.

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Renee Tomlin doesn't reach Olympic Trials final

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, June 29, 2012 08:38 pm

Ocean City High School graduate Renee Tomlin finished 15th in the semifinal race at the Olympic Trials in Eugene OR on Friday night. The top 12 advanced to the final race on Saturday, ending Tomlin's hopes of making the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Tomlin finished seventh in her heat and 17th overall in the opening race on Thursday, advancing her to the semifinals. The Georgetown grad student earlier finished third running for Nike in the 1500 meter run at Icahn Stadium in New York City as part of the Road to London Twilight Series. That finish qualified her for the Olympic Trials.

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