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Atlantic Shore baseball team one win away from World Series

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Wednesday, August 08, 2012 03:02 pm

ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic Shore Devils, a 14U baseball squad comprised of players from throughout Atlantic County, advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament final. The team defeated rival Washington Township 4-1 in extra innings on Tuesday evening.

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Oakcrest linebacker Brandon Bell decides to stick with Penn State commitment

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Tuesday, August 07, 2012 08:22 pm

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Oakcrest High School senior Brandon Bell has opted to attend Penn State University despite severe sanctions that have befallen the school's fabled football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation nightmare. Falcons coach Chuck Smith confirmed his team captain's plans on Tueday evening. 

Bell attracted attention from the country’s top-tier collegiate football programs during his recruiting process. The heralded inside linebacker settled on his decision to commit to Penn State on June 13. 

However, the status of Bell’s committment and essentially everything regarding the Nittany Lions football program, was thrown for a loop when the NCAA announced unprecedented punishments in the wake of investigative reports that university administration and legendary coach Joe Paterno failed to appropriately address Sandusky’s actions.

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Local baseball product Tyler Petsch pitches his way around East Coast

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Thursday, August 02, 2012 01:25 pm

GALLOWAY - When you sit down and speak with Tyler Petsch, it’s apparent he loves pitching. The 20-year-old also makes it clear that he prefers warm weather.

The Galloway resident appears to have found his happy place at Barry University, the Miami-area school where the right-hander suits up as a pitcher on the Buccaneers baseball team. Since earning a spot on Barry’s roster as a walk-on freshman player in 2011, the 6’4” hurler has carved out a role on one of the top teams in collegiate baseball’s Division II tier.

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EHT Tornadoes take on nation’s best in softball World Series

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Wednesday, August 01, 2012 05:18 pm

EHT Tornadoes take on nation’s best in softball World Series EHT Tornadoes take on nation’s best in softball World Series

ALACHUA, Fla. – Put northern Florida on alert. The Egg Harbor Township Tornadoes are in town and ready to storm the national stage.

The local all-star fastpitch softball squad qualified for the 2012 Babe Ruth 12U World Series, held Aug. 4-8 in Alachua, Fla. After conquering the competition in the recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, the Tornadoes will tango with the nation’s top teams in a showdown for softball supremacy.

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Regional tournament brings baseball back to Surf Stadium

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Wednesday, August 01, 2012 03:13 pm

 

ATLANTIC CITY – It’s been quite some time since competitive baseball was played inside the walls of Surf Stadium. The 5,500-seat Albany Ave. venue, formerly known as Sandcastle Stadium, hasn’t housed a team since the Atlantic City Surf ceased operations in March, 2009.

The dormant ballpark, which is situated next to Bader Field, receives a jolt of life this week as the Atlantic Shore baseball program hosts the 2012 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Baseball Tournament. The competition occurs Aug. 2 -8 and includes teams from South Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, northern New Jersey (Branchburg), Pennsylvania and New York.

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Let the games begin: 33rd Olympiad begins today

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, July 27, 2012 02:53 pm

The opening ceremonies of the 33rd Olympiad are today in London. The competition actually begins a couple days earlier in soccer (they call it football) but after Friday it will be pretty much all Olympics all the time until August 12.

This is the third time the Games have been in London, making it the first city to host three times. The estimate is that four billion people will watch the television coverage of the competitions.

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Absegami football star Kinlaw suffers injury, senior season in jeopardy

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:31 am

 

GALLOWAY - One of the Cape-Atlantic League’s elite football talents is sidelined indefinitely. Absegami quarterback Rashad Kinlaw, who is committed to play for the University of Notre Dame, suffered a fractured fibula during a recent football tournament in Texas.

It’s the same bone that broke in his leg midway through Kinlaw’s sensational junior season. However, the current damage is substantially more serious than the 2011 injury, which did not require surgery.

Kinlaw said doctors inserted a plate and screws to stabalize his partially displaced ankle, which suffered significant ligament damage during the break. He hopes to begin rehabilitation by late August.

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Ed Woolley joins Football Hall of Fame

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 19, 2012 06:38 pm

Woolley as Raider coach in 1980s  Former Ocean City High School football coach and administrator Dr. Ed Woolley was recently named to the South Jersey Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.

Woolley coached the Raiders from 1976 through 1984, winning 47 games and losing 34. He took two teams to the NJSIAA playoffs and, in 1984, coached the first OCHS team to win a South Jersey playoff championship. That team defeated Deptford, 15-8, at Carey Stadium and edged Willingboro, 22-21, at Carl Lewis Stadium.

Woolley was also a very good athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball at Pitman High School and playing football at the University of Michigan. He was chosen South Jersey Back of the Year his senior year at Pitman.

In addition to Woolley, also inducted into the SJFCA Hall of Fame this year were former Mainland, Penn State and New York Jets star Greg Buttle; Southern Regional coach Chuck Donohue, who also coached at St. Joseph and Buena; former Paulsboro star Kevin Harvey; and Shonn Greene, former star at Winslow Township and Iowa, now with the New York Jets.

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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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