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CAL football season gets started Sept. 5-6

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 20, 2014 01:58 pm

Creekmitchell Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell, one of the most highly recruited players in South Jersey, hurdles a Pleasantville defender in a CAL game last year. A new season of Cape-Atlantic League high school football gets underway the weekend of Sept. 5-6 with non-conference games involving Holy Spirit and Cedar Creek. Here's the complete schedule:

Friday Sept. 5

Holy Spirit at Malvern Prep (PA), 7 p.m.

Saturday Sept. 6

Cedar Grove at Cedar Creek, 1

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Margate wins 20th ACBL title on Goodwin’s walk-off hit

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:07 am

fitzgerald0819 Bill LeConey/Margate's Eric Fitzgerald takes a cut at a Billy Jackson pitch during Game 5 of the ACBL championship series against Hammonton. Fitzgerald, of Northfield, helped Margate wins its third straight ACBL title and 20th all-time. MARGATE – The 2014 Atlantic County Baseball League season ended Tuesday like so many had ended before: with the Margate Hurricanes celebrating a championship.

Pat Goodwin's RBI single in the seventh inning brought home pinch-runner Ed Carlton with the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Hammonton that gave Margate its third straight ACBL title, eighth in the last 10 years and 20th overall spanning 37 years.

It also earned longtime manager Yogi Hiltner a well-deserved ice-bucket shower after the game.

“This could be the sweetest one,” Hiltner said, “because we play so well against each other, and it’s just classy on both sides. A walk-off hit in a five-game series makes it extra special.”

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Mejia brothers blast Hammonton past Margate, force Game 5

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:13 am

juanjrmejia Bill LeConey/Junior Mejia, left, and brother Juan after Monday's Game 4 of the ACBL finals. HAMMONTON – These are the moments, the big-game opportunities, that prompted the Mejia brothers of Ventnor, Junior and Juan, to migrate west this summer for baseball.

They certainly made the most of those opportunities on Monday night.

Juan Mejia hit a walk-off grand slam in the eighth inning to give Hammonton a 7-3 victory over Margate and a force a decisive Game 5 in the Atlantic County Baseball League Championship Series.

Game 5 will be played 7 p.m. Tuesday at Margate’s Jerome Avenue Field.

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Cubs to call up Matt Szczur

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 16, 2014 05:33 pm

MATT SZCZUR Matt Szczur is expected to be in a Chicago Cubs uniform at Citi Field tomorrow.

The 2007 Lower Cape May Regional graduate will be called up from Triple A Iowa to join the Chicago Cubs in time for Sunday afternoon’s game at the New York Mets, according to multiple reports on Twitter.

Szczur, 25, an outfielder, was hitting .261 with 30 stolen bases, 52 runs scored and an OPS of .626 at Triple A Iowa through Friday. He was not in the lineup for Iowa’s home game on Saturday against Salt Lake.

Szczur’s promotion to the Cubs will become official when the team sends pitcher Dan Straily back to the minors after this evening’s start, according to CSN Chicago.

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Briefs, signups: Tryouts this Sunday for Maniacs softball

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 15, 2014 04:16 pm

maniacslogo South Jersey Maniacs South Jersey Maniacs softball will be holding tryouts for their established 12U team and a new 10U team on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. at Oakcrest High School in Hamilton Township. The Maniacs are looking for 2-3 competitive softball players that are serious about the sport. The Maniacs program offers excellent training both during the season and in the off season. For more information on the teams or to register for the tryout, contact 12U Vince Flukey 609-226-8110, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 10U Cheri Colbert 609-517-9513, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are unable to attend either date contact us for additional options. Website http://HTOsports.com/SJMANIACS.

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Fishing Report: Throwdown on the reef

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Written by Robin Scott Friday, August 15, 2014 03:47 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/ David London of Margate throws down the dock challenge with his two at nearly six pounds and limit of flounder. Too many fish, not enough hands! Reefs and wrecks, weed lines and rubble.

No bay angler should be intimidated by such terms, according to David London of Margate. He traveled to the Atlantic City Reef with his 26-foot mako powered by 500 horsepower worth of outboards, then charged over to the Great Egg Reef where his brother Steve described the bite as “out of control.”

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Stellar performance by Downey propels Margate in ACBL finals

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, August 15, 2014 12:26 pm

downey Bill LeConey/Margate's Jason Downey delivers a pitch against Hammonton in Game 3 of the ACBL Championship Series. MARGATE – Jason Downey says he is happy with his decision to spend the summer playing baseball at the South Jersey shore.

His Margate Hurricanes teammates are equally happy with that decision.

Downey pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout Thursday night at Jerome Avenue Field, leading Margate to a 3-0 win over Hammonton in Game 3 of the Atlantic County Baseball League Championship Series.

The all-important victory gave defending champion Margate a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Hurricanes will go for their 20th ACBL championship when the series resumes 7 p.m. Monday at Hammonton Lake Park.

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Gill takes place among lifeguard greats

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:06 pm

OCEAN CITY – Kevin Gill has finished in first place in a lot of swim races over the past couple of years on the lifeguard competition circuit. But he’s always aw-shucks humble after doing so.

But despite all that humility, Gill can’t shy away from all the accolades he’s received.

The latest came via his performance at the most important lifeguard race of the summer. The 17-year-old rising senior at Ocean City High School beat a field full of Division I college-level athletes to earn the half-mile ocean swim victory in the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships Friday evening at the 34th Street Beach.

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Female lifeguard cracks the boys club

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:02 pm

OCEAN CITY – Last Friday’s South Jersey Lifeguard Championships featured quite a few highlights.

Margate’s Ashton Funk tilled his boat beautifully at the finish to win the singles row, accounting for his record-tying ninth South Jersey championship and leading his patrol to the team title.

Atlantic City’s Vince Granese and Jim Smith nipped Ocean City’s Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten at the wire at the close of the doubles row in one the most exciting race endings of the summer.

And Kevin Gill, just a 17-year-old, won his first-ever South Jersey title in the swim race.

But when the competition was complete, a lot of people couldn’t stop talking about Hayley Edwards.

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Noah Granigan's European cycling vacation

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:57 am

While most of us are trying to squeeze as much out of the last couple of weeks of the traditional summer season here at the Jersey Shore, Noah Granigan is riding his bike some 3,500 miles away.

Granigan, a recent graduate of Middle Township High School and a key member of the school’s South Jersey champion boys soccer team last fall, arrived in Europe last weekend for a month-long training period with the United States national cycling team.

Granigan was selected to participate with the national team in Europe in part due to his performances in recent cycling races, most notably his second-place effort in the ages 17-18 national championships road race in Madison, Wisc., earlier this summer. He also enjoyed success in a couple of New Jersey races, winning the Tour of Somerville and placing second at the Historic Riverton race.

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Great memories and hot hoops at Chuck’s 3 on 3

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:40 am

chucks1 Mike Schultz/Madison Hafetz scores a basket during Saturday's Junior II girls division game. Hafetz along with Kylee Watson, Megan Crawford and Madison Brestle won their division. VENTNOR - The crosswalks of Ventnor were loaded with beach goers on Saturday morning August 9.

A select few people (82 to be exact) traded their board shorts and bikinis for mesh shorts and sneakers and participated in the 26th Annual Chuck's 3 on 3 basketball tournament at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex.

The two-day tournament, which is hosted by the Ventnor City Board of Recreation, Robert's Place and the Cakert family, is held every year in honor of the late Chuck Cakert who passed away of a heart attack at the early age of 40 while playing basketball.

This year Chuck's 3 on 3 enjoyed the second largest turnout since the tournament began in 1989.

Participants range from "biddy" through adult and all levels in between including junior high boys and girls and high school boys and girls.

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Summer camp heralds new era for EHT girls hoops

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:36 am

ehtbball1 Bill LeConey/New Egg Harbor Township High School girls varsity basketball coach Danielle Brady, right, with assistant Amy Rynkiewicz. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – If the turnout for Danielle Brady’s inaugural Egg Harbor Township girls basketball camp is any indication, the high school program has the support – and the numbers – to be healthy and competitive for a long, long time.

The camp drew about 60 girls ranging from fifth grade to the underclass high school level. And, as Brady noted, with less than three weeks to put the camp together, “something’s going right” with EHT basketball.

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Rosenberg’s gem leads Hammonton in ACBL Game 1

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 13, 2014 09:30 am

acbl1 Bill LeConey/Hammonton pitcher Trevor Rosenberg (left) talks with Margate’s Scott Evangelist and a Hammonton teammate after Evangelist broke up Rosenberg’s no-hit bid with a home run in the seventh inning Monday. MARGATE - Hammonton's efforts to dethrone perennial ACBL champion Margate got off to a successful and dramatic start on Monday, Aug. 11.

Hammonton left-hander Trevor Rosenberg, an Oakcrest High School graduate and Sweetwater resident, came within an out of pitching a no-hitter. Hammonton beat Margate 6-2 in Game 1 of the Atlantic County Baseball League championship series at Margate's Jerome Avenue field.

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Ocean City remembers Dick Grimes

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:02 pm

Dick Grimes of Ocean City Dick Grimes of Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — Dick Grimes died earlier this week and lots of people have memories of him.

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