South Jersey Sports

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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McGovern, Kobierowski team to win island row

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 11, 2014 11:52 am

Darrick Kobierowski (left), of Wildwood, and Terry McGovern, of Wildwood Crest, teamed to win the 2014 Around the Island Row NORTH WILDWOOD – Veteran rowers and past winners Darrick Kobierowski and Terry McGovern used a strong start to jump to an early lead, methodically pulled away from the rest of the field throughout the race and won the 39th annual Bud Tarbotton Memorial Around the Island Row Monday morning in dominating fashion.

Kobierowski, a Wildwood lifeguard, and McGovern, a Wildwood Crest lifeguard, posted a winning time of 2 hours, 48 minutes, 38 seconds to beat the field by more than three minutes. The race began in Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood, traveled through the bay behind the Wildwoods and through Cold Spring Inlet into the ocean before ending with a floating finish at the 16th Avenue beach.

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Funk leads Margate to glory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 09, 2014 08:58 am

Margate's Ashton Funk OCEAN CITY – It’s difficult enough to beat Ashton Funk in an ocean rowing race. When mitigating factors such as crashing waves and whipping currents aren’t in play, it’s almost impossible.

Funk, adding to his already impressive lifeguard competition resume, led the Margate Beach Patrol to its fourth South Jersey championship in seven summers Friday evening with a comfortable win in the single row.

Funk’s victory, coupled with a third-place doubles row finish by teammates Bob Bechtel and Chris Graves, gave Margate eight team points in the three-event competition, allowing it to edge second-place Atlantic City (seven) and third-place Longport (six).

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Fishing Report: Summer’s second run yields bigger fish

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, August 07, 2014 03:21 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/Mike Maslanich of Linwood and his buddies with their 6.5 and 4.5 pound beasts! It’s called the second run of the summer. While offshore action heats up, a blast of cold water to the bay changes the character of the bite reverting it to June conditions.

Anglers spoiled by the steady action of small flounder find themselves catching fewer numbers but larger fish. Unaccustomed to waiting the fish out, anglers call the dock asking: “Is anybody catching anything?” The answer came quickly.

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Briefs, signups: Register now for Next Level Basketball

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 03:15 pm

NLBL Next Level Basketball League is now accepting registrations on line for its third season for boys and girls entering grades 5-12. The divisions for boys and girls are 5-6, 7-8, and this year there will be Sub-Varsity and Varsity Level High School for both boys and girls. The cost is $100 per player. Each individual player must register on line or come to one of the open gym nights at Mainland Regional High School. Open Gym and registration will be held Friday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 18 from 5-7 p.m. Register online at www.nlblhoops.com. The deadline for registration is Aug. 20.

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Great debut: A-West falls one win shy of Babe Ruth World Series

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, August 06, 2014 10:03 pm

AWest Bill LeConey/The Atlantic West 13-year-old All-Stars, runners-up in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Region tournament. ATLANTIC CITY - For a team that didn’t even exist a year ago, the Atlantic West “Flying A’s” made a pretty special run in the 2014 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament.

Make that very special.

The A-West 13-year-old All-Stars lost to Broomall-Newtown (Pa.), 11-1, in five innings in the championship game Wednesday at the Sandcastle, coming up one win shy of a trip to the Babe Ruth World Series in Glen Allen, Va.

But they were certainly a wonderful summer surprise on the local front, especially in their hometowns of Galloway, Mays Landing and Egg Harbor Township.

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Mader repeats at Coombs-Douglass Run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:32 pm

Mike Mader won the 5-mile race at the Coombs-Douglass Run for the second straight year NORTH CAPE MAY – The 2013 champion defended his five-mile race title at the Robert Coombs/David Douglass Memorial Bay Runs held Saturday morning

Mike Mader, 44, backed up his impressive showing at last year’s race with another dominant effort in 2014, winning by 30 seconds. The North Cape May resident posted a time of 30 minutes, 41 seconds.

Harry Back, 44, a former longtime member of the Cape May Beach Patrol and a resident of Endicott, N.Y., was second in 31:11. Andrew Simkins placed third in 31:39.

Vivian Overbeck, 15, of Vernon Hills, Ill., was the top female finisher and fifth overall in 32:42. Kelly Maze, 27, of Springfield, Pa., was the second female finisher in 33:07 and Ashley Bava, 25, was third among female runners in 34:36.

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252 finish Crest 5K Beach Race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:27 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race featured a repeat overall winner and a Division I college runner as the female winner.

Despite heavy rain that ended only minutes prior to the event, 252 runners completed the annual race held Saturday morning on an out-and-back hard-sand course under cloudy, seasonably cool and breezy conditions. It began and ended at the end of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road.

The event also included an untimed one-mile fun run/walk.

Mike Melfi, 37, was the top overall finisher of the race for the second time in three years. The Clay, N.Y. resident completed the course in 17 minutes, 14 seconds. He was followed by Jimmy Bernstein, 20, of Grahamsville, N.Y., in second place in 17:27; Paul Savickas, 29, of Riverside, R.I., in third place in 18:48; Chris Perez, 18, of Willow Spring, N.C., in fourth place in 18:55; and Trevor Gentek, 17, of Wildwood Crest, in fifth place in 19:08.

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