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Bridget Flynn is 6th OCHS athlete to win Schoppy Award

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:30 am

schoppygirls Tom Williams/Girls Schoppy Award finalists: Maddie Anagnou, Middle Township; Caroline Bradley, Holy Spirit; Amber Jenkins, EHT; Emily DeMarco, St. Joseph; Bridget Flynn, Ocean City; Emily Johnson, Wildwood Catholic; Mackenzie Meyer, EHT; Mikila Stefanski, Cedar Creek; Victoria Thaler, Millvlle. Ocean City High School senior Bridget Flynn was named the winner of the Schoppy Award on Monday, symbolic of the best female athlete in the Cape-Atlantic League’s Class of 2014.

A dozen girls and a dozen boys were named finalists for the awards, being presented for the 14th straight year. The winners were announced at the 4th Annual CAL Celebration on the Ocean City Music Pier.

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Summer baseball tradition thrives with ACBL

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:13 am

cox Bill LeConey/Margate’s Aaron Cox, from Millville and Gannon University, pitched five shutout innings Tuesday against Absecon. ABSECON – The sounds of summer – including the crack of wooden bats and baseballs smacking into gloves - have returned to neighborhood parks around the region.

The venerable Atlantic County Baseball League is back for its 129th season, offering many of the top high school, college and “seasoned” adult players a chance to refine (or rekindle) their talents in a competitive environment.

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Briefs, signups: Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 13, 2014 12:54 pm

LIBT logo Ladies Invitational Bluefish logo The 30th Annual Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament to benefit AtlantiCare’s Mammography and Diagnostic Fund will be held June 13-15 at venues in Atlantic City, Longport and Cape May. For more information about sponsorships, donations or participation please call Kim Kirk at 609-412-0641 or Cathy Stanley at 610-212-1687. For full schedule of events, go to http://fishlibt.com/.

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Father’s Day tribute to Frank Campo

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, June 12, 2014 03:15 pm

newcampo Submitted/Submitted/Watch out, fishes! Frank Campo now has more time to go after you. Editor’s Note: June is always a big month around high schools. There is graduation and the end of the scholastic careers for seniors, plus Father’s Day. During previous Junes, Tom Williams has turned over his column to Stephanie Gaitley, Matt Woolley, Jeff Boyd, Allison Rinck, Erik Geisinger, Doug Colman, Allie Moreland, Tracey LeFever, the Degenhardt sisters, Chelsea Bruno, Danielle McNally, Dave & Casey Beyel, the Donahue sisters and Shaune McLaughlin, among others, to write about their fathers.

This week, two Cape-Atlantic League graduates – Mike and Matt Campo – write about their father, Frank, the longtime Atlantic City High School athletics director who is retiring at the end of this month.

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Nearly 1500 Escape the Cape

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 11, 2014 04:56 pm

NORTH CAPE MAY – A triathlon event that began with a major leap of faith ended with lots of smiles Sunday morning.

The Escape the Cape triathlon, one of the most unique public participation races anywhere, drew approximately 1,500 athletes to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal for a swim-bike-run race unlike any other.

The second annual race, staged by local race company DelMoSports, begins with all participants leaping off a ferry boat into Delaware Bay for the swim, with the bike and run portions traveling through parts of Lower Township. The finish was in the grounds of the ferry terminal.

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Remembering Joe DiOrio

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 11, 2014 02:24 pm

newdiorio Illustration created by noted sports artist Thomas Paprocki, known as “Pap,” who drew similar tributes to athletes and sportspeople in daily newspapers for nearly 40 years. A lot of people have fond memories of Joe DiOrio, who died last weekend. Here are some of them.

Mr. D, as I always called him, was a great friend who, no matter when or where I saw him, always wanted to talk sports. Of the days at Mainland when I played on teams with his sons, Dennis and Joe, he always spoke well of how much he liked talking sports with my father. They watched practice together at Mainland when we all played. He was a great man, a great golfer and a great friend. He will be missed by many. – Steve Parker

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Wildwood football gains Hall of Fame coach

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, June 10, 2014 08:34 pm

BRUCE LAZARUK A pretty well known and successful coach throughout South Jersey has taken over the Wildwood High School football program.

Bruce Lazaruk, a member of the South Jersey Football Hall of Fame and former head football coach at three different high schools in the region, was recently approved by the school district’s board of education as Wildwood High’s new head football coach.

Lazaruk replaces Rich Hans, who resigned after last season’s 2-5 season. Hans will remain as the school’s head baseball coach.

Lazaruk, a retired schoolteacher, was most recently an assistant coach at Hightstown, serving for three seasons. He said he is in the process of moving to Villas.

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‘Made in the ‘90s’ Mustangs made history in 2014

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, June 08, 2014 02:15 pm

mainfollow8 Bill LeConey/The Mainland Regional Mustangs won the first state baseball title in school history Saturday. TOMS RIVER - Mainland Regional High School held its senior prom on Friday night, with the theme “Made in the ‘90s” nostalgically recreating the decade in which the students were born.

It also created a late night for several of the Mainland athletes going for the school’s first state title in baseball Saturday afternoon at Toms River South.

No problem. Just another obstacle to overcome for these “Made in the ‘90s” Mustangs, who used timely hitting, strong pitching and solid defense to beat Mount Olive, 5-3, in the Group III title game, setting off a “Green Wave” of celebration that extended back down the Garden State Parkway and into the mainland communities of Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point.

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Mainland Mustangs corral state baseball title

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, June 07, 2014 07:02 pm

mainfinal1 Bill LeConey/Mainland players celebrate their first state championship in baseball. TOMS RIVER - In the half-century-plus history of Mainland Regional High School baseball there have been many great players, exciting moments, and tremendous victories.

But never until Saturday had there been a state championship.

The 2014 edition of the Mustangs made their own unique history Saturday, winning the Group III state championship with a 5-3 win over Mount Olive at Toms River South High School.

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Red Sox select LCM's Pennington

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, June 07, 2014 05:23 pm

JOSH PENNINGTON Josh Pennington admitted he was feeling “really nervous, really anxious and really frustrated.”

All those feelings immediately went away when the Lower Cape May Regional High School senior pitcher finally heard his name called.

Pennington, currently unable to pitch due to an elbow injury, was selected by the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft late Saturday afternoon.

“This is a dream come true,” Pennington beamed during a telephone conversation just minutes after learning of his selection. “That’s all it is, a total dream come true.”

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Mainland eyes first state baseball title Saturday in Toms River

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, June 06, 2014 05:18 pm

tepedinoplay Bill LeConey/Mainland's Matt Tepedino throws to first baseman Nick Droboniku for an out in Wednesday's state semifinal. Droboniku will likely get the start on the mound Saturday in the state final. EWING - Matt Tepedino has done his part.

If even a portion of the heart and energy he poured into his pitching earlier this week can rub off on his teammates Saturday, the Mainland Mustangs should be in good shape – maybe even the shape of a state champion.

Tepedino, a senior who is headed to the University of New Orleans in the fall, will have to watch someone else start for the Mustangs when they face Mount Olive for the Group III state title (2 p.m.) Saturday at Toms River High School South.

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Warrior 50 Club's generosity continues

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 05, 2014 02:38 pm

Warrior 50/Byrne Foundation scholarships of $4,000 each were awarded to (from left) Nicole Toland, Shelby Thornton, Chelsea Mole and Mackenzie Huber. WILDWOOD – Sometimes it can be difficult being a student athlete at Wildwood High School.

Toiling for the smallest regular public high school in South Jersey, many of them are part of teams without a lot of depth. While some of the school’s teams do well, some others struggle to compete. A couple teams even have issues simply finding enough players to field teams.

But one of the major benefits of being an athlete at Wildwood High School comes to fruition each year at this time at the school’s Warrior 50 Booster Club annual awards dinner. That’s because, through a variety of successful fund-raising efforts and an extremely generous endowment from the Byrne Foundation, the graduating student athletes have access to an extraordinary amount of college scholarship money.

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LCM’s Smith enjoys excellent season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 05, 2014 02:30 pm

JEFF SMITH There has been a lot of outstanding sports activity this spring at Lower Cape May Regional High School.

Quinn Bithell, just a sophomore, won a South Jersey title and has been assaulting the school record books in track.

The boys lacrosse team won the most games in program history and qualified for the state tournament for the first time, and the girls lacrosse team captured its first-ever state playoff victory.

And senior baseball Josh Pennington, despite a horrific elbow injury, could see himself selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft later this week.

But one sports story at the school that practically went unnoticed this spring was the quiet but excellent season posted by tennis player Jeff Smith.

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Mainland mows down Hamilton to reach first state title game

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, June 04, 2014 10:52 pm

mainham1 Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional pitcher Matt Tepedino (left) celebrates with catcher Billy Talarico and first baseman Nick Droboniku after his dominating win over Hamilton in the Group III state semifinal. EWING - The phrase “worth the wait” applies in many ways to what the Mainland Regional High School baseball team accomplished Wednesday afternoon.

The Mustangs had to wait an extra day because of the weather to secure the program's first-ever appearance in a state championship game – and the wait seemed to suit pitcher Matt Tepedino to a T.

Tepedino was overpowering on Wednesday, hitting the mid-90s on the radar gun, striking out 13 and allowing five hits in a 2-0 Group III semifinal win over Hamilton West at The College of New Jersey. The victory propelled the Mustangs into Saturday’s state title game against Mount Olive, scheduled for 2 p.m. at Toms River South High School.

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