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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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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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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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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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Comeback lifts Atlantic Shore into Babe Ruth regional semifinals

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, August 05, 2014 11:07 pm

atohi Bill LeConey/Atlantic Shore's Nick Atohi fires a pitch against Wayne on Tuesday. SOMERS POINT – Sometimes, the Atlantic Shore 13-year-old baseball team needs a little push, a bit of adversity, to get things moving in the right direction.

Thanks to another comeback on Tuesday, all signs are still pointing toward Virginia, site of the Babe Ruth World Series.

Atlantic Shore advanced to the semifinal round of the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional baseball tournament with a come-from-behind 11-5 win over Wayne PAL at Fehrle Field in Somers Point.

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How about the Bader Field Baseball Complex?

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:56 pm

There is a lot of talk about what do with Bader Field, the area that surrounds Sandcastle Stadium and the Flyers Skate Zone.

One idea includes a water park, retail stores, condominiums and an entertainment venue. Another suggests a bingo hall to replace the Sandcastle, a hotel and an elevated mono rail connecting to the Atlantic City Rail Terminal. Another suggests a casino, but the way things have been going in that industry that suggestion is probably off the table.

Here is another one – The Bader Field Baseball Complex.

Lots of open space for baseball fields at Bader Field Lots of open space for baseball fields at Bader Field Let’s fix up The Sandcastle. The field is in decent shape – it is being used this week for the Babe Ruth 13U Regional Tournament. But the lights don’t work and the clubhouses and other public areas need to be remodeled. So does the outfield fence and the scoreboard. The old offices of the Atlantic City Surf could become recreation offices.

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