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Special Olympics golfer receives state recognition

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 05:12 pm

newphillipi Ryan Phillipi Danny Phillipi of Egg Harbor Township, a Special Olympics gold medalist golfer, recently received a special recognition of his achievements from the state Senate and Assembly.

Danny was accompanied by his parents Dan and Mary Ann as well as representatives from the Arc of Atlantic County for the official presentation at the office of Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo.

“Danny is a great reminder to us all that there are no limits to success, only the ones we place on ourselves," said Assemblyman Mazzeo.

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McGrath teams with Granese to win Longport Hammer Row

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, August 22, 2014 12:01 am

hammer1 Bill LeConey/Vince Granese and Mike McGrath, representing the Longport Beach Patrol, reach the finish line first in the Longport Hammer Row. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Mike McGrath got some last-minute help from a neighbor to win his town's signature doubles rowing event Thursday night.

McGrath, of the Longport Beach Patrol, combined with Atlantic City's Vince Granese to win the Longport Hammer Row, an approximately four-mile race that begins at Seaview Harbor in Egg Harbor Township and is contested mainly in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Longport and Margate.

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Fish report: The bay (like school year) is right around the corner

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, August 21, 2014 04:18 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/Debbie Ivker of Margate fishing behind her house. Not bad going out into one's back yard to catch dinner. The race to the bay is on. Families woke up and realized that children return to school in two weeks, leaving little time to explore the side of Absecon Island opposite the beach.

Whole teams of families can be seen paddling Beach Thorofare in kayaks, paddle boards, and drift fishing for the abundance of August.

Croakers, flounder and small blues provide the entertainment with a variety of baits to lure them in.

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Pleasantville's Parker to coach Stockton women

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:30 pm

newparker Ashley Parker Pleasantville native Ashley Parker has been named head women’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Richard Stockton College.

Parker spent six years on the coaching staff at Pleasantville High School, serving as girls cross country coach, girls outdoor track coach, and assistant indoor track coach.

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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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