Atlantic County Current Sports

Somers Point teen to contend for Youth Olympic gold in China

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:58 am

lenzsch Bill LeConey/Deirdre Lenzsch of Somers Point is the only Team USA female qualifier for weightlifting competition at the Youth Olympic Games next month in China. Deirdre Lenzsch embraces an opportunity the same way she approaches competitive weightlifting: by snatching it up as high and long as she can. The 17-year-old from Somers Point has rarely met a weight that she couldn’t lift, or let an opportunity pass her by.

That’s why Lenzsch has already graduated from Mainland Regional High School in three years, and that’s why she is currently training for the biggest international competition of her life: the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

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Ocean City breezes to victory in A.C. Lifeguard Classic

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, July 19, 2014 09:35 am

parker Bill LeConey/Ocean City’s Graham Parker bolts out of the surf to win the swim leg of the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic. ATLANTIC CITY – Summer time and the weather is fine ... especially if you’re a competitive swimmer, rower or paddleboard surfer.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol enjoyed a successful trip to the Albany Avenue beach on Friday, July 18, coasting to a victory in the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic, one of the traditional highlights of the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association race season.

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Briefs, signups: Flag football and fun Saturday in Somers Point

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 18, 2014 03:52 pm

SPsharks Somers Point Sharks Somers Point Sharks will be hosting an Adult Flag Football tournament/ Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 19, starting at 9 a.m. This will be an all day event with food, music, games, flag football and tons of FUN for everyone! If you are interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer for this event, entering a team, or if you have any questions please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact Amber Cook at 609-788-8344.

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Busting myths about post-storm fishing

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, July 17, 2014 03:57 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/Three generations of the Margate Canuso clan showed off their The shop phone rang off the hook this week with anglers inquiring about bay conditions following the week’s storms. Flounder “myth busters” to the rescue!

A storm or weather disturbance does not mean fishing automatically shuts off. In this case, fishing and crabbing picked up with a drop in water temperature and an increase in water clarity.

Another common assumption is that about mid-July, all flounder take a one-way ticket from the bays to the ocean. In reality, as the bay is flooded with such a glut of bait fish that daily dolphin shows provide a private “Sea World,” it would only make sense that larger fish hunker down in deep holes to enjoy the bounty. It is not unusual for anglers targeting striped bass in September with live spot to catch beastly flounder instead.

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Diamond Crush teams capture two championships

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 16, 2014 02:03 pm

diamondcrush2 Submitted/The Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 18U Elite traveling softball team went unbeaten in seven games to captured the championship at the Eastern Pennsylvania USSSA July Summer Hustle last weekend. The team is made up mostly of players from Atlantic and Cape May counties. Pictured are (from left): top row – Bri Long, Karly Newcomb, Brooke Hallet, Jenna Long, Maddie Taggart, Victoria Raffael, Sara Pietropola; bottom row – Sam Liepe, Mackenzie Huber, Alyssa Discepola, Jackie DeLong, Chelsea Bright. Not pictured: coaches Lauren Ruef, Butch Hallet, Alicia Bright, Kaci Youshak, Nick DeLong. Three Jersey Shore Diamond Crush traveling softball teams, which include players mostly from Cape May and Atlantic counties, competed in various tournaments last weekend, with two Diamond Crush teams winning championships.

Already having won the 2014 USSSA New Jersey state championship earlier this summer, the Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 18U Elite captured the title at the 20-team Eastern Pennsylvania USSSA July Summer Hustle tournament in Bath, Pa., last weekend. The team went undefeated in seven games at the two-day event.

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EHT motocross racer will vie for national title

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 16, 2014 01:56 pm

canyon Submitted/Canyon Richards of Egg Harbor Township will travel to Tennessee later this month to compete for an amateur national motocross championship. Egg Harbor Township’s Canyon Richards is only six years old, but he is already a motocross champion. The young dirt bike racer recently won the Northeast Regional championship and also qualified to battle for a national title later this month.

Richards will compete in the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

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Margate’s Red Klotz, basketball ambassador/pioneer, dies at 93

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, July 14, 2014 07:06 pm

Klotz Red Klotz in his office in Margate, surrounded by the memorabilia of a career spanning eight decades. Louis “Red” Klotz lost more basketball games than anybody who ever stepped on a court. Here’s the irony: He was one of the sport’s biggest winners.

Klotz, a basketball legend and longtime Margate resident, died on Saturday, July 12, at the age of 93, with his wife of 72 years, Gloria, and family by his side.

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Local author’s book reshapes Klotz legend as basketball missionary/pioneer

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, July 14, 2014 08:40 am

Klotz book Tim Kelly's Note: Basketball legend and longtime Margate resident Red Klotz died Saturday. Here's a story we ran late last year marking the release of local author Tim Kelly's book about Red.

Louis “Red” Klotz established his legacy as a laughable but lovable basketball "loser," so much so that his name became a cliché for sports anchors and political commentators looking to hang a label on the character of perennial defeat.

But a new book by Tim Kelly recasts the longtime Margate resident as one of sports’ biggest winners: a well-traveled basketball pioneer who broke new ground and established the game worldwide.

“The Legend of Red Klotz,” published by Margate-based Comteq Publishing, is a six-year labor of love for Ocean City resident Kelly, who first met Klotz about 10 years ago at a Harlem Globetrotters game at Richard Stockton College, where Kelly served as a public relations official.

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McGrath leads Longport to victory in namesake race

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:24 am

longport5 Bill LeConey/Mike McGrath rows to a first-place finish to secure the team victory for the Longport Beach Patrol. LONGPORT - The Longport Beach Patrol successfully defended its home surf on Friday, July 11, in the 43rd annual Captain Michael D. McGrath Longport Memorial Lifeguard Races at the 33rd Avenue beach.

Longport rower Mike F. McGrath, son of the race's late namesake, edged Atlantic City's Vince Granese in the 1,000-foot singles row in what was practically a photo finish to secure the team win for Longport.

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Briefs, signups: MRHS Field Hockey Camp ready to roll

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 11, 2014 04:19 pm

mainfhcamp Mainland field hockey The Mainland Regional High School Field Hockey Camp for players entering grades 2-9 will be held July 21-24, 9 a.m. to noon each day, at Mainland’s field in Linwood. MRHS head coach Jill Hatz and William Paterson University head coach Lindsay Bard will conduct the camp, which allows youth field hockey players to learn and improve basic individual skills and game knowledge to prepare them for the next level of play. For more information, contact Jill Hatz at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Everybody's a winner in Little League ball

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 03:25 pm

northfieldD16 Bill LeConey/Northfield's Cole Campbell pitches against Upper in the District 16 9-10 final. Congratulations to the Upper Township 9-10 All-Stars, who won the District 16 championship on Tuesday July 8 with a 4-1 win over Northfield in Somers Point.

Upper (scroll down for more photos) advanced to the Section 4 tournament Sunday at 7 in Somers Point against District 21 champion Waterford Township.

In the picture at left, Northfield's Cole Campbell pitches against Upper in the District 16 9-10 final.

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Linwood Lightning strikes Donosti Cup

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Written by Suzanne Marino Wednesday, July 09, 2014 03:03 pm

linsoccertrip Submitted/The U-14 Linwood Lightning Mainland United Soccer Team is in San Sebastian Spain to compete in an international soccer tournament with some very talented teams from around the world. Team members and coaches are: top row, assistant coach Greg Stellitano of Northfield, assistant coach Ed Kryjer of Linwood, Joel Burgos of Northfield, Matthew Stellitano of Northfield, Domenic Bongiovanni of Linwood, Justin Dorofee of Mays Landing, Eduardo Puerta of Margate, Jack Crooks of Brigantine, Geoffrey Anapolle of Linwood, Kyle Gallagher of Linwood, Jimmy Kryjer of Linwood, Keegan Ford of Linwood, Head Coach Sam Watt of Linwood. Bottom Row: Dan Adams of Linwood, Tommy Hernon of Absecon, Joseph Palmieri of Northfield, Stefen Himmelstein of Linwood, Sam Watt of Linwood. Ayden Nino of Little Egg Harbor and Jack Sarkos of Linwood. LINWOOD — On Saturday, July 5, Mainland United Soccer Coach Sam Watt from Linwood along with 17 Linwood Lightning soccer players, their parents, chaperones and siblings climbed aboard a coach bus at All Wars Memorial Park and headed to Kennedy Airport.

Their next stop; San Sebastian, Spain, where the U-14 players are set to compete in the Donosti Cup with 80 teams from around the globe.

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Flounder and fireworks, blue claws and barbecue

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Written by Robin Scott Wednesday, July 09, 2014 01:08 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/The Jones family of Ocean City/Kennett Square annual Those in the know split their holiday time between Fourth of July festivities and fishing the Margate Bay. Many caught major components of their holiday meals.

The Jones family from Ocean City and Kennett Square hand lined 71 keeper blue claws during their annual two boat competition on the bay. They reported over 200 throwbacks of the fast-growing crustaceans. The increase in crab catches bodes well for those planning a trip in the upcoming weeks.

Flounder catches remain strong with bay temperatures dipping to 59 degrees in the wake of Hurricane Arthur. With crystal clear water conditions, the Preto family of Philadelphia caught four fish, two over three pounds.

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Getting a kick out of footgolf in Brigantine

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, July 09, 2014 10:13 am

footgolf1 Bill LeConey/Brigantine Golf Links cart attendant Michael Kostrub, 24, of Brigantine, kicks from the 17th-hole tee box on the new footgolf course. BRIGANTINE – You don’t have to be a low-handicap golfer or soccer sharpshooter to enjoy the new game of footgolf. All you need is a fun-loving attitude and a couple hours to spend with family and/or friends.

Footgolf, a hybrid of soccer and golf, has debuted at the Brigantine Golf Links. To play the game, athletes use soccer balls on a traditional golf course with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to golf’s basic model, including tee boxes, greens, bunkers, hazards and 18 holes of play.

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