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Philly high school football in area this weekend

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 28, 2014 07:41 am

Football junkies certainly can get their fix of live games in the area this weekend.

Continuing a long tradition of high school football at the Jersey Shore on Labor Day weekend, Maxwell Field in Wildwood and Carey Stadium in Ocean City will host a total of six high school games involving teams from the Philadelphia area on Friday and Saturday.

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WCHS loses 2 hoop transfers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 28, 2014 07:36 am

Danielle Sanderlin Danielle Sanderlin and Naiyanna Saab were extremely instrumental in the success of the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team as freshmen last winter.

Neither player will be back next season, however.

Crusader athletic director Sal Zuccarello has confirmed that both Sanderlin and Saab did not re-enroll at Wildwood Catholic for the new school year, which is set to begin next week. Zuccarello said both have transferred to Gloucester Catholic. They’ll have to miss the first 30 days of next season as per New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association transfer rules.

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Wildwood soph picks Penn

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:26 pm

Before even beginning his sophomore year of high school, Brendan Bean already knew where he wanted to attend college.

Coming off a dynamite freshman season at Wildwood High School, Bean has verbally committed to play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania after he graduates high school in 2017.

Bean entered Wildwood with a lofty reputation in the game and did not disappoint in his first high school season as a 14-year-old last spring. He batted .404 with 38 hits in 94 at bats and posted 27 runs scored and 14 RBI. He led the Warriors with 27 walks. Twelve of his hits went for extra bases.

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Philly sports broadcasters & new rules

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, August 27, 2014 03:49 pm

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In the August issue of Philadelphia Magazine, senior editor Richard Rhys ranked the top Philadelphia sports broadcasters. Here was his list.

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LCM grad could crack lineup at Rutgers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 25, 2014 07:51 pm

Vance Matthews When Vance Matthews ended his football career at Lower Cape May Regional High School, he had a chance to play at Delaware and had other similar colleges interested in his services.

Matthews, however, decided to take his chances as a walk-on at Rutgers University. After two seasons as a practice player with the Scarlet Knights, he’s expected to make his first appearance in a game when the team opens its 2014 season late Thursday evening at Washington State.

Matthews, a wide receiver, has steadily worked his way up the depth chart. And with injuries affecting numbers in the receiving corps, the redshirt sophomore has been making the most of his chances in the preseason. According to a report on scarletnation.com, a website that covers Rutgers football, Matthews saw significant time with the top offensive units in both the spring and preseason practice sessions.

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Cape Tech hoops coach resigns

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 25, 2014 07:45 pm

Bob Ridgway The longest-tenured head coach in the history of the Cape May County Technical High School’s athletic program has called it quits.

Bob Ridgway, the head coach of Cape May Tech’s boys basketball team, announced over the weekend that he has resigned from the position after 16 seasons.

“After 16 years of giving everything I had to the program, I just think it’s time to step away,” Ridgway said.

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Szczur could have taken different path

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:27 pm

On a Saturday in early November in 2006, the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team was clinging to a five-point lead over Buena in a game it needed to win in order to secure its first-ever home state playoff game.

Matt Szczur, also the team’s quarterback, stood 12 yards behind center in punt formation at about his own 25-yard line to await the snap on a fourth-and-7 play. Less than two minutes were on the clock.

It was no surprise that Buena had 10 men on the line of scrimmage, hoping for a chance to block the punt.

The Chiefs, however, never got the chance. Szczur took the snap, jumped forward to avoid the first rusher, then took off to the right sideline for about a 20-yard game that sealed his team’s 24-19 victory.

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Szczur had magical baseball moments at LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:25 pm

Chuck Dougherty, the head coach of the Middle Township High School baseball team, remembers the game as if it were yesterday, even though it occurred more than eight years ago.

His team was ahead by a run or two late in the game over Lower Cape May, with Caper Tiger junior star Matt Szczur about to come to the plate with two runners on.

There was a discussion between Dougherty and pitching coach Steve Regan about whether to issue Szczur an intentional walk. Middle just so happened to have Scott DeCecco, a sophomore at the time who later pitched at Division I South Carolina Upstate and is now in the Seattle Mariners system, on the mound.

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Phil Martelli to guest host on local radio

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:23 pm

For as long as he’s been the men’s basketball coach at St. Joseph’s University, Phil Martelli has been media savvy, making numerous appearances on radio and television shows throughout the Delaware Valley.

On Friday, he’ll do that for two hours right here in Cape May County.

Martelli, who led St. Joseph’s to the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last year, will serve as a guest host of the Mark & Mark in the Morning Show on 98.7 “The Coast” WCZT-FM on Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. One of the regular hosts of the show, Mark Hunter, is on vacation this week and the other host, Mark Thompson, and 98.7 FM news director Denis Brown have been co-hosting this week’s show with a different guest each day.

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Local resident a winner at Tri the Wildwoods

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:21 pm

Court House resident Kristen Donohue was the top female finisher at the Tri the Wildwoods NORTH WILDWOOD – When the Tri the Wildwoods triathlon and accompanying races were first held, the event seemed to experience foul weather – or at least whipping ocean currents – almost every year.

But Saturday’s 11th annual running continued a more recent trend of near-perfect conditions for the athletes, with a warm and calm ocean and seasonably cool air temperatures with no rain in sight welcoming the participants.

An area resident was one of the big winners of this year’s triathlon, as 46-year-old Cape May Court House resident Kristen Donohue emerged as the top female finisher, posting a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 23.2 seconds.

Max Fennell, 27, of King of Prussia, Pa., was the overall winner in 57:23.9. He was the only triathlon competitor to finish the course in less than an hour.

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Cubs to call up Matt Szczur

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 16, 2014 05:33 pm

MATT SZCZUR Matt Szczur is expected to be in a Chicago Cubs uniform at Citi Field tomorrow.

The 2007 Lower Cape May Regional graduate will be called up from Triple A Iowa to join the Chicago Cubs in time for Sunday afternoon’s game at the New York Mets, according to multiple reports on Twitter.

Szczur, 25, an outfielder, was hitting .261 with 30 stolen bases, 52 runs scored and an OPS of .626 at Triple A Iowa through Friday. He was not in the lineup for Iowa’s home game on Saturday against Salt Lake.

Szczur’s promotion to the Cubs will become official when the team sends pitcher Dan Straily back to the minors after this evening’s start, according to CSN Chicago.

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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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