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Ocean City-Upper Township team made Little League history

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:41 pm

Brian Furey was the winning pitcher in the Section 4 championship game Brian Furey was the winning pitcher in the Section 4 championship game The combined Ocean City-Upper Township team added another Little League championship to its resume and, in the process, accomplished something never achieved by a Cape May County team.

OC-UT defeated Haddonfield, 7-4, in North Vineland to win the Section 4 championship and improve its Little League tournament record to 8-0. It marked the first time a Cape May County team had won the section title and advanced to the state tournament.

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Extraordinary comeback by double cancer survivor

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:51 am

Giovanna Imbesi with boyfriend and cancer survivor Bob Garbutt following the Upper Township bay race STRATHMERE – Last December was a cold month for Bob Garbutt, and not just because the first of what was a long winter chill for all of us was settling into the region. It was during that time that he began the first of eight rounds of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of lymphoma, even more aggressive than the first bout of a related kind of cancer he beat about a decade ago.

Then in March, he underwent a stem cell transplant.

So to see Garbutt competing in the Upper Township Six-Mile Bay Row Monday evening behind the Deauville Inn, well, it was nothing short of extraordinary.

Garbutt, rowing with his girlfriend, Giovanna Imbesi, crossed the finish line in second place among mixed doubles crews and 27th overall out of 42 boats. They – and more specifically Garbutt – however, were the real winners of the race.

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Garbutt, Kosten cruise at bay race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:48 am

Dylan Kosten (left) and Matt Garbutt of the OCBP won the 2014 Upper Township bay race STRATHMERE – Competitors in the Upper Township Six-Mile Bay Row have often called the event nothing more than a long, grueling doubles row.

The nearly all-out-sprint mode of the race has often made for some exciting, close finishes, with the top boats often within a few seconds of one another at the finish line.

The 2014 race was an exception, though, as Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten ran away with victory Monday evening. The Ocean City Beach Patrol crew finished in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 3 seconds to win comfortably, beating the next-closest boat by a whopping 47 seconds.

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Former Phillie in Wildwood later this week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 21, 2014 01:57 pm

LENNY DYKSTRA Former Philadelphia Phillie and three-time all-star Lenny Dykstra is scheduled to appear in Wildwood on Friday, July 25.

Dykstra will take part in a fund-raiser for the Wildwood High School baseball team at the Waves Restaurant at Oak and New Jersey avenues from noon to 1 p.m. Dykstra will sign autographs at $20 per signing per item. Fans must bring their own items to sign.

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New athletics director at WHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:34 am

Phil Schaffer Wildwood High School has a new athletics director.

As expected, Phil Schaffer, who had been a teacher and the head boys basketball coach at Cedar Creek High School, was approved for the position at Wednesday evening’s regular meeting of the school district’s board of education.

Schaffer replaces Christel Pond, who left the position after four years earlier this summer. Pond is the new principal at the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in Wildwood.

Schaffer had coached the Pirate boys basketball team to a 31-45 record in three seasons.

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Storm halts SuperAthalon race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:31 am

CAPE MAY – Past race history has shown that the early leader of the Cape May SuperAthalon almost never wins.

But on Tuesday, it would have been impossible for him to lose.

Stone Harbor’s Gregg Donnelly was declared the champion of the event after the first leg of the run-row-swim race when race officials suspended the race at the end of the 2.2-mile run due to stormy weather conditions that saw lightning flash in the southern sky. The ensuing 1 ½-mile row and quarter-mile swim were not held.

With storm clouds on the horizon, athletes begin the Cape May SuperAthalon It proved to be a sound decision, as the skies opened with heavy rains only seconds after the final athlete finished the run, followed by numerous rounds of violent thunder and rapid lightning.

“I feel bad for the athletes but we didn’t have any other choice but to end the race,” Cape May Beach Patrol chief Harry “Buzz” Mogck said.

With storms in the forecast, Mogck was asked about the decision to begin the race in the first place. The competition was set for a 6 p.m. start, but was begun a few minutes early in hopes of beating the approaching storm.

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WCHS golf standout chooses college

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:27 am

BLAKE VOGDES Blake Vogdes, a rising senior at Wildwood Catholic High School, will play his college golf at Temple University.

Vogdes made a verbal commitment to accept athletic scholarship money from the Division I school during a recent unofficial visit to its main campus in North Philadelphia.

Vogdes chose Temple over Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and Penn State, among others.

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Avalon breaks through at Beschen-Callahans

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:24 am

Avalon's Anthony Richardson places first in the can run NORTH WILDWOOD – Two things occurred for the very first time at the 46th annual Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races Friday evening.

First, on a somber note, John Callahan was not present at the race for the first time. Callahan, who passed away in January, was the father of former Army Specialist Michael Callahan, who was killed on active duty during the Vietnam War in June 1969. Michael Callahan and Jim Beschen, who was also killed during the Vietnam War, were two former North Wildwood Beach Patrol lifeguards for whom the race is named.

A moment of silence was held in Mr. Callahan’s memory during the post-race awards ceremony.

Second, the Avalon Beach Patrol claimed the team championship for the first time behind a handful of stirring performances in the six-event competition.

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Peterson enjoys surfing success out West

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 10, 2014 08:19 am

Wildwood Crest resident Maddie Peterson traveled to California recently to compete in quite a few important surfing events and fared rather well in the competitions.

The 16-year-old won first place at the Rip Curl Grom Search in Huntington Beach, placed second in both the National Scholastic Surfing Association women’s high school championship in Salt Creek and the Surfing American U-16 U.S. Championships in Lower Trestles and finished fourth in the NSSA open women’s championship in Huntington Beach.

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Gill stars but OCBP wins county title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 09, 2014 04:35 pm

The OCBP's Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten won the doubles row WILDWOOD CREST – While an Ocean City High School student was the individual star, it was the Ocean City Beach Patrol that again grabbed team glory in the first lifeguard competition of the 2014 season.

The OCBP was the only patrol of 10 to score in all six events as it captured the championship in Monday’s Cape May County Championships. The event was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was postponed to earlier this week due to inclement weather.

The championship is Ocean City’s 15th in the 31 years of the event.

Meanwhile, Kevin Gill, a 17-year-old rising senior at Ocean City High School, led the Upper Township Beach Patrol to a second-place team finish by impressively winning back-to-back events.

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OC-Upper to face Erial Sunday in Little League play

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:55 pm

The Little League District 16 champions celebrate after winning theitr fourth straight game. The Little League District 16 champions celebrate after winning theitr fourth straight game. The combined Ocean City-Upper Township team won the District 16 championship of New Jersey 11-12 Little League Baseball on Saturday, defeating the Linwood-Margate team, 12-2, for its fourth straight victory.

The Ocean City Youth Athletic Association won the District 16 championship last year for the first time but Ocean City and Upper combined their leagues this year when Upper Township joined Little League Baseball.

The OC-UT team will play on Sunday (5pm) in North Vineland against Erial, the winner of District 14, in the first round of the New Jersey Section 4 Tournament. Erial defeated Audubon to win that district's championship. OC-UT will also play on Tuesday, either in the winner’s or loser’s bracket. 

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Lucky 7 for Brian Duffy in Avalon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:17 am

BRIAN DUFFY AVALON – There’s something about the Avalon Islandman Triathlon that brings out the best in Brian Duffy.

The 26-year-old West Chester, Pa., scored a comfortable, nearly-three-minute win to earn first place in the event for the seventh straight year. Duffy recorded a time of 58 minutes, 18 seconds in the quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5K beach run competition.

Adam Webber, 33, of Denver, Pa., was second to Duffy for the second straight year, posting a time of 1:01.04. Greg Kaplan, 42, of Philadelphia, was third in 1:04:45; Keith Fitzgerald, 35, of Philadelphia, placed fourth in 1:05:09; and Mark Brace, 42, of Hershey, Pa., finished fifth in 1:05:12.

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Lifeguard race season begins Monday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:11 am

lifeguard race The busy South Jersey beach lifeguard competition season was set to begin today (Thursday) with the Cape May County Lifeguard Championships in Wildwood Crest, but the event has been postponed to Monday due to expected inclement weather and surf conditions. The comptition is now scheduled for Monday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rambler Road beach.

The county championship race is the first of 26 official South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs’ Association events scheduled this summer. The events showcase the skills of extensively trained, well conditioned athletes who guard our beachfront, making sure vacationers and residents alike safe while they frolic in the ocean while also keeping general order on the beaches they serve.

All of the lifeguard competitions include some combination of swimming, rowing, running and other events.

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Middle player helps Tri-Cape to title during whirlwind week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:07 am

Taylor Franchville did not get out of bed on Monday until 4 in the afternoon.

But please don’t call her lazy.

The 17-year-old rising senior at Middle Township High School finally earned a day of rest after a whirlwind schedule that saw her play 17 high-level softball games in six days, all of which took place at least 1 ½ hours from home.

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