Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

OCYAA wins LL District 16 title

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00 am

Members of the OCYAA team hold up the District 16 championship banner that will fly at the Harry Vanderslice Memorial Complex and the District 16 Little League championship trophy. The trophy was designed by Dave Talarico of Schoppy.com especially for the district. Members of the OCYAA team hold up the District 16 championship banner that will fly at the Harry Vanderslice Memorial Complex and the District 16 Little League championship trophy. The trophy was designed by Dave Talarico of Schoppy.com especially for the district.

Just one year after becoming a member of Little League Baseball, the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association’s 11-12 team has won the District 16 championship.

The OCYAA rallied in the championship game to defeat Northfield, 11-4. It was their fourth straight win and second over Northfield.

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Nor’easters showdown with Reading Sunday

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am

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The Ocean City Nor’easters will host Reading United on Sunday at Carey Stadium in a game that is very important to the standings of the Mid-Atlantic Division of PDL’s Eastern Conference.

The Nor’easters entered this week with a two point lead over Reading and the Long Island Rough Riders. Ocean City and Long Island had played 10 games, Reading had played 11. In their previous meeting, the Nor’easters tied Reading, 1-1. Reading is undefeated but has played to a tie five times. Sunday’s game is almost Reading’s final chance to stay in the race.

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Former OCHS state champ Bill Haynes dies

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am

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Bill Haynes held a special place in the history of Ocean City High School sports.

Haynes, who died in his sleep over the weekend, was a key part of the last OCHS boys basketball team to win a state championship. In fact, it was the last state basketball title of either gender until the Ocean City girls won one in March.

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Wallace, Dille to play in Harvey Lake semis

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 10, 2013 03:39 pm

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Mark Wallace and Scott Dille, who played for the championship of the prestigious Harvey Lake Mens Singles Open last year, will meet in the semifinals on Saturday.

Wallace, the former star player at Washington Township High School and Robert Morris, has won the tournament a record six consecutive years. He defeated former Ocean City High School player Scott McTigue, now the coach at Immaculata College, and Rob Alt in straight sets. Dille, the former Lower Cape May and FDU-Madison star, eliminated OCHS junior Luke Baker and Tim Terista in straight sets.

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COLUMN >> A look at area sports camps in August

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

There is still time. If you have interest in a sports camp this summer, here are some coming up in August.

August 1-29: Ocean City Tumbling Camp at Sports & Civic Center for boys and girls ages 3-6 from 9-11am every Tuesday and Thursday. For information phone 609-525-9304.

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CAL Changes

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Position                2012-13       2013-14

Atlantic Tech boys basketball          John Miller        Tom Piotrowski

Bridgeton boys basketball         Osco Williams      Kevin Nash

Bridgeton boys track              Warren DeShields   Shawn Sergeant

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Youth no obstacle as Stephanie Agger, 24, gains college head coaching job

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 09, 2013 04:35 pm

During her playing career, Stephanie Agger saw the game of basketball a bit differently than many other players. In addition to the talent, there was an ahead-of-her-years cerebral part of the game that many of her peers simply didn’t posses.

Now that her playing career has been over for a couple of years, Agger continues to move ahead of the curve in the game of basketball.

Agger, a 2007 graduate of Lower Cape May, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at Division III Penn State Abington, located a few miles outside Northeast Philadelphia. At age 24, Agger is certainly among the youngest head women’s college basketball coaches in the country at any level.

“I interviewed (last) Wednesday and they called me on Friday to tell me they were offering me the job and that I had the weekend to think about it. But I really didn’t need the weekend to think about it,” Agger said with a laugh.

Penn State Abington officially made the announcement on its web site Tuesday afternoon.

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Margate’s Gowdy scores another for the ‘old’ guys at Cape May SuperAthalon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 09, 2013 08:44 am

CAPE MAY – Chuck Gowdy did a lot to prove that the “old” guys can still perform well in beach patrol competitions Monday night.

The 30-year-old Margate City Beach Patrol lifeguard led a strong showing by veteran lifeguards at the Cape May SuperAthalon by winning the run-row-swim triathlon in 39 minutes, 45 seconds. Margate’s Gowdy scores another for the ‘old’ guys at Cape May SuperAthalon

Gowdy won for the second straight year in a competition reserved for only the fittest beach lifeguards in the region, an event that features a 2.3-mile run, 1.5-mile row and quarter-mile swim.

“It’s definitely an honor to win it again,” said Gowdy, a full-time Atlantic City firefighter who is serving on the Margate Beach Patrol for the 17th summer. “This is my fifth or sixth time doing it but I’ve seen it well over 10 times. You look at guys like (past multiple winners) Bick Murphy (of Wildwood Crest) and Shane McGrath (of Avalon) and a guy like Joe Maloy (of Wildwood Crest) – these are top-notch athletes. It’s great to be in their company.”

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OCYAA 11-12 team District 16 finalist

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:00 am

This OCYAA 11-12 Little League team either won the District 16 championship on Tuesday night or will play for the title on Thursday in Northfield. Pictured kneeling (from left) are Cole Markley, Gannon Brady, Luke Meli, Sam Oliva and Dominic Payne. Standing are Jesse Schmeizer, Randy Young, Solomon Griffith, Cole Vanderslice, Dan Nunan and Vic Mahar. This OCYAA 11-12 Little League team either won the District 16 championship on Tuesday night or will play for the title on Thursday in Northfield. Pictured kneeling (from left) are Cole Markley, Gannon Brady, Luke Meli, Sam Oliva and Dominic Payne. Standing are Jesse Schmeizer, Randy Young, Solomon Griffith, Cole Vanderslice, Dan Nunan and Vic Mahar.

As you read this, the OCYAA 11-12 Year Old Team might be the champions of Little League District 16 for the very first time. The team played Northfield on Tuesday and, if they won, they are the champs. The game ended too late to be included in this week’s Gazette.

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Ocean City wins county lifeguard title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 08, 2013 08:34 am

WILDWOOD CREST – The Ocean City Beach Patrol’s depth served it very well at the first lifeguard competition of the season Friday night.

Ocean City wins county lifeguard title Ocean City earned two first-place finishes and also scored in three of the other four events to win the 30th annual Cape May County Championship race, staged at the Rambler Road beach.

Dylan Kosten took first place in the singles row and 29-year-old rookie lifeguard Brian Pasternak won the rescue board race for Ocean City, which won the event for the 14th time in 30 years. The patrol also earned top-five finishes in the doubles row swim and run/swim races to amass 21 points. Host Wildwood Crest scored 18 points for second place, with Avalon posting 16 points for third.

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Nor’easters and fireworks on Thursday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:00 am

The Ocean City Nor’easters start their game with the Bermuda Hogges at 6 p.m. on Thursday so the soccer fans can watch the resort’s fireworks display over the ocean.

The Nor’easters stayed right behind Reading United in the Mid-Atlantic Division standings by defeating the Central Jersey Spartans, 5-0, on Sunday before an announced crowd of 515 at Carey Stadium. Reading played to a 2-2 tie on Sunday and now leads the Nor’easters by two points.

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COLUMN >> Vince Terry named NJSIAA scholar-athlete

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:00 am

Recent Ocean City High School graduate Vince Terry was among 15 athletes from the Cape-Atlantic League’s Class of 2013 who were among nearly 350 from around New Jersey honored as scholar-athletes by the NJSIAA.

Terry was an all star catcher for Ocean City’s conference champion baseball team. The Raiders reached two South Jersey finals during the year’s Terry was their catcher. He also played basketball during high school and will move on to Ursinus College. 

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Kelly Halliday is new OCHS girls soccer coach

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:00 am

Kelly Halliday, who coached the freshmen girls soccer team at Ocean City High School the last two years, is the new OCHS head coach. Halliday succeeds Bill Pesda, who stepped down after seven seasons.

Pesda’s teams won 58 games and two American Conference championships.

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Duffy wins 6th straight Avalon Islandman Triathlon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 02, 2013 05:14 pm

AVALON – It’s pretty easy to tell that Brian Duffy likes to compete in the Avalon Islandman Triathlon.

Duffy won the event for the sixth straight year Saturday morning by nearly a minute over his closest competitor. The 25-year-old West Chester, Pa., resident finished the course in 54 minutes, 39 seconds to beat Adam Webber, of Denver, Pa., by 54 seconds.

The event consisted of a quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5K run. The swim and run portions of the event were held on the beach near Avalon Beach Patrol headquarters, while the bike was executed through the streets of Avalon.

The race included 357 participants.

Duffy and Webber finished well ahead of the rest of the field. Matt Coleman, 32, of Philadelphia, finished third in 59:21, nearly four minutes later than Webber. Patrick McKeon, 24, of Philadelphia, was fourth in 59:59 and Jonathan Ingalls, of Clinton, Conn., placed fifth in 1:01:06.

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