Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

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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Beach competitions begin Friday with county championships

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 02, 2013 05:03 pm

Beach competitions begin Friday with county championships The first official South Jersey beach patrol competition of the 2013 season is scheduled for Friday evening, when the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol hosts the Cape May County Championships. The six-event competition is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Rambler Road beach.

The county championships kick off another busy lifeguard racing season, which will continue with approximately one to three competitions per week through the third week of August. The races create opportunities for beach lifeguards to showcase their athletic ability and the ocean lifesaving skills in which they are trained. Most of the competitions include all 15 South Jersey beach patrols from Brigantine to Cape May Point, although some races, like the county championships, include smaller fields, while others may include teams or individuals from Ocean County.

This Friday’s Cape May County Championship event, which is celebrating its 30th year, include doubles row, rescue board race, swim, run/swim duathlon, singles row and surf dash relay competitions. All 10 of Cape May County’s beach patrols are expected to participate.

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Nicolettis win mixed doubles tournament

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 02, 2013 02:46 pm

Pete and Carol Nicoletti became the first tennis champions of the summer season when the Wilmington couple won the Mixed Doubles.

The Nicolettis (Carol is a tennis instructor) defeated Ed and Eva Nusbaum in the finals. Ed had won the Mixed Doubles in 2010 and 2011 with Audrey Kernan. Eva, his daughter, just graduated from Ocean City High School where she was an all star doubles player.

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OCYAA 11-12 team advances

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 02, 2013 02:44 pm

The OCYAA 11-12 Year Old Team won its first two games in the District 16 Little League Tournament and was scheduled to play Northfield on Tuesday in a game too late to report in this week’s Gazette.

If Ocean City won that game they would advance to the district championship series. They would play next Tuesday (July 9) in Northfield against the team that emerges from the consolation bracket with a chance to win the district title for the first time in history. If the OCYAA team lost to Northfield it would move into the consolation bracket and play on Sunday in Linwood.

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This Month In OCHS Sports, Jul. 2, 2013

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 02, 2013 02:42 pm

A quick look back at Raider moments from the past

Last week we printed this photo of a team that played against the Philadelphia Eagles in a benefit basketball game during the 1970s. Most of those pictured are former OCHS players. We offered the person who identified the most people in the photo with a book of tickets from Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, a car wash at Car Caress II in Marmora and dinner for four at Golden Corral at the Shore Mall.

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COLUMN >> Four from area are NJSIAA scholar-athletes

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 02, 2013 12:00 am

A trio of recent high school graduates from the area are 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.

Chosen from the CAL’s National Conference were Josh Greenberg (Cape May Tech), Victoria Mann (Lower Cape May) and Alexandra Mairone (Middle Township).

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Bean, Olsen combine for no-hitter for Southern Cape

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 26, 2013 05:55 pm

A player who has yet to reach high school and another who just graduated combined for a special victory for the Southern Cape 18U travel baseball team Monday night.

Brendan Bean, a 13-year-old who will enter his freshman year at Wildwood High School in the fall, and Denny Olsen, who just finished off his baseball career at Lower Cape May, combined on a seven-inning no-hitter to pace Southern Cape to a 2-1 win over Hammonton.

Although he walked seven batters, Bean pitched five scoreless innings with eight strikeouts before giving way to Olsen. Olsen gave up an earned run in the sixth due to a couple of walks and an error but managed to pitch two hitless innings for the save.

Southern Cape scored both of its runs in the first inning, with Olsen hitting an RBI single. Mike Elfreth and Lorenzo Plaza each scored runs in the frame.

The Southern Cape 18U team improved to 4-4 with the win.

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Cape Tech coach finishes her third ironman triathlon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, June 25, 2013 09:04 pm

Think about the things you could do in 14 hours, 33 minutes, 17 seconds.

You could get two nights of pretty good sleep. You could drive from Cape May County to pretty close to the Florida border. You could fly to Europe and back.

Ginny Roma decided to use that time to start and finish a ridiculously long triathlon.

Roma, the girls basketball coach and a teacher at the Cape May County Technical School for the past eight years, posted that very time in completing the Ironman Coeur D’Alene, a grueling long-distance triathlon held in a scenic part of Idaho last weekend.

The event included a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run.

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Szczur solid so far at Double A Tennessee

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:15 am

matt-szczur Matt Szczur knows the 2013 season is a big one in his professional baseball career.

He turns 24 years old next month, which means the clock is ticking on his development in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system.

But the 2007 Lower Cape May Regional graduate is doing all he can to prove to the organization for which he plays that he still very much has the tools to play major league baseball. The Cubs certainly still think so as well, keeping him on their 40-man expanded roster.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily about my age but where I’m at in my career and where I am with being on the 40-man roster,” Szczur said in a recent telephone interview. “I know it’s a big year for me all around.”

Szczur, a leadoff hitter and outfielder, has been delivering under that pressure for the Double A Tennessee Smokies. Through Monday, he was batting a solid .291, which was best on the team among players with at least 100 at bats. His 74 hits, 38 runs scored and 254 at bats were tops on the team as well.

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