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COLUMN >> CAL Notes: New field at ACHS, new students at Middle

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, August 01, 2013 12:00 am

Atlantic City High School has joined the turf crowd.

Starting in October, Vikings football teams, along with those in some other sports, will be played on an artificial surface at the Jack Eisenstein Memorial Athletic Complex beside the high school on the Black Horse Pike.

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OCHS in NJSIAA Group 3, might move up in football

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 pm

Many of Ocean City High School’s teams will remain in Group 3 in the 2013-14 group classifications of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. That covers baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and tennis. The NJSIAA had not announced its groupings for football but the tentative groups, based on last year’s format and this year’s enrollment figures, would seem to move the Raiders up to Group 4 in football.

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Nor’easters head to National Final Four

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 am

Nor’easters head to National Final Four Nor’easters head to National Final Four

It’s expected to be a comfortable 97 degrees on Friday in Austin, Texas. It was forecast to be over 100 all week leading up to the National Championship of the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League.

But you can be sure the players and coaches of the Ocean City Nor’easters won’t care. They are just excited to be there.

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Sea Girt lifeguard wins Point women's challenge

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 30, 2013 08:51 am

CAPE MAY POINT – In a field filled with many college-level athletes, it was two high school-aged lifeguards who finished at the top of the Cape May Point Women’s Challenge Monday evening.

Sea Girt’s Anne Skimmons and Ocean City’s Lexi Santer, both 17-year-old high school swimmers and cross country runners, were first and second, respectively, at the short triathlon-style event that featured a 1.2-mile run, three-quarter-mile paddleboard and half-mile swim.

Skimmons, a rising senior at Pt. Pleasant Boro High School, led the race almost from start to finish. She gained a comfortable lead after a run that is much more difficult to execute than it appears on paper due to it being held entirely on Cape May Point’s gritty, extremely soft sand.

“I knew the run would be longer (than it seemed) and that’s what attracted me to this race,” said Skimmons. “And I love all three of these events.”

Skimmons extended her lead in the rescue board leg and went unchallenged during the swim. She finished with a very quick time of 25 minutes, 6 seconds, beating Santer by 58 seconds.

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Not many changes in NJSIAA groupings for 2013-14

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 am

Holy Spirit has moved down from Non-Public A to Non-Public B and that is the only significant change effecting schools from the Cape-Atlantic League in the 2013-14 group classifications of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. That covers baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and tennis.

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Three seconds add up to first for Margate at Hoffman race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, July 28, 2013 04:08 pm

WILDWOOD – The 44th annual Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships produced some rather thrilling finishes Friday night.

The winners of three of the four races were decided in the final moments. And while the Margate Beach Patrol didn’t come out on top in any of them, three second-place finishes were enough to give the patrol the championship.

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Ocean City wins Women’s Lifeguard Invitational on home beach

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, July 25, 2013 01:00 pm

 paddleboard Bill LeConey / Wildwood Crest’s Mary Anne Lerro, left, races against Stone Harbor’s Haley Edwards at the finish of the paddleboard race in the Ocean City Women’s Lifeguard Invitational on July 24. OCEAN CITY - Ocean City successfully defended its home beach for the third straight year in the annual Ocean City Women’s Lifeguard Invitational, held July 24 at the 34th Street beach.

Ocean City totaled 20 team points to beat Sea Isle City (15) and Wildwood Crest (14) in the five-race event. Stone Harbor and Longport placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

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COLUMN >> About unwise schedules and new rules

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 24, 2013 04:06 pm

They give every team a fair chance in Little League Baseball. All of their tournaments, at all levels, are double elimination. One bad game does not knock a team out.

Little League has also been in the forefront of safety rules – helmets on everybody outside the dugout, pitch counts and lots more. They even have a steroids policy. In keeping with those safety approaches, there should be a change in the schedule at the Section 4 Tournament in the future.

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Paul Tendler, Adam Dakin win doubles again

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 24, 2013 04:01 pm

Paul Tendler of Margate and Adam Dakin of Fort Washington PA won the Mens Double Tournament on the Ocean City tennis courts over the weekend for the fourth straight time.

Tendler and Dakin won the doubles in 2009-11 (there was no tournament last year) and also won in 2006-07, making this their sixth overall championship. Tendler, who holds the record by winning the Harvey Lake Single Open eight times, was also doubles champion in 2008 and 2000 with a different partner.

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OCYAA out of Little League tournament

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 24, 2013 04:00 pm

The 11-12 All Star Team of the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association – the 2013 champions of New Jersey District 16 – was eliminated from the Little League Tournament in their fifth game of the Section 4 Tournament. The 11-12 All Star Team of the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association – the 2013 champions of New Jersey District 16 – was eliminated from the Little League Tournament in their fifth game of the Section 4 Tournament.

The 11-12 All Star Team of the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association – the 2013 champions of New Jersey District 16 – was eliminated from the Little League Tournament in their fifth game of the Section 4 Tournament.

The OCYAA team won its first game but was defeated the next night, falling into the consolation bracket. They won two games there in the double elimination tournament before losing, 12-2, to East Greenwich, the eventual district champions.

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Adam Webber dominates Stone Harbor Triathlon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 23, 2013 06:20 pm

  STONE HARBOR – When Adam Webber climbed onto the dock at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor following his swim, a spectator was overheard muttering, “That guy had a heck of a swim.”

The rest of his race wasn’t bad, either.

Webber, 32, of Denver, Pa., absolutely dominated the Stone Harbor Triathlon Sunday morning. After blazing to the lead early in the swim, Webber did just as well in the bike and run portions of the event. He finished in a time of 48 minutes, 33.96 seconds to beat his closest competitor by nearly seven minutes. Webber also shaved 38 seconds off his first-place time of a year ago.

He was one of only seven athletes to break the hour mark at the event. Aside from Webber, all of them are at least 38 years old.

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Margate crew wins six-mile bay race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 23, 2013 06:15 pm

 

margate Jen Marra/Carl Smallwood, left, and Bob Bechtel, both of Margate, who won the MS Six-Mile Bay Race on Monday, July 22. STRATHMERE – Carl Smallwood and Bob Bechtel weren’t supposed to row together in the 20th annual MS Six-Mile Bay Race hosted by the Upper Township Beach Patrol Monday night.

But after just a couple of rowing sessions together earlier this week, the crew was able to beat a field of formidable competition in the race that began and ended in the bay waters behind the Deauville Inn.

Smallwood, a Margate alum who last served on the beach patrol in 2003, and Bechtel, a current Margate lifeguard, posted a winning time of 1 hour, 14 minutes, 42 seconds to win the race by nearly 1 ½ minutes.

“The conditions were perfect,” said Smallwood, who won the race for the fifth time – previously he won three times with Rich Kugel and last summer with B.J. Fox. “This was one of the nicest nights for this that I can remember. I thought we rowed a good, smart race.”

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COLUMN >> Ocean City has become a baseball town

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:22 pm

It’s baseball season. The NBA and NHL have completed their playoffs and drafts. Even though the NFL is trying to become a year-round sport, there is nothing significant going on there.

But it has been an unusual baseball season.

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Ocean City Nor’easters repeat as division champions

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:21 pm

The Ocean City Nor’easters clinched a second straight Mid-Atlantic Division championship in the PDL’s Eastern Conference on Sunday when they defeated Reading United, 2-1, at Carey Stadium.

The win gave Ocean City 31 points and neither second place Reading nor third place Long Island has enough games remaining to catch the Nor’easters, who will get to host a first round game in the approaching playoffs.

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