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Ocean City remembers Dick Grimes

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:02 pm

Dick Grimes of Ocean City Dick Grimes of Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — Dick Grimes died earlier this week and lots of people have memories of him.

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McGovern, Kobierowski team to win island row

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 11, 2014 11:52 am

Darrick Kobierowski (left), of Wildwood, and Terry McGovern, of Wildwood Crest, teamed to win the 2014 Around the Island Row NORTH WILDWOOD – Veteran rowers and past winners Darrick Kobierowski and Terry McGovern used a strong start to jump to an early lead, methodically pulled away from the rest of the field throughout the race and won the 39th annual Bud Tarbotton Memorial Around the Island Row Monday morning in dominating fashion.

Kobierowski, a Wildwood lifeguard, and McGovern, a Wildwood Crest lifeguard, posted a winning time of 2 hours, 48 minutes, 38 seconds to beat the field by more than three minutes. The race began in Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood, traveled through the bay behind the Wildwoods and through Cold Spring Inlet into the ocean before ending with a floating finish at the 16th Avenue beach.

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Funk leads Margate to glory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 09, 2014 08:58 am

Margate's Ashton Funk OCEAN CITY – It’s difficult enough to beat Ashton Funk in an ocean rowing race. When mitigating factors such as crashing waves and whipping currents aren’t in play, it’s almost impossible.

Funk, adding to his already impressive lifeguard competition resume, led the Margate Beach Patrol to its fourth South Jersey championship in seven summers Friday evening with a comfortable win in the single row.

Funk’s victory, coupled with a third-place doubles row finish by teammates Bob Bechtel and Chris Graves, gave Margate eight team points in the three-event competition, allowing it to edge second-place Atlantic City (seven) and third-place Longport (six).

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Mader repeats at Coombs-Douglass Run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:32 pm

Mike Mader won the 5-mile race at the Coombs-Douglass Run for the second straight year NORTH CAPE MAY – The 2013 champion defended his five-mile race title at the Robert Coombs/David Douglass Memorial Bay Runs held Saturday morning

Mike Mader, 44, backed up his impressive showing at last year’s race with another dominant effort in 2014, winning by 30 seconds. The North Cape May resident posted a time of 30 minutes, 41 seconds.

Harry Back, 44, a former longtime member of the Cape May Beach Patrol and a resident of Endicott, N.Y., was second in 31:11. Andrew Simkins placed third in 31:39.

Vivian Overbeck, 15, of Vernon Hills, Ill., was the top female finisher and fifth overall in 32:42. Kelly Maze, 27, of Springfield, Pa., was the second female finisher in 33:07 and Ashley Bava, 25, was third among female runners in 34:36.

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252 finish Crest 5K Beach Race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:27 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race featured a repeat overall winner and a Division I college runner as the female winner.

Despite heavy rain that ended only minutes prior to the event, 252 runners completed the annual race held Saturday morning on an out-and-back hard-sand course under cloudy, seasonably cool and breezy conditions. It began and ended at the end of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road.

The event also included an untimed one-mile fun run/walk.

Mike Melfi, 37, was the top overall finisher of the race for the second time in three years. The Clay, N.Y. resident completed the course in 17 minutes, 14 seconds. He was followed by Jimmy Bernstein, 20, of Grahamsville, N.Y., in second place in 17:27; Paul Savickas, 29, of Riverside, R.I., in third place in 18:48; Chris Perez, 18, of Willow Spring, N.C., in fourth place in 18:55; and Trevor Gentek, 17, of Wildwood Crest, in fifth place in 19:08.

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They’ll run for ‘Murph’ in Cape May

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:24 pm

CAPE MAY – Former Cape May Beach Patrol member Kevin Murphy, who passed away suddenly two summers ago at age 44, will be honored by the beach patrol next week through a short memorial fund-raising run.

The “Murph” Mile, a run/walk of one mile, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The race will begin on Beach Drive at Philadelphia Avenue and run south to the finish in front of Cape May Beach Patrol headquarters at Grant Street.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Cape May Beach Patrol’s Clete Cannone College Scholarship Fund, with one of those scholarships named in Murphy’s honor beginning this year. The scholarships, according to retired Cape May Beach Patrol lieutenant and race director Harry Back, are open to Cape May lifeguards, ex-lifeguards and their family members each year.

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South Jersey Lifeguard Championships are Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:20 pm

Avalon's Erich Wolf won the South Jersey singles title in 2011 There has been an average of about three lifeguard competitions per week since early July.

While winning an individual event or a team championship at any of those previous competitions is certainly a worthy accomplishment, any individual or patrol would trade any of those victories for the ultimate success this Friday evening.

The South Jersey Lifeguard Championships, the oldest, most prestigious and usually largest attended of all lifeguard competitions held in the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs’ Association, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the 34th Street beach in Ocean City.

Ocean City is the host of the event by virtue of its victory by tiebreaker over Upper Township at last year’s South Jersey competition in Margate. Ocean City has won the event twice in the last three summers, although Margate and Ventnor have mostly dominated the competition since the early 1990s, accounting for a combined 14 team titles in the last 21 years.

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Local soccer community mourns loss of former MT coach

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:15 pm

Cape-Atlantic League boys soccer was still in its infancy when Bill Lucas took over the program at Middle Township High School in 1980.

Over his 21 years of coaching, Lucas was one of the people responsible for making the sport one of the CAL’s best and most popular.

Lucas, who compiled a 213-131-32 career record over 21 seasons as coach, passed away late last week after a long illness. He was 77.

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Upper resident part of national champ soccer team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:21 am

kyle millar KYLE MILLAR A few years ago, Kyle Millar played well for his AC Diablos club soccer team during a summer tournament at St. Augustine Prep. That sparked an invitation to compete as a guest player for a team in Washington Township.

It eventually led to Millar becoming a national champion.

Millar, a resident of Upper Township and a rising senior at Ocean City High School, was a key contributor as the Washington Township United Lightning won the U-17 national club soccer championship earlier this month.

The national championship capped an amazing season for Washington Township, which had previously won the Colonial League title, the New Jersey Youth Soccer State Cup and the New Jersey Club State Cup. The victory in the club state cup qualified the team for the national championship tournament, which was held July 18-21 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Upper baseball team wins state title

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 29, 2014 09:20 am

Upper's Ben Hoag makes solid contact during the state title game Those Upper Township 9- and 10-year-old baseball players have done it. They won the New Jersey State Championship.

Upper Township swept through the state tournament for their age group, beating Ridgewood American, 8-2, in South Hackensack for the championship.

The Upper Township team is headed to Cranston, R.I., this weekend for the Eastern Region Tournament. They will play the New York state champion at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. They are also scheduled to play Maryland at 10:30 on Sunday morning, Pennsylvania on Monday morning at 11 a.m. and then have two days off before playing Delaware on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.

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Ocean City-Upper Township team falls short

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:19 am

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The Ocean City-Upper Township Little Leaguers can claim to be the second best team in New Jersey. But they were just inches from being the best.

On Monday night, Toms River center fielder John Giordano made a diving catch for the final out of the state championship game with the bases loaded with OC-UT players to end a 7-6 Toms River victory.

It was the seventh time in the last 20 years that a Toms River team has won the state championship. But, had that ball off the bat of Eric Greenling dropped in, OC-UT would almost surely have taken the lead.

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Harvey Cedars lifeguard wins Point Challenge

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 28, 2014 10:10 pm

CAPE MAY POINT – Jenna Parker is a former professional triathlete but the Harvey Cedars lifeguard had a little trouble with one of the legs of the Cape May Point Women’s Lifeguard Challenge triathlon-type event.

“This is only my second year on the paddleboard,” Parker said.

But the 30-year-old Harvey Cedars lifeguard did extremely well in the beach run and ocean swim portions of the race and came away as the winner Monday evening in her first time in the event, which includes a 1.3-mile, soft-sand beach run; three-quarter-mile paddleboard; and half-mile swim.

Parker led after the run, fell to fourth following the paddleboard but rallied in the swim to win the challenge in 27 minutes, 49 seconds. Parker edged Ocean City lifeguard Lexi Santer by six seconds. Parker and Santer were almost neck and neck as they swam to the beach but Parker caught a wave to surge ahead for good.

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Margate wins balanced Hoffman race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:36 am

WILDWOOD – There was no dominant beach patrol at the four-event Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships Friday evening.

The competition saw first-place finishers from different beach patrols for each event and left most fans wondering which patrol emerged as the team champion at the close of the competition.

The contest was so balanced that Margate won despite garnering only a pair of second-place finishes.

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Rehabbing Pennington signs with Red Sox

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 23, 2014 01:44 pm

Josh Pennington now has a fully reconstructed elbow ligament in his right arm. He’s also now armed with a professional baseball contract.

Pennington, a 29th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in June and recent graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School, officially signed a contract with the organization on Friday. He has been working out at the team’s spring training facility in Ft. Myers, Fla., since earlier this month.

Pennington tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow in mid April while warming up prior to a scheduled start during the Caper Tigers’ trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. But with a fastball that consistently sat into the low 90s prior to his injury, Pennington was still an attractive enough prospect for the Red Sox to take a chance on him in the later rounds of the draft.

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