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Phil Martelli to guest host on local radio

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:23 am

For as long as he’s been the men’s basketball coach at St. Joseph’s University, Phil Martelli has been media savvy, making numerous appearances on radio and television shows throughout the Delaware Valley.

On Friday, he’ll do that for two hours right here in Cape May County.

Martelli, who led St. Joseph’s to the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last year, will serve as a guest host of the Mark & Mark in the Morning Show on 98.7 “The Coast” WCZT-FM on Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. One of the regular hosts of the show, Mark Hunter, is on vacation this week and the other host, Mark Thompson, and 98.7 FM news director Denis Brown have been co-hosting this week’s show with a different guest each day.

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Local resident a winner at Tri the Wildwoods

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:21 am

Court House resident Kristen Donohue was the top female finisher at the Tri the Wildwoods NORTH WILDWOOD – When the Tri the Wildwoods triathlon and accompanying races were first held, the event seemed to experience foul weather – or at least whipping ocean currents – almost every year.

But Saturday’s 11th annual running continued a more recent trend of near-perfect conditions for the athletes, with a warm and calm ocean and seasonably cool air temperatures with no rain in sight welcoming the participants.

An area resident was one of the big winners of this year’s triathlon, as 46-year-old Cape May Court House resident Kristen Donohue emerged as the top female finisher, posting a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 23.2 seconds.

Max Fennell, 27, of King of Prussia, Pa., was the overall winner in 57:23.9. He was the only triathlon competitor to finish the course in less than an hour.

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Cubs to call up Matt Szczur

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, August 16, 2014 04:33 pm

MATT SZCZUR Matt Szczur is expected to be in a Chicago Cubs uniform at Citi Field tomorrow.

The 2007 Lower Cape May Regional graduate will be called up from Triple A Iowa to join the Chicago Cubs in time for Sunday afternoon’s game at the New York Mets, according to multiple reports on Twitter.

Szczur, 25, an outfielder, was hitting .261 with 30 stolen bases, 52 runs scored and an OPS of .626 at Triple A Iowa through Friday. He was not in the lineup for Iowa’s home game on Saturday against Salt Lake.

Szczur’s promotion to the Cubs will become official when the team sends pitcher Dan Straily back to the minors after this evening’s start, according to CSN Chicago.

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Gill takes place among lifeguard greats

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:06 am

OCEAN CITY – Kevin Gill has finished in first place in a lot of swim races over the past couple of years on the lifeguard competition circuit. But he’s always aw-shucks humble after doing so.

But despite all that humility, Gill can’t shy away from all the accolades he’s received.

The latest came via his performance at the most important lifeguard race of the summer. The 17-year-old rising senior at Ocean City High School beat a field full of Division I college-level athletes to earn the half-mile ocean swim victory in the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships Friday evening at the 34th Street Beach.

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Female lifeguard cracks the boys club

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:02 am

OCEAN CITY – Last Friday’s South Jersey Lifeguard Championships featured quite a few highlights.

Margate’s Ashton Funk tilled his boat beautifully at the finish to win the singles row, accounting for his record-tying ninth South Jersey championship and leading his patrol to the team title.

Atlantic City’s Vince Granese and Jim Smith nipped Ocean City’s Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten at the wire at the close of the doubles row in one the most exciting race endings of the summer.

And Kevin Gill, just a 17-year-old, won his first-ever South Jersey title in the swim race.

But when the competition was complete, a lot of people couldn’t stop talking about Hayley Edwards.

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Noah Granigan's European cycling vacation

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:57 am

While most of us are trying to squeeze as much out of the last couple of weeks of the traditional summer season here at the Jersey Shore, Noah Granigan is riding his bike some 3,500 miles away.

Granigan, a recent graduate of Middle Township High School and a key member of the school’s South Jersey champion boys soccer team last fall, arrived in Europe last weekend for a month-long training period with the United States national cycling team.

Granigan was selected to participate with the national team in Europe in part due to his performances in recent cycling races, most notably his second-place effort in the ages 17-18 national championships road race in Madison, Wisc., earlier this summer. He also enjoyed success in a couple of New Jersey races, winning the Tour of Somerville and placing second at the Historic Riverton race.

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Ocean City remembers Dick Grimes

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:02 am

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 10:52 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 07:58 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 04:32 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 04:27 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 04:24 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 04:20 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 04:15 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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