Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

New athletics director at WHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:34 am

Phil Schaffer Wildwood High School has a new athletics director.

As expected, Phil Schaffer, who had been a teacher and the head boys basketball coach at Cedar Creek High School, was approved for the position at Wednesday evening’s regular meeting of the school district’s board of education.

Schaffer replaces Christel Pond, who left the position after four years earlier this summer. Pond is the new principal at the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in Wildwood.

Schaffer had coached the Pirate boys basketball team to a 31-45 record in three seasons.

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Storm halts SuperAthalon race

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:31 am

CAPE MAY – Past race history has shown that the early leader of the Cape May SuperAthalon almost never wins.

But on Tuesday, it would have been impossible for him to lose.

Stone Harbor’s Gregg Donnelly was declared the champion of the event after the first leg of the run-row-swim race when race officials suspended the race at the end of the 2.2-mile run due to stormy weather conditions that saw lightning flash in the southern sky. The ensuing 1 ½-mile row and quarter-mile swim were not held.

2014 Cape May SuperAthalon With storm clouds on the horizon, athletes begin the Cape May SuperAthalon It proved to be a sound decision, as the skies opened with heavy rains only seconds after the final athlete finished the run, followed by numerous rounds of violent thunder and rapid lightning.

“I feel bad for the athletes but we didn’t have any other choice but to end the race,” Cape May Beach Patrol chief Harry “Buzz” Mogck said.

With storms in the forecast, Mogck was asked about the decision to begin the race in the first place. The competition was set for a 6 p.m. start, but was begun a few minutes early in hopes of beating the approaching storm.

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WCHS golf standout chooses college

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:27 am

Blake Vogdes, BLAKE VOGDES Blake Vogdes, a rising senior at Wildwood Catholic High School, will play his college golf at Temple University.

Vogdes made a verbal commitment to accept athletic scholarship money from the Division I school during a recent unofficial visit to its main campus in North Philadelphia.

Vogdes chose Temple over Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and Penn State, among others.

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Avalon breaks through at Beschen-Callahans

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 17, 2014 09:24 am

Avalon breaks through at Beschen-Callahans Avalon's Anthony Richardson places first in the can run NORTH WILDWOOD – Two things occurred for the very first time at the 46th annual Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races Friday evening.

First, on a somber note, John Callahan was not present at the race for the first time. Callahan, who passed away in January, was the father of former Army Specialist Michael Callahan, who was killed on active duty during the Vietnam War in June 1969. Michael Callahan and Jim Beschen, who was also killed during the Vietnam War, were two former North Wildwood Beach Patrol lifeguards for whom the race is named.

A moment of silence was held in Mr. Callahan’s memory during the post-race awards ceremony.

Second, the Avalon Beach Patrol claimed the team championship for the first time behind a handful of stirring performances in the six-event competition.

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Peterson enjoys surfing success out West

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 10, 2014 08:19 am

Wildwood Crest resident Maddie Peterson traveled to California recently to compete in quite a few important surfing events and fared rather well in the competitions.

The 16-year-old won first place at the Rip Curl Grom Search in Huntington Beach, placed second in both the National Scholastic Surfing Association women’s high school championship in Salt Creek and the Surfing American U-16 U.S. Championships in Lower Trestles and finished fourth in the NSSA open women’s championship in Huntington Beach.

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Gill stars but OCBP wins county title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, July 09, 2014 04:35 pm

The OCBP's Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten won the doubles row The OCBP's Matt Garbutt and Dylan Kosten won the doubles row WILDWOOD CREST – While an Ocean City High School student was the individual star, it was the Ocean City Beach Patrol that again grabbed team glory in the first lifeguard competition of the 2014 season.

The OCBP was the only patrol of 10 to score in all six events as it captured the championship in Monday’s Cape May County Championships. The event was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was postponed to earlier this week due to inclement weather.

The championship is Ocean City’s 15th in the 31 years of the event.

Meanwhile, Kevin Gill, a 17-year-old rising senior at Ocean City High School, led the Upper Township Beach Patrol to a second-place team finish by impressively winning back-to-back events.

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OC-Upper to face Erial Sunday in Little League play

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:55 pm

The Little League District 16 champions celebrate after winning theitr fourth straight game. The Little League District 16 champions celebrate after winning theitr fourth straight game. The combined Ocean City-Upper Township team won the District 16 championship of New Jersey 11-12 Little League Baseball on Saturday, defeating the Linwood-Margate team, 12-2, for its fourth straight victory.

The Ocean City Youth Athletic Association won the District 16 championship last year for the first time but Ocean City and Upper combined their leagues this year when Upper Township joined Little League Baseball.

The OC-UT team will play on Sunday (5pm) in North Vineland against Erial, the winner of District 14, in the first round of the New Jersey Section 4 Tournament. Erial defeated Audubon to win that district's championship. OC-UT will also play on Tuesday, either in the winner’s or loser’s bracket. 

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Lucky 7 for Brian Duffy in Avalon

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:17 am

BRIAN DUFFY AVALON – There’s something about the Avalon Islandman Triathlon that brings out the best in Brian Duffy.

The 26-year-old West Chester, Pa., scored a comfortable, nearly-three-minute win to earn first place in the event for the seventh straight year. Duffy recorded a time of 58 minutes, 18 seconds in the quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5K beach run competition.

Adam Webber, 33, of Denver, Pa., was second to Duffy for the second straight year, posting a time of 1:01.04. Greg Kaplan, 42, of Philadelphia, was third in 1:04:45; Keith Fitzgerald, 35, of Philadelphia, placed fourth in 1:05:09; and Mark Brace, 42, of Hershey, Pa., finished fifth in 1:05:12.

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Middle player helps Tri-Cape to title during whirlwind week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:07 am

Taylor Franchville did not get out of bed on Monday until 4 in the afternoon.

But please don’t call her lazy.

The 17-year-old rising senior at Middle Township High School finally earned a day of rest after a whirlwind schedule that saw her play 17 high-level softball games in six days, all of which took place at least 1 ½ hours from home.

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Crest native is national triathlon champion

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 03, 2014 09:02 am

JOE MALOY Just since the beginning of this year, he’s traveled to Australia, China, Japan and New Zealand to compete.

Now back on home soil, Joe Maloy made the most of a major opportunity.

Maloy, a Wildwood Crest native and Wildwood Catholic High School graduate, became the 2014 national triathlon champion by finishing as the top American at the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Triathlon in Chicago last weekend.

The race was designated as the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship for American athletes.

Maloy finished 17th overall out of more than 4,000 entrants in the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1K bike and 10K run course, posting a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, 24 seconds.

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Maddie Anagnou: So. CMC Female Athlete of Year

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:29 am

Before she even entered Middle Township High School, Maddie Anagnou was on the radar of people associated with the school’s athletic department.

“Wait until you see Maddie Anagnou,” Middle Township athletic director Scott Lodgek told the Gazette back then. “She’s going to be one of the best female athletes this school has seen.”

Lodgek certainly wasn’t wrong.

Anagnou capped an amazing four-year high school athletic career with an extraordinary senior season. She’s a program record holder in field hockey and swimming and is among the greatest scorers in program history in lacrosse.

And she’s also a top-notch student, as evidence by her selection as the Cape-Atlantic National Conference’s top scholar-athlete for the 2013-14 season.

Add all that up and it’s easy to see why Anagnou is an easy choice as the Gazette and Leader newspapers’ Area High School Female Athlete of the Year for southern Cape May County for the second straight year.

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Jose Valentin: Southern CMC Male Athlete of the Year

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:19 am

Jose Valentin participated in his first varsity contest for Wildwood High School in October 2012 after finally becoming eligible to participate following family issues that caused absenteeism.

He made immediate impact in helping the Warrior football team to one of its six victories that season.

“We told him not to think too much, but to go tackle the ball carrier,” said Rich Hans, Wildwood’s head football coach in 2012-13. “He went out there and did it.”

Valentin made 10 tackles that evening, five of which were for losses, and caught a two-point conversion pass in a lopsided win over Salem.

That performance spawned two full years of extraordinary impact on the athletic program at Wildwood High School, with Valentin also excelling in basketball and baseball. For his efforts with each of those teams, particularly during his senior season in 20-13-14, Valentin is the Gazette and Leader newspapers’ Area High School Male Athlete of the Year for southern Cape May County.

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Diamond Crush win state championship

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 26, 2014 08:14 am

The Jersey Shore Diamond Crush 18U Elite travel softball team, made up of players from Cape May and Atlantic counties, won the USSSA state championship last weekend by winning five of six games in the tournament.

The team qualified for the knockout round by going 2-1 in pool play on Saturday. On Sunday, the Diamond Crush edged The Crew, 1-0, in their first game behind a shutout pitching performance by Jackie DeLong (Wildwood Catholic).

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World Cup fever sweeps area

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 18, 2014 06:46 pm

Ricky Thall (red), Brian Haas (white) and Steve Kane (blue) support Team USA while watching the World Cup at the Angelsea Pub in North Wildwood NORTH WILDWOOD – It was about 6 p.m. Monday evening and about 40 people – perhaps 30 more than usual at that time of day at this time of year – were bellied up at the bar at the Anglesea Pub in North Wildwood.

Before a handful of them had even ordered their first cocktail, those gathered in the pub exploded in euphoria at what they had just witnessed on the many televisions located in all corners of the establishment.

The cheering wasn’t for a Flyers’ goal in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

It wasn’t for a Ryan Howard three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.

And it certainly wasn’t for a last-second game-winner by a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

They were cheering after witnessing what happened in a soccer game.

Yes, a soccer game.

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