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COLUMN: Memories of Voltaco’s - By TOM WILLIAMS Things have changed a bit for Ocean City residents and visitors recently. Ward’s Pastry closed its doors last month. Express Pizza & Subs is for sale. Ocean City Surf Cafe and Starfish Cafe have both closed. And, …
Paul LeFever, Paul Baruffi, seven athletes & one team added to OCHS Sports Hall of Fame - Ocean City High School’s longest serving athletics director and most successful girls basketball coach are among the nine individuals who will be inducted into the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame this fall. Paul LeFever was OCHS Director of Athletics for …
COLUMN: Remembering Ray Rogers - By TOM WILLIAMS Most OCHS sports fans have memories of Ray Rogers. Maybe it was the 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown his sophomore year against Mainland that is the longest kickoff return in the 104 years of Ocean City …
Linden Wineland wins Frank Campo Award - By TOM WILLIAMS Mainland senior Linden Wineland was named the winner of the Frank Campo Humanitarian Award, created by Schoppy, Inc. and Prime Events, and presented annually to the Cape-Atlantic League senior varsity athlete whose academic achievement and dedication to …
COLUMN: OCHS says goodbye to another Baruffi - By TOM WILLIAMS Last year Ocean City High School said goodbye to Paul Baruffi, one of the most successful girls basketball coaches in South Jersey history. His teams won 429 games (300 wins above .500), including the school’s only state …
Mainland wins Ed Byrnes Award with near-record year - Mainland Regional High School compiled the second highest score (29 points) in the 32-year history of the Ed Byrnes Memorial All-Sports Award and became the 2021-22 winner of the award. That ended the nine-year streak by Ocean City of either …
Bowman, Dirkes win Billy Schoppy Awards - A pair of three-sport athletes have won the 22nd annual Billy Schoppy Awards, presented this year to the top athletes in the Cape-Atlantic League Class of 2022. Calem Bowman of Millville and Camryn Dirkes of Mainland are this year’s Billy …
Father’s Day Salute to Chuck Smith - Note: June is always a big month around high schools. There is graduation and the end of the scholastic careers for seniors – plus Father’s Day, which is Sunday. For more than four decades during June, Tom Williams has turned over …
Father’s Day Salute to Ed Ritti - Note: June is always a big month around high schools. There is graduation and the end of the scholastic sports careers for seniors – plus Father’s Day, which is Sunday. During previous Junes, Tom Williams has turned over his column to …
Billy Schoppy Male Finalists for 2022 - By TOM WILLIAMS A dozen boys have been selected as finalists for the 2022 Billy Schoppy Award, presented to the athlete from the Cape-Atlantic League Class of 2022 who had the most outstanding high school sports career. The awards originated …
Billy Schoppy Female Finalists for 2022 - By TOM WILLIAMS A dozen girls have been selected as finalists for the 2022 Billy Schoppy Award, presented to the athlete from the Cape-Atlantic League Class of 2022 who had the most outstanding high school sports career. The awards originated …
Like father, like son - By TOM WILLIAMS Dashawn Hendricks had a pretty good basketball season this year. The Egg Harbor Township graduate, who works in education and is part of the Prime Events sports team that covers high school sports, is the leading scorer …
COLUMN: OCHS girls basketball in limbo - By TOM WILLIAMS For the first time since 1971, Ocean City High School does not have a girls basketball coach. Wednesday night, at an Ocean City School Board meeting in the Hughes Memorial Auditorium the Board of Education voted, 7-4, …
COLUMN: Remembering Mikenzie Helphenstine - By TOM WILLIAMS The Ocean City sports community lost its soul this week when former star athlete and coach Mikenzie Helphenstine finally succumbed to cancer after a long, courageous battle. She (Mikenzie Custer) had been a multi-sport athlete and an …
Remembering Harry Bakley - By TOM WILLIAMS Harry Bakley was a very good catcher. He caught and I pitched on some middle school baseball teams. It all started during the first year of Ocean City Youth Athletic Association baseball. Bakley, who died last week, …
Cape-Atlantic basketball alignments for 2022-23 - By TOM WILLIAMS The Cape-Atlantic League has voted to re-align its three conferences for the 2022-23 season. The league ended its use of the “snake format” but might have come up with something almost as deadly. Here are the alignments …
COLUMN: Reviewing CAL basketball in 2021-22 - By TOM WILLIAMS The fastballs are being delivered, the batons exchanged and the tee shots are flying. Spring sports in the Cape-Atlantic League are underway. But first, our final wrap-up of the CAL basketball season. Mainland’s girls were South Jersey …
Facts about All Star Saturday - Location: Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium at Ocean City High School – Sixth Street & The Boardwalk. Admission is $6.00 at the door. Proceeds benefit Edythe Selvagn Memorial Scholarship Fund. Check out the previous 18 All Star Saturdays HERE. Schedule: 1pm …
COLUMN: NJ’s final basketball TOCs begin tomorrow - By TOM WILLIAMS The NJSIAA Tournaments of Champions – competitions that paired the six state group champions into a season-ending tournament – have ended the basketball season in the Garden State since 1989. The 2022 version begins tomorrow with a …
COLUMN: Get the snake out of CAL sports - By TOM WILLIAMS This snake, like most snakes, cannot be trusted. The Cape-Atlantic League has used this reptile to align its conferences the last few years. The idea is to make them more balanced with fair competition. The CAL is …