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Phillies manager Pete Mackanin (in blue managing Hickory) and Greg Legg during the BlueClaws first home game in 2001
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin (in blue managing Hickory) and Greg Legg during the BlueClaws first home game in 2001 (Lakewood BlueClaws)
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Happy Birthday BlueClaws!

They have become a summertime staple at the Jersey Shore just like boardwalks, Barnegat Lighthouse, Salt Water Taffy and the Stone Pony. It’s hard to believe it was 15 years ago this week that the BlueClaws took the field in Lakewood for their inaugural home opener.

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Todd Durkin
Todd Durkin (Todd Durkin)
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Brick’s Todd Durkin Gets STRONG

For many high school and college athletes the success they had on the field and court is really the highlight of their lives. Far too many put all their time and effort into throwing a football or shooting a basketball and never took the academic part of school very seriously. I knew long ago that would not be the case with Todd Durkin, a gifted student-athlete at Brick Township High School who I took a special interest in while covering as a sportscaster in the late 1980s.

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Barnegat's Jason Groome throws a no-hitter against Central Regional
Barnegat's Jason Groome throws a no-hitter against Central Regional (Mark Brown, B51 Photography)
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A Baseball Star Is Born in Barnegat

I saw it with Al Leiter at Central Regional High School in 1984 and J.M. Gold fourteen years later at Toms River North. Now in 2016 the throng of major league scouts and other officials are focused on another Ocean County hurler whose pitching appearances are taking on a life of their own.

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Jordan Spieth of the United States and caddie Michael Greller react after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament
Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller react after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Watching the Wheels Come Off at the Masters

I was locked into the final round of the Master’s yesterday like many others and when Jordan Spieth opened up a 5-shot lead after the front nine I figured it was over. Then in front of millions of eyes the wheels started coming off

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Toms River South senior Trevor Wagner pitched a no-hitter Thursday night against Toms River North.
Toms River South senior Trevor Wagner pitched a no-hitter Thursday night against Toms River North. (Photo by Matt Manley)
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Gloves Off For Democrats, On For Weekend Snow

You might be depressed about another weekend that will feel more like winter than spring but be assured this should be the last stretch of winter-like weather as spring is about to arrive and stay. I have no idea why I led with this but it seemed like a good idea.

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A flag flaps in the wind on Route 37
A flag flaps in the wind on Route 37 in Toms River (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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We’re the United States of America

The simple definition of "united" is “involving people or groups working together to achieve something” or “made up of members who share the same purpose, interest, etc.” I say this because the United States of America seem less united than at any point in recent memory and it’s something we should be concerned about.

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Charlie Wicka (C) listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign stop at the La Crosse Center in Wisconsin
Charlie Wicka (C) listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign stop at the La Crosse Center in Wisconsin (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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If Donald Trump (or I) were President

For all the criticism heaped upon Donald Trump (and much of it deserved) what some career politicians fail to realize is many Americans endorse him because he has brought up issues they care about. And of course he’s not a career politician.

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Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats (C) hoists the trophy after the Villanova Wildcats defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship
Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats (C) hoists the trophy after the Villanova Wildcats defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship ( Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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A Game Worth The Sleep Deprivation

As much as I treasure sleep it was worth staying up for Monday night’s NCAA Championship game which saw Villanova stun North Carolina 77-74.

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Catching up with two of my favorite classmates: Liz Lorton Hutler (left) and Kathy Mihalkovitz Manuwald
Catching up with two of my favorite classmates: Liz Lorton Hutler (left) and Kathy Mihalkovitz Manuwald (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Catching Up and Failing to Catch

A little of this and a little of that as schools open today after what was a nice spring recess for most.

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Noah Syndergaard Makes Appearance At Citi Sweet Treats Food Truck Event
Mr. and Mrs. Met (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Citi)
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Spring Weather Is Finally Here To Stay…April Fool!

Random thoughts on this first day of April and I promise no April Fool’s Day jokes.

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President John F. Kennedy's Memorial At Arlington Undergoes Restoration
Paintbushes lie on the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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The Search for Leadership

Hillary Clinton tells us that America is still great but Donald Trump insists you need to elect him to make America great again. So who is right? I guess the answer is both depending on how you look at things.

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Barnegat senior left-hander Jason Groome.
Barnegat senior left-hander Jason Groome. (Photo by Matt Manley)
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Baseball’s Top High School Prospect Is A Bengal

Friday is supposed to be opening day for most of the spring high school sports including baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf. I say “supposed” because if the weather forecast is correct some of those sports may face opening-day postponements.

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