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September 5, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden Riversharks, the independent professional baseball team that has played at the city's waterfront Campbell's Field for 15 years, may leave next season, according to sources familiar with the matter. Two people with knowledge of the situation said Camden County officials were working to bring in a team with a major-league affiliation next year. No agreement is in place for the Riversharks to play at Campbell's Field next season. The team and the county are in negotiations.
SPORTS
October 27, 2009 | Daily News Staff Report
Mr. "Five-for-One" is coming back to the Delaware Valley. Von Hayes, acquired by the Phillies in 1982 from the Cleveland Indians for five players, has been named the manager of the Camden Riversharks, of the Atlantic League. "I'm coming home," Hayes said. "It's great to be back in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area, and I'm extremely excited about managing the Riversharks this upcoming season. I'm sure we're going to have a great year. " Hayes managed the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League last season and also has managed minor league teams in South Bend, Ind.; Modesto, Calif.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden Riversharks started their 13th season of minor-league baseball in South Jersey on Thursday night with a crushing 6-3 loss on the road to their Atlantic League archrivals, the Lancaster Barnstormers. Or, as the team fan base that has passed through the turnstiles of Campbell's Field more than three million times since 2001 would probably say, "Eh. " For the Riversharks - who play their 2013 home opener Tuesday night - winning isn't everything, or the only thing. Yes, winning's a thing - but so are the weekend fireworks shows, the weddings at home plate, the carousel, the rock-climbing wall, the appearances by characters like Dora the Explorer and Buzz Lightyear, and all the charity and community events that have allowed the independent ball club to remain an economically viable venture in the heart of a poverty-stricken city.
NEWS
July 24, 2005 | By Julie Shaw INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Just hearing his voice on www.sportsjuice.com, you'd think the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks was in his 30s. With a deep, mature voice. Not an 18-year-old who just graduated from Lower Merion High School, stands 5-foot-8, weighs 150 pounds, and highlights his hair blond. Landon Sears might look like any teen, but he's way ahead of his peers career-wise. He is the youngest announcer in baseball's Atlantic League, and among the youngest sports announcers in the country.
NEWS
July 14, 2000 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are the Phillies and the Eagles, the Flyers and the Phantoms. And, of course, the 76ers. Now, get ready for the Riversharks. That is the name Camden schoolchildren have chosen by an overwhelming margin for their city's new minor-league baseball team. "Now we have an identity," said John Brandt, general manager of what had been known only as Camden Baseball LLC, at a news conference held yesterday to introduce the team's name and logo. The announcement at the Camden Children's Garden at the New Jersey State Aquarium came a month after Gov. Whitman broke ground nearby for a $17.5 million, 6,425-seat stadium for the Camden Riversharks, part of the independent Atlantic League.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden Riversharks, the independent professional baseball team that has played at the city's waterfront Campbell's Field for 15 years, has ceased all operations, according to a statement from the team. "We would like to thank our partners and fans for supporting the club for 15 memorable seasons," reads the statement posted on the team website Wednesday. "We did everything we could to keep affordable, family entertainment alive and well in Camden. " Representatives from the Riversharks could not be reached, but the statement said the decision stemmed from "an inability" to reach an agreement on lease terms with the ballpark's owner, the Camden County Improvement Authority.
SPORTS
September 17, 2009 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Jeremy Lewis allowed just four hits in six shutout innings as the Camden Riversharks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish, 2-1, in an Atlantic League game last night at Campbell's Field in Camden. Riversharks designated hitter Vito Chiaravalloti led off the fourth with a home run to left, his 12th of the season. Bryant Nelson doubled in a run in the fifth. Bridgeport's Jonathan Plefka (5-4) allowed both runs and took the loss.
SPORTS
September 20, 2008 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Chris Maples' two-run homer in the fourth snapped a 3-3 tie and sent the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to a 6-4 Atlantic League win over the Camden Riversharks last night at Campbell's Field.
SPORTS
September 9, 2008 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Gary Harris broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run triple in the top of the ninth, and the Lancaster Barnstormers went on to score seven more in an 11-2 rout of the Camden Riversharks last night at Campbell's Field. Lancaster won its fourth straight Atlantic League game.
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July 4, 2016 | By Tom Wilk, Former Inquirer Copy Editor
  When the Delaware River Bridge opened on July 1, 1926, an estimated 100,000 people crossed the span, taking the opportunity to travel between Philadelphia and Camden without water transportation. They came on foot, not by car, that first day. Ninety years later, the bridge has undergone many changes, starting with its name. The span was renamed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in 1956 to differentiate it from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Tolls are now one-way and have risen from 25 cents to $5 for cars, with E-ZPass now an option.
SPORTS
May 18, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
It was a good night for Jason Groome. It was a better night for Tyler Mondile. Mondile outdueled Groome Monday as Gloucester Catholic High School scored a 1-0 victory over Barnegat in a highly anticipated clash of star senior pitchers before a near-capacity crowd at Campbell's Field. Mondile, a Florida State recruit projected as a possible early-round selection in the June 9 baseball draft, pitched a three-hitter with one walk and 10 strikeouts on a cool, clear night on the Camden waterfront.
SPORTS
May 8, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Jason Groome of Barnegat High School and Tyler Mondile of Gloucester Catholic will square off in a highly anticipated, specially scheduled pitching matchup May 16 at Campbell's Field on the Camden riverfront. The pitchers will share more than a mound. Both athletes have designated charities to which all proceeds from the event will be donated. Tickets are $5 and available at the gate for the showdown between Groome, a lefthander regarded as possibly the No. 1 overall pick by the Phillies in the June 9 major-league draft, and Mondile, a righthanded Florida State recruit and potential high draft pick as well.
SPORTS
October 23, 2015
THE INDEPENDENT league Camden Riversharks announced on their website on Wednesday that they were "ceasing operations immediately" after failing to come to an agreement with the Camden County Improvement Authority, a branch of the Camden County government that purchased Campbell's Field, the 15-year-old ballpark, in April for $3.5 million. "We would like to thank our partners and fans for supporting the club for 15 memorable seasons," read the statement on the team's website. "We did everything we could to keep affordable, family entertainment alive and well in Camden.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden Riversharks, the independent professional baseball team that has played at the city's waterfront Campbell's Field for 15 years, has ceased all operations, according to a statement from the team. "We would like to thank our partners and fans for supporting the club for 15 memorable seasons," reads the statement posted on the team website Wednesday. "We did everything we could to keep affordable, family entertainment alive and well in Camden. " Representatives from the Riversharks could not be reached, but the statement said the decision stemmed from "an inability" to reach an agreement on lease terms with the ballpark's owner, the Camden County Improvement Authority.
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
TYREKE EVANS needs a reality check. The Pelicans guard, who grew up in Chester, told The Sporting News that his team has a legitimate chance to win the NBA title this season. Huh? Did he forget that New Orleans was swept by the Warriors - the eventual NBA champions - in the first round of last season's playoffs? What's changed since then? The Pelicans biggest offseason move was hiring Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to replace Monty Williams as head coach. "I don't see why we can't do it," Evans said.
NEWS
September 5, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden Riversharks, the independent professional baseball team that has played at the city's waterfront Campbell's Field for 15 years, may leave next season, according to sources familiar with the matter. Two people with knowledge of the situation said Camden County officials were working to bring in a team with a major-league affiliation next year. No agreement is in place for the Riversharks to play at Campbell's Field next season. The team and the county are in negotiations.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Jon Bon Jovi is coming back to Camden. The New Jersey rocker and humanitarian will return to the city May 21 to receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from Rutgers-Camden and deliver a commencement speech. He will be joined by social justice and human rights lawyer Bryan A. Stevenson. Rutgers' board of governors unanimously approved Bon Jovi, Stevenson, and the commencement speakers for other campuses during a meeting Thursday. Rutgers' main governing body also signed off on a deal to sell Campbell's Field, home of the Camden Riversharks minor league baseball team, to the Camden County Improvement Authority for $3.5 million.
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Other than for college and work purposes, Chris Widger has always remained tied to his hometown of Pennsville. A 1989 Pennsville graduate, Widger spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues with six teams and was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series championship team as a reserve catcher. He would always return to Pennsville during the offseason, and now his newest venture will continue to allow him to stay close to home while being heavily involved in baseball. Widger said that one of the reasons he accepted the position of manager of the Camden Riversharks last month was because of the team's proximity to Pennsville.
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