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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.
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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
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
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.
SPORTS
September 18, 2008 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Gabe Suarez homered and drove in two runs yesterday as the Camden Riversharks beat Long Island, 9-1, preventing the Ducks from clinching the Atlantic League's Liberty Division title at Campbell's Field. Ben Davis (1-1) got the win in relief.
SPORTS
May 4, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Gary Cates drove home two runs with a double in the bottom of the sixth and Brett Bonvechio added an RBI-double last night to propel the Camden Riversharks to a 10-8 win over the Newark Bears in an Atlantic League game at Campbell's Field.
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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.
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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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December 11, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Widger, the 1989 Pennsville graduate who was a catcher on the Chicago White Sox' 2005 World Series championship team, has been named the new manager of the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. Widger, who remains a Pennsville resident, served as the Riversharks pitching coach the previous two years. He replaced Ron Karkovice when the Riversharks decided to go in a different direction, according to a team official. "Managing is something I eventually wanted to do, and I feel so fortunate to be able to it 30 minutes from my home," Widger said Tuesday in a phone interview.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
IT HAS BEEN a long, strenuous fight for Temple baseball coach Ryan Wheeler since he heard his program would be cut, effective July 1. The fight that began in December ended yesterday with Wheeler and his team still looking for answers. While the board of trustees met yesterday afternoon and announced it was able to save men's crew and women's rowing, thanks to an outside donation, baseball was one of five sports that was not restored. "I kind of had an idea [Sunday] night in talking with our lawyer behind the scenes who has been working to help us," Wheeler said after the meeting.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014
THE STATUS of seven endangered sports at Temple will be decided by the Board of Trustees at 1 p.m. today. The board will meet with student-athletes, coaches, parents and alumni at Sullivan Hall. In December, Temple announced it would terminate baseball, softball, crew, women's rowing, men's track and field, indoor track and field and men's gymnastics. A group called "T7 Council" was created, formed by parents and alumni hoping to reverse the university's decision. Last month, the T7 Council met in a closed meeting with Temple president Neil Theobald and some board members.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Citing missed payments, a bank that helped finance the development of Campbell's Field, where the Camden Riversharks play, is suing to recover $4.6 million in loans. Santander Bank, a Wilmington-based entity formerly known as Sovereign Bank, filed the suit in federal court in Camden on Dec. 4. The bank is asking for a judgment against CFDA Baseball Property Inc., the Cooper's Ferry Partnership subsidiary that took the loans out to build the stadium. It is asking for the same judgment against Camden Baseball L.L.C., owner of the Riversharks, as the guarantor of the loans.
SPORTS
December 8, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
ONE MONTH AGO, there was nothing but excitement for Temple baseball coach Ryan Wheeler and his players as the team announced it would play all but one of its 2014 home conference games at Campbell's Field in Camden, home of the Camden Riversharks. That excitement turned into anger yesterday after Temple's Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from athletic director Kevin Clark to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports, including the school's history-rich baseball program. "It was just unbelievable," said Matt Hockenberry, a senior pitcher and team captain.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* BEHIND THE MASK. Premieres today at Hulu.com and on Hulu Plus.   JON "Jersey" Goldman doesn't need Halloween to dress up. If there's a team or cause that needs a mascot, he's there. "I've been cows, sharks, Superman," said Goldman, whose stints as a mascot began at Collingswood (N.J.) High School - where he was the Panther for a couple of years, before graduating in 2007 - and included a tour of duty as Finley the Rivershark (and sometimes Mr. Trash), with the Camden Riversharks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2013 | By Jon Caroulis, For The Inquirer
At minor-league baseball games, the draw is not on the field but off it, where children can climb rock walls, ride carousels, or swing a Wiffle bat at a Wiffle ball floating on a cushion of air. Walk through minor-league parks in Wilmington, Camden, or Reading (or anywhere else in America, for that matter) and you'll see scores of children, from infants in arms up to 12 or so, because Mom and Dad have discovered that minor-league baseball is inexpensive, fan-friendly entertainment.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A subcommittee of the LEAP Academy University Charter School charged with looking into the Camden school's food-service contract has found no irregularities in the choice of a new vendor for the 2012-13 year, according to a board statement. While the LEAP board - through its attorney, Nicholas Repici - declined to release documents from the May 14 subcommittee meeting that discussed the solicitation of bids and ultimate award of a food-service contract for the 2012-13 school year, the board issued a statement saying in part: "Following an investigation, the board found no evidence that any school official or board member violated or compromised any laws, regulations, or code of ethics.
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