O.C. wins delayed 2012 championship

Sean Taylor of St. Augustine Prep surfs to a third-place finish in men’s shortboard at the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s championship tournament at the 1st Street beach in Ocean City on Sunday. The Hermits finished third behind champion Ocean City and runner-up Manasquan.

Ocean City High School's surfing team capitalized on homecourt advantage Sunday to win the rescheduled 2012 National Scholastic Surfing Association's Northeast Conference championship.

The contest was supposed to be held last fall but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

The Red Raiders earned top honors at the event, which was held at Ocean City's 1st Street beach. Manasquan High School earned second place and St. Augustine Prep third. Those teams were among those that qualified to compete in the NSSA's National Championships in Dana Point, Calif., from June 15-17.

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"We're thinking about going to nationals this year," St. Augustine Prep coach Kevin Morris said Sunday in a phone interview. "It all depends if we are able to work out all the details in time."

Red Raiders teammates Zach Greaser and Jimmy Naplacic finished first and second, respectively. St. Augustine's Sean Taylor and Perry Siganos were third and fourth, respectively.

Atlantic City's Cassidy McClain won the girls division.

Official team scores were not immediately available.

"We were pretty happy with third place, considering we did not have anyone in the girls division," Morris said.

"Maddie Peterson (a Wildwood Crest native who is home-schooled) rode for us in the past, but she couldn't make it this year. So for us to still take third is pretty good."

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