South Jersey Sports

Cedar Creek goes the extra mile (again) for latest win

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:59 pm

sibson Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek senior Andrew Sibson fires a pitch in Wednesday's game against St. Joseph. HAMMONTON – The Cedar Creek High School baseball team had to dig down a little deeper – and absorb a few St. Joseph counter-punches – to nail down the latest victory of a surprising season.

Marty Ortiz singled through a drawn-in infield to plate the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning, and the Pirates went on to beat the St. Joseph Wildcats, 3-2, at a blustery Hammonton Lake Park Wednesday afternoon.

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Six day racing season opens at Atlantic City Race Course

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Wednesday, April 23, 2014 02:54 pm

acrc1 Charlie Pritchard/The “Dream Big Bar” named in honor of former track superintendent Tony Gatto is a new attraction for visitors to the Atlantic City Race Course. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Full fields and large crowds are expected when the Atlantic City Race Course opens its 69th season on Thursday, April 24. The track will offer six days of live racing with a post time of 3:30 p.m. to accommodate those who may want to visit after work and also bring their children after school hours.

“We will have six races on the turf course each day, except for the final day on Wednesday, April 30 when there will be seven races,” said Mary Jo Couts, the track’s Director of Operations and Mutual Manager.

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Meyer fans 16, slams Creek to win over Spirit

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:34 am

meyerbat Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Cheyenne Meyer hit a grand slam to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning against Holy Spirit. ABSECON – Cheyenne Meyer was The Difference between Cedar Creek and Holy Spirit in a close and competitive Cape-Atlantic League softball game Tuesday.

Meyer struck out 16 Holy Spirit batters, allowed only two hits, and broke a 2-2 tie with a grand slam in the seventh inning as the Pirates beat the Spartans, 6-2, at Holy Spirit High School.

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LCM pair sign letters of intent

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:35 pm

Gene Zebrowski (left) and Cory Damiana of Lower Cape May ERMA – Cory Damiana and Gene Zebrowski officially accepted scholarship offers to play college sports Tuesday afternoon.

The two Lower Cape May Regional seniors signed National Letters of Intent during a ceremony held at the Board of Education offices on the high school’s campus.

Damiana, one of the best wrestlers in school history, accepted a two-thirds athletic and academic scholarship to wrestle at Division I Hofstra University. Damiana went 123-24, was a three-time district champion, three-time state qualifier and multi-year Cape-Atlantic League all-star during his career with the Caper Tigers.

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Transfer boosts Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, April 21, 2014 10:21 pm

CHRIS MORMILE WILDWOOD – Admit it. When you saw the headline, you first thought about one of the Wildwood High School basketball teams.

When the word “transfer” is used in these parts, the immediate question asked by area sports fans usually pertains to which local high school received (or lost) one for basketball.

But while basketball transfers are always hot topic of conversation, the athletes who transfer for other sports usually do so with much less fanfare even though their impact can still be rather significant.

Take the case of Chris Mormile.

A transfer from Egg Harbor Township High School, Mormile moved to the Wildwoods for his sophomore year and joined the baseball team at Wildwood High School. Almost quietly, the shortstop and pitcher has emerged as one of the better players in the area despite being just 15 years old.

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No-hitter highlights Warrior DH sweep

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, April 21, 2014 10:15 pm

Wildwood's Matt Bolle pitched a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts vs. Salem on Monday WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team arrived back in town at 7 a.m. Sunday morning after enduring a nearly 24-hour bus ride following its weeklong trip to Florida.

When the team took the field Monday morning for a doubleheader against Salem, the players were rather sluggish.

That sluggishness, however, was negated by strong starting pitching.

The Bolle brothers, first Billy and then Matt, each tossed complete games and allowed zero earned runs over 14 innings pitched as Wildwood won both games of the doubleheader, by scores of 5-3 and 5-0.

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Charity, not just winning, important to MTHS softball

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:24 am

Members of the MTHS softball program pose for a photo during the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Walk earlier this month at county park The members of the Middle Township High School softball program are trying as hard as possible to win games.

More importantly, though, the Lady Panthers are trying their best to win away from the field, too, and they’re doing a very good job of it.

The team has made a conscious effort to become more involved in its community this season, participating in a number of charitable endeavors.

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Soph assaults LCM record books

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:18 am

Dave Pacevich is a very organized high school track coach when it comes to maintaining and updating records. That’s in part because these days it seems he has to update those records almost every time his Lower Cape May Regional High School girls program competes.

Quinn Bithell is a major reason why. The versatile sophomore already owns or shares six program records in a variety of events.

Bithell and her teammates set three new records at the recent Buena Relays. Bithell, Destiny West, Lizzy Sulecki and Suzanne Beteta set a new program mark of 14:47 in the distance medley relay; Bithell and West posted a new top time of 2:28.57 in the 2x400 intermediate hurdles; and Bithell and Domonique DeCamillo set a new standard of 9 feet, 4 inches in the high jump relay.

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Bowen, Ardente power Absegami past Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:12 pm

gami8 Bill LeConey/Absegami's Brandon Bowen fires a pitch in the seventh inning as he closes out his complete-game two-hitter. LINWOOD - It was a perfect day for a pitchers duel in chilly, overcast Linwood Thursday, and that's just what Absegami’s Brandon Bowen and Mainland Regional’s Nick Droboniku provided.

But the seventh inning was also a perfect time for the resilient Absegami Braves to show that they can break open close games with patient at-bats and timely hitting.

The Absegami bats finally broke through the chill for a 7-1 victory in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division game at Mainland.

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Registration open for May 31 Jersey Genesis Triathlon

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 17, 2014 03:02 pm

jerseygenesis jerseygenesis Registration is open for the 19th Annual Jersey Genesis Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike and Bambino Biathlon, scheduled for Saturday, May 31, in Port Republic.

Race organizers have added a duathlon to this year’s event to give the non-swimmers an opportunity to compete in the race.

The triathlon portion of the event will consist of a half-mile swim, 16-mile bike and four mile run.  Duathletes will have the option of running two miles rather than swimming the half-mile at the start of the race. The Aquabike participants will complete a half-mile swim and a 16-mile bike course.

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Prep hosts Invitational Regatta Saturday at Lake Lenape

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 17, 2014 02:35 pm

lakelenape Lake Lenape St. Augustine Prep School will be welcoming crew teams from several Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey schools to its 11th annual Lake Lenape Invitational Regatta on Saturday, April 19.

Crew teams from LaSalle College High School, Chaminade, Monsignor Bonner, Fordham Prep and Roman Catholic will attend the biggest regatta the Prep has ever hosted.

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Oakcrest notes: Muhammad shines at Bridgeton Relays

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 17, 2014 01:41 pm

oaknotes1 Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest’s Ishmael Muhammad runs to a victory in last year’s Cape-Atlantic League championships. Oakcrest High School track and field star Ishmael Muhammad starred at the prestigious Bridgeton Relays on April 12.

Muhammad won three relay events en route to earning the meet’s Outstanding Track Athlete award. The Falcons won five relays overall in Division II, which featured Non-Public A, and Group III and IV schools.

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Absegami notes: Miller, Gedeon win multiple track events

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 17, 2014 01:05 pm

gaminotes1 Jen Marra/Absegami’s Ryan Kurz carries the ball ahead of Middle’s Nik Anagnou in a game on April 11, won by Middle, 15-1. Scroll down for more photos. The Absegami High School girls track and field team defeated Atlantic City 120-19 and Oakcrest 84-56 on April 8.

Kayla Miller produced first-place finishes in the 200 meters, long jump and 4x400 relay.

Barbara Gedeon also won multiple individual events, taking first in the shot put and discus. Other Braves winners were Genira Nurse (100), Kathleen Ngo (800), Rachel Edwards (high jump) and Taylor Bates (javelin) also took first in individual action.

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Mainland notes: Girls lax falls to O.C. in typically close game

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 16, 2014 04:04 pm

mainnotes2 Matt Strabuk/Mainland’s Kailey Stangle looks to make a play as Ocean City’s Lauren McNally defends. The Mainland Regional High School girls lacrosse team couldn’t quite keep up the scoring pace with rival Ocean City, losing 13-12 in a Cape-Atlantic League game on April 14.

Kailey Stangle scored six goals for the Mustangs and Riley Dolan added three as the Mustangs dropped to 2-3 on the season.

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