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State playoff pairings announced for baseball, softball

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:19 pm

gamibball2 Absegami junior pitcher Matt Ardente will face Millville in a first-round NJSIAA playoff game. Dates and times are still to be determined, but we now have seeds and pairings for the first round of the NJSIAA state baseball tournament. All seeds and pairings are tentative until noon on Friday, at which time they will become official.

In South Jersey Group IV, Egg Harbor Township is the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Cherokee in the first round. Absegami earned the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Millville.

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Lower, Middle, advance in girls lacrosse playoffs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:07 am

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls lacrosse teams each won South Jersey Group II playoff games Wednesday afternoon.

Lower Cape May pulled off an upset according to seeding, the ninth-seeded Lady Tigers going on the road to beat No. 8 Red Bank, 16-12.

Madie Gibson and Ashley Hunt each scored five goals to lead Lower Cape May (11-4), which raced out to an 11-2 halftime lead. Emily Levin and Logan Walter each added three goals.

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Cedar Creek notes: Melton, Burrell win county gold

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 14, 2014 04:14 pm

melton Cedar Creek's Bo Melton Cedar Creek High School boys track and field standouts Miles “Bo” Melton and Jalil Burrell claimed titles at the Atlantic County Championships on May 8 at Buena Regional.

Melton won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches. Burrell captured the discus crown with a toss of 140-7.

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Oakcrest notes: Muhammad, Dixon pace 5th straight county title

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 14, 2014 03:57 pm

oaktrack Submitted/The Oakcrest 4x400 relay team: Ladarrell Dixon, Alex Arrington, Luke Coffey, and Ish Muhammad. A sensational all-around effort from Ishmael Muhammad propelled the Oakcrest High School boys track and field program to its fifth straight Atlantic County Championship team title May 8 at Buena Regional.

Muhammad produced three individual victories, winning the 800 meters (1 minute, 57.82 seconds), 1,600 (4:22.85) and 400 hurdles (55.88). Also, Muhammad, Luke Coffey, Alex Arrington and LaDarrell Dixon came in first in the 4x400 relay in 3:24.64.

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My 2 cents: suggestions that make sense for CAL, NJSIAA

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, May 14, 2014 03:40 pm

njsiaalogo Things are always changing in the Cape-Atlantic League and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Sometimes they are big changes, sometimes rather subtle.

In about a month, Hammonton will be history. The Blue Devils are headed for the Tri-County Conference where they claim the bus rides will be shorter and the student-athletes will miss less class time. Anyway, they are leaving. A new tech school in Cumberland County that will open in September 2015, however, might fill the spot vacated by Hammonton in some sports.

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Bowen’s walk-off lifts Absegami past familiar rival Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:45 am

gamibball1 Bill LeConey/Brandon Bowen is greeted by his Absegami teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run vs. Cedar Creek on May 12. GALLOWAY – With such familiarity between coaches, players and parents, it was more like a neighborhood pick-up game than a battle between two of the top teams in the Cape-Atlantic League.

Brandon Bowen hit a walk-off two-run home run in the seventh inning Monday to lift the Absegami Braves to an 11-9 win over Cedar Creek in a wild game between intra-district rivals.

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Conrad sparks Tigers with bat, legs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 13, 2014 07:29 pm

ERIK CONRAD ERMA – Erik Conrad knocked the ball all over the field in his four at bats against Wildwood Catholic Tuesday afternoon. But it was what he did on the bases that got the biggest rise out of his teammates.

Conrad, a senior third baseman on the Lower Cape May baseball team who will never be confused with Rickey Henderson, stole his first career base during a seven-run fifth inning. His teammates cheered wildly from the dugout when he rumbled down the basepath and created a cloud of dust with a less-than-graceful slide into the bag.

“I haven’t gotten that (steal) sign many times,” Conrad said with a laugh. “I was happy to see it.”

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Championship double for David Hicks

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:23 pm

DAVID HICKS David Hicks has been his team’s low scorer in plenty of matches, both this season and in seasons past. He’s also won his share of high-level individual tournaments.

But on Monday, the Middle Township High School junior finished off a very rare championship double by winning the second South-Central Jersey Group II golf title of his career.

The comfortable four-stroke win in the sectional tournament came four days after Hicks beat Mainland’s Colin Roche in a playoff in the Cape-Atlantic League individual tournament, giving him two major individual championships in the same season.

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Crusaders get their revenge vs. Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:21 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School softball team wasted a few scoring opportunities in a 1-0 loss to Middle Township earlier this month.

The Crusaders made sure that didn’t happen again when the teams met again Monday afternoon.

A three-run first-inning outburst and the usual strong pitching from Jackie DeLong carried Wildwood Catholic to a solid 5-1 victory over its rival.

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Warrior senior overcomes adversity to reach 100 hits

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:19 pm

DEVON BRADSHAW WILDWOOD – Devon Bradshaw was on course to become a standout three-sport athlete at Wildwood High School.

But a concussion suffered early in his junior football season derailed that path, forcing him to give up football – his favorite sport – for good.

“It was the roughest time in my life,” Bradshaw said. “It was like a death in the family. All I did was go to the field and go to the weight room. I thought football was my future.”

The injury, suffered in the fall of 2012, also forced Bradshaw to step away from the basketball team.

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Spirit crews sweep varsity 8 finals at county championships

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, May 12, 2014 05:28 pm

newcrewchamps Matt Strabuk/The Holy Spirit boys varsity eight pulls ahead of St. Augustine Prep in the last 20 meters to win the county championship on Sunday at Lake Lenape. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Holy Spirit High School crew teams swept the varsity eight finals at the 10th annual Atlantic County Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 11, at Lake Lenape.

The Spartan boys nipped two-time defending champion St Augustine Prep by .15 seconds, with Oakcrest third. The Spartan girls repeated as Atlantic County champions, finishing in five minutes, six seconds to beat Oakcrest and third-place Absegami.

The Holy Spirit girls crew included stroke Cailin McCully, Tara Puhalski, Kylie Magee, Lauren Thomas, Amanda Reale, Christine Wojciechowicz, Danielle LaRontonda, bow Michelle Smith and coxswain Onora Labrum.

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[UPDATED] EHT girls, Oakcrest boys continue reign as county champs

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, May 09, 2014 12:01 am

jenkins Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township's Amber Jenkins (far left) captures the Atlantic County girls 100-meter final at the championship meet Thursday at Buena Regional High School. BUENA - It's becoming a tradition at the Atlantic County High School Track and Field Championships: the Egg Harbor Township girls and the Oakcrest boys are the heavyweight medal-winners, while many other athletes from every area school put up tremendous individual performances, as well.

The EHT girls won their fourth straight county title with 178 team points, 100 points more than second-place Mainland. The Oakcrest boys edged EHT 138-95 for their fifth straight title in the competition held at Buena Regional High School.

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Hicks wins CAL title in playoff, Vogdes third

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 08, 2014 09:20 pm

DAVID HICKS David Hicks won his second Cape-Atlantic League golf championship Thursday afternoon, much in the same fashion as he did his first.

Like last year, the Middle Township High School junior took the title in a playoff, edging Mainland’s Colin Roche on the second playoff hole after each shot even-par 72 after 18 holes at Wildwood Golf and Country Club.

Hicks shot par in both playoff holes. Roche missed a four-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to give Hicks the victory.

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3 records fall at Cape May County track meet

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 08, 2014 08:59 pm

ERMA – Record-setting performances by Bridget Flynn and Devon Grisbaum of Ocean City and three first-place finishes by Rashid Marrow highlighted the Cape May County Track and Field Championships Thursday afternoon at Lower Cape May Regional High School.

Flynn broke her own records in the 800- and 1600-meter runs and Grisbaum shattered the 3200 record by almost 10 seconds as Ocean City won its 35th straight girls title at the meet.

Meanwhile, Marrow placed first in the 100, 200 and long jump and teammate John Mooers won the shot put and discus, but Middle Township lost out to Ocean City’s superior depth in the boys portion of the meet.

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