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Oakcrest girls lacrosse gives max effort in loss to Middle

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 30, 2014 05:14 pm

oakgirlslax Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest freshman Teagan Hay scored four goals in the loss to Middle. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Oakcrest High School girls lacrosse team gave the Middle Township Panthers everything they could handle on Monday, April 28.

Everything, that is, except their first loss.

Unbeaten Middle won a very close and competitive game, 15-13, at Oakcrest. Middle's Bridget Rusky scored six goals, including the eventual game-winner with 3:06 left. Maddie Anagnou scored her 200th career goal for Middle (12-0).

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Panthers win Cape May tennis tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 30, 2014 04:51 pm

CAPE MAY – The Middle Township High School boys tennis team captured the team championship at the annual Cape May Tennis Club high school round robin tournament held Saturday morning.

The tournament featured individuals and doubles teams competing in one set each against the rest of the competition. Winners were determined by total games won.

In addition to Middle Township, the tournament included Lower Cape May, Vineland, Neshaminy (Pa.) and Jenkintown (Pa.).

Middle Township won at third singles and both doubles positions to earn the team title.

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Anagnou nets 200th, Middle stays unbeaten

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 30, 2014 04:47 pm

MT's Maddie Anagnou recently scored her 200th career goal
Check off yet another milestone for Maddie Anagnou.

Middle Township High School’s all-time leading goal scorer in field hockey and school record-holder in six swimming events became the third girls lacrosse player to reach 200 career goals earlier this week.

Anagnou scored twice as unbeaten Middle Township survived an upset bid by Oakcrest, 15-13, Monday afternoon. Her second goal was the 200th of her career.

Anagnou went on to add two goals in Tuesday’s 26-6 win over Our Lady of Mercy Academy. She now has 202 career goals and is within striking distance of surpassing 2011 graduate Kelsey McCusker’s total of 214 career goals for second place all-time in program history. Another 2011 graduate, Grace Adelizzi, is the program’s all-time leading scorer with 261 goals.

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A.C.’s Taggart battles back from injury for senior swan song

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 30, 2014 03:12 pm

smallertaggart Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Maddie Taggart prepares to throw a pitch against Mainland on April 28. ATLANTIC CITY – Atlantic City High School softball player Maddie Taggart walked gingerly to the pitching circle to face Mainland Regional on Monday, April 28, still somewhat gimpy from a sprained ankle sustained a week before.

When the game was over about 90 minutes later, Taggart had fired a four-hit shutout, striking out nine, in a 3-0 victory over Mainland. Ariana Marino and Sierra Jordan each hit RBI doubles in the game as the Vikings broke a seven-game losing streak and improved to 4-10 on the season.

It was quite a comeback for the senior from Brigantine. Of course, Taggart has been down this road before. She missed almost her entire junior season after surgery in November 2012 to repair a torn labrum in her hip.

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For area youth, rugby is a fun, safe alternative to football

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 30, 2014 02:40 pm

youthrugby6 Bill LeConey/Bill Sproule from Galloway catches a pass during last Saturday’s Youth Rugby League. GALLOWAY – Rugby is known as a rough and tumble sport, and there was a lot of tumbling going on last Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The rough stuff? Not so much.

More than 30 children ages 6-14 are playing a kinder, gentler version of the sport - non-tackle, co-ed, tag rugby – in an eight-week league/clinic organized by the Jersey Shore Rugby Club. Participants in three different age groups are taught rugby basics and play two-hand touch inter-squad matches.

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Cape-Atlantic League teams do more than just play games

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, April 30, 2014 02:21 pm

gamiSJFOD Photo courtesy of The South Jersey Field of Dreams/The Absegami High School baseball team volunteered last week at the opening weekend of the South Jersey Field of Dreams. We watch them perform for three months in each of three seasons on the fields and courts, in the gyms and pools, on the tracks and courses.

They are the varsity athletes from the Cape-Atlantic League – the boys and girls who are among the best in their school in their sports. They entertain us and surprise us. Some win championships, others struggle to compete. And, through it all, they maintain a proper level academically.

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Bowen developing into solid starter for Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:43 am

newbowen Bill LeConey/Absegami High School senior Brandon Bowen. HAMILTON TOWNSHP - Of all the great pitching performances at last weekend’s Al Hedelt Tournament at Oakcrest High School, Absegami's Brandon Bowen may have unveiled the best.

Bowen, a senior left-hander, overcame a shaky first inning to strike out eight Holy Spirit batters in a 6-0 quarterfinal victory on Saturday. Matt Ardente supported him with three RBIs, including a two-run homer. Matt Branco also had three hits and scored twice and Steve Hewa hit a solo home run as the Braves improved to 8-4 on the season.

Bowen said he was helped by an early 3-0 lead that allowed him to settle in.

“It makes pitching that much easier,” he said. “You’re not afraid to make mistakes, because if you’ve got nobody on base, you groove a fastball and it might be 3-1. Big deal - step up and make another pitch.”

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Warrior Baseball Classic is this week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:21 am

Wildwood Warrior Classic Maxwell Field will see a bunch of action this week as the Wildwood High School baseball team hosts the seventh annual Warrior Classic tournament.

The tournament, which includes five of the six high school baseball teams in Cape May County, begins Thursday, May 1 and runs through Sunday, May 4. Inclement weather on any of the scheduled days could push the event into Monday, May 5.

The Warrior Classic is a double-elimination tournament, meaning all teams are guaranteed at least two games and a team with an early loss can still potentially battle back to win the championship.

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Host Oakcrest falls to Pennsville in Hedelt title game

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, April 27, 2014 11:20 pm

johnsonpitch Bill LeConey/Oakcrest sophomore Ryan Johnson pitches against Pennsville Sunday in the championship game of the Hedelt Tournament. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The Oakcrest High School Falcons were gracious hosts for the 22nd annual Al Hedelt Baseball Tournament, a highly competitive weekend tournament involving eight South Jersey teams.

Against unbeaten Pennsville in the championship game on Sunday, maybe the Falcons were a bit too gracious.

Some loose play in the field and one key baserunning error cost the Falcons in a 3-2 loss to Pennsville. Drew Birdsong's line drive single got past the Oakcrest left fielder to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Buchanan nets 100th as Middle shuts out LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, April 25, 2014 07:08 pm

ZACH BUCHANAN CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A boys lacrosse game between two of the top teams in the Cape-Atlantic League turned into a one-sided affair Friday afternoon.

In one of the more dominating performances in the history of its program, Middle Township posted the first shutout in program history and also was extremely efficient on offense in a surprising 15-0 victory.

Jack Denis paced the Panther offense with five goals and five assists and Zach Buchanan also scored five goals, including the 100th of his career, in the victory.

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Feeder program gives LCM lacrosse teams a jolt

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, April 25, 2014 02:08 pm

DEVIN WILSON In the early stages of their programs’ existence, the lacrosse coaches at Lower Cape May Regional High School would often mutter the following phrase:

“If we can just get our feeder program going, that’ll be a big help.”

That feeder program is certainly going these days.

The youth program for boys and girls lacrosse in Lower Township has been a major boost to the high school teams, adding significant talent and depth. The result has been a 2014 season that has seen a strong start by both the boys and girls teams at Lower Cape May.

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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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