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Absegami powers up in win over Egg Harbor Township

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:43 am

gamiswing Bill LeConey/Absegami's Patrick Scheck takes a cut at a pitch in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against EHT. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Absegami’s 5-4 victory over Egg Harbor Township Tuesday was a sloppy affair, with numerous errors in the field and several gaffes in the base paths.

But Absegami head coach Brian Wastell found plenty of redeeming value in the victory.

“This is a big win for state (playoff) power points,” Wastell said, “because they (EHT) are second or third in Group IV power points, and we’re right in the middle of the pack with two games to play (before the 15-game cutoff).

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Pikus, Dixon help Spartans hold off rival Mustangs

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:08 am

pikus Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit pitcher Kyler Pikus delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against Mainland on Tuesday. Pikus pitched 6 1/3 innings and surrendered just four hits in the win. ABSECON – The Holy Spirit High School baseball team got a strong pitching performance from junior Kyler Pikus on Tuesday, May 6.

Pikus went 6 ⅓ innings, surrendered just four hits, struck out six and gave up no walks to lead the Spartans to a 4-2 win over Cape-Atlantic League rival Mainland Regional. He turned the ball over to Spartan closer Jimmy Dixon in the top of the seventh and Dixon used his lively fastball to close out the game.

“We wanted Kyler to go back out there (in the seventh inning),” said Spartan head coach Steve Normane. “He was getting up in pitch count but we had the confidence in him to get it done and he battled for us.”

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LCM athletes shine at Rowan Open

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 06, 2014 09:17 pm

Carrie Wunder & Quinn Bithell Lower Cape May Regional girls track athletes Quinn Bithell and Carrie Wunder were among the standouts at the Rowan Open held at Rowan University over the weekend.

Bithell, a sophomore, and Wunder, a junior, each won medals in the elite section of the competition, which included the top athletes representing schools from all enrollment groups.

Bithell finished second in the pentathlon, while Wunder placed sixth overall in the discus.

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EHT lacrosse zeroes in on CAL title with 11-6 win over Middle

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, May 05, 2014 11:20 pm

roosterhed Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township goalie Andrew EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township boys lacrosse team took an early punch from Middle Township in their big Cape-Atlantic League first-place showdown on Monday.

It didn’t knock the Eagles out. Instead, it woke them up.

After falling behind 1-0, the Eagles scored seven unanswered goals in an 11-6 win over Middle that allowed them to gain a stranglehold on the 2014 CAL title.

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Wildwood's Hills busts out in Blue Hen spring game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 05, 2014 08:09 pm

Wesley Hills rushed for 81 yards on only 10 carries last year as a freshman for the University of Delaware football team, although he was a key player on special teams.

But if his performance in the Blue Hens’ annual spring football game is any indication, Hills should be getting a lot more touches this fall.

Hills, who set a variety of offensive records at Wildwood High School during a magical senior season, ran 20 times for 154 yards, caught two passes for 33 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the White team to a 21-0 victory over Blue last weekend.

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Versage, pitching pace MTHS to Warrior Classic title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, May 04, 2014 05:35 pm

The MTHS baseball team celebrates winning its third straight Warrior Classic title WILDWOOD – Jimmy Versage had the best view of collective performance by the pitchers on the Middle Township High School baseball team at the Warrior Classic tournament.

“They pitched real well,” the junior catcher said. “They didn’t let many runners get on, they got out of any jams we got in and they didn’t let up many runs.”

Panther pitchers allowed only six runs over three games at the tournament, Middle clinching the title behind Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 victory over host Wildwood.

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Cedar Creek polishes off Diamond berth with win over O.C.

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, May 04, 2014 11:31 am

sibson Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Andrew Sibson pitches against Ocean City on Saturday. EGG HARBOR CITY – The Cedar Creek High School baseball program is still in its formative years, still opening its eyes, stretching its wings and finding its place in the greater baseball world around it.

Consider Saturday as the day the Pirates flew from the nest.

Cedar Creek clinched its first ever berth in the prestigious Diamond Baseball Classic with a 10-0 win over Cape-Atlantic National rival Ocean City that was shortened to five innings because of the “mercy” rule.

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Middle rolls into Warrior Classic final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, May 04, 2014 10:50 am

WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School baseball team is in position to win its third straight Warrior Classic championship.

The Panthers checked into the tournament title round scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Maxwell Field behind Steve Hand’s dominating pitching performance against Wildwood.

Wildwood battled back to reach the title game out of the losers’ bracket. The Warriors would force an ultimate championship game to immediately follow the first game with a victory. Middle will win the title with a victory in Game 1.

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EHT soph Riggs not fazed by Prep in first varsity start

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:21 am

riggspitch Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township sophomore Brandon Riggs pitches against St. Augustine Prep on Friday, May 2. BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP – Egg Harbor Township High School sophomore Brandon Riggs found out earlier in the week that he would make his first varsity pitching start Friday against St. Augustine Prep – one of the top-ranked, toughest-hitting teams in South Jersey.

No problem, Riggs said.

Then, on Friday morning, he found out that the game would be played at the Hermits’ home field – where they hardly ever lose – because of the wet field conditions at EHT. Again, no problem.

“They told me they were moving me from jayvee to varsity, and I was getting the start,” Riggs said. “They just told me to keep the ball low, keep them off-balance. I wanted to just not be nervous out there and just relax.”

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Middle, Catholic each win at Warrior Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, May 03, 2014 08:53 am

WILDWOOD – Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic were each winners as the seventh annual Warrior Classic Baseball Tournament continued Friday at Maxwell Field.

The following are recaps from Friday’s games:

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Cape Tech, Wildwood advance in Warrior Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, May 02, 2014 12:20 pm

WILDWOOD – The seventh annual Warrior Classic Baseball Tournament opened Thursday at Maxwell Field with four of the five tournament teams in action. Cape May Tech and Wildwood each won opening-round games. The following are recaps of the two opening games:

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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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