South Jersey Sports

Softball: Absegami already ahead of last year’s win pace

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:47 am

gamisoftball Bill LeConey/Absegami softball player Bobbi Beck takes a cut against Vineland on Thursday, April 3. Beck, a sophomore, pitched all 10 innings in a victory over Atlantic City on April 2 that snapped the Braves' 20-game losing streak. GALLOWAY - The Absegam iHigh School softball team experienced something last week that it didn’t experience in all of 2013: a victory.

Absegami beat Atlantic City 6-5 in 10 innings on April 2 for its first win in 21 games. The Braves rallied for the win on a game-tying RBI triple by Taylor Martin with two outs in the seventh inning and Jenna King's RBI double in the 10th. Sophomore Bobbi Beck pitched all 10 innings for the winners, striking out five.

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Strathmere youth wins state FT championship

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, April 07, 2014 08:21 pm

C.J. Furey Strathmere resident C.J. Furey, pictured with Knights of Columbus state general program director Ray Sands, won the KOC state free throw championship last weekend When C.J. Furey attended a local free-throw competition held at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School back in January, he was there more to support his older brother.

“Brian was doing the competition at Bishop McHugh and when we got there we saw that 9-year-olds could do it, so I just said to C.J., ‘Go ahead out there and shoot,’” said Christine Furey, the mother of C.J. and Brian.

C.J. wound up shooting his way to a state championship.

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Oakcrest girls win varsity eight sprint at Lake Lenape

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, April 05, 2014 10:19 pm

LLenape1 Mike Schultz/The Oakcrest varsity eight girls boat rows to a first place finish on Saturday at Lake Lenape. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Warm temperatures helped to offset moderate winds at Lake Lenape on Saturday where local crew teams participated in the third Sprint race of the season.

Boats from Oakcrest, Holy Spirit, Absegami, Cedar Creek, Egg Harbor Township, Ocean City, Vineland, Moorestown and RFH Rowing were all in attendance.

The Oakcrest girls varsity eight boat of Taylor Phy, Maren Ross, Alonna Bennet, Michaela Allen, Giana Johnson, Victoria Thies, Tamirah Robinson, Jessica Lindsay and coxswain Lindsey Prychka. Oakcrest was victorious in its race with a time of 5:15.40.

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Wildwood pulls away from Catholic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, April 05, 2014 09:31 am

Freshman Brendan Bean hit a two-run double and also struck out 15 batters in his team's win over Wildwood Catholic WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team belted 10 hits, walked seven times and was the beneficiary of four Wildwood Catholic errors Friday afternoon.

Not surprisingly, the Warriors scored a lot of runs in the process.

Wildwood came back from a 6-4 deficit after four innings by scoring 10 times over final three frames en route to a 14-8 win over its cross-town rival.

Leadoff hitter Jose Valentin sparked the Warrior offense with four hits and four runs scored. He hit two doubles and also provided one of the key plays of the game when he dropped a gorgeous bunt single to load the bases with none out in what turned out to be a five-run sixth inning.

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MTHS senior to play Division I hoops

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, April 03, 2014 04:10 pm

Middle Township's Lauryn Fields will play college basketball at Division I Savannah State Middle Township High School senior guard Lauryn Fields will play Division I college basketball.

Fields, a 5-3 point guard who was named the area girls basketball MVP this season by the Gazette and Leader newspapers, has made a verbal commitment to attend Savannah State University on scholarship.

Fields had also received a scholarship offer from Maryland-Eastern Shore. Norfolk State, NJIT, High Point and Western Michigan had also shown interest.

“It was amazing down there,” said Fields, who took an official visit to the Georgia school about 10 days ago. “It was so beautiful, the weather was great and I really kind of got that family feeling when I got around the team and the campus. Everything is beautiful, everything was nice and I really connected with the coaches, especially coach (Cedric) Baker. I’m definitely looking forward to spending four years down South at Savannah State.”

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Briefs, signups: Register for MYL Scoopers Program

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 03, 2014 03:58 pm

myllogo Mainland Youth Lacrosse Registration for the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Scoopers Program for first and second graders is open. Space is limited to the first 100 boys and girls living in Somers Point, Linwood, or Northfield. The program will focus on the basic skills of catching, throwing, cradling, and scooping ground balls. Skills will be reinforced though drills and fun games at the end of each session. Kids do not need helmets because a soft/sponge ball is used. To register, go to www.mainlandlax.com and click REGISTER ONLINE along the tabs to the left. Cost is $40 and dates are the following Sundays: April 6, 13, 27, May 4 and May 11; all dates 12-1 p.m. at the Seaview School in Linwood.

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EHT's Castillo pitches no-hitter in first high school start

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:23 pm

castillo4 Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township junior Misael Castillo. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - To say that Misael Castillo made an impressive debut as a starting pitcher for Egg Harbor Township High School on Wednesday would be the understatement of this or just about any high school baseball season.

Can you say: "No-no debut?" Yes, you can.

Castillo, a junior left-hander, pitched a no-hitter vs. Holy Spirit in his first-ever high school start Wednesday. He struck out 14, walked one and hit a batter in the 2-0 victory.

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Bolle brothers pace WHS to win in opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 02, 2014 04:10 pm

Matt Bolle had 2 hits, 2 RBI and recorded a 7-out save in Wildwood's win WILDWOOD – Perhaps it’s a sign that the Wildwood High School baseball team expects to have a pretty good season.

The Warriors, 10-4 winners over Clayton in their season opener Tuesday afternoon at Maxwell Field, weren’t particularly happy with the effort.

“Obviously to get the win was good, but we’re not happy about five errors and seven walks,” Warrior coach Rich Hans said. “We played pretty much error free in the preseason and our pitching usually doesn’t walk a lot of guys. But we put a lot of extra guys on base and put ourselves in tough situations. But in another sense, we battled out of it each time we got in a jam.”

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Boys lacrosse preview: Lacrosse on the rise in South Jersey

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 02, 2014 01:42 pm

newboyslax Bill LeConey/Absegami’s Jerry Breitzman gets possession of the ball against a Lower Cape May player in an April 1 game in Galloway. Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, and it is finally starting to take hold in South Jersey in terms of interest and talent.

Oakcrest and Egg Harbor Township each won state playoff games last year, and new teams at Holy Spirit, Atlantic City and Cedar Creek will take the field for the first time this year.

Here are capsule previews of several area teams.

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Girls lacrosse preview: Expectations high for EHT

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 02, 2014 01:13 pm

Girls lacrosse preview: Jen Marra/Oakcrest’s Cassie Mancella (left) and Dominique Barber and Middle Township’s Juliana Riggitano go after the ball in front of Oakcrest goalie Khadijah Coleman in a game on April 1. Egg Harbor Township High School girls lacrosse coach Jonelle Scardino says she has the most athletic group of players in the six-year history of the team.

“All of the players understand and practice the team mentality of working together,” Scardino said. “I am a firm believer that a team cannot be successful unless they work together and utilize every player on the field. If we continue to play as a team, I do not think there is anything that can stop us this season.”

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Warm weather heralds start of Cape-Atlantic League baseball

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 02, 2014 12:27 pm

Matt Ardente Matt Strabuk/Junior Matt Ardente, a Division I college recruit, anchors the Absegami pitching staff. After a long, cold, snowy winter, it finally felt like spring in South Jersey on Tuesday, April 1 (really, no fooling), and baseball was in the air at several local schools. Here are capsule previews of several area teams.

Absegami

Head coach Brian Wastell said his team is experienced but not senior-loaded. The weak point is pitching depth. “Our pitchers must work innings and we must put up improved offensive numbers from last year if we expect to compete for a CAL American Division I title,” Wastell said. Junior Matt Ardente will anchor the pitching staff and hit in the three-hole. Wastell said Ardente is being recruited by many major Division I programs.

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WCHS hoops stars make college choices

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 02, 2014 09:02 am

Eddie McWade The two players who led the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team to one of the best seasons in recent program history have made their college choices.

Jordan Robertson, a 6-4 big guard/wing forward, has accepted a full athletic scholarship offer from Division I Colgate University, while Eddie McWade, a 6-4 power forward, has earned a full athletic/academic scholarship to Division II Chestnut Hill College.

According to Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello, both players are scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, April 16, the first day of the NCAA’s late-signing period.

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Southern Cape May County baseball preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 30, 2014 09:16 pm

MTHS baseball senior starters It may not have seemed very much like baseball weather for much of last week. Or much of this month for that matter. But, ready or not, the high school baseball regular season is set to begin on Tuesday.

The following is a look at each of the area’s high school baseball teams:

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Court House teen heads to youth hockey nationals

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 30, 2014 09:05 pm

Brandon Graf Four or five times per week for up to nine months per year, 15-year-old Brandon Graf, accompanied by his mother and/or father, makes the long trip from his home in Cape May Court House to Pennsauken to play ice hockey.

All those trips have led to one very long trip this week.

Graf, a goaltender, and his Team Comcast teammates are in Green Bay, Wis., this week to compete in the USA Hockey national championships.

Team Comcast qualified for the tournament by winning its district championship after going 25-3 during the regular season. Team Comcast beat the Junior Flyers of West Chester (Pa.) two games to one in a best-of-three district championship series. Graf started all three games of the series.

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