South Jersey Sports

Hampton Mears, 93, L.A. Lakers scout

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 05, 2013 09:06 pm

One of this area’s most significant – but, to many, unknown – contributors to the game of basketball has passed away.

Hampton Mears, a graduate of Wildwood High School and a longtime scout and adviser to the Los Angeles Lakers organization, died about 10 days ago, local friends of Mears have confirmed to the Gazette and Leader newspapers. He was 93 at the time of his death.

Mears, who in his later years scouted for the Lakers via television from an easy chair in his modest Toledo Avenue home in Wildwood Crest, befriended longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss when the two attended college together on the West Coast. When Buss bought the Lakers, he eventually brought Mears into the organization.

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Playoffs underway in Men’s Flag Football League of SJ

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 05, 2013 05:32 pm

Men's Flag Football Archive/Men's Flag Football League of South Jersey Round One playoff results

Venom 56, The Truth 40

Ed Wright threw for 8 TDs for the Venom (8-5). Lionel Johnson (2 TDs, 6 receptions), Pierre Reid (1 TD, 5 receptions), Steve Lewellen (1 TD, 7 receptions), Wallace Gilchrist (2 TDs, 5 receptions), Ronnie Koons, (1 TD, 4 receptions) and Anthony Boynes, (1 TD, 3 receptions) led all receivers. Pierre Reid, (2 sacks, 4 flags) and Wallace Gilchrist, (2 INT) and Ronnie Koons (1 INT) led the defense.

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Toney finishes fine frosh season at Bethel

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:20 pm

Middle Township High School graduate Terrance “Mo” Toney wrapped up a solid freshman football season at Bethel College, an NAIA school in Kansas.

Toney, a 6-0, 180-pound defensive back and special teams player, was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following a 26-14 win over Bethany in the team’s final game of the season.

Toney returned a blocked field goal attempt 100 yards on the final play of the first half to give Bethel the lead for good in the contest. Toney also added six tackles, including two for losses, and returned two punts for 14 yards in the victory.

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Cape Tech tops Crusaders in swim opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:18 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May Tech swimming program got its season off to a good start Monday afternoon against one of its top rivals.

In the opening meet of the season for both teams, the Hawks edged Wildwood Catholic in a boys/coed meet, 99-71, at the Special Services School District pool facility.

Trevor Gehring, a returning first team Cape-Atlantic League all-star, led the way for Cape May Tech with four first-place finishes. He won the 200 individual medley in 2:14.13 and the 100 butterfly in 58.28 and was also part of two winning relay teams, joining Mitch Ianneillo, Jimmy Bevill and Alex Dever in the 200 medley relay and Dever, Chris Roselli and Sean Gerber in the 200 free relay.

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Middle looks to challenge in boys and girls swimming

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:15 pm

Previewing the southern Cape May County high school swim teams:

CAPE MAY TECH

Cape May Tech’s boys team brings back three first team Cape-Atlantic League all-stars from last year’s 6-4 team. They include senior Trevor Gehring (IM, butterfly, breaststroke), senior Mitch Ianneillo (sprint freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke) and senior Sean Gerber (freestyle).

Other seniors expected to provide scoring include Chris Roselli (butterfly), Vinny DeRitis (IM, breaststroke), Dylan Mastriana (IM, backstroke) and Jarred Tallant (distance freestyle). Junior Jimmy Bevill (butterfly) and freshman Noah Dellas (distance freestyle, butterfly) are also expected to provide depth.

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Raiders swim seasons start Thursday

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:37 am

Things are basically the same with the Ocean City High School swim teams – the girls are the defending conference champions and the boys have a new coach.

Katie Merz, a former star swimmer at Holy Spirit and Fairfield, guided the Raiders to their third straight National Conference championship last winter, becoming the third different coach in those three years after Brittany Sedberry and Brad Greene. But Merz is back and her lineup is loaded.

The new boys coach is Shane McGrath, a former assistant coach at Rowan University and the Merchant Marine Academy. He swam at Washington Township High School, was a distance swimmer at Rowan, serving as team captain for the 2006-2007 season. For the past 12 summers, McGrath has been a Lieutenant with the Avalon Beach Patrol where he won multiple lifeguard races, including five SuperAthalon titles.

Both teams will open the season on Thursday afternoon against Merz’s alma mater, Holy Spirit, at the Atlantic City High School pool. 

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Streaks stay alive for OCHS cross country teams

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:32 am

The streaks will still be alive for Ocean City High School’s cross country teams when the 2014 season begins next fall.

Matt Purdue’s boys finished 10-0 in dual meets and stretched their win streak to 53 straight over six seasons. They also won the Cape May County Meet, won the Cape-Atlantic League Meet and finished third in the South Jersey Group 3 Meet.

Trish Henry’s girls finished 9-0 and stretched their dual meet win streak to 24 over four seasons. It was Ocean City’s third straight CAL title and 24th overall. The girls won the Cape May County and Cape-Atlantic League championships, the South Jersey Group 3 title and therefore qualified for the NJSIAA Meet of Champions for the sixth time in school history.

Purdue and Henry also strengthened their positions in OCHS sports history. Purdue’s record over six seasons is 56-1 and his won-lost percentage of .982 is the best in any Raider sport. Henry (92-6 in 11 seasons) ranks third all-time with a .939 percentage, just four-tenths behind her OCHS coach, Mike Naples.

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Championship seasons for OCHS soccer teams

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:30 am

Soccer was highly successful at Ocean City High School this fall.

Aaron Bogushefsky’s boys battled down to the wire in the American Conference, reached the semifinals of the South Jersey Coaches Invitational Tournament and then went on to win the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship.

Meanwhile, first-year coach Kelly Halliday guided her girls soccer team to the American Conference championship. The Raider girls also played in the Coaches Tournament.

“I can’t imagine being more happy about the season,” Bogushefsky said. “Our goals were to win the conference, get to the Coaches Tournament and win South Jersey. We didn’t reach all three but we were very, very close. And the way the kids played in the Group 3 tournament brought them respect. I think soccer people in South Jersey are starting to pay attention to Ocean City again.”

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Holy Spirit seeks fourth straight title in Battle of Spartans

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, December 04, 2013 03:54 pm

spiritfinal1 Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit captain and linebacker Jeff Steeb. ABSECON – They say nobody’s perfect and all good things must come to an end. Who are "They," anyway, and have they ever seen anything quite as dominant as the Holy Spirit High School football team?

The undefeated and three-time defending state champion Spartans (11-0) will play second-seeded DePaul Catholic (9-2), also nicknamed the Spartans, in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group II State championship Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.) at Rutgers University's High Point Solutions Stadium in New Brunswick.

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Absegami soccer alumni raise money for Watt Scholarship

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 04, 2013 03:37 pm

Wattgame1 The fifth annual Coach Watt Scholarship/Alumni soccer game was held on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Absegami High School.

Approximately 30 Absegami Alumni played to raise money for the $500 scholarship, which is named after longtime Absegami soccer coach Sam Watt, who died of cancer in 2009. The scholarship is presented to one of the outgoing Absegami seniors that is attending college.

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Absegami Braves strut their stuff against Oakcrest

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 04, 2013 02:32 pm

GamiOak1 Matt Strabuk/Absegami’s David Hood on his way to one of his three touchdowns against Oakcrest on Thanksgiving. The Absegami High School football team enjoyed a veritable feast at the expense of intra-district rival Oakcrest on a chilly, blustery Thanksgiving Day in Galloway.

The Braves gobbled up three touchdowns in the first six minutes and saved some room for dessert in a 44-6 win, evening their record at 5-5 for the season.

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Two of Stefanski quads sign to play at Goldey-Beacom

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 04, 2013 02:00 pm

Stefanski Julie Hazard/Front row, left to right, the Stefanski quads Mercina, Mikila, Morgan and Monique. Back row, left to right: Cedar Creek coach Fran Raph, Vice Principal and Director of Athletics Mike McGhee, mom Marian Stefanski, Principal James Reina, dad Michael Stefanski, and granddad Mike Stefanski. The talented basketball-playing Stefanski quadruplets of Hammonton - Mercina, Mikila, Morgan and Monique – are about to start their senior season at Cedar Creek High School, and looking to win another state title under coach Fran Raph (they won the Group I state crown in 2012 in the program’s second varsity season).

Two of the sisters, Mikila and Morgan, recently signed to continue their careers at Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware, where the head coach is former St. Joseph of Hammonton player Bethann Burke.

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OCHS 2013 Boys Soccer Stats, Girls Soccer Stats

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 04, 2013 01:00 am

OCHS 2013 Boys Soccer Stats

     
  Gls Asts  
Zack Sakena 15 20  
Aaron King 10 2  
Noah Spear 9 4  
Brandon MacFarlane 7 9  
Don VanMeter 6 4  
Tom Matera 5 3  
Kyle Millar 5 0  
Tom Cusack 3 1  
Ryan Saul 2 3  
Ryan Beebe 2 1  
George Meyers 2 0  
Steve Pashuck 1 10  
Jim Flukey 1 0  
Sam Palombo 1 0  
Frank Tutelian 1 0  
Ron Gonzalez 0 2  
Justin Roof 0 1  
Evan McCardell 0.71 goals-against average,  14 shutouts  
       

 

OCHS 2013 Girls Soccer Stats

     
  Gls Asts  
 Devon Terwilliger  5  5  
 Patsy Fox  4  0  
 Dara Hennessy  3  1  
 Veronica Garcia  2  3  
 Kristi Rohrer  2  2  
Ashley Edgell  1  1  
 Allie Zelinski  1  1  
 Danielle Baruffi  0  1  
 Sarah Laux  0  1  
 Shannon Tarves  0  1  
       
Meghan Kelly 0.80 goals-against average  9 shutouts  
       

 

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OCHS top 25 single-sport won-lost percentages

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 04, 2013 01:00 am

OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL TOP 25 SINGLE-SPORT WON-LOST PERCENTAGES

(minimum of 5 seasons - active coaches CAPITALIZED)

MATT PURDUE, boys cross country   .982 (56-1)
 2 Mike Naples, girls track  .943 (133-8)
 3  TRISH HENRY, girls cross country  .939 (92-6)
 4  Mike Naples, girls cross country  .882 (209-28)
 5  Mike Pellegrino, boys soccer  .867 (228-35)
 6  Trish LeFever, field hockey  .865 (486-76)
 7  Bob Martin, boys soccer  .829 (87-18)
 8  Pat Dougherty, girls basketball  .810 (269-63)
 9  Dixie Howell, boys basketball  .801 (277-69)
 10  Fenton Carey, boys track  .800 (52-13)
 11  Bill Moreland, boys cross country  .796 (281-72)
 12  Tom Miller, girls soccer  .791 (91-24)
 13  Sue Tridico, softball  .779 (95-27)
 14  Fenton Carey, swimming  .777 (115-33)
 15  Bill Moreland, girls track  .774 (55-16)
 16  Matt Lane, girls lacrosse  .774 (82-24)
 17  PAUL BARUFFI, girls basketball  .760 (259-82)
 18  Lloyd Hayes, swimming  .740 (125-44)
 19  Al Holden, girls track  .729 (35-13)
 20  Ralph Carson, golf  .721 (181-70)
 21  Leo Chase, girls soccer  .712 (74-30)
 22  Ted Klepac, boys track  .710 (71-29)
 23  Jim Harris, boys cross country  .689 (73-33)
 24  Phil Birnbaum, girls tennis  .686 (221-101)
 25  Phil Birnbaum, boys tennis  .683 (441-205)
     
  * thru fall 2013  
     
   

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