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OCHS baseball team was a record-setting champion

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:05 am

The 2013 Ocean City High School baseball season ended in frustration. But it was quite a season.

Craig Mensinger’s team finished 23-4, a record for wins in one season. The Raiders won 20 straight, a school record that is also believed to be a Cape-Atlantic League record. They won the championship of the CAL’s National Conference for the first time since 1964, the first in any conference since 2000. And, for the third time in four years, they reached the South Jersey Group 3 championship game.

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Raiders set the stage in softball

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:04 am

The senior softball players (at the end-of-season dinner) are, from left, Kim McMaster, Jenna Cuomo, Holly Mariano, Teresa Doughten, Briana Graham, Rachel Doerr. The senior softball players (at the end-of-season dinner) are, from left, Kim McMaster, Jenna Cuomo, Holly Mariano, Teresa Doughten, Briana Graham, Rachel Doerr.

The Ocean City High School softball team won seven times this season for the first time since 2002. In fact, you have to go back to 1991 to find an OCHS softball team that won more than seven games. And the interesting thing is, John Bruno’s pitcher and his four best hitters will all be back next spring.

Bruno will lose three solid players from his lineup to graduation – Briana Graham, Holly Mariano and Jenna Cuomo. But a lot of talent returns.

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Young Raiders had winning tennis season

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:03 am

The Ocean City High School boys tennis team finished the season with a winning record. And, considering their youth and their schedule, it was a successful season.

It was the third winning season in five years for the Raiders but the first one without a Barrus in the lineup.

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Ocean City's Beau Hall, Kyle Andrews picked for Carpenter Cup

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:02 am

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City High School seniors Beau Hall and Kyle Andrews were selected to play in the Carpenter Cup beginning Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Hall and Andrews will be part of the Tri-Cape team in the single elimination tournament that features 16 teams from three states. The Tri-Cape team opens play on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on Ashburn Field at FDR Park in Philly. The winner will play next Friday (June 21) at 2:30 p.m. at Ashburn Field against the winner between Suburban One and Philadelphia’s Catholic League.

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Cape Express hosts Welsh side

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 12, 2013 06:30 pm

Cape Express hosts Welsh side CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Last weekend, a handful of soccer World Cup qualifiers were held across the world.

Switzerland slipped past Cyprus, the Republic of Ireland breezed by the Faroe Islands, Italy drew with the Czech Republic and Colombia earned a road draw with Argentina.

Quite a few international friendlies also took place. Spain held off a gritty effort by Haiti to win by a goal, Brazil was three-goal winner over France and the Netherlands were easy winners over Indonesia.

And in another friendly from the weekend, a team from the United States took on a side from Wales at the Boyd Street Field Saturday night.

Before working yourself into a tizzy thinking you missed a chance to see a team featuring Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard take on an opponent that included Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale right here in your back yard, this particular friendly wasn’t on that scale.

But it certainly was spirited and it certainly produced some fine soccer.

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Recognizing some 12-letter varsity athletes

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 12, 2013 06:29 pm

It’s rare in this day and age of specialization in sports to see high school athletes play three sports. It’s even more unique when one is good enough to play three sports at the varsity level for all four of their high school years.

But this scholastic year, there are quite a few student-athletes from area schools that will graduate with those credentials.

Lower Cape May features three such athletes in Jessica McDowell, Nicole Sangillo and Jillian Vandermark. That trio represents three of only six female athletes in school history to earn 12 varsity letters.

McDowell, Sangillo and Vandermark served co-captains of the girls basketball team, with Sangillo earning honorable mention all-star honors. Both Vandermark (first team) and McDowell (honorable mention) were all-stars in field hockey in the fall, with both serving as captains. Sangillo was a captain and first team Cape-Atlantic League all-star as a sweeper for the Lady Tiger girls soccer team that same season. In the spring, Sangilllo was a second team league all-star in lacrosse, Vandermark was an honorable mention selection in softball and McDowell was a second team league all-star in the pole vault in track.

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MTHS senior successfully juggles athletics, academics

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 12, 2013 06:26 pm

Lexi Mairone Lexi Mairone claims she had trouble running one mile without stopping a little more than 2 ½ years ago.

“Cross country was probably the biggest challenge for me because running was never something I enjoyed,” the Middle Township High School senior recalled. “I never thought I’d be able to run a mile. But after a while, I was running five miles in practice and three miles in races and my times kept going down. It was a rewarding sport to be a part of.”

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Cody Dazen leads CAL first team spring all stars

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 12, 2013 02:19 pm

Gist Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Mone't Gist, seen here competing in the long jump at the state Group IV championships, was a first-team All-Cal selection. Gist announced on Tuesday that she will attend ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., on a track and field scholarship.

St. Augustine golfer Cody Dazen was the only Cape-Atlantic League athlete to be named to the first team conference all stars four straight years in All-CAL teams announced by the league.

Dazen led an American Conference golf team that included three other repeat selections – Colin Roche of Mainland, Chris Filling of Absegami and Eric Dargis of Vineland. In National golf, Kevin O’Donnell, John Longstreet and David Hicks of Middle Township were all repeat all stars along with Blake Vogdes of Wildwood Catholic.

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A Father’s Day tribute to Greg Donahue

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:48 pm

donohue Submitted photo/Greg Donahue with his grandsons, Jack (left) and Logan Porter. Editor’s Note: June is always a big month around high schools. There is graduation and the end of the scholastic careers for seniors, plus Father’s Day. During previous Junes, Tom Williams has turned over his column to Stephanie Gaitley, Matt Woolley, Jeff Boyd, Allison Rinck, Erik Geisinger, Doug Colman, Allie Moreland, the Impagliazzos, Tracey LeFever, the Degenhardt sisters, Chelsea Bruno, Danielle McNally, Dave & Casey Beyel and Shaune McLaughlin, among others, to write about their fathers.

This week, two Ocean City High School graduates – Kristen Donahue Mazzitelli and Erin Donahue Porter – write their feelings about their father, Greg.

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Spirit girls add to crew legacy with strong showing at Youth Nationals

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:05 pm

spirit ltwt8 Submitted photo/Back row left to right: Coach Rory Roberts, Danielle Peck, Tori Light, Caroline Bradley, Cailin McCully, Sofia Iaconelli. Front row: Shannon LaSala, Katie Bainbridge, Nicole Maslowas, Kiersten Stone. The Holy Spirit High School girls crew program rarely settles for anything less than being the best. They did not return from Tennessee this week with a championship, but with a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment.

The Spirit girls placed fifth in the “A” finals of the women's lightweight eight last Sunday at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Spartans finished the 2,000-meter race in seven minutes, 5.34 seconds.

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Triathletes triumph in timely good weather for Jersey Genesis

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, June 08, 2013 07:42 pm

josephbig Bill LeConey/Action News meteorologist Adam Joseph, far right, after the Jersey Genesis Triathlon with friends Karl Kraft of West Chester, Pa., and Rich Fanelli of Wayne, Pa. PORT REPUBLIC - Action News meteorologist Adam Joseph assured dry, sunny weather for the Jersey Genesis Triathlon in Port Republic ... and then personally delivered on his prediction.

Joseph was one of the many athletes who found a pocket of sunshine for Saturday’s 18th annual running of the Jersey Genesis. After the torrential rains of the day before that stretched well into the overnight hours, it was a welcome relief that skies were clear and the air was dry for the 8 a.m. plunge from the Port Republic Beach into the cold and murky Nacote Creek.

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Ocean City clinches 2012-13 Ed Byrnes All-Sports Award

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, June 07, 2013 11:04 am

Though all of the Cape-Atlantic League teams are not finished playing, Ocean City High School has clinched the Ed Byrnes Memorial All-Sports Award for the second straight year and the 11th time overall. It is the first outright win by OCHS since the 2006-07 school year. The Raiders tied with Middle Township last year and tied with Holy Spirit in 2008-09.

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A look at area sports camps in July

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, June 07, 2013 11:03 am

Here we go again.

Many parents and young athletes are still looking for sports camps during the summer of 2013. This week we bring you a list of the camps that take place in July. Early next month we’ll bring you similar list of camps for August.

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Raiders have record-breaking season in girls lacrosse

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, June 07, 2013 11:02 am

A lot has been made about the great scoring of Tess Solazzo in girls lacrosse. And rightfully so.

The Ocean City High School senior set Cape-Atlantic League records with 110 goals this season and 319 for her career.

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