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Sectional title for Mighty Quinn

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 28, 2014 04:18 pm

LCM's Quinn Bithell, Jean Morano, Lizzy Sulecki and Carrie Wunder have each qualified for the state championship track meet If Quinn Bithell wasn’t already considered one of the best track athletes in South Jersey prior to last weekend, she sure is now.

The Lower Cape May Regional sophomore set a new school record in winning the high jump and finished among the top five in three other events at the South Jersey Group II championships Friday and Saturday at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Bithell highlighted the events by local athletes at the various sectional meets. She’s one of 10 from the area who will participate in state championship meets this weekend.

Bithell, who already owns four school records with at least one meet plus two full seasons to go in her high school career, bettered her own school record height by leaping 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. She won the event comfortably, with the second-place competitor, Woodstown’s Dominique Hickman, finishing six inches short of Bithell’s mark at 4-10.

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Hawks fly to competitiveness

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 28, 2014 03:30 pm

Cape Tech's Will Winter was the winning pitcher vs. Wildwood Catholic CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Technical High School baseball team took, almost literally, a 30-second bus trip to an away game on Tuesday.

The Hawks have traveled much farther than that, however, this season.

Tuesday’s 16-6 victory in an offensive outburst against Wildwood Catholic improved Cape May Tech to 9-16 for the season.

More important to a program that has struggled in many seasons, especially locally, Tech further proved how formidable of an opponent it’s been this season for area teams. Tuesday’s win was the Hawks’ third over the Crusaders (in four tries) this season. The team also has one-run losses to both Lower Cape May and Middle Township on its resume.

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Middle falls short in playoff upset bid

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 28, 2014 03:26 pm

The Middle Township High School softball team had lost by scores of 10-0 and 9-3 to Buena during the regular season. So it’s stands to reason that the Lady Panthers were underdogs when they traveled to Buena for a third game against the Chiefs, this time in the South Jersey Group II semifinal round.

They didn’t play like underdogs, however.

But after Middle, the fourth seed in the tournament, tied the game dramatically in the top of the seventh, first-seeded Buena got the fourth hit of the game from catcher Lynnsie Collins to chase home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Chiefs prevailed, 4-3.

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Cinderella Crusaders march on

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 28, 2014 05:39 am

The WCHS softball team has upset two higher-seeded teams to reach the South Jersey semifinal round. The Wildwood Catholic High School softball team is going where no other Wildwood Catholic softball team has gone before – the semifinal round of the South Jersey Non-Public B playoffs.

The Crusaders, seeded 11th in the tournament, upset a higher-seeded team for the second time in as many games Tuesday afternoon, topping No. 3 St. Rose, 4-2, to advance to Friday’s sectional semifinal game at No. 2 St. Joseph. The victory marks the first time a Wildwood Catholic softball team has won two state playoff games in the same season.

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Upstart Mustangs heading to first SJ final since 2003

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Written by Mike Schultz Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:24 pm

tepedinopitch Mike Schultz/Mainland ace Matt Tepedino threw a complete game, striking out seven batters and surrendering just two hits, to propel the Mustangs to a 4-1 win over Hammonton in the Group III semifinals. HAMMONTON - A dominating pitching performance by Matt Tepedino and a two-out, clutch base hit by Billy Talarico in the sixth inning helped propel the Mainland Regional High School baseball team to a 4-1 upset win over third-seeded Hammonton on Tuesday in the South Jersey Group III playoff semifinals.

With the win, the 11th-seeded Mustangs (11-12) advanced to the South Jersey finals on Friday where they will face top-seeded Moorestown.

"In all my four years (at Mainland) we have not made the playoffs," Tepedino said. "This is my last year and I'm pumped. I've never been this excited to win a high school game."

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Absegami falls to Rancocas Valley in SJ Group IV semifinal

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:04 pm

So this is what Absegami coach Brian Wastell meant by "kids diving over fences." Watch Braves senior first baseman Luke Harris flip over the fence to catch a foul ball in the first inning of Tuesday's playoff loss to Rancocas Valley. As USA Today's Cam Smith pointed out, even if Luke's baseball career is over, "he may have a bright future as a gymnast."

GALLOWAY – In a one-game, do-or-die playoff format, the difference between champion and “almost champion” can hinge on one pitch, one swing, one play.

The swing came courtesy of Rancocas Valley’s Stevie Stevenson, who hit a two-run home run to help the Red Devils beat Absegami, 4-1, Tuesday in a South Jersey Group IV semifinal game in Galloway.

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EHT, Spirit athletes win SJ titles on second day of sectionals

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, May 24, 2014 09:00 pm

noble Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township's Nyla Noble won the Group IV girls shot put with this throw of 40 feet, three inches. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Nyla Noble has overcome plenty of obstacles – physical and otherwise - to get where she is today: champion of the girls shot put in South Jersey Group IV.

The Egg Harbor Township High School senior won the South Jersey shot put title on Saturday with a tremendous toss of 40 feet, three inches in the sectional championships at her home throwing circle.

Noble shed some tears of joy while celebrating with EHT track coach Erika Vazquez, then explained the source of that emotion:

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Spirit's Young, Dawson, EHT's Abraham win sectional titles

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:55 am

asia1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's Asia Young wins the girls 400-meter Non-Public South B sectional final Friday at Egg Harbor Township High School. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - It was a clean sweep in the 400 for Holy Spirit High School on Friday. Sophomore Asia Young and senior A.J. Dawson won the girls and boys 400-meter races, respectively, at the NJSIAA Non-Public South B sectional championships, held at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Young won her race in 59.84 seconds, breaking the one-minute mark for the first time. Dawson captured the boys 400 race in 50.03.

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Wildwood’s season ends in controversy

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 22, 2014 07:21 pm

There may be a tougher way to lose a game, but don’t try telling that to the players and coaches from the Wildwood High School baseball team.

The Warriors’ season came to an end in controversial style when an overturned umpire’s call took away the tying run and ended the game as Wildwood lost a second-round South Jersey Group I playoff game to Gloucester Thursday afternoon, 2-1.

“As a coach, I don’t even know what to say to the kids, especially the seniors,” Wildwood coach Rich Hans said.

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Jersey Premier Soccer teams getting out on the good foot

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 22, 2014 03:07 pm

JPS2 Submitted/Allison Zelinski of the JPS ’98 U16 girls team. Coach Jay Smith and the JPS ’98 U16 Girls won 3-0 in their EDP League game in Pennsylvania against Southampton Fury. It was a long journey as the first half finished 0-0. Goals from Shayla Murray, Dara Hennessy and Veronica Garcia in the second half saw the girls take all 3 points.

The U16 Girls will now head to Boston for the Needham Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. Players are from Marmora, Ocean View, Linwood, Mays Landing.

Pictured at left is Allison Zelinski of the JPS ’98 U16 girls team.

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Former LCM star in SJ soccer Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 22, 2014 03:04 pm

MATT LUCAS Matt Lucas has long been recognized as one of the best high school soccer players ever in Cape May County. Last weekend, the 1996 Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate was recognized as one of the best ever in South Jersey.

Lucas, who scored 97 career goals for one of the Cape-Atlantic League’s best teams in the mid 1990s, was formally inducted into the South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday during a ceremony at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood.

Lucas said he was notified he had been selected for induction about a month ago.

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Rich Dorsey did it all in sports

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:14 am

dorsey Tom Williams/Umpire Rich Dorsey prepares to make his call after a collision at the plate. There wasn’t much that Rich Dorsey did not do in sports.

A summer resident of Ocean City, he made his first impression in this area as a key player on a resort Babe Ruth team that was the first from the area to win the region championship. In the years that followed, he was a three-sport athlete at Bishop Eustace Prep in Pennsauken, later being inducted into the Eustace Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Déjà vu: Cedar Creek softball upset in second round of playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:51 pm

Creek3 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Cheyenne Meyer fires a pitch against Haddon Heights on Wednesday. Meyer struck out 13 but absorbed the playoff loss. EGG HARBOR CITY - To say that Cedar Creek’s loss to Haddon Heights in a South Jersey Group II playoff softball game Wednesday was like a cold slap in the face … well, it’s a bad pun but also appropriate.

Haddon Heights used a slap-swing approach against hard-throwing Pirates star pitcher Cheyenne Meyer, and it worked in a 7-3 victory that eliminated the third-seeded Pirates at home in the quarterfinal round.

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Syracuse runner wins Wild Half

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 21, 2014 05:01 pm

WILDWOOD – Marlton’s Shawn Wilson was the overall winner of the Wild Half half marathon race held in the Wildwoods Sunday morning.

Wilson, 19, a Cherokee High School graduate who recently completed his freshman season with the cross country and track teams at Syracuse University, finished the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 25.2 seconds to beat the field by almost seven minutes.

The Wild Half began and finished near the Wildwoods Convention Center and traveled through parts of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.

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