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Cape-Atlantic League teams do more than just play games

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, April 30, 2014 02:21 pm

gamiSJFOD Photo courtesy of The South Jersey Field of Dreams/The Absegami High School baseball team volunteered last week at the opening weekend of the South Jersey Field of Dreams. We watch them perform for three months in each of three seasons on the fields and courts, in the gyms and pools, on the tracks and courses.

They are the varsity athletes from the Cape-Atlantic League – the boys and girls who are among the best in their school in their sports. They entertain us and surprise us. Some win championships, others struggle to compete. And, through it all, they maintain a proper level academically.

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Bowen developing into solid starter for Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:43 am

newbowen Bill LeConey/Absegami High School senior Brandon Bowen. HAMILTON TOWNSHP - Of all the great pitching performances at last weekend’s Al Hedelt Tournament at Oakcrest High School, Absegami's Brandon Bowen may have unveiled the best.

Bowen, a senior left-hander, overcame a shaky first inning to strike out eight Holy Spirit batters in a 6-0 quarterfinal victory on Saturday. Matt Ardente supported him with three RBIs, including a two-run homer. Matt Branco also had three hits and scored twice and Steve Hewa hit a solo home run as the Braves improved to 8-4 on the season.

Bowen said he was helped by an early 3-0 lead that allowed him to settle in.

“It makes pitching that much easier,” he said. “You’re not afraid to make mistakes, because if you’ve got nobody on base, you groove a fastball and it might be 3-1. Big deal - step up and make another pitch.”

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Warrior Baseball Classic is this week

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:21 am

Wildwood Warrior Classic Maxwell Field will see a bunch of action this week as the Wildwood High School baseball team hosts the seventh annual Warrior Classic tournament.

The tournament, which includes five of the six high school baseball teams in Cape May County, begins Thursday, May 1 and runs through Sunday, May 4. Inclement weather on any of the scheduled days could push the event into Monday, May 5.

The Warrior Classic is a double-elimination tournament, meaning all teams are guaranteed at least two games and a team with an early loss can still potentially battle back to win the championship.

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Host Oakcrest falls to Pennsville in Hedelt title game

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, April 27, 2014 11:20 pm

johnsonpitch Bill LeConey/Oakcrest sophomore Ryan Johnson pitches against Pennsville Sunday in the championship game of the Hedelt Tournament. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The Oakcrest High School Falcons were gracious hosts for the 22nd annual Al Hedelt Baseball Tournament, a highly competitive weekend tournament involving eight South Jersey teams.

Against unbeaten Pennsville in the championship game on Sunday, maybe the Falcons were a bit too gracious.

Some loose play in the field and one key baserunning error cost the Falcons in a 3-2 loss to Pennsville. Drew Birdsong's line drive single got past the Oakcrest left fielder to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Buchanan nets 100th as Middle shuts out LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, April 25, 2014 07:08 pm

ZACH BUCHANAN CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A boys lacrosse game between two of the top teams in the Cape-Atlantic League turned into a one-sided affair Friday afternoon.

In one of the more dominating performances in the history of its program, Middle Township posted the first shutout in program history and also was extremely efficient on offense in a surprising 15-0 victory.

Jack Denis paced the Panther offense with five goals and five assists and Zach Buchanan also scored five goals, including the 100th of his career, in the victory.

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Feeder program gives LCM lacrosse teams a jolt

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, April 25, 2014 02:08 pm

DEVIN WILSON In the early stages of their programs’ existence, the lacrosse coaches at Lower Cape May Regional High School would often mutter the following phrase:

“If we can just get our feeder program going, that’ll be a big help.”

That feeder program is certainly going these days.

The youth program for boys and girls lacrosse in Lower Township has been a major boost to the high school teams, adding significant talent and depth. The result has been a 2014 season that has seen a strong start by both the boys and girls teams at Lower Cape May.

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Cedar Creek goes the extra mile (again) for latest win

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:59 pm

sibson Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek senior Andrew Sibson fires a pitch in Wednesday's game against St. Joseph. HAMMONTON – The Cedar Creek High School baseball team had to dig down a little deeper – and absorb a few St. Joseph counter-punches – to nail down the latest victory of a surprising season.

Marty Ortiz singled through a drawn-in infield to plate the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning, and the Pirates went on to beat the St. Joseph Wildcats, 3-2, at a blustery Hammonton Lake Park Wednesday afternoon.

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Six day racing season opens at Atlantic City Race Course

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Wednesday, April 23, 2014 02:54 pm

acrc1 Charlie Pritchard/The “Dream Big Bar” named in honor of former track superintendent Tony Gatto is a new attraction for visitors to the Atlantic City Race Course. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Full fields and large crowds are expected when the Atlantic City Race Course opens its 69th season on Thursday, April 24. The track will offer six days of live racing with a post time of 3:30 p.m. to accommodate those who may want to visit after work and also bring their children after school hours.

“We will have six races on the turf course each day, except for the final day on Wednesday, April 30 when there will be seven races,” said Mary Jo Couts, the track’s Director of Operations and Mutual Manager.

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Meyer fans 16, slams Creek to win over Spirit

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:34 am

meyerbat Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Cheyenne Meyer hit a grand slam to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning against Holy Spirit. ABSECON – Cheyenne Meyer was The Difference between Cedar Creek and Holy Spirit in a close and competitive Cape-Atlantic League softball game Tuesday.

Meyer struck out 16 Holy Spirit batters, allowed only two hits, and broke a 2-2 tie with a grand slam in the seventh inning as the Pirates beat the Spartans, 6-2, at Holy Spirit High School.

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LCM pair sign letters of intent

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:35 pm

Gene Zebrowski (left) and Cory Damiana of Lower Cape May ERMA – Cory Damiana and Gene Zebrowski officially accepted scholarship offers to play college sports Tuesday afternoon.

The two Lower Cape May Regional seniors signed National Letters of Intent during a ceremony held at the Board of Education offices on the high school’s campus.

Damiana, one of the best wrestlers in school history, accepted a two-thirds athletic and academic scholarship to wrestle at Division I Hofstra University. Damiana went 123-24, was a three-time district champion, three-time state qualifier and multi-year Cape-Atlantic League all-star during his career with the Caper Tigers.

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Transfer boosts Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, April 21, 2014 10:21 pm

CHRIS MORMILE WILDWOOD – Admit it. When you saw the headline, you first thought about one of the Wildwood High School basketball teams.

When the word “transfer” is used in these parts, the immediate question asked by area sports fans usually pertains to which local high school received (or lost) one for basketball.

But while basketball transfers are always hot topic of conversation, the athletes who transfer for other sports usually do so with much less fanfare even though their impact can still be rather significant.

Take the case of Chris Mormile.

A transfer from Egg Harbor Township High School, Mormile moved to the Wildwoods for his sophomore year and joined the baseball team at Wildwood High School. Almost quietly, the shortstop and pitcher has emerged as one of the better players in the area despite being just 15 years old.

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No-hitter highlights Warrior DH sweep

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, April 21, 2014 10:15 pm

Wildwood's Matt Bolle pitched a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts vs. Salem on Monday WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team arrived back in town at 7 a.m. Sunday morning after enduring a nearly 24-hour bus ride following its weeklong trip to Florida.

When the team took the field Monday morning for a doubleheader against Salem, the players were rather sluggish.

That sluggishness, however, was negated by strong starting pitching.

The Bolle brothers, first Billy and then Matt, each tossed complete games and allowed zero earned runs over 14 innings pitched as Wildwood won both games of the doubleheader, by scores of 5-3 and 5-0.

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Charity, not just winning, important to MTHS softball

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:24 am

Members of the MTHS softball program pose for a photo during the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Walk earlier this month at county park The members of the Middle Township High School softball program are trying as hard as possible to win games.

More importantly, though, the Lady Panthers are trying their best to win away from the field, too, and they’re doing a very good job of it.

The team has made a conscious effort to become more involved in its community this season, participating in a number of charitable endeavors.

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Soph assaults LCM record books

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:18 am

Dave Pacevich is a very organized high school track coach when it comes to maintaining and updating records. That’s in part because these days it seems he has to update those records almost every time his Lower Cape May Regional High School girls program competes.

Quinn Bithell is a major reason why. The versatile sophomore already owns or shares six program records in a variety of events.

Bithell and her teammates set three new records at the recent Buena Relays. Bithell, Destiny West, Lizzy Sulecki and Suzanne Beteta set a new program mark of 14:47 in the distance medley relay; Bithell and West posted a new top time of 2:28.57 in the 2x400 intermediate hurdles; and Bithell and Domonique DeCamillo set a new standard of 9 feet, 4 inches in the high jump relay.

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