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Conrad sparks Tigers with bat, legs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 13, 2014 07:29 pm

ERIK CONRAD ERMA – Erik Conrad knocked the ball all over the field in his four at bats against Wildwood Catholic Tuesday afternoon. But it was what he did on the bases that got the biggest rise out of his teammates.

Conrad, a senior third baseman on the Lower Cape May baseball team who will never be confused with Rickey Henderson, stole his first career base during a seven-run fifth inning. His teammates cheered wildly from the dugout when he rumbled down the basepath and created a cloud of dust with a less-than-graceful slide into the bag.

“I haven’t gotten that (steal) sign many times,” Conrad said with a laugh. “I was happy to see it.”

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Championship double for David Hicks

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:23 pm

DAVID HICKS David Hicks has been his team’s low scorer in plenty of matches, both this season and in seasons past. He’s also won his share of high-level individual tournaments.

But on Monday, the Middle Township High School junior finished off a very rare championship double by winning the second South-Central Jersey Group II golf title of his career.

The comfortable four-stroke win in the sectional tournament came four days after Hicks beat Mainland’s Colin Roche in a playoff in the Cape-Atlantic League individual tournament, giving him two major individual championships in the same season.

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Crusaders get their revenge vs. Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:21 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School softball team wasted a few scoring opportunities in a 1-0 loss to Middle Township earlier this month.

The Crusaders made sure that didn’t happen again when the teams met again Monday afternoon.

A three-run first-inning outburst and the usual strong pitching from Jackie DeLong carried Wildwood Catholic to a solid 5-1 victory over its rival.

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Warrior senior overcomes adversity to reach 100 hits

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:19 pm

DEVON BRADSHAW WILDWOOD – Devon Bradshaw was on course to become a standout three-sport athlete at Wildwood High School.

But a concussion suffered early in his junior football season derailed that path, forcing him to give up football – his favorite sport – for good.

“It was the roughest time in my life,” Bradshaw said. “It was like a death in the family. All I did was go to the field and go to the weight room. I thought football was my future.”

The injury, suffered in the fall of 2012, also forced Bradshaw to step away from the basketball team.

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Spirit crews sweep varsity 8 finals at county championships

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, May 12, 2014 05:28 pm

newcrewchamps Matt Strabuk/The Holy Spirit boys varsity eight pulls ahead of St. Augustine Prep in the last 20 meters to win the county championship on Sunday at Lake Lenape. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Holy Spirit High School crew teams swept the varsity eight finals at the 10th annual Atlantic County Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 11, at Lake Lenape.

The Spartan boys nipped two-time defending champion St Augustine Prep by .15 seconds, with Oakcrest third. The Spartan girls repeated as Atlantic County champions, finishing in five minutes, six seconds to beat Oakcrest and third-place Absegami.

The Holy Spirit girls crew included stroke Cailin McCully, Tara Puhalski, Kylie Magee, Lauren Thomas, Amanda Reale, Christine Wojciechowicz, Danielle LaRontonda, bow Michelle Smith and coxswain Onora Labrum.

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[UPDATED] EHT girls, Oakcrest boys continue reign as county champs

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, May 09, 2014 12:01 am

jenkins Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township's Amber Jenkins (far left) captures the Atlantic County girls 100-meter final at the championship meet Thursday at Buena Regional High School. BUENA - It's becoming a tradition at the Atlantic County High School Track and Field Championships: the Egg Harbor Township girls and the Oakcrest boys are the heavyweight medal-winners, while many other athletes from every area school put up tremendous individual performances, as well.

The EHT girls won their fourth straight county title with 178 team points, 100 points more than second-place Mainland. The Oakcrest boys edged EHT 138-95 for their fifth straight title in the competition held at Buena Regional High School.

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Hicks wins CAL title in playoff, Vogdes third

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 08, 2014 09:20 pm

DAVID HICKS David Hicks won his second Cape-Atlantic League golf championship Thursday afternoon, much in the same fashion as he did his first.

Like last year, the Middle Township High School junior took the title in a playoff, edging Mainland’s Colin Roche on the second playoff hole after each shot even-par 72 after 18 holes at Wildwood Golf and Country Club.

Hicks shot par in both playoff holes. Roche missed a four-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to give Hicks the victory.

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3 records fall at Cape May County track meet

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 08, 2014 08:59 pm

ERMA – Record-setting performances by Bridget Flynn and Devon Grisbaum of Ocean City and three first-place finishes by Rashid Marrow highlighted the Cape May County Track and Field Championships Thursday afternoon at Lower Cape May Regional High School.

Flynn broke her own records in the 800- and 1600-meter runs and Grisbaum shattered the 3200 record by almost 10 seconds as Ocean City won its 35th straight girls title at the meet.

Meanwhile, Marrow placed first in the 100, 200 and long jump and teammate John Mooers won the shot put and discus, but Middle Township lost out to Ocean City’s superior depth in the boys portion of the meet.

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CAL teams do more than just play games (part two)

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 08, 2014 02:50 pm

spiritpink Jackie Brutchey/Last October, the Holy Spirit High School field hockey team held a “Pink Game” to help raise money for The Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Foundation. Last week we told you about some of the things Cape-Atlantic League teams do away from the fields, courts, gyms pools, tracks and courses.

Inspired by their coaches, athletics directors and even their own ideas, these teenagers make a difference in their communities.   

At least two schools – St. Augustine Prep and Bridgeton – require every athletic team to perform one act of service or volunteerism annually.

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Oakcrest notes: Softball pitcher Liepe pulls a Vander Meer

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 08, 2014 01:08 pm

newliepe Archive photo/Oakcrest's Sam Liepe catches a popup at shortstop during a game last year. Oakcrest High School softball pitcher Sam Liepe was unhittable in her two starts over the past week.

Liepe tossed a four-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 shutout of Absegami on May 6. She struck out five.

Just four days earlier in a 20-0 rout of Pleasantville, Liepe fired a four-inning perfect game with nine strikeouts.

Both games were called in the fourth inning due to the 10-run rule.

(By the way, the headline of this article is a reference to Johnny Vander Meer, a Cincinnati Reds pitcher who threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938 - about 60 years before Liepe was born).

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Young athletes on fast track to fun and fitness

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, May 07, 2014 04:09 pm

Isaiah Whaley of the Mays Landing Express Track Club Bill LeConey/Isaiah Whaley of the Mays Landing Express Track Club leads the pack in a race on May 3 at Cedar Creek High School. EGG HARBOR CITY - Nearly 500 young athletes pulled off the "triple play" of competing, developing skills and having fun on a busy day of track and field competition at Cedar Creek High School on Saturday, May 3.

The Mays Landing Express Track Club hosted a developmental competitive meet for boys and girls, ages 5-17. Eight teams comprising about 500 young athletes from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York competed in track and field events at the meet, which is part of a new Developmental Series offered by the Tri-State Track and Field Association.

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Absegami powers up in win over Egg Harbor Township

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:43 am

gamiswing Bill LeConey/Absegami's Patrick Scheck takes a cut at a pitch in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against EHT. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Absegami’s 5-4 victory over Egg Harbor Township Tuesday was a sloppy affair, with numerous errors in the field and several gaffes in the base paths.

But Absegami head coach Brian Wastell found plenty of redeeming value in the victory.

“This is a big win for state (playoff) power points,” Wastell said, “because they (EHT) are second or third in Group IV power points, and we’re right in the middle of the pack with two games to play (before the 15-game cutoff).

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Pikus, Dixon help Spartans hold off rival Mustangs

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:08 am

pikus Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit pitcher Kyler Pikus delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against Mainland on Tuesday. Pikus pitched 6 1/3 innings and surrendered just four hits in the win. ABSECON – The Holy Spirit High School baseball team got a strong pitching performance from junior Kyler Pikus on Tuesday, May 6.

Pikus went 6 ⅓ innings, surrendered just four hits, struck out six and gave up no walks to lead the Spartans to a 4-2 win over Cape-Atlantic League rival Mainland Regional. He turned the ball over to Spartan closer Jimmy Dixon in the top of the seventh and Dixon used his lively fastball to close out the game.

“We wanted Kyler to go back out there (in the seventh inning),” said Spartan head coach Steve Normane. “He was getting up in pitch count but we had the confidence in him to get it done and he battled for us.”

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LCM athletes shine at Rowan Open

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 06, 2014 09:17 pm

Carrie Wunder & Quinn Bithell Lower Cape May Regional girls track athletes Quinn Bithell and Carrie Wunder were among the standouts at the Rowan Open held at Rowan University over the weekend.

Bithell, a sophomore, and Wunder, a junior, each won medals in the elite section of the competition, which included the top athletes representing schools from all enrollment groups.

Bithell finished second in the pentathlon, while Wunder placed sixth overall in the discus.

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