Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Wildwood to honor former star player Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, September 29, 2014 08:59 pm

KAITLIN ANZELONE Because she was part of three state and four South Jersey championship basketball teams, Kaitlin Anzelone was best known athletically at Wildwood High School for her work in the gymnasium before graduating in 2003.

But those who remember Anzelone the all-around athlete can also recall her brilliance on the soccer field.

Anzelone, who was also part of a Cape-Atlantic League championship softball team at Wildwood, went on to play three sports as a freshman at Division III Rutgers-Camden University. But she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in the fall of 2004 and bravely battled the disease for seven months before tragically passing away the following July at age 20.

This Friday, the City of Wildwood, in conjunction with Wildwood High School, will hold a ceremony to honor Anzelone. The ceremony will take place in between the girl-boy soccer doubleheader between Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic at the Maxwell Field athletic complex. The girls game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., the boys game at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony should take place at around 5:15 p.m., assuming the girls game does not go into overtime.

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History made at Big 5 meet

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:52 am

RYAN HERLIHY CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Ryan Herlihy made history Friday afternoon at Cape May County Park.

The accomplished Middle Township High School senior cross country runner etched his name into the record books by becoming the first make runner to win the Big Five championship race four times.

Herlihy was never challenged in the race, despite not running at his best. He had given maximum effort three days prior in his team’s key Cape-Atlantic National Conference win over Pleasantville.

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Buena offense rolls past Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:57 am

Joe Durso threw for 217 yards and four TDs in his team's loss to Buena. BUENA – Joe Durso enjoyed a career game, completing 18 of 24 passes (75 percent) for 217 yards and four touchdowns.

Erik Arenberg also had the best statistical game of his career, catching seven passes for 119 yards and two scores and also intercepting a pass on defense.

Jimmy Versage stood out as well, with six receptions and two touchdowns.

With all that offensive production, it’s easy to see how the Middle Township High School football team scored 33 points against Buena Friday evening.

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Warriors fade late in road loss

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 08:02 pm

Abdiel Richards scored 4 TDs in Wildwood's loss to Riverside The Wildwood High School football team had taken an apparent 26-6 lead on the fourth touchdown of the first half by Abdiel Richards Friday evening against Riverside.

But a penalty behind the play nullified the score, and Riverside went into halftime trailing by 20-6.

“It was a big one,” Warrior coach Bruce Lazaruk said of the penalty.

The Rams rallied in the second half, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, and posted a 40-26 comeback victory to deny Wildwood its first win.

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Middle faces tough foe Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 07:59 pm

JIMMY VERSAGE PLEASANTVILLE – A pivotal game awaits the Middle Township High School football team this week.

After a 49-7 thrashing of Pleasantville earned the team its first win, the Panthers are preparing for an away game Friday at Buena (2-0), one of the surprise teams of the Cape-Atlantic League so far. The Chiefs have scored victories against Bridgeton and Cedar Creek, who were thought before the season to be among the top teams in the National Conference.

“They’re very good,” said Middle coach Frank Riggitano, who scouted Buena in its 16-6 win over highly regarded Cedar Creek on Saturday. “They’re very, very good defensively. They don’t do a whole lot of fancy things on offense but they run the triple option and that’s going to cause problems for us. We’re going to have to be disciplined and play assignment football.”

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Alumni Notebook: Szczur hits first Wrigley Field HR

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 07:56 pm

MATT SZCZUR Catching up with some former area high school athletes now competing at the college level and beyond…

Matt Szczur (Chicago Cubs outfielder-LCMRS) hit his first Wrigley Field home run Tuesday evening in the Cubs’ 4-3 win over the Cardinals. Szczur, who was called up from the minors in mid August, exited Tuesday’s game hitting .241 with two home runs, two doubles and five RBI in 58 at bats. One of his doubles came in a recent pinch-hit appearance against likely Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. …

Wesley Hills (sophomore-Delaware football-WHS) scored his second touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter to help the Blue Hens erase a 25-14 deficit and pull out a 28-25 win against Colgate on Saturday. Hills ran 12 times for 54 yards and caught one pass for five yards in the game. For the season, Hills has rushed 32 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The Blue Hens (2-1) play at James Madison on Saturday. …

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Middle edges Pleasantville, Herlihy goes for history Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 07:49 pm

RYAN HERLIHY For the past couple of seasons, Pleasantville has prevented the Middle Township High School boys cross country team from winning the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

That hurdle has finally been cleared.

Middle slipped past its nemesis Tuesday afternoon, 26-30, and also won comfortably over Wildwood Catholic, 15-48, to jump to the top of the National Conference standings at 3-0.

Ryan Herlihy and Chris Robison led the way for Middle Township. Herlihy won the meet in 16 minutes, 18 seconds and Robison placed second in 16:29, edging Pleasantville’s top runner by a second. Mike Feraco was fifth in 16:53, Josh Moore placed eighth in 17:27 and Nate Sanders was ninth in 17:36 to round out Middle’s scoring.

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Freeman golden for Lady Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, September 22, 2014 07:15 pm

JILLIAN FREEMAN WILDWOOD – Jillian Freeman played hero for the Wildwood High School girls soccer team Monday afternoon.

Freeman, a junior, assisted on a equalizing goal before netting the golden-goal winner as the Lady Warriors scored a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory to stop a three-game loss streak.

Freeman, one on one with the Salem goalie 2 ½ minutes into extra time, cut the ball across her body and around the goalie with her left foot before coolly depositing into goal with her right foot.

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Good start for WCHS tennis

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 17, 2014 05:27 pm

It had been a rough go in recent years for the Wildwood Catholic High School girls tennis team. The Crusaders always seemed to field a very inexperienced team and often struggled to win even a few matches each season.

They’ve reversed the trend so far this fall.

Wildwood Catholic suffered only its first defeat in five matches so far this season Monday afternoon when it dropped a 3 ½-1 ½ decision to Holy Spirit. The point at first singles was halved when Catholic’s Madison McNicholas and Spirit’s Julia Dalzell could not finish a three-set marathon due to impending darkness. The players were tied at 5-5 in the third set when the match was called.

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WCHS baseball coach steps down

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 17, 2014 05:24 pm

Wildwood Catholic High School is seeking a new head baseball coach.

Bill Gianakopoulos has stepped down after three seasons due to increased job commitments, Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello said.

Gianakopoulos, a former standout player at Wildwood Catholic, posted a career mark of 18-49. The Crusaders went 5-17 last spring but only had one senior on the roster. They are expected to return a large number of seniors in 2015, led by infielder/pitcher Kevin Laffey, pitcher/outfielder Tyler Norris and outfielder/pitcher Sal Zampirri.

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Crusaders taking a step forward

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 17, 2014 05:22 pm

Wildwood Catholic's Caitlin McMullan scored three goals against Cape May Tech. STONE HARBOR – Through four games, the Wildwood Catholic High School girls soccer team has shown the rest of the Cape-Atlantic League that it is no longer a pushover.

The Crusaders moved their record to 2-2 Tuesday afternoon following a convincing 8-0 result over Cape May Tech, putting them halfway to their win total of last season only four games into the 2014 campaign.

Sophomore Caitlin McMullan recorded a hat trick, freshman Noelle Johnson added two goals and seniors Becky Andress, Olivia Rulon and Gia Tammmaro each added one for the Crusaders, who led 6-0 at the half.

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Nicholas a defensive rock for Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 17, 2014 05:19 pm

BRIANNE NICHOLAS ERMA – Brianne Nicholas is a defender for the Lower Cape May Regional High School field hockey team but moves up to offense when her team earns a penalty corner opportunity.

On Monday against Middle Township, Nicholas never got the chance to play offense because her team got zero corner chances.

But despite being completely uninvolved in her team’s two scoring plays, Nicholas may have been the biggest reason the Lady Tigers recorded a rather unlikely 2-1 overtime win over their biggest rival.

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LCM stuns Middle in field hockey

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, September 15, 2014 08:08 pm

ERMA – If you’ve ever been to a high school field hockey game, you may have heard the chant “every corner is a goal” by the substitute players when their team is awarded a penalty corner chance.

That saying certainly did not apply to the Middle Township High School field hockey team Monday afternoon. The Lady Panthers scored just once off of an amazing 30 penalty corner chances and were left stunned when Lower’s Carissa Scott scored on just her team’s third shot on goal of the game a little more than three minutes into overtime as the Lady Tigers came up with a shocking 2-1 victory.

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Catholic and Middle on level terms

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 13, 2014 04:39 pm

Middle's Nik Anagnou (left) and Catholic's Anthony Zampirri starred in the 1-1 draw STONE HARBOR – You never know what you’re going to get during rivalry games.

You can occasionally see the ugly side, with trash talking, chippy play and overzealousness from fans.

But sometimes, you get what happened in Friday’s Middle Township-Wildwood Catholic boys soccer game – an intense, well-played game with great exhibitions of sportsmanship.

The contest ended in a 1-1 draw, Middle preventing a mild Wildwood Catholic upset when Trent Canter scored six minutes from full time to bring his side to equal terms. Wildwood Catholic had taken the lead early in the second half on Sal Zampirri’s exquisitely placed free kick from 19 yards after teammate Tyler Mericle was fouled during a challenge on a ball in the air.

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