Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

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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LCM baseball star hopes for best after arm injury

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, April 15, 2014 09:47 pm

josh pennington One minute, Josh Pennington was preparing for what might have been the biggest start of his high school baseball career.

The next minute, he was writhing in pain.

The Lower Cape May Regional High School senior, owner of a powerful right arm that has drawn acute attention from Major League Baseball scouts, suffered an elbow injury while warming up prior to his team’s game Monday against Elmira, N.Y., in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Strathmere youth wins state FT championship

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, April 07, 2014 08:21 pm

C.J. Furey Strathmere resident C.J. Furey, pictured with Knights of Columbus state general program director Ray Sands, won the KOC state free throw championship last weekend When C.J. Furey attended a local free-throw competition held at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School back in January, he was there more to support his older brother.

“Brian was doing the competition at Bishop McHugh and when we got there we saw that 9-year-olds could do it, so I just said to C.J., ‘Go ahead out there and shoot,’” said Christine Furey, the mother of C.J. and Brian.

C.J. wound up shooting his way to a state championship.

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Wildwood pulls away from Catholic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, April 05, 2014 09:31 am

Freshman Brendan Bean hit a two-run double and also struck out 15 batters in his team's win over Wildwood Catholic WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team belted 10 hits, walked seven times and was the beneficiary of four Wildwood Catholic errors Friday afternoon.

Not surprisingly, the Warriors scored a lot of runs in the process.

Wildwood came back from a 6-4 deficit after four innings by scoring 10 times over final three frames en route to a 14-8 win over its cross-town rival.

Leadoff hitter Jose Valentin sparked the Warrior offense with four hits and four runs scored. He hit two doubles and also provided one of the key plays of the game when he dropped a gorgeous bunt single to load the bases with none out in what turned out to be a five-run sixth inning.

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MTHS senior to play Division I hoops

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, April 03, 2014 04:10 pm

Middle Township's Lauryn Fields will play college basketball at Division I Savannah State Middle Township High School senior guard Lauryn Fields will play Division I college basketball.

Fields, a 5-3 point guard who was named the area girls basketball MVP this season by the Gazette and Leader newspapers, has made a verbal commitment to attend Savannah State University on scholarship.

Fields had also received a scholarship offer from Maryland-Eastern Shore. Norfolk State, NJIT, High Point and Western Michigan had also shown interest.

“It was amazing down there,” said Fields, who took an official visit to the Georgia school about 10 days ago. “It was so beautiful, the weather was great and I really kind of got that family feeling when I got around the team and the campus. Everything is beautiful, everything was nice and I really connected with the coaches, especially coach (Cedric) Baker. I’m definitely looking forward to spending four years down South at Savannah State.”

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Bolle brothers pace WHS to win in opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 02, 2014 04:10 pm

Matt Bolle had 2 hits, 2 RBI and recorded a 7-out save in Wildwood's win WILDWOOD – Perhaps it’s a sign that the Wildwood High School baseball team expects to have a pretty good season.

The Warriors, 10-4 winners over Clayton in their season opener Tuesday afternoon at Maxwell Field, weren’t particularly happy with the effort.

“Obviously to get the win was good, but we’re not happy about five errors and seven walks,” Warrior coach Rich Hans said. “We played pretty much error free in the preseason and our pitching usually doesn’t walk a lot of guys. But we put a lot of extra guys on base and put ourselves in tough situations. But in another sense, we battled out of it each time we got in a jam.”

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WCHS hoops stars make college choices

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 02, 2014 09:02 am

Eddie McWade The two players who led the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team to one of the best seasons in recent program history have made their college choices.

Jordan Robertson, a 6-4 big guard/wing forward, has accepted a full athletic scholarship offer from Division I Colgate University, while Eddie McWade, a 6-4 power forward, has earned a full athletic/academic scholarship to Division II Chestnut Hill College.

According to Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello, both players are scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, April 16, the first day of the NCAA’s late-signing period.

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Southern Cape May County baseball preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 30, 2014 09:16 pm

MTHS baseball senior starters It may not have seemed very much like baseball weather for much of last week. Or much of this month for that matter. But, ready or not, the high school baseball regular season is set to begin on Tuesday.

The following is a look at each of the area’s high school baseball teams:

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Court House teen heads to youth hockey nationals

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 30, 2014 09:05 pm

Brandon Graf Four or five times per week for up to nine months per year, 15-year-old Brandon Graf, accompanied by his mother and/or father, makes the long trip from his home in Cape May Court House to Pennsauken to play ice hockey.

All those trips have led to one very long trip this week.

Graf, a goaltender, and his Team Comcast teammates are in Green Bay, Wis., this week to compete in the USA Hockey national championships.

Team Comcast qualified for the tournament by winning its district championship after going 25-3 during the regular season. Team Comcast beat the Junior Flyers of West Chester (Pa.) two games to one in a best-of-three district championship series. Graf started all three games of the series.

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MTHS grad named D II All-American

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 24, 2014 12:59 pm

Downbeach schools get late start Former Middle Township High School standout Garret Kerr has received national honors for his play on the basketball court.

The 6-4 forward from the University of the Sciences men’s basketball team has been named a first team Daktronics Division II All-American.

Kerr was the only player in Division II to rank among the top five in the nation in scoring (24.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.5 rpg). A three-year starter, Kerr broke school records for points scored with 693 and rebounds with 351. He also led the Devils in field-goal percentage at 52.4 percent, free-throw percentage at 82 percent and was second on the team in assists at 3.0 per game and steals at 1.3 per game. In 79 career games, Kerr has produced 1,638 points and 998 rebounds and has averaged 20.7 points and 12.6 rebounds for his career. He has posted a school-record 62 double-doubles for his career and is the only active player in Division II with more than 1,600 points and 900 rebounds over his career.

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