Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

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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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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Wildwood's Hills busts out in Blue Hen spring game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 05, 2014 08:09 pm

Wesley Hills rushed for 81 yards on only 10 carries last year as a freshman for the University of Delaware football team, although he was a key player on special teams.

But if his performance in the Blue Hens’ annual spring football game is any indication, Hills should be getting a lot more touches this fall.

Hills, who set a variety of offensive records at Wildwood High School during a magical senior season, ran 20 times for 154 yards, caught two passes for 33 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the White team to a 21-0 victory over Blue last weekend.

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Versage, pitching pace MTHS to Warrior Classic title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, May 04, 2014 05:35 pm

The MTHS baseball team celebrates winning its third straight Warrior Classic title WILDWOOD – Jimmy Versage had the best view of collective performance by the pitchers on the Middle Township High School baseball team at the Warrior Classic tournament.

“They pitched real well,” the junior catcher said. “They didn’t let many runners get on, they got out of any jams we got in and they didn’t let up many runs.”

Panther pitchers allowed only six runs over three games at the tournament, Middle clinching the title behind Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 victory over host Wildwood.

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Middle rolls into Warrior Classic final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, May 04, 2014 10:50 am

WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School baseball team is in position to win its third straight Warrior Classic championship.

The Panthers checked into the tournament title round scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Maxwell Field behind Steve Hand’s dominating pitching performance against Wildwood.

Wildwood battled back to reach the title game out of the losers’ bracket. The Warriors would force an ultimate championship game to immediately follow the first game with a victory. Middle will win the title with a victory in Game 1.

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Middle, Catholic each win at Warrior Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, May 03, 2014 08:53 am

WILDWOOD – Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic were each winners as the seventh annual Warrior Classic Baseball Tournament continued Friday at Maxwell Field.

The following are recaps from Friday’s games:

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Cape Tech, Wildwood advance in Warrior Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, May 02, 2014 12:20 pm

WILDWOOD – The seventh annual Warrior Classic Baseball Tournament opened Thursday at Maxwell Field with four of the five tournament teams in action. Cape May Tech and Wildwood each won opening-round games. The following are recaps of the two opening games:

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Panthers win Cape May tennis tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 30, 2014 04:51 pm

CAPE MAY – The Middle Township High School boys tennis team captured the team championship at the annual Cape May Tennis Club high school round robin tournament held Saturday morning.

The tournament featured individuals and doubles teams competing in one set each against the rest of the competition. Winners were determined by total games won.

In addition to Middle Township, the tournament included Lower Cape May, Vineland, Neshaminy (Pa.) and Jenkintown (Pa.).

Middle Township won at third singles and both doubles positions to earn the team title.

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Anagnou nets 200th, Middle stays unbeaten

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, April 30, 2014 04:47 pm

MT's Maddie Anagnou recently scored her 200th career goal
Check off yet another milestone for Maddie Anagnou.

Middle Township High School’s all-time leading goal scorer in field hockey and school record-holder in six swimming events became the third girls lacrosse player to reach 200 career goals earlier this week.

Anagnou scored twice as unbeaten Middle Township survived an upset bid by Oakcrest, 15-13, Monday afternoon. Her second goal was the 200th of her career.

Anagnou went on to add two goals in Tuesday’s 26-6 win over Our Lady of Mercy Academy. She now has 202 career goals and is within striking distance of surpassing 2011 graduate Kelsey McCusker’s total of 214 career goals for second place all-time in program history. Another 2011 graduate, Grace Adelizzi, is the program’s all-time leading scorer with 261 goals.

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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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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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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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