Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Former LCM star in SJ soccer Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 22, 2014 03:04 pm

MATT LUCAS Matt Lucas has long been recognized as one of the best high school soccer players ever in Cape May County. Last weekend, the 1996 Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate was recognized as one of the best ever in South Jersey.

Lucas, who scored 97 career goals for one of the Cape-Atlantic League’s best teams in the mid 1990s, was formally inducted into the South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday during a ceremony at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood.

Lucas said he was notified he had been selected for induction about a month ago.

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Syracuse runner wins Wild Half

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 21, 2014 05:01 pm

WILDWOOD – Marlton’s Shawn Wilson was the overall winner of the Wild Half half marathon race held in the Wildwoods Sunday morning.

Wilson, 19, a Cherokee High School graduate who recently completed his freshman season with the cross country and track teams at Syracuse University, finished the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 25.2 seconds to beat the field by almost seven minutes.

The Wild Half began and finished near the Wildwoods Convention Center and traveled through parts of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.

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Middle marches into S.J. semifinal

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 20, 2014 09:43 pm

ALEX TERENIK CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School boys lacrosse team is now in uncharted territory.

An impressive 14-6 victory after an early deficit over Manasquan Tuesday afternoon has sent the Panthers into the third round of the state tournament for the first time in program history. Middle, the third seed in the South Jersey Group I Tournament, is set to host 10th-seeded A.L. Johnson in a sectional semifinal on Thursday.

“This making school history is one thing,” said senior Alex Terenik, who scored three goals and chipped in an assist in the win over Manasquan. “But to be out there grinding with the guys every day and having it pay off is great. There’s no better feeling that this. This is what it’s all about.”

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Late offense sparks Lady Panther playoff win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 20, 2014 09:36 pm

Pitcher Tori Sittineri had the game-winning RBI in Middle's playoff win over Sterling CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It was a critical moment of the game in the top of the sixth inning, and Middle Township High School softball coach Lauren Ruef had a decision to make.

Concede the tying run on an infield ground ball, or bring all the infielders forward to try to take it away on a ground ball, thus opening up more holes for a batted ball to find.

“How we play this year is that I trust our offense, that we can score runs,” Ruef said.

With Sterling runners at second and third with one out, Ruef decided to play her team’s infield back and gave up the tying run on a groundout. The next batter popped out to end the inning. The Lady Panthers then rewarded their coach’s instincts by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth, leading to an 8-4 victory in a second-round South Jersey Group II playoff game.

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Johnson, Versage help Middle walk off vs. Lower

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 08:57 pm

BRANDON JOHNSON CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – From the professional ranks down to the high school games, the star players usually get the headlines, and rightly so.

But every so often, a role player gets his or her chance to shine and takes advantage of the situation.

Such is the case with Brandon Johnson of the Middle Township High School baseball team.

A three-year subvarsity player in the program, Johnson finally cracked the starting lineup for the Panthers as a senior this season. On Monday, he was at the forefront of a stirring Panther playoff victory.

Johnson went 3 for 4 and, after singling to lead off the seventh inning, scored the winning run on Jimmy Versage’s soft line drive hit to left field with one out as Middle walked off with a 4-3 victory over Lower Cape May in a first-round South Jersey Group II game.

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Korobellis delivers for Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 08:15 pm

ANTHONY KOROBELLIS WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team scored four runs in the first inning of its state playoff game against Woodbury Monday afternoon but was kept off the scoreboard for the next 5 2/3 innings.

Then Anthony Korobellis came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

“I always wanted to be up in that situation because I’ve never had a walk-off hit before,” the junior outfielder/designated hitter said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Korobellis can now check it off his baseball bucket list.

Korobellis’s dramatic RBI single to shallow left field broke a 4-4 tie and lifted Wildwood to a 5-4 victory over Woodbury in a first-round South Jersey Group I game. The victory was the program’s first in the state playoffs in four seasons and moves the seventh-seeded Warriors (17-12-1) into a second-round game at No. 2 Gloucester Thursday afternoon.

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More top triathlon finishes for WCHS grad

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 02:20 pm

JOE MALOY Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Joe Maloy continues to impress at elite-level triathlon events throughout the world.

Maloy, a Wildwood Crest native, posted a pair of top 20 finishes at two major International Triathlon Union (ITU) races held in the Orient earlier this month.

Last weekend, Maloy placed 19th overall and was the first American finisher at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama held in Japan’s second-largest city. He finished the course, which includes the traditional international triathlon standards of a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run, in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 17 seconds.

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Lower, Middle, advance in girls lacrosse playoffs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:07 am

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls lacrosse teams each won South Jersey Group II playoff games Wednesday afternoon.

Lower Cape May pulled off an upset according to seeding, the ninth-seeded Lady Tigers going on the road to beat No. 8 Red Bank, 16-12.

Madie Gibson and Ashley Hunt each scored five goals to lead Lower Cape May (11-4), which raced out to an 11-2 halftime lead. Emily Levin and Logan Walter each added three goals.

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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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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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