Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

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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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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