Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Wildwood pulls away from Catholic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, April 05, 2014 08:31 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 03:10 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 03:10 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 08:02 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 08:16 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 08:05 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 11:59 am

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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5 from area in prestigious all-star games

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 20, 2014 01:07 pm

kennedy johnson KENNEDY JOHNSON Wildwood Catholic’s Jordan Robertson, Eddie McWade and Kennedy Johnson, Middle Township’s Lauryn Fields and Wildwood's Jess Freeman have each been selected to participate in prestigious postseason basketball all-star games.

Robertson, Johnson and Fields will play in the respective boys and girls North-South state all-star games this Sunday at Rider University.

The boys game will tip at noon, with the girls game beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Those games include many of the best seniors from throughout the state.

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Weather alert for spring sports teams

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 20, 2014 01:01 pm

Fox Park was supposed to host a softball scrimmage between Wildwood and Lower Cape May earlier this week. Instead, snow covered much of the field. So, you think you’ve had enough of all this late-winter cold and snow?

Ask coaches or players trying to get ready for a spring sports season how they feel.

The snowstorm that dumped as much as 10 ½ inches of snow in some parts of the county on Monday helped continue what has been a difficult preseason for high school spring sports teams attempting to get ready for their regular seasons, which for most sports is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 1.

We all know March can be no picnic weather-wise, even in a good year. But quite a few spring sports teams have held as little as three or four outdoor practices since they were permitted to do so on March 7.

Two March snowstorms, especially the most recent one on Monday, and biting cold have led to limited outdoor work for many local teams.

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Remarkable run by Lady Panther seniors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 08:52 am

The MTHS girls basketball team enjoyed many successes over the past four seasons EGG HARBOR CITY – The stars seemed to be aligned just right.

Olivia Salvo practically couldn’t miss from the field, making an eye-popping 8 of 10 shots from the floor, most of the shots coming from 14 to 17 feet.

Lauryn Fields wasn’t having her best offensive night, but was playing the game with unyielding determination, leadership and fire. You got the feeling she was going to somehow will her team to victory, no matter what it might take.

Lauren Legler, Erin Ruskey and Holly McKaig were digging in defensively, battling a prolific offensive team to a stalemate both in the paint and on the perimeter.

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Middle will look to bounce back next season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 08:49 am

Jeremiah Bland enjoyed a solid senior season for MTHS For the first time in Tom Feraco’s 33 seasons as head coach, the Middle Township High School boys basketball team finished under .500.

Last week’s second-round state playoff loss to top-seeded Haddonfield was indicative of Middle’s season as whole, in that the Panthers played a good team to the wire but couldn’t finish.

Trailing 48-43 with three minutes to play against the then-unbeaten Bulldogs, Middle saw Haddonfield score the final nine points to post what looked like a comfortable 57-43 victory.

Middle finished the season at 12-14.

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Fine season has Crusader girls seeking more

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 08:42 am

Senior Katie McCallion led the WCHS girls hoops team in assists this season Twenty-one wins, seven losses.

If you told a high school basketball team prior to a season that would be its final record, most would react joyously.

The Wildwood Catholic girls team, however, while happy with its accomplishments, was left wishing for just a bit more.

“I’d feel a lot better about it had we won the Cape(-Atlantic League) championship,” Crusader coach Steve DiPatri said, referencing the team’s close loss to Middle Township in the title game of the eight-team CAL tournament. “I know most people would be jumping up and down after 21 wins. And we did beat Washington Township, we beat Cedar Creek twice, beat St. Joe twice and we played a lot of top-level programs, but yet we don’t have a banner to hang. That kind of sticks in my craw a little. Hopefully that leads us to grow. We learned how to play big games and win big games but now we have to learn how to win championships.”

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Enjoyable 18-win season for Lady Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 08:40 am

Wildwood's JEss Freeman finished her career with 1750 points There are many people associated with South Jersey high school basketball who judge a team by its championships. They want to know if a team won its league or claimed a South Jersey championship before they’ll call it a successful season.

But that’s really a poor way to quantify a team’s effort.

Take the Wildwood High School girls basketball team, for example.

The Lady Warriors went into this season with two big injury question marks, as Jess Freeman (back) and Heydiah Farlow (knee) were hampered at the season’s outset. Freeman carried her debilitating condition through the season.

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Lady Tigers have chance to be special

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 08:36 am

Lauren Holden finished her junior season with 1690 career points Scott Douglass wants the players on his Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team to understand that being a year older isn’t automatically going to make the team better.

After a strong state playoff run, the Lady Tigers are already being tabbed as a team to watch for next year, with superstar point guard Lauren Holden leading a club that featured an all-junior starting lineup, with underclassmen making up all of the reserve players as well.

“We’ve addressed it, that everyone has to work hard,” Douglass said after his team finished the season at 17-12 after Saturday’s South Jersey Group II semifinal loss to Cedar Creek. “Each individual girl is going to have to work hard. Sure, we have everyone back and some people coming in and we could have a strong year next year but nothing is guaranteed. We can’t take anything for granted. Some things fell right for us this year but we have to work.”

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