Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Robertson's big hit helps Middle top Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, April 09, 2013 08:33 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Brittany Robertson’s big hit helped lift the Middle Township High School softball team against one of its biggest rivals.

Robertson’ two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Lady Panthers to a 3-1 victory over Wildwood Catholic Tuesday afternoon.

Middle (1-2) played an all-around solid game in the victory. The team belted nine hits and made no errors in the field, while pitcher Tori Sittineri allowed only five baserunners for the game on four hits and a walk.

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Local hoops sharpshooter heads to nationals

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 26, 2013 05:15 pm

McCracken  Maddie McCracken may be only 11 years old, but if your basketball team absolutely needs to make a free throw, she might be the person you’d want to have shoot it for you.

McCracken, a sixth-grader at Margaret Mace Elementary School, captured the regional championship in her age group last weekend in the Elks National Hoop Shoot. The contest was held in Scranton, Pa., and came after McCracken placed first in her age group in local, district and state competitions.

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LCMR football coach steps down

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 22, 2013 03:28 pm

wilson wilson  Lower Cape May Regional High School is seeking a new varsity football coach.

Mike Wilson, who was once a star player at Lower and had been the team’s head coach for the past five seasons, has resigned from the position, citing family reasons.

“I have three kids that I want to get back and watch grow up a lot more,” Wilson said. “I have a lot going on right now and coaching high school football is a seven-day-a-week job. You only get to see your kids grow up once.”

Wilson, 35, a teacher at the high school, guided Lower Cape May’s program through some of its darkest times. His teams won just one game over his first three seasons as head coach, going winless over the 2007-08 seasons. But after a 1-9 finish in 2009, Lower Cape May was one of the top teams in the Cape-Atlantic League in 2010. The team finished 7-3 overall, good for second in the United Conference, and qualified for the South Jersey playoffs for just the third time in program history. The team was competitive again in 2011 when it finished 5-5 before slipping to 1-9 last fall.

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Crest teen to play in ice hockey nationals

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 20, 2013 03:21 pm

Wildwood Crest resident Sam Fitzpatrick’s long ice hockey season will continue into early April.

Fitzpatrick and his Jaguars club team will compete in the 16U Tier II National Championships in Troy, Mich., beginning April 3 after the team captured the New Jersey state championship last week.

Fitzpatrick, 16, a high school junior who also plays hockey at St. Augustine Prep, was the starting goalie for the Jaguars in all five games during the team’s playoff run, which included three wins in early-round games before the Jaguars swept a three-game series over the defending state champion Skyland Kings in the championship.

Fitzpatrick conceded only seven goals and posted one shutout over the course of the five playoff games.

This is the Jaguars’ first state championship in the five years Fitzpatrick has competed with the team.

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Middle grad earns postseason hoops honors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 18, 2013 04:32 pm

Middle Township High School graduate Wayne “Moo” Lennon has earned some recognition for his work with the Wesley University men’s basketball team.

Lennon, a 6-3 guard, has been named the D3Hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year as well as the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year. He started 16 of 24 games for the Wolverines and averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds for a team that finished 20-8 overall, numbers that increased to 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds after becoming a full-time starter.

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Feraco, Christian selected for South Jersey all-star game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 13, 2013 04:01 pm

Middle Township’s Tom Feraco and Wildwood’s Francis Christian have each been selected to participate in the Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey’s 36th annual all-star game.

The contest, which includes the top senior basketball players from throughout South Jersey, will be held Sunday, Match 24 at 3 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden University.

Feraco and Christian will be members of the East team, which will be coached by Hammonton’s Joe Martino.

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Raiders' season ends in Tournament of Champions

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 12, 2013 09:21 pm

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean City High School girls basketball team’s magical season has come to an end.

Red Bank Catholic, the state Non-Public A champion, handed the Group III champion Raiders a 45-23 defeat in the opening round of the Tournament of Champions Tuesday night at Pine Belt Arena.

The Tournament of Champions is an event that includes the six state enrollment group champions competing to produce an ultimate state champion.

RBC, the third seed in the six-team tournament, held sixth-seeded Ocean City to one field goal and only four points over the first 9 ½ minutes of the second half, turning a seven-point halftime lead into a comfortable double-digit advantage.

Red Bank Catholic (29-1) will take on second-seeded Rancocas Valley in a Tournament of Champions semifinal on Thursday.

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Time change for Ocean City’s TOC game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 11, 2013 02:51 pm

There has been a time change for the Ocean City High School girls basketball game at the Tournament of Champions Tuesday night.

The state Group III champion Raiders will now take on Red Bank Catholic at 8 p.m. at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River in the TOC first round, according to multiple reports.

The game was originally announced as a 6 p.m. start when TOC seedings were released Sunday evening.

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Ocean City girls basketball state championship video highlights

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 11, 2013 10:37 am

Below is a video highlights package from Ocean City's 50-37 victory over Jefferson in the state Group III girls basketball championship game. Video by Matt Ulmer, audio by Tom Williams and Harry Sachs via 98.7 FM WCTZ radio.

   

Raider girls win first state title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 10, 2013 05:00 pm

TOMS RIVER – The wait is over.

Long considered one of the best high school girls basketball programs in southern New Jersey, Ocean City captured its first-ever state championship with a 50-37 victory over Jefferson in the Group III title game Sunday afternoon at Pine Belt Arena.

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Lower's Damiana narrowly misses place in quarterfinals at state wrestling championships

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 09, 2013 09:26 am

ATLANTIC CITY – Cory Damiana enjoyed the most success of the three Lower Cape May Regional High School wrestlers at the state championships Friday night at Boardwalk Hall.

Damiana, a junior, narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinal round at 195 pounds. He scored a 5-4 win over Rutherford’s Jake Regina in the preliminary round. Regina was seeded fourth overall in the weight class. But Damiana suffered a very difficult loss in the pre-quarterfinal round, losing a 6-5 decision to Moorestown’s Tyreek Smith. Damiana was winning the bout late in the third period until Smith scored a takedown with less than 10 seconds remaining.

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Szczur optioned back to Double A

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 08, 2013 04:49 pm

It appears Matt Szczur will start the new baseball season in the same place he finished the last one.

The Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate has been optioned from the Chicago Cubs Major League spring training camp to the Double A Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League, the club announced on Twitter this afternoon.

Szczur, and outfielder who played the second half of last season with the Smokies after being selected as a Florida State League all-star at Single A Daytona, had struggled this spring with the Cubs, managing just one hit with eight strikeouts in 16 at bats.

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Raider girls to play in state title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 07, 2013 10:09 am

WILLIAMSTOWN – It’s quite evident the Freehold Borough High School girls basketball team hadn’t seen a defense quite like Ocean City’s in the state tournament.

After scoring at least 50 points in its four victories leading to a Central Jersey championship, Freehold was limited to only eight points through three quarters of play as the Raiders posted a 35-26 victory in the state Group III semifinal Wednesday night.

The victory places South Jersey champion Ocean City (25-4) into Sunday’s state championship game against Jefferson Township at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River at a time to be determined. Jefferson beat Cranford, 50-40, in the other state semifinal.

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Willingboro dominates Middle in South Jersey final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 05, 2013 08:06 pm

WILLINGBORO – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team beat Willingboro in overtime very early in the season. The Chimeras proved on Tuesday, however, just how much they’ve improved since that time.

Willingboro completed dominated Middle in the South Jersey Group II championship game, ending the season for the defending sectional champion Lady Panthers with a 55-20 victory.

Incredibly, the game wasn’t even as close as the 35-point final score. Willingboro (23-4), the top seed in the section, held Middle to one field goal for approximately 22 minutes of game time, the second-seeded Lady Panthers scoring only three points from the six-minute mark of the first quarter through the end of the third quarter. The Chimeras led 45-8 after three quarters.

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