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Dom DiGiacomo had record season

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, June 07, 2013 10:59 am

It was quite a spring for Dom DiGiacomo.

The Ocean City High School junior shot a 32 for nine holes to set an all-time OCHS record for one round. Then he equaled it a little over a week later.

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Triathletes jump right in to new Escape the Cape

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Written by SAMANTHA SAFCHINSKY Wednesday, June 05, 2013 04:26 pm

Triathlon makes a big splash  More than 800 athletes jumped off the MV Twin Capes ferry vessel into the Delaware Bay and swam ashore to begin the Escape the Cape Triathlon on Sunday, June 2. The event included three races: a Sprint Triathlon, International Triathlon and International Aquabike. More than 2,000 spectators lined the race course, with the finish line on the terminal’s boardwalk. NORTH CAPE MAY – The first Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon started began 1,000 participants jumping off the Twin Capes Ferry to compete simultaneously in Sprint Triathlon, International Triathlon and Aquabike races Sunday morning.

The sprint triathlon was a .35-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 5k run. The international triathlon included a one-mile swim, 20-mile bike and five-mile run. The aquabike consisted of a one-mile swim and 20-mile bike.

The event was hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Authority’s Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal and DelMoSports, Inc. More than 2,000 spectators watched the athletes jump off the ferry and cross the finish line at the terminal’s boardwalk.

For many athletes, the most exciting part of the event was jumping off of the ferry.

“It was awesome. I jumped with three of my friends,” said Kate Conneen from Swedesboro. She placed second in the ages 25-29 division of the Sprint Triathlon. “I’m a pretty good swimmer so that was the part I was most excited about.”

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Bill Miller to coach LCM football

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 05, 2013 04:19 pm

bill miller Lower Cape May Regional High School has hired its next head football coach from within.

Bill Miller, a 1988 graduate of Lower Cape May and an assistant coach in the program last year, has been hired as the team’s next head coach.

Miller was formally approved for the position at the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education’s regular meeting in late May.

Miller replaces Mike Wilson, who guided the program for five seasons. Wilson, a star linebacker and fullback at Lower Cape May in the mid 1990s, went 14-46 as head coach. His 2010 team finished 7-3 and qualified for the South Jersey Group II playoffs. Wilson stepped down as coach earlier this year due to family reasons.

Miller has been involved with local football for quite a while. He was an assistant coach at Lower Cape May first in 2009. He then moved to Middle Township for the 2010-11 seasons before returning to Lower Cape May last fall. Miller said he also has about 15 years of coaching experience at the youth level in the area.

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WCHS grad earns pro baseball contract on West Coast

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, June 05, 2013 04:14 pm

Mark Malec finished an outstanding college baseball career last spring at Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.). The 2008 Wildwood Catholic graduated batted .312 with a team-best 18 doubles and finished second on the team with 30 RBI as a senior.

His two-year stint at SCAD came after two seasons at Gloucester County College, where he was part of the Roadrunners’ Junior College World Series championship team in 2010.

But even though all of his college eligibility was used up, Malec didn’t want his baseball career to end. So even with no real prospects on the horizon, he worked out on his own all winter, hoping for a break.

“Honestly, I really hit the gym in the winter,” Malec explained. “And being down in Savannah, as soon as the weather was good enough, I was out on the field, hitting in the cage and working every day. I was doing a lot of throwing, running and hitting. I was even hitting Wiffle balls with a broomstick. I was doing anything I could to get ready.”

All that work paid off.

Malec, 22, scoured the Internet looking for open tryouts and finally found one that piqued his interest with the Vallejo Admirals, a first-year expansion team in California in the four-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. With Vallejo located only about 40 minutes from his brother Gary’s home in San Francisco, Malec signed up for the one-day tryout.

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Ocean City's Flynn, Williams, relay teams advance to MOC

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, June 04, 2013 12:00 am

Nine Ocean City High School athletes advanced to Wednesday’s NJSIAA Meet of Champions based on their performances at the State Group 3 Meet last weekend in South Plainfield.

The MOC will begin at 4 p.m. back at Jost Field in South Plainfield.

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Middle visits OCYAA for Sunday DH

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 30, 2013 02:15 pm

Both OCYAA Travel Teams will host Middle Township on Sunday afternoon at the Harry Vanderslice Memorial Complex on 35th Street starting at 4:30.

There will be one more Sunday of travel games after this Sunday, then the OCYAA and other area leagues will begin preparations for the Little League Tournament that starts around June 21.

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This Month In OCHS Sports, May 30, 2013

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 30, 2013 02:14 pm

A quick look back at Raider moments from the past

Ken Henry finished second in the 100 meters and long jump and fourth in the 200 in May 1987. Ken Henry finished second in the 100 meters and long jump and fourth in the 200 in May 1987.

May 2010:

Connor Ortolf scattered seven singles over seven innings and the Raiders hammered out 12 hits as OCHS defeated Highland, 9-2, to win its first South Jersey baseball championship in school history. Kolya Stephenson had two doubles and a single for Ocean City, Rob Zauck had a single and double and Ortolf and Brian Longo each singled twice. Zauck and John Huff each drove home two runs. The Raiders went on to defeat Central Jersey champion Hopewell Valley to reach the NJSIAA State Group 3 final, where they lost to Cranford.   

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Ocean City's Bridget Flynn wins twice, 11 others advance

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 30, 2013 02:13 pm

BUENA - Ocean City High School junior Bridget Flynn racked up two more championships over the weekend, sweeping the 800 and 1600 meters at the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 Meet at Buena Regional High School.

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Hall pitches, hits OCHS past Hammonton

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 30, 2013 02:10 pm

Ocean City senior Beau Hall drove home a run with a first inning single on Saturday and then made the run stand up. He shut out Hammonton, 1-0, on a four-hitter to advance the Raiders into the semifinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 Tournament. Hammonton was the defending South Jersey champion.

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LCM girls lacrosse finishes solid season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 30, 2013 09:40 am

LCM girls lacrosse In the final week of the high school spring sports season, occasionally teams will simply play out the string. Having already been eliminated from the state playoffs, some teams will perform with little motivation or effort as they play their final regular-season games.

That was certainly not the case for the Lower Cape May Regional girls lacrosse team as it put the finishing touches on one of its finest seasons ever.

Lower won seven of its final eight games to end the season at a very solid 12-6, the victory total setting a new program record for wins in a season. The only loss during that stretch was to a powerful West Deptford team in the state playoffs.

“It was an amazing year,” said Lower coach Nikki Wright. “They really came together as a team. We didn’t lose that many girls from last year so we had kind of a two-year thing going. The girls really got along together this year, too.”

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WHS junior softball player becomes ambidextrous out of necessity

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 30, 2013 09:36 am

 Mackenzie Huber When a doctor told Mackenzie Huber she’d be out for the season after suffering an injury to her right throwing shoulder, the Wildwood High School junior softball player wasn’t content with abiding by that decision.

No, she didn’t carelessly go out and play against medical advice.

She instead did something that led to her doctor allowing her to get on the field.

She played left handed.

After missing about a month with rotator cuff and labrum damage in her right shoulder, Huber, one of the top players in the area, was able to return for the team’s final four games of the season after convincing her doctor she’d only throw with her left hand and wouldn’t take full swings at the plate.

“I was at practice one day and I was using my dad’s glove because he’s left handed and I was having a catch with our athletic trainer (Mandi Zacharkow),” Huber explained. “I was joking with her saying I was going to cleared to play left handed. She didn’t think I’d be able to do it. But I wasn’t doing that bad. The throwing was a little difficult but I was managing. I told her I’m going to get cleared and I’m going to play. So I went to the doctor and he said he didn’t know I was that ambidextrous. I explained that I just wanted to play, and he said if I played left handed that he’d absolutely clear me to play.”

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Schoppy Award finalists at OC Music Pier Monday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, May 29, 2013 02:18 pm

A total of 12 girls and 12 boys have been named finalists for the 13th Annual Schoppy Awards as top senior athletes in the Cape-Atlantic League’s Class of 2013.

They have been invited to the 3rd Annual CAL Celebration on Monday June 3 from 3-6 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

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Nor’easters fall to MLS’s Union, 2-1

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:00 am

CHESTER - If there is such a thing as a moral victory, Tuesday night’s loss by the Ocean City Nor’easters probably qualifies.

The Nor’easters took the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer down to the wire, losing a 2-1 decision when the Union scored in stoppage time. The game was a third round game in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and advanced the Union to a meeting with DC United in Maryland on Wednesday in the fourth round.

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Raiders set program record for wins in 1-0 playoff victory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, May 26, 2013 02:27 pm

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City High School baseball team set a program record for victories in a season Saturday afternoon. More importantly, though, the 1-0 victory over Hammonton allowed the Raiders to advance in the state tournament.

Beau Hall pitched a complete-game shutout and also accounted for the game’s only run with an RBI single in the first inning as third-seeded Ocean City won the South Jersey Group III quarterfinal game over the Blue Devils.

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