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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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Scoring milestones for LCMR lacrosse pair

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:44 pm

Scoring milestones for LCMR lacrosse pair Lindsay Lare was treated to dinner Tuesday evening by her parents for her 18th birthday.

The family had a lot more than just a birthday to celebrate, however.

Lare netted the 200th goal of her career when she scored for the eighth and final time in a 15-8 win over Oakcrest that afternoon.

“I really couldn’t ask for a better birthday,” Lare beamed.

Lare, who is headed to Division II University of New Haven to play lacrosse next scholastic year on a partial scholarship, has been one of the top players in the Cape-Atlantic League for the past few seasons. She’s just the fourth girls lacrosse player in county history to reach 200 career goals, joining current Ocean City star Tess Solazzo, who had 314 through early this week, and 2011 Middle Township graduates Grace Adelizzi (261) and Kelsey McCusker (214).

“I think it’s a privilege,” Lare said of reaching 200 goals. “I know it’s a huge milestone. I hope I can continue to be just as successful in college.”

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Middle golfers finish 3rd straight unbeaten season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 21, 2013 09:38 pm

Middle Township’s golf team finished off another successful season this week.

The Panthers participated in the Tournament of Champions for the third straight year, finishing fourth in Monday’s event at Hopewell Valley Golf Club.

Sophomore David Hicks was among the tournament’s top scorers, finishing at 75 after shooting a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. His score was good for fourth in Group II and 15th overall out of 132 golfers.

Senior Kevin O’Donnell added an 82 and senior John Longstreet carded a 91.

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Schwartz makes Middle's lone hit count in playoff win over LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 20, 2013 07:40 pm

hand CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Doug Schwartz made his team’s only hit of the game count.

Schwartz’s hard-hit single to right center scored Chris Dougherty from third base with the winning run as the Middle Township High School baseball team edged rival Lower Cape May, 2-1, in eight innings in a first-round South Jersey Group II playoff game Monday afternoon.

“We had the perfect guy up at the perfect time,” said Middle coach Chuck Dougherty.

Fifth-seeded Middle (18-7), which set a program record for victories in a season with the win, moves on to play at fourth-seeded Cinnaminson in the second round on Friday. Cinnaminson beat No. 13 Barnegat, 4-3, on Monday.

In the decisive bottom of the eighth inning, Dougherty and Steve Hand were issued back-to-back walks to start the inning and were moved to second and third base on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Arenberg. Up stepped Schwartz, who roped his 46th hit of the season into right center by connecting on a chest-high fastball.

Middle got the win despite being overpowered for most of the game by Lower starter Josh Pennington, who used a dominating fastball and a handful of good off-speed pitches to strike out 13 Middle hitters while allowing zero hits through seven innings. But Pennington, who endured a shoulder injury earlier in the season, was lifted after seven innings and 114 pitches.

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COLUMN >> The athletes who establish the standards

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 am

Last Thursday (5/9/13) was a pretty special day in Ocean City High School sports history.

At the Tennessee Avenue Complex behind the municipal golf course, senior Tess Solazzo became the first Cape-Atlantic League girls lacrosse player to score 300 or more goals in her career. Only three others have done it in South Jersey history. She enters this week’s Wednesday game against Egg Harbor Township with 99 goals this season, a school record.

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This Month In OCHS Sports, May 15, 2013

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am

A quick look back at Raider highlights from the past

Alison Amicone won twice as Mike Naples’ girls track team won the Cape May County Meet, 129-52, over second place Lower Cape May. Alison Amicone won twice as Mike Naples’ girls track team won the Cape May County Meet, 129-52, over second place Lower Cape May. Pam Pam McFarland won twice as Mike Naples’ girls track team won the Cape May County Meet, 129-52, over second place Lower Cape May.

May 1988:

Pam McFarland, Alison Amicone and Carla Roberts each won twice as Mike Naples’ girls track team won the Cape May County Meet, 129-52, over second place Lower Cape May. Amicone set meet records in the 800 meters (2:19.1) and the 1600 (5:19.0).

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