Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Korobellis delivers for Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 08:15 pm

ANTHONY KOROBELLIS WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team scored four runs in the first inning of its state playoff game against Woodbury Monday afternoon but was kept off the scoreboard for the next 5 2/3 innings.

Then Anthony Korobellis came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

“I always wanted to be up in that situation because I’ve never had a walk-off hit before,” the junior outfielder/designated hitter said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Korobellis can now check it off his baseball bucket list.

Korobellis’s dramatic RBI single to shallow left field broke a 4-4 tie and lifted Wildwood to a 5-4 victory over Woodbury in a first-round South Jersey Group I game. The victory was the program’s first in the state playoffs in four seasons and moves the seventh-seeded Warriors (17-12-1) into a second-round game at No. 2 Gloucester Thursday afternoon.

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More top triathlon finishes for WCHS grad

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 02:20 pm

JOE MALOY Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Joe Maloy continues to impress at elite-level triathlon events throughout the world.

Maloy, a Wildwood Crest native, posted a pair of top 20 finishes at two major International Triathlon Union (ITU) races held in the Orient earlier this month.

Last weekend, Maloy placed 19th overall and was the first American finisher at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama held in Japan’s second-largest city. He finished the course, which includes the traditional international triathlon standards of a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run, in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 17 seconds.

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Lower, Middle, advance in girls lacrosse playoffs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:07 am

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls lacrosse teams each won South Jersey Group II playoff games Wednesday afternoon.

Lower Cape May pulled off an upset according to seeding, the ninth-seeded Lady Tigers going on the road to beat No. 8 Red Bank, 16-12.

Madie Gibson and Ashley Hunt each scored five goals to lead Lower Cape May (11-4), which raced out to an 11-2 halftime lead. Emily Levin and Logan Walter each added three goals.

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Conrad sparks Tigers with bat, legs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 13, 2014 07:29 pm

ERIK CONRAD ERMA – Erik Conrad knocked the ball all over the field in his four at bats against Wildwood Catholic Tuesday afternoon. But it was what he did on the bases that got the biggest rise out of his teammates.

Conrad, a senior third baseman on the Lower Cape May baseball team who will never be confused with Rickey Henderson, stole his first career base during a seven-run fifth inning. His teammates cheered wildly from the dugout when he rumbled down the basepath and created a cloud of dust with a less-than-graceful slide into the bag.

“I haven’t gotten that (steal) sign many times,” Conrad said with a laugh. “I was happy to see it.”

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Championship double for David Hicks

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:23 pm

DAVID HICKS David Hicks has been his team’s low scorer in plenty of matches, both this season and in seasons past. He’s also won his share of high-level individual tournaments.

But on Monday, the Middle Township High School junior finished off a very rare championship double by winning the second South-Central Jersey Group II golf title of his career.

The comfortable four-stroke win in the sectional tournament came four days after Hicks beat Mainland’s Colin Roche in a playoff in the Cape-Atlantic League individual tournament, giving him two major individual championships in the same season.

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Crusaders get their revenge vs. Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:21 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School softball team wasted a few scoring opportunities in a 1-0 loss to Middle Township earlier this month.

The Crusaders made sure that didn’t happen again when the teams met again Monday afternoon.

A three-run first-inning outburst and the usual strong pitching from Jackie DeLong carried Wildwood Catholic to a solid 5-1 victory over its rival.

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Warrior senior overcomes adversity to reach 100 hits

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 12, 2014 09:19 pm

DEVON BRADSHAW WILDWOOD – Devon Bradshaw was on course to become a standout three-sport athlete at Wildwood High School.

But a concussion suffered early in his junior football season derailed that path, forcing him to give up football – his favorite sport – for good.

“It was the roughest time in my life,” Bradshaw said. “It was like a death in the family. All I did was go to the field and go to the weight room. I thought football was my future.”

The injury, suffered in the fall of 2012, also forced Bradshaw to step away from the basketball team.

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Hicks wins CAL title in playoff, Vogdes third

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 08, 2014 09:20 pm

DAVID HICKS David Hicks won his second Cape-Atlantic League golf championship Thursday afternoon, much in the same fashion as he did his first.

Like last year, the Middle Township High School junior took the title in a playoff, edging Mainland’s Colin Roche on the second playoff hole after each shot even-par 72 after 18 holes at Wildwood Golf and Country Club.

Hicks shot par in both playoff holes. Roche missed a four-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to give Hicks the victory.

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3 records fall at Cape May County track meet

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 08, 2014 08:59 pm

ERMA – Record-setting performances by Bridget Flynn and Devon Grisbaum of Ocean City and three first-place finishes by Rashid Marrow highlighted the Cape May County Track and Field Championships Thursday afternoon at Lower Cape May Regional High School.

Flynn broke her own records in the 800- and 1600-meter runs and Grisbaum shattered the 3200 record by almost 10 seconds as Ocean City won its 35th straight girls title at the meet.

Meanwhile, Marrow placed first in the 100, 200 and long jump and teammate John Mooers won the shot put and discus, but Middle Township lost out to Ocean City’s superior depth in the boys portion of the meet.

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LCM athletes shine at Rowan Open

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 06, 2014 09:17 pm

Carrie Wunder & Quinn Bithell Lower Cape May Regional girls track athletes Quinn Bithell and Carrie Wunder were among the standouts at the Rowan Open held at Rowan University over the weekend.

Bithell, a sophomore, and Wunder, a junior, each won medals in the elite section of the competition, which included the top athletes representing schools from all enrollment groups.

Bithell finished second in the pentathlon, while Wunder placed sixth overall in the discus.

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Wildwood's Hills busts out in Blue Hen spring game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 05, 2014 08:09 pm

Wesley Hills rushed for 81 yards on only 10 carries last year as a freshman for the University of Delaware football team, although he was a key player on special teams.

But if his performance in the Blue Hens’ annual spring football game is any indication, Hills should be getting a lot more touches this fall.

Hills, who set a variety of offensive records at Wildwood High School during a magical senior season, ran 20 times for 154 yards, caught two passes for 33 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the White team to a 21-0 victory over Blue last weekend.

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Versage, pitching pace MTHS to Warrior Classic title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, May 04, 2014 05:35 pm

The MTHS baseball team celebrates winning its third straight Warrior Classic title WILDWOOD – Jimmy Versage had the best view of collective performance by the pitchers on the Middle Township High School baseball team at the Warrior Classic tournament.

“They pitched real well,” the junior catcher said. “They didn’t let many runners get on, they got out of any jams we got in and they didn’t let up many runs.”

Panther pitchers allowed only six runs over three games at the tournament, Middle clinching the title behind Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 victory over host Wildwood.

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Middle rolls into Warrior Classic final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, May 04, 2014 10:50 am

WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School baseball team is in position to win its third straight Warrior Classic championship.

The Panthers checked into the tournament title round scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Maxwell Field behind Steve Hand’s dominating pitching performance against Wildwood.

Wildwood battled back to reach the title game out of the losers’ bracket. The Warriors would force an ultimate championship game to immediately follow the first game with a victory. Middle will win the title with a victory in Game 1.

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Middle, Catholic each win at Warrior Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, May 03, 2014 08:53 am

WILDWOOD – Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic were each winners as the seventh annual Warrior Classic Baseball Tournament continued Friday at Maxwell Field.

The following are recaps from Friday’s games:

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