Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Ocean City's Demore wins district title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 21, 2015 09:05 pm

LUKE DEMORE GALLOWAY – Senior Luke Demore of Ocean City High School was the lone Cape May County wrestler to win a District 32 championship Saturday evening.

Demore was one of four Ocean City wrestlers and one of five from the county to reach championship bouts, but the only one to break through as a champion in the competition held at Absegami High School. He posted a thorough 5-0 victory over Egg Harbor Township’s Caleb Justis in the 160-pound championship bout.

“I came into the season knowing this is my senior year and I told myself I had to do it this year,” Demore said. “There’s no winning districts for me next year. This is my last year. I had to do it.”

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Devon Grisbaum does it again!

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Written by Tom Williams Saturday, February 21, 2015 04:39 pm

DEVON GRISBAUM Devon Grisbaum did it again!

The Ocean City High School senior won the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in the 3200 meters on Saturday a the John Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River.

Grisbaum ran the race in 10 minutes, 45.2 seconds to finish more than two seconds in front of Eve Glasergreen of North Hunterdon, who was second.

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Gibson nets 1K point, LCM grabs share of title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 20, 2015 10:23 pm

Lauren Holden netted 20 points in Lower's 45-36 win over Ocean City. ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team was never in the game the last time it faced Ocean City.

This time, it led the Raiders almost from start to finish and earned a share of a championship in the process.

Madie Gibson netted her 1,000th career point, Lauren Holden scored a game-high 20 points and the Lady Tigers held leads of as many as 13 points in each half on their way to a 45-36 victory in front of a sellout home crowd Friday evening.

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OC-LCM rematch tonight

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 20, 2015 02:29 pm

The first time the Ocean City and Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball teams met it was one of the most anticipated games of the season.

The Raiders took all the drama out of the contest before halftime, however, thoroughly dominating the Lady Tigers from the start of the second quarter to game’s end to the tune of a 43-20 victory.

That win – as well as Ocean City’s dominance of its other league opponents – established the Raiders as the consensus top team in the Cape-Atlantic League.

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CAL tournament pairings released

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 20, 2015 11:20 am

Corey Greer and the Middle Township boys basketball team will face Wildwood Catholic in the first round of the CAL tournament. The St. Augustine Prep boys and Ocean City girls teams have each earned No. 1 seeds for the respective Cape-Atlantic League boys and girls basketball tournaments, which are scheduled to begin Monday.

The CAL’s basketball committee – made up of a handful of the league’s athletic directors – released the seedings late Friday morning.

Quarterfinal games in both the boys and girls tournaments will be played Monday on the home courts of the higher-seeded teams. Quarterfinal matchups are as follows:

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Injured MTHS seniors still contribute

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:15 pm

Matt Guido (left) and John Mooers have contrinbuted greatly to the MTHS wreslting program despite their injuries.s Seniors Matt Guido and John Mooers suffered injuries that prevented them from competing with the Middle Township High School wrestling program this season.

But rather than fade away from the program, the pair decided to stay involved as volunteer helpers. Their presence has paid dividends.

“These are kids we knew we wanted to have around,” Middle coach Matt Wolf said. “We knew we weren’t going to have them around (as wrestlers) but they went to camp with us in the summer and worked out with us, so we wanted them to be part of it as leaders of the team. They’ve been able to help us out a tremendous amount.”

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LCM, Middle head to district tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:08 pm

LCM's Erik Pruszinski is a strong contender to win a district title at 120 pounds. The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school wrestling programs have struggled this season.

For Lower, lots of youth and small numbers led to a 1-23 finish in dual matches.

For Middle, lots of youth and previous inexperience played a big role as the Panthers finished at 5-20.

But the team competitions are now finished. This weekend, high school wrestlers in the area will compete for individual glory at the District 32 Tournament at Absegami High School.

Wrestling begins with preliminary and quarterfinal matches Friday evening. Semifinal bouts will be held Saturday morning, followed by third-place consolations. Sometime late in the afternoon, the championship round will take place.

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State title for LCM junior

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 18, 2015 09:36 pm

Quinn Bithell made history again for the Lower Cape May Regional High School athletic program last weekend.

Bithell, a junior, became the first female state indoor track champion in school history when she placed first in the high jump in the Group II meet in Toms River on Saturday.

Bithell leaped 5 feet, 2 inches – matching her personal-best jump indoors – and placed first on a tiebreaker to win the state championship. Two other athletes matched Bithell’s height, but Bithell was awarded the state title due to reaching 5-2 on her first jump.

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Crusaders clinch 4th straight United title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 18, 2015 09:26 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Kevin McWade will graduate from high school as a four-time championship basketball player.

McWade, the lone senior on the Wildwood Catholic boys basketball team, and his Crusader teammates captured their fourth straight Cape-Atlantic United Conference title with Wednesday evening’s 52-39 victory over Cedar Creek.

The win improved Wildwood Catholic to 17-6 overall, 10-1 in division play. The team finishes its regular season and its CAL United slate on Friday against Cape May Tech.

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Conference softball honors for Middle grad

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 16, 2015 07:18 pm


Middle Township High School graduate Alyssa Discepola, a freshman outfielder for the Salem International University softball team, was recently named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week.

Discepola went 10 for 16 (.625) with two doubles and seven RBI over her first four career games. She helped the Tigers get off to a 3-1 start with a win over Johnson C. Smith University and a doubleheader sweep at Shaw University.

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LCM’s Pruszinski reaches century mark

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 14, 2015 08:34 pm

ERIC PRUZSINSKI Lower Cape May Regional High School senior Eric Pruszinski joined a short list of 100-win wrestlers at his school on Saturday.

Pruszinski posted an 11-0 major decision victory over Westfield’s Danny Hoerle at 120 pounds during a quad at Burlington Township for the milestone win.

Pruszinski upped his record to 30-1 for the season and is now 100-35 for his career.

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Gibson can barely miss as LCM routs Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 14, 2015 07:20 pm

MADIE GIBSON ERMA – The movement to bring a shot clock into high school girls basketball will not be using Saturday’s Wildwood-Lower Cape May game as one of its examples of the game’s sometimes sluggish pace.

The two county rivals combined for 68 points in the first half alone as both teams pushed the ball up the floor, moved it quickly during offensive sets and quickly took open shots at the rim.

But after all that offense, it was the Lady Tiger defense that eventually turned the game into a rout. After leading 38-30 at the break – for a combined point total that regularly exceeds final scores in many high school girls basketball games these days – Lower Cape May held Wildwood to six third-quarter points, scored 21 of its own and ran away for a 72-50 victory Saturday afternoon.

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McNeal's explosion carries Warriors past LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 14, 2015 06:32 pm

YAMIRE McNEAL ERMA – Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball coach Scott Holden bought a ticket for the 50-50 drawing after his team’s game against Wildwood on Saturday. The drawing was to be held during the girls game between the two schools that followed.

Holden approached Wildwood senior guard Yamire McNeal and asked him to rub his ticket.

“I figured it might be good luck after the day he had,” Holden said with a laugh.

McNeal, whose previous career best in scoring was a 21-point output against Bridgeton while he was a player for Middle Township last season, poured in 40 points on only 23 shots to lead the Warriors to an easy 73-56 win over the Caper Tigers.

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State tournament seedings released for hoops

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 12, 2015 01:51 pm

Grace Sacco and the OCHS girls basketball team have earned the top seed for the South Jersey Group III Tournament Seedings for the high school boys and girls basketball state tournament were released today by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The tournament begins on Monday, March 2.

The following is a look at the seedings for the teams from Cape May County:

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