Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Boardwalk Hall date for Crest hockey player

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 07, 2014 03:06 pm

Sam Fitzpatrick has traveled far and wide during the course of his high school and club ice hockey career.

So it’s kind of ironic – but also rather convenient – that the Wildwood Crest resident will play the final regular-season home game of his career relatively close to home.

Fitzpatrick, a goaltender for the St. Augustine Prep hockey team, is expected to start when the Hermits host Gloucester Catholic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Fitzpatrick said. “Probably the best part about it is that our school’s going to bring a bunch of fans to the game. A lot of them aren’t able to go to our hockey games because they’re usually so far away, so to have a big amount of fans along with venue itself is going to be pretty amazing.”

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Big upcoming stretch for WCHS girls

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 06, 2014 02:27 pm

The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team has been considered the top team in the Cape-Atlantic League pretty much since the season began.

The Crusaders have led the CAL United Conference since the start and were unbeaten against New Jersey teams going into Wednesday’s game against Pleasantville (too late for this edition).

But all those accomplishments will be put to a severe test over the span over five days.

Wildwood Catholic, which sat at 14-2 overall, 7-0 in CAL United games entering midweek, is scheduled to play two huge league games against St. Joseph on Friday and Cedar Creek on Tuesday. In between, it’s another appearance at a high-level showcase event when the Crusaders face Toms River East at the War With The Shore at Mainland Saturday afternoon.

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Middle looking to make a run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:31 pm

ERMA – It’s been a rather up and down season for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team.

“Last week was a classic example,” interim head coach Rewi Thompson said. “We had a three-game stretch where it looked like the first two (against Bridgeton and Oakcrest) were winnable games and we didn’t win either one of them. Then the third game, against a talented Delsea team, we probably had that chalked up as a loss and somehow we win that game. We’re definitely searching for consistency.”

Middle held on to beat rival Lower Cape May, 40-37, Tuesday evening for its second straight victory, improving the team to 8-7 overall, 4-4 in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. The Panthers held a 14-point lead at the close of three quarters before Lower (5-11) rallied.

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Emily Johnson picks Seton Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:13 pm

The process of selecting a college for a coveted high school athlete can be rather tedious.

“The process of picking a school, there’s just so much to it,” Wildwood Catholic senior Emily Johnson said. “I had so many visits, two overnight visits, and I went to nine or 10 schools. All the emailing from coaches and unknown numbers calling your cell phone … It’s just such a relief to know where I’m going. I’m really excited.”

Johnson, one of the best female distance runners in Wildwood Catholic history, is going to Seton Hall. She is scheduled to sign a National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. during a ceremony at Wildwood Catholic.

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McKeown, Pennington make college choices

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 03:50 pm

Lower Cape May Regional High School seniors Gabriella McKeown and Josh Pennington made their college choices official Wednesday morning.

With their families, friends, coaches and school administrators in attendance, the pair signed national letters of intent to accept Division I athletic scholarships.

McKeown will attend Temple for soccer. Pennington has accepted a scholarship offer from St. John’s.

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LCM pair to sign Letters of Intent today

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 08:52 am

Lower Cape May Regional High School seniors Gabriella McKeown and Josh Pennington are scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent to accept college athletic scholarships this morning (Wednesday).

McKeown, who is set to attend Temple for soccer, and Pennington, who has accepted a scholarship offer from St. John’s for baseball, will sign during a ceremony in the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education office located on the high school campus in Erma at 11 a.m.

McKeown is one of the best offensive players in Cape-Atlantic League girls soccer history. She finished her career with 90 career goals, ranking her among the top 10 in CAL history at the close of last season. She was a three-time first team National Conference all-star who led Lower to the 2013 CAL National Conference title, the program’s first-ever league championship.

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OCHS basketball teams make history

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, February 04, 2014 09:58 pm

Ocean City High School's basketball teams were both part of history Tuesday night.

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Crusader comeback stuns Spirit

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 01, 2014 09:33 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – All season, the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team has been trying to crash the party among the big boys of the Cape-Atlantic League.

Consider that party crashed.

The Crusaders stormed back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to nip Holy Spirit, 49-46, in a Battle by the Bay showcase game at Holy Spirit High School Saturday evening.

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WHS honors coaches here, gone and elsewhere

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:48 pm

WILDWOOD – Wildwood High School honored perhaps the three most famous coaches in school history Monday evening.

In front of a packed gymnasium in between games of a girl-boy doubleheader against Lower Cape May, Wildwood High School held a ceremony to retire the No. 22 worn by Frank Vogel during his high school basketball playing days at the school. Vogel never coached at Wildwood but is now doing so at the highest level of basketball in the world. He couldn’t make the ceremony; it seems he was across the country getting the Indiana Pacers team he coaches ready to play the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Cape Tech senior nears 1,000 points

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:40 pm

Alexis Olson was speaking specifically about her quest for 1,000 career points but she certainly said some words all of us can live by.

“I think of personally how much effort I put into this and that it’s an achievement I think I’ll only be able to look back at and say, ‘If I work hard at something, I know I can do it,’” she said. “And that could be anything in life.”

Olson is a 5-11 senior forward on the Cape May Tech girls basketball team. She stood 75 points away from becoming only the third player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000-point barrier entering games against Wildwood Catholic and St. Joseph late this week.

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Big 2nd quarter sparks Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 28, 2014 03:35 pm

LCM's Ariel Magee drives on Wildwood's Monika McGrath WILDWOOD – When the Lower Cape May Regional and Wildwood high school girls basketball teams played one another last season, the contest went down to the wire, with the Lady Tigers winning on Jill Vandermark’s basket with less than 10 seconds to play.

There would be no need for such theatrics this time.

In a rather surprising result to the many who attended the game expecting to see another white-knuckle ride to the finish, Lower Cape May took most of the drama out of Monday evening’s contest when it outscored the Lady Warriors 26-9 in the second quarter in what ended as a 67-44 victory. The game was played as the front end of a girl-boy doubleheader between the two schools.

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Monica Johnson: ‘I had fun playing the game’

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 28, 2014 08:02 am

WILDWOOD – She was almost always the best player whenever she stepped on the court to play a basketball game. She played in front of huge crowds – crowds that boys teams from many schools would envy – and played the game not with fear but with flair.

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Monday hoops features boy-girl DH, number retirement, completion of suspended game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 27, 2014 08:42 am

Mondays are usually a relatively slow night for local high school basketball. But not this particular Monday.

A local girl-boy doubleheader, a number retirement ceremony and the completion of a suspended key league game highlight tonight’s slate.

For starters, Lower Cape May will travel to Wildwood for a girl-boy doubleheader. The girls game is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. and features a 4-7 Lady Tiger team against an 8-2 Lady Warrior club that has won five straight games. The contest includes two of the top offensive players in South Jersey in Lower’s Lauren Holden and Wildwood’s Jess Freeman. Holden, a junior guard, is averaging approximately 27 points per game while Freeman, a senior guard/forward, is scoring close to 22 point per outing.

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LCM's Damiana scores major wrestling upset

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:26 pm

Cory Damiana has been enjoying an outstanding senior season for the Lower Cape May Regional High School wrestling team. Any wrestling fans that hadn't noticed just yet sure will now.

During his team's appearance at the Moorestown Duals on Saturday, Damiana upset Matt Correnti of Holy Cross, 6-5, in a 195-pound match. Correnti was considered the No. 1 wrestler in the state in the weight class entering the weekend according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The sophomore placed eighth in the state at 182 pounds as a freshman last season.

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