• Upper Township Gazette

    (Jen Marra) Beaches in Strathmere have signs posted warning visitors of nearby nesting birds. The birds nest here each spring.

    STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that the planned beach replenishment project in Strathmere, Sea Isle City and the southern end of Ocean City will start sometime next fall and take more than a year to complete.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – Kameron Ghanavati of Upper Township will compete with the University of Delaware’s Vocal Point a capella group in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) competition next month.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – A spokesperson with the state Department of Community Affairs said this week that the closure of the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point would not affect $6.2 million in energy tax receipts to Upper Township.

    The money funds half of the township’s budget each year. Officials have said a loss of that revenue would lead to large tax increases or substantial cuts in services.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township is seeking a conditional approval of its official tax map in order to proceed with a planned property revaluation this year.

    The state Division of Taxation gave officials a 64-page itemized list of changes that must be made to the tax map in March, engineer Paul Dietrich said last week. Upper Township had hoped to start its revaluation in April.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    Last weekend, 34 scouts and leaders from Boy Scout Troop 95 spent the weekend in New York City. Scouts were picked up from school Friday, and quickly loaded into waiting cars, their gear having already been packed the night before.

Raider girls hold off Middle, clinch conference title

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Lauryn Fields exploded for 18 points in the fourth quarter. She and teammate Olivia Schwartz combined to make four three-pointers in the period, a quarter in which their team scored 28 points.

And still, the Middle Township High School girls basketball team could not come back on Ocean City.

The Raiders, who played tough, confidently and smartly with the ball and made a respectable amount of foul shots in the final quarter, held off Middle’s late surge to post a 52-44 victory, a win that clinched the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title for the Raiders.

Ocean City improved to 16-2 overall and finished out its National Conference schedule at a perfect 12-0. Middle Township dropped to 13-6, 8-2 and will finish in second place in the conference. Both teams have clinched berths into the upcoming eight-team league playoff tournament.

Julia Duggan led three Ocean City players in double figures with 14 points. Nicole Piergross added 12 and Katie Johnson contributed 11.

Ocean City made 14 of 20 free throws in the final quarter, at one point making nine in succession. The Raiders led by as many as 17 points in the second half before Middle rallied. But Ocean City’s success at the foul line made sure Middle got no closer than the eight-point final margin.

Fields led all scorers with 20 points and Schwartz netted 11 for Middle, which saw starting forward Holly McKaig leave the game with an apparent shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.

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