Remembering April at OCHS

By TOM WILLIAMS

There isn’t anything happening in the Ocean City High School sports community this month as wise citizens observe the quarantines that will save lives. But April has been a busy month for the Raiders in the past.

Here are some examples.

April 2016: The OCHS girls lacrosse team bounced back from their only defeat to dominate Our Lady of Mercy, 17-1. Lexie Sharp scored her 100th career goal among the four she scored in the game. Sharp finished the game with 101 goals. Emily DiMarino had two goals and three assists with Megan Reeves and Issy Gilhooley each scoring twice. The Raiders previously defeated Absegami, 20-8, for their ninth straight win. Rialee Allen led OCHS with five goals. Dara Hennessy and DiMarino each scored four goals with Sharp scoring three times and Danielle Donoghue twice. Sarah Olandt stopped five Absegami shots. The Raiders were 9-0 for the first time since 2009 when they started the season 12-0. Coached by Alyssa Morrison, these Raiders finished 17-4, were second in the Cape-Atlantic League and won their opener in NJSIAA Group 3.

April 2005:  Mike Hinsley had two doubles and two singles in four at bats to lead OCHS to a 14-4 win over Egg Harbor Township in the baseball opener. Hinsley drove home three runs and scored twice. Graham Ginn, who pitched four shutout innings to get the win in the five-inning game, added a home run and a single, driving home three runs. Mike Dugan had a single and a double and Brett Mensinger had a pair of singles. Every other player in the lineup added a hit, including Matt Troum, who doubled. Ginn allowed just three hits. This team, coach by Craig Mensinger, finished 14-9 with Will Kleva (.418) leading the team in hitting and compiling a 6-2 record on the mound.

April 1996:  Tom Heenan shot a 43 as the Raider golfers defeated Holy Spirit, 178-182, at Mays Landing Country Club. Brent Maurer added a 44, Matt Woolley carded a 45 and Bryan Chojnacki finished with a 46. OCHS also defeated Atlantic City, 173-198, at Linwood Country Club. Heenan shot 42, Maurer 43 and Rick Byszkowski a 46. This golf team, co-coached by Pat Dougherty and Erik Ortolf, finished 15-7 and was 12th in the Group 3 Sectional Meet. Heenan led the team with a 42.40 average for nine holes. This would be Ortolf’s last season as co-coach. After he retired, he was replaced the following spring by Skip Angelo.

April 1986:  Pam MacFarland won the 200 meters (30.3 seconds) and the long jump (13-5) to lead the Raiders to a 100-22 win over Atlantic City in girls track. MacFarland also was part of the winning 4×400 meter relay team. Mary Jo Dougherty also won twice, winning the 800 meters (2:46.7) and the 3200 meters (13:35.9). Mike Naples’ team went on to finish 6-1, win the county meet and finish second in the Cape-Atlantic League.

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Pam McFarland

April 1980:  Pam Shipp had two strong pitching performances back-to-back for Sue Tridico’s softball team. Shipp, a sophomore, pitched a one-hitter in an 8-2 win over Middle Township. She followed that by pitching six one-hit innings in a 14-3 victory over Pleasantville. She also had two hits in the win over Pleasantville and delivered a key triple in a 5-3 win over Wildwood Catholic in eight innings. This team finished 13-6 and was led in hitting by Jill Murphy (.462). This would be the final year of Tridico’s seven seasons as coach, every one of them a winning season and including four Cape-Atlantic League titles. Roland Watson became head coach the following spring.

April 1971:  Phil Birnbaum’s boys tennis team defeated Washington Township, 5-0, to open the season. Bill Creighton and Frank Johnson were straight-set singles winners and Tom Johnson won a three-set match at No. 3 singles. Both doubles teams were also straight-set winners. Sean Sweeney and Tracy Allen played first doubles with Joel Mott and Marty Huber playing second doubles. The Raiders later defeated Haddon Township in the first round on the NJSIAA Group 1-2 Tournament, the first win ever for Ocean City in the state competition, which had started the year before. Three years later, the Raiders started a streak of three straight South Jersey championships.

April 1967:  Ted Klepac’s boys track team finished first in nine of 11 events for an 82-17 win over Hammonton in a dual meet. There were nine different winners for the Raiders and no double winners. John Henry won the 100 yard sprint, Gary Harmon won at 220 yards, Charley Wirtz at 440, John Woodrow at 880, John Shaw in the mile, Lou Taccarino in the high jump, Bill Milligan in the pole vault, Jack Neall in the shot put and Bill Geisdorf in the javelin. The team finished 6-4 overall in dual meets and won the Cape-Atlantic League championship.

Read about more Ocean City High School sports in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in these three books.

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Each book is available here at Amazon.

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