More OCHS sports memories from Aprils past

By TOM WILLIAMS

Quarantines continue and there is no sports happening at Ocean City High School this month. As wise citizens continue to stay at home it is a good time to again look back at some sports results from previous Aprils.

Here are some more examples.

April 2016: The Raiders ran into St. Augustine Prep on Monday, the 8th ranked boys lacrosse team in the state despite five losses, and dropped a 14-3 decision. Harry Pfeifle, Tom Cusack and Garret Benvenuti scored the Ocean City goals. The game was a non-league contest because The Prep plays an independent schedule and does not compete for the CAL title. Jeremiah Johnson scored six times in a win over Absegami, 21-5. Johnson leads the Raiders with 29 goals. Cusack and Marty Cattie each added four goals with Logan Bloomstead and Shane Stack each scoring twice. Mark Kolmer made six saves. The Ocean City defense limited Evan Sibson, the CAL’s leading scorer, to one goal. Joe LaTorre’s Raiders also defeated Egg Harbor Township, 11-3, behind Jeremiah Johnson’s five goals. Marty Cattie and Joe Lloyd each scored twice and Cusack had three assists. Kolmer made 12 saves.

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Tom Cusack

April 2015: Two OCHS boats won their races at the Manny Flick Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The winners were the boys varsity eight (Nic DiMarco, Evan Nathan, Christian McDermott, Kyle Rumaker, Colin Stewart, Michael Daddi, Roman LaRosa, bow Ryan Fisher and coxswain Dean Kleinschrodt) and the girls lightweight four (Danielle Menchen, Brooke Tarr, Allison Lawn, Ellie Frankel and coxswain Nicole Nunan). Ocean City had four winners in the Lenape Sprints in Mays Landing. The boys second eight (Matt Baldini, Jonathan Gift, Brian Foster, Frederic Dubbs, Chris Delgrande, Shane Cummings, Dave Delgrande, Brendan McClure and coxswain Chase Devlin) was a winner on Lake Lenape. So were the girls second eight (Lindsey Wan, Juliana Kemenosh, Shannon Storcella, Rosalia Daddi, Aliyah Kelly, Marissa Giardina, Allison DiAngelis, Braedyn Kistler and coxswain Annabelle Gartner); the boys novice eight (Billy Mack, Garrett Cardaci, Greg O’Connell, Nicolas Gartner, Luke Hornick, Zach Greger, Nalu Tripician, Henry Adair and coxswain Rosario LaRosa); and the girls freshmen eight (Allison Sannino, Meghan Finley, Olivia Simone, Marian Wisham, Amber Rumaker, Julia Pestalozzi, Hannah Stanks, Jenna Cordery and coxswain Maren Stickley).

April 2013: Zach Greaser and Jim Naplacic finished one-two to lead the Ocean City High School surf team to another Northeast Conference championship in the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Ocean City was the two-time defending champion in the conference and Coach Mark Miedema won his 20th team surfing title. Manasquan finished in second place and St. Augustine Prep was third. The OCHS team qualified for the National Championships from June 15-17 in California.

 April 2002: Maggie Long scored five goals as the OCHS girls lacrosse team defeated Lower Cape May, 9-7, in a game between two of the very few Cape-Atlantic League schools that had teams in the sport. Christina Gibson, Caitlin Dougherty, Gwen Hunter and Lindsay Arnold scored the other goals for the Raiders. Ocean City competed in the American Division of the Olympic Conference that season. The team, coached by Susan Sanford, finished 5-11-1 with Long leading the offense with 41 goals.

April 1992: Kevin Schmidt, Jack Liou and Randy Frank were straight-set winners as Phil Birnbaum’s OCHS boys tennis team defeated Absegami, 5-0. The Raiders also got wins from the first doubles team of Jon Olek and Frank Donato and the second doubles team of Rob McKee and Chris Ragan. This team finished the season 15-3, the second of six straight winning seasons. Schmidt finished 14-10 and went on to a 25-3 record the following year as a senior.

April 1990: Joi Johnson set a new school high jump record as Ocean City defeated Bridgeton, 93-28, in girls track. Johnson cleared five feet, two inches and also won the 400 meters. Ericka Dice threw the discus 121-5 to set a new school mark while also winning the 100 hurdles and javelin. Carla Roberts won the 100 and 200 meters, Kelli Dougherty took the 800 and 1600, Kate Bell won the 3200, Trish Hopson won the 400 hurdles and Ayanna Reed won the shot put. That team, coached by Mike Naples, finished 9-0 and won the county, CAL and South Jersey championships. They also continued a streak of 90 straight dual meet wins that ended in 1996.

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Joi Johnson

April 1984: The Raiders scored six runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Atlantic City, 10-7. Joe Jones sparked the big first inning with a three-run home run. Later, Jim Aller doubled home two more runs and Brad Durkin drove in Aller with a single. Dave Miller also homered in the game, a two-run shot in the second inning. Miller and Brian Leslie shared the pitching duties. This OCHS team, coached by Bud Rinck, was the first Raider baseball team to win a CAL American Conference championship. The team finished 13-10 and also became the only Ocean City team to win a game in the Diamond Classic. Dennis Jones led the team in hitting with a .384 average.

April 1979: Jim McKeon shot a 40 to spark the Ocean City High School golf team to a 163-193 decision over Middle Township. Tim Pashley, Matt Unsworth and Phil Unsworth each shot 41. The Raiders also defeated Wildwood Catholic, 165-204, a few days later with McKeon shooting a 38 and Pashley a 40. This team was the first of consecutive undefeated teams coached by Ralph Carson. The 1979 team was 17-0-1 with McKeon leading the way. Pashley was the low scorer in 1980 when the team finished 15-0. Both teams won Cape-Atlantic League titles and finished first in the NJSIAA District 8 Tournament.

April 1963: Dan Money won three events as the OCHS boys track team defeated Mainland, 63-36. Money won the 100 and 220 yard sprints and also finished first in the broad jump. Ray Healy was a double winner for the Raiders, winning the shot put and discus throw. In addition, Coach Fenton Carey’s team got wins from Randy Fox in the 440, Fenton Carey Jr. in the mile and John Laudenslager in the high jump. These Raiders went on to win the Cape-Atlantic League Carnival. Other key members of the team were Jim Groogan, Jim Gleeson, Mark Baum, Earl Tarves, Charlie Baker and Tom Wimberg.

April 1962: Charles Mumford gave up a single in the first inning but then shut down Lower Cape May the rest of the way for a 5-0 victory and a one-hit shutout. Mumford, who was named OCHS Baseball Player of the 20th Century, struck out nine and walked four. He also had a double and two singles, driving home three runs. Shortstop Ralph Petrella added three singles and also had three RBIs. Others in the ’62 lineup included third baseman Gene DeHaven, second baseman Bob Townsend, first baseman Joe DeFranco, catcher Ed McClain and a group of outfielders including Mike Hamilton, Dave Mazzoni, Bill Haynes, Ron Beaver and Jim Wimberg. This team, coached by Dixie Howell, finished 9-6 with Mumford hitting .460. The following year, as a senior, Mumford hit .462 and OCHS won the CAL title and was 12-5.

There are more April memories here – featuring Lexie Sharp, Mike Hinsley, Tom Heenan, Pam McFarland, Pam Shipp, Tracy Allen, John Henry and more.

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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