Looking back at OCHS sports in May

By TOM WILLIAMS

There will be no high school sports in May this year as most of us take the necessary precautions to fight this deadly virus.

But here are some Ocean City High School results from the past during the month of May.

May 2010: Ocean City lost its second straight in boys lacrosse when four Raiders scored single goals in a 10-4 loss to Middle Township. Marc Impagliazzo scored the only OCHS goal as the Raiders lost to South Jersey’s No. 1 ranked team in a 17-1 defeat at the hands of St. Augustine Prep. Joe Gleason scored the winning goal in overtime as the Raiders edged Oakcrest, 4-3. Jason Lewis tied the game with a fourth period goal, his second of the game. Gleason scored three times as the Raiders topped Absegami, 8-3. Frank Unger added a pair of goals. Coached by Jim Brennenstuhl, this team finished 10-9.

 May 2009: Jessica Nesi and Shannon O’Neill each got a double and two singles but visiting Timber Creek scored three runs in the final two innings for an 11-9 softball win over the Raiders. Nicole Mangine, Kayla Iannace and Laura Pearce each had two singles as all nine players in the OCHS lineup delivered at least one hit. These Raiders finished 4-13 under Coach John Bruno.

 May 2004: Stacie McKinley scored two late goals to give OCHS the lead and the Raiders defeated Millville, 9-8, in girls lacrosse. Fran Scalfaro and Mary Chirchella also scored twice for OCHS. This team, coached by Dianne Hickey, finished 8-10 and was the last Ocean City team not to qualify for the NJSIAA Tournament. Kelsey Nickles led the team in scoring with 21 goals.

 May 2000: Jeff Michner shot a 35 at Seaview Country Club to lead OCHS to a 163-189 victory over Absegami for the Raiders sixth straight win in Division One of the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference. Following Michner on the Raiders scorecard were Matt Brown (41), A.J. Jackson (43) and John Delventhal (44). Ocean City had lost a showdown to Mainland, 153-154, a few days earlier that cost them the conference title. This team, coached by Skip Angelo and Pat Dougherty, finished 20-4, the most wins in school history. Michner averaged 37.65 strokes per nine holes, then the school record for a season.

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Jeff Michner

May 1998: The OCHS boys tennis team defeated Oakcrest, 4-1, with singles players Pete Downham and Mike Breckley each winning in straight sets. The two doubles teams – Jon Houdart & Irv Megargee and Trevor Grech & Tony Mitchell – were also winners. This team, coached by Phil Birnbaum, finished 4-14.

May 1995: Bernie Walker lived up to his name, drawing a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Ocean City a 3-2 win over Mainland in a night baseball game. Mainland pitcher Mike Gill – now the area’s top sports radio personality – had been very effective over six innings but lost his control in the seventh. He walked two other batters and hit another with a pitch. The Raiders scored their other runs on a home run by Jason Tarves and an RBI single by Sam Picketts. Bill Lawton was the winning pitcher, striking out eight and retiring the final nine batters in order. Craig Mensinger’s team finished 15-7 and advanced to the second round of the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament. Tarves led the team in hitting at .439.

 May 1982: OCHS won 11 of the 12 events in boys track to defeat Wildwood Catholic, 81-23, in a Cape-Atlantic League meet. The win lifted Wayne Colman’s team to 6-0 on the season. Sophomore Jonathan Dice won twice – the discus and the long jump. Other Raiders to finish first included Mike Stockley (shot put), John Betts (javelin), John Brothers (pole vault), Art Sinclair (100 meters), James Crawford (200), Tim Wade (400), Ed DiJoseph (800), Bruce Welch (1600) and Chuck Dunn (400 hurdles). This team won the Cape May County championship but was forced to forfeit the first six wins when it was determined that a transfer athlete who competed in those six meets had already competed for four years at his previous school. Ocean City officially finished the season with a 2-7 record.

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Jonathan Dice

May 1979: In the very first County Girls Championship Meet, Ocean City used three wins by Debbie Holden and two by Chris Quinn to defeat runner-up Middle Township by 21 points. Holden won the 880 yard run, the mile and the two-mile. Quinn was first in the shot put and javelin. And Marge Schoenewald completed a sweep of the throwing events by winning the discus. This team set the stage as OCHS has now won the county meet all 39 times it has been held. The 1979 OCHS team was the first for the Raiders in girls track. Coached by Al Holden (Debbie’s dad) they finished 4-3-1, the first of 30 straight winning seasons in the sport.

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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