The Middle Township boys basketball team has advanced in the South Jersey Goup II basketball finals. Middle Township blasted Pennsauken Tech 89-46 to advance to a second round playoff game against Willingboro. Willingboro eliminated Lower Cape May Monday evening, so the Chimeras come to Middle Township on a game to be broadcast live on WCZT radio Wednesday evening at 8:00pm. That will be part of a girl/boy playoff doubleheader as the Middle girls team host Haddonfield at 6:00pm before the boys game. Both Garrett Kerr and Marcus Harmon hit the 1,000 point scoring plateau during the win Monday night over Pennsauken Tech.
Two Ocean City men have been arrested and charged by New Jersey State Police with the attempted robbery of two homes in Upper Township over the weekend. State Police arrested the two men on charges that they tried to rob the homes, and burglarize some vehicles in Marmora. Police identified the two suspects as 20 year old Brandon Knowles and 18 year old Dustin Fletcher, both from Ocean City. Both men were slapped with various offenses and State Police continue their investigation.
The deal is done, the Dave Matthews Band will be coming to Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City learned Monday evening that the contract that will bring the Dave Matthews Band to Bader Field in the city is wrapped up. The signed contract was delivered to Atlantic City’s city hall on Monday. A big three day musical event will be held June 24th through the 26th in the resort and will feature other musical acts.
A major project to improve Bayshore Road in the Villas section of Lower Township begins this week. Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster announced that the Bayshore Road resurfacing project between Weber and Miami Avenues in the Villas begins this week. The initial work includes the modifications to the existing stormwater drainage systems. That work will be conducted by South State, Inc. of Bridgeton. Concrete work is expected to begin in the middle of March. The actual roadwork will commence shortly after April 1st.
Lower Cape May Regional High School’s boys basketball team saw their season come to an end Monday night. Willingboro defeated Lower Cape May, 63-60 in a game broadcast live on WFNE 106.7FM. Lower Cape May was hoping to advance to a Group II playoff game at arch rival Middle Township, but that will not be happening. Ernie Harper had 18 points for Lower Cape May, While Brandon Pascucci and George Moore each scored 15 points in a losing effort.
The Middle Township girls basketball team won their first round playoff game, defeating Barnegat 43-23 in a game broadcast live on WCZT Monday night. Middle Township held Barnegat to one field goal in the second half. Middle girls will have another playoff game at home Wednesday night, and that game will be broadcast live on WCZT.
Middle boys have a playoff game at 7:00pm, and that game will also be on WCZT this evening.
The following is a report from Gazette Leader Sports Editor Brian Cunniff:
A pair of Middle Township High School senior boys basketball players could each hit a major milestone tonight.
Seniors Marcus Harmon and Garrett Kerr are each 16 points shy of 1,000 points for their careers. Both players are averaging better than 16 points per game this season, and could reach the mark in tonight’s first-round South Jersey Group II playoff game against Pennsauken Tech.
Middle, the No. 2 seed in a 16-team bracket, brings an impressive record of 25-2 into the contest.
The game will air live on 98.7 The Coast at 7 p.m., as will the Middle’s girls team’s playoff game against Barnegat that precedes it at 5 p.m.
In addition, Lower Cape May’s South Jersey Group II boys playoff game will air live at 7 p.m. on 106.7 FM.
Local property taxes will be going up in Wildwood Crest under a new budget plan introduced last week. Borough Clerk Kevin Yecco tells Coastal Broadcasting that the budget includes a 1.5 cent tax hike. Yecco said the borough has continued to cut the workforce through attrition and have taken much more of a “pay as you go” philosophy to keep down the amount of bonding done. The nearly $21 million spending plan does not include any layoffs.
A new report says that the drunk driver who killed Nelson Albano’s son may soon get out of prison ahead of schedule. The Daily Journal reports that some inmates are eligible for a residential community release prior to their final jail day and Carlos Rosado, will be eligible for the program. A hearing will be held on the matter in March. Albano told the paper he didn’t know the program existed until a few weeks ago and wants the full jail sentence to be served behind bars.
A domestic incident broke out in Whitesboro and a man’s hand was cut as a result. Sherry Lepinske picked up a large kitchen knife and was swinging it at the victim as a fight took place. Lepinske was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. She was lodged in Cape May County Jail on $25,000. Police say the victim was found locked out of the house on West Main St. He was later taken to Cape Regional Medical Center for treatment.