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Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Three LCMR Championship Teams Honored

Christopher South
Lower Cape May Regional girls basketball players with coaches and Township Council members.

By Christopher South

VILLAS – The Lower Township Council honored three championship teams from Lower Cape May Regional High School at the regular Township Council meeting on Monday, May 6.

Receiving recognition were the LCMR varsity girls basketball team, which finished the season with a 19-7 record, 12-0 in its division, winning the Cape Atlantic League United Division championship. The team was represented at the meeting by players Olivia Lewis, Brooke Robinson and Jazzy Serrano and coaches Scott Douglass, Gary Douglass and Paul Barufi. The seniors on the team started their high school basketball careers with a 1-9 record.

From left, LCMR varsity girls basketball team members Olivia Lewis, Brooke Robinson and Jazzy Serrano, and a young representative who picked up a certificate for Hailey Elwell. Photo Credit: Christopher South

Senior Kate McGuighan was named to the CAL first team, and Robinson, a freshman, received honorable mention. Lewis was named “Most Courageous” for organizing an event to bring awareness to mental health issues.

Most of the team was not present due to participation in spring sports, primarily softball.

The LCMR varsity boys basketball team won the CAL United Division and had a record of 21-7. The team was represented by team member Jonathan Fernandez and coach Scott Holden.

LCMR varsity boys basketball team member Jonathon Fernandez with coach Scott Holden, who received certificates recognizing the team for its 21-7 record and for winning the CAL United Division championship. Photo Credit: Christopher South

Holden prompted laughter from the audience for applauding when Mayor Frank Sippel announced he would most likely retire from refereeing high school basketball. Sippel joined in, saying he had more than a decade of making bad calls.

The council also honored the South Jersey Group II champion LCMR varsity wrestling team. The team finished 22-6 and won its first group championship in 42 years. Councilman Kevin Coombs said the team’s winning this championship had a special place in his heart, as he was a member of the LCMR wrestling team when he was in high school. The team was previously honored by the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners.

Contact the reporter, Christopher South, at or 609-886-8600, ext. 128.


Christopher South is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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