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A picture-perfect weekend for CAL football

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 30, 2014 02:11 pm

ACFB1 Jen Marra/Atlantic City’s Jamir Prevard gets a pass off just ahead of a hit by Ocean City’s Christian Baumgardner. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise for football (not sure we can say the same about this coming weekend). Here's a look back - in pictures and words - at several Cape-Atlantic League football games from last Friday and Saturday. Photos by Jen Marra and Matt Strabuk (scroll down for more photos).

In Ocean City on Friday night, Oct. 24, Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard threw two touchdown passes - to Michael Barillo and Douglas DeBerry - and also connected with Tyleek Jones on a two-point conversion to give the Vikings a much-needed 14-0 win over Ocean City.

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State playoffs next for Lower, Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 07:11 pm

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school field hockey teams are set to begin state tournament play after finishing their respective regular seasons last week.

Lower Cape May, which finished the regular season at 9-6, earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the South Jersey Group II Tournament. The Lady Tigers will play No. 11 Barnegat (3-15) on Monday at 2 p.m. at home. Barnegat upset No. 6 Deptford in a first-round game on Tuesday to advance.

Lower Cape May has had success behind its solid defense. The Lady Tigers conceded no more than one goal in 10 of their 15 games this season. Led by goalie Kemlyn Pearson, Lower has posted six shutouts.

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Major win for aspiring Olympian

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:59 pm

JOE MALOY Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Joe Maloy earned a major victory in professional triathlon racing over the weekend when he placed first at the Life Time Tri Oceanside in Oceanside, Cailf.

Maloy, 28, who currently resides in San Diego, finished with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes, 48 seconds to beat the field by almost 20 seconds. The race consisted of a 1,500-meter swim, 38.1K bike and 10K run course.

Maloy, who is bidding to make the U.S. national team for the 2016 Olympics, finished ahead of several past Olympians at the race. He was third after the swim and fourth after the bike but passed the leaders during the run, which he completed 25 seconds faster than any other competitor.

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Warriors exit rough stretch with chance to compete

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:54 pm

WILDWOOD – It’s been a rough stretch for the Wildwood High School football team.

The Warriors’ 48-2 loss to Salem on Friday was the team’s fifth in succession against teams with winning records.

For a program that has dressed less than 20 players in every game this season, it’s a wonder Wildwood (0-7) even survived.

But even though the team was outscored 235-46 over those five games, there does seem to be some light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. The team’s next two games – this Saturday against Maple Shade and next weekend against Pitman – will be played against programs that have combined for only one victory thus far this season.

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Small steps for Caper Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:47 pm

ERMA – The results on the scoreboard aren’t necessarily showing it, save for the team’s lone win earlier this season over Pleasantville, but those in the know say they’re seeing improvement in the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team.

Lower had a decent start against powerful Cedar Creek on Saturday, preventing big plays and stopping the Pirates on their first possession. But after trailing by just 7-0 after one quarter, turnovers and short punts became an issue for the Caper Tigers, who conceded 26 second-period points en route to a 46-0 loss.

The defeat dropped Lower Cape May to 1-5, with all five losses coming via shutout.

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Middle QB racks up the numbers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:42 pm

JOE DURSO Ever since Joe Durso began playing football, he’s been told he’s too small to be a quarterback.

A lot of that talk has stopped now that Durso is a senior at Middle Township High School.

Durso tossed two more touchdowns in Friday’s 41-27 loss at Oakcrest – the second loss this season by the Panthers (2-4) in which they held a lead in the fourth quarter.

Durso now has 12 touchdown passes, tops in the Cape-Atlantic League regardless of conference.

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‘Bean’ busts out of sister’s shadow

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:35 pm

Jillian Freeman WILDWOOD – In her first two years of participating in high school athletics, Jillian Freeman often toiled in the shadow of her older sister, Jess.

Jess, who graduated last spring, was one of the best girls basketball players in Wildwood High School history and a standout for the girls soccer team. So it was no surprise that Jillian, affectionately called “Bean” by her family and friends, often was reduced to background status in those two sports.

But with her sister now out of the school’s athletic program, Jillian is beginning to shine.

On Tuesday, she scored a goal and assisted on another as the Lady Warriors topped Cape May Tech, 2-0, in a girls soccer game between the two local rivals.

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Five area teams among NJSIAA playoff leaders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 29, 2014 04:35 pm

creek1 Jen Marra/Cedar Creek’s Khamir Harvey tries to break away from a tackle last week against Lower Cape May. Absegami and Atlantic City both moved back among the leaders in their NJSIAA groups and Cedar Creek is right on the edge among teams from The Current’s Atlantic County area. As high school football approaches its eighth weekend, just two weekends remain before the NJSIAA deadline, there are five local teams in playoff position.

After beating Ocean City last Friday, Atlantic City has moved into a tie with Southern for No. 8 in Group V. The eight teams with the highest power ratings in each group qualify for the playoffs. Egg Harbor Township dropped to No. 7 in the group after losing to St. Augustine. Atlantic City is just one power point ahead of No. 10 Millville, the Vikings’ opponent this week.

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EHT resident Tabora leads Prep past hometown team

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:40 pm

EHTPrep Bill LeConey/EHT resident Jose Tabora of St. Augustine Prep threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in last week’s victory over his hometown team. BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP - St. Augustine Prep quarterback Jose Tabora from Egg Harbor Township said he was "juiced up" to play his hometown team. That was very apparent in a 54-7 victory over EHT last Friday night, Oct. 24, in Richland.

Tabora threw three touchdowns passes and ran 50 yards for a key touchdown as the Hermits broke open a tight game late in the second quarter.

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Aldridge, DelConte lead teams to county cross-country titles

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:21 pm

XCchamp1 Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional’s Alyssa Aldridge approaches the finish line to win the Atlantic County girls cross country championship in 17 minutes, seven seconds. HAMMONTON - It was a very good (and very fast) day for the Mainland Regional girls and the Egg Harbor Township boys at the Atlantic County Cross Country Championships Oct. 23 at Hammonton Lake Park.

Mainland freshman Alyssa Aldridge won the first of what's likely to be several county titles in her promising career. Aldridge won the 2.9-mile girls race with a time of 17 minutes, 7 seconds – one of the fastest times ever for a girls winner at Hammonton Lake Park – and leading the Mainland girls to the team title in the event.

In the boys race, EHT senior Vince DelConte finished first in 14 minutes, 58 seconds to lead the Eagles to their first team title since 2010. EHT's Aditya Joshi, Ryan Grant, Austin Henry and Angelo Pellegrini also finished in the top 15.

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NJSIAA soccer: Area teams get seeded for playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:54 pm

oaksoccer Jenna Sayers, left, and the Oakcrest girls soccer team will host Hammonton in the first round of the South Jersey Group III soccer tournament. The seedings for the NJSIAA high school soccer tournaments, boys and girls, were announced Wednesday at meetings in Robbinsville. Several Current-area teams found out where they are going and who they are playing when the playoffs begin next week.

In South Jersey Group III girls, Oakcrest is the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Hammonton in the first round. Also in Group III, No. 13 Mainland will travel to No. 4 Toms River South in the first round.

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NJSIAA soccer: OC boys, LCM girls earn top seeds

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:15 am

The NJSIAA released the pairings Wednesday for the boys and girls soccer state tournaments, which are set to begin early next week. Most high school soccer teams from Cape May County will participate.

In boys soccer, Ocean City is the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group III. The defending sectional champions will host No. 16 Timber Creek in an opening-round game.

Middle Township has earned the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II. The Panthers will host No. 13 Cedar Creek in their first playoff game. Also in Group II, Lower Cape May is the No. 16 seed and will go to top-seeded Sterling in the first round.

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Raider field hockey team loses to USA's best

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City High School field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state, lost to Eastern, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees. Raider junior Maria Farnan scored the game's first goal with an assist from sophomore Alexis Paone to give Ocean City (18-1) a 1-0 lead.

Cory Terry’s team begins its quest for a third straight state championship on Thursday at Trish LeFever Field when it hosts Mainland. The Mustangs defeated Winslow, 9-0, on Monday in the first round of NJSIAA Group 3. OCHS, the No. 2 seeded team, had a bye in the first round. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s South Jersey final.

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10-man Wildwood downs Cape Tech

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 28, 2014 08:52 pm

Jared Iriwn: hat trick vs. Cape Tech WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School boys soccer team responded well to adversity Tuesday evening.

Powered by Jared Irwin’s hat trick and assist, the Warriors posted a 5-3 victory over Cape May Tech despite playing the last 55 minutes of the match with 10 players after standout midfielder Valentine Rodriguez was given his walking papers with a controversial red card. Rodriguez was booked after he became tangled with a Hawk player, the referee deciding he had seen Rodriguez throw a punch, although many close witnesses claimed not to see such action.

Regardless, the Warriors were forced to play short but responded by netting three successive goals after the interval to turn a 3-2 deficit into a two-goal victory.

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