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EHT Eagles net 10th win on wet, windy turf

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:53 pm

John Redding John Redding EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The conditions were about what you'd expect from a soccer game played in a driving, windswept rainstorm. But they suited John Redding and the Egg Harbor Township Eagles just fine.

Redding slipped loose to score one of two goals in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Atlantic City on EHT’s artificial turf field.

“I was looking for the through ball,” Redding said of his goal in the 77th minute, his seventh of the season. “No. 18 (Jon Gjyleri) sent me through with a great pass. I took on two defenders and used my speed. The goalie pressed and I toe-poked it in, left corner. My speed and strength are the key for me, and confidence on the ball.”

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Middle boys win county meet, OCHS girls cruise

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 23, 2014 07:25 pm

Middle boys win county meet, OCHS girls cruise CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School boys cross country team was going to need top performances from its runners to have a chance to beat Ocean City at Thursday’s Cape May County championship race.

The Panthers got them.

Behind a first-place effort from senior Ryan Herlihy and personal-best times from its four other scorers, Middle Township won its first county cross country title in 19 years by nipping the South Jersey power Raiders, 29-34, in the race held at county park.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way we ran,” said Middle coach Ed Letts, who was a junior in 1995 when the program won its last county title. “Ryan came closing to tying his (personal record) and every single other kid set a (personal record). Every kid ran his best race and that’s what we needed.”

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ACHS field hockey to host Millville in playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:21 pm

ACHS field hockey The Atlantic City High School field hockey team was rewarded for its breakthrough 12-win season with a South Jersey Group IV home playoff game when the seedings and pairings were announced Thursday.

The downside of success: if the No. 8 Vikings win that first-round game vs. Millville, they will travel to Eastern to face another team named the Vikings - this one the winner of 14 consecutive state championships.

Atlantic City coach Ali Juliano said the game against Millville on the ACHS artificial turf field will likely be scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27. 

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Second straight title for Lady Panther tennis

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 04:54 pm

Close to 20 years ago, the Middle Township High School girls tennis team dominated the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. Players such as Reagan Campbell, Alethea Desroisers and Miranda Campbell paced the Lady Panthers to a state championship in 1996 and multiple National Conference titles.

The seniors on this year’s team restored the glory to the Lady Panther program.

Earlier this week, Middle clinched its second straight CAL National Conference title with a 5-0 win over Bridgeton. The victory improved the team to 17-1 for the season, the lone loss coming in the South Jersey Group II final against Haddonfield. Middle has reached the sectional title match in two straight seasons.

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First conference title for MTHS field hockey

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 04:50 pm

The St. Joseph High School field hockey team has dominated the Cape-Atlantic National Conference for more than a decade.

Maybe now it’s Middle Township’s turn.

The Lady Panthers, a team with only two seniors, shocked St. Joseph to the tune of a 4-0 victory in Hammonton last Wednesday. They followed that effort with a 5-1 result over Holy Spirit on Friday to clinch a share of the National Conference title with St. Joseph.

The conference championship is the first in program history for Middle, which entered this week riding a nine-game winning streak. At 13-3 overall, Middle went into Wednesday’s non-conference game against Oakcrest needing one victory to break the program record for wins in a season.

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Holden golden for LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 04:45 pm

Mike Holden ERMA – Mike Holden couldn’t believe his good fortune.

“It’s definitely a blessing when the ball is played that close to your body and you can make a play with it with no one around you,” the senior from the Lower Cape May Regional High School boys soccer team said.

Holden made that play, and sent the Cape Tigers home winners in extra time Monday evening.

Holden found himself alone eight yards from goal after a fortuitous bounce led the ball to his right foot. He used the outside of his cleat to punch the ball into the left corner of goal eight minutes into extra time as Lower Cape May finally put away a pesky Cape May Tech side, 4-3.

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Absegami, AC drop out from NJSIAA football playoff leaders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 22, 2014 01:12 pm

ACStJoe Bill LeConey/The Atlantic City Vikings, including quarterback Jamir Prevard, right, and running back Aquan Conaway face a must-win situation the next two weeks (at Ocean City, at Millville) to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Absegami and Atlantic City high school varsity football teams dropped out of the Group V top-eight and Cedar Creek rebounded in the Group II playoff standings after last weekend’s football results were posted.

They join varsity football teams from across South Jersey in a race to qualify for the playoffs before the Nov. 8 deadline.

After losing to St. Joseph last Friday, Atlantic City dropped to No. 10 in Group V.

The eight teams with the highest power ratings in each group qualify for the playoffs.

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Pro soccer goalie hopes to make saves vs. domestic violence

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:41 pm

newloyden Bill LeConey/Professional soccer player Jillian Loyden talks to Absegami student-athletes about domestic violence on Oct. 17. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Professional soccer player Jillian Loyden from Vineland spoke to Absegami High School student-athletes on Friday, Oct. 17. The topics included life, international travel, sports, and the issue of domestic violence, which has been in the news far too often of late.

And when Loyden speaks on that issue, it's coming from a very personal place.

Loyden lost her sister and best friend, Britton, 23, in 2012 in what police have characterized as a domestic violence attack. Britton's former boyfriend, the father of their 2-year-old son, is charged with murder and is awaiting trial.

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Cedar Creek seniors lead the way in big win over Oakcrest

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 19, 2014 02:45 pm

creek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek linebacker J.B. Burrell gets to Oakcrest quarterback Kendall Elliott just after he releases the ball. EGG HARBOR CITY – It was "Senior Day" at Cedar Creek High School Saturday – complete with the halftime crowning of a “King” and “Queen.” So it was appropriate that several 12th-graders pointed the way to a “royal” victory for the Pirates football team.

Isa Wills scored two rushing touchdowns and Nate Pauls played big on both sides of the ball as Cedar Creek smothered intra-district rival Oakcrest, 20-0, in a Cape-Atlantic League National game.

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New scoring king at Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, October 17, 2014 07:13 pm

New Wildwood boys soccer career goal-scoring leader Jared Irwin d Irwin with former leader and current coach Steve DeHorsey WILDWOOD – After chance after chance had gone awry, Jared Irwin finally struck gold.

Irwin, a senior forward, blasted a shot from 15 yards to become Wildwood High School’s all-time leading scoring in boys soccer and sparked his team to a 2-1 victory over Salem Friday afternoon.

Irwin had numerous chances to score earlier in the game, especially in the first half, but either missed the target or didn’t put a good strike on the ball. He finally scored his 45th career goal – breaking current head coach Steve DeHorsey’s program record – with 15 minutes remaining to open the game’s scoring. His right-footed cracker hit the side panel inside the left post.

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Streaking Greyhounds win 9th straight, eye CAL National title

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:07 pm

newpville1 Bill LeConey/Pleasantville's Carlos Mencia scores the first of his two goals in the second half Thursday, beating ACIT goalie Chris Vargas. PLEASANTVILLE – With every win, the Pleasantville Greyhounds write a new chapter in their unprecedented high school soccer journey.

The surprising Greyhounds, one of the biggest stories on the local high school sports scene this fall, won their ninth straight game Thursday, beating Atlantic County Tech 4-0 to draw closer to their first-ever Cape-Atlantic League National Conference title.

Carlos Mencia scored two goals in the second half for Pleasantville (11-3-0 overall, 7-1-0 conference), and red-hot Darlin Jimenez scored his 20th of the season.

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Lower, Middle on level terms

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 08:11 pm

ALLISON HUNTER ERMA – One team walked off the field euphoric, the other disappointed.

Unless a monumental upset occurs in their final conference games, the Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls soccer teams will share the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title after the teams played to a 1-1 draw Thursday afternoon in front of hundreds of fans.

Sophomore Allison Hunter’s 75th minute goal brought Middle Township to level terms, and the teams remained stalemated through the remainder of regulation and two 10-minute periods of extra time.

Middle players left the field ecstatic after the late developments, while Lower Cape May’s players trudged away frustrated with the result.

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Irwin on brink of scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 03:28 pm

Jared Irwin A record-setting performance has given Jared Irwin a chance to have another record-setting performance.

Irwin, a senior striker on the Wildwood High School boys soccer team, recorded a new single-game program record by netting five goals in an 8-5 loss to Gloucester Catholic Tuesday afternoon.

That record effort allowed Irwin to tie the school record of 44 career goals, held by current Warrior coach Steve DeHorsey, who played for Wildwood from 1990 through 1993.

Irwin can break his coach’s mark Friday in a home game against Salem.

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Crusaders again edge LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 03:25 pm

STONE HAROR – Two high school boys soccer teams that have had trouble scoring found the same experience when they played one another for the second time this season Tuesday afternoon.

In the end, Wildwood Catholic was the one that found a way to push a ball across the line and earned a 1-0 result over Lower Cape May. It was the second 1-0 victory of the season for Wildwood Catholic over its county rival.

Pat McGann’s first-half tally was the difference.

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