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So. Cape May County girls tennis preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 05, 2014 10:49 am

Taylor Schad will play No. 1 singles for the MTHS girls tennis team for the third straight season. Most of the area high school girls tennis teams begin a new season this Friday. The following is a look at each of the area’s teams:

LOWER CAPE MAY

Lower won just four matches last season but brings back four players, including seniors Jess Hedum and Carolyn Megonigal, who will compete at first and second singles, respectively, after playing at second and third singles, respectively, last season.

Also returning are juniors Haley Riess and Sam Sandhoff, who are set to play at first doubles.

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LCM, Middle field hockey teams look strong

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 05, 2014 10:30 am

Carrie Wunder (left) and Brianne Nichols lead the 2014 Lower Cape May field hockey team. Both the Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school field hockey teams enjoyed good seasons last fall. Both are primed to be successful again in 2014.

The following is a look at the area’s two high school field hockey teams:

LOWER CAPE MAY

Lower Cape May begins the season with a different head coach for the third straight year, as Rachael Dix has taken over for Amie Hoch, who moved out of the area after leading the program for one season.

Lower returns seven starters from last season’s 10-8 team that won two state playoff games to reach the sectional semifinal round. But the club doesn’t have a lot of depth with only about 15 players total in the program. As a result, the Lady Tigers will not be playing junior varsity contests this fall.

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So. Cape May County girls soccer preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 05, 2014 10:23 am

A large group of seniors will lead a strong Lower Cape May girls soccer team into a new season. They include (from left): Standing - Maddi Franco, Lizzy Sulecki, Madie Gibson, Ariel Magee; kneeling - Kasey Whitten, Domonique DeCamillo, Katrina Wiltshire. Two of the most prolific scorers in Cape May County high school girls soccer history have graduated. But even though Middle Township’s Danielle McCann (102 career goals) and Lower Cape May’s Gabriella McKeown (90) are now playing in college, there is still a lot of talent among area clubs heading into the new season.

The following is a look at each of the area’s high school soccer teams:

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So. Cape May County boys soccer preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 05, 2014 10:14 am

Lower Cape May’s boys soccer team hopes to improve a four-win season in 2013. The Tigers will look to do so behind (from left): standing - Tyler Novsak, Alberto Ramirez, Logan Spicer, Oscar Nunez, Dennis Canchola; kneeling - Will Hubert, Stephen Moore. Cape-Atlantic League soccer has undergone change for the 2014 season. Gone is the previous four-division, two-conference format. The league now consists of two conferences without divisions, with each school in each conference playing one another only once in league play, although most teams will play a handful of league teams a second time in a contest that does not count in conference standings.

In this area, defending National Conference champ Middle Township features a completely revamped starting lineup but still has enough talent to challenge for a title. Wildwood Catholic should be improved and Lower Cape May and Cape May Tech will each attempt to challenge for winning seasons.

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Mainland hopes to recapture winning formula

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, September 04, 2014 09:47 pm

coffey Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional head football coach Bob Coffey talks to his team after practice on Sept. 2. The Mustangs open the season Sept. 12 at home against Millville. LINWOOD - It has been an exceptional calendar year so far for Mainland Regional High School athletics, with the basketball team reaching the South Jersey final and the baseball team capturing its first state title.

Now, it’s the football team’s turn to carry on the Mainland tradition.

Coming off back-to-back 4-6 seasons, that won’t be an easy task, but head coach Bob Coffey believes the team has the talent and experience to get over the hump.

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Cedar Creek football looking to take next step

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, September 04, 2014 02:03 pm

CCreekpreview1 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek wideout Ahmir Mitchell, a highly recruited junior, stiff-arms a would-be Middle Township tackler during a game last season. EGG HARBOR CITY - The Cedar Creek High School football team can draw equal parts motivation and confidence from the way its 2013 season ended.

The Pirates suffered a 48-0 loss to Camden in the first round of the South Jersey Group II tournament, but rebounded for a 33-0 win over St. Augustine Prep on Thanksgiving that gave them a share of the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference title.

“The tale of two teams,” said head coach Tim Watson. “What we hope carries over to this year is the way we bounced back against the Prep. That’s the team that we want to be.”

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Another Hicks chooses William & Mary

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 03, 2014 09:27 pm

DAVID HICKS One of the best high school golfers in the state has made his college decision.

David Hicks, who just began his senior year at Middle Township High School, has verbally committed to play at The College of William & Mary, a Division I school in Virginia.

Hicks is the most decorated high school golfer in southern Cape May County history. He’s won two South-Central Group II sectional titles and is a three-time Meet of Champions qualifier. He’s also captured two Cape-Atlantic League Tournament victories and has led Middle to the CAL National Conference title in each of his first three high school seasons.

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Stetser: Time is now for EHT to win again

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 03, 2014 03:02 pm

ehtpreview Bill LeConey/EHT quarterback Kyle Houghton looks to throw a pass in a scrimmage against Williamstown on Aug. 30. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – They have the numbers, the facilities, the youth football feeder programs and, they believe, the talent.

Now, the Egg Harbor Township High School Eagles are looking for the final piece of the puzzle: victories.

The new head coach, Kevin Stetser, knows what it’s like to put all the pieces together; he was a member of the 1992 Eagles team that won the South Jersey Group III championship.

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New-look Spartans hope to maintain winning tradition

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 03, 2014 11:54 am

spiritpreview1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit quarterback Andrew Light throws a pass during an Aug. 28 scrimmage against Toms River East. ABSECON - The inevitable cycle that so often determines success in high school football has spun full circle for the Holy Spirit High School football team.

The Spartans can only hope to roll with it and keep moving forward.

Holy Spirit, perennial powers of the Cape-Atlantic League and the Non-Public state playoff tournament, lost a staggering 22 seniors from the team that reached its fourth consecutive state title game a year ago.

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Philly high school football in area this weekend

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 28, 2014 07:41 am

Football junkies certainly can get their fix of live games in the area this weekend.

Continuing a long tradition of high school football at the Jersey Shore on Labor Day weekend, Maxwell Field in Wildwood and Carey Stadium in Ocean City will host a total of six high school games involving teams from the Philadelphia area on Friday and Saturday.

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WCHS loses 2 hoop transfers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 28, 2014 07:36 am

Danielle Sanderlin Danielle Sanderlin and Naiyanna Saab were extremely instrumental in the success of the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team as freshmen last winter.

Neither player will be back next season, however.

Crusader athletic director Sal Zuccarello has confirmed that both Sanderlin and Saab did not re-enroll at Wildwood Catholic for the new school year, which is set to begin next week. Zuccarello said both have transferred to Gloucester Catholic. They’ll have to miss the first 30 days of next season as per New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association transfer rules.

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Wildwood soph picks Penn

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:26 pm

Before even beginning his sophomore year of high school, Brendan Bean already knew where he wanted to attend college.

Coming off a dynamite freshman season at Wildwood High School, Bean has verbally committed to play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania after he graduates high school in 2017.

Bean entered Wildwood with a lofty reputation in the game and did not disappoint in his first high school season as a 14-year-old last spring. He batted .404 with 38 hits in 94 at bats and posted 27 runs scored and 14 RBI. He led the Warriors with 27 walks. Twelve of his hits went for extra bases.

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Philly sports broadcasters & new rules

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, August 27, 2014 03:49 pm

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In the August issue of Philadelphia Magazine, senior editor Richard Rhys ranked the top Philadelphia sports broadcasters. Here was his list.

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Special Olympics golfer receives state recognition

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 05:12 pm

newphillipi Ryan Phillipi Danny Phillipi of Egg Harbor Township, a Special Olympics gold medalist golfer, recently received a special recognition of his achievements from the state Senate and Assembly.

Danny was accompanied by his parents Dan and Mary Ann as well as representatives from the Arc of Atlantic County for the official presentation at the office of Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo.

“Danny is a great reminder to us all that there are no limits to success, only the ones we place on ourselves," said Assemblyman Mazzeo.

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