South Jersey Sports

Crusaders again edge LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:25 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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Sisters key to Middle's success

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:24 pm

Summer and Jenna Herlihy Summer and Jenna Herlihy are sisters who are among the top players for a Middle Township High School field hockey team that is enjoying an excellent season so far. Both make a major impact on just about every game.

The similarities may end there, however.

“You couldn’t get two people who are more opposite,” Middle coach Janina Perna said with a laugh. “It’s almost hard to think they’re related. They get along great but they’re hard on each other when they have to be but they’re also each other’s biggest fans. But we laugh about how different they are.

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Northfield girl tackling a new sport

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 15, 2014 04:13 pm

footballgirl1 Bill LeConey/Northfield junior varsity football player Julianna Medina, 10. NORTHFIELD – Julianna Medina was tired of staying on the sidelines, cheering for her brothers and friends as they tackled, blocked, and ran with the football.

So she put herself in the game.

Julianna, 10, is playing for the Northfield Cardinals JV football team this fall. She traded in her cheerleaders outfit for a football uniform with shoulder pads and a helmet - and she’s not looking back.

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Mustangs can't get a handle on Prep's Harris

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:58 pm

mainPrep1 Mike Schultz/Javon James fights for tough yardage against a very physical St. Augustine defense. The Mainland Mustangs were unable to corral the Cape-Atlantic League's leading rusher Lamont Harris on Friday, Oct. 10, in Linwood.

Harris rushed for three touchdowns and 263 yards, which included jaunts of 75 yards and 67 yards, in St. Augustine Prep's 27-14 win over Mainland in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup. Harris, who lives in Washington Township, is South Jersey's leading rusher with 1,009 yards.

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Cannuscio and McManus win bronze at Finlandia Trophy

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:52 pm

cannuscio US Figure Skating/Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus Egg Harbor Township figure skater Anastasia Cannuscio and partner Colin McManus of Saugus, Mass., won the bronze medal last week at 2004 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland, as part of the of the International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series.

Cannuscio represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club while McManus represents The Skating Club of Boston. The duo, who were the 2011 U.S. junior bronze medalists, train in Newark, Delaware, and are coached by Karen Ludington, Alexandr Kirsanov and Christie Moxley-Hutson.

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EHT holds off Ocean City, wins 17-14

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:03 pm

EHTOC1 Jen Arthur/EHT quarterback Kyle Houghton hands off to Connor Agostino as Che Amoroso (60) throws a block. OCEAN CITY – In the final minutes of last Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at Carey Stadium, Egg Harbor Township quarterback Kyle Houghton was being chased on a rollout. It was third down and the Eagles needed to convert to run out the clock.

Houghton floated a touch pass down the sideline to Angela Branca for a 6-yard gain. It wasn’t a big gain but it was enough for the first down and for EHT to run out the clock for a 17-14 victory.

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Boys soccer: Playoffs beckon for improved Vikings

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:15 am

ACsoccer1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City’s Carlos Molina dribbles the ball against Ocean City on Oct. 9 while teammate Derrick Amoako (10) follows the play. ATLANTIC CITY – Carlos Molina moved with his family a few miles east this year, transferring from Pleasantville High School to Atlantic City High School. His soccer skills continued to progress upward.

Molina and the Vikings recently won a school-record six straight games and clinched a spot in the South Jersey Group IV playoffs. Though the win streak was snapped by a very good Ocean City team on Thursday, Oct. 9, Molina had a goal and an assist in the 4-2 loss and has now scored in four straight games.

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Football has problems off the field

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 14, 2014 03:13 pm

There are too many off-the-field problems facing football these days.

Domestic abuse in the NFL is getting more attention than quarterback ratings.

Three players – one each from Alabama, North Carolina and New York – died in the last month from football-related injuries.

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Middle blasts previously unbeaten team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:04 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It’s quite evident the Middle Township High School football team has played better competition than Bristol (Pa.), its opponent for its homecoming game on Saturday.

Bristol went into the contest at 6-0, having outscored its previous opponents by a combined 260-29. But Middle dominated the Warriors, winning 44-17, the game never close after the midway point of the second quarter.

A cynic might say Bristol is a sort of paper champion, a team not as talented as its gaudy record might suggest. But the Warriors did feature an excellent running back in Donte Simmons and an above-average quarterback in R.J. Collins. Middle, though, was ready for both, putting forth its best defensive effort of the season.

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Carey Stadium needs a turf field

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Written by Tom Williams Saturday, October 11, 2014 02:51 pm

Plans are in place to bring artificial turf to Carey Stadium. It’s a great idea.

Five schools in the Cape-Atlantic League – St. Augustine Prep, Pleasantville, Atlantic City, Bridgeton and Egg Harbor Township already have turf football fields. Dozens more have moved in that direction throughout South Jersey and many, many more all over New Jersey.

Very few needed the surface more than Ocean City.

 

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Prevard scores every which way in AC victory over Vineland

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:08 am

ACVine1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard (1) jokes around with teammate Randy Canela (21) before Friday's game against Vineland. ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic City High School football team has learned to accept the occasional bad mistake by exceptionally talented junior quarterback Jamir Prevard.

It’s easy to accept the bad stuff when you know the very good stuff is usually right behind.

Prevard accounted for four touchdowns three different ways in the Vikings’ 32-12 win over Vineland Friday in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at Atlantic City High School.

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Middle edges LCM for 7th straight win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 07:06 pm

ABBY THOMPSON ABBY THOMPSON CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School field hockey team was beginning to think recent history was about to repeat itself.

The first time the Lady Panthers played rival Lower Cape May, they dominated possession of the game, only to lose 2-1 in overtime, a defeat that began a three-game losing streak.

So when Lower Cape May goalie Kemlyn Pearson kept making athletic save after athletic save, especially in the second half, Middle certainly became concerned.

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Roselli's strike lifts MTHS over Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 07:46 am

MIKE ROSELLI CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Mike Roselli of the Middle Township High School boys soccer team got his first taste of what a local rivalry game is all about when he played in his team’s game against Wildwood Catholic earlier this season.

“These games are so much more intense and they’re so much harder to win,” the sophomore midfielder said.

So when Roselli scored the game winner less than 12 minutes from full time in Wednesday evening’s rematch between the two teams, he certainly understood the magnitude of the moment.

“Considering it was a game winner, I would say it’s the biggest goal I’ve ever scored,” he said.

Roselli’s low shot toward the left post from a step outside the penalty area got past Wildwood Catholic’s excellent sophomore goalkeeper, Anthony Zampirri, and lifted Middle Township to a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders in front of a large crowd in an evening game at the Boyd Street Field.

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Szczur hopes 6 weeks turns into fruitful MLB career

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 07:41 am

Matt Szczur enjoyed six weeks in the big league sun. He now hopes to turn those six weeks into a productive career.

Szczur, a 2007 graduate of Lower Cape May, earned a promotion from Triple A to the Chicago Cubs in mid August and spent the rest of the season in the big leagues. He played in 33 games, hitting .226 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored in 62 at bats. He also displayed his versatility by often entering games as a pinch runner or defensive replacement.

He’ll go to spring training in February looking to stay with the Cubs for the entire 2015 season and beyond.

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