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Big plays, broken plays lift Absegami over EHT

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 02, 2014 10:50 pm

gamiEHT1 Bill LeConey/Absegami quarterback Tyler Welch hands off to running back Ifreke Andy in the first quarter of Thursday's game against EHT. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – In a game as disjointed and downright weird as this one – on a Thursday night, no less - it figured the winning points would come on a broken play.

The Absegami High School Braves pulled out a remarkable, topsy-turvy, 29-28 win over Egg Harbor Township Thursday in an exciting Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game. It was the Braves’ first win of the season after two losses, and the Eagles’ first loss after three wins.

“It doesn’t have to be pretty, right?” said Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. “You just have to figure out a way to win that game, and our kids did that tonight, so I’m proud of them.”

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Sixers go 'camping' at Stockton Sports Center

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:06 pm

sixersstockton1 Nerlens Noel, forward-center of the Philadelphia 76ers, shows off his jump shot Tuesday at the team’s practice camp being held at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Sports Center this week. Photo by Margot Alten/The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The Philadelphia 76ers opened their five-day training camp at Richard Stockton College in Galloway on Sept. 30.

Practices are closed to the public, but Stockton athletic director Lonnie Folks said the team may change that policy at the end of the week. The team is staying at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

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Raider field hockey stays red hot

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 01, 2014 03:14 pm

OCmainFH2 Bill LeConey/Ocean City's Julia Herrington takes a shot during the second half of a 6-0 win over Mainland on Sept. 29. LINWOOD – The Ocean City High School field hockey team has been so dominant so far this season, it almost seems as if the Red Raiders make their opponents disappear from the field altogether.

Turns out that’s exactly what coach Cory Terry has in mind.

“I don’t ever really preach to the girls to play against another team,” Terry said after unbeaten Ocean City beat top rival Mainland Regional, 6-0, in a Cape-Atlantic League game on Monday, Sept. 29. “I really preach to them to play the kind of game that they’re capable of playing.

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LCM not lacking in leadership

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 03:08 pm

Kevin Alexander and Zach Hagan If you follow high school football in this area even a little bit, you know that times are tough for the team at Lower Cape May Regional.

The program is filled with young players who aren’t yet strong enough nor experienced enough to compete consistently at the varsity level. The team has been outscored by a combined total of 107-0 over its first two games against Cape Henlopen (Del.) and Egg Harbor Township.

One thing that isn’t a problem for the team, however, is leadership.

The Caper Tigers feature two quality leaders in seniors Zach Hagan and Kevin Alexander, who are the only current players to play for four years in the program.

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Longtime Philly area coach now at WCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 03:05 pm

If John Coyle can repeat some of the success he’s had in his previous coaching stints, the Wildwood Catholic High School baseball program will certainly reap the benefits.

Coyle, who has been coaching baseball at the high school and college level for more than 3 ½ decades, has been hired as the Crusaders’ new head coach, Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello announced.

Coyle takes over for Billy Gianakopoulos, who resigned from the position a few weeks ago after leading the program for three seasons.

Coyle was most recently an assistant and head coach at Cardinal O’Hara High School of the Philadelphia Catholic League. At O’Hara, Coyle helped lead the program to four PCL Southern Division titles and one overall Catholic League championship.

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Gibson reaches 100

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 03:02 pm

Madie Gibson has surpassed another milestone.

Gibson, who became the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer program’s all-time leading goal scorer earlier this season, became just the ninth player in Cape-Atlantic League history to reach 100 career goals Friday afternoon.

Gibson, a senior forward, registered a hat trick within the first 13 minutes of the game in the Lady Tigers’ 8-0 victory over Cape May Tech. Her final goal accounted for 100th.

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Mainland surfers seize the beach

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 01, 2014 01:59 pm

surf1 Ben Zlotnick/Mainland Regional junior Andrew Bradley rides a wave. ATLANTIC CITY – With the ocean as their playing surface and a summer-like morning as the backdrop, student-athletes from Mainland Regional and Holy Spirit high schools competed wave for wave on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Pennsylvania Ave. beach.

The resurgent Mainland surf team, a state champion 30 years ago but dormant for much of the last decade, geared up for the Oct. 19 state championships with a "scrimmage" in the swells next to the Steel Pier.

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Freshmen twins helping to rejuvenate Holy Spirit girls soccer

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 01, 2014 10:50 am

antonucci1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit girls soccer twins Addisen, left, and Paxton Antonucci of Mays Landing. GALLOWAY – Opponents of the Holy Spirit High School girls soccer team can be forgiven for thinking they’re seeing double this season.

Freshmen twins Addisen and Paxton Antonucci look that much alike, but their unique individual skills are helping to rejuvenate the Spartans program.

Addisen doubled up on Absegami last Saturday, Sept. 27, scoring two unassisted goals in a 2-0 win over the Braves that raised the Spartans’ record to 4-1. Senior goalie Audrey Wilson made seven saves for the shutout.

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Mustangs shut out Ocean City, 26-0

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 01, 2014 10:14 am

mainOCfootball Jen Marra/Mainland quarterback Sam Jackson takes the snap as lineman Sean Rutala sets up a block and WR Dean Devaney starts a pass route against Ocean City on Sept. 26. Mainland earned the right to display the Causeway Champion award for the next year by scoring five different ways and defeating Ocean City, 26-0 at Carey Stadium on Friday, Sept. 26.

The Causeway Champion award is a plaque designed by Dave Talarico of Schoppy Inc. that will be displayed by the team that wins the Mainland-Ocean City football game each year. It was created by Schoppy’s and Prime Events based on a suggestion by MRHS graduate Mike O’Brien.

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Wildwood to honor former star player Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, September 29, 2014 07:59 pm

KAITLIN ANZELONE Because she was part of three state and four South Jersey championship basketball teams, Kaitlin Anzelone was best known athletically at Wildwood High School for her work in the gymnasium before graduating in 2003.

But those who remember Anzelone the all-around athlete can also recall her brilliance on the soccer field.

Anzelone, who was also part of a Cape-Atlantic League championship softball team at Wildwood, went on to play three sports as a freshman at Division III Rutgers-Camden University. But she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in the fall of 2004 and bravely battled the disease for seven months before tragically passing away the following July at age 20.

This Friday, the City of Wildwood, in conjunction with Wildwood High School, will hold a ceremony to honor Anzelone. The ceremony will take place in between the girl-boy soccer doubleheader between Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic at the Maxwell Field athletic complex. The girls game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., the boys game at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony should take place at around 5:15 p.m., assuming the girls game does not go into overtime.

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History made at Big 5 meet

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:52 am

RYAN HERLIHY CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Ryan Herlihy made history Friday afternoon at Cape May County Park.

The accomplished Middle Township High School senior cross country runner etched his name into the record books by becoming the first make runner to win the Big Five championship race four times.

Herlihy was never challenged in the race, despite not running at his best. He had given maximum effort three days prior in his team’s key Cape-Atlantic National Conference win over Pleasantville.

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Buena offense rolls past Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 28, 2014 09:57 am

Joe Durso threw for 217 yards and four TDs in his team's loss to Buena. BUENA – Joe Durso enjoyed a career game, completing 18 of 24 passes (75 percent) for 217 yards and four touchdowns.

Erik Arenberg also had the best statistical game of his career, catching seven passes for 119 yards and two scores and also intercepting a pass on defense.

Jimmy Versage stood out as well, with six receptions and two touchdowns.

With all that offensive production, it’s easy to see how the Middle Township High School football team scored 33 points against Buena Friday evening.

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Mitchell sparks Cedar Creek explosion over Holy Spirit

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:30 am

ccreek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek junior Ahmir Mitchell scored three touchdowns in Friday's 54-14 win over Holy Spirit. ABSECON - It felt like a changing of the guard in South Jersey football Friday night, and Ahmir Mitchell’s explosive talent was the catalyst for the revolution.

Mitchell, a Cedar Creek High School junior and one of the most heavily recruited players in the state, scored touchdowns of nearly every variety as the Pirates demolished Holy Spirit, 54-14, in the first-ever football meeting between the two schools.

The multi-dimensional Mitchell broke open a close game in the first half, scoring on a 40-yard rushing touchdown out of the Wildcat formation, an 83-yard kickoff return, and 75-yard interception return. Bo Melton added a pair of touchdowns for the Pirates (2-1), who bounced back from a tough Week Two loss to Buena and kept Holy Spirit winless at 0-3.

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Warriors fade late in road loss

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, September 25, 2014 07:02 pm

Abdiel Richards scored 4 TDs in Wildwood's loss to Riverside The Wildwood High School football team had taken an apparent 26-6 lead on the fourth touchdown of the first half by Abdiel Richards Friday evening against Riverside.

But a penalty behind the play nullified the score, and Riverside went into halftime trailing by 20-6.

“It was a big one,” Warrior coach Bruce Lazaruk said of the penalty.

The Rams rallied in the second half, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, and posted a 40-26 comeback victory to deny Wildwood its first win.

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