South Jersey Sports

Cedar Creek football looking to take next step

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, September 04, 2014 01:03 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 08:27 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 02:02 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 10:54 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 06:41 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 06:36 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 09:26 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 02:49 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 04:12 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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LCM grad could crack lineup at Rutgers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 25, 2014 06:51 pm

Vance Matthews When Vance Matthews ended his football career at Lower Cape May Regional High School, he had a chance to play at Delaware and had other similar colleges interested in his services.

Matthews, however, decided to take his chances as a walk-on at Rutgers University. After two seasons as a practice player with the Scarlet Knights, he’s expected to make his first appearance in a game when the team opens its 2014 season late Thursday evening at Washington State.

Matthews, a wide receiver, has steadily worked his way up the depth chart. And with injuries affecting numbers in the receiving corps, the redshirt sophomore has been making the most of his chances in the preseason. According to a report on scarletnation.com, a website that covers Rutgers football, Matthews saw significant time with the top offensive units in both the spring and preseason practice sessions.

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Cape Tech hoops coach resigns

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, August 25, 2014 06:45 pm

Bob Ridgway The longest-tenured head coach in the history of the Cape May County Technical High School’s athletic program has called it quits.

Bob Ridgway, the head coach of Cape May Tech’s boys basketball team, announced over the weekend that he has resigned from the position after 16 seasons.

“After 16 years of giving everything I had to the program, I just think it’s time to step away,” Ridgway said.

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McGrath teams with Granese to win Longport Hammer Row

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:01 pm

hammer1 Bill LeConey/Vince Granese and Mike McGrath, representing the Longport Beach Patrol, reach the finish line first in the Longport Hammer Row. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Mike McGrath got some last-minute help from a neighbor to win his town's signature doubles rowing event Thursday night.

McGrath, of the Longport Beach Patrol, combined with Atlantic City's Vince Granese to win the Longport Hammer Row, an approximately four-mile race that begins at Seaview Harbor in Egg Harbor Township and is contested mainly in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Longport and Margate.

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Fish report: The bay (like school year) is right around the corner

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Written by Robin Scott Thursday, August 21, 2014 03:18 pm

fish1 Robin Scott/Debbie Ivker of Margate fishing behind her house. Not bad going out into one's back yard to catch dinner. The race to the bay is on. Families woke up and realized that children return to school in two weeks, leaving little time to explore the side of Absecon Island opposite the beach.

Whole teams of families can be seen paddling Beach Thorofare in kayaks, paddle boards, and drift fishing for the abundance of August.

Croakers, flounder and small blues provide the entertainment with a variety of baits to lure them in.

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Pleasantville's Parker to coach Stockton women

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:30 am

newparker Ashley Parker Pleasantville native Ashley Parker has been named head women’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Richard Stockton College.

Parker spent six years on the coaching staff at Pleasantville High School, serving as girls cross country coach, girls outdoor track coach, and assistant indoor track coach.

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