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First-round playoff matchups and consolation games

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 11, 2013 08:02 pm

ACGami Jackie Brutchey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard looks for running room against Absegami last Friday.

Here are the first-round football playoff pairings for this weekend, as announced Monday by the NJSIAA (Cape-Atlantic League teams in bold):

Friday, Nov. 15

SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 5

Atlantic City at Eastern, 7

Williamstown at Millville, 7

Rancocas Valley at Jackson, 7

Washington Township at Cherokee, 7 

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Ocean City slips by Mainland, 1-0, for SJ field hockey title

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, November 11, 2013 07:28 pm

OCMainland2 Jen Arthur/The Ocean City High School field hockey team celebrates after beating Mainland to win the SJ Group 3 title. LINWOOD – There’s a very fine line between champion and runner-up when you get to this level.

And, despite what the scoreboard says, nobody’s a loser.

That was the sentiment Monday afternoon after Ocean City High School edged Mainland Regional by the finest of margins, 1-0, in a hard-fought game between local rivals that just happened to be for the South Jersey Group III field hockey championship.

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Cross country sectionals: Middle to states for first time; Gentek qualifies in Group I

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, November 11, 2013 02:07 pm

The Middle Township High School boys cross country team turned in another strong performance last weekend.

A little more than a week after finishing second out of 19 teams at the Cape-Atlantic League championships, Middle qualified for a state championship meet for the first time in program history thanks to its performance at the South Jersey championships on Saturday.

Middle Township finished fourth in the Group II sectional meet held at Delsea Regional High School to secure its place at this weekend’s state meet at Holmdel Park.

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Spirit lights up Oakcrest to clinch CAL American title

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, November 09, 2013 04:35 am

Gerald Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit’s Taalib Gerald finds an opening as he rushes for a six-yard touchdown, his third of the night. MAYS LANDING - On a 42-degree night in Mays Landing, the Holy Spirit High School football team was inflammable.

The Spartans (8-0) defeated Oakcrest 56-19 in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference matchup on Friday night. With the win, the Spartans captured the CAL American Conference title.

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Vikings lobby hard for playoff spot with 43-31 win over Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, November 09, 2013 03:49 am

ACGami1 Jackie Brutchey/Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard has the end zone all to himself after his 59-yard TD to open the game. ATLANTIC CITY – If the trademarks of a playoff football team include an explosive, big-play offense and a “fly-to-the-ball” defense, then the Atlantic City Vikings certainly fit the description.

Whether the NJSIAA power points system agrees with that assessment remains to be seen.

Atlantic City certainly made its case for a South Jersey Group V playoff berth with a convincing 43-31 win over Absegami Friday night in what amounted to a “play-in” game for both teams for the postseason.

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Winner takes all Monday in O.C.-Mainland grudge match (2 p.m.)

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, November 08, 2013 07:02 pm

MainlandFH Bill LeConey/Mainland's Vanessa Spollen drives toward the net during Wednesday's 1-0 playoff win over Central. A great local rivalry will take on even more significance on Monday, Nov. 11, as the Mainland Regional High School and Ocean City High School field hockey teams will meet for the South Jersey Group III championship at Mainland at 2 p.m. in Linwood.

It has to be one of the most highly anticipated area high school field hockey games in recent memory.

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EHT field hockey falls short in state playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, November 08, 2013 06:48 pm

EHThockeyloss Bill LeConey/A disappointed EHT field hockey team gathers around coach Jen Costa after its playoff loss on Friday. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The playoff ride ended prematurely for the Egg Harbor Township High School field hockey team on Friday, Nov. 8. The Lady Eagles lost to a determined Washington Township squad, 4-0, in a South Jersey Group III semifinal game at EHT.

The Eagles were the No. 2 seed in the sectional, and were hoping to get a shot at top seed Eastern in the final, but they faced a tough customer in the sixth-seeded Minutemen, who got two goals from Shea McGee and eight saves from goalie Melanie Carpenter in Friday's win.

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McKeown strikes late as LCM nips Middle in playoff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 08, 2013 08:47 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Gabriella McKeown did it again.

The Lower Cape May Regional High school girls soccer star, who terrorized rival Middle Township to the tune of six goals in two regular-season games earlier this fall, ended the Lady Panthers’ season with another magical strike Thursday afternoon.

McKeown’s 30-yard blast less than six minutes from full time was the game winner as Lower Cape May nipped Middle, 2-1, in a South Jersey Group II semifinal game played in front of a large crowd of about 350 people at the Boyd Street Field. Lower (16-3), the fifth seed in the tournament, moves to play at top-seeded Haddonfield on Monday at 4 p.m.

Middle Township, the No. 4 seed, had its season ended at 14-6.

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Briefs, signups: Junior Golf League forming at Harbor Pines

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 07, 2013 03:32 pm

Jr. Golf Academy Junior Golf Academy at Harbor Pines The JGA Golf Academy at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township is forming a seven-week Junior League, beginning Saturday, Nov. 9.

The league is designed for beginners, intermediate, and advanced junior golfers, ages 6-17. The intent of the league is to not only sustain youth golf throughout the winter, but to provide young golfers with more experience on the course and help improve their games.

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Cedar Creek notes: Boys soccer faces Middle in Gr. II quarters

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 07, 2013 02:54 pm

CCreeksoccer Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Zeek Chaparo, John Kevin Stevens, Matt Crane and Alex Malispina rush toward Garry Blight after he scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick against ACIT. The seventh-seeded Cedar Creek boys soccer team will look to continue its run at history when they meet up with second-seeded Middle Township in Cape May Court House in a South Jersey Group II quarterfinal on Friday, Nov. 8 (noon).

The Pirates (11-5-2) are fresh off a nail-biting 2-1 victory over rival ACIT in the opening round of the playoffs, the first playoff win in the three-year history of the varsity program.

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Oakcrest notes: Boys soccer upsets TR South in playoffs

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 07, 2013 02:32 pm

Hardrick Mike Schultz/Quinn Hardrick scored a goal in Oakcrest's playoff win over Toms River South. Vincent Giardino, Quinn Hardrick and Jordan Ingram each scored a goal to help the 12th-seeded Oakcrest boys soccer team upset No. 5 Toms River South, 3-0, in a first-round South Jersey Group III playoff game in Toms River on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Goalkeeper Trevor Little made eight saves to preserve the shutout for Oakcrest (10-7-2), which now moves on to a sectional quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 8 (1 p.m.) at fourth-seeded Moorestown.

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Mainland field hockey vaults into SJ Group III final

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 06, 2013 11:17 pm

MainFH1 Bill LeConey/Mainland's Kailey Stangle (center) takes a swing at her game-winning goal in the Mustangs' 1-0 playoff win over Central. LINWOOD – The upward trajectory of this Mainland Regional High School field hockey season hasn’t reached its apex just yet.

The Mustangs are still soaring after a 1-0 win over Central Regional Wednesday in a South Jersey Group III semifinal game in Linwood. The victory put the second-seeded Mustangs (16-3-2) into the sectional final next week against the winner of Thursday’s other semifinal between familiar rival Ocean City and top seed Kingsway.

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Football Preview: OCHS at EHT

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, November 06, 2013 09:55 pm

Ocean City (3-4) at Egg Harbor Township (1-6)

Date: Friday, Nov. 8

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Bruce W. Wolhrab Memorial Athletic Complex, High School Drive, EHT

Coaches: Ocean City’s Kevin Smith, is 6-19 is in his third season as a head coach. This will be the second time he has faced the Eagles. EHT’s Tony DeRosa is 89-72 in his 16th season. He is EHT’s all-time winningest coach, tied for 12th all-time with John Barbose in CAL history and 15th in South Jersey among active coaches. DeRosa has an 8-6 record against OCHS.

 

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Stakes are high for Atlantic City vs. Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 06, 2013 02:10 pm

Stakes are high for Atlantic City vs. Absegami Mike Schultz/Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard escapes a Mainland tackler in last week's 25-20 loss. The grass won’t be real, and there will be precious little natural daylight.

But nothing will be artificial about the atmosphere and passion of high school football on Friday night at Atlantic City High School.

The Cape-Atlantic League showdown (7 p.m.) between Atlantic City and Absegami is shaping up as a "win you're in, lose you're out" scenario for the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V playoffs.

 “We’re treating this like a playoff game,” said David Hood, Absegami’s star running back.

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