South Jersey Sports

Middle falls to one of state’s top teams in S.J. title match

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 07:28 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team has enjoyed a lot of success this fall. The Lady Panthers had won 11 of 12 matches going into this week, were winners of two state tournament matches and are currently in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

But they were no match for the opponent they faced Monday afternoon.

Competing in its first South Jersey title match in 15 years, the Lady Panthers were overwhelmed by Haddonfield, a perennial powerhouse that is currently ranked No. 1 in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Middle suffered a 5-0 defeat in the Group II sectional championship.

“It was a nice experience, though,” Middle coach Tracey Hall said. “It was good for the girls to see such good tennis. Nothing’s going to seem too hard after this.”

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Raiders only CAL team in girls coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:43 pm

The Ocean City High School girls soccer team is the only Cape-Atlantic League team to earn a berth to the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

The Raiders, who enter this week at 6-1, have earned the last seed in the 16-seed field and will play at No. 1 Eastern later this week. Eastern improved to 10-0-1 with a 5-1 win over Egg Harbor Township last Saturday.

First-round coaches tournament games must be played by this Friday, Oct. 18, with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 19.

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Middle, OC both get home games in boys soccer coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:26 pm

The Middle Township and Ocean City high school boys soccer teams have earned berths to the prestigious South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

Seedings for the tournament, which includes the best 16 teams in South Jersey regardless of enrollment, were made official late Monday morning.

Middle Township, which is 12-0, has earned the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Cherokee. Cherokee, state Group IV champions in 2010 and 2011, enters this week at 7-2-1. Ocean City, which is 10-1-1, has earned the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Haddonfield (10-2).

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Ethiopians go the distance to win A.C. Marathon

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 13, 2013 03:07 pm

ACMar8 Bill LeConey/Birhanu Mekonen Tadesse of Ethiopia crosses the finish line at the A.C. Marathon to win the race with a time of two hours, 25 minutes. ATLANTIC CITY - Birhanu Mekonen Tadesse is starting to feel right at home at the Atlantic City Marathon.

The Boardwalk and Downbeach streets are much different than the plateaus and semi-desert lowlands of his native Ethiopia, but the results are the same: victory.

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Rain won't dampen Spirit in win over Absegami

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:32 am

HSGami Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit's Deandre Dennis finds a hole right up the middle on his way to a 67-yard touchdown run. GALLOWAY - The Holy Spirit High School football team defeated Absegami 33-6 in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference game on Friday Night in Galloway.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Ed Byrnes Stadium in Absecon but the field was "totally under water" according to Holy Spirit Coach John Iannucci.

The Spartans (4-0) are one of just two undefeated teams in the Cape Atlantic League.

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Hammonton swamps Atlantic City, 21-0

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, October 11, 2013 11:09 pm

ACHamm2 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City CB Francisco Reyes (10) and LB Michael Barillo (12) get ready for a play against QB Jonathan Tribobeletti and the Hammonton offense. HAMMONTON - In their last game before finally debuting at home on a new artificial grass field, it was somewhat fitting that the Atlantic City High School Vikings would suffer from the conditions of an all-natural and all-too-wet football field in Hammonton.

Of course, a pretty good team from Hammonton High School also had something to do with it.

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Friday's Absegami-Holy Spirit football game moved to Galloway

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 11, 2013 03:32 pm

Hammonton Tonight's Cape-Atlantic League football game between Absegami and Holy Spirit, scheduled to be played at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, has been moved to Absegami High School in Galloway because of the wet field conditions and flooding around Holy Spirit.

Absegami is 2-2 on the season, and Holy Spirit is 3-0.

Kickoff for the game is still 7 p.m. It will be broadcast on 94.3 FM.

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Lady Panthers advance in tennis tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:23 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls tennis team’s outstanding season continued Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, competing in the second round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament, posted a 4-1 victory over West Deptford to advance in the state playoffs.

Middle, the second seed in the tournament, improved to 10-1 with the victory. The team got straight-set wins at two of the three doubles positions and both doubles slots against seventh-seeded West Deptford.

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Middle’s Anagnou ties school scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:21 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Maddie Anagnou experienced one of the more memorable games of her high school field hockey career Monday afternoon.

The Middle Township High School senior played an integral role as her club topped rival Lower Cape May, 2-0, for the second time this season. And the fact that the contest was played almost entirely through a driving rainstorm certainly made for a unique setting.

But on top of all that, Anagnou scored the insurance goal with less than four minutes to play, the 45th goal of her career, which tied her for the program record first set by 2010 graduate Leigh DeLollis. Anagnou went into Wednesday’s game against Cedar Creek with a chance to make the record exclusively her own.

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A.C. Vikings take road show to Hammonton for key CAL test

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 03:54 pm

Prevard Photo of Jamil Prevard by Bill LeConey ATLANTIC CITY – Atlantic City High School football coach Thomas Kelly doesn’t like labels. Don’t call his Vikings young – not anymore – and don’t call them good – not yet.

It’s not what they’ve done in the past, and it’s not about what they’re going to do in the future. It’s all about the present, and that means a big Cape-Atlantic League American Conference test on Friday, Oct. 11 against a solid Hammonton Blue Devils squad out in blueberry country.

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EHT girls tennis advances to S.J. Group IV semifinals

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 03:15 pm

EHTtennis Joan Kostiuk/Carla Ishikawa of Egg Harbor Township sends a backhand across the net in a match against Oakcrest. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Egg Harbor Township High School girls tennis team has already exceeded its coach’s expectations for this season. Now, the Eagles have a chance to go even further.

The Eagles won their South Jersey Group IV quarterfinal match with Eastern on Oct. 8 to advance to the semifinals.

EHT (11-0-1) was led by its singles players -- Katie Garthaus, Maria Ibarra and Zahara James – who each won their matches. The doubles team of Carla Ishikawa and Maddie Cialinialso won.

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Gritty Oakcrest ties Ocean City on Hardrick penalty kick

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, October 09, 2013 02:46 pm

Oaksoccer1 Mike Schultz/Oakcrest’s Quinn Hardrick watches as his game tying penalty kick late in regulation ties the score against Ocean City. MAYS LANDING - With his team trailing 1-0, Oakcrest boys soccer player Quinn Hardrick let off a polite warning flare to his teammates on Tuesday: "Let's go guys, there is only six minutes left in the game, not 20."

Four minutes later he beat Ocean City goalkeeper Evan McCardell on a penalty kick goal to tie the game in regulation and force double overtime.

The Falcons withstood a barrage of offensive shots by Ocean City, including a few off the post. They also missed a few of their own chances but ultimately held on for a 1-1 tie against the Red Raiders in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference thriller.

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Braves scorched by Thunderbolts on home turf

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 01:09 am

gamifball2 Photo courtesy of Amy De Angelo/Absegami quarterback Mike Dolan runs with the ball as Millville’s A.J. Randall (65) looks to make the tackle. GALLOWAY – Last Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup between Absegami and Millville high schools figured to be a competitive game between 2-1 teams featuring two of the best running backs in the area.

Go figure.

Somebody forgot to tell the Braves, who were trounced by Millville, 42-6, in a game that was non-competitive from the get-go.

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October History in OCHS Sports

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:10 pm

October 2002:

Will Kleva and Adam Sternberger scored as Ocean City defeated Haddon Heights, 2-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. It was career win No. 100 for Coach Mike Pellegrino. These Raiders would lose in the second round of the tournament and also reached the second round of the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament. The 2002 Raiders finished 13-5-2 and Sternberger led the scoring with 24 goals. OCHS would go on to win the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference the next six years and win four South Jersey titles in five seasons. Pellegrino, now the athletics director at Egg Harbor Township, went on to win 228 games.

October 1984:           

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