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Thanksgiving, 1963: High school football helped heal nation

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 27, 2013 03:51 pm

Thanksgiving1963 Atlantic City’s Charles Garrett runs for a touchdown in the 1963 Thanksgiving game against Holy Spirit inside Convention Hall, in a picture taken from a Holy Spirit yearbook. ATLANTIC CITY - Fifty years ago this Thanksgiving, America seemed to be spinning out of control – and there was no clear roadmap to get it back on track.

High school football helped restore a sense of normalcy and tradition at a time when nothing seemed like it would ever be the same.

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Football traditions & possible changes

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 08:19 pm

This is the week the great traditions are celebrated. High school football teams will line up on Thursday and, in many cases, the grandfathers and great grandfathers of this season’s players suited up for the same game.

Aside from tradition, not a lot is at stake this Thursday.

Only the Cedar Creek-St. Augustine game has overall importance. If Cedar Creek wins, the Pirates would finish in a tie with The Prep for the Cape-Atlantic League’s National Conference championship but, according to CAL tiebreakers, would win the conference because they won on the field.

Ocean City will be seeking its seventh straight win over Pleasantville. The longest win streak in that series was eight by the Raiders from 1979-86.

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OCHS Alumni Notebook

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 08:16 pm

Natalie Hunter (senior-Maryland field hockey) finished her career in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, losing to Duke. The Terps were 80-13 in her four years in the lineup, reached the NCAA Final Four all four seasons and won two National Championships. Hunter was selected to the National Team USA over the summer...

Pat Kimball (senior-College of NJ football) was named to the Defensive First Team in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. He was seventh on the team with 34 tackles, including 23 solos. Kimball led the NJAC in tackles for losses (16.5) and sacks (10). He finished his career with 104 tackles and 17 sacks... 

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Devon Grisbaum top CAL runner in NJSIAA MOC

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 08:08 pm

Ocean City High School junior Devon Grisbaum finished 34th out of 177 runners Saturday in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park. She was the only Cape-Atlantic League female to qualify for the meet.

Grisbaum ran the course in 19 minutes, 17 seconds. That was 10 seconds faster than she ran the week before in the State Group 3 Meet. Grisbaum was 76th in the 2012 Meet of Champions with a time of 20:06, improving her performance significantly this year.

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Cape May County alumni notebook

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:35 pm

Catching up with some former area high school athletes now competing at the college level:

Wesley Hills (freshman-Delaware football-WHS) is a backup running back and special-teams starter for the Blue Hens this season. He had one tackle in Delaware’s stunning 35-34 loss to Villanova last weekend in a game which the Blue Hens held a 34-12 lead going into the fourth quarter. For the season, Hills has 10 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown as a running back. One of his special-teams highlights came in a loss to Richmond on Nov. 16, when he blocked a punt that led to a Delaware touchdown. …

Garret Kerr (junior-University of the Sciences basketball-MTHS) registered the 42nd double-double of his career with 25 points and 15 rebounds in the Division II Devils’ 67-60 victory over Bridgeport over the weekend. Kerr, who scored his 1,000th career college point in the team’s previous game against Lincoln University, also added five assists. T. John Casiello (sophomore- University of the Sciences basketball-WCHS) chipped in five points, four assists and two steals while playing all 40 minutes in the victory. Through four games, Kerr is averaging 21.5 points and 14.8 rebounds while Casiello is contributing 1.8 points, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. USP (2-2) was scheduled to host Cheyney Tuesday evening. …

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Herlihy's fine season ends at Meet of Champions

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:34 pm

Ryan Herlihy made a pretty good observation about his first Meet of Champions race.

“Even the slower people in that race were really fast,” the Middle Township High School junior said.

Last weekend, Herlihy, a cross country standout for the Panthers, made his first-ever appearance in the Meet of Champions, an event held at Holmdel Park that brings together the very best high school runners in the state. The meet includes the top performers from each of the enrollment group state championship races held earlier this month.

Herlihy performed admirably. He finished in 16 minutes, 39 seconds to set a personal-best time on Holmdel’s hilly course. He placed 63rd out of 178 runners, finishing six places ahead of South Jersey Group II champion Sean McPherson of Sterling.

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LCM baseball star chooses St. John's

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:31 pm

If you happened to witness Josh Pennington’s pitching performance in a state playoff game against Middle Township last spring, you can certainly understand why his powerful right arm is considered such a commodity.

Using mostly a fastball that was easily exceeding 90 miles per hour, the Lower Cape May junior tossed seven no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts against the Panthers’ powerful lineup. Lower wound up losing the game, 2-1, in extra innings, however, after Pennington was lifted due to a high pitch count.

College and professional scouts have certainly noticed Pennington’s skills. And that’s why the now senior righthander was able to recently sign a letter of intent to play for the Division I baseball program at St. John’s University.

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Briefs, signups: Learn how to officiate high school lacrosse

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 26, 2013 02:38 pm

njiloa logo The New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association will be holding cadet classes for individuals interested in officiating high school boys lacrosse. Classes will be held beginning in January, with one location in Atlantic County. Playing experience is helpful but not required. For more information, please visit www.njiloa.org.

EHT Xtreme softball tryouts
The Egg Harbor Township Xtreme 10U travel softball team will hold tryouts on Dec. 7-8 from 10-11 a.m. each day at Players Edge in Galloway. The tryouts are limited to EHT residents only. Please contact coach Bud Brubaker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register for tryouts.

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DeMarco, Flynn, McCann lead CAL first team fall all stars

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 02:00 pm

Meyer & Snodgrass Egg Harbor Township field hockey players Morgan Snodgrass, left, and Mackenzie Meyer were repeat selections to the CAL fall all-star team. St. Joseph field hockey player Emily DeMarco, Ocean City runner Bridget Flynn and Middle Township soccer player Danielle McCann led the way among fall athletes in the Cape-Atlantic League by being selected to the first team all stars the maximum of four straight years on All-CAL teams announced by the league.

DeMarco was one of three repeat players on the National Conference field hockey team, being joined by Middle Township’s Maddie Anagnou and St. Joe’s Molly Mullee. The American Conference field hockey team included five repeaters, led by Mackenzie Meyer of Egg Harbor Township and April Stein of Ocean City, who were each selected for the third time. Picked a second time were Morgan Snodgrass of EHT and Leah Davies and Lauren McNally of Ocean City.

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Column: Football traditions, and possible changes

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 01:40 pm

CCreek-Pville Cedar Creek's Ahmir Mitchell hurdles a Pleasantville defender in a game earlier this season. This is the week the great traditions are celebrated. High school football teams will line up on Thursday and, in many cases, the grandfathers and great grandfathers of this season’s players suited up for the same game.

Aside from tradition, not a lot is at stake this Thursday.

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Thanksgiving Week Rivalry Records

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 01:30 pm

 

Some results reflected took place at other times during the season than Thanksgiving week.

Games played before 1918, when high school sports became organized in New Jersey, are not included in the series records.

 

Thursday Morning:

ATLANTIC CITY leads HOLY SPIRIT, 49-31 (4 ties) 85th meeting

At Stake: John Boyd-Stan Marczyk Memorial Trophy

Atlantic City has won 1 straight

Kickoff: 10am at Eisenstein Memorial Complex, Atlantic City

2012 Result: Atlantic City,13-7

First Thanksgiving Meeting: 1931

Live Play-by-Play: 1450 AM

 

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Dolphins overcome Sandy, swim past Sharks for ACJFL title

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:35 pm

Dolphins Bill LeConey/The Atlantic City Dolphins players and coaches celebrate their ACJFL varsity championship. LINWOOD – The Atlantic City Dolphins capped an improbable comeback story with a 12-6 victory over the Somers Point Sharks last Sunday in the Atlantic County Junior Football League varsity (12-14-year-old) championship game.

Touchdowns by Nazim Derry and Sincere Gilliard, on a pass from Nazir Chapman, paced the Dolphins on a windy, bone-chilling day at the Mainland Corral, and the defense led by Jehni Williams shut down the Sharks.

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Spartans roar into state finals with 38-0 win over Eustace

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, November 23, 2013 09:33 am

Dawson Jackie Brutchey/Holy Spirit running back A.J. Dawson tries to avoid a tackle by Bishop Eustace defensive back Isaiah Wingfield. ABSECON – Holy Spirit coach John Iannucci said his football team was a “little foggy” – kind of like sleeping lions - at the start of Friday night’s NJSIAA Non-Public Group II semifinal against Bishop Eustace.

One thing about sleeping lions: they are very cranky when they finally wake up.

The undefeated and top-seeded Spartans responded to a first-half wake-up call with a dominating second half, beating Eustace 38-0 on a rainy night at Ed Byrnes Stadium.

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Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, November 21, 2013 09:23 pm

Surely you remember the song by John Sebastian. It opened every episode of Welcome Back Kotter, the late-1970s sitcom that introduced the world to John Travolta. It was a show about a guy who returns to his alma mater as a teacher.

Well, in the past two weeks Ocean City High School’s athletic department has celebrated Welcome Back, times three. Such as, Welcome Back Cory. And Welcome Back Trish. And Welcome Back Bogy.

Actually, they didn’t just arrive. All three have been here coaching for a while. But something happened in the last two weeks that has never happened before at OCHS and it would be very surprising if it has ever happened anywhere. Three graduates, who had all been part of South Jersey championship teams as athletes at OCHS, coached Raider teams to South Jersey titles during the same season.

corypicketts2000 Only four people in school history have done it – Trish Henry, Cory Terry, Aaron Bogushefsky and Fenton Carey. And three of them did it this fall.

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