South Jersey Sports

Middle looks to regroup ahead of playoffs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:30 pm

The Middle Township High School boys soccer team began the season with 13 straight wins. The Panthers, however, have finished with two wins, a draw and three losses over their final six regular-season games.

Monday’s 1-0 home defeat to Vineland leaves the Panthers in need of some fixing as they prepare for the South Jersey Group II playoffs. With a week in between the loss to the Clan and the start of the state tournament, Middle certainly has time to work on the necessary issues.

To be fair, Middle did not play poorly in any of the games. The losses and draws came against very good competition, with the two of the games occurring in the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament. And all three defeats were by 1-0 scores.

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Pearson leads Lady Tigers to playoff win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:26 pm

ERMA – Kemlyn Pearson was splitting time in goal with Averi Smith for the Lower Cape May Regional High school field hockey team earlier this season. But with Pearson making more and more of an impact as a field player, head coach Amie Hoch made Smith the full-time goalkeeper and Pearson a starter in the team’s attack.

The results have been very, very good.

On Monday, Pearson and the Lady Tiger offense exploded for a 5-0 victory over Bridgeton in a first-round state South Jersey Group II playoff game, extending the team’s season for at least one more game.

Pearson scored two goals and added an assist, Carissa Scott scored twice, Logan Walter produced a goal and Carrie Wunder had an assist for Lower Cape May (11-7), which earned its third victory of the season against the Lady Bulldogs. Lower won by scores of 6-0 and 4-1 over Bridgeton earlier this season.

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Seven teams from CAL lead football playoff contenders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:12 pm

AmirMitchell Mike Schultz/Ahmir Mitchell stiff-arms Middle Township's Yamire McNeil during last Friday's game in Middle. With two weeks before the Nov. 11 deadline to qualify for the NJSIAA football playoffs, seven teams from the Cape-Atlantic League are leading contenders.

St. Joseph and Holy Spirit are both assured of the opportunity to defend their 2012 championships. St. Joe is the No. 1 seed right now in Non-Public 1 while Spirit is No. 2 seed behind DePaul in Non-Public 2.

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Commentary: LCMR forfeiture brings many issues to surface

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:05 pm

To say there’s been a lot of debate about the Lower Cape May Regional High School football situation over the past week is like saying David Ortiz of the Red Sox has been red hot during the World Series.

It’s a statement so obvious it practically doesn’t need to be said.

As has been widely reported, the Cape-Atlantic League has forced Lower Cape May to forfeit the remainder of its varsity football games in the wake of the program’s decision to forfeit against Holy Spirit – the consensus No.1 team in South Jersey by media polls – in a contest scheduled for last Friday.

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Commentary: To forfeit or not to forfeit, that is the question

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:03 pm

The word forfeit is a negative one. The dictionary defines it as “lose or be deprived of a right or privilege as a penalty for wrongdoing”. It is also “a fine or penalty for wrongdoing or for a breach of the rules in a club or game.”

You can forfeit your property rights or lease. You can forfeit your deposit or custody of your children. You can forfeit bail or your inheritance.

Forfeit is a lousy word in sports, as well – though not quite as serious. During the past week or so this word has been at the center of discussions in the Cape-Atlantic League football community.

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CAL football coaches react to Lower Cape May forfeitures

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 30, 2013 03:37 pm

newWatson Cedar Creek High School head football coach Tim Watson. The “F” word reared its ugly head around the Cape-Atlantic League football scene last week in the aftermath of Lower Cape May Regional’s decision to forfeit its scheduled game against powerful Holy Spirit for safety reasons.

LCMR officials cited a shortage of varsity-level players and the injuries (concussions mainly) the team has already suffered this season. The league subsequently voted to make the Caper Tigers forfeit the remainder of their varsity season.

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Seedings, pairings announced for state soccer tournament

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 30, 2013 02:17 pm

EHTsoccernew Bill LeConey/EHT’s Ryan Gentry boots the ball against Millville on Oct. 25. The NJSIAA boys and girls soccer state tournament seedings and pairings were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

In South Jersey Group IV, the Egg Harbor Township High School boys are the No. 7 seed in the 16-team bracket and will host No. 10 Cherry Hill West on Nov. 5.

Cedar Creek is seeded No. 7 in Group II and will host local rival Atlantic County Tech (10) in the first round.

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Division title in hand, EHT Eagles set sights on playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 30, 2013 01:47 pm

EHTsoccer1 Bill LeConey/EHT’s Jovany Jimenez battles a Millville player for possession in a game on Oct. 25. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Emmanuel Castillo’s left foot kicked open the door to a division title for the Egg Harbor Township High School boys soccer team. Now, the Eagles are looking to barge into the house and make some noise in the state playoff tournament.

Castillo, a senior captain, scored the game-winner 5:55 into the 2nd overtime of a 1-0 win over Millville on Oct. 25, clinching the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference Division I title.

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LCM boys soccer team’s cancer fundraiser makes winning impact

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 28, 2013 07:06 pm

ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School boys soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Pleasantville Monday afternoon.

But at the end of the team’s postgame huddle, the players broke into thunderous applause and smiled from ear to ear.

That’s because head coach Dennis Elia informed the players that they raised nearly $1,000 for charitable causes related to cancer through their recent T-shirt sale.

Junior midfielder Mike Holden, whose mother, Sharon, recently underwent successful breast cancer surgery, approached Elia about doing something for breast cancer awareness a few weeks ago. Elia, whose own sister, Katie, died at age 26 after complications with cervical cancer almost four years ago, jumped at the idea.

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EHT's Matus named NJAC Rookie of the Week

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 28, 2013 05:09 pm

Matus Laina Matus Richard Stockton College freshman forward Laina Matus from Egg Harbor Township High School was chosen New Jersey Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week.

Matus led Stockton to a 5-0 victory over Rutgers-Camden on Oct. 23 with two goals and an assist for five points. Matus has played in all 19 games and made two starts during her freshman year.

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EHT, Mainland earn No. 2 seeds in state field hockey tourney

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 28, 2013 04:25 pm

SpiritFH Photo of Holy Spirit vs. Bridgeton field hockey game by Jackie Brutchey Several area high school field hockey teams learned of their seedings for the upcoming NJSIAA tournament.

Egg Harbor Township is the No. 2 seed in South Jersey Group IV and received a first-round bye; the Eagles will host a second-round game on Nov. 4 against the winner of the Millville-Williamstown first-round game.

Mainland Regional is the No. 2 seed in South Group III and received a first-round bye. The Mustangs will host a second-round game on Nov. 2 against the winner of Lacey-Triton.

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A.C.’s Kelly: No shame in losing to the best now, beating them later

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:32 pm

ACStJoe Bill LeConey/Jamir Prevard gets rid of the ball as St. Joe's Chris Carey puts the pressure on and Atlantic City's Noah Harris-Lyles looks to make a block. HAMMONTON – The talk around the Cape-Atlantic League last week was more about forfeits than football.

That’s a shame. Atlantic City High School coach Thomas Kelly didn’t duck the talk, just as his team didn’t duck a tough assignment against a big, bad squad of St. Joseph Wildcats on Saturday.

“St. Joseph is a powerful, strong team,” Kelly said after his Vikings were overwhelmed, 41-8, in a CAL American Conference battle at Bendig Field. “We thought very highly of them coming in, and they really brought it. It was a battle of wills, and they were bigger and stronger. Their will was stronger than ours.”

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Timber Creek bounces OCHS from Coaches Tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 27, 2013 05:36 pm

Timber Creek bounces OCHS from Coaches Tournament HADDONFIELD – The Timber Creek High School boys soccer team used a defend-and-counterattack style to perfection against Ocean City Sunday afternoon.

The Chargers – specifically talented striker Alex Kourhanis – scored two of their goals via the counterattack and another off a set piece to beat the Raiders, 3-0, in the semifinal round of the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament at Paul VI High School.

Kourhanis, playing as a lone striker in his team’s 4-5-1 formation, scored all three goals for Timber Creek, the second seed in the tournament, netting two in the first half and one after the interval.

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Hammonton grinds out win over Mainland despite Walsh heroics

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, October 26, 2013 02:39 am

Walsh Mainland running back Justin Walsh LINWOOD - Mainland Regional High School’s Justin Walsh took a pair of long, exciting excursions to the end zone in Friday night’s Cape-Atlantic League game at the Corral.

Hammonton’s running backs preferred the shorter, more boring routes.

Boring won the night.

Hammonton beat Mainland 30-15 behind a powerful ground attack that produced four short rushing touchdowns, and a stifling defense that limited Mainland to a few isolated big plays.

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