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Lady Panthers earn No. 2 seed for state tennis tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:13 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team, off to an excellent start to the season, has earned the No. 2 seed for the South Jersey Group II Tournament, which begins this week.

The Lady Panthers (8-1), who scored a 4-1 victory over Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Monday, will enjoy a first-round bye before playing Tuesday against the winner of a match between No. 7 West Deptford and No. 10 Deptford.

A potential semifinal match, most likely against third-seeded Cinnaminson, is scheduled for later next week. The top seed in the bracket is Haddonfield, annually one of the top teams in the state.

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Middle set for showdown against Lower Cape May

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:12 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township and Lower Cape May Regional high school girls soccer teams are set for an epic showdown Friday afternoon in Erma.

Both teams went into midweek unbeaten in Cape-Atlantic National Conference play, meaning the winner will take control of first place in conference play.

“I think it’s great that we get to play when there’s something really on the line,” Middle coach Bob Wishart said. It’s pretty neat that we could both be unbeaten (in the conference) for the game. If you remember last year, we had already lost to OLMA and we had a draw with Holy Spirit so we were kind of chasing it the whole year. I think Friday’s game is going to tell us a lot.”

After a season-opening loss in a non-conference game against Vineland, Middle enters its game against Buena on Wednesday as winners of seven straight games. The latest was a dominating 6-0 effort against county rival Wildwood Catholic under the lights at the Boyd Street Field Monday evening that ran the team’s record to 7-1 overall, 7-0 in the National Conference.

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Kerr a rock behind Middle's stingy defense

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:08 pm

STONE HARBOR – Tanner Kerr’s hair is a bit longer and much thicker than usual. That’ll happen when you haven’t had it cut in more than a month.

“I’m not getting it cut until we give up a goal,” the senior goalkeeper from the Middle Township High School boys soccer team said with a laugh.

There is no high school team in the state that can boast a defense stingier than that of the Panthers. Through eight games, Middle has conceded zero goals, the latest clean sheet for Kerr and the Panthers coming in a thoroughly dominating 4-0 victory over Wildwood Catholic on Monday.

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Solid stretch for Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:05 pm

WILDWOOD – Following Tuesday’s game against Penns Grove, the coaches and some of the players teased Jared Irwin and about missing a penalty kick late in the second half.

Those are things teams having a good time playing the game tend to do, and recently the Warriors have certainly had a good time playing the game. That’s because they’ve been competitive and they’ve been winning.

A hat trick by Valentine Rodriguez and a goal by Irwin accounted for the offense as Wildwood picked up its first-ever victory over Penns Grove, a well-deserved 4-1 result.

“Right now, it’s excellent,” said Rodriguez, a native of Mexico who didn’t speak a lick of English until he moved to the area five years ago. “This was a great win today. We have to keep it up and we have to be ready for our next game against Clayton on Thursday.”

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EHT notebook: Girls varsity tennis sweeps Oakcrest

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 02, 2013 04:06 pm

EHTtennis Joan Kostiuk/Carla Ishikawa of Egg Harbor Township sends a backhand across the net. The Egg Harbor Township High School girls varsity tennis team swept Oakcrest Friday, Sept. 27 at EHT. The 5-0 win left Egg Harbor Township undefeated at 6-0 before this week’s matches, while Oakcrest stood at 8-3.

At first singles, Katelyn Garthaus defeated Summer Conover in two sets, 6-1, 6-3. Playing No. 2 singles, Maria Ibarra beat Oakcrest’s Erin De'Sandro 6-2, 6-3. Third singles player Zahara James denied Paula Guercuis 6-0, 6-0.

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Holy Spirit notebook: Crilley posts back-to-back hat tricks to lead girls soccer

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 02, 2013 03:40 pm

HolySpirit2 Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit Cheerleaders keep the crowd's levels up during the big Sept. 20 football win over St. Joseph.. Holy Spirit exploded for seven first-half goals in a 10-1 over the Atlantic County Institute of Technology on Sept. 27. Summer Crilley scored three goals for the Spartans (5-3) and Kira McCully and Christine Conaghy added two each. Audrey Wilson had six saves in net.

Holy Spirit 5, OLMA 0
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Summer Crilley scored three goals to lead Spirit (6-3) to a victory over Our Lady of Mercy Academy. Christine Conaghy and Christina Dalzell also added a goal each while goalie Audrey Wilson made nine saves for the shutout.

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ACHS Notebook: Stoltzfus penalty kick lifts Vikings in double OT

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 02, 2013 03:24 pm

ACGamisoccer Jackie Brutchey/Absegami's Alvin La approaches Atlantic City's Ivan Ortiz (46) in a freshmen soccer game on Sept. 26. The Atlantic City High School boys soccer team defeated Hammonton 3-2 in double overtime on Friday, Sept. 27 in a Cape-Atlantic League game.

The winning goal was scored six minutes into the second overtime on a penalty kick by Evan Stoltzfus. Atlantic City’s Sean Guyer and Marcus Mitchell scored in the first half. Goalie Yoni Sanchez-Garcia had four saves.

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Falcons at heart, 50 years later

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 02, 2013 03:07 pm

oak1964 Julie Hazard/From left, standing: Pat Coyle Warner (majorette); Roger Collins (cross country); Maryann Simpkins Rocap; Janice Kaenzig Houck; Val Merrill Day (band front, hockey); Pete Clements (football); Bill Shaughnessy (football, basketball, baseball); Bob Petrosh (football, basketball); John Mohr (football, basketball, baseball); and P. J. Leary. In front, kneeling: cheerleaders Rosemarie Senn Walters (left) and Pat Bruckler Schwarzenbach. (Missing from photo: Marsha Joseph and Michael Herbert). Representing their participation in various sports at Oakcrest High School, members of the Class of 1964 gathered and were honored pre-game at the school's home football game with district rival Cedar Creek High School on Sept. 27.

The class - the first to complete all four years at Oakcrest - is planning its 50th high school reunion next year.

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EHT's "dream" victory is nightmare for Ocean City

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:07 pm

EHTgroup Bill LeConey/These were the stars of Egg Harbor Township’s 2-0 win over Ocean City on Monday, Sept. 30. From left, goaltender Brianna Magner, goal-scorer Morgan Snodgrass, goal-scorer Mackenzie Meyer, and defensive standout Courtney Richard. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – There will be other games, other highlights, other monumental events that will shape the lives of the girls who play for the Egg Harbor Township High School field hockey team.

But on Monday afternoon, Sept. 30, the EHT girls finally beat Ocean City – and it felt to them like … well, let them explain.

“It feels better than Christmas,” said senior Mackenzie Meyer, one of EHT’s two goal-scorers in the 2-0 win. “Literally, blood, sweat and tears have gone into this. We’ve literally dreamed about this, and after the game, we were like, is this real? All of our dreams and hard work from the last seven years together have paid off.

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This Month In OCHS Sports, Oct. 2, 2013

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:58 am

October 1994:

Senior Mike Cellini scored twice and senior Tim Tormey notched his 27th shutout as the Raiders defeated Millville, 5-0, in boys soccer. Senior Jason Deibert, junior Mike Ludwig and sophomore Brian Geary also scored for Coach Bob Martin’s team. Deibert would lead the team in scoring with 13 goals and Pete Lambert set a school record with 14 assists. The Raiders finished 19-3-1 and defeated Lower Cape May to win the overall CAL championship. The team was ranked 12th in South Jersey but lost to Pennsauken in the second round of the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament.

October 1977: 

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Ocean City Football Preview

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:56 am

Ocean City (0-3) at St. Augustine Prep (3-0)

Date: Friday, Oct. 4

Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Place: LaRosa Turf Field, off Route 40 on Cedar Avenue, Richland

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RAIDER ROUNDUP - A Week of OCHS sports

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 01, 2013 02:07 am

RAIDER FALL SPORTS ROUNDUP

BOYS SOCCER: George Meyers, The Comeback Kid, scored the only goal Ocean City would need on Monday as the Raiders defeated Hammonton, 3-0, for their fifth straight win. Meyers, who just returned from nearly a year of rehab after breaking his leg, scored in the first 15 minutes of the game with an assist from Steve Pashuck. Brendan MacFarlane added a goal on a penalty kick and Aaron King got the third goal with an assist from Zack Sakena. Evan McCardell stopped seven shots for the shutout.

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Pleasantville finds character in search for elusive win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:45 pm

pvillefootball Matt Strabuk/Pleasantville wide receiver Ronnell Moore tries to elude a tackler in the Greyhounds' opening-week loss to Mainland on Sept. 12. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Pleasantville High School football team exhibited some more spunk against Middle Township Friday. But, like in their previous two games of the season, the Greyhounds couldn’t translate that energy into a victory.

The Greyhounds fell behind 21-0 to Middle before rallying to within two scores in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell on the losing side of a 35-13 decision.

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McNeal paces Middle to first win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 28, 2013 01:16 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School football team played a sloppy game Friday night. Numerous penalties, poor execution on a few offensive plays and missed tackles on some defensive plays combined to make for a rather ugly evening for the team.

The Panthers, however, managed to win rather comfortably, thanks in large part to the work of junior running back Yamire McNeal.

McNeal rushed 15 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a 32-yard touchdown strike on a halfback pass to pace the Panthers to a 35-13 victory over Pleasantville.

The win was Middle’s first of the season.

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