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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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Cedar Creek rallies for 29-19 win over Middle Township

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, October 26, 2013 01:25 am

CCreek2 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek junior free safety Zack Newman returns his fourth quarter interception as teammate Angelo Willliams blocks for him. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The Cedar Creek High School football team (5-1) defeated Middle Township 29-19 on Friday night in a Cape Atlantic League National Conference game with playoff implications.

Cedar Creek overcame multiple turnovers and relied heavily on its running game to defeat the Panthers on a chilly night in Cape May Court House.

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Frank Woolley passes 2000 career yards in OCHS win

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, October 25, 2013 11:43 pm

Ocean City defeated Vineland Friday in Vineland Ocean City defeated Vineland Friday in Vineland

VINELAND- Ocean City High School senior Frank Wollley gained more than 200 yards rushing in a 21-7 win over Vineland at Gittone Memorial Field.

Woolley, who is among the top five ground gainers in the Cape-Atlantic League this season, became the sixth player in OCHS history to total over 2,000 career rushing yards. By the end of the game, Woolley had moved up to No. 4 all-time among Raiders.

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Lower Cape May forced to forfeit remaining games

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Written by Mike Gill Thursday, October 24, 2013 06:25 pm

10/24 update: The Cape-Atlantic League voted Thursday to force Lower Cape May Regional High School to forfeit the remainder of its varsity football games this season. CAL president Mike Gatley said the league made the decision out of concern for the safety of the LCMR players.

Lower Cape May coach Bill Miller had chosen to forfeit Friday's scheduled game at Holy Spirit, saying his young team could not compete with the undefeated Spartans, but Miller had said the team hoped to play the final four games of the season.

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Briefs, signups: Linwood Street Hockey holds signups

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 24, 2013 03:03 pm

linwoodstreethockey Linwood Street Hockey will have signups up for its 16-18-year-old (freshman) division on Thursday Oct. 24 and Tuesday Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. at the Linwood rink. You must currently be registered as a sophomore, junior or senior in high school. All information can be found at linwoodstreethockey.com. Registration forms can also be mailed in to LSH, PO Box 235, Linwood, NJ 08221. Any questions, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Laurie at 926-5206.

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Oakcrest notebook: Falcons soar to first victory

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:50 pm

Oakfball Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest’s LaDarrell Dixon hauls in a pass from Kendall Elliott beyond Mainland defender Chris Shelden. Dixon converted the reception into a 50-yard touchdown in the first half. Quarterback Kendall Elliot and running back Terrance Smith each rushed for a pair of touchdowns as the Oakcrest High School football team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 42-28 win over Mainland Regional on Friday, Oct. 18.

It was the Falcons’ first win of the season.

Oakcrest wide receiver LaDarrell Dixon had a sensational game for the second straight week, catching four passes for 164 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns.

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Cedar Creek notebook: Pirates maul Greyhounds

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:40 pm

CCreekfball Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek’s Bo Melton catches a TD pass from Jesse Milza as Pleasantville’s Tay’Shan Evan defends. The Cedar Creek High School football team exploded for 28 third-quarter points to pull away from Pleasantville, 41-6, in a Cape-Atlantic League National Conference victory on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Egg Harbor City.

Freshman quarterback Jesse Milza threw three touchdown passes - to Ahmir Mitchell, Zach Newman and Bo Melton – and Nate Pauls, Isa Willis and Jalil Burrell all ran for scores.

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Sweep of Middle moves Lady Tigers to brink of CAL title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 23, 2013 08:48 pm

ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team accomplished a first and moved closer to its first-ever conference championship Wednesday evening.

The Lady Tigers recorded a convincing 4-1 victory over Middle Township in a game played under the lights at Steven Steger Memorial Field, marking the first time in program history the Lady Tigers completed a regular-season sweep of their biggest rival.

The victory also brought the Lady Tigers to the brink of their first-ever Cape-Atlantic National Conference championship. A win or a draw against Cape May Tech on Thursday and a win or a draw against St. Joseph will clinch the title for Lower Cape May.

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Pleasantville notes: Greyhounds come up short vs. Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:58 pm

pvillenotes Matt Strabuk/Pleasantville’s Ronnell Moore (8) and Cedar Creek’s Zack Newman (11) fight for the ball. The Pleasantville High School football team hung tough with a solid Cedar Creek team on Saturday, Oct. 19, before losing 41-6 in Egg Harbor City.

Pleasantville’s Che’quan Hargrose passed to Ronnell Moore for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Greyhounds (1-4) trailed 13-6 at halftime before Cedar Creek scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter.

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Absegami notebook: Cross country runners show their colors

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:29 pm

gamicolorun Submitted photo/The Absegami cross country teams participated in the The Absegami High School boys and girls cross country teams participated in the second annual "Color Run" on Oct. 19 in Atlantic City. Known as the "Happiest 5k on the Planet," the Color Run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

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Crusaders grab draw late vs. Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:25 pm

WILDWOOD – The last time Wildwood High School beat Wildwood Catholic in boys soccer, none of the players on the two current teams was born. In fact, one or two of those players’ parents may have still been in grammar school.

You have to go all the way back to 1991 to find a Warrior victory in the rivalry, which came in a 2-0 decision behind goals from Teo Garcia and Ryan McCarthy. Steve DeHorsey, the current Wildwood coach, was a sophomore on that team and also played a prominent role in the victory. But Mike Saioni, the current Crusader coach and Wildwood Catholic graduate, did not play in the game. He didn’t arrive at Wildwood Catholic until three seasons later.

To be fair, Wildwood disbanded its program from 1998 through 2005. The teams also haven’t met in every season in between either. So the Warriors haven’t exactly had a chance in every single season since that 1991 victory. But, hey, 22 years is still a long time.

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Mainland notes: Mustangs no match for O.C. in CAL rematch

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:04 pm

mainlandFH Jen Marra/Mainland’s Angela Robbins stick-handles the ball past the Ocean City defense on Friday, Oct. 18. The Ocean City High School field hockey team avenged an earlier loss to Mainland with a 6-0 victory over the Mustangs on Oct. 18. Mainland fell to 13-3 overall, 10-2 in the conference. O.C. goalie Sarita Charap had four saves for her seventh shutout of the year. Mainland goalie Natalie Geary had 12 saves before giving way to Mimi McCabe, who had two saves.

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