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Dramatic goal nets Raiders state field hockey title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, November 16, 2013 06:31 pm

Dramatic goal nets Raiders state field hockey title TOMS RIVER – A Hollywood screenwriter might have a hard time dreaming up a more dramatic way to win a state championship.

The Ocean City High School field hockey team, culminating with triumph a season filled with adversity, got a goal from Kelly Hanna after time expired in the second overtime session to beat Warren Hills, 1-0, in the state Group III title game at Toms River East High School Saturday afternoon.

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Atlantic City loses playoff hearbreaker to top seed Eastern

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, November 16, 2013 02:39 am

ACEastern1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard looks to throw from deep in his own territory in the fourth quarter of Friday's playoff game. VOORHEES - Four yards were all that separated the Atlantic City Vikings from a stunning playoff upset Friday night.

But if hard effort, resiliency and determination are the true measure of a team, the Vikings gained enormous stature in defeat.

Quarterback Jamir Prevard was knocked out of bounds at the 4-yard line on fourth-and-goal with 42.3 seconds left, and the Vikings fell to top seed Eastern Regional, 32-26, in a wild and wooly South Jersey Group V first-round playoff game.

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Spartans take solid first step on road to four-peat

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, November 16, 2013 02:20 am

Spiritplayoff1 Mike Schultz/T.J. Anderson hands off to Deandre Dennis. Dennis scored a two-yard touchdown on Friday night. Anderson passed for a 35-yard touchdown and rushed for a two-yard touchdown. ABSECON - The quest for a fourth straight state title began Friday night for the Holy Spirit High School football team.

The top-seeded Spartans defeated No. 8 Pingry 48-0 in the opening round of the Non-Public Group II playoffs.

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Middle claims South Jersey soccer title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 15, 2013 08:20 pm

WEST DEPTFORD – After 100 hundred minutes of soccer and a combined 15 penalty-kick shooters, Noah Granigan stood 12 yards away from goal with a chance to deliver his team a South Jersey championship.

The Middle Township High School senior didn’t waste the opportunity.

Granigan blasted his kick inside the post and away from the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Denny Corsetti and set off a frenzy among the Middle players, coaches and fans as the Panthers outlasted West Deptford, 6-5, in penalty kicks after the teams played to a scoreless draw through regulation and two overtimes in the South Jersey Group II championship game Friday afternoon.

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Oakcrest Falcons soar into the future with QB Elliott

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Written by Mike Schultz Thursday, November 14, 2013 01:31 pm

Elliott Mike Schultz/Oakcrest freshman Kendall Elliott is one of three Cape-Atlantic League quarterbacks to throw for 1,000 yards this season. MAYS LANDING - Oakcrest High School freshman quarterback Kendall Elliott gave the Falcon faithful reason to cheer last Friday night, Nov. 8.

Elliott connected with LaDarrell Dixon for a 40-yard completion on the Falcons’ opening drive against Holy Spirit.

The long pass play solidified Elliott's place in the Oakcrest record books, making him the first freshman quarterback in school history to reach the 1,000 yard passing mark.

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Before we look at the football playoffs ...

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, November 13, 2013 06:21 pm

ACStJoe Bill LeConey/Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard gets a pass off before a St. Joseph defender can reach him in a Cape-Atlantic League game last month. The NJSIAA Football Playoffs begin on Friday night and eight teams from the Cape-Atlantic League will be in action – six on Friday and two on Saturday.

There are some interesting situations in the playoff pairings. But first, there is another situation that merits discussion.

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Kennedy Johnson signs with Michigan State

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 13, 2013 03:50 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Surrounded by her family, as well as classmates and administrators from her new school, Kennedy Johnson officially made her college choice Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson, a 6-2 basketball star who transferred into Wildwood Catholic after her previous school, Sacred Heart, closed its doors for good in June, signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Michigan State.

The signing ceremony was held on the first day of the NCAA’s official signing period for basketball and other sports. Johnson had verbally committed to MSU earlier this fall.

“It feels great that I’ve accomplished something that I wanted to do since I was a little kid,” Johnson said. “It’s great to be signed and knowing where I’m going to school.”

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EHTYO Football doubles up on championships

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 13, 2013 03:18 pm

EHTYO1 Submitted/Cape Varsity quarterback Billy Germana hands off to Jowell Diaz with blocking by Luis Rivera  Teams sponsored by the Egg Harbor Township Youth Organization won two championships on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Middle Township for their first titles in more than 15 years.

The Cape Varsity team beat crosstown rivals the EHT PAL Enforcers, 34-21.

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Stirring comeback helps land MTHS in SJ final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 12, 2013 06:43 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – All season long, the Middle Township High School boys soccer team won games with its defense.

But when the Panthers’ season was on the line Tuesday afternoon against Woodstown in a South Jersey Group II semifinal, they turned to their offense to make an incredible comeback that later ended with victory in penalty kicks.

Middle scored three times in the final 34 minutes of regulation to complete a stirring comeback from a 3-0 deficit to force extra time, before finally putting away the Wolverines, 4-3, in penalty kicks. The victory sends Middle Township to the South Jersey Group II championship game for the first time since the program won the sectional title in 2008. The Panthers, the second seed in the section, will face top-seeded and defending South Jersey champion West Deptford on Friday at a time to be announced.

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Raiders blank Moorestown to land in sectional final

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 12, 2013 06:31 pm

Ocean City High School boys soccer  OCEAN CITY - The Ocean City High School boys soccer team reached the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship game with a 3-0 victory over Moorestown in the semifinal round at the Tennessee Avenue complex Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders are scheduled to face Timber Creek on Friday at 2 p.m. for the South Jersey championship. Since Ocean City was the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group 3, the game will be played at Tennessee Avenue. OCHS lost to Timber Creek, 3-0, last month in the semifinals of the South Jersey Coaches Invitational.

Junior Kyle Millar, who spent the first half of the season on the sidelines with an injury after an all-star sophomore year, scored twice. He scored with 35 seconds left in the first half with an assist from Zack Sakena and then made it 2-0 with 27 minutes left off a Ryan Saul assist. Tom Matera sealed the win with a goal in the final four minutes.

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Lady Tigers' season ends at Haddonfield

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, November 11, 2013 10:15 pm

HADDONFIELD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team had played 19 games prior to Tuesday’s South Jersey Group II semifinal and had been shut out just once.

Even that 2-0 defeat to Holy Spirit comes with a caveat – star player Gabriella McKeown only played one half of that game due to injury.

But a team that had scored at a prolific pace all season – their 82 goals led the entire Cape-Atlantic League and represented one of the best totals in all of South Jersey – was silenced for 80 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Haddonfield Monday that ended the Lady Tigers’ season.

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First-round playoff matchups and consolation games

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 11, 2013 08:02 pm

ACGami Jackie Brutchey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard looks for running room against Absegami last Friday.

Here are the first-round football playoff pairings for this weekend, as announced Monday by the NJSIAA (Cape-Atlantic League teams in bold):

Friday, Nov. 15

SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 5

Atlantic City at Eastern, 7

Williamstown at Millville, 7

Rancocas Valley at Jackson, 7

Washington Township at Cherokee, 7 

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Ocean City slips by Mainland, 1-0, for SJ field hockey title

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, November 11, 2013 07:28 pm

OCMainland2 Jen Arthur/The Ocean City High School field hockey team celebrates after beating Mainland to win the SJ Group 3 title. LINWOOD – There’s a very fine line between champion and runner-up when you get to this level.

And, despite what the scoreboard says, nobody’s a loser.

That was the sentiment Monday afternoon after Ocean City High School edged Mainland Regional by the finest of margins, 1-0, in a hard-fought game between local rivals that just happened to be for the South Jersey Group III field hockey championship.

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Cross country sectionals: Middle to states for first time; Gentek qualifies in Group I

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, November 11, 2013 02:07 pm

The Middle Township High School boys cross country team turned in another strong performance last weekend.

A little more than a week after finishing second out of 19 teams at the Cape-Atlantic League championships, Middle qualified for a state championship meet for the first time in program history thanks to its performance at the South Jersey championships on Saturday.

Middle Township finished fourth in the Group II sectional meet held at Delsea Regional High School to secure its place at this weekend’s state meet at Holmdel Park.

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