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Raiders hoping new football season starts Friday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:11 am

 For the second consecutive season, the Ocean City High School football team is 0-4. It is the seventh time since the formation of the Cape-Atlantic League that the Raiders have started with four straight losses.

Last year’s team dropped a fifth game before winning in week six and finishing 3-7. Tony Galante’s 1986 team lost its first six before winning two of three to finish 2-7. Ed Woolley’s 1978 team finished 0-9. Andy Prohaska’s 1961 team won in week five and finished 2-7. Fred Haack’s 1960 team also won week five and ended up 3-5-1. And Fenton Carey’s 1953 team dropped its fifth game and finished 2-6.

That is the history of OCHS teams that got out of the gate slowly. This 2013 version faced probably the four best teams on its schedule during the first four weeks. After its bye week sort of created a separation, Coach Kevin Smith is hoping Friday night’s game with Middle Township will start a second season.

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OCHS cross country teams are champions again

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 15, 2013 09:24 pm

Ocean City High School's cross country teams finished off undefeated championship seasons again on Tuesday as both teams swept tri-meets against host Vineland and Bridgeton to win the Cape-Atlantic League's American Conference.

Lou Paone led Ed Keenan and Brandon Hadtke across the finish line as the OCHS boys lifted their win streak to 53 meets over six seasons.

Bridget Flynn was first for the girls as they stretched their win streak to 24 meets over three seasons. She was followed by Devon Grisbaum, Rachel Stremme, Emma Bergman, Meredith Steele and Kayla Gillespie.

Look for more on the OCHS cross country championships and a preview of the Cape May County Meet in next week's Gazette.  

   

WCHS senior 4th at Disney Cross Country Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 15, 2013 04:12 am

Wildwood Catholic senior cross country standout Emily Johnson placed fourth overall in the varsity girls Division 1A race at the Disney Cross Country Classic presented by New Balance at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., over the weekend.

Johnson posted a time of 20 minutes, 21.28 seconds in the national meet that included 130 runners. Although she finished Nearly two minutes behind the winner, Anna Flynn of the Ursuline School (18:33.55), Johnson ended the race only 13 seconds away from second place.

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Raider Sports Roundup

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:04 am

BOYS SOCCER: The once-beaten Raiders were seeded No. 6 in the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Tournament and will host No. 11 Haddonfield at the Tennessee Avenue Complex on Friday or Saturday. The Raiders defeated Haddonfield, 3-2, last month.

It would be Ocean City’s only home game in the tournament unless No. 14 seed Moorestown upsets No. 3 West Deptford. The Ocean City-Haddonfield winner will play the winner of that game. The only other CAL team in the tournament is No. 5 Middle Township, which hosts Cherokee in the first round. Because of the tournament, the OCHS-Middle game on Saturday might be cancelled or postponed.

The last time OCHS was in the Coaches Tournament was in 2008. The Raiders won the tournament in 2007 and 2005 under Mike Pellegrino and also reached the championship match in 1987 under Leo Chase. Overall, Ocean City teams are 24-15 in the tournament.

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Middle falls to one of state’s top teams in S.J. title match

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 07:28 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team has enjoyed a lot of success this fall. The Lady Panthers had won 11 of 12 matches going into this week, were winners of two state tournament matches and are currently in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

But they were no match for the opponent they faced Monday afternoon.

Competing in its first South Jersey title match in 15 years, the Lady Panthers were overwhelmed by Haddonfield, a perennial powerhouse that is currently ranked No. 1 in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Middle suffered a 5-0 defeat in the Group II sectional championship.

“It was a nice experience, though,” Middle coach Tracey Hall said. “It was good for the girls to see such good tennis. Nothing’s going to seem too hard after this.”

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Raiders only CAL team in girls coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:43 pm

The Ocean City High School girls soccer team is the only Cape-Atlantic League team to earn a berth to the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

The Raiders, who enter this week at 6-1, have earned the last seed in the 16-seed field and will play at No. 1 Eastern later this week. Eastern improved to 10-0-1 with a 5-1 win over Egg Harbor Township last Saturday.

First-round coaches tournament games must be played by this Friday, Oct. 18, with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 19.

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Middle, OC both get home games in boys soccer coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:26 pm

The Middle Township and Ocean City high school boys soccer teams have earned berths to the prestigious South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

Seedings for the tournament, which includes the best 16 teams in South Jersey regardless of enrollment, were made official late Monday morning.

Middle Township, which is 12-0, has earned the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Cherokee. Cherokee, state Group IV champions in 2010 and 2011, enters this week at 7-2-1. Ocean City, which is 10-1-1, has earned the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Haddonfield (10-2).

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Ethiopians go the distance to win A.C. Marathon

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 13, 2013 03:07 pm

ACMar8 Bill LeConey/Birhanu Mekonen Tadesse of Ethiopia crosses the finish line at the A.C. Marathon to win the race with a time of two hours, 25 minutes. ATLANTIC CITY - Birhanu Mekonen Tadesse is starting to feel right at home at the Atlantic City Marathon.

The Boardwalk and Downbeach streets are much different than the plateaus and semi-desert lowlands of his native Ethiopia, but the results are the same: victory.

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Rain won't dampen Spirit in win over Absegami

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:32 am

HSGami Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit's Deandre Dennis finds a hole right up the middle on his way to a 67-yard touchdown run. GALLOWAY - The Holy Spirit High School football team defeated Absegami 33-6 in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference game on Friday Night in Galloway.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Ed Byrnes Stadium in Absecon but the field was "totally under water" according to Holy Spirit Coach John Iannucci.

The Spartans (4-0) are one of just two undefeated teams in the Cape Atlantic League.

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Hammonton swamps Atlantic City, 21-0

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, October 11, 2013 11:09 pm

ACHamm2 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City CB Francisco Reyes (10) and LB Michael Barillo (12) get ready for a play against QB Jonathan Tribobeletti and the Hammonton offense. HAMMONTON - In their last game before finally debuting at home on a new artificial grass field, it was somewhat fitting that the Atlantic City High School Vikings would suffer from the conditions of an all-natural and all-too-wet football field in Hammonton.

Of course, a pretty good team from Hammonton High School also had something to do with it.

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Friday's Absegami-Holy Spirit football game moved to Galloway

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 11, 2013 03:32 pm

Hammonton Tonight's Cape-Atlantic League football game between Absegami and Holy Spirit, scheduled to be played at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, has been moved to Absegami High School in Galloway because of the wet field conditions and flooding around Holy Spirit.

Absegami is 2-2 on the season, and Holy Spirit is 3-0.

Kickoff for the game is still 7 p.m. It will be broadcast on 94.3 FM.

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Lady Panthers advance in tennis tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:23 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls tennis team’s outstanding season continued Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, competing in the second round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament, posted a 4-1 victory over West Deptford to advance in the state playoffs.

Middle, the second seed in the tournament, improved to 10-1 with the victory. The team got straight-set wins at two of the three doubles positions and both doubles slots against seventh-seeded West Deptford.

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Middle’s Anagnou ties school scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:21 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Maddie Anagnou experienced one of the more memorable games of her high school field hockey career Monday afternoon.

The Middle Township High School senior played an integral role as her club topped rival Lower Cape May, 2-0, for the second time this season. And the fact that the contest was played almost entirely through a driving rainstorm certainly made for a unique setting.

But on top of all that, Anagnou scored the insurance goal with less than four minutes to play, the 45th goal of her career, which tied her for the program record first set by 2010 graduate Leigh DeLollis. Anagnou went into Wednesday’s game against Cedar Creek with a chance to make the record exclusively her own.

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A.C. Vikings take road show to Hammonton for key CAL test

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 03:54 pm

Prevard Photo of Jamil Prevard by Bill LeConey ATLANTIC CITY – Atlantic City High School football coach Thomas Kelly doesn’t like labels. Don’t call his Vikings young – not anymore – and don’t call them good – not yet.

It’s not what they’ve done in the past, and it’s not about what they’re going to do in the future. It’s all about the present, and that means a big Cape-Atlantic League American Conference test on Friday, Oct. 11 against a solid Hammonton Blue Devils squad out in blueberry country.

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