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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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EHT girls tennis advances to S.J. Group IV semifinals

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 03:15 pm

EHTtennis Joan Kostiuk/Carla Ishikawa of Egg Harbor Township sends a backhand across the net in a match against Oakcrest. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Egg Harbor Township High School girls tennis team has already exceeded its coach’s expectations for this season. Now, the Eagles have a chance to go even further.

The Eagles won their South Jersey Group IV quarterfinal match with Eastern on Oct. 8 to advance to the semifinals.

EHT (11-0-1) was led by its singles players -- Katie Garthaus, Maria Ibarra and Zahara James – who each won their matches. The doubles team of Carla Ishikawa and Maddie Cialinialso won.

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Gritty Oakcrest ties Ocean City on Hardrick penalty kick

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, October 09, 2013 02:46 pm

Oaksoccer1 Mike Schultz/Oakcrest’s Quinn Hardrick watches as his game tying penalty kick late in regulation ties the score against Ocean City. MAYS LANDING - With his team trailing 1-0, Oakcrest boys soccer player Quinn Hardrick let off a polite warning flare to his teammates on Tuesday: "Let's go guys, there is only six minutes left in the game, not 20."

Four minutes later he beat Ocean City goalkeeper Evan McCardell on a penalty kick goal to tie the game in regulation and force double overtime.

The Falcons withstood a barrage of offensive shots by Ocean City, including a few off the post. They also missed a few of their own chances but ultimately held on for a 1-1 tie against the Red Raiders in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference thriller.

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Braves scorched by Thunderbolts on home turf

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 01:09 am

gamifball2 Photo courtesy of Amy De Angelo/Absegami quarterback Mike Dolan runs with the ball as Millville’s A.J. Randall (65) looks to make the tackle. GALLOWAY – Last Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup between Absegami and Millville high schools figured to be a competitive game between 2-1 teams featuring two of the best running backs in the area.

Go figure.

Somebody forgot to tell the Braves, who were trounced by Millville, 42-6, in a game that was non-competitive from the get-go.

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October History in OCHS Sports

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:10 pm

October 2002:

Will Kleva and Adam Sternberger scored as Ocean City defeated Haddon Heights, 2-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. It was career win No. 100 for Coach Mike Pellegrino. These Raiders would lose in the second round of the tournament and also reached the second round of the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament. The 2002 Raiders finished 13-5-2 and Sternberger led the scoring with 24 goals. OCHS would go on to win the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference the next six years and win four South Jersey titles in five seasons. Pellegrino, now the athletics director at Egg Harbor Township, went on to win 228 games.

October 1984:           

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NJSIAA football & updates on CAL people

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:07 pm

High school football is halfway through the regular season in New Jersey, a good time to take a look at where Cape-Atlantic League teams stand in the NJSIAA power rankings.

In Group 5, Millville is a distant second behind Eastern, which survived a challenge from Rancocas Valley on Saturday when Eastern QB Tom Flacco was intercepted five times. No other CAL team is in the Group 5 top eight. Absegami and Atlantic City are close at ninth and 10th with a plenty of opportunities to move up. If the playoffs started this weekend, Millville would host Rancocas Valley.

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Two unbeatens fall at hands of Ocean City

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:27 am

Ocean City High School girls soccer The Ocean City High School girls soccer team gave two high-profile programs their first losses of the season on back-to-back days late last week.

Freshman Dara Hennessey made a memorable varsity debut when she scored three minutes into the second overtime session as Ocean City team scored a dramatic 2-1 win over Williamstown. Danielle Baruffi assisted on the winning goal by Hennessey, who had just moved up to the varsity a few days earlier. Edgell scored an unassisted goal for the Raiders midway through the second half to tie the score.

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Raider fall sports roundup

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 01:30 am

Postponements and cancellations were prominent on the Ocean City High School sports schedule during the past week.

CROSS COUNTRY: Due to uncontrollable weather conditions and excessive heat, the Lehigh and Northhampton Counties' Emergency Services halted the Paul Short High School Cross Country Races on Saturday, involving both OCHS teams. Four emergency room physicians and six trainers from St. Luke's Hospital were on hand, in addition to the Lehigh Sports Medicine staff and county EMS services. All members were part of the normal medical staff that is on hand for the Paul Short Run.

Earlier, both Raider teams remained undefeated and extended their winning streaks.

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Late gamble pays off for Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, October 05, 2013 02:25 pm

In a high school football game that featured numerous big plays and 69 combined points, the fate of Middle Township and Vineland hung in the balance with one play with 3 minutes, 39 seconds remaining.

The teams combined to take three timeouts to discuss their strategy for the fateful play.

In the end, Middle wound up executing best and came away with a one-point victory.

Quarterback Joe Durso’s dash into the end zone on a two-point conversion following Yamire McNeal’s third touchdown run of the game gave Middle a wild 35-34 victory over the Fighting Clan Friday night at Gittone Stadium in Vineland.

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Passing game, defense lead gritty Warriors to second win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, October 05, 2013 09:35 am

WILDWOOD – Through its first three games, the Wildwood High School football team had shown an ability to run the ball well at times.

To guard against the Warrior running game, Maple Shade walked not one, but both of its safeties so close to the line of scrimmage during the first half of Friday’s game that it appeared the Wildcats were playing with five or six linebackers at times.

So to counteract that defensive scheme, the Warriors took to the air. And found success.

Tyler Gentek and Jose Valentin combined to complete 7 of 11 first-half passing attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a comfortable 32-0 lead at the half. Wildwood eventually settled for a 38-14 victory, the team’s second in a season in which at one point the Warriors weren’t sure if they’d even field a team due to low numbers.

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McKeown can’t be denied as LCM trips Middle, 4-1

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, October 05, 2013 08:56 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Anyone previously not convinced that Gabriella McKeown is one of the greatest high school girls soccer players in Cape May County history certainly would be now.

McKeown, a senior striker from Lower Cape May Regional, turned a performance for the ages Friday afternoon in leading the Lady Tigers to an important victory over archrival Middle Township.

McKeown scored all four goals – two of which would rival any seen on an English Premier League highlight show – as Lower Cape May pulled away from the Lady Panthers, 4-1, to take sole possession of first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

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A quick look around the Cape-Atlantic League

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, October 04, 2013 10:41 pm

Other than the Pleasantville Greyhounds, who won for the first time since 2009, it was a tough night Friday for the local teams, especially those playing on their home fields.

Here are some (mostly lopsided) scores from around the Cape-Atlantic League:

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Cedar Creek gets measure of revenge against ACIT

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Written by Mike Schultz Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:50 pm

CCreek2 Mike Schultz/ACIT's Jon Balanos wins a head ball near Cedar Creek’s goal. EGG HARBOR CITY - The last time the Cedar Creek High School and Atlantic County Institute of Technology boys soccer teams played one another was the opening round of the 2012 NJSIAA Group II state playoffs, last season.

The visiting ACIT won that game and ended the season for the Pirates.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Cedar Creek avenged that loss by defeating ACIT 2-0 in a Cape Atlantic League National Conference match. The first-place Pirates improved to 4-0-2 in the conference, 4-0-3 overall, while the Redhawks dropped to 3-1-3, 4-2-3.

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Mainland No. 2 seed in state tennis tourney; EHT-Gami on Friday

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:14 pm

EHTgirlstennis Joan Kostiuk/Carla Ishikawa of Egg Harbor Township sends a backhand across the net in a match against Oakcrest last week. Several area teams will begin play in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association girls tennis tournament this week.

Mainland Regional (8-0-1) is the No. 2 seed in South Jersey Group III and will host No. 15 Central Regional on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m.

Oakcrest is the No. 5 seed in Group III and will host No. 12 Lacey on Thursday at 3 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 4, a local rivalry takes center stage in South Jersey Group IV, as undefeated and fourth-seeded Egg Harbor Township hosts No. 13 Absegami at 3 p.m.

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