South Jersey Sports

Fog lifts in time for EHT to ward off Spirit

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Written by Mike Schultz Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:55 pm

spiriteht4 Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit's Christina Dalzell looks to break away from EHT's Jami Hafner. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Egg Harbor Township High School girls soccer team earned its 11th win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Holy Spirit on Wednesday night In a Cape Atlantic League non-conference matchup.

The field was overtaken by fog for most of the game making it look and feel like Halloween was closing in.

When the fog finally lifted late in the second half, EHT's leading goal scorer Lexi Magruder emerged to score the game-winning goal with 15:10 left to play.

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Lady Tigers win first-ever National Conference title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 31, 2013 09:55 am

Lower Cape May Regional High School ERMA – Lower Cape May Regional High School began its girls soccer program in 1994, when the players on the current team weren’t yet born.

It took the program 12 years to win more than five games in a season and 15 years to win more than half the games they played.

But in 2010, Lower Cape May broke through with a solid 11-7-2 season with a young team, proving it was a program on the come. It followed that success with a pair of outstanding seasons that totaled a combined 29 wins and included an appearance in the South Jersey Group III title game in 2011. Now, the Lady Tigers have reached the pinnacle, after Wednesday afternoon’s dramatic 3-2 victory over St. Joseph clinched the program’s first-ever Cape-Atlantic National Conference championship.

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Middle tennis shares CAL title with Spirit

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:36 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team will share the 2013 Cape-Atlantic National Conference title with Holy Spirit after losing to the Spartans in its final regular-season match.

Holy Spirit scored a 3 ½-1 ½ victory over the Lady Panthers Monday. For Spirit, the loss avenged a 3-2 Middle win from earlier in the season.

The losses to one another represented the only league defeat of the season for both teams.

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Middle looks to regroup ahead of playoffs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:30 pm

The Middle Township High School boys soccer team began the season with 13 straight wins. The Panthers, however, have finished with two wins, a draw and three losses over their final six regular-season games.

Monday’s 1-0 home defeat to Vineland leaves the Panthers in need of some fixing as they prepare for the South Jersey Group II playoffs. With a week in between the loss to the Clan and the start of the state tournament, Middle certainly has time to work on the necessary issues.

To be fair, Middle did not play poorly in any of the games. The losses and draws came against very good competition, with the two of the games occurring in the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament. And all three defeats were by 1-0 scores.

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Pearson leads Lady Tigers to playoff win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:26 pm

ERMA – Kemlyn Pearson was splitting time in goal with Averi Smith for the Lower Cape May Regional High school field hockey team earlier this season. But with Pearson making more and more of an impact as a field player, head coach Amie Hoch made Smith the full-time goalkeeper and Pearson a starter in the team’s attack.

The results have been very, very good.

On Monday, Pearson and the Lady Tiger offense exploded for a 5-0 victory over Bridgeton in a first-round state South Jersey Group II playoff game, extending the team’s season for at least one more game.

Pearson scored two goals and added an assist, Carissa Scott scored twice, Logan Walter produced a goal and Carrie Wunder had an assist for Lower Cape May (11-7), which earned its third victory of the season against the Lady Bulldogs. Lower won by scores of 6-0 and 4-1 over Bridgeton earlier this season.

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Seven teams from CAL lead football playoff contenders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:12 pm

AmirMitchell Mike Schultz/Ahmir Mitchell stiff-arms Middle Township's Yamire McNeil during last Friday's game in Middle. With two weeks before the Nov. 11 deadline to qualify for the NJSIAA football playoffs, seven teams from the Cape-Atlantic League are leading contenders.

St. Joseph and Holy Spirit are both assured of the opportunity to defend their 2012 championships. St. Joe is the No. 1 seed right now in Non-Public 1 while Spirit is No. 2 seed behind DePaul in Non-Public 2.

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Commentary: LCMR forfeiture brings many issues to surface

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:05 pm

To say there’s been a lot of debate about the Lower Cape May Regional High School football situation over the past week is like saying David Ortiz of the Red Sox has been red hot during the World Series.

It’s a statement so obvious it practically doesn’t need to be said.

As has been widely reported, the Cape-Atlantic League has forced Lower Cape May to forfeit the remainder of its varsity football games in the wake of the program’s decision to forfeit against Holy Spirit – the consensus No.1 team in South Jersey by media polls – in a contest scheduled for last Friday.

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Commentary: To forfeit or not to forfeit, that is the question

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:03 pm

The word forfeit is a negative one. The dictionary defines it as “lose or be deprived of a right or privilege as a penalty for wrongdoing”. It is also “a fine or penalty for wrongdoing or for a breach of the rules in a club or game.”

You can forfeit your property rights or lease. You can forfeit your deposit or custody of your children. You can forfeit bail or your inheritance.

Forfeit is a lousy word in sports, as well – though not quite as serious. During the past week or so this word has been at the center of discussions in the Cape-Atlantic League football community.

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CAL football coaches react to Lower Cape May forfeitures

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 30, 2013 03:37 pm

newWatson Cedar Creek High School head football coach Tim Watson. The “F” word reared its ugly head around the Cape-Atlantic League football scene last week in the aftermath of Lower Cape May Regional’s decision to forfeit its scheduled game against powerful Holy Spirit for safety reasons.

LCMR officials cited a shortage of varsity-level players and the injuries (concussions mainly) the team has already suffered this season. The league subsequently voted to make the Caper Tigers forfeit the remainder of their varsity season.

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Seedings, pairings announced for state soccer tournament

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 30, 2013 02:17 pm

EHTsoccernew Bill LeConey/EHT’s Ryan Gentry boots the ball against Millville on Oct. 25. The NJSIAA boys and girls soccer state tournament seedings and pairings were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

In South Jersey Group IV, the Egg Harbor Township High School boys are the No. 7 seed in the 16-team bracket and will host No. 10 Cherry Hill West on Nov. 5.

Cedar Creek is seeded No. 7 in Group II and will host local rival Atlantic County Tech (10) in the first round.

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Division title in hand, EHT Eagles set sights on playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 30, 2013 01:47 pm

EHTsoccer1 Bill LeConey/EHT’s Jovany Jimenez battles a Millville player for possession in a game on Oct. 25. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Emmanuel Castillo’s left foot kicked open the door to a division title for the Egg Harbor Township High School boys soccer team. Now, the Eagles are looking to barge into the house and make some noise in the state playoff tournament.

Castillo, a senior captain, scored the game-winner 5:55 into the 2nd overtime of a 1-0 win over Millville on Oct. 25, clinching the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference Division I title.

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LCM boys soccer team’s cancer fundraiser makes winning impact

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 28, 2013 07:06 pm

ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School boys soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Pleasantville Monday afternoon.

But at the end of the team’s postgame huddle, the players broke into thunderous applause and smiled from ear to ear.

That’s because head coach Dennis Elia informed the players that they raised nearly $1,000 for charitable causes related to cancer through their recent T-shirt sale.

Junior midfielder Mike Holden, whose mother, Sharon, recently underwent successful breast cancer surgery, approached Elia about doing something for breast cancer awareness a few weeks ago. Elia, whose own sister, Katie, died at age 26 after complications with cervical cancer almost four years ago, jumped at the idea.

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EHT's Matus named NJAC Rookie of the Week

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 28, 2013 05:09 pm

Matus Laina Matus Richard Stockton College freshman forward Laina Matus from Egg Harbor Township High School was chosen New Jersey Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week.

Matus led Stockton to a 5-0 victory over Rutgers-Camden on Oct. 23 with two goals and an assist for five points. Matus has played in all 19 games and made two starts during her freshman year.

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EHT, Mainland earn No. 2 seeds in state field hockey tourney

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 28, 2013 04:25 pm

SpiritFH Photo of Holy Spirit vs. Bridgeton field hockey game by Jackie Brutchey Several area high school field hockey teams learned of their seedings for the upcoming NJSIAA tournament.

Egg Harbor Township is the No. 2 seed in South Jersey Group IV and received a first-round bye; the Eagles will host a second-round game on Nov. 4 against the winner of the Millville-Williamstown first-round game.

Mainland Regional is the No. 2 seed in South Group III and received a first-round bye. The Mustangs will host a second-round game on Nov. 2 against the winner of Lacey-Triton.

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