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Prevard, Vikings light up Egg Harbor Township

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Written by Mike Schultz Tuesday, September 24, 2013 07:00 pm

acPREVARD Mike Schultz/Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard scrambles out of the pocket before attempting a pass during the first quarter of Friday’s game in Egg Harbor Township. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Under a full moon, the Atlantic City Vikings defeated Egg Harbor Township 54-12 on Friday night, Sept. 20.

The Vikings dominated the game from the very beginning, as senior running back Osh-Shakkur Derrick opened up the scoring with a gritty 3-yard touchdown run.

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Anderson strikes decisive blows as Holy Spirit topples St. Joseph

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:30 pm

spiritstjoe1 Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit quarterback T.J. Anderson tries to escape a tackle by St. Joseph's Zach McGuckin in the third quarter of Friday's game. ABSECON – The Holy Spirit High School Spartans absorbed a few punches and delivered a few of their own in a heavyweight football battle with rival St. Joseph on Friday night.

T.J. Anderson dealt the knockout blows from both sides of the field in a 31-28 victory over the Wildcats that, for now, lifted the Spartans head and shoulders above the rest of the Cape-Atlantic League.

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Hood leads the way as Absegami pounds Middle

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 21, 2013 01:52 am

David Hood scored three touchdowns to help lead the Absegami High School football team to a 26-7 win over Middle Township On Friday night.

Hood scored on runs of six, 47 and six yards, and Christian Henchy scored on a touchdown pass from Mike Dolan to help the Braves even their record at 1-1.

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Valentin sparks Warriors to win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 20, 2013 09:56 pm

WILDWOOD – Two weeks ago, Wildwood High School wasn’t sure if it would have a football program. But on Friday night, the Warriors were celebrating a victory on their home field.

Jose Valentin ran 10 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors downed Riverside, 20-16, at Maxwell Field.

All of Valentin’s touchdowns came on long runs. He scored from 50 yards out in the second quarter, from 30 yards out in the third quarter to put his team ahead for good at 14-8 and then from 58 yards out with 2:01 left in the fourth to put the Warriors in front by 20-8.

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LCM hoops star commits to Fordham

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 20, 2013 01:40 pm

lauren holden With two seasons still remaining in her high school career, Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball standout Lauren Holden already knows where she’s going to play in college.

Holden, a 5-foot-5 point guard, has given a verbal commitment to play at Division I Fordham University beginning with the 2015-16 season.

A starter since her freshman season, Holden averaged a Cape May County-best 18.4 points per game last season as a sophomore. She also topped the Lady Tigers in assists with 64 and three-point field goals with 40, while shooting a team-best 88.5 percent from the foul line. Also a fine perimeter defender, Holden led Lower Cape May to an 18-10 record, its first-ever appearance in the Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament and a first-round state playoff victory last season.

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Wildwood grad joins Division I coaching staff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 20, 2013 01:38 pm

Wildwood High School graduate Matt Schiff has joined the coaching staff of the women’s basketball program at Division I Morehead State.

Schiff, a 2009 graduate of Wildwood, where he ranks sixth in boys basketball history with 1,357 career points, will serve as a video coordinator for the Eagles.

Schiff spent one season as a walk-on with the men’s program at Division I Rutgers University in 2009-10 before becoming a practice player and student assistant for the Scarlet Knights women’s basketball program under head coach C. Vivian Stringer.

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Holy Spirit faces St. Joseph in big early-season football showdown

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Written by Mike Gill Thursday, September 19, 2013 01:26 pm

spiritstjoe1 RJ Liberatore/Holy Spirit back Taalib Gerald looks for running room in a preseason scrimmage against St. Joseph-Montvale while head coach John Iannucci looks on from behind. The calendar may say mid-September, but Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League game between the Holy Spirit and St. Joseph high school football teams should be loaded with peak-season championship atmosphere.

Imagine a frozen field, maybe some snow flurries, and it will almost feel like mid-December.

The game, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ed Byrnes Stadium in Absecon, pits perennial state champions and arguably the most dominant local football programs of the last two decades.

The game will be broadcast on WIBG 94.3 FM.

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Cedar Creek fans pump up the Pirate spirit on “Varsity Day”

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, September 19, 2013 01:05 pm

varsityday1 Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek cheerleader Rosie Chavez, 15, of Egg Harbor City (far right) cheers with her squad. EGG HARBOR CITY – The “Creek Crazies” had plenty to cheer about on Saturday, Sept. 14, as Cedar Creek High School presented its third annual “Varsity Day.”

Six different games/matches were played at the school’s athletic complex, including boys and girls soccer, field hockey, girls tennis, cross country, and girls volleyball, which is making its debut as a varsity sport this fall.

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Lady Panthers off to good start

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 18, 2013 02:55 pm

ERMA – Entering her third season as head coach, Janina Perna was somewhat skeptical about her team’s chances of great success.

“I thought at the beginning, just because we’re so young, that we’d be rebuilding,” she said after Monday’s game against rival Lower Cape May.

Judging by the team’s solid start, however, that rebuilding project has moved along rather nicely. Some might argue it’s not really a rebuilding project at all.

Middle’s dominant 5-0 win over the Lady Tigers in its Cape-Atlantic National Conference opener moved the team to 2-1 through its first three games. The lone loss came at the hands of Egg Harbor Township, one of the top teams in the CAL American Conference, in a close 1-0 decision late last week.

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Stingy defense leads Middle boys soccer

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 18, 2013 02:52 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Last season, the Middle Township High School boys soccer team conceded only 15 goals. Back in 1996, the team allowed only 13, a program record.

But this year’s Middle Township defense has a chance to be even better.

“I absolutely think it can be,” said Middle Township coach John Maher, after his team’s frolicked past St. Joseph, 5-0, on Monday evening.

The win over the Wildcats improved the team to 3-0 and marked the third straight clean sheet for goalie Tanner Kerr and the experienced defensive unit that plays in front of him.

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Lady Warriors competing well so far

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 18, 2013 02:50 pm

WILDWOOD – When Mackenzie McCracken recorded her first-ever varsity goal by banging home an unattended ball following a Megan Irwin corner kick, the Wildwood High School girls soccer team found itself in a rather unfamiliar position Tuesday afternoon.

The freshman’s goal equalized the Lady Warriors with Pitman, consistently one of the top programs in the Tri-County Conference, at 1-1 with 23 minutes remaining in the game.

Pitman managed a go-ahead tally only two minutes later and added insurance 10 minutes before full time for a 3-1 victory, but the fact that Wildwood was on level footing with a team of that magnitude after an hour of play speaks volumes.

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LCM football will march forward

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 18, 2013 02:47 pm

The Lower Cape May Regional High School football program plans to play this Friday’s game at St. Augustine Prep, school athletic director Mark Schiffbauer confirmed.

In the wake of the team’s 68-8 loss to Bridgeton last weekend, certainly one of the worst losses in program history, members of the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education held an emergency meeting late in the day Tuesday to discuss the immediate future of the program., Among the discussion, a source said, was the possibility of the team forfeiting the game against the Hermits. Schiffbauer, however, said the team will definitely play this Friday’s game. He declined further comment.

Lower Cape May is coming off a 1-9 season and this fall features a very young team with only a handful of juniors and seniors on a roster of less than 35 players. But the program isn’t far removed from a two-year stretch during which it won 12 games combined in 2010-11.

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Field hockey: Mainland pair make perfect combination for success

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 18, 2013 02:08 pm

mainlandfieldhockey Bill LeConey/Mainland field hockey co-captains Sydney Losco, left, and Kailey Stangle. LINWOOD – Kailey Stangle and Sydney Losco have a habit of finishing each other’s sentences.

That foresight also serves them well on the field, where the Mainland Regional High School seniors are co-captains and leading players for the Mainland field hockey team.

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Peterson scores first pro surfing victory on final wave

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, September 16, 2013 09:10 pm

The sport of surfing doesn’t feature buzzer-beating shots.

But what Maddie Peterson did Sunday came about as close as a surfer can to executing one.

Peterson, of Wildwood Crest, won the first professional championship of her career at the Foster’s Belmar Pro surfing contest thanks to some late-competition heroics.

With only about 20 seconds to go in the contest, Peterson mounted her final wave and eventually scored a 9 on her ride to overtake the field and finish in first place.

“I was paddling right and I saw the wave and I knew it was practically my only chance to win the contest,” Peterson said. “I got a nine and it pushed me up to first place.”

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