South Jersey Sports

Sweep of Middle moves Lady Tigers to brink of CAL title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 23, 2013 08:48 pm

ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team accomplished a first and moved closer to its first-ever conference championship Wednesday evening.

The Lady Tigers recorded a convincing 4-1 victory over Middle Township in a game played under the lights at Steven Steger Memorial Field, marking the first time in program history the Lady Tigers completed a regular-season sweep of their biggest rival.

The victory also brought the Lady Tigers to the brink of their first-ever Cape-Atlantic National Conference championship. A win or a draw against Cape May Tech on Thursday and a win or a draw against St. Joseph will clinch the title for Lower Cape May.

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Pleasantville notes: Greyhounds come up short vs. Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:58 pm

pvillenotes Matt Strabuk/Pleasantville’s Ronnell Moore (8) and Cedar Creek’s Zack Newman (11) fight for the ball. The Pleasantville High School football team hung tough with a solid Cedar Creek team on Saturday, Oct. 19, before losing 41-6 in Egg Harbor City.

Pleasantville’s Che’quan Hargrose passed to Ronnell Moore for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Greyhounds (1-4) trailed 13-6 at halftime before Cedar Creek scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter.

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Absegami notebook: Cross country runners show their colors

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:29 pm

gamicolorun Submitted photo/The Absegami cross country teams participated in the The Absegami High School boys and girls cross country teams participated in the second annual "Color Run" on Oct. 19 in Atlantic City. Known as the "Happiest 5k on the Planet," the Color Run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

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Crusaders grab draw late vs. Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:25 pm

WILDWOOD – The last time Wildwood High School beat Wildwood Catholic in boys soccer, none of the players on the two current teams was born. In fact, one or two of those players’ parents may have still been in grammar school.

You have to go all the way back to 1991 to find a Warrior victory in the rivalry, which came in a 2-0 decision behind goals from Teo Garcia and Ryan McCarthy. Steve DeHorsey, the current Wildwood coach, was a sophomore on that team and also played a prominent role in the victory. But Mike Saioni, the current Crusader coach and Wildwood Catholic graduate, did not play in the game. He didn’t arrive at Wildwood Catholic until three seasons later.

To be fair, Wildwood disbanded its program from 1998 through 2005. The teams also haven’t met in every season in between either. So the Warriors haven’t exactly had a chance in every single season since that 1991 victory. But, hey, 22 years is still a long time.

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Mainland notes: Mustangs no match for O.C. in CAL rematch

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:04 pm

mainlandFH Jen Marra/Mainland’s Angela Robbins stick-handles the ball past the Ocean City defense on Friday, Oct. 18. The Ocean City High School field hockey team avenged an earlier loss to Mainland with a 6-0 victory over the Mustangs on Oct. 18. Mainland fell to 13-3 overall, 10-2 in the conference. O.C. goalie Sarita Charap had four saves for her seventh shutout of the year. Mainland goalie Natalie Geary had 12 saves before giving way to Mimi McCabe, who had two saves.

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EHT notes: Richman’s hat trick lifts Eagles to CAL Am. crown

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 23, 2013 02:46 pm

EHTRichman Photo courtesy of Pete Collins/EHT’s Hannah Richman kicks her third goal in Monday’s 4-1 win over Millville. Egg Harbor Township High School senior forward Hannah Richman had a hat trick in the host Eagles’ 4-1 win over Millville on Oct. 21. Richman set the tone early in the game, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of regulation. Lexi Magruder also added a goal in the second half.

The Eagles (9-3-1) are having an outstanding season; they have clinched first place in the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference.

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Lady Warriors make early goals stand up vs. WCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:44 pm

WILDWOOD – When Jess Freeman scored two goals for the Wildwood High School girls soccer team before Tuesday’s contest against Wildwood Catholic was 20 minutes old, it seemed logical to think the Lady Warriors would try to win the game with their offense.

Instead, Wildwood relied on a stingy defense to come away with a 2-1 victory.

After conceding a goal to the Crusaders’ Olivia Rulon shortly after Freeman’s second goal, Wildwood kept its rival from equalizing for more than 50 minutes of soccer.

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Cancer survivor inspires Middle cross country team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:24 pm

The Middle Township High School boys cross country easily won a meet over Atlantic County Institute of Technology earlier this month.

But while the focus at this or any cross country meet is what happens at the top of the race, something rather significant – more significant than winning or losing – occurred at the end of it.

With all of the other runners having completed the five-kilometer race, 14-year-old Middle Township freshman Jay DeVico made his way out of the trails and plodded toward the finish line at the Panthers’ home course at Cape May County Park.

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Raider boys soccer wins, plays again Friday in SJCT

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:51 pm

Overtime was good and not so good for Ocean City High school’s boys soccer team.

Aaron Bogushefsky’s Raiders defeated Haddonfield, 1-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Coaches Invitational Tournament on Saturday in overtime. Then, on Monday, they lost to St. Augustine Prep, 1-0, in another overtime game that will have a bearing on the American Conference race.

“It was a tough game between two quality teams,” said Bogushefsky. “It took 99 minutes to eventually break the tie. St. Augustine had the better run of play in the first half while I thought we dominated the second half but we could not convert on our chances.”

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Raider fall sports roundup - Oct. 23

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:49 pm

CROSS COUNTRY: Both Ocean City teams completed undefeated championship seasons last week. The boys stretched their win streak to 53 meets over six seasons and the girls to 24 meets over three seasons.

The boys defeated Vineland, 17-46, and Bridgeton, 18-42. Senior Lou Paone led the way, winning overall by near 45 seconds. Senior Ed Keenan was second and junior Brandon Hadtke third. Sophomore Evan Schmeizer was sixth, senior Jake Newsome eighth and sophomore Brett Johnson was ninth.

The girls defeated both Vineland and Bridgeton by identical 15-50 scores. Senior Bridget Flynn and juniors Devon Grisbaum and Rachel Stremme finished within seven seconds in the top three spots. Sophomore Emma Bergman was fourth, freshman Meredith Steele fifth and junior Milkala Gillespie completed the shutouts by finishing sixth.

On Thursday, both OCHS teams will run in the 41st Annual Cape May County Championship Meet in Cape May County Park in Cape May Court House. The Ocean City boys have won the county meet 13 straight years and have an overall record of 33-7. The girls have won three county titles in succession and are 24-3 overall.

FIELD HOCKEY: The Raiders used two goals from Lauren McNally on Monday to defeat Millville, 4-0, for their 11th win of the season. Julia Herrington and Kelly Hanna also scored for Ocean City. Sarita Charap only had to make one save for the shutout win.

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Woolley's 4 TDs & timely defense earns OCHS 1st win

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:44 pm

Frank Woolley ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns last Friday in Ocean City’s 42-39 win over Middle Township during the Homecoming Game at Carey Stadium. The 81 points scored made it the fourth highest scoring game in school history.

But it was some critical defense by the Raiders that made difference.

In the second quarter, with Ocean City leading, 15-13, Middle Township drove down the field behind some strong runs by Yamire McNeal and two completions by quarterback Joe Durso. It was first and goal on the OCHS four yard line.

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A look back at Holy Spirit's gutsy win over Millville

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Written by Mike Gill Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:39 pm

Holy Spirit quarterback Andrew Light and coach John Iannucci talk about the Spartans' 16-7 win over Millville on Friday, Oct. 18. (Video interviews by Mike Gill)

MILLVILLE - When the Holy Spirit High School Spartans took a road trip to historic Wheaton Field in Millville on Friday night, Oct. 18, they faced a legitimate Group IV playoff contender and a huge crowd who came to see two of the top football teams in South Jersey.

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Salvo sets MTHS shutout record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 21, 2013 07:02 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Olivia Salvo sketched her name into the athletic record books at Middle Township High School Monday afternoon.

Salvo, a senior goalkeeper, recorded the 28th shutout of her career in the Lady Panthers’ 2-0 victory over Buena. The clean sheet broke the program career record of 27 ½ shutouts set by Rebecca Sykes in 2009.

“It feels great that I accomplished something like this over my four years,” Salvo said. “I tried to work hard since Day 1. It feels great to have it pay off.”

Although Middle had a bit of a struggle against a Buena team it defeated by five goals on the road earlier this season, Salvo wasn’t challenged much during Monday’s victory. She was forced to make one sliding stop in the first half but otherwise handled every other ball with ease.

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Kerr brilliant as MTHS tops Cherokee in PKs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, October 19, 2013 03:21 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Tanner Kerr’s stellar goalkeeping has advanced the Middle Township High School boys soccer team in the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

After making a couple of wonderful saves in the final 12 minutes of regulation, Kerr made two diving stops during penalty kicks as the Panthers scored a 3-1 advantage in kicks after playing Cherokee to a scoreless draw through regulation and two periods of extra time Saturday afternoon.

The win moves fifth-seeded Middle (14-0-1) into the second round of the tournament, which features the top 16 teams in South Jersey regardless of enrollment group. Middle will play at fourth-seeded Rancocas Valley on Friday at a time to be determined. Rancocas Valley was a 5-0 winner over Bordentown in its opening-round match.

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