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Pleasantville finds character in search for elusive win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:45 pm

pvillefootball Matt Strabuk/Pleasantville wide receiver Ronnell Moore tries to elude a tackler in the Greyhounds' opening-week loss to Mainland on Sept. 12. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Pleasantville High School football team exhibited some more spunk against Middle Township Friday. But, like in their previous two games of the season, the Greyhounds couldn’t translate that energy into a victory.

The Greyhounds fell behind 21-0 to Middle before rallying to within two scores in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell on the losing side of a 35-13 decision.

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McNeal paces Middle to first win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 28, 2013 01:16 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School football team played a sloppy game Friday night. Numerous penalties, poor execution on a few offensive plays and missed tackles on some defensive plays combined to make for a rather ugly evening for the team.

The Panthers, however, managed to win rather comfortably, thanks in large part to the work of junior running back Yamire McNeal.

McNeal rushed 15 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a 32-yard touchdown strike on a halfback pass to pace the Panthers to a 35-13 victory over Pleasantville.

The win was Middle’s first of the season.

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Absegami overcomes mistakes with big plays to beat Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, September 28, 2013 01:38 am

LINWOOD - The Absegami High School Braves left plenty of yellow laundry on the field and plenty of scoring opportunities on the table in their game against Mainland Regional Friday night.

Most importantly, they left the Corral with a big 27-20 win in a key Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup.

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Herlihy, Johnson win Big 5 cross country races

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 27, 2013 06:07 pm

WILDWOOD – The Big 5 high school cross country championships saw previous champions win both races Friday afternoon.

Junior Ryan Herlihy of Middle Township won the boys race for the third straight year, while senior Emily Johnson of Wildwood Catholic won for the second time in her career.

Herlihy, on pace to become the first male runner to win the race four times, posted a time of 17 minutes, 5 seconds in the race held on Wildwood’s home course that included parts of the Wildwoods boardwalk, the beach and a segment of the Wildwood Crest bike path.

Herlihy led Middle Township to its fifth straight team championship. The Panthers placed four runners among the top five, with Wildwood junior Trevor Gentek breaking up the Middle pack by finishing second in 17:24, which was more than 30 seconds better than his previous personal-best time. Mike Feraco, Chris Robison and Nate Sanders were third through fifth, respectively for Middle.

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Oakcrest to induct five into Athletic Wall of Fame

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 26, 2013 04:20 pm

Oakcrest High School will induct five new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 18 (see below for induction ceremony details). The five new members are:

mpetuskey Michael Petuskey Michael Petuskey, Class of 1977 – A five-time varsity letter-winner in football and baseball, Petuskey was team captain at linebacker, center, kicker and punter, and earned all-conference first team and all-South Jersey first team honors. Petuskey went on to earn all-conference honors at Glassboro State College. He is president of the Oakcrest Football Booster Club, captain and executive officer of the Hamilton Township Police Department as well as Emergency Management Coordinator, and a member of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School Board.

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Margate is the place to be for tons o’ tog and fest o’ fun

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 26, 2013 03:10 pm

Fish report There's something about a tog that just makes anglers smile! Tyler Bennett of Northfield, Vince Zanghi and Alex Chell of Margate show off their catch. Tog, tog, tog, tog and more tog!

‘Tis the time of the year to target this hearty species. Warm weather and blue skies encouraged anglers to populate the Margate bay as if it were a summer weekend, and no one was skunked for their efforts.

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Relief in sight for end of Pleasantville’s football drought

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, September 26, 2013 01:26 pm

pvillefootball Bill LeConey/Pleasantville coach Dave Dudley (left) talks to his team after last week's overtime loss to Vineland. PLEASANTVILLE – If the last two weeks are any indication, better days could be just around the corner for the Pleasantville High School football team.

The Greyhounds came oh so close to snapping their long losing streak, falling to Vineland in overtime, 28-21, on Sept. 20. Pleasantville built a 21-7 lead in the game but couldn't hang on.

The losing streak is now at 34 games. The Greyhounds haven't won since they beat Lower Cape May Regional on Nov. 7, 2009.

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Absegami hopes to ride momentum into division matchup with Mainland

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Written by Mike Gill Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:49 pm

Hood Jen Marra/Absegami senior David Hood runs for one of his three touchdowns in last week's win over Middle Township. MIDDLE TOWNSHIP - It was an interesting night for Absegami High School head football coach Dennis Scuderi Jr when his Braves faced the Middle Township Panthers last Friday, Sept. 20, in Cape May Court House.

While Scuderi is now roaming the Braves sideline, he got his feet wet as a head coach in the Cape-Atlantic League at Middle, leading the Panthers during the 2005-2006 football seasons.

He came back to Memorial Field on the opposite sideline, with a ton of memories and friendships still in play.

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After 0-2 start, Middle hopes to repeat 2012 run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 25, 2013 06:34 pm

Colin Cooper It isn’t easy going into the third week of your football season still searching for your first victory.

But the players on the Middle Township High School football team only need to look at what last year’s Panthers did after facing that same scenario to know it’s still very possible to have a successful season.

Last fall, Middle began the season with consecutive losses to St. Augustine Prep and Absegami before rallying to win three straight games and five of its next six to qualify for the South Jersey Group II playoffs for only the third time in program history.

This year’s group may face a bigger challenge, however. After losses to the same Hermit and Brave teams to start this season, the Panthers’ next few opponents appear improved from last season. This Friday’s opponent, Pleasantville, may have lost 34 straight games but the Greyhounds have already proven to be more competitive. They lost in overtime to Vineland – Middle’s opponent on Oct. 4 – after holding their own against Group V Mainland in their opener in a 28-13 storm-shortened loss.

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OCHS soccer player George Meyers returns from horrific injury

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, September 25, 2013 04:03 pm

george meyers It was more than a victory on the scoreboard last week when the Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated Mainland at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex last week.

Early in the second half, No. 9 came sprinting off the OCHS sidelines and the crowd stood and cheered. So did the players and coaches.

George Meyers had come all the way back.

“It was an amazing moment,” said Ocean City boys soccer coach Aaron Bogushefsky. “He’s had such a tough road getting back it was good for all of us – his teammates, the coaches and our fans – to see him out there again.”

Last season, on Oct. 18 in a game with St. Augustine Prep at Tennessee Avenue, Meyers suffered a season-ending injury. It could have been an end to his soccer career.

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Mainland girls playing for all that daylight allows

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 25, 2013 01:59 pm

newmaintennis1 Bill LeConey/Mainland tennis player Cassidy Scott hits a shot past Absegami's Kristen McCormick while doubles partner Blaire Adler waits in the back. GALLOWAY – The Mainland Regional High School girls tennis team is making a habit of playing marathon matches that stretch into early evening. Sometimes, they even finish those matches while they can still see the yellow ball.

On Monday, Sept. 23, the Mainland girls outlasted Absegami in a Cape-Atlantic League match that was extremely close and hard-fought. Mainland's No. 1 doubles team of Cassidy Scott and Blaire Adler finally settled the match, 3-2, with a back-and-forth, three-set victory over Absegami's Kristen McCormick and Cassidy Calimer.

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Absegami Notebook: Girls volleyball sweeps up a pair of victories

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 25, 2013 01:23 pm

gaminotes Jen Marra/Absegami field hockey player Morgan Millar works the ball downfield past Ocean City defender Abby Lyons (24) in a game on Sept. 23. The Absegami High School girls volleyball team swept visiting Middle Township by identical game scores of 25-11 and 25-11 on Monday, Sept. 23. Absegami's Dionise Ko had 16 assists. Teammate Barbara Gedeon added six kills, and Alyssa Kurz had four aces and three kills as the Braves improved to 7-2.

On Tuesday, Absegami swept Lenape 25-10 and 25-15, as Gedeon had six kills, Ivelisse Diaz had five aces, and Dionise Ko added 14 assists.

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Mainland Notebook: Field hockey team registers milestone win over Ocean City

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:38 pm

/Mainland Regional High School field hockey Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional High School field hockey co-captains Sydney Losco (left) and Kailey Stangle helped the Mustangs beat Ocean City for the first time since 1993. The Mainland Regional High School field hockey team handed rival Ocean City its first Cape-Atlantic League loss since 2007, beating the Red Raiders 2-1 on Sept. 20. It was only the Mustangs’ third victory ever against Ocean City, and their first since 1993.

Junior forwards Vanessa Pagliei and Rachel Rubinstein scored goals within a minute of each other in the first half for Mainland. Pagliei scored off passes from Sydney Losco and Ashley Albright. Pagliei and Kailey Stangle had the assists on Rubenstein’s goal.

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Edmunds, Hawks deny WCHS late

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, September 24, 2013 09:45 pm

Edmunds, Hawks deny WCHS late CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It’s difficult enough for a goalkeeper to stop a penalty kick. Just imagine how difficult it is to have to make two stops on the same one.

That’s exactly what Cape May Tech’s Robert Edmunds did Monday afternoon against rival Wildwood Catholic.

Midway through the second half, Edmunds dove to his right to save a penalty kick by Catholic’s Pat McGann, who had stepped to the spot after teammate Sal Zampirri was taken down in the area. But after the save, the ball caromed off the post and floated almost directly across the goal line.

“It definitely wasn’t a good thing to see,” Edmunds said. “I was really nervous. But you just have to react to it.”

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