South Jersey Sports

Ninth-grade Mays Landing gymnast offered full college scholarship

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 17, 2013 01:29 pm

gymscholar Submitted/Jasmine Newsome competes in the vault at the National Invitational Tournament. Jasmine Newsome has been participating in gymnastics since the age of two.

Now, at 14, “Jazzy” has verbally committed to a full Division I athletics scholarship to The University of Maryland.

Jazzy is a level 10 gymnast from Jersey Shore Gymnastics Academy in Mays Landing, where she currently trains 23 hours per week. She is coached by head coach and gym owner Jacqui Strickland.

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Cedar Creek notebook: Girls volleyball looking up

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Written by Mike Schultz Thursday, October 17, 2013 01:19 pm

CCvolley Jen Mara/Cedar Creek girls volleyball player Amanda Bilazzo returns a volley between teammates Katie Nelson (21) and Mia Negron (3) in a match against Middle Township on Oct. 15. The Cedar Creek High School girls volleyball team is in its first year as a varsity program. The girls have three wins (3-7) this season.

"The girls are doing great," said head coach Brian Beck. "They have learned a lot in the last eight weeks."

Cedar Creek was defeated 2-0 (25-17, 25-9) on Tuesday Oct. 15 by Middle Township. Katie Nelson contributed four kills and Fatimah Blackwell added three kills. Amanda Bilazzo had two aces and teammates Mia Negron and Jahniece Jaffe each had an ace.

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Oakcrest notes: Falcons host Mainland on Wall of Fame Night

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 17, 2013 01:11 pm

Oakfootball Jackie Brutchey/Oakcrest running back Terrance Smith scores a touchdown against Hammonton earlier this season. It’s been a tough season (0-5) For the Oakcrest High School football team, but there have been some individual accomplishments. Wide receiver LaDarrelll Dixon had five catches for 169 yards, two for touchdowns, in last week’s 56-13 loss to St. Joseph.

Sophomore running back Terrance Smith has rushed 53 times for 252 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Smith is also averaging more than 100 all-purpose yards per game.

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EHT notes: Richman’s goal propels girls soccer over Vineland

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 17, 2013 01:03 pm

The Egg Harbor Township High School Eagles gutted out a tough win over Vineland 1-0 on Oct. 9 after Hannah Richman scored 5 minutes into the second half. Richman was assisted on the goal by Camille Howarth and the win improved EHT to 7-1-1 on the season. Goalie Carly Friedman recorded the shutout for the Eagles.

BOYS SOCCER
Oct. 9
EHT dropped a 2-0 decision to Vineland despite seven saves from goalie Mark Mason. Vineland scored both goals in the second half to drop EHT to 7-3-1 on the year.

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Holy Spirit notes: Dalzell leads girls soccer over Cape May Tech

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:53 pm

Spiritfhockey Brian Cunniff/Holy Spirit field hockey player Kaila Gallagher (left) battles for the ball against Lower Cape May's Carissa Scott in a game on Oct. 15. Christina Dalzell scored two goals to lead Spirit to a 5-0 victory over Cape May Tech on Oct. 9. The Spartans (6-4) also received goals from Kira McCully, Summer Crilley and Audrey Wilson. The Spartans dominated from the opening whistle, scoring four goals in the first half.

Holy Spirit 2, Lower Cape May 0
Oct. 15
Tara Pulhaski and Caitlin McCully each scored to lead Holy Spirit to a victory over the Tigers. Pulhaski also added an assist and goalie Audrey Wilson made eight saves to help the Spartans improve to 9-4 on the season.

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Mainland notes: Field hockey rematch with O.C. set for Friday

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:44 pm

MRHSfieldhockey Bill LeConey/Mainland field hockey co-captains Sydney Losco, left) and Kailey Stangle have led the Mustangs to some milestone victories this season. The Mainland field hockey team is piling up a few milestone victories this season.

Mainland handed rival Egg Harbor Township its first loss of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 9, rallying for a 3-2 win. Junior Vanessa Pagliei tipped in a pass from Ashley Albright for the game-winner with 2 minutes, 3 seconds left in regulation. Albright had scored the tying goal with 16 minutes, 51 seconds remaining.

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Absegami notebook: Do, Flournoy pace cross country teams

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:30 pm

Gamixcountry Bill LeConey/Absegami cross-country runner Daniel Do finishes second in a tri-meet on Tuesday ahead of Mainland’s Ethan Fischer and Absegami teammate Terrel Jackson. Absegami cross-country runners Daniel Do and Katie Flournoy led the Braves boys and girls teams to victories over Atlantic City at a tri-meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Mainland Regional High School.

Do finished second in the boys race with a time of 17 minutes, three seconds. Terrel Jackson was third in the race at 17:12, and Kenny Worth placed 10th at 18 minutes even.

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OCHS Football Preview - Oct. 18

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 16, 2013 08:12 pm

Middle Township (2-2) at Ocean City (0-4)

Date: Friday, Oct. 18

Kickoff: 7pm

Place: Carey Stadium, 5th Street & The Boardwalk

OCHSLogo OCHS Coaches: Ocean City’s Kevin Smith, is 5-19 in his third season after 15 years as an assistant. He is 1-1 vs. the Panthers. Middle’s Frank Riggitano is in his 13th season as a head coach with the first 11years coming from 1990-2000. He returned last year after an 11-year gap. His overall record is 56-61, with a 2-4 record against the Raiders.

Middle Township Update: The Panthers have won their last two over Vineland (35-34) and Pleasantville (35-13) after losing their first two to St. Augustine (48-14) and Absegami (26-7). Junior running back Yamire McNeal (5-8, 187) is fifth in the CAL in rushing yards with 472 yards and 10th in scoring with 38 points. He has also thrown one touchdown. Promising freshman Zahir Bland (5-7, 145) has 88 yards and a MTHSPanther MTHS TD. Junior Joe Durso (5-9, 157) is the quarterback, completing 44 percent of his passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Jim Versage (6-0, 211) has caught seven of his passes, two for TDs, and junior Eric Arenberg (6-0, 164) has caught five passes and the other two TDs. Seniors James Pearson (6-1, 278) and Nick Rhinesmith (6-1, 247) anchor the offensive line. Versage, at linebacker, and Arenberg, in the secondary, are key defensive players. Junior linebacker Jim Smith (5-9, 173) has scored a defensive TD. Dan Fala (5-10, 152) has kicked nine extra points.

 

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October History in OCHS Sports

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 16, 2013 08:05 pm

October 1997:

Christy Jack scored both goals as Ocean City defeated Millville, 2-1, to put itself in position to win the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference. Britney Cates stopped 13 of Millville’s 14 shots. Leo Chase’s Raiders had earlier beaten Absegami, 6-0, with Jack scoring three times, Christine Mayne adding two and Lauren McHale scoring the sixth. Those Raiders went on to win the CAL title, the first in school history, and finished 15-5. They lost their opener in the NJSIAA Tournament and reached the second round of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. Jack led the team with 22 goals, tying the school record that she would break three years later.

 

October 1986:           

Junior Danielle Franus, who moved to Ocean City from North Carolina, reached the Round of 16 in the NJSIAA Singles Tournament before losing. It was the second best performance at that time by a Cape-Atlantic League player. Franus defeated opponents from DanielleFranusAction DanielleFranus Msgr. Donovan and Rumson in the first two rounds of the tournament before dropping her third round match. She finished 21-2 that season and led Phil Birnbaum’s Raiders to a CAL title and spot in the South Jersey final the next year.

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Another big game looms for Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:35 pm

The Middle Township High School football team finds itself in the same position as last year’s Panther team entering the team’s fifth game of the season.

Like last season, Middle lost its first two games but bounced back to win its next two. The latest victory was a wild one-point win over Vineland. Now coming out of its bye, Middle is set to make a short trip up the parkway to Carey Stadium, Ocean City High School’s beachfront home, to play the Raiders Friday evening at 7.

Middle currently sits 10th in the South Jersey Group II power point standings. With the top eight teams qualifying for a playoff berth after eight games, it stands to reason that this is a very important game for the Panthers. As are the next three after this week.

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Chris Rivera leads Caper 'Cubs'

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:30 pm

It hasn’t been a stellar season for the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team so far. The Caper Tigers are 0-4 and, other than during the first half of their loss to Pleasantville, haven’t been competitive in any of the games.

Over the last couple of games, however, some bright spots have been appearing. The biggest one is the play of Chris Rivera, a 14-year-old freshman who certainly is one of the youngest players seeing significant playing time in Cape-Atlantic League varsity football.

Rivera is one of six Lower Cape May freshmen seeing heavy action this season. Four of them are starting on both sides of the ball.

Rivera was tabbed as the team’s starting slot receiver at the beginning of the season. But when senior back Alek Soriano went down with a season-ending injury in the team’s opener against Bridgeton, Rivera was moved to wingback, where he’s become an integral part of the team’s offense.

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LCM gets sweet revenge with 4-0 win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:26 pm

ERMA – Earlier this season, the Lower Cape May Regional High School field hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision at Holy Spirit. So when the rematch occurred on Tuesday, the Lady Tigers were certainly motivated.

“We definitely had to play better,” said junior forward Carrie Wunder. “When were up there last game we came out a little flat.”

They didn’t come out flat this time. Wunder staked the Lady Tigers to a 1-0 halftime lead with a long shot from just inside the scoring circle before the team went on to score three times after the break to post a dominating 4-0 victory.

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Mainland cross country runners gearing up for county championships

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 16, 2013 01:53 pm

Mainlandxc1 Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional cross country runner Emma Bean wins a tri-meet on Oct. 15 against Absegami and Atlantic City. LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School boys and girls cross-country teams are clicking on all cylinders as they hit the championship segment of the fall season.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, both teams won tri-meets at home against Absegami and Atlantic City. Junior Emma Bean won the girls race in 20 minutes, 19 seconds, followed about a minute later by teammates Jen Casale, Kelly Glenn and Klea Kalia, as the Mustangs beat Atlantic City 24-33 and Absegami 17-42.

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ACHS Notebook: Late bloomer Duffin going the distance for cross country team

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 16, 2013 01:39 pm

ACDuffin Bill LeConey/Atlantic City’s Dainen Duffin wins a cross country tri-meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Mainland Regional High School. Dainen Duffin literally stumbled into his current gig as a long-distance runner. The Atlantic City High School senior was running on the Atlantic City Boardwalk two summers ago when he came upon a pack of cross country athletes from his school.

When the coach (Mike Pelosi) asked him why he didn’t run cross country, Duffin said he wasn’t really a long-distance runner. “He said, ‘Yes you are,’ so I signed up,” Duffin recalled. "I'm glad he talked me into it."

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