South Jersey Sports

Rain won't dampen Spirit in win over Absegami

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:32 am

HSGami Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit's Deandre Dennis finds a hole right up the middle on his way to a 67-yard touchdown run. GALLOWAY - The Holy Spirit High School football team defeated Absegami 33-6 in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference game on Friday Night in Galloway.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Ed Byrnes Stadium in Absecon but the field was "totally under water" according to Holy Spirit Coach John Iannucci.

The Spartans (4-0) are one of just two undefeated teams in the Cape Atlantic League.

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Hammonton swamps Atlantic City, 21-0

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, October 11, 2013 11:09 pm

ACHamm2 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City CB Francisco Reyes (10) and LB Michael Barillo (12) get ready for a play against QB Jonathan Tribobeletti and the Hammonton offense. HAMMONTON - In their last game before finally debuting at home on a new artificial grass field, it was somewhat fitting that the Atlantic City High School Vikings would suffer from the conditions of an all-natural and all-too-wet football field in Hammonton.

Of course, a pretty good team from Hammonton High School also had something to do with it.

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Friday's Absegami-Holy Spirit football game moved to Galloway

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 11, 2013 03:32 pm

Hammonton Tonight's Cape-Atlantic League football game between Absegami and Holy Spirit, scheduled to be played at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, has been moved to Absegami High School in Galloway because of the wet field conditions and flooding around Holy Spirit.

Absegami is 2-2 on the season, and Holy Spirit is 3-0.

Kickoff for the game is still 7 p.m. It will be broadcast on 94.3 FM.

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Lady Panthers advance in tennis tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:23 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls tennis team’s outstanding season continued Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, competing in the second round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament, posted a 4-1 victory over West Deptford to advance in the state playoffs.

Middle, the second seed in the tournament, improved to 10-1 with the victory. The team got straight-set wins at two of the three doubles positions and both doubles slots against seventh-seeded West Deptford.

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Middle’s Anagnou ties school scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:21 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Maddie Anagnou experienced one of the more memorable games of her high school field hockey career Monday afternoon.

The Middle Township High School senior played an integral role as her club topped rival Lower Cape May, 2-0, for the second time this season. And the fact that the contest was played almost entirely through a driving rainstorm certainly made for a unique setting.

But on top of all that, Anagnou scored the insurance goal with less than four minutes to play, the 45th goal of her career, which tied her for the program record first set by 2010 graduate Leigh DeLollis. Anagnou went into Wednesday’s game against Cedar Creek with a chance to make the record exclusively her own.

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A.C. Vikings take road show to Hammonton for key CAL test

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 03:54 pm

Prevard Photo of Jamil Prevard by Bill LeConey ATLANTIC CITY – Atlantic City High School football coach Thomas Kelly doesn’t like labels. Don’t call his Vikings young – not anymore – and don’t call them good – not yet.

It’s not what they’ve done in the past, and it’s not about what they’re going to do in the future. It’s all about the present, and that means a big Cape-Atlantic League American Conference test on Friday, Oct. 11 against a solid Hammonton Blue Devils squad out in blueberry country.

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EHT girls tennis advances to S.J. Group IV semifinals

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 03:15 pm

EHTtennis Joan Kostiuk/Carla Ishikawa of Egg Harbor Township sends a backhand across the net in a match against Oakcrest. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Egg Harbor Township High School girls tennis team has already exceeded its coach’s expectations for this season. Now, the Eagles have a chance to go even further.

The Eagles won their South Jersey Group IV quarterfinal match with Eastern on Oct. 8 to advance to the semifinals.

EHT (11-0-1) was led by its singles players -- Katie Garthaus, Maria Ibarra and Zahara James – who each won their matches. The doubles team of Carla Ishikawa and Maddie Cialinialso won.

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Gritty Oakcrest ties Ocean City on Hardrick penalty kick

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, October 09, 2013 02:46 pm

Oaksoccer1 Mike Schultz/Oakcrest’s Quinn Hardrick watches as his game tying penalty kick late in regulation ties the score against Ocean City. MAYS LANDING - With his team trailing 1-0, Oakcrest boys soccer player Quinn Hardrick let off a polite warning flare to his teammates on Tuesday: "Let's go guys, there is only six minutes left in the game, not 20."

Four minutes later he beat Ocean City goalkeeper Evan McCardell on a penalty kick goal to tie the game in regulation and force double overtime.

The Falcons withstood a barrage of offensive shots by Ocean City, including a few off the post. They also missed a few of their own chances but ultimately held on for a 1-1 tie against the Red Raiders in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference thriller.

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Braves scorched by Thunderbolts on home turf

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 01:09 am

gamifball2 Photo courtesy of Amy De Angelo/Absegami quarterback Mike Dolan runs with the ball as Millville’s A.J. Randall (65) looks to make the tackle. GALLOWAY – Last Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup between Absegami and Millville high schools figured to be a competitive game between 2-1 teams featuring two of the best running backs in the area.

Go figure.

Somebody forgot to tell the Braves, who were trounced by Millville, 42-6, in a game that was non-competitive from the get-go.

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October History in OCHS Sports

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:10 pm

October 2002:

Will Kleva and Adam Sternberger scored as Ocean City defeated Haddon Heights, 2-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. It was career win No. 100 for Coach Mike Pellegrino. These Raiders would lose in the second round of the tournament and also reached the second round of the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament. The 2002 Raiders finished 13-5-2 and Sternberger led the scoring with 24 goals. OCHS would go on to win the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference the next six years and win four South Jersey titles in five seasons. Pellegrino, now the athletics director at Egg Harbor Township, went on to win 228 games.

October 1984:           

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NJSIAA football & updates on CAL people

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:07 pm

High school football is halfway through the regular season in New Jersey, a good time to take a look at where Cape-Atlantic League teams stand in the NJSIAA power rankings.

In Group 5, Millville is a distant second behind Eastern, which survived a challenge from Rancocas Valley on Saturday when Eastern QB Tom Flacco was intercepted five times. No other CAL team is in the Group 5 top eight. Absegami and Atlantic City are close at ninth and 10th with a plenty of opportunities to move up. If the playoffs started this weekend, Millville would host Rancocas Valley.

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Two unbeatens fall at hands of Ocean City

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:27 am

Ocean City High School girls soccer The Ocean City High School girls soccer team gave two high-profile programs their first losses of the season on back-to-back days late last week.

Freshman Dara Hennessey made a memorable varsity debut when she scored three minutes into the second overtime session as Ocean City team scored a dramatic 2-1 win over Williamstown. Danielle Baruffi assisted on the winning goal by Hennessey, who had just moved up to the varsity a few days earlier. Edgell scored an unassisted goal for the Raiders midway through the second half to tie the score.

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Raider fall sports roundup

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 01:30 am

Postponements and cancellations were prominent on the Ocean City High School sports schedule during the past week.

CROSS COUNTRY: Due to uncontrollable weather conditions and excessive heat, the Lehigh and Northhampton Counties' Emergency Services halted the Paul Short High School Cross Country Races on Saturday, involving both OCHS teams. Four emergency room physicians and six trainers from St. Luke's Hospital were on hand, in addition to the Lehigh Sports Medicine staff and county EMS services. All members were part of the normal medical staff that is on hand for the Paul Short Run.

Earlier, both Raider teams remained undefeated and extended their winning streaks.

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Late gamble pays off for Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, October 05, 2013 02:25 pm

In a high school football game that featured numerous big plays and 69 combined points, the fate of Middle Township and Vineland hung in the balance with one play with 3 minutes, 39 seconds remaining.

The teams combined to take three timeouts to discuss their strategy for the fateful play.

In the end, Middle wound up executing best and came away with a one-point victory.

Quarterback Joe Durso’s dash into the end zone on a two-point conversion following Yamire McNeal’s third touchdown run of the game gave Middle a wild 35-34 victory over the Fighting Clan Friday night at Gittone Stadium in Vineland.

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