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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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Egg Harbor Township off and running in 2013

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Written by Mike Schultz Monday, September 16, 2013 03:56 pm

Bynum EHT Mike Schultz/EHT quarterback Adam Bynum eludes an Oakcrest defender in the opening-week victory. Egg Harbor Township is off to a running start to the 2013 football season.

EHT won its season opener on Friday, Sept. 13, defeating Oakcrest 27-13 in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference matchup.

The Eagles, behind a strong offensive line performance, rushed for a combined 328 yards. "It all starts with our guys up front," coach Tony DeRosa said. "We take a lot of pride in our offensive line."

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A new Mitchell sparks Cedar Creek to victory over Ocean City

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, September 15, 2013 11:37 am

Ahmir Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek sophomore Ahmir Mitchell poses with mother April Bell after his three-touchdown performance against Ocean City. EGG HARBOR CITY – With a school as new as Cedar Creek, traditions can evolve quickly. In just their fourth year, the Pirates have developed both a family and football tradition of explosive runs and end zone celebrations by a player named Mitchell.

Ahmir Mitchell, younger brother of former all-everything Cedar Creek star Damon “Duwop” Mitchell, scored three times on three successive touches in the third quarter, giving the Pirates all the offense they needed (actually, more than enough) in a 21-0 opening-week victory over Ocean City.

Mitchell flashed his breakaway speed on touchdown runs of 69 and 65 yards. He leaped to wrestle the ball away from two Ocean City defenders for a 28-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Jesse Milza.

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Egg Harbor Township powers past Oakcrest

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Written by Mike Schultz Friday, September 13, 2013 11:32 pm

EHT1 Mike Schultz/EHT's Dante Moore finds daylight along the Eagles' sideline. The Egg Harbor Township High School football team opened its season at home with a 27-13 win over Oakcrest in a Cape Atlantic League American Conference game on Friday.

The Eagles' run attack proved to be the difference in the win. EHT's Darius Ellis led the team, carrying the ball 11 times for 105 yards. Sophomore talent Dante Moore had 22 carries for 96 yards. The running game was bolstered by a good EHT offensive line effort.

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St. Joseph overwhelms Absegami in CAL opener

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, September 13, 2013 11:06 pm

Gami 0913 Bill LeConey/St. Joseph's LaQuay Brown hauls in a touchdown pass from Sa'Laam Horne as Absegami's Ryan Ganard gives chase. GALLOWAY – The St. Joseph High School Wildcats certainly didn’t need any charity to overwhelm Absegami, 48-6, in the Cape-Atlantic League football opener for both teams Friday night.

St. Joe and its bevy of offensive weapons would have survived just fine without the poor decisions, undisciplined play and squandered opportunities offered up by the Braves.

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Prep blitzes Middle in football season opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 13, 2013 10:15 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A balanced St. Augustine Prep offense was too much for the Middle Township High School football team to handle in the season opener for both teams Friday evening at Memorial Field.

Jose Tabora threw for three touchdowns and Lamont Harris Jr. ran for three scores as the Prep blitzed the Panthers, 48-14.

Tabora tossed two scoring strikes to Austin Francisco and one to Dan Pavlik in the first half as the Hermits led 21-7 at the break.

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