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Wildwood hammers Riverside, moves to 2-0

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 16, 2012 06:22 pm

By BRIAN CUNNIFF

Staff Writer

The Wildwood High School football team was involved in a game that produced a 42-0 final score Friday night.

There have been many, many times over many, many years when the Warriors were on the wrong end of such blowouts.

But this season is different.

For the first time in a very long time, Wildwood went into Friday’s game against Riverside as a prohibitive favorite. They went out and played like one, too.

Wesley Hills amassed 205 rushing yards on 19 carries, scored four touchdowns and threw for another and Francis Christian added a pair of scores as the plucky Warriors frolicked to their second win of the season and third in a row counting last season’s season-finale victory over Riverside at home.

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Raiders still undefeated in girls soccer

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, September 14, 2012 11:58 pm

The OCHS girls soccer team won again, the football team’s second half rally fell short and the boys soccer team played to another tie.

Ocean City’s girls soccer team remained undefeated with a 2-0 victory over Mainland on Friday afternoon. Brooke Zukawski and Allie Zalinski scored the goals, both on assists by Ashley Edgell. Arianna Segich stopped 11 saves for the Raiders to earn the shutout.

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Cape-Atlantic League football: Week 2 scores and highlights

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Friday, September 14, 2012 11:22 pm

Another wild Friday evening of Cape-Atlantic League football is in the books. After the opening week of action, questions remained about many of the CAL's so-called contenders.

Some squads confirmed their place among the league's elite. Others are looking at an arduous week of practice and film study after disappointing results.

As we attempt to delve through what went down on Friday night, let's take a peek at the area's top performers by examining the results of an unpredictable slate of Week 2 matchups.

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Southern Cape May County high school football previews

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 14, 2012 10:07 am

St. Augustine (1-0) at Lower Cape May (0-1)

Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Steven Steger Memorial Field, Erma

Lower Cape May dropped its opener to Bridgeton, 25-6, despite 215 rushing yards by quarterback Frankie Ziegler. Lower held a 6-0 lead on Ziegler’s 28-yard scoring run early in the second quarter before the Bulldogs rallied with four straight touchdowns, two in the second quarter and two in the fourth. … The Hermits are coming off a 43-8 victory over Middle Township in a game that was closer than the final score indicated. The Prep held only a 15-8 advantage early in the third quarter before pulling away late, scoring 22 fourth-quarter points.

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Galloway Renegades win season-opener

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Thursday, September 13, 2012 02:05 pm

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Galloway Renegades varsity football program kicked off its season Saturday, Sept. 8 with a 26-13 victory over host Egg Harbor Township.

Although the game’s start was threatened by the heavy rains, the Renegades took control immediately.

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Dougherty's goal sends LCM to field hockey win over Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, September 11, 2012 08:51 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Jess Dougherty’s goal off a quick counterattack with 7 minutes, 23 seconds remaining accounted for all of the offense in the Lower Cape May Regional High School field hockey team’s 1-0 victory at rival Middle Township Tuesday afternoon.

“Our defense played fantastic, you really have to give them credit,” Lower coach Denise Murray said. “We came down on what was kind of a fast break and put the ball in the goal and then the momentum went on our side.”

Middle did not go without chances of its own, particularly over the first 10 to 15 minutes of the second half. Amanda Bartha had the best one very early in the second half on a shot from the right wing that struck the left post.

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Middle's McCann reaches half-century mark

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, September 11, 2012 08:45 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Danielle McCann said she “just wanted to get it over with.”

She certainly did that fast enough Tuesday afternoon.

Needing one goal to become just the third player in Middle Township High School girls soccer history to reach 50 for her career, McCann wasted no time in reaching the milestone, netting the milestone tally only a little more than a minute into what turned out to be a 3-0 victory over St. Joseph. Jen Hicks had the assist on the goal.

“I was so happy it came on the first opportunity I had,” McCann said. “Jen Hicks passed it to me right in the middle. I dribbled it a couple times and kicked it to the left side of the goalie.”

McCann, a junior striker, has been one of the Cape-Atlantic League’s most gifted scorers since she burst on the scene as a freshman two seasons ago, using the unique combination of speed, touch and an innate ability to finish. She scored 22 goals as a freshman in 2010, helping Middle win its first-ever South Jersey title, then backed that effort with 25 more goals as a sophomore when the Lady Panthers again reached the sectional title game. Middle also won CAL National Conference titles in both seasons.

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Athletes prepare for busy start to first full week of Cape-Atlantic League action

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Monday, September 10, 2012 01:01 pm

High School sports teams in Atlantic County are finished with training camps and scrimmages, as the opening week of Cape-Atlantic League action provides us with an array of meaningful matchups throughout the region. From soccer fields to tennis courts, talented student-athletes will test their skills in exciting league competition.

Here's a look at some of the Atlantic County action you can anticipate Monday, Sept. 10 in the CAL. All start times are 4 p.m.

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Warriors now have their own 4th-and-26 play

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, September 09, 2012 08:39 am

 

 

WILDWOOD – Fourth and 26 is a play fans of the Philadelphia Eagles know very well.

Donovan McNabb passed to Freddie Mitchell for a first down in a 2004 playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, keeping alive a late fourth-quarter scoring drive in a game the Eagles won in overtime and providing pretty much the only highlight in the career of the overhyped but underwhelming Mitchell, a first-round pick.

A different fourth-and-26 scenario might end up as the play that sparks the Wildwood High School football team to one of its best seasons in years.

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Cape-Atlantic League football kicks off for Atlantic County teams: Week 1 Results

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Written by Tyler Donohue Saturday, September 08, 2012 11:48 am

Football finally returned in all its glory throughout the region on Friday night, Sept. 7. The Cape-Atlantic League kicked things off with a bevy of big-time matchups that could ultimately determine conference titles in November.

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From Oakland Raiders to Rutgers University, former CAL football stars are thriving

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Wednesday, September 05, 2012 05:22 pm

Oakcrest graduate Ismail Showell earned an Orange Bowl championship ring as a freshman member of West Virginia University’s football program.

If you reside in southern New Jersey, odds are you know someone who once played football in the Cape-Atlantic League or currently suits up for a CAL squad. Perhaps it’s your husband, father, brother, a co-worker, a childhood friend or even the author of this story.

The league is indelibly embedded in our local sports identity and thousands of area residents have given all they’ve got while pursuing team pride. Whether your allegiance lies with the Spartans, Panthers, Pirates, Braves, Mustangs or any of the 13 other CAL programs, school spirit and community enthusiasm can live and die with Friday night football matchups.

More often than not, the CAL experience is a local athlete’s final opportunity to play competitive 11-on-11 football. Although the area has churned out its share of exceptional athletes who have flourished at the next level, the overwhelming majority of high school players move on to a chapter of their life devoid of the sport.

For those who take advantage of an opportunity to advance their playing career, memories of high school triumphs never fade. Currently, collegiate programs across the country include players who recently vied for CAL supremacy.

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Partnership with Under Armor grows as Mainland begins fall sports season

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Written by TYLER DONOHUE Wednesday, September 05, 2012 01:28 pm

LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High school Athletic Department will carry its burgeoning relationship with Under Armor into the 2012-’13 school year. The American sports clothing and accessories company continues to support the Mustangs and will play a large role in a community rally and barbecue prior to the football team’s home opener.

Mainland kicks off the season Friday, Sept. 7 before hosting Millville 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. The school will host pregame festivities beginning at 5 p.m. near the football field, featuring food and recreational activities.

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B-eautiful title game victory for former Ventnor stars

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Thursday, August 30, 2012 01:18 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – Sack O’ Subs won the 2012 Atlantic City Men’s Softball B League championship Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Pop Lloyd Field on Indiana Avenue in Atlantic City. Sponsored by the Ventnor Sack O’ Subs, this is the first championship win for the team which has been in the league for 10 years.

First baseman Bryan McCormick of Ventnor has been on the team for nine years, starting out in the outfield after his older brother Steve founded the team.

“It feels really good to win. Why else do you play? We play to win,” McCormick said. “We’ve had our team for the last 3-4 years, the same core group of guys playing together. When you start out as the low man on the totem pole and work your way up it, it gives you a sense of camaraderie.”

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Climbing the Hills: WHS senior is among South Jersey’s top talents

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, August 29, 2012 06:20 pm

WILDWOOD – High school football doesn’t have free agency, thank goodness.

But if it did, Wesley Hills would be among the most coveted players.

A 6-3, 220-pound freak of an athlete, Hills rushed for nearly 1,300 yards, caught 23 passes and scored 14 touchdowns last season as a junior.

He’s without question one of the top talents in South Jersey, and has received strong college interest from Old Dominion, Delaware, Bowling Green, Boston College and James Madison, with Rutgers showing mild interest.

“It’s great,” Hills said of the recruiting process. “It shows all my hard work is starting to pay off. I’m glad (college) coaches are starting to notice.”

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