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Cowan's golden goal lifts Middle over LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, October 05, 2012 09:09 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Jacob Cowan finally got one to go in.

After several near misses and a handful of wonderful saves by the opposing goalkeeper, Cowan converted a cross from teammate Alijah Broadnax 3 ½ minutes into the second extra-time period to send the Middle Township High School boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Lower Cape May Thursday afternoon.

The win upped Middle’s record 9-1. The Panthers lost their previous game at Buena, 2-0, for their first defeat.

“We needed this,” Middle coach John Maher said. “We had to keep pace with Buena” in the National Conference race.

On the scoring play, Broadnax secured possession at midfield, carried the ball toward the left corner flag, turned in toward goal and sent a low cross into the area. The pass was slightly deflected along the way, but found its way near Cowan, who made a sliding effort to toe-poke the ball into the left corner of goal.

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McKeown breaks record as Lower holds off Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, October 05, 2012 09:08 am

ERMA -- Rivalry games are never supposed to be easy. Perhaps that’s why the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team had to endure some anxious late moments to beat its biggest rival even after opening up a four-goal lead.

Lower (9-2) survived Middle Township’s extraordinary comeback effort, 5-4, and saw its standout player, Gabriella McKeown set a program record for career goals in the process.

McKeown started the scoring with her 52nd career goal, which moved her into first place in career scoring ahead of former teammate Frankie Gibson, who finished with 51 goals in a career that ended in 2010.

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Cedar Creek quarterback Damon Mitchell to make official visit to Wisconsin

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Written by Tyler Donohue Thursday, October 04, 2012 11:39 am

Cedar Creek quarterback Damon Mitchell to make official visit to Wisconsin Cedar Creek quarterback Damon Mitchell to make official visit to Wisconsin

EGG HARBOR CITY – When Cedar Creek football standout Damon “Duwop” Mitchell committed to Georgia Tech in July, many viewed it as a sensible move for the talented senior. Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson annually orchestrates one of the nation’s premier triple-option offensive attacks, a system that seems to suit the multi-dimensional Mitchell quite well.

However, things have swiftly changed five weeks into the 2012 football season and the versatile playmaker may have decided to push the reboot button in his recruiting process. Mitchell will travel to Madison this weekend for an official visit with the University of Wisconsin football program, according to Cedar Creek head coach Tim Watson.

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Frank Vogel eager for new NBA season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 04, 2012 07:53 am

Frank Vogel Frank Vogel

Frank Vogel is no longer the young guy an NBA franchise decided to take a shot on when they handed him the reigns to their team a little more than a year and a half ago.

Sure, he’s still only 39 years old. But now entering his third go-round and second full season as the coach of the Indiana Pacers after more than a decade in the league as an assistant coach and scout, the 1991 Wildwood High School graduate is firmly entrenched as the leader of one of the league’s up-and-coming teams.

But even though he’s got some head coaching experience now, this season marks the first Vogel will have a full, regular training camp with his team. He took over midway through the 2010-11 season, guiding the Pacers into the playoffs before they lost in the first round to Chicago. Last season, due to the NBA lockout, the team was able to play just two preseason games before starting a shortened season, one in which the Pacers again made the playoffs, defeated the Orlando Magic in the opening round and held a two games to one lead on the eventual champion Miami Heat before losing that second-round series in six games.

Vogel and the Pacers were scheduled to begin training camp on Tuesday.

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LCM's McKeown surpasses 50 goals, ties program record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 03, 2012 05:20 am

LCM's McKeown surpasses 50 goals, ties program record LCM's McKeown surpasses 50 goals, ties program record

Lower Cape May Regional High School junior Gabriella McKeown, just a junior, recorded the 50th and 51st goals of her career and tied former teammate Frankie Gibson’s program goal-scoring record in the process as the Lower Cape May Regional girls soccer team wilted Wildwood Catholic, 8-0, on Tuesday afternoon.

The goals in Tuesday’s victory were McKeown’s 21st and 22nd of the season, which, as of Tuesday afternoon, was tops in the state.

McKeown also entered this week leading the state in assists with 13. That’s not by accident, either. McKeown’s field vision and the presence of other teammates who can finish, in particular sophomore Madie Gibson, has led to McKeown being as much a distributor as she is a scorer. Gibson scored four times in Tuesday’s win over Catholic, which improved the Lady Tigers to 8-2.

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Margate resident Patrick Ruley leads Rowan to win, named Player of the Week

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Written by Tyler Donohue Tuesday, October 02, 2012 04:05 pm

Margate resident Patrick Ruley leads Rowan to win, named Player of the Week

GLASSBORO – Patrick Ruley continues to make the most of his senior season at Rowan University. The 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker – a 2006 graduate of Atlantic City High School – spearheads the Profs’ defensive attack on the football field.

Ruley, a Margate resident, recorded a game-high 15 tackles during Rowan’s Sept. 29 victory over Brockport. He also added a pass break-up in the 17-3 victory, which improved the Profs’ record to 4-1 this fall.

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Mainland set to name college All-American Dan Groot head lacrosse coach

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Written by Tyler Donohue Tuesday, October 02, 2012 02:11 pm

LINWOOD – It appears the Mustangs boys lacrosse program is on the verge of welcoming a new leader to its sideline. Considering his recent prowess as a player, perhaps team members should be prepared for him to occasionally grab a stick and join the fray during practice.

Mainland Regional Athletic Director Mike Gatley announced Monday, Oct. 1 that Major League Lacrosse veteran Dan Groot will be recommended for hire as the program’s head coach for the 2013 spring season. The decision awaits final approval from the Board of Education.

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Young athletes punt, pass and kick their way to awards in EHT

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Written by Tyler Donohue Monday, October 01, 2012 05:09 pm

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The National Football League Punt Pass and Kick Competition rolled into town Sunday, Sept. 23 at Veterans Memorial Park in Egg Harbor Township. A longtime mainstay of the NFL’s grassroots efforts, the competition gave boys and girls, ages 6-15, an opportunity to showcase their skills.

The event tests athletes’ abilities in three main phases of football and offers separate competitions for boys and girls, broken into age groups. America’s youth has participated in NFL Punt Pass and Kick events since 1961 and national finalists are annually announced on national television during the league’s postseason.

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LCM's Ziegler breaks CAL single-game scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 29, 2012 07:20 pm

Frank Ziegler broke a longstanding Cape-Atlantic League record Friday night.

Ziegler, a senior quarterback for Lower Cape May, scored a CAL record 39 points in his team’s 59-32 comeback victory over Pleasantville.

Ziegler ran for five touchdowns, scored four two-point conversions and kicked an extra point in the win. He also threw for another score on a long pass to Jordan Hazel.

Ziegler’s point total broke the previous record of 38 set by Ocean City all-timer Kevin Sinclair in 1994 when he scored six touchdowns and a two-point conversion against Millville.

“That blows my mind,” Ziegler said when told about the record. “It shows a lot of the hard work I’ve put in is starting to pay off. But I’m not going to be content with it. I’ll try harder to break it again.”

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Wildwood football video highlights

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:32 am

Highlights from Wildwood's 61-34 win over Maple Shade Friday night in a game in which Warrior running back Wesley Hills rushed for 452 yards and scored eight touchdowns to tie a South Jersey record.

   

Area football offenses explode

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 29, 2012 08:03 am

It was a stellar night for the offenses of the three southern Cape May County high school football teams.

Lower Cape May, Middle Township and Wildwood combined to score 156 points among them as all three rolled to impressive victories Friday night.

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Holy Spirit, Middle Township win big: Cape-Atlantic League Week 4 football scores and stats

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Written by Tyler Donohue Friday, September 28, 2012 10:59 pm

Holy Spirit 21, Mainland 6

Entering the contest, Holy Spirit (1-2, 1-2 in American Conference) hadn't scored a touchdown since its Sept. 7 season opener at Hammonton. It took the Spartans only three snaps to reach the end zone Friday night, as A.J. Dawson sprinted 67 yards for a score.

Dawson tallied three long-distance touchdowns in the contest, each from more than 60 yards out. He received a touchdown pass from T.J. Anderson, who made his debut at quarterback in the Spartans' home opener.

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It’s official: St. Anthony to play in Wildwood in December

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 28, 2012 03:53 pm

WILDWOOD – Legendary coach Bob Hurley came to the Wildwoods Convention Center for the first time Friday afternoon.

The next time he visits, he’ll bring one of the nation’s most recognized high school boys basketball programs with him.

Hurley was on hand for a press conference hosted by the Boardwalk Basketball Classic held to officially name two new showcase games at the upcoming tournament in December in his honor. Hurley, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, will bring his St. Anthony High School boys basketball team to the event to take on Camden in one of two Bob Hurley Elite Showcase Games on Sunday, Dec. 30.

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Panthers unblemished through 7 games

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 26, 2012 06:20 pm

The Middle Township High School boys soccer team barely had to break a sweat while winning each of its first six games by lopsided margins.

Tuesday presented the team’s first real challenge. The Panthers passed it with flying colors.

After facing its first deficit of the season by falling behind 1-0 at halftime, Middle rallied with three goals following the interval to post a solid 3-1 road victory against a better-than-average Cedar Creek side.

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