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EHT, Spirit athletes win SJ titles on second day of sectionals

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, May 24, 2014 09:00 pm

noble Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township's Nyla Noble won the Group IV girls shot put with this throw of 40 feet, three inches. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Nyla Noble has overcome plenty of obstacles – physical and otherwise - to get where she is today: champion of the girls shot put in South Jersey Group IV.

The Egg Harbor Township High School senior won the South Jersey shot put title on Saturday with a tremendous toss of 40 feet, three inches in the sectional championships at her home throwing circle.

Noble shed some tears of joy while celebrating with EHT track coach Erika Vazquez, then explained the source of that emotion:

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Spirit's Young, Dawson, EHT's Abraham win sectional titles

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:55 am

asia1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's Asia Young wins the girls 400-meter Non-Public South B sectional final Friday at Egg Harbor Township High School. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - It was a clean sweep in the 400 for Holy Spirit High School on Friday. Sophomore Asia Young and senior A.J. Dawson won the girls and boys 400-meter races, respectively, at the NJSIAA Non-Public South B sectional championships, held at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Young won her race in 59.84 seconds, breaking the one-minute mark for the first time. Dawson captured the boys 400 race in 50.03.

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Wildwood’s season ends in controversy

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 22, 2014 07:21 pm

There may be a tougher way to lose a game, but don’t try telling that to the players and coaches from the Wildwood High School baseball team.

The Warriors’ season came to an end in controversial style when an overturned umpire’s call took away the tying run and ended the game as Wildwood lost a second-round South Jersey Group I playoff game to Gloucester Thursday afternoon, 2-1.

“As a coach, I don’t even know what to say to the kids, especially the seniors,” Wildwood coach Rich Hans said.

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Jersey Premier Soccer teams getting out on the good foot

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 22, 2014 03:07 pm

JPS2 Submitted/Allison Zelinski of the JPS ’98 U16 girls team. Coach Jay Smith and the JPS ’98 U16 Girls won 3-0 in their EDP League game in Pennsylvania against Southampton Fury. It was a long journey as the first half finished 0-0. Goals from Shayla Murray, Dara Hennessy and Veronica Garcia in the second half saw the girls take all 3 points.

The U16 Girls will now head to Boston for the Needham Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. Players are from Marmora, Ocean View, Linwood, Mays Landing.

Pictured at left is Allison Zelinski of the JPS ’98 U16 girls team.

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Former LCM star in SJ soccer Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 22, 2014 03:04 pm

MATT LUCAS Matt Lucas has long been recognized as one of the best high school soccer players ever in Cape May County. Last weekend, the 1996 Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate was recognized as one of the best ever in South Jersey.

Lucas, who scored 97 career goals for one of the Cape-Atlantic League’s best teams in the mid 1990s, was formally inducted into the South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday during a ceremony at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood.

Lucas said he was notified he had been selected for induction about a month ago.

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Rich Dorsey did it all in sports

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:14 am

dorsey Tom Williams/Umpire Rich Dorsey prepares to make his call after a collision at the plate. There wasn’t much that Rich Dorsey did not do in sports.

A summer resident of Ocean City, he made his first impression in this area as a key player on a resort Babe Ruth team that was the first from the area to win the region championship. In the years that followed, he was a three-sport athlete at Bishop Eustace Prep in Pennsauken, later being inducted into the Eustace Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Déjà vu: Cedar Creek softball upset in second round of playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:51 pm

Creek3 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Cheyenne Meyer fires a pitch against Haddon Heights on Wednesday. Meyer struck out 13 but absorbed the playoff loss. EGG HARBOR CITY - To say that Cedar Creek’s loss to Haddon Heights in a South Jersey Group II playoff softball game Wednesday was like a cold slap in the face … well, it’s a bad pun but also appropriate.

Haddon Heights used a slap-swing approach against hard-throwing Pirates star pitcher Cheyenne Meyer, and it worked in a 7-3 victory that eliminated the third-seeded Pirates at home in the quarterfinal round.

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Syracuse runner wins Wild Half

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, May 21, 2014 05:01 pm

WILDWOOD – Marlton’s Shawn Wilson was the overall winner of the Wild Half half marathon race held in the Wildwoods Sunday morning.

Wilson, 19, a Cherokee High School graduate who recently completed his freshman season with the cross country and track teams at Syracuse University, finished the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 25.2 seconds to beat the field by almost seven minutes.

The Wild Half began and finished near the Wildwoods Convention Center and traveled through parts of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.

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Taggart, Vikings keep playoff ride rolling with win over EHT

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:35 pm

newAC1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Maddie Taggart pitches in the seventh inning Tuesday against EHT. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Three weeks ago, Maddie Taggart expressed the hope that she could return from an injury, help the Atlantic City softball team win a few games, and end her high school career on a positive note.

Amazing how three weeks – and nine straight wins – can change the perspective, and the expectations.

“I want to win it all,” Taggart said after the Vikings beat EggHarborTownship, 3-2, Tuesday for their second straight upset win in the South Jersey Group IV playoffs. “This is pretty good.”

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Middle marches into S.J. semifinal

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 20, 2014 09:43 pm

ALEX TERENIK CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School boys lacrosse team is now in uncharted territory.

An impressive 14-6 victory after an early deficit over Manasquan Tuesday afternoon has sent the Panthers into the third round of the state tournament for the first time in program history. Middle, the third seed in the South Jersey Group I Tournament, is set to host 10th-seeded A.L. Johnson in a sectional semifinal on Thursday.

“This making school history is one thing,” said senior Alex Terenik, who scored three goals and chipped in an assist in the win over Manasquan. “But to be out there grinding with the guys every day and having it pay off is great. There’s no better feeling that this. This is what it’s all about.”

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Late offense sparks Lady Panther playoff win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, May 20, 2014 09:36 pm

Pitcher Tori Sittineri had the game-winning RBI in Middle's playoff win over Sterling CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It was a critical moment of the game in the top of the sixth inning, and Middle Township High School softball coach Lauren Ruef had a decision to make.

Concede the tying run on an infield ground ball, or bring all the infielders forward to try to take it away on a ground ball, thus opening up more holes for a batted ball to find.

“How we play this year is that I trust our offense, that we can score runs,” Ruef said.

With Sterling runners at second and third with one out, Ruef decided to play her team’s infield back and gave up the tying run on a groundout. The next batter popped out to end the inning. The Lady Panthers then rewarded their coach’s instincts by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth, leading to an 8-4 victory in a second-round South Jersey Group II playoff game.

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Amend caps Absegami rally for playoff win over Millville

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, May 19, 2014 11:36 pm

gami1 Bill LeConey/The Absegami High School baseball team mobs Buck Amend after his bases-loaded grounder with two outs in the seventh inning plated the tying and winning runs in a first-round playoff win over Millville. GALLOWAY – In a game of flukey bounces, extreme hustle and bang-bang plays, it figured the Absegami Braves would advance in the playoffs with a combination of all three.

Buck Amend hit a sharp, bases-loaded grounder with two outs in the seventh inning that bounced off Millville shortstop Roberto Rivera’s glove and shoulder and into short center field. Ryan Ganner and Drew Roesch raced home with the tying and winning runs, respectively, to give the Braves a 3-2 win over the Thunderbolts in a South Jersey Group IV first-round game.

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EHT bounced from playoffs by Cherokee long-ball barrage

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Written by Mike Schultz Monday, May 19, 2014 11:07 pm

EHT1 Mike Schultz/EHT's J.J. Swentkowski tees up a high fastball for a home run in the fourth inning of the SJ Group IV playoff game against Cherokee. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Egg Harbor Township baseball team was upset 13-5 by Cherokee on Monday, May 19, in the opening round of the South Jersey Group IV playoffs. EHT was the fourth seed and Cherokee was seeded 13th in the section.

The Eagles were unable to overcome a barrage of 16 hits by Cherokee. Five of those hits were home runs.

EHT had just two hits in the loss. "Two hits is just not gonna get it done," said EHT coach Bryan Carmichael.

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Johnson, Versage help Middle walk off vs. Lower

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 08:57 pm

BRANDON JOHNSON CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – From the professional ranks down to the high school games, the star players usually get the headlines, and rightly so.

But every so often, a role player gets his or her chance to shine and takes advantage of the situation.

Such is the case with Brandon Johnson of the Middle Township High School baseball team.

A three-year subvarsity player in the program, Johnson finally cracked the starting lineup for the Panthers as a senior this season. On Monday, he was at the forefront of a stirring Panther playoff victory.

Johnson went 3 for 4 and, after singling to lead off the seventh inning, scored the winning run on Jimmy Versage’s soft line drive hit to left field with one out as Middle walked off with a 4-3 victory over Lower Cape May in a first-round South Jersey Group II game.

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