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After missing playoffs, EHT Eagles refocus on strong finish

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 12, 2014 01:45 pm

ehtfootball Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township coach Kevin Stetser addresses his team after last Friday’s 42-35 loss to Millville. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township High School football team's turnaround season has hit a rough patch of late.

But despite a loss to Millville on Friday, Nov. 7 that derailed the Eagles’ NJSIAA South Jersey Group V playoff hopes, the program has clearly taken a turn toward a brighter future.

“We have great kids,” said first-year coach Kevin Stetser after the 42-35 loss to Millville, the Eagles’ fourth loss in five games after a 3-0 start. “I’m very proud of this group of kids. We had a lot of things to fix this year. There’s no doubt we’re headed in the right direction.”

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Sisters draw inspiration from courageous mom

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 11, 2014 11:43 am

Tim and Jen Hanna join daughters Casey (second from left) and Kelly (second from right) following the MAAC field hockey championship game victory by Casey and Monmouth University on Sunday. Casey Hanna, a sophomore sweeper on the Monmouth University field hockey team, was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s defensive Player of the Year last week. On Sunday, she and her teammates routed Rider, 6-1, to win the MAAC championship and receive an automatic berth to the Division I NCAA Tournament.

Kelly Hanna, a senior offensive center midfielder for the Ocean City High School field hockey team, has scored 24 goals to go with a team-best 27 assists for a Raider team that won its third straight South Jersey Group 3 title on Friday with a 2-0 win over Hammonton.

The sisters are obviously extremely talented players who have worked hard at their craft, have received excellent coaching throughout their careers and have gotten great support from their teammates.

But the backbone of their recent success has been their mother, Jen, a Wildwood Junior High School teacher who has fought a courageous battle with ovarian cancer since May.

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The future can wait: Holy Spirit girls thriving in the present

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, November 10, 2014 10:39 pm

spiritgirls1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's Kayla Patitucci, an EHT resident, scored two goals in last Friday's playoff win over Roselle Catholic. ABSECON – Maybe they’re playing ahead of their time. Or maybe they just don’t know any better.

You would think the young Holy Spirit High School girls soccer team would be intimidated by the playoff spotlight, and maybe shrink at the prospect of playing some of the best teams in South Jersey.

But it’s been just the opposite for the Lady Spartans, who will face top seed Moorestown Friends on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Moorestown in a Non-Public South B semifinal.

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State playoff, consolation games set for area teams

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, November 09, 2014 08:36 pm

mainland1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland Regional junior running back Bryan Thelismond helped the Mustangs reach the state Group IV playoffs with victories in their last two games. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association announced the brackets Sunday for the state high school football playoffs, which begin Friday, Nov. 14.

Four Current-area teams - Atlantic City, Oakcrest, Mainland Regional and Holy Spirit - made the playoffs. The other four teams will play in consolation games next weekend.

Here are the times and days (with seeds in parentheses) for next weekend’s games involving Current-area teams.

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Lady Tigers stunned in Group II opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 07, 2014 05:57 pm

ERMA – The wind and a very talented and perhaps underseeded Delran side put an abrupt end to the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team’s season Friday afternoon.

The eighth-seeded Lady Bears, helped by having a stiff wind at their back, peppered the Lower Cape May defense for the opening 40 minutes and raced to a 3-0 advantage in the South Jersey Group II quarterfinal contest.

The opening goal came via penalty kick, the second came from a hard, high shot from, 20 yards and the third came on a wonderful header off a crossing pass from the flank.

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Middle advances into semifinal round

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 07, 2014 05:33 pm

Middle's Emma Stanford gets ahead of the Deptford defense prior to scoring her team's third goal Middle's Emma Stanford gets ahead of the Deptford defense prior to scoring her team's third goal CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls soccer team will be playing into the second week of the state playoffs, thanks to an excellent all-around performance Friday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, the third seed in the South Jersey Group II Tournament, shut out No. 6 Deptford, 3-0, to advance to the sectional semifinal round. They’ll play at home Tuesday afternoon at 3 against No. 7 Sterling, thanks to the Silver Knights’ 2-0 upset win over No. 2 West Deptford.

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Volleyball on the up and up at Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, November 06, 2014 01:37 pm

Amanda Bilazzo sets up a Cedar Creek volleyball teammate in a match this season. Submitted/Amanda Bilazzo sets up a Cedar Creek volleyball teammate in a match this season. The Cedar Creek High School girls volleyball team just finished its second season as a varsity program. By all accounts, it looks like another promising young program for Cedar Creek athletics.

The Pirates doubled their win total from the year before, finishing with four straight wins and an 8-12 record on the season.

Coach Brian Beck said the team was led by seniors Morgan Brown and Katie Nelson as well as junior setter Amanda Bilazzo.

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Lower, Middle hope to meet again

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:19 pm

When the Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls soccer teams played to a 1-1 draw in mid October that led to the teams sharing the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title, many fans commented that they wished the teams could somehow play again.

If they both perform well enough in the state tournament, those fans will get their wish.

Lower and Middle are on different sides of the South Jersey Group II Tournament bracket and would meet again if both win their first two tournament games. The stakes in a potential second Lower-Middle matchup would be much higher; if the teams do meet, it will be in the sectional championship game.

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Terry needs just 110 games to win 100

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:12 pm

CORY TERRY Cory Terry’s high school field hockey coaching career has gotten off to a brilliant start.

Terry, in just her fifth season as the head coach at Ocean City, her alma mater, earned her 100th career victory in Tuesday’s 13-0 whitewashing of Central Regional in a South Jersey Group 3 semifinal.

Terry reached the century mark in wins in just her 110th game. She led the Raiders to back-to-back state Group 3 championships over the last two seasons. The team also won a South Jersey title during her rookie season as head coach in 2010 and has captured the Cape-Atlantic American Conference crown during each of her five seasons as coach.

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Playoff win leads to date with powerful Pingry

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:08 pm

ANTHONY ZAMPIRRI The Wildwood Catholic High School boys soccer team’s effort on Monday has given it a great opportunity.

The Crusaders, 6-0 winners over Timothy Christian in the opening round of the South Jersey Non-Public B Tournament on Monday, have earned the right to play one of the state’s best teams this afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 6), weather permitting.

Wildwood Catholic, the ninth seed in the tournament, will take on powerful Pingry Prep, the top-seeded team in the bracket and seventh-ranked team in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Pingry (14-3-2), which was nationally ranked earlier this season in some online polls, enjoyed a first-round bye in the tournament. In its last game, Pingry beat Gill St. Bernard’s – the 16th-ranked team in the state in the same poll – by a score of 2-0 in the Somerset County Tournament title game.

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Middle shuts out P'ville in playoff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:01 pm

Trent Canter: goal and two assists CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The South Jersey Group II high school boys soccer semifinal games will be played early next week.

As usual, Middle Township will be one of the four participants.

The Panthers, the fourth seed in the tournament, landed in the semifinal round for the fourth straight season thanks to a dominating performance in Wednesday afternoon’s 3-0 win over Pleasantville at the Boyd Street Field.

Middle will host the semifinal game Monday afternoon, thanks to ninth-seeded Audubon’s shocking victory in penalty kicks over top-seeded Sterling. Audubon had lost to Sterling twice during the regular season.

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Holy Spirit goalie on new mission to win state title

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 05, 2014 01:12 pm

wilson2 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit senior Audrey Wilson traveled to Haiti last month on a fellowship mission sponsored by Beacon Evangelical Church in Galloway. ABSECON – Audrey Wilson has been making all the saves lately for the Holy Spirit High School girls soccer team in its pursuit of a Non-Public state championship.

But last month, Wilson left the team and her school for more than a week to attempt a very different sort of save. The senior traveled to impoverished Haiti on a mission sponsored by Beacon Evangelical Free Church of Galloway.

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Barber, Falcons blank Hammonton in playoff opener

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, November 05, 2014 11:09 am

oakgirls1 Mike Schultz/Oakcrest goalie Dominique Barber stretches to make a save on a late game corner kick by Hammonton. Barber earned a shutout win on Tuesday and set a new school record for most shutouts in a season (10). HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The fifth-seeded Oakcrest High School girls soccer team defeated 12th seeded Hammonton 2-0 in the opening round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III soccer playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Oakcrest.

Bryanna Bacanskas scored the Lady Falcons' first goal six minutes into the game on the assist from Jaime Hutter.

Haleigh Whitcraft scored the second goal in the 25th minute when she collected a loose ball in front of the net that escaped Hammonton goalie McKenna Fory, who over-committed on the direct kick from Oakcrest's Courtney DeFalco.

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Swenson, Thelismond lead Mustangs over Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 05, 2014 10:05 am

main1 Bill LeConey/Mainland junior Ryan Swenson got his first start at quarterback last week and made some big plays both passing and running the ball against Absegami. LINWOOD – It has been a frustrating season of near-misses for the Mainland Regional High School football team, compounded by injuries and inexperience.

Mainland junior Ryan Swenson gave his team and fans a Halloween treat on Friday night, Oct. 31, stepping in at quarterback to lead the Mustangs to a 17-7 win over Absegami in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game in Linwood.

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