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Roselli's strike lifts MTHS over Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:46 am

MIKE ROSELLI CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Mike Roselli of the Middle Township High School boys soccer team got his first taste of what a local rivalry game is all about when he played in his team’s game against Wildwood Catholic earlier this season.

“These games are so much more intense and they’re so much harder to win,” the sophomore midfielder said.

So when Roselli scored the game winner less than 12 minutes from full time in Wednesday evening’s rematch between the two teams, he certainly understood the magnitude of the moment.

“Considering it was a game winner, I would say it’s the biggest goal I’ve ever scored,” he said.

Roselli’s low shot toward the left post from a step outside the penalty area got past Wildwood Catholic’s excellent sophomore goalkeeper, Anthony Zampirri, and lifted Middle Township to a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders in front of a large crowd in an evening game at the Boyd Street Field.

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Szczur hopes 6 weeks turns into fruitful MLB career

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:41 am

Matt Szczur enjoyed six weeks in the big league sun. He now hopes to turn those six weeks into a productive career.

Szczur, a 2007 graduate of Lower Cape May, earned a promotion from Triple A to the Chicago Cubs in mid August and spent the rest of the season in the big leagues. He played in 33 games, hitting .226 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored in 62 at bats. He also displayed his versatility by often entering games as a pinch runner or defensive replacement.

He’ll go to spring training in February looking to stay with the Cubs for the entire 2015 season and beyond.

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LCM finally celebrates victory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:37 am

LCM's Zach Hagan celebrates his team's victory Lower Cape May Regional High School football coach Bill Miller has always wanted his team to sing the school’s alma mater after a win.

He finally saw his players do it Friday night.

The Caper Tigers, in the throes of a long rebuilding effort that had seen them go winless since September 2012, snapped an 18-game losing streak with a 14-13 comeback victory over Pleasantville last Friday night at home.

“The kids were happy,” Miller said. “We talked about what was going to happen, about what to do when we won. We had planned on singing the alma mater at the 50-yard line and we got together and did that, so it was a pretty good scene. (Winning) hasn’t happened in a while so it was a pretty good feeling.”

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Four from area among top NJSIAA playoff contenders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 08, 2014 02:31 pm

newACPrevard Bill LeConey/Quarterback Jamir Prevard and the Atlantic City Vikings host CAL American foe Vineland Friday in a game with SJ Group V playoff implications. Four teams from the Current’s Atlantic County area are among the top eight in their NJSIAA groups as high school football approaches its fifth weekend.

Despite its loss to Absegami last Thursday, Egg Harbor Township is No. 2 in South Jersey Group 5, trailing only Rancocas Valley. The Eagles have some tough challenges ahead and need a win Friday night at Ocean City to stay near the top. Vineland is No. 8 in Group 5 with Millville (No. 10) and Atlantic City (No. 11) not too far behind. The Vikings’ home game against Vineland Friday (7 p.m.) has serious playoff implications.

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Eagles, Mustangs tie it up in pink

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:43 pm

ehtmainFH Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township and Mainland field hockey teams compete in the first half of Tuesday's EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - There really are no losers in a game that promotes breast cancer awareness.

So, it was somehow appropriate that the Egg Harbor Township and Mainland Regional High School field hockey teams played to a 2-2 tie on Tuesday night, Oct. 7, in the annual "Pink Game" at EHT.

Sami Lopez scored both goals for Mainland (7-6-1), while Dana Becker and Samantha Barone scored for EHT (8-3-1), with Barone’s goal tying the game in the 61st minute. Mimi McCabe made 25 saves for the Mustangs, and Taylor McCloskey had 10 saves for the Eagles.

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McGann hat trick sparks WCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:37 pm

WILDWOOD – Pat McGann doesn’t live in the Wildwoods – he resides in Cape May Court House – but he did attend grammar school at St. Ann’s, so he fully understands the context of the Wildwood-Wildwood Catholic rivalry.

“Growing up going to school on the island, it means a lot to us,” said McGann, of the Wildwood Catholic boys soccer team. “They’re right down the street from us.”

McGann was at the center of much of the action as the Crusaders smashed Wildwood, 6-0, Friday evening in the first game played on the pitch now known as Kaitlin M. Anzelone Memorial Field.

McGann netted three of his team’s six goals, including the first from 20 yards that floated over Wildwood goalkeeper Rick Amado’s hands, off the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of goal.

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New player sparks Crusaders past Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:35 pm

WILDWOOD – Gabby Johnson had to watch her new teammates from the sidelines for the early part of the season due to NJSIAA rules after transferring from Cape May Tech.

But now that she’s made it onto the field, Johnson has made a valuable impact to her team.

Johnson scored the opening goal and also provided a wonderful assist on another to pace the Wildwood Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Wildwood Friday afternoon.

“This was a huge game,” Johnson said. “It was really a big game for all of us.”

After a scoreless first half, Johnson gave the Crusaders the lead with a goal 2 ½ minutes past the interval. Not long thereafter, Becky Andress gave Catholic a two-goal lead.

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Bulldogs bully Pirates with big second-half surge

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:38 am

creek1 Bill LeConey/Stefon Bowman carries the ball for Bridgeton while Cedar Creek's J.B. Burrell pursues. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Cedar Creek High School Pirates are going through an identity crisis, according to coach Tim Watson – and the Bridgeton Bulldogs brought out the worst side of their personality on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The tough and talented Bulldogs ran away from the error-prone Pirates in the second half, beating Cedar Creek 27-13 and sending them back to the workshop for what Watson believes they really need: some serious self-reflection.

“At the end of the day, we’re just not doing a good job responding,” said Watson after the Pirates dropped to 2-2 overall, 1-2 in the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference.

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Falcons lose heartbreaker on 2-point conversion in OT

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, October 04, 2014 01:35 am

oak1 Bill LeConey/Oakcrest sophomore quarterback Kendall Elliott threw for one touchdown and ran for another in Friday's overtime loss to Buena. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The growing pains don’t get any more painful than this. The Oakcrest High School Falcons can only hope it makes them stronger down the road.

The young but improved Falcons lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Buena Regional, 36-35, Friday in a Cape-Atlantic League National Conference first-place showdown between two previously unbeaten teams.

Buena (4-0) stayed unbeaten because of a bold move by coach Jonathan Caputo. After Sammy Crouch scored his fourth touchdown of the game to pull the Chiefs to within a point, Buena could have just kicked the extra point to send it to another overtime possession by each team from the 25.

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Big plays, broken plays lift Absegami over EHT

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 02, 2014 11:50 pm

gamiEHT1 Bill LeConey/Absegami quarterback Tyler Welch hands off to running back Ifreke Andy in the first quarter of Thursday's game against EHT. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – In a game as disjointed and downright weird as this one – on a Thursday night, no less - it figured the winning points would come on a broken play.

The Absegami High School Braves pulled out a remarkable, topsy-turvy, 29-28 win over Egg Harbor Township Thursday in an exciting Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game. It was the Braves’ first win of the season after two losses, and the Eagles’ first loss after three wins.

“It doesn’t have to be pretty, right?” said Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. “You just have to figure out a way to win that game, and our kids did that tonight, so I’m proud of them.”

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Sixers go 'camping' at Stockton Sports Center

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 05:06 pm

sixersstockton1 Nerlens Noel, forward-center of the Philadelphia 76ers, shows off his jump shot Tuesday at the team’s practice camp being held at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Sports Center this week. Photo by Margot Alten/The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The Philadelphia 76ers opened their five-day training camp at Richard Stockton College in Galloway on Sept. 30.

Practices are closed to the public, but Stockton athletic director Lonnie Folks said the team may change that policy at the end of the week. The team is staying at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

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Raider field hockey stays red hot

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:14 pm

OCmainFH2 Bill LeConey/Ocean City's Julia Herrington takes a shot during the second half of a 6-0 win over Mainland on Sept. 29. LINWOOD – The Ocean City High School field hockey team has been so dominant so far this season, it almost seems as if the Red Raiders make their opponents disappear from the field altogether.

Turns out that’s exactly what coach Cory Terry has in mind.

“I don’t ever really preach to the girls to play against another team,” Terry said after unbeaten Ocean City beat top rival Mainland Regional, 6-0, in a Cape-Atlantic League game on Monday, Sept. 29. “I really preach to them to play the kind of game that they’re capable of playing.

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LCM not lacking in leadership

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:08 pm

Kevin Alexander and Zach Hagan If you follow high school football in this area even a little bit, you know that times are tough for the team at Lower Cape May Regional.

The program is filled with young players who aren’t yet strong enough nor experienced enough to compete consistently at the varsity level. The team has been outscored by a combined total of 107-0 over its first two games against Cape Henlopen (Del.) and Egg Harbor Township.

One thing that isn’t a problem for the team, however, is leadership.

The Caper Tigers feature two quality leaders in seniors Zach Hagan and Kevin Alexander, who are the only current players to play for four years in the program.

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Longtime Philly area coach now at WCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:05 pm

If John Coyle can repeat some of the success he’s had in his previous coaching stints, the Wildwood Catholic High School baseball program will certainly reap the benefits.

Coyle, who has been coaching baseball at the high school and college level for more than 3 ½ decades, has been hired as the Crusaders’ new head coach, Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello announced.

Coyle takes over for Billy Gianakopoulos, who resigned from the position a few weeks ago after leading the program for three seasons.

Coyle was most recently an assistant and head coach at Cardinal O’Hara High School of the Philadelphia Catholic League. At O’Hara, Coyle helped lead the program to four PCL Southern Division titles and one overall Catholic League championship.

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