South Jersey Sports

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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OCHS field hockey reaches SJ final, girls soccer advances

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 04, 2014 06:27 am

The big week for Ocean City High School's fall sports teams continued Tuesday with two more victories.

Cory Terry’s field hockey team defeated Central, 13-0, on Tuesday at Trish LeFever Field to advance to the South Jersey Group 3 championship game for seventh straight year and for the 16th time in the last 18 years.

And, a few blocks away at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex, the Raider girls soccer team used two goals by Veronica Garcia to defeat Seneca, 2-0, and advance to the second round of the NJSIAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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Déjà vu for EHT boys in playoff loss to Lenape

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, November 03, 2014 11:22 pm

EHT's Jon Gjyleri kicks the ball on goal in Monday's playoff game against Lenape. Bill LeConey/EHT's Jon Gjyleri kicks the ball on goal in Monday's playoff game against Lenape. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Soccer can be a cruel and unforgiving sport, especially in a do-or-die, sudden-death, win or go home situation. You have to make the most of every opportunity.

The Egg Harbor Township High School boys soccer team had that lesson reinforced on Monday, Nov. 3, losing to Lenape, 1-0, in overtime in an NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV game.

Jarrod Skole scored in the last minute of the first overtime, with an assist from goalkeeper Chris Solecki on an outstanding goal kick, to give No. 11 Lenape the win and send sixth-seeded EHT to a quick playoff exit for the second straight year.

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Mencia powers Greyhounds to first-round playoff win

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Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Monday, November 03, 2014 08:57 pm

mencia Bill LeConey/Carlos Mencia scored three goals in Pleasantville's 4-2 playoff win over Buena on Monday. PLEASANTVILLE - The Pleasantville High School boys varsity soccer team’s record-setting season set a milestone Monday, Nov. 3 when the Greyhounds staged a gutsy, come-from-behind rally to defeat visiting Buena Regional, 4-2, in a first-round NJSIAA Group II South playoff game.

Sophomore Oscar Mencia netted three goals and an assist to power the Greyhounds, who improved to 13-6 with the victory.

Mencia, who joined the team mid-season, scored late in the first half to keep the Greyhounds in the game after Pleasantville had fallen to a 2-0 deficit on Buena goals by Jorge Sosa-Lopez.

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Boys soccer starts big week for OCHS teams with a win

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, November 03, 2014 06:43 pm

A big week for Ocean City High School's fall sports teams began on Monday afternoon when the boys soccer team, the defending South Jersey Group 3 champions, defeated Timber Creek, 2-0, in the first round of this year's tournament.

Zach Zellers and Don Van Meter scored for the Raiders, both off assists from Aaron King. The Raiders will now host Pinelands on Thursday at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex in the South Jersey quarterfinals.

On Tuesday, both the girls soccer and field hockey teams will play in the NJSIAA Tournament. The girls soccer team, winners of the Cape-Atlantic League's American Conference, will host Seneca at Tennessee Avenue in a first round game. And the field hockey team, two-time defending state champions and winners of the American Conference for the 18th straight year, will host Central at Trish LeFever Field in a South Jersey semifinal.

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A picture-perfect weekend for CAL football

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 30, 2014 01:11 pm

ACFB1 Jen Marra/Atlantic City’s Jamir Prevard gets a pass off just ahead of a hit by Ocean City’s Christian Baumgardner. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise for football (not sure we can say the same about this coming weekend). Here's a look back - in pictures and words - at several Cape-Atlantic League football games from last Friday and Saturday. Photos by Jen Marra and Matt Strabuk (scroll down for more photos).

In Ocean City on Friday night, Oct. 24, Atlantic City quarterback Jamir Prevard threw two touchdown passes - to Michael Barillo and Douglas DeBerry - and also connected with Tyleek Jones on a two-point conversion to give the Vikings a much-needed 14-0 win over Ocean City.

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State playoffs next for Lower, Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:11 pm

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school field hockey teams are set to begin state tournament play after finishing their respective regular seasons last week.

Lower Cape May, which finished the regular season at 9-6, earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the South Jersey Group II Tournament. The Lady Tigers will play No. 11 Barnegat (3-15) on Monday at 2 p.m. at home. Barnegat upset No. 6 Deptford in a first-round game on Tuesday to advance.

Lower Cape May has had success behind its solid defense. The Lady Tigers conceded no more than one goal in 10 of their 15 games this season. Led by goalie Kemlyn Pearson, Lower has posted six shutouts.

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Major win for aspiring Olympian

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 05:59 pm

JOE MALOY Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Joe Maloy earned a major victory in professional triathlon racing over the weekend when he placed first at the Life Time Tri Oceanside in Oceanside, Cailf.

Maloy, 28, who currently resides in San Diego, finished with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes, 48 seconds to beat the field by almost 20 seconds. The race consisted of a 1,500-meter swim, 38.1K bike and 10K run course.

Maloy, who is bidding to make the U.S. national team for the 2016 Olympics, finished ahead of several past Olympians at the race. He was third after the swim and fourth after the bike but passed the leaders during the run, which he completed 25 seconds faster than any other competitor.

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