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EHT holds off Ocean City, wins 17-14

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:03 pm

EHTOC1 Jen Arthur/EHT quarterback Kyle Houghton hands off to Connor Agostino as Che Amoroso (60) throws a block. OCEAN CITY – In the final minutes of last Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at Carey Stadium, Egg Harbor Township quarterback Kyle Houghton was being chased on a rollout. It was third down and the Eagles needed to convert to run out the clock.

Houghton floated a touch pass down the sideline to Angela Branca for a 6-yard gain. It wasn’t a big gain but it was enough for the first down and for EHT to run out the clock for a 17-14 victory.

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Boys soccer: Playoffs beckon for improved Vikings

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:15 am

ACsoccer1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City’s Carlos Molina dribbles the ball against Ocean City on Oct. 9 while teammate Derrick Amoako (10) follows the play. ATLANTIC CITY – Carlos Molina moved with his family a few miles east this year, transferring from Pleasantville High School to Atlantic City High School. His soccer skills continued to progress upward.

Molina and the Vikings recently won a school-record six straight games and clinched a spot in the South Jersey Group IV playoffs. Though the win streak was snapped by a very good Ocean City team on Thursday, Oct. 9, Molina had a goal and an assist in the 4-2 loss and has now scored in four straight games.

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Football has problems off the field

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 14, 2014 03:13 pm

There are too many off-the-field problems facing football these days.

Domestic abuse in the NFL is getting more attention than quarterback ratings.

Three players – one each from Alabama, North Carolina and New York – died in the last month from football-related injuries.

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Middle blasts previously unbeaten team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:04 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It’s quite evident the Middle Township High School football team has played better competition than Bristol (Pa.), its opponent for its homecoming game on Saturday.

Bristol went into the contest at 6-0, having outscored its previous opponents by a combined 260-29. But Middle dominated the Warriors, winning 44-17, the game never close after the midway point of the second quarter.

A cynic might say Bristol is a sort of paper champion, a team not as talented as its gaudy record might suggest. But the Warriors did feature an excellent running back in Donte Simmons and an above-average quarterback in R.J. Collins. Middle, though, was ready for both, putting forth its best defensive effort of the season.

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Carey Stadium needs a turf field

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Written by Tom Williams Saturday, October 11, 2014 02:51 pm

Plans are in place to bring artificial turf to Carey Stadium. It’s a great idea.

Five schools in the Cape-Atlantic League – St. Augustine Prep, Pleasantville, Atlantic City, Bridgeton and Egg Harbor Township already have turf football fields. Dozens more have moved in that direction throughout South Jersey and many, many more all over New Jersey.

Very few needed the surface more than Ocean City.

 

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Prevard scores every which way in AC victory over Vineland

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:08 am

ACVine1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard (1) jokes around with teammate Randy Canela (21) before Friday's game against Vineland. ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic City High School football team has learned to accept the occasional bad mistake by exceptionally talented junior quarterback Jamir Prevard.

It’s easy to accept the bad stuff when you know the very good stuff is usually right behind.

Prevard accounted for four touchdowns three different ways in the Vikings’ 32-12 win over Vineland Friday in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at Atlantic City High School.

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Middle edges LCM for 7th straight win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 07:06 pm

ABBY THOMPSON ABBY THOMPSON CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School field hockey team was beginning to think recent history was about to repeat itself.

The first time the Lady Panthers played rival Lower Cape May, they dominated possession of the game, only to lose 2-1 in overtime, a defeat that began a three-game losing streak.

So when Lower Cape May goalie Kemlyn Pearson kept making athletic save after athletic save, especially in the second half, Middle certainly became concerned.

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Roselli's strike lifts MTHS over Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 07:46 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 07:41 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 07:37 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 01:31 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 11:43 am

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 11:37 am

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 11:35 am

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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