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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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Korobellis delivers for Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 08:15 pm

ANTHONY KOROBELLIS WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team scored four runs in the first inning of its state playoff game against Woodbury Monday afternoon but was kept off the scoreboard for the next 5 2/3 innings.

Then Anthony Korobellis came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

“I always wanted to be up in that situation because I’ve never had a walk-off hit before,” the junior outfielder/designated hitter said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Korobellis can now check it off his baseball bucket list.

Korobellis’s dramatic RBI single to shallow left field broke a 4-4 tie and lifted Wildwood to a 5-4 victory over Woodbury in a first-round South Jersey Group I game. The victory was the program’s first in the state playoffs in four seasons and moves the seventh-seeded Warriors (17-12-1) into a second-round game at No. 2 Gloucester Thursday afternoon.

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More top triathlon finishes for WCHS grad

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, May 19, 2014 02:20 pm

JOE MALOY Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Joe Maloy continues to impress at elite-level triathlon events throughout the world.

Maloy, a Wildwood Crest native, posted a pair of top 20 finishes at two major International Triathlon Union (ITU) races held in the Orient earlier this month.

Last weekend, Maloy placed 19th overall and was the first American finisher at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama held in Japan’s second-largest city. He finished the course, which includes the traditional international triathlon standards of a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run, in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 17 seconds.

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Biren, Mitchell, Hess lead Falcons playoff win over O.C.

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, May 18, 2014 07:16 pm

new6137 Mike Schultz/Oakcrest's Matt Hess works his way past an Ocean City defender. Hess scored three goals in Oakcrest's 11-6 opening round playoff win. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The Oakcrest High School boys lacrosse team defeated Ocean City 11-6 in the opening round of the NJSIAA Group II state playoffs on Saturday, May 17.

The Falcons are the eighth seed in South Jersey Group II. Ocean City was the ninth seed.

The Falcons got off to a quick start on their home field, scoring three goals in the first five minutes and taking a 3-0 lead.

"We came into this game fired up," said Oakcrest attacker Blake Biron. "It's a playoff game, everyone's emotions run high. We just came into the game guns hot."

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[UPDATED]: EHT, Oakcrest, Mainland athletes shine at CAL Championships

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:36 pm

cal5 Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township's Alvin Abraham, right, holds off Holy Spirit's A.J. Dawson to win the 400-meter dash at the CAL Championship Meet. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Egg Harbor Township High School remembered a longtime coach and teacher Thursday in the best way possible: by competing in a championship setting among the very best athletes in the area.

The newly named George Wilkinson Cape-Atlantic League Track and Field Championships were contested at Silver Eagles Stadium. The CAL individual championship meet was renamed to honor longtime EHT teacher and track coach Wilkinson, who passed away last year.

Wilkinson, known to student-athletes and track colleagues as "Coach Wilk," would have been especially proud of EHT champions such as Alvin Abraham, who held off Holy Spirit's A.J. Dawson to win the boys 400-meter race in a near school-record time of 48.83, and Amber Jenkins, who won both the girls 100- and 200-meter sprints.

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State playoff pairings announced for baseball, softball

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:19 pm

gamibball2 Absegami junior pitcher Matt Ardente will face Millville in a first-round NJSIAA playoff game. Dates and times are still to be determined, but we now have seeds and pairings for the first round of the NJSIAA state baseball tournament. All seeds and pairings are tentative until noon on Friday, at which time they will become official.

In South Jersey Group IV, Egg Harbor Township is the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Cherokee in the first round. Absegami earned the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Millville.

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Lower, Middle, advance in girls lacrosse playoffs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:07 am

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls lacrosse teams each won South Jersey Group II playoff games Wednesday afternoon.

Lower Cape May pulled off an upset according to seeding, the ninth-seeded Lady Tigers going on the road to beat No. 8 Red Bank, 16-12.

Madie Gibson and Ashley Hunt each scored five goals to lead Lower Cape May (11-4), which raced out to an 11-2 halftime lead. Emily Levin and Logan Walter each added three goals.

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Cedar Creek notes: Melton, Burrell win county gold

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 14, 2014 04:14 pm

melton Cedar Creek's Bo Melton Cedar Creek High School boys track and field standouts Miles “Bo” Melton and Jalil Burrell claimed titles at the Atlantic County Championships on May 8 at Buena Regional.

Melton won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches. Burrell captured the discus crown with a toss of 140-7.

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Oakcrest notes: Muhammad, Dixon pace 5th straight county title

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 14, 2014 03:57 pm

oaktrack Submitted/The Oakcrest 4x400 relay team: Ladarrell Dixon, Alex Arrington, Luke Coffey, and Ish Muhammad. A sensational all-around effort from Ishmael Muhammad propelled the Oakcrest High School boys track and field program to its fifth straight Atlantic County Championship team title May 8 at Buena Regional.

Muhammad produced three individual victories, winning the 800 meters (1 minute, 57.82 seconds), 1,600 (4:22.85) and 400 hurdles (55.88). Also, Muhammad, Luke Coffey, Alex Arrington and LaDarrell Dixon came in first in the 4x400 relay in 3:24.64.

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My 2 cents: suggestions that make sense for CAL, NJSIAA

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, May 14, 2014 03:40 pm

njsiaalogo Things are always changing in the Cape-Atlantic League and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Sometimes they are big changes, sometimes rather subtle.

In about a month, Hammonton will be history. The Blue Devils are headed for the Tri-County Conference where they claim the bus rides will be shorter and the student-athletes will miss less class time. Anyway, they are leaving. A new tech school in Cumberland County that will open in September 2015, however, might fill the spot vacated by Hammonton in some sports.

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