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Holden golden for LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:45 pm

Mike Holden ERMA – Mike Holden couldn’t believe his good fortune.

“It’s definitely a blessing when the ball is played that close to your body and you can make a play with it with no one around you,” the senior from the Lower Cape May Regional High School boys soccer team said.

Holden made that play, and sent the Cape Tigers home winners in extra time Monday evening.

Holden found himself alone eight yards from goal after a fortuitous bounce led the ball to his right foot. He used the outside of his cleat to punch the ball into the left corner of goal eight minutes into extra time as Lower Cape May finally put away a pesky Cape May Tech side, 4-3.

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Absegami, AC drop out from NJSIAA football playoff leaders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:12 pm

ACStJoe Bill LeConey/The Atlantic City Vikings, including quarterback Jamir Prevard, right, and running back Aquan Conaway face a must-win situation the next two weeks (at Ocean City, at Millville) to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Absegami and Atlantic City high school varsity football teams dropped out of the Group V top-eight and Cedar Creek rebounded in the Group II playoff standings after last weekend’s football results were posted.

They join varsity football teams from across South Jersey in a race to qualify for the playoffs before the Nov. 8 deadline.

After losing to St. Joseph last Friday, Atlantic City dropped to No. 10 in Group V.

The eight teams with the highest power ratings in each group qualify for the playoffs.

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Pro soccer goalie hopes to make saves vs. domestic violence

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, October 21, 2014 09:41 pm

newloyden Bill LeConey/Professional soccer player Jillian Loyden talks to Absegami student-athletes about domestic violence on Oct. 17. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Professional soccer player Jillian Loyden from Vineland spoke to Absegami High School student-athletes on Friday, Oct. 17. The topics included life, international travel, sports, and the issue of domestic violence, which has been in the news far too often of late.

And when Loyden speaks on that issue, it's coming from a very personal place.

Loyden lost her sister and best friend, Britton, 23, in 2012 in what police have characterized as a domestic violence attack. Britton's former boyfriend, the father of their 2-year-old son, is charged with murder and is awaiting trial.

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Cedar Creek seniors lead the way in big win over Oakcrest

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, October 19, 2014 01:45 pm

creek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek linebacker J.B. Burrell gets to Oakcrest quarterback Kendall Elliott just after he releases the ball. EGG HARBOR CITY – It was "Senior Day" at Cedar Creek High School Saturday – complete with the halftime crowning of a “King” and “Queen.” So it was appropriate that several 12th-graders pointed the way to a “royal” victory for the Pirates football team.

Isa Wills scored two rushing touchdowns and Nate Pauls played big on both sides of the ball as Cedar Creek smothered intra-district rival Oakcrest, 20-0, in a Cape-Atlantic League National game.

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New scoring king at Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, October 17, 2014 06:13 pm

New Wildwood boys soccer career goal-scoring leader Jared Irwin d Irwin with former leader and current coach Steve DeHorsey WILDWOOD – After chance after chance had gone awry, Jared Irwin finally struck gold.

Irwin, a senior forward, blasted a shot from 15 yards to become Wildwood High School’s all-time leading scoring in boys soccer and sparked his team to a 2-1 victory over Salem Friday afternoon.

Irwin had numerous chances to score earlier in the game, especially in the first half, but either missed the target or didn’t put a good strike on the ball. He finally scored his 45th career goal – breaking current head coach Steve DeHorsey’s program record – with 15 minutes remaining to open the game’s scoring. His right-footed cracker hit the side panel inside the left post.

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Streaking Greyhounds win 9th straight, eye CAL National title

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:07 pm

newpville1 Bill LeConey/Pleasantville's Carlos Mencia scores the first of his two goals in the second half Thursday, beating ACIT goalie Chris Vargas. PLEASANTVILLE – With every win, the Pleasantville Greyhounds write a new chapter in their unprecedented high school soccer journey.

The surprising Greyhounds, one of the biggest stories on the local high school sports scene this fall, won their ninth straight game Thursday, beating Atlantic County Tech 4-0 to draw closer to their first-ever Cape-Atlantic League National Conference title.

Carlos Mencia scored two goals in the second half for Pleasantville (11-3-0 overall, 7-1-0 conference), and red-hot Darlin Jimenez scored his 20th of the season.

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Lower, Middle on level terms

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:11 pm

ALLISON HUNTER ERMA – One team walked off the field euphoric, the other disappointed.

Unless a monumental upset occurs in their final conference games, the Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls soccer teams will share the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title after the teams played to a 1-1 draw Thursday afternoon in front of hundreds of fans.

Sophomore Allison Hunter’s 75th minute goal brought Middle Township to level terms, and the teams remained stalemated through the remainder of regulation and two 10-minute periods of extra time.

Middle players left the field ecstatic after the late developments, while Lower Cape May’s players trudged away frustrated with the result.

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Irwin on brink of scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:28 pm

Jared Irwin A record-setting performance has given Jared Irwin a chance to have another record-setting performance.

Irwin, a senior striker on the Wildwood High School boys soccer team, recorded a new single-game program record by netting five goals in an 8-5 loss to Gloucester Catholic Tuesday afternoon.

That record effort allowed Irwin to tie the school record of 44 career goals, held by current Warrior coach Steve DeHorsey, who played for Wildwood from 1990 through 1993.

Irwin can break his coach’s mark Friday in a home game against Salem.

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Crusaders again edge LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:25 pm

STONE HAROR – Two high school boys soccer teams that have had trouble scoring found the same experience when they played one another for the second time this season Tuesday afternoon.

In the end, Wildwood Catholic was the one that found a way to push a ball across the line and earned a 1-0 result over Lower Cape May. It was the second 1-0 victory of the season for Wildwood Catholic over its county rival.

Pat McGann’s first-half tally was the difference.

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Sisters key to Middle's success

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:24 pm

Summer and Jenna Herlihy Summer and Jenna Herlihy are sisters who are among the top players for a Middle Township High School field hockey team that is enjoying an excellent season so far. Both make a major impact on just about every game.

The similarities may end there, however.

“You couldn’t get two people who are more opposite,” Middle coach Janina Perna said with a laugh. “It’s almost hard to think they’re related. They get along great but they’re hard on each other when they have to be but they’re also each other’s biggest fans. But we laugh about how different they are.

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Northfield girl tackling a new sport

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 15, 2014 04:13 pm

footballgirl1 Bill LeConey/Northfield junior varsity football player Julianna Medina, 10. NORTHFIELD – Julianna Medina was tired of staying on the sidelines, cheering for her brothers and friends as they tackled, blocked, and ran with the football.

So she put herself in the game.

Julianna, 10, is playing for the Northfield Cardinals JV football team this fall. She traded in her cheerleaders outfit for a football uniform with shoulder pads and a helmet - and she’s not looking back.

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Mustangs can't get a handle on Prep's Harris

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:58 pm

mainPrep1 Mike Schultz/Javon James fights for tough yardage against a very physical St. Augustine defense. The Mainland Mustangs were unable to corral the Cape-Atlantic League's leading rusher Lamont Harris on Friday, Oct. 10, in Linwood.

Harris rushed for three touchdowns and 263 yards, which included jaunts of 75 yards and 67 yards, in St. Augustine Prep's 27-14 win over Mainland in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup. Harris, who lives in Washington Township, is South Jersey's leading rusher with 1,009 yards.

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Cannuscio and McManus win bronze at Finlandia Trophy

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:52 pm

cannuscio US Figure Skating/Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus Egg Harbor Township figure skater Anastasia Cannuscio and partner Colin McManus of Saugus, Mass., won the bronze medal last week at 2004 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland, as part of the of the International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series.

Cannuscio represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club while McManus represents The Skating Club of Boston. The duo, who were the 2011 U.S. junior bronze medalists, train in Newark, Delaware, and are coached by Karen Ludington, Alexandr Kirsanov and Christie Moxley-Hutson.

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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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