Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

State playoffs next for Lower, Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 07:11 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 06:59 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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Warriors exit rough stretch with chance to compete

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:54 pm

WILDWOOD – It’s been a rough stretch for the Wildwood High School football team.

The Warriors’ 48-2 loss to Salem on Friday was the team’s fifth in succession against teams with winning records.

For a program that has dressed less than 20 players in every game this season, it’s a wonder Wildwood (0-7) even survived.

But even though the team was outscored 235-46 over those five games, there does seem to be some light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. The team’s next two games – this Saturday against Maple Shade and next weekend against Pitman – will be played against programs that have combined for only one victory thus far this season.

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Small steps for Caper Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:47 pm

ERMA – The results on the scoreboard aren’t necessarily showing it, save for the team’s lone win earlier this season over Pleasantville, but those in the know say they’re seeing improvement in the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team.

Lower had a decent start against powerful Cedar Creek on Saturday, preventing big plays and stopping the Pirates on their first possession. But after trailing by just 7-0 after one quarter, turnovers and short punts became an issue for the Caper Tigers, who conceded 26 second-period points en route to a 46-0 loss.

The defeat dropped Lower Cape May to 1-5, with all five losses coming via shutout.

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Middle QB racks up the numbers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:42 pm

JOE DURSO Ever since Joe Durso began playing football, he’s been told he’s too small to be a quarterback.

A lot of that talk has stopped now that Durso is a senior at Middle Township High School.

Durso tossed two more touchdowns in Friday’s 41-27 loss at Oakcrest – the second loss this season by the Panthers (2-4) in which they held a lead in the fourth quarter.

Durso now has 12 touchdown passes, tops in the Cape-Atlantic League regardless of conference.

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‘Bean’ busts out of sister’s shadow

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:35 pm

Jillian Freeman WILDWOOD – In her first two years of participating in high school athletics, Jillian Freeman often toiled in the shadow of her older sister, Jess.

Jess, who graduated last spring, was one of the best girls basketball players in Wildwood High School history and a standout for the girls soccer team. So it was no surprise that Jillian, affectionately called “Bean” by her family and friends, often was reduced to background status in those two sports.

But with her sister now out of the school’s athletic program, Jillian is beginning to shine.

On Tuesday, she scored a goal and assisted on another as the Lady Warriors topped Cape May Tech, 2-0, in a girls soccer game between the two local rivals.

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NJSIAA soccer: OC boys, LCM girls earn top seeds

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:15 am

The NJSIAA released the pairings Wednesday for the boys and girls soccer state tournaments, which are set to begin early next week. Most high school soccer teams from Cape May County will participate.

In boys soccer, Ocean City is the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group III. The defending sectional champions will host No. 16 Timber Creek in an opening-round game.

Middle Township has earned the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II. The Panthers will host No. 13 Cedar Creek in their first playoff game. Also in Group II, Lower Cape May is the No. 16 seed and will go to top-seeded Sterling in the first round.

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Raider field hockey team loses to USA's best

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City High School field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state, lost to Eastern, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees. Raider junior Maria Farnan scored the game's first goal with an assist from sophomore Alexis Paone to give Ocean City (18-1) a 1-0 lead.

Cory Terry’s team begins its quest for a third straight state championship on Thursday at Trish LeFever Field when it hosts Mainland. The Mustangs defeated Winslow, 9-0, on Monday in the first round of NJSIAA Group 3. OCHS, the No. 2 seeded team, had a bye in the first round. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s South Jersey final.

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10-man Wildwood downs Cape Tech

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 28, 2014 08:52 pm

Jared Iriwn: hat trick vs. Cape Tech WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School boys soccer team responded well to adversity Tuesday evening.

Powered by Jared Irwin’s hat trick and assist, the Warriors posted a 5-3 victory over Cape May Tech despite playing the last 55 minutes of the match with 10 players after standout midfielder Valentine Rodriguez was given his walking papers with a controversial red card. Rodriguez was booked after he became tangled with a Hawk player, the referee deciding he had seen Rodriguez throw a punch, although many close witnesses claimed not to see such action.

Regardless, the Warriors were forced to play short but responded by netting three successive goals after the interval to turn a 3-2 deficit into a two-goal victory.

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This month in OCHS Sports: October

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:58 am

October 1999:

The OCHS field hockey team defeated Millville, 2-1, to hand the Thunderbolts their first loss and hold on to their No. 1 ranking in South Jersey. After Millville opened a 1-0 lead, Jenee Doto scored early in the second half to tie the score and Cory Picketts contributed the game-winner four minutes later. This team, coached by Trish LeFever, finished 20-0-3 and is the only undefeated OCHS field hockey team. Picketts, the current head coach of the Raiders, led South Jersey scoring for the second straight season with 36 goals and the team won its third straight state championship.

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Late arrival doesn't stop Cedar Creek

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:40 am

ERMA – The Cedar Creek High School football team looked very prepared to play its game Saturday at Lower Cape May.

The Pirates just weren’t prepared for the game’s start time.

Cedar Creek, thinking the contest was scheduled for 2 p.m. instead of 1, didn’t arrive to Steven Steger Memorial Field until less than 30 minutes prior to kickoff. But the Pirates quickly warmed up, took the field and ran away from the Caper Tigers.

Leading 7-0 after one quarter, Cedar Creek exploded for 26 second-period points and rolled to a 46-0 victory, its second straight and third in the last four games.

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Middle boys win county meet, OCHS girls cruise

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 23, 2014 07:25 pm

Middle boys win county meet, OCHS girls cruise CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School boys cross country team was going to need top performances from its runners to have a chance to beat Ocean City at Thursday’s Cape May County championship race.

The Panthers got them.

Behind a first-place effort from senior Ryan Herlihy and personal-best times from its four other scorers, Middle Township won its first county cross country title in 19 years by nipping the South Jersey power Raiders, 29-34, in the race held at county park.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way we ran,” said Middle coach Ed Letts, who was a junior in 1995 when the program won its last county title. “Ryan came closing to tying his (personal record) and every single other kid set a (personal record). Every kid ran his best race and that’s what we needed.”

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Second straight title for Lady Panther tennis

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 04:54 pm

Close to 20 years ago, the Middle Township High School girls tennis team dominated the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. Players such as Reagan Campbell, Alethea Desroisers and Miranda Campbell paced the Lady Panthers to a state championship in 1996 and multiple National Conference titles.

The seniors on this year’s team restored the glory to the Lady Panther program.

Earlier this week, Middle clinched its second straight CAL National Conference title with a 5-0 win over Bridgeton. The victory improved the team to 17-1 for the season, the lone loss coming in the South Jersey Group II final against Haddonfield. Middle has reached the sectional title match in two straight seasons.

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First conference title for MTHS field hockey

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 04:50 pm

The St. Joseph High School field hockey team has dominated the Cape-Atlantic National Conference for more than a decade.

Maybe now it’s Middle Township’s turn.

The Lady Panthers, a team with only two seniors, shocked St. Joseph to the tune of a 4-0 victory in Hammonton last Wednesday. They followed that effort with a 5-1 result over Holy Spirit on Friday to clinch a share of the National Conference title with St. Joseph.

The conference championship is the first in program history for Middle, which entered this week riding a nine-game winning streak. At 13-3 overall, Middle went into Wednesday’s non-conference game against Oakcrest needing one victory to break the program record for wins in a season.

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