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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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Holden golden for LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 04:45 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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New scoring king at Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, October 17, 2014 07:13 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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Lower, Middle on level terms

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 08:11 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 03:28 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 03:25 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 03:24 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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Football has problems off the field

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 14, 2014 04:13 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 11:04 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 03:51 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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Middle edges LCM for 7th straight win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:06 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 08:46 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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