Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Cooper is Middle’s Mr. Versatility

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 19, 2014 06:51 pm

COLIN COOPER CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The 2014 season hasn’t gone as planned for the Middle Township High School football team. Loads of injuries and some disciplinary measures have left the team shorthanded in many of its games.

But one of the constants for the Panthers this season has been the versatile play of Colin Cooper.

Cooper is a senior defensive back, split end, halfback, punt and kick returner and punter. Offensively, while he doesn’t get the amount of touches as some of Middle’s other skill-position players, he’s made the most of his chances.

Cooper scored one of Middle’s touchdowns on a running play in its 22-0 win over Audubon in an NJSIAA consolation game late last week. Cooper ran seven times for 49 yards and his score and also caught four passes for another 47 yards. His punting was also excellent. He averaged 39.7 yards on his three kicks, with a long of 51 yards.

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Herlihy into Meet of Champions for second time

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 19, 2014 06:44 pm

RYAN HERLIHY Ryan Herlihy finished outside the top 10 at the state Group II cross country championship meet Saturday at Holmdel Park. But his time was good enough to qualify the senior for the Meet of Champions for the second straight year.

Herlihy finished Saturday’s race in 16 minutes, 25 seconds, recording the fastest time ever recorded at Holmdel Park by a Middle Township runner. But Herlihy had to sweat out the rest of the Saturday afternoon before finding out he had qualified for the Meet of Champions as a wild-card entry.

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MOC berth a fitting finish for WHS senior

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 19, 2014 06:38 pm

TREVOR GENTEK Trevor Gentek thought he had pushed himself as hard as he could. Then, he heard his coach’s voice.

“I had no energy,” the Wildwood High School senior said, describing the late stages of the Saturday’s state Group I cross country championship race at Holmdel Park. “Then all of a sudden I heard my coach (Erik Geisinger) yelling at me, ‘Come one, Trevor! Everyone’s hunting you down! Hurry up!’ At that point I just tried my hardest. I gave everything I had the last 100 meters.”

Everything he had put him into a place no other Wildwood High School runner has been.

Gentek’s 10th-place finish – out of 145 competitors – guaranteed him a berth at this weekend’s Meet of Champions, scheduled again for Holmdel Park on Saturday. Gentek is the first cross country runner from Wildwood to qualify for the race.

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Grauel, Warriors finally taste victory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 19, 2014 06:30 pm

JAMES GRAUEL WILDWOOD – James Grauel left some plays out on the field in previous games.

In one game, he slipped and fell while wide open as the primary receiver on a halfback pass. In another game, he dropped a potential touchdown pass.

But last Thursday, the junior two-way starter for the Wildwood High School football finally put it all together. And so did his teammates.

Grauel scored two touchdowns and nearly scored a third on an interception return as the Warriors – a team that never dressed as many as 20 players in a game this season – won their season finale over Pleasantville, 22-6, to prevent a winless campaign.

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OCHS Boys Soccer repeats as South Jersey champions

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, November 13, 2014 04:14 pm

The Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated Toms River South Thursday afternoon, 2-0, to win its second straight South Jersey Group 3 championship and the 10th in school history. The Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated Toms River South Thursday afternoon, 2-0, to win its second straight South Jersey Group 3 championship and the 10th in school history.  The Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated Toms River South Thursday afternoon, 2-0, to win its second straight South Jersey Group 3 championship and the 10th in school history. The Raiders last won back-to-back titles in 2004-05.

After a scoreless first half, Don Van Meter scored for Ocean City in the first 10 minutes of the second half and Aaron King added the insurance goal in the final eight minutes that started the coundown among fans and players.

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Holden makes it official with Fordham

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 12, 2014 04:44 pm

Surrounded by her family and coaches, Lauren Holden is all smiles as she signs with Division I Fordham University ERMA – Lauren Holden is officially the first full scholarship girls basketball player from Lower Cape May Regional High School.

Holden, a 5-5 point guard, signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday afternoon to attend Division I Fordham University on a basketball scholarship next scholastic year.

Holden was joined by about 20 family members and friends as she signed her scholarship papers during a ceremony held at the school’s Board of Education offices.

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Lady Tigers stunned in Group II opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 07, 2014 05:57 pm

ERMA – The wind and a very talented and perhaps underseeded Delran side put an abrupt end to the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team’s season Friday afternoon.

The eighth-seeded Lady Bears, helped by having a stiff wind at their back, peppered the Lower Cape May defense for the opening 40 minutes and raced to a 3-0 advantage in the South Jersey Group II quarterfinal contest.

The opening goal came via penalty kick, the second came from a hard, high shot from, 20 yards and the third came on a wonderful header off a crossing pass from the flank.

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Middle advances into semifinal round

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 07, 2014 05:33 pm

Middle's Emma Stanford gets ahead of the Deptford defense prior to scoring her team's third goal Middle's Emma Stanford gets ahead of the Deptford defense prior to scoring her team's third goal CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls soccer team will be playing into the second week of the state playoffs, thanks to an excellent all-around performance Friday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, the third seed in the South Jersey Group II Tournament, shut out No. 6 Deptford, 3-0, to advance to the sectional semifinal round. They’ll play at home Tuesday afternoon at 3 against No. 7 Sterling, thanks to the Silver Knights’ 2-0 upset win over No. 2 West Deptford.

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Lower, Middle hope to meet again

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:19 pm

When the Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls soccer teams played to a 1-1 draw in mid October that led to the teams sharing the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title, many fans commented that they wished the teams could somehow play again.

If they both perform well enough in the state tournament, those fans will get their wish.

Lower and Middle are on different sides of the South Jersey Group II Tournament bracket and would meet again if both win their first two tournament games. The stakes in a potential second Lower-Middle matchup would be much higher; if the teams do meet, it will be in the sectional championship game.

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Terry needs just 110 games to win 100

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:12 pm

CORY TERRY Cory Terry’s high school field hockey coaching career has gotten off to a brilliant start.

Terry, in just her fifth season as the head coach at Ocean City, her alma mater, earned her 100th career victory in Tuesday’s 13-0 whitewashing of Central Regional in a South Jersey Group 3 semifinal.

Terry reached the century mark in wins in just her 110th game. She led the Raiders to back-to-back state Group 3 championships over the last two seasons. The team also won a South Jersey title during her rookie season as head coach in 2010 and has captured the Cape-Atlantic American Conference crown during each of her five seasons as coach.

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Playoff win leads to date with powerful Pingry

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:08 pm

ANTHONY ZAMPIRRI The Wildwood Catholic High School boys soccer team’s effort on Monday has given it a great opportunity.

The Crusaders, 6-0 winners over Timothy Christian in the opening round of the South Jersey Non-Public B Tournament on Monday, have earned the right to play one of the state’s best teams this afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 6), weather permitting.

Wildwood Catholic, the ninth seed in the tournament, will take on powerful Pingry Prep, the top-seeded team in the bracket and seventh-ranked team in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Pingry (14-3-2), which was nationally ranked earlier this season in some online polls, enjoyed a first-round bye in the tournament. In its last game, Pingry beat Gill St. Bernard’s – the 16th-ranked team in the state in the same poll – by a score of 2-0 in the Somerset County Tournament title game.

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Middle shuts out P'ville in playoff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:01 pm

Trent Canter: goal and two assists CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The South Jersey Group II high school boys soccer semifinal games will be played early next week.

As usual, Middle Township will be one of the four participants.

The Panthers, the fourth seed in the tournament, landed in the semifinal round for the fourth straight season thanks to a dominating performance in Wednesday afternoon’s 3-0 win over Pleasantville at the Boyd Street Field.

Middle will host the semifinal game Monday afternoon, thanks to ninth-seeded Audubon’s shocking victory in penalty kicks over top-seeded Sterling. Audubon had lost to Sterling twice during the regular season.

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OCHS field hockey reaches SJ final, girls soccer advances

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 04, 2014 06:27 am

The big week for Ocean City High School's fall sports teams continued Tuesday with two more victories.

Cory Terry’s field hockey team defeated Central, 13-0, on Tuesday at Trish LeFever Field to advance to the South Jersey Group 3 championship game for seventh straight year and for the 16th time in the last 18 years.

And, a few blocks away at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex, the Raider girls soccer team used two goals by Veronica Garcia to defeat Seneca, 2-0, and advance to the second round of the NJSIAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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Boys soccer starts big week for OCHS teams with a win

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, November 03, 2014 06:43 pm

A big week for Ocean City High School's fall sports teams began on Monday afternoon when the boys soccer team, the defending South Jersey Group 3 champions, defeated Timber Creek, 2-0, in the first round of this year's tournament.

Zach Zellers and Don Van Meter scored for the Raiders, both off assists from Aaron King. The Raiders will now host Pinelands on Thursday at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex in the South Jersey quarterfinals.

On Tuesday, both the girls soccer and field hockey teams will play in the NJSIAA Tournament. The girls soccer team, winners of the Cape-Atlantic League's American Conference, will host Seneca at Tennessee Avenue in a first round game. And the field hockey team, two-time defending state champions and winners of the American Conference for the 18th straight year, will host Central at Trish LeFever Field in a South Jersey semifinal.

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