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Herlihy's fine season ends at Meet of Champions

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:34 pm

Ryan Herlihy made a pretty good observation about his first Meet of Champions race.

“Even the slower people in that race were really fast,” the Middle Township High School junior said.

Last weekend, Herlihy, a cross country standout for the Panthers, made his first-ever appearance in the Meet of Champions, an event held at Holmdel Park that brings together the very best high school runners in the state. The meet includes the top performers from each of the enrollment group state championship races held earlier this month.

Herlihy performed admirably. He finished in 16 minutes, 39 seconds to set a personal-best time on Holmdel’s hilly course. He placed 63rd out of 178 runners, finishing six places ahead of South Jersey Group II champion Sean McPherson of Sterling.

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LCM baseball star chooses St. John's

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:31 pm

If you happened to witness Josh Pennington’s pitching performance in a state playoff game against Middle Township last spring, you can certainly understand why his powerful right arm is considered such a commodity.

Using mostly a fastball that was easily exceeding 90 miles per hour, the Lower Cape May junior tossed seven no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts against the Panthers’ powerful lineup. Lower wound up losing the game, 2-1, in extra innings, however, after Pennington was lifted due to a high pitch count.

College and professional scouts have certainly noticed Pennington’s skills. And that’s why the now senior righthander was able to recently sign a letter of intent to play for the Division I baseball program at St. John’s University.

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Thanksgiving Week Rivalry Records

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 01:30 pm

 

Some results reflected took place at other times during the season than Thanksgiving week.

Games played before 1918, when high school sports became organized in New Jersey, are not included in the series records.

 

Thursday Morning:

ATLANTIC CITY leads HOLY SPIRIT, 49-31 (4 ties) 85th meeting

At Stake: John Boyd-Stan Marczyk Memorial Trophy

Atlantic City has won 1 straight

Kickoff: 10am at Eisenstein Memorial Complex, Atlantic City

2012 Result: Atlantic City,13-7

First Thanksgiving Meeting: 1931

Live Play-by-Play: 1450 AM

 

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Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, November 21, 2013 09:23 pm

Surely you remember the song by John Sebastian. It opened every episode of Welcome Back Kotter, the late-1970s sitcom that introduced the world to John Travolta. It was a show about a guy who returns to his alma mater as a teacher.

Well, in the past two weeks Ocean City High School’s athletic department has celebrated Welcome Back, times three. Such as, Welcome Back Cory. And Welcome Back Trish. And Welcome Back Bogy.

Actually, they didn’t just arrive. All three have been here coaching for a while. But something happened in the last two weeks that has never happened before at OCHS and it would be very surprising if it has ever happened anywhere. Three graduates, who had all been part of South Jersey championship teams as athletes at OCHS, coached Raider teams to South Jersey titles during the same season.

corypicketts2000 Only four people in school history have done it – Trish Henry, Cory Terry, Aaron Bogushefsky and Fenton Carey. And three of them did it this fall.

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LCM's challenging season comes to a close

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:23 pm

LCM's challenging season comes to a close ERMA – Instead of a large crowd, perhaps 100 people watched.

Instead of the sounds of cheerleaders enthusiastically executing their routines and band members performing their tunes, the only discernable noises were a handful of claps from the sparse crowd, a few screams from coaches and whistles from the officials to start and stop play.

Instead of the pageantry of a glorious Thanksgiving Day morning, this one was played on a non-descript, albeit mild, Monday afternoon/early evening.

And instead of competing for the right to hoist the Anchor Bowl trophy at game’s end, the players and coaches in this game simply exchanged handshakes at the finish.

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Middle's Herlihy qualifies for Meet of Champions

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:40 am

Middle Township High School junior Ryan Herlihy qualified for the Meet of Champions behind an excellent performance at the state Group II championships held at Holmdel Park last Saturday.

Herlihy finished in 10th place with a time of 16 minutes, 50 seconds to qualify for the Meet of Champions, which features the top 10 finishers in each of the six group races, plus a handful of wild-card qualifiers.

The Meet of Champions will be held this Saturday, again at Holmdel Park.

Herlihy led his team’s effort at the group race. Middle, which had qualified for the first time in program history with a fourth-place finish at the sectional meet, finished third among South Jersey teams at the group meet.

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Middle's season ends in extra time in state semifinal

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 20, 2013 07:41 am

RICHLAND – The Middle Township High School boys soccer team couldn’t pull another exciting victory out of its bag of tricks Tuesday night.

The Panthers, competing against Delran in the state Group II semifinal on St. Augustine Prep’s turf field, saw their magical season come to an end when the Bears scored 1:08 into extra time to secure a 2-1 victory.

Middle, which had won the program’s second South Jersey championship late last week, had its season ended at 17-4-3.

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Raiders get past Timber Creek, win South Jersey title

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, November 18, 2013 02:07 pm

Bogushefsky Ocean City High School boys soccer coach Aaron Bogushefsky remembers getting a BB gun for his 11th birthday. It was a special gift, one that helped develop his interests as a hunter. But the gift he got 20 years later – just last week – was even better.

On his 31st birthday, his Raiders defeated Timber Creek, 2-0, at the Tennessee Avenue Complex to win the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship. It was Ocean City’s first title since 2007 and the program’s ninth overall. And coming over Timber Creek, which came into the game ranked No. 5 in the state, made it all the more rewarding.

Timber Creek had eliminated Bogushefsky’s 2010 team from the tournament, had beaten the 2011 Raiders in the South Jersey final and had beaten Ocean City this year, 3-0, in the South Jersey Coach Invitational semifinals.

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Dramatic goal nets Raiders state field hockey title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, November 16, 2013 06:31 pm

Dramatic goal nets Raiders state field hockey title TOMS RIVER – A Hollywood screenwriter might have a hard time dreaming up a more dramatic way to win a state championship.

The Ocean City High School field hockey team, culminating with triumph a season filled with adversity, got a goal from Kelly Hanna after time expired in the second overtime session to beat Warren Hills, 1-0, in the state Group III title game at Toms River East High School Saturday afternoon.

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Middle claims South Jersey soccer title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 15, 2013 08:20 pm

WEST DEPTFORD – After 100 hundred minutes of soccer and a combined 15 penalty-kick shooters, Noah Granigan stood 12 yards away from goal with a chance to deliver his team a South Jersey championship.

The Middle Township High School senior didn’t waste the opportunity.

Granigan blasted his kick inside the post and away from the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Denny Corsetti and set off a frenzy among the Middle players, coaches and fans as the Panthers outlasted West Deptford, 6-5, in penalty kicks after the teams played to a scoreless draw through regulation and two overtimes in the South Jersey Group II championship game Friday afternoon.

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Kennedy Johnson signs with Michigan State

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 13, 2013 03:50 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Surrounded by her family, as well as classmates and administrators from her new school, Kennedy Johnson officially made her college choice Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson, a 6-2 basketball star who transferred into Wildwood Catholic after her previous school, Sacred Heart, closed its doors for good in June, signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Michigan State.

The signing ceremony was held on the first day of the NCAA’s official signing period for basketball and other sports. Johnson had verbally committed to MSU earlier this fall.

“It feels great that I’ve accomplished something that I wanted to do since I was a little kid,” Johnson said. “It’s great to be signed and knowing where I’m going to school.”

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Stirring comeback helps land MTHS in SJ final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 12, 2013 06:43 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – All season long, the Middle Township High School boys soccer team won games with its defense.

But when the Panthers’ season was on the line Tuesday afternoon against Woodstown in a South Jersey Group II semifinal, they turned to their offense to make an incredible comeback that later ended with victory in penalty kicks.

Middle scored three times in the final 34 minutes of regulation to complete a stirring comeback from a 3-0 deficit to force extra time, before finally putting away the Wolverines, 4-3, in penalty kicks. The victory sends Middle Township to the South Jersey Group II championship game for the first time since the program won the sectional title in 2008. The Panthers, the second seed in the section, will face top-seeded and defending South Jersey champion West Deptford on Friday at a time to be announced.

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Raiders blank Moorestown to land in sectional final

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 12, 2013 06:31 pm

Ocean City High School boys soccer  OCEAN CITY - The Ocean City High School boys soccer team reached the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship game with a 3-0 victory over Moorestown in the semifinal round at the Tennessee Avenue complex Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders are scheduled to face Timber Creek on Friday at 2 p.m. for the South Jersey championship. Since Ocean City was the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group 3, the game will be played at Tennessee Avenue. OCHS lost to Timber Creek, 3-0, last month in the semifinals of the South Jersey Coaches Invitational.

Junior Kyle Millar, who spent the first half of the season on the sidelines with an injury after an all-star sophomore year, scored twice. He scored with 35 seconds left in the first half with an assist from Zack Sakena and then made it 2-0 with 27 minutes left off a Ryan Saul assist. Tom Matera sealed the win with a goal in the final four minutes.

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Lady Tigers' season ends at Haddonfield

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, November 11, 2013 10:15 pm

HADDONFIELD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team had played 19 games prior to Tuesday’s South Jersey Group II semifinal and had been shut out just once.

Even that 2-0 defeat to Holy Spirit comes with a caveat – star player Gabriella McKeown only played one half of that game due to injury.

But a team that had scored at a prolific pace all season – their 82 goals led the entire Cape-Atlantic League and represented one of the best totals in all of South Jersey – was silenced for 80 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Haddonfield Monday that ended the Lady Tigers’ season.

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