Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Middle looks to regroup ahead of playoffs

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:30 pm

The Middle Township High School boys soccer team began the season with 13 straight wins. The Panthers, however, have finished with two wins, a draw and three losses over their final six regular-season games.

Monday’s 1-0 home defeat to Vineland leaves the Panthers in need of some fixing as they prepare for the South Jersey Group II playoffs. With a week in between the loss to the Clan and the start of the state tournament, Middle certainly has time to work on the necessary issues.

To be fair, Middle did not play poorly in any of the games. The losses and draws came against very good competition, with the two of the games occurring in the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament. And all three defeats were by 1-0 scores.

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Pearson leads Lady Tigers to playoff win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:26 pm

ERMA – Kemlyn Pearson was splitting time in goal with Averi Smith for the Lower Cape May Regional High school field hockey team earlier this season. But with Pearson making more and more of an impact as a field player, head coach Amie Hoch made Smith the full-time goalkeeper and Pearson a starter in the team’s attack.

The results have been very, very good.

On Monday, Pearson and the Lady Tiger offense exploded for a 5-0 victory over Bridgeton in a first-round state South Jersey Group II playoff game, extending the team’s season for at least one more game.

Pearson scored two goals and added an assist, Carissa Scott scored twice, Logan Walter produced a goal and Carrie Wunder had an assist for Lower Cape May (11-7), which earned its third victory of the season against the Lady Bulldogs. Lower won by scores of 6-0 and 4-1 over Bridgeton earlier this season.

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LCM boys soccer team’s cancer fundraiser makes winning impact

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 28, 2013 07:06 pm

ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School boys soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Pleasantville Monday afternoon.

But at the end of the team’s postgame huddle, the players broke into thunderous applause and smiled from ear to ear.

That’s because head coach Dennis Elia informed the players that they raised nearly $1,000 for charitable causes related to cancer through their recent T-shirt sale.

Junior midfielder Mike Holden, whose mother, Sharon, recently underwent successful breast cancer surgery, approached Elia about doing something for breast cancer awareness a few weeks ago. Elia, whose own sister, Katie, died at age 26 after complications with cervical cancer almost four years ago, jumped at the idea.

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Timber Creek bounces OCHS from Coaches Tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 27, 2013 05:36 pm

Timber Creek bounces OCHS from Coaches Tournament HADDONFIELD – The Timber Creek High School boys soccer team used a defend-and-counterattack style to perfection against Ocean City Sunday afternoon.

The Chargers – specifically talented striker Alex Kourhanis – scored two of their goals via the counterattack and another off a set piece to beat the Raiders, 3-0, in the semifinal round of the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament at Paul VI High School.

Kourhanis, playing as a lone striker in his team’s 4-5-1 formation, scored all three goals for Timber Creek, the second seed in the tournament, netting two in the first half and one after the interval.

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Frank Woolley passes 2000 career yards in OCHS win

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, October 25, 2013 11:43 pm

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VINELAND- Ocean City High School senior Frank Wollley gained more than 200 yards rushing in a 21-7 win over Vineland at Gittone Memorial Field.

Woolley, who is among the top five ground gainers in the Cape-Atlantic League this season, became the sixth player in OCHS history to total over 2,000 career rushing yards. By the end of the game, Woolley had moved up to No. 4 all-time among Raiders.

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Lower Cape May forced to forfeit remaining games

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Written by Mike Gill Thursday, October 24, 2013 06:25 pm

10/24 update: The Cape-Atlantic League voted Thursday to force Lower Cape May Regional High School to forfeit the remainder of its varsity football games this season. CAL president Mike Gatley said the league made the decision out of concern for the safety of the LCMR players.

Lower Cape May coach Bill Miller had chosen to forfeit Friday's scheduled game at Holy Spirit, saying his young team could not compete with the undefeated Spartans, but Miller had said the team hoped to play the final four games of the season.

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Sweep of Middle moves Lady Tigers to brink of CAL title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 23, 2013 08:48 pm

ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team accomplished a first and moved closer to its first-ever conference championship Wednesday evening.

The Lady Tigers recorded a convincing 4-1 victory over Middle Township in a game played under the lights at Steven Steger Memorial Field, marking the first time in program history the Lady Tigers completed a regular-season sweep of their biggest rival.

The victory also brought the Lady Tigers to the brink of their first-ever Cape-Atlantic National Conference championship. A win or a draw against Cape May Tech on Thursday and a win or a draw against St. Joseph will clinch the title for Lower Cape May.

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Crusaders grab draw late vs. Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:25 pm

WILDWOOD – The last time Wildwood High School beat Wildwood Catholic in boys soccer, none of the players on the two current teams was born. In fact, one or two of those players’ parents may have still been in grammar school.

You have to go all the way back to 1991 to find a Warrior victory in the rivalry, which came in a 2-0 decision behind goals from Teo Garcia and Ryan McCarthy. Steve DeHorsey, the current Wildwood coach, was a sophomore on that team and also played a prominent role in the victory. But Mike Saioni, the current Crusader coach and Wildwood Catholic graduate, did not play in the game. He didn’t arrive at Wildwood Catholic until three seasons later.

To be fair, Wildwood disbanded its program from 1998 through 2005. The teams also haven’t met in every season in between either. So the Warriors haven’t exactly had a chance in every single season since that 1991 victory. But, hey, 22 years is still a long time.

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Lady Warriors make early goals stand up vs. WCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:44 pm

WILDWOOD – When Jess Freeman scored two goals for the Wildwood High School girls soccer team before Tuesday’s contest against Wildwood Catholic was 20 minutes old, it seemed logical to think the Lady Warriors would try to win the game with their offense.

Instead, Wildwood relied on a stingy defense to come away with a 2-1 victory.

After conceding a goal to the Crusaders’ Olivia Rulon shortly after Freeman’s second goal, Wildwood kept its rival from equalizing for more than 50 minutes of soccer.

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Cancer survivor inspires Middle cross country team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:24 pm

The Middle Township High School boys cross country easily won a meet over Atlantic County Institute of Technology earlier this month.

But while the focus at this or any cross country meet is what happens at the top of the race, something rather significant – more significant than winning or losing – occurred at the end of it.

With all of the other runners having completed the five-kilometer race, 14-year-old Middle Township freshman Jay DeVico made his way out of the trails and plodded toward the finish line at the Panthers’ home course at Cape May County Park.

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Raider boys soccer wins, plays again Friday in SJCT

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:51 pm

Overtime was good and not so good for Ocean City High school’s boys soccer team.

Aaron Bogushefsky’s Raiders defeated Haddonfield, 1-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Coaches Invitational Tournament on Saturday in overtime. Then, on Monday, they lost to St. Augustine Prep, 1-0, in another overtime game that will have a bearing on the American Conference race.

“It was a tough game between two quality teams,” said Bogushefsky. “It took 99 minutes to eventually break the tie. St. Augustine had the better run of play in the first half while I thought we dominated the second half but we could not convert on our chances.”

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Raider fall sports roundup - Oct. 23

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:49 pm

CROSS COUNTRY: Both Ocean City teams completed undefeated championship seasons last week. The boys stretched their win streak to 53 meets over six seasons and the girls to 24 meets over three seasons.

The boys defeated Vineland, 17-46, and Bridgeton, 18-42. Senior Lou Paone led the way, winning overall by near 45 seconds. Senior Ed Keenan was second and junior Brandon Hadtke third. Sophomore Evan Schmeizer was sixth, senior Jake Newsome eighth and sophomore Brett Johnson was ninth.

The girls defeated both Vineland and Bridgeton by identical 15-50 scores. Senior Bridget Flynn and juniors Devon Grisbaum and Rachel Stremme finished within seven seconds in the top three spots. Sophomore Emma Bergman was fourth, freshman Meredith Steele fifth and junior Milkala Gillespie completed the shutouts by finishing sixth.

On Thursday, both OCHS teams will run in the 41st Annual Cape May County Championship Meet in Cape May County Park in Cape May Court House. The Ocean City boys have won the county meet 13 straight years and have an overall record of 33-7. The girls have won three county titles in succession and are 24-3 overall.

FIELD HOCKEY: The Raiders used two goals from Lauren McNally on Monday to defeat Millville, 4-0, for their 11th win of the season. Julia Herrington and Kelly Hanna also scored for Ocean City. Sarita Charap only had to make one save for the shutout win.

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Woolley's 4 TDs & timely defense earns OCHS 1st win

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:44 pm

Frank Woolley ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns last Friday in Ocean City’s 42-39 win over Middle Township during the Homecoming Game at Carey Stadium. The 81 points scored made it the fourth highest scoring game in school history.

But it was some critical defense by the Raiders that made difference.

In the second quarter, with Ocean City leading, 15-13, Middle Township drove down the field behind some strong runs by Yamire McNeal and two completions by quarterback Joe Durso. It was first and goal on the OCHS four yard line.

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Salvo sets MTHS shutout record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 21, 2013 07:02 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Olivia Salvo sketched her name into the athletic record books at Middle Township High School Monday afternoon.

Salvo, a senior goalkeeper, recorded the 28th shutout of her career in the Lady Panthers’ 2-0 victory over Buena. The clean sheet broke the program career record of 27 ½ shutouts set by Rebecca Sykes in 2009.

“It feels great that I accomplished something like this over my four years,” Salvo said. “I tried to work hard since Day 1. It feels great to have it pay off.”

Although Middle had a bit of a struggle against a Buena team it defeated by five goals on the road earlier this season, Salvo wasn’t challenged much during Monday’s victory. She was forced to make one sliding stop in the first half but otherwise handled every other ball with ease.

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