Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

LCM, Middle reach field hockey semifinals

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 06, 2013 11:02 am

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school field hockey games both advanced into the sectional semifinal round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament.

Lower, the fifth seed in the tournament, is scheduled to take on top-seeded West Deptford and third-seeded Middle Township is slated to play No. 2 Woodstown. Both games are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Lower Cape May, which entered Wednesday’s game at 12-7 for the season, got the semifinal round thanks to a dramatic 1-0 win at fourth-seeded Delsea. Logan Walter got the game’s only goal before the game was five minutes old, tipping home Carissa Scott’s drive toward the cage.

“It was an awesome win for us, especially being the seed under (Delsea),” Walter said. “I think it showed what we could do. We really left everything on the field and played as a team.”

Read more: LCM, Middle reach field hockey semifinals

   

McCann hits century mark

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, November 04, 2013 08:57 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Danielle McCann had a glorious chance to score a milestone goal go awry when her header from 10 yards banged off the post during Monday’s South Jersey Group II playoff game.

The rebound, however, was left for the taking and McCann and her younger sister and teammate, Jennifer, ran to the spot.

There was no way Jennifer was going to take that shot.

“That’s mine!” Danielle screamed. Jennifer graciously relented, and Danielle smacked the ball into the back of the net to become only the second player in Middle Township High School girls soccer history to reach 100 career goals.

Read more: McCann hits century mark

   

Injured Chris Curran sets Ursinus passing record

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Tom Williams Thursday, October 31, 2013 08:12 pm

Chris Curran Chris Curran Ocean City High School graduate Chris Curran is nursing a knee injury and is questionable for the season’s last three games at Ursinus College. But Curran played long enough in a recent game to become the college’s all-time leader in passing yardage.

Curran has 5,434 passing yards in his three seasons in the Bears’ lineup, breaking the record of 5,369 yards by Frank Vecchio from 1998-2000. He also has 42 career TD passes, one short of the Ursinus record, also held by Vecchio.

Read more: Injured Chris Curran sets Ursinus passing record

   

Lady Tigers win first-ever National Conference title

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 31, 2013 09:55 am

Lower Cape May Regional High School ERMA – Lower Cape May Regional High School began its girls soccer program in 1994, when the players on the current team weren’t yet born.

It took the program 12 years to win more than five games in a season and 15 years to win more than half the games they played.

But in 2010, Lower Cape May broke through with a solid 11-7-2 season with a young team, proving it was a program on the come. It followed that success with a pair of outstanding seasons that totaled a combined 29 wins and included an appearance in the South Jersey Group III title game in 2011. Now, the Lady Tigers have reached the pinnacle, after Wednesday afternoon’s dramatic 3-2 victory over St. Joseph clinched the program’s first-ever Cape-Atlantic National Conference championship.

Read more: Lady Tigers win first-ever National Conference title

   

Middle tennis shares CAL title with Spirit

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:36 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team will share the 2013 Cape-Atlantic National Conference title with Holy Spirit after losing to the Spartans in its final regular-season match.

Holy Spirit scored a 3 ½-1 ½ victory over the Lady Panthers Monday. For Spirit, the loss avenged a 3-2 Middle win from earlier in the season.

The losses to one another represented the only league defeat of the season for both teams.

Read more: Middle tennis shares CAL title with Spirit

   

Middle looks to regroup ahead of playoffs

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Middle looks to regroup ahead of playoffs

   

Pearson leads Lady Tigers to playoff win

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Pearson leads Lady Tigers to playoff win

   

LCM boys soccer team’s cancer fundraiser makes winning impact

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: LCM boys soccer team’s cancer fundraiser makes winning impact

   

Timber Creek bounces OCHS from Coaches Tournament

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Timber Creek bounces OCHS from Coaches Tournament

   

Frank Woolley passes 2000 career yards in OCHS win

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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

Ocean City defeated Vineland Friday in Vineland Ocean City defeated Vineland Friday in Vineland

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.

Read more: Frank Woolley passes 2000 career yards in OCHS win

   

Lower Cape May forced to forfeit remaining games

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Lower Cape May forced to forfeit remaining games

   

Sweep of Middle moves Lady Tigers to brink of CAL title

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Sweep of Middle moves Lady Tigers to brink of CAL title

   

Crusaders grab draw late vs. Wildwood

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Crusaders grab draw late vs. Wildwood

   

Lady Warriors make early goals stand up vs. WCHS

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Lady Warriors make early goals stand up vs. WCHS

   

Page 11 of 38