Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Passing game, defense lead gritty Warriors to second win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, October 05, 2013 09:35 am

WILDWOOD – Through its first three games, the Wildwood High School football team had shown an ability to run the ball well at times.

To guard against the Warrior running game, Maple Shade walked not one, but both of its safeties so close to the line of scrimmage during the first half of Friday’s game that it appeared the Wildcats were playing with five or six linebackers at times.

So to counteract that defensive scheme, the Warriors took to the air. And found success.

Tyler Gentek and Jose Valentin combined to complete 7 of 11 first-half passing attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a comfortable 32-0 lead at the half. Wildwood eventually settled for a 38-14 victory, the team’s second in a season in which at one point the Warriors weren’t sure if they’d even field a team due to low numbers.

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McKeown can’t be denied as LCM trips Middle, 4-1

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, October 05, 2013 08:56 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Anyone previously not convinced that Gabriella McKeown is one of the greatest high school girls soccer players in Cape May County history certainly would be now.

McKeown, a senior striker from Lower Cape May Regional, turned a performance for the ages Friday afternoon in leading the Lady Tigers to an important victory over archrival Middle Township.

McKeown scored all four goals – two of which would rival any seen on an English Premier League highlight show – as Lower Cape May pulled away from the Lady Panthers, 4-1, to take sole possession of first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

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Lady Panthers earn No. 2 seed for state tennis tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:13 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team, off to an excellent start to the season, has earned the No. 2 seed for the South Jersey Group II Tournament, which begins this week.

The Lady Panthers (8-1), who scored a 4-1 victory over Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Monday, will enjoy a first-round bye before playing Tuesday against the winner of a match between No. 7 West Deptford and No. 10 Deptford.

A potential semifinal match, most likely against third-seeded Cinnaminson, is scheduled for later next week. The top seed in the bracket is Haddonfield, annually one of the top teams in the state.

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Middle set for showdown against Lower Cape May

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:12 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township and Lower Cape May Regional high school girls soccer teams are set for an epic showdown Friday afternoon in Erma.

Both teams went into midweek unbeaten in Cape-Atlantic National Conference play, meaning the winner will take control of first place in conference play.

“I think it’s great that we get to play when there’s something really on the line,” Middle coach Bob Wishart said. It’s pretty neat that we could both be unbeaten (in the conference) for the game. If you remember last year, we had already lost to OLMA and we had a draw with Holy Spirit so we were kind of chasing it the whole year. I think Friday’s game is going to tell us a lot.”

After a season-opening loss in a non-conference game against Vineland, Middle enters its game against Buena on Wednesday as winners of seven straight games. The latest was a dominating 6-0 effort against county rival Wildwood Catholic under the lights at the Boyd Street Field Monday evening that ran the team’s record to 7-1 overall, 7-0 in the National Conference.

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Kerr a rock behind Middle's stingy defense

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:08 pm

STONE HARBOR – Tanner Kerr’s hair is a bit longer and much thicker than usual. That’ll happen when you haven’t had it cut in more than a month.

“I’m not getting it cut until we give up a goal,” the senior goalkeeper from the Middle Township High School boys soccer team said with a laugh.

There is no high school team in the state that can boast a defense stingier than that of the Panthers. Through eight games, Middle has conceded zero goals, the latest clean sheet for Kerr and the Panthers coming in a thoroughly dominating 4-0 victory over Wildwood Catholic on Monday.

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Solid stretch for Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:05 pm

WILDWOOD – Following Tuesday’s game against Penns Grove, the coaches and some of the players teased Jared Irwin and about missing a penalty kick late in the second half.

Those are things teams having a good time playing the game tend to do, and recently the Warriors have certainly had a good time playing the game. That’s because they’ve been competitive and they’ve been winning.

A hat trick by Valentine Rodriguez and a goal by Irwin accounted for the offense as Wildwood picked up its first-ever victory over Penns Grove, a well-deserved 4-1 result.

“Right now, it’s excellent,” said Rodriguez, a native of Mexico who didn’t speak a lick of English until he moved to the area five years ago. “This was a great win today. We have to keep it up and we have to be ready for our next game against Clayton on Thursday.”

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This Month In OCHS Sports, Oct. 2, 2013

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:58 am

October 1994:

Senior Mike Cellini scored twice and senior Tim Tormey notched his 27th shutout as the Raiders defeated Millville, 5-0, in boys soccer. Senior Jason Deibert, junior Mike Ludwig and sophomore Brian Geary also scored for Coach Bob Martin’s team. Deibert would lead the team in scoring with 13 goals and Pete Lambert set a school record with 14 assists. The Raiders finished 19-3-1 and defeated Lower Cape May to win the overall CAL championship. The team was ranked 12th in South Jersey but lost to Pennsauken in the second round of the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament.

October 1977: 

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Ocean City Football Preview

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:56 am

Ocean City (0-3) at St. Augustine Prep (3-0)

Date: Friday, Oct. 4

Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Place: LaRosa Turf Field, off Route 40 on Cedar Avenue, Richland

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RAIDER ROUNDUP - A Week of OCHS sports

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 01, 2013 02:07 am

RAIDER FALL SPORTS ROUNDUP

BOYS SOCCER: George Meyers, The Comeback Kid, scored the only goal Ocean City would need on Monday as the Raiders defeated Hammonton, 3-0, for their fifth straight win. Meyers, who just returned from nearly a year of rehab after breaking his leg, scored in the first 15 minutes of the game with an assist from Steve Pashuck. Brendan MacFarlane added a goal on a penalty kick and Aaron King got the third goal with an assist from Zack Sakena. Evan McCardell stopped seven shots for the shutout.

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McNeal paces Middle to first win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 28, 2013 01:16 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School football team played a sloppy game Friday night. Numerous penalties, poor execution on a few offensive plays and missed tackles on some defensive plays combined to make for a rather ugly evening for the team.

The Panthers, however, managed to win rather comfortably, thanks in large part to the work of junior running back Yamire McNeal.

McNeal rushed 15 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a 32-yard touchdown strike on a halfback pass to pace the Panthers to a 35-13 victory over Pleasantville.

The win was Middle’s first of the season.

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Herlihy, Johnson win Big 5 cross country races

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 27, 2013 06:07 pm

WILDWOOD – The Big 5 high school cross country championships saw previous champions win both races Friday afternoon.

Junior Ryan Herlihy of Middle Township won the boys race for the third straight year, while senior Emily Johnson of Wildwood Catholic won for the second time in her career.

Herlihy, on pace to become the first male runner to win the race four times, posted a time of 17 minutes, 5 seconds in the race held on Wildwood’s home course that included parts of the Wildwoods boardwalk, the beach and a segment of the Wildwood Crest bike path.

Herlihy led Middle Township to its fifth straight team championship. The Panthers placed four runners among the top five, with Wildwood junior Trevor Gentek breaking up the Middle pack by finishing second in 17:24, which was more than 30 seconds better than his previous personal-best time. Mike Feraco, Chris Robison and Nate Sanders were third through fifth, respectively for Middle.

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After 0-2 start, Middle hopes to repeat 2012 run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, September 25, 2013 06:34 pm

Colin Cooper It isn’t easy going into the third week of your football season still searching for your first victory.

But the players on the Middle Township High School football team only need to look at what last year’s Panthers did after facing that same scenario to know it’s still very possible to have a successful season.

Last fall, Middle began the season with consecutive losses to St. Augustine Prep and Absegami before rallying to win three straight games and five of its next six to qualify for the South Jersey Group II playoffs for only the third time in program history.

This year’s group may face a bigger challenge, however. After losses to the same Hermit and Brave teams to start this season, the Panthers’ next few opponents appear improved from last season. This Friday’s opponent, Pleasantville, may have lost 34 straight games but the Greyhounds have already proven to be more competitive. They lost in overtime to Vineland – Middle’s opponent on Oct. 4 – after holding their own against Group V Mainland in their opener in a 28-13 storm-shortened loss.

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OCHS soccer player George Meyers returns from horrific injury

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, September 25, 2013 04:03 pm

george meyers It was more than a victory on the scoreboard last week when the Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated Mainland at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex last week.

Early in the second half, No. 9 came sprinting off the OCHS sidelines and the crowd stood and cheered. So did the players and coaches.

George Meyers had come all the way back.

“It was an amazing moment,” said Ocean City boys soccer coach Aaron Bogushefsky. “He’s had such a tough road getting back it was good for all of us – his teammates, the coaches and our fans – to see him out there again.”

Last season, on Oct. 18 in a game with St. Augustine Prep at Tennessee Avenue, Meyers suffered a season-ending injury. It could have been an end to his soccer career.

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Edmunds, Hawks deny WCHS late

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, September 24, 2013 09:45 pm

Edmunds, Hawks deny WCHS late CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It’s difficult enough for a goalkeeper to stop a penalty kick. Just imagine how difficult it is to have to make two stops on the same one.

That’s exactly what Cape May Tech’s Robert Edmunds did Monday afternoon against rival Wildwood Catholic.

Midway through the second half, Edmunds dove to his right to save a penalty kick by Catholic’s Pat McGann, who had stepped to the spot after teammate Sal Zampirri was taken down in the area. But after the save, the ball caromed off the post and floated almost directly across the goal line.

“It definitely wasn’t a good thing to see,” Edmunds said. “I was really nervous. But you just have to react to it.”

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