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Streaks stay alive for OCHS cross country teams

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:32 am

The streaks will still be alive for Ocean City High School’s cross country teams when the 2014 season begins next fall.

Matt Purdue’s boys finished 10-0 in dual meets and stretched their win streak to 53 straight over six seasons. They also won the Cape May County Meet, won the Cape-Atlantic League Meet and finished third in the South Jersey Group 3 Meet.

Trish Henry’s girls finished 9-0 and stretched their dual meet win streak to 24 over four seasons. It was Ocean City’s third straight CAL title and 24th overall. The girls won the Cape May County and Cape-Atlantic League championships, the South Jersey Group 3 title and therefore qualified for the NJSIAA Meet of Champions for the sixth time in school history.

Purdue and Henry also strengthened their positions in OCHS sports history. Purdue’s record over six seasons is 56-1 and his won-lost percentage of .982 is the best in any Raider sport. Henry (92-6 in 11 seasons) ranks third all-time with a .939 percentage, just four-tenths behind her OCHS coach, Mike Naples.

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Championship seasons for OCHS soccer teams

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:30 am

Soccer was highly successful at Ocean City High School this fall.

Aaron Bogushefsky’s boys battled down to the wire in the American Conference, reached the semifinals of the South Jersey Coaches Invitational Tournament and then went on to win the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship.

Meanwhile, first-year coach Kelly Halliday guided her girls soccer team to the American Conference championship. The Raider girls also played in the Coaches Tournament.

“I can’t imagine being more happy about the season,” Bogushefsky said. “Our goals were to win the conference, get to the Coaches Tournament and win South Jersey. We didn’t reach all three but we were very, very close. And the way the kids played in the Group 3 tournament brought them respect. I think soccer people in South Jersey are starting to pay attention to Ocean City again.”

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OCHS 2013 Boys Soccer Stats, Girls Soccer Stats

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 04, 2013 01:00 am

OCHS 2013 Boys Soccer Stats

     
  Gls Asts  
Zack Sakena 15 20  
Aaron King 10 2  
Noah Spear 9 4  
Brandon MacFarlane 7 9  
Don VanMeter 6 4  
Tom Matera 5 3  
Kyle Millar 5 0  
Tom Cusack 3 1  
Ryan Saul 2 3  
Ryan Beebe 2 1  
George Meyers 2 0  
Steve Pashuck 1 10  
Jim Flukey 1 0  
Sam Palombo 1 0  
Frank Tutelian 1 0  
Ron Gonzalez 0 2  
Justin Roof 0 1  
Evan McCardell 0.71 goals-against average,  14 shutouts  
       

 

OCHS 2013 Girls Soccer Stats

     
  Gls Asts  
 Devon Terwilliger  5  5  
 Patsy Fox  4  0  
 Dara Hennessy  3  1  
 Veronica Garcia  2  3  
 Kristi Rohrer  2  2  
Ashley Edgell  1  1  
 Allie Zelinski  1  1  
 Danielle Baruffi  0  1  
 Sarah Laux  0  1  
 Shannon Tarves  0  1  
       
Meghan Kelly 0.80 goals-against average  9 shutouts  
       

 

Championship seasons for OCHS soccer teams

   

OCHS top 25 single-sport won-lost percentages

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 04, 2013 01:00 am

OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL TOP 25 SINGLE-SPORT WON-LOST PERCENTAGES

(minimum of 5 seasons - active coaches CAPITALIZED)

MATT PURDUE, boys cross country   .982 (56-1)
 2 Mike Naples, girls track  .943 (133-8)
 3  TRISH HENRY, girls cross country  .939 (92-6)
 4  Mike Naples, girls cross country  .882 (209-28)
 5  Mike Pellegrino, boys soccer  .867 (228-35)
 6  Trish LeFever, field hockey  .865 (486-76)
 7  Bob Martin, boys soccer  .829 (87-18)
 8  Pat Dougherty, girls basketball  .810 (269-63)
 9  Dixie Howell, boys basketball  .801 (277-69)
 10  Fenton Carey, boys track  .800 (52-13)
 11  Bill Moreland, boys cross country  .796 (281-72)
 12  Tom Miller, girls soccer  .791 (91-24)
 13  Sue Tridico, softball  .779 (95-27)
 14  Fenton Carey, swimming  .777 (115-33)
 15  Bill Moreland, girls track  .774 (55-16)
 16  Matt Lane, girls lacrosse  .774 (82-24)
 17  PAUL BARUFFI, girls basketball  .760 (259-82)
 18  Lloyd Hayes, swimming  .740 (125-44)
 19  Al Holden, girls track  .729 (35-13)
 20  Ralph Carson, golf  .721 (181-70)
 21  Leo Chase, girls soccer  .712 (74-30)
 22  Ted Klepac, boys track  .710 (71-29)
 23  Jim Harris, boys cross country  .689 (73-33)
 24  Phil Birnbaum, girls tennis  .686 (221-101)
 25  Phil Birnbaum, boys tennis  .683 (441-205)
     
  * thru fall 2013  
     
   

NJSIAA says 'NO!' to public state champs

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 04, 2013 12:57 am

CCreek archive OK, there won’t be any public high school state football champions in New Jersey for at least the next few years. After all, who wants teams playing 14 games or starting on Labor Day weekend or before? To have passed the vote of the NJSIAA general membership on Monday, there would have to be double the number of schools voting yes. It was a resounding (183-95) defeat.

By the way, if the membership of the NJSIAA is that opposed to changing its constitution – Article IX says, “The Association may award trophies and prizes in such sports as deemed advisable, and determine State or District championships, when, in the judgment of the Executive Committee, it is deemed feasible and possible. No state championship, however, shall be declared in football” – then how can the NJSIAA continue to violate that constitution by declaring state champions in non-public football?

Those who were in favor of changing the constitution and determining public school state football champions will tell you that “it’s done in every other sport, why not football?” Possibly because football is the only sport where you can only compete once a week.

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Football traditions & possible changes

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 08:19 pm

This is the week the great traditions are celebrated. High school football teams will line up on Thursday and, in many cases, the grandfathers and great grandfathers of this season’s players suited up for the same game.

Aside from tradition, not a lot is at stake this Thursday.

Only the Cedar Creek-St. Augustine game has overall importance. If Cedar Creek wins, the Pirates would finish in a tie with The Prep for the Cape-Atlantic League’s National Conference championship but, according to CAL tiebreakers, would win the conference because they won on the field.

Ocean City will be seeking its seventh straight win over Pleasantville. The longest win streak in that series was eight by the Raiders from 1979-86.

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OCHS Alumni Notebook

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 08:16 pm

Natalie Hunter (senior-Maryland field hockey) finished her career in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, losing to Duke. The Terps were 80-13 in her four years in the lineup, reached the NCAA Final Four all four seasons and won two National Championships. Hunter was selected to the National Team USA over the summer...

Pat Kimball (senior-College of NJ football) was named to the Defensive First Team in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. He was seventh on the team with 34 tackles, including 23 solos. Kimball led the NJAC in tackles for losses (16.5) and sacks (10). He finished his career with 104 tackles and 17 sacks... 

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Devon Grisbaum top CAL runner in NJSIAA MOC

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 26, 2013 08:08 pm

Ocean City High School junior Devon Grisbaum finished 34th out of 177 runners Saturday in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park. She was the only Cape-Atlantic League female to qualify for the meet.

Grisbaum ran the course in 19 minutes, 17 seconds. That was 10 seconds faster than she ran the week before in the State Group 3 Meet. Grisbaum was 76th in the 2012 Meet of Champions with a time of 20:06, improving her performance significantly this year.

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Cape May County alumni notebook

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:35 pm

Catching up with some former area high school athletes now competing at the college level:

Wesley Hills (freshman-Delaware football-WHS) is a backup running back and special-teams starter for the Blue Hens this season. He had one tackle in Delaware’s stunning 35-34 loss to Villanova last weekend in a game which the Blue Hens held a 34-12 lead going into the fourth quarter. For the season, Hills has 10 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown as a running back. One of his special-teams highlights came in a loss to Richmond on Nov. 16, when he blocked a punt that led to a Delaware touchdown. …

Garret Kerr (junior-University of the Sciences basketball-MTHS) registered the 42nd double-double of his career with 25 points and 15 rebounds in the Division II Devils’ 67-60 victory over Bridgeport over the weekend. Kerr, who scored his 1,000th career college point in the team’s previous game against Lincoln University, also added five assists. T. John Casiello (sophomore- University of the Sciences basketball-WCHS) chipped in five points, four assists and two steals while playing all 40 minutes in the victory. Through four games, Kerr is averaging 21.5 points and 14.8 rebounds while Casiello is contributing 1.8 points, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. USP (2-2) was scheduled to host Cheyney Tuesday evening. …

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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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