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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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Valentin sparks Warriors to win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 20, 2013 09:56 pm

WILDWOOD – Two weeks ago, Wildwood High School wasn’t sure if it would have a football program. But on Friday night, the Warriors were celebrating a victory on their home field.

Jose Valentin ran 10 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors downed Riverside, 20-16, at Maxwell Field.

All of Valentin’s touchdowns came on long runs. He scored from 50 yards out in the second quarter, from 30 yards out in the third quarter to put his team ahead for good at 14-8 and then from 58 yards out with 2:01 left in the fourth to put the Warriors in front by 20-8.

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LCM hoops star commits to Fordham

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 20, 2013 01:40 pm

lauren holden With two seasons still remaining in her high school career, Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball standout Lauren Holden already knows where she’s going to play in college.

Holden, a 5-foot-5 point guard, has given a verbal commitment to play at Division I Fordham University beginning with the 2015-16 season.

A starter since her freshman season, Holden averaged a Cape May County-best 18.4 points per game last season as a sophomore. She also topped the Lady Tigers in assists with 64 and three-point field goals with 40, while shooting a team-best 88.5 percent from the foul line. Also a fine perimeter defender, Holden led Lower Cape May to an 18-10 record, its first-ever appearance in the Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament and a first-round state playoff victory last season.

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Wildwood grad joins Division I coaching staff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, September 20, 2013 01:38 pm

Wildwood High School graduate Matt Schiff has joined the coaching staff of the women’s basketball program at Division I Morehead State.

Schiff, a 2009 graduate of Wildwood, where he ranks sixth in boys basketball history with 1,357 career points, will serve as a video coordinator for the Eagles.

Schiff spent one season as a walk-on with the men’s program at Division I Rutgers University in 2009-10 before becoming a practice player and student assistant for the Scarlet Knights women’s basketball program under head coach C. Vivian Stringer.

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