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Football has problems off the field

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 14, 2014 04:13 pm

There are too many off-the-field problems facing football these days.

Domestic abuse in the NFL is getting more attention than quarterback ratings.

Three players – one each from Alabama, North Carolina and New York – died in the last month from football-related injuries.

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Middle blasts previously unbeaten team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 12, 2014 11:04 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It’s quite evident the Middle Township High School football team has played better competition than Bristol (Pa.), its opponent for its homecoming game on Saturday.

Bristol went into the contest at 6-0, having outscored its previous opponents by a combined 260-29. But Middle dominated the Warriors, winning 44-17, the game never close after the midway point of the second quarter.

A cynic might say Bristol is a sort of paper champion, a team not as talented as its gaudy record might suggest. But the Warriors did feature an excellent running back in Donte Simmons and an above-average quarterback in R.J. Collins. Middle, though, was ready for both, putting forth its best defensive effort of the season.

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Carey Stadium needs a turf field

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Written by Tom Williams Saturday, October 11, 2014 03:51 pm

Plans are in place to bring artificial turf to Carey Stadium. It’s a great idea.

Five schools in the Cape-Atlantic League – St. Augustine Prep, Pleasantville, Atlantic City, Bridgeton and Egg Harbor Township already have turf football fields. Dozens more have moved in that direction throughout South Jersey and many, many more all over New Jersey.

Very few needed the surface more than Ocean City.

 

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Middle edges LCM for 7th straight win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:06 pm

ABBY THOMPSON ABBY THOMPSON CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School field hockey team was beginning to think recent history was about to repeat itself.

The first time the Lady Panthers played rival Lower Cape May, they dominated possession of the game, only to lose 2-1 in overtime, a defeat that began a three-game losing streak.

So when Lower Cape May goalie Kemlyn Pearson kept making athletic save after athletic save, especially in the second half, Middle certainly became concerned.

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Roselli's strike lifts MTHS over Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:46 am

MIKE ROSELLI CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Mike Roselli of the Middle Township High School boys soccer team got his first taste of what a local rivalry game is all about when he played in his team’s game against Wildwood Catholic earlier this season.

“These games are so much more intense and they’re so much harder to win,” the sophomore midfielder said.

So when Roselli scored the game winner less than 12 minutes from full time in Wednesday evening’s rematch between the two teams, he certainly understood the magnitude of the moment.

“Considering it was a game winner, I would say it’s the biggest goal I’ve ever scored,” he said.

Roselli’s low shot toward the left post from a step outside the penalty area got past Wildwood Catholic’s excellent sophomore goalkeeper, Anthony Zampirri, and lifted Middle Township to a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders in front of a large crowd in an evening game at the Boyd Street Field.

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Szczur hopes 6 weeks turns into fruitful MLB career

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:41 am

Matt Szczur enjoyed six weeks in the big league sun. He now hopes to turn those six weeks into a productive career.

Szczur, a 2007 graduate of Lower Cape May, earned a promotion from Triple A to the Chicago Cubs in mid August and spent the rest of the season in the big leagues. He played in 33 games, hitting .226 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored in 62 at bats. He also displayed his versatility by often entering games as a pinch runner or defensive replacement.

He’ll go to spring training in February looking to stay with the Cubs for the entire 2015 season and beyond.

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LCM finally celebrates victory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:37 am

LCM's Zach Hagan celebrates his team's victory Lower Cape May Regional High School football coach Bill Miller has always wanted his team to sing the school’s alma mater after a win.

He finally saw his players do it Friday night.

The Caper Tigers, in the throes of a long rebuilding effort that had seen them go winless since September 2012, snapped an 18-game losing streak with a 14-13 comeback victory over Pleasantville last Friday night at home.

“The kids were happy,” Miller said. “We talked about what was going to happen, about what to do when we won. We had planned on singing the alma mater at the 50-yard line and we got together and did that, so it was a pretty good scene. (Winning) hasn’t happened in a while so it was a pretty good feeling.”

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McGann hat trick sparks WCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:37 pm

WILDWOOD – Pat McGann doesn’t live in the Wildwoods – he resides in Cape May Court House – but he did attend grammar school at St. Ann’s, so he fully understands the context of the Wildwood-Wildwood Catholic rivalry.

“Growing up going to school on the island, it means a lot to us,” said McGann, of the Wildwood Catholic boys soccer team. “They’re right down the street from us.”

McGann was at the center of much of the action as the Crusaders smashed Wildwood, 6-0, Friday evening in the first game played on the pitch now known as Kaitlin M. Anzelone Memorial Field.

McGann netted three of his team’s six goals, including the first from 20 yards that floated over Wildwood goalkeeper Rick Amado’s hands, off the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of goal.

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New player sparks Crusaders past Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:35 pm

WILDWOOD – Gabby Johnson had to watch her new teammates from the sidelines for the early part of the season due to NJSIAA rules after transferring from Cape May Tech.

But now that she’s made it onto the field, Johnson has made a valuable impact to her team.

Johnson scored the opening goal and also provided a wonderful assist on another to pace the Wildwood Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Wildwood Friday afternoon.

“This was a huge game,” Johnson said. “It was really a big game for all of us.”

After a scoreless first half, Johnson gave the Crusaders the lead with a goal 2 ½ minutes past the interval. Not long thereafter, Becky Andress gave Catholic a two-goal lead.

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Raider field hockey stays red hot

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:14 pm

OCmainFH2 Bill LeConey/Ocean City's Julia Herrington takes a shot during the second half of a 6-0 win over Mainland on Sept. 29. LINWOOD – The Ocean City High School field hockey team has been so dominant so far this season, it almost seems as if the Red Raiders make their opponents disappear from the field altogether.

Turns out that’s exactly what coach Cory Terry has in mind.

“I don’t ever really preach to the girls to play against another team,” Terry said after unbeaten Ocean City beat top rival Mainland Regional, 6-0, in a Cape-Atlantic League game on Monday, Sept. 29. “I really preach to them to play the kind of game that they’re capable of playing.

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LCM not lacking in leadership

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:08 pm

Kevin Alexander and Zach Hagan If you follow high school football in this area even a little bit, you know that times are tough for the team at Lower Cape May Regional.

The program is filled with young players who aren’t yet strong enough nor experienced enough to compete consistently at the varsity level. The team has been outscored by a combined total of 107-0 over its first two games against Cape Henlopen (Del.) and Egg Harbor Township.

One thing that isn’t a problem for the team, however, is leadership.

The Caper Tigers feature two quality leaders in seniors Zach Hagan and Kevin Alexander, who are the only current players to play for four years in the program.

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Longtime Philly area coach now at WCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:05 pm

If John Coyle can repeat some of the success he’s had in his previous coaching stints, the Wildwood Catholic High School baseball program will certainly reap the benefits.

Coyle, who has been coaching baseball at the high school and college level for more than 3 ½ decades, has been hired as the Crusaders’ new head coach, Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello announced.

Coyle takes over for Billy Gianakopoulos, who resigned from the position a few weeks ago after leading the program for three seasons.

Coyle was most recently an assistant and head coach at Cardinal O’Hara High School of the Philadelphia Catholic League. At O’Hara, Coyle helped lead the program to four PCL Southern Division titles and one overall Catholic League championship.

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Gibson reaches 100

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:02 pm

Madie Gibson has surpassed another milestone.

Gibson, who became the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer program’s all-time leading goal scorer earlier this season, became just the ninth player in Cape-Atlantic League history to reach 100 career goals Friday afternoon.

Gibson, a senior forward, registered a hat trick within the first 13 minutes of the game in the Lady Tigers’ 8-0 victory over Cape May Tech. Her final goal accounted for 100th.

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Wildwood to honor former star player Friday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, September 29, 2014 08:59 pm

KAITLIN ANZELONE Because she was part of three state and four South Jersey championship basketball teams, Kaitlin Anzelone was best known athletically at Wildwood High School for her work in the gymnasium before graduating in 2003.

But those who remember Anzelone the all-around athlete can also recall her brilliance on the soccer field.

Anzelone, who was also part of a Cape-Atlantic League championship softball team at Wildwood, went on to play three sports as a freshman at Division III Rutgers-Camden University. But she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in the fall of 2004 and bravely battled the disease for seven months before tragically passing away the following July at age 20.

This Friday, the City of Wildwood, in conjunction with Wildwood High School, will hold a ceremony to honor Anzelone. The ceremony will take place in between the girl-boy soccer doubleheader between Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic at the Maxwell Field athletic complex. The girls game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., the boys game at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony should take place at around 5:15 p.m., assuming the girls game does not go into overtime.

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