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New scoring king at Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, October 17, 2014 06:13 pm

New Wildwood boys soccer career goal-scoring leader Jared Irwin d Irwin with former leader and current coach Steve DeHorsey WILDWOOD – After chance after chance had gone awry, Jared Irwin finally struck gold.

Irwin, a senior forward, blasted a shot from 15 yards to become Wildwood High School’s all-time leading scoring in boys soccer and sparked his team to a 2-1 victory over Salem Friday afternoon.

Irwin had numerous chances to score earlier in the game, especially in the first half, but either missed the target or didn’t put a good strike on the ball. He finally scored his 45th career goal – breaking current head coach Steve DeHorsey’s program record – with 15 minutes remaining to open the game’s scoring. His right-footed cracker hit the side panel inside the left post.

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Lower, Middle on level terms

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:11 pm

ALLISON HUNTER ERMA – One team walked off the field euphoric, the other disappointed.

Unless a monumental upset occurs in their final conference games, the Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls soccer teams will share the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title after the teams played to a 1-1 draw Thursday afternoon in front of hundreds of fans.

Sophomore Allison Hunter’s 75th minute goal brought Middle Township to level terms, and the teams remained stalemated through the remainder of regulation and two 10-minute periods of extra time.

Middle players left the field ecstatic after the late developments, while Lower Cape May’s players trudged away frustrated with the result.

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Irwin on brink of scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:28 pm

Jared Irwin A record-setting performance has given Jared Irwin a chance to have another record-setting performance.

Irwin, a senior striker on the Wildwood High School boys soccer team, recorded a new single-game program record by netting five goals in an 8-5 loss to Gloucester Catholic Tuesday afternoon.

That record effort allowed Irwin to tie the school record of 44 career goals, held by current Warrior coach Steve DeHorsey, who played for Wildwood from 1990 through 1993.

Irwin can break his coach’s mark Friday in a home game against Salem.

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Crusaders again edge LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:25 pm

STONE HAROR – Two high school boys soccer teams that have had trouble scoring found the same experience when they played one another for the second time this season Tuesday afternoon.

In the end, Wildwood Catholic was the one that found a way to push a ball across the line and earned a 1-0 result over Lower Cape May. It was the second 1-0 victory of the season for Wildwood Catholic over its county rival.

Pat McGann’s first-half tally was the difference.

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Sisters key to Middle's success

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:24 pm

Summer and Jenna Herlihy Summer and Jenna Herlihy are sisters who are among the top players for a Middle Township High School field hockey team that is enjoying an excellent season so far. Both make a major impact on just about every game.

The similarities may end there, however.

“You couldn’t get two people who are more opposite,” Middle coach Janina Perna said with a laugh. “It’s almost hard to think they’re related. They get along great but they’re hard on each other when they have to be but they’re also each other’s biggest fans. But we laugh about how different they are.

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Football has problems off the field

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 14, 2014 03:13 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 10:04 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 02:51 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 07:06 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 07:46 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 07:41 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 07:37 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 11:37 am

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 11:35 am

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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