Ocean City High School Faces Powerhouse Highland in Grid Playoffs

first_imgBy Tim KellyThe playoffs. This is why the players lift weights in July.  This is why the coaches watch hours and hours of game footage throughout the season.  All for a shot to go up against the best and to become a South Jersey champion.The NJSIAA football playoffs begin Friday night. Though Highland is the prohibitive favorite over Ocean City, the players, coaches and hundreds of fans are upset-minded and will show up at Highland’s Gloucester Township campus.The first round Group 4 game kicks off at 7 p.m. and pits the seventh-seeded Red Raiders (3-4) against the second-seeded Tartans (7-1), whose lone loss was by a single point to Burlington Township on October 20.Ocean City won its first three games before losing four straight. However, they hung in there against physically-imposing St. Augustine, lost in overtime to Oakcrest and last week dropped a 24-21 nailbiter to archrival Mainland on a 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game. They also lost to Highland’s sister school Triton on the road after leading the game in the fourth quarter.Despite the four-game slide, Ocean City is in the big dance for the second straight year after a nine-year absence, which, along with the success of the Freshman and JV teams, says a lot about the positive direction of the program.“These games are probably a lot of fun to watch, but they are nerve-wracking to coach,” said OC head coach Kevin Smith. It doesn’t figure to get any easier.  Highland has a high-powered offense and a defense that can shut people down.  They averaged 38 points a game in three shutouts over Oakcrest, Moorestown and Paul VI.Highland has a punishing running game that averages an astounding 263 yards a game. The key to stopping the Tartans –if there is one– is to limit the damage sure to be inflicted by their sensational sophomore running back Johnny Martin III.Martin was held to under 100 yards on the ground just once all year, an 86-yard effort against Clearview, and Highland still won. He churned out a season high 244 yards against Kingsway, 184 against Oakcrest and 186 last week against Paul VI in a 55-0 romp.  If he puts up similar numbers on Friday, it could be a long night for Ocean City.An OC defender brings down a Mainland ballcarrier as Mike Williscroft (68) moves in. (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com)The Red Raiders offense has been uneven except for a consistent passing game. They have also had several costly special teams breakdowns and their defense has at time been vulnerable to the big play. That said, they’ve played hard all year with no quit and have been in every game.The teams have one common opponent, Oakcrest which beat OC 20-14 and lost to Highland, 30-0.But all that goes out the window on Friday.“It’s a new season,” Smith said of the playoffs, and at the moment everyone is 0-0.In Ocean City’s favor, the Raiders have played hard and made some big plays against quality opponents. With a few breaks, they could easily have three more wins.  Quarterback Ian Aungst and the passing game have clicked when he’s had time to throw.  Opposing defenses have not been tested much against the Raider running game, allowing them to dial up a variety of blitzes and leave the Raider QB susceptible to sacks.That hasn’t stopped the offense from moving up and down the field through the air. Their most impressive drive of the season may have happened late in the fourth quarter against Mainland when OC went 80 yards against the wind for a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game. Brendon Lashley and Jake Schneider have been among Aungst’s favorite targets.The defense has also looked very strong at times during the season. D-lineman Austin Green, linebackers Travis Stoerre, Billy Kroeger and Brandon Lin are a few of the standout defenders.Ocean City has been burned several times by big plays against the special teams. All three phases will have to be on their A-game in order for Ocean City to have a chance.The winner of Friday’s game advances to the semi-finals on November 9 against the winner of the Clearview – Hammonton first round contest.CORRECTIONS: In last week’s Mainland game story, we misidentified the receiver in a key 31-yard catch and run.  Senior Tom Meehan actually made the play.  Also we incorrectly stated Jake Schneider caught a touchdown pass and Brendon Lashley caught a pass for the two-point conversion.  It was the other way around.  We regret the errors.Senior linebacker Travis Stoerrie prior to last week’s Mainland game. Ocean City’s Tom Meehan makes a leaping catch between a pair of Mainland defenders (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com)last_img read more

Gold Coast family selling their house named after ‘The Castle’ holiday home

first_imgOwners Toni and Chris Kennedy proudly display a sign that reads “Bonnie Doon” at the entrance to their Macadie Way home.It’s a nod to the 1997 Australian comedy-drama about the Kerrigan family’s fight to save their home from the compulsory acquisition of developers who wanted to expand the neighbouring airport. The owners say it’s their own slice of serenity.After more than a decade living on the 3.42ha property, the couple have decided to sell it so they can move closer to the water.It is listed on the market with a $2.895 million asking price.Mrs Kennedy said they bought it because her husband wanted space at home for his horses.Over the years, they have chipped away at renovating the three-bedroom, two bathroom house, which even has a “pool room”.“It was over 10 years, we just did bits and pieces as we could afford it,” Mrs Kennedy said.It is much more modern than the film’s holiday home but Mrs Kennedy said it was still a family home. The Gold Coast’s “Bonnie Doon” home at 73 Macadie Way, Merrimac.“WE’RE goin’ to Bonnie Doon”. It’s slightly bigger and much more modern than the holiday home made famous in Australian cult classic The Castle but this Gold Coast property promises the same sense of serenity. There’s plenty of land for horses. Imagine waking up to this every day.The family also had a holiday house in Bonnie Doon, Victoria, where they regularly went to enjoy the “serenity”.“How’s the serenity,” Darryl Kerrigan, played by Michael Caton, famously said in the movie.Mrs Kennedy said Bonnie Doon was where the family went to “be really happy”, and their beloved Merrimac home made them feel the same.“It was all about the serenity – that’s what this place is,” Mrs Kennedy said.“That’s our Bonnie Doon.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It has three bedrooms. “The most important thing about that place is that it’s a family home,” she said.“It’s a beautiful home to live in – it’s light, bright, airy and comfortable.“My husband is broken hearted about leaving it behind, he loves the land as much as I love the water.”She said they were going to miss it.***TOP 10 QUOTES FROM THE CASTLE “Tell him he’s dreaming” – Translation: What to tell the bloke from the Trading Post asking way too much for jousting sticks or ergonomic chairs. “We’re going to Bonnie Doon. We’re going to Bonnie Doon” – Translation: The repetitive song you should sing when driving to Bonnie Doon. “How’s the serenity? So much serenity” – Translation: What to say when you’re feeling calm and content. Or you just like saying the word serenity. “Dale dug a hole. Tell ‘em Dale” – Translation: Dale dug a hole. His dad was pretty proud. “Suffer in your jocks” – Translation: A scornful phrase to tell another person after victory. E.g. Perfect for saying to the opposing counsel after winning a court case. “It’s not a house. It’s a home” – Translation: When a property is built with more than bricks and mortar – it’s built with memories and love. “It’s the vibe of it. It’s the Constitution. It’s Mabo. It’s justice. It’s law. It’s the vibe an ah, no that’s it. It’s the vibe. I rest my case” – Translation: How not to win a court case. “What doyou call this?” “Chicken” – Translation: The excited phrase to say at the start of every meal, regardless of what’s in front of you. “Dad reckoned that fishing was 10% brain and 95% muscle. And the rest was just good luck” – Translation: Pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t get it, maybe you’re missing out on the 10% brains part. “This is going straight to the pool room” – Translation: I’m so chuffed with this thoughtful present, I’m putting it on display for all to see.(Source: Screen Australia) *** ”How’s the serenity?”last_img read more

Palm Beach County Announces On-site COVID-19 Testing

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY – Palm Beach County has announced that they will offer on-site testing for COVID-19, along with several other measures.On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Preapproval and appointments will be required.Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County. Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: (561) 642-1000Palm Beach County also reiterates that all Non-critical retail and commercial businesses in Palm Beach County have remained closed until further notice. The continuing operation of critical businesses is necessary to provide goods and services to the public, to keep the public healthy and to ensure the availability of supplies.A list of critical businesses can be found here: Emergency Order Number 2aPalm Beach County still remains under a State of Emergencyhttp://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/Declaration-of-Continuing-State-of-Emergency_3-25-2020.pdfSCHOOL INFORMATIONStarting Monday, March 30th, schools across Palm Beach County will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags. The hours for Food distribution will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.Please be sure to check the full list of food distribution locations as some have changed.·last_img read more