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

Sammy Harold Brown

first_imgOur town lost a longtime citizen and friend, “Sammy” Harold Brown, age 71, who was called home late Tuesday, April 25. He was born in Edmonton, Kentucky, the son of the late James and Evelyn (Jessee) Brown on December 20, 1945. In his early years, he grew up in Kentucky, and around 6th grade the family moved to Indiana. He attended Sand Creek and then onto Versailles, graduating from there.After high school he became employed at Batesville Casket Company. He worked his entire career there, giving 45 years. As life began to move on, he met the love of his life Deborah Ann Forwalt at the former Dunbar and Bultman restaurant, and he married her on November 20, 1971 and built a family with her over the last 45 plus years. They built a home in between Napoleon and Batesville and raised 4 boys and 1 daughter. Since retirement he and Debbie had built a new home in the town of Osgood. To say life was busy and blessed would be an understatement; his love for his children and grandchildren was very strong. His heart ached last summer with the passing of his son Bret, a tremendous loss.His involvement in different organizations was a commitment he had made; he was a proud member of the Osgood Legion, Eagles of Aurora, and American Legion Riders of Ripley County. He had a strong faith and attended Cedar Creek Community Church.Sam fought sickness for the last 5 years, but in February of 2016 began his toughest fight. No one here can say he lost the fight, merely it was his time. His greatest enjoyment of fun was riding his motorcycle! Sam loved to tease and aggravate all of his grandchildren; they were the greatest gifts he ever received!He was preceded in death by his parents, son Bret, and sister Betty Brown. He is survived by wife Debbie of Osgood, sons Chad Edward and Mark Alan (Vanessa) both of Osgood, son Brad Lee of Columbus, daughter April McQueen of Versailles, brother J. C. (Carolyn) Brown of Osgood, and sister Becky (Ron) Sutton of Holton, along with 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A visitation will be at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. The funeral service will also be at Neal’s Funeral Home on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11 a.m., with doors opening at 9 a.m., followed by burial at New Marion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials are made out to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home. Services entrusted to Neal’s Funeral Home. www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Florida Schools and Colleges Not part of Phase One Re-opening

first_imgThe phase-one re-opening of Florida begins today, but that does not include schools and colleges. Students will continue to learn on-line at least until the fall.Palm Beach State College is a public college in Lake Worth, Florida. It has five campuses which won’t be opening until the fall due to COVID-19.Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker is the first female president in the history of the institution, which opened in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college. She says the majority of courses are now being offered on-line except for classes such as welding which simply can’t be taught on a computer.The College now offers more than 130 programs of study, including bachelor’s and associate degrees, professional certificates and career training. Serving 49,000 students annually. Those students who are graduating in the fall will be able to take part in a virtual graduation and then a formal ceremony will be held in August.Parker says that face-to-face learning will resume in the fall as well.Under President Parker’s stewardship, the college opened in 5th campus in Loxahatchee Groves in 2016 and reached its highest enrollment in the institution’s history. Palm Beach State College enrolls nearly 49,000 students in over 100 programs of study including bachelor of applied science, associate in arts and associate in science degree programs, and short-term certificates, as well as continuing education and avocational courses. Parker also wants students to know that Palm Beach State College has received federal funds that she can pass on to students in need. Listen to the full interview with Ava Parker here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Ava-Parker-Palm-Beach-State-College.mp3last_img read more

Betmotion backs Brazil’s ‘Dream Duo’ of Solberg & Elisa

first_imgShare BetMotion migrates to AGS platform for better localised South American provisions April 26, 2017 Related Articles Betmotion revamps LATAM proposition with Patagonia Entertainment July 17, 2019 StumbleUpon Peter Nolte lays out Patagonia Entertainment’s 2020 LatAm vision December 12, 2019 Share Submit LatAm online bookmaker Betmotion has moved to expand its Brazilian market profile, confirming that it will sponsor beach Volleyball stars Carol Solberg and Maria Elisa.The pair are the current reigning Brazil Beach Volleyball Tour champions for 2018, winning six of seven tour tournaments.Having partnered only last year, Solberg and Elisa are considered Team Brazil’s lead female volleyball pairing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Betmotion.com’s COO Luis Traversa said: “We are very proud to be able to follow and establish a partnership with Carol Solberg and Maria Elisa, two great athletes, exemplary representatives of Brazilian beach volleyball on the world circuit and we believe it will be a success for everyone.”For the experienced star Elisa (main picture), the partnership with Betmotion reinforces the values of excellence and good results that the team strives for every day.Elisa commented: “Betmotion has come to add even more to our team. It’s a company linked to the sport, which already knows our philosophy and wants to go deeper into beach volleyball, so for us, it is a perfect mix. Another sponsor to trust our team and help us to pursue that Olympic dream.”last_img read more