Saturday, November 5, 2011
Fenton and Lawson score two goals apiece in win over Delsea.
It was only a matter time. The Ocean City High School field hockey team pelted the Delsea goal with shot after shot, but only got one goal to show for it during the first half of Saturday's sectional semifinal game. However, that all changed in the second half as No. 1 Ocean City scored four times en route to a 5-0 win over No. 4 Delsea in the NJSIAA Group III South playoffs. Ocean City (19-0) will take on No. 3 Kingsway on Nov. 8 with the sectional championship at stake. "I just think we had a difficult time finishing," Ocean City coach Cory Terry said. "We had opportunities to score, but we did didn't finish. And their goal keeper played a very good game. We just didn't finish, but we generated a ton of attack. It wasn't any different, …
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Spartans scored five touchdowns in the first half, but Ocean City did not score until the third quarter.
With seven starters out due to injury, the Ocean City Red Raiders struggled Friday night in Absecon against the Holy Spirit Spartans, giving up 35 points in the first half alone and ultimately losing to the Spartans 42-6. “Coming into the game we said the two guys we can’t lose are [Ben] Bethea and [Andrew] Trofa,” said Ocean City head coach Kevin Smith. “And bam, Trofa goes down in the first quarter.” Trofa normally plays on almost all downs for the Red Raiders—offense, defense, and special teams. It didn’t help Ocean City that Holy Spirit has won against some tough teams this season and is a defending state champion. Last year they went 12-0 to win a state championship. The Spartans capitalized on their first drive of the game with a …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Ocean City played six sophomores and two freshmen against Oakcrest.
While the record on the field doesn't look promising, the Red Raiders are building and seeing progess in the process. Ocean City started eight young players Friday night. "We started six sophomores and dressed three freshmen, two that played a lot of minutes tonight," explained Ocean City Head coach Kevin Smith, "We only played three seniors on offense tonight, we just have a lot of young kids. We get eight starters back on offense next year so lets hope we learn." Of those eight starters coming back on offense, one is sophomore quarterback Chris Gabor. The young signal-caller is already a leader in the Red Raider huddle. "He is very smart, very coachable and he self-corrects," Smith explained about Gabor who has thrown seven …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Three Oakcrest big plays lead to a 21-0 Falcons win on Homecoming night.
It was a beautiful homecoming night on the beach at Carey Stadium in Ocean City as the Red Raiders hosted the Oakcrest Falcons in a Cape-Atlantic League National contest. But Oakcrest (4-3, 2-2) used three big plays to pull away from Ocean City, dropping the Red Raiders to 0-3 in the National Conderence and just 1-6 on the 2011 campaign. After a slow and sloppy first quarter, in which the Red Raiders fumbled a punt, giving Oakcrest the ball at the Ocean City 37-yard line, the Red Raider defense got a much needed stop. However the offense stalled and was unable to grab the momentum. Oakcrest was on the move again, taking the ball down to the Ocean City goal-line with 10-minutes and 28 seconds left in the half, but it was the Ocean City …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Ocean City football coach Kevin Smith sees a lot of potential in Chris Gabor.
Starting Ocean City Red Raiders quarterback Chris Gabor is among the youngest players on the varsity squad, but already he has emerged as one of the team’s leaders. On Friday against undefeated Hammonton, he exhibited determination regardless of the odds, and led his team down the field during two successful scoring drives against one of the best defenses in the region. “I’m learning as much as I can,” said Gabor. “I’ve definitely taken a step up from last year…I need to work on reading coverages; I just have to read corners and safeties so I can throw to my receivers.” Gabor has been determined throughout the season. In a close game against Atlantic City in the second game of the year, Gabor helped lead his team to a near-comeback, at one…
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ocean City offense getting more consistent.
With the motto win the day, Ocean City High School football team’s goal is to get better every day at practice and in games. Despite losing by 20 points to Millville on Oct. 7, the Red Raiders seemed they did just that. “Our goal is to get better every week,” Ocean City coach Kevin Smith said. “Other than the Mainland game, I think we have done that.” Ocean City did run the ball more effectively and consistently against the Thunderbolts with Nick Zauck and Ben Bethea combining for more than 120 yards. The two Ocean City backs found room to run behind an improving offensive line. The Red Raiders registered 14 first downs, and put together a 16-play scoring drive. “Every week we are getting a lot better,” Ocean City quarterback Chris Gabor …
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The parade was held on Saturday morning.
Alumni, students and families alike visited downtown Saturday morning to enjoy the Red and White Weekend Parade. With clear skies and a warm breeze, it was a perfect day for the 12 or so groups to walk down Asbury Avenue. The Ocean City Fire and Police Departments led the parade with the Marines following close behind. Retired teachers, class reunions and future alumni equally enjoyed the parade. The Ocean City Red Raider football and cheerleading teams walked through the streets with the student council following with good music and energetic volunteers. Red and White weekend has many other events and includes a walk/run of Ocean City on Sunday morning.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Vineland beats Ocean City, 44-27.
Kevin Smith called this football season a learning process for his Ocean City High School squad. The Red Raiders learned a valuable lesson on Friday night: Turnovers and poor tackling is a direct route to a loss. Any time Ocean City gained a little momentum it gave it away against host Vineland, which won the season opener 44-27 at Gittone Field. "We went out and played our best. There’s nothing else to say,” said Ocean City junior Nick Zauck, who finished with 53 yards rushing. “They are a fast team and they have an explosive offense. They are way better than we thought.” The Red Raiders (0-1) were up to the task of answering every big Vineland play early, but the Fighting Clan put the game away with a string of long touchdowns. Vineland…
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Ocean City boys' track team outscores Oakcrest to win title.
The disappointment of not repeating as sectional champions lasted just one week for the Ocean City High School boys' winter track squad. The Red Raiders scored 48 points to edge Oakcrest by nine to capture the NJSIAA Group III State Championship in Toms River. The championship comes just a week after Oakcrest topped Ocean City to win sectionals. "Overall, it was a great day for us," Ocean City senior Miles Schoedler. "It was a historic day for us. It was our first state title in track." The Red Raiders entered the event focused on individual performances, but that changed when Schoedler and Erik Johnson finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run. Schoedler finished the mile in 4:16.57 seconds, and Johnson came in at 4:…