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November 4, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mainland's football team forfeited its four wins from this season after the NJSIAA ruled Wednesday that the Mustangs had used an ineligible player. Mainland coach Bob Coffey could not be reached for comment, but an official from another Cape-Atlantic League school said he was contacted about the matter. NJSIAA assistant director Bob Baly and executive director Steve Timko also were unavailable for comment. However, on the NJSIAA website that lists teams' power ratings, Mainland's record has gone from 4-3 to 0-7. St. Augustine, Ocean City, Absegami, and Buena received wins.
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October 8, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Steve Hevalow was the last Absegami player to make it through the handshake line immediately following last night's impressive 28-9 victory at Mainland, but it had nothing to do with the junior savoring his performance. "Nah," he said when asked if he was trying to bask in the moment. "I had to get my left knee checked by the trainer before coming back on the field. " That was the closest anyone came to making the Braves' talented running back stand still. Hevalow rumbled for two touchdowns and 212 yards on 19 carries, including a masterful 92-yard scoring jaunt in the waning moments of the first half.
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February 3, 2003 | By Josh Egerman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ryan Karrer and Ross Thomas have made a difference. Mainland coach Brian Booth certainly knows that having two members of the United States Swimming squad decide to compete with the Mustangs has given his team a boost. But he also knows that Karrer, a senior, and Thomas, a sophomore, aren't the only reasons Mainland can call itself the Cape-Atlantic League champion for the first time. "It obviously helps," Booth said. "I can move other kids around, and they can do a lot of different events.
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October 26, 2007 | By Bill Iezzi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two teams in the Cape-Atlantic League have unblemished American Conference records, and those two teams will clash tonight in Linwood. Mainland (5-1 overall, 4-0 conference) will greet visiting Hammonton (6-0, 6-0) with all of the appropriate aggression that a Group 4 school can muster. Hammonton, which is in Group 3, will strive to accumulate a bonanza of power points that a victory over a large school yields. "Any time you play a bigger school it's a tremendous challenge," Hammonton coach Pete Lancetta said.
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June 1, 1990 | By Tom Williams, Special to The Inquirer
Mainland, which won its first South Jersey sectional softball title since 1976, lost to Nottingham, 4-1, in the Group 3 state semifinal yesterday. And one bad defensive sequence was the difference. The Mustangs (17-8), who started the season 1-3 and qualified for the tournament by just one game, defeated top-seeded Lower Cape May, 5-0, on one of pitcher Karen Brown's two perfect games in the early rounds of the tournament. Then, after Rancocas Valley eliminated defending state champion Ocean City, 1-0, in eight innings, Mainland, No. 8 in The Inquirer's Top 10, knocked off RV, 3-0, in the South Jersey final.
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October 28, 1995 | By Bob Hoffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Apparently, all that Mainland needed to finally beat Holy Spirit was the overtime rule put in by the NJSIAA this year. The host Mustangs knocked off the Spartans last night for the first time since 1966, winning, 35-28, on a 12-yard touchdown run by Tony DeSalle in the first overtime period. Mainland had gone 0-23-1 against Holy Spirit since the 1966 victory. The teams did not meet from 1989-92. DeSalle also led the way for the Mustangs in regulation. His 7-yard run gave Mainland a 7-0 lead with 9:17 left in the first period.
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December 6, 1999 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The drama of yesterday's South Jersey Group 3 football title game was upstaged only by Ocean City's resolve. Playing the rare role of underdog, the Red Raiders overcame a key injury, a costly inadvertent whistle, and a previously undefeated Mainland team (11-1) to defeat the Mustangs, 21-18, at Rutgers Stadium. Third-seeded Ocean City (8-4) earned its fourth sectional title and third since 1996, while also avenging a 17-14 regular-season loss to its Cape-Atlantic rival. Ocean City played without all-star tight end Matt Chila, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Thanksgiving Day against Pleasantville.
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September 9, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LINWOOD - The coach wanted things to be normal. Typical. Routine. He talked strategy in the pregame meeting. He told his players to stick to their habits. He told them to do what high school football players do on opening night - run on the field and pound each other on the shoulder pads, then line up and collide with the other kids in the different-colored uniforms. "It was all about football," Mainland coach Bob Coffey said of the team's season opener. Mainland lined up and played a tough, physical game against Hammonton in the Cape-Atlantic National Division game on a cool, clear Friday night before a huge crowd on the Mustangs' home field off Route 9. Hammonton won, 23-7, using a sturdy defense and its signature powerful ground game.
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November 23, 1991 | By Tom Williams, Special to The Inquirer
The only touchdown scored in last night's driving rain at Egg Harbor Township was on a 9-yard pass from Eagles quarterback Scott Parker to wide receiver Jonathan Parker in the fourth period. But the big reason that Egg Harbor Township came away with a 7-0 victory over visiting Mainland in a non-conference battle between the two Cape- Atlantic League schools was a durable effort by EHT running back Demond Tally. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior carried the ball 38 times on the wet, slippery field and gained 159 yards for EHT (6-2-1)
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September 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
They walked in the locker room to find decorations and little gift bags, courtesy of the field hockey team. During the pregame talk with the referees, the opposing team insisted they all hold hands. And when the captains' meeting was finished at midfield, the Mainland girls' soccer team returned to the sideline through a phalanx of fully padded football players, who offered high-fives, hugs, and cheers. "Overwhelming," junior captain Maddie Williscroft said of the support for the Mustangs, who opened their season Tuesday, barely 24 hours after the funeral of freshman midfielder Aisling Cooke.
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May 22, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
For Joe Marino, the best thing about last Saturday's Diamond Classic opening game was the result: St. Joseph 9, Mainland 7. "That was unbelievable," Marino said. "I couldn't believe we did it. " But a close second was the Wildcats' method of victory: building a big lead, losing it, answering back and holding off still another rally by the heavily-favored Mustangs. "It shows we don't give up," Marino said. "We'll keep fighting. " Marino, a junior lefthander, is a good example of the Wildcats' spirit, according to coach Tom Carney.
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May 7, 2016 | By Amanda Johncola, Staff Writer
Kyle Gerace improved his record to 2-0 by striking out seven in Mainland's 12-0 win at Absegami. Gerace, Anthony Capasso, and Austin Blumetti combined for the no-hitter. Nick Trifiletti hit a two- run home run for Mainland. Also helping was Marty Cortellessa, who had two hits and four RBIs. In other Cape-Atlantic League action: Visiting Cedar Creek defeated Atlantic County Tech, 7-2. Justin Deissler picked up the win, while Timmy Marker went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Pirates.
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April 24, 2016 | By Mark Whited, Staff Writer
Nick Atohi pitched four scoreless innings on Friday to pace host Mainland to a 2-0 victory over Vineland in a Cape-Atlantic League baseball game. The sophomore allowed one hit and stuck out five batters to improve to 4-0 this season. Nick Trifiletti had a pair of hits, an RBI, and a run. Rob Wood drove in a run. Mike Juliano had two hits. Ja'Ques Colon, Jonathan Perez, and Kordell Harold accounted for Vineland's three hits. In other Cape-Atlantic action: Dylan Scaranda belted a two-run home run to power Absegami to a 8-3 win over visitor Atlantic City.
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February 23, 2016 | By the Inquirer Staff
Brian McGroarty, Derek Kneisel, and Justin Lui each won two events as Mainland captured the Public B state title in swimming with a 99-71 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Sunday at the College of New Jersey. The championship was the second in Mainland history and first since 2003. The Mustangs finish 15-0. Boys' Basketball Eli Richardson had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Penns Grove in a 74-57 win over Vineland at the Shoot Down Cancer Classic at St. Augustine. Ahmead Armstead added 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists for the Red Devils.
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January 24, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Chuck Smith knows the rich history of Mainland football as well as anyone. Smith was an assistant coach for the Mustangs from 1989 to 2009, through a run that included five South Jersey championships. "The history is unreal," said Smith, who was named Mainland's head coach on Tuesday. "There's not many public schools other than programs like Hammonton and Cherokee and Shawnee who had the kind of run that we had during that period. "But the reality is, we haven't had a winning season since 2008 when we were undefeated.
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January 22, 2016
37 Points for Gloucester's Nikki Velez - who is making a name for herself with regular gutsy performances - in last week's 55-50 win over Wildwood 12 Points for Ocean City's Grace Sacco - double her average - in the Red Raiders' big win over Cape-Atlantic rival Mainland on Tuesday 6 South Jersey teams are still undefeated, including Camden Catholic, Cumberland, Lenape, Atlantic City, Highland, and Rancocas Valley. 5 Different leading scorers for Timber Creek this season, one of South Jersey's most balanced teams.
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January 15, 2016 | By Mark McCormick, Staff Writer
For the final minutes of Wednesday night's game, the pressure was put on Middle Townships Bridget Ruskey. Ruskey made 10 of 16 free throws and finished with 13 points to lift the Panthers in a 45-39 win at Holy Spirit in a Cape Atlantic League girls' basketball game. Ruskey, a 5-foot-8 junior, has scored in double digits seven times this season. Summer Sides added a game-high 14 points for the Panthers, while Jenna Herlihy and Olivia Nelson scored eight points each. Francesca Geromini had 12 for the Spartans in the loss.
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January 8, 2016 | By Mark McCormick, Staff Writer
Yasmeen Nelson contributed on both sides of the floor for her team on Wednesday. The 5-foot-7 guard had 18 points, six rebounds, five steals and six assists as Atlantic Tech defeat Cape May Tech, 62-27, in Cape-Atlantic League basketball action. Elsewhere in the Cape-Atlantic: Caitlin McMullan hit four three-pointers and had 22 points to lift visiting Wildwood Catholic past St. Joseph's 52-30. Alyssa Gerdes was the lone dougle-digit scorer for St. Joseph's, finishing with 16 points.
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November 6, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cumberland field hockey coach Dana Whelan told her players before overtime that they needed to score quickly. Gillian Nardelli responded, scoring the winner 55 seconds into the extra period of the South Group 3 semifinal, lifting second- seeded Colts over visiting No. 3 Mainland, 2-1. Cumberland faces top-seeded Ocean City on Thursday in the final. South Group 2 Field Hockey Semifinals Nadia Berardelli scored two goals for host Delsea in a 3-0 win over Pinelands. Pam Abbott also scored.
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May 18, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday felt like a school day to Nick Droboniku. The Mainland pitcher went to bed before 10:30 on Friday night and was up at 7:15 the following morning. He got to school Saturday for an 8:15 bus to Deptford, where he started a Diamond Classic quarterfinal against Kingsway at 10:30. "I'm not a fan of the morning games," Droboniku said. All that said, if he was tired, you wouldn't have been able to tell. Just five minutes past noon - mere moments after he struck out a batter to strand the bases to seal Mainland's 3-2 win - Droboniku yelled and clenched his right fist.
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