The last of 2020 – two championships & half a football game

By TOM WILLIAMS

The 2020 version of Ocean City High School sports ended a little over a week ago and the final week brought some memorable highlights.

Field hockey and girls soccer won championships at Carey Stadium and the final sports event of the calendar year – the Thanksgiving Eve football game with Williamstown – was halted at halftime.

Lets take a look.

The McNallys: Tara McNally scored a goal in regulation and then assisted on junior Carly Hanin’s game-winning overtime goal as the Raiders won the NJSIAA SouthEast-A field hockey championship, 2-1, over Egg Harbor Township. Kelsey Mitchell’s team finished 12-2, ending with a six-game win streak, and were undefeated champs of the Cape-Atlantic League’s East Conference. The Raiders were most recently ranked No. 12 in the state by NJ.com. McNally, a Hofstra recruit, led the team with 27 goals and 13 assists. Senior Nya Gilchrist and junior Rachel Levy-Smith each scored 12 and Hanin added 11 goals. Senior Alexis Smallwood was second in assists with 11.
McNally finished her career with 68 goals and 30 assists. She topped her two sisters – Danielle and Lauren – in career goals. And that is a real accomplishment because it would be difficult to find a family that had a stronger impact on a single sport at OCHS than the McNallys. The three sisters totaled 166 goals and 119 assists while playing on 11 CAL champions, eight South Jersey winners and three state champs. The OCHS field hockey page is HERE.

Danielle, Tara and Lauren McNally.

Faith: OCHS senior Faith Slimmer, a Rutgers recruit, finished her girls soccer career with a flourish. She scored four times in the Raiders’ 9-1 win over Absegami in the NJSIAA SouthEast championship game. Her sister, Hope, tied a school record in the game with four assists, a record the two sisters had each accomplished twice.
Faith will graduate with 100 career goals and 65 career assists, both school records. Junior Summer Reimet, a Monmouth recruit, will enter her senior year with 69 career goals, second all-time. And junior Hope Slimmer’s 37 career assists are second only to her sister at OCHS. This year Faith scored 30 goals, tops in the state, and had 17 assists, Reimet added 23 goals and Hope led the team with 18 assists.
Ocean City finished the season with a 34-game unbeaten streak and was ranked No. 3 in the state by NJ.com. The OCHS girls soccer page is HERE.

The undefeated girls soccer champions

The coaches: Ocean City’s fall coaches had another great year.
Lisa Cuneo celebrated her first season as girls soccer head coach with an undefeated championship team.
Boys cross country coach Matt Purdue also had an undefeated team, improving his career record to 115-2. His .983 winning percentage is the best of any CAL coach in any sport with five or more seasons.
Girls cross country coach Trish Henry had a 5-1 season and, like Purdue, her team finished second in South Jersey. Henry’s career percentage is .947, including a 77-2 record over the last decade.
Girls tennis coach Samantha DiMatteo had her 12th winning season in her 12th year as head coach. She also passed the 150 mark in coaching victories.
Boys soccer coach Aaron Bogushefsky had his eighth straight winning season, guided his team to a third CAL championship in the last four years and also passed the 150-win mark.
Field hockey coach Kelsey Mitchell had a third straight championship season and has won more than 60 games in her four seasons at OCHS.
And football coach Kevin Smith had a fourth winning season in five years and notched his 48th career win, the third highest total in Raider football history behind Gary Degenhardt and Fenton Carey.
With coaches like these it is no wonder that Ocean City is always one of the most successful schools around during the fall.

The RAIDER DIARY, including day-by-day results and schedules of all fall teams, plus links to every team page and the dates for winter sports, is HERE.

Now, about that final football game.

No contest: That is what many states consider an insignificant game that is suspended and not completed. It was insignificant not because the teams weren’t good or fans weren’t interested in the outcome. It was insignificant because no standings were involved, no power points were at stake and it was not part of a tournament where somebody needed to advance. But it turns out NJ rules reportedly say that if a game is stopped at halftime and one team leads by 15 or more points then that is the final score. It was a bizarre way to end a bizarre season.

Ryan Kroeger & Jake Inserra just after the team was told there would be no second half.
(BRIAN GREEN Photo)

The Two Jakes: Jake Schneider scored his 20th career touchdown reception in that bizarre half-game to extend his own school record. The old record was by Scott Lipford and Ray Rogers. He also extended his record for career receiving yardage, lifting his total to 1,810 yards, 100 more yards than Scott Lipford’s old school record. And he caught four passes in the game, extending his record career total to 122, not only a school record but breaking the CAL record held by Cedar Creek’s Bo Melton, now a star at Rutgers.
Jake Inserra ran for 42 yards in the game and made a team-high seven tackles, including a pair of solos. Inserra finished his career with 624 rushing yard, the 58th highest total recorded at OCHS. He also led the Raiders in tackles this year with 52, including 24 solos, six for losses and 3.5 sacks. In addition, he intercepted a pass for a TD, recovered a fumble and forced three fumbles. Inserra also led the team in tackles in 2019 and finishes his career with 205 tackles, 70 solos, 11.5 for losses, four sacks and two defensive TDs.

Jake Schneider caught his 20th TD that was also Joe Repetti’s 31st TD pass – both school records.
(BRIAN GREEN Photo)

The Repetti File: Senior quarterback Joe Repetti completed five of nine passes in the first half against Williamstown for 38 yards and a TD. It was his 31st career TD pass, breaking the school record of 30 set by Al Genz. Repetti finished his career with 2,245 passing yards, the fifth highest career total at OCHS. He also ran for 805 yards in his career, No. 43 in school history, making him the only player ever to throw for over 2,000 yards and also run for more than 800.

Mr. Automatic: Junior Brendan McGonigle has scored more kicking points than any kicker in Cape May County history. He will enter his senior year with 98 points, one more than Ocean City’s Dan Kennard had scored 19 years ago. McGonigle was 33 for 37 kicking extra points this year and is 77 for 86 over his career. He has successfully kicked seven of nine field goal attempts.

Anthony Kenny: Thanksgiving Week was a struggle for the OCHS football program because of the sudden death of a recent player. Anthony Kenny, who grew up in Roxborough PA, transferred to Ocean City High School and went on to Chestnut Hill College, died in an automobile accident. As a senior at OCHS, Kenny caught 16 passes for 148 yards, returned 10 kickoffs for an average of 23 yards and also impacted defensively with 27 tackles, two for losses, one sack, one interception and a team-leading three fumble recoveries. He also made 20 tackles and led the team with three interceptions as a junior. He was selected to the OCHS Team of the Decade (2010-19) as a defensive back.
“I can’t believe it,” said Andrew Donoghue, the quarterback on those teams. “All those years of workouts, he was great, hilarious and always smiling. I’m at a loss for words.”

Anthony Kenny in 2016

Bill Shallcross: For 30 seasons, Bill has been pointing a camera at Ocean City High School football games. When it started he was recording the games so that the coaching staff could meet the coaches of their next opponent in a diner parking lot somewhere to exchange the videos. More recently – in association with Matt Ulmer, the King of Stream – his work has been streamed live on OceanCitySports.com, which became even more important this season with the limitations on crowd size. Many of you watched the games through Bill’s camera this year. He was also a player for the Raiders on teams coached by Wayne Colman and Tony Galante. As a senior, Bill, along with Doug Colman, Pat Morrissey and Don Argoe – among others – were finalists in the OCHS Super Jock voting. They lost to (are you ready for this?) Joe Fenton. But Bill survived that setback and has become one of the major contributors to OCHS football over three decades.
Here is one of his graphics used to highlight OCHS football.

Brian Green: Brian contributed his talents to OCHS football in the mid-1980s when the Cape-Atlantic League and South Jersey Conference were merging. He scored with a recovered fumble in a win over Mainland during his senior year on a 6-3 team coached by Ed Woolley. Then, a few years ago, his son, Austin, contributed his talents while finishing third all-time in career sacks, including a record four in one game.
This season, Brian contributed his creative talents by photographing the OCHS football games. His photos create an additional series of memories of this very unique seasons – like this shot of the seniors at the season’s final coin toss.

BRIAN GREEN Photo

The full box score of the Ocean City-Williamstown game is HERE.

Video of the game (or, more precisely, half a game) is HERE.

The OCHS football page is HERE.

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