Sports Scrapbook – Week of Dec. 21, 2012

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Spirit girls upend rival Mainland 51-35

The Holy Spirit girls avenged their only conference loss last year by beating traditional rival Mainland 51-35. Former Brigantine resident Summer Crilley had eight points and multiple steals. Val Garofalo at 5 feet, 4 inches led all scorers with 17 points. The Spartans put a damper on the debut of new Mainland coach Scott Betson, a Brigantine lifeguard during the summer.

Holy Spirit boys whip Mainland 73-55

Spirit’s Paul Moore was on fire from beyond the arc, canning five of seven three-pointers for 25 points. John Middleton added 17 points for the Spartans.

No. 1 Atlantic High 54-EHT 38

Gabrielle Chandler with 17 points led the top-rated Vikings to an easy victory over Egg Harbor Township, 54-38.

Viking girls split two close games

The Lady Vikings opened the season with a 46-42 win over EHT. Coach Chris Ford’s girls then lost to Sacred Heart 43-42 in a clash between two powers.

Kerin Maguire- Scrapbook Tennis “Hall of Fame: Inductee"

Third singles player Kerin Maguire led the Holy Spirit Tennis team to the conference title with a win over Sacred Heart Down 2-6. Maguire rallied to win the next two sets 6-2 and 6-2 to give Holy Spirit (19-2) a share in the conference title by beating Sacred Heart 3-2. This was the Spartans’ eighth straight championship. Maguire, a senior from Brigantine, won four straight games in the final set to clinch a share of the Division 11 title.

Thus, Maguire’s name will be added to a list of standout Brigantine tennis players who have brought championships to Holy Spirit. The list includes Megan Doran, Marie Elise, Elena and Daniella Cassara, Brittany, Kelsey and Paige Frost. The group will be included in the Scrapbook’s Brigantine “Mythical Tennis Hall of Fame.” Coach Lee Mendell along with Jim Mogan and the Brigantine Recreation Department will also be so honored for providing the summer program that has yielded such extraordinary results.

Could Spirit’s Roman succeed Andy Reid?

One of the NFL’s top offensive coordinators, Gregg Roman of the San Francisco 49ers, has had his name bantered about in media circles as a candidate to replace Andy Reid should he not return to the Eagles next season. What a Cinderella story that would make for the former Holy Spirit lineman. The past seven years have seen his journey go from multiple NFL jobs to one year coaching at Spirit as an assistant, to an ultra-successful two-year stint at Stanford University, to the genius offensive coordinator of the 49ers. Roman was a finalist for the Penn State job. The Scrapbook will make another crystal ball prediction: Gregg Roman will be the head coach of either an NFL team or a college team in 2013.

Press All-Star Football Team announced

Atlantic High’s Dayshawn Reynolds, Jarren Mc Bryde, Grant Nulty, and local Robbie Glanville were selected to the All-Star team. A.J. Dawson, Jeff Steeb, Steve Domonowski, and Ray Ellis represented state champion Holy Spirit. Atlantic High’s Dom Brown Hurd, Demond Coffman, Jamil Whitted, and Tyshelk Wright and Spirit’s Liam Nolan, Robbie Rae, Taalib Gerald, and Frank Rifici Jr. received Honorable Mention.

Turning back the pages to 1989

The Holy Spirit girls basketball team chased the Green Demon Mainland Mustang team with a heart-pumping 57-56 upset win over the state finalist. Kim Mogan hit two consecutive fouls to gain the huge come-from-behind victory. Defensive standout Luanne Marrandino shut down all-state candidate Shannon Ward for Spirit. Spartan Coach Jay Connell stated, “Our girls thought they won the NCAA tournament. This group had never beaten Mainland before, losing six straight games."

To prove their first victory over Mainland was not a fluke, Spirit took the return match 60-48. Luanne Marrandino led Spirit with 15 points, followed by Michelle Carney’s 12 and Kim Mogan’s 11.

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