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Parity the theme in So. CMC softball

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 27, 2015 01:17 pm

Jaclyn Gehring is one of Cape May Tech's top players. There figures to be a lot of parity in area high school softball this season.

The two best teams in the area – Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic – will both still be competitive but have some holes to fill due to graduation losses. Meanwhile, Cape May Tech, Lower Cape May and Wildwood all seem to have a chance to be better than they were last season.

The following is a look at each of the area’s high school softball teams:

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Southern Cape May County baseball preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 27, 2015 12:58 pm

Wil Winter is one of Cape May Tech's top players. It may seem hard to believe, the way the weather has been around here, but most of the area high school baseball teams are scheduled to begin their regular seasons next week.

Middle Township and Wildwood figure to be the area’s best teams, as both teams bring back some excellent players from last year and feature deep pitching staffs. Cape May Tech, Lower Cape May and Wildwood Catholic will be rebuilding, the latter two under new head coaches.

The following is a look at each of the area’s teams:

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Baby steps with a purpose for new AC lacrosse program

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, March 26, 2015 01:12 pm

aclax1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City freshman Connor Campbell (4) plays in his first varsity game for the Vikings on Wednesday. Campbell already has a foundation of skills in the sport through his play with the Margate Riptides youth lacrosse program. ATLANTIC CITY – There are surely better days ahead - and hopefully soon - for the fledgling Atlantic City High School boys lacrosse team, which lost to Lower Cape May Regional 16-0 Wednesday in the program's first ever varsity game. 

The Vikings, also playing their first Cape-Atlantic League game on their artificial turf field, couldn't get anything going against a very good Lower team.

Pete Tomlin scored four goals while Cole Blackley and Matt Leonard added two each for Lower, which is coming off its first ever South Jersey Group I playoff appearance.

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LCM, Middle excited for lacrosse season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 26, 2015 09:40 am

Juniors Cole Blackley, a midfielder, and James Cella, a goalkeeper, are two of the Lower Cape May boys lacrosse team’s top players. The four area high school boys and girls lacrosse programs each posted winning seasons last spring. The Middle Township girls were the best of the lot, enjoying an undefeated league season and a Cape-Atlantic League championship. The Middle boys won 16 games, the Lower Cape May boys were over .500 and qualified for the state playoffs for the first time and the Lower girls had a more-than-respectable 12-win season.

All four teams have a good chance for more success this spring.

In fact, Lower Cape May’s teams have already experienced some success. Both posted victories over Atlantic City in their season openers on Wednesday, the boys winning 16-0 behind four goals from Pete Tomlin and the girls victorious by 14-1 behind six goals from Ashley Hunt.

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What NJSIAA football proposal would mean to the CAL

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:31 pm

There is a proposal that should come before the general membership of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association that would change the way high school football is structured in the state. 

If it is approved, here is what the CAL might look like in 2016.

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Wildwood senior selected for state all-star game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 24, 2015 08:07 pm

MIKAL POTEAT The Wildwood High School football team won just one football game last fall. That didn’t stop standout two-way starter Mikal Poteat from getting some major recognition, however.

Poteat, a 6-2, 265-pound senior offensive lineman and linebacker, has been selected to play in the prestigious Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Football Game on June 29.

“I was surprised to get picked,” Poteat admitted. “I didn’t expect that a lot of people were watching our games or seeing my stats.”

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Childhood gift pays dividends for Tech grad

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 24, 2015 08:05 pm

BRIAN FERRANTE A little more than 15 years ago, Brian Ferrante was a wide-eyed 8-year-old on Christmas morning eagerly waiting to open the last of his gifts in his family’s Dennis Township home.

“We kind of had a little tradition in our family where we’d save the best gift for last,” he recalled.

After tearing the wrapping and ripping open a box that was too big for its contents, however, Ferrante was a bit disappointed to see a new set of Spaulding golf clubs.

“I was absolutely upset at the time because I had no idea what golf was then,” he said with a laugh. “But being an 8-year-old kid, I never knew it would be the best gift ever.”

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Award-winning cheer career winds down for Middle grad

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 08:01 pm

GABBY MATTERA It is not inevitable, despite the nature of their athleticism, that all cheerleaders will suffer the wounds of their accomplishments.

One of the cheerleaders who has not been so fortunate is 21-year-old award-winning Gabby Mattera of Middle Township who, in her 15 years as cheerleader, acrobat and tumbler has broken her foot twice and suffered a multitude of muscle pull injuries in her legs.

Not too many years in the future, however, Mattera may be going the opposite route as an emergency care doctor giving medical help to cheerleaders whose bodies have rebelled against the stresses forced by the field of athletics. This September she will begin her education and training to become an emergency care doctor.

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NJSIAA proposal would create parochial-only football league

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, March 24, 2015 03:47 pm

njsiaa A series of very interesting proposals came out of Tuesday's meeting of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association public/non-public committee in Atlantic City.

The most interesting - some would say most necessary - change would create a parochial-only football league to start in 2016.

If approved, St. Joseph, St. Augustine Prep and Holy Spirit would leave the Cape-Atlantic League for football. Public schools could still play parochial schools in non-league games, but public schools would no longer have to keep getting hammered in league play by non-public schools that can recruit and draw players from throughout the region. Holy Spirit, St. Joe and St. Augustine are a combined 59-10 against CAL public schools the past three seasons.

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Nineteen players from area to play in All Star Saturday

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 24, 2015 02:25 pm

allstar1 Matt Strabuk/Audrey Wilson of Holy Spirit, an Absecon resident, goes up for a basket against Absegami’s Eva Sodaitis of Galloway as Holy Spirit's Natalie Neiderhofer trails the play. Seniors Wilson and Sodaitis will play against each other one last time in Saturday’s Prime Events All-Star Saturday at Ocean City High School. OCEAN CITY - Nineteen players from area high schools will put on their basketball uniforms one last time on Saturday March 28 to play in The 14th Annual All Star Saturday at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium.

Prime Events All Star Saturday will be held at Ocean City High School on Saturday with the best seniors from the Cape-Atlantic League facing off in the final two basketball games of four that celebrate the present and future of the CAL.

The two high school games, starting at 4:30 p.m., will match the best CAL seniors. Because the CAL is aligned into three conferences, the all star teams were drafted based on the all star voting of the league’s coaches.

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Successful CAL basketball season wraps up

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 24, 2015 02:00 pm

newhoopswrap1 Alan Dumoff/St. Augustine Prep’s sensational junior point guard Sa’eed Nelson, an Absecon resident, was named CAL Player of the Year after helping his team win the league championship and reach the Non-Public South A title game. A Tournament of Champions doubleheader Monday night in Trenton wrapped up the high school basketball season except for a few all-star games.

The Lower Cape May girls won the South Jersey Group II title. It’s the fifth straight year a Cape Atlantic League team has won either a boys or girls state title and the 44th time in the past 45 years.

On the boys side, St. Augustine won its first CAL title since 2011 and its eighth CAL title overall. The Prep also reached the Non-Public A South Jersey final before running into an unusually hot-shooting Christian Brothers Academy.

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Mainland girls, Prep boys win varsity eight races at Lenape Sprints

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:38 am

newsprints1 Matt Strabuk/The Atlantic City girls crew finished third in the women’s varsity eight final at the Lake Lenape Sprints I with a time of five minutes, 28.58 seconds. In the boat for Atlantic City were Jamie Walters, Lauren Stinson, Jacy Craig, Abbey Person, Maddy Gragg, Erin Rafter, Abbey Gragg, Danielle Naoum and coxswain Lara Storr. It was a brisk early-spring day on the waters of Lake Lenape in Hamilton Township, where several area high schools competed in the opening event of the local crew season, the Lake Lenape Sprints I, on Saturday, March 21.

The St. Augustine Prep boys and the Mainland Regional girls were the biggest winners of the day, capturing their respective varsity eight races. But several other schools - Atlantic City, Cedar Creek, Absegami - also had their moments in the (not-so-bright or warm) sun.

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McGann to play at D II Flagler

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 20, 2015 06:29 am

PAT McGANN Wildwood Catholic High School senior Pat McGann is set to continue his soccer career at Flagler College, a Division II school located in St. Augustine, Fla., near Jacksonville.

McGann said he is not initially receiving athletic scholarship money but added that he has earned some academic scholarship money to Flagler, at which he plans to major in sports management.

“I just wanted to get away from this weather and play soccer year round in a comfortable setting and go to the best team I could possibly get myself on,” McGann said. “But I also wanted to be sure I wanted to go to that school, so I chose Flagler first. And then it went from there with the soccer.”

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Kerr’s brilliant college career ends

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 20, 2015 06:27 am

GARRET KERR Garret Kerr’s record-setting college basketball career came to a close last weekend in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Kerr, a 2011 Middle Township High School graduate, poured in 34 points and collected 12 rebounds in his University of the Sciences team’s 59-53 loss to Southern New Hampshire in a second-round game on Sunday.

Kerr finished his career as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Sciences, ending with 2,434 points and 1,391 rebounds. For his career, he averaged 22.1 points and 12.6 rebounds while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor.

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