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Island title games highlight Battle at the Boards event

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 18, 2014 06:27 pm

For the third straight year, the Boardwalk Basketball Classic will begin prior to Christmas.

The tournament’s Battle at the Boards showcase day, highlighted by the annual Andrew Alameno Memorial Island Championship Games between Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools, is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The event will feature a total of seven games played on the convention center’s two courts, with six teams from Cape May County participating.

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Mainland-OC doubleheader Sunday remembers Jack Boyd

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 18, 2014 03:18 pm

OCTipoff1 Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City, led by guard Lamar Thomas (4), faces a tough challenge on Saturday against defending SJ Group 3 champion Delsea Regional. OCEAN CITY- The 17th annual Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 21 with a girl-boy doubleheader between Ocean City and Mainland that will act as a memorial to Jack Boyd.

Boyd, the Hall of Fame boys basketball coach at OCHS who also became active with Mainland’s boosters during his sons’ successful athletics careers, died in January. The final two games of the 10-game weekend will be known as the Jack Boyd Memorial Doubleheader.

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Butch Gleason really lived his life

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, December 18, 2014 03:05 pm

butch Butch Gleason Butch Gleason, a former Cape-Atlantic League athlete and longtime radio sportscaster, died last week after battling a number of health problems. Some people you might know share their memories of him.

“Butch Gleason was a man with a huge heart, capable of loving many things. He loved his family, first and foremost, and made sure they all knew how he felt. He had a keen sense of humor and his personality was always the same no matter who he was with. Butch loved a good meal and after retirement developed into an enthusiastic chef. As a graduate of Ocean City High School, Butch loved all things Ocean City, and was known to drive down from his home in Marlton to pick up a Voltaco’s hoagie, Manco & Manco pizza, or some Johnson’s popcorn, to name a few. Finally Butch loved his friends. I feel fortunate to count myself among them.  During my time as head football coach he was by my side after almost every game, always very supportive and positive. Butch was a constant and loyal friend to me for over 30 years and I will cherish the memories of our times together and the friendship we had for the rest of my life.” – GARY DEGENHARDT

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So. Cape May County boys hoops preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:36 am

Seniors Rob Darby (left), James Holmes (center) and Cameron Freeman are the leaders of the Cape May Tech boys basketball team. For many in Cape May County, following high school basketball is a wonderful way to help make our long winters seem just a bit shorter.

The Wildwood Catholic boys team took us on a wonderful ride last season, resulting in a Cape-Atlantic League championship and rankings among the top five teams in South Jersey in most media polls.

But as we embark on the 2014-15 season, there doesn’t appear to be a dominant team locally.

Wildwood Catholic will still be OK; in fact, the Crusaders might end up being better than some people think right now.

Middle Township, coming off a rare down year, should be better. But by how much?

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So. Cape May County girls hoops preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:21 am

Junior Jacqui Schmucker (left) and senior Jen Woolley are captains of the Cape May Tech girls basketball team. Collectively, the 2014-15 high school girls basketball season was one of the best in recent memory for the local teams.

Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic played one another for the Cape-Atlantic League championship. Middle won it, later advanced to the South Jersey Group II title game and finished 24-6. The Crusaders posted their best season in years, winning 21 games.

Lower Cape May and Wildwood each posted winning seasons, both teams also experiencing success in the state tournament. The Lady Tigers also qualified for the CAL playoff tournament.

And Cape May Tech also had its moments, picking up a couple of upset victories.

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Girls basketball: Post-Stefanski era set to begin at Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, December 17, 2014 02:51 pm

girlshoops1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek starting forwards Casey Thomas, left, and Fatimah Blackwell. The Cedar Creek High School girls are about to enter a new season without a Stefanski on the roster for the first time in the program's five-year history.

But the presence of "Twin Towers" Casey Thomas and Fatimah Blackwell should help compensate for the loss of the four Stefanski sisters, three of whom were starters and one (Mikila) a 1,000-point career scorer.

“We’re pretty much a brand new team this year,” said senior forward Thomas, who has received a basketball scholarship from Holy Family University in Philadelphia. “We have three new faces in the starting lineup, so we’re working through it.”

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Boys basketball: Holy Spirit has talent, balance to thrive in CAL

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:54 pm

boyshoops1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit senior Jordan Taylor can slash to the basket and score for the talented Spartans. It’s the start of another season of high expectations for the Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team.

But when coach Jamie Gillespie weighs the difference between this year’s team and talented Spartans teams of the past, he arrives at one word: Balance.

“We’ve got a nice mix of kids, a bunch of kids with different skill sets, which is something that we haven’t had in the past,” said Gillespie. “I think we’re positioned for another good year. We’re excited.”

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Mainland grad Broomall named D3 all-South Atlantic

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:49 pm

broomall Photo courtesy of Rutgers-Newark Rutgers-Newark goalkeeper Matthew Broomall, a 2012 graduate of Mainland Regional High School, has been named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region squad.

Broomall, a junior, helped the Scarlet Raiders to a 16-6-0 season, a program-best 7-2 finish in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and the team's second consecutive at-large berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament.

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From MTHS athlete to TV reporter

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 10, 2014 01:47 pm

MTHS graduate Alison Mastrangelo is a TV news reporter for Fox 21 in Colorado Springs When Alison Mastrangelo was young, she was a huge fan of ABC’s World News Tonight.

“I always had the biggest crush on (anchor) Peter Jennings,” she said with a laugh. “My mom (Fran) always says whenever they’d turn on the TV and it was on that I’d stop everything I was doing to watch him.”

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Wrapping up the 2014 fall season

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:26 pm

CALFallWrap2 Mike Schultz/Sophomore running back Connor Agostino helped Egg Harbor Township go 5-5 - a three-win improvement - under first-year coach Kevin Stetser. The swimmers are in the pools and, starting next week, jump shots and takedowns will replace third-down conversions and extra points.

But first, one final look at the 2014 Cape-Atlantic League football season and a couple of other fall sports.

It was another fall season filled with success.

St. Joseph won another NJSIAA championship, keeping the CAL’s streak alive – at least one NJSIAA football champ every year since 1986. Before we completely file away all records and move on to basketball, wrestling, swimming and indoor track, lets review some of the highlights of the season.

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Pleasantville’s Noah Prevard among top CAL first team all stars

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, December 09, 2014 03:58 pm

pvilleXC Pleasantville runner Noah Prevard, far right, competes with teammates (left to right) Alvaro Perdomo, Radcliffe Narinesingh and Giovanni Aracena at the Atlantic County Cross Country Championships in Hammonton on Oct. 23. There were only a dozen Cape-Atlantic League fall athletes who earned first team all-star recognition for the third year in 2014. One of them was Noah Prevard of Pleasantville.

Two of the twelve – Madie Gibson of Lower Cape May and Ryan Herlihy of Middle Township – led the way by being selected to the first team all stars the maximum of four straight years.

The all-conference teams were selected by the coaches and announced by the league.

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Callahan leads Wesley into D3 semifinal

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Written by Staff Report Monday, December 08, 2014 04:23 pm

Wesley College quarterback Joe Callahan Photo courtesy of Wesley College/Wesley College quarterback Joe Callahan from Absecon and Holy Spirit High School runs for yardage against Hobart in last week’s D3 quarterfinal victory. Holy Spirit High School grad Joe Callahan led the Wesley College football team to its sixth NCAA Division III semifinal appearance with a 41-13 win over Hobart last Saturday in Dover, Del.

Callahan, a junior from Absecon, threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns on the day, breaking Wesley's single-season record for passing yards (3,750). Callahan also extended his own single-season record for touchdown passes (45).

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EHT, Mainland split early-season swim meet

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, December 08, 2014 04:08 pm

EHTMainswim1 Bill LeConey/Swimmers enter the water for the start of a race during the EHT-Mainland swim meet last Friday. LINWOOD - Athletes from Mainland Regional and Egg Harbor Township high schools took to the water on Friday, Dec. 6 in a competitive early-season Cape-Atlantic League swim meet at Mainland's pool.

The EHT girls beat their Mainland rivals 110-60 as sophomore Camryn Greenleaf took victories in the 100-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke, and joined her teammates for wins in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Kirstin Rontos, Bailey Howarth, Victoria Evans, and freshmen Leenah Sarhan and Alex Bossi each won individual races and also contributed to relay wins for EHT, which improved to 2-0. Kara Sulzer won the 400 freestyle for Mainland (1-1).

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Holy Spirit swamped by DePaul, 42-0, in Non-Public 2 state final

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, December 06, 2014 07:26 pm

spirit1 Bill LeConey/Kareem Walker PISCATAWAY – Holy Spirit’s trip to the Non-Public II state championship was about as memorable as the weather Saturday: dreary, lifeless, and ultimately futile.

But, then again, these Spartans weren’t even supposed to be here – playing in a state final for the fifth straight year - so a 42-0 loss to powerful DePaul Catholic should only linger in the minds of the younger players as motivation to get back to the top.

“I got to see Rutgers Stadium,” said Holy Spirit freshman fullback Qwahsin Townsel from Egg Harbor Township. “This is what I want to do when I graduate from high school. I want to be in a stadium like this.”

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