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Five area wrestlers still alive at Region 8

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, March 01, 2014 05:44 am

solomonRegion8 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon tries to take down Clayton's Andrew Tolbert during their 106-pound bout. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Region 8 wrestling tournament continued Friday night at Egg Harbor Township High School with quarterfinal action. Five area wrestlers are still alive for the chance at a Region 8 title.

Cedar Creek's fifth-seeded Andrew Solomon continued his "pinning" ways, taking down fourth-seeded Andrew Tolbert from Clayton. Solomon pinned Tolbert in 2:52.

Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy, the top seed at 113 pounds, didn't break a sweat as he handily pinned Delsea's eighth-seeded John Hassett in 2:36.

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Robertson's late heroics send WCHS to CAL final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 28, 2014 12:06 am

HAMMONTON – The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team was down by two points with less than 30 seconds left in Thursday’s Cape-Atlantic League semifinal against Holy Spirit.

That’s when the best player in the Cape-Atlantic League made his biggest play of the season.

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Spartans stunned by Wildwood Catholic in CAL semifinal

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:30 pm

HAMMONTON - The Holy Spirit Spartans thought they had battened down all the hatches, shut all the doors, nailed down the loose ends to secure a coveted trip to the Cape-Atlantic League championship game.

They forgot to lock up Jordan Robertson.

Robertson’s 3-point shot off a double-screen and converted free throw with 14.5 seconds left gave Wildwood Catholic a stunning 58-54 victory over Holy Spirit in a CAL boys semifinal Thursday at Hammonton High School. The fourth-seeded Crusaders, not the top-seeded Spartans, will face Atlantic City for the CAL title Saturday (2 p.m.) at Richard Stockton College in Galloway.

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Graves, White and 'different' Reynolds lead Vikes into CAL final

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:00 pm

reynolds Atlantic City High School senior Tashad Reynolds HAMMONTON – There was something very familiar about Atlantic City’s 65-60 nail-biter of a win over St. Augustine Prep in a Cape-Atlantic League tournament semifinal Thursday.

Sure, there were clutch shots and the superb overall talent of senior Isiah Graves, who relishes performing in big-game situations and feeds off the energry of big crowds.

“I play great on the big stage,” said Graves, who scored 22 points in leading the Vikings to their third straight CAL championship game. “I love the atmosphere with the crowd roaring, fans screaming.

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Four from Cape May County win region prelims

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 27, 2014 02:23 pm

Four Cape May County high school wrestlers advanced further into this weekend’s Region 8 Tournament after winning preliminary matches Wednesday evening at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Preliminary matches include wrestlers who qualified for regions after second- and third-place at district tournaments. District champions received byes past the preliminary round.

Lower Cape May’s Noah Gomersall, Doug Flitcroft and Eric Pruszinski and Middle Township’s Brandon Curtis each won their bouts and will join Cape May County district champions Cory Damiana of Lower Cape May and Cooper Gallagher of Ocean City in the quarterfinal round Friday evening at EHT.

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Cold-shooting Creek falls to Wildwood Catholic in CAL semifinal

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 27, 2014 02:58 am

CCWC1 Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek's Mikila Stefanski goes up for a shot against Wildwood Catholic's Kennedy Johnson (right) and Katie McCallion. RICHLAND – The emphasis will be on the "Cape" in Saturday's Cape-Atlantic League girls basketball championship game at Richard Stockton College.

The Wildwood Catholic High School Crusaders ensured an all-Cape May County edition of the final with a 61-52 win over cold-shooting Cedar Creek in a semifinal game Wednesday at St. Augustine Prep.

In its first ever trip to the CAL championship game, Wildwood Catholic will face Middle Township, which beat defending champion Holy Spirit in the other semifinal Wednesday at the Prep.

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Middle shuts down Crilley, Spartans to reach CAL final

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 27, 2014 02:44 am

HSMiddle1 Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit's Summer Crilley looks for some room to manuever in heavy traffic created by the Middle Township defenders. RICHLAND – The defensive-minded MiddleTownshipHigh School girls basketball team reduced Holy Spirit to a one-dimensional team Wednesday – and then took away that dimension, as well.

For those counting at home, that’s no dimensions at all. It added up to a 51-37 victory for the Panthers over the Spartans in a Cape-Atlantic League tournament semifinal game at St. Augustine Prep.

The win sends Middle (20-5) into an all-Cape May County league championship game Saturday at noon against Wildwood Catholic at Richard Stockton College. Wildwood Catholic advanced with a 61-52 win over Cedar Creek in Wednesday’s other semifinal.

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Crusaders to play in first CAL final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 09:39 pm

RICHLAND – The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team made history Wednesday evening.

The Crusaders punched their ticket to their first-ever Cape-Atlantic League championship game with a 61-52 victory over Cedar Creek in a semifinal game at St. Augustine Prep.

Wildwood Catholic, the fourth seed in the tournament, trailed 6-0 to start the game and trailed by eight late in the second quarter before outscoring Cedar Creek 21-7 from late in the second quarter through the entire third period to take a 41-35 lead into the fourth quarter. The Pirates, the top seed in the tournament, never got closer than four points the rest of the way.

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Defense sends MTHS into CAL final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 07:33 pm

RICHLAND – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team continues to prove it is one of the best defensive teams in South Jersey.

The Lady Panthers limited Holy Spirit to only 17 points through three quarters en route to a dominating 51-37 victory in a Cape-Atlantic League playoff semifinal at St. Augustine Prep Wednesday evening.

The win sends Middle (20-5) into the league championship game, which will be played Saturday at noon at Richard Stockton College.

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By any name, Hogans a leader for Spartans

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:49 pm

hogansaction Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit senior John Hogans, who celebrated his 18th birthday Monday, goes up for a shot against Oakcrest's Jason Cervi in a CAL quarterfinal. ABSECON – His work doesn’t light up the scoreboard like that of so many of his Holy Spirit teammates, and his name doesn’t jump out from the stat sheet. In fact, his name may not be recognizable at all to those who only casually follow the Spartans.

But John Hogans – formerly known as John Midi until he took his remarried mother’s name – is playing an invaluable role for the top-seeded Spartans as they enter Thursday’s Cape-Atlantic League tournament semifinal game against Wildwood Catholic at Hammonton High School (7 p.m.).

“He’s a role kid,” said coach Jamie Gillespie of the 6-foot-3 Hogans. “He’s started the last couple games for us - started the Atlantic City game and did a terrific job over there - and we just kind of kept him in there for his physical-ness, his ability to rebound the ball. He understands his role. We don’t necessarily need another scorer, and he understands that.”

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Legler relishes one last chance

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 09:38 am

Lauren Leger recently returned to the Lady Panther lineup after missing 7 weeks due to an ankle injury CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Twice during this season, Lauren Legler was told by doctors she might never play another high school basketball game.

The first occurred when she suffered a chip fracture in her left foot during a late December game. Doctors informed the Middle Township High School senior that she might not get healthy enough to play until after the season was complete. But she healed faster than expected and was set to come back earlier this month.

Then, four days after she was cleared to play but before she could suit up for a game, Legler was involved in a minor car accident and sustained a shoulder separation. Again, doctors initially told Legler she could be out long enough that the rest of the season would pass her by.

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First-half defense propels Crusader girls

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 09:31 am

Danielle Sanderlin of WCHS snatches a rebound against St. Joseph in Monday's CAL playoff game NORTH WILDWOOD – Steve DiPatri coached the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team Monday evening while battling a rough case of bronchitis.

After the way his Crusaders played, the coach, if superstitious, might not mind if his condition lasts for the rest of the season.

After spotting St. Joseph the first four points of the first-round Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament game, Wildwood Catholic scored 18 unanswered points to close the first half and went on to post a 41-32 victory.

The fourth-seeded Crusaders are scheduled to take on No. 1 Cedar Creek in a semifinal game tonight at 7 at St. Augustine Prep. The winner of that contest will have earned a berth in Saturday’s league title game at Richard Stockton College at noon against Middle Township or Holy Spirit.

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Spirit quest for repeat goes through Middle

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:04 pm

spiritwilson Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit's Audrey Wilson tries to block a shot by Ocean City's Sierra Schoenewald in Monday's quarterfinal game as Amanda Reale closes in on the play. ABSECON - Summer Crilley used one word to describe how this year’s Cape-Atlantic League championship tournament is different than 2013.

“Pressure,” said the Holy Spirit High School senior. “There’s a little more pressure. Teams definitely focus more on me than they did on our (bigger girls) last year, so more of the pressure is on me this year.”

But can this year’s tournament have the same result as 2013, when Crilley and the since-departed Gina Lewis, Annie Wenz and Valerie Garofalo led the Spartans to a pair of remarkable comeback victories and their first CAL title in seven years?

“Definitely,” Crilley answered without hestitation. “No doubt in my mind.”

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Crusaders win wild CAL playoff over Millville

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 25, 2014 02:51 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A game that had more twists and turns than a multiple runs of the Nor’Easter roller coaster on the Wildwoods Boardwalk took one last wild twist and turn with a second to play.

A layup attempt that bounced twice on the rim before falling off just prior to the final buzzer led to agony for Millville and euphoria for Wildwood Catholic as the Crusaders survived a quarterfinal Cape-Atlantic League boys basketball playoff, 55-54, Monday evening.

The win sends Wildwood Catholic, the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament, into Thursday’s semifinal round against top-seeded Holy Spirit, which was an easy winner over Oakcrest in another quarterfinal. That game will be played at 7 p.m. at Hammonton High School, after St. Augustine Prep takes on Atlantic City in the other semifinal at 5 p.m.

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