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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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Vikings beat St. Joe, earn CAL semifinal rematch with Prep

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Written by Mike Schultz Tuesday, February 25, 2014 01:14 am

thomas Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Lamar Thomas goes in for a layup against St. Joe defender Jordan Davis. ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City High School boys basketball team used a tempo-control offense and a smothering defense to earn a dominating 65-42 win over St. Joseph in the quarterfinal round of the Cape Atlantic League playoffs on Monday night at Atlantic City High School.

The Vikings (17-6) had lost their previous two games going into Monday's playoff but made the necessary adjustments defensively to re-establish themselves as a threat to win their third CAL title in a row.

The third-seeded Vikings created turnovers that led to easy baskets in the first quarter and they jumped out to a 19-7 lead. "I thought defensively they played a lot better," Vikings coach Gene Allen said of his team. "I was very encouraged by what I saw tonight. I think St. Joe's is a good team and for us to be able to hold them down like we did, I thought it was a step in the right direction."

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Holy Spirit boys, girls advance with home playoff wins

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:20 am

johnhogans Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit senior John Hogans, who celebrated his 18th birthday Monday, goes up for a shot against Oakcrest's Jason Cervi. ABSECON - The top-seeded Holy Spirit High School boys easily handled No. 8 seed Oakcrest, 73-42, in a Cape-Atlantic League tournament quarterfinal game Monday in Absecon.

Junior Saintel led all scorers with 19 points, including some “Showtime-worthy” jams. John Middleton (left) scored 17 and Jordan Taylor had 13. Spirit senior John Hogans (below) celebrated his 18th birthday with a playoff victory and a bunch of balloons from friends and family after the game.

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Damiana, Gallagher secure D32 titles

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:52 am

LCM's Cory Damiana GALLOWAY – Lower Cape May Regional’s Cory Damiana and Ocean City’s Cooper Gallagher each secured championships to lead the effort by Cape May County wrestlers at the District 32 Tournament at Absegami High School on Saturday.

Damiana and Gallagher were among the stars of the tournament.

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Solomon, D'Arcy, Bower, Patsaros grab District 32 titles

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:04 am

final1 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon celebrates his victory over St. Augustine's Jared White in the 106-pound title bout. GALLOWAY - Four area wrestlers claimed District 32 titles on Saturday at Absegami High School.

Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon (106), Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy (113) and Brandon Bower (145) and Absegami's Yanni Patsaros all stood atop the podium in their respective weight classes and advanced to the Region 8 tournament.

D'Arcy, Bower and Patsaros were all number one seeds in their brackets; Solomon was the third seed at 106. He was facing the top seed Reid White from St. Augustine. White had won both of his matches by tech-fall heading into the finals. Solomon, a freshman, won both of his earlier matches by pin fall.

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(Not so) freezing for a (great) cause in Atlantic City

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, February 22, 2014 10:48 pm

freeze1 Bill LeConey/Kevin Dewald, 24, of Cape May Court House makes a nice run on a decent swell at Saturday's Freeze for a Cause. Dewald finished second in his class. ATLANTIC CITY - This long, hard winter took a timely break Saturday, perfectly suited (but contradicting the title) for the annual Freeze For a Cause surfing contest presented by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation.

More than 70 surfers of all ages and both genders found some glorious sunshine and tasty waves at the North Carolina Ave. beach in Atlantic City. The conditions were just about as perfect as you could expect in late February for New Jersey’s only extreme coldwater surfing contest.

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District 32 wrestling semifinal results

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, February 22, 2014 06:48 pm

semi Mike Schultz/EHT's James Ingersol controls Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno during their 160-lb semifinal match. Ingersol won the match by decision (5-2) and will face St. Augustine's Nick Clark in the District 32 final. GALLOWAY - Eight local wrestlers advanced to the District 32 finals on Saturday: Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon (106); Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy (113), Miles Townsend (126) and Brandon Bower (145); Absegami's Yanni Patsaros (126) and Chris Henchy (220); Mainland's Brenden Islinger (138); and Egg Harbor Township's James Ingersol (160).

Finals begin at 5 p.m. today

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District 32 wrestling tournament quarterfinal results

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:33 am

quart1 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Kyle Murrey controls Buena's Bo Repko during their District 32 160-lb preliminary bout on Friday night. GALLOWAY - The opening rounds of the District 32 wrestling tournament are complete. Here are the results from Friday night's quarterfinal action at Absegami High School.

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(1) Reid White, St. Augustine defeats (9) Nick Waugh, Mainland by TF 1:46 (15-0).

(5) Alec Harper, Holy Spirit defeats  (4) Dustin Oves, Oakcrest by decision 7-5.

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