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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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Bomb threat postpones high school hoops game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 21, 2014 11:22 pm

High school junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games between visiting Millville and host Middle Township were postponed Thursday evening due to a bomb threat, Middle Township athletic director Scott Lodgek confirmed.

Lodgek said a threatening note was found inside in a lavatory in the high school a few minutes after the freshmen game between the two schools had concluded. The lavatory was not located near the gymnasium. Lodgek said the building was evacuated immediately after the note was found.

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CAL playoff tournament seedings released

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 20, 2014 01:04 pm

The selections and seedings for the Cape-Atlantic League boys and girls basketball tournaments have been released by the league in the wake of the seeding committee’s meeting Thursday morning at Absegami High School.

Holy Spirit (boys) and Cedar Creek (girls) are the respective top two seeds.

The tournaments begin with quarterfinal games on Monday evening in the home gymnasiums of the higher-seeded teams. Girls semifinals will be played at St. Augustine Prep on Wednesday. Boys semifinals will be played at Hammonton next Thursday. The championship doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at Richard Stockton College, with the girls at noon and the boys at 2 p.m.

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Spirit boys, Cedar Creek girls get top seeds in CAL playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:55 pm

ACSpirit6 Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit’s Leon Daniels tries to wrestle a rebound away from Kevin Allen as teammate Matt Sommers (left) and Atlantic City’s Dennis White (floor) look on. The Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team, fresh off its 61-55 victory over Atlantic City Wednesday for the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title, was named the top seed in next week’s CAL championship tournament and will host No. 8 Oakcrest in a quarterfinal game on Monday, Feb. 24.

The Cedar Creek girls earned the top seed in the girls playoff tournament and will host No. 8 Lower Cape May Regional on Monday.

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Holy Spirit escapes late-arriving AC storm for CAL American title

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 20, 2014 01:56 am

ACSpirit1 Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Dennis White goes up for a shot as Holy Spirit's Jordan Taylor (15), Tyler Jones (24) and Junior Saintel (11) defend. ATLANTIC CITY – As a basketball game evolves from an apparent rout into a nail-biter in a matter of minutes, the character of both teams is revealed.

The Holy Spirit Spartans are an extremely talented bunch that finally elevated to championship status Wednesday, weathering a late Atlantic City rally for a 61-55 victory and the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title.

The Atlantic City Vikings? They never say die.

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District 32 wrestling seeds announced

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:18 pm

Chris Henchy Mike Schultz/Absegami's Chris Henchy has earned the top seed at 220 pounds in his first season ever wrestling. District 32 Wrestling seedings are in.

Wrestling begins with preliminaries and quarterfinal action on Friday Feb. 21 at Absegami High School.

Absegami has three top seeds including Chris D'Alfonso (120), Yanni Patsaros (126) and Chris Henchy (220). Holy Spirit has two top-seeded wrestlers in Pat D'Arcy (113) and Brandon Bower (145).

Here are the seedings by weight class.

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Surging Lady Tigers hope for CAL berth

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 19, 2014 05:51 pm

Ariel Magee scored 12 points in Lower's win over Willingboro earlier this week ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team has been one of the Cape-Atlantic League’s hottest teams over the past three weeks. Whether that hot streak can carry the team into next week’s Cape-Atlantic League Playoff Tournament will be determined Friday at the league’s seeding meeting.

The Lady Tigers suffered a couple of losses early in the season to league teams that put a dent in their chances. But with wins in nine of the last 10 games, one of which came over conference rival Ocean City last week, Lower is certainly proving it is one of the CAL’s better teams as the regular season winds down.

Lower beat Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Tuesday to finish out its conference slate, one day after what early in the contest looked to be a blowout win in a non-league game against Willingboro got tight late before the Lady Tigers settled for a 57-52 win. The team takes a record of 13-8 overall into Friday’s CAL crossover game against Atlantic City. The Lady Tigers finished CAL National Conference play at 9-3, tied for second with Ocean City, although Ocean City would hold an edge on tiebreakers.

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Middle seeks district success

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 19, 2014 05:47 pm

MTHS junior John Mooers went 23-7 for the Panther wrestling team during the regular season An injury depleted Middle Township High School wrestling team is in its final preparations ahead of this weekend’s District 32 Tournament at Absegami High School.

Most high school wrestlers throughout will have their seasons ended at this weekend’s tournament. The Panthers hope at least a few of their wrestlers can compete into next week.

The District 32 Tournament begins Friday evening at Absegami High School, with preliminary and quarterfinal matches. Quarterfinal winners move on to Saturday morning’s semifinals. Those qualifying for semifinals are guaranteed two more matches, with semifinal winners obviously moving on to championship bouts and losers wrestling for third place. The top three place winners in each weight class qualify for next weekend’s Region 8 Tournament.

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Tigers confident difficult schedule will pay off

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 19, 2014 05:42 pm

LCM's Eric Pruszinski went 26-6 during the regular season and is expected to perform well at the District 32 Tournament The Lower Cape May Regional High School wrestling team finished its dual match season at just 9-18 after losing all three matches of a quad at Toms River South last weekend.

But if you’re going to judge the individual wrestlers from the Caper Tigers by the team’s overall record, you’d be making a big mistake.

As in recent past seasons, Lower wrestled against an extremely difficult schedule, one the wrestlers hope pays off when the District 32 Tournament opens this Friday at Absegami High School.

Past history says it will. Last season, after going only 11-14 in dual matches, Lower wrestlers won two championships and sent four other wrestlers through districts and into the region tournament. Later, for the first time in program history, Lower had three wrestlers qualify for the state tournament.

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MTHS senior has scored at prolific rate

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 19, 2014 05:36 pm

MTHS senior Lauryn Fields could finish her career as one of the top five scorers in Cape May County high school girls basketball history The first thing that strikes you when thinking about the career point total of Lauryn Fields is that she’s collected this many despite missing 12 games during her career.

Fields is on the brink of becoming the highest scorer among girls basketball players to ever wear a Middle Township High School uniform.

The 5-3 point guard exited Tuesday’s 69-26 win over Oakcrest with 1,579 career points, leaving her 11 away from eclipsing 1985 graduate Jen Snyder’s career total of 1,589.

Technically speaking, Fields will not be considered the all-time leading scorer at Middle Township when she surpasses Snyder’s total, since Fields played her freshman season at Cape May Tech. But after sitting out the first 11 games of her sophomore season due to NJSIAA transfer rules after arriving at Middle, Fields has scored at a very high rate. She could possibly finish her career as one of the top five scorers in Cape May County history.

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Tough task ahead for CAL seeding committee

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 19, 2014 05:27 pm

Kim Gawarzewski and the Wildwood Catholic girls basketball team are safely in the field for next week's CAL Playoff Tournament. The committee that selects the wild card teams and determines the seedings for next week’s Cape-Atlantic League Playoff Tournament for boys and girls basketball faces a difficult task when it meets Thursday morning (Feb. 20) at Absegami High School.

For starters, there are games scheduled for Thursday and Friday that could impact both the standings and the selections.

Middle Township athletic director Scott Lodgek, who chairs the seeding committee, said earlier this week that the committee could make selections and create seedings with contingencies in order to await the results of games being played Thursday and Friday. He said an official announcement of the full seedings and schedule could come as late as Friday evening or Saturday morning.

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Role players boost Lady Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 19, 2014 05:18 pm

Freshman Mackenzie McCracken provided Wildwood with 14 points and 9 rebounds vs. Salem Jess Freeman has been lighting up the scoreboard all season for the Wildwood High School girls basketball team. Teammate Leishly Reyes hasn’t been too far behind.

But on Tuesday, a pair of role players led the Lady Warriors to victory.

Sophomore forward Jillian “Bean” Freeman, Jess’ younger sister, and freshman guard Mackenzie McCracken each sank 14 points as Wildwood posted a 54-43 decision over Salem for the team’s third straight victory and fifth in its last six games.

Jess Freeman (11) and Reyes (10) still managed to score in double figures as well.

“That was the first thing that jumped out at me when I looked at the stats,” Wildwood coach Dave Troiano said. “I knew that Jillian and Mack carried us offensively, especially in the first half, on a night when our big guns were held down a little bit. That’s the first time we’ve had four kids in double figures all year.

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Reale gives Spartans a solid Crilley complement

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 19, 2014 03:52 pm

SpiritReale Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's Amanda Reale, pictured here between AC's Alyvia Essex and Lajerah Wright, had 10 points and 12 rebounds in last Friday's win. ATLANTIC CITY – Every superhero needs a sidekick. For the Holy Spirit Lady Spartans, Amanda Reale has emerged as the one player who can draw some of the attention – and heat – away from top scorer Summer Crilley.

“She’s a great kid,” coach Dennis Smith said of Reale, a junior forward who had 10 points and 12 rebounds in a 49-24 victory over Atlantic City on Feb. 14. "We’ve been preaching to the juniors and sophomores that somebody needs to step up and be that consistent complement to Summer. We had a couple guards step up early, and now Amanda has asserted herself.

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Boardwalk Bullies and fans rekindle hockey memories at Hall

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 19, 2014 03:26 pm

boardbullies1 Bill LeConey/Former Boardwalk Bullies Stefan Rivard, front, and Ian Walterson sign autographs for fans at “Hockey History Night” at Boardwalk Hall. ATLANTIC CITY – For a team that lasted only four seasons in this seaside resort, the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies certainly made a lasting impression – and planted some hockey roots that still hold strong today.

It was a Boardwalk Bullies reunion of sorts last Friday, Feb. 14, at Boardwalk Hall, where the Albany Devils and Hershey Bears faced off in an American Hockey League game. Former members of the 2003 ECHL Kelly Cup champion Bullies, including captain Stefan Rivard and defenseman Ian Walterson, were on hand to sign autographs for fans.

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