South Jersey Sports

"Crazies" help Cedar Creek clinch share of CAL United title

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 12, 2014 01:18 am

CCreekMikila Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek’s Mikila Stefanski looks to drive to the basket after getting around Wildwood Catholic’s Danielle Sanderlin. EGG HARBOR CITY – The “Creek Crazies” were out in force Tuesday night at Mohr Gymnasium, getting all fired up by their Cedar Creek girls’ performance in a big Cape-Atlantic League basketball showdown with Wildwood Catholic.

It is a mutually beneficial relationship.

The Pirates were also firing on all cylinders in a 60-47 win over Wildwood Catholic that clinched at least a share of the United Conference title.

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O.C. girls oust Mainland in thriller; Mainland boys reach final

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 10, 2014 10:42 pm

OCteam Bill LeConey/The Ocean City girls swimming team celebrates their tournament semifinal win over Mainland. OCEAN CITY – The Mainland Regional High School girls swimming team came oh so close to a milestone upset on Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs took their top rival and undefeated Cape-Atlantic League champion Ocean City right down to the final race before losing, 87-83, in an NJSIAA South B championship semifinal before a throng of vocal fans from both schools at the Ocean City Aquatic Center.

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Emily Johnson makes college choice official

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 10, 2014 03:38 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Emily Johnson couldn’t contain her smile early Thursday afternoon.

The senior distance runner from Wildwood Catholic High School made her college choice official during a short ceremony at the school, inking a national letter of intent to attend Seton Hall University on a combined cross country and academic scholarship that will cover about 75 percent of the school’s annual tuition.

Members of the Wildwood Catholic senior class, underclassmen and coaches from the cross country and track teams, teachers, school administrators and members of her family were on hand with Johnson to celebrate the moment.

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Holy Spirit shoots down Prep for “measuring-stick” win

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, February 09, 2014 03:37 pm

spiritPrepdumoff Alan Dumoff/Holy Spirit's John Middleton goes high to score on a layup. RICHLAND - All season long the Holy Spirit Spartans had been looking for that signature win that would announce they are among the elite teams in the Cape-Atlantic League and South Jersey.

They announced it loudly on Saturday, the only way they could be heard above the din of the “Richland Rowdies,” beating St. Augustine Prep, 47-44, in the Hermits’ packed home gym at the Shoot Down Cancer Classic.

 “This is a huge win for us,” said Holy Spirit senior Junior Saintel, who had a big slam-dunk on a pass from John Middleton to break a tie late in the game, and made a partial block of a Nate Segal 3-point attempt that could have tied it with less than 10 seconds left.

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Atlantic City holds off Camden in renewal of ageless rivalry

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, February 09, 2014 01:40 pm

ACWhite Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Dennis White fights for position under the basket against Camden's Jamil Maddred (12) and Jamal Holloway (11). RICHLAND – A legendary high school basketball rivalry that had lost its luster in recent years got a new shining moment on Saturday.

The Atlantic City Vikings held off a late rally to beat Camden, 57-53, in a Shoot Down Cancer Classic showcase game at St. Augustine Prep. Kevin Allen and Dennis White each had 16 points and nine rebounds in this meeting between two longtime rivals and traditional powers of South Jersey basketball.

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Host Mainland girls fall in "War with The Shore" finale

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:20 pm

maingirls1 Mike Schultz/Mainland's Peyton Scandin is swarmed by Southern defenders in the low post as she looks to pass. LINWOOD - The Inaugural "War with The Shore" Girls Basketball event wrapped up Saturday with host school Mainland Regional being defeated by Southern Regional 39-30.

Overall, the tournament, which pitted Cape Atlantic League Schools against Shore Conference schools. was a success.

"A lot of people do tournaments but we wanted to do something a little different where we match up the CAL teams against the Shore teams," said Mainland coach Scott Betson. "It's definitely going to happen again next year and we are looking to grow it. I know a couple of CAL teams (Lower Cape May and Holy Spirit) expressed some interest for next season."

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Big games, coach’s return, milestones highlight early-week hoops slate

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:15 pm

Lauren Holden will be honored for breaking the Lower Cape May girls basketball scoring record The first few days of this week are filled with significant local high school basketball action, a slate that includes games with huge conference race implications as well as the celebrations of a couple of milestones.

On Monday, Middle Township and Ocean City will face off in both boys and girls action. The boys game, slated for 7 p.m. in Court House, is an important one in the race for second place in the Cape-Atlantic United Conference, which guarantees a berth in the CAL Playoff Tournament. The game will also mark the home return of Middle head coach Tom Feraco, who missed about five weeks after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Feraco did coach over the weekend in Middle’s loss to Cherry Hill West at the Shoot Down Cancer showcase event at St. Augustine Prep.

The Middle-Ocean City boys contest will air live on 98.7 FM radio.

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Spirit, A.C. score big wins at Shoot Down Classic

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:53 am

HS6 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's John Middleton prepares to make a move against St. Augustine defender Kevin Kennedy. RICHLAND - The Shoot Down Cancer Classic this weekend at St. Augustine Prep in Richland features some of the best boys basketball teams in southern New Jersey to benefit the Shoot Down Cancer Foundation and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Holy Spirit (14-4) gutted out a tough 47-44 win over host St. Augustine Prep in a a gritty, back-and-forth Cape-Atlantic League tussle that went down to the final minute.

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Jerkins, Mustangs snap skid with solid win over Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, February 08, 2014 12:26 am

CCreek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Jake Knight guards Mainland's Darius Jerkins in Friday's game. LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional Mustangs responded to one final wake-up call Friday night, delivered by the Cedar Creek Pirates.

The Mustangs hope this one carries them awake and alert right into the postseason.

Senior forward Darius Jerkins scored 26 points to lead the Mainland boys past Cedar Creek, 64-47, in a Cape-Atlantic League inter-conference battle. It was an important win for the Mustangs (11-8, 3-6 American Conference), allowing them to snap a three-game losing slide and increase their chances of getting an at-large berth in the CAL playoffs later this month.

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Boardwalk Hall date for Crest hockey player

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 07, 2014 03:06 pm

Sam Fitzpatrick has traveled far and wide during the course of his high school and club ice hockey career.

So it’s kind of ironic – but also rather convenient – that the Wildwood Crest resident will play the final regular-season home game of his career relatively close to home.

Fitzpatrick, a goaltender for the St. Augustine Prep hockey team, is expected to start when the Hermits host Gloucester Catholic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Fitzpatrick said. “Probably the best part about it is that our school’s going to bring a bunch of fans to the game. A lot of them aren’t able to go to our hockey games because they’re usually so far away, so to have a big amount of fans along with venue itself is going to be pretty amazing.”

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"Summer-time" in Absecon as Crilley scores 1,000th

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 06, 2014 10:01 pm

newCrilley3 Summer Crilley celebrates with her teammates after reaching Holy Spirit's 1,000-point club. ABSECON - The sun was shining Thursday on Holy Spirit High School senior Summer Crilley, who scored her 1,000th career point in the first half of a Cape-Atlantic League game against Vineland.

Crilley entered the game needing 15 points to become the 12th Holy Spirit girl to join the 1,000 club. She reached the milestone on a scoop layup with 1:25 left in the half, then celebrated with teammates, family and friends in a mid-court ceremony complete with flowers and balloons.

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Showcase hoops this weekend at St. Augustine, Mainland

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 06, 2014 05:51 pm

CCJaffe Matt Strabuk/Jahniece Jaffe and the Cedar Creek girls will face Central Regional in the War with the Shore tournament Saturday at Mainland Regional High School. Several top area teams will play in the Shoot Down Cancer Classic, a boys high school basketball showcase event, this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9, at St. Augustine Prep in Richland.

The marquee matchup is Holy Spirit vs. host St. Augustine, two of the top teams in the Cape-Atlantic League on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Big upcoming stretch for WCHS girls

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 06, 2014 02:27 pm

The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team has been considered the top team in the Cape-Atlantic League pretty much since the season began.

The Crusaders have led the CAL United Conference since the start and were unbeaten against New Jersey teams going into Wednesday’s game against Pleasantville (too late for this edition).

But all those accomplishments will be put to a severe test over the span over five days.

Wildwood Catholic, which sat at 14-2 overall, 7-0 in CAL United games entering midweek, is scheduled to play two huge league games against St. Joseph on Friday and Cedar Creek on Tuesday. In between, it’s another appearance at a high-level showcase event when the Crusaders face Toms River East at the War With The Shore at Mainland Saturday afternoon.

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Taking it to the next level

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 06, 2014 01:33 pm

anderson Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit senior T.J. Anderson signed to play football at the University of Rhode Island next fall. The ink was flowing freely at Holy Spirit High School on Wednesday, Feb. 5, as four Spartans signed national letters of intent to continue their football careers at championship subdivision colleges.

The Holy Spirit signees included QB/LB T.J. Anderson (pictured), who will play linebacker at Rhode Island; DB A.J. Dawson (Maine); LB Jeff Steeb (Villanova); and DT Ray Ellis (Florida Atlantic).

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