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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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Middle looking to make a run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:31 pm

ERMA – It’s been a rather up and down season for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team.

“Last week was a classic example,” interim head coach Rewi Thompson said. “We had a three-game stretch where it looked like the first two (against Bridgeton and Oakcrest) were winnable games and we didn’t win either one of them. Then the third game, against a talented Delsea team, we probably had that chalked up as a loss and somehow we win that game. We’re definitely searching for consistency.”

Middle held on to beat rival Lower Cape May, 40-37, Tuesday evening for its second straight victory, improving the team to 8-7 overall, 4-4 in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. The Panthers held a 14-point lead at the close of three quarters before Lower (5-11) rallied.

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Oakcrest notes: Muhammad has record day at Group II finals

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:21 pm

muhammad Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest High School's Ishmail Muhammad competing at last spring's CAL championships. Oakcrest High School standout Ishmael Muhammad broke a pair of records at the South Jersey Group II Indoor Track and Field Championship on Feb. 1 at Toms River.

Muhammad won the 400-meter dash (50.84 seconds) and 1,600 (4:22.62) and set meet records in both events. Muhammad finished a mere .01 off the winning time in the 800 to place second in that event.

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Emily Johnson picks Seton Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:13 pm

The process of selecting a college for a coveted high school athlete can be rather tedious.

“The process of picking a school, there’s just so much to it,” Wildwood Catholic senior Emily Johnson said. “I had so many visits, two overnight visits, and I went to nine or 10 schools. All the emailing from coaches and unknown numbers calling your cell phone … It’s just such a relief to know where I’m going. I’m really excited.”

Johnson, one of the best female distance runners in Wildwood Catholic history, is going to Seton Hall. She is scheduled to sign a National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. during a ceremony at Wildwood Catholic.

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McKeown, Pennington make college choices

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 03:50 pm

Lower Cape May Regional High School seniors Gabriella McKeown and Josh Pennington made their college choices official Wednesday morning.

With their families, friends, coaches and school administrators in attendance, the pair signed national letters of intent to accept Division I athletic scholarships.

McKeown will attend Temple for soccer. Pennington has accepted a scholarship offer from St. John’s.

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LCM pair to sign Letters of Intent today

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 08:52 am

Lower Cape May Regional High School seniors Gabriella McKeown and Josh Pennington are scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent to accept college athletic scholarships this morning (Wednesday).

McKeown, who is set to attend Temple for soccer, and Pennington, who has accepted a scholarship offer from St. John’s for baseball, will sign during a ceremony in the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education office located on the high school campus in Erma at 11 a.m.

McKeown is one of the best offensive players in Cape-Atlantic League girls soccer history. She finished her career with 90 career goals, ranking her among the top 10 in CAL history at the close of last season. She was a three-time first team National Conference all-star who led Lower to the 2013 CAL National Conference title, the program’s first-ever league championship.

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Harris sparks Atlantic City girls past Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 05, 2014 12:07 am

ACHarris Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Alexis Harris, seen here in a game against Central earlier this season, came off the bench Tuesday to carry the Vikings past Absegami. GALLOWAY – Atlantic City junior Alexis Harris said she “owed” the second half of Tuesday’s game against Absegami to her teammates for sitting out the first half due to a violation of team rules.

Consider it paid in full.

Harris not only owed it but owned the fourth quarter as well, scoring 16 of her game-high 18 points in the final frame to rally the Vikings past the Braves, 48-36, in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game.

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OCHS basketball teams make history

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, February 04, 2014 09:58 pm

Ocean City High School's basketball teams were both part of history Tuesday night.

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EHT accepting applications for football coach

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 03, 2014 06:39 pm

EHTcoachTonyDeRosa Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township coach Tony DeRosa talks to his team after a preseason scrimmage last August. Egg Harbor Township High School will not renew the contract of current head varsity football coach Tony DeRosa and has posted the position online on a job seekers web site.

The position summary and qualifications have been posted here at jobspot.com.

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