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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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Crusader comeback stuns Spirit

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 01, 2014 09:33 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – All season, the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team has been trying to crash the party among the big boys of the Cape-Atlantic League.

Consider that party crashed.

The Crusaders stormed back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to nip Holy Spirit, 49-46, in a Battle by the Bay showcase game at Holy Spirit High School Saturday evening.

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St. Augustine stings Atlantic City at Battle by the Bay

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, February 01, 2014 02:24 am

newACPrep Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Isaiah Graves lofts a floater over Hermits defenders Justyn Mutts (right) and Brian Seward. ATLANTIC CITY – The young St. Augustine Prep Hermits were supposed to crack under the relentless pressure of the Atlantic City defense, and wilt under the spotlight of a showcase event in front of a big crowd on the Vikings’ home court.

Maybe they didn’t know any better.

The Hermits got some big-time, clutch performances from underclassmen in a 60-52 win over Atlantic City at the Battle by the Bay Friday night.

Freshman Justyn Mutts had a coming-out party for the Hermits, coming off the bench for 13 points and eight rebounds, and punctuating the win with an emphatic slam dunk with about two minutes to play.

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Mainland’s Santora, A.C.’s McHenry win CAL diving titles

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Written by Mike Schultz Friday, January 31, 2014 11:55 pm

mchenry1 Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Logan McHenry prepares to launch into a dive en route to the CAL championship. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Mainland Regional's Jenna Santora and Atlantic City High School's Logan McHenry each won Cape Atlantic League diving titles on Friday at Egg Harbor Township High School. Santora finished with a score of 235.65 on her way to her fourth consecutive CAL diving title.

"It feels really good," said Santora. "My sister did it too, so I kind of wanted to keep up with her."

Santora's sister Carissa also won four consecutive diving titles from 2006-2009 for the Lady Mustangs.

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Battle by the Bay takes over ACHS this weekend

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 31, 2014 05:19 pm

White Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Dennis White takes a shot against Holy Spirit in a game earlier this month. The 20th annual Battle by the Bay high school basketball showcase takes place this weekend at Atlantic City High School.

Key games are:

-- Atlantic City (featuring Dennis White, pictured left) vs. St. Augustine Prep in a battle of two of the Cape-Atlantic League's top teams, Friday night at 8 p.m. Atlantic City (9-2) is ranked fourth in the latest South Jersey Boys Online Top 25, while St. Augustine (12-1) is ranked 14th. 

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Mainland, O.C. swimmers shine at CAL championships

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 31, 2014 12:08 am

coyle Mainland Regional senior Nolan Coyle was named Most Outstanding boys swimmer at the CAL championship meet.

The Ocean City High School girls and the Mainland Regional boys and girls were among the biggest winners at the Cape Atlantic League individual swimming championships Thursday at Atlantic City High School.

Mainland's Nolan Coyle and Ocean City's Amanda Nunan each won two individual races and earned Most Outstanding Swimmer honors.

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