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Defense, timely shots power Mainland girls past Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 12, 2015 04:28 pm

maingami1 Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional freshman Mackenzie Brennan made three 3-point shots in the second half in last Friday's win over Absegami. GALLOWAY – Defense is the trademark of the Mainland Regional High School girls basketball team. But a few timely 3-point shots can also go a long way.

The Mustangs played tight defense throughout, but it was their clutch shooting - both from the perimeter and the free-throw line – that led to a 32-27 win over Absegami in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game on Friday night, Jan. 9.

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OC, EHT dominate Hackney but Creek girls make a splash

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 12, 2015 03:28 pm

hackney1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek freshman Lauren Kelly won the 100 meter backstroke at the prestigious Hackney Invitational Girls Swim Meet. ATLANTIC CITY - It was a great day, as expected, for perennial champion Ocean City and powerhouse Egg Harbor Township at the annual Hackney Girls Invitational Swim Meet at Atlantic City High School on Saturday, Jan. 10.

But upstart program Cedar Creek snuck in there with an impressive win by freshman Lauren Kelly in the 100-meter backstroke, the first ever Hackney win by a Cedar Creek swimmer.

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Coleman's career game carries Wildwood to essential win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 08, 2015 09:39 pm

JAHNIRE COLEMAN WILDWOOD – On a night when the Wildwood High School boys basketball team desperately needed a victory, senior forward Jahnire Coleman more than did his part to make sure that happened.

Coleman posted a career high 32 points, tied a career high with 18 rebounds and recorded a career-best eight blocked shots to carry the Warriors to a 64-58 victory over Salem Thursday evening.

Coleman made 13 of 17 shots for the game and produced 15 of his points in the second quarter, when the Warriors (2-5) went ahead of Salem and never let the Rams (2-5) on top for the remainder of the game. Salem drew level on four occasions in the fourth quarter but never went ahead. Big baskets by Coleman and Gerald Gibbs in the final period made sure the Warriors never fell behind.

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McWade's intangibles fuel WC's good start

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 08, 2015 09:02 am

KEVIN McWADE NORTH WILDWOOD – One day just prior to the start of preseason practices, Kevin McWade was out enjoying a meal when someone set fire to his mood.

“A guy came up to me and said, ‘I’m a big supporter of Wildwood Catholic, but you guys are only going to win five games this year,’” McWade recalled.

McWade quickly passed those sentiments on to his fellow members in the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball program.

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AC responds to challenge, turns up pressure to beat EHT

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 07, 2015 11:58 pm

AC1 Bill LeConey/Lamar Thomas EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Atlantic City High School basketball coach Gene Allen said he told his players that if they gave up 34 or more points to Egg Harbor Township Wednesday night "they were gonna run" in practice the next day.

The Vikings took it to heart. They beat EHT 50-33 in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at EHT. They might not be running quite as much but they will certainly be working hard the rest of the week.

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Top girls swimmers contend Saturday at Hackney Invitational

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 07, 2015 01:47 pm

hackney2 Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek’s Andrea Battistelli swims during the Girls 100 SC Meter Butterfly at last year's Hackney Invitational. More than 350 area high school swimmers are expected to compete Saturday Jan. 10 at the Hackney Girls Invitational Swim Meet at Atlantic City High School.

The meet begins at 9 a.m. at the high school’s eight-lane, 25-meter pool. There is no team scoring, and swimmers compete in the standard 11 high school races.

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For Howarth family, swimming is second nature

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 07, 2015 01:03 pm

newhowarth1 Photo courtesy of Kevin Howarth/At the 1968 Ventnor Mascot Swim, Bill and Nancy Howarth, at left, pose with sons Bill Jr., Cappy, Gary and Kevin. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – If you were to draw a diagram of the Howarth family history it might be more of a flow chart than a tree. And it should be drawn with watercolors.

Because the Howarth family of Ventnor and Egg Harbor Township is all about swimming – with deliberate precision and velocity – through the sometimes choppy, always challenging waters of life.

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CAL Sportsperson of the Year: Dave Catalana

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 07, 2015 12:41 pm

catalano Dave Catalana Through the years we have had the pleasure of recognizing some special people as Cape-Atlantic League Sportspersons of the Year. The list is quite diversified.

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Fisher, Fussner, Jones go into South Jersey hoops HOF

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 07, 2015 12:35 pm

fussner Joe Fussner Three people from this area have been selected to the Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame.

Ocean City’s Bill Fisher, former Atlantic City High School coach Joe Fussner, and one of Fussner’s star players, Valeria Jones, are among eight scheduled to be inducted next month.

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OCHS wins battle of girls hoop rivals

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 06, 2015 10:08 pm

Ocean City's Sierra Schoenewald defends Middle Township's Ashley Ryan CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team may have just one holdover varsity player from last year’s team.

Ocean City also just so happens to be one of the best teams in South Jersey.

But, to the surprise of almost no one, the teams battled to the wire.

One of the Cape-Atlantic League’s top rivalries added another chapter to its lore Tuesday evening when upset-minded Middle Township gave the Raiders trouble for 3 ½ quarters before Ocean City pulled away for a 44-35 victory.

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Win sets up big CAL United game for Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 06, 2015 02:32 pm

RYAN LEGLER: 13 points vs. ACIT NORTH WILDWOOD – It’s only the first full week of January, so to say Wednesday evening’s contest at St. Joseph is a do-or-die game for the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team would be a complete overstatement.

But the contest is certainly important, given that the teams enter the contest with a combined record of 8-2 overall and are both unbeaten so far in Cape-Atlantic United Conference play.

“It’s a pretty big game,” Wildwood Catholic coach Dave DeWeese said. “And it’s going to be a war up there” in Hammonton.

Wildwood Catholic remained unblemished in United games after Monday’s dominating 71-44 victory over Atlantic County Institute of Technology. The hot-shooting Crusaders (6-1, 2-0) ran to a huge early lead by raining three-pointers on the Red Hawks, knocking down five in the first-quarter alone en route to a 21-2 lead.

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Despite loss, ACIT basketball making strides

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 06, 2015 02:23 pm

ACIT1 Brian Cunniff/ACIT’s Kendall Rose and Wildwood Catholic’s Will Bell each reach for a loose ball during Monday’s boys basketball game. NORTH WILDWOOD – When Atlantic County Institute of Technology joined the Cape-Atlantic League three seasons ago, school officials knew its athletic program would experience some growing pains.

But over the past year or so, some of the school’s teams have improved drastically. For example, the boys soccer team finished over .500 and in third place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference this fall. On Monday, the school’s girls basketball team earned perhaps the biggest victory in program history so far, upsetting Wildwood Catholic in overtime.

The boys basketball program is attempting to follow the same path.

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Holy Spirit goes to 5-0 with flawed win at Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, January 06, 2015 01:19 pm

spirit1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's Tyler Jones scored six points in the fourth quarter Monday to help the Spartans hold off Mainland. LINWOOD – It says a lot about a team when it can win comfortably and still get chastised by its coach for poor foul-shooting and “selfish” basketball.

That was the case on Monday for the Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team, which held on to beat Mainland Regional 54-47 in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game in Linwood.

John Middleton scored 16 points to lead the undefeated Spartans (5-0), while Jordan Taylor and C.J. Barnes each scored 11. Dean Deveney led Mainland (3-3) with 15 points, while Matt McLaughlin and Jake O’Neill each scored nine.

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Mainland, Spirit wrestlers impress at Holy Spirit quad

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 05, 2015 04:30 pm

wrestling2 Bill LeConey/Mainland’s Justin Bishop (right) grapples with Shawnee’s Isaiah Bryant in the last match of the day. Bishop won the 145-pound match by sudden victory. ABSECON – The team results were below par, but there were plenty of outstanding individual wrestling performances on Saturday Jan. 3 as Holy Spirit High School hosted a quad match against Mainland Regional, Shawnee and Woodstown.

Holy Spirit dropped all three of its team matches, mainly due to numerous forfeits, but Spirit's outstanding senior Pat D'Arcy, wrestling at 126 pounds, won all three of his bouts, two by pin. Kevin Thomas (106), Tim Fitzpatrick (113), Alec Harper (120), Daniel Ramirez (152) and Michael Waszen (160) also won multiple matches for Holy Spirit.

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