South Jersey Sports

Oakcrest notes: Falcons making a run at playoff spot

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 30, 2014 03:26 pm

Brown Oakcrest coach Frank Brown has his young Falcons in the hunt for a CAL playoff spot. The Oakcrest High School boys basketball team picked up a pair of victories to improve to 7-6.

The Falcons knocked off Vineland 56-44 on Jan. 24. Oakcrest went into halftime with a 16-point lead after a 20-7 run in the second quarter.

The top Falcons scorers were LaDarrell Dixon and Jordan Brooks, who tallied 16 and 12 points, respectively.

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Absegami notes: Barnard, Gosman pace Gami swimmers

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 30, 2014 03:16 pm

Barnard Matt Strabuk/Absegami's Emily Barnard will compete in the Cape-Atlantic League individual swim championships on Jan. 30 at Atlantic City High School. The Absegami High School girls swimming team collected a pair of victories in the last week.

Emily Barnard sparked the Braves to an 86-84 victory over MiddleTownship on Jan. 23. She won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke. She swam a leg on the Braves’ first-place 400 freestyle relay.

Sydney Mount, who was also part of that relay, was the 100 butterfly winner. The Braves received a first from Emily Sproule in the 100 breaststroke.

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ACHS notes: Vikings on a roll heading into Battle By the Bay

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 30, 2014 03:07 pm

Graves Matt Strabuk/Senior Isiah Graves has the Atantic City boys basketball team heading in the right direction at midseason. The Atlantic City High School boys basketball team won all three of its games – including a showdown with rival Holy Spirit – from Jan. 23-27.

The Vikings topped the Spartans 62-46 on Jan. 23. Atlantic City was down by two at halftime but outscored Holy Spirit 39-21 over the final two periods.

Dennis White scored 16 points for the winners. Isiah Graves and Bryan Nolan provided 13 and 11 points, respectively.

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WHS honors coaches here, gone and elsewhere

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:48 pm

WILDWOOD – Wildwood High School honored perhaps the three most famous coaches in school history Monday evening.

In front of a packed gymnasium in between games of a girl-boy doubleheader against Lower Cape May, Wildwood High School held a ceremony to retire the No. 22 worn by Frank Vogel during his high school basketball playing days at the school. Vogel never coached at Wildwood but is now doing so at the highest level of basketball in the world. He couldn’t make the ceremony; it seems he was across the country getting the Indiana Pacers team he coaches ready to play the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Cape Tech senior nears 1,000 points

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:40 pm

Alexis Olson was speaking specifically about her quest for 1,000 career points but she certainly said some words all of us can live by.

“I think of personally how much effort I put into this and that it’s an achievement I think I’ll only be able to look back at and say, ‘If I work hard at something, I know I can do it,’” she said. “And that could be anything in life.”

Olson is a 5-11 senior forward on the Cape May Tech girls basketball team. She stood 75 points away from becoming only the third player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000-point barrier entering games against Wildwood Catholic and St. Joseph late this week.

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February a great month again for hoop fans

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 29, 2014 05:21 pm

AChoops Matt Strabuk/All eyes will be on the Atlantic City Vikings and reserve forward Bryan Nolan, here going up for a shot against Holy Spirit, when the Vikings host St. Augustine and Pleasantville in the Battle by the Bay Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at ACHS. February starts on Saturday – and, despite the weather forecast, area basketball fans are smiling.

Great basketball events start this weekend – on Jan. 31, actually. The Battle by the Bay is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at ACHS. It is one of the state’s premier boys basketball events, which still includes one girls game.

On Friday night, Sanford DE will face Rancocas Valley at 6 p.m. with Atlantic City taking on St. Augustine Prep in the nightcap.

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Holy Spirit girls rally in fourth to beat Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 29, 2014 01:16 pm

Crilley Summer Crilley LINWOOD – A true champion is defined by the challenges it faces along the way. The final definition isn’t written yet, but the Holy Spirit High School girls made a statement with a comeback win against Mainland Regional on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The Spartans rallied in the fourth quarter for a 49-39 win over the persistent Mustangs in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup in Linwood.

Summer Crilley led the Spartans with 17 points, 11 in the decisive fourth quarter. Cass Gallagher added nine points. Brianne Long scored the go-ahead basket during an 11-0 run that carried the Spartans to victory.

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Big 2nd quarter sparks Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 28, 2014 03:35 pm

LCM's Ariel Magee drives on Wildwood's Monika McGrath WILDWOOD – When the Lower Cape May Regional and Wildwood high school girls basketball teams played one another last season, the contest went down to the wire, with the Lady Tigers winning on Jill Vandermark’s basket with less than 10 seconds to play.

There would be no need for such theatrics this time.

In a rather surprising result to the many who attended the game expecting to see another white-knuckle ride to the finish, Lower Cape May took most of the drama out of Monday evening’s contest when it outscored the Lady Warriors 26-9 in the second quarter in what ended as a 67-44 victory. The game was played as the front end of a girl-boy doubleheader between the two schools.

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Monica Johnson: ‘I had fun playing the game’

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 28, 2014 08:02 am

WILDWOOD – She was almost always the best player whenever she stepped on the court to play a basketball game. She played in front of huge crowds – crowds that boys teams from many schools would envy – and played the game not with fear but with flair.

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Atlantic City girls looking for that finishing touch

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 27, 2014 03:52 pm

ACgirls1 Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Alexis Harris drives to the basket against Central defender Lindsey Mahnken. ABSECON – On another day, maybe in the very near future, the Atlantic City High School girls basketball team will pull out the kind of game it lost on Saturday.

The young and improving Vikings hung tough in the second half against a good Central Regional team, losing 41-39 at the Prime Events 97.3 ESPN Girls Shootout.

Trailing by six at halftime, mainly because Central made five 3-point shots, the Vikings adjusted their defense in the second half, located the open shooters, and had a great chance to win at the end.

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Monday hoops features boy-girl DH, number retirement, completion of suspended game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 27, 2014 08:42 am

Mondays are usually a relatively slow night for local high school basketball. But not this particular Monday.

A local girl-boy doubleheader, a number retirement ceremony and the completion of a suspended key league game highlight tonight’s slate.

For starters, Lower Cape May will travel to Wildwood for a girl-boy doubleheader. The girls game is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. and features a 4-7 Lady Tiger team against an 8-2 Lady Warrior club that has won five straight games. The contest includes two of the top offensive players in South Jersey in Lower’s Lauren Holden and Wildwood’s Jess Freeman. Holden, a junior guard, is averaging approximately 27 points per game while Freeman, a senior guard/forward, is scoring close to 22 point per outing.

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Cedar Creek girls thriving on tenacity, togetherness

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 27, 2014 12:37 am

Fatimah Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek's Fatimah Blackwell goes up for two points against Trenton Central at the Girls Shootout. ABSECON – Trenton Central High School coach Reggie Murray said it several times in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Cedar Creek at the Prime Events Girls Shootout.

He said it to anyone who might listen – his players, coaching staff, even muttering it to himself at times: “These girls just play hard … Why can’t we play like that?”

He was marveling at the play of the Cedar Creek Pirates, who overwhelmed the visitors from Trenton with aggressive, ball-hawking defense and an up-tempo, ball-sharing offense. The Pirates stormed out of the gate to a 24-5 first quarter lead and never looked back, eventually winning 65-39.

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LCM's Damiana scores major wrestling upset

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:26 pm

Cory Damiana has been enjoying an outstanding senior season for the Lower Cape May Regional High School wrestling team. Any wrestling fans that hadn't noticed just yet sure will now.

During his team's appearance at the Moorestown Duals on Saturday, Damiana upset Matt Correnti of Holy Cross, 6-5, in a 195-pound match. Correnti was considered the No. 1 wrestler in the state in the weight class entering the weekend according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The sophomore placed eighth in the state at 182 pounds as a freshman last season.

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Suspended boys hoops game to resume Monday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, January 24, 2014 01:42 pm

The completion of the suspended high school boys basketball game between St. Joseph and Wildwood Catholic will take place Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. at Wildwood Catholic, Crusader athletic director Sal Zuccarello announced early Friday afternoon.

The contest, held Thursday evening, was suspended by game officials at halftime due to slick floor conditions that caused some players and one of the referees to slip and fall at various points of the first half.

The game will resume with St. Joseph holding an 18-16 lead.

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