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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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Doug Colman to coach in NFL

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, January 24, 2014 12:48 am

The Gazette has learned that Doug Colman, the All-South Jersey football player at Ocean City High School and championship coach at Absegami, will be named assistant special teams coach with the Houston Texans by new head coach Bill O’Brien.

The Texans have not formally announced the signing but Coastal Carolina, where Colman had been linebackers and special teams coach, announced Colman’s move on its website. Ironically, Colman is being replaced at Coastal Carolina by Ryan Goodman, an Absegami graduate who played for Colman his senior year.

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Atlantic City rallies in second half for decisive win over Spirit

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 24, 2014 12:46 am

ACSpirit5 Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Isiah Graves goes up for a shot after getting past Holy Spirit defender Leon Daniels (4). ATLANTIC CITY – Seasons, faces and expectations change, but one thing remains: the Atlantic City Vikings continue to be a dominant fixture on the Cape-Atlantic League and South Jersey basketball landscape.

This was the season that a talented and explosive Holy Spirit team was expected to surpass the Vikings.

But it didn’t happen in their first meeting of the season Thursday. Atlantic City surged past the Spartans in the third quarter en route to a convincing 62-46 victory in front of an overpacked house of fans in Holy Spirit’s cozy gymnasium.

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Slick floor suspends key CAL United game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:20 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A game between the top two boys teams in the Cape-Atlantic United Conference was expected to produce 32 exciting minutes of exciting basketball Thursday night.

Instead, St. Joseph and Wildwood played just 16.

Slick floor conditions on Wildwood Catholic’s home court that caused numerous slips and falls by players and even one of the officials forced the referees to suspend the contest at halftime with the Wildcats leading by two points at 18-16.

The game will most likely be resumed at the point of its interruption at a date and time to be determined.

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Stock on rise for Robertson, McWade

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 23, 2014 01:34 pm

The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team won two straight Cape-Atlantic United Conference titles and a total of 41 games over the last two seasons.

And yet, the program – in a good way – has suffered through a bit of an inferiority complex.

Hailing from a school with a very small enrollment and tucked in the deepest part of the South Jersey shore area, the Crusaders have gotten very little recognition for their recent accomplishments. So they’re doing something about it by taking their act on the road and forcing others to see what their program’s all about.

Playing perhaps the most ambitious non-league schedule in the history of its program, Wildwood Catholic earned another signature victory Monday afternoon at the Paulsboro MLK Classic with an impressive 63-51 win over Schalick.

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Oakcrest notes: Falcons win indoor sprint medley title

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:44 pm

oaksprint Submitted/The Oakcrest High School indoor track and field team won the boys sprint medley title at the State Group II Relay Championships on Jan. 19 at the Bennett Center in Toms River. The members of that relay were, left to right, Ishmael Muhammad, Quinn Hardrick, Cameron Terry, and Luke Coffey. The Falcons won the relay with a time of 3 minutes, 38.58 seconds. The Oakcrest High School indoor track and field team won the boys sprint medley title at the State Group II Relay Championships on Jan. 19.

The members of that relay were Luke Coffey, Cameron Terry, Quinn Hardrick and Ishmael Muhammad, who ran a time of 3 minutes, 38.58 seconds.

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EHT’s Ingersol, Wollermann, Justis shine at Absegami quad

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, January 22, 2014 04:38 pm

EHTwrestle Mike Schultz/EHT's James Ingersol controls Woodstown's Chad Watt during their 170-lb. bout. Ingersol earned a 5-2 decision over Watt in a close bout that came down to the final seconds. GALLOWAY - The Egg Harbor Township wrestling team went 0-3 during a quad meet on Saturday Jan. 18 at Absegami High School.

The Eagles were defeated 46-25 by Absegami in the opening match of the day. They lost to Haddon Township 43-30 and Woodstown 38-30.

Both James Ingersol (170) and Eric Wollermann (182) were 3-0 on the day.

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Area's top teams in Girls Shootout this weekend at Holy Spirit

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 22, 2014 03:09 pm

3shootoutlogo Four area teams will face challenges this weekend, along with four others from the Cape-Atlantic League, in the 97.3 ESPN Girls Shootout at Holy Spirit High School. The event is being held for the 19th straight year.

Chris Ford’s Atlantic City girls will get things started Saturday at noon against Central Regional. Then Fran Raph will bring her Cedar Creek team out against Trenton Central at 1:45.

On Sunday afternoon, Meghan Tracey’s Absegami girls will play St. Joseph of Hammonton in the 1:45 opener. And Dennis Smith sends his Holy Spirit team, the defending CAL champions, against No. 19 Holy Cross, which is led by 5-4 point guard Alliya Butts, a McDonald’s All-American finalist and Temple recruit, in Sunday’s 7 p.m. finale.

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