South Jersey Sports

5 from area in prestigious all-star games

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 20, 2014 02:07 pm

kennedy johnson KENNEDY JOHNSON Wildwood Catholic’s Jordan Robertson, Eddie McWade and Kennedy Johnson, Middle Township’s Lauryn Fields and Wildwood's Jess Freeman have each been selected to participate in prestigious postseason basketball all-star games.

Robertson, Johnson and Fields will play in the respective boys and girls North-South state all-star games this Sunday at Rider University.

The boys game will tip at noon, with the girls game beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Those games include many of the best seniors from throughout the state.

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Weather alert for spring sports teams

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 20, 2014 02:01 pm

Fox Park was supposed to host a softball scrimmage between Wildwood and Lower Cape May earlier this week. Instead, snow covered much of the field. So, you think you’ve had enough of all this late-winter cold and snow?

Ask coaches or players trying to get ready for a spring sports season how they feel.

The snowstorm that dumped as much as 10 ½ inches of snow in some parts of the county on Monday helped continue what has been a difficult preseason for high school spring sports teams attempting to get ready for their regular seasons, which for most sports is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 1.

We all know March can be no picnic weather-wise, even in a good year. But quite a few spring sports teams have held as little as three or four outdoor practices since they were permitted to do so on March 7.

Two March snowstorms, especially the most recent one on Monday, and biting cold have led to limited outdoor work for many local teams.

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Marczyk Foundation to honor longtime leader Jim Mogan

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 19, 2014 02:59 pm

newMogan Jim Mogan Wherever and whenever the roads have taken him over the years as a teacher, coach, athletic director and community recreation director, Jim Mogan always comes home to Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.

“I bleed blue and gold,” said Mogan. “It’s a special place, and it always will be.”

Mogan, a former Holy Spirit student-athlete, teacher and coach, is the recipient of the Stanley W. Marczyk Foundation Distinguished Recognition Award. He will be honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, March 27, from 6-10 p.m. at the Carriage House in Galloway Township.

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New Stockton lacrosse team has Absegami flavor

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 19, 2014 02:48 pm

carpenter Richard Stockton College/Stockon’s Jenny Carpenter controls the ball in an early-season game against Notre Dame A handful of Absegami High School graduates have helped the brand new Richard Stockton College women's lacrosse team get off to a solid 4-1 start in its first season of intercollegiate play.

Absegami product Jenny Carpenter has played a key role for the Ospreys. Carpenter, a senior attacker from Egg Harbor City, had a goal and two assists in the Ospreys' 17-3 win over Maritime College on Wednesday, March 13.

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State’s best continue playing basketball this week

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, March 19, 2014 02:37 pm

raph Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek girls basketball coach Fran Raph watches her team compete in a South Jersey Group II semifinal. Though the Cape-Atlantic League teams are finished, great high school basketball continues in New Jersey this week.

First, congratulations to Fran Raph and her Pirates of Cedar Creek for winning their second South Jersey title in three years. Raph becomes just the 12th girls basketball coach from the CAL to win two sectional titles – and the only woman. That program in Egg Harbor City has become a solid part of the CAL in a remarkably short time.

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All Star One Cheerleading earns bid to USASF Worlds

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 02:20 pm

allstarcheer2 Submitted/All Star One’s Senior Level 5 Big Bang Team proudly display their Worlds Bid banner after their performance at the Cheersport competition in Atlanta. The Senior Level 5 Team (Big Bang) of All Star One Cheerleading Academy, based in Egg Harbor Township, recently competed in the Annual Cheersport Competition in Atlanta and earned a bid to compete in the USASF Worlds Championship.

Cheersport, the largest cheerleading competition in the world with over 35,000 participants from 1,200 teams, will be held April 26-28 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Rudisill wins Scholar-Athlete Award

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 02:10 pm

rudisill Submitted/Left to right, Absegami athletic director Steve Fortis, head football coach Dennis Scuderi Jr., and principal Jeri Lynn Gatto (far right) flank Roman Rudisill on Feb. 23 when he received the Scholar-Athlete Award at the Carriage House in Galloway. Absegami High School senior Roman Rudisill received the Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The award is given for a combination of football excellence, very high academic achievement and community service.

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Cape-Atlantic League Winter 2013-14 All-Stars

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 01:51 pm

cutugno Submitted/Wrestler Joe Cutugno of Atlantic City High School was named to the Region 8 and CAL All Star teams. He finished the season 36-6 and ranked No. 10 in the state at 160 pounds, winning three matches in the state tournament. A list of CAL All-Stars from Current-area schools (Absegami, Atlantic City, Cedar Creek, Egg Harbor Township, Holy Spirit, Mainland Regional, Oakcrest, Pleasantville) as voted upon by coaches.


 

Wrestling – American Conference

1st Team

138 – Brendon Islinger, Mainland

160 – Joseph Cutugno, Atlantic City

170 – James Ingersol, Egg Harbor Township

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The Will Morris Plan for CAL Basketball

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, March 14, 2014 05:53 pm

Will Morris is a smart guy.

The St. Augustine Prep graduate has a lot to do with everything that happens during home games at the Paul Rodio Gymnasium. He gathers rosters, assists the announcer, operates the scoreboard and picks the music. He absolutely refuses Rodio’s request to play some Sinatra. Morris was also one of the original Hermits, wearing the costume that represents the Prep’s mascot.

But his skills are used by other schools, too.

When the scoreboard in the Dixie Howell Gymnasium stopped functioning during a girls game at December’s Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend, he was on the phone from a remote location guiding OCHS coach John Bruno step by step through the procedure of re-programming the scoreboard controller from the other gym so it would work in the main gym. And his directions worked perfectly.

Well, Morris has a plan for alignment of Cape-Atlantic League basketball. He basically reasons that while three seven-team conferences worked really well for a 21-team league, three does not go evenly into 20, the number the CAL is left with after Hammonton heads to the Tri-County Conference.

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Briefs, signups: EHT PAL Lacrosse rolls 'Beef, Beer & Bowling'

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 14, 2014 04:03 pm

EHT PAL lacrosse EHT PAL Lacrosse Egg Harbor Township PAL Lacrosse is having a "Beef, Beer & Bowling" season-opening pep rally on Friday, March 14, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets for adults are $25 each and include three-hour beef and beverage. Kids $15 each includes three bowling games with shoes, pizza or chicken and beverage. Meet the coaches and sign up for the spring season! For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or go to www.ehtpal.org.

Send your notices for signups, registrations, fundraisers and other events to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Remarkable run by Lady Panther seniors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 09:52 am

The MTHS girls basketball team enjoyed many successes over the past four seasons EGG HARBOR CITY – The stars seemed to be aligned just right.

Olivia Salvo practically couldn’t miss from the field, making an eye-popping 8 of 10 shots from the floor, most of the shots coming from 14 to 17 feet.

Lauryn Fields wasn’t having her best offensive night, but was playing the game with unyielding determination, leadership and fire. You got the feeling she was going to somehow will her team to victory, no matter what it might take.

Lauren Legler, Erin Ruskey and Holly McKaig were digging in defensively, battling a prolific offensive team to a stalemate both in the paint and on the perimeter.

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Middle will look to bounce back next season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 09:49 am

Jeremiah Bland enjoyed a solid senior season for MTHS For the first time in Tom Feraco’s 33 seasons as head coach, the Middle Township High School boys basketball team finished under .500.

Last week’s second-round state playoff loss to top-seeded Haddonfield was indicative of Middle’s season as whole, in that the Panthers played a good team to the wire but couldn’t finish.

Trailing 48-43 with three minutes to play against the then-unbeaten Bulldogs, Middle saw Haddonfield score the final nine points to post what looked like a comfortable 57-43 victory.

Middle finished the season at 12-14.

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Fine season has Crusader girls seeking more

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 09:42 am

Senior Katie McCallion led the WCHS girls hoops team in assists this season Twenty-one wins, seven losses.

If you told a high school basketball team prior to a season that would be its final record, most would react joyously.

The Wildwood Catholic girls team, however, while happy with its accomplishments, was left wishing for just a bit more.

“I’d feel a lot better about it had we won the Cape(-Atlantic League) championship,” Crusader coach Steve DiPatri said, referencing the team’s close loss to Middle Township in the title game of the eight-team CAL tournament. “I know most people would be jumping up and down after 21 wins. And we did beat Washington Township, we beat Cedar Creek twice, beat St. Joe twice and we played a lot of top-level programs, but yet we don’t have a banner to hang. That kind of sticks in my craw a little. Hopefully that leads us to grow. We learned how to play big games and win big games but now we have to learn how to win championships.”

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Enjoyable 18-win season for Lady Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 13, 2014 09:40 am

Wildwood's JEss Freeman finished her career with 1750 points There are many people associated with South Jersey high school basketball who judge a team by its championships. They want to know if a team won its league or claimed a South Jersey championship before they’ll call it a successful season.

But that’s really a poor way to quantify a team’s effort.

Take the Wildwood High School girls basketball team, for example.

The Lady Warriors went into this season with two big injury question marks, as Jess Freeman (back) and Heydiah Farlow (knee) were hampered at the season’s outset. Freeman carried her debilitating condition through the season.

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