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Southern Cape May County baseball preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 30, 2014 09:16 pm

MTHS baseball senior starters It may not have seemed very much like baseball weather for much of last week. Or much of this month for that matter. But, ready or not, the high school baseball regular season is set to begin on Tuesday.

The following is a look at each of the area’s high school baseball teams:

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Court House teen heads to youth hockey nationals

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 30, 2014 09:05 pm

Brandon Graf Four or five times per week for up to nine months per year, 15-year-old Brandon Graf, accompanied by his mother and/or father, makes the long trip from his home in Cape May Court House to Pennsauken to play ice hockey.

All those trips have led to one very long trip this week.

Graf, a goaltender, and his Team Comcast teammates are in Green Bay, Wis., this week to compete in the USA Hockey national championships.

Team Comcast qualified for the tournament by winning its district championship after going 25-3 during the regular season. Team Comcast beat the Junior Flyers of West Chester (Pa.) two games to one in a best-of-three district championship series. Graf started all three games of the series.

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Stars collide at Prime Events All-Star Saturday

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, March 30, 2014 03:41 pm

mya1 Matt Strabuk/Pleasantville's Mya Alston shoots in front of Cedar Creek's Mikila Stefanski. OCEAN CITY – Mya Alston was rarely on the winning side of the scoreboard in her four-year basketball career at Pleasantville High School.

But Alston had one last chance – and an overtime period, no less – to prove her talents and shine as a Cape-Atlantic League All-Star.

So it was immensely satisfying for Alston to not only contribute to a winning effort but to be named Most Valuable Player of All-Star Saturday at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium in Ocean City.

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Eighteen players from area to play in All-Star Saturday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:34 pm

newAlston Bill LeConey/Pleasantville's Mya Alston is among the seniors who will suit up for Team Leahy in the All Star Saturday game in Ocean City. Eighteen players from area high schools will put on their basketball uniforms one last time on Saturday, March 29 to play in All Star Saturday at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium in Ocean City.

Prime Events All Star Saturday will be held at Ocean City High School on Saturday with the best seniors from the Cape-Atlantic League facing off in the final two basketball games of four that celebrate the present and future of the CAL.

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Another CAL basketball season is history

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:11 am

CALrecap1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland Regional’s Darius Jerkins brings the ball up against Wilson in a South Jersey playoff game. High school basketball in New Jersey ended Monday with a doubleheader in Trenton with St. Joseph-Metuchen and Shabazz winning Tournament of Champions titles. The season’s final all star game is Saturday. And the Cedar Creek girls won their second South Jersey title in three years.

On the boys side, Wildwood Catholic won two tough games over Holy Spirit; the Spartans beat St. Augustine and split with Atlantic City; the Vikings lost to the Prep but split with Wildwood Catholic. Mainland Regional earned the top seed in South Jersey Group III and reached the SJ title game for the first time in 24 years.

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New exhibits celebrate 'Hometown Teams,' A.C. sports heritage

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:20 am

newacexhibit1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City High School graduate Wilbur Fields stands in front of a photo that includes his brother, James, who in 1953 became the first African-American player on the ACHS tennis team. ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City’s sports history transcends age, gender, ethnicity and class distinctions – in short, it reflects the history of sports in America.

A new exhibit examines the culture of sports and celebrates the legends and venues that have made Atlantic City a unique and distinctive “hometown” for sports heroes like John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, Chris Ford, Art Dorrington, Gene Hudgins and Leavander Johnson.

The exhibit at the Noyes Art Garage also includes an interactive map highlighting the resort city’s diverse sports locales - from the Sandcastle to Pop Lloyd stadiums, Boardwalk Hall and the beaches and Boardwalk, to the tiny Pennsylvania courts where basketball giants like Wilt Chamberlain and Lew Alcindor once played pick-up games.

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Kevin Stetser named new Egg Harbor Township football coach

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:49 pm

stetser1 Bill LeConey/New Egg Harbor Township football coach Kevin Stetser (right) is congratulated by school board member Jack Haines after Tuesday's vote. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Kevin Stetser has a primary focus in his mission to rejuvenate the Egg Harbor Township High School football program: Keep the boys at home.

Stetser, 38, was unanimously approved by the EHT Board of Education Tuesday night as the school’s new varsity head football coach, replacing Tony DeRosa, whose contract was not renewed after 16 years at the helm.

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MTHS grad named D II All-American

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 24, 2014 12:59 pm

Downbeach schools get late start Former Middle Township High School standout Garret Kerr has received national honors for his play on the basketball court.

The 6-4 forward from the University of the Sciences men’s basketball team has been named a first team Daktronics Division II All-American.

Kerr was the only player in Division II to rank among the top five in the nation in scoring (24.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.5 rpg). A three-year starter, Kerr broke school records for points scored with 693 and rebounds with 351. He also led the Devils in field-goal percentage at 52.4 percent, free-throw percentage at 82 percent and was second on the team in assists at 3.0 per game and steals at 1.3 per game. In 79 career games, Kerr has produced 1,638 points and 998 rebounds and has averaged 20.7 points and 12.6 rebounds for his career. He has posted a school-record 62 double-doubles for his career and is the only active player in Division II with more than 1,600 points and 900 rebounds over his career.

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Mainland girls, Spirit boys win Varsity 8 sprints at Lake Lenape

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, March 23, 2014 04:42 pm

mainlandgirls Bill LeConey/The Mainland Women's Varsity 8, left to right: Jenna Rosado, Emily Olsen, Pam Bacharach, Mindy Parson, Stephanie Petrova, Kaitlyn Mullin, Amy Jane Beattie, Maria Elena Gambino, and coxswain Rachel Kelley. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The opening regatta of the 2014 high school crew season – the Lake Lenape Sprints I - was a successful one for the Mainland Regional High School girls.

Despite the gusty winds at LakeLenape, the Mustangs captured the Women’s Varsity 8 final in five minutes, 39 seconds on Saturday, March 22, beating second-place Oakcrest by 3½ seconds. The Absegami A boat was third with a time of 5:46.08.

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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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