South Jersey Sports

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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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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"Hometown Teams" exhibit hits Atlantic City March 22

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 02:16 pm

hometownteams Hometown Teams exhibit The Atlantic City Free Public Library is helping to bring an exciting exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution to the city for a six-week stay.

The library is one of six organizations in New Jersey selected to host “Hometown Teams” – a traveling exhibition that celebrates American sports and sportsmanship. The exhibit will be displayed at the Noyes Art Garage, located at the Wave parking garage at 2200 Fairmount Ave., from March 22 to May 4. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during that time.

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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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