South Jersey Sports

Doug Colman to coach in NFL

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:48 pm

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 Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:46 pm

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 09:20 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 12:34 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 11:44 am

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 03:38 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 02:09 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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Holy Spirit looking for redemption against rival Atlantic City

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:46 am

saintel Holy Spirit center Junior Saintel Editor's note: The Atlantic City-Holy Spirit boys basketball game has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit.

ABSECON - So far this season, the Holy Spirit High School Spartans have passed nearly every test with (appropriately) flying colors.  

But now comes the big mid-term exam: a meeting with familiar, neighborly rival Atlantic City, with first place in the Cape Atlantic League American Conference on the line, and at least temporary bragging rights at every area hardwood court east of, say, Richland.

The Spartans are 9-1 heading into Thursday's showdown with Atlantic City (6-2) at Holy Spirit’s gymnasium in Absecon (7 p.m. tipoff).

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An appreciation: Jack Boyd lived life

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, January 21, 2014 02:59 pm

boyd Jack Boyd There is a large breach in the Ocean City sports community. Jack Boyd will not be around anymore.

The sudden death last week of the Hall of Fame boys basketball coach left people reeling much like they did when Dixie Howell, Fenton Carey and Mike Slaveski died.

Boyd came to Ocean City High School with a big challenge – take over for a legend. Dixie had retired to become the school’s athletics director and he selected Boyd, who was the freshmen coach, to succeed him. He had three years experience as the head coach at Millville before joining the OCHS staff.

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Robertson, McWade help WCHS tame Cougars

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 20, 2014 08:27 pm

PAULSBORO – Schalick High School’s Rashaan Holloway was considered the headliner when the Cougars met Wildwood Catholic in an MLK Classic boys basketball showcase game Monday afternoon at Paulsboro High School.

By game’s end, however, it was the Crusaders’ Jordan Robertson and Eddie McWade who stood out most.

Robertson poured in a game-high 25 points and McWade added 21 points as the 6-4 senior forwards led Wildwood Catholic to a 63-51 victory over a Schalick side that features the 6-10 Holloway and his 6-6 younger brother, Mike. It was the fourth straight win for Catholic (10-3).

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Gami, EHT face common opponent in Coaches vs. Cancer game

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 20, 2014 02:58 pm

EHTGami1 Absegami's Barbara Gedeon battles Egg Harbor Township's Meghan Mahana for a rebound in Monday's Cape-Atlantic League girls basketball game. GALLOWAY - The outcome wasn't as important as the cause in Monday's fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer girls basketball game at Absegami High School.

The game is held in honor of Beth Hartman, a former standout basketball player at Holy Spirit High School and coach at Egg Harbor Township High School who died of cervical cancer in 2007.

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Absegami rallies vs. Haddon, suffers 1st loss to Woodstown

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:07 pm

gami1 Mike Schultz/Absegami's James Geigold tries to get EHT's Kevin Thomas on his back during the 106-lb bout. GALLOWAY - The Absegami wrestling team went 2-1 during a quad meet on Saturday that included Egg Harbor Township, Haddon Township and Woodstown.

The Braves (9-1) rolled easily over EHT 46-25. They won the final four bouts against Haddon Township for a crowd rousing 35-32 win. They were defeated by Woodstown 34-30 - their first loss of a remarkable turnaround season - in a match that came down to the very last bout.

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LCM soccer star makes college choice

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:00 pm

One of the most prolific scorers in the history of Cape-Atlantic League girls soccer has made her college choice.

Madie Gibson, a junior at Lower Cape May Regional High School, has given a verbal commitment to play at Division I Monmouth University beginning in the fall of 2015.

Gibson could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. Lower Cape May girls soccer coach Brett Matthews confirmed Gibson’s decision to the Gazette.

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LCM wrestler Damiana picks Hofstra

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 09:16 pm

Lower Cape May's Cory Damiana, shown here at last year's District 32 tournament, will wrestle at Division I Hofstra University Cory Damiana has had himself quite a week.

The senior wrestler from Lower Cape May Regional High School earned his 100th career victory on Wednesday evening when he accepted a forfeit in a match against Cedar Creek. Then, the next morning, he made his college choice.

Damiana, certainly one of the best wrestlers in school history, has made a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from Hofstra University. Damiana can sign a National Letter of Intent to the Long Island, N.Y., school in April.

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