South Jersey Sports

Wildwood's Vogel to coach NBA all-stars

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 15, 2014 05:43 am

Wildwood High School graduate Frank Vogel will be on one of the biggest stages in pro sports when the Indiana Pacers head coach leads the Eastern Conference team at the NBA All-Star Game.

Vogel, a native of Wildwood Crest, was selected to coach by the league by virtue of the Pacers having the Eastern Conference’s best record through earlier this week at 30-7.

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Middle holds on to beat OCHS in OT

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 15, 2014 05:39 am

OCEAN CITY – The Middle Township boys basketball team overcame its struggles from the foul line in overtime Tuesday night and came away with a 48-46 win over Ocean City at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium.

The Panthers came into the extra period having made just one of six free throws in the first 32 minutes. But junior guard Yamire McNeal made five of six from the line and junior Bob DiPeso added another for a 10-8 advantage in the four-minute overtime.

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Cedar Creek smothered by St. Joe in CAL National showdown

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Written by Mike Schultz Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:04 pm

CCreek1 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Jake Knight is cut off by St. Joseph defender Jordan Lyles as he attempts to score along the baseline EGG HARBOR CITY- A good start to the basketball season hit a road bump on Tuesday for the Cedar Creek boys basketball team.

The Pirates were 7-1 coming into their showdown with St. Joseph but had problems scoring against a tenacious defense. St. Joe (8-1) defeated Cedar Creek (7-2) 74-46 in a Cape Atlantic League National Conference showdown.

"Their (St. Joe's) ball pressure is phenomenal, they were relentless for 32 minutes." Cedar Creek coach Phil Schaffer said. "They continued to change what they were doing (defensively) from full court press to half court press to trapping at half court. That took us out of our rhythm. We can't get accustomed to just one style of defense."

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Kessler, Barnard, EHT relay offset OC dominance at Hackney

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 11, 2014 04:42 pm

hackney EHT Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township High School swimmers (left to right) Bailey Howarth, Victoria Evans, Camryn Greenleaf and Kirsten Rontos capped the Hackney by winning the 400 freestyle relay (4:16.65). ATLANTIC CITY – The Ocean City High School girls swimming team came north and dominated the 21st annual Hackney Invitational Meet at Atlantic City High School on Saturday, Jan. 11, capturing the first eight of the 11 total individual or relay events.

Ocean City's Noel Styer set a meet record in the 50 meter freestyle, winning the race in 26.84 seconds. Two of Styer's O.C. teammates, Amanda Nunan and Amber Glenn, also broke the meet record in the 400 freestyle, with Nunan winning in 4:22.78.

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Ford helps celebrate Klotz legacy at book launch

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 10, 2014 05:53 pm

Kellybook Bill LeConey/Chris Ford, far left, at the launch party for Tim Kelly's book on Red Klotz, with Red's wife, Gloria, author Kelly, and Kelly's mother, Irene. MARGATE - Former NBA player and coach Chris Ford has several things in common with his friend, Red Klotz.

Both attended Villanova University, and both have lived in Margate at some point in their lives (Klotz has called it home for nearly 50 years).

Both played in the NBA and both won NBA championships, though Klotz made his professional mark as longtime opponent (and comic foil) of the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Top girls swimmers contend Saturday at Hackney Invitational

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 10, 2014 04:42 pm

ATLANTIC CITY - More than 350 area high school swimmers are expected to compete Saturday at the Hackney Girls Invitational Swim Meet at Atlantic City High School.

The meet begins at 9 a.m. at the high school’s eight-lane, 25-meter pool. There is no team scoring, and swimmers compete in the standard 11 high school races. It gives the swimmers a chance to register qualifying times for the state championships.

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Kevin Allen sparks Atlantic City in win over Middle

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 10, 2014 03:12 pm

Atlantic City used an 11-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to pull away from Middle Township for a 55-43 win in a Cape-Atlantic League inter-conference boys basketball game Thursday night at Middle.

Junior Kevin Allen scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Vikings improved to 4-1. Atlantic City's leading scorer Isiah Graves scored just nine points in limited minutes due to foul trouble.

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Briefs, signups: Sharks Rugby holds year-end party at Clancy's

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

sharks rugby Sharks Rugby Club On Saturday, Jan. 11, The Jersey Shore Sharks Rugby Club will be getting together at Clancy's By the Bay in Somers Point, starting at 6 p.m, to honor the team from 2013 and welcome new players to the club for 2014. Cost is $20.00 per person for food buffet, and there is a cash bar. The Sharks had a challenging season this year, and they want to take a moment to celebrate this season’s “survivors” both on and off the field. Please RSVP via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or on the Facebook page.

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Oakcrest notes: Colon, Brown notch quick pins vs. Palmyra

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 09, 2014 01:32 pm

OHS Oakcrest Falcons Oakcrest High School’s Kevin Colon and LaQuan Brown posted pins in less than a minute in a wrestling tri-match against Overbrook and Palmyra on Jan. 4. The Falcons beat Overbrook 45-28 and lost to Palmyra 42-35.

Colon (106 pounds) and Brown (195) notched those pins in 40 and 52 seconds, respectively, in the match versus Palmyra.

Colon, Callisto Kraus (126), Nasjir McCoy (145), Tristen Barry (152) and Matt Tull (160) each won two bouts.

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Lower finishes strong, tops Middle in wrestling

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 09, 2014 10:36 am

LCM's Doug Flitcroft, shown here against Seneca last weekend, won by pin against Middle Township Wednesday The Lower Cape May Regional wrestling team used a strong finish to score a 42-26 victory over rival Middle Township Wednesday evening.

After the match began with Middle Township taking the first five bouts following the match’s start at 126 pounds, Lower won eight of the final nine bouts to score the victory.

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Fields, late defense lift MTHS over Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 08:30 pm

ERMA – On a night when a huge crowd was on hand to watch Lauren Holden become the first junior in Lower Cape May Regional girls basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, Middle Township was able to come up with an important Cape-Atlantic National Conference victory.

Despite Holden tossing in a ridiculous 34 points, which represented all but five of her team’s total, Middle used an almost-quiet 21 points from Lauryn Fields and excellent fourth-quarter defense to score a 48-39 victory.

Middle (4-2 overall, 2-0 CAL National) led almost from start to finish. But after taking a 22-14 halftime lead, the Lady Panthers saw Holden pour in 17 points in the third quarter alone to draw her team to within 34-33 at the close of the period.

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Key road conference win for Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 08:22 pm

It’s a difficult task to go on the road and win against a good conference opponent. But holding the opponent’s top two players to about 25 points below their combined season average will certainly will increase your chances.

That’s the formula the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team used en route to a key 53-42 victory over previously unbeaten St. Joseph Tuesday evening in Hammonton.

Charlie Riccardi, one of the top shooters in the Cape-Atlantic League, was held to eight points, and B.J. Mitchell, an athletic forward who gets many of his points driving to the basket, was limited to just three as the Crusaders held down the Wildcats’ top two scorers.

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Middle gives coach impressive sendoff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 08:09 pm

The Middle Township High School boys basketball team’s best defensive effort in the 33 seasons under head coach Tom Feraco may have come in a state playoff game in 1997 against Rancocas Valley. The Panthers held the Red Devils, ranked among the top 10 in South Jersey by most media polls at the time, to only eight first-half points in what turned into a surprisingly easy victory.

Fast forward to Tuesday night, when this year’s Panther group put forth another astounding first-half defensive effort. Sure, this year’s Lower Cape May team does not resemble that previous Rancocas Valley team. But Middle was impressive on the defensive end nonetheless, holding its county rival to nine first-half points in a 57-26 victory.

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Damiana approaches major milestone

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 08:02 pm

It’s been a long but rewarding grind for Cory Damiana.

He’s been wrestling – or, when not wrestling, preparing his body to wrestle – almost all year long for the past six to eight years.

The work has certainly paid off, as the Lower Cape May Regional senior is a two-time district champion and two-time state qualifier. But the 18-year-old is optimistic his dedicated efforts will lead to even more success more during his final high school season.

Damiana entered this week with 95 career victories, leaving him on the verge of becoming just the fifth 100-win wrestler in school history. One of those 100-win wrestlers is his older brother, Billy, a 2009 graduate who recorded a school-record 139 victories.

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