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Crusaders too strong for pesky Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 23, 2013 09:37 pm

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School girls basketball team did all it could against rival Wildwood Catholic in the Andrew Alameno Memorial Girls Island Championship Game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Monday evening.

But in the end, the Crusaders’ size and talent were simply too much for the Lady Warriors.

Wildwood Catholic out-rebounded Wildwood 52-25 and got a sensational game from freshman Danielle Sanderlin to score a 48-39 victory.

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Big first half nets Lower victory over Cape Tech

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 23, 2013 04:42 pm

WILDWOOD – It took the Lower Cape May Regional high school basketball team nearly two months to earn its first victory last season.

So far through two games of a new season, the Caper Tigers have proved they’re much more formidable.

After battling Absegami to a close loss in its opener on Friday, Lower Cape May used a dominating first-half effort to beat Cape May Tech, 48-32, in a Battle at the Boards showcase game as part of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

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Former pro gives back at alma mater

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 22, 2013 01:13 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – LaMarr Greer is most likely finished with professional basketball.

“It would have to be a perfect storm for me to go back,” said Greer, a 1994 graduate of Middle Township High School who enjoyed a 12-year pro career overseas after playing four seasons at Florida State.

Now 37, Greer is nowhere near finished with the sport altogether, however. He can be seen almost every day in the gymnasium after school at Middle, where he’s now serving as a volunteer assistant coach.

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A.C. Vikings outlast Wildwood Catholic at Ocean City Tipoff

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:53 pm

OCEAN CITY - In an early-season showcase of two of the Cape-Atlantic League's best teams, the Atlantic City High School boys basketball team hung on to beat Wildwood Catholic, 44-41, in a tough defensive struggle Saturday at the Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend at Ocean City High School.

Lamar Thomas scored nine points to lead the Vikings (2-0), while Dennis White had 8 points and 15 rebounds, and Isaiah Graves contributed 8 points and 4 assists.

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Graves leads Vikings past EHT in CAL opener

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:18 pm

Here are some results from the opening night of the 2013-14 Cape-Atlantic League high school basketball season:

Boys

Atlantic City 52, Egg Harbor Township 43 - Isiah Graves led the Vikings with 16 points, and Dennis White scored 10. EHT was led by Quanif Ames (11) and Keyshawn McMahon (10).

Holy Spirit 51, Mainland Regional 29 - The Spartans had a great defensive effort against Mainland in the opener, holding the Mustangs scoreles in the first quarter. Leon Daniels led all scorers with 12 points, and John Middleton added 11. Darius Jerkins led Mainland with 10 points.

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Here comes our 2013 shopping list

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, December 20, 2013 02:45 pm

santa It is upon us again, that time of year when additional time is spent thinking about gifts and giving. And this is the month that most of those gifts are distributed.

The sports community, despite being busy with tournaments and bowl games, is no exception. Therefore, let us take a few moments of your time to offer this wish list.

These are the gifts that we would give – if we could – during this holiday season. Most are in fun, others quite serious. A few are even repeat gifts from previous lists that we may keep offering until they materialize.

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Girls basketball preview: Stefanski sisters power Cedar Creek

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 20, 2013 02:19 pm

CCreek Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek coach Fran Raph, center, shares a light moment on the sideline between sisters Mikila, left, and Morgan Stefanski, as well as Jahniece Jaffe (far right). The Cedar Creek High School girls basketball team will rely on team chemistry and balanced scoring to replace the great talent it lost to graduation.

Three-time all-CAL forward Kristine Miller and guard Michelina Hesse, two key components in the Pirates’ run to a state Group I title in 2012, have moved on.

Now, the four Stefanski sisters will be counted upon to help the Pirates get back to the state tournament and make another run.

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Boys basketball preview: Saintel, Middleton lead Spirit boys

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 20, 2013 01:35 pm

Saintel Holy Spirit's Junior Saintel goes up for a dunk in a game against Middle Township last season. The Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team has the potential to be one of the area’s top teams this season.

The Spartans were 16-11 last season, and while they will miss departed senior Paul Moore (now playing at Division II Wilmington University), many of the other top players return.

Guard John Middleton is a Division I recruit, while 6-foot-6 forward Junior Saintel has the physical tools to be a star. Saintel, a three-year starter, averaged 12.2 points last year and had a big game in the Cape-Atlantic League quarterfinals against Wildwood Catholic - with 23 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

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Pleasantville boys to rely on core of senior leaders

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, December 19, 2013 01:49 pm

Pvilleplayers Bill LeConey/The senior core of the Pleasantville High School boys basketball team, left to right: Singleton McNeil, Brian Gomez, Nile White and Lou Savage. PLEASANTVILLE - Maybe it’s the team nickname – Greyhounds - that evokes an image of sleek, race-track speed. Or maybe it’s just the “run-and-gun” tradition of Pleasantville High School basketball.

Whatever the case, the Pleasantville boys have always been known as a full-out running, pressing team. But coach Kenny Johnson said this year’s team may have a different identity.

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Injury setback for Wildwood hoops star

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 18, 2013 04:44 pm

Jess Freeman averaged a Cape May County-best 21.1 points per game as a junior last winter for the Wildwood High School girls basketball team. She’s already well past 1,000 career points and was expected to lead a Lady Warrior team that might have been able to challenge for a Tri-County Classic Division title this winter.

But a debilitating injury may have changed those plans.

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Four of CAL’s best play Saturday in Ocean City PBA Tipoff

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 18, 2013 04:42 pm

ACVikings Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Isaiah Graves goes up for a decisive shot against East Brunswick in a state semifinal game last February. Graves will lead the Vikings into a matchup against Wildwood Catholic Saturday at the Ocean City PBA Tipoff Tournament. In the last three games of the 16th Annual Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend on Saturday, the four teams that most people consider the Cape-Atlantic League’s best boys basketball teams will all be playing.

The final game on Saturday (7 p.m.) is a battle between two top ten South Jersey teams – Atlantic City and Wildwood Catholic. Gene Allen’s Vikings have won two straight state titles and return 6-5 Dennis White and Isaiah Graves. Dave DeWeese’s Crusaders return everybody from a team that won 23 games a year ago.

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AC Sharks take a bite out of hockey competition

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, December 18, 2013 02:07 pm

ACSharks1 Bill LeConey/Sharks players Evan Blum (68) and Colin Ogborn (27) battle for the puck against Woodbridge. ATLANTIC CITY – After waiting patiently for an opponent stuck in traffic on the Garden State Parkway, the Atlantic City Sharks took the ice at Flyers Skate Zone to the ominous rumblings of the theme from “Jaws.”

One of the Sharks took a tumble as he hit the ice, but it was only a minor glitch. Soon, this Pee Wee “A” team of 10-12-year-olds is skating in quick, efficient patterns, taking practice shots at goaltender Cameron Carmen.

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Demolition rips Hawks for Flag Football League title

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:29 pm

MFFL7 Bill LeConey/In the picture, bottom row, left to right: Mike Isgro, Tim Dennison, Dan Markman, Coach Donna Goldstein, Ray Goldstein, Steve Cook, Ryan Flannery, Bernard Styer, head cheerleader Ava Styer, Coach Tiffany Puggi. Top Row: Chuck Core, Evan Weissman, Mark Schenauer, Alex Cade, Shawn McGonigle, Ryan Gillespie, Chris Harris. UPPER TOWNSHIP – Bernard Styer insists that the Men’s Flag Football League of South Jersey is not a two-hand touch, non-contact sport: and he sported an angry welt under his eye to prove it.

Styer was named “Most Valuable Player” by his team, American Demolition, after its 48-26 win over the South Jersey Hawks in the MFFL Championship Game on Sunday, Dec. 16.

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MTHS hoops coach using publicity of condition to encourage others

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:46 am

Tom Feraco is living proof that cancer does not discriminate.

At 55 years old, Feraco would appear to be the picture of health. At an age when most men’s bodies have grown at least a little soft and flabby around the edges, the Middle Township High School boys basketball coach is impressively fit and trim, looking to be in a shape similar to that when he was in high school in the mid 1970s, when he won a state cross country championship and scored nearly 1,200 career points in basketball at Wildwood Catholic.

He had been working himself into even better shape this fall, running and lifting weights in anticipation of the long grind of a high school basketball season leading a young and inexperienced team. Feraco could easily pass for five to seven years younger than his actual age.

But then, he got the news.

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