South Jersey Sports

Oakcrest survives scare from Middle to solidify playoff status

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:14 am

oakmiddle6 Mike Schultz/Jason Cervi (right) and Jordan Brooks attempt to block the shot attempt of Middle's Tanner Kerr. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Oakcrest High School Falcons gave coach Frank Brown some heart palpitations with their shot selection Tuesday night.

But his heart was warmed by the final result.

The Oakcrest boys held off a late Middle Township rally for a 52-49 win that put them on track for second place in the Cape Atlantic League National Conference and an automatic berth in next week's CAL playoff tournament.

Jason Cervi and LaDarrell Dixon each scored 10 points for the Falcons (7-4, 11-10), who can clinch second place with a win at home over Lower Cape May Regional on Friday.

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CAL playoff berths, seedings up for grabs entering final week

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 17, 2014 09:13 pm

ACSpirit Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit's Leon Daniels goes up for two against Atlantic City last month. The teams meet again Wednesday with the CAL American championship on the line. Call it a mid-February "Hoops Heatwave.” The Cape-Atlantic League playoff races have certainly heated up entering the final week of the regular season.

Both boys and girls basketball teams are looking to win conference titles, earn playoff berths or improve their seedings for the eight-team CAL tournaments which begin Monday, Feb. 24.

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OCHS swimmers won championship together

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Written by Tom Williams Sunday, February 16, 2014 06:20 pm

OCHS swimmers won championship together OCHS swimmers won championship together

The bus ride back from Deptford Township was pretty exciting.

“It was crazy,” said Ocean City High School senior Rachel Chain, who had contributed to three victories in the win over Haddonfield in the South Jersey B Championship Meet. “Noel (Styer) had this amazing speaker and it was beyond loud. We all were so energetic, on a natural high after winning.”

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Middle's upset bid falls short

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 16, 2014 08:05 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It was a victory that would have catapulted the Middle Township High School boys basketball team toward earning an automatic berth in the Cape-Atlantic League Playoff Tournament.

It also would have sent a few shockwaves through the South Jersey basketball community.

But instead, Middle was left wondering what how it all went wrong.

The Panthers squandered a 10-point third-quarter lead and committed costly turnovers on their final two possessions of the game and fell, 46-41, to St. Augustine Prep Saturday afternoon.

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Vikings beat Millville; NJSIAA playoff pairings announced

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, February 15, 2014 06:29 pm

ACMill1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Isiah Graves squares up on defense against Millville's Paris Patterson. ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City turned up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter and pulled out a solid 67-57 victory Saturday afternoon over a very good Millville team in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game.

Kevin Allen led all scorers with 20 points, while Lamar Thomas added 19 and Isiah Graves 18 for the Vikings, who won their third straight after an upset by Vineland earlier this week. Khaliq Ford, the CAL's leading scorer, had 18 points for the Thunderbolts.

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A.C. Vikings get back on track heading into stretch run

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:15 pm

thomas Atlantic City sophomore guard Lamar Thomas ATLANTIC CITY – Sometimes, a championship-caliber team needs a little push, a little adversity, to realize what it takes to get back to that level.

Nobody can say right now whether the Atlantic City Vikings are capable of making another run at the Cape-Atlantic League championship, much less a third straight state Group IV title. But they have certainly been pushed.

After their stunning upset loss to Vineland earlier this week, the Vikings have bounced back with two solid wins against quality opponents. On Thursday, the Vikings never trailed in a 54-37 win over Mainland Regional in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game.

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Feraco returns to sidelines

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Written by TOM WILLIAMS Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:35 pm

When Tom Feraco entered the Paul Rodio Gymnasium at St. Augustine Prep on Saturday for Middle Township’s game with Cherry Hill West he was a bit nervous and a little anxious. It would be his first game on the bench since Jan. 7.

“It was great to be back,” he said, “and I felt good but I had lost my feel for the team. I had a good feeling for them after the first few weeks of the season. But I had lost touch and I was anxious to get that back.”

Feraco was away from the team for a medical leave. The longtime coach had successful surgery for prostate cancer in early January.

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Middle boys stay alive in playoff race

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:31 pm

arashid With Tom Feraco back on the sidelines, the Middle Township boys basketball team defeated Ocean City, 50-45, Monday evening to stay alive in the three-way race for second place in the Cape-Atlantic League’s National Conference. The team that finishes second will automatically qualify for the CAL Playoff Tournament.

“We’ve got a good shot,” said Feraco, who returned to the bench on Saturday. “We still have games left with the other contenders.”

After the win, Middle remained in a three-way tie with Hammonton and Oakcrest. The conference has been won by St. Augustine Prep. The Panthers were scheduled to travel to Hammonton tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 12; too late for this edition) and to Oakcrest on Tuesday. They also will host St. Augustine on Saturday afternoon and will face Bishop Eustace on Sunday at Cherry Hill East.

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Holden honored for scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:28 pm

holden Four of the five previous 1,000-point scorers were on hand for a ceremony Monday that honored junior guard Lauren Holden (center, with ball) for breaking the program scoring record. Pictured with Holden are (from left) Victoria Wermuth, Heidi VonColln-Hunter, Stephanie Dugan and Carol Faison. ERMA – Lauren Holden still has another entire season to go, but she’s already her program’s all-time leading scorer.

Holden, a junior guard, was honored prior to Monday’s contest against Hammonton for breaking the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball all-time scoring record. Holden broke the record of 1,333 points set by 2008 graduate Victoria Wermuth early in Saturday’s victory over Clearview in a South Jersey Girls Basketball Invitational showcase game. Holden finished the game with 26 points.

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Robertson a breakout star

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:26 pm

robertson Last season as a junior, Jordan Robertson often displayed glimpses of greatness. An occasional pull-up jump shot, a smooth drive and finish at the rim or a put-back dunk would leave the crowd shaking their heads in amazement.

But then there were times, often during the same games, when Robertson would go almost unnoticed for long stretches. It led to some observers questioning his desire.

Robertson simply called it a matter of confidence.

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Crusaders move to brink of United title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:23 pm

Crusaders move to brink of United title NORTH WILDWOOD – It wasn’t one of the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s best efforts, but it was more than good enough.

Tuesday evening’s 51-35 win over Cedar Creek moved the Crusaders to the brink of clinching their first-ever outright Cape-Atlantic United Conference championship after the program tied for the title in each of the last two seasons. The United Conference was first created in 2011-12 when the CAL changed from a two- to a three-conference alignment.

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Holy Spirit’s Pat D’Arcy gearing up for a state title run

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, February 12, 2014 02:42 pm

spiritdarcy2 Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit’s Pat D’Arcy prepares to lock up with Jackson Liberty's Michael Russo in their District 32 third-place match last season at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. ABSECON - It's 100 wins and counting for Holy Spirit High School standout wrestler Pat D'Arcy. But who's counting? Definitely not him.

"That was a nice accomplishment but that wasn't the main goal going into the season,” D’Arcy said. “The goal is a state title."

D’Arcy collected his 100th win by pin in 1:15 over Cumberland's Dominic Morey on Feb. 1 in a 120-pound bout.

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Fierce hoops, friendly competition at Ventnor Rec League

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 12, 2014 02:23 pm

hutchleague Bill LeConey/Sacco’s Subs battles Madera Roofing in a Ventnor Recreation Basketball League game on Feb. 5. VENTNOR - Bubbling just under the surface of the Cape-Atlantic League, the Ventnor Recreation League offers a chance for junior high and high school athletes to play structured, competitive basketball in a friendly, informal environment.

Held Wednesday nights at the Lafayette Avenue Educational Complex, the Rec League has four teams and about 40 players in the junior league (also known as the Hutch League), and eight teams with 70-80 players in the high school league.

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Pirates’ CAL playoff chances take a hit

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 01:34 pm

CCreekboys Jen Marra/Cedar Creek’s Jake Knight shoots over Wildwood Catholic’s Jordan Robertson. NORTH WILDWOOD – The Cedar Creek boys basketball team’s chances of qualifying for the Cape-Atlantic League playoffs became even more remote after a loss Tuesday evening at Wildwood Catholic.

After battling the Crusaders well early and trailing by just 9-6 late in the first quarter, Cedar Creek saw Wildwood Catholic go on a 9-1 run to establish a double-digit lead it would never relinquish. The Pirates trailed by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter before scoring the last nine points of the game in what turned out to be a 51-35 defeat to the United Conference leading Crusaders.

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