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Cedar Creek: Battistelli leading Pirates through tricky waters

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:56 pm

battistelli Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek’s Andrea Battistelli swims during the Girls 100 SC Meter Butterfly at the Hackney Invitational. Cedar Creek’s Andrea Battistelli earned second place in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Hackney High School Girls Invitational Swim Meet at Atlantic City on Jan. 11. The meet consisted of female swimmers from the Cape-Atlantic League.

Also, she won the 100-yard butterfly in a 124-42 loss to Middle Township on Jan. 9. The Pirates’ only other victory that day came from Juliana Snyder in the 100 backstroke.

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ACHS notes: Kessler defends home waters at Hackney

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:43 pm

kessler Rachel Kessler Atlantic City High School’s Rachel Kessler earned the 100-meter breaststroke crown at the Hackney High School Girls Invitational Swim Meet on Jan. 11 at Atlantic City. The meet consisted of female swimmers from the Cape-Atlantic League. Her winning time was 1 minute, 18.53 seconds.

She also starred in a 98-72 win over Absegami on Jan. 8. Kessler won the 200-meter individual medley and 100 breaststroke, plus she swam on two winning relays. Abbey Gragg (50 and 100-meter freestyles) also had two individual and two relay wins. Roman Barber contributed firsts in the 200 and 400 freestyles.

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Holy Spirit notes: Streaking Spartans share the wealth

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:24 pm

collier Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit guard Uuhmad Collier scored a career-high 25 points in a win over Paulsboro. The Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team reeled off three straight wins from Jan. 7-11.

The Spartans received a well-balanced effort in a 63-48 victory over Millville on Jan. 7.

Jordan Taylor netted a team-high 17 points. John Middleton and Leon Daniels scored 14 apiece, and Junior Saintel contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds.

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Gene Allen and Frank Campo: CAL Sportspersons of the Year

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 15, 2014 02:45 pm

Gene Allen, Frank Campo Gene Allen, Frank Campo  Through the years we have had the pleasure of recognizing some special people as Cape-Atlantic League Sportspersons of the Year. The list is quite diversified.

The spotlight has generally been turned on them for their success on the field or court.

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Randall, Jerkins doubling up down low for Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:24 pm

mainland boys Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional High School basketball players Kenny Randall, left, and Darius Jerkins. LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional Mustangs have a pair of big, athletic bodies on their frontcourt in seniors Kenny Randall and Darius Jerkins, a tough load for any team to handle around the bucket.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Randall and Jerkins dominated the fourth quarter in a 53-46 win over Absegami. Randall scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the fourth and grabbed some huge rebounds to help the Mustangs finally shake free of the Braves in a game that was tied after three quarters.

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Tom Williams wins New Jersey Sportscaster award

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:53 am

williams SALISBURY, NC – Catamaran Media’s Tom Williams shares the 2013 New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year award, the eighth time he has won the award and the fourth time in six years. Williams shares the award with Matt Harmon of Shore Sports Network, who wins for the third straight year and fourth time overall. They are among more than 110 sportscasters and sportswriters selected across the country as tops in their state by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) based here.

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McCallion instrumental in smooth Crusader transition

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 15, 2014 09:28 am

There’s certainly been a lot of change around the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball program.

For starters, successful former Sacred Heart coach Steve DiPatri was brought in as the new head coach after the Vineland school closed its doors for good in June. Then senior Kennedy Johnson, perhaps the top center in South Jersey and a Michigan State signee, also joined the program from Sacred Heart as an immediately-eligible transfer. Later, a pair of very talented freshmen who had previously planned to attend Sacred Heart, forward Danielle Sanderlin and guard Naiyanna Saab, enrolled at Wildwood Catholic.

Adding those players to the returning ones meant the Crusaders were going to have a lot of talent. But whether all those new parts were going to help make build a contender in both the Cape-Atlantic League and in South Jersey? Well, that was to be determined.

So far, the chemistry experiment has been a solid success.

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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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