South Jersey Sports

Lady Tigers fade in second half, lose to CCHS

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 08, 2014 06:04 pm

EGG HARBOR CITY – The magical ride taken by the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team through the early rounds of the state tournament came to a screeching halt Saturday afternoon.

Trailing by just two points at the half, the Lady Tigers mustered only 14 points after the break and fell, 64-39, to Cedar Creek in a South Jersey Group II semifinal game.

Lower, the seventh seed in the tournament, finished its season at 17-12.

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Middle dominates top seed, reaches SJ final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 08, 2014 05:40 pm

Lauryn Fields scored 17 points in Middle's playoff win over Deptford DEPTFORD – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team will return to a familiar place Monday evening.

Thanks to a dominating performance against the top seed in the section Saturday afternoon, the Lady Panthers will play in the South Jersey Group II title game for the fifth time in six seasons. Middle, the fourth seed in the tournament, will take on third-seeded Cedar Creek in Egg Harbor City for the sectional championship.

Cedar Creek won the other semifinal over Lower Cape May, 64-39, after leading by just two points at halftime.

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D’Arcy stays alive in title hunt

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Written by Mike Schultz Friday, March 07, 2014 11:47 pm

Dalfonso Mike Schultz/Absegami's Chris D'Alfonso tries to regain position against Cherokee's Alex Baider during their 120-pound preliminary bout. Baider defeated D'Alfonso 5-0. ATLANTIC CITY - Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy kept his state title hopes alive by winning his pre-quarterfinal match on Friday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

D'Arcy defeated Don Bosco's Avery Shay by decision (5-1) to advance. D'Arcy, a junior, is the top seed in the bottom bracket of 113.  He will face Hanover Park's Lou Ralmo in quarterfinal action on Saturday.

D'Arcy's teammate Brandon Bower (145) was defeated 3-1 by Highland's Sean Kelly.

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Mainland beats Central to reach first SJ final in 24 years

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, March 07, 2014 11:02 pm

Dan Williams2 Mainland Regional coach Dan Williams LINWOOD - It’s been a long time since Mainland Regional High School created this kind of excitement with its boys basketball team – so long, in fact, that its current coach was wearing a green and white Mustangs uniform when it last happened.

A new herd of Mustangs for a new millennium punched their ticket to the South Jersey Group III final Friday with a convincing 51-39 win over Central Regional in front of a packed crowd of screaming “Corral Crazies.”

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Crusader upset bid falls short

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 07, 2014 10:43 am

Eddie McWade had 17 points and 11 rebounds in Wildwood Catholic's playoff loss to Trenton Catholic HAMILTON – Jordan Robertson had what appeared to be a wide-open look at a layup that would have given the Wildwood Catholic boys basketball team a four-point lead with a little less than six minutes remaining in Thursday evening’s state playoff game.

But 6-8 Trenton Catholic center Richmond Arirguzoh bolted across the lane and blocked the shot, leading to a transition three-pointer by teammate Myles Powell. After another Trenton Catholic basket and a Wildwood Catholic turnover, Syracuse-bound forward Malachi Richardson swished another three-pointer to give the Iron Mikes a 40-34 lead.

Game. Set. Match.

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Lady Tigers stun No. 2 Sterling

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 07, 2014 09:51 am

Lauren Holden scored 41 points in her team's playoff upset win over Sterling Lauren Holden may have had one of the most sensational games of her already prolific high school career, but the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team’s upset victory over Sterling in a state playoff game represented the essence of a true team effort.

Holden poured in a head-shaking 41 points but the Lady Tigers were also able to get major contributions from others in a 71-61 upset road victory over Sterling in a South Jersey Group II playoff game Thursday evening.

The victory by No. 7 Lower Cape May sends the team into a sectional semifinal game with third-seeded Cedar Creek Saturday afternoon.

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Atlantic City knocked off throne by Southern buzzer-beater

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, March 07, 2014 12:10 am

KevinAllen Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Kevin Allen missed this free throw with 7.6 seconds left, setting up Jake Logue's game-winning play. ATLANTIC CITY - All great things come to an end – but they don’t have to end quite this painfully.

Atlantic City's two-year reign as state Group IV champions came to a shocking and dramatic conclusion Thursday, as the Vikings lost a heartbreaker to Southern Regional, 57-56, in a South Jersey Group IV quarterfinal at ACHS.

Jake Logue went the length of the court off a missed free throw and scored at the buzzer to give the seventh-seeded Rams a berth in the sectional semifinal against Cherokee.

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Lady Spartans end season with playoff loss to Patrick

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:51 pm

crilley Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit senior Summer Crilley leaves the court for the last time after the Spartans' playoff loss to Patrick. ABSECON - The Holy Spirit High School girls basketball team bowed out of the playoffs Thursday with a 47-43 loss to Patrick School in a Non-Public South B quarterfinal game in Absecon.

Spirit senior Summer Crilley (left) scored 21 points in her final game, fouling out with 39.7 seconds left. Audrey Wilson added 13 for the Spartans, who finished the season at 20-6.

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Briefs, signups: Registration open for Youth Rugby

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 06, 2014 02:57 pm

youthrugby Jersey Shore Rugby Club's youth rugby program The Jersey Shore Rugby Club is holding Youth Rugby registration for the Spring season. Registration is open to athletes (boys or girls) ages 6-14. This is a non-contact rugby league where participants are taught rugby basics and play two-hand touch inter-squad matches. Youth Rugby action takes place 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting April 3 and running through May 24.  All practices and matches take place at Veteran's Park on Rt. 9 in Galloway.  Registration is $50 per child and includes a t-shirt and eight weeks of rugby action. This is the ideal sport for kids. Great exercise with lots of fun. For more information, contact Dr. J. Zimmerman, club president, at 609-652-6363 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Children must be registered by March 28.

Send your notices for signups, registrations, fundraisers and other events to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Dalzell sparks Mustangs to quarterfinal win over Highland

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:53 pm

dalzell Bill LeConey/Mainland junior guard Drew Dalzell LINWOOD - The Mainland Regional Mustangs overslept for the second straight day as the top seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III tournament.

This time, the Mustangs woke up a little earlier for a 74-62 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Highland Wednesday, their second playoff win in two nights that was a lot more nerve-racking than the final score indicates.

Junior guard Drew Dalzell was wide awake throughout, with a game- and career-high 29 points. Darius Jerkins had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mustangs, who trailed by one at halftime and by four early in the third quarter before finally taking control with a 9-1 burst.

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Holy Spirit girls win Greenhead Sprints rowing regatta

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 03:38 pm

greenheadsprints Submitted/Mike Simons, coach of the Cedar Creek High School crew, rowed his personal best time for 2,000 meters using a specially made prosthetic leg. The Holy Spirit High School girls won the Greenhead Sprints indoor rowing regatta on March 1 in Brigantine.

In the event, sponsored by the Brigantine Rowing Club, high school rowing coaches each put together an eight-member crew to represent their schools in the championship competition - two athletes from their varsity, junior varsity, lightweight and freshman crews. They raced 2,000 meters on Concept II ergometers, or rowing machines.

The boat speed of each eight was determined by averaging together the times of its rowers.

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Eight area teams advance in state hoops tourney

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 05, 2014 01:59 pm

mainlandboys4 Matt Strabuk/Mainland Regional forward Darius Jerkins goes coast-to-coast against Wilson with teammate Drew Dalzell trailing the play in Tuesday's SJ Group III playoff win. The NJSIAA basketball championship tournament got underway (after a one-day weather delay) with first-round games Tuesday night. Here's a roundup of the South Jersey playoff games involving local Atlantic County teams:

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Mainland 64, Woodrow Wilson 49: Darius Jerkins scored 30 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the top-seeded Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter to avoid a first-round upset in South Jersey Group III. Drew Dalzell added 18 points for the Mustangs, who trailed early in the fourth quarter before using a 12-0 run to take control. Mainland will host No. 9 Highland in a quarterfinal game Wednesday night.

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High school wrestling state tournament pairings

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:40 pm

statewrestling Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Joseph Cutugno, left, qualified for the state wrestling championships at 160 pounds this weekend at Boardwalk Hall. The seedings and brackets for the state individual wrestling tournament in Atlantic City March 7-9 were released Tuesday by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The tournament begins at 5 p.m. Friday at Boardwalk Hall.

Here are the pairings for local wrestlers in the tournament.

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Cape May County state hoops tourney results

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 05, 2014 09:34 am

Perhaps the most exciting week of the scholastic sports season began Tuesday evening with every area high school basketball team that qualified in state tournament action. The following are recaps from each of the games involving Cape May County teams:

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Ocean City 58, Toms River South 57: The 14th-seeded Raiders were one of three double-digit seeds in South Jersey Group III to win on the road in a game that featured an amazing 18 three-pointers between the two teams. Justin Ruggia sank 18 points and Jeremy Sullivan added 13 points to lead Ocean City (9-13). Ruggia and Sullivan also combined to make four free throws in as many attempts in the final 15 seconds. TRS, which got eight three-pointers and 28 points from Marquis Davis, made a three-pointer at the buzzer to set the final score. Ocean City plays at No. 6 Hammonton tonight.

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