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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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Frosh's late FT helps WCHS to big win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 07:56 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball coach Steve DiPatri called it “game six of a 26-game regular season.” But he’s also in tune that Tuesday’s night victory was still rather significant.

Freshman forward Danielle Sanderlin sank a free throw with 3.4 seconds to play to lift the Crusaders to a 39-38 win over St. Joseph in a key Cape-Atlantic United Conference game.

With the score tied, Sanderlin rebounded a teammate’s missed shot in the lane and was fouled. She missed the first foul shot, took a few deep breaths during a Crusader timeout in between shots and then calmly sank the second to give her team the lead. St. Joe wasn’t able to get off a potential game-winning shot prior to the buzzer.

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Freeman plays -- and succeeds -- despite pain

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 07:50 pm

Jessica Freeman is in pain.

You can see it each time she takes a bump while gathering a rebound, each time she’s knocked to the deck while driving to the basket and each time she stands alone at the free throw line.

The senior scoring machine from Wildwood High School is suffering from a herniated disc in her lower back. She also was born with an extra vertebra in her lower back. The conditions are causing debilitating lower back and upper leg pain.

“I have so much wrong down there I can’t even describe it,” Freeman says.

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Grand moment for Lauren Holden

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 08, 2014 07:42 pm

ERMA – Lauren Holden is a bit uncomfortable with the attention her talent for playing basketball has gotten her over the past few years.

“She’s a shy girl,” Lower Cape May girls basketball coach Scott Douglass said. “She doesn’t really like all the accolades.”

On Tuesday, the Lady Tiger junior guard couldn’t help being center of attention heading into her team’s game with Middle Township. She entered the contest 12 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

“I’m not going to lie,” Holden said with a laugh. “Earlier this morning and all day I was nervous.”

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Aaron Bogushefsky - Ocean City Sportsperson of the Year

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, January 08, 2014 02:41 pm

Aaron Bogushefsky When Aaron Bogushefsky talked about his goals as a coach, he said he wanted people in the South Jersey soccer community to pay attention to Ocean City again.

He knows about that. He played on back-to-back state championship teams in 1999 and 2000.

This year he guided his OCHS boys soccer team to a 19-4-2 record and a South Jersey Group 3 championship, the first since 2007.

This was Bogushefsky’s fifth season as head coach. His teams have won 42 games the last three seasons and reached the South Jersey final twice.

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EHT’s Cannuscio sisters compete at U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 08, 2014 01:30 pm

Anastasia and Colin Submitted/Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus skate in a recent international competition. At the age of 21, ice dancer Anastasia Cannuscio from Egg Harbor Township is already familiar with the pressures of international competition, and comfortable skating in front of large crowds and critical judges.

And she performs with a graceful beauty and flair that gives no hint of nervousness or pressure.

But Cannuscio admits the stakes are a little higher this week at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston. The top three skating pairs in Boston will lock up a berth in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.

“Going into every competition I aim to skate my best, and the results you can’t really control,” said Cannuscio in a phone interview this week. “All I can control is how I skate, so I just want to give it my all, and give the best performance that I can give.”

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ACHS notes: Cutugno a bright spot early for AC wrestlers

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 08, 2014 12:24 pm

Though the Atlantic City High School wrestling team has suffered some regular-season losses recently, one bright spot has been the performances turned in by 170-pounder Joseph Cutugno.

The Vikings fell to Mainland Regional 37-22 and Cedar Creek 45-23 on Dec. 30. Cutugno recorded a first-period pin versus the Mustangs and a 9-0 major decision against Pirates.

He needed just 23 seconds to record a pin in a 52-18 loss to Middle Township on Jan. 6.

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Holy Spirit notes: Spartans get balanced offense in win over Millville

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 08, 2014 12:17 pm

Taylor Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit's Jordan Taylor works against Pleasantville in a December game. The Holy Spirit boys basketball team is sharing the offensive wealth this season.

Junior Santiel scored 10 points, had three steals and 13 rebounds in a 63-48 win over Millville on Jan. 7.

Jordan Taylor led the Spartans with 17 points, while Leon Daniels and John Middleton each had 14 as Holy Spirit improved to 5-1 on the season.

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