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Crusaders sizzle against Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:14 pm

Wildwood Catholic celebrates its win over rival Wildwood WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School basketball team scored nearly 70 points Tuesday evening in the Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys Island Championship Game.

Remarkably, no Crusader player took more than six shots from the floor.

Wildwood Catholic shot a sizzling 26 for 40 from the floor (65 percent) and an even better 6 for 9 on three-point shots (66.7 percent) in a surprisingly easy 68-40 victory over Wildwood.

The contest was part of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic’s Battle at the Boards seven-game showcase event.

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Rulon's career best carries Catholic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:56 pm

OLIVIA RULON WILDWOOD – The Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high school girls basketball teams each employed junk defenses in an attempt to neutralize each other’s stars Tuesday evening.

Wildwood Catholic had much more success against Wildwoods than Wildwood did against Catholic’s.

Despite playing against a diamond-and-one defense to start the game, Olivia Rulon poured in a career-best 31 points and claimed 13 rebounds to pace the Crusaders to a convincing 57-31 win over the Lady Warriors in the Andrew Alameno Memorial Girls Island Championship Game at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

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Holden, Gibson light it up for Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:36 pm

Madie Gibson (left) and Lauren Holden combined for 72 points in LCM's win WILDWOOD – Tuesday’s game between Lower Cape May and Burlington City at the Wildwoods Convention Center pitted the two highest scorers in South Jersey high school basketball last season against one another.

Lower Cape May’s Lauren Holden and Burlington City’s Jada Atchison certainly did not disappoint in the Battle at the Boards showcase game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

Holden scored a remarkable 45 points, her career high, and Atchison poured in 37 points to lead their respective teams, but Lower Cape May also got a career-best 27 points from Madie Gibson and pulled away for an 81-69 victory.

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Current-area Cape-Atlantic League Fall All-Stars

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 23, 2014 04:05 pm

allCAL1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek lineman Trey Blackwell gets himself pumped up at halftime of a game against Bridgeton. With the winter high school sports season now in full gear, let’s take a few moments to look back at the stars of the fall season. Here’s a list of the Current-areaCape Atlantic League Fall All-Stars as selected by CAL coaches.

Football

American Conference

First team offense: Noah Lyles, Atlantic City OL; Thomas McGrail, Egg Harbor Township, OL; Douglas DeBerry, Atlantic City, WR; Jamir Prevard, Atlantic City, QB; Mike Juliano, Mainland, K

First team defense: Vance Cottrell, Mainland, DL; Victor O’Farriel, EHT, DB; Aaron Jackson, Atlantic City, DB; Javier Lora, Atlantic City, P; Angelo Branca, EHT, DL

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Mainland, Ocean City split Jack Boyd Memorial Doubleheader

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, December 23, 2014 03:28 pm

mainOC1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland's Shea Scannell (10) passes to teammate Melanie Malcolm as Ocean City's Sierra Schoenewald defends. OCEAN CITY - The 17th annual Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend concluded on Sunday, Dec. 21 with the Jack Boyd Memorial Doubleheader between Ocean City and Mainland Regional high schools.

Fittingly, in honor of a man who had one foot on either side of Great Egg Harbor Bay, the end result was a split.

The Ocean City girls beat Mainland Regional 47-29 in the first game of the doubleheader.

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Big Warrior comeback falls short

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 02:02 pm

OCEAN CITY – If there was a way to toss aside the first quarter, the Wildwood High School boys basketball team probably would have beaten Pleasantville Sunday afternoon, perhaps by a rather comfortable margin.

Obviously that can’t be done, though, and the Warriors, despite a valiant comeback, wound up on the short end of a 70-65 decision in overtime in the game played at the Ocean City PBA Tip-Off Weekend showcase event.

Wildwood missed each of its first seven free-throw attempts and played porous first-quarter defense as the Greyhounds rushed out to a 25-13 lead. Pleasantville eventually went ahead by as much as 16 points in the second quarter before the Warriors began to chip away. Wildwood outscored Pleasantville by 46-33 over the second through fourth quarters and got a Gerald Gibbs 23-foot three-pointer with two seconds to go to force overtime. Wildwood even held a one-point lead at one stage of the extra session by the Greyhounds finished the game on an 8-2 spurt to win.

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Balanced Crusaders off to good start

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 02:00 pm

OCEAN CITY – We’ve learned through the team’s first two games that there are no superstars on the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team.

But we’ve also learned that the Crusaders seem to have quite a few good players.

Take the team’s scoring statistics, for example.

Wildwood Catholic had no player score in double figures during its season-opening win over Buena on Friday. And at Saturday’s Ocean City PBA Tip-Off Weekend game against Vineland, the Crusaders had six players score at least seven points.

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Rulon shines despite extra attention

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 01:59 pm

OLIVIA RULON OCEAN CITY – In her first three seasons in the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball program, Olivia Rulon was a secondary scoring threat.

That has now changed during her senior season. And so far, she’s been excelling in the role of being the team’s top offensive player.

The only accomplished scorer back from last year’s team, Rulon deposited 20 points in each of the Crusaders’ first two games, leading them to a pair of victories. The latest was a 44-41 win over Millville in the Ocean City PBA Tip-Off Weekend showcase event on Saturday.

Wildwood Catholic led by as many as 14 points but endured some anxious moments late after Millville twice cut the Crusader lead to one.

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LCM girls, Tech boys to head south

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 01:55 pm

Ariel Magee scored 16 points for Lower Cape May in its season-opening win. The girls basketball team from Lower Cape May Regional and the boys basketball from Cape May Tech will be spending their holiday breaks in much warmer weather than the rest of us.

Both teams are scheduled to compete in three-game, eight-team brackets at the KSA Holiday Tournament at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Both teams are scheduled to leave the area on Friday and return on New Year’s Eve.

Lower Cape May is slated to open with a game against Cold Springs Harbor (N.Y.) on Saturday. The Lady Tigers will then play second- and third-round games on Dec. 29 and 30. Opponents could include teams from Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Texas. The program will also play three junior varsity games.

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Wrestling: Lower, Middle rebuilding

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 01:53 pm

Senior captains (from left) Elvin Davila, Matt Mills, Matt Guido and John Mooers lead the Middle Township High School wrestling team. The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school wrestling teams sent rather young teams to their respective tournaments last weekend.

That will remain the theme this winter as both the Caper Tigers and Panthers are in the midst of rebuilding seasons.

The following is a look at the area’s two high school wrestling teams:

LOWER CAPE MAY

Lower graduated seven seniors from last year’s team, including state qualifiers Cory Damiana and Doug Flitcroft, so there’s a lot for the program to replace.

Leading the way is Eric Pruszinski, the team’s lone senior, who is a two-time district and region place winner as well as a two-time state qualifier. Pruszinski brought 70 career wins into the season. He’ll begin the season wrestling at 126 pounds but will likely drop down to 120 by mid January.

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Pruszinski primed for big season

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 22, 2014 01:51 pm

ERIC PRUSZINSKI Eric Pruszinski’s high school wrestling resume is pretty impressive.

So is his home workout facility.

In preparation for his senior season at Lower Cape May, Pruszinski and his father, Jamie, built a weight and workout room in the garage of their Erma home. Jokingly dubbed the “Beef Factory,” the small facility has served as a meeting place for Pruszinski, his younger brother, Alex, and other members of the Caper Tiger program.

“My dad bought a lot of the stuff from Atilis Gym (in Wildwood),” Pruszinski said, “and then I kind of added to it. We’ve opened it to the whole team. Everyone can come in whenever they want.”

That, sometimes, means as early as prior to school hours and as late as 10 p.m.

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Barnes, Spartans fly past Pemberton at O.C. Tipoff

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, December 22, 2014 12:09 am

newspirit1 Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit junior C.J. Barnes goes up for two of his game-high 23 points in the win over Pemberton. OCEAN CITY - On a team with a lot of flashy weapons, C.J. Barnes is like a Swiss Army Knife: he does just about everything.

Barnes scored a game-high 23 points as the Holy Spirit Spartans sliced and diced Pemberton, 83-59, at the Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend Sunday at Ocean City High School.

John Middleton had 18 points, six assists and four steals, and Tyler Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans (2-0), who passed an early-season test with flying colors.

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AC’s Edelbach making the most of his new life with the Vikings

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:15 am

ACDelsea1 Atlantic City senior Greg Edelbach came off the bench Saturday to contribute eight points, nine rebounds and seven steals. OCEAN CITY – A year ago, Greg Edelbach couldn’t even make the Atlantic City High School varsity basketball team roster – he was cut just before the season began.

And how did he react to that setback?

“I sat in my room for three days, and after that I was in the gym every single day, trying to get better,” Edelbach said Saturday after helping the Vikings beat Delsea Regional 54-50 in the Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend Tournament.

“I was extremely confident that I could make the team this year. I did a lot of work in the off-season, got better so I could get in here and play great ball with great players.”

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Wrestling: Spirit’s D’Arcy looking to take that final step

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, December 20, 2014 01:04 pm

darcy Mike Schultz photo/Holy Spirit’s Pat D’Arcy wrestles against Bergen Catholic sophomore Nick Suriano in the 113-pound state final last March. It’s easy to do the math when it comes to Pat D’Arcy’s progression as a high school wrestler: third in the state at 113 pounds two years ago, second at 113 last year, both times thwarted by Bergen Catholic’s unbeaten stalwart Nick Suriano.

Three-two-one. That would be a fitting combination to wrap up D’Arcy’s stellar career at Holy Spirit High School - with a final step to the top of the podium at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall next March.

D’Arcy is a three-time District 32 champion, a two-time state place winner, and enters his senior year with a 117-11 career record. He has received a letter of acceptance to continue his academic and wrestling career at Princeton University.

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