South Jersey Sports

Top seed Mainland boys avoid upset in first playoff game

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 05, 2014 08:51 am

mainlandboys1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland’s Darius Jerkins goes up for two of his game-high 30 points as Wilson’s Nigel Sanchez tries to defend in Tuesday’s Group III playoff opener. LINWOOD – A lot of people raised their eyebrows when the Mainland Regional High School boys were selected as the No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Group III section of the NJSIAA championship tournament.

The Mustangs didn't exactly quiet those critics on Tuesday, struggling at home in their playoff opener against No. 16 Woodrow Wilson, but they pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 64-49 win.

Senior forward Darius Jerkins had 30 points and 20 rebounds, scoring nine in the fourth to help the Mustangs avoid the upset. Drew Dalzell added 18 for the Mustangs, including eight from the foul line in the final four minutes to put the game away.

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Mainland girls win first state playoff game in eight years

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 05, 2014 08:50 am

mainlandgirls1 Matt Strabuk/Mainland’s Emilee Dalessio drives on a GCIT opponent during the first half of Tuesday’s playoff game. LINWOOD – Mainland Regional High School hosted a rare playoff basketball doubleheader on Tuesday, March 4, and senior Emilee Dalessio made it feel like a family gathering.

In what was likely her final home game, Dalessio scored a game-high 19 points, including six 3-point shots, to lead the seventh-seeded Mustangs to a 65-22 victory over Gloucester Institute of Technology in a South Jersey Group III playoff opener.

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Eight CAL boys team win NJSIAA first round games

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:17 am

njsiaa Eight boys basketball teams from the Cape-Atlantic League moved on with first round victories in the NJSIAA Tournament.

In Group4, Atlantic City defeated Vineland, 74-37.

In Group 3, Mainland defeated Woodrow Wilson, 64-49; Ocean City upset Toms River South, 58-57; and Hammonton defeated Burlington Township, 70-54.

In Group 2, Middle Township defeated Haddon Heights, 50-43.

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Nine CAL girls team advance in tournament

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:00 am

basketball Nine girls basketball teams from the Cape-Atlantic League advanced in first round play in the NJSIAA Tournament.

In Group 4, Millville defeated Kingsway, 60-43.

In Group 3, Mainland defeated Gloucester Township Tech, 65-22 and Ocean City defeated Westampton Tech, 43-33.

In Group 2, CAL champion Middle Township defeated Bridgeton, 55-20; Cedar Creek defeated Buena, 69-31; and Lower Cape May defeated Woodstown, 54-23.

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WCHS grad sets MAAC swim records

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 04, 2014 02:39 pm

RACHEL WUKO Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Rachel Wuko, a member of the Division I St. Peter’s University women’s swim team, set a pair of meet records at the three-day Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships recently.

On the first day of the meet, the sophomore won the 50 freestyle in a MAAC record time of 23.07 seconds in the event’s finals. She had previously broken the record with a time of 23.35 in her preliminary heat. Her time was just .07 seconds away from registering an NCAA B cut time.

Later, Wuko also set a new MAAC mark in the 100 freestyle. She won the event in 51.13, after posting a new record time of 50.70 in a preliminary heat.

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Previewing the sectional hoops tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 03, 2014 11:37 am

Lauryn Fields (left) of MTHS and Naiy Saab (right) of WCHS both hope their teams can make a long run in the state tournament, which begins this week. The regular season is now complete. That means high school basketball’s version of March Madness is about to begin.

The quest for sectional and state championships was supposed to begin today, but the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of snowstorms has pushed the start of the tournament to tomorrow.

The following is a look at each group in the South Jersey section of the boys and girls state basketball tournament:

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Ingersol, D’Arcy win Region 8 titles; Absegami sends 3 to states

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, March 02, 2014 12:43 am

Ingersol Mike Schultz/EHT's James Ingersol tries to keep Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno from escaping during their 160-pound Region 8 finals match. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - For Egg Harbor Township High School wrestler James Ingersol, "There's no place like home."

Ingersol, the second seed at 160 pounds, won the Region 8 title, defeating Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno by decision (7-2) in his home gym on Saturday. After leaving the mat, he was greeted by at least 20 fans who poured out of the bleachers to shake his hand or hug him.

"Winning it in my own gym made it feel so good," said Ingersol.

He is the first Egg Harbor Township wrestler to win a Region 8 title since Zack Agostino did it in 2010.

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Lady Panthers rally for CAL title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 02, 2014 12:03 am


MTHS senior point guard Lauryn Fields hoists the CAL title trophy while being surrounded by teammates after beating WCHS GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Early in the second quarter, Lauryn Fields peeked up at the scoreboard and saw a 15-point deficit for her Middle Township High School girls basketball team.

That’s when the dynamic senior point guard went to work.

After making only 1 of her first 8 shots, Fields sank five of her last eight attempts and sparked an extraordinary 33-12 run that lasted from midway through the second quarter to midway through the fourth quarter. The result was a stunning 42-39 win for the Lady Panthers over rival Wildwood Catholic in the Cape-Atlantic League title game at Richard Stockton College Saturday afternoon.

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Crusaders dominate in CAL title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 01, 2014 10:36 pm

Members of the WCHS boys hoops team hold up 4 fingers in reference to their tournament seeding after winning the CAL title game over ACHS GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Kevin McWade missed a free throw with 5 ½ minutes remaining in the game. With three opponents surrounding the basketball, the junior guard hustled from the foul line, tipped the ball away, dove on the floor to retrieve it and flipped it to a teammate.

It was the kind of play that epitomized the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s effort against Atlantic City in Saturday afternoon’s Cape-Atlantic League championship game at Richard Stockton College.

Out-toughing and out-defending what is traditionally the toughest and best defensive team in the CAL, Wildwood Catholic used big runs at the start of both halves to establish surprising start-to-finish dominance in a 61-33 demolition of the two-time defending CAL champion Vikings.

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Vikings pull disappearing act in CAL final vs. Wildwood Catholic

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, March 01, 2014 08:23 pm

ACtimeout Jen Mara/Atlantic City coach Gene Allen huddles with his team during a timeout in the first half of Saturday's CAL final. GALLOWAY - The Atlantic City High School Vikings came out for pre-game warm-ups Saturday with two words on their chests: “Stay Hungry.”

Maybe they lost their appetites.

The Vikings were thoroughly beaten by Wildwood Catholic, 61-33, in a Cape-Atlantic League boys championship game that, shockingly, wasn’t even THAT close.

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Five area wrestlers still alive at Region 8

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, March 01, 2014 04:44 am

solomonRegion8 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon tries to take down Clayton's Andrew Tolbert during their 106-pound bout. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Region 8 wrestling tournament continued Friday night at Egg Harbor Township High School with quarterfinal action. Five area wrestlers are still alive for the chance at a Region 8 title.

Cedar Creek's fifth-seeded Andrew Solomon continued his "pinning" ways, taking down fourth-seeded Andrew Tolbert from Clayton. Solomon pinned Tolbert in 2:52.

Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy, the top seed at 113 pounds, didn't break a sweat as he handily pinned Delsea's eighth-seeded John Hassett in 2:36.

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Robertson's late heroics send WCHS to CAL final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:06 pm

HAMMONTON – The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team was down by two points with less than 30 seconds left in Thursday’s Cape-Atlantic League semifinal against Holy Spirit.

That’s when the best player in the Cape-Atlantic League made his biggest play of the season.

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Spartans stunned by Wildwood Catholic in CAL semifinal

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 pm

HAMMONTON - The Holy Spirit Spartans thought they had battened down all the hatches, shut all the doors, nailed down the loose ends to secure a coveted trip to the Cape-Atlantic League championship game.

They forgot to lock up Jordan Robertson.

Robertson’s 3-point shot off a double-screen and converted free throw with 14.5 seconds left gave Wildwood Catholic a stunning 58-54 victory over Holy Spirit in a CAL boys semifinal Thursday at Hammonton High School. The fourth-seeded Crusaders, not the top-seeded Spartans, will face Atlantic City for the CAL title Saturday (2 p.m.) at Richard Stockton College in Galloway.

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Graves, White and 'different' Reynolds lead Vikes into CAL final

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:00 pm

reynolds Atlantic City High School senior Tashad Reynolds HAMMONTON – There was something very familiar about Atlantic City’s 65-60 nail-biter of a win over St. Augustine Prep in a Cape-Atlantic League tournament semifinal Thursday.

Sure, there were clutch shots and the superb overall talent of senior Isiah Graves, who relishes performing in big-game situations and feeds off the energry of big crowds.

“I play great on the big stage,” said Graves, who scored 22 points in leading the Vikings to their third straight CAL championship game. “I love the atmosphere with the crowd roaring, fans screaming.

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