South Jersey Sports

Feraco returns to sidelines

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Written by TOM WILLIAMS Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:35 pm

When Tom Feraco entered the Paul Rodio Gymnasium at St. Augustine Prep on Saturday for Middle Township’s game with Cherry Hill West he was a bit nervous and a little anxious. It would be his first game on the bench since Jan. 7.

“It was great to be back,” he said, “and I felt good but I had lost my feel for the team. I had a good feeling for them after the first few weeks of the season. But I had lost touch and I was anxious to get that back.”

Feraco was away from the team for a medical leave. The longtime coach had successful surgery for prostate cancer in early January.

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Middle boys stay alive in playoff race

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:31 pm

arashid With Tom Feraco back on the sidelines, the Middle Township boys basketball team defeated Ocean City, 50-45, Monday evening to stay alive in the three-way race for second place in the Cape-Atlantic League’s National Conference. The team that finishes second will automatically qualify for the CAL Playoff Tournament.

“We’ve got a good shot,” said Feraco, who returned to the bench on Saturday. “We still have games left with the other contenders.”

After the win, Middle remained in a three-way tie with Hammonton and Oakcrest. The conference has been won by St. Augustine Prep. The Panthers were scheduled to travel to Hammonton tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 12; too late for this edition) and to Oakcrest on Tuesday. They also will host St. Augustine on Saturday afternoon and will face Bishop Eustace on Sunday at Cherry Hill East.

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Holden honored for scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:28 pm

holden Four of the five previous 1,000-point scorers were on hand for a ceremony Monday that honored junior guard Lauren Holden (center, with ball) for breaking the program scoring record. Pictured with Holden are (from left) Victoria Wermuth, Heidi VonColln-Hunter, Stephanie Dugan and Carol Faison. ERMA – Lauren Holden still has another entire season to go, but she’s already her program’s all-time leading scorer.

Holden, a junior guard, was honored prior to Monday’s contest against Hammonton for breaking the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball all-time scoring record. Holden broke the record of 1,333 points set by 2008 graduate Victoria Wermuth early in Saturday’s victory over Clearview in a South Jersey Girls Basketball Invitational showcase game. Holden finished the game with 26 points.

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Robertson a breakout star

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:26 pm

robertson Last season as a junior, Jordan Robertson often displayed glimpses of greatness. An occasional pull-up jump shot, a smooth drive and finish at the rim or a put-back dunk would leave the crowd shaking their heads in amazement.

But then there were times, often during the same games, when Robertson would go almost unnoticed for long stretches. It led to some observers questioning his desire.

Robertson simply called it a matter of confidence.

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Crusaders move to brink of United title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 03:23 pm

Crusaders move to brink of United title NORTH WILDWOOD – It wasn’t one of the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s best efforts, but it was more than good enough.

Tuesday evening’s 51-35 win over Cedar Creek moved the Crusaders to the brink of clinching their first-ever outright Cape-Atlantic United Conference championship after the program tied for the title in each of the last two seasons. The United Conference was first created in 2011-12 when the CAL changed from a two- to a three-conference alignment.

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Holy Spirit’s Pat D’Arcy gearing up for a state title run

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Written by Mike Schultz Wednesday, February 12, 2014 02:42 pm

spiritdarcy2 Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit’s Pat D’Arcy prepares to lock up with Jackson Liberty's Michael Russo in their District 32 third-place match last season at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. ABSECON - It's 100 wins and counting for Holy Spirit High School standout wrestler Pat D'Arcy. But who's counting? Definitely not him.

"That was a nice accomplishment but that wasn't the main goal going into the season,” D’Arcy said. “The goal is a state title."

D’Arcy collected his 100th win by pin in 1:15 over Cumberland's Dominic Morey on Feb. 1 in a 120-pound bout.

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Fierce hoops, friendly competition at Ventnor Rec League

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 12, 2014 02:23 pm

hutchleague Bill LeConey/Sacco’s Subs battles Madera Roofing in a Ventnor Recreation Basketball League game on Feb. 5. VENTNOR - Bubbling just under the surface of the Cape-Atlantic League, the Ventnor Recreation League offers a chance for junior high and high school athletes to play structured, competitive basketball in a friendly, informal environment.

Held Wednesday nights at the Lafayette Avenue Educational Complex, the Rec League has four teams and about 40 players in the junior league (also known as the Hutch League), and eight teams with 70-80 players in the high school league.

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Pirates’ CAL playoff chances take a hit

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 01:34 pm

CCreekboys Jen Marra/Cedar Creek’s Jake Knight shoots over Wildwood Catholic’s Jordan Robertson. NORTH WILDWOOD – The Cedar Creek boys basketball team’s chances of qualifying for the Cape-Atlantic League playoffs became even more remote after a loss Tuesday evening at Wildwood Catholic.

After battling the Crusaders well early and trailing by just 9-6 late in the first quarter, Cedar Creek saw Wildwood Catholic go on a 9-1 run to establish a double-digit lead it would never relinquish. The Pirates trailed by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter before scoring the last nine points of the game in what turned out to be a 51-35 defeat to the United Conference leading Crusaders.

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Olson nets 1000th point on Senior Night, dad's birthday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 07:33 am

alexis olson CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – There are quite a few ways a talented high school basketball player can score the 1,000th career point of his or her career.

Doing it on a technical free throw to start the second half of a game might not necessarily come to mind, but Alexis Olson was certainly glad to have the opportunity.

“I guess that’s just how it was supposed to come,” the senior from Cape May Tech said.

Olson sank two technical free throws for her 999th and 1,000th career points Tuesday evening after Pleasantville was penalized for entering a player into the game to start the second half that hadn’t previously been recorded in the official scorebook. The points were two of Olson’s game-high 17 in what was a more-difficult-than-it-should-have-been 47-41 win by the Lady Hawks over the Greyhounds.

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"Crazies" help Cedar Creek clinch share of CAL United title

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:18 am

CCreekMikila Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek’s Mikila Stefanski looks to drive to the basket after getting around Wildwood Catholic’s Danielle Sanderlin. EGG HARBOR CITY – The “Creek Crazies” were out in force Tuesday night at Mohr Gymnasium, getting all fired up by their Cedar Creek girls’ performance in a big Cape-Atlantic League basketball showdown with Wildwood Catholic.

It is a mutually beneficial relationship.

The Pirates were also firing on all cylinders in a 60-47 win over Wildwood Catholic that clinched at least a share of the United Conference title.

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O.C. girls oust Mainland in thriller; Mainland boys reach final

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 10, 2014 09:42 pm

OCteam Bill LeConey/The Ocean City girls swimming team celebrates their tournament semifinal win over Mainland. OCEAN CITY – The Mainland Regional High School girls swimming team came oh so close to a milestone upset on Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs took their top rival and undefeated Cape-Atlantic League champion Ocean City right down to the final race before losing, 87-83, in an NJSIAA South B championship semifinal before a throng of vocal fans from both schools at the Ocean City Aquatic Center.

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Emily Johnson makes college choice official

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 10, 2014 02:38 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Emily Johnson couldn’t contain her smile early Thursday afternoon.

The senior distance runner from Wildwood Catholic High School made her college choice official during a short ceremony at the school, inking a national letter of intent to attend Seton Hall University on a combined cross country and academic scholarship that will cover about 75 percent of the school’s annual tuition.

Members of the Wildwood Catholic senior class, underclassmen and coaches from the cross country and track teams, teachers, school administrators and members of her family were on hand with Johnson to celebrate the moment.

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Holy Spirit shoots down Prep for “measuring-stick” win

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, February 09, 2014 02:37 pm

spiritPrepdumoff Alan Dumoff/Holy Spirit's John Middleton goes high to score on a layup. RICHLAND - All season long the Holy Spirit Spartans had been looking for that signature win that would announce they are among the elite teams in the Cape-Atlantic League and South Jersey.

They announced it loudly on Saturday, the only way they could be heard above the din of the “Richland Rowdies,” beating St. Augustine Prep, 47-44, in the Hermits’ packed home gym at the Shoot Down Cancer Classic.

 “This is a huge win for us,” said Holy Spirit senior Junior Saintel, who had a big slam-dunk on a pass from John Middleton to break a tie late in the game, and made a partial block of a Nate Segal 3-point attempt that could have tied it with less than 10 seconds left.

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Atlantic City holds off Camden in renewal of ageless rivalry

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:40 pm

ACWhite Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Dennis White fights for position under the basket against Camden's Jamil Maddred (12) and Jamal Holloway (11). RICHLAND – A legendary high school basketball rivalry that had lost its luster in recent years got a new shining moment on Saturday.

The Atlantic City Vikings held off a late rally to beat Camden, 57-53, in a Shoot Down Cancer Classic showcase game at St. Augustine Prep. Kevin Allen and Dennis White each had 16 points and nine rebounds in this meeting between two longtime rivals and traditional powers of South Jersey basketball.

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