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First-half defense propels Crusader girls

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 08:31 am

Danielle Sanderlin of WCHS snatches a rebound against St. Joseph in Monday's CAL playoff game NORTH WILDWOOD – Steve DiPatri coached the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team Monday evening while battling a rough case of bronchitis.

After the way his Crusaders played, the coach, if superstitious, might not mind if his condition lasts for the rest of the season.

After spotting St. Joseph the first four points of the first-round Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament game, Wildwood Catholic scored 18 unanswered points to close the first half and went on to post a 41-32 victory.

The fourth-seeded Crusaders are scheduled to take on No. 1 Cedar Creek in a semifinal game tonight at 7 at St. Augustine Prep. The winner of that contest will have earned a berth in Saturday’s league title game at Richard Stockton College at noon against Middle Township or Holy Spirit.

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Spirit quest for repeat goes through Middle

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, February 25, 2014 09:04 pm

spiritwilson Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit's Audrey Wilson tries to block a shot by Ocean City's Sierra Schoenewald in Monday's quarterfinal game as Amanda Reale closes in on the play. ABSECON - Summer Crilley used one word to describe how this year’s Cape-Atlantic League championship tournament is different than 2013.

“Pressure,” said the Holy Spirit High School senior. “There’s a little more pressure. Teams definitely focus more on me than they did on our (bigger girls) last year, so more of the pressure is on me this year.”

But can this year’s tournament have the same result as 2013, when Crilley and the since-departed Gina Lewis, Annie Wenz and Valerie Garofalo led the Spartans to a pair of remarkable comeback victories and their first CAL title in seven years?

“Definitely,” Crilley answered without hestitation. “No doubt in my mind.”

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Crusaders win wild CAL playoff over Millville

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 25, 2014 01:51 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A game that had more twists and turns than a multiple runs of the Nor’Easter roller coaster on the Wildwoods Boardwalk took one last wild twist and turn with a second to play.

A layup attempt that bounced twice on the rim before falling off just prior to the final buzzer led to agony for Millville and euphoria for Wildwood Catholic as the Crusaders survived a quarterfinal Cape-Atlantic League boys basketball playoff, 55-54, Monday evening.

The win sends Wildwood Catholic, the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament, into Thursday’s semifinal round against top-seeded Holy Spirit, which was an easy winner over Oakcrest in another quarterfinal. That game will be played at 7 p.m. at Hammonton High School, after St. Augustine Prep takes on Atlantic City in the other semifinal at 5 p.m.

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Vikings beat St. Joe, earn CAL semifinal rematch with Prep

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Written by Mike Schultz Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:14 am

thomas Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Lamar Thomas goes in for a layup against St. Joe defender Jordan Davis. ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City High School boys basketball team used a tempo-control offense and a smothering defense to earn a dominating 65-42 win over St. Joseph in the quarterfinal round of the Cape Atlantic League playoffs on Monday night at Atlantic City High School.

The Vikings (17-6) had lost their previous two games going into Monday's playoff but made the necessary adjustments defensively to re-establish themselves as a threat to win their third CAL title in a row.

The third-seeded Vikings created turnovers that led to easy baskets in the first quarter and they jumped out to a 19-7 lead. "I thought defensively they played a lot better," Vikings coach Gene Allen said of his team. "I was very encouraged by what I saw tonight. I think St. Joe's is a good team and for us to be able to hold them down like we did, I thought it was a step in the right direction."

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Holy Spirit boys, girls advance with home playoff wins

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 24, 2014 11:20 pm

johnhogans Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit senior John Hogans, who celebrated his 18th birthday Monday, goes up for a shot against Oakcrest's Jason Cervi. ABSECON - The top-seeded Holy Spirit High School boys easily handled No. 8 seed Oakcrest, 73-42, in a Cape-Atlantic League tournament quarterfinal game Monday in Absecon.

Junior Saintel led all scorers with 19 points, including some “Showtime-worthy” jams. John Middleton (left) scored 17 and Jordan Taylor had 13. Spirit senior John Hogans (below) celebrated his 18th birthday with a playoff victory and a bunch of balloons from friends and family after the game.

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Damiana, Gallagher secure D32 titles

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:52 am

LCM's Cory Damiana GALLOWAY – Lower Cape May Regional’s Cory Damiana and Ocean City’s Cooper Gallagher each secured championships to lead the effort by Cape May County wrestlers at the District 32 Tournament at Absegami High School on Saturday.

Damiana and Gallagher were among the stars of the tournament.

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Solomon, D'Arcy, Bower, Patsaros grab District 32 titles

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:04 pm

final1 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon celebrates his victory over St. Augustine's Jared White in the 106-pound title bout. GALLOWAY - Four area wrestlers claimed District 32 titles on Saturday at Absegami High School.

Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon (106), Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy (113) and Brandon Bower (145) and Absegami's Yanni Patsaros all stood atop the podium in their respective weight classes and advanced to the Region 8 tournament.

D'Arcy, Bower and Patsaros were all number one seeds in their brackets; Solomon was the third seed at 106. He was facing the top seed Reid White from St. Augustine. White had won both of his matches by tech-fall heading into the finals. Solomon, a freshman, won both of his earlier matches by pin fall.

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(Not so) freezing for a (great) cause in Atlantic City

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, February 22, 2014 09:48 pm

freeze1 Bill LeConey/Kevin Dewald, 24, of Cape May Court House makes a nice run on a decent swell at Saturday's Freeze for a Cause. Dewald finished second in his class. ATLANTIC CITY - This long, hard winter took a timely break Saturday, perfectly suited (but contradicting the title) for the annual Freeze For a Cause surfing contest presented by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation.

More than 70 surfers of all ages and both genders found some glorious sunshine and tasty waves at the North Carolina Ave. beach in Atlantic City. The conditions were just about as perfect as you could expect in late February for New Jersey’s only extreme coldwater surfing contest.

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District 32 wrestling semifinal results

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, February 22, 2014 05:48 pm

semi Mike Schultz/EHT's James Ingersol controls Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno during their 160-lb semifinal match. Ingersol won the match by decision (5-2) and will face St. Augustine's Nick Clark in the District 32 final. GALLOWAY - Eight local wrestlers advanced to the District 32 finals on Saturday: Cedar Creek's Andrew Solomon (106); Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy (113), Miles Townsend (126) and Brandon Bower (145); Absegami's Yanni Patsaros (126) and Chris Henchy (220); Mainland's Brenden Islinger (138); and Egg Harbor Township's James Ingersol (160).

Finals begin at 5 p.m. today

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District 32 wrestling tournament quarterfinal results

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Written by Mike Schultz Friday, February 21, 2014 11:33 pm

quart1 Mike Schultz/Cedar Creek's Kyle Murrey controls Buena's Bo Repko during their District 32 160-lb preliminary bout on Friday night. GALLOWAY - The opening rounds of the District 32 wrestling tournament are complete. Here are the results from Friday night's quarterfinal action at Absegami High School.

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(1) Reid White, St. Augustine defeats (9) Nick Waugh, Mainland by TF 1:46 (15-0).

(5) Alec Harper, Holy Spirit defeats  (4) Dustin Oves, Oakcrest by decision 7-5.

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Bomb threat postpones high school hoops game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 21, 2014 10:22 pm

High school junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games between visiting Millville and host Middle Township were postponed Thursday evening due to a bomb threat, Middle Township athletic director Scott Lodgek confirmed.

Lodgek said a threatening note was found inside in a lavatory in the high school a few minutes after the freshmen game between the two schools had concluded. The lavatory was not located near the gymnasium. Lodgek said the building was evacuated immediately after the note was found.

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CAL playoff tournament seedings released

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:04 pm

The selections and seedings for the Cape-Atlantic League boys and girls basketball tournaments have been released by the league in the wake of the seeding committee’s meeting Thursday morning at Absegami High School.

Holy Spirit (boys) and Cedar Creek (girls) are the respective top two seeds.

The tournaments begin with quarterfinal games on Monday evening in the home gymnasiums of the higher-seeded teams. Girls semifinals will be played at St. Augustine Prep on Wednesday. Boys semifinals will be played at Hammonton next Thursday. The championship doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at Richard Stockton College, with the girls at noon and the boys at 2 p.m.

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Spirit boys, Cedar Creek girls get top seeds in CAL playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:55 am

ACSpirit6 Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit’s Leon Daniels tries to wrestle a rebound away from Kevin Allen as teammate Matt Sommers (left) and Atlantic City’s Dennis White (floor) look on. The Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team, fresh off its 61-55 victory over Atlantic City Wednesday for the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title, was named the top seed in next week’s CAL championship tournament and will host No. 8 Oakcrest in a quarterfinal game on Monday, Feb. 24.

The Cedar Creek girls earned the top seed in the girls playoff tournament and will host No. 8 Lower Cape May Regional on Monday.

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Holy Spirit escapes late-arriving AC storm for CAL American title

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:56 am

ACSpirit1 Matt Strabuk/Atlantic City's Dennis White goes up for a shot as Holy Spirit's Jordan Taylor (15), Tyler Jones (24) and Junior Saintel (11) defend. ATLANTIC CITY – As a basketball game evolves from an apparent rout into a nail-biter in a matter of minutes, the character of both teams is revealed.

The Holy Spirit Spartans are an extremely talented bunch that finally elevated to championship status Wednesday, weathering a late Atlantic City rally for a 61-55 victory and the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title.

The Atlantic City Vikings? They never say die.

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