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Area's top teams in Girls Shootout this weekend at Holy Spirit

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 22, 2014 02:09 pm

3shootoutlogo Four area teams will face challenges this weekend, along with four others from the Cape-Atlantic League, in the 97.3 ESPN Girls Shootout at Holy Spirit High School. The event is being held for the 19th straight year.

Chris Ford’s Atlantic City girls will get things started Saturday at noon against Central Regional. Then Fran Raph will bring her Cedar Creek team out against Trenton Central at 1:45.

On Sunday afternoon, Meghan Tracey’s Absegami girls will play St. Joseph of Hammonton in the 1:45 opener. And Dennis Smith sends his Holy Spirit team, the defending CAL champions, against No. 19 Holy Cross, which is led by 5-4 point guard Alliya Butts, a McDonald’s All-American finalist and Temple recruit, in Sunday’s 7 p.m. finale.

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Holy Spirit looking for redemption against rival Atlantic City

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:46 am

saintel Holy Spirit center Junior Saintel Editor's note: The Atlantic City-Holy Spirit boys basketball game has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit.

ABSECON - So far this season, the Holy Spirit High School Spartans have passed nearly every test with (appropriately) flying colors.  

But now comes the big mid-term exam: a meeting with familiar, neighborly rival Atlantic City, with first place in the Cape Atlantic League American Conference on the line, and at least temporary bragging rights at every area hardwood court east of, say, Richland.

The Spartans are 9-1 heading into Thursday's showdown with Atlantic City (6-2) at Holy Spirit’s gymnasium in Absecon (7 p.m. tipoff).

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An appreciation: Jack Boyd lived life

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, January 21, 2014 02:59 pm

boyd Jack Boyd There is a large breach in the Ocean City sports community. Jack Boyd will not be around anymore.

The sudden death last week of the Hall of Fame boys basketball coach left people reeling much like they did when Dixie Howell, Fenton Carey and Mike Slaveski died.

Boyd came to Ocean City High School with a big challenge – take over for a legend. Dixie had retired to become the school’s athletics director and he selected Boyd, who was the freshmen coach, to succeed him. He had three years experience as the head coach at Millville before joining the OCHS staff.

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Robertson, McWade help WCHS tame Cougars

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 20, 2014 08:27 pm

PAULSBORO – Schalick High School’s Rashaan Holloway was considered the headliner when the Cougars met Wildwood Catholic in an MLK Classic boys basketball showcase game Monday afternoon at Paulsboro High School.

By game’s end, however, it was the Crusaders’ Jordan Robertson and Eddie McWade who stood out most.

Robertson poured in a game-high 25 points and McWade added 21 points as the 6-4 senior forwards led Wildwood Catholic to a 63-51 victory over a Schalick side that features the 6-10 Holloway and his 6-6 younger brother, Mike. It was the fourth straight win for Catholic (10-3).

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Gami, EHT face common opponent in Coaches vs. Cancer game

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 20, 2014 02:58 pm

EHTGami1 Absegami's Barbara Gedeon battles Egg Harbor Township's Meghan Mahana for a rebound in Monday's Cape-Atlantic League girls basketball game. GALLOWAY - The outcome wasn't as important as the cause in Monday's fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer girls basketball game at Absegami High School.

The game is held in honor of Beth Hartman, a former standout basketball player at Holy Spirit High School and coach at Egg Harbor Township High School who died of cervical cancer in 2007.

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Absegami rallies vs. Haddon, suffers 1st loss to Woodstown

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:07 pm

gami1 Mike Schultz/Absegami's James Geigold tries to get EHT's Kevin Thomas on his back during the 106-lb bout. GALLOWAY - The Absegami wrestling team went 2-1 during a quad meet on Saturday that included Egg Harbor Township, Haddon Township and Woodstown.

The Braves (9-1) rolled easily over EHT 46-25. They won the final four bouts against Haddon Township for a crowd rousing 35-32 win. They were defeated by Woodstown 34-30 - their first loss of a remarkable turnaround season - in a match that came down to the very last bout.

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LCM soccer star makes college choice

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:00 pm

One of the most prolific scorers in the history of Cape-Atlantic League girls soccer has made her college choice.

Madie Gibson, a junior at Lower Cape May Regional High School, has given a verbal commitment to play at Division I Monmouth University beginning in the fall of 2015.

Gibson could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. Lower Cape May girls soccer coach Brett Matthews confirmed Gibson’s decision to the Gazette.

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LCM wrestler Damiana picks Hofstra

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 09:16 pm

Lower Cape May's Cory Damiana, shown here at last year's District 32 tournament, will wrestle at Division I Hofstra University Cory Damiana has had himself quite a week.

The senior wrestler from Lower Cape May Regional High School earned his 100th career victory on Wednesday evening when he accepted a forfeit in a match against Cedar Creek. Then, the next morning, he made his college choice.

Damiana, certainly one of the best wrestlers in school history, has made a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from Hofstra University. Damiana can sign a National Letter of Intent to the Long Island, N.Y., school in April.

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Rulon, Johnson carry WCHS past Cedar Creek

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 16, 2014 08:45 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Against one of the best shooting teams in the Cape-Atlantic League, Olivia Rulon was the best shooter on the floor Thursday evening.

The junior guard from the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team knocked down 8 of 14 shots from the floor and scored 19 points to help the Crusaders wilt Cedar Creek, 68-45, in an important CAL United Conference contest.

The victory moved Wildwood Catholic to 8-2 overall, 5-0 in CAL United play, while Cedar Creek fell to 8-3, 3-1.

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Briefs, signups: EHT Lacrosse "Beverage & Buffet" benefits Running Eagles

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 04:15 pm

runningeagles2 The Egg Harbor Township Lacrosse Association’s Beverage & Buffet to benefit the Running Eagles will be held Friday, Jan. 17, 7-10 p.m. at King Pin Bowling in EHT. The event cost is $20 per adult and $15 for kids (under 21). Kids ticket includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, choice of pizza, chicken nuggets w/ fries and a drink. There will also be lacrosse signups - anyone who signs up at the B&B will get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a free uniform for your child (jersey and game shorts). For more information, contact Jackie Smith at (609) 457-5172 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Send your notices for signups, registrations, fundraisers and other events to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Absegami notebook: Barnard a standout in the pool

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 04:06 pm

barnard Matt Strabuk/Absegami swimmer Junior Emily Barnard, 16, of Galloway, placed 1st in the Backstroke and 2nd in the 200 Freestyle at the Hackney. Absegami junior Emily Barnard placed first in the 100-meter backstroke at the Hackney High School Girls Invitational Swim Meet, which consisted of Cape-Atlantic League female athletes, on Jan. 11 at Atlantic City.

Barnard finished the race in 1 minute, 8.17 seconds. She took second place in the 200 freestyle.
Barnard captured wins in the 100-meter butterfly and 100 backstroke in a 98-72 loss to Atlantic City on Jan. 8. Barnard also competed on the winning 400 freestyle relay team, which also included Maddie Lewis, Caitlyn Cohen and Jecee Gosman.

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Cedar Creek: Battistelli leading Pirates through tricky waters

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:56 pm

battistelli Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek’s Andrea Battistelli swims during the Girls 100 SC Meter Butterfly at the Hackney Invitational. Cedar Creek’s Andrea Battistelli earned second place in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Hackney High School Girls Invitational Swim Meet at Atlantic City on Jan. 11. The meet consisted of female swimmers from the Cape-Atlantic League.

Also, she won the 100-yard butterfly in a 124-42 loss to Middle Township on Jan. 9. The Pirates’ only other victory that day came from Juliana Snyder in the 100 backstroke.

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ACHS notes: Kessler defends home waters at Hackney

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:43 pm

kessler Rachel Kessler Atlantic City High School’s Rachel Kessler earned the 100-meter breaststroke crown at the Hackney High School Girls Invitational Swim Meet on Jan. 11 at Atlantic City. The meet consisted of female swimmers from the Cape-Atlantic League. Her winning time was 1 minute, 18.53 seconds.

She also starred in a 98-72 win over Absegami on Jan. 8. Kessler won the 200-meter individual medley and 100 breaststroke, plus she swam on two winning relays. Abbey Gragg (50 and 100-meter freestyles) also had two individual and two relay wins. Roman Barber contributed firsts in the 200 and 400 freestyles.

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Holy Spirit notes: Streaking Spartans share the wealth

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:24 pm

collier Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit guard Uuhmad Collier scored a career-high 25 points in a win over Paulsboro. The Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team reeled off three straight wins from Jan. 7-11.

The Spartans received a well-balanced effort in a 63-48 victory over Millville on Jan. 7.

Jordan Taylor netted a team-high 17 points. John Middleton and Leon Daniels scored 14 apiece, and Junior Saintel contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds.

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