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Rulon gets career high, passes 1K

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:12 am

Olivia Rulon scored the 1000th point of her career in Wildwood Catholic's win over Buena NORTH WILDWOOD – After the game, it seemed that Olivia Rulon posed for more pictures than she has scored career points.

That would be a lot of pictures, though. More than 1,000.

Rulon, a senior guard, became the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball program’s latest 1,000-point scorer when she netted a basket early in the second quarter of a 68-30 rout of Buena Friday night.

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Feraco stars in thrilling Middle win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:51 am

MIKE FERACO CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School basketball team enjoyed one of its most exhilarating regular-season victories in recent memory Friday evening.

The Panthers, who learned earlier in the day that star senior forward Trai Greer was lost for the season due to a knee ligament tear, squandered two sizable leads but managed to handle overtime brilliantly in a crucial 70-65 win over Bridgeton.

The victory improved Middle to 10-4 overall and, more importantly, gave the team a firm grasp of second place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference while also strengthening its seeding position for the South Jersey Group II playoffs. The Panthers moved to 4-1 in conference games.

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Unlikely heroes spark Prep in Battle by the Bay win over A.C.

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 31, 2015 12:26 am

kennedy St. Augustine Prep's Austin Kennedy scored a game-high 20 points in Friday's win over Atlantic City. ATLANTIC CITY - You expect to get stung by Sa'eed Nelson and Justyn Mutts - two of the best players in South Jersey - when facing the St. Augustine Prep Hermits.

But when unsung sophomore Austin Kennedy drops 20 points, senior forward Nate Aldrich bangs the boards for 10 points and 12 rebounds, and reserves Mike Toner and Walt Harvey sink timely 3-point shots - you've got your hands more than full.

That's what happened to the Atlantic City Vikings Friday night in a 66-60 loss to the Hermits in a Battle by the Bay showcase game before a capacity crowd at Atlantic City High School.

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Atlantic City faces St. Augustine in Battle by the Bay Friday

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 30, 2015 11:11 am

PrepHS Alan Dumoff/St. Augustine Prep's Justyn Mutts throws down a slam dunk in last Saturday's victory over Holy Spirit. The 20th annual Battle by the Bay Invitational basketball tournament invades Atlantic City High School this weekend, with nine games spread over three days. The big game involving area teams takes place Friday night, when host Atlantic City faces St. Augustine Prep (7:30 p.m.) in a matchup of two of the best teams in the Cape-Atlantic League.

Atlantic City is 8-3 overall and leads the CAL American Conference with a 5-0 mark. St. Augustine Prep is 14-1 overall and sits atop the CAL National at 6-0.

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EHT's Sarhan, Cedar Creek's Kelly among CAL swim champions

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:19 pm

CALswim1 Bill LeConey/EHT's Leenah Sarhan, left, and Cedar Creek's Lauren Kelly. The best friends and EHT Seahawks teammates both won CAL championships on Thursday. ATLANTIC CITY - The rising stars of area high school swimming competed in the Cape-Atlantic League individual championships Thursday at Atlantic City High School.

Several of the younger athletes swam right to the front of the class.

Egg Harbor Township High School freshman Leenah Sarhan won two individual CAL championships - the 200 meter individual medley and the 100 meter breaststroke - and joined with three EHT teammates to win the 200 medley relay.

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Red-hot Middle on win streak

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:35 am

Summer Sides has been a key contributor off the bench for the Lady Panthers Just a couple of weeks ago, the Middle Township High School girls basketball team was just 4-4 through eight games.

Now, the Lady Panthers are the league’s hottest team.

Middle’s 56-31 win over Millville was the team’s sixth straight. Three of those wins came over very good opponents. The Lady Panthers have increased their record to 9-4 and put them back in the conversation for a berth in the eight-team Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament.

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Coleman paces surging Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:33 am

Jahnire Coleman is averaging 18.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for Wildwood. The Wildwood High School boys basketball team is scheduled to play Tri-County Classic Division leader Gloucester Catholic on Tuesday.

That game against the Rams can be a very important one, but not if the Warriors don’t win the three games on their schedule ahead of it.

Wildwood is just 6-6 overall but sits in second place in the Tri-Co Classic at 3-1, with Gloucester Catholic (12-2 overall) atop the division standings at 6-0.

The Warriors can jump into a first-place tie with Gloucester Catholic with a win but only if they can get past Pitman and Pennsville on Thursday and Friday, as well as Clayton on Monday.

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DeWeese hits milestone in WC win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:54 pm

DAVE DEWEESE NORTH WILDWOOD – When the Mainland Regional High School boys basketball team cut its deficit to four points in the fourth quarter, there weren’t many people in Wildwood Catholic’s tiny gymnasium thinking about a milestone victory.

But then D.J. Smith made a pair of three-pointers to restore a 10-point advantage and later hit four straight free throws to help put the Mustangs away as the Crusaders posted a 61-53 victory Wednesday evening.

The win was the 200th in the 13-year coaching career of Wildwood Catholic’s Dave DeWeese.

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Stafford, Mustangs mesh perfectly in win over Cedar Creek

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:50 pm

mainCC1 Bill LeConey/Mainland's Megan Stafford scored a game-high 16 points in Wednesday's win over Cedar Creek. LINWOOD – All the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly for the Mainland Regional girls basketball team in a 49-36 win over Cedar Creek in a Cape-Atlantic League inter-conference game Wednesday night.

Megan Stafford was “in the zone” all night, hitting most of her shots for a game-high 16 points along with timely rebounding. Melanie Malcolm (14) and freshman Gabby Boggs (6) chipped in some offense and provided great interior defense on Creek star Casey Thomas.

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Crusader coach goes for milestone win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 28, 2015 01:51 pm

DAVE DEWEESE Dave DeWeese could land with some pretty exclusive company later today.

The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball coach enters this evening’s game with Mainland Regional needing one more victory to reach 200 for his career.

The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip in Wildwood Catholic’s home gymnasium in North Wildwood.

DeWeese, in his 13th season, goes into the game with a career record of 199-139. He has led Wildwood Catholic to three straight Cape-Atlantic United Conference titles and guided the Crusaders to last season’s overall CAL championship. DeWeese also won South Jersey Non-Public B championships with the Crusaders in 2006 and 2007.

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OCHS dominant against Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 26, 2015 09:31 pm

alexis paone basketball Ocean City OCEAN CITY – How good was the Ocean City High School girls basketball team’s defense Monday evening?

Consider this:

Their opponent, unbeaten Lower Cape May, entered the game with three players averaging a combined 54 points per game, led by the state’s leading scorer in Lauren Holden, who was averaging 30.7 per contest.

All the Raiders did was limit Holden to 10 points and Lady Tigers as a whole to 20 points in a thoroughly dominating effort that left them alone in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

The 43-20 victory – amazingly, the game wasn’t even as close as the 23-point margin – improved Ocean City to 11-1 overall, 5-0 in conference games. Lower Cape May dropped to 12-1, 4-1.

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Spartans shut down Crusaders to close out Shootout

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 26, 2015 03:46 pm

spiritgirls1 Alan Dumoff/Holy Spirit’s Audrey Wilson (10) and Amanda Reale (40) team up to keep Wildwood Catholic’s Olivia Rulon from scoring. ABSECON – The Holy Spirit Lady Spartans had their wake-up call in mid-January, with discouraging back-to-back losses to Middle Township and Atlantic City.

Now, they seem to be wide awake and looking forward to a bright stretch run.

The Spartans closed out the 20th edition of the 97.3 ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout Sunday in fitting fashion, with a decisive 57-29 victory over Wildwood Catholic on their home court.

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Mo’ne Davis packs them in at the Shootout

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 26, 2015 03:39 pm

monedavis1 Alan Dumoff/Mo’ne Davis (15) handles the ball for Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy against Timber Creek at the Girls Basketball Shootout at Holy Spirit. ABSECON - Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis, 13, drew a huge crowd to the Holy Spirit High School gym on Sunday, Jan. 25, for the 97.3 ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout.

Davis, who was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year after becoming the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series last summer, is the starting point guard as an eighth grader for the varsity basketball team at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.).

Though her team lost to Timber Creek, 60-38, Davis hit a couple 3-point shots, made some pretty passes, and brought a lot of fans and exposure to the outstanding girls high school basketball on display at the 20th annual Shootout.

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Essex, Vikings elevate their game at Shootout

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 26, 2015 03:29 pm

ACSJgirls1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City junior Alyvia Essex had a team-high 15 points in a win over St. Joseph on Saturday, Jan. 24. ABSECON - The Atlantic City High School Lady Vikings have been up and down this season, as coach Chris Ford Jr. readily admits.

On Saturday Jan. 24 at the 97.3-ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout at Holy Spirit High School, the Vikings were definitely "up."

Atlantic City used aggressive defense and just enough offense to beat St. Joseph 43-30. Alyvia Essex scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the first quarter, and teammates Lajerah Wright and Alexis Harris contributed 10 points apiece for the Vikings, who improved to 7-4 on the season.

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