South Jersey Sports

Lady Tigers stun No. 2 Sterling

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 07, 2014 10:51 am

Lauren Holden scored 41 points in her team's playoff upset win over Sterling Lauren Holden may have had one of the most sensational games of her already prolific high school career, but the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team’s upset victory over Sterling in a state playoff game represented the essence of a true team effort.

Holden poured in a head-shaking 41 points but the Lady Tigers were also able to get major contributions from others in a 71-61 upset road victory over Sterling in a South Jersey Group II playoff game Thursday evening.

The victory by No. 7 Lower Cape May sends the team into a sectional semifinal game with third-seeded Cedar Creek Saturday afternoon.

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Atlantic City knocked off throne by Southern buzzer-beater

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, March 07, 2014 01:10 am

KevinAllen Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Kevin Allen missed this free throw with 7.6 seconds left, setting up Jake Logue's game-winning play. ATLANTIC CITY - All great things come to an end – but they don’t have to end quite this painfully.

Atlantic City's two-year reign as state Group IV champions came to a shocking and dramatic conclusion Thursday, as the Vikings lost a heartbreaker to Southern Regional, 57-56, in a South Jersey Group IV quarterfinal at ACHS.

Jake Logue went the length of the court off a missed free throw and scored at the buzzer to give the seventh-seeded Rams a berth in the sectional semifinal against Cherokee.

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Lady Spartans end season with playoff loss to Patrick

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, March 06, 2014 11:51 pm

crilley Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit senior Summer Crilley leaves the court for the last time after the Spartans' playoff loss to Patrick. ABSECON - The Holy Spirit High School girls basketball team bowed out of the playoffs Thursday with a 47-43 loss to Patrick School in a Non-Public South B quarterfinal game in Absecon.

Spirit senior Summer Crilley (left) scored 21 points in her final game, fouling out with 39.7 seconds left. Audrey Wilson added 13 for the Spartans, who finished the season at 20-6.

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Briefs, signups: Registration open for Youth Rugby

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 06, 2014 03:57 pm

youthrugby Jersey Shore Rugby Club's youth rugby program The Jersey Shore Rugby Club is holding Youth Rugby registration for the Spring season. Registration is open to athletes (boys or girls) ages 6-14. This is a non-contact rugby league where participants are taught rugby basics and play two-hand touch inter-squad matches. Youth Rugby action takes place 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting April 3 and running through May 24.  All practices and matches take place at Veteran's Park on Rt. 9 in Galloway.  Registration is $50 per child and includes a t-shirt and eight weeks of rugby action. This is the ideal sport for kids. Great exercise with lots of fun. For more information, contact Dr. J. Zimmerman, club president, at 609-652-6363 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Children must be registered by March 28.

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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Area teams continue state playoff journey tonight

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, March 06, 2014 03:00 pm

spiritgirls1 Alan Dumoff/Holy Spirit's Natalie Neiderhofer (left) and Cass Gallagher are playing tough defense here in Tuesday's playoff win against Cardinal McCarrick. Several area teams are back in playoff basketball action Thursday with sectional quarterfinal games.

Holy Spirit High School in Absecon will host a playoff doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. The third-seeded Lady Spartans will play No. 6 Patrick School in a Non-Public South B quarterfinal game at 5.

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Dalzell sparks Mustangs to quarterfinal win over Highland

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:53 pm

dalzell Bill LeConey/Mainland junior guard Drew Dalzell LINWOOD - The Mainland Regional Mustangs overslept for the second straight day as the top seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III tournament.

This time, the Mustangs woke up a little earlier for a 74-62 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Highland Wednesday, their second playoff win in two nights that was a lot more nerve-racking than the final score indicates.

Junior guard Drew Dalzell was wide awake throughout, with a game- and career-high 29 points. Darius Jerkins had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mustangs, who trailed by one at halftime and by four early in the third quarter before finally taking control with a 9-1 burst.

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Holy Spirit girls win Greenhead Sprints rowing regatta

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 04:38 pm

greenheadsprints Submitted/Mike Simons, coach of the Cedar Creek High School crew, rowed his personal best time for 2,000 meters using a specially made prosthetic leg. The Holy Spirit High School girls won the Greenhead Sprints indoor rowing regatta on March 1 in Brigantine.

In the event, sponsored by the Brigantine Rowing Club, high school rowing coaches each put together an eight-member crew to represent their schools in the championship competition - two athletes from their varsity, junior varsity, lightweight and freshman crews. They raced 2,000 meters on Concept II ergometers, or rowing machines.

The boat speed of each eight was determined by averaging together the times of its rowers.

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Eight area teams advance in state hoops tourney

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 05, 2014 02:59 pm

mainlandboys4 Matt Strabuk/Mainland Regional forward Darius Jerkins goes coast-to-coast against Wilson with teammate Drew Dalzell trailing the play in Tuesday's SJ Group III playoff win. The NJSIAA basketball championship tournament got underway (after a one-day weather delay) with first-round games Tuesday night. Here's a roundup of the South Jersey playoff games involving local Atlantic County teams:

Boys

Mainland 64, Woodrow Wilson 49: Darius Jerkins scored 30 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the top-seeded Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter to avoid a first-round upset in South Jersey Group III. Drew Dalzell added 18 points for the Mustangs, who trailed early in the fourth quarter before using a 12-0 run to take control. Mainland will host No. 9 Highland in a quarterfinal game Wednesday night.

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High school wrestling state tournament pairings

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 01:40 pm

statewrestling Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Joseph Cutugno, left, qualified for the state wrestling championships at 160 pounds this weekend at Boardwalk Hall. The seedings and brackets for the state individual wrestling tournament in Atlantic City March 7-9 were released Tuesday by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The tournament begins at 5 p.m. Friday at Boardwalk Hall.

Here are the pairings for local wrestlers in the tournament.

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Cape May County state hoops tourney results

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:34 am

Perhaps the most exciting week of the scholastic sports season began Tuesday evening with every area high school basketball team that qualified in state tournament action. The following are recaps from each of the games involving Cape May County teams:

BOYS

Ocean City 58, Toms River South 57: The 14th-seeded Raiders were one of three double-digit seeds in South Jersey Group III to win on the road in a game that featured an amazing 18 three-pointers between the two teams. Justin Ruggia sank 18 points and Jeremy Sullivan added 13 points to lead Ocean City (9-13). Ruggia and Sullivan also combined to make four free throws in as many attempts in the final 15 seconds. TRS, which got eight three-pointers and 28 points from Marquis Davis, made a three-pointer at the buzzer to set the final score. Ocean City plays at No. 6 Hammonton tonight.

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Top seed Mainland boys avoid upset in first playoff game

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, March 05, 2014 09:51 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 09:50 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 01:17 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 01:00 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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