South Jersey Sports

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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WCHS grad sets MAAC swim records

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 04, 2014 03:39 pm

RACHEL WUKO Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Rachel Wuko, a member of the Division I St. Peter’s University women’s swim team, set a pair of meet records at the three-day Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships recently.

On the first day of the meet, the sophomore won the 50 freestyle in a MAAC record time of 23.07 seconds in the event’s finals. She had previously broken the record with a time of 23.35 in her preliminary heat. Her time was just .07 seconds away from registering an NCAA B cut time.

Later, Wuko also set a new MAAC mark in the 100 freestyle. She won the event in 51.13, after posting a new record time of 50.70 in a preliminary heat.

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Previewing the sectional hoops tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 03, 2014 12:37 pm

Lauryn Fields (left) of MTHS and Naiy Saab (right) of WCHS both hope their teams can make a long run in the state tournament, which begins this week. The regular season is now complete. That means high school basketball’s version of March Madness is about to begin.

The quest for sectional and state championships was supposed to begin today, but the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of snowstorms has pushed the start of the tournament to tomorrow.

The following is a look at each group in the South Jersey section of the boys and girls state basketball tournament:

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Journey begins Tuesday for state playoff contenders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 02, 2014 08:11 pm

SpiritOak Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit's Leon Daniels goes up for a shot between Oakcrest's Jordan Brooks (left) and Gabe Castillo in a recent CAL game. The regular season is now complete. That means high school basketball’s version of March Madness begins in earnest this week.

The quest for sectional and state championships begins Tuesday, March 4 (with games orginally scheduled for Monday pushed to Tuesday because of the winter weather), and tips off what many people believe is the most exciting two weeks of the scholastic sports season. 

The following is a look at each group in the South Jersey section of the boys and girls state basketball tournament:

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Ingersol, D’Arcy win Region 8 titles; Absegami sends 3 to states

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Written by Mike Schultz Sunday, March 02, 2014 01:43 am

Ingersol Mike Schultz/EHT's James Ingersol tries to keep Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno from escaping during their 160-pound Region 8 finals match. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - For Egg Harbor Township High School wrestler James Ingersol, "There's no place like home."

Ingersol, the second seed at 160 pounds, won the Region 8 title, defeating Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno by decision (7-2) in his home gym on Saturday. After leaving the mat, he was greeted by at least 20 fans who poured out of the bleachers to shake his hand or hug him.

"Winning it in my own gym made it feel so good," said Ingersol.

He is the first Egg Harbor Township wrestler to win a Region 8 title since Zack Agostino did it in 2010.

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Lady Panthers rally for CAL title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 02, 2014 01:03 am


MTHS senior point guard Lauryn Fields hoists the CAL title trophy while being surrounded by teammates after beating WCHS GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Early in the second quarter, Lauryn Fields peeked up at the scoreboard and saw a 15-point deficit for her Middle Township High School girls basketball team.

That’s when the dynamic senior point guard went to work.

After making only 1 of her first 8 shots, Fields sank five of her last eight attempts and sparked an extraordinary 33-12 run that lasted from midway through the second quarter to midway through the fourth quarter. The result was a stunning 42-39 win for the Lady Panthers over rival Wildwood Catholic in the Cape-Atlantic League title game at Richard Stockton College Saturday afternoon.

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Crusaders dominate in CAL title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 01, 2014 11:36 pm

Members of the WCHS boys hoops team hold up 4 fingers in reference to their tournament seeding after winning the CAL title game over ACHS GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Kevin McWade missed a free throw with 5 ½ minutes remaining in the game. With three opponents surrounding the basketball, the junior guard hustled from the foul line, tipped the ball away, dove on the floor to retrieve it and flipped it to a teammate.

It was the kind of play that epitomized the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s effort against Atlantic City in Saturday afternoon’s Cape-Atlantic League championship game at Richard Stockton College.

Out-toughing and out-defending what is traditionally the toughest and best defensive team in the CAL, Wildwood Catholic used big runs at the start of both halves to establish surprising start-to-finish dominance in a 61-33 demolition of the two-time defending CAL champion Vikings.

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