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Despite loss, ACIT basketball making strides

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 06, 2015 02:23 pm

ACIT1 Brian Cunniff/ACIT’s Kendall Rose and Wildwood Catholic’s Will Bell each reach for a loose ball during Monday’s boys basketball game. NORTH WILDWOOD – When Atlantic County Institute of Technology joined the Cape-Atlantic League three seasons ago, school officials knew its athletic program would experience some growing pains.

But over the past year or so, some of the school’s teams have improved drastically. For example, the boys soccer team finished over .500 and in third place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference this fall. On Monday, the school’s girls basketball team earned perhaps the biggest victory in program history so far, upsetting Wildwood Catholic in overtime.

The boys basketball program is attempting to follow the same path.

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Holy Spirit goes to 5-0 with flawed win at Mainland

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, January 06, 2015 01:19 pm

spirit1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's Tyler Jones scored six points in the fourth quarter Monday to help the Spartans hold off Mainland. LINWOOD – It says a lot about a team when it can win comfortably and still get chastised by its coach for poor foul-shooting and “selfish” basketball.

That was the case on Monday for the Holy Spirit High School boys basketball team, which held on to beat Mainland Regional 54-47 in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game in Linwood.

John Middleton scored 16 points to lead the undefeated Spartans (5-0), while Jordan Taylor and C.J. Barnes each scored 11. Dean Deveney led Mainland (3-3) with 15 points, while Matt McLaughlin and Jake O’Neill each scored nine.

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Mainland, Spirit wrestlers impress at Holy Spirit quad

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 05, 2015 04:30 pm

wrestling2 Bill LeConey/Mainland’s Justin Bishop (right) grapples with Shawnee’s Isaiah Bryant in the last match of the day. Bishop won the 145-pound match by sudden victory. ABSECON – The team results were below par, but there were plenty of outstanding individual wrestling performances on Saturday Jan. 3 as Holy Spirit High School hosted a quad match against Mainland Regional, Shawnee and Woodstown.

Holy Spirit dropped all three of its team matches, mainly due to numerous forfeits, but Spirit's outstanding senior Pat D'Arcy, wrestling at 126 pounds, won all three of his bouts, two by pin. Kevin Thomas (106), Tim Fitzpatrick (113), Alec Harper (120), Daniel Ramirez (152) and Michael Waszen (160) also won multiple matches for Holy Spirit.

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Holy Spirit holds off Delsea in Boardwalk Classic Showcase

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:41 am

middleton Bill LeConey/John Middleton dribblesd past a Delsea defender. WILDWOOD – Every time the Delsea Regional boys basketball team posed a question Tuesday night, John Middleton and the Holy Spirit Spartans had an answer.

The final result was a solid 60-55 win for the Spartans in the Showcase game of the Boardwalk Classic at Wildwood Convention Hall.

Middleton, one of the best players in South Jersey, had a fine all-around game, with 19 points, six assists and 12 rebounds. And he made good decisions down the stretch in the face of relentless Delsea pressure that cut a double-digit Spirit lead to three points with less than two minutes to play.

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Catholic's win streak halted

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 30, 2014 06:08 pm

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s five-game winning streak to start the season came to a crashing halt Tuesday afternoon.

The final score says the Crusaders lost by a respectable nine points to a 9-1 Lower Moreland (Pa.) team in the Frank McAlarnen Memorial Boys Bracket title game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic. But in reality, the Crusaders were never in it from the start, scoring just nine first-half points en route to a 22-point halftime deficit in what turned out to be a 50-41 defeat.

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Dramatic moments, incredible victories highlight year in sports

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, December 30, 2014 03:46 pm

bestof2014main Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional baseball It's been another great year on the Current-area sports scene, with many outstanding and unprecedented team and individual accomplishments. Here are some of the stories that enlivened the local sports landscape (click on the headlines for articles, and scroll down for more photos).

The Mainland Regional High School baseball team won its first-ever state title. Along the way, the Mustangs upset top seed Moorestown in a nine-inning pitchers duel to win their first South Jersey title in 15 years.

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Crusaders lead from start to finish in Classic win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 29, 2014 02:10 pm

DJ SMITH: 11 points WILDWOOD – Excellent outside shooting and scoring balance were again part of the recipe in a victory by the Wildwood Catholic High School basketball team.

The Crusaders made 7 of 16 shots from three-point range and had four players score between seven and 11 points in a 49-37 victory over Conrad Sciences (Del.) in a first-round game in the Frank McAlarnen Memorial Boys Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Monday afternoon.

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Both Wildwood teams fall in bracket title games

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 29, 2014 01:01 pm

MACKENZIE MCCRACKEN: 12 points WILDWOOD – Both of Wildwood High School’s basketball teams had chances to win championships at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic on Monday. Neither, however, could come away with a trophy.

The Warrior boys allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor for the second time in three games, as Ocean City made 18 of 34 tries in its 51-35 victory over Wildwood in the Bernie McCracken Memorial Boys Bracket title game.

Luciano Lubrano made 6 of 9 attempts from the floor and scored a game-high 16 points and Connor Laverty added 15 points and dealt five assists to pace the Raiders (3-2).

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Crusader girls shoot way to bracket title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 28, 2014 07:41 pm

WILDWOOD – Steve DiPatri watched Mastery Charter North out-rebound Delsea by 36-27 and force the Crusaders into 38 turnovers in its opening-round win in the Big Al Memorial Girls Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

So when DiPatri’s Wildwood Catholic team took on MCN in the bracket title game on Sunday, he knew rebounding and taking care of the ball would be paramount if his team were to have a chance to win.

The Crusaders were a bit sloppy at times with the ball – posting 24 turnovers – but they out-rebounded a more athletic MCN squad by 33-21 and made a torrid 15 of 28 shots from the floor on their way to a 48-29 victory.

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Middle falls to unbeaten team in bracket final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 28, 2014 05:05 pm

TRAI GREER: 16 points in loss WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School boys basketball team missed out on an opportunity for a signature early-season victory.

The Panthers, facing an unbeaten Germantown Friends (Pa.) team in the Chickie Ludman Memorial Boys Bracket championships game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Sunday afternoon, went the final seven-plus minutes without a field goal in a 40-35 defeat.

Trai Greer’s basket with 7:17 to play gave the Panthers a 31-30 lead but Middle managed only four free throws over the rest of the contest as the Tigers grabbed their 11th victory in as many games.

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Warriors gain first win at Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 28, 2014 03:31 pm

Wildwood's Trayvon Young goes up for a shot against Devon Prep WILDWOOD – Jahnire Coleman sat out the first half of the Wildwood High School boys basketball team’s first-round game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic after missing a practice due to family reasons.

But the 6-5 senior forward made a major impact on the game in his 16 minutes of play.

Coleman scored 16 points, claimed six rebounds and blocked three shots in his one half of action to help the Warriors rally from a four-point halftime deficit to win 44-35 over Devon Prep (Pa.) Sunday afternoon.

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Lower squanders chance in bracket title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 27, 2014 06:22 pm

WILDWOOD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball team was in good position for an upset and a bracket championship at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic early Saturday evening.

But after taking a 26-20 lead on Kevin Bryson’s basket with 3 minutes, 12 seconds to play, the Caper Tigers failed to score the rest of the game and lost, 28-26, to Montgomery Blair (Md.) in the Ernie Troiano Sr. Memorial Boys Bracket title game.

Montgomery Blair freshman Christian Flaherty drove through the lane and flipped in a layup with 2.6 seconds to play to account for the winning points.

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Middle rallies for gritty win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 27, 2014 03:08 pm

COREY GREER: 12 points in win WILDWOOD – Mastery Charter North’s Asa Ritchen made a field goal with 4 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter to extend his team’s lead over Middle Township to 24-12 in a Boardwalk Basketball Classic game Saturday afternoon.

Mastery Charter North went on to score only six more points.

Middle’s 18-4 run that spanned the last 4 ½ minutes of the third quarter and a little more than the first four minutes of the fourth was the difference in the contest as the Panthers rallied for a 34-30 victory in a first-round game in the William “Chickie” Ludman Memorial Boys Bracket.

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Big run catapults LCM to win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 26, 2014 07:15 pm

SHANE SZUBSKI: 12 points WILDWOOD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball team played a rather ugly first half in its opening-round game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Friday evening.

But as dreadful as that first half was, the Caper Tigers put forth a beautiful five-minute stretch in the second half that led them to victory.

After trailing 14-11 at the half, 24-11 early in the third quarter and 28-20 early in the fourth period, Lower Cape May went on a game-deciding 16-0 run over the first five minutes of the fourth and ended up with a 44-41 victory over MaST Charter (Pa.).

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