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OCHS teams go four for four on Tuesday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 19, 2012 01:37 pm

Tuesday was a perfect day for Ocean City High School sports teams.

The boys basketball team earned its first victory of the season when junior guard Jeremy Sullivan hit a spinning layup with 18 seconds left for a 48-47 win over visiting Bridgeton. Sullivan then stole the ball when the Bulldogs brought it downcourt. Senior Ryan Laverty led the OCHS offense with 21 points, his third straight 20-plus game.

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Hot shooting carries Middle to shocking lopsided win over Prep

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:04 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It’s a result that certainly will resonate throughout the Cape-Atlantic League and the rest of the South Jersey high school basketball community.

The Middle Township High School boys team used torrid shooting to post a rather surprising 67-47 victory over St. Augustine Prep in a battle of two of the top teams in the CAL Tuesday night.

“We were talking before the game,” Middle coach Tom Feraco said of a conversation he had with his assistant coaches, “and we thought it would either be an ‘Augie’ blowout, a close game for them or a close game for us. Never did we think we’d win it like this.”

Middle actually trailed 12-3 to start the game but closed the half on a 25-12 spurt to take a four-point lead at the break. The Panthers then exploded for 29 points in the third quarter – practically an unseemly total against one of the better teams in South Jersey – to up its lead to 57-37 going into the fourth quarter. The Prep put together a mini spurt to close to within 14 points early in the period, but Middle later went up by as much as 23 points before settling for its comfortable 20-point victory.

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Crusaders frolic past Cape Tech

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 18, 2012 08:46 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – There aren’t too many “big” games played this early in the season, but Monday’s contest against Cape May Tech qualified as just that for the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team.

The Crusaders, the defending Cape-Atlantic United Conference champion, had already been saddled with a conference loss in any opening-night defeat to Sacred Heart and their chances of repeating as conference champions would have taken a severe hit with another loss.

Motivated by the loss to the Lions and filled with confidence following an impressive non-league win over Rancocas Valley over the weekend, Wildwood Catholic was never challenged by the Hawks.

The Crusaders raced out to an 18-4 lead after one period, held Tech to only three first-half field goals and cruised to a 67-33 victory that upped the team’s record to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in the conference.

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Championships decided at Scoop Taylor hoops tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 17, 2012 01:14 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – Upper Township teams won two out of four championships as the Scoop Taylor Tip-Off Classic grammar school basketball tournament concluded Sunday afternoon.

Upper Township won the varsity girls (grades 7-8) championship while Upper Township I took top honors at the junior varsity boys (grades 5-6) level.

Middle Township I (varsity boys) and Margaret Mace (junior varsity girls) also claimed championships at their respective levels.

The following is a recap of the second half of the tournament:

THURSDAY, DEC. 13

Varsity Girls Consolation – Wildwood 27, Crest Memorial 23: Wildwood used a 10-2 third-quarter run to take the lead for good after the game was tied at the half. Tatiana Alston canned 17 points to pace the Lady Warriors. Rosalia Daddi netted nine points for the Crest.

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High school basketball season opens

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 15, 2012 11:23 am

Recaps of opening-night high school basketball games involving Cape May County teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Middle Township 77, Bridgeton 41: The Panthers ran out to a 25-4 lead after one period and never looked back. Tommy Feraco (18), LaMarr Greer (14) and Tom Catanoso (11) each scored in double figures in the win.

Wildwood 75, Clayton 66: Francis Christian drained seven three-pointers and poured in a game-high 30 points to pace the Warriors. Jose Valentin added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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Looking back on the 2012 football season

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Written by Tom Williams Friday, December 14, 2012 04:41 pm

The swimmers are in the pools and, starting Friday, jump shots and takedowns will replace third down conversions and extra points. But first, one final look at the 2012 Cape-Atlantic League football season.

It was another fall season filled with success.

Holy Spirit and St. Joseph both won NJSIAA championships, keeping the CAL’s streak alive – at least one NJSIAA football champ every year since 1986. Before we completely file away all records and move on to basketball, wrestling, swimming and indoor track, lets review some of the highlights of the season.

STAT LEADERS: St. Augustine’s Calvin Cass led the CAL in rushing and scoring; Jarren McBryde of Atlantic City had the best passing efficiency rating of all QBs; Atlantic City’s Dayshawn Reynolds was the top receiver; and St. Augustine’s Kyle Snow had the most kicking points. Lots more stats are available online at Cape-AtlanticLeague.com.

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Southern Cape May County girls basketball preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:14 pm

A new high school girls basketball season begins this weekend for area teams. By the time it ends, some teams will have enjoyed outstanding seasons while others will hope the experience translates to greater things to come.

It’s a long, grueling journey, with most teams jamming 26 regular-season games into about 12 weeks and then hoping there are many more games to play in the state playoffs.

What we think we know about all the teams in mid December isn’t necessarily what we will know about them by late February. But the one certainty is that there’ll be many highs and lows and much excitement along the way.

The following is a look at each of the area’s high school girls basketball teams:

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Southern Cape May County boys basketball preview

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:13 pm

It was a rather successful season in area high school boys basketball last winter.

Middle Township and Cape-Atlantic United Conference co-champion Wildwood Catholic were two of the six teams, out of 22, that qualified for the inaugural CAL playoff tournament. Middle won two games in that tournament to reach the final and both clubs later combined for three state playoff victories.

Wildwood posted its best season in years, winning 20 games and a share of the Tri-County Classic Division title.

Lower Cape May enjoyed a competitive season, earning a handful of exciting wins among its 13 victories.

Even Cape May Tech had its moments despite winning only six times, battling some good teams to close games.

Will this season be as successful? At this point we can only guess. By late February, the picture will become much clearer. In between, expect the unexpected.

The following is a look at each of the area’s high school boys basketball teams:

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Scoop Taylor Tip-Off Classic results

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:24 pm

The following are results from early games played in the Scoop Taylor Tip-Off Classic grammar school basketball tournament held at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center. The tournament continues Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 13-16.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

Junior Varsity Girls – Margaret Mace 29, Cape Trinity 16: Natalia Rulon swished eight points and Maddie McCracken sank six points for the winners. Erin Connelly netted a game-high 11 points in the loss.

Varsity Girls – Middle Township 25, Bishop McHugh 11: Bridget Ruskey pumped in a game-high 17 points and Olivia Nelson added six for the winners. Lauren Moretti scored 10 points in the loss.

Varsity Girls – Margaret Mace 25, Wildwood 9: Mackenzie McCracken tallied nine points and Lily Collier chipped in six for the Falcons. Tatiana Alston scored five points for Wildwood.

Junior Varsity Boys – Upper Township I 47, Cape Trinity 9: Cole Markley and Justin Klemick led a balanced effort with eight points each for Upper, which had all 11 of its players score. Antonio Melendez fired in seven points in the loss.

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LCM lacrosse standout makes college choice official

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:38 am

ERMA – Surrounded by family members, coaches, school administrators and media members, Lower Cape May Regional High School lacrosse standout Lindsay Lare made her college choice official Wednesday afternoon.

Lare officially signed a National Letter of Intent to accept a partial athletic scholarship from the University of New Haven (Conn.), one of the top Division II lacrosse programs in the country.

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Results from the Scoop Taylor Tip-Off Classic grammar school hoops tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 12, 2012 07:19 pm

The following are results from recent games in the Scoop Taylor Tip-Off Classic grammar school basketball tournament in Wildwood Crest:

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

Junior Varsity Girls – Margaret Mace 29, Cape Trinity 16: Natalia Rulon swished eight points and Maddie McCracken sank six points for the winners. Erin Connelly netted a game-high 11 points in the loss.

Varsity Girls – Middle Township 25, Bishop McHugh 11: Bridget Ruskey pumped in a game-high 17 points and Olivia Nelson added six for the winners. Lauren Moretti scored 10 points in the loss.

Varsity Girls – Margaret Mace 25, Wildwood 9: Mackenzie McCracken tallied nine points and Lily Collier chipped in six for the Falcons. Tatiana Alston scored five points for Wildwood.

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Challenging start for OCHS girls basketball

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:17 am

Challenging start for OCHS girls basketball

The Ocean City High School’s girls basketball program has won seven straight division titles, including three overall Cape-Atlantic League championships. The Raiders have won three South Jersey titles in the last five years and have won 20 or more games in seven of the last eight seasons.

With the seventh-highest scorer in school history returning along with two other starters, OCHS expects to be right in the mix again this year. And they could get an idea right away with Our Lady of Mercy coming to Ocean City on Friday night and defending state champion Cedar Creek on Sunday.

Our Lady of Mercy has three returning starters, plus two international players – 6-4 Maria Ruban and 6-0 Ruta Vetra, who both missed last season after knee surgery.

And Cedar Creek returns every single player from last year’s NJSIAA State Group 1 champions, including 5-11 center Kristine Miller, who has already scored 1,000 career points and committed to a Division I college (Fairfield).

“We wanted to do some different things and challenging things this year,” said OCHS coach Paul Baruffi (233-77 in 11 seasons). “We’ve got some quality players and we want to see them play at their best.”

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Raider boys hoops team an inexperienced bunch

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:14 am

oc senior boys justin moretti ryan laverty joe shrader

John Bruno starts his 24th season with the most inexperienced team he has ever coached. And he opens it at the Paul Rodio Gymnasium on the campus of St. Augustine Prep.

Bruno lost the first six players from last year’s team to graduation – Matt Bosch, Chris Turner, Andrew Kimball, Kieran Keyser, Connor Hart and Ryan Gill. Bosch was the eighth-greatest scorer in OCHS history with 1,163 points and Turner was No. 27 with 750 points. Together, their 1,913 combined career points made them the third-highest scoring duo in school history.

Only three players return with varsity experience. 6-3 senior Ryan Laverty has the most experience, having played in 22 games over the past two seasons. He averaged about six minutes a game. 6-2 senior Joe Shrader and 5-7 junior Jeremy Sullivan have each played in one game, Shrader for less than two minutes and Sullivan just under three.

“There are no experienced leaders to rely on for these guys,” said Bruno (307-278 in 23 seasons). “There is no Matt Bosch, no Chris Turner, no Andrew Kimball. These guys need to play together to get the job done.”

Laverty, who can be very accurate from three-point range, will probably start along with Shrader, Sullivan, 5-11 junior Griffin Grimes and 5-11 jumior Justin Ruggia. Also expected to be in Bruno’s rotation are 6-1 junior Ryan Dougherty and 6-3 sophomore Zach Altieri.

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Pirates' special season ends with playoff loss to West Deptford

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Written by Mike Gill Monday, December 10, 2012 02:46 pm

GLASSBORO - A special season for the Cedar Creek football team came to an end on Saturday at Rowan University when the Pirates dropped their South Jersey Group II title game to West Deptford 42-28 ending their season at 10-2.

West Deptford won the Group II title for the second consecutive year to finish the season 12-0; meanwhile Cedar Creek was playing just its second season of varsity football. Both teams were loaded with talent, but on this day it was junior Gerald Owens, a 6-2, 230-pound running back that was the star of the show for the Eagles, rushing for 206 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries.

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