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LCM grad has Division III Nittany Lions roaring

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:03 pm

STEPHANIE AGGER-CARIDEO When Stephanie Agger-Carideo entered high school, she helped change the culture of the Lower Cape May Regional girls basketball program, the crafty combination guard guiding it to 36 victories over her final two seasons, including a 20-9 finish during her senior year in 2007-08.

Fast forward seven years later, and Agger-Carideo is performing the same feat as a college basketball coach.

Now in her second season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at Division III Penn State-Abington, Agger-Carideo has taken a formerly downtrodden Nittany Lion program to much greater heights. They’ve roared to an 8-1 start to the season, 5-0 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference following Tuesday’s victory over Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Humble Holden on brink of 2K at Lower Cape May

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 14, 2015 09:58 pm

LAUREN HOLDEN Try as you might, you’ll have a hard time getting Lauren Holden to talk about herself.

It’s always about the team and always about winning.

And it’s never about putting attention on herself

“She doesn’t like to talk about herself because she’s so humble,” said Ariel Magee, Holden’s teammate on the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team. “She never talks about how many points she scores. She scores her points kind of quietly because of the way she plays. After the game, we find out she had 40 and none of us even had an idea. She’s such a team player that all she wants to do is win. It’s almost like the points don’t matter as long as we win.”

The points, though, are going to matter soon.

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Atlantic City, Holy Spirit on collision course for Friday night

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 14, 2015 01:57 pm

ACSpiritadv Bill LeConey/Lamar Thomas led Atlantic City with 15 points against EHT on Jan. 7. Everything else has been prelude. The “Main Event” of the local high school basketball season takes place on Friday, Jan. 16, when longtime rivals Atlantic City and Holy Spirit meet for the first time this season. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Atlantic City High School.

The Spartans and Vikings split two games last season, each winning on each other’s home court. Holy Spirit weathered a furious fourth-quarter AC rally to capture the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title in the second meeting last February.

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Track athletes come in from the cold at AC Armory

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:58 pm

armory1 Bill LeConey/High school athletes run the 120-meter indoor track at the Atlantic City Armory on Jan. 8. ATLANTIC CITY – For years, high school students took their driving tests – slowly and safely - in the old National Guard Armory building off Absecon Boulevard. These days, it’s not vehicles but young athletes that go ‘round and ‘round – and not so slowly – on the Armory track.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, athletes from Atlantic City, Absegami, Oakcrest and Mainland Regional high schools competed in an indoor quad track meet for boys and girls at the Armory. Atlantic City High School hosted the event, which included 400 and 600 meter races, 55- and 100-meter hurdles, and 4x100 meter relays.

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Cane not able to stop Nock, but still thriving at Stockton

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:17 pm

CaneStockton Photo courtesy of Richard Stockton College/Stockton’s Armin Cane gets a shot off earlier this season against William Paterson. GALLOWAY - Richard Stockton's Armin Cane did pretty much all he could do in the late stages of Monday's game against Ramapo, but he couldn't prevent a miraculous shot by Ramapo's Frank Nock with 1.5 seconds left.

Nock, a Bridgeton graduate, banked in an off-balance 3-point shot to give Ramapo a 65-63 win over Stockton, the first NJAC loss of the season for the 12th-ranked Ospreys.

“He made a great shot,” Cane said of Nock. “He probably had Lucky Charms for breakfast.”

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Absegami girls regain composure in time to beat Atlantic City

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, January 13, 2015 03:28 pm

ACGami1 Ben Fogletto/Absegami’s Arielle Schafer (34) grabs a rebound in front of teammate Mary Riggs and Atlantic City’s Erin Rafter. GALLOWAY - It’s been said that those who fail to remember past mistakes are condemned to repeat them. That can be applied to basketball, too, as the Absegami High School girls are well-aware.

The Braves have been playing together for three years, and they drew on a well-stocked cupboard of experience, both good and bad, to pull out a 36-31 win over Atlantic City on Jan. 12.

Absegami coughed up a 10-point fourth-quarter lead with a flurry of turnovers in the face of ball-hawking AC pressure, but held on for the much-needed victory in a tight Cape-Atlantic League American Conference race.

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Lady Tigers find a way without their star

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 13, 2015 09:51 am

MADIE GIBSON: 14 points ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team was without its best player and scored a grand total of zero field goals and two points in the fourth quarter against Middle Township Monday night.

And found a way to win.

With Lauren Holden sidelined with an ankle injury sustained in practice one day earlier, the Lady Tigers produced just enough offense and played solid defense throughout to post a 33-30 victory that kept them unbeaten both overall (9-0) and in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference (3-0).

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Caron, Middle run past Lower Cape

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, January 12, 2015 10:08 pm

MARY CARON: 17 points, 7 rebounds CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Bryson sank a three-pointer very early in the second quarter to lift the Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball team into a 7-7 tie with Middle Township.

The Panthers would go on to score 27 of the next 29 points, including 18 in succession to turn that close game into a rout.

Behind Marty Caron’s 17 points and seven rebounds and a stifling defense that kept Lower scoreless for more than nine minutes of game time, Middle rolled to a 52-25 victory over its county rival Monday evening.

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Defense, timely shots power Mainland girls past Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 12, 2015 04:28 pm

maingami1 Bill LeConey/Mainland Regional freshman Mackenzie Brennan made three 3-point shots in the second half in last Friday's win over Absegami. GALLOWAY – Defense is the trademark of the Mainland Regional High School girls basketball team. But a few timely 3-point shots can also go a long way.

The Mustangs played tight defense throughout, but it was their clutch shooting - both from the perimeter and the free-throw line – that led to a 32-27 win over Absegami in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game on Friday night, Jan. 9.

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OC, EHT dominate Hackney but Creek girls make a splash

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, January 12, 2015 03:28 pm

hackney1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek freshman Lauren Kelly won the 100 meter backstroke at the prestigious Hackney Invitational Girls Swim Meet. ATLANTIC CITY - It was a great day, as expected, for perennial champion Ocean City and powerhouse Egg Harbor Township at the annual Hackney Girls Invitational Swim Meet at Atlantic City High School on Saturday, Jan. 10.

But upstart program Cedar Creek snuck in there with an impressive win by freshman Lauren Kelly in the 100-meter backstroke, the first ever Hackney win by a Cedar Creek swimmer.

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Coleman's career game carries Wildwood to essential win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 08, 2015 09:39 pm

JAHNIRE COLEMAN WILDWOOD – On a night when the Wildwood High School boys basketball team desperately needed a victory, senior forward Jahnire Coleman more than did his part to make sure that happened.

Coleman posted a career high 32 points, tied a career high with 18 rebounds and recorded a career-best eight blocked shots to carry the Warriors to a 64-58 victory over Salem Thursday evening.

Coleman made 13 of 17 shots for the game and produced 15 of his points in the second quarter, when the Warriors (2-5) went ahead of Salem and never let the Rams (2-5) on top for the remainder of the game. Salem drew level on four occasions in the fourth quarter but never went ahead. Big baskets by Coleman and Gerald Gibbs in the final period made sure the Warriors never fell behind.

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McWade's intangibles fuel WC's good start

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 08, 2015 09:02 am

KEVIN McWADE NORTH WILDWOOD – One day just prior to the start of preseason practices, Kevin McWade was out enjoying a meal when someone set fire to his mood.

“A guy came up to me and said, ‘I’m a big supporter of Wildwood Catholic, but you guys are only going to win five games this year,’” McWade recalled.

McWade quickly passed those sentiments on to his fellow members in the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball program.

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AC responds to challenge, turns up pressure to beat EHT

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 07, 2015 11:58 pm

AC1 Bill LeConey/Lamar Thomas EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Atlantic City High School basketball coach Gene Allen said he told his players that if they gave up 34 or more points to Egg Harbor Township Wednesday night "they were gonna run" in practice the next day.

The Vikings took it to heart. They beat EHT 50-33 in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game at EHT. They might not be running quite as much but they will certainly be working hard the rest of the week.

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Top girls swimmers contend Saturday at Hackney Invitational

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, January 07, 2015 01:47 pm

hackney2 Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek’s Andrea Battistelli swims during the Girls 100 SC Meter Butterfly at last year's Hackney Invitational. More than 350 area high school swimmers are expected to compete Saturday Jan. 10 at the Hackney Girls Invitational Swim Meet at Atlantic City High School.

The meet begins at 9 a.m. at the high school’s eight-lane, 25-meter pool. There is no team scoring, and swimmers compete in the standard 11 high school races.

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