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Nelson, Hermits run past Spartans for CAL title

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, February 28, 2015 06:24 pm

newnelson Alan Dumoff/St. Augustine Prep's Sa'eed Nelson scores on the break ahead of Holy Spirit's Jordan Taylor in Saturday's CAL championship game at Stockton University. Nelson, an Absecon resident, had a game-high 27 points in the Hermits' 71-60 win. GALLOWAY – Holy Spirit’s “reward” for beating Atlantic City in a thrilling Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Friday night was a matchup with top seed St. Augustine Prep in the CAL boys final Saturday afternoon at Stockton University.

Some reward. More like a torture.

The top-seeded Hermits and silky-smooth point guard Sa’eed Nelson from Absecon blew past the Spartans, 71-60, to win their first CAL title since 2011, eighth overall, in front of a big crowd of 1,479, including plenty of “Richland Rowdies,” at Stockton.

Nelson scored 27 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds, three short of a triple double. If that wasn't enough, sophomore forward Justyn Mutts scored 21 points, despite spraining his ankle at the end of the first half, and Nate Aldrich sank 6-of-8 shots for 13 points.

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Ocean City claims CAL girls title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 28, 2015 06:17 pm

Ocean City's Nicholl Fenton, Alexis Paone and Karissa Bourbeau celebrate winning the CAL championship game over Lower Cape May. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – When the Ocean City and Lower Cape May Regional high school girls basketball teams met twice earlier this season, the team that got off to the best start emerged victorious each time.

That trend continued in the Cape-Atlantic League championship game at Richard Stockton University Saturday afternoon.

Ocean City, the top seed in the eight-team playoff tournament, scored the first five points, led by as many as 11 points in the second half and settled for a 34-26 victory over the Lady Tigers to win the program’s fourth overall CAL title.

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Spartans fend off Vikings rally to reach CAL final

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:36 am

2ACSpirit Mike Schultz/Jordan Taylor led all scorers with 21 points and also gathered eight rebounds. GALLOWAY - The third-seeded Holy Spirit boys basketball team held on to defeat second seed Atlantic City 61-60 in a wild Cape Atlantic League semifinal game Friday night at Absegami.

The win earned the Spartans a spot in the CAL championship game to be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Stockton University.

The game had all the components of an intense rivalry.

There were lead changes (seven to be exact), a raucous crowd (1,534), baskets exchanged like punches during a Gatti-Ward match and, of course, a last second shot that would determine the outcome.

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Career-high effort helps Reyes net 1K point

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 26, 2015 06:44 pm

Leishly Reyes will have her name placed on the Wildwood High basketball 1,000-point board after surpassing the milestone Thursday afternoon. WILDWOOD – Those who attended the Wildwood High School girls basketball team’s contest on a snowy Thursday afternoon witnessed a milestone that came practically out of nowhere.

Leishly Reyes poured in a career-high 38 points and became the school’s latest 1,000-point scorer on her final basket of the fourth quarter as the Lady Warriors blasted Schalick, 76-40, in their regular-season finale.

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Mainland comes up empty in CAL semifinal loss to O.C.

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 26, 2015 04:19 pm

mainOC Bill LeConey/Mainland's Shea Scannell brings the ball up against Ocean City's Grace Sacco in the first half of Wednesday's CAL semifinal. BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP – In two previous meetings this season, the Ocean City High School girls basketball team held Mainland Regional to 29 points in December and 15 points in January.

The February matchup - in a Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Wednesday at St. Augustine Prep - was somewhere in between, but still resulted in a loss for the Mustangs.

Top seed Ocean City (20-5) smothered Mainland 35-19 to reach the CAL championship game against Lower Cape May Regional noon Saturday at Stockton University.

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A charged, but civil, atmosphere for MT-WC

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 26, 2015 02:02 pm

For about the last month, when it became apparent the Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic high school boys basketball teams were going to play one another in the opening round of the Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament, fans had eagerly anticipated the game.

These are two programs that are bitter rivals right now. In fact, with all apologies to everyone at Wildwood, Middle now represents Wildwood Catholic’s biggest rival in boys basketball.

Part of the reason is that Wildwood Catholic in recent years has threatened Middle’s reign as the top team in the area year after year. A bigger part might just be, however, that Wildwood Catholic, for the first time ever, really, is beginning to draw very talented players to its school from Middle Township’s sending district.

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Lady Spartans fold in fourth, lose to Lower in CAL semifinal

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:04 am

spiritgirlssemi1 Bill Neiderhofer/Holy Spirit used a zone defense to disrupt Lower Township in Wednesday's CAL semifinal. BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP - The Holy Spirit Lady Spartans did a lot of things right in Wednesday’s Cape-Atlantic League semifinal game against Lower Cape May Regional.

The Spartans played hard and with determined resilience to come back from an early deficit.

They rebounded the ball, made clutch shots and defended about as well as could be expected against Lower stars Lauren Holden and Madie Gibson.

They just couldn’t close the deal.

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Lady Tigers rally, land in CAL title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 25, 2015 08:40 pm

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will play in its first-ever CAL title game Saturday against Ocean City. RICHLAND – With six minutes to play, they looked tired and spent, falling behind by nine points.

But the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t faced many such deficits this season, somehow found a way.

Intense man-to-man and trapping defenses and a late scoring spree by their two stars fueled a 16-2 run to close the game as the Lady Tigers rallied to beat Holy Spirit, 45-40, in a Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Wednesday evening at St. Augustine Prep.

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ACCC baseball to play all home games at Surf Stadium in AC

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, February 25, 2015 03:33 pm

Surfstadium Surf Stadium in Atlantic City will be home to the Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers beginning in March. A baseball team will take up permanent residence at Surf Stadium in Atlantic City this spring.

No, it’s not the return of professional baseball to the former Sandcastle for the first time since the minor league Surf left town in 2008, but a junior college team – the Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers – will call the Bader Field stadium home beginning in March.

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CAL Basketball Tournament off to exciting start

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, February 25, 2015 01:45 pm

danielsAC Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Leon Daniels led all scorers with 18 points in the Vikings' 69-49 win in the opening round of the CAL playoffs. Daniels will his face his former team, Holy Spirit, in a CAL semifinal 5 p.m. Thursday at Absegami High School. The fourth annual Cape-Atlantic League Basketball Tournament is underway.

The first night produced a thriller in North Wildwood, an overtime game in Linwood and challenges in Ocean City and Lower Township.

The semifinals are set and it should all conclude with another great doubleheader on Saturday at Stockton University in Galloway.

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Milestones for Lady Tigers in CAL win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:57 pm

Lauren Holden scored 25 points in LCM's CAL playoff win. ERMA – They’ve already produced a 2,000-point scorer and 1,000-point scorer and they’ve won a share of a conference championship.

But on Monday, the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team placed a couple more milestones on its resume.

The Lady Tigers set a program record for wins in a season and won their first-ever Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament game with a 50-44 victory over Absegami in a quarterfinal contest. The win sends Lower Cape May into Wednesday’s semifinal game against Holy Spirit at 5 p.m. at St. Augustine Prep. The game can be heard live on 98.7 FM, with live video available at www.987thecoast.com.

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Daniels sparks Vikings to CAL playoff win over Bridgeton

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Written by Mike Schultz Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:02 am

Atlantic City's Leon Daniels scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter of Monday's playoff win over Bridgeton Mike Schultz photo/Atlantic City's Leon Daniels scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter of Monday's playoff win over Bridgeton. ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City High School boys basketball coach Gene Allen has a rule: If you get two fouls in the first half you’re sitting the bench for the rest of the half.

"Regardless of the game, regardless of the person, you sit. It's been that way since I got here,” said Allen.

Leon Daniels found out on Monday night that his coach means business.

Daniels sat the bench nearly the entire first half due to foul trouble. When he got back into the game, in the third quarter, he showed his coach that he's all business.

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Jones leads Spartans into CAL semifinal rematch with AC

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, February 24, 2015 01:56 am

jones Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit junior Tyler Jones scored a career-high 24 points in Monday's playoff win over EHT. ABSECON – The Holy Spirit Spartans didn’t want to look back on an ugly, ugly loss, and they didn’t want to look ahead to the prospect of a third meeting with their arch-rival.

So the Spartans lived for the moment Monday, beating Egg Harbor Township 59-43 in a first-round Cape-Atlantic League playoff game at Holy Spirit.

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Balanced effort yields playoff win and No. 100 for Spirit coach

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, February 24, 2015 01:24 am

gallagher3 Bill Neiderhofer/Holy Spirit's Cass Gallagher takes a foul shot in Monday's playoff victory over Cedar Creek. ABSECON – In his fifth season as coach of the Holy Spirit High School girls basketball team, Dennis Smith earned his 100th career win in his team’s 20th win of the season.

Appropriately, it was a team effort.

Junior guard Cass Gallagher scored 15 points, hitting three 3-point shots, to help the Spartans beat Cedar Creek 58-50 in a first-round Cape-Atlantic League playoff game.

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