South Jersey Sports

ACIT’s Nelson scores 1,000th, Cedar Creek’s Raph wins 100th

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:11 am

ACIT1 Bill LeConey/ACIT's Yasmeen Nelson poses with brother Sa'eed, mother Rasheena and father Jeff after scoring her 1,000th career point Wednesday. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - It was a milestone night for a player and coach from opposing teams Wednesday at Atlantic County Institute of Technology - and a testament to the quick development of two high school girls basketball programs.

ACIT junior Yasmeen Nelson became the first player in school history to score 1,000 career points in the Red Hawks' 49-23 loss to Cedar Creek.

Meanwhile, Cedar Creek coach Fran Raph earned her 100th career win in only the fifth year of the Pirates’ varsity program.

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WCHS granted waiver, will be in CAL tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 11, 2015 02:36 pm

Wildwood Catholic High School The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team will be able to participate in the Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament later this month.

The team has been granted a waiver by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to play a potential 27th game should the team advance to the CAL title game, according to WCHS athletic director Sal Zuccarello.

Wildwood Catholic will have played 24 games by the time its regular season comes to a close next week. The CAL has strongly suggested that each of its teams schedule only 23 regular-season games in order not to go past the 26-game limit mandated by the NJSIAA should it advance to the title game of the eight-team tournament.

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Middle takes down rival for first time in 14 years

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:11 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A pair of dramatic last-second wins by two freshmen in consecutive bouts helped the Middle Township High School wrestling team do something for the first time since 2001 Monday evening.

Austin Comiskey’s takedown at the buzzer of overtime at 182 pounds and Dom Arizzi’s escape and takedown in the last 12 seconds of the final period at 195 pounds were among the highlights as Middle downed Lower Cape May, 47-26, for its first victory over its county rival in 14 seasons.

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CAL, NJSIAA probing Crusaders’ schedule

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 10, 2015 09:58 pm

There’s a chance the 2014 Cape-Atlantic League boys basketball playoff champion may not have the opportunity to defend its crown.

According to multiple sources, officials from the Cape-Atlantic League and the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association are scheduled to further discuss on Wednesday a scheduling issue that has arisen with the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team.

Wildwood Catholic will have played 24 games by the time its regular season comes to a close next week. The CAL has strongly suggested that each of its teams schedule only 23 regular-season games in order not to go past the 26-game limit mandated by the NJSIAA should it advance to the title game of the eight-team tournament.

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Milestone win for young Egg Harbor Township wrestling team

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:06 am

ehtwrestle1 Matt Strabuk/EHT heavyweight Tom McGrail wrestles Eastern's Cade Regn in the SJ Group V semifinal. McGrail pinned Regn in one minute, 34 seconds to give EHT a 24-22 lead with four matches to go. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township High School wrestling team couldn’t have picked a better time – or a more fitting way – to register its school record 20th win of the season Monday night.

In a back and forth playoff match against a perennial power, EHT got its biggest victories – all by pins - from two sophomores and a senior who had never wrestled before this season.

Those victories, by senior heavyweight Tom McGrail and sophomores Terrell Coleman and Hunter Thomas, gave the Eagles a 36-30 win over Eastern Regional in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V playoffs.

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Fourth-quarter surge powers Mainland girls past Absegami

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 09, 2015 10:27 pm

boggs Bill LeConey/Mainland freshman Gabby Boggs scored 10 points and grabbed several big rebounds in a win over Absegami on Feb. 9 LINWOOD – Mainland Regional freshman Gabby Boggs sparked a big fourth quarter surge as the Mustangs beat Absegami 39-27 in a key Cape-Atlantic League American Conference girls basketball game Monday Feb. 9 in Linwood.

Mainland trailed by four going into the fourth quarter but turned up the defensive pressure, pounded the boards, and outscored Absegami 16-2 in the final frame.

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LCM star signs with Monmouth

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 09, 2015 02:30 pm

Madie Gibson signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Monmouth University Madie Gibson, likely to go down as one of the best all-around athletes in the history of Lower Cape May Regional High School, made her college choice official Monday afternoon.

Gibson signed a National Letter of Intent to accept a scholarship offer to play soccer at Division I Monmouth University at a ceremony that included members of her family, coaches and school administrators.

“I’m relieved and excited at the same time, knowing I’m going to play for a college and not having to worry about looking at schools anymore,” Gibson said. “I’m excited to play in college altogether because I know it’s a really big honor to have that chance. I know I have to work hard, even harder than I have before.”

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Crusaders can't finish off Eastern

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 07:18 pm

Trey Smith scored 25 points in Wildwood Catholic's OT loss to Eastern. RICHLAND – Trey Smith’s three-point shot with two seconds remaining forced overtime for the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team against Eastern at the Shoot Down Cancer showcase event at St. Augustine Prep Sunday afternoon.

But Smith’s basket only masked the events leading up to the dramatic end of regulation.

The Crusaders squandered a six-point lead over the final 2 ½ minutes of the fourth quarter and wound up losing in overtime, 66-62, for its second straight close loss against two of South Jersey’s better teams.

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Area teams hold court in ‘War vs. the Shore’

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Written by Bill LeConey Sunday, February 08, 2015 04:59 pm

warshore1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Shannon Fletcher battles for a rebound against Southern Regional in the LINWOOD - Four Current-area Cape-Atlantic League girls teams - Absegami, Holy Spirit, Cedar Creek and Mainland - successfully defended their "home" turf against enemy invaders from the Shore Conference Saturday at the second annual "War vs. the Shore" at Mainland Regional High School.

Cedar Creek senior Maddy Tomasello scored her team's last seven points - including a game-tying 3-point shot with 2:06 to play and a game-winning put-back of her own shot with 2.3 seconds left - as the Pirates rallied for an impressive 60-58 win over tough Southern Regional.

“It was exciting,” said Tomasello, a 5-foot-6 senior from Mullica. “We stayed together as a team. We knew Southern was good. We knew we had to come out and play hard, and that’s what we did.”

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LCM coach earns 100th win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 01:04 pm

Lower coach Scott Douglass (with ball) celebrates his 100th career victory with his team LINWOOD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball may have been playing a 6-10 Colts Neck team at the War vs. The Shore showcase event at Mainland Regional on Saturday, but the Lady Tiger coaching staff was very concerned about the quality of the opponent it was facing.

That’s because Colts Neck hails from one of the most difficult divisions in the massive Shore Conference and had recently battled state power Neptune to a one-point loss.

The coaching staff’s apprehension was certainly warranted after a first half that saw the Lady Tigers leading by just three at 19-16, as Lower failed to get its offense going for much of the half, especially in the second quarter.

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Third-quarter run sends WC to win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 12:43 pm

LINWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team found itself trailing Manchester Township by four points early in the third quarter of its War vs. The Shore showcase event at Mainland Regional High School Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders, however, went on to score 11 straight points to build a seven-point lead and never led by less than five points the rest of the way in a 35-27 victory.

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Road-weary Lady Panthers fall late

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 08, 2015 08:37 am

LINWOOD – The Middle Township High School girls basketball team hasn’t played a home game since Jan. 22.

Saturday’s contest against Central Regional in the War vs. The Shore showcase event at Mainland Regional High School represented the team’s seventh straight away or neutral-court game. So it was easy to understand why Middle coach John Leahy wasn’t all that upset after his team’s 32-28 loss.

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Oakcrest swimmers stay unbeaten with dominant playoff win

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, February 07, 2015 09:48 am

oakswim2 Mike Schultz/D'Anna Sydow swims the 100 Butterfly. Sydow won first place and posted a personal best time of 1:11.75 in the race. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The Oakcrest High School girls swim team remain undefeated (7-0) on the season after winning its opening round playoff meet 124-46 over Woodstown in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group C playoffs. The third-seeded Lady Falcons dominated the pool taking first place in all but one race (500 freestyle).

The victory was highlighted by the win of the 200 medley relay team of D'Anna Sydow, Haley Crispell, Logan Day and Taylor Phy who, with the win, qualified for the state tournament posting a season best time of 2:08.71.

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Librizzi quads help Creek swimmers hit high-water mark

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, February 06, 2015 04:52 pm

creekswim1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek senior swimming quadruplets Anthony, Billy, Curtis and Dan Librizzi. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – What is it about Cedar Creek High School that seems to produce athletically-gifted quadruplets?

The Stefanski sisters certainly made their mark with the Cedar Creek girls basketball team. Recently, the Librizzi quad brothers - Anthony, Billy, Curtis and Dan – have made a big splash with the Creek boys swimming team, helping the Pirates win their first Cape-Atlantic League National Conference title and earn their first state playoff appearance.

“There must be something in the water,” Curtis Librizzi said. “It must be the cedar water.”

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