South Jersey Sports

Absegami’s Hermenau, Dolan sign to play college sports

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 05, 2015 02:22 pm

gamisign1 Submitted/Left to right, Absegami boys lacrosse coach Scott Winneberger, Zach Hermenau (going to Ohio Valley University), Kelcie Dolan (going to Temple University), girls soccer coach Elizabeth Lee. Two Absegami High School seniors signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level.

Zach Hermenau will play lacrosse at Ohio Valley University, an NCAA Division II school in Vienna, W.Va.

Kelcie Dolan will play for the women's soccer team at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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Cedar Creek pair to play college football in New England

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 05, 2015 01:09 pm

creeksign1 Julie Hazard/Seated, at left, Trey Blackwell, football for University of Connecticut, and Nate Pauls, football for Rhode Island. Standing from left: assistant football coach Mike Isgro, head football Coach Tim Watson, assistant football coach Mike Forrest. A pair of Cedar Creek High School football standouts signed national letters of intent Wednesday to continue playing at the next level.

Defensive lineman Nate Pauls signed to play at the University of Rhode Island, while defensive tackle Felton "Trey" Blackwell signed up with the University of Connecticut.

Pauls and Blackwell were members of the first class to play four years of varsity football at Cedar Creek, and helped the Pirates reach the South Jersey Group II final in 2012. The Pirates also won their first Cape-Atlantic League National Conference championship in 2013.

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Feraco earns his place

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 04, 2015 03:16 pm

MIKE FERACO CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Tom Feraco sat in the stands when the younger of his two sons, Mike, participated in an eighth-grade basketball all-star game nearly four years ago.

“Whew,” the elder Feraco said. “He’s got a long way to go.”

These days, it’s obvious that Mike Feraco has traveled that long road very well.

Mike has been one of the biggest surprises, especially in recent games, for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team coached by his father. Last week, he netted a career-high 20 points in a win over Millville. On Friday, in a game Middle absolutely had to have in order to stay in solid contention for the Cape-Atlantic League playoffs, Mike made an impressive seven three-point shots and scored another career high in points with 30 in an overtime win over Bridgeton. And on Monday, after a scoreless first half, he posted 14 second-half points in another win over Ocean City.

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LCM standout makes college pick

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 04, 2015 02:58 pm

ARIEL MAGEE One of the top all-around female high school athletes in the area has made her college selection.

Senior Ariel Magee, a standout soccer, basketball and softball player at Lower Cape May, has verbally committed to play softball at Division II Chestnut Hill College.

Magee announced her decision via Twitter late Tuesday evening.

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Mustangs hit big shots, turn up pressure to outlast Spirit

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, February 03, 2015 11:05 pm

main1 Bill LeConey/Mainland's Melanie Malcolm scored all of her game-high 16 points in the first half of Tuesday's win over Holy Spirit. LINWOOD - It was a battle for first place between evenly matched teams, two of the best defensive teams in the Cape Atlantic League.

No surprise that it was also one of the most physical girls basketball games you'll ever see - with elbows flying, bodies hitting the floor, a couple bloody noses, and plenty of called (and uncalled) fouls.

Mainland Regional outlasted Holy Spirit, 43-37, Tuesday at the Corral to take over first place in the CAL American Conference. The Mustangs' fourth straight win snapped the Spartans’ six-game winning streak.

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New baseball coach at LCMR

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 03, 2015 09:56 pm

NICK CORE Lower Cape May Regional High School has a new head baseball coach.

Nick Core, a teacher at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families in Cape May Court House, was recently hired to take over the position, which became available when Mike Kuemmerle resigned last June. Kuemmerle went 124-139 over his 11 seasons and led the Caper Tigers to the 2005 Cape-Atlantic League championship.

Core, 24, was a standout player at Gloucester Catholic High School, graduating in 2009, and later played for four years at Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham, where he finished his career tied for second all-time in career home runs with 19. He hit .309 with 18 RBI as a senior in 2013.

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Coleman, Warriors upset Gloucester Catholic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, February 03, 2015 09:12 pm

Jahnire Coleman posted 22 points and 12 rebounds in Wildwood's upset win over Gloucester Catholic WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School boys basketball program earned perhaps its biggest regular-season victory in seven years Tuesday evening.

The Warriors used a monster second quarter and held off a late Gloucester Catholic surge to pull into a first-place tie in the loss column with the Rams in the Tri-County Classic Division with a 58-57 upset victory.

Gloucester Catholic had entered the contest ranked among the top 20 teams in South Jersey in media polls.

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Wilson, Spartans keep the ball rolling in win over Braves

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, February 02, 2015 10:36 pm

newspirit1 Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit’s Audrey Wilson drives to the basket for a layup as Absegami’s Eva Sodaitis defends. GALLOWAY – Audrey Wilson doesn’t mind being the center of attention – as long as her Holy Spirit teammates take advantage of their opportunities.

Wilson was singled out Monday by a loud batch of Absegami High School supporters – who curiously yelled “Ball!” every time she touched the (what else) basketball.

Wilson responded with a solid game, but it was team defense, rebounding and timely offense from several players that allowed the Lady Spartans to hold on for a 37-26 victory over Absegami in a key Cape-Atlantic League American Conference game.

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Rulon gets career high, passes 1K

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:12 am

Olivia Rulon scored the 1000th point of her career in Wildwood Catholic's win over Buena NORTH WILDWOOD – After the game, it seemed that Olivia Rulon posed for more pictures than she has scored career points.

That would be a lot of pictures, though. More than 1,000.

Rulon, a senior guard, became the Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball program’s latest 1,000-point scorer when she netted a basket early in the second quarter of a 68-30 rout of Buena Friday night.

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Feraco stars in thrilling Middle win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:51 am

MIKE FERACO CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School basketball team enjoyed one of its most exhilarating regular-season victories in recent memory Friday evening.

The Panthers, who learned earlier in the day that star senior forward Trai Greer was lost for the season due to a knee ligament tear, squandered two sizable leads but managed to handle overtime brilliantly in a crucial 70-65 win over Bridgeton.

The victory improved Middle to 10-4 overall and, more importantly, gave the team a firm grasp of second place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference while also strengthening its seeding position for the South Jersey Group II playoffs. The Panthers moved to 4-1 in conference games.

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Unlikely heroes spark Prep in Battle by the Bay win over A.C.

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 31, 2015 12:26 am

kennedy St. Augustine Prep's Austin Kennedy scored a game-high 20 points in Friday's win over Atlantic City. ATLANTIC CITY - You expect to get stung by Sa'eed Nelson and Justyn Mutts - two of the best players in South Jersey - when facing the St. Augustine Prep Hermits.

But when unsung sophomore Austin Kennedy drops 20 points, senior forward Nate Aldrich bangs the boards for 10 points and 12 rebounds, and reserves Mike Toner and Walt Harvey sink timely 3-point shots - you've got your hands more than full.

That's what happened to the Atlantic City Vikings Friday night in a 66-60 loss to the Hermits in a Battle by the Bay showcase game before a capacity crowd at Atlantic City High School.

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Atlantic City faces St. Augustine in Battle by the Bay Friday

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Written by Bill LeConey Friday, January 30, 2015 11:11 am

PrepHS Alan Dumoff/St. Augustine Prep's Justyn Mutts throws down a slam dunk in last Saturday's victory over Holy Spirit. The 20th annual Battle by the Bay Invitational basketball tournament invades Atlantic City High School this weekend, with nine games spread over three days. The big game involving area teams takes place Friday night, when host Atlantic City faces St. Augustine Prep (7:30 p.m.) in a matchup of two of the best teams in the Cape-Atlantic League.

Atlantic City is 8-3 overall and leads the CAL American Conference with a 5-0 mark. St. Augustine Prep is 14-1 overall and sits atop the CAL National at 6-0.

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EHT's Sarhan, Cedar Creek's Kelly among CAL swim champions

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:19 pm

CALswim1 Bill LeConey/EHT's Leenah Sarhan, left, and Cedar Creek's Lauren Kelly. The best friends and EHT Seahawks teammates both won CAL championships on Thursday. ATLANTIC CITY - The rising stars of area high school swimming competed in the Cape-Atlantic League individual championships Thursday at Atlantic City High School.

Several of the younger athletes swam right to the front of the class.

Egg Harbor Township High School freshman Leenah Sarhan won two individual CAL championships - the 200 meter individual medley and the 100 meter breaststroke - and joined with three EHT teammates to win the 200 medley relay.

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Red-hot Middle on win streak

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:35 am

Summer Sides has been a key contributor off the bench for the Lady Panthers Just a couple of weeks ago, the Middle Township High School girls basketball team was just 4-4 through eight games.

Now, the Lady Panthers are the league’s hottest team.

Middle’s 56-31 win over Millville was the team’s sixth straight. Three of those wins came over very good opponents. The Lady Panthers have increased their record to 9-4 and put them back in the conversation for a berth in the eight-team Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament.

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